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Trent Taylor SF WR
49ers' Trent Taylor: Scores first NFL touchdown Thursday1h ago
Trent Taylor brought in three of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Rams.
Taylor was also the intended target on a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass that was tipped and secured by the Rams. The rookie fifth-round pick did get into the end zone for the first time as a pro earlier, however, bringing in a three-yard throw from Brian Hoyer with 5:08 remaining. Taylor has tallied modest production thus far in a passing game that has been progressively finding itself, but a college resume that includes a 136-reception, 1,803-yard, 12-touchdown senior season lends credence to the notion that Taylor could eventually develop into a strong PPR producer.
Marquise Goodwin SF WR
49ers' Marquise Goodwin: Hauls in 50-yard throw in Week 3 loss1h ago
Marquise Goodwin brought in two of five targets for 62 yards in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Rams.
Goodwin's production was largely comprised of his season-long 50-yard reception, as he was largely inefficient with his targets otherwise. The 26-year-old has struggled to adapt to the role of starting receiver thus far, notching just eight catches for 109 yards through three games. While Goodwin's presence does serve to threaten defenses over the top, his lack of overall production could eventually cause him to drop down the pecking order. Rookie fifth-round pick Trent Taylor is much more suited for the role of slot receiver, but another downfield specialist, Aldrick Robinson, lurks behind Taylor at the No. 4 slot, and boasts the added advantage of having previously worked with head coach Kyle Shanahan in Washington. Goodwin will look to build on Thursday's season-high receiving yardage tally against the Cardinals in Week 4.
Pierre Garcon SF WR
49ers' Pierre Garcon: Season-high receiving yardage total1h ago
Pierre Garcon brought in seven of 10 targets for 142 yards in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Rams.
The performance was one that both Garcon and head coach Kyle Shanahan -- who served as offensive coordinator during part of the former's tenure in Washington -- likely envisioned when bringing him west in the offseason. Garcon looked and played the part of a true No. 1 receiver throughout the night, making a number of impressive plays. A nifty 19-yard toe-dragging grab on the sideline early in the third needed a replay challenge before being rightfully deemed a catch, while his outstretched 59-yard reception deep down the left sideline with just over six minutes remaining put the Niners into Rams territory on a drive that would culminate in a Trent Taylor touchdown. Garcon made a number of other noteworthy receptions throughout the contest as well and may have made a significant leap forward in his rapport with Hoyer. He'll look to continue producing in a tough Week 4 road tilt versus the Cardinals.
Carlos Hyde SF RB
49ers' Carlos Hyde: Grinds out pair of scores1h ago
Carlos Hyde (hip) carried 25 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns and secured three of four targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Rams.
Hyde gutted out a sore hip that caused a first-half exit to set up the Niners for a potential game-tying two-point conversion by powering into the end zone from one yard out on fourth down with 2:13 remaining. The would-be game-tying throw from Brian Hoyer to Trent Taylor was unsuccessful, but Hyde finished with what was a rewarding performance for his fantasy owners. Despite summer rumblings that head coach Kyle Shanahan was looking for a reason to potentially reduce his role, Hyde has once again emerged as the clear-cut lead back within the team's new offensive system. He's tallied 40 carries for 208 yards and Thursday's pair of scores over the last two games, so he appears to be quite the natural fit in Shanahan's scheme thus far. He'll look to continue grinding out the yards in a Week 4 road tilt against the Cardinals.
Brian Hoyer SF QB
49ers' Brian Hoyer: Racks up trio of scores1h ago
Brian Hoyer completed 23 of 37 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Rams. He also gained nine yards and scored another touchdown on his sole rush.
