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Rashod Bateman BAL WR
Ravens' Rashod Bateman: Could play Sunday6m ago
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman indicated Thursday that there's a chance Bateman will be activated for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports. "He's looking good," Roman said of the rookie wideout, who's bouncing back from groin surgery.
In the event that Bateman does come off IR in advance of Sunday's contest, there could be a path to snaps for him, with Sammy Watkins dealing with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for Wednesday's practice. That said, based on Roman's comments, the Ravens seem inclined to ease Bateman back into the mix, so he doesn't profile as a high-percentage Week 6 fantasy lineup option. However, with multiple teams on bye in the coming weeks, the 2021 first-rounder is worth a speculative add by fantasy managers with a degree of roster flexibility.
Daniel Jones NYG QB
Giants' Daniel Jones: Progressing well through protocol13m ago
Giants head coach Joe Judge said Jones (concussion) will be a non-contact participant in Thursday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "At this point everything looks positive," Judge said, when asked about Jones' chances of playing Sunday against the Rams.
After sustaining the concussion in the Giants' Week 5 loss to the Cowboys, Jones was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, but the fact that he was donning full pads and a helmet while throwing off to the side in the session was a positive sign that he was progressing through the five-step protocol. Jones' ability to take part in non-contact drills seemingly represents another step forward, though it's unclear if the quarterback's activity will translate to a "limited" listing on the Giants' official injury report. Mike Glennon will stay prepared to start Sunday against the Rams in the event Jones can't clear the protocol in time, but for the time being, the Giants appear optimistic that their top signal-caller will be available. If Jones suits up this weekend, Judge told Tom Rock of Newsday that the game plan wouldn't be altered to limit the quarterback's exposure to contact, so Jones should still have plenty of involvement as a runner.
Fletcher Cox PHI DT
Eagles' Fletcher Cox: Notches first sack Week 524m ago
Cox had two tackles (one solo) and one sack during Philadelphia's win over the Panthers in Week 5.
Cox only has four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble through five appearances this season, so he's only worth IDP consideration in plus matchups. Thursday night's contest against the Buccaneers doesn't seem like an ideal situation for the veteran defensive lineman, though he has played at least 70 percent of defensive snaps in back-to-back games.
Javon Hargrave PHI DT
Eagles' Javon Hargrave: Building up sack streak33m ago
Hargrave had three tackles (one solo) and a sack during the Eagles' win over Carolina in Week 6.
Hargrave has brought down an opposing quarterback in three straight contests, bringing his sack total to six through five contests. He will look to continue his streak against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.
Marcus Epps PHI SS
Eagles' Marcus Epps: Racks up eight stops39m ago
Epps had eight tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 21-18 win over the Panthers.
Epss was busy as a run stopper despite playing just 29 percent of defensive snaps. As he's been limited to a depth roll all season, except for Week 3, Epps shouldn't be considered as a startable IDP option except in exceptionally deep formats.
Kevin Byard TEN FS
Titans' Kevin Byard: Delivers huge Week 5 outing41m ago
Byard racked up 11 tackles (eight solo) to go with two pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery for a 30-yard touchdown Sunday in the Titans' 37-19 win over the Jaguars.
The Titans held a comfortable lead against the hapless Jaguars for most of the day, which translated to a pass-happy script for Jacksonville that presented plenty of playmaking opportunities for Byard. He recorded his interception on the game's final play, making him the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 picks in his first 85 career games. Through five games, Byard has remained an IDP standout out of the secondary, recording 27 tackles to go with six pass breakups, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.
Ryan LaMarre NYY LF
Ryan LaMarre: Reaches free agency2h ago
La Marre elected free agency last week, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
When injuries decimated the Yankees' outfield depth earlier in the summer, LaMarre was up with the big club for two separate stints. He appeared in nine games for New York, batting .190 over 24 plate appearances. The 32-year-old journeyman outfielder will presumably have to settle for a minor-league deal with the Yankees or another organization this winter.
Brody Koerner NYY RP
Brody Koerner: Heads to open market2h ago
Koerner elected free agency Wednesday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
After the Yankees outrighted him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week, Koerner ultimately decided to test his luck on the open market. The soon-to-be 28-year-old right-hander reached the majors for the first time in 2021, tossing three innings in two relief appearances for New York.
Tommy La Stella SF 2B
Giants' Tommy La Stella: Available off bench for Game 518h ago
Manager Gabe Kapler said La Stella (Achilles) will be available off the bench for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
La Stella has been nursing the Achilles issue since the final week of the regular season, and he'll step out of the lineup for the final game of the NLDS after tweaking the injury during Game 4 on Tuesday. The 32-year-old may have been on the bench Thursday regardless of the injury, since left-hander Julio Urias will be on the mound for the Dodgers.
Sean Nolin WAS SP
Sean Nolin: Elects free agency21h ago
Nolin elected free agency after he was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Nolin made his return to the majors during the 2021 campaign and posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 26.2 innings across 10 appearances (five starts). The 31-year-old will now be free to seek out other opportunities during the offseason.
Steven Fuentes WAS RP
Nationals' Steven Fuentes: Outrighted to Triple-A21h ago
Fuentes was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Fuentes was sent to the minors in mid-September, but he'll now lose his spot on the 40-man roster. The right-hander made seven appearances (five starts) in Rochester during the 2021 campaign and recorded a 19.96 ERA and 3.38 WHIP in 15.1 innings.
Alberto Baldonado WAS RP
Nationals' Alberto Baldonado: Dropped from 40-man roster21h ago
The Nationals outrighted Baldonado to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Baldonado was one of three pitchers cast off the 40-man roster Wednesday as the rebuilding Nationals look to open up space heading into the offseason. The 28-year-old lefty reliever reached the big leagues for the first time in 2020, appearing in 14 games while giving up 10 earned runs over 10.2 innings.
Armoni Brooks HOU PG
Rockets' Armoni Brooks: Gets standard deal from Rockets18m ago
Brooks had his two-way contract upgraded to a standard deal on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The contract is for four years, but only the first year is guaranteed.
Brooks has scored well in the preseason for the Rockets, as he's averaged 10.0 points on 56.3 percent shooting in 13.2 minutes. He also got run toward the end of the season in Houston last year, where he averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.0 minutes. He's a depth option in the backcourt who has microwave scoring upside.
R.J. Hampton ORL PG
Magic's R.J. Hampton: Great performance vs. Celtics24m ago
Hampton posted 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Celtics.
Hampton capped off a productive preseason Wednesday. The second-year guard, in his four appearances, averaged 11.3 points on 8.5 shots, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals with just 1.0 turnovers in 21.2 minutes. The Magic's backcourt is relatively busy, but it seems likely that he'll be a regular rotation player this season. He's worth targeting in some keeper formats but probably won't have a fantasy impact in standard redraft leagues this year.
James Wiseman GS C
Warriors' James Wiseman: Full clearance weeks away35m ago
The Warriors' training staff has targeted Friday as the date Wiseman should be able to start jumping and working out at full speed, and a "full clearance" is expected to be in the next couple weeks, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
While it sounds like Wiseman could get back into games as soon as early November, there's also the possibility, Slater reports, that the center could spend time in the G League in closed-door scrimmages or possibly full games. It doesn't seem too likely that the center would spend a significant chunk of time in Santa Cruz, however. For as much as he struggled as a rookie, especially given his draft pedigree, Wiseman certainly figures to be a useful rotation player for the Warriors this season in some capacity. Ultimately, it seems like he'll often spend time with the bench unit this season, where he can better demonstrate his upside and his mistakes aren't as harmful. Notably, Golden State brought in a new assistant coach, Dejan Milojevic, who is doing a lot of work to develop Wiseman into a more well-rounded player. Milojevic was a head coach in Serbia where his Mega Basket program helped produce the likes of Nikola Jokic, Ivica Zubac and Boban Marjanovic.
Romeo Weems MEM F
Romeo Weems: Parts ways with Grizzlies1h ago
Weems was waived by the Grizzlies on Thursday.
Weems spent time with Memphis during the offseason but failed to secure a spot on the final roster. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 20-year-old in the G League this season.
Elfrid Payton PHO PG
Suns' Elfrid Payton: Excellent two-way performance1h ago
Payton posted eight points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), nine assists, eight rebounds, four steals and one block with no turnovers in 24 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Trail Blazers.
With Chris Paul sitting out for rest, Payton was in charge of running point for the Suns off the bench while Cameron Payne got the start. Though Payton put up an impressive two-way statline, there will be limited opportunities for him to do so during the regular season since he's the third point guard on the depth chart.
Sean McDermott MEM SG
Sean McDermott: Let go by Grizzlies1h ago
McDermott (knee) was waived by the Grizzlies on Thursday.
McDermott signed with Memphis in late September but didn't make a preseason appearance while dealing with right patellar tendinopathy. It's not clear when he'll return to full health.
Braden Holtby DAL G
Stars' Braden Holtby: Between pipes Thursday4m ago
Holtby will tend the twine for Thursday's road clash with the Rangers, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports.
Holtby played in a mere 21 games last year, his lowest total since the 2011-12 campaign when he was still breaking into the league with the Capitals. While the 32-year-old Holtby may not get back to being a 60-game netminder this season, he should at least get a split share of the workload with Anton Khudobin, making him a decent top-half fantasy option.
Filip Gustavsson OTT G
Senators' Filip Gustavsson: Promoted to top level5m ago
Gustavsson was recalled by the Senators on Thursday, Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Matt Murray (illness) won't suit up for Thursday's season opener versus Toronto, so Gustavsson will serve as Anton Forsberg's backup against the Maple Leafs. The 23-year-old Gustavsson will likely return to the minors as soon as Murray is healthy.
Matt Murray OTT G
Senators' Matt Murray: Won't dress for season opener6m ago
Murray (illness) won't be in the lineup for Thursday's season opener versus Toronto, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Murray is under the weather, so Anton Forsberg will start versus the Maple Leafs Thursday with Filip Gustavsson serving as his backup. Murray will be reevaluated prior to Saturday's rematch with Toronto.
Craig Anderson BUF G
Sabres' Craig Anderson: Gets starting nod versus Habs8m ago
Anderson will be between the pipes for Thursday's home opener against Montreal.
Anderson appears to have beaten out Dustin Tokarski for the starting job in Buffalo, though his hold on that spot should be considered tenuous at best. The 40-year-old backstop will be hard-pressed to compile wins this year given the team around him, so fantasy players will probably want to only utilize him in certain spots throughout the year.
Zach Bogosian TB D
Lightning's Zach Bogosian: Will miss 4-to-6 weeks9m ago
Bogosian will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Per the NHL media site, the 31-year-old blueliner has been placed on injured reserve.
Bogosian's absence will test the Lightning's depth at defense, but it will undoubtedly go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he only picked up four helpers in 45 appearances with Toronto last season. Andrej Sustr is expected to fill in on Tampa Bay's third pairing until Cal Foote (finger) is ready to return.
Alex Nedeljkovic DET G
Red Wings' Alex Nedeljkovic: Slated to start13m ago
Per The Athletic's Max Bultman, Nedeljkovic was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll guard the home goal in Thursday's season opener versus Tampa Bay.
Nedeljkovic was fantastic for the Hurricanes last season, going 15-5-3 while posting a 1.90 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 23 appearances. The 25-year-old backstop will attempt to secure his first win as a Red Wing in a home matchup with a Lightning squad that averaged 2.96 goals per game on the road last campaign, ninth in the NHL.