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Chase Anderson MIL SP
Brewers' Chase Anderson: Pitches well again in loss to Cubs7m ago
Anderson (2-2) got the loss against the Cubs on Thursday despite giving up just one run on five hits over seven strong innings, striking out two and walking one as the Brewers lost 1-0.
Anderson pitched great in this one but was unlucky to come out on the short end of what was a great pitching duel with the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks. He's now got a 2.86 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP through his first 34.2 innings, and although he's not posting the strikeout totals of a fantasy ace, he's doing just about everything else at that caliber. So far, it's looking like last season's breakout that saw him emerge as an unexpectedly consistent fantasy weapon was not a fluke.
Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
Cubs' Kyle Hendricks: Shuts out Brewers16m ago
Hendricks (2-1) picked up the win against the Brewers on Thursday, scattering four hits over seven shutout innings, striking out five and walking none as the Cubs won 1-0.
Hendricks was brilliant in this one and he's now got an 11:0 K:BB over his last two starts, both of which have resulted in victories. He's sporting solid ratios with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 29 innings and he'll look to keep his strong run going against a tough Colorado lineup in his next start on May 1.
Justin Smoak TOR 1B
Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Hits first homer since April 124m ago
Smoak went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 5-4 defeat for Toronto against Boston on Thursday.
Smoak had cooled down considerably after a red-hot start but he came through against some tough opposition in this one as he was able to get to Red Sox ace Chris Sale with a third-inning solo shot - his first long ball since a two-homer, six RBI game back on April 1. He's still slugging just .414 so hopefully this long ball was the start of another hot streak as he looks to replicate the form of last season's breakout 38-homer campaign.
J.D. Martinez BOS DH
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Hits fifth home run of season35m ago
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Boston's 5-4 victory over Toronto on Thursday.
Martinez got off to a relatively slow start with his new club but that can be considered a thing of the past as his fifth-inning blast off Marco Estrada brought his slash line up to .306/.351/.565 with five home runs and 18 RBI. He looks primed for another prolific power-hitting campaign coming off his 2017 season split between Detroit and Arizona, when he clubbed 45 home runs and slugged a ridiculous .690 in only 119 games.
Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Picks up seventh save1h ago
Kimbrel got the save in Boston's 5-4 victory over Toronto on Thursday, striking out one without allowing a baserunner in a clean ninth inning.
It was business as usual in this one for the dominant right-hander, who has given up just one earned run and bagged seven saves in as many opportunities over his 10.1 innings so far this season. Kimbrel now has 0.87 ERA, a 0.68 WHIP and is firmly entrenched as one of the most reliable closers in the game.
Chris Sale BOS SP
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Gets second win of season1h ago
Sale (2-1) picked up the win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two as the Red Sox eventually prevailed 5-4.
It wasn't quite the level of dominance we're used to seeing from Sale as the four strikeouts were a season low, but he still managed to put together a quality start and pick up his second victory of the season. He'll take a 2.31 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and an elite 45:8 K:BB into his next start against the Royals on May 1.
Martavis Bryant PIT WR
Raiders' Martavis Bryant: Traded to Raiders4h ago
Bryant has been traded to the Raiders in exchange for Oakland's third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Bryant had a tumultuous 2017 with Pittsburgh. He was reinstated last April following an entire missed season due to a suspension stemming from a breach in the league's substance abuse policy. After a middling start to the season in which Bryant saw 10 target's in the Steelers' first four games, the deep-threat receiver requested a trade from the team. No move was made, and while he performed better over the second half of the season, the emergence of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster made Bryant more expendable as he was previously. The 26-year-old has obvious talent, and a change of scenery might be just what he needs to get his career back on track. He should see ample opportunity in Oakland, where new head coach Jon Gruden is looking to build around gunslinger Derek Carr.
Darius Latham OAK DT
Darius Latham: Waived by Oakland9h ago
Latham was waived by the Raiders on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Latham was waived just hours before the beginning of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 2016 undrafted free agent played 17 games for Oakland in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but managed to log only 24 combined tackles. The 23-year-old was previously waived by the Raiders in December of 2017, and apparently did not impress enough on the practice squad to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Latham will hope to find a depth role elsewhere in the league.
Greg Olsen CAR TE
Panthers' Greg Olsen: Gets two-year extension15h ago
Olsen and the Panthers agreed Thursday on a two-year extension, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN. The new deal is worth $8.55 million annually and could escalate to $20.1 million in total value.
Olsen was already under contract for 2018 at a $6.5 million base salary, so the extension will keep him in the fold through the 2020 season and provide plenty of incentive for the 33-year-old to delay his broadcasting career. Though his 2017 season was disrupted by a Jones fracture of his right foot, Olsen looked to be back at full strength in the Panthers' playoff loss to the Saints in the wild-card round, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in the contest. With Olsen confirming earlier this month that he has no intention of retiring and has endured no setbacks with his foot heading into the Panthers' offseason program, it appears Carolina was comfortable making him one of the NFL's top-paid tight ends. With three 1,000-yard seasons prior to the injury-abbreviated campaign, Olsen has certainly proven worthy of the large financial commitment.
Paul Perkins NYG RB
Giants' Paul Perkins: Surgery for pectoral injury16h ago
Perkins suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the Giants' offseason program that required surgery, a source informed Dan Duggan of The Athletic New York.
The extent of Perkins' setback isn't known and a timetable for his return hasn't been established, but it was speculated that the running back had sustained an upper-body injury after he was spotted at minicamp Tuesday with his left arm in a sling. Even if Perkins makes a full recovery in time for training camp, it's more likely that he will be battling for a roster spot rather than a starting role. Perkins opened the past season as the Giants' No. 1 back, but averaged just 2.2 yards on 41 carries before losing snaps to Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman and finishing the campaign primarily as a special-teams player. Darkwa remains a free agent, but the Giants have added veteran Jonathan Stewart to their backfield stable and could tab another runner with one of their early round selections in this week's draft.
Odell Beckham NYG WR
Giants' Odell Beckham: On field for minicamp session16h ago
Beckham (ankle) was spotted on the field catching passes and taking part in non-contact individual drills during the Giants' minicamp practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Beckham's presence on the field this week along with new head coach Pat Shurmur's declaration Wednesday that the wideout won't be traded prior to the season suggests that any discord between the 25-year-old and the organization has been put aside, at least for the time being. While Beckham surely still prefers to receive a long-term contract extension prior to the season rather than playing under the final year of his rookie deal in 2018, it doesn't look like he has any plans to entertain a holdout. Instead, Beckham's main focus will be proving to the new coaching staff and front office that he's approaching full health after a broken left ankle ended his season last October. Beckham may not absorb full contact at any point during the Giants' offseason program, but it's not expected that he'll face many limitations, if any, by the time training camp arrives.
Charles Sims TB RB
Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Returns to Buccaneers17h ago
Sims signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Sims played in all 16 games for the Bucs last season, collecting more receptions (35) than carries (21). He'll likely remain limited to passing downs, though the 27-year-old did begin to see work on special teams in the back half of last year. Sims will have to compete with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers for offensive snaps, and likely will face additional competition after the upcoming draft.
Tyler Zeller MIL C
Bucks' Tyler Zeller: Coming off bench for Game 67h ago
Zeller is coming off the bench for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.
Thon Maker, who had two impressive performances during the Bucks' two previous home games in the series, will draw the start. Despite starting, Zeller had only been averaging 13.3 minutes per game, so his role may not change too much despite the switch.
Thon Maker MIL C
Bucks' Thon Maker: Starting for Game 67h ago
Maker will draw the start at center over Tyler Zeller for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.
This decision isn't too surprising, as Maker has outplayed Zeller since usual starter John Henson went down with a back injury. Over the past three games, Maker has averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks across 26.0 minutes.
John Henson MIL C
Bucks' John Henson: Won't play in Game 68h ago
Henson (back) is out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
As expected, Henson will miss a fourth straight game while recovering from a sore back. Tyler Zeller is likely to draw another start, though Thon Maker has been the main beneficiary at the position over the past three games. Jabari Parker has also seen an uptick in workload, averaging 16.7 points across 29.0 minutes while Henson has been on the shelf.
Stephen Curry GS PG
Warriors' Stephen Curry: Upgraded to questionable for Game 19h ago
Curry (knee) went through a full practice Thursday and has been upgraded to questionable for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.
