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Ameer Abdullah DET RB
Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Minimal usage in return13m ago
Abdullah rushed once for eight yards during Saturday's 20-10 victory over the Bears. He also turned three of four targets into 18 yards.
Abdullah logged eight offensive snaps compared to 33 for Theo Riddick (wrist) and 23 for Tion Green. This comes after days of speculation that Abdullah was a healthy scratch last week against Tampa Bay. While it's possible the Lions are easing him back from his neck injury, which are treated cautiously in today's age, there seems to be a real case for the Lions having found a rushing attack they can rely on. On 150 carries across 11 games this season, Abdullah has averaged just 3.4 yards. Meanwhile, Green averaged 4.1 YPC in the two recent games he received at least a 10-carry workload while Riddick -- a receiving specialist -- stumbled out of the gates but has averaged 4.2 yards per tote since Week 10, matching Abdullah's season-total rushing touchdown mark in the process (three).
Hunter Henry LAC TE
Chargers' Hunter Henry: Leaves Saturday's loss16m ago
Henry suffered an undisclosed injury during Saturday's loss to the Chiefs, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.
Henry did catch all three of his targets, but they ended up being for an empty 28 yards, and Antonio Gates ended up with the Chargers' only receiving score. More to follow on Henry's status for next week's must-win game against the Jets, but at least he'll have an extra day to recover.
Devin Funchess CAR WR
Panthers' Devin Funchess: Ready for Packers20m ago
Funchess, listed as questionable with a shoulder injury after practicing fully Friday, is expected to play Sunday against Green Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Funchess has thrived since Kelvin Benjamin got traded to Buffalo and has four touchdowns over the last four games. While you want him out there in most circumstances given his hot play, Sunday's game is especially juicy in that he'll face a leaky Packers secondary.
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Ready for Week 15's big tilt24m ago
Smith-Schuster (hamstring), who logged a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Smith-Schuster missed last week's game due to suspension for an illegal hit, but now the Steelers should have all of their weapons back on the field. While his absence didn't ultimately cost the Steelers in Sunday night's high-scoring win against the Ravens, it typically takes all hands on deck to beat the Patriots. Smith-Schuster could find himself in single coverage quite often if Bill Belichick does his thing and tries to shut down the opponent's best player, that being Antonio Brown.
DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR
Texans' DeAndre Hopkins: Expected to play in Week 1530m ago
Hopkins (toe) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Jaguars even though he missed practice Thursday and Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Texans and Hopkins play in the early wave of Sunday's games so there should be one more note of confirmation, but this news is certainly fortunate for those owning a player you wouldn't sit under almost any circumstance when active.
Kyle Rudolph MIN TE
Vikings' Kyle Rudolph: Expected to play Sunday31m ago
Rudolph (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Rudolph was originally designated as doubtful on the official injury report for Sunday's contest after being unable to practice throughout the week, but was upgraded to questionable Saturday. Still, fantasy players will want to check his status before Sunday's game.
Yovani Gallardo SEA SP
Brewers' Yovani Gallardo: Set to rejoin Brewers9h ago
Gallardo agreed to a contract with the Brewers on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Gallardo will return to the team that drafted him in the second round back in 2004 after the Mariners declined to exercise his $13 million club option for 2018. It's been a rough couple of years for the veteran hurler, as he's turned in a combined 5.57 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 179:121 K:BB over the past two seasons (248.2 innings) with Baltimore and Seattle, respectively. He did turn in a respectable 1.69 ERA over 16 relief innings after being shifted to the bullpen last season, though it remains unclear what role the Brewers plan to utilize him in next year. Either way, given his declining strikeout rate, he doesn't figure to hold much, if any, fantasy value in 2018.
Brandon McCarthy ATL SP
Braves' Brandon McCarthy: Sent to Braves in five player trade11h ago
McCarthy was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Adrian Gonzalez (back), Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
McCarthy made just 19 appearances (16 starts) last season due to injuries and a crowded rotation in Los Angeles, posting a 3.98 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 92.2 innings of work. Injuries have gotten the best of the veteran hurler in recent years -- he's registered just 155.2 innings over the past three seasons -- but he should factor into the Braves' rotation next season so long as he's healthy.
Scott Kazmir ATL SP
Braves' Scott Kazmir: Sent to Braves11h ago
Kazmir (hip) was traded to the Braves along with Adrian Gonzalez (back), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kazmir didn't appear in a game for the Dodgers in 2017 while dealing with a recurring hip injury, though he ended up making a few rehab appearances with Triple-A Rancho Cucamonga towards the end of the season. Assuming he's healthy heading into next season, he should compete for a rotation spot, though his recent injury issues could ultimately prompt the Braves to switch him to a long-relief role. He posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 26 starts for the Dodgers in 2016.
Charlie Culberson ATL 2B
Braves' Charlie Culberson: Traded to Braves in five player deal11h ago
Culberson was traded to the Braves from the Dodgers along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Adrian Gonzalez (back), Brandon McCarthy and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Culberson played in just 15 regular-season games last season, though he garnered 10 playoff appearances due to an injury to Corey Seager and hit an impressive .500/.471/.938 in the process. He's appeared in just 49 major-league games over the past three seasons, hitting .275/.301/.363 over that stretch, but he should be in line for some more opportunities next season as a utility man for the Braves.
Matt Kemp LAD LF
Dodgers' Matt Kemp: Headed back to LA in five player deal12h ago
Kemp was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez (back), Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kemp is set return to the team who drafted him after spending the previous two seasons with San Diego and Atlanta, respectively. The 33-year-old dealt with some hamstring issues in 2017, but still managed to hit .276 with 19 homers in 117 games. He spent his best years with the Dodgers, hitting .292/.349/.495 with 182 homers and 170 stolen bases over nine seasons. If he isn't traded or released before the start of the season, look for Kemp to settle into a corner outfield spot for Los Angeles, which would likely push Joc Pederson to the bench.
Adam Eaton WAS CF
Nationals' Adam Eaton: Expects to be ready by Opening Day13h ago
Eaton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
Eaton continues to recover from a torn ACL that he suffered in April, but all signs point to the outfielder being fully healthy by the time Opening Day rolls around. Although Eaton was pressing to make it back for a playoff run this past October, once the team was eliminated by the Cubs in the NLDS, the trainers decided to scale back his rehab in order to give him the best opportunity to be 100 percent for 2018. Looking ahead, there will likely be another update on Eaton's status by February.
Jeremy Lamb CHA SG
Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Scores 15 points Saturday4h ago
Lamb scored 15 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 7-7 FT) to go with five rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.
Lamb increased his career-high 14.4 points per game with a bench-leading 15 points against Portland. While it was not the most impressive night from the floor (36.3 percent), the guard made the most of his trips to the free throw line by sinking all seven shots. Lamb is scoring 4.7 more points per game than his previous career-high of 9.7 points set in 2016-17. As a result, Lamb is Charlotte's leading source of offense from the bench by far.
Nicolas Batum CHA SF
Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Scores season-high 23 points4h ago
Batum scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3PT) to go with four rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.
After scoring in the single-digits in four straight games, Batum exploded for a season-high 23 points against Portland. The Charlotte forward was deadly efficient from long range, sinking a season-high five three-pointers on nine attempts. While his breakout performance from beyond the arc was impressive, expectations should be tempered as Batum is still a 26.9 percent three-point shooter on the season. Batum will look to build upon his offensive momentum when Portland takes on New York on Monday.
CJ McCollum POR SG
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Scores game-high 25 points5h ago
McCollum scored 25 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.
McCollum added to his impressive December with a game-high 25 points on Saturday. For the month, the guard is averaging 21.8 points over seven games. In addition, Saturday's performance as McCollum's fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points. After sinking 4-of-6 three-pointers against Charlotte, McCollum is shooting a career-best 44. 3 percent from beyond the arc. McCollum will look for another 20-plus point game against Minnesota on Monday.
Damian Lillard POR PG
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Collects double-double Saturday5h ago
Lillard scored 18 points (7-19 FG, 3-9 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with seven rebounds, 11 assists and one steal across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.
In addition to collecting his fourth double-double of the season, Lillard added to his high-scoring month of December with 18 points on Saturday. In seven games, the Portland guard is averaging 27.1 points for the month. For Lillard, who is averaging 25.7 points, 18 points is low by comparison. In 21-of-29 games this season, he has scored at least 21 points and reached 30 points in 10 of those 21. However, on Saturday, Lillard cracked double-digits in assists for only the second time to fill out his stat line against Charlotte.
Quinn Cook GS PG
Warriors' Quinn Cook: Sent back to G-League6h ago
Cook was reassigned to the G-League on Saturday, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
With the Warriors off until Monday, Cook will rejoin the Santa Cruz Warriors for Saturday's G-League matchup against Westchester. There's a good chance he returns to the Warriors prior to Monday's contest with Stephen Curry (ankle) still expected to be sidelined, though he isn't expected to make much of a fantasy impact during his time with Golden State.
Derrick Favors UTA PF
Jazz's Derrick Favors: Enters concussion protocol6h ago
Favors (eye) was placed in the league's concussion protocol Saturday, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
Favors, who was ruled out Saturday after suffering a facial laceration Friday against the Celtics, showed concussion-like symptoms during pre-game warmups, prompting his placement in the protocol. It's unclear if he'll be forced to miss multiple games at this point, but if so, look for Ekpe Udoh and Joe Johnson to continue to benefit from increased minutes.
Darcy Kuemper LA G
Kings' Darcy Kuemper: Loses in overtime43m ago
Kuemper made 29 stops, but couldn't brick up the net in overtime in a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.
The Isles scored on a nifty 2-on-1 in OT that went glove side top cheddar -- Kuemper had no chance on the shot. He goes between near-perfect performances and ones where he allows three or four goals. Still, Kuemper's stats are outstanding, so he's a decent play in daily formats when he's in the blue paint.
Tyler Toffoli LA C
Kings' Tyler Toffoli: Goal and assist in losing effort1h ago
Toffoli registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.
He has eight points, including five goals, in his last nine games. Toffoli had scuffled out of the gate this season with Jeff Carter on the shelf. But lately, he has found his own offensive groove without JC. That goal was his 15th this season in just 34 games, a pace that would give him about 36 goals this year. There's always room on a fantasy roster for a sniper like Toffoli.
Thomas Greiss NYI G
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Sharp in overtime win1h ago
Greiss made 26 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Kings on Saturday night.
He saved the game for the Isles just 20 seconds into overtime when John Tavares blew a tire at his own blue line which allowed Anze Kopitar to break in alone on the Isles goalie. Greiss hadn't won since Nov. 24 and his peripherals are still subpar. He remains a risk any time you allow him into your blue paint.
John Tavares NYI C
Islanders' John Tavares: Leads team to win with goal and two helpers1h ago
Tavares led the Islanders to a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings with a goal and two assists on Saturday night.
Tavares is now tied for third in NHL scoring with 40 points. He's riding a remarkable four-game, nine-point streak and has 14 points in his last 10 games. If he remains healthy, Tavares should flirt with his first 100-point season.
Ben Bishop DAL G
Stars' Ben Bishop: Tough-luck loser in overtime1h ago
Bishop made 28 saves Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Bishop was focused and sharp in his first game after allowing four goals on 38 shots in a 5-3 loss to Vegas on Dec. 9. But it wasn't enough. The winner came when Bishop lost his stick in OT and just couldn't recover to stop Shayne Gostisbehere.
Brian Elliott PHI G
Flyers' Brian Elliott: Registers sixth-straight win1h ago
Elliott made 27 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Dallas on Saturday.
It was his sixth straight win. The only shot that beat him came on a one-timer from the right circle. Elliott now has a 12-6-6 record and is slowly getting his game to a place where his stats help, not hinder your success.