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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 21

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 21.

 

Guards

Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers

Dellavedova has been thrust into the starting lineup with guard Darius Garland (groin) out, and he's producing. He had 14 points, 11 dimes and two three-pointers in 45 minutes Sunday. He has a small window until Garland returns, but he'll help with the assists in the interim.

Caleb Martin, Charlotte Hornets

The 24-year-old scored a career-high 23 points Monday night to go with four assists, three steals and two blocks. In just 17 games, he is drilling 54.8 percent of his three-pointers. He's not a slam dunk to lean on in fantasy, but this late in the game, he could pitch in with points and threes.

Shabazz Napier, Washington Wizards

Napier filled in for guard Ish Smith (hamstring) Sunday with 27 points, seven dimes and four steals in 40 minutes Sunday. Smith is expected to miss a week, and the Wizards have three games this week. Napier could be in for a big week, and you should ride it while you can for good value this late in the season.

 

Forwards

Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers

Osman has played starter minutes in four games this month, and he has averaged 16.5 points, 4.3 boards, 2.8 dimes and 1.5 steals. He is draining 3.5 three-pointers per game as well.  Guard Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion) is out indefinitely, and Osman could have solid value for a couple of weeks.

 

Centers

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets

The grizzled vet played 34 minutes Monday after three healthy scratches and posted 10 points, six boards and two blocks. Head coach James Borrego said he'll use Biyombo behind starter Cody Zeller, who can't play too large of a load of minutes. Biyombo can't be relied upon to score consistently, but he should be a good source of rebounds and blocks.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 21

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 21 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, Milwaukee Bucks - sprained left knee

The Greek Freak was out Sunday and will be for Monday as well with a minor sprain to the joint capsule in his left knee. Guard Khris Middleton's usage rate should be through the roof as the lead option on offense with Antetokounmpo out. He had 39 points in Sunday's loss to the Phoenix Suns, and Donte DiVicenzo had 16 points and seven boards in 29 minutes off the bench. DiVicenzo is worth the short-term stream, and Middleton is a must-start with Antetokounmpo out. He should be day to day the rest of the week.

Zach LaVine, SG, Chicago Bulls - sore left quadriceps

LaVine will miss his fifth straight game Tuesday with sore left quadriceps. He has returned to practice, and it should just be a matter of time. Guard Denzel Valentine has averaged 12.5 points per game over the last four with LaVine out. Forward Lauri Markkanen will be the first option on offense, but Valentine should remain in the mix as a back-end streaming option.

Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers - broken left leg

Nurkic will make his season debut Sunday, but he's not expected to play a ton of minutes in the near future. Nurkic could be a good add in deeper leagues or in a scoring system that accounts for efficiency. He could post solid helpings of boards and rebounds, but he's very unlikely to play enough minutes to matter in most leagues.

Fred Vanvleet, PG, Toronto Raptors - sore left shoulder

VanVleet has been out for nearly two weeks with the shoulder ailment, and he was close to returning Sunday. Guard Norman Powell is averaging 29.5 points in the last four games, and he's a must-start while FVV is out. He's probably questionable to play Monday in Utah.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns - left ankle sprain

Ayton had an MRI on his sprained left ankle, which came back negative. He has had a few ankle issues this year, and it's likely that they'll be cautious with him this week. Center Aron Baynes had a career-high 37 points with 16 boards Friday night and followed it up with 24 points Sunday. He's a great streamer right now in most leagues.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Malcolm Brogdon, PG, Indiana Pacers - torn left quadriceps muscle

Brogdon's season may very well be over after he suffered a tear to his rectus femoris muscle, which is a quad muscle attached to the hip. The scoring will be divvied up between starters like guard Victor Oladipo and center Myles Turner. However, guard T.J. McConnell had 12 points and five dimes in 16 minutes off the bench.  He's a fringe add in deeper leagues for both categories.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 20

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 20.

 

Guards

Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons

The No. 8 pick in the 2011 draft has made it back from a slew of serious maladies and has an opening with the injury-decimated Pistons. He's averaging 16 points, 4.3 three-pointers and five assists per game over the last four games. He's doing the damage in just under 25 minutes a night, and his efficiency rating is through the roof. Ride this wave while you can.

Mychal Mulder, Golden State Warriors

It's another week, and we have another obscure player from the Warriors making noise. The 25-year-old from Kentucky has averaged 15.5 points and four boards per game over the last two. He only has three NBA games under his belt, and he's a lottery ticket of a pickup. Cash in while you can with point guard Stephen Curry (hand) close to returning.

Denzel Valentine, Chicago Bulls

The fourth-year man drew the start for guard Zach LaVine (quadriceps) Monday night and dropped 17 points in 21 minutes. Valentine will likely play second fiddle to point guard Coby White in the box score, though, but the team wants to keep White in the second unit. Valentine has shown flashes like this before, but his health has always been shaky as well. He's worth a low-risk, low-expectations flyer.

 

Forwards

Royce O'Neale, Utah Jazz

The 26-year-old O'Neale has averaged 11.3 points and six rebounds per game over the last three tilts. It has taken a while for him to develop, and he's averaging career highs in most categories as he's pulling 29 minutes per game. His three-point shooting has gradually increased in each of his three seasons to a career-high 41.2 percent this season. He's a real asset in nine-category leagues because he contributes a little everywhere, but he doesn't stick out enough to where he might be sitting on a lot of waiver wires.

 

Centers

Trey Lyles, San Antonio Spurs

The former lottery pick has been leaned upon heavily with centers LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) and Jakob Poeltl (knee) out the last two games. Lyles has played 38.5 minutes per game and averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in the process. Poeltl is out for weeks, but Aldridge is day to day. Lyles should remain in the fold in the interim and must be picked up.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 20

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 20 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

LaMarcus Aldridge, C, San Antonio Spurs - sore right shoulder

LMA is doubtful for Monday's game, and he has missed two in a row. Center Jakob Poeltl (knee) is now out two to four weeks with a sprained MCL, which means center Trey Lyles will be leaned on heavily. He played 40 minutes Saturday and had 20 points, nine boards and four steals. He's a good player to stream right now until Aldridge gets back.

Serge Ibaka, C, Toronto Raptors - sore right knee

Ibaka has missed two straight games with knee soreness. With center Marc Gasol (hamstring) out indefinitely, the Raptