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DFS NBA Optimal Linesup: March 25
Ted Schuster
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)
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)
Devin Booker Headshot

Booker tallied 70 points (21-40 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 24-26 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and one blocked shot over 45 minutes in Friday's 130-120 loss to the Celtics.

Booker had the game of a lifetime on Friday, as he became only the sixth player in NBA history to reach 70 points in a game, joining the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant at that milestone. He was responsible for 58.3 percent of Phoenix's total score, and he scored 51 of his 70 points in the second half. No one has scored 70 against the Celtics, with only Wilt Chamberlain coming close with 62 points in 1962. At only 20 years old, Booker is a standout on the Suns' very young roster. Although they are out of the playoffs, this youthful team has reason to be optimistic for next year's campaign. Booker will almost certainly come back to Earth against the Hornets, but he still has high fantasy value in all formats.
Yesterday 10:58 pm (EST)
Jeff Teague Headshot

Teague scored 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with eight assists, two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot over 33 minutes in Friday's 125-117 loss to the Nuggets.

Teague found himself in a rare spot, as he was in danger of fouling out in this game, which has only happened to him once all season. He still played very close to his season average in minutes so it had little effect on his output. As a season-long starter for the Pacers, he is among the most dependable players in the league for fantasy value at point guard and can blow up for huge games in the right matchup. One of those great matchups will occur on Sunday in Philly, as Teague has torched the 76ers for 21.5 points and 6.5 assists across 2 contests this season.
Yesterday 10:46 pm (EST)
Monta Ellis Headshot

Ellis recorded 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one steal over 31 minutes in Friday's 125-117 loss to the Nuggets.

With both C.J, Miles and Jeff Teague in foul trouble, Ellis toiled in the backcourt for most of the game, and settled into shooting guard for good when Miles fouled out. This stat line is largely an aberration for Ellis, who only has fantasy value when an injury occurs. He's only a reasonable add in the deepest of formats.
Yesterday 10:33 pm (EST)
Paul George Headshot

George recorded 27 points (10-16 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot over 34 minutes in Friday's 125-117 loss to the Nuggets.

George's 27 points included draining four 3-pointers out of 5 attempts, and he's shot an impressive 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in March. His 26.8 points per game this month also dwarfs his normal averages, so even though the Pacers are on thin ice in the playoff race, George is certainly getting hot at the right time. He has a favorable matchup against the 76ers on Sunday and is a great start in all formats.
Yesterday 10:27 pm (EST)
Skal Labissiere Headshot

Labissiere will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Warriors.

The rookie started at power forward in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks due to Kostas Koufos getting the night off to rest. He provided 13 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 18 minutes in the contest. He has been getting more run recently, and that figures to continue, albeit in a reserve role Friday.
Yesterday 10:23 pm (EST)
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