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Marreese Speights returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Marcus Smart returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Derrick Rose returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Abdel Nader returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Nene Hilario returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 26 points during a 100-86 win over the Pacers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

It's safe to say he's back as he's driving more and getting to the line more frequently, too. Since his return on Jan. 10, Lillard averaged 26.0 points, 4.6 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 treys on 47.8 percent from the field and 88.6 percent from the line -- 7.0 attempts per game from the charity stripe, too. His fantasy owners can probably expect him to flirt with top-10 value the rest of the way, especially with the Blazers in the thick of the playoff race.
Jan 19 - 12:53 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

It's a much-needed Nurk Alert after two terrible games in favorable matchups against the Suns and Wolves, averaging just 8.5 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game. On the positive side, Nurkic is finally making his shots from the field at 52.0 percent from the field this month before his 8-of-14 tonight (57.1 percent). He still has some major work to do to meet his ADP price, but things are looking up right now.
Jan 19 - 12:48 AM

C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He did go to the locker room for about five minutes in the second half, but McCollum did return to the game in the fourth. The team said he went to the locker room for nausea, so maybe he had a stomach issue. The Blazers get Friday off before they take on the Mavs on Saturday, so McCollum should be fine for that one.
Jan 19 - 12:43 AM

Shabazz Napier scored 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts said he was going to try to get Napier more minutes and he kept his word. We've seen the Blazers go with more Napier before and he was able to get to minutes in the upper 20s even when Dame Lillard was healthy back in a late-November stretch. Napier probably won't be a difference-making add in most leagues, but give him a look if you need a point guard.
Jan 19 - 12:40 AM

Victor Oladipo scored 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in a 100-86 loss to the Blazers on Thursday.

He hasn't quite been the electric offensive player we saw in December, but Oladipo is still crushing this month. In his previous game since injury, he's averaged 21.3 points, 5.0 boards, 4.3 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 treys. He should have a big night at Staples Center against the Lakers without Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. We're expecting him to flirt with first-round value the rest of the way.
Jan 19 - 12:33 AM

Darren Collison scored 23 points with three rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

He's been a difference maker in fantasy on the stat sheet over his last 10 games, averaging 14.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 treys and 1.2 turnovers on 58.7 percent from the field and 96.0 percent from the line. That's good for top-30 value over this span, so Collison is proving to be a really nice value these days. He's been a third-round player overall in nine-category leagues so far.
Jan 19 - 12:30 AM

Domantas Sabonis scored nine points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

No narrative street for Arvydas' son in Portland. He actually hasn't done much as the starter in the last four games, averaging 10.0 points, 11.8 boards, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 steals. Sabonis hasn't really played well on the defensive end lately, but it's not like Al Jefferson is going to push him for minutes. He should have a more productive game against Lakers on Friday.
Jan 19 - 12:27 AM

Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with three assists, two steals and a season-high 14 rebounds against the Blazers on Thursday.

It's been a while since Young had a productive night on the glass with this being just his third double-digit rebounding game of the season. Almost all of his other stats have really dropped off this month and he's been outside of usable value over his last 10 games. However, he still has mid-round value on the year and is still a hold in 12-team leagues. Myles Turner (elbow) being out should help, too.
Jan 19 - 12:21 AM

Lance Stephenson (illness) did not score with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

He went to the locker room and did return for four minutes after that. With the Pacers playing again on Friday, consider Stephenson questionable to play against the Lakers due to the illness that made him a game-time call today.
Jan 19 - 12:16 AM

Chris Paul scored 19 points with six rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a 116-98 win over the Wolves on Thursday.

He had been cleaning up while James Harden was out, averaging 22.4 points, 7.1 boards, 9.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.9 treys on 44.8 percent from the field and 92.6 percent from the line. Paul does get staggered from Harden to buoy his value, so he's still shaping up to be a top-10 value in standard leagues even while Harden is back to 100 percent.
Jan 19 - 12:12 AM



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