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Jakub Voracek Headshot

Voracek hit the 50-point mark Saturday with a goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

Voracek is on track for another 20-goal season and 60-plus points. However, his minus-20 rating hangs like an anchor in those leagues that count that stat.
12:22 am (EST)
Ben McLemore Headshot

McLemore mustered 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, and one steal across 33 minutes during Saturday's 99-85 loss to the Hornets.

With Demarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes out of the picture for the Kings, as well as Garrett Temple (hamstring) and Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out, coach Dave Joerger had little option but to play his remaining wing players heavy minutes. McLemore benefited the most from this necessity, playing a team-high 33 minutes in Saturday's loss, and dropping 18 points in the process. While McLemore remains a risky pick-up in year-long fantasy formats due to the array of wing options the Kings possess, he makes for a justifiable option in DFS as long as he's in line for a 30-plus minute workload. That being said, don't expect him to fill the stat sheet with much else other than points.
12:20 am (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo tallied 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, two rebounds and two steals over 25 minutes in Saturday's 117-99 win over the Cavaliers.

Rondo didn't get the start despite the absence of Michael Carter-Williams (knee), yet managed to provide strong returns in his time off the bench. He was particularly active on the offensive end, with his 12 shot attempts the most he'd put since Jan. 10. Rondo's point totals have fluctuated in February, but he's now managed double-digit scoring efforts in four of the last seven games.
12:15 am (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler supplied 18 points (7-19 FG, 4-6 3Pt), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal over 39 minutes in Saturday's 117-99 win over the Cavaliers.

With LeBron James missing the game with an illness, Butler found a little less resistance than usual against the Cavs. He parlayed the opportunity into his first triple-double of the season, despite shooting under 40 percent for the second straight game. Butler actually compiled 12 of his 18 points with superb long-range shooting, as his four made three-pointers equaled a season high.
12:10 am (EST)
Kemba Walker Headshot

Walker finished with 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt), six assists, three rebounds, and one steal across 36 minutes during Saturday's 99-85 victory over the Kings.

Walker has been slumping from the field over his past nine contests, shooting only 40.0 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from three in the eight contests prior to Saturday's tilt. That being said, his struggles can likely be attributed to his high workload caused by the absence of backup point guard Ramon Sessions (knee), as Walker has averaged 37.0 minutes per game over that same period. Sessions is due to return in mid-March, so fantasy owners may see Walker return to his usual self around that time.
12:08 am (EST)
Michal Neuvirth Headshot

Neuvirth made 25 saves in the Flyers 4-2 loss to the Penguins in the Stadium Series game on Saturday.

His record dropped to 10-9-1 with the loss. Neuvirth has been porous of late, allowing four or more goals in three of his last four starts. But his performances have been queasy for much of the season. Neuvirth entered Saturday night with a save percentage well below hockey's Mendoza line (.900).
12:06 am (EST)
Dwyane Wade Headshot

Wade went for 20 points (9-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 10 assists and nine rebounds over 34 minutes in Saturday's 117-99 win over the Cavaliers.

Wade scored at least 20 points for the second time in as many games coming out of the All-Star break, and appears to be completely over the sore wrists that had previously plagued him. The 14-year veteran has shot 48.6 percent (17-for-35) over the last two contests, and also served as a highly effective ball distributor Saturday with Michael Carter-Williams (knee) sitting out. Wade's 10 assists were a season high, while his rebound total equaled his second highest of the season.
12:05 am (EST)
Ben Smith Headshot

Smith has just one point since his Feb. 2 return from injury.

That's a span of 11 games. Smith plays a sturdy game on the Leafs bottom six, but that does not make him worthy of fantasy consideration.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
J.T. Chargois Headshot

Chargois gave up a run with two hits over one inning in his spring debut Saturday.

Chargois will compete for a bullpen role this spring. He had a 1.29 ERA with 41 strikeouts against just eight walks in 35.0 innings last year at Triple-A, but struggled in the majors with a 4.70 ERA and ugly 17:12 K:BB ratio. With a high 90s fastball and strong strikeout rate (10.5 K/9 at Triple-A), Chargois could be a dark horse candidate to take over the closer role if Brandon Kintzler struggles and Glen Perkins fails to return from injury.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Albert Pujols Headshot

Pujols (foot) is still recovering from December surgery, but he has begun light defensive work at first base, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pujols is slowly making his way back and it's unlikely he will see much action in Cactus League spring action. He is starting to work in the field and run on a treadmill, so it's a start. The veteran is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day, but fantasy owners will want plenty of depth on hand if he is in your draft day plans.
Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
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