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Free agent WR Nate Burleson will visit the Dolphins in the coming days.

The often-injured wide receiver would be a great compliment to Mike Wallace and take a similar role to what we saw from him when with the Lions. However, The Dolphins passing game isn't even close to being on the same level as the Lions, so there is no reason he should go into the 2014 season rostered if he does land in Miami. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Padres manager Bud Black said that it's more than likely Odrisamer Despaigne will make his next start when his spot rolls around.

Thursday was actually an improvement for Despaigne. Prior to his start, he had given up 19 earned runs in his last 9 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed two earned runs over six innings on Thursday, so it's possible that he's fixed whatever flaw had been plaguing him. Analysis: David Kerr

Stephen Curry scored 33 points (13-21 FGA, 2-3 FTA) going 5-for-11 from three-point range with three rebounds, six assists and one steal against the Rockets on Thursday.

Curry carried the Warriors to a quick 2-0 series lead over the Rockets with a big win on Thursday as he shot 61.9 percent from the field for his second 30-point game of the series. At this point the reigning NBA MVP can't be stopped so expect to see him perform at a high level the rest of the playoffs.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored 38 points (13-21 FGA, 9-10 FTA) going 3-for-6 from three-point range with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block against the Warriors on Thursday.

Harden managed to fall just one assist shy of posting a triple-double in Thursday's loss but it wasn't enough to help the Rockets get their first win of the series. We already know what we are going to get form Harden the rest of the way, so hopefully his teammates will be able to help his case next time on the court.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Odrisamer Despaigne allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four batters over six innings against the Cubs on Thursday.

There was some question as to whether or not he would remain in the Padres starting rotation, but after Thursday's performance it appears he will be back next time his turn is up. However, he is now sitting 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 16:11 K:BB rate through his first nine appearances, so he is far from being a fantasy asset at this point in his career. He will look to stay on track when he takes on the Angels on Tuesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Hendricks tossed a complete game shutout allowing just five hits and no walks while striking out seven batters against the Padres on Thursday.

Hendricks had his best start of the season Thursday night as he was able to bounce back from a terrible outing in which he allowed five runs in his last start. He is now sitting 1-1 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 37:9 K:BB rate through eight starts, so there is some deep league value to be round in the Cubs hurler. Hendricks will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Nationals on Tuesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 connecting on his fifth home run of the season in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Padres.

Bryant has been everything fantasy owners could have asked for in the early going as he is now slashing .289/.411/.482 with five home runs and 27 RBI through his first 114 at-bats. Although his strikeouts are alarming, he is still a must-start on a daily basis while being one of the best RBI producers in the league. Analysis: Matthew Beck

John Danks coughed up five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three batters over 5 1/3 innings against the Indians on Thursday.

Danks has struggled to get things going this season and is now sitting 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a 32:16 K:BB rate through his first eight starts. If the White Sox had another pitcher to turn to they probably would at this point, so by no means should he be trusted in any fantasy format. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Blue Jays on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings allowing five hits and three walks while striking out eight batters against the White Sox on Thursday.

After a disappointing 2014 campaign Salazar has started off the new season on a high note as he is now sitting 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 60:9 K:BB rate through his first seven starts. Even if his walk rate takes a hit down the stretch as long as he continues to rack up the strikeouts he is a must-start every time he toes the rubber. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Rangers on Tuesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mike Aviles went 4-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored in Thursday's 5-2 win over the White Sox.

Aviles had himself a day Thursday as he logged his third multi-hit game in his last seven starts. He is now slashing .323/.384/.508 with three home runs and six RBI through his first 65 at-bats, but he will have to bee more regular playing time before gaining any lasting fantasy value.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Nick Swisher went 2-for-5 connecting on his first home run of the season against the White Sox on Thursday.

Swisher has had a rough start to his season as he is now slashing .250/.328/.365 with one home run and four RBI through his first 52 at-bats. Unless his home run Thursday lights the fire needed to be successful, Swisher should remain off the radar until further notice.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

David DeJesus went 2-for-4 with a double, solo home run and two RBI on Thursday against the Athletics.

DeJesus rose his season batting average to .324 with his two-hit night. His inability to draw walks is reflected in his .367 OBP, but he remains a decent fantasy option with 13 runs and 18 RBI.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Brad Boxberger earned the save Thursday against the Athletics, allowing two hits while striking out two in a 3-0 victory.

Boxberger was able to work around the singles in the ninth to earn his 12th save, which ties him for the seventh best mark in the majors. He’s averaging almost 13 strikeouts per nine innings of work and remains one of the best closers in the American League this season.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Alex Colome earned the win against the Athletics on Thursday, tossing five innings without allowing a run, striking out three with one walk.

Colome did not go very deep into the game, but he was particularly effective, throwing first pitch strikes to 15 of the 20 batters he faced and only allowed four hits. It was his first start allowing no runs since his 2015 debut. His fastball is pretty electric, but his future fantasy value could be determined by the development of his secondary pitches. He’ll trout out to the mound on Tuesday versus Seattle.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Jesse Chavez threw six innings in the loss on Thursday against the Rays, allowing three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Chavez had his swing-and-miss stuff going, but wasn’t particularly effective as he needed 105 pitches to get through six innings. He was only able to induce two ground balls and timely hitting from the Rays dropped his record to 1-4 this season. His next start is Tuesday versus Detroit.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two strikeouts against the Angels Thursday.

Encarnacion now has 10 home runs and is roughly on pace for 40, which would eclipse last season’s impressive total of 34. He’s striking out at a higher rate than year’s past, but a lot of the issue with his low batting average (.231) can be explained by a .236 BABIP. He’s hitting in the middle of one of the most potent lineups in baseball in a home run friendly park, and as such, fantasy owners should be fine living with the low average for now. The blasts will keep coming.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

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