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DFS NBA Playbook: March 27
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Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook scored 39 points (13-24 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 10-16 FT) while adding 13 assists and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes during Sunday's 137-125 loss to the Rockets.

In a battle of MVP candidates, Westbrook has the better stat line but James Harden got the victory. Westbrook now has 36 triple-doubles on the season, including six in the last eight games, as he attempts to lock down a postseason berth for the Thunder.
12:34 am (EST)
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder contributed 25 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist across 36 minutes during Sunday's 112-108 victory over the Heat.

Crowder has been a consistent scoring presence for the Celtics recently, scoring in double-figures for the sixth straight game Sunday. He also added a combined four steals and blocks for the second time over that stretch. That being said, he likely won't be putting up over 20 points in too many affairs considering he's the fourth option in the Celtics offense, averaging 9.9 field-goal attempts per game. On the plus side, he's improved his efficiency over last season, bumping up his field-goal percentage to 45.3 from 44.3, and his three-point percentage up to 39.7 from 33.6. Overall, Crowder's fantasy value will likely remain stagnant the rest of the way, barring a major shake-up in the Celtics' health or rotation.
12:32 am (EST)
Amir Johnson Headshot

Johnson contributed 14 points (6-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and two steals across 27 minutes during Sunday's 112-108 victory over the Heat.

Johnson did it all Sunday against a surging Heat team, making all of his shot attempts, rebounding well, setting up his teammates to score and being a defensive presence. He tied his season-high five assists and managed his best scoring effort since he dropped 14 points Feb. 8 against the Kings. As the Celtics look to boost their playoff seeding, they'll need Johnson to bring it every night as the starter at power forward next to center Al Horford. He'll look to have another impressive performance Wednesday against the Bucks.
12:21 am (EST)
Gregory Polanco Headshot

Polanco (shoulder) was not in the lineup Sunday and GM Neal Huntington said it's too early to make a definitive statement about his Opening Day status, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "We'll see where we are. It's early in the process in terms of how they're feeling and how they bounce back," Huntington said in reference to Polanco and Chris Stewart (groin). "Let's see where we are as we get closer to the middle part of the week as we have to start making some decisions."

Polanco called his scratch from Saturday's lineup precautionary and continues to downplay the severity of the shoulder injury. However, the 25-year-old has battled shoulder issues in the past but and it sounds like the team wants to be absolutely sure of his health before penciling Polanco into the Opening Day lineup. He has logged 36 at-bats this spring between the WBC and Grapefruit League play.
12:19 am (EST)
Tyler Johnson Headshot

Johnson contributed 24 points (9-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, three steals and two assists across 31 minutes during Sunday's 112-108 loss to the Celtics.

With Dion Waiters (ankle) sidelined, Johnson has become the featured guard off the bench for the Heat. That being said, his numbers hadn't improved much over Waiters' three-game absence -- until Sunday's performance. While Johnson won't rack up many assists, averaging 3.3 per game on the season, he's shown ability to score, rebound, and pick pockets when he's on his game. His fantasy value will likely remain largely the same moving forward, though it's possibly he'll see a slight uptick if he gets comfortable in Waiters' absence.
12:09 am (EST)
Ty Blach Headshot

Blach started Sunday's tilt against the White Sox, going six innings while giving up two runs and striking out one.

It was just the lefty's second start of the spring, but his strong results and high pitch count (85) hint that the battle for the Giants' fifth starter spot may not be over. Matt Cain would be the logical choice for the organization when you factor in his contract and career of work, but his struggles on the mound this spring (8.10 ERA) and Blach's late push will make the decision a tough one. Even if he were to win the job, the 26-year-old offers more real world value to the Giants than he would to potential fantasy suitors due to his low strikeout rate and pitch-to-contact style.
12:08 am (EST)
Giannis Antetokounmpo Headshot

Antetokounmpo scored 22 points (8-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-10 FT) while adding eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes during Sunday\s 109-94 loss to the Bulls.

The 22-year-old is starting to heat up again, scoring at least 22 points in four straight games while averaging 27.5 points, 10.8 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals during that stretch. Expect Antetokounmpo to continue producing at a high level as the Bucks try to hang onto a playoff spot.
12:06 am (EST)
James Johnson Headshot

Johnson tallied 20 points (7-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 29 minutes during Sunday's 112-108 loss to the Celtics.

Johnson bounced back Sunday from subpar offensive performances over his past two games -- where he totaled 20 points on 6-of-23 shooting, five rebounds and four assists. With Dion Waiters (ankle) sidelined, Johnson has assumed a significant chunk of the ballhandling duties off the bench for the Heat and will likely continue to put up all-around two-way performances in Waiters' absence, making him a solid fantasy option in any format.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
Thaddeus Young Headshot

Young finished with two points (0-7 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 13 minutes during Sunday's 107-94 victory over the 76ers.

Young was awful from the field, and ended up only seeing 13 minutes as a result -- quite the dip from his season average of 30.2 minutes per game. While he managed to accumulate some other stats in limited action, coach Nate McMillan seemingly couldn't justify keeping him on the floor for an extended period of time. He'll look to bounce back against his former team Tuesday against the Timberwolves.
Yesterday 11:47 pm (EST)
Dario Saric Headshot

Saric supplied nine points (3-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 28 minutes during Sunday's 107-94 loss to the Pacers.

Saric, who's shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from three since the All-Star break, had a rare cold night shooting the ball. Even though he had a solid game on the glass, it doesn't quite make up for his shortcomings in the scoring department, especially for those who rostered him in DFS. He also failed to record a defensive statistic for the first time since March 3 against the Knicks. Overall, it's not what we've come to expect from Saric as of late, though it can probably just be chalked up as an outlier.
Yesterday 11:39 pm (EST)
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