Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll will not play versus the 76ers on Saturday.
Insight: That means Kent Bazemore will get the majority of the minutes at small forward. Thabo Sefolosha injured his calf on Friday, so that's why the job falls to Bazemore. Carroll should be held onto in standard leagues.
Description: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley is probable for Saturday's game versus the Thunder.
Insight: Conley has missed the last two games with a wrist injury, but he plans to play on Saturday. Owners in daily leagues don't want to count on Conley anyway because he will have to play defense on Russell Westbrook.
Description: Wizards guard John Wall didn't participate in the team's shootaround on Saturday, but his teammates believe he will play according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Bradley Beal and Garrett Temple both told the Washington Post they thought Wall would play. Wall is battling ankle and Achilles injuries while also dealing with migraines. Check back before tip to see an update on Wall.
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris will play on Saturday versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Harris originally though he suffered a knee injury on Thursday night, but it turned out to just be a bruse to his right quad. This is great news, so fantasy owners should start him as they normally would.
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is listed as probable for Saturday's game versus the Pacers according to NBA.com.
Insight: Cousins played through a left ankle sprain on Friday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he is somewhat limited in the second game of a back-to-back set. Cousins, though, is a must-start if he plays.
Description: Knicks forward Lance Thomas is signed with the team for the remainder of the season.
Insight: Thomas, along with a few other younger players, have rejuvenated the Knicks locker room, but they aren't really fantasy relevant. Thomas could start to see some major minutes if Carmelo Anthony is shut down for the season, but until then, he should remain on the waiver wire.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 22 points in the loss on Friday.
Insight: Butler was 8-of-18 from the field, including just 1-for-6 from the 3-point line. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Butler is averaging 20.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.2 apg this season.
Description: Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe shot 8-of-16 to lead the Suns past the Bulls, 99-93, on Friday.
Insight: Bledsoe led the team with 23 points, hitting two 3-pointers. He also had six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Bledsoe is having a nice season, averaging 16.9 ppg, 6.0 apg and 5.3 rpg this season.
Description: Hawks guard/forward Kent Bazemore played a season-high 40 minutes on Friday versus the Trail Blazers.
Insight: Without DeMarree Carroll and backup Thabo Sefelosha, Bazemore saw plenty of playing time, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. He could see a lot more playing time because it appears as if Sefelosha is going to miss extensive time. Carroll, however, is expected to play on Saturday, but Bazemore is worth watching.
Description: Pelicans G/F Tyreke Evans had 11 points in Friday's victory.
Insight: That was a bit disappointing since Anthony Davis wasn't in the lineup, but Evans did have 12 assists and eight rebounds to make up for it. Evans is averaging 16.6 ppg and 9.2 apg over the last five games.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul led the team with 24 points in the loss on Friday to the Pelicans.
Insight: It was a disappointing, 108-103, loss to New Orleans, who was playing without Anthony Davis. Paul was 10-of-20 from the field, including 3-for-9 from the 3-point line. He also had eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Description: Pelicans guard Eric Gordon scored a game-high 28 points as New Orleans defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-103, on Friday.
Insight: Again without Anthony Davis, Gordon shined. He was 10-of-20 from the field, making 5-for-7 from the 3-point line. He also had seven assists, two rebounds and a steal. If Davis stays out of the lineup for an extended period of time, Gordon should get some serious looks in standard leagues.
Description: Heat center Hassan Whiteside posted an impressive another impressive double-double in the loss on Friday.
Insight: Whiteside hasn't produced his block magic again he had last Sunday, but he had 16 points and 24 rebounds versus the Mavericks on Friday. He was 7-of-11 from the field. Give Whiteside a serious look in standard leagues.
Description: Mavericks power forward Charlie Villanueva led the team with 20 points in the victory over the Heat on Friday.
Insight: Villanueva was 7-of-15 coming off the bench, including 6-of-11 from the 3-point line. He also had five rebounds and a block. There's no way Villanueva repeats this performance. In the 14 other games in January combined, he has seven 3-pointers and 39 points.
Description: Nets guard Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 35 points versus the Raptors on Friday.
Insight: Jack has surprised fantasy owners this season, averaging 11.6 ppg, 4.7 apg and 3.2 rpg this season. He has steadily improved this season, averaging 13.3 ppg in January and 17.6 ppg in the last five games.
Description: Raptors power forward Amir Johnson shot 10-of-11 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line on Friday.
Insight: As a result, Johnson had a great night with 24 points and seven rebounds. The 24 points is the most scoring Johnson has done in a single game since Dec. 5. This month, Johnson is averaging 9.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg, so expect him to return around those numbers in the next game.
Description: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan led Toronto to a, 127-122, overtime victory versus the Nets on Friday.
Insight: DeRozan led Toronto with 26 points and nine assists. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 8-for-9 at the line. DeRozan has been hot and cold since his return this month, but overall he is averaging 15.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.7 apg.
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas led the team with 26 points in the victory over the Celtics.
Insight: Motiejunas is getting a great opportunity with Dwight Howard out for the foreseeable future. With James Harden struggling Friday, Motiejunas took over, going 11-of-16 from the field, with 12 rebounds. Motiejunas is one of a couple Rockets' players that could really benefit without Howard in the lineup.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had an off night for his standards.
Insight: That's back-to-back games where Harden failed to score 20 points. He was just 4-of-21 with 14 points versus the Celtics on Friday. He did also have seven assists and six rebounds, so it wasn't a disaster, but owners are hoping Harden's shooting improves quickly.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving followed up his 55-point game with 21 points versus the Kings.
Insight: Irving made three more 3-pointers, but with LeBron James back in the lineup, Irving just wasn't going to get the same number of shot attempts. He had more 3-point attempts on Wednesday than he had shot attempts Friday with James back. Irving was still solid with six assists and three rebounds to go with 21 points and 50 percent from behind the arc.
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 37 points in the loss to the Hawks on Friday.
Insight: Aldridge was 15-of-24 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. He also shot 5-for-5 at the line. Throw in 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, it was a very good fantasy night for Aldridge.
Description: Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double in the victory over the Timberwolves on Friday.
Insight: Carter-Williams had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-for-6 at the line. Without Tony Wroten in the lineup, Carter-Williams should continue to accumulate numbers.
Description: Timberwolves rookie point guard Zach LaVine left Friday's game with a left ankle sprain and is questionable to return according to RotoWorld.
Insight: LaVine walked under his own power, but he hobbled to the locker room. Lorenzo Brown will play in LaVine's place since Mo Williams is also out. LaVine had five points, three rebounds, three assists, a steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes before leaving.
Description: Heat guard Norris Cole will not start on Friday despite Dwyane Wade not in the lineup.
Insight: The Heat will be going with rookie Shabazz Napier instead. Cole is not fantasy relevant.
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Description: Heat rookie Shabazz Napier will start on Friday versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Napier has two starts this season and is averaging 11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.0 3-pointers and 1.5 spg in those two games. Napier is an intriguing player in deeper leagues, but in standard leagues, owners can wait to see how he plays Friday.
Description: Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha left Friday's game with a right calf strain according to AJC.com.
Insight: Sefolosha started versus the Trail Blazers on Friday because the team gave DeMarre Carroll the night off with an Achilles injury. Since Sefolosha is not returning, Kent Bazemore moves into the starting role for Friday.
Sefolosha is a defensive guard with more real-life value than fantasy value. He's averaging just 5.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg. When he's out, Kyle Korver and Demarre Carroll get more minutes.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James will play versus the Kings.
Insight: James was considered doubtful, but he is going to play. James can be placed back into lineups. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will not see the boost in value they would have saw if James didn't play.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons will not play on Friday due to an illness.
Insight: He is likely just sick. Richard Jefferson will take most of Parsons' minutes on Friday. Jefferson scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds in 35 minutes in the last game the Mavericks played without Parsons.
Description: Timberwolves rookie point guard Zach LaVine will start again on Friday.
Insight: LaVine was 7-of-9 from the field, including 1-for-1 from the 3-point line, on his way to 17 points on Wednesday. He was also 2-for-2 at the free-throw line. He might be worth the gamble again on Friday to see if he can keep it going.
Description: Timberwolves guard Mo Williams will not play versus the 76ers due to personal reasons.
Insight: That means Zach LaVine will start at point guard. LaVine scored 17 points, going 7-of-9 from the field, with six assists, four rebounds and three steals, so it might not be a bad idea to roll with him again.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James will be a game-time decision on Friday versus the Kings due to his wrist.
Insight: James is considered doubtful for the game, so plan to not have him. Shawn Marion will start again if James cannot go. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, however, will see the biggest boost in fantasy value if James doesn't play.
Description: Lakers guard/forward Nick Young (sprained his right ankle) missed Thursday's game against the Bulls and was limited in Friday's shootaround.
