Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose is questionable for Thursday night due to illness.
Insight: As long as it's not an injury, fantasy owners can deal with it. Rose has played 11 consecutive games which for the injury-prone guard is fantastic. H'e averaging 16.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg. Not his MVP season, but still respectable for a guy who played just 49 games over the past two seasons.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who scored a team-high 26 points in the,107-87, loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday, is expected to miss Thursday's game due to a sore left knee, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Anthony is averaging 23.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg which is significantly below last season's totals. The Knicks don't have many healthy bodies with Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire also watching from the sidelines.
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams is probable for Thursday's game against Golden State while dealing with a sore left calf.
Insight: Adams is seeing around 25 minutes a game, but doesn't produce much with them. He's averaging 7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg. As long as Kendrick Perkins is healthy they will split the time fairly evenly and neither will be fantasy worthy.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is expected to miss Thursday's game against Chicago due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: It's about his pain tolerance and therefore each day is different, but he's missed the past four games so the level must be pretty high. Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes and is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Nets center Mason Plumlee started for Kevin Garnett and led the team in scoring Wednesday.
Insight: Plumlee was 9-of-13 with 23 points. He also had eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists, though, he didn't shoot well at the line (5-of-11). Garnett was only out to receive additional rest, but when that periodically happens this season, Plumlee is worth starting.
Description: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 20 points in the, 105-89, victory over the Nets.
Insight: Lowry shot 7-of-13, including 2-of-3 from the 3-point line and was 4-for-4 at the line. Lowry recorded a double-double with 12 assists and contributed three rebounds and two steals too. He continues to be the No. 1 scoring option without DeMar DeRozan.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade had a monster scoring night.
Insight: Wade accounted for nearly half the Heat's scoring with 42 points. Wade was 12-of-19 from the field, hit two 3-pointers and made an incredible 16-of-21 free throws. He didn't do much else, four rebounds and three assists, but fantasy owners will obviously take the scoring. Unfortunately for Miami, they lost 105-87, against Utah. Wade could be in for more big scoring nights as long as Chris Bosh is out.
Description: Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward had his highest scoring output of the month on Wednesday.
Insight: Hayward had 29 points in 38 minutes against the Heat. He shot 9-of-13, going 4-for-5 from the 3-point line, and a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line. Hayward also contributed seven assists, six rebounds and a block.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis was 11-of-20 from the floor on Wednesday.
Insight: Ellis hit one 3-pointer and two foul shots along with 10 other field goals to score 25 points. Ellis also had eight assists, two rebounds and a steal. That's the first time this season Ellis had at least 25 points and seven assists in the same game.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond had a massive rebounding game versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Drummond grabbed 24 rebounds, which included seven on the offensive glass. He also scored 19 points, shooting 56.3 percent from the field. Additionally, the big man had four steals, three blocks and an assist. Drummond's only blemish was his 1-for-6 at the foul line.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the floor on Wednesday.
Insight: Parsons went 4-for-6 from the 3-point line and made 8-of-9 free throws as well. Parsons also chipped in seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. This month, Parsons is averaging 20.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 2.9 apg.
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss to the Celtics.
Insight: Vucevic continues to be a double-double machine as he has two double-doubles in three games since returning from his back injury. The game he missed the double-double, Vucevic had nine rebounds. The Magic center continues to be a top option at his position.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo recorded a double-double against the Magic.
Insight: Rondo has 13 points and 15 assists in the, 109-92, victory. Rondo shot 50 percent from the floor and perhaps owners are lucky he didn't get to the free-throw line to lower the fantasy team's free-throw percentage. He also had seven rebounds.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson recorded a double-double in the, 111-106, loss to the Suns on Wednesday.
Insight: Jefferson scored 28 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. He did a little bit of everything as he also had two assists, two steals and a block. Jefferson and Kemba Walker both took at least 20 shots, and Walker finished just a point shy of Jefferson with 27. Jefferson finished 13-of-22 from the field.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James led the team with 21 points in the, 127-98, loss to the Hawks Wednesday.
Insight: The up-and-down season continued for the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Since Cleveland won eight in a row, they have dropped three of the last four games. James shot 50 percent versus the Hawks and had just three rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with the 21 points.
Description: Hawks point guard Shelvin Mack had by far his biggest game of the season Wednesday versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Mack played 23 minutes, the most he has been on the floor this month, and scored 24 points. Mack shot an incredible 6-for-6 from downtown and 7-of-8 from the field overall. Judging by the fact Mack had just six 3-point attempts in the last four games combined, he is never going to repeat this performance.
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague will not play on Wednesday against the Cavaliers due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Teague could also miss some additional time. Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack are the two guards for fantasy owners to keep an eye on while Teague is out. Schroder is even a pretty good daily plug-in for Wednesday.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade came up big during Tuesday's win over the Nets.
Insight: Wade went 12-of-24 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for 28 points, five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers. As long as Chris Bosh is sidelined, Wade should have the chance to put up big numbers.
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson shot 50 percent from the field, making 4-of-5 3-pointers on his way to 22 points on Tuesday.
Insight: That still wasn't enough as Golden State snapped their 17-game winning streak in Memphis. Thompson had great shooting numbers, but he didn't contribute much else. He had two rebounds, one steal and one block.
Description: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis returned to fine fashion on Tuesday night.
Insight: Davis was sidelined with a chest injury, but the injury did no affect him on Tuesday, as he went 12-of-15 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. He finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks, and two turnovers. Owners can breathe easy.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler had eight points and 14 rebounds against his former team on Tuesday.
Insight: Chandler had the most rebounds at Madison Square Garden, where his former team resides. Chandler didn't get many offensive opportunities but was efficient, shooting 80 percent. The Dallas center will get lots of rebounds and blocks but won't score much this season.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 26 points in the, 107-87, loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Insight: It was another lackluster performance from the Knicks, who have scored fewer than 90 points in regulation nine times this season. Anthony was 11-of-23, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line with five rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block.
Description: Wizards guard Otto Porter made his first career start against the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Insight: Porter scored 10 points with five rebounds in 23 minutes. That was the most minutes he has played in two weeks. With so many other stars in the lineup, it will be tough for Porter to carve out a nightly role, but fantasy owners should keep an eye on him as long as he remains a starter.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young led the team with 29 points, shooting a great 63.2 percent from the floor on Tuesday.
Insight: Young had a great all-around fantasy day except for his free-throw shooting. Young had four rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with his 29 points, but he shot 5-of-12 from the line. Even though free-throw percentage isn't very good this season (61.7 percent), he is rarely below 50 percent.
Description: Wizards guard John Wall had a huge fantasy night Tuesday.
Insight: Wall recorded 21 points and 17 assists, which tied a season-high. Wall shot 9-of-17 from the field and made 2-of-4 3-pointers. He also had four rebounds and a steal. Wall remains a top-20 option.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is questionable for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn due to flu-like symptoms and missed the morning shootaround.
Insight: That doesn't bode well for fantasy owners. Wade has solid averages this season (21.1 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 spg), and if he can get healthy with Chris Bosh out of the lineup, Wade's scoring won't be limited.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons (back) is questionable for Tuesday's game against New York.
Insight: He has been playing well of late, but missed Saturday's game and was still dealing with the stiff back Monday. Richard Jefferson played 35 minutes Saturday as his replacement and posted a surprising 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Description: Knicks guard Shane Larkin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to illness.
Insight: Larkin could see a lot of playing time if he can get healthy with Iman Shumpert out and J.R. Smith very questionable. Larkin isn't seeing enough time normally to be fantasy worthy and is averaging 5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk scored a team-high 30 points during Monday's win versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He did so off the bench and finished 12-of-17 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. Olynyk also had nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. As long as Olynyk continues to come off the bench, his vlalue will be limited.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love came up big for fantasy owners on Monday night.
Insight: He went 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-5 from the line, and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc for 22 points. Love did not stop there, as he posted 18 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and one turnover. This may have been Love's best game as a Cavalier.
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker (strained left hamstring) is expected to miss Monday's game against Portland.
Insight: Cory Joseph should get the start. He was solid against the Lakers with 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Given the Spurs will be without Parker, GManu Ginobili and Tim Duncan there are a lot of shots and points available.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is dealing with a calf injury that will sideline him indefinitely.
Insight: it could be a day-to-day thing or a week-to-week injury, we don't know. He's been a great fantasy asset to date, averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and there is no one person to pick up the slack.