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Randall Delgado won the final open spot in the D-backs rotation.

Contrary to many fantasy owners hopes, the spot in the DBacks rotation opened up with the loss of Patrick Corbin for the season will not go to top prospect Archie Bradley, who struggled mighty in his last two outings, but instead to Randall Delgado. (Let someone else roll the dice on Delgado).ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Vance Worley earned his first win of the season on Friday, allowing two earned runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six over six innings in the Pirates 6-3 win over the Brewers.

Worley bounced back nicely after getting roughed up by the Brewers in his first start of the season as he held them to two runs on Friday. Worley came out of nowhere last year to go 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA over 17 starts for the Pirates and while its unlikely he will repeat that level of success he has turned in a similar season back in 2011 for the Phillies where he went 11-3 with 3.01 ERA over 21 starts. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Sean O'Sullivan struggled on Friday, allowing four earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two over five innings in the Phillies 7-2 loss to the Nationals.

O'Sullivan has now faced the Nationals in both of his starts this season and after getting them better of them in his first game the Nationals hitters got to him the second time around. There is little expectations surrounding O'Sullivan this season as he boasts a career ERA of 5.84 over 54 career games. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the Nationals 7-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

After an awfully slow start to the season Desmond is now 8-for-16 with four runs, one home run and three RBI over the past four games. Desmond has turned in three straight seasons with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases and in 2014 drove in a career best 91 RBI which rank him among the top fantasy shortstops. Though he has yet to steal a base this season his recent hot streak should lead to plenty of opportunities as the offensive production comes along.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Danny Espinosa went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Nationals 7-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

Espinosa hit his second home run of the season and is hitting .286 on the year. The power has never been an issue for Espinosa but his lack of plate discipline cost him at bats in 2014. During his two better seasons with the Nationals Espinosa was a 20 home runs, 20 stolen base threat at the second base position which gave his real value but with Anthony Rendon coming back soon and Yunel Escobar playing well it seems likely Espinosa fills a utility role instead of seeing every day at bats. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Bryce Harper went 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Nationals 7-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

Harper hit his third home run of the season on Friday as the 22 year old once again has lofty expectations this season. Health has limited Harper to 118 and 100 games played over the past two seasons but he has been productive when on the field which is what fantasy owners are once again hoping for. The early power is a great sign as he should threaten the 30 home run plateau with enough playing time. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Max Scherzer earned his first win as a member of the Nationals on Friday, allowing one earned run on four hits while walking none and striking out nine over eight innings in Washington’s 7-2 win over Philadelphia.

Scherzer has been as advertised over his first three starts for the Nationals, allowing just two earned runs over 21.2 innings while striking out 25. He has had some tough luck in the wins department prior to Fridays start but if what we have seen from Scherzer is a sign of things to come this season then fantasy owners will be quite pleased with their investment. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Plouffe went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday night’s 3-2 win against the Indians.

Plouffe played the part of the hero Friday night at Target Field, as he blasted a walk-off homer to lead off the 11th inning and send the Twins faithful home happy. The 28-year-old third baseman has struggled to this point, going just 5-for-35 through 10 games. However, with two home runs over his last four games, not to mention a dramatic game-winner, Plouffe might be on the verge of turning it around. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mike Pelfrey pitched five solid innings in Friday’s 3-2 extra-inning victory over the Indians, giving up just one run on three hits and four walks while striking out two.

Pelfreys control, or lack thereof, was definitely not impeccable in this outing, but the overall results were encouraging. The veteran righty is currently slotted at the back end of the Twins rotation and will take his next turn Wednesday night in Kansas City. However, Pelfrey holds little to no fantasy value at the present time. Given his recent track record, that is not likely to change going forward. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Twins.

Moss has gotten off to a miserable 3-for-24 start which has included a dozen strikeouts. However, with a homer, a double and three walks over the last three games, the veteran slugger is beginning to show some life at the plate. Analysis: Nate Miller

Corey Kluber worked eight excellent innings in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Twins, allowing two earned runs on just three hits and a walk while recording eight strikeouts.

Kluber turned in a third consecutive strong start start Friday night, as the defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner is picking up where he left off last season. Though the Indians offense has yet to really help him claim a victory to this point, the 29-year-old righty has pitched well enough to be 3-0. Kluber is currently holding a 2.49 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 25-to-4 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. He will be back on the mound Wednesday afternoon versus the White Sox in Chicago. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mitch Moreland may need surgery on his left elbow that would keep him out 2-3 weeks.

Adam Rosales started for Moreland after he was scratched Friday. He and Jake Smolinski will likely split Moreland's at-bats going forward, but neither has much fantasy value outside of AL-only leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Bruce Bochy said Jake Peavy's back tightened up again Friday.

Peavy's back has been bothering him since before the start of the season, and at this point a DL stint seems imminent. Peavy has allowed eight earned runs in 7 2/3 innings this season, and even if he does make his next scheduled start he probably shouldn't be in your fantasy lineup. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday’s 6-4 win over the A’s.

Is anyone in the league swinging the bat as well as Cain has to this point? A breakout star in 2014, especially during the playoffs, the fleet-footed outfielder has hit safely in all 10 games for the Royals so far this season, going 15-for-35 with 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. Cain is a true asset in all fantasy leagues. Analysis: Nate Miller

Greg Holland issued a walk during an otherwise blemish free ninth inning en route to the save in Friday’s 6-4 win over the A’s.

Simply put, Holland is among the most dominant closers in the game and proving once again so far this season. The two-time All-Star is 4-for-4 in his save opportunities and has yet to allow a hit across a four scoreless innings. Analysis: Nate Miller

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