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Vic Beasley ATL OLB
Falcons' Vic Beasley: Knows Falcons must generate pass rush2h ago
Beasley pointed out the importance of collapsing the pocket on Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Sunday's matchup, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "If you allow a quarterback like Brees to step up in the pocket, he'll just pick you apart all day," Beasley said Saturday.
The Falcons are entering Week 3 short-handed at all levels of the defense, especially along the defensive line. Vic Beasley Jr. will be on the field for Atlanta, but the team will be without starting defense end Takkarist Mckinley (groin) and backup Derrick Shelby (groin) for this pivotal NFC South showdown. Over the past seven games between the Falcons and Saints, Atlanta has won all four matchups in which the defense has been able to record at least two sacks on Brees, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure.
Eric Rowe NE DB
Patriots' Eric Rowe: Out for Week 34h ago
Rowe (groin) is out for Sunday's matchup against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.
Rowe, who dealt with a groin injury last season, practiced in limited fashion throughout this week. There was some hope he would be able to take the field against the Lions, but with him being ruled out, Jonathan Jones and Jason McCourty could see expanded roles.
Patrick Chung NE DB
Patriots' Patrick Chung: Out for Week 34h ago
Chung (concussion) is out for Sunday's matchup against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.
Chung suffered a concussion during last week's loss to the Jaguars and was a non-participant in practice this week. As expected, he failed to pass protocol and will miss Sunday's game, which should prompt Duron Harmon to fill in at strong safety.
Trey Flowers NE DE
Patriots' Trey Flowers: Ruled out for Week 34h ago
Flowers (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.
Flowers suffered a concussion during the Patriot's Week 2 loss to the Jaguars. While he's unavailable, Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers should see expanded roles.
Stephon Tuitt PIT DE
Steelers' Stephon Tuitt: Absent from injury report6h ago
Tuitt (illness) is not on the final injury report in advance of Monday's game against the Buccaneers.
Tuitt sat out Friday's practice due to an injury, but now appears fully healthy. The 25-year-old is expected to suit up Sunday, and once again serve as an integral piece of Pittsburgh's defense.
Jeremiah Ledbetter TB DE
Buccaneers' Jeremiah Ledbetter: Remains on practice squad6h ago
Ledbetter was not promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Updating an earlier erroneous report, it is confirmed that Tampa will make no move to promote Ledbetter to the 53-man roster. The Buccaneers will instead likely elect to field a rotation of depth players at the left defensive tackle position against the Steelers on Sunday, with Beau Allen (foot) and Vita Vea (calf) both ruled out.
Dee Gordon SEA 2B
Mariners' Dee Gordon: Smacks rare homer5m ago
Gordon went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Rangers.
Gordon took Bartolo Colon deep in the eighth inning to record only his third home run of the season. Though it was his first home run since August 15, the bigger disappointment comes from the fact that Gordon hasn't swiped a base through the first three weeks of September. His current stolen base total (30) is 28 fewer than his previous career-low with a full season of at-bats.
Tyler Glasnow TB RP
Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Loses despite posting quality start8m ago
Glasnow (2-7) took the loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday despite giving up three runs in six innings. He allowed six hits (including a home run) and two walks while striking out six.
Glasnow gave up all three tallies in the fourth on Rowdy Tellez's two-run homer and Reese McGuire's run-scoring double. The tall righty notched his fourth quality start in five outings but is now 1-5 in his last six decisions. As the Rays' already faint playoff hopes fade, Glasnow likely will make his final start of the season Thursday against the Yankees, which doesn't make him alluring to those chasing streamers in fantasy's closing week.
Mike Zunino SEA C
Mariners' Mike Zunino: Goes deep16m ago
Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Rangers.
Zunino took Alex Claudio deep in the sixth inning to record his 20th home run of the season. It was only his second long ball of September, though he has now reached the 20-homer plateau in consecutive seasons. Despite that, he has taken a step back after an apparent breakout 2017 campaign, seeing his slugging percentage dip by 100 points.
Thomas Pannone TOR RP
Blue Jays' Thomas Pannone: Wins with third straight quality start16m ago
Pannone (4-1) earned the win Saturday against the Rays, pitching 6.2 innings while allowing two runs on six hits (including two home runs) and three walks. He struck out five.
The southpaw has won each of his last three outings -- all quality starts. Pannone's 3.58 ERA hides a generally uninteresting profile for most fantasy players: He's struck out only 6.2 batters per nine and doesn't boast much velocity (88.4 mph average before Saturday's outing). He'll have a rematch with these Rays on Friday.
Marco Gonzales SEA SP
Mariners' Marco Gonzales: Six strong innings23m ago
Gonzales (13-9) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three across six shutout innings to earn the win Saturday against the Rangers.
Gonzales didn't allow a runner to pass first base throughout his six innings of work, and turned in his sixth scoreless start of the season. He needed just 78 pitches to record the 18 outs, but was limited due to workload concerns. Prior to this season, Gonzales had not surpassed 40 innings at the major-league level, but has turned in a respectable 4.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP across 161.2 innings in a breakout campaign.
Patrick Corbin ARI SP
Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin: Lasts only three innings35m ago
Corbin (11-7) allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out five across three innings to take the loss Saturday against the Rockies.
Corbin allowed three runners to reach base in the first inning, but appeared to settle in during the second frame by striking out three batters. However, Corbin found himself in trouble again in the third inning, allowing three baserunners -- all of which came around to score -- via a walk or hit by pitch. His struggle with command appears to be an isolated problem, as he entered the game not having allowed multiple walks in his previous five starts. He'll look to bounce back in his next start on Friday against the Padres.
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Agrees to super-max extension4h ago
Towns signed a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension with the Timberwolves on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Regarding the extension, Towns stated, "I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans from Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you."
Word emerged in mid-July that Towns and the Wolves began engaging in discussions regarding a maximum extension, and the deal has gotten done just prior to the beginning of training camp. Towns was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and hasn't missed a game in his first three seasons. He secured his first All-Star nod last year on the back of 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks. Towns is also one of the most efficient big men in the league, shooting 54.5 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three and 85.8 percent from the line in 2017-18. If Jimmy Butler's trade request is fulfilled, Towns could be in store for higher usage during the upcoming season.
Deyonta Davis SAC C
Kings' Deyonta Davis: Waived by Kings7h ago
Davis was waived by the Kings on Saturday, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Davis was acquired in a trade from Memphis during mid-July. It appears the Kings now have other plans for that roster spot, however. Davis is a candidate to land with another team for training camp considering he showed flashes last season. Across 15.2 minutes, he averaged 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and over half a block on 60.8 percent shooting.
Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Will be 'very limited' early in camp11h ago
Nowitzki (ankle), according to coach Rick Carlisle, will be "very limited" early in camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Carlisle noted that Nowitzki did some light shooting and lifting Saturday, but is still feeling soreness in his ankle tendons. The veteran will presumably be brought back with heavy caution considering his history with the organization and overall mileage. He should be considered questionable for the start of preseason.
Jimmy Butler MIN SG
Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Not available for start of camp12h ago
Butler's representatives have made the Timberwolves aware he will not be available for on-court activities once training camp commences, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic
The situation in Minnesota appears extra messy at the moment following news that Butler requested a trade earlier in the week. It was originally speculated that he may not report to camp, but this is the first official word. There is speculation that head coach Tom Thibodeau does not want to trade the star wing, but owner Glen Taylor is in favor of the move. It is unclear how long this saga will drag out, but all we know for sure is that Butler will not participate in camp once it kicks off.
Omer Asik CHI C
Bulls' Omer Asik: Out indefinitely14h ago
Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis, and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Asik is coming off his roughest season as a pro, as he played in just 18 games and produced career lows across the board. He is set to make about $23 million through the 2019/20 season, which makes him very difficult to trade. Thus, the Bulls will have to wait for him to work his way back to basketball activities, which there is no clear timetable for.
Bogdan Bogdanovic SAC SG
Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic: To undergo minor knee surgery1d ago
Bogdanovic will undergo a minor knee surgery Monday and does not have a timetable for a return, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports. He suffered the injury playing for the Serbian national team last Monday.
Bogdanovic underwent a knee surgery in late April, which had a scheduled recovery time of 8-10 weeks. Shortly after getting healthy, he appears to have re-aggravated the issue. It's reportedly minor, but the news isn't encouraging less than a week away from the beginning of training camp. A timetable for a return may be established following the procedure. For now, he should be considered questionable for the preseason at best.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Picks up two points5m ago
Crosby has two assists in Saturday's 7-3 preseason triumph over Columbus.
Crosby notched two assists in the second period of the game, finding Kris Letang wide open in the slot from behind the net and Adam Johnson similarly three minutes later. The captain was his usual play-making self, though he did not record a shot in 16:11 of playing time.
Kevin Shattenkirk NYR D
Rangers' Kevin Shattenkirk: Hand in all Ranger goals10m ago
Shattenkirk picked up two assists in the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.
Shattenkirk has a reputation as a high-end scoring defender, but he's a consistent 45-point scorer, save two years ago (56). Let someone else draft him as a 50-plus point guy.
Derek Stepan ARI C
Coyotes' Derek Stepan: Converts during 5-on-5 play23m ago
Stepan scored an even-strength goal in Saturday's 6-1 home win over the Ducks.
The American pivot recorded 42 points (14 goals, 42 assists) to complement 18 power-play points without missing a game in his debut season with the Coyotes in 2017-18. It was revealed that Stepan played through a foot injury late in the year, but he's fully recovered.
Antti Raanta ARI G
Coyotes' Antti Raanta: Stays hot versus Anaheim29m ago
Raanta was unbeatable Saturday, stopping all 27 shots through the first two periods of a 6-1 home win over the Ducks.
As indicated by the score, the Coyotes were in complete control of this contest, and even depth goalie Adin Hill managed to stop 13 of 14 shots from Anaheim in the final frame. Raanta has been terrific in the preseason, as he's allowed just one goal on 46 shots through two games.
Jakob Silfverberg ANA LW
Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg: Potts late goal in blowout39m ago
Silfverberg was the lone goal-scorer for the Ducks in their 6-1 road loss to the Coyotes on Saturday.
The defensively responsible Swede scored unassisted in the third frame to help the Ducks narrowly avoid getting shut out. Silfverberg recorded 17 goals, 23 assists and a plus-6 rating through 77 games last season. He's not what you'd call a skilled marksman, as evidenced by his career shooting percentage of 8.7, but the winger has been in the Selke Trophy conversation in each of the past three seasons.
Thomas Greiss NYI G
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Hoping for bounceback season1h ago
Greiss made 27 saves in a 5-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.
He's battling Robin Lehner to win the starter's gig and has looked sharp so far. A bounceback season would make Greiss relevant again in the fantasy arena.