FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Luol Deng (Achilles) will play on Tuesday.

Deng is coming off a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards in 41 minutes of action in Sunday's home loss to the Suns, but is facing a Pelicans team tonight that has improved their defense against opposing small forwards of late having allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to the position over the last 15 days. So, if you have any concerns his minutes will be limited tonight then fading him in your daily league contests may be wise, but definitely get him in your season long lineups.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Update: Melvin Upton has foot inflammation and will be in a leg cast for two weeks, then a foot cast for 4-to-6 weeks.

This is just another reason to avoid wasting a draft pick on Upton, who's capable of striking out when he's not even at-bat (324 Ks in his last 910 ABs). Analysis: Brad Costilo

A.J. Griffin has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

With Griffin, who went 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 171 Ks in 200 IP in 2013, still recovering from Tommy John surgery during Spring Training of 2014, it's unlikely that he will be a viable fantasy option until late in the 2015 season (but more likely, not until 2016).  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro says Ryan Howard is "in the best shape since I've known him."

Ryan Howard has been a shell of his former-self over the last three seasons, going from averaging 32 HRs, 112 RBIs, 84 Runs and a .264 AVG in 2010-2011 to averaging 16 HRs, 64 RBIs, 42 Runs, and a .244 AVG in 2012-2014. There's no denying that injuries have played a large role in the decreased production, but in 2014 Howard played in 153 games and only put up a .223 AVG along with 23 HRs, 95 RBIs, and 65 Runs. At this point, there's too much risk involved with drafting Ryan Howard as anything other than a bench/utility player with 20+ HR potential. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) participated in practice Friday.

It's been five years since Stoudemire's been a dominant fantasy force (he averaged 25.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.9 BLK in 2010-11, which was his first season as a New York Knick). Since then, we've seen his production drop off yearly, leading up to his current 11.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 0.9 BLK average of 2014-2015. At this point, Stoudemire's name is worth more than his production in fantasy leagues. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Athletics claim OF Alex Hassan off waivers From the Orioles.

Hassan has never shown any reason to believe that he can become a viable fantasy producer. In fact, his 13 HRs in AA in 2011 are the only time the 26-year-old has ever broken double-digits in HRs or SBs in a season in his six-year professional career. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Cavaliers say an MRI revealed a left shoulder strain for Kyrie Irving. He's out Friday, and will be re-evaluated prior to Sunday's game at Houston.

Cavs fans are collectively holding their breaths right now, as the last thing that they want to see is their young All-Star PG on the shelf for an extended period of time. Fantasy owners are even more worried about losing Irving's 21.7 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 3.3 RPG while he's inactive. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Jimmy Nelson was unable to throw Thursday or Friday due to a sore hamstring.

In the early part of 2014 Nelson looked solid in AAA, but seeing his high WHIP in AA in 2012, and again in AAA in 2013, combined with his MLB struggles last year (2-9 with a 4.93 ERA and 1.46 WHIP), make him someone that it's hard to trust in at this point from a fantasy perspective. That being said, he's someone who you should probably look to grab and stash in dynasty formats. Analysis: Brad Costilo

James Harden (ankle) participated in the team shootaround, but remains questionable for the game against the Brooklyn Nets Friday.

After three seasons playing behind Kevin Durant in OKC, Harden has joined him as an elite scorer since becoming a full-time starter as a member of the Houston Rockets. With his top-tier production, you can't leave Harden on your bench any time that he's active in season-long leagues. In DFS formats, Harden is too expensive to consider using him unless he is completely healthy. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Anthony Bennett (ankle) has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Bulls.

The 21-year-old Bennett has no place in any fantasy rosters at this point, as he's averaging only 5.2 PPG and 3.8 RPG. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Erasmo Ramirez, who is out of options and competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, is not being considered for a bullpen job.

The 24-year-old struggled mightily in 2014, compiling a 5.26 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and lower than two-to-one Strikeout-to-Walk ratio. If he is unable to win his way into that final starter's role, expect to see him in the minor-leagues in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Carlos Rodon will see innings as a starter this spring.

