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Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Registers 14 off bench Saturday7h ago
Eric Gordon registered 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and two steals over 30 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.
Originally slated to start at shooting guard in place of Patrick Beverley (groin), Gordon moved to his usual bench role once the latter was determined well enough to go. Gordon still saw his usual allotment of playing time on the second unit, posting his eighth straight double-digit scoring effort. Lou Williams' introduction into the Houston Rockets ' backcourt rotation has been seamless with respect to Gordon's production over the last two games, a welcome sight for the latter's fantasy owners.
Lou Williams HOU SG
Rockets' Lou Williams: Supplies bench-leading 17 points Saturday7h ago
Lou Williams supplied 17 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-9 FT), four assists and three steals over 26 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.
The change of scenery from Los Angeles to Houston hasn't slowed down Williams a bit, as he's averaged 22 points over 26.5 minutes in his two contests in a Houston Rockets uniform. His playing time remains right in line with what he was regularly seeing with the Lakers, even as the Rockets find ways to incorporate fellow veteran sharpshooter Eric Gordon into the mix, allaying fears for fantasy owners of both players thus far.
Ryan Anderson HOU PF
Rockets' Ryan Anderson: Tallies 18 points in Saturday win7h ago
Ryan Anderson tallied 18 points (5-15 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three assists and two rebounds over 24 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.
Anderson chucked away from long range throughout the night with modest success, but did manage to post his fifth straight double-digit scoring effort. The veteran forward can be counted on for plenty of three-point shooting, along with fairly solid returns in the rebounding category. He's now upped his scoring totals in four of the last five games, and is averaging 16.4 points during that stretch.
Trevor Ariza HOU SG
Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Pours in 15 in Saturday shootout7h ago
Trevor Ariza poured in 15 points (3-8 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added three rebounds, three assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.
All of Ariza's non-free-throw scoring came from behind the arc, helping him hit double digits in the scoring column for the first time in the last four games. The 13-year veteran has been very reliable on his long-range shooting for his offensive contributions recently, as all but one of his baskets over the last three contests have come from downtown. His overall struggles from the floor have resulted in five consecutive contests where Ariza has shot 37.5 percent or lower, although he's been able to salvage those outings from a fantasy perspective with solid contributions in rebounds, assists and steals.
Clint N'Dumba-Capela HOU C
Rockets' Clint Capela: Near double-double in return to first unit7h ago
Capela pitched in with 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 22 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.
Despite returning to the starting five after coming off the bench Thursday, Capela still played a modest 22 minutes. However, he was highly efficient with his time on the court, coming within a rebound of his first double-double since Jan. 31. Capela did manage his seventh double-digit scoring effort in eight February games while hauling nine rebounds for the fourth time during the month as well. Despite typically playing under 30 minutes, the 22-year-old has developed into one of the steadier fantasy producers at the center position due to his solid shooting and strong work on the glass.
Briante Weber GS PG
Warriors' Briante Weber: Will be released by Warriors7h ago
The Golden State Warriors are planning on releasing Briante Weber , head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Saturday, Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Weber's roster spot is expected to be taken by veteran Jose Calderon once he and the Lakers negotiate a buyout. The deal will be contingent on Calderon passing a physical with the Warriors. Weber might latch on with another organization but his fantasy appeal is negligible.
Luca Sbisa VAN D
Canucks' Luca Sbisa: Leaves game with illness8h ago
Luca Sbisa (illness) left Saturday's game against the Sharks due to an illness, Farhan Lalji of TSN.ca reports.
The good news for Sbisa is that doctors said the illness is not connected to mumps and the veteran has totally different symptoms. Mumps have run rampant through the Vancouver Canucks locker room this week, sacking a few players in the process.
Bryan Bickell CAR LW
Hurricanes' Bryan Bickell: Plays first game since MS diagnosis9h ago
Bryan Bickell (illness) had an assist Saturday in his first hockey game since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was playing with the AHL Carolette Checkers.
Bickell was diagnosed with MS in November and began practicing last month with the Carolina Hurricanes . He logged about 10 minutes Saturday while playing on the fourth line.
Andrew MacDonald PHI D
Flyers' Andrew MacDonald: Records assist versus Penguins9h ago
Andrew MacDonald picked up an assist and posted two shots in a 4-2 loss to the Penguins at Heinz Field on Sunday.
The 30-year-old gained a point mostly behind the effort and skill of Jakub Voracek, who worked hard behind Pittsburgh's net to corral a loose puck, shake off a defender and avoid two sticks to score. MacDonald now has two goals and 14 points this season, making him only valuable in deeper leagues, but MacDonald also has just two points and no goals in his last 26 games. It would be best to leave him on the waiver wire.
Shayne Gostisbehere PHI D
Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere: Breaks long goalless drought9h ago
Shayne Gostisbehere tallied a power-play goal in a 4-2 loss to the Penguins at Heinz Field on Saturday.
The goal Saturday ended a 33-game goalless streak for the 23-year-old. Gostisbehere had a strong start to the season, but since the Philadelphia Flyers ended their 10-game winning streak in December, he's struggled to the tune of just 10 points and a minus-19 rating in 26 contests. A year after a very strong rookie season of 17 goals and 46 points with a plus-8 rating, Gostisbehere has just five goals and 26 points with a minus-24 rating through 55 contests.
Claude Giroux PHI C
Flyers' Claude Giroux: Just five points in past 16 contests9h ago
Claude Giroux recorded an assist and had no shots on goal in a 4-2 defeat against the Penguins at Heinz Field on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Flyers captain salvaged another disappointing night with a power-play assist. Although it was a beautiful pass to Shayne Gostisbehere, Giroux disappeared for much of the game. Saturday marked the fourth time in the last five games where Giroux registered either zero or one shot. He has just two goals and five points in the last 16 games. That's not the type of production fantasy owners were expecting from Giroux at the start of the season.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Nets league-leading 34th goal9h ago
Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 34th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Flyers.
Crosby has a goal in each of his last three games and seven points, including four goals, in his last six games. He is within two points of Connor McDavid for the Art Ross.
Adam Frazier PIT LF
Pirates' Adam Frazier: Ready for action all over diamond44m ago
Adam Frazier is taking reps at shortstop as the primary backup for starter Jordy Mercer, DKPittsburghSports reports.
With Jung Ho Kang's status questionable for the start of 2017, Frazier is breaking out his old shortstop glove. He came up through the minors at that position until 2015. Frazier is also the team's fourth outfielder and backup at second base and third. In other words, the second-year player is expected to see plenty of time all over the diamond. He slashed .301/.356/.411 in 160 plate appearances as a rookie and batted .299 in parts of four minor league seasons. Unfortunately, he only played 20-plus games in the outfield for Pittsburgh last season but will increase that versatility soon after the year begins.
Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Makes debut for new organization Saturday1h ago
Yoan Moncada entered Saturday's game in the fifth inning and went 0-for-2 with a groundout and strikeout.
Amid the many spring storylines occupying watchers of the Chicago White Sox is the development of Moncada who is not only considered to be the organization's top prospect but one of the top ones in all of baseball. He should get ample opportunities for at-bats during the spring and possibly more than expected due to the leg injury that prevented putative starting second baseman Brett Lawrie from playing Saturday.
Carlos Sanchez CHW 2B
White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez: Starts in place of Lawrie Saturday1h ago
Carlos Sanchez was the fill-in starter at second base Saturday when Brett Lawrie (leg) was unable to go. He went 1-for-1 with two RBI against the Dodgers.
Lawrie's left leg, the same limb that put him on the disabled list for the final two months of 2016, "didn't feel quite right," according to manager Rick Renteria. Sanchez was eventually replaced in the fifth inning by the organization's top prospect, Yoan Moncada, who grounded out and struck out in two plate appearances.
Tim Anderson CHW SS
White Sox's Tim Anderson: Leads off in Cactus League opener1h ago
Tim Anderson was the Chicago White Sox 's leadoff hitter in Saturday's game against the Dodgers. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria is looking for a leadoff hitter this spring after the team traded away Adam Eaton, who started 119 games last season atop Chicago's order. Anderson is being given the first crack as a replacement, but is not an ideal leadoff hitter, as evidenced by a 27.1 percent strikeout rate and .306 on-base percentage in 2016. He's cognizant of what's needed from a leadoff hitter -- seeing more pitches, reducing strikeouts -- but Anderson said he doesn't plan to change his approach too much. Renteria is confident in Anderson's ability to adapt, but also indicated others will get opportunities.
Matt Davidson CHW 3B
White Sox's Matt Davidson: Fill-in starter at third base Saturday1h ago
Matt Davidson started at third base Saturday in place of the injured Todd Frazier (oblique). He went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a strikeout.
While Frazier continues to deal with the injury, Davidson is the first man up for at-bats at third base. Once Frazier is ready to play, Davidson will get opportunities at designated hitter, a spot in the lineup that's still up for grabs.
Carson Fulmer CHW RP
White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Throws two scoreless innings Saturday1h ago
Carson Fulmer allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three in two scoreless innings Saturday against the Dodgers.
Fulmer got the starting nod in the Chicago White Sox 's Cactus League opener and picked up where he left off last season. Both of his baserunners reached in the first inning, but he was able to pitch himself out of that jam. The right-hander was able to establish his fastball and cutter, though his curveball and changeup weren't in game shape.
Tony Romo DAL QB
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Has not had conversations with team yet13h ago
Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is expected to make the decision on the future of Tony Romo soon, but Jones said he has not yet spoken with the veteran quarterback, Charean William of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It was previously reported that the two sides would speak before the NFL Scouting Combine, and that begins Tuesday. Rookie Dak Prescott stepped in for the injured veteran and had a magical season. Prescott is expected to start in 2017, but it is possible the veteran Romo could be kept around as insurance. It would likely take a pay cut to make that happen. Vegas even has odds on Romo's 2017 team, and the Dallas Cowboys are considered the favorite (along with the Broncos).
Nick Mangold NYJ C
Jets' Nick Mangold: Released by Jets19h ago
Nick Mangold (ankle) has been released by the New York Jets , Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Mangold ended the 2016 on injured reserve due to an ankle injury after appearing in just eight games. In his 11-year career with the Jets, he started 164 out of 176 games leading to seven Pro Bowl selections.
Junior Galette WAS DE
Redskins' Junior Galette: Signs with Redskins23h ago
Junior Galette will return to the Washington Redskins on a one-year contract, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Although he has been with the Redskins the past two seasons, Galette has yet to appear in a game with the team. He ruptured his left Achilles prior to the 2015 season and his right this past July. According to The Washington Post, he and GM Scot McCloughan reportedly laid out plans to remain in Washington on a one-year deal for 2017 previously, so this news comes as no surprise.
Allen Barbre PHI T
Eagles' Allen Barbre: Will be ready for 2017 season2d ago
Allen Barbre (hamstring) should be completely healed in advance of the 2017 season, CSN Philly reports.
Barbre sat out last season's regular season finale after aggravating a hamstring injury in Week 16. While the injury is not expected to persist into the 2017 campaign, it still isn't clear how much of the Philadelphia Eagles ' offseason program he could miss.
Trevor Siemian DEN QB
Broncos' Trevor Siemian: May not practice fully until training camp2d ago
Trevor Siemian (shoulder) likely won't be able to practice in full before training camp, Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reports.
Siemian's first season as the Denver Broncos ' nominal starting QB was characterized by flashes in the beginning, a third-degree separation in his left shoulder in Week 4, and generally uninspiring play thereafter. Ringing in with the 25th-best completion percentage (59.5) by campaign's end, he racked up 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions across 14 games. He'll now be working under new head coach Vance Joseph, who has proclaimed that Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch will vie for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart this offseason. If Siemian is indeed unable to put together an unhinged practice in the offseason program, it's safe to say that he'll be behind the eight ball in the competition.
Earl Mitchell MIA DT
49ers' Earl Mitchell: Signs four-year deal with 49ers2d ago
Earl Mitchell signed a four-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports.
Mitchell was cut by the Dolphins in a cap-saving move last week but it didn't take long for him to find a new home. While the Arizona product racked up a career-low 17 tackles and zero sacks last season, he could be in line for a rebound in 2017 if he can secure the Niners' first-string nose tackle job this summer; the incumbent starting nose tackle, Glenn Dorsey, is set to hit unrestricted free agency.