Greg Garcia STL 3B
Cardinals' Greg Garcia: On base four times Thursday7m ago
Greg Garcia went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
The utility man extraordinaire continues to parlay his occasional starting opportunities into impressive production. After singling as a pinch hitter in the matinee win, Garcia was on base in all four plate appearances while starting the nightcap. The 27-year-old doesn't provide much in the way of power and has yet to log an extra-base hit this season, but his .316 average and .409 OBP nevertheless make him a solid fantasy asset.
Julio Urias LAD SP
Dodgers' Julio Urias: Solid in 2017 debut8m ago
Urias, Julio held the Giants to one run on four hits over 5.2 innings Thursday. He walked four and struck out four in a 5-1 win.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ' prized arm fared well in his first start after being called up Thursday. A wild pickoff throw and four walks were the only blemishes on an otherwise solid pitching line. The 20-year-old was pulled after 90 pitches, a limit he likely won't exceed often due to his age and the club's plan to limit his usage this season. Manager Dave Roberts did say that Urias was here to stay, so he is worth adding in almost any format where he is still available due to his extremely-high ceiling. His next turn in the rotation will come against these very same Giants next Wednesday.
Tyler Lyons STL RP
Cardinals' Tyler Lyons: Could start Monday11m ago
Tyler Lyons could make a spot start Monday against the Brewers, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
A weather-induced doubleheader this week means regular starter Carlos Martinez would be forced to make his next appearance on short rest, so Lyons provides an alternative option if necessary. The southpaw was originally recalled from Triple-A Memphis this week to provide bullpen depth, but looked sharp in two innings against Toronto on Thursday and has compiled a 1.29 ERA over three minor-league starts this season. It would be Lyons' first big league start since 2015, when he went 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA over eight games for the St. Louis Cardinals .
Francisco Rodriguez DET RP
Tigers' Francisco Rodriguez: Removal from closer role unlikely11m ago
The Detroit Tigers aren't expected remove Francisco Rodriguez from the closer job in the near future, if they consider it at all this year, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
It may not necessarily be a strong endorsement of Rodriguez's remaining skills, but more of a realization that they don't really have an option behind him in the bullpen chain with which they'd feel comfortable. Manager Brad Ausmus did acknowledge that "at some point, he does have to pitch the way he pitched last year, because he did an outstanding job for us last year and in a city that has been looking for a closer that was consistent for a long time, he was that." The reliever crew behind K-Rod would likely dictate a committee situation led by left-hander Justin Wilson, but Joe Jimenez, whom may consider the future of this position for Detroit, may get a shot down the road if Rodriguez continues to throw junk.
Dexter Fowler STL CF
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler: Best game of season Thursday13m ago
Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a double-header.
Fowler extended the St. Louis Cardinals ' lead to 4-0 with a 401-foot blast to center in the third. It was the continuation of a modest but potentially pivotal three-game stretch for the struggling veteran, who went 7-for-16 with two doubles, Thursday's homer, two RBI, two walks and five runs in the series versus Toronto. That's boosted Fowler's average from .169 to .224 and his slugging from .296 to .388.
Trevor Rosenthal STL RP
Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal: Notches second save of season Thursday26m ago
Trevor Rosenthal nailed down his second save of the season in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays in the nightcap of a double-header, firing a clean ninth inning and recording two strikeouts.
The former closer was back in his element with Seung Hwan Oh unavailable after having closed out the matinee of the twin bill. Rosenthal flashed pinpoint control, throwing 12 of 13 pitches for strikes while steamrolling Ryan Goins, Justin Smoak and Devon Travis. Rosenthal has been effective while primarily serving as a setup option thus far this season, but he's also been perfect in both of his save opportunities. He continues to confound plenty of hitters, as he's notched a pair of strikeouts in each of his last four appearances and boasts a sparkling 13:0 K:BB.
Rajon Rondo CHI PG
Bulls' Rajon Rondo: Unlikely to play in Game 71h ago
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Friday that Rajon Rondo (thumb) is unlikely to return if the Chicago Bulls force a Game 7, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reports.
In hindsight, while Rondo has been known for playing through serious injuries, it looks as if there was never a real chance that the point guard would return to this first-round series after breaking his thumb. Fred Hoiberg will likely continue to use Isaiah Canaan in his starting lineup after his 13-point performance in Game 6, but given that the team's back is against the wall, another change could potentially be in store.
LaMarcus Aldridge SA PF
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge: Submits double-double in Game 6 win3h ago
LaMarcus Aldridge compiled 17 points (7-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds and one assist across 42 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 win over the Grizzlies in Game 6 of the series.
Aldridge did most of his offensive damage in the third quarter, scoring nine points in the period to give the San Antonio Spurs a one-point advantage heading into the final 12 minutes. The big man went on to collect his second double-double of the first round as the Spurs closed out the series with the road victory. Aldridge averaged 14.8 points (on 45.3% shooting), 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 37.3 minutes per game over the six contests.
Pau Gasol SA PF
Spurs' Pau Gasol: Held scoreless in series-clinching win3h ago
Pau Gasol failed to score (0-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and added four rebounds and one assist across 20 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 win over the Grizzlies in Game 6 of the series.
Gasol was practically invisible throughout the series against his younger brother, as he averaged a meager 6.5 points (on 37.5% shooting), 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.2 minutes per game. Coach Gregg Popovich ended up phasing out starting center Dewayne Dedmon during the series, but Gasol didn't play well enough to capitalize on the open minutes, with David Lee instead becoming the primary beneficiary. The San Antonio Spurs will surely need more offensive firepower from Gasol in their second-round series with the Rockets, who tied for second in the NBA with an average of 112.8 points per game this season.
James Ennis III MEM SF
Grizzlies' James Ennis: Scores 11 points in series-ending loss3h ago
Ennis produced 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 29 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 loss to the Spurs in Game 6 of the series.
After the Memphis Grizzlies took double-digit losses in the first two games of the series, Ennis ended up replacing Wayne Selden in the starting lineup. Ennis' promotion to the top unit seemed to help give the Grizzlies a bit of a lift, as the wing averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 assist in 28.0 minutes per game over the final four contests of the series. Ennis benefited from an increased workload in the postseason due to the absences of Tony Allen (leg) and Chandler Parsons (knee), but if the Grizzlies don't re-sign Allen this offseason, Ennis could be a candidate to open 2017-18 in a starting role.
Kawhi Leonard SA SF
Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: Scores 29 points in closeout win3h ago
Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 29 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 12-13 FT) and added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals across 40 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 win over the Grizzlies in Game 6 of the series.
Leonard lived at the foul line throughout the first round, converting an incredible 59-of-61 attempts (96.7%). Coach Gregg Popovich's decision to manage Leonard's minutes cautiously in the regular season seemed to pay dividends, as the All-Star forward was able to stay consistently productive while playing at least 39 minutes in four games of the series. He averaged 31.2 points (on 54.8% shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.3 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in the first round and should continue to rack up stats across the board in the San Antonio Spurs ' Western Conference semifinals matchup with the Rockets, which kicks off Monday.
Mike Conley MEM PG
Grizzlies' Mike Conley: Paces team with 26 points in series-ending loss3h ago
Mike Conley put up 26 points (7-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 9-10 FT), five assists, two rebounds and one steal across 45 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 loss to the Spurs in Game 6 of the series.
Conley's scoring haul was tops on the Memphis Grizzlies , but his poor shooting in the first quarter took a bigger night off the table and may have been the difference between Memphis extending the series to seven games and being eliminated. Though the Grizzlies will exit in the first round at the hands of the Spurs for the second straight season, Conley can hold his head high after turning in 20-plus points in the final five games of the series, marking the longest streak in franchise postseason history.
Canadiens' Antoine Waked: Inks three-year deal with Habs1h ago
Waked agreed to a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.
Waked amassed 80 points (39 goals, 41 assists) in 67 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskins of the QMJHL this season, a fine complement to his whopper of a rating at plus-41. Lauded for his rapidly growing two-way game and physical edge, Waked will turn 21 years old in May. We'd wait to see how he performs in the minor leagues before getting too excited about his fantasy prospects, but earning that initial contract from an NHL club should positively jolt the winger's confidence as he continues to defy the odds as an undrafted player.
Ian Cole PIT D
Penguins' Ian Cole: Putting up numbers3h ago
Ian Cole tallied an assist, three hits and a game-high eight blocked shots in Thursday's win over Washington.
His nifty stretch pass to Scott Wilson led to Nick Bonino's game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Despite skating only 17:01, the lowest amount of any Pittsburgh defender, he made the most of his limited time. Cole collected three assists in Round 1 and figures to continue chipping in without Kris Letang available in the postseason.
Nick Bonino PIT C
Penguins' Nick Bonino: Comes up big Thursday3h ago
Nick Bonino collected a third-period, game-winning goal Thursday against the Capitals.
Bonino continues to raise his game in the postseason. Dating back to 2012-13 with Anaheim, the center has netted six playoff game-winners (including three in overtime) in 56 contests. The centerman has two goals in six playoff games after totaling 18 points in 24 postseason contests last spring.
Conor Sheary PIT LW
Penguins' Conor Sheary: Struggling to produce4h ago
Conor Sheary went pointless with a minus-1 rating Thursday against the Capitals.
He finished with fewer shifts (16) than any other Pittsburgh forward, skating just over 12 minutes (12:21) as part of a third unit with Nick Bonino and Scott Wilson. Sheary led the NHL with 3.01 points/60 during 5-on-5 play in the regular season, but those numbers have suffered since he moved off Sidney Crosby's line.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C
Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Snags first postseason point11h ago
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an assist, two shots and a hit in Edmonton's Game 1 win over Anaheim on Wednesday.
That assist is Nugent-Hopkins' first point of the postseason. Though he hasn't shown up on the scoresheet often, he's seeing plenty of ice time and is skating on the team's second power-play unit. He's played well but has largely been deployed in a defensive role. He's been better than the stats show, but his upside is limited by his usage.
Jordan Eberle EDM RW
Oilers' Jordan Eberle: Continues to struggle in postseason11h ago
Jordan Eberle had no points, no shots and a minus-1 rating in Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.
Eberle has been a bad bet this postseason. He hasn't put up a point since the opening game and has only played more than 15 minutes once and that was an opening round overtime match.
Mike Glennon CHI QB
Bears' Mike Glennon: Won't face immediate competition from Trubisky3h ago
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace said No. 2 overall selection Mitch Trubisky will not push Mike Glennon for the starting job out of the gate, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer of The Chicago Tribune report. "Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback," said Pace. "There's no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here. Glennon is our starting quarterback. We'll focus on Mitch's development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears."
While this sentiment perhaps could change if Trubisky impresses during training camp and the preseason, it does make sense that the Bears want him to spend a year waiting in the wings, as he only started 13 games at the University of North Carolina. Chicago also made a significant investment this offseason in Glennon, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract that includes $18.5 million guaranteed. The team seemingly hopes to keep Trubisky on the bench for his entire rookie campaign, but the plan could change in a hurry if Glennon struggles early in the season and it becomes clear the Bears don't have any shot of making the playoffs.
Matt Jones WAS RB
Redskins' Matt Jones: Available on trade market3h ago
The Washington Redskins are shopping Matt Jones , NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Selected in the third round of the 2015 draft on the strength of his workout numbers, Jones has thus far displayed some big-play ability but without any kind of consistency. He has 243 career carries for 950 yards (3.9 YPC), with six lost fumbles in 20 games. Undrafted rookie Robert Kelley usurped Jones for the lead role in Washington's backfield last season, with Chris Thompson handling the obvious passing downs. Regardless of what the Redskins do in the draft, Jones likely will have to compete for a roster spot. He's unlikely to fetch anything more than a sixth- or seventh-round selection in a trade.
Will Tye NYG TE
Giants' Will Tye: May have to earn spot on roster4h ago
Will Tye may have to fight for a roster spot after the New York Giants selected Evan Engram in the first round of the draft, NJ.com's James Kratch reports.
The Giants' decision to select a tight end in the opening round came as no surprise, as Tye was one of the league's least productive starters at his position last season, hauling in 48 of 70 targets for only 395 yards (8.2 yards per catch) and a touchdown in 16 games (10 starts). The team previously signed hybrid fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison, who along with Engram is a lock to make the final roster. Tye may thus find himself competing with Matt Lacosse (knee) and 2016 sixth-rounder Jerell Adams for what likely would be one or two roster spots. Tye re-signed on a modest one-year, $615,000 contract in February.
Gary Barnidge CLE TE
Browns' Gary Barnidge: Facing competition from first-rounder Njoku4h ago
Gary Barnidge will face competition from first-round selection David Njoku, Nathaniel Cline of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Cleveland Browns made Njoku their third selection of Thursday's opening round, trading up to No. 29 to select the rookie out of Miami. While he doesn't have much of a reputation for blocking, Njoku at least figures to provide Barnidge with immediate competition for targets in a part-time role on passing downs, after the 32-year-old failed to build on his breakout 2015 campaign, catching only 55 passes for 612 yards and two touchdowns on 81 targets last season.
Tom Savage HOU QB
Texans' Tom Savage: Remains starting QB after draft7h ago
Tom Savage is Houston's starting quarterback according to head coach Bill O'Brien, who made that clear following the team's first-round selection of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Tom is our starter," O'Brien said.
O'Brien said Watson will have to sit and learn behind Savage and Brandon Weeden, though it's clear the long-range plan is for Watson to be Houston's franchise quarterback. Savage, by dint of his experience in the offense, is the likely starter Week 1.
Saints' Ryan Ramczyk: Last pick of first round14h ago
The New Orleans Saints selected Ramczyk in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 32nd overall.
With the pick taken in exchange for Brandin Cooks, the Saints get the player who was widely considered the top tackle in the draft at one point, but one who may have fallen a bit due to a hip injury that needed surgical repair. Ramczyk doesn't have the look of a dominant lineman, but he should be reliable.