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Jason Pinnock NYG SAF
Giants' Jason Pinnock: Shows improvement in second season1h ago
Pinnock played in 14 regular-season games in 2022, totaling 41 tackles (34 solo), 1.5 sacks, three defended passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Pinnock moved from the Jets to the Giants in late August and began the season playing almost exclusively on special teams. He got an opportunity for an increased role when Xavier McKinney hurt his hand during the team's Week 9 bye, and Pinnock recorded 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three pass defenses over New York's subsequent seven games. Pinnock has two years remaining on his rookie contract, and his role next season could be substantially impacted by whether the Giants elect to bring back impending free agent Julian Love.
Azeez Ojulari NYG OLB
Giants' Azeez Ojulari: Impresses when able to play1h ago
Ojulari finished the 2022 regular season with 5.5 sacks among his 14 tackles across seven games. He added one defended pass and three forced fumbles.
Ojulari was limited by injuries throughout the campaign, the most serious of which was a calf issue that kept him out of nine of New York's first 11 contests. The second-year pro flashed his explosive skills upon his return, tallying 4.5 sacks in four games between Week 13 and Week 16. Ojulari has two years remaining on his rookie contract and will be a key piece of the Giants' defensive scheme next season. He could be due for a breakout campaign if he's able to stay healthy.
Adoree' Jackson NYG CB
Giants' Adoree' Jackson: Beset by injury again this season2h ago
Jackson played in 10 games during the 2022 regular season, tallying 51 tackles (40 solo), seven pass defenses, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He added 14 tackles (11 solo) across New York's two playoff contests.
Jackson was a key component of New York's secondary in the games in which he played, taking part in over 90 percent of the team's defensive snaps in nine of his 12 contests between the regular season and playoffs. However, a sprained MCL suffered in Week 11 against Detroit cost him seven games, and he has now missed 29 regular-season contests over the past four campaigns. Jackson is signed through 2024 and should remain a starter in the Giants' secondary next season.
Graham Gano NYG K
Giants' Graham Gano: Efficient in 13th NFL season3h ago
During the regular season, Gano converted 29 of 32 field-goal attempts and 32 of 34 extra-point tries. He made his lone field-goal try and all five of his extra-point attempts over two postseason games.
Gano was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate on the strength of his accurate kicking during the campaign. Among other things, he went 8-for-9 on field-goal attempts from beyond 50 yards, finishing with his most makes from that distance in his 13 seasons as a pro. Gano struggled at times with his accuracy early in his career, but he's since become one of the league's most reliable kickers, making 132 of 143 (92.3 percent) of his field-goal tries over the past five campaigns. Gano has one year remaining on his current contract and figures to be the Giants' primary placekicker again next season.
Nick Vannett NYG TE
Giants' Nick Vannett: Sees production decline4h ago
Vannett played in nine regular-season games between the Saints and the Giants, finishing with four receptions on seven targets for 42 yards and no touchdowns.
Vannett began the campaign with New Orleans before latching on with New York's practice squad in late November. He eventually joined the team's active roster but saw limited action behind rookie starter Daniel Bellinger. Vannett's overall catch and yardage totals during the campaign were his lowest since his rookie season in 2016 with Seattle. Bellinger is the Giants' clear tight end of the future, so the team isn't likely to prioritize bringing back Vannett, who will be an unrestricted free agent.
Daniel Bellinger NYG TE
Giants' Daniel Bellinger: Cements starting role as rookie4h ago
Bellinger totaled 30 catches on 35 targets for 268 yards and two receiving touchdowns during the regular season in his rookie campaign. He added one rush for a two-yard touchdown.
Bellinger saw his snap count rise steadily from Week 1 to Week 6 before suffering an eye injury against Jacksonville in Week 7. The issue required surgery and cost him four contests, but Bellinger immediately slotted back into a starting role upon his return and received the lion's share of New York's tight end snaps the rest of the way, including in two postseason contests during which he tallied three catches on five targets for 21 yards. While the rookie out of San Diego State didn't record more than five receptions or 42 yards in any game during the campaign, he made at least one catch in every contest after Week 1 and solidified his place as the Giants' tight end of the future. New York has a bevy of pass catchers along with quarterback Daniel Jones slated for free agency this offseason, so Bellinger's outlook for next year could be impacted by who the team adds, retains and parts ways with.
Jharel Cotton SF RP
Jharel Cotton: Heads to NPB6h ago
Cotton signed a contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in late January.
Cotton was an effective starter for a brief stretch with the Athletics to close the 2016 season, but arm injuries derailed his chances to remain a regular member of a big-league rotation. He managed to rebound to put up decent numbers as a reliever in recent campaigns, including maintaining a 3.56 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 43 innings with the Twins and Giants in 2022. It's unclear what his role will be with the Buffaloes, though it's possible he could serve as a starter.
Miguel Sano MIN 1B
Miguel Sano: Hosting workout8h ago
Sano (knee) will host a workout for scouts Feb. 7, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports.
Sano entered free agency in November after the Twins declined his option for the 2023 season. That decision came as little surprise after he managed only 71 plate appearances due to a lingering knee issue in 2022. However, he had posted an OPS of at least .750 in three consecutive prior campaigns, so it's possible he could get a small deal and earn some plate appearances at designated hitter for a club if he proves healthy.
Stephen Strasburg WAS SP
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Throwing near home11h ago
Strasburg (ribs, shoulder) has begun throwing near his offseason home, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
There is still no clarity as to how much the Nationals are going to be able to get out of Strasburg in 2023, but the 34-year-old right-hander continues to plug away in his ongoing recovery from July 2021 surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome. A stress reaction in his rib cage is what limited him to just one major-league start in 2022, and that injury was said to be related to the lingering TOS issue. Strasburg can probably be ignored again on fantasy draft day, unless a sudden reason for newfound optimism arises this spring in Nats camp.
Darwinzon Hernandez BAL RP
Orioles' Darwinzon Hernandez: Outrighted to Triple-A14h ago
Hernandez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Hernandez had been acquired from the Red Sox last month but lost his spot on the 40-man roster when the O's traded for Cole Irvin last week. Hernandez will still be in major-league camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. He has a robust 32.3 percent strikeout rate in his major-league career but has been held back by a 17.7 percent walk rate.
Mark Leiter CHC RP
Cubs' Mark Leiter: Re-signs on MiLB deal15h ago
Leiter signed a minor-league contract Thursday with the Cubs that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Leiter was pushed off the Cubs' 40-man roster last month, but he's back now with a chance to impress on the MLB side of spring camp. The 31-year-old right-hander worked to a respectable 3.99 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 73:25 K:BB ratio over 67.2 innings with Chicago during the 2022 regular season.
Chris Owings PIT 2B
Pirates' Chris Owings: Inks minors deal with Pittsburgh16h ago
Owings signed a minor-league contract Thursday with the Pirates that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
Owings struggled to a .107/.254/.143 batting line in 26 games (68 plate appearances) last season with the Orioles before getting released in June. He then latched on with the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees and slashed .235/.303/.412 across 208 plate appearances in the International League. The 31-year-old can serve as organizational infield depth for Pittsburgh leading into the 2023 campaign.
Jonathan Kuminga GS PF
Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga: Plays well in spot start1h ago
Kuminga closed Thursday's 134-117 loss to the Nuggets with 17 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.
Kuminga was a last-minute addition to the starting lineup after Draymond Green was ruled out due to a calf injury. Kuminga did well with the opportunity, notching his highest rebound total since Dec. 14 and posting double-digit points for the sixth time in his past seven games. He's doesn't typically produce enough to be a viable fantasy asset, but Kuminga does have some deep-league streaming appeal when called upon to start, as he's averaging 12.4 points, 3.6 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.6 triples in that role over seven games this season.
Jordan Poole GS SG
Warriors' Jordan Poole: Drains four triples in loss1h ago
Poole finished with 22 points (8-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, five assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Thursday's 134-117 loss to the Nuggets.
Poole finished second on the Warriors with 22 points Thursday, and he got to that mark on an efficient 8-for-15 shooting line. The fourth-year guard scored over half of his points from three-point range, where he went 4-for-8. This was a nice bounce-back performance for Poole, as he had averaged just 14.0 points on 36.4 percent shooting over his previous three games.
Stephen Curry GS PG
Warriors' Stephen Curry: Scores 28 points despite injury1h ago
Curry racked up 28 points (10-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and five assists over 33 minutes during Thursday's 134-117 loss to Denver.
Curry was at one point questionable for the contest due to a sore shoulder, but he ended up leading the Warriors with 33 minutes and 28 points. The sharpshooting point guard didn't seem to be affected at all by the shoulder issue, as he knocked down 10 of 17 shot attempts and went 5-for-10 from three-point range. Curry has scored 20-plus points in nine straight games and is averaging 31.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 5.0 three-pointers and 1.0 steals over that stretch.
Vlatko Cancar DEN SF
Nuggets' Vlatko Cancar: Shines in spot start2h ago
Cancar supplied 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and two steals across 32 minutes during Thursday's 134-117 victory over the Warriors.
Cancar moved into the starting unit for just the second time this season Thursday with Aaron Gordon (ankle) unable to play, and the fourth-year forward put together one of his best games of the season. He was very efficient from deep, knocking down a trio of triples on just four attempts. This was Cancar's first game with double-digit scoring since he put up 15 points against the Clippers on Jan. 5. He has shown flashes of ability this season but isn't likely to be a fantasy asset unless Gordon is forced to miss an extended amount of time.
Jamal Murray DEN PG
Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Drops 33 points in victory2h ago
Murray amassed 33 points (12-23 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, eight assists and one steal over 30 minutes during Thursday's 134-117 win over the Warriors.
Murray continued his recent scoring surge Thursday, surpassing the 30-point mark for the second straight game and finishing with over 20 points for his fifth straight contest. The point guard didn't let his scoring output interfere with his playmaking duties, as he also dished eight assists -- his third-highest mark since the start of the new year. After averaging 22.1 points, 5.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 three-pointers in January, Murray appears poised to keep his foot on the pedal with a big performance in his first game of February.
Nikola Jokic DEN C
Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Leads way with triple-double2h ago
Jokic notched 22 points (9-13 FG, 4-5 FT), 14 rebounds, 16 assists, one block and one steal over 33 minutes during Thursday's 134-117 victory over Golden State.
Jokic took just 13 shots Thursday, right in line with what he had averaged over his previous three contests. Besides displaying efficiency by hitting nine of those tries, the big man did his usual work as a stat-sheet stuffer, leading all players in the contest in both assists and boards en route to his league-leading 17th triple-double of the campaign. Ten of those performances have come over his past 13 games, a span that has helped push Jokic back to being the No. 1 fantasy producer on the season.
Shane Wright SEA C
Kraken's Shane Wright: Overcomes injury9h ago
Wright (lower body) returned to action for OHL Windsor on Thursday.
Wright was injured Jan. 26, but it appears he's recovered rather quickly. The 19-year-old is expected to remain in the juniors ranks for the rest of the season, though it's possible he could be called up to the Kraken if Windsor's season comes to an earlier than expected end.
Jakub Lauko BOS C
Bruins' Jakub Lauko: Returns to AHL9h ago
Lauko was sent down to AHL Providence on Thursday, per CapFriendly.
Lauko had an assist in his only appearance during this stint with the big club. If the Bruins need forward depth after the All-Star break, he'd be a candidate for a recall.
Alexander Romanov NYI D
Islanders' Alexander Romanov: One goal in 52 games this season10h ago
Romanov has one goal, 14 assists, and a plus-6 rating in 52 games this season.
General manager Lou Lamoriello giving up a first-round pick for those numbers is getting harder and harder to justify. Romanov may have a future as a top-three defender, but he certainly isn't there yet and offers little to no fantasy value.
Sean Walker LA D
Kings' Sean Walker: On 10-game scoring drought13h ago
Walker has been held off the scoresheet in his last 10 contests.
Walker does have 13 hits and 19 blocks over that 10-game span though, which gives him two goals, nine points, 52 hits and 65 blocks in 46 contests this season. He's averaging just 15:05 of ice time this season, which is down from 18:33 over 123 contests from 2019-20 through 2021-22. Although he should continue to make regular contributions in terms of hits and blocks, his scoring pace isn't likely to increase meaningfully unless his role with the Kings grows.
Bowen Byram COL D
Avalanche's Bowen Byram: In full-contact jersey Thursday17h ago
Byram (lower body) is wearing a full-contact jersey at practice Thursday, Brennan Vogt of Full Press Hockey reports.
Byram played the first 10 games of the season and has been out since Nov. 5, a span of 38 games. Byram has been practicing of late, but Thursday was the first time he has been allowed to go all-out. The fourth-overall pick in the 2019 Draft, Byram has two goals and five points in 10 games this season. He could return as early as Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Filip Zadina DET RW
Red Wings' Filip Zadina: Sent to AHL Grand Rapids18h ago
Zadina (broken leg) was activated from injured reserve Thursday and sent to AHL Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint.
Zadina has missed almost three months with the injury, as he was hurt Nov. 5 versus the Islanders. The former sixth-overall pick in 2018, Zadina was pointless in nine games to start the season. He could return as early as Tuesday when the Red Wings host the Oilers.