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Joshua Dobbs MIN QB
Vikings' Joshua Dobbs: O'Connell considering QB change6h ago
Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell said the team will evaluate Dobbs' four-game performance at quarterback before naming a starter for Week 14 after a bye week, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
O'Connell mentioned that he debated putting Nick Mullens into Monday's game after Dobbs struggled and threw four interceptions, so the Vikings could be serious about considering a quarterback change. Dobbs would still likely be the favorite to start over Mullens or Jaren Hall, but it doesn't sound like a given.
Ty Chandler MIN RB
Vikings' Ty Chandler: Big downturn in Week 12 loss6h ago
Chandler rushed four times for eight yards and secured one of two targets for three yards in the Vikings' 12-10 loss to the Bears on Monday night.
A game after he posted an impressive 110 total yards on 14 touches against the Broncos, Chandler saw his role significantly reduced. The reserve back was also much more inefficient while facing a stingy Bears run defense, and the downturn in opportunity and production seems to indicate Alexander Mattison's hold on the top running back job is as secure as ever heading into the Vikings' Week 13 bye before a Week 14 road matchup against the Raiders.
Khalil Herbert CHI RB
Bears' Khalil Herbert: Eight touches in Week 12 win6h ago
Herbert rushed six times for 24 yards and brought in both targets for 14 yards in the Bears' 12-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night.
Herbert entered the game atop the running back depth chart with D'Onta Foreman (ankle) sidelined, but rookie backfield mate Roschon Johnson outpaced Herbert by four carries and three receptions. The third-year pro had logged double-digit rush attempts in three straight contests before Monday's downturn, but with Foreman potentially back in action Week 14 against the Lions following the Week 13 bye, Herbert heads into the Bears' pause in play with some newfound uncertainty surrounding his role.
Roschon Johnson CHI RB
Bears' Roschon Johnson: Outpaces Herbert in Week 12 win6h ago
Johnson rushed 10 times for 35 yards and brought in all five targets for 40 yards in the Bears' 12-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night. He also committed a fumble recovered by the Bears.
The rookie notably logged four more carries than Khalil Herbert, despite entering the game No. 2 on the depth chart. Johnson also outpaced his teammate through the air, checking in third in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night for Chicago. Both Johnson's rush attempts and receiving yards were new career highs, and it will be interesting to see how the division of labor in the Bears' ground attack breaks down Week 14 against the Lions following the Week 13 bye, considering D'Onta Foreman (ankle) is likely to be factored back into the mix for that contest.
Cole Kmet CHI TE
Bears' Cole Kmet: Boosts catch total in win6h ago
Kmet brought in all seven targets for 43 yards in the Bears' 12-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night.
Kmet was second in receptions, receiving yards and targets for the Bears on the night, although he only averaged 6.1 yards per catch. Nevertheless, it was a nice resurgence for the fourth-year pro after he'd underwhelmed with a 3-20-0 line Week 11 against the Lions, and with 56 receptions for 482 yards heading into a Week 13 bye, Kmet is within striking distance of the career-best 60-612 line he put up back in 2021.
Jordan Addison MIN WR
Vikings' Jordan Addison: Modest production with six catches6h ago
Addison secured six of 10 targets for 39 yards in the Vikings' 12-10 loss to the Bears on Monday night.
Addison led the Vikings in receptions and targets but finished third in receiving yards. Outside of his 14-yard grab, Addison averaged only 5.0 yards per reception, leading to his lowest tally in that category since his first encounter with the Bears back in Week 6. Justin Jefferson (hamstring) should have a good chance of returning to action for Minnesota's Week 14 road matchup against the Raiders following a Week 13 bye, so Addison could well see a downturn in targets beginning with that game.
Ryan Jensen SEA RP
Marlins' Ryan Jensen: Claimed by Miami15h ago
The Marlins claimed Jensen off waivers from the Mariners on Monday.
Jensen had been designated for assignment by Seattle last week and has now found a new home. The 25-year-old right-hander held a 5.32 ERA and 78:54 K:BB over 64.1 innings between the Double- and Triple-A levels in 2023. He was deployed primarily as a reliever last season, but it's not whether the Marlins intend to continue using him out of the bullpen.
