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Alex Bregman HOU 3B
Astros' Alex Bregman: Feels better Wednesday29m ago
Alex Bregman said he felt better Wednesday, a day after his hamstring tightened up while he rounded second base on the way to a triple, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bregman described his removal from Tuesday's game as precautionary, and the team will reassess his availability for Friday's series-opener in Detroit following Thursday's day off.
Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Drives in four in win40m ago
Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI during Wednesday's win over the White Sox.
The first baseman now has three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, seven runs and an .886 OPS through 12 games out of the All-Star break. With the Chicago Cubs beginning to click offensively, Rizzo projects to have a strong second half, and he's already positioned himself to top 30 homers and 100 RBI for the third consecutive campaign.
Addison Russell CHC SS
Cubs' Addison Russell: Squares up 10th homer44m ago
Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a solo home run during Wednesday's win over the White Sox.
Russell has heated up at the dish with a .296/.336/.574 slash line, seven homers, 16 RBI and 18 runs through his past 115 at-bats. With his poor start in the rearview mirror, the shortstop is now in line to have a strong finish down the fantasy stretch. It also helps that the Chicago Cubs appear to have also hit stride offensively.
Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Launches first career homer1h ago
Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.
While Moncada is just 3-for-23 this season, two of his hits have gone for extra bases, and there is no denying his upside. It could be a rocky few months in 2017, but keeper/dynasty owners should definitely remain patient. Despite the potential, there's no guarantee that Moncada will be a universal fantasy asset this year, though.
James Shields CHW SP
White Sox's James Shields: Lasts just four frames in loss1h ago
James Shields (2-3) allowed five runs -- three earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out four batters through four innings during Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.
After allowing 16 runs through 15 innings over his previous three starts, things continued to go poorly for Shields on Wednesday. The veteran righty owns a crippling 5.86 ERA and 1.66 WHIP, and his 6.8 K/9 isn't moving the fantasy needle, either. With the Chicago White Sox clear sellers leading into the trade deadline, it's also not a great setup for Shields moving forward. He projects to make his next start against the Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Jake Arrieta CHC SP
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Collects 10th win Wednesday1h ago
Jake Arrieta (10-7) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five batters through 6.2 innings during Wednesday's win over the White Sox.
Arrieta entered with a rock-solid 3.30 ERA through his previous 10 starts, and he allowed two runs or fewer in seven of those outings. Now sporting a 4.03 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 for the campaign, the righty appears to have righted the ship ahead of the fantasy stretch drive. He projects to face the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field in his next start.
Devontae Booker DEN RB
Broncos' Devontae Booker: Out 6-to-8 weeks with wrist injury8h ago
Devontae Booker is expected to miss up to 6-to-8 weeks with an undisclosed wrist injury, Mike Florio of NBC Sports reports.
Booker reportedly hurt his wrist in OTAs last month, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. While it isn't clear if he's needed or will need surgery, this development makes the second-year runner an extremely likely candidate to be placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list before training camp opens Thursday, paving the way for C.J. Anderson -- and Jamaal Charles, to a lesser extent -- to carry the load at running back until further notice.
Neville Hewitt MIA OLB
Dolphins' Neville Hewitt: Will battle for starting job9h ago
Neville Hewitt is expected to battle for a starting linebacker position with Koa Misi (neck) out for the season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
If the Miami Dolphins don't make any additions to the roster, it's likely that either Hewitt or Raekown McMillan will start in place of Misi. Playing in all 16 games in 2016, including five starts, Hewitt recorded 16 tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. Being the veteran, Hewitt is in front of McMillan on the depth chart at this point in time, but how each player performs during training camp will likely decide who will go into the season as a starting linebacker next to Kiko Alonso (thumb) and Lawrence Timmons.
Orson Charles KC TE
Bears' Pernell McPhee: Begins training camp on PUP list9h ago
McPhee (knee) will begin training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.
For the second time in as many seasons, McPhee won't be available from the get-go of camp. However, this time it actually comes as a surprise considering he was available for most of the spring workouts. Fortunately, he'll be able to rejoin his teammates whenever he gains medical clearance from team doctors.
Martin Wallace NO T
Saints' Martin Wallace: Headed to New Orleans9h ago
Martin Wallace signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.
Wallace will provide the Saints with depth at tackle while starter Terron Armstead works his way back from a torn labrum.
Kristjan Sokoli NO G
Saints' Kristjan Sokoli: Signs with Saints9h ago
Kristjan Sokoli signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.
A college defensive tackle, Sokoli will provide the Saints with depth at center while starter Max Unger recovers from a foot injury.
Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Officially placed on PUP list9h ago
The Minnesota Vikings placed Teddy Bridgewater (knee) on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.
No surprises here, as stashing Bridgewater on the preseason PUP list allows the Vikings to move him to the Reserve/PUP list when the regular season rolls around, which opens the door for him to potentially make a return in Week 7. However, it still isn't certain if the Louisville product will even be able to play at any point in this upcoming campaign.
Sindarius Thornwell MIL G
Clippers' Sindarius Thornwell: Signs three-year deal with Clippers15h ago
Sindarius Thornwell -- who was selected by the Bucks with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 Draft and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers -- signed a three-year, $3.8 million contract with the Clippers on Wednesday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Clippers have decided to sign Thornwell -- a relatively deep second-round pick -- to a three-year deal with the first two years guaranteed. The Los Angeles brass seemingly felt Thornwell proved himself in Las Vegas Summer League, as he posted 14.3 points (on 38.5 percent shooting), 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists across 26.8 minutes per game in four appearances. That said, he's seemingly one of the lowest players in the backcourt pecking order, unlikely to make any contributions significant to fantasy.
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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: Will not undergo hip surgery20h ago
Isaiah Thomas , as expected, will not undergo hip surgery, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
While not a surprise, the news that Thomas will not need hip surgery should come as a relief for both the Boston Celtics and Thomas. The point guard suffered the injury in March and aggravated it during the playoffs, costing him the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers. According to Celtics' General Manager, Danny Ainge, Thomas is "...out on the court; he's shooting. He's full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He's progressing nicely." Several hip specialists have reportedly evaluated Thomas, determining that he should be able to rejoin the team at the beginning of training camp barring any unforeseen setbacks.
Brandon Knight PHO G
Suns' Brandon Knight: Tears ACL, could miss all of 2017-18 season2d ago
Brandon Knight has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, requiring surgery, and could miss the entirety of the upcoming 2017-18 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Knight struggled to find his way into the Phoenix Suns ' rotation last season, playing in just 54 games and posting 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 boards across 21.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the field -- all career-worsts. Now, it appears that there's a chance Knight won't participate at all during the 2017-18 season as the result of an ACL tear in his left knee, which he suffered while playing in his native South Florida. Though he wasn't expected to see a significant role next season after floundering in a sixth man role last year, his injury will likely open up more opportunities for the likes of Tyler Ulis and Elijah Millsap, assuming the Suns don't make a move to acquire another guard in free agency or via trade.
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Lakers' Tyler Ennis: Signs one-year minimum deal with Lakers2d ago
Tyler Ennis agreed to a one-year minimum deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN reports.
Ennis, who was traded from the Rockets to the Lakers at last year's deadline, has opted to stick with the team for another season. In 53 appearances during the 2016-17 campaign, Ennis posted 4.3 points and 1.6 assists across 11.1 minutes per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. While he's shown enough upside to warrant a contract, Ennis will likely struggle for playing time again next season, as he's likely slated behind the likes of Lonzo Ball and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart.
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Nets' Allen Crabbe: Traded to Nets2d ago
Allen Crabbe was traded to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Nets threw a four-year, $75 million offer sheet at Crabbe last summer, but the Trail Blazers opted to match, a decision the team may ultimately have regretted. Tuesday's deal lends credence to that notion, as the move essentially amounts to a salary dump. Portland is expected to waive Nicholson in short order and will use the stretch provision to spread out the three years and roughly $20 million remaining on his contract. For Crabbe, the trade represents an opportunity to step into a larger role, albeit for a young team likely to struggle again next season. In 2016-17, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. He'll have a good chance to start at small forward for Brooklyn, which has the cap room to absorb his hefty contract outright, and will also see minutes at shooting guard.
Andrew Nicholson POR F
Andrew Nicholson: Will be waived by Portland following trade2d ago
Andrew Nicholson was traded Tuesday to the Trail Blazers for Allen Crabbe and will be waived, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Nicholson has struggled to become a key rotation player throughout his entire five-year NBA career, and he now hasn't started a game since the 2014-15 season. The former St. Bonaventure star appeared in just 38 games between the Wizards and Nets last season and will now be on the open market. Unfortunately for Nicholson, he hasn't shown much in terms of being an NBA-caliber player, and may take some time in either the G League or overseas.
Ryan Spooner BOS C
Bruins' Ryan Spooner: Inks one-year deal to avoid arbitration20h ago
Ryan Spooner has agreed to a one-year, $2.825 million deal with the Boston Bruins , CSN New England reports.
In doing so, the 25-year-old forward avoided arbitration. The 2010 second-rounder brings speed and solid puck skills to the table, traits that make him an asset in man-advantage situations. Still, his overall numbers in 2016-17 (11 goals and 28 assists over 78 games) were somewhat disappointing, and given that he's not known for stellar work on the defensive end, there had been speculation that the Bruins might look to deal Spooner in order to pave the way for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson to move into the team's third-line center job. While it's possible that Spooner could be moved down the road, he'll look to retain a key role up front for Boston, and if power-play time is in his 2017-18 job description, he'll posses a degree of fantasy utility this coming season.
Ben Thomson NJ LW
Devils' Ben Thomson: Signs one-year, two-way contract20h ago
Ben Thomson agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Thomson spent the last three seasons in the AHL until finally seeing NHL action in the Devils' final three regular-season games last year. The 24-year-old only managed 10 points for the Albany Devils last season, but he racked up 90 PIM. Thomson will have a difficult time standing out among the Devils' young prospects in his quest to make the final 23-man roster.
Blake Pietila NJ LW
Devils' Blake Pietila: Inks one-year, two-way deal20h ago
Blake Pietila signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Devils GM Ray Shero has been extremely busy, reaching deals with eight restricted free agents in the last two days. Pietila is said to have a strong handle on the game and projects to be a solid penalty killer in the NHL someday. He produced 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 49 games with AHL Albany last season, but struggled to the tune of one point and a minus-5 rating over 10 NHL contests.
Kevin Rooney NJ C
Devils' Kevin Rooney: Locks in one-year deal21h ago
Kevin Rooney put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.
Rooney, who went undrafted out of Providence College, made his NHL debut for the New Jersey Devils last season, appearing in four pointless contests. A solid 2016-17 campaign with AHL Albany -- 13 goals and eight assists -- earned the 24-year-old at least one more season with the organization. Given the depth of talent New Jersey has accrued recently, the Massachusetts native figures to spend the bulk of next year in the minors further developing his scoring touch.
Blake Coleman NJ C
Devils' Blake Coleman: Inks one-year contract21h ago
Blake Coleman signed a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Coleman is likely facing an uphill battle to secure a spot on the 23-man roster, given the number of prospects that will be given a look during training camp, including Brandon Gignac and first overall pick Nico Hischier. The 25-year-old Coleman saw action in 23 games last season, tallying just two points and a minus-7 rating. The center's numbers were significantly better in the minors -- 19 goals and 20 assists in 52 contests -- but he will need to stand out among a crowded field of young talent.
Stefan Noesen NJ RW
Devils' Stefan Noesen: Signs one-year deal21h ago
Stefan Noesen inked a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.
After being claimed off of waivers by the New Jersey Devils in January, it appears Noesen is apparently happy with his switch to the East Coast. While in the Ducks' organization, the winger was forced to split time between leagues, but after joining New Jersey, he was used exclusively in the NHL, where he logged 32 contests. In those appearances, the 24-year-old averaged 12:50 of ice time and recorded six goals and a pair of helpers. Although his contract is of the two-way variety, fantasy owners can likely expect Noesen to see the bulk of his minutes in the NHL this season.