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David Wilson (neck) saw a doctor on Wednesday and will have another checkup right before the start of camp. The hope is he will be cleared then.

Although Wilson is on track to make a return after a devastating neck injury, his fantasy value remains at an all-time low now that Rashad Jennings is in town. The two players could make for a nice duo if Wilson can remain healthy, but all it takes is one wrong hit to end his season or even his career at this point, so expectations should be tempered heading into the 2014 season. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, one run scored and a walk during Saturday’s 8-4 loss to the Braves.

It’s a typical season for Maybin as the average is a lousy .209 and his production is inconsistent. He’s shown promise in the past, but in truth, fantasy owners are probably just waiting for the next injury to knock him out. He’s got value in NL-only leagues, but as for mixed play, he’s more of a plug-and-play guy who still needs to prove himself years down the road. Analysis: Howard Bender

Eric Stults was knocked around for six runs on 11 hits and one walk with two strikeouts over seven innings against the Reds on Saturday.

After back-to-back quality starts, Stults put up a real stinker here as the Reds battered him hard in this one. He looked to be in control early as he handled the Reds with relative ease through the first three innings but fell apart in the fourth and consistently gave up runs each inning until he walked away after seven innings and 102 pitches (66 strikes). He’ll look to rebound next week when he faces the Nationals. Analysis: Howard Bender

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, a run scored and a walk during the Reds’ 8-4 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

He’s cheap power with a mediocre average and lots of strikeouts. That’s what Byrd is all about. Now the current .186 average will likely improve some, but given the fact that he consistently fans 30-percent of the time, he might struggle a bit to pull it above .250 this year. If he can bang 20-plus homers for a third-straight season, though, few people are going to complain. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and a run scored during Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Braves.

Not one but two triples for Bruce? He’s probably still taking oxygen right now. Save for the batting average, something Bruce has struggled with throughout his career, the numbers look fantastic so far. He still strikes out way too often, but his 15.8-percent walk rate has been a nice surprise and has allowed his OBP to hover around .315 while he waits for that BABIP to climb higher than the .204 mark it’s sitting out right now. The key component here right now though is the power as the hope is he returns to that 30-homer level he had been at for so long. His current .253 ISO seems to indicate that he is back on track and last year’s dip in power was more aberration than the start of a decline. Analysis: Howard Bender

Todd Frazier went 1-for-5 with a solo home run against the Braves on Saturday.

Frazier continues to hit for exceptional power as he now has eight home runs and owns a ridiculous .315 ISO through 23 games. With improvements to both his walk and strikeouts rates, you can chalk up the .225 average to his .188 BABIP and expect a surge at some point soon. Frazier remains one of the top options at third base this year and continues to be a must-start in all formats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored during the Reds’ 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

With five home runs and 12 RBI, Cozart has been a fantastic pick-up for fantasy owners this season, especially because he probably cost next-to-nothing as you plucked him off the waiver wire. And while his run production has tapered off lately, he continues to hit for a high average, something he’s always struggled with throughout his career. The fact that his walk and strikeout rates are right in line with his career numbers, it would seem that a lot of this is being aided by his .324 BABIP. If/when that number drops to where it’s been over the last three seasons, his average is going to take nose-dive. But that doesn’t mean he can’t plug somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 home runs again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jason Marquis allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings against the Braves on Saturday.

While this outing certainly wasn’t as strong as his last, Marquis still managed to throw a quality start here and escape with the win. He threw 90 pitches (47 strikes), induced 10 ground ball outs and kept the Braves guessing through most of the game. He gave up a solo shot to Cameron Maybin in the fifth and then struggled a little in the seventh when he was removed, but for the most part, he was well in control of this game. He’ll look to follow up this effort next week when he faces the White Sox. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during the Roayls’ 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Cain has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and is sporting a beautiful .333/.402/.500 slash line this season. But while he’s doing a great job of setting the table and making things hapopen on the bases, the overall run production has been a little lean. We don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this was his first home run in 15 games and his first RBI in his last 13. The average and the stolen bases are nice, but we know he can hit for a little more power than this. Analysis: Howard Bender

Edinson Volquez gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings against the Tigers on Saturday.

The universe continues to remain off-balance here as Volquez now has four quality starts in his five outings this season and is sporting an impressive 2.10 ERA with a 27:8 K:BB over 34 1/3 innings. Many have said that Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage is the new guru when it comes to reclamation projects such as Volquez, but it’s still difficult to imagine that a guy like him is going to be able to sustain such strong production. He’ll take on the Indians for his next start, a team he’s never faced, but that is slashing just .242/.297/.387 against right-handers this year. Analysis: Howard Bender

David Price allowed just one run in a complete-game win over the Royals on Saturday. He allowed five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Price continues to right the ship after getting obliterated by the Yankees two starts ago and was absolutely dominant in this start. Even better was how well the Royals had been hitting lefties lately so Price owners should certainly be excited about the effort. He needed just 106 pitches (75 strikes) to complete the full nine innings and induced 11 ground ball outs. If you were panicking two starts ago, you can obviously rest easy now and you can look forward to him taking on these same Royals next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Caleb Joseph went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk during the Orioles’ 4-0 win over the Rays on Saturday.

For those of you waiting on Matt Wieters, we hope you wisely used Joseph as your back-up plan. The numbers aren’t exactly mind-blowing, but he’s batting .327 with two home runs and seven RBI through 17 games this season and has been a monster for OBP leagues with a .439 mark. He’ll be holding down the job for at least another month as Wieters’ return has been delayed once again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brad Brach picked up the save after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with one strikeout against the Rays on Saturday.

Brach came in during the eighth with men on base and after cleaning that up, was allowed to pitch the ninth with the Orioles up 4-0 and get credit for the save. Don’t look into it too much though as Zach Britton is still the closer. This was just a rare moment. He’s a great reliever to own if your league scores holds or you’re just looking to stream in a few middle relievers to help with your ratios. He started the season off a little rough, but he’s allowed just one run in his last eight innings (six appearances) and is sporting a rock-solid 11.12 K/9 over a total of 11 1/3 innings this season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miguel Gonzalez improved to 3-1 after tossing 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Rays on Saturday. He allowed just four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

Gonzalez rebounded nicely from a pair of mediocre starts and shut down a struggling Rays team in quality fashion. He was completely dominant and just continued to pound the strike zone all night, just daring the Rays to hit him. He was finally removed in the eighth inning after 105 pitches (70 strikes) and the game well in-hand. He’ll face the Yankees next week, a team he held to just one run over seven innings earlier this season and owns a 3.45 ERA against over his last 11 starts. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Archer coughed up four runs on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over six innings against the Orioles on Saturday.

The Orioles have been roughing up right-handers all season, so it was a tough one for Archer who’s been absolutely dynamic all season. He was bound to put up a mediocre outing anyway and considering this start pushed his ERA to 1.64, fantasy owners have little to complain about. Just chalk it up to a rough outing and look for him to rebound next week when the Rays host the Rangers who are slashing just .196/.280/.284 against right-handed pitching. Analysis: Howard Bender

Martin Prado went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, four RBI, a run scored and a walk during the Marlins’ 7-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

You’re never going to get eye-popping stats out of Prado, but he will hit for a decent average and every once in a while, produce a night like this. He’s now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and he’s got four doubles, one home run, 12 RBI and six runs scored in that span. He might be losing that extensive position eligibility as he’s locked in at third base, so enjoy the flexibility while you still can. Analysis: Howard Bender

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