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LaMarcus Aldridge doubled up with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Game 3 OT loss to the Rockets Friday.

Coming back down to Earth a bit in this one, Aldridge still played a fierce game and added three assists and three blocks to his already strong stat line.The Rockets changed up their starting five with the hopes to contain Aldridge and while they did hold him to just 36-percent shooting in this game, they still had their difficulties with him. Look for a similar game plan from the Rockets in Game 4.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Keenan Lewis had hip surgery Tuesday, sources say. He’s out 4-6 weeks.

The Saints secondary has had a few injuries that have tested their depth during the preseason and now they receive terrible news involving their number one cornerback. The Saints were hopeful to improve on their defense that finished 28th in points allowed, but will now have to replace a player in Lewis who ended last year with 41 tackles and two interceptions. The Saints defense appears to be a team that fantasy owners will want to exploit once again throughout the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Randall Cobb does not plan on missing a game. "I'm doing everything in my power to get back, but we still don't know the severity of the shoulder injury. It's definitely is a lot better then what we all thought it was in the beginning. Cobb said.

The optimism by Cobb is very encouraging, but not knowing the severity of the injury at this point is a little alarming. Cobb could still play in Week One even if he doesn’t practice all week leading up to the Packers first game. There is no reason to doubt this injury isn’t minor and fantasy owners should have confidence starting Cobb and drafting the pass catcher as their number one receiver.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Toronto Argonauts acquire CFL rights to Justin Blackmon.

This does not mean Blackmon will play for the Argonauts. Under the “Ricky Williams rules” that was implemented nearly a decade ago, any player suspended by another professional football league will be ineligible to play in the CFL. Until Blackmon’s indefinite suspension is lifted by the NFL, Blackmon will continue to be out of work.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) ran the bases prior to Tuesday night's game.

The slow and long recovery from a hamstring injury appears to be coming to an end for Pedroia. The veteran second baseman has been out since late July and is hopeful to return to the Red Sox lineup on September 10. It might be unrealistic to expect Pedroia to come back and make an immediate impact so fantasy owners need to keep their expectations in check for the second baseman in the last few weeks of the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Kicker Josh Brown has been dealing with a leg injury.

The Giants will take it easy on Brown in the last preseason game and it doesn’t appear this will jeopardize the kicker’s status for the start of the regular season. The 36-year-old converted 24 field goals last season in 26 tries and should once again be a stable kicking option for fantasy owners.  Analysis: Phil Backert

James McCann says fatigue isn’t issue, despite his terrible August.

The 25-year-old catcher finished the month of July with a slash line of .356/.377/.542 and followed it up with a slash line in August of .195/.233/.280. Despite saying fatigue hasn’t set in, the long season may finally be catching up to the rookie. McCann doesn’t provide much fantasy value in the last month of the season and it will be curious to see how the Tigers handle the catching position heading into next season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Johnny Manziel says his arm is feeling better, and surgery is not needed.

Manziel’s issues with his elbow dates back to his high school days and will probably be a storyline for the remainder of his career. Manziel is hopeful to throw by the end of the week which will make him available for the start of the regular season. The second-year quarterback was having a solid camp prior to this setback and there’s still a strong chance he will become the starting quarterback for the Browns at some point in the season. For now, the Browns will have veteran quarterback Josh McCown start under center.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Matt Barnes was at Fenway Park on Tuesday to have a sore elbow checked out.

Barnes was shut down after allowing five earned runs in his start against the Royals on August 22. In his previous start, Barnes allowed six earned runs to the Indians so the elbow issue could have affected his recent performances. There could be a situation the Red Sox shut down the right-hander for the season and let him have a normal offseason so he is ready next spring.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Steelers' second-year receiver Martavis Bryant vowed to learn from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

It’s a good thing Bryant is now going to learn from this as he had to fail multiple tests to reach the point that he is at of being suspended for the first four games. One more failed test will lead to a longer suspension and quickly becoming another talented receiver not to fulfill his potential in the likes of Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon. Head coach Mike Tomlin says Bryant’s issues are bigger than football which doesn’t provide must comfort that this won’t happen again. The key to succeeding in fantasy is drafting a team of reliable players and there’s no way that Bryant, with all the talent that he has, can be trusted.  Analysis: Phil Backert

The Giants still haven't had the opportunity to examine Pierre-Paul's hand.

Pierre-Paul has kept the Giants in the dark through this entire process so it’s anyone guess when the defensive end will suit up. Pierre-Paul is still recovering from his July 4 fireworks accident that led to his right index finger being amputated. The 26-year-old finished the 2014 season with 16 sacks, but it’s hard to envision him building off last year’s success.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and one run scored against the Rangers on Tuesday.

Kemp has been on fire since returning from the All-Star break as he is now slashing .311/.372/.556 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 21 runs scored over his last 151 at-bats. He remains on pace to outperform his first half production and should remain a staple in fantasy lineups on the home stretch.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Andrew Cashner allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four batters over five innings against the Rangers on Tuesday.

With another no-decision on Tuesday night, Cashner is now sitting 5-13 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a 134:48 K:BB rate through 26 starts (156 IP) as he continues to have himself a down year. Considering the opposition is now hitting .275 against him, it is hard to trust him outside of deep league formats with a lot of the line in the final month of the regular season. He will try to get himself back on track when he takes on the Dodgers on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two batters over five innings against the Padres on Tuesday.

Gallardo was certainly not on top of his game on Tuesday night, but neither was Andrew Cashner, so his poor performance was not detrimental to the Rangers. Prior to Tuesday's start, Gallardo had allowed three runs or less in each of his last five starts and now sits 11-9 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and a 101:59 K:BB rate through 28 starts, so at the very least he is a solid inning-eater for those in deep league formats. He will try to get back in the win column when he takes on the Mariners on Monday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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