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Mike Minor pitched seven innings of one run ball allowing three walks and striking out seven Reds on the way to his fourth win of the season in the Braves 7-2 victory Wednesday.  

The only damage allowed by Mike Minor was a solo-home run to the Reds Zack Cozart. Minor has been plagued by the long-ball of late having allowed five home runs in his last three starts, but overall his peripherals suggest he is taking a minor step forward from the respectable first full-season he put together last year and is on his way to fulfilling his pre-draft sleeper hype.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

DeAndre Jordan dominated the glass on Sunday, grabbing a game high 26 rebounds while adding nine points, two steals and two blocks in the Clippers 96-86 win over the Bulls.

The NBAs leading rebounder put on a clinic on Sunday, notching his second straight 20-rebound performance and fifth of the month. With Blake Griffin sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery Jordan has really stepped up his game and while his offense is touch and go he continues to be an impact defender in the middle. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Chris Paul registered a double-double on Sunday, scoring a team high 28 points with five rebounds, 12 assists and one block in the Clippers 96-86 win over the Bulls.

Paul is playing at a real high level of late, averaging 21.8 points, 11.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds over the past five games and if not for the freakish level that Russell Westbrook is currently playing on a case could be made that Paul is playing like the best point guard in the league. The double-double on Sunday makes it his fourth straight and brings his season total up to 29. As the NBA season marches towards the playoffs I expect CP3 to continue to play at a high level as the Clippers battle for playoff positioning.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

The Timberwolves may be without Nikola Pekovic for Monday's game against the Clippers as he continues to be slowed up by a nagging ankle injury.

Expect Gorgui Dieng to start in Pekovic's place on Monday, unless his ankle unexpectedly improves before game time. Adrien Payne might see some increased minutes as well. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ben McLemore jammed his finger Sunday, he was wearing a sleeve on it in the locker room. He said he will be fine going forward.

No one is really concerned with this minor hiccup, but don't be surprised if he looks a bit bothered during his next few weeks. This shouldn't really affect his fantasy production. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Tobias Harris scored 13 points (4-13 FGA), grabbed nine rebounds, recorded two assists, and two steals in Orlando's 98-83 loss to the Hornets on Sunday night.

Harris had a nice showing in the rebounding department on Sunday night, but his 4-of-13 from the floor is simply unacceptable. Its important not to be too hard on him, but his talent level is certainly above 30-percent shooting, so the frustration is arguably warranted. He needs to get back to his season average of 17 points per game, if the Magic have any plans of winning some games before the season ends.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Nikola Vucevic scored 10 points (4-12 FGA) and grabbed nine rebounds in Orlando's 98-83 loss to the Hornets on Sunday night.

Although Vucevic nearly recorded a double-double, he has proven that he is too talented to play at such a mediocre level. Vucevic is more of a 20-and-10 guy, and games like this from him should be considered unacceptable if the Magic plan on taking the next step as a team.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Victor Oladipo scored 23 points (7-14 FGA) and recorded five assists in Orlando's 98-83 loss to the Hornets on Sunday night.

Oladipo was impressive in Sunday night's loss, as he scored 23 points, shot 50-percent from the floor, and dished out five helpers to his teammates. The solid performances for the Magic began and ended with the former Hoosier standout, as everyone else underperformed based off reasonable expectations, thus the convincing loss to Charlotte. The youngster has been improving as the season has kicked along, so expect more performances like this to come. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Gerald Henderson scored 16 points (7-13 FGA) and recorded three rebounds in the Hornets 98-83 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

Henderson should not be considered a legitimate fantasy starter by any means, but he is typically good for double figure scoring and a couple of boards and assists on any given night. On Sunday night, but 16 points were solid and most likely gave daily league owners some bang for their buck. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Hornets 98-83 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

MKG remains one of the rawest talents in the NBA, but anyone who owns him appreciates his hustle, as he notched his 13th double-double of the season on Sunday night. Rebounding is a hustle stat that clearly shows up on the score sheet for Kidd-Gilchrist and has proved to be the most noticeable improvement his third NBA season. Expect continued production from MKG, as he has quietly emerged as one of the best rebounding small forwards in the league.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Cody Zeller scored 16 points (7-10 FGA) and grabbed eight rebounds in the Hornets 98-83 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

Zeller shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar's, however it should be noted that he has recorded four straight games of seven rebounds or more. Numbers like that might be worth an emergency look for daily league players ballin' on a tight budget. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Al Jefferson scored 16 points (7-16 FGA), grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded three assists, and three blocks in the Hornets 98-83 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

It has been four games since Jefferson has reached his season average in scoring (17.1 PPG), however he has still churned out some serviceable performances. Tonight, he was just under the 17 points, as he scored 16, but his 10 rebounds and three blocks will do just fine for fantasy owners who rely upon him as a daily starter at center.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mo Williams scored 23 points (9-16 FGA 4-7 3PA) and recorded 11 assists in the Hornets 98-83 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

Williams was the x-factor in the Hornets win on Sunday night, as he led the team in scoring, assists, and shot an incredibly efficient 56-percent from the floor. Since the trade, he has emerged as one of the best wavier wire pickups of the second half, and should continue to produce at a high level at least until Kemba Walker returns from injury.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Alex Avila will get some work in at first base Monday.

Avila sat out two days to rest his back, but he is now back on the practice field. He will take some reps at first base most likely to be comfortable in case he draws some game action there during a game. Getting out from the plate once in a while will help keep him as rested as he can be. Analysis: Colby Conway

Carlos Rodon will take the injured Chris Sale's Cactus League start on Friday.

Rodon, the team's top prospect and 14th-overall prospect in baseball, will start in place of Chris Sale who fractured his right foot in an accident at his home. Rodon is a sleeper to take Sale's spot in the rotation while he deals with this issue, but those in dynasty leagues need to be aware of Rodon's immense fantasy potential. He is going to be a force in fantasy in the near future, but it most likely won't be in 2015. Analysis: Colby Conway
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