Fantasy News

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen was off all night, shooting just 2-of-12 as part of a nine-point, eight-rebound performance in a loss to the Bucks on Monday.

    Since Markkanen's 35-point, 17-board season opener, he hasn't cracked 20 points or had more than 11 rebounds and he's shooting just 36.2 percent for the season. It's a good time to buy low, but he's unlikely to come anywhere close to the ceiling that many predicted him to hit this season. Zach LaVine also had a bad night, shooting just 4-of-16 in defeat.

  • Taurean Prince
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Taurean Prince was off again on Monday, finishing his night with seven points (3-of-11 shooting), four rebounds, an assist and a block in 23 minutes.

    Prince has had three poor shooting games in a row, and his inefficiencies are slowley starting to bump him out of the top-120 ranks in 9-cat. The absence of Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is also clearly been a real drag to his game, and it isn't a terrible idea to bench him until he finds his stroke again.

  • Jarrett Allen
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen played well in 24 minutes in Monday's 86-115 loss to the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds, an assists and a block in 24 minutes.

    Allen's fantasy prospects would be so much better if DeAndre Jordan (18 min, six points, three rebounds) wasn't around absorbing as much playing time as he is. If one is ever out of the way the other becomes a must-own, must-start type of player, but Allen is the clear guy to own between the two.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie did all he could in Monday's blowout loss to the the Pacers, scoring 28 points (9-of-21 shooting) to go with eight assists, five rebounds, four triples, a steal and a block in 33 minutes.

    Dinwiddie looks like he's just going to absorb all of Kyrie Irving's (shoulder) usage while he's out and is definitely a guy worth starting while he's got the leading role. He will butcher your FG% on a night-to-night though so hopefully you have anice buffer to offset that.

  • Daniel Gafford
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Daniel Gafford played his first competitive NBA minutes on Monday and immediately exploded for 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting in 20 minutes in a loss to the Bucks.

    Gafford added five boards, one assist and two blocks to his night of dunks, as well. The Bulls are now missing their other backup centers, so the rookie could get regular minutes for a while. If you're feeling lucky and in need of big-man stats, Gafford could be worth an add.

  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte Divincenzo started and put up a nice line with 15 points (5-of-9 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), four boards, four dimes, three swipes and three treys in 29 minutes in a victory over the Bulls on Monday.

    Divincenzo has started three straight games while Khris Middleton has been out, and while he hasn't blown the fantasy community's socks off, Divincenzo is showing that he's worth a look for streaming and deep leagues. He can rack up steals and threes quickly.

  • Justin Holiday
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Justin Holiday was great on Monday, finishing his night with 20 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and four triples in 32 minutes.

    Holidayhas gotten starters minutes over his last three games but that could come back to earth sooner than later with Malcolm Brogdon (back) and Jeremy Lamb (sprained ankled) both expected back soon. He floated himself to usuable fantasy value last year due to his high steals numbers in decent run. He's not seeing enough run this year to see those totals again, and should be left on your waiver wire as a result.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J Warren struggled from the field again in Monday's win over the Nets, scoring 19 points (6-of-17 shooting), to go with six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Warren has really struggled with his shot over the last three ball games, which is typically an area he thrives in. Consider this stretch a low-point for him and hope that he starts putting things back together in his next one.

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart will not return on Monday after spraining his right ankle.

    Smart was helped off the court after what didn't look like a minor sprain. We should get an update after the game.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis looked terrific in Monday's 115-86 blowout of the Nets, finishing with a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds to go with three assists and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Sabonis has now run his double-double streak to seven games and does not looked bothered by the return of Myles Turner. Turner, for his part, also looked rusty in this one (nine points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three blocks), so it was easier to defer to Sabonis who has been playing at an all-star level. It remains to be seen how long this will last while Turner continues to get himself back up to speed, but for now Sabonis' owners should continue to let the good times roll and enjoy the top-40 pace he is producing at.