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Chase Anderson gave up three home runs for the second consecutive start, but thanks to the Diamondbacks hitting three of their own, walked away with a "W" on Sunday against the Padres. Anderson allowed four runs total in seven innings. Outside of the three home runs, Anderson limited the Padres to three baserunners (two hits, one walk) in his seven innings.

Fantasy Impact: The ERA isn't great for the day's work and Anderson only struck out three, but he got the win and his WHIP on the day was under 1.00. The six home runs allowed in the past two starts is a concern and in his next start, Anderson is scheduled to face the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies have handed him both his losses this season and they were two of his three worst starts-to-date.

Category: Game Recaps

Robinson Cano back in the lineup after Saturday scare. “I feel good,” Cano said before the game. “No headaches and I slept better than I have in a while. It just hurts right where the ball hit me. I was lucky.” Cano did not have one of his better games, going 0-for-3 with a walk & two strikeouts. (Source: Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: The good news is Robinson Cano is ok after getting hit in the head by an arrant throw on Saturday. The bad news is that Robinson Cano is still riding career-low offensive numbers.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Mike Leake is slated to start the first of three games with the Minnesota Twins beginning tonight.

Fantasy Impact: The inclement weather is making its way out of Cincinnati and it appears Mike Leake will make the start for the Reds in the first game of an interleague series with the Minnesota Twins. In his 15 appearances this season, Leake has delivered consistency and even been impressive at times. He has recorded a 5-4 record, notched a respectable 3.91 ERA, and is tied for the team lead with 9 quality starts. Mike Leake remains little used in fantasy leagues, especially DFS leagues due to his mediocre strikeout numbers. He has only 60 in 96.2 innings, but with the pedestrian pitching options available tonight, Leake could prove to be best. At only $6400 on FanDuel and 13 K’s in his previous 14 innings, expect Leake to be one of tonight’s top plays.

Rubby has already logged 96 IP this season with 8.16 K/9. The talented young righty is gaining confidence and could be in for a surprising second half this year.

Fantasy Impact: Rubby has a 21.7 K% which should make him worthy in mixed-leagues but he seems to stay unwanted for now. He draws two favorable starts this week at home vs. the Dodgers and Rockies. Even though Chase Field is known as a hitters park, De La Rosa pitches better at home with a 24.5 K% and a 3.50 FIP. Keep that in mind if you're playing DFS this week.

When you drafted Justin Upton it was purely for his power. This is his free-agent year and he is doing everything he can to make sure he is rewarded this winter. He now has 14 HR with 15 SB, putting him on track for his first 30/30 season.

Fantasy Impact: Upton's career high in stolen bases is 21 which came back in 2011 with the Dismondbacks. The previous two seasons with the Braves he only combined for 16. He is currently ranked as the 19th overall fantasy player this season and I don't see any reason for him to regress.

Howie is hitting .317 over his last ten games with a .338 OBP.

Fantasy Impact: Despite only having 6 HR, leaving him with a .121 ISO, Howie is having a solid season for the Dodgers with a .328 wOBA, 111 wRC+. The Dodgers have been in a funk overall and they're due to to heat up again. When they do, Howie will be right in the thick of things.

Josh Reddick goes 1-for-4 with one run batted in and one strikeout in Oakland's 5-3 loss to Kansas City.

Fantasy Impact: The up-and-down season at the plate continues for Reddick. At this point, he's usually a doable fantasy starter when he faces a righty starting pitcher (especially when he's hot at the plate), but he should always be avoided when he faces a southpaw starting pitcher.

Category: Game Recaps

In Oakland's 5-3 loss to the Royals on Sunday, Stephen Vogt went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two strikeouts at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Vogt has been a completely different hitter since mid-June after struggling mightily at the plate since the start of June. He's a must-start player in all fantasy league right now.

Category: Game Recaps

In his last eight games, Rollins has gone 10-for-32, good for a .323 AVG. (Source: Steve Dilbeck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jimmy Rollins is having a sub-par season with his new team. Don Martingly has moved the veteran to the eighth spot in the lineup which hurts his fantasy value. I wouldn't be surprised if the Dodgers called up their top prospect, Corey Seager at some point this season, leaving Rollins on the bench majority of the time in the second half.

Billy Burns had two hits on Sunday

Mon, Jun 29th 2:50pm EDT
By CD Hill


In Oakland's loss to Kansas City by the score of 5-3, Billy Burns went 2-for-5 (one hit being a double) at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Burns continues to impress this season and should be plugged into all lineups in fantasy leagues right now.

Category: Game Recaps

Puig was inserted back into the lineup on Sunday after missing two games due to a torn callus on his hand. He hit cleanup for the fist time this season going 0-for-2 with 3 BB.

Fantasy Impact: Puig's counting stats haven't been what you paid for this season due to injuries but now would be the time to buy low. His advanced stats show that he is in for a huge second half with a .378 wOBA, 146 wRC+, .182 ISO.

Category: Game Recaps

Francisco Rodriguez tossed an ugly ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, but was able to keep the Twins from tying the game. He allowed two runs on three hits while issuing one walk and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: K-Rod's ERA jumped from 1.00 to 1.61 after the blowup. He's still having an excellent season and is a top trade candidate for the Brewers, although whispers of off the field troubles may have teams looking elsewhere before they pursue Rodriguez. He's still the best option for the Brewers to close games going forward until he is traded.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Fiers was fantastic on Sunday, tossing seven innings of four hit, one run ball. He walked three batters and struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Fiers didn't factor into the decision, as the Brewers were held scoreless until pushing one run across in the bottom of the seventh, and exploding for four more in the bottom of the eighth. Fiers has lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 4.14 over his last two starts against the Mets and Twins. He'll get the Reds in Cincinnati in his next start on Friday.

Category: Game Recaps

Matt Garza moved to 4-10 on the season after allowing four runs on five hits over six innings against the Twins on Saturday night. He walked three and struck out two batters.

Fantasy Impact: It was Garza's third straight loss, and his ERA has risen from 5.07 to 5.52 over that span. Saturday's start also ended a streak of four straight games without giving up a walk, although it isn't that impressive as Garza has given up 15 earned runs over that same span. He'll look to jump back in the win column against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyle Lohse held the Twins to four runs on six hits over six innings of work on Friday night. He walked one and struck out two batters.

Fantasy Impact: The Brewers offense pummeled Twins starter Trevor May for six runs in the bottom of the first and it was enough of a lead for Lohse to hold through six innings.Lohse threw 108 pitches, 69 of them for strikes. Lohse will take his ugly 6.28 ERA to Philadelphia on Wednesday evening for his next start.

Category: Game Recaps

Koji Uehara picks up 16th save

Mon, Jun 29th 12:45pm EDT
By Chris McCoy


Koji Uehara earned his 16th save of the season Sunday in Tampa Bay. Uehara allowed one hit and struck out one. The outing lowered his ERA to 3.12 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Uehara had given owners some concern recently with having allowed two earned runs in two of his last six games. However, in his last three outings Uehara has allowed only one hit while striking out four. That should make owners feel a little more secure that Uehara's troubles were likely a statistical blip and not injury related. Uehara is still a safe start in just about every format.

Category: Game Recaps

In his first start since May 12th, Justin Masterson went five innings and picked up the win against the Rays on Sunday. Masterson threw 84 pitches allowing five hits and zero walks while striking out six. The win was Masterson's first since April 20th.

Fantasy Impact: Masterson's return to the rotation as Joe Kelly's replacement was met with a few moans and groans, but so far so good. The biggest highlight from his start against the Rays was his control evidenced by his zero walks. However, one good start does not make a fantasy season so there's no need to rush to the waiver wire and snatch up Masterson. Give it some time to see if this turnaround is for real.

Category: Game Recaps

Dyson went 2-for-4 with two singles as the Royals beat the A's 5-3 on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: With Lorenzo Cain out again with hamstring tightness, Dyson got the start in CF and racked up two more hits. Dyson is now 5-for-15 over the last fourteen days with five hits, a double, a triple, and two stolen bases. If Cain continues to take days off, Dyson makes a nice cheap DFS option.

Category: Game Recaps

Ellsbury reports to the training facility in Tampa today to begin a rehab assignment. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19. He worked out on the field Sunday in Houston with no setbacks. That is an encouraging sign for Ellsbury owners and he should be ready in no time.

Category: Injury Updates

Cain pinch hit for Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning and picked up a single during the Royals 5-3 win over the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Cain didn't start after tweaking his hamstring stealing a base Saturday, but it was good so see he was able to pinch hit off the bench. Cain has been hot lately so hopefully this hamstring injury doesn't become an issue.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps