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Justise Winslow was limited to 25 minutes Saturday vs. the Bulls, but he finished the game with 11 points (4-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Miami began to pull away from the Bulls in the third quarter, and the comfortable margin afforded Erik Spoelstra the opportunity to get some of his key options extra rest in the final stanza. Winslow continues to struggle from the foul line, but he’s shot the ball well from the field (46.2%) and from three (43.8%) this month while averaging 15.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. Already productive, with Winslow shooting the basketball better he’s a must-have due to the numbers and his positional versatility.
Jan 19 - 11:50 PM

Playing at the United Center for the last time, Dwyane Wade accounted for 14 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), ten rebounds, seven assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

Wade, who received a video tribute and standing ovation during the first quarter of Saturday’s win over the Bulls, finished the game with his second double-double of the season. Over his last five games he’s shooting 56.4% from the field and 41.2% from three while averaging 14.4 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per. Wade’s farewell tour is unlikely to have much of an impact on his own fantasy outlook moving forward, but it could factor into the prospects of players such as Dion Waiters. Waiters has made it clear that he wants more minutes, but that’s been a tough ask due to the Heat’s perimeter/wing depth.
Jan 19 - 11:49 PM

Dion Waiters had his best game of the season Saturday vs. the Bulls, playing 22 minutes and scoring 21 points (9-of-13 FGs, 0-of-1 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

Having just returned to action this month, Waiters’ minutes have been limited due to the Heat’s perimeter depth. Saturday night he produced his best effort of the season, shooting 69.2% from the field and establishing season highs in both points and rebounds. Waiters said earlier this week that he deserves a bigger role, but the minutes have been tough to come by thanks in large part to the number of perimeter options at Erik Spoelstra’s disposal. That being said, performances like the one Waiters had Saturday will give his head coach something to think about.
Jan 19 - 11:48 PM

Josh Richardson (illness) scored a game-high 26 points Saturday vs. the Bulls, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line, with three rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

There were questions regarding Richardson’s status earlier Saturday, but he managed to play through illness and put forth one of his better scoring efforts of the season. The 26 points are the most that the fourth-year guard has scored in a game since early November, and he made four 3-pointers in a game for the third time this month. Richardson picked a good time to have an outing of this caliber, as he’s shooting just 41.1% from the field and 32.4% from three in January.
Jan 19 - 11:48 PM

Tyler Johnson will move back to the bench on Saturday.

His playing time will be taking a hit now that Josh Richardson is back from his illness. Johnson is likely a drop in most leagues.
Jan 19 - 7:16 PM

Josh Richardson (illness) will play on Saturday night against the Bulls.

He was probable earlier today, questionable this afternoon, and now he's in there. Richardson did not play on Friday to get Tyler Johnson in the starting lineup, and allow more minutes to be spread to the second unit. His return makes basically every bench player not named Dwyane Wade and Bam Adebayo risky options.
Jan 19 - 6:35 PM

Josh Richardson (illness) is questionable to face the Bulls on Saturday.

Richardson was originally listed as probable earlier in the day, but has been downgraded before game-time. He sat out the team's last game on Friday, giving more time to Dwyane Wade, Derrick Jones, as well as Tyler Johnson who got the start. Check back before tip-off for confirmation.
Jan 19 - 5:38 PM

Josh Richardson (illness) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

Richardson was unable to play Friday vs. Detroit due to the illness, but is set to return to action in Chicago. Tyler Johnson, who started on Friday night, will likely get bumped back to the bench. Reserves Dwyane Wade and Derrick Jones will probably see fewer minutes as well.
Jan 19 - 2:17 PM

Hassan Whiteside played 19 minutes vs. the Pistons on Friday with eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

He had an awful night from the foul line (0-of-8), bumping his season average down to 42.9%. Whiteside is sitting outside of the top-100 of standard category leagues for that reason, but he jumps all the way up into the top-25 for punt-FT builds. Bam Adebayo had it going and the Heat opted for a smaller lineup with Andre Drummond (nasal injury) leaving the game early, so if you combine that with his struggles from the line it's easy to see why he was pulled so early. Whiteside did tweak his left shoulder and was able to play through it, but it's worth a mention with the Heat playing the Bulls for the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday. Be prepared to add Bam if Whiteside pops up on the injury report.
Jan 18 - 11:24 PM

Tyler Johnson made a fill-in start for Josh Richardson (illness) on Friday night against the Pistons, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and three triples.

He played 35 minutes without a turnover, hitting 5-of-12 shots and 3-of-4 free throws. Johnson has been outside of the top-150 for the past two weeks in standard leagues because his minutes are down and the Heat have one of the messiest rotations in the league right now. Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow and J-Rich are basically the only players you can trust in fantasy leagues at the moment, but TJ will be on the streaming radar against a tanking Bulls team on Saturday if Richardson can't go.
Jan 18 - 11:00 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. played just 10 minutes vs. the Pistons on Friday with two points, two rebounds and one block.

The Heat rolled with James Johnson for 31 minutes and paid the price for it. It's frustrating to see DJJ get 10 minutes on a night when Josh Richardson (illness) is out, and their rotation was still a mess with 11 players getting minutes. The Heat will likely clear up this logjam at the fast-approaching trade deadline and we still like the idea of stashing DJJ if you have the roster space.
Jan 18 - 10:53 PM

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points in a loss to the Pistons on Friday with eight assists, four rebounds and five turnovers.

He played 28 minutes and subbed in as the backup PG with Josh Richardson (illness) out and Tyler Johnson in the first unit. Wade hit 10-of-14 shots with a 31.7 usage rate (season average of 25.7) in a throwback performance, but it doesn't move the needle on his rest-of-season outlook with Richardson day-to-day. If J-Rich can't go on Saturday vs. the Bulls, Wade will be in the streaming conversation in his final game in Chicago.
Jan 18 - 10:37 PM

Tyler Johnson will start for Josh Richardson (illness) on Friday night against the Pistons.

Coach Erik Spoelstra with no surprises here as he moves Johnson into the first unit. This should mean that Dion Waiters subs in for Justise Winslow while Derrick Jones Jr. comes off the bench in the second unit as a multiple-position player. Johnson should offer some upside and may pick up most of Richardson's playing time, so he's an option in DFS or as a streamer. Jones Jr. is a high-upside option, as well.
Jan 18 - 6:21 PM

Wayne Ellington (illness) is available for Friday against the Pistons.

He's reportedly on the trade block right now, so the Heat may still not play him even with Josh Richardson out. Ellington is only worth a stash in very deep leagues.
Jan 18 - 5:39 PM

Josh Richardson (illness) will not play against the Pistons on Friday night.

The Heat's rotation won't be quite as messy with one of the staples out of the mix today. Coach Erik Spoelstra will probably put Tyler Johnson in the first unit and use Dion Waiters and/or Wayne Ellington as a backup guard. Spo likes Derrick Jones Jr. because he can play so many positions, so he will likely be coming off the bench in his versatile role. Both Tyler and Airplane Mode are streamers or DFS plays today.
Jan 18 - 5:37 PM


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