Jamaal Charles set multiple NFL and franchise records Sunday, including becoming the first player in NFL history to have four touchdown receptions and a rushing touchdown in a single game, and the first running back in NFL history with four touchdown receptions in a game.
JC Superstar caught eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball eight times for 20 yards and a touchdown in 56-31 win over the Raiders, oh and did I mention he did all this in just three quarters of play. The 195 yards receiving were a career-high for Charles who became just the fifth player in the last 50 seasons with five touchdowns and 200 yards from scrimmage in a game.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Drew Gooden is listed as questionable for Thursday.
Gooden is dealing with an undisclosed illness right now and is likely to be held out of Thursday's game, given that the All Star break is coming up and he'll have extra time to get better and not infect the rest of the team. He's only averaging 12.9 minutes per game this season, so his absence isn't going to devastate anyone. Analysis: Howard Bender
Gary Neal is listed as questionable for Thursday.
Neal was held out for Tuesday's game with a sore right leg and hasn't logged more than 18 minutes in a game over his last five. While you'll have to check back closer to tip-off, you can probably expect the Wizards to hold him out Thursday with the All Star break coming up. His minutes would just be redistributed among the rest of the backcourt options. Analysis: Howard Bender
O.J. Mayo will start on Thursday.
Mayo is playing in just his second game back from an 11-game absence due to a hamstring injury, but will garner the start once again as coach Jason Kidd's plan of having Michael Carter-Williams seemed to work well in Tuesday's game and he wants to keep it going. Mayo may not see the bulk of the minutes despite getting the start, though, so be mindful of that. Analysis: Howard Bender
Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench Thursday.
Coach Jason Kidd had MCW come off the bench Tuesday and the usual starting point guard responded well with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists over 26 minutes. While it doesn't appear to be a permanent move, Kidd is going to try using it until it doesn't work. MCW will still see a solid minutes total, but losing the start does trim off a few minutes, so keep that in mind. Analysis: Howard Bender
Lazaro Armenteros is expected to make a decision on who he'll sign with Thursday or Friday.
The 16-year-old is drawing interest from at least nine teams including Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Padres and Phillies. At this point, Armenteros has been training as a centerfielder and corner outfielder, but the expectation is for him to settle in one of the corner spots as he continues to add to his frame. Armenteros is listed at 6’2 and 205 pounds and has drawn praise for his power, speed and athleticism. Armenteros can be targeted in all dynasty leagues, but he will still be a couple of years away from making an impact on a big league roster. Analysis: Phil Backert
Danny Ainge clarifies that Kelly Olynyk has bruised shoulder not partially dislocated.
It was originally feared that Olynyk dislocated his shoulder which would have meant the center would be sidelined for a couple of weeks. The Celtics don’t return to the court until February 19 so there’s a chance Olynyk won’t miss any games. This is a situation to follow over the All-Star break, but Olynyk’s status won’t become clearer until later next week. The center is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Analysis: Phil Backert
Jacob deGrom is open to signing an extension with the Mets.
deGrom isn’t a free agent until after the 2020 so there isn’t any rush, but a deal would at least cover the first year or two of deGrom’s free agent years and give the talented right-hander a security blanket in case of injury. deGrom has been lights out in his two years in the big leagues as he has a career ERA of 2.61, WHIP of 1.047 and a very impressive K:BB ratio of 349:81. deGrom is an SP 1 in fantasy baseball in 2016 and will continue to help owners in all categories. Analysis: Phil Backert
The Atlanta Hawks believe PG Dennis Schroder can be the starting point guard.
This is very important because it appears the Hawks are ready to move on from starting point guard Jeff Teague. It’s not unrealistic to believe Schroder can’t handle a starting workload as he is currently averaging nearly 21 minutes a game. In those minutes, the point guard is averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Schroder’s fantasy value would sky rocket if Teague is traded and he becomes the starting point guard for the Hawks. Analysis: Phil Backert