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- Rex Burkhead HOU RB
Texans' Rex Burkhead: Remains involved3m ago
Burkhead carried three times for nine yards and caught four of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Bears in Week 2.
While Dameon Pierce is the clear lead back for the Texans, Burkhead remains involved, particularly at key moments. With the score tied at 20 in the fourth quarter, Burkhead had six touches and targets compared to one for Pierce. Burkhead was the target on the key play of the game, a Davis Mills interception that set up the Bears in Houston territory for a game-winning field goal.
- Noah Fant SEA TE
Seahawks' Noah Fant: Four targets in losing effort6h ago
Fant hauled in all four of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Falcons.
Fant had one more target and reception than fellow tight end, Will Dissly, but it was the latter who was the beneficiary of a Geno Smith touchdown pass. The even split in playing time and targets has left both veteran tight ends with little to no fantasy appeal heading into a Week 4 matchup with the Lions.
- Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo: Two costly turnovers in loss6h ago
Garoppolo completed 18 of 29 pass attempts for 211 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Broncos.
Garoppolo got off to a good start Sunday, leading his team to an early touchdown on the second offensive drive of the game. That's about where the positive reviews end, as the popular quarterback looked like his old, mistake-prone self for the remainder of the contest. Garoppolo's night can best be summed up when he mishandled a snap early in the second half, then tried to save the broken play by throwing it right at a defender for a would-be pick-six had he not already stepped out of his own end zone for a safety prior to throwing the errant pass. To make matters worse for the 1-2 49ers, All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) went down on the aforementioned broken play, which does not bode well for Garoppolo and Co. heading into a Week 4 matchup against the Rams' vaunted defensive front on Monday Night Football.
- Russell Wilson DEN QB
Broncos' Russell Wilson: Clutch finish to ugly game6h ago
Wilson completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 184 yards and no touchdowns while adding 17 yards on six carries in Sunday's 11-10 win over the 49ers.
Wilson struggled against San Francisco's fierce pass rush all night, even hearing a chorus of boos from the home crowd following multiple consecutive three-and-out drives. The veteran QB seems to be trying a game-manager role with his new club, and the results have not been pretty through three games. It wasn't until Denver's final drive of the game that Wilson took it upon himself to use his legs to escape pressure like he did in his prime in Seattle and will his team to victory. Perhaps the heroic effort will spur Wilson to get back to his old ways of extending plays with his legs and taking deeper shots downfield, because the former fantasy star is posting stat lines best fit for the waiver wire since joining the Broncos. The Raiders' porous defense, which Wilson and Denver will see next week, presents a prime opportunity to finally deliver on the preseason hype.
- Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
Broncos' Jerry Jeudy: Not in sync with QB7h ago
Jeudy (shoulder/ribs) was limited to two receptions on six targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 11-10 win over the 49ers.
Jeudy was held out of practice until Friday's limited participation after he was knocked out of last week's tilt with multiple injuries, so it was a good sign that he was able to suit up at all. The minor rib and shoulder injuries didn't visibly seem to limit the wideout, as he appeared crisp on the routes he did run while successfully absorbing two tackles to the midsection on his two receptions. The issue was actually Russell Wilson's uncharacteristic inaccuracy, as he missed an open Jeudy on three routes where the receiver beat his man. Courtland Sutton (eight catches for 97 yards) is looking like the top receiving option in an underperforming Denver passing game, but Wilson and Jeudy will have a chance to get back to their Week 1 forms next Sunday against the Raiders.
- Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
49ers' Brandon Aiyuk: Scores lone offensive touchdown7h ago
Aiyuk caught three of eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Broncos.
Aiyuk looked poised for a big fantasy game when he caught two of his three targets (including the score) on the 49ers' second drive of the game. Unfortunately for his fantasy managers, both Aiyuk and the rest of San Francisco's offense would go dormant for the rest of the contest. On the positive side of things, the 24-year-old has seen his targets increase to eight in each of the two games Jimmy Garoppolo has played in this season after seeing only three targets with Trey Lance (knee) as the starter in Week 1. Aiyuk carries flex appeal heading into a matchup against the Rams next Monday.
- Ryan O'Hearn KC DH
Royals' Ryan O'Hearn: Drives in two8h ago
O'Hearn went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Mariners.
O'Hearn has seen his playing time drop even more since rosters expanded at the start of September -- he's started in just four contests this month. Despite the inconsistent playing time, he's been solid, going 7-for-22 (.318) in his last 10 contests. He hadn't driven in a run since Aug. 22 before his two-run double in the sixth inning Sunday. O'Hearn has a .230/.285/.310 slash line with one home run, five doubles, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored through 137 plate appearances.
- Hunter Dozier KC 1B
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Perfect at plate Sunday8h ago
Dozier went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Mariners.
Dozier produced RBI singles in the second and sixth innings. This was his third multi-hit effort in his last four games, a solid rebound after he went just 3-for-33 in his first 13 contests in September. The utility man is up to a .240/.298/.387 slash line with 39 RBI, 49 runs scored, 11 home runs and four stolen bases through 124 games this year.
- Jose Cuas KC RP
Royals' Jose Cuas: Snags win Sunday8h ago
Cuas (4-2) earned the win Sunday over the Mariners. He allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.
Cuas was tasked with finishing off the fifth inning, and he also gave up a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. The Royals' offense then exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the right-hander in line for the win. Prior to Sunday, Cuas had logged eight scoreless innings over his last 12 appearances. He now has a 3.58 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 34:24 K:BB while adding a save and 11 holds through 37.2 innings this year.
- Livan Soto LAA SS
Angels' Livan Soto: Logs first career steal9h ago
Soto went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a run, a stolen base and a strikeout during Sunday's 10-3 win over Minnesota.
Soto capped off a productive series in Minnesota on Sunday, as he put up a third consecutive multi-hit performance during the blowout win. He also recorded his first career stolen base in the majors in the top of the sixth inning. Over nine games since making his big-league debut, the 22-year-old has hit .346 with a home run, two doubles, five runs, four RBI and a stolen base.
- Mike Trout LAA CF
Angels' Mike Trout: Dominant against Minnesota9h ago
Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two doubles, three runs and a walk during Sunday's 10-3 win over the Twins.
Trout extended his hitting streak to five games during Sunday's series finale in Minnesota, and he reached base four times during the blowout win. During his current hitting streak, the 31-year-old has gone 7-for-19 with a homer, three doubles, six RBI, five runs, three walks and four strikeouts.
- Dylan Bundy MIN SP
Twins' Dylan Bundy: Charged with loss Sunday9h ago
Bundy (8-8) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out two in 3.1 innings to take the loss during Sunday's game against the Angels.
Bundy hasn't been particularly effective recently, and Sunday's start marked his fourth consecutive outing in which he's failed to last at least five innings. Although he's been charged with just two losses across that span, he's posted a 9.18 ERA in 16.2 innings over those four starts. The right-hander tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Detroit on Saturday.
- Matt Ryan BOS SF
Lakers' Matt Ryan: Signing with Lakers10h ago
Ryan plans to sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Ryan spent most of the 2021-22 season with the G League's Maine Celtics, but he'll compete for a role with the Lakers during training camp. If he fails to win a roster spot, it seems likely that he'll end up back in the G League.
- Jalen Harris NBADRAFT SF
Knicks' Jalen Harris: Signs with Knicks11h ago
Harris signed a contract with the Knicks on Sunday.
Harris was suspended for the 2021-22 season for violating the league's anti-drug program, but he played in Italy last year. He was granted reinstatement by the NBA in mid-August and will now attempt to carve out a role with the Knicks. If the 24-year-old is unable to land a spot on New York's final roster, it's possible that he'll wind up in the G League.
- Marcus Zegarowski BKN G
Nets' Marcus Zegarowski: Rejoins Nets13h ago
Zegarowski (foot) signed a contract with the Nets on Sunday.
Zegarowski was signed and subsequently waived by the Nets last weekend, but he'll rejoin the organization just over a week later. Even if he fails to land a spot on Brooklyn's final roster ahead of the regular season, he'll likely join the team's G League affiliate.
- Jae Crowder PHO PF
Suns' Jae Crowder: Won't participate in training camp16h ago
Crowder won't participate in training camp as the forward and the Suns work on a trade, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Crowder has hinted on social media during the offseason that he wanted out of Phoenix, and the 32-year-old and the Suns reached a mutual agreement to seek a trade while the forward sits out during camp. Crowder served exclusively as a starter for the Suns last year and averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.1 minutes per game across 67 appearances. He's a somewhat inconsistent fantasy option, but he'd provide a solid veteran presence in the frontcourt for another team in the final year of a three-year deal if he's ultimately dealt. If Crowder is traded, Cameron Johnson will likely handle an increased role to begin the 2022-23 campaign.
- Joe Ingles MIL SG
Bucks' Joe Ingles: January return realistic, per GM16h ago
Bucks general manager Jon Horst said Sunday that Ingles (knee) will realistically return sometime in January, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Ingles signed with the Bucks in June after sitting out the remainder of last year following ACL surgery in February. When available, he figures to be a key depth piece that can provide elite shooting off the bench. Milwaukee is expected to compete for another championship, so they'll likely have no reason to rush the veteran forward back until the postseason draws near.
- Khris Middleton MIL SF
Bucks' Khris Middleton: Status for Opening Night TBD16h ago
Bucks general manager Jon Horst said Sunday that it's too early to say if Middleton (wrist) will be ready for start of the regular season, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Middleton underwent wrist surgery at the beginning of July and was expected to be back sometime near the start of the regular season. Horst said Middleton would be ready "early in our season," suggesting he may be sidelined for a few games to begin the 2022-23 campaign. Regardless, his progress during training camp should provide further clarity on his situation.
- William Carrier LV LW
Golden Knights' William Carrier: Injured Sunday9h ago
Carrier (upper body) will not return to Sunday's preseason game against Colorado, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Carrier saw 9:37 of ice time before being knocked out of Sunday's game. The 27-year-old winger totaled a career-high 20 points last season and should be expected to maintain a middle-six role during the 2022-23 campaign. More information on his status should be available in the coming days.
- Brock Boeser VAN RW
Canucks' Brock Boeser: Dealing with minor injury11h ago
Boeser (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day and could practice Tuesday, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Boeser is dealing with a "day-to-day thing," though he didn't guarantee that he'd be back at practice Tuesday. The 25-year-old forward landed a three-year extension this offseason after scoring 23 goals for the second straight year. More information on Boeser's status should be available during this upcoming week.
- Ilya Mikheyev VAN RW
Canucks' Ilya Mikheyev: Exits Sunday's game12h ago
Mikheyev (undisclosed) left Sunday's preseason game against Calgary and will not return.
It's unclear what type of injury Mikheyev is dealing with but he may have just been removed as a precaution. An update on the status of the 27-year-old winger should be available in the coming days.
- Sean Couturier PHI C
Flyers' Sean Couturier: Could return sooner than expected13h ago
Couturier (back) could return within the next month if his rehab goes according to plan, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Couturier should be considered out indefinitely until a more concrete outlook is available. The 29-year-old is dealing with back issues for the second straight season and while his current injury doesn't appear to be as serious as originally expected, the team may elect to ease him back into action to prevent re-injury.
- Calvin Pickard EDM G
Oilers' Calvin Pickard: Healthy for Sunday's tilt15h ago
Pickard (undisclosed) is dressed for Sunday's preseason game against Winnipeg, per the NHL's media site.
Pickard landed a two-way deal with the Oilers this offseason after posting a 4.29 GAA in three appearances with Detroit last year. Expect the 30-year-old netminder to spend most of the 2022-23 campaign at the AHL level.
- Alexander Barabanov SJ RW
Sharks' Alexander Barabanov: Dealing with lower-body issue16h ago
Barabanov (lower body) is considered day-to-day, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Barabanov will not suit up for Sunday's preseason tilt with the Kings. The 28-year-old scored 39 points in 70 games last season, leading to a two-year extension this offseason. He's expected to skate in a top-six role for the Sharks this season.