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DFS NBA Playbook: February 27
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Pavel Zacha Headshot

Zacha (concussion) was moved to injured reserve by the Devils on Monday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

Zacha suffered the concussion Feb. 21 against Ottawa and missed the team's latest contest because of it. The news officially rules him out Monday as well, but the retroactive nature of the IR move allows him to rejoin the action Thursday if healthy. Regardless of his status for that tilt, the youngster's 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and minus-15 rating through 52 games this season make him an unappealing fantasy option in most formats.
10:51 am (EST)
A.J. Cole Headshot

Cole was sitting between 93 and 95 mph with his fastball during his first appearance of the spring Sunday, The Washington Post reports.

The results weren't what he wanted -- he gave up four runs in 1.2 innings -- but given that Cole averaged 91.0 mph in the majors last season, a little extra juice can't hurt. If Max Scherzer's finger issue delays his start to the regular season, Cole could find himself at the back of the Nats' rotation on Opening Day despite the three games remaining on his suspension from last season, but first he'll need to show that he can maintain his new velocity while still getting some outs.
10:48 am (EST)
Jack Eichel Headshot

Eichel extended his point streak to six games Sunday, notching his 14th goal of the season and adding a helper in a loss to Arizona.

It was a very productive fantasy night for Eichel, who fired four shots on goal and collected two PIM. The youngster has been held off the scoresheet just three times in the entire month of February and is up to 36 points in 41 games on the season. He's producing offense consistently for a Buffalo team in the playoff hunt and should be rolled out with confidence every night.
10:45 am (EST)
Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson surrendered three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's loss to the Coyotes.

Nilsson played fine despite the loss, but this marks the third straight outing he has given up at least three goals. The 26-year-old has played 21 games behind Robin Lehner this season, posting a solid .921 save percentage. He's struggling of late, however, so even when the Sabres call on Nilsson instead of Lehner, it's hard to recommend him as a fantasy play, especially when you consider the fact he hasn't posted consecutive victories since early-December.
10:34 am (EST)
Kay Felder Headshot

Felder as recalled Monday from the Canton Charge of the D-League.

Felder was assigned so he could see time in Sunday's game against the Maine Red Claws, where he scored an efficient 30 points in 31 minutes. He now returns to the Cavaliers, where with the arrival of Deron Williams, Felder is expected to be relegated to a deep bench role. Barring an injury to either Williams or starter Kyrie Irving, don't expect for Felder to see much playing time through the final stretch of the regular season.
10:25 am (EST)
Tyler Glasnow Headshot

Glasnow pitched impressively Sunday, striking out six batters in two scoreless innings against Baltimore. He gave up just one hit and didn't walk a batter, Pirates Prospects reports.

Management has intimated that Glasnow would need a tremendous spring to start the season in the big leagues and so far he's off to a great start. It's important to note that the big righty was pitching to the Orioles' starting lineup and not a legion of backups. Glasnow's fastball reached 97 mph, his curve buckled knees and his new-grip changeup stayed low in the zone. Perhaps most impressively, he didn't issue a free pass after walking hitters at a 5.2/9 clip for Triple-A Indy in 2016. There's still a good chance he'll begin the season in the minors, given he continues to work on his new change-up grip, shortened slide step and wind-up, but he made a great first impression Sunday.
10:13 am (EST)
Louis Domingue Headshot

Domingue stopped 31 of 33 shots in Sunday's win over Buffalo.

It was a great rebound for Domingue, who had been burned for 14 goals in his previous three outings. The 24-year-old has had his moments this season, but ultimately has been a letdown, posting a 6-14-1 record with a .895 save percentage. Arizona has the second-worst record in the Western Conference, so even when Mike Smith has the night off, it's hard to recommend starting Domingue, as the team doesn't pick up many wins and he hasn't shown the ability to steal very many games.
10:10 am (EST)
Josh Doctson Headshot

Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the end of March, Brian McNally of 106.7 FM The Fan reports.

Doctson was limited to just two games as a rookie while recovering from an Achilles injury sustained during the past offseason, and landed back on IR in October upon suffering a setback. The wideout has made strong progress in his recovery since the season ended, as he took part in running and catching drills last week and is expected to increase his activities in the weeks to come. If Doctson proves to be healthy when training camp opens in the summer, he could challenge for a starting role if the Redskins fail to restock their receiving corps when Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson become free agents in March.
9:58 am (EST)
J.D. Martinez Headshot

Martinez (pectoral) will man right field and bat in the cleanup spot in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

Martinez was only sidelined a couple of days with pectoral tightness, and his reentry into the lineup indicates he's fully recovered from the issue. Even though an injury-plagued 2016 season dinged his final numbers, Martinez still profiles as one of the game's top power bats. His .908 OPS last season was actually superior to what he provided in 2015, when he smacked a career-high 38 homers.
9:49 am (EST)
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