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  • Chandler Hutchison expects to play on Friday
    Chandler Hutchison expects to be available on Friday for his first game of 2021 after recovering from COVID-19. 

    Advice: Hutchison and Tomas Satoransky both haven't played yet in the new year since testing positive for the virus. Hutchison compared his bout to a "rough flu." It's unclear if either of the players will be on any type of minutes restriction, but the Bulls could need them on Friday with Otto Porter Jr. (back), Patrick Williams (hip), and Wendell Carter Jr.'s (thigh) statuses all up in the air. 55 minutes ago
  • Patrick Williams ran, did not practice Wednesday
    Patrick Williams ran but did not practice on Wednesday, just two days after being ruled out of a game due to hip stiffness.

    Advice: It's unclear if Williams will play in the Bulls' next game on Friday, but Chicago could have both Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison (COVID-19) back in the lineup for the first time in 2021. Check back closer to game-time, as we wait to see if either will have a minutes-restriction and if Otto Porter (back strain) will play. Wendell Carter Jr. also left practice on Wednesday with a thigh bruise, and his availability is in question. Today, 11:25 am
  • P.J. Washington (ankle) will play on Friday
    P.J. Washington will play on Friday against the Bulls despite tweaking his ankle in practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Washington ranks just inside the top-100 players in 9-cat leagues and is having a strong season for the Hornets. He's averaging 12.9 points, 1.2 3-pointers, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game. Today, 10:43 am
  • Terence Davis (hip) probable on Wednesday
    Terence Davis is probable to play through a right hip contusion on Wednesday against the Heat. 

    Advice: Davis is a deep rotation contributor for the Raptors, averaging 7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.1 made 3-pointers in 12.1 minutes per game. He's not a top fantasy player and can be left on the waiver wire. Today, 10:36 am
  • Sterling Brown (leg) available on Wednesday
    Sterling Brown (leg) is available to play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: Brown's missed the last two games with the injury, but he'll return to a much different Rockets team. His spot in the rotation is a lot less clear with Victor Oladipo playing the same position. Today, 10:32 am
  • Stevens: 50/50 chance Jayson Tatum plays Friday
    Brad Stevens says Jayson Tatum will be back on the court practicing in Boston on Wednesday, and there's a 50/50 chance he'll play on Friday against the Sixers. 

    Advice: Tatum hasn't played since January 8th after testing positive for COVID-19, and he's not in Philadelphia on Wednesday, where the Celtics are playing against the Sixers. Though Tatum's been out for nearly two weeks, that's only meant missing three games due to another three being postponed. If Tatum returns on Friday, it's unclear if he'll be on a minutes-restriction, but he'll likely cut into Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams' playing time. Today, 10:23 am
  • Evan Fournier (back) active after missing 9 games
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) will play on Wednesday against the Timberwolves for the first time since December 31st.

    Advice: The Magic, who are going through a six-game losing streak, need Fournier back in the lineup, especially after losing Markelle Fultz for the season. Fournier's likely to be on a minutes restriction, though it's unclear what that will look like. His return also means either Dwayne Bacon or James Ennis are likely to return to the bench. Today, 10:07 am
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker posts full line in 31 MIN
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker played 31 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with nine points (4-of-13 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Lonzo Ball back in the starting lineup following his return from knee tendinitis, Alexander-Walker returned to the second unit. But he still surpassed the 30-minute mark, which is good news when it comes to his fantasy value in the short-term. It’s worth noting that Ball was on a minutes restriction, which meant that Alexander-Walker wasn’t going to lose much in the way of playing time Tuesday night. Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues, Alexander-Walker has provided sixth-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats over the last week. He stands to lose some minutes as Ball is cleared to play more, but NAW may be in the rotation to stay. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Joe Ingles (Achilles) cans five triples in return
    In his first game back from a sore right Achilles, Joe Ingles played 19 minutes and finished with 15 points (5-of-6 FGs), three rebounds, two assists, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: All six of Ingles’ field goal attempts were 3-pointers, and he managed to make a season-high five on the night. In six games this month he’s shooting 15-of-31 from three, and Ingles has scored 11 points or more in four of those outings. "We’ve been pretty open in saying it's the way we always want to play,” Ingles said when asked about his and Utah’s 3-point shooting (the Jazz made 21 3-pointers) on Tuesday. “… It was fun to be back out there, and I'm just glad we won, to be honest.” Rostered in 27% of Yahoo leagues, Ingles isn’t a great fantasy option, but he can change that with more performances like the one he put forth Tuesday night. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Lu Dort scores team-high 20 points on 11 shots
    Lu Dort scored 20 points in 25 minutes on Tuesday, making 8-of-11 shots with three 3-pointers, five boards, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: It was Dort's second game in a row notching at least 20 points and his third time doing so this season. What's more impressive is his 3-point shooting, however. In 2019-20, he went 30-of-101 (29.7%) from 3-point range and this year, he's already at 31-of-71 (43.6%) with 2.3 makes per game. Dort was picked up in 17% of Yahoo leagues last week and is still available in 55% of leagues. Pick him up if he's sitting on waivers. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Will Barton nets 13 points, season-high six dimes
    Will Barton was solid in the Nuggets 119-101 win over the Thunder, netting 13 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal.

    Advice: Barton knocked down 5-of-7 field goals including three triples in 25 minutes, although the four giveaways were tied for a game-high. But he's played well in the absence of Michael Porter Jr., who could return Friday, totaling 54 points and 12 3-pointers in his last four games. If MPJ does suit up this weekend, Barton's fantasy value will take a dip and it might be safe to drop him after that. We'd wait for an update on MPJ before making any moves. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Josh Okogie (hamstring) probable to play Wednesday
    Josh Okogie (left hamstring strain) is listed as probable to play in Wednesday's game against the Magic. 

    Advice: Okogie played 22 minutes on Monday, but didn't offer much in the way of production. He's more valuable to the Timberwolves rotation as a wing defender than he is to any fantasy roster. Leave him alone. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (right knee) questionable Wednesday
    Andrew Wiggins (right knee soreness) is questionable on Wednesday vs the Spurs.

    Advice: The Dubs small forward is coming off one of his best shooting nights of the season in a win over the Lakers on Monday night. But with a back-to-back slate on Wednesday/Thursday, it wouldn't be surprising to see Steve Kerr play it safe and give Wiggins a night off. Eric Paschall and Kent Bazemore would likely pick up the slack if that's the case. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • JaKarr Sampson (back) questionable for Wednesday
    JaKarr Sampson (back) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavs.

    Advice: The back issue has forced Sampson to spend the past two games on the sidelines, but whether or not he's cleared for tomorrow's game won't make a bit of difference in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Jeremy Lamb (left knee surgery) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Lamb has been practicing in full, and it looks like there's a chance he'll be making his regular-season debut tomorrow night. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at tomorrow's shootaround, but even if he's cleared, we'd expect him to have some heavy restrictions in his first game back from the ACL tear. That said, Victor Oladipo no longer around, and both T.J. Warren (foot) and Caris LeVert (kidney) out indefinitely, there's a lot of holes to fill in Indiana's offense — so Lamb could make some noise once he's fully up to speed. With his return right around the corner, he should be stashed in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (groin) probable for Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (left groin strain) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Perhaps the groin strain affected THJ in his 0-of-12 shooting performance on MLK Day, but it doesn't look like it'll force him to spend any time on the sidelines. Check back for official word on his status closer to tomorrow's tip. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Richardson, DFS, Powell, Kleber still out
    Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell will remain on the inactive list for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers due to health and safety protocols.

    Advice: J-Rich hasn't played since Jan. 8 due to health and safety protocols, and the prolonged absence would suggest that he may have been one of the Dallas players who tested positive for COVID-19. We haven't received any real updates on any of these guys, but we wouldn't be surprised to see them all miss the remaining three games for the Mavericks this week. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Willie Cauley-Stein will continue to pick up the slack with all these guys in quarantine. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Mike Scott (knee) won't play Wednesday
    Mike Scott (right knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: It'll be his second game on the sidelines, but it won't matter because Joel Embiid will be back. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (ankle) ruled out for Wednesday
    Danilo Gallinari (right ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He's slowly progressing from the right ankle sprain, and he has been cleared for contact, although he's still not gone through any 5-on-5 work. He's getting close enough that he's worth stashing in most leagues, but we wouldn't expect instant production once he's cleared, as he'll likely be eased back into things. It'll be interesting to see how Gallinari effects John Collins once he's fully up to speed. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Cam Reddish (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Cam Reddish (left knee contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Reddish has missed the past two games for Atlanta, which has resulted in Kevin Huerter moving into the starting lineup, and we'd expect that to continue if he's out again tomorrow night. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
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