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Dwyane Wade (toe) will be in the starting lineup Wednesday despite missing practice Monday.

As expected, Wade is good to go after one of his "maintenance days." He's coming off a 27-point performance against the Lakers that included five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. Owners should feel free to use him as they normally would.
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 06:58:00 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight.
Dec 26 - 12:49 PM

Deron Williams (calf) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Jarret Jack will draw another start on Friday, but he'll be splitting minutes with Williams, so that's going to hurt his upside. Still, over the past two starts Jack put up averages of 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals over 37.5 minutes of action, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Williams is going to be eased back into the rotation, and given his price tag, he'll be an unattractive option in daily leagues.
Dec 26 - 12:35 PM

Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:26 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) missed Friday morning's shootaround, and his status for tonight's game vs. the Lakers is not yet known.

Dirk is dealing with a stomach issue, and went to get it checked out this morning. If he's unable to go Friday, Charlie Villanueva and Greg Smith would be in line for extended minutes. Villanueva is coming off an 18-point game, and he'd make for an interesting play in daily leagues with a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers if Dirk is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:20 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues.
Dec 26 - 12:12 PM

Zach Randolph (knee) did not participate during shootaround, and remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

If Randolph sits his minutes will go to Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos. Leuer would make for a decent plug-and-play option if he draws the start, but it'll be difficult to use him if he's coming off the bench. Koufos can only be viewed as a shot-blocking and rebounding specialist in very deep leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:06 PM

Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:57 AM

Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 11:37 AM

The Rockets have waived Tarik Black in order to make room for signing Josh Smith.

Black is a serviceable backup center, and he'll likely find a deal with another team. However, he is nothing more than a backup, and with averages of just 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:25 AM

Marcus Smart will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets, sending Jameer Nelson back to the bench.

Jameer Nelson had a decent game with the starting unit during his last outing, putting up nine points and 11 assists over 29 minutes of action, but the end result was a loss for the Celtics. Smart struggled during his first career start, managing just three points, four assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in all leagues. Hopefully he'll be able to get things going in a favorable matchup vs. the Nets.
Dec 26 - 11:15 AM

Jeff Teague is set to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, according to plugged in beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

There was simply no way that Dennis Schroder was going to stick with the starting unit for long with Teague healthy, and it looks like he'll head to the bench on Friday ending his days of standard league relevancy. Teague was putting up early-round value before going down, and is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Go ahead and get him active.
Dec 26 - 11:01 AM




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