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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : March 23
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Dwight Howard Headshot

Howard posted 14 points (5-12 FG, 4-6 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 104-100 loss to the Wizards.

With Paul Millsap (knee) out, Howard is seeing an increased role in the paint, as he's averaged 13.7 points and 12 rebounds per game with Millsap sidelined. He notched his 46th double-double of the season on Wednesday, and despite Atlanta's recent woes, he is a must-start in all formats, especially while Millsap is out.
12:17 am (EST)
Stanley Johnson Headshot

Johnson tallied 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and three rebounds across 16 minutes in Wednesday's 117-95 loss to the Bulls.

After not playings Tuesday night against Brooklyn, Johnson made the most of his minutes Wednesday night as he put up 10 shots in 16 minutes. Johnson saw more minutes predominantly because the Pistons were blown out, so don't expect many games like Wednesday night's as it was just his sixth double-digit scoring performance on the season.
12:17 am (EST)
Paul Zipser Headshot

Zipser recorded 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 117-95 victory over the Pistons.

After earning a season-high 41 minutes Tuesday night, Zipser continued his strong play into the second game of the back-to-back Wednesday night as he scored a season-high 15 points. With Dwayne Wade out for the year, Zipser has a chance to carve out more of a role on the Bulls and the team is obliging as he's played an average of 35 minutes over the past two games. He's not a prolific scorer, but he does just enough of everything that he warrants fantasy consideration if he continues to see extended playing time.
12:11 am (EST)
Tim Hardaway Jr. Headshot

Hardaway tallied 29 points (9-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 8-9 FT), three assists, two rebounds, two blocked shots, and one steal over 36 minutes in Wednesday's 104-100 loss to the Wizards.

With Kent Bazemore (knee) out for over a week, Hardaway started on Wednesday and will be the team's number one shooting guard during that span. Starting or benching Hardaway does change his output (17.7 points per game as a starter, 12.6 points on the bench) but in either situation, he has the ability to erupt for huge stat lines on any given day. His high ceiling makes him a starter in all formats, regardless of his status at game time.
12:09 am (EST)
Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Mirotic tallied 28 points (12-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt), five rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 117-95 victory over the Pistons.

Mirotic stuffed the stat sheet Wednesday night as he recorded a statistic in each of the five major categories. It was his most efficient outing on the year as he shot 80 percent from the floor, and with the current lack of depth on the Bulls roster, a few more strong showings could allow Mirotic to get extended run and increase on his average of 23 minutes per game.
12:04 am (EST)
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder posted 18 points (5-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six assists and two rebounds over 32 minutes in Wednesday's 104-100 loss to the Wizards.

Schroder posted the worst kind of double-double on Wednesday, scoring 18 points and coughing up the ball 10 times. That's more turnovers than the rest of the team put together, and that kind of sloppiness can have a devastating effect on a close game like this one. He averaged 3.1 turnovers a game leading up to this contest, so that number will shoot u after tonight. Otherwise, he is posting career-high numbers this season, averaging 17.7 points and 6.2 assists per game over 69 games, so he has undeniable value as Atlanta's top point guard. Atlanta is now in the midst of a five-game skid and will have their hands full against a hot Milwaukee team that's creeping up the standings. Regardless of the matchup, you still have to start Schroder if he is your best option.
Yesterday 11:59 pm (EST)
Joffrey Lauvergne Headshot

Lauvergne registered 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 117-95 victory over the Pistons.

With Robin Lopez suspended after his altercation last game, Lauvergne started and played well with his minutes, shooting over 50 percent from the floor and snatching a team-high in rebounds. Although he had a solid showing Wednesday night, don't expect many games like this as Lopez will return from suspension next game and Lauvergne will resume his role on the bench, where he's averaged just 14.2 minutes per contest.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
Phil Hughes Headshot

Hughes gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two home runs over two innings in Wednesday's loss to Houston.

Hughes struggled at the start of spring training but was coming off two good outings before this clunker. His spring ERA rose to 6.75. However, his numbers may not be that important since he's a veteran with a set spot in the rotation as the No. 2 or No. 3 starter. It's more important that Hughes is healthy at this point in the spring after an injury-plagued 2016 season. Hughes is returning from season-ending surgery in July to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome where part of his rib was removed to relieve nerve pressure on his shoulder.
Yesterday 11:54 pm (EST)
Roman Polak Headshot

Polak will have a hearing Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding Columbus' Oliver Bjorkstrand during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

Polak received a major penalty and a game misconduct for his hit on Bjorkstrand, who was unable to return to the game after going face first into the boards. If Polak is handed a suspension by the NHL's Department of Player Safety, Alexey Marchenko or Martin Marincin will likely draw into Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game against New Jersey.
Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
Markieff Morris Headshot

Morris recorded 13 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot over 33 minutes in Wednesday's 104-100 win over the Hawks.

Morris appears to be back to normal after an illness sidelined him for two games last week. He wasn't having a good month to begin with, scoring well below his season average of 14.8 points per game with only 9.8 points per game in March leading up to missing his first game due to the illness. Morris' downward trend may have motivated some owners to release him, so if he happens to be on the waiver wire, claim him. His usage is simply too high to ignore on a team that is firing on all cylinders.
Yesterday 11:46 pm (EST)
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