Rodon, The White Sox first round pick in 2014, compiled an impressive stat-line in his only season of professional ball last year (2.92 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 38 Ks in 24.2 IP across Rookie, A, and AAA leagues). That being said, you shouldn't expect to see Rodon making his way onto the MLB roster as a starter or a reliever on opening day this year. This move is just the White Sox taking the opportunity to let their impressive young pitcher get a taste of MLB-caliber opposition before sending him back down to AAA for some more experience this year. Analysis: Brad Costilo

David Rollins will compete for a left-handed relief job in spring training.

Over the last two years, Rollins has been a decent strikeout producer with 214 Ks in 214.1 IP across A, AA, and AAA, but his ERA has been above 3.80 in both years. Keeping in mind that he would be facing better hitters in the MLB than he did over the last two seasons in the minors, you should just avoid Rollins in all fantasy formats. Analysis: Brad Costilo

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) ruled out again Friday.

When he's been given the opportunity to be a full-time starter, Mayo has produced an average of 17.1 PPG. Unfortunately, Mayo hasn't been given the opportunity to be a full-time starter in his two years with the Bucks. As a result, Mayo just hasn't been producing enough to make him anything other than a guy who teeters between the bench and the final spot on your fantasy roster. While Mayo is dealing with this hamstring injury, he is an easy bench whether he's active or not. Analysis: Brad Costilo
FantasyAlarm.com Mobile App

LATEST FEATURES

Neil Walker - better than you think. | FantasyAlarm.com
Ray Flowers

Neil Walker - better than you think.

Neil Walker is a pretty darn good hitter, even if most folks out there haven't seemed to notice much. Can the second sacker improve in 2015?

Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook for 2/27 | FantasyAlarm.com
Mark Kaplan

Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook for 2/27

Mark Kaplan breaks down the best NBA DFS plays for Friday

Fantasy Aces $100K Basketball Championship | FantasyAlarm.com
Ted Schuster

Fantasy Aces $100K Basketball Championship

Join the Fantasy Alarm Crew and take your chance tonight to win one of two seats to the $100,000 Fantasy Aces Basketball Championship

2015 MLB Draft Guide Sampler: Multi Position Performers | FantasyAlarm.com
Jeff Mans

2015 MLB Draft Guide Sampler: Multi Position Performers

A sample article for the Fantasy Alarm Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide written by Ray Flowers & the staff at Fantasy Alarm

National League Spring Situations to Monitor | FantasyAlarm.com
Todd Zola

National League Spring Situations to Monitor

Todd guides you through a tour of the Senior Circuit, stopping at each team to point out what to look for.

Exploring Versatility in the NBA Schedule Breakdown | FantasyAlarm.com
Steve Pimental

Exploring Versatility in the NBA Schedule Breakdown

Steve Pimental uses his versatility to break down the NBA schedule.

Late Round Pitching: Kazmir, Cain & More | FantasyAlarm.com
Ivar G. Anderson

Late Round Pitching: Kazmir, Cain & More

Starting pitchers that can be found in the late rounds of your upcoming fantasy drafts: Scott Kazmir, Matt Cain, Ervin Santana and Taijuan Walker

Fantasy Alarm Podcast: 2015 MLB Positional Previews | FantasyAlarm.com
Howard Bender

Fantasy Alarm Podcast: 2015 MLB Positional Previews

Howard Bender and Michael A. Stein preview each position for the 2015 fantasy baseball season

Player Profile: Desmond Jennings  | FantasyAlarm.com
Ray Flowers

Player Profile: Desmond Jennings

At one time Desmond Jennings was a can't miss prospect. Those days are long since passed. Is there still a chance for a magical fantasy season from his weary body?

Player Profile: Corey Dickerson  | FantasyAlarm.com
Ray Flowers

Player Profile: Corey Dickerson

Corey Dickerson was one of the most productive hitting outfielders in baseball last season. Will his encore include growth or regression in 2015?