UPDATES & NEWS
Chris Johnson is impressing the defense he practices against every day. "Oh yeah, he still has it," linebacker David Harris said. "We noticed it the first day when we were in Cortland. He's still the fastest guy on the field. He's still got a lot of juice in those legs."
Johnson carried the ball nine times for 42 yards (4.7 YPC) and caught two passes for 35 yards against the Giants during Friday's preseason action. He's definitely still got some juice in those legs and should be capable of, at least matching last season's totals of 1,077 yards and six touchdowns. Obviously the Jets would like to see more and if they focus on a run-first offensive scheme, he just might. Don't sleep on him too much in drafts this year as he is more than capable of being a solid RB2/Flex option this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Brandon Gibson has been released by the Dolphins.
Gibson had 59 Catches and 4 TDs during his 21 games as a member of the Miami Dolphins. Most likely, he will end up signing on as a WR4 somewhere before the 2015 NFL season begins, but he won't have any real fantasy value unless he finds a way to play his way into an every-down WR position. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro says Ryan Howard is "in the best shape since I've known him."
Ryan Howard has been a shell of his former-self over the last three seasons, going from averaging 32 HRs, 112 RBIs, 84 Runs and a .264 AVG in 2010-2011 to averaging 16 HRs, 64 RBIs, 42 Runs, and a .244 AVG in 2012-2014. There's no denying that injuries have played a large role in the decreased production, but in 2014 Howard played in 153 games and only put up a .223 AVG along with 23 HRs, 95 RBIs, and 65 Runs. At this point, there's too much risk involved with drafting Ryan Howard as anything other than a bench/utility player with 20+ HR potential. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) participated in practice Friday.
It's been five years since Stoudemire's been a dominant fantasy force (he averaged 25.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.9 BLK in 2010-11, which was his first season as a New York Knick). Since then, we've seen his production drop off yearly, leading up to his current 11.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 0.9 BLK average of 2014-2015. At this point, Stoudemire's name is worth more than his production in fantasy leagues. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Carlos Rodon will see innings as a starter this spring.
Rodon, The White Sox first round pick in 2014, compiled an impressive stat-line in his only season of professional ball last year (2.92 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 38 Ks in 24.2 IP across Rookie, A, and AAA leagues). That being said, you shouldn't expect to see Rodon making his way onto the MLB roster as a starter or a reliever on opening day this year. This move is just the White Sox taking the opportunity to let their impressive young pitcher get a taste of MLB-caliber opposition before sending him back down to AAA for some more experience this year. Analysis: Brad Costilo