Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley recorded four RBI Thursday in a loss to Detroit.
Insight: That gives Brantley 14 RBI for the season, tied for third-most in the American League. He's on pace to drive in 151 runs this year, which is more than double his career-high in that category (73 in 2013).
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley has gone 3-for-18 (.167) with five Ks against Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Ackley was sent to the minors in May last year and revived his career after being recalled by hitting .301 with a .795 OPS in his last 61 games. He has started out by batting .295 with one homer, seven RBI and an .803 OPS in 12 games this season, but he's never had success against Darvish.
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (quad) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: He aggravated a quad injury when he slipped while running the bases Monday. Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving.
Description: X-rays on Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson were negative after he ran into the wall on Monday.
Insight: Granderson appeared to injury his ribs, arm and knee and fantasy owners should expect him to miss a day or two, but it shouldn't require a stint on the disabled list. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game with a tight quad, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. He's expected to play Tuesday.
Insight: Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving. The quad injury has been bothering him for a few days and it flared up when he slipped while running the bases.
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth's knee is still sore but he'll be available if needed on Monday, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com. The Nats would like to avoid using him, however.
Insight: McLouth was scratched from Sunday's lineup. He's missing a chance to start with Denard Span on the 7-day concussion DL.
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes blasted a two-run home run Sunday at Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes took a step back last year, going from a .292 average and an .861 OPS in 2012 to a .240 average and a .736 OPS in 2013. Through 12 games in 2014, he's batting .234 but has two home runs and nine RBI.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford is not listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Arizona. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Crawford, one of the premier outfielders in the game during his nine-year tenure with Tampa Bay, now finds himself in a platoon situation with Andre Ethier in left field. He's played well this season (.306 AVG in nine games) but may not see enough at bats to be a factor in fantasy leagues. It also hurts that he doesn't steal as many bases as he used to (just 15 last season).
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is not listed in Sunday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Delmon Young, who has mostly served as Baltimore's DH, will make his first start of the year in left field. Cruz (.250, 2 HR, 6 RBI) went 1-for-4 with a walk during last night's 12-inning win against Toronto.
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) with five home runs against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Granderson is struggling this spring, batting just .135 through the first 10 games after batting an ugly .157 in spring training. He's always been a slow start, so don't give up on the slugger just yet, but don't start him on Saturday.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is a career .367 hitter with four homers and a 1.308 OPS versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Those numbers fly in the face of Gonzalez's career statistics which show he's just a .281 hitter with a .798 OPS versus left-handers. Cargo is batting .389 this season with three homers and 11 RBI. Its ok to start him in this lefty vs. left matchup.
Description: Astros outfielder Chris Carter is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Carter led the league in strikeouts last season with 212 and is doing the same this year. He's a home run hitter, with 29 long balls last season, but it comes at an expensive price to your team batting average. Obviously, avoid him on Friday.
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young put his speed on display Thursday at Atlanta.
Insight: Young went 3-for-5 with a triple, three steals and four runs scored. He stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season and has five steals on five attempts this year.
Description: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is a career .435 hitter with three home runs and a 1.304 OPS versus Phillies ace left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Braun is 4-for-9 with three homers and nine RBI in the first two games of the series. He's always loved hitting in Citizen Bank Park (.398, 10 HR, 23 RBI, 1.294 OPS in 21 games). Make him a must start on Thursday.
Description: Orioles outfielder Delmon Young had another three-hit game Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Young went 6-for-11 with a double and a homer over the last two days. He may steal at-bats from David Lough, who has been out of the lineup with concussion-like symptoms but won't be placed on the DL.
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon had a big day at the plate Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Gordon had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in four at-bats. The left fielder has averaged 19 homers, 80 RBI, 95 runs and 13 steals over the past three years. He's batting lower in the order this year, so expect fewer runs and more RBI.
Description: Twins DH Jason Kubel went 4-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday's game, Kubel had hit just 12 homers in 112 games at Target Field. He's hitting .462 with five runs, four doubles, one homer, six RBI and a 1.212 OPS this season after batting .216 with five homers in 97 games a year ago.
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton will miss 6-8 weeks because of a complete UCL tear in his left thumb, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton will undergo surgery for the injury, which he suffered while sliding head-first into first base Tuesday night. The 32-year-old was off to a great start, batting .444 with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in 27 at-bats, after a down year in 2013.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. could remain in the starting lineup even after Shane Victorino returns from a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Bradley's defense has been better than Grady Sizemore's and it's possible the team could move Sizemore to left field while using Bradley as the everyday center fielder. Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp could all see their playing time reduced if Bradley keeps up his torrid hot streak (.421 AVG over his last five games).
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young had two hits, one RBI and two steals Tuesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Young stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season. He didn't have much of a chance to steal in his first five games, as he went 2-for-19 with a double and a walk.
