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Evan Gattis is not in the Braves starting lineup on Sunday.

Gattis has caught six of the last seven games and gets a day off Saturday. Well, maybe not a full day off if the Braves need his bat off the bench later in the game. Gattis is off to a solid start this season, batting .308 with six home runs and 13 RBI. Just be aware that he started off hot like this last year and then completely fell off the map. He might be a good sell-high candidate considering his below-average contact rates and heavy swing-percentage outside the zone. Also, his walk rate is down and his isolated power numbers are due for some regression. Add that all up and it reads no differently than the way it was last year.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI against the Reds on Thursday.

Without question, McCutchen is one of the best outfielders in the game, and he is probably the second-best center fielder in the league behind Mike Trout. If he keeps up this pace he will end up hitting over .300 with 20-plus homers and 100-plus RBI. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Pirates on Thursday.

Bruce has been able to push aside all of the swirling trade rumors all season, and he did an even better job of that Thursday night. With reports surfacing during the game that the Reds are close to dealing Bruce for Zack Wheeler, it didn’t make a difference to him. "It's one of those things where you try your best to be a professional and not let any of it bother you," Bruce told MLB's official website before the game. "You hear what people say. But I'm on the Reds. I'm here to help these guys win games. This is all that I know." That last statement is pretty clear after another solid night in a resurgent season for Bruce. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Marlon Byrd went 3-for-6 with a home run, one run scored and three RBI against the Pirates on Thursday.

Byrd broke out of his recent 2-for-17 slump with a big night in Cincinnati. He showcases some pretty nice power (28 projected homers), but overall he doesn’t own enough pop in his bat to reward him with a spot in your lineup. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one walk against the Pirates on Thursday.

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but we’ll say it anyway: Joey Votto is good. And he’s on fire, now 23-for-44 (.523) with eight RBI in his last 13 games. His hot streak has improved his overall line to .311/.431/.538. Votto is projected for 31 homers, 32 doubles and 83 RBI. Even without these numbers he was an everyday must-start. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Ivan De Jesus went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one walk against the Pirates on Thursday.

De Jesus sports a nice line (.286/.362/.440) but he doesn’t have nearly enough pop in other areas to consider him for any fantasy play. He only has four doubles, three homers and 12 RBI this summer. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored and seven RBI against the Pirates on Thursday.

Phillips had himself a night, breaking out of his recent slump (4-for-26) over his last seven before tonight) against a team he loves to face. Although his numbers have dipped, he still sports a solid average (.278) and doesn’t strike out very often. He will not have significant power numbers (11 projected homers) but he’s still worth a start at second here and there with the right matchup.  Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run against the Reds on Thursday.

Alvarez has played his way out of fantasy value this year. Alvarez was not known for hitting for average already, and even those numbers have dipped considerably. He is projected for only 24 homers this year, and his high strikeout clip hurt his value even more. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

A.J. Burnett allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings in a loss against the Reds on Thursday.

Burnett’s spectacular first half that garnered his first career All-Star game is officially in the past. Burnett pitched himself into a third-straight bad outing Thursday night. In his three starts since the break, he has now allowed 19 runs on 32 hits over 16 innings. Burnett himself even admits that everyone, including fantasy owners, should temper their expectations of him. “If you expect me to go out and do what I did in the first half, you’re nuts,” Burnett told ESPN. Point taken, A.J. He will look to bounce back at PNC Park in his next start on Tuesday against the Cubs. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

David Holmberg allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts across six innings against the Pirates on Thursday.

Holmberg was outstanding in his season debut, filling in nicely for Johnny Cueto. Holmberg went 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA last season in seven appearances with the club, so he owns decent numbers to this point in his young career. He may not be ready to take on a big workload, and he shouldn’t be called on to be a consistent fantasy contributor just yet, but give him some time and Holmberg could end up being a nice option with the right matchup. Holmberg does not have a cushy matchup in his next outing, facing the Cardinals at home on Wednesday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

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