• Dennis Smith Jr.
    G, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) was downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's matchup with the Magic.

    Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson are in line for huge minutes with Smith doubtful, Kadeem Allen out and Allonzo Trier questionable. The Knicks have no reason to push anyone to play through injuries while they fight to keep their lottery pick odds.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

Fantasy News

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum dropped 33 points in the Blazers' 127-116 win over the Kings on Wednesday night, tacking on four rebounds, four assists, a steal, four blocks and five 3-pointers.

    McCollum continues to prove top-50 value and better with nights like this. He is a natural scorer and the blocks aren't too shabby from the guard position either.

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard collected a double-double against the Kings on Wednesday, putting together a line of 24 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers.

    With games like this, Lillard is proving why he commanded a premium draft pick. Owners can feel comfortable watching him go to work every time he's in the lineup.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside picked up a double-double on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points, 16 boards, seven assists, and three blocks on 8-of-10 shooting.

    Whiteside is now a top-30 player on the season. He is consistently collecting big-man stats and has strong percentages. This looks like the real deal and owners who drafted him should be thrilled with the return they are getting.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony finished Wednesday's contest with 20 points, five boards and a block on 8-of-16 shooting.

    Melo bounced back nicely after his 9-point performance. He can score and has done so with nice percentages so far. In the last two weeks, he has provided mid-round value and has been a serviceable addition to any fantasy team.

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph tallied 11 points, three rebounds and seven assists on 4-of-10 shooting in 33 minutes on Wednesday night.

    Joseph wasn't exactly efficient from the field, but was able to add seven dimes to his line. Yogi Ferrell by contrast, came off the bench and scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes. Neither are great adds in Bogdan Bogdanovic's absence, but Joseph appears to be set to get the majority of minutes.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield struggled as he went 8-of-24 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line to finish Wednesday's loss to the Blazers with 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three treys and two steals.

    It's not pretty, but at least Hield is delivering on the counting stats. There should be a lot less pressure on his shoulders once De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley are healthy again and back in the fold, so consider Hield a buy-low target at this point.

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell walked away from Wednesday night's 121-96 loss to the Lakers with 29 points, four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers on 11-of-24 shooting.

    Mitchell is sitting in the top-35 on the season thanks to his ability to get buckets. As long as he is healthy, he should have the opportunity to due so.

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Trevor Ariza logged a whopping 35 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, providing the Kings with 11 points (4-of-10 shooting), six rebounds, one assist, two 3s, one steal and two blocks.

    Ariza has been deathly quiet prior to this vintage line, so be prudent and give it another game or two to make sure it's not just an outlier performance.

  • Nemanja Bjelica
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Nemanja Bjelica did a bit of everything in Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, recording 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, three triples, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    For all his real faults while he's on the floor, Bjelica sure looks good on paper. Ride him while he's hot as he will surely take a hit when Marvin Bagley eventually returns.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert had a quiet double-double on Wednesday night, ending with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and zero blocks.

    Between Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard, Gobert had to deal with some big bodies on the Lakers. He had a decent night, but will need better ones to continue his climb back to his ADP. Right now, he is sitting at fifth-round value and blocks will be his key to rising quicker.