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Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing for his one-year suspension Aug. 1.

Odd are the Browns will be without their Pro-Bowl wide receiver in 2014 as he continues to suffer from a case of bad-decision making syndrome. His latest DWI arrest will certainly not help his case in the battle against the league, but it is always worth a try. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

O.J. Mayo will start on Thursday.

Mayo is playing in just his second game back from an 11-game absence due to a hamstring injury, but will garner the start once again as coach Jason Kidd's plan of having Michael Carter-Williams seemed to work well in Tuesday's game and he wants to keep it going. Mayo may not see the bulk of the minutes despite getting the start, though, so be mindful of that. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench Thursday.

Coach Jason Kidd had MCW come off the bench Tuesday and the usual starting point guard responded well with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists over 26 minutes. While it doesn't appear to be a permanent move, Kidd is going to try using it until it doesn't work. MCW will still see a solid minutes total, but losing the start does trim off a few minutes, so keep that in mind. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rockets guard Pat Beverley will not participate in skills competition this weekend. Beverley re-injured his ankle Wednesday.

Beverley tweaked the ankle Wednesday, but managed to stay in the game and play a total of 32 minutes. However, with the All Star break coming, it's an opportune time for Beverley to get some much-needed rest and allow the ankle proper time to heal. The skills competition is entertaining and all, but it's his availability for the regular season which matters most right now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Carlos Beltran acknowledged the 2016 season might be the last of his career Wednesday.

It has been a great career for Beltran that began in 1998 and saw him win Rookie of the Year in the American League in 1999. The 38-year-old still has fantasy value, especially in American League only leagues as he was able to hit 19 homeruns last year in 133 games. If Beltran is able to stay healthy, he should continue to provide pop for fantasy owners and won’t hurt in the batting average category either.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Tommy Hunter has been rehabbing from core muscle surgery earlier this offseason.

Hunter had a very disappointing 2015 season between the Orioles and Cubs as he pitched to an ERA of 4.18 and a WHIP of 1.243. Hunter is still available on the free agent market and it doesn’t appear he will be signed by a team to become their closer or set-up man which makes his fantasy value non-existent.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Lazaro Armenteros is expected to make a decision on who he'll sign with Thursday or Friday.

The 16-year-old is drawing interest from at least nine teams including Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Padres and Phillies. At this point, Armenteros has been training as a centerfielder and corner outfielder, but the expectation is for him to settle in one of the corner spots as he continues to add to his frame. Armenteros is listed at 6’2 and 205 pounds and has drawn praise for his power, speed and athleticism. Armenteros can be targeted in all dynasty leagues, but he will still be a couple of years away from making an impact on a big league roster.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Danny Ainge clarifies that Kelly Olynyk has bruised shoulder not partially dislocated.

It was originally feared that Olynyk dislocated his shoulder which would have meant the center would be sidelined for a couple of weeks. The Celtics don’t return to the court until February 19 so there’s a chance Olynyk won’t miss any games. This is a situation to follow over the All-Star break, but Olynyk’s status won’t become clearer until later next week. The center is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Jacob deGrom is open to signing an extension with the Mets.

deGrom isn’t a free agent until after the 2020 so there isn’t any rush, but a deal would at least cover the first year or two of deGrom’s free agent years and give the talented right-hander a security blanket in case of injury. deGrom has been lights out in his two years in the big leagues as he has a career ERA of 2.61, WHIP of 1.047 and a very impressive K:BB ratio of 349:81. deGrom is an SP 1 in fantasy baseball in 2016 and will continue to help owners in all categories.  Analysis: Phil Backert

The Atlanta Hawks believe PG Dennis Schroder can be the starting point guard.

This is very important because it appears the Hawks are ready to move on from starting point guard Jeff Teague. It’s not unrealistic to believe Schroder can’t handle a starting workload as he is currently averaging nearly 21 minutes a game. In those minutes, the point guard is averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Schroder’s fantasy value would sky rocket if Teague is traded and he becomes the starting point guard for the Hawks.  Analysis: Phil Backert

The Orlando Magic are interested in Atlanta Hawks PG Jeff Teague.

Teague has been involved in trade rumors for over a month so it’s becoming more and more likely that his tenure with the Hawks is coming to an end. Along with the Magic, the Pacers are also a possible landing spot for the point guard. The 27-year-old is averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds and will help any team he ends up on, but it’s hard to gauge his exact fantasy value until the inevitable destination is confirmed.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) will have an MRI Thursday.

Tough blow for Kidd-Gilchrist as this is the same shoulder that he injured in the preseason which required surgery to repair a torn labrum. The expectation is for the guard to miss the next several weeks due to the injury, but the MRI will give an exact timetable. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in seven games and was starting to get back in the groove after missing most of the season due to the shoulder surgery. Jeremy Lin and P.J. Hairston will benefit the most with Kidd-Gilchrist being sidelined.  Analysis: Phil Backert

C.J. McCollum scored 14 points (6-16 FGA) going 2-for-5 from three-point range with one rebound, two assists and one steal over 27 minutes in Wednesday's 116-103 win against the Rockets.

MCollum is now averaging 20.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 three-pointers over his last fie games, as he finished the first half on a high note. Considering he is a big part of he Trail Blazers' offense, fantasy owners should expect big time production from this shooting guard the rest of the way, barring a serious injury. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Damian Lillard scored 31 points (9-22 FGA, 9-11 FTA) going 4-for-11 from three-point range with three rebounds, nine assists and three steals over 35 minutes in Wednesday's 116-103 win against the Rockets.

Lillard has now scored 30 or more points in back-to-back games as he continues to be a huge part of the Trail Blazers' most recent success, while winning nine of their last 11 games. Through 47 games Lillard is averaging 24.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 29 three-pointers, which makes him one of the best point guards to own moving forward while his team's offense continues to run through him.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Moe Harkless scored 19 points (8-11 FGA, 2-4 FTA) going 1-for-2 from three-point range with 13 rebounds, one assist and two steals over 28 minutes in Wednesday's 116-103 win against the Rockets.

Harkless has now started each of the Trail Blazers' last three games, having scored in double figures in each of those contests with Wednesday's double-double being his first of the season. Even with an increase in minutes, Harkless is far from being a reliable fantasy source at this time, considering he is averaging only 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds through 52 games.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored a game-high 34 points (10-20 FGA, 11-14 FTA) going 3-for-8 from three-point range with nine rebounds, 11 assists and two steals over 42 minutes in Wednesday's 116-103 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Despite posting his third straight 30-point performance, Harden's production was not enough to end the Rockets current losing streak, as his team has now lost three in a row heading into the All Star break. Harden finished the first half averaging 28.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.8 three-pointers through 55 games, which makes him one of the elite fantasy options moving forward, even if his efforts do't result in wins for the Rockets.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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