• J.J. Barea
    G, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea (groin muscle strain) will not play Monday against Memphis.

    Barea was originally questionable for this contest but has now been ruled out. The injury was originally an adductor strain but is now being called a groin strain. Given the proximity of the two, the change is likely just a formality. Devin Harris and Jalen Brunson should see the bulk of Barea's minutes while he is out.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen continued to struggle on Thursday, making just two of his nine shot attempts, good for 11 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.

    Markkanen has had a horrid time shooting the basketball in the early going and this didn't help his cause. He's the 127th ranked player in 9-category leagues at this stage, which is actually impressive given the struggles. There have definitely been some injury concerns here so hopefully time will sort all of that out and he'll be back to top-50 status.

  • Wesley Matthews
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Wesley Matthews scored 15 points, with 10 of them coming at the free throw line, to go along with four rebounds in 27 minutes on Thursday.

    Matthews had a decent game but didn't even do the damage where we would expect him to. He made 10 out of 13 free throws and made only one 3-pointer. He hasn't been good enough to be worth a look despite what seems like a promising role as a starting wing on a strong Bucks team. Unfortunately there's nothing to be excited about here.

  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo didn't do a lot with his first career start, playing 24 minutes and scoring four points and adding five boards in a win over the Bulls.

    DiVincenzo got the first look to start for the injured Khris Middleton but his status is definitely not cemented. Frankly, Sterling Brown has the more enticing fantasy skill set if he can claim the job. Either way, it's hard to get excited about any of these guys until we have more clarity on where the minutes will go.

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe continued his heater with 31 points on just 12-of-14 shooting to go along with eight assists.

    Bledsoe has been the 15th player on a per-game basis over the last two weeks across seven games. This is the correction we've been waiting on for Bledsoe. Lock him in as a top-40 option with Khris Middleton on the shelf too.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks to another win on Thursday with 38 points (13-for-24 from the field, 11-for-20 from the line), 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.

    GA chugged along and did his thing again here. The thing is that his thing, as great as it is, still involves missing free throws and turning the ball over. The lines are herculean on paper but there are just warts that hold him back from being a top-five fantasy asset.

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle scored 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer in Thursday's 106-103 win over the Mavs.

    This is just another typical line for Randle and the only thing that was missing was a lack of free throw shooting. He's going to be good for points and boards, but that's about it and the Knicks are a fantasy wasteland.

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson returned to action on Thursday and scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go with eight rebounds and a block.

    Robinson was efficient as ever on Thursday and looked like he didn't miss a step after returning from his concussion. The same issues are here with him though, as he can't stop fouling. Even if he does tone down the fouls, Coach Fizdale refuses to let him loose which is why we were apprehensive about him on draft day. The blocks should roll in eventually though.

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    R.J. Barrett was held to eight points on Thursday, hitting 3-of-10 from the floor and grabbing seven boards, two assists and a steal.

    Barrett went 0-for-2 from deep and took a backseat to the plethora of Knicks forwards tonight. He had a beautiful spin move which ended up in a right hand flush over the Mavs interior defense which should make its way around highlight reels, but overall he had a quiet night. He's still a strong hold for owners that can stomach the awful free throw shooting, even though he hit both of his freebies tonight, we don't expect that to stick.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina only played 18 minutes in a start on Thursday, scoring five points on 1-of-4 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assist, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    He would have ended the game with only three points if he wasn't put in as a free throw shooter when the Mavs were fouling. He just can't be relied on with Coach Fizdale as he played Dennis Smith (13 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two triples) a whopping 30 minutes tonight. If you think DSJ is going to be consistent, you should think again as the Knicks rotation is a constant mess.

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris led the Knicks in scoring on Thursday, dropping 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting to go with five rebounds, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers.

    The peripheral stats were nice and he logged 34 minutes with the highest plus-minus of plus-11. Outside of Julius Randle, Morris is the most reliable forward on the Knicks roster due to his heavy minutes. The shooting won't be pretty though.