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DFS NHL Optimal Lineups: February 26
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Maikel Franco Headshot

Franco went 2-for-3 with a conventional home run and an inside-the-park home run in Saturday's spring training game against the Yankees.

This will likely be the only inside-the-park homer of Franco's career. Yankees centerfielder Tyler Wade tried to get a stoppage of the play after the ball wen under the padding on the outfield wall, but the umpire allowed the play to continue. Franco will hit cleanup in what should be an improved Phillies' lineup this season, giving him an opportunity to improve on his 88 RBI from last season.
6:22 am (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon registered 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and two steals over 30 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

Originally slated to start at shooting guard in place of Patrick Beverley (groin), Gordon moved to his usual bench role once the latter was determined well enough to go. Gordon still saw his usual allotment of playing time on the second unit, posting his eighth straight double-digit scoring effort. Lou Williams' introduction into the Rockets' backcourt rotation has been seamless with respect to Gordon's production over the last two games, a welcome sight for the latter's fantasy owners.
3:00 am (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams supplied 17 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-9 FT), four assists and three steals over 26 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

The change of scenery from Los Angeles to Houston hasn't slowed down Williams a bit, as he's averaged 22 points over 26.5 minutes in his two contests in a Rockets uniform. His playing time remains right in line with what he was regularly seeing with the Lakers, even as the Rockets find ways to incorporate fellow veteran sharpshooter Eric Gordon into the mix, allaying fears for fantasy owners of both players thus far.
2:55 am (EST)
Ryan Anderson Headshot

Anderson tallied 18 points (5-15 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three assists and two rebounds over 24 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

Anderson chucked away from long range throughout the night with modest success, but did manage to post his fifth straight double-digit scoring effort. The veteran forward can be counted on for plenty of three-point shooting, along with fairly solid returns in the rebounding category. He's now upped his scoring totals in four of the last five games, and is averaging 16.4 points during that stretch.
2:50 am (EST)
Trevor Ariza Headshot

Ariza poured in 15 points (3-8 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added three rebounds, three assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

All of Ariza's non-free-throw scoring came from behind the arc, helping him hit double digits in the scoring column for the first time in the last four games. The 13-year veteran has been very reliable on his long-range shooting for his offensive contributions recently, as all but one of his baskets over the last three contests have come from downtown. His overall struggles from the floor have resulted in five consecutive contests where Ariza has shot 37.5 percent or lower, although he's been able to salvage those outings from a fantasy perspective with solid contributions in rebounds, assists and steals.
2:42 am (EST)
Clint Capela Headshot

Capela pitched in with 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 22 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

Despite returning to the starting five after coming off the bench Thursday, Capela still played a modest 22 minutes. However, he was highly efficient with his time on the court, coming within a rebound of his first double-double since Jan. 31. Capela did manage his seventh double-digit scoring effort in eight February games while hauling nine rebounds for the fourth time during the month as well. Despite typically playing under 30 minutes, the 22-year-old has developed into one of the steadier fantasy producers at the center position due to his solid shooting and strong work on the glass.
2:36 am (EST)
Briante Weber Headshot

The Warriors are planning on releasing Weber, head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Saturday, Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Weber's roster spot is expected to be taken by veteran Jose Calderon once he and the Lakers negotiate a buyout and pending a physical with the Warriors. Weber might latch on with another organization but his fantasy appeal is negligible.
2:27 am (EST)
Jose Calderon Headshot

Calderon and the Lakers are working on a buyout, and then his next move would be to take a physical and join the Warriors, according to a source, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports.

The veteran fell out of the rotation with the Lakers, so it's unlikely he will have a huge impact with the defending Western Conference champions unless injuries occur. Calderon is basically just being added for depth in case of emergency and his fantasy appeal will remain limited to deeper leagues.
2:23 am (EST)
Patrick Beverley Headshot

Beverley (groin) contributed 15 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block over 29 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

Beverley shook off his groin ailment to post his first double-digit scoring effort since Feb. 11, the Saturday before the All-Star break. He turned in another outstanding effort on the defensive end as well, tallying multiple steals for the second straight game and fourth over the last five. Beverley remains an inconsisent producer on the scoreboard, but typically makes up for it with robust returns in assists, rebounds and steals.
2:08 am (EST)
Amir Garrett Headshot

Garrett allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks, striking out over 1.2 innings in his spring training debut.

Garrett had a case of nerves early on, when the Indians did their damage against him. "I didn't know what my nerves would be like today. Going into the game, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," Garrett said. "I'm all calm now. I got the first one out of the way, and I'm ready to roll." Both of his strikeouts came on sliders, a pitch he's working on this spring.
2:07 am (EST)
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