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Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS9/2/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be just a routine night off for the slugger. He's on an 11-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .320 to go along with 33 HR, 99 RBI and a .983 OPS. That's got to get him in the conversation for MVP.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL9/2/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist and again not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra will replace him.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC9/2/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is still not in the starting lineup with Chris Valaika taking the spot in the field and Luis Valbuena in the cleanup spot.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from last Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and he's missed the last five games. That's a big bat out of the lineup for Chicago and fantasy owners (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS).
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI9/2/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Phillies 3B prospect Maikel Franco will make his major league debut Tuesday night.
Insight: Franco, MLB.com's No. 25 prospect in baseball, has had an up-and-down season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting .257 with 16 homers, 78 RBI and a .727 OPS.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL9/2/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Hardy is dealing with a lower back issue that forced him from Monday's game. The shortstop is hitting .282 with 50 RBI, but he is on pace for his fewest home runs since 2010 ahving hit just nine homers this season.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS9/2/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Jayson Werth is that rare hitter who is successful against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Werth is 9-for-24 (.375) with three home runs versus Kershaw. He's batting .288 with 16 HR, 76 RBI and 73 runs.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLHot9/2/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run versus Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Holliday and Jose Bautista are the two hottest hitters in baseball at the moment. Holliday batted .391 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 1.462 OPS for the week. He's a must start.
Chris Carter, DH, HOUHot9/2/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter is a career .364 hitter with a pair of home runs and a 1.144 OPS versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Carter is having his most productive season with a career-high 33 home runs and needing just four RBI to reach the mark he set last season. He's been hot over the past two months, batting .278 with 20 HR and 48 RBI in his last 51 games. Start him.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX9/2/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is a career .409 hitter (9-for-22) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Andrus helps fantasy owners by scoring runs and stealing bases and getting on base is the first requirement for both which he does against Guthrie making him a solid play Tuesday.
Chris Coghlan, CF, CHCHot9/2/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan is a career .667 hitter (6-for-9) versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: He's had a hot week, batting .375 over the past seven games. He's now hitting .276 with a .788 OPS in 301 at-bats this year and is a solid play Tuesday.
David Wright, 3B, NYM9/2/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 12-for-20 (.600) with four home runs against Miami starter Brad Penny.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI9/2/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a lifetime .400 hitter with three home runs, eight RBI and a 1.400 OPS versus Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Howard's home run (20) and RBI total (87) look respectable, but it's nowhere near what we used to get out of him.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot9/2/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter with two home runs and a 1.146 OPS versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORHot9/2/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 8-for-26 (.308) with three home runs against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Bautista has homered in five consecutive games and is up to 29 home runs and 83 RBI while posting a .283 average this year. It's his best home run and RBI total since 2011.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM9/2/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 with six strikeouts when facing R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: Jennings hasn't played since Aug. 28 while dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear when he will return. Fantasy owners, and Rays fans, are still waiting for Jennings to blossom into the "next" Carl Crawford as was advertised when he first came to the big leagues.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET9/2/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter with two home runs and a 1.788 OPS versus Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: In his 18th season, Hunter continues to be a productive player. He's batting .278 with 15 HR, 73 RBI and a .760 OPS. Not superstar stuff, but solid fill-in material.
Kelly Johnson, 3B, BOSCold9/2/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Orioles utility man Kelly Johson should not be in any fantasy lineups Tuesday as he's 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
Insight: The 32-year-old has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season, batting .212 with six homers, 23 RBI and a .644 OPS. He doesn't have a starting role with his new team and should be a spot starter ... at best.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN9/1/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Monday against Texas.
Insight: Perez batted just .229 in August and is hitting .269 on the season after batting .292 or better in his first three seasons. He does have a career-high 16 home runs, however.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COLHot9/1/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon was hitless in his first five at-bats Monday before hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Insight: Blackmon homered in each of the previous two games and has driven in six runs in his last five. He's gone 22-for-67 (.328) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, 12 runs and two steals in his last 17 games.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG9/1/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse will undergo an MRI on his left hip Tuesday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Morse tweaked his hip during batting practice Monday and was scratched from the lineup. He hit .299 in August, but with just one home run.
Joe Panik, 2B, SFGHot9/1/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: Panik, a former first-round draft pick, hit just .203 in his first 74 at-bats, but he's gone 38-for-96 (.396) with four doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBI and 15 runs in his last 25 games.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFGHot9/1/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, a walk and two runs Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Pence has gone 37-for-114 (.325) with five doubles, three triples, six homers and 22 RBI and 23 runs in his last 27 games. His 99 runs lead the majors.
Buster Posey, C, SFGHot9/1/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Posey has batted a ridiculous .469 with four doubles, a triple, five homers and 14 RBI in his last 11 games (49 at-bats). During that span, he's raised his average from .278 to .299 and his OPS from .759 to .824.
David Price, SP, DET9/1/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price held the Indians to one run on eight hits in seven innings Monday night to earn his 13th win.
Insight: Price gave up eight runs on 12 hits over two innings in his last start, so this was a nice bounce-back effort. The left-hander's 232 strikeouts are the most in baseball.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET9/1/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos has gone 28-for-90 (.311) with three doubles, two triples, three homers and 16 RBI in his last 25 games.
Insight: Castellanos went 3-for-5 Monday at Cleveland and is hitting .266 with 10 homers, 57 RBI and a .725 OPS on the year.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETHot9/1/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Monday at Cleveland.
Insight: Martinez struggled coming out of the All-Star break, but he's gone 29-for-89 (.326) with eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in his last 22 games.
Victor Martinez, DH, DETHot9/1/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: Martinez has batted .358 with seven homers, 32 RBI, 21 walks and 22 runs in his last 32 games. He's second in the AL with a .329 average.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET9/1/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs Monday at Cleveland.
Insight: Cabrera went 5-for-35 (.143) in his last eight games of August and didn't hit a homer in his last 27 games of the month. He also sat out Sunday due to an ankle injury. By the standard Cabrera set the past two seasons, a .304 average, 19 homers, 94 RBI and .868 OPS are disappointing.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG9/1/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a hip injury, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Morse tweaked his hip during batting practice. He hit .299 in August, but with just one home run.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI 9/1/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill has allowed nine earned runs, 11 hits and nine walks in his last 7 1/3 innings.
Insight: Cahill threw five straight quality starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 (2.73 ERA), but he's been terrible the past two starts. He's 3-10 with a 5.06 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP and an 83/46 K/BB in 90 2/3 innings this season.
Tyson Ross, SP, SDPHot9/1/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross won his 13th game of the season Monday against Arizona.
Insight: Ross struck out eight and allowed one run over six innings. He's allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of the past 14 starts. His 2.60 ERA and 184 Ks both rank fifth in the NL.
Chris Young, SP, SEA9/1/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter Chris Young has allowed 11 hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in his last 4 1/3 innings.
Insight: Young has had a great comeback season, going 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 151 innings, but he may be running out of gas. He's also trying to keep his ERA in the threes even though his FIP is 4.74.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, OAK9/1/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in his first game with the Athletics Monday.
Insight: The White Sox traded Dunn to the A's Sunday. The 34-year-old, who plans to retire after the season, has never played in the playoffs so he should be energized by the deal.
Jason Hammel, SP, CHC 9/1/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jason Hammel allowed one run on three hits in eight innings Monday against the Mariners.
Insight: Hammel has given up six hits and two runs in his last 15 innings, but he still has a 4.98 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, a 32/19 K/BB and a 2.11 HR/9 in 47 innings since he joined Oakland.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLHot9/1/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Holliday has gone 19-for-55 (.345) with five doubles, four homers and 22 RBI over his last 14 games. He's now hitting .269 with 16 homers, 81 RBI, 72 runs and an .804 OPS. With a big September, the left fielder could end up with his usual numbers despite underperforming for most of the season.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT 9/1/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo homer Monday at St. Louis.
Insight: McCutchen has gone 18-for-55 (.327) with three doubles and four home runs since he returned from a fractured rib on Aug. 19.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL9/1/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a pinch-hit two-run homer Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Wong left Sunday's game with a head injury, but he avoided a concussion. The rookie has a .252 average, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 43 runs and 19 steals in 337 at-bats.
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLEHot9/1/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Valbuena has hit six home runs in his last 13 games and a career-high 16 in 403 at-bats this season. He's done a nice job holding down the hot corner while the Cubs wait for prospect Kris Bryant.
Phil Hughes, SP, MINHot9/1/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed three runs over eight innings Monday at Baltimore, but none were earned.
Insight: Hughes has had the best season of his career, going 15-9 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 180 2/3 innings. His 10.47 K/BB is second best all-time among pitchers with at least 150 innings.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL9/1/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday against Minnesota.
Insight: Cruz has hit .238 with seven homers and 13 RBI in his last 21 games after going 11-for-91 (.121) with one home run and four RBI from July 9 to Aug. 8.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN 9/1/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI Monday at Baltimore.
Insight: Mauer went 3-for-23 (.130) in his last seven games of August after getting his average up to .281 on Aug. 23. After his three-hit game Monday, Mauer is hitting .276 with four homers, 45 RBI, 51 runs and a .731 OPS in 377 at-bats.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM9/1/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers has gone 9-for-46 (.196) with one homer and three RBI since he returned from a fractured wrist.
Insight: That includes a three-hit game Monday against Boston. Myers has had a terrible sophomore slump this season, hitting .221 with six homers, 28 RBI and a .646 OPS in 244 at-bats one year after winning AL Rookie of the Year.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold9/1/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Napoli hit .175 in August. He has 17 home runs in 386 at-bats but just 51 RBI. The 32-year-old drove in 92 runs in 498 at-bats last year.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA9/1/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Monday against the Mets.
Insight: Stanton went 2-for-18 with one RBI in his last five games of August but still hit .289 with eight homers, 25 RBI and a .998 OPS during the month. He's hitting .292 with 34 homers, 99 RBI, 84 runs and a .954 OPS and is one of the top contenders for NL MVP.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot9/1/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The five RBI Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had Monday represent 25 percent of his season total.
Insight: Revere had 15 RBI all season entering the game. He's batted .310 with 18 extra-base hits, 60 runs and 40 steals this year and he's been a .353 hitter since June 26.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI9/1/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined to throw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon.
Insight: Hamels was removed after throwing 108 pitches over six innings. He struck out seven and walked five before Philadelphia's bullpen combined to strike out five over three perfect innings. After missing the first three weeks with a shoulder injury and recording a 7.02 ERA in his first three starts, Hamels has posted a 2.00 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a 151/45 K/BB over his last 152 2/3 innings while allowing three runs or less in 21 of his 22 starts during that span.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN9/1/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey (elbow) will not pitch again this season.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it didn't work as hoped. The Reds are out of playoff contention, so there's no reason to bring Bailey back.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA 9/1/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez left Monday's start with a left oblique strain.
Insight: With Jose Fernandez out, Alvarez has stepped up as Miami's top starter this season and kept them in the Wild Card hunt, but this could end his year. He's 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 159 1/3 innings.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA9/1/2014 2:24:00 PM
Description: Mainers first baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Smoak was hitting well in the minors, .337 with 40 RBI in 56 games and a .924 OPS, but he hasn't been able to carry that success to the major league level. With the Mariners in a pennant race he probably won't get many opportunities to help fantasy owners.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN9/1/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: This move makes it tough on management because Billy Butler has hit much better since he started playing in the field. The 24-year-old Hosmer is hitting .267 with just six homers, 46 RBI, 45 runs and a .689 OPS in 409 at-bats this season, not good enough for a fantasy first baseman.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA9/1/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: The 21-year-old Walker has a 3.60 ERA, but control issues keep him from being a every fifth day option. He's walked 13 in 15 innings this season. It's unknown how the Mariners will use him the rest of the way.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET9/1/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber.
Insight: The two-time MVP is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and seven RBI against the Cleveland right-hander. And the wind will be blowing out to right at 11 mph too. Update: Cabrera will be the DH, so make sure he's in your lineup.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK9/1/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) has been activated from the disabled list
Insight: He's already admitted he isn't 100 percent, but after missing three weeks he's going to try to play. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. It's probably best to avoid him for a while until we see how well he can swing a bat.
Justin Masterson, SP, STLCold9/1/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has been sent to the bullpen.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA and a 1.646 WHIP for St. Louis.
Travis Snider, LF, PIT9/1/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider is not in the lineup for Monday's game against St. Louis due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Snider's spot will be taken by Andrew Lambo, who batted .328 at Triple-A Indianapolis and is 3-for-9 with the Pirates this season.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL9/1/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Braves catcherr Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Philadelphia
Insight: He had faced Phillies ace Cole Hamels just six times, but has taken him deep twice. Gattis's home run on Sunday was his first extra-base hit in a week. This appears to be a routine day off.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC9/1/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Milwaukee.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and missed all of the Cardinals series over the weekend. That's a big bat out of the lineup for Chicago and fantasy owners (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS).
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL9/1/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist and not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra will replace him.
B.J. Upton, CF, ATLCold9/1/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton should be getting Monday afternoon off as he's never figured out Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Upton is hitless in 18 tries against Hamels. The best he's managed is a walk and he's struck out five times. We suspect you weren't tempted on using Upton anyway, what with his .207 batting average and .607 OPS. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS9/1/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) will miss his second consecutive game Monday.
Insight: Pedroia has been picking up his game over the past two months and was batting .300 in 25 August games. This couldn't have come at worse time with the fantasy championship coming down the home stretch. His return is unclear as it always is with concussion issues and protocols.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS9/1/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup for Monday against Drew Smyly and the Rays.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but had a nice 4-for-7 history against Smyly so this is a bit of a surprise. Napoli will be the DH, despite an 0-for-7 mark against the left-hander.
Josh Willingham, LF, KAN9/1/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham is a career .333 hitter with four home runs versus Texas right-hander Colby Lewis
Insight: The 35-year-old has hit much better since joining the contender, batting .267 with an .866 OPS over 15 games. He should be a nice play Monday.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG9/1/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has helped the Giants offense since his return from the disabled list by batting .305 in his last 21 games, but probably won't be much help to fantasy owners Monday in an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Pagan is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Colorado left-hander Franklin Morales.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET9/1/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .077 hitter (1-for-13) against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Kinsler went 6-for-19 (.315) over the weekend, but is a poor play in Monday's matchup. He used to be a 30-30 guy (2009, 2011), but now he'll be lucky to reach 20-20.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET9/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber.
Insight: The two-time MVP is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and seven RBI against the Cleveland right-hander. And the wind will be blowing out to right at 11 mph too.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITCold9/1/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has struggled against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, batting just .125 in 32 at-bats including 12 strikeouts.
Insight: McCutchen hasn't done much over the past week as he continues to deal with health issues. The reigning National League MVP is 4-for-16 over the past five games without an extra-base hit. Look elsewhere for offensive help.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL9/1/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is as hot as he's been all season and has a favorable matchup against the Pirates Gerrit Cole (5-for-9).
Insight: Holliday went off over the weekend, going 6-for-15 with a double and three home runs. He's now batting .267 with 16 HR, 78 RBI and an .801 OPS.
