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Patrick Patterson (knee) practices fully 01-21-2017
Patrick Patterson F TOR
Patrick Patterson (knee) went through the Raptors full practice on Saturday.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
With Lucas Noguiera (concussion) also sidelined Friday night, the Raps went small and started Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll at the forward spots. Jared Sullinger and Pascal Siakam saw 17 and 19 minutes, respectively, off the bench. The Raps next game is Sunday vs. Phoenix. We will have to wait for an update regarding Patterson's status for that contest.
Darrell Arthur (knee) available on Saturday 01-21-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness) will be available to play on Saturday, but will be on a minutes restriction.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
Even once fully healthy, Arthur will have a difficult time earning heavy minutes with Kenneth Faried playing well of late. However, Arthur may cut into the playing time of Faried and Juan Hernangomez.
Blake Griffin (knee) 'close to 100 percent' 01-21-2017
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday night but coach Doc Rivers said that Griffin is "close to 100 percent."

Dan Woike on Twitter
Griffin is clearly trending in the right direction and the odds seem to be improving that he returns some time next week. After Saturday, the Clips next game is Tuesday in Philadelphia. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all see their minutes and production impacted by Griffin's return.
Gary Harris (ankle) out at least 2 more games 01-21-2017
Gary Harris G DEN
Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) will miss at least the next two games, but Denver is hoping he can return early next week.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Harris has missed each of the last three games, and will miss two more, but the Nuggets are reportedly hoping to get Harris back for their game Tuesday vs. the Jazz. Will Barton had a good game (18 points, seven assists, three rebounds in 36 minutes) starting in place of Harris on Thursday. Jamal Murray (13 points six rebounds, two 3-pointers in 26 minutes) also played well off the bench.
Gallinari (ankle) says he will play Saturday 01-21-2017
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari (ankle) says he will play Saturday vs. the Clippers

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
Gallinari sat out Thursday's game vs. the Spurs after logging heavy minutes on his nagging ankle earlier in the week. The Nuggets have been unafraid to play Gallinari plenty even when he is dealing with bumps and bruises. Feel free to insert Gallo back in your starting lineup for Saturday. Gallinari's return will cut into Will Barton and Jamal Murray's minutes.
John Wall says he is finally fully healthy 01-21-2017
John Wall G WAS
John Wall says this season is the healthiest he's been in his NBA career thus far.

USA Today
Wall is enjoying arguably the best season of his career and believes it is largely due to him finally being fully heathy. "I'm back to where I can be myself and be the player I always wanted to be," said Wall. "I know there's a lot of great players in this league but me being healthy and me being back to myself, I give myself a shot to be one of the best players in the league." Wall, who is retuning first-runs fantasy value by averaging 23.1 points and 10.3 assists, is one of just three guards (James Harden and Russell Westbrook) to average a point-assist double-double this season.
Joe Harris (ankle) ruled out Saturday 01-21-2017
Joe Harris G BKN
Joe Harris (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
Harris played just 13 minutes despite starting at shooting guard on Friday night. Harris' absence will open up more minutes for rising rookie Caris LeVert, who is coming off a terrific game. LeVert made all six shots from the field and both free throws for 17 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds and six assists. Sean Kilpatrick (rest) is expected to return to the Nets lineup on Saturday, but LaVert should still be looking at least 25 minutes.
Dejounte Murray to start at PG on Saturday 01-21-2017
Dejounte Murray will start at point guard in place of Tony Parker (foot) Saturday vs. the Cavs.

Jabari Young on Twitter
Tony Parker (foot) to miss at least two games 01-21-2017
Tony Parker G SA
Tony Parker (foot) will miss at least two more games, including Saturday night vs. the Cavs and Monday vs. the Nets.

Jabari Young on Twitter
This is somewhat surprising news, as Parker was expected to play Saturday after being a late scratch on Thusday. Dejounte Murray had an excellent game starting in place of Parker on Thursday. Murray finished with 24 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Patty Mills ended up only playing 16 minutes in that contest. Murray may draw another start on Saturday, but it unlikely he can come close to matching Thursday's production. We can expect a more even distribution of minutes among the Mills and Murray on Saturday and Monday.
Kevin Love (back) questionable for Saturday 01-21-2017
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love (back) went through shootaround Saturday morning but is questionable for Saturday night's game vs. the Spurs.

Tom Withers on Twitter
Love missed Thursday's game due to the back injury. James Jones started in place of Love on Thursday, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes. Channing Frye played 30 minutes off the bench, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers. Frye is the preferable DFS play and/or streaming option if Love does not pay Saturday. In addition, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load if Love is sidelined.
X-Rays negative on Nick Young's knee 01-21-2017
Nick Young F LAL
Nick Young was diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee on Friday night but was able to return to the game and X-rays taken were negative.

Los Angeles Times
Young finished with 15 points, five 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes. Young said his knee was "a little sore" after the game, "but the win made it feel much better." He should be ready to roll for Sunday's game against the Mavs. In fact, he could see additional minutes of D'Angelo Russell (knee/calf) misses the contest.
D'Angelo Russell (knee) says he's 'just sore' 01-21-2017
D'Angelo Russell G LAL
D'Angelo Russell suffered a mild medial collateral ligament sprain of his right knee and a right calf strain on Friday night and will undergo an MRI test on Saturday.

Los Angeles Times
Russell and the Lakers seemed to downplay the severity of the injury after the game, which is good news. "I don't think it's as bad as I initially thought," said coach Luke Walton said. "When I saw him go down, I was pretty worried, but he said he felt all right when I checked on him at halftime." Here is what Russell himself had to say: "The awkward position I fell in caused a little pain, but I'm all right. It's just sore." If Russell does miss time, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will see a major uptick in minutes.
Jon Leuer (knee) probable for Saturday 01-21-2017
Jon Leuer F DET
Jon Leuer (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. Washington, but will not be in the starting lineup.

Jake Chapman on Twitter
It appears Leuer is ready to roll after missing each of the Pistons last five games. However, assuming he does play, coach Stan Van Gundy said that he will not start. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will start at the forward spots. With Leuer back in the mix, Stanley Johnson's minutes will take a hit. Prior to the injury, Leuer was enjoying his best season as a pro, averaging career-highs in minutes (26.8), points (10.9) rebounds (6.1), field goal percentage (.509) and free-throw percentage (.895)
Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) ruled out Saturday 01-21-2017
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.

Jake Chapman on Twitter
Joel Embiid (knee/rest) won't play Saturday 01-21-2017
Joel Embiid C PHI
Joel Embiid (knee/rest) will not travel to Atlanta for Saturday's game (pre-scheduled rest) but expects to be available for Tuesday's contest against the Clippers.

CSN Philly
The good news is that Embiid, who was forced out of Friday's game due to a left knee issue, avoided a significant injury. "I knew it was OK. I just landed the wrong way," said Embiid. "I'm great. The knee's fine. They did an MRI and stuff, everything looked good." Here is what coach Brett Brown had to say: "The review is that he hyperextended his left knee. There was a minor tweak again, and for precautionary reasons only, the doctors did not allow him to return." Philly and Embiid owners cane breathe a sigh of relief, and can continue Trusting the Process. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will see additional minutes on Saturday.
Willie Cauley-Stein frustrated in Sacramento 01-21-2017
Willie Cauley-Stein C SAC
Willie Cauley-Stein is frustrated with his lack of playing time and production this season.

Sacramento Bee
"I feel I was showing stuff at the end of last season that would make people say, 'Oh, damn, they got a steal in the draft,' " Cauley-Stein said. "Now it's like I took 25 steps forward and 30 steps back. It's like my whole rookie season didn't matter and I'm back at square one. Nothing I did last year is having an effect on my career. It's been very frustrating." After averaging 21.4 minutes per game last season, he's averaging just 10.9 this season. And he's averaging just 6.4 minutes per contest over the last month. He can obviously be left on the waiver wires for now.
Anthony Davis (quad) receiving treatment 01-21-2017
Anthony Davis F NO
The Pelicans did not provide an update on Anthony Davis' quad injury on Friday night, saying only that they would "take a look at it."

