This does not necessarily mean Duncan will play next season; he could still retire. Duncan's contract is set to pay him $5.6 million, and he averaged 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks last season. Whether Duncan returns or not, the Spurs will have to bring in somebody, either through trade or free agency, who can take on significant minutes at the center position.
It is safe to say that the power outage and overall slump from Stanton is over. Across his last 10 games, the big slugger has put six multi-hit performances while going 16-for-40 with three homers, two doubles and 11 RBI. For those that were patient with Stanton through his struggles earlier this year, you are now reaping the rewards.
Conley has not only been maddeningly inconsistent from start-to-start this season, but he is often two different pitchers during a single game. That was the case Tuesday night. Following four scoreless innings in which he allowed just two hits and a walk while registering eight punchouts, the young lefty completely unraveled and was tagged for five runs courtesy of two homers. Overall through 16 starts this year, Conley has posted a respectable 3.90 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 across 87.2 innings. The strikeout rate and talent upside make him relevant in deeper mixed leagues heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Braves in Atlanta.
Pelfrey does absolutely nothing special on the mound and offers very little, if anything, from a fantasy perspective, but he has managed to keep the Tigers’ solid lineup in almost every game he starts. That is about where the positives end. The veteran righty should be avoided even in A.L. Only formats, as he prepares to carry a 5.02 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 4.3 K/9 into Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Castellanos fell under the .300 mark for a few days there, but boosted his batting average back up to .302 Tuesday night with his first multi-hit effort since last Wednesday. The young third baseman is having an All-Star caliber breakout this year, as he has put up a solid .863 OPS with 33 extra-base hits and 42 RBI over 74 games. Castellanos still strikes out quite a bit, but that is about the extent of the negatives so far this season.
Overall, Cabrera is actually in quite a slump, especially by his standards. The 10-time All-Star has gone just 6-for-31 over the last eight games, but half of those hits have left the yard. At age 33, Cabrera is still one of the best pure hitters in the league, even if he is a notch or two down from his past MVP form. Through 77 games this year, he is sporting a stout .897 OPS with 17 homers, 16 doubles and 48 RBI.
San Antonio's only real hole is at point guard, and Conley is by far the best free agent available at that position. If the Spurs do not land Kevin Durant and are not interested in Mike Conley, it will be interesting to see where they spend their free agent money.
The Mets face Max Scherzer Wednesday, and chances are Granderson wouldn't have helped fantasy teams even if he played. Alejandro De Aza would likely take over in right field if Granderson cannot play.
After an awful April and a worse May, Fielder has really picked it up over the last few weeks. Back-to-Back days off in early-June seems to have done the trick for the hefty slugger, as he has hit a solid .297 (22-for-74) with four homers, three doubles and 12 RBI. Given his extensive track record of run production, the buy-low opportunity on Fielder from those who lost patience early in the year could quickly close.
It certainly appeared that Sabathia was going to bounce back nicely after laboring through his worst outing of the season last Wednesday. However, after a solid seven innings Tuesday night, he came back out for the eighth frame and that turned out to be a mistake by Manager Joe Girardi. Sabathia is having a nice bounce-back campaign to this point and was really on a roll prior to these past two starts. During a seven-start stretch from May 4th to June 16th, the veteran lefty posted a ridiculous 0.82 ERA while surrendering two runs or less each time out. Sabathia will look to get back to that form Sunday at San Diego.