FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Tyreke Evans will start at point guard Friday for the second consecutive game.

Evans had a rough go of it in his last game, as I warned he would as he would against one of the best defensive point guards in the league in Chris Paul. That however is not the case tonight as he will face undersized rookie point guard Trey Burke and the other Jazz point guards who own the worst overall defensive efficiency rating among point guards in the entire NBA this season. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

The Blue Jays have recalled Steve Delabar and Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

Delebar was killing it in Triple-A so the Jays decided to call him up to serve in a middle relief role. In the process they optioned both Scott Copeland and Miguel Castro down to Triple-A.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Phillies optioned RHP Severino Gonzalez to Lehigh Valley (AAA).

Gonzalez pitched well after getting shelled on Tuesday night, but his Sunday night performance wasn't good enough to keep him up with the major league roster. Don't be surprised if he is called up again if the Phillies need another spot start.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs and an RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.

Strikeouts were a problem for Vargas in his debut last year, and he’s been slightly worse in that area so far this season. He probably has 15 or so homers in him from here on out, but it’s going to come with an average around .240. That may be worth something in deeper leagues, but he’s not an option in shallower formats. Analysis: Brett Talley

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs and five RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.

Plouffe is now hitting .278 with five home runs and 27 runs-plus-RBI. Other than a home run per fly ball rate that’s a tad high, what Plouffe is doing so far doesn’t appear all that unsustainable. Surely no one in your league is buying into his hot start too much, so just ride it out with him.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Torii Hunter went 2-for-6 with a run and an RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.

Hunter got off to a slow start, but he’s started to turn it around a bit this weekend. His line drive rate was just 10.8 percent entering Sunday’s action, but given how variable that statistic is, it’s too early to worry about that. Once that corrects, Hunter’s average should get back up around the .280 mark. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brian Dozier went 4-for-5 with a triple, run, RBI and walk against the White Sox on Sunday.

These four hits pushed Dozier’s average up about 30 points and right back around .240 where he normally sits in that category. His speed is a little off but he’s been successful in his two attempts. And his power is a bit off, but that’s partly because he’s hitting more line drives than fly balls right now. That’ll even out, and it might lead to a few more balls flying out of the park. Analysis: Brett Talley

Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against Minnesota on Sunday.

Garcia isn’t walking much, and his .441 BABIP isn’t long for this world. He also has just one home run as he continues to hit groundballs over half the time he puts the ball in play. If he’d elevate a bit more, he could provide valuable power, but it’s hard to believe he’ll change his approach all of a sudden. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Sunday.

Pelfrey’s ERA remains below 3.00 for now, but his xFIP is closer to 5.00. His strikeout to walk ratio is just 1.45:1, so it’s not hard to see why his xFIP is so low. Pelfrey might be useful in AL-only leagues, but the regression he has coming may be too much to bear even in those deep leagues. He’ll start again Friday against Cleveland. Analysis: Brett Talley

John Danks allowed seven runs (three earned) and eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings against the Twins on Sunday.

After a respectable start last time out against the Royals, Danks went back to being awful on Sunday. His ERA is now 7.30 for the season. His problem has long been the long ball, and his HR/9 so far is 1.82. He really has no value in any format. He’ll start again Saturday against the Reds. Analysis: Brett Talley

Stephen Curry will be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player, according to multiple league sources in recent days.

This was one of the greatest MVP races in recent memory, as Curry, Harden, Westbrook, and even Lebron down the stretch to some extent, all made legitimate cases for the prestigious award. In the end, Curry was on the best team and was the best player for most of the year, so the voters came to the difficult conclusion that he deserved it most. Congrats to the small school kid on proving the critics wrong. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with a solo homer, a double, two RBI and three runs scored during Sunday’s 10-7 win against the Blue Jays.

After a mostly hapless month of April for Kipnis, the All-Star second baseman has really kicked things into gear at the plate. Over the first three days of May, he has gone 8-for-12 with two homers, a double and six runs scored. For those that have relegated Kipnis to the bench, it is time to get him back in the lineup. Analysis: Nate Miller

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