FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

The NBA has rescinded Carmelo Anthony's technical from Wednesday's opener.

Update: Brandon McCarthy will have an MRI on his elbow but initial tests on his elbow indicate no ligament damage.

McCarthy has an MRI scheduled for Monday so we'll know more then when test results are in. He said he's been dealing with some elbow soreness all week but not enough to push him from making his start. Perhaps he should have alerted trainers ahead of time and maybe this could have been avoided. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mike Conley has left Saturday's game after taking an unintentional shot to the face and is headed into the locker room. His return is probable.

Conley had a towel held up to his face as trainers escorted him back to the locker room. It could be a broken nose but like every other exaggerated in-game injury reported in the NBA, it's probably nothing. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Lions have opened up contract talks with DeAndre Levy who is entering his walk-year in 2015.

Levy is a beast of a linebackcer and he recorded 151 tackles with two sacks and one interception in 2014. With the Lions having already lost Ndamukong Suh, they want to try and be proactive and lock in Levy while they can. The two sides will work on a deal throughout the summer. Analysis: Howard Bender

Adam Wainwright was seen in a walking boot following Saturday's game. He is trying to remain positive with hopes that he did not suffer a torn Achilles tendon.

Wainwright suffered the injury while trying to leg out a hit and based on reports from the Cardinals, it seems to be being handled similarly to the way players are handled when they've suffered an injury to their Achilles tendon. The club won't speculate nor will they announce anything until the full gamut of tests have been run. Should he have suffered a major injury to his Achilles, he could be done for the season. Stash him for now and hope for the best. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kendall Graveman struggled on Saturday, allowing six earned runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out one in the A’s 9-3 loss to the Astros.

Graveman has allowed 15 earned runs over 16.1 innings in his first four starts of the season for the As which has some questioning how much longer they are going to go with the youngster in the rotation. Oakland is known for having a stout pitching staff and should Graveman continue to struggle a demotion to Triple-A could be in his future sooner rather than later. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the Astros 9-3 win over the A’s on Saturday.

Lowrie has his average up to .296 on the season to go with eight runs, three home runs and nine RBI. Health has always been the issue with Lowrie but he was able to stay relatively healthy in his two seasons with Oakland which included his career year in 2012 where he hit .290 with 80 runs, 15 home runs and 75 RBI. Lowrie has proven to be capable hitter and could end up being a solid mixed league play at the middle infield position. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

George Springer went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run scored in the Astros 9-3 win over the A’s on Saturday.

Springer is off to a slow start, hitting just .200 with seven runs, two home runs, six RBI and four stolen bases on the season. The most troubling of his stats this season is the 23 strikeouts over 65 at bats which will kill anybody playing in an average or OPS league. He has collected two hits in two straight games so maybe he is turning the corner but for now daily league players will want to avoid while mixed leaguers will have to just stick it out and wait for the turn around. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in the Astros 9-3 win over the A’s on Saturday.

Altuve has three straight two hit performances and over the last 10 days he has seen his batting average rise from .257 to .315. The home run was his second of the season after hitting seven home runs last year. Now that he is hitting and getting on base the stolen bases should come in bunches and as the Astros offense begins to click Altuve should also score plenty of runs. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Scott Feldman pitched 6.2 innings on Saturday, allowing three earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six in the Astros 9-3 win over the A’s.

Feldman earned his second win of the season and notched his third quality start on Saturday. Feldmans ERA is skewed by a seven run beat down by the As in his second start of the season but has otherwise been relatively useful in mixed league formats as he offers a decent WHIP and a handful of strikeouts per outing. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Stephen Strasburg took the struggled on Saturday, allowing four earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six in the Nationals 8-0 loss to the Marlins.

Strasburgs struggles continue as his season ERA sits at 4.88 with a 1.63 WHIP after four starts. His next start will come on Thursday against the Mets where he will be opposed by Jacob deGrom. In his first start of the season Strasburg allowed three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings against the Mets so he should be motivated to bounce back with a strong performance. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Adeiny Hechavarria went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Marlins 8-0 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

Hechavarria launched his second home run of the season to extend his hitting streak to eight games on Saturday. During this recent stretch Hechavarria holds some mixed league fantasy value but seeing as last season he hit .276 with one home run and seven stolen bases there is not much fantasy upside here. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBI and three runs scored in the Marlins 8-0 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

Stanton has hit all five of his home runs this season over the past 10 games and has seen his average climb from .200 to .262 over that span. Now in a groove, NL pitchers should be put on notice that anything near the strike zone could be launched into another orbit with Stanton locked in like he is. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Tom Koehler pitched 7.1 shutout innings on Saturday, allowing just six hits while walking one and striking out four in the Marlins 8-0 win over the Nationals.

Koehler bounced back nicely after getting roughed up for seven runs in his last start against the Mets. Koehler had a career year in 2014, going 10-10 with a 3.81 ERA over 191.1 innings but despite his solid outing he should only really be considered as an NL-Only play. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Chad Billingsley allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

For some inane reason, the Phillies are holding out hope that Billingsley can contribute on some level this season. He threw 78 pitches in this outing (53 strikes) with one wild pitch and one home run allowed. He's going to need at least one or two more starts before they bring him up for his big-league shellacking. Fantasy owners are advised to stay away and DFS owners are advised to stack against him when he does arrive. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dodgers have signed Mike Carp to a minor league deal.

Carp will simply provide depth at the Triple-A level. He could come up at some point to be a left-handed bat off the bench, but there's no fantasy value to be had here. Analysis: Howard Bender

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