• Fred VanVleet
    G, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (thumb surgery) participated in a light practice session on Wednesday and could return within the next three games.

    VanVleet is nearing a return and it could happen before the next round of the fantasy playoffs. Before going down with the thumb injury, VanVleet was one of the better producing bench players in the league and could provide a nice boost with the Raptors' four-game slate next week.

    Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter

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  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Ben McLemore scored a season-high 28 points on Thursday, hitting eight 3-pointers to go with two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    McLemore was red-hot in this game and Coach D'Antoni has decided to use him as a starter as he thrives playing with James Harden. Harden is being double-teamed before halfcourt and McLemore has been ready with a trigger finger. He won't always be this good, but he's worth a streaming spot if you need triples.

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with 11 boards, two assists, a steal and five triples on Thursday.

    Tucker is the glue guy for the Rockets and did his usual business on the boards while nailing 5-of-10 from deep. He's stationed at the corner and will continue to get easy looks all year with James Harden and Russell Westbrook creating for him. There will be inconsistencies, but over the long haul, he's posting top-40 value in 9-cat leagues.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela scored six points on 3-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Thursday.

    Capela continues to be a driving force for the Rockets on the defensive end of the floor and has been crushing it this season, averaging a career-high 14.9 rebounds while matching a career-high 1.9 blocks per game. There's a bonus in his contract if he has a 30% defensive rebound rate and he currently boasts a 34.5% rate on that end. He looks more spry than last year and health is the only limiting factor for him.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid had another big night on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 21 boards while adding an assist, a block and a 3-pointer.

    He went 7-for-12 from the floor and 11-for-14 at the line. Embiid posted a monster game tonight, which was expected as they faced the league's worst defense tonight. He's been torching teams throughout the Sixers' four-game win streak and even though they lost tonight, he still put up big numbers. After that awful zero-point outing, Embiid has turned on the burners and is inside the top-10 on the year.

  • Monte Morris
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Monte Morris scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three boards, six dimes, three steals, a block and a triple on Thursday against the Knicks.

    Morris filled up the stat sheet and played 26 minutes, which is more than Jamal Murray thanks to the blowout nature of this game. Malik Beasley (14 points, two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers) also joined in on the fun but both players are streamers as long as the Nuggets are healthy.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntlikina started on Thursday and scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting with an assist and three triples.

    Ntlikina missed some games due to back soreness and was penciled in a starter right before tip, but didn't do much with it. The entire Knicks team was stomped out tonight with only three players scoring in double-figures.

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris was back in action on Thursday, scoring 10 points with two boards, two assists, a block and two triples.

    He missed time due to neck spasms, but was back on the floor tonight. Morris went 4-for-13 from the field and 2-for-9 from deep. The Knicks got nothing out of Julius Randle (six points, four rebounds, four assists) and Bobby Portis chipped in 10 points, four boards and a block but this situation is just putrid all around. Morris has the starting gig and almost unlimited leash so as long as things stay this way he should be able to float near his top-75 value on the year.

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton returned to action from a right hamstring strain on Thursday, playing 11 minutes and scoring four points with two boards and two assists.

    Payton came off the bench and hit 2-of-5 from the floor in a blowout loss. Even though he only played 11 minutes, he was a minus-17 which tells you a lot about this game.

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting while adding seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in Thursday's 92-129 loss to the Nuggets.

    Robinson was able to log 30 minutes tonight which is a great sign, but the bad news is that he only blocked one shot and went 5-for-8 from the line. The Knicks are in complete disarray and Coach Fizdale remains as stubborn as ever so it's hard for Robinson to really break through and string together some solid games. These were all red flags we saw before the season started, but if Fizdale gets canned, there might be hope for Robinson to really pick up steam.

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi returned from a lengthy absence on Thursday night, logging 13 minutes, seven points and five rebounds in his season debut.

    Out since early October with a strained right Achilles, Mahinmi picked a good time to return as Thomas Bryant has just left the lineup, and given the lack of center depth it's not impossible for him to stick in the rotation. Even so, he's a weak fantasy option in leagues of all depths.