• DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins showed both the good and the bad on Saturday night, finishing a win over the Sixers with 25 points, eight rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes while also getting torched on defense.

    Cousins didn't play down the stretch outside of rebounding situations because the Sixers were relentless in making him defend pick-and-roll actions. It's going to be the story of Boogie's season, as he simply can't keep up on that end of the floor. His stats will be there on the other end but opponents can force Golden State's hand with well-executed offense. He's a must-start option, even if tonight's shooting left something to be desired (9-of-15 FG but 6-of-10 FT), as his defensive shortcomings won't affect his work in the box score.

Fantasy News

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Edmond Sumner (right hand fracture) is available for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Sumner averaged a career-high 22.3 minutes per game prior to suffering a fracture to his right hand. After missing the past 18 games, it is unclear how many minutes he will receive. It is definitely a situation to monitor as he will be competing with TJ McConnell and Aaron Holiday for minutes off the bench.

    Source: Pacers PR on Twitter

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Jakarr Sampson is doubtful ahead of Friday's matchup against the Pistons as he is dealing with a sore lower back.

    Sampson was very solid in the seven starts that he made while the Pacers dealt with several injuries to their frontcourt players as he played with a lot of energy. However, when the team is fully healthy, he doesn't have enough minutes to warrant fantasy relevance.

    Source: Pacers PR on Twitter

  • Jordan McRae
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Jordan McRae underwent successful surgery on his right ring finger on Thursday and will be re-evaluated in roughly two weeks.

    McRae has at times been a spark plug off the bench for the Wizards this season. He was averaging a career-high 18.1 minutes per game before this setback. Troy Brown Jr. could see an increase in his minutes which could raise his fantasy ceiling. Chris Chiozza could also see more opportunity but is best left for a low-cost DFS play.

    Source: Chris Miller on Twitter

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Coach Steve Kerr told the media that Jacob Evans (left adductor strain) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Bulls.

    Evans has missed the last 20 games after suffering this injury. If he does return on Friday, the Warriors will have 12 healthy bodies for the first time since October 30th. Evans is off the fantasy radar outside of 30-team leagues for now but could see an increased role as the season rolls along.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Ignas Brazdeikis
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks recalled Ignas Brazdeikis from their G League affiliate on Thursday and he is available to play in Thursday's game against the Nuggets.

    Brazdeikis played in Wednesday's game with Westchester and had a great performance, scoring 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting while adding seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one trifecta. The one downside of the rookie's performance was the six turnovers that he had in the contest. Brazdeikis will likely continue to see time in the G league until he is able to lock down a consistent role in the Knicks' rotation. He is off the fantasy radar for now.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • JaMychal Green
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    It's possible that JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion) returns for Friday's game.

    Green's status will likely be determined by his participation in practice today. He's been a solid value for 16-team formats so his return would be a nice boost in deeper leagues. Patrick Patterson will lose minutes when that happens.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Rodney McGruder
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Rodney McGruder (hamstring) is unlikely to take part in a full practice on Thursday, and is doubtful for Friday.

    McGruder's absence will leave more minutes open for Moe Harkless, Patrick Patterson and Terance Mann, among others, with Harkless and Patterson the only fantasy options — even in deeper leagues.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Landry Shamet
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Landry Shamet (sprained left ankle) is doubtful for Friday's game.

    Shamet is expected to get some shots up at Thursday's practice but isn't likely to take contact, so his return is still a couple days away. It's been a disappointing season for the sophomore, who was unable to deliver on standard-league promise before getting hurt.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (strained left calf) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

    Baynes also sat out on Wednesday, when Frank Kaminsky scored 23 points in a start and Cheick Diallo picked up 16 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Against a Pelicans team that may only have Jahlil Okafor and Jaxson Hayes at center tonight, both Kaminsky and Diallo are in play. It's good news for fantasy GMs in general, as Baynes' absence should mean worse defense and a more run-and-gun style of game.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Michael Carter-Williams
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Michael Carter-Williams (nasal contusion) is questionable to play on Friday.

    Carter-Williams returned from a lengthy absence on Tuesday, only to return to the infirmary immediately after taking a shot to the nose. MCW missed Wednesday's game, and while the injury isn't expected to be major, it's another tough break. He's not a fantasy asset.

    Source: NBA Injury Report