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The Bengals have, as expected, exercised a fifth-year option on receiver A.J. Green, Coley Harvey reports.

This was definitely expected as A.J. Green is one of the most talented wide receivers in the league. The Red Rifle (Andy Dalton) would not have the numbers he does if it wasn't for the great play of Green.ANALYST: Mark Kaplan

Update: The Pelicans have signed Omer Aski to a five-year, $58 million extension

The deal was talked about throughout the day and with the way Asik takes the defensive pressure off Anthony Davis, it seemed like a no-brainer. Asik will handle guarding centers and freeing up Davis to do everything else that he does so well. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Dodgers are expected to sign 19-year old Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez to a $16 million deal.

Alvarez apparently has an incredibly live arm and routinely hits 99 mph on the radar gun with his fastball. The Dodgers are expected to announce the signing Thursday and get the youngster into their farm system as quickly as possible. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager A.J. Hinch says he doesn't think George Springer (wrist) will need to be placed on the disabled list.

It's tough to know if Hinch truly believes that Springer won't need the DL or if he was just trying to be optimistic. The outfielder, who was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Edinson Volquez, will undergo x-rays and the Astros will then update his condition. Consider him day-to-day for now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jimmy Paredes went 2-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Rangers.

His breakout season continued on Wednesday night, as he increased his home run total to double digits for 2015. He’s got his average back up to .319, after experiencing a considerable slump for the past month or so. It seems that he’s a safe play going forward once again.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

As expected, Manny Banuelos will make his Major League debut on Thursday.

With Williams Perez hitting the disabled list, Banuelos, who has a 2.29 ERA and 7.51 K/9 over 82 2/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinett, will finally get the call. Injuries have derailed a very promising career and his strikeout rate isn't nearly what it used to be, but if he can limit the walks and keep the runs off the board, he could be a possible worthwhile add in NL-only leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

J.J. Hardy went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run on Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Hardy hit his 4th home run of the season, which is really low for him at this point in the season. He is still serviceable in fantasy leagues, but not as a starter. Don’t give up on him just yet, as it is tough to believe that his plus power for the position will stay locked away much longer.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ryan Rua went 1-for-3 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Orioles.

As a sneakily powered right handed bat, Rua will continue to see opportunities so long as there is a lefty on the mound. His average sits at a pretty rotten .191, but he will be a cheap solid option in daily leagues when starting.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Shin-Soo Choo went 1-for-3 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Orioles.

Choo has homered in three straight games, raising his total to 11 now on the season. His average still sits at an unimpressive .233, but his plus power makes him a quality bench option in all formats.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Zack Britton recorded his 23rd save of the season on Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Britton collected his 23rd save of the season on Wednesday night against the Rangers in a perfect ninth inning, where he struck out the side. In only 34 2/3 innings, Britton has recorded 41 punch outs, making him one of the better strikeout men amongst relief pitchers. He boasts a top-notch 1.82 ERA, and should be considered one of the better relief options in all fantasy formats, considering his success this season and the Orioles recent turnaround.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Wei-Yin Chen went eight innings, allowed two runs, on four hits, while walking one, and striking out two in a win on Wednesday night against the Rangers.

In 14 starts so far this season, Chen has allowed more than three runs in an outing just once and that is when he allowed four runs across seven innings to the Mariners on May 20th. Let that sink in, as a pitcher who most fantasy players have never heard of is one of the most consistent, reliable options as a fantasy starting pitcher. It’s tough to do much better than his 2.84 ERA, and his 78 strikeouts through 95 innings are pretty solid as well. When Chen goes out there every fifth day, fantasy owners should feel pretty confident that he will keep his team in the game and give them good length. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Nick Martinez went 6 2/3 innings allowed four runs (three earned), on seven hits, walked one, and struck out five in a loss on Wednesday night against the Orioles.

Martinez improved over his last start where he got shelled for eight runs and only struck out two batters, but his performance on Wednesday night still wasn’t good enough to pick up the win. As a fantasy player, he’s pretty solid. 5-5 record, goes six innings or more innings just about every night, and although his strikeout total is low, he makes up for it with a rock solid 3.43 ERA. He’s a good 4th option on above average fantasy squads.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million deal with the Boston Celtics.

Crowder expressed his interest in signing a long-term deal with Boston, and today he got that deal. He will be a Celtic for five years while making some good money in the process. Crowder will have a similar role with the team this year. Analysis: Colby Conway

Manager Terry Collins is planning to shake up the Mets lineup on Thursday.

Who knows what it is going to happen here. The Mets don't have a guy hitting above .300 in their lineup and their offense as a whole has been unimpressive this season. They don't hit homers, they don't steal bases and they don't really do anything well. Collins is hoping shaking the lineup will spark a fire in this team. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brandon Crawford went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Giants 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

Crawford set a new career high with his 11th home run of the season on Wednesday. The blast gave the Giants a 4-3 lead which is something they held onto until blowing the game in the ninth inning. Known more for his defense Crawford has excelled with the bat this season, hitting .270 with 38 runs, 11 home runs, 47 RBI and four stolen bases. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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