Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert will miss Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. LeVert is dealing with a knee injury but should be ready to play Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. This will be the second game in a row that LeVert will miss. The Nets want to make sure he is 100% percent before they let him back on the court. Both Bojan Bogdanovic and Sean Kilpatrick will see extra minutes on Tuesday. Joe Harris could see some minutes as well, but expect Kilpatrick to get a majority of the playing time.
After missing three of the last four games, Lakers forward Julius Randle is active Monday against the New York Knicks. Randle sat out of Friday's game versus the Celtics after playing just six minutes the previous night against the Washington Wizards. Randle has been dealing with an illness lately. Lakers coach Luke Walton said he will "keep an eye on his condition during the game." Center Tarik Black will return to the bench on Monday.
New York Knicks center Guillermo Hernangomez has been one of the hottest players in the league. Hernangomez scored 16 points with five rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 36 minutes in the loss to the Cavs on Saturday. He had a career high in both minutes (36) and assists (five) in the game on Saturday. Hernangomez becomes an even hotter addition with center Joakim Noah being listed inactive with a hamstring injury. Hernangomez needs to be owned in all standard leagues right now.
Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss had a career game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Chriss scored 27 points, adding six rebounds, two blocks and three three-pointers in 24 minutes. He did not commit a single turnover against the Bucks, but fouls continue to be a major issue. Chriss is averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists this season. Chriss' career-high 27 points on Saturday could be a sign of big things to come from the 19-year-old forward.
Pacers forward Thaddeus Young will miss Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This will be the second game in a row that Young has missed. He's dealing with a wrist injury and could miss Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers as well. Young is averaging 11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season. Lavoy Allen is a solid short-term option while Young is on the shelf. Allen scored 18 points, adding 11 boards, three assists, one block and two steals in 32 minutes on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons.
Atlanta Hawks guard Tahbo Sefolosha will miss his fifth straight game on Monday against the Utah Jazz. Sefolosha is dealing with a groin injury and won't play until he's 100 percent. Sefolosha is averaging 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists this season. Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will get another start and is averaging 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a starter this season. The Hawks will also likely work DeAndre Bembry in the mix, and he could see roughly 20 minutes.
Guard Jameer Nelson continues to put up strong numbers in the starting lineup. Nelson scored 17 points on 4-of-9 shooting in the 123-112 victory over the Suns on Saturday. Emmanuel Mudiay has been out with a back injury and has missed four straight games. The team has confirmed Mudiay will be out Tuesday against the Lakers. That means Nelson will get at least one more start for the Nuggets. Nelson is a strong option in fantasy until Mudiay returns to the lineup.
Yogi Ferrell started again at point guard for the Mavericks on Monday and hit 7-of-15 shots. Ferrell finished with 19 points, grabbing five rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes. Ferrell was a huge part of the Mavericks' win over the Cavs on Monday. Ferrell snagged four steals and dropped three three-pointers in the 104-97 victory. Deron Williams is dealing with a toe injury and J.J. Barea is likely out until the All-Star break. That means Ferrell will likely continue to see starts. Ferrell is a viable fantasy option until the Mavs get a healthy roster back.
Guard Avery Bradley has been battling an Achilles injury lately. This injury has forced Bradley to miss the last seven games. Bradley returned to practice on Tuesday and is hopeful he can play against the Raptors on Wednesday. Once Bradley returns, either Jaylen Brown or Jonas Jerebko are headed back to the bench, and Marcus Smart's minutes will take a decent hit. Bradley is having a strong season with the Celtics and should be back on the court soon.
Forward Cody Zeller continues to deal with a right quad injury. Zeller has missed the last three games and won't play against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Zeller could play Wednesday against the Warriors, but it is unlikely right now. Roy Hibbert will likely see another start with Zeller being out. Spencer Hawes should also be involved in the game on Tuesday. Both Hibbert and Hawes are viable fantasy options until Zeller returns to the court.
Backup center Ian Mahinmi has only played in one game all season. Mahinmi had platelet-rich therapy on both knees but is projected to return next week. Recovery takes roughly about six weeks. Mahinmi is ready to return soon assuming everything went smoothly in rehab. If Mahinmi is unable to return, the Wizards may explore the trade market for an inexpensive backup center. Jason Smith has been forced to play center far more frequently than the Wizards wanted. Mahinmi should be left on waiver wires for now but is worth keeping an eye on if he does return to the court.
Guard Derrick Rose will not play against the Wizards on Tuesday. Rose injured his ankle after stepping on Kemba Walker's ankle. He did not play Friday against the Hawks, either. Rose will likely miss the entire road trip, but he has a chance of playing on Wednesday. Brandon Jennings is expected to draw another start in place of Rose on Tuesday. Jennings played a whopping 53 minutes in Sunday's four-overtime loss to Atlanta. He obviously won't play 53 minutes on Tuesday but should see at least 30 minutes. Jennings is a solid option tonight and possibly for the next few games.
Foward Ed Davis will miss his fifth straight game on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers have announced that Davis will not play tomorrow against the Charlotte Hornets. A wrist injury continues to bother Davis throughout the homestand. Meyers Leonard will step up as the backup big man in place of Davis. Leonard saw 100 percent of the 14 minutes as backup center last game. It's not enough to add Leonard in most leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on going forward.
