• Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 19 points and a full stat line in Thursday’s tough loss to the Cavaliers.

    Payton chipped in across the board with four rebounds, eight dimes, a three, two steals and a block. This was a good bounce-back game after his lackluster six-point outing against the Timberwolves on Tuesday. Payton may not wow you like other top-tier point guards do,  but his solid 51.7 percent shooting from the field, six assists and one steal per game make him a more than adequate second point guard for any fantasy squad this season.

Fantasy News

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton (left adductor tightness) is questionable to face the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Barton had surgery for his right adductor/core/hip early last year causing him to miss a big chunk of the season after which he never really got it going so this is concerning but at least it is good news that this is on the other side. He started this season like last year never even happened and after nine game, he is putting up top-50 value with 15.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.9 steals so hopefully this is not too serious.

    Source: T.J. McBridge on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore abdomen/groin) is being listed as available for Saturday's game against the Hornets.

    Ntilikina was a hot pickup last week with an onslaught of blocks and steals as many thought he may have finally arrived but he cooled off a little over the last three games. He played only 18 minutes in Thursday's game with Dennis Smith putting up a strong line in 30 minutes upon returning to the lineup. Elfrid Payton should also eventually be back in the mix so the point guard situation will continue in New York.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Jordan Bell
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jordan Bell (right should strain) is listed as probable to play against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Bell has only appeared five games this season 9.5 minutes per so his availability has almost no fantasy impact. He played through the injury on Friday for one point and two rebounds in five minutes.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (illness) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Rockets.

    Teague played through the illness in Friday's game to the tune of 13 points and 11 assists. He should be ready to go on Saturday but be sure to check back for confirmation prior to tip-off.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) is listed as doubtful to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

    Napier has missed the last six games. He has played well so far this season, returning top-150 standard league value with 7.8 points, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 triples in 22.2 minutes but his role upon return is currently unclear with Jarret Culver playing well as the fill-in secondary ball-handler.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell will be re-evaluated in two weeks after an MRI confirmed his right thumb sprain.

    This is a tough blow for Russell as he was playing out of his mind over the last five games, putting up late first-round value with 29.6 points and 7.0 assists on 51.0 percent shooting. Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole and Alec Burks will continue getting all of the backcourt minutes with Burks being the only must-add of the group for the near-term. Jacob Evans should return to the lineup before Russell and jump right into the rotation as well.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela (concussion) will not play against the Wolves on Saturday

    Capela was placed into the concussion protocol on Thursday so this is no surprise. Tyson Chandler started for him on Friday and produced two points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes. Isaiah Hartenstein saw the court as well with four points and a block in 13 minutes with P.J. Tucker playing some center as well. We will likely see a similar scenario on Saturday.

    Source: Alykhan Bijani on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) will be questionable for Sunday's game against the Wizards.

    A bit of good news in that Isaac participated fully in Saturday morning's non-contact practice. Josh Robbins reports that the team will see how he feels on Sunday before making a decision. Luckily it appears this is not a serious injury as Isaac has been a top-20 player this year with 1.3 triples, 1.3 steals. Al-Farouq Aminu would likely step into the starting lineup if Isaac does miss any time.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Lonzo Ball (right adductor strain) has been ruled out to play against the Heat on Saturday.

    Ball will miss his fourth straight game so Jrue Holiday and Frank Jackson should continue manning all of the point guard minutes for New Orleans.

    Source: Pelicans on Twitter

  • Jahlil Okafor
    C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jahlil Okafor (left ankle sprain) is out against the Heat on Saturday.

    Okafor made the most of his opportunity earlier this season with Favors out and appeared to have secured a spot in the rotation but will have now missed three of the last four games. Jaxson Hayes and Nicolo Melli will backup Derrick Favors again on Saturday.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter