Khris Davis OAK LF
Athletics' Khris Davis: Drives in all A's runs with pair of homers34m ago
Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with four RBI from a three-run homer and solo shot in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros.
The slugger put the Oakland offense on his shoulders Friday, opening the scoring with a 431-foot blast in the first with Matt Joyce and Jed Lowrie aboard, and snapping a 3-3 tie with a 388-foot solo shot in the third. Davis broke a six-game long-ball drought with his efforts while also raising his team-leading homer and RBI totals to nine and 16, respectively.
Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Collects two hits Friday36m ago
Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Castellanos is hitting just .233, but he should heat up after hitting .285 last season. The young third baseman regularly occupies a premium spot in Detroit's lineup, meaning more runs and RBI figure to be on the way, too.
Jharel Cotton OAK RP
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Pounded in Friday loss39m ago
Jharel Cotton (2-3) gave up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits, a walk and a balk over 4.1 innings in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros. He stuck out four.
Cotton may have been a bit too good about putting pitches in the strike zone, as the Astros touched up the young righty for a season high in hits. Houston batters chipped away at the 25-year-old, getting to him for three runs in the first on two singles (one via the infield) and a ground rule double. It was a disappointing outcome for Cotton after he'd given up just two earned runs over six innings against the Mariners last Saturday. He'll look to bounce back in a road start versus the Twins next Wednesday.
Albert Pujols LAA DH
Angels' Albert Pujols: Crushes three-run homer Friday43m ago
Albert Pujols ' only hit in five plate appearances Friday was a three-run home run that completed the Los Angeles Angels ' 6-3 victory over the Rangers.
Fantasy owners may have envisioned more than three homers from the aging slugger through 24 games this season. That said, he has raised his batting average to .247 during his current eight-game hitting streak, and his 21 RBI lead the team. Pujols is striking out more (19.6 K%) and walking less (4.9%), so he could finish the season with a batting average below .250, but as long as he continues to drive in runs and provide some pop, he will hold value in the majority of fantasy formats.
Justin Upton DET LF
Tigers' Justin Upton: Knocks in two Friday43m ago
Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Upton has been good since returning from a wrist injury a week ago. Over his past seven games, Upton is slashing .296/.387/.593 with two home runs and seven RBI. He should continue to post solid numbers from the heart of Detroit's lineup.
Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
Mariners' Dan Vogelbach: Takes seat Saturday44m ago
Vogelbach, Daniel is not in the lineup Saturday against the Indians, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
After going 2-for-12 (.167) in his first four games with the Seattle Mariners this season, Vogelbach will take a breather to clear his head. Danny Valencia will bat sixth and take over at first base in his stead.
Dante Cunningham NO SF
Pelicans' Dante Cunningham: Set to decline player option2h ago
Dante Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.
The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. The 30-year-old, who appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, will likely seek a longer-term deal as a free agent, and chances are he'll draw considerable interest after shooting nearly 40 percent from three in 2016-17.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Back from D-League3h ago
Fred VanVleet was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.
With the D-League season concluded, VanVleet will return to the Toronto Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against the Cavs. Expect the rookie out of Wichita State to simply provide depth at point guard.
Pascal Siakam TOR PF
Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Recalled from D-League3h ago
Pascal Siakam was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.
Siakam helped the Toronto Raptors 905 take home the D-League championship earlier in the week, and he'll now rejoin the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against Cleveland. The rookie started at power forward for most of the first half of the season, but he all but fell out of the rotation after Toronto acquired P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline.
Bruno Caboclo TOR SF
Raptors' Bruno Caboclo: Back from D-League3h ago
Bruno Caboclo has been recalled from the D-League.
With the Toronto Raptors 905 taking home the D-League championship earlier in the week, Caboclo will return to the Raptors as they begin Round 2 of the postseason Monday in Cleveland. Caboclo, who is still considered a developmental prospect, likely won't make an impact for Toronto against the Cavs.
Rudy Gobert UTA C
Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Suffers mild ankle sprain, but fine for Game 74h ago
Rudy Gobert was removed from Friday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers in the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, but will be good to go for Sunday's Game 7, the Associated Press reports.
X-rays conducted on Gobert's ankle came back negative, and though he may still be dealing with some residual soreness once Sunday arrives, it's not anything that will result in his workload being limited with the Utah Jazz needing all hands on deck to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Prior to his departure, Gobert enjoyed another productive outing, tallying 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals across 33 minutes.
Austin Rivers LAC PG
Clippers' Austin Rivers: Scores 13 points in move to starting five4h ago
Austin Rivers started at shooting guard and supplied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block across 35 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.
Rivers was playing in just his second game after missing more than three weeks with a hamstring injury, but that didn't make coach Doc Rivers reluctant to move the younger Rivers up to the top unit and hand him major minutes. The 24-year-old looked far less tentative Friday than he did in his return to action three days earlier, as he provided some efficient scoring from beyond the arc, with one of his three treys helping the Los Angeles Clippers build a 14-point cushion with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Expect him to start again and see another significant workload in Sunday's Game 7.
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Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Back in goal for Game 21h ago
Henrik Lundqvist will cover the cage on the road Saturday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal match with the Senators, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that the New York Rangers will not have any lineup changes from the series opener.
The King will field shots from a Senators team that has converted four of 12 power-play chances on the road in these playoffs, ranking second among the 16 teams involved. Suffice to say, the impetus will be on the back line to seal up shooting lanes in front of Lundqvist after the veteran backstop saw 43 shots and suffered a Game 1 loss.
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Senators' Craig Anderson: In goal for Saturday's Game 22h ago
Craig Anderson will start between the pipes in Saturday's Game 2 against the Rangers.
Anderson was razor-sharp in Game 1, turning aside 34 of the 35 shots he faced en route to a 2-1 victory. The veteran netminder has been stellar this postseason, compiling a 5-2-0 record while registering an impressive 1.81 GAA and .930 save percentage over seven appearances. He'll look to stay dialed in and help his team secure a two-game advantage over the Rangers on Saturday.
Mark Borowiecki OTT D
Senators' Mark Borowiecki: Sitting out again Saturday2h ago
Mark Borowiecki (lower body) will sit out Game 2 against the Rangers on Saturday based on Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher confirming that there will be no lineup changes from the series opener.
The Senators had seven fewer hits than the Rangers in Game 1, but still managed to win. Borowiecki undoubtedly would level the playing field as far as physicality is concerned, though there just haven't been enough signs of rehab progress from the defenseman.
Brett Connolly WAS RW
Capitals' Brett Connolly: Riding pine in Game 22h ago
Brett Connolly will be a healthy scratch for Game 2 against the Penguins on Saturday, sitting in favor of Paul Carey.
Connolly has seen his ice time drop precipitously in these playoffs. As opined by JJ Regan of CSN Mid-Atlantic, Carey has earned the start based on his skating skills being superior to that of Connolly. Either way, this concerns the fourth line, a spot in which mining for fantasy value is generally a fruitless exercise.
Paul Carey WAS C
Capitals' Paul Carey: Will be in lineup Saturday2h ago
Paul Carey will make an appearance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday, CSN's JJ Regan reports.
The 28-year-old pivot has only played in three games since the calendar flipped to 2017, and he'll be tagging into a playoff match for the first time since he was a member of the Avalanche in 2013-14. Washington is hoping that his speed and versatility jump-starts a fourth line that has been lackluster since the playoffs began. Brett Connolly reportedly takes a seat in this one.
Karl Alzner WAS D
Capitals' Karl Alzner: Still day-to-day3h ago
Karl Alzner (upper body) remains day-to-day ahead of Game 2 against the Penguins on Saturday, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's getting close," Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.
This effectively rules out the shutdown defenseman for the next contest. Alzner's played through a litany of injuries throughout his career, but he's also proven human as a lineup absentee since Game 2 of the conference quarterfinals.
Broncos' Jake Butt: Lands in Denver26m ago
The Denver Broncos selected Butt (knee) in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 145th overall.
A presumed second- or third-round prospect before suffering a torn ACL in Michigan's bowl game, Butt looks like a good value for Denver this late. He's a high-floor tight end with a traditional, well-rounded skill set who could earn a starting role over the next couple years. His ability to participate in training camp is unclear at this point, though his ACL recovery is generally believed to be ahead of schedule.
Colts' Grover Stewart: Headed to Indianapolis28m ago
The Indianapolis Colts selected Stewart in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 144th overall.
Stewart dominated the competition in the Southern Conference at Albany State. He was a three-time first-teamer in the Southern Conference and has good size at 6-foot-4, 334 pounds, but Stewart will have a learning curve at the next level as he adjusts to NFL competition. Stewart is a project with upside, but some may consider him a reach even at the bottom of the fourth round.
Colts' Marlon Mack: Picked by Colts31m ago
The Indianapolis Colts selected Mack in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 143rd overall.
This could get interesting. The Colts are very thin in the backfield, where Frank Gore, Robert Turbin, and Josh Ferguson may form the league's worst top three. Mack (5-foot-11, 213 pounds) is an explosive runner who enjoyed extreme success at South Florida, running for 3,609 yards (6.2 YPC) and 32 touchdowns in 36 games. The South Florida system opened generous running lanes and Mack didn't have to interpret much, so he may need some refining before fitting into an NFL-style offense. But if he does, his 4.5 speed should earn him reps in a backfield that just doesn't have any good competition.
Texans' Carlos Watkins: Lands in Houston35m ago
The Houston Texans selected Watkins in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 142nd overall.
Watkins was a key member of Clemson's national title run, racking up three tackles for loss from the defensive interior in the College Football Playoff. He also showed an ability to get to the quarterback with 10.5 sacks in his final season at Clemson. Watkins will be a solid addition along the Texans' defensive line, but it will be difficult for him to replicate that same pass rush production at the next level.
Jets' Chad Hansen: Picked by Jets40m ago
The New York Jets selected Hansen in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 141st overall.
Hansen (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) is a strong value this late in the draft. He's arguably as good or better of a prospect than third-round pick ArDarius Stewart. Of course, the question of how good these guys are only matters so much when you factor in the team setting, which couldn't be worse. Not only do the Jets lack viable passers, but they already have Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson as formidable starting candidates. If he does get an eventual shot on a competent offense, though, Hansen could thrive. He was uniquely productive for California last year, catching 92 passes for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games, and he put forth an athletic profile that should satisfy for a slot wideout role at the least.
Giants' Wayne Gallman: Picked by Giants44m ago
The New York Giants selected Gallman in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 140th overall.
Gallman joins a deep stable of running backs for the Giants, so it's difficult to project where he'll fit in the pecking order for carries early on. He has the requisite size (6-foot, 215) to hold up in the NFL, but his speed leaves something to be desired as he checked in with a 4.6 40 time at the combine. Gallman also averaged less than 5.0 yards per carry in his final season at Clemson. If nothing else, Gallman's presence shouldn't have much of a negative impact on Paul Perkins' stock as fantasy draft season approaches.