• Stanley Johnson - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Stanley Johnson has primarily played both forward positions in his NBA career so far, but the Pelicans are giving him a chance to be the part time point guard in their offense.

    As the Pelicans focus on younger players and those in which the team has to make decisions on this summer, some of them, like Johnson, are getting opportunities they haven’t had before. Stanley has been a mixed bag with New Orleans so far, with four turnovers against the Pacers and three assists with just one turnover against the Lakers. He said the idea came about when he was practicing after the All-Star break and he started making plays, and the team then just asked him to actually play the point. This looks like a great tanking strategy and it’s highly unlikely that it impacts Johnson’s value but you can keep an eye on this development in deeper leagues.

    Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Fantasy News

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre (left thumb sprain) has been ruled out of Thursday's matchup against the Pistons.

    That'll be two straight games on the shelf for Oubre, who has been producing early-middle round value for multiple months now. Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges both make fine adds in the interim, with Jackson more of a punt-percentages player. Look for all the Suns to get in more work on offense with Oubre's absence leaving 16.2 shots per game (in March) on the table.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Tyler Johnson - G - Phoenix Suns

    Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) has been ruled out ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Pistons.

    Johnson was doubtful in the afternoon report but has already been downgraded. De'Anthony Melton, Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges are going to be busy with the Suns' wing rotation opening up. Bridges is the best add, with Jackson permissible if you don't care about percentages and Melton a steals option. Johnson doesn't need to be held in 12-team leagues at this point.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Jazz, and the Knicks want to see him get through another practice before returning.

    That makes it sound like Ntilikina will play in the next one barring a setback. He's going to be battling with Kadeem Allen for the backup point guard work with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined, but it'd be surprising if he made an impact in fantasy leagues. Deep-league steals appeal is just about all Ntilikina is bringing to the table right now.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Ersan Ilyasova - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will play on Wednesday against the Cavs.

    Ilyasova missed Tuesday's game as he was under the weather, but he'll play tonight. A top-150 finish isn't out of the question given Ilyasova's stat set and Nikola Mirotic's 2-to-4 week timetable, so you can consider him a low-end add if you need rebounds, some 3-pointers and the occasional defensive stat.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Tristan Thompson - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) will return from a 26-game absence on Wednesday against the Bucks.

    Thompson has missed 36 games in total with left foot problems this season, and we can't imagine that he'll be playing with his full minutes for the rest of this season. If you've got a roster spot to burn then you can consider TT a flier given his standard-league run earlier in the year, but just know that all those numbers came with Kevin Love out. The odds of a return to prominence aren't great.

    Source: Spencer Daviers on Twitter

  • Larry Nance Jr. - F - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. (rib contusion) will return to the lineup in Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks.

    Nance has missed the last five games and will return on the same night that both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson do, so he's tough to throw right back into lineups. We've seen Larry Drew play Nance less than he should when the Cavs have their frontcourt mainstays available but he should be picked up in standard leagues given the top-100 upside that Nance holds, even in a reserve role. Ante Zizic and Marquese Chriss are the big losers from Cleveland's return to full strength.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

    Much like Tuesday's game against the Lakers, the Bucks shouldn't need Giannis to take down a vastly inferior opponent. It's a crushing blow to his fantasy owners, but it's big news for anyone leaning on Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez. D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova should pick up the slack off the bench and are viable DFS darts. The Bucks have been blessed with good health throughout the year but have taken three big hits in the last week, though Antetokounmpo's injury is still not a long-term concern.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

  • Kevin Love - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (lower back contusion) is available for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    The Cavs get their entire frontcourt rotation back in action tonight, but at least fantasy owners know that Love can be plugged into lineups. We're anticipating that he misses a few more games down the stretch but he's going to return early-round numbers whenever he takes the floor. David Nwaba will head back to the bench tonight.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

  • Christian Wood - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have claimed Christian Wood off waivers from the Bucks.

    Wood didn't get much of a chance to play in Milwaukee but absolutely dominated in Summer League and is tearing up the G-League with 29.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.2 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers in 35.3 mpg. He's definitely on the deep-league radar with Anthony Davis playing less and less these days. Julius Randle, Cheick Diallo and Jahlil Okafor are the other bigs on the New Orleans roster but we could see the team dial things back on Randle, which would give Wood a shot to produce. He's a great target for silly season.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (rest) is not on the injury report and will play on Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Embiid sat out last night and was fully expected to play in this one since the listed reason for his last absence was load management rather than further knee issues. If you had even the slightest worry, you can put that to bed barring something out of left field.

    Source: NBA Injury Report