• CJ McCollum - G - Trail Blazers

    CJ McCollum is dealing with a new role for the first time in three seasons as he no longer moves over from starting shooting guard to backup point guard when Damian Lillard leaves the game.

    McCollum admits he is going through a transition period now that Evan Turner runs the second unit. The veteran guard has been off to a sluggish start as his scoring and shooting numbers are down and his turnovers up. He is still second on the team in scoring (18.9 points) while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from 3-point range and owners should just hang in there for now as McCollum climbs his way back to top-100 value.

    Source: The Athletic

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  • Dwyane Wade - G - Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade will return "soon" according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Wade has been away after the birth of his daughter for just over a week, which was how long he was expected to miss. He is putting his family first during his last season in the association and no one can blame him for that. Once he returns, he will probably sap minutes from all the wing players, but Wayne Ellington is a candidate to lose the most.

    Source: David Furones on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (right knee injury) had his knee drained Monday morning and the hope is for him to return next week.

    The Heat realized the injury needed to be taken care of for Dragic to fully heal. It was just fluid that was drained and they are hoping the inflammation dies down by next week. You can comfortably rule him out for three games before checking back on his status. Tyler Johnson is worth picking up as a streamer for the week while Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow should continue to see ball-handling duties as well.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Joakim Noah - C - Memphis Grizzlies

    According to Marc Stein, the Grizzlies have been in "extensive discussions" with free agent center Joakim Noah.

    After Tom Thibodeau had no interest in bringing in Noah, it was probably a sign that he was done, but it appears he may get another opportunity to prove himself. Noah was working on his jumpshot over the summer in an effort to adapt to the modern game. Noah has a lot of tred on the tires and would not be fantasy relevant on the Grizzlies, barring a Derrick Rose-esque comeback.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards

    Dwight Howard (aggravated gluteal soreness) missed practice on Monday.

    Howard's preseason injury that stretch into the regular season was a piriformis strain, which is a muscle in the rear. He apparently had trouble sitting down to put his socks on before Sunday's game and ended up leaving without returning. If he misses time, Ian Mahinmi likely starts at center. Jeff Green and Kelly Oubre would be the ones with increased fantasy value.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • Lauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (elbow) will participate in non-contact portions of practice, according to coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Markkanen is slightly behind his original timetable, but the Bulls are rightfully being cautious with him. The reports from late last week were another week-or-two away from contact drills, then one week after that before returning to game action. If Markkanen is out there somehow he should be stashed at this point. He was a top-70 player in 9-cat as a rookie, but with Wendell Carter, Jabari Parker and healthy Zach LaVine, top-100 value going forward is a more reasonable projection.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • OG Anunoby - F - Toronto Raptors

    OG Anunoby (sprained wrist) is expected to play on Tuesday against Orlando.

    Anunoby missed Saturday's game, which a back-to-back, but that was all he was expected to miss. Expect him back Tuesday, which could steal a few minutes from Pascal Siakam. Anunoby is just a deep league option right now.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat

  • CJ Miles - F/G - Toronto Raptors

    C.J. Miles (right adductor strain) could play Tuesday against the Magic according to coach Nick Nurse.

    Miles was upgraded to questionable for Saturday's game, but ultimately was still out. Even when he returns, the only fantasy appeal he brings is a deep league 3-point specialist.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • Wesley Matthews - G/F - Dallas Mavericks

    Wesley Matthews (strained left hamstring) will workout before the game on Monday to test his hamstring before deciding on his status.

    Matthews was originally listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going to test it out gives some hope to him playing. If he were to miss, Devin Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith may be in for heavy minutes with J.J. Barea (hamstring) and Dwight Powell (knee) both out. The Mavericks' starters could also see extra run in this game.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter

  • Dwight Powell - F/C - Dallas Mavericks

    Dwight Powell (left knee effusion) will not play Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Powell was questionable Saturday before being upgraded and playing, but that is not the case this time around. Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith and Harrison Barnes could all see an uptick in minutes without Powell.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter

  • J.J. Barea - G - Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea (groin muscle strain) will not play Monday against Memphis.

    Barea was originally questionable for this contest but has now been ruled out. The injury was originally an adductor strain but is now being called a groin strain. Given the proximity of the two, the change is likely just a formality. Devin Harris and Jalen Brunson should see the bulk of Barea's minutes while he is out.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter