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Roto Roundup: Alex Gordon, Starling Marte, Masahiro Tanaka and Others

Alex offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy performers from Thursday, including Alex Gordon, Starling Marte, Masahiro Tanaka and others.

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Alex Gordon to miss eight weeks with left groin injury

Gordon had a nasty non-contact injury on Wednesday night, collapsing near the left-field wall as Tampa Bay's Logan Forsythe galloped around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Gordon needed to be carted off the field – never a good sign – and the news dropped early Thursday morning that the American League All-Star was expected to miss at least eight weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left groin. Gordon was officially placed on the disabled list and likely won't be back until September.

This is devastating news for the Royals, as Gordon is one of the premiere left fielders in the game even if his offensive statistics don't stack up against some of the more elite hitters. Still, Gordon, 31 and a former second overall pick in 2005, had turned around his career after getting a premature "bust" label. Gordon goes on the shelf hitting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs, 32 runs and 39 RBI. While his speed has disappeared (he has just one stolen base after 12 swipes in 2014), Gordon continues to get on base at an elite clip. Among qualified hitters, only eight others players have a higher on-base percentage, including outfielders' Bryce Harper (.471 OBP), Mike Trout (400) and Andrew McCutchen (.398). In fact, the top nine leaders in on-base percentage, including Gordon, were named to the All-Star team as starters or reserves.

Gordon was the No. 44 outfielder entering Thursday's games, according to the ESPN Player Rater, so his value is more of a third outfielder in fantasy, but it was a reliable No. 3 capable of producing stretches closer to a No. 2. Gordon really started July on fire, hitting .385 with two home runs in 26 plate appearances. Replacing Gordon in Kansas City is Jarrod Dyson, who doesn't have the same appeal as Gordon but he's an attractive option for teams looking for speed - something that Gordon was lacking in his age-31 season.

Dyson owns a career line of .258/.322/.345 with five home runs and 130 steals in 1,087 plate appearances and 395 games. Dyson needs to be added in all AL-only leagues, as well as deeper leagues that utilize five outfielders, but it's no guarantee that the Royals will trot out Dyson every day with some enticing trade options on the market, such as Milwaukee's Gerardo Parra. For now, Gordon owners can look to Dyson, as well as lesser-owned options such as Arizona's David Peralta, and Chicago's Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, among others, to fill the void until September.

Roto Roundup

Jeff Samardzija threw a complete-game shutout against the hard-hitting Blue Jays, allowing just four hits to go along with five strikeouts and one walk. The superb outing improved Chicago's trade chip to 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 125 1/3 innings. The White Sox starter has been unlucky thus year with a 3.50 FIP and 3.75 xFIP, falling victim to a poor Chicago defense. Samardzija is likely going to be wearing another uniform by the trade deadline. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it just got that much harder to acquire Samardzija. He's a great target for a starter-needy team like the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Yankees – all in the AL East teams fighting for the postseason.

Masahiro Tanaka was also dazzling in his latest start for the Yankees, allowing two runs against the Athletics in a 6-2 win. Tanaka lasted 7 2/3 innings for New York, allowed just two hits, both doubles, while striking out six and allowing one walk to pick up his fifth win of the season. Tanaka is now 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a 67/13 K/BB ratio in 67 innings of work. The Yankees have won eight of the last 10 games started by Tanaka, and the 26-year-old is showing signs of being elite again. This is good news heading into the All-Star break for the Yankees.

Starling Marte, who owns a .281/.329/.459 slash line with 13 home runs, 44 runs, 48 RBI and 16 steals in 330 plate appearances across 80 games for the surging Piratescould be placed on the disabled list, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Replacing a five-category monster like Marte will be near impossible for fantasy owners, so the best outcome here is that his oblique heals over the All-Star break. Keep a close eye on this situation.

Oakland's Jesse Hahn (elbow) was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Indians and he'll undergo an MRI after experiencing elbow discomfort. This is potentially big news for Oakland, which just lost Scott Kazmir to injury at a time the Athletics were believed to be shopping their lefthander. Hahn has turned it around of late and is 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 64/25 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings. Chris Bassitt is starting in Hahn's place on Saturday, making the Indians an attractive option in daily fantasy leagues.

Matt Holliday, who was voted as the starting left fielder in next week's All-Star Game, could return as soon as Friday, according to John McGonigal on Twitter. Holliday might need see the field, however, as he'll be eased back into play as a bench player initially. Also for the Cardinals, Kolten Wong has passed all of his concussion tests. Wong wasn't in the starting lineup Thursday, but he could be back at second base on Friday. If your league plays with one-game eligibility, Matt Carpenter should be playable at the keystone after starting at second base against the Cubs on Thursday. That's a big potential boost to fantasy owners, as Carpenter is not a typical power third-base option.

The Marlins are bringing back Casey McGeheeaccording to Joe Frisario of MLB.com, and he's expected to join the team on Friday. McGehee, 32, slashed just .213/.275/.299 over 49 games this season. A year ago, the veteran infielder drove in 76 but showed zero power ­– hitting only four home runs in 160 games with Miami. Don't expect McGehee to all of a sudden become a factor again. He's best left to the wire until/if he shows any signs of resurgence. But don't expect it.

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