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Derrick Rose was terrific in a tough 114-110 loss vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven 3-pointers, five assists and three rebounds.

Rose looks rejuvenated and he's pressing toward top-100 value in most fantasy formats. Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau noted before the game that this was the first summer in many years that Rose hasn't been rehabbing from an injury, and his improved health is evident. He missed a critical 3-pointer down the stretch but was otherwise infallible, taking and making difficult triples all night long -- this is a guy who made a total of seven pull-up 3-pointers in the past two seasons combined. It's an awesome story and he's cruising for points-league value.
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 01:24:00 AM

The Clippers snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday, with fill-in starter Patrick Beverley racking up 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals, four 3-pointers and one block.

Beverley's points, rebounds and steals were all season-highs, so congrats to the few owners who had him active -- he tallied a tidy 53.9 total for DFS. The result was a 38-point first quarter for the Clippers, on 65.2% shooting, but it's very hard to see Doc Rivers leaving Bev as a starter once Danilo Gallinari (back) is healthy. L.A. was also without Lou Williams tonight, with a hamstring issue, so this was a perfect storm for Beverley. Just pounce if he manages to do it again on Tuesday.
Jan 20 - 10:05 PM

Avery Bradley got hot early on Sunday, finishing 6-of-15 from the field for 15 points with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

The Clippers' usual starting lineup has a net rating of -8.0, due mostly to their poor offensive production, but they found a groove tonight and Bradley was a surprising reason for the success. He had 15 points in the first half, one shy of his season-high for a game, but was shutout after that. Given his season-long struggles, we're not buying into a few hot quarters.
Jan 20 - 10:03 PM

DeMar DeRozan (ankle) was back in action on Sunday, but he shot just 4-of-16 from the field to score eight points in a home loss to the Clippers.

Yikes. DeRozan only missed one game but perhaps he needed another day to rest up. His jumpers were falling short and he didn't get the free-throw line for the first time all season tonight. It's uncharacteristic, to say the least, and cautious owners should confirm that he's good to go for Wednesday's game in Philly. With two days to rest before then, he should be fine.
Jan 20 - 10:01 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points in a losing effort on Sunday, making 13-of-21 shots with 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

We haven't discussed Aldridge recently, simply because he's Mr. Reliable. He added a 3-pointer tonight and six of his boards came on the offensive glass, helping owners with OREB as a category. The Spurs are in the thick of the playoff race as the No. 6 seed, so there's no reason to think Aldridge's workload will ease up.
Jan 20 - 9:59 PM

Darren Collison had it going vs. Charlotte on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-14 with nine assists in 30 minutes.

Collison also made three 3-pointers with three rebounds, two steals and a typically stingy two assists. Efficiency is the bedrock of his fantasy game, as he shoots well for a guard (47.1% career FGs) and currently ranks fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio. He also led the league in that category last season. Victor Oladipo's return hasn't damaged him and he's sitting on top-30 value (9-cat) in the past month. Not too shabby.
Jan 20 - 8:54 PM

Myles Turner scored nine points and grabbed 16 rebounds on Sunday, with three 3-pointers, one assist and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

His recently-injured shoulder sure looks fine. The Hornets get blocked 6.8 times per game, easily the highest in the NBA, so it's no surprise that Turner also swatted three shots tonight. The Pacers are one of two teams with just two games next week, putting weekly-matchup owners at a disadvantage, but you almost have to start a healthy Turner.
Jan 20 - 8:53 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) is questionable to play vs. Houston on Monday.

Embiid was game-time with this injury on Saturday, but he suited up and dropped 31 points in a tough matchup. It may have flared up on him but details are scarce, and owners should await updates on Monday afternoon -- the good news is that it's one of the later tip-offs of a busy all-day slate.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 20 - 6:56 PM

Jimmy Butler (sore right wrist) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

The Wolves did list Butler as out with a right wrist injury back in late September, but that was during his acrimonious holdout -- it hasn't been an issue since. Hopefully he's only on the injury report as a precaution, but we'll know more after Philly's shootaround.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 20 - 6:55 PM

Lonzo Ball will miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade-3 left ankle sprain.

An MRI confirmed the damage and this is a brutal turn of events for Ball and the Lakers, who are currently tied for No. 8 in the West. The good news is that his ankle should be fine after immobilization, rest and rehab, and it's possible he could play soon after the All-Star break. Rajon Rondo (hand) is due back soon and his role becomes even more important, while guys like Lance Stephenson and Josh Hart will also be tasked with more play-making duties for the second unit. Given his uneven contributions in most fantasy leagues, it makes sense to cut Lonzo in re-draft leagues without an IR spot.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 20 - 6:28 PM

Jeff Teague (illness) will start Sunday's game vs. Phoenix.

He was a late addition to the injury report but there's no mention of a minute-limit, so owners should feel free to keep him locked into active lineups.
Jan 20 - 6:27 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. plans to return to the Mavericks for Tuesday's home game vs. the Clippers.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle informed the team of this decision during Sunday's practice, and the plan is for DSJ to immediately re-join the rotation. His return is good news for a team suddenly playing without J.J. Barea (Achilles) for the rest of the season, and it ends speculation about how long his ostracism from the team would last. He's worth grabbing off the waiver wire if you need a guard, in case he hits his fantasy stride heading toward the All-Star break.
Jan 20 - 5:43 PM




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