• Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    The Wizards have announced the signings of Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith.

    And now fantasy owners can begin speculating on which player will start, as the Wizards have nobody else to contend with Thomas and Smith at the point guard spot. Smith has proven to be a strong backup and capable fill-in starter, but he's looked overmatched when given the reins for an extended length of time. Thomas is coming back from some terrible injuries and simply wants a chance to prove that he can still play. Both players make for fine fliers late in drafts until we hear who's starting, and Thomas is the play with the higher upside.

    Source: Washington Wizards

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  • Cam Reddish
    G-F, Atlanta Hawks

    Cam Reddish (left shoulder) will be in the starting lineup on Thursday night.

    Reddish was listed as probable on the injury report so this is no surprise. The rookie can't be plugged into lineups with his meager production so far — 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 threes and a .250 mark from the floor — but he could find some rhythm with Kevin Huerter out indefinitely. He's a watch list option.

    Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (left calf soreness) will not suit up on Thursday.

    Beverley fouled out in 27 minutes last night and this might be a glorified rest day. Either way, he's only been a low-end option in fantasy this season, and that doesn't figure to change with Paul George set to return. Lou Williams and Terance Mann figure to handle the PG work tonight, with Jerome Robinson likely getting a chance to crack the rotation as well.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb sprain) will play on Thursday against the Bucks.

    WCJ has been struggling with his steals rate and FT% which is dragging down his value but he was at 79.5% on free throws last year and 0.6 steals per game in less playing time in his 2018 rookie year, so he should be able regress to the mean.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George (shoulders) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

    George looks set to make his season debut, and though it will come in a game without Kawhi Leonard, we imagine that PG will be on some kind of minutes restriction. He should be returning top-15 value soon enough, and it will just be good to see him back on the floor. Patrick Patterson seems likely to lose his starting job once George gets back to full health but the Clippers could also bump one of their guards out. Doc Rivers has suggested that they'll play the matchups so watch out for that down the line.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard (left knee injury management) will not play on Thursday.

    Unsurprisingly, Leonard will sit on the second leg of a back-to-back. Despite the foolish conversation around the load management issue of late, it was clear late in Wednesday's game that Leonard still isn't quite at 100 percent. 95 percent of Kawhi is better than almost everyone else on the planet, of course, but there's no need for the Clippers to push him through regular season games. Look for Moe Harkless and Rodney McGruder to see additional run tonight.

    Source: Marijam Swanson on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine (right ankle sprain) will play on Thursday against the Bucks.

    LaVine has been providing top-55/85 value (8-cat/9-cat) and should receive his normal allotment of minutes. He has a usage of 28.8% but could be relied upon more offensively with Otto Porter remaining out due to injury and Lauri Markkanen potentially dealing with a minor injury that may be affecting his shot.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dwayne Bacon
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Dwayne Bacon (sore knee) received treatment on his knee but did not practice on Thursday.

    Malik Monk received more minutes on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies with Bacon out and could provide some short term streamer appeal in his absence.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House (back) is doubtful to play against the Pacers on Friday.

    Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore have been receiving more minutes in the rotation and could provide some short term value in 3-pointers while House is out.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela (head) will not play on Friday and is doubtful to play on Saturday according to Mike D'Antoni.

    Capela was evaluated for a concussion after Wednesday's game, and the early signs aren't positive. Tyson Chandler will start in his place and is worth a look if you're chasing rebounds. P.J. Tucker should get plenty of run as a small-ball center, too, and this news probably helps Houston's power forward group more than Chandler.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    X-rays on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's ankle came back negative on Wednesday night after he felt pain on the inside of his ankle when he planted going in for a late score.

    He will be re-evaluated on Friday per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. KCP is averaging under 20 minutes a night and is sitting well outside of standard league value. He can be left on the wire in all formats.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter