Simmons has yet to make his NBA debut, but his timetable for return has shortened significantly. He will likely be able to play this season, and should help the Sixers as they try to fight for a playoff spot in the East. Simmons should be a solid fantasy asset when he returns.
Ingram will get another start at SF for the Lakers with Luol Deng out with a sprained wrist. Ingram becomes a nice DFS option considering he should see 30+ minutes of action.
Brown sat against the Wizards earlier this week due to an ankle injury but he did travel with the team and is available to play against the Hawks. Brown has shown flashes of talent this season but ultimately hasn't been fantasy viable due to his inconsistent playing time. The rookie is averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over 13 minutes played per game this season.
Bender has been a much better option over the last week and it appears that the Suns are going to roll with the hot hand. He is two games removed from posting a double-double, which is quite an impressive feat for an 18-year old. He should continue to see roughly 20-25 minutes per night, at least until he cools off.
Ricky Rubio is making his return tonight, pushing Dunn to the bench. He had been a bit out-shined by fellow point guard Tyus Jones, which had led to a decrease in minutes even before the return of Rubio. Dunn will see more limited minutes moving forward, making him droppable in standard leagues.
Hield scored 16 points in 15 minutes last night, so it makes sense that the Pelicans would want to ride the hot hand and see what they have in their first round rookie. He can score in bunches and is capable of heating up from outside, so give him a look in DFS if you need a lower priced option.
There have been several different injuries that have been listed next to Murray's name for the last month, but none of them have kept him out of a game(s). Murray maybe healthy but he still isn't seeing enough of court to make him worth rostering at the moment with just 3.7 PPG and 1.0 RPG in the last few games. Until the rotation gets bigger, or he makes his way back into, there is no reason to own him.
The Suns acquired Chriss at the draft after he was taken with the No.8 overall pick out of Washington. Over 13.1 minutes this season he is averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The match-up is also a favorable one for Chriss as the Blazers struggle against opposing front courts however there may not be enough shots for Chriss out of the gate with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and T.J. Warren running that offense.
Poeltl was sent back to the D-League as his play as Jonas Valanciunas's back-up wasn't what the Raptors were looking for. Lucas Nogueira will take Poeltl's spot as the back-up during his time in the D-League.
Maker is starting for Jabari Parker, who will come off the bench due to a violation of team rules. Maker has not gotten much playing time thus far, and is a very rough around the edges prospect. Just because Parker is coming off the bench, does not mean he will not see the majority of the minutes. Avoid Maker Saturday.
Sabonis had a busy draft day after being drafted by the Magic and immediately being traded to the Thunder. Sabonis is a fine young player as he averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds last year for Gonzaga. He's currently playing for the Lithuanian National team so he'll have something to brag about to his country mates in the locker room.
Prince averaged just 7.9 minutes of action in December, but has spent the past couple games down in the D-League. With the likely scenario of Kyle Korver being traded to Cleveland, Prince will likely come up to fill a roster spot. It's unlikely that he'll stick for the rest of the year. If Mike Dunleavy comes to Atlanta from Cleveland then Prince may find himself back in the D-League.
Papagiannis has been recalled to the Kings after playing in 13 games for the Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Hopefully his increased playing time in the D-League has helped him develop a bit as he's appeared in just two NBA games this season, totaling 11 minutes of playing time. He's not someone that should be on your fantasy radar as he's likely not going to be a major player in the team's rotation any time soon.
Valentine missed last night's game due to an illness and it appears as though he will be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the Pelicans. We should know whether or not he'll play before tipoff tomorrow. The rookie out of Michigan State is averaging just over 11 minutes played per game, scoring an average of 3.4 points and snatching 1.6 rebounds.
He'll get the start, but he is not to be trusted for DFS purposes. He has managed to score double-digits just twice all season.
Surprise of the draft. He played in France this season and appears to have very high potential. Nobody expected Yabusele to be selected this high but the draft rarely turns out to be nearly identical to mock drafts. This is the draft of high risk and high reward, this fits the profile. He shot 43% from downtown, which was an issue that needed to be addressed. He looks like a tank.
Baldwin will add depth to the Grizzlies roster, but is not expected to make a significant impact right away. Barring an injury or two there is little chance he will make a lasting impact this time around.
The former Marquette player has looked good in his six games played for the Grand Rapids Drive, scoring 18.3 points per game and adding in 9.8 rebounds. Ellenson has appeared in small parts of ten games for the big league club, scoring just over one point per game and just under one rebound per game when he has played.
Both players were just depth guys on the bench and they will head to the D-League where they can see some consistent playing time.
LeVert has had plenty of issues with his foot throughout his playing career, dating back to his days at Michigan. He was a full participant in Monday's practice, so it seems like he's getting close to returning to action.
Bembry has scored 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in seven minutes a game. Tim Hardaway, Jr. should pick up those extra few minutes.
Richardson was taken 22nd overall by the Hornets but was shipped to the Kings as part of the trade for Marco Belinelli.
Zizic fills the immediate need for the Celtics as they need a big center who has the ability to block shots and rebound. The Celtics fans were seen booing the draft pick, but they most likely know little about him. He's extremely tough, and has a very high motor, both very positive signs in a seven footer.
He was up briefly with the Sixers over the weekend to cover the injury to Robert Covington but played just 10 minutes of action against the Celtics on Saturday. He is now headed back down to the lower level to get more regular playing time with Robert Covington healthy once more. He offers no value in fantasy formats.
The team must want to get him back this season, and are going to take a less invasive approach to start. He was going to fight for minutes during his rookie season anyway, behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan frontcourt starters and veteran Marreese Speights as the primary option off the bench.
Korkmaz was the first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers this year, and it was not clear when he would eventually join the NBA squad. He was previously with Anadolu Efes, the first pro team he played for.
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With Patrick Patterson sidelined, Siakam will make his 35th start of the season for the Raptors. Despite his presence in the starting lineup, Siakam is not someone worth using for DFS tonight as he doesn't normally contribute much in the way of scoring or rebounding.
Labissere, who appeared in just four games for the Kings prior to his demotion, showed promise in his D-League stint, averaging 14.9 points per game in his 17 games played. It's unknown at this point what his role will be with the Kings but it is encouraging that he's been recalled after a solid stretch where he was playing over 30 minutes per game for Reno.
Murray gets his second start in place of Tony Parker, who is sidelined with a foot injury. Parker is going to miss the game against the Nets in Brooklyn on Monday, too, which could lead to a nice little run where Murray becomes a factor in daily lineups. Murray scored 24 points on Thursday in a starting role, with two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes, and he is difficult not to keep in the starting lineup with a stat line like that. He has been tearing it up in the D-League this season as well, so the rookie has the skill set to fill in for Parker over Patty Mills, who is relegated to a back up role currently.
With starting center Zaza Pachulia going to the IR, the Warriors need another center. He is not a guy you want to add to your fantasy rosters, either daily or seasonal.