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The Marlins will reportedly make a "legit" attempt to lock up OF Giancarlo Stanton long-term, but they are not overly optimistic about their chances.

The Marlins are going to have to open the wallets real wide for this one, but it's probably a wasted effort unless Stanton has some major affinity for playing in Miami and he doesn't want to leave. Unfortunately though, there are other teams with bigger stacks of cash and plenty of other ballparks out there that can help pad his numbers and set him up for an even bigger payday down the road.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Austin Daye has signed with Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italy till the end of the season.

Daye failed to catch on with an NBA team this season after playing with the Spurs and Hawks last season. he has proven he isn't really an NBA rotation player, but he could have a long career in Europe. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Caron Butler is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

Butler has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and he has played just five minutes in the last two weeks. Even when he does play, Butler is only getting 10 minutes a game. His impact is minimal, both for the Kings and for fantasy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Demarcus Cousins(back) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo will continue to carry the load offensively while Cousins is out. Both are nice DFS plays Friday. Analysis: Steve Pimental

David Blatt is hopeful that Dellavedova can play Friday night.

Dellavedova was a game-time decision Wednesday but did not play. It appears he will be a game-time decision again Friday, and if he is still out, he could return Saturday against Brooklyn or Tuesday against Washington. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Timofey Mosgov is considered questionable for Friday's game but will participate in morning shootaround.

Mosgov has been out for more than a week with a shoulder injury, but even if he cannot play Friday, he is pretty close to returning. Tristan Thompson has averaged 8.7 points and 13.7 rebounds in the three games Mosgov missed, and he should continue to be a solid fantasy play if Mosgov is out Friday. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Carson Palmer is tapering his throwing during practice.

Palmer turns 36 next month, and he has played 16 games just once in the last four seasons. It is doubtful limiting his practice throws will hurt his onfield performance, and it could help keep him fresh in December and beyond. Continue to use Palmer for fantasy as you normally would. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Brandon Pettigrew was on the field for 29-51 pass plays to Eric Ebron's 22-51 pass plays Thursday.

Ebron has failed to reach 30 receiving yards in any of his last four games, and he is droppable in all formats regardless of his snap count. Ebron is still a better fantasy play than Pettigrew, but neither will have much fantasy value while they are both seeing roughly half of the snaps. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Tim Lincecum's recovery is ahead of schedule and will put on pitching showcase in January for teams.

Lincecum has been pretty terrible for four seasons now, but his status as a former ace will earn him a decent contract with somebody. He is unlikely to wind up in a better situation than San Francisco, but there is a chance he could be effective in 2016, especially if he moves to the bullpen. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jeremy Langford had 30 snaps compared to 37 for Matt Forte on Thursday night.

On the one hand, Langford has played well enough to earn increased playing time, as he became the first Bears rookie running back with rushing touchdowns in four consecutive games since Walter Payton. On the other hand, Matt Forte was playing for the first time since spraining his MCL, and his limited work load could be a result of wanting to ease him back into action. We will have to see how the snaps shake out in Week 13 before we can draw too many conclusions. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Angels have signed Edward Paredes to a minor league contract.

Paredes is a 30-year-old lefthander who has never appeared in the big leagues. He last pitched for the Indians' Double-A affiliate in 2013, with a 8.10 ERA in 6 2/3 innings. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Packers held a players only meeting following Thursday's game against Chicago.

The Packers have lost four of their last five games, including their first home loss against the Bears in the Jay Cutler era. The Packers play in Detroit Week 13, and if they lose that game, they would be in danger of missing the playoffs, which seemed inconceivable when they were 6-0 less than a month ago. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Royals have released Wandy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez appeared in just five games for the Royals' Triple-A affiliate after he had a 4.90 ERA in 86 1/3 innings with the Rangers. Rodriguez will turn 37 in January, and if he wants to continue pitching, it will probably have to be on a minor-league deal.  Analysis: Steve Pimental


DFS NBA Playbook: November 27th  |
Mark Kaplan

NBA: DFS NBA Playbook: November 27th

Mark Kaplan drops some knowledge about the best plays in daily fantasy hoops for Friday night.

How to Stop Tommy John Surgery? |
Ray Flowers

MLB: How to Stop Tommy John Surgery?

Whatever we are doing with pitchers isn’t working. They are all hurt, all the time. What can we do to improve the health of pitchers? Bill James presents a radical idea on how to fix the epidemic of pitching injury.

DFS NHL Playbook: November 27th  |
Brett Talley

NHL: DFS NHL Playbook: November 27th

Brett Talley pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS NHL players for today's contests

2015 Running Back Workload: Week 11 Review |
Dom Murtha

NFL: 2015 Running Back Workload: Week 11 Review

Dom Murtha takes a detailed look at several NFL running back situations around the league as we head into Week 12.

2015 Fantasy Football Tough Decisions: Week 12 |
Colby Conway

NFL: 2015 Fantasy Football Tough Decisions: Week 12

Colby Conway helps you with all of those tough fantasy football lineup decisions in Week 12

In The Trenches: Numbers to Know, Week 12 - 2015 |
Ray Flowers

NFL: In The Trenches: Numbers to Know, Week 12 - 2015

As you sit down to enjoy your Turkey, be it at the Thanksgiving table or from your fridge where all the leftover goodness was stored, here’s something you can read as your prepare yourself for Week 12.

IDP Report Week 12: Rising, Falling And Injured Defensive Players |
Ivar G. Anderson

NFL: IDP Report Week 12: Rising, Falling And Injured Defensive Players

IDP Report: Rising, falling and injured defensive players – Brian Orakpo, Ben Heeney, Charles Johnson, Curtis Lofton and more.

2015 DFS NFL Optimal Lineups: Thanksgiving Day |
Jeff Mans

NFL: 2015 DFS NFL Optimal Lineups: Thanksgiving Day

Jeff Mans gives out his optimal daily fantasy football lineups for the special DFS contests on FanDuel, Draftkings & Fantasy Feud on Thanksgiving Day

DFS NFL TE Coach - Week 12, 2015 |
Steve Pimental

NFL: DFS NFL TE Coach - Week 12, 2015

Steve Pimental takes an in-depth look into the statistics, matchups and pricing to offer up the best tight end plays for Week 12 of the 2015 NFL season.

DFS NFL WR Coach - Week 12, 2015 |
Howard Bender

NFL: DFS NFL WR Coach - Week 12, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the matchups and the numbers to help you pick the right receivers for your Week 12 games.