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Matt Prater will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

This is an alcohol-related suspension. Prater has been in the league's substance abuse program since a 2011 DUI arrest and obviously, he recently fell off the wagon. He has been one of the best kickers in the league over the past few seasons and will be eligible to return on October 12. The Broncos will likely look outside the organization to replace him for the first four games.ANALYST: David Kerr

The Bears informed RB Matt forte they will not be attempting to re-sign him in free agency.

The handwriting was on the wall this past season as the Bears looked to make the transition from the 30-year old Forte to the 24-year old Jeremy Langford. When Forte was injured, the door opened for the team to make the move without looking like the "bad guy" and Langford played so well that he was just expected to remain in the backfield rotation even when Forte was healthy. Had Forte played a full 16 game, he easily would have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for a fourth-straight season, so there is plenty left in the tank. He'll land with another team fairly easily, though at his age, it seems unlikely that he'll land a long-term deal. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Green Bay Packers re-signed veteran defensive tackle Letroy Guion to a three-year, $11.25 million contract, with $500,000 in escalators, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday.

Guion had an average year as he appeared in 13 games and recorded just 21 tackles and no sacks. Perhaps a three-game suspension for a marijuana arrest to open the season hindered him a but, but obviously the packers have enough faith in him to rebound and be a more effective force on the defensive line. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jordan Hamilton is finalizing a contract with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The former 2011 first-round pick (26th overall) has been a bust since landing in the NBA and had just one moderately decent season split between Denver and Houston back in 2013-14. The Vipers are an affiliate of the Rockets, so while he won't join their roster, they'll definitely get a better look at him than most of the other teams around the league. His chances of returning to the NBA are somewhat slim, but if he can prove to be a reliable depth player, he just might find himself with a 10-day contract at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender

Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

You know you've hit rockbottom when you're bumped from the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd and no one claims you off waivers. It's not exactly the end of the road for the 28-year old right-handed reliever, but after a poor showing in the spring and regular season last year, it looks like Jenkins is going to have to significantly step up his game this spring if he wants his roster spot back or, at the least, an early call-up. Analysis: Howard Bender

According to league sources, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is way too high.

The Hawks are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, so they aren't in any rush to deal off their players right now. Would they like to improve? Absolutely. But they're not going to deal Horford or Teague unless they see a clear-cut advantage in the trade. Unless someone really dazzles them with an offer, you can expect the Hawks to stay put. Analysis: Howard Bender

John Wall remains questionable for the NBA All Star Game.

Wall is dealing with a knee injury right now and according to the guard, who still managed a double-double over 42 minutes Thursday, "it's hurting badly." While everyone loves the All Star game festivities, Wall's health is vastly more important and if the knee is still bothering him after a few days of rest, he'll be held out to spare any unnecessary wear-and-tear. If he doesn't play over the weekend, there is no loss on either the real or fantasy front. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bradley Beal played 37 minutes Thursday night.That's back to back games of 30 minutes or over.

He's also now played 30 minutes or more in three of the last four games. Beal missed almost a month earlier in the season with a stress reaction in his leg and then lost time due to a broken nose and concussion, but seems to be at full health now. He's being entrusted with more minutes as it appears his body can handle the workload again and he should be able to keep this momentum with added rest over the All Star break. Look for Beal to come out strong for the second half of the regular season. Analysis: Howard Bender

The San Francisco 49ers formally add $2,727,000 in dead money to their salary cap on Friday. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin signed a five-year deal two years ago, but the final three years were set to void as soon as the deal was signed. He will become a free agent on March 9 when the new league year starts.

Well that just twists the knife into the gut of the 49ers who have hit a major tailspin over the last two years. Losing Boldin would be a huge blow to the receiving corps and would be even more devastating if the team had any hopes of resurrecting Colin Kaepernick. Not to mention the dead money against the cap which obviously limits what the team can do in the offseason. The organization is in a state of disarray right now and is in need of someone to come and at least stop the bleeding. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ryan Madson is expected to serve as the eighth-inning setup man for closer Sean Doolittle.

Madson will share set-up responsibilities with John Axford and Liam Hendricks, so while there tends to be a hierarchy for duties leading up the ninth inning, it appears that the A's will handle things more situationally for now. That's not to say that a hierarchy won't develop because it probably will, but for now, Madson becomes part of the plan in the late innings. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jed Lowrie can play multiple infield positions, but he’s expected to open the year as Oakland’s starting second baseman.

This is the way it was first penciled in when the A's brought Lowrie back to the team in the offseason. Marcus Semien is slated to remain the starting shortstop and for now, Danny Valencia will be at third. Now obviously, Valencia has a history of struggling against right-handed pitching, so that could affect where Lowrie plays on some days, but he [Valencia] had a solid year last season and improved his splits at the plate so the A's might give him a little rope here. For now, though, consider the keystone Lowrie's position and look for him to retain his multi-position eligibility as the year rolls on. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: David Hernandez will enter spring training as the favorite for closing duties.

After trading away Ken Giles, the Phillies left themselves without much in the way of closer options. Hernandez has experience as a ninth-inning fill in from his days in Arizona and both Edward Mujica and Ernesto Frieri will join the team in spring training this year. There are likely a handful of less-experienced option who may emerge this spring, but Hernandez seems to be the current leader of the pack. Expect the team to let a competition brew with a final decision to be made closer to the start of the regular season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ian Desmond is now considered a ‘long shot’ to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Rays do not want to give up their No. 13 overall pick in order to land him.

It seems like the entire baseball world has given up on Desmond as he continues to float around free agency without a home. The qualifying offer the Nationals made obviously complicates things as compensation is now required, but after a year in which he hit just .233 with 19 home runs, a third straight declining season, it looks as if few teams are going to make the move. There's still time for him and it would be shameful to not see him land somewhere with a starting job, but for those drafting now, his situation is not particularly appealing. Analysis: Howard Bender

A.J. Preller believes Fernando Rodney will be a full go for Spring Training despite his recent hamstring issue.

Rodney was pulled from a game last Thursday after experiencing leg tightness. The original report was that the exit was purely precautionary and that seems to be true after what we heard from Preller on Wednesday. Fernando Rodney will be 39 years old at the start of the 2016 season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Norris Cole scored 15 points (5-13 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with six assists and five rebounds over 27 minutes in Thursday’s loss against the Thunder.

Cole has severely benefited from injuries to the Pelicans back-court and for the most part has taken advantage of his situation. The 27-year old recorded his fourth straight double-digit scoring output on Thursday. He also, surprisingly, led the team in rebounding. Probably the only time that he will ever do that, as long as he’s on a team with Anthony Davis. He accomplished both of those feats while tracking Russell Westbrook for most of the night. Cole is a steady DFS play while Tyreke Evans is out. Jrue Holiday is the better option, but Cole will cost a lot less and will still likely outperform his value. Analysis: James Grande

Jrue Holiday came off of the bench and scored 23 points (11-20 FGA) with six assists, four rebounds and five steals over 32 minutes in Thursday’s loss against the Thunder.

Holiday continues to play excellent basketball off of the Pelicans bench and heads into the all-star break in a heated battle with the Nuggets’ Will Barton for the NBA’s best sixth-man. Holiday has taken it upon himself in recent weeks, especially with all of the back-court injuries the Pelicans have suffered through. He’s averaged 20.4 points, 7.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game over his last five contests. Anyone with half a brain will realize Holiday is a must start in DFS right now. He’s doing everything and then some for this team. If Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon remain out after the all-star break, continue to start Holiday every chance you get. Analysis: James Grande


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