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Hartenstein amassed four points (2-3 FG), six rebounds and two assists over 14 minutes during Tuesday's 115-91 victory over Charlotte.
Hartensteing failed to hit 15 minutes for the fourth time in the past five games. Across 17 games to begin the season, he is averaging just 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. Although he does have a somewhat fantasy-friendly game, he would need an injury to Mitchell Robinson to even sniff 12-team value.
Williams logged 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds and one steal over 25 minutes during Tuesday's 115-91 loss to New York.
Williams produced a serviceable line in the loss, turning in his seventh double-double of the season. Despite only playing 26.7 minutes per game, it's been a relatively strong start to his sophomore campaign. Averaging 13.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.9 combined steals and blocks, Williams has been a top-50 player thus far. His value is heavily reliant on rebounds and efficiency, making him a must-roster player, albeit geared towards specific builds.
Horford recorded 16 points (6-8 FG, 4-6 3Pt), nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals over 28 minutes during Tuesday's 124-97 victory over Chicago.
Horford retained his spot in the starting lineup, filling in admirably for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (calf). The veteran turned back the clock, proving once again just how important he is to the Celtics. While Porzingis isn't slated to miss significant time, Horford is a clear must-roster player until we get word that his counterpart is returning.
Holmes isn't in the starting five for Tuesday's game versus the Rockets.
Dereck Lively will replace Holmes in the starting lineup Tuesday. Holmes is averaging 3.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 8.8 minutes across his previous six appearances coming off the bench this season.
Bryant will return to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Bucks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Bam Adebayo is back with the starting group after sitting out Saturday's game against the Nets with a hip injury. Bryant wasn't able to make the most of his spot start Saturday, scoring two points with one rebound and one steal in 13 minutes.
Lively (back) will play Tuesday against Dallas.
Lively will return from a one-game absence due to a back contusion. He'll be a welcome addition to a Dallas frontcourt still lacking Maxi Kleber (toe). Dwight Powell and Richaun Holmes have un-inspiringly split part-time duties, so Lively should reprise his alpha center role.
Jokic (back) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup versus the Rockets.
Jokic missed his first game of the season Monday due to lower back pain and is listed as questionable for a second straight matchup. Jamal Murray (hamstring) and Aaron Gordon (heel) are also questionable, so at the moment, it's unclear what the Nuggets' rotation will look like. If Jokic is sidelined again, DeAndre Jordan, Zeke Nnaji and Peyton Watson would be candidates for increased roles.
Adebayo (hip) is available for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.
As expected, Adebayo has been upgraded from probable to available and will play after missing Saturday's loss to the Nets due to a hip injury. The star center missed Miami's first matchup against the Bucks, but he's slated for a hefty role Tuesday with Jimmy Butler (ankle) unavailable. Adebayo has posted double-doubles in nine of his last 11 appearances, averaging 22.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 34.6 minutes per game during that stretch.
Carter (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against the Wizards.
Carter will miss a 13th straight game due to a fractured third metacarpal in his left hand. Goga Bitadze and Moritz Wagner are candidates for increased roles until Carter returns, which could be soon. Carter had his cast removed Tuesday, and the big man called it "one of the best days of [his] life." He immediately returned to on-court individual drills, but he still has some hurdles to clear before getting cleared for game action. Carter's next chance to suit up will come Friday in a rematch against Washington.
Carter (finger) was spotted getting shots up during Tuesday's practice, Wendell Epps of Bally Sports reports.
Per Jason Beede of the Orlando Sentinel, Carter got his cast removed Tuesday, and the big man called it "one of the best days of [his] life." He immediately got to work with individual drills but still has a few hurdles to clear before he's ready for game action. Carter missed a 12th straight game Sunday due to a fractured third metacarpal in his left hand, which has allowed Goga Bitadze and Moritz Wagner to garner increased roles. However, when Carter is available, he'll presumably reclaim his starting spot and play a prominent role for a Magic team that's contending for a high seed in the Eastern Conference.