• STANDARD 12-TEAM LEAGUES TOP PRIORITIES

    (1) Bobby Portis (58%)
    Saturday: 29 MIN, 4-11 FG, 2-3 FT, 10 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 2 BLK, 2 TO
    After two games with Wizards, Portis is at 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 triples. These top-50 numbers probably won’t stay so high but is worth an add just in case he really does like Washington this much. At worst, he should still remain in the top-100.

    (2) Terry Rozier (49%)
    Saturday: 31 MIN, 6-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 16 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
    Showed last year what he can do with starters minutes and with Irving leaving the game with a non-contact injury, Rozier might be thrown into a much bigger workload so he is worth a speculative add.

    (3) Kenrich Williams (29%)
    Saturday: 37 MIN, 4-10 FG, 1-2 FT, 10 PTS, 13 REB, 7 AST, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
    Williams got an opportunity seven games ago and never looked back. He is a top-70 player over that span with 12.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 2.3 triples. He may very well remain a starter for the rest of the season the way he is playing.

    (4) Mitchell Robinson (22%)
    Saturday: 22 MIN, 7-9 FG, 1-1 FT, 15 PTS, 7 REB, 3 BLK, 0 TO
    Already a must own player for his blocks, Mitchell has scored double-digits in three straight. If he continues this scoring surge (at around 70 percent shooting), he is a top-50 player.

    (5) Patrick Beverley (37%)
    Saturday: 31 MIN, 3-7 FG, 4-4 FT, 12 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 2 TO
    Beverley remains as hot and deserves your attention if he hasn’t gotten it yet. He is top-25 standard leagues value over his last eight games. He won’t stay this hot but should definitely be on a fantasy league roster.

    (6) Jabari Parker (57%)
    Saturday: 35 MIN, 9-15 FG, 2-2 FT, 20 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 4 TO
    That’s two games in a row that Parker has stuffed the stat sheet with his new team. He seems rejuvenated and could be in the top-100 conversation the rest of the way. Not only are Parker and Portis both hot but the Wizards are 2-0 since their arrival.

    (7) Ivica Zubac (33%)
    Saturday: 23 MIN, 5-10 FG, 2-3 FT, 12 PTS, 9 REB, 3 BLK, 2 TO
    Upside will be capped with Montrezl Harrell behind him but even at 20-25 minutes per game, he is a double-double threat with a few blocks thrown in and that should be enough for most leagues.

    (8) Marvin Williams (53%)
    Saturday: 35 MIN, 12-16 FG, 27 PTS, 3 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 3PM, 0 TO
    Not the most exciting pickup but he has been a consistent top-100 or better player all season and deserves to be rostered in more leagues than he currently is. The 27 points is a new season high.

    (9) Danny Green (50%)
    Saturday: 30 MIN, 5-9 FG, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 1 BLK, 4 3PM, 0 TO
    Most minutes Green has played over last five games. His value comes from triples/steals/blocks and he had five of those tonight. Hopefully minutes stay up.

    (10) Cody Zeller (18%)
    Saturday: 26 MIN, 3-5 FG, 4-6 FT, 10 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO
    Zeller returned to the starting lineup this game and has top-150 value since he returned from injury with 8.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks on 61.5 percent shooting.

    12-TEAM LEAGUE APPEAL – 2ND TIER

    (1) Ivan Rabb (28%)
    Saturday: 28 MIN, 4-7 FG, 2-3 FT, 10 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 0 TO
    Even though Rabb’s minutes will take a hit once Valanciunas joins the team, the coach said that Rabb will remain the starter. After three games as the starter, he averaging 14.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.

    (2) Justin Holiday (42%)
    Saturday: 31 MIN, 6-10 FG, 15 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 2 TO
    Will minutes stay up when Kyle Anderson returns from injury with the new additions of Avery Bradley, C.J. Miles and Delon Wright? While he is still at 30 minutes per game as tonight, he should be rostered in all standard leagues.

    (3) Marcus Smart (44%)
    Saturday: 27 MIN, 1-5 FG, 2 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO
    Smart is in a mini-slump but is still a top-125 player on the season and with details of Irving’s injury unknown, Smart should be worth a speculative add.

    (4) Kevin Huerter (34%)
    Saturday: 34 MIN, 7-9 FG, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 3PM, 2 TO
    The Hawks seem to be committed to developing Huerter at Kent Bazemore’s expense. Huerter’s line of 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.7 triples and 1.1 steals over the last seven games has him at around top-75 value.

    (5) Jordan Clarkson (59%)
    Saturday: 31 MIN, 8-16 FG, 18 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 2 TO
    More of the same of what Clarkson has been doing all year but a little more hot than usual lately.

    (6) Collin Sexton (44%)
    Saturday: 30 MIN, 6-14 FG, 1-1 FT, 16 PTS, 5 REB, AST, 3 3PM, 4 TO
    He is hot right now with 23.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 triples over last three games. Has he finally turned the corner?

    (7) Landry Shamet (2%)
    Saturday: 27 MIN, 5-9 FG, 3-4 FT, 17 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 4 3PM, 0 TO
    Made his Clippers debut with a bang. Would just be a speculative add and might just be a 3-point socialist at best.

    (8) Cory Joseph (10%)
    Saturday: 31 MIN, 5-7 FG, 0-2 FT, 10 PTS, 9 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 0 TO
    Has been getting big minutes with at least 30 in five in last six games. Stat line won’t be that impressive on most nights but could get the job done if you have the space at the very end of your bench.

    (9) Terrence Ferguson (3%)
    Saturday: 35 MIN, 6-9 FG, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
    Is anyone noticing Terrence Ferguson and his three-point shooting? He is averaging 3.0 triples over his last 14 games and that could be useful in some leagues if that’s what you need.

    (10) Kevin Knox (43%)
    Saturday: 40 MIN, 7-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 4 3PM, 3 TO
    Knicks are giving Knox all the minutes he can handle. Has played at least 34 minutes in five straight games with 15.2 points, 2.4 triples and 0.8 steals over that span.. which is fine if that’s the only categories you need, but be prepared to be crushed in field goal percentage.

    OTHER NOTABLE LINES (2% OWNED OR LESS) – IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER

    Joakim Noah (1%)
    Saturday: 30 MIN, 8-14 FG, 3-3 FT, 19 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST, 1 TO

    Robin Lopez (2%)
    Saturday: 19 MIN, 7-10 FG, 4-5 FT, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 2 BLK, 0 TO

    Wayne Selden (2%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 5-13 FG, 6-6 FT, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 0 TO

    Marquese Chriss (2%)
    Saturday: 24 MIN, 3-7 FG, 7 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 0 TO

    Kadeem Allen (0%)
    Saturday: 28 MIN, 5-11 FG, 2-4 FT, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 0 TO

    Norman Powell (1%)
    Saturday: 16 MIN, 5-14 FG, 1-1 FT, 14 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO

    Royce O’Neale (1%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 6-7 FG, 1-1 FT, 17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 4 3PM, 0 TO

    Brandon Knight (0%)
    Saturday: 12 MIN, 3-3 FG, 9 PTS, 2 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO

    Wesley Johnson (0%)
    Saturday: 20 MIN, 5-6 FG, 1-2 FT, 14 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 3 3PM, 0 TO

    Chasson Randle (0%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 8-10 FG, 20 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 4 3PM, 1 TO

    C.J. Miles (1%)
    Saturday: 21 MIN, 6-9 FG, 13 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 3PM, 0 TO

    Khem Birch (1%)
    Saturday: 19 MIN, 2-2 FG, 2-2 FT, 6 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 4 BLK, 2 TO

Fantasy News

  • Mikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns

    Mikal Bridges will come off the bench on Thursday with Kelly Oubre starting against the Cavs.

    Bridges has been in a nice groove of late, so while this is a disappointment it's not going to be the end of his standard-league run at all. The rookie is posting top-130/110 value on the full season in 8/9-cat leagues and is top-80/65 over the last month, so there's no need to make a panic move here. Bridges is a strong hold for the rest of the way.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Dante Exum - G - Utah Jazz

    Dante Exum (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Exum missed practice to get his ankle re-evaluated today so this is a bit of a disappointment. It's been over a month on the sidelines for Exum, who will slide back into the backup point guard role whenever he is ready to return. There's not a ton of fantasy appeal here.

    Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter

  • Nikola Mirotic - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain) will make his Bucks debut on Thursday against the Celtics and will be on a minutes limit.

    No word on what the restriction is but it'll be good to see Mirotic on the floor either way. Middle-round numbers are a safe expectation for Mirotic, who looks like a seamless fit with the Bucks on paper. He'll be returning from an 11-game absence so some rust is to be expected but he should be in all fantasy lineups going forward.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Hayward wasn't expected to play, and here's confirmation. He sustained the injury in a one-on-one game over the break and it isn't expected to keep him out for long. It's a tough break considering Hayward had strung together some nice games, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre is expected to move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cavs.

    No exact word on who will be moving to the bench, but it sounds like Josh Jackson is the guy. Oubre has been must-start since joining Phoenix but this might give him a small boost even further up the rankings. His shooting percentage won't always be pretty but the other numbers will be there. There's no word on if this arrangement will last once T.J. Warren (right ankle) returns, but Oubre shouldn't lose much value as a result either way.

    Source: ArizonaSports.com

  • De'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns

    De'Anthony Melton (sprained right ankle) is expected to arrive at the arena in time to play in Thursday's game against the Cavs.

    Melton is ready to return from his injury after nine games on the sidelines but he'll need to rush to meet with the Suns after a quick G-League assignment. Melton's appeal took a big hit when the Suns acquired Tyler Johnson but he'll still be a deep-league option for steals.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is on the active roster for Thurday's game against the Sixers.

    That doesn't mean Jones will play, as Erik Spoelstra has been very forward about the Heat's returning injured players needing some more work before getting on the court. Jones' stat set is extremely fun and he'd be a nice target if the playing time is there. We'll see.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (right knee) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    Dragic is close to a return but the Heat want him to get some more work in before they put him back into game action. If you've been thinking about stashing him away this looks like your last chance.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Boban Marjanovic - C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Boban Marjanovic is in the starting lineup on Thursday night, taking Joel Embiid's spot at center.

    Embiid is battling left knee soreness and has been shut down for a week, so Boban will get a chance to shine. If you've been looking for a reason to get him into your lineups, it might not ever get any better than this. Just keep your fingers crossed and hope that he's able to stay on the floor.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Tony Parker - G - Charlotte Hornets

    Tony Parker (back strain) is no longer on the injury report.

    Consider Parker good to go for Friday's tilt with the Wizards, not that fantasy owners should care.

    Source: NBA.com