• Markelle Fultz still dealing with shoulder discomfort

    Sixers coach Brett Brown said that he believes Markelle Fultz is still experiencing some shoulder discomfort.

    Brown said that there’s still some discomfort from time-to-time and that Fultz’s shoulder is not yet at 100 percent. He also added that the Sixers won’t let him play until “he can shoot a basketball,” which dodged the question of whether or not he could play at less than 100 percent. The shoulder problem has apparently kept him from regaining his shooting stroke and the Sixers won’t let him return until that erraticism is gone. While it sounded like the rookie was getting close to action, this update is a splash of cold water. He’s just a stash in deep leagues at this point.

  • Skal Labissiere keeps making his case for more playing time

    Skal Labissiere saw 22 minutes in Saturday’s loss and produced 14 points (5-of-8 shooting), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Skal continues to make this most of his laughably limited run. He can clearly produce in low-twenties minutes but it’s just not consistent enough for him to be trusted in standard leagues. Labissiere is one of the better stashes around, and fantasy owners would be foolish to forget the great run of production he put together last season when the Kings mercifully dialed back the workload for their veterans. Hopefully the same occurs this season.

  • Patrick Beverley believes there’s a chance he’ll return this season

    Patrick Beverley told Clippers beat writer Tomer Azarly that he could return this season, saying “I’m not a doctor, but there’s a chance.”

    Beverley underwent surgery on his right knee — both microfracture and arthroscopic — so we’re not optimistic. He’s as tough as they come but the Clippers have absolutely no incentive to rush back a player who might actually be part of their future. Bev will be traveling with the team in February but until he starts doing court work this is more wishful thinking than anything.

  • Larry Nance Jr. logs 30 minutes off the bench

    Larry Nance Jr. scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, got two steals and a block on Thursday as the Lakers defeated the Spurs, 93-81.

    Julius Randle had an off night and as expected Nance took advantage of the opportunity and rose to the occasion with a solid performance. Nance makes for an intriguing stash, on the off chance that the Lakers clear up some space in their crowded frontcourt at the trade deadline.

  • Gorgui Dieng collects three defensive stats vs. OKC

    Gorgui Dieng saw 16 minutes of work against the Thunder on Wednesday and produced six points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block.

    That’s three out of five with at least one steal and one block for Dieng, who is slowly but surely pulling up from his tailspin. He remains a simple stash with Taj Gibson (nine points, five rebounds, 28 minutes) entrenched in the starting five but owners know what he can produce when the opportunity is there. We’ll see if his fortunes improve at the deadline.

  • Jabari Parker could return before All-Star break

    Prior to Wednesday’s game, it was revealed that coach Kidd is targeting the week before the All-Star break for Jabari Parker‘s return.

    Parker has spent a little time in the G-League for practice and rehab purposes and may be able to return in a month. Two ACL tears in three seasons is serious business however, so Parker won’t see his typical workload for a while even if he’s able to return that quickly. Early timelines had a post-ASB return looking like the best possible scenario so it’s clear that Parker is making great progress. He’s someone to start thinking about stashing if you have an IR spot that’s either vacant or will open up soon, but it’s going to take a lot of patience.

  • Signs of Life: Gorgui Dieng goes for 14 points with two triples and a block

    Gorgui Dieng capitalized on a slanted scoreboard on Saturday night, logging 21 minutes and collecting 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Dieng brings the goods when he gets minutes like these and hopefully this can restore his confidence a little bit. He’s been in a deep funk for most of the season that’s no doubt been worsened by his sparse playing time. Taj Gibson won’t be leaving the starting five anytime soon and saw 34 minutes tonight, posting 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Dieng makes for a luxury stash while Gibson is a nice sell-high guy, albeit one who should return top-120 numbers the rest of the way at a minimum.

  • Nerlens Noel has thumb cast removed

    Nerlens Noel went to Cleveland on Tuesday to have his thumb cast removed, per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.

    Noel is nearing a return to the court but he’s not guaranteed a rotation job whenever he gets back into game shape. You’d think that the tanking Mavs would want a young talent like Nerlens on the floor but they’ve toyed with him since his acquisition, so who really knows at this point. He’s got tons of upside but it’s just far too difficult for standard league owners to consider stashing a regular DNP. Even owners in 16-team leagues can probably afford to wait and see.

  • Jahlil Okafor expected to play on Wednesday vs. MIN

    Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports that Jahlil Okafor is expected to return to the court on Wednesday when the Nets face the Wolves.

    “I expect to see him against Minnesota. I think I’ll start to get him some minutes,” said coach Kenny Atkinson. While the idea of a former top pick suiting up for a bad team might have you running to the wire, Okafor is highly unlikely to get enough playing time to make an impact for you, at least initially. Atkinson added, “Like anybody, you’ve got to earn it with play.Let’s see him in small doses and hopefully build him up to bigger minutes.” There’s also the glaring stat set issues, as Okafor has been a late-middle round player even in big minutes and full health. There’s just not a ton to be enthused with and you can probably steer clear until his workload is adequate. There’s potential but he’s more of a stash than a definite add at this point, and a weak one at that. In the bigger picture, he’s still behind Tyler Zeller and Jarrett Allen in the rotation and his biggest impact might be siphoning minutes from the young rookie. Taking minutes from more talented guys? It feels like Philly all over again.

  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) out indefinitely

    The Magic have placed Jonathan Isaac in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program for his troublesome ankle, and he’s now out indefinitely.

    They say the focus is now making sure that his ankle and legs are strong enough to avoid re-tweaks. Isaac missed 17 straight games beginning in mid-November and promptly re-aggravated the injury in his second game back. He’s got tremendous upside as a defensive stat machine but makes for a tough stash in standard leagues with this nebulous timeline. Isaac is a strong stash if you can afford it but that’s more likely to be tenable for deep league owners.

  • Jarrett Jack sinks key free throws as part of 15-4-7 effort

    Jarrett Jack sunk the game-winning free throws on Saturday night while adding 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes of work.

    There was a report out today that basically pointed to Jack serving as a seat warmer for Frank Ntilkina but he certainly made a difference tonight. He’s still just a low-end point guard and doesn’t need to be owned in standard leagues. As for the report, it’s far from an earth-mover given the long-term plans surrounding Ntilikina. He outplayed Jack with 29 minutes and collected eight points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. He’s shaping up as a potential impact stash that can be unleashed whenever the Knicks decide to flip the depth chart.

  • Knicks ‘looking at’ starting Frank Ntilikina

    The Knicks will continue to increase the minutes for Frank Ntilikina and are considering moving him into the starting five, though there is no change imminent.

    That’s not a shock considering this has been the expected plan all along. While Jarrett Jack has been putting in yeoman’s work as a starter, Ntilikina averages nearly eight minutes in fourth quarters and it’s clear that the Knicks want him to get some serious development time. He’s coming off a career-high 11 assists against the Spurs and this report only underscores the need to start stashing him if he’s available. Ntilikina still needs some work on the offensive side of the ball but he could pretty easily become a standard league guy in the proper minutes.

  • Jarrett Allen goes for 12 & 9 with one block vs. Heat

    Jarrett Allen scored 12 points off the bench in Friday’s blowout win over the Heat, hitting 5-of-10 shots with nine rebounds and one block in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Allen has held low-end value in 14-team leagues for the last month in just 18.7 mpg, averaging 7.1 points with 4.8 boards and 1.3 blocks while hitting 89 percent of his 1.4 free throws per game.  It’s hard to bank on a player getting such limited minutes, but the Nets have plenty of reason to support him and this type of value calculus definitely warrants attention from fantasy owners.  He’s worth looking at as a low-to-mid level stash. 

  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out for Saturday

    Jonathan Isaac is listed as out in the game notes for Saturday.

    Isaac is dealing with another ankle injury. He missed 17 straight before returning from a nasty sprain but has now missed 20 of the last 23 so the Magic might be wise to give their prized rookie some extra time off to ensure that he’s 100 percent. Isaac’s defensive abilities make him a worthy stash, as he has top-150 upside given his skills and the holes on the Orlando roster. The minutes will be there if he can ever get healthy.

  • Frank Ntilikina hands out 11 assists in 32 minutes

    Frank Ntilikina shined in 32 minutes off the bench for the Knicks on Thursday, as the rookie scored nine points and dished out 11 assists.

    Ntilikina added one trey and three steals as well. He’s an intriguing player to stash right now, with the hopes that he claims the starting job and ends up with strong second half of the season. A boost in assists and steals, as well as some better shooting, would be some welcome improvements in 2018.