Cole Hamels lasted only 1/3 of the first inning Friday night against the Dodgers. In that short appearance, he allowed three hits and four runs (all earned) while walking two and recording no strikeouts. Two of the hits he surrendered were home runs. He’ll look to get back on track his next time out.No real concern here. Hamels is fine, just had a bad day. He’s healthy and fully draftable.
Elfrid Payton finished Friday’s blowout loss in Charlotte with eight points, 12 assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot in 27 minutes. Payton shot 4-for-8 from the field.Coming off two consecutive triple-doubles, Payton didn’t come close to notching a third, but did hit double figures in assists for the third consecutive game. Payton has a decent shot at compiling double figure stats on Saturday as the suddenly struggling Cavs visit Orlando.
Julio Urias walked one and struck out three in two innings Friday against the Texas Rangers. Urias is slated to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter in the rotation. Last season, he pitched 77 innings with the big club and 122 in total. His K/9 was an excellent 9.82, but the BB/9 was 3.62. The control should get better as time goes on. Urias has sky-high potential, but beware of drafting him in fantasy too early. The most optimistic projections have him throwing around 140 innings this year. The Dodgers are not going to push their future stud.
Brandon McCarthy allowed one hit and struck out three in three innings Friday against the Texas Rangers.McCarthy probably won’t be fantasy relevant this season, but you never know with how the Dodgers’ pitching staff has been ravaged by injury the past few seasons. McCarthy has the ability to rack up strikeouts, but he walks a ton of batters. He also has an extensive injury history himself. With that said, he could be asked to spot start at some point during the season and could be an interesting streaming option in the right matchup.
Jeff Teague shot 7-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line for a total of 17 points against the Bucks. He also added four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. However, he also did have seven turnovers. This was the big fantasy playoff performance fantasy owners have been waiting for from Teague as he took on a bigger role in the offense. He was also efficient shooting and contributed solid numbers across each category. The only downside came from his seven turnovers, for those in nine-category leagues.
C Yadier Molina goes 2-for-4 with a HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, and a K. The 2-run HR came in bottom of the 6th and was hit out to deep right center. The veteran C is known more for his defensive skills than his bat, but he did have a .307 AVG and 8 HR last year. Yadier is currently going outside the top 10 catchers.
This move was one of the most expected moves especially after the Panthers traded away Kony Ealy to the Patriots. Peppers returns to the Panthers on a bargain one-year $3.5 million deal. Peppers take his 143.5 career sacks back to Carolina and could move into fourth on the All-time list this season. Peppers is a very solid acquisition for this defense while the team brought back veteran Charles Johnson as well as franchise player Kawaan Short. The Panthers D/ST is shaping up as a top-10 projected D/ST this season especially if Luke Kuechley remains healthy.
Russell Shepherd signs a three-year deal to join the Panthers. Shepherd spent the past four seasons with the Buccaneers but was only able to see snaps once Vincent Jackson went down. Shepherd looks to provide depth with Ted Ginn in New Orleans but has only three career touchdowns.Shepherd is joined by Charles Johnson as players who likely haven’t fulfilled their potential or that’s what the Panthers are hoping. Shepherd and Johnson will fight with Devin Funchess for snaps.
Mike Adams signs a two-year deal with the Panthers after spending the last three seasons in Indianapolis. Adams is a solid acquisition for the Panthers who need some more takeaways next season. Adams has a career 25 picks so he could be another “Kurt Coleman” for the Panthers in the secondary.Adams is likely got a few more seasons left in him and he’s played at a high-level the past few seasons. It’s another solid addition to a defense looking for more takeaways and of course a winning record. This D/ST arrow is only pointing up.
Captain Munnerlyn re-unites with the Panthers after spending the past three seasons in Minnesota. The Panthers drafted Munnerlyn in the 7th round of the 2009 draft and he will return home on a four-year $21 million deal. Munnerlyn will be a solid upgrade at slot corner this season.James Bradberry is taking over for Josh Norman in Carolina while the Panthers are really trying to upgrade their defense and Munnerlyn will be a great addition. Daryl Worley will start opposite Bradberry and the Panthers could draft another CB.
Adam Jones goes 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs. One of those RBIs being a walk-off single in the 10th solidifying USA’s first win in Pool C. Jones’s starts the WBC hot with two clutch hits. For O’s fans and fantasy owners, hopefully he can stay hot throughout the WBC and into the MLB season.
Nikola Jokic is now expected to play on Friday against the Celtics after being listed as very questionable. Mason Plumlee would come off the bench with Jokic back.Jokic is a must start when he can play despite the illness. He’s a triple-double possibility on a nightly basis. His return hurts Mason Plumlee the most with Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Darrell Arthur and Juan Hernangomez all losing a little.
Tyreke Evans will not play on Friday against the Wizards. Evans will sit out the first of a back-to-back set with him returning on Saturday against the Nuggets. Ben McLemore, Arron Afflalo, Buddy Hield and Garrett Temple will see more minutes. Evans played well on Wednesday so hanging onto him is a good idea. Darren Collison will be the man for the Kings with Hield, McLemore, Afflalo, Lawson and Temple all seeing a boost. Hield and Lawson are the preferred cheap daily plays.
Larry Sanders and the Cavaliers are in serious discussions about signing the former Milwaukee Bucks center to a deal. With Andrew Bogut done for the year, the Cavaliers turned their attention to Sanders who could fill in nicely behind Tristan Thompson. We will see if a deal can get done.Sanders hasn’t played in the NBA since 2014 so his fantasy value could be non-existent even with signing with the Cavaliers. He will have to fight for minutes with Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson and Derrick Williams. He’s unlikely to make an impact unless Thompson gets hurt.
Andrew Cashner, who has been dealing with a biceps issue and shut down twice this spring was examined by the team doctor today and to everybody’s relief, nothing serious was found and he cleared Cashner to resume baseball activities. Cashner is now scheduled to resume throwing on Saturday. He will still not be ready for Opening Day but the team hopes he will be ready to join the rotation quickly. A number of pitchers are vying for the 5th spot being held for Tyson Ross and that competition will also lead the team in the direction they need to go to start the season without Cashner.This is very good news for Cashner and the team, who is struggling to find starters whom they can rely on. Cashner himself is a wait and see at this point as far as fantasy rosters are concerned. And then, he is only suitable for leagues with deep pitching rotations.