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Rougned Odor TEX 2B
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Could rejoin team Friday2m ago
Odor (knee) may be activated for Friday's game against the Mariners, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Odor spent the last two days on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Nasvhille and went 2-for-7, including a home run and a double on Thursday.
Tony Kemp HOU DH
Astros' Tony Kemp: Hitless run continues20m ago
Kemp went 0-for-3 in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Cleveland.
Kemp has gone 12 at-bats without a hit and is batting just .143 through 13 games. This was his first start in four games and second in the last eight. He's started two consecutive games just once this year -- the season's first two games -- so it's hard to get the bat going if he's not going to get consistent at-bats.
Michael Brantley HOU LF
Astros' Michael Brantley: Extends hitting streak39m ago
Brantley went 2-for-4 in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Indians.
Brantley accounted for half of the Astros' four hits against Trevor Bauer and Brad Hand, his former teammates in Cleveland. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a stretch during which he's slashed .372/.417/.628 with five extra-base hits, including three home runs, and 10 RBI. His left-handed bat fits in nicely amid the right-handed heavy top of the order.
Blake Swihart ARI RF
Diamondbacks' Blake Swihart: Fills in for Jones1h ago
Swihart started in right field for Adam Jones (hand) and went 0-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-0 win over the Pirates on Thursday.
Swihart has started both games since Jones went down with his hand injury, going 0-for-9 in the process. The injury is not considered a serious one, so Swihart could be back on the bench at some point during the weekend series against the Cubs.
Christian Walker ARI 1B
Diamondbacks' Christian Walker: What a road trip1h ago
Walker went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 5-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Walker finished up a 10-game road trip as stylish as the Diamondbacks did. Arizona went 8-2 while sweeping the Pirates and Braves, while Walker batted .447 (17-for-38) with eight extra-base hits, including three home runs, and eight RBI. Off the radar when the year started, Walker ranks 10 with 180 wRC+ through 24 games.
Scooter Gennett CIN 2B
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Off crutches4h ago
Gennett (groin) is off crutches and is walking around in the Reds clubhouse now, but hasn't yet started baseball activities, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
There's no timetable yet for Gennett's return, but initial estimates suggested that he would be out two to three months. When he returns, it might entail Jose Peraza going to the bench more often.
Deandre Baker NYG CB
Giants' Deandre Baker: Goes to Giants as first CB taken7h ago
The Giants selected Baker in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 30th overall.
Baker was a clear priority for the Giants, who traded back into the first round to nab the former Georgia Bulldog when he was still available at 30. Though he does not have the classic speed that most teams covet in a boundary corner (4.52 40-yard dash), Baker plays with tremendous technique, instinct, and physicality. He had seven interceptions during collegiate career and took home the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back, as a senior. Baker has a strong chance to start opposite Grant Haley in New York's secondary.
L.J. Collier SEA DE
Seahawks' L.J. Collier: Surprise selection for Seattle7h ago
The Seahawks selected Collier in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 29th overall.
This is a strange selection, and one that figures to draw plenty of criticism. Collier shows a decent amount of skill and has some interesting inside-out versatility at 6-foot-2, 283 pounds, but the emphasis in that case might be on the 'inside' part given that Collier showed poor athletic testing (4.91-second 40, 30-inch vertical, 12.59 agility score). He doesn't really have production to make his case, either, as his senior season at TCU saw him total six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in what was by far his most productive season.
Jerry Tillery LAC DT
Chargers' Jerry Tillery: Joins Chargers' loaded front7h ago
The Chargers selected Tillery (torn labrum) in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 28th overall.
Los Angeles gets more ammo for an already loaded front by adding Tillery out of Notre Dame. At 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds with 34 1/4-inch arms, Tillery is a long-levered athlete who bolstered his stock with a strong combine that was highlighted by a 4.93 40-yard dash and a 4.33-second short shuttle. His frame doesn't project well to play on the interior, but he did his best work outside the guard and outside the tackle at Notre Dame anyway. He figures to be a rotational piece behind Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram to start his career, but don't be surprised if he carves out a significant role for the Chargers before long.
Johnathan Abram OAK DB
Raiders' Johnathan Abram: Raiders select in first round7h ago
The Raiders selected Abram in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 27th overall.
