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27 Aug

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The Cleveland Browns have hired Aaron Glenn as an assistant defensive backs coach.

Glenn was one of the top cover corners when he was with the New York Jets despite being a relatively undersized player. He should make for a strong addition to the coaching staff.ANALYST: Howard Bender

There's still no timetable for the return of first-round pick Breshad Perriman (knee).

The Ravens WR group is thin with Steve Smith Sr. topping the depth charts and Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown likely stepping into the No.2 role with Perriman still sidelined.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cubs acquired Fernando Rodney from the Mariners.

The Cubs bullpen is chalked full of former great closers who are having just miserable seasons in 2015. With Rodney he entered the season after a great 2014 where he saved 48 games but after converting just 16-of-22 save opportunities the Mariners removed him from the closer's role. OVerall in 2015 Rodney is 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cubs designated Brian Schlitter for assignment.

Schlitter was designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Fernando Rodney who was just acquired by the Cubs from the Mariners. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cubs optioned Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosscup was optioned to make room for the newly acquired Fernando Rodney. Rosscup will likely be recalled once rosters expand in September. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Ryan Flaherty went 1-for-4 with a home run on Thursday afternoon against the Royals.

The home run was Flaherty’s 6th of the season, and although he will be filling in consistently for J.J. Hardy for the next couple of weeks, his numbers are still just too poor to give him any fantasy relevancy.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Paulo Orlando went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI against the O's on Thursday afternoon.

The home run was Orlando’s fifth of the year, and while he sees regular playing time, he is simply not fantasy viable. It all comes down to his horrid .267 OBP, coupled with his equally low batting average and lack of adequate power needed to sustain fantasy life. Look for outfield production somewhere else as your fantasy season comes to a close.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chris Tillman went six innings, allowed four runs, on nine hits, while striking out only one batter in a loss to the Royals on Thursday afternoon.

Tillman wasn’t awful for the Orioles on Thursday afternoon, as he managed to keep them in the game for his six innings pitched; however in terms of fantasy production, he was pretty bad. The four runs over six innings aren’t ideal in a fantasy world, but really it was Tillman’s single strikeout that was tough to get past for all of those who started him on Thursday afternoon. This is basically the guy that he is on the mound, so I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming, especially against such a good ball club in the Royals. Expect similar numbers from him going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Yordano Ventura went six innings, allowed no runs, on two hits, and four walks, while striking out 11 batters in a win against the Orioles on Thursday afternoon.

Ventura was very impressive on Thursday afternoon against the Orioles, as he pitched a shutout across six innings, while striking out 11 batters. The youngster was not without his flaws however, as he also managed to walk four batters, raising his pitch count, thus disallowing him to go deeper into the ballgame. After serving as the opening day starter for the defending American League champs, Ventura has been a pretty large disappointment all season long, but on Thursday afternoon, he did all he could to salvage his subpar season. Hopefully this is something that he can build off of going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adrian Gonzalez said there is a "100 percent" chance he plays on Friday.

Gonzalez was forced to leave the Dodgers game with a bruised knee but it's encouraging news that he is already penciling himself into the Dodgers lineup on Friday. Fantasy owners should still monitor this situation in case things change. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Martavis Bryant’s suspension is for marijuana use. He’s hoping to hear back on his suspension appeal in next seven to 10 days.

The majority of the NFL's suspensions ultimately get reduced, unless your name is Tom Brady, so in all likelihood Bryant's suspension should be reduced like his teammate Le'Veon Bell who had his marijuana suspension reduced from three games to two games earlier this offseason. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Robert Griffin III has been cleared by independent neurologist to play against the Ravens on Saturday.

RGIII suffered had supposedly suffered a concussion in the Redskins last preseason game but this is definitely good news that he has already been cleared to play on Saturday. The third preseason game is typically when starters play a majority of the game in preparation of Week 1 so it will be interesting to see how RGIII performs. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to play again in the preseason.

There is little reason for the Packers to put Rodgers in anymore games that have no impact on their season. At this point in his career he knows the offense and preseason games just put him at risk for injury. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Manny Banuelos had rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Banuelos is recovering from a bone spur in his elbow which landed him on the DL at the end of July. His movement to Triple-A should give him a good shot at returning around the time rosters expand in September. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

Molina has been hot of late but will get the night off in favor of Tony Cruz who will bat seventh for the Cardinals against Ruby De La Rosa and the Diamondbacks. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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