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Brad Hand SD RP
Padres' Brad Hand: Used in setup role Monday14m ago
Brad Hand struck out a pair of batters over 1.2 perfect innings en route to his sixth hold of the season Monday.
After it appeared that the veteran lefty had taken over as San Diego's closer, manager Andy Green decided to roll with Brandon Maurer in the ninth for the second consecutive game. Hand has been the better reliever this season (1.82 ERA to Maurer's 6.00 ERA), but the San Diego Padres ' skipper wasn't kidding when he said he would play matchups going forward. The 27-year-old still holds value due to his ability to rack up strikeouts (11.5 K/9) and convert the occasional save, but this is a closer situation that has clearly not settled quite yet.
Chase Utley LAD 2B
Dodgers' Chase Utley: In vintage form of late24m ago
Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Cardinals.
The 38-year-old has turned back the clock recently, slashing .293/.388/.512 over his last 46 plate appearances. He has been seeing regular playing time at second base against righties while Justin Turner (hamstring) remains sidelined. The Los Angeles Dodgers ' regular third baseman hasn't embarked on a rehab assignment yet, so Utley should continue to provide value for fantasy owners in the interim.
Logan Forsythe LAD 2B
Dodgers' Logan Forsythe: Hits first home run Monday31m ago
Logan Forsythe went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Monday's win over St. Louis.
The homer was just Forsythe's second hit since returning from the disabled list May 23, indicating that he may finally be regaining his feel at the plate. Despite his recent slump, the veteran continues to lead off for a potent Los Angeles Dodgers offense. Make sure that he isn't sitting on the waiver wire, as he can provide excellent value as a middle infielder once his bat catches up to his career norms.
Rich Hill LAD SP
Dodgers' Rich Hill: Bounces back Monday43m ago
Rich Hill (2-2) turned in a solid outing Monday, holding the Cardinals to one run over five innings and striking out four in a 5-1 win.
The veteran showed a marked improvement over his disastrous outing in his previous start where he walked seven batters and allowed five runs. Hill cited a mechanical adjustment that led to Monday's improved control on the mound. Blister issues and inconsistency have diminished he 37-year-old's fantasy value, but his dominance last season should keep fantasy owners intrigued as they wait for the southpaw to put it all together. Hill will look to carry his success into his next start when he faces the Brewers on Saturday.
Christian Arroyo SF 3B
Giants' Christian Arroyo: Returns to lineup Monday1h ago
Arroyo, Christian returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a double in Monday's loss to the Nationals.
Manager Bruce Bochy gave his young third baseman a couple of days off in hopes of breaking him out of his current slump (.111/.163/.156 over his last 12 games). Arroyo should resume his regular role at the hot corner, but he needs to show more life at the plate before fantasy owners can count on him.
Hunter Strickland SF RP
Giants' Hunter Strickland: Involved in brawl Monday1h ago
Hunter Strickland was ejected from Monday's loss to the Nationals after he was involved in an on-field brawl with Bryce Harper.
The veteran reliever drilled the Nationals' star with a fastball, leading to an altercation on the mound where both players landed punches. Neither player suffered an injury, but a suspension could be looming for Strickland once the league reviews the situation.
Nolan Carroll DAL DB
Cowboys' Nolan Carroll: Arrested Monday morning8h ago
Nolan Carroll was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, Claire Z. Cardona of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Carroll, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, could be subject to league discipline due to this transgression.
Troy Niklas ARI TE
Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Deemed healthy9h ago
Troy Niklas (wrist) was recently deemed healthy during OTAs, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
A second-round pick of the 2014 draft, Niklas' career has been derailed by a deluge of injuries. In advance of the event, a sports hernia was discovered at the Combine that required surgery. Then, in just his third spring practice with the Cardinals, he broke a finger in his left hand. After suffering through two severe ankle sprains in the first half of his rookie season, Niklas was mercifully placed on IR, ending his campaign. As a sophomore, he avoided the injury bug, yet he managed just four receptions for 33 yards and two touchdowns across 16 games. To wrap up his professional injury history, Niklas injured his left wrist in Week 3 last season, and a season-ending procedure was promptly ordered up. As he goes through his third full offseason program, he has already been termed one of the Cardinals' starting tight ends (also, Jermaine Gresham) by head coach Bruce Arians, per Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. Whether the role allows Niklas to tap into his potential remains to be seen, but Gresham is the proven commodity among the tight ends, who must perform ably as both pass catchers and blockers in Arians' offense. As a result, Niklas will be hard-pressed to produce consistently as the fifth or sixth option, at best, within the passing attack.
Joel Heath HOU DE
Texans' Joel Heath: Returns to full health11h ago
Joel Heath (knee) is 100 percent healthy, WCPO's Mike Dyer reports.
Heath went down in the Houston Texans ' divisional-round loss to the Patriots last January. While it still isn't certain what specific type of knee injury he was dealing with, the second-year Michigan State product did not require surgery and has been participating in the outset of OTAs.
Dante Fowler JAC DE
Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr.: Aiming for breakout season16h ago
Dante Fowler is looking to have a breakout season in 2017 now that he is fully healthy, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. "The  ACL injury is out my head, mentally. It's hard to believe it's been two years," Fowler said. "The coolest thing about it is the progress I see while we're doing the conditioning work. I'm seeing how strong I'm getting and the explosiveness coming from my knee. It's a really cool thing."
Fowler missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL but returned to the field in 2016, recording four sacks and 32 tackles in 16 games. He now heads into training camp completely healthy for the first time in his career with sharpened burst and agility. As long as he can stay healthy, Fowler, who is just 22 years old, could take his production to greater heights in 2017.
Jeff Allen HOU G
Texans' Jeff Allen: Hoping to bounce back after injury-plagued 201617h ago
Jeff Allen is looking to return to form this season after a disappointing 2016 campaign, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Allen took a step back in his first season at Houston due to lingering injuries and a position change. However, after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, the 27-year-old is aiming for a bounce-back year. In addition to noting that his ankle feels better, Allen has spent the offseason changing his diet, which has helped him lose over 20 pounds. The veteran is very optimistic that he'll be able to bolster the Houston Texans ' ground game in 2017.
Nate Orchard CLE OLB
Browns' Nate Orchard: Active in OTAs1d ago
Nate Orchard (ankle) has been an active participant in OTAs, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Orchard finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 3. His participation in OTAs this month implies he's since received medical clearance to return to action.
Tony Parker SA PG
Spurs' Tony Parker: Targeting return in January10h ago
Tony Parker (quad) confirmed he's targeting a return in January, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Parker underwent surgery at the beginning of May to address a ruptured left quadriceps and was originally given an estimated timetable for a return of around eight months. This latest update from Parker himself confirms that original belief, as January would mark eight months since his surgery. That will keep Parker sidelined for at least the first few months of the season and with Patty Mills' future with the San Antonio Spurs unknown as he heads into free agency, Dejounte Murray could find himself in a much larger role to start the 2017-18 campaign. Of course, the Spurs will explore their own options in free agency as well, which could mean some additional bodies are brought on board in the backcourt. Look for Parker's status to be updated over the summer and into training camp, which should give us a better idea if he'll hit his desired return date at the start of January.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery3d ago
David Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale4d ago
Al Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss4d ago
Marcus Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Boston Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss4d ago
Jae Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 54d ago
Gerald Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Records two first-period helpers6h ago
Sidney Crosby collected two first-period assists -- one on the power play -- during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.
Crosby is up to seven goals and 22 points through 19 playoff games, and he's making a case for his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy. The Pittsburgh captain also registered three of the Pittsburgh Penguins ' mere 11 shots in the game. No. 87 will need to continue frequenting the scoresheet if he's going to hoist the Stanley Cup for a third time.
Chris Kunitz PIT LW
Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Registers two assists in Game 1 win6h ago
Chris Kunitz recorded two assists over 15:47 of ice time during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.
This was the second consecutive multi-point game for Kunitz, as he scored twice and added an assist during Pittsburgh's Game 7 win over Ottawa to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. He missed all of Round 1 against Columbus, and recorded just two assists over his first 13 postseason contests, but the veteran has made a huge impact the past two games for the defending champions.
Nick Bonino PIT C
Penguins' Nick Bonino: Scores twice in Game 1 win6h ago
Nick Bonino scored two goals -- including the game-sealing, empty-net tally -- during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.
Bonino had just two goals and three assists through 19 postseason games entering Monday, so this was a big game for the center. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ahead of him on the depth chart, Bonino isn't often in a position to make a huge offensive impact. If he's able to continue providing secondary scoring, it will be a huge boon for the Pittsburgh Penguins .
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Scores winner in Game 16h ago
Jake Guentzel scored the winning goal -- Pittsburgh's fourth -- in Monday's Game 1 victory over Nashville.
Pittsburgh allowed Nashville to score three unanswered goals and recover from a 3-0 deficit, so not only was it a huge goal for Guentzel, the Pittsburgh Penguins needed it badly. After scoring nine goals through the first 10 games of the playoffs, Guentzel went without a tally over the next eight games entering Monday. His speed, quick-release wrist shot and offensive acumen have been on display since breaking into the league in November, and he showcased all three again with Monday's goal. Guentzel's fantasy arrow is pointing straight up.
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Takes part in pre-game skate9h ago
Jake Guentzel skated on a fourth line with Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist during pregame warmups prior to Game 1 against Nashville on Monday, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Guentzel's goal-scoring well has gone dry -- he hasn't scored in eight games -- but his style of play sets up better against the Predators than the Senators. As a result, it looks like he'll remain active, at least for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Fellow forward Carl Hagelin didn't skate in pregame warmups, which is an indication he won't play Monday.
Carl Hagelin PIT LW
Penguins' Carl Hagelin: Likely out for Game 19h ago
Carl Hagelin didn't take part in Monday's pregame line rushes and is likely to sit out Game 1, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
With Patric Hornqvist (upper body) returning to action, it appears Hagelin has become the odd man out, at least for the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Hornqvist, along with Matt Cullen and Jake Guentzel, comprised the team's fourth line in warmups.