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Dez Fitzpatrick TEN WR
Titans' Dez Fitzpatrick: Should get opportunity1h ago
Fitzpatrick is likely to see an expanded role in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Ben Arthur of The Tennessean reports.
Fitzpatrick was active for the second game of his career and caught his first professional touchdown in Week 11 against Houston. With A.J. Brown (chest), Julio Jones (hamstring) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring) all sidelined for Week 12 against New England, Fitzpatrick will likely have an opportunity to build on his previous performance. Despite several absences among the Titans' receiver corps, both Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers should be projected to work ahead of Fitzpatrick.
Nick Westbrook TEN WR
Titans' Nick Westbrook-Ikhine: Another chance to produce1h ago
Westbrook-Ikhine will have an expanded role in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Jelani Scott of NFL.com reports.
The Titans will be without A.J. Brown (chest), Julio Jones (hamstring) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring), paving the path for Westbrook-Ikhine to maintain an expanded role. With Jones sidelined and both Brown and Johnson suffering injuries during the team's Week 11 matchup against Houston, Westbrook-Ikhine posted seven receptions for 107 yards. Though New England poses a far more difficult defensive matchup, Westbrook-Ikhine should be in for a healthy dose of targets once again.
Chester Rogers TEN WR
Titans' Chester Rogers: Expanded role likely1h ago
Rogers is likely to serve as a starting receiver for the Titans on Sunday against the Patriots, Jelani Scott of NFL.com reports.
The Titans will be without A.J. Brown (chest), Julio Jones (hamstring) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring) for the game, leaving their wide receiver corps very thin. Though Nick Westbrook-Ikhine appears to be in the best position to capitalize, Rogers managed four receptions for 41 yards in Week 11 with Jones sidelined and both Johnson and Brown suffering injuries during the contest. When given an opportunity this season, Rogers has capitalized as he has three contests with four or more receptions.
Jonathan Bullard ATL DE
Falcons' Jonathan Bullard: Out Week 124h ago
Bullard (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official website reports.
Bullard injured his ankle in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Patriots. His upcoming absence does not come as a surprise since he was sidelined at practice all week. Mike Pennel and John Cominsky figure to be in line for increased snaps at defensive end as a result.
Kendall Sheffield ATL DB
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Out Week 124h ago
Sheffield (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official website reports.
Sheffield was activated off the Falcons' injured reserve on Oct. 9. However, he has yet to make his season debut. He was unable to practice all week, so the news is unsurprising. His next chance to debut will come in Week 13 versus the Bucs.
Ar'Darius Washington BAL SAF
Ravens' Ar'Darius Washington: Done for season4h ago
Washington (foot) is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Washington is dealing with a broken foot. He will presumably be placed on the Ravens' injured reserve at some point. In his absence, Geno Stone and Anthony Levine will be the prime options to provide depth at safety.
Starling Marte OAK CF
Mets' Starling Marte: Reaches deal with Mets3h ago
Marte agreed to a four-year, $78 million contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The move caps a very busy day in Queens which saw the team previously land both Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha. Marte is the biggest name of the bunch and one of the biggest prizes available in free agency. He's already 33 years old, so he may not offer the team too many more high-level seasons, but he was one of the best players in the league in 2021, a year in which he produced a career-best 5.5 fWAR. His 134 wRC+, the product of a .310/.383/.458 slash line, was also a career best. That number should take a step back next season along with his .372 BABIP, though his excellent speed (which helped him steal a league-leading 47 bases) means he should reliably be able to post a BABIP well above league average.
Mark Canha OAK LF
Mets' Mark Canha: Agrees to two-year deal with Mets6h ago
Canha and the Mets agreed to terms on a two-year, $26.5 million deal Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
The late bloomer looks set to slot straight into Michael Conforto's spot in right field after Conforto declined a qualifying offer to try his luck on the open market. Canha will turn 33 in February but he remains an effective player, hitting .231/.358/.387 (good for a 115 wRC+) with 17 homers and a career-high 12 steals last season. He is one of the league's premier on-base threats, as his .377 on-base percentage over the last three seasons is good for ninth among qualified hitters. His power appears to be fading, however, as his .156 ISO in 2021 represented a career low while his 7.1 percent barrel rate was his lowest mark since 2017.
Brett de Geus ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Brett de Geus: Designated for assignment7h ago
De Geus was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
De Geus struggled to a 7.56 ERA in 50 innings of relief in his big-league debut last season, striking out just 17.2 percent of opposing batters while walking 10.5 percent. He's just 24 years old and had strong numbers in the minors in 2019, which could incentivize a team to take a chance on him, but he'll make way for new acquisition Jordan Luplow (ankle) on Arizona's 40-man roster after the veteran outfielder came over in a trade with the Rays.
Jordan Luplow TB 1B
Diamondbacks' Jordan Luplow: Sent to Arizona8h ago
Luplow (ankle) was traded from the Rays to the Diamondbacks on Friday in exchange for Ronny Simon.
Luplow has been a serviceable part-time player over parts of five seasons in the majors, most recently hitting .202/.326/.454 in 62 games for Cleveland and Tampa Bay. He owns a lifetime 139 wRC+ against lefties compared to a 78 wRC+ against righties, so he'll fit best on the short side of a platoon for his new team. He underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery in mid-October but is expected to be ready for spring training.
Cristian Santana LAD SS
Reds' Cristian Santana: Gets camp invite from Reds8h ago
Santana signed with the Reds as a non-roster invitee Friday.
Santana has yet to reach the majors. His .311/.331/.444 slash line in 91 games for Triple-Oklahoma City last season looks strong on the surface but was good for just a 90 wRC+ considering the high-scoring environment he played in. Given that he's been strictly a corner infielder since 2018, that leaves him as a fringe prospect at best.
Eduardo Escobar MIL 3B
Mets' Eduardo Escobar: Joining Mets for two years9h ago
Escobar signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The contract includes a team option for a third season, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Escobar bounced back from a very poor shortened season in 2020 to hit .253/.314/.472 with 28 homers for the Diamondbacks and Brewers in 2021. That line was good for a 107 wRC+, meaning he's now been an above-average hitter in each of the last three 162-game seasons, averaging 28.7 homers in those campaigns. That doesn't make him a star given the high offensive bar at third base (though he can also be part of the mix at second), but he should still be a very useful player as long as his skills don't deteriorate too much heading into his age-33 season.
Facundo Campazzo DEN PG
Nuggets' Facundo Campazzo: Steps into increased role Friday1h ago
Campazzo supplied 16 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), one rebound, two assists, one block and one steal in 28 minutes during Friday's 120-109 loss to the Bucks.
Campazzo was the next man up for the Nuggets who continue to struggle with multiple injuries. He is basically the only ball-handler they have coming off the bench right now, something that should ensure meaningful minutes as long as the current trend continues. With that being said, Campazzo is really just a streaming option for those in need of assists and steals.
Aaron Gordon DEN PF
Nuggets' Aaron Gordon: Teases double-double Friday1h ago
Gordon produced 18 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and two steals across 37 minutes during Friday's 120-109 loss to Milwaukee.
Gordon was just one rebound short of a double-double in the loss, continuing to take advantage of what has been a favorable situation over the past week. Nikola Jokic (wrist) is getting closer to making his return, and so those invested in Gordon should consider trying to trade him away while the going is good.
Vlatko Cancar DEN SF
Nuggets' Vlatko Cancar: Drops 10 points in Friday's loss1h ago
Cancar contributed 10 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, four assists and one steal over 15 minutes during Friday's 120-109 loss to the Bucks.
Cancar, along with a number of other bench options, saw some additional run Friday. The Nuggets remain without a number of primary pieces and so their rotations are a bit wild and wacky right now. While this was a solid performance, we would need to see a lot more before declaring him a fantasy-viable option.
Khris Middleton MIL SF
Bucks' Khris Middleton: Dishes seven dimes in 31 minutes1h ago
Middleton logged 17 points (5-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 31 minutes during Friday's 120-109 victory over the Nuggets.
