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Lakers are reportedly expecting to hire a new coach in the next week or two. 

It is amazing how long it has taken the Lakers to hire a new head coach. Whoever they hire, will have their work cut out for them because the Lakers lost Pau Gasol and signed both Nick Young and Jordan Hill (who aren't good players) to multi year deals. It is basically Kobe Bryant and a bunch young, unproven players on the Lakers roster.ANALYST: Mark Kaplan

Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.

In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Doug Fister allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits while walking two and striking out three over 5.2 innings in the Nationals 8-4 loss to the Braves on Monday.

Fister does not miss many bats which can cause for the occasional rough outing as Atlanta registered 10 hits on Monday. Fister has an uncharacteristically high 1.46 WHIP on the season but his ERA sits at a respectable 3.28. He will look to bounce back in his next start on Saturday against the Mets in New York. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

A.J. Pierzynski went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the Braves 8-4 win over the Nationals on Monday.

Pierzynski has always proven to be a capable hitter but it has been his clubhouse demeanor which has seen him bounce around four different organizations since 2012. Luckily for fantasy owners as long as he is getting at bats there is no way for him to mess up any team chemistry and given that he has seemingly taken over the everyday catching duties for the Braves hes a must start. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in the Braves 8-4 win over the Nationals on Monday.

Johnson is hitting .263 with six runs, three home runs and seven RBI over the first month of the season as he splits time between the infield and outfield depending on the match up. Johnson has always had decent power but has not hit above .235 in a single season since 2010 which has made him tough to own over the course of a long fantasy season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Eric Stults allowed two earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three over 6.1 innings in the Braves 8-4 win over the Nationals on Monday.

Stults has notched back to back quality starts for the Braves, allowing just three earned runs over 12.1 innings. Stults is coming off a tough year with the Padres as he went 8-17 with a 4.30 ERA but has proven to be a capable starter in the past and could offer some NL-Only value if he can keep the ball in the ballpark.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mike Aviles went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the Indians 6-2 loss to the Royals on Monday.

Aviles is the Indians super utility player given his ability to play both the infield and the outfield. He offered a little bit of power and speed but unless he is seeing a full time role he is not worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Corey Kluber pitched 6.1 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits while walking two and striking out five in the Indians 6-2 loss to the Royals on Monday.

Last years A.L. CY Young winner has been roughed up over his last two starts, allowing 12 runs (10 earned) on 23 hits over 12.1 innings. The loss drops Kluber to 0-3 on the season and the Indians have not won in any of his five starts this season. Kluber will hope to rebound on Saturday but will be up against a powerful Blue Jays lineup. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Royals 6-2 win over the Indians on Monday.

Gordon is hitting .273 with an impressive .394 OBP over the first month of the season. His counting stats leave plenty to be desired but hes risen his average from .174 to .273 over the past 10 games and as he continues to breakout of his slump the rest of the production should come. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mike Moustakas went 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored in the Royals 6-2 win over the Indians on Monday.

Moustakas continues to hit over the first month of the season, averaging .342 with 16 runs, three home runs and seven RBI. Moose is hitting in the two hole for the Royals which has allowed him to score plenty of runs while still having the power as his calling card. After years of being labeled as bust it looks as if Moustakas could finally be achieving the upside that made him a popular breakout candidate since his rookie year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jason Vargas pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while walking five and striking out one in the Royals 6-2 win over the Indians on Monday.

Vargas earned his second win of the season on Monday but has struggled over his first four starts, allowing 13 earned runs over 19.2 innings (5.95 ERA) with an atrocious 1.73 WHIP. Theres no mixed league value here with Vargas and those in AL-only leagues should consider him nothing more than a match-up play against a team who struggles against lefties.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Devon Travis went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Blue Jays 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

Travis continues to mash as hes the early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year after the first month of the season. Hitting .368 with 15 runs, six home runs, 18 RBI and one stolen base, Travis ranks among the league top fantasy players and his value could continue to rise as he begins to steal more bases like he did in the minors. Daily league players should consider Travis a must start on a daily basis as the lineup hitting behind him should afford him plenty of run scoring opportunities. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Aaron Sanchez earned a no decision on Monday as he allowed four runs(three earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out seven over 5.2 innings in the Blue Jays 6-5 loss to the Red Sox.

Sanchez has pitched into the sixth inning in each of his last three starts while allowing no more than three earned in any outing this season. Control has been a big issue as he has walked 14 batters in 19.2 innings which will eventually catch up to him in the earned runs department. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in the Red Sox 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

Sandoval had to leave the game after making a diving play in the field with what is being described as whiplash and is questionable for Tuesdays game. Sandoval has now homered in two straight games while driving in six of his 11 RBI. If he can stay healthy Sandoval is hitting in the middle of one of the best supporting casts of his career and could lead to career highs in runs and RBIs.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mookie Betts went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored in the Red Sox 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

Betts lone RBI was the game winner as the Red Sox walked off with the win in the bottom of the ninth. His three hits were a season high but was just his fourth multi-hit game of the season. Hitting just .218 with 11 runs, two home runs, 10 RBI and five stolen bases Betts owners have gotten glimpses of his potential but have yet to see him sustain that level of production over the first month of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Joe Kelly earned a no decision on Monday, allowing five earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out a career high batters in the Red Sox 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Kelly allowed five earned runs for the second straight start as the Red Sox starting pitchers continues to rank among the leagues worst. The one positive to come out of Kellys start is the 10 strikeouts as he has now struck out 28 over 23.2 innings this season. His next start will come Sunday against the Yankees who he held to one earned run over seven innings in his season debut. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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