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Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over just 5.1 innings against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Despite the mediocrity of this outing and the end of his six-game quality start streak, Sanchez still picked up the win, his third-straight, and his ERA only bumped to 2.64 on the season. Obviously he's goign to struggle to match his wins total from last year, but the only real disappointing aspect of his game right now is the drop in strikeouts. That plus the dip in velocity is usually a red flag, so you may want to start shopping him around and seeing if you can improve your squad somewhere.ANALYST: Howard Bender

After Clippers meeting, DeAndre Jordan remains "truly 50-50" and "torn" on choice between Mavericks and Clippers.

There was a reported rift between Chris Paul and Jordan last season, but it remains to be seen whether the two parties can work things out. With the Western Conference being so elite, Jordan will likely have an equal shot at championship glory on either team. With that said, this may come down to whether Jordan can coexist with Chris Paul. We should know his decision in the coming days or weeks. Analysis: David Kerr

Will Venable went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, two-run home run against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Venable came on in the 11th inning and belted the go-ahead run off Cardinals reliever Carlos Villaneuva. Venable’s numbers are not good enough to consider him of any fantasy value. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with a home run, one run scored and one RBI before getting ejected against the Padres on Thursday.

Solarte’s numbers have not been good this year, other than 17 doubles and a 16:27 K/BB rate. With just three homers and a .361 slugging percentage, Solarte doesn’t have enough power to warrant any fantasy consideration. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Craig Kimbrel allowed one hit while picking up his 20th save of the season against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Kimbrel has been one of the best closers in the game the past couple seasons, and despite a 3.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, Kimbrel is still shutting the door including 44 strikeouts. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Tim Cooney allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings during a no-decision against the Padres on Thursday.

Cooney got called up just for Thursday’s start and turned in a quality start despite allowing two home runs. With Jaime Garcia dealing with a groin injury, Cooney did well in his second major league start. Cooney will be sent right back down to Triple-A so he has no fantasy value unless another Cardinals starter suffers a serious injury. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Tyson Ross allowed three runs on four hits with five walks and six strikeouts in six innings in a no-decision, and hit a two-run home run against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Ross struggled with control Thursday night and hurt his K/BB ratio, which now sits at 53:111—his 111 strikeouts puts him in the top 10 in the NL, making him a great NL-only option. But with a 5-7 record and 3.63 ERA, Ross remains just a serviceable option in most formats. His next start comes on the road against the Pirates on Tuesday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Braves acquire International Bonus Pool Slots No. 73 and 103 from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Garrett Fulenchek.

Fulenchek was the Braves' 2nd round pick in 2014 and has been mediocre at best over two minor league seasons. The Rays obviously see some type of future talent in Fulenchek, so they are willing to give up future picks to acquire him. If Fulenchek were ever to find success at the major league level, he would need to drastically cut his minor league walk rate of 5.8. Analysis: David Kerr

The Wizards are 1 of 2 'most likely' landing spots for free-agent David West.

West has been linked to the Knicks, but it seems as though those rumors have died down. The veteran forward has plenty left in the tank and Washington seems to be a decent fit. We should know more in the come days, but the Wizards are definitely on West's short list. Analysis: David Kerr

Corey Dickerson (foot) remains in a walking boot and has no timetable for his return.

After a breakout in 2014, Dickerson has been marred by injuries this year. Obviously the Rockies aren't going anywhere this season, so Dickerson will get plenty of time to rehabilitate his ailing foot. Don't expect him back anytime soon, but if you're in a dynasty league and play for the future, he would be a great player to acquire.  Analysis: David Kerr

Robin Lopez has committed to join Knicks and will do so unless they sign DeAndre Jordan.

The Knicks would be overpaying Lopez, so why wouldn't he sign with them? New York is in no position to make a postseason run in 2015-16 and it is becoming quite apparent that no big name free agent wants to commit to the flailing franchise. The Knicks are going to overpay for Robin Lopez as it is obvious that DeAndre Jordan is going to land with the Clippers or Dallas. Analysis: David Kerr

Kevin Pillar went 4-for-5 with a double and one run scored against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Offense was getting thrown all around during Thursday night’s game and Pillar got in on the action, improving his average to .285. With 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases, Pillar is a nice option in AL-only formats but there are still plenty of options that are just as good off the waiver wire. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Tigers will call up RHP Jeff Ferrell on Friday.

Ferrell owns a 1.61 ERA over two minor league levels this season and Detroit feels as though he's ready for the big show. The Tigers are in need of some bullpen help and given Ferrell's success, he could be a valuable commodity to the team. With that said, his fantasy value is limited to the deepest AL-Only leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a home run, one run scored, one RBI and one walks against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Valencia has a solid .321/.348/.560 line, but in limited time with only 109 at-bats. He’s proven to be solid when given a chance, but he shouldn’t be relied upon to get enough playing time to be considered a consistent option. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Russell Martin went 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, one RBI and one walk against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Martin has been worth just about every penny behind the plate since coming over from Pittsburgh in the summer. After hitting his 12th homer and picking up his 38th RBI, Martin now has an .842 OPS. He is one of the best options at catcher in the league.  Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Jorge Soler (ankle) is expected to play 9-innings for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Soler's return is very close and 9-innings at Triple-A would put him on the cusp of returning to the Cubs. Chicago may be one year away from true contention, but Soler is a huge part to their future and should be highly coveted in dynasty leagues. Analysis: David Kerr

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