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James Harden earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for games played Monday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, March 2.

The Beard averaged 27.0 points, 7.7 assists, and 2.0 steals in three games last week highlighted by a 43-point performance to start off the week against Orlando and capped with his seventh double-double of the season against the Pistons. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

The Blue Jays recall RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

Tepera will come in to help out with some bullpen work as the Jays want to hold Felix Dubront out to work as a starter early next week if they can. He doesn't hold any fantasy value and he could be back in the minors by the end of the weekend. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Blue Jays select the contract of LHP Felix Doubront from Triple-A Buffalo.

After Thursday's debacle, it looks like the Matt Boyd experiment has come to a close. Apparently, that means Doubront, who is sporting a 2.44 ERA and 8.06 K/9 over nine starts for Triple-A Buffalo, is next in line to give it a go in the Jays rotation. They would like to have him start Tuesday which makes him a two-start pitcher if he survives the first. We've seen Dubront in the past and let's face it, being a Jays pitcher can be a rough trade, so we're not recommending him here, even with two starts next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Aaron Hicks (forearm) was activated from the disabled list Friday.

Had it not been for the injury to Byron Buxton, Hicks may have found himself back in Triple-A after activation, but since Buxton isn't due back until late July, Hicks should get a chance to at least platoon with Danny Santana in center field. He's not as very strong option at all, so we wouldn't run out and grab him unless you're super desperate. Analysis: Howard Bender

Twins outfielder Shane Robinson has been placed on the family emergency list.

Robinson was officially placed on the 7-day family emergency list. There is no word on the nature of the emergency but we wish him well. The Twins will use Aaron Hicks in his roster spot. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Tyler Ennis won't play at all this summer because of shoulder surgery.

Ennis had his torn labrum surgically repaired this off-season which will cause him to miss all of summer league. The hope is that he will be ready for training camp but that has not be officially determined yet. There is no reason to keep him on your fantasy radar heading into your Fantasy Basketball drafts.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Miami Heat officially sign first round pick Justise Winslow.

This might be when it's all said and done the steal of the 2015 NBA Draft. Luol Deng thrived in 2014 at the stretch four spot for the Heat. Winslow will be able to step right in at the three which means Miami can keep Deng in the stretch four. Winslow can knock down a three but is not great at creating his own shot. He is worth drafting in late rounds of standard leagues and would get a nice boost in value if Deng ever misses time.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Friday.

Nothing to fear, Castro is just getting a regularly scheduled day of rest. The Cubs will have Addison Russell move over to cover shortstop and Jonathan Herrera gets a chance to start at second base.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

ESPN sources say the Wizards are pushing hard to land David West.

The veteran power forward averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 28.7 minutes per game last season for the Pacers. His veteran leadership is as much a part of his game as his work in the frontcourt and several teams are expected to be courting the 34-year old. If the Wizards are going to make a hard push, then an offer should come soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kris Bryant is the first rookie in Cubs history with at least 10 home runs, 40 runs and 40 RBI by the end of June.

Bryant has been producing exactly as his owners had thought he would. The power is there, the run production is there and yes, the strikeouts are there too. He's even thrown in six stolen bases to add to the fun. Hopefully, with time, the plate discipline will improve and that 30-percent strikeout rate will drop some, but for now, there's no reason to complain with what he's give you thus far. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cole Hamels is unlikely to accept a trade to the Houston Astros.

Hamels has a limited no trade clause that allows him to block trades to 20 teams. Hamels would be the perfect target for the Astros as a true ace with team control beyond this season, but they will have to work elsewhere. Hamels will have a better chance at wins wherever he winds up, but a trade to the American League would obviously hurt his fantays value. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Goforth has a 1.63 K/BB rate at Triple-A this season, and unless he shows marked improvement, he will not last in Milwaukee's bullpen for long. He could still improve, but he should not be on anyone's fantasy radar right now. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Cravy was very good in his MLB debut in June, allowing one earned run in seven innings in St. Louis. His minor league numbers are not particularly impressive, but if Cravy gets to start he is intriguing for deep leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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