Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Preview
Evan Tarracciano

Jordan Clarkson has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Lakers.

The Gilbert Arenas rule meant Clarkson could have maxed out at $61 million on four years, so this is a fine deal for the Lakers. Clarkson will resume his role with minutes in the low 30s in what should be a faster, more-productive Lakers offense. Coach Luke Walton could maximize Clarkson, so he's on the radar as a mid-round pick in his age-24 season.
19 minutes ago

Hassan Whiteside has announced that he is staying with Miami on a four-year max contract.

It is life-changing money after a breakout season. Whiteside will be signing a contract worth roughly 100 times more than what he made this past season, when he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and a league-best 3.7 blocked shots per game. His career path is well-known, taking him to less-than-glamorous leagues in Lebanon and China, stints in the NBA Development League and even getting cut from teams at that level. The Heat signed him in November 2014, and less than two years later Whiteside has become one of the game's most dominant centers -- and one of the highest-paid players in Miami franchise history. Part of that is simply because of the enormous jump in the salary cap this summer, but part of that is because of the potential the Heat see in Whiteside. What he did this past season left such an impression on Heat President Pat Riley that the nine-time NBA champion went into this summer stating publicly that keeping Whiteside was Miami's No. 1 priority.
30 minutes ago

Ish Smith has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with Detroit.

This comes out of nowhere and the Pistons have their backup point guard. Smith ran Philadelphia's offense with 32.4 minutes per game, averaging 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 treys. He'll have to work on his range for coach Stan Van Gundy and he won't have anywhere close to as much fantasy value in Detroit. Additionally, Philadelphia really needs a point guard now.
35 minutes ago

Pistons have agreed to a five-year, $130 million deal with Andre Drummond.

The NBA’s leading rebounder quickly cashes in despite his woeful 35.5 percent from the line last season. Drummond has been remarkably durable, missing just one game due to injury in his last three seasons. The NBA is expected to alter their intentional fouling rule, which should help Drummond stay on the floor throughout the game. He’s a good bet to match his league-leading 66 double-doubles from last season as a DFS monster in his upcoming age-23 season.
41 minutes ago

Nicolas Batum has agreed to a five-year contract with the Hornets worth $120 million.

This isn't close to the max for Batum, so it's pretty solid bargain for the Hornets -- relative to the other deals, of course. The Hornets not having to max Batum could help them bring on another free agent, including guys like Courtney Lee or Jeremy Lin. Batum does have a player option for the fifth season, as well. The 27-year-old Frenchman was terrific after the break, averaging 15.0 points, 5.4 boards, 6.1 assists, 1.8 treys and 1.0 steals. He'll be an early-round target in fantasy again.
2 hours ago

Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, two RBI, and one run scored in the Braves 8-5 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

Another productive night for the 29-year-old third baseman. d’Arnaud had an RBI single in the sixth, an RBI double in the eight and scored the first run of the ballgame in the third on a Freddie Freeman triple. He has proven to be very versatile for the Braves, already playing five different positions this year. He is batting a very sweet .276/.349/.366 in 42 games and could be a nice flier pick up in deeper NL-only leagues. The Braves will continue their series with the Marlins on Friday night as Justin Nicolino takes the mound for Miami. d’Arnaud has never faced the 24-year-old before.
6 hours ago
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