DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Zach Britton will go for an MRI Monday on his injured ankle.

X-Rays came back negative on the ankle, and Britton will get an MRI Monday to check for any further damage. He is a top ten closer, and is looking to avoid the disabled list. Darren O'Day figures to get the save chances with Britton out. He is worth an add in all formats if he is on your waiver wire.
17 minutes ago

Giants second basemen Joe Panik (groin) is expected to be out until at least Tuesday.

In the meantime, Kelby Tomlinson figures to get the starts at second base for the Giants. Panik has been solid so far at a weak position, hitting to to the tune of .312 with 3 homeruns and 12 RBIs. Tomlinson is worth a look in daily because he will be a bargain until Panik comes back.
28 minutes ago

Giants outfield Angel Pagan suffered a mild left hamstring strain during Sunday's game.

Pagan tweaked the hamstring running to second base Sunday. There is no word on the severity of the injury yet. Pagan has enjoyed a solid season so far, slashing .315/.366/.457 to go along with two homeruns, 13 RBI and two steals. He has been a nice surprise for owners who invested in him, especially in NL only leagues. Gregor Blanco figures to start if Pagan misses any time. Blanco has enjoyed a nice start to the season, and could be a sneaky value play in DFS.
30 minutes ago

The Chicago Bears have cut safety Antrel Rolle.

Rolle's tenure in Chicago only lasted one year. It was a year that Rolle would like to forget, only appearing in seven games for the Bears, and recording only 35 total tackles, and failing to tally an interception for the first time in his career. The Bears addressed the safety spot in the draft by taking safties Deon Bush and Deiondre Hall. This move shows that they are expecting big things from the rookies, and if one earns a starting spot, it makes them worth a look in deeper IDP leagues. Rolle will look to catch on with another team and probably will. His days of being useful as an IDP safety appear to be over.
38 minutes ago

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had a setback while rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and has been pulled off his rehab assignment.

Hamilton injured the knee rounding the bases, and at this point the Rangers do not appear too worried about the setback. The veteran slugger still has some value in deeper and AL only leagues, but his issue has been staying on the field the last two seasons. It also remains to be seen where he will slot in in a crowded Rangers outfield.
54 minutes ago

Reds shortstop Zack Cosart left Sunday's game with a right knee injury.

Cozart went 1 for 3 before being replaced in the game by Ivan DeJesus. Cozart is off to a hot start this season for a woeful Reds team. The veteran is slashing .347/.350/.533 along with two homeruns and nine RBI. His value gets a bump as well in DFS because he is hitting in the leadoff spot. It may affect his RBI total a bit, but the Reds offense is not that good anyway. He remains a must start at a shallow position. Monitor his status.
1 hour ago

The Dodgers have moved Yasiel Puig to the leadoff spot on Sunday in an effort to spark his offense.

How batting leadoff is any better than batting second is anybody's guess, but this slightly helps Puig's DFS value. Enrique Hernandez takes a slight hit by batting second, but he is still a strong play. Puig will not lead off against righties, so his seasonal value is mostly unchanged.
1 hour ago

The Angels have transferred pitcher C.J. Wilson to the 60-day DL.

Wilson has already missed nearly a month, and considering he is targeting a mid-June return, this move will not affect his return. Wilson had a 3.89 ERA in 132 innings last season, but at this point he shouldn't be owned outside of AL-only leagues.
1 hour ago

Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that Albert Pujols will play first base on Monday against the Brewers but will not commit to him playing the position after that during their upcoming inter-league series.

Ji-Man Choi and C.J. Cron have both been terrible this season, and it would be a really terrible idea to sit Pujols in favor of either of those players. The Angels have three games against the Brewers this week and three against Tampa Bay, and if you own Pujols in a weekly league you should still start him.
1 hour ago

Warriors guard Steph Curry has resumed light shooting and movements on his injured right knee with the hopes that he will be ready for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against Portland.

The whole series will change when Curry returns, as he will put pressure on Portland's backcourt and open things up for Draymond Green. Shaun Livingston will start until Curry returns.
2 hours ago