David Wright, 3B, NYM9/1/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 9-for-19 (.474) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIA9/1/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is a .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Ozuna is one of the most streaky hitters around, but has become a viable fantasy option this season with a .261 batting average, 19 HR, 72 RBI and 62 runs scored. Monday, however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA9/1/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is just 1-for-12 against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Stanton has to be considered a strong candidate for NL MVP with 33 homers, 98 RBI, walks (89), OBP (.401), SLG (.550), OPS (.951). Having said all that this isn't a great matchup for the slugger.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold9/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is hitless is seven at-bats versus Rays left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: Napoli is just 3-for-37 (.081) over the past seven games and combined with a poor matchup should be on the fantasy bench for the day.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL9/1/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is just 1-for-14 in his career against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: The defensive ace is batting .247 with very little power and speed and doesn't hold much fantasy value.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL9/1/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Evan Gattis has faced Phillies ace Cole Hamels just six times, but has taken him deep twice.
Insight: Gattis's home run on Sunday was his first extra-base hit in a week, but perhaps he can make it two in a row this afternoon..
Chris Iannetta, C, ANA8/31/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI, two runs and a walk on Sunday against the A's.
Insight: Ianetta tacked on a solo home run in the eighth with the Angels routing the A's to get the four-game sweep. Ianetta also hit a home run on Saturday. The catcher is batting .265 with seven home runs and 38 RBI this year.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI8/31/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs as Arizona defeated Colorado, 6-2.
Insight: Hill hit .167 in the month of August as his batting average dropped as low as .239. He is hitting .244 with 10 home runs and 57 RBI in 464 at-bats this season. If you can, look for better options.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COLHot8/31/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Blackmon has a home run in each of his last two games. He also has four straight games with an RBI. It may be mostly due to the park he hits in, but Blackmon is having a good season, hitting .289 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot8/31/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Ackley continues hitting well as he has batted .314/.348/.532 since the All-Star break. He also has six home runs and 27 RBI in that time, which is already nearly more than he had in the first half in almost double the amount of games.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS8/31/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: Kemp has been getting consistent at-bats since the All-Star break, but hasn't been doing as much with them lately. After a great July, Kemp cooled off in August, hitting .248, but he did have five home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in the month as well.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SDP8/31/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte was 2-for-4 with a run against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Insight: One of Solarte's hits was a double, and he also scored. Solarte is hitting .260 with nine home runs, 46 RBI and 46 runs this season with the Yankees and Padres. He has been better, hitting .271, since becoming a Padre.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS8/31/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez recorded four hits on Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Gonzalez had a hit in every game of the weekend series against the Padres, but was just 2-for-10 in the first two games combined. Gonzalez is hitting .279 with only 19 home runs, but he does have 35 doubles and close to the top of the league with 91 RBI.
Eric Stults, SP, SDP8/31/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Eric Stults allowed two runs on five hits in six innings in a loss against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Insight: Stults also struck out four but walked five. In August, Stults pitched pretty effectively, winning three three of his six starts and posting a 2.43 ERA, by far his best month ERA this season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS8/31/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: It's a great sign considering the Dodgers just activated him from the disabled list Sunday afternoon. Ryu had not pitched since August 13 because of a straind glute. He is 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 144 and 1/3 innings this year.
John Mayberry, LF, PHI8/31/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays acquired outfielder John Mayberry from the Phillies for infielder Gustavo Pierre.
Insight: Mayberry does not look poised to make a fantasy impact this year. He is hitting .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 122 at-bats this season.
Austin Jackson, CF, SEA8/31/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 and scored a run on Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Jackson has a 11-game winning streak, but in his first month in Seattle, only hit .248 and posted a .596 OPS. It is still a good sign he is starting to heat up a bit.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/31/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper slugged two home runs, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs against the Mariners on Sunday.
