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Rudy Gay (illness) and Marcus Thornton will not play Friday for Sacramento.

Ben McLemore will likely get the start at shooting guard and may get a few extra shots with these two players out of the lineup if you were looking for a dark horse discounted option to use in a GPP contest tonight. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Wong is off to a very nice start. He’s striking out less, walking more, and hitting more line drives. It would be nice if he could move up the batting order a bit as his counting stats are depressed a bit hitting down the lineup. But he’s added something to his game this year to go along with his power/speed combo. It’s hard to be disappointed with what he has done so far. Analysis: Brett Talley

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Molina has long benefitted from a healthy BABIP, but that hasn’t been the case so far as he’s elevating a few too many balls and has seen his line drive rate be lower than normal early in the year. Line drive rate is a very variable statistic, so Molina is likely to bounce back to some degree. But even if he does, he doesn’t provide much in the counting categories anymore. Analysis: Brett Talley

Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with three singles against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Holliday has just one home run and five doubles. All of his production so far can be tied to a .439 BABIP. When that luck runs out, his value is going to plummet, although the damage will be lessened in OBP leagues. If you can sell Holliday, do it. Analysis: Brett Talley

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Carpenter now has five home runs, and he’s playing over his head in that regard. But he’s very helpful in batting average and even more helpful in OBP leagues. He also gives you good numbers in the counting categories, particularly in runs. You didn’t draft Carpenter for power, so it shouldn’t hurt you when he cools off in that category. Analysis: Brett Talley

Addison Russell went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run, a walk and a strikeout against St. Louis on Saturday.

Russell now has 21 strikeouts to just two walks. When his .435 BABIP falls off, his batting average is going to be atrocious. It’s doubtful that anyone has any interest in Russell in your league, but if someone likes prospects, deal Russell for anything you can use. Anything at all. Because he won’t be useful soon. Analysis: Brett Talley

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and a walk against St. Louis on Tuesday.

Rizzo has more walks than strikeouts so far, and he has continued his success against left-handed pitchers that began last year. He’s hitting second some this year, so he may score more runs and drive in a few less than might have been expected, but it should all come out in the wash.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Trevor Rosenthal recorded his ninth save with one hit allowed and one strikeout against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Rosenthal has avoided trouble so far, but his 95.2 percent strand rate certainly won’t hold. Even though he’s likely to blow a few saves at some point, he’s still secure in his job and provides the strikeouts we love to get from good closers. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tyler Lyons allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Lyons posted decent strikeout rates in the upper minors, so he could be around league average in that department going forward. He also has a walk rate that has been better than average in 94 career big league innings. The problem is that he has a pretty large platoon split in his short career, and he may ultimately be better suited as a left-handed specialist in the bullpen. He’s scheduled to start again on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs and six hits with two walks and one strikeout in five innings against St. Louis on Tuesday.

Hendricks has randomly had two starts with 14 combined strikeouts this year, but he has just six in his other three starts. Given that his strikeout rate was well below average last year, the three starts are more believable than the two good ones. His xFIP is now at 4.15, and without strikeouts, he’s limited to deep league relevancy. Analysis: Brett Talley

Carlos Peguero went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, one walk and two strikeouts against Houston on Tuesday.

Peguero went full three true outcomes with his line on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the true outcome he produces the most is strikeouts. The bigger problem is that Peguero isn’t playing regularly as it is and is likely to see even less playing time whenever Josh Hamilton joins the club. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kyle Blanks went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI against Houston on Tuesday.

Blanks has started six games in a row in place of the injured Mitch Moreland, and he has hit three home runs. Were Blanks to see extended playing time he could have value in deeper leagues with his power, but his batting average will be a liability. Moreland is expected back with a few weeks, and that may be it for Blanks. Best case scenario is that he plays his way into the short side of a platoon with Moreland. Analysis: Brett Talley

Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI against Houston on Tuesday.

Beltre may finally be showing a few signs of aging as he’s swinging a bit more and making contact a bit less than he has in the past. It’s still early, but that’s worth keeping an eye on. However, the main cause of his early struggles is a low line drive rate and a low BABIP. Once that evens out, Beltre will be fine, though some decline should not be unexpected. Analysis: Brett Talley

Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Houston on Tuesday.

Good news. Fielder is making contact more regularly than he ever has. Bad news. Fielder is being less patient than he ever has. Good news. Fielder isn’t pounding the ball into the ground as often as he did in a short stint last year. Bad news. Fielder isn’t elevating balls out of the park. The good news is obviously good, but the bad news probably outweighs the good. Fielder needs to hit for power to have lasting value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Elvis Andrus went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a steal against Houston on Tuesday.

Andrus is off to a rough start, but if his BABIP gets back to normal, he should be able to hit around .265 the rest of the way. A little bit of average along with another 20 steals is good enough at his position to keep him mixed league relevant. It’s ugly, but that’s the state of shortstop right now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Texas on Tuesday.

Valbuena hit a bomb of an upper-deck shot off Wandy Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise coming off a left-hander as Valbuena struggles against left-handers and often sits against them. But it was a good example of Valbuena’s power as he now has seven home runs. His BABIP is an impossibly low .188, yet he’s still been six percent better than league average according to wRC+. When the BABIP turns around, he should have some average to go along with the power. Analysis: Brett Talley

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