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28 Aug

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Joakim Noah dished out a career-high 13 assists to go with eight points, four rebounds, and a blocked shot as the Bulls defeated the Raptors in Toronto 94-92.

Noah now has three games of 10-plus assists this season, all three coming in the month of February. Noah is averaging an impressive 13.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.6 blocked shots in nine games this month.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Manny Banuelos completed two scoreless innings for Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday night. He'll pitch out of Atlanta's bullpen in September.

Banuelos is an intriguing name for 2016, and it is good we will get to see him a bit down the stretch. He does not have any fantasy value this season, but he is worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick believes he's poised for a breakout year.

His receivers are better than they ever have been, and he has had some success in this offensive system in the past. He still shouldn't be drafted outside of two-quarterback leagues, but he does have some upside. Just know he will never be a consistent producer from week to week. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Domonic Brown will see his playing time cut further as interim manager Pete Mackanin said he plans to get Aaron Altherr more playing time

Brown is now droppable in all leagues. Altherr is unlikely to do much with his new playing time, but he is worth keeping an eye on, especially for DFS. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Sio Moore (undisclosed injury) practiced for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday.

Moore still has plenty of time to get ready for Week 1, so as long as he continues to practice, expect him to play. The Raiders should have a pretty good defense, though they could spend a lot of time on the field if the offense is ineffective. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Matt Holliday (right quad strain) is set to be re-evaluated this weekend in Jupiter.

If all goes well he could begin a rehab assignment soon, but he still isn't guaranteed to be back for the regular season. Holliday shouldn't be on your fantasy radar in mixed leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Marcus Stroman threw a simulated game Friday with no reported problems.

Stroman should begin a rehab assignment Wednesday. If everything goes well, he could job the Toronto rotation by mid-September. Even if Stroman makes two or three starts at the end of the season, it will be impossible to trust him. Mixed-league players should probably just avoid him. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Considered a liability on passing downs because of limited exposure in college, San Diego Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson said rookie Melvin Gordon has been fine in that area.

Of course he is saying that now. Danny Woodhead is probably going to get the majority of the receptions out of the backfield no matter how well Gordon does on passing downs, but if you had reservations about Gordon this news should make you feel a bit better. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Steelers are expecting to place center Maurkice Pouncey on the injured reserve/designated to return list, which would keep him sidelined for the first eight games of the season.

Pouncey would miss at least eight games, with the possibility for even more. Ben Roethlisberger has proven he can be productive even behind terrible offensive lines, so while this certainly isn't good news, the Steelers skill position players should be very good even with Pouncey out. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Dez Bryant and Zack Martin are doubtful for Saturday's game.

At this point there is not reason to believe either player will miss the first regular-season game. If you are drafting this weekend, you can draft Dez with confidence. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Tommy Kahnle was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday.

Kahnle has a 4.86 ERA and 1.77 WHIP this season. His stuff is more than good enough to succeed at the big league level, but his command is not. Kahnle has a 5.21 BB/9 in his career, and that will not get it done, especially in Coors. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Yankees activated RHP Bryan Mitchell (concussion) from the 7-day disabled list.

Mitchell has been effective both out of the bullpen and has a starter this season, but he will return to the bullpen for now. If the Yankees need another starter at some point, Mitchell will likely get the call. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Ryan Mallett returned to practice Friday after oversleeping and missing Thursday practice.

Mallett already lost the starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, and oversleeping isn't going to get him any closer to regaining it. Both Hoyer and Mallett should be competent enough to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins, but there is no reason to expect anything more from either player this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

David Cobb (calf) won't play against the Chiefs.

The calf injury isn't considered to be serious, but with the expected role Cobb should play this season, the Titans are going to err on the side of caution and hold him out. He should return to practice next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Coby Fleener (knee) will hopefully return to practice at some point next week.

Fleener will miss the Colts' upcoming preseason game, but he is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Consider him day-to-day and look for him to return to the field next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

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