Player News - Knicks

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Derrick Rose lit up the Kings on Sunday with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

D-Rose hasn't missed a game this season and he's starting to find his groove with the Knicks. In his previous eight games he was averaging 19.8 points, 4.0 boards, 5.0 assist, 1.0 steals and 0.6 triples -- crucially, he also made 44.9 percent FGs and 86.7 percent FTs during that stretch. We're always leery of his long-term health, but he should be in your lineups while he's running hot.
Dec 4 - 10:32 PM

Justin Holiday started in place of Courtney Lee (ankle) on Sunday, finishing a home victory with five points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Holiday was coming off a game with 13 points, seven boards and three steals, but he's a shaky fantasy pickup because Lee is day-to-day. Throw in the fact that Holiday is shooting under 40 percent this season and there should be guys with higher upside.
Dec 4 - 10:31 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action on Sunday with two points, five rebounds and one steal in 25 foul-plagued minutes.

He slotted back into his usual starting spot in a tough matchup vs. DeMarcus Cousins, but the opponent can hardly be blamed for tonight's dud -- Noah came in averaging just 4.0 points on 46.6 percent FGs and 28.6 percent FTs this season. Until he stays healthy and provides sustained numbers, he's nothing but a boards and blocks specialist in deep leagues.
Dec 4 - 10:30 PM

Kyle O'Quinn followed up Friday's big game with four points and nine rebounds on Sunday, adding four blocked shots in just 14 minutes of action.

KOQ notched 20 points, 13 boards, two assists and two steals as a fill-in starter on Friday, but he shifted to a bench role with Joakim Noah returning tonight. You can't fault his per-minute production, as usual, but it's hard to trust him while both Noah and Willy Hernangomez are healthy.
Dec 4 - 10:30 PM

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting during Sunday's 106-98 victory, adding four boards, one assist, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.

The Knicks now have an 8-3 record since Nov. 14, the best record in the Eastern Conference during that span. Melo's lip got cut in the first quarter tonight but he returned after a quick trip to the locker room, and it's nothing that would jeopardize his availability.
Dec 4 - 10:29 PM

Brandon Jennings came off the bench on Sunday with 19 points on 5-of-7 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, adding three assists, one rebound and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

Jennings' contributions were crucial for New York tonight, but they're not enough to alter his outlook in most fantasy leagues. He made two triples against a Kings team that gives up the third-most per game (10.4), he hasn't scored double-digit points in consecutive games since Nov. 1-2, and he's committed four turnovers in three straight games. Leave him on the wire in most 12-team leagues.
Dec 4 - 10:28 PM

Kristaps Porzingis posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists on Sunday, going 6-of-18 from the field with one 3-pointer.

Porzingis could have had a monster line if he shot better from the field, but his fantasy owners can't complain with tonight's block-laden double-double. He's a second-round value in most fantasy formats, and has been averaging 34.2 minutes despite ranking third in the NBA in fouls per game.
Dec 4 - 10:28 PM

Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues.
Dec 4 - 6:58 PM

Justin Holiday and Joakim Noah will start Sunday vs. the Kings.

Courtney Lee (ankle) is out, so Holiday should be seeing around 30 minutes tonight, and he's on the DFS radar with a favorable matchup against Sacramento. With Noah back in the starting five, Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench, and he might not even get 20 minutes.
Dec 4 - 6:55 PM

Jaokim Noah (ankle) will start Sunday vs. the Kings.

With Noah active, Kyle O'Quinn's minutes will likely return to the teens, and Willy Hernangomez's value will also take a decent sized hit. Noah is averaging just 4.0 points, 8.1 boards and 3.1 assists per game on the year, so he's not a great option in standard leagues.

Courtney Lee (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Kings.

Justin Holiday will likely be drawing the start tonight, and he's someone to consider in DFS after putting up 13 points, seven boards, three steals, one block and two triples over 31 minutes in a spot-start on Friday night. For now, we'll be considering Lee questionable for Tuesday's game in Miami.
Dec 4 - 5:53 PM

The Knicks have recalled Maurice Ndour from the D-League.

He's usually not in the rotation when the Knicks are healthy and can be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Dec 4 - 10:47 AM

Joakim Noah (ankle) practiced fully on Saturday.

A full practice the day before a game is usually a good indicator that the player is ready to return. However, the Knicks center situation is unclear at the moment. New York signed Noah to a $72 million contract this summer, but the former Bull has stumbled out of the gate this season. He is currently averaging 4.0 points and 8.1 rebounds, while shooting just 46.6 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from the free throw line. Furthermore, Kyle O'Quinn (who tallied 20 points and 13 boards in a win over the T-Wolves on Friday) and Willy Hernangomez have played well in relief of Noah.
Dec 3 - 1:18 PM

Courtney Lee says his ankle sprain is improving and he hasn't ruled out returning to the lineup Sunday against the Kings.

"It feels a lot better than it did when I initially twisted it," Lee said Friday. "I wasn't able to walk that night but I was able to move around (Friday)." If Lee can't play Sunday, look for Justin Holiday to start in his place. Holiday played well in his start on Friday, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block. He will be a cheap DFS option on Sunday if Lee doesn't play.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 3 - 12:24 PM

Lance Thomas says his ankle is now fully healthy, but he's still feeling the effects of plantar fasciitis.

Lance Thomas returned to the court on Friday after missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury. He says his ankle feels fine, but that plantar fasciitis is still an issue. Thomas explained there are two stages of discomfort from the fasciitis: soreness and acute pain. He says the acute pain is not present at the moment but the soreness comes and goes, which is OK. "I can play through soreness," he said. Thomas will have a tough time earning his minutes back from Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who has played very well recently backing up both forward spots.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 3 - 12:20 PM


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