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Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Registers 14 off bench Saturday6h 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 Saturday6h 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 win6h 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 shootout6h 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 unit6h 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 Warriors6h 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 illness7h 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 diagnosis7h 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 Penguins8h 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 drought8h 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.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Nets league-leading 34th goal8h 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.
Claude Giroux PHI C
Flyers' Claude Giroux: Just five points in past 16 contests8h 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.
Maikel Franco PHI 3B
Phillies' Maikel Franco: Homers twice in spring debut2h ago
Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 with a conventional home run and an inside-the-park home run in Saturday's spring training game against the Yankees.
This will likely be the only inside-the-park homer of Franco's career. Yankees centerfielder Tyler Wade tried to get a stoppage of the play after the ball went under the padding on the outfield wall, but the umpire allowed the play to continue. Franco will hit cleanup in what should be an improved Philadelphia Phillies ' lineup this season, giving him an opportunity to improve on his 88 RBI from last season.
Amir Garrett CIN SP
Reds' Amir Garrett: First spring training start6h ago
Amir Garrett allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks, striking out over 1.2 innings in his spring training debut.
Garrett had a case of nerves early on, when the Indians did their damage against him. "I didn't know what my nerves would be like today. Going into the game, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," Garrett said. "I'm all calm now. I got the first one out of the way, and I'm ready to roll." Both of his strikeouts came on sliders, a pitch he's working on this spring.
Jumbo Diaz CIN RP
Reds' Jumbo Diaz: Tough spring debut7h ago
Jumbo Diaz struggled in his Cactus League debut Saturday, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch in his inning of work.
Control has always been Diaz's biggest hindrance to carving out a big role in the majors. While we hesitate to extrapolate more out of a spring training debut than is appropriate, this outing is illustrative of his struggles in the past.
J.T. Chargois MIN RP
Twins' J.T. Chargois: Quest to win bullpen role starts off slowly9h ago
J.T. Chargois gave up a run with two hits over one inning in his spring debut Saturday.
Chargois will compete for a bullpen role this spring. He had a 1.29 ERA with 41 strikeouts against just eight walks in 35.0 innings last year at Triple-A, but struggled in the majors with a 4.70 ERA and ugly 17:12 K:BB ratio. With a high 90s fastball and strong strikeout rate (10.5 K/9 at Triple-A), Chargois could be a dark horse candidate to take over the closer role if Brandon Kintzler struggles and Glen Perkins fails to return from injury.
Albert Pujols LAA DH
Angels' Albert Pujols: Has started light defensive work9h ago
Albert Pujols (foot) is still recovering from December surgery, but he has begun light defensive work at first base, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Pujols is slowly making his way back, but it's unlikely he will see much Cactus League action. He is starting to work in the field and run on a treadmill, so it's a start. The veteran is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day, but you'll want plenty of depth on hand if he is in your draft day plans.
Dustin Ackley LAA 2B
Angels' Dustin Ackley: Not yet cleared to throw9h ago
Dustin Ackley (shoulder) has not yet been cleared to throw in spring training, but he has started taking ground balls, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ackley is still recovering from surgery in June 2016 to repair a torn labrum. If he is able to secure a spot on the Halos' roster he will be strictly used for depth.
Tony Romo DAL QB
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Has not had conversations with team yet12h 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 Jets17h 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 Redskins22h 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 season1d 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.