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Matt Duffy TB 3B
Rays' Matt Duffy: Current injury problems may not be with heel2h ago
Matt Duffy 's current physical setbacks may not be directly related to his surgically repaired heel according to manager Kevin Cash, The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Duffy's progress from his surgery has appeared to stagnate this spring, but Cash mentioned Friday that the issues may lie with the tendons and muscles in the shortstop's ankle and calf. The atrophy that may have come about in the post-surgical period could be the culprit behind Duffy's slow recovery, which has led to him missing all of spring training.
Yonder Alonso OAK 1B
Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Notably improved offensively this spring2h ago
Yonder Alonso , who went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, a walk and three runs in Thursday's 15-5 Cactus League win over the Brewers, is showing significant improvement at the plate this spring, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "He's had a great approach from the minute he got here," manager Bob Melvin said. "He and Bushy (hitting coach Darren Bush) had a plan. He's using the whole field a little bit more, which keeps him on breaking balls, which allows him to track fastballs a little bit more. He's hit a couple balls good to left-center as well."
Alonso has never hit double-digit homers in a major league career that dates back to 2010, but he's already smacked four round-trippers in 17 spring games, in part due to the revamped approach he's utilized at the plate. The veteran first baseman already brings excellent defensive skills to the table, so any notable measure of offensive improvement would boost his value even further. He remains slated for the left-handed side of a platoon role at first base with Ryon Healy and will look to improve on last season's mediocre .316 OBP in the coming season.
Danny Valencia SEA 1B
Mariners' Danny Valencia: To be everyday first baseman3h ago
Danny Valencia , who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and run in Thursday's Cactus League win over the Giants, is now the everyday first baseman with the demotion of Dan Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Valencia was originally slated to be the right-handed side of a platoon with Vogelbach, but he'll now have an opportunity for a full workload. He's rightfully earned a reputation as a lefty masher throughout his career, slashing .321/.373/.500 with a .377 wOBA and 32 percent hard contact rate against southpaws. While his numbers against right-handers come nowhere close, they've notably improved the last two seasons, as he's posted respective averages of .285 and .275 over that span. While he's struggled overall this spring (.208 average over 53 at-bats), Valencia brings a body of work at the major league level that Vogelbach doesn't yet possess. "Danny has a real track record," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "Over the last three seasons he's really hit, both righties and lefties. We talked about that as one of his main attractions. The versatility. He's pounded the lefties and over the last couple years he's hit the righties as well. He's transitioned to first quite well. He can really throw for a first baseman and here over the last week's he's actually started to pick it up., the barrel contact, he's starting to swing the bat better."
Jesse Chavez LAA RP
Angels' Jesse Chavez: Lands spot in rotation3h ago
Jesse Chavez will open the season in the Los Angeles Angels ' rotation, the Orange County Register reports.
Chavez was solid enough in spring to hold off competition from Alex Meyer and Bud Norris to make the rotation. His best years came in 2014 and 2015 with division rival Oakland, in which he posted a combined 3.83 ERA over 303 innings. If the Angels can get that level of performance from Chavez, they should be very happy with their investment.
Guillermo Heredia SEA LF
Mariners' Guillermo Heredia: Facing competition for fourth outfielder job3h ago
Guillermo Heredia , who's hitting .383 this spring, is facing stiff competition for the fourth outfielder spot from Ben Gamel, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
At one point this spring, Heredia looked like he had a clear inside track for the job based on his stellar play. While he's done nothing to hurt his cause, Gamel has made a strong push of his own, which is making it increasingly likely that the decision will come down to the wire. "Outfield-wise, Heredia is very comfortable anywhere you put him and has played an outstanding center field here this spring," Servais said. "With the bat, Gamel has more of a track record at the Minor League level than Heredia. The baserunning and some of the intangibles they bring are very similar. Heredia may be a little faster, Gamel may be a little better baserunner. It's very close. I like both players."
Alex Meyer LAA SP
Angels' Alex Meyer: Sent down to Triple-A4h ago
Alex Meyer has been reassigned to Triple-A Salt Lake, The Orange County Register reports Friday.
Meyer's best shot to make the team this year was as a reliever. Currently, the Los Angeles Angels feel his future is still as a starting pitcher, and he was too inconsistent this spring to unseat any of the club's stable of veteran hurlers. If Meyer can't start getting results consistently as a starter soon, though, a switch to the bullpen could be coming.
Robin Lopez CHI C
Bulls' Robin Lopez: Has terrible outing in return from suspension2h ago
Robin Lopez managed just one point (0-6 FG, 1-2 FT) with one rebound and a blocked shot across 18 minutes in Friday's 117-107 loss against the 76ers.
Lopez was making his way back from a one-game suspension, but he was terribly rusty. He'll look to bounce back against the Bucks on Sunday afternoon. Milwaukee allows 104.1 points per game.
Bobby Portis CHI PF
Bulls' Bobby Portis: Efficient in 22 minutes off bench2h ago
Bobby Portis finished with 17 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist over 22 minutes in Friday's 117-107 loss against the 76ers.
Portis was moved to the bench prior to the March 18 game against the Jazz but that has lit a fire under him. He is averaging 15.0 points and 6.8 rebounds over the past four outings. Whether in a starting role or as a reserve he is worth a look in most deeper fantasy leagues.
Jimmy Butler CHI SF
Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Drops 36 points in Friday's home loss2h ago
Jimmy Butler finished with 36 points (10-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 16-21 FT), 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 42 minutes in Friday's 117-107 loss against the 76ers.
Occasionally Butler has a stinker, but he usually rebounds rather nicely. Since his five-point outing March 12 he is averaging 25.3 points per game, slightly above his season mark. He also has double-doubles in three straight outings, his longest streak of the season.
Sergio Rodriguez PHI PG
76ers' Sergio Rodriguez: Posts seven assists in Friday's win2h ago
Sergio Rodriguez posted 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal over 22 minutes off the bench in Friday's 117-107 win against the Bulls.
Rodriguez has been seeing a steady amount of playing time in Philly, but he has just eight total double-digit point totals over his past 24 outings. He is a cheap source of assists for fantasy owners in deeper rotisserie formats, but he isn't dependable in most other categories.
Brandon Ingram LAL SF
Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Will not return Friday2h ago
Brandon Ingram will not return to Friday's matchup versus the Timberwolves due to tendinitis in his knee, Mike Trudell of Los Angeles Lakers .com reports.
The rookie was questionable heading into the game due to a knee issue, and appears to have aggravated it. The severity of the injury is not known at this time. His status for Sunday's tilt against the Trail Blazers is seemingly up in the air until the Lakers provide more information clarity on the matter.
Shawn Long PHI PF
76ers' Shawn Long: Efficient from floor in Friday's victory3h ago
Shawn Long ended up with 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 FT) with seven rebounds, two steals and an assist across 19 minutes off the bench in Friday's 117-107 win against the Bulls.
Long, an undrafted free agent, recently inked to a partially guaranteed multi-year contract with the team. The former standout at Louisiana-Lafayette has rewarded the team with 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game over his past two outings. He is speculative pick-up in deeper fantasy leagues, as the team is likely to give him plenty of minutes down the stretch.
Esa Lindell DAL D
Stars' Esa Lindell: Busy blocking shots, racking up hits39m ago
Esa Lindell finished with a plus-3 rating while posting three blocked shots and four hits in Friday's 6-1 win against the Sharks.
While he didn't get onto the scoresheet he was still extremely valuable to fantasy owners. Lindell doesn't do much offensively, but he has a respectable plus-11 rating with 84 hits and 103 blocked shots through 65 games. He is worth a look in deeper pools using all three of those categories.
Adam Cracknell DAL RW
Stars' Adam Cracknell: Posts first career hat trick in Friday's win44m ago
Adam Cracknell notched his first career hat trick - including one shorthanded goal - with a plus-3 rating in 11:35 of ice time in Friday's 6-1 blowout win against the Sharks.
It was the most unlikely hat trick in NHL history, but it was up there. He entered the game with a total of seven goals and 12 points through the first 60 games. Cracknell hadn't turned on the lamp in 11 games dating back to Feb. 11. The three-goal effort shouldn't move the needle much in terms of his fantasy appeal. He remains useful only in the deepest of pools.
John Tavares NYI C
Islanders' John Tavares: Working on five-game point run1h ago
John Tavares picked up two assists with a plus-2 rating in Friday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Penguins.
Tavares has at least one point in five consecutive outings and nine of the past 10 games. He is also working on a four-game stretch with an even or positive plus-minus rating. The personnel continues to change around him from season to season on the Island, but he keeps putting up consistent numbers.
Alan Quine NYI C
Islanders' Alan Quine: Returns with an assist in Friday's win1h ago
Alan Quine posted an assist with a plus-1 rating in Friday's 4-3 shootout win against the Penguins.
Quine was making his way back after a seven-game absence due to an upper-body injury. He is a bottom-six forward who hasn't contributed much in the way of offense this season. However, he has managed power-play time in the past. If head coach Doug Weight elects to work in Quine on the power-play unit then perhaps he'll be worth a spin in deeper fantasy formats.
Brock Nelson NYI C
Islanders' Brock Nelson: Has one goal disallowed, scores another2h ago
Brock Nelson scored a goal with a blocked shot and a hit in Friday's 4-3 shootout win against the Penguins.
Nelson had another goal disallowed at the end of the first period following Pittsburgh's challenge for goaltender interference. He has four goals in March, tying a season high for goals in a single month. Nelson has four more outings in March to try for a new season best.
Jaroslav Halak NYI G
Islanders' Jaroslav Halak: Makes 37 saves in Friday's shootout win2h ago
Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 40 shots in Friday's 4-3 win against the Penguins.
Halak had a successful return in his first game back from exile with AHL Bridgeport. It's an especially showing being able to hang on for a road win against a high-octane offense like the Penguins. The former All-Star might see plenty of starts down the stretch as the team sees if he can give them a spark in their fight for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Byron Bell TEN T
Cowboys' Byron Bell: Heading to Dallas10h ago
Byron Bell (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Bell last played in 2015, when he started 16 games for the Titans. A versatile offensive lineman who has lined up at left guard and both tackle positions at the professional level, Bell is expected to compete with Chaz Green for the Cowboys' starting right tackle job this summer in the wake of Doug Free's retirement.
Panthers' Garrett Gilbert: Joins Carolina on one-year deal10h ago
Garrett Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers were likely in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular-season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.
Calvin Pryor NYJ SS
Jets' Calvin Pryor: Team unlikely to exercise fifth-year option11h ago
The New York Jets are unlikely to exercise Calvin Pryor 's fifth-year option, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
A first-round pick in 2014, Pryor disappointed in 2016 after a promising 2015 campaign. While he's locked in as the team's starting strong safety for this upcoming season, the Jets can save $7 million by not picking up his fifth-year option for 2018. If that's what the team ultimately decides to do, 2017 will be a contract year for Pryor in which he'll need to step up his play to earn a big deal in free agency.
Panthers' Michael Oher: Progressing in recovery from concussion11h ago
Oher (concussion) remains under the concussion protocol but is progressing in his recovery, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Oher hasn't cleared the protocol since first reporting concussion symptoms prior to Week 4 -- nearly six months ago. However, the 30-year-old offensive lineman has been working out as usual in the weight room five days a week and is moving in the right direction toward getting the thumbs-up. With the recent addition of Ryan Kalil, Oher's expected to slide over to right tackle ahead of the 2017 season opener. However, if he's unable to shake off the lingering effects of his head injury soon, the Carolina Panthers may need to begin making other arrangements.
Lance Dunbar DAL RB
Rams' Lance Dunbar: Ready for change-of-pace role12h ago
Rams head coach Sean McVay envisions Lance Dunbar in a role that aligns with how the running back views himself, ESPN.com reports. "He had me going," Dunbar said. "He had me ready to play."
Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.
Josh McCown NYJ QB
Jets' Josh McCown: GM won't comment on starting job12h ago
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan deferred to head coach Todd Bowles when asked whether Josh McCown will enter training camp as the starter, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
McCown signed a one-year contract Monday, joining 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty (shoulder) and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg in the Jets' quarterback room. The 37-year-old likely will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting gig, but there should at least be some form of competition to give the younger signal-callers a shot to win the job on a rebuilding team. Given his age and injury history as well as the nature of New York's roster, McCown is unlikely to make it through the season as the starter even if he wins the Week 1 job.