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Ryan McMahon COL 3B
Rockies' Ryan McMahon: May be ticketed for Triple-A3h ago
McMahon is "looking very doubtful" for the Opening Day roster, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.
At the outset of camp, McMahon was considered the favorite for the starting job at first base, but his chances of starting the season with the big-league club took a hit with the return of Carlos Gonzalez to Colorado. While nothing is set in stone, Saunders suggests Gonzalez likely forces Ian Desmond to first base. McMahon has made a strong case that he's ready, slashing .333./.367/.509 through 22 spring games, and he's still very much on the mixed-league radar, as the 22-year-old would presumably be the first man up in the event on an injury anywhere on the diamond.
Destin Hood TEX LF
Rangers' Destin Hood: Homers Saturday4h ago
Hood went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday's game against the Royals.
Hood has hit well enough this spring to give manager Jeff Banister reason to allot him a roster spot as a fifth outfielder. He's hitting .360 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Hall and Rule 5 pick Carlos Tocci are battling for the that final outfield spot. It's a classic spring training story of one guy being better with the bat (Hood) and the other with the glove (Tocci). Being that we're talking about the fifth outfielder, a role that might get minimal at-bats, the skills that Tocci brings -- his defense and speed -- may be the deciding factor.
Tim Lincecum TEX RP
Rangers' Tim Lincecum: Tosses live BP Saturday4h ago
Lincecum (personal) threw 32 pitches in a live batting practice session Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers view Lincecum as a bullpen piece, so it wouldn't take much for him to get ready for the start of the regular season. His long layoff presents a challenge, and Texas isn't sure he can be ready to go by Opening Day.
Bartolo Colon TEX SP
Rangers' Bartolo Colon: Roughed up by Royals4h ago
Colon allowed five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, over four innings in Saturday's game against the Royals.
Colon entered the game with a 1.04 ERA over four Cactus League starts, looking like he was going to crash the Rangers' starting rotation. Those ambitions took an ugly turn Saturday against a representative Royals lineup. Colon remains in the mix despite the outing, but much will depend on how Martin Perez (elbow) looks in his start Sunday. It boils down to this: if Perez is ready to start the regular season, Colon could be the occasional sixth starter/long reliever, but that's a role the Rangers already had in mind for Jesse Chavez.
Alan Busenitz MIN RP
Twins' Alan Busenitz: Struggling this spring5h ago
Busenitz gave up three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning Saturday to raise his spring ERA to 8.22.
Busenitz has given up seven runs in 7.2 innings this spring but does have 10 strikeouts and just two walks. He made a strong impression when called up last season with a 2.05 ERA and 7.8 K/9 in the final two months, so he's likely to win a bullpen spot even with his uneven spring.
Phil Hughes MIN SP
Twins' Phil Hughes: Struggles in Saturday's outing6h ago
Hughes gave up nine runs (five earned) over 3.1 innings in Saturday's spring training loss to Pittsburgh. His spring ERA rose to 10.80.
Hughes didn't get much defense behind him as the Twins misplayed several makeable plays. While Hughes spring numbers are ugly, he's healthy after his last two seasons were ruined due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With $26.4 million left on his contract, he may begin the season as the fifth starter. However, that role may only be available for a few starts at the beginning of the season before Ervin Santana returns from a finger injury. Hughes may get just a few starts in April before heading to the bullpen.
Billy Turner DEN T
Broncos' Billy Turner: Re-signed by Denver6h ago
Turner (hand) was re-signed by the Broncos on Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
Turner has been a depth lineman for Denver, but he was filling in as a starter at right tackle when he had his 2017 season cut short due to a hand injury. With the Broncos o-line in flux early in the free-agent portion of the offseason, Turner is expected to compete for a starting job at either guard or tackle.
Ryan Grant WAS WR
Ryan Grant: Passes physical during visit with Colts6h ago
Grant (ankle) passed a physical during his visit with the Colts on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Grant agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract with the Ravens earlier this week, but the deal was voided due to a failed physical. The 27-year-old is leaving Indianapolis without a contract, but the team passing him on the physical remains a good sign for his future prospects as the ankle injury doesn't appear to be a significant concern for each team. Next up for Grant is a visit to the Raiders, which could be looking to add some depth behind Amari Cooper and new addition Jordy Nelson.
Kevin Pierre-Louis KC LB
Jets' Kevin Pierre-Louis: Lands with Jets7h ago
Pierre-Louis is set to sign a two-year contract with the Jets on Monday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Pierre-Louis was traded to the Chiefs last July and set a career high with 41 tackles (31 solo) in 14 games last season. The 26-year-old will likely serve as a rotational inside linebacker and special teams contributor for the Jets in 2018.
DeMarco Murray TEN RB
DeMarco Murray: Visiting Dolphins on Sunday9h ago
Murray is scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Sunday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Murray has also visited the Lions and Seahawks since being released by the Titans last week. Kenyon Drake stepped in as the Dolphins starter after trading away Jay Ajayi and found some success down the stretch, but a move proven running back could benefit the team. The 30-year-old saw a reduced workload in 2017 with Derrick Henry taking over the Titans backfield, totaling 659 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries.
Brandon Marshall DEN ILB
Broncos' Brandon Marshall: Likely to spend 2018 season in Denver9h ago
Denver appears set to pick up Marshall's 2018 team option, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
The Broncos have until Sunday's deadline to decide on Marshall's contract, but all reports indicate that the linebacker will be spending his 2018 season in the orange and blue. Marshall has spent five of his six NFL seasons in Denver. Last year, the 28-year-old registered 106 combined tackles and three sacks.
Marshawn Lynch OAK RB
Raiders' Marshawn Lynch: Remaining with Oakland10h ago
Lynch will receive his $1 million roster bonus Sunday and remain with the Raiders for the 2018 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Raiders mulled their options over the first few days of free agency and opted to stick with Lynch for 2018 while also adding former Buccaneer Doug Martin. Lynch rushed 207 times for 891 yards (4.3 average) and had 20 receptions for 151 yards and seven total touchdowns for the Raiders in 2017, and appears slated to be the team's lead back again for the upcoming season.
Shaun Livingston GS PG
Warriors' Shaun Livingston: Scores 11 in 17 minutes Saturday20m ago
Livingston supplied 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 FT), four assists and one steal across 17 minutes in Saturday's 124-109 win over the Suns.
The veteran point guard was highly efficient off the bench, and he's now scored in double digits in two of the last three games. Despite his recent solid play, Livingston's minutes haven't seen any appreciable bump despite the absence of Stephen Curry (ankle), as Quinn Cook has been spectacular in his stead over the last two games in particular. Therefore, it's likely he continues filling a 15-20 minute role on the majority of nights, allowing him to continue offering serviceable production in scoring, rebounds and assists for those hanging on to him in very deep formats.
Kevon Looney GS SF
Warriors' Kevon Looney: Career-best scoring total in win23m ago
Looney totaled 13 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two rebounds and six blocks across 25 minutes in Saturday's 124-109 win over the Suns.
The 22-year-old's scoring total was a career high, as were his six blocks. Looney had also posted 11 points in a rare start against the Lakers two games ago when Draymond Green was out with a shoulder injury, and he's now logged at least 20 minutes in four of the last five contests. While Green's aforementioned absence -- as well as that of David West's with an elbow cyst -- explain Looney's expanded role in three of those games, it was encouraging to see him receive Saturday's allotment of playing time with both players active.
Marquese Chriss PHO PF
Suns' Marquese Chriss: Productive off bench Saturday28m ago
Chriss tallied 10 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal across 18 minutes in Saturday's 124-109 loss to the Warriors.
Chriss was efficient on a per-minute basis, leading to his first double-digit scoring effort over the last five games, as well as his best effort on the glass since Feb. 7. The 20-year-old minutes have been in the teens on the majority of nights since the All-Star break, however, so rebounds continue to be Chriss' most consistent source of production in his current second-unit role.
Elfrid Payton ORL PG
Suns' Elfrid Payton: Minutes bump back up Saturday36m ago
Payton totaled 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven assists and one steal across 27 minutes in Saturday's 124-109 loss to the Warriors.
The fourth-year point guard had seen his minutes drop in three straight prior to Saturday, so the fact he bounced back to a more normal allotment of playing time was encouraging. Payton had only logged 17 points and four points Thursday against the Jazz, his poorest outing since joining the Suns at the trade deadline. Saturday's scoring total was his third of the double-digit variety in the last four, and his return to a more conventional role allays fears of a possible downgrade in fantasy value for the moment.
Andre Iguodala GS SG
Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Solid in second straight start40m ago
Iguodala (knee) mustered 11 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 28 minutes in Saturday's 124-109 win over the Suns.
Iguodala worked through a minor knee issue to take the floor and deliver a second straight solid stat line while starting in place of Kevin Durant (ribs). The 34-year-old has back-to-back 11-point efforts, and although the trio of Draymond Green, Quinn Cook and Nick Young figure to soak up a bulk of the usage while team's Big Three is out of action, Iguodala figures to offer solid complementary production in scoring, rebounds and assists with the allotment of minutes he's currently seeing.
Nick Young GS SG
Warriors' Nick Young: Puts up 20 points in Saturday's win45m ago
Young contributed 20 points (7-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 42 minutes in Saturday's 124-109 win over the Suns.
The veteran was an ideal third wheel on the night in complement to the spectacular efforts of teammates Draymond Green and Quinn Cook. Young has rattled off three straight double-digit scoring efforts in Klay Thompson's (thumb) stead, an assignment that's projected to continue for multiple games. The 32-year-old also has a trio of threes in those contests on a minimum of eight attempts from behind the arc in each. That level of aggressiveness should continue as long as Young is seeing extended minutes, given his extensive history as a long-distance shooter.
Jacob Markstrom VAN G
Canucks' Jacob Markstrom: Suffers another loss1h ago
Markstrom suffered his fourth straight loss Saturday, allowing four goals on 29 shots against San Jose.
Markstrom has turned in a few decent performances recently, but unfortunately the team's overall struggles have overshadowed his play. The 28-year-old falls to 18-25-6 on the season with a .910 save percentage and doesn't offer much fantasy value. The Canucks have lost six straight games, so there isn't much reason to be optimistic about Markstrom heading down the final stretch.
Timo Meier SJ RW
Sharks' Timo Meier: Scores twice against Vancouver1h ago
Meier scored twice and had four PIM in Saturday's win over Vancouver.
Meier has now hit the 20-goal mark in his second career NHL season. He's only got 31 points in 71 games, but the 21-year-old is valuable due to his sniping ability and willingness to shoot. Meier sees power-play time and is worth owning in a variety of fantasy settings.
Aaron Dell SJ G
Sharks' Aaron Dell: Makes 28 saves to defeat Canucks1h ago
Dell stopped 28 of 31 shots in Saturday's win over Vancouver.
Dell was making his first start in almost a month and turned in a great performance to help San Jose pick up two important points. The backup netminder has been solid when called upon this season, posting a 15-5-3 record with a .913 save percentage. He's had a few tough outings, but Dell remains a quality fantasy play whenever starter Martin Jones gets the night off.
Antti Raanta ARI G
Coyotes' Antti Raanta: Makes 30 saves in return1h ago
Raanta returned to the crease Saturday against the Wild, stopping 30 of 32 shots in a 2-1 loss.
Raanta had missed the past six games with a lower-body injury and looked excellent in his return. While he was outdueled by Devan Dubnyk in this one, Raanta is sporting a .924 save percentage this season and has given up just six goals in his last four starts. The 28-year-old is valauble in many fantasy leagues due to his heavy workload and solid rate stats.
Mika Zibanejad NYR C
Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Scores two more goals1h ago
Zibanejad scored twice -- including once on the power play -- in Saturday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Zibanejad has put up two straight multi-goal games and is up to 24 goals in 62 games on the season. The Swedish sniper has scored 12 of his goals with the man advantage and continues to fire plenty of pucks on net. Zibanejad has recorded five goals and eight points during a five-game point streak and should be owned in all formats.
Alexandar Georgiev NYR G
Rangers' Alexandar Georgiev: Makes 29 saves in overtime loss1h ago
Georgiev stopped 29 of 33 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Georgiev was the much-busier netminder on the night and turned in a respectable performance, but he couldn't quite get the job done. The 22-year-old is now 3-2-1 on the season with a .922 save percentage and is worth owning in some deep leagues. He's seeing starts over Henrik Lundqvist and has a promising future, so don't hesitate to give him a shot down the stretch.