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Robert Stephenson CIN SP
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Struggles in loss4h ago
Stephenson allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over two innings Monday against the Braves, Ben Weinrib of MLB.com reports.
Stephenson is battling for the final two bullpen spots for the Reds along with Wandy Peralta and Matt Wisler. Manager David Bell said before the game that Monday's outing wouldn't be the sole determinant of who gets the spots. "I don't think that's the best way to make a decision," Bell said before the game. "That being said, it has come down to the last day, and that's because we're trying to make the best decision we possibly can, and it's a difficult one. You never want to make a decision based on one day."
Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
Reds' Eugenio Suarez: First spring homer4h ago
Suarez hit his first homer of the spring in Monday's exhibition game against the Braves, Ben Weinrib of MLB.com reports. Suarez had been having a slow spring, hitting just .217/.294/.283 prior to the game.
Reds manager David Bell suggested that Suarez purposefully was seeing more pitches in earlier spring training at-bats in order to be more ready for the regular season. "He had a plan all along," Bell said. "He was trying to see more pitches early on and go deeper in the count and let the ball get a little deeper. It really paid off for him because his timing here over the last probably 10 days has been really good. It's nice to have some results too, so that's nice to see."
Luke Weaver ARI SP
Diamondbacks' Luke Weaver: Tosses six strong innings5h ago
Weaver (illness) allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings Monday against the White Sox.
Weaver returned to the mound without issue after missing his last scheduled start due to illness. He'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season after proving his health.
Daniel Descalso CHC 2B
Cubs' Daniel Descalso: Strikes out in lone at-bat5h ago
Descalso (shoulder) went 0-for-1 with a strikeout in Monday's exhibition against the Red Sox.
As expected, Descalso was used off the bench during Monday's contest, although he struck out with two runners on base. He should be ready to go for Opening Day upon returning to game action.
Chris Paddack SD SP
Padres' Chris Paddack: Confirmed as Sunday's starter5h ago
Paddack has been named the starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Skipper Andy Green confirmed after Monday's exhibition that Paddack would indeed make his big-league debut during opening weekend.
Gerson Bautista SEA RP
Mariners' Gerson Bautista: Continues throwing program5h ago
Bautista (pectoral) continues to play catch, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Bautista is working back from a strained right pectoral muscle that has sidelined him since the March 10 outing against the Indians in which he suffered the injury. The 23-year-old right-hander seems destined to still be on the injured list when the Mariners resume their regular season against the Red Sox on Thursday, but he could be ready for activation relatively early into the regular season.
Carson Wentz PHI QB
Eagles' Carson Wentz: In consideration for extension10h ago
GM Howie Roseman said Monday that he wants to sign Wentz (back) to an extension, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports. "We have to be realistic about the fact that we have a quarterback we want to pay and we want to extend long term," Roseman relayed. "We want to have a team led by a franchise type of quarterback. We know that we have that in Carson."
Since the Eagles selected Wentz second overall in the 2016 draft, he became the face of the franchise, but his situation has a few things to sort out before putting pen to paper on a long-term deal. First and foremost, the team no doubt will exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract by May 2. Beyond that, Wentz has been going through rehabilitation after missing the final three regular-season games and subsequent playoff run due to a fractured back vertebra. Roseman wouldn't touch on Wentz's health, citing "HIPPA laws." However, Roseman added, "We are incredibly optimistic about where we are in that area [with injured players]." Once Wentz's health is revived, he won't have the specter of Nick Foles breathing down his neck and thus will be able to focus on leading the Eagles offense yet again.
Demarcus Lawrence DAL DE
Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Holding off on shoulder surgery11h ago
Lawrence has yet to undergo shoulder surgery, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Seemingly using his health as a bargaining chip in contract negotiations, Lawrence is delaying the inevitable until he and the Cowboys come to terms in a long-term deal. The team used the franchise tag on him for a second straight year, which will equate to $20.6 million in 2019 but no money beyond this coming season. Despite tending to shoulder injuries multiple times in his five-year career, he racked up a combined 25 sacks while playing every contest in 2017 and 2018. With such production, it's no surprise the potential earnings at stake as well as the paths taken by both sides.
Nick Perry GB OLB
Nick Perry: Visiting Pacific Northwest11h ago
Perry will take a free-agent visit to Seattle some time this week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Perry had spent the past seven seasons in Green Bay but was cut this offseason by the team to make room for other acquisitions. The USC product has has never played a full 16-game season in his career but seems to be fully healthy this offseason. The Seahawks could add Perry to their linebacker corps, as the team awaits the fate of Mychal Kendricks (lower leg), who could face jail time after pleading guilty to insider trading.
Ryan Griffin TB QB
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Set for offseason competition12h ago
Griffin will compete for Tampa Bay's backup quarterback role after the team signed fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Griffin served as Tampa's third quarterback for the vast majority of the 2018 campaign, eventually bumping ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick for the No. 2 spot over the final two weeks. Given that Griffin hasn't attempted a pass in a regular-season game, Gabbert certainly will push him for the backup job.
Dillon Gordon KC T
Dillon Gordon: Waived by Kansas City12h ago
Gordon was cut by the Chiefs on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gordon was sidelined for the entirety of the 2018 season due to shoulder surgery and will be looking for a new team this offseason. He was cut without a "failed physical" designation, so he's presumed healthy and could be a nice add for a team looking to bolster their offensive line depth.
Mychal Kendricks SEA LB
Seahawks' Mychal Kendricks: Sentencing hearing postponed12h ago
Kendricks (lower leg) had his April 4 sentencing hearing postponed Monday without setting a date for the future, Andy Patton of USA Today reports.
Kendricks pleaded guilty to insider trading and will await his fate until further notice. The California product re-signed with the Seahawks this offseason on a one-year, $4 million contract. Kendricks could certainly miss the 2019 season due to jail time, and the team prepared for that, making his contract non-guaranteed. Kendricks likely would be in line for a rotational role in the Seahawks' linebacker corps, if eligible to play.
Jarrett Allen BKN C
Nets' Jarrett Allen: Fouls out in Monday's loss2m ago
Allen had just 10 points, eight rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes during Monday's 148-144 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Allen struggled to get anything going Monday, putting up 10 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out. Allen had been highly touted coming into his sophomore season but was certainly over-drafted in a lot of leagues. He is barely a top-80 player for the season and a top-130 player over the last month. He has been a dropped in a number of leagues and could be on your waiver wire with a lot of head-to-head leagues down to just two teams. If you need boards and blocks, give him a look but don't set the bar too high.
Caris LeVert BKN SG
Nets' Caris LeVert: Plays well in Monday's loss10m ago
LeVert tallied 16 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 24 minutes during Monday's 148-144 loss to Portland.
LeVert had one of his better games since returning from injury, ending with 16 points and seven assists in 24 minutes. He has struggled during his time post-injury, his fast start to the season seeming like a lifetime ago. The Nets will be hoping this might be a sign of things to come as they push for that elusive playoff spot. LeVert has not been a standard league player over the past few weeks but could be considered if you need to stream someone in later in the week.
Jared Dudley BKN SF
Nets' Jared Dudley: Plays 35 minutes Monday20m ago
Dudley had 15 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 35 minutes during Monday's 148-144 loss to Portland.
Dudley turned back the clock Monday, playing a whopping 35 minutes in the double-overtime loss. Head coach Kenny Atkinson basically went with the hot hand down the stretch and Dudley rewarded him with excellent production. This is unlikely to happen again anytime soon and nostalgia aside, Dudley should be left on the waivers in most formats.
