Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 week ago

Smoak entered Tuesday's 10-2 win over Seattle as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

After an eight-run fourth inning, the Jays were in the driver's seat and cruising to victory. Even with the rout on, Smoak wasn't afforded an at-bat, illustrating just how useless he's become from a fantasy perspective. Smoak has stepped to the plate in just four of the team's 18 game this month, going 0-for-10 with two walks and three strikeouts.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Smoak is adjusting to the realization that his playing time will be extremely limited through the rest of the season, the Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a tough go for the laid-back Smoak, who hit 18 home runs in 132 games last season. The first baseman obviously wants the chance to contribute to his team desperately, especially now that they're scuffling. But manager John Gibbons will DH Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Saunders from time to time to give them a break from being on the field, and when that happens Encarnacion will play first, leaving Smoak as the odd man out.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 month ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will have the night off as Edwin Encarnacion starts at first for the Blue Jays. For the year, Smoak has a subpar line of .228/.315/.413.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 month ago

Smoak went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles and three-run homer in Friday's 15-8 victory over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The slugging first baseman delivered early and often Friday, beginning with a 407-foot shot in the second that plated Troy Tulowitzki and Melvin Upton, Jr. He followed with run-scoring singles in the third and seventh, making it his highest RBI tally on the season by far. The performance was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal August for Smoak, who's slashed .195/.250/.366 over 41 August at-bats.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 month ago

Despite signing a two-year, $8.5 million extension last month, Smoak's at-bats are expected to dry up as a result of the acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr. and the return of Jose Bautista (knee), the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista will fill the DH role as the team tries to ease him back into action after a stint on the DL. That means Upton will play the outfield and Encarnacion will start at first, leaving no room for Smoak to play. Smoak is still part of a winning formula -- going in defensively late in games where the Jays have the lead, drawing a late pinch-hit assignment or the occasional start; however, that doesn't do much for his fantasy value. He's managed just 36 at-bats this month, and has started just one of the team's last eight games. In an unforeseen turn of events, the 29-year-old has practically lost all fantasy value just a year removed from a season in which he notched a career-high 59 RBI.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
2 months ago

Smoak will start at first base and bat seventh in the order Sunday against the Astros, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since Jose Bautista (knee) hit the DL on Wednesday, Edwin Encarnacion has settled back in as the Blue Jays' everyday DH. That's opened up first base for Smoak, who has gone 3-for-12 with a solo homer while starting four games in a row. Smoak is capable of producing some decent power numbers when given a full-time role, but his poor contact rate makes him a perpetual drain in the batting average column.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
2 months ago

Smoak is just 3-for-28 over the team's last 17 games and appears to have lost his starting gig as the Jays' first baseman.

EDGE Analysis

Although manager John Gibbons has explicitly said it, Smoak is obviously being phased out the lineup. Edwin Encarnacion has taken over the regular duties at first base while the DH tag has been rotated among other veterans to supply supply some much-needed rest for a roster that has been plagued by injuries all season. The move is hard to argue considering Smoak has struggled for most of the year, which includes a career-worst 33 percent strikeout rate. With the team playing well, it seems unlikely that Smoak will regain his starting role any time soon.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
2 months ago

Smoak is out of the lineup for Tuesday's interleague matchup with the Diamondbacks, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the club playing in a National League ballpark, Edwin Encarnacion will transition from the DH spot to playing first, which pushes Smoak to the bench. The Blue Jays only face the Diamondbacks twice during the shortened series, so Smoak could sit again Wednesday if manager John Gibbons wants to keep Encarnacion in the lineup.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
2 months ago

Smoak agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract extension with the Blue Jays on Saturday. The deal also includes a $6 million option for 2019.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak is a career .225 hitter against both lefties and righties and he is slashing just .234/.333/.402 with nine homers in 246 plate appearances this season. The Blue Jays are essentially extending a replacement-level player. With Edwin Encarnacion set to become a free agent at the end of the season, Smoak should continue to see plenty of at-bats in 2017 as the Blue Jays await the arrival of first base prospect Rowdy Tellez.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
3 months ago

Smoak hit .231/.326/.401 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 212 at-bats prior to the All-Star Break.

EDGE Analysis

The first-half results for the first baseman left much to be desired from fantasy owners. Many thought Smoak was in for a huge year once platoon-mate Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games for a failed drug test. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old Smoak couldn't capitalize on the opportunity, leaving the door wide open for Colabello to rejoin the party once his suspension ends on July 23. Through 81 games, Smoak has a career-high 31.8 percent strikeout rate, astronomically larger than his lifetime average of 23.5 percent. Of the 35 first baseman with 150-plus at-bats this season, Smoak ranks 27th in slugging percentage. In a position loaded with talent and power, Smoak's fantasy value is extremely low, and it will only get worse during the second half if Colabello is put back on the roster.