• Terrence Ross, ORL (44% Owned)- Ross had 15 points, seven rebounds, three triples and a steal tonight and has been rolling lately. He’s in large part responsible for the recent success that Orlando has found and looks as though he has the green-light from all over the court. He should be owned in way more leagues.

    David Nwaba, CLE (1% Owned)- Nwaba played 28 minutes tonight and scored the second most points on the Cavs with 11. He also put up seven rebounds to go along with two steals and a block. The Cavs are missing a couple of guys right now so Nwaba is getting more playing time than normal but still he’s one of the most talented players on the roster. If he keeps playing at this rate he’ll be worth owning in no time.

    Ryan Arcidiacono, CHI (12% Owned)- With Kris Dunn out and Cameron Payne being generally bad at basketball, Arcidiacono has stepped up and provided valuable starting production for the Bulls. He played 30 minutes tonight and has played well enough to secure the starting job until Dunn returns. Starting point guards don’t come around too often on the wire so go scoop him up while you can.

    Tyler Johnson, MIA (24% Owned)- Johnson dropped a season-high 24 points tonight on 9-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes. With Dwyane Wade out for personal reasons, Johnson has really stepped up and taken advantage of the opportunity. Wade isn’t expected to return for a couple more days so owners should be able to get a game or two more of solid production out of Johnson.

    Langston Galloway, DET (5% Owned)- Galloway finished with 13 points and not much else in this game but he did manage to be one of three players to log 30 minutes. He’s a top-100 guy over the past week and there really isn’t a solidified wing on the Pistons which opens up the possibility for even more production. He’s worth owning in deeper leagues.

    Shelvin Mack, MEM (14% Owned)- Mack has proved to be a key part of the Grizzlies’ rotation and is definitely worth owning in leagues. He has up and down nights but for the most part he’s providing production that owners cant find out of most, if any, of the players on the waiver wire. He’s the 73rd ranked player in fantasy over the past two weeks so if he’s still on your wire go grab him.

    Pat Connaughton, MIL (1% Owned)- Don’t look now but he’s the 78th ranked player over the past four games and is averaging the most points of anyone outside of the starting lineup. Donte DiVencenzo might miss some time because of a sore knee which would only mean an increase in opportunity for Connaughton. He even played the same amount of minutes as Malcolm Brogdon at 27 so he could be in for a bigger role than even we expect. Keep a close watch.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL (35% Owned)- KCP is the 85th ranked player in fantasy over the past week and has started to turn it on for the streaking Lake Show. The problem is, even over the past week he’s playing 17.0 minutes per game and he isn’t good enough to sustain this kind of value in such little playing time. Owners can only hope that his recent good play earns him some more minutes but he’s also been in the rumor mill so this could just be the Lakers playing him in order to raise his trade value but that’s far fetched. Either way, he’s better than a lot of options on the wire right now so feel free to grab him for your bench.

Fantasy News

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that head coach David Fizdale has been fired by the New York Knicks.

    So ends a brutal run for David Fizdale, going 21-83 over the course of two seasons. You can't really blame him for this team's failure though. Fantasy wise, the Knicks have been getting blown out rapidly of late. Keeping the games semi-competitive should give the starters more consistent minutes. This could be good news for youngsters like Mitchell Robinson, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, as the focus could shift to youth development under a new head coach. Under James Dolan's watch anything can happen though, it is hard to expect any major fantasy prospect to emerge from the shakeup.

    Source: ESPN

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley (right thumb fracture) is out for Friday's tilt with the Spurs.

    Bagley is homing in on a return, but is not there quite yet. When he does Nemanja Bjeclia will take a big hit, and Richaun Holmes will be impacted to a degree.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley (hamstring) went through portions of practice on Friday.

    He missed the Jazz's game vs. the Lakers on Wednesday but it looks like he's making progress and could return for their game vs. the Grizzlies tomorrow. If not, Joe Ingles will likely continue to start in his place.

    Source: Erik Waldon on Twitter

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi (rest) will not suit up for Friday's matchup vs. the Heat.

    It's the second night of a back-to-back for the Wizards and Mahinmi is just returning from a strained achilles injured that kept him out since early October. They're going to be cautious with him due to their lack of depth at center and he could eventually end up serving a nice role for the Wizards this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris (neck strain) is being considered questionable heading into Friday's matchup vs. the Pacers.

    He jammed his neck earlier this week but was able to return after coming back from the locker room. He played 15 minutes in Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks but wasn't very productive and even if he does suit up on Friday he shouldn't be in anyone's lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) has been ruled out on Friday vs. the Heat.

    This will be his second straight absence as he missed Thursday's game as well. Before injuring his calf, Thomas was coming off of a 20 point, five rebounds, seven assist, two triples and one block outing and may have been starting to turn things around. Hopefully this calf strain doesn't keep him out long but while it does expect Ish Smith to continue to soak up minutes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dwight Powell (arm contusion) will suit up for Saturday's matchup vs. the Pelicans.

    Powell was seen with a black sleeve on his arm but he said that he'll be able to play on Saturday. He's a top-110 guy over the past week and surely starting to make his way back to fantasy relevance. He's a strong hold in most leagues.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge (sore thigh) will be available to play vs. the Kings on Friday.

    He'll return after missing his last two matchups and both Jakob Poeltl and Trey Lyles will go back to seeing reduced roles. Feel free to fire Aldridge up in all lineups once again.

    Source: Paul Garcia on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young (personal) has been ruled out on Friday vs. the Warriors.

    He's likely to only miss this game as he's set to meet with the Bulls in Miami for their matchup with the Heat on Sunday. The Bulls are already short-handed with Otto Porter Jr. also continuing to miss time, but good thing they're playing the Warriors where that shouldn't matter.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (left foot bone edema) underwent a repeat MRI on his left foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Porter has already missed nearly a month and now two more weeks will be added onto that. He'll be immobilized for a "brief" period of time before resuming non-contact work and therapy. It looks like Porter might not be back until very close, or maybe even after, the new year.

    Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter