Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon was hitless in his first five at-bats Monday before hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Insight: Blackmon homered in each of the previous two games and has driven in six runs in his last five. He's gone 22-for-67 (.328) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, 12 runs and two steals in his last 17 games.
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: Panik, a former first-round draft pick, hit just .203 in his first 74 at-bats, but he's gone 38-for-96 (.396) with four doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBI and 15 runs in his last 25 games.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Posey has batted a ridiculous .469 with four doubles, a triple, five homers and 14 RBI in his last 11 games (49 at-bats). During that span, he's raised his average from .278 to .299 and his OPS from .759 to .824.
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs Monday at Cleveland.
Insight: Cabrera went 5-for-35 (.143) in his last eight games of August and didn't hit a homer in his last 27 games of the month. He also sat out Sunday due to an ankle injury. By the standard Cabrera set the past two seasons, a .304 average, 19 homers, 94 RBI and .868 OPS are disappointing.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill has allowed nine earned runs, 11 hits and nine walks in his last 7 1/3 innings.
Insight: Cahill threw five straight quality starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 (2.73 ERA), but he's been terrible the past two starts. He's 3-10 with a 5.06 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP and an 83/46 K/BB in 90 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Seattle starter Chris Young has allowed 11 hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in his last 4 1/3 innings.
Insight: Young has had a great comeback season, going 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 151 innings, but he may be running out of gas. He's also trying to keep his ERA in the threes even though his FIP is 4.74.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Holliday has gone 19-for-55 (.345) with five doubles, four homers and 22 RBI over his last 14 games. He's now hitting .269 with 16 homers, 81 RBI, 72 runs and an .804 OPS. With a big September, the left fielder could end up with his usual numbers despite underperforming for most of the season.
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Valbuena has hit six home runs in his last 13 games and a career-high 16 in 403 at-bats this season. He's done a nice job holding down the hot corner while the Cubs wait for prospect Kris Bryant.
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI Monday at Baltimore.
Insight: Mauer went 3-for-23 (.130) in his last seven games of August after getting his average up to .281 on Aug. 23. After his three-hit game Monday, Mauer is hitting .276 with four homers, 45 RBI, 51 runs and a .731 OPS in 377 at-bats.
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers has gone 9-for-46 (.196) with one homer and three RBI since he returned from a fractured wrist.
Insight: That includes a three-hit game Monday against Boston. Myers has had a terrible sophomore slump this season, hitting .221 with six homers, 28 RBI and a .646 OPS in 244 at-bats one year after winning AL Rookie of the Year.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Monday against the Mets.
Insight: Stanton went 2-for-18 with one RBI in his last five games of August but still hit .289 with eight homers, 25 RBI and a .998 OPS during the month. He's hitting .292 with 34 homers, 99 RBI, 84 runs and a .954 OPS and is one of the top contenders for NL MVP.
Description: Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined to throw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon.
Insight: Hamels was removed after throwing 108 pitches over six innings. He struck out seven and walked five before Philadelphia's bullpen combined to strike out five over three perfect innings. After missing the first three weeks with a shoulder injury and recording a 7.02 ERA in his first three starts, Hamels has posted a 2.00 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a 151/45 K/BB over his last 152 2/3 innings while allowing three runs or less in 21 of his 22 starts during that span.
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey (elbow) will not pitch again this season.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it didn't work as hoped. The Reds are out of playoff contention, so there's no reason to bring Bailey back.
Description: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez left Monday's start with a left oblique strain.
Insight: With Jose Fernandez out, Alvarez has stepped up as Miami's top starter this season and kept them in the Wild Card hunt, but this could end his year. He's 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 159 1/3 innings.
Description: Mainers first baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Smoak was hitting well in the minors, .337 with 40 RBI in 56 games and a .924 OPS, but he hasn't been able to carry that success to the major league level. With the Mariners in a pennant race he probably won't get many opportunities to help fantasy owners.
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: This move makes it tough on management because Billy Butler has hit much better since he started playing in the field. The 24-year-old Hosmer is hitting .267 with just six homers, 46 RBI, 45 runs and a .689 OPS in 409 at-bats this season, not good enough for a fantasy first baseman.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: The 21-year-old Walker has a 3.60 ERA, but control issues keep him from being a every fifth day option. He's walked 13 in 15 innings this season. It's unknown how the Mariners will use him the rest of the way.
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not play Sunday, but fantasy owners hope he returns for Monday's favorable matchup with Corey Kluber.
Insight: The two-time MVP is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and seven RBI against the Cleveland right-hander. And the wind will be blowing out to right at 11 mph too. Update: Cabrera will be the DH, so make sure he's in your lineup.
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) has been activated from the disabled list
Insight: He's already admitted he isn't 100 percent, but after missing three weeks he's going to try to play. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. It's probably best to avoid him for a while until we see how well he can swing a bat.
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has been sent to the bullpen.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA and a 1.646 WHIP for St. Louis.
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Milwaukee.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and missed all of the Cardinals series over the weekend. That's a big bat out of the lineup for Chicago and fantasy owners (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS).
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist and not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra will replace him.
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton should be getting Monday afternoon off as he's never figured out Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Upton is hitless in 18 tries against Hamels. The best he's managed is a walk and he's struck out five times. We suspect you weren't tempted on using Upton anyway, what with his .207 batting average and .607 OPS. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) will miss his second consecutive game Monday.
Insight: Pedroia has been picking up his game over the past two months and was batting .300 in 25 August games. This couldn't have come at worse time with the fantasy championship coming down the home stretch. His return is unclear as it always is with concussion issues and protocols.
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup for Monday against Drew Smyly and the Rays.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but had a nice 4-for-7 history against Smyly so this is a bit of a surprise. Napoli will be the DH, despite an 0-for-7 mark against the left-hander.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has helped the Giants offense since his return from the disabled list by batting .305 in his last 21 games, but probably won't be much help to fantasy owners Monday in an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Pagan is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Colorado left-hander Franklin Morales.
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has struggled against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, batting just .125 in 32 at-bats including 12 strikeouts.
Insight: McCutchen hasn't done much over the past week as he continues to deal with health issues. The reigning National League MVP is 4-for-16 over the past five games without an extra-base hit. Look elsewhere for offensive help.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 9-for-19 (.474) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is a .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Ozuna is one of the most streaky hitters around, but has become a viable fantasy option this season with a .261 batting average, 19 HR, 72 RBI and 62 runs scored. Monday, however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is just 1-for-12 against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Stanton has to be considered a strong candidate for NL MVP with 33 homers, 98 RBI, walks (89), OBP (.401), SLG (.550), OPS (.951). Having said all that this isn't a great matchup for the slugger.
Description: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI, two runs and a walk on Sunday against the A's.
Insight: Ianetta tacked on a solo home run in the eighth with the Angels routing the A's to get the four-game sweep. Ianetta also hit a home run on Saturday. The catcher is batting .265 with seven home runs and 38 RBI this year.
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs as Arizona defeated Colorado, 6-2.
Insight: Hill hit .167 in the month of August as his batting average dropped as low as .239. He is hitting .244 with 10 home runs and 57 RBI in 464 at-bats this season. If you can, look for better options.
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Blackmon has a home run in each of his last two games. He also has four straight games with an RBI. It may be mostly due to the park he hits in, but Blackmon is having a good season, hitting .289 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Ackley continues hitting well as he has batted .314/.348/.532 since the All-Star break. He also has six home runs and 27 RBI in that time, which is already nearly more than he had in the first half in almost double the amount of games.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: Kemp has been getting consistent at-bats since the All-Star break, but hasn't been doing as much with them lately. After a great July, Kemp cooled off in August, hitting .248, but he did have five home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in the month as well.
