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12/11:Isaiah Thomas is dealing with a groin injury and could be out for the better part of two weeks, but Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier have been solid in his absence. Smart has been getting the starts and has averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 29.5 minutes per game. In a primary backup role, Rozier has posted 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game. Brad Stevens loves his small-ball lineups, so you can expect the two to share the court together. Both are strong DFS options vs. the Thunder tonight.--JT Rosales - RotoBallerSource: Boston Celtics
12/11:Joel Embiid is on a scheduled rest/maintenance day, but Nerlens Noel will be available off the bench tonight. Noel will be limited as the Sixers will want to ease him into action. Jahlil Okafor is also coming back from an illness, but should be ready to go for tonight. He's not the best DFS option, though, as he's been mediocre on the season, but the increased usage makes him a reasonable gamble tonight.--JT Rosales - RotoBallerSource: Keith Langlois
12/11:Sergio Rodriguez is dealing with an illness and is expected to be out for the short term, leaving T.J. McConnell as the only true point guard. McConnell has been good at distributing the ball (4.2 assists) in a backup role, so he's a viable punt option in DFS. Nik Stauskas is also expected to handle the ball at times with the Sixers thin tonight.--JT Rosales - RotoBallerSource: Michael Preston
12/11:The Pistons will miss Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's defensive ability on the perimeter, but there will be plenty of value for Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson off the bench. Hilliard has averaged 4.1 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists in only 11.2 minutes per game this season, so there's some risk deploying him as a punt option.--JT Rosales - RotoBallerSource: Keith Langlois
12/10:Nikola Vucevic suffered a lower back contusion in the second half of Friday’s game, and he’ll be a game-time decision today because of it. Vucevic was diving for a loose ball, when he landed awkwardly on his back. So he’s going to be questionable for tonight, and if he isn’t able to play, Serge Ibaka is going to be a solid option to start. Ibaka has hit a bit off a rough patch over the last two games, but look for him to bounce back from that and have a big night against the Denver Nuggets' weak interior defense.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Joshua Robbins
12/10:Emmanuel Mudiay made the trip with the team to Orlando, so he’s going to give it a shot tonight after being sidelined last game due to a sprained ankle. However, since Mudiay continues to be as inconsistent as they come, he still doesn’t look like a good fantasy option to play against the Orlando Magic. Until he starts picking up his efficiency on the offensive end of the floor, he’ll be a risky fantasy play on a nightly basis.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Chris Dempsey
12/10:George Hill is out of his walking boot, but he still won’t be able to play Saturday against the Kings. With him sidelined, Gordon Hayward has become a fantastic option to start in all fantasy leagues. Utah has shown an over reliance on Gordon Hayward whenever Hill isn’t playing. So look for Hayward to have a huge game against the Sacramento Kings, especially since he’s going to be carrying the bulk of the scoring duties for Utah.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Tony Jones
12/10:The Trail Blazers are struggling to find any production out of their big men, so that’s left Ed Davis as the lone reliable option at power forward/center. Al-Farouq Aminu continues to struggle since coming back from injuries, and Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee haven’t been any better. That’s made Ed Davis a a solid option to play in fantasy, because he’s essentially a walking double-double whenever he receives enough playing time.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Rotowire
12/10:The Brooklyn Nets signed Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially guaranteed three-year contract on Friday. Now, that doesn’t make him a good fantasy play this week, only because he’s new to the team and it should take some time to get accustomed to playing with them. However, he is still a good option to keep track of, due to Brooklyn’s lack of options at point guard.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Rotowire
12/10:The Houston Rockets have been limiting Nene Hilario's workload on the second half of back-to-backs. So he’s not going to be playing against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday. Now without him, the team is going to be looking for Montrezl Harrell and Clint Capela to produce, so they’ve got to do just that. Capela’s shown himself to be a guy that can get 12 points, 10-plus rebounds and two blocks on a nightly basis. So don’t be shocked if he does that against the lowly Dallas Mavericks.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Calvin Watkins
12/10:Kenneth Faried received his first DNP-CD of the season Thursday, after Nuggets coach Michael Malone decided to look to other options in order to find some consistent production out of the PF position. Without him, Darrell Arthur, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic become viable fantasy options to play.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Harrison Wind
12/9:While it will be nice for the Mavericks to have one more member of their backcourt healthy, it doesn't offer much in terms of fantasy. Seth Curry was already a risky pick and now that Deron Williams has been playing extremely well, it is not likely Curry contributes enough to make him worth a pickup or a start in any format. Curry needs to become more consistent with his shot and until he sees more minutes, he can be safely looked over.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Dwain Price
12/9:After logging 33 minutes yesterday against the Timberwolves, Demarre Carroll did not travel with the team to Boston, which means Norman Powell will see the biggest impact from Carroll being out. Powell has shined in Carroll's absence previously and should be lined up to do it again. It is not official whether Powell will start, but he has been one of the more consistent bench options and should be considered in DFS tournaments tonight. As far as standard leagues go, Powell should be monitored in case the Raptors decide to start giving him more minutes. While that is not likely, that is the only real chance Powell has at being relevant in anything other than DFS. Toronto's frontcourt is a minefield and should be avoided for the foreseeable future.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Ryan Wolstat
12/9:Isaiah Thomas is going to miss his second straight game, and that opens the door for Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. Both will see over 20 minutes, but those minutes depend on what Celtics head coach Brad Stevens needs at the time. That does not make me confident in advising playing either. Smart is primarily a defensive player while Rozier is a young player that is a streaky scorer. Smart will likely contribute more across the board, which makes me more confident in playing him than Rozier, but since he has struggled to shoot this year, it is still a shaky pick. When it comes to standard formats, Thomas could be out two weeks, which means Smart and Rozier should be picked up and monitored for the time being. They are streamers with upside, making them fantasy relevant.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Scott Souza
12/9:Kevin Love is unsure whether he will play against the Heat, which gives LeBron James and Kyrie Irving higher DFS ceilings. As I said in my previous post, Iman Shumpert will likely see the biggest increase in minutes with Richard Jefferson and Mike Dunleavy contributing fantasy irrelevant stats. For their cheap prices, they may get 10 points with a few rebounds, but don't expect much more from Dunleavy or Jefferson. This game will be dominated by James and Irving and with Love out, they are must plays. This injury doesn't affect standard leagues.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Ira Winderman