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Alex Reyes STL SP
Cardinals' Alex Reyes: Diverse relief role on tap10m ago
Reyes, who will open the season in the bullpen, is likely to be deployed in a various relief roles to start the season, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Langosch reports that Reyes will be available to do "just about anything" out of the Cardinals bullpen, which includes serving as an occasional closing option. Given his experience as a starter, Reyes would also fit the bill when there's a multi-inning relief assignment to be filled. Considering elbow and lat injuries have limited Reyes to four innings at the major-league level since 2016, the team will continue to take a reasonably cautious approach with his workload. However, the promising right-hander's robust arsenal of pitches and effectiveness against both sides of the plate both have manager Mike Shildt excited about Reyes' prospects, irrespective of where he slots in on the staff. "It's really special, right?" Shildt said. "You have the different speeds, but also the shape of the pitches and the action of the pitches. You're talking about a legitimate weapon who I feel like, regardless the situation, can be effective."
Manuel Margot SD CF
Padres' Manuel Margot: Better outlook in center field44m ago
Margot could see a heavier role in center field given Wil Myers' spring struggles at the position, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Margot appeared to be on the outside looking in for playing time with the Padres moving Myers to center field this spring, but his defensive issues have caused the team to reconsider its plans. Meanwhile, Margot has performed well at the plate in spring training with a .292/.358/.418 slash line in 48 at-bats, though he also has 14 strikeouts. The change of plan certainly doesn't guarantee the 24-year-old an everyday role, with Franchy Cordero also pushing for playing time.
Pablo Sandoval SF 3B
Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Roster spot not secure1h ago
Sandoval isn't guaranteed to be on the Giants' Opening Day roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Giants' recent acquisition of Rule 5 utility man, Connor Joe, puts Sandoval's once-secure role as backup corner infielder at risk. The 31-year-old experienced a bit of a bounce-back campaign in 2018 -- compared to his horrendous run with the Red Sox -- but that may not be enough to fend off Joe, who must remain on the 25-man roster or be offered back to Cincinnati. Sandoval could also remain in the majors if the club opts to keep him over fellow backup Alen Hanson (who is out of minor-league options), but the latter possesses the ability to handle far more defensive positions. Even if the Panda weathers the storm, he isn't going to offer much fantasy value with Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey all healthy to begin the year.
Wil Myers SD RF
Padres' Wil Myers: Center field reps likely limited1h ago
Myers is unlikely to be used regularly in center field by the Padres this season. Manager Andy Green said Saturday, "We need more than what we've got in spring training for us to feel like that's our best choice over and over [in center field]," AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The transition to center field was made this spring with hopes the team could maximize their firepower in the outfield, but the experiment apparently hasn't yielded satisfactory results. Myers could still be utilized there in certain matchups, as Green also said, "At points in time throughout the year, we'll probably consider it. We'll probably try it. I don't think he's, at this point in time, solidified himself as our best option in center field." Manuel Margot and Franchy Cordero figure to see the bulk of the time in center field, while Myers, Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes battle for time in the corner outfield spots.
Bryan Holaday MIA C
Marlins' Bryan Holaday: Seeking other options2h ago
Holaday opted out of his minor-league deal with the Marlins on Saturday and has 48 hours to decide whether to remain with the organization, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Holaday was battling for the No. 2 job at catcher this spring but the Marlins elected to stick with Chad Wallach behind starter Jorge Alfaro. Holaday now has the opportunity to feel out his opportunities elsewhere, or he can remains with the Marlins and head to Triple-A.
Pedro Alvarez MIA 3B
Marlins' Pedro Alvarez: Exploring options elsewhere2h ago
Alvarez opted out of his minor-league contract Saturday with the Marlins and has 48 hours to decide whether to remain in the organization, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Alvarez exercised the opt-out after being informed he would not make the Opening Day roster, and now has a chance to pursue other opportunities. The veteran slugger would be headed to Triple-A New Orleans should he choose to stay with the Marlins.
George Iloka MIN SS
Cowboys' George Iloka: Heading to Dallas4h ago
Iloka signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Saturday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
The 28-year-old has plenty of experience as a five-year starter with the Bengals, but Iloka started just three games with the Vikings in 2018. Archer added Iloka can play both safety positions, and the Cowboys plan to have him replace Jeff Heath as the starting strong safety while keeping Xavier Woods as the free safety.
