Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith and they hope to bring him in for a visit.
There were rumors prior to last season's trade deadline involving Nicks and the Panthers, so this news should not come as much of a surprise. Nicks played his college football at the University of North Carolina so joining the Panthers would be a return home for him. However, a move to the Panthers would not increase his fantasy value for the 2014 season, considering the Panthers are a run-first team.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jarrod Parker (elbow) hit 92 mph in his simulated game on Saturday.
Parker's surgery was in March of last year, knocking him out for all of 2014. Recovery has gone well for him, and he made a big step earlier in the Spring by throwing to live hitters. This was his second Tommy John procedure, so it's not a surprise that the Athletics are taking it slow with him. Parker had a decent year in 2013, his second full season in the majors, throwing 197 innings en route to a 3.97 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He's not a viable fantasy option this year, though, due to his injury. Analysis: Ben Diamond