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Shaq Mason NE G
Patriots' Shaq Mason: Managing ankle injury6m ago
Mason left Sunday's win over the Bengals with an ankle injury, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Mason was labeled questionable to return, but he was never likely to retake the field given the injury was announced during the closing stages of the game. The 26-year-old's status should be updated once the Patriots begin practicing for Week 16.
Tyler Lockett SEA WR
Seahawks' Tyler Lockett: Puts up a boom performance6m ago
Lockett caught eight of nine targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Panthers.
Lockett was disappointing over the previous three games, totaling just five receptions for 81 yards. There were whispers that he may not be fully healthy, but Lockett put those notions to rest with his fourth 100-yard performance of the year and finding the end zone for the first time since Week 9. Lockett's boom-or-bust tag will continue to follow him, but fantasy owners should feel confident deploying him again Week 16 against the Cardinals, who have struggled to the tune of 294.2 passing yards allowed per game -- the worst in the league.
Adrian Peterson WAS RB
Redskins' Adrian Peterson: Ties Walter Payton's TD mark8m ago
Peterson rushed 16 times for 66 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for another 25 yards in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.
Peterson worked as the lead back in this one, with Josh Ferguson siphoning off only three carries for nine yards. The future Hall-of-Famer tied Walter Payton for fourth all-time with his 110th career rushing touchdown, reversing field after his initial lane was blocked off to find the end zone from 10 yards out. With Derrius Guice (knee) on IR, Peterson should continue to carry the mail in a favorable Week 16 home matchup against the NFC East rival Giants.
Chris Carson SEA RB
Seahawks' Chris Carson: Finds paydirt twice in win11m ago
Carson rushed 24 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Panthers.
Carson returned to a bell-cow role with Rashaad Penny (knee) in injured reserve, and he busted out of the gate on the team's opening drive, carrying four times for 47 yards and a score. The third-year pro showcased his explosiveness as well, exceeding 10 yards on eight carries, including three times on the team's final drive to help ice the game. C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer combined for just seven carries, so Carson looks locked into a massive workload going forward. Carson will look to keep the engine roaring in Week 16 against the Cardinals, who have yielded 120.5 rushing yards per game -- 24th in the league.
Saquon Barkley NYG RB
Giants' Saquon Barkley: Has best game when it matters most16m ago
Barkley rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while adding four catches for 31 yards on five targets in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.
Barkley doubled his season rushing touchdown total, converting from one yard out in the third quarter and adding a 10-yard score six seconds into the fourth. He also topped 100 yards on the ground for the first time since Week 2. Barkley hasn't lived up to his billing as an early first-round pick in most fantasy drafts, but all will be forgiven if he continues to shine when it matters most in the fantasy playoffs. He had a potential third rushing score vultured by Javorius Allen with the game out of hand late, but Barkley nonetheless delivered his best performance of the season. The second-year running back will look to build on this effort when the Giants visit Washington in Week 16.
Russell Wilson SEA QB
Seahawks' Russell Wilson: Back on track with win17m ago
Wilson completed 20 of 26 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Panthers.
After throwing an interception in four straight games and rounding out at 7.3 yards per attempt in that stretch, Wilson produced a clean performance against the Panthers, registering 11.0 YPA and completing 76.9 percent of his passes -- his highest marks since Week 5. Wilson rediscovered his chemistry with Tyler Lockett as well, connecting with the wideout eight times for 120 yards and a score, and he spread the ball out to seven other receivers. Fantasy owners should feel comfortable about deploying Wilson in Week 16 against the Cardinals, who sport a league-worst 294.2 passing yards allowed per game.
Mike Freeman CLE 2B
Indians' Mike Freeman: Loses roster spot1h ago
The Indians designated Freeman for assignment Sunday.
Freeman became a casualty after the Indians needed to open up spots on the 40-man roster for trade pickups Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase, who were acquired from the Rangers on Sunday in exchange for Corey Kluber. The 32-year-old Freeman posted a serviceable .752 OPS across 213 plate appearances in 2019 and has the ability to play multiple positions, so he could draw interest elsewhere via waivers.
Delino DeShields TEX CF
Indians' Delino DeShields Jr.: Dealt to Cleveland3h ago
The Indians acquired DeShields from the Rangers on Sunday as part of the deal that sent Corey Kluber (oblique) to Texas, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Rosenthal confirmed that reliever Emmanuel Clase was also sent to Cleveland, with additional pieces potentially also coming the Tribe's way. With 20-plus steals in all but one of his five seasons in the big leagues, DeShields has been able to keep himself on the fantasy radar at times, but his poor production at the dish prevented him from consistently holding down a full-time role during his time in Texas. The change of scenery might help DeShields, but he could be relegated to a depth role by the time Opening Day arrives if Cleveland has fortified its outfield with other options via free agency or trade. Oscar Mercado is likely the only Indians outfielder on the roster currently locked into an everyday job heading into the spring.
Emmanuel Clase TEX RP
Indians' Emmanuel Clase: Shipped to Cleveland in Kluber deal4h ago
Clase and Delino DeShields are being traded Sunday from the Rangers to the Indians in exchange for Corey Kluber (oblique), Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Clase made his way to the majors in early August and pitched well during his first taste of the majors, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 21:6 K:BB over 23.1 innings with four holds and one save. The 21-year-old averages over 99 mph with both his four-seam fastball and cutter, with a 90.5 mph slider as a complement. The right-hander could immediately slide into a high-leverage bullpen role in front of closer Brad Hand for the Indians.
Corey Kluber CLE SP
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Trade to Rangers being finalized4h ago
The Indians are in agreement to trade Kluber (oblique) to the Rangers on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The trade rumors around Kluber picked up heavily this weekend, and he's now set to join Texas, though the trade is officially pending physicals. The right-hander was limited to seven games in 2019 due to forearm and oblique issues, but the Rangers are adding a two-time Cy Young Award winner who had a 2.96 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 186 games from 2013 to 2018. Kluber will earn $17.5 million next season and his $18.5 million option for 2021 will vest if he pitches 160 innings and doesn't finish the season on the injured list, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Dan Straily PHI SP
Dan Straily: Heads to Korea2d ago
Straily signed a contract with the Lotte Giants of the KBO on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Straily struggled mightily with the Orioles a season ago, accruing a 9.82 ERA and 1.99 WHIP with a 33:22 K:BB over 47.2 frames. He'll look to resurrect his career overseas, and could return to Major League Baseball if he finds success in Korea.
Jeffrey Springs TEX RP
Rangers' Jeffrey Springs: Returning to Texas2d ago
Springs signed a one-year contract with the Rangers on Friday.
Springs was sent to the open market after being non-tendered at the beginning of December, but he's since been brought back to the Rangers. He'll likely handle mid-to-low leverage innings after struggling to a 6.40 ERA and 1.89 WHIP with a 32:23 K:BB over 32.1 frames a year ago.
Joel Embiid PHI C
76ers' Joel Embiid: Ruled out Sunday11m ago
Embiid (illness) is out for Sunday's game against the Nets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Embiid was doubtful coming into Sunday after picking up an upper respiratory illness over the weekend. With Embiid out and Al Horford (knee) questionable, Mike Scott could yet again be in line for an expanded role with Kyle O'Quinn picking up additional minutes as well.
Lonnie Walker IV SA SG
Spurs' Lonnie Walker IV: Questionable Monday35m ago
Walker is questionable for Monday's game at Houston with a right knee contusion, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Walker suffered the previously undisclosed lower-body injury during Saturday's matchup with the Suns, but it's now revealed he's dealing with a knee bruise. The 20-year-old has come on strong for the Spurs over the last five games, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 21.6 minutes.
Nicolas Batum CHA SF
Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Won't play Sunday42m ago
Batum (hand) was downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
Batum was originally considered questionable but will end up missing his third straight contest. The 30-year-old's next chance to see the court will be Tuesday versus Sacramento.
Brian Bowen IND SG
Pacers' Brian Bowen II: Returns to G League action1h ago
Bowen (hand) played 36 minutes Saturday for the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants in their 113-93 win over the Erie Bayhawks, finishing with 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Bowen had missed the Mad Ants' previous three games while tending to the hand injury. Now apparently healthy again, Bowen, a two-way player, is expected to see the bulk of his opportunities this season at the G League level rather than with the Pacers. Over 10 appearances with Fort Wayne, the wing is averaging 13.6 points (on 40.9 percent shooting from the field), 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 three-pointers in 34.3 minutes per game.
Isaiah Thomas WAS PG
Wizards' Isaiah Thomas: Good chance to return Monday2h ago
According to coach Scott Brooks, Thomas (calf) has a "really good chance" of returning to action Monday against the Pistons, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Thomas has missed the Wizards' last five games, but he was a game-time decision Saturday against the Grizzlies and appears to be in the verge of returning. Thomas may be handed a minutes restriction in his first contest back, in which case Ish Smith will continue to see an expanded role in the Wizards backcourt.
Moe Wagner WAS SF
Wizards' Moritz Wagner: Unlikely to play Monday2h ago
Coach Scott Brooks said Wagner (ankle) is "most likely out" for Monday's game at Detroit, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
The 22-year-old sat out of Saturday's matchup with the Grizzlies and didn't practice Sunday due to the ankle injury. Ian Mahinmi is set to receive another start at center in Wagner's expected absence.
Brock McGinn CAR LW
Hurricanes' Brock McGinn: Rare goal in win over Flames18m ago
McGinn notched his first point in 11 games with his third goal of the season in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Flames.
McGinn is pretty much locked into a fourth-line role with the Canes this season, which is not surprising considering he has the likes of Andrei Svechnikov, Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Dzingel all ahead of him on the team's depth chart. McGinn finished the last two seasons in the 25-30 point range, but is unlikely to come anywhere close to those totals this year given his current role.
Scott Laughton PHI LW
Flyers' Scott Laughton: Slated to miss time1h ago
Laughton suffered a groin injury in Saturday's loss to the Wild and is expected to miss time, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
While there isn't a definitive timeline on Laughton's return, he won't play Sunday against the Jets. It's unfortunate timing, as the 25-year-old has registered four goals and two assists over the last eight games. Carsen Twarynski and Nicolas Aube-Kubel were recalled to add depth to the Flyers' forward corps.
Tyler Pitlick PHI RW
Flyers' Tyler Pitlick: Dealing with concussion1h ago
Pitlick (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game against the Jets, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Pitlick left early in Saturday's game against the Wild after playing just 4:17. It was revealed the 28-year-old sustained a concussion, so he'll likely miss additional time. Scott Laughton (groin) was also injured during the contest and won't be able to play Sunday. The Flyers recalled Carsen Twarynski and Nicolas Aube-Kubel to fill in for the time being.
Zack MacEwen VAN RW
Canucks' Zach MacEwen: Heads back to AHL1h ago
The Canucks assigned MacEwen to AHL Utica on Sunday.
The Canucks activated Tyler Motte (lower body) from injured reserve Sunday, so MacEwen's NHL stint will end for now. The 23-year-old MacEwen has played eight games with the Canucks this year, averaging 9:10 of ice time per contest and totaling two points.
Tyler Motte VAN RW
Canucks' Tyler Motte: Activated from IR1h ago
Motte (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and is expected to play Sunday against the Golden Knights.
Motte hasn't played since Oct. 25, but he's ready to slot back into the lineup. The 24-year-old previously played in a bottom-six role this year, recording an assist and a minus-1 rating over six games.
Brett Pesce CAR D
Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Chips in helper2h ago
Pesce snapped a nine-game pointless streak with an assist in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Flames.
Pesce now has just 10 points in 33 games, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise since his main area of responsibility continues to be taking care of business in his own end. He is also called on to kill a lot of penalties, as evidenced by his shorthanded TOI of 3:07, currently highest on the team. Still, for a guy who isn't expected to score much, he should still finish the season somewhere in the 20-25 point range, giving him modest fantasy value in deeper formats.