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DFS NBA Optimal Linesup: March 25
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Henrik Zetterberg Headshot

Zetterberg brushed twine for his 16th goal of the season in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Lightning.

The tally was rather strange as the puck was seen bouncing and skipping quite a bit before going past Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Still, it all counts the same for Zetterberg, who the Detroit Free Press reports was nominated for the Masterton Trophy on Friday. This award is handed down to the player who best illustrates perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game of hockey.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Petr Mrazek Headshot

Mrazek denied 30 of 32 shots in a home start against the Lightning on Friday, but Russian superstar Nikita Kucherov got the best of him in overtime.

Mrazek played well and was simply out-dueled by goalie counterpart Andrei Vasilevskiy. Ever since Jimmy Howard returned from a serious knee injury March 10, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has sent Mrazek between the pipes in every other game.
Yesterday 11:40 pm (EST)
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder posted 13 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes in Friday's 130-120 win over the Suns.

Crowder recorded his seventh double-double of the season on Friday, and matched Al Horford with 10 boards in the game. After a quiet month, Crowder has been on fire in his last five outings, averaging 16.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent from the field during that span. His high usage and production make him a dependable option at small forward in all formats. the Celtics are 3-0 against the Heat this season, so Crowder and all of the Celtics are potentially in line for a good game.
Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Ryan Anderson Headshot

Anderson was forced to leave Friday's matchup against the Pelicans early due to an injured ankle, JonathanFeigan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Anderson left the game after stepping on DeMarcus Cousins ' foot. He indicated following the game that it was too soon to know how serious this injury was. However, there was significant swelling, so his status for Sundays game against the Thunder appears unlikely. Look for Sam Dekker to fill in at power forward should Anderson miss any time. Expect an update when the team provides more clarity on the situation.
Yesterday 11:36 pm (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford posted 15 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals over 30 minutes in Friday's 130-120 win over the Suns.

Surprisingly, it was only Booker's seventh double-double on the season, but this is probably largely due to an injury that kept him sidelined for most of November. Although he is unquestionably the number one center for the Celtics, he gets spelled a little more often than most elite big men, as he has some talented players behind him in Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller and Amir Johnson. While this keeps Horford fresh, it does affect his stat line from time to time. He still comes at a reasonable price in DFS formats, and you could do a lot worse than Horford as the top center on your team.
Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Kevin Bieksa Headshot

Bieksa missed Friday's contest against the Jets due to an injury to his face, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Apparently he sustained the injury in Wednesday's game against the Oilers. Earlier in his career with Vancouver, Bieksa would put up serious offensive totals -- such as the 38 assists and 44 points he had in 2011-12 -- but nowadays he's primarily used as a shutdown blueliner for the Ducks.
Yesterday 11:21 pm (EST)
Marko Dano Headshot

Dano (undisclosed) missed Friday's game against the Ducks, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Dano was absent from Thursday's game against the Kings as well. The physical pivot was originally selected 27th overall by Columbus in the 2013 draft, but he's since had stints with the Blackhawks, Jets, and their respective minor-league affiliates. It appears that shuffling around so much has sidetracked the Austrian's development quite a bit.
Yesterday 11:14 pm (EST)
Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas tallied 34 points (10-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 11-11 FT), seven assists and two rebounds over 33 minutes in Friday's 130-120 win over the Suns.

Thomas was overshadowed by Devin Booker's 70-point game on Friday, but the Celtics notched the win thanks to Thomas and his 34 points. He was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, and it looks like he's fully recovered from his injury. Thomas can confidently return to fantasy lineups, and he once again becomes one of the most dependable DFS producers in the league.
Yesterday 11:13 pm (EST)
Tyler Ulis Headshot

Ulis recorded three points (1-4 FG, 1 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals over 34 minutes in Friday's 130-120 loss to the Celtics.

Ulis had his worst point total since February 26th, but to be honest it was probably very difficult to wrestle the ball from Devin Booker's hands as he went off for a record-breaking 70 points. If you've been riding Ulis' hot hand lately, there's no reason to think that this is more than a blip on the radar, as a game like Booker's will affect everyone else on the team. With only Leandro Barbosa seeing any playing time at point guard, Ulis' place on this very shallow roster is safe.
Yesterday 11:06 pm (EST)
Nikolai Kulemin Headshot

Kulemin did not come out for the third period in Friday's game against the Penguins. According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Islanders coach Doug Weight does not believe the forward's issue is "anything serious."

Due to spending two minutes in the box for slashing and then possibly sustaining an injury, Kulemin ended up skating for just 4:42 of ice time. Still, even without the imposing Russian, the Isles came away with a 4-3 shootout win, and that has placed them in a tie with the Bruins for the second wild card playoff spot out of the Eastern Conference. Consider Kulemin day-to-day with his next chance to return coming Saturday at home against the B's.
Yesterday 11:01 pm (EST)
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