Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Crawford is batting .338 with 14 runs and seven steals in August, but he'll get a day off with lefty Wade Miley on the mound. Scott Van Slyke, who has eight doubles, seven homers and 17 walks in 102 plate appearances against lefties this season, is starting in left field.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the third inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
Insight: The solo shot was the only run the Cardinals scored on Wednesday. The home run extended Holliday's hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, Holliday is hitting .313 with three doubles and eight RBI.
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: Snider tweaked something after beating out a bunt single in the third inning. Jose Tabata picnh-ran for Snider and would probably be his replacement if Snider is out for an extended period. The Pirates are also supposed to recall Gregory Polanco on Monday when the roster expands.
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon hit a walk-off two-run homer off Twins closer Glen Perkins Tuesday night.
Insight: The Royals hadn't scored all night until Gordon connected for his 16th homer of the season. He's hit seven balls out of the park in August and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He ranks second in the AL with 5.6 WAR.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and had hoped to be ready for Tuesday's game. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Description: Blue Jays has designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.
Insight: We thought Reimold was going to be someone to watch back in 2009 when he hit 15 home runs and posted an .831 OPS in just 358 at-bats, but in the five years since then he's been nothing but a bit player without much fantasy value. This could be the end of the road.
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is a career .364 hitter with a home run against Braves ace pitcher Julio Teheran.
Insight: Duda has been on a tear as of late. Even though he went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, the first baseman is still hitting .417 with three home runs and six RBI in his last three games. Duda has been a tremendous surprise for the offensively challenged Mets with his .258/.352/.504, 26 home runs and 76 RBI.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) was not in the lineup Monday, but hopes to be back Tuesday after missing the past two games.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will miss the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his left elbow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Choo will need surgery for the issue, which he has been dealing with since spring training. In the first year of a seven-year, $130 million contract, Choo hit just .242 with 13 homers, 40 RBI, 58 runs, three steals, 131 Ks and a .714 OPS in 123 games.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Monday, according to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and he hopes to be back Tuesday. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has raised his average 22 points since Aug. 10.
Insight: Yelich has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with four doubles, six walks, two steals and six runs in his last six games. He went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI, one run and one walk Sunday at Colorado and is hitting .289 with nine homers, 45 RBI, 74 runs, 16 steals and a .795 OPS this season.
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Duda has hit five balls out of the park and driven in 11 runs in his last six games and he's produced 12 homers and 27 RBI in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's still available in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte has gone 26-for-70 (.371) with six doubles, a triple, four homers, 10 RBI and four steals in August.
Insight: Marte went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Milwaukee. He was hitting .255 with a .713 OPS when he went on the DL with a concussion, but he's up to .276 with a .782 OPS after Sunday's game.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is dealing with a sore ankle, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner's absence Sunday was not just because Chris Sale was on the mound. The left fielder hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS. Update: Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning Friday against the Reds. He went 3-for-6 on the night and also had a triple.
Insight: Upton has batted .324 with six homers, 23 RBI, 14 runs, 15 walks and a 1.099 OPS in August and he's 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and a homer against Reds starter Mike Leake. Make sure he's in your lineup Saturday.
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson went 1-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Friday against Miami.
Insight: Dickerson's average dropped from .332 to .309 when he went 4-for-30 (.133) from July 27 to Aug. 5, but he's come back with a 21-for-61 (.344) stretch during which he's hit five doubles, a triple and five homers and driven in 19 runs.
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal and three runs scored Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Marte has batted .371 with 10 extra-base hits, eight RBI, 17 runs and three steals since he returned from a concussion. He's raised his average from .255 to .274 and his OPS from .713 to .775 in that span.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez Friday night.
Insight: Cespedes has four home runs since joining Boston, and all either gave the team the lead or tied the game. He's also driven in 16 runs in his 19 games with the team even though he's batted .230 in that span.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in the last four games Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz leads the big leagues with 34 bombs, besting his previous career high of 33 which he set in 2009. The slugger has gone just 20-for-117 (.171) since the All-Star break, but he's made his hits count with five doubles and six homers in that span.
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters homered for the third straight game and the fifth time in his last nine Friday against Houston.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, has hit .213 on the season, but he has eight home runs in 75 at-bats. He hit .310 with 17 homers and a .980 OPS in Triple-A this season.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Crawford has batted .338 with six steals and 11 runs in August, but the team will give him a day off with left-hander Jon Niese on the hill for New York. Lefty masher Scott Van Slyke is in the lineup in Crawford's place.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .429 hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Upton continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series opener against the Reds on Thursday. Upton has now hit safely in 11 straight games and blasted five home runs with 19 RBI in his last 13 games.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after one at-bat due to a family medical emergency.
Insight: He could return as soon as Friday, but we have no accurate information as of yet. The outfielder was 2-for-11 in the four-game set with the Angels and hasn't done much since being traded to the Red Sox.
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: When the team acquired Gerardo Parra at the trade deadline, it looked like Davis would only be playing against lefties from then on, but he's had a productive month (.271, 5 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .896 OPS) to keep himself in the starting lineup for 10 straight games prior to Wednesday.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, three runs and a stolen base Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Crawford has stolen a base in five of his last six games and is hitting .344 in August. He's 5-for-10 (.500) with a triple and a homer against Padres starter Eric Stults, so get him in your lineup Wednesday.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup Tuesday at Boston and he's just 2-for-22 (.091) with six Ks against Wednesday's starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Hamilton has gone 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts in his last 11 games and he was out of the lineup Sunday and Monday at his own request in order to clear his head. He's not someone fantasy owners should be using right now even if he has a favorable matchup, which isn't the case Wednesday.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He will hit cleanup.
Insight: Hamilton had requested time off because of his struggles at the plate and manager Mike Scioscia gave him the time. The outfielder is hitting .132 in his last ten games and has gone 10-for-59 (.169) since July 31.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (knee) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Holliday sat out Sunday with knee discomfort. He's also gone 0-for-18 in his last five games, but his .393 average in 28 career at-bats against Reds starter Mike Leake makes him a solid option Monday.
Description: Astros outfielder Alex Presley suffered a setback from his oblique injury over the weekend and will not play again for 7-10 days.
Insight: Presley has been out since July 8 with a strained right oblique. He was scratched last week from a rehab game for Class A Tri-City due to discomfort. Presley is batting .252 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 206 at-bats this season.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday versus Cincinnati while dealing with knee discomfort.
Insight: He could also have been given the day off because he's hitless in his last five games. He's batting .260 with 12 HR and 59 RBI, well below what we've come to expect from the six-time All-Star.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) versus White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Cruz was a major force in the first half, but has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .167 with three homers in 27 games. We're not sure he's ready to take advantage of the matchup.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday. He's driven in a run in six straight games.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor and he appears to be fine. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30, but he's making his hits count (4 2B, 3 HR in August).
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after fouling a ball of his shin, but he's back in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .254 with 19 HR and 75 RBI this season and should have a good series against Houston. He's got a career .310 batting average versus the Astros and has gone deep against them three times in 2014.
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus Atlanta.
Insight: Atlanta is starting left-hander Alex Wood so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .818 OPS in 78 at-bats. Nate Freiman will start at first with Jonny Gomes in left field.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is starting to heat up at the right time, hitting his second home run in three games.
Insight: Harper was far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He went 4-for-11 in the three game series with the Mets, including the two long balls and five RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman out and Jayson Werth hurting it couldn't come at a better time for the Nats.
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis cracked his 20th home run of the season off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Davis has been at his best hitting against left-handers with a .316 batting average and a .934 OPS heading into the game, but he took the right-handed Jackson out in the third inning. Davis has been splitting time lately with Gerardo Parra and his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Diego .
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday, but you need to check starting lineups before you install him into your lineup. He's batting .267 with 12 HR and 59 RBI.