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Masahiro Tanaka earned his 12th win of the season after allowing four runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts over seven innings against the Twins on Thursday

While the four runs were the most he has allowed in a single outing this year, Tanaka still remained in control of the game and pitched with a fair amount of efficiency. He continued to pound the strike zone and challenge hitters despite allowing two runs through the first three innings and threw just 85 pitches (58 strikes) to get through the seven frames. He's battling Jose Abreu for Rookie of the Year honors, but should he fall short there, his league-leading 12 wins, a 2.27 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and an insane 130:18 K:BB over 122.2 innings certainly have him in the conversation for the 2014 AL Cy Young award. He'll look to improve on all those numbers next week with a start against the Indians.ANALYST: Howard Bender

The Mets designated Alex Torres for assignment following Tuesday's game.

Torres was DFA'd to make room for Eric O'Flaherty. Torres has a 3.15 ERA this season, but his 5.68 FIP seems more in line with his 6.82 BB/9. He will get another shot at the big leagues at some point, but he needs to find the plate more consistently if he wants to have sustained success. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Ryan Braun went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base against the Padres on Tuesday.

Braun now has 19 homers and 16 stolen bases on the season, making him a likely candidate for the 20/20 club by seasons end, barring an unforeseen injury. He is hitting .273 with 63 runs scored and 63 RBI, and he has rewarded owners who take a chance on the Milwaukee slugger. Continue to roll with him moving forward, but keep a close eye, because you never know when a minor ailment will come up for the fragile outfielder. Analysis: Colby Conway

Francisco Rodriguez struck out one batter in the ninth inning to earn his 24th save of the year on Tuesday against the Padres.

Even though saves are few and far between for K-Rod, he continues to dominate when given the chance. He has allowed just one earned run in his last 10 innings, striking out 10 in the process. When he comes to close the door, he usually does, making him one of the more reliable closers in the game. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jimmy Nelson allowed one run (zero earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out four in 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Padres.

Nelson and his curveball have been on lately, allowing just three earned runs in his last five starts. He hasn’t allowed a run in four of his last five outings, and even though his walks have increased a bit, his strikeouts have seen an uptick as well. Nelson relies on his curveball and when it is on, he is tough to hit. However, when that curveball isn’t on, well, you can guess what happens. He hasn’t lost since July 10 and even though he has been inconsistent this season, he is hot right now and is worth ownership. His next start will come on Sunday against the Cardinals. Analysis: Colby Conway

Alexi Amarista went 2-for-4 with a double on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Amarista can play almost anywhere in your fantasy lineup, giving owners some flexibility with their lineup. He has three straight multi-hit games, while homering once, scoring twice and driving in five runs in the process. He is a serviceable option right now in DFS since he is hot, but once he cools off, he will go back to being irrelevant in almost all fantasy facets. Analysis: Colby Conway

Andrew Cashner allowed two earned runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five in six innings of work on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Cashner pitched well enough to earn the win, but his unfortunate luck continues to linger. His ERA sits at 4.08 on the season, but it could be much higher. He has struggled with command lately and has been posting average strikeout numbers of late. He has walked more batters at this point than he did in 2014, but a struggling San Diego offense hasn’t helped him out in low-scoring affairs. His next start comes on Sunday against the light-hitting Philadelphia Phillies. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chris Gimenez went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two stolen bases on Tuesday against the Astros.

Not only did he record two hits tonight, but he stole two bases. If you played Gimenez in DFS today, you looked like a genius. Don’t expect him to steal bases regularly or tally multi-hit games on a regular basis. He can be left off your roster, regardless of your league’s format. Analysis: Colby Conway

Delino DeShields went 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base against the Astros on Tuesday.

DeShields has been a cheap source of speed for owners this season and no one has complained. For the 2015 campaign, he is hitting .270 with 47 runs scored, 20 RBI and 18 stolen bases. He has swiped a big in back-to-back games and he is a cheap option in DFS right now. Analysis: Colby Conway

Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday against the Astros.

Fielder’s excellent 2015 continues. In his last four games, he has seven hits in his last four games. During that span, he has homered once, scored five times and driven in three runs. He is going to contribute in all departments—other than stolen bases—and he will continue to be a top-5 first baseman the rest of the way. Do not take the slugger out of your lineup. Analysis: Colby Conway

Shawn Tolleson allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two in one inning to earn his 20th save of the season against the Astros on Tuesday.

