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Darren Sproles missed practice again on Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. The Falcons.

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 connecting on his 14th home run of the season against the Mets on Friday.

Gonzalez has cooled off of late but it still slashing .293/.367/.514 with 14 home runs, 49 RBI and 43 runs scored through 294 at-bats which is nothing to laugh about. As long as he continues to keep both his walk and strikeout rate down, he remains one of the better first baseman to own in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kenley Jansen took his first loss of the season after allowing a game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning against the Mets on Friday.

After a brilliant start to the season Jansen has been far from great of late as he has now allowed one run in each of his last three appearances although Friday's outing was the only time it came back to haunt him. He is now sitting on a 1.93 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and a 32:1 K:BB rate through 18 2/3 innings so unless his recent production starts a landslide, he remains one of the better closers to own moving forward.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters over seven innings against the Mets on Friday.

Despite allowing just one run in his second straight outing, Kershaw was unable to get back in the win column, as he has now taken three losses over his last five starts. Despite some bad luck Kershaw is still pitching well as he is sitting 5-6 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 147:27 K:BB rate through 17 starts, so as long as he can keep his head up the wins will catch up to him eventually. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies on Wednesday to finish up the first half of the season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jeurys Familia earned his 22nd save of the season after tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout against the Dodgers on Friday.

Familia continues to be a pleasant surprise for both the Mets and his fantasy owners as he has now converted 22 of his first 24 save chances while owning an impressive 1.16 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and a 40:12 K:BB rate through 38 2/3 innings. Barring a serious setback down the stretch he remains a top 10 closer in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out six batters over six innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Syndergaard is now sitting 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 59:12 K:BB rate through his first 10 starts of the season as he continues to have an impressive rookie campaign. Although there are going to be bumps in the road while he continues to adjust to the big league, Syndergaard remains a must-start in all but the shallowest of league formats before he reaches in innings cap. He will look to finish the first half on a high note when he takes on the Diamondbacks on Friday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with one RBI against the Dodgers on Friday.

Flores is coming off of a month in which he hit a mere .221 with just two home runs and 11 RBI through 95 June at-bats, but has picked up the pace since the turn of the calendar as he is now 4-for-11 in July. Whether or not his recent performance gets him moving in the right direction, Flores is still someone worth owning in deep league formats as he continues to mature into a solid big leaguer.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Cliff Pennington went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI against the Rockies on Friday.

Despite a nice night at the plate on Friday Pennington is far from being a fantasy option as he is now slashing .228/.318/.250 with just seven RBI through 92 at-bats. Unless drastic changes are made, he should remain on the waiver wire at this point in his career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chase Anderson allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five batters over six innings against the Rockies on Friday.

Anderson is now 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 60:23 K:BB rate through 16 starts this season as he continues to try and prove he is worthy of remaining in the Diamondbacks starting rotation. Although his numbers aren't terrible there is still a lot of work to be done before gaining lasting fantasy value, so he should strictly be used in deep league formats for the time being. He will take on the Mets in his next start on Friday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out six batters over 5 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Kendrick had one of his better outing of the season on Friday night but was unable to get himself back in the win column as the Rockies lost in extra innings. He is now sitting 3-10 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and a 54:29 K:BB rate through 17 starts, and with opposing hitter owning a .291 batting average against him, it is hard to believe he will be fantasy relevant at any point this season. Kendrick will look to finish the first half on a high note when he takes on the Braves on Thursday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 connecting on his 11th home run of the season against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Blackmon is now slashing .269/.344/.442 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 21 steals through 301 at-bats. Although he will likely never before at he did a season ago, he is still a 20/20 threat while providing both power and speed for the Rockies and his fantasy owners.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mark Canha went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and one run scored against the Mariners on Friday.

Canha provided most of the Athletics' offense on Friday night as he drove in three runs, bringing his RBI total up to 31 on the year. However, he is still not receiving everyday playing time so unless you are in an AL-only league, it is hard to roster him at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jesse Chavez coughed up four runs on nine hits an no walks while striking out four batters over 6 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Friday.

Chavez has now allowed 12 earned runs over his last three games as he continues to falter as the All-Star break approaches. He is now sitting 4-8 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 81:23 K:BB rate through 95 2/3 innings, so unless you are desperate for saves, Chavez should only be owned in the deepest of leagues while going through his fair share of struggles. He will look to finish the first half on a high note when he takes on the Yankees on Thursday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

J.A. Happ allowed three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five batters over six innings against the Athletics on Friday.

Happ managed to end his losing streak at four games after he was able to get back in the win column thanks to the big bats of his offense. He is now sitting 4-5 with a 3.93 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 72:22 K:BB rate through 16 starts, and as long as he can keep his walks rate down he is a solid start in deep league formats. He will look to keep moving in the right direction when he takes on the Tigers on Wednesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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