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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's encounter with the Wizards. He missed Sunday's clash with Charlotte due to ankle soreness and could be unavailable again, as the team will likely want to be extra careful with the injury-prone big man. Isaac has averaged less than 40 games per season for his four-year NBA career. Fortunately, the 26-year-old has missed just three games so far this season. He's primarily used as a defensive presence, and Isaac has registered 1.3 blocks per game in 13.9 minutes while also managing 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Caleb Houstan has received a bump in playing time without Isaac, but he's not someone fantasy managers should target.
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. (finger), who has been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Washington Wizards, was on the floor getting shots up at Tuesday's practice after shedding his cast. It's a great sign for the progress of Carter, who is recovering from a fractured third metacarpal in his left hand that he sustained in the late stages of Nov. 2's game. The Magic expected Carter to be shelved for at least three weeks as of Nov. 4 after he underwent surgery some time around that point, so he's inching closer to a return. Carter was really struggling with his shot before suffering the setback, averaging just 9.4 points on 37.8% field-goal shooting and a 57.1% rate from the charity stripe. The former No. 7 overall pick should be stashed in most fantasy leagues, while Moritz Wagner and Goga Bitadze continue to form a minutes timeshare in the middle for Orlando amid Carter's absence.
Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Denver Nuggets. There's no change in the status of Fultz, whose return from balky left knee tendinitis appears to be nowhere in sight at this point. Winners of five out of six and four in a row, the Magic carry on a six-game homestand for In-Season Tournament action with the Boston Celtics on Friday, which is the oft-injured 2017 No. 1 overall pick's next possible return date. There's no indication that Fultz is even practicing, however. Jalen Suggs remains the most dependable fantasy beneficiary of Fultz in recovery mode, while the hot-and-cold Cole Anthony is worth a gamble as a streamer for those that can live with dodgy field-goal percentage and turnover figures. First-round rookie Anthony Black continues to fail to impress in a starting role for head coach Jamahl Mosley, leaving him as a dynasty-specific hold until he stands out a bit more.
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. (finger) remains listed as out for Tuesday's In-Season Tournament game versus the Toronto Raptors. Carter fractured the third metacarpal in his left hand late in Nov. 2's game against the Utah Jazz and the Magic later announced that they would re-evaluate him in three weeks. Orlando opens up a six-game homestand on Tuesday, but they've not yet offered an update on Carter's status, or any kind of indication that the 24-year-old big man's return is imminent. Carter was really struggling to return fantasy value before suffering the setback, averaging just 9.4 points on 37.8% field-goal shooting and a 57.1% free-throw success rate. The former No. 7 overall pick is still worth stashing in most fantasy leagues, while Moritz Wagner and Goga Bitadze share minutes evenly at the five in his stead.
Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (knee) is still listed as out for Tuesday's In-Season Tournament game versus the Toronto Raptors. The tally is up to six games consecutively and nine out of 10 absences for Fultz, as he continues to deal with nagging tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee. The 25-year-old's next chance to return comes on Wednesday when the Magic host the defending-champion Denver Nuggets, but we're not holding our breath for that to happen at this point. Head coach Jamahl Mosley should continue adopting a hot-hand approach with guards Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony, and Anthony Black while Fultz is recovering. Suggs has proven to the most reliable of the three thus far, registering mid-round fantasy value with averages of 12.4 points, 2.1 steals, and 1.5 triples in 27.0 minutes covering 12 games for Orlando.