• Point Guards

    Dennis Smith Jr. ($6,800 FD/DK)- Ever since he’s come back from his injury, coach Rick Carlisle has loosened the reins on Smith and he’s flourished. Tonight, Smith gets the Suns who have been horrible defensively all year, especially against point guards.

    Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,300 FD, $6,700 DK)- After playing last night, D’Angelo Russell is likely to be rested tonight against the Sixers which would present Dinwiddie with a great opportunity in a plus match-up against the up-tempo 76ers.

    Terry Rozier ($5,100 FD, $5,300 DK)- Rozier has been great off the bench all year and with Marcus Smart out for at least another week, Rozier is in line for increased playing time as evidenced by the 29 minutes he received against the Nuggets in his last game.

    Other good buys: Damian Lillard ($9,400 FD, $8,900 DK), Kyrie Irving ($8,900 FD, $9,000 DK), Elfird Payton ($7,300 FD, $6,800 DK).

    Shooting Guards

    Tyreke Evans ($8,400 FD, $8,200 DK) – Evans has had an amazing year and he returned in has last game against the Suns to drop 27 points in 26 minutes. He’s been a model of consistency and that shouldn’t change against the Pacers tonight.

    Jordan Clarkson ($6,600 FD, $7,000 DK) – Clarkson is a high-risk, high-reward play for me tonight. With Lonzo Ball out, coach Luke Walton has been inconsistent with who he gives Ball’s minutes to. For example, Clarkson only played 21 minutes last game after receiving 30 minutes or more in four straight games. That being said, Clarkson does have an excellent match-up tonight against the Magic.

    Nicolas Batum ($5,800 FD, $6,300 DK) – Batum can fill up the stat sheet in a number of different ways which makes him an intriguing play at his mid-level price especially tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, who have struggled on defense this year.

    Other good buys: Victor Oladipo ($10,100 FD, $9,300 DK), Zach LaVine ($6,000 FD, $6,400 DK), Wesley Matthews ($5,400 FD, $5,500 DK).

    Small Forwards

    LeBron James ($11,900 FD, $11,100 DK) – James is a popular play almost every time he plays but tonight he’s going to be more in demand than usual. With Kevin Love out, James will have to burden even more responsibility for the Cavs.

    T.J. Warren ($7,100 FD, $6,700 DK)-  I think Warren is a solid play no matter what tonight, but Devin Booker is currently listed as questionable and if he’s to sit out that makes Warren an even better play as he’ll have to shoulder the offensive load against the Mavericks tonight.

    Josh Richardson ($6,400 FD, $6,200 DK) – Richardson has found his groove once again, and tonight he gets a great matchup against the Cavs who have been horrible on defense.

    Other good buys: Ben Simmons ($8,800 DK), Brandon Ingram ($6,700 FD, $6,300 DK),  Harrison Barnes ($6,600 FD, $6,700 DK).

    Power Forwards

    Ben Simmons ($9,000 FD) – It looks like Simmons has broken through the rookie wall and has played great in his last few games. Tonight, Simmons gets an excellent matchup against the Nets.

    Bobby Portis ($4,500 FD, $5,900 DK)- With Markkanen already being ruled out and Mirotic being listed questionable, Portis can be looking at huge minutes tonight if Mirotic can’t go which would make Portis a great play.

    Jeff Green ($3,700 FD, $3,800 DK) – With Love being out for the next 6-to-8 weeks, the main beneficiary should be Green. Green has played well off the bench this year and should see an expanded role with Love out, starting tonight.

    Other good buys: Kristaps Porzingis ($8,700 FD, $8,200 DK), Dario Saric ($7,000 FD, $6,900 DK), Frank Kaminsky ($4,000 FD, $4,400 DK).

    Centers

    Joel Embiid ($10,500 FD, $10,400 DK)- Embiid should play tonight after getting his last game off for rest and he will face the Nets who gave up a 20/20 game to Enes Kanter last night.

    Dwight Howard ($10,200, $9,400) – Howard has had a great bounce-back year and lately he’s been on fire. Tonight he faces off against his old team the Hawks, who have struggled against centers.

    Hassan Whiteside ($8,100 FD, $8,600 DK)- Whiteside is a bit frustrating to own because his minutes are so inconsistent. However, Whiteside has shown the ability to put up big numbers even in limited minutes so he’s a good play for me against a bad Cavs defense.

    Other good buys: Al Horford ($7,100 FD, $7,600 DK), Myles Turner ($5,800 FD, $6,100 DK).

Fantasy News

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    On Tuesday afternoon, AmicoHoops reported (via Twitter) that an unidentified NBA GM told them the league has seriously discussed resuming the current NBA season on Wednesday, July 22.

    Nothing has been officially announced, by any means, and this is the first we've heard of specific target date(s) from anyone. It's looking like the continuation of the season will occur in Orlando at Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which has accommodations for at least some of what the NBA has planned for a resuming activity. As we have relayed numerous times recently, the next week or two seem to be a likely window for some decisions from Adam Silver and Co. at the NBA league office to start to come down. Stay tuned, hoops fans.

    Source: AmicoHoops on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard announced on Tuesday evening that, in the event of a continuation of the NBA season, he would not be participating if the Blazers are scheduled to play 'meaningless games' with no shot at making the playoffs.

    "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning. It's hard to blame him, as it is quite easy to see the potential situation from his point of view. There have been countless scenarios tossed around by the league office during the pandemic period, but nothing is set in stone so far. Lillard, for his part, is only interested in returning to action if there exists a legitimate shot for his Blazers to reach the NBA Finals. Fair enough.

    Source: Yahoo! Sports

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers, who have their practice facility located in nearby Camden, NJ, will allow voluntary player workouts at the facility beginning on Wednesday, raising the number of NBA teams who have been able to do so to 22.

    The Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are the final teams remaining who are unable to return to their practice facilities. The NBA seems to be inching ever so close to, at the very least, announcing a plan for a continuation of the current season. This next week or two should be very eventful on that front.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks GM Travis Schlenk indicated on Tuesday that Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) could very well play in the event of an NBA restart.

    "Clint [Capela] says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said in a phone interview with ESPN. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela has yet to see the floor for the Hawks since he was acquired at the deadline from the Rockets, and one would have to surmise that he would be under a heavy minutes restriction if the league resumes and if the Hawks deem him healthy enough to give it a go. Still two big "ifs," but this is obviously positive news for the Hawks and potentially for fantasy owners who have managed to stash Capela in an injury slot this long.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.

    With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets

  • Jon Leuer
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.

    Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.

    Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.

    The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.

    The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.

    Source: Euro Hoops