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Phillies | Interest in Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:52:38 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and RP Antonio Bastardo are the subject of the club's conversations with a few teams.

FANTASY TIP: Byrd is the more pertinent fantasy option in this case and could suffer or improve depending on any change in location. Still, the power growth he experienced last year has successfully continued in 2014, so the "fluke" card isn't a lock. He could be an expensive FAAB crossover piece if he goes to the American League.

Athletics | Craig Gentry to DL

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:46 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Craig Gentry (hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 28. OF Billy Burns was recalled from Double-A Midland in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Gentry is dealing with a broken hand, so it could easily be an extended stay on the DL.

Vikings | Adrian Peterson excited about offense

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:20 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to playing in the team's new offense because it is more versatile than the one the team had been using for the last several seasons. "Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable," Peterson said. "I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile."

FANTASY TIP: Peterson could get more involved in the passing game in 2014, which will only help his fantasy value. He should be gone within the first few picks in all fantasy leagues.

Dolphins | Tony Hills signs

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:06 -0700

The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent OT Tony Hills (Raiders) to an undisclosed deal Monday, July 28.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:49:34 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) and OF Jacoby Ellsbury are not in the lineup Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Teixeira could very well land on the DL very soon. Prepare for an extended absence from him. Ellsbury is likely just receiving the day off. Make sure both are out of your lineups this evening.

Mets | Won't trade Noah Syndergaard

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:40:28 -0700

New York Mets SP Noah Syndergaard isn't likely to be included in any deal the club may make this week.

FANTASY TIP: As David Lennon notes, the Metropolitans could change their minds, but they're not aiming to part with their top pitching prospect. Good news for his NL-only dynasty stock holders.

Padres | Ian Kennedy, Chris Denorfia updates

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:37:14 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy is looking less likely to be traded, but OF Chris Denorfia probably will be dealt.

FANTASY TIP: Kennedy staying put would be good news for his fantasy value and NL-only owners. His current oblique injury may scare teams off. Denorfia leaving would be a positive fantasy development; joining any other offense and entering any other home park would be an upgrade that could extract more deep-mixed utility.

Giants | Eli Manning hopes to play in preseason game

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:35:29 -0700

New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he hopes to receive some playing time in the Hall of Fame but will let the coaches determine his status for the game.

Redskins | Doug Worthington sits out

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:33:38 -0700

Washington Redskins DE Doug Worthington (leg) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, because of a leg injury he suffered Sunday, July 27.

Chiefs | De'Anthony Thomas impresses in return game

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:31:49 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas was compared to WR Devin Hester with his ability to make the first person miss in the return game, according to special teams coach Dave Toub.

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Redskins | Courtney Bridget to undergo MRI

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:31:03 -0700

Washington Redskins CB Courtney Bridget (shoulder) left practice early Monday, July 28, because of a shoulder injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Redskins | Evan Royster misses practice

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:05 -0700

Washington Redskins RB Evan Royster (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, because of a strained hamstring. He was able to do some light work on the side with the trainers.

Rockies | Justin Morneau, Boone Logan to rehab

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:27:41 -0700

Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (neck) and RP Boone Logan (elbow) are making rehab appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Morneau is eligible to return Tuesday but probably will need at least another day or two. Either way, he's primed to be useful in daily-transaction games soon.

Mets | Unlikely to make big deal

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:26:15 -0700

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said it's unlikely his club will make a big trade before the upcoming non-waiver deadline.

FANTASY TIP: Those Troy Tulowitzki pipe dreams, among other scenarios, look unlikely to come true.

Athletics | Billy Burns being recalled

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:21 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns will be recalled by the team. He has 51 stolen bases this year at Double-A Midland.

FANTASY TIP: How much PT Burns will receive is yet to be seen, but his stolen base prowess is enough for him to be owned in all AL-only leagues immediately. Think of him as a poor man's Billy Hamilton. Deep leaguers in need of speed should take a look, too.

Rays | Ryan Hanigan close to return

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:19:53 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) said he will hit Tuesday, July 29, and then rehab two games with Single-A Charlotte before returning from the disabled list Friday, Aug. 1, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Yankees | Zoilo Almonte recalled, Jeff Francis cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:18:25 -0700

New York Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday, July 28, and SP Jeff Francis was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner injury update

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:16:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) has been dealing with a hamstring issue, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Broncos | DeMarcus Ware sits

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:14:14 -0700

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (leg) did not practice Monday, July 28, with a lower right leg bruise. Head coach John Fox said Ware will be fine.

Diamondbacks | Aaron Hill sitting out

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:22 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (hand) is out of the lineup Monday, July 28, but he'll be available off the bench.

FANTASY TIP: It appears that his hand is still bothering him. If he can't heal quickly, he'll complicate things for fantasy owners as well as Arizona's potential plans to trade him.