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Brandon Williams ARI CB
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Minimal defensive role in 20174h ago
Williams had two assisted tackles in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Williams logged three starts in his rookie season last year and appeared primed for an increased defensive role in 2017, but managed only one defensive snap for the season. The 2016 third-round pick will need to impress in training camp in order to get back on track for the 2018 season
Gabe Martin ARI LB
Cardinals' Gabe Martin: Finishes season on active roster4h ago
Martin had two solo tackles in three games with Arizona in 2017.
Martin was signed to the Cardinals' 53-man roster in late November off the Saints practice squad and served as a reserve linebacker and special teams player. The 25-year-old isn't guaranteed to remain with Arizona and is likely to be battling for a roster spot in training camp, wherever he ends up.
Scooby Wright ARI ILB
Cardinals' Scooby Wright: Five tackles in 20174h ago
Wright made five solo tackles in 10 games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Wright may have appeared in 10 games for Arizona but only recorded a tackle in four games. The 23-year-old served as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor and is likely to be fighting for a roster spot again in 2018.
DeAndre Smelter SF WR
Colts' DeAndre Smelter: Latches on with Colts4h ago
Smelter signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Wednesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News reports.
Smelter spent the 2017 season on the 49ers' practice squad after being waived by the team at roster cutdowns in September, and will have an opportunity with the Colts in training camp.
Robert Nkemdiche ARI DT
Cardinals' Robert Nkemdiche: Ineffective sophomore season4h ago
Nkemdiche recorded 11 tackles (4 solo) and one forced fumble in 12 games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Nkemdiche's sophomore season was marred by injury issues again, and he managed to record a tackle in only six of the 12 games he appeared in. The 2016 first-round pick has played in only 17 games across his first two seasons in the NFL.
Rodney Gunter ARI DE
Cardinals' Rodney Gunter: Reserve role in 20175h ago
Gunter totaled 17 tackles (11 solo) and one sack in 16 games with the Cardinals in 2017.
Gunter's production in 2017 was similar to his first two seasons in the league as he remains in a reserve role in the defensive line rotation. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2018 and appears slated to serve as starting nose tackle Corey Peters' backup once again.
Kevin McGowan NYM RP
Mets' Kevin McGowan: Designated for assignment2h ago
McGowan was designated for assignment by the Mets on Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
The Mets needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for the signing of Jay Bruce, and it appears McGowan was the roster casualty. The 26-year-old spent most of his time in 2017 with Triple-A Las Vegas, compiling a 4.15 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 65 innings. He did appear in eight games for the big club, though he posted a lackluster 5.19 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 8.2 innings. McGowan will report to Las Vegas if he goes unclaimed.
Jose Iglesias DET SS
Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Avoids arbitration8h ago
Iglesias signed a one-year contract with the Tigers on Wednesday, thus avoiding arbitration.
The deal is worth a reported $6.275 million, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Iglesias is set to reprise his role as the Tigers' starting shortstop in 2018 after appearing in 130 games for the club last season. Despite his regular playing time, not much should be expected from the glove-first shortstop from a fantasy standpoint, as he hit just .255/.288/.369 with six homers and seven stolen bases in 2017.
Ichiro Suzuki MIA RF
Ichiro Suzuki: Could finish career in Japan14h ago
Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, indicated Tuesday that his client could finish his career in Japan if he's unable to attract interest at the MLB level, Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com reports.
Boggs said that he has held extensive conversations with the Mariners and Padres during the offseason about signing Suzuki, but with those talks having since stalled out, it's looking unlikely that the 44-year-old outfielder will be signed before spring training gets underway in February. Though he's turned in a Hall-of-Fame career since arriving in North America in 2001, Suzuki no longer looks like an overly appealing fourth or fifth outfielder and pinch-hitting option at this point, given his paucity of pop and the sharp decline he noticed with his baserunning and contact skills last season with the Marlins. Suzuki has previously stated that he intends to keep playing professional baseball until he turns 50, but a return to Japan may be the only way he's able to meet that goal.
Scott Kingery PHI 2B
Phillies' Scott Kingery: Earns invite to spring training14h ago
The Phillies invited Kingery to spring training, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.
Kingery split the 2017 season between the Double- and Triple-A level and more than held his own at the latter destination with Lehigh Valley after receiving a promotion in late June. During 63 games in the International League, he slashed .294/.337/.449 with eight home runs, 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Looking ahead, Kingery could very well snag a spot on the Opening Day roster, as the current competition at the keystone for Philadelphia isn't terribly challenging, with Cesar Hernandez being the lone man with major-league experience at the position. Even in the event in which Kingery heads back down to Lehigh Valley for the start of the 2018 campaign, expect to see him playing in the big leagues sooner rather than later.
Michael Conforto NYM LF
Mets' Michael Conforto: Targets return in May15h ago
General manager Sandy Alderson stated that Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready to return at the beginning of the year, as the club is targeting May 1 for his first appearance of the 2018 season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
This remains in line with what Alderson said in mid-December, as the star outfielder continues to recover from September surgery that repaired a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. Conforto will likely begin the year on the DL, but more should be known regarding his status once he's able to begin baseball activities, with a more concise timetable coming into focus around the start of spring training.
Brian Duensing CHC RP
Cubs' Brian Duensing: Returns to Cubs on two-year pact17h ago
Duensing and the Cubs agreed Wednesday on a two-year, $7 million contract, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
An unremarkable reliever for much of his nine big-league seasons, Duensing earned a slight pay increase after submitting a career-best 2.74 ERA (3.41 FIP) across 62.1 innings in 2017, his first year with the Cubs. The 34-year-old lefty supported the ERA with an 8.8 K/9 rate -- also a career-best mark -- with increased usage in his off-speed pitches seemingly keying his success. Duensing, who proved similarly effective against both right- and left-handed hitters last season, should factor prominently into the setup mix ahead of new closer Brandon Morrow.
Pau Gasol SA PF
Spurs' Pau Gasol: Double-double in Wednesday's win27m ago
Gasol scored 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding 12 rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 win over the Nets.
It's his ninth double-double of the season, but Gasol's first since he reeled off four straight -- and six straight games with double-digit boards -- at the end of December. A lingering wrist issue has cut into the veteran's minutes and production, but Wednesday's performance is a sign that he seems to be feeling healthy again.
LaMarcus Aldridge SA PF
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge: Erupts for game-high 34 in Wednesday's win31m ago
Aldridge scored 34 points (13-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-8 FT) while adding eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 100-95 win over the Nets.
No Kawhi Leonard (quad), no problem for the Spurs, as Aldridge scored at least 20 points for the seventh time in his last eight games. The 32-year-old is averaging 26.0 points, 9.3 boards and 1.0 blocks over that stretch, and he should continue to see heavy usage while Leonard remains on the shelf indefinitely.
Brandon Ingram LAL SF
Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Fine despite tweaking ankle2h ago
Ingram tweaked his left ankle during Wednesday's game against the Thunder, though he apparently could have returned if the game were closer, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Ingram returned to action Wednesday after missing the team's last game with a sprained ankle. He played 26 minutes -- recording eight points (3-7 FG), three assists and one rebound -- but sat out the final 15 minutes of the contest after aggravating the injury. Luckily, the issue doesn't appear to be anything serious, and it sounds like Ingram would have played were the game closer. Consider him questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers, though at this point, it would be surprising if he were held out. His status should clear up following Thursday's practice.
Kris Dunn CHI PG
Bulls' Kris Dunn: Clear of concussion symptoms, will be reevaluated2h ago
Dunn was cleared of concussion symptoms following Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.
Dunn fell hard on his face following a dunk attempt late in the fourth quarter Wednesday, and while he appears to have avoided a concussion, the guard wound up dislocating his two front teeth. Though he showed no concussion symptoms following the game, he'll be reevaluated Thursday to make sure he's still symptom free.
Julius Randle LAL PF
Lakers' Julius Randle: Leads team in scoring versus Thunder2h ago
Randle scored 16 points (8-11 FG, 0-2 3 Pt) to go along with three assists, one rebound and one block across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 114-90 loss to the Thunder.
Randle was the lone bright spot on what was a poor offensive night for the Lakers, converting on 73 percent of his field-goal attempts. He curiously pulled down exactly one rebound for the third time this season, though he played more minutes in this one than he did on either of the previous two occasions. Randle should continue to see plenty of run due to the mounting injuries across the team, and he should make more of an impact on the box score most nights.
Tyler Ennis LAL PG
Lakers' Tyler Ennis: Fails to impress in another start2h ago
Ennis scored nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3pt) while adding three rebounds and three assists across 20 minutes during Wednesday's 114-90 loss to the Thunder.
Ennis started his second straight game due to the injury to Lonzo Ball (knee), but he struggled at both ends in a head-to-head matchup with Russell Westbrook and finished with a rather pedestrian stat line. He enjoyed one tremendously successful game against the Rockets on New Year's Eve, but he's otherwise failed to catch the eye in any of his extended outings this season. Ball's health will directly determine Ennis' role for Friday's game against the Pacers.
Ondrej Kase ANA RW
Ducks' Ondrej Kase: Two-point night in Wednesday's win1h ago
Kase scored a goal and an assist, adding three shots on net and a plus-2 rating, in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
The Ducks got balanced scoring up and down their lineup in this one, with Kase being the only Anaheim player to contribute a multi-point night. The 22-year-old now has three goals and two assists in three games since returning from a bout with the flu and a brief stint in the AHL, but he isn't seeing enough prime ice time to maintain this scoring pace for long.
John Gibson ANA G
Ducks' John Gibson: Turns aside 30 shots in Wednesday's win1h ago
Gibson stopped 30 of 33 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
He took a 4-1 lead into the third period before some untimely penalties allowed Pittsburgh to climb back into the game with a couple of power-play goals, but Gibson stood tall to close things out. He hasn't allowed more than three goals in any of his last eight games, collecting five regulation wins with a strong .934 save percentage (212-for-227) over that stretch.
Phil Kessel PIT RW
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Two-point effort in Wednesday's loss1h ago
Kessel scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, and fired four shots on net but was saddled with a minus-4 rating in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
The defensively challenged sniper is now a minus-10 on the season despite 54 points (21 goals, 33 assists) in 47 games, a show of futility in his own end that he hasn't managed since he left Toronto. Kessel should continue to rack up points as a key part of the Pens' potent power play -- he's already set a new career high with 31 PP points -- but his plus-minus will likely remain a drag on his fantasy value in the second half.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Stays hot in losing effort Wednesday1h ago
Crosby notched two assists, both on the power play, in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
On the downside he also carried a minus-2 rating, but anyone with fantasy shares in Crosby likely isn't complaining too much. He now has five straight multi-point games, racking up three goals and 10 assists over that blistering stretch with seven of those points (one goal and six assists) coming with the man advantage. The 30-year-old has had some quiet stretches this season, but at the moment he's once again playing like the league's top gun.
Tristan Jarry PIT G
Penguins' Tristan Jarry: Can't survive shaky second period Wednesday1h ago
Jarry stopped 28 of 32 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
All four of the goals he allowed came in a second period in which Jarry faced 14 shots, and the Penguins' offense wasn't able to dig out of the hole in the third. The 22-year-old rookie has seen action in five straight games, putting together a respectable .914 save percentage (128-for-140) over that stretch, and with Matt Murray (personal) having no set date to return to the team, Jarry may have to continue carrying the load in net for Pittsburgh in the short term.
David Krejci BOS C
Bruins' David Krejci: Picks up two points Wednesday1h ago
Krejci scored a goal and an assist while adding two shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.
Since returning to action from a lower-body injury seven games ago, Krejci has tallied three goals and four assists, giving the Bruins solid production on their second line behind the red-hot duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Krejci now has 21 points in 25 games on the season, and if he can stay on the ice he should be headed for a strong second half.