LeSean McCoy BUF RB
Bills' LeSean McCoy: Expected to be arrested8h ago
Arrest warrants - including aggravated assault charges - are expected to be issued soon for LeSean McCoy and three others involved in the Philadelphia nightclub assault of two off-duty police officers early Monday morning, The Buffalo News reports.
McCoy seems to be in hot water for allegedly being at the center of ugly fracas, and will likely be hearing from the league office in the near future as well. Under the league's disciplinary policy, a player doesn't have to be convicted of a crime in order to be fined or suspended, should NFL investigators find McCoy was in fact involved in a negative and embarrassing incident.
Armonty Bryant CLE OLB
Browns' Armonty Bryant: Indicted Tuesday13h ago
Armonty Bryant was indicted Tuesday on felony drug charges stemming from a traffic stop on Dec. 25, ABC 5 Cleveland reports.
During the stop, police officers allegedly found Bryant with Adderall on his person in addition to marijuana, oxycodone, and a gun in the car. While he wasn't the driver, the charges could have an impact on the final year of his rookie deal in 2016.
Austin Johnson NO FB
Saints' Austin Johnson: Signs with Saints14h ago
The New Orleans Saints signed Austin Johnson on Wednesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Johnson has jumped between the Saints' 53-man roster and practice squad over the past three seasons, but in 17 appearances between 2014 and 2015, he totaled 12 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 45 yards. At the outset of the offseason, he'll be measuring himself against fellow fullback Toben Opurum.
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Bengals' Andy Dalton: Hasn't started throwing15h ago
Andy Dalton (thumb) has yet to begin throwing, Geoff Hobson of the Cincinnati Bengals ' official site reports. "Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it," Dalton said this week. "I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100 percent."
The Bengals were knocked out on wild-card weekend, so it appears that Dalton may not have made an appearance in the postseason, even if his side reached the Super Bowl. Either way, he expects to attend a quarterback camp at USC in the coming months, while he'll have an opportunity to take part in Cincinnati's offseason program as early as April 18.
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Giants' Jon Beason: Released by Giants21h ago
Jon Beason was released by the New York Giants on Wednesday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
The Giants parted way with a pair of veterans Wednesday, releasing Beason and guard Geoff Schwartz. According to Graziano, the moves were cap-influenced, noting that Beason's release saves the team $6 million in cap space. The 31-year-old linebacker appeared in just nine games over the past two years and finished the 2015 campaign on IR due to an ankle injury.
T.J. Ward DEN SS
Broncos' T.J. Ward: Nabs pick, recovers key fumble1d ago
T.J. Ward recorded seven tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed in the Denver Broncos ' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.
If not for Von Miller doing his best Lawrence Taylor impression, Ward would have had a pretty strong case for Super Bowl 50's MVP. In addition to thwarting a Carolina drive into Broncos' territory with a pick and scooping up Miller's second strip sack to all but put the game away, Ward helped keep Greg Olsen in check to the tune of 41 yards. Sure, Ward almost gave the ball back to Carolina after fumbling his interception, but history will remember him as a key cog in Denver's "No Fly Zone" and a force in Denver's dominant defensive victory.
Wil Myers SD CF
Padres' Wil Myers: Expected to stick at first base in 20166h ago
The San Diego Padres plan to use Wil Myers at first base full-time in 2016.
Myers played 22 games at first base and 42 in the outfield in an injury-shortened 2015 season. But after trading Yonder Alonso to the A's, there's no one substantially in the way of Myers at first base this year. The bigger concern is whether he's fully recovered from the wrist injuries that marred last year's season.
Drew Storen TOR RP
Blue Jays' Drew Storen: Will decide on closer in Spring Training17h ago
Drew Storen will compete for the closer job, but general manager Ross Atkins said the team doesn't expect to choose a closer until midway through spring training if not later, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
After bringing in Storen over the offseason, he will compete with Roberto Osuna for the closer job. After Osuna saved 20 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, they still sought to improve their pen by bringing in Storen, who saved 29 games last season and saved 43 in 2011. This could be a lengthy battle between the two as both have the stuff and experience to close for the Jays, who should be considered the front-runners for the AL East.
Brandon Belt SF 1B
Giants' Brandon Belt: Agrees to one-year contract with Giants, avoiding arbitration17h ago
Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a one-year, $6.2 million contract, avoiding arbitration, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The deal goes just a bit in favor of the Giants, as it falls a bit short of the $6.4 million midpoint. The 27-year-old bounced back nicely last season with a .280 batting average, an .834 OPS, and 18 home runs. Now that his contract situation is out of the way, Belt can return to being a solid fantasy option at first base, assuming he can replicate his 2015 numbers.
Roberto Osuna TOR RP
Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Jays to determine closer during spring training17h ago
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that the team doesn't expect to choose a closer between Roberto Osuna and Drew Storen until midway through spring training, if not later, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.
The acquisition of Storen in a trade with the Nationals in early January has added a layer of confusion for fantasy owners trying to determine the Jays' plans for the ninth inning to begin 2016. While Storen's experience may ultimately lead him to the job, Osuna proved capable of holding down the job and pitching at a high level upon arrival last season. Both players have the potential to finish as a top-10 closer if they can secure the job all season.
Bobby LaFromboise PHI RP
Phillies' Bobby LaFromboise: Designated for assignment Wednesday18h ago
Bobby LaFromboise was designated for assignment Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander was claimed off waivers from the Angels on January 29, but he'll already be sent off the 40-man roster in order to make room for the recently-acquired Taylor Featherston. He pitched well with the Pirates last season, posting a 1.13 ERA in 11 appearances. Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, it seems he'll either have to spend another season primarily in the minors or wait to be claimed off waivers by a team who needs another southpaw in the bullpen.
Taylor Featherston LAA 3B
Phillies' Taylor Featherston: Traded to Phillies18h ago
Taylor Featherston was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Wednesday.
In his first MLB season, Featherston hit for a .162/.212/.247 slash line in 101 games last season. After his rapid ascent through the Angels' minor league season, the 25-year-old seemed to hit a ceiling in the majors last year and it will be interesting to see how his role changes with the Phillies.
Amir Johnson BOS SF
Celtics' Amir Johnson: Zero points, zero boards in win14m ago
Amir Johnson , despite starting, collected zero points and zero boards during 13 minutes of play in Wednesday's OT win versus the Clippers.
Johnson continues to start for the C's, but has significantly cooled off. Over his past five games, all starts, he's averaged only 4.8 points, 4.6 boards and 0.4 blocks per game. In fact, he has scored in single digits in each of his last 15 games, after nearly averaging a double-double the first half of January. The re-emergence of Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger in the rotation is having a negative impact on Johnson's stats.
Nikola Vucevic ORL C
Magic's Nikola Vucevic: Records double-double in loss Wednesday14m ago
Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points (9-22 FG, 2-2 FT) to go with 13 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and a steal over 37 minutes in a 98-96 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Vucevic will be riding a hot streak into the All-Star break, averaging 23.3 points with 11.7 boards and 4.3 assists over his last three games. The uptick in rebounds is a welcome sign for fantasy owners, as Vucevic's numbers on the boards have come up short of previous seasons.
Evan Fournier ORL SG
Magic's Evan Fournier: Drops 28 on Spurs in loss Wednesday22m ago
Evan Fournier scored 28 points (10-20 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT) to go with five assists and two rebounds over 42 minutes in a 98-96 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Fournier continued to make excellent use of his new-found playing time, earning over 40 minutes of court time in each of his last three contests. Filling in for the injured Tobias Harris, Fournier has averaged 20.3 points with 50 percent three-point shooting over his last four games. While the 23-year-old Fournier has exceeded expectations of late, he'll likely return to the bench once Harris returns from injury after the All-Star break.
Tim Duncan SA PF
Spurs' Tim Duncan: Swats three shots in return to lineup Wednesday30m ago
Tim Duncan (knee) scored five points (2-9 FG, 1-1 FT) to go with seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks over 18 minutes in a 98-96 victory over the Magic on Wednesday.
A sore knee had sidelined Duncan since Jan. 22. In his return to the starting five, Duncan was a non-factor offensively but suffered no health setbacks and achieved his highest block total since Dec. 25. Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan will use the All-Star break to recuperate from nagging injuries.
Klay Thompson GS SG
Warriors' Klay Thompson: Rebounds from off night32m ago
Klay Thompson scored 24 points (8-20 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with three rebounds, one assist, and five steals in Wednesday night's 112-104 victory over the Suns.
Thompson bounced back from his 5-for-19 performance, including 0-for-7 from three-point range, in Tuesday's win over the Rockets. He'll have those off nights, but the funk typically doesn't linger and Thompson will be right back to putting up his usual 20-plus points.
LaMarcus Aldridge SA PF
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge: Drops 21 on Magic in victory Wednesday36m ago
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points (8-16 FG, 5-5 FT) to go with seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks over 33 minutes in a 98-96 victory over the Magic on Wednesday.
Aldridge's stretch of unprecedented shooting continued in Wednesday's victory. Over his last eight games, Aldridge has now averaged 24.1 points on 60.2 percent shooting from the field. While the San Antonio Spurs will enter the All-Star break enjoying a six-game winning streak, Aldridge will suit up for the Western Conference All-Stars in a reserve role.
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Blues' Colton Parayko: Team wants him shooting more1h ago
Colton Parayko , who scored his seventh goal in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Jets, has been encouraged by his coaches and teammates to shoot more often, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "There's a lot of guys that can shoot the puck hard, but there's not a lot of guys that can really shoot it hard, and he's one of those guys," teammate Jay Bouwmeester said.
The rookie defenseman with the heavy shot surprised opponents early in the season when he scored five times in 14 games and averaged nearly three shots per game, but teams learned they had to minimize Parayko's time and space. Since that quick start, he's scored twice and averaged less than two shots in 38 games. As Parayko becomes more experienced in the NHL, he'll see that good things can result by getting pucks to the net.
Jaden Schwartz STL LW
Blues' Jaden Schwartz: Will skate with familiar mates2h ago
Jaden Schwartz (ankle) will return to the active lineup Friday night against the Panthers and he'll be skating with centerman Jori Lehtera and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Schwartz has missed 49 games since fracturing his left ankle Oct. 23.
The line combination should be familiar to Schwartz, who skated with Tarasenko and Lehthera all last season, a unit dubbed the "STL" line. Schwartz's return comes at a time of need for the St. Louis Blues , who have scored one or fewer goals in five of the last six games. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock was quick to tap the brakes on Schwartz being a savior or making an immediate impact, but clearly, the team is hopeful for some level of offensive infusion from the 23-year-old forward who's scored 53 goals the last two seasons.
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Coyotes' Louis Domingue: Gives up two goals in loss Wednesday7h ago
Louis Domingue came away with a loss Wednesday against the Canucks despite giving up just two goals on 26 shots.
Domingue was outdueled by veteran Ryan miller, who allowed just one goal on 34 Arizona shots. The 23-year-old netminder still owns a decent 9-7-4 record, but a lot of his luster has worn off as he has failed to win any of his last four starts while allowing 17 goals in that span. A lot of the young Arizona Coyotes skaters aren't very defensively responsible, and Domingue will continue to bear the brunt of their mistakes moving forward.
Jannik Hansen VAN RW
Canucks' Jannik Hansen: Scores against Coyotes7h ago
Jannik Hansen scored a goal and finished with a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Hansen had gone without a point in his last four games after recording a hat trick on Jan. 23, but a matchup against the underwhelming Coyotes defense was just what he needed to get back on track. The Dane is currently playing in a potentially productive spot alongside the Sedin twins on Vancouver's top line, and is worth monitoring as long as he stays in that role.
Ryan Miller VAN G
Canucks' Ryan Miller: Shines in win over Coyotes8h ago
Ryan Miller stopped 33 of 34 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Miller bailed the Vancouver Canucks out in this one, allowing them to win a game in which they were out-shot 34-26 by turning away all but one Arizona attempt. The veteran netminder broke a five-game winless drought with the effort, although his six total goals allowed over his last four appearances indicate that the losing streak wasn't entirely his fault. Miller's 12-15-8 record this season is indicative of his place as a middling fantasy option.
Kevin Hayes NYR RW
Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Breaks 12-game scoreless drought8h ago
Kevin Hayes broke a 12-game scoreless drought with his first-period tally against the Penguins on Wednesday.
The sophomore forward has just eight goals after scoring 17 last season, but he flashed his high skill level in weaving through the Pittsburgh defense to get the scoring started. While this was a step in the right direction, Hayes will need to string multiple strong games together to get back into the good graces of fantasy owners.