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Updating a previous item, Bradley Beal (wrist) is seeing a hand specialist in New York and his availability on Wednesday is uncertain.

Beal previously admitted that he might have to take some time off, and his seeing a hand specialist is a sign that, at the very least, his wrist warrants a closer examination. We don't expect the rookie to play tonight even if it's for precautionary reasons, meaning that guys like Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and Jordan Crawford will see more playing time.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 11:32:00 AM

Henry Walker will replace Luol Deng (thigh) in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Wizards.

Walker is capable of the occasional scoring outburst, and he'll have plenty of opportunity tonight with both Deng and Dwyane Wade (hip) on the shelf, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. James Ennis and Michael Beasley will see extended minutes off the bench.
Mar 6 - 6:56 PM

Mario Chalmers (knee) and Chris Andersen (body) are active for Friday.

The Heat are starting Tyler Johnson over Chalmers, which shows how much confidence they have in Johnson right now. Chalmers is still going to get a chance to play 24-30 minutes and is worth a look as a spot-starter in some leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:55 PM

Tyler Johnson (ankle) will start against the Wizards on Friday.

The Heat won't have Dwyane Wade tonight due to a hip injury and he could miss more time. Johnson did have a career-high 26 points on Monday and he's earned some playing time. He's worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:51 PM

Luol Deng (thigh) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

Miami is going to be hurting for healthy bodies in this one with both Dwyane Wade (hip) and Deng out. Goran Dragic will likely run the show on offense, and if there were ever a time for Michael Beasley to step up as a scorer, this would be it. Henry Walker will step into the starting lineup, while James Ennis and Beasley will have the opportunity to pick up some extended minutes tonight. Both Walker and Beasley are worth a look in daily leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:49 PM

Dwyane Wade (hip) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

Wow. The Heat are in deep trouble with their depth. They will start Tyler Johnson and he could get some big minutes tonight. Goran Dragic is going to get his best chance to shine tonight and could have himself a big night. As for Wade, it's tough to tell how much time he's going to miss and he should be considered questionable for Saturday.
Mar 6 - 6:47 PM

Jae Crowder will slide into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans with Avery Bradley (elbow) sidelined, shifting Evan Turner over to the two-spot.

Crowder will likely see a boost in value running with the starting unit, and he'll look to keep his momentum going after putting up 18 points during his last game. Head coach Brad Stevens said he elected to go with Crowder instead of Isaiah Thomas because he doesn't want to disturb Thomas' rhythm with the second unit. However, Thomas will likely come into the game early, and Boston will look to him as their go-to guy on offense, so he'll see a boost in value as well with Bradley out.
Mar 6 - 6:34 PM

James Johnson will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Hornets.

Head coach Dwane Casey said that he'll be shuffling guys in and out of the starting lineup based on the matchup for the final 21 games of the season, so this is him staying true to his word. Terrence Ross will replace Johnson in the starting lineup tonight, but he could just as easily head to the bench in the next one. Johnson is still worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:22 PM

Terrence Jones (back) and Patrick Beverley (foot) will play against the Pistons on Friday.

The good news is that this isn't his lingering leg issue. Jones has been one of the most improved players after the break and he's put up top-10 fantasy value since the start of the second half. He has to be in all lineups tonight. His status also makes the Josh Smith revenge game less appealing.
Mar 6 - 6:19 PM

Terrence Ross will start over James Johnson on Friday night against the Wizards.

Perhaps this move is made to help Kyle Lowry in his return, but who knows? Ross certainly hasn't earned the job on merit and has struggled for basically two months. He's not a fantasy option. James Johnson owners shouldn't panic and keep him owned for now.
Mar 6 - 6:17 PM

Channing Frye will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kings with Nikola Vucevic (sore left ankle) out.

Frye has been pretty darn horrible this season, so we're not expecting much despite his return to the starting unit. He'll drain some 3-pointers, but with averages of just 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.1 three-pointers per game as a starter, he's not an option in standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:13 PM

Nikola Vucevic (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Friday due to a sore left ankle.

Oh boy. The Magic are going to be in trouble against DeMarcus Cousins. With Vooch out, they might have to finally get Kyle O'Quinn back in the rotation tonight. Channing Frye will move back into the starting lineup with Andrew Nicholson backing him up. Dewayne Dedmon is also going to play more at the center spot in the starting lineup. Dedmon has been the apple of his coach's eye and is the best bet for a good line tonight. Of course, foul trouble is going to be a potential problem with his 6.5 fouls per 36 this season. That's not good against DMC.
Mar 6 - 6:10 PM




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