Luis Avilan LAD RP
Dodgers' Luis Avilan: Strong start to season2h ago
Luis Avilan held the Phillies scoreless in his lone inning of work Sunday.
The veteran southpaw wraps up the month of April with a 2.16 ERA and eight strikeouts over 8.1 innings. Grant Dayton is considered the Los Angeles Dodgers ' top left-handed reliever, limiting Avilan to middle relief. Despite not having a late-inning role, the 27-year-old has managed to accrue five holds this month, two more than the amount he recorded all of last season.
Chris Taylor LAD 2B
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Homers in start versus righty2h ago
Chris Taylor went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.
Taylor had been alternating starts at second base with Chase Utley in Logan Forsythe's (toe) absence, seeing the majority of his playing time against southpaws. Sunday was a different story, as the 30-year-old started his second game in a row, this time against a right-hander. The shift in playing time was likely made in response to Taylor's early success (.296/.345/.593) and Utley's struggles (.122/.200/.146). With a regular role, the veteran will maintain deep-league value until Forsythe returns.
Derek Law SF RP
Giants' Derek Law: Picks up third hold Sunday2h ago
Derek Law threw a scoreless inning while striking out three on the way to his third hold of the season in Sunday's extra-inning loss to San Diego.
Law rediscovered his strikeout stuff after carrying a pedestrian 5.6 K/9 into Sunday's matchup. He will have to limit the amount of batters he is allowing to reach base (1.46 WHIP) if he wants to keep his ERA below the three-run mark. Still, the 26-year-old was dominant in a large enough sample size last season (2.13 ERA in 55 innings) to earn holds league owners' trust.
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Tosses six innings for no-decision against Cubs2h ago
Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one run on five hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out nine over six innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.
Aside from his four-run outing in his season debut, E-Rod has allowed just four earned runs in his last three starts, dropping his ERA to a clean 2.70. The main damage he allowed in this one was a solo homer to Kris Bryant in the fifth inning. Rodriguez came into the season with sleeper hype and is delivering on it so far. He has fanned 31 while walking 14 in his four starts. Things are looking up for the promising 24-year-old.
Hunter Strickland SF RP
Giants' Hunter Strickland: Remains perfect in 20172h ago
Hunter Strickland kept his scoreless streak going Sunday, firing a scoreless inning and striking out three in an extra-inning loss to the Padres.
The 28-year-old has been a bright spot in an otherwise shaky San Francisco bullpen this season. The only blemish on the back of the veteran's baseball card are the five walks he's surrendered over his 10 innings of work. Strickland hasn't recorded a hold yet -- mainly due to the team's struggles as a whole -- but those should begin rolling in as long as he continues to dominate on the mound.
Hanley Ramirez BOS DH
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Makes it back-to-back games with homer2h ago
Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.
Han-Ram's homer traveled an estimated 440 feet after he hit a monster 469-foot round-tripper in Saturday's game. He now has three home runs, 11 RBI and a .253 average on the year. Ramirez's current six-game hitting streak features all three of his home runs and five RBI. It looks like he's certainly heating up after a sluggish start to the year that also saw him deal with a nasty case of the flu.
Jamal Crawford LAC SG
Clippers' Jamal Crawford: Scores 20 points in Game 7 loss8h ago
Jamal Crawford provided 20 points (8-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, and three assists in 32 minutes during Sunday's 104-91 loss to the Jazz in Game 7.
Crawford led a late spark that helped keep the score close, but it wasn't enough for the Los Angeles Clippers to advance. The 37-year-old guard stepped up and played well with Blake Griffin (toe) sidelined, averaging 15.3 points (on 49 percent shooting), 2.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 28.8 minutes from Game 4 on. Depending on what happens with Griffin and Chris Paul this summer, Crawford could be relied on even more next season.
Alec Burks UTA SG
Jazz's Alec Burks: Could be shut down for playoffs8h ago
Alec Burks (knee) may be shut down for the remainder of the season, though a final decision has yet to be made, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Burks, who's been sidelined for the entire postseason thus far while dealing with a left knee injury, could be sidelined for the remainder of the postseason. A final decision has yet to be made, but if he ends up missing the remainder of the year, expect the likes of Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood to continue seeing the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard.
DeAndre Jordan LAC C
Clippers' DeAndre Jordan: Goes for 24 points, 17 boards in Game 7 loss8h ago
DeAndre Jordan tallied 24 points (9-12 FG, 6-15 FT), 17 rebounds, and one assist in 40 minutes during Sunday's 104-91 loss to the Jazz in Game 7.
Jordan finished the campaign with 12 consecutive double-doubles, and he saved his best showing for last in terms of the first round playoff series. Jordan contributed 15.4 points (on 70.5 percent shooting) and 14.3 rebounds through the seven games against the Jazz, but he didn't average a full assist, steal, or block and continued to struggle terribly from the charity stripe.
Derrick Favors UTA PF
Jazz's Derrick Favors: Posts efficient double-double in Game 7 win9h ago
Derrick Favors finished with 17 points (8-11 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 104-91 win over the Clippers in Game 7.
Favors ended up fouling out along with Rudy Gobert, who was limited to 13 minutes. Still, Favors was fantastic and efficient on both ends, and he saw three more minutes in Game 7 than he did in the last two tilts combined. It's unlikely that the Utah Jazz will attempt to play lineups featuring both Favors and Gobert against the Warriors, especially since it didn't happen for a single minute of this first round series. As a result, it's unclear what can be expected from Favors on a nightly basis.
Rudy Gobert UTA C
Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Fouls out in 13 minutes in Game 7 win9h ago
Rudy Gobert (ankle) had one point (0-1 FG, 1-2 FT) and four rebounds in 13 minutes during Sunday's 104-91 win against the Clippers in Game 7.
Gobert was in foul trouble the entire game while fighting the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan down low, but the Utah Jazz were still able to advance. Gobert's lateral quickness will be challenged against the Warriors in the second round, but the Defensive Player of the Year candidate should be expected to see plenty of minutes if he can avoid getting into foul trouble again in Tuesday's Game 1.
Otto Porter WAS SF
Wizards' Otto Porter: Drops double-double in Game 1 loss10h ago
Otto Porter supplied 16 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 41 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 loss to the Celtics in Game 1.
Porter provided his first double-double of these playoffs, and with Markieff Morris (ankle) being limited to five minutes, Porter played a team high minute total. Morris already said he would definitely play in Tuesday's Game 2, but if he's limited in any way, Porter and Kelly Oubre will likely take on extra time.
Connor McDavid EDM C
Oilers' Connor McDavid: Nets highlight-reel goal in Game 3 loss1h ago
Connor McDavid showed off his ridiculous skill with a highlight-reel goal in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Ducks.
McDavid turned on a dime to burn Sami Vatanen and snipe a perfect shot past John Gibson, but unfortunately it wasn't enough in a 6-3 loss. The youngster has come alive in these last two games and is finally showing fans what they've been waiting to see. McDavid is a generational talent and the Edmonton Oilers are in good hands if he continues to play like he did Sunday. With the Oilers leading a tight series 2-1, McDavid will likely need to display some more magic if his team hopes to pull away.
Chris Wagner ANA RW
Ducks' Chris Wagner: First postseason goal is game-winner Sunday1h ago
Chris Wagner 's first goal of the playoffs held up as the winner in Sunday's Game 3 victory over the Oilers.
Wagner isn't known for his offensive contributions, but he delivered a rare goal Sunday to help the Anaheim Ducks grab their first win of the season. The fourth-liner only logged 09:05 of ice time and his slapshot blast is certainly one Cam Talbot will want back, but it all counts the same. There isn't much fantasy upside here, so look elsewhere if you're searching for offense.
Rickard Rakell ANA C
Ducks' Rickard Rakell: Opens scoring in Game 32h ago
Rickard Rakell opened the scoring in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.
It was a beauty on a breakaway for Rakell, who beat Cam Talbot with a slick wrist shot. The 33-goal-scorer in the regular season has the potential to really turn this series around and Sunday was a great start. His lethal shooting ability and slick hands make him one of the most underrated forwards in the game. Rakell has had a strong postseason thus far with six points in seven games, so with the Anaheim Ducks trailing the Oilers 2-1 in their second-round series, they'll need continued production from their sniper if they hope to complete a comeback.
Ryan Kesler ANA C
Ducks' Ryan Kesler: Nets first goal of playoffs Sunday2h ago
Ryan Kesler scored his first goal of the postseason in Sunday's Game 3 victory over the Oilers.
Kesler has come to play in the second round, recording points in three straight games to open the series. His goal Sunday came after he went to the front of the net and pounced on a rebound in front. He hasn't been shooting much this postseason, but Kesler is rolling right now and should get a boost from this first goal. The Anaheim Ducks will need Kesler at his best if they hope to come back and win this series.
