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Goran Dragic (right knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

Dragic recent missed two games due to knee soreness and that ailment hasn't gone away. He's been inconsistent since returning, which might continue as long as he's not 100%. Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow, and Josh Richardson figure to pick up the slack in the event of Dragic's potential absence.

Rodney McGruder (left quad contusion) is questionable against the Lakers on Sunday.

We should get more info on McGruder at shootaround, but hopefully this quad issue won't keep him out. James Johnson is set to return on Sunday, so we should get an idea how much coach Erik Spoelstra loves McGruder. His owners can expect him to trend down, but most of his owners should hold him.
Nov 17 - 7:57 PM

James Johnson (groin) listed as probable for Sunday against the Lakers.

He's expected to make his season debut after his surgery way back in May. Johnson said earlier this week that he needs to lose some weight before returning to game action, so it may be a while before he is getting minutes in the mid 20s. He should offer top-75 upside, so he's worth a look if you're OK waiting a week or two for some production. His return could take minutes away from Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk or Bam Adebayo.
Nov 17 - 7:55 PM

Tyler Johnson came back down to earth on Friday vs. the Pacers, scoring 10 points on 3-of-11 shots with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 30 minutes.

This was a far cry from his 24-point game on Wednesday and Johnson had a +/- rating of -23. He salvaged his line with excellent supporting stats and has been relevant in standard leagues for the past week and a half, but Dwyane Wade's (personal) return after the weekend will complicate things again. His triples and money stats are the bedrock of his value, but his volatile FG% limits his upside.
Nov 16 - 9:34 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (illness) was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Pacers.

The Heat rolled with a nine-man rotation tonight, and Jones' minutes are going to be very sporadic while Miami is healthy. He's just a stash in deep dynasty leagues.
Nov 16 - 9:29 PM

Goran Dragic was held to eight points (3-of-8 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) vs. the Pacers on Friday, adding three assists, one rebound, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

Miami's flight to Indiana was delayed for seven hours if you want to reach for an excuse, but Dragic simply didn't play well and he was mostly a spectator for the Josh Richardson show. His usage rate is only down by roughly 1% this season and he had 21 and 22 points in his previous two games with 8-of-15 shooting lines in both, so we see no reason to panic.
Nov 16 - 9:27 PM

Josh Richardson scored 28 points (10-of-16 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with two assists, four rebounds, one steal and a career-high tying seven triples in Friday's 99-91 loss to Indiana.

Entering Friday’s game, the Heat were 20.3 points per 100 possessions better with Richardson on the court, the best mark in the East. The rising star is having an incredible season as Miami’s leader on both ends and is on pace for his second straight early-round finish in category leagues. He'll look to get his team back on track vs. the Lakers on Sunday.
Nov 16 - 9:22 PM

Wayne Ellington hit three triples for nine points in Friday's loss to Indiana, adding one rebound, one assist and two steals.

He played just 18 minutes, but the 3-point specialist is still doing what he does best with 13 combined triples over his last four games. "He's in such great condition that he'll run 10 routes and nine of them will be all fake," coach Erik Spoelstra said of Ellington's off-ball movement. "But he'll do it just to put stress on the defense and see if they make a mistake. And when they make a mistake, he makes you pay for it." He's a one-trick pony in fantasy, but an injury or two in Miami could make him relevant in a hurry.
Nov 16 - 9:17 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (illness) is available for Friday against the Pacers.

He was probable after missing Wednesday. The Heat have some depth right now, so Jones Jr. isn't a lock to be in the rotation.
Nov 16 - 5:38 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

Jones sat out Wednesday's game, but is on track to suit up Friday night. We should have confirmation later this evening. However, Jones is not on the fantasy radar, as he's averaging just 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes this month.
Nov 16 - 12:41 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

He sat out Wednesday's game and will likely be a game-time decision. His availability doesn't have a big fantasy impact, though, with a handful of minutes scattered among guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington.
Nov 15 - 3:51 PM

Hassan Whiteside had a quiet double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 22 minutes on Wednesday.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game that he has increased confidence in allowing Whiteside to defend smaller centers, because he has "unique agility." They were up against a Nets team missing Jarrett Allen (illness), however, and Whiteside didn't see much time when Ed Davis was off the court. The harmony between Hassan and coach Spo is night-and-day from last season, which is another reason to be thrilled with his start to the year.
Nov 14 - 10:52 PM

Justise Winslow started at PF again on Wednesday and had six points, 11 rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.

It wasn't all good news with 2-of-8 shooting, four turnovers and zero defensive stats. Erik Spoelstra seems sold on him at PF, though, and he's now played 31+ minutes in five of Miami's previous seven games. He's shooting 35.9% this season with a modest 0.7 blocks and 0.3 triples, and until those numbers improve he's more of a deep-leaguer.
Nov 14 - 10:52 PM

Tyler Johnson scored a season-high 24 points on Wednesday, making 9-of-12 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with five rebounds and two 3-pointers.

Dwyane Wade is out until about Nov. 20 for personal reasons and Johnson is taking advantage with double-digit points in four straight games. More impressively, Johnson blocked two more shots tonight and he's blocked at least one in five straight. Maybe he was fired up by Nets fans taunting him with "Over-Rated" chants tonight. He's a solid streamer or DFS punt while D-Wade is out and Goran Dragic (knee) is getting to full-speed.
Nov 14 - 10:50 PM

Bam Adebayo shot 6-of-6 from the field to score 12 points on Wednesday, despite playing only 10 minutes.

The low playing time was self-inflicted because he also picked up five personal fouls during his limited action. He added three rebounds with one block and has been impressive with an expanded role, but it's unlikely to happen while Hassan Whiteside is healthy and playing well.
Nov 14 - 10:49 PM


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