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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer on Saturday night as his team beat the Washington Nationals 4-0.

Fantasy Impact: It was just Bellinger's third round tripper of the year. While he's off last year's 39-homer pace, the 22-year-old is still hitting .289 and it should only be a matter of time before he heats up.

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A.J. Pollock, who sat out Fridays game as a precaution, returned to the lineup on Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Fantasy Impact: Pollock collided with Chris Owings in the game Thursday, but both were back Saturday, and seemed to have no lingering effects as both had hits and tried stealing a base. The two hit effort for Pollock brings his season average to .268.

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Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 while allowing just two runs in seven innings on Saturday night, but he still took the loss as the Nationals fell to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg allowed five hits and walked two, but unfortunately two of those hits went for solo home runs. The 29-year-old former number one pick now has a 2.97 ERA to go along with 36 strikeouts through five starts this year.

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Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer on Saturday as the Angels beat the Giants 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: The blast was Pujols' 2,992nd career hit. While he is no longer the fantasy stud he once was, Pujols still has value for fantasy teams in need of some power.

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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer as his team beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Trout's homer was his eighth of the year, which ties him with Bryce Harper for the MLB lead. Fantasy baseball's consensus number one pick has been as good as advertised this year. Along with the eight homers Trout is batting .309 with a 1.079 OPS.

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Brett Gardner went 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 9-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season is hitting .247 with one homer and five RBI. RBI opportunities probably won't come very often for Gardner while he slots in atop the order, but he's already reaping the benefits of hitting in front of the powerful trio of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius. Gardner has reached base at a .391 clip and has already scored 17 times in 14 games, putting him on pace for the first 100-run season of his career if health prevails.

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Jose Peraza went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Peraza is still hitting just .246 with a .607 OPS, but he remains in the second spot in the lineup. The Reds are in a horrible funk offensively, so he should continue to get opportunities near the top of the order. Peraza is best suited for the waiver wire except in the deepest of leagues.

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Josh Reddick went 2-for-3 with two home runs in the Astros' 10-1 win over the White Sox on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Another monster day for Josh Reddick. The first homer was a grand slam and the second a solo shot. Reddick had 5 RBI and raised his OPS to an impressive .963 on the year. He was batting cleanup on Sunday for one of the best teams in baseball and just keeps rolling. He is making a strong play to be quality outfielder in standard leagues.

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Jeremy Jeffress (2-0) came on to pitch the top of the ninth inning with the game tied at five against the Marlins on Saturday. Jeffress delivered a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout and was rewarded with a win after Jesus Aguilar hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 Brewers' win.

Fantasy Impact: This was the second win of the season for Jeffress who has pitched very well in middle relief for the Brewers with a 0.77 ERA in 12 appearances (11 2/3 innings). Jeffress has not been in the mix for saves with Corey Knebel out so he can be left on the waiver wire in all leagues.

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Brent Suter surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings on Saturday against the Marlins. Suter served up two home runs including a leadoff homer to Derek Dietrich but escaped with a no-decision thanks to a Brewers' come-from-behind 6-5 win. Suter struck out four and walked one in the 87-pitch effort.

Fantasy Impact: Suter has allowed three or more runs in four out of five starts this season resulting in a 5.68 ERA. He has been getting a little bit unlucky with a .329 BABIP allowed and a low 62.1% strand rate so some positive regression could be coming for the left-hander. That said, his low strikeout rate (6.75 K/9) an average skills making him only fantasy viable in NL-only leagues. Suter's next scheduled start will come in Chicago against the Cubs on Saturday.

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Odubel Herrera finished Saturday's win over the Pirates 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Herrera has been solid as part of the torrid Phillies offense, hitting .338 with an OPS of .853 on the season. His lack of power and speed so far, one homer and stolen base apiece, limits his value, but he should continue to provide a high average and decent counting stats in what's been a very solid Phillies' lineup.

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Ian Happ goes 1-for-3

Sun, Apr 22nd 6:59am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Ian Happ went 1-for-3 Saturday in the team's loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Happ's struggles are well documented to this point, so the hit is a positive sign for owners, even a single at Coors Field. Still, he's now hitting .212 with a .633 OPS, and he's at risk of losing additional playing time if his struggles continue.

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Justin Bour scores in loss

Sun, Apr 22nd 6:57am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Justin Bour finished 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a slow start for the slugger, who now has an OPS of only .712 to go with his rough .225 average. His counting stats were expected to take a plunge given the downgraded Marlins' lineup, but he's still provided four homers in the early going with seven runs scored and 11 RBIs.

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Chris Taylor went 1-for-4 with a strikeout Saturday. It was the fourth consecutive game he registered a hit.

Fantasy Impact: Owners that invested in the mutli-position breakout from 2017 are looking for any hope they can given his rough start to the season. Given the investment required and his ceiling shown last season, it's probably wise to continue holding and hope Taylor can turn his slow start around. He has five hits (two extra-base) and three walks over his modest four-game hitting streak.

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Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and two strikeouts in Saturday's win.

Fantasy Impact: Story continues to struggle overall, but he's been a bit better of late with six hits over his last five games. While he's still a drag on batting average (.214 on the season), he's provided four homers and four stolen bases with decent counting stats.

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Adam Eaton wasn't able to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible this weekend, but the team believes he's "close" to returning from his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: Eaton has joined the team on their road trip, signaling that he should be activated within the week. He was off to another hot start prior to suffering the injury, and hopefully, he'll be able to pick up where he left off atop the order for the Nationals.

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Ender Inciarte finished 2-for-5 with a game-winning RBI and a stolen base Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Inciarte is off to a slow start overall, but hopefully, Saturday can get him going offensively. Despite his struggles at the plate (.554 OPS), at least he's been able to provide owners with seven stolen bases.

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DJ LeMahieu finished 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: LeMahieu is off to a torrid start. He's now batting .299, but what's been most noticeable this season is his increased power. He's tweaked his batted ball profile in the early going, and it's resulted in five homers and seven doubles. He's also scored 14 times while driving in 11 runs on the season.

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Starling Marte drives in run

Sun, Apr 22nd 6:42am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Starling Marte finished 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Marte continues to produce for fantasy owners. He's been a true five-category contributor with a .278 average, three homers, eight RBIs, 16 runs scored, and six stolen bases on the season.

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Joey Votto walks four times

Sun, Apr 22nd 6:40am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Joey Votto finished 0-for-1 with four walks in Saturday's contest against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Votto has experienced another slow start to his season. He's becoming a notoriously slow starter, posting April numbers that are far from his career averages over the last three seasons. However, he's also been extremely consistent, in a great way for fantasy owners, over the remainder of the season in each of the last two campaigns. That would signal a buying opportunity for those owners bold enough to bet on the aging veteran.

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