2017 Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: January 16 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: January 16
Justin Fensterman
 Published Jan 12 4:35 pm (EST)
Darius Miller Headshot

Miller managed three points (1-5 FG, 1-5 3Pt) and two rebounds in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Miller remains mostly a three-point shooting specialist who will occasionally cobble up some additional stats. The Pelicans are usually looking for all the help they can get in the area of bench scoring, with Ian Clark, Miller, and Jameer Nelson chipping in more often than anyone else. Coach Alvin Gentry has shown a willingness to stick with the hot hand down the stretch of close games, and on this night it was Ian Clark who excelled and ultimately replaced Rajon Rondo during crunch time. Meanwhile, Miller has scored in double figures 13 times in 2017-18, and he is averaging 21.3 minutes per game.
Yesterday 11:27 pm (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler provided 28 points (11-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocks across 39 minutes during a 108-102 loss to the Magic on Tuesday.

Butler was excellent across the board despite the loss as he matched a season high with five steals and scored a team-high 28 points. He has been particularly pesky on the defensive end of late, with averages of 3.4 steals and 1.0 block per game over his last five outings. Butler has also scored at least 21 points in seven of nine January games.
Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Bismack Biyombo Headshot

Biyombo recorded 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-5 FT), 16 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Biyombo was phenomenal as he stayed hot in Tuesday's win. He picked up his second consecutive double-double and the 16 boards were a season high. Biyombo is now averaging a stellar 11.8 points on 60 percent shooting, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game over his last five outings, making him an intriguing add. Nikola Vucevic's eventual return will likely affect his value, though.
Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Khem Birch Headshot

Birch contributed 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and one assist across 19 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Birch came out of nowhere for his first double-double and by far his best game of the season as the points, rebounds and blocks were all season highs. The 19 minutes also far eclipsed his previous season-high of seven minutes. He benefited from the absence of Marreese Speights (personal), but this performance could earn him more minutes going forward.
Yesterday 11:23 pm (EST)
Evan Fournier Headshot

Fournier totaled 32 points (12-22 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fournier's 32 points and six three-pointers made marked season highs as he got hot after a quiet 10 points in has last outing. He started the season on fire, with nine 20-point efforts in his first 11 games, and this could be a sign that he is starting to find that form again.
Yesterday 11:23 pm (EST)
Jrue Holiday Headshot

Holiday had 23 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, three steals, and one block in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Holiday has been among the most well-rounded contributors in the league. Through 43 appearances, he is one of eight guys (along with James Harden, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, and DeMarcus Cousins) to be averaging 18 points, five dimes, four boards, and 1.5 steals per game. Moreover, Holiday sits second on that list in field-goal shooting (49.5 percent), so he has also been very efficient.
Yesterday 11:14 pm (EST)
Ian Clark Headshot

Clark had 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Clark followed up last Wednesday's 10-point performance with a pair of five-point outings. However, he earned a season-high minute total in Tuesday's overtime victory, receiving the nod to play late in the contest over starting point guard Rajon Rondo while Jrue Holiday assumed the lead ball handler responsibilities. Clark provides better spacing and defense than Rondo, and Holiday is a capable creator, so Pelicans' coach Alvin Gentry could turn to Clark more often during crunch time if he keeps producing.
Yesterday 10:46 pm (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis exploded for 45 points (16-34 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 13-15 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Davis has been dominant of late, averaging 43.0 points (on 56.3 percent shooting), 14.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists in 45.3 minutes over the last three games. The last two tilts both went to overtime, so that has been a factor. Nevertheless, Davis is clearly a threat to put up these numbers on any given night, and he has remained relatively healthy thus far in 2017-18.
Yesterday 10:34 pm (EST)
Quinn Cook Headshot

The Warriors assigned Cook to the G-League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Tuesday.

Cook has gotten some run at point guard when Steph Curry has been sidelined this season, but has not seen the court since Dec. 23. He will now look to get some reps in the G-League while he awaits another opportunity.
Yesterday 9:45 pm (EST)
Damian Jones Headshot

Jones was assigned to the G-League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Tuesday.

Jones has been back-and-forth between the NBA and G-League this season. He has logged just two minutes on the court during his time in Golden State, so his absence will have no affect on the rotation.
Yesterday 9:37 pm (EST)
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