Jason Heyward LAD RF
Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Reaches deal to stay in L.A.18h ago
Heyward agreed Monday with the Dodgers on a one-year, $9 million contract, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com reports.
Heyward and the Dodgers will run it back after he was surprisingly productive in 2023, slashing .269/.340/.473 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI over 377 plate appearances. His .813 OPS this past season was his highest mark since 2012, excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. The 34-year-old should fill a similar role again in 2024, starting in right field against righties while occasionally filling in as a center fielder. The Dodgers' decision to bring back Heyward also means that Mookie Betts will continue to see more action at second base.
Cole Waites SF RP
Giants' Cole Waites: Brought back by Giants21h ago
The Giants re-signed Waites (elbow) to a minor-league contract Sunday.
Waites was non-tendered by San Francisco earlier this month but is now back in the organization. The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery in September and will be sidelined until at least spring training in 2025. He'll now get to conduct his rehab in familiar surroundings.
Garrett Hill DET RP
Tigers' Garrett Hill: Re-signs with Tigers21h ago
The Tigers re-signed Hill to a minor-league contract Sunday.
Hill was non-tendered by Detroit earlier this month but will remain in the organization. It's not clear whether he was given an invitation to the major-league side of spring training as part of the deal. Hill was torched for 20 runs (16 earned) over 15.2 major-league innings in 2023.
Jose Castillo MIA RP
Diamondbacks' Jose Castillo: Gets MiLB deal from Arizona21h ago
Castillo agreed to a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Castillo has been given an invitation to the major-league side of spring training. The 27-year-old left-hander spent nearly all of 2023 at the Triple-A level, posting a 7.65 ERA and 48:24 K:BB over 37.2 frames. He boasts a 55:16 K:BB over 40.1 career innings in the majors.
Sonny Gray MIN SP
Cardinals' Sonny Gray: Reaches deal with St. Louis21h ago
Gray agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with the Cardinals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The deal also includes a club option for 2027. St. Louis will also forfeit a draft pick and international bonus pool money as a result of signing Gray, who was given a qualifying offer from Minnesota before becoming a free agent. Gray is coming off an American League Cy Young runner-up finish in 2023 with the Twins, having collected a 2.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 183:55 K:BB over 184 innings. He could be the final piece of a rotation makeover for the Cardinals after they announced deals with Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson last week.
Isaiah Jackson IND C
Pacers' Isaiah Jackson: Limited in loss Monday2h ago
Jackson closed with two points (1-2 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 10 minutes during Monday's 114-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Jackson remained in the rotation Monday, although only played 11 minutes in the loss. To this point, he has been used sparingly by the Pacers, playing in just nine of their 16 games. He can be an elite source of blocks if you manage to stream him in at the right time. However, knowing when he is going to get playing time is anyone's guess.
Aaron Nesmith IND SF
Pacers' Aaron Nesmith: Logs 25 minutes in return2h ago
Nesmith amassed seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes during Monday's 114-110 loss to Portland.
Nesmith returned from a two-game absence due to a wrist injury, logging 25 minutes off the bench. While he did manage to rack up three steals, it was far from a stellar performance. He has had his moments this season but on the whole, he should be viewed as nothing more than a schedule-based streamer.
Bennedict Mathurin IND SF
Pacers' Bennedict Mathurin: Unproductive again Monday2h ago
Mathurin notched 11 points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and four rebounds over 22 minutes during Monday's 114-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Mathurin offered very little again Monday, continuing his poor run of late. Since moving to the bench, it's been a whole lot of nothing for the sophomore. Although he has scored double-digits in four of the past five games, he has shot over 50 percent only once, adding basically nothing in terms of peripheral production. Despite the upside, Mathurin can be dropped in all standard formats.
Shaedon Sharpe POR SG
Trail Blazers' Shaedon Sharpe: Season-high three steals2h ago
Sharpe produced 11 points (4-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, six assists and three steals across 35 minutes during Monday's 114-110 victory over the Pacers.
Sharpe produced a season-high three steals in the win, while also scoring double-digits for the fourth straight game. Despite continuing to be a somewhat reliable source of points, Sharpe's efficiency from the field remains an issue. He is shooting 39.1 percent for the season but over the past two weeks, that is down to 32.4 percent. He remains a viable standard league asset as long as his poor shooting can be swallowed.
