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Brandon Williams ARI CB
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Minimal defensive role in 20175h ago
Williams had two assisted tackles in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Williams logged three starts in his rookie season last year and appeared primed for an increased defensive role in 2017, but managed only one defensive snap for the season. The 2016 third-round pick will need to impress in training camp in order to get back on track for the 2018 season
Gabe Martin ARI LB
Cardinals' Gabe Martin: Finishes season on active roster6h ago
Martin had two solo tackles in three games with Arizona in 2017.
Martin was signed to the Cardinals' 53-man roster in late November off the Saints practice squad and served as a reserve linebacker and special teams player. The 25-year-old isn't guaranteed to remain with Arizona and is likely to be battling for a roster spot in training camp, wherever he ends up.
Scooby Wright ARI ILB
Cardinals' Scooby Wright: Five tackles in 20176h ago
Wright made five solo tackles in 10 games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Wright may have appeared in 10 games for Arizona but only recorded a tackle in four games. The 23-year-old served as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor and is likely to be fighting for a roster spot again in 2018.
DeAndre Smelter SF WR
Colts' DeAndre Smelter: Latches on with Colts6h ago
Smelter signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Wednesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News reports.
Smelter spent the 2017 season on the 49ers' practice squad after being waived by the team at roster cutdowns in September, and will have an opportunity with the Colts in training camp.
Robert Nkemdiche ARI DT
Cardinals' Robert Nkemdiche: Ineffective sophomore season6h ago
Nkemdiche recorded 11 tackles (4 solo) and one forced fumble in 12 games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Nkemdiche's sophomore season was marred by injury issues again, and he managed to record a tackle in only six of the 12 games he appeared in. The 2016 first-round pick has played in only 17 games across his first two seasons in the NFL.
Rodney Gunter ARI DE
Cardinals' Rodney Gunter: Reserve role in 20177h ago
Gunter totaled 17 tackles (11 solo) and one sack in 16 games with the Cardinals in 2017.
Gunter's production in 2017 was similar to his first two seasons in the league as he remains in a reserve role in the defensive line rotation. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2018 and appears slated to serve as starting nose tackle Corey Peters' backup once again.
Kevin McGowan NYM RP
Mets' Kevin McGowan: Designated for assignment3h ago
McGowan was designated for assignment by the Mets on Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
The Mets needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for the signing of Jay Bruce, and it appears McGowan was the roster casualty. The 26-year-old spent most of his time in 2017 with Triple-A Las Vegas, compiling a 4.15 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 65 innings. He did appear in eight games for the big club, though he posted a lackluster 5.19 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 8.2 innings. McGowan will report to Las Vegas if he goes unclaimed.
Jose Iglesias DET SS
Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Avoids arbitration10h ago
Iglesias signed a one-year contract with the Tigers on Wednesday, thus avoiding arbitration.
The deal is worth a reported $6.275 million, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Iglesias is set to reprise his role as the Tigers' starting shortstop in 2018 after appearing in 130 games for the club last season. Despite his regular playing time, not much should be expected from the glove-first shortstop from a fantasy standpoint, as he hit just .255/.288/.369 with six homers and seven stolen bases in 2017.
Ichiro Suzuki MIA RF
Ichiro Suzuki: Could finish career in Japan16h ago
Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, indicated Tuesday that his client could finish his career in Japan if he's unable to attract interest at the MLB level, Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com reports.
Boggs said that he has held extensive conversations with the Mariners and Padres during the offseason about signing Suzuki, but with those talks having since stalled out, it's looking unlikely that the 44-year-old outfielder will be signed before spring training gets underway in February. Though he's turned in a Hall-of-Fame career since arriving in North America in 2001, Suzuki no longer looks like an overly appealing fourth or fifth outfielder and pinch-hitting option at this point, given his paucity of pop and the sharp decline he noticed with his baserunning and contact skills last season with the Marlins. Suzuki has previously stated that he intends to keep playing professional baseball until he turns 50, but a return to Japan may be the only way he's able to meet that goal.
Scott Kingery PHI 2B
Phillies' Scott Kingery: Earns invite to spring training16h ago
The Phillies invited Kingery to spring training, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.
Kingery split the 2017 season between the Double- and Triple-A level and more than held his own at the latter destination with Lehigh Valley after receiving a promotion in late June. During 63 games in the International League, he slashed .294/.337/.449 with eight home runs, 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Looking ahead, Kingery could very well snag a spot on the Opening Day roster, as the current competition at the keystone for Philadelphia isn't terribly challenging, with Cesar Hernandez being the lone man with major-league experience at the position. Even in the event in which Kingery heads back down to Lehigh Valley for the start of the 2018 campaign, expect to see him playing in the big leagues sooner rather than later.
Michael Conforto NYM LF
Mets' Michael Conforto: Targets return in May17h ago
General manager Sandy Alderson stated that Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready to return at the beginning of the year, as the club is targeting May 1 for his first appearance of the 2018 season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
This remains in line with what Alderson said in mid-December, as the star outfielder continues to recover from September surgery that repaired a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. Conforto will likely begin the year on the DL, but more should be known regarding his status once he's able to begin baseball activities, with a more concise timetable coming into focus around the start of spring training.
Brian Duensing CHC RP
Cubs' Brian Duensing: Returns to Cubs on two-year pact19h ago
Duensing and the Cubs agreed Wednesday on a two-year, $7 million contract, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
An unremarkable reliever for much of his nine big-league seasons, Duensing earned a slight pay increase after submitting a career-best 2.74 ERA (3.41 FIP) across 62.1 innings in 2017, his first year with the Cubs. The 34-year-old lefty supported the ERA with an 8.8 K/9 rate -- also a career-best mark -- with increased usage in his off-speed pitches seemingly keying his success. Duensing, who proved similarly effective against both right- and left-handed hitters last season, should factor prominently into the setup mix ahead of new closer Brandon Morrow.
Jonas Valanciunas TOR C
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Double-double in Wednesday's win2h ago
Valanciunas scored 17 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding 16 rebounds, three assists and a block in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 96-91 win over the Pistons.
The game became something of a throwback as both Valanciunas and Andre Drummond posted big lines as they went at each other in the paint, but the Toronto center ended up getting more support from his teammates. Valanciunas now has 11 double-doubles on the season, including four in his last seven games while averaging 14.4 points and 11.0 boards over that stretch, but his minutes and game-to-game production remain highly dependent on the matchup.
C.J. Miles TOR SF
Raptors' C.J. Miles: Scores team-high 21 off bench Wednesday2h ago
Miles scored a team-high 21 points (7-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 26 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 96-91 win over the Pistons.
For once, it wasn't DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry leading the charge for the Raptors, as Miles helped the team pull away with eight points, plus all four of his boards and his block, in the fourth quarter. The veteran gunner has now drained multiple three-pointers in five straight games, shooting 40 percent (16-for-40) from beyond the arc over that stretch, but his usually minimal contributions in other categories make him a tough player to roster in most fantasy formats.
Andre Drummond DET C
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Big double-double in Wednesday's loss2h ago
Drummond scored 25 points (12-15 FG, 1-3 FT) while adding 17 rebounds, four steals and two assists in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 96-91 loss to the Raptors.
He and Jonas Valanciunas had a spirited battle in the paint all night, but Drummond didn't get as much help from his teammates as the Toronto center did. The 24-year-old now has 29 double-doubles in 41 games on the season, putting him fourth in the league in that category behind Karl-Anthony Towns (38), DeMarcus Cousins (33) and Russell Westbrook (32).
DeMarre Carroll BKN SF
Nets' DeMarre Carroll: Double-double in Wednesday's loss2h ago
Carroll scored 11 points (3-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and an assist in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 loss to the Spurs.
It's his sixth double-double of the season and third in his last seven games, and Carroll is now averaging 13.1 points, 7.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.1 steals over that stretch. The veteran wing doesn't have tremendous upside, but his ability to contribute in multiple categories gives him plenty of utility in deeper fantasy formats.
Allen Crabbe BKN SG
Nets' Allen Crabbe: Scores team-high 20 in Wednesday's win2h ago
Crabbe scored 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding eight rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 loss to the Spurs.
It's the third time in the last six games that Crabbe has struck for 20 points, and he's averaging a solid 14.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.2 three-pointers and 2.7 assists over that stretch while shooting 44.2 percent (19-for-43) from beyond the arc. The Nets don't have much in the way of reliable scoring options, so expect the 25-year-old to continue seeing a lot of the ball as long as he stays hot from the outside.
Patty Mills SA PG
Spurs' Patty Mills: Drains seven threes off bench Wednesday2h ago
Mills scored 25 points (7-10 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding three steals, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 100-95 win over the Nets.
Only three Spurs scored in double digits on the night, making Mills' impressive showing from three-point range all the more important. The seven threes were not only a season high for the 29-year-old, they were the most by any San Antonio player so far in 2017-18. With Kawhi Leonard (quad) back on the shelf, look for Mills' minutes and usage to creep back up again, but his inconsistency as a scorer makes him little more than a DFS matchup option from a fantasy perspective.
Ondrej Kase ANA RW
Ducks' Ondrej Kase: Two-point night in Wednesday's win3h ago
Kase scored a goal and an assist, adding three shots on net and a plus-2 rating, in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
The Ducks got balanced scoring up and down their lineup in this one, with Kase being the only Anaheim player to contribute a multi-point night. The 22-year-old now has three goals and two assists in three games since returning from a bout with the flu and a brief stint in the AHL, but he isn't seeing enough prime ice time to maintain this scoring pace for long.
John Gibson ANA G
Ducks' John Gibson: Turns aside 30 shots in Wednesday's win3h ago
Gibson stopped 30 of 33 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
He took a 4-1 lead into the third period before some untimely penalties allowed Pittsburgh to climb back into the game with a couple of power-play goals, but Gibson stood tall to close things out. He hasn't allowed more than three goals in any of his last eight games, collecting five regulation wins with a strong .934 save percentage (212-for-227) over that stretch.
Phil Kessel PIT RW
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Two-point effort in Wednesday's loss3h ago
Kessel scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, and fired four shots on net but was saddled with a minus-4 rating in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
The defensively challenged sniper is now a minus-10 on the season despite 54 points (21 goals, 33 assists) in 47 games, a show of futility in his own end that he hasn't managed since he left Toronto. Kessel should continue to rack up points as a key part of the Pens' potent power play -- he's already set a new career high with 31 PP points -- but his plus-minus will likely remain a drag on his fantasy value in the second half.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Stays hot in losing effort Wednesday3h ago
Crosby notched two assists, both on the power play, in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
On the downside he also carried a minus-2 rating, but anyone with fantasy shares in Crosby likely isn't complaining too much. He now has five straight multi-point games, racking up three goals and 10 assists over that blistering stretch with seven of those points (one goal and six assists) coming with the man advantage. The 30-year-old has had some quiet stretches this season, but at the moment he's once again playing like the league's top gun.
Tristan Jarry PIT G
Penguins' Tristan Jarry: Can't survive shaky second period Wednesday3h ago
Jarry stopped 28 of 32 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
All four of the goals he allowed came in a second period in which Jarry faced 14 shots, and the Penguins' offense wasn't able to dig out of the hole in the third. The 22-year-old rookie has seen action in five straight games, putting together a respectable .914 save percentage (128-for-140) over that stretch, and with Matt Murray (personal) having no set date to return to the team, Jarry may have to continue carrying the load in net for Pittsburgh in the short term.
David Krejci BOS C
Bruins' David Krejci: Picks up two points Wednesday3h ago
Krejci scored a goal and an assist while adding two shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.
Since returning to action from a lower-body injury seven games ago, Krejci has tallied three goals and four assists, giving the Bruins solid production on their second line behind the red-hot duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Krejci now has 21 points in 25 games on the season, and if he can stay on the ice he should be headed for a strong second half.