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The Rockies intend to use outfielder Drew Stubbs in all three outfield spots this year.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched five innings giving up 11 hits, three earned runs while striking out six in a no decision against Houston on Monday.

While Wei-Yin Chen was not at his best, he kept the Orioles in the game on Monday. Chen was 3-0 versus the Astros with 19 strikeouts in 19 ? innings and continued that with six more whiffs in only five innings. But there were baserunners on all day and Chen gave up 11 hits and was lifted after the fifth. Chen is a serviceable starter but his ERA is 3.13 while his FIP is 4.37 so if you believe in correction, use Chen with caution going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with a run scored on Monday in Baltimore.

Coming into play on Monday, Jose Altuve was mired in a 3-for-32 slump and received the day off on Sunday. Responding to the mental day off, Altuve had two hits and scored a run on Monday and looks to get his bat going again for the Astros. Following his two hit day, Altuve is now hitting .299 with a .309 BABIP. His career BABIP is .329 so there can be an improvement in his average going forward but plan more on the .310 range for his season. Altuve has hit five home runs and stolen 14 bases to this point and is a top fantasy second base option going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

George Springer was 3-for-5 with a run, home run and RBI in Baltimore on Monday.

For the second straight game George Springer hit leadoff for Houston, and for the second straight game he had a hit to start the game. Not being satisfied, Springer hit a home run to left-center as well for his seventh of the season. While he may not be an ideal leadoff hitter with a .224 average, his on base percentage is .347 and he has drawn 28 walks so far this year. Without knowing if he will stay at leadoff, Springer has seven home runs and 11 stolen bases in 2015 and with a bump in average to the .240 range could be in line for a career year, but he needs to cut down the strikeouts. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings giving up six hits, four earned runs, one walk while striking out three Orioles on Monday.

Starting the year 6-0 and a winner of his previous three consecutive starts, Dallas Keuchel allowed two two run home runs on Monday to lose his first game this year. Those two home runs were more than he allowed total in the previous nine starts. Keuchel was the first Astro to win his first six games without losing since Roger Clemens went 9-0 in 2004. Even though he lost, Keuchel is 6-1 this year and his ERA is still under two (1.98). He is an underrated ace in fantasy.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Brandon Morrow (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Thursday at Petco.

Morrow was able to throw all of his pitches during his bullpen session on Sunday, without anything untoward taking place. That puts him on schedule to pitch a simulated game or two to determine whether he needs to head off for a rehab stint prio to rejoining the rotation in San Diego. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Tom Brady's appeal will not be heard by Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

What is the rush? Most accept the idea that Brady will serve some sort of suspension, whether it gets reduced on appeal or not. Get ready for back-up QB Jimmy Garoppolo to be under center when the defending champs take the field to open the 2015 season. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

John Axford pitched one inning with a walk for his seventh save on Monday in Cincinnati.

With the Rockies now victorious in seven of their last thirteen, it may be time to have John Axford active if you need saves. While he has been a rollercoaster in the past, to this point in 2015 Axford has a 0.82 ERA but use his 3.51 FIP as a sneak preview of coming events. This is an opportune time to sell him while he has value.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Charlie Blackmon was 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and stole three bases on Monday against the Reds.

Charlie Blackmon continues to produce at the top of the Rockie lineup. Although he was scheduled to have the day off, Carlos Gonzalez was scratched and Blackmon was inserted. With a hit and two walks, Blackmon was on base three times and stole a career best three bases in the game to push his season total to ten. Blackmon has been solid this year with six home runs, ten stolen bases and scoring 23 runs while slashing .267/.341/.436. He is not flashy but very productive in fantasy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Nolan Arenado was 3-for-4 scoring a run, hit a home run with three RBI on Monday in Cincinnati.

For the impatient Nolan Arenado owners, his last two days have to show why he was a target in fantasy. Arenado had three more hits on Monday including his ninth home run and drove in the winning run in Cincinnati with a sacrifice fly off of Aroldis Chapman. In his last two games, Arenado is 7-for-9, scored four runs, hit two home runs, a double, a triple with seven RBI. Better than that, his average this year is .287 but his BABIP is .279 which means his average should improve. Patience pays in fantasy and Arenado owners should reap the rewards as long as he stays healthy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Eddie Butler pitched six innings giving up nine hits, four earned runs, two walks and only striking out one against the Reds on Monday.

Whether he needs more work in the minors or a new role, Eddie Butler entered the game on Monday with highest WHIP (1.89) of any pitcher with at least ten starts since 2014. Allowing eleven baserunners in six innings will not lower that mark. For the season Butler’s ERA is 4.60 and due to his inability to get batters out is not a fantasy option going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Aroldis Chapman worked an inning versus Colorado allowing a hit, a walk and an earned run while striking out two batters to take the loss on Monday.

Aroldis Chapman is the best closer in baseball and in fantasy but he was not sharp on Monday. Giving up a leadoff walk to Charlie Blackmon and a flare single to D.J. LeMahieu, the Rockies scored the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Arenado to defeat the Reds. It took Chapman a couple of batters to get his fastball above 96 MPH so this is a matter of little work during the Reds nine game losing streak. For the season, Chapman has 36 strikeouts in 19 ? innings pitched with a 1.86 ERA.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Marlon Byrd was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and RBI on Monday.

Veteran Marlon Byrd continues to defy father time slugging his tenth home run of 2015 against Colorado on Monday. His average is still sitting in the low two hundreds (.211) for the year but he has driven in 25 home runs in 41 games with Cincinnati. If Marlon Byrd can recover his batting average since his present BABIP is only .219 and his career mark is .324 then he will have more value as the season progresses, if not then he is a power source that can drain a fantasy teams batting average. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Todd Frazier was 1-for-4 hitting his 13th home run and driving in two on Monday.

Todd Frazier has continued to pile on the counting stats in 2015 with 13 home runs, 26 RBI and six stolen bases after hitting a home run on Monday against Colorado. Although Frazier’s present .258 average can improve, use his last 365 days slash line of .271/.337/.474 as a guide. It is clear that Frazier is still a power and speed threat but his average from the first half in 2014 is out of reach.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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