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Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just one run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 5.1 innings against the Marlins on Friday.

Despite being tagged with the loss on Friday night, Matsuzaka pitched well in his return to the starting lineup, allowing just one run over 5.1 innings. He is now the owner of a 3-1 record with a 2.68 ERA and 1.26 WHIP between the bullpen and the starting rotation, but will need to lower his walk rate (31 BB through 47.0 IP) before gaining any lasting fantasy value. Dice-K will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Pirates on Thursday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Ariza had 20 points (7-11 FGA, 1-1 FTA), making five three-pointers and pulling down five rebounds as the Rockets beat the Nets, 102-98 on Friday night.

With his sixth double-digit game in seven games, Ariza continues to increase his fantasy value after the All-Star break. His primary category is three-pointers made, and he thrived with another five on Friday night. Hes not going to be a huge fantasy contributor in certain categories, but if you can sacrifice some value for a need in three-pointers, look to Ariza to be the guy you want. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Harden struggled from the field, but still scored 15 points (4-15 FGA, 7-7 FTA) while adding 12 assists and five rebounds in Houston’s 102-98 win over New Jersey on Friday night.

Harden had a tough time getting going Friday night as most of his success came at the foul line and dishing out double-digit assists for the third straight game. He continues to be one of the best players in fantasy basketball so if hes not on your team, theres little chance youre getting him now. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jones scored 26 points (11-16 FGA, 4-4 FTA) to go along with 12 rebounds in Houston’s 102-98 win over New Jersey on Friday night.

Jones double-double on Friday night was his second in his last three games and has seen 30+ minutes in four of his last five games. If he continue to get the playing time and produce, Jones is a must add in fantasy leagues. He can help out in points and rebounds and provide an added boost in blocks. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Williams scored 15 points (6-15FGA, 3-3 FTA), pulled down five records while recording three assists and three steals in the Nets’ 102-98 loss to the Rockets on Friday night.

The veteran has been steadily building up his minutes and Friday night marked his fourth straight game with 30+ minutes. He still has not hit a three-pointer in that stretch, but has been able to reach double-digits in points while adding value in either rebounds or assists. It looks like Williams has turned the corner on his season so if you can get him for cheap, he is worth the add in fantasy leagues to help down the stretch. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Lopez had a double-double off the bench, scoring 12 points and adding 12 assists and a block in Brooklyn’s 102-98 loss to Houston on Friday night.

The center continues to be impressive off the bench in very limited minutes. He only played 22 minutes on Friday night, but was still able to provide a spark off the bench. With the Nets clearly sticking with Mason Plumlee as the starting center, it is hard to see how much effect Lopez can have in limited time. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Johnson scored 13 points (5-13 FGA, 3-4 FTA) to go along with nine rebounds and six assists in Brooklyn’s 102-98 loss to Houston on Friday night.

Johnson played 40 minutes in the loss, but was the Nets best all-around player. He was not able to hit anything from downtown, but provided help in other areas. His 2014-15 averages may be down compared to the rest of his career, but Johnson is still able to remain relevant in the fantasy world as he is becoming more effective on the rebounding side. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Homer Bailey threw 20 pitches during a bullpen session Friday and said his forearm felt good.

Bailey is throwing but he hasn't been cleared for mound action just yet. His forearm issue is still prevalent and the Reds don't want to push him yet and risk losing him for longer. As it stands, he probably won't be ready for Opening Day but could return at some point in mid to late April. Analysis: Howard Bender
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