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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : February 27
Ted Schuster
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Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo (hamstring) will not play during Monday's matchup against the Timberwolves, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento reports.

Despite being upgraded to questionable Saturday, Afflalo hasn't made enough progress to participate in Monday's tilt against the Timberwolves. His next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Nets, but it's unclear what his role will be moving forward considering he hasn't seen the floor since the Kings acquired multiple guards when they sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.
7:49 pm (EST)
Thon Maker Headshot

Maker will draw the start at center for Monday's tilt against the Cavaliers, despite an earlier report which indicated that John Henson would start.

Maker has started at center for the Bucks since Jabari Parker (knee) went down for the season, and has averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds across 16.3 minutes per game in that role. That being said, his minutes severely limit his fantasy potential, and he should probably still be avoided in most fantasy formats.
7:25 pm (EST)
John Henson Headshot

Updating a previous report, Henson will come off the bench for Monday's matchup with the Cavaliers.

Reports prior to game indicated that coach Jason Kidd was going to go back to Henson as his starting center, but the Bucks opted to switch it at the last second and go with Thon Maker instead. With guys like Maker and Greg Monroe in the fold, Henson has had a highly volatile role and is often left out of the rotation completely, so he can be avoided in the majority of leagues.
7:22 pm (EST)
J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea (calf) will miss at least another week, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

There was optimism earlier Monday that Barea could be back in action by the end of this week, but it appears we'll have to wait till at least a Mar. 3 matchup with the Lakers before entertaining a potential return. With Deron Williams being waived earlier this week, Yogi Ferrell should be in line for big minutes moving forward at the point guard position, while Devin Harris acts as his backup. Once available, Barea would likely jump Harris for that top reserve role behind Ferrell.
7:02 pm (EST)
Thon Maker Headshot

Maker will come off the bench for Monday's contest against the Cavaliers, Bucks radio play-by-play announcer Ted Davis reports.

Coach Jason Kidd has decided to go with John Henson at the center slot to face up against a great rebounder for the Cavaliers in Tristan Thompson. It's unknown whether or not Maker will even see the floor, considering Kidd often relies heavily on Greg Monroe off the bench, and is not shy to hand out DNP-CDs on a regular basis.
6:58 pm (EST)
Patrick McCaw Headshot

McCaw will return to the bench for Monday's game against the 76ers.

McCaw drew the spot start Saturday against the Nets in place of the ailing Kevin Durant (hand), finishing with nine points, four rebounds and an assist across 25 minutes. With Durant back to full strength and rejoining the top unit, McCaw heads back to the bench and should fill just a minor role on the wing, thus severely restricting his value moving forward.
6:56 pm (EST)
John Henson Headshot

Henson will draw the start at center for Monday's tilt against the Cavaliers, Bucks radio play-by-play announcer Ted Davis reports.

Coach Jason Kidd has decided to go with Henson over Thon Maker at the center slot to go up against tenacious rebounder Tristan Thompson. Henson still may not crack a 30-minute workload however, as Kidd often relies heavily on Greg Monroe off the bench.
6:55 pm (EST)
Ryan Kelly Headshot

Kelly will be active for Monday's contest against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Though he'll be active, it's unlikely that Kelly will see the floor. That being said, if he does manage to get some run, it probably won't translate into significant fantasy production, and it's doubtful he'll become a regular part of the Hawks' rotation.
6:14 pm (EST)
Mike Dunleavy Headshot

Dunleavy is inactive for Monday's contest against the Celtics with an ankle injury, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Dunleavy was listed as probable for Saturday's contest against the Magic, but didn't see the floor, and will miss Monday's game with a different injury. In his place, regular rotation players such as Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway, and Thabo Sefolosha will likely see extended run. Dunleavy's next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Mavericks.
6:12 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown is expected to return to the bench for Monday's game against the Hawks, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.

Brown has started 15 games this season, including the Celtics' last two contests, largely in part because of Avery Bradley's extended absence with an Achilles injury. Bradley is back in the starting lineup Monday, but is expected to be on a minutes restriction, so Brown could still be relied upon for a few extra minutes off the bench. That said, Brown should still expect to see his playing time take a significant drop, taking him off the radar in the majority of fantasy formats.
6:02 pm (EST)
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