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Stevie Johnson passed his physical and is officially a member of the 49ers.

Good news for Johnson and for the 49ers. Hopefully we'll see plenty of reports in camp about Colin Kaepernick working on his field of vision and improved ability to spread the ball around, because with Johnson, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in line for targets, this offense could start to be more pass-heavy than it's been in the past.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Julius Randle (left ankle) is probable for Monday's game against the Pacers.

After it being reported earlier that Randle's x-rays were negative, it is now looking like he will not miss anytime with the ankle injury. He is currently listed as probable for Monday's game but he should be good to suit up.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable Monday against the Pacers.

Hibbert is battling an ankle injury that may keep him out of action for a couple days. If he is unable to suit up, look for Tarik Black and Robert Sacre to pick up his playing time. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Kobe Bryant (right shoulder) is questionable Monday against the Pacers.

At this point you should expect to see Kobe's name on the injury report at least once a week. He is not in the shape he once was and therefore needs some more rest heading into games. He is questionable for Monday but he should be good to suit up. If he plays, he could be a nice option in DFS as he has been tearing it up as of late.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Lance Thomas is out until at least Tuesday as he goes through concussion protocol.

Thomas even though he may not have a concussion has to pass through the protocol to get back out on the court. The Knicks may look to hold him off the court till after the All-Star break but that is yet to be seen. Derrick Williams will likely pick up some of his minutes before off the bench.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Aaron Harrison will return Monday from a seven-day assignment to the NBA D-League team in Oklahoma City.

Harrison has not seen much playing time for the Hornets this season but will be back on the squad after a short stint at the D-League. Look for Harrison to see some time off the bench but nothing that will affect fantasy.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

James Harden injured his right hand late in Saturday's game, but said it isn't serious.

This is something to monitor heading into next week as Harden has been playing great over the past couple of weeks. He may have to miss a game due to the hand injury but it does not appear to be serious. Keep an eye out to see when the Rockets officially announce the injury.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Austin Rivers is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.

This is a big blow to the Clippers back court as Rivers was adding some solid minutes off the bench. Expect Redick to be the beneficiary of more minutes during Rivers absence.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

X-Ray’s taken on Julius Randle’s left ankle were negative.

This is good news for the Lakers as Randle avoided a serious ankle injury. He will likely sit out till after the All-Star break with the injury but this is better news than missing an extended period. Look for Brandon Bass to pick up Randle's minutes if he is forced to miss any time.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Enes Kanter came off of the bench and scored 14 points (7-10 FGA, 0-1 FTA) with 15 rebounds and one assist over 20 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.

Rookie coach Billy Donovan has had a very successful start to his coaching career in OKC, but the one thing he’s gotten wrong is the way he’s handled Enes Kanter’s minutes. After getting his max-contract offer matched by the Thunder, the team plays him like he’s nothing more than a rotation guy. Sure he’s not very good defensively, but there’s no denying what he brings on offense and on the glass. In the last five games alone, in just 20.4 minutes per game, Kanter is averaging 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Imagine those numbers if he got five or 10 more minutes per game. Kanter’s fantasy value is nowhere near its peak because he’s not getting the time he deserves. Analysis: James Grande

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points (8-22 FGA, 9-9 FTA) with 12 assists, three rebounds and three steals over 37 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.

Westbrook was good, not great on Saturday. He shot a poor 36-percent from the floor, but made up for it making all nine of his free-throw attempts. His three game triple-double streak ended but he still managed to grab a double-double so maybe a new streak was born. Westbrook is one of the best fantasy options in the league now and for the rest of the season. He does it all for the Thunder and that won’t change one bit going forward. Analysis: James Grande

Kevin Durant scored 40 points (12-25 FGA, 13-13 FTA) with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks over 40 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.

The fact that Kevin Durant missed practically the entire 2014-’15 season and barely skipped a beat is insane. It’s almost like he was never injured in the first place. Anyways, over his last five games specifically, Durant has done serious damage. He’s averaged 33.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. The fact Durant has taken 25 shots in two consecutive games lets us know that Russell Westbrook is finally realizing who the alpha on the Oklahoma City Thunder is. Durant will always be costly in DFS because he has the ability for 70 point outbreaks such as Saturday’s game against the Warriors. Costly or not, he’s one of the best players in the world and is worth every penny. Analysis: James Grande

Klay Thompson scored 18 points (8-15 FGA, 1-1 FTA) with four rebounds over 34 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.

This was the first time in five games Thompson wasn’t able to top 20 points, but that doesn’t mean flames weren’t still visible on his fingertips. Thompson shot 78-percent on shots from the field that weren’t three-pointers. All that said, Thompson did nothing else but score. He didn’t factor into the scorebook in many ways. He had four lousy rebounds outside of his 18 points and that’s it. Analysis: James Grande

Draymond Green scored nine points (3-9 FGA, 3-6 FTA) with 14 rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.

Green didn’t impact the game scoring or passing like he normally does, but he dominated the glass. He had eight more rebounds than the second leading player on the Dubs squad. A week after praising Westbrook and Green for hogging all of the league’s triple-doubles, they meet up and neither player records one – go figure. It’s incredible to say, but this almost feels like a bad game with the way Green has performed all year. He’s arguably been the best power-forward in basketball and one of the ten most valuable players in all of fantasy. Analysis: James Grande

Harrison Barnes scored 19 points (8-14 FGA, 0-2 FTA) with four rebounds over 36 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.

After missing 16 games earlier this season, Barnes hasn’t been the same player as he was before the injury he suffered. He had one of his better games since returning, connecting on 57-percent of his shots and knocking down 3-of-6 three-point attempts. Barnes’ fantasy value is unfortunately capped because of the team he’s on. There’s no doubt in our minds he’d rather be just where he is than be a number one or two option on a bad team, but that sucks for fantasy owners. He becomes a restricted free agent this offseason where he could demand quite a large lump of change. Depending on whether the Warriors decide to make a run at Kevin Durant will ultimately decide if Barnes is back next year. If he’s not, he’ll be an excellent fantasy draft pick. Analysis: James Grande

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