New Orleans Times-Picayune
Davis suffered a right quad contusion seven minutes into the third quarter. Here is the full quote from coach Alvin Gentry: "He got kneed, we'll take a look at it. He got hit early on and he tried to play through it, and obviously it got to the point that it didn't make sense for him to be out there." Davis did not speak to the media after the game because he was receiving treatment. Remarkably, it was the fifth time in the last six games that Davis either left a game or missed it entirely because of an injury. The Pels don't play again until Monday, so we will likely have to wait for a formal update.
Jimmy Butler says the Bulls were 'terrible' 01-21-2017
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler expressed frustration in his team's effort and performance after the Bulls lost to Atlanta on Friday night.
"We got to come out better, man," Butler said. "We got to start playing better from the jump. It's terrible basketball. Starting from me going all the way down the line. Otherwise, we're just going to keep getting our a---s beat." Butler is doing the right thing by sharing responsibility, but the reality is the Bulls have to do a better job of getting him the ball. Butler scored 19 points on just eight FG attempts on Friday night. Butler and the Bulls will look to bounce back Saturday vs. Sacramento.
Goran Dragic would prefer to stay in Miami 01-21-2017
Goran Dragic G MIA
Despite swirling trade rumors, Goran Dragic has reiterated his desire is to stay put in Miami.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"If I'm honest," Dragic said, "I feel even better [in Miami] than in Phoenix. I like all my teammates. I feel like I'm in the right spot. My head is clear and I'm working hard to be a better player, a better teammate." Well, If it makes you feel any better Goran, fantasy owners are hoping you stay in Miami as well. Dragic is such a huge part of everything the Heat do on offense, that it's almost impossible to imagine him being traded to a more fantasy-friendly situation. Nonetheless, moving Dragic for a package of picks and younger players might be what's best for Miami longterm. Stay tuned...
J.J. Barea (calf) ruled out for Sunday 01-21-2017
J.J. Barea G DAL
As expected, J.J. Barea (left calf strain) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.
Barea is dealing with yet another leg injury. We are awaiting further info, but he is expected to miss at least a week or two. He hurt himself going up for a jumper late in Friday's game. "After a shot, I went to step to the side, and I think I ran into the fans behind me and the fans sitting down," Barea said. "I looked back, but nobody touched me. When I went to step, that's when I knew something was wrong with my calf." Seth Curry will be the primary beneficiary while Barea is sidelined, which make Curry a high-probity waiver add. Devin Harris also will see a bump up in minutes.
Stan Van Gundy denies Jackson-Rubio rumors 01-21-2017
Reggie Jackson G DET
Coach Stan Van Gundy has denied an ESPN report that there are currently ongoing trade discussions with the Timberwolves involving Reggie Jackson.

