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Mathieu Perreault Headshot

Perreault scored his 11th goal of the season and added a helper in Sunday's win over the Canucks.

Perreault has been on a tear of late, racking up four goals and 10 points in his last six games. The 29-year-old is known for being streaky, as he's only got 38 points on the season. His tears come and go, but he's rolling right now, so make sure you insert him in your lineup. Perreault is all over the place with his scoring, but overall he's a second-liner who routinely puts up around 40 points, so you know what to expect.
2:37 am (EST)
Clay Buchholz Headshot

Buchholz gave up three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four over 3.1 innings against the Pirates on Sunday. "Let's put it this way," manager Pete Mackanin said to PhillyVoice.com, "you can't honestly say he had a good spring but he was up close to 90 pitches today. Pitch-count wise he's doing fine. He hadn't pitched in nine days so I can understand his lack of command. Once he's into a rhythm, I think he'll be fine."

Making his first start since March 15 -- he and his wife welcomed a child into the world last week -- Buchholz struggled to locate with any consistency. He believes the control of his offspeed pitches will come, and Mackanin doesn't seem to be putting much stock into Buchholz's spring performance (5.94 ERA, 1.68 WHIP). Buchholz lines up to make one more Grapefruit League start before taking the hill in the Phillies' third regular season game, April 6 in Cincinnati.
2:32 am (EST)
Blake Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler collected a pair of helpers in Sunday's win over Vancouver.

Wheeler has been on a roll of late, racking up eight points in his last five games. The Winnipeg captain has serviced fantasy owners well this season, notching 22 goals and 66 points. Wheeler has turned into one of the most reliable fantasy forwards in the game with four straight 20-goal, 60-plus point campaigns. Expect him to keep it rolling and finish the year strong.
1:58 am (EST)
Adam Lowry Headshot

Lowry netted the game-winning goal on the power play Sunday against the Canucks.

It was the 14th tally of the season for Lowry, who has been a solid third-line contributor this season. The 23-year-old has put up a career-high 26 points and aided fantasy goers with 50 PIM. Lowry is mainly valuable in deeper leagues, but his five power-play tallies and continued improvement makes him one to keep an eye on in the future.
1:45 am (EST)
Michael Hutchinson Headshot

Hutchinson turned away 28 of 29 shots in Sunday's win over Vancouver.

It was a great showing from Hutchinson, who has looked real solid in his last three starts. The 27-year-old hasn't been a very serviceable fantasy netminder this season with just seven wins and a .903 save percentage, but he appears on track to finish the year strong. He's outplaying Connor Hellebuyck right now, so the Jets are likely to continue riding the hot hand. Hutchinson has had a disappointing season, but his strong play of late could make him worth a look down the final stretch.
1:27 am (EST)
Ryan Miller Headshot

Miller stopped 30 of 32 shots in Sunday's loss to the Jets.

Miller played really well on the night, but a late goal from Adam Lowry proved to be the dagger. The veteran netminder has managed just one win in his last eight appearances for a Canucks team eliminated from playoff contention. Miller is sporting a decent .915 save percentage, but the losses are really starting to pile up, so it's hard to recommend him as a viable fantasy option down the final stretch.
1:20 am (EST)
Trevor Ariza Headshot

Ariza scored 24 points (9-11 FG, 6-8 3Pt) while adding six rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in 37 minutes during Sunday's 137-125 win over the Thunder.

It's his best scoring effort since he put up 27 against the Mavs back in the second game of the season, while the six three-pointers tied Ariza's season high. The 31-year-old is too volatile to trust on DFS rosters -- he'd scored in single digits in three of his previous four games heading into Sunday -- but his overall averages make him a solid complementary piece in season-long leagues.
1:06 am (EST)
Corey Seager Headshot

Seager (back) isn't satisfied with the quality of his swing, and he could stay back in Arizona when the team heads to Los Angeles for their final exhibition games later this week, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

There are no reports of a setback with the shortstop's back, it just sounds like he isn't satisfied with his swing after missing the majority of spring training action. Seager has played in three minor league games this past week, and reportedly felt fine physically. If the Dodgers decide to hold their young star out of Freeway Series, it would simply be to get him more consistent at-bats in minor league camp, rather than a sign that they are planning on placing him on the disabled list to start the season.
1:05 am (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford contributed seven points (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block across 31 minutes during Sunday's 112-108 victory over the Heat.

Horford has been demonstrating his all-around game over the past 13 appearances, averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists across 31.8 minutes per game. He's surprisingly sacrificed some scoring in favor of assists this season -- something that could be good or bad depending on the fantasy format. Regardless, his fantasy value should remain relatively stagnant heading into the final games of the season.
12:57 am (EST)
Gregor Blanco Headshot

Blanco is day-to-day with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral reports.

Per the report, Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster could be impacted by the ailment, which is undoubtedly a cause for concern when it comes to the former Giant and his potential career with the Diamondbacks. He hasn't exactly dazzled in 40 at-bats this spring (.225, two RBI, nine runs, four walks and nine K's), so it wouldn't be surprising if the oblique injury -- especially if it keeps him out more than a day or two -- causes him to plummet down Arizona's depth chart.
12:55 am (EST)
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