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DeAndre Jordan was in beast mode again Monday as he finished with 11 points, 24 rebounds (10 offensive), and four blocks in the win over the TWolves.

It only took Jordan one quarter to extend his streak of double-digit rebounds in a game to 20 as he had 12 boards in the first 12 minutes of the game. DJ, who leads the NBA in blocks, has 10 rejections in his last two games combined.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Tim Beckham went 2-for-4 with triple, run and three RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.

Beckham has been playing regularly since returning to the big league club, and he has hits in five of his last six games. He has shown a little pop and a tiny bit of speed, but he has trouble making contact frequently. Until he cuts down on the Ks, it’s hard to expect too much from him. Analysis: Brett Talley

Curt Casali went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.

That’s two nights in a row that Casali has double donged. He also homered on Saturday and now has six home runs in his last 20 at-bats. His ISO is now an absurd .480. He obviously won’t sustain anything close to that production, and the projection systems aren’t buying this at all as he has a projected ISO of .123 from here on out according to ZiPS. His ISO was around .130 in a little more than 300 PA at Triple-A, so the projection systems may be right. Analysis: Brett Talley

Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI against Detroit on Tuesday.

Perhaps Cabrera can provide some pop from the middle infield spot outside of the shallow leagues, but he does little else. His average has been below .245 in the last three seasons, and he has not been effective on the base paths this year. Analysis: Brett Talley

Steven Souza Jr. went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs against Detroit on Tuesday.

Souza will kill you in the ratio categories, but if you need help in the counting categories, he’s someone to consider acquiring. He should be good for at least five more steals and five more home runs, and that’s a conservative projection. But seriously, if you can’t risk the ratio hit, leave him be. Best case scenario would be something like a .225 average and a .300 OBP. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Detroit on Tuesday.

Longo is working on a six-game hitting streak with a couple of home runs thrown in during that stretch. He still has a shot to hit 20 home runs, which would be comparable to what he did last year, but where his production has really fallen off is in the run and RBI categories. It’s a bit strange that his counting numbers are down given that the Rays offense has been better than it was last year (according to wRC+). He may see 50 or so fewer plate appearances than he did last year, but that hardly explains 20 fewer runs and RBI each. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings against Detroit on Tuesday.

Odorizzi lowered his ERA to 2.76, but you should be a bit dubious as his xFIP sits at 3.77. He does have some xFIP-beating factors working in his favor with a nice home ball park and a very good defense behind him. But those factors have been in play for several years now, and his career ERA and xFIP are about a quarter run a part. So yes, he can keep beating his xFIP, but probably not by this margin. He’ll go again Monday against the White Sox in Chicago. Analysis: Brett Talley

David Price allowed five runs and seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

In what could be Price’s last start as a Tiger, he wasn’t particularly good. But the performance will have no impact on whether he gets traded and what the cost to acquire him will be if he is made available. Detroit is a good place for a pitcher with a fairly pitcher-friendly home park and an above average offense providing run support, so his value could change a bit depending on where he goes. Analysis: Brett Talley

Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Padres.

Duda had the second longest home run hit in Citi Field by a Mets player, launching what turned out to be the game-winner. Duda has started to show signs of life again after a rough downturn as seen with his .236 AVG. He hit his third home run in his last three games, both games including two RBI.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Curtis Granderson was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday against the Padres.

Granderson now has a hit in three straight and 11-of-12 games as he continues to remain the Mets' best offensive option this season. He has a .777 OPS on the season, even though he still only sports a .253 average. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Noah Syndergaard went eight scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits while striking out nine in Tuesday's win over San Diego.

Syndergaard overpowered the Padres on Tuesday, allowing just three baserunners and throwing 107 pitches over the eight innings. That makes it six straight starts of allowing two runs or less as his ERA fell to 2.70 on the season. The best sign was Syndergaard not walking a batter, a nice change from his five BB in his last start. Analysis: Rob Trayah

James Shields went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out four on Tuesday against the Mets.

Shields surrendered a home run to Lucas Duda and was really able to hold the Mets in check the rest of the time. With his name be bounced around in trade talks, it was a solid performance that won't talk away any type of value of him. Shields has an 8-4 record with a 3.77 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2015. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Angels GM Bill Stoneman said Mike Trout has a minor strain in left wrist and is day to day.

Trout had an MRI on Tuesday and sat out Tuesday's contest as a precaution. Trout could be back in the lineup Wednesday, but if he's not, it doesn't sound like he's going to miss an extended amount of time. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mariners LHP Charlie Furbush tested his recovery from biceps tendinitis by throwing from the mound Tuesday.

Furbush has been a reliable LOOGY in the big leagues, but that's all he is. He's never going to be a pitcher who consistently pitches in high leverage situations that being fantasy value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury.

Bautista was an unfortunate 0-for-4 against Adam Morgan and Philadelphia bullpen before leaving with the injury. It would certainly be unfortunate for the Jays if they were to lose Bautista for any amount of time as he'd represent a bigger loss in firepower than what they just gained in Troy Tulowitzki. Hopefully it's nothing, but Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Colabello or a minor leaguer would be the candidates for additional playing time. Analysis: Brett Talley

Broncos announce DL Antonio Smith will be at camp despite charges and still under a investigation.

Smith recorded 18 tackles and three sacks with the Raiders last year. His production fell off a bit in Oakland after he recorded at least five season in the three previous seasons with Houston. Analysis: Brett Talley


Ray’s Ramblings: Zobrist Dealt, Nationals Getting Healthy  |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: Zobrist Dealt, Nationals Getting Healthy

Zobrist has been dealt to the Royals. The Nationals are welcoming back Werth and Zimmermann. Heston still producing. Latos coming hard. Jays new leadoff man?

Daily Trends: July 28, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: July 28, 2015

Tulowitzki heads to the Blue Jays. What are the Rockies doing in the 9th inning? How hot is CarGo? What’s wrong with Bryant?

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - July 28, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - July 28, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 28, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 28, 2015

Some of the calls are obvious, some aren't, as Ray Flowers breaks down the batter versus pitcher matchups for Tuesday the 28th of July.

MLB Umpire Report: July 28 |
Austin Taggart

MLB Umpire Report: July 28

A daily ranking of the MLB home plate umpires from most pitching friendly to least pitching friendly to help build your daily fantasy baseball lineups.

DFS MLB Playbook: July 28th  |
Jeff Mans

DFS MLB Playbook: July 28th

Jeff Mans pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

Ray’s Ramblings: A’s Pen, Angels OF, Did You Know? |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: A’s Pen, Angels OF, Did You Know?

The Angels traded for Shane Victorino (does that change his value?). The Mets added Tyler Clippard (who closes for the A’s?). Players like Hosmer, Morales, Moustakas and Phillips are then discussed in Did You Know?

Daily Trends: July 27, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: July 27, 2015

Ray breaks down the Cueto to Royals deal. He also touches on some surging batters (Bruce, Catellanos, Paulsen) and pitchers (Buehrle, Lackey, Santiago).

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - July 27, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - July 27, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 27, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - July 27, 2015

Another week, another series of Hitting Coach articles from Fantasy Alarm. Ray Flowers lists some of the better hitting matchups for Monday, July 27th.