Description: Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte was 2-for-4 with a run against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Insight: One of Solarte's hits was a double, and he also scored. Solarte is hitting .260 with nine home runs, 46 RBI and 46 runs this season with the Yankees and Padres. He has been better, hitting .271, since becoming a Padre.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez recorded four hits on Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Gonzalez had a hit in every game of the weekend series against the Padres, but was just 2-for-10 in the first two games combined. Gonzalez is hitting .279 with only 19 home runs, but he does have 35 doubles and close to the top of the league with 91 RBI.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: It's a great sign considering the Dodgers just activated him from the disabled list Sunday afternoon. Ryu had not pitched since August 13 because of a straind glute. He is 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 144 and 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper slugged two home runs, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs against the Mariners on Sunday.
Insight: What might have been the greatest sign from Harper was in the ninth inning after already hitting two home runs, he did not try to do too much and hit a single up the middle. Harper has gone 3-for-4 in two of his last three games with three home runs and three RBI. The left fielder still isn't quite living up to expectations though as he is hitting .268 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 269 at-bats.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: So Keuchel was not traded like we thought he might be at the deadline. He is stuck in Houston for now, and he has little fantasy value for now. He has gone at least seven inning in seven of his last eight starts, but he has just one victory.
Description: Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse allowed seven runs on nine hits in a loss against the Giants on Sunday.
Insight: Lohse has alternated good and bad starts the last four times he has been out on the mound. On August 25, he earned his 12th victory this year, allowing one run in six innings, but the start before, he went only three frames and yielded four runs. If he continues the pattern though, he will win his next start.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs against the Brewers on Sunday.
Insight: Sandoval was 6-for-12 in the weekend series against the Brewers. If not for a horrible April where Sandoval hit .176, he would be in the batting title conversation. August was the third baseman's best month this year as he hit .321 with 15 RBI, 13 runs and a .785 OPS, but he did only hit two home runs.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three runs as the Giants routed the Brewers on Sunday, 15-5.
Insight: Pence continues his hot hitting, collecting the most hits on Sunday that he has in any single game this year. The right fielder has a 13-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .404 with four extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Pence is hitting .294 with 18 home runs, 28 doubles, 10 triples, 64 RBI and 95 runs this year.
Description: Orioles third baseman Jimmy Paredes is 5-for-11 in his first three games for Baltimore.
Insight: Balitmore acquired Paredes from Kansas City in July and called him up on August 28. He has hit well so far, but we don't expect him to maintain that success. He probably isn't worth picking up.
Description: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph went 4-for-5 with a RBI and run against the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: Joseph has been a decent platoon offensive catcher for Baltimore in place of Matt Wieters this year. He is hitting .240 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 196 at-bats. In his last five games, he is batting .400 with three RBI.
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed one earned run on seven hits, struck out six and walked one in a loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Insight: The loss was Cobb's first since June 23. Cobb is still pitching at an extremely high level despite the loss and his average 9-7 record. He hasn't given up three runs in a start since Independence Day. In July, he went 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and even though Cobb posted a 2-1 record in August, his ERA in the month was an amazing 1.49.
continues his hot streak by extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 1/3 frames. He has also won his last seven decisions and over that span has an ERA of 1.99.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched seven innings, allowed two runs and earned a no-decision against the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Liriano made just one mistake to Chris Heisey, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Liriano keeps running into tough opposing pitchers as Johnny Cueto threw eight innings to earn the victory. Despite the fact Liriano's ERA is nearly a run higher than last season's, he is pitching better than his record (3-10) indicates.
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched another subpar game, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Burnett did strike out eight and walk only one, but the 37-year-old has won just one of his last nine starts. Since July 28, Burnett is 1-6 with a 6.18 ERA. Don't start him if you can help it.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee won his second straight game on Sunday, beating the Phillies, 6-5.
