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Omari Spellman (hip) and Alex Poythress (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Nets.

Sunday will mark Spellman's fifth straight game on the sidelines, and for Poythress, it'll be his 13th consecutive game out of the lineup. Both these guys are irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Dec 15 - 4:41 PM

Jeremy Lin scored eight points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

Trae Young was starting to play well while Lin was out, but Young was terrible today with nine points. The Hawks are obviously committed to Young, so there's little reason to add Lin in most fantasy leagues.
Dec 14 - 9:31 PM

John Collins scored 11 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and one block in a 129-108 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

It was a brutal offensive game for Collins, making 2-of-8 from the field, 7-of-12 from the line and turning it over five times. Interestingly, coach Lloyd Pierce said he hasn't called any plays for Collins before tonight, so that makes his career-high six-game double-double streak even more impressive. He's been a stud in all leagues and his ankle problems from camp look to be behind him.
Dec 14 - 9:29 PM

Dewayne Dedmon scored nine points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block, four steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

It wasn't his fault that the Hawks were thrashed and he continues to show he's the man that belongs next to John Collins. His steals numbers have popped lately with 2.4 per game over his last five outings, and he's been able to hit 30 minutes when the Hawks aren't blown out. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 14 - 9:26 PM

Kevin Huerter matched his career-high 19 points with two rebounds, three assists, one block, three steals and five 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

This had nothing to do with garbage time and he's now scored 19 in back-to-back games. He was one of the best shooters in the draft, and he's caught fire lately. Since Nov. 18, he's made 25-of-51 from deep (49.0%). Huerter has assured himself a rotation spot when Taurean Prince comes back, and he may be playing well enough for coach Lloyd Pierce to push Kent Bazemore back to the bench. The upped pace and bad record makes Huerter worth an add in 12-team leagues to see how long he can keep it rolling.
Dec 14 - 9:24 PM

Trae Young made 2-of-11 from the field for nine points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers in 23 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

He was horrible in the last game against the Boston with five points and two dimes. Young was playing better coming into this game, but he's still going to torpedo fantasy owners in FG% and turnovers. He needs to develop more and perhaps he should improve his passing skills first before he misses so many shots.
Dec 14 - 9:22 PM

Jeremy Lin (strained lower back) is available to play Friday vs. Boston.

Lin has missed each of the Hawks two previous games after initially injuring his back in a loss to the Wizards on December 5th. With Lin back in the mix, Tyler Dorsey and Jaylen Adams will see their playing time reduced.
Dec 14 - 11:53 AM

Alex Poythress (ankle) won't play vs. Boston on Friday.

There was some optimism on Dec. 4 when coach Lloyd Pierce declared that Poythress was "about a week away," but we've yet to hear about him practicing. He won't have fantasy relevance even when he's healthy.
Dec 13 - 4:14 PM

Jeremy Lin (strained lower back) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Lin was playing well prior to this injury and it's a shame his momentum was cut short by this back injury and a recent ankle injury. "These are small injuries ... so for me, these are just more like little bites of the season that everyone’s going to have at some point," Lin said on Tuesday. "I’m not too concerned." If he can't suit up on Friday, his next opportunity will be Sunday in Brooklyn.
Dec 13 - 4:12 PM

Omari Spellman (sore right hip) won't play vs. Boston on Friday.

Spellman's absence doesn't have any meaningful fantasy impact, especially with John Collins healthy and playing extremely well.
Dec 13 - 4:08 PM

Alen Len scored four points with one rebound and one assist in 14 minutes against Dallas on Wednesday.

Len's playing time has been slashed with Dewayne Dedmon back to health, which makes him better left as a free agent.
Dec 13 - 12:49 AM

DeAndre Bembry didn't score in 18 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

Bembry followed up his career-high 18 with a goose egg. He still grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists, which goes to show his all-around value. The young forward is seeing more time in Taurean Prince's (ankle) absence and is worth a look in standard leagues.
Dec 13 - 12:47 AM

John Collins scored 20 points (10-of-22 FGs, 0-of-1 FT) with 17 rebounds, one assist, one block, and five turnovers in 36 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

Another night, another career-high for Collins, with tonight being total rebounds (17) and offensive rebounds (nine). He's now double-double in five straight games, which extends his career-high mark. The only thing holding him back from climbing into the next tier of fantasy value is his lack of defensive stats. He has only one steal in his first 12 games and is averaging under one block per game. Outside of that, he's been unreal since returning from his ankle injury.
Dec 13 - 12:41 AM

Kent Bazemore scored 22 points (8-of-14 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

Bazemore started again with Taurean Prince (ankle) still out and put up 22 points for the second time in three games. He's been inconsistent, but he's able to help in multiple categories, which makes him worth owning in standard leagues as long as Prince is out.
Dec 13 - 12:33 AM

Kevin Huerter scored a season-high 19 points (6-of-11 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with one rebound, one assist, one block, one steal, and a season-high tying four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

With Taurean Prince (ankle) and Jeremy Line (back) out, Huerter has played a season-high 36 minutes in back-to-back games. Prince isn't slated to return for until after Christmas, while Lin may be back for the team's next game. Quietly, Huerter has been producing top-100 value in nine-category leagues of the last two weeks and is worth a look on the waiver wire.
Dec 13 - 12:29 AM


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