Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless in the no-decision on Wednesday against the Padres holding them to five hits with one walk and 11 punch outs.
Anyone who has followed my work over at least the last year and some change knows I caught a bunch of flack for ranking Hamels outside my top 15 going into last season. That said, I know how important it is to remain open minded, and in the case of Hamels he has earned my renewed confidence having pitched back-to-back shutouts and has allowed just one run while striking out 26 over his last three starts (22.2 IP) and has allowed just four home runs over his 10 starts this year. If by the off chance you can trade MIchael Wacha for Hamels I would jump at that opportunity. Another plus with Hamels is that he will get an extended period of rest before his next start a week from Friday on the road against the Cardinals.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Marshawn Lynch indicated to the Seahawks he is retiring.
It was reported Lynch told his friends he would retire, and he tweeting a picture that seemed to indicate he would retire, and now he has reportedly told the Seahawks the same thing. It wouldn't be at all surprising for Lynch to change his mind at some point, but as of right now, all signs point to him retiring. The Seahawks will likely draft or sign at least one running back this offseason, but as it stands right now, Thomas Rawls is the starting running back in Seattle. Analysis: Steve Pimental
J.J. Redick scored 14 points (5-of-11 FGA, 1-of-2 3PA, 3-of-3 FTA) on Sunday night against the Heat.
Redick was solid but did nothing spectacular on Sunday night against the Heat, as he finished with 14 points on surprisingly only a single three pointer. His presence was mostly felt in the way that he runs defenses ragged off of ball screens and backdoor cuts. While he does always have the potential to go off with a barrage of three pointers, Redick remains a risky fantasy play due to his status as a one trick pony. Having said all of this, at 16 points per game, you can do a lot worse at the two-guard position. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Archie Manning said he thinks Peyton Manning is "done in Denver."
The Broncos probably need to keep Brock Osweiler, and some team will pay Osweiler to be their starter in 2016 if the Broncos are unwilling to do so. This leaves the door open for Manning to go to a team like the Rams, but it would probably make the most sense for Peyton to begin the season as a free agent and sign somewhere in the fall when some contender suffers a quarterback injury. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Luke Kuechly recorded ten tackles to lead the Panthers in their Super Bowl loss to Denver on Sunday night.
Luke Kuechly once again was a major cog in the Panther defense in Super Bowl 50. He was the only player to record double digit tackles on either team that featured two physical and mobile defenses. Not only did Kuechly make 10 tackles, but he also had a sack and a pass defended for Carolina. In IDP formats, Kuechly is a machine due to his high volume of tackles and this year his touchdowns as a result of interceptions. His nose for the ball and high energy of play make him a top linebacker in the NFL. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Graham Gano was 1-for-2 in field goal attempts and made his only extra-point in the Panthers loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
In the regular season, Graham Gano was the second leading scorer with 146 points for the Panthers. He made 30-of-36 field goal attempts in the regular season but missed a key kick in the first half for Carolina in Super Bowl 50. His kick went right and hit the upright. Gano did recover to make a 39 yard field goal in the second half along with an extra-point to finish with four points in the game. But his miss may haunt him this offseason. But, Gano made over 83 percent of his field goals in the regular season and will be in a high scoring offense in 2016, so his fantasy stock remains the same going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett