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Salvador Perez notched a double and a single, going 2-for-4, with a pair of runs scored as the Royals were defeated by the Cubs 5-4 on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Perez is working on a three-game hitting streak and has five hits total over that span. He is plagued by the same issue that other Royals sluggers are facing, however, and that's a lack of counting stats. KC just isn't scoring a lot of runs as a team right now and it's dampening the fantasy value of more than a few players, Salvy included. With catcher being as weak as it is, though, fantasy owners can still be happy with Perez's consistent approach at the plate. On the year he is slashing .265/.280/.429.

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Jorge Soler went 0-for-3 with one RBI in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Soler had reached base safely in 11-staright games heading into tonight but wasn't able to get aboard in this one. He did drive in his first RBI in seven games with a sac fly but has just four all year. He's been solid in OBP leagues but the counting stats aren't where you'd like to see them thus far. Soler has a triple slash of .262/.373/.452/ with two home runs and four RBI 12 games into the season.

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Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI, and one run scored in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi now has at least one hit in five of six games, three of which were multi-hit efforts. He's played much better of late after starting the season 3-for-25 at the dish. Following Tuesday's performance Mondesi has raised his battling line to a respectable .289/.304/.400. He'll look to build on this on Wednesday when the Royals face Yu Darvish for third game of a four-game set against the Cubbies.

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Brady Singer gave up four runs on five hits across 5.0 innings while striking eight out and walking two in the Royals' 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs have a veteran-laden lineup and they really made Singer work, he registered a season-high 93 pitches in this one. His big mistakes were a couple 2-run HR to Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis, respectively. It wasn't all bad for Singer as he managed a career-high eight punch-outs and he's now logged exactly 5.0 innings in all three of his starts this year. Through three starts he has a 4.80 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 3:1 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. He's slated to toe the rubber again on Sunday at home against Minnesota but should be started with caution against the heavy hitting Twins.

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Brad Keller (COVID-19) will make his season debut on Thursday against the Cubs. (Source: Alec Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keller missed most of summer camp following a positive COVID-19 test. He isn't a recommended fantasy option for this matchup.

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Rookie Kris Bubic will make his second start of the season on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bubic was decent in his first Major League start against the White Sox when he gave up two earned runs on three hits over four innings. He's likely to be on a pitch count, which limits his upside, but he is an intriguing name to keep an eye on.

Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy pitched well in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs on Monday. Duffy allowed one run over six innings while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy was saddled with the loss as his offense couldn't muster any run support. Duffy is off to a nice start this season, posting a 0-2 record, 4.11 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings of work. He's worth streaming in plus matchups going forward.

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Kansas City outfielder Franchy Cordero went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Cordero swiped second base off Chicago reliever Rowan Wick. The outfielder is hitting just .167 with two runs and two RBI this year.

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Royals manager Mike Matheny says Jesse Hahn is expected to resume baseball activities soon. (Source: Lynn Worthy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hahn is currently on the restricted list after leaving the Royals for personal reasons towards the end of summer camp. The 31-year-old appeared in six games for Kansas City last season after returning from an elbow injury.

Kansas City Royals right-hander Jakob Junis pitched well in his first start of the season. Junis allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of work while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Junis spent the first nine games of the season on the COVID-19 IL. The young hurler has decent strikeout upside and is worth streaming in plus matchups. His next start comes against a loaded Twins lineup in what does not qualify as a plus matchup.

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon hit a second-inning homer off Chicago starter Dylan Cease. That goes in the books as Gordon's first homer of the 2020 season. Overall, Gordon is hitting .214 with three runs and one RBI.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Ronald Bolanos struggled in an 11-5 loss to the White Sox on Saturday. Bolanos allowed five runs over 1 2/3 innings of work while striking out one and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Bolanos has made two starts for the Royals and has failed to make it past the second inning. Overall, he has a 0-2 record, 12.27 ERA, and two strikeouts on the year.

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Kansas City outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in an 11-5 loss to the White Sox on Saturday. He was also caught stealing in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Merrifield is off to a red-hot start, hitting .324 with three homers, eight runs, nine RBI, and a steal.

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Ryan McBroom went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run but the Royals fell short and lost to the White Sox 3-2 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: McBroom had himself a day for the Royals when smacked his first double and home run of 2020. While the first baseman had a nice day at the plate he simply doesn't play enough to contribute meaningfully in fantasy.

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Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth inning while giving up one hit and striking out one to nail down the save in the Royals 5-3 victory over the Tigers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It was Rosenthal, not Ian Kennedy, who got the save opportunity on Thursday. It was his third appearance of the season but his first save chance. It's impossible to predict who will get the next save opportunity for KC as it's morphed into a committee; Holland got the team's first save followed by Rosenthal on Thursday so perhaps it'll be Kennedy's turn next.

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Greg Holland threw one scoreless inning while striking out two, giving up one hit, and grabbing a victory in the Royals 5-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Holland came in at the bottom of the sixth inning in a tie game and was able to notch a scoreless frame. The Royals took the lead in the seventh and never relinquished it. It's hard to get a read on the bullpen situation in KC as they're taking a closer-by-committee approach but Holland has been solid in every appearance he's made. On the year, he has a 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 5/2 K/BB ratio with one save and one win.

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Ian Kennedy gave up one run while striking out two over one inning of relief as the Tigers took down the Royals 5-4 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy came in with the game tied at four before giving up a solo shot to JaCoby Jones, which was enough to get saddled with the loss. He was slated to be the Royals' closer to start the year but he's only pitched three innings over two appearances, neither of which were a save/hold situation. The Royals seem time taking a closer-by-committee approach early on with Greg Holland notching the team's only save. There won't be many save opportunities to begin with but this whole situation dampens Kennedy's value.

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Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI as the Royals fell to the Tigers 5-4 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Don't look now but Franco is 8-for-16 over his last four games. He's hit two home runs, three doubles, and driven in six runs over that span. He's move up to fourth in the batting order amidst this hot-streak. He's working on a mini post-hype breakout and he'll look to keep it going Thursday as the Royals finish their series with the Tigers.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Kyle Zimmer allowed one run in two innings in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. Zimmer struck out one and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmer was on a 50-pitch limit in his start but he only wound up throwing 35. The 28-year-old has now made two appearances this season, one as a reliever and one as a starter. He posted a 10.80 ERA across 18 1/3 innings of work in 2019.

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Tyler Zuber gave up three earned runs and two hits while recording one walk and one strikeout over one inning pitched in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Zuber came on in relief of starter Kyle Zimmer, who was on a pitch count and only threw two innings before plunking JaCoby Jones to start the bottom of the third inning. Protecting a two-run lead, Zuber gave up two two-run home runs to Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart, respectively. With only two appearances in 2020 under his belt his ERA ballooned to 9.0 with a 1.33 WHIP. He isn't on the fantasy radar.

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