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  • Tyler Higbee LAR TE
    Rams' Tyler Higbee: Mediocre numbers against Cards
    1h 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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  • Van Jefferson LAR WR
    Rams' Van Jefferson: Held to single reception in win
    1h ago

    Jefferson caught his lone target for 41 yards during the 34-11 wild-card round victory over Arizona on Monday.

    It took until late in the third quarter for quarterback Matthew Stafford to look Jefferson's way. Stafford only attempted 17 passes all game, and the Rams rushed 38 times after jumping out to a commanding lead early and building it to 28-0 early in the third quarter. As a result, it really wasn't a favorable game script for Jefferson's fantasy potential. It was also the continuation of a concerning trend, as second-year receiver has been limited to just 10 receptions for 164 yards through the past five games. Making matters worse, Odell Beckham has established himself as an integral part of the Los Angeles offense, which further limits Jefferson's appeal.

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  • Jake Funk LAR RB
    Rams' Jake Funk: Rushes twice against Cards
    1h ago

    Funk rushed twice for five yards during the 34-11 wild-card round victory over Arizona on Monday. He played four offensive snaps.

    The seventh-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft matched his regular-season numbers against the Cardinals on Monday. Funk rushed once in the second quarter and on the final offensive play of the game for the Rams, and he projects to have a limited role again this week against the Buccaneers with Cam Akers and Sony Michel healthy and running well.

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  • Matt Gay LAR K
    Rams' Matt Gay: Busy in win over Cards
    1h ago

    Gay connected on two field-goal kicks and four extra-point attempts during the 34-11 wild-card round victory over Arizona.

    Gay didn't skip a beat in the wild-card round with another excellent fantasy showing. He's been a top option all year, and with the Buccaneers-Rams game having the potential to be a high-scoring affair, Gay projects to have another solid game this week.

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  • Antoine Winfield Jr. TB SS
    Buccaneers' Antoine Winfield: Records sack in wild-card win
    9h ago

    Winfield totaled five tackles (three solo), one sack and an additional quarterback hit during the Buccaneers' 31-15 wild-card win over the Eagles on Sunday.

    Winfield checked in tied fourth in tackles on the afternoon for the Buccaneers and recorded one of two sacks on Jalen Hurts. The second-year safety's tackling and pass-coverage acumen should both be vital to the Buccaneers' attempts to slow down the Rams' potent offense in Sunday's divisional-round battle.

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  • Shaquil Barrett TB OLB
    Buccaneers' Shaquil Barrett: Records INT in return
    9h ago

    Barrett recorded an interception during the Buccaneers' 31-15 wild-card win over the Eagles on Sunday.

    Barrett was relatively quiet overall while logging 31 snaps (47 percent) in his return from a two-game absence due to a knee sprain and COVID-19. The standout pass rusher did manage to snag a pick that led to a Mike Evans touchdown grab on the next play, however, and his ability to potentially handle a larger workload will be key in helping slow down a potent Rams offense in Sunday's divisional-round clash.

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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
    5d 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
    5d 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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  • Erik Gonzalez MIA 3B
    Marlins' Erik Gonzalez: Signs with Miami
    6d ago

    Gonzalez signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins in November, per the MLB transactions log.

    Gonzalez spent the last three seasons with Pittsburgh, though he was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis in August. He elected free agency this offseason and will now look to earn a roster spot in Miami with a strong performance in spring training. Prior to being cast off the 40-man roster in Pittsburgh, Gonzalez posted a .232/.258/.300 line across 229 plate appearances in 2021.

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  • Kemba Walker NY PG
    Knicks' Kemba Walker: Solid shooting in return
    3m ago

    Walker finished with 19 points (6-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT), two rebounds, four assists and one steal over 30 minutes during Tuesday's 112-110 loss to the Timberwolves.

    Walker drew the start in his first game back since Dec. 29. The veteran didn't appear to be limited at all as he orchestrated the offense and hit key shots. Over his last seven appearances, he's averaging 19.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 34.7 minutes per game. After a slow start to his tenure with the Knicks, Walker appears to have carved out a sizable role for his new team, which should make him a solid fantasy option moving forward.

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  • Saddiq Bey DET SF
    Pistons' Saddiq Bey: Poor outing in loss
    2h ago

    Bey contributed 10 points (3-13 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound and one assist over 30 minutes during Tuesday's 102-86 loss to the Warriors.

    It was an atypical night for Bey, who failed to get anything going and only made three shots in 13 attempts in the loss. His regression began over the weekend against the suns and bled into this contest, and although his minutes have remained steady, Bey's usually prolific totals have pulled a disappearing act over the last month

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  • Isaiah Stewart DET C
    Pistons' Isaiah Stewart: Records double-double in loss
    2h ago

    Stewart chipped in 14 points (7-10 FG), 11 rebounds and one block across 28 minutes during Tuesday's 102-86 loss to Golden State.

    Stewart recorded his fourth double-double of the season. That total would be much higher, but his low shot volume has saddled his ability to hit the threshold more frequently. His sta line was an encouraging sign, as his numbers have been poor since his return from a six-game absence.

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  • Hamidou Diallo DET SF
    Pistons' Hamidou Diallo: Logs third-double-double of season
    2h ago

    Diallo accumulated 16 points (5-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 13 rebounds and two steals over 35 minutes during Tuesday's 102-86 loss to the Warriors.

    All three of Diallo's double-doubles have come courtesy of his rebounding totals. During Diallo's tenure with the Thunder, his efficacy was almost entirely shot-dependent. but the change of scenery has allowed for increased output in the category. Although his average is still less than it was in Oklahoma City at the moment, explosive rebound totals like Tuesday's effort should result in an eclipse of his career average.

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  • Rodney McGruder DET SG
    Pistons' Rodney McGruder: Leads team in scoring from bench
    2h ago

    McGruder (conditioning) produced 19 points (7-10 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal over 22 minutes during Tuesday's 102-86 loss to Golden State.

    Though Detroit initially listed McGruder as out for the contest while he worked to regain conditioning following a trade to Denver that ultimately fell through, the swingman instead was active for the contest and took on an unexpectedly large role off the bench following Killian Hayes' (hip) premature exit. The journeyman wing came through with his best performance of the season, but it came on the back of some unsustainably hot shooting. He shouldn't be viewed as an appealing fantasy option in anything but the deepest of leagues.

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  • Kevon Looney GS C
    Warriors' Kevon Looney: Held scoreless with 10 boards
    3h ago

    Looney provided zero points (0-2 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 102-86 win over the Pistons.

    Looney drew the start and failed to score, but he contributed in a d way inside the paint. Looney scored eight of his 10 boards in a single period, which was the most rebounds for Any Warrior in a single period this season. Although his rebounding performance was exemplary, he's only a fringe candidate for fantasy value.

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  • Brett Murray BUF LW
    Sabres' Brett Murray: Vacates NHL roster
    5m ago

    The Sabres reassigned Murray to the taxi squad Wednesday.

    Murray played 10:56 in Tuesday's game versus Ottawa. The forward has six points in 18 NHL games this season and figures to rejoin the Sabres' roster at some point.

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  • Dmitry Orlov WAS D
    Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Set for hearing with league
    1h ago

    Orlov will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for kneeing the Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers (lower body).

    Orlov racked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's matchup with Winnipeg but now faces a potential suspension that could sideline him versus Boston on Thursday at least. With John Carlson's (COVID-19 protocols) availability in doubt, missing the 30-year-old Orlov would further stretch the Caps' blue line and would likely force Matt Irwin and Dennis Cholowski into bigger roles.

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  • Artturi Lehkonen MON LW
    Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen: Records assist in win
    1h ago

    Lehkonen had an assist, one shot on net and one blocked shot in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Stars.

    Lehkonen picked up the secondary helper on Michael Pezzetta's goal that put Montreal up 2-0 in the second period. The point was Lehkonen's third in the last five games. With so much in flux for Montreal this season -- a COVID-19 breakout and injuries to forwards -- the usually fourth-line forward has bounced around the top three lines.

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  • Jake Evans MON C
    Canadiens' Jake Evans: Assists on Pezzetta goal
    1h ago

    Evans had an assist, three shots on goal, one hit and three blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Stars.

    Evans had the primary assist on a goal Michael Pezzetta scored with his face. Evans' blast from the circle was stopped by Jake Oettinger, but the puck rebound up and off Pezzetta's mug into the net. The assist snapped a 12-game scoreless run for Evans, who has three goals, seven assists, 50 shots and 49 hits over 30 games.

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  • Rem Pitlick MON C
    Canadiens' Rem Pitlick: Registers assist in win
    1h ago

    Pitlick had an assist and one shot on goal in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Stars.

    Montreal head coach Dominque Ducharme juggled the lines with Tyler Toffoli returning and Joel Armia and Cole Caufield added to the COVID-19 protocols list. Part of that shakeup was moving Pitlick, who has played mainly on the wing, to center between Jonathan Drouin and Josh Anderson. The trio combined on Anderson's third-period goal, and the assist was Pitlick's second point since joining Montreal three games ago. As for his work at the dot, Pitlick failed to win either of his two draws.

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  • Jonathan Drouin MON C
    Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Posts assist, then tossed
    1h ago

    Drouin had an assist, one shot on goal, one hit and 15 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct, in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Dallas.

    Drouin executed fancy skating in the Stars' end and eventually set up Josh Anderson for Montreal's final goal. It was the third assist in the last two games for Drouin. Later in the third, he got into a cross-checking fracas with Tyler Seguin and picked up a five-minute penalty and game misconduct for a retaliatory cross-check. The 15 PIM nearly doubled his total time in the box (eight minutes) over the previous 30 games.

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