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Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy.
Dec 20 - 5:36 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) will play on Saturday night against the Pelicans.

He said earlier this week that he's having trouble shooting, which has been a major issue all season, Batum should still find ways to fill it up in other categories, so get him in your lineup. Additionally, he might be one of the best buy-low options in standard leagues because these injuries are just from a bad fall.
Dec 20 - 5:32 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

The Pelicans say they are going to watch him closely tonight, which doesn't mean an awful lot. Evans tends to miss more time with injuries than most players, so there's a chance he's somewhat limited tonight. Of course, Austin Rivers is not a fantasy option.
Dec 20 - 5:21 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play until Christmas.

He is dealing with an injury to his pelvis and the Hornets won't have him for at least two more games following today. He should be considered questionable for Friday Dec. 26 against OKC. While he's out, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams will benefit. None are worth owning in standard leagues, though.
Dec 20 - 5:19 PM

Martell Webster (back) is on schedule to return to action this month.

He is going to have a minutes limit when he is able to play. Webster is a tremendous fit for the Wizards and he flourished last season while Bradley Beal was out. He'll have to fend off Rasual Butler for playing time, so most owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Dec 20 - 5:00 PM

Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard.
Dec 20 - 4:08 PM

Goran Dragic had a sub-par game against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

He was barely utilized in halfcourt sets and had a major chunk of his buckets in transition. Dragic is playing more with Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe a bit more and he should be a little better than this. Still, he's not going to come close to his fantasy value from last season. Additionally, CBS Sports reports that Dragic is the least likely to be traded.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 20 - 4:06 PM

Markieff Morris scored 19 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

He bounced back from his Wednesday ejection nicely. Markieff scored 12 points in the third quarter and played down the stretch with the three-point guard lineup. He does have some bad games, but he's still producing early-round value in standard leagues. He'll be fine.
Dec 20 - 4:03 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points against the Knicks during a win on Saturday, making 7-of-12 from the field for 22 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He played 32 minutes and didn't turn the ball over. The Suns have a handful of big runs while Thomas is on the floor and he has now played at least 26 minutes in four of his five games since returning from injury. Thomas can fill it up with triples and free throws, which is enough to keep him owned in standard leagues despite the lower playing time.
Dec 20 - 3:59 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len blocked three shots against the Knicks on Saturday with four points, eight rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

He hasn't been unleashed in the starting lineup and the Suns won't be playing him more than 25 minutes for a while. Miles Plumlee is not really a threat to his playing time and the Suns going small so often hurts him more. Len has upside in blocks and shoots the ball well, so he's worth a look in 14-team leagues.
Dec 20 - 3:55 PM

Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday.
Dec 20 - 3:52 PM

Jason Smith made 5-of-14 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He had a Russell Westbrook-like usage rate of 38.9. Smith has played 16.6 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals. He has been hurt a lot in his career and the Knicks will likely keep his minutes in check.
Dec 20 - 3:49 PM

Jose Calderon matched his season high of 21 points against the Suns on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers.

Finally. Calderon didn't make more than one triple in any of his previous five games and he didn't make above 47 percent from the field in any of those games either. The Knicks should give him more triples these days, so his owners can probably expect him to get it going in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 3:42 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. played 34 minutes in the starting lineup on Saturday with 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He made 5-of-14 from the field, so the high volume is a good sign even with Carmelo Anthony back. Hardaway Jr. should see shots in the teens while Iman Shumpert (shoulder) and J.R. Smith (heel) are on the shelf. He should have short-term value in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 3:37 PM

Wes Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and expects to play on Sunday against the Kings.

He suffered a mild tweak on Friday, but he still played 28 minutes and looked OK. Johnson has consistently seen playing time, but he is not getting many shots. His fantasy value will have a lot to do with his defense, so there is very little upside. He's still worth a look as a specialist.
Dec 20 - 3:31 PM


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