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Memphis Grizzlies small/power forward Jae Crowder has been deemed doubtful to play in Tuesdays game against the Denver Nuggets due to right knee soreness. Should Crowder ultimately be held out, it would mark his second absence in a row, paving the way for Kyle Anderson to remain among the starting five. Crowder has scuffled mightily from the field in the last six contests that he has been able to suit up for, shooting just 21.1 percent overall. Barring a significant turn of fortune, expect that his next opportunity to take the floor will come Wednesday against New York.
Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez has been absent from the past three contests due to an illness, but he was not listed on the teams injury report for Tuesdays outing against the Washington Wizards, which likely indicates that he will return to action. His production off the bench for Milwaukee has fluctuated wildly this season, but the weakness of Washingtons frontcourt could present itself as a susceptible angle for those considering cheap DFS plays. At an average of just 14.3 minutes per game this season, even the deepest formats can allow Lopez to remain on the waiver wire.
Toronto Raptors small/power forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and point guard/small forward Patrick McCaw have both picked up questionable designations ahead of Tuesdays game versus the Atlanta Hawks. Hollis-Jefferson is dealing with a right ankle sprain and has not sat out since Dec. 16, while McCaw has not played in either of the teams two most recent outings due to a fractured nose. Their absences wouldnt provide a direct reallocation of minutes to one specific member of the rotation, but its worth checking up on their respective statuses before tip-off.
Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len and shooting guard/small forward Deandre Bembry have both been ruled out for Tuesdays game against the Toronto Raptors. Len, who is dealing with a strained right hip flexor, will be sidelined for the second consecutive contest, while Bembry, who is dealing with a right hand ailment, will miss his fourth game in a row. Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones figure to continue to benefit from Lens absence in the frontcourt, while the Hawks depth on the wing covers for the loss of Bembry. The next chance that either man will have at taking the floor comes Thursday versus Philadelphia.
Washington Wizards point/shooting guard Jordan McRae exited Sundays contest against the Atlanta Hawks due to an ankle sprain and that has led to the team tagging him as questionable to play Tuesday versus the Milwaukee Bucks. McRae has seen his role take a downturn since returning to the bench seven games ago, having averaged 10.3 points in 21.7 minutes per contest. He has scuffled mightily from behind the arc in that span (11.5 percent), although he retains some upside for his ability to score in bunches. Check back closer to tip-off to get a final read on his status.
Miami Heat shooting guard/small forward Jimmy Butler has been given the thumbs up to take the floor Monday against the Orlando Magic. Butler had been deemed questionable to play throughout the day due to a sprained right ankle, but he will retain his role in the starting five and is not expected to face any kind of a minutes restriction. Without Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) available, Butler may see a few additional shot attempts come his way, as he has been uber-aggressive on the offensive end in his two most recent outings.
Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio has picked up a questionable designation ahead of Tuesdays contest versus the Dallas Mavericks due to a right ankle ailment. An absence from Rubio would open up the teams backcourt situation, likely forcing Devin Booker to take on additional ball-handling duties, while Elie Okobo and Ty Jerome could via for increased minutes. After a torrid stretch of tearing off gaudy assist numbers, Rubio has been held to three or fewer in each of his last three showings. Check back closer to tip-off to get the final word on Rubios status.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel has been given the green light to take the floor for Mondays contest against the Dallas Mavericks, as he will wear a protective mask in the wake of a fractured cheekbone that he sustained Friday. Despite having started three of the Thunders past four games, Noel is likely to return to his role as a reserve with Steven Adams cleared to be in action. While Noel has shot 66.9 percent from the field off the bench this year, he has averaged just 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in that role, giving him little fantasy upside barring Adams missing any time.
Shortly prior to tip-off, the Detroit Pistons announced that both point/shooting guard Derrick Rose and shooting guard/small forward Tony Snell had been ruled out for Mondays contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose is dealing with right knee soreness, while Snell is under the weather with an illness, as Bruce Brown Jr., Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Reggie Jackson are all likely to see an uptick in usage in their absence and make for high-upside DFS plays. The next chance that Rose and Snell have at returning to action comes Wednesday against Brooklyn.
After leaving Saturdays game against Oklahoma City early due to a knee injury, Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard/small forward Allen Crabbe has been ruled out for Mondays outing against the Sacramento Kings. Crabbe has carved out a solid role in the teams second unit in his four games since arriving from Atlanta, while his absence shouldnt specifically lead to one player seeing an increase in usage. Due to his current spot as a primary three-point option as a reserve, owners can leave Crabbe on the waiver wire in most formats. His next chance at suiting up comes Saturday against the Clippers.
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