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Date: Team: Pos:

Amare Stoudemire (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Lakers.

Feb 1 - 12:20 PM

Zach LaVine (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Mo Williams (hip) are also questionable, which means there's a chance that Lorenzo Brown could end up playing big minutes once again on Monday. LaVine likely won't have a big role moving forward, so owners should start considering other options.
Feb 1 - 12:14 PM

Mo Williams (hip) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Mavericks.

Ricky Rubio (ankle) could return as soon as Monday, So Williams' outlook does not look good. Williams has been mentioned in several trade rumors, but he won't be worth owning in standard leagues unless he's traded to an ideal situation.
Feb 1 - 12:13 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Mavericks.

He has missed the last 43 games due to his ankle, so if he does return his owners should expect some rust. Even though Rubio will be on a minutes limit until after the All-Star break, he shouldn't be floating around any waiver wires. Mo Williams (hip) and Zach LaVine (ankle) are also questionable for Monday, meaning Lorenzo Brown could remain in the rotation. Check back after shootaround on Monday for the latest updates.
Feb 1 - 12:09 PM

Luol Deng (calf) will not play in Sunday's game against the Celtics.

This will be his third straight game on the sidelines, and coach Erik Spoelstra said that while Deng is getting better, he won't be allowed to play until he is 100 percent. Danny Granger and James Ennis will see some increased run with this news, but they are both too unreliable to use outside of deeper leagues.
Feb 1 - 11:36 AM

Coach Brad Stevens hinted on Sunday that James Young could be in line for more playing time in the near future.

Finally. Young is coming off a 33-point performance in the D-League on Saturday, and with the Celtics in tank mode, there's no reason why he shouldn't be getting minutes over players such as Tayshaun Prince. Young can be left on the wire for now, but owners in deep leagues should watch him closely.
Feb 1 - 11:30 AM

Ben Gordon was tossed from Saturday's game against the Mavericks for cursing at the ref, finishing with six points, two boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes.

He stepped back into the rotation due to Victor Oladipo's (Achilles) absence, but likely squandered any hope of increasing his role with these antics. Leave Gordon on the wire.
Feb 1 - 11:26 AM

Tyler Zeller will draw the start over Jared Sullinger for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

Jared Sullinger was reportedly late to shootaround due to traffic problems, so this isn't a permanent switch by any means. Sullinger should still see plenty of action considering that Kelly Olynyk is sidelined with an ankle issue, so owners can deploy him like they normally would. Zeller is prone to foul trouble, and faces a tough matchup against Hassan Whiteside, so owners in daily leagues should take that into consideration.
Feb 1 - 11:20 AM

Nick Johnson was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.

His athleticism is through the roof, but the rookie isn't going to get many chances to impress on a contender such as the Rockets. Outside of keeper leagues, Johnson isn't a viable fantasy asset.
Feb 1 - 10:51 AM

Andre Dawkins was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.

He still hasn't seen any action for the Celtics since signing a 10-day contract, so there's a good chance that he will simply serve as emergency depth for now. Dawkins can shoot the lights out from deep, but he's not worth owning in almost any league unless he earns a sizable role in Boston.
Feb 1 - 10:17 AM

James Young was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.

Young scored 33 points with nine 3-pointers for the Maine Red Claws on Saturday, but he hasn't really been given a chance in Boston. The Celtics are still giving valuable minutes to veteran Tayshaun Prince for some reason, so unless coach Brad Stevens decides to give Young more touches, he won't be worth owning in almost any league.
Feb 1 - 10:13 AM

Andrew Wiggins' rapid development has even surprised head coach Flip Saunders.

"He's above where we thought he would be," coach Flip Saunders said of Wiggins. "There have not been very many rookies that have gone through a 15-game stretch where they're averaging 21 a game and been in a situation where they're taking the other team's best defensive player and playing both ends of the floor." Wiggins is easily the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors, and his owners have got to be thrilled with his growth after a slow start to the season. Wiggins' ceiling is ridiculous, and he's going to be a thrilling player to own for years to come.
Feb 1 - 10:05 AM

Byron Scott praised rookie Jordan Clarkson's recent play since being moved to the starting lineup.

"I think we have a pretty good basketball player in this young kid," Scott said. "When he falls on his face, he gets right back up. He wants to get better; he works his butt off every single day. If you look at his first game [starting] against San Antonio, and his last game [Thursday], he’s shown improvement." Clarkson looks like the point guard to own in Los Angeles now, and with coach Byron Scott hinting that he will keep his current lineup the way it is for the foreseeable future, Clarkson should only get even better.
Source: ESPN LA
Feb 1 - 9:55 AM

Cleanthony Early was recalled from the D-League and will be available to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

The rookie has had some tough luck with injuries this season, and while he does have plenty of potential, he's currently not in the rotation. Early is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues if the Knicks decide to shut Carmelo Anthony down for the season, but it's safe to leave Early on the wire for now.
Feb 1 - 9:37 AM

Coach Doc Rivers admitted that Spencer Hawes is struggling to adjust to his role of coming off the bench for the Clippers.

"He has to play better to play more," Coach Doc Rivers said before Saturday's win over the Spurs. "Minutes are earned, they're not just given out like cookies." Hawes is averaging just 17 minutes per game this season, and he was coming off two scoreless games prior to Saturday. He responded with an 11-point performance against the Spurs, but he is going to need several more games like this before he sees an increase in playing time. As of right now, Hawes isn't worth owning in almost any league.
Feb 1 - 9:29 AM


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