• Omari Spellman - F - Atlanta Hawks

    Omari Spellman is starting at center vs. the Bucks on Sunday with Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out.

    Spellman is drawing the start over Alex Len in this matchup because he's more equipped to guard Brook Lopez who can stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting. However, Alex Len will still most likely play more minutes as he's the better all around player for the Hawks with Dewayne Dedmon missing this one.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Enes Kanter - C - New York Knicks

    Enes Kanter posted 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes during Monday's loss to the Thunder, just a few hours after David Fizdale said that Kanter was on his way out of the rotation.

    Luke Kornet (two points, one rebound, one steal) sprained his ankle and left after just seven minutes, which threw Kanter a lifeline. After the game, Kanter said that he was unhappy about being out of the rotation and that while he loves New York he'd leave the next steps up to his management and the Knicks' decision-makers. This could become a major headache for the rest of the week unless the Knicks provide a definitive timeline for Kornet.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Paul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Paul George scored 31 points for the second consecutive game on Monday, going 9-of-18 from the field and 9-of-9 from the charity stripe along with four rebounds, four assists, four 3-pointers and a steal.

    An easy day for PG as the Thunder were up comfortably after about eight minutes of action and never looked back. Jerami Grant, who has sneakily become another of OKC's consistent fantasy options, added 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer. There's never a reason to remove either player here from fantasy lineups.

  • Abdel Nader - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader took full advantage of garbage time against the Knicks, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter of Monday's win.

    Nader ended up with 20 minutes on the day and was able to add six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two threes to his scoring numbers. He's emerged as a quality depth piece for OKC and is certainly on the radar in leagues with 20 teams or more. We wouldn't feel entirely comfortable with Nader since the return of Alex Abrines figures to hurt him, but he's played well enough over the last few weeks to stay on the court, even if it's only for a handful of minutes a night.

  • Nerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel saw 20 minutes in Monday's blowout and delivered six points, eight rebounds and two assists.

    It's a little bit of a disappointment considering it's not all that different from Noel's usual work in about half the playing time. He remains an elite per-minute producer of steals and blocks and has a place on rosters in all roto formats, while he's more of a specialist for H2H leagues. Steven Adams had a light day of work with the Thunder leading throughout, posting 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

  • Dewayne Dedmon - C - Atlanta Hawks

    Dewayne Dedmon went back to the locker room in the first quarter of Monday's game.

    Dedmon has been dealing with a left ankle sprain lately though there's no word on whether this is related. Hopefully it's not, and we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available. A re-aggravation would make Alex Len a potential add for any teams in need of frontcourt help.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook played just 29 minutes in Monday's easy win over the Knicks, though it was still enough for him to post 17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and a 3-pointer.

    Even better, Westbrook went 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. The Thunder were up by 20 about halfway through the first quarter and kept that lead for the rest of the day, so nobody needed to keep the pedal down. Dennis Schroder also scored 17 points to go with three rebounds, four assists, four triples and a steal.

  • Patrick Patterson - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Patrick Patterson took an elbow to the face and was forced out of Monday's game, finishing with two points in nine minutes of action.

    After the game Billy Donovan said he believed Patterson only suffered a bloody nose on the play but he'll be monitored by the medical staff just in case. Patterson is a classic stretch four but just doesn't play enough to be rostered in fantasy.

    Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter

  • Kenneth Faried - F/C - Brooklyn Nets

    Kenneth Faried is expected to be available for the Rockets' game on Monday.

    He's still not officially a member of the team, but he likely will be in a few hours. Faried is a speculative add for anyone in need of frontcourt help considering how much Houston has been playing its healthy guys lately.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Kevin Huerter - G - Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter (sore neck) will not play on Monday, and Taurean Prince will start in his place.

    Huerter's been quietly floating in and out of fantasy relevance lately but Prince is the far better option. We're not expecting this arrangement to continue once Huerter is fully healthy, but we are anticipating that Prince moves into the starting small forward spot eventually. He should be owned in all leagues while Huerter is a low-end play that really grinds out value in the aggregate rather than a night-to-night basis.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet - F/C - New York Knicks

    Luke Kornet (ankle) will not return on Monday and Enes Kanter will start in his place when the second half begins.

    Kornet has been eating lately, coming in as the 53rd ranked player in over the past two weeks. Enes Kanter is finally getting some playing time after being ghosted for the past couple weeks so lets see how this goes. If Kornet is out for a while then maybe Kanter can resurface and become worth owning yet again.

    Source: Steve Popper on Twitter