Despite allowing two base runners tonight, he kept the Astros off the board to earn his 20th save of the season. In his last 10 outings, he has recorded one win and six saves. Over those 10 outings, he has allowed just one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. Continue to roll with Tolleson moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway

Yovani Gallardo allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings of work on Tuesday against the Astros.

Command continues to be an issue for Gallardo. When you pair the lackluster command with the below average strikeout numbers, things aren’t typically going to go well for any pitcher. His ERA is at 3.47 on the year and tonight’s three earned runs were the lowest he allowed in a game since July 12 against the Padres when he allowed just one earned run. Since the start of July, he has posted a 17:22 K/BB ratio in seven starts. Yikes. He will make his next start on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Analysis: Colby Conway

Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and one run scored on Tuesday against the Rangers.

Gomez is starting to find his stride in Houston, recording three multi-hit games in his last four efforts. Since joining the team, he has homered once, scored twice, recorded four RBI and swiped one bag. He will continue to do it all and he should be started in all formats moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway

Dan Straily allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings of work on Tuesday against the Rangers.

Straily was recalled from Triple-A to start tonight’s game after scheduled starter Mike Fiers had to make an appearance in yesterday’s shellacking. It was his first start in just under a month and he wasn’t impressive. He needed 86 pitchers to get through his 4 2/3 innings and he struggled to command the strike zone. Of those 86 pitches, just 45 were thrown for strikes. While he did eat some innings for the team, it wasn’t the start he or the team was hoping for. This turn in the rotation comes back around on Sunday against the Athletics. Analysis: Colby Conway

Max Scherzer delivered six innings of three-run ball after giving up four hits and three walks and striking out nine on Tuesday against Arizona.

The ace now has back-to-back quality starts and was able to get through the sixth inning in both. He didn't get the win, but his ERA still sits at 2.31 with a 0.85 WHIP making all the money you spent and the Nationals spent well worth it for times like this in the season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chris Owings went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Tuesday against the Nationals.

Owings popped a double off Max Scherzer and was virtually the only offense that the Diamondback could muster. The young infielder played second base for the night and was able to get a hit for the sixth time in his last seven games. There's no real argument unless he shows some pop, but Owings isn't rosterable at this point so choose from others when selecting in daily leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah


Daily Trends: August 4, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: August 4, 2015

Ray spends his time focusing on the bump including looking at two surging brothers, what the Nats are going to do with their rotation, and what to make of youngsters Godley and McCullers.

Filling the Void: Dallas RBs |
Ray Flowers

Filling the Void: Dallas RBs

The Cowboys lost one of the best running backs in football a year after having one of the best rushing attacks in the game. What will happen to the running attack for the ‘Boys in 2015?

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 4, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 4, 2015

Matchups for hitters on Tuesday, August 4th. Ray Flowers breaks them down from a hitters perspective.

Deadline Deals Done, Now What? |
Glenn Colton

Deadline Deals Done, Now What?

Glenn Colton takes a deeper look at some of the effects and non-effects of the deadline deals in this week's Week That Was

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - August 4, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - August 4, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

DFS MLB Playbook: August 4th  |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: August 4th

Ted Schuster pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

2015 Fantasy Football Training Camp Report: August 3rd |
Jeff Mans

2015 Fantasy Football Training Camp Report: August 3rd

Jeff Mans recaps all of the news, injuries, depth chart changes, roster moves and more of all 32 NFL teams training camps

Ray’s Ramblings: Hitters The Last Two Weeks |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: Hitters The Last Two Weeks

Ray Flowers talks about hitters the past two weeks. Which under the radar names are surging toward fantasy significance over the final two months of the season?

Daily Trends: August 3, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: August 3, 2015

Jon Gray is called up. Is he the next star on the bump? Moore is demoted. Burnett/Panik hurt. Athletics add Valencia.

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 3, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 3, 2015

The trade deadline is over. Time to get back to it. Ray Flowers takes a look at the Monday matchups and lists some of the better hitting matchups of the day.