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German Marquez COL SP
Rockies' German Marquez: Allows five runs in loss to Giants1h ago
German Marquez (5-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two batters through just four innings during Monday's loss to San Francisco.
Marquez has been a difficult hurler to peg this season, as he's spun a number of gems while mixing in a slew of duds. He's been better on the road with a 3.97 ERA compared to his 4.85 mark at Coors Field, but the righty has also held opponents to just three runs through 19.2 innings over his past three home starts. It's not out of the question to just accept that there's a wide range of outcomes, and view Marquez as a high-risk, high-reward option moving forward. He projects to make his next start against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, which checks out as a daunting matchup.
Heath Hembree BOS RP
Red Sox's Heath Hembree: Holds lead for Sale1h ago
Heath Hembree induced an inning-ending double-play grounder during his two-thirds of an inning in Monday's 4-1 win over the Twins.
Hembree's had difficulty with inherited runners this season but not so Monday when he relieved Chris Sale, who left with two men on and one out. Hembree got Chris Gimenez to ground out and helped preserve the win for Sale.
Jeff Samardzija SF SP
Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Earns third win1h ago
Jeff Samardzija (3-9) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five batters through 6.1 innings during Monday's win over Colorado.
Samardzija has now struck out 71 batters and walked just three through 65.2 innings over his past 10 starts. All three of his wins have came during that span, and he owns a serviceable 4.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Considering the fantasy pitching landscape, Samardzija's strikeouts and WHIP soften the blow of his mediocre ERA and lack of wins. Additionally, his 3.44 FIP is the second-lowest mark of his career, so statistical correction could be ahead. The veteran righty lines up to face the Pirates at PNC Park in his next start.
Chase Headley NYY 3B
Yankees' Chase Headley: Collects three hits in win1h ago
Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a double in Monday's 6-5 win over the White Sox.
Headley sat out three games with back spasms, but he's come back with consecutive three-hit games, suggesting the issue is no longer ailing him. The third baseman has been incredibly streaky this year, as his .333/.429/.435 line in June comes on the heels of a .301/.402/.494 April and .165/.211/.235 May.
Buster Posey SF C
Giants' Buster Posey: Plates three runs in win1h ago
Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI during Monday's win over Colorado.
Considering he's currently sporting a career-high .960 OPS and leading the majors in batting average, Posey's 33 RBI and 32 runs are falling a little below expectations. The San Francisco Giants have scored the fourth-fewest runs in baseball, though, and it's taken a toll on Posey's stat line. He's still a top-tier backstop option in fantasy.
Joe Panik SF 2B
Giants' Joe Panik: Drives in two, scores twice2h ago
Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs during Monday's win over Colorado.
Panik is having a solid month for the San Francisco Giants and fantasy owners with three homers, 11 RBI, 12 runs and a .368/.427/.553 slash line through 20 games. He's in the midst of a rebound season and batting second and playing everyday at the keystone provides a respectable virtual floor. However, he hardly moves the needle in the power or speed columns, so his upside is capped.
Dion Jordan SEA DE
Seahawks' Dion Jordan: Undergoes knee clean-up11h ago
Dion Jordan underwent offseason knee surgery, Geoffrey C. Arnold of OregonLive.com reports. "He had to get a knee cleaned up," head coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "He had some loose bodies that were getting in the way and causing some real discomfort."
The knee surgery prevented Jordan from taking part in any of the Seattle Seahawks ' offseason practices since he signed with the team in April. It isn't clear if he'll be ready to go in time for training camp.
Patrick Robinson PHI DB
Eagles' Patrick Robinson: Participates in offseason program11h ago
Patrick Robinson (groin) participated in the Philadelphia Eagles ' offseason program, Aaron Kasinitz of PennLive.com reports. "It feels great to be healthy," Robinson said. "Just being able to do the things I've done over the years and trying to do everything I can to help this team."
Robinson missed nine games in 2016 due to a groin injury and subsequently finished the season with one of the lowest stat lines of his career. Fortunately, he's now healthy again and is primed to open the 2017 campaign in a starting role.
Sean Smith OAK CB
Raiders' Sean Smith: Healthy after shoulder surgery12h ago
Sean Smith has recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Smith tore his labrum last October when diving for a pass against the Buccaneers and underwent corrective surgery in January. Now healthy, Smith should open training camp without limitations.
Delvin Breaux NO CB
Saints' Delvin Breaux: Fully healthy12h ago
Delvin Breaux (shoulder) has been fully healthy since January or February, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.
Breaux was limited to six games in 2016 due to a broken fibula and a season-ending shoulder injury. However, he's been a full participant in offseason practices and appears ready to open training camp as the New Orleans Saints ' top corner.
Stephone Anthony NO OLB
Saints' Stephone Anthony: Improved understanding of defense12h ago
Stephone Anthony is showing an improved understanding of the defense, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports. "The more and more he receives reps in the scheme, the more and more he is getting comfortable with not only the calls but also the identifications, offensive formations, run or pass. I think that is going well," head coach Sean Payton said.
After a solid rookie season in which Anthony led the New Orleans Saints with 112 tackles, he played himself out of a starting job in 2016 before ultimately ending the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. However, he's now back to health and has been rotating in as the starting middle linebacker with A.J. Klein during offseason practices. The Saints are hoping their 2015 first-rounder will earn playing time for himself this upcoming season, so look for the team to give him every chance in training camp and the preseason to do so.
Jonathan Freeny NE OLB
Patriots' Jonathan Freeny: Full participant in offseason program12h ago
Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) has been a full participant in offseason practices, Rich Garven of The Providence Journal reports.
Freeny landed on injured reserve last October with an unspecified shoulder injury. Now that he's back on the field without any restrictions, look for the sixth-year Rutgers product to compete with Trevor Bates, Elandon Roberts and Harvey Langi for a depth role at linebacker.
Spencer Hawes MIL C
Bucks' Spencer Hawes: PIcks up player-option13h ago
Spencer Hawes will pick up the player-option for his 2017-18 contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Hawes will make $6 million in the final year of his deal. The veteran averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.5 triples across 9.0 minutes per game as a fringe-rotational player after being traded to Milwaukee in February. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted stretch-four D.J. Wilson out of Michigan with their first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he projects to play a similar role with the club as Hawes. Thus, he will presumably have a hard time getting much regular rotation run in the upcoming season.
Jusuf Nurkic POR C
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Not yet cleared for on-court work18h ago
Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.
Allen Crabbe POR SG
Trail Blazers' Allen Crabbe: Cleared for on-court work19h ago
Allen Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.
Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Portland Trail Blazers , averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.
Ed Davis POR PF
Trail Blazers' Ed Davis: Cleared for on-court work19h ago
Ed Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.
Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.
K.J. McDaniels BKN SG
Nets' K.J. McDaniels: Set to become unrestricted free agent1d ago
Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline K.J. McDaniels ' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Brooklyn Nets , but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.
Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Option declined by Mavericks2d ago
Dirk Nowitzki will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks , Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.
Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.
Nathan Beaulieu BUF D
Sabres' Nathan Beaulieu: Awaits contract extension7h ago
Nathan Beaulieu received a qualifying offer to remain property of the Buffalo Sabres .
Qualifying Beaulieu was just a formality, as the Sabres made it clear they see him as a piece of their young core and will likely sign him to a longer and more lucrative extension. Acquired in a trade from Montreal, Beaulieu finished with 28 points in 74 games with a plus-8 rating this past season, all of which were career highs. On a team that will give him a chance to play a bigger role, 30-40 points isn't out of the question for Beaulieu, especially if he pairs up with Rasmus Ristolainen on the power play. With nearly $25 million in cap space, the Sabres should have no problems re-signing the promising 24-year-old defenseman.
Zemgus Girgensons BUF C
Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Remains Sabres property7h ago
Zemgus Girgensons received a qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres , making him a restricted free agent.
Girgensons had a very tough season, scoring just seven goals and 16 points in his fourth year in the league after scoring 52 points in his first two seasons. Girgensons spent much of the season toiling on the fourth line, and was deployed at center and on the wing in an effort to get him going, but usually to no avail. The 23-year-old enters a key stretch of his development, and the Sabres qualified him partly because they know he has much more to offer. It's likely that Girgensons settles for another short-term contract to prove himself, but will face competition in camp from Johan Larsson, who leapfrogged Girgensons on the depth chart this past season.
Marcus Foligno BUF LW
Sabres' Marcus Foligno: Qualified by Sabres8h ago
Marcus Foligno received a qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres , making him a restricted free agent.
It was a relatively easy decision for the Sabres, who must be pleased with the progress Foligno has shown over the past two seasons. Labeled as a fourth-line winger with very little upside, Foligno has managed to score 10 goals and 20 points in each of his past two seasons, and remains one of the team's most physical players. Foligno will likely receive a contract with a similar worth to the $2.25 million he earned this past season, and barring any surprises should remain with the Sabres for the foreseeable future. His fantasy value, however, is still very limited because of his lack of high-end skill.
Johan Larsson BUF LW
Sabres' Johan Larsson: Rights retained8h ago
The Buffalo Sabres retained the rights to Johan Larsson (wrist) after giving him a qualifying offer.
Larsson's season was cut short after a suffering a wrist injury, and he finished with 11 points in 36 games. He was just getting into a groove and had established himself as the team's No. 3 center when he injured his wrist, and the Sabres clearly liked enough of what they saw to bring him back for the 2017-18 season. He should be healthy when training camp rolls around, and he'll have to fend off the competition to regain his spot in the lineup.
Evan Rodrigues BUF RW
Sabres' Evan Rodrigues: Receives qualifying offer8h ago
Evan Rodrigues was given a qualifying offer by the Buffalo Sabres .
Signed out of Boston University as an undrafted free agent, Rodrigues impressed the Sabres after scoring 30 points in 48 games with AHL Rochester and six points in 30 games with the big club. He's a versatile forward with a good scoring touch, even when he's not on the same line as former BU teammate Jack Eichel. Rodrigues is still a relatively unproven prospect, however, and will likely receive a short-term bridge deal from the Sabres. He's penciled in as a potential bottom-six forward for the 2017-18 season.
Brady Austin BUF D
Brady Austin: Set to become free agent8h ago
Brady Austin did not receive a qualifying offer from the Sabres and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Drafted in the seventh round in 2012, Austin was a stay-at-home defenseman who didn't improve much during his three years with AHL Rochester, finishing with 10, 11 and 12 points in each season. He appeared in five games with the Sabres this past season after injuries decimated the blue line, but did not register a point and averaged 16:05 per game. Austin is a big defenseman (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) who should be able to draw interest from other teams, but seems destined to be a minor-league player. His fantasy value is nil at this point.