Tim Lincecum improved to 9-5 after hurling seven shutout innings and allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Over his last four starts, Lincecum has shown that the pitcher who once owned the National League and rightfully earned two Cy Young awards is still lurking beneath a sea of declining peripherals. He's won each of those four games and has allowed just one earned run in his last 30.1 innings (0.30 ERA) with a 24:9 K:BB. While the walks may be a little high, the performances have been nothing short of spectacular. How Lincecum comes out of the break is going to be a very telling story. He'll need a hot start to try and carry over this momentum. If not, he could head back to the struggling version we've seen more recently. Given his history, it's going to be very easy to fall for the hype, so just be careful with how much you end up paying for his services should you be looking to trade for him.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Julio Jones did not practice Monday.
Jones is still dealing with a lingering hamstring injury and while he was able to play Sunday, there is concern this week with the short turnaround for the Thursday game. Consider him day-to-day and stay on top of all the latest news before making your final lineup decision. Analysis: Howard Bender
Cecil Shorts thinks he'll play against Jacksonville.
Shorts missed Thursday's game with a shoulder injury but both he and the team believe that he will be able to play this week. With DeAndre Hopkins being the clear-cut No. 1 and with the emergence of Jalen Strong and Keith Mumphrey, it's difficult to see Shorts getting enough work to be a productive fantasy play. He'll still see a few targets if he's on the field, but he'll be hit-or-miss. Analysis: Howard Bender