Corbin Bryant BUF DT
Bills' Corbin Bryant: Opportunity knocks10h ago
With Kyle Williams expected to miss to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Corbin Bryant is in line for more playing time.
Bryant logged 45 defensive plays Monday against the Patriots - logging two total tackles - and stands to play even more this week in Kansas City with Alex Carrington being needed to sub in for an injured Mario Williams. Bryant is still looking for his first sack of the season and the true IDP plays on this line are Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes. But we'll at least keep an eye on Bryant should the Buffalo Bills remain down two of their defensive line starters, as the coaching staff seems happy with Bryant's play.
Jerrell Freeman IND ILB
Colts' Jerrell Freeman: Probable for Week 1211h ago
Jerrell Freeman (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Freeman practiced fully Friday and is thus on track to suit up Sunday. He's recorded a fantasy-friendly 74 tackles and a sack in nine games to date.
Brian Hoyer HOU QB
Texans' Brian Hoyer: Slated to start Sunday11h ago
Brian Hoyer (concussion) is slated to start Sunday's game against the Saints.
Working in Hoyer's favor in Week 12 is that he'll take aim at a Saints' defense that has allowed a league-high 28 passing TDs to date, while giving up an average of 293.1 passing yards per game. On that front, only the Giants have allowed more (309.9) yardage in the air.
Chris Polk HOU RB
Texans' Chris Polk: Listed as probable this week11h ago
Chris Polk (knee, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Polk's fantasy utility remains limited to deeper formats as long as both Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes remain healthy enough to play. With that in mind, Blue was limited at practice Friday, but still listed as probable for Sunday's contest.
Lee Smith OAK TE
Raiders' Lee Smith: Expected to play11h ago
Lee Smith (wrist) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
A full participant throughout the week of practice, Smith doesn't seem to be in any danger of missing Sunday's game. He's mostly used as a blocker and only has 10 targets in nine games.
Taiwan Jones OAK RB
Raiders' Taiwan Jones: Listed as questionable11h ago
Taiwan Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
Jones returned to a limited practice Friday, after missing practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He doesn't seem like a good bet to suit up, which may explain why the Oakland Raiders signed WR Jeremy Ross, who has extensive experience returning punts and kickoffs. An absence wouldn't have much impact on Oakland's offense, as Jones typically plays fewer than 15 snaps. However, Roy Helu would likely be active for the first time since Week 8.
J.A. Happ PIT SP
Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Signs three-year deal with Blue Jays10h ago
J.A. Happ signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Happ pitched for the Blue Jays during the 2014 season before splitting last season between the Mariners and the Pirates. He had some home run issues with the Blue Jays last time around, but a solid finish to the 2015 season has earned him another deal with his former club. He'll likely slot in at the back end of the Blue Jays' rotation in 2016.
Pat Light BOS SP
Red Sox's Pat Light: Had issue with tipping pitches13h ago
Pat Light battled issues with tipping pitches in 2015, WEEI.com reports.
Telegraphing pitches is fixable, so the organization recently added Light to the 40-man roster as his mid-to-high 90's fastball is far too intriguing to expose to the Rule 5 draft. Light, who will open the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, is currently pitching in the winter league for Caguas in Puerto Rico. He has a 2.25 ERA in 8.0 innings, having allowed two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Jackie Bradley BOS RF
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Needs to hit consistently21h ago
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Jackie Bradley will be the team's starting center fielder if he manages to hit consistently, WEEI.com reports.
Bradley re-established himself in Boston's outfield picture with a monster 27-game stretch from Aug. 7 to Sept. 7, but he finished the season hitting .138/.247/.263/.510 in the final 25 games. Those types of peaks and valleys are what Farrell is talking about. Bradley needs to minimize stretches of offensive futility.
Hanley Ramirez BOS LF
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Manager says winter ball not a sure thing21h ago
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said having Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) play winter ball is not a sure thing, WEEI.com reports.
Farrell said Ramirez, like all the other players on the team, had some specific physical goals to achieve during the offseason, mentioning Ramirez's shoulder, some low-back pain, and getting to an optimum playing weight. The manager wants to be sure those issues have been addressed before the organization gives him the go-ahead to play. As evidence of Ramirez's slimmed-down physique, he posted this image on his Instagram account.
Allen Webster ARI SP
Pirates' Allen Webster: Opportunity knocks for righty1d ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for pitching coach Ray Searage to work his magic with Allen Webster , most likely as a right-handed arm out of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"If we can help him get back on track, he can help our team in a variety of roles," GM Neal Huntington said. The Pirates have spots available in both the rotation and bullpen, but Webster is out of minor league options, meaning he could be lost to waivers if he doesn't make the club out of spring training.
Jake Goebbert SD 1B
Pirates' Jacob Goebbert: Bench might be best bet1d ago
Jake Goebbert is expected to compete for a spot off the bench for Pittsburgh in 2016, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"He's a versatile left-handed hitter who does some things we like in the batter's box," GM Neal Huntington said. "He could compete to make our club as a bat off the bench." Goebbert could also see time as the left-handed part of a first base platoon, especially if Pedro Alvarez is dealt, but his best bet to make the team is as a backup first baseman/outfielder. He has three minor league options remaining, leaving Pittsburgh with the flexibility to start him at Triple-A if necessary.
Mirza Teletovic PHO PF
Suns' Mirza Teletovic: Contributes 10 points Friday4h ago
Mirza Teletovic pitched in 10 points (3-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a pair of blocks over 21 minutes in Friday's 135-116 loss to the Warriors.
Teletovic has now received 21 minutes or more of playing time in seven of his last eight contests, but he has shot under 50 percent in all but one of those games. He has notably drained multiple three-pointers in every appearance but one over that span, which has helped him post five double-digit scoring performances during that period despite the subpar accuracy. Teletovic's minutes appear secure at present, and he is providing solid production across other categories, notably rebounds. The veteran has hauled in 32 boards over his last eight outings, giving him some bottom-of-the-roster value in deep leagues and rendering him a serviceable near-minimum price punt play in daily formats.
T.J. Warren PHO SF
Suns' T.J. Warren: Pours in career-high 28 points Friday5h ago
T.J. Warren poured in a career-high 28 points (12-16 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists and two steals over 35 minutes in Friday's 135-116 loss to the Warriors.
Warren enjoyed a momentous night in the loss, and may be on the verge of usurping incumbent P.J. Tucker for the starting small forward spot. The second-year pro's 28 points were a career high, and his 12-for-16 performance from the field impressively marked the fourth time that Warren has been at 70 percent or better with his shot so far this season. With Warren showing what he can do with a starter's allotment of playing time, a significant boost in opportunity may be on the horizon, making him a good "buy-low" candidate in fantasy leagues at the moment.
Brandon Knight PHO PG
Suns' Brandon Knight: Tallies 21 points in loss Friday5h ago
Brandon Knight tallied 21 points (9-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, a rebound and a steal over 35 minutes in Friday's 135-116 loss to the Warriors.
Knight appears to have really hit his stride offensively in his first full season in Phoenix. The 23-year-old has scored in double digits in every game to date, been over 30 points twice, and collected two double-doubles and a triple-double so far in the new campaign. Although his defense appears to have suffered somewhat, Knight is still providing excellent all-around fantasy performances on the majority of nights.
Eric Bledsoe PHO PG
Suns' Eric Bledsoe: Posts 21 points Friday5h ago
Eric Bledsoe posted 21 points (9-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt), seven assists, a rebound and three steals over 34 minutes in Friday's 135-116 loss to the Warriors.
Bledsoe put together a much stronger offensive performance than in his first game back from his knee ailment on Wednesday. While he was only able to muster 31 percent shooting from the field versus the Pelicans in that contest, Bledsoe equaled his season-best in that category with a 69 percent figure Friday, going 9-of-13 on his shot attempts. The performance included an outstanding 60 percent rate from beyond the arc, making it the veteran guard's fourth consecutive contest with at least a 50 percent success rate from long range. Bledsoe, along with backcourt mate Brandon Knight, continues to be a linchpin of the Phoenix Suns offense, particularly with forward Markieff Morris having a down year so far.
Klay Thompson GS SG
Warriors' Klay Thompson: Pitches in 15 points Friday5h ago
Klay Thompson pitched in 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt), two rebounds and a block over 27 minutes in Friday's 135-116 victory over the Suns.
Although he continues to play a clear second fiddle to backcourt mate and reigning MVP Stephen Curry, Thompson has been shooting better as of late. His performance Friday marked the third time in the last five games that he's been at 50 percent or better from the field, and his 55 percent accuracy was his second-best figure in that category for the season. Thompson has also posted double-digit scoring in six consecutive contests, but his ceiling appears to be 15-20 points a night at the moment.
Draymond Green GS PF
Warriors' Draymond Green: Tallies triple-double Friday5h ago
Draymond Green poured in 14 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and a pair of blocks over 33 minutes in Friday's 135-116 victory over the Suns.
It was the second triple-double of the season for the stat-sheet-stuffing Golden State Warriors power forward, who ironically attempted a season-low four shots. However, Green was perfect from the field overall and also did an outstanding job setting up teammates for points while handing out 10 dimes, which equaled a season high. Green continues to be a consistent and prolific source of production across all categories in any fantasy format.
Antti Niemi DAL G
Stars' Antti Niemi: Stops 34 shots in victory15m ago
Antti Niemi stopped 34 of 36 shots in regulation before denying all three Vancouver shooters in the shootout in Friday's win over the Canucks.
A marvelous night for Niemi, who had been burned for five goals in his last showing. The 32-year-old advances to 9-4-0 on the season with a .910 save percentage and 2.58 GAA. Niemi hasn't been as as good this season as he was Friday, but he's playing well enough to pick up wins splitting duty with Kari Lehtonen on an offensively loaded Dallas Stars team.
Roberto Luongo FLA G
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Stops 23 in win5h ago
Roberto Luongo made 23 saves on 25 shots in a shootout win over the Islanders on Friday.
Luongo's still got life left in him, as he's let up only two goals in four of his last five games, and he is 14th in the NHL with a .922 save percentage.
Jaroslav Halak NYI G
Islanders' Jaroslav Halak: Stops 25 in loss5h ago
Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves on 27 shots but took a loss in a shootout against the Panthers on Friday.
Halak's GAA is third best in the league, at 2.02, and he's let in no more than two goals in four of his last five starts.