Fantasy News

  • Jared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets

    Jared Dudley (left hamstring strain) will be available for Thursday's game after going through Wednesday's practice.

    Dudley has been planning to return in the first game out of the All-Star break and met his mark. He has missed the previous 11 games and will slot back into his usual role for Brooklyn. There's no fantasy appeal.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) will be available to play against the Sixers on Thursday.

    Jones was said to miss six weeks after sustaining the injury on January 27 but is returning well ahead of schedule. Coach Spoelstra cautioned that Jones might need more work before actually returning to the court, but a return should be coming soon either way. DJJ has been a great per-minute producer and slots in all over the rotation, so in theory he's in for a nice second half with Tyler Johnson out of the picture. Miami's rotation is ever-changing, however, and players in 12-team leagues can take a wait-and-see approach. Jones is probably worth adding in 16-teamers and is sitting in the top-200-225 range in 18.1 mpg on the year.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (knee) will be available to play in Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    "Available" doesn't guarantee he'll play, but it's a big step after he was able to return to practice today. Dragic has missed the last 30 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery, and he's only played in two of the last 41 games because of persistent knee problems. He wasn't producing standard-league numbers before getting hurt, so this isn't a must-add scenario, but he is worth a look if you need a point guard. Dragic won't be playing his typical minutes right away and will need some time to ramp back up, but this might spell the end of Justise Winslow's run at point guard. Winslow owners in 12-team leagues might want to start looking for alternatives.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Furkan Korkmaz - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Furkan Korkmaz has suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely.

    He missed Wednesday's game with right knee soreness but additional tests revealed a more serious injury. Korkmaz's absence will thin out Philly's rotation even further, and while it might yield more minutes for Jonathon Simmons and James Ennis, the Sixers won't be able to replace his shooting unless they dip into the free agent market.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid will miss a week with left knee soreness and then be re-evaluated.

    An MRI on the knee revealed no structural damage but you have to imagine he'll be getting the load management treatment the rest of the way. Embiid will miss at least three games and the Sixers will turn to Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson up front. We should also see the team go smaller, which will help Mike Scott a bit as well. The biggest winners should be Philly's other stars, who will absorb Embiid's usage, but if you're looking to make a move on one of the replacements then Boban is your guy. Hopefully he can stay on the floor even as team figure to target him relentlessly on defense.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Tristan Thompson - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson (left foot) was able to return to practice on Wednesday but Larry Drew doesn't anticipate that he'll play on Thursday.

    Thompson has missed the last 13 games, on top of a 10-game absence earlier in the year with other foot issues. The Cavs have no need to rush him back into action though he should be owned in all formats given his run when healthy this season. We'd expect him to be more of a late-round play now that Kevin Love is back, but Thompson's return — whenever it occurs — will eat into Larry Nance Jr.'s minutes.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

  • Jaylen Adams - G - Atlanta Hawks

    Speaking in a radio interview on Wednesday morning, Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said that Jaylen Adams will "basically, taking Jeremy's [Lin] spot."

    That means Adams is going to play backup point guard and get a little time at shooting guard as well. Lin averaged 19.7 minutes a night with the Hawks, which will be a nice step up from Adams' current 4.5 mpg. This has been the expected course since Lin's buyout but with confirmation from the GM, Adams is on the radar in deeper leagues.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

  • Rodney Hood - G - Trail Blazers

    Rodney Hood (illness) is probable to play against the Nets on Thursday.

    Hood will bolster Portland's bench but isn't much of a fantasy target. He'd have a chance with some more consistent performances but only owners in deep leagues need to pay any attention here.

    Source: Jay Allen on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard is questionable for Thursday's game against the Nets because of a left ankle sprain.

    Lillard played in the All-Star game so he must've sustained the injury at a workout or practice between then and now. As always, we'd bet on Lillard suiting up, but if he can't go we'll see more Seth Curry.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • De'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns

    De'Anthony Melton (sprained right ankle) is not on the injury report for Thursday and should return from his nine-game absence against the Cavs.

    Melton has shown a nice stat set whenever he gets extended run but with Tyler Johnson now ahead of him on the depth chart, he's likely to top out as a steals specialist. There's deep-league appeal here but Melton was looking at a much better forecast before the trade deadline.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter