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Shabazz Muhammad will come off the bench against the Kings on Saturday.

He was awful on Friday and coach Flip Saunders is going to mix it up tonight. Muhammad has been playing at both forward spots, so he could potentially make a splash in standard leagues at some point. Of course, that is not happening yet.
Nov 22 - 7:58 PM

Anthony Bennett will start for the Wolves on Saturday, likely sending Shabazz Muhammad to the bench.

Nov 22 - 7:58 PM

Omer Asik (back) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

He had an aggravation in Friday warmups and didn't have much of a chance to play tonight. With Asik out, Alexis Ajinca will get some extra playing time, but he's not a great fantasy option. Asik could miss more time and he's not a must-own player.
Nov 22 - 7:36 PM

Marco Belinelli (groin) will play against the Nets on Saturday.

He said he didn't have an aggravation on Friday and just stayed on the exercise bike to stay warm. Belinelli is unlikely to get more than minutes in the teens tonight, so he's not worth starting in most leagues.
Nov 22 - 7:33 PM

Roy Hibbert limped into the Pacers locker room on Saturday after spraining his left ankle, but he will return.

Ian Mahinmi immediately took Hibbert's place in the lineup but the injury didn't look too bad, so hopefully this won't cause any lasting problems. His fantasy owners can take a deep breath.
Nov 22 - 7:22 PM

Terrence Jones (leg) has no timetable for his return, and he said that when he first suffered the injury he "couldn't even feel his leg."

Jones bruised a nerve in his right leg, though the presence of nerve damage wasn't initially disclosed so fantasy owners were flying in the dark. He's missed nine games and counting and may still be out a few more weeks. He was producing at a top-40 level prior to the fluke injury, so in most cases he's still worth holding onto, but it's a decision that shouldn't be made lightly in any format. Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou continue to absorb his playing time, with Motie filling in as a starter.

Mirza Teletovic will start in place of Kevin Garnett on Saturday against the Spurs.

This was an expected move as Mirza picks up a lot of the power forward minutes, especially late in the game. He should have some extra minutes and shots go his way, so he's a sneaky player to use in daily leagues as well as a streamer in year-long formats.
Nov 22 - 7:06 PM

Jerryd Bayless will move back to the bench on Saturday.

He didnt' score in his nine minutes of action on Friday, which serves as your daily reminder that a starting role doesn't necessarily mean a significant role. Baylies has no fantasy value.
Nov 22 - 6:58 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to Milwaukee's starting lineup on Saturday, sending Jerryd Bayless to the bench.

Jason Kidd unexpectedly benched Antetokounmpo on Friday, playing him 15 minutes in a blowout defeat vs. the Raptors. Giannis may still be dealing with a minor ankle injury but he's worth deploying now that he's reclaimed his spot in the Bucks' starting lineup.
Nov 22 - 6:58 PM

Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

The Spurs are without a backup point guard, but Manu Ginobili should help out there. That should also open up some minutes on the wing for Danny Green and Austin Daye. Joseph's injury doesn't sound serious.
Nov 22 - 6:56 PM

Marco Belinelli (groin) is a game-time decision vs. the Nets on Saturday.

The Spurs have already ruled out a handful of players, including backup PG Cory Joseph, so it's at least encouraging that Belinelli will try to warm up. He doesn't have enough upside in his bench role to be worth a gamble in fantasy leagues even if he were at full health.
Nov 22 - 6:55 PM

Matt Bonner (illness) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

He was doubtful and his illness will cost him his third game. Bonner has been helpful for the Spurs while Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out, but he's usually not worth starting in almost any fantasy league.
Nov 22 - 6:54 PM

Wolves coach Flip Saunders expects Thaddeus Young to return from his personal absence in time for Monday's practice.

Young may rejoin the team on Sunday and this merely confirms that he's on pace to return for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. Anthony Bennett will earn another start in Young's absence on Saturday.
Nov 22 - 6:53 PM

Devin Harris (sore leg) will play vs. the Rockets on Saturday, as expected.

Harris will return to the bench role he's played all season, averaging 8.6 points, 1.1 triples, 1.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals in just 23 minutes per game. Those numbers are attractive enough for use in many leagues, but he's less attractive given the strong play of J.J. Barea and the impending return of Raymond Felton from suspension.
Nov 22 - 6:36 PM

Shannon Brown will start next to Mario Chalmers, Luol Deng, Shawne Williams and Chris Bosh against the Magic on Saturday.

The Heat needs to bring Shabazz Napier off the bench and they won't play James Ennis at SG, so Brown is their only choice. If you're looking for a spot start, Napier is the better play. Obviously, Mario Chalmers should be starting everywhere tonight.
Nov 22 - 6:32 PM


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