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3 years agoPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said on Twitter that he will return for his 14th season. The 35-year-old has dealt with his share of injuries over the years, and he continues to take a beating, but he'll return for at least one more year. In 14 games in 2016, Big Ben threw for 3,819 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Steelers have one of the best receivers and running backs in the league at Ben's disposal, so despite his advanced age, he remains one of the safer QB1 picks in fantasy.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Twitter
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3 years agoAndrelton Simmons continued his hot start to the season by going 2-for-4 yesterday. He is now 6-for-15 on the season with three runs scored and an RBI. Simmons has been hitting seventh in the order, which will hamper his run-scoring opportunities. However, his .281 batting average last season came with a .298 BABIP, making him a candidate to hit over .280 yet again. Expect a player who will be in the lineup every day and will not hurt your batting average, but will not provide a whole lot else. He did have 10 stolen bases last year, but his career high before that was six. The defensive wizard is a much more useful actual player than fantasy asset, but those in deep leagues can consider him for potential double-digit steals.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoArizona Cardinals running back David Johnson said he thinks he could handle 30 touches a game, and he wasn't worn down at the end of last season. Johnson led the league in touches in 2016, averaging more than 23 per game. The 25-year-old was injured in the final game of the season last year, but he'll be fine for training camp and Week 1. He's one of, if not the most, talented backs in the NFL after rushing 293 times for 1,239 yards and 16 scores in 2016. He also racked up 80 catches for another four scores. Johnson is a fine bet for the first overall fantasy pick in 2017.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Brett Cecil had an awful Thursday, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks without recording an out. Cecil faced five batters and actually recorded a strikeout, but it was on a "wild pitch" that got stuck to catcher Yadier Molina's chest protector, so the batter was able to reach base. Cecil's ERA sits at 36.00 in the early going. He'll hope to improve on that number by recording an out his next time on the mound.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn looked mostly sharp in his return to the mound on Thursday, pitching 5 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four. Lynn got seven ground-ball outs among his 16 total outs and was lifted after 98 pitches. The Cardinals will probably be careful with Lynn, especially at the beginning of the season, and will rarely let him pass 100 pitches. He's a solid NL-only option but doesn't need to be owned yet in most mixed leagues.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko didn't fare well in his first start of the season, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while leaving four men on base. Gyorko crushed 30 home runs for the Cardinals last season but began the year on the bench with Jhonny Peralta getting the starting job instead. It's possible the two infielders will end up in something of a platoon situation, but Gyorko is not a fantasy starter in shallow leagues until the situation resolves itself.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Adams got a start in left field on Thursday and went 1-for-3 with a run driven in. Adams was removed as part of a double switch and the Cardinals shifted their outfield, sending Randal Grichuk to left. Adams had a huge performance in Grapefruit League play, but with Matt Carpenter cementing first base, there was no starting job for him. He'll be a key member of the Cardinals bench, getting spot starts at first and in the outfield as well as pinch hitting, but that kind of role won't allow him to develop much fantasy value.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 0-for-2 with a walk on Thursday but scored a run and drove in two. Molina made headlines when a blocked pitch got strangely stuck to his chest protector, but lost in all of that was a solid game. Despite not getting a hit, Yadi was able to produce three runs. He's a solid fantasy catcher in mixed leagues and a must-own in any two-catcher leagues.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoHouston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson has been out since March 26 due to an ankle injury. During his time away from the court, Trevor Ariza has been filling in at the power forward spot and has seen a spike in his numbers, averaging 16.4 points with 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 3.0 three-pointers made. Anderson was spotted at shootaround this morning and is expected to return with limited minutes tonight. It is expected that Ariza may see a drop in his numbers, but he still makes for a great play against the Detroit Pistons.--bernonjohnSource: Ben DuBose - Twitter
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3 years agoBarring injury, Darwin Barney isn’t going to get a ton of starts for the Jays this year. He did, however, receive his first one on Thursday against Tampa, filling in at second base for Devon Travis. In Toronto’s 5-2 victory, Barney finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, a walk and a successful sacrifice bunt. He was the only Jay to pick up multiple base knocks in this one. After being dealt to Toronto in 2015 and re-signing as a free agent there, Barney has created a nice reserve role for himself and should be a useful player off the bench all season long.--John SmithSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the rival Chicago Cubs. Carpenter has had a slow start to the season, but it is absolutely nothing to worry about. He missed a lot of time in spring training due to injury, so he is likely still getting up to speed. He's sticking at first base this season, but with multiple-position eligibility in most fantasy leagues, Carpenter is a great utility player to own.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoThe Nets came to Orlando on a three-game winning streak mostly due to Jeremy Lin returning from his injury woes. While most of Brooklyn’s scoring typically comes from Brook Lopez, Lin poured a season-high 32 points to go along with his five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 31 minutes. Lin looks to provide the most value the rest of the season out of Brooklyn’s committee of guards.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoWith Rajon Rondo out due to a sprained right wrist, sparingly-used guard Jerian Grant got the start in his place. While Jimmy Butler handled most of the ball-handling responsibilities on his way to a triple-double, Grant proved to be helpful as well. Across 31 minutes, he had 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Bulls’ win. If Rondo is out for the rest of the week, Grant can provide a lot of value for a low cost.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoIn the Sixers’ loss to the Bulls on Thursday night, rookie Timothe Luwawu showed his skills once again. The Frenchman finished the game with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. He has been the main beneficiary of the Sixers playing with different lineups as the season closes, as he has averaged 19.8 points over the last four contests.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoAfter conflicting articles of Kristaps Porzingis and his injury, he ultimately did not play Thursday night against the Wizards. This was his second missed game, and he could be out for the rest of the season as New York is out of the playoff hunt. Marshall Plumlee started in his place and was mostly inefficient across 11 minutes.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoNikola Mirotic had a great game Thursday night by providing a team-high 22 points on 6-for-8 from three and eight rebounds. While he can be inconsistent, his ceiling on any given night can be high due to how hot he can get. His impact might take a hit in the coming weeks, as Dwyane Wade will be returning to the team sooner than expected.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoFollowing Monday’s close loss to Minnesota, Portland came back with a strong performance against the 'Wolves on Thursday night. While the usual individuals showed up to play, Portland grabbed some necessary offense from Allen Crabbe off the bench, who finished with 25 points by going a career-high 8-for-10 from three. He also added five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Consider Crabbe a low-floor, low-ceiling pickup.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoThaddeus Young seems to have finally regained his consistency. After a number of weeks of inconsistent play due to a nagging injury, he is back on the right track. Thursday’s game against Milwaukee gave Young a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and one steal. Across his last six games, he has averages of 14.7 points on 54 percent shooting and 9.5 rebounds.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoPaul George’s renewed energy has breathed life into the Indiana Pacers, who have played with more passion since the return of Lance Stephenson. In Indiana’s win over Milwaukee, Paul George finished with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting, 10 rebounds and four steals. While George had a stretch of bad games in the middle of the season, he has begun to click right as the playoffs are about to start.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoWith the Hawks coming into this game 2-9 over their last 11 games and the Celtics playing the day after a blowout to the Cavs, this game had some serious playoff implications. Isaiah Thomas had a game-high 35 points, five rebounds and four assists in Boston’s loss. Things got testy towards the end of the game as Thomas and Dennis Schroder exchanged words. Look for Thomas and Boston to bounce back Saturday against Charlotte as they try to hold on to the second spot in the East.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoSt. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. It was his second double of the season, bringing his small-sample batting average up to .286. Diaz seems locked into the second spot in the Cardinals lineup and should be very productive from there. He may not match last season's numbers, but he should be a great fantasy shortstop this season as well.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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3 years agoThough he only pitched five innings, Tom Koehler was efficient for the Miami Marlins on Thursday. The team's No. 3 starter allowed only four hits and one earned run in the 4-3 extra-inning win and left the Marlins in position to win the ballgame. Koehler did walk three batters, but as he showed last year, he has the ability to hold runners on base when he puts them there. Koehler finished last year with a 9-13 record, though he pitched much better in July and August. He doesn't have the stuff to blow anyone away, but with a little bit of run support, he can be a great asset.--Steven Slivka - RotoBallerSource: espn.com
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3 years agoRobbie Ray has yet to control his demons. In his 2017 debut, Ray gave up three eared runs on three hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings . With Ray's raw stuff, owners shouldn't be surprised that he was able to limit the Giants to just three hits. Owners also should have expected that Ray would struggle with his control, as he threw just 56 of his 99 pitches for strikes. This outing was a punch in the gut for Ray's owners, as he would have earned a win and quality start if he could have gotten one more out. On the bright side, Ray continued to strike out batters at a high rate, fanning six over over his 5 2/3 innings. There will be plenty of ups and downs for the 25-year-old, but his strikeout potential makes him a very intriguing back-end rotation option.--Jonathan Chan - RotoballerSource: ESPN
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3 years agoDee Gordon's redemption tour has gotten off to a sluggish start. Miami's second baseman, who was suspended for half of 2016 for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, was hoping to show signs of the 2015 season where he led all second basemen in almost every offensive category. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case so far. Gordon went 1-for-5 in Thursday night's win and is batting a paltry .154 after three games. He did manage to steal a base, however -- the only saving grace for his subpar outing.--Steven Slivka - RotoBallerSource: marlins.com
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3 years agoDavid Peralta collected his first two hits of the season on Thursday, including his first home run in a 9-3 victory against the Giants. Peralta capitalized on hitting between A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt by driving in two runs and scoring another two. It was a much-needed performance from Peralta, who had gone 0-for-9 in his first two games. His spot near the top of the lineup isn't set in concrete, as it seems that he and Chris Owings will share duties in the second spot. Manager Terry Lovullo stated Thursday night that Peralta may be given scheduled rest days in order to avoid the frequent disabled list trips he had to make last season. With the possibility of a limited schedule, Peralta doesn't provide enough value to warrant an add in 12-team or shallower leagues.--Jonathan Chan - RotoballerSource: TheScore
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3 years agoDetroit's young starting pitcher, Michael Fulmer, won Rookie of the Year honors last year on the back of a season in which he went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 7.7 K/9 innings. He'll take the hill today against a potent Red Sox offense, but he'll do so within the spacious confines of Comerica Park, where he allowed just 20 earned runs in 60 innings pitched last season. Fulmer is probably due for some regression, but his upside potential is huge.--Tyler Germain - RotoBallerSource: MLB
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3 years agoAfter the Marlins' first three games, J.T. Realmuto is far and away the team's most productive hitter. Miami's catcher launched a two-run shot to tie the game in the top of the eighth on Thursday, his second home run of the series. Realmuto has tallied seven hits in his first three games (.583 average) and has recorded at least two hits in each of those games.--Steven Slivka - RotoBallerSource: espn.com
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3 years agoThe Orioles scored the majority of their runs last season via home run, and the trend continued on Wednesday. Down 1-0 in the third, Adam Jones stepped to the plate and hit a two-run bomb down the left field line, staying fair and making it over the fence. In the next inning, Chris Davis needed only one pitch to hit his first home run, a solo shot to dead center. Expect the long ball to be a huge part of this offense again this season. These two hitters should launch 60 to 70 by themselves this season.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBallerSource: Ben Ruppert
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3 years agoZach Britton recorded his first save on Wednesday, closing the door on the Blue Jays in the ninth inning. The save didn’t come easy, however; after a pair of hits and a walk, the bases were loaded with only one out. He then induced a double play to end the game, keeping his ERA at 0.00 early on in the season. Much like last season, Britton will be one of the elite closers in the game once again this season thanks to his blazing fastball and his situation in Baltimore. He should be in your lineup every single night.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBallerSource: Ben Ruppert
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3 years agoDylan Bundy was dominating in his first start of 2017, throwing seven innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays. He struck out eight and walked none, throwing 69 of 99 pitches for strikes. The Toronto bats were kept completely off balance thanks to Bundy’s above-average fastball and increased usage of his slider from previous seasons. The slider had a ton of movement, so much so that even Bundy himself was surprised by how well it was working. This could be the beginning of a breakout season for the former fourth overall pick. His next start will be another big test -- on the road against Boston.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBallerSource: Ben Ruppert

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