LeSean McCoy BUF RB
Bills' LeSean McCoy: Expected to be arrested9h 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 Tuesday14h 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 Saints15h 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.
Andy Dalton CIN QB
Bengals' Andy Dalton: Hasn't started throwing16h 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.
Jon Beason NYG MLB
Giants' Jon Beason: Released by Giants22h 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.
Blake Swihart BOS C
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day1h ago
Blake Swihart will be the Opening Day catcher when Boston opens the 2016 season in Cleveland, MLB.com reports.
Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of schedule, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the Boston Red Sox feel he'll learn that skill with experience and practice. Long term, with two young catchers capable of playing everyday in the majors, the Red Sox can either trade one of them or move Swihart to a new position.
Wil Myers SD CF
Padres' Wil Myers: Expected to stick at first base in 20167h 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 Training18h 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 arbitration18h 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 training18h 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 Wednesday19h 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.
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Pacers' Monta Ellis: Scores 10 in defeat Wednesday26m ago
Monta Ellis scored 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt) to go with four assists, one rebound and a steal over 37 minutes in a 117-95 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.
After scoring a combined 57 points over a two-game stretch at the end of January, Ellis has been unable to generate significant offense of late -- averaging 10.3 points with only 3.7 assists in his last six games. The 30-year-old Ellis has maintained healthy minutes in coach Frank Vogel's rotation, but may cede court time to Rodney Stuckey when he returns after the All-Star break.
Paul George IND SF
Pacers' Paul George: Scores 22 in defeat Wednesday36m ago
Paul George scored 22 points (8-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with eight rebounds, six assists, and a block over 33 minutes in a 117-95 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.
George was a sole bright spot in coach Frank Vogel's rotation, as the Indiana Pacers were outscored 35-18 in the second quarter of Wednesday's rout. The 25-year-old has been excellent over his last four games, averaging 26 points with a 44.8 three-point percentage to go with 8.5 boards. George will enter the starting lineup of the Eastern Conference All-Stars in Toronto on Sunday.
Cody Zeller CHA C
Hornets' Cody Zeller: Posts double-double in victory Wednesday44m ago
Cody Zeller scored 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-3 FT) to go with 11 rebounds and three assists over 23 minutes in a 117-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday.
Zeller made good on his return to Indiana, as the former Hoosier required only 23 minutes to record a double-double. Coach Steve Clifford used the lopsided game as an opportunity to give rookie Frank Kaminsky additional minutes down the stretch -- Kaminsky played 30 minutes for the first time since Jan. 20 -- but it seems Zeller has a firm grasp on the starting role over Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes.
Jeremy Lamb CHA SG
Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Comes off bench to score 16 in victory Wednesday1h ago
Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt) with a rebound over 14 minutes in a 117-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday.
The Charlotte Hornets outscored Indiana 35-18 in the second quarter, allowing Lamb to record his highest offensive total since Jan. 9 off the bench. While the 23-year-old impressed in limited minutes, his fantasy upside is questionable -- as long as Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stay healthy, Lamb may not have opportunities for court time.
Kemba Walker CHA PG
Hornets' Kemba Walker: Scores game-high 25 points in victory Wednesday1h ago
Kemba Walker scored 25 points (10-21 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT) to go with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block over 40 minutes in a 117-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday.
Walker and the Charlotte Hornets ran away with Wednesday's game after going on a 17-4 second quarter run. Despite suffering a knee injury at the start of the month, Walker has been on a roll of late; averaging 24.5 points with six rebounds and 5.5 assists over his last four games. After enjoying the All-Star break, Walker will take on the Bucks on Feb. 19.
Amir Johnson BOS SF
Celtics' Amir Johnson: Zero points, zero boards in win1h 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.
Jonathan Quick LA G
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Misses practice due to lower body injury1h ago
Jonathan Quick (lower body) is listed as day-to-day after sustaining a lower body injury late in Tuesday's win over Toronto, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Quick was held out of the team's practice Wednesday and seems unlikely to suit up for Thursday's game. Expect Jhonas Enroth in the net for the Los Angeles Kings as Quick looks to get back into the lineup over the weekend.
Colton Parayko STL D
Blues' Colton Parayko: Team wants him shooting more2h 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 mates3h 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.
Louis Domingue ARI G
Coyotes' Louis Domingue: Gives up two goals in loss Wednesday8h 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 Coyotes8h 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.