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Texans HC Gary Kubiak is expected to coach Sunday vs. Raiders, per league source.

The Texans have now lost seven in a row and are riddled with injuries and free agent signings that have disappointed. Hopefully the team will rally around the return of their head coach, add in they are playing a Raiders team that is 0-4 on the road this year and are 22nd in the league in passing yards allowed (7th in opp. rushing yds.).ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Dioner Navarro was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI on Friday.

Dioner Navarro has had a hard time staying relevant in fantasy. After an early season injury and with Russell Martin playing the majority of time at catcher, there has not been much time for Navarro to be in the lineup. However, Navarro did drive in half of Toronto’s runs on Friday night with a bases clearing double. For the season though, he has only played 26 games and his hitting .235 so his fantasy value is limited to American League only formats.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Josh Donaldson was 1-for-5 with a run and two RBI on Friday.

Although it was not a huge stat line for Josh Donaldson on Friday night, he did drive in two runs after the Blue Jays were no hit for seven innings. His career year continues though as Donaldson now has scored 61 runs with 19 home runs, 54 RBI while hitting .298/.356/.535 for the Blue Jays. While his average could come down in the second half due to his inflated BABIP, Donaldson has shown what he can do in a better hitting environment in Toronto and is a top three third baseman going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Drew Hutchison pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing 10 hits, seven runs, five earned, two walks and struck out four to take his second loss of the season on Friday.

Drew Hutchison is almost too predictable. When he pitches at home he should be active in fantasy lineups, but on the road, Hutchison should be on the bench. Entering Friday’s start in Detroit, Hutchison carried a 8.92 ERA in eight road starts this season. After lasting only 4 and two-thirds innings in Detroit, his road ERA will actually rise as he gave up seven runs of which five were earned. For the season, Hutchison is 8-2 but has an ERA of 5.23 but a FIP of 3.72. There are better days to come for the young starter but until he proves he can pitch effectively on the road, Hutchison is a pitcher to use in home starts only.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

Gyorko was recalled the other day to take the spot of the injured Corey Spangenberg. He can’t be relied upon for any fantasy value right now with his unimpressive numbers--.211, three home runs and 12 RBI--in limited time. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Craig Kimbrel allowed one hit but picked up his 21st save of the season against the Cardinals on Friday.

Despite a high 3.19 ERA, Kimbrel is still 21-for-22 on save opportunities with 44 strikeouts. He shuts the door almost every time he toes the rubber, and is one of the best closer options in all formats. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Andrew Cashner allowed one run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.

Cashner suffered through an awful June--0-2, 7.62 ERA in his five starts--but has now given up just three runs with nine strikeouts in his last two starts. The Padres hope this is the start of a big turnaround for Cashner, who the club had hopes of him being a solid No. 3 starter. But with a 1.39 WHIP and .276 opponent’s average, the righty still has a ways to go before he can be relied on. Cashner will try to keep this up in his next start in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. If he has another solid outing it will be time to start taking a chance on using him. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Michael Wacha allowed one run on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Friday.

Wacha was unable to tie Gerrit Cole for a league-leading 11th win, although with no run support he couldn’t be much better. After a scorching hot start, Wacha is 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA in his last seven starts. With a 1.09 WHIP, .228 opponent’s average and 80 strikeouts, Wacha has continued to be the best pitcher on the league’s best team. His next start comes at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Wednesday. In one previous start against the North Siders this year, Wacha allowed just one run on six hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Orioles on Friday.

Abreu’s 50th career home run in just his 218th career game tied him for the fewest games to reach the mark by a White Sox player. While that’s a nice line, Abreu has still had a drop off in power this year with just 14 homers, and is in jeopardy of not reaching the 30 mark. Since finishing in the top five in all Triple Crown categories during his rookie campaign, it had to be expected that Abreu might see his numbers dip in his sophomore season. He still owns a solid .488 slugging percentage with 44 RBI and is always a candidate for a power surge. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Tobias Harris agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal to return to the Orlando Magic.

It comes as little surprise that the Magic did everything they could to retain Harris. He averaged 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds over 34.8 minutes per game, but he really shined with 36.8-percent shooting from three-point land. The 22-year old is set to be one of the cornerstones of the Magic's future. Analysis: Howard Bender

David Robertson threw three strikeouts during a perfect ninth inning and picked up his 17th save of the year against the Orioles on Friday.

Robertson has been unreliable this season (and it’s usually been Chris Sale who has paid the price). His K/BB ratio is now an outstanding 48:7 but he has four blown saves and a 2.67 ERA. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

John Danks did not allow a run, while giving up five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings and picked up a win against the Orioles on Friday.

Wow. Talk about a turnaround. The lefty was 0-4 with a 6.85 ERA in his last four starts and opponents have been hitting .300 off him this season. Danks needed this gem in the worst way, especially since he usually gets eaten up by the O’s. Don’t read too far into this though, as Danks is still nowhere near a viable fantasy option unless he gets on a Chris Sale-esque hot streak (Hint: Not likely). His next start will be at home against Toronto on Wednesday. Danks got knocked around by the Blue Jays in his lone start this year, allowing six runs in five innings. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings in a loss against the White Sox on Friday.

Despite getting saddled with the loss, Jimenez continues to make his case for AL Comeback Player of the Year. He just didn’t get any run support but he was still brilliant. His next start comes on the road at Minnesota on Wednesday. Jimenez has been much better at home (5-1, 2.06) than on the road (2-2, 4.35), something to consider in his next start although with how good Jimenez has been this year it would be tough to sit him. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Derrick Williams agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Knicks.

Williams never got a qualifying offer from the Kings, so it was pretty easy for the Knicks to swoop in on a potential buy-low here. Williams has been a disappointment since being drafted No. 2 overall back in 2010, but he's just 24 years old and perhaps he just needs to find the right mix. It wasn't with the Timberwolves nor with the Kings, so there's an obvious risk, but for the price and length of the deal, it might be worth a shot.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus believes Miguel Cabrera will land on the disabled list.

Obviously this is just speculation on Ausmus' part, but he's probably right given that the Tigers are already sending Cabrera for an MRI. Fantasy owners should prepare to be without him for a little while. Depending on how severe a calf strain it is, he could be out for several weeks. Analysis: Howard Bender

Buster Posey went 1-for-4 with a home run on Friday night against the Nationals.

The former MVP is on his way to throwing his name back into the discussion this season, as he has homered in back-to-back nights, bringing his average up to .304 and his home run total up to 14. He is still firmly behind many other names, but he is a big second half and a Giants playoff run away from settling into the MVP conversation. Continue to treat him like an elite catcher in all fantasy formats. Analysis: Dom Murtha

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