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The St. Louis Rams are expected to release CB Cortland Finnegan.

Keone Kela is being shut down over the weekend to get his sore elbow checked out in Dallas.

An MRI has come back showing no structural damage but that doesn't always mean they're out of the woods. If the Rangers believe it's serious enough for the pitcher to leave the team and fly back to Dallas it lends credence to the thought he isn't out of the woods. Expect to hear some more finite diagnoses in the coming days but right now it might not look good for Kela pitching any time soon. Analysis: Matt Selz

Andrew Susac has flown back to San Francisco to see a specialist about his sore right wrist. He will be unavailable for at least Saturday.

The wrist has been bugging the Giants backup backstop since Spring Training which makes the timing of the move interesting since he recently came off the DL for a thumb injury. Nothing will be known about the results of the test likely for a few days and in the meantime Posey should continue to catch and if he get's an off day then Hector Sanchez is the backup without Susac with the team. Analysis: Matt Selz

Jose Iglesias could be done for the season with a non-displaced fracture of his finger.

The defensive wiz of a shortstop was hit by a pitch a game ago and Detroit, hoping for a bone bruise, received some bad news with it turning out to be a broken finger. Expected to miss at least two weeks with the ailment that means there would only be a week and a half left to the season when he could return but with the Tigers season going down in flames currently there is almost no reason to bring him back. Dixon Machado and Andrew Romine are likely to split time in Iglesias' absence. Analysis: Matt Selz

Nate Robinson is considering a contract offer from Chinese team Sichuan Blue Wales to play this upcoming season.

Current free agent and 10 year NBA pro is reportedly mulling over an offer from a Chinese squad to play over seas after missing significant time this past season with a with a left knee injury. If he does indeed sign overseas then clearly his fantasy value is nil but even if he signs with an NBA team he is likely to have zero fantasy relevance this year. Analysis: Matt Selz

Chiefs cut OL Garrett Frye

Kansas City has a solid offensive line group making it tough to crack for guys like Garrett Frye. Whether or not Frye sticks on the K.C. practice squad is yet to be seen but also could be unlikely. Analysis: Matt Selz

Kris Medlen allowed seven runs and 11 hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Friday.

Medlen has been decent in his first two turns in the rotation, but he got BABIP’d a bit on Friday. Of his 11 hits allowed, nine were singles, and his BABIP for the day was .455 despite a solid ground ball rate for the night. He may still be of some use if he stays in the rotation. He is scheduled to go again Wednesday against the Twins. Analysis: Brett Talley

John Danks pitched a complete game against Kansas City on Friday with one run and seven hits allowed along with one walk and five strikeouts.

Danks is frequently really bad as he has allowed five runs or more in seven starts this season. But he also now has seven games in which he has allowed one or zero runs. His ERA is now 4.60 with a 4.53 xFIP, so he’s more bad than good. But he can obviously have his moments. He’s scheduled to go again next Friday against Minnesota. The Twins have scored 16 runs (eight earned) off Danks in just 7 2/3 innings of work for Danks, so the Twins may be a stack candidate in DFS contests. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI against Kansas City on Friday.

Flowers now has nine home runs on the season, but he literally doesn’t give fantasy owners anything else. With a .221 batting average, he’s only of use to those in deep or two-catcher leagues. Analysis: Brett Talley

Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base against Kansas City on Friday.

Alexei Ramirez has been a decent power/speed combo for years now, though his dominant category has ping-ponged between home runs and steals. This year he’s been more of a speed guy as he’s on pace to steal 20 bases to go along with about 10 home runs. He’s 33, but he’s still useful at a shallow position. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored against Kansas City on Friday.

Abreu isn’t going to live up to his rookie season, but he’s still on pace to come close to hitting 30 home runs and driving 100 runs, with a shot to actually reach those totals. He has swung less and made more contact this year, but that hasn’t really translated to a better average or OBP for him. He might do well to be more aggressive.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Adam Eaton went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBI against Kansas City on Friday.

After hitting just one home run in his first full, healthy big league season last year, Eaton has a surprising 11 home runs this season. Combined with his 13 steals, .275 average and run total that will approach 100, he’s been a very well-rounded fantasy producer this season. Analysis: Brett Talley

Christian Yelich went 2-for-6 with a double and two runs scored against the Mets on Friday.

After a short absence from the lineup, Yelich has a five-game hit streak going since his return going 10-for-18 over that stretch. He’s hitting .288 for the year and will shortly pass 15 steals for the season. He can be counted on for average and some speed next year. Analysis: Brett Talley

Martin Prado went 5-for-6 with two doubles, one run and two RBI against the Mets on Friday.

Prado now has hits in 11 of his last 12 games and his hitting .348 over that stretch. Unfortunately he hasn’t provided anything to fantasy owners outside of average this season. He’s in danger of posting his first single digit home run total of his career. Analysis: Brett Talley

A.J. Ramos blew his sixth save of the season against the Mets on Friday with one run and three hits allowed.

Six blown saves isn’t ideal, but Ramos has managed to space them out this season, which is helpful in maintaining a closer role. It’s generally when the blown saves come consecutively or otherwise close to each other that closer gets in trouble. Don’t worry too much about Ramos’ role. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tom Koehler allowed two runs and five hits with five walks and four strikeouts in six innings against the Mets on Friday.

Koehler has kept his ERA somewhat close to average as it sits at 4.08 on the year. But none of his skills are above average. He walks too many, strikes out too few and doesn’t induce ground balls at an above average rate. He’ll go again Wednesday against the Brewers. Analysis: Brett Talley

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