Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. Portland.

There was some fear that he would be rested considering he said that his knee was sore after logging 46 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Kings, but the Knicks are going to roll him on out there. Fantasy owners will be wise to get Melo in all active lineups, but should really think about trading him due to the looming possibility of the Knicks shutting him down for the season.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 28 - 7:48 PM

Samuel Dalembert (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

He suffered the ankle injury on Saturday, but the X-rays came back negative meaning he should be fine with a little rest. Cole Aldrich is starting on Sunday and has really emerged as a reliable option for the Knicks. Aldrich is worth a look in deeper leagues for now while Dalembert can be cut across the board.
Dec 28 - 7:44 PM

Amare Stoudemire (knee, rest) will not play in Sunday's road game vs. the Blazers.

The only good news for New York is that Carmelo Anthony (knee) will suit up despite playing 46 minutes on Saturday. Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith will start in the Knicks' backcourt with help from backups Quincy Acy and Travis Wear, but coach Derek Fisher has no choice but to play more small lineups than usual. Stoudemire is day-to-day, leaving him questionable for Wednesday's road game in L.A.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 28 - 7:44 PM

J.R. Smith (heel) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

He's technically day-to-day but this marks his 10th consecutive DNP and it's anyone's guess when he'll be ready to return from his nagging bout of plantar fasciitis. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also on the sidelines, there will once again be plenty of minutes available for Tim Hardaway Jr.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 28 - 7:43 PM

J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

He has had some tough luck with plantar fasciitis and has now missed nine straight games so don't be surprised if he sits this one out. Owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore Smith while Tim Hardaway Jr. is definitely worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 28 - 1:55 PM

Samuel Dalembert (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Portland.

He suffered the injury on Saturday but X-rays were negative and it is not considered to be serious. Regardless, Dalembert isn't an option in most leagues even when he is healthy so it would just mean more minutes for the emerging Cole Aldrich.
Dec 28 - 1:52 PM

Samuel Dalembert suffered a mild sprain to his right ankle on Saturday, but X-rays came back negative.

There is no indication as to whether he will miss any action, but we will leave him off of the injury report unless we get a negative report. Dalembert wasn't an option in most leagues despite this news, so owners should continue to ignore him. If Dalembert misses any time, Cole Aldrich will see even more minutes and would be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 28 - 12:29 PM

Carmelo Anthony's status for Sunday's game with Portland is unclear after he logged 46 minutes on Saturday in a loss to the Kings.

We will leave him off of the injury report for now, but owners will want to check back for updates considering how much his knee has impacted him this season. The Knicks have no reason to risk Anthony's health considering how their season has gone, so be prepared to have a backup plan ready. Owners would be wise to sell-high before it's too late, as there is a real possibility of Melo shutting it down for the season in the near future. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to take as many shots as he pleases if Melo sits this one out.
Dec 28 - 10:04 AM

Amare Stoudemire (knee) is doubtful to play on Sunday vs. Portland.

To be clear, we don't think that he has any real shot to play in this one and Amare admitted that he is really struggling with his knee. "I’ve been playing with a little soreness for the past week or so and been playing somewhat through it," Stoudemire said. "By doing that, it made it worse. I’ll try to rest and see if it gets better." Owners can check back before tip-off to verify, but plan on seeing extended minutes from Quincy Acy, Jason Smith, and Cole Aldrich if Amare sits.
Dec 28 - 10:01 AM

Andrea Bargnani (calf) has a chance to play on Dec. 31 vs. the Clippers according to coach Derek Fisher, but remains out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

"His workouts are progressing," Fisher said. "As long as he’s getting good feedback there, hopefully we’re getting closer." However, even with Amare Stoudemire (knee) ailing, it is tough to justify picking up Bargnani in all but the deepest of leagues considering how bad he was last season. You can safely monitor Bargnani from the waiver wire.
Dec 28 - 9:53 AM

Quincy Acy will return from his one-game suspension and he will play on Sunday against Portland.

He was suspended for throwing a punch towards John Wall on Christmas but later admitted his mistakes. "I fouled him hard. The foul was unnecessary," Acy said. "I didn’t have to foul him that hard. Which is why I kept walking towards him and was about to help him up. He got up and pushed. Anybody’s initial reaction is to react. But then I stopped myself and tried to grab him." The Knicks will be glad to have their enforcer back on the court, though his limited role leaves him off of the fantasy radar in most leagues.
Dec 28 - 9:08 AM

Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners.
Dec 28 - 1:22 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. played well in his 30 minutes of action against the Kings on Saturday with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

He actually blocked DeMarcus Cousins and he wasn't a complete embarrassment on defense like he was on Christmas Day. Hardaway Jr. has logged 33.6 minutes per game over his last five with averages of 15.2 points, 3.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 triples. He'll lose value soon, but he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 1:17 AM

Shane Larkin played 35 minutes off the bench on Saturday with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals, one block and one turnover against the Kings.

He didn't score more than five points in any of his previous four and didn't play above 17 in any of his previous three, so this game seems like a fluke. Plus, Larkin will lose playing time once J.R. Smith returns. Leave him on the wire in most leagues.
Dec 28 - 1:13 AM

Cole Aldrich had his best game of the season on Saturday with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 24 minutes.

He fouled out and certainly was handled by DeMarcus Cousins, but Aldrich's arrow is pointing up. He was tremendous in his brief time in summer league and is arguably the best healthy two-way big man on NYK, so he might have some short-term value while Amare Stoudemire is out. He might have value beyond STAT's return, too.
Dec 28 - 1:10 AM


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