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Carlton Davis TB CB
Buccaneers' Carlton Davis: Limited in Wednesday's practice5m ago
Davis (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The rookie cornerback was inactive for the Week 6 loss against the Falcons due to both groin and back injuries. Wednesday's official report listed only the latter issue, so it appears Davis may have healed sufficiently from his groin problem. Nevertheless, his status over the rest of the week will be closely monitored ahead of a Week 7 matchup against the Browns' capable passing attack.
Vinny Curry TB DE
Buccaneers' Vinny Curry: Held out of Wednesday's practice8m ago
Curry (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The veteran defensive lineman played on 47 defensive snaps (70.0 percent) in last Sunday's loss to the Falcons, but he must have picked up the injury at some point during that contest. Curry's practice participation over the rest of the week will be something to monitor ahead of a Week 7 matchup versus a highly mobile quarterback in the Browns' Baker Mayfield.
Quinton Spain TEN G
Titans' Quinton Spain: Misses practice Wednesday8h ago
Spain (shoulder) missed practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
Spain exited the team's Week 6 loss to the Ravens early and was absent from practice Wednesday. He had totaled 312 snaps entering Sunday's contest, maintaining a regular role along the offensive line. If he's unable to suit up in Week 7 against the Chargers, Corey Levin would likely take over the majority of his snaps.
Kelvin Benjamin BUF WR
Bills' Kelvin Benjamin: New teammate is an old teammate9h ago
Benjamin's teammate Josh Allen has been ruled out for Week 7 with an elbow injury and could miss a few more weeks of action. Derek Anderson will start at quarterback this week against the Colts.
if you're looking for something positive pertaining to Benjamin's fantasy value -- and that may require a high-powered telescope -- he does go back with Anderson for four years in Carolina, where the veteran QB served as mostly a backup to Cam Newton and occasional sub starter. (Benjamin missed the entirely of one of those seasons due to injury.) It's not like Benjamin is all of a sudden catching passes from Johnny Unitas in his prime, plus Anderson isn't even fully versed in the Buffalo playbook yet, but at least the receiver will have an experienced and familiar quarterback throwing to him for a couple games or more. That's far from a guarantee Benjamin will get out of what's been a major slump ever since he was acquired by the Bills, but if you were ever going to scoop a guy at the bottom of the scrap heap and look smart in a low-risk move, now would probably be the time.
LeSean McCoy BUF RB
Bills' LeSean McCoy: New QB this week10h ago
McCoy's teammate Josh Allen has been ruled out for Week 7 with an elbow injury and could miss a few more weeks of action. Derek Anderson will start at quarterback this week against the Colts.
It's not like Allen was lighting the world on fire, but he had been keeping the Bills in games on the other side of what's been an excellent defense, which in turn meant the Bills -- and hence McCoy -- could run the ball more, something the team wasn't able to do earlier in the season. McCoy has put up 158 rushing yards over the last two games, so at least he's starting to provide owners with some value, though we're already entering Week 7 and he still hasn't found the end zone. This may be the league's worst offense, so hopefully for McCoy owners the 35-year-old Anderson can at least keep the chains moving, otherwise McCoy might get swept up in the mess again, as was the case the first two games when he only saw 16 carries combined. If you're looking for some good news, McCoy does get the Colts and their bottom-10 defense this week, plus you can bet the Bills will give him the ball early and often in an attempt to protect a quarterback that's not even fully familiar with the playbook yet.
Jake Brendel MIA C
Dolphins' Jake Brendel: Returns to practice12h ago
Brendel (calf) returned to practice on Wednesday, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports.
Brendel was placed on injured reserve at the start of the season due to the calf injury that plagued him through August. The 26-year-old is eligible to return following the Week 8 game against the Texans, and must be activated prior to Nov. 8 or must remain on IR for the rest of the season.
Rick Porcello BOS SP
Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Goes four innings in Game 42h ago
Porcello gave up four runs on seven hits with one walk over four innings in a no-decision against the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He struck out three.
Porcello worked in and out of trouble through his four innings of work, but ultimately two long balls from George Springer and Tony Kemp sealed his fate in Game 4. The right-hander allowed one run, no walks and five hits in his first three appearances of the postseason, but this outing raises his ERA to 7.20.
Charlie Morton HOU SP
Astros' Charlie Morton: Lasts 2.1 innings in Game 42h ago
Morton gave up three runs on three hits with two walks over 2.1 innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He struck out two.
It was trouble from the start as Morton gave up a two-run single to Rafael Devers in the first inning and surrendered a RBI double to Xander Bogaerts that ended his outing in the third inning. The right-hander's first appearance of the postseason was disappointing to say the least, taking 53 pitches to get through 2.1 innings and allowing five baserunners in addition to two wild pitches. The 34-year-old now has an 11.57 ERA in the postseason.
Steven Wright BOS RP
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Fires successful bullpen Wednesday10h ago
Wright (knee) threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Wednesday marked the veteran hurler's first bullpen session since being shut down and removed from the ALDS roster with a knee issue. Wright said afterwards that he feels like he could pitch right now if asked, suggesting he could be added to the team's World Series roster should Boston advance.
Kenley Jansen LAD RP
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Nails down save in Game 511h ago
Jansen struck out the only batter he faced to get the save in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
After Caleb Ferguson and Ryan Madson combined to get the first two outs of the ninth inning, Jansen struck out Mike Moustakas on four pitches to pick up the save in Game 5. The closer has been lights out in the postseason, posting a 0.00 ERA with seven strikeouts and three saves through five appearances.
Brandon Woodruff MIL RP
Brewers' Brandon Woodruff: Goes 5.1 innings in Game 512h ago
Woodruff (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits with one walk over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He struck out eight.
After Wade Miley walked the first batter of the game, Woodruff limited the Dodgers to only two runs in 5.1 innings. Unfortunately for Woodruff, Clayton Kershaw was spectacular, and the two runs would be enough to hang the loss on the 25-year-old. The right-hander now has 15 strikeouts with a 2.45 ERA through 10.1 innings in the postseason.
Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Wins in Game 512h ago
Kershaw (2-1) gave up one run on three hits with two walks over seven innings in a win over the Brewers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He struck out nine.
A double off the bat of Lorenzo Cain was the only blemish in a stellar outing that earned Kershaw his second win of the postseason and has the Dodgers one win away from the World Series. The dominant performance was a return to form for the left-hander after taking the loss in Game 1 and giving up four runs in only three innings. The 30-year-old is now 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 14 strikeouts in the playoffs.
Patrick Beverley LAC PG
Clippers' Patrick Beverley: Comes up empty on scoreboard in opener26m ago
Beverley was held scoreless (0-8 FG, 0-5 3Pt) but produced six assists, four rebounds and one block across 20 minutes in the Clippers' 107-98 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Needless to say, Beverley had a rough go of it offensively to open the season, although his trademark defense helped lead to an almost equally difficult night for Jamal Murray (3-12 FG). The veteran guard also racked up five fouls, leading to a modest allotment of minutes. Although his primary value still lies on the defensive side of the ball, Beverley will still be expected to provide complementary offensive contributions after averaging a career-best 12.2 points -- albeit over just 11 games -- in the 2017-18 campaign.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander LAC PG
Clippers' Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Posts 11 points in NBA debut30m ago
Gilgeous-Alexander totaled 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block across 28 minutes in the Clippers' 107-98 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
The rookie enjoyed a solid pro debut with a near-perfect showing from the field. Gilgeous-Alexander figures in for a solid second-unit role this season, which should afford the 20-year-old plenty of opportunity to reward fantasy owners who made an investment in the 11th overall pick.
Boban Marjanovic LAC C
Clippers' Boban Marjanovic: Bench-high scoring total in loss33m ago
Marjanovic registered 18 points (6-8 FG, 6-6 FT) and eight rebounds across 18 minutes in the Clippers' 107-98 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
You'd have gotten pretty good odds betting on Marjanovic outscoring Lou Williams off the Clippers bench, but that's exactly what unfolded Wednesday. Coach Doc Rivers gave the veteran seven-footer as many minutes as starter Marcin Gortat, and Marjanovic responded with a scoring total that checked in behind only Tobias Harris' on the team for the night. It will be interesting to see if extended playing time becomes the norm for Marjanovic moving forward, a development that would naturally afford him some unexpected fantasy value while downgrading that of Gortat's to an extent.
Lou Williams LAC SG
Clippers' Lou Williams: Provides offensive punch off bench39m ago
Williams supplied 14 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 Pt, 4-5 FT), five assists and one rebound across 24 minutes in the Clippers' 107-98 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Williams offered his usual infusion of scoring off the bench in the regular-season opener, although he was surprisingly outpaced in scoring by Boban Marjanovic on the second unit. The veteran sharpshooter once again figures in for substantial minutes this season, including some starting assignments whenever coach Doc Rivers elects to shake up his starting five. As it did last season when Williams averaged a career-high 22.6 points, that should lead to some appealing fantasy production in the scoring categories.
Marcin Gortat LAC PF
Clippers' Marcin Gortat: Modest production in Clippers debut43m ago
Gortat posted six points (3-5 FG), six rebounds and two assists across 18 minutes in the Clippers' 107-98 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
The Polish Hammer was quiet in his Clippers regular-season debut, and he notably ended up ceding plenty of minutes to Boban Marjanovic off the bench. Gortat is still expected to typically play a normal allotment of starter's minutes, but Marjanovic was undeniably the more effective of the two big men Wednesday. Gortat will look to bounce back against the Thunder on Friday.
Jamal Murray DEN PG
Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Struggles with shot in season-opening victory1h ago
Murray managed seven points (3-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 32 minutes in the Nuggets' 107-98 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
Murray scuffled badly with his shot, although Patrick Beverley's defense likely had something to do with that. The third-year guard was the only member of the starting five with a single-digit scoring total, and he couldn't really make it up to fantasy owners elsewhere on the stat sheet. Given that he drained a career-best 45.1 percent of his attempts last season, the rocky season-opening performance is just an outlier that he'll look to bounce back from versus the Suns on Saturday.
Mike Smith CGY G
Flames' Mike Smith: Records home win24m ago
Smith made 24 saves Wednesday and helped the Flames defeat Boston 5-2.
In five starts, Smith is 3-2 but has posted a sub-.900 save percentage along the way. It's early and wins matter more than anything so one shouldn't criticize Smith's performance too much, but the 36-year-old netminder certainly benefitted from his team's offensive outburst Wednesday. Nonetheless, this was a solid bounce-back game after Smith's last start saw him concede five goals on 24 shots before being pulled after two periods. Expect Smith to be between the pipes Friday when the Predators come to town.
Michael Stone CGY D
Flames' Michael Stone: Records pair of assists in win31m ago
Stone bagged a pair of primary helpers Wednesday, helping lead Calgary to a 5-2 home win over the Bruins.
Stone played the fewest minutes of any Flames defender but it didn't stop him from finding the scoresheet on two separate occasions. He also picked up a minor penalty while adding a hit, a blocked shot, as well as two takeaways. The 28-year-old Canadian rearguard isn't known as a fantasy stalwart and despite a strong showing in this contest, Stone should be ignored in all formats.
Michael Frolik CGY RW
Flames' Michael Frolik: Nets pair in home win39m ago
Frolik scored twice Wednesday, helping the Flames defeat Boston 5-2 at home.
Coming off an underwhelming 2017-18, Frolik has now scored three goals in five games, two of which came Wednesday night. After three-straight games playing fewer than 10 minutes, the 30-year-old Czech logged over 16 minutes in this one. Playing a top-six role in Calgary, Frolik should be expected to produce most evenings, though don't get used to these multi-point performances.
Matthew Tkachuk CGY LW
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Two points in win1h ago
Tkachuk recorded a goal and assist Wednesday, part of a 5-2 home win over Boston.
Tkachuk's four-game point streak ended Saturday in Colorado but he wasted little time laying the foundation for a new one. Tkachuk's goal came with less than a minute to play and the Bruins' net empty. Presently sitting at nine points through six games, the 20-year-old American forward is enjoying the best start of his pro career. Next up is a home contest against Nashville on Friday.
Mikael Backlund CGY C
Flames' Mikael Backlund: Notches two helpers in home win1h ago
Backlund registered two assists Wednesday, in a 5-2 win over Boston.
The 29-year-old left Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury but ultimately was deemed healthy enough to play Wednesday, recording a pair of assists as a result. With four points in his last three games, Backlund is showing signs of rounding into form as the season creeps up on 10 games played. The Swede led all Calgary forwards in ice time Wednesday and will look to continue his hot streak when the Flames host Nashville on Friday.
Tuukka Rask BOS G
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Allows four in road loss1h ago
Rask allowed four goals on 28 shots Wednesday, in a 5-2 loss against the Flames.
Wednesday's game marked the third time in four starts where Rask has given up three or more goals. On the season, he's posted a .875 save percentage and a goals-against-average over four. While it's still early, the Finnish netminder has not been good thus far and yet, has still managed to pick up two wins. He'll likely get the night off Thursday when the Bruins visit Edmonton on the second half of a back-to-back.