Center Joel Embiid is out tonight against the Kings. He is not expected to travel with the team on their upcoming four-game road trip. Embiid has been dealing with a left knee injury. He missed the game last night against the Bulls. Embiid played Friday against the Rockets after missing three games prior to that. The injury bug continues to bite Embiid this season. Look for Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes to get increased minutes tonight and throughout the upcoming road trip.
Center Ivica Zubac should be on the radar of fantasy owners after another strong performance on Friday. Zubac scored 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and adding one assist in the loss to the Utah Jazz. Zubac played only 26 minutes but managed to get the attention of fantasy owners. Right now, Zubac is useful in deep leagues for rebounds and blocks. Continue watching Zubac, as he's exceeding expectations and is worth keeping an eye on.
Center Nikola Jokic is out against the Los Angles Lakers on Tuesday. Jokic is dealing with a hip injury, but head coach Michael Malone said Jokic could return in the middle of next week. Jokic has over 20 points the last two games and a double-double in each of those. Clearly is a key player for the Nuggets, but luckily Jokic's injury does not seem too severe. Fantasy owners be on the lookout, as there could be an update on the injury as early as Sunday.
Guard Seth Curry earned another start on Sunday and continued to impress, scoring a career-high 24 points, recording 10 rebounds and dishing five assists in the 105-101 victory over the Spurs. Curry added four three-pointers and one steal in 37 minutes. Right now, Curry needs to be owned in every fantasy league. In the last seven games, Curry has scored over double digits in each of them. The Mavericks are injury prone, and Curry seems to be one of the few bright spots on the team right now.
Guard D.J. Augustin and forward Evan Fournier are both ruled out against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. Augustin is out with an ankle injury, and Elfrid Payton will play extended minutes on Tuesday. Fournier has been out the last five games with a heel injury. C.J. Watson has seen an increase in minutes since the Fournier injury. Both Payton and Watson have fantasy value in DFS tonight. Payton definitely needs to be picked up, especially with Augustin ruled out.
Guard Tyler Johnson and forward Josh Richardson are not traveling with the Miami Heat on their road trip. The Heat play the Nets and the Bulls on this upcoming road trip. Guard Dion Waiters will be taking a bulk of the minutes in the absence of Johnson and Richardson. Both players are day-to-day but could have fantasy value when they return. Waiters is a great pickup now until Johnson and Richardson return to the lineup.
Center Andrew Bogut has been out of action with a hamstring injury since Jan. 9. Bogut has missed the last six games but could return later this week. The Mavericks would like Bogut to go through at least one more practice before the next game on Wednesday. A return against the Knicks on Wednesday is unlikely, but possible if Bogut is cleared to play. Hamstring injuries have a habit of lingering, but keep an eye on Bogut, as he could return later this week.
Heat guard Dion Waiters scored a season-high 33 points for the second time in a row on Monday. Waiters finished with 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting in the 105-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors. The last three games Waiters has played over 30 minutes in each game, making 11 three-pointers over the last two games. The Heat roster is currently banged up, which gives Waiters plenty of opportunities. Waiters is a solid option in fantasy right now until the Heat get some players back.
76ers center Joel Embiid will miss the next two games. Embiid is out with a left knee bruise and is expected to play Friday against the Houston Rockets. Coach Brett Brown has announced Embiid will miss the upcoming games against the Clippers and Bucks. However, it should be only a two-game absence, and Embiid should be ready on Friday. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will pick up most of the minutes in his absence. Both players are strong fantasy options for the next two games.
Timberwolves point guard Kris Dunn started Sunday replacing Ricky Rubio (personal). Dunn scored 10 points, and recorded eight rebounds and nine assists in the 111-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Dunn played 34 minutes, adding three steals and two three-pointers to his stat sheet. Rubio has been dealing with a hip issue recently and is a prime trade target. Dunn set career highs in both rebounds and assists in the Sunday victory. Dunn has become an appealing option in fantasy, especially if Rubio does get traded. Stash Kris Dunn now, as this move could pay off huge soon.
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert is a must-have in fantasy leagues right now. LeVert scored 17 points, and recorded five rebounds and six assists in the 143-114 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. The Nets rookie is beginning to force the hand of head coach Kenny Atkinson. LeVert is heating up, and the Nets desperately need a spark from anyone. During the Tuesday night victory, LeVert did not miss a single shot and played 25 minutes. LeVert ran the offense for the majority of the second half in the victory over the Pelicans. Adding LeVert to your team is a must, as he's been red-hot lately.
Los Angles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is out of action tonight. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Griffin is close to 100% percent but will not play Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets. Griffin is out with a knee injury, but it does not look too serious. Griffin said that he will return on the Clippers' current three-game road trip. The Clippers play the Atlanta Hawks Monday and the 76ers on Tuesday. This season, Griffin is averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He is a key piece to the Clippers team and even more now with the loss of Chris Paul. Griffin's injury should not keep him out too long, so fantasy owners do not need to worry too much.