FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Michael Bourn (hamstring) will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

The fantasy value of Michael Bourn is completely reliant upon his speed on the base paths. He had surgery on his left hamstring in mid-October and started to having tightness in that same area. The Indians are going to be cautious with Bourn and make sure he's 100% before he returns to the lineup.ANALYST: Drew Phelps

Update: Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) is not traveling with the team Thursday and is doubtful for Friday's game against Indiana. He will have an MRI Friday.

This is not the news Irving owners were hoping to get as it seems highly unlikely he will play on Friday even if the MRI comes back clean. Matt Dellavedova will likely draw the start at point guard but Iman Shumpert should see an increase in minutes with LeBron James likely running the offense. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ryan Ludwick went into the Texas Rangers’ first full-squad workout of spring training on Thursday fully healthy for the first time since opening day 2013. “It feels better than it has since 2012,” Ludwick said. “I put the work in, and now we’ll see where it goes.”

Ludwick hit .275 with 53 runs, 26 home runs and 80 RBI for the Reds in 2012. Ludwick will be going to play in Texas which is a favorable home ballpark for power hitters and though he is now 36 years old with consistent playing time could reach the 20-homer plateau.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Russell Westbrook said he is good to go Friday at Portland despite rolling his ankle late in the Thunder's overtime loss to the Suns Thursday.

Westbrook had 39 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals for his third triple-double in February. He struggled from the field, going 12-of-38 and 1-of-10 from beyond the arc, and appeared to favor his ankle briefly at the end of the game. There is no reason to doubt him when he says he will be fine, but this situation is worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Steven Jackson does not intend to retire following his release from the Atlanta Falcons.

Jackson is 31 years old and averaged 3.7 yards per carry last season, so he may have a difficult time finding a time interested in his services. The Falcons offensive line was pretty dreadful in both of Jackson's seasons there, so it is possible he could be a productive player on a better team. Jackson would be interesting if he lands in a timeshare behind a strong offensive line, but he probably will not be worth drafting in most leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Giants signed Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league deal.

Cedeno appeared in just seven games for the Phillies last season going 0-for-9 from the plate. Cedeno's last season of consistent play came in 2013 when he .242 over 89 games between the Padres and Astros. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Right-hander Max Scherzer is adding a cutter to his existing four-pitch repertoire, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

Pitchers will often toy with different pitches during spring training to see what does and does not work. An effective cutter has proven to a dominating pitch and if Scherzer who is already one of the games best is capable of throwing it with effectiveness he should be in for another incredible season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Timofey Mozgov scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Cavs impressive 110-99 victory over the Western Conference leading Warriors on Thursday night.

Mozgov's double-double on Thursday night was exactly what the doctor ordered. He controlled the paint by holding his counterpart Andrew Bogut to a mere six points and five rebounds and he also set a pretty good tone by recording two blocks. It should be noted that he had flashbacks of Blake Griffin and 2010 on Thursday night, as Draymond Green put him on a poster late in the third quarter. Luckily that doesn't show up on fantasy stat sheets, so continue to start Mozgov without any hesitation.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kevin Love scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Cavs impressive 110-99 victory over the Western Conference leading Warriors on Thursday night.

K-Love knew his role and played it well on Thursday night, as he stayed out of Lebron's way and chipped in some solid role stats in the process (16 pts 8 rbs).  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Lebron James scored 42 points (15-25 FGA 4-9 3PA), grabbed 11 rebounds, recorded five assists, three steals, and one block in the Cavs impressive 110-99 victory over the Western Conference leading Warriors.

On Thursday night, Lebron was harder to stop than falling asleep from anesthesia, as he dropped 42 points on the West leading Warriors and did it while shooting an impressive 60-percent from the floor. He dominated in the paint by frequently posting up the inferior Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green (or whoever else was in his way) and by gobbling up 11 rebounds. Tonight he made a statement: He's coming for the title. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kyrie Irving said his shoulder is sore, and he will see how it feels on Friday.

Irving left the Cavaliers game on Thursday but was able to return to the floor and finish the game. His status should be considered questionable for now given his comments. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams believes Avisail Garcia can be a 30-stolen base guy.

Garcia is a popular sleeper of many going into the draft this season given him ability to provide both decent pop and speed but to many 30 SB seems like a stretch but this report should only further his hype and cause him to rise in many ADP's going forward. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

David Lee scored 19 points (8-11 FGA) and grabbed four rebounds off the bench in the Warriors 110-99 loss to the Cavs on Thursday night.

Off the bench, Lee surprisingly led the Warriors in scoring on Thursday night, as his 19 points, on some extremely efficient shooting (72-percent), were one of the few bright spots for Golden State. He is only averaging 8.4 points per game this season, so don't expect this to become a trend, but If Bogut or Green were to suffer an injury, Lee would become a must pick up in all formats. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Draymond Green scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds, recorded four assists, and five steals in the Warriors 110-99 loss to the Cavs on Thursday night.

Green was one of the few Warriors that shot a solid percentage on Thursday night, as the rest of his teammates shot Golden State out of the game against the surging Cavs. Green's production this season has been a revelation for Warriors fans and fantasy owners alike and if he can continue to churn out games like Thursday night (16 pts 8 rbs 4 ast 5 stl) he might become one of the most sought after players in this off season's free agency period. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Klay Thompson scored 13 points (5-13 FGA 3-5 3PA), grabbed seven rebounds, recorded four assists, and three blocks in the Warriors 110-99 loss to the Cavs on Thursday night.

Thompson was part two of the Golden State backcourt that struggled on Thursday night, as he only managed 13 points on 13 attempts. His 3-of-5 from downtown was not bad at all, but the Warriors have become so reliant on Curry and Thompson's incredible production, that average games will not get the job done against great teams like the Cavs.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chase Anderson may have the edge in the competition for the fifth starter in the Diamondbacks rotation.

Anderson finished his rookie season going 9-7 with a 4.01 ERA while striking out 105 batters over 114.1 innings pitched but should only be drafted in deep NL Only leagues as he will likely be more of a match up play in standard leagues. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
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