2017 NFL DFS Playbook: Week 3 Cover Image
2017 NFL DFS Playbook: Week 3
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Week 3 Q and A Saturday  Cover Image
Jeff Mathis (R) Headshot

Mathis (hand) said he hopes to return from the 10-day disabled list for the Diamondbacks' final series of the regular season, which will begin Sept. 29 against the Royals, Jarrid Denney of MLB.com reports.

Mathis, who has been out since Aug. 21 with a fractured right hand, was cleared to resume baseball activities earlier this month following a checkup with a specialist. He's been limited to playing catch and taking dry swings thus far, but is hopeful that he'll be able to add batting-practice sessions and simulated games to his regimen in the coming days. If Mathis ends up meeting his targeted return date, he could get the call over Chris Herrmann to serve as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 catcher during the team's National League Divisional Series matchup.
2:07 pm (EST)
Adam Warren (R) Headshot

Warren (back) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

Everything went off without a hitch in Warren's second bullpen in less than a week, so he'll progress to a simulated game Tuesday before the Yankees reevaluate him. If everything goes well during Tuesday's simulated outing, Warren will likely rejoin the Yankees' bullpen for Wednesday's game against the Rays. He'll return to his role as one of the primary setup men out of New York's bullpen.
2:00 pm (EST)
Steve Pearce (R) Headshot

Pearce (back) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Pearce hasn't played since Sept. 8, and he'll open on the bench for a 14th straight contest as he continues to deal with a back injury. The Blue Jays haven't provided much information about his status, so it's still unclear when he'll return, if at all. In the meantime, Teoscar Hernandez will continue to start in left field.
1:44 pm (EST)
Nicolas Kerdiles Headshot

Kerdiles (groin) participated in group practice with his teammates for the first time Saturday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Kerdiles has been limited by the groin issue in the early portions of camp due to the ailment, but his return to practice marks significant progress with it. He played in just one contest for the Ducks last season and has missed some valuable time early in camp in his attempt to make the Opening Night roster.
1:42 pm (EST)
Enes Kanter Headshot

Kanter was sent to the Knicks alongside Doug McDermott in a trade for Carmelo Anthony on Saturday, Adrian Wojnawrowski of ESPN reports.

With this trade to the Knicks, Kanter has the potential to become the starting center, competing with Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah. He could also see some time at power forward, backing up Kristaps Porzingis. In his final season with the Thunder, Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game across 72 games.
1:42 pm (EST)
Russell Martin (R) Headshot

Martin is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Martin hit a two-run homer in Friday's 8-1 win over the Yankees, but he'll get Saturday day off after starting three of the last four contests behind the dish. Raffy Lopez is starting at catcher and batting ninth in his place; look for Martin to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
1:35 pm (EST)
Doug McDermott Headshot

McDermott has been sent to New York, alongside Enes Kanter, in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

McDermott spent just 22 games with the Thunder after being traded from the Bulls, and averaged 9.0 points, and 2.7 rebounds in 2016-17 across his time with both teams. In his three seasons, he has been impressive as a deep threat and as a scorer, but lacks defensively. With the Knicks, he may see a bigger role, as he'll face much less competition for playing time than he would have with Oklahoma City in 2017-18. There will likely be more updates on his role in the Knicks rotation going forward.
1:34 pm (EST)
Evan Rodrigues Headshot

Rodrigues suffered an undisclosed injury in Friday's preseason loss to the Maple Leafs. According to Sabres coach Phil Housley, the forward will be reevaluated later Saturday, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

The Swords play host to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night, and it appears that Rodrigues will not be reevaluated ahead of time. A bottom-six energizer, he recorded six points in 30 NHL games, plus nine goals and 21 helpers over 48 contests with AHL Rochester, last season. His next chance to suit up for a preseason game will come Wednesday at Pittsburgh's home rink.
1:30 pm (EST)
Richard Urena (B) Headshot

Urena is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Urena has fallen off after as strong start to the month, going just 1-for-21 (.048) over his last seven games, so he'll head to the bench for a second straight contest. In his place, Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney will hold down the middle of the infield for Toronto.
1:29 pm (EST)
Carmelo Anthony Headshot

The Knicks have agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a future draft pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

It has been long expected that Anthony would be traded, but it is a surprise that Oklahoma City is where he will finally be traded to. With the recent acquisition of Paul George, he will likely see time at both small forward and power forward, as he did in New York. The 13 year veteran will add not only experience, but another strong scoring option to play around with. While his production will likely take a small hit due to the offensive threats of Russell Westbrook and Paul George around him, it shouldn't be forgotten that Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 34.3 minutes per game in 74 appearances in his final year with the Knicks.
1:24 pm (EST)
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