• Randolph questionable for Friday; Conley out indefinitely

    Zach Randolph (knee) is questionable for Friday’s game against the Pelicans and Mike Conley (Achilles) is out indefinitely.

    Randolph could easily try to get some rest against the depleted Pelicans as the Grizzlies are probably unconcerned with seeding given their health.  Conley will be replaced by a crew of Ray McCallum, Briante Weber and Lance Stephenson.  Stephenson is somebody we like as a late-round value and JaMychal Green is a must-own player right now. 

  • Rodney Hood (back) questionable for Friday vs. Wizards

    Rodney Hood (back) participated in shootaround prior to Friday’s game against the Wizards and he is questionable to play.

    Hood probably missed the Warriors game because it was a scheduled loss and the Jazz need every win they can get.  If he doesn’t go then we’ll know he is dealing with something more serious than less serious. 

  • Jahlil Okafor to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery

    Jahlil Okafor will undergo a minor arthroscopic knee procedure for his right knee and he will miss at least six weeks, effectively ending his season.

    Okafor was trending toward this for the past few days and hopefully you already added Jerami Grant in a 12-team league if you needed a late-round value guy with a hint of upside.  Richaun Holmes will be the next beneficiary if anything slows down with Nerlens Noel, and Robert Covington should get a nice chance at continuing his hot streak.

  • Elfrid Payton (elbow) will not play on Friday vs. Kings

    Elfrid Payton (elbow) has been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Kings and C.J. Watson will start in his place.

    The Kings are a sieve but they’ll be playing without DeMarcus Cousins due to his suspension, and that always puts a pep in their step.  That’s not going to turn their defensive system and coaching issues around overnight, nor will it turn some of their turnstiles like Rajon Rondo into good defensive players, but they might not be the autostart they usually are on that end.  They’ll just be 3/4 of their normal matchup advantage.  This puts guys like Watson on the radar for a one-game sample despite the fact he hasn’t been doing much with decent minutes.  Both he and Brandon Jennings are a coin flip bet to put up serviceable numbers, and they’re both worth a look in DFS. Look for Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo to have massive nights.  

  • Bradley Beal (hip) expected to play on Saturday

    Bradley Beal (hip) did not play on Friday against the Jazz but is expected to play on Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Jared Dudley and Marcus Thornton are the guys we’re watching as beneficiaries if Beal starts to slip again.  We’re also giving Beal about a week to get back on track before we start talking drop.  

  • Norris Cole (back) out on Friday; Douglas to start

    Norris Cole (back) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies and Toney Douglas will start.

    The back issue is killing the buzz for owners that added him expecting unfettered access to minutes.  Toney Douglas is a poor man’s version of Cole, but he’s certainly worth a look and Orlando Johnson has a puncher’s chance to produce.  Look for Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday to get all they can eat, with incredible usage numbers and efficiency drops to boot.

  • Dwyane Wade (thigh) misses shootaround; game-time decision vs. CHI

    Dwyane Wade (thigh) missed shootaround before Friday’s game against the Bulls and he will be a game-time decision.

    If Wade cannot go then the Heat will get a bump across the board and they have a better chance at playing with more pace.  Josh Richardson has already eked out late-round value in a substantial but decidedly secondary role, but he would become a lot safer play if Wade is out. 

  • Stanley Johnson (shoulder) a game-time call on Friday

    Stanley Johnson (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Friday’s game against the Hornets.

    Johnson will need a few games to get back up to speed and there’s no guarantee that he gets to the top of his mpg curve as the year winds down.  Stan Van Gundy has been pretty happy with the job Marcus Morris has done.  Morris, however, will see his late-round value threatened by Johnson’s return, whenever it happens.  Anthony Tolliver (knee) is also a game-time decision, but his return won’t have much fantasy impact.

  • Kobe Bryant goes big in last game against LeBron

    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) played and played well in his last game against the LeBron and the Cavs, scoring 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 32 minutes in the Lakers’ 120-108 loss on Thursday.

    We were wrong to doubt Kobe’s ability to play big minutes tonight and then he doubled down on that with a solid performance.  Jordan Clarkson took a back seat with five points on 2-of-12 shooting, and D’Angelo Russell was solid with 24 points on 8-of-19 shooting, four treys, four rebounds and five assists in the loss.  Kobe could easily need extra time off after a game like this, but the reality is that he’ll be day-to-day for the rest of the year so owners will get plenty of updates. 

  • Channing Frye gets loose with Kevin Love out

    Channing Frye scored a season-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting (including five threes) with seven rebounds and one steal over 24 minutes in a start for Kevin Love (leg) on Thursday.

    This is obviously a one-time blip as long as Love doesn’t miss extended time.  LeBron James scored 24 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one trey, Tristan Thompson got an easy 10 and 14 with one steal, J.R. Smith scored 17 points with four threes, and Kyrie Irving went for 26 and nine in the win over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. 

  • Nikola Jokic posts monster line against the Suns

    Nikola Jokic kept his foot on the gas in the Nuggets’ 116-98 win over the Suns on Thursday, scoring 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 27 minutes.

    Jokic has been a top 35-50 (9/8 cat) value over the last two months in just 22.9 mpg and a top 20-30 play over the last week in 28.9 mpg.  That’s why we had him so high in the rest-of-season Bruski 150 and owners have to be thrilled heading into the Nuggets’ trip of four-game weeks. 

  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores career-high 30 points

    Emmanuel Mudiay scored a career-high 30 points on 13-of-20 shooting (including four threes) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in Thursday’s win over the Suns.

    Mudiay is starting to turn it on and though this comes against the Suns, there is a puncher’s chance for him to be worth the efficiency troubles in standard leagues. 

  • Alex Len struggles on Thursday against the Nuggets

    Alex Len hit just 2-of-13 shots for four points, 13 rebounds and one block over 33 minutes in the Suns’ blowout loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Shooting efficiency and lack of blocks have been the things we’ve been warning folks about in terms of considering Len a breakout star.  He deserves to be owned for his late-round floor and he definitely has mid-round upside, but he has to get the efficiency and defensive stat issues worked out. 

  • Devin Booker explodes for 35 points in loss

    Devin Booker scored a career-high 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs, 10-of-11 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block over 38 minutes in Thursday’s loss to the Nuggets.

    Booker gave owners a lot of confidence as Brandon Knight is set to take back a lot of the scoring responsibilities.  He’s a must-hold player that might have some mid-round upside if he can continue to display the same confidence he had tonight. 

  • Brandon Knight returns to action with 10 and five

    Brandon Knight scored 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting with two rebounds, five assists and one block in 25 minutes off the bench on Thursday against the Nuggets as he returned from a long absence due to a groin injury.

    Knight was bound to be rusty and the fact he beat some of the projected timetables for his return is enough for owners tonight.  He can be put in all lineups as long as there are no negative reports about his health, and Ronnie Price (eight points, three boards, five assists, two steals, two threes, 38 minutes) is going to be relegated to deep league value at best.