• Meyers Leonard’s cold streak continued on Monday against the Pelicans, as he hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, four rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

    It’s been painful for us to watch this year as we had early round hopes for Leonard, which were based on a big games played total and relative dominance of frontcourt minutes for Portland.  We also thought he’d be the third cog of the offense and things have looked that way at times, but with the emergence of options like Allen Crabbe and Mason Plumlee among others his offense hasn’t been needed as much.  Factor in Leonard’s injuries, the stops and starts, and the overall lack of energy and movement in his game it has been ugly.  We wanted to give him enough time after his shoulder injury to weigh in on a drop, and the issues that have been present in non-scoring areas all season continue to linger.  While we’re waxing poetic because we can and we will, the lack of aggression and times in Leonard’s past when toughness has been a question might also be tied to his contract situation, or maybe even the connection he has with teammates.  He just appears to be on the outside looking in, and outside of training with a chicken in an alleyway a la Rocky Balboa, it seems like he needs a real wake-up call or figurative slap in the face.  He has to increase his activity level and stop playing so robotic, because he’s getting his ass kicked on both sides of the court.  He’s now a mid-level stash rather than a must-own guy.

Fantasy News

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker (sore left knee) says he'll be active for Monday's game against the Lakers.

    This confirms a report from Sunday. His "more severe than anticipated knee injury" cost him all of one game. Get him in your lineups even against a tough LA defense. Marcus Smart gets knocked down a bit with this news, fresh off posting one of the fantasy statlines of the year.

    Source: John Karalis on Twitter

  • Chandler Parsons
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports!, Chandler Parsons suffered suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and torn labrum," after being hit by another driver being charged with a DUI from the incident and his basketball future is unclear.

    Our prayers go up for Parsons and his family. Parsons was not a part of the Hawks rotation before this devastating accident and can be left on the waiver wire. We hope for a speedy recovery for parsons.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Chandler Parsons
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    Lawyers representing Chandler Parsons have shared that the Hawks small forward suffered a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and torn labrum, and his return to play is unclear.

    The statement alleges that the injuries are "severe and permanent." We send our best wishes to Parsons and his family in what figures to be a long recovery period. It also sounds like the matter will be litigated in court, so we should not expect Parsons back in the NBA any time soon. This is just the latest setback in the unfortunate career of Parsons, but hopefully he can regain his prior physical condition after an arduous, years-long rehabilitation process for his numerous knee injuries throughout his career.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Carsen Edwards
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Carden Edwards will not be active for Monday's game against the Lakers despite being called up to the main roster.

    With Brown off the injury report and Kemba Walker expecting to play, the Celtics don't need for Edwards at this time. He is well off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown (right thumb sprain) will be available to play for Monday's game against the Lakers.

    Brown missed the last couple of games dealing with the thumb injury, but is good to go for this primetime matchup with the Lakers. Feel free to plug Brown, who has been a top-70 player in 9/8 cat leagues this season, back into all lineups.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker (sore left knee) said that he is feeling better and expects to play against the Lakers on Monday.

    If Walker is to be believed, he will end up missing just one game with the knee injury. Be sure to check back closer to game time to confirm Walker's status. If He were to sit, Brad Wanamaker and Grant Williams would get extra run, while Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward facilitate more of the offense.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis will return from his gluteal contusion on Monday versus the Celtics.

    Davis' sore butt cost him five games, but he returns against one of the best possible matchups in the Celtics. It comes as a slight surprise given that he only took limited part in practice on Friday and then didn't practice at all over the weekend. It's unlikely that Davis is eased back, but as the best per-minute producer in the history of fantasy basketball, he's an obvious start tonight regardless of any hypothetical restrictions. The slice of the pie for Javale McGee and Dwight Howard shrinks with this news, and expect the two centers to cancel each other's value just as they had been doing prior to Davis' butt bruise.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) recently shared that his rehab has been progressing well and that he anticipates a return to the court on the early side of his initial 4-to-6 week timetable.

    Carter was initially injured on January 6th, so an early return would mean he plays shortly before the All-Star Game weekend. When asked when he'd expect to return relative to his timetable, Carter responded, “Definitely closer to the four. My progress has been really good lately, so definitely closer to the four than the six.’’ This is an encouraging sign, but keep in mind players have an incentive to feel optimistic about their rehab and the Bulls could still choose to hold him out through the All-Star weekend given if it gives him a few extra days to heal. Carter was hovering around top 100 value on the season, but his upside warrants rostering, particularly in leagues with an IL spot.

    Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Jacob Evans (concussion) will be absent from Monday's game against the Blazers.

    That makes three consecutive games that Evans has been forced to sit out. He has not been able to crack the Warriors depleted rotation for a consistent role this year, and it is safe to assume that it is not going to happen anytime soon. Evans is only worth owning in the deepest of fantasy leagues when he is healthy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Abdel Nader
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader will miss Monday's showdown against the Rockets due to a left ankle sprain.

    That'll be Nader's fourth straight game on the sidelines. He's been receiving minutes in the mid-teens lately and does not make much of them. Best to not bother wasting your fantasy memory space on Nader.

    Source: NBA Injury Report