UPDATES & NEWS
Tim Lincecum was yanked early after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over just 3.1 innings against the Pirates on Wednesday.
And there you have it, sports fans. After a brilliant five-start run that began with a no-hitter, the fantasy turd that Lincecum is has officially returned. We weren't going to jump all over him after his last start which was a hideous bowl-swirling mess, but now with this latest fiasco, it's safe to say that the run in late June/early July was indeed the aberration while this crap he's offered in his last two starts is much closer to the norm. He'll face the Brewers next week at hitter-friendly Miller Park. You don't want him active. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tyson Gillies has agreed to a minor league deal with the the Padres.
Tyson Gillies was a center piece in the Phillies/Mariners Cliff Lee trade, but Gillies has done just about nothing for the Phillies, and was finally released by the frustrated Phillies team after being a massive disappointment. He still had a lot of natural ability, and if the Padres can harness that he can eventually be a fourth outfielder type for the team. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) will not play Friday.
Bogdanovic has missed the last two games and has failed to practice in between either. He can be considered day-to-day, but according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, he is likely to miss Saturday's game in Dallas as well. His minutes will simply be redistributed to the rest of the bench. Analysis: Howard Bender
Browns have agreed to terms with Josh McCown on a three-year deal.
While few fantasy owners even like McCown, they can't argue with the fact that he is a definite upgrade to both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. The Browns would love for Manziel to take a step forward and claim the starting job for himself, but they will go with McCown if they have to. Without Josh Gordon or any other legitimate receiving threat, however, McCown has very little value heading into the 2015 season. Analysis: Howard Bender
James Harden (ankle) will play on Friday.
Harden was originally listed as questionable but it looks like he's going to be able to power through. He was banged-up Wednesday and while his scoring was down, he did post 10 assists on the night. He remains a must-start in all season-long formats. He might not offer as much bang for the buck in DFS play though. Analysis: Howard Bender