• Alan Williams
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Alan Williams (meniscus) and T.J. Warren (knee) will be out on Tuesday against the Pistons.

    Williams will miss the next three games and remain in the G-League, but the big man is worth stashing if you have an open IR spot. This will be Warren’s fourth game missed out of the last 10. The veteran is receiving heavy minutes when he plays and producing so he has to be held. Owners will just have to deal with a few missed games here or there on the tanking Suns squad.

    Source: Phoenix Suns on Twitter

  • Willy Hernangomez
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Willy Hernangomez scored nine points on 2-of-2 shooting (1-of-1 from deep, 4-of-4 from the line) with six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Knicks. 

    We’re not saying to run out and grab him but Cody Zeller (knee) is an injury prone guy and Dwight Howard (14 points, 13 boards, one block) isn’t a spring chicken, either.  Hernangomez wouldn’t shock anybody as a silly season standout if the Hornets start shutting players down. 

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Cheick Diallo was a DNP-CD on Tuesday against the Hornets.

    If you’re tracking him because of the Anthony Davis injury potential, he’s not getting any burn in tight games while the Pelicans are chasing down a playoff slot. 

  • Alan Williams
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Alan Williams (torn meniscus) is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the Cavs.

    Williams said he’d like to have a couple more practices before playing so Saturday against the Warriors seems to be the strong target date. If you have a extra spot and can afford to not accumulate stats for the next two games plus Big Sauce being eased into action then he is definitely worth a stash. The big man was a late addition last year that helped many owners get to the finals of their leagues by hauling in 12 double-doubles over his last 24 games.

    Source: Scott Bordow on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac played 14 minutes and posted two points, two boards, one assist and two steals in Wednesday’s loss to the Lakers.

    Isaac might have an easier path to minutes if Evan Fournier (knee) misses time and everybody bumps down a slot.  It also didn’t hurt that Bismack Biyombo briefly left tonight’s game knee injury.  Still, owners should take a wait-and-see approach since the Magic have every reason to be careful right now.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF/SF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac played for the first time since December 26th on Friday night, collecting three points, two rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 15 minutes of playing time.

    Most importantly, Isaac and his ankle got through the game unscathed. He’ll be brought along slowly as the Magic have nothing to gain by pushing their promising rookie, but tonight’s line only underscores his obvious fantasy potential. Not many players can churn out a triple-one with three defensive stats in such limited run and Isaac should have a lot of opportunities to play down the stretch. He’s a solid speculative pickup in deep leagues and one of the better stashes around.

  • Jordan Bell
    SF/PF, Golden State Warriors

    Jordan Bell logged just eight minutes off the bench in Friday’s win over the Hawks.

    Bell missed all three of his shots but did grab four boards to go with an assist and a steal.  He’s no lock to have fantasy value down the stretch, but he might step into some action when the DNP-RESTs start rolling in and we’ve already seen his upside once this season. He’ll get assigned to Santa Cruz for Sunday’s game against Memphis so owners have to be playing the long game if they’re playing at all.

    Source: Adam Johnson on Twitter

  • Jordan Bell
    PF/C, Golden State Warriors

    Jordan Bell played seven minutes in Wednesday’s win against the Wizards, scoring two points with one rebound and one assist.

    This isn’t much to write home about in and of itself but he outplayed Zaza Pachulia (five minutes) while starter JaVale McGee only played 14. He delivered two points, six boards, a steal and two blocks in that time but there’s no real sense that he’s running away with the job. Bell could very well earn that job by the start of the postseason so fantasy owners would be wise to keep him on their watch lists.

  • Alan Williams
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Alan Williams has upped the intensity of his workouts but there’s still no hard target date for his return to practice.

    Williams was a force down the stretch last season but he may not see much, if any, action this year. The Suns would probably like to see him on the court before they wrap up shop but also know that there’s little sense in pushing him back too soon. It’ll be easier to project Big Sauce’s outlook once he does get back on the practice court but he’s just a stash for now. Considering he’ll still have to deal with Alex Len for playing time, he’s not a particularly strong one. And that’s if Tyson Chandler gets shut down and the Suns abandon smaller lineups with Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender working on the frontline. Perhaps next year we’ll see what Williams can really do.

    Source: Scott Bordow on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    Nerlens Noel will not play on Monday but Rick Carlisle did leave the door open for a Wednesday return.

    While Noel has been practicing, the Mavs want to get him a little more work before he gets back into game action. The team has been consistent in their desire to get him some playing time down the stretch this year, but he was thought to be a part of the team’s long-term future before they more or less buried him earlier in the season. Noel has as much defensive upside as anyone who ever hits the waiver wire so proactive owners can try to stash him but there’s no promises that he’s out of the doghouse. If they do let him approach 20 mpg, he could quickly become an impact player given his output in steals and blocks.

    Source: Bobby Karalla on Twitter

  • Jordan Bell
    PF/C, Golden State Warriors

    After missing 15 games with an ankle injury, Jordan Bell will return to action on Monday but will be playing with a minutes restriction.

    Bell will not start but he could take that job in the future once he gets back to full speed. His defensive acumen makes him a great stash at this point given his obvious talent and his competition for minutes at center in Golden State. Hopefully the coaches let him run a little bit once he gets back into game shape. Kevon Looney will be deactivated tonight to make space for Bell on the roster.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Mavs looking to get Nerlens Noel some game action down the stretch

    The Mavs are looking forward to Nerlens Noel‘s return from a thumb injury, with coach Carlisle saying “I do think he’s going to be back after the break and I’m looking forward to getting him out there.

    Carlisle added “[i]t’s an opportunity for us as we move along here to look at potential young groups that could be playing together into the future to see the viability, the chemistry, those kinds of things.” It’s a nice thought but Noel is headed for unrestricted free agency and his tenure in Dallas has been pretty rocky. Unless they completely reverse course and give him tons of minutes, you’d have to imagine that Noel wants to try his hand for a different team next season. As for now, Carlisle says the Mavs “want to get him healthy, get him back and try to get him a good 20 or so games, if we can.” That won’t mean much if his minutes are minuscule, but it’s at least a promising start. Dirk Nowitzki has been playing at center this year but could be shut down, leaving just a surging Dwight Powell (who’s probably better suited at the four) and Salah Mejri in the mix for center minutes. Noel can be an elite source of defensive stats in the proper playing time so he’s a decent speculative add in deeper leagues.

  • Still no clarity as muddled PG rotation persists for the Knicks

    The Knicks played three of their four point guards on Wednesday night with Emmanuel Mudiay delivering eight points, three assists and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Mudiay also shot 3-of-9 and committed four turnovers, which was a nice throwback to his Denver days. Those are the big hurdles between him and fantasy value, to say nothing of playing time. Jarrett Jack started and led the way with 28 minutes but only produced five points, five assists, a steal and a triple while Frank Ntilikina was limited to just 11 minutes. He picked up five points and a pair of steals but isn’t worth holding onto unless he gets named the starter out of the All-Star break. Mudiay seems like he’ll overtake Jack at this point, but there’s no great move for fantasy owners to make here. If nothing else, at least the Knicks made Trey Burke a DNP-CD tonight.

  • Surprise, surprise: Richaun Holmes produces when he gets minutes

    Richaun Holmes played 28 minutes on Wednesday and notched 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 4-of-7 shooting.

    As always, Holmes brings the goods when Joel Embiid sits. Amir Johnson started but was largely irrelevant in 20 minutes while Trevor Booker crashed the glass for nine points and nine boards in 15 minutes. Despite the logjam, it’s clear that Holmes is the cream of this crop and he’d be an immediate add in all formats if he got minutes in the mid-twenties going forward. This was the most playing time he’s received since December 12th and he’d been a DNP in seven of his last eight, so unfortunately he’s still just a stash at best.

  • Tyson Chandler (neck) is out and Dragan Bender will start at center

    Tyson Chandler (neck) will sit out and Dragan Bender will take his place as the starting center against the Jazz on Wednesday. 

    Chandler will miss is third game out of the last four and the Suns will play small with Dragan Bender at the five. Alex Len should see pretty decent run off the bench and is a stash candidate for an eventual Chandler shutdown along with Alan Williams who should return the beginning of March. The 35-year-old can be dropped for a player with a more certain future this season. 

    Update: Alex Len will start at center with Dragan Bender starting next to him at power forward.