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Alex Cobb allowed just one run (unearned) on four hits and four walks while striking out six batters over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles. 

Despite allowing just one run on Wednesday afternoon, Cobb was out-dueled by Kevin Gausman to fall to 2-5 on the season. Cobb has been pitching very well of late, having allowed just one earned run while striking out 17 batters over his last two starts (13.1 IP) and is now sitting on a 3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP through his first nine trips to the mound. The Rays offense hasn't done there starting pitchers any favors this season as they continue to be one of the worst offensive groups in all of baseball, so Cobb isn't going to do much in the wins category. However, his production elsewhere, including in the strikeout department (8.56 K/9) are worthy of ownership in all league formats moving forward. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Pirates on Monday. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres are in talks with a trade centered around Tyson Ross.

The Cubs are in the market for another starter and it seems to be that Tyson Ross could be wearing a Cubs' jersey within the next few days. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA on the season, but he has swing-and-miss stuff. If the trade happens and the Cubs can work out some of the command issues, watch out National League. Analysis: Colby Conway

The New England Patriots have placed Brandon LaFell on the PUP list.

LaFell is dealing with some sort of foot injury, because he has been spotted donning a walking boot multiple times throughout the offseason. LaFell is looking to build off an impressive 2014 season, in which he caught 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. Analysis: Colby Conway

Kolten Wong went 1-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and one run scored against the Reds on Monday.

During his five-game hit streak, Wong has eight hits (one homer), three runs scored and four RBI. He is contributing in all five categories, en route to being a top-10 player at a thin position. Wong has 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases on the year, which is pleasing to fantasy owners. Analysis: Colby Conway

Trevor Rosenthal struck out one batter in his only inning of work to earn his 31st save of the season on Monday against the Reds.

Rosenthal looked good tonight, needing just fourteen pitches (nine strikes) to finish out his lone inning of work tonight. He was dealing with some arm fatigue, but it seems to be behind him. He can be continued to relied upon in the save department, because the Cardinals are going to give him plenty of chances to close out ball games. Analysis: Colby Conway

Lance Lynn allowed one earned run on five hits while walking three and striking out five in seven innings of work on Monday against the Reds.

Lynn continues to show why he is a top-25 pitcher in fantasy baseball. He continues to strike batters out effectively, as well as minimizing the damage done by the opposition. He allowed just four earned runs on 13 hits in his last 20 innings, posting a 22:5 K/BB ratio in that same span. He has a 2.71 ERA on the season and he should never leave your lineup. His next start will come on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. Analysis: Colby Conway

Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a double and a walks on Monday against the Cardinals.

Votto continues to be an on base machine. After falling in many drafts, Votto has been an extremely valuable asset in 2015. He is hitting .305 with 18 homers, 48 RBI, 53 runs scored and six stolen bases. He is currently the second best first baseman in fantasy baseball and he should continue this high caliber play moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway

Raisel Iglesias allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out seven in six innings against the Cardinals on Monday.

Iglesias has proven that he has swing-and-miss stuff and that he can strike batters out at the highest level. He has 25 strikeouts in his last four outings, compared to just four walks, all of which came in his last start. He is a cheap source of strikeouts, but you never really know what you are going to get otherwise. He is a risky play, but he can really make a DFS lineup if you catch him on the right day. His next start will come on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Analysis: Colby Conway

The Dodgers have informed teams that Yasiel Puig is available in a trade.

Puig has really struggled this year and hasn't lived up to his top-three round draft status this season. He is hitting just .253 on the season with six homers, 22 RBI and one stolen base on the year. If the reports are true, he isn't exactly the most liked guy in the clubhouse, which could be a driving force in a potential trade. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jake Elmore will be optioned to Triple-A Durham Tuesday.

Elmore has played two-thirds of the field for the Rays during his stint with the team this year, but he has disappointed at the plate. He is hitting just .206 with two home runs and 16 RBI this season. He can be dropped in all formats at this time. Analysis: Colby Conway

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