Top-175 Fantasy Values

Top-175 Fantasy Values
Ryan Knaus helps owners prepare for the final weeks of the NBA season by examining top-175 ranks for 9-cat and 8-cat leagues.
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Dwyane Wade (bruised right wrist) intends to play vs. the Suns on Friday.

Fantasy owners can expect Wade to play, but it never hurts to keep an eye on the injury report. Wade said that his wrist feels "a lot better" but will still be sore, suggesting that he's not 100 percent recovered. His fantasy value is safe as long as he's healthy, and it should only improve if the Bulls part ways with Jimmy Butler before Thursday's deadline.
Feb 22 - 9:03 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will remain on a minute-limit with the Kings, but he's not sure if the restriction will continue until the end of the season.

Evans said he'd play "about 27" minutes per game, after being traded to the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Health has been the biggest impediment to his value throughout his NBA career, and during his first season in New Orleans he carved out late-round value in just 28.1 minutes per game. He's a decent stash in the hopes that he stays healthy and the Kings opt to play him substantial minutes in a contract year.
Feb 22 - 8:50 PM

The Nets are expected to waive G Marcus Thornton.

Thornton was part of the deal that brought Bojan Bogdanovic to the Wizards on Wednesday. He was never expected to have a significant role on a young, rebuilding team, and this report confirms that fantasy owners can ignore him.
Feb 22 - 8:36 PM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) said he's "ready now" to return from his injury after the All-Star break.

The Warriors' first game is Thursday vs. the Clippers and it sounds like Pachulia will be ready to go. Steve Kerr didn't commit to starting him once he's healthy, but either way it's bad news for JaVale McGee. Pachulia said that he could have returned before the All-Star break if it were the playoffs, but he was still sore and the Warriors erred on the side of caution.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 22 - 8:25 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) looked good during Wednesday's practice, according to coach Dwane Casey, and he's expected to play on Friday.

Patterson missed the Raptors' final six games before the break, and he's had 12 DNPs in Toronto's past 19 games. His return to health is great news for the team's frontcourt depth, but most fantasy owners won't care now that Serge Ibaka has slotted into the starting PF job.
Feb 22 - 8:11 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi's playing time will increase "a little, not a lot."

Washington's offseason acquisition has averaged 13.3 minutes per game since his return on Feb. 8. Brooks has vowed to keep Jason Smith in the rotation, and as long as Smith and Marcin Gortat are healthy it's unlikely that Mahinmi will emerge as a standard-league asset.
Feb 22 - 8:08 PM

Jimmy Butler (rest) got a precautionary day off during Wednesday's practice.

Butler's name has been swirling in the trade rumor-mill for weeks, and his absence on Wednesday won't quiet the chatter, but he's said that he expects to remain in Chicago barring "something crazy." The Celtics seem to be balking at the Bulls' asking price, and for now it seems like Jimmy Buckets will remain in Chicago through Thursday's deadline. Stay tuned.
Feb 22 - 8:02 PM

The Bulls have reportedly been shopping Nikola Mirotic in recent trade talks.

Mirotic is a restricted free agent but the Bulls appear to have soured on him, and coach Fred Hoiberg hinted on Wednesday that Bobby Portis has leap-frogged him in the rotation. Mirotic could have interesting fantasy appeal in the right situation, but he's been maddeningly inconsistent as an NBA player. It's worth noting that he was an apparent DNP-CD on Feb. 16, the Bulls' final game before the break.
Feb 22 - 7:59 PM
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