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LaMarcus Aldridge was held to just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting in the 108-98 Game 5 loss to the Rockets Wednesday.

Aldridge was averaging over 35 points over the first four games of the series, but had a difficult time getting anything going in the road loss to the Rockets Wednesday. Aldridge and the Blazers will look to bounce back and close out the series in Game 6 on Friday in Portland. ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Indians on Monday.

Gillaspie is now batting .286 (8-for-28) with the one home run and six RBI over the seven games since being acquired from the White Sox. He should be the primary third baseman until David Freese returns from his fractured finger, so while he’s not someone who hits for a lot of power, he can be a stable enough option for the short-run. Analysis: Howard Bender

Huston Street earned his 26th save after he threw a scoreless ninth inning with one hit allowed and a strikeout to preserve the Angels’ 5-4 win over the Indians on Monday.

While Street has hit a few bumps in the road along the way, he has remained healthy throughout nearly the entire season which has allowed him to post 26 saves on the year which keeps him in the top 10 among closers. We’d obviously like to see that 2.72 ERA come down a little, but it shouldn’t in any way keep you from leaving him as a staple in your fantasy rotation. Analysis: Howard Bender

Garrett Richards allowed four runs on four hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Indians on Monday.

After a complete-game shutout against the Red Sox to open the second half, Richards has now given up 11 runs over his last 21 2/3 innings (three starts) and if it wasn’t for this 11-strikeout performance, his owners were getting ready to toss him out with the bathwater for the substandard efforts. You should obviously give him another shot here as he faces the Orioles next, a team he held to two runs over eight innings earlier in the season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yan Gomes went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Angels on Monday.

It appears that a slumbering Gomes has awoken with seven hits in his last eight games and he’s brought two home runs and five RBI to the table in that span. Injuries have really thrown him from the season we all expected and he’s coming up as a slightly below-average option right now. With a .227 average and six home runs, he is falling way short of expectations. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored during Monday’s loss to the Angels.

Brantley has now hit safely in each of his last eight games, though this run has only produced one home run and two RBI. As expected, Brantley hasn’t been able to live up to his numbers from last season. Sure, he’s shown better plate discipline and the 11.2-percent walk rate is nice to see, but the power numbers and the speed are going to come up short. He remains a decent support outfielder, but he is not a team’s No. 1 which is, unfortunately, where you probably drafted him to be. Analysis: Howard Bender

Corey Kluber gave up five runs on 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Angels on Monday.

What is it, April or something? Kluber did not get off to a good start here in August and he’s now allowed five or more runs in two of his last three starts. He seems to be on an every-other-month sort of thing here as you check his monthly splits and that means August could be a rough one. The strikeout rate has dipped dramatically over his last few starts, but he’s got the Twins up next, so hopefully he can right the ship soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Stephen Vogt went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI during Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles.

The two hits broke an 0-for-24 run that was brutalizing his fantasy owners, but the drop-off here in the second half -- .140 with just three RBI over 50 at-bats – should have been seen coming. He’s a 30-year old catcher who has never caught a full season in the majors, and with the way the A’s were working him, you had to figure he’d tire and his numbers would regress. We’re not saying to give up on him, but you also shouldn’t expect more than just a barely-average second half either. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jesse Chavez fell to 5-11 on the season after he allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout over just 3 2/3 innings against the Orioles on Monday.

The wheels on the Chavez wagon are falling off once again as he’s now failed to throw a quality start in his last three and in five of his last six. The ERA has blown up to 3.88 with a 1.31 WHIP and using him as a streaming option has become a risky proposition. He’ll face the Astros next, so you may want to keep him tucked away on the bench for that one. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jonathan Schoop raised his batting average to .290 after he went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored against the A’s on Monday.

Schoop is now 11-for-29 (.379) over his last 10 games but it only comes with one home run and one RBI over that span. He’s shown the ability to hit for solid power at the expense of his batting average and while this .290 he’s at is great, we’d rather that number drop a little if it means more power. Ideally we’d like to have both, but if we can’t, we’d rather have the power from him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI and a run scored during Monday’s win over the A’s.

While Joseph isn’t exactly lighting things up, his level of play is still strong enough to allow the Orioles to ease up on the workload for Matt Wieters. He’s hit safely in five of his last six games and in seven of his last 10. He can be productive for you in AL-only play, but he’s a little tough to take in mixed leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Davis went 1-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored against the A’s on Monday.

Davis is on a solid run right now with five home runs and 15 RBI over his last seven games which has made him as big a treat in daily play as it makes him in season-long leagues. He beats up left-handed pitching to the tune of a .292/.345/.519 slash line, but 21 of his 27 home runs this year have all come against right-handed pitchers. Against righties, though, he’s hitting just .226. He remains a must-start in all season-long formats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored during the Orioles’ 9-2 win over the A’s on Monday.

Jones was hitless over his previous two games, so his three-hit performance shouldn’t have been unexpected as Jones rarely goes into any kind of extended slump. He’s now batting .289 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI and well on his way to another typical Adam Jones season. The stolen bases have dried up, but that started last season when he only swiped seven. If that’s all that’s missing, his fantasy owners will forgive him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tyler Wilson gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings against the A’s on Monday.

It was a nice, solid outing for Wilson who was given the spot start once again and again, he comes up big for them. In three starts for the O’s this season, Wilson has allowed just five runs over 19 1/3 innings thanks to a 1.52 GB/FB and now has a 2.19 ERA for the year over 24 2/3 innings. His status for the end of the week will be determined by Chris Tillman’s health. If Tillman is ready to go by the weekend, Wilson will likely head back to the minors. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nick Hundley went 3-for-5 with one RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base in the Rockies 8-7 loss to the Mariners on Monday.

Hundley finds himself on pace for a career year as he is hitting .301 with 39 runs, eight home runs, 37 RBI and five stolen bases. Hundley has really benefited from playing at Coors field as he is hitting .349 with a .936 OPS At home this season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ben Paulsen went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and one run scored in the Rockies 8-7 loss to the Mariners on Monday.

Paulsen has been the primary benefactor from Justin Morneau’s unfortunate concussion issues as he has stepped into the primary first base role. On the year Paulsen is hitting .291 with 26 runs, eight home runs and 33 RBI. Paulsen, like all Rockies hitters, excels at home as he hits .314 with a .962 OPS while at Coors and that coupled when facing a righty really makes him a solid fantasy option in both standard and daily league formats. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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