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Younghoe Koo ATL K
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Doesn't miss in Week 136m ago
Koo connected on his only field-goal attempt and both of his extra points during Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Koo finished off a 15-play, 72-yard drive with a 21-yard field goal to cut Tampa Bay's lead to 13-10 in the second quarter. The 27-year-old continues to be one of the most efficient kickers in the league this season -- 16-for-18 on FGs (12-12 from inside 40 yards) and 22-for-22 on PATs. However, his fantasy potential remains hindered by the Falcons' inability to move the ball. Over his last four games, Koo has attempted just three field goals and five extra points. Anyway you cut it, that's just not enough opportunities to warrant any type of fantasy success.
Olamide Zaccheaus ATL WR
Falcons' Olamide Zaccheaus: Four touches in Week 1318m ago
Zaccheaus caught three of his five targets for 44 yards and also added one rushing attempt for two yards during Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Zaccheaus finished tied with Cordarrelle Patterson and Tajae Sharpe for third on the team in targets, but he was able to significantly outpace the two in total receiving yards. The third-year wideout's 44 receiving yards were his second-highest total of the season, and the most he's produced since his breakout Week 9 performance (three catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns). Nonetheless, slot man Russell Gage (11 catches for 130 yards) continues to be Matt Ryan's go-to reciever while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains away from the team. Zaccheaus will likely continue to see plenty of playing time to warrant attention, but his sporadic production makes him a risky fantasy option on a week-to-week basis.
Kene Nwangwu MIN RB
Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Works as secondary back23m ago
Nwangwu had two carries for zero yards, caught two of three targets for four yards and returned two kickoffs for 65 yards during Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions.
Nwangwu operated as Minnesota's No. 2 tailback with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) sidelined, but the rookie still played only nine offensive snaps. Alexander Mattison un surprisingly dominated the backfield work with 22 carries and three receptions. Nwangwu is unlikely to have a significant offensive role while one of Cook or Mattison is healthy.
Blake Cashman NYJ LB
Jets' Blake Cashman: Placed on COVID-19 list28m ago
Cashman (undisclosed) was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
The linebacker is now the third Jets player to currently wind up on the COVID-19 list. Cashman will also remain on New York's injured reserve as he continues to deal with a groin injury suffered in Week 7.
Cameron Jordan NO DE
Saints' Cameron Jordan: Tests positive for COVID-1931m ago
Jordan's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday was the result of a positive test for the virus, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
It's unclear if Jordan is vaccinated or not, but if he is, then he would need to register two negative tests at least 24 hours apart before being eligible to return to the active roster. On the season, the veteran defensive end has accumulated 38 tackles, four sacks, four pass deflections and one forced fumble, so his absence would be a big loss for the Saints' defensive front. If he is unable to clear protocols before Sunday, then Carl Granderson and Jalyn Holmes will likely be in line for increased snaps against the Jets on Sunday.
Wes Martin NYG OG
Giants' Wes Martin: Tests positive for COVID-1937m ago
Martin tested positive for COVID-19 according to head coach Joe Judge, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
Martin's potential absence Sunday will test the Giants' offensive line depth, as they have dealt with numerous injuries throughout the season. If he is unable to clear protocols in time for Sunday against the Chargers, Ben Bredeson will likely take on more snaps if necessary.
Lance McCullers HOU SP
Astros' Lance McCullers: Still not throwing1d ago
McCullers (forearm) will start throwing in "about a month," Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McCullers suffered the injury to his throwing arm in mid-October and was unable to pitch in the the ALCS or World Series. In positive news, McCullers recently had an MRI that came back clean. Even so, it will be worth monitoring how McCullers is able to progress prior to spring training, which may dictate whether he is able to ramp up in time to begin the season on the mound.
Trevor Megill CHC RP
Twins' Trevor Megill: Back with Twins1d ago
Megill has re-signed with the Twins on a minor-league deal, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports.
Megill was non-tendered by the Twins on Nov. 30 after being claimed the same day. He'll now have a chance to earn a bullpen role with the club in spring training. Megill spent his 2021 campaign with the Cubs, and he posted an 8.37 ERA and 1.86 WHIP across 23.2 innings in the majors.
Christian Colon NYM DH
Christian Colon: Ending career1d ago
Colon is planning to retire, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
Colon has been in professional baseball since 2010, and he first reached the majors in 2014. He spent the majority of his career as organizational depth, including 2021 when he played at Triple-A Buffalo. For his career, he logged a .249/.312/.310 line across 418 major-league plate appearances.
Kevin Cron ARI DH
Kevin Cron: Moves from Japan to Korea2d ago
Cron signed with the SSG Landers of the KBO on Friday, Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.
Cron left MLB for Japan last offseason, though he failed to impress in 42 games for the Hiroshima Carp, hitting just .231/.270/.431 with six homers. He's still on the right side of 30, so it's possible a strong season following another step down the ladder will earn him looks from MLB clubs next winter, but he'll have to hit far better in Korea than he did in Japan if that's to happen.
Freddy Galvis PHI SS
Freddy Galvis: Heading to Japan2d ago
Galvis is expected to sign with the NPB's Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Yahoo Japan reports.
While Galvis has never been confused for a star, he's better than most players who head overseas. The 32-year-old has spent most of his career as a low-end regular and looked like he was still capable of that in 2021, as his .242/.302/.407 slash line was good for a career-best 90 wRC+, a perfectly adequate number for a shortstop. Given the uncertainty that comes with MLB's lockout, however, it's likely he saw a guaranteed deal in Japan as far more appealing than waiting out the labor strife stateside, especially as he wasn't necessarily guaranteed a big-league deal once the situation is eventually resolved.
DJ Peters TEX CF
DJ Peters: To play in KBO3d ago
Peters is close to signing a contract with the Lotte Giants of the KBO, Daniel Kim of MBC Sports+ reports.
As Kim outlines, playing in the KBO is a good option for players like Peters who just lost their spot on 40-man rosters, given the uncertainty of what lies ahead in the coming months. Peters is one of the more talented hitters to head to the KBO in recent years, and his massive raw power should allow him to put up gaudy numbers overseas before potentially returning stateside.
Cody Martin CHA SF
Hornets' Cody Martin: Next man up at point guard1m ago
Martin will start Monday's game against the 76ers, Rod Boone of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Entering the week, the Hornets already had four players in COVID-19 protocols, but the team has since learned that Ish Smith has also joined that group, leaving the roster even more depleted. Martin will be the next man up at point guard, and he'll be flanked in the lineup by Gordon Hayward, Kelly Oubre, Miles Bridges and Nick Richards. Martin already saw an increased role off the bench Sunday at Atlanta, when he finished with 19 points, six boards, four assists, two steals and three three-pointers in 32 minutes.
Alex Caruso CHI SG
Bulls' Alex Caruso: Out at least one week4m ago
Coach Billy Donovan said Caruso (hamstring) won't play Monday against the Nuggets and will be reevaluated in a week, johnson reports.
Donovan also said an MRI indicated the hamstring issue isn't serious, but it will still sidelined Caruso for at least the next three contests. The injury is poorly timed for the Bulls, who are already shorthanded with DeMar DeRozan, Javonte Green and Coby White in the COVID-19 protocols. Ayo Dosunmu and Troy Brown should be more involved for the immediate future.
Shake Milton PHI SG
76ers' Shake Milton: Starting for Maxey5m ago
Milton will start Monday's game against the Hornets in place of Tyrese Maxey (illness), Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
With Maxey sidelined, Milton will move into the lineup at point guard for his first start since Nov. 16 at Utah. Milton has maintained a regular role of 20-to-25 minutes off the bench on most nights, but he'll have an opportunity Monday to exceed that threshold, making him an intriguing option in DFS contests.
Jaylen Nowell MIN SG
Timberwolves' Jaylen Nowell: Ruled out Monday8m ago
Nowell (back) will not play Monday against the Hawks, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
Back spasms are the latest issue for Nowell, who hasn't been much of factor off the bench this season. Had he not been ruled out, the Gonzaga product may have been set for a slightly increased role with both D'Angelo Russell (ankle) and Patrick Beverley (groin) sidelined.
D'Angelo Russell MIN PG
Timberwolves' D'Angelo Russell: Won't play Monday10m ago
Russell (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hawks, Jace Frederick of St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Russell was considered questionable with right ankle soreness and will end up missing at least one game. Patrick Beverley (groin) is also sidelined, so Leandro Bolmaro will start at the point Monday for Minnesota.
Grayson Allen MIL SG
Bucks' Grayson Allen: Expects to play11m ago
Allen (illness) is trending toward playing in Monday's game against the Cavs, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Allen is battling a non-COVID illness, which kept him out of Saturday's game against Miami, but he's made some progress in recent days and is expected to be back in the lineup as Milwaukee begins a four-game week. Prior to the illness, Allen averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 made threes over his last 10 contests.
MacKenzie Blackwood NJ G
Devils' Mackenzie Blackwood: Guarding cage Monday7m ago
Blackwood will be stationed between the pipes for Monday's home tilt with the Senators.
Blackwood has struggled over his last three appearances, going 0-2-0 while coughing up 11 goals on just 76 shots. Since his Nov. 11 shutout win over the Islanders, the 24-year-old is sporting a 3.75 GAA and a .887 save percentage in eight games. However, he still owns a strong .932 save percentage in five home outings this season.
Neal Pionk WPG D
Jets' Neal Pionk: Receives two-game ban1h ago
Pionk was suspended for two games for his knee-to-knee hit on Toronto's Rasmus Sandin during Sunday's win.
Pionk will miss Tuesday's tilt with Carolina and Thursday's game against the Kraken. The 26-year-old has scored 16 points in 24 games this season, including four over his last two outings. Nathan Beaulieu will likely dress for the next two games until Pionk is eligible to return Friday against the Canucks.
Tomas Nosek BOS C
Bruins' Tomas Nosek: Dealing with illness1h ago
Nosek missed Monday's practice with an illness and will be questionable for Wednesday's contest in Vancouver.
Nosek is one of several Bruins dealing with non-COVID related illnesses right now. He should have time to get healthy before Wednesday's game barring a setback. Nosek has been held without a point in seven straight games.
Linus Ullmark BOS G
Bruins' Linus Ullmark: Questionable for Wednesday2h ago
Ullmark (illness) wasn't at practice Monday and is questionable for Wednesday's tilt with Vancouver.
Ullmark and several teammates are dealing with non-COVID related illnesses, so there's a decent chance he'll still be an option Wednesday. If he's not back to 100 percent, expect Jeremy Swayman to get the starting nod.
Matt Grzelcyk BOS D
Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk: Misses practice Monday2h ago
Grzelcyk (illness) wasn't at Monday's practice and will be questionable for Wednesday's game against the Canucks.
The Bruins are dealing with several non-COVID related illnesses, including both of their top-pair defensemen. Grzelcyk should have time to get healthy for Wednesday's game barring a setback, but if he's unable to go, Jack Ahcan or John Moore could fill in.
Charlie Coyle BOS C
Bruins' Charlie Coyle: Dealing with illness2h ago
Coyle missed Monday's practice with an illness and will be questionable for Wednesday's game in Vancouver.
Coyle is one of several Bruins that missed practice with an illness. Barring a setback, the 29-year-old will likely have time to get healthy before Wednesday. He's scored seven points with a plus-5 rating over his last nine games.