Insight: Coach Byron Scott said he did some running but couldn't really cut. That makes him more doubtful than questionable. Wayne Ellington gets to take a lot fo shots when Young and Kobe Bryant aren't around.
Description: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is not happy about not being named to the All-Star team and that could be good for fantasy owners.
Insight: "It ain't always gone be peaches and cream, but somebody has to pay for the reason it's not," said Lillard. Sounds like someone is going to see an intense basketball player this evening in Atlanta. Lillard is having a great season, averaging 22 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.4 steals and 2.7 three-pointers per night.
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol posted more good numbers as he thrives in Chicago.
Insight: He had 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, but it wasn't enough as his Bulls fell to the Lakers Thursday night. He's the Bulls inside game and with Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose on the outside he has plenty of room to operate.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (illness) played Thursday's game against the Lakers, but hurt his left knee and his status for Friday is up in the air, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Butler played through it and posted 35 points in 49 minutes of the double-overtime thriller, but check back to make sure it doesn't get worse over the night.
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris told the Orlando Sentinel that he hurt his right knee on Thursday.
Insight: Harris left Thursday's game in the third quarter with a leg injury, which RotoWorld was speculating was an ankle injury. It turns out that it is a knee injury that doesn't appear to serious at the moment. Consider him questionable for Saturday's game versus the Mavericks.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried led the team in points and rebounds versus the Grizzlies on Thursday.
Insight: That isn't saying much as Faried had 10 points and seven rebounds as Memphis manhandled Denver, 99-69. Faried has been alright this season, averaging 12.0 ppg and 8.9 rpg, but the expectations for him were higher.
Description: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph extended his double-double streak to 11 games on Thursday.
Insight: Randolph has played 11 games since returning from injury and has a double-double in every single game. Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds on Thursday. He was 6-of-14 from the field with two assists and a steal. He is averaging 19.6 ppg and 13.1 rpg over the last 11 games.
Description: Memphis G/F Vince Carter left Thursday's game due to a foot injury according to RotoWorld.
Insight: He will undergo an MRI. Carter was able to walk around and put weight on his foot so that's a good sign. Hopefully, owners are not counting on Carter for much fantasy production. He averages 6.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.3 apg in 16.8 mpg.
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris left Thursday's game versus the Bucks with a right ankle injury according to RotoWorld.
Insight: Harris rolled his ankle a few weeks ago, and he seems to have reinjured the same ankle. He missed five games due to his right ankle injury a few weeks ago. He finished with seven points, five rebounds and one assist. Stay tuned.
Description: Bucks backup shooting guard Jerryd Bayless came off the bench and led the team in scoring on Thursday versus the Magic.
Insight: That is an impressive feat considering all five of Milwaukee's starters were in double figures. Bayless had 19 points as he went 6-of-9 from the field with two 3-pointers. He also had three steals, two rebounds and an assist.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert posted a double-double in Thursday's victory over the Knicks.
Insight: Hibbert had 18 points and 10 rebounds in what was his most impressive performance for some time. He shot 9-of-11 from the field and also had an assist, a block and a steal. If only he could consistently produce these kinds of numbers.
Description: Pacers backup center Lavoy Allen left Thursday's game with a sore right knee versus the Knicks.
Insight: Allen walked into the locker room under his own power with a slight limp according to Pacers reporter Scott Agness. He had eight points, five rebounds and one assist in nine minutes before leaving.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will receive a second opinion on his right knee injury according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Howard will miss at least two games and could miss much more time. He missed two weeks with a knee injury at the end of last season, and at this point this injury is considered more serious. Fantasy owners should probably assume Howard will be out at least through the All-Star break. However long he is out, Terrence Jones will continue to see plenty of opportunities.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will start versus the Pacers on Thursday.
Insight: Anthony and the Knicks are playing the second game of a back-to-back set on Thursday, and Anthony scored 31 points on Wednesday. He is playing and is a must-start. It would still be best to sell Anthony, however, because the chances he gets shutdown for the remainder of the season are still very high.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill will be on a minutes cap on Thursday versus the Knicks.
Insight: Hill has been limited to 20 minutes per game over the last three games and will be held to the same limit. He has still produced in the reduced court time, however, averaging 14.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.0 3-pointers per game over that stretch.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles will play on Thursday versus the Knicks.
Insight: Frank Vogel is likely going to ease him back into the rotation by playing him in spots according to Pacers reporter Scott Agness. He is a risky play in daily fantasy because it is unclear how much he will actually play.