FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

LeBron James appears to have hurt his shoulder on his last drive to the rim. 

James was fine and able to help lead the Heat to a 109-102 victory over the Lakers. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Stephen Drew went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday’s 5-4 victory against the Rays.

Drew is not hitting for average at all, going just 5-for-30 to this point in the season, but has found his power stroke in recent days. The 32-year-old infielder has three homers over the past five games and is worth a look in A.L. only leagues. Analysis: Nate Miller

Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Friday night’s 5-4 win over the Rays.

Well, like him or not, Rodriguez continues to surprise the baseball world here in the early going of 2015. A-Rod is now 11-for-32 with four homers and two doubles through 10 games. Only time will tell if he can keep this up, but it is certainly something to watch from both a baseball fan and fantasy perspective at the present time. For those that took a chance on Rodriguez in drafts, it is obviously paying off.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Andrew Miller notched his third save of the season in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Rays, surrendering a hit and no walks while striking out three over 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Miller looks to be a wise investment so far for the Yankees and is performing at a high level in the closer role. The southpaw reliever has allowed just one hit and two walks over five shutout innings while piling up nine strikeouts so far on the young season. He is the top bullpen option in the Bronx right now.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Adam Warren lasted four innings in the Yankees 5-4 win over the Rays on Friday night, giving up four earned runs on six hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts.

Warren put together a fairly nice start last Saturday against the Red Sox and began Fridays start versus the Rays with three scoreless frames, but fell victim to the long ball in the fourth inning. The right-handed hurler has been a reliable performer out of the Yankees bullpen over the last two seasons and is likely headed back to a relief role at some point down the road. However, for now, he is slotted in the fifth spot of the rotation and is slated to be back on the mound Wednesday evening in Detroit.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Allan Dykstra went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

Dykstra smacked his first career home run off of the Yankees Adam Warren in the bottom of the fourth inning during Fridays 5-4 loss. The 27-year-old rookie has largely struggled since being called up back on April 8th, going just 2-for-17. With James Loney nearing a return from the DL, Dykstra will likely be back in Triple-A soon. Analysis: Nate Miller

Logan Forsythe went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

Forsythe continues to swing the bat extremely well of late for the Rays. Over the past seven games, the versatile 28 year old is 9-of-25 with a home runs and three doubles. Forsythe certainly holds value in A.L. Only leagues. Analysis: Nate Miller

Nate Karns turned in five innings in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees, allowing two earned runs on two hits and four walks while piling up seven strikeouts.

After struggling in his first start of 2015, Karns put together a second straight nice outing for the Rays on Friday night. The 27-year-old righty has now given up just three earned runs on four hits and six walks while racking up 13 punchouts over his last dozen frames. Things are a bit up in the air with the Rays rotation with Drew Smyly, Alex Colome and Alex Cobb all nearing returns from injury, but it seems likely that Karns will get at least one or two more turns. Analysis: Nate Miller

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Cuddyer has now hit safely in 9-of-11 games so far on the young season, as the 36-year-old veteran appears to be settling in nicely with the Mets. Cuddyer has been especially locked in over the last five contests, going 8-for-17 with four RBI and four runs scored. He is a solid outfield option in all standard mixed leagues. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jeurys Familia gave up a hit while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning en route to his fifth save of the season in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Well, Familia is certainly taking advantage of his opportunity in the closer role. The hard-throwing righty has saved recorded five saves during the Mets current six-game winning streak, allowing just one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out six over 4 2/3 innings. Familia should remain a steady source of saves for fantasy owners and should be owned in all leagues. Analysis: Nate Miller

Bartolo Colon turned in seven strong innings in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Marlins, surrendering just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts.

At nearly 42 years of age, Colon continues to defy the physical norm and flat deal on the mound for the Mets. The big righty has picked up a victory in all three of his starts so far this season while pitching to a stellar 2.25 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 18-to-1 K/BB ratio across 20 innings. Colon should be owned as a back-end starter in pretty much all fantasy leagues, at least for now. He is next scheduled to take the mound Thursday afternoon against the Braves. Analysis: Nate Miller

Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Mets.

After a miserable start saw him pick up just three hits and eight strikeouts over the Marlins first seven games, Stanton has definitely found a rhythm at the plate during the last few days. The two-time All-Star has six hits in his last 14 at-bats with a pair of homers and two doubles. Analysis: Nate Miller

David Phelps worked 4 2/3 solid innings in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Mets, allowing one run on just one hit and three walks while striking out two.

After beginning the season in the bullpen, Phelps is now slotted into the Marlins rotation in place of Henderson Alvarez (shoulder), at least in the short term. Alvarez has already began throwing just a week after being placed on the DL, so it seems as if he might be able to possibly return before the end of April. In the mean time, Phelps will likely receive another start or two, giving him some value in N.L. only formats. Analysis: Nate Miller

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