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Jaylen Brown BOS SF
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Starts, scores 13 points in return1h ago
Jaylen Brown (hip) started at shooting guard posted 13 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two assists, one steal and one block across 28 minutes in a 107-97 loss to the Raptors on Friday.
After Brown's hip injury kept him sidelined for the final three games before the All-Star break, the rookie returned to action Friday and took back a spot in the starting five with Avery Bradley (Achilles) still sidelined. He ended up turning in a quality shooting effort and seems to be gaining trust from coach Brad Stevens as the season goes on, but Brown will likely move back to the bench perhaps as soon as Sunday against the Pistons. Bradley indicated that he feels 100 percent healthy and has received clearance to play, and it appears he was only held out Friday for precautionary purposes.
Stephen Curry GS PG
Warriors' Stephen Curry: Takes rest day Friday1h ago
Stephen Curry was given a rest day Friday and did not participate in practice, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Golden state head coach Steve Kerr will look for opportunities over the final six-plus weeks to keep Curry and the Golden State Warriors ' other main contributors fresh in preparation for the playoffs. That could mean days off from practice or sitting a player for a game. Curry is expected to play Saturday night at home against Brooklyn.
Darrell Arthur DEN PF
Nuggets' Darrell Arthur: Plays 13 minutes in Friday's win1h ago
Darrell Arthur failed to score (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and added three steals, two rebounds and one assist across 13 minutes in a 129-109 win over the Nets on Friday.
Though he was dealing with an illness heading into the Denver Nuggets ' back-to-back set, Arthur was cleared to play in both contests, but he failed to see the floor in Thursday's loss to the Kings. With the Nuggets rolling to an easy win Friday, coach Michael Malone was able to empty the bench and get Arthur some run, but the forward failed to do much during his time on the court. Arthur may have a better chance at claiming some extra minutes Sunday against the Grizzlies if Kenneth Faried's back injury forces him to sit out.
Kevin Durant GS SF
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Bruised finger wrapped during Friday's practice2h ago
Kevin Durant practiced Friday with a wrap around his bruised left pinkie finger, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Durant injured the finger early in Thursday's win over the Clippers, but managed to play 34 minutes without any noticeable impact on his shot (8-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt). He should be ready to roll Saturday night at home against the Nets.
Lavoy Allen IND PF
Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Puts up double-double off bench2h ago
Lavoy Allen (knee) logged 10 points (5-5 FG), 10 rebounds, one steal and one block across 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's 102-92 win over the Grizzlies.
After a three-game absence prior to the All-Star break, Allen was cleared to play Friday after taking part in morning shootaround and pregame warmups, but he was forced to settle back on the bench with Thaddeus Young (wrist) also returning. Allen didn't let the demotion bother him much though, as he submitted his second double-double of the season. Though February has been Allen's most productive month of the season, he's averaging 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 23.5 minutes per game in those eight appearances, so he still won't return value in most fantasy leagues.
Austin Rivers LAC PG
Clippers' Austin Rivers: Drops 23 off bench in Friday's loss7h ago
Austin Rivers posted 23 points (8-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with three assists and no turnovers over 27 minutes in Friday's 105-97 loss against the Spurs.
Rivers was back to his role off the bench with Chris Paul (thumb) back in action after missing the past month. Despite the move back to a reserve role he was still very effective against a good defensive club. Don't drop Rivers from your fantasy lineup, but you can expect his playing time to be reduced as Paul gets even more comfortable after the long layoff.
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Penguins' Kris Letang: Not looking good for Saturday33m ago
Kris Letang (upper body) didn't skate as part of a regular pairing Friday, making it unlikely he plays Saturday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
The oft-injured defenseman has played in Pittsburgh's last 11 games but has already missed 18 of 59 contests. Letang took some reps with Steve Oleksy on Friday, an indication he could return Tuesday in Dallas.
Deryk Engelland CGY D
Flames' Deryk Engelland: Nets game-winning goal against Cats35m ago
Deryk Engelland scored the game-winning goal against Florida on Friday.
The veteran defenseman has only marked the scoresheet in five of his past 36 games for two goals and six points, so you cannot rely on him for offensive production in any fantasy setting. In cavernous seasonal leagues, there is some value in his 50 shots, 39 PIM, 48 hits and 55 blocked shots during that 36-game stretch, but Engelland shouldn't be confused with a priority, either. Don't fret leaving him on the waiver wire.
Michael Frolik CGY RW
Flames' Michael Frolik: Collects two assists in win over Cats39m ago
Michael Frolik recorded two assists with two shots on net and a minor penalty during Friday's win over Florida.
While Frolik will never be a go-to fantasy assets, he has shown the ability to provide sneaky multi-category production for stretches. He's notched seven goals, 20 points and 72 shots with 24 PIM and a plus-10 rating over his past 27 games, after all. The veteran winger is a worth considering in deeper seasonal leagues, and he has contrarian upside in daily contests when Calgary draws a favorable opponent.
