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Update: Dwyane Wade off the bench and preparing to enter the game.

Wade did enter the game before halftime and should have no limits for the remainder of the contest.ANALYST: David Kerr

Carlos Peguero went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, one walk and two strikeouts against Houston on Tuesday.

Peguero went full three true outcomes with his line on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the true outcome he produces the most is strikeouts. The bigger problem is that Peguero isn’t playing regularly as it is and is likely to see even less playing time whenever Josh Hamilton joins the club. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kyle Blanks went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI against Houston on Tuesday.

Blanks has started six games in a row in place of the injured Mitch Moreland, and he has hit three home runs. Were Blanks to see extended playing time he could have value in deeper leagues with his power, but his batting average will be a liability. Moreland is expected back with a few weeks, and that may be it for Blanks. Best case scenario is that he plays his way into the short side of a platoon with Moreland. Analysis: Brett Talley

Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI against Houston on Tuesday.

Beltre may finally be showing a few signs of aging as he’s swinging a bit more and making contact a bit less than he has in the past. It’s still early, but that’s worth keeping an eye on. However, the main cause of his early struggles is a low line drive rate and a low BABIP. Once that evens out, Beltre will be fine, though some decline should not be unexpected. Analysis: Brett Talley

Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Houston on Tuesday.

Good news. Fielder is making contact more regularly than he ever has. Bad news. Fielder is being less patient than he ever has. Good news. Fielder isn’t pounding the ball into the ground as often as he did in a short stint last year. Bad news. Fielder isn’t elevating balls out of the park. The good news is obviously good, but the bad news probably outweighs the good. Fielder needs to hit for power to have lasting value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Elvis Andrus went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a steal against Houston on Tuesday.

Andrus is off to a rough start, but if his BABIP gets back to normal, he should be able to hit around .265 the rest of the way. A little bit of average along with another 20 steals is good enough at his position to keep him mixed league relevant. It’s ugly, but that’s the state of shortstop right now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Texas on Tuesday.

Valbuena hit a bomb of an upper-deck shot off Wandy Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise coming off a left-hander as Valbuena struggles against left-handers and often sits against them. But it was a good example of Valbuena’s power as he now has seven home runs. His BABIP is an impossibly low .188, yet he’s still been six percent better than league average according to wRC+. When the BABIP turns around, he should have some average to go along with the power. Analysis: Brett Talley

Scott Feldman allowed six runs and nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts in three innings against Texas on Tuesday.

Woof, Feldman! His ERA now sits at 5.50, but his 3.75 xFIP indicates he hasn’t been that bad. The issue is he’s had trouble keeping the ball in the park. His HR/9 is about average for his career and last year he was better than that average in that regard, so he should have better luck with long balls going forward. Because xFIP normalizes home run rate, that’s a big reason why it’s under 4.00, and xFIP also likes his miniscule walk rate. It would like him more if his strikeout rate was not also abnormally low. The lack of strikeouts limits his fantasy value, but he’s serviceable enough in NL-only leagues. He’ll start again Sunday against the Angels. Analysis: Brett Talley

Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run and three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in eight innings against Houston on Tuesday.

This was undoubtedly a good outing for Wandy, but don’t let him fool you as his xFIP sits at 4.57. His walk rate is way too high, and he’s got some of that small sample size BABIP/strand rate good luck going on. He hasn’t really been decent since 2012, and one start shouldn’t make you forget that. He’ll start again on Sunday in Tampa Bay. Analysis: Brett Talley

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and four total RBI during Tuesday night’s 9-0 rout of the Phillies.

Johnson is in the midst of a power surge for the Braves, as the versatile veteran has belted four roundtrippers over his last nine games. Overall during that stretch, he is batting .333 with 13 RBI and six runs scored. Johnson is worth owning in most standard leagues while he is swinging the bat like this and seeing regular playing time.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored during Tuesday’s 9-0 drubbing of the Phillies.

A 1-for-18 slump a couple weeks back resulted in Freemans batting average dropping to a lowly .219 heading into play April 26th. However, the All-Star first baseman has caught fire over the 10 games since that slump, going 17-for-39 with a home run, six doubles, six RBI and 10 runs scored.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Shelby Miller put together a complete-game shutout versus the Phillies on Tuesday night, surrendering just three hits and a walk while racking up eight strikeouts during a 9-0 victory.

Miller has been outstanding so far this season, and turned in his best performance for the Braves to date Tuesday night. The shutout goes down as the third of the 24-year-old hurlers career. Through six starts, Miller has been the Atlanta ace, going 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. He is scheduled to be back in action Monday evening in Cincinnati.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Chad Billingsley worked five innings during Tuesday’s 9-0 loss to the Braves, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

Making his first big-league appearance since 2013, Billingsley was able to last five innings versus the Braves on Tuesday night. Granted, the results were nothing to write home about, but the most important thing for the Phillies is that the veteran righty was able to comfortably throw 77 pitches. Billingsley is slated to make his second start of the season Sunday afternoon against the Mets. Analysis: Nate Miller

Brandon Crawford went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, an RBI and a walk as the Giants prevailed over the Padres, 6-0 on Tuesday night.

The shortstop registered his first three-hit game of the season, making it 3-of-4 games in which he has registered an extra-base hit. He has a shiny .872 OPS on the season, but don't be surprised to see that stick around for little while longer. He has a .259 BABIP currently, the lowest of his five seasons in the majors to go with the highest walk rate. He is an interesting option in mixed leagues now, so if you need a quick option to fill a hole, Crawford is the guy you should look at for the shortstop position. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Joe Panik went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Giants' 6-0 win over the Padres.

Panik went yard for the second time in three games, raising his OPS to .788 along the way. He is a great contact option so any time he provides power, it is an added bonus. The second baseman sits in the two-hole of the lineup, in front of Buster Posey, so his run totals will continue to rise when the rest of the offense heats up, like it is doing currently. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Ryan Vogelsong was on-point Tuesday night, throwing seven scoreless innings, striking out four and giving up three hits as the Giants beat the Padres, 6-0.

The righty was roughed up in his last start, going only three innings and giving up six runs, but shut down the Padres over his seven innings. He gained his first win of the season, improving to 1-2, and helped lower his ERA to 6.84. It's not as respectable as you'd hope through six starts, but Vogelsong is worth the risk on fantasy rosters in any mixed leagues right now. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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