• Joel Embiid is still healthy after being cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmages a few weeks ago according to assistant coach Lloyd Pierce.

    “We know he’s healthy,” Pierce said. “He’s been in a great spot the past couple of months. He’s just trying to get in basketball conditioning, [work on his] basketball skills, and feel comfortable on the floor.”  We’ll need to see him in real game action before signing off on an aggressive posture for owners, but eventually that decision is going to land on our desks.  Our initial guess is that he’ll be overdrafted based on name value and pent-up hype.

Fantasy News

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen is probable, as always, to play against the Bucks on Monday due to a left ankle sprain.

    You know the drill by now if you follow the Bulls' injury reports. They always throw the probable tag on a player if there is any sign of a problem. Markkanen will be out there and should be able to improve upon the late-round value he has been delivering so far this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Cameron Johnson
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Suffering from a quad bruise, Cameron Johnson is questionable to take on the Spurs on Monday.

    Kelly Oubre Jr. (concussion) is on the verge of a return which would make Johnson's role largely irrelevant anyway. Johnson could get some minutes down the stretch this season, but for now, he's just a 3-point streamer if you are desperate for help on a slow schedule day. His role with the Suns is minimal for the time being.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes is doubtful to face the Spurs on Monday as he is dealing with left hip soreness.

    As if you needed any further validation that Aron Baynes' role with the Suns has vanished. With the return of Deandre Ayton, Baynes was going to have a hard time maintaining standard league value, but the drop off has been steep, and perhaps this new injury is part of the problem. Baynes has seen under 15 minutes in three straight games and is an afterthought for standard leagues at this point.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. is probable to face the Spurs on Monday as he works his way through concussion protocol.

    It sounds like Oubre has a fair shot to return on Monday but check back to be sure. His return will reduce Mikal Bridges' role, although Bridges will still be in line for regular minutes. Before sustaining the injury Oubre was playing splendidly, do not hesitate to have him in your lineup on Monday once he gets the go-ahead.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum (left ankle sprain) ruled out for Monday's tilt vs. the Warriors.

    McCollum will miss his second game due to the injury. He was spotted without a limp on Saturday so there is reason to hope this is a short term problem. Anfernee Simmons makes for a solid play in standard leagues right now, and the main Blazers for fantasy purposes, Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony and Hassan Whiteside, will get boosts in value as well.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb (bruised left hip) is available to play during Sunday's game versus the Nuggets.

    The Pacers will have their starting lineup healthy and ready to go. Lamb's value is limited with Victor Oladipo's eventually return.

    Source: Pacers PR on Twitter

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge posts 21 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-15 shooting.

    Aldridge didn't get us the rebounds we would like, but he chipped in everywhere else. DeMar DeRozan has been on a tear and Aldridge will continue to play second fiddle while he is on a heater.


  • DeMar DeRozan
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan narrowly missed a triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assist during Sunday's win over the Heat.

    DeRozan has been on a tear as of late and taking on more of a facilitator role handling the ball and doing so without many turnovers. This is a great sell-high opportunity if you could net someone inside of the top-30 for him.


  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic scored 19 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists on 7-of-13 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.

    Drag has been returning standard league value over the past few weeks, but barring a trade to another team that looks to be his ceiling.


  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler struggled to get much going during Sunday's loss to the Spurs going 5-of-14 from the field for 16 points, five rebounds and six assists.

    Butler has been struggling over the last three games and the shot attempts have been done. He'll look to bounce back during tomorrow's game versus the Kings.