Warriors' GM Bob Myers recently indicated Curry had a chance of being cleared for Game 1 and his full participation in Thursday's practice adds even more fuel to the fire. If the knee responds well to the added workload, there's a chance he's ultimately able to play, though the Warriors are certainly going to take as cautions of an approach as possible with their superstar. For now, consider Curry questionable and another update should be provided after Friday's practice or Saturday's shootaround.
Otto Porter WAS SF
Wizards' Otto Porter: Status uncertain for Game 610h ago
Porter is dealing with a bone bruise in his left leg and is questionable for Game 6 against the Raptors on Friday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Porter has reportedly been nursing the injury for the entire series, which is likely why he's appeared to struggle a bit of late. With the Wizards on the brink of elimination, it seems likely that Porter will ultimately give it a go Friday, though coach Scott Brooks wouldn't commit to it. "Anything's possible, but we hope for the best," Brooks said regarding Porter's availability Friday. "I know he's banged up. That's all I know as of right now." Look for another update to be provided following Friday's morning shootaround.
Stephen Curry GS PG
Warriors' Stephen Curry: Return for Game 1 'conceivable'11h ago
Warriors' general manager Bob Myers said "it's conceivable" that Curry (knee) is in uniform for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "He's gonna try and practice ... if he can get in tomorrow's practice and Friday and doesn't have any setbacks and feels physically ready, then there's a chance he can go.
This appears to be a very optimistic stance from the Warriors' GM and it wouldn't be surprising if Curry ultimately missed another game or two when all is said and done. However, it's certainly a situation to monitor at this point and additional updates should be provided following practice Thursday and/or Friday. His availability Saturday will ultimately depend on how the knee responds to the increase activity.
Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Opens scoring 17 seconds into second round3h ago
Kuznetsov scored just 17 seconds into Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss to the Penguins and added a team-high six shots.
Kuznetsov has been excellent this postseason, with five goals and four assists in nine games. He's going to have to keep this level up for the Capitals to have a puncher's chance at taking out the two-time defending champs.
Tom Wilson WAS RW
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Two helpers in series-opening loss4h ago
Wilson assisted on both of his team's goals in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss to the Penguins.
Known more for his physicality, Wilson's also flashed the skill that prompted Washington to draft him with the 16th overall pick back in 2012. He's thriving in a first-line role this postseason, having racked up two goals and five points in the past five games. Savvy daily owners have been getting tremendous bang for the buck on the power forward.
Alex Ovechkin WAS LW
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Two points not enough in Game 1 loss4h ago
Ovechkin contributed a goal and an assist Thursday, but that wasn't enough, as the Penguins came back to hand Washington a 3-2 Game 1 loss.
Ovechkin got the home crowd rocking by assisting on Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal just 17 seconds into the game and lit the lamp himself on the first shift of the third period. His two points matched Sidney Crosby's output, but the latter's superior supporting cast once again helped deliver a result that's become all too familiar to Ovechkin in recent years.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Seven goals in seven games this postseason4h ago
Crosby scored his seventh goal of the playoffs and added a helper in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over the Capitals.
Crosby's line with Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel scored all three of the team's goals while combining for seven points. Sid the Kid's rolling right now, so those who picked him in playoff fantasy pools are living the good life as usual.
Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Two points in Game 1 comeback4h ago
Hornqvist chipped in a goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over Washington.
Hornqvist scored the first of three unanswered Pittsburgh goals 2:59 into the third period. His linemates Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel followed up at the 5:20 and 7:48 marks, respectively, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 advantage. The Swedish power forward seems to have put the upper-body injury that kept him out of Game 4 and Game 5 in the first round behind him.
Braden Holtby WAS G
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Only 22 saves in Game 1 defeat4h ago
Holtby stopped just 22 of Pittsburgh's 25 shots in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss.
Just like in the first round, Washington immediately gave up home-ice advantage in the series opener. This was Holtby's first loss of the playoffs, so he's built up enough of a cushion over Philipp Grubauer that the chances of Washington making yet another change in net are slim. The Capitals actually held a 2-0 lead early in the third period, but Pittsburgh's top line scored three times in a 4:49 span to steal this one.