• Will Barton - G - Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton played in his third game of the season on Saturday night, returning from hip/core muscle surgery to post six points, five rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer while shooting 2-of-10 in 16 minutes.

    Barton's been out since October 20 and it was nice to see him back on the floor. Expect him to play in a reserve role until he finds his legs again, though he was pretty aggressive about getting his shots in tonight. There was some obvious rust and Will The Thrill wasn't at his sharpest tonight but he's not going to fade into the background, even on a talented, deep squad. His return left Juancho Hernangomez with only 14 minutes while Torrey Craig logged 24 in another start. We'd bet that had more to do with his five fouls than anything else. Barton needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.

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  • Ricky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz

    Ricky Rubio (hamstring), who has missed the last six games, has been tagged as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Blazers.

    He was a full participant at practice, so we know that Rubio is definitely close to a return. Stay tuned for updates at shootaround because he could be upgraded to probable, depending on how he feels. Donovan Mitchell has been balling while Rubio has been out, so their shared-backcourt dynamic will be something to watch.

    Source: Utah Jazz on Twitter

  • Aaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon (lower back soreness) is questionable for Monday's game.

    Gordon was unable to play on Saturday because of his back pain, which he equated to a similar issue he dealt with in November that forced him to miss a game. Hopefully he'll be able to return relatively quickly this time as well. Jonathan Isaac moved down to power forward while Jonathon Simmons moved into the starting lineup on Saturday, and if Gordon sits that should be the same configuration we see this time around.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (back tightness) is questionable on Monday against the Rockets.

    Embiid looked a little slow in the first half of Saturday's game, but turned things on in the second half. He's going to be on the injury report quite a bit going forward, so we'll just have to wait for more news to come out.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Jimmy Butler (sore right wrist) is questionable for Monday's game against the Rockets.

    Butler had a rough shooting game on Saturday, so he could have been playing on a bad foot in that game. The Sixers play late on Monday, but if you have to set a weekly lineup, or your lineup locks at the start of the first game, you'll have to get up early and may be forced into a tough decision.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball will miss three-to-four weeks with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

    This is quite unfortunate for Ball owners, but was somewhat expected. Rajon Rondo (finger) is worth an add if you can hold him until he comes back. Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma should see a big uptick in usage and time with the ball, but it could get ugly for the Lakers. Josh Hart is worth an add with the added touches he will see.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Jeff Teague - G - Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (illness) is active against the Suns on Sunday.

    We got a quick scare with the questionable tag just an hour-and-a-half before tip-off, but Teague should be just fine. Make sure he's in your lineups.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Danilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Danilo Gallinari (back spasms) did not travel with the team and coach Doc Rivers said there is a solid chance he misses all four games of the upcoming road trip.

    Gallo left after only eight minutes on Friday, and seems to be in for a lengthy absence – as he does. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played 42 minutes on Friday and the Clippers will likely go with a lot of small ball lineups without Gallo. Tyrone Wallace logged 18 minutes on Friday and should see an increased workload without Gallo.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Tristan Thompson - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) has been ruled out for Monday's game.

    Thompson will now miss his third straight game with his foot soreness. He's also been ruled out a day in advance, which is never a good sign. It looks like Ante Zizic will be in for another high minute game, while Channing Frye should chip in a few minutes off the bench.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks

    Dennis Smith Jr. will return to the team for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    This means that Smith is out for Monday's game, but it's good to see Smith and the Mavs are on better terms. With constant trade rumors swirling, it now appears DSJ will remain a Maverick. Even when healthy, he wasn't a great fantasy option in standard leagues.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan (left ankle soreness) is available for Sunday's game.

    This is no surprise as DeRozan was fully expected to play in this game. Make sure he's in your lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report