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Joffrey Lauvergne lights up as spot starter in Bulls' blowout win

Chicago Bulls forward/center Joffrey Lauvergne started on Wednesday, finishing with 17 points (7-of-13 shooting), seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

What It Means:

With Robin Lopez (suspension) and Cristiano Felicio (back) out of commission, the Bulls plugged the hole at center with a whole lot of Lauvergne. It's hard to recommend him after one big game in a blowout, and for now one should assume that Lopez will reclaim the job on Friday. Prior to this game, Lauvergne had scored 17 points combined in March.

Lauvergne's 30.9 FanDuel points were third-most on the Bulls, and his 10.76 nERD was the fourth-best mark on the team.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Free agent Rod Streater is a free agency target for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have interest in free agent wide receiver Rod Streater.

What It Means:

The Vikings haven't visited with Streater but are in the market for a speed receiver to replace Cordarrelle Patterson. The Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, and the San Francisco 49ers are also in the mix.

Streater earned 21.02 Reception Net Expected Points on 27 targets in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Vikings' Latavius Murray undergoes ankle surgery

Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Murray dealt with ankle issues in the second half of last season, but didn't miss any time. The Vikings were aware he needed surgery before signing him to a three-year deal. It sounds like this is a minor procedure. Murray will likely miss all of OTA's, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

The Vikings were the worst team in the NFL in schedule-adjusted Rushing Net Expected Points (NEP) per play last season, so Murray should help. Among the 42 running backs with at least 100 rushing attempts in 2016, he finished 12th in Rushing NEP per attempt.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jaguars sign Mychal Rivera to two-year deal

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Mychal Rivera to a two-year, $6.75 million contract.

What It Means:

The second year of the deal is a team option. Jacksonville is a solid landing spot after moving on from free agent bust Julius Thomas. Rivera could open the season as the Jaguars' top receiving tight end, but is unlikely to have much of a fantasy impact.

Rivera earned 18.32 Reception Net Expected Points on his 25 targets (0.73 per-target) in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Packers re-sign Christine Michael

The Green Bay Packers re-signed running back Christine Michael.

What It Means:

The Packers were the only team to show interest in Michael. He'll return for another year after getting claimed off waivers last November. Michael should have a better grasp of Green Bay's scheme with a full offseason to prepare. With 2016 starter Eddie Lacy gone, he'll be in the mix for a committee role with Ty Montgomery.

Among the 42 running backs to top 100 carries in 2016, Michael's -0.01 Rushing Net Expected Points per attempt was 20th in the group.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Saints retain Sterling Moore with one-year contract

New Orleans Saints defensive back Sterling Moore was re-signed to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

Moore was picked up by the Saints just before Week 1 last season primarily to provide depth, but he wound up being a regular member of a depleted unit. If New Orleans' secondary can stay healthy in 2017, look for Moore to be the fourth corner on the roster. He joins a rather middling group of defensive signings for the Saints this offseason.

The Saints' secondary was third-worst in the NFL last season in schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) allowed per play. They also ranked third-worst in overall schedule-adjusted Defensive NEP allowed per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Free agent Christine Michael visits with Packers

Free agent running back Christine Michael visited the Green Bay Packers.

What It Means:

It's his first known interest since the start of free agency. Michael played nine games (including playoffs) with the Packers last year after getting claimed off waivers. With Eddie Lacy gone, he could be brought back to compete for a committee role.

Among the 42 running backs to top 100 carries in 2016, Michael's -0.01 Rushing Net Expected Points per attempt was 20th in the group.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Vince Williams likely to start for Steelers in 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams is expected to start in 2017.

What It Means:

He'll replace Lawrence Timmons, who left to sign with the Miami Dolphins. A 2013 sixth-rounder, Williams will have a good chance at 100 tackles.

The Steelers ranked 19th in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Bradley McDougald signs with Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive back Bradley McDougald, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

McDougald also visited with the Cleveland Browns, where he likely would have been a starter, but wound up signing with the Seahawks as the third safety on the roster behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Still just 26, McDougald showed some promise as a 16-game starter last season in Tampa Bay.

The Seahawks' secondary ranked 15th last season in opponent-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Kiko Alonso receives $18.5 million guaranteed in new deal with Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker Kiko Alonso to a four-year, $28.8 million contract that reportedly includes $18.5 million guaranteed.

What It Means:

It's not clear why the Dolphins made Alonso a priority signing this offseason, but kudos for achieving their goals. He continued to battle injuries last year, but did play in 15 games, compared to 11 total in the previous two seasons combined. There's been discussion about the Dolphins moving Alonso to the weak-side in 2017. His 27th birthday is in August.

In 2016, the Dolphins' defense ranked 18th in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points allowed per play. Alonso led the team with 115 tackles in 15 games.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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