• Jimmy Butler will play “a little” and Mike Dunleavy will be rested for Wednesday’s game against the Sixers.

    Owners are looking at playing Butler because he can probably get you over that late-round threshold and he could easily tell everybody to screw off and play more than they want him to.  Justin Holiday, Doug McDermott, Cristiano Felicio, Bobby Portis and Aaron Brooks are all on the radar tonight.  We probably draw the line at Felicio for 12-team usage on a busy night but Portis is right there with him in terms of value.  We just have seen the Portis show and it might not crack the top-150, but the matchup is certainly right. 

Fantasy News

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ante Zizic (illness) is probable to play on Friday.

    Zizic was sidelined by a case of vertigo that the Cavs termed a vestibular condition, and even if he's unlikely to see many minutes it's good to know that he's approaching a clean bill of health. The trade deadline couldn't have gone worse for Zizic's prospects, so he's waiver wire material.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons (back tightness) will sit out Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Simmons first reported the issue at yesterday's practice and it's enough to keep him out of the Sixers' first game back as they scrap for home court in the first round. More treatment wasn't enough to get him ready for this one and it should mean more minutes for guys like Alec Burks, Raul Neto and Furkan Korkmaz off the bench. Maybe Al Horford returns to the starting five, too.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    A foot specialist confirmed that Marvin Bagley aggravated his left foot sprain and the Kings announced that Bagley will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

    Bagley is without a timetable to return. He's increasingly difficult to hang onto in 12-team leagues that don't have an IR spot. Assuming he's re-evaluated three weeks from today, that gives Bagley about five weeks left in the season — add on the time he'll miss past the re-evaluation and the eventual ramp-up period should he actually return this season, and he might be up to full speed by the time most leagues are wrapping up. Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica will hold down the frontcourt minutes (when healthy), with extra room opening up for Alex Len, Harry Giles, Harrison Barnes and Jabari Parker.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mason Plumlee (right foot) will be available for Friday's game.

    Plumlee will be returning from a 12-game absence after suffering a cuboid injury. He should resume his role as the backup center but is only a consideration in deeper formats, especially now that Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. have found enough of a rhythm that the Nuggets can go smaller in their bench lineups.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. (right ankle) has been cleared to return from a six-game absence on Friday.

    Porter was injured in Denver's game on January 31 and has been shelved since, but he'll be back in action tomorrow night. The talented sophomore has been great in limited run, and while he's flashed some serious fantasy potential it may be hard for him to get the necessary minutes with Denver fully healthy in the frontcourt. Keep a close eye on his workload in the coming days.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton (right knee inflammation) is officially questionable to play on Friday.

    Barton was limited at Wednesday's practice. If he's unable to play, look for Gary Harris and Torrey Craig to soak up some extra minutes. It doesn't sound like Barton is looking at a serious injury, as a questionable tag is more promising than other potential outcomes.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker (sore left knee) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's game.

    The Celtics are taking on the KAT-less Wolves and shouldn't need Walker for that one, but it is curious that this came after Walker was given a maintenance day and was limited of Wednesday's practice. Brad Stevens intimated that that was just proactive load management, but it looks like fantasy GMs will have to be a little more diligent than expected about checking Walker's status moving forward. Brad Wanamaker should get extra run tomorrow.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Mario Hezonja
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Mario Hezonja (left ankle sprain) will remain sidelined on Friday against the Pelicans.

    Hezonja missed the last two games before the All-Star break and it's concerning that he's not ready to rock despite over a full week off. He's off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little (left ankle sprain) has been cleared to play on Friday.

    Little ended up missing about a week before the ASB but is back and available. With just 12.7 mpg on the year, Little isn't a fantasy option.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) will not play on Friday.

    It's been reported that Towns will miss some games coming up so this isn't necessarily a surprise, but it's still frustrating because Minnesota hasn't given any kind of specific timeline about how long KAT will be out. Naz Reid and James Johnson are the two big winners from a minutes perspective, with Johnson having the better shot at fantasy value because of his stat set. Both are potential low-end adds in standard formats.

    Source: Wolves on Twitter