Bradley McDougald TB FS
Buccaneers' Bradley McDougald: In on 64 snaps in Week 1131m ago
Bradley McDougald tallied 64 snaps in Tampa's Week 11 victory, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Bucs' starting strong safety appears firmly entrenched in his position at the moment, and has been earning it with progressively stronger play over recent weeks. McDougald will be an integral part of Tampa's defensive attack against the multi-pronged Colts ground game in Week 12, as well as in pass coverage versus downfield threats T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Coby Fleener.
Chris Conte TB SS
Buccaneers' Chris Conte: In on 64 snaps in Week 1137m ago
Chris Conte was in on 64 snaps in Tampa's Week 11 victory, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Conte continues to distinguish himself in what might end up being the best season of his five-year career. The Bucs' starting free safety posted a season-high in tackles in Week 11 while also collecting his second interception of 2015. Conte has also now amassed 65 tackles, two forced fumbles and six passed defensed over 10 games this year.
Gerald McCoy TB DT
Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy: In on 57 snaps in Week 1143m ago
Gerald McCoy was in on 57 snaps in Tampa's Week 11 victory, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle had his most productive outing in several weeks versus the Eagles, and helped keep Mark Sanchez off balance the majority of the contest. McCoy has continued to receive a full complement of playing time despite a season-long shoulder ailment, and barring any further injury, this should continue to hold true for the Bucs' final six games.
Kwon Alexander TB MLB
Buccaneers' Kwon Alexander: Plays on 63 snaps in Week 111h ago
Kwon Alexander played on 63 snaps in Tampa's Week 11 victory, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Like teammate and fellow Iron Man Lavonte David, Alexander also received his first snaps off this season. The rookie middle linebacker has proven to be a steal, but his outstanding first-year campaign is currently in danger of being marred by a four-game suspension for PED use that Alexander is reportedly appealing. The LSU product will take the field versus the Colts in Week 12 if the suspension is overturned or remains under review.
Lavonte David TB OLB
Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Plays 63 snaps in Week 111h ago
Lavonte David was in on 63 snaps in Week 11, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
David actually received his first snaps off all season during the 45-17 blowout of the Eagles, and produced an effort worthy of the NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The rest was likely a positive for the star linebacker as the Bucs enter the stretch run of the season still in contention for a wild-card spot. David and the Bucs take on the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 12.
Kareem Jackson HOU CB
Texans' Kareem Jackson: Practices Wednesday1h ago
Kareem Jackson (ankle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
Jackson, who has been inactive the last four games with an ankle injury, looks like he'll be returning to the active lineup Week 12 against the Saints.
Rusney Castillo BOS RF
Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Projects to open in left field7h ago
Rusney Castillo projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting left fielder, MLB.com reports.
Manager John Farrell indicated Castillo will be in left with Mookie Betts in right, flanking Jackie Bradley in center. Castillo signed a record-breaking $72 million contract in August of 2014, but an oblique injury and Betts' emergence pushed him to Triple-A to start 2015. He eventually came up to hit just .252/.288/.359 in 80 games with the Boston Red Sox , with a .225/.263/.292 line in September. Chances are, Castillo will have to swing his way out of a bottom-third spot in the batting order.
Mookie Betts BOS CF
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Projects to open in right field7h ago
Mookie Betts projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting right fielder, MLB.com reports.
The Boston Red Sox seemed pleased with Betts' progress in center last season, but Jackie Bradley is clearly the best defensive outfielder on the team. Bradley is expected to take over in center and push Betts to right, with Rusney Castillo set to start the year in left field. This news does not affect Betts' fantasy outlook for 2016, as his playing time and spot atop the order should be secure no matter where he plays in the outfield.
Bud Norris SD RP
Braves' Bud Norris: One-year deal with Braves7h ago
Bud Norris agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old received a major-league contract but will take a steep pay cut after making $8.8 million last season. Norris was clobbered to the tune of a 7.06 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts) for the Orioles last season before being released, and then pitched exclusively out of the bullpen after signing with the Padres in August. It's expected Norris will return to the rotation for the rebuilding Braves.
Jackie Bradley BOS RF
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Projected to open in center field8h ago
The Boston Red Sox are leaning toward going with Jackie Bradley as their primary center fielder in 2016, MLB.com reports.
Mookie Betts got better as the season progressed and proved to be a capable center fielder in 2015, but manager John Farrell rightfully acknowledged that Bradley "is the best defensive outfielder" on the team. Betts is expected to move to right, but of course, Bradley will need to continue to hit to maintain a starting role throughout the year. The 25-year-old surprised a lot of people in that regard last season, batting .249/.335/.498 with 10 homers in 74 games with Boston.
Ryan Braun MIL RF
Brewers' Ryan Braun: Progressing well from back surgery8h ago
Ryan Braun is progressing well from offseason back surgery, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I feel pretty good, knock on wood," Braun said Wednesday. "The only surprise is the rehab is a little longer than I was anticipating, just a couple months of rehab. Other than that, everything was as expected."
Although the initial recovery timetable is out the window, Braun remains optimistic that his offseason program will not be impacted and he will be back at 100 percent for spring training. The 32-year-old is doing physical therapy four days a week for the back, and he said there are no plans at this point for him to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his thumb. The five-year, $105 million extension Braun signed in 2011 kicks in this season.
Brandon Gomes TB RP
Rays' Brandon Gomes: Outrighted to Triple-A9h ago
Brandon Gomes was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old made 62 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, posting a 1.19 WHIP and a swinging-strike rate over 11 percent, but it was not enough to maintain his spot at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. Gomes could still attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he figures to have to bide his time at Durham to start the year.
Jeff Green MEM PF
Grizzlies' Jeff Green: Scores 20 points Wednesday3m ago
Jeff Green contributed 20 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 10-10 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Memphis Grizzlies ' 102-93 win versus the Rockets on Wednesday.
Green has been fairly solid since joining the starting lineup against the Timberwolves back on Nov. 15, and so have the Grizzlies, winners of five of their last six games. It seems like there is a good chance Green sticks in the starting five long-term, but his ability to play multiple positions means he will still have the opportunity to earn plenty of minutes even if coach Dave Joerger were to changed his mind down the road.
Ricky Rubio MIN PG
Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio: Hopes to play Friday7m ago
Ricky Rubio received treatment on his injured ankle following Wednesday's game and hopes to play in Minnesota's next game Friday, John Krawczynski of the AP reports.
Rubio dealt with ankle issues the last couple games, and was unable to finish Wednesday's contest because of the setback. Rubio said he felt good following Wednesday's game, but whether or not he plays Friday will depend how feels on game day.
Kyle Lowry TOR PG
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Scores 27 points on 17 shots Wednesday15m ago
Kyle Lowry recorded 27 points (11-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), three rebounds, six assists, four steals, and one block in 38 minutes during the Toronto Raptors ' 103-99 win versus the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Lowry has been excellent early on this season, and this was arguably his best showing of the year, as he committed zero turnovers while leading the Raptors to a win over the Cavaliers. So long as he remains healthy, expect Lowry to continue contributing plenty of counting stats, as he is the motor that makes the team run on offense.
Bismack Biyombo TOR PF
Raptors' Bismack Biyombo: Delivers double-double Wednesday21m ago
Bismack Biyombo recorded 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-7 FT) and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes during the Toronto Raptors ' 103-99 win versus the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Biyombo isn't likely to consistently pump out double-doubles, but while Jonas Valanciunas is out, Biyombo is the only true center the Raptors have on the roster. Biyombo is a solid defender who will likely provide decent rebounding and some blocked shots, but don't expect much else on most nights.
Mo Williams CLE PG
Cavaliers' Mo Williams: Plays 32 minutes Wednesday25m ago
Mo Williams went for 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists, and one block in 32 minutes during the Cleveland Cavaliers ' 103-99 loss versus the Raptors on Wednesday.
Coach David Blatt had said he would monitor Williams' minutes in his return from an ankle ailment, but that certainly didn't appear to be the case. Though Williams came off the bench versus the Raptors, he still produced decent numbers, and there's a good chance he will return to the starting lineup soon, at least until Kyrie Irving is able to return from injury.
Kevin Love CLE PF
Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Efficient again Wednesday29m ago
Kevin Love totaled 21 points (7-14 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, and two assists in 35 minutes during the Cleveland Cavaliers ' 103-99 loss versus the Raptors on Wednesday.
It didn't result in a win for the Cavaliers, but Love continued his stellar play on Wednesday, scoring 21 points on only 14 shot attempts. He continues to at least resemble the Love we knew on the Timberwolves, and with LeBron James making a conscious effort to get Love more involved this season, he is likely to be among the top fantasy producers at his position regardless of format.
Sami Vatanen ANA D
Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Records two points in loss7m ago
Sami Vatanen picked up a goal and an assist in 23:02 on ice in Wednesday's 4-2 loss in Arizona.
Vatanen has been on fire of late, posting 10 points over his last nine games. The 24-year-old defenseman's slow start to the season is a thing of the past, and he is on pace to easily blow his 37-point output from a season ago out of the water despite Anaheim's offensive struggles.
Radim Vrbata VAN RW
Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Scores twice in win7m ago
Radim Vrbata tallied twice, with one coming on the power play, in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Wild.
After a very slow start to the season, Vrbata has start to make strides toward the production he put up last season. He is on a three-game point streak and has three goals and two assists in the last five games.
Daniel Sedin VAN LW
Canucks' Daniel Sedin: Six-game point streak9m ago
Daniel Sedin posted a pair of assists in Wednesday's win over the Wild.
Those assists stretch Sedin's point streak to six games. He's been on a roll at large since a slow start to the season, putting up six goals and eight assists over the last eight games.
Justin Faulk CAR D
Hurricanes' Justin Faulk: Stays productive Wednesday11m ago
Justin Faulk went plus-3 with a pair of assists in Wednesday's win over the Oilers.
The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling this season with an 8-10-4 record and minus-16 goal differential, but don't let that deter you from scouting Faulk in fantasy circles. The 23-year-old blueliner has eight goals -- all on the power play -- along with 10 assists which currently has him leading all Carolina skaters in the points department.
Ryan Miller VAN G
Canucks' Ryan Miller: Makes 31 saves in win13m ago
Ryan Miller stopped 31 of 33 Wild shots to grab a win on Wednesday.
Miller put in an impressive performance Wednesday, surviving a late onslaught from Minnesota. He's been inconsistent all season, but has been given the lion's share of the work, playing more minutes this season than any other goaltender in the league, which is worth something.