29 Aug

Fantasy Player Updates & News  All You Need to Make Winning Lineups!

Rookie running back Bishop Sankey is now the No. 2 running back, still behind Shonn Greene but now ahead of Dexter McCluster.

Now that's more like it. Look, we expected Greene to take the lead to open the season, but no way should McCluster have been listed ahead of Sankey in the first place. The club will have certain packages designed specifically for McCluster, but Sankey is much more the traditional running back and has significantly more upside than McCluster. ANALYST: Howard Bender

Stephon Gilmore is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

He was shaken up on a hit in the first quarter. He headed to the locker room immediately. The Bills are thin at cornerback, already, so any prolonged absence by their starting right corner back would be a serious problem and may lead to a re-evaluation of where the Buffalo D is being taken in drafts. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Astros placed Jason Castro (quad) on the 15-day disabled list.

Quadriceps injuries are notoriously slow to fully heal. He is eligible to return to action on September 13th, but let us not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Astros recalled Max Stassi from Triple-A Fresno.

Stassi was called up in September by the Astros during the past two seasons, but only has 17 MLB at-bats over 10 games at the major league level. Do not expect him to see a ton of time in the lineup this season either, with the Astros fighting to win their division and with the trio of Jason Castro, Hank Conger and Evan Gattis ahead of him on the team depth chart. Of course, the move to place Conger on the 15-day DL may help him get some at-bats. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Raiders waived safety Jonathan Dowling.

Dowling was a seventh round selection in the 2014 draft. He could find another position as a depth player in a defensive secondary position between now and the start of the season. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

Caleb Joseph will handle the catching duties and hit seventh on Saturday when the Orioles continue their road series against the Rangers. At DH against lefty Martin Perez Baltimore will go with Chris Davis. Joseph will cost you $3100 on FanDuel while Davis goes for a $4200 Saturday evening. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the Twins starting lineup on Saturday.

The hamstring issue that kept him on the bench Friday appears to have been minor, as reported earlier. He is hitting fourth and serving in the DH role against the visiting Astros. On FanDuel, you can arrange for his services at a cost of $4500 if you like his chances against Houston right hander Mike Fiers. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Mark Teixeira (leg) is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

Teixeira is considered day-to-day with a deep bone bruise. He is unable to run at full speed, and has missed nine of the last ten games the Yankees have played. Like his teammate Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira is being limited to pinch hitting duties these days, although with Teixeira, it is more about his mobility than his manager not trusting him in the field at all. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

With the DH not available as the Yankees visit Atlanta, he is likely only to see time during the weekend series as a pinch hitter. His manager Joe Girardi does not seem comfortable playing Rodriguez in the field these days. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Taijuan Walker will make his next start and eventually have a start skipped.

Walker has already tossed 153 innings this season. Last season, he pitched just 120 1/3 innings, so the team is taking a cautious approach to increasing his innings pitched. He apparently is not being limited by the hip cramp he suffered in Friday start against the White Sox, which is good news. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Matt Kemp (shoulder) is in the Padres starting lineup Saturday.

Kemp is hitting third on Saturday, and will man right field against the host Phillies and their starter, southpaw Adam Morgan. Kemp missed the past two games with shoulder soreness but is back in action Saturday, where he carries a $3900 FanDuel pricetag. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Trent Williams and the Redskins agreed to a 5-year, $66 million contract extension.

The deal makes Williams the highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL. Despite not knowing which QB needs to be protected in Washington, the protection on the left side is assured for the next several years. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Carlos Correa is not in the Astros starting lineup for the third consecutive game with a sore left hamstring.

The team is still describing this as a minor issue, but as the games missed mount, his fantasy owners are beginning to get worried. It does sound like the team wants him to be close to 100% before putting him back on the field, and that could occur as early as Sunday. Hamstrings are tricky injuries, however, especially if not treated properly, so caution is well advised with the young shortstop. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Manny Banuelos will rejoin Atlanta when the rosters expand, but he's not ready to throw more than three innings at this time.

That certainly does not bode well for Banuelos to take over the starting rotation spot recently vacated by the demoted Williams Perez. The team will want to proceed cautiously with the young hurler's surgically repaired elbow. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Robert Griffin was permitted to practice without contact after passing his baseline tests, which are different than Thursday's exam.

Practicing without contact is still a ways away from full practice or being able to play in a game, obviously. Griffin's hold on the starting QB position is tenuous at best and there is word coming out of the Washington camp that Kirk Cousins is being tagged as the starter for Week 1 and the match up against Miami. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Ryan Hanigan (calf) has been scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

The Red Sox had originally slated Hanigan to hit sixth against the Mets in New York Saturday. Blake Swihart will start at catcher and hit fifth.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson


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