Matthew Tkachuk CGY LW
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Chips in two assists against Panthers43m ago
Matthew Tkachuk recorded two assists during Friday's win over Florida.
The rookie is having a fantastic cross-category season and is particularly hot of late. While he has just five goals over his past 32 games, Tkachuk has stuffed the other stat columns with 29 points, 60 shots, 45 PIM, 34 hits and a plus-9 rating. There have been plenty of noteworthy freshman this year, so Tkachuk's excellent campaign might be flying under the radar. He could be undervalued in keeper/dynasty settings, and he's currently presenting excellent value in daily contests. Fantasy stardom might not be too far away considering his multi-category upside.
Justin Schultz PIT D
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Likely back for Heinz Field game1h ago
Justin Schultz (concussion) ran the team's top power-play unit Friday during practice, an indication that he'll return to action Saturday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
He's been cleared for contact and said he felt fine after Friday's practice. Schultz, who leads Pittsburgh defenders with 39 points in 56 games, has missed the team's last three contests.
Troy Brouwer CGY RW
Flames' Troy Brouwer: Stuffs stat line against Cats1h ago
Troy Brouwer registered a goal, an assist, two shots on net, two blocked shots, two hits, a minor penalty and a plus-2 rating during Friday's win over Florida.
The two-point showing snapped a six-game scoring drought, and with just 10 goals and 21 points through 54 games, Brouwer is hardly moving the fantasy needle. Brouwer has struggled to find chemistry with linemates during his first season in Calgary, so until he begins to click offensively, you'll likely want to avoid him in the majority of seasonal leagues.
Zack Greinke ARI SP
Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke: Finally sees live action1h ago
Zack Greinke threw his first live batting practice of spring training Friday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Greinke is in the midst of a "slow-played" spring camp as he makes his way back from a season-ending shoulder injury. The 33-year-old reportedly threw 20 pitches under supervision and said he felt everything went well, so expect him to ramp up activity in the coming weeks. Greinke is coming off a rough first season with Arizona, in which he posted a 4.37 ERA while serving up 23 home runs.
Lance McCullers HOU SP
Astros' Lance McCullers: Pleased with first BP session1h ago
Lance McCullers faced hitters for the first time this spring, throwing a live batting practice session Friday, Brian McTaggart of the Houston Astros ' official site reports.
McCullers, who began and ended last season on the disabled list, missed the final month of the 2016 season due to elbow discomfort. The right-hander threw all of his pitches Friday -- the four-seam fastball, curveball, sinker and changeup -- and was pleased with the results. He'll throw two more BP sessions this week before making his Grapefruit League debut. When not on the DL last season, McCullers went 6-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 14 starts.
J.D. Martinez DET RF
Tigers' J.D. Martinez: Dealing with pectoral tightness1h ago
J.D. Martinez was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game with pectoral tightness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The move is likely precautionary from a management standpoint. Martinez is expected to once again be a big part of the Detroit Tigers ' offense, so they won't risk any health issues in spring training. Juan Perez will take over in right field. Consider Martinez day-to-day unless something changes.
Francis Martes HOU RP
Astros' Francis Martes: Developing changeup with help from Oswalt1h ago
Francis Martes has changed the grip of his changeup from a two-seam to a four-seam grip, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Martes impressed several hitters during his first live batting-practice session of the spring Friday, using his mid-90s fastball, power slider and a still-developing changeup. The 21-year-old right-hander has been receiving tutoring from former Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt, who spent time this week working on the Martes' changeup, a pitch Oswalt believes is pivotal to the prospect's development. Martes had been throwing a two-seam changeup despite not throwing a two-seam fastball. Oswalt suggested the four-seam changeup to better deceive hitters.
Gerrit Cole PIT SP
Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Set to throw simulated game1h ago
Gerrit Cole will throw two innings in a simulated game on Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Cole dealt with bouts of elbow inflammation last season and has been cautiously eased into spring training activity. After finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, he recorded a career-worst 3.88 ERA last season and was shut down in September. Nonetheless, if all goes well, expect the former All-Star to see Grapefruit League action soon.
Josh Reddick HOU LF
Astros' Josh Reddick: Moving Springer to center field1h ago
Josh Reddick will make his spring debut Monday, starting in right field against the Mets at Port St. Lucie (Fla.), Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Reddick, who signed a four-year deal with Houston during the offserason, is a gold-glove caliber defender in right field. As such, George Springer, who played 148 games in right last season, will move to center field.
Allen Barbre PHI T
Eagles' Allen Barbre: Will be ready for 2017 season13h 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 camp14h 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 49ers14h 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 recovery14h 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 201714h 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 Tennessee15h 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.