Houston Astros right-hander Bud Norris fanned 11 Milwaukee Brewers in 7 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday, allowing three hits to earn his second win. Norris remains a bit of a work in progress, and his 3.03 ERA might have some regression in it, but the whiffs are legit. He could threaten for 200 strikeouts this year, and he's readily available.
Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez struggled mightily Sunday, allowing six hits, four walks and four runs in four messy innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jimenez has yet to win in four outings this season and his ERA is 7.20, but still I would not cut him, even in standard leagues. The upside, notably in strikeouts, is immense. Bench him this week, if you prefer.
New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova tossed 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball to beat the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, striking out five. Nova pitched well during the past week, and let's remember, the team he plays for can score runs. If Nova stays in the rotation, he should win games.
Nova couldn't handle Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis, who stole three bases Sunday and five for the weekend coming off the DL. Davis is one of the game's elite speedsters, projected by ESPN Fantasy to be a top-five stolen-base option, and he's available in 40 percent of standard leagues.
Speaking of speed, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu can still help fantasy owners. On Sunday, he stole his third base, and his two hits raised his batting average to .271. A week ago, he was hitting .239, so this is progress. Abreu is being dropped in standard leagues but he's capable of flirting with another 20/20 season.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is owned in a mere 6.9 percent of leagues, but did you know he's 27-for-61 since April 10, for a sweet .442 average? Joyce homered twice over the weekend and has been hitting cleanup for the resurgent Rays. He has 20 home runs in him.