Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni hopes that Kobe Bryant will return January 28th vs. the Pacers.
Adam Lind was 2-for-4 with a run, home run, three RBI and a walk on Sunday.
Adam Lind is hot. After hitting his 14th home run on Sunday and driving in three more runs, Lind has an RBI in nine straight games. This is the first time since 2005 that a Brewer has accomplished that feat. Through 79 games, Lind has 35 runs, 14 home runs and 51 RBI with a .298/.373/.518 slash line. His home run per fly ball rate is in line with 2013 so he is healthy this season. If Lind is on your waiver wire, he is a worthy corner infielder to target for the second half. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Jean Segura was 3-for-4 with a run on Sunday.
Jean Segura is another Brewer who is rounding into form. After a stint on the disabled list, Segura is now 10-for-16 in his last four games to raise his average to .272 on the season. Through 67 games, Segura has 29 runs, three home runs, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases. His home runs were an outlier in 2013, Segura is capable of beating his numbers last year with an improved batting average. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Scooter Gennett was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Sunday.
Scooter Gennett has been producing since his promotion from the minors in June. With two more hits including a double and an RBI on Sunday, Gennett is now 9-for-22 (.409) in his last five games with three runs, three doubles and seven RBI. While his season average is only .239 this year, take a look at Gennett in deeper formats for the second half. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Gerardo Parra was 2-for-5 with two runs, a home run and an RBI on Sunday.
Gerardo Parra had two more hits including a home run on Sunday lead the Brewers to their eighth straight win. In his last five games, Parra is 11-for-22 (.500). Parra now has seven home runs, 25 RBI and six stolen bases on the season and has raised his average to .308 for the Brewers. It appears that Parra will not only eclipse double digits in home runs and stolen bases for the first time since 2013, but he may be on his way to a career year. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Brandon Phillips was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Sunday.
Brandon Phillips was able to drive in the Reds only run on Sunday with a double in the eighth inning. After 70 games, Phillips is hitting .279 with 33 runs, five home runs, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases. For as much as Phillips can be maligned in fantasy, he could hit ten home runs and steal close to 20 bases and hit .275 this season, which makes him a solid middle infielder. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Jay Bruce was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Sunday.
Jay Bruce is in the midst of his second consecutive season with reduced power numbers. While he did double and walk on Sunday, Bruce has not flashed the thirty home run power he showed from 2011-2013. This year, Bruce has 12 home runs and six stolen bases in 78 games for the Reds. With the season half over, Bruce has a better chance of repeating his 12 steals from last year than the 30 home runs that fantasy players were accustomed to. But this may be who Jay Bruce is now, a 25 home run .240 hitter who can steal double digit bases. That is productive in fantasy but now what he once was. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Devon Travis was 2-for-3 with a run, three RBI and a walk on Sunday.
Devon Travis had his best game since returning from the disabled list with two hits and a walk while driving in three runs for Toronto on Sunday. After a torrid start, Travis lost time to his injury but seems to be getting his swing back. Travis has scored 31 runs with seven home runs, 31 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 45 games with Toronto as a rookie. While Travis heating up is nice, if he stays at the bottom of the order it will limit his upside in fantasy. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Justin Smoak was 1-for-4 with two runs, home run, an RBI and a walk on Sunday.
Justin Smoak has had an off the radar decent season for the Blue Jays. After failing to meet expectations in Seattle, Smoak has done well in Toronto. On Sunday, Smoak hit his eighth home run this year but his home run per fly ball rate is more than double his career mark as a Blue Jay. Smoak has slashed .256/.341/.504 this season but his playing time has been limited due to the depth of Toronto at first base and designated hitter. But Smoak deserved a look in deeper mixed (15+) and American League only formats. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Jose Bautista was 1-for-3 with two runs, his 17th home run, two RBI and two walks on Sunday.
Jose Bautista not only was on base three times on Sunday, but he also hit his 17th home run and drove in two for Toronto. Although his average is only .246, Bautista’s BABIP is lower than his batting average and he has walked more times than he has struck out in 2015. With a bit of correction, his average can climb and his underlying power statistics are right in line with his past numbers. This season, Bautista has 17 home runs and 57 RBI and should hit more than thirty again this year barring an injury. Analysis: Greg Jewett