The long-time Chargers punter was released after 13 years kicking in San Diego. With the Chargers drafting one of the top punting talents in Drew Kaser, they decided to let the 35-year-old Scifres go. This will reunite Kaser and former college teammate Josh Lambo, the Chargers' current placekicker.
The Raiders are expected to compete for the wide-open AFC West title this year behind a strong offense and a much-improved defense. Ball will be part of a linebacker corps that could do some damage in 2016. Ball is a physical, tough-nosed linebacker who can complement Khalil Mack.
Walker was superb over his first four outings of the season, and though he was not too shabby against the defending World Series champs Sunday, he did suffer his first loss of the campaign. The 23-year-old fireballer is 2-1 through five starts, putting together a sensational 1.80 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 29-to-3 K/BB ratio across 30 innings in the process. Walker will be back on the mound Friday in Houston.
Davis has allowed a hit in each of the past two days and that might constitute a slump for him. All joking aside, the All-Star reliever has nailed down 8-of-8 save chances so far this season while not allowing a single run across 9.2 innings. In addition, Davis sports a 0.83 WHIP and 11-to-5 K/BB ratio for the campaign. He is undoubtedly one of the most dominant closers in the league right now.
Hosmer took an 0-for-4 on Saturday, which brought an impressive 18-game hitting streak to a halt. However, the sweet-swinging first baseman got right back on track Sunday afternoon, coming up with a pair of hits that included his fourth roundtripper of the season. Hosmer sports a strong .911 OPS after 24 games on the campaign and should be viewed as a valuable asset in all standard fantasy formats. He is 4-for-6 with two homers and three walks against Nationals’ lefty Gio Gonzalez, who is Monday’s scheduled opponent.
Following three great starts to begin the season, Kennedy surrendered five earned runs in six innings this past Monday against the Angels. Despite not working very deep into Sunday’s game, the veteran righty did bounce back for his third victory of the season. The Royals somewhat surprisingly handed Kennedy a five-year, $70M contract back in January, but he is definitely making that seem like a wise investment in the early going. Through his first five starts with his new club, Kennedy has posted a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29-to-11 K/BB across 31 innings. He will look to maintain that form Saturday in Cleveland.
Hochevar has proved to be one of the most vital arms in the Royals bullpen, so hopefully for Ned Yost and Co. this is just a minor twinge and not something more serious. He currently is sporting a career-best 11.74 K/9 with a 2.61 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Hochevar is one of the most talented and reliable bullpen arms in the league and as long as he is healthy should be in just about every fantasy lineup if you have him on your roster.
Santana went through a light throwing session on Saturday to get his back worked out a little more. Although it wasn't anything extensive, it's a good sign that Santana is back on some sort of throwing schedule. When he does return, he will slide right back into the No. 1 slot in the Twins rotation. However, there is no firm timetable yet on his return, and Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer and Tyler Duffey are rotating every fifth day in the rotation. Santana is currently sporting a 3.15 ERA with an 0-1 record and 18:8 K:BB ratio.
After being placed on the 15-day DL on April 19, Kontos is making progress and could get back on the mound sooner than expected. Kontos had one of his years in 2015, throwing a career-high 73.1 innings with a career-best 2.33 ERA. He has a solid arm out of the bullpen, but he will not rack up any saves for your fantasy squad. Kontos has only thrown 5.1 innings this season before going down with the elbow injury. Once fully healthy, he will be expected to be one of the top late-inning relievers in the San Francisco bullpen.
Hill has been one of the pleasant surprises of the season so far, and despite struggling a bit with command Sunday afternoon, he still managed another solid outing. Through six starts in 2016, the 36-year-old southpaw has posted a stellar 2.53 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 across 32 innings. Hill should be owned in pretty much all leagues standard fantasy leagues right now, but there is some merit to the theory that he could be a “sell-high” property. He will climb back atop the mound Saturday in Baltimore.