FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Jake Peavy will pitch an extended bullpen session on Saturday, if that goes well, he will pitch in a Grapefruit League game next Thursday.

While fishing in his off time, Peavy cut his left index finger but is expected to return to game action within a week. He suffered nerve damage in the finger, but it is his non-throwing hand so this should not be a continued issue. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Cubs will recall Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

Welp, this is a surprise. Russell is arguably a better prospect than Kris Bryant, albeit from more of a real-life than fantasy perspective. He had 11 hits in 37 at-bats at Iowa with a home run and will immediately slot in as the Cubs' everyday second baseman. The Cubs aren't likely to fool around with a prospect of Russell's caliber, so you can expect he'll be in the lineup as long as he's on the 25-man roster. He needs to be owned in all leagues and has the potential to contribute in both the power and speed categories and will qualify at both MI positions. Get excited. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Omer Asik is headed to the locker room Monday holding his jaw area. He is expected to return.

Asik suffered a blow to the jaw at some point and is going to the locker room for evaluation. Even though he didn’t score in 11 minutes of action, his five rebounds and steady defense were helping his team stay in the game. He is questionable to return. Analysis: Colby Conway

Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Cubs on Monday.

Marte’s ninth inning round tripper was his fourth of the year, but his average is still below the Mendoza line. He is hitting a paltry .178 and the Pirates need him to get hot soon. Owners shouldn’t jump ship yet, especially since it took him some time to get going last year as well. Analysis: Colby Conway

AJ Burnett allowed one earned run on eight hits with two walks and one strikeouts in six innings against the Cubs on Monday.

Burnett has been a reliable strikeout pitcher most of his career, but he was unable to miss many bats in today’s outing. Although he has allowed just four runs thus far, he has surrendered 19 hits in that span. He is limiting the damage well, but it seems unlikely he can continue to strand runners at this rate. His next start will come on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Analysis: Colby Conway

Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a walk, one run scored and three RBI against the Pirates on Monday.

The young phenom is everything they said and more. His spring wasn’t a fluke, seeing as he is hitting .429 in his first 14 at-bats. While he has yet to hit a home run, owners shouldn’t fret, the power is there, and the home runs will be coming sooner rather than later. Bryant is going to be a top fantasy third baseman from here on out and he needs to be in your lineup daily. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jorge Soler went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against the Pirates on Monday.

Soler is riding a seven-game hit streak in which he is 12-for-32 (.375). The Cubs have a lot of young talent and Soler is one of the pieces that makes this team so fun to watch. Yes, he will strikeout a decent amount, but he is capable of putting up some big numbers. Continue starting Soler in most formats, especially while he is seeing the baseball well. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jake Arrieta allowed one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings of work against the Pirates on Monday.

Arrieta was solid yet again for the Cubs. He has been pitching like an ace, even though Jon Lester is the supposed ace of the staff. He has allowed just four runs in 20 2/3 innings, and has a 12:1 K/BB ratio in his last two starts. Arrieta is proving that last season wasn’t a fluke and that he is capable of anchoring a fantasy rotation. His next start will come on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. Analysis: Colby Conway

Frankie Hammond signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender.

Although it’s harsh to say, many receivers see their careers take a downfall after going to Kansas City. Alex Smith isn’t capable of helping his star wideouts produce big numbers. Last year was a prime example in that Smith never connected with a wide receiver for a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin should break that this year and put up decent numbers, but he is the only wide receiver in Kansas City that should be drafted. Stay away from Hammond. Analysis: Colby Conway

Tashaun Gipson has yet to sign his restricted free agency tag and wasn't present at the Browns' voluntary workouts Monday.

Gipson was tendered at the second round level, but he was hoping for something more lucrative following a Pro-Bowl caliber season. He has a strong case to get paid, seeing as his 11 interceptions over the last two seasons are second to only Richard Sherman. Analysis: Colby Conway

Pirates sent SS Justin Sellers (Achilles) on a rehab assignment to Advanced-A Bradenton.

Sellers was competing for a roster spot out of spring training, but an untimely Achilles injury did him wrong. He will start his rehab assignment in Advanced-A Bradenton, and could be called up to the Pirates when healthy, since the team might have room for the shortstop. Analysis: Colby Conway

Anthony Rendon (knee) has been running, hitting and fielding grounders at the Nationals' spring training facility, but there's still no timetable for his return.

He is nearing a return date, but there is still no estimation on when he will return to the lineup. Rendon is an elite fantasy option on the field, and he will be inserted back into the starting lineup immediately upon his return. To owners of Rendon, be patient, the time is drawing closer. Analysis: Colby Conway

Manager Robin Ventura said he plans to give Tyler Flowers with more days off this season.

This has nothing to do with Flowers, its just Ventura's conscience to give him more off days so that he can be rested for the long haul. He is the team's catcher, and Geovany Soto will get the call behind the plate. Owners of Flowers will need to make necessary lineup adjustments for games that he doesn't play. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mike DeVito (Achilles') will be able to participate in offseason workouts, according to head coach Andy Reid.

DeVito made just one tackle last year before an Achilles injury ended his season. He will return this year and will likely be a pivotal force on the team's defensive line. He has 2.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in nine professional seasons. Analysis: Colby Conway

Nikola Mirotic (left quad strain) is limping significantly in the postgame locker room. He will be reevaluated in the morning.

Mirotic was injured in a tussle with Zaza Pachulia. It is unsure how serious the injury is, but the fact that his limping is extremely obvious can't be a good sign. Check back for an update on his status moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway

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