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Hernan Perez went 2-for-5 with a RBI and two strikeouts in the Brewers' 4-2 extra-inning loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday. Perez started in left field and batted third with Ryan Braun out.

Fantasy Impact: Perez should be the primary LF with Braun (calf) on the DL for at least the next 10 days. Perez should be owned in all fantasy leagues while Braun is out. His numbers are in line with his breakout season in 2016 with a .274 average, five home runs, 20 runs and 19 RBIs just over a quarter into the season. Perez does however only have two steals this season which is a long way from the 34 he recorded last season which may have been an anomaly.


Jett Bandy hit a Jorge De La Rosa pitch over the leftfield wall in the seventh inning to even the score at one during the Brewers' 4-2 loss in 10 innings on Friday. Bandy finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with a run and RBI.

Fantasy Impact: After a red-hot April which saw Bandy bat .327 with four home runs, he has cooled off in May batting just .229 with two long balls. However, overall he has provided nice value for fantasy owners that took a chance on the Brewers' catcher in deep two-catcher leagues. Bandy will continue to split playing time with Manny Pina behind the plate for the Brewers.


Manny Pina was struck on the elbow by a Robbie Ray fastball in the second inning of Thursday night's game and was immediately removed. He experienced numbness in his fingers and is being diagnosed with a left elbow contusion. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sounds like Pina may have avoided a serious injury but no word yet if the injury will force Pina to the DL or not. He will likely sit out for at least a game or two. Look for Jett Bandy to start behind the plate the next couple of days.


Ryan Braun (calf) left Thursday night's game in the fourth inning after feeling a pull in a calf when running down a foul ball. He will be placed back on the 10-day DL. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun just finished a 10-day stint on the DL being activated on Sunday. He played just two-plus games going 0-for-9 before aggravating the injury. Look for Braun and the Brewers to be extra cautious this time around. Hernan Perez will likely take over as the primary left fielder. Braun owners need to place him back on the DL or bench and wait it out.


Keon Broxton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run off Blue Jays' starter Marcus Stroman in the fourth inning of the Brewers 8-4 loss Thursday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: The home run was Broxton's fifth of the season and fourth this month. He is currently riding a six-game hitting streak batting .320 during the streak to raise his season average up to .271. Broxton should be owned in all fantasy leagues due to his speed/power ability.


Matt Garza allowed six earned runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed three home runs, and struck out five batters. It was his first loss of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Garza's ERA balooned from 2.43 to 3.60 on Wednesday, and the three home runs allowed doubled his season total from three to six. Inter-league matchups are always funky, so take this outing with a little grain of salt, but it should definitely raise an eyebrow and make most owners proceed with caution moving forward. Before Wednesday, Garza had held his own, turning in four quality starts in five outings. If he is owned in your mixed league, chances are he's being dropped for another streamer, but his next start comes against the Mets at Citi Field on Monday, and he makes for a nice streamer if you can fit him on your roster or tournament lineup in DFS contests.


Domingo Santana went 1-for-3 with a three run home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: This was Santana's sixth home run of the year, and he is now batting .268. Santana has a solid combination of power and speed, and has value in deep leagues or NL-only leagues.


Junior Guerra to start Friday

Wed, May 24th 9:15am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

MIL

Junior Guerra is preparing to start Friday for the Brewers against the Diamondbacks. he's been sidelined by a calf injury since the start of the season. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Guerra hasn't looked great while on rehab, but he'll make the return Friday if all goes as is expected. He was a bit of an anomaly last season, coming out of nowhere to pitch well. He was defying peripherals, so it will be interesting to see what he's able to do in 2017. Considering the state of starting pitching he's likely worth a flier in deep leagues.


Eric Thames, who left Sunday's game early with leg cramps, was in the Brewers' starting lineup batting second on Tuesday. He went 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk, HBP and a steal in the Brewers' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: After a red-hot April batting .345 with 11 home runs, Thames has come back to earth in May with a .250 average and two long balls. Despite slowing down in May, Thames is still hitting the ball hard 41% of the time this month. He will have a hard time duplicating his strong April but is still a solid 1B that should be started in all leagues.


Jonathan Villar went 1-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: It has been a tumultuous season thus far for Villar, who also struck out twice in this game. The Brewers had been experimenting with different lineup spots for Villar, but it seems that they will leave him at lead off for now. His potential for steals makes him worth starting in all roto and H2H categories leagues.


Travis Shaw went 0-for-4 with four SO Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: This night also marked the end of Shaw's 11 game hitting streak. Shaw is a great fantasy option at corner infield, batting .283 on the season with nine HR and 34 RBI.


Jimmy Nelson allowed four earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three Blue Jays in a loss at home on Tuesday evening.

