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Mike Scott    F  Wizards

 

 

Mike Scott will start Wednesday's game in place of Markieff Morris (sore right hip). This will be Scott's first start of the season, and he's an interesting option as a DFS punt, given his rock-bottom price in most leagues. He's not a great pickup in standard leagues, though, as long as Morris is day-to-day.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 6:51 PM

Markieff Morris    F  Wizards

 

 

Markieff Morris (hip) is out and Mike Scott will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. It's another Morris late scratch and he apparently tightened up after warmups. Both Morris brothers have struggled to stay on the court, but Markieff doesn't sound like he'll be out for long. Scott has played well recently and he could get some extended minutes while Kelly Oubre could also be asked to step up.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 6:50 PM

Cory Joseph    PG  Pacers

 

 

Joseph will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Thunder. Joseph picked up the start for an injured Darren Collison (knee) on Sunday, but posted just two points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and five assists across 31 minutes. Collison has since been cleared for a return and will rejoin the top unit, which sends Joseph back to the bench. With the demotion, Joseph's minutes will likely fall back into the mid-to-low 20's, which severely restricts his fantasy value.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 6:34 PM

Will Barton    G/F  Nuggets

 

 

Will Barton (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics. He was being listed as probable earlier, so he must have not felt great when going through his pregame routine. It'll be interesting to see who starts in his place tonight, but with Barton off the floor, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris figure to see an uptick in usage.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 6:29 PM

Nikola Jokic    C  Nuggets

 

 

Jokic (ankle) is available to play in Wednesday's game against the Celtics. Jokic has been sidelined for six consecutive games because of a sprained left ankle, but after testing it out during pregame warmups Wednesday, he now feels healthy enough to take the floor. While the Nuggets haven't released anything official, Jokic will likely move back into the starting lineup, though there's a chance he sees some restrictions in his first game back. For that reason, season-long owners can go ahead and activate Jokic, though he'll be a risky DFS play for Wednesday's slate. With Jokic in the lineup, guys like Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur will lose some minutes.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 6:29 PM

Will Barton    SF  Nuggets

 

 

Barton (back), despite being probable heading into the contest, has ultimately been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against the Celtics. Barton may have experienced a setback leading up to tipoff, so he'll remain on the sideline. In his stead, Wilson Chandler, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley are all candidates to see extended run.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 6:28 PM

Nikola Jokic    F/C  Nuggets

 

 

Nikola Jokic (ankle) is available to play against the Celtics on Wednesday and Will Barton (back) will be out. Jokic was a game-time call for this game and apparently everything went well in warmups to get him back out there. After missing the last six games, Jokic may have a limitation on him, but his minutes will be coming from Mason Plumlee, Trey Lyles and Kenneth Faried. Go ahead and lock Jokic into your lineup and prepare to cut the other Nuggets bigs.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 6:27 PM

Jameer Nelson    G  Pelicans

 

 

Jameer Nelson (ankle) is expected to play against the Bucks on Wednesday. The Pelicans haven't missed him too much with Rajon Rondo and E'Twaun Moore both playing very well. Nelson doesn't have much fantasy value these days.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 6:25 PM

Lauri Markkanen    PF  Bulls

 

 

Markkanen (back) is now technically a game-time decision after coach Fred Hoiberg noted there's a possibility for a late scratch if the rookie experiences pain during warmups, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports. But, it was reported earlier in the day that he had been cleared, so Markkanen should likely be considered probable. While it's probable that he takes the floor, an official work on Markannen likely won't come until just before tipoff, which makes him somewhat of a risky DFS option. If he's unexpectedly held out, Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic would seemingly absorb most of his minutes.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 6:25 PM

Jameer Nelson    PG  Pelicans

 

 

Nelson (ankle) is expected to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks, Will Guillory of the Times-Picayune reports. Nelson missed the last two games with an ankle injury, but after going through his pregame routine Wednesday, the Pelicans are expecting to have him back. Look for a final determination to be made just before tipoff, but if all goes expected, he should slot back in behind Rajon Rondo at point guard. That likely means a few less minutes for Ian Clark in the backcourt.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 6:23 PM