Player News - Bulls

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Joakim Noah was benched for the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Heat, finishing the game with four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau said he liked the group that started the fourth quarter, and that is the reason why Joakim did not re-enter the game. Thibodeau maintained that Joakim is healthy, and he just wanted to watch his minutes, but with the result being an L in the win-loss column, this will not likely be a trend that continues. Look for Noah to bounce-back during Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.
Jan 25 - 6:35 PM

Derrick Rose scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting on Sunday, adding four assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block, and four turnovers.

Low shooting percentages and a high turnover rate have really limited Rose' value this season, but at least he's managed to stay healthy. However, he is having a nice January with averages of 19.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 three-pointers, 2.7 turnovers, and 1.0 steal per game. However, with the injury risk that is Rose, selling-high at this point would be advisable.
Jan 25 - 6:23 PM

Jimmy Butler was held to just five points during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 42.5 minutes of action.

Butler shot just 2-of-8 from the field, so while the minutes were there, the scoring simply wasn't. Luol Deng was playing some vicious defense today, and this was easily Butler's worst game of the season. However, Butler has not had two bad back-to-back games this season, so expect him to bounce-back during Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors.
Jan 25 - 6:15 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) will in fact play against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

You just knew he wouldn't miss the opportunity to play against the Heat and owners can comfortably pencil him into their lineups. Noah has had a underwhelming season so far but his value will only go up if he can avoid another injury. Taj Gibson's value takes a hit with this news, but he is still worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 25 - 11:19 AM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play vs. the Heat on Sunday.

He has been out since Dec. 30 so the Bulls will ease him back into action when he does return. Unless you are in a deep league and are desperate for 3-pointers, there is no need to hold onto Dunleavy. Tony Snell will remain in the starting lineup on Sunday while Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich and Nikola Mirotic will all be in the mix for additional minutes.

Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

Noah's ankle has been an issue for a while now, but we doubt he will miss a chance to play against the Miami Heat so his owners can pencil him into lineups barring a setback. He isn't exactly a must-start option anymore, but if he can stay healthy he should be able to improve upon his dwindling numbers. If Noah does end up sitting, Taj Gibson will see a big uptick in minutes.
Jan 25 - 9:33 AM

Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action in Friday's road win over the Mavs, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.

Noah isn't a must-start player but he'll get there soon as long as he can stay upright.
Jan 24 - 2:21 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Mavs.

Butler put his foot back on the gas pedal after Derrick Rose's surge slowed him down a bit. Rose scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers, and it wouldn't be surprising if Butler got back some of his touches now that Rose appears to have re-established a foundation for himself. Pau Gasol added 13 points, 16 boards, a steal and a block in the win.
Jan 24 - 2:18 AM

Taj Gibson scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Gibson was productive despite the return of Joakim Noah (23 minutes) and despite that he should be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 2:15 AM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play against the Mavericks on Friday.

He tried to go through warmups and apparently isn't at 100 percent. The Bulls do have Noah back on a minutes limit, so they could use Nikola Mirotic a bit more at small forward. Aaron Brooks also gets a few more minutes tonight along with Tony Snell.
Jan 23 - 7:27 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Mavs on Friday.

He is very likely to start, which pushes Taj Gibson to the bench. Noah has been a huge disappoint following his breakout 2013-14 season and is not a must-start play tonight with 11 games. Nikola Mirotic will likely lose some playing time.
Jan 23 - 7:04 PM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will go through warmups and then decide if he will play Friday vs. Dallas.

Dunleavy's return would send Tony Snell back to the bench, and his value will take a substantial hit with the demotion. Kirk Hinrich could also lose some minutes, while Dunleavy is worth an add if he's sitting on your waiver wire as he has the ability to be a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
Jan 23 - 6:40 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) are game-time decisions to face the Mavericks on Friday.

They're both going to warm up to see how they feel. Noah usually isn't a fan of being benched when he has any say, so he's likely closer to probable than to doubtful. If you were dialing up Taj Gibson, there is a lot more risk now. Nikola Mirotic would also take a hit.
Jan 23 - 6:35 PM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is questionable to play vs. the Mavericks on Friday.

He was a game-time decision on Thursday and his return appears to be imminent. His absence has shifted more playing time to Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell, but neither guy has accrued lasting value in standard leagues.
Jan 23 - 1:14 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Friday's game in Dallas.

Noah has missed the past four games and fantasy owners can only hope that the rest has allowed him overcome a variety of nagging ailments, as his numbers are down across the board this season. Taj Gibson has been playing well as a fill-in starter in Noah's absence, and his value will take a hit if Noah is able to suit up vs. the Mavs.
Jan 23 - 1:10 PM


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