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Jameer Nelson (sore left knee) will not play Wednesday night and Victor Oladipo will start in his place. 

Brad Ziegler is expected to remain the Diamondbacks closer.

With the acquisition of Tyler Clippard to the Arizona bullpen it is important to know who is intended to be the closer versus the setup man. Brad Ziegler didn't do anything to lose the job last year and Clippard struggling down the stretch probably sealed his fate as the eighth inning guy. Both will have value heading into draft season but Ziegler will undoubtedly have more since he will be getting the saves. Analysis: Matt Selz

Tiago Splitter will get second opinion on his ailing right hip.

A second opinion is usually codeword for trying to avoid surgery and with him alright declared out until after the All-Star break he has the time to go see another doctor. This is the type of injury that could wind up costing him more and more time, in the meantime Mike Scott should fill in admirably in Splitter's role. The veteran can remain on the waiver wire until he proves he's not only healthy but that he can produce more than just 5.8 PPG and 3.3 RPG. Analysis: Matt Selz

Twins reliever J.R. Graham lost 30-40 pounds this offseason and said he's stronger than he's ever been.

What's his trick you ask? Not eating pizza or drinking beer and eating breakfast has contributed to his weight loss from 200 pounds down to 170 pounds. 2015 was a disappointing rookie campaign for the reliever as he posted a 4.95 ERA in just over 63 innings pitched. Heading into the new season he is no lock for a spot in the bullpen and will have to earn it with his new svelte figure and his stuff in spring training. He can be avoided on draft day as he is just a low-leverage middle reliever. Analysis: Matt Selz

Tyler Clippard has agreed with the Diamondbacks on a two-year, $12.25 million deal.

With Arizona clearly in win now mode they have gone out and bolstered their pen with the best arm still on the market. Clippard was lights out at the beginning of season before trailing off late during the Mets playoff push. Clippard should slot in as the setup guy in the desert getting his fair share of holds and the occasional save or two. He could have decent value if your league counts holds as a stat, but in addition to that he posts low ERA and WHIP numbers for a well-used pen arm. Analysis: Matt Selz

Brandon Belt and the Giants have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday if they are unable to settle beforehand.

When numbers were first exchanged between the two parties Belt was seeking $7.5 million while the Giants valued his talents at $5.3 million, a bigger gap than typically seen in arbitration settlements. Belt figures to be in the mid-six million range after hitting .280 with a career-high 18 homers in 137 games last season with 68 RBIs and 73 runs scored. Teams generally don't want to go to hearings with players as they can turn ugly with the team justifying the lower salary offer so we shall see if the two sides can come to an equitable agreement before that happens.  Analysis: Matt Selz

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play Monday.

There is still no official time frame for Pekovic to turn return for but he is surely out the rest of this week. Averaging just 4.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.9 APG in the 12 games he has managed to play in this season means he has zero fantasy value this season and now he is buried as the third stringer on the T'wolves depth chart behind Towns and Deing. Analysis: Matt Selz

Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play until after the break.

The wrist injury has kept him out since January 23rd and now it will be a week or so longer, meaning times that were interested in his services come the trade deadline are getting a limited view of him. He is averaging a tick over 22 MPG and really only producing 11.2 PPG with an assist and rebound here and there. He has very limited fantasy value so far and as long as he's on the shelf that limited value drops to zero. Analysis: Matt Selz

Coach Erik Spoelstra says he's not planning on starting Hassan Whiteside Tuesday against the Spurs.

Whiteside has been coming the bench since returning to the lineup following the hip injury, and that trend seems to be continuing on Tuesday. He did have to leave Sunday's game against the Clippers with a slight ankle injury so that could be playing into this decision as well. It shouldn't matter for fantasy owners whether he starts or not as he is putting up big numbers no matter his role. The fact that he's playing is the green light to put him in your starting lineups in all formats. Analysis: Matt Selz

Bengals sign free agent T Darryl Baldwin.

Baldwin started the 2015 campaign as a member of the Ravens but that didn't last long as he was waived following the first pre-season game and wasn't re-signed by another squad. At this point he appears to be just a guy that will be in camp with the Bengals come August but who won't be with the team by mid-August. Analysis: Matt Selz

ESPN sources say Luke Walton is determined to see out this season in Golden State and not entertain head coaching offers until the offseason

This news shouldn't come as a shock to anyone since he has a chance to win a second-straight championship by the bay after leading the Warriors to the remarkable and history making start this season in relief of the ailing Steve Kerr. The market for Walton will surely be hot this off-season with a few teams already having vacancies at this point. It's one thing to lead an all-star laden team, it's a whole other matter to start with a down-trodden team and lead them to the promised land. Walton will get a chance to see if he do just that if he choose but fans of those teams will just have to wait. Analysis: Matt Selz

Festus Ezeli is having surgery on his left knee, according to the Warriors.

A thin front court in Oakland just got thinner for a period that is likely to be 4-6 weeks, although the exact reason for the procedure is unknown right now. Marreese Speights will see a bump in minutes in a reserve role off the bench in Ezeli's absence and more pressure will fall on the guards to carry the team. With the All-Star break quickly approaching it's possible the Festus will be out almost most until the playoff start. Analysis: Matt Selz

Free agent reliever Eric O'Flaherty has narrowed his list of interested teams to four and should sign a deal by the weekend.

There is no word on who the teams are that he has narrowed it down to but one thing is for sure, every team can use another lefty out of the pen. During his stint in Atlanta between 2009-2013 he posted a sub-2 ERA in 249 1/3 with a solid strikeout rate of 7.2/9 innings. 2015 was his first full year back following Tommy John in 2014 and it was not a good effort on his part. If he regains his pre-TJ form, a team is gonna get a heck of bullpen arm in O'Flaherty. Analysis: Matt Selz

Falcons announced the release of S William Moore and LB Justin Durant.

An injury-prone over-30 DB anyone? The Falcons certainly answered no as Moore has missed 29 games over the past five years and was owed better than six million this season. Moore has some ability left but certainly not that of a starting safety and will now have to go find work elsewhere along with his now former teammate Justin Durant. Atlanta was remaking their defense in 2015 and will look to continue that work heading into 2016. Analysis: Matt Selz

Otto Porter is expected to see more time at power forward.

Washington is hurting for depth at the four right now with both Kris Humphries and Nene suffering from injuries and Porter makes a better play than aging veteran Drew Gooden. With Porter now playing less in the SF spot it should open more playing time for Gary Neal and Jared Dudley in the starting lineup. Despite move, Porter has been pretty inconsistent this season as have the Wizards as a whole and that inconsistency is really serving to hurt his fantasy value as the season progresses. Analysis: Matt Selz

Alex Guerrero is not a sure thing to make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.

It's tough to reliably play a guy who doesn't really have a position and whose bat had trouble translating to the tune of a .206/.242/.286 slash line in the second half of 2015. He does however some tricky language in his contract that could make him a free agent if he is not on the 25-man roster, putting L.A. in a tricky spot. He needs to be watched carefully during spring training before even contemplating drafting him, but in reality he can go undrafted in all but the deepest leagues. Analysis: Matt Selz


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