• Dennis Smith had another decent game on Monday night, picking up 17 points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a drubbing of the Wizards.

    Perhaps the biggest takeaway here is that Smith went 7-of-16 from the floor. He’s still outside the top-200 on the year but is now up to top-50 production in the last two weeks, mostly on the back of dynamite scoring and improved percentages. While 46 percent from the floor isn’t much to write home about, it’s a massive swing for a player who’s posting a .406 mark on the year. There’s little doubt that DSJ was bound to improve on his early struggles, but this current run might be a bit much. You should be able to turn a tidy profit right about now if you’re leery of Smith for the rest of the season.

Fantasy News

  • Dante Exum
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Dante Exum (patellar tendon) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's matchup against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Exum has been mired by injuries dating back to his sophomore season in the NBA. He last played a game on March 14, 2019 so it will be great to see him get back out there. He is best left on the waiver wire until he proves that he is healthy and a viable fantasy option. He is currently behind Mike Conley and Emmanuel Mudiay while both Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles also handle the ball at times during their games.

    Source: David Locke on Twitter

  • Duncan Robinson
    F, Miami Heat

    Duncan Robinson has earned another start on Thursday and will be joined by Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn, Bam Adebayo and Meyers Leonard as the Heat take on the Cavs.

    Robinson has started in five of the Heat's last six ball games prior to Thursday night and has had his moments. However, he is the least attractive fantasy option out of any of the starters and it is likely that Goran Dragić and Tyler Herro have higher fantasy ceilings despite the fact that they have been coming off the bench.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro has been upgraded to available for Thursday's contest vs. the Cavs after missing one game with an ankle injury.

    This is good news for fantasy owners as Herro's ankle injury won't cause him to miss more than one game. Expect Herro to have his typical role off the bench. He is currently on pace to finish with top 140/144 value in 8/9 cat leagues.

    Source: Heat PR on Twitter

  • Daquan Jeffries
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have called up two-way player DaQuan Jeffries from their G League affiliate on Thursday.

    DaQuan Jeffries is likely insurance in case Trevor Ariza (groin) is forced to miss some time as De'Aaron Fox has already been ruled out for weeks. He has yet to play a minute in a regular season game but might get his opportunity in the near future. He is not on the fantasy radar.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • James Johnson
    PF, Miami Heat

    James Johnson (illness) will play on Thursday against the Cavs.

    Johnson has barely cracked the rotation as he is averaging 14.3 minutes over four contests so far this season. He is best left on the wire for now.

    Source: David Wilson on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro (sprained left ankle) is still questionable to face the Cavs on Thursday and his status will be decided after he goes through warmups.

    Herro has already missed one contest due to this injury and might miss another. He has been a surprise so far for the Heat as he has a meaningful role and has even started three contests. Herro is currently averaging 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.8 turnovers and 1.8 three-pointers on .418 shooting while he is shooting .833 from the foul line. He is doing all of that in 29.2 minutes per game.

    Source: David Wilson on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Head coach Erik Spoelstra told the media that Goran Dragić will play on Thursday against the Cavs after being out with an illness.

    It is good news for Dragić who has been averaging 28.7 minutes off the bench over his first 10 ball games. Expect Dragić to take on his usual role off the bench in this winnable matchup.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter suffered a left rotator cuff strain with an associated shoulder capsule strain and will be re-evaluated after two weeks.

    This news guarantees that Huerter will miss the next eight contests before being re-evaluated. Look for Cam Reddish and DeAndre' Bembry to see more minutes during his absence. Bembry has the higher floor while Reddish has the higher ceiling if he could only improve upon his efficiency.

    Source: Marc J Spears on Twitter

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Trevor Ariza is listed as day-to-day after he exited Tuesday's game against the Blazers due to a sore right groin.

    The Kings decided to recall rookie DaQuan Jeffries in what appears to be a corresponding move. Ariza has disappointed so far this season and it appears that it won't get any better for him in the near future due to this injury. It is likely that Bogdan Bogdanović, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica see more minutes during Ariza's absence.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    According to head coach John Beilein, Kevin Porter Jr. (left hip contusion) and Matthew Dellavedova (right calf soreness) are both on track to play on Thursday against the Heat.

    Beilein went on to say that they will both be available unless they endure a setback during warmups. Porter Jr. has had flashes so far this season but is best left on the wire in standard leagues. Dellavedova is only averaging 14.9 minutes per game and is not fantasy relevant at this time.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter