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 John Axford believes fatigue is the reason for his recent struggles.

Over five appearances in May, Axford is 1-2 with just one save (in two chances), an 11.25 ERA, a 3.00 WHIP, and dismal 6:6 K:BB in four innings. If it's fatigue, then he should end up with his job back shortly, but for the time being it looks like it'll be a committee approach in Cleveland with Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bryan Shaw all getting looks in the ninth.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Kenley Jansen logged his second save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Padres on Friday.

Jansen is now 2-for-2 since taking back the Dodgers closer role while logging seven strikeouts through his first three innings of work. Although the sample size is small, Jansen remains a must-start in all formats while back at 100 percent health for the first time this season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 connecting on his 11th home run of the season against the Padres on Friday.

Pederson is having himself a solid season at the plate in the early going as he continues to show the power that made him one of the top prospects leading up to his promotion. However, he has now logged 47 strikeouts through his first 132 at-bats, but his 30 walks shows he is being selective at the plate so there is no reason to believe his power will go away anytime soon.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Zack Greinke allowed one run on six hits and one walk while striking out five batters over 7 2/3 innings against the Padres on Friday.

Greinke tossed a gem on Friday but was no able to factor into the decision as the Dodgers took the first game of the series. He is now sitting 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and a 49:12 K:BB rate through his first nine starts, so barring a major fall from grace he remains a must-start every time he takes the mound. Greinke will look to stay hot when he takes on the Braves on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Andrew Cashner allowed just one run (unearned) on five hits and one walk while striking out three batters over six innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Cashner had himself a great start Friday, but his offense was unable to do much against Zack Greinke leaving him winless over his last six starts. He is now 1-7 with a 2.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 54:14 K:BB rate through his first five starts, but as ;long as he continues to pitch well fantasy owners will have to look past his terrible record. The Padres hurler will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Angels on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Nick Ahmed went 3-for-6 connecting on his first home run of the season with two RBI and one run scored against the Cubs on Friday.

Ahmed is now slashing .212/.281/.260 with one home run, eight RBI and eight runs scored through his first 104 at-bats, so outside of extremely deep NL-only leagues he holds little to no fantasy value, even after a strong showing like this.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases against the Cubs on Friday.

Goldschmidt continues to put up MVP-type numbers this season as he is now slashing .331/.429/.623 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and eight stolen bases through his first 151 at-bats. At the age of 27 Goldschimdt continues to keep getting better as he enters his prime, so fantasy owners shoudl just sit back and enjoy all of his success.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Josh Collmenter allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four batters over five innings against the Cubs on Friday.

Collmenter is now sitting 3-5 with a 5.19 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and a 26:7 K:BB rate through his first nine starts as he continues to have an up and down season for the Diamondbacks. However, those in deep leagues could may him a pitch and ditch candidate when the matchup is right so he is worth monitoring in those situations. He will look to stay on track when he takes on the Cardinals on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Hector Rondon was charged with his third blown-save of the season after allowing two runs on three hits against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Rondon has now blown saves in two of his last three appearances as he continues to struggle in the month of May. Despite his inefficiencies the Cubs have yet to say a change in the ninth inning is coming, so fantasy owners should continue to start him until further notice.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jon Lester allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters over seven innings against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

After being the winning pitcher in each of his last four starts Lester was forced to settle for a no-decision Friday despite a solid effort. He is now sitting 4-2 with a 3.56 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a 51:15 K:BB rate through his first nine starts, which is more than acceptable from the Cubs' southpaw. Lester will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Nationals on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Dexter Fowler went 1-for-5 connecting on his fifth home run of the season with one RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Fowler continues to have himself a solid season atop the Cubs lineup as he is now slashing ,265/.358/.445 with five home runs, 13 RBI, 31 runs scored and 10 stolen bases through his first 155 at-bats. Although it would be nice to see more RBI situations for Fowler as long as he continues to get on base at a high clip he remains a solid start in most league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4, connecting on his second home run of the season with three RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Giants on Friday.

LeMahieu is now slashing .326/.379/.434 with two home runs, 20 RBI and 13 runs scored while off to the best start of his career. Barring a serious injury in the upcoming weeks, the Rockies second baseman is certainly worthy of a starting gig in all but the shallowest of league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Kendrick was shelled for four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four batters over 6 1/3 innings against the Giants on Friday.

After allowing just three runs over his previous two starts Kendrick struggled on Friday as he managed to have his worst outing since May 3. He is now sitting 1-6 with a 6.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and a 30:19 K:BB rate through his first nine starts and will be lucky to hold onto a starting gig if his struggles continues into the month of June. He will look to bounce back when he takes on the Reds on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Santiago Casilla logged his 11th save of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the ROckies on Friday.

Since blowing two saves heading into the month of May Casilla has since settled down as he secured his fifth save of the month on Friday night. He is now sitting on a 1.47 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a 17:7 K:BB rate through his first 18 1/3 innings which makes him a must-start in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Justin Bour went 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored in the Marlins 8-5 loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Bour is off to a solid start to the 2015 season, hitting .425 with five runs, two home runs and five RBI over 22 games. The 26 year old Bour will likely begin to find himself in the lineup against righties and has shown some good power during his seven minor league seasons. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 with one run scored and four stolen bases in the Marlins 8-5 loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Gordon's four stolen bases give him 16 on the season but he has also already been caught stealing seven times this season which limits some of his fantasy value for those in leagues that use net steals or count caught stealing as a category. Overall Godron has been unbelievable for the Marlins, hitting .386 with 24 runs and 14 RBI which put him on pace to match his impressive breakout numbers from 2014. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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