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Clint Capela (heel) will not play against the Bucks on Saturday.

It will be his first game out of the lineup on the season. Capela's heel injury doesn't sound serious and he should be considered questionable for Monday against the banged-up Jazz. With him out, Nene should be active, but the Rockets will probably go small and start P.J. Tucker to push Ryan Anderson to the five. Tarik Black could also be an option. Besides the Anderson upgrade, there's some risk in using the other guys mentioned here.
Dec 16 - 7:10 PM

Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes will start against the Mavs on Saturday.

Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard are getting a scheduled day off. The last time Murray had a chance without Parker, he went off with eight points, 14 boards and four dimes in 27 minutes. He makes a lot of sense as a DFS play today against a team that has struggled in halfcourt defense.
Dec 16 - 7:04 PM

Joe Johnson and Ekpe Udoh will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

The Jazz will indeed go small with Joe Johnson at the four, which isn't surprising because they used that lineup last night and they went with him at the four a ton last season. Johnson may only be limited because he only played 15 minutes in his return on Friday, but he should be able to clear 20 minutes in this one. Expect more Alec Burks in the second unit, as well.
Dec 16 - 6:53 PM

Austin Rivers (concussion) is out Saturday night vs. the Heat.

The good news is he will be ready to go against the Spurs on Monday. Rivers was almost able to make it through the protocol, which means he's very close to being symptom-free. With him out tonight, Lou Williams will be very busy while Milos Teodosic should see minutes in the upper 20s. C.J. Williams could play while Jawun Evans takes a back seat after a big Friday.
Dec 16 - 6:43 PM

DeAndre Liggins will start over Gary Payton II against the Rockets on Saturday.

This is likely a defensive move to add some length against James Harden. Liggins only played three minutes in the last game and his usage rate is just 9.0 on the year. He really can't be trusted in fantasy.
Dec 16 - 6:42 PM

Michael Beasley will start against the Thunder on Saturday night.

It'll be his fifth start and his averages over his last four are pretty good at 17.0 points, 4.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.3 treys in 24.5 minutes per game -- that includes a 30-point game against Houston. We should see more Doug McDermott off the bench and coach Jeff Hornacek has run with Willy Hernangomez at the four at times. Beasley makes sense in DFS or as a stream for points.
Dec 16 - 6:32 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Saturday.

We don't get to see the future against the past at MSG here with Carmelo Anthony in town. Porzingis did some shooting before getting ruled out, but apparently the doctors weren't ready to give him a green light to play in this huge game. With him out, it'll be Michael Beasley getting a huge boost to become a solid DFS play while there is usage to go around to basically everyone else in the rotation.
Dec 16 - 6:27 PM

James Harden (knee) is a game-time call against the Bucks on Saturday.

This is from Harden getting fouled under the basket on a breakaway drive by Brandon Paul last night. Harden was in pain for about 30 seconds, but he looked to be fine after that. The back-to-back is probably a factor, so it may be more of a precaution. If he can't go, Eric Gordon and Chris Paul will see a boost.
Dec 16 - 6:22 PM

Justise Winslow (knee) won't play against the Clippers on Saturday.

He surprisingly popped up on the injury report with only a questionable tag, but he gets ruled out early here. Maybe Winslow can return next week, but he doesn't have fantasy value in most leagues while healthy. Jordan Mickey should be in the rotation again while Kelly Olynyk should see more minutes, assuming he can avoid foul trouble this time.
Dec 16 - 6:21 PM

Derrick Favors (eye) will not play against the Cavs on Saturday.

That means the Jazz will be down to their third-string center Ekpe Udoh, who played 17.3 minutes in the second half on Friday. Jonas Jerebko also started the second half with Udoh and played 13.4 minutes. The Jazz ran a ton of small-ball lineups and they'll likely run a lot of those units out there today, especially when LeBron James is on the bench. Joe Johnson should also get an uptick in minutes as a small-ball four. Favors should be considered questionable for Monday.
Dec 16 - 6:03 PM

Tristan Thompson (calf) will only play in the first half and will come off the bench against the Jazz on Saturday.

The Cavs are going to be careful here because Thompson has suffered two different setbacks. With him returning, that should mean Jeff Green and Channing Frye could lose a few minutes while some other wings could lose run if someone heats up. Thompson is only worth an add in deeper leagues.
Dec 16 - 5:53 PM




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