Detroit Free Press
Van Gundy said the organization doesn't "have a single thing under consideration." However, that's what he would be expected to say if he was trying to hammer out a deal, so conflicting reports don't tell us much. We will keep an eye on the situation. Assuming that Jackson and Ricky Rubio are the primary pieces in the deal, such a trade would not have a major impact on either player's fantasy value.
Taj Gibson F CHI
Taj Gibson returned to action on Friday January 20.
Ed Davis F POR
Ed Davis returned to action on Friday January 20.
Deyonta Davis returned to action on Friday January 20.
Ryan Anderson F HOU
Ryan Anderson returned to action on Friday January 20.
Mount Gobert erupts with 27 and 25 in OT win 01-21-2017
Rudy Gobert C UTH
Rudy Gobert exploded for a career-high 27 points and 25 boards in a 112-107 overtime win in Dallas on Friday, adding one assist, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes. What? Only two blocks? Kidding aside, Gobert continues to be one of the best per-possesion scorers in the NBA, making 8-of-11 from the field and 11-of-17 from the line today. He put up the NBA's first 25-25 line of the season with a whopping seven offensive boards coming in the fourth quarter and overtime tonight. He's leading the NBA in blocks and in percentage at the rim against to make a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year. If you didn't think he should be an All-Star, this line has to change your mind.
George Hill fouls out, scores 13 01-21-2017
George Hill G UTH
George Hill scored 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes before fouling out against the Mavs on Friday. The ankle injury didn't seem to bother him too much, but foul trouble likely cost him playing time. The law of averages has had its say lately with Hill in a mini-slump over his last three, averaging 14.7 points, 3.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 treys on 36.4 percent from the field. We all knew he was going to cool down after a magnificent start, but Hill should still be able to flirt with early-round value going forward. Stay healthy.
Alec Burks gets just 12 minutes 01-21-2017
Alec Burks G UTH
Alec Burks played 12 minutes against the Mavs on Friday with seven points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer. He actually got some run at point guard tonight, but clearly the Jazz aren't ready up Burks' minutes so soon with the team playing well. If you haven't dropped him yet, we'll let you know if he pops back up. It does help that the Jazz seem pretty clueless on their backup point guard right now.
Derrick Favors doesn't do much vs. Dallas 01-21-2017
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors scored five points with four rebounds, one block and four fouls in 26 minutes against the Mavs on Friday. The minutes were on the rise, but Boris Diaw having a solid game and Favors getting into some foul trouble cost him a bit. We'll see how the Jazz play it at home against the Pacers, but Favors should be in the 24-30 window. He's starting to trend up for his patient fantasy owners.
Raul Neto gets 14 minutes 01-21-2017
Raul Neto G UTH
Raul Neto did not score in 14 minutes against the Mavs on Friday, adding three assists, two steals and one turnover. As it stands right now, Neto is the No. 2 point guard behind George Hill. Although, the Jazz are going zero-PG more these days. There's no need to add Neto, of course.
Shelvin Mack gets a DNP-CD 01-21-2017
Shelvin Mack G UTH
Shelvin Mack was a DNP-CD on Friday. He was a DNP-CD on Monday and is likely considered as the No. 4 point guard today. That could change, but Mack can be ignored almost everywhere right now.
Dante Exum still gets a DNP-CD 01-21-2017
Dante Exum G UTH
Dante Exum was a DNP-CD on Friday. Even with Rodney Hood (knee) out, he still can't get run. Things are not going well for the No. 5 pick on the 2014 NBA Draft. Exum really needs to find out what he can hang his hat on as a scorer and hasn't grown much as a defender.
Joe Ingles puts up another awesome line 01-21-2017
Joe Ingles F UTH
Joe Ingles was superb in 39 minutes against the Mavs on Friday, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers. He still is holding his lead for 3-point percentage. Although, coach Quin Snyder has talked about Ingles playing better defense, which has been a saving grace for him to get so much playing time. With a back-to-back coming up on Saturday, Ingles should still get some heavy burn against the Pacers. He should have some very nice value until Rodney Hood (knee) comes back.
Joe Johnson scores 15 points 01-21-2017
Joe Johnson F UTH
Joe Johnson scored 15 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Mavs on Friday. Joe Cool lived up to his old nickname with a clutch three to help earn this win. The Jazz went smaller more often in this one, so Johnson saw more than his 24 minutes from Monday. He could have some low-end value with Rodney Hood (knee) likely out another 1-2 weeks. He'll lose most of his value next month.
Gordon Hayward hurts hand, scores 26 01-21-2017
Gordon Hayward F UTH
Gordon Hayward scored 26 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Mavs on Friday. He did hurt his hand and the team had to call timeout to stop the game because he was in so much pain. Hayward looked fine after that, but he sure does have a lot of hand injuries this year. Hayward has been wonderful since returning from a hand injury to start the year, posting third-round value per game on the season.
Deron Williams scores 16 points vs. Jazz 01-21-2017
Deron Williams G DAL
Deron Williams scored 16 points during a 112-107 loss to the Jazz on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. His scoring chances should be going up, as well. Compared to when he's with J.J. Barea (calf) this season, Williams gets a 7.9 usage rate bump. Although, the sample isn't too big with just 106 minutes of Barea-Williams lineups, and also some of this is due to Dirk Nowitkzi's absence overlapping Barea's time off. Still, Williams is playing some great ball as a sell-high player due to his injury history and the Mavs losing so many games.
Seth Curry scores 15 points 01-21-2017
Seth Curry G DAL
Seth Curry scored 15 points with three rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Jazz on Friday. He hit a clutch three late to send this game to overtime. Curry has looked great in his last three starts, averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 boards, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 treys on 62.1 percent from the field. The more important news for Curry is that J.J. Barea (calf) is out for a long time, so make sure Curry is owned in standard leagues.
Dorian Finney-Smith likely to get a bump 01-21-2017
Dorian Finney-Smith scored seven points with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Jazz on Friday. On top of Dirk Nowitzki being back and Seth Curry playing well, Finney-Smith may have lost his starting job earlier this month because the Mavs actually had enough guard flexibility to move Matthews to the three. With J.J. Barea (calf) now gone for a while, that isn't the case anymore. We still wouldn't add DFS, but throw him on your watch list.
Devin Harris scores 10 points vs. Jazz 01-21-2017
Devin Harris G DAL
Devin Harris scored 10 points with three assists and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Jazz on Friday. He'll likely be getting a few extra minutes with J.J. Barea (calf) going down. The Mavs are very unlikely to unleash Harris due to some of his injury demons, so he would only be a pickup for deeper leagues.
Dwight Powell scores 14 points 01-21-2017
Dwight Powell F DAL
Dwight Powell scored 14 points with three rebounds in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday. This one was all about the matchup. The Mavs needed another big body against the Jazz and played Powell out there to start overtime. He only averaged 11.0 minutes per game in his previous two, so obviously he needs to do it a few more times. He'll get a bad matchup for minutes against the Lakers on Sunday.
Dirk Nowitzki scores just three 01-21-2017
Dirk Nowitzki F DAL
Dirk Nowitzki made just 1-of-13 from the field for four points in 25 minutes agaisnt the Jazz on Friday. Yuck. Nowitzki tweaked his ankle on Thursday and wasn't limited tonight. Although, he didn't play all of overtime likely to keep his minutes down. He played a combined 54 minutes in the back-to-back set, which is almost double what he did in the previous instances since his injury. Nowitzki is worth owning now, but he'll be a sell-high candidate all year, especially with the Mavs losing so many games.
Paul Millsap scores 14 in full line 01-21-2017
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap needed just five attempts from the field and four from the line to get to 14 points in a 102-93 win over the Bulls on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in only 24 minutes. That is a fantastic, prototypical Millsap line. His fantasy owners have seen shades of the player they drafted lately. In his last 11, Millsap averaged 19.5 points, 8.1 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 treys. The news of him reportedly not on the block along with the Hawks going 10-2 in their last 12 is great for his value.
Lou Williams scores 27 w/ four triples 01-21-2017
Lou Williams G LAL
Lou Williams scored 27 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on Friday vs. the Pacers. Coach Luke Walton said before the game that he is "probably not" going to shorten his bench minutes, but now he may have to extend them with D'Angelo Russell leaving the game early with a right MCL sprain. Williams shot 7-of-15 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line in 30 minutes, so his owners can expect some monster production if Russell is unable to play on Sunday vs. Dallas.
Dennis Schroder carves up Bulls 01-21-2017
Dennis Schroder G ATL
Dennis Schroder was in control against the Bulls during a 102-93 win on Friday, making 11-of-14 from the field for 25 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in just 27 minutes. Since he was benched last weekend for two games, Schroder looks to be back. In those three games, he's averaged 22.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.3 steals and 1.0 treys on 70.7 percent from the field. He'll have another slump at some point, but that's just who he is. Expect him to be around mid-round value.
Brandon Ingram scores 15 w/ 3 steals, 3 treys 01-21-2017
Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Pacers.

Mike Trudell on Twitter
Coach Luke Walton was impressed after the game and said Ingram is "progressing faster than a typical 19-year-old rookie." Ingram made another start in place of Luol Deng (wrist) tonight and hit 6-of-14 shots from the field in 33 minutes, so it looks like it's time to pick him up. Deng is likely day-to-day even though initial reports suggested he would be out a while, but Ingram should see plenty of minutes going forward no matter what.
Kent Bazemore scores just two points 01-21-2017
Kent Bazemore F ATL
Kent Bazemore scored two points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes against the Bulls on Friday. This was all about garbage time for Bazemore, who was actually playing well coming into this game. He's still only clinging to standard-league value in this recent uptick over his last nine, so he's still got some work to do for owners in standard leagues to feel confident in holding him.
Tim Hardaway Jr. gets 21 minutes 01-21-2017
Tim Hardaway Jr. G ATL
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored nine points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals against the Bulls on Friday. That's two bad games in a row from the offensive side of things, but at least Hardaway Jr. brought it with some defensive output. He is slightly losing his grip as an asset in standard leagues, but we would still hold him for now unless it's for an irresistible free agent.
Jordan Clarkson plays 33 minutes in win 01-21-2017
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting vs. the Pacers on Friday. D'Angelo Russell (knee) left the game early in the first quarter and didn't return, so Clarkson logged 33 minutes and racked up five rebounds, three assists, five steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers. Russell is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday, but Clarkson could be looking at a sizable bump in value if Russell misses time. As frustrating as he's been this season, Clarkson is worth owning in standard leagues.
Doug McDermott scores just two 01-21-2017
Doug McDermott F CHI
Doug McDermott scored two points with three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers during a 102-93 loss to the Hawks on Friday. All that momentum he built earlier this month is now gone. He's still not making treys and his defense is holding the team back. Maybe a lineup tweak helps him, but it's hard to count on McDermott night in and night out.
Jose Calderon scores seven points in win 01-21-2017
Jose Calderon G LAL
Jose Calderon scored seven points with six assists, one rebound, one steal and one triple in 19 minutes vs. the Pacers on Friday. Calderon started the second half because D'Angelo Russell left the game with a knee injury and wasn't able to return. Russell is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday and could miss time, but Calderon isn't an exciting pickup in most leagues. Calderon averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 assists in seven previous starts this season.
Jimmy Butler scores 19 on low usage 01-21-2017
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler scored 19 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line in a 102-93 loss to the Hawks on Friday, adding three assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers. From the "this does not compute" department, He had a 93.1 true shooting percentage and a 20.8 usage rate in this game. Butler needs the rock more and he should be in at least the upper 20s every game for usage rate -- he's at 27.8 on the season. The No. 1 alpha is still a top-10 player in standard leagues.
Michael Carter-Williams has another rough one 01-21-2017
Michael Carter-Williams G CHI
Michael Carter-Williams had another rough night on Friday against the Hawks, scoring three points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes. Despite how the Bulls have been a disaster lately, their starting unit has a respectable +0.5 net rating in their last seven. That's good news for Carter-Williams to keep his job, but he's not doing much with it. He hasn't even been worth owning in 16-team league since starting.
Ivica Zubac only plays six minutes Friday 01-21-2017
Ivica Zubac only played six minutes on Friday vs. the Pacers, but looked solid with four points on 2-of-2 shooting with one rebound. Timofey Mozgov (25 minutes) and Tarik Black (28 minutes) got the bulk of the frontcourt minutes on Friday, but we'd expect that to change after the All-Star break -- the Lakers are just 16-31 and will want to shift their focus towards player development. Zubac was coming off a breakout game in which he scored 11 points (5-of-11 FGs) with 13 rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes, but treat him like a stash until he gets consistent burn.
Nick Young hits five treys, scores 15 points 01-21-2017
Nick Young F LAL
Nick Young (knee) returned from an injury scare in Friday's 108-96 win over the Pacers and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

Mark Medina on Twitter
He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and he returned for the second half. Young was moving well and hit five 3-pointers with three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and while he did say his knee was "a little sore" after the game, he should be fine for Sunday's game vs. Dallas unless the Lakers want to be cautious.
Nikola Mirotic scores five points 01-21-2017
Nikola Mirotic F CHI
Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-6 from the field for five points with four rebounds, two assists and five fouls in 17 minutes against the Hawks on Friday. When Bad Mirotic shows up, he shows up in emphatic fashion. These are the breaks with him, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues unless there is an irresistible free agent out there.
Taj Gibson scores six points 01-21-2017
Taj Gibson F CHI
Taj Gibson (ankle) scored six points with three rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday. He looked fine and the low minutes were due to the blowout. Gibson hasn't exactly lit it up lately and the numerous combinations for the rotation has hurt his consistency. Plus, a possible trade would likely hurt him, so Gibson's owners may want to see what is out there with so many hot pickups lately.
Al Jefferson scores 20 points again 01-21-2017
Al Jefferson C IND
Al Jefferson matched his season high with 20 points vs. the Lakers on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes. He had 20 points in 17 minutes in his previous game as well, but you simply can't trust him because he's only picking up the scraps behind starting center Myles Turner right now. Big Al hit 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, so at least we know he still has some gas left in the tank in case Turner ever picks up a knock.
Dwyane Wade has terrible game in ATL 01-21-2017
Dwyane Wade G CHI
Dwyane Wade made 2-of-10 from the field to match his season-low four points in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Dwyane Wade on Twitter
This was a brutal loss for the Bulls and Wade took to Twitter after the game. "That performance was AWFUL!!! I apologize to all the Chicago fans and Wade fans," Wade tweeted. The Bulls are back home on Saturday to face the Kings, so Wade will likely be out there based on these comments. He really only has mid-round upside going forward.
Jeff Teague scores 11 w/ seven assists 01-21-2017
Jeff Teague G IND
Jeff Teague scored 11 points with seven assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

Indianapolis Star
He was just 3-of-9 from the field in 33 minutes with six turnovers, but did hit all four of his free throws. Teague cooled off tonight, but he's been great for the most part this season and Pacers president Larry Bird made it clear that re-signing Teague in the offseason will be a priority. "We like Jeff. We like Jeff very much," Bird said. "We hope he's a part of this franchise for a long time." Teague should be a top-50 option going forward with the Pacers making a playoff push.
Rajon Rondo scores two points 01-21-2017
Rajon Rondo G CHI
Rajon Rondo scored two points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday. He was in the rotation, but he's been flat out awful. Rondo can't make free throws, he can't finish at the rim and he's had some defensive issues. We saw Rondo have a really nice season last year, so maybe a trade can get him going. We don't suggest stashing him in most cases.
Myles Turner scores 15 points in loss 01-21-2017
Myles Turner F IND
Myles Turner scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Friday.

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Turner is having a breakout season in every sense of the word and Pacers president Larry Bird gushed about his young center this week. "He wants to be great. He's going to be great," Bird said. "To me, I think he's got a chance to be one of the best players or maybe the best player [in the franchise's history]." Turner is just 20 years old and is flirting with top-20 value in standard leagues on the season, so he's going to be a superstar in real life and in fantasy for a very long time.
Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win at HOU 01-21-2017
Kevin Durant F GS
Kevin Durant was on his A game during a 125-108 win in Houston on Friday, making 12-of-19 from the field for 32 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers. He was just awesome on the defensive end in what has been an underrated part of his game in his career. The Warriors also made all of their shots off KD passes today. Obviously, it's about his offense and you may need a microscope to spot a KD slump. Durant has turned in a true shooting percentage below 60 in two consecutive games in just one instance this year. That and the stats across the board make him fantasy's No. 1 player this season.
Paul George scores 21 points in loss 01-21-2017
Paul George F IND
Paul George scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in Friday's loss to the Lakers. George's name has popped up in the rumor a couple times this season, but Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated his desire to keep PG-13 in Indiana for the long term. "Before the year started, I told Paul and I said, 'Look, if you want to sign a long-term deal, we're willing to do that max [contract] and if you want to wait, I understand.' But this year, we're not going to worry about it, we're not going to talk about it and he's going to make the decision that's best for Paul when it comes down to it." George has a player option for the 2018-19 season, but his contract situation isn't a pressing issue right now and is not a concern for fantasy owners.
Stephen Curry scores 24 points 01-21-2017
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry scored 24 points against the Rockets on Friday with one rebound, seven assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes. The Warriors continue to get him more touches as the facilitator of the offense. Curry's disappointing December by his standards is way behind him and he can chalk it up to the X's and O's of the offense. Not that any Curry owner should've been worried, but he's back to being that team-carrying guy.
Draymond Green fills it up in a win 01-21-2017
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green was key in the win over the Rockets on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes. The Dubs get all the credit for their offense, but their defense was a big reason why they won this game. Green actually only played eight minutes at the five in this game, which is somewhat surprising with how the Rockets count on perimeter scoring so much. Despite a three percent dip in usage and a four percent dip in true shooting percentage, Green is still a first-round value in standard leagues. It's not all about scoring, you guys.
Thaddeus Young racks up five more steals 01-21-2017
Thaddeus Young F IND
Thaddeus Young racked up five more steals in Friday's loss to the Lakers, adding nine points (3-of-9 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer 33 minutes. He's a thief and has racked up a ridiculous 20 steals over his last five games. He's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 0.6 triples in that span, so the steals are really boosting his value right now. He gets a tough matchup vs. the Jazz on Saturday, but continue to roll him out there.
James Harden struggles in loss to Warriors 01-21-2017
James Harden G HOU
James Harden scored 17 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and seven turnovers against the Warriors during a 125-108 loss on Friday. It was a game to forget. The Warriors ability to switch so well really kept Harden in check to limit his open looks. Plus, Harden said the Rockets really missed Ryan Anderson (illness) tonight to help space the floor. Harden gets another bad matchup on Saturday in Memphis, but he's as matchup proof as it gets.
Sam Dekker looks good off the bench 01-21-2017
Sam Dekker F HOU
Sam Dekker scored 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Friday. With Ryan Anderson (illness) set to miss at least one game and probably more, Dekker could have some value in the next week. He's played better defense and coach Mike D'Antoni has used him at three different positions. He'll lose most of his short-term value once Ryno returns.
Eric Gordon whiffs from deep in loss 01-21-2017
Eric Gordon G HOU
Eric Gordon made 2-of-14 from the field for six points against the Warriors on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes. Yuck. Gordon had the lead for total 3-pointers before tonight, but Stephen Curry passed him back. After Gordon made an incredible 4.4 treys per game on 45.7 from deep in December, he's down to 3.3 on 30.6 percent. Obviously volume helps with his 10.9 attempts and Gordon is still at a respectable 40.0 percent overall this month. He probably has peaked, but keep him going.
Montrezl Harrell scores eight points 01-21-2017
Montrezl Harrell F HOU
Montrezl Harrel scored eight points in a start against the Warriors on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. It'll be interesting for Harrell now that Clint Capela looked fantastic. For what it's worth, Harrell has looked better than Nene (rest), so maybe the Rockets just roll with two bigs. They also don't play two-center lineups, so the No. 2 battle will be important. We would still hold him in most cases because he would likely have value with 20-24 minutes.
Clint Capela scores career-high 22 points 01-21-2017
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Clint Capela showed he was close to 100 percent against the Warriors on Friday, scoring a career-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes. We'll keep this one simple here. If Capela is somehow on your waiver wire, go fix that right now and pick him up.
Tyreke Evans scores eight points in loss 01-21-2017
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Tyreke Evans scored just eight points with four rebounds, no assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes during a 143-114 blowout loss to the Nets on Friday. The last time we saw Evans play the Nets, he busted out for 29 points. Of course, that was because he was on fire and Anthony Davis was out. He's going to be off for a couple days, so we'll see if he gets an increase on his minutes.
Dante Cunningham post a -32 01-21-2017
Dante Cunningham F NO
Dante Cunningham scored 14 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday. In the plus-minus stat, he managed an incredible -32. Coach Alvin Gentry insists on starting him to help on switches and perimeter defense, but it's costing him in other areas. He's worth a look in deep leagues, but his low upside makes him a low-demand player. He's actually been decent, as a top-200 player lately.
Terrence Jones scores 13 points off bench 01-21-2017
Terrence Jones F NO
Terrence Jones scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Nets on Friday. Coach Alvin Gentry is really just using Jones as a backup center behind Anthony Davis. With Davis banged up for the umpteenth time, Jones should still be held despite the dip in minutes. Besides, Jones has still flirted with standard league value even with Davis healthy for the most part. Just hold him and hope you hit the jackpot. In football terms, he's the Spencer Ware of handcuffs.
Anthony Davis gets banged up yet again 01-21-2017
Anthony Davis F NO
Anthony Davis suffered a right quad contusion against the Nets on Friday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

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That's yet another injury for Davis. In the last week, we have him down for bumps and bruises to the following areas: right quad, left hip, right hip, tailbone, left fingers, left thumb and right wrist. Before the injury, he was actually going off, but he was limping throughout the second half. He'll likely be on the injury report, but he has until Jan. 23 to get right.
Zach Randolph scores 20 w/ 10 boards 01-21-2017
Zach Randolph F MEM
Zach Randolph scored 20 points with 10 rebounds in Friday's win over the Kings.

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Z-Bo finished 7-of-14 from the field with a pair of assists in 24 minutes. He also hit multiple 3-pointers (two) for the first time as a Grizzly which included a 35-foot buzzer-beating triple. Randolph was coming off a six-point dud vs. the Wizards, but he's still averaging 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists over his last five. His upside is low due to the lack of defensive stats, but he's worth owning right now.
Brook Lopez scores 23 points in win 01-21-2017
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Brook Lopez scored 23 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday during a 143-114 win. The Nets offense was just ridiculous today, scoring more points than any Eastern Conference team in a regulation game this season. It was also the second-most scoring in franchise history for regulation and most since 1982. As for Lopez, his fantasy owners will be on red alert with possible rest coming up on Saturday.
Marc Gasol scores 28 points in win over Kings 01-21-2017
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol scored 28 points in 33 minutes in Friday's 107-91 win over the Kings. Gasol filled it up tonight, shooting 9-of-19 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and three triples in 33 minutes. Gasol has now scored 24+ points in three straight games, but his owners will want to make sure he's active on Saturday vs. the Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back set -- Gasol has rested twice this season and both DNPs occurred during back-to-back sets.
Justin Hamilton doesn't do much in start 01-21-2017
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Justin Hamilton played 24 minutes in a start for Trevor Booker (rest) on Friday against the Pelicans, scoring six points with five rebounds and no turnovers. Somewhat surprisingly, he played 100 percent of his minutes at power forward today. The Nets have played him as a straight center and as a combo big before, so he'll likely get at least some minutes when Brook Lopez gets a night off. Just keep an eye on him for now, especially with the Nets playing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the four more.
Joe Harris gets just 13 minutes 01-21-2017
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Joe Harris played just 13 minutes with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday. That's some low playing time with his backup, Sean Kilpatrick (rest), not playing today. Caris LeVert is coming for his minutes, so Harris is trending down for owners who had him in super deep leagues.
Quincy Acy scores 12 points 01-21-2017
Quincy Acy F BKN
Quincy Acy scored a season-high 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday. He was happy to get a second 10-day deal and he made the Nets feel good about it right off the bat. Acy plays mostly center for the Nets, so keep that in mind if Brook Lopez rests. He'll only be a desperation stream or punt in DFS best case.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plays all PF 01-21-2017
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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday. The Nets actually played him at straight four in this game, but some of that was likely because Trevor Booker (rest) didn't play. Coach Kenny Atkinson really likes him as a combo forward and it helps with their tempo. Hollis-Jefferson hasn't really been sniffing value in standard leagues, but he's trending up a bit.
Nick Young (knee) starts second half Friday 01-21-2017
Nick Young F LAL
Nick Young (knee) started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers. He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and it sounds like he escaped with a minor tweak. Young is moving well as we report this, but check back after the game for an update.
D'Angelo Russell (knee, calf) won't return 01-21-2017
D'Angelo Russell G LAL
D'Angelo Russell (knee, calf) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

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In addition to his right MCL sprain, Russell also has a strained right calf. The Lakers didn't rule Russell out right away, so hopefully the injuries are minor. Russell is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but don't be surprised if he misses time since the Lakers have nothing to play for. Jose Calderon started the second half, but he's not a great speculative pickup. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will each get a boost with Russell out.