December 13, 2018, 2:01 pmKyle O'Quinn - C - Indiana Pacers
Kyle O'Quinn (illness) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game.
O'Quinn is a elite insurance policy as a third center but he's simply not in the rotation on most nights. It's a shame that such a fantasy talent is going to waste, but the Pacers simply have too much talent in the frontcourt.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 10:01 pmThaddeus Young - F - Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young put forth a monstrous effort in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Bucks, posting 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, five steals, a block and a 3-pointer while going 9-of-14 from the field.
Young has hit the jets right after drop questions started popping up last week, and he's now averaging 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 threes over his last five games while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the line. Thad's stat set gives him a late-round floor and hopefully you were able to buy low after a sluggish first month to the year.
December 12, 2018, 9:57 pmVictor Oladipo - G - Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo (knee) returned from a 10-game absence in Wednesday's win over the Bucks, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes of action.
Oladipo was on a minutes limit that was never disclosed, but we'll roll the dice and say it was 30. He went 5-of-11 from the field and wasn't quite as aggressive as usual, which was to be expected after a long layoff. Still, Oladipo looked good, is reportedly pain-free and managed to put up a solid fantasy performance, so he's got to go back in all lineups. Not that you needed to hear that.
December 12, 2018, 9:53 pmMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner finished Wednesday's win with another big performance, tallying 23 points (9-of-22 shooting), seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers.
That's two excellent games in a row and one extra positive from this one is that Domantas Sabonis still managed to get his own numbers with 12 & 10 in 24 minutes. If both bigs can coexist it'll mean that both have a shot at hitting their ceilings, and we won't have to apply any asterisks to their big performances. Turner started off the season in frustrating fashion but hopefully this is him turning the corner.
December 12, 2018, 9:51 pmDoug McDermott - F - Indiana Pacers
Doug McDermott went 5-for-5 from the field for 12 points, four rebounds and two triples in Wednesday's home win.
McDermott outplayed Tyreke Evans today, which is noteworthy with a number of players likely to see their minutes cut now that Victor Oladipo is back. He's only a deep-league asset but if he's leapfrogged Evans in the pecking order it'll stabilize his floor.
December 12, 2018, 9:49 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison hit the brakes in Victor Oladipo's return, scoring three points with seven assists and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes on Wednesday night.
Collison was fully expected to take a step back with Oladipo around to resume some of the ball-handling duties, so this isn't much of a surprise. His lines will be less thrilling but Collison remains a rock solid late-middle round play, so don't even think about dropping him despite the lack of sizzle. Cory Joseph went 4-6-6 in 25 minutes while Tyreke Evans did nothing of note in his 15 minutes. That seems safe to project going forward.
December 12, 2018, 9:42 pmAaron Holiday - G - Indiana Pacers
Aaron Holiday didn't leave the bench on Wednesday.
This was expected with Victor Oladipo returning to action, but it's still disappointing considering Holiday had been playing well. He's safe to drop in the vast majority of re-draft leagues.
December 12, 2018, 5:30 pmVictor Oladipo - G - Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo will be in the starting lineup on Wednesday but has an unspecified minutes restriction.
The Pacers are planning on subbing him out earlier than usual in an effort to save some of his minutes for the second half. Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday will all see their minutes cut tonight but that should only affect deep-league players.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 4:55 pmVictor Oladipo - G - Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo (knee) is available to play on Wednesday night.
Oladipo just returned to practice on Tuesday but had been doing some fairly regular workouts (running, cutting, dunking, etc.) beforehand. He's got to be plugged into all fantasy lineups, but we might not get first-round Oladipo for a little bit as he last played on November 17. Tyreke Evans becomes a safe drop in most formats again, and we'll have to see how this affects Darren Collison, Cory Joseph and Aaron Holiday. It's likely that Collison cools from his torrid pace of late but he's still worth holding onto.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 8:44 amDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
League executives around the league believe that Indiana might look to move one of its point guards.
Collison and Joseph have been splitting the point guard minutes this season and are both in the final years of their deals so this makes sense on paper. The team is high on rookie Aaron Holiday and Brian Windhorst says that a potential move would aim to clear out room for him. Holiday has already shown flashes of his potential this year and a trade would open up even more minutes for him while Tyreke Evans could also benefit. Nothing is imminent but you should be stashing Holiday in keeper leagues.
December 11, 2018, 5:58 pmEdmond Sumner - G - Indiana Pacers
Edmond Sumner (sore right hamstring) is questionable to face the Bucks on Wednesday.
The injury won't have an impact in fantasy leagues after Sumner has been leapfrogged by Aaron Holiday in the rotation. He had a few nice games in the preseason but Indiana just has too much guard depth.
December 11, 2018, 3:25 pmVictor Oladipo - G - Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday against the Bucks.
Oladipo played 4-on-4 in practice and was pain-free so he should return pretty soon. If he were to suit up then he would be on a minutes restriction for a couple of games at least.
Source: Pat Boylan on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 10:00 pmMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner looked like the real deal in Monday's 109-101 win over the Wizards with 26 points (11-for-16 shooting), 12 rebounds, a steal, two 3-pointers and five blocks in 39 minutes of playing time.
This was Turner's best game of the season and the type of line owners expected from their early-middle round pick. He took advantage of some foul trouble for Domantas Sabonis (who was on his way to a nice game with 11 points in 18 minutes) and posted a truly monstrous line. The blocks were one off his career-high and we'll keep our fingers crossed that Turner can keep this up going forward.
December 10, 2018, 9:54 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison put together a huge game on Monday night, delivering 10 points, a season-high 17 assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and just three turnovers in 38 minutes of action.
Collison is the rare point guard who provides tons of assists without killing you in turnovers, as tonight illustrates. He got off to a very slow start to the season but has hit the jets since Victor Oladipo went down and is a top-30 player over the last two weeks. Hopefully you bought low.
December 10, 2018, 9:50 pmTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Tyreke Evans graced us with his presence on Monday night, scoring 18 points and adding six rebounds, one assist, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 7-of-13 from the field.
It's about time. Victor Oladipo is nearing a return and Evans will be heading back to the bench soon regardless of how well he plays over the next few contests. He's been a frustrating fantasy player to own all season long, and his duds far outnumber the productive games. Evans had rightfully been dropped in most 12-team leagues after his ugly start but if you want to get back on the train until Oladipo returns, you can take solace in the fact that he's at least capable of games like this. We'd look elsewhere if possible.