• Thabo Sefolosha
    F, Utah Jazz

    Thabo Sefolosha hurt his hamstring in Saturday's game against the Pistons and will not return.

    Sefolosha was not on fantasy radars prior to this injury, so the impact is minimal to none. If anything, we should see more of Royce O'Neale, who has had a history of being a deep-league asset last season.

    Source: David Locke on Twitter

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  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Danny Ainge thinks that Gordon Hayward (fractured left hand) will be able to return to practice this weekend.

    A return shouldn't come too far after that. Hayward was having a throwback season before going down and will slot right back into all fantasy lineups once he's good to go. There are expected to be some lingering effects from the injury but he's said to be progressing well. Marcus Smart figures to return to a bench role when Hayward returns.

    Source: Boston.com on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo was seen icing his right foot after Wednesday's loss.

    Adebayo's not on the official injury report or anything and didn't go into detail beyond saying, "it hurts," so there's no need to worry just yet. Adebayo has early-round upside considering his current top-60 output and a free throw percentage that is well below his career average.

    Source: The Athletic

  • John Collins
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins is expected to play both power forward and center when he returns from suspension.

    This isn't surprising given how well Collins performed as a center in his limited sample this season. It won't affect his fantasy value at all but it could bump one of Atlanta's other centers from the rotation. Damian Jones has been playing well of late as the starter, so either Bruno Fernando or Alex Len stands the most to lose when Collins gets back.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Speaking to The Athletic, Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said that Trae Young's usage should "taper off" over the course of the season.

    Young has been absorbing absurd usage so far this season, but that figures to decline as the Hawks get back to full strength. The return of John Collins should take some shots away, while Schlenk specifically mentioned Kevin Huerter (shoulder) as a guy that can handle a primary ball-handling role. Rookies De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish should also get more of those opportunities as they continue to adjust to the NBA. Overall, there's no need to be concerned about Young, but he might see some extremely minor dips in production as the year goes on.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shake Milton (right hip discomfort) will be available to play on Thursday.

    Milton hasn't played in any of the Sixers' last five games, though that's more because he's out of the rotation than due to any injury. He can be left on the wire in all formats.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Brian Lewis of the New York Post spoke to two shoulder specialists who believe that Kyrie Irving (right shoulder impingement) will miss "a few more weeks."

    Lewis spoke to two medical sources that are not affiliated with the Nets, so this is still just speculation, but the team has yet to give any real information about when Irving may return. Until they do, speculation will continue to be rampant. "Impingement" is a broad term that could be masking a host of issues — one specialist thinks that it could be a rotator cuff issue and wouldn't be surprised if Irving eventually needed surgery. The Nets will continue to start Spencer Dinwiddie and Garrett Temple in the backcourt until Irving is ready to return, and both players should be in all fantasy lineups until that happens. Irving owners will just have to sit tight and hope for the best.

    Source: New York Post

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum dropped 33 points in the Blazers' 127-116 win over the Kings on Wednesday night, tacking on four rebounds, four assists, a steal, four blocks and five 3-pointers.

    McCollum continues to prove top-50 value and better with nights like this. He is a natural scorer and the blocks aren't too shabby from the guard position either.

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard collected a double-double against the Kings on Wednesday, putting together a line of 24 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers.

    With games like this, Lillard is proving why he commanded a premium draft pick. Owners can feel comfortable watching him go to work every time he's in the lineup.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside picked up a double-double on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points, 16 boards, seven assists, and three blocks on 8-of-10 shooting.

    Whiteside is now a top-30 player on the season. He is consistently collecting big-man stats and has strong percentages. This looks like the real deal and owners who drafted him should be thrilled with the return they are getting.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony finished Wednesday's contest with 20 points, five boards and a block on 8-of-16 shooting.

    Melo bounced back nicely after his 9-point performance. He can score and has done so with nice percentages so far. In the last two weeks, he has provided mid-round value and has been a serviceable addition to any fantasy team.