Insight: Gee posted a 0-5 record with a 5.71 ERA in his first seven starts after the All-Star break, but in his last two starts, he has pitched 12 2/3 innings with a 3.55 ERA. Gee is 6-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run in the Phillies' loss to the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Howard has obviously had another extremely disappointing season, hitting .227 and 20 home runs. His OPS is a meager .695. But occasionally, owners will get this kind of game from the first baseman.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 and drove in the winning run as Houston defeated Texas, 3-2, on Sunday.
Insight: Altuve doubled twice off Texas starter Nick Martinez, and he hit a RBI-single in the eighth that proved to be the game winner. The second baseman extended his hitting streak to nine games and is now batting .336 with a .815 OPS.
Description: Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a solo home on Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Gattis was not a smart start on Sunday due to his 0-for-8 with four strikeouts lifetime performance against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. The catcher rewarded his loyal owners with a solo shot in the second inning as the Braves defeated the Marlins, 1-0.
Description: Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run on nine hits, struck out six and walked one in six and 2/3 innings against the Braves on Sunday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Braves' starter Alex Wood was even better, pitching eight shutout innings, so Eovaldi received the loss. The lone run of the day was Evan Gattis' solo home run in the second inning. Eovaldi is 6-10 with a 4.19 ERA this year.
Description: Braves starter Alex Wood threw eight shut out innings and was relieved only for a pinch hitter as Atlanta scratched out a 1-0 victory over Miami on Sunday.
Insight: Wood's work finally paid off on Sunday. Wood threw seven quality innings in each of his last two starts but failed to earn a victory. The pitcher also allowed five hits, struck out 12 and no walks. The 23-year-old lowers his ERA to 2.92 and improves his record to 10-10.
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir gave up six runs, failing to get out of the second inning, on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Things just keep getting worse for Kazmir. In his last two starts, both to the Angels, Kazmir has allowed 13 runs in four and 1/3 innings. In three innings last week, he yielded 10 hits while it was four walks that doomed him in one and 1/3 innings on Sunday. Kazmir has still had an good season with a record of 14-7, 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Fantasy owners just remember when his ERA was 2.38 in July.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched his third straight beautiful start, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking none.
Insight: That makes 21 and 2/3 scoreless innings in Shoemaker's last three starts. He has also given up just eight hits, three walks while striking out 22. This is just what the Angels needed with Garrett Richards out for the season, and it's just what fantasy owners want heading into September.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: It was a rough series for Oakland, who the Angels swept in four games. The offense went 29 consecutive innings without a run. The A's are 19-22 since the All-Star break and five game back of the Angels going into September. Donaldson, however, has been the one bright spot on offense, hitting 12-for-24 in his last seven games.
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the A's on Sunday.
Insight: Trout has his average back to .290 and the home run Sunday gives him 31 on the season, a new career high. His 97 RBI also ties a career high. Trout's .934 OPS is third highest in the American League.
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with an RBI against the Cubs on Sunday.
Insight: All the sudden with Molina back in the lineup, the second lowest scoring offense in baseball is putting up some runs. In three games back since his stint on the DL, Molina is 0-for-3, 3-for-5 and 2-for-5 and the Cardinals have scored two, 13 and nine runs in those games, respectively. Molina makes both the lineup of St. Louis and your fantasy team more potent.
Description: Cubs left-hander Travis Wood struggled against the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing four runs on six hits in four and 2/3 innings. He tossed up two home runs, walked three and struck out two.
Insight: The poor start is a bit disappointing because Wood threw three shutout innings against the Reds in his last appearance. Wood received a no-decision. He is 8-11 with a 4.81 ERA in 161 innings this year.
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Peralta has hits in eight of his last nine games, and in the lone game he doesn't, he had a pinch-hit walk. Over that stretch, Peralta is hitting .400 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. For the season, the shortstop has a .272 average, 18 home runs, 63 RBI and 52 runs.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI on Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Holliday started the weekend series 1-for-8, but finished out the series five for his last seven with three home runs. This coincides with Yadier Molina's return to the lineup (Molina did not play in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday in which Holliday went 0-for-4). Conquincidence? We think not.