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  • Quez Watkins PHI WR
    Eagles' Quez Watkins: Could be No. 2 receiver next year
    3m ago

    Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Watkins can be on of the better No. 2 receivers in the league, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

    The 2020 sixth-round pick doesn't have the stats to back that up, but he did take a huge step forward after a quiet rookie season, showing a knack for big plays and high-difficulty catches. Jalen Reagor, a first-round pick from the same draft, can't say the same, which is part of the reason Sirianni referred to him as the team's No. 3 receiver when talking with reporters Wednesday. Of course, the Eagles could also draft or sign someone to push both Watkins and Reagor down the depth chart, but Sirianni's words do support the notion of Watkins at least being the third guy next year. Watkins finished 2021 with a 43-647-1 receiving line on 62 targets, while Reagor managed just 33-299-2 on 57 looks.

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  • T.J. Hockenson DET TE
    Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Should be healthy soon
    11m ago

    Hockenson (thumb) recently said he'll be healthy for the start of the Lions' offseason program, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "I'm almost there already, and it's only been a few weeks," he said. "Just a few more left, and I'll be 100% by the offseason."

    The tight end had surgery on his left thumb in mid-December, thus wrapping up 2021 with a 61-583-4 receiving line in 12 games (84 targets, 7.0 per week). Hockenson now enters the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, though the Lions presumably will exercise a fifth-year option before the May 2 deadline. He should retain breakout hype/appeal as he enters his age-25 season, especially if the Lions upgrade at other positions this spring. Hockenson is one of the core pieces of Detroit's rebuild and a true three-down tight end.

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  • Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB
    Patriots' Rhamondre Stevenson: 133 carries in rookie season
    28m ago

    Stevenson finished the 2021 regular season with 133 carries for 606 yards and five TDs to go along with 14 catches (on 18 targets) for 123 yards in 12 games.

    Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the fourth-rounder, who wasn't really a factor in the Patriots offense until Week 5, logged a 24.7 percent snap share overall, subsequently emerging an early-down factor alongside fellow running back Damien Harris (36.2 percent snap share). As the 2022 campaign approaches, the duo will continue to form a solid 1-2 backfield punch, while the team's change-of-pace options have yet to be cemented, given that both James White and Brandon Bolden are eligible to become free agents this offseason. Though Harris continues to profile as New England's top back, there should be enough touches available for Stevenson next season to yield a degree of weekly fantasy production, even when both backs are available. If/when Harris is out or limited for any reason, however, Stevenson's workload/production would be in line to see an uptick, increasing his lineup utility.

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  • Jalen Hurts PHI QB
    Eagles' Jalen Hurts: Gets vote of confidence from GM
    1h ago

    Eagles GM Howie Roseman said Hurts (ankle) has shown enough to keep his job as the starting quarterback, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

    The Eagles have the requisite cap space and draft picks to pursue an upgrade, but Roseman said his plan for the offseason is to build around Hurts, who went 8-7-0 as a starter in 2021 and finished the regular season with 3,144 passing yards, 784 rushing yards, 26 total touchdowns and 11 turnovers. While he placed just 26th among 31 qualified passers in completion percentage (61.3), Hurts was above-average at avoiding sacks and turnovers, in addition to leading all QBs in rushing yards and rushing TDs (10). That's solid work for an age-23 season, especially given that Hurts has been stuck with a different coaching staff four straight years dating back to college. He'll now have continuity with HC Nick Sirianni and OC Shane Steichen, as well as WR DeVonta Smith and TE Dallas Goedert. First, Hurts figures to take some time to rest and recover, hoping to avoid offseason surgery on the ankle he initially injured in late November.

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  • Zach Kerr ARI DE
    Bengals' Zach Kerr: Inks with Cincinnati
    2h ago

    The Bengals signed Kerr off the Cardinals' practice squad Wednesday.

    Kerr stands to provide Cincinnati with some emergency depth following the loss of Larry Ogunjobi (foot). He suited up for four games with the 49ers during the 2021 regular season.

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  • Tyler Higbee LAR TE
    Rams' Tyler Higbee: Mediocre numbers against Cards
    3h ago

    Higbee caught three of his four targets for 46 yards during the 34-11 wild-card round victory over Arizona on Monday.

    There's been a reliable fantasy floor with Higbee over the past five games, as he's topped 40 receiving yards in each to the tune of 25 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores came during the Week 18 loss to San Francisco, which was his best showing of the season and highlight his upside. Unfortunately, Higbee has provided floor numbers far more frequently than ceiling, though. He should probably be viewed as a mid-tier option at tight end against the Buccaneers this week.

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  • Taylor Cole LAA RP
    Red Sox's Taylor Cole: Nabs MiLB deal from Boston
    35m ago

    Cole agreed Wednesday with the Red Sox on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    The 32-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in affiliated ball since 2019 while spending the past two seasons recovering from shoulder surgery. Prior to having the shoulder procedure, Cole turned in a 4.97 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 14.1 K-BB% over 88.2 career innings in the majors. He'll get a token chance to audition for a spot in Boston's Opening Day bullpen, but he'll most likely begin the 2022 campaign at Triple-A Worcester.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Cleared to resume hitting
    4d ago

    Bregman (wrist) was cleared to resume hitting Friday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

    Bregman underwent right wrist surgery in early November and appears to be on track in his recovery. The 27-year-old remains hopeful that he'll be ready for the start of spring training.

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  • Ryder Jones SF 3B
    White Sox's Ryder Jones: Signs with White Sox
    5d ago

    Jones has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Jones spent the entire 2021 campaign in the minors and slashed .288/.334/.500 with 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 34 runs across 75 appearances. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2018.

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  • Ryan Weber SEA RP
    Yankees' Ryan Weber: Inks MiLB deal with Yankees
    5d ago

    Weber agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Weber made four MLB appearances in 2021 between the Mariners, Red Sox and Brewers, and he'll now join the Yankees heading into 2022. He spent most of last season at the Triple-A level and posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 102:13 K:BB across 103.1 innings.

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  • Luis Gonzalez SF RF
    Giants' Luis Gonzalez: Back in San Francisco
    6d ago

    Gonzalez (shoulder) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Gonzalez was claimed off waivers by the Giants in August, but he was non-tendered by the club three months later. He spent most of the 2021 season with Triple-A Charlotte as a member of the White Sox organization and posted a .241/.352/.423 line across 163 plate appearances prior to undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. Entering his age-26 season, Gonzalez has only 13 major-league plate appearances and is likely to serve as organizational depth once healthy.

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  • Corey Oswalt NYM RP
    Giants' Corey Oswalt: Signs minor-league deal
    6d ago

    Oswalt (knee) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Oswalt threw a total of 27.1 innings as a member of the Mets in 2021, 10.1 of which came with the big-league club. He managed an impressive 10:2 K:BB, but his next challenge will be proving that he has overcome knee inflammation that ended his season in early July. While he was unable to return to the big-league mound, Oswalt was in the midst of a rehab assignment at the close of the campaign, meaning it is likely that he will be healthy for spring training.

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  • Miles McBride NY PG
    Miles McBride: Returns to G League
    2m ago

    McBride was assigned to the G League's Westchester Knicks on Wednesday.

    McBride spent a week with the parent club but totaled just four minutes of playing time across two appearances. He should see increased run in the G League.

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  • Rudy Gay UTA SF
    Jazz's Rudy Gay: Ruled out Wednesday
    2m ago

    Gay will not play Wednesday against the Rockets due to a sore right heel, Ryan Miller of KSL reports.

    The issue caused Gay to miss the first 14 games of the season and has bothered him on and off throughout the last few months. Chances are, his absence Wednesday is only precautionary, but the veteran should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's home matchup against Detroit.

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  • Norman Powell POR SF
    Trail Blazers' Norman Powell: Officially out Wednesday
    5m ago

    Powell (personal) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Miami, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    Powell was initially listed as doubtful for Wednesday's matchup, so his status doesn't come as a significant surprise. Nassir Little will likely draw another start against the Heat.

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  • CJ Elleby POR SG
    Trail Blazers' CJ Elleby: Upgraded to probable
    5m ago

    Elleby (ankle) is now listed as probable for Wednesday's contest against the Heat, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    Elleby missed Monday's contest due to a left ankle sprain, but it appears he will be able to return after just a one-game absence. Over his last five appearances, he's averaging 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 18.4 minutes, but when he is eventually available, he's expected to see diminished playing time now that CJ McCollum is back in the mix.

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  • Nicolas Batum LAC PF
    Clippers' Nicolas Batum: Lands in COVID-19 protocols
    10m ago

    Batum was placed in the league's health and safety protocols Wednesday, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Batum missed nine games in late November and early December due to the league's health and safety protocols, and he'll now need to isolate from the team once again. It's not clear whether he's tested positive for COVID-19, but Justise Winslow, Serge Ibaka and Marcus Morris should see increased work in Batum's absence.

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  • Sterling Brown DAL SG
    Mavericks' Sterling Brown: Ruled out Wednesday
    22m ago

    Brown has been ruled out for Wednesday's contest against the Raptors due to left foot soreness.

    Brown was a late addition to the injury report, which is never a good sign. However, he's played over 10 minutes just once in the last four games, so his absence shouldn't impact fantasy mangers' decisions.

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  • Nick Foligno BOS LW
    Bruins' Nick Foligno: Game-time decision Thursday
    3m ago

    Coach Bruce Cassidy said Foligno (lower body) will be a game-time decision Thursday versus Washington, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.

    The forward has missed five games with a lower-body injury. Foligno should rejoin Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk on Boston's third line when he returns, whether that's Thursday or later. The 34-year-old has contributed little offensively this season, as he has only one goal and five assists in 23 games.

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  • Darcy Kuemper COL G
    Avalanche's Darcy Kuemper: Gets starting nod Thursday
    3m ago

    Kuemper (head) will be between the pipes for Thursday's road clash with the Kings, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.

    While the team will give Kuemper an extra day of rest by starting Pavel Francouz in the first game of its back-to-back against Anaheim on Wednesday, the 31-year-old Kuemper was not diagnosed with a concussion according to coach Jared Bednar.

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  • Joachim Blichfeld SJ LW
    Sharks' Joachim Blichfeld: Joins taxi squad
    6m ago

    The Sharks added Blichfeld to the taxi squad Wednesday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Blichfeld has tallied 12 goals and 10 assists in 28 games with AHL San Jose this season. The 23-year-old, who played five NHL games last season, could join the Sharks if any regular forwards become unavailable.

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  • Jakub Voracek CLB RW
    Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek: Set to miss out Thursday
    6m ago

    Voracek (COVID-19 protocols) is not expected to be in the lineup against the Flyers on Thursday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Considering the Jackets are heading into a back-to-back, it seems unlikely Voracek will be ready to play versus Pittsburgh on Friday either, though he hasn't been officially ruled out. While goals have been hard to come by for the 32-year-old winger, he remains on pace to get back over the 60-point threshold for the first time since 2018-19.

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  • Tom Wilson WAS RW
    Capitals' Tom Wilson: Overtime hero Tuesday
    6m ago

    Wilson scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Jets.

    He has a well-rounded line overall, chipping in four shots, three hits, two PIM, one blocked shot and a plus-2 rating as well. Evgeny Kuznetsov did most of the hard work on the game-winner, charging the Winnipeg zone on a solo rush and sweeping behind the net, but Wilson followed up and parked himself in front of Connor Hellebuyck to take Kuznetsov's feed, and he banged home the puck on his second try. Wilson's got a three-game goal streak going, and on the season he has 12 tallies and 28 points in 36 contests.

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  • Rhett Gardner DAL C
    Stars' Rhett Gardner: Demoted to taxi squad
    10m ago

    The Stars reassigned Gardner to the taxi squad Wednesday.

    Gardner was recalled to the active roster Tuesday and played 3:57 against Montreal. The forward has played only four NHL games this season and doesn't figure to see much action with Dallas going forward.

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