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Mike Conley will not play for the Grizzlies tonight because of a right ankle sprain.

Nick Calathes will start again and he has been on a semi-heater of late making 15 of his last 21 shots and exceeded 26 fantasy points in each of his last two games. His price tag has him under 10% of your salary cap on most sites making him even more appealing on DFS tonight against the Magic.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Dante Cunningham has agreed to a three-year contract with the Pelicans.

This is a solid move by the Pelicans to bolster their bench this off season. Cunningham played in 66 games for the Pelicans last year averaging 5.2 points per game. He will add some much needed depth to this team and should average just over 25 minutes per game next season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

LeBron James won't re-sign a contract until the Cavaliers re-sign Tristan Thompson.

Another year another game of where will Lebron James end up. After opting out of his contract he said he would wait until the Cavs made all their moves to re-sign. Now again here we are and we have come to another fork in the road. Everyone still fully expects Lebron to sign with the Cavs, but it wouldn't be a NBA off season without some Lebron drama. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Tommy Milone will remain in the Twins' rotation. He will make his next start on Wednesday.

With Ervin Santana coming off his suspension and being inserted back into the Twins lineup, someone has to go to make room. Milone will stay in the rotation and rightfully so, as the left-hander is 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA on the year. If he keeps up these numbers there should be no reason why he can't stay part of this rotation for the whole year.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Phillies released P Yoel Mecias on Saturday.

This is an interesting move on the part of the Phillies. Mecias is only 21 years old and seems like he has some potential. He is on his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2014, so a setback might have been the final straw for the Phillies to let him go.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Josh Hamilton underwent an MRI Saturday and could be placed on the disabled list with a groin strain.

Hamilton just can't seem to stay healthy, he left Friday's game with a groin strain and it looks like this will put him on the disabled list. In 10 games this season, Hamilton had two home runs and 10 RBI. Not too shabby but things were looking up if he could stay healthy and get more plate appearances in.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

A.J. Pollock went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases during the Diamondbacks’ 7-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday.

Fantasy owners are taking a lot of pleasure in owning Pollock this season as the breakout most people anticipated when he entered the league is finally here. He’s stayed healthy (knock on wood, you superstitious folk) and is proving to be a solid power/speed combo. He’s now got four-straight multi-hit games and is slashing .304/.348/465 on the year with 10 home runs and 18 stolen bases. This is not a sell-high candidate though as you should be seeing this level of productivity all season long. Enjoy! Analysis: Howard Bender

Patrick Corbin (Tommy John surgery) made his first start since September 2013 and gave up just two runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings against the Rockies.

After a lengthy but successful rehab, Corbin was finally able to make his season debut and start building back his reputation as a strong starting pitcher. The no walks is always a nice thing to see when a guy is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but you are going to have to budget in some future command issues into your expectations. The Diamondbacks are going to watch his innings, so expect a late-season shutdown, but you should be able to get a fair number of quality starts out of him as he continues to build back his arm strength and overall stamina. He gets a real nice favorable start next week when he takes on the super-soft Mets lineup. Analysis: Howard Bender

D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

LeMahieu broke a four-game, 0-for-14 stretch with this performance and produced his first RBI in nine games. The production has been weak lately, but he’s still batting .300 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. The numbers aren’t eye-popping by any means, but the overall production is certainly more than what was originally expected. The fact that he plays half his games in Coors Field certainly helps, but if you have the opportunity to improve your second base position, we’d jump at the opportunity. Analysis: Howard Bender

John Axford returned to action Saturday and picked up the final out of the Rockies’ 7-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Axford had been on the restricted list for the past week due to personal reasons, but finally rejoined the team and was able to get back out there and get some work in. He only faced the one batter and threw just four pitches (two strikes), but it was just good to see him back on the hill. He will resume his role as the Rockies’ closer, so expect LaTroy Hawkins to push back into a regular set-up role. Analysis: Howard Bender

David Hale fell to 2-4 on the year after he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

While it was the first time in seven starts that Hale did not allow a home run, it was still more of the same from him. He’s given up three or more runs in each outing over that span and though he’s flashed some random strikeout potential, there’s still very little redeemable assets to counter the woeful 5.89 ERA he sports. He’ll stick in the rotation for now and will face a weak-hitting Braves team next, but he’s simply not to be trusted. Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. Cron went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, six RBI and a run scored as the Angels crushed the Rangers 13-0 on Saturday.

Cron’s been seeing a fair amount of playing time since his return, but until this performance, he’s been relatively dead to much of the fantasy community. The six RBI are a career-high for him, but with an overall slash line of just .216/.242/.328, it’s tough to rely on him for consistency. Analysis: Howard Bender

Erick Aybar went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored against the Rangers on Saturday.

Aybar’s fantasy owners are certainly enjoying this trip to Texas as he’s now got eight hits in nine at-bats with three doubles, three RBI and five runs scored. There’s not much in the way of power and he’s only 6-for-9 on the basepaths, but with a .280 average and 41 runs scored, he’s still providing you with solid production at a typically weak position. Total unsung hero in the DFS world, folks. Don’t sleep on him.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk during Saturday’s 13-0 win over the Rangers.

Suddenly we’re flashing a little power here as Calhoun has two doubles, a home run and six RBI in his last two games. While it’s always been a bit surprising that he hasn’t been more active on the bases, the fact that he hits in front of Mike Trout means that he likely won’t in the future as Mike Scioscia isn’t going to take the bat out of his best hitter’s hands. Calhoun should be good for runs scored, but he’s going to need to raise that .263 average of his if he wants to be more of a multi-category contributor. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hector Santiago tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk with three strikeouts during the Angels’ 13-0 drubbing of the Rangers on Saturday.

This was Santiago’s third-straight quality start and he’s only allowed two runs over his last 20 innings with a 13:4 K:BB. Sure, we’d love to see a higher strikeout rate, but considering his season-long ERA sits at just 2.40, there’s really not a whole lot of complaining to do. The 27-year old southpaw has actually seen a rise in his K/9 and a reduced number of walks issued, so while he may hit a few bumps in the road here and there, you should enjoy what appears to be a solid breakout season. He’ll get the Mariners next, so look for him to expose their sub par .295 wOBA against lefties this year. Analysis: Howard Bender

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