• John Collins
    F/C, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks will insert John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon in their starting lineup tonight when they face the Raptors.

    It was only a matter of time before Collins claimed the starting power forward position back and it’s good to see the team ready to increase his minutes after returning from an ankle injury that kept him sidelined at the beginning of the season. Owners who patiently stashed him should feel good about the young forward as he has top-50 value potential. Dedmon has been trending up and he already has some chemistry with Collins after playing with him last year as well. Alex Len will move to the bench but he is still a hold in deeper leagues.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

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  • Vincent Poirier
    C, Boston Celtics

    Vincent Poirier took advantage of the Celtics' thin frontcourt on Wednesday, turning nine minutes of work into three points, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

    Poierier has appeared in just five games all season, and this game saw him set career-highs in playing time, points, rebounds and assists. He's a name to know in 30-teamers if Boston's frontcourt players keep getting hurt.

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Malik Monk had a season-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field while adding eight boards, five assists, and a block on Wednesday night.

    Monk saw his most action of the season tonight and returned one of his best performances. This uptick is due to Dwayne Bacon's absence, and while he had a nice stat line in this one, he is still only an option in deeper leagues.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal put up a monstrous line in Wednesday's road loss, scoring 44 points on 17-of-27 shooting to go with five rebounds, six assists, a steal and four 3-pointers.

    Beal's heroics weren't enough as the Wizards lost the rope for most of the fourth quarter, but he's been steadily improving and perhaps this is the start of a hot streak that can vault him back into early-round territory. A guy who was picked around the first-round turn, he is currently producing top-35/65 value. It'd be a surprise if Beal finished the year outside the top-20.

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon was all over the place in Wednesday's win over the Sixers, finishing with 18 points (4-of-12 shooting), 13 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and three triples in 36 minutes.

    The line was almost stellar if not for the poor shooting numbers from the floor. Aaron Gordon has been real tough to own this season, sitting at top-130 value after many had to use mid-round picks to get him. He won't be this bad all year, but there is not a ton of optimism that he can return the value that owners drafted him at. It wouldn't be the worst idea to see if you can move off of him after a bg counting stat performance like this.

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas returned to Boston again and produced 18 points (7-of-14 shooting), seven assists and three 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Thomas returning to play the Celtics is going to be a storyline for the rest of his career, and perhaps it's not a coincidence that he had his best game in over a week tonight. So far IT is cooking up top-110/140 (8/9-cat) value but there's easy top-100 upside. He remains a buy-low option, with health the only thing preventing Thomas from turning in a tidy bounceback campaign.

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant hit the game-winner against the Hornets on Wednesday, capping off a 23-point night on 10-of-15 shooting, with 11 assists, one board, a steal and one 3-pointer.

    Morant has had some duds recently, so it was great to see him bounce back in this one. Ja will have every opportunity to be a strong fantasy asset on this young Grizzlies team. If you are willing to put up with some sluggish games, you will get rewarded with games like this as well.

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant struggled with his shot on Wednesday night, going 5-of-13 from the field with 14 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.

    Not bad, but we've seen Bryant do more. He's been able to clean up some of the real life issues with his game and is cruising along with top-40 value in 30.1 mpg on the year. So far so good, and while we do expect Bryant to dip a bit, he should be able to sustain at least middle-round value all year.

  • Troy Brown Jr.
    SF, Washington Wizards

    Troy Brown started again on Wednesday night but turned in a muted line of seven points, two rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes of work.

    Brown has started the last two games, and while this is an improvement on Friday's 1-for-8 dud, it's still not what fantasy managers were hoping to see. With the starting job seemingly his to lose, Brown should still be held in competitive formats. He's talented and the Wizards don't (or shouldn't) be looking for reasons to curtail his minutes.

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Rui Hachimura went 9-of-12 from the field on Wednesday night, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, two assists and a steal in a loss to the Celtics.

    Hachimura has been a bottom-of-the-roster type in 12-team formats this season, with his output pretty much limited to relatively efficient scoring and a handful of rebounds. If you need a hollow scorer who can hit around half his shots, then keep riding with Rui. There's still upside there, too.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela took a blow to the head from JaMychal Green's elbow and left the game to be tended to in the locker room on Wednesday.

    The collision came after Capela attempted to draw a charge on Green. We will update this situation once more information becomes available.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter