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Warriors' JaVale McGee: May start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McGee could remain the starting center Thursday even though Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) is expected to return to action, Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr feels Pachulia will ultimately return to a starting role, but wants to make sure he's healthy. Kerr is also considering the possibility of leaving McGee as the full-time starter. The five-man unit featuring McGee and Golden State's four All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green -- is the most efficient grouping among the 90 different lineups across the NBA to have played at least 100 minutes together. Kerr will also consider the skill each player offers. McGee's strength is in the lob-and-dunk game, giving opponents one more element to consider in their own end while spacing the floor. But Pachulia is the superior defender, passer and screener.

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Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Sitting out first week of exhibition games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tulowitzki will get some rest and sit out the first week of Grapefruit League games, Mike Nabors of reports.

On Wednesday, Jays' manager John Gibbons confirmed the decision to delay Tulowitzki's spring start to keep the 11-year veteran from being overworked early in the campaign. It's no secret that the five-time All-Star shortstop has an extensive history of injuries and DL stints, so easing Tulowitzki's workload this spring makes perfect sense. With the extended Grapefruit League schedule this year (due to the World Baseball Classic), Tulowitzki should still see plenty of at-bats to be running on all cylinders by Opening Day.

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Blue Jays' Melvin Upton Jr.: Feeling mentally tough to handle competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Upton feels his struggles in recent years have made him "mentally stronger" and well-prepared to hang on to the starting job in left field, which is bursting with competition breathing down his neck, Mike Nabors of reports.

In the past three years, Upton has changed his name, changed uniforms three times and late last year jumped back into an American League lineup for the first time since playing for the Rays in 2012. The 12-year veteran feels he's benefited from the roller-coaster ride. "Having some pretty good highs and feeling the lowest of lows kind of put things into perspective and has [helped me] stay even keel," Upton said. "It makes you continue to work and makes you mentally stronger." He'll need more mental toughness to hold on to the starting job in left field, though, where a competition includes journeyman Ezequiel Carrera, the up-and-coming Dalton Pompey and the newly-acquired Steve Pearce. Upton wasn't given a boost of confidence last week when his general manager, Ross Atkins, stated that the Jays' best lineup would include Pearce as the starting left fielder. Upton's 2017 fantasy value hinges on what type of role he'll play.

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Canadiens' David Desharnais: Receives string of DNPs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Desharnais has been a healthy scratch for five straight games.

Desharnais, who is in the final year of his contract, finally appears to be on his last legs in a Montreal uniform. With just 10 points in 29 games, Desharnais is looking at his lowest output since 2010.

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Flyers' Brayden Schenn: Scores against Caps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schenn scored a second-period goal during Wednesday's loss to Washington.

Outside of his minus-19 rating, Schenn is having another solid fantasy campaign. He's posted 19 goals, 39 points and 128 shots with 38 PIM and 156 hits, which makes him a solid cross-category contributor in the majority of seasonal settings. He's also now scored in three consecutive games, and there is no reason to expect him to suddenly stop tipping the scales across all categories.

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