Rotoworld: Headlines



Pagano: Andrew Luck is 'really, really close'
Andrew Luck | IND
(October 9, 2015 1:03 AM EDT)
Speaking after Thursday's win, coach Chuck Pagano said Andrew Luck (shoulder) is "really, really close."
Pagano made Luck sound "really, really close" in Weeks 4 and 5, as well, but all signs are pointing toward Luck returning against the Patriots next Sunday night. He'll be a top-three QB1 for what will almost certainly be a shootout.
Stephen Holder on Twitter
Andre Johnson doubles 2015 output vs. Texans
Andre Johnson | IND
(October 9, 2015 12:04 AM EDT)
Andre Johnson caught 6-of-7 targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.
In what will surely be billed as a #RevengeGame on Twitter, Johnson more than doubled his 2015 output against his former club. He showed much more life than he did in Indy's first four games, and spent a ton of time in two-receiver sets with T.Y. Hilton. He was still out-snapped by Donte Moncrief (per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke), but was clearly a focal point of the game plan. Perhaps it had something to do with his return to Houston, but teams are in the business of winning games, not fueling revenge narratives. Johnson was wide open on his first score, a four-yard play fake. For his second, he dove to catch a slant at the goal line, shuffling into the end zone on his glute before he could be touched down. We still prefer Moncrief going forward — he's outplayed Johnson in 4-of-5 games — but perhaps Johnson has some WR4 juice left, after all.
Nathan Jahnke on Twitter


Cubs could try to extend Arrieta this winter
Jake Arrieta | CHC
(October 9, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs "will try to lock up" Jake Arrieta over the offseason. projects Arrieta to earn $10.6 million this winter in his second year of salary arbitration, but it appears the Cubs will attempt to ink the right-hander to a long-term extension. Arrieta is a Boras client, so it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be doable. The righty will turn 30 next spring, but obviously it will still cost a boatload to lock him up after what could be a Cy Young-winning campaign.
Gomez (intercostal) out again on Friday
Carlos Gomez | HOU
(October 9, 2015 11:41 AM EDT)
Carlos Gomez (intercostal) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.
The Astros had expected Gomez to give it a go, but perhaps they've decided to exercise more caution after winning Game 1. Jake Marisnick is in center field again on Friday after picking up a couple hits Thursday. Gomez will aim to return to action for Game 3 on Sunday when the series moves to Houston.
Jon Morosi on Twitter


Damian Lillard says his ankle issue is 'minor'
Damian Lillard | POR
(October 9, 2015 12:41 PM EDT)
Damian Lillard said that his left ankle sprain is "minor", but he admitted that he needs to do a better job of staying off the floor.
"I wear a lot of padding now ... I got a vest under my jersey, arm pad, thigh, tail, knees ... everything has been padded up,'' Lillard said. "My rookie year I didn't wear any. But when I started hitting the ground, I thought it would be a good idea to protect myself. Each year, I fall less. The coaches talk about staying off the court, and I try to do a lot better with that." Lillard may sit out of a preseason game as a precaution, but it's clear that he will be fine moving forward. Even though he could struggle with efficiency this season, Lillard is a nice target at the turn of the first and second rounds.
The Oregonian
Nerlens Noel has a knee and back contusion
Nerlens Noel | PHI
(October 9, 2015 12:30 PM EDT)
Nerlens Noel is dealing with a left knee contusion and a contusion on his lower back as well, and he is considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.
Noel had a hard fall in Thursday's preseason game and he obviously didn't practice on Friday, but his injuries don't sound serious. The 76ers tend to be cautious with injuries, so we would be shocked to see him play in a meaningless game on Saturday. Noel has looked like a beast in the preseason, and owners shouldn't shy away from him in the early stages of the middle rounds.
Bob Cooney on Twitter


Michael Hutchinson will start Friday night
Michael Hutchinson | WPG
(October 9, 2015 12:24 PM EDT)
Michael Hutchinson will start for Winnipeg Friday night.
Ondrej Pavelec got the nod in the Jets' 6-2 victory on Thursday. Hutchinson had a 2.39 GAA and .914 save percentage in 38 contests last season. He's entering the campaign as the backup goaltender, but he certainly has the potential to wrestle the starting job away from Pavelec.
Ken Wiebe on Twitter
Thomas Greiss will get the nod on Friday
Thomas Greiss | NYI
(October 9, 2015 12:02 PM EDT)
Thomas Greiss has been selected as the Islanders' starting goaltender for their season opener on Friday.
Greiss is filling in for Jaroslav Halak, who is recovering from an upper-body injury. Greiss is a serviceable backup, but he's got a tough task ahead of him tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Joe McDonald on Twitter


Kjeldsen shoots 68; joins the lead at Woburn
Søren Kjeldsen | PGA
(October 9, 2015 9:28 AM EDT)
With a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in Friday's second round, Søren Kjeldsen moved into a tie for the lead at the British Masters in England.
The Dane shares top spot with Matt Fitzpatrick on 9-under 133 after a lap of the Marquess course at Woburn which featured five birdies and two bogeys. Kjelden started out with six pars before dropping a shot at 16 but got it back with a birdie-2 at the next. On his second nine, he pressed the accelerator with further gains at 1, 3, 5 and 6 while also swallowing a bogey at 2. The 40-year-old is playing in his 26th event of the season but is happy to keep the engine ticking over. "When you play nicely you just want to keep going. I've always enjoyed playing a lot," said Kjeldsen, who is coming off back-to-back top 10s. "I know a lot of guys take a lot of time off but I love the competition, I love to be out there, I feel that's why I improve so I've always had the strategy of playing a lot."
Fitzpatrick stays on track at Masters; T1st
Matt Fitzpatrick | PGA
(October 9, 2015 9:19 AM EDT)
First-round leader Matt Fitzpatrick added a 2-under-par 36-33=69 to his opening 64 and is tied at the top after 36 holes of the British Masters in England.
Despite a slow start to today's second round, the young Englishman finished fast to post 9-under 133 at the midpoint. Right now, he's in equal first spot with Dane Soren Kjeldsen, the pair enjoying a one-shot lead over Richard Bland. Fitzpatrick opened his morning lap of the Marquess course at Woburn with a birdie at 10 but gave the shot back with a bogey-6 at the next. He also went birdie-bogey at 15 and 16 and suffered another blemish at the 1st. But the former U.S. Amateur champion gathered himself and circled birdies at 3, 7 and 9 to stay very much on track for his first European Tour win.


Andy Seuss secures back-to-back titles
Andy Seuss | J11
(October 8, 2015 11:33 PM EDT)
In the closest championship race in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history, Andy Seuss stood alone at the end of the night at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the 2015 titlist.
With a sixth-place finish in Thursday’s season finale Southern Slam 150, Seuss edged race winner George Brunnhoelzl III by three points in the season standings to secure his second-consecutive Whelen Southern Modified Tour crown. Seuss, a native of Hampstead, New Hampshire, knew he needed to finish sixth or better going into the race to earn a second title as he led brothers Burt and Jason Myers by 10 tallies, and Brunnhoelzl by 13. With Brunnhoelzl’s max-points effort in victory Thursday, it left little margin for error for Seuss. In the end, Seuss held his ground to become the third different driver in Whelen Southern Modified Tour history to repeat as champion.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Brunnhoelzl wins Charlotte, Seuss wins title
George Brunnhoelzl III | J28
(October 8, 2015 11:30 PM EDT)
In the closest championship race in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history, Andy Seuss stood alone at the end of the night at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the 2015 titlist.
With a sixth-place finish in Thursday’s season finale Southern Slam 150, Seuss edged race winner George Brunnhoelzl III by three points in the season standings to secure his second-consecutive Whelen Southern Modified Tour crown. The Southern Slam 150 marked the 25th career victory for the four-time tour titlists Brunnhoelzl, who previously triumphed on the Charlotte quarter-mile oval in 2012. He led all but one of the 160 laps. Ryan Preece followed Brunnhoelzl across the finish line in second with Danny Bohn third, Jason Myers fourth and Burt Myers fifth. After Seuss it was Jeremy Gerstner, John Smith, Bobby Measmer Jr. and Dalton Baldwin in the top 10.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour