FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Kobe Bryant said after Sunday's game he still doesn't know when he will return.

There isn't much information regarding his return date. Man is old and trying to comeback from another significant injury so it is going to take some time to heal. However, continue to stash him in fantasy leagues, for now.ANALYST: Mark Kaplan

Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run against San Francisco on Saturday.

Gonzalez has a .204 BABIP, and he is making plenty of contact so far, so better days are sure to come. But he’s not hitting for much power, and he’s picking up where he left off last year by not running. He’s yet to attempt a steal this year. Though to be fair, the low BABIP is limiting his appearances on base. For now owners are just happy he’s still healthy, but some production needs to follow suit soon. Analysis: Brett Talley

Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-5 with a solo home run against San Francisco on Saturday.

This was just Tulo’s second home run of the year, but he has nine doubles, so slugging hasn’t been an issue. However, he is riding a .360 BABIP to a .303 batting average, while he has 15 strikeouts to just one walk. It’s far too early to be concerned, and for now owners are just happy Tulo is still healthy. But it has not been a great start for the shortstop. Analysis: Brett Talley

Angel Pagan went 4-for-6 with a double and a run against Colorado on Saturday.

Four times on base and just one run is a bit disappointing, especially considering the game was in Colorado. The four hits pushed Pagan’s BABIP to .403 for the year, so don’t get too excited about his good batting average so far. He’s still just a guy with good, not great batting average, little power, and a bit of speed. Analysis: Brett Talley

Justin Maxwell went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run and two strikeouts against Colorado on Saturday.

Maxwell would like to thank Coors Field for home runs on consecutive days. Maxwell has now started five straight games for the Giants, so it seems he may no longer be on the wrong side of a platoon with Gregor Blanco. If you’re absolutely desperate for power, Maxwell is worth a look, but he’s got pretty serious contact issues, so it’ll have to be a deeper league for him to warrant consideration. Analysis: Brett Talley

Andrew Susac went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a walk against Colorado on Saturday.

Susac has started three of the last six games for San Francisco, but he’s not going to get enough work to have value outside of NL-only leagues or deeper two catcher leagues where anyone getting semi-regular work has value. None of the projection systems think much of his batting average or power. Analysis: Brett Talley

Santiago Casilla blew his first save of the season allowing one run and two hits against the Rockies on Saturday.

Casilla has all five saves for the Giants this year, so it’s unlikely they make a move after just a single blown one-run lead. He just gave up two singles, so it wasn’t anything close to a disaster. That said, Casilla doesn’t have the dominant stuff we expect of closers these days, so it’s hard to totally trust him to keep the job all year long. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jorge de la Rosa allowed two runs and four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts against San Francisco on Saturday.

This start was much better than de la Rosa’s seven run, two-inning outing in his first start of the year, but he still has more earned runs allowed than innings pitched. He hasn’t had a SIERA under 4.00 since 2011, so there’s no reason to pay much attention to this start. He’ll start again on Friday in San Diego. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tim Hudson allowed three runs and eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts against Colorado on Saturday.

Considering this start was in Coors, it was a pretty good outing for Hudson. He did have a couple of balls leave the yard on him, which usually isn’t a problem for him. It’s old news that Hudson strikes no one out, so he doesn’t have much value in mixed leagues. But his heavy groundball lean and ability to limit walks gives him value in deeper leagues. He’ll start again Friday against the Angels. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Thompson says that he feels like the Redskins third-down running back job is his to lose this year.

Thompson was barely used last season as he recorded just three carries for 12 yards and six receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown. But with Roy Helu now in Oakland, Thompson has a real chance to make his mark with the club. Alfred Morris is not a good pass-catching back, so if Thompson can make a name for himself during the offseason program, perhaps he can earn the job out of camp and carve out a legitimate role for himself. Analysis: Howard Bender

After throwing six scoreless innings against Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, Marlins prospect Justin Nicolino extended his scoreless innings streak to 18 innings (three starts).

Through four starts for Triple-A New Orleans, Nicoline, the No. 4 prospect in the Marlins organization, is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and a 15:5 K:BB over 22 2/3 innings. He exhibited strong command during the minors and has been working in all of his pitches with the hope of perfecting his arsenal before heading to the big leagues. He could be brought up at some point this season and while he's not a big strikeout guy, he could prove very helpful if he can continue to have pinpoint command. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Corey Dickerson was removed from Saturday's game with a left quad injury.

While the news regarding Dickerson's plantar fasciitis was positive, he was removed after he fouled a ball off his back leg and is now day-to-day with what the team is calling a quad injury. When his leg appeared to be swollen, manager Walt Weiss opted to play it safe and remove Dickerson who had gone 0-for-3 in Saturday's game against the Giants. Consider him day-to-day for right now and figure he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mark Melancon allowed one hit with one walk while recording his fifth save of the season against Arizona on Saturday.

Melancon has now converted three straight save opportunities after a blow up earlier in the week. Melancon’s velocity is way down this year, and he has been unable to strike batters out at anything close to his normal rate with the reduced velocity. Now that he has converted a few saves in a row, it might be time to consider dealing Melancon. Tony Watson is the most likely candidate to take over for Melancon at some point. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Owings went 2-for-4 with a run and two steals against the Pirates on Saturday.

Owings is off to a pretty brutal start. He’s striking out 32.8 percent of the time and has drawn just two walks. With the strikeouts, he’s hitting just .241 despite a .351 BABIP. He may steal 15-20 bases, but it’s hard to imagine him having any fantasy value outside of that moderate speed. Analysis: Brett Talley

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Despite a .232 batting average, Alvarez is off to a nice start. He has four home runs already and an ISO that’s where it was back in 2012 and 2013. Most importantly, so far he’s managed to maintain the strikeout gains he made last year. And with a .231 BABIP, he’s got improvement coming in the batting average department if he keeps the strikeouts down.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Walker is off to a fine enough start in the roto categories, but he’s striking out a bit much and not walking quite enough. It’s early enough for those numbers to correct easily, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Brett Talley

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