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Michael A. Taylor not in Royals' lineup on Sunday

Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael A. Taylor is sitting Sunday in the team's game against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Taylor is being replaced in center field by Drew Waters versus Mariners starter Luis Castillo.

In 437 plate appearances this season, Taylor has a .254 batting average with a .674 OPS, 9 home runs, 46 runs, 43 RBI and 3 stolen bases.

Alejo Lopez starting Sunday for Cincinnati

Cincinnati Reds infielder Alejo Lopez is in the lineup Sunday in the team's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Lopez is getting the nod at designated hitter, batting seventh in the order versus Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff.

Our models project Lopez for 1.0 hits, 0.5 runs, 0.3 RBI and 7.9 FanDuel points.

Akil Baddoo in lineup for Tigers Sunday afternoon

Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo is starting Sunday in the team's game against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Baddoo is getting the nod in left field, batting ninth in the order versus Royals starter Max Castillo.

Our models project Baddoo for 0.7 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.3 RBI and 7.2 FanDuel points.

Michael Massey not in lineup Saturday for Royals

Kansas City Royals infielder Michael Massey is sitting Saturday in the team's game against the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Massey is being replaced at second base by Nicky Lopez versus Tigers starter Michael Pineda.

In 105 plate appearances this season, Massey has a .283 batting average with a .758 OPS, 1 home run, 7 runs, 9 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

Lauri Markkanen sent to Jazz in deal with Cavaliers

The Utah Jazz have acquired forward Lauri Markkanen in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Markkanen will play for his third career team after the Cavaliers sent the 25-year old forward, Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected picks, and two pick swaps to Utah for Donovan Mitchell. Expect Markkanen to play his previous role at power forward while Ochai Agbaji sees minutes at the two and three while Utah continues their rebuilding process.

In 1878 minutes last season, Markkanen recorded 0.47 points and 0.37 field goal attempts per minute.

Jazz trade for Collin Sexton in 4-player deal with Cavaliers

The Utah Jazz have reportedly acquired point guard Collin Sexton in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Sexton has reportedly also signed a four-year worth $72 million as part of a sign-and-trade with the Jazz after they dealt Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland. The 23-year old should lead a rebuilding core as their potential leading scorer after Utah dealt both Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert this offseason.

In 7179 career minutes, Sexton has accounted for 0.60 points and 0.49 field goal attempts per minute.

Cavaliers reportedly acquire Donovan Mitchell in trade with Jazz

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly acquired shooting guard Donovan Mitchell in a trade with the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Per Woj, Mitchell will head to Cleveland in exchange for three unprotected first round picks, Lauri Markkanen, Ochair Agbaji, Collin Sexton, and two pick swaps. While the Jazz are in full blown rebuilding mode, the Cavaliers will add a top scoring option to go alongside their young core consisting of Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen.

In 2266 minutes last season, Mitchell averaged 0.76 points and 0.66 shot attempts per minute.

Zack Short in Tigers' lineup Saturday night

Detroit Tigers infielder Zack Short is starting Saturday in the team's game against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Short is getting the nod at second base, batting ninth in the order versus Rangers starter Dallas Keuchel.

Our models project Short for 0.7 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.4 RBI and 7.9 FanDuel pionts.

Chad Pinder not in Athletics' Monday lineup

Oakland Athletics infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder is sitting Monday in the team's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Pinder is being replaced in left field by Tony Kemp versus Blue Jays starter Alek Manoah.

In 202 plate appearances this season, Pinder has a .233 batting average with a .621 OPS, 5 home runs, 16 runs, 16 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

Kevin Huerter heading from Atlanta to Sacramento in three-player deal

Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter has been traded to the Sacramento Kings as part of a three-player deal.

What It Means:

Huerter is headed out to the Kings, while Justin Holiday, Mo Harkless and a future first-round pick are headed back to the Hawks. With the acquisition of Dejounte Murray, Huerter's presence in Atlanta became a bit less necessary. He'll now have a chance to play on the wing alongside De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.

In 74 games this season, Huerter averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 22.3 FanDuel points.

Celtics acquire Malcolm Brogdon from Indiana on Friday

The Indiana Pacers have traded Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Brogdon, who has been hampered by injuries recently, is finding a new destination to continue his career. Heading back to the Pacers are Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and a 2023 first-round draft pick.

In 36 games this season, Brogdon averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 35.6 FanDuel points.

Timberwolves send Patrick Beverley to Utah in megadeal

The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded veteran guard Patrick Beverley to the Utah Jazz, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Minnesota is sending four first-round picks and five players - Beverley, Malik Beasley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and Leandro Bolmaro - to Utah in exchange for Rudy Gobert.

In 58 games this past season, Beverley averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 26.1 FanDuel points.

Malik Beasley, four others headed to Utah in trade

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been traded to the Utah Jazz in a blockbuster deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Beasley is one of five Timberwolves sent to Utah. Joining him in their new city are Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and Leandro Bolmaro. Minnesota is also sending four first-round picks, and star center Rudy Gobert is heading back in the deal.

In 79 games last season, Beasley averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 18.9 FanDuel points.

Jazz trade Rudy Gobert to Minnesota in blockbuster deal

The Utah Jazz have traded center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

It's a blockbuster less than 24 hours after the beginning of free agency. Heading back to Utah in the deal are Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro and four first-round picks. It's a sign of a full shake-up for the Jazz, and this could be the first of many moves to come.

In 66 games this past season, Gobert averaged 15.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.1 blocks and 40.4 FanDuel points.

Willi Castro in Detroit's lineup on Tuesday

Detroit Tigers infielder Willi Castro is starting Tuesday in the team's game against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Castro is getting the nod in right field, batting sixth in the order versus Giants starter Carlos Rodon.

Our models project Castro for 0.9 hits, 0.3 runs, 0.3 RBI and 7.0 FanDuel points.

Yu Chang in Pirates' lineup on Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Yu Chang is starting Sunday in the team's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

Chang is getting the nod at second base, batting seventh in the order versus Rays starter Shane McClanahan.

Our models project Chang for 0.6 hits, 0.3 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.3 RBI and 6.1 FanDuel points.

Trail Blazers reportedly acquire Jerami Grant in trade with Detroit

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly acquired forward Jerami Grant in a trade with the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

The night before the draft, the Pistons finally decided to move the 28-year old forward to Portland in exchange for a 2025 first round pick and a swap for 2022 second rounders. Expect Grant to play a secondary offensive role behind Damian Lillard while Marvin Bagley potentially receives increased minutes at the four for the Pistons.

In 1497 minutes last season, Grant produced 0.93 FanDuel points per minute and a 25.7% usage rate.

DJ LeMahieu not in Yankees' Saturday lineup

New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is sitting Saturday in the team's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

LeMahieu is being replaced at third base by Matt Carpenter versus Blue Jays starter Alek Manoah.

In 235 plate appearances this season, LeMahieu has a .261 batting average with a .750 OPS, 6 home runs, 33 runs, 27 RBI and 1 stolen base.

Andre Iguodala (knee) cleared for Warriors on Thursday

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala (knee) is available for Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

What It Means:

Iguodala was previously listed as questionable. He played less than five minutes in each of the last two games.

numberFire's models project Iggy for 5.0 minutes and 3.8 FanDuel points in Game 6, and he has a $6,500 salary on Thursday's slate.

Otto Porter (foot) starting for Warriors in Game 6

Golden State Warriors small forward Otto Porter (foot) is available for Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

What It Means:

Porter was previously listed as questionable, but he will play and draw another start as the Warriors try to lock up another title. Despite starting, Porter has been capped at 15 minutes in each of the last two games.

numberFire's models project Porter for 14.9 minutes and 13.0 FanDuel points in Game 6, and he has a $7,500 salary on Thursday's slate.

Celtics' Robert Williams (knee) available for Game 6 on Thursday

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams (knee) is available for Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

What It Means:

Williams has been upgraded from questionable to available and will play in Game 6 on Thursday. Our models expect him to play 30.3 minutes on Thursday.

Williams' Game 6 projection includes 8.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 30.0 FanDuel points.

Mavericks reportedly acquire Christian Wood in trade with Rockets

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Christian Wood in a trade with the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Per ESPN, Wood is reportedly part of a deal for Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, and the 26th pick of 2022's draft. Expect Wood to play a secondary role behind Luka Doncic while Alperen Sengun is a probable candidate to play increased minutes at the five.

In 2091 minutes last season, Wood averaged 1.19 FanDuel points per minute and a 23.3% usage rate.

Andre Iguodala (knee) listed as questionable for Warriors' Game 6 Finals injury report

Golden State Warriors guard / forward Andre Iguodala (knee) is questionable to play in Thursday' Game 6 Finals contest against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Since Game 3, Iguodala has played a total of five minutes off the bench after he was listed as questionable before each contest.

In five expected minutes for Thursday's Game 6, Iguodala's projection includes 1.0 point, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists.

Golden State's Otto Porter (foot) questionable for Thursday's Game 6 against Boston

Golden State Warriors small forward Otto Porter (foot) is listed as questionable for Thursday's Finals Game 6 contest against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

After being listed as questionable, Porter has played 14 minutes in Golden State's past two Finals victories as a starter. In a potential similar unit role, numberFire's models project Porter to score 13.4 FanDuel points on Thursday night.

Porter's Game 6 projection includes 5.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 14.9 expected minutes.

Boston's Robert Williams (knee) questionable for Thursday's Finals Game 6 matchup

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's Game 6 Finals contest against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

In his past two Finals' appearances, Williams saw an increase to 30 and 31 minutes despite his questionable designation. Expect a similar workload for Boston's pivotal matchup against a Golden State defense allowing 40.7 points inside the paint this postseason.

Williams' Game 6 projection includes 9.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 30.3 minutes.

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