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    • Denzel Perryman LAC ILB
      Chargers' Denzel Perryman: Suffers hamstring injury
      1h ago

      Perryman is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Chiefs due to hamstring injury, BJ Kessel of the Chiefs official site reports.

      Perryman was removed in the first half of the game. More information is expected following the game.

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    • Mike Nugent CHI K
      Bears' Mike Nugent: Scores four points in Week 15
      3h ago

      Nugent converted a field goal and extra point in Saturday's loss to the Lions.

      Nugent was good from 41 yards out on his only field-goal attempt of the contest, but he ended with a disappointing four-point fantasy performance. Although he scored nine points in his debut with the team last week, playing for inconsistent offense makes him a shaky fantasy option.

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    • Akiem Hicks CHI DE
      Bears' Akiem Hicks: Finally back in sack column
      3h ago

      Hicks notched a sack and four tackles in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Lions.

      After having collected seven sacks over the first eight games of the season, this was the first time that Hicks got to the quarterback in any of his last six contests. Although he's been an outstanding defender for the Bears, his second-half slide has made him a difficult player to trust in fantasy lineups.

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    • Lamarr Houston CHI LB
      Bears' Lamarr Houston: Two sacks in Saturday loss
      3h ago

      Houston collected a pair of sacks along with three tackles in Saturday's defeat to the Lions.

      Houston took advantage of a decimated Detroit offensive line, leading to a huge two-sack performance. He's now posted at least one sack in each of his three games since rejoining the Bears, and he's been an outstanding IDP option after doing very little in his time with the Texans earlier this season.

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    • Sam Acho CHI OLB
      Bears' Sam Acho: Notches a sack in Week 15
      3h ago

      Acho recorded a sack, a forced fumble and four tackles in Saturday's 20-10 loss to the Lions.

      Acho had his most productive game of the year, as he recorded his first forced fumble of the season while adding his first full sack to get him to 1.5 on the year. However, with just one game of more than four tackles, he's been a low-volume IDP option.

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    • Eddie Jackson CHI FS
      Bears' Eddie Jackson: Recovers a fumble in Saturday defeat
      3h ago

      Jackson recovered a fumble while collecting eight tackles in Saturday's loss to the Lions.

      This was the second time this season that jackson's posted more than six tackles, and with at least five tackles in each of his last three games along with an interception and a pair of fumble recoveries, he's been a strong fantasy option down the stretch of his rookie season.

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    • Yovani Gallardo SEA SP
      Brewers' Yovani Gallardo: Set to rejoin Brewers
      6h ago

      Gallardo agreed to a contract with the Brewers on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Gallardo will return to the team that drafted him in the second round back in 2004 after the Mariners declined to exercise his $13 million club option for 2018. It's been a rough couple of years for the veteran hurler, as he's turned in a combined 5.57 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 179:121 K:BB over the past two seasons (248.2 innings) with Baltimore and Seattle, respectively. He did turn in a respectable 1.69 ERA over 16 relief innings after being shifted to the bullpen last season, though it remains unclear what role the Brewers plan to utilize him in next year. Either way, given his declining strikeout rate, he doesn't figure to hold much, if any, fantasy value in 2018.

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    • Brandon McCarthy ATL SP
      Braves' Brandon McCarthy: Sent to Braves in five player trade
      8h ago

      McCarthy was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Adrian Gonzalez (back), Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      McCarthy made just 19 appearances (16 starts) last season due to injuries and a crowded rotation in Los Angeles, posting a 3.98 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 92.2 innings of work. Injuries have gotten the best of the veteran hurler in recent years -- he's registered just 155.2 innings over the past three seasons -- but he should factor into the Braves' rotation next season so long as he's healthy.

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    • Scott Kazmir ATL SP
      Braves' Scott Kazmir: Sent to Braves
      8h ago

      Kazmir (hip) was traded to the Braves along with Adrian Gonzalez (back), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      Kazmir didn't appear in a game for the Dodgers in 2017 while dealing with a recurring hip injury, though he ended up making a few rehab appearances with Triple-A Rancho Cucamonga towards the end of the season. Assuming he's healthy heading into next season, he should compete for a rotation spot, though his recent injury issues could ultimately prompt the Braves to switch him to a long-relief role. He posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 26 starts for the Dodgers in 2016.

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    • Charlie Culberson ATL 2B
      Braves' Charlie Culberson: Traded to Braves in five player deal
      8h ago

      Culberson was traded to the Braves from the Dodgers along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Adrian Gonzalez (back), Brandon McCarthy and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      Culberson played in just 15 regular-season games last season, though he garnered 10 playoff appearances due to an injury to Corey Seager and hit an impressive .500/.471/.938 in the process. He's appeared in just 49 major-league games over the past three seasons, hitting .275/.301/.363 over that stretch, but he should be in line for some more opportunities next season as a utility man for the Braves.

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    • Matt Kemp LAD LF
      Dodgers' Matt Kemp: Headed back to LA in five player deal
      9h ago

      Kemp was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez (back), Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      Kemp is set return to the team who drafted him after spending the previous two seasons with San Diego and Atlanta, respectively. The 33-year-old dealt with some hamstring issues in 2017, but still managed to hit .276 with 19 homers in 117 games. He spent his best years with the Dodgers, hitting .292/.349/.495 with 182 homers and 170 stolen bases over nine seasons. If he isn't traded or released before the start of the season, look for Kemp to settle into a corner outfield spot for Los Angeles, which would likely push Joc Pederson to the bench.

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    • Adam Eaton WAS CF
      Nationals' Adam Eaton: Expects to be ready by Opening Day
      10h ago

      Eaton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

      Eaton continues to recover from a torn ACL that he suffered in April, but all signs point to the outfielder being fully healthy by the time Opening Day rolls around. Although Eaton was pressing to make it back for a playoff run this past October, once the team was eliminated by the Cubs in the NLDS, the trainers decided to scale back his rehab in order to give him the best opportunity to be 100 percent for 2018. Looking ahead, there will likely be another update on Eaton's status by February.

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    • Jeremy Lamb CHA SG
      Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Scores 15 points Saturday
      1h ago

      Lamb scored 15 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 7-7 FT) to go with five rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.

      Lamb increased his career-high 14.4 points per game with a bench-leading 15 points against Portland. While it was not the most impressive night from the floor (36.3 percent), the guard made the most of his trips to the free throw line by sinking all seven shots. Lamb is scoring 4.7 more points per game than his previous career-high of 9.7 points set in 2016-17. As a result, Lamb is Charlotte's leading source of offense from the bench by far.

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    • Nicolas Batum CHA SF
      Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Scores season-high 23 points
      1h ago

      Batum scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3PT) to go with four rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.

      After scoring in the single-digits in four straight games, Batum exploded for a season-high 23 points against Portland. The Charlotte forward was deadly efficient from long range, sinking a season-high five three-pointers on nine attempts. While his breakout performance from beyond the arc was impressive, expectations should be tempered as Batum is still a 26.9 percent three-point shooter on the season. Batum will look to build upon his offensive momentum when Portland takes on New York on Monday.

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    • CJ McCollum POR SG
      Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Scores game-high 25 points
      2h ago

      McCollum scored 25 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.

      McCollum added to his impressive December with a game-high 25 points on Saturday. For the month, the guard is averaging 21.8 points over seven games. In addition, Saturday's performance as McCollum's fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points. After sinking 4-of-6 three-pointers against Charlotte, McCollum is shooting a career-best 44. 3 percent from beyond the arc. McCollum will look for another 20-plus point game against Minnesota on Monday.

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    • Damian Lillard POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Collects double-double Saturday
      2h ago

      Lillard scored 18 points (7-19 FG, 3-9 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with seven rebounds, 11 assists and one steal across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.

