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Peyton Barber TB RB
Buccaneers' Peyton Barber: Outpaces Martin in Week 14 loss32m ago
Barber rushed 12 times for 58 yards and brought in his only target for five yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.
Although he officially began the game as Doug Martin's backup, Barber ended up outpacing the latter in rushing touches and was much more successful in finding running room. The second-year back has consistently been able to garner positive gains in the rush game in contrast to Martin, who averaged under 3.0 yards per rush for the fourth time in the last five games Sunday and also lost a fumble. Given his continued success and the Buccaneers' spiraling season, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see head coach Dirk Koetter officially promote Barber to the lead-back role for a Week 15 battle against the Falcons.
Jameis Winston TB QB
Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Throws for 285 yards in loss38m ago
Winston completed 26 of 38 passes for 285 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions. He also lost a fumble.
Winston fired a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to bring the Buccaneers back from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit, but Tampa ultimately fell short for the eighth time in the last 10 games. The third-year signal caller had helped put his team in the hole earlier in the game by throwing interceptions in the second and third quarters and fumbling away on a sack, blemishing what was an otherwise strong fantasy day. He spread the ball around for a second consecutive week as well, connecting with a whopping 11 different pass catchers on the afternoon. Factoring in Sunday's production, Winston has thrown for 555 yards and generated a 4:2 TD:INT ratio in his first two games back from a shoulder injury, numbers he'll look to improve on in a Week 15 Monday night showdown against the Falcons.
Bobby Wagner SEA MLB
Seahawks' Bobby Wagner: Questionable to return with hamstring injury41m ago
Wagner injured his hamstring in Sunday's game against the Jaguars and is questionable to return, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Wagner has been dealing with a hamstring tweak since the beginning of November. The linebacker entered Week 14 third in the league in tackles with 112, so it goes without saying that losing him for any period of time would be a big loss for a Seattle team with playoff hopes. Look for Terence Garvin to receive additional snaps in Wagner's absence.
Michael Crabtree OAK WR
Raiders' Michael Crabtree: Logs season-high 13 targets43m ago
Crabtree caught seven passes on 13 targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Chiefs.
Crabtree notched a season-high 13 targets in his return from a one-game suspension, while fellow starting wide receiver Amari Cooper missed a majority of the contest due to an aggravated left ankle injury. Crabtree's increased involvement didn't translate to fantasy prosperity, however, averaging just 4.6 yards per target and a long reception of 13 yards. If Cooper is forced to miss additional time, Crabtree could be in line for a similar level of volume in Week 15 against the Cowboys, especially if the Raiders fall behind early again.
Lamarr Houston CHI LB
Bears' Lamarr Houston: Notches another sack44m ago
Houston collected a sack and one tackle in Sunday's 33-7 victory over the Bengals.
Since being acquired on November 29, Houston got into the sack column for the second game in a row. He's taken advantage of a rash of defensive injuries that's allowed him to become a regular part of Chicago's defensive rotation. Since he rarely piles up tackles, he's a sack-dependent IDP.
Eddie Jackson CHI FS
Bears' Eddie Jackson: Recovers a fumble1h ago
Jackson recovered a fumble while adding five tackles in Sunday's win over the Bengals.
Jackson matched his third-highest tackle total of the season while recovering the second fumble of his rookie campaign. Aside from a huge game in Week 8, he's had too many nearly-invisible performances to be a reliable IDP option.
Michael Conforto NYM LF
Mets' Michael Conforto: Still unlikely to be ready for Opening Day2h ago
General manager Sandy Alderson reported Sunday that Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready to play by Opening Day of the 2018 season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Conforto is still a few months away from resuming baseball activities following his early-September surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. A clearer picture of his timeline for return will come into focus once he's able to begin partaking in baseball activities again, but for the time being it looks like Conforto may open the season on the disabled list.
Luke Gregerson HOU RP
Cardinals' Luke Gregerson: Inks deal with Cardinals3h ago
Gregerson agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Cardinals on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Gregerson posted a sub-3.50 ERA in each of his first eight major-league seasons but took a step back in 2017 as he accumulated a 4.57 ERA over 61 innings of relief with the Astros. His regression was mainly attributable to the fact that he struggled to keep the ball in the park, surrendering a career-high 13 home runs. He'll likely mix in as a late reliever for the Cardinals in 2018 with the potential for some save opportunities.
Brandon Morrow LAD RP
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Agrees to deal with Cubs3h ago
Morrow agreed to a two-year deal with the Cubs on Sunday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
Morrow is coming off a magnificent season with the Dodgers and will provide a much-needed reliable option at the back end of the Cubs' bullpen. In 43.2 innings of relief in 2017, the veteran righty posted a 2.06 ERA (1.55 FIP) with a 50:9 K:BB. The Cubs' closing situation is still in a bit of flux after Wade Davis declined his qualifying offer and elected free agency. Morrow could at least be in the picture for saves, if not the top option, by offseason's end.
Alex Cobb TB SP
Alex Cobb: Draws interest from Cubs20h ago
The Cubs are interested in signing Cobb, per a source, Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports.
The Cobb-to-the-Cubs rumor has been out there for a few months, and with the Winter Meetings opening up Monday, Chicago will look to lock up the right-hander before any other suitors pop up.
Jung Ho Kang PIT 3B
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Not expected back next season1d ago
Pirates GM Neal Huntington suggested Saturday that the team will be without Kang again in 2018, Rob Biertempfel of TribLive.com reports. "Getting Kang back would be huge," Huntington said. "We don't think it's going to happen, but it would be huge."
Kang remains without a work visa and it doesn't sound like the Pirates expect him to get one in the foreseeable future. Pirates president Frank Coonelly said the process to obtain a work visa for Kang, who was given a suspended jail sentence after his third DUI arrest, been "more complicated than he expected." David Freese is currently atop the depth chart at third base with Kang out of the picture.
Giancarlo Stanton MIA RF
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Will approve deal to Yankees1d ago
Stanton will approve a trade to the Yankees and is on his way to New York to complete his physical, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
News broke Saturday morning that an agreed-upon deal would send Starlin Castro and prospects to the Marlins in exchange for Stanton and cash, but the trade hinged upon the slugger's approval due to his no-trade clause. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Bronx Bombers will be taking on $265 million of Stanton's $295 million deal. At this point, there has been no word on which prospects will head to Miami, but it sounds like the package will entail a couple of lower-level minor leaguers.
Maurice Harkless POR SF
Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Questionable for Monday1h ago
Harkless (quad) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Warriors, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com
Harkless was absent from Saturday's loss to the Rockets, and there doesn't appear to be much optimism surrounding his status for Monday on the road at Golden State. The Trail Blazers will likely update Harkless' status after shootaround Monday morning, but if he is unable to play, Evan Turner would be in line to pick up his second straight start at small forward.
Amir Johnson PHI SF
76ers' Amir Johnson: Moves back to bench1h ago
Johnson will move back to the bench since Joel Embiid is starting Sunday against the Pelicans, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Johnson started at center Saturday against Cleveland because Joel Embiid got the night off for rest. The 30-year-old will likely split the back-up center duties with Richaun Holmes on Sunday.
Jusuf Nurkic POR C
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Out again Monday1h ago
Nurkic (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.
This will be Nurkic's second straight absence after leaving last Tuesday's loss to the Wizards with the sprained right ankle. There still has been no update on the big man's recovery timetable, so he continue to be considered on a game-by-game basis with his next opportunity to play being Wednesday in Miami. Myers Leonard started at center in Nurkic's absence Saturday, so expect him to start once again against Golden State.
Enes Kanter NY C
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Will play through sore hip Sunday1h ago
Kanter is dealing with some discomfort in his hip, but will still play in Sunday's game against the Hawks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Kanter reportedly took a shot to the hip in Saturday's game against Chicago, which is now giving him some lingering pain. However, it's not serious enough where it will keep Kanter out of action, so he should be in the starting lineup as usual. That said, there's certainly a chance coach Jeff Hornacek monitors his minutes a bit, so Kanter could be a bit of a risky play for Sunday's DFS slate.
T.J. McConnell PHI PG
76ers' T.J. McConnell: Will sit out against Pelicans1h ago
McConnell (shoulder) won't play Sunday against New Orleans, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
McConnell has been battling a shoulder injury the past five games. He played Thursday for 18 minutes but couldn't make an appearance Saturday against Cleveland. Jerryd Bayless will likely see a slight increase in playing time during McConnell's absence.
Joel Embiid PHI C
76ers' Joel Embiid: Back in the lineup Sunday2h ago
Embiid will play and start Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Embiid sat out Saturday's game for rest and was always expected to be back Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back, so this is merely confirmation of that. The Sixers aren't reporting any sort of restrictions, so look for Embiid to take on a full workload. Fantasy owners can go ahead and activate Embiid as usual. This sends Amir Johnson back to the bench, with both Johnson and Richaun Holmes likely losing minutes.
Carter Hutton STL G
Blues' Carter Hutton: Inactive Sunday28m ago
Hutton (lower body) is listed among the injured ahead of Sunday's home game against the Sabres, NHL.com reports.
The 31-year-old backup goalie remains on injured reserve, according to the NHL's official media site. As a result, the Blues have little choice but to go back to the well and start Jake Allen for the second game in as many nights. Ville Husso will be the emergency option once again.
Corey Crawford CHI G
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Between posts Sunday33m ago
Crawford led his team out for warmups Sunday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports. This means that he'll be the starter against the visiting Coyotes.
Arizona's offense is pitiful, as it ranks 30th overall, and Crawford figures to benefit from the Coyotes playing for the second time in as many nights. While he missed three games with an upper-body ailment, the Canadian backstop showed no lasting affects on the way to a 26-save victory over the Sabres in Chicago on Friday. Everything considered, we trust Crawford on this four-game slate.
Josh Leivo TOR LW
Maple Leafs' Josh Leivo: Suiting up Sunday37m ago
Leivo will replace an injured Auston Matthews (upper body) in Sunday evening's home contest against the Oilers, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Leivo, who inked a one-year contract extension last month, should be in line for significant power-play time in the likely event that the Oilers are sent to the box. Still, he's only averaged 11:13 of ice time this season, adding two points through seven games. Think high-risk/high-reward as it pertains to Leivo in daily settings.
Auston Matthews TOR C
Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Will not play Sunday1h ago
Matthews (upper body) will not play Sunday versus the Oilers, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
The hockey world very much wanted to be treated to a matchup featuring Matthews and fellow wunderkind Connor McDavid. The prized centerman, who joined forces with McDavid as representatives of Team North America in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, registered a power-play goal and another man-advantage assist in the last meeting between these two teams Nov. 30, only to drop goose eggs in three straight games leading up to Saturday's contest. However, he collided with teammate Morgan Rielly in Friday night's game against the Penguins, and reportedly didn't come out for warmups ahead of this next match. Josh Leivo reportedly will tag into the lineup instead. Matthews' next chance to play will come Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Dylan DeMelo SJ D
Sharks' Dylan DeMelo: Shaping up to be scratched1h ago
Demelo (head) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Wild, NHL.com reports.
As a result of DeMelo's injury, Joakim Ryan should get a look on the third pair with fellow rookie Tim Heed. There's been nothing to suggest that DeMelo's ailment is serious, but we'll likely know more about his status in the coming days.
Laurent Brossoit EDM G
Oilers' Laurent Brossoit: Stationed between the pipes Sunday2h ago
Brossoit will start in back-to-back games by getting the nod for Sunday's game in Toronto, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
With Cam Talbot (upper body) still out, Brossoit should continue to see a bulk of the work for the Oilers. However, he's still not a reliable fantasy netminder. The 24-year-old owns a 3.52 GAA and a .880 save percentage with a 2-5-1 record.