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Shane Larkin    G  Celtics

 

 

Shane Larkin made all six attempts from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday. With Marcus Smart sliding over to the starting two, Larkin had added opportunity off the bench. Larkin was a DNP-CD last Friday, but he has stepped up due to either a matchup or because of players missing time. He's played well enough to stick in the rotation even when Al Horford (rest) returns, but Larkin is only worth a look in super deep leagues.

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Dec 13 - 10:05 PM

Jayson Tatum    F  Celtics

 

 

Jayson Tatum made 6-of-9 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday. And he's back. It took him 29 games for Tatum to post his first sub-43 TS% game on Monday, but he was right back to his normal, efficient ways in this win. Tatum continues to be the most un-rookie rookie in recent memory and it's hard to imagine him even hitting the rookie wall based on how consistent he's been in his NBA career. Expect him to be an early-round player in standard leagues.

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Dec 13 - 10:02 PM

Victor Oladipo    SG  Pacers

 

 

Oladipo scored 19 points (9-26 FG, 1-9 3PT) to go with five rebounds, six assists and two steals across 38 minutes in Wednesday's 100--95 loss to Oklahoma City. Oladipo led Indiana in scoring despite his struggles from the floor. The Indiana guard shot a dismal 34.6 percent en route to 19 points on Wednesday. To date, Oladipo has been on a career-high pace of 47.7 percent from the floor as well as a career-high 43.0 percent from beyond the arc. By comparison, Oladipo's shooting slump against Oklahoma City does not detract from what has been a strong offensive start of 24.3 points per game. Oladipo will look to bounce back against Detroit on Friday.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 10:00 PM

Steven Adams    C  Thunder

 

 

Adams scored 23 points (11-16 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1-1 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, one assist and one block across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 100-95 win against Indiana. While he is overshadowed by Oklahoma City's big three, Adams was the star of the offense on Wednesday. The center stepped up on a night when Russell Westbrook (10 points, Paul George (12 points) and Carmelo Anthony (12 points ) all struggled to contribute at their star level caliber bests. Adams dominated the boards with 13 rebounds, adding to his average of 8.7 rebounds. However, his 23 points were a pleasant surprise in addition to his rebounding prowess. Owners should savor Adams' breakout offensive show considering the star power he shares the court with.

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Dec 13 - 9:48 PM

Austin Rivers    SG  Clippers

 

 

Rivers (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday's matchup against the Wizards, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports. Rivers left Wednesday's matchup with the Magic in the second quarter after taking an elbow to the head and was unable to return. There is no timetable on his return yet, and with the Clippers playing a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, his status for Saturday's matchup against the Heat is in question. CJ Williams started the second half for the Clippers with Rivers out, which could be an indication of who will start on Friday, however more information on who will fill in for Rivers should come out as we get closer to Friday's game.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 9:48 PM

Russell Westbrook    PG  Thunder

 

 

Westbrook scored 10 points (3-17 FG, 1-3 3PT, 3-7 FT) to go with 17 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 100-95 win against Indiana. If a player has ever struggled to reach a triple-double, Westbrook did just that on Wednesday. While the guard did collect 12 assists and 17 rebounds, he did not collect his tenth point until he sank a free throw with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Aside from netting his ninth triple-double, Westbrook saw his five game streak of 20-plus point performances snapped against Indiana. The source of Westbrook's lackluster scoring was his 3-of-17 shooting from the floor. Statistically, Westbrook's triple-double counts the same as the others. However, his 17.6 percent shooting performance takes most of the shine off of a sparking night in the assist and rebound columns.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 9:48 PM

Austin Rivers    G  Clippers

 

 

Austin Rivers (concussion) has been diagnosed with a concussion and he has been ruled out for Friday against the Wizards. There was some concern that Rivers had suffered a concussion because he leaned right into Jonathon Simmons' elbow as Simmons was driving to the basket. Rivers is now going to have to go through the concussion protocol and there's a good chance he misses more than just Friday. Besides Milos Teodosic, Wes Johnson and Lou Williams gaining more value, there really isn't a pickup to make here in most fantasy leagues.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 9:37 PM

Trevor Ariza    G/F  Rockets

 

 

Trevor Ariza (foot) will play against the Hornets on Wednesday. He does have a minor foot issue, but Ariza has been expected to play all day. He's been one of the most durable players in the NBA with at least 80 games in each of the previous three seasons, so hopefully this small issue doesn't become something more. Get him in your lineup.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 9:29 PM

Jeremy Lamb    SG  Hornets

 

 

Lamb will shift to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Rockets. Lamb started in place of an injured Nicolas Batum (elbow) on Monday, posting 14 points (6-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt) and five rebounds across 33 minutes. However, Batum has now been been cleared for a return and will reclaim his spot in the top unit, which sends Lamb back to the bench. Look for Lamb's minutes to fall back into roughly the mid-20's, which should mean a slight decrease in his overall production and fantasy value.

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Dec 13 - 8:51 PM

Justise Winslow    SF  Heat

 

 

Winslow suffered a left knee strain during Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers and will not return. Winslow suffered the injury in the first half of Wednesday's contest, logging just nine minutes before heading to the locker room. He's expected to be reevaluated on Thursday, which is when we should find out whether or not Winslow could miss more time. Tentatively consider Winslow questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets until more information is released.

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Dec 13 - 8:36 PM