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Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets starting lineup on Thursday.

We're not so sure the Grandy-man can anymore given the 1-for-25 slump he's in over his last seven games. Eric Young, Jr. will slide over to left field to replace Granderson who will obviously be available off the bench, but with the way he's hitting, does it really matter?ANALYST: Howard Bender

Lopez was a monster off the bench going 11-of-22 from the field, scoring 26 points (4-5 FTA) and adding six rebounds in the Nets' 110-108 win Monday night over the Warriors.

Lopez won't start in New jersey, but he's still a great fantasy play because of the production he provides in limited minutes. Monday was no different as Lopez was the best offensive weapon the Nets had and will continue to be a valuable fantasy play at a discount in daily leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Bogut was two rebounds away from a double-double after scoring 16 points (8-10 FGA) and pulling down eight rebounds along with three blocks in the Warriors' 110-108 loss to the Nets on Monday night.

The big Australian has not been the scoring threat he had been in previous years, but continues to produce in the rebound category. His Monday night was a welcomed sight for fantasy owners as he finally added scoring to his game. If he is able to have nights like Monday, Marreese Speights will see his playing time fall, and he won't be used as much off the bench. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Thompson had an off-night going 3-for-17 from the field, good for only seven points, but handed out five assists and grabbed four rebounds in Monday's loss to Brooklyn, 110-108.

Thompson is usually one of the more dependable fantasy options for owners, so you should write this one up as an off-night. It was not his best effort, but it also was the second game of the back-to-back so it could be in relation to fatigue. No difference, when the Warriors play Wednesday night, Thompson should be in your starting line-up. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Curry was solid Monday night scoring 26 points (8-16 FGA, 4-4 FTA), hitting 6-of-12 three-pointers and handing out seven assists in Golden States' 110-108 loss to Brooklyn.

Curry took over the scoring duties from Klay Thompson, who struggled from the field. Curry has quickly become one of the best point guards in the league and should automatically be in your starting line-up. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Francisco Lindor won’t be rushed to the big leagues this year, according to manager Terry Francona.

Lindor is rated the fourth-best prospect in all of baseball and the team isn't going to rush him along. He will begin the year in Triple-A but there is no doubting that he is the future at shortstop for the Indians. Last season between Double A-Akron and Triple-A Colombus, he hit .276 with 11 home runs, 62 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 126 games. There is some great fantasy potential here, but it doesn't seem like fantasy owners will get to delve into that this year. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brad Peacock (hip) could throw live batting practice early next week.

Peacock is targeting an April return and is hoping to throw live batting practice sometime in the next eight to ten days. He underwent hip surgery in October and is expected to return to a back-end starter or middle reliever role. Peacock struggled in 2014, as evidenced by his 4-9 record and 4.72 ERA. Analysis: Colby Conway

Brandon Moss (hip) could be slightly ahead of his mid-March timeline, according to manager Terry Francona.

Moss was acquired in a December trade from Oakland in an effort to add some power to a Cleveland lineup. He is recovering from hip surgery but the team has to be pleased that he appears to be slightly ahead of schedule in his return. Last season, Moss hit .234 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs. If you draft Moss, you are drafting him for his power numbers, not really for anything else. Analysis: Colby Conway

Robinson came off the bench to score 13 points (6-8 FGA, 1-2 FTA) while grabbing five rebounds in Philadelphia's 114-103 loss against Toronto on Monday night.

In his fourth game with Philadelphia, Robinson had his best night. He's going to be someone to watch as a potentially good late season pick-up as he should be a free-agent. If he gets the minutes, Robinson can contributethrough points and rebounds, if that's what you need on your team. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Noel was perfect from the field, going 7-for-7 to score 17 points (3-4 FTA) along with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in Philadelphia's 114-103 loss against Toronto on Monday night.

Another solid night for the best performer on the 76ers as Noel was a valuable scoring asset while providing fantasy value in all of the other major fantasy categories. If he is on your team, he is going to be a solid option the rest of the year, as he is the best player Philadelphia has, fantasy-wise. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Smith scored 19 points (8-13 FGA, 4-5 FTA) in 27 minutes and dished out nine assists and gathering five rebounds in 114-103 loss against Toronto on Monday night.

Since being acquired from Oklahoma City, Smith has been able to get 20+ minutes a night off the bench and can contribute in the points, rebounds, and assists categories. He's not going to offer much shooting percentage wise, but he is proving to be a worth-while fantasy pick-up. Nobody on the 76ers is stepping up and grabbing the PG starting spot so Smith might be in line for an upgrade to the starting line-up if he continues this type of play. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Williams filled in nicely for Kyle Lowry off the bench scoring 21 points (6-15 FGA, 7-7 FTA) and handing out five assists and three rebounds with a steal in 114-103 win over Philadelphia on Monday night.

Williams came off the bench and was the main offensive replacement for Lowry, who sat out, and had a solid night from the field and assisted enough to keep some of the value Lowry would have provided. With Lowry due back soon, Williams' value diminishes, but he is worth the play in daily leagues at a low cost. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Patterson came off the bench and finished with 15 points (6-9 FGA, 1-1 FTA) and two three-pointers made in 30 minutes, gathering two rebounds and two assists in Toronto's 114-103 win against Philadelphia on Monday night.

Monday night was Patterson's best game in February, points wise, and was very effective off the bench. Patterson is not going to product a lot in any one category, but he can offer some flexibility in multiple categories.His three-point shooting ability adds more value for a big man, but he still is only going to get minutes off the bench so if you have more reliable minutes on your team, go that route. Analysis: Rob Trayah

DeMar DeRozan had a monster night Monday as he scored 35 points (12-24 FGA, 10-10 FTA) while pulling down nine rebounds, dishing out five assists, and two steals in the 114-103 win over Philadelphia.

With no Kyle Lowry, DeRozan had all of the offensive duties and delivered in huge fashion for fantasy owners. It was his first big game after the All-Star break and the Raptors needed it in a big way, ending their five game losing streak. Fantasy owners would love more of these nights as DeRozan contributed in all categories. Analysis: Rob Trayah
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