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  • Reggie Jackson (ankle) still without timetable to return

    A right ankle sprain continues to keep Reggie Jackson out of action and there remains no defined timetable for his return.

    Jackson owners are pretty familiar with this scenario. Coach Stan Van Gundy said the veteran has started to do some light basketball work, but he needs to take contact in practice before he is even close. If you can stash him on an IR spot in deeper leagues you should do so. Standard leaguers can probably leave him on the wire since he was only producing numbers good enough for 12-team leagues anyway and now has recently acquired Jameer Nelson to contend with as well as Ish Smith. The 27 minutes per game he was averaging is probably is the peak of what he will get upon his return. 

  • Tyson Chandler and Devin Booker are questionable for Wednesday

    Tyson Chandler (neck) and Devin Booker (hip) are listed as questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Jazz.

    Booker missed the last four games and Josh Jackson will replace him in the starting lineup if he sits. Troy Daniels would be the main backup and play 15-20 minutes. The 21-year-old should be back after the All-Star break, but could miss game here or there for the tank machine that is the Phoenix Suns. Chandler is a potential shut down candidate especially with Alan Williams expected to be back in the beginning of March. If he sits then Alex Len would see most of his minutes and could enter the starting lineup. Len and Williams are good stashes for the remainder of the season. 

  • Hornacek acknowledges that lineup changes are coming

    Jeff Hornacek acknowledged that the Knicks will be using a different lineup after the All-Star break.

    The obvious choice here is to remove veteran Jarrett Jack from the point guard spot, though the fact that the Knicks are currently rolling with four on the roster clouds things a little bit. Frank Ntilikina is the obvious stash but Emmanuel Mudiay should be taking some of those minutes away for better or worse, and Trey Burke still exists. They’re both worth adding in competitive leagues but those of you with a bit more breathing room might want to wait and see how things shake out in terms of playing time. All else equal, Ntilikina has a more promising stat set. The rash of injuries makes things a bit easier elsewhere, with Luke Kornet looking like the only potential youngster in line for more work. Enes Kanter could lose minutes, and veterans Michael Beasley and Lance Thomas could also see some reductions. New York’s depth chart doesn’t have any direct beneficiaries outside of Kornet and the point guards so we’ll have to be patient before making further recommendations.

  • Tyler Dorsey scores 14 points in 23 minutes off the bench

    Tyler Dorsey scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with one rebound and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Cavs.

    Coach Bud said that one of the reasons they bought out Marco Belinelli was to get Dorsey playing time so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye on him over the next few games. 

  • Mavericks do not plan to buy out Nerlens Noel

    The Mavs plan to keep Nerlens Noel with the team with a plan to have him potentially see minutes after the All-Star break.

    This is an exciting development for owners who have stuck with Noel in deep leagues. He is a fantasy darling with his skill set and if he can just fall into 20 minutes of game action he can step into mid-round value. If that were the case, the Mavs have a number of players who are just not that exciting that he can replace in the rotation. Someone like Maxi Kleber or Salah Mejri could fall out of favor. Noel may be worth a stash until it’s clear what the plan is for his deployment.

  • Zubac and Bryant expected to get shot at backup center; expanded role for Kuzma on the way

    Mike Trudell of Spectrum Sportsnet is reporting that Ivica Zubac and Thomas Bryant will get opportunities to play backup center minutes while Kyle Kuzma will take on more of a scoring load with Jordan Clarkson gone.

    The departure of Larry Nance Jr. opens things up a little in the frontcourt and it looks like both of the promising youngsters will get a shot over Channing Frye. Zubac had flashes of value late last season but has been buried this year while Bryant was only recently called up. Both are worth monitoring in deep leagues. As for Kuzma, the departure of Clarkson should open up some extra shots for him. He’s already a fantasy mainstay but owners can look forward to a small boost going forward if things go as planned.

  • Alex Len productive in limited minutes vs. Spurs

    Alex Len scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday’s loss to the Spurs.

    Len getting just 18 minutes with Tyson Chandler out and in a blowout loss is pretty damning, whether it’s his ankles or how much Jay Triano wants to play him, but he’s in the mix as a stash and these numbers helped his case tonight.  He should be stashed in many 14-team leagues with or without Tyson Chandler getting traded on Thursday. 

  • Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will miss Wednesday’s game

    Caris LeVert (concussion evaluation) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin strain) will sit out Wednesday’s contest against the Pistons.

    Hollis-Jefferson missed the last six games and he makes for a good stash right now if an impatient owner cut him. The 23-year-old is a top-100 player on the year thanks to his all around contributions and will remain a main rebuilding piece for the Nets this year. LeVert just came back from a previous and injury and played the last three games. With D’Angelo Russell returning there aren’t enough minutes to go around for the point-forward and he is droppable in most leagues. 

  • Woj: Seth Curry will have season-ending surgery on his tibia

    Seth Curry will have season-ending surgery on his left tibia and recovery is expected to take 12-14 weeks.

    Curry will be fully recovered by the beginning of July and will be an unrestricted free agent. The 27-year-old should have plenty of suitors with his ability to shoot the basketball from deep (42.7 percent in 2016-2017). Stash him in dynasty leagues if you have an IR spot or a bench spot if you are playing for next season. 

  • Dwight Powell goes for 17 & 9 against the Kings

    Dwight Powell started and scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal over 31 minutes in Saturday’s road win over the Kings.

    Powell has shown flashes in the past and he has never really answered the call.  There are a few paths to minutes and production but the bigger question is whether he can convince Rick Carlisle to give him big minutes.  He’s a sneaky, but possibly premature stash for deeper formats heading into the last third of the season. 

  • Bam Adebayo posts a dud with Hassan Whiteside out

    Bam Adebayo started next to Kelly Olynyk in Saturday’s loss to the Pistons, scoring just four points with five rebounds and no defensive stats in 24 minutes of action.

    Adebayo isn’t putting up consistent numbers when he’s getting the minutes and it’s moving him more toward being a lower-upside asset but something has to be said for the general inconsistency of his situation.  If he starts to catch a rhythm, his stat set could get more friend (i.e. defensive) and then he’ll climb back up the stash rankings. He’s worth stashing but he might move toward the bottom of the list if he doesn’t start making more noise quick.  Olynyk put up 19 points with eight boards, five assists, one steal and one three in 40 minutes, making owners that kept the faith feel pretty good about doing that.  

  • George Hill invisible on Friday against the Warriors

    George Hill put up just two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Warriors.

    Hill has every reason to be checked out as he’s a prime trade target and probably already knows that he will be dealt.  Don’t evaluate anything you see until the deadline, and he has top 75-125 projections if he gets traded and that makes him a must-own player in 12-team formats because of the upside.  That said, the bottom of that range would make him a droppable player on deadline day if things don’t appear to be heading his way and he’s roasted if he stays in Sacto. 

  • Cheick Diallo productive in low-minute outing on Friday

    Cheick Diallo scored seven points on 3-of-4 shooting with nine rebounds and one block in 16 minutes off the bench in Friday’s win over the Thunder.

    Diallo is somebody to watch as a stat accumulator that could see minutes fairly easily down the stretch for New Orleans, especially if they fall out of contention.  He’ll need some injury help and is worth a look as a stash starting in 16-team formats.

  • Dragan Bender back on the radar after big night

    Dragan Bender hit 5-of-10 shots (including four threes) with nine rebounds, five assists and a block in 28 minutes off the bench in Friday’s blowout loss to the Jazz.

    Bender has done this a few times and typically it’s followed up by duds, but he’s going to get center minutes going forward if injury-prone Alex Len (ankle) and Tyson Chandler (old, traffic cone) can’t stay on the floor.  It feels like he has two different types of games — engaged and not engaged — and the only way this ends well is if he flips the switch.  He’s a mid-level stash as we head into the deadline and could be a must-add player with two more good games.  The Suns being so thin helps that along. 

  • Richaun Holmes still gaining dust; can somebody fleece the Colangelos?

    Richaun Holmes was a DNP-CD on Friday against the Heat.

    We’ve messaged Daryl Morey on Twitter.com and though he has not returned our messages we’re hopeful that Morey or anybody in the league recognizes what the Colangelos cannot.  If your favorite team isn’t stocked in the frontcourt and they’re not trying to fleece the Sixers at the deadline they’re not doing it right.  Holmes can defend the pick-and-roll, battle inside, rebound, has a shot that can be developed, he has a big-time lob game and his footwork and dribbling skills continue to improve.  Any trade moving him into 20 mpg means he’s a must-add player and don’t worry NBA, this one is free but after that we’re going to have to charge you.