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Jonas Valanciunas played just 16 minutes on Saturday, finishing with seven points, six rebounds and zero blocks in a win over the Bucks.

He played just 18 minutes on Friday, but before we all panic, let's keep in mind that the Hawks and Bucks don't really start a true center, and Larry Sanders was awful again tonight. In other words, the Raptors played a small lineup to combat the competition over the last two games. The Raps could be set for more of the same against the center-less Heat on Tuesday, but then get a handful of strong, true centers starting with Al Jefferson and the Bobcats on Wednesday. If Valanciunas doesn't get it going by the end of next week, it will officially be time to re-evaluate his short-term outlook.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 12:04:00 AM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will have a minutes limit against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Maybe the Wolves finally learned their lesson because Pek can't play over 30 minutes and stay healthy. He's still a risky player to own because the probability of him missing time is extremely high. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 4 - 7:04 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

The team said he was hopeful to play today, but this isn't that surprising considering how often the 76ers sit guys down at less than 100 percent. Hopefully Covington will play over the weekend. He should be owned in all leagues. JaKarr Sampson will start, but can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
Mar 4 - 6:38 PM

Marvin Williams will start at power forward with Cody Zeller coming off the bench against the Nets on Wednesday.

It's a matchup-based move against a smaller Brooklyn lineup. Williams and Zeller will likely play a similar amount of minutes tonight, so there's no need to adjust projections or fantasy value. In his previous 17 starts, Williams averaged 6.7 points, 3.4 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 treys, which obviously isn't great. Plus, the Hornets might switch back to Zeller starting over the weekend.
Mar 4 - 6:29 PM

Steven Adams (hand) will not play vs. the 76ers on Wednesday.

Enes Kanter gets another start without any significant competition for minutes, and the matchup vs. Philly makes him a solid option in all formats. Scott Brooks was coy about who would start once Adams is healthy, but either way Kanter is the center to own in OKC.
Mar 4 - 6:26 PM

Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play against the Pistons on Wednesday and will not have a minutes restriction.

He aggravated his shoulder injury back on Feb. 21 and only needed five games off. Davis admitted he's eager and nervous about his return, so he might not be his usual self. Still, his fantasy owners obviously have to start him. Alexis Ajinca and Norris Cole lose a little bit of value.
Mar 4 - 6:24 PM

Hornets coach Kemba Walker (knee) could return to action in one week, according to coach Steve Clifford.

Walker was originally aiming to return by Mar. 16 and this would put him ahead of schedule, conceivably playing vs. Sacramento on Mar. 11. He needs to be picked up wherever he's available, as he should immediately displace the red-hot Mo Williams in Charlotte's starting lineup. Walker has been cleared for basketball activities without restrictions and we'll pass along updates as he gets back to practicing this week.
Mar 4 - 6:23 PM

Russell Westbrook (face) will not have a minutes restriction on Wednesday against the 76ers.

He'll have a mask on tonight and should be ready to be unleashed against poor Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan. Westbrook will look to put up another triple-double tonight and we like his chances. Start him.
Mar 4 - 6:22 PM

Anthony Davis (shoulder) is warming up to play against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He is a game-time decision for this game and there should be an update within the next hour. The Pelicans are almost certainly going to want him to be discomfort-free, so he could wind up sitting. We'll pass along the updates as they become available.
Mar 4 - 6:13 PM

Channing Frye will come off the bench on Wednesday with Dewayne Dedmon taking his place in Orlando's starting lineup.

Frye has posted the second-worst defensive efficiency rating of any Magic player under interim coach James Borrego, which is the root cause of the switch. "He's trying defensively," Borrego said. "Offensively ... he gives our guards space. He gives Nik [Vucevic] room and space to operate." Frye will still be a part of the frontcourt rotation but his already limited upside takes a hit with this move to the bench.
Mar 4 - 6:06 PM

Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

The team is still calling it "rest" despite how he has a hand injury. Lowry is likely going to miss one more game and should be considered questionable to play against the Hornets on Friday. With Lowry out, it'll be Greivis Vasquez making his third start in a row. In his previous two, he averaged 13.0 points, 5.5 boards, 0.5 steals and 3.0 treys. He's worth starting in standard leagues tonight.
Mar 4 - 5:59 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) will return against the Jazz on Wednesday and come off the bench.

He has been out since January with a severe ankle sprain. Olynyk made it through most of practice back on Feb. 28, so he should be able to play close to 24 minutes tonight. With Olynyk back, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko are going to lose playing time. Olynyk should be owned in all standard leagues, especially with Jared Sullinger out for the season.
Mar 4 - 5:37 PM




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