      In addition to collecting his fourth double-double of the season, Lillard added to his high-scoring month of December with 18 points on Saturday. In seven games, the Portland guard is averaging 27.1 points for the month. For Lillard, who is averaging 25.7 points, 18 points is low by comparison. In 21-of-29 games this season, he has scored at least 21 points and reached 30 points in 10 of those 21. However, on Saturday, Lillard cracked double-digits in assists for only the second time to fill out his stat line against Charlotte.

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    • Quinn Cook GS PG
      Warriors' Quinn Cook: Sent back to G-League
      3h ago

      Cook was reassigned to the G-League on Saturday, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      With the Warriors off until Monday, Cook will rejoin the Santa Cruz Warriors for Saturday's G-League matchup against Westchester. There's a good chance he returns to the Warriors prior to Monday's contest with Stephen Curry (ankle) still expected to be sidelined, though he isn't expected to make much of a fantasy impact during his time with Golden State.

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    • Derrick Favors UTA PF
      Jazz's Derrick Favors: Enters concussion protocol
      3h ago

      Favors (eye) was placed in the league's concussion protocol Saturday, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

      Favors, who was ruled out Saturday after suffering a facial laceration Friday against the Celtics, showed concussion-like symptoms during pre-game warmups, prompting his placement in the protocol. It's unclear if he'll be forced to miss multiple games at this point, but if so, look for Ekpe Udoh and Joe Johnson to continue to benefit from increased minutes.

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    • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C
      Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Nets first shortie of career
      1h ago

      Nugent-Hopkins scored the first shorthanded goal of his career in Saturday's 3-2 win over Minnesota.

      It's the Nuge's 13th goal of the season, which puts him on a 32-goal pace. But most importantly, Nugent-Hopkins is killing penalties, a sign that his coach's confidence in his game is high. This season could be RNH's breakout year.

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    • Milan Lucic EDM LW
      Oilers' Milan Lucic: Ten points in last 10 games
      1h ago

      Lucic scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Wild.

      Don't look now, but Lucic has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 10 games. He has also delivered 36 hits in that span. It's taken a while, but the Looch looks to be finally pulling his game together. He's a worthy fantasy play.

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    • Jay Bouwmeester STL D
      Blues' Jay Bouwmeester: Will not travel with team
      1h ago

      Bouwmeester (undisclosed) will not join the team for its four-game road trip, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

      Coach Mike Yeo left open the possibility that Bouwmeester could meet up with the squad during the back half of the trip, but for now will remain on injured reserve for the time being. The blueliner has been limited to just 10 outings this season due to various maladies and had notched a mere two points in those contests.

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    • Cam Talbot EDM G
      Oilers' Cam Talbot: Wins in return from IR
      1h ago

      Talbot returned from injury Saturday and delivered a 29-save, 3-2 win over Minnesota.

      He shut down the Wild on four power plays; his only Kryponite was Matt Dumba, who scored both Minny goals. Let's hope that this performance, combined with his time off, has rebooted Talbot's game after such a queasy start to the season. Get him back in your lineup.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Protecting crease Sunday
      1h ago

      Hellebuyck will get the starting nod versus the Blues on Sunday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      With Steve Mason between the pipes for Saturday's clash with St. Louis, it comes as no surprise Hellebuyck will defend the cage for the second half of the back-to-back. The 24-year-old has struggled of late, as he is 1-2-1 with a 3.74 GAA in his four most recent appearances. If the Michigan native continues to give up goals at such a high rate, coach Paul Maurice may give a few more starts to Mason.

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    • Sammy Blais STL LW
      Blues' Samuel Blais: Dealing with lower-body malady
      3h ago

      Blais suffered a lower-body injury that will keep him out of the rest of Saturday's clash with the Jets.

      Blais will need to recover quickly if he is going to be ready in time for the second half of the Blues' back-to-back against Winnipeg on Sunday. Ivan Barbashev would likely slot into the lineup if Blais can't give it go.

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