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Packers | Colt Lyerla might move to FB

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:31:04 -0700

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee), who was waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 19, could move to fullback in the future, according to tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. He said fullback "certainly seems to fit (Lyerla's) wheelhouse."

Yankees | Martin Prado helping out

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:30:04 -0700

New York Yankees 3B Martin Prado made his third straight start at second base Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Houston Astros. He had a three-hit game, including a two-run double in the sixth inning. He now has six hits and four RBIs over the past three games.

Yankees | Jacoby Ellsbury enjoys home cooking

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:27:28 -0700

New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury posted a three-hit night against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Aug. 19. He was 10-for-24 in the previous homestand, and he is now hitting .464 over the past eight games at home. Overall, he is hitting .328 at home and just .232 on the road.

FANTASY TIP: Strike while the iron is hot. Ellsbury has been on fire lately, and his production has been exceeding his salary figure in daily fantasy leagues.

Yankees | Brian McCann powering up

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:26:56 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann homered Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Houston Astros. It was his 12th homer at home, while he has managed just two in 51 road games. He has hit three homers over his past four games.

Red Sox | Brock Holt's hit streak ends

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:26:20 -0700

Boston Red Sox 3B Brock Holt was hitless in three at-bats with a sacrifice fly and sacrifice bunt Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The hitless evening snapped his 12-game hitting streak.

Mets | Kirk Nieuwenhuis unavailable

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:25:51 -0700

New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (neck) was unavailable Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Oakland Athletics due to a stiff neck.

Mets | Daniel Murphy slumping

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:25:25 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Mets 1B/2B Daniel Murphy has just three hits over his past 24 at-bats (.125), so manager Terry Collins gave him a day off with a tough left-hander on the hill Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Oakland Athletics. "Murph needs a blow," Collins said. "Dan and I talked about that a couple days ago. He wasn't looking forward to it, but he knows he needs it."

Dodgers | Zack Greinke still on for Thursday

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:22:38 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) is still listed as the probable pitcher for Thursday, Aug. 21, against the San Diego Padres. He has been dealing with soreness in his elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that P Carlos Frias would start Thursday if Greinke is unable to go.

FANTASY TIP: We'll monitor Greinke's status and update you if he is unable to make his start. Daily fantasy owners would be well served not to risk it, as he might be working with restrictions if he can make the start.

Dodgers | Josh Beckett still not throwing

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:21:57 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (hip) has not yet resumed throwing since landing on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 4 due to a left hip impingement. There is some doubt if he will be able to return this season. "At this point, he's been out a little bit," manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, Aug. 19. "It's going to take him awhile before he can start throwing. Once that happens, it's going to take him a little while to get built up. Is there going to be enough time? I'm not sure."

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can safely drop Beckett, as it is unlikely he will be able to return for anything more than a start or two, if even that. Should he be able to return after rosters expand Sept. 1, he could very well return in a middle relief role.

Dodgers | Juan Uribe making progress

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:20:16 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (hamstring) is progressing nicely in his recovery from a strained right hamstring, manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Dodgers | No timetable for Hyun-Jin Ryu

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:19:20 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) played catch before the game Tuesday, Aug. 19, but there is still no timetable for his return. "(Ryu's) doing better, feeling better," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's basically playing catch, keeping his arm moving. He'll be doing more things underneath, working out. He's doing good right now. Timetable-wise, I don't know if we're going to have that."

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners need to be patient, as it might be into September before Ryu is able to return. Wait until he is officially activated before plugging him back into the starting fantasy lineup.

Diamondbacks | Ender Inciarte goes hitless

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:18:52 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Ender Inciarte went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Washington Nationals to snap his career-high 18-game hitting streak.

Buccaneers | Taking it easy wiith Alterraun Verner

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:55:52 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneer CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19, but head coach Lovie Smith said he may not play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24.

Chiefs | Two return to practice

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:50:07 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs DT Mike DeVito (hand) and DE Mike Catapano (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19. Catapano worked with the first-team during pass-rushing drills.

Packers | Colt Lyerla still in team's plans

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:01 -0700

Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee) will likely be placed on Injured Reserve after he clears waivers, according to Lyerla's agent, Vinnie Porter. "So to put him on IR and give him a redshirt season is probably the best option for the whole situation," Porter said. "They've already put a decent amount of work into him. But it's a business and you never know what could happen."

Panthers | Corey Brown could return punts

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:33:33 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown will have a chance to become the team's top punt returner following the trade of RB Kenjon Barner to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Vikings | Jerome Simpson talks about appeal hearing

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:25:46 -0700

Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he told the truth when he met with NFL hearings officer Harold Henderson to appeal a three-game suspension stemming from an arrest for DWI last season.

FANTASY TIP: Even if he wins his appeal, Simpson is likely to have minimal fantasy value this year. He is currently behind Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the depth chart, and being the third receiver on a team that struggles to throw the ball isn't exactly a recipe for success.

Phillies | A.J. Burnett might not play in 2015

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:17:30 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett was asked Tuesday, Aug. 19, whether he intended to pitch next year and he replied, "Probably not." However, he had a player option which jumped to $11.75 million with his 27th start Tuesday.

Braves | Andrelton Simmons leaves early

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:16:36 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (hip) left the game Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to a sore left hip. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is hopeful Simmons can play Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Packers | Davante Adams working to gain trust

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:15:11 -0700

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams said he is working to gain the trust of QB Aaron Rodgers. "Just making sure that it becomes second nature," Adams said about what he needs to work on most. "Everything out there is just flowing and I don't have to worry about thinking too much and I can just play."

FANTASY TIP: Green Bay's offense is certainly capable of supporting three fantasy-worthy options at receiver, but Adams isn't a lock to overtake Jarrett Boykin for the team's No. 3 receiver job by Week 1. For now, Adams isn't worth drafting, but he is worth keeping an eye on to see how his role progresses during the year.