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  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is on the active roster for Thurday's game against the Sixers.

    That doesn't mean Jones will play, as Erik Spoelstra has been very forward about the Heat's returning injured players needing some more work before getting on the court. Jones' stat set is extremely fun and he'd be a nice target if the playing time is there. We'll see.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (right knee) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    Dragic is close to a return but the Heat want him to get some more work in before they put him back into game action. If you've been thinking about stashing him away this looks like your last chance.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is expected to be active for Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    Jones will be active whereas Goran Dragic will not. It remains to be seen how much DJJ plays coming off a multi-week absence, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on his playing time going forward.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) is unlikely to be active for Thursday's game with the Sixers.

    Dragic is traveling with the team and was said to be available, but the Heat look ready to bring him back very slowly. Look for Dragic to return to the court after going through some more practices with his teammates since he last played on December 10. He's not a must-add in 12-team leagues right now but should be a top-150 guy once he gets back to full speed.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that he's "not necessarily planning on playing" either Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) or Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) on Thursday against the Sixers.

    Both players are available tonight but Spoelstra cautioned yesterday that they might need some more time before getting thrown back into the mix. Their returns will cloud Miami's already-muddled rotation even further, with players like Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder and James Johnson among those who will feel the biggest impact. Pretty much everyone on the Heat is going to have some change in playing time, though that might not happen until Dragic and Jones get back to full strength.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    Jones will be available but may not play. He was initially expected to miss at least six weeks but is in the middle of his third week since sustaining the injury, so it looks like he'll be back well ahead of schedule. His stat set is great but there probably isn't enough playing time here to make Jones worthwhile outside of deep leagues.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    Dragic has already been ruled available, but coach Spoelstra did add that he might need some more work before he actually returns to game action. Expect The Dragon to come off the bench and play under a minutes restriction at first, so he's not a must-add player in standard formats. Justise Winslow's run might be coming to an end, though he's worth holding onto while we see how this all plays out.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) will be available to play against the Sixers on Thursday.

    Jones was said to miss six weeks after sustaining the injury on January 27 but is returning well ahead of schedule. Coach Spoelstra cautioned that Jones might need more work before actually returning to the court, but a return should be coming soon either way. DJJ has been a great per-minute producer and slots in all over the rotation, so in theory he's in for a nice second half with Tyler Johnson out of the picture. Miami's rotation is ever-changing, however, and players in 12-team leagues can take a wait-and-see approach. Jones is probably worth adding in 16-teamers and is sitting in the top-200-225 range in 18.1 mpg on the year.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (knee) will be available to play in Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    "Available" doesn't guarantee he'll play, but it's a big step after he was able to return to practice today. Dragic has missed the last 30 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery, and he's only played in two of the last 41 games because of persistent knee problems. He wasn't producing standard-league numbers before getting hurt, so this isn't a must-add scenario, but he is worth a look if you need a point guard. Dragic won't be playing his typical minutes right away and will need some time to ramp back up, but this might spell the end of Justise Winslow's run at point guard. Winslow owners in 12-team leagues might want to start looking for alternatives.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that Goran Dragic is "making a lot of progress" and word is he's expected to return shortly after the All-Star game.

    Dragic underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-December and has been sidelined since. He needed his knees drained but ultimately missed 12 of 14 games before going under the knife. The Heat will likely give Dragic the starting point guard job back eventually, which means the clock could be ticking on Justise Winslow. As for Dragic, he's really only been a late-round option this season, and coming off surgery we're not expecting him to hit the ground running. He should be picked up in most formats but isn't necessarily a must-add if you're feeling good about your current guard group.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Dwyane Wade - G - Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade (illness) suited up and put up a team-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a 112-101 win over the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Wade has stepped up with the departures of Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson and the injuries to Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr.. He has put up late-round value over the past two weeks and is a great deep-league option. He is a points and assists specialist in deep-leagues, but he does not hurt owners too bad in any category either so he is definitely worth a look.

  • Dion Waiters - G - Miami Heat

    Dion Waiters put up 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting in a win over the Mavs on Wednesday.

    He made three 3-pointers and added four rebounds, three assists and one steal to the box score. He is still not 100-percent according to him, but he is coming around and starting to show signs of what he was doing when he was healthy for the Heat. He has the potential to be a solid deep-league scoring and shooting specialist.

  • Justise Winslow - F - Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow put up 11 points with 11 rebounds and six assists on 5-of-12 shooting in a win over the Mavs on Wednesday.

    His real-life improvement is outstanding. However, his fantasy game has not been great as he is a top-180 value in 9-cat leagues and is outside the top-200 over the past month. He is a deep-league guy right now and he could potentially be returned to the wire when Goran Dragic returns.

  • Hassan Whiteside - C - Miami Heat

    Despite a Heat win on Wednesday, Hassan Whiteside had a bad game with just six points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.

    Whiteside is a streaky player, and right now he is seemingly entering a cold streak. Kelly Olynyk did not play much better with 10 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. Bam Adebayo played the most out of the three Heat big men with 10 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes. The trio is solid for the Heat, but they are unreliable in fantasy and Whiteside is the only must-own of the three right now.

  • Dwyane Wade - G - Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade said he'll play in Wednesday's game against the Mavs despite feeling under the weather.

    Wade's not going to miss his final game in Dallas even if he's less than 100 percent. If you were planning on using Dion Waiters or Rodney McGruder tonight, you might want to reconsider.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter