Brandon Drury ARI 2B
Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Cracks first homer of season Saturday1h ago
Brandon Drury went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Rockies.
The 24-year-old has been a high-average hitter thus far, but he finally managed to send one over the fence Saturday when Rockies starter Tyler Anderson let a 1-1 changeup get a little too much of the plate. Saturday's performance brings Drury's OPS up to .802, which is 15 points up from last season's final tally.
Trevor Story COL SS
Rockies' Trevor Story: Belts solo homer in Saturday's win1h ago
Story, Trevor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Although the strikeouts continue to pile up for the young shortstop, he's also continually flashing his prodigious power. Story's batting average is currently residing at a lowly .184 mark, but he also holds a .226 ISO, meaning that his power should continue to play up even if his average dips a bit from last season.
Mark Reynolds COL 1B
Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Drives in three in Saturday's victory1h ago
Mark Reynolds finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in the Colorado Rockies ' come-from-behind victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The veteran slugger eighth homer of the year initially seemed like a minor blow dealt to a surging Diamondbacks squad, but when Reynolds came up with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, he smashed a single to left field off of closer Fernando Rodney to tie the game. With the strong outing, Reynolds raised his batting average to .311 and his OPS to 1.003, and even with Ian Desmond (hand) expected to return from the disabled list as soon as Sunday, Reynolds doesn't seem to be in danger of losing any playing time if he continues to hit like this.
Carlos Estevez COL RP
Rockies' Carlos Estevez: Rebounds nicely from nightmare outing1h ago
Carlos Estevez (3-0) picked up the win Saturday against the Diamondbacks after hurling a perfect eighth inning.
Outside of a disastrous seven-run outing against the Nationals on Thursday, the young right-hander has been a fairly reliable member of the Colorado Rockies ' bullpen. Despite an unsightly 8.71 ERA, Saturday marked the ninth time in 12 appearances on the season that Estevez didn't allowed a run, and the fifth time he didn't allow a baserunner. With performances like these, he'll continue to get looks toward the end of games, although he's a long way from picking up any saves with Greg Holland, Adam Ottavino and Jake McGee in tow.
Fernando Rodney ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Fernando Rodney: Squanders second consecutive save opportunity Saturday1h ago
Fernando Rodney (1-2) blew the save and took the loss Saturday against the Rockies, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in an inning of work. He also struck out a pair.
This marks the second consecutive ninth-inning lead that the veteran reliever has squandered. It wasn't as ugly as Wednesday's debacle, but it was close. Rodney seemed to be close to limiting the damage to just two runs, but he proceeded to fire two wild pitches in a single at-bat to hand the game to Colorado. It didn't seem possible, but Saturday's outing raised Rodney's ERA to 12.60, and although he has a lot of experience in the closer's role, an ERA like that doesn't bode well for his chances to stay in the ninth-inning role for much longer.
Jose Ramirez CLE 2B
Indians' Jose Ramirez: Ups RBI count to 211h ago
Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a two-run double during Saturday's win over Seattle.
The two-RBI showing has Ramirez just a single tally back of the American League lead, and alongside his six home runs and .333/.388/.609 slash line, it's been a monster start for the 24-year-old. He's stole just two bases in four attempts, and while there's a chance Ramirez falls short of last season's 22 stolen bases, his ability to tilt the scales across all five rotisserie categories is extremely valuable. His eligibility at multiple position is another significant fantasy boost.
Alec Burks UTA SG
Jazz's Alec Burks: Out for Game 73h ago
Alec Burks (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers.
Burks, who's missed the entirety of the postseason thus far, will be sidelined for the final game of the Utah Jazz 's series against the Clippers. Though he doesn't play a major role on the team, the Jazz are likely hoping that the 24-year-old can recover before their potential second-round series, as he averaged 6.7 points across 15.5 minutes per game during the regular season.
Rudy Gobert UTA C
Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Probable for Game 74h ago
Rudy Gobert , who exited Friday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers during the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, is being considered probable for Sunday's Game 7, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
Gobert's designation as probable is likely just an exercise in caution, as it was reported earlier Saturday morning that he would be good to go for Sunday's Game 7 with no workload restriction after his X-rays came back negative. More word on his availability should come following the team's Sunday morning shootaround, though he should be expected to take part in the contest barring an unforeseen setback.
Ian Mahinmi WAS C
Wizards' Ian Mahinmi: Out for Sunday's Game 17h ago
Ian Mahinmi (calf) will be sidelined for Sunday's Game 1 against the Celtics.
Mahinmi, who has reportedly been improving in his individual workouts, will still remain off the floor for the Washington Wizards during Game 1 of their series against the Celtics. Mahinmi missed all of the Wizards' first-round matchup against the Hawks and remains without a real timetable for a return. His status will likely be updated sometime after Sunday's contest.
Dante Cunningham NO SF
Pelicans' Dante Cunningham: Set to decline player option13h ago
Dante Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.
The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. The 30-year-old, who appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, will likely seek a longer-term deal as a free agent, and chances are he'll draw considerable interest after shooting nearly 40 percent from three in 2016-17.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Back from D-League14h ago
Fred VanVleet was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.
With the D-League season concluded, VanVleet will return to the Toronto Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against the Cavs. Expect the rookie out of Wichita State to simply provide depth at point guard.
Pascal Siakam TOR PF
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Recalled from D-League14h ago
Pascal Siakam was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.
Siakam helped the Toronto Raptors 905 take home the D-League championship earlier in the week, and he'll now rejoin the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against Cleveland. The rookie started at power forward for most of the first half of the season, but he all but fell out of the rotation after Toronto acquired P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline.
Phil Kessel PIT RW
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Scores twice, adds helper in Game 2 win1h ago
Phil Kessel scored two goals (one on the power play) and added an assist during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.
After posting 22 points in 24 playoff games last year, Kessel has four goals and seven assists through seven postseason contests this spring. He's also turned in four multi-point showings. Saturday's outing also improved his career numbers to 27 goals and 54 points over 53 playoff games. Those are elite numbers, and considering the bad rep that has followed Kessel in the past, they shouldn't go unnoticed.
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Notches third multi-point showing of postseason1h ago
Jake Guentzel scored two goals and added and assist during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.
The rookie has been an offensive machine during the playoffs with seven goals and 10 points through seven games. Guentzel's hot stretch actually dates back to the regular season, as he's posted 17 goals and 31 points over his past 25 games. Guentzel appears to be locked in with Sidney Crosby at five-on-five, and while his salary is rising across the daily industry, his production warrants nightly consideration.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Notches two assists in Game 2 win1h ago
Sidney Crosby collected two second-period assists during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.
No. 87 has four goals and 11 points during his active six-game point streak, and he helped Pittsburgh grab a two-goal lead in Game 2. The Pittsburgh Penguins never looked back, and not to look too far ahead, but Crosby is building a strong case for his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy.
Derek Stepan NYR C
Rangers' Derek Stepan: Scores second goal of postseason2h ago
Derek Stepan scored a goal in Saturday's 6-5 double-overtime loss to the Senators in Game 2. He also fired six shots on net.
Unfortunately, the veteran center also skated to a plus-2. While the snipe and amount of rubber he threw at Sens netminder Craig Anderson are great from a fantasy standpoint, the fact that Stepan went just 8-for-25 (32 percent) in the faceoff dot suggests he'll need to be better when the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday -- especially if the Blueshirts hope to climb out of a 2-0 deficit.
Marc Methot OTT D
Senators' Marc Methot: Finds twine in Game 2 victory2h ago
Marc Methot scored the team's second goal in a 6-5 double-overtime victory over the Rangers in Game 2 on Saturday. He also dished out five hits and blocked three shots.
The veteran rearguard hadn't lit the lamp since way back in the 2015-16 season, so his goal-scoring contribution was certainly appreciated by the Sens in their comeback victory. Methot wasn't able to hit the scoresheet in the five games against Boston in Round 1, but he now has points in back-to-back games against the Rangers and has amassed 33 hits and 12 blocked shots in seven postseason contests. With that in mind, the 31-year-old might be worth taking a peek at in daily formats given his production in the peripheral categories.
Braden Holtby WAS G
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Removed from Saturday's game3h ago
Braden Holtby was replaced by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period Saturday.
Holtby allowed three goals on just 14 shots before getting yanked. That makes six goals allowed on just 32 shots over the first two games of Washington's playoff series against Pittsburgh.
Pharoh Cooper LAR WR
Rams' Pharoh Cooper: Will have plenty of competition in 20176h ago
Pharoh Cooper could struggle to see the field again in 2017 because of his unknown role in the offense, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
The Rams added two wide receivers and a tight end in the 2017 draft, and with a new coaching regime, Cooper's fit in the offense is completely up in the air. He caught 14 of 20 targets for just 106 yards during his rookie campaign, and the Gamecock product probably won't ever make it as a traditional outside receiver. Additionally, with Tavon Austin likely the better option out of the slot and for gadget plays, Cooper could have a steep uphill climb to fantasy relevance as a Ram. Still, Cooper is talented and boasts big-play ability, so it's too early in his career to write him off.
Tyler Higbee LAR TE
Rams' Tyler Higbee: Might be heavily involved6h ago
Tyler Higbee could have a sizable role with new head coach Sean McVay's offense significant involvement of its tight ends, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
As the offensive coordinator for Washington the past three years, McVay leaned on Jordan Reed whenever he was healthy, and his backups were also able to provide serviceable fantasy results when Reed was injured. Higbee has the physical tools needed to succeed at the highest level, but the Los Angeles offense will have to prove it can get out of its own way before the second-year tight end lands on the fantasy radar. Additionally, the Rams also added Gerald Everett in the second round of the 2017 draft, so Higbee could be leapfrogged on the depth chart, if he hasn't been already.
Broncos' Chad Kelly: Taken by Broncos with last pick6h ago
The Denver Broncos selected Kelly in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 253rd overall.
Kelly is the most talented player to be selected with the last pick of the draft in recent memory. Entering the season, Kelly had the look of a potential top-five quarterback in this class. However, knee and wrist injuries coupled with character concerns sent his stock plummeting. Kelly's 2015 season at Mississippi gives a glimpse of his upside as he threw for 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 10 more scores on the ground. Denver is an interesting landing spot for Kelly, but he's already arguably the most talented quarterback on that roster. If Kelly makes a full recovery from his knee injuries and rights the ship off the field, he should make the 53-man roster and compete for at least the backup job down the line.
Browns' Matt Dayes: Picked in seventh round6h ago
The Cleveland Browns selected Dayes in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 252nd overall.
Dayes is a player with a strong skill set but a lack of athletic talent, which seemingly puts a cap on his upside in the NFL. But after running for 2,856 yards (5.2 YPC) and 34 touchdowns in four years and adding 98 receptions for 933 yards and six scores, it's clear that Dayes at least knows how to play the position. His pass catching skills in particular help his odds of sticking in the NFL, but starting his career on the practice squad is a very plausible scenario.
Lions' Pat O'Connor: Picked by Lions6h ago
The Detroit Lions selected O'Connor in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 250th overall.
O'Connor didn't receive a Combine invite, but he did put together an impressive senior season at Eastern Michigan. He recorded 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss for the Eagles and has a frame that can handle added bulk if Detroit plans on using him at end in its 4-3 scheme.
Bengals' Mason Schreck: Picked by Bengals6h ago
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Schreck in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 251st overall.
Schreck (6-foot-5, 253 pounds) was a productive pass catcher at Buffalo, finishing his four-year career with 107 receptions for 1,113 yards and six touchdowns. He showed decent enough athleticism at his pro day, logging a 4.76-second 40-yard dash along with a 34.5-inch vertical and 118-inch broad jump. He might be headed to the practice squad.