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Jaime Garcia struggled in his 2014 debut Sunday as he allowed four runs on five hits, including two home runs, with no walks and five strikeouts over seven innings in the no-decision versus the Braves.

Sunday's outing should not have come as too much of a surprise considering Garcia had struggled in his last two rehab outings, before being cleared to return to the Cardinals rotation, as he had allowed a home run and two runs in each of them. Garcia will surely improve as he shakes off the rust making him worth a stash in deeper mixed-leagues, and his next start looks appealing as he will face a Reds team on Saturday in Cincinnati who will be without their top two hitters in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Curry was solid Monday night scoring 26 points (8-16 FGA, 4-4 FTA), hitting 6-of-12 three-pointers and handing out seven assists in Golden States' 110-108 loss to Brooklyn.

Curry took over the scoring duties from Klay Thompson, who struggled from the field. Curry has quickly become one of the best point guards in the league and should automatically be in your starting line-up. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Francisco Lindor won’t be rushed to the big leagues this year, according to manager Terry Francona.

Lindor is rated the fourth-best prospect in all of baseball and the team isn't going to rush him along. He will begin the year in Triple-A but there is no doubting that he is the future at shortstop for the Indians. Last season between Double A-Akron and Triple-A Colombus, he hit .276 with 11 home runs, 62 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 126 games. There is some great fantasy potential here, but it doesn't seem like fantasy owners will get to delve into that this year. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brad Peacock (hip) could throw live batting practice early next week.

Peacock is targeting an April return and is hoping to throw live batting practice sometime in the next eight to ten days. He underwent hip surgery in October and is expected to return to a back-end starter or middle reliever role. Peacock struggled in 2014, as evidenced by his 4-9 record and 4.72 ERA. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brandon Moss (hip) could be slightly ahead of his mid-March timeline, according to manager Terry Francona.

Moss was acquired in a December trade from Oakland in an effort to add some power to a Cleveland lineup. He is recovering from hip surgery but the team has to be pleased that he appears to be slightly ahead of schedule in his return. Last season, Moss hit .234 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs. If you draft Moss, you are drafting him for his power numbers, not really for anything else. Analysis: Colby Conway

Robinson came off the bench to score 13 points (6-8 FGA, 1-2 FTA) while grabbing five rebounds in Philadelphia's 114-103 loss against Toronto on Monday night.

In his fourth game with Philadelphia, Robinson had his best night. He's going to be someone to watch as a potentially good late season pick-up as he should be a free-agent. If he gets the minutes, Robinson can contributethrough points and rebounds, if that's what you need on your team. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Noel was perfect from the field, going 7-for-7 to score 17 points (3-4 FTA) along with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in Philadelphia's 114-103 loss against Toronto on Monday night.

Another solid night for the best performer on the 76ers as Noel was a valuable scoring asset while providing fantasy value in all of the other major fantasy categories. If he is on your team, he is going to be a solid option the rest of the year, as he is the best player Philadelphia has, fantasy-wise. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Smith scored 19 points (8-13 FGA, 4-5 FTA) in 27 minutes and dished out nine assists and gathering five rebounds in 114-103 loss against Toronto on Monday night.

Since being acquired from Oklahoma City, Smith has been able to get 20+ minutes a night off the bench and can contribute in the points, rebounds, and assists categories. He's not going to offer much shooting percentage wise, but he is proving to be a worth-while fantasy pick-up. Nobody on the 76ers is stepping up and grabbing the PG starting spot so Smith might be in line for an upgrade to the starting line-up if he continues this type of play. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Williams filled in nicely for Kyle Lowry off the bench scoring 21 points (6-15 FGA, 7-7 FTA) and handing out five assists and three rebounds with a steal in 114-103 win over Philadelphia on Monday night.

Williams came off the bench and was the main offensive replacement for Lowry, who sat out, and had a solid night from the field and assisted enough to keep some of the value Lowry would have provided. With Lowry due back soon, Williams' value diminishes, but he is worth the play in daily leagues at a low cost. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Patterson came off the bench and finished with 15 points (6-9 FGA, 1-1 FTA) and two three-pointers made in 30 minutes, gathering two rebounds and two assists in Toronto's 114-103 win against Philadelphia on Monday night.

Monday night was Patterson's best game in February, points wise, and was very effective off the bench. Patterson is not going to product a lot in any one category, but he can offer some flexibility in multiple categories.His three-point shooting ability adds more value for a big man, but he still is only going to get minutes off the bench so if you have more reliable minutes on your team, go that route. Analysis: Rob Trayah

DeMar DeRozan had a monster night Monday as he scored 35 points (12-24 FGA, 10-10 FTA) while pulling down nine rebounds, dishing out five assists, and two steals in the 114-103 win over Philadelphia.

With no Kyle Lowry, DeRozan had all of the offensive duties and delivered in huge fashion for fantasy owners. It was his first big game after the All-Star break and the Raptors needed it in a big way, ending their five game losing streak. Fantasy owners would love more of these nights as DeRozan contributed in all categories. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jose Iglesias (shins) played in a game for the first time this year Monday and he said he felt great.

Albeit he only played one inning, it was extremely encouraging to see the slick-fielding shortstop back on the field. Stress fractures in both shins caused Iglesias to miss all of 2014, but he seems poised to be a major contributor in 2015. In the game, Iglesias caught a soft line drive and then grounded out before exiting the game. Analysis: Colby Conway

Hassan Whiteside has been ejected from Monday's game.

Whiteside will likely receive some punishment from the league after this ejection. Both Whiteside and Len will be receiving word about their punishment most likely within the next 24 hours. Analysis: Colby Conway

Alex Len has been ejected from Monday's game.

Len and Hassan Whiteside were both ejected for the game after the two exchanged some of their thoughts. Expect the league to review this thoroughly at the conclusion of the game. Analysis: Colby Conway

Zach Walters will get work at first base, shortstop, and in the outfield in spring training.

Walters showed some nice pop in 62 games last year, but left a lot to be desired otherwise. He hit 10 home runs in 127 at bats which is promising, but 48 punch outs is extremely alarming. Walters is currently slotted in as a backup infielder for the Indians. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jamal Crawford has a right calf contusion and is out for the rest of the game.

The Clippers have been hit with injuries all year and the 14-year veteran is the latest. The contusion isn't thought to be serious, but it could keep him out of a game or two. Before exiting this game, he scored nine points in 11 minutes. Analysis: Colby Conway
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