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49ers | Michael Crabtree looks quicker

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:25:13 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has more burst and is a step or two quicker, according to QB Colin Kaepernick.

FANTASY TIP: The 49ers receiving corps is a little more crowded than usual with WRs Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson also in the mix. Still, Crabtree should be taken as a high-end WR2 in standard leagues.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom, Avisail Garcia close to rehab assignments

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:21:37 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) and OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) are getting close to going on rehab assignments.

FANTASY TIP: Lindstrom's return is probably much closer, and he should be stashed if you are looking for save chances at this juncture. Garcia could return for the stretch run in September.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:20:01 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) visited a doctor Monday, July 28, but the team is not releasing the exam results or giving a timetable for his return.

FANTASY TIP: The expression "No news is good news" likely doesn't apply here. The Nationals and fantasy owners could be without Zimmerman for a lengthy period of time.

Angels | C.J. Wilson to return during road trip

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:17:32 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson (ankle) tossed 5 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing with Double-A Arkansas Monday, July 28, and he is expected to return to the team during the current road trip.

FANTASY TIP: The Halos will likely want Wilson to make another rehab start before he returns to the rotation. If he doesn't have any setbacks, Wilson could return early next week. His return will probably push Hector Santiago back into a relief role.

Astros | George Springer progressing

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:16:40 -0700

Houston Astros OF George Springer (quadriceps) is progressing nicely and is doing baseball activities, according to manager Bo Porter.

FANTASY TIP: Springer will likely need to go on a short rehab assignment once he's ready, which could come at some point next week.

Giants | Matt Cain update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:14:33 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) will have a consultation with Dr. James Andrews, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: Is there a name that strikes more fear in the fantasy community than Dr. Andrews? Check back for further updates, but visiting the ligament specialist is never a good thing. Cain owners should be looking for a long-term replacement.

Giants | Make roster moves

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:12:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa and OF Juan Perez were officially recalled from Triple-A Reno Tuesday, July 29. In corresponding moves, 2B Tony Abreu was designated for assignment, and 3B Adam Duvall was optioned to Class AAA.

49ers | Kory Faulkner cut

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:10:29 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers cut QB Kory Faulkner Tuesday, July 29.

Athletics | Josh Reddick starting in CF

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:07:56 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick is starting in center field Tuesday, July 29, for the first time since 2012.

FANTASY TIP: The Athletics will get creative with the center field spot with Coco Crisp (neck) ailing. Yoenis Cespedes can also man center field, and youngster Billy Burns is expected to start there against lefties.

Lions | Kalonji Kashama placed on Injured Reserve

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:38 -0700

Detroit Lions DE Kalonji Kashama (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Injured Reserve list Tuesday, July 29, after being waived/injured Monday, July 28.

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Rockies | No Josh Rutledge

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:34 -0700

Colorado Rockies Josh Rutledge (cold) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29, with an upper respiratory infection.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Rutledge from your starting lineups in daily-transaction leagues. A common cold shouldn't sideline him for long, and as long as he is getting everyday at-bats, Rutledge is an excellent middle infield option.

Rays | Ryan Hanigan pushes back return

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:05:40 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is still sore Tuesday, July 29, and he will push his rehab back at least a few more days.

49ers | Michael Philipp claimed

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:55 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers claimed free-agent OT Michael Philipp (Dolphins) off waivers Tuesday, July 29.

Lions | Quintin Payton claimed

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:59:15 -0700

The Detroit Lions claimed free-agent WR Quintin Payton (Buccaneers) off waivers Tuesday, July 29.

Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin feeling good

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:07 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) said his knee felt better Tuesday, July 29, and he could be back sooner than expected. Benjamin suffered a bruised left knee in practice Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: As long as he's healthy, Benjamin could be the Panthers' No. 1 wide receiver and perhaps their main red-zone threat. Still, he's no more than a WR4 in redraft leagues.

Angels | Josh Hamilton fine

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:01 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (knee) said his leg is fine, but he will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Keep Hamilton in your starting lineups this evening against the Baltimore Orioles.

Roush Fenway Racing | Carl Edwards has good history at Pocono

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:53:59 -0700

Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards has two wins and an average finish of 14.8 in 19 career Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway. His two wins at the track came in 2005 and 2008.

Giants | Will recall two

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:53:43 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa and OF Juan Perez are expected to be recalled from Triple-A Reno, according a source.

FANTASY TIP: There may be fleeting NL-only value if either earns semi-regular playing time. However, taking a wait-and-see approach is advised.

Cardinals | Patrick Peterson close to new deal

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:49:29 -0700

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is reportedly close to a deal on a new contract.

Rockies | Justin Moreau in Chicago

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:48:10 -0700

Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (neck) is expected to be activated Tuesday, July 29. RP Boone Logan (elbow) is also in Chicago with the team; however, his status has not been disclosed.

FANTASY TIP: Check back to see if Morneau is officially activated and placed in tonight's starting lineup. He should be returned to lineups immediately in all formats, if he is starting.