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Michael Pineda has defended himself against allegations that he had pine tar on his hand during his outing Thursday night against Boston. Television cameras seemed to catch a shiny substance on his right hand during the third inning of the game. "I don't use pine tar," Pineda said. "It's dirt." 

This should be a hotbed of controversy for some time now, at least until Pineda's next start. The images were all over ESPN and the MLB Network Thursday night and while it looked like a shiny, pine tar-like substance, Pineda did nothing to hide it throughout the game. In fact, he often held his palm up facing home plate and the umpire never seemed to notice or say anything. You can bet the TV cameras will be locked onto his right hand next week when he faces the Cubs.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Chargers' D.J. Fluker suffered a concussion Sunday, hours after he was cleared from one he suffered four days earlier.

It's a well-known fact that concussions are cumulative, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that another big hit would land Fluker right back to where he was just a week ago. He will now head back into the league's concussion protocol and will not be cleared until he passes all of his tests. Analysis: Howard Bender

Christian Ponder will work out for the Broncos Wednesday.

With word that Peyton Manning is going to miss at least the next two weeks, the Broncos have to prepare for an alternative back-up. Ponder was released by the Raiders prior to the start of the season and hasn't landed another gig since, so that should tell you what he's probably worth at this point in time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Broncos have announced Peyton Manning is expected to miss at least two more weeks.

The Broncos had been wavering as a report surfaced Monday saying that there was a chance Manning would play in Week 12. The foot injury is going to need time to heal though and the team would prefer to try and have him back for the playoffs rather than worry about these next couple of games. Brock Osweiler will continue to start. Analysis: Howard Bender

Paul Pierce will come off the bench Tuesday.

Wesley Johnson will get the start here, though there's no word as to the exact reason for the switch-up here. The Clippers may just want to shake things up with the hope that the bench duty will light a fire under Pierce's ass. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play Tuesday against the Clippers.

Faried's injury is not considered serious, but he will take some time off to get back to 100-percent. Consider him day-to-day. Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic will see the extra minutes thrown their way. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jared Dudley is starting the second half over Kris Humphries.

Humphries only played five minutes in the first half before giving way to Dudley. It appears that there is an injury involved but there is no word from the Wizards just yet. If Humphries is to miss any length of time, Dudley would certainly reap the benefits regarding playing time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rodney Hudson missed practice Tuesday with an ankle sprain.

Hudson is day-to-day with the ankle issue, but still has ample time to heal and be ready to play in Week 12. If he does not, Tony Bergstrom will get the starting nod. Analysis: Howard Bender

DeMarcus Cousins is doubtful Wednesday against the Bucks with a lower back strain.

Cousins missed practice Tuesday with back stiffness and it looks like the injury is severe enough that the Kings are already polanning on being without him. There's a slight chance he does play, but he will need to show a miraculous turnaround to do so. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ian Mahinmi went back to the locker room with an apparent injury.

No word on whether or not Mahinmi will return to the game. Consider him day-to-day and look for Jordan Hill to see an increase in minutes if he does not. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wesley Johnson will start Tuesday against the Nuggets.

The Clippers are going to give Johnson a chance to start Tuesday though there is no guarantee that he sees the majority of time or even if this is just a one-time thing. Paul Pierce will come off the bench. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Zach Randolph is not in starting lineup Tuesday.

Randolph is active for the game after missing the last two with a knee issue. He will give way to Matt Barnes for the start but should still see some time on the court. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Barnes is starting Tuesday in place of Zach Randolph.

Randolph is active for the game, but Barnes will get the start as the Grizzlies will likely limit his [Randolph's] minutes for his first game back from a knee injury. Barnes will probably see the bulk of the time though. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Reyes pleaded not guilty to his domestic abuse charge.

Reyes was not present but his attorney entered the plea on his behalf. The next court date is scheduled for Jan. 14, when a pretrial hearing is scheduled. Reyes was arrested after an incident with his wife left her to be treated at the hospital for leg injuries and scratches on her neck. This is not going to be a good thing for Reyes or the Rockies or MLB for that matter. The league is likely going to let it play out in court before deciding if disciplinary actions should be taken. Analysis: Howard Bender

Angels have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Geovany Soto.

The Angels appear to be ready to hand over the reins to Carlos Perez, but with the departure of Chris Iannetta, the Angels obviously feel more comfortable having a seasoned veteran to serve as the back-up. Soto was once a decent power threat, but he hasn't been a viable fantasy option for some time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tyreke Evans was upgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game.

Evans was originally going to be out, but after two straight days of practice, there seems to be a slight chance that he is able to play Wednesday. We're not saying the odds are good; just better than they were a day ago. Depending on how he looks and feels at the Wednesday morning shootaround, he could make an appearance. Analysis: Howard Bender


DFS NFL QB COACH – Week 12, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

NFL: DFS NFL QB COACH – Week 12, 2015

For the first time since Week 3 of the NFL season every team will be on the field allowing you to choose from 32 quarterbacks in Week 12.

College Football DFS Playbook PRO: November 24-26 |
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NCAAF: College Football DFS Playbook PRO: November 24-26

Nick Berns and his team present the Fantasy Alarm College Football DFS Playbook for Week 13: Tuesday-Thursday, November 24-26.

Ray’s Ramblings: Nothing To See Here   |
Ray Flowers

MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Nothing To See Here

OK, there is something to see. Iannetta to the Mariners. Lincecum hoping surgery helps. Parra still looking for a team and some numbers for fun as we approach Turkey Day.

NBA DFS Playbook Position Coach: November 24, 2015 |
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NBA: NBA DFS Playbook Position Coach: November 24, 2015

Jerry Colvin gets you set for the NBA action tonight with an in-depth look at each position.

Waiver Flavor: Week 12 FAAB Report |
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NFL: Waiver Flavor: Week 12 FAAB Report

Jonathan Impemba identifies which players are worth your FAAB budget heading into Week 12 of the NFL season.

DFS NBA Playbook: November 24th  |
Mark Kaplan

NBA: DFS NBA Playbook: November 24th

Mark Kaplan breaks down his favorite value options and players who will lead your squad to victory in daily fantasy hoops on Tuesday night.

Right, Wrong Or Indifferent?: Lessons From Week 11 |
Glenn Colton

NFL: Right, Wrong Or Indifferent?: Lessons From Week 11

Glenn Colton takes over the weekly recap of Jeff Mans' prognostications to make us all better in NFL Week 11 in this week's Right, Wrong or Indifferent?

Monday-Thursday Night DFS Optimal Lineups: Week 11 |
Jeff Mans

NFL: Monday-Thursday Night DFS Optimal Lineups: Week 11

Jeff Mans gives all of the Fantasy Alarm Playbook PRO subscribers his optimal lineups for the Monday-Thursday contests across the DFS industry

NBA Fantasy: Week 5 Player Rankings |
Justin Fensterman

NBA: NBA Fantasy: Week 5 Player Rankings

Justin Fensterman breaks down the top 20 players at each position for Week 5 of the NBA season.

Fantasy Football Injury Report – November 23, 2015 |
Michael A. Stein

NFL: Fantasy Football Injury Report – November 23, 2015

Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy football injuries after Week 11.