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The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn't gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent.

The effects of surgery to tighten those tendons are still lingering and could actually be a problem for Newton heading into the season. It's not that we don't believe that he can play on it, but just how effectively he'll be able to play is the question. Scrambling outside the pocket is one of the main aspects of Newton's game. If he's at less than 100-percent, the whole offense could suffer.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Derrick Rose registered a double-double on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists and one block in the Bulls 106-91 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

While the double-double will look good on the statsheet, Rose shot just 30% from the field on Wednesday which is something that will have to improve if the Bulls hope to beat the high scoring Cavaliers offense. Rose is having a fine playoffs, averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.5 three-pointers per game as he looks to get back into MVP form and lead the Bulls to the finals. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jimmy Butler scored a team high 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in the Bulls 106-91 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Butler was just recently the NBA's Most Improved Player and he continues to show why throughout the playoffs, averaging 23.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.4 three-pointers per game. His defensive prowess will be tested this series as he faces up against LeBron James but make no mistake Butler is an emerging star in this league and should earn a big pay day this offseason. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points with three assists and two steals in the Cavaliers 106—91 win over the Bulls on Wednesday.

Like LeBron James, Irving has excelled this postseason as he's averaging 24.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game. The Cavaliers will rely heavily on LeBron James and Irving to provide the majority of their scoring with Kevin Love injured and J.R. Smith currently suspended which should lead to huge numbers on the stat sheet. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

LeBron James scored a game high 33 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in the Cavaliers 106-91 win over the Bulls on Wednesday.

King James continues to be just that this playoffs, averaging 26.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. With Kevin Love out and J.R. Smith suspended the offensive onus really falls even more on the shoulders of James and Kyrie Irving which will make this series against the Bulls an exciting one for basketball fans. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ben Revere went 4-for-5 with three doubles, two runs scored and one RBI in the Phillies 7-5 loss to the Braves on Wednesday.

Revere lead the National League in hits last season with 184 but he has struggled out of the gate this season, hitting just .264 after hitting over .300 in each of the past two seasons. The Phillies poor offense really limits Reveres counting stats upside but he should get on base enough to approach the 40 steal plateau for the third time in his career. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the Phillies 7-5 loss to the Braves on Wednesday.

Howard launched his fifth home run of the season on Wednesday but hes still struggling at the plate hitting just .220 on the season with a .276 OBP. Some believed a platoon would be Howards best course of action but hes hitting just .200 against righties this season which is a tough pill to swallow. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jerome Williams allowed six earned runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out three over 4.1 innings in the Phillies 7-5 loss to the Braves on Wednesday.

Williams is still kicking around the majors despite never really being an effective pitcher. Hes now 2-2 with a 5.18 ERA on the season and seeing that he barely has a reason to be in a major league rotation there is little reason for him to be on anybodys fantasy one. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the Braves 7-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Many feared that Freeman would struggle this season as the Braves traded away any potential protection he had in the lineup from last season which would force him to try and make things happen. Luckily for those who took Freeman none of that seems to be the case as hes hitting .318 with 20 runs, five home runs and 17 RBI on the year. Still just 25 years old Freeman as proven capable of hitting for both power and average which should make him one of the better option at first base this season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, three runs scored and one RBI in the Braves 7-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Simmons has hits in six straight games which includes three multi-hit efforts over that span. On the year Simmons is hitting .292 with 20 runs, two home runs and 15 RBI on the season which would put him on pace to set new career highs in runs and RBI this season. Simmons is much more renowned for his glove skills than with his bat but he did hit 17 home runs in 2013 which proves he can be a capable hitter with some plate discipline.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jason Grilli allowed one earned run on two hits while walking one and striking out two but managed to pick up his ninth save of the season in the Braves 7-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Grilli has now given up four runs over his last three outings which has to be somewhat concerning to owners but he has only blown one save this season while striking out 16 over 10 innings of work. Grillis nine saves places him tied for second in the National League and as long as he can break out of this mini funk he should be able to hold on to the closers job for the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mike Foltynewicz allowed four earned runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out seven over 5.1 innings in the Braves 7-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Foltynewicz has now won both of his starts with the Braves this season as the offense gave him an early lead over the Phillies on Wednesday. He ran into trouble at times against a relatively weak Phillies lineup which included giving up a solo home run to Ryan Howard in the sixth inning. He will get back on the bump on Tuesday against the Reds in Cincinnati.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Red Sox 5-3 loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

The Mookie Monster is catching fire, hitting .324 with seven runs, three home runs and nine RBI over the past nine games. During this stretch he has raised his batting average from .189 to .234 and has shown that quick bat speed which has led to plenty of extra base hits. As Betts finally looks adjusted to big league pitching this season he looks primed to be one of the better fantasy options this season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Justin Masterson struggled on Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on seven hits while walking six and striking out one over 4.1 innings in the Red Sox 5-3 loss to the Rays.

As has been the case for the Red Sox starters for most of this season Masterson was hammered on Wednesday as he had zero control evidenced by his six walks. There is little reason to own any Red Sox pitcher not named Rick Porcello so far this season, so while Masterson had pitched well recently its more likely that he will have more starts like this than the latter.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and two RBI in the Rays 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Longoria had just one home run coming into Wednesday but hammered two balls over the Green Monster to up that total to three long balls on the season. The offense around him has done Longo no favors this season as he has driven in just eight RBI on the year despite hitting .284 with a .874 OPS. While the elite run and RBI totals are likely no longer achievable Longoria can do enough on his own to rank around the top five at the position. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit while walking one and striking out one to earn his seventh save of the season in the Rays 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Boxberger has been among the best closers in the league to start the season which has many wondering if in fact Jake McGee will take over as the closer once he returns from injury. The save was Boxbergers seventh of the season to go with a 1.59 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 11.1 innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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