• Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points and added 11 rebounds, two blocks, one steal, two turnovers and a 3-pointer in the Raptors’ win over the Hawks on Friday night.

    It’s nice to see Valanciunas still producing when his minutes are cut. For the second time in three games, Valanciunas received less than 25 minutes and still put up a double-double. Because of his inconsistent playing time for a starter, he’s fallen outside of the top-100 in category scoring. But him proving he can contribute big numbers on the glass without the minutes helps him considerably.

Fantasy News

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nicolo Melli will return to a bench role on Saturday with the return of J.J. Redick.

    Melli started the last two games in which he averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 triples and 1.0 steals in 31.5 minutes but now returns to a bench role where his minutes have been very inconsistent all year and thus, can be ignored in fantasy.

    Source: Pelicans on Twitter

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (left knee contusion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Pacers.

    Millsap will miss his sixth consecutive game and being ruled out a full day in advance is not a good sign. He is a hold if you can afford it with top-100 numbers on the season but it is becoming increasingly difficult and he will surely be missing additional games further along in the season even once he is cleared from the current injury so a drop is not out of the question. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee will continue picking up the slack in his absence.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Allen Crabbe
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Allen Crabbe may not be able to make his Wolves debut on Saturday as he is dealing with an illness.

    Crabbe's roll on his new team is yet to be determined but it shouldn't be anything that would garner any fantasy attention outside of the deepest of leagues.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb (bruised left hip) is questionable to play against the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Although Lamb has been struggling a bit lately, he is still a top-75 player in standard leagues on the season. A trade after his next big game is possible with Victor Oladipo returning in a few weeks.

    Source: Pacers on Twitter

  • Danilo Gallinari
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari will rest against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Gallinari was playing in back-to-backs earlier this season but will now be rested in one of the two back-to-back games for the second time in a row. The Thunder have another back-to-back set coming up next Friday-Saturday so he may miss a game next week as well. He has been absolutely crushing standard leagues with top-50 value on the season and top-25 over the last two weeks so maybe this benefits fantasy owners so he stays fresh and finishes the year strong.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

  • Terrance Ferguson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Terrance Ferguson (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Blazers.

    Ferguson apparently tried play through the illness on Friday but had to leave after only seven minutes. Even playing 26.0 minutes per game this season, he is not providing anything from a fantasy perspective to be considered in leagues, sitting outside of the top-300.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

  • Abdel Nader
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) will miss his third straight game on Saturday against the Blazers.

    Nader's minutes have been very inconsistent this season and with a 6.2 point, 1.8 rebound, 0.9 triple season average, he is very from the fantasy radar so no implications here.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams (right knee contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Blazers.

    Adams played only seven minutes before being ruled out on Wednesday and did not play on Friday. He may tough it out as he is known to play through injuries and rarely misses games. If he cannot go, expect Nerlens Noel to make another start with plenty of minutes for Mike Muscala. The Thunder have yet to utilize G Leaguer Justin Patton who had what will likely be the stat line of the year on Tuesday.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (fractured right ring finger) will not play against Houston on Saturday.

    Rondo will miss his third straight game which means some extra minutes for Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso but LeBron James is the team starting point guard so the two backups remain irrelevant in standard leagues.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso (head) is upgraded from probable to available against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Caruso played only four minutes in Wednesday's game before being ruled out after taking a shot in the mouth. He might be in line for some extra minutes with Rajon Rondo out but does not really do enough on the stat sheet to get recognition in standard leagues.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter