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Marvin Williams plays through toe injury 01-23-2017
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams played through a sore toe on Monday and finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes. Maybe he should ding up his toe more often, as this was one of his best games in recent memory. Williams went to the locker room with the injury, but was able to come back quickly and continue the game. Just keep an eye out for news on Tuesday if you own him, but we're guessing he's fine.
Marco Belinelli scores 18 with two 3-pointers 01-23-2017
Marco Belinelli G CHA
Marco Belinelli came off the bench and hit 5-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for 18 points, three rebounds,, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes on Monday. The 18 points were the most he's scored since Dec. 17 and he's now scored in double figures in three of his last four games. He's far from a must-own player, but if you need some points and threes, he's worth a look right now, as long as he can stay hot. The fact that Nicolas Batum had one of his worst games of the season helped Belinelli see 29 minutes, which is the most he's played in the month of January.
Nicolas Batum struggles in loss to Wizards 01-23-2017
Nicolas Batum G CHA
Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points, seven rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of Monday's 109-99 loss to the Wizards. Batum didn't have a 3-pointer, steal or block tonight, marking just the fourth time this season he didn't have at least one of them in a game. He'd hit double figures in scoring in his previous three games and has been dynamite since returning from his knee injury, so don't be too discouraged by tonight's disappointing line. He'll bounce back.
Cody Zeller scores 13, fills stat sheet 01-23-2017
Cody Zeller C CHA
Cody Zeller hit 4-of-7 shots and 5-of-5 free throws for 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks before fouling out of Monday's 109-99 loss to the Wizards. Zeller's line might have been even more impressive had he not fouled out, while Roy Hibbert played just 12 minutes off the bench for five points and two rebounds, despite Zeller's disqualification. Zeller is basically a must-own center right now and this game backs up that thinking.
Dante Cunningham (illness) checks back in 01-23-2017
Dante Cunningham F NO
Dante Cunningham (illness) has returned to Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers. That's nice, but Cunningham has very little fantasy value even with Anthony Davis on the shelf. Leave him on the wire.
Austin Rivers (ankle) available to return 01-23-2017
Austin Rivers G LAC
Austin Rivers (ankle) is available to return on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Dan Woike on Twitter
The injury looked pretty bad and Rivers had quite a limp, but the Clippers finally get some injury luck with this report. Rivers was the best player on the floor in the first half, so his owners are very fortunate right now. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Austin Rivers (ankle) goes to locker room 01-23-2017
Austin Rivers G LAC
Austin Rivers (ankle) left Monday's game vs. the Hawks and went back to the locker room.
Dante Cunningham (illness) Q to return 01-23-2017
Dante Cunningham F NO
Dante Cunningham (illness) is questionable to return on Monday vs. the Cavaliers.

Pelicans PR on Twitter
He has a stomach illness, so he's probably closer to doubtful. If Cunningham doesn't return, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas will benefit. Cunningham has no fantasy value anyways.
Terrence Jones starting for Anthony Davis 01-23-2017
Terrence Jones F NO
Terrence Jones is starting in place of Anthony Davis on Monday vs. the Cavaliers. The last time Davis missed a game on Jan. 12, Jones started and went bonkers with 24 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one triple 38 minutes. Jones is an elite handcuff for Davis' owners, but he also has some standalone value which makes him worth owning in standard leagues.
Marvin Williams (toe) returns to game 01-23-2017
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams (right big toe contusion) has returned on Monday vs. the Wizards.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
He briefly left the game and went back to the locker room, but he returned to the bench moments later and quickly checked back into the game. We'll have an update after the game, but this sounds very minor. Frank Kaminsky will benefit if this issue lingers.
Steven Adams (concussion) will play Monday 01-23-2017
Steven Adams C OKC
Steven Adams (concussion) will play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

Steve McGehee on Twitter
He returns just in time to face Rudy Gobert. The matchup is brutal, but season-long owners can activate Adams in lineups after a two-game absence. Barring a surprise, Jerami Grant will return to the bench with Adams back in action.
Dewayne Dedmon starting, Lee to bench 01-23-2017
Dewayne Dedmon C SA
Dewayne Dedmon will start in place of David Lee on Monday vs. the Nets.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
It makes sense. The Spurs will need Dedmon's defense against Brook Lopez and this move should keep Lee somewhat fresh for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors. Lee still looks like the better pickup in standard leagues after coming off two straight double-doubles, but Dedmon is worth keeping an eye on if you're searching the wire for blocks.
Kyle Anderson starting for Kawhi Leonard 01-23-2017
Kyle Anderson F SA
Kyle Anderson will start at small forward in place of the resting Kawhi Leonard.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
Leonard will be back on Tuesday vs. Toronto, so Anderson is not a viable fantasy pickup. In nine previous starts this season, Anderson averaged 3.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steal. We should see a heavy dose of Jonathon Simmons as well.
C.J. Miles starting, Glenn Robinson to bench 01-23-2017
C.J. Miles F IND
C.J. Miles will start in place of Glenn Robinson III on Monday vs. the Knicks.

Pacers on Twitter
The Pacers have lost two straight games and coach Nate McMillan wants to shake things up. Miles has been held to single-digit points in his last four games, but maybe the move into the first unit will get him going. Put him on your radar if you need 3-pointers.
Jon Leuer starting, Tobias Harris to bench 01-23-2017
Jon Leuer F DET
Jon Leuer is starting on Monday vs. the Hornets, sending Tobias Harris back to the bench.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope starting Monday 01-23-2017
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is starting as expected on Monday vs. the Kings.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
Anthony Davis (quad) officially out Monday 01-23-2017
Anthony Davis F NO
Anthony Davis (quad) has been officially ruled out for Monday's game vs. Cleveland.

Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
Coach Alvin Gentry said on Sunday that he expected Davis to play, but he changed his tune during the pre-game media session in which he called him doubtful. The injury is "basically a charley horse" according to Gentry, but the Pelicans always treat their franchise player with kid gloves. Terrence Jones looks like a strong play in all formats tonight.
Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) out again Monday 01-23-2017
Rodney Stuckey G IND
Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. the Knicks.

Pacers on Twitter
He still has no timetable for a return. Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles will continue to log around 20 minutes each off the bench until Stuckey is cleared to return.
MRI comes back clean on Augustin's ankle 01-23-2017
D.J. Augustin G ORL
The MRI results on D.J. Augustin's sprained right ankle came back clean, and he's expected to be listed as day-to-day moving forward.

Chris Haynes on Twitter
Augustin might not be able to play Tuesday against the Bulls, but it doesn't sound like he's going to be forced into a lengthy absence here. If Augustin can't play Tuesday, Elfrid Payton will be forced into heavy minutes and Mario Hezonja could see some extended run with the second unit. Stay tuned.
Update: Spencer Dinwiddie will start Monday 01-23-2017
Spencer Dinwiddie G BKN
Updating a previous report, Spencer Dinwiddie will start Monday vs. the Spurs.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
The Nets will go with a Dinwiddie-Randy Foye starting backcourt, so Sean Kilpatrick is likely bound for the bench. To this point, Dinwiddie hasn't done enough as a starter to warrant a roster spot in any setting.
Sean Kilpatrick will come off the bench 01-23-2017
Sean Kilpatrick G BKN
Updating a previous report, Sean Kilpatrick will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Spurs.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
The Nets are going to start Randy Foye next to Spencer Dinwiddie in the backcourt. With Jeremy Lin (hamstring) out for the next 3-5 weeks, Kilpatrick has an opportunity to build off his 13-point effort on Saturday vs. the Hornets when he added four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. If he has another strong game tonight, it might be time to give him a look again.
Aaron Brooks (right knee) out Monday vs. NYK 01-23-2017
Aaron Brooks G IND
Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Knicks.

Indiana Pacers on Twitter
This is the first we're hearing of a knee issue for Brooks, but considering it's just soreness, he should be able to get back to the court for Thursday's game in Minnesota. With Brooks on the sidelines, Monta Ellis will likely pick up most of his minutes and Joe Young could get into the rotation.
Thon Maker will return to the bench Monday 01-23-2017
Thon Maker will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Rockets.

Matt Velazquez on Twitter
Jabari Parker is back in the starting five following his disciplinary benching, so Maker may not even see the floor tonight. The Bucks will go with a starting five of Matthew Dellavedova, Tony Snell, Giannis Antetkounmpo, Parker and Miles Plumlee, with John Henson shifting to the second unit.
Anthony Davis (quad) doubtful for Monday 01-23-2017
Anthony Davis F NO
Alvin Gentry doesn't anticipate Anthony Davis (quad) being able to play Monday vs. Cleveland.

Justin Verrier on Twitter
Gentry hasn't yet officially ruled him out, calling AD a game-time call, but he acknowledged that he doesn't expect Davis to take the court tonight. If Davis is forced to the sidelines, Terrence Jones would move into the starting lineup, and he'd make for an intriguing DFS play. Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday will also shoulder the offensive burden if Davis is out. Stay tuned.
Kawhi Leonard (hand, Nets) out Monday 01-23-2017
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard (hand, Nets) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
He's resting for "precautionary" reasons against the worst team in the NBA, so Leonard's owners can expect to have him back for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors. With Leonard out, expect to see a lot of Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson at the three.
John Henson will come off the bench 01-23-2017
John Henson F MIL
John Henson will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Rockets.

Bucks on Twitter
Here we go again. The Bucks have lost five games in a row so coach Jason Kidd is shaking things up by moving Miles Plumlee into the starting unit. Henson will either be in a three-man rotation at center tonight or could even pick up a DNP-CD if Kidd wants to send him a message, so it makes sense to take him out of your lineup.
Miles Plumlee starting, John Henson to bench 01-23-2017
Miles Plumlee C MIL
Miles Plumlee is starting in place of John Henson on Monday vs. the Rockets.

Bucks on Twitter
You just have to laugh at this point as coach Jason Kidd is up to his old tricks. The Bucks have lost five games in a row, but moving Plumlee back into the first unit over Henson and Greg Monroe is a crime. The $52 million Plumlee is averaging 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds this season and is not a fantasy pickup.
Jabari Parker, Dellavedova starting Monday 01-23-2017
Jabari Parker F MIL
Jabari Parker and Matthew Dellavedova will start Monday vs. the Rockets.

Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter
Parker is back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Saturday for disciplinary reasons, which will send Thon Maker back to the bench, and Dellavedova will hold onto his starting spot over the impressive rookie Malcolm Brogdon. Miles Plumlee will also move into the starting lineup, which will send John Henson back to the bench. Jason Kidd hasn't been fiddling with his rotations as much this season, so we were do for this sort of unorthodox move. Parker is obviously a must-start.
Bradley Beal (foot) will start Monday vs. CHA 01-23-2017
Bradley Beal G WAS
Updating a previous report, Bradley Beal (foot) will start Monday against the Hornets.

Candace Buckner on Twitter
Bradley Beal will start on Monday vs. CHA 01-23-2017
Bradley Beal G WAS
Bradley Beal (sore left foot) will start on Monday vs. the Hornets.

Candace Buckner on Twitter
He popped up on the injury report less than an hour ago after taking a hard fall in Saturday's game vs. the Pistons. However, Beal made it through warmups just fine and there's no word of any limitations. DFS owners should tread carefully, but season-long owners can fire him up in all lineups.
Marreese Speights coming off the bench 01-23-2017
Marreese Speights F LAC
Marreese Speights will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Dan Woike on Twitter
The Clippers are going to play small ball tonight with Raymond Felton moving back into the first unit. This was Speights' last chance to start for a while because Blake Griffin (knee) is expected to play on Tuesday vs. Philly. Even in a bench role, Speights is still a bargain bin option in DFS because he can fill it up in a hurry.
Raymond Felton will start Monday vs. Atlanta 01-23-2017
Raymond Felton G LAC
Raymond Felton will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Hawks.

Dan Woike on Twitter
According to Dan Woike of the OC Register, Marreese Speights will come off the bench tonight, which suggests the Clippers will go with their small ball lineup of Felton, Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan. Through seven starts this season, Felton owns averages of 10.3 points, 5.0 boards, 5.0 dimes, 1.9 steals and 1.9 turnovers per game, so he's on the radar in DFS.
Blake Griffin will 'most likely' play Tuesday 01-23-2017
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin (knee) will "most likely" play on Tuesday vs. the 76ers according to coach Doc Rivers.

Kevin Arnovitz on Twitter
In case you missed it, Griffin has already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Hawks. Griffin is feeling great and Rivers said a couple weeks ago that he doesn't want the All-Star PF to be limited upon his return, so he could hit the ground running. If he plays on Tuesday, that means he should also be good for Saturday's showdown vs. the Warriors. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all take a hit with this report.
Spencer Dinwiddie will come off the bench Mon 01-23-2017
Spencer Dinwiddie G BKN
Spencer Dinwiddie will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Spurs.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
Randy Foye will get that start at point guard tonight, meaning that Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead will be splitting the reserve minutes. Dinwiddie wasn't worth owning as a starter, and he'll only be worse as a reserve.
Randy Foye will start vs. Spurs on Monday 01-23-2017
Randy Foye G BKN
Randy Foye will start against the Spurs on Monday.

Anthony Puccio on Twitter
Brian Lewis of the New York Post is reporting that Foye will start at PG, so that will shift Spencer Dinwiddie to to the bench. The Nets announced on Monday that Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will miss the next 3-5 weeks, but Foye still can't be trusted in standard leagues right now.
Caris LeVert (rest) out Monday vs. the Spurs 01-23-2017
Caris LeVert will be rested for Monday's game against the Spurs.

Anthony Puccio on Twitter
Head coach Kenny Atkinson is taking rest days to a new level, sometimes allowing his guys to play in back-to-back sets but then forcing them to the sidelines due to the amount of games played during a seemingly random span of days. The Nets do have four games coming up this week, so that's likely Atkinson's justification here. With LeVert out, there will be more opportunity for guys like Bojan Bogdanovic and Sean Kilpatrick. Expect LeVert to play Wednesday against the Heat.
Tyler Johnson (shoulder) hopeful to travel 01-23-2017
Tyler Johnson G MIA
Tyler Johnson (shoulder), who will miss Monday's game against the Warriors, is hopeful that he can travel with the Heat on their upcoming two-game road trip.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
Johnson will be examined by one of Miami's doctors on Monday night to determine if an MRI will be required to further assess the injury, and as previously stated, the primary concern here is that this is his surgically repaired shoulder. We'll be awaiting information from Johnson's medical exam, but with him set to spend Monday night on the sidelines, we should see a ton of Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters. Johnson is a hold until we have more information to go off.
Brian Roberts (illness) ruled out for Monday 01-23-2017
Brian Roberts G CHA
Brian Roberts (illness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Wizards.

Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
Roberts rarely makes appearances in the rotation, so his absence from tonight's game will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops.
Bradley Beal (foot) questionable for Monday 01-23-2017
Bradley Beal G WAS
Bradley Beal (sore left foot) is questionable to play Monday against the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
This is the first time we're hearing of a left foot issue with Beal, but it's worth noting that the leg that has caused him to miss so much time in the past is his right leg, so this is technically to his good leg. He's likely headed for a game-time call, but if Beal is forced to the sidelines, Sheldon McClellan could move into the starting lineup, while John Wall and Markieff Morris would do the heavy lifting on offense. Stay tuned.
Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) on track to play Mon 01-23-2017
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is on track to play Monday vs. the Kings.

Rod Beard on Twitter
Stan Van Gundy gave him the probable tag, and he looked fine while going through his pregame routine (video below), so owners can go ahead and plan on having him active for tonight's game against the Kings. Reggie Bullock will head back to the bench with KCP active, and Stanely Johnson will lose some minutes. Check back for an official update closer to tip-off.
Darrell Arthur (knee) probable for Tuesday 01-23-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur (knee) is probable to play Tuesday against the Jazz.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He'll see his playing time in the 15-20 minute range, which isn't enough minutes for him to make a difference in most settings. Leave him on the wire.
Gary Harris, Darrell Arthur probable Tuesday 01-23-2017
Gary Harris G DEN
Gary Harris (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) are probable to play Tuesday vs. Utah.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Harris looked fantastic in his return from a three-game absence on Sunday, and the probable tag in Denver means he'll play. Arthur hasn't looked any worse for the wear in his previous two outings, but he doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues. Harris was supposed to have a minutes restriction on Sunday, but ended up logging 35 minutes, which suggests the ankle issue is completely behind him. Make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire.
Report: Nuggets claim Mo Williams off waivers 01-23-2017
Mo Williams G DEN
The Nuggets have reportedly claimed Mo Williams off waivers.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Williams was originally traded from Cleveland to Atlanta to help facilitate the Kyle Korver deal, then Atlanta sent him to Denver in order to sign Gary Neal to a 10-day contract, after which Denver waived him to get closer to the salary floor. However, Philadelphia then claimed Williams off waivers and abruptly waived him, also to get closer to the salary floor; and now Denver has reclaimed him and will again waive him.
Russell says calf more of an issue than knee 01-23-2017
D'Angelo Russell G LAL
D'Angelo Russell said that his strained left calf is giving him more pain than the mildly sprained right knee, but he doesn't believe either ailments are all that serious.

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
Russell is going to spend the next 1-2 weeks on the sidelines, but this statement hints that he may be able to meet the earlier end of that timetable. Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram will all see some increased opportunity with Russell on the sidelines, with Williams offering the most upside out of that group. Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas may be able to get some spot-starts, but they remain irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) questionable Tuesday 01-23-2017
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
Mudiay missed Sunday's game with the back issue, which resulted in Jameer Nelson moving into the starting lineup and Jamal Murray logging extending minutes with the second unit. If Mudiay is out again on Tuesday, it'll be more of the same. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Chris McCullough recalled from the D-League 01-23-2017
Chris McCullough F BKN
Chris McCullough has been recalled from the D-League.

Brooklyn Nets on Twitter
Sweet.
Jake Layman headed for a D-League stint 01-23-2017
Jake Layman has been assigned to Portland's D-League affiliate.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The rookie is a negligible part of the rotation on most nights, so he'll get some much-needed experience in the D-League. There's no fantasy value here.
Report: Joel Embiid expected to play Friday 01-23-2017
Joel Embiid C PHI
Joel Embiid (left knee bruise) is expected to play Friday vs. the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
While Embiid is officially being listed as doubtful for Tuesday, Brett Brown has already acknowledged that he will not take the court for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, nor will he play Wednesday in Milwaukee. However, it sounds like this will only be a two-game absence for The Process. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will pick up most of the center minutes in his absence, and Richaun Holmes may be able to see limited minutes in the rotation. Noel is the primary beneficiary here.
Lance Thomas (face) to miss at least one week 01-23-2017
Lance Thomas F NY
Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) will miss at least the next week of action.

New York Daily News
"He's getting used to the mask. I think that takes a little adjusting to," Jeff Hornacek said. "About a week maybe." Mindaugas Kuzminskas is going to pick up most of Thomas' minutes while he's on the sidelines but with Kristaps Porzingis back on the court, Kuzminskas won't get enough run to matter in most formats.
Brandan Wright goes through a full practice 01-23-2017
Brandan Wright F MEM
Brandan Wright (left ankle surgery) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

Chris Vernon on Twitter
He's inching his way closer to a return, but he's not going to have much value with JaMychal Green, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol all healthy.
Wade expected to play Tuesday and Wednesday 01-23-2017
Dwyane Wade G CHI
Dwyane Wade is expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Magic and Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Vincent Goodwill on Twitter
The Bulls will likely limit his minutes in one game of the back-to-back set just like they did in their previous set -- Wade played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Jan. 20 and 35 minutes vs. the Kings on Jan. 21. Just keep in mind that the lopsided score was a factor in the Atlanta game. Wade is safe to deploy in season-long leagues, but he's very risky in DFS.
Patrick Patterson (knee) returns to practice 01-23-2017
Patrick Patterson F TOR
Patrick Patterson (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

Eric Koreen on Twitter
It sounds like he's expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs after missing the last six games. With Jared Sullinger and Lucas Nogueira both healthy, the Raptors will be able to ease Patterson back into action and we'd be very surprised if his role of 28.0 minutes per game doesn't take a sizable hit.
Tyler Zeller (illness) available Tuesday 01-23-2017
Tyler Zeller C BOS
Tyler Zeller (illness) will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

A. Sherrod Blakeley on Twitter
Zeller fell out of the rotation before missing 10 games in a row. With Kelly Olynyk playing well in the backup center role, Zeller belongs on the wire and will be lucky to see a few minutes on Tuesday.
Jonas Jerebko (illness) will play Tuesday 01-23-2017
Jonas Jerebko F BOS
Jonas Jerebko (illness) will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
Jerebko will be returning from a one-game absence and he will likely push Jordan Mickey out of the rotation again. Jerebko is only averaging 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in January, so fantasy owners can ignore him.
Evan Fournier (heel) misses practice Monday 01-23-2017
Evan Fournier F ORL
Evan Fournier (heel) did not practice on Monday.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
He still has no timetable to return and he's not expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Bulls. With Jodie Meeks (thumb) out several weeks, coach Frank Vogel has been giving C.J. Watson 33.5 minutes per game over his last two outings, but he has little to no fantasy appeal outside of deeper leagues.
D.J. Augustin (ankle) will get an MRI Monday 01-23-2017
D.J. Augustin G ORL
D.J. Augustin (ankle) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
Demetrius Jackson (illness) out Tuesday 01-23-2017
Demetrius Jackson (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

Scott Souza on Twitter
Jackson is the fourth-string PG in Boston and has no fantasy value.
Gerald Green (illness) ruled out Tuesday 01-23-2017
Gerald Green F BOS
Gerald Green (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

Scott Souza on Twitter
Green has fallen out of the rotation anyways and was a DNP-CD on Saturday vs. the Blazers. Leave Green on the wire.
Manu Ginobili (back spasms) out Monday 01-23-2017
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili (back spasms) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

Jeff Platt on Twitter
He probably would've rested against the Nets even if he was healthy, but Ginobili isn't 100 percent after tweaking his back against Cleveland on Saturday. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors. With both Ginobili and Tony Parker (foot) out, Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills and Danny Green will all be busy in the backcourt, while Jonathon Simmons should pick up some minutes as well.
DeMar DeRozan (ankle) will miss next 2 games 01-23-2017
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan (ankle) will miss the next two games for the Raptors.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
This means he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs or on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. He's not in a walking boot and will be re-evaluated prior to Friday's game vs. the Bucks, so he should be considered day-to-day. Kyle Lowry's usage rate rises from 23.3 to 27.2 when DeRozan is off the court, so he's poised for a big week. Expect Norman Powell and Terrence Ross to pick up DeRozan's minutes on the wings, and we could see some more two-PG lineups as well which would give Cory Joseph a slight bump.
Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for Tuesday 01-23-2017
Jahlil Okafor C PHI
Jahlil Okafor (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Tom Moore on Twitter
Okafor was limited at Monday's practice because of right knee soreness, but he has a big week ahead of him with Joel Embiid (knee) considered doubtful for Tuesday and out for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. As a starter this season, Okafor has averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks, and his ceiling is higher when Embiid is off the court. Nerlens Noel also looks like a nice play this week and should split the center minutes with Okafor.
Avery Bradley (Achilles) ruled out for week 01-23-2017
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley (Achilles) will miss all four games this week.

Celtics on Twitter
This means the earliest we will see Bradley back in action is on Jan. 30 vs. the Pistons, but that's not a lock either. Bradley has been incredible all season with top-40 value in standard leagues, so his owners just need to stay afloat until he returns. Marcus Smart looks like a strong short-term add, but just keep in mind that he's shooting 36.0 percent from the field this season. Terry Rozier also gets a slight bump.
Joel Embiid doubtful Tuesday, out Wednesday 01-23-2017
Joel Embiid C PHI
Joel Embiid (knee) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers and will not travel for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Bob Cooney on Twitter
Embiid wasn't going to travel on Wednesday prior to the injury anyways, so nothing has changed in that regard. The good news is the 76ers are still calling the issue a left knee contusion, so Embiid is day-to-day and coach Brett Brown said the team is just being cautious. He was not able to practice on Monday, but his next chance to play will be on Friday vs. the Rockets, assuming he's ruled out against the Clippers. Jahlil Okafor (knee) and Nerlens Noel will likely split the center minutes in Embiid's absence, with Noel having the higher upside in standard leagues.
Sam Dekker to come off the bench 01-23-2017
Sam Dekker F HOU
Sam Dekker will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
This isn't a surprise with Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play. Dekker scored a career-high 30 points in his first start on Saturday with six triples, four rebounds and two steals, so hopefully he's still heavily involved on Monday since Ryno likely isn't 100 percent. If you picked up Dekker, don't make another roster move until we see what his role looks like tonight.
Andre Iguodala will be rested on Monday 01-23-2017
Andre Iguodala G GS
Andre Iguodala will be rested on Monday vs. the Heat.

Warriors PR on Twitter
At least we got a good warning, as coach Steve Kerr hinted that this would happen on Sunday. The last time Iguodala missed a game on Dec. 10, Patrick McCaw played 21 minutes off the bench and Ian Clark saw 23 minutes. To be clear, there are no fantasy pickups here for standard-league owners.
Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. Bucks 01-23-2017
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Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
The Rockets have been bringing him off the bench in an effort to ease him back into action, but they are ready to return to their normal starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Capela -- that lineup is 15-2 this season. Capela is worth owning in standard leagues, while Montrezl Harrell will return to the bench and is trending in the wrong direction.
Anderson and Capela expected to start Monday 01-23-2017
Ryan Anderson F HOU
Ryan Anderson (illness) and Clint Capela are expected to start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
Anderson only lasted nine minutes on Friday vs. the Warriors and was held out of Saturday's game vs. Memphis, so he's a risky play tonight until we confirm that he's 100 percent -- A doctor told him a few days ago that his bug could limit him for 1-2 weeks. With Ryno expected back, Sam Dekker will take the biggest hit, but he should still be involved Monday.
Tyler Johnson will not play on Monday 01-23-2017
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Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will not play on Monday vs. the Warriors.

Tim Reynolds on Twitter
He did not participate in the morning shootaround and will miss his second straight game. This is the same shoulder that he needed surgery on last season, but the Heat continue to downplay the injury and he's still listed as day-to-day. Johnson was able to lift weights on Sunday and he said he was optimistic about it, but the Heat have every reason to be cautious. Goran Dragic looks like a strong play Monday and Dion Waiters will see heavy minutes at both guard spots. Both players should be popular DFS targets.
Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) probable for Monday 01-23-2017
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) out Monday 01-23-2017
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Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) will not play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

Marc Berman on Twitter
Thomas has rejoined the Knicks, but he needs a few more days of practice before he's ready to return. Thomas is also experiencing headaches, so the Knicks will bring him along slowly. Mindaugas Kuzminskas will continue to pick up Thomas' minutes and has probably leapfrogged him in the rotation anyways.
Joel Anthony signs with the Spurs 01-23-2017
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Joel Anthony has signed a 10-day deal with the Spurs.

Mike Monroe on Twitter
He will provide some emergency depth off the bench with Pau Gasol (hand) out for the next 4-6 weeks. Anthony may not be in the rotation and is not a fantasy pickup.
Blake Griffin (knee) ruled out for Monday 01-23-2017
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Blake Griffin (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Dan Woike on Twitter
There's a chance that Griffin will make his return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. the 76ers and then he would have a few days to rest before Saturday's showdown with the Warriors. We will likely get another update during the post-game conference tonight. Griffin "feels great" and he said he could play right now if it was up to him.
Knicks to use normal starters Monday 01-23-2017
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The Knicks are not expected to change their starting lineup on Monday vs. the Pacers.

Jonah Ballow on Twitter
Coach Jeff Hornacek said he may consider moving Kristaps Porzingis to the five, but for now he's planning on starting Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis and Joakim Noah vs. the Pacers. We'll have official confirmation before tip-off, but Porzingis is an elite play regardless of where he starts the game.
Malone praises Jamal Murray 01-23-2017
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Jamal Murray "proved he could play point guard" on Sunday vs. the Wolves.

Denver Post
Murray said point guard is his "natural position," but Malone made it a point to surround him with other ball handlers on the court to ease the pressure on the rookie. Murray scored 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and just one turnover in 20 minutes on Sunday vs. the Wolves, so he could have some short-term value if Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is unable to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz.
Dwyane Wade praises Paul Zipser 01-23-2017
Dwyane Wade praised rookie Paul Zipser for his recent play.

Chicago Tribune
"He works hard. He just does his job," Wade said of Zipser. "You look at his body and he's strong. He's just being consistent. He got his opportunity a few games back and he has all the confidence in the world in himself." The forward is averaging 8.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 triples over his last four games, and with Nikola Mirotic on the trade block, he could be more involved down the stretch. With that said, he has very little upside in fantasy.
Popovich says Dejounte Murray is a 'keeper' 01-23-2017
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Dejounte Murray is a "keeper."

San Antonio Express-News
Murray has made two straight starts in place of Tony Parker (foot) and is expected to make another one on Monday vs. the Nets. "It doesn't faze him," Popovich said. "He just comes in and plays. I'm really pleased he's shown that kind of fiber and composure." The rookie has averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 triples in his last two games, and while he will likely be demoted to third-string duties when Parker is back, he looks like a nice short-term add and is an intriguing stash in dynasty formats.
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) out another 3-5 weeks 01-23-2017
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The Nets announced that Jeremy Lin will miss another 3-5 weeks after aggravating his strained left hamstring.

NBA.com
"During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery," Nets GM Sean Marks said. "We understand and appreciate Jeremy's competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he returns." If you don't have an IR spot, Lin's owners can move on unless they're in a great position in the standings. Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead have been splitting the PG minutes in Lin's absence and will continue to do so, but standard-league owners should look elsewhere for production.
Brice Johnson (back) is nearing a return 01-23-2017
Brice Johnson (back) is nearing a return according to coach Doc Rivers.

NBA.com
"He's getting very close to possibly playing a D-League game or something like that," Rivers said. "We don't know with his back if we'll send him to the D-League because of the health part of it. That's a tough one for us." Johnson has yet to play this season after suffering an acute herniated disc in his lower back during the preseason. It sounds like Blake Griffin (knee) will beat him back to the court, so there won't be many minutes available for the first-round rookie out of UNC.
Rivers says Blake Griffin feels great 01-23-2017
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Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) "feels great."

NBA.com
"He told me he feels normal, which is good," Rivers said. Griffin said he's as close to full health as he can be, and he has been spotted sprinting in the pre-game warmups over the last week. Griffin was also cleared for contact a few days ago and he has made it clear that he's hoping to return on either Monday vs. the Hawks or Tuesday vs. the 76ers. We'll have an update after the morning shootaround.
Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out for Monday 01-23-2017
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Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This will be Muscala's fifth game in a row on the shelf, but he remains day-to-day. Kris Humphries and Mike Scott have both seen a bump in minutes recently, but not enough for standard-league owners to look their way. Muscala isn't worth stashing in most leagues right now, but that could change if the Hawks put Paul Millsap back on the trade block.
Tiago Splitter (calf) ruled out Monday 01-23-2017
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Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Splitter was given a six-week timetable back in late November, but he's always been a slow healer and it's still unclear when the big man will return. Leave him on the wire.
Spoelstra not afraid to deploy Okaro White 01-23-2017
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he's not afraid to deploy Okaro White in his lineup.

Miami Herald
"I feel very comfortable with Okaro, having him in summer league and training camp," Spoelstra said after Saturday's game vs. the Bucks. "What you saw tonight was what we liked about him - can defend multiple positions, active. He finds a way to fit in." White played half of the fourth quarter in the win, but he's only made two brief appearances for the Heat so far with averages of 0.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. It sounds like another 10-day deal is likely, but he has no fantasy value.
Spoelstra praises Goran Dragic 01-23-2017
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised Goran Dragic for his strong play after Saturday's win over the Bucks.

Miami Herald
"Goran has had a career year; this is not something that's happening right now," Spoelstra said. "He's been doing this all season. He's such a conscientious teammate. We have all these moving parts and he's trying to make sure everyone is comfortable. He knows he has to be aggressive for us and generate good looks." Dragic's name has been tossed around the rumor mill all season with the Heat looking to rebuild, but the Heat are only going to move him if they can get a considerable package in return -- the Heat have already turned down a offer of Nikola Vucevic and a future first-round pick from Orlando.
Dion Waiters working on his finishing at rim 01-23-2017
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Dion Waiters said he's working on his ability to finish around the rim.

Miami Herald
"Coaches told me to be aggressive, be me, do what I do best, get to the rack," Waiters said. "I get there with the best of them. It's about me finishing when I get there. I work on it every day." That's arguably one of Waiters' biggest weaknesses, but he said Goran Dragic gave him some tips on how to improve including "being physical, lowering my shoulder." Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, so Waiters could be busy once again after scoring 33 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Bucks.
Tyler Johnson optimistic about his shoulder 01-23-2017
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Tyler Johnson said he's optimistic about his left shoulder because he was able to lift weights on Sunday.

Palm Beach Post
"It's not the same pain as it was last year," Johnson said Sunday when asked if his latest injury is connected to his past shoulder issues. "It's just like a strain. Obviously it was a little bit more concerning at the time because it was the left shoulder. But coming in today, it feels a lot better. The swelling went down a lot. So yeah, I'm optimistic about it." He missed the final 35 games of the 2015-16 season after having rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder, but the Heat are calling him day-to-day for now and he's questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors. If Johnson doesn't show any progress on Monday, Johnson could undergo an MRI. Expect Dion Waiters to benefit the most if Johnson misses additional time.
01-23-2017
Larry Nance F LAL
Larry Nance returned to action on Sunday January 22.
01-23-2017
Anthony Brown F ORL
Anthony Brown was claimed off waivers by ORL on Sunday January 22.