• Allonzo Trier
    G, New York Knicks

    Allonzo Trier played 32 minutes on Wednesday night, producing 12 points (3-of-9 shooting), four rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer.

    Trier didn't quite repeat Monday's 29-point game but he's scored in double figures in six of the last eight and has seen his playing time increase. He basically split things with Damyean Dotson (15 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers in 34 minutes) and these two will alternate decent games as they have all season. Good luck figuring out which one is going to have the worthwhile line on any given night. One other wrinkle that's surfaced from Trier's recent run is that Emmanuel Mudiay only played 17 minutes tonight — perhaps the younger guys are coming for some point guard minutes.

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  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe (right shin contusion) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

    It's no surprise that the conservative Bucks will be holding him out, both because Bledsoe did not return to Friday's game after suffering the injury and because they're facing a weak Cavs team on Saturday. There have been no indications that the injury is serious, so consider this an unscheduled rest day.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook will be rested for Saturday's game against the Pistons, as expected.

    The Rockets will keep trying to manage Westbrook's load while Harden keeps on breaking meaningless records during the regular season. Westbrook himself had been a top 5 fantasy player over the last two weeks, but his improved play of late had been wholly dependent on hyperefficient shooting numbers from the field and the line. We know that's simply not Westbrook's game anymore. He'll win you as many categories as he'll lose and he remains a net negative fantasy asset despite the big numbers.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) is being listed as questionable vs. Houston on Saturday.

    Kennard has already missed a game with knee soreness this season and dealt with knee issues throughout training camp and the preseason. It doesn't seem that Kennard is at risk of suffering a longer term injury here, but it's concerning that the issue hasn't gone away and the team taking the injury seriously enough to design a maintenance program for the 23-year-old. He's having a breakout season despite the nicks and bruises and, despite having a lower usage rate next to Blake Griffin, Kennard is doing enough in points, threes and assists to remain a rest-of-season asset.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond popped up on the injury report again following his allergic reaction to an avocado on Friday and is being listed as questionable on Saturday.

    He wasn't on the report as of 8:30pm on Friday and, of course, he played in that one, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that not only is he being listed with an injury, but he's been downgraded to questionable. This merits monitoring, but the Pistons are likely trying to manage expectations as Drummond is clearly still dealing with discomfort in his eye. If he plays, he has a tasty matchup vs. a Houston team that plays fast and will have to play big to counter the Detroit frontcourt.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle's improvement as a 3-and-D wing has helped him regain a role in the Sixers' rotation and the team is counting on him to keep it.

    Thybulle is shooting 58% from three in December and his minutes have crept up to 25 per game in the last two weeks, during which he's been a top-80 player. Naturally, the hot shooting from deep will stabilize and he'll have bad stretches on defense, where he's being given the freedom to gamble, often leading to foul trouble. That said, Thybulle only needs 25 minutes to hit value and Keith Pompey of the Inquirer notes that the team is 15-1 in games where he meets that minute mark. There are few free agent options in fantasy leagues with easier paths to top 100 value and Thybulle has already played his way into and end-of-bench spot in fantasy squads with his recent output.

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Tyrone Wallace
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have waived Tyrone Wallace.

    With the Hawks finally at full health, the versatile Wallace is the odd man out. He appeared in 14 games for the Hawks this year averaging 2.9 points in 11.5 minutes, shooting a dreadful 31.8 percent from the field although it is hard to get into a rhythm with playing time as inconsistent as it was. We wouldn't be surprised if he latched on with another NBA team at some point this season but he shouldn't make any noise in fantasy.

    Source: Ben Stinar on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo's breakout season has begun to be noticed by opposing coaches and league executives, and he is garnering buzz as an All-Star reserve.

    Of course, Adebayo would have to contend with the likes of Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond and Nikola Vucevic should he be considered at center, but the Heat's lineups are famously flexible so he could sneak in as a forward. Regardless of his positional eligibility, Bam's has been the most predictable fantasy and real-life breakout in some time, averaging 15.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, a whopping 4.4 assists and almost 3 combined defensive stats on elite field goal percentage. He still has a ways to go from the free throw line and as a shot creator on offense, but we're seeing some of that develop over the past two weeks which have seen his scoring inch closer to the 20s and his free throw percentage approach respectability. His ability as a playmaker and secondary ballhandler is uncanny given his age and position.

    Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (left hamstring strain) returned to action on Friday after a two-game absence with no points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Rondo missed all five field goal attempts and should see better days. His playing time and game availability should remain inconsistent all year but outside of all that, he is putting up top-150 standard league per-game value with 7.9 points, 5.7 assists, 1.4 triples and 1.0 steals so he can provide some value if you need a spot start or some assists in your lineup.

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers assigned Goga Bitadze and Alize Johnson to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday.

    They will be in uniform and eligible to play. This is Bitadze's first stint with the G League squad, reminding all of us of just how accelerated his development has been as a "raw" rookie this season. Goga had a nice string of four-block games earlier this season, but he and Johnson are well off the fantasy radar with the Pacers nearing full health.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Keita Bates-Diop (illness) played 11 minutes and compiled no stats on Friday after missing one game.

    Diop missed his only shot on the night as he may have had some lingering illness effects. The 2018 second round pick is averaging 7.2 points and 1.3 triples in 18.5 minutes with a 51.5 field goal percentage on the season so he should see better days ahead is off the standard league radar.