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Kostas Papanikolaou | Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
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Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. the Spurs.
Papanikolaou only logged six minutes in his return to action on Wednesday, so there's no reason to own him in any league. Apr 10 - 11:45 AM

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Kostas Papanikolaou played six minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday with two rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't take any shots tonight. Papanikolaou checked in for garbage time, so he's not going to be in the rotation right now. If the Rockets do wind up missing another player in the frontcourt he could get some run. The Rockets have a back-to-back on Sunday and Monday, so expect Papa to get minutes in one of those games.
Apr 9 - 12:29 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) went through shootaround but is still considered questionable to play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

He has been on the shelf since Feb. 21, so there are no guarantees that Papanikolaou will be in the rotation at all if he is cleared to play. We will let you know if he is activated in advance of tonight's game, but he belongs on the wire in just about all leagues.
Apr 8 - 1:41 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

Papnikolaou has been sidelined since Feb 21, so even if he is able to play, he'll more than likely have a minutes limit. There are also no guarantees he even leaves the bench with Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones, and Josh Smith all healthy and ahead of him in the rotation. In other words, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues regardless of his playing status.
Apr 7 - 3:06 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) is progressing well and is hoping to return to action next week.

"I am pretty close," Papanikolaou said. "I am feeling pretty good. Great job by the training staff, great communication, great work. I hope by the end of next week, I will be back and I can’t wait." It's great to see Papanikolaou close to returning, but the Rockets will likely ease him back into action and he may not be in the rotation at all. Leave him on the wire.
Apr 5 - 11:08 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will be out 7-10 days.

He has been out for since Feb. 21 and the Rockets could really use him tonight with so many injuries to the power forward spot. Papanikolaou can be kept on the wire.
Mar 27 - 6:30 PM

Kostas Papanikalaou (ankle) will not play Friday.

Papanikalaou has been sidelined since Feb. 21, and there's absolutely no reason to own him in any league. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 26 - 2:49 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) remains out of action and without a timetable to return.

Papas has been out for over a month and there remains no timetable for his return. He doesn't belong on any fantasy roster anywhere.
Mar 23 - 9:47 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will not play vs. the Suns on Saturday.

He has been on the sidelines since Feb. 21 and there is still no known timetable for a return, so owners in almost all leagues can monitor his progress from the waiver wire.
Mar 21 - 12:10 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Thursday as expected.

He has been on the shelf since Feb. 21 and is still without a timetable, so it doesn't appear that he is anywhere close to returning. Papanikolaou can be left on the wire in nearly all leagues.
Mar 18 - 1:59 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

Papanikolaou has been sidelined since February 21, and he remains without a clear return date. There's no reason to hang onto a guy with such little upside with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, so Papanikolaou should remain on the waiver wire in all formats.
Mar 17 - 12:35 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) did not play on Tuesday, as expected.

He might not be in the rotation even if he were 100 percent healthy, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to closely monitor his status.
Mar 3 - 10:44 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) is listed as out for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

He is listed as out in the team's game notes, but the fact that the Rockets haven't updated his status is a little worrisome. Papanikolaou hasn't played since Feb. 21, and he isn't likely going to be in the rotation upon his return. Leave him on the wire.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 3 - 7:28 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will miss Friday's game against the Nets.

Papanikolaou has mostly fallen out of the Rockets' rotation even when healthy, so while he has some upside at 24 years old, he can safely be left on the wire in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Feb 26 - 1:19 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will miss Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

Papanikolau has largely fallen out of the Rockets' rotation with Terrence Jones' return, so this news shouldn't have any bearing on fantasy owners. While Papanikolaou has some upside, he shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters outside of the deepest leagues.
Feb 24 - 1:29 PM

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