• Elfrid Payton
    G, New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton (fractured finger) is listed as probable ahead of Monday's game.

    Payton underwent surgery after fracturing a finger on his left hand back in November. He seems unlikely to move right into the starting lineup upon returning, but should get that job eventually. Tim Frazier and Frank Jackson will lose minutes at the point guard spot while we'll likely see Solomon Hill and/or Darius Miller moved back to the bench. Payton shouldn't be on waivers anywhere.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

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  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds on Wednesday to go along with 12 points and a steal for his seventh straight double-double.

    Capela has now snatched 20-plus rebounds for the fifth consecutive game. He is on a tear and any fear of Russell Westbrook limiting his rebounds should be assuaged. Over the last two weeks, Capela has been a top-10 player and sits inside the top-25 on the season. If this keeps up, there's no reason he can't stay there.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden struggled with turnovers (eight), but ended with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Harden will always have the risk of high turnover nights like this, but even that hasn't stopped him from being an elite 9-cat player. Out of all players with more than 5 games this year, Harden is the top 9-cat producer. He is locked in as a top-5 player and there doesn't seem to be any sign of that changing.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook scored 25 on Wednesday, but struggled from the field going 8-of-22, along with only two rebounds and five assists.

    It wasn't one of Westbrook's better games as he didn't make up for the poor shooting percentage with good counting stats. He has struggled over the last couple of weeks and is sitting outside of the top-80 looking in on the season. This will improve as the Rockets continue to find how to leverage him best. He is a triple-double threat on any night and this might the best buy-low window you'll have, if you are interested in taking it.

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 18 points (5-of-11 shooting), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Despite the absence of Reggie Jackson, Rose continues to come off the Pistons bench. It's likely a strategy to preserve Rose's health. In spite of the reserve role, Rose is currently a top-90 player in 9-cat.

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker was a non-factor on Wednesday, finishing the game with five points, one board, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    The only players with double-digit attempts for the Rockets in this one were Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Usually that's not a problem for Tucker as he can contribute in more ways than scoring, but that wasn't the case tonight. He is a top-65 player night now, however, he is outside the top-100 over the last two weeks. Might be worth seeing if you can still get a top-60 player for him as his decline looks imminent.

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House Jr. was forced to exit Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury, only amassing five points, two boards and three assists in 21 minutes.

    House Jr. has been a top-60 player this year and his absence would be a blow to owners that have become accustom to his nightly production. Ben McLemore and Austin Rivers saw more time off the bench but neither did much of interest. We should know more about the injury tomorrow.

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin produced 16 points (4-of-15 shooting) with eight rebounds, one trey, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes in Wednesday's 89-109 loss to the Bulls.

    Griffin looked a bit sluggish in this game but still managed to bring a serviceable fantasy line to the table. As always, Griffin's biggest risk remains his lack of durability. Stick with him while he's producing, or let go when he strings together some big lines.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns had a quiet double-double in Wednesday's 103-95 loss to the Jazz, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers.

    This would be a stellar night for most players, but KAT is not most players. If this is a slow game for him, owners should be rejoicing. KAT is one of the best in the game and the team knows if it wants to win, he needs to be involved more. He had a tough matchup going up against Gobert in this one, and should continue his dominance moving forward.

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Andrew Wiggins returned to the lineup on Wednesday to the tune of 22 points on 10-for-24 shooting, seven boards, three assists and a three.

    Wiggins was the team's leading scorer and shot reasonably well. He would have had a great night from the field had it not been his 1-of-10 shooting from deep. Currently sitting at top-40 value, Wiggins owners have to be loving the production they are seeing this season.

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Christian Wood was sighted being productive on Wednesday, chipping in 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in just 18 minutes of action.

    This was a tantalizing line coming from Wood, who has been inconsistently teasing managers with explosions of value this season. Until he can show he can do this regularly, or if Blake Griffin is sidelined with an injury (again), Wood is not worth using in standard leagues.