Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Preview
Evan Tarracciano
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Sam Bradford is not returning calls or texts from the Eagles.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported on SportsCenter that there is "absolutely nothing" going on regarding a Sam Bradford trade. He also reported that the Eagles got "one phone call from one team" (Denver), and Broncos GM John Elway's overtures were "quickly rebuffed" by Eagles GM Howie Roseman. While a Bradford trade isn't an impossibility on the horizon, it's certainly appearing highly unlikely at the moment that one will occur no matter how disgruntled Bradford gets as an Eagles player. Roseman seems intent on retaining Bradford (who finished with an 86.4 QB Rating last season) to operate as the Eagles' stopgap ahead of rookie Carson Wentz.
26 minutes ago

Paul George is not opposed to play 48 minutes in Game 6 Friday.

"If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as George was a +15 in 41 minutes of action in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners should be confident with giving George (who's averaged 27.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 3PMPG and 1.53 STLPG in his last three games) a start later tonight.
28 minutes ago

Tyler Saladino has been dealing with back tightness of late.

It helps explain why he hasn't started a game since Sunday, although he did make an appearance late in Thursday's contest. Saladino (who's currently hitting .174 in 23 at-bats) has played a decent amount this season as the White Sox try to keep Jimmy Rollins fresh. The back ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal, although the White Sox didn't call up Carlos Sanchez for some more infield protection.
49 minutes ago

Dolphins plan to use Laremy Tunsil at Guard.

Off-field concerns aside, Tunsil was the best tackle available in the draft, but the Dolphins already have two passable starters on the outside in LT Branden Albert and RT Ja'Wuan James. Miami's real need is at guard, and while it is possible Albert is moved inside, it might make more sense to kick the rookie to guard. Already 31 and with declining health, it is also possible Albert is cut to facilitate Tunsil at left tackle.
58 minutes ago

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time at third base as long as he produces.

"We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games for Arizona and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position.
1 hour ago

Karl Joseph (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

Joseph tore his right ACL four games into his senior season at West Virginia (where he finished with five interceptions, one sack and 20 tackles that season) but has had seven months to recover now and should be a full go for training camp. The 21-year-old was the first safety selected in this year's draft, going three spots ahead of Florida's Keanu Neal.
1 hour ago

Cowboys are fielding trade calls involving Ronald Leary.

Leary signed his second-round tender Thursday for the express purpose of arranging a trade. Dallas has yet to find an acceptable deal, but the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said it is "very possible he's moved" before the end of the draft. Only 26 and with 35 starts to his name, Leary could fetch a Day 3 pick.
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