• Rodney Hood
    G, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rodney Hood could play on Wednesday if he responds well to Monday's partial practice.

    Hood has missed the last four games with his Achilles issue and needs to return to the court to carve out his minutes in the rotation. Alec Burks and the newly-acquired Patrick McCaw are going to be challenging him the rest of the way, as will David Nwaba when he returns from his own injury. This situation should only affect those of you in 16-team leagues, as using either Hood or Burks in anything shallower is basically a roll of the dice for a decent scoring night.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

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  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart put up 15 points while going 1-of-11 from three, but managed to lead the Celtics in assists with eight, and added three boards and two steals on Wednesday.

    The effort was solid all around, had Smart not gone 1-for-11 from deep. Smart has been a top-50 player with Gordon Hayward, and because he can contribute in multiple categories, he is a pretty safe bet to stay inside the top-75 with Hayward out.

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray was sharp on the defensive end on Wednesday, swiping a career-high six steals to go with 10 points (4-of-16 shooting), one rebound, nine assists and one 3-pointer.

    Yes, the poor shooting from the field is a buzzkill, but steals are so hard to come by week-to-week, that the six steals provide a more-than-ample consolation. Murray is showing up with top-50 value so far this season and appears to have matured enough for us to expect him to sustain it.

  • Brad Wanamaker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Brad Wanamaker logged 27 minutes on Wednesday night's overtime contest against the Clippers, finishing with 14 points, three boards, five assists and a steal.

    Tonight's numbers were inflated since the game went into overtime, but Wanamaker is making use of the minutes that he sees. Should there be an injury in Boston's backcourt, Wanamaker is someone that should be added.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic came up big for the Nuggets in Wednesday's 105-95 over the Rockets, making 12-of-19 shots from the field for 27 points, 12 boards, two 3s and four assists.

    Jokic was sitting just inside the top-40 prior to tonight's gem but it appears he's found a way to infuse some juice to his anemic start to the season. He's still a fantastic point-center and has the tools to easily climb up the rankings. Float a buy-low offer and bank on his talent winning over his post-FIBA WC fatigue.

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Daniel Theis collected a season-high 14 rebounds to go with eight points, six assists and three steals on Wednesday.

    Theis played for 31 minutes while Enes Kanter and Robert Williams only saw 12 minutes and nine minutes respectively. Theis played well and actually had the second highest assist count on the team tonight. He is the one to own in this frontcourt and has been a top-100 player over the last two weeks.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds on Wednesday to go along with 12 points and a steal for his seventh straight double-double.

    Capela has now snatched 20-plus rebounds for the fifth consecutive game. He is on a tear and any fear of Russell Westbrook limiting his rebounds should be assuaged. Over the last two weeks, Capela has been a top-10 player and sits inside the top-25 on the season. If this keeps up, there's no reason he can't stay there.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden struggled with turnovers (eight), but ended with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Harden will always have the risk of high turnover nights like this, but even that hasn't stopped him from being an elite 9-cat player. Out of all players with more than 5 games this year, Harden is the top 9-cat producer. He is locked in as a top-5 player and there doesn't seem to be any sign of that changing.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook scored 25 on Wednesday, but struggled from the field going 8-of-22, along with only two rebounds and five assists.

    It wasn't one of Westbrook's better games as he didn't make up for the poor shooting percentage with good counting stats. He has struggled over the last couple of weeks and is sitting outside of the top-80 looking in on the season. This will improve as the Rockets continue to find how to leverage him best. He is a triple-double threat on any night and this might the best buy-low window you'll have, if you are interested in taking it.

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 18 points (5-of-11 shooting), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Despite the absence of Reggie Jackson, Rose continues to come off the Pistons bench. It's likely a strategy to preserve Rose's health. In spite of the reserve role, Rose is currently a top-90 player in 9-cat.

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker was a non-factor on Wednesday, finishing the game with five points, one board, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    The only players with double-digit attempts for the Rockets in this one were Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Usually that's not a problem for Tucker as he can contribute in more ways than scoring, but that wasn't the case tonight. He is a top-65 player night now, however, he is outside the top-100 over the last two weeks. Might be worth seeing if you can still get a top-60 player for him as his decline looks imminent.