• DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 6-of-10 FTs) with 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and five turnovers in the Kings’ 114-106 win over the Jazz on Tuesday.

    The big takeaway here is that it’s clear his back and/or ankle and/or Achilles injuries are holding him back, whereas one always has to wonder if he and his teammates will check out after showing a history of doing so.  Our sources have also indicated that things are good in the implosion department and the players/coaches aren’t in any sort of critical danger zone.  Cousins was running at full speed tonight, clearly giving max effort and his gait was a total mess, and we haven’t seen him run at full speed in weeks it feels like.  So owners just need to watch out for his health and hope that George Karl stops trying to reinvent the wheel — and put the league’s most dominant post player in the post.  They looked great last night when they actually did that. 

Fantasy News

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier triple-doubled on Saturday with 10 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists in 31 minutes.

    Napier had a night to remember on Saturday and is a top-130 player per game the past two weeks. His value is mostly coming from his assists (6.6 per game the past two weeks), but he is a fringe standard-league player while he's the starting point guard in Minnesota.

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose had another solid outing and posted 27 points in Saturday's 111-121 overtime loss to the Nets, chipping in four rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Rose continues to have a resurgent year and in the month of January is averaging almost 23 points a game. Even with this solid offensive output he is only returning seventh-round value as he provides very little else besides points and assists, though he does provide a positive boost in FG percentage compared to other point guards.

  • Sekou Doumbouya
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Sekou Doumbouya was horrible in Saturday's loss to the Nets, logging zero points, on 0-of-5 shooting and registering just two rebounds.

    Ouch. After a 24 point explosion in mid-January, Doumbouya was a hot pick-up off the waiver-wire. As a result the Pistons increased his minutes, while also starting 12 of the past 13 games. After tonight's game, he should not be rostered in any but the deepest of leagues.

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond double-doubled in Saturday's overtime loss to the Nets, logging 20 points, 21 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

    Drummond shot below average in this one going 8-of-20 from the field as he had to contend against the Nets' Jarrett Allen. The less than stellar shooting also transferred to the charity stripe, where he went 4-of-8. Nevertheless, he still finished with a monster day on the glass, and the two blocks, making this a good game for roto and points league players.

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown scored 17 points in Saturday's loss to the Nets, chipping in five rebounds, five assists and three three-pointers.

    Brown got the start with teammate Reggie Jackson resting. He was pretty good from the field, converting 7-of-12, though he failed to get to the charity stripe. He filled out the rest of the box score with five boards and five assists without any countable defensive stats. Brown is an end of bench player would swipes a respectable amount of steals for teams in need.

  • Svi Mykhailiuk
    SF, Detroit Pistons

    Sviatoslav Mykahiliuk scored 19 points in Saturday's overtime loss to the Nets, chipping in five rebounds, three assists, a steal and three three-pointers.

    Mykahiliuk drew another start and was productive in tonight's game scoring 19 points. He has scored in double figures in 12 of his past 13 games in the month of January, averaging almost 14 points a game. Unsurprisingly he provides a great source of three-pointers but is also averaging nearly a steal a game. As long as he is starting he is worthy of a roster spot in most standard leagues.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon (concussion) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Brogdon will miss his second game after getting hit in the head on Wednesday. Sunday will be Brogdon's 17th game missed with injury this season. He's a top-75 player in per game value and hopefully he can get back on the court soon.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Zhaire Smith
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Zhaire Smith sprained his left ankle and finished Saturday's game with one assist in three minutes.

    It was his first minutes with the Sixers this season so it was disappointing to see him leave early with an injury. Smith won't have an impact in standard leagues this season.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Allen Crabbe
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Allen Crabbe hurt his left knee during Saturday's game and will not return.

    Crabbe finished the game with one rebound and one turnover in four minutes. Crabbe is unlikely to have standard-league value at any point this season. If he misses time his minutes should go to Josh Okogie who had a 17-point performance in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze missed Friday's game with an illness but is not listed on the injury report for Sunday.

    Bitadze hasn't been able to carve out a role this season with Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis ahead of him. He isn't likely to have an impact in re-draft leagues this season.

    Source: NBA.com