• DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left Achilles on Friday and will miss the rest of the season according ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Boogie owners are just crushed after learning their No. 11 ranked player on the year will miss the rest of the season. With Cousins out, the Pelicans will be hard-pressed to find any kind of production. Of course, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday will have a massive usage upgrade for the remainder of the season (or until the Pelicans fall out of the playoffs which is more likely now).

    Rajon Rondo’s minutes have been trending down lately since Cousins initiated so much of the offense, and he may have been dropped in some leagues, but he’ll pick up the slack with Jrue Holiday now being more of a scorer. Rondo is a must-own player in 8-cat formats and in 12-team, 9-cat formats he’s worth a hard look.

    E’Twaun Moore is another must-own player, though he already was in most competitive leagues.  Of the players more widely available, Darius Miller is worth a look as he was flirting with top-100 value over the last week anyway with 12.5 points and 3.3 threes per game. He seems to be the most obvious candidate to pick up scoring slack, especially in deeper formats.

    Unfortunately, although Cousins is a big man, New Orleans doesn’t have very appealing options to fill in for him in the frontcourt. There’s Dante Cunningham, who has filled in with a few spot-starts for the Brow, but hasn’t impressed. There’s also Cheick Diallo, who is younger with more upside, but he’s been equally unimpressive when given more time, though he does have per-36 minute averages of 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. Now that there’s literally nobody else to man the middle (unless the stationary Omer Asik makes it into the rotation), they’re not automatic pickups, but they should be watched to see if their roles and production solidify.

Fantasy News

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Update: Ricky Rubio (back spasms) is now doubtful to play on Monday.

    This came out of nowhere. Rubio could play but he won't be in there to start the game. Jevon Carter will start in Rubio's place. Carter could be a worthwhile spot-starter, especially if you're looking for steals.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Hamidou Diallo
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Hamidou Diallo (left knee sprain) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    We should know his status for tonight shortly. Diallo missed the previous game and prior to that, he'd been getting solid minutes but the only thing of note that he'd been providing was steals.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) is listed as out for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Napier will miss his eighth straight game. Having been first listed as doubtful for tonight, we still might not see him for a few games.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    The NBA has fined Buddy Hield $25,000 for punting the ball into stands at the conclusion of the Kings win over the Celtics on Sunday.

    At least it wasn't a suspension of any sort. Hield is carrying some extra weight with De'Aaron Fox out for a while. He should have more than a few games worth celebrating in that span.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Josh Okogie
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Josh Okogie will play on Monday despite some prior left knee soreness.

    Okogie was able to participate in shootaround, so this isn't too surprising. The move diminishes the values of Jarrett Culver and Jake Layman. Okogie can contribute steals but has shot poorly from long range this season.

    Source: Chris Hine on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Monday's game due to a left knee contusion.

    Leonard hasn't played since Wednesday. Doc Rivers expected him to participate in this one, but is no longer be the case. Paul George could have another big game in his absence.

    Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter

  • Daniel Gafford
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    According to Jim Boylen, Daniel Gafford will play "first half minutes" against the Bucks on Monday.

    Luke Kornet is recovering from nose surgery, so Gafford will be given some more time after his recall from the G League. However, he is not a recommended play unless his role increases dramatically.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    After missing Saturday's game for rest purposes, Russell Westbrook will start on Monday.

    Westbrook is filling the stat sheet this season with 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore should see their fantasy values drop.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela is back in the lineup on Monday after having concussion issues.

    Capela was injured on Wednesday but is ready to return. Isaiah Hartenstein should go back to a diminished role, while Capela is a double-double waiting to happen on a nightly basis.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House is in the starting lineup on Monday after missing time with a back bruise.

    House was injured on November 10 but is finally good to go. He's averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. House is also valuable because he can knock down threes. Austin Rivers should lose some playing time as a result.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter