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Manny Machado (back) said he still thinks he'll return this weekend.

Machado has missed four games with a back injury, but hopes to be back soon. This likely means that his back is improving, though it is not fully healed yet. If he continues to improve he should be back int he lineup in the next couple of games.ANALYST: Ben Diamond

Kris Bryant went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Bryant is one of the game's top stars, and he now has 21 homers with 22 doubles and 79 RBI. He still strikes out way too often for how good he is (160 K), but he is one of the best young hitters in the game and a huge reason the Cubs are finding themselves in an excellent position to make the playoffs. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

Alex Wood allowed two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over six innings against the Cubs on Sunday.

Wood pitched very well tonight, but he still took the loss since Jake Arrieta was sensational in throwing a no-hitter. Wood is now 9-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 118:51 K/BB ratio. He doesn’t allow many homers (11), but he allows way too many people on the basepaths (1.41 WHIP, .283 BAA) to be considered of much fantasy value. His next start comes on the road against the Padres on Friday. Analysis: Zack Carpenter

The Titans are considering holding Marcus Mariota out of the fourth preseason game.

Starters rarely play more than one series in the final preseason game, so Mariota wouldn't be missing a whole lot if he doesn't play. At the same time, the rookie could presumably use all the reps he can get at this point in his career. The only good news for fantasy is if you draft Mariota this week, you don't have to worry about him getting hurt during the last preseason game. In the end, this shouldn't really affect his fantasy prospects. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Menelik Watson is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first half of Sunday's preseason game.

Austin Howard will start at right tackle with Watson out. Howard started at guard last season, and while the Raiders will miss Watson, this injury shouldn't be a huge blow for fantasy purposes. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against Houston on Sunday.

Nunez has four home runs and five steals in 175 PA this year, so he could provide fantasy players with some power and speed given enough work. But he continues to play sparingly, so he’s just a deep league option for now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Miguel Sano went 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and two walks against Houston on Sunday.

That’s home run No. 13 for Sano who has an ISO north of .300. He’s striking out over 35 percent of the time, and a .419 BABIP is keeping his batting average respectable. But unless he makes more contact, his average will crater once the BABIP falls apart. But with power like that, he’ll remain valuable despite a bad batting average. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ervin Santana allowed only six hits in seven scoreless innings against Houston on Sunday with no walks and 10 strikeouts.

Santana got roughed up his last time out against the Rays, but he bounced back nicely Sunday. He took advantage of the matchup and the strikeout prone Astros, but the Astros can also do damage, so kudos to Santana. In fact, the Astros did damage after he left the game scoring five in the ninth. But don’t be too encouraged as his ERA remains over 5.00, and his xFIP isn’t too far under 5.00. He’ll get the Astros again in Houston on Saturday, but you probably shouldn’t roll the dice with him again. Analysis: Brett Talley

Lance McCullers allowed three runs and four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings against Minnesota on Sunday.

McCullers has cooled a bit after a blazing start to his big league career, but he’s still having a heck of a rookie season with a 3.21 ERA while striking out more than a batter per inning. The walks are a bit of a problem, but they’re not too far off league average. And again, we’re talking about a kid making his 16th career start. If a few too many walks is the biggest problem, things aren’t going bad at all. Analysis: Brett Talley

Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run against Minnesota on Sunday.

Carter got a rare start against a right-hander, but his home run came later in the game against a left-handed reliever. This was Carter’s first home run in just over a month, and he has just 18 on the season. He started slow last year and got hot down the stretch, but with the Astros in a divisional race this year, they didn’t have the ability to wait and hope Carter got hot again, so he lost a chunk of his playing time. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI against Minnesota on Sunday.

Altuve struggled through May and June, but his wOBA is back over .350 in July and August. He already well clear of his career high of seven home runs, but he now has 11 on the year. That will somewhat help offset the fact that he’s only going to steal about 40 bases this season as opposed to the 56 he stole last year. But with a lower batting average as well, he simply hasn’t been quite as valuable this year. Analysis: Brett Talley

Martin Maldonado went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored against Cincinnati on Sunday.

With Jonathan Lucroy healthy, Maldonado plays very sparingly. He’s hitting just .203 this season, so even when he does occasionally draw into the lineup, he’s not much help to anyone. He doubled his double production for the season on Sunday. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Braun isn’t the 30/30 guy he used to be, but he still provides incredibly rounded production. He could get to 30 home runs with a good final month, and he should top 20 steals. Along with a .275 average and 95 or so runs and RBI, Braun is providing multi-cat production that so few players provide. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jean Segura went 1-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI against Cincinnati on Sunday.

This was triple No. 4 for the season for Segura, and he now has 17 extra base hits for an ISO of .065. How Segura ever hit 12 home runs in a season is a mystery. He’s on pace for 25 or so steals this season, but that’s really the only category in which he’s an above average contributor.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 31st save of the season against Cincinnati on Sunday and allowed no base runners.

Rodriguez blew up on Saturday, but that was his first blown save of the season. He got right back on the horse on Sunday with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Given that Rodriguez is 31-for-32 in save opportunities, Saturday’s blow up is nothing to worry about. Analysis: Brett Talley

Wily Peralta allowed one run and seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Peralta keeps the ball on the ground and has a walk rate that is a bit better than average. But he has completely lost his once average ability to strike batters out. Even with the six strikeouts on Sunday, his strikeout rate this year is just 13.5. Unless that picks up his ERA should remain in the mid-threes. He’ll go again Friday in Cincinnati. Analysis: Brett Talley


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