D'Angelo Russell BKN PG
Nets' D'Angelo Russell: Drops game-high 39 points in loss25m ago
Russell finished with 39 points (16-34 FG, 3-14 3Pt, 4-8 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, and one steal in 42 minutes during Monday's 148-144 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Russell did his best to get the Nets home Monday but came up short as they fell in double-overtime. He led all scorers with 39 points but struggled from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line. The Nets remain firmly in the playoff picture but do have a hard run to finish the season. It is unlikely we will see any rest for the Nets players and Russell should be able to finish the season with some big performances.
Seth Curry POR SG
Trail Blazers' Seth Curry: Scores 20 points Monday29m ago
Curry tallied 20 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5/6 FT), two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 40 minutes during Monday's 148-144 victory over Brooklyn.
Curry was strong once again Monday, continuing his recent return to form. The absence of C.J. McCollum has worked a treat for Curry who has stormed back into standard league relevance. He typically offers points and three-pointers but can provide both on high-efficiency. The Trail Blazers have three more games this week and Curry is certainly worth a look in competitive formats.
Zach Collins POR PF
Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: Could be relevant once more32m ago
Collins totaled 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 15 minutes during Monday's 148-144 victory over the Nets.
Collins played just 15 minutes in the double-overtime victory but the real story here was the season-ending injury to Jusuf Nurkic (leg). With Nurkic sidelined, both Collins and Enes Kanter are likely to see increased roles moving forward. Their exact role could fluctuate depending on the opponent and the team's needs. Kanter is a superior offensive player and is one the best offensive rebounders in the league. Collins, on the other hand, is able to stretch the floor and provides superior defense. Both players are worth a speculative pickup to see what happens.
Anthony Mantha DET RW
Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Strong performance in win4h ago
Mantha posted an assist with two shots, two hits and three blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Mantha has 36 points (19 goals, 17 helpers) in 61 games this season, losing time to a hand injury in December. He likely won't reach the 49 points he had in his breakout sophomore campaign, but the 24-year-old will likely have solid fantasy value for years to come as a top-six winger for the rebuilding Red Wings.
Timo Meier SJ LW
Sharks' Timo Meier: Collects assist in loss4h ago
Meier posted an assist with four shots and four hits in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
The Swiss winger has 62 points (28 goals, 34 helpers) in 73 games this season. He's added 84 hits and 237 shots with a plus-10 rating. For fantasy owners who took a chance on Meier on the waiver wire or in their drafts, he's produced plentiful returns in a breakout campaign.
Kevin Labanc SJ RW
Sharks' Kevin Labanc: Gathers assist4h ago
Labanc posted an assist, three shots and two hits in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Labanc has a career-high 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists) in 76 games. The 23-year-old has been consistent in March with 10 points in 12 appearances. He's on the third line for now, but he could feature in the top-six in future seasons, making him a player to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
Joe Thornton SJ C
Sharks' Joe Thornton: Reaches 30 apples4h ago
Thornton provided a power-play assist in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
It wasn't always a big deal for Thornton to hit 30 helpers, as he did so in 17 of his 20 previous seasons, but with his role reduced to the third line this year, it's an impressive milestone. Thornton is up to 46 points overall in 67 games, and could flirt with the 50-point mark for the first time since 2016-17 if he gets on a run near the end of the year.
Tim Heed SJ D
Sharks' Tim Heed: Earns power-play helper4h ago
Heed picked up an assist with the man advantage in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
The assist set Heed's new career high in points at 12 (two goals, 10 helpers). His plus-12 rating is a nice bonus, but the production is still a low mark even for a blueliner, making Heed safe to avoid in fantasy circles.
Tomas Hertl SJ C
Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Fills stat sheet in loss4h ago
Hertl scored a goal on three shots and posted three hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
It was a little bit of everything for the versatile Czech forward, who is up to 33 goals and 65 points in 71 games this season. He's not known for physicality, with only 51 hits and 60 blocks this season, but fantasy owners won't mind a little icing on the statistical cake.