Fantasy Impact: After recording quality starts in each of his last two outings, Nelson regressed a bit on Tuesday. His ERA now sits at 4.20 to go along with a 1.40 WHIP. If he isn't walking batters, he's allowing too many hits. If he's stifling hits, the walks come out. Nelson has been an unreliable season long fantasy asset so far this season, but he makes for a nice tournament gamble in DFS contests if you like to take risks. His next start will come on Sunday at home against the Diamondbacks.


Neftali Feliz allowed a hit and an unearned run to score in a relief appearance against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. He struck out two batters, and lowered his season ERA to 6.00.

Fantasy Impact: Feliz turned in a quality appearance after taking a week long break from the bullpen. With Corey Knebel pitching well and securing saves in his new role as the Brewers' closer, who knows if Feliz will return to the role anytime soon. He's worth a spot on a watch list in case Knebel goes down, but even then there may be another pitcher in line for saves if Feliz can't lock down some clean appearances moving forward.


Chase Anderson allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. He walked three, and struck out two batters. It was his first loss of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson served up three home runs on Sunday, two to Kris Bryant. The home runs allowed more than doubled Anderson's season total from two to five. His ERA now stands at 4.25 to go along with a 1.46 WHIP. Unless you're in a tremendously deep NL-Only league, leave Anderson on your waiver wire until he can put forth a quality start or two. His next start will come against the Diamondbacks at Miller Park on Saturday afternoon.


Orlando Arcia went 3-for-5 with three singles and a RBI in the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Arcia has put together back-to-back games with multiple hits for the second time this season to raise is average up to .231. His peripheral numbers are all similar to the 55-game sample from his rookie season. Those fantasy owners hoping that he was going to make positive strides in his first full season will need to continue to be patient with the 22-year-old shortstop. Arcia should only be owned in NL-only leagues and 15-team mixed leagues.


Eric Sogard produces his second four-hit game in the last three days going 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Padres on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Sogard has been on fire since joining the Brewers when Ryan Braun went on the DL going 10-for-17 with two homers and seven RBIs. Manager Craig Counsell stated that he was going to find a way to keep Sogard in the lineup with the team headed to Chicago and he has by starting him in LF batting leadoff against the Cubs in a Friday afternoon tilt. Fantasy owners in deep leagues should continue to ride Sogard while he is hot. With Ryan Bruan expected back soon, Sogard's run might come to an end just as quickly as it started.


Corey Knebel allowed one walk and struck out two batters in a save opportunity against the Padres on Wednesday evening. He threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes and has converted both of his save chances since taking over the closer's role.

Fantasy Impact: Knebel has struck out at least one batter in each of his 22 appearances this year, and he has a 35/10 K/BB rate over 21.0 innings. If he can keep earning saves for the Brewers, there's a chance he holds the role for the rest of the season as long as he is healthy. If he isn't owned in your mixed-league, snatch him up NOW!


Wily Peralta allowed the Mets to score seven runs, six of them earned, on seven hits and one walk over 4.1 innings on Sunday afternoon. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta left with his team down 7-1, but the Brewers' offense battled back and got him off the hook for the loss. Big Wily is back to his old ways it seems, as his ERA has gone from 4.71 to 6.08 over his last five starts. During that period he's allowed six home runs. He can be safely tossed aside in all but the very deepest of leagues. His ability to turn in quality starts every now and again makes him an interesting tournament play in DFS contests, but it's a big risk. His next start will come against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.


Jared Hughes earned his first save of the season in a ninth inning, two out mop-up role against the Mets on Friday. He entered after Jacob Barnes coughed up two runs in the top of the inning, and was able to shut the door on a 7-4 lead by retiring the final two batters.

Fantasy Impact: Corey Knebel had thrown 41 pitches the day before, and the Brewers had a 7-2 lead heading into the ninth inning so asking Hughes to get the final two outs made plenty of sense. Knebel is first in line for saves in the Brewers bullpen with Neftali Feliz being removed from the closer's role. Hughes has a 2.63 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP with a 5/7 K/BB rate over 13.2 innings this season. There's no need to rush to get Hughes on your team as his save chances will come from scenarios like the one on Friday.


Nick Franklin drew the start in RF batting sixth on Friday night the Brewers' 4-0 loss to the Pirates. He was one of the lone bright spots for the Brewers collecting three of the team's seven hits. Franklin finished the game 3-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: The start was just Franklin's sixth of the season as he plays a super utility role on the Brewers' bench. He is batting just .162 on the season with one home run, four RBIs and a steal. Franklin's playing time will continue to be limited making him unusable in all fantasy leagues.


Jesus Aguilar hit a go-ahead pinch hit HR Thursday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Aguilar has hit 140 career home runs in the minors, and Thursday marked his first career home run in the majors. The home run came in the seventh inning, and proved to be the difference in the game. From a fantasy standpoint Aguilar has not followed up on his excellent spring training, and has little value even in NL only leagues.