January 20, 2019, 6:37 pmLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball will miss three-to-four weeks with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.
This is quite unfortunate for Ball owners, but was somewhat expected. Rajon Rondo (finger) is worth an add if you can hold him until he comes back. Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma should see a big uptick in usage and time with the ball, but it could get ugly for the Lakers. Josh Hart is worth an add with the added touches he will see.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
January 20, 2019, 1:40 amBrandon Ingram - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Brandon Ingram scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, four assists and six turnovers in Saturday's overtime loss to the depleted Rockets.
If you can get anything in a deal for Ingram right now in a standard league you take it, since he really shouldn't be owned in the first place. Both Ingram and Kyle Kuzma (32 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, four threes, 12-of-19 FGs) are sell-high guys with LeBron and Rajon Rondo coming back anytime.
January 20, 2019, 1:38 amKentavious Caldwell-Pope - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting (0-for-7 from deep) with four rebounds and two steals over 40 minutes in Saturday's overtime loss to the Rockets.
Sure, he had stuff to do in a game trying to defend James Harden, but with LeBron and Rajon Rondo coming back the short-term value is probably over for KCP, though Lonzo Ball did injure an ankle in this one. Outside of pretty deep formats owners can easily move on.
January 20, 2019, 1:36 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee double-doubled in just 16 minutes of action on Saturday against the Rockets, scoring 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and one block.
Ivica Zubac (21 minutes, 17 points, seven boards, one block) continues to get minutes and sure, it makes sense that McGee and Tyson Chandler (14 minutes) are minimized somewhat against a team playing small like the Rockets. Still, Zubac has played his way into this rotation and it means that McGee isn't going to be the runaway freight train he was for the first third of the season. He's nowhere near a drop but this will be a situation to monitor going forward.
January 20, 2019, 1:33 amJosh Hart - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Hart scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting (1-of-6 from deep) with five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
With Lonzo Ball suffering a not great looking ankle injury it opens a window for Hart to put up late-round value for the next few weeks. He's been hit or miss all season but give him a look if his stat set can help you.
January 20, 2019, 12:24 amLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
X-rays taken on Lonzo Ball's left ankle returned negative according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
Ball needed help off the floor so this one isn't likely to be day-to-day, and the question is really if it's a week-to-week thing or if he suffered a 'monther' as the great Dr. A at Rotoworld would call it. Rajon Rondo is worth a speculative add in 8-cat leagues because he's likely to have a nice ramp in trying to earn 25 mpg when they're both healthy. In 9-cat formats owners can be a bit picky. Ball owners should probably wait and see what the prognosis is before considering a drop.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
January 19, 2019, 10:14 pmLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball (ankle) was carried off the floor by his teammates after turning his left ankle in Saturday's game.
Lonzo Ball has been growing and getting more confident without Lebron James and Rajon Rondo so this injury really came at a bad time. He finishes the night with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, 11 assists, one steal and a block. Ball has been playing well up until this moment. We'll now have to wait and see for the test results regarding the severity of this issue.
Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
January 19, 2019, 2:07 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Luke Walton hopes to have LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) back for Sunday's practice but does not expect either of them to play on Monday against the Warriors.
It does seem as if both are nearing a return and LeBron will be a dicey play in effectively two games next week, depending on what news hits the wire and since it's LeBron there should be plenty of news. Rondo returns to a shot at some 8-cat value because the Lakers have been silly enough to let him play a bigger role already this season, and folks should look for somebody like Josh Hart to take a step back and struggle, while Lonzo Ball will take a hit too. To be clear, Ball is not a drop candidate.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 1:26 pmRajon Rondo - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo was cleared for full contact practice on Friday as he recovers from a torn ligament in his finger.
In his current role, Rondo is almost exclusively an assist specialist. A lot of things have happened since his injury, with the absence of LeBron James and the weird dynamic that is on the horizon between Rondo and Lonzo Ball, given Ball's improvement over this time that Rondo has been absent. The return date for Rondo isn't quite confirmed, so we'll check back in.
Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 12:42 amIvica Zubac - C - Los Angeles Lakers
Ivica Zubac came off the bench on Thursday and set a new career-high with 26 points, also pulling down 12 rebounds (tying a career-high) while shooting 12-for-14 in 28 minutes of action.
Zubac finished an incredible plus-35 in his time on the court, which makes you wonder what the heck happened when he was on the pine. JaVale McGee's illness really opened the door for him and Zubes has taken full advantage, though we're still skeptical that he plays consistently for the rest of the year. Even with this game he's averaging 12.5 mpg in January, so we'd limit his appeal to deeper formats despite the obvious potential for serious damage.
January 18, 2019, 12:39 amKyle Kuzma - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored a game-high 32 points on Thursday, tying his career-high with seven 3-pointers while adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Kuzma also shot 11-of-20 from the field in a quality showing. He generates a lot of buzz because of the shooting and his uniform, but at the end of the day he's a flawed fantasy player who's got a pretty hard cap in the back half of the middle rounds. We'd probably try and move him after this one unless you need hollow points and threes. Kuzma hasn't recorded a block since December 16 and had just one steal in the last two weeks before tonight's outburst.
January 18, 2019, 12:35 amBrandon Ingram - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Brandon Ingram set a new career-high with 11 assists in Thursday's win to offset an ugly 1-for-9 shooting performance.
Ingram added five rebounds and a block and capped off this weird line by going perfect on his six free throw attempts. His only field goal of the game came in overtime on a nice cut that was met with a perfect pass from Ivica Zubac, of all people. We'd recommend selling on Ingram as fast as possible before LeBron returns and crashes the party. Even with James out Ingram has been only a top-200 option in 8-cat and barely inside the top-300 in 9-cat over the last two weeks, so sell for anything you can get in 12-team leagues.
January 18, 2019, 12:32 amLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball posted 18 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and four 3-pointers in Thursday's overtime win.
Ball went only 7-of-17 from the field but hit a gutsy deep three to kick things off in overtime. He saved himself from wearing the goat horns by making several nice plays in overtime after fouling Russell Westbrook on a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left. While the return of LeBron James will sting him a bit, Ball's got a nice stat set and will be worth owning in standard leagues the rest of the way.
January 18, 2019, 12:29 amJosh Hart - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Hart came off the bench on Thursday and put up a big game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers.
Hart had a very nice game, going 3-of-6 from the field and committing just one turnover in 33 minutes. This is the sort of stuff that fantasy owners just haven't seen regularly enough since LeBron James went down, Hart's actually been worse over the last two weeks than he has been on the full season, where he's hanging onto top-150 value. It's a tough break for players who dropped him after the recent swoon, and we still think that he'll end up being worth the trouble while LeBron is out — though he's running out of time to make good on that. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and had 13 points, two steals and three triples in 23 minutes.
January 18, 2019, 12:26 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee played just nine minutes in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder.
It's certainly not a matchup thing as Ivica Zubac had a career performance while Tyson Chandler had six points, seven boards and two blocks in 16 minutes as the starter. McGee had four points and a block in his short time on the court and his owners are likely very skittish after this one. We're still looking at him as a buy-low guy who should bounce back once the Lakers get their top playmakers back, but it is troubling times for a guy who rocketed out of the gates this season.