January 20, 2019, 1:22 amWill Barton - G - Denver Nuggets
Will Barton (personal) returned to action and logged 21 minutes on Saturday against the Cavs, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with one rebound, three assists and one trey.
Barton hasn't gotten back in a groove yet but the Nuggets have four days off before playing on Wednesday, which should help him practice and get acclimated with his teammates. Start him in the Nuggets' three-game week at your own risk, however.
January 20, 2019, 1:21 amGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris played just 17 minutes in his second game back from a left hamstring injury, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with one rebound and one assist on Saturday against the Cavs.
There was no need for the Nuggets or Harris to force the action here so as long as he didn't aggravate the injury this is a win. With a three-game week upcoming and no game until Wednesday, on one hand he'll get a nice window to rest up, but it will be hard to start him with confidence.
January 20, 2019, 1:18 amCedi Osman - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 4-of-5 FTs) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Saturday's loss to the Nuggets.
None of these guys are good in fantasy leagues. Not Osman, not Rodney Hood (18 points, two threes, two steals, 6-of-6 FTs), not Collin Sexton (10 points, four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one three), not Alec Burks (eight points, four rebounds) and most definitely not Cameron Payne (zero points, three assists, 20 minutes).
January 20, 2019, 1:16 amAnte Zizic - C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic started for Tristan Thompson (foot) again on Saturday against the Nuggets, scoring 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting with six rebounds and 5-of-6 makes from the foul line in 31 minutes.
Thompson's status is a bit murky because it's very unlikely he plays through injuries unless he absolutely wants to. Zizic's value is almost entirely tied to whether Thompson ends up being a shutdown candidate, but feel free to grab him as a plug-and-play while he's hot.
January 20, 2019, 1:09 amIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said on Saturday that there is still no timeline for the return of Isaiah Thomas (hip).
"There is nothing that has been said about February. You will see him when he is ready to play," said Malone, which is what coaches do to provide cover for players that have uncertain return dates. This doesn't necessarily mean the report isn't true, but it does make muddy up the waters for anybody considering him as a stash in very deep formats.
January 20, 2019, 1:04 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting (including four threes) with nine rebounds, two steals and one block over 34 minutes in the Bulls' 117-103 loss to the Heat on Saturday.
Markkanen was a tough luck draft pick this season but as chance would have it he has a clear run at top-50 value or more.
January 20, 2019, 1:02 amRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez scored five points on 2-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds and a 3-pointer over 21 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Lopez will probably be better than this if he gets a consistent 20 mpg but there's not enough going on here for an add unless you're truly desperate for a center.
January 20, 2019, 1:00 amKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn scored six points on 3-of-14 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and two steals over 33 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Dunn had a top-50 stretch that last a month go south about a week ago, and it's totally tanked his numbers in a small sample of 20 games this season. His 37.2 percent shooting over the last seven games is the unsurprising culprit, but aside from the realities of the Jim Boylen Bulls it would be really surprising to see him fall out of mid-round production. This is a really nice buy low window.
January 20, 2019, 12:55 amBobby Portis - F - Chicago Bulls
Bobby Portis scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Portis is set for a nice second half of the season and could surpass top-75 numbers in a fairly modest upside scenario. He's an easy must-add player if that somehow slipped under the radar in your league.
January 20, 2019, 12:53 amDwyane Wade - G - Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds and seven assists in Saturday's win in Chicago over the Bulls.
Wade got plenty of love from his hometown crowd as the farewell tour continues. If you can figure out the games that Wade is going to be deployed as a primary option, you can try to squeeze out some value here but it's easier said than done.
January 20, 2019, 12:51 amDerrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Bulls.
Jones should be playing but the Heat have to play their high priced guys and it's just a mess. Despite getting just 20.4 mpg over his last six games, Airplane Mode is still bringing you back late-round value. It's easy to dismiss him as a luxury stash and the Miami situation stinks, but he's giving you numbers you can use if pressed into action for your fantasy squad, and then there's the upside piece of course.
January 20, 2019, 12:48 amDion Waiters - G - Miami Heat
Dion Waiters hit 9-of-13 shots off the bench in Saturday's win over the Bulls, finishing with 21 points to go with three treys, six boards and two assists in 22 minutes.
Waiters' scoring is needed on this team and no it's not going to be tenable anytime soon unless Erik Spoelstra outright forces him into a 30-minute role, which doesn't seem remotely likely. Give him added consideration in points leagues, for what it's worth.
January 20, 2019, 12:46 amJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (illness) returned to action in Saturday's win over the Bulls, scoring 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds and two assists over 30 minutes.
One would have liked a defensive stat in there but this definitely works and he should be locked into lineups.
January 20, 2019, 12:45 amJustise Winslow - F - Miami Heat
Justise Winslow scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and one steal over 25 minutes in Saturday's win over the Bulls.
Winslow might fall below the standard league cut line with Dion Waiters back and the Heat trying to use the world's first 372-player rotation. Forward looking owners probably want to get ahead of what is probably in inevitable cut position when Goran Dragic returns in a few weeks.
January 20, 2019, 12:43 amJames Johnson - F - Miami Heat
James Johnson scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one trey over 25 minutes in Saturday's win over the Bulls.
Johnson needs to do this five times in a row to hit the radar in most standard formats.