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DFS NHL Optimal Lineups: March 26
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Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Heat, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

Brown drew the start on Friday against the Suns in place of the ailing Avery Bradley (illness), posting nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block across 25 minutes. While Bradley is set to take the starter's role back, he could see limited minutes after spending Saturday in the hospital, so Brown may not see a huge drop in playing time despite the demotion to the bench.
4:43 pm (EST)
Kari Lehtonen Headshot

Lehtonen will patrol the blue paint for Sunday's road game against the Devils, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Lehtonen has been solid over his last three starts, allowing just three goals overall and posting a shiny .961 save percentage over that span. If his offense can get going, he's a good candidate for the W against a New Jersey squad that is averaging 2.08 goals per game in March, 29th in the NHL.
4:42 pm (EST)
C.J. Miles Headshot

Miles will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the 76ers.

Coach Nate McMillan is looking to speed up the game flow Sunday, so he's opted to go with Monta Ellis over Miles as the team's starting shooting guard. It remains to be seen if this is just a one-game experiment or if this will be a lineup used more frequently as the season comes to a close, but either way, it likely means a few less minutes for Miles.
4:32 pm (EST)
Monta Ellis Headshot

Ellis will start at shooting guard for Sunday's game against the 76ers.

Coach Nate McMillan said he was hoping to play a little faster Sunday, which was his reasoning for inserting Ellis into the top unit. C.J. Miles will head to the bench in the corresponding move and could see a slight down tick in minutes. In 23 previous starts this season, Ellis has averaged 9.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists across 31.2 minutes.
4:29 pm (EST)
Mark Reynolds Headshot

The Rockies selected the contract of Reynolds on Sunday, adding him to the 40-man roster, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Reynolds, who was attending camp as a non-roster invitee, is expected to open the season as the team's regular starting first baseman after Ian Desmond suffered a fractured hand, which will likely keep him out until late April. The 33-year-old turned in an .806 OPS over 441 plate appearances with the Rockies in 2016 while trimming his strikeout rate to 25.4%, the lowest mark of his career.
4:26 pm (EST)
Cory Spangenberg Headshot

Spangenberg went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the spring in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

The speedy infielder is currently locked in a position battle with Ryan Schimpf for regular at-bats at third base. Both players recently returned from minor injuries and both have played well this spring. Both infielders also bring different playing styles to the table; Schimpf is a free-swinging power threat, while Spangenberg offers speed and defense. Manager Bud Black hasn't tipped his hand regarding who his starter will be, leaving both players as deep league targets heading towards Opening Day.
4:24 pm (EST)
Chad Bettis Headshot

Bettis (illness) was placed on the 60-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

After being deemed fully healthy entering spring training, Bettis announced in March that his testicular cancer had resurfaced and that he would need to undergo chemotherapy to treat the disease. The 27-year-old faces an indefinite timetable to return to baseball, as he prioritizes his long-term health over his playing career. Bettis' placement on the 60-day DL will open up a 40-man roster spot for Mark Reynolds, who will likely serve in a platoon role at first base until Ian Desmond (hand) is able to return in late April.
4:21 pm (EST)
Shane Doan Headshot

Doan (lower body) will not be ready to go for Monday's game in St. Louis, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

The Coyotes have elected to keep Doan off the ice for a couple days in hope that it will help his lower-body injury heal. Either way, the veteran winger does not present enough fantasy value even when healthy, so he can be safely ignored in most formats.
4:15 pm (EST)
Tyler Ulis Headshot

Ulis supplied 16 points (7-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 41 minutes during Sunday's 120-106 loss to the Hornets.

Ulis bounced back from a subpar showing in Friday's loss to the Celtics, and fell just one assist shy of what would've been his fourth career double-double. Ulis has posted all three of his career double-doubles in the last seven contests, and he makes for an excellent fantasy option down the stretch since the Suns are resting veterans.
4:14 pm (EST)
Mark Melancon Headshot

In his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic, Melancon fired a scoreless inning in Saturday's win over the Padres.

Saturday's outing brought Melancon's scoreless inning streak to eight this spring. The soon-to-be 32-year-old will look to build off last season's tremendous 1.64 ERA and 47 saves with his new club. The elite closer should see plenty of save opportunities for the contending Giants this season.
4:13 pm (EST)
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