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Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (concussion) will play on Monday versus the Utah Jazz. What It Means: Adams missed the last two games with the head injury after suffering the concussion last Sunday versus the Sacramento Kings. Jerami Grant started in his place but will return to the bench on Monday. Adams will not have an easy time in his return as he gets an awful matchup with Rudy Gobe ...

San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon will start in place of David Lee on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Dedmon's defensive aptitude earns him the starting nod over Lee, who is averaging 12.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over the last two games. He remains the superior option in standard leagues and should move back into the first unit on Tuesday against the Toront ...

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kyle Anderson will start in place of Kawhi Leonard (rest). What It Means: Leonard will be back on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors, so there's no need to pick up Anderson in standard leagues. With that said, both he and Jonathon Simmons make for great DFS options on Monday night. Anderson is projected for 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals and ...

Indiana Pacers guard/forward C.J. Miles will start in place of Glenn Robinson III on Monday versus the New York Knicks. What It Means: Head coach Nate McMillan wants to mix things up a bit following back-to-back losses. Miles could be worth an add for those in need of 3-point help. Miles is averaging 7.0 points and 1.0 3-pointers per game in three starts this season. He ranks fifth on the Pacers w ...

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is starting as expected on Monday versus the Sacramento Kings. What It Means: With Caldwell-Pope healthy again, he and Jon Leuer will join Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond in the first unit. Expect this to be the primary lineup that head coach Stan Van Gundy uses moving forward. Tobias Harris moves back to the bench ...

Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Blake Griffin (knee) will "most likely" play on Tuesday versus the Philadelphia 76ers according to head coach Doc Rivers. What It Means: Rivers previously stated that he doesn't want Griffin to be limited upon his return, so expecting him to be a full go on Tuesday night if he plays. Griffin's return will mean less opportunity for Luc Mbah a ...

Milwaukee Bucks forward/center Miles Plumlee is starting in place of John Henson on Monday versus the Houston Rockets. What It Means: Head coach Jason Kidd is apparently trying to shake things up a bit on Monday night in an attempt to end a five-game losing streak. Despite the increased opportunity, Plumlee isn't an attractive fantasy option, but the move does slightly downgrade the outlook f ...

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (quad) has been officially ruled out for Monday's game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: Davis has what is being called a "charley horse" by head coach Alvin Gentry, but he was ruled out after failing to make it through warmups. This will be the fourth game the big man has missed this season and the sixth time in the las ...

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker and guard Matthew Dellavedova will start Monday versus the Houston Rockets. What It Means: Parker came off the bench on Saturday for disciplinary reasons, but his return to the starting lineup sends Thon Maker back to the bench. Dellavedova will remain in the first unit despite impressive play from rookie Malcolm Brogdon. He's not appealing as a fantasy a ...

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (hand) will not play on Monday versus the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Leonard only has a sore hand, but the Spurs are facing the worst team in the NBA, so they can afford to rest their superstar on the front end of a back-to-back. Expect him to be back on Tuesday versus the Toronto Raptors. Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson will see plenty of action with ...

Los Angeles Clippers guard Raymond Felton will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. What It Means: Marreese Speights will work off the bench, according to Dan Woike of the OC Register, indicating a starting nod for Felton in the backcourt as head coach Doc Rivers goes small versus Atlanta. Felton is averaging 10.3 points, 5.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 ...

Brooklyn Nets guard Randy Foye will start against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. What It Means: Per Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Foye will get the nod and send Spencer Dinwiddie back to the second unit. Foye isn't a recommended add in standard leagues, but he could be worth a DFS look on Monday night. numberFire's metrics project Foye for 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and ...

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris (ankle) and forward/center Darrell Arthur (knee) are probable to play Tuesday versus the Utah Jazz. What It Means: Harris poured in 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 three-pointers in his return from a three-game absence on Sunday, so make sure he's not available in your league. Arthur isn't much of a fantasy-factor. Harris is avera ...

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (sore left foot) will start on Monday versus the Charlotte Hornets. What It Means: Beal took a hard fall on Saturday versus the Detroit Pistons, but he's not expected to have any sort of limitations on Monday night. Our models have Beal projected for 23.0 points, 3.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 3-pointers versus Charlotte. He's currently t ...

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert will be rested for Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. What It Means: The Nets have four games on tap this week, so that may be why head coach Kenny Atkinson is deciding to give LeVert a breather. Sean Kilpatrick makes for an intriguing DFS option with LeVert out of the lineup. numberFire's models project Kilpatrick for 14.0 points, 4.1 ...

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (sore left foot) is questionable to play Monday against the Charlotte Hornets. What It Means: Beal is usually hindered by his right leg, so at least it's the other one this time. Expect a game-time decision, with Sheldon McClellan possibly getting the starting nod if he sits. John Wall will be an elite DFS option tonight with Beal out of the line ...

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is on track to play Monday versus the Sacramento Kings. What It Means: Head coach Stan Van Gundy called Caldwell-Pope probable, so he seems fine for Monday night. Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson will both see reduced roles with KCP active. Assuming he does suit up, our models project Caldwell-Pope for 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, ...

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is questionable to play Tuesday versus the Utah Jazz. What It Means: Jameer Nelson replaced Mudiay in the starting lineup on Sunday while Jamal Murray saw more minutes off the bench. That would likely be the same approach on Tuesday if Mudiay sits again. Nelson is averaging 14.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 3-pointers in seven starts t ...

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (left knee bruise) is expected to play Friday against the Houston Rockets. What It Means: Embiid is officially marked as doubtful for Tuesday, but head coach Brett Brown has already conceded that the big man won't play versus the Los Angeles Clippers. He's also already been ruled out for Wednesday versus the Milwaukee Bucks, but Embiid shouldn't ...

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is expected to play on Tuesday versus the Orlando Magic and Wednesday versus the Atlanta Hawks. What It Means: In the previous back-to-back set, Wade was limited to 20 minutes in the first game and then played 35 minutes in the second. Expect a similar workload distribution for Tuesday and Wednesday, increasing his risk as a DFS option. Wade is averaging 18.7 points ...

Orlando Magic point guard D.J. Augustin (ankle) will undergo an MRI on Monday. What It Means: It doesn't sound like Augustin will be available for Tuesday's contest against the Chicago Bulls after rolling his ankle on Sunday. If that's the case, Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson would see a large uptick in minutes and make for intriguing DFS options. Payton is averaging 21.0 points, 8.0 ...

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Manu Ginobili (back spasms) will not play on Monday versus the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Ginobli tweaked his back against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday and should be considered questionable for Tuesday's contest versus the Toronto Raptors. He and Tony Parker (foot) are both out Monday, meaning Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills make for extremely appeali ...

Toronto Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan (ankle) will miss Tuesday's contest against the San Antonio Spurs and Wednesday's matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. What It Means: DeRozan was forced to exit Sunday's game in the fourth quarter and he will be re-examined later this week. Consider him day-to-day for now. Kyle Lowry will see a boost in usage while Norman Powell and Terrenc ...

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. What It Means: Joel Embiid (knee) is doubtful for Tuesday and has already been ruled out for Wednesday's contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, so Okafor could be in for a busy week. Okafor is averaging 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 16 starts this seaso ...

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (Achilles) will miss all four games this week. What It Means: That means Bradley won't be back on the floor until at least January 30 against the Detroit Pistons, but that's not guaranteed. Owners need to hold tight while Marcus Smart should provide solid short-term value. Terry Rozier will also see more minutes. Bradley is averaging 17.7 points, 6.9 re ...

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