March 26, 2016, 12:33 pm
Kobe Bryant is not listed as questionable and will play Sunday night vs. the Wizards.
Bryant has been on the injury report for pretty much the entire year, so it is exciting to have official confirmation more than 24 hours from game time that he will be playing. The Lakers have 10 games remaining in their season and we wouldn’t be surprised if Bryant tried to play in all of them as he rides off into his final sunset. Keep an eye on him as he could have sneaky value over the final weeks of the fantasy playoffs.
July 13, 2020, 6:03 pmAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson managed a full practice session on Monday as he attempts to return from a surgically repaired left knee.
Roberson could see some action for the Thunder as the NBA restarts if he continues to progress well. While Roberson hasn't played an NBA game for more than two years, his defense can still be an asset if he can stay on the court. He's still not a recommended play even as a cheap DFS flier.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 5:58 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
While Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that nothing is certain, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start in the spot vacated by Avery Bradley.
Because Bradley opted out of the NBA restart, KCP could see an expanded role going forward. Caldwell-Pope shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range on a high volume of shots, but his game is not especially well-rounded for fantasy purposes. He should see more than his season average of 25.4 minutes per game, though.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 5:49 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Despite a late-season injury, Tyler Herro managed top-190 value in 8-category leagues as a rookie.
While Herro started just six games, he averaged 27.2 minutes per contest. The rookie out of Kentucky scored 12.9 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 steals. An ankle injury limited him to 47 appearances and his fantasy contributions are mostly limited to scoring. However, 39.1 percent shooting behind the arc means that Herro could give Kendrick Nunn a run for his minutes when the NBA resumes play.
July 13, 2020, 5:39 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard struggled to produce top-280 value in 8-category leagues while playing just 20.1 minutes per game in 2019-20.
Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists but didn't receive enough playing time to merit a roster spot in most leagues. A talented Heat frontcourt featuring Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, and Derrick Jones Jr. did not help his cause. While Leonard sank nearly 43 percent of his 3-point attempts, his free-throw shooting plummeted to 65.4 percent. Leonard didn't contribute much in the way of defensive stats, either.
July 13, 2020, 5:25 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
After a quiet rookie season, Duncan Robinson held top-120 value in 8-category leagues while scorching the nets from long range during 2019-20.
Robinson made nearly four triples per contest while hitting 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.5 steals per game in his sophomore campaign. What's more, Robinson was a top-90 player for owners who grabbed him in 9-category formats. The 90.6 percent free-throw shooting doesn't hurt, either.
July 13, 2020, 5:07 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder's February trade to the Heat helped him finish the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-120 value in 8-category leagues.
Crowder actually cracked the top 100 in 9-category formats. He shot just 29.3 percent from deep in 45 games with the Grizzlies, but that jumped to 39.3 percent during 13 contests in a Heat uniform. Overall, Crowder averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. However, don't bank on him producing massive numbers if he plays for another contender next season.
July 13, 2020, 4:48 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes had to begin a 10-day quarantine period after leaving the Orlando bubble to pick up food.
Holmes was apparently expecting a delivery but left the Disney campus to get it. According to Shams Charania, there are eight days left in his quarantine. The Kings are slated to begin their schedule on July 31.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 4:30 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
According to Goran Dragic, teammates Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn are not practicing with the Heat on Monday.
Adebayo and Nunn missed practice on Friday as well. Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive for COVID-19 before being cleared for action. However, it's unknown why Adebayo and Nunn have still not appeared on the court.
Source: NBC Sports
July 13, 2020, 3:58 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic bounced back nicely from an injury-plagued season to deliver top-140 value in 8-category leagues during 2019-20.
Dragic averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.6 assists and 2.5 turnovers in 28.4 minutes per game while backing up Kendrick Nunn. Dragic only provided top-190 value for 9-category owners, but it's still a solid showing overall. Dragic shot 37.7 percent from long range, which is a marked improvement from the 34.8 percent posted in 2018-19.
July 13, 2020, 3:42 pmJustise WinslowSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Justise Winslow could only appear in 11 games all season as back issues prevented him from taking the court.
Winslow emerged as a viable point guard in 2018-19, finally finding a position that suited his strengths when the Heat were missing some bodies. Unfortunately he couldn't build on that momentum, as his numbers were down nearly across the board even when he was able to suit up. Winslow was a dreadful .388 from the field and .222 from deep, losing a full 3-pointer per game (1.5 to 0.5) despite an increase in minutes per game overall. Winslow's assists also took a slight dip with the Heat operating at full strength and his steals plummeted from 1.1 to 0.6. Winslow was unable to play with the Grizzlies after being traded, and he certainly won't be the team's starting PG, but we should find out his new fit in the Orlando session. The percentages have always been terrible, however, which likely caps him as a late-round type.