Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs (five earned) on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts over just five innings against the Nationals on Saturday.
This is the Shark's second beating of the month of June and he's only thrown three quality starts in six June outings. Not really the kind of production upon which fantasy dreams are built, but he's still maintaining a strong strikeout rate which is really what the allure is with him. He should continue to maintain a solid overall stat line, so don't worry too much about the occasional blow-up, but be wary of his landing spot when the trade dust settles. You don't want him going to too friendly a hitter's park in the AL. He's got the Nationals up for his next start.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Brian WIndhorst reports that the Toronto Raptors are pursuing Thaddeus Young.
The Raptors have two dynamic guards in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but to be considered true threats to the Cavaliers in the playoffs, they need more size and Young fits that description. The power forward is having a superb season for the Nets as he is averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. The combination of Lowry and DeRozan along with Young would make the Raptors a serious threat in the second half of the season. Young’s fantasy value may take a little hit in terms of points per game, but he should still be a very effective player if he does end up getting traded to the Raptors. Analysis: Phil Backert
Mitch Moreland and the Rangers avoid arbitration and settle at $5.7M.
The Rangers and Moreland avoided a salary arbitration hearing that was set for Wednesday by coming to terms. The first baseman had a slash line of .278/.330/.482 with 23 homeruns and 85 RBIs in 2015 and is poised to once again help fantasy owners in the power and run production department. First base is always deep so Moreland will get lost in the shuffle, but his ability to hit the long ball and be a run producer makes him a very capable fantasy performer. Analysis: Phil Backert
James Harden scored a game-high 37 points (10-21 FGA, 11-13 FTA) going 6-for-10 from three-point range with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block over 40 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 loss to the Warriors.
Despite scoring 37 points on Tuesday night, Harden was unable to carry the Rockets to the top of the mountain, losing their third game in their last five tries. However, fantasy owners have to be pleased with Harden recent production, as he is now averaging 30.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.8 steals an 4.2 three-pointers over that same stretch, while remaining one of the elite options to own across all league formats. Analysis: Matthew Beck