DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  February 28 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: February 28
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Isaiah Canaan Headshot

Canaan is a candidate to get waived by the Bulls in the coming weeks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bulls are overloaded at both backcourt spots, and with neither Canaan nor Michael Carter-Williams (knee) shaping up as rotation options at this stage of the season and both on expiring deals, it would make sense for Chicago to let one of them go in order to address depth at another position. Canaan may be the more vulnerable of the two players in losing his roster spot, as he's appeared in just eight of the Bulls' last 32 games and lacks the overall upside of Carter-Williams, a former Rookie of the Year winner who has had a handful of productive outings this season. Even if he's ultimately released and quickly lands a roster spot elsewhere, it seems unlikely that Canaan will find his way into meaningful minutes, given his status as an undersized guard who is shooting a lowly 27.3 percent from three-point range on the season.
8:45 am (EST)
Michael Carter-Williams Headshot

Carter-Williams (knee) could be waived by the Bulls, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Carter-Williams is dealing with some patellar tendinitis in his knee that could force him to miss some time, but that appears to be the least of his worries for the time being. Instead, it's the Bulls' logjam at point guard that remains more troubling for Carter-Williams, who will likely find himself behind Jerian Grant, Rajon Rondo and Cameron Payne on the depth chart once he's healthy again. Since Carter-Williams is slated to become a restricted free agent this summer and has done little this season to justify a long-term commitment from the Bulls, it wouldn't be too surprising if the team decided to just wash their hands of the former Rookie of the Year completely in order to add depth at another position. Along with Carter-Williams, Isaiah Canaan, another non-rotation guard on an expiring deal, is also a candidate to get waived.
8:40 am (EST)
Brandon Jennings Headshot

The Hornets don't have interest in signing Jennings, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.

After Jennings was waived by the Knicks on Monday, his former coach in Detroit, Stan Van Gundy, indicated that the point guard was en route to Charlotte and likely to sign with the Hornets, but it appears those reports are premature. Though the Hornets are lacking in depth at point guard following the multi-week injury to reserve Ramon Sessions (knee), the team recently added D-League standout Briante Weber on a 10-day contract, and are apparently satisfied with him and Brian Roberts as their backup point guards behind starter Kemba Walker. While it appears we can cross one potential destination off the list for Jennings, the 27-year-old is still likely to attract interest from other contending clubs, with the Wizards reportedly being one of those teams, according to Turner Sports' David Aldridge.
8:27 am (EST)
Zaza Pachulia Headshot

Pachulia scored 16 points (5-5 FG, 6-7 FT) to go along with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot over 15 minutes in Monday's 119-108 win over Philadelphia.

Pachulia dominated Philadelphia's Jahlil Okafor, surprising the former third-overall pick with a series of drives and then denying him at the other end. On a night when Golden State's more heralded players had a rough night from the field, Pachulia stepped up to fill a scoring void, providing a season-high in points -- just the 10th time this season he's hit for double-figure scoring.
7:36 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant scored 27 points (8-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 10-11 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot over 33 minutes in Monday's 119-108 victory over the 76ers.

Durant played his first game since sitting out one contest due to a finger injury. Durant has a knack for drawing contact and getting to the free-throw line, so with all three of Golden State's top marksmen struggling to make shots, his work at the charity stripe helped the Warriors grind through an unexpectedly challenging night. He leads Golden State with 6.4 free-throw attempts per game.
7:15 am (EST)
Kosta Koufos Headshot

Koufos posted 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and an assist over 25 minutes in Monday's 102-88 loss against the Timberwolves.

It was just the second double-double of the season for Koufos, and first since Dec. 16. Despite the solid performance, he is not terribly consistent and his playing time also continues to be rather erratic. His fantasy appeal remains limited to deeper formats.
3:27 am (EST)
Ty Lawson Headshot

Lawson finished with 11 points (5-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding nine assists and two steals over 35 minutes in Monday's 102-88 loss against the Timberwolves.

Lawson returned to the starting lineup in place of Tyreke Evans and he was fairly productive. It was his best performance in three outings since returning from a leg injury. He isn't a very reliable scorer, but he'll post a high rate of assists while also contributing in the steals category.
3:23 am (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans finished with 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-3 3Pt) while adding five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot over 25 minutes in Monday's 102-88 loss against the Timberwolves.

Evans came off the bench with Ty Lawson plugged back into the starting lineup but he was still very productive. The starting lineup in Sacramento is certainly not set in stone, and head coach Dave Joerger is continuously changing based on matchups. Whether he is coming off the bench or in the starting five, the veteran Evans will see plenty of playing time for a team with very few pure scorers.
3:19 am (EST)
Karl-Anthony Towns Headshot

Towns posted a game-high 29 points (13-19 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-5 FT) with 17 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists across 38 minutes in Monday's 102-88 win against the Kings.

Towns has been on another plane lately, rolling up 29.0 points and 19.0 rebounds over his past four outings. He has 15 straight games with 20 or more points, second-longest active streak in the NBA. Towns has knocked down at least seven field goals in 23 games in a row, too.
3:12 am (EST)
Nemanja Bjelica Headshot

Bjelica totaled 10 points (4-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt) with 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals over 35 minutes in Monday's 102-88 victory against the Kings.

It was Bjelica's first double-double of the season, and his most minutes in a game since mid-November. Don't get carried away trying to add him in most fantasy leagues, although he isn't bad stash option in deeper formats. He has at least one 3-pointer in five of his past six outings, averaging 1.5 triples per game during the span. If you need help in that category in rotisserie formats, he is a surprising contributor for a big man.
3:06 am (EST)
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