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Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Doug Martin to be Tampa’s “bell cow” after injuries to Charles Sims and Mike James.

How about he just says that Martin will be the primary ball-carrier out of the backfield and leave the farm animal references to his private life? The injuries have ravaged the running back depth in Tampa, but at least it's made things easier for fantasy owners as now Martin becomes fairly close to being the lone guy out of the Bucs backfield. Bobby Rainey is still there and will continue to fill that third-down, pass-catching role.ANALYST: Howard Bender

David Peralta went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a double and two RBI in Friday’s 7-5 win against the Brewers.

Peralta has snapped out of a recent 1-for-18 skid over the past two days, as he has gone 3-for-4 with a couple of extra-base hits. In a crowded Arizona outfield situation, Peralta is really only an option in N.L.-Only format right now. Analysis: Nate Miller

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored during Friday’s 7-5 win over the Brewers.

Inciarte is swinging a hot bat atop the Arizona lineup, going 7-for-22 with a homer, a steal and five runs scored over the past five games. The 24-year-old outfielder shows occasional pop, but has become a steady contributor for fantasy owners in average, stolen bases and runs.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Brad Ziegler recorded a save in Friday night’s 7-5 win over the Brewers, surrendering a run on one hit with no walks or strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Ziegler has certainly been shaky over his past couple of outings, allowing three runs (two earned) across 1 2/3 innings. The veteran submariner is holding down the closers role for now, but that could change quickly.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Rubby De La Rosa tossed five innings in Friday’s 7-5 win against the Brewers, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

After a strong three-start stretch earlier in May, De La Rosa has now allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits and four walks across his last 11 innings. The 26-year-old hurler has high-end potential, but has yet to work himself into a consistent groove on the mound and needs to find a way to lower his home run rate. De La Rosa has a solid 8.3 K/9 and 1.14 WHIP across 64 innings this season, making him a nice N.L.-Only option at the present time. He will be back on the bump Wednesday afternoon versus the Braves. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jake Peavy(back tightness) will have next rehab start pushed back a couple of days

Peavy, who had a setback in his rehab on Wednesday, will have his next start moved backed. The move is due to him not being 100 percent physically yet and he is having trouble getting comfortable on the mound. Based on his next start the Giants should layout a plan for his return to the rotation. Pitching depth can't come soon enough as the Giants lead over the Dodgers for first in the NL West is a half game. Analysis: Matt Selz

Update: Cano is suffering from Ear Infection

The Mariners now believe the Cano, who has been out since Thursday with flu-like symptoms, has been suffering from an Ear Infection. It appears as though he will try and play on Saturday after feeling better on Friday. Cano received medication and IV treatment to keep his weight up. Analysis: Matt Selz

Josh Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a pair of solo homers and three runs scored during Friday’s 7-4 victory versus the Red Sox.

Needless to say, this was a big night for Hamilton in more ways than one. The veteran slugger belted his first MLB homer since August 24th of last year in the bottom of the second inning then followed up with another deep drive during the fourth. With five hits over his last 11 at-bats, it is time to get Hamilton in fantasy lineups. Analysis: Nate Miller

Alvin Gentry will have a second interview with the Pelicans

Gentry, currently the lead assistant for Golden State, was extended a second interview with the Pelicans brass. The Pelicans are looking to replace the fired Monty Williams with an up-tempo-style offensive coach and as lead assistant, Gentry was responsible for play calling that led the Warriors to the leagues number 1 offense and a 67-15 record in the regular season. Although he is the first candidate to be interviewed a second time, this time in New Orleans instead of San Francisco, there are other candidates in the race namely Jeff Van Gundy and the newly fired Tom Thibodeau. As usual we will just have to see where the annual coaching carrousel winds up. Analysis: Matt Selz

Shawn Tolleson picked up a save in Friday’s 7-4 win over the Red Sox, retiring the side in order during a scoreless top of the ninth inning.

Tolleson has now put together four consecutive hitless innings out of the Rangers bullpen, as the 27-year-old righty has quickly turned into quite the closer in Texas. Dating back to May 20th, Tolleson has nailed down 6-of-6 save opportunities while allowing just two hits and a walk with six strikeouts across six scoreless frames. Analysis: Nate Miller

Yovani Gallardo turned in six solid innings in Friday’s 7-4 win over the Red Sox, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out five.

Gallardo turned in a second straight strong outing for the Rangers on Friday, as the veteran righty has given up just three earned runs on eight hits and four walks while collecting 11 strikeouts across his last 12 innings. Gallardo no longer has the same strikeouts potential he once did and lacks the consistency to be relied upon on a start-to-start basis in fantasy leagues. However, he should be owned in most deeper mixed formats. Gallardo will climb back atop the mound Thursday night versus the White Sox. Analysis: Nate Miller

Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a couple of runs scored in Friday’s 7-4 loss to the Rangers.

Ramirez is certainly enjoying the visit to Rangers Ballpark, as the 31-year-old slugger has gone 4-for-8 with a couple of home runs over the past two days. After going 22 games without a homer, Ramirez seems to have found his power stroke. Analysis: Nate Miller

Steven Wright threw 5 2/3 innings during Friday’s 7-4 loss to the Rangers, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four.

Wright has not been great through his three consecutive turns in the Boston rotation, but has given the Red Sox some steady innings. Over that span, the 30-year-old knuckleballer has posted a 3.71 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10-to-3 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. With Manager Terry Francona set to deploy a six-man rotation in the coming days, Wrights next outing is slated for Thursday afternoon against the Twins. Analysis: Nate Miller

Cubs are targeting Ben Zobrist in trade talks

A lack of bench depth for Joe Maddon is what seems to be fueling the interest from the Cubs. Injuries and poor starts from players thought to be everyday players has wreaked havoc on Maddon's ability to rest his starters. Tommy La Stella and Chris Denorfia have missed significant time with injuries and Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez have really struggled to start this campaign, with Baez being optioned to Triple-A and dealing with the death of his sister. As of yet Billy Beane, the GM of the A's, has yet to indicate whether Oakland will be sellers at the deadline and whether Zobrist is even available. Zobrist could certainly provide some veteran utility depth for a young, talented, team that has high hopes this season. Analysis: Matt Selz

Joe Smith (Neck) was unavailable Friday night

Mike Scioscia indicated that Joe Smith has been dealing with a knot in his neck that affects his delivery and thus the reliever was not available for the Halos at the end of Friday's game. The Angels' skipper also said that Smith has been getting treatment for it. It does not seem like a serious injury and should clear up in the next day or so. Look for the typical set-up man to resume that role in the next couple of days when his neck allows him to produce his normal delivery. Analysis: Matt Selz

Update: Abreu doubtful for Saturday with swollen finger

Abreu left Friday's game with an irritated right index finger. It appears as though this injury will cost the slugger at least one game at this point. What caused the irritation and swelling is still unknown however it is an issue he had previously this season. Updates will come as more is known. Analysis: Matt Selz


2015 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Preview: Week 9 |
Jeff Mans

2015 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Preview: Week 9

Jeff Mans previews all of the games, matches, splits, interleague play and two start pitchers in fantasy baseball week nine

DFS MLB Playbook: May 30th - Early |
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DFS MLB Playbook: May 30th - Early

Ted Schuster pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

Carpe Diem: Celebrating The Life of Kevin Austin |
Rick Wolf

Carpe Diem: Celebrating The Life of Kevin Austin

Rick Wolf gives you the recipe for the perfect life by examining a thrill seeker, fantasy pioneer and beloved husband & father, Kevin Austin.

Daily Trends: May 29, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: May 29, 2015

It’s a pitcher extravaganza highlighted by the rookie everyone is talking about – the Red Sox Eduardo Rodriguez. Mr. Flowers also touches on Carrasco, Hughes and Vogelsong.

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 29th |
Jeff Mans

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 29th

Jeff Mans gives out a few of his optimized DFS MLB lineups for Fantasy Aces, Fanduel and Draftkings for tonight's slate of games

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - May 29, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - May 29, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - May 29, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - May 29, 2015

There are plenty of non-traditional names in the DFS Hitting Coach Friday as Ray doesn’t just go with the names you know. He digs deep too.

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - May 29, 2015 |
Michael A. Stein

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - May 29, 2015

Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy baseball injuries.

DFS MLB Playbook: May 29th  |
Jeff Mans

DFS MLB Playbook: May 29th

Jeff Mans pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

Todd Zola


Todd reviews some recent changes to batting orders in an effort to identify some players whose situation has improved and will add more of a category impact.