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Caron Butler starting in place of Thabo Sefolosha Thursday.

Sefolosha has struggled mightily over the last two games and his playing time has reflected his poor performance. Butler, on the other hand, was knocking down three's and playing a strong two-way game. It's hard to say whether or not this configuration will stick in the future, let alone the game, but using Sefolosha in daily leagues is not going to be a prudent move. ANALYST: Howard Bender

Cardinals RHP Marcus Hatley has been outrighted to Triple-A Memphis.

Hatley saw action in two games but will go back to Memphis to make room for Steve Cishek. He pitched well with a hit, two walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of work. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jon Gray, the top prospect in the Rockies organization, is scheduled to make his major-league debut on Tuesday night.

Gray will make the move up to the big leagues and get his shot at the Rockies' rotation which has struggled mildly. Gray is ready and needs a bigger challenge after having a 4.33 ERA, 3.89 FIP and 2.68 K/BB rate in the minors. Expect him to stay with the team if he does struggle as the Rockies don't have much else going on this year. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jonathan Gray is expected to start for the Rockies Tuesday.

Gray was the third overall pick in 2013, but his minor league numbers have not exactly lived up to his lofty draft status. In 21 games at Triple-A this season, Gray has a 4.33 ERA, 3.89 FIP and 2.68 K/BB rate. While he probably needs to be owned in deeper leagues and keeper leagues, it is going to be awfully hard to feel confident starting him in Coors until he has some big league success. He could be a sneaky tournament play for DFS Tuesday against the strikeout-prone Mariners, but Gray could easily give up five home runs as well. Analysis: Steve Pimental

If Philip Rivers and the Chargers have not completed a new contract by the first preseason game August 13, they won't this year.

At least we won't be subjected to constant speculation if Rivers does not sign a contract before the start of the season. In the end, Rivers will almost certainly stay with the Chargers, and even if he doesn't, his fantasy value will not change a whole lot. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Orlando Magic have fully guaranteed Dewayne Dedmon's 2015-16 contract.

The Magic had until Saturday to waive Dedmon or fully guarantee his contract. Dedmon averaged 3.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game last season with the Magic. Dedmon should remain in the rotation in Orlando for the most part, but he will not play much unless Nikola Vucevic goes down with an injury. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree continue to show early chemistry in training camp with Carr looking for him often.

Crabtree is moving from the option and running happy 49ers and Colin Kaepernick to a run and gun type of offense with Derek Carr leading the way. It might feel like he's been on the field forever, but Crabtree is still just 27 and has played just six years. He had 68 receptions for 698 yards last season alongside four touchdowns, but Crabtree's value will be along the lines of a WR3 come fantasy season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kyle Lohse is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, manager Craig Counsell said on Sunday.

Lohse has been flat out dreadful this year for the Brewers, after going 4 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Cubs. He only costed owners $5,500 today in daily leagues, but Lohse isn't even close to worth that much right now. His 6.24 ERA and 1.44 WHIP coupled with his 5-12 record make Lohse a very unattractive play in any league. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Nationals on Sunday.

Murphy hit an absolute bomb for his seventh homer of the year. Still, Murphy doesn't hold enough power to make up for his average overall numbers so he's not one you want to pursue very heavily. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Curtis Granderson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.

Granderson is providing some great power out of the leadoff spot for the Mets, powering his 17th bomb of the year tonight. He is projected for 26 homers, but only 59 RBI, a con to batting in the top spot. His average (.254) and slugging percentage (.443) are opposites of what you'd expect them to be. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.

Duda is absolutely on fire and is a must-start until he shows signs of slowing down. He became the first Mets player in franchise history to hit nine home runs in an eight-game span after his 21st bomb of the season tonight. Duda was middling around this summer until coming on strong this past week. In his last eight games he has nine homers, 11 hits and a ridiculous 1.393 slugging percentage. This is obviously something Duda won’t be able to keep up, but until he drops off keep him in your lineup. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run against the Mets on Sunday.

After spending a month on the DL, Rendon has struggled to get back on track, but it looks like he might be closer after tonight’s performance. Rendon is now 8-for-28 in his last seven games and hit his first homer of the year tonight. He is a good option in deeper leagues, but his overall numbers are not overly impressive. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Mets on Sunday.

It looks like Escobar has finally found a welcome home in Washington. After stops in Toronto and Tampa Bay, Escobar is enjoying a career-best year. He owns a solid .314/.361/.411 line that has put him in plenty of run scoring situations. Hitting in a lineup as good as Washington’s, that won’t slow down anytime soon. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

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