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Charlotte Hornets center Nick Richards will make the first start of his NBA career Monday against the Bulls with Mason Plumlee (calf) sidelined. Richards has been utilized scarcely off the bench this season, averaging 3.5 points and 2.1 boards in just 9.1 minutes of action. But the seven-footer not only has shot 65.8 percent from the floor this season, he has working in his favor the fact that his first time among the starting five comes on his 24th birthday. He will draw a sizable defensive challenge in slowing Chicago's Nikola Vucevic, but Richards remains a last-minute DFS roll of the dice option that could have value in cash lineups.
New York Knicks forward Cam Reddish (ankle) won't play on Monday against the Charlotte Hornets. The 22-year-old has yet to make an appearance for his new team after being acquired from the Atlanta Hawks during the week. Additionally, head coach Tom Thibodeau recently indicated that Reddish might be out for "a while" as he continues to deal with a sprained right ankle. Nonetheless, while the former Duke Blue Devil hasn't been consistent this year, he's still worth a roster spot, at least until his role is revealed.
New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel (knee) won't play during Monday's matinee against the visiting Hornets. Noel didn't suit up on Saturday because of left knee soreness, and he has now only played in one game since December 23. Mitchell Robinson should receive some additional minutes in the middle. However, Taj Gibson may continue see the floor more than usual versus Charlotte and until Noel can return to action.
Charlotte Hornets forward Kelly Oubre Jr. remains listed as out ahead of Monday's matchup in New York. The veteran has missed his previous three games while adhering to the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. His next chance to make it back will come on Wednesday in Boston. However, in the meantime, Cody Martin could see an uptick in production from off the bench until Oubre can make it back.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart won't play on Monday against New Orleans after entering COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The veteran has also been dealing with a thigh issue, and he is now in line to miss his fourth consecutive outing. As a result, Dennis Schroder will likely take his place once again, with the journeyman averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds across 22 starts this year. Schroder should warrant consideration in all fantasy formats, although his shoddy shooting percentages can negatively affect category managers.
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (shoulder) won't play on Sunday against the Rockets. He is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, an unfortunate development considering how well he's played as of late. Luckily, the team will get Richaun Holmes back after he missed over a month due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, while Chimezie Metu should continue to receive a hearty workload.
Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton entered the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols on Sunday. He won't play against the Rockets, and a few more absences are likely as well. The 21-year-old is averaging 13.7 points, 7.1 assists and 1.7 steals this season, so replacing him won't be easy. However, De'Aaron Fox will likely be the first in line to see an increase in usage, while Terence Davis and Davion Mitchell may see some extra minutes until Haliburton makes it back.
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes will return on Sunday evening against the visiting Rockets. The big man hasn't played in over a month while navigating his way through COVID-19 protocols. However, he should get some meaningful work versus Houston, especially with Marvin Bagley III (shoulder) and Tristan Thompson (illness) both out.
Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball (knee) won't play on Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee game against the Grizzlies. The 24-year-old is currently battling left knee soreness, an injury that forced him to miss Saturday's matchup versus the Boston Celtics. With Zach LaVine (knee) out as well, Coby White will likely fill the void, with the former Tar Heel averaging 15 points and 4.3 assists while shooting nearly 44 percent from deep throughout seven starts during the 2021-22 campaign. He is expected to see a more significant workload for at least a few games, so fantasy managers in need should pick him up immediately.
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (knee) underwent an MRI on Saturday morning. Fortunately, the results were encouraging, showing no signs of structural damage. The veteran injured his left knee during the first quarter of Friday's blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors and will be re-evaluated in about a week. While LaVine isn't expected to miss any significant time, it's a tough blow considering Chicago has also been without Alex Caruso (foot), Derrick Jones Jr. (knee), and Javonte Green (groin). Lonzo Ball (knee) also won't play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, so Coby White, Troy Brown Jr., and Ayo Dosunmu may see an increase in production. However, Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan should continue to lead the way offensively.
Forward/center Marquese Chriss signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The veteran has appeared in 13 games for the team already this season, averaging 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds throughout 11.3 minutes of work. However, unless Kristaps Porzingis or Maxi Kleber were to succumb to an injury at some point, Chriss doesn't possess much fantasy value. To make room, the Mavs waived center Willie Cauley-Stein, who had been out since late November because of personal issues.