FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Bobby Parnell will undergo surgery on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.

Parnell will obviously be out for all of 2014 and could miss a fair amount of the first half of the 2015 season as well. Jose Valverde is closing for the Mets for the time being with Kyle Farnsworth backing him up, but don't forget about Vic Black who, if he fixes his command issues in the minors early on, could be back up in the majors soon and might be a dark horse candidate for saves in the second half.ANALYST: Howard Bender

J.J. Barea scored 17 points (7-15 FGA, 1-2 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in Sunday's 121-109 Game 4 win over the Rockets.

Barea had himself a great game on Sunday night as he managed to post a double-double starting in the place on Rajon Rondo, who was shut down for the rest of the season. Although the Mavericks have a tough hill to climb after losing the first three games of the series, Barea will certainly give it everything he has like we have seen from him through his eight year career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Monta Ellis scored 31 points (13-21 FGA, 3-5 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Sunday's 121-109 win over the Rockets.

Ellis was on fire Sunday as he managed to connect on 61.9 percent of his field goals for his second straight 30-point performance. Whether or not the Mavericks will be able to scrap back after falling 0-3 to the Rockets, Ellis will certainly be a big part of their run if able to string together a few good games.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored 24 points (7-15 FGA, 9-9 FTA) going 1-for-7 from three-point range with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Sunday's 121-109 loss to the Mavericks.

After posting 42 points in Game 3, Harden fell back to earth on Sunday, scoring 24 points for the third time in four games. With only needing one game to take the series expect to see Harden and the rest of the Rockets bounce back at home on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two RBI and a run scored during the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Mets on Sunday.

The home run gave Rodriguez 659 for his career and moved him within one of tying Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, so congratulations to him on that feat. Fantasy owners should be loving the fallen star’s level of production. Love him or hate him, he’s producing quite well for his owners and those who took that leap of faith in the 23rd round of their draft are certainly reaping the benefits.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Andrew Miller picked up his seventh save of the season after throwing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to preserve the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Mets on Sunday.

Miller continues to be a dominant force out of the bullpen and has yet to allow a run through 8 1/3 innings while amassing a ridiculous 16:4 K:BB and seven saves. It doesn’t look like he is giving Dellin Betances any sort of an opening to take the job away from him, so consider the job his unless there’s some inexplicable meltdown. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts against the Mets on Sunday.

Eovaldi failed to build off his last outing and let the Mets get to him early, yielding four runs through the first three innings. Luckily the bats bailed him out and he was able to walk away with the no-decision after getting yanked in the fifth inning, having thrown 87 pitches (59 strikes). While Eovaldi showed some nice promise when he was with the Marlins, the move to the American League, the AL East and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium has siphoned out what promise he actually had left. Being a fly ball pitcher in this environment does no bode well for strong ratios. He’ll face the Red Sox in Fenway for his next outing, one you probably want to keep him on the bench for. Analysis: Howard Bender

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