November 8, 2018, 5:02 pmKristaps Porzingis - F/C - New York Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis is still shooting and jogging lightly as he recovers from ACL surgery, but hasn't progressed from his training camp levels of activity.
Porzingis hasn't been cleared to sprint yet and the Knicks aren't sure if he'll be able to return this season. It's mildly concerning considering Porzingis went under the knife nine months ago. He's impossible to hold in any re-draft leagues that don't have an IR spot.
Source: New York Daily News
January 17, 2019, 12:54 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard, initially questionable to play, showed no signs of a right hand strain in Wednesday's win with 33 points, six assists and four triples on 11-of-19 from the field.
The Blazers could've opted to give Dame the night off against the lowly Cavs but he was only out for light work in his 32 minutes anyway. He predictably cooked an awful team and while the nights won't always be this easy, there's never much reason to worry about Lillard. C.J. McCollum added 19 points and a pair of triples.
January 17, 2019, 12:51 amMaxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber put up seven points with two 3-pointers, four steals and one block in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
He has stream potential while he is starting and could have an increase in value if Dennis Smith Jr. is ultimately traded. He has been a top-80 player over the past two weeks and worth an add if he is available in your league.
January 17, 2019, 12:50 amJake Layman - F - Trail Blazers
Jake Layman cooked the Cavs for 18 points on 8-of-11 from the field in Wednesday's win, adding three rebounds, three assists, a block and two 3-pointers in a start at small forward.
Layman might hold the job for a while considering how long Moe Harkless (sore left knee) will likely need to ramp back up to a full workload following his latest absence. It's enough to make Layman an understandable option in 20-team leagues but he's still not a recommended add. We'll revisit if he can follow this up against an NBA-caliber team.
January 17, 2019, 12:48 amRodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood posted 20 points on 7-of-15 from the field on Wednesday night as the Cavs fell in Portland.
Hood added four rebounds and two assists to fill out his hollow line, though he did hit all six free throws. He's dealt with Achilles issues lately and was still on a bit of a minutes limit tonight but at least he was able to stay productive. Alec Burks was less fortunate with seven points in 24 minutes. This is a deep-league situation when both are healthy.
January 17, 2019, 12:47 amHarrison Barnes - F - Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Barnes put up 11 points with eight rebounds on 4-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Although he is putting up solid middle-round value on the season, he has clearly taken a backseat to Luka Doncic. A performance this bad from Barnes is a fluke so do not look too much into it and he should bounce back next game.
January 17, 2019, 12:46 amJordan Clarkson - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, hitting 9-of-17 from the field with a pair of triples.
Clarkson made no other contributions to the box score aside from three assists, but he has become a dependable scorer. It's a weird state of affairs when Jordan Clarkson is a team's most dependable fantasy asset, but he just doesn't seem to feel the squeeze when Cleveland gets blow out. He should be in all lineups in all leagues.
January 17, 2019, 12:43 amAnte Zizic - C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic finished Wednesday's blowout loss with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.
The Cavs got smoked, as you would expect, so garbage time ruled the day. Tristan Thompson played only 21 minutes with four points and eight rebounds while Jaron Blossomgame joined Zizic in the fun with eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Thompson remains the only guy to look for in most fantasy leagues but the blowout risk is a very real concern. Zizic is worth a shot in 20-team leagues while Larry Nance (sprained MCL) is out.
January 17, 2019, 12:42 amLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic tallied 25 points in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
He shot 10-of-21 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Over the past month, he has been the best player on the Mavs and is boasting top-60 value. He has been thriving as the primary ball-handler with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined and his value should go up if Smith is traded.
January 17, 2019, 12:37 amMarco Belinelli - G/F - San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli (left knee contusion) returned on Wednesday and scored 17 points with three 3-pointers in a 105-101 win over the Mavs.
He is merely a scoring and 3-point specialist in deep leagues as he does not add much else to the box score. He is barely inside the top-200, but he is a viable option if you are lacking value in those categories.
January 17, 2019, 12:32 amJakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl saw 20 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday and put up six points on 3-of-3 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists and four defensive stats.
Poeltl's inconsistent play will keep him from being relevant in fantasy, but it is good to see performances like this once in a while. Leave him on the wire.