Christian Arroyo SF SS
Giants' Christian Arroyo: Hits first major-league home run Wednesday35m ago
Arroyo, Christian went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run -- the first of his major-league career -- in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers.
The rookie was calm in the face of adversity Wednesday, smacking a clutch two-run homer that got the San Francisco Giants back into a game that they would eventually walk-off in extra innings. Arroyo isn't known for his power, but he did hit three long balls in 69 plate appearances with Triple-A Sacramento this season after needing 517 to reach that same mark with Double-A Richmond last year. At just 22 years of age, he hasn't fully developed as a hitter, so there may be more pop in his bat than initially anticipated. With the Giants sticking him in an everyday role, Arroyo is worth a flyer in most formats to see what type of hitter he will become in his rookie season.
Johnny Cueto SF SP
Giants' Johnny Cueto: Throws quality start Wednesday1h ago
Johnny Cueto gave up three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision in a walk-off win over the Dodgers.
Despite Wednesday's game taking place in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park, the Dodgers -- who hit righties significantly better than lefties -- presented a tough matchup for the veteran. The 31-year-old was looking sharp through five innings, but Corey Seager led a three-run rally in the sixth that ended the righty's night. While he earned a quality start, Cueto's April has been anything but quality, finishing with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in five games. His velocity is on par with his marks during last year's All-Star campaign, but his 1.80 HR/9 is the glaring outlier, likely due to a career-high 18.8 HR/FB ratio. Cueto has posted HR/FB ratios below 10 percent over his previous two seasons, so his current mark should regress to the mean, which should reveal the Cueto we are used to seeing as the season progresses.
Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Racks up 12 RBI in four games3h ago
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.
The Nats have been enjoying themselves at Coors Field, but Murphy's been feasting in general, as evidenced by his .330 average, four homers and 22 RBI -- 12 of which he's accumulated in the last four games. Last season was no outlier; he's this good.
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Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Three hits, another homer Wednesday3h ago
Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Isn't playing in Coors Field grand? The veteran first baseman's clearly enjoying it, as this was his second homer in the first three games of this series, and he now has five in his last eight contests overall -- a span in which Zimmerman has racked up a spectacular 14 RBI. Yep, he's suddenly killing it in his age-32 season after hitting just .218 last year. Considering his proclivity for injury and disappointing production in recent years, it's wise to sell high on Zimmerman now, before he runs out of pixie dust.
Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Dealing with bruised calf3h ago
Clayton Kershaw said he's not concerned about his bruised right calf, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kershaw had it wrapped to reduce swelling, but he was still able to do his usual outfield running the day after his start against the Giants -- a seven-inning effort of one-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He should be considered day-to-day for now, though it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. Unless something goes wrong this week, it appears Kershaw should be in line to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies.
Trea Turner WAS SS
Nationals' Trea Turner: Unleashing beast at Coors3h ago
Trea Turner went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and three runs in Colorado on Wednesday.
He's been killing it in this series at Coors, as Turner's now 8-for-15 with three doubles, a triple, two homers, nine RBI and eight runs in three games. Great news: The Nats draw one more game at Coors on Thursday for Turner to keep padding his stats.
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Bulls' Robin Lopez: Efficient in Game 5 loss3h ago
Robin Lopez posted 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and a steal over 29 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 108-97 loss to the Celtics.
The Celtics have had a hard time containing Lopez during this series, as he's been outperforming his season averages in almost every game he's played in the postseason. Lopez made some great plays in the fourth quarter to keep the Chicago Bulls within striking distance but got frustrated at a missed call that resulted in a technical foul. The 29-year old journeyman comes at a great value for playoff DFS contests, and given his rise in production, he is a solid play if the Bulls survive and advance.
Jimmy Butler CHI SF
Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Struggles in Game 5 loss3h ago
Jimmy Butler posted 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block over 39 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 loss to the Celtics.
Butler didn't play poorly in Wednesday's game, but it was certainly a quieter performance than his Game 4 33-point tour-de-force. He quietly posted a decent stat line, but Dwyane Wade was unquestionably the big offensive weapon in Game 5. Without Rajon Rondo in the lineup, the Chicago Bulls are having a difficult time finding their footing, and although they can string together a few good quarters, inevitably they stumble with a 16-point fourth quarter. If Rondo can return in Game 6, Butler and the rest of the team will benefit from a more balanced attack.
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Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Leads team with 26 in Game 5 loss4h ago
Dwyane Wade scored 26 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 10-10 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and one block over 35 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 loss to the Celtics.
Coach Fred Hoiberg essentially had Wade play point guard for the evening despite starting Isaiah Canaan in place of Rajon Rondo (thumb). The game flowed fairly smoothly through Wade for most of the game, until things fell apart in the fourth quarter. Wade let his frustration with the team's collapse boil over and a few choice words to a referee resulted in a technical foul. Despite the negative outcome, Wade recorded a double-double and flirted with a triple-double. Wade's playoff experience is invaluable to the team, and though one should expect strong games like this from the 11 -year vet, his stat line will reduce a bit if Rondo returns in Game 6.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Logs 24 in Game 5 win4h ago
Avery Bradley contributed 24 points (11-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and a steal over 40 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 108-97 win over the Bulls.
Bradley was absolutely clutch for the Boston Celtics in Game 5, making plays all over the floor and although Isaiah Thomas also scored 24 points, Bradley was the star of the show on Wednesday. He shot 57.8 percent from the floor and was turnover-free on the evening. Since returning from injury he has gradually stolen more minutes from Marcus Smart, although coach Brad Stevens will play the hottest hand. It's for this reason that Bradley is at best the third-most reliable DFS option for the Celtics despite Wednesday's performance. He'll look to have another strong game in Chicago for Game 6.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Leads team in assists in Game 5 win4h ago
Al Horford tallied 21 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds and a steal over 34 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 win over 108-97 win over the Bulls.
Horford gave a stellar performance in Game 5 and actually led the team with nine dimes, a feat you'll rarely see from any center. Horford's versatility was aided by the presence of Kelly Olynyk on the floor, as coach Brad Stevens elected to go with a bigger lineup in the second half with great results. The move allowed Horford to shift over to the 4 spot often where he was even able to drain two 3-pointers. Look for the 10-year vet to continue his excellent play in Game 6.
Isaiah Thomas BOS PG
Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: Pulls out Game 5 win despite shot struggles4h ago
Isaiah Thomas produced 24 points (6-17 FG, 1-10 3Pt, 11-11 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal over 36 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Bulls, 108-97.
Thomas struggled mightily to find a rhythm with his shot in the first half but it never arrived. His primary contribution came on the defensive side, helping his team dominate the fourth quarter with a couple of key rebounds as well as a torrent of free throws. While Al Horford actually led the team in assists, Thomas is the unquestioned floor general in Boston and will continue to show up with big stat lines as long as the Boston Celtics are alive.
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Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Exits Wednesday's Game 1 due to injury3h ago
Kevin Bieksa left Wednesday's Game 1 against the Oilers with an apparent leg injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Bieksa appeared to sustain the injury when he collided with Shea Theodore in the first period of Wednesday's contest, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. The veteran blueliner later returned to the ice for a few shifts, but he didn't log any ice time during the second half of the second period, and he wasn't on Anaheim's bench for the start of the third period. The Anaheim Ducks should release an update on Bieksa's status in the coming days, but if he's unavailable for Friday's tilt, Korbinian Holzer or Sami Vatanen will likely draw into the lineup for Game 2.
Vladimir Sobotka STL C
Blues' Vladimir Sobotka: Scores key goal to keep Blues in Game 13h ago
Vladimir Sobotka scored a third-period goal during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville.
The tally tied the game at 3-3 midway through the final stanza and completed St. Louis' comeback from a 3-1 deficit. It wasn't enough to grab the series lead, but Sobotka continues to show he's a capable contributor at the highest level. He's registered two goals and two assists through six playoff games and is worth a look as a low-priced flier in upcoming daily contests.
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Blues' Joel Edmundson: Chips in two helpers in Game 1 loss3h ago
Joel Edmundson collected two assists over 21:03 of ice time during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville.
Buried down the depth chart, Edmundson has had difficulty making an offensive impact at the highest level through his first two seasons. He's now posted two goals and two assists through six playoff games, though, so the 23-year-old defenseman clearly owns some untapped scoring upside. Unfortunately, considering the stalwarts ahead of him in St. Louis, Edmundson will have a difficult time fulfilling his potential any time soon with the St. Louis Blues .
Colin Wilson NSH C
Predators' Colin Wilson: Continues to be postseason force3h ago
Colin Wilson scored the opening goal of Wednesday's Game 1 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
After missing all of Round 1 with a lower-body injury, Wilson didn't waste any time reminding everyone that he's capable of upping his game in the playoffs. He's now scored 11 goals and 19 points through his past 21 postseason contests, and his two-way game will be a welcomed addition to the Nashville attack. Don't forget Wilson when you're looking for cap relief in daily contests.
Vernon Fiddler NSH C
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Plays hero in Game 13h ago
Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal in the third period against St. Louis in Game 1 on Wednesday.
After sitting in the press box for all four games of Round 1, Fiddler drew into the lineup and came up huge for the Preds. The veteran logged just 8:51 of ice time and didn't play in any special-teams situations, so while his timely heroics made an impact Wednesday, it's probably safe to continue fading Fiddler in all fantasy settings going forward.
P.K. Subban NSH D
Predators' P.K. Subban: Dominates Game 1 with three points3h ago
P.K. Subban recorded a goal, two power-play assists and five shots on net during Wednesday's Game 1 win over St. Louis.
The defenseman logged 23:16 of ice time (2:52 with the man advantage) while leaving his mark on the opening game of the series. Subban has now collected a goal, four helpers and 15 shots through five playoff games, and he's been a major factor in Nashville's undefeated streak to start the postseason.
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Panthers' Andy Lee: Fully recovered from 2016 hamstring injury6h ago
Andy Lee (hamstring) is fully recovered from his 2016 season-ending hamstring injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Lee pulled his hamstring in mid November and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. He instantly slots back in as the Carolina Panthers ' top punter now that he's back to full strength.
Cowboys' Sam Irwin-Hill: Signs with Cowboys6h ago
Irwin-Hill signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, Jon Machota of Dallas News reports.
Irwin-Hill played in 25 games with Arkansas during the 2013-14 seasons. He has no NFL experience however, so he joins the Cowboys after two years away from the game. He figures to push punter Chris Jones in training camp, but would have to impress if he hopes to ultimately make the team.
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Falcons' Adrian Clayborn: Expected back for training camp7h ago
Adrian Clayborn (biceps) is expected to be recovered in time for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Clayborn tore his biceps during the Atlanta Falcons ' divisional-round matchup with the Seahawks and needed over four months of rehab this offseason. Considering the timing of his injury was in mid January, a return for training camp always seemed more likely than not anyway.
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Falcons' Derrick Shelby: Eyeing training camp return7h ago
Derrick Shelby (calf) is expected to be recovered in time for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Shelby ended the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a calf injury. Unfortunately for him, he may return to a reserve role at defensive tackle with offseason acquisition Dontari Poe now in town.
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Falcons' Alex Mack: Expected to return for training camp7h ago
Alex Mack (fibula) is expected to be recovered in time for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Mack, who played through a fractured left fibula in Super Bowl LI, surprisingly didn't require any sort of surgery this offseason. He was presumably prescribed plenty of rest instead, likely allowing Ben Garland the opportunity to serve as the team's No. 1 center throughout spring practices. However, Mack has no chance of being supplanted on the depth chart and will instantly assume the starting job as soon as he's cleared to take the field.
Ronald Blair SF DE
49ers' Ronald Blair: Rolling with first-team defense8h ago
Ronald Blair ran with the San Francisco 49ers ' first-team defense during Wednesday's mincamp practice, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Though just a minicamp practice in April, Blair looks to have the early edge on Aaron Lynch for the "Leo" linebacker role in the 49ers' new 4-3 defense. However, the possibility of team management selecting an edge rusher early in this weekend's draft could change things quickly.