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    • Mark Reynolds COL 1B
      Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Smacks 19th homer
      1h ago

      Mark Reynolds went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

      The homer was Reynolds' sixth on the road this season (third on the road this month). He has 19 long balls in total to go with 60 RBI (third most in the National League), as he continues to post ridiculous numbers at home. It seems like regression is inevitable given his track record, but Reynolds' home park and the lineup around him should continue to buoy his fantasy floor.

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    • Matt Cain SF SP
      Giants' Matt Cain: Goes six in no-decision
      1h ago

      Matt Cain gave up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday.

      This is about as good as it gets for the modern-day version of Cain. He has five quality starts in 16 turns this year, and just three since the end of April. Cain has managed more than three strikeouts just once in his last 11 starts, and home runs are a mounting concern. He's a high-risk, low-reward fantasy option.

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    • Jeff Hoffman COL SP
      Rockies' Jeff Hoffman: Bounces back in no-decision
      2h ago

      Jeff Hoffman gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over 6.2 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Tuesday.

      He was in line for the win when he exited the game, but the Colorado Rockies ' bullpen squandered the lead and San Francisco ended up winning in 14 innings. Regardless, it was a strong bounce-back effort for Hoffman, who was rocked for nine earned runs against the Diamondbacks at Coors Field his last time out. Most will want to avoid him at home after that disaster, but Hoffman has appeal in a wide variety of formats as a matchups-based play.

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    • Jim Johnson ATL RP
      Braves' Jim Johnson: Earns 16th save
      2h ago

      Jim Johnson gave up one hit and one walk but struck out the side in the ninth inning Tuesday for his 16th save of the season.

      Johnson has now converted five of his last six save opportunities, after being charged with two blown saves in a span of four appearances about a month ago. While he seems to be secure in his role with his current club, Johnson could be dealt before the deadline, and it's far from a lock that he'd close for a contending team. Arodys Vizcaino would presumably take over as the closer in Atlanta if Johnson were to be traded.

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    • Jhoulys Chacin SD SP
      Padres' Jhoulys Chacin: Falls below .500 with loss to Braves
      2h ago

      Jhoulys Chacin (6-7) gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings in a loss to the Braves on Tuesday.

      Despite the loss, it was a strong effort from Chacin, who continues to post excellent numbers at home (1.83 ERA). His ERA is over 9.00 on the road, but Chacin is a viable streamer as his heavy groundball tendencies have proven to be a nice fit at Petco Park.

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    • Sean Newcomb ATL SP
      Braves' Sean Newcomb: Blanks Padres over six for first career win
      2h ago

      Sean Newcomb (1-2) threw six scoreless innings against the Padres on Tuesday en route to his first career win. He struck out eight and walked one.

      With six scoreless frames in his first career road start, Newcomb now sits with a sparkling 1.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through four major-league outings (24.1 innings). The most impressive (and surprising) part of this has been his control -- Newcomb did have four walks in one start, but he's issued a total of four walks in his other three starts combined spanning 18.1 innings. He posted a 5.2 BB/9 with Triple-A Gwinnett prior to his promotion. Newcomb lines up to start Sunday at Oakland.

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    • Trumaine Johnson LAR CB
      Rams' Trumaine Johnson: No deal in sight
      14h ago

      Trumaine Johnson is not expected to reach a long-term deal with the Rams before the July 17 franchise tag deadline, Vincent Bonsignore of The Orange County Register reports.

      Johnson was given the franchise tag designation earlier this offseason and it appears the Rams are willing to pay the 27-year-old the $16.7 million in 2017 -- making it a prove-it type season for the cornerback. The team would rather play the waiting game and see how Johnson performs in new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' defense before signing him to a long-term deal. After a breakout 2015 campaign, Johnson slipped a bit in production last season, racking up 57 tackles, 11 passes defensed and one interception across 14 games.

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    • Andrew Luck IND QB
      Colts' Andrew Luck: Not yet throwing
      14h ago

      Andrew Luck (shoulder) has yet to begin throwing as of Tuesday, Brody Miller of The Indianapolis Star reports.

      Luck spoke with the media during a break in Tuesday's Change The Play camp, noting his rehabilitation is "going well," despite the lack of throwing to date. The Indianapolis Colts don't require veterans to report to training camp until July 29, so a month remains before his first potential reps since undergoing surgery on a "slightly torn labrum" in his throwing shoulder in January. A full recovery from such a procedure typically requires six months, which he surpassed during the waning days of the offseason program. Whether or not he begins to toss the pigskin before camp, it's in the Colts' best interest to hold off until Luck's health is pristine, keeping his status up in the air for at least the next month.

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    • Daniel Brown CHI TE
      Bears' Daniel Brown: Could challenge for receiving tight end role
      16h ago

      With Zach Miller (foot) trying to prove himself to be a healthy and reliable option during training camp, Daniel Brown could compete for a role as the Chicago Bears ' receiving tight end, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Brown had an audition for this role during the last six games of 2016 when Miller was sidelined with a foot injury. Despite his opportunity, Brown averaged just 20 yards per game, and he'd need to make a tremendous leap this year to profile as a significant contributor. In addition, should Brown move ahead of Miller on the depth chart, he'll still have to compete for targets with Dion Sims and Adam Shaheen. This situation won't have much clarity until training camp begins.

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    • Kirk Cousins WAS QB
      Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Talks continue
      16h ago

      Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins remain apart on a long-term deal, but both sides have described the talks as positive, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

      It appears as if the Redskins are making a push to get Cousins a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline, but the two sides are still a ways apart. The quarterback's camp believes all offers thus far have been under market value, a benchmark that has been made much clearer after Derek Carr signed a $125 million extension last week. With Matthew Stafford also in talks for a new deal, it appears Cousins' best option at the moment is to remain patient. Both sides have made public their confidence in a new deal being reached, but with only 20 days until the deadline, there's a real chance Cousins will once again be stuck with the franchise tag.

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    • Darrell Daniels IND TE
      Colts' Darell Daniels: Vying for roster spot
      18h ago

      Darrell Daniels will compete for a reserve spot on the Indianapolis Colts ' 53-man roster, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

      Daniels was scooped up by the Colts after he went undrafted this spring, and the rookie now has a chance to secure a spot on the depth chart behind Erik Swoope and Jack Doyle. He'll have to beat out the likes of Brandon Williams (concussion), Mo Alie-Cox and Colin Jeter during training camp and the preseason.

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    • Michael Floyd MIN WR
      Vikings' Michael Floyd: Likely to report to hometown club
      18h ago

      Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he expects Michael Floyd to be with the team for the start of training camp.

      Released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, Floyd spent 24 days in an Arizona jail in February and was granted permission to finish out his house arrest in Minnesota after signing with his hometown team. His violation of the house arrest led to speculation he'd be released, but it seems the Vikings still plan on giving him a shot, even though his argument in the recent legal case -- blaming his significant kombucha consumption for positive alcohol tests -- seems flimsy at best. While he should be available at the start of training camp, Floyd may find himself merely competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, as 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell got most of the first-team work alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when the Vikings used three-wide sets during their offseason program. Given that he has no real history of contributing on special teams, Floyd may have to battle just to make the Week 1 roster.

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    • Jerami Grant OKC SF
      Thunder's Jerami Grant: Has team option picked up
      7h ago

      Jerami Grant had his $1.5 million team option for the 2017-18 season picked up by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

      Grant was unexpectedly traded to the Thunder from the 76ers at the start of the 2016-17 campaign. He ended up taking part in 78 games with Oklahoma City, finishing with season averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 block across 19.1 minutes. While he wasn't a huge contributor, he was still solid off the bench, so the Thunder felt comfortable bringing him back on such a cheap contract. Grant should factor into the rotation again during the upcoming season, but with the depth that still exists in the Thunder's frontcourt, he'll likely again be stuck in just a smaller role, which limits his overall fantasy impact.

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    • Jared Dudley PHO SF
      Suns' Jared Dudley: Out 3-to-4 months after toe procedure
      10h ago

      Jared Dudley recently underwent a procedure on both his ligament and bone in his left toe and is expected to be sidelined for three-to-four months.

      Dudley's timetable of three-to-four months puts his status in jeopardy for both training camp and the start of the regular season, but additional updates should be provided over the summer. In his first year of a three-year, $30 million contract, Dudley was largely used as a power forward, so with both Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender still in the fold, Dudley will likely find himself in a bench role yet again. This latest injury certainly doesn't help his quest for a bigger role either, which means Dudley could take another hit to his fantasy value.

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    • OG Anunoby TOR SF
      Raptors' OG Anunoby: Won't play in Summer League
      14h ago

      OG Anunoby (knee) will not play in the Toronto Raptors ' Summer League games.

      As expected, Anunoby will not participate in Summer League due to his recovery from an ACL tear that cost him the last 15 games of his collegiate career. While there's no timetable for his return at the moment, there's a possibility he'll be ready for training camp. His status will likely be updated periodically as he resumes his rehabilitation.

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    • Michael Carter-Williams CHI PG
      Bulls' Michael Carter-Williams: Does not receive qualifying offer
      17h ago

      The Chicago Bulls do not plan to tender Michael Carter-Williams a qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports.

      Carter-Williams has a $4.4 million qualifying offer that would make him a restricted free agent, but the Bulls are apparently content to let the 25-year-old walk this offseason. Considering Carter-Williams' struggles since earning the Rookie of the Year award in 2013-14, the decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games for Chicago last season, averaging just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting a dreadful 36.6 percent from the field. Considering the Bulls brought in second-year point guard Kris Dunn via trade on draft night and will want to get a better look at Cameron Payne next season, Carter-Williams is more expendable than ever.

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    • Spencer Hawes MIL C
      Bucks' Spencer Hawes: Picks up player option
      1d ago

      Spencer Hawes will pick up the player-option for his 2017-18 contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

      Hawes will make $6 million in the final year of his deal. The veteran averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.5 triples across 9.0 minutes per game as a fringe-rotational player after being traded to Milwaukee in February. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted stretch-four D.J. Wilson out of Michigan with their first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he projects to play a similar role with the club as Hawes. Thus, he will presumably have a hard time getting much regular rotation run in the upcoming season.

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    • Jusuf Nurkic POR C
      Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Not yet cleared for on-court work
      2d ago

      Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

      Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.

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    • Brian Lashoff DET D
      Red Wings' Brian Lashoff: Gets qualifying offer
      8h ago

      Brian Lashoff earned a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, MLive.com reports.

      Detroit can ill-afford to do away with experienced options on its blue line, even if it means retaining a guy like Lashoff, who turns 27 years old in July and has primarily toiled in the minors.

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    • Robbie Russo DET D
      Red Wings' Robbie Russo: Gets qualifying offer
      8h ago

      Robbie Russo received a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, MLive.com reports.

      This means that Russo is set to become a restricted free agent July 1, with the Red Wings retaining exclusive negotiation rights for the defenseman. He's reportedly eligible for contract arbitration, but don't expect the 24-year-old to hook a lucrative deal since he went pointless in his first 19 NHL games this past season.

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    • Andreas Athanasiou DET C
      Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: Earns qualifying offer
      8h ago

      Andreas Athanasiou received a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, MLive.com reports.

      The 22-year-old pivot has managed to earn the trust of Red Wings brass in short order. His output of 29 points (18 goals, 11 assists) from the sophomore campaign might not seem like a lot until you consider that he did it in just 64 games and 13:28 of average ice time. Don't forget about Double A in fantasy drafts this fall, as he could explode if a top-six role awaits him in the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Tomas Tatar DET LW
      Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Contract tendered
      8h ago

      Tomas Tatar (shoulder) received a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, MLive.com reports.

      The sniper needs just one more goal to reach 100 after 345 career contests, and his logging a career high in ice time (17:17) this past season -- nearly three full minutes more than the 2015-17 campaign -- shows that he has top-six upside. Don't expect to see Tatar in shorthanded situations, but he's a perennial power-play contributor. Not much has been made of the Czech winger's shoulder injury other than the news from April that he should be good to go for training camp this fall.

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    • Xavier Ouellet DET D
      Red Wings' Xavier Ouellet: Receives qualifying offer
      8h ago

      Xavier Ouellet , a pending restricted free agent, received a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, MLive.com reports.

      The 23-year-old from the back line defied the odds and wasn't lost to Vegas in the expansion draft -- the Red Wings surrendered forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead. Giving the Frenchman a qualifying offer means Detroit will have exclusive negotiation rights with Ouellet, who has recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 96 NHL games.

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    • Ryan Johansen NSH C
      Predators' Ryan Johansen: Earns qualifying offer
      11h ago

      Ryan Johansen (thigh) received a qualifying offer by Nashville.

      Johansen has now eclipsed the 60-point mark for his fourth consecutive season, including 26 power-play points. Before getting injured, he was indispensable on Nashville's playoff run, scoring three goals and adding 10 helpers, while posing a plus-12 rating. The center, who turns 25 in the end of July, is due to get paid after proving he yields consistent production on both ends of the ice, so it'll be interesting to see how much money the Preds are willing to shell out for him.

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