Description: Texas left fielder Shin-Soo Choo got on base four times in Tuesday night's win against the Red Sox.
Insight: That's what the Rangers got him for. Choo has been an on base machine throughout his career (.389 career OBP) and so far he's done nothing to change that reputation this season (.444 OBP in four games). He's batting .467 during his current four-game hitting streak.
Description: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun corked three homers Tuesday in a blowout win over Philadelphia.
Insight: So much for that sore thumb. Braun's seven RBI were a career-high. Braun entered today's action with just three hits in his first 20 at bats (.150 AVG). We'll have to see which Braun shows up Wednesday against Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38 ERA).
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez will get a night off Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Gonzalez has hit safely in all eight games this season and is batting .355 with three homers, nine RBI, eight runs and two steals. Injuries are the only thing that can prevent him from being a top-10 overall fantasy option.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has the power to take Brewers hurler Kyle Lohse deep, but he's just 1-for-9 (.111) in their matchups.
Insight: Brown (.272, 27 HR, 83 RBI) last season is off to a solid start, batting .381 through six games, but has yet to go yard. A warning track fly ball in right field could leave the park today, but the matchup is unfavorable.
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham sat out Monday but is hoping to return Wednesday against Oakland. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, Pioneer Press
Insight: Willingham's wrist is still bothering him after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday but he's hoping things will be back to normal by Wednesday. Fantasy owners seem to have soured on Willingham after his lackluster 2013 campaign (owned in only 5.4 percent of ESPN leagues).
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. X-Rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised wrist. The Twins play Monday, but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal. Plus he's just 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts versus Scott Kazmir.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is hitless in seven at-bats versus White Sox starter Felipe Paulino.
Insight: Gonzalez is a career .309 hitter versus all right-handers, so this matchup goes against his normal production numbers. "Cargo" has started off well, batting .346 and leading the NL in runs scored (7), but perhaps you should look elsewhere for Monday.
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham's X-rays came back negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. The Twins play Monday but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal.
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (thumb) is in the lineup Sunday in spite of a right thumb injury that is preventing him from properly gripping the bat. SOURCE: Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Insight: Braun hit .417 during spring training but his thumb condition has worsened since the season began. He admitted he cannot keep two hands on the bat when he makes contact due to numbness caused by nerve damage. The outfielder also dealt with issues in that thumb last season and said it never fully healed even though he was suspended for the last 65 games of the season. Fantasy owners should be very concerned, as the injury may require surgery if it doesn't improve soon.
Description: According to the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) is 7-10 days away from returning.
Insight: Ross is currently on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Reno. "He's been swinging the bat well all spring," GM Kevin Towers said. "The key thing for him is how he feels when he goes out there and has to play on back-to-back days, nine innings in the outfield." Mark Trumbo plays every day in left field, so Ross, Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock will have to split up starts at the other two outfield spots.
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (thumb) admitted that he cannot keep two hands on the bat due to numbness in his right thumb caused by nerve damage, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Braun hit .417 during spring training but his thumb condition has worsened since the season began. The outfielder also dealt with issues in that thumb last season and said it never fully healed even though he was suspended for the last 65 games of the season. Fantasy owners should be very concerned, as the injury may require surgery if it doesn't improve soon.
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday has gone 8-for-20 (.400) with two homers against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Volquez is making his first start for the Pirates after posting a 5.71 ERA in 170 1/3 frames for the Padres and Dodgers last season and serving up 15 earned runs in 14 innings this spring. Make sure Holliday is one of your selections on Sunday despite his .238 start.
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson has limited Twins DH Jason Kubel to three hits in 17 at-bats (.176).
Insight: Kubel, back with Minnesota after two years in Arizona and eight games with Cleveland, has hit .385 with two doubles and three RBI in four games this season. He usually hits righties well but has never had success against Masterson.
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (thumb) is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: McCalvy reported Friday that Braun was experiencing numbness in his right thumb, the same one that gave him issues last season. He has started off 1-for-16 (.063) and fantasy owners should be very concerned about the thumb injury, as it may require surgery.
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start against lefty Bruce Chen, he is a worthy gamble for fantasy owners. Update: Viciedo is starting and batting cleanup.
Insight: Viciedo is 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers versus Chen. He stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons. Start him on Saturday.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 against Bravers right-hander Julio Teheran with a pair of homers and a 1.883 OPS.
Insight: These two young stars will face it other a lot over the next few years and at the moment Harper is getting the better of the matchup. Harper needs to break out of a sluggish start (.176) and this could be the day.
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start against lefty Bruce Chen, he is a worthy gamble for fantasy owners.
Insight: Viciedo is 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers versus Chen. He stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons.