• Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left ankle soreness) is questionable for Friday’s game and it’ll be a game-time decision if he plays or not.

    Embiid’s been dealing with some ankle soreness since tweaking it in Wednesday’s game and he wasn’t able to get through this morning’s walkthrough so we’ll have to see how he feels after pregame warmups. If he can’t go, it’ll be Mike Muscala and Jonah Bolden holding down Philly’s frontcourt while Jimmy Butler usually gets the biggest bump in usage when Embiid sits. We should get an update before tip-off.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

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  • Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl saw 20 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday and put up six points on 3-of-3 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists and four defensive stats.

    Poeltl's inconsistent play will keep him from being relevant in fantasy, but it is good to see performances like this once in a while. Leave him on the wire.

  • Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay returned from a sprained left wrist on Wednesday in a win over the Mavs and scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

    None of the Spurs' starters were stellar in this game as the six highest scorers on the team were between 12 and 17 points. LaMarcus Aldridge put up eight points with four rebounds and four defensive stats on 4-of-11 shooting. DeMar DeRozan had 14 points with nine assists in a team-high 40 minutes. Aldridge has been the best valued player of the three at top-30, but DeRozan sits at top-50 and Gay sits at top-60 so they are all playing at a high level.

  • JaMychal Green - F - Memphis Grizzlies

    JaMychal Green was the Grizzlies' best player in Wednesday's 101-111 loss to the Bucks, delivering 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes of work.

    The final score is flattering as the starters were limited to minutes in the twenties, if not lower. Jaren Jackson Jr. logged 21 minutes and picked up four fouls, though he did have two steals and a block. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each scored 14 points in 23 and 25 minutes, respectively, as the Grizz were outclassed by Milwaukee. Green's been a surprisingly productive player this year and has been a back-end option in 12-team leagues. We're still expecting him to fade but he could very well keep up his pace if JJJ doesn't sort out the foul stuff.

  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Kyrie Irving plays well in a 117-108 win over the Raptors on Wednesday as he put up 27 points with 18 assists in a team-high 38 minutes of action.

    He scored or assisted on the last 25 points for the Celtics. He has been carrying them a lot more than people expected heading into the season and he is easily a top-10 value. He did turn the ball over seven times, but shot 11-of-19 from the field with three 3-pointers as well.

  • Jevon Carter - G - Memphis Grizzlies

    Jevon Carter moved back to the bench on Wednesday night but remained productive, dropping eight points, five assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes of action.

    Garbage time really helped him out here but it's nice to see Carter capitalize on his opportunity after his stint as the backup point guard was short-lived. He's on the board in deep leagues but we wouldn't get too worked up.

  • Al Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Al Horford had one of his best games of the season in a win over the Raptors on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds and two blocks.

    He made three 3-pointers and went 3-of-3 from the line. Despite having what many see as a "down year", Horford is a top-40 guy and can be a game-changer for fantasy rosters. The Celtics will need him to play like this to regain their momentum as a contender to win the Eastern Conference.

  • Jayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum had a decent game on Wednesday as he managed to score 16 points with 10 rebounds on 6-of-16 shooting in a win over the Raptors.

    He made one 3-pointer and added two assists and one block to the box score. Tatum is inside the top-50 on the season. Marcus Morris had an off-night as he only had six points with eight rebounds and five fouls on 2-of-9 shooting. Morris has also been a good fantasy asset and he is a top-80 value.

  • Omri Casspi - F - Memphis Grizzlies

    Omri Casspi came off the bench for 36 minutes on Wednesday night, dropping 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in the process.

    Casspi also went 7-of-13 from the field and took full advantage of Justin Holiday sitting early despite drawing the start. It's hard to chase this game but with all of Memphis' injuries on the wing you at least know that Casspi will be one of the first men up. Deep-leaguers, you can take a flier if you're feeling frisky. Just don't get attached.

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward put up 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with five assists in a win over the Raptors on Wednesday.

    He is just outside top-120 value on the season and has been a solid late-round guy despite playing worse than expectations. He is still not playing like the player he was in Utah, but he has shown flashes of the old Hayward in a few games this season. Hang onto him and hope that he can get his old form back.

  • Justin Holiday - G - Memphis Grizzlies

    Justin Holiday drew the start on Wednesday night but continued to frustrate fantasy owners, logging only 17 minutes but still managing five points, four rebounds, four steals, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Holiday committed a foolish early foul and ended up sitting most of the first half, but he at least managed to round out his box score nicely thereafter. Fantasy owners can take that with them tonight but they were still likely hoping for a steadier performance given the start. 17 minutes won't be enough to cut it on most nights, and although this one had extensive garbage time we'd still like to see more before declaring him must-start once again. If nothing else, Holiday appears to be back on the right track.