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DFS NBA Playbook: March 23
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Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood had three points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 win over the Knicks.

Hood has been wildly inconsistent this season, and his per-game averages in scoring, assists, steals, and minutes have all dipped following a breakout campaign as a sophomore in 2015-16. Given the depth of the Jazz's roster, Hood isn't being relied on as heavily as he was last year, and coach Quin Snyder will likely continue trusting the veterans that make up his bench unit on nights when Hood is struggling to find a rhythm.
8:04 am (EST)
Raul Neto Headshot

Neto recorded 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and one assist in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 win over the Knicks.

After appearing in 81 games during 2015-16, Neto has fallen out of the regular rotation as a sophomore, averaging only 8.1 minutes per night compared to 18.5 minutes per last year. However, Neto was able to post a season high in scoring on Wednesday, and the 10.8 minutes he's averaging in March is actually the most he has seen in any month this season.
7:53 am (EST)
Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert registered 35 points (13-14 FG, 9-12 FT), 13 rebounds, four blocks, one assist, and one steal in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 victory versus the Knicks.

Gobert was incredibly efficient, following up Monday's career high in blocks (eight) with a career best in scoring. Gobert has scored in double figures during 13 of 14 appearances since the All-Star break, this after finishing with less than 10 points nine times in his first 57 games of 2016-17.
7:44 am (EST)
Juan Centeno Headshot

Centeno is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Fresno and potentially become the Astros' third catcher in the event of an injury to either Brian McCann or Evan Gattis, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

When Houston designated catcher Max Stassi for assignment earlier this week, it barely registered on the transaction radar, but it meant something to Centeno. He and Stassi will be in the same boat at Fresno -- the Astros will have to select the contract of either player to be added to the 40-man roster. Neither have hit much -- Stassi from the right side, Centeno from the left -- with Centeno holding an edge in terms of major league experience.
7:42 am (EST)
Collin McHugh Headshot

McHugh allowed on run on two hits while striking out five over three innings in a minor league game, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McHugh's on a tight schedule to be ready for the first rotation of the season. The right-hander's building his pitch count following a delay due to a dead arm period. He threw 41 pitches and will have another two opportunities to increase that. The prudent thing would have him begin the season on the 10-day disabled list and back-date the DL-assignment. He would miss the first turn, one start, and be ready to go for the rotation's second turn.
7:28 am (EST)
Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis accumulated 24 points (8-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 loss to the Knicks.

Porzingis has been solid in the last two tilts following a one-game absence due to a thigh injury. The sophomore has improved his numbers in almost every category this season, and Porzingis can be counted on across all fantasy leagues unless or until coach Jeff Hornacek decides to rest him down the stretch. The Knicks are back in action on Thursday against the Trail Blazers, and Porzingis poured in 31 points and nine boards in their last meeting.
7:24 am (EST)
Andre Iguodala Headshot

Iguodala (hip) is expected to play Friday night against Sacramento, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Iguodala sat out Tuesday's rout of the Mavericks with strained left hip. His return is not insignificant while the Warriors are without Kevin Durant (knee). Iguodala has bumped up his shot-taking and scoring in nine games without KD.
7:16 am (EST)
Nail Yakupov Headshot

Yakupov may need to be activated for Thursday's game against the Canucks as the Blues are dealing with several injured forwards that are listed out, according to Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues' latest injury is to Paul Stastny who is week to week with a lower-body injury. He joins Jori Lehtera (head) and Dmitri Jaskin (upper body) on the shelf -- Lehtera missed all of the recent five-game road trip while Jaskin missed most of it. General manager Doug Armstrong said there are no plans for a callup, according to the Post-Dispatch, so that suggests Yakupov will be in the lineup Thursday night against Vancouver or either Lehtera or Jaskin become available before the two teams faceoff.
6:50 am (EST)
Alex Galchenyuk Headshot

Galchenyuk skated on the second line as a winger during Wednesday's practice, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Twelve hours after coach Claude Julien told reporters that Galchenyuk had not played well in Tuesday's loss to Detroit, the one-time center found himself on a wing with center Andrew Shaw and winger Artturi Lehkonen. Galchenyuk had won 15 of 48 faceoffs over the last three games, and the top line produced just two goals over the last nine. Julien saw the failing chemistry between the top trio, and his natural coaching instinct was to break them up and hopefully get Galchenyuk on track in a less demanding position. We suspect he'll remain on the top power-play unit, so there's still some value in deploying Galchenyuk in fantasy lineups.
6:28 am (EST)
Cesar Hernandez Headshot

Phillies first-base coach Mickey Morandini said he is encouraged by the progress Hernandez has made improving his stolen base technique this spring, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Morandini has been working with Hernandez on getting better jumps on his stolen base attempts. The second baseman is 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts after stealing only 17 bags out of 30 attempts last season. Hernandez has been clocked by Statcast going from home to first base at speeds comparable to Dee Gordon, so he is plenty quick. It is his technique that has held him back. If he can carry his spring improvements into the regular season, stealing 30 or more bags is a real possibility.
6:15 am (EST)
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