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Isiah Pacheco KC RB
Chiefs' Isiah Pacheco: New No. 2?4h ago
Pacheco rushed 11 times for 63 yards in Sunday's 41-31 win over Tampa Bay.
Pacheco was limited to just five snaps last week, so it was surprising to see him usurp Jerick McKinnon (two carries for negative one yard) as the change-of-pace back behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The seventh-round pick took full advantage of the increased playing time, running with purpose and needing multiple defenders to bring him to a halt. Pacheco may not have immediate fantasy value against the Raiders next Monday -- especially with CEH going off this week -- but his stock definitely rose following Sunday's performance.
JuJu Smith-Schuster KC WR
Chiefs' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Modest output in win4h ago
Smith-Schuster caught five of eight targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 41-31 win over the Buccaneers.
Smith-Schuster posted another solid PPR stat line and now has 21 receptions for 224 yards through four games with his new club. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound wideout figured to make a better red-zone target for Patrick Mahomes this year, but the duo have yet to connect for a score. Juju has lost some of the explosiveness from his heyday with the Steelers, but he is in a role that provides him with flex appeal heading into a matchup against the Raiders next Monday.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC WR
Chiefs' Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Gains 63 yards in win4h ago
Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) caught three of five targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 41-31 win over Tampa Bay.
Valdes-Scantling was limited at practice this week with an abdomen injury, but he was able to suit up and even absorbed a blow to his midsection on one of his three receptions. The former Packer now has 13 receptions on 23 targets for 168 yards through four games with his new club. MVS will look for his first touchdown of the season in a Week 5 matchup against the Raiders next Monday.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Scores two touchdowns in win4h ago
Edwards-Helaire rushed 19 times for 92 yards and a touchdown while catching one pass for two yards and another score in Sunday's 41-31 win over the Buccaneers.
Edwards-Helaire finally broke out after losing touches to other rushing options in Kansas City. Game script played a big role, as the Chiefs were up big from practically the opening kickoff (that was fumbled away by Tampa Bay). Still, this was the type of game that fantasy managers were hoping for from the third-year back following the departure of Tyreek Hill this past offseason. Isiah Pacheco (11 carries for 63 yards) appeared to have leap-frogged the struggling Jerick McKinnon as CEH's primary backup, so a shared backfield approach should continue in Kansas City. Edwards-Helaire will ride this high into a favorable matchup against the Raiders next Sunday.
Travis Kelce KC TE
Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Routinely comes up big5h ago
Kelce had nine receptions (10 targets) for 92 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-31 win over Tampa Bay.
Kelce put on a clinic against the Buccaneers' elite linebacking unit, scoring a touchdown 43 seconds into the contest while extending multiple drives with clutch receptions. The superstar tight end has lived up to that label, racking up 26 receptions, 322 yards and three touchdowns through four contests. He did appear to tweak something in the first half but promptly returned to action a few plays later. Kelce remains Patrick Mahomes' most-trusted receiver heading into a divisional matchup against the Raiders next Monday.
Patrick Mahomes KC QB
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes: Makes light work of top defense5h ago
Mahomes completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 249 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while adding 34 rushing yards on four carries in a 41-31 win over Tampa Bay.
Mahomes and the entire Kansas City offense were nearly flawless on the road against one of the league's top defensive units entering Week 4. The only drawbacks from a fantasy perspective were the lack of yardage -- due to a constant positive field-position advantage from the special-teams unit -- and the one interception thrown late in the fourth quarter. The superstar quarterback otherwise looked unbothered by a defense that held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 14 points last week. Mahomes just endured a brutal three-week stretch of opposing defenses, so his fantasy GMs will be relieved to see a soft matchup at home against the Raiders next Monday.
John Brebbia SF RP
Giants' John Brebbia: Opening Monday's contest6h ago
Brebbia will serve as the opener for Monday's game versus the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Brebbia will make his 10th appearance as a starter this season. His last outing came out of the bullpen, and he failed to record an out while giving up two runs on three hits versus the Rockies on Thursday. Brebbia is unlikely to cover more than an inning Monday, and will likely give way to a bulk reliever, with Sean Hjelle the most logical choice to follow him.
