FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

LeBron James is going to meet this week with Pat Riley to get an update on plans to fill out the Heat’s roster and discuss LeBron’s plans.

Team loyalty is obviously an archaic notion and something LeBron has absolutely none of given the way he's handled himself in his career. The fact that Pat Riley has to lay out his plans before LeBron will agree to come back is just ridiculous, but something that's obviously necessary in the NBA nowadays as the inmates apparently run the asylum.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Michael Bourn (neck) is in the Indians starting lineup on Sunday.

Bourn is returning to action after being held out of last night's game due to neck stiffness. Clearly, the neck issue wasn't anything major, and the veteran Center Fielder, who is 2-for-6 in his career against the Blue Jays starter Hutchinson, is able to get back out there after missing only one game.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays starting lineup on Sunday.

This day off seems to be an opportunity for Cabrera to break out of his current funk (0-for his last 12, dropping his average to .196). Tim Beckham, who's 1-for-3 with an RBI against the Orioles scheduled starter in his career, will be starting in Cabrera's place. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Freddy Galvis is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Sunday.

This appears to be a routine day off for Galvis, the Phillies Shortstop. Cesar Hernandez, who's 0-for-1 in his career against Jarred Cosart, the Marlins scheduled starting pitcher, will start in his place. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Wilmer Flores is not in the Mets starting lineup on Sunday.

This is the second day in a row that Flores has been out of the lineup, seemingly due to his defensive struggles. Ruben Tejada, who is 0-for-three in his career against the Nationals scheduled starter, gets the start at Shortstop instead. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Rays have recalled OF Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

Butler is being called up to provide Outfield depth while Desmond Jennings is on the DL. The 29-year-old Outfielder was hitting .317 with two home runs in 22 games for the triple-A Durham Bulls this year. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Rays place Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with left knee bursitis.

Jennings was pulled from the Rays starting lineup yesterday after manager Kevin Cash didn't like the way he was running in pre-game warm-ups, and will spend at least the next two weeks resting his knee. 29-year-old Brandon Guyer is likely to get the bulk of the starts in Left Field while Jennings is on the mend. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Odubel Herrera is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Sunday.

This appears to be a routine day off for the 25-year-old Herrera, who has appeared in all 25 of the Phillies games this year. Darin Ruf, who has never faced the Marlins scheduled starting pitcher, will start in Left Field in Herrera's place. Analysis: Brad Costilo

A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves starting lineup on Sunday.

Stop me if you heard this before... Pierzynski, a veteran Catcher, is being given a day off on a Sunday day game. In his place, 23-year-old Christian Bethancourt will get the start. Bethancourt has never faced Johnny Cueto, the Reds scheduled pitcher, before in his career.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Carlos Rodon very well could take Hector Noesi’s spot in the rotation before too long.

This move would be just as much about Noesi's struggles (0-3, 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP 13/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and four home runs surrendered in 14 2/3 innings pitched) as it would be about Rodon's production since being called up (2.84 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, 4/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 6 1/3 innings pitched).  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Martin Prado is not in the Marlins starting lineup on Sunday.

As is often the case with day games on Sundays, this appears to be a routine day off for the veteran Third Baseman who has appeared in all 24 of the Marlins games thus far. Prado is off to the kind of start you'd expect from him, hitting .286 with two home runs (on pace for 13), 11 runs scored and 14 RBIs. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins starting lineup on Sunday.

This looks to be a routine day off for Gordon, who has appeared in every Marlins game this season. Fantasy owners can't be happy with the timing of this day off, as Gordon is on an unbelievable hot-streak, going 20-for-31 in his last eight games (with four stolen bases in that period), which has raised his batting average up to .440. While there is literally no chance that Gordon will sustain an average even 100 points lower over the course of an entire season, he is on pace to steal more than 70 bases and score well over 100 runs, and he is likely going to be a top 5 fantasy Second Baseman in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds starting lineup on Sunday.

This looks to be a routine day off for the struggling your speedster, who has appeared in 22 of the team's 24 games this season. Hamilton has only gotten four hits in his last 28 at-bats, causing his batting average to dip down to .204, and he hasn't stolen a base in his last six games (only with Billy Hamilton would that be a stat worth commenting on). Analysis: Brad Costilo

Sean O'Sullivan (knee) will start a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Lakewood.

Prior to injuring his knee, O'Sullivan made two starts for the Phillies this year, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits (including three home runs) in 11 innings pitched. Regardless of whether he returns to action as the fifth starting pitcher, or a middle reliever, there is no reason to have O'Sullivan on your fantasy radar at this time. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that there's no chance guard Patrick Beverley (wrist) will return for the playoffs.

This is a big hit to the Rockets, who are now left with the veteran Jason Terry as their starting Point Guard against a very solid Los Angeles Clippers team in the Western Conference Semifinals. Beverley averaged more than 10 points a game during the regular season (which is about 40% higher than Terry averages in his place). Analysis: Brad Costilo

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