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Wil Myers went 2-4 with a double and an RBI in the Padres' win over the Rangers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Myers continued his hot start to the season on Friday in Arlington with a double and a single. Both of Myers' hits were hard hit ball events -- the single came off the bat at 99 MPH and the double came off the bat at 107 MPH. Myers is now slashing .346/.469/.692 on the young season. Myers is also striking out less and walking more to start the year. Myers almost assuredly can't maintain his current numbers for 162 games, but fantasy managers should be riding this hot streak while they can. The Padres have two more games against the Rangers before heading to Pittsburgh for four games. Myers will have good opportunities to continue mashing against sub-par pitching through the end of next week.

Trent Grisham went 2-4 with a double and a strikeout in his first game back from a hamstring injury. Grisham started the year on the 10-day IL, and Friday's game in Arlington was his first game of the 2021 season.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nice start for Grisham, who hasn't seen real game action since mid-March. Grisham has been participating in sim games, but this was the first time he has played in a real game in nearly a month. Grisham smoked a double on Friday that came off his bat at 107 MPH. It's only 4 at-bats, but the Padres have to be happy about Grisham hitting the ball hard in his first game back. With Fernando Tatis Jr. out for likely a week or more, San Diego will hope Grisham can replace some of Tatis's production in the lineup, while also steadying the ship defensively in CF. As long as Grisham continues being featured in the lineup, he's worth starting in fantasy lineups throughout the weekend. The Rangers' rotation has struggled mightily to start the year, so there may not be a better rotation in baseball for Grisham to ease his way back in against.

Rangers starter Kohei Arihara allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over four innings, earning the loss as Texas fell to San Diego. The right-hander finished with one strikeout and one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Arihara now has a 5.00 ERA over nine innings this season. He hasn't been terrible, but there are areas of his game that certainly need improvement. For example, the strikeouts aren't there thus far as he has K'd just two batters. He'll get another chance on Wednesday against the Rays.

Anthony Rendon went 2-4 with two singles and a walk in Friday's 7-1 blowout of the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Rendon is still searching for his first extra-base hit of the 2021 season, with all of his hits so far coming in the form of singles. This will likely improve, however, as Rendon currently sits in the 91st percentile in terms of hard hit percentage among eligible players. Moreover, Rendon is currently batting just .259 for the Halos, a number that will surely increase as the season progresses. Rendon will look to improve on the young season when the Angels face the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Jared Walsh went 2-3 with a two-run homer, an infield single, and a walk in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Walsh continues to impress offensively for the Halos in the early part of the season. Walsh currently owns a slash line of .375/.464/.833 and ranks in the 90th percentile in both slugging percentage and barrel percentage. As such, Walsh has been more than productive enough to earn himself a spot in fantasy managers' lineups on a regular basis.

Mike Trout went 2-4 with a single, a double, one walk, and one run scored in Friday's 7-1 route of the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Trout continues his sizzling start to the season, reaching base safely for the 28th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors. Trout currently has as many walks as he does strikeouts on the year (9), contributing to his season .568 OBP. Trout will look to continue his hot start to the year when the Angels take on the Blue Jays again on Saturday.

Shohei Ohtani went 2--5 with a solo homer and a three-run double in Friday's 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani continues to impress at the plate, and Friday was of no exception. His solo shot travelled 422 feet, and his three-run double was nearly a grant slam had it travelled roughly five feet further. Ohtani currently sits in the 96th percentile in slugging percentage in the majors, an encouraging sign for the two-way star. Fantasy managers should continue to set Ohtani in their lineups unless something unforeseeable arises.

SP Andrew Heaney struck out nine batters and gave up three hits and two walks over six innings of work on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Although it's early in the season, Heaney rebounded in a big way for the Halos in a dominant performance on the mound. Heaney earned his first win of the year, striking out nine batters in a threatening Blue Jays' lineup, an encouraging sign for Heaney and the Angels. More starts like this will surely turn Heaney into a fantasy relevant arm, so continue to monitor his performances.

Rangers reliever John King served as a valuable weapon out of the bullpen on Friday, striking out four Padres batters over two innings of work. Along the way, he allowed two hits and zero runs.

Fantasy Impact: Through four innings of work this year, King has a 2.25 ERA. This is a noticeable improvement over 2020 (albeit a small sample size) when he had a 6.10 ERA over six outings.

Rangers reliever Kyle Cody allowed just one hit over one inning of relief work on Friday night. He struck out two batters along the way.

Fantasy Impact: Cody was able to keep the Rangers within two runs of the Padres, but in the end, it didn't matter. The 26-year-old right-hander now has an 8.31 ERA and 0-1 record through 4.1 innings this season.

Batting second and playing third base, Anderson Tejeda went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Friday. The outing represented his season debut.

Fantasy Impact: To be fair, nothing was going right for the Texas batters as they were held completely hitless by Padres starter Joe Musgrove. Still, Tejeda was the only Ranger with multiple strikeouts, and he had a whole trio of them.

Through 22 at-bats, Leody Taveras just can't get things going at the plate. He went hitless on Friday night, dropping his batting average to .091.

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old outfielder has just two singles, one run, one walk, and one RBI. He has amassed 12 strikeouts, which rank as the fifth-most in baseball. Despite the poor start, Taveras does have some fantasy value, albeit small. He currently ranks 68th among outfielders in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings.

Padres starter Joe Musgrove fired a no-hitter on Friday night against the Rangers. It would have been a perfect game if not for Joey Gallo's hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the fourth.

Fantasy Impact: Gallo finished the game 0-for-2, bringing his batting average down to .273 on the campaign. He also has one home run, four RBI, and six walks. It's been a small sample size for the slugger, but he looks to be improving on a poor 2020 in which he finished below the Mendoza line.

Friday was not a good day for Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez. The 23-year-old went hitless through four at-bats, striking out every time.

Fantasy Impact: This is hopefully just a fluke for the youngster, as he's been on a tear this season and is still hitting .294. Alvarez has 10 hits (including four doubles and two homers) and eight RBI so far. He'll look to bounce back on Saturday against Oakland.

Astros catcher Martin Maldonado logged just his second hit on Friday in what has been a painfully quiet start to the season. He's hitting just .083 this year over 24 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Maldonado has two singles, one walk, and two runs. He has yet to notch an RBI or extra-base hit. Furthermore, the backstop has 11 strikeouts, which represent the 11th-most in baseball. He ranks 35th among catchers in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings and has no fantasy relevance.

Alex Bregman couldn't get anything going in the Astros' loss on Friday night. The star third baseman went 0-for-4, but his average still remains at .310.

Fantasy Impact: As evidenced by his strong batting average, Bregman has had an impressive start to the season. Flukes happen and everyone has a bad game from time to time. That's likely what we saw with Bregman, who is still a top fantasy option and ranks fourth among third basemen in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve contributed to the stat sheet on Friday night by going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI sacrifice fly.

Fantasy Impact: The talented infielder is off to an impressive 11-for-33 start with four RBI, four walks, and four strikeouts. He has also crossed the plate plenty; his 10 runs scored are the best in baseball. If you roster the 30-year-old, you should have no complaints. He ranks eighth among second basemen in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings.

Yuli Gurriel impressed at the plate on Friday night, racking up a double and two walks over four plate appearances. It wasn't nearly enough, though, as the Astros lost to the Athletics, 6-2.

Fantasy Impact: Gurriel scored once in the outing. He's now hitting at an impressive .357 clip with a whopping 1.036 OPS. He has just four strikeouts, while his eight walks rank third in all of baseball. The 36-year-old still isn't a high-priority fantasy investment as he ranks 37th among first basemen in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings.

Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. proved to be quite effective on Friday night, allowing just one run on two hits over five innings. He also walked three and struck out six. It was all for naught, though, as the bullpen surrendered five runs and Houston lost to the Athletics, 6-2.

Fantasy Impact: Over 10 innings of work this year, McCullers has been dominant, striking out 10 with a 1.00 WHIP and a strong 1.80 ERA. He has allowed just four hits and six walks. Recently signed to an extension, the 27-year-old right-hander figures to be a key part of the rotation for years to come. He checks in at No. 30 in the latest rest-of-season expert consensus rankings.

Phillies infielder Jean Segura went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Through seven games to open the year, Segura is batting .222 with two runs scored, no home runs, one RBI, and one stolen base.