Johnny Manziel CLE QB
Browns' Johnny Manziel: Criminal investigation reopened10h ago
The Dallas Police Department has reopened its investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident committed by Johnny Manziel last Saturday morning.
On Friday, the department received a complaint of the alleged assault, spurring a renewed effort to determine if anything criminal occurred during the encounter. As the listed suspect, Manziel could now be facing legal concerns in addition to any discipline that the NFL may hand down.
Allen Hurns JAC WR
Jaguars' Allen Hurns: Expects to start running in one month11h ago
Allen Hurns (sports hernia) expects to start running in approximately one month, John Oehser of the Jacksonville Jaguars ' official site reports. As for the offseason, he said, "OTAs, I'll definitely be ready. I'll be doing everything I'm supposed to be."
Hurns gutted out injury after injury in his second season en route to 64 catches (on 105 targets) for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 15 games. Missing only one outing due to his residence in the concussion protocol, he nonetheless required sports hernia surgery once the campaign concluded. If he indeed upholds his desired training schedule, he'll be present at the beginning of the Jaguars' offseason program in April.
Malcolm Butler NE CB
Patriots' Malcolm Butler: Recovering from sprained knee11h ago
Malcolm Butler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."
Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the New England Patriots ' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.
Thomas Rawls 2005 RB
Seahawks' Thomas Rawls: Expects to be healthy by training camp12h ago
Thomas Rawls (ankle) expects to return to full health in time for training camp, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.
Rawls' season came to an abrupt end in Week 14, when he sustained a broken ankle, but not before notching 147 carries for 830 yards, nine receptions (on 11 targets) for 76 yards, and five touchdowns. He was afforded seven starts with Marshawn Lynch on the mend often, powering his breakout with four 100-yard performances. Still in the early stages of his recovery, Rawls requires a scooter to move about, as his foot remains in a cast. With Lynch's future with the Seahawks, let alone football, up in the air, though, Rawls may have a starting gig locked up in the not too distant future.
T.J. Ward DEN SS
Broncos' T.J. Ward: Listed as probable14h ago
T.J. Ward (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Panthers, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Ward took a seat at the tail end of the season for three games due to an ankle injury, but four appearances in the interim have confirmed that he can play through the pain. In 14 outings this season (including playoffs), he's posted 71 tackles (55 solo), two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Darian Stewart DEN FS
Broncos' Darian Stewart: Probable for Sunday14h ago
Darian Stewart (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
After failing to practice last week, Stewart is now in line to fulfill expectations and suit up in Sunday's season-defining tilt. On the season (including playoffs), he racked up 71 tackles (53 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 17 games.
Jake Arrieta CHC SP
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Avoids arbitration with Cubs8h ago
Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract Friday night, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Arrieta will receive a salary bump in excess of $7 million after winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. He will have one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and will have a good chance to top his 2016 salary if he is anywhere near as dominant as he was a year ago. Arrieta will head the Cubs' rotation this season, making him the odds on favorite to take the ball Opening Day.
Jared Mitchell CHW CF
Yankees' Jared Mitchell: Signs minors deal with Yankees10h ago
Jared Mitchell has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees , Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Mitchell spent most of the 2015 season in the Angels organization, but with limited success offensively. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but his lack of consistency on at the dish will likely result in another campaign spent mostly (if not all) in the minors again in 2016.
Zach Britton BAL RP
Orioles' Zach Britton: Settles with Orioles at $6.75 million13h ago
Zach Britton settled his arbitration case with the Baltimore Orioles by agreeing to a $6.75 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Britton enjoyed another great season as the Orioles closer in 2015 and will receive nearly $3.5 million more next season as compensation. He still has Darren O'Day lurking if the wheels fall off, but his peripherals paint a picture as strong as his actual performance, striking out more than a batter per inning while forcing an elite 79.1 percent groundball rate.
Juan Duran CIN LF
Reds' Juan Duran: Suspended 80 games for multiple drug tests15h ago
Juan Duran was suspended 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanzolol, and Nandrolone, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Duran hasn't excelled so far in the minors, hitting a .243/.304.415 line in a professional career that hasn't moved past Double-A. He certainly won't get any help from a suspension that will wipe out half his season. He's still on the Cincinnati Reds ' 40-man roster, but that could change in the next few months.
Taylor Featherston LAA 3B
Angels' Taylor Featherston: Designated for assignment by Angels on Friday18h ago
Taylor Featherston was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Featherston was the causality when the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies on Friday. He got to play plenty in the majors all over the infield, but failed to hit well and lost virtually all of his power, as he batted only .162 with two home runs and a .247 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old could be a decent pickup for a club looking for an inexpensive and young utility infielder.
Domingo German NYY SP
Yankees' Domingo German: Receives invitation to spring training19h ago
Domingo German has received an invitation to spring training.
German is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, but he'll get a good chance to learn from the major leaguers even if he doesn't pitch a lot. He'll likely head back to the minors once he's healthy.
LeBron James CLE SF
Cavaliers' LeBron James: Scores game-high 30 points in Friday loss11m ago
LeBron James scored 30 points (9-23 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 12-17 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes on Friday in a loss against the Celtics.
James had been doing a much better job of his ball control, as he only had seven turnovers in the last five games, but the Celtics' hounding defense forced him into six on Friday. On a brighter note, The King got to the charity stripe a season-high 17 times and hit the 30-point mark for the first time since Jan.10 against the Sixers. LeBron is one of the best players in the NBA and should continue to be deployed in every fantasy format.
Tyler Zeller BOS C
Celtics' Tyler Zeller: Has productive night down low in Friday win35m ago
Tyler Zeller had 16 points (8-10 FG), four rebounds and an assist in 20 minutes on Friday in a win against the Cavaliers.
Zeller has been getting more run lately and that could continue going forward as Kelly Olynyk gets fewer minutes. This is now three productive outings in a row for Zeller and everything is trending in the right direction for him. It may be a little premature to add him to your season-long roster right now, but keep an eye on him in the next couple of games to get a true indicator of where his role lies with the Boston Celtics . Zeller has a great matchup against Denver in the next game on Sunday, but again, his minutes are not set in stone.
Evan Turner BOS SG
Celtics' Evan Turner: Gets it done across stat sheet in Friday win1h ago
Evan Turner had 19 points (8-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists and a block in 32 minutes on Friday in a win against the Cavaliers.
Turner has been logging a great deal of minutes for the Boston Celtics lately, and deservedly so. The 12 rebounds on Friday were a season-high for Turner and he was also one point shy of matching his best total on the year. Jae Crowder is a little banged up right now, and should he miss an extended amount of time, Turner would become a must-start in nearly every fantasy format. As of now, there is no question that Turner should be on your season-long roster.
Isaiah Thomas BOS PG
Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: Scores team-high 22 points in Friday win1h ago
Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points (5-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 11-11 FT) to go along with four rebounds, four assists and a steal on Friday in a win against the Cavaliers.
Thomas once again played an important part in the Boston Celtics ' success on and led his team to the victory on Friday. The one thing that stood out for Thomas was that he went a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe, and that was highly crucial since the Celtics only won a by a single point. Thomas has a great matchup on Sunday against the Kings and will be one of the top plays on the DFS circuit.
Arron Afflalo NY SG
Knicks' Arron Afflalo: Struggles from field in Friday loss2h ago
Arron Afflalo had 15 points (4-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 41 minutes on Friday in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Afflalo had a very unfavorable matchup on Friday, so there's not much reason to have concern moving forward. He'll have plenty of opportunities to get shots up in the New York Knicks ' offense being the second option next to Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo's next matchup is against the Nuggets, his former squad and the fifth-worst team in the NBA against 3-point shooting.
Robin Lopez NY C
Knicks' Robin Lopez: One point shy of third-consecutive double-double in Friday loss2h ago
Robin Lopez scored nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds on Friday in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Lopez was on quite on a heater in his previous two games and he nearly completed the task of three straight double-doubles. Owners of Lopez should fear not, as this was an unfavorable matchup for him. If anything, they should be inspired by his play of late since he's averaged 17.3 points and 13 rebounds in the last three games.
Jake Allen STL G
Blues' Jake Allen: On ice with teammates17m ago
Jake Allen (knee) skated in full gear during Friday's practice, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.
Allen skated the previous two days, but that was on his own. Friday was the first time he was on the ice while teammates were practicing. There's still no timetable for his return, but skating with teammates is typically a sign of progress.
Alex Killorn TB C
Lightning's Alex Killorn: Records two points Friday7h ago
Alex Killorn scored a goal and dished out a helper in Friday's 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.
That's nine goals and 16 assists on the year for Killorn, whose 25 points rank him sixth in team scoring. The 26-year-old is on pace for 41 points this season, which would tie his career high set in 2013-14.
Tyler Johnson TB C
Lightning's Tyler Johnson: Records trio of points Friday7h ago
Tyler Johnson scored a goal and added two helpers as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Penguins on Friday by a score of 6-3.
Johnson now has five points in his last four games but only 20 in 38 games this year. Curiously, he only played 12:48 against Pittsburgh, which is nearly five minutes less than his season average, so hopefully he didn't suffer some type of injury. He's been kept out of 13 games this year due to undisclosed and upper-body injuries, so owners may want to pay extra close attention to his status -- just to be safe -- heading into Tampa's next game Monday against Ottawa.
Ondrej Palat TB LW
Lightning's Ondrej Palat: Grabs two goals Friday7h ago
Ondrej Palat scored twice in Friday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.
This was Palat's third multi-point game in his last nine outings, giving him a disappointing 16 points in 31 games this season. He's missed a good chunk of time due to injury and has looked a lot better lately -- along with the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning as a whole -- so look for him to pick up steam as the Bolts jockey for playoff positioning down the stretch.
Anton Stralman TB D
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Scores two goals Friday7h ago
Anton Stralman scored two goals and skated to a plus-3 in Friday's 6-3 doubling up of the Penguins.
Stralman's tallies were the book-ends for the Tampa Bay Lightning in this one, as he both opened the scoring in the first and closed it with an empty-netter late in the third. The blueliner is now up to eight goals, 26 points, a plus-11 rating and 89 shots on goal this season, making him barely less valuable fantasy-wise than fellow Swedish d-man Victor Hedman (four goals, 30 points, plus-11, 116 SOG).
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT G
Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury: Five-game winning streak snapped8h ago
Marc-Andre Fleury gave up four goals on 14 shots before being pulled in Friday's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Fleury got the hook midway through the second period after Tyler Johnson beat him on the power play for the fourth Bolts goal of the evening. The implosion snapped a five-game winning streak for the veteran netminder, who had been playing with fire by twice allowing four goals or more in wins over Vancouver and Ottawa where the Pens' offense bailed him out. Nonetheless, Fleury has 20 wins in 37 appearances this season with a 2.44 GAA and .919 save percentage.