Paul DeJong STL SS
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Mired in deep slump6h ago
DeJong has gone 4-for-36 (.111) since the start of September.
He's played in 20 games in that span, recording just one extra-base hit, an RBI double in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Pirates. DeJong has started to regain some playing time since the Cardinals clinched a playoff spot, starting three of the last four games at shortstop. The 29-year-old is still slashing a meager .152/.241/.288 with six home runs, 25 RBI, 17 runs scored and three stolen bases through 74 contests this year, with his defense likely the only thing between him and another demotion.
Zack Thompson STL RP
Cardinals' Zack Thompson: Yields run in relief outing6h ago
Thompson allowed a run on one hit and struck out three over 2.1 innings during Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Pirates.
Thompson has been effective in a middle-relief role since he was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Aug. 27. In nine appearances since that date, he's allowed two runs, six hits and six walks while striking out 11 over 12 innings. The southpaw has been an effective part of the Cardinals' bullpen throughout the year with a 2.12 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 27:13 K:BB in 34 innings across 21 appearances (one start). His ability to handle multi-inning assignments should give him a path to the postseason roster.
JoJo Romero STL RP
Cardinals' JoJo Romero: Shaky to end campaign6h ago
Romero has allowed at least one run in four of his last eight appearances.
Romero was called up to the Cardinals on Aug. 19 and logged six scoreless innings in his first five appearances with the team. Since then, he's given up six runs across 6.1 innings in his last eight outings. The 26-year-old southpaw has a 5.65 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 15:8 K:BB through 14.1 innings between the Cardinals and the Phillies this year, working exclusively as a low-leverage option.
Logan Gillaspie BAL RP
Orioles' Logan Gillaspie: Picks up first big-league win6h ago
Gillaspie (1-0) allowed a hit in a scoreless inning to earn the win Sunday over the Yankees.
Gillaspie worked the sixth inning and became the pitcher of record when the Orioles took the lead for good in the top of the seventh. The 25-year-old righty has made three appearances since his latest call-up Sept. 26, allowing two runs (one earned) over 4.2 innings while recording four strikeouts. He's pitched to a 3.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB through 16.2 major-league innings this year, though he's worked almost exclusively in a middle-relief role.
Vimael Machin OAK 3B
Athletics' Vimael Machin: Heading to paternity list6h ago
Machin will be placed on the paternity list Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Machin was out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, and he'll head to Puerto Rico on Monday to be with his wife following the birth of their son. He'll be unavailable for the final three games of the season while on the paternity list, which should lead to increased playing time for Jonah Bride and Ernie Clement. Machin played in a career-high 73 games in 2022 and hit .220 with a homer, 26 runs, 13 RBI and a stolen base.
Lonnie Walker IV LAL SF
Lakers' Lonnie Walker: Won't play in preseason opener8h ago
Walker has been ruled out for Monday's preseason game against the Kings due to a left ankle sprain, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Walker was non-contact to begin training camp but participated in full-contact practice Saturday. In spite of his progress, he'll be held out for the Lakers' preseason opener. His next chance to play will be Wednesday against Phoenix.
Anthony Davis LAL C
Lakers' Anthony Davis: Probable Monday8h ago
Davis is probable for Monday's preseason game against the Kings due to low back tightness, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
While Davis is dealing with a back issue, the injury doesn't appear to be significant. He'll likely be able to play during Monday's preseason opener, and it seems unlikely that the injury will be a long-term concern.
Jabari Smith HOU PF
Rockets' Jabari Smith: Hits five threes in preseason debut8h ago
Smith finished Sunday's preseason win over the Spurs with 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-8 3Pt), eight rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
In his first real taste of real action, Smith looked every bit the part of a highly regarded rookie, hitting five three-pointers en route to a 21-point night. Three of Smith's five made threes came in the first half, which he finished with 15 points and five boards. The Auburn product struggled shooting the ball during the Las Vegas Summer League, so Sunday's performance should put a more positive spin on Smith's fantasy value heading into draft season.
