Player News - Magic

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Evan Fournier (hip) told reporters he's doing everything he can to return this season.

While Fournier wants to return, he has been out since Feb. 25 and the rebuilding Magic don't have much incentive to rush him back. He's a player to keep an eye on in deeper fantasy leagues for 2015-16, but the 22-year-old can safely be left on waivers for this season.
Mar 31 - 11:53 AM

Tobias Harris picked up the pace in the Magic's 111-97 loss to the Pistons on Friday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes.

So far, so good since returning from his ankle injury. Owners should have him back in lineups for Orlando's upcoming three-game week.
Mar 27 - 11:08 PM

Andrew Nicholson will slide into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pistons with Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) unavailable.

This will be Nicholson's second start of the season. He managed to put up 13 points, six rebounds and three assists during his last stint with the starting unit, but he's only worth a look as a last-minute streamer option in very deep leagues.
Mar 27 - 6:56 PM

Evan Fournier (hip) will not play Friday vs. the Pistons.

Fournier has been out since Feb. 25, and he has no business being owned in any leagues at this point in the fantasy season. Victor Oladipo will continue to get all the run he can handle with Fournier on the shelf.
Mar 27 - 5:38 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

It appears that Dedmon suffered a setback when he returned to action on Wednesday, and he could be looking at additional time on the sidelines. Channing Frye will have the opportunity to slide back into the starting lineup tonight, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in extremely deep leagues. On such a busy Friday night, there should be much better options available to slide into your active roster.
Mar 27 - 5:34 PM

Magic head coach James Borrego praised Dewayne Dedmon's effort on the defensive end during a recent interview.

"He gives us energy," Borrego said. "He gives us an edge. He gives us toughness. He challenges shots, passes. And then we have another big guy right next to him there to clog the paint and challenge shots. The length of those two, the size, is a good combination for us defensively." It sounds like Dedmon will remain in the starting lineup as the Magic close out their season, but with averages of just 4.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a starter, he can only be viewed as a rebounding and shot-blocking specialist in very deep leagues.
Mar 27 - 11:03 AM

Channing Frye returned to action off the bench on Wednesday with two points in six minutes.

He is going to lose a lot of playing time to Dewayne Dedmon. Frye can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Mar 26 - 3:46 AM

Tobias Harris returned from an ankle injury and hit 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes.

The bad news is that he didn't go off, but the good news is that he's healthy enough to play. Let's hope he looks better on Friday against the Pistons.
Mar 26 - 3:43 AM

Dewayne Dedmon returned from a three-game absence due to a sprained ankle on Wednesday, but didn't score.

He did have seven rebounds, a steal and a block, but with Nikola Vucevic healthy, it's going to be tough for Dedmon to sustain much consistency.
Mar 25 - 11:01 PM

Elfrid Payton hit 7-of-19 shots for 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a steal, as his streak of 'almost trip-dubs' continued on Wednesday.

Of course, he also had five more turnovers, but it's hard to argue with how he's been playing. He had back-to-back triple-doubles on March 18 & 20, and has come very close in his last two. He got off to a slow start this season, but has been a must-start player for the last couple months.
Mar 25 - 10:57 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He should be ready to go with his minutes in the 20s. With his return, Channing Frye is at risk of losing playing time. Dedmon is capable of being a double-double guy with some blocks, so keep an eye on him. He's still not worth owning in most leagues.
Mar 25 - 5:18 PM

Tobias Harris (ankle) will be available to play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

He was supposed to be a game-time decision but must have felt good after shootaround, and it's encouraging to see him activated hours before tip-off. He may not be 100 percent but owners might as well deploy him in the first of Orlando's two games this week. Harris' return should send Moe Harkless back to fantasy irrelevance off the bench.
Mar 25 - 5:15 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) is unlikely to play on Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Dedmon has missed three straight games now, and it looks like the Magic will continue to be cautious on Wednesday. If Dedmon can't give it a go tonight, expect Andrew Nicholson, Channing Frye (illness) and Kyle O'Quinn to be in the mix for more minutes, though none of these players are viable options in standard leagues.

Tobias Harris (ankle) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, though he is expecting to play.

Harris has missed the past three games for the Magic, but his ankle is feeling better and he made it through a full practice on Tuesday, so it looks like he will be a true game-time call. His owners will want to get him in their lineups if he is cleared to play, but they should wait until we get official confirmation regarding his status closer to tip-off. If Harris can't give it a go, Moe Harkless would benefit the most, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Mar 25 - 10:04 AM

Tobias Harris (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday.

This is good news for Harris' fantasy owners who are hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive missed game by the 22-year-old. We'll update his status after shootaround, but we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks. If Harris sits again, Moe Harkless would again be worth a look in deeper leagues and daily games.
Mar 24 - 11:26 AM


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