Shea Theodore ANA D
Ducks' Shea Theodore: Collects two assists in Game 3 victory2h ago
Shea Theodore picked up two assists in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.
The youngster logged 16:10 of ice time and chipped in offensively to help the Anaheim Ducks win their first game of the second round. Theodore is having a strong playoffs and is producing at a point-per-game pace on Anaheim's third defensive pairing. He generated some quality scoring chances Sunday, but his defensive struggles were also noticeable, so that's something to monitor. If he can find some consistency, these playoffs are a great preview of the weapon he could become in his prime.
Josh Manson ANA D
Ducks' Josh Manson: Picks up first two points of playoffs2h ago
Josh Manson collected a pair of helpers and dished out three hits in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.
Manson isn't known for his offensive production, as these two assists were his first points of the playoffs. He logs steady minutes on a defensive pairing with stud Hampus Lindholm, but that doesn't necessarily translate into offensive production. The 6-foot-3 rearguard is an intimidating force who is more valuable to the Anaheim Ducks than he ever will be to fantasy owners.
Texans' Dare Ogunbowale: Signs as UDFA by Houston5h ago
Ogunbowale has signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Ogunbowale's most prolific season at Wisconsin was in 2015 when Corey Clement was limited by an injury and some off-field stuff. With Clement back in the mix as the lead back in 2016, Ogunbowale played a secondary role and had just 91 carries. His main contributions to the Badgers last year were mainly as a third-down back, which puts him in direct competition with Tyler Ervin on Houston's roster.
Kenny Golladay DET WR
Lions' Kenny Golladay: Clear path towards starting gig7h ago
Kenny Golladay could compete for a starting job right away, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Golladay is far from a finished product -- his route running is a noticeable area for improvement -- but he presents a big-bodied frame that no other Detroit Lions receiver comes close to. In fact, the next tallest wideout is special teamer Ryan Spadola (6-1, 204). What's more, Golladay dropped just five out of 165 targets during his two years at Northern Illinois and caught 18 touchdowns in just 26 games. Now on a squad that sported the fifth-worst drop rate in the league that also needs to replace the departed Anquan Boldin's team-leading eight touchdown receptions from 2016, Golladay certainly looks to be a great fit within the Detroit offense and should push for No. 3 billing behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones this summer.
Colts' Trey Griffey: Signs with Colts7h ago
Griffey signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, ESPN's Mike Wells reports.
Griffey (6-3, 209) offers appealing size for a wideout but his minimal production at the collegiate level is a cause for concern. His best chance of making the team will come if he can prove to possess high upside as a red-zone threat.
Brad Kaaya DET QB
Lions' Brad Kaaya: In mix for backup QB role9h ago
Brad Kaaya should compete with Jake Rudock for the No. 2 quarterback job, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.
The Detroit Lions made it clear how much they think of Rudock by uncharacteristically carrying him as their No. 3 QB on the active roster the majority of the 2016 season -- in order to ensure another team couldn't sign him off their practice squad -- and subsequently parting ways with incumbent backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky earlier this offseason. However, Detroit management probably wasn't expecting a quarterback of Kaaya's caliber to fall to the end of the sixth round and couldn't resist when he landed in their laps. While the Miami (Fl.) product might lack the ideal frame to succeed at the professional level, he likely offers higher upside than Rudock and could make a bid for the backup job out of the gates if he can put together impressive summer and preseason showings.
Marquel Lee OAK LB
Raiders' Marquel Lee: Will have chance to earn starting MLB role10h ago
Marquel Lee was told by Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie that he'll have a chance to earn the starting spot at middle linebacker during his rookie campaign, Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Lee, who was drafted in the fifth round on Saturday, will be part of a battle for the starting role at middle linebacker in Oakland among a severely thin and inexperienced corps. Cory James and Ben Heeney currently round out the remaining options at MLB, but the team may still look to sign a veteran. Lee, a solid run defender, will have to polish his craft in coverage situations in order to potentially earn the job.
Mark Ingram NO RB
Saints' Mark Ingram: Outlook unclear after offseason additions10h ago
With the New Orleans Saints signing Adrian Peterson (knee) last week and drafting tailback Alvin Kamara in the third round of the NFL Draft, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder speculates that the team's likely plan is to deploy a three-headed attack at running back similar to the Saints' potent 2009 and 2011 backfields.
Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it is expected that Mark Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional running backs, running between the tackles, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.