• Rookie John Collins was good for nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes on Sunday but actually saw less playing time than Mike Muscala, who collected eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and a block in 19 minutes of work.

    The Hawks are fully expected to let young players like Collins run wild the rest of the way so this isn’t much cause for concern on that front. It is interesting for Muscala, however, as he obviously has a fun stat set and may be able to carve out deep league value. He won’t need a ton of playing time to post top-200 numbers and was rolling along pretty good before being sidelined by injury. Fantasy owners should just toss him onto watch lists for now, but keep an eye on his performances over the next few.

Fantasy News

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker (sore left knee) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's game.

    The Celtics are taking on the KAT-less Wolves and shouldn't need Walker for that one, but it is curious that this came after Walker was given a maintenance day and was limited of Wednesday's practice. Brad Stevens intimated that that was just proactive load management, but it looks like fantasy GMs will have to be a little more diligent than expected about checking Walker's status moving forward. Brad Wanamaker should get extra run tomorrow.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Mario Hezonja
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Mario Hezonja (left ankle sprain) will remain sidelined on Friday against the Pelicans.

    Hezonja missed the last two games before the All-Star break and it's concerning that he's not ready to rock despite over a full week off. He's off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little (left ankle sprain) has been cleared to play on Friday.

    Little ended up missing about a week before the ASB but is back and available. With just 12.7 mpg on the year, Little isn't a fantasy option.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) will not play on Friday.

    It's been reported that Towns will miss some games coming up so this isn't necessarily a surprise, but it's still frustrating because Minnesota hasn't given any kind of specific timeline about how long KAT will be out. Naz Reid and James Johnson are the two big winners from a minutes perspective, with Johnson having the better shot at fantasy value because of his stat set. Both are potential low-end adds in standard formats.

    Source: Wolves on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard (right groin strain) was unable to practice on Thursday and said that he expects to miss 3-4 games.

    Lillard was hit with a 1-2 week timetable right before the All-Star break so it looks like he's targeting the back end of that outlook. Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. should get extra run in the next week, though the biggest winner figures to be CJ McCollum. Expect another update on Lillard in a few days.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Shams Charania is reporting that Kyrie Irving is likely to undergo surgery on his right shoulder that will result in a significant absence.

    Irving has been bothered by a right shoulder impingement all season long and has been putting off surgery in hopes of playing down the stretch. That looks like it won't happen, with the procedure likely coming with his long-term future in mind. Irving will be a drop as soon as the Nets make this official, while Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert are in line for big finishes to the season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Derrick Walton Jr.
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Walton Jr. will ink a 10-day deal with the Pistons, per Shams Charania.

    Walton has made 23 appearances, including one start, this season. He was traded from the Clippers to the Hawks and immediately waived at the trade deadline. He'll serve as extra guard depth behind Derrick Rose, Bruce Brown and Svi Mykhailiuk.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Dragan Bender will sign a 10-day contract with the Warriors, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Bender has only appeared in seven games with the Bucks this season, getting largely garbage time minutes. He should find more opportunity in front of him in Golden State but the former top pick isn't close to the fantasy radar.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Wayne Ellington
    SG, New York Knicks

    Wayne Ellington (strained right ankle) is questionable to play on Friday.

    Ellington may not even be in the rotation if he suits up, and there are rumors that he's working towards a buyout to sign with a contender. He belongs on waivers in just about all formats.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (sore right ankle) is questionable ahead of Friday's matchup with the Pacers.

    Payton has been absolutely rolling, and hopefully he's able to suit up and continue his positive momentum from before the All-Star break. If he's unable to play look for Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith to handle the PG minutes.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter