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Jameer Nelson    PG  Pelicans

 

 

Nelson posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven assists, one rebound and two steals over 29 minutes Wednesday in a win over the Bucks. After missing the past two games with an ankle injury, Nelson returned to the lineup and saw 29 minutes. The Pelicans turned to Nelson down the stretch instead of starting point guard Rajon Rondo. The fact that Nelson saw 29 minutes of action likely indicates that the ankle shouldn't be an issue as the season goes on.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 10:34 PM

Darren Collison    G  Pacers

 

 

Darren Collison (sore left knee) played 29 minutes during his return on Wednesday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists. DC sat out Sunday's game which allowed him to get four full days of rest, and there were no obvious limitations tonight. He didn't have any steals vs. the Thunder, but he did get a rare blocked shot while helping to hold Russell Westbrook to 3-of-17 shooting. Get him in your lineups for this weekend's games vs. the Pistons (Friday) and Nets (Sunday).

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 10:31 PM

Cory Joseph    G  Pacers

 

 

Cory Joseph (sore left shoulder) headed back to the bench vs. OKC, finishing Wednesday's home loss with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes. Joseph was listed as questionable tonight, but that seems like more of a formality since he's yet to miss a game all season. He played 31 minutes as a fill-in starter on Sunday, but with Darren Collison (knee) back tonight, CoJo resumed his typical bench role with minutes in the mid-20s. He's better suited to leagues with 14 or more teams.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 10:31 PM

Victor Oladipo    G  Pacers

 

 

Victor Oladipo had 19 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer on Wednesday, but he shot just 9-of-26 from the field without any free throw attempts. VO has been incredible during the Pacers' current homestand, averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his previous four games. His shot finally starting falling after halftime tonight, but it was too little, too late vs. Paul George and the Thunder. Oladipo said recently that he's "getting sick and tired of the comparisons with Paul George," which is more than fair. He's proving every night that he's a unique force in the NBA, and he's locked into first-round fantasy value through Indy's first 28 games.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 10:30 PM

Aron Baynes    C  Celtics

 

 

Aron Baynes scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday. He started next to four perimeter guys and it helped open things up for his best offensive output since Nov. 8. Al Horford (rest) is fully expected to be back and isn't likely to be rested in the near future, so expect Baynes to go back to his 18-minute average per game. He's only for deep leagues, but congrats to anyone who used him tonight.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 10:30 PM

Thaddeus Young    F  Pacers

 

 

Thaddeus Young filled up the boxscore on Wednesday with a season-high seven steals, 11 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), three blocks and one steal in 38 minutes. Thad has always been a unique source of steals from the PF position, and his career-high is eight swipes (also vs. the Thunder, in Jan. 2014). Early in the season it looked like a Myles Turner/Domantas Sabonis pairing could threaten Young's minutes, but that was obviously a false alarm -- Thad's minutes have actually increased each month this season, to 35.2 per game in December. Tonight's huge line should bump him into the top-40 over the past month (9-cat).

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 10:29 PM

Myles Turner    F/C  Pacers

 

 

Myles Turner cooled off on Wednesday, making 3-of-11 shots to finish with nine points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 35 minutes. The blocks help bolster Turner's line, and two of his makes came from downtown, so overall this was a fine game for fantasy purposes. Roto owners appreciate Turner's subtle contributions, including solid FT shooting (77.2%) and low turnovers -- he's committing a mere 1.5 turnovers this season, and has zero in his past three games.

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Dec 13 - 10:28 PM

Jonathon Simmons    SG  Magic

 

 

Simmons scored 20 points (6-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT) to go along with six rebounds, eight assists and one steal across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Clippers. Over his last seven games, Simmons has become a consistent scorer, averaging 19.1 points. The Orlando guard keeps adding on to his career-best 15.2 points with each passing game since the beginning of December. Wednesday's 20 points marked the third consecutive game that Simmons surpassed the 20 point mark. Simmons has fit in well since joining the starting lineup nine games ago, averaging 17.8 points over that span. As a result, Simmons appears to be here to stay in the Orlando lineup.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 10:28 PM

Marcus Smart    G  Celtics

 

 

Marcus Smart started on Wednesday against the Nuggets, making 1-of-6 from the field for four points with one rebound, nine assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes. This is pretty much your typical Smart stat line in a good game. After he was showing some improvement as a shooter, he's fallen apart from deep at just 21.4 percent on his last 14 attempts. He's also not rebounding lately and his steals have been average, so he's really not worth starting unless you're totally punting field goal percentage.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 10:27 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic    G/F  Pacers

 

 

The Pacers' four-game win streak was snapped on Wednesday, despite Bojan Bogdanovic contributing 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. The sharp-shooter made 5-of-10 shots including three 3-pointers, and he continues to produce in a big role for Indiana -- he's logged at least 31 minutes in all but one of Indy's past dozen games. His ability to spread the court is important for the Pacers' offense, and barring personnel changes his current role should be safe all season.

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Dec 13 - 10:27 PM