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James Harden hits last-second, game-winning lay-up to beat Wizards 113-112. Harden finished with with a game-high 35 points (on 8-for-14 shooting), six rebounds and six assists.

Harden is averaging 25.4 points, 3.6 boards, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals in his last five games since returning from an injury that caused him to miss the last two games at the end of last month.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Kyle Gibson went six scoreless innings and gave up just four hits and two walks as he improved to 3-2 on the season with a win over Oakland.

Gibson's pitch to contact strategy has worked really well over his past three starts, giving up just two runs and going 21 innings. His past two starts have seen just eight hits, with five strikeouts as he has been able to get groundballs. He still seems like a fantasy-limited option, but if he can continue to limit the hits, Gibson might be an option for streams in deep leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Danny Santana was 3-for-4 with a single, double, and triple to go with three runs on Wednesday night.

Falling just a homer shy of the cycle, Santana has been able to put together a solid week, going 8-for-19 in his past five games with four extra-base hits. There's not a ton of fantasy value coming from the nine-hole of the Twins' lineup so let Santana have his nights and remain on the waiver wire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kennys Vargas hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the Twins' 13-0 win over the Athletics.

Vargas only needed one AB to make an impact, belting the three run dinger in the eighth inning when hitting for Joe Mauer. it has been a rough start to 2015, but hopefully one swing will get Vargas going. He had three straight multi-hit games before going 0-4 and then getting the day off. In just a week, Vargas has been able to increase his average from .161 all the way to .222 so it will remain to be seen if he can continue the success. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Eduardo Escobar was 3-for-4 with a homer, five RBI and a run scored in the Twins 13-0 blowout of Oakland.

Escobar nailed his second homer of the year and doubled his RBI total for 2015 with the five on Wednesday night. He has two three-hit games out of his last three games, both with all four of the hits being of the multi-base kind. His power is limited so you shouldn't see much more coming out of the outfielder. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Eddie Rosario went yard in his debut, going 1-for-4 with that solo homer in the Twins 13-0 win over the A's.

It took one pitch for Rosario to find the cheap seats in a great debut for the rookie. You can't start a career much better with a blowout win to put on top of it. He's more of speed option so he could be a nice play in deep leagues with Oswaldo Arcia heading to the DL, but don't expect him to be a huge upgrade over most of the outfielders on the waiver wire. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Scott Kazmir had his worst start of the season, going six innings giving up six runs on seven hits and striking out four on Wednesday night.

Kazmir didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday and the Twins took advantage of that. The lefty gave up two homers again, the second start in a row as he has not been able to keep the ball in the ballpark. He sits at 2-1 on the season with a 1.02 WHIP and 40:12 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jason Heyward was 1-for-3 with three runs scored as the Cardinals fell 6-5 to the Cubs.

The former Brave has had a tough time fitting into St. Louis, but now has a hit in 4-of-5 games and scored at least one run in his last three games. Although he sits at just .228 BA on the season, look for Heyward to find a way to get on base and eventually get his numbers on par with the talent that he provides. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jhonny Peralta was 1-for-5 with a solo homer to go with two runs in the Cards' 6-5 loss to the Cubs.

Peralta's homer marked the third time he left the yard this season, with a blast in the third inning of Cubs' starter Jon Lester. He continues to be an under the radar fantasy option at SS, hitting .298 with 13 RBI and .800 OPS. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Lance Lynn was knocked around Wednesday night, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six against the Cubs.

Lynn had a good start the season, but has had two bad starts out of his last three, getting hit all over the park. He fell to 1-3 on the season, throwing 106 pitches over the six innings. The one good sign is that Lynn has been able to continue to strikeout batters, with 42 in just 35 1/3 innings while seeing his WHIP sit at 1.27. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Hector Rondon picked up a save, giving up a hit and a walk, but striking out one in Chicago's 6-5 win over St. Louis.

Save No. 6 was a shaky one, allowing the tying run to reach third base, but Rondon was able to go Jhonny Peralta to ground out. The Cubs are going to compete this year so Rondon's opportunities are going to be around for the summer. He averages a strikeout an inning and has only blown one chance this season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kris Bryant was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored in the Cubs win over the Cardinals.

The power has not showed up yet, but that's not stopping Bryant from getting on base and producing in fantasy categories. He now has a hit in four straight games, with three RBI along the way. Hang in there owners, there will be a day when Bryant hits his first home run and it will be glorious. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI in the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

The talented first base-man is now 6-for-13 with two doubles and two homers with four RBI in the first three games of the series against St. Louis. His numbers are outrageous so far a month into the season: .341/.474/.593/1.068. Oh, did you want more? Rizzo has also stolen seven bases on the season making him one of the hottest fantasy players in the game. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Undrafted OL La'el Collins' first visit will be with the Dallas Cowboys.

Collins, who has been investigated in a double murder case, has been targeted by numerous teams. He is a first round talent and the Cowboys will have the first crack at the offensive lineman. One team is going to be willing to sign the dominant offensive lineman, it's just a matter of when that time is going to be. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jon Lester went seven innings, giving up four runs, but only one of those was earned to go with six strikeouts on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Lester continues to get hot after a rough start, now striking out 20 in his last 20 innings of work. He gave up just one earned run, after one of his own errors cost the Cubs a run. Lester's hot stretch looks to continue as he finds comfort in his new home in Chicago. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to go with a walk as the Astros fell to the Rangers, 11-3.

CC's last three hits have all been homers, too bad that stretches over eight games and it comes with 14 strikeouts. It has been feast or famine for the slugger, with more famine than what is needed for fantasy owners. He has a troublesome .257 OBP and really needs to just put the ball in play. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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