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Chris Rowley TOR RP
Blue Jays' Chris Rowley: Holds Rays to two runs through five8m ago
Chris Rowley allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out three batters through five innings during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay. He didn't factor into the decision.
Rowley has now surrendered just three runs through 10.1 innings over his first two starts in the majors. His five walks were definitely concerning Thursday, and if he sticks in the rotation for another turn, he'll face the Rays again in his next start. Typically, that's not ideal for an inexperienced hurler. Additionally, Rowley's body of work is extremely limited after a 30-month stint in the U.S. Army interrupted his professional career. Outside of cavernous fantasy settings, it's probably wise to take a wait-and-see approach with Rowley.
Chris Archer TB SP
Rays' Chris Archer: Piles up 10 strikeouts in no-decision16m ago
Chris Archer allowed three runs on five hits while striking out 10 batters during Thursday's loss to Toronto. He didn't factor into the decision.
Despite allowing only 20 earned runs through his past eight starts, Archer has collected just a single win. He's up to an 11.2 K/9 for the season, and his 3.84 ERA and 1.22 WHIP are also strong marks, but he's been unlucky in the wins column with just eight victories for the campaign. Archer lines up to make his next start against the Blue Jays again, but this game will be at Tropicana Field.
Scott Feldman CIN SP
Reds' Scott Feldman: Surrenders five homers in no-decision35m ago
Scott Feldman allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out just a single batter through 3.2 innings during Thursday's win over the Cubs. He didn't factor into the decision.
The 34-year-old veteran allowed three runs through just four innings to Milwaukee in his return from the disabled list last time out, and this was another abbreviated outing. Feldman allowed five home runs to the Cubs to open the flood gates after being handed a nine-run lead in the second inning. The righty sports a 4.77 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 7.5 K/9, so it's probably wise to be selective with his matchups and avoid him against daunting opponents in the immediate future. Feldman projects to face the Cubs again in his next start, but this time the game is at Great American Ball Park.
Jake Lamb ARI 3B
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Hits 26th homer in win over Astros39m ago
Jake Lamb went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over Houston.
Lamb appears to be heating up of late with a five-game hitting streak, and he's now up to 26 homers, 93 RBI and 69 runs with a .266/.371/.535 slash line for the season. He's still sporting a disastrous .599 OPS against southpaws, which is important to note. However, he continues to crush right-handed pitchers and is locked into a juicy fantasy setup in the heart of Arizona's strong lineup.
Daniel Descalso ARI LF
Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso: Scampers for inside-the-park homer1h ago
Daniel Descalso went 1-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run during Thursday's win over Houston.
Descalso is a meat-and-potatoes middle infielder with a significantly low fantasy ceiling. He's sporting a .240/.340/.399 slash line for the campaign and probably doesn't warrant a roster spot outside of the deepest settings. However, he has been playing consistently, and there is value in volume in cavernous leagues. Being attached to a strong lineup doesn't hurt, either.
Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Hits 10th bomb in afternoon win1h ago
Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored during Thursday's afternoon win over Minnesota.
Kipnis went 0-for-4 in the evening game of the doubleheader and now sports a disappointing .228/.286/.405 slash line for the season. He's been limited to just 74 games because of multiple injuries, and his production when healthy hasn't been up to the standard of years past. Still, with Cleveland in contention and running out a strong lineup, Kipnis remains in position to succeed with the potential to finish 2017 strong.
Jeremy Maclin BAL WR
Ravens' Jeremy Maclin: Targeted just once1h ago
Jeremy Maclin caught his lone target for a five-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game in Miami.
In addition to having a regular spot across from Mike Wallace in two-wide formations, Maclin mostly appeared to play the slot, as expected, when the Baltimore Ravens had three receivers on the field. Any talk of Breshad Perriman (hamstring) pushing Maclin or Wallace for a top-two spot can be put to rest, as the 2015 first-round pick missed nearly all of training camp for a third straight year and may not play this preseason. Maclin and Wallace, in some order, are clear favorites to lead the team in targets, though Danny Woodhead might not be too far behind. The Ravens are optimistic Joe Flacco (back) will be ready for Week 1.
Damien Williams MIA RB
Dolphins' Damien Williams: Gets five touches1h ago
Damien Williams had four carries for 11 yards and one reception for three yards (on three targets) in Thursday's preseason loss to Baltimore.
Jay Cutler played two drives, with Jay Ajayi handling the first and Williams the second. Kenyan Drake (concussion) was unavailable as a result of a collision at Monday's practice, but he could still push Williams for the No. 2 role if he gets healthy in the next couple weeks. Drake primarily is valued for his speed and his potential as a receiving threat, while Williams is more of a well-rounded back without any standout trait. The latter's experience and size suggest he's the better option in pass protection, which often is the determining factor in this sort of battle. In any case, Ajayi will dominate carries (and possibly targets) so long as he stays healthy.
Joe Flacco BAL QB
Ravens' Joe Flacco: Will not practice this week1h ago
Coach John Harbaugh said after Thursday's preseason game that Joe Flacco (back) will not begin practicing this week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
It has already been determined that Flacco won't see the field in any of Baltimore's preseason games, but the expectation has been that he'd begin practicing at some point to remain on track for the season opener. While Flacco still may be good to go for Week 1, Harbaugh's comments Thursday suggest that his back is still preventing him from getting back on the practice field. With that, Ryan Mallett figures to continue seeing the bulk of the practice reps with the first-team offense.
Charles Gaines JAC CB
Jaguars' Charles Gaines: Clears concussion protocol, dealing with eye injury2h ago
Charles Gaines is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Buccaneers due to a right eye injury.
The young corner was initially sent for testing for a possible concussion, but Gaines passed through the protocol with no symptoms. However, he is dealing with an eye injury that could keep him out for the remainder of Thursday's preseason showdown.
Danny Shelton CLE NT
Browns' Danny Shelton: Reportedly out 3-to-6 weeks2h ago
Danny Shelton (knee) is reportedly out 3-to-6 weeks, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Though the Cleveland Browns have yet to confirm Yates' report, it seems Shelton's injury is more serious than first thought. At the reported recovery timetable, Shelton may be healthy enough for Cleveland's matchup in Week 1 versus the Steelers, but the likelihood of that scenario is low. Jamie Meder will likely be in line to take first-team reps in Shelton's absence.
Nelson Agholor PHI WR
Eagles' Nelson Agholor: Targeted once by Wentz2h ago
Nelson Agholor caught two of three targets for 28 yards in Thursday's preseason game against Buffalo.
Alshon Jeffery (five targets) and Torrey Smith (zero) got the start, with Agholor joining the fold when the Philadelphia Eagles used three-wide formations. While there's been talk of TE Trey Burton and RB Donnel Pumphrey handling some of the snaps vacated by Jordan Matthews, it at least seems Agholor has a chance to take on the bulk of that workload. Only one of Agholor's targets in Thursday's contest came from Wentz, as the third-year wideout got playing time deep into the second quarter with the second-team offense.
K.J. McDaniels BKN G
K.J. McDaniels: Agrees to deal with Raptors7h ago
K.J. McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn lats season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.
Brandon Bass LAC F
Brandon Bass: Heads to China9h ago
Brandon Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.
A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.
Guerschon Yabusele BOS F
Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Fully recovered from ankle surgery13h ago
Guerschon Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.
This is great news for the Boston Celtics ' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.
Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State2d ago
Georges Niang signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.
Kyle Wiltjer TOR F
Raptors' Kyle Wiltjer: Signs one-year deal with Raptors3d ago
Kyle Wiltjer agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million non-guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Oliver Maroney and Robby Kalland of Uproxx.com reports.
In signing the non-guaranteed deal, Wiltjer will compete for a job on the Raptors' 15-man roster. Last season, he played for the Rockets, though a significant chunk in the D-League, after going undrafted out of Gonzaga. He played just 44 minutes in the NBA. In the D-League, however, he posted 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 37.7 percent from deep. At 6-foot-10, he has the mold of a stretch-four.
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Norris Cole: Will head to Euroleague3d ago
Norris Cole has signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Euroleague, international writer David Pick reports.
Cole opened the 2016-17 campaign playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, but following the completion of that season, he ended up joining the Thunder for the final month of their schedule. He took part in just 13 games, posting averages of 3.3 points and 1.1 assists across 9.6 minutes. Once again, Cole struggled to field interest during free agency this offseason and will now head to Maccabi Tel Aviv. That said, there's a chance he ends up coming back to the States following the completion of their season once again, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately attempted to latch on with a contender in February.
Zemgus Girgensons BUF C
Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Inks two-year deal7h ago
Zemgus Girgensons agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Buffalo on Thursday worth $1.6 million average annual value, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Girgensons past two seasons have been disappointing -- a combined 34 points from 2015-17 -- after a solid sophomore campaign in 2014-15 (15 goals and 15 helpers). Despite the drop off in production, the 23-year-old was one of the Buffalo Sabres ' offseason priorities that they have now locked in for two more years. Considering he averaged a mere 13:10 of ice time last season, the center figures to offer mid-range fantasy value at best.
Travis Zajac NJ C
Devils' Travis Zajac: Out 4-to-6 months8h ago
Travis Zajac underwent surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the next 4-to-6 months.
Zajac played in 80 contests last season and was inline to challenge for a third straight 40-plus point campaign. Instead the center will be out until mid-December -- at the earliest. With the 32-year-old sidelined, Pavel Zacha will likely slot in as the first-line center and rookie Nico Hischier could be forced into a top-six role right out of the gate.
Riley Sheahan DET C
Red Wings' Riley Sheahan: Set for fourth-line duty8h ago
Riley Sheahan is likely to slot in on the fourth line for the Detroit Red Wings once the new season gets underway, MLive.com reports.
Last year, Sheahan struggled to a putrid minus-29 rating and didn't score until the very last game, when he happened to put two past the Devils. The Vegas expansion club overlooked him, so he'll remain in Motown with one year left on a contract at an annual cost of $2.075 million. With Detroit's NHL franchise currently about $4 million in the salary-cap hole, Sheahan will need to have a strong training camp to avoid the dreaded waiver process -- or, more likely, a trade.
Mikael Granlund MIN C
Wild's Mikael Granlund: Injures ankle training9h ago
Mikael Granlund (hand) hurt his ankle during training, but is expected to resume his offseason regimen in two weeks, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Granlund is already working through a broken hand he suffered during the playoffs and now will miss two weeks of training with an ankle ailment. At this point, neither malady is expected to impact his availability for the 2017-18 campaign -- although fantasy owners may start to question his durability.
John Tavares NYI C
Islanders' John Tavares: Not in rush for new contract23h ago
John Tavares is not feeling any pressure to sign an extension with the New York Islanders , Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
This season marks the last of the current contract for Tavares that pays him $5.5 million per season. Tavares has seen the massive contracts handed out to players like Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid and understands he may be able to double his annual pay with a new deal. He also seems willing to wait until there is further clarity on where the team will be playing in the future, a situation that may not become clear before he reaches free agency next July. If Tavares and the Islanders aren't able to come to an agreement on a contract extension before the NHL trade deadline, the team may be forced to move Tavares for as much as it can get via a trade rather than risk he leaves, or else the Isles might receive nothing in return.
Matt Cullen MIN C
Wild's Matt Cullen: Heading back home1d ago
Matt Cullen agreed to terms on a one-year, $1million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Not ready to hang up his skates, Cullen will return for a 20th NHL campaign -- back with his home-state Minnesota Wild. The former second-round pick did have the chance for a three-peat with Pittsburgh, but has always stated that family comes first. The veteran will likely slot in as the fourth-line center and could see time on the penalty kill -- both roles he thrived in while with the Pens.