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DFS NHL Playbook: February 26
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Brandon Saad Headshot

Saad picked up two assists with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-0 drubbing of the Islanders.

Getting knocked off one of the Blue Jackets' top lines didn't slow Saad down at all Saturday, as he now has a goal and five points in his last five games with a stellar plus-7 rating and 12 shots on net. On the season the 24-year-old is now a career-high plus-21, better than he managed on a Blackhawks squad in the midst of winning two Stanley Cups in three years, and Saad is also on pace to challenge the 60-point plateau for the first time.
9:46 am (EST)
Evan Gattis Headshot

Gattis (shoulder) will man the DH spot and bat in the cleanup spot in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder a little over a week ago and has been limited in workouts lately, but it appears the worst of the injury is behind him. It remains to be seen when the Astros will use him behind the plate in a game, but the fact that he's serving as the DH on Sunday suggests that the issue is probably nothing to worry about.
9:41 am (EST)
Kevin Plawecki Headshot

X-rays on Plawecki's left knee game back negative following his departure from Saturday's Grapefruit League game, James Wagner of the New York Times reports.

It appears that Plawecki, who was on the receiving end of a brutal collision Saturday, is fortunately dealing with little more than a contusion and some soreness with the knee, which likely takes a long-term absence off the table. Plawecki will presumably miss at least a few Grapefruit League games while he recovers from the injury, but he appears at limited risk of missing Opening Day.
9:32 am (EST)
Brad Peacock Headshot

Peacock allowed two hits and struck out one in two scoreless innings Saturday against the Tigers.

Peacock is a longshot to make the Astros' Opening Day roster and if he does, it will be as a long reliever. There are a few paths to that roster spot: either Mike Fiers beats out Joe Musgrove for the final rotation spot or an injury to another starter. If the Astros want him to return to Triple-A Fresno, Peacock will need to clear waivers because he's out of minor-league options.
9:30 am (EST)
Adam Frazier Headshot

Frazier was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles due to left thumb discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

It's likely only a minor issue for Frazier, who is projected to serve this season in the utility role that Sean Rodriguez filled for the Pirates in 2016. Frazier slashed .301/.356/.411 across 160 plate appearances as a rookie.
9:29 am (EST)
Dee Gordon Headshot

Gordon (illness) is listed in the Marlins lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

The Marlins scratched Gordon from their lineup Saturday after he experienced flu-like symptoms, but it appears he's since recovered from the illness. He'll bat in his normal leadoff spot and man the keystone Monday.
9:19 am (EST)
Tyus Jones Headshot

Jones scored six points with six assists in 21 minutes in Saturday's loss to Houston.

Jones has seen his playing time increase the past month even with both Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn healthy. Jones has played 21 minutes or more the past two games and is averaging 17 minutes, 4.4 points and 3.3 assists per game in February.
9:16 am (EST)
Gregory Polanco Headshot

Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double in the Grapefruit League opener Saturday against Baltimore.

Polanco is looking to put a full season together. After slashing .310/.386/.556 through the 2016 season's first two months, he batted .229/.286/.412 the rest of the way. The Pirates moved him from right field to left over the winter, a move which could put Polanco's durability to the test, given PNC Park's spacious left field area and his balky left knee. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old is still in the upswing of his career. It appears he's put on muscle over the winter, a move which could perhaps help his power numbers but hurt him in the stolen base category. He hit cleanup Saturday after bouncing around the lineup last season.
9:15 am (EST)
Avisail Garcia Headshot

Garcia went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

Garcia was given the inside track on the starting right-field job by manager Rick Renteria earlier this spring and immediately established himself as the front-runner. He had a perfectly mediocre season in 2016, when he mainly served as the team's designated hitter, a position he did not particularly like.
9:01 am (EST)
Adam Frazier Headshot

Frazier is taking reps at shortstop as the primary backup for starter Jordy Mercer, DKPittsburghSports reports.

With Jung Ho Kang's status questionable for the start of 2017, Frazier is breaking out his old shortstop glove. He came up through the minors at that position until 2015. Frazier is also the team's fourth outfielder and backup at second base and third. In other words, the second-year player is expected to see plenty of time all over the diamond. He slashed .301/.356/.411 in 160 plate appearances as a rookie and batted .299 in parts of four minor league seasons. Unfortunately, he only played 20-plus games in the outfield for Pittsburgh last season but will increase that versatility soon after the year begins.
8:57 am (EST)
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