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Isaiah Thomas will start Monday vs. Pistons [UPDATE]

Wizards PG went through shootaround this morning, will return to lineup.

Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas controls the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris and center Nikola Jokic defend in the third quarter at the Pepsi Center. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Thomas is going to play and start tonight vs. the Pistons, per coach Scott Brooks.

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.

Washington Wizards PG Isaiah Thomas went through shootaround Monday morning and is being considered a game-time decision tonight vs. the Detroit Pistons.

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.

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.