• Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young scored 20 points (4-of-16 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the line) on Saturday with six assists and two threes in a 150-101 blowout loss vs. the Clippers.

    The Hawks were destroyed on Saturday so throw this game out the window. Young is a top-30 player so far with averages of 26.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 3.3 threes. Forget about this game and enjoy watching Trae post top-20 value this season.

Fantasy News

  • Iman Shumpert
    SG, Free Agent

    The Nets have waived Iman Shumpert on Thursday.

    This move comes at a time when Wilson Chandler is expected back from his 25-game suspension. Shumpert is a free agent for now but there is a possibility that he ends up on another team at some point this season. He is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter

  • Grayson Allen
    SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grayson Allen (right ankle soreness) will not suit up for Friday's tilt vs. the Bucks.

    The Grizzlies have already ruled out Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke and Grayson Allen for this game. Allen has averaged 18.9 minutes per game off the bench for the Grizzlies this year. De'Anthony Melton, Marko Gudurić, Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones will likely see some if not all of Allen's minutes on Friday night.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandon Clarke (oblique) will be rested on Friday against the Bucks but is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Wizards.

    Both Ja Morant and Clarke will sit out of the Grizzlies' first game of their back-to-back this weekend. Clarke returned from a four game absence on Wednesday and had a nice game in his return. Clarke is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Wizards. Solomon Hill and Bruno Caboclo could see additional minutes off the bench on Friday night but neither player is worth a roster spot in standard leagues.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant will sit out of Friday's game vs. the Bucks due to a back injury.

    This missed game is a precaution for Morant as the Grizzlies are about to embark on their second consecutive back-to-back this weekend. Ja is expected to play in the second game of their back-to-back against the Wizards on Saturday. Tyus Jones and De'Anthony Melton should see additional opportunity in Friday's contest.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder sprain) was able to take part in a contact session of 3-on-3 at Thursday's practice but remains unlikely to play this weekend.

    It's his first contact since getting hurt at the end of November. Kris Dunn stands to lose the most when Hutchison returns, though Otto Porter's ever-extending timeline creates some breathing space for both players, who are Chicago's only real options at the SF spot with OP out. Dunn is the better fantasy play because of his steals prowess but Hutchison is worth a look in deeper formats simply because there's almost no competition for minutes.

    Source: Mike McGraw on Twitter

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Malik Monk (right finger discomfort) is probable for Friday.

    Monk missed Wednesday's game but should be good to go tomorrow. Feel free to get him in your lineups if he'd normally be there.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Marvin Williams
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Marvin Williams (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday.

    Williams has missed the last three games and it doesn't look like his condition has improved all that much. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has benefited the most by simply getting back into the rotation, but PJ Washington remains the only guy currently on the standard-league map among Charlotte's forwards.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (left hand discomfort) is doubtful for Friday's tilt with the Bulls.

    Batum left Tuesday's game and missed Wednesday's contest entirely, it looks like this injury could cost him some time. He's only averaging 21.9 mpg on the season, which puts him well outside the top-200.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) will be re-evaluated in "the near future," according to Ryan Saunders.

    Layman can be considered out indefinitely, at least until we hear that he's been through the re-evaluation. Keita Bates-Diop has stepped up admirably in Layman's absence, though it hasn't affected the fantasy landscape substantially. KBD remains a low-end option in most formats.

    Source: Jace Frederick on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In a recent mailbag, Shams Charania said that Jusuf Nurkic is aiming to make his return around the All-Star break in February.

    Nurkic suffered a compound fracture in his left leg late last season, and though the Blazers haven't said much about a potential return yet it's clear that he intends to play this season. That said, there also haven't been any reports about rehab setbacks, and Nurkic makes some sense as a stash for the second half if you have multiple IR spots to mess around with. You can roll with Hassan Whiteside for a little while longer but there is a massive sell-high window open, and you should take advantage of it before it slams shut.

    Source: The Athletic