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Blake Griffin scored a team-high 34 points in a losing effort to the Thunder at home on Friday. The Clippers now trail two games to one with Game 4 in LA on Sunday.

It was a stellar performance by Griffin despite finishing on the losing end of the box score. With the Thunder now taking a 2-1 lead, expect Griffin to be even more motivated as the Clippers try to avoid going down 3-1 in this round of the playoffs. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Brandon Crawford went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Brewers on Monday.

Crawford is now slashing .270/.336/.481 with 15 home runs, 61 RBI and 49 runs scored as he continues to be one of the best shortstops to own in the National League. Although it is unlikely he will be able to sustain his current batting average based on previous seasons, as long as hit power stroke remains consistent he remains a must-start in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Sergio Romo earned his second save of the season after working through a scoreless ninth inning allowing two hits while two strikeouts against the Brewers on Monday.

With Santiago Casilla pitching each of the previous two games, the Giants turned to their former closer to nail down the victory on Monday night. The outing wasn't pretty, but he was able to get the job done and continues to be a solid ninth inning fill-in whenever needed, but holds little fantasy value while being used primarily in middle relief.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chris Heston allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four batters over seven innings against the Brewers on Monday.

Heston continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Giants this season as he is now sitting 11-5 with a 3.14 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a 99:35 K:BB rate through 20 starts. He has managed to own an impressive 1.34 ground ball-to-fly ball rate up to this point, so if he can continues to maintain that rate while limiting home runs (only 6 HR allowed) he is a must-start every time he takes the mound. He will be on the hunt for win No. 12 when he takes on the Rangers on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Lohse allowed four runs on five hits and three walks through 6 2/3 innings against the Giants on Monday.

Lohse has had himself a season to forget in 2015 as he is now sitting 5-12 with a 6.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 83:29 K:BB rate through 21 starts. Even if the 36-year-old is able to right the ship over the final two months of the season it won't be enough to warrant fantasy consideration while opposing batters are hitting .297 against him. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Cubs on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored against the Giants on Monday.

Lucroy has started to right the ship in the second half as he is now slashing .282/.333/.410 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last 39 at-bats. Although there is no way he could match his outstanding 2014 campaign after a terrible start, he is still worth starting in all fantasy formats if he can keep up his current pace over the final two months of the season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 connecting on his 11th home run of the season against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Cano continues to smash the ball in the second half as he is now slashing .372/.449/.791 with five home runs and 12 RBI over his last 43 at-bats. After hitting just six home runs in the first half he is now just one home run away from tying that mark, which shows just how well he is seeing the ball at this time, so those who bought low on him are certainly reaping the rewards at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Carson Smith took the loss after allowing one run on two walks while striking out one batter through 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Smith was used in a non-save situation on Monday night and was clearly not on top of his game as he allowed two base runners and eventually the game-winning run for the Diamondbacks. Despite a poor showing Smith has done an excellent job since taking over the closer role for the Mariners, so fantasy owners have nothing to worry about as far as his value is concerned at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mike Montgomery allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out five batters over 6 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Montgomery bounced back from a poor showing in his previous start but was unable to get back in the win column as he settled for his second no-decision over his last three starts. He is now sitting 4-4 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 50:25 K:BB rate through 11 starts (70 1/3 IP) as he continues to come crashing back to earth after a hot start. The Mariners' youngster will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Twins on Saturday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Robbie Ray allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight batters over seven innings against the Mariners on Monday.

Ray continues to have himself a solid season with the Diamondbacks as he is now sitting 3-5 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 58:17 K:BB rate through 11 starts (66 2/3 IP). Although he isn't going to blow anyone away with his arsenal, as long as he can continue to keep the ball in the park (only 3 HR allowed) while supporting a .236 BAA he is a solid option in deep league formats. He will look to keep the ball rolling when he takes on the Astros on Sunday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Mariners on Monday.

Castillo is now slashing a mere .227/.303/.415 with eight home runs and 23 RBI through 176 at-bats in his first season wit the Diamondbacks. Considering he doesn't receive everyday at-bats, there is no reason to make him a fantasy consideration at this time.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 connecting on his 22nd home run with a pair of runs scored and three walks against the Mariners on Monday.

Goldschmidt continues to make his case for NL MVP as he hammered out his 22nd home run of the season on Monday night. He is now slashing .346/.465/.611 while ranking first in batting average and RBI (75) and walks (82) in the National League. Needless to say there isn't much fantasy owners have to worry about here.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Indians 9-4 loss to the Royals on Monday.

Santana hit his 11th home run of the season on Monday to go with 45 runs, 44 RBI, six stolen bases and a .224 batting average. At this point fantasy owner should understand that Santana will never hit for a high average but he still has the ability to hit for 20 home runs while driving in a decent amount of runs to make him worth a middle to late round fantasy pick. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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