• John Wall double-doubled again scoring 15 points (5-of-14 from the field, 2-of-2 from the stripe) to go along with three treys, 13 dimes, two boards and one steal in Sunday’s loss to the Clippers.

    With the loss, the Wizards fall 3.5 games behind Indiana for the final playoff spot in the East. This was Wall’s thirteenth consecutive game with 10 or more assists which is the second longest streak in the NBA this season. Marcin Gortat also contributed a big game hitting 10-of-12 shots from the field and  1-of-2 from the line to finish with 21 points and seven boards. Both are early round assets and obvious must-start guys when they are in the lineup. 

Fantasy News

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Coach Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry will play this season once he is healthy.

    Kerr said that "It's important for Steph and Andrew to get to know each other and to play together". It sounds like Kerr has no problem with playing Curry once he is fully recovered so he can get used to his new teammates. Curry should be on a roster in all 12-team leagues since he's a proven fantasy stud and could be an early-round player during the fantasy playoffs.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (left hip edema) will not play in the upcoming four-game road trip but hinted that he would return on February 29th vs. the Rockets.

    Williams said there are "No limitations on anything I'm doing" and said that he wants to "windmill every time" but has to "play it cautious a little bit". Williams looks to be ramping up and is likely to return in the next two weeks. Williams has low upside behind Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis in the rotation but can be a streamer for blocks when he returns.

    Source: A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Dario Saric (left ankle) participated fully in practice on Wednesday and is hopeful to return on Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Saric is outside the top-150 in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues this season. Mikal Bridges has been on a roll the past month, producing top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. Saric entering the rotation could cut into Bridges' minutes and it will be worth watching the Suns' rotations the next few games. Bridges is a hold in standard-leagues and Saric is a low-upside option in 14-team leagues.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) participated in practice on Wednesday.

    Coach Monty Williams said he's hopeful Baynes will return on Friday vs. the Raptors. Baynes is unlikely to get back to producing standard-league value with Deandre Ayton in the lineup, who is also expected to return on Friday. Baynes could carve out late-round value in 14-team leagues for big-man stats.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) practiced on Wednesday and Coach Monty Williams says that he's hopeful Ayton will be able to play on Friday.

    Ayton missed the past two games with an injury but looks ready to return the next game. Ayton is a top-15/30 player in 9/8 cat leagues on the season and should remain in that range the rest of the way. This kills the small amount of value that Cheick Diallo had and he can be left on waiver wires outside of 20-team leagues.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (hip) participated in practice on Wednesday and felt good.

    The Celtics are encouraged by Williams' progress and plan to ramp him up in practice over the next 1-2 weeks. Williams will be behind Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis in the rotation and will only have appeal as a block specialist. Kanter and Theis will lose value when Williams enters the rotation. Theis is a top-70 player over the past month in 26 minutes per game while Kanter is outside the top-175 in 19 minutes per game. Theis will likely hold standard-league value and Kanter will remain a low-upside option in 16-team leagues.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Norman Powell
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell (finger) is about a week away from his next check up.

    Nick Nurse made the comment on Wednesday and a check up does not necessarily mean a return date. Powell should be expected to miss at least one more week. He was producing top-90 value for a month before he was injured, so it may be worth grabbing him if you have an open IR spot and can afford to hold him until he returns.

    Source: Laura Armstrong on Twitter

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol (left hamstring) is a possibility for Friday's game.

    Gasol has been out since late January and it sounded like the All-Star break was going to be the final stretch of rehab that he'd need in order to return. Even if his return doesn't come on Friday, it sure sounds like the big man will be back in action soon enough. Make sure Gasol isn't on your waiver wires.

    Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton (right knee inflammation) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    The Nuggets didn't give a formal update but Barton did less at the session than Denver's other injured players, so fantasy GMs might want to look elsewhere in the short-term. Gary Harris and Torrey Craig should absorb Barton's minutes for as long as he remains out.

    Source: TJ McBride on Twitter

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mason Plumlee (right foot injury) was able to participate in most of Wednesday's practice session.

    Plumlee went down in late January and was set to miss 2-4 weeks, so a return should be coming soon. The Nuggets have rolled with smaller groups while Plumlee has been shelved, though he was a defensive anchor for the second unit when healthy. Expect his return to eat away at the workloads of Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr.

    Source: TJ McBride on Twitter