• Jrue Holiday (eye) will miss the rest of the season and Ryan Anderson is seeking a second opinion on what the team is calling a sports hernia.

    Holiday’s injury is a right inferior orbital wall fracture.  Anderson is seeking a second opinion “later this week” and that makes him doubtful in our minds that he will push back for the season’s final six games starting next week.  Alonzo Gee was also ruled out with a complete rupture of the right proximal rectus femoris, and Norris Cole is day-to-day with his back injury.  In order, the guys you want on your squad are Toney Douglas, Luke Babbitt, Jordan Hamilton, Tim Frazier, Cole and Dante Cunningham. 

    Douglas and Babbitt are must-own players in 12-team leagues and Hamilton is a speculative add for his potential upside as a versatile producer.  Frazier is a safer play than Hamilton but his upside is lower due to stat set and talent deficiencies.  Cole would be at the top of this list if we simply knew he was playing again this season and Cunningham is the low-end plodder of the bunch, ready to eke his way to value in 14-team leagues.

Fantasy News

  • Gerald Green
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Gerald Green (broken left foot) has been medically cleared to play but will not participate in games when the NBA restarts.

    Green missed all of 2019-20 but was traded to the Nuggets in February before being waived. Some teams were interested in signing Green in June, but he declined for family reasons. Green will be able to sign as a free agent in October but is unlikely to hold much fantasy appeal.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Vince Carter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Vince Carter ranked within the top 350 in 9-category leagues during his final NBA season of 2019-20, averaging 5.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks.

    Carter shot 35.2 percent from the floor, the second worst mark in his career, while he garnered a career-low 14.6 minutes per game. None of that should hurt his legacy as an eight-time All-Star and fan favorite. When Carter made his final career basket on March 12, his smile seemed to foreshadow an eventual retirement which came in late June. Carter averaged 16.7 points over his career but twice ended a season with an average of 27 points or greater.

  • Bruno Fernando
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Bruno Fernando finished the 2019-20 season as a top-370/380 player (8/9 cat.) while averaging 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 0.3 steals on 51.8 percent shooting from the field.

    The rookie out of Maryland didn't exactly finish strong, scoring just 1.6 points per game over five contests in March. The native of Angola found himself behind John Collins, De'Andre Hunter, and Dewayne Dedmon on the frontcourt depth chart. The Hawks also added Clint Capela who is under contract for three more seasons. Fernando's campaign did feature a few bright spots, especially when Dedmon missed time due to injury. However, Fernando would need a step up in playing time to become fantasy relevant in most leagues.

  • DeAndre' Bembry
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    DeAndre' Bembry (abdominal pain/right hand surgery) missed the final 23 games of the 2019-20 season, finishing with top-225/240 (8/9-cat) fantasy value.

    Bembry has always been a player we've liked as a deep-league option and potential flier in shallower formats, but between injuries and the rise of younger forwards in Atlanta it looks like he might need a change of scenery to maximize his output. There was still some things to like about Bembry's campaign — 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks in 21.3 mpg — but his poor free throw shooting (.542) and inability to stretch the floor (.231) really hurt his case for more minutes, despite a sneakily versatile skillset. Bembry should always maintain steals specialist appeal but he's only a deep-league target going forward unless something changes.

  • Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Brandon Goodwin finished the 2019-20 campaign as a top-340/350 player (8/9-cat), averaging 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 triples in 12.7 minutes per contest.

    Goodwin did manage to have a career-best performance with 21 points against the Celtics in early February, but his fantasy appeal really only existed when Trae Young suffered a sprained ankle. Goodwin belongs in the league as a solid depth option but doesn't have a place on your fantasy rosters.

  • Treveon Graham
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    Treveon Graham wrapped up the 2019-20 campaign outside the top-400.

    Graham started the season off as a starter for the Wolves, averaging 20.1 minutes across 33 games, but eventually missed time with some minor injuries and then fell out of favor with Minnesota reshaping its roster and leaning towards its youth. A trade to Atlanta was the end of his already-modest fantasy value, as he averaged just 12.1 minutes in his 22 games with the Hawks. Formerly viewed as a 3-and-D bench piece, Graham shot just .275 from beyond the arc after going .297 last season with Brooklyn. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radars for next year.

  • Skal Labissiere
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Skal Labissiere never suited up for the Hawks after a deadline trade.

    Labissiere was actually getting minutes for a banged up Blazers squad but was felled by a cartilage issue in his left knee and didn't play after December 28. Although his 3-point shooting tanked (23.1%), Skal did have a solid showing in limited minutes with 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and a .551 mark from the field in 17.2 minutes per contest. He finished right around the top-250 and will not be a consideration in most fantasy formats going forward, despite the modest bounce-back campaign.

  • Cam Reddish
    G-F, Atlanta Hawks

    Cam Reddish offered up a mixed bag in his first NBA season, finishing as a top-180/200 (8/9-cat) player despite a strong finish to the year.

    Reddish really struggled out of the gates but found his footing as the year progressed, holding top-100 value for about a month beginning in late January. Unsurprisingly, that came when his scoring numbers ballooned and his percentages crawled out of the gutter. All told, Reddish averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers per game while shooting .384 from the field. The Hawks are pretty crowded on the wing so Reddish will need to establish himself both in the rotation and as a more efficient scorer if he's to be viewed as more than a late-round flier type next season.

  • Charlie Brown Jr.
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Charlie Brown ended up logging 10 appearances in his first NBA campaign.

    Brown only played 40 minutes in total, and finished with the sort of fantasy value you'd expect: right around the top-450. There's little fantasy appeal here.

  • Sindarius Thornwell
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have signed Sindarius Thornwell as a replacement player for the rest of the season.

    Thornwell was waived by the Cavs right before the season began and has yet to appear in the NBA this season. He does have 137 career games under his belt, including 17 starts, across two seasons with the Clippers. Thornwell should only function as emergency depth for the Pels in Orlando.

    Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter