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DFS NBA Playbook: February 26
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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)
James Harden Headshot

Harden produced 24 points (6-15 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block over 35 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.

One look at the the Rockets' scoring haul and it would be natural to assume that Harden had one of his trademark scoring explosions, but the offensive contributions were distributed fairly evenly across the lineup. Harden's point total was still tops on the team, and he bounced back nicely from a 13-point tally against the Pelicans on Thursday. He also posted double-digit assists for the fourth straight contest, while his five three-pointers equaled his second-best total in that category in February.
1:57 am (EST)
Jumbo Diaz Headshot

Diaz struggled in his Cactus League debut Saturday, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch in his inning of work.

Control has always been Diaz's biggest hindrance to carving out a big role in the majors. While we hesitate to extrapolate more out of a spring training debut than is appropriate, this outing is illustrative of his struggles in the past.
1:54 am (EST)
Luca Sbisa Headshot

Sbisa (illness) left Saturday's game against the Sharks due to an illness, Farhan Lalji of TSN.ca reports.

The good news for Sbisa is that doctors said the illness is not connected to mumps and the veteran has totally different symptoms. Mumps have run rampant through the Canucks locker room this week, sacking a few players in the process.
1:50 am (EST)
Shabazz Muhammad Headshot

Muhammad tallied 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds over 13 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 loss to the Rockets.

Muhammad did his damage quickly in the high-scoring affair, as the starting five logged heavy minutes while trying to keep pace with the high-octane Rockets. The former UCLA Bruin has now posted double-digit scoring efforts in eight of 11 February games, despite the fact that he's played under 20 minutes in five straight contests. Muhammad serves as a viable option in deeper leagues, although he doesn't provide much in any category beyond the scoring column.
1:49 am (EST)
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