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Update: Edwin Encarnacion is expected to miss two to four weeks, but that could change based on evaluation in next few days. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Encarnacion strained his quad beating out a double play ball in Saturday's contest in Oakland. He drove in the runner from third (Jose Reyes), but it came at a cost. The All-Star break couldn't come at a more convenient time.ANALYST:

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

First off, we here at Fantasy Alarm are sad to hear of this diagnosis and wish him well in his fight against cancer. With that said, in a statement released earlier Tuesday afternoon, Blank stated that he was diagnosed in December and has since been seeking the opinions of different doctors on the best course of treatment. He also stated that he has chosen a surgical route to fight it and the prognosis is good at this time. Blank should be able to return to his duties as the head of his business ventures and the Atlanta Falcons at some point this year, if all goes well. Analysis: Matt Selz

John Lamb underwent disc surgery on his back in December.

Lamb, 25, came over from the Royals as part of the Johnny Cueto deadline deal and pitched for the Reds the rest of the way in 2015, despite his terrible numbers. The fact that the procedure went unreported until now, nearly two months later, is surprising in this day and age of social media and instant news outlets. He is penciled in as the Reds fifth starter but will now undoubtedly miss the start of the season and may need a tune up in Triple-A first. His 5.80 ERA over the last 50 innings as a Red isn't great but he did post a 3:1 K:BB ratio (58:19) meaning there is hope he can get the ERA figure down. He will be a waiver wire add come draft time. Analysis: Matt Selz

Broncos have made it a priority to re-sign Malik Jackson during the offseason.

Broncos GM John Elway said the same about Danny Trevathan as well and this doesn't include Von Miller who is up for either a massive extension or a franchise tag as well. Jackson, who had his best year as a pro in 2015 with 46 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and seven passes defensed, would be a highly sought after piece if he reaches the open market making the job of negotiating the contract tougher for the Broncos. Denver does not have a ton of cap space to work with and is likely to have a whole at QB, Brock Osweiler is a pending free agent too, meaning it's not unforeseeable that Jackson and/or another member of the stout defense are somewhere else come the start of the 2016 campaign. Analysis: Matt Selz

Roy Hibbert is listed as probable for Wednesday's game.

Hibbert was out Monday with the ailing ankle but now looks very likely to play on Wednesday meaning Robert Sacre will head back to the end of the bench where he has been most of the season. The seven-footer out of Georgetown was thought to be a solid free agency get for the Lakers but he has been anything but solid so far in 2015-16 averaging just 6.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 1.6 BPG. There are far more options for fantasy owners in the low post than the struggling center in L.A. Analysis: Matt Selz

Colts have waived Ryan Lindley.

The 27-year-old was only in Indy for Week 17 backing up Josh Johnson as Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck were both out of service. In a career that has spanned four seasons, Lindley has six starts in that span including a couple in Arizona last season. He is nothing more than a number three QB on the depth chart for someone but he will get a chance at camp to make some team's roster. Analysis: Matt Selz

Anthony Brown (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game.

Brown is still recovering from a sprained right ankle and is unlikely to play Wednesday night against the Cavaliers. Although, he isn't worth starting regardless, as Kobe Bryant will most likely suit up, and Brown hasn't even been productive when Bryant sits. Averaging a stat line this season of 3.8 points, 0.5 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game, Brown offers no fantasy value, and should be left untouched on the waiver wire. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Tiago Splitter (hip) is considering surgery that would keep him out for an extended period of time.

Splitter will most likely be held out through the All Star break no matte what, but if he undergoes surgery, he'll miss even more time, as a result. While power forwards Mike Scott and Mike Muscala will see an increase in playing time throughout Splitter's absence, neither of the two offers much fantasy appeal. When it comes to Atlanta big men, the only two names you need to know are Al Horford and Paul Milsap. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Broncos consider re-signing Danny Trevathan as a top priority this offseason.

The Broncos have a long list of impending free agents, including possible franchise quarterback Brock Osweiler and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, which may make it difficult to also re-sign linebacker Danny Trevathan. The fact that John Elway went out of his way to proclaim re-signing Trevathan as a top priority, however, certainly bodes well for fans hoping the Broncos retain the young linebacker. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Titans have released Michael Griffin.

Griffin has been with the Titans for his entire nine-year career. After only recording three passes defended, career-worst, and a single interception, tied for his career-worst, the former first round draft pick will now be looking for a new home. Despite the slight dip in production this past season, Griffin is still a starting-caliber safety, and will most likely have several suitors once free agency begins. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Mat Latos agreed to a one-year, $3M deal with the White Sox.

After playing for three different MLB teams, and posting a 4-10 record with a 4.95 ERA, Latos is coming off of arguably the worst season of his six-year career. While he can provide the White Sox another arm to utilize in their bullpen, he offers no fantasy value whatsoever. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Mariners announce they have signed Joel Peralta to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Peralta has been in the majors for 10 years now, and has never had more than three wins or six saves in a season. In addition, he's not even guaranteed a roster spot and could very well be released during, or immediately after, spring training. He's completely irrelevant for fantasy purposes. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Jimmy Butler will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee .

This is a serious blow to fantasy owners, as Butler has been having a fantastic season prior to the injury. Despite the injury, Butler is still worth holding in season-long fantasy leagues. E'Twaun Moore will most likely see the biggest increase in minutes, and could be worth a pickup if he's still sitting on the waiver wire. Both Derrick Rose and Pao Gasol will be looked at to take on an even bigger role on offense in Butler's absence. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is questionable for Wednesday.

Bryant's shoulder has been bothering the 37-year-old for quite some time now, but it has yet to force him to sit out any games. Don't expect that to change Wednesday as Bryant is gearing up for his last showdown in Cleveland. Start him with confidence as he'll look to square up in what will sure to be an exciting matchup against LeBron James. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

The Kings have scrapped plans to fire George Karl before the All-Star break and will keep the coach instead, sources tell Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The Kings and head coach George Karl have had a turbulent relationship to say the least. Shortly after being hired, Karl repeatedly butted heads with both management and his star player, DeMarcus Cousins. Combine that with a disappointing 22-31 record, and it's somewhat surprising the the Kings have decided to keep the 64-year-old coach. If Karl can't get the Kings to reverse course and finish the season strong, it would not be a surprise if he was let go after the season is over. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Update: Gary Neal (leg) will not play Tuesday.

After failing to go through the Wizards shootaround, Neal has been ruled out for Tuesday's matchup against the Knicks. Garrett Temple should receive a slight uptick in minutes, but is not a recommended play as starter Bradley Beal is back and remains the primary scoring option, behind John Wall. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

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