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Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) plans to play Sunday, but he clarified that he has a "deep bruise" or "light sprain" which will affect every aspect of his game.

"It feels tight," he said. "It's hard to lift up; it's hard to do things ... That's where you get all of your strength from. Shooting, dribbling the ball, passing the ball." The Knicks called the injury a "shoulder strain" after X-rays came back negative, but whatever is wrong with him led to a season-worst 10-point effort on Friday. The Knicks are one game out of the playoffs and they'll need their team MVP to recover quickly to fend off the Hawks and Cavaliers.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 02:24:00 PM

Tyler Johnson (sprained left ankle) visited a specialist in New York on Thursday, but nothing new was revealed.

This is great news. Johnson has already been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Nets, but nothing suggests he'll be out long-term -- TJ even reportedly wanted to play on Wednesday, but the Heat training staff shut him down. Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington gain the most in his absence.
Jan 18 - 6:43 PM

The All-Star starters this season will be LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan.

The All-Star reserves will be announced on Jan. 23. As the top-voted players in their respective conferences, LeBron and Steph Curry will get to pick their teams in a playground-style 'draft'. This should be fun.
Jan 18 - 6:32 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) is listed 'out' for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

This shouldn't surprise his fantasy owners, since the Lakers err on the side of caution and coach Luke Walton said recently that "[Ball] doesn’t look like he’s ready to start playing." Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson all stand to gain in Ball's absence, but there are no clear-cut fantasy winners here.
Jan 18 - 6:15 PM

Derrick Rose (knee) will play off the Cavaliers' bench on Thursday.

The Cavs haven't cited a specific minute-limit for Rose, but we're not expecting him to play much and he's not worth a pickup with Isaiah Thomas healthy. Among other concerns, coach Ty Lue has hinted that Rose's workload will only increase on nights when Dwyane Wade is rested.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Despite Rose's return, Isaiah Thomas is still an elite DFS play on this slate. His price is only going to rise from this point forward and if his 33 minutes on Monday is any indication, he's about ready to be unleashed. The ORL/CLE tilt is probably a slate-changer - if this one stays competitive, both teams play such horrific defense that it has potential to turn into a shootout. Thomas is the top dollar per point play on the CLE side.
Jan 18 - 5:29 PM

Marcus Smart (illness) has been cleared to play vs. Philly on Thursday, and he'll start in place of Kyrie Irving (shoulder).

Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin also stand to gain without Irving, who should be considered day-to-day. Smart's minutes and usage rate should increase without Kyrie, solidifying him as a solid option in most fantasy scenarios.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Irving plus all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Marcus Morris leads the way in usage at 28.5% (0.91 FPPM), a +4.2% bump. He becomes a stronger mid-range target as he could certainly be counted on more offensively with a steep drop-off in backcourt production. Marcus Smart is going to start for Kyrie and he's second on the team with a 24.1% usage and 0.86 FPPM mark. Horford leads the team in FPPM at 1.09.
Jan 18 - 5:18 PM

Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will not play vs. the Sixers on Thursday, and Marcus Smart will start in his place.

An MRI came back negative and Celtics coach Brad Stevens "does not believe [Kyrie's shoulder] will be a long-term issue." Irving was getting treatment on his shoulder prior to logging 41 minutes on Tuesday, so hopefully this is just a precautionary rest day in a back-to-back situation. Smart is starting, but Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should also benefit from his absence.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Irving plus all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Marcus Morris leads the way in usage at 28.5% (0.91 FPPM), a +4.2% bump. He becomes a stronger mid-range target as he could certainly be counted on more offensively with a steep drop-off in backcourt production. Marcus Smart is going to start for Kyrie and he's second on the team with a 24.1% usage and 0.86 FPPM mark. Horford leads the team in FPPM at 1.09.
Jan 18 - 5:16 PM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) is listed as 'probable' for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

Russell "looked good" on Wednesday, according to coach Kenny Atkinson, and barring a setback on Friday it looks like he'll be back in action. The Nets haven't clarified what minute-limits or restrictions Russell will have initially, but this is still terrific news for Russell's patient fantasy owners.
Jan 18 - 4:57 PM

Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games for throwing a punch at Nemanja Bjelica during Tuesday's game.

Afflalo threw a serious punch and this is somewhat lenient from the league. Wesley Iwundu and Mario Hezonja stand to gain a few extra minutes in his absence -- Afflalo is averaging 12.9 minutes this season, so there are no big fantasy implications.
Jan 18 - 4:45 PM

Kris Dunn has been diagnosed with a concussion and he's not traveling with the Bulls for Saturday's game in Atlanta.

Dunn took a nasty fall during Wednesday's game, landing face-first and knocking loose a few teeth. A concussion was initially ruled out, but subsequent tests revealed that he will indeed be in the league's strict concussion protocol. Chicago's next three games are on the road and it's unclear when Dunn might join them -- they play Saturday (at Atlanta), Monday (at New Orleans) and Wednesday (at Philadelphia). Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine should earn more minutes if he misses any games.
Jan 18 - 4:22 PM

T.J. Warren (back) practiced on Thursday and is expected to start Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Josh Jackson would head back to the bench with Warren active, undermining his appeal as a streaming and DFS option. Warren has missed the past two games but the injury sounds minor, and we should have confirmation of his status after Friday's shootaround.
Jan 18 - 3:56 PM

Marquese Chriss (right hip) will not play on Friday and he's considering getting a second MRI.

Chriss was injured on Jan. 7 and initially diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. The fact that he's considering another MRI suggests it's not responding to therapy as he'd hoped, but we'll know more in the coming days. Owners should brace themselves for more DNPs while awaiting updates -- Dragan Bender gains the most if Chriss misses time.
Jan 18 - 3:52 PM




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