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Dwyane Wade will start against the Raptors on Sunday.

This is a little bit of a surprise based on Wade suffering a back injury on Monday and how he hasn't played in a back-to-back set since November 16. When Wade plays, he's certainly put up some great numbers averaging 19.6 points, 4.6 boards, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals on 54.1 percent from the field on the season. His owners can plug him into their lineups.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 04:55:00 PM

Ben McLemore will start next to Darren Collison, Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos and DeMarcus Cousins against the Mavs on Wednesday.

McLemore was a DNP-CD in the last three games, so this is an interesting tweak for coach Dave Joerger. McLemore is nowhere near on the radar in most leagues, but maybe he can change that for deep leagues with a strong game tonight.
Dec 7 - 8:33 PM

Salah Mejri will start against the Kings on Wednesday night.

It'll be his third start of the season. Andrew Bogut (knee) is going to miss several games and at least 10 days, so Mejri is going to get some run. He played 29.5 minutes per game in his previous starts, so he may be on the radar as a short-term pickup in deeper leagues. Dwight Powell also benefits in a big way tonight.
Dec 7 - 8:28 PM

An MRI of Derrick Rose (back) revealed no structural damage.

He is listed as day-to-day and is expected to travel with the Knicks for their upcoming road trip. Rose said he's dealt with fatigue in his side and legs, so the Knicks may opt to just give him a few days off. If he is going to miss more time, Brandon Jennings would get most of the run with Ron Baker behind him.
Dec 7 - 8:15 PM

Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Coach Luke Walton is adding some extra punch to his first unit and helping out the second unit with Brandon Ingram shifting to the bench. The Lakers are leading the NBA in bench scoring thanks to Clarkson and Lou Williams, who has been on fire. Clarkson did start the second half on Saturday and should see minutes in the mid 30s. His fantasy owners will be hoping for him to snap out of his slump.
Dec 7 - 7:53 PM

Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse admitted that the coaching staff is deciding Jonas Valanciunas' role on a nightly basis, depending on matchups and the flow of the game.

Head coach Dwane Casey said he'll "take the blame" for Valanciunas not being in a rhythm because he's "in and out of the lineup because of the matchup situations." According to Nurse, "We're trying to figure out while the game's going on what's going to give us the best chance to win. And sometimes it means it's not [Valanciunas or other players]." JV got off to a strong start this year but he's really struggled in a decreased role lately. Frustrated owners can either sell at a steep discount or stay patient until he regains his footing.
Source: TSN.ca
Dec 7 - 7:40 PM

Jordan Clarkson or Lou Williams may start against the Rockets on Wednesday night.

The Lakers are running out of guards to use in their first unit, so coach Luke Walton will have to break up his second unit. Williams has been on fire in his last two and should have value regardless. Clarkson played a solid game on Monday and could also get a bump in value with a starting nod. Both are in play for DFS tonight.
Dec 7 - 6:40 PM

Nikola Jokic (wrist) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

To be clear, available to play doesn't necessarily mean he takes the court, and he could be eased into things after spending the past three games on the sidelines, so he's not a must-start guy with 10 games being played tonight. If he does get out there, however, he'll take away minutes from Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur.
Dec 7 - 6:30 PM

Brandon Jennings will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cavs, with Derrick Rose (back) unavailable.

Per-36 minutes this season, Jennings is averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 dimes, 4.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.7 triples per contest, so he's certainly on the radar as a potential DFS punt play or streamer option with a favorable matchup against the Cavs.
Dec 7 - 6:17 PM

Derrick Rose (sore lower back) will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

He said he had back spasms on Tuesday, but also said his side, leg and everything was fatigued. He's also going to get an MRI to make sure everything is OK. Considering Rose's injury history and lengthy time to recover, he's likely looking at more games out of the lineup. Brandon Jennings should get a boost in playing time and is worth a look for his short-term boost. Ron Baker should also be in the rotation tonight.
Dec 7 - 6:15 PM

Amir Johnson will start and Jonas Jerebko will move to the bench against the Magic on Wednesday.

This makes sense to go with a bigger frontcourt against the Magic. Johnson may also see a bump in playing time because the Celtics won't go with as many three-guard lineups with Jae Crowder at the four. He's still a risky player to use tonight and doesn't have much value once Isaiah Thomas (groin) comes back.
Dec 7 - 5:39 PM

Marcus Smart will start for Isaiah Thomas (groin) against the Magic on Wednesday.

This was very obvious all day, but it's official now. Smart has been coming off the bench and has seen his minutes drop since Jae Crowder and Al Horford have been back. He may not run the offense quite as much, but Smart should see minutes in the mid 30s and add across-the-board production. He'll get a nice short-term boost while Thomas is on the shelf. Expect to see more minutes for Terry Rozier tonight, as well.
Dec 7 - 5:36 PM




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