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Percy Harvin, who is expected to be the team's main kick returner, said he is also open to returning punts this year.

There's really no denying the talent when it comes to Harvin and he probably gives the Seahawks the best chance to win the field position battle as their return man both in kickoff and punts. However, injuries have been so prevalent in his career, whether it's the hip surgery or even just the rash of migraines he's been known to experience, that you have to think putting him in harm's way even more as a return guy is going to negatively affect his ability to stay on the field as a receiver. We're not saying he can;t do it all, but there's a tremendous risk involved here. A full season as the Seahawks' No. 1 receiver should make him a highly-sought after commodity and he's got the potential to deliver on every bit of that promise. You just have to be prepared for the possibility of losing him for a few weeks during the year. It might not happen but you still have to factor that possibility in when you draft.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


Daily Trends: August 27, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: August 27, 2015

Which pitchers might be able to help down the stretch? Ray Flowers compares pitchers ERA’s to how they are performing overall and offers some suggestions to target and avoid.

DFS MLB Playbook: August 27th - Late |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: August 27th - Late

Ted Schuster pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

In The Trenches: WR – The Walking Wounded |
Ray Flowers

In The Trenches: WR – The Walking Wounded

It only seems like every wideout in football is already hurt. Wait, they kinda all are. Ray Flowers explores the growing infirmary list for wide receivers.

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 27, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach – August 27, 2015

It’s a small slate of games Thursday so Ray will do his best digging to ferret out some substantial plays for the day.

DFS MLB Pitching Coach – August 27, 2015 |
Steve Pimental

DFS MLB Pitching Coach – August 27, 2015

Steve Pimental takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way.

MLB Umpire Report: August 27 |
Austin Taggart

MLB Umpire Report: August 27

A daily ranking of the MLB home plate umpires from most pitching friendly to least pitching friendly to help build your daily fantasy baseball lineups.

DFS MLB Playbook: August 27th - Early |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: August 27th - Early

Ted Schuster pores over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

2015 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Auction Leagues |
David Kerr

2015 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Auction Leagues

David Kerr continues his 5-part draft strategy series and provides several tips and strategies for owners playing in auction leagues this season.

Ray’s Ramblings: Changes & Cool Stuff |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: Changes & Cool Stuff

The Mariners are changing closers and a starter. They Rays had to make a move behind the dish. A-Rod cannot hit anything, and why haven’t the Rockies been able to use Rosario properly?

Players Who Gained Fantasy Value (Part 2) |
Mark Kaplan

Players Who Gained Fantasy Value (Part 2)

Mark Kaplan goes over some NBA players who gained fantasy value due to free agency.