Hoyer's impressive final line was due in overwhelmingly large part to the productive connection he displayed with top target Pierre Garcon, and to a 50-yard hook-up with speedy No. 2 option Marquise Goodwin. However, his two scoring throws went elsewhere, as he tossed a one-yard touchdown to Garrett Celek early in the fourth quarter and then found rookie Trent Taylor from three yards out with 5:08 remaining. Hoyer couldn't connect with Taylor again when it counted most, though, as he misfired on a would-be game-tying two-point conversion pass with 2:13 remaining. Despite the disappointing final outcome, Hoyer's performance represented a significant step forward after he'd thrown for a combined 292 yards and no touchdowns through his first two games. He'll look to continue thriving in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense when the Niners face off with the Cardinals on the road in Week 4.
Cooper Kupp LAR WR
Rams' Cooper Kupp: Quiet night in wild win2h ago
Cooper Kupp brought in both of his targets for 17 yards in Thursday's 41-39 win over the 49ers.
With top receiving duo Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods seeing 14 targets and Todd Gurley garnering 33 total touches, there wasn't much room for anyone else to shine Thursday, hence a second consecutive modest line for Kupp. The Eastern Washington product got off to a fast start with a touchdown in the opener, but he's tallied just five receptions for 50 yards in the subsequent pair of contests. As a likely fourth option at minimum in the passing game on most weeks, Kupp's production is highly likely to fluctuate, although his route-running acumen and sure hands should occasionally allow him to capitalize on the defensive attention paid to the Los Angeles Rams ' top skill players. He'll look to better his production in Week 4 versus the Cowboys.
Tanner Roark WAS SP
Nationals' Tanner Roark: Takes loss against Braves1h ago
Tanner Roark (13-10) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven batters through seven innings to take the loss against Atlanta on Thursday.
This was a solid showing from Roark, as the Washington bats generated just two runs. Roark has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of 12 starts since the All-Star break, so after a rough patch to begin the season, he's been a solid fantasy asset in the second half. The 30-year-old righty projects to make his final start of the season on the road against Philadelphia.
R.A. Dickey ATL SP
Braves' R.A. Dickey: Evens record with strong outing against Nats2h ago
R.A. Dickey (10-10) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four batters through eight innings to take the win over Washington on Thursday.
The knuckleballer had posted a 10.05 ERA through his previous three starts, so this was a surprising bounce-back showing against a strong opponent. At this stage of the fantasy game, and with Dickey's recent struggles in mind, he's best viewed as a flier for his final two road starts against the Mets and Marlins. He sports a mediocre 4.32 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.5 K/9 for the campaign, after all.
Jordan Zimmermann DET SP
Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann: Drops to 8-13 in return from DL2h ago
Jordan Zimmermann (8-13) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four batters through four innings to take the loss against Minnesota on Thursday.
Zimmermann missed nearly three weeks with a neck injury, so exiting after four innings and just 69 pitches wasn't overly surprising. It's been another disappointing fantasy campaign, as the veteran righty sports a 6.19 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 5.8 K/9 for the year. Zimmermann projects to make his final start of the season against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.
Jake Arrieta CHC SP
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Goes five innings in return from hamstring injury2h ago
Jake Arrieta gave up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out two in five innings Thursday against the Brewers. He did not factor in the decision.
Arrieta only threw 73 pitches (43 strikes) in his first start after missing almost three weeks with a hamstring injury. Given the importance of the game (the Chicago Cubs are working on securing the N.L. Central crown) and Arrieta's expected pitch count, this was not a surprise. He is expected to start again Tuesday in St. Louis, and should be allowed to go deeper in that outing. It is unclear if he will stay on turn and pitch again in the final game of the season next weekend or if the Cubs will go a different route in an effort to set up their playoff rotation.
Adalberto Mejia MIN SP
Twins' Adalberto Mejia: Exits early again Thursday2h ago
Adalberto Mejia allowed a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters through 4.2 innings during Thursday's win over Detroit. He didn't factor into the decision.
Mejia hasn't pitched out of the fifth inning in either of his two starts since returning from the disabled list Sept. 16. He sports a 4.48 ERA and 7.8 K/9 for the campaign, which would have him in line to be a potential streaming option in favorable matchups. However, until he pitches deeper into games, it's difficult to rely on the 24-year-old lefty. A daunting road matchup against Cleveland at Progressive Field projects to be Mejia's final start of 2017.
Zach Davies MIL SP
Brewers' Zach Davies: Cruises through seven frames2h ago
Zach Davies gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Cubs.
He needed just 77 pitches (51 strikes) to cruise through seven frames, but in a crucial close game against the division leaders, manager Craig Counsell understandably opted to pinch hit for Davies in the bottom of the seventh inning. Davies was coming off his shortest and possibly worst start of the year, so this was an impressive outing in a huge game that the Milwaukee Brewers ended up losing in extra innings. He lines up to start Tuesday at home against the Reds and then again on the last day of the regular season in St. Louis.
Bronson Koenig MIL G
Bronson Koenig: Waived by Bucks9h ago
Bronson Koenig was waived by the Bucks on Thursday.
The former Wisconsin native signed a two-way deal with the Bucks back in July, but will now be let go prior to training camp. It's unclear exactly the reasoning behind the move, though Koenig could be forced to spend the entire year in the G-League or overseas if a more lucrative opportunity arises. Koenig averaged just 5.2 points and 1.0 rebound across 15.8 minutes during five Summer League games with the Bucks.
Dwyane Wade CHI G
Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Buyout still a possibility15h ago
Chicago Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson said Thursday that the Bulls would cooperate if Dwyane Wade is seeking a buyout, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.
The two sides have seemingly been butting heads behind the scenes after the Bulls all but cleared house over the summer, sending All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota and shifting toward a long-overdue rebuild. Wade opted into the nearly $25 million remaining on his contract for the 2017-18 season, but that was before the Butler deal, and with the Bulls looking like a high-lottery team, it's been widely speculated that Wade will seek a buyout -- likely in hopes of joining a contender -- at some point. In the words of Paxson: "If [Wade] doesn't want to be here, then we want to do it."
Zach LaVine CHI G
Bulls' Zach LaVine: Will remain sidelined to begin season15h ago
Zach LaVine (knee) remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, but VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson said Thursday that LaVine will not be available to begin the season, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.
It was reported in July that LaVine could be ready in time for training camp, and while that won't be the case, he's still on track to return earlier than anticipated. LaVine tore his ACL in February, and at this point it seems realistic to expect that he'll be back on the court sometime before 2017 comes to a close. That said, the Chicago Bulls have not provided a firm timeline, so LaVine's fantasy value is somewhat in limbo. Once he returns and gets back up to speed, the UCLA product is expected to enter the starting lineup, and the shooting guard spot could open up if the team eventually buys out Dwyane Wade.
Alex Len PHO C
Suns' Alex Len: Plans to sign qualifying offer17h ago
Alex Len intends to sign a qualifying offer prior to the beginning of camp, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Len has a $4.2 million dollar offer on the table, and provided he signs prior to the start of Tuesday's camp, he'll have a path to becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018 ahead of him. The big man did explore other offer sheets and proposals this offseason, but ultimately the road to the biggest pay day will be free agency next year. In the meantime, Len will help Phoenix save some cap room before exploring extension options. He started 34 games for the Phoenix Suns last season, posting averages of 8.0 points and 6.6 boards.
Markieff Morris WAS F
Wizards' Markieff Morris: Expected to miss camp after sports hernia surgery1d ago
Markieff Morris will undergo sports hernia surgery Friday and is expected to miss training camp, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Morris, who is currently on trial facing felony assault charges, will now add sports hernia surgery on top of his busy offseason. He's dealt with the issue before, undergoing surgery for the same problem back in 2010 as a junior at Kansas. That year, he only missed preseason practices and went on to have the best season of his collegiate career. While that's somewhat promising, Morris is still expected to miss this year's training camp, with a more comprehensive timetable coming after the conclusion of the surgery. Even then, it's no guarantee he'll play if he's healthy, as the outcome of the trial could mean disciplinary action by the league if he's found guilty. If Morris ends up missing a chunk of the regular season, it seems likely the Washington Wizards would slide Otto Porter up to power forward while inserting Kelly Oubre into the starting five at small forward.
Alex Abrines OKC G
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Diagnosed with bone bruise in right knee1d ago
Alex Abrines (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
While the Oklahoma City Thunder are limiting the young shooter to play it safe, Abrines noted that he's pain-free. It's still somewhat unclear if he'll be fully cleared for training camp, however. The positive sign here is that the injury isn't considered serious and he should be ready to go for the first game of the season, provided he doesn't experience a setback. He'll likely only have fantasy value in deep leagues once again this season, as his role behind Andre Roberson and other wing depth could once again limit him to around 15 minutes per contest.
Zach Parise MIN LW
Wild's Zach Parise: Will skate Friday3h ago
According to head coach Bruce Boudreau, Zach Parise (back) will skate with the team Friday.
Parise has missed a handful practices over the past few weeks but will be back on the ice Friday, a reassuring sign for the Minnesota Wild with the regular season nearing. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the week.
Joel Armia WPG RW
Jets' Joel Armia: Out for remainder of game4h ago
Joel Armia suffered a lower body injury and will not return to Thursday's game against the Wild.
The severity of the injury is unknown at this point but the 24-year-old's night is done midway through the third period. Look for more updates on the right winger's status to come in the following days, with the Winnipeg Jets next exhibition match coming Saturday against the Oilers.
Scott Hartnell NSH LW
Predators' Scott Hartnell: Could be primed for scoring-line role with Preds7h ago
Scott Hartnell could be looking at a top-six role with the Nashville Predators this season, the Tennessean reports.
Preds coach Peter Laviolette is very familiar with the 35-year-old Hartnell, as the winger scored a career-high 67 points under Laviolette as a Flyer back in 2011-12. With only 21-year-old Kevin Fiala ahead of him on the Preds' left wing depth chart, Hartnell has an excellent chance at landing a scoring line role this season -- especially given his experience on the power play, as 183 of Hartnell's 683 career points have come with the man advantage. Don't be afraid to take a flyer on Hartnell in the later rounds of your fantasy drafts this year.
Jack Campbell LA G
Kings' Jack Campbell: Starting in goal Friday9h ago
Jack Campbell will start between the pipes in Thursday's game against the Ducks, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Darcy Kuemper is locked in as Jonathan Quick's backup for the 2017-18 campaign, but Campbell will get plenty of work as AHL Ontario's starting netminder this season. The 2010 first-round pick put up respectable numbers while shouldering a heavy load in the minors in 2016-17, compiling a 31-15-6 record while posting a 2.52 GAA and .914 save percentage in 52 appearances.
Josh Currie EDM RW
Josh Currie: Released from tryout9h ago
Josh Currie is without a team after he Edmonton elected to terminate his professional tryout agreement Thursday.
The 24-year-old forward was a dynamic scorer in his final year of major junior, recording 104 points in 68 games, but since then has scored at a rate of about one point every other game between the ECHL and AHL. Having scored 22 goals in 67 contests for the Oilers' AHL affiliate in 2016-17, Currie would make a good addition to a minor league roster for the upcoming campaign.
Ryan Hamilton EDM LW
Ryan Hamilton: PTO comes to an end9h ago
Ryan Hamilton was released from his professional tryout agreement with Edmonton on Thursday.
This is an unfortunate development for Hamilton, who had only joined the Oilers' training camp Tuesday. A minor league journeyman for the vast majority of his career, Hamilton captained AHL Bakersfield -- Edmonton's minor-league affiliate -- for the past two campaigns and will be hoping to land a with another organization as the season approaches.