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Jonathan Villar went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and a walk in the Brewers' 8-0 win over the Marlins Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Villar also stranded seven runners in his five plate appearances. He now has 23 strikeouts to just three walks so far this year, meaning his .270 AVG could begin to tumble. His speed gives him fantasy value, but don't expect a 2016 repeat with this plate discipline and poor contact skills.

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Travis Shaw went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI, and a walk in the Brewers' 8-0 win Friday over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: This is the second straight game where Shaw has reached base twice. He now has three home runs on the season with an .865 OPS.

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The X-Rays on Orlando Arica's ankle came back negative. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arica was forced to exit the game Friday after rolling his ankle, but it sounds like he won't miss significant time. Arica is day-to-day for now. Eric Sogard or Hernan Perez would likely fill in at shortstop in his absence.

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Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It was a huge night for the big first baseman, who now has a 1.037 OPS in 33 plate appearances. Aguilar does not play enough to have value in standard leagues, but he is a bona fide lefty killer. Against lefties all time Aguilar has an .849 OPS and 123 wRC+. He is best used in deep daily lineup leagues or NL-Only when facing a lefty.

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Ryan Braun, who remained out of the starting lineup again on Thursday due to calf tightness, came on to pinch-hit in the sixth inning an delivered a three-run shot during a seven-run inning in the Brewers 12-3 win.

Fantasy Impact: The homer also supplied Braun with his 1,000 career RBI. Braun is hopeful to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game. If he is in the Brewers' starting lineup then he should be in your fantasy starting lineup.

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Lorenzo Cain led the Brewers' offense to 12 runs and a win on Thursday going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: The three-hit effort on Thursday was his first since the opening weekend of the season when he had two three-hit games. Cain's average rose back above .300 as it appears he is at his best with Christian Yelich hitting behind him in the two-hole. With Yelich back, the Brewers' offense could take off when Ryan Braun returns to the starting lineup.

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Chase Anderson (2-1) picked up his second straight win thanks to a scoring outburst by the Brewers in a 12-3 win. Anderson threw 5 1/3 innings while allowing three runs on five hits including two home runs. He struck out three and walked a pair in the 97-pitch effort.

Fantasy Impact: Not the best outing for Anderson whose ERA rose to 3.25 for the season but he'll take the run support and the victory. Anderson's numbers may continue to regress some in his upcoming starts as he currently holds a low .197 BABIP and high 93.5% strand rate. Anderson's next scheduled start will come in Kansas City next Wednesday.

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Domingo Santana went 0-for-4 at the plate on Wednesday with two strikeouts during the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Santana went hitless in 12 at-bats during the three-game series with the Reds to drop his batting average down to .232. Santana is also without an extra-base hit this season through his first 57 at-bats after clubbing 30 homers and 29 doubles last season. He picked a bad time to start slumping with Christian Yelich returning from the DL, Santana could be the odd man out in the Brewers' outfield. Consider benching or dropping Santana in standard leagues.

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Christian Yelich started in CF and batted second for the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon in his first game since returning from the DL with an oblique injury. Yelich went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a strikeout in the Brewers' 2-0 win.

Fantasy Impact: Yelich didn't waste any time getting back in the mix for the Brewers by reaching base three times in his return from the DL. He will remain a mainstay in the two-hole of the Brewers' lineup and will be a valuable fantasy asset in all leagues. Get him activated!

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Jacob Barnes pitched the final two frames of a 2-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday afternoon to record his second save of the season. Barnes did not allow a hit while walking one and recording three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: The Brewers are making the two-inning save trendy again with three straight saves spanning two innings, one by Barnes and two by Josh Hader. Look for manager Craig Counsell to keep rolling with his latest method of managing the bullpen while Corey Knebel is out since it appears to be working. Barnes will continue to be in the mix for saves but Hader is the preferred pickup in fantasy leagues.

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Zach Davies (1-2) recorded his first victory of the season by tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Reds on Wednesday afternoon during a 2-0 win. Davies held the Reds to three hits while walking two and striking out two on 93 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: After a 17-win season a year ago, Davies picked up his first win of the season in his fourth start. With six-plus shutout innings, Davies lowered his ERA to 4.84 on the season. Davies is worth fantasy consideration in deep mixed leagues and NL only leagues. He is scheduled for two road starts next week facing the Royals on Tuesday and Cubs on Sunday. Davies posted a 2.04 road ERA last season so he could be worth a flier in a two-start week in standard leagues as well.

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Eric Thames went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday in the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Thames was pulled from Sunday's game with a groin injury and didn't play Monday, but he picked up where he left off in his return to the lineup. He now has six home runs and a .942 OPS on the young season.

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Junior Guerra allowed just one hit over 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven and walking three in a no-decision on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Through his first two starts, Guerra has a 0.82 ERA and 0.91 WHIP while recording a strikeout per inning. With back-to-back strong outings, Guerra is a lock to remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future with his next start coming in a favorable matchup at home against the Marlins. Guerra is worth streaming in that start.

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Josh Hader pitched two shutout innings to record his second save during a 2-0 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Hader allowed just one hit and struck out three on 29 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Hader appears to be in the mix for saves for the Brewers while Corey Knebel is out with two two-inning saves over the last four days. The multi-inning variety of save does not lend itself to pitching back-to-back days so look for the Brewers to continue to mix in Matt Albers or Jeremy Jeffress on days when Hader is unable to pitch. That said, Hader should be owned in all fantasy leagues due to his phenomenal stuff which has led to a 1.54 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings in addition to picking up a few saves along the way.

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Brent Suter (1-2) allowed three runs on six hits to the Reds on Monday in a 10-4 loss. He did not walk a batter and struck out four on just 69 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Suter has pitched five innings in each of his four starts this season and has a 4.87 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He doesn't pitch deep enough into games or strikeout enough batters to warrant fantasy consideration outside of NL-only leagues. Suter's next scheduled start is Saturday at home against the Marlins.

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Jhoulys Chacin allowed just one run on five hits over four innings during his start against the Mets on Sunday. He walked three and struck out four in the no-decision on 85 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Despite another short outing with just four innings, Chacin came away with his best result of the season so far giving up just one run with a strikeout per inning. Chacin lowered his ERA to 5.60 for the season and will look to build on this performance with a home start against the Marlins on Friday. There is a risk with rostering and starting Chacin but this might be the start to give him a try.

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Matt Albers gave up a walk-off solo home run to Wilmer Flores in Brewers' 3-2 loss Sunday to the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Another day, another bullpen blowup for Milwaukee. Albers had seemingly grabbed hold of the closer role for the Brewers, but it's impossible to know who will get the next save chance now. This will be a frustrating situation for fantasy owners until Corey Knebel returns.

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Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Perez's second blast of the season came off of Mets lefty Steven Matz. He's had a rough start to season, having gone just 4-for-25 with a .592 OPS thus far. Perez doesn't get enough consistent playing time to make a big fantasy impact.

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Manny Pina exited the Brewers' game on Tuesday with a strained calf. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pina took a walk and was standing on first base when he was pulled. Pina is out for tomorrow's game, and the Brewers are going to reevaluate his status before Friday's game against the Mets. Jett Bandy will fill in behind the dish in Pina's place.

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Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with a run and two doubles in the Brewers' win Monday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Sogard got the start in place of Jonathan Villar and made the most of his opportunity. If he gets hot Sogard could earn himself more playing time, though he doesn't provide much fantasy value even as a regular player.

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