Cole Hamels threw seven scoreless innings and allowed just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts against the Braves on Monday.
Hamels has been one of the best pitchers of late, having through three consecutive shutouts despite logging only one win over that time frame. The Phillies offense has not done him any favors during his hot streak as he remains with a 2-3 record, but he has now struck out 76 batters over 74.1 innings, which has increased his fantasy value significantly. Even if he cools off some as the season progresses, Hamels will be a great fantasy asset while his health continues to hold up. He will look for win No. 3 when he takes on the Cardinals on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender