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DFS NBA Playbook: February 27
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Max Scherzer Headshot

Scherzer (finger) will throw another bullpen session Monday using a modified grip on his fastball, The Washington Post reports.

There's even talk of Scherzer pitching in a spring training game using the three-fingered grip, as he attempts to build up arm strength while waiting for the stress fracture in the knuckle of his ring finger to fully heal. With over a month to go until Opening Day, he still has plenty of time to get ready for the regular season, but if Scherzer is still experiencing soreness in the knuckle a couple of weeks from now, it's possible he could miss a turn or two through the rotation when the games begin to matter.
10:56 am (EST)
Tyson Chandler Headshot

Chandler (coach's decision) failed to see the floor in a 100-96 loss to the Bucks on Sunday.

After the Suns failed to trade Chandler at the deadline last week, he was dropped from the starting lineup in favor of Alex Len and has since been cast out of the rotation for the last two games. With the 18-41 Suns sitting in last place in the Western Conference standings, the team has little reason to give the 34-year-old minutes, so it wouldn't be surprising if Chandler remains third on the depth chart at center behind newly-appointed starter Alex Len and second-year backup Alan Williams. Chandler might be worth holding a little longer in deeper leagues in the event coach Earl Watson reverses course and brings the veteran back into the rotation, but those in shallow leagues can probably cut bait with Chandler without much hesitation.
10:55 am (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James (illness) did not participate in shootaround and is questionable for Monday's game against the Bucks, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

There hasn't been an official update in regards to if progress has been made with James' illness, but his absence from shootaround is surely not encouraging. It's likely James attempts to go through pregame warmups before a final decision is made, but if he is ultimately ruled out for a second straight game, look for Richard Jefferson to get the start at small forward once again with Derrick Williams continuing to see extended minutes off the bench.
10:53 am (EST)
Chris Tillman Headshot

Tillman (shoulder) is expected to participate in fielding drills later in the week, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sunreports.

Tillman progressed to playing long toss late last week, but the expectation remains that he won't be ready in time for Opening Day. That said, he doesn't appear to have hit any snags as he works back from a shoulder issue, so he could make his season debut sometime in early-April.
10:52 am (EST)
Max Domi Headshot

Domi extended his point streak to four games Sunday, notching a goal and an assist in a win over the Sabres.

Domi has been clicking well with Radim Vrbata on the top line of late, but he's still only managed seven goals in 38 games. He's still very young, however, and the team's overall struggles certainly aren't helping his efforts to find twine more often. Domi's 26 points and top-six role make him worth owning in most leagues and this recent surge indicates things are only going to get better.
10:52 am (EST)
Pavel Zacha Headshot

Zacha (concussion) was moved to injured reserve by the Devils on Monday, Chris Ryan of The Star-Ledger reports.

Zacha suffered the concussion Feb. 21 against Ottawa and missed the team's latest contest because of it. The news officially rules him out Monday as well, but the retroactive nature of the IR move allows him to rejoin the action Thursday if healthy. Regardless of his status for that tilt, the youngster's 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and minus-15 rating through 52 games this season make him an unappealing fantasy option in most formats.
10:51 am (EST)
A.J. Cole Headshot

Cole was sitting between 93 and 95 mph with his fastball during his first appearance of the spring Sunday, The Washington Post reports.

The results weren't what he wanted -- he gave up four runs in 1.2 innings -- but given that Cole averaged 91.0 mph in the majors last season, a little extra juice can't hurt. If Max Scherzer's finger issue delays his start to the regular season, Cole could find himself at the back of the Nats' rotation on Opening Day despite the three games remaining on his suspension from last season, but first he'll need to show that he can maintain his new velocity while still getting some outs.
10:48 am (EST)
Eric Berry Headshot

Berry is expected to receive the Chiefs' franchise tag unless he and the team reach agreement on a long-term deal prior to Wednesday's deadline, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

Berry and defensive tackle Dontari Poe are both in search of long-term contracts to remain in Kansas City, but unless either one of them unexpectedly secures such a deal, it's anticipated that Berry will be designated as the Chiefs' franchise player for a second straight season. After holding out during training camp last year, Berry has made it clear that he'll refuse to play under the tag in 2017, which, barring an unforeseen development in the next couple days, figures to result in another standoff between the Chiefs and their five-time Pro Bowler this offseason.
10:45 am (EST)
Jack Eichel Headshot

Eichel extended his point streak to six games Sunday, notching his 14th goal of the season and adding a helper in a loss to Arizona.

It was a very productive fantasy night for Eichel, who fired four shots on goal and collected two PIM. The youngster has been held off the scoresheet just three times in the entire month of February and is up to 36 points in 41 games on the season. He's producing offense consistently for a Buffalo team in the playoff hunt and should be rolled out with confidence every night.
10:45 am (EST)
Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson surrendered three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's loss to the Coyotes.

Nilsson played fine despite the loss, but this marks the third straight outing he has given up at least three goals. The 26-year-old has played 21 games behind Robin Lehner this season, posting a solid .921 save percentage. He's struggling of late, however, so even when the Sabres call on Nilsson instead of Lehner, it's hard to recommend him as a fantasy play, especially when you consider the fact he hasn't posted consecutive victories since early-December.
10:34 am (EST)
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