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Gerald Green dropped a game and career-high 41 points on the Thunder to go with five rebounds, two assists, a block, and a team-high three steals in 41 minutes of the 128-122 home win.

Green is averaging 24 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals in 34.8 minutes over his last five games, but like Darren Collison of the Clippers, Green's role as a starter may soon be coming to an end as Eric Bledsoe is nearing a return. (Green is averaging about seven more points and more than a rebound per game as a starter this season then when coming off the bench).ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Tom Brady's appeal will not be heard by Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

What is the rush? Most accept the idea that Brady will serve some sort of suspension, whether it gets reduced on appeal or not. Get ready for back-up QB Jimmy Garoppolo to be under center when the defending champs take the field to open the 2015 season. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

John Axford pitched one inning with a walk for his seventh save on Monday in Cincinnati.

With the Rockies now victorious in seven of their last thirteen, it may be time to have John Axford active if you need saves. While he has been a rollercoaster in the past, to this point in 2015 Axford has a 0.82 ERA but use his 3.51 FIP as a sneak preview of coming events. This is an opportune time to sell him while he has value.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Charlie Blackmon was 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and stole three bases on Monday against the Reds.

Charlie Blackmon continues to produce at the top of the Rockie lineup. Although he was scheduled to have the day off, Carlos Gonzalez was scratched and Blackmon was inserted. With a hit and two walks, Blackmon was on base three times and stole a career best three bases in the game to push his season total to ten. Blackmon has been solid this year with six home runs, ten stolen bases and scoring 23 runs while slashing .267/.341/.436. He is not flashy but very productive in fantasy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Nolan Arenado was 3-for-4 scoring a run, hit a home run with three RBI on Monday in Cincinnati.

For the impatient Nolan Arenado owners, his last two days have to show why he was a target in fantasy. Arenado had three more hits on Monday including his ninth home run and drove in the winning run in Cincinnati with a sacrifice fly off of Aroldis Chapman. In his last two games, Arenado is 7-for-9, scored four runs, hit two home runs, a double, a triple with seven RBI. Better than that, his average this year is .287 but his BABIP is .279 which means his average should improve. Patience pays in fantasy and Arenado owners should reap the rewards as long as he stays healthy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Eddie Butler pitched six innings giving up nine hits, four earned runs, two walks and only striking out one against the Reds on Monday.

Whether he needs more work in the minors or a new role, Eddie Butler entered the game on Monday with highest WHIP (1.89) of any pitcher with at least ten starts since 2014. Allowing eleven baserunners in six innings will not lower that mark. For the season Butler’s ERA is 4.60 and due to his inability to get batters out is not a fantasy option going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Aroldis Chapman worked an inning versus Colorado allowing a hit, a walk and an earned run while striking out two batters to take the loss on Monday.

Aroldis Chapman is the best closer in baseball and in fantasy but he was not sharp on Monday. Giving up a leadoff walk to Charlie Blackmon and a flare single to D.J. LeMahieu, the Rockies scored the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Arenado to defeat the Reds. It took Chapman a couple of batters to get his fastball above 96 MPH so this is a matter of little work during the Reds nine game losing streak. For the season, Chapman has 36 strikeouts in 19 ? innings pitched with a 1.86 ERA.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Marlon Byrd was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and RBI on Monday.

Veteran Marlon Byrd continues to defy father time slugging his tenth home run of 2015 against Colorado on Monday. His average is still sitting in the low two hundreds (.211) for the year but he has driven in 25 home runs in 41 games with Cincinnati. If Marlon Byrd can recover his batting average since his present BABIP is only .219 and his career mark is .324 then he will have more value as the season progresses, if not then he is a power source that can drain a fantasy teams batting average. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Todd Frazier was 1-for-4 hitting his 13th home run and driving in two on Monday.

Todd Frazier has continued to pile on the counting stats in 2015 with 13 home runs, 26 RBI and six stolen bases after hitting a home run on Monday against Colorado. Although Frazier’s present .258 average can improve, use his last 365 days slash line of .271/.337/.474 as a guide. It is clear that Frazier is still a power and speed threat but his average from the first half in 2014 is out of reach.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jason Marquis pitched 5 innings allowing 10 hits, four runs (two earned), two walks and struck out four in a no decision on Monday.

Jason Marquis started the year strong but has since hit the wall and is on the verge of leaving the Reds rotation. Although he only gave up two earned runs, the ten hits and two walks versus only four strikeouts is a tough high wire act to walk. Marquis has seen his ERA rise to 6.46 for the season and is not a fantasy option going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jean Segura said after the game that his x-ray on Monday confirmed that he's on track to be activated on Friday.

Segura and his speed seem to be ready to come back to the major league club on Friday night. His numbers might not be great this season, but he will add a nice dimension back to the top of the Brewers lineup going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jonathan Lucroy said the results of the X-ray he had on Monday were positive and plans to be active in St. Louis next Monday.

The plan for Lucroy is to play in a couple of minor league games before returning to the Brewers next Monday. When healthy, Lucroy is a potential MVP candidate, so he should add a much needed jolt back into the Milwaukee lineup.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Bryce Harper felt ill effects from the impact of bracing his wrist and forearm against the wall on Monday, but doesn't expect it to be a problem.

It is always stories like this that make Harper owners cringe because although it doesn't sound too serious, he has a history of getting injured by banging himself up. It's tough to tell where the Nats would turn if anything were to happen to Harper, but for now, lets not worry about it, as the Nationals have little concern for now.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Slade Heathcott was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, home run and two RBI on Monday.

As if being promoted to the Yankees was not enough, Slade Heathcott had two hits on Monday including his first home run off of closer Greg Holland to drive in two runs in the seventh inning. Heathcott is an injury prone prospect but in his career in the minors has hit .275/.353/.409 in 364 games. His speed and defense can keep him in the lineup moving forward. Deep league owners only should speculate though.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Brian McCann was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, home run, three RBI and two walks against the Royals on Monday.

For one day at least Brian McCann put his owners worry to rest about his injured foot as he not only played on Monday but was on base three times, including a home run and drove in three. With the shift killing his batting average, at least McCann is still providing the power that owners draft him for. For the season he now has five home runs and 28 RBI this year. Monitor his health moving forward but on Monday he was healthy and productive.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Chase Headley was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBI and a walk in Monday’s game versus the Royals.

Hitting second on Monday suited Headley well as he not only had three hits, but hit his sixth home run of the season and second in three games. With the Yankees struggling to score runs during their losing streak, Monday’s explosion is a welcome change. Headley’s three hits raised his average 13 points on Monday but there is room for more growth. His career BABIP is .329 and this year is only at .294 so Headley’s average of .255 has room to grow. Add in that he has yet to steal a base but has 15 in the last two years and he could be a sneaky add for corner infield going forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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