DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : February 26 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : February 26
Ted Schuster
Jordan Clarkson Headshot

Clarkson contributed 19 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 27 minutes during Sunday's 119-98 loss to the Spurs.

Clarkson continues to score in double figures far more often than not, and he will perhaps serve as an ever bigger focal point of the team's second unit now that Lou Williams is no longer on the roster. In the first two games following the Williams trade, Clarkson has hoisted a combined 33 shot attempts, which is tied for his highest total in consecutive contests this season.
6:37 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton will not travel with the team to Cleveland for Monday's tilt against the Cavaliers in order to rest, Justin Garcia of WTMJ reports.

Middleton started his first game of the season Sunday for the Bucks after recovering from a torn hamstring, providing eight points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists across 28 minutes during the 100-96 victory over the Suns. Understandably, the Bucks will opt to exercise caution with Middleton, holding him out of the second half of a back to back set. The next time he'll likely see the floor will come Wednesday against the Nuggets.
6:35 pm (EST)
Luol Deng Headshot

Deng had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 13 minutes during Sunday's 119-98 loss to the Spurs.

Deng has played a combined 31 minutes in the two games following the All-Star break, this after receiving less than 20 minutes only six times through his first 53 appearances this season. It appears that the Lakers are starting to funnel more minutes towards the younger players, and Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 22 points in 35 minutes. Therefore, Deng shouldn't be counted on for consistent fantasy production going forward. Furthermore, this was Deng's fourth scoreless showing of 2016-17, so he wasn't exactly a reliable contributor even prior to this point.
6:27 pm (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo (back) is out for Sunday's tilt against the Pelicans, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.

Despite being upgraded to a game-time decision after being listed as out in the game notes, Oladipo's back spasms will ultimately cause him to be sidelined for Sunday's contest. Alex Abrines will likely pick up his second straight start and should see big minutes in a starter's role.
6:20 pm (EST)
Thomas Robinson Headshot

Robinson supplied nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, and four steals in 17 minutes during Sunday's 119-98 loss to the Spurs.

Robinson hadn't played in the last 11 games, but he was able to earn some court time on Sunday, albeit during a blowout defeat. While he posted a season high in takeaways and fell just shy of a double-double, Robinson has appeared in just 35 contests during 2016-17. As a result, he can likely be left on the waiver wire unless a slew of injuries strike the frontcourt.
6:13 pm (EST)
Brandon Ingram Headshot

Ingram recorded 22 points (10-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, and one block in 35 minutes during Sunday's 119-98 loss to the Spurs.

Ingram finished with a career high in scoring, and he has scored in double figures during consecutive games coming out of the All-Star break. Furthermore, he is averaging 37.0 minutes in these last two contests. With Lou Williams being traded to the Rockets, Ingram figures to keep seeing plenty of looks and minutes over the final 22 bouts of the season.
6:04 pm (EST)
Lamar Patterson Headshot

Patterson will be waived by the Hawks on Sunday, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Patterson and the Hawks are reportedly agreeing to a mutual parting of ways, as Patterson is currently working through a personal issue. It's particularly concerning considering the fact that the Hawks signed him for the rest of the season just last week, so it remains to be seen how long this personal issue will keep Patterson away from the game. Once everything is sorted out, Patterson will likely head to the D-League to restore his value unless another NBA team comes calling right away.
5:50 pm (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo (back) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Pelicans, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.

Oladipo was listed as out in the game notes for Sunday's outing, but it appears he's made significant progress throughout the day and now has a chance to return after sitting out the team's last game on Friday with back spasms. He'll likely test out the injury during pregame warmups, so we may not get final word on his availability until just before tip-off. If Oladipo is unable to take the court, look for rookie Alex Abrines to pick up his second straight start and see big minutes while taking on a starter's workload.
5:33 pm (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry (wrist) won't play in Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers and should be considered day-to-day moving forward, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

Just a day ago, the Raptors considered Lowry as out indefinitely, but his listing as day-to-day following Sunday's contest seems to indicate it won't be an extended absence. The swelling in Lowry's wrist has reportedly gone done and tests on the ailment came back clean, so he's avoided anything serious and could take the floor later this week if he's able to receive medical clearance from team doctors. That said, by sitting out Sunday, look for Cory Joseph to pick up a second consecutive start in his place after logging 11 points (5-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, six assists and three steals across 36 minutes on Friday.
5:00 pm (EST)
Al-Farouq Aminu Headshot

Aminu (knee) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Raptors, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

Aminu has missed the last two games with a lingering knee injury, but was given a probable designation heading into Sunday, so this was the expected course of action all along. He'll likely slot into a bench role behind Noah Vonleh at power forward, although the Trail Blazers have experimented with a bunch of different lineups, so that doesn't mean he'll remain in a bench role permanently, especially considering Aminu has logged 23 previous starts across 37 games this season.
4:51 pm (EST)
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