Middleton continues to work his way back after a stint on the sidelines, ending with what was his highest points total since returning. All in all, it's been a bit of an underwhelming season for Middleton. However, fantasy managers should take heart from the fact that this should probably be considered his floor moving forward. The buy-low window remains ajar but there is a decent chance he gets things trending in the right direction sooner, rather than later.
George Hill MIL PG
Bucks' George Hill: Offers little production in victory1h ago
Hill recorded five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one rebound, two assists and one block over 25 minutes during Friday's 120-109 win over Denver.
Hill saw 25 minutes in the victory but was unable to turn that into tangible production. He simply provides a veteran presence for the Bucks, taking control of the second unit when required. Based on what we have seen this season, he would need a plethora of injuries to other players to even sniff 12-team value.
Pat Connaughton MIL SF
Bucks' Pat Connaughton: Near-perfect from the floor Friday1h ago
Connaughton amassed 20 points (7-8 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, one block and one steal across 27 minutes during Friday's 120-109 victory over the Nuggets.
Connaughton missed just one shot from the field on his way to 20 points as the Bucks recorded their sixth consecutive victory. The return of Khris Middleton has resulted in Grayson Allen (10 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes) taking a significant hit. Connaughton, on the other hand, has been able to maintain his momentum and is, surprisingly, a player to consider in 12-team formats.
Noah Gregor SJ C
Sharks' Noah Gregor: Gets on scoresheet with helper15m ago
Gregor notched an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Gregor set up Nick Bonino's first-period tally. The 23-year-old Gregor has been listed on the second line since he entered the lineup last Saturday, but he's averaging just 14:05 of ice time per game, including 1:40 on the power play. He's added 10 shots on net, six hits and six PIM, but he'll likely be headed back to a bottom-six role once Jonathan Dahlen (arm) can return to action.
Erik Karlsson SJ D
Sharks' Erik Karlsson: Logs assist Friday18m ago
Karlsson notched an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Karlsson helped out on a Nick Bonino tally in the first period, and that was all the Sharks could get past Joseph Woll. The 31-year-old Karlsson has been in good form lately with a goal and four helpers in seven games since he returned from a stint in the COVID-19 protocols. The Swedish blueliner has 11 points, 28 shots on net and a plus-3 rating in 14 appearances, including five power-play assists.
Nick Bonino SJ C
Sharks' Nick Bonino: Goals in consecutive games19m ago
Bonino scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Bonino endured a long scoring drought to begin the season, but now he's scored in consecutive games. It might be a bit too much to say the floodgates have opened, but the water's at least flowing freely now. The 33-year-old is up to 33 shots on net, 22 blocked shots, 12 PIM and a minus-4 rating in 20 contests overall.
Adin Hill SJ G
Sharks' Adin Hill: Perfect in relief outing21m ago
Hill stopped 16 shots in relief of James Reimer in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Hill entered the game midway through the second period -- by then, the damage was already done, but he prevented the Maple Leafs from padding their lead. Hill trimmed his GAA to 2.93 with an .897 save percentage in 10 appearances. Head coach Bob Boughner has leaned on Reimer a bit more recently, but Hill is likely due for a start Sunday in Chicago.
James Reimer SJ G
Sharks' James Reimer: Pulled after yielding four goals25m ago
Reimer surrendered four goals on 17 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Reimer just didn't have it Friday, taking his third loss in his last six games. The 33-year-old dropped to 6-4-1 with a 2.25 GAA and a .927 save percentage through 12 appearances this year. Adin Hill relieved Reimer in the contest and stopped all 16 shots he faced, so it seems likely Hill will tend the twine Sunday versus the Blackhawks as the Sharks begin a road trip.
Timothy Liljegren TOR D
Maple Leafs' Timothy Liljegren: Earns helper in win31m ago
Liljegren posted an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over the Sharks.
Liljegren has played in 11 of the Maple Leafs' 13 games, though he saw just 12:51 of ice time Friday. While he's been a semi-regular presence in the lineup, he has just two assists to go with 18 shots on net, 16 blocked shots and 15 hits through 14 contests. The 22-year-old is unlikely to play more than a third-pairing role, so fantasy managers need not roster him in redraft formats.