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Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Double-double sas Wolves make playoff push31m ago
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points (12-18 FG, 2-3 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists and a steal across 39 minutes in Friday's 97-84 win over the Mavericks.
Towns is one of the league's most underrated big men, and the Wolves will need nights like these from the second-year pro as they crawl up the standings. He was simply too big for the Mavericks underneath and snagged down rebounds almost at will, and sometimes uncontested. That should come as no surprise as he ranks 5th in the NBA in total rebounds. The Wolves will visit the Rockets on Sunday, where Towns will mostly pair with Clint Capela.
Dwight Howard ATL C
Hawks' Dwight Howard: Quiet in loss to Heat1h ago
Howard tallied four points (2-4 FG, 0-3 FT), seven rebounds, one block and steal across 23 minutes during Friday's 108-90 loss to the Heat.
Let's face it -- Dwight Howard gives up and loses interest in a blowout. He won't change, he's always been this way, so owners should expect a dip or three here and there. The stat line is too pitiful to even talk about, but it should be noted as it wasn't even a rebound-rich performance. He'll look to correct his course Saturday, when he revisits one of his favorite teams, the Magic. He' scored well historically in revenge matchups.
Richaun Holmes PHI PF
76ers' Richaun Holmes: First double-double of the season Friday vs. Wizards1h ago
Richaun Holmes provided 12 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, five blocks, two steals, and one assist across 26 minutes during Friday's 120-112 victory over the Wizards.
Holmes had his best game of the season Friday against the Wizards, which marked the first game that the Philadelphia 76ers played without Ersan Ilyasova and Nerlens Noel on the roster, who were dealt to the Hawks and Mavericks respectively. As long as Joel Embiid (knee) is out, Holmes should have a significant role in the 76ers' rotation, considering he and Jahlil Okafor are the only remaining centers on the roster. Holmes can also stretch the floor, making him an option at the power forward, as he's hit 36.4 percent of his three-point attempts this season. While the five blocks and two steals are likely an outlier, he's a capable defender, averaging 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per 36 minutes. Holmes may make a risky pickup in year-long fantasy leagues since his minutes are largely dependent on Embiid's health, but he's more than capable of pulling his weight in DFS while his price still reflects that of a bottom-tier player.
Robert Covington PHI SF
76ers' Robert Covington: Stellar on both sides of ball Friday vs. Wizards1h ago
Robert Covington collected 25 points (9-14 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four steals, and three assists across 39 minutes during Friday's 120-112 victory over the Wizards.
Covington has stepped up his game since Joel Embiid (knee) has been sidelined with an injury, averaging 16.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks across 33.3 minutes per game. He may also see increased time as a reserve power forward with Nerlens Noel and Ersan Ilyasova being traded away. Though he's an inconsistent shooter, it's hard to ignore Covington's fantasy value, especially on the defense end, when he's in line for 35-plus minute workloads on a regular basis.
Paul Millsap ATL PF
Hawks' Paul Millsap: Leads team with 21 in loss1h ago
Paul Millsap provided four points (3-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and a steal in Froday's 108-90 loss to the Heat.
Millsap simply didn't have enough help in this game. Also confusing for the Atlanta Hawks was an odd starting lineup (with Tim Hardaway, Jr. sliding to forward). Perhaps with Dennis Schroder (suspension) off the floor, the Hawks couldn't keep things going, and with Millsap's stat line among the team's best, it shows you how hard that is to do. The Hawks will visit the Magic on Saturday, and Millsap will be happier to not shoulder his team, and the return of Schroder will help
Dario Saric PHI PF
76ers' Dario Saric: 20 points, 11 rebounds in start Friday vs. Wizards1h ago
Dario Saric supplied 20 points (10-19 FG, 0-4 3Pt), 11 rebounds, four assists, and one steal across 33 minutes during Friday's 120-112 victory over the Wizards.
With Nerlens Noel and Ersan Ilyasova being traded away before the deadline, Saric has been inserted into the starting lineup and thrived in his new role during his first game. Saric was hot coming into Friday's game, averaging 20.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in the previous five outings, and seems primed to continue those kinds performances for the rest of the season. He should be strongly considered in the majority of fantasy formats, and will remain a strong play in DFS as long as his place fails to reflect his production potential.
Brock McGinn CAR LW
Hurricanes' Brock McGinn: Picks up assist in Friday's victory35m ago
Brock McGinn picked up an assist with a plus-1 rating in Friday's 3-0 win against the Senators.
After a four-goal, seven-point flurry from Jan. 10-14, McGinn has managed just two assists with a minus-10 rating over the past 14 games. He has shown glimpses of brilliance in the past, but his fantasy appeal remains limited to the deepest of pools until he starts finding the scoresheet with regularity.
Matt Tennyson CAR D
Hurricanes' Matt Tennyson: Continues to see press box time37m ago
Matt Tennyson was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Senators.
The defenseman has seen action in just two games in the month of February, spending most of his time as a spectator in the press box. When he has been on the ice he is scoreless with a minus-6 rating over the past five outings. Coach Bill Peters isn't likely to hurry to include Tennyson into the lineup anytime soon and you should follow suit.
Viktor Stalberg CAR LW
Hurricanes' Viktor Stalberg: Snaps lengthy scoreless skid41m ago
Viktor Stalberg scored a goal and finished with a plus-1 rating in Friday's 3-0 win against the Senators.
Stalberg snapped an 11-game scoreless drought dating back to Jan. 20. Until he starts to etch his name onto the scoresheet with a little more frequency he can mostly be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Eddie Lack CAR G
Hurricanes' Eddie Lack: Stop all 34 shots in shutout43m ago
Eddie Lack turned aside all 34 shots he faced in Friday's 3-0 win against the Senators for his ninth career shutout.
It was Lack's first win in four tries against Ottawa. Lack also secured his second victory in six starts this season, improving to 2-3-1. Despite the impressive effort he is unlikely to unseat Cam Ward as the starter anytime soon. For now he remains a streaming option in deeper seasonal pools allowing daily transactions and in DFS play.
John Gibson ANA G
Ducks' John Gibson: Dealing with strain, apparently not severe1h ago
John Gibson 's (lower body) MRI revealed that he's only dealing with a strain, but he won't be available for Saturday's road game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
After the Anaheim Ducks face their divisional foes, they'll have the luxury of a five-day bye with the trade deadline in between. This, of course, will afford Gibson plenty of time to heal from the supposed minor ailment. Jonathan Bernier claims the No. 1 goalie spot on Anaheim's depth chart with Gibson on IR.
Zach Hyman TOR C
Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman: Struggling in nine-game point drought2h ago
Zach Hyman is mired in a nine-game point drought.
Hyman continues to have great chemistry with Auston Matthews and he's becoming a go-to guy on the penalty kill for coach Mike Babcock. But like many young players, Hyman is likely struggling with the weight of a long and heavy NHL schedule. This is just Hyman's second season beyond NCAA, a league where teams play 35-40 games a season. Hyman will be solid filler in fantasy, but right now, he shouldn't be in your active lineup.
Arismendy Alcantara CIN SS
Reds' Arismendy Alcantara: Makes spring debut following thumb injury1h ago
Arismendy Alcantara started in center field and batted second in the Cincinnati Reds ' Cactus League opener on Friday.
The fact that Alcantara was able to make the start for Cincinnati would seem to indicate his thumb is feeling much better after spraining it back in December. The former Cub and Athletic is most likely a long shot at this point to make the Reds' opening day roster, but that could change with a very impressive spring training performance.
Wilmer Flores NYM 3B
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Returns to action following wrist surgery.1h ago
Wilmer Flores , who underwent minor minor wrist surgery in October, started at first base in the New York Mets ' Grape League opener.
Flores appears to be fully recovered after having part of the hamate bone in his right wrist surgically removed this past October. In his first slate of action, the 25-year-old infielder went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. With a strong spring training, Flores could be in line a for a utility role off the bench for the Mets this season.
Juan Lagares NYM CF
Mets' Juan Lagares: Returns from shoulder injury1h ago
Juan Lagares got his first in-game action Friday after suffering a sprained shoulder back in December.
Lagares was expected to be ready for spring training, and his participation in the New York Mets ' Grape League opener Friday would seem to indicate that there have been no setbacks. The 27-year-old led off the game by walking in his first at-bat before eventually coming around to score. This spring, he'll be hoping to solidify a backup role in New York's outfield.
Jarrod Dyson SEA CF
Mariners' Jarrod Dyson: In line for expanded opportunity in 20172h ago
Jarrod Dyson , who arrived in Seattle via a Jan. 6 trade, is in line for expanded opportunities in both playing time and on the basepaths during spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I talked to him yesterday and said, 'Hey, be ready,'" Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's not going to be just straight platoon. I'd like to see what he can do against left-handed pitchers in Spring Training. It is the spring and keep that in context, but I'm curious to see what it looks like."
The veteran outfielder, who'll lead off in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres, will have the green light on the bases in spring training. Dyson swiped 30 bags in a part-time role for the Royals in 2016, and 176 overall in parts of seven major league seasons. Servais is ready to give his offseason acquisition a chance to take some hacks versus southpaws as well, a handedness against which the 32-year-old hit .379 against in a modest sample of 29 at-bats last season. If Dyson can hold his own against lefties, it would give the Mariners an opening to boost his playing time beyond that of a a straight platoon and incorporate his speed into the lineup on a more frequent basis.
Drew Hutchison PIT SP
Pirates' Drew Hutchison: Altered delivery in store2h ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates are working to improve Drew Hutchison 's delivery, a move which the team believes would add velocity to the right-hander's fastball, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Hutchison is working on a more direct stride to home plate, something he did successfully early in his career with Toronto. "We're not out of the woods yet, but we're in a really good spot and we're building," pitching coach Ray Searage said. "He feels comfortable. It puts his arm in the best position to maximize his velocity (92.0 mph avg). With that adjustment to his delivery, he's able to get the fastball down and away instead of over the middle of the plate." GM Neal Huntington also commented that Hutchison is one of two pitchers in the early lead for the fifth starter's spot. "A couple of guys are probably ahead of others - Hutchison, in terms of the experience he has; Tyler Glasnow, in terms of the ceiling he has," Huntington noted.
Tyler Anderson COL SP
Rockies' Tyler Anderson: To start Cactus League opener3h ago
Harding will take the mound in the Colorado Rockies ' Cactus League opener on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports
Although he is only expected to pitch around two innings, Tyler Anderson will be looking to get off to nice start as he prepares for his second big league season. Last spring, the 27-year-old suffered an oblique injury that kept him out all the way until June, so staying healthy will be a major key in his start against the Diamondbacks. Assuming Anderson remains injury-free throughout this month, he'll have a solid chance at locking down a spot in Colorado's starting rotation to begin the year.
Allen Barbre PHI T
Eagles' Allen Barbre: Will be ready for 2017 season3h 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 camp4h 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 49ers4h 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.
Will Johnson NYG RB
Giants' Will Johnson: Nearing full recovery4h ago
Will Johnson (neck) is back in the weight room and nearing a full recovery, 247Sports.com reports.
After signing a two-year deal with the New York Giants last summer, Johnson landed on injured reserve before the 2016 season started due to a neck injury. He's now back in the weight room and appears fully recovered, as evidenced by Johnson's Instagram video from Thursday of himself deadlifting 300 pounds three times in a row. Given his progress to date, the West Virginia product should be good to go for OTAs come April.
Derrick Henry TEN RB
Titans' Derrick Henry: Modest role likely in 20175h ago
Derrick Henry is expected to play second fiddle to DeMarco Murray (foot) out of the Tennessee Titans ' backfield next season. On Wednesday, head coach Mike Mularkey confirmed as much, calling Murray "the guy," according to Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
Despite admitting that he played through a torn plantar plate in his right foot in 2016, Murray still gobbled up 81 percent of the Titans' offensive snaps, which translated to 20-plus touches in 11 of 16 games. Meanwhile, Henry's earned 25 percent of such snaps, churning out 490 yards and five touchdowns on his 110 carries. The Titans' run-first mentality should afford him a similar workload in his second season, but a serious injury to Murray may be the only way Henry is truly unleashed.
DeMarco Murray TEN RB
Titans' DeMarco Murray: Top RB in Tennessee5h ago
Head coach Mike Mularkey considers DeMarco Murray (foot) to be "the guy" in the Tennessee Titans ' backfield, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy," Mularkey said Wednesday.
Mularkey was asked whether 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry will be a bigger part of the offense next season, to which the head honcho expressed his support of Murray as the main man. Henry is an insurance policy in the event Murray suffers an injury, but the latter didn't miss one game in his first campaign with the Titans, despite coming down with a torn plantar plate in his right foot in Week 8. Mularkey is a proponent of "a one-two punch to smash it down peoples' throats," so the 29-year-old Murray may yield some touches at times to his younger counterpart. Considering Mularkey's other comments, though, a healthy Murray should be the recipient of 20-plus touches per game, as he was on 11 occasions last year.