FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) participated in practice Friday.

It's been five years since Stoudemire's been a dominant fantasy force (he averaged 25.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.9 BLK in 2010-11, which was his first season as a New York Knick). Since then, we've seen his production drop off yearly, leading up to his current 11.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 0.9 BLK average of 2014-2015. At this point, Stoudemire's name is worth more than his production in fantasy leagues. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Cavaliers say an MRI revealed a left shoulder strain for Kyrie Irving. He's out Friday, and will be re-evaluated prior to Sunday's game at Houston.

Cavs fans are collectively holding their breaths right now, as the last thing that they want to see is their young All-Star PG on the shelf for an extended period of time. Fantasy owners are even more worried about losing Irving's 21.7 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 3.3 RPG while he's inactive. Analysis: Brad Costilo

James Harden (ankle) participated in the team shootaround, but remains questionable for the game against the Nets on Friday.

After three seasons playing behind Kevin Durant in OKC, Harden has joined him as an elite scorer since becoming a full-time starter as a member of the Houston Rockets. With his top-tier production, you can't leave Harden on your bench any time that he's active in season-long leagues. In DFS formats, Harden is too expensive to consider using him unless he is completely healthy. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Anthony Bennett (ankle) has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Bulls.

The 21-year-old Bennett has no place in any fantasy rosters at this point, as he's averaging only 5.2 PPG and 3.8 RPG. Analysis: Brad Costilo

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) was ruled out for Friday.

When he's been given the opportunity to be a full-time starter, Mayo has produced an average of 17.1 PPG. Unfortunately, Mayo hasn't been given the opportunity to be a full-time starter in his two years with the Bucks. As a result, Mayo just hasn't been producing enough to make him anything other than a guy who teeters between the bench and the final spot on your fantasy roster. While Mayo is dealing with this hamstring injury, he is an easy bench whether he's active or not. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

Jeremy Lin was the starting PG for the Houston Rockets in 2012-2013 season, averaging 13.4 PPG, 6.1 AST, 3.0 REB, and 1.6 STL per game. In the two seasons since then Lin's production has been lower, but he's only been given the opportunity to start about 50% of the time. If Lin can solidify himself as the Lakers starting PG, then his fantasy value will increase quite a bit. Expect him to produce numbers similar to the above stat-line if/when that happens. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Nick Young (knee) is not expected to play Friday.

As I stated yesterday: "Young, who's usually a mediocre source of scoring (at best) with his 13.4 PPG, 1.0 APG, and 2.3 RPG averages, should be removed from any lineups for the next several days until we not only see him return to action, but see him back at 100% healthy." Analysis: Brad Costilo

Bradley Beal (leg) is expected to miss the next two games.

Beal's been a solid scorer this year, averaging 15.0 PPG for his fantasy owners. With this injury, you'll likely want to keep him on your bench until a few days into next week. That will allow Beal enough time to return, and then to return to form. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Tyson Chandler (hip) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Chandler sat out Wednesday night's game along with his backup Amare Stoudemire and is now questionable for the Mavs' Saturday night game. If he is not able to go, Bernard James is the next man up for Dallas. He had seven points with 11 rebounds in 27 minutes Wednesday. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) practiced on Friday.

Stoudemire sat out Wednesday night's game against Atlanta, the second night of a back to back. He comes off the bench to get Tyson Chandler a rest, but it depends on your fantasy need on who you should play. Chandler is the defensive option with rebounds and blocks, but Stoudemire is the one who will be scoring the points. Pick your poison. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chandler Parsons will not play Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Parsons will be held out of action with an ankle injury that has sidelined him the past week. Richard Jefferson has been getting the starts, but is not replicating the same type of production that Parsons can provide. With that, you will want to look elsewhere for production to replace Parsons while he is still out. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Pistons forward Quincy Miller has been assigned to the team's NBA D-League affiliate Grand Rapids.

Miller was acquired on trade deadline day from Sacramento and will be heading to Grand Rapids instead of the Pistons for the time being. In NBA action this year, Miller is averaging 2.8 PPG with 2.0 RPG. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Kevin Garnett (rest) is questionable for Friday's game.

Garnett is going to get some rest from time to time according to Flip Saunders so that will open the door for Adreian Payne to still get a significant amount of playing time. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Minnesota head coach Flip Saunders said he expects Kevin Garnett to play anywhere from 15 to 21 minutes per game and remains open, but not committed, to playing him in back-to-back games,

Garnett isn't close to the fantasy player he once was so getting limited minutes isn't going to help more. He's not the guy you want starting on your fantasy team for production sake, but the guy you want in your locker room as a teammate. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Aaron Brooks will start at PG Friday.

This is likely to be the way it is moving forward while Derrick Rose is sidelined. Kirk Hinrich will come off the bench and serve as the primary depth for both guard positions. Analysis: Howard Bender
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