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Jets coach Rex Ryan announces that Mike Vick will start vs. Eagles on Thursday night.

Geno Smith will still be the starter when the games actually matter, though we should get used to hearing about Vick every time Smith has two bad games in a row.ANALYST: Steve Pimental

Brayan Pena has caught a handful of Johnny Cueto's bullpen sessions this spring, and went as far as to say Cueto "looked better than last year."

That's a very serious statement, when you consider that Cueto is coming off of an amazing 20-9 season in which he had a 2.25 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and 242 Ks in 243.2 innings. The thought that Cueto could improve on those numbers is one to be skeptical about, but also one to remember on draft day. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Shane Victorino and rookie Mookie Betts are in the mix for the Red Sox's leadoff slot, and the Red Sox will also take a long look at Rusney Castillo this spring.

Victorino, who is a career .277 hitter with a .341 on-base-percentage, is a solid top-of-the-lineup hitter who has enough speed (60 stolen bases between 2012-2013) to be disruptive when hitting in the lead-off spot. Barring an unexpected setback in spring training, you can expect Victorino to secure the lead-off spot heading into the 2015 season. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan has been diagnosed with a mid-back strain, and he is expected to miss about five days of on-field activity.

Ryan is the definition of a fantasy non-entity, with a career stat-line consisting of a .234 batting average, 19 home runs, 67 stolen bases (caught 25 times), and 195 runs batted in over an 832 game MLB career. Injured or not, avoid taking him on draft day. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Ravens have reached a two-year deal with DT Christo Bilukidi.

In his three-year career, Bilukidi has appeared in 22 games and has recorded a total of 16 tackles and one sack. As such, it should come as no surprise to hear that he has no value in any fantasy league (unless you get points for a player having 4 syllables in his last name). Analysis: Brad Costilo

The Bengals released defensive end Robert Geathers.

The Bengals decision to cut Geathers, who only tallied 21 tackles and 1 sack in 16 games during the 2014 season, is no major surprise. As he hasn't produced more than 3.5 Sacks in a season since his 10.5 sack 2006 season, Geathers has no real value in IDP fantasy leagues any more. Analysis: Brad Costilo
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