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Klay Thompson scored 20 points (8-14 FGA) going 4-for-6 from three-point range with one rebound, four assists and one steal against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Thompson logged his second straight 20-point performance to help give the Warriors the edge on their way to the NBA finals. He is now averaging 19.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.0 three-pointers this postseason as he continues to have the best season of his young career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Stephen Curry scored 26 points (7-21 FGA, 9-12 FTA) going 3-for-11 from three-point range with eight rebounds, six assists and five steals against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Curry once again stole the spotlight on Wednesday night as he helped lead the Warriors to a matchup against the Cavaliers for the NBA Championship. The reigning NBA MVP is now averaging 29.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.9 three-pointers through 15 postseason games as he continues to be unstoppable and on a mission. Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored 14 points (2-11 FGA, 10-13 FTA) with six rebounds, five assists and three steals against the Warriors on Wednesday.

Not only did Harden struggle offensively, he managed to set an NBA playoff record with 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors. Harden will have a lot to think about this offseason but there is no doubt he remains an elite fantasy option moving forward.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Dwight Howard scored 18 points (5-13 FGA, 8-13 FTA) with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks against the Warriors on Wednesday.

Despite managed to average a double-double this postseason, Howard's efforts were not enough to get the Rockets to the next level. After playing only 41 games this season Howard will look to get himself back to 100 percent health and return to his dominant ways we all know he is capable of performing.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Alex Guerrero went 1-for-4 connecting on his nine home run of the season against the Braves on Wednesday.

Guerrero continues to prove he is worthy of a spot in the Dodgers everyday lineup as he is now slashing .310/.344/.701 with nine home runs, 21 RBI and 15 runs scored over just 87 at-bats. As long as he is in the starting lineup he is a must-start in all league formats. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Zack Greinke allowed just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters over six innings against the Braves on Wednesday.

Greinke continues to have himself a great season as he has now allowed one run or less in each of his last five starts as he sits 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and a 58:14 K:BB rate through 67 innings. Although his current rate is likely unsustainable long term his hot start has him sitting as one of the best pitchers to own at this point in the season. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Rockies on Tuesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jason Grilli earned his 14th save of the season despite allowing one run on two hits in the ninth inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Grilli certainly didn't have the best of outings on Wednesday night but he managed to shake off a ninth inning home run to log his 14th save of the year. He has now converted 14 of his first 15 save chances, but it won't take much for him to lose his job if he continues to own a 4.41 ERA and 1.41 WHIP like he has for much of the first two months of the season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Alex Wood allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out six batters over seven innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Wood earned his second straight win on Wednesday night as he managed to allow just one earned run in each of his last two trips to the mound. He is now sitting 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a 38:18 K:BB rate through 54 innings, which makes him a solid start in all but the shallowest of league formats until he proves otherwise. The Braves hurler will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Diamondbacks on Monday in the first of two starts for him next week.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and a run scored against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Maybin has had himself a decent first year with the Braves as he is now slashing .261/.361/.435 with five home runs, 19 RBI and six steals over his first 115 at-bats. Health has been a major problem for Maybin over the course of his career, but if eh cam manage to stay off the trainer's table he remains a solid deep league start while hitting n the two-hole for the Braves. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Carlos Perez went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI against the Padres on Wednesday.

Perez has now logged back-to-back multi-hit games for the Angels but has just 43 at-bats on the season as he remains the primary backup behind the plate. Unless an injury was to occur to increase his playing time there is no reason to make him a fantasy add at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Matt Joyce went 1-for-3 connecting on his second home run of the season in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres.

Joyce has been far from a fantasy contributor this season as he is now slashing a mere .176/.253/.282 with just two home runs and 12 RBI through 131 at-bats. Barring a significant increase in production Joyce needs to remain on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of AL-only leagues.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Garrett Richards coughed up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters over 6 2/3 innings against the Padres on Wednesday.

Richards has now allowed five runs in each of his last two contests as he continues to struggle to end the month of May. However, he is still sitting 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 43:21 K:BB rate through 52 innings, so he is still worthy of a start every time he takes the hill unless his recent production becomes the norm. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Rays on Monday in the first of his two starts next week. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Craig Kimbrel earned his 12th save of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Wednesday.

His first season with the Padres has been one to forget, but the team's closer has now successfully made it through three straight appearances without giving up a run. He is now sitting on a 5.00 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 26:7 K:BB rate through 18 innings, but it appears he is starting to rebuild his confidence so fantasy owners should expect better production from him this summer.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Andrew Cashner allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six batters over seven innings against the Angels on Wednesday.

Cashner improved to 2-7 following Wednesday's performance as he logged his first win since April 19. He is now sitting on a 3.00 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 60:15 K:BB rate through his first 10 starts, which is more than enough to keep him in the circle of trust even if he doesn't show up in the win column on most days. The Padres hurler will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Mets in the first of his two starts next week.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 connecting on his sixth home run of the season while driving in three RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

Middlebrooks is now slashing .226/.260/.397 with six home runs and 17 RBI through his first 146 at-bats as he continues to have an up and down first year with the Padres. As long as he continues to occasionally hit for power, Middlebrooks should remain in the everyday starting lineup but as is far from a reliable fantasy option at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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