Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Mindaugas Kuzminskas will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

The Knicks still want to play Kristaps Porzingis at the five, so there should still be some minutes for Kuzminskas tonight. We'll let you know how he fares, but most of his owners should be planning on cutting him.
Jan 21 - 7:16 PM

Ron Baker will move back to the bench against the Suns on Thursday.

He could be a DNP-CD after two extremely quiet games. Baker can be cut just about everywhere.
Jan 21 - 7:12 PM

Kyle O'Quinn will comes off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

He is coming off a great start, but coach Jeff Hornacek will shift him back to the bench behind Joakim Noah. O'Quinn can go off in a short amount of playing time and Noah won't play too much, so his value doesn't change in a big way.
Jan 21 - 7:10 PM

Courtney Lee will start and Ron Baker will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

After Lee's 'Dumb and Dumber' saga, he's back in the starting lineup. He should play with an extra edge and has a great matchup, so he could hit the ground running. We still wouldn't use Lee in most cases.
Jan 21 - 7:07 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will start and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

The Knicks are playing their old lineup here and will shift Carmelo Anthony back to the three. We'll see how the Knicks stagger KP, which was a good plan earlier this season. Porzingis should be all set in a fantastic matchup today.
Jan 21 - 7:06 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) will start and Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

Noah is almost certainly going to be limited and his playing time is likely going to be low. Leave Noah on the wire in most leagues for now.
Jan 21 - 7:05 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) is available to play against the Suns on Saturday.

We'll see if he starts, but he might not be with the Knicks going 5-1 without him. If Noah is going to play, that should take away from Kyle O'Quinn the most. The Knicks also used a ton of Kristaps Porzingis at the five in their last one, so that'll be something we'll watch, as well. Noah isn't worth owning.
Jan 21 - 5:48 PM

If the Knicks wanted to rebuild, Carmelo Anthony would consider waiving his no-trade clause.

"I have the power, but still I would talk to [the front office]," Anthony said. "We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it." All this said, he said his family loves it in New York and his son goes to school in NYC, so he may not waive it even if the Knicks rebuild.
Source: Newsday
Jan 20 - 4:40 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) returned from a four-game absence during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, playing 29 minutes with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

He looked healthy and played 17 minutes at center in this game, which is way more than he's been averaging. The Knicks were 5-0 without Joakim Noah (ankle) before this game, so there should be more of KP at the five going forward. Obviously his fantasy owners don't really care as long as his Achilles is healthy. The Knicks may be careful with their prized player, so his owners will need to be on the lookout for rest on back-to-backs sets.
Jan 19 - 10:53 PM

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He scored 25 points in the second quarter to set a Knicks franchise record for most points in a quarter. Anthony played more power forward in this game and he's looked a lot more comfortable in that role. Plus, the Knicks are more likely to stagger him from Kristaps Porzingis going forward. While Melo is playing better, his troublesome knee and shoulder will be black marks on his fantasy value. Keep him rolling, of course.
Jan 19 - 10:48 PM

Kyle O'Quinn thrived in a start against the Wizards on Thursday, scoring 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in 21 minutes.

This comes on the heels of a 10-minute dud on Wednesday. We've called him Kyle Yo-Yo'Quinn before, so this obviously isn't a surprise to see him go off after many had high hopes for him. Joakim Noah (ankle) has a decent chance to play on Saturday, but feel free to give KOQ a look in standard leagues. His inconsistent play is maddening, though.
Jan 19 - 10:38 PM

Willy Hernangomez was a DNP-CD on Thursday.

From tying his career high to a DNP-CD. This isn's the first time coach Jeff Hornacek has kept Hernangomez on a short leash either. He'll be really tough to trust while Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) are healthy.
Jan 19 - 10:32 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored six points in a start against the Wizards on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

It was a pretty big hit for Kuzminskas with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) coming off the bench. There is more talk of the Knicks playing KP at the five more, which would benefit Kuz the most. He's still only a deep-league guy, but throw him on your watch list.
Jan 19 - 10:30 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is coming off the bench in his return to the lineup on Thursday.

The Knicks will stick with their winning lineup from Wednesday in Boston: Ron Baker, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Kyle O'Quinn. The Knicks are fully expected to limit Porzingis in his return, but he should be in your season-long lineups. We'll see where he gets his minutes with plenty of talk about him playing more center.
Jan 19 - 7:30 PM

An MRI of Joakim Noah's left ankle confirmed a sprain and he will not play on Thursday against the Wizards.

There are no details of a timetable, but the Knicks will likely be taking it easy on their oft-injured veteran. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn will look to bounce back from a dreadful start on Wednesday. He's still worth a look in season-long leagues or for DFS. Plus, Willy Hernangomez should benefit and is worth a look as a punt or pickup in deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 6:03 PM


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