Matisse Thybulle POR SG
Trail Blazers' Matisse Thybulle: Fails to score in win2h ago
Thybulle produced zero points (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one rebound, one assist, one block and one steal across 29 minutes during Monday's 114-110 win over Indiana.
Thybulle missed both of his shot attempts, failing to score despite playing 29 minutes. While he did manage to add two combined steals and blocks, this has to be chalked up as another underwhelming night. As has been the case for the past few years, Thybulle should be viewed as nothing more than a defensive stream option.
Toumani Camara POR SF
Trail Blazers' Toumani Camara: Limited again despite start3h ago
Camara registered five points (1-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds over 17 minutes during Monday's 114-110 victory over the Pacers.
Camara started for the eighth consecutive game, yet struggled to any sort of real impact. Despite starting, his playing time was under 20 minutes for the third time in the past five games. Since being elevated to the opening unit, Camara has been well outside the top 200 in standard leagues, making him a non-factor outside of very deep formats.
Trevor van Riemsdyk WAS D
Capitals' Trevor van Riemsdyk: Supplies helper in loss4h ago
Van Riemsdyk recorded an assist in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Van Riemsdyk has picked up three helpers and a plus-2 rating over four games since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for four contests. The 32-year-old blueliner was listed on the third pairing but maintained top-four minutes with Martin Fehervary easing back into action. Van Riemsdyk is up to four helpers, 15 shots on net, 23 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating through 14 outings overall.
Martin Fehervary WAS D
Capitals' Martin Fehervary: Snags helper in return4h ago
Fehervary notched an assist, two hits and two PIM in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Fehervary missed five games with a lower-body injury and was eased back into action with 15:08 of ice time Monday. He helped out on Evgeny Kuznetsov's second-period tally, which tied the game at 1-1. Fehervary is up to three helpers, 18 shots on net, 31 hits, 21 blocked shots, eight PIM and a plus-1 rating through 13 contests overall. He'll likely see his workload increase gradually as he gets back up to speed.
Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Deposits lone goal in Monday's loss4h ago
Kuznetsov scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Kuznetsov was held off the scoresheet Friday in his return from a two-game absence due to an illness. He was able to get on the board Monday, but he was the only Capital to find the twine behind Mackenzie Blackwood in this contest. Kuznetsov is up to four goals, nine points, 41 shots on net and a minus-2 rating through 16 contests in a rather slow start to the campaign.
Darcy Kuemper WAS G
Capitals' Darcy Kuemper: Allows two goals in loss4h ago
Kuemper stopped 21 of 23 shots in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Kuemper wasn't able to capitalize on a matchup with the only offense in the league weaker than the one he plays behind. The 33-year-old has allowed five goals on 50 shots over two games since returning from an undisclosed injury. He's now at a 4-4-2 record with a 2.95 GAA and an .894 save percentage through 10 contests. If Kuemper can't right the ship soon, Charlie Lindgren could carve out a larger share of the starts in goal. Both of them will likely start within the next two games, as the Capitals visit the Kings on Wednesday and the Ducks on Thursday in a back-to-back set.
Justin Bailey SJ LW
Sharks' Justin Bailey: Garners assist in team debut5h ago
Bailey notched a power-play assist in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Bailey did solid work to set up Luke Kunin for the game-winning goal in the third period. In his Sharks debut, Bailey logged 11:39 of ice time while playing on the fourth line. The assist was his first NHL point since the 2018-19 campaign when he was with the Flyers. It's unclear how long the 28-year-old will stick around with the big club after signing an NHL deal Monday -- he began the year on an AHL-only contract with the Barracuda.
Nikita Okhotiuk SJ D
Sharks' Nikita Okhotyuk: Provides helper in win5h ago
Okhotyuk notched an assist, two shots on goal, three hits, three blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Okhotyuk was scratched Saturday versus the Canucks, but it appears to just be standard rest for the 22-year-old as he adjusts to the rigors of a full NHL campaign. He's logged four assists over his last five games, growing into a top-four role on the Sharks' blue line. Okhotyuk is up to five assists, 27 blocked shots, 20 hits, 16 PIM, nine shots on net and a minus-5 rating through a career-high 12 appearances.