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Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton recorded 19 points (8-14 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 103-100 victory over the Celtics.

After missing all five of his threes Tuesday night and dealing with a lingering illness, Middleton responded Wednesday night by converting all three of his attempts behind the arc. In the back-to-back set, Middleton played over 30 minutes in each game, which is a positive sign considering he missed nearly the whole first half of the season with an injury. For Middleton, it's not a matter of him taking shots (averaging 14 shots per game over the last eight contests), but rather converting on the attempts he does take. He can score as many as 30 points on a given night, but also not hit double-digits if he's off, which makes him a risky fantasy play as he's known to predominantly be a scorer and not much else.
10:37 pm (EST)
Drew Pomeranz Headshot

Pomeranz allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings Wednesday against the Twins, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Pomeranz had been expected to throw five innings Wednesday, but four was all he could fit over 76 pitches. After locking in his mechanics during his previous start, Pomeranz found himself rushing his delivery Wednesday. He'll remain in Fort Myers (Fla.) and throw in a minor-league game next Monday, an event manager John Farrell described as "important for Drew." It sounds like the manager wants to see some improvement next Monday and won't "rubber-stamp" him as the fifth starter next week.
10:34 pm (EST)
Skal Labissiere Headshot

Labissiere will get the start at power forward for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

The rookie will draw his fifth start of the season, and third in the last five games. Andrew Tolliver will return to a bench role to make room for Labissiere in the starting lineup. The Kings figure to continue setting their starting unit based on matchups going forward, so Labissiere's role could shift regularly
10:31 pm (EST)
Josh Richardson Headshot

Richardson tallied 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five steals, one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot over 35 minutes in Wednesday's 105-88 win over the Knicks.

With Dion Waiters (ankle) sidelined, Richardson once again drew the start and performed admirably, posting team highs in 3-pointers (three) and steals (five) on Wednesday. Although he shot 7-for-12 from the floor on Wednesday, he's struggled with his shot in 2016. This year he is shooting only 38.1 percent, a full seven percentage points less than his 2015 campaign. While he's an interesting DFS tournament option when he starts, his numbers aren't quite consistent enough to merit a weekly start, especially at this pivotal point in the season.
10:31 pm (EST)
Dmitrij Jaskin Headshot

Jaskin (upper body) didn't take part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Coyotes, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Jaskin is reportedly getting "close" to returning to the Blues' lineup, but he'll have to wait until Friday against Colorado for his next chance to do so. The 24-year-old winger's impending return to action will bolster St. Louis' depth up front, but it won't mean much to fantasy owners, as his limited offensive production -- 13 points in 65 games this season -- keeps Jaskin from being a desirable option in most formats.
10:24 pm (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley tallied 12 points (5-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 103-100 loss to the Bucks.

The double-double marked Bradley's first of 2017, as the rebound totals have not been near what they were to start the season because of an injury mid-season. Bradley has connected on one of his past 10 threes, which is uncharacteristic of the 41 percent three-point shooter. He won't remain this cold for long with the ample time he's provided as the playoff-bound Celtics need his offense to help support the load that Isaiah Thomas is carrying right now.
10:24 pm (EST)
Goran Dragic Headshot

Dragic provided 20 points (6-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven rebounds, nine assists and two steals across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 105-88 win over the Knicks.

Dragic posted a solid and balanced stat line in an easy win over the Knicks on Wednesday. The Heat have put themselves in playoff contention, hovering around eighth place in the East after an impressive post-All-Star run. Dragic has spearheaded that charge, averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1..9 steals over 17 contests since the All-Star break. Dragic and the Heat will tangle with the Knicks again on Friday in what should be another favorable matchup for the point guard.
10:18 pm (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart collected 11 points (4-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 103-100 loss to the Bucks.

Although the shooting percentage Wednesday night was atrocious and it wasn't his best game dishing the rock, Smart had an unbelievable game on the boards, grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds with five of those coming on offense. Smart was the only bench player to earn significant time Wednesday as the Celtics stuck mostly with a six-player rotation, but even with the plethora of minutes, he remains a mediocre fantasy option at best due to his lack of ability to shoot efficiently and collect boards like he did Wednesday.
10:17 pm (EST)
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Saladino returned to action Wednesday after missing one game with a wrist injury, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Saladino started at second base and batted leadoff, going 2-for-2 with a leadoff home run against the Padres.

Saladino was hit by a pitch on the wrist Monday, but was able to turn around rather quickly. That's good news for the 27-year-old who will begin the 2017 as the White Sox's primary second baseman and will get "a significant amount of time" there according to manager Rick Renteria. It's uncertain whether or not Saladino sticks as the leadoff hitter when the regular season opens.
10:11 pm (EST)
Anthony Swarzak Headshot

Swarzak and Dylan Covey are both in the mix to take the rotation spot of Carlos Rodon (biceps) who will miss at least the first turn of the rotation in the regular season, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Covey started Wednesday's Grapefruit League finale and thew one scheduled inning followed by Swarzak who threw two innings. Each hurler gave up a homer. What appeared to be a one-game cameo a week ago changed when Rodon was scratched from a start with what was diagnosed as bursitis. There could be more than one fill-in start for the Covey/Swarzak winner.
9:56 pm (EST)
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