• Gary Harris
    G, Denver Nuggets

    Mike Malone said "hopefully" when asked if Gary Harris (left ankle soreness) would be ready to play on Tuesday.

    Malone also said that he sat Harris on Saturday to avoid risk of further injury and that Harris lobbied to play. It certainly sounds like he's close to a return with that absence taking on a precautionary feel, but it's going to be very tough for owners to put Harris in lineups with only two games on deck this week. If he's not ready to play Torrey Craig should start again as he's coming off a strong performance on Saturday.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter

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  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond had a rough night from the field (4-of-12), but he grabbed four steals and three blocks as part of an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double in a 114-120 loss to Minnesota.

    Drummond hit all three of his freebies tonight as well, which puts him at a career-high 69.6 percent. He's played like a top-10 player all season, and he should be able to keep it up even if Blake Griffin's return does sap some of his assists as it has in the past.

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    OG Anunoby was accidentally poked in the right eye by Kawhi Leonard and will not return to Monday's game.

    Anunoby's night ends with just an assist after playing for two minutes. While an eye poke is often minor, it sounded like this could've potentially caused some damage. Keep an eye out for updates on this one.

    Source: Toronto Raptors on Twitter

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose (right hamstring tightness) started and played for 20 minutes on Monday in his return from a four-game absence, but he shot just 3-for-13 on his way to a six-point, three-rebound, five-assist, two-steal, one-block performance against the Wolves.

    Prior to the injury, Rose was playing very well with Reggie Jackson out. Watch his minutes and production closely this week, as hamstring injuries don't often allow for 100 percent effectiveness too soon.

  • Langston Galloway
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Langston Galloway scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four triples on Monday in a loss to the Wolves.

    Galloway has been on a nice run with points and threes lately, but that's corresponded with missed time by many of the Pistons' main scorers. He's unlikely to keep it up much longer. Also hitting four 3-pointers tonight was the streaking Tony Snell, who should continue to get big minutes, but won't be as involved in the offense soon either.

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday still can't buy a bucket from deep, going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc and hitting 6-of-21 shots from the floor en route to 18 points with nine rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block.

    Holiday still isn't scoring the ball well, but he's giving owners everything else. He went 0-for-7 from deep and is shooting .380 on the year. There's just no way he'll continue shooting nearly 10 percent below his career average. Once those numbers rise, he should hit early-round value as he's already averaging 6.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.4 triples.

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left hamstring/posterior knee soreness) made his season debut on Monday and went for 19 points (6-for-12 FGs, 6-for-8 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and 3-pointer in 24 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    That's a pretty solid start coming off of his injuries for Griffin. He averaged 35 minutes per game last season, so he'll probably ramp up to something in that range before too long. He should be a safe middle-round player once he's up to speed with a ceiling not much higher due to his lack of defensive stats.

  • Jahlil Okafor
    C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jahlil Okafor got off the bench on Monday for 16 minutes and scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while chipping in five rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Okafor saw some more action tonight and played as well as the Pelicans could have asked for. The Rockets abused him a bit in the pick-and-roll and Brandon Ingram (sore knee) should return soon and knock Okafor out of the rotation.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden had an average night scoring the ball, dropping 39 points on 13-of-25 shooting to go with four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Monday's 122-116 win over the Pelicans.

    Harden has been a fantasy monster as usual this season and the talks about no load management is wonderful news for fantasy GMs. The addition of Russell Westbrook hasn't slowed Harden's scoring pace down at all and once his triples start to fall at his average rate, we might see some ridiculous box scores coming from the Beard.

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams scored eight points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, two assists and two triples on Monday against the Rockets.

    Williams put up some big rebounding numbers again with the Pelicans ailing, but Brandon Ingram should return soon and kill any value Williams has.

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Josh Hart continued his strong play with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and four triples on Monday against the Rockets.

    Hart has played himself into a prominent role in the Pelicans rotation and should be started confidently in all leagues. To start the year, he's averaging 11.9 points, 2.0 3s, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals on .447 shooting. He's a bigger guard and leverages his body well to grab those extra boards.