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  • Kelly Olynyk

    Boston Celtics

    Kelly Olynyk officially named starter in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) Tuesday

    With Johnson (shoulder) out, coach Brad Stevens has decided to give Olynyk his first start of the postseason. Olynyk's ten points in the second half of Game 3 provided a nice boost for the Celtics during their comeback. He finished with 15 overall, which marked the only game of the series in which he scored more than two points. He earned 23 minutes last time out and he may push past that tonight. Olynyk is third on the team in usage (21.4%) and DK ppm (.96) this postseason. His price has gone up, but it's not prohibitive in this situation. When Isaiah Thomas has been off the court this postseason, Olynyk has experienced a usage bump of 2.5% and he's produced an extra 0.04 DK ppm.

    As reported by Boston Celtics

    By: bryanpauquette
    Bryan Pauquette

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 17.92 proj
    • 3.73 pt/$
    • $4,800
    • 19.32 proj
    • 4.49 pt/$
    • $4,300
  • Deron Williams

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Deron Williams (illness) will play Tuesday, as expected

    Williams hasn't done much in his 12.2 minutes per game in the eastern conference finals; he's averaged 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Plus, he hasn't scored more than five points since Game 4 of the first round. If looking for a late swap, he isn't the strongest option. However, he could potentially benefit from another massive blowout. Williams picked up 17 minutes in Game 2, with eight coming after the starters checked out, and he turned them into 20.6 FD points. He's not much more than a dart throw at this point, but he may come with lower ownership than similarly priced options.

    As reported by Joe Vardon

    By: bryanpauquette
    Bryan Pauquette

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 9.12 proj
    • 2.76 pt/$
    • $3,300
    • 9.86 proj
    • 3.40 pt/$
    • $2,900
  • Kelly Olynyk

    Boston Celtics

    Kelly Olynyk may start in place of Amir Johnson, nothing official yet

    With Johnson (shoulder) out, coach Brad Stevens may decide to give Olynyk his first start of the postseason. Olynyk's ten points in the second half of Game 3 provided a nice boost for the Celtics during their comeback. He finished with 15 overall, which marked the only game of the series in which he scored more than two points. He earned 23 minutes last time out and could end up receiving a similar workload tonight whether he starts or not - if he starts, he may push into the high 20s. Olynyk is third on the team in usage (21.4%) and DK ppm (.96) this postseason. His price has gone up, but it's not prohibitive, especially if he gets the nod.

    As reported by Michael Eaves Other tagged players: Jonas Jerebko

    By: bryanpauquette
    Bryan Pauquette

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 17.92 proj
    • 3.73 pt/$
    • $4,800
    • 19.32 proj
    • 4.49 pt/$
    • $4,300
  • Amir Johnson

    Boston Celtics

    Amir Johnson (shoulder) ruled out Tuesday

    Johnson is dealing with a sprained shoulder and won't be able to play tonight. It's possible that coach Brad Stevens rolls with Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko or Gerald Green in the starting five tonight. Beat writer Michael Eaves is speculation Olynyk may start but we may not hear anything official until closer to lock tonight. Olynyk is third on the team in usage (21.4%) and DK ppm (.96) this postseason. His price has gone up, but it's not prohibitive, especially if he gets the nod. Even if Olynyk starts, Jerebko could see a workload increase following his solid performance in Game 3 - he finished with ten points and five rebounds. Although his per-minute production isn't as high as Olynyk's (.89 DK ppm), he's much cheaper at $2k or less on FD and DK. Should Green end up back in the starting five, he'll be a very risky option, but he's experienced a 3.5% bump in usage when Isaiah Thomas has been off the court this postseason (24.2%).

    As reported by Michael Eaves Other tagged players: Kelly Olynyk

    By: bryanpauquette
    Bryan Pauquette

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Amir Johnson

    Boston Celtics

    Amir Johnson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision tonight

    Johnson suffered a sprained shoulder in the first quarter of Game 3 on Sunday. Tyler Zeller entered for him and played seven minutes, but didn't do much with them and didn't return after the first frame. If Johnson misses again, it would likely provide more time to Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko over Zeller. Jerebko finished with ten points and five rebounds and played an important role in Boston's comeback. He may have earned some extra time regardless of Johnson's status. Should Johnson end up sidelined, Gerald Green could end up back in the starting five. As always, he's a very risky option, but he's experienced a 3.5% bump in usage when Isaiah Thomas has been off the court this postseason (24.2%).

    As reported by Gary Washburn Other tagged players: Jonas Jerebko, Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Green

    By: bryanpauquette
    Bryan Pauquette

    • nba
    • injury
  • Deron Williams

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Deron Williams (illness) missed shootaround this morning; still expected to play tonight

    Williams hasn't done much in his 12.2 minutes per game in the eastern conference finals; he's averaged 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Plus, he hasn't scored more than five points since Game 4 of the first round. If looking for a late swap, he isn't the strongest option. However, he could potentially benefit from another massive blowout. Williams picked up 17 minutes in Game 2, with eight coming after the starters checked out, and he turned them into 20.6 FD points. He's not much more than a dart throw and the illness adds more risk, although it appears he'll be good to go tonight.

    As reported by Joe Vardon

    By: bryanpauquette
    Bryan Pauquette

    • nba
    • injury
    • 9.12 proj
    • 2.76 pt/$
    • $3,300
    • 9.86 proj
    • 3.40 pt/$
    • $2,900
  • Zaza Pachulia

    Golden State Warriors

    Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out for Game 4 tonight; Either JaVale McGee or Patrick McCaw will start

    Pachulia has officially been ruled out for Game 4 tonight against the Golden State Warriors after previously being listed as questionable on the Warriors' injury report with a right heel contusion that forced him to miss Game 3 and limited him to just seven minutes in Game 2. He was replaced in the second half of that game by Matt Barnes, but Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown stated that JaVale McGee will "probably" draw the start at center this evening but wouldn't rule out the possibility of inserting Patrick McCaw into the lineup depending on matchups. Despite the presumed starting nod, McGee hasn't played more than 13 minutes in any game this postseason, meaning he will likely be a starter in name only with McCaw. Draymond Green, David West, and possibly even James Michael McAdoo commanding the remaining available minutes with the starting unit.

    As reported by Anthony Slater Other tagged players: JaVale McGee, Patrick McCaw

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • roster
    • 14.92 proj
    • 3.73 pt/$
    • $4,000
    • 15.68 proj
    • 5.41 pt/$
    • $2,900
  • Kawhi Leonard

    San Antonio Spurs

    Kawhi Leonard (left ankle sprain) officially ruled out for Game 4 tonight

    Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 4 tonight against the Golden State Warriors after previously being listed as doubtful on the Spurs' injury report with a sprained left ankle. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had previously stated that Leonard was unlikely to suit up Monday night, so this news is far from a surprise. With Leonard officially ruled out, this is now the third consecutive he has been forced to miss due to a sprained left ankle he sustained in the first game of this Western Conference Finals series. Jonathon Simmons will almost assuredly draw his third consecutive start at small forward in Leonard's place. With LaMarcus Aldridge struggling to provide consistency on the offensive end in Leonard's absence, the Spurs have relied on Simmons more as a catalyst on both ends of the floor and that is further evidenced by his 17 field goal attempts in back-to-back games as a starter.

    As reported by Chris Haynes

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
  • Zack Greinke

    Arizona Dbacks

    Small nine-game slate in MLB tonight along with perhaps the last NBA contests of the year

    It's Monday, May 22nd and it'll be a relatively calm night in DFS-land as only nine MLB games are scheduled to get underway with two clear choices as the top pitching options of the night in Michael Pineda of the Yankees as they host the Royals and Zack Greinke and Arizona hosting the hapless White Sox. The biggest run total of the day is in Baltimore where the Orioles will host the Twins but that could be surpassed by the Cubs game in Wrigley if the wind is blowing out as the odds makers have not yet given that game a total. Keep your eye out on that one as it'll surely be popular if the wind is blowing out like it did last week. Gerrit Cole will also be in play facing an Atlanta team that is without their best player in Freddie Freeman.

    With the conference championships winding down in the NBA (although Boston extended the series last night against Cleveland with a clutch win), tonight could be your last opportunity to enter a NBA two-game playoff slate as Golden State looks to eliminate the Spurs in Game 4 of their series. With Kawhi Leonard out for the Spurs, they'll be hard pressed to match the high-powered Warriors who are prohibitive double-digit favorites, even on the road. That said you're going to want to target some of the players from this game, especially if San Antonio can manage to keep it close. The usual suspects for the Warriors will be in play but be highly-owned while LaMarcus Aldridge should be the focal point of the Spurs attack.

    As reported by RotoGrinders.com DFS Alerts

    By: thehazyone
    Aaron Hendrix

    • mlb
    • nba
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
  • Marcus Smart

    Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart and Amir Johnson confirmed in starting lineup for Game 3 tonight

    The Boston Celtics already slim chances of coming back in their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers took a massive blow after the team officially ruled out Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the playoffs with a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear. In his absence, Marcus Smart will draw the start at point guard for Game 3 and presumably all of the Celtics' remaining playoff games. From a daily fantasy perspective, Smart is the obvious beneficiary of both additional usage and playing time, while other starters like Avery Bradley, Al Horford, and Jae Crowder will be relied upon to provide significant contributions on the offensive end of floor should Boston have any hope keeping the next two games competitive and stave off elimination. Additionally, Amir Johnson will be reinserted into the starting lineup after a one-game hiatus, sending Gerald Green back to the bench to resume his reserve role.

    As reported by Jay King Other tagged players: Amir Johnson

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • roster
    • 30.77 proj
    • 5.13 pt/$
    • $6,000
    • 32.86 proj
    • 5.67 pt/$
    • $5,800
  • Kawhi Leonard

    San Antonio Spurs

    Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and David Lee (knee) doubtful for Game 4 on Monday

    Kawhi Leonard and David Lee have officially been listed as doubtful for Game 4 tomorrow against the Golden State Warriors due to their respective ailments, and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has already stated that both players are unlikely to suit up Monday night. Should Leonard be ruled out, this would be the third consecutive he was forced to miss due to a sprained left ankle he sustained in the first game of this Western Conference Finals series. Jonathon Simmons would almost assuredly draw his third consecutive start at small forward in Leonard's place if he is unable to give it a go, as expected. With LaMarcus Aldridge struggling to provide consistency on the offensive end in Leonard's absence, the Spurs have relied on Simmons more as a catalyst on both ends of the floor and that is further evidenced by his 17 field goal attempts in back-to-back games as a starter.

    As reported by Paul Garcia Other tagged players: David Lee

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
  • Andre Iguodala

    Golden State Warriors

    Andre Iguodala (knee) will play in Game 3 tonight

    Iguodala will play in tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs after previously being upgraded to probable from questionable on the Warriors' injury report with a sore left knee that limited him to just 10 minutes in Game 1 and forced him to miss Game 2 entirely. Now that Iguodala has been cleared to play, Patrick McCaw will likely see a decrease in playing time with Iguodala also available off the bench to absorb minutes on the wing. Additionally, Zaza Pachulia was ruled out in advance of Saturday's contest with a right heel contusion that limited him to just seven minutes in Game 2. He was replaced in the second half by Matt Barnes, but Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown stated that JaVale McGee will "probably" draw the start at center this evening. Despite the presumed starting nod, McGee hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any game this postseason, meaning he will likely be a starter in name only with Draymond Green, David West, and possibly even James Michael McAdoo commanding the remaining available minutes at center.

    As reported by Anthony Slater

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • 20.8 proj
    • 5.20 pt/$
    • $4,000
    • 22.13 proj
    • 4.81 pt/$
    • $4,600
  • Isaiah Thomas

    Boston Celtics

    Isaiah Thomas (hip) ruled out for remainder of postseason

    The Boston Celtics already slim chances of coming back in their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers took a massive blow this afternoon after the team officially ruled out Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the playoffs with a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear. In his absence, Marcus Smart will almost assuredly draw the start at point guard for the Celtics' remaining playoff games. From a daily fantasy perspective, Smart is the obvious beneficiary of both additional usage and playing time, while other starters like Avery Bradley, Al Horford, and Jae Crowder will be relied upon to provide significant contributions on the offensive end of floor should Boston have any hope keeping the next two games competitive and stave off elimination.

    As reported by Official Twitter Account of the Boston Celtics

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • roster
    • nba
  • JaVale McGee

    Golden State Warriors

    JaVale McGee expected to start for Zaza Pachulia (heel) in Game 3 tonight

    Pachulia has officially been ruled out for tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors after previously being listed as questionable on the Warriors' injury report with a right heel contusion that limited him to just seven minutes in Game 2. He was replaced in the second half by Matt Barnes, but Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown stated that JaVale McGee will "probably" draw the start at center this evening. Despite the presumed starting nod, McGee hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any game this postseason, meaning he will likely be a starter in name only with Draymond Green, David West, and possibly even James Michael McAdoo commanding the remaining available minutes at center. Additionally, Andre Iguodala has been upgraded to probable with a sore left knee that limited him to just 10 minutes in Game 1 and forced him to miss Game 2 entirely. Should Iguodala be cleared to play, Patrick McCaw will likely see a decrease in playing time with Iguodala also available off the bench to absorb minutes on the wing.

    As reported by Anthony Slater

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • roster
    • 9.67 proj
    • 2.42 pt/$
    • $4,000
    • 10.13 proj
    • 3.75 pt/$
    • $2,700
  • Andre Iguodala

    Golden State Warriors

    Andre Iguodala (knee) upgraded to probable for Game 3 tonight; Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out

    Iguodala has officially been upgraded to probable from questionable for tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left knee that limited him to just 10 minutes in Game 1 and forced him to miss Game 2 entirely. Should Iguodala be cleared to play, Patrick McCaw will likely see a decrease in playing time with Iguodala also available off the bench to absorb minutes on the wing. Additionally, Zaza Pachulia has been ruled out for Saturday's contest with a right heel contusion that limited him to just seven minutes in Game 2. He was replaced in the second half by Matt Barnes, but Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown stated that JaVale McGee will "probably" draw the start at center this evening. Despite the presumed starting nod, McGee hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any game this postseason, meaning he will likely be a starter in name only with Draymond Green, David West, and possibly even James Michael McAdoo commanding the remaining available minutes at center.

    As reported by Anthony Slater Other tagged players: Zaza Pachulia

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 20.8 proj
    • 5.20 pt/$
    • $4,000
    • 22.13 proj
    • 4.81 pt/$
    • $4,600

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