• Aron Baynes stepped into some extra minutes on Tuesday with Andre Drummond getting ejected and finished with eight points while also grabbing eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

    Baynes could be looking at an increased amount of minutes in the next one with Drummond presumably suspended after getting a flagrant-2 foul. He could be a nice value-play in DFS formats, but that’s where his value ends. 

Fantasy News

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    The Mavs have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Andre Drummond before the NBA trade deadline.

    Chalk this one up as fairly obvious. The Mavs recently lost Dwight Powell to a season-ending Achilles injury and are in the market for a big man. With Luke Doncic making the jump to superstar status in his sophomore season, the Mavs are positioned for a title run a lot sooner than they anticipated. The team is sure to kick the tires on a multitude of big men as the trade deadline approaches. Drummond would make a new big-three in Dallas next to Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

    Source: The Ringer

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson said that he is going to start taking more jumpers as teams take away lobs and easy buckets at the rim from him.

    Robinson talked about all of the work that he put in on his jumper during the offseason, but he has yet to show it off this season. Robinson has only attempted one shot from beyond 10 feet in 41 games so far this season, so it will be an interesting situation if he starts to let it fly. Owners have been waiting for Robinson to be more involved in the offense, and it is good to see the young big man recognize that he needs to be more assertive on the offensive end.

    Source: NY Daily News

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Although Jusuf Nurkic (leg fracture) participated fully during Wednesday's practice, he remains unlikely to return to game action at least until after the all-star break.

    This isn't breaking news, as this timeline has been mentioned before, but it does confirm that the big man still has hurdles to climb before the team is ready to let him suit up for games. Nurkic averaged a double-double with defensive numbers last season and is a name to stash away if you can afford to wait for him.

    Source: USA Today

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs have officially announced the signing of Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day contract on Thursday.

    This was the expectation from Wednesday, and the Cavs made it official this morning. McKinnie will return to his role off the bench until the beginning of February. The Cavs may choose to sign him for the rest of the season after this one expires. McKinnie is not a recommended fantasy play.

    Source: NBA

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young (right thigh contusion) went through some portions of Thursday's practice but is considered to be questionable for Friday's game against the Thunder.

    Young missed Wednesday's game against the Clippers, and although participating in portions of practice is an improvement, he is not in the clear just yet. Continue to monitor the situation as the day rolls along. If Young can't go, Jeff Teague would be in line for another start.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (fractured right ring finger) is considered to be probable for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

    Rondo should play his usual role in this one and may be in line for some added usage if Anthony Davis (questionable) is unable to play. Play him as you normally would.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) is considered to be probable ahead of Thursday's game against the Nets.

    It seems like Kuzma isn't in any danger of missing the second night of a back-to-back set, but the same can't be said for teammate Anthony Davis (questionable). Keep an eye on the situation as if Davis gets ruled out, Kuzma would get the start in Davis' place.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis (glute) as questionable to play on Thursday against the Nets, which marks the team's first back-to-back set since returning from injury.

    Davis scored 28 points in Wednesday's win over the Knicks, but it is not surprising to see the team take a cautious approach with their superstar big man after returning to the court on Monday after missing the previous five games due to injury. Check back in closer to game time for an official status update. Kyle Kuzma (probable) will be in line to start if Davis sits.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Minnesota president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said that Karl-Anthony Towns is "as untouchable as they come," per Eric Woodyard of ESPN.

    "He's the best player on our team and he's the guy we're building around," Gersson said, "Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be." That clears that whole thing up. The Wolves have already stayed true to their statement by trading away Jeff Teague, whose passing displeased Towns through two and half seasons in Minnesota. Many in the fantasy community are afraid of Towns pulling an Anthony Davis with the trade deadline fast approaching, but there have been no indications from the Towns side that that is a distinct possibility. Towns has top-3 upside the rest of the way and, while there's some uncertainty currently surrounding him, he's one of the most valuable fantasy players in the game.

    Source: ESPN

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell dropped 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting, and only adding three boards and three assists to his line in Wednesday's 129-96 blowout loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    D'Angelo Russell has been the one bright spot for fantasy owners on the Warriors. He is still only a mid-round player on the year, and the Warriors could start to rest their star off-season acquisition down the stretch.