• D’Angelo Russell scored 32 points on 9-of-16 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 11-of-13 FTs) with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in Friday’s loss to the Pelicans.

    Russell, Jordan Clarkson (26 points, 10-of-15 FGs, three boards, one steal, five threes) and Julius Randle (seven points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal) shouldn’t leave lineups at all the rest of the season — even with the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour rolling along at full blast. 

Fantasy News

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder sprain) was able to take part in a contact session of 3-on-3 at Thursday's practice but remains unlikely to play this weekend.

    It's his first contact since getting hurt at the end of November. Kris Dunn stands to lose the most when Hutchison returns, though Otto Porter's ever-extending timeline creates some breathing space for both players, who are Chicago's only real options at the SF spot with OP out. Dunn is the better fantasy play because of his steals prowess but Hutchison is worth a look in deeper formats simply because there's almost no competition for minutes.

    Source: Mike McGraw on Twitter

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Malik Monk (right finger discomfort) is probable for Friday.

    Monk missed Wednesday's game but should be good to go tomorrow. Feel free to get him in your lineups if he'd normally be there.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Marvin Williams
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Marvin Williams (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday.

    Williams has missed the last three games and it doesn't look like his condition has improved all that much. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has benefited the most by simply getting back into the rotation, but PJ Washington remains the only guy currently on the standard-league map among Charlotte's forwards.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (left hand discomfort) is doubtful for Friday's tilt with the Bulls.

    Batum left Tuesday's game and missed Wednesday's contest entirely, it looks like this injury could cost him some time. He's only averaging 21.9 mpg on the season, which puts him well outside the top-200.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) will be re-evaluated in "the near future," according to Ryan Saunders.

    Layman can be considered out indefinitely, at least until we hear that he's been through the re-evaluation. Keita Bates-Diop has stepped up admirably in Layman's absence, though it hasn't affected the fantasy landscape substantially. KBD remains a low-end option in most formats.

    Source: Jace Frederick on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In a recent mailbag, Shams Charania said that Jusuf Nurkic is aiming to make his return around the All-Star break in February.

    Nurkic suffered a compound fracture in his left leg late last season, and though the Blazers haven't said much about a potential return yet it's clear that he intends to play this season. That said, there also haven't been any reports about rehab setbacks, and Nurkic makes some sense as a stash for the second half if you have multiple IR spots to mess around with. You can roll with Hassan Whiteside for a little while longer but there is a massive sell-high window open, and you should take advantage of it before it slams shut.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Ky Bowman
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Ky Bowman will not play on Friday night, as he'll be making his debut with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

    Bowman's on a two-way contract so the Warriors are going to start saving his NBA days where they can to push their final decision point further down the line. He's clearly a capable NBA player and should end up on the big club roster, but there might be bumps in the road until the Dubs are forced to convert his deal into a standard contract. The possibility that this becomes an issue for Bowman makes him tough to trust in 12-team formats.

    Source: Drew Shiller on Twitter

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    JaKarr Sampson (back) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday.

    Sampson has been out for about three weeks now, so it's good to see him finally make some progress. He doesn't have any fantasy value while the Pacers are healthy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tyson Chandler
    C, Houston Rockets

    Tyson Chandler (illness) is doubtful for Friday's game.

    Chandler's availability doesn't have any impact in fantasy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond (left eye inflammation) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Mavs.

    Drummond's injury comes out of nowhere and hopefully it's something he'll be able to play through in a nice matchup. If he's unable to go, Christian Wood becomes a great short-term add while Thon Maker should also get some extra minutes. Check back for an update later tonight.

    Source: NBA Injury Report