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Carmelo Anthony earns Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

Melo was second in the conference in scoring last week with 27 point per game to go with seven rebounds and 2.33 steals as the Knicks won all three games. Melo continued his stellar play as he lead the Knicks in points with 29, rebounds with 16, and steals with four in the 98-96 overtime win over the Suns on Monday to extend the teams win streak to five games.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Miguel Castro is likely going to the Rockies as part of the Troy Tulowitzki trade.

Castro has struggled with his command this season, but he has a 21.3 percent strikeout rate in 18 2/3 innings at Triple-A this season. He has the potential to be a fantasy stud, even in Coors Field. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Dodgers are reportedly discussing Alex Guerrero in trades for pitching.

Guerrero hit nine home runs in 93 at-bats in through May but is 12-for-66 since then. He would be a must-own middle infielder for fantasy if he ever gets to play every day though his struggles defensively may prevent that from ever happening. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Daniel Norris is reportedly not in the Troy Tulowitzki trade.

The Blue Jays have several big prospects, but Norris may be the biggest. Going to Colorado would have hurt his fantasy value, but pitching in Rogers Centre and in the American League is far from ideal for fantasy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

An MRI on Randal Grichuk's groin came back clean, but he could still miss another game with the injury.

Peter Bourjos got the start in center field Monday, and would likely get another Tuesday if Grichuk cannot go. Grichuk is slashing .281/.333/.558 this season, and he should be in your fantasy lineup as soon as he returns to the Cardinals' lineup. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Ivan Nova went five innings and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three on Monday against the Rangers.

Nova improves to 3-3 in his six starts with just 18 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings. That makes two straight starts allowing two runs or less, but also includes five walks in total. He is still rusty and is not ]throwing a high pitch count with 94 pitches in his last start. If he can get sharp, the Yankees can have a solid rotation with a seven game lead in the AL East. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run on Monday against the Rangers.

Rodriguez ushered in his 40th birthday with his 24th homer of the season, a continuation of his three-homer night on Sunday. His rebound season at 40 has him inside the top 6 in the AL for homers, walks, SLG and OPS while continuing his resurgence from the season-long suspension in 2014. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Monday.

The young shortstop has started to turn the corner with the bat with eight hits in his last four games, with six RBI in that stretch. He has a weak .637 OPS, but his defense keeps him in the lineup and allows him to fill some part of Derek Jeter's shoes. Analysis: Rob Trayah

LaTroy Hawkins is going to the Blue Jays as part of the deal involving Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Reyes.

Roberto Osuna's numbers have been great this season, and while Hawkins has closing experience, it would be a minor shock if he closes for the Blue Jays. With Hawkins gone, Tommy Kahnle is likely next in line to close in Colorado should John Axford continue to struggle. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jose Reyes has been traded to the Colorado Rockies.

Reyes is going to the Rockies along with prospects in the trade sending Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto. While going to Coors Field is always good for a hitter, Reyes will now bat in a depleted lineup with the pitcher in front of him. He is still a top-five fantasy shortstop when healthy, but this trade is not likely to provide a huge boost to his fantasy value. There is also a pretty decent chance Reyes is traded again, which could hurt his fantasy value even further. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Cubs have reportedly discussed Starlin Castro with the Padres.

James Shields, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Andrew Cashner could all be available, and the Cubs could use any of them. Trading Castro could allow the Cubs to play Javier Baez in the big leagues every day though Baez could lose some playing time to second baseman Tommy La Stella. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Troy Tulowitzki has reportedly been traded to the Blue Jays.

Obviously Tulowitzki's value decreases outside of Coors Field, but the Blue Jays have one the most favorable ballpark in the American League for right-handed power. Tulo's road OPS in his career is .819, so he should still be the best shortstop in fantasy when healthy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Astros remain in pursuit of Tyson Ross.

Any trade would be borderline disastrous for Tyson Ross's fantasy value, but going to the American league would only make things worse. Ross has walked 4.18 batters per nine innings this season, and it is doubtful he could get away with that outside of PETCO Park. If you own Ross, it may be worth it to try to trade him now. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored on Monday against the Rockies.

The rookie has been a stalwart in the middle of the order since his promotion and he looks poised to stay there for a while. He is contributing across the board and he has looked like the real deal. If we want to nitpick, sure, his .254 average could improve, but when you look everywhere else, you can't complain. Continue to run him out there on a daily basis. Analysis: Colby Conway


Ray’s Ramblings: A’s Pen, Angels OF, Did You Know? |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: A’s Pen, Angels OF, Did You Know?

The Angels traded for Shane Victorino (does that change his value?). The Mets added Tyler Clippard (who closes for the A’s?). Players like Hosmer, Morales, Moustakas and Phillips are then discussed in Did You Know?

Daily Trends: July 27, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: July 27, 2015

Ray breaks down the Cueto to Royals deal. He also touches on some surging batters (Bruce, Catellanos, Paulsen) and pitchers (Buehrle, Lackey, Santiago).

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - July 27, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - July 27, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 27, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 27, 2015

Another week, another series of Hitting Coach articles from Fantasy Alarm. Ray Flowers lists some of the better hitting matchups for Monday, July 27th.

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - July 27, 2015 |
Michael A. Stein

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - July 27, 2015

Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy baseball injuries.

Crush Davis Crushing in the Second Half |
Glenn Colton

Crush Davis Crushing in the Second Half

Glenn Colton takes a look at hitters and pitchers who have started the second half hot and should stay that way in this week's Week That Was

DFS MLB Playbook: July 27th  |
Jeff Mans

DFS MLB Playbook: July 27th

Jeff Mans pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

Streaming Pitching Options for Week 17 |
Ivar G. Anderson

Streaming Pitching Options for Week 17

Streaming Pitching Options for Week 17:Robbie Ray, Kevin Gausman, Jake Peavy, Jon Niese, Tommy Milone, David Phelps & More

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid |
Howard Bender

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid

The Closer Grid is a one-stop shop for all your bullpen needs as we identify each team's ninth-inning specialist and those who find themselves next in line for saves.

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 26th 2015 |
Mark Kaplan

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 26th 2015

Mark Kaplan breaks down his favorite hitters for all of the games on Sunday.