Insight: What might have been the greatest sign from Harper was in the ninth inning after already hitting two home runs, he did not try to do too much and hit a single up the middle. Harper has gone 3-for-4 in two of his last three games with three home runs and three RBI. The left fielder still isn't quite living up to expectations though as he is hitting .268 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 269 at-bats.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU8/31/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: So Keuchel was not traded like we thought he might be at the deadline. He is stuck in Houston for now, and he has little fantasy value for now. He has gone at least seven inning in seven of his last eight starts, but he has just one victory.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX8/31/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run against the Astros on Sunday.
Insight: Rios is really the only worthy start in the Rangers lineup. He is batting .280 with 41 extra-base hits, 53 RBI and 54 runs this year.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MILCold8/31/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse allowed seven runs on nine hits in a loss against the Giants on Sunday.
Insight: Lohse has alternated good and bad starts the last four times he has been out on the mound. On August 25, he earned his 12th victory this year, allowing one run in six innings, but the start before, he went only three frames and yielded four runs. If he continues the pattern though, he will win his next start.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG8/31/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs against the Brewers on Sunday.
Insight: Sandoval was 6-for-12 in the weekend series against the Brewers. If not for a horrible April where Sandoval hit .176, he would be in the batting title conversation. August was the third baseman's best month this year as he hit .321 with 15 RBI, 13 runs and a .785 OPS, but he did only hit two home runs.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL8/31/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks hit 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Milwaukee's 15-5 loss to San Francisco on Sunday.
Insight: Weeks is in a platoon at second base which limits his fantasy value. He is hitting .264 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 220 at-bats this year.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG8/31/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three runs as the Giants routed the Brewers on Sunday, 15-5.
Insight: Pence continues his hot hitting, collecting the most hits on Sunday that he has in any single game this year. The right fielder has a 13-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .404 with four extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Pence is hitting .294 with 18 home runs, 28 doubles, 10 triples, 64 RBI and 95 runs this year.
Avisail Garcia, RF, CWS8/31/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a run and walk on Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: It was Garcia's best hitting day since returning from a torn labrum in his shoulder on August 16. He is hitting .235 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 85 at-bats this year.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B, HOU8/31/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Jimmy Paredes is 5-for-11 in his first three games for Baltimore.
Insight: Balitmore acquired Paredes from Kansas City in July and called him up on August 28. He has hit well so far, but we don't expect him to maintain that success. He probably isn't worth picking up.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1B, MIN8/31/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Chris Parmelee slashed three hits in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.
Insight: The game was Parmelee's first multi-hit game since early August. The 26-year-old finished August with a .193 batting average. He does not have much fantasy value.
Caleb Joseph, C, BAL8/31/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph went 4-for-5 with a RBI and run against the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: Joseph has been a decent platoon offensive catcher for Baltimore in place of Matt Wieters this year. He is hitting .240 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 196 at-bats. In his last five games, he is batting .400 with three RBI.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAMHot8/31/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed one earned run on seven hits, struck out six and walked one in a loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Insight: The loss was Cobb's first since June 23. Cobb is still pitching at an extremely high level despite the loss and his average 9-7 record. He hasn't given up three runs in a start since Independence Day. In July, he went 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and even though Cobb posted a 2-1 record in August, his ERA in the month was an amazing 1.49. continues his hot streak by extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 1/3 frames. He has also won his last seven decisions and over that span has an ERA of 1.99.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS8/31/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double and run.
Insight: Bogaerts is 2-for-7 since returning from the seven-day disabled list.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT8/31/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched seven innings, allowed two runs and earned a no-decision against the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Liriano made just one mistake to Chris Heisey, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Liriano keeps running into tough opposing pitchers as Johnny Cueto threw eight innings to earn the victory. Despite the fact Liriano's ERA is nearly a run higher than last season's, he is pitching better than his record (3-10) indicates.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/31/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: It was Wright's first multi-hit game since August 13. He just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI8/31/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched another subpar game, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Burnett did strike out eight and walk only one, but the 37-year-old has won just one of his last nine starts. Since July 28, Burnett is 1-6 with a 6.18 ERA. Don't start him if you can help it.

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