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Al Jefferson (back) and Derrick Favors (plantar fasciitis) will practice Saturday and are considered game-time decisions for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

Jefferson said Friday he will "most definitely" play Sunday after sitting out the Raptors. Favors, on the other hand, is a little trickier. Plantar fasciitis is a difficult nut to crack and it can linger for an entire season, even though Favors has been very optimistic about the ailment. Paul Millsap and Enes Kanter exploded Friday night in place of the banged-up big men and are worth a spot start if either Jefferson or Favors sit.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 01:04:00 PM

Rodney Hood is expected to start alongside Donovan Mitchell on Friday vs. the Nets.

The Jazz have had some really tough luck with injuries and will be missing Ricky Rubio (Achilles) tonight. Mitchell is starting at PG, so Hood should slide right back into his old role. He's hot over his last five games with 20.6 points and 3.4 triples, so he belongs in fantasy lineups.
Nov 17 - 6:38 PM

Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

Ibaka has been experiencing soreness since banging his knee on Nov. 12 vs. Boston. He did play through the pain against the Pelicans and Rockets, but he didn't look right. With Ibaka sitting this one out, Paskal Siakam is worth a look if you need short-term help with averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts, while we should see more of OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles as well.
Nov 17 - 6:32 PM

Denzel Valentine will start against the Hornets on Friday night.

The Bulls are ranked dead last in offensive rating with their 92.9 offensive rating, so they need some changes. Valentine started the second half on Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so he may have a chance to see minutes in the 30s. He hasn't exactly played well, but maybe the new role gets him going. Paul Zipser may not be in the rotation today.
Nov 17 - 6:20 PM

Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) is not expected to play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

Ibaka banged his knee in a fall against Boston and has been sore ever since -- this may explain his poor play against the Pelicans and Rockets. With Ibaka likely to sit, Paskal Siakam is probably the biggest winner and has put up averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts.
Nov 17 - 6:16 PM

Donovan Mitchell will start at point guard against the Nets on Friday.

This news was somewhat easy to see from a mile away with Ricky Rubio (Achilles) out, and based on how Mitchell played 32 minutes at point guard in the last three games. He's likely going to play big minutes as Utah tries to climb out of their bad start, so Mitchell could become a very valuable asset. He should be owned in all leagues. Meanwhile, all of the other wings benefit by Mitchell moving over, especially Alec Burks.
Nov 17 - 6:02 PM

Justin Anderson (shin splints) is expected to miss about three weeks.

Even though he was questionable on Wednesday for a shin issue, he played eight minutes in a win. Chances are that playing time set him back and he he dealt with discomfort following that one. The best treatment for shin splints is rest, so hopefully the time off will help him recover. We should see a few more minutes for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and he could be worth a look in deep leagues.
Nov 17 - 5:58 PM

Domantas Sabonis (illness) has been cleared to play on Friday vs. the Pistons.

He's still managed to hold onto value with Myles Turner back in the lineup, posting 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.7 minutes over his last four games. He doesn't provide many defensive stats, but Sabonis is doing enough to warrant ownership in most fantasy leagues.
Nov 17 - 5:56 PM

Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Knicks.

That means OG Anunoby will be in the starting lineup again and he should be playing around 30 minutes. Plus, the Raptors are really going to have to lean on Fred VanVleet today and should use a lot of two-PG lineups -- they used FVV next to Lowry for 13 minutes on Wednesday. Powell is actually a decent stash now because Delon Wright (shoulder) was taking his fourth-quarter minutes.
Nov 17 - 5:53 PM

D'Angelo Russell underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday to remove loose bodies.

The Nets have not provided a timetable for his return. Russell's owners should sit tight until we get more information, but Spencer Dinwiddie should be picked up everywhere -- Dinwiddie should be the starting PG going forward and is coming off a 12-point, 11-assist double-double. Nets GM Sean Marks said the plan is for Russell "to return this season," but hopefully they will provide a timetable soon.
Nov 17 - 5:49 PM

Derrick Rose (ankle) will miss at least the next two weeks.

This isn't surprising and the Cavs will just be careful with the oft-injured guard. Iman Shumpert could get some more starts, but Jeff Green ha likely benefited the most because of players moving around. There isn't much to like on adds in fantasy from the Rose news. Also, Channing Frye should play more, so keep an eye on that.
Nov 17 - 5:49 PM

Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

Babbitt suffered back spasms on Wednesday and did not return. It's also worth a mention he did have back spasms in March, so perhaps the Hawks are extra careful with him. If he's out, the Hawks may wind up shifting Taurean Prince over to the four to allow DeAndre Bembry to play in his return. Tyler Cavanaugh could also be in the rotation after he started the second half on Wednesday.
Nov 17 - 4:50 PM




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