Jeff Green (back) remains out for Tuesday's game
Green has missed the past six games with a sore lower back and he won't travel with the team to Cleveland. There's a decent chance he won't return this season. Orlando's starters - Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic - have all been getting extended minutes the past several games and they could continue to do so even in a lost season. Gordon has been crushing the past two games, he's averaged 27 points and 15.5 rebounds. Over the past ten games, Cleveland has been the seventh-worst rebounding team (48.6%) and they've posted the fourth-worst defensive rating (112.2). While it's hard to imagine he can keep up the same pace of his previous two outings, it's not a bad spot to target him again. He and Terrence Ross are a bit cheaper on FanDuel than DraftKings. Vucevic is $900 less on DK, so it's probably best to get exposure on him there. Payton is coming off a triple double and he'll get to face Kyrie Irving's defense; Irving has a -2.18 defensive real plus minus according to ESPN, which is 77th among 89 qualifying point guards. Mario Hezonja stands to continue picking up minutes off the bench without Green available, but there's not much reason to try to find value among Orlando's backups.
C.J. Watson available to play tonight for Orlando
The Magic guard is available to return to action after being out for a short period of time - he had started the four games prior to his injury and it's not known what role he will take on tonight against the Miami Heat. Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin will both see a hit in their playing time with Watson back. Payton is the only one worth rostering for DFS purposes tonight.
C.J. Watson (Achilles) out for at least another week
Watson is going to miss some time and the Magic are considering signing a point guard to a ten-day contract to fill his roster spot. Elfrid Payton is expected to get another start Saturday. He didn't do much against Portland in his last start, he scored nine points, grabbed two rebounds, and picked up three assists in 22 minutes of action. D.J. Augustin played 26 minutes but produced less. Mario Hezonja will also pick up some extra playing time with Watson out, he scored ten points in 25 minutes last game. Even with those three getting some added run, the best fantasy targets on the Magic will be Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, and newly-acquired Terrence Ross. Ross scored 13 in his team debut, but he could've had a lot more if he hadn't shot so poorly from the field - he went 4-for-17. Ross is our top points-per-dollar option on FanDuel today. The Magic's implied team total of 102.8 is 3.3 points above their season average.
Terrence Ross replaces Jeff Green in the starting lineup tonight; Elfrid Payton also confirmed as starting
Ross will be inserted into the Magic's starting lineup for tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, replacing Jeff Green and sliding Aaron Gordon down to the power forward spot. Elfrid Payton has also been confirmed in the starting five in place of the injured C.J. Watson, who had recently taken over the starting point guard role. It will be interesting to see how the Magic's rotation shakes out with Ross now in the fold and sans Serge Ibaka, but realistically any member of Orlando's starting unit are in play against an exploitable Portland squad this evening.
C.J. Watson OUT for Orlando tonight
Watson has been starting of late for the Magic but will miss their game tonight against Portland with a strained Achilles. Elfrid Payton will get the start and will be a top point guard option against a suspect Trail Blazers defense that is 25th in the league in fantasy points allowed (although they have been surprisingly effective against point guards ranking 10th in the league).
C.J. Watson starting over Elfrid Payton tonight
Watson will be inserted in the Magic starting lineup at point guard for tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, sending Elfrid Payton back to the bench to assume a reserve role. Despite the starting nod, it's difficult to imagine Watson seeing more minutes than Payton in Thursday's contest. With all the value available on tonight's slate, Watson is a relatively uninteresting option in every format. On the other hand, Payton was already an intriguing tournament target in a great matchup with the Sixers' backcourt defense but will now see reduced ownership due to his "demotion" to the bench.
Elfrid Payton (quad) will play tonight; Serge Ibaka (shoulder) remains a GTD
Payton will play and start in tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after previously being listed as questionable on the Magic's injury report with a right quad contusion. His presence in the lineup now removes D.J. Augustin from consideration entirely. Serge Ibaka still remains a game-time decision as he deals with a sore right shoulder. Ibaka has yet to miss a game this season, so it's difficult to predict what Orlando's starting lineup will look like should he be ruled out, but Nikola Vucevic will be a surefire beneficiary regardless of starting status.
Serge Ibaka (shoulder) hopeful to play tonight, still listed as questionable; Elfrid Payton (quad) participates in shootaround
Serge Ibaka was unable to go through shootaround but is hopeful to play tonight. Jeff Green would likely start if Ibaka is ruled out but no official word has been given at this time. Elfrid Payton was able to participate in shootaround but did not have a status upgrade. With the Magic playing in Los Angeles, there is a chance we won't get any news before lineups lock.
Serge Ibaka (shoulder) and Elfrid Payton (quad) questionable for Wednesday
Ibaka and Payton are questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Los Angles Clippers due to a sore right shoulder and a right quad contusion respectively. Ibaka has yet to miss a game this season, so it's difficult to predict what Orlando's starting lineup will look like should he be ruled out, but Nikola Vucevic will be a surefire beneficiary regardless of starting status. As for Payton, he recently reentered the starting lineup in place of D.J. Augustin, meaning that Augustin would likely draw the start in his potential absence, while C.J. Watson would see a majority of backup point guard minutes.
Elfrid Payton replces D.J. Augustin in the starting lineup; Evan Fournier to come off the bench
Payton will be reinserted into the Magic's starting lineup for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks, sending D.J. Augustin back to the bench to resume his reserve role. Payton was already seeing starters' minutes off the bench, so his promotion to an official starting role could result in a few extra minutes. On the other hand, this obviously means that Augustin could see a dip in playing time. Payton is an intriguing tournament option in an amazing individual matchup with Dennis Schroder, though he still remains too volatile on a game-to-game basis to be trusted in cash games.