January 9, 2019, 10:45 pmMarc Gasol - C - Memphis Grizzlies
Marc Gasol put up 26 points (9-of-16 shooting), 14 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's 96-86 win over the Spurs.
Gasol responded nicely from Monday's seven-point outing as owners knew he would. He's more prone to random disappearing acts than he once was but there's really no reason to ever remove a healthy Gasol from your fantasy lineups. The same applies to Mike Conley, who went cold with 15 points on 6-of-19 from the field tonight. No need to waver with Memphis' big guns.
January 16, 2019, 9:44 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier dropped 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in a team-high 40 minutes in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.
Fournier has not been as productive as fantasy owners hoped that he would be this season as he has become a scoring and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. His shooting numbers are down from previous seasons as he is currently at 43% on the season and he does not add much else to the box score other than points. His backcourt mate DJ Augustin put up 13 points with seven assists in 32 minutes. Augustin has actually been a higher value on the season, but both players are late-round guys in 12-team or higher leagues.
January 16, 2019, 9:43 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin willed the Pistons to a win over the Magic on Wednesday, dropping a game-high 30 points (11-of-18 shooting) with four boards, five dimes, a triple and two blocks.
Griffin scored his team's last seven points, making sure that they sealed the deal in only one extra period. He's been playing at a high level all season and aside from expected maintenance days off for rest, Griffin has been a reliable mid-round value guy.
January 16, 2019, 9:38 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon fouled out in 37 minutes of action after putting up 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.
Gordon has been red-hot as of late and this game was definitely a sign that he is cooling down. He is boasting middle-round value on the season as he currently sits inside the top-90 in 9-cat value. He has top-50 potential, but he has been unable to consistently produce at a high level this season. Roll with Gordon and live with the ups and the downs that come with his game.
January 16, 2019, 9:24 pmMaurice Harkless - F - Trail Blazers
Moe Harkless is out again for the Blazers on Wednesday with a sore left knee.
Harkless can be dropped now in 16-team leagues or shallower. His upside is not worth his missed games at this point.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 9:19 pmDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard is available for the Blazers in their game vs. the Cavs on Wednesday.
Looks like Lillard's right hand strain is not going keep out of tonight's game. He might not need too much time to put up a big line, considering the Blazers should likely blowout the Cavs in this one.
Source: Mike Richman on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 9:07 pmDeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors
His minutes and exact fit in the rotation is unclear at this point but DeMarcus Cousins will be given the chance to start by coach Steve Kerr on Friday.
Even with the start, Cousins will likely have a minutes restriction. This will be the first time we'll see him take the floor with the rest of the Warriors' core four players, so keeping an eye on their chemistry is a must.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:36 pmRudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs
As per coach Gregg Popovich, Rudy Gay will be in the Spurs' starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Mavs.
He's missed five games with a sprained left wrist but has been deemed good to go by his coach. Gay will have a shot at getting back on track on his renaissance campaign in 2018-19, delivering mid-round value. He's been one of the season's more pleasant bounce-back guys, crushing his late-round ADP.
Source: Tom Osborne on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:33 pmWendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained thumb) will not play on Thursday.
In addition to the thumb injury, Carter apparently underwent an MRI on his left knee that came back negative. He'll be re-evaluated again on Friday but is said to be day-to-day, so hopefully he's not out long. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis should see the largest increases in playing time for as long as Carter is sidelined while Jabari Parker and Cristiano Felicio are also in line for more minutes.
Source: Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:00 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
Smith is still under the weather and won't even be in the arena, per Rick Carlisle. Because nothing is ever drama-free in the NBA, Smith tweeted earlier this afternoon about meeting a fan while out for lunch. He must really be feeling it. The trade rumors will continue to swirl here until a move gets made.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:58 pmCJ Miles - F/G - Toronto Raptors
C.J. Miles (hip soreness) will not play on Wednesday.
Miles continues to be dogged by a hip issue. He's not in the rotation at the moment and shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Source: Vivek Jacob on Twitter