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    • Demaryius Thomas HOU WR
      Texans' Demaryius Thomas: Expanded role expected Sunday
      1h ago

      Thomas will be more involved in the offense this coming Sunday against the Redskins, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

      Thomas made his Houston debut in Week 9, when he caught three passes for 61 yards -- all in the first quarter -- but plans are afoot to expand his role and target him all four quarters. The veteran wideout used the Week 10 bye to absorb more of the Texans' playbook, something coach Bill O'Brien made notice of during this week's first practice session. "Get out there today, have a lot of plays we ran in practice today, [Thomas] knew where to line up, change his position, change his identity by personnel, knew what to do," O'Brien said. "I think we're going to make a lot of strides with him from week to week." Week 11 presents a favorable matchup for Thomas, who will line up against a Washington defense that ranks 25th against the pass (270.1 YPG) and 30th against opposing wide receivers (192.4 YPG).

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    • Jason Croom BUF TE
      Bills' Jason Croom: Fails to make most of chance
      7h ago

      Croom was on the field for 60 percent of the offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jets but was not targeted in the passing game.

      Croom's playing time went way up with Charles Clay shelved with a hamstring injury, but nothing much came of it even with the Bills having their biggest offensive day of the season. The Bills are taking a good look at many of their younger players in what's turned out to be a rebuilding season, so Croom will continue to have a small role even if Clay returns to action following the team's Week 11 bye. That role won't yield more than a few sprinkled catches, however.

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    • Rashard Higgins CLE WR
      Browns' Rashard Higgins: Reels in touchdown grab
      8h ago

      Higgins caught a 28-yard touchdown pass with his lone target during Sunday's 28-16 win over Atlanta.

      Higgins put the Browns on the board in the closing minutes of the first quarter, running a deep post and skying for a 28-yard touchdown. Higgins has missed time with a knee injury this season, but has scored twice in his last three outings. Sunday showed some improvement in Cleveland's offense under new coordinator Freddie Kitchens and, in an offense without much in the way of proven targets, Higgins figures to benefit. Following the bye, the Browns take on the Bengals' bottom-rated pass defense -- surrendering a whopping 313 yards per game.

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    • J.J. Nelson ARI WR
      Cardinals' J.J. Nelson: Catchless in loss
      8h ago

      Nelson failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 26-14 loss to Kansas City.

      Arizona's offense might have a new coordinator, but -- through two games -- the points haven't been pouring in. The fourth-year speedster is feeling the pain. Never much of a volume target, Nelson at least used to be able to be counted on as a big-play threat with a career 18.6-yards-per-catch average during his first three seasons. He's yet to record even a 10-yard catch this season. It's unlikely, but if he were to turn it around, Sunday's matchup with Oakland would be the ideal opportunity as the Raiders have given up a league-high 13.9 yards per reception.

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    • Marvin Hall ATL WR
      Falcons' Marvin Hall: Targeted once in loss
      8h ago

      Hall caught his only target, a 12-yard gain, during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.

      It was just three games ago when Hall appeared to turn a corner with a 63-yard performance and just his second career touchdown. He has just one catch since. Atlanta's passing offense is among the best in the game, but Hall doesn't factor much into it. Seeing as Sunday brings a visit from a top-10 Dallas pass defense, Hall's stock remains low.

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    • DeForest Buckner SF DT
      49ers' DeForest Buckner: Half sack Monday
      9h ago

      Buckner recorded four tackles, 0.5 sacks and two passes defensed across 48 defensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Giants.

      Buckner now has a team-leading six sacks on the season to go along with 33 tackles. The 24-year-old will now get some extra time to rest up during the bye before returning to action next week against the Buccaneers.

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    • Michael Ynoa CHW RP
      White Sox's Michael Ynoa: Inks minor-league deal with Royals
      15h ago

      Ynoa signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Tuesday.

      Ynoa didn't play affiliate ball in 2018 after being cut loose by the White Sox in March. He appeared in the Dominican Winter League, however, posting a 0.87 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings. It's unclear if the deal includes an invitation to spring training at this point. Ynoa, who last pitched in the majors for the White Sox in 2017, owns a career 4.42 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 53:39 K:BB across parts of two major-league seasons (59 innings).

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    • Steven Wright BOS RP
      Red Sox's Steven Wright: Has procedure on knee
      2d ago

      Wright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday and is expected to be ready to pitch for the 2019 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Wright picked up a knee injury during the first game of the ALDS against New York, and he didn't appear for the rest of the postseason. He'll have nearly the entire offseason to recover from the procedure and should enter spring training as a strong candidate to win a spot in the starting rotation.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Recovery going well
      2d ago

      Ohtani (elbow) said his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. "I feel like so far it's going really well, no setbacks," Ohtani said. "I think I'm right on schedule and maybe a little bit ahead."

      Ohtani underwent surgery at the beginning of October, which will keep him from pitching until 2020 -- though he's still expected to be able to hit in 2019. The two-way star is making encouraging progress, as he recently regained full range of motion in his elbow, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. That said, a concrete timetable for Ohtani isn't expected to come into focus into at least January.

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    • A.J. Pollock ARI CF
      A.J. Pollock: Becomes free agent
      2d ago

      Pollock declined the Diamondbacks' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

      Pollock will enter free agency for the first time in his career after hitting .257/.316/.484 with 21 homers and 13 stolen bases across 113 games in 2018. The outfielder has five-tool potential when healthy, though injuries have been an issue for him in the past.

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    • Bryce Harper WAS RF
      Bryce Harper: Officially enters free agency
      2d ago

      Harper declined the Nationals' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

      Nobody expected Harper to accept this offer, as the 26-year-old superstar is looking to sign what is likely to be the largest free-agent contract of the offseason. While he got off to a slow start in 2018, Harper still finished the season with an .889 OPS, 34 homers and 100 RBI while leading the majors with 130 walks.

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    • Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
      Craig Kimbrel: Declines qualifying offer
      2d ago

      Kimbrel declined the Red Sox's one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      This comes as no surprise, as Kimbrel is expected to command a healthy contract this offseason after putting together another All-Star campaign as Boston's closer. The 30-year-old finished the season with 42 saves, a 2.74 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 96:31 K:BB across 62.1 innings for the World Series champions.

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    • Monte Morris DEN PG
      Nuggets' Monte Morris: Scores team-high 19 points Tuesday
      5m ago

      Morris produced 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists and two rebounds across 31 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 loss to the Rockets.

      Despite both of the starting guards playing north of 35 minutes, Morris came off the bench and logged 31 minutes Tuesday night, which is his first game above 30 minutes on the season. His efficient shooting, lack of turnovers, and ability to dish the ball to scorers makes him a very viable backup guard who should continue to see regular minutes off the bench on the Nuggets' roster.

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    • Jamal Murray DEN PG
      Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Registers 15 points Tuesday
      10m ago

      Murray posted 15 points (7-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, one rebound and one steal across 35 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 loss to the Rockets.

      After his 48-point outlier against the Celtics, Murray has rattled off four games in a row right around 15 points per game, coming back down to Earth in terms of shooting efficiency over that span. While he hit five three-pointers in his career game, Murray has just two threes over the past four games, which is something he will have to improve to be an elite scorer for the Nuggets going forward.

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    • James Ennis III HOU SF
      Rockets' James Ennis: Rebounds with 16 points Tuesday
      14m ago

      Ennis totaled 16 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 34 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 win over the Nuggets.

      After going scoreless in Sunday's contest, Ennis rebounded with an efficient shooting night Tuesday, hitting 75 percent of his shots, including 50 percent of his shots from behind the arc. His point total has been highly variable on a nightly basis, making his game Tuesday hard to expect again anytime soon.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Drops team-high 24 points Tuesday
      17m ago

      Capela tallied 24 points (11-15 FG, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one block across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 win over the Nuggets.

      After suffering a bruised knee at the end of Sunday's game, Capela was able to go with no limitations Tuesday night, registering a team-high in points in the game. While the rebound total was not up to his average, it was a good sign to see him play efficiently in Tuesday's game and should be even better moving forward.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Reels in 21 points Tuesday
      23m ago

      Paul contributed 21 points (7-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two steals across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 win over the Nuggets.

      Paul's assist totals have been down from previous years, but his penchant for steals makes up for that down statistic. Although he hasn't had over five assists in the past four contests, his season average is 7.5 assists, to go along with 2.5 steals per game.

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    • James Harden HOU SG
      Rockets' James Harden: Keeps rolling with double-double Tuesday
      28m ago

      Harden collected 22 points (7-16 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block across 37 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 win over the Nuggets.

      Harden followed up a 40-point performance with his third double-double of the season Tuesday night. While his three-point shooting was atrocious, that's just icing on the cake for his point total when he makes eight field goals a game and adds seven hits from the charity stripe.

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    • Jonathan Drouin MON LW
      Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Points in three straight
      5m ago

      Drouin extended his point streak to three games Tuesday with an assist in a 6-2 road loss in Edmonton.

      Drouin's helper came on Andrew Shaw's game-tying goal in the second period but unfortunately, it marked the end of Montreal's offense on the night. The Canadiens hometown phenom has registered six points in his last five games and 14 points in 18 contests. Meanwhile, just under half his production -- six of 14 points -- has come on the power play.

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    • Andre Burakovsky WAS LW
      Capitals' Andre Burakovsky: One of each in win
      14m ago

      Burakovsky scored a goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Minnesota.

      With only four points on the year and because of his demotion, Burakovsky, 23, can be safely ignored in most formats. For those in deeper leagues, you simply have to hope the bottom six forward figures out his offensive struggles sooner rather than later.

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    • Lars Eller WAS C
      Capitals' Lars Eller: Two assists help Caps secure win
      24m ago

      Eller bagged a pair of assists in Tuesdays 5-2 win over the Wild.

      The two-assist performance ended a four-game pointless streak for Eller, who now has three goals and 10 points on the year. Coming off a career-high 38 points in 2017-18, Eller is tracking towards eclipsing that this season. Meanwhile, the Capitals' forward led all players with 7:49 of ice time on the penalty kill.

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    • Dmitry Orlov WAS D
      Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Bags three points in rare offensive outburst
      31m ago

      Orlov scored a pair of goals and recorded an assist Tuesday in a 5-2 win over Minnesota.

      Orlov bagged his first two goals of the season with his first coming off an impressive snipe at 6:33 of the first period. The Russian blueliner also tallied a primary helper on Tom Wilson's first marker of the season. The three-point outburst ended a five-game pointless streak for Orlov, but the 27-year-old remains a risky fantasy play with just five points in 17 games this season.

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    • Pheonix Copley WAS G
      Capitals' Pheonix Copley: Solid in victory
      38m ago

      Copley turned aside 26 of 28 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Wild.

      Copley had a rather easy night versus Minnesota, being staked to multiple leads throughout the night. Since giving up half a dozen goals in his first start of 2018-19, the Capitals' backup has conceded eight in four games. Copley has won his last three starts, and his record is now 3-1-1 with a 2.94 GAA and a .901 save percentage. Braden Holtby figures to get the start Wednesday in Winnipeg.

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    • Andrew Shaw MON RW
      Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Digging new linemates
      42m ago

      Shaw had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 loss in Edmonton. He added two shots on net, four hits and one blocked shot over 17:07 of ice time.

      Shaw is enjoying life on a new line, having scored in all three games since joining Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin. He has five points (four goals, one assist) since being lifted off the fourth line.

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