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49ers | Brandon Lloyd could miss time

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:03:59 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd (undisclosed) could miss two weeks of practice because of an injury, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

49ers | Michael Crabtree dealing with injury

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:03:20 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (undisclosed) is dealing with an undisclosed injury and could miss one or two weeks of practice, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

FANTASY TIP: It does not sound like Crabtree's injury is serious at this point. Crabtree should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver on most fantasy teams.

White Sox | Jake Petricka dodges bullet

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:58:59 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Jake Petricka (leg) was hit in the leg by a comebacker Friday, Aug. 1, against the Minnesota Twins. He was checked out by manager Robin Ventura and a trainer before remaining in the game. Petricka ended up loading up the bases with no outs before settling down and escaping by allowing just one run for the save.

Panthers | Thomas DeCoud should return

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:51:54 -0700

Carolina Panthers FS Thomas DeCoud (knee) should be able to participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 2, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Red Sox | Anthony Ranaudo debuts with win

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:48:12 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Anthony Ranaudo allowed two runs, four hits and four walks with two strikeouts over six innings to pick up a win in his major league debut Friday, Aug. 1, against the New York Yankees.

FANTASY TIP: Ranaudo was the beneficiary of the deals sending John Lackey and Jon Lester elsewhere. He is worth a look in all AL-only fantasy leagues, especially if he can turn in these type of results.

Red Sox | Mixed results for Will Middlebrooks

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:47:44 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (finger) returned to the lineup Friday, Aug. 1, against the New York Yankees and he had a double, run scored and two strikeouts in three at-bats. It was his first action since May 17 due to a fractured right index finger.

Steelers | Jawan Jamison signed

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:46:41 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent RB Jawan Jamison (Redskins). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Alvester Alexander.

Steelers | Shaquille Richardson leaves practice

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:46:13 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson (groin) left practice early Friday, Aug. 1, because of groin tightness.

Chargers | Keenan Allen showing more speed

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:38:57 -0700

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen has shown more speed during training camp, which should help him get past defenders faster, according to CB Shareece Wright. "It just makes him a more powerful threat when he's that good at the line and has speed behind it," Wright said. "A lot of times, he will win at the line, but when you've got recovery speed, you can make up for that. Now that he's faster, it's not going to be as easy to make up once you lose at the line. He's going to be open on more of his routes."

FANTASY TIP: Allen is coming off a terrific 2013 season and should be one of the top targets in the passing game again. He should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver in all fantasy leagues this season.

Red Sox | Allen Craig debuts with hit

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:36:43 -0700

Boston Red Sox 1B/OF Allen Craig made his team debut Friday, Aug. 1, against the New York Yankees, posting a double and a strikeout in four at-bats.

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Brewers | Khris Davis nursing calf injury

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:33:05 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers OF Khris Davis (calf) left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Aug. 1, due to a tight left calf.

Nationals | Asdrubal Cabrera hitless in debut

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:28:35 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Asdrubal Cabrera, making the start at second base in his team debut Friday, Aug. 1, against the Philadelphia Phillies, was hitless in four at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera is expected to get a majority of the starts at second base down the stretch, and he should gain eligibility there soon in all fantasy formats. It might take a little bit for him to adjust to a new league, but he remains a solid fantasy option in most formats.

Redskins | Jerry Rice Jr. to miss season

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:25:11 -0700

Washington Redskins WR Jerry Rice Jr. (shoulder) will miss the 2014 season because of a torn labrum. He will undergo surgery to repair the injury.

Astros | Jesus Guzman departs early

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:24:27 -0700

Houston Astros 1B Jesus Guzman (back) left the game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, Aug. 1, due to back spasms.

Bengals | Andrew Whitworth taking his time

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:24:25 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (calf) said he is taking his time with his recovery from a calf injury, because he could miss a longer period of time if he tries to rush back.

Angels | Josh Hamilton leaves game

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:19:48 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (finger) left the game Friday, Aug. 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays due to a left middle finger contusion after being hit by a pitch.

FANTASY TIP: The good news for fantasy owners is that he cracked a home run before departing. He is likely considered day to day.

Bills | Two split time at RG

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:19:44 -0700

Buffalo Bills OGs Kraig Urbik and Cyril Richardson shared reps at right guard with the first-team offense during practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Reds | Aroldis Chapman right back in there

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:18:59 -0700

Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) was called upon when needed Friday, Aug. 1, against the Miami Marlins, closing out the game for his 25th save in 27 chances.

FANTASY TIP: Chapman required medical attention when he aggravated his hamstring in the game Thursday. It appears he is good to go after another solid performance.

Reds | Mat Latos wins near hometown

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:18:36 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos even his record at 3-3 with a win Friday, Aug. 1, against the Miami Marlins, allowing just one run and five hits with four walks and five strikeouts over seven strong innings.

FANTASY TIP: Latos is from a town about 45 minutes north of Miami, so he likely pitched with a little extra something against his hometown team. He has lasted at least six innings in three straight starts, and six of the past seven.

Reds | Brandon Phillips takes grounders

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:17:39 -0700

Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) joined the team on the road trip Friday, Aug. 1, against the Miami Marlins. He fielded and took ground balls Thursday, July 31. However, there is no timetable for him to swing a bat. "I don't think he's close, but I don't know what close is whether it's five days or two weeks, I'm not sure," manager Bryan Price said.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners need to be patient until there is a more definitive timetable from the club. Keep him reserved in all leagues until he can officially return and prove his health in at least a full game or two without any setbacks.