UPDATE: Thomas is going to play and start tonight vs. the Pistons, per coach Scott Brooks.
Isaiah Thomas is playing and starting, per Scott Brooks.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 16, 2019
With Thomas back in the lineup, Ish Smith will head back to the bench with Isaac Bonga sticking in the starting lineup at the 3. Smith gets a slight downgrade, but I still think he’ll play 20+ minutes as the backup PG.
Isaiah Thomas (calf) went through Wizards shootaround this morning. He’s a game-time decision for tonight against the Pistons.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 16, 2019
IT has been dealing with a calf injury and has missed the past five games for the Wizards. He was listed as questionable heading into tonight, but it appears we’ll have to wait closer to tip-off before getting word on IT.
As for how to approach this in fantasy basketball, if Thomas is able to come back, we need to know if he’s starting and if he’ll have a minutes limit. If he’s starting and restricted, I’d say fade him in DFS and leave him on the bench in season-long temporarily. If he isn’t going to be limited, you can roll him out in season-long and maybe play him in GPPs on DraftKings at $4,800. Thomas’ return impacts Ish Smith’s value a bit, though I’d still expect Smith ($5,300) to see most of the PG minutes in a revenge spot.
Also worth noting is Moritz Wagner being out and Ian Mahinmi expected to start in his place.
Moe Wagner (ankle) is out tonight against the Pistons. Ian Mahinmi starting again.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 16, 2019
The Wizards’ front court is already really thin and they’re essentially down to Rui Hachimura and Mahinmi tonight. Davis Bertains ($6,300) should continue to see more minutes and usage. Mahinmi ($4,100) isn’t a bad value play considering the Pistons could also be thin at forward if Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond are out.