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Update: Hakeem Nicks has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Colts.

This is actually a great landing spot for Nicks and a solid buy low for the Colts. Playing with Andrew Luck and alongside Reggie Wayne should help show Nicks what a professional is all about. He could be a late round value in 2014.ANALYST: Jeff Mans

Mike Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Marlins 4-1 loss to the Mets on Friday.

Stanton has now homered in back to back games while collecting six hits over his last 14 at bats. Stanton should contend for the home run crown and the improved offense around him should lead to plenty more RBI and run scoring opportunities. Stanton has also added a running component to his skillset after swiping a career best 14 bags in 2014 he has already stolen two bases this season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

David Phelps had a solid first start of the season on Friday, allowing just one earned run on one hit while walking three and striking out two over 4.2 innings in the Marlins 4-1 loss to the Mets.

Phelps is 12-11 with a 4.34 in 40 career starts and fared well in his first start of the season for the Marlins but had struggled in two previous appearances out of the bullpen. There is little fantasy value here and Phelps did not even pitch long enough to qualify for the win so he can continue to be ignored. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in the Mets 4-1 win over the Marlins on Friday.

Cuddyer is hitting .317 in his first season with the Mets with seven runs, one home run and seven RBI over the first 11 games. No longer hitting in the friendly confines of Coors field it seems likely that Cuddyer sees a drop in his batting average but he has always been able to get on base at a decent rate and with good health its not unreasonable to think he can hit between .280-290 with 15-20 home runs. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Bartolo Colon earned his third victory of the season on Friday, allowing one earned run on six hits while walking none and striking out five over seven inning of work in the Mets 4-1 win over the Marlins.

In a staff that is headlined by young arms Colon is 3-0 to start the season with a 2.25 ERA and a miniscule 0.80 WHIP. Colon is coming off a decent first season with the Mets where he went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA over 202.1 innings pitched. With good health Colon should approach the 200 inning plateau again while being a serviceable back end starter in fantasy rotations. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Russell Martin went 2-for-3 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored in the Blue Jays 8-7 loss to the Braves on Friday.

Martin hit his first two home runs as a member of the Blue Jays but overall has struggled out of the gate, hitting just .111 with five RBI over his first nine games. Martin hit .290 last season with a ridiculous .402 OBP for the Pirates but neither of those numbers should be expected from Martin in 2015. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in the Blue Jays 8-7 loss to the Braves on Friday.

Donaldson hit his first two home runs as a member of the Blue Jays on Friday and there should be plenty more to follow as the power hitting third baseman hit 53 home runs in his first two seasons in pitcher friendly Oakland. Toronto is a notorious homer dome and the lineup of Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion could produce three 30+ home run hitters with ease. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Devon Travis went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Blue Jays 8-7 loss to the Braves on Friday.

Travis was named the Blue Jays staring second basemen right before the start of the regular season and he has not looked back. Hitting .375 with nine runs, three home runs and 12 RBI. Travis has yet to attempt a stolen base in his major league career despite stealing 50 bases over his first two professional seasons. Travis started in the leadoff hole with the Blue Jays contemplating a DL stint for Jose Reyes which would give Travis a serious boost to his fantasy value given the lineup that hits behind him. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Drew Hutchison struggled on Friday, allowing five runs(four earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out six over 4.2 innings in the Blue Jays 8-7 loss to the Braves.

It has not been a good start to the season for Hutchinson as he's allowed 12 earned runs over his first 15 innings. He made 32 starts last season for Toronto but also struggled, going 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA. While the strikeouts are there he is far too hittable to be trusted in fantasy formats at this time. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the Braves 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Simmons is know so much more for his gold glove defense that his ability with the stick but he did hit a shocking 17 home runs in 2013 only to see that total to fall to just seven home runs last season. Career .252 hitting with a dreadful .296 OBP there is little fantasy value here with Simmons if he is not hitting the long ball. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Nick Markakis went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in the Braves 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Markakis is hitting .353 to start his Braves career as he finds himself hitting in the middle of the Braves lineup. Markakis should provide fantasy owners with a solid batting average and double-digit home run totals but given the supporting cast around him it seems unlikely he will match the runs scored totals of his Baltimore days. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in the Braves 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

After a quick start to the season Freeman has just two hits over his last 18 at bats with both of those hits however going for home runs. The Braves depleted the offense around Freeman in the offseason, trading away Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis and Justin Upton and replacing them with less expensive and also less productive options. 2014 was a disappointing year for Freeman as he hit a career low 18 home runs while driving in just 78 RBI and given his supporting cast in 2015 it seems unlikely he will do much better this year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Johnny Gomes went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in the Braves 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Gomes will typically see at bats mainly against lefties but so far this season he has hits in all but two games he has played for a .295 average and two home runs. The power with Gomes has always been present but the batting average should drop significantly as he sees more at bats against right handed pitchers. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jason Grilli pitched a perfect 9th inning to earn his fifth save of the season on Friday in the Braves 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

Grilli notched his fifth save of the season on Friday and looks a lot like the man who saved 33 games for the Pirates back in 2013 before injuries derailed him last year. It was a shock to the fantasy world when the Braves shipped Craig Kimbrell to the Padres but Grilli has stepped in without missing a beat and those who were fortunate enough to grab him on the waiver wire could have potentially landed one of the top closers in baseball. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Julio Teheran struggled on Friday, allowing five earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four over five innings of work in the Braves 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

Teheran got roughed up by a tough Blue Jays lineup on Friday as he gave up four home runs after not giving up any in his first two starts. A lineup like Torontos is rare in baseball and given that the Braves are a National League Teheran owners should expect better outcomes in the future. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Gerardo Parra went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a walk in the Brewers 6-3 loss to the Pirates on Friday.

Para is filling in for the injured Carlos Gomez and is 3-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI over his last three games. During his time with the Diamondbacks Para hit .277 while averaging 56 runs, seven home runs, 44 RBI and nine stole bases in 137 games per season which should give potentially fantasy owners an idea of his capabilities. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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