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Jerricho Cotchery is expected to be the Panthers number one receiver, but every spot after that is open.

With the departure of Steve Smith to Baltimore, the Panthers lack a true No. 1 Wideout. The depth chart after Crotchery reads like the NFL classifieds section: Jason Avant, Kelvin Benjamin, Tiquan Underwood. It's safe to say the Panthers will be one of the more running-heavy attacks in football, using their beastly Tight End Greg Olson as an end zone target. Cam Newton's value will be somewhat tied to whether or not any of the above receivers take their game to the next level. ANALYST:

Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two runs scored during Wednesday’s 12-3 win over the Rangers.

The month of May continues to be an age of ridiculousness for Kipnis as he is now batting .447 (46-for-103) with 13 doubles, three triple, four home runs, 14 RBI and 28 runs scored in this month alone. What more can you say that these numbers don’t scream on their own. The best we can say here is that we hope you listened when we preached patience with Kipnis back in April when his performance was flushable. The benefits you’re reaping right now could prove to be the difference-maker in a championship run. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Bourn went 3-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base during Wednesday’s win over the Rangers.

It’s been a little bit of a rough return for Bourn who is still hitting just .243 on the season. What’s worse is the stolen bases, or lack thereof, should we say. He’s got four steals and has been caught stealing three times, so the net steals is obviously not good. However, he now has two steals in his last seven games, so perhaps we’re looking at the start of something more. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Chisenhall is nothing like the hitter he was to start off last season as these hits actuall ended a 1-for-24 slump and actually raised his batting average to a .216 mark. We were all well aware that he was playing over his head last year based on his second-half collapse, so coming into this year thinking that he was something that he wasn’t was a gross misjudgment on the part of his owners. He is nothing more than a below-average play at third or the corner infield position. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joe Wieland is lined up at Triple-A Oklahoma City for Tuesday's double header.

Wieland first and only start at the big-league level this season, which came at Milwaukee back on May 6th, did not go well. Things are not likely to be any easier at Colorado on Tuesday. Analysis: Nate Miller

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored on Wednesday against the White Sox.

Donaldson is white hot at the moment, registering seven hits—four being home runs—in his last three games. He absolutely destroyed all White Sox pitching and all of Chicago is happy they don’t have to face Donaldson anymore. He is the top fantasy third baseman at the moment and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Analysis: Colby Conway

Nick Swisher went 2-for-5 with a solo home run during the Indians’ 12-3 pasting of the Rangers on Wednesday.

Swisher’s late start to the season was tough to get through at times, but he’s now hit safely in six of his last eight games and has two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in that span. He’s got a long way to go before he returns to his must-own form, but slow and stead seems to be working for him and his reconstructed knees. If he can stay healthy, he might be a real strong second-half play. Analysis: Howard Bender

Marco Estrada allowed three earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in seven innings against the White Sox on Wednesday.

While he has tallied two straight quality starts, he hasn’t been of real fantasy importance. He has allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits in his last 14 innings pitched, but has accrued a pedestrian 7:3 K/BB ratio during that span. He hasn’t been doing much that is of fantasy importance, so he can be left off rosters in most leagues. His next start will come on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals. Analysis: Colby Conway

J.B. Shuck went 2-for-5 with one RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Shuck is the only real backup outfielder on roster, so he will be the main beneficiary of any injury in the team’s outfield. Once Avisail Garcia returns from knee inflammation, Shuck will return to his role as a backup outfielder in Chicago. His fantasy value is very limited, seeing that he doesn’t have a full-time gig and there isn’t much of a track record revealing fantasy stardom. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, two RBI and one run scored against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Abreu was a home run shy of the cycle and he was the dominant force for the Chicago offense in this game. Abreu has 18 XBH on the year to go along with his .284 average. While he may not live up to his draft day value, he should still be a good fantasy first baseman at the very least. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jeff Samardzija allowed one run (zero earned) on eight hits with one walk while striking out five in seven innings on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Samardzija continues to bring down his ERA and his seven shutout innings brought it down to 3.84 on the year. He struggled early on, but has been much better of late. He has been more of what owners were hoping for when they drafted Samardzija as a SP2 or SP3 in their fantasy league. He has a 14:2 K/BB ratio in his last 15 innings and he seems to have put those early season struggles behind him. He will toe the rubber next on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mark Melancon allowed one hit in his lone inning of work to earn his 12th save of the season against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Melancon has seen an uptick in usage since the Pirates have been white hot of late, extending their win streak to six games. Melancon struggled early on, but he seems to be over those struggles, seeing that he hasn’t allowed a run in over two weeks. Melancon’s production will pick up, just give it time. Analysis: Colby Conway

Manager Bud Black says Yonder Alonso (shoulder) could be activated as early as next week.

Out since May 7th, Alonso was batting a cool .333 when the Padres placed him on the DL. The oft-injured first baseman will likely resume his role on the strong side of a platoon. Analysis: Nate Miller

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, one run scored and a stolen base against the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.

After a knee injury and a tumultuous start to the 2015 season, Cutch is finally turning it around. He stole his third base of the year today, signifying that he is gaining more and more trust in that ailing knee of his. He has underperformed thus far, but he will be a top-10 fantasy outfielder at the very least by season’s end. Analysis: Colby Conway

Gerrit Cole allowed just two earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven in seven strong innings on Wednesday against the Marlins.

Cole continues to deal for the Pirates and is an early Cy Young candidate in the National League. He is now 7-2 on the year with a dazzling 2.11 ERA. In his last 21 1/3 innings on the mound, he has allowed four earned runs on 20 hits with an extremely impressive 25:2 K/BB ratio. If you are lucky enough to own Cole, continue to roll him out there each time he toes the rubber. Cole is pitching like a top-5 fantasy pitcher and his next start will come on Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Analysis: Colby Conway

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