Michael Porter Jr. DEN SF
Nuggets' Michael Porter: Not on injury report11h ago
Porter is not listed on the injury report ahead of Monday's preseason opener against the Thunder, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
Throughout the offseason, the Nuggets maintained that they believe Porter will be ready to go for the start of the preseason, and that still appears to be the case. It's possible the team will limit his workload during the exhibition schedule, but the hope is that Porter's back will not be an issue to begin the regular season after he was limited to just nine appearances in 2021-22.
Tyler Herro MIA PG
Heat's Tyler Herro: Inks four-year extension with Miami12h ago
Herro and the Heat agreed Sunday on a four-year, $130 million contract extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 13th overall pick in 2019 has been a key piece for Miami over the last three seasons, which he capped off with a Sixth Man of the Year campaign in 2021-22. Herro appeared in 66 contests last season, averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 made threes in 32.6 minutes per game. The Heat view the 22-year-old as a foundational player, and he may become a starter sooner than later. However, with Miami returning most of last year's roster, Herro will likely be a sixth man again this season.
Bruno Fernando HOU PF
Rockets' Bruno Fernando: Agrees to four-year deal12h ago
Fernando signed a four-year, $10.9 million contract with the Rockets on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Fernando rejoined the Rockets on an Exhibit 10 contract in late July, and his contract was converted to a two-way deal late last week. He's impressed during the offseason and will be rewarded with a multi-year deal ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. Fernando appeared in 30 games between the Celtics and Rockets last year and averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game.
Drew Doughty LA D
Kings' Drew Doughty: Tallies assist6h ago
Doughty logged an assist and 25:23 of ice time during Sunday's preseason win over Anaheim.
Doughty missed the final 31 games, including seven postseason contests, of the 2021-22 campaign after undergoing wrist surgery. He's now dressed for the last two preseason games and looks to be at full strength heading into the regular season. Doughty scored seven goals and 31 points -- including 13 on the power play -- in just 39 games last season.
Gabriel Landeskog COL LW
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Working out off ice7h ago
Landeskog (lower body) is doing off-ice workouts but has not yet resumed skating, Brennan Vogt of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
It was already expected that Landeskog would miss the beginning of the year but there's still no update on his timeline with the regular season less than two weeks away. The 29-year-old winger has resumed workouts, which is a positive step, but there likely won't be much more information on his status until he's back on the ice. With Landeskog out, Artturi Lehkonen has skated on the top line alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.
Mitchell Marner TOR RW
Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner: Coach may try winger on blue line8h ago
Coach Sheldon Keefe will experiment with Marner as a situational defenseman, reports the Toronto Star.
It will be an occasional deployment because of Marner's excellent skating and his status as one of the NHL's best penalty killers, and it would come when the Leafs are trying to pin their opponents in their own end or rattle them with a four-forward, one-defender alignment. "I'm open to all opportunities and whatever (coach Sheldon Keefe is) thinking." said Marner, who already works on skating backwards to improve transitions on the power play. It remains to be seen if Marner will get enough time on the blue line to earn a fantasy designation there. If so, his value would escalate even more and bring back memories of Brent Burns' transition to the blue line.
Rourke Chartier OTT C
Senators' Rourke Chartier: Waived for AHL demotion13h ago
Chartier was waived Sunday by Ottawa, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sunreports.
Chartier will be assigned to Belleville of the AHL if he clears. He had 10 goals and 25 points in 33 minor-league matches last year.
Jake Lucchini OTT LW
Senators' Jake Lucchini: Lands on waivers13h ago
Ottawa waived Lucchini on Sunday, per CapFriendly.
Lucchini enjoyed a breakout year with AHL Belleville last season, racking up 20 goals and 51 points in 72 games. He'll begin the year there again but could make his NHL debut at some point during the 2022-23 campaign.
Dillon Heatherington OTT D
Senators' Dillon Heatherington: Placed on waivers13h ago
Heatherington was waived by Ottawa on Sunday, per CapFriendly.
Heatherington recorded 13 points in 45 games with AHL Belleville but was held scoreless in nine NHL games last season. He should fill a similar depth role with the Senators this season.