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Detroit Pistons forward/center Jon Leuer (knee) will not play against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. What It Means: This will be Leuer's fifth consecutive missed game, meaning Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock and Aron Baynes will all see more run. Johnson carries the most fantasy appeal of the trio. numberFire's models project Johnson for 9.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 long ones in 34.7 minutes versus the Hawks. Source: Rotoworld.com
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New York Knicks forward/center Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics, with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable. What It Means: Noah, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) are all out on Wednesday night, so O'Quinn is an intriguing DFS option with the increased opportunity. Our models project O'Quinn for 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.3 blocks in 28.8 minutes versus the Celtics. Source: Rotoworld.com
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Toronto Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. What It Means: DeRozan seems good to go for the second half of a back-to-back. Our models project him for 28.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 3-pointers versus the 76ers. Source: Rotoworld.com
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice. What It Means: It's a step in the right direction after Nelson worked with the rehab group all last week. Nelson is still looking on the doubtful side for the NFC Championship. If Nelson's at full strength and plays, we project him as the sixth-best wide receiver option for fantasy this week. Our models project him for 42 receiving yards and 0.32 touchdowns on three catches. Source: Rotoworld.com
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Houston Rockets power forward Montrezl Harrell will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game, sending forward/center Clint Capela to the bench. What It Means: Capela is still being worked back into the rotation and remains on a minutes limit. Expect Harrell to split time at center with both Capela and Nene, so he doesn't carry much fantasy appeal. Our models project Harrell for 7.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes on Wednesday night. Source: Rotoworld.com
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The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator. What It Means: Jacksonville showed little improvement with Hackett after he was promoted to interim offensive coordinator, but he'll remain in the job after finishing out the final nine games. When Hackett ran the Buffalo Bills' offense from 2013 to 2014, they finished ninth-lowest and seventh-lowest in opponent-adjusted Offensive Net Expected Points per play. It's uncertain what the offense will look like, though; in 2013 his Bills were third-most run-heavy team, but surged to the 11th-most pass-happy...
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday. What It Means: The Packers have injuries to three of their top four receivers going into the NFC Championship. Allison's status will be updated Thursday. Allison isn't a DFS option this week outside of a major longshot, as he comes in 16th among wide receiver options. We project him for 16 receiving yards and 0.21 touchdowns on 1 catch. Source: Rotoworld.com
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Toronto Raptors forward/center Jared Sullinger (foot) will make his season debut and play limited minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. What It Means: Sullinger was just cleared for practice last Friday. He's been sidelined after undergoing a foot procedure and doesn't carry much value outside of deeper leagues. With the Boston Celtics last season, Sullinger missed just one game and averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.6 minutes per contest. Source: Rotoworld.com
New York Knicks forward/center Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. What It Means: Noah was unable to make it through shootaround due to a sore left ankle. There's plenty of DFS value to go around in the Knicks' frontcourt with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) also out. Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez are all worth the look on Wednesday night, with O'Quinn being worth a possible pickup for owners in need of a big. Kuzminskas is numberFire's top-rated value play for the Wednesday night slate with a projected 25.3 fantasy...
Denver Nuggets guard/forward Wilson Chandler (personal) is listed as out for Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs. What It Means: This isn't an official scratch, but if Chandler does sit, Kenneth Faried would likely benefit the most while Jusuf Nurkic and Juan Hernangomez could also see more opportunity. Faried started the past two contests for Denver and has averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 31.6 minutes. He ranks second on the Nuggets with a 2.6 nERD, which is tied for 43rd in the NBA. Source: Rotoworld.com
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice. What It Means: Gabriel returned for the Divisional Round after sitting out the regular season finale, catching 4 of his 6 targets for 71 yards. The Falcons are just limiting his reps ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship. Per ESPN's Mike Clay, the Packers have allowed the most fantasy points per game to receivers on the right side of the field, where Gabriel lines up for about half of his snaps. Gabriel comes in at ninth among fantasy wideouts this week, with a projection of 33 receiving yards...
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (ankle) were limited in Wednesday's practice. What It Means: Bennett went down late in the Patriots' Divisional Round win but was able to return. He likely won't get in much practice this week. Bennett has already said he'll be for Sunday's game. The Patriots are managing his reps coming off his first game back. Amendola should continue to play in four-wide sets in Sunday's AFC Championship. Bennett is our second-best tight end for fantasy purposes this week, with a projection of 37...
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews a candidate to be released or asked to take a pay cut, Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes. What It Means: Mathews is entering the final year of his contract, and his $4 million base salary is currently ninth-highest among all running backs. In no way is Mathews a top-10 back in this league, and he's coming off a serious neck injury suffered in Week 16. Mathews was actually very effective this year, ranking 17th out of 42 running backs in Rushing Net Expected Points (NEP) per carry with at least 100 rushing attempts....
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Philadelphia 76ers forward/center Nerlens Noel (ankle) will play against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. What It Means: Joel Embiid (illness) will be active, but Noel should still provide nice value with minutes in the 20s. He's worth picking up where available. Our models project Noel for 10.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 23.1 minutes of action against Toronto on Wednesday. Source: Rotoworld.com
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New England Patriots wide receivers Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) are practicing on Wednesday. What It Means: Hogan departed the Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans early but said earlier this week that he is "feeling good" heading into championship week. Mitchell practiced on a limited basis last week before being inactive. There's a chance Mitchell could play over Michael Floyd this week, but there's just as good a chance he doesn't play. Hogan is our eighth-best fantasy option at wide receiver for the Championship Round, with a projected 29...