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Cole Hamels (biceps) will make his next start in a minor league game Tuesday.

Hamels is inching closer to a return, and all reports are positive that he's coming along nicely. A return before the end of April seems like a realistic prospect at this point. ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Grizzlies have reported that Brandan Wright (knee) is progressing well.

Wright hasn't played since November 5th, but he could be back after the All-Star break according to reports. When he returns he can be expected to play 15-20 minutes per game. Analysis: Brett Talley

Yu Darvish (elbow) told reporters that he feels strong and hopes to be back in the Rangers' starting rotation by mid-May.

Mid-May huh? If that ends up being the case, Darvish has a max of 27-28 games started this season assuming he misses no other starts once he makes it back on the mound. Darvish is going around 30th among starters in early drafts, which feels about right for this time frame. With his rate stats, he can be a top 30 fantasy starter if he clears 25 starts. Analysis: Brett Talley

Marreese Speights is expected to receive extra minutes on Tuesday against the Rockets with Festus Ezeli (knee) out.

Speights is averaging 11.4 minutes per game in his last 10, so he'll have to receive a lot of extra minutes to be much of a factor. He has topped 20 minutes just once this season, and he did post a double-double in that game. So if he can end north of 25 minutes, he could put on some stats. Analysis: Brett Talley

Reports have indicated that Seung-Hwan Oh has received his work visa and will officially join the Cardinals for spring training.

Matt Selz had this to say about Oh back when his signing was announced: Oh was a closer for his Korean team and last year racked up 41 saves; he has 357 for his career. He will figure to slot in as the setup man in front of Trevor Rosenthal who is in no danger of losing his closing role. Oh is a relatively unknown quantity as of right now and typically Asian pitchers run into issues with the bigger, heavier ball in the majors. As a setup man he could have decent fantasy value but one should study what he does in spring training first. Analysis: Brett Talley

Reports indicate that the Hawks could potentially trade Kyle Korver before the trade deadline.

The Hawks look ready to move their starters for help to improve their depth on the roster. Jeff Teague, their starting point guard, and Al Horford, who is starting at center, are also reportedly available for the right price. The Hawks look to be big player in the trade market coming up. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hawks are expressing interest in dismantling their current roster, including trading Jeff Teague.

The Hawks are looking to shake things up, and are considering making either a big move or a series of moves. Al Horford and Kyle Korver are also reportedly on the trade block in Atlanta. All three are starters and should command a high asking price on the open market. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hawks are having serious internal discussions about trading Al Horford.

Horford is a solid player, offering an average of 15.2 points, 6.9 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 0.8 steals over 31.6 minutes a game. He also averages one three pointer per game. He should bring in something valuable if the Hawks decide to move him, as centers that offer across the board production are in demand. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Bills are expected to release Mario Williams.

It was obvious that he was not fitting into the defensive scheme being employed by Rex Ryan and his staff. At 31 years of age, he still should have some skills left to devote to another team that will utilize his pass rush and tackling abilities. Look for him to catch on with another team if Buffalo decides to cut him loose. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jerricho Cotchery said he wants to keep playing, but wants it to be for the Panthers.

We should see a lot of loyalty to the Super Bowl runners up, as the core of the team looks to be intact for another title run in 2016. He caught 39 of 54 targets in the regular season, for 485 yards and three TDs. He is not a number one receiving option anymore, but does add a veteran presence on the field and in the locker room, and will be signed by some team, even if Carolina opts to move on from him. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

DeMarcus Ware said that he intends to continue playing.

Ware has been quoted as saying that "he's got a lot of gas left in the tank," so this announcement comes as no huge shock. Playing opposite Von Miller help to revitalize his game, as he snagged 7.5 sacks in 11 regular season games and 3.5 in three post season games, with two of those coming in the Super Bowl last Sunday. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hassan Whiteside (ankle) warmed up and looks like he'll play Tuesday night.

He also participated in the earlier shootaround, making it sound likely that he will be available off the bench. The Heat will probably go with Amar'e Stoudemire as their starter at center, but Whiteside is being discussed as though he will see significant minutes against the Spurs. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Drew Brees may receive a contract extension before the start of free agency March 15.

Brees is going to avoid surgery on his injured right foot, relying on rest and rehab to allow him to play through his torn plantar fascia in his right heel. An extension would allow Brees to remain with the Saints, while reducing the cap hit his salary will force the team to experience. As he showed at the end of last season, he is still a top QB in the league, and should be retained by New Orleans. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Luol Deng says he's not feeling great but good enough to start.

He was not involved in the morning shootaround, but missing that part of practice allowed him to rest up enough to be able to play against the Spurs Tuesday night. He does not have the best match up, however, as he will be paired against Kawhi Leonard and that may wear him out as the game progresses. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jordan Mickey said he'll skip the D-League All-Star Game in Toronto and stay back in Boston and rehab his sprained ankle.

It's too bad that Jordan Mickey sprained his ankle as he has been fantastic in the D-League. This would have been an opportunity for him to showcase his skills. The Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said he really likes Mickey and knows he has a lot of potential. So far this season, Mickey is averaging 17.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game in the D-League. He is someone to watch in Dynasty formats.  Analysis: Mike Cahill

Rockets have recalled Donatas Motiejunas from the RGV Vipers of the D-League.

Donatas Motiejunas has had some playing time this season, but nothing to go crazy over. This is strictly a depth move since Clint Capela is still getting over his hip injury. Don't worry about missing out on Motiejunas, as he will be of no fantasy relevance in the near future. Analysis: Mike Cahill

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