Atlanta Braves right-hander Ben Sheets won his fourth game in five starts Monday at Philadelphia, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings. Sheets didn't register any strikeouts against the Phillies, and he's allowing nearly a hit per inning overall, but he's having little trouble with struggling NL East lineups. Sheets' next outing is scheduled for Sunday night at the Mets. While some ERA regression is ahead, Sheets should be owned in all leagues.
New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits by the Detroit Tigers Monday. In his previous outing, Nova allowed nine runs and 10 hits against Baltimore. His ERA has risen from a palatable 4.08 to 4.81, and it's no surprise Nova is among the most-dropped pitchers in ESPN standard leagues, despite the win potential and breakout this season in strikeouts.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau homered twice and knocked in four runs Monday, raising his batting average to .275. Morneau has six multi-hit games in his past nine and certainly seems healthy enough to help fantasy owners, even in standard leagues. He remains available in roughly a third of ESPN formats.
Speaking of the brittle, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen singled, doubled and drew two walks Monday, and the veteran is hitting .244. Of course, 10 games ago Rolen was hitting .212. He's hitting .467 so far in August and despite the fine play of Todd Frazier, look for Rolen to continue playing when Joey Votto returns. Those in deep leagues should consider Rolen a short-term find.
Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Erik Bedard held the Diamondbacks to two hits and didn't walk anyone over seven shutout innings Monday. Bedard is readily available in ESPN leagues but isn't safe for ERA or WHIP, and this was only his second win in nine starts. Spot-start Bedard in home games (2.38 ERA at PNC Park), but avoid him on the road (6.75 ERA, 10 of his 11 home runs allowed).
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham smacked his 10th home run of the season Monday, giving him similar power stats to last season but in far fewer games. Unfortunately, the .228 batting average is a career low and not a fluke. Beckham looked like a future star in 2009, but he isn't developing offensively. Those in dynasty formats should move on.