The selection seems to herald the imminent exit of former first-round pick Karl Joseph, as the Raiders otherwise signed Lamarcus Joyner at safety earlier this offseason. If the Raiders can't trade Joseph and then don't commit to cutting him then it might be tough for Abram to establish himself as a three-down player right off the bat, but that eventual outcome is clearly what Oakland has in mind. Whenever he does step into a full-time role Abram projects as a potential impact player, including as an IDP. He was a leading contributor on what was a ruthless Mississippi State defense the last two years, and his 4.45-second 40-yard dash provides some optimism for his coverage projection. He generally looks like more of a strong safety fit for Oakland given the Joyner signing, and between the two he should find more tackle opportunities, at least on a per-snap basis.
Montez Sweat WAS DE
Redskins' Montez Sweat: Lands in Washington8h ago
The Redskins selected Sweat in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 26th overall.
The Mississippi State product was a polarizing player throughout the pre-draft process. He was projected as high as a top-10 pick before sliding to the late first round after a combine medical exam uncovered a pre-existing minor heart condition. However, Washington's medical staff is clearly convinced that it won't be an issue and now the franchise has a potential premier pass rusher. Sweat is a remarkable athlete; he ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any edge defender at this year's combine with a blistering 4.41 at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds. He projects to see a situational role at outside linebacker, competing with Ryan Anderson for playing time. When given the chance, Sweat should develop into a starter.
Marquise Brown BAL WR
Ravens' Marquise Brown: First WR selected8h ago
The Ravens selected Brown (foot) in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 25th overall.
Brown is the first receiver off the board, even coming off a broken foot that prevented him from running before the draft. His combine weigh-in was unprecedentedly low for a first-round prospect (5-foot-10, 166 pounds), but it's easy to imagine him weighing more like 175 if he were able to lift weights normally. Brown was very productive catching passes from Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray at Oklahoma, turning 132 receptions into 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games, while his burning athleticism plays well both outside and in the slot. Brown is a naturally adept route runner who can kill corners deep or cause damage after the catch underneath. DeSean Jackson is the obvious comparison and although Brown wasn't able to run a 40 before the draft, it's worth noting that Mayfield said Brown had an extra gear that Dede Westbrook did not. Since Westbrook ran a 4.39-second 40, that likely makes Brown one of the fastest players in the game. The question of his exact fit and fantasy impact in Baltimore is a separate, more concerning question. Lamar Jackson was an excellent downfield passer at Louisville, but Marty Mornhinweg's offense in 2018 never gave Jackson a chance to establish a rhythm as a passer, which wiped out any fantasy upside among the team's receivers. New coordinator Greg Roman should run a more balanced offense, one that's less Rich Rodriguez and more Chip Kelly. If so, then Brown may be able to thrive, but last year's scheme will not cut it.
DeMar DeRozan SA SG
Spurs' DeMar DeRozan: Scores efficient 25 points in win1m ago
DeRozan ended with 25 points (12-16 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, and seven assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over Denver.
DeRozan bounced back after a disappointing Game 5, helping lead the Spurs to a 17 point victory, sending the series back to Denver for a deciding Game 7. This was a tight game for the majority with the Spurs managing to pull away in the fourth quarter, buoyed by some hot shooting from DeRozan. Denver will almost certainly be the favorites on their home floor but the Spurs have already won once on the road and will be confident of doing it once more as they attempt to advance to face the Trail Blazers.
LaMarcus Aldridge SA PF
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge: Big night in Game 6 victory6m ago
Aldridge finished with 26 points (10-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, and one block in 38 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over the Nuggets.
Aldridge was excellent for the Spurs, ending the game with a team-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds. The Spurs were able to resist a persistent Nuggets team, forcing a Game 7 which will be in Denver on Saturday. Aldridge has been a consistent source of points and rebounds for the Spurs across the seven-game series and will need to at his best if they are to force the upset Saturday.
Jarrett Allen BKN C
Nets' Jarrett Allen: Plans to add three-point shot13h ago
Allen said Wednesday that he wants to extend his shooting range to three-point line next season, Bryan Fonseca of NetsDaily.com reports.
With an 11-for-60 success rate from three-point range through two seasons in the league, Allen's initial returns haven't been encouraging, but big men with shakier jumpers than him have developed into reliable outside shooters later in their careers. Allen has at least converted at a respectable 73.2 percent clip from the free-throw line during his time in the NBA, suggesting he has some touch outside of the paint. Before any claims of Allen making the three ball a bigger part of his arsenal can be taken seriously, however, he'll need to display a willingness to fire away from distance during preseason action.
Dante Exum UTA PG
Jazz's Dante Exum: Hopes to be ready by training camp15h ago
Exum (knee) said Thursday he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Exum partially tore the patella tendon in his right knee last month, and he underwent surgery on Mar. 28. While he's without a firm timetable, the oft-injured guard said he's aiming to be 100 percent by the start of camp, though he cautioned that rehabbing safely will be his top priority. The fifth overall pick in 2014, Exum played 82 games as a rookie before missing all of the 2015-16 season. He returned to play 66 games in 2016-17 but has appeared in only 66 combined games over the last two campaigns, including 42 in 2018-19.
Malcolm Brogdon MIL PG
Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Out next two games16h ago
Brogdon (foot) has been ruled out for both Games 1 and 2 against the Celtics, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
With Brogdon still not yet participating in full practices, it's not surprising that he won't play in either of the first two games of Milwaukee's series with Boston. However, the Bucks have been optimistic that Brogdon will return at some point during this series, so expect another update on the guard once the team heads to Boston for Game 3.
Andre Roberson OKC SG
Thunder's Andre Roberson: Expected to be ready for camp16h ago
Roberson (kneecap) noted that he's on track to return for next season's training camp, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Roberson missed all of this season due to surgery on his left kneecap, plus multiple setbacks. It's tough to gauge what his role will be next season, as it's possible OKC attempts to shake things up following another first-round playoff exit. Either way, it seems unlikely he'll be fantasy relevant, as he's solely a low-usage defensive talent.
Roope Hintz DAL C
Stars' Roope Hintz: Corrals power-play assist5h ago
Hintz earned a power-play helper in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Hintz has two goals and two helpers in seven postseason games in his rookie year. He's added 17 shots on goal and nine hits. His position as the second-line center is bound to produce at least some offense for the 22-year-old Finn, who hasn't looked out of place in the playoffs so far.
Mats Zuccarello DAL RW
Stars' Mats Zuccarello: Supplies assist5h ago
Zuccarello picked up an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
It's his first assist to go with three goals in seven postseason games so far for the Norwegian winger. Zuccarello has added 12 shots on goal. He'll likely contribute a little depth scoring during the Stars' playoff run, but it may not be enough to warrant fantasy attention.
John Klingberg DAL D
Stars' John Klingberg: Provides apple5h ago
Klingberg registered an assist and four blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
The Swedish blueliner, who sealed the Stars' first-round series win with an overtime goal in Game 6 against the Predators, was right back on the scoresheet to start the new series. The helper gives Klingberg seven assists to go with his one goal in seven playoff games.
Jamie Benn DAL LW
Stars' Jamie Benn: Tickles twine on power play5h ago
Benn scored a power-play goal and added three hits in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Benn has two goals and five helpers in seven postseason contests. He's also managed 17 hits and 23 shots on goal in that span. Benn is expected to carry the offense for the Stars, and so far, his line with Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov has done well to meet that objective.
Jason Spezza DAL C
Stars' Jason Spezza: Ends two-month goal drought6h ago
Spezza scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Spezza's last goal came on Feb. 24, a span of 20 games during which the veteran managed only three helpers. He was scratched six times between his goals. Spezza has accumulated 67 points (23 goals, 44 helpers) over 74 postseason appearances in his career, but with his current fourth-line deployment, he's not expected to contribute to the offense frequently.
Ben Bishop DAL G
Stars' Ben Bishop: Loses series opener6h ago
Bishop gave up three goals on 20 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Bishop was unable to meet the challenge in this game, although getting bested twice by Vladimir Tarasenko is a forgivable offense. Bishop has a 2.05 GAA and a .937 save percentage in seven playoff appearances, and he'll likely continue to see all of the starts as long as he's healthy.