Neiko Thorpe SEA DB
Seahawks' Neiko Thorpe: Re-ups with Seahawks9h ago
Thorpe re-signed with the Seahawks on Saturday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
That's now seven cornerbacks on the Seahawks' roster entering the 2019 season. Thorpe was a special teams dynamo last season, acting as the team's co-captain while recording seven tackles across 266 snaps.
Malcolm Mitchell NE WR
Malcolm Mitchell: Officially announces retirement9h ago
Mitchell officially announced his retirement at a University of Georgia event on Friday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Mitchell wasn't able to play in a NFL game since his heroics during Super Bowl LI, as knee injuries effectively ended his career. The 2016 fourth-round pick will be fondly remembered by Patriots fans after tallying six catches for 70 yards in the aforementioned come-from-behind Super Bowl win, capping off a rookie season in which he caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
Rashaan Melvin OAK CB
Lions' Rashaan Melvin: Reaches deal with Lions1d ago
Melvin agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lions on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Melvin spent last season with the Raiders, appearing in 14 games (seven starts) and accumulating 56 tackles and one interception. The 29-year-old cornerback will look to carve out a role for himself in Detroit's secondary for 2019.
Matt Kalil CAR T
Texans' Matt Kalil: Signed by Houston1d ago
Kalil was signed by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Kalil has mostly been considered a bust throughout his career at offensive tackle, as the 2012 first-round pick didn't live up to the hype when he signed a $55.5 million contract with the Panthers in 2017. The Texans also re-signed starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson, so Kalil may take over on the left side if he beats out Julie'n Davenport.
Mike Glennon ARI QB
Raiders' Mike Glennon: Signed by Oakland1d ago
Glennon was signed by the Raiders on Friday.
The Raiders have targeted a 29-year-old veteran with starting experience in Glennon to serve as Derek Carr's backup, though Nathan Peterman also plans to fight for a roster spot throughout the offseason. Glennon completed 15 of 21 passes for 174 yards and a score in two games with the Cardinals last season, but his overall resume as a pro includes 22 career starts as well.
Klay Thompson GS SG
Warriors' Klay Thompson: Scuffles with shot in loss25m ago
Thompson mustered just eight points (4-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes in the Warriors' 126-91 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday.
Thompson couldn't help make up for the absence of Stephen Curry (rest), posting his third sub-40-percent shooting tally in the last four games and generating his lowest point total since Christmas Day. The 29-year-old is just 11-for-31 from the floor over the last two pair of contests, including 1-for-10 from three-point range. Thompson will look to bounce back against the Pistons on the second game of a back-to-back Sunday.
DeMarcus Cousins GS C
Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Strong effort in lopsided defeat29m ago
Cousins managed 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 23 minutes in the Warriors' 126-91 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday.
All five members of the first unit logged under 30 minutes, and Cousins' allotment was the lowest. However, he made excellent use of the modest time on the floor, shooting over 65.0 percent for the third time in the last four games in the process. Cousins continues to be a threat for a double-double any time he steps on the court, even with the high-20s minutes cap he's usually subject to.
Kevin Durant GS SF
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Spearheads team in Curry's absence34m ago
Durant offered 25 points (9-25 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 126-91 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday.
Durant finished with a strong line overall and posted a team-high scoring total, but his blanking from distance was already his third of March. The 30-year-old wing had a rough night finding the net altogether, snapping a five-game stretch with at least 50.0 percent shooting. The good news for Durant and fantasy owners is that he won't have to wait long for a chance at redemption -- the Warriors tangle with the Pistons on Sunday night.
Maxi Kleber DAL PF
Mavericks' Maxi Kleber: Thrives off second unit39m ago
Kleber pitched in 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and nine rebounds across 24 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Kleber ceded the starting power forward job to Dirk Nowitzki for the night, and both players ultimately offered strong production in the blowout win. The 27-year-old's offensive contributions see their fair share of fluctuation, but Kleber has now posted double-digit point totals in three of the past five games while hauling in no fewer than six rebounds in any contest during the entirety of that span. Despite Nowitzki's ascension to the first unit Saturday, it's likely Kleber regains his starting position against the Kings on Tuesday.
Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Takes advantage of start43m ago
Nowitzki poured in 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-8 3Pt) and added five rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 26 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Nowitzki returned to the starting five and enjoyed a stellar night against the short-handed Warriors, especially from distance. The 20-year veteran's scoring total was his highest of the campaign, and it served as his third double-digit point tally of March. Despite the strong performance, Nowitzki's minutes were stuck in the teens in five of the prior six games, so expectations should be tempered.
Luka Doncic DAL SF
Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Stellar in lopsided win1h ago
Doncic totaled 23 points (6-14 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals across 27 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
It was Doncic's sixth triple-double of the campaign, but this one particularly stood out for the elite per-minute production that the rookie churned out. With Dallas enjoying a 40-point-plus lead at one point, Doncic's minutes were relatively modest. The 20-year-old's performance represented an excellent resurgence from a rare 4-for-19 shooting clunker against the Kings on Thursday. Donic now has posted double-digit rebounds and eclipsed 20 points on four occasions each over the last five games, even as he's mired in a dreadful three-point slump that's seen him shoot 25.0 percent or lower from behind the arc in eight of 11 March contests.
Mark Giordano CGY D
Flames' Mark Giordano: Eighth three-point game this season7m ago
Giordano scored a goal and added two helpers in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
It's his eighth three-point outing of the year, which is two more than he had in his entire career prior to this season. Giordano has 72 points (16 goals, 56 assists) in 73 contests this year, becoming only the third blueliner over 35 years old to eclipse 70 points -- joining Nicklas Lidstrom (twice) and Sergei Zubov. He's the first Flames' defenseman to reach that mark since Al MacInnis in 1993-94. To top it all off, Giordano's point streak is at seven games, with two goals and eight helpers in that span.
Petr Mrazek CAR G
Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Continues strong play8m ago
Mrazek made 24 saves in a 5-1 win over the Wild on Saturday.
He was solid, but he had an easy night. The Wild fell apart in the third and it seemed like they couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with their passes. Or their defensive play, for that matter. Still, Mrazek has been a solid fantasy play of late -- he's 8-1 in his last nine starts. He has been better than Curtis McElhinney recently, so we expect he'll get the majority of starts going forward. Unless he cools, of course.
Mike Smith CGY G
Flames' Mike Smith: Defeats Canucks13m ago
Smith stopped 27 of 28 shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Smith was busier than in Friday's victory over the Senators, but he rose to the occasion to help the Flames to their fifth 100-point season in franchise history. He improved to 21-14-2 with a 2.78 GAA and an .899 save percentage. The Flames return home for a contest versus the Kings on Monday, which would make Smith or David Rittich a favorable play across many fantasy formats against the NHL's 30th ranked offense (2.36 goals per game).
Teuvo Teravainen CAR RW
Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen: Has nine points in last seven games20m ago
Teravainen scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-1 win over the Wild on Saturday.
Teravainen is a strong playmaking winger and he has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his last seven games. But the goal was his first in 11 games. Still, there's plenty of value in a 70-point NHL winger who might finish close to 80 points. Teravainen looks good in Carolina. And on your roster.
Devan Dubnyk MIN G
Wild's Devan Dubnyk: Smell of loss not his fault31m ago
Dubnyk made 29 saves in a 5-1 loss to Carolina on Saturday.
Dubnyk is 3-5 in his last eight starts after going 6-1 in his previous seven. But when you look beyond his record, you find that he has tightened his game a bit. Only two of his recent losses had a smell. And even the stench of Saturday wasn't his fault. Dubnyk was pretty much abandoned by his teammates in the third and the Canes pumped in three goals in a 7:45 span. He can't do it all. But at least Dubnyk is starting to deliver more for his owners.
Frederik Andersen TOR G
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Gets game back in groove1h ago
Andersen made 26 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
He's back. Andersen was sharp, but Alexandar Georgiev was white hot at the other end. The Leafs fired 45 shot at the young man and made a whopping 104 attempts at the net, but the Russian stymied them. Andersen's squeamish play from last week seems to be out of his system. Use with confidence.