Jeff Samardzija remained winless this season after he allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over just five innings against the Brewers on Friday.
Samardzija had thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings over his first two starts in May, but the Brewers jumped all over him from the onset in this one as they plated two runs in the first and another two in the second. Shark settled down and held the Brewers scoreless over the next three frames, but by the end of the fifth, he had already thrown 99 pitches (61 strikes). The Brewers did a good job of laying off some close pitches and Samardzija just couldn't seem to get ahead of any of the hitters. His pitching line wasn't terrible for fantasy owners, but we'll all have to wait until next week against the Yankees to see if he can get his first win of the 2014 season.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Kevin Durant scored 40 points (12-25 FGA, 13-13 FTA) with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks over 40 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.
The fact that Kevin Durant missed practically the entire 2014-’15 season and barely skipped a beat is insane. It’s almost like he was never injured in the first place. Anyways, over his last five games specifically, Durant has done serious damage. He’s averaged 33.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. The fact Durant has taken 25 shots in two consecutive games lets us know that Russell Westbrook is finally realizing who the alpha on the Oklahoma City Thunder is. Durant will always be costly in DFS because he has the ability for 70 point outbreaks such as Saturday’s game against the Warriors. Costly or not, he’s one of the best players in the world and is worth every penny. Analysis: James Grande