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2017 NFL DFS Playbook: Week 15
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Tristan Thompson Headshot

Thompson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Wizards for rest purposes, Allie Clifton of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Thompson has played in just two of the last three games, seeing limited minutes in both contests as he continues to work his way back into game shape after missing more than a month with a calf injury. Coach Ty Lue will once again be as cautious as possible with his big man and will hold him out Sunday for additional rest. Thompson will likely be back as soon as Tuesday's tilt with the Bucks, though there's a good chance he remains limited in that game, which severely restricts his fantasy impact.
10:41 am (EST)
Giovani Bernard Headshot

Bernard is expected to serve as the Bengals' lead back in Sunday's game against the Vikings with Joe Mixon (concussion) ruled out, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

While Mixon sat out last week's loss to the Bears and missed most of the Bengals' loss to the Steelers in Week 13 with the head injury, Bernard has seen a steep uptick in snaps and touches and has made the most of the extra work. In those contests, he's gained 139 yards on 24 carries while adding eight receptions for 87 yards, though he failed to find the end zone in either game. The matchup against the Vikings' stout run defense isn't a favorable one for Bernard, but because neither of his backups (Brian Hill and Jarveon Williams) represent serious threats to his workload, he'll likely enjoy another sizable three-down workload.
10:41 am (EST)
Brendan Gallagher Headshot

Gallagher had three shots and one blocked shot over 12:46 of ice time in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Ottawa.

Gallagher has gone five straight games without scoring or a point of any type. Maybe that's why head coach Claude Julien limited his ice time -- Saturday's TOI was nearly three minutes fewer than his season average -- but the Canadiens' leading goal scorer should not play less than fourth-liner Nicolas Deslauriers.
10:40 am (EST)
Dwyane Wade Headshot

Wade will sit out Sunday's game against the Wizards for rest, Allie Clifton of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Wade has played the last two contests following a one-game layoff because of a sore left knee, seeing 20 and 23 minutes, respectively, during that stretch. However, coach Ty Lue wants to limit the strain on his knee, so he'll give Wade the night off Sunday as a precautionary measure. That said, Wade will likely be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday's game against the Bucks. With Wade sidelined, look for Kyle Korver and Jeff Green to pick up additional minutes on the wing.
10:34 am (EST)
Sonny Milano Headshot

Milano was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Sunday.

The 2014 first-round pick has bounced back-and-forth between the AHL and NHL levels this season, amassing five goals and 10 points in 23 games for the Blue Jackets. Currently, Milano features mostly as a power-play specialist in head coach John Tortorella's lineup -- averaging nearly two minutes of power-play time on ice -- but hasn't proven himself to be a steady offensive contributor at this point in his young career.
10:32 am (EST)
Alex Ovechkin Headshot

Ovechkin assisted on the game-tying goal and later scored in overtime Saturday against the Ducks.

It was a beautiful overtime winner from Ovechkin, who rushed up the ice and beat John Gibson with a laser. This marks the second straight multi-point game for the veteran forward, who now has 23 goals and 37 points in 34 games. Ovechkin is a fantasy monster and his clutch ability was on full display Saturday. He's an automatic roll whenever Washington is in action.
10:26 am (EST)
Sean Kilpatrick Headshot

Kilpatrick is expected to sign a two-way contract with the Bucks on Monday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

After emerging as a go-to scoring option for the Nets during certain stretches last season and finishing with an average of 13.1 points per game in 70 appearances, Kilpatrick saw a steep role reduction in 2017-18. In his 16 games with Brooklyn, Kilpatrick averaged just 4.9 points (on 28.7 percent shooting from the field) in 11.4 minutes per contest before he was waived earlier this month to make room for the newly acquired Jahlil Okafor. Despite Kilpatrick's struggles this season, the Bucks apparently recognized the scoring upside he could offer off the bench and will have him replace Gary Payton on the roster. With the Bucks ripe with options at shooting guard, it's hard to imagine Kilpatrick carving out of a much larger role in Milwaukee than he had in Brooklyn earlier this season.
10:21 am (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots in Saturday's win over the Ducks.

Holtby continues to keep it rolling, as the 28-year-old has now picked up victories in six of his last seven outings. His 19-7-0 record is remarkable, as the workhorse starts almost every game for the Capitals and has lost just four times since the start of November. His .919 save percentage and 2.63 GAA might not be the best we've seen from the elite netminder, but it's hard to complain about what he's done this season. His ability to win games and solid rate stats make him worth owning in every fantasy setting.
10:20 am (EST)
Max Pacioretty Headshot

Pacioretty attempted a team-high four shots and finished minus-3 over 18:59 of ice time in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Ottawa.

The goal-starved Canadiens could use the goal-scoring version of Pacioretty to show up. Montreal's captain hasn't scored in six games and has just one marker in the last 15. He's averaging four shots per game and on pace for a career-high number of sorties, but Pacioretty has a meager 6.1 shooting percentage, his lowest conversion rate in eight seasons.
10:17 am (EST)
Gary Payton II Headshot

The Bucks plan to waive Payton before Monday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

With Payton's two-way contract set to expire Monday after he accrued 45 days of service time in the NBA, the Bucks determined it wasn't in their best interest to sign the point guard to a guaranteed deal. Instead, the Bucks plan to use the open roster spot to sign guard Sean Kilpatrick, according to Haynes, with Milwaukee apparently valuing the potential scoring punch Kilpatrick can provide off the bench. Payton, who has appeared in the Bucks' last five games, is averaging 2.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the field over 9.2 minutes per contest on the season. He'll likely land in the G League if he's unable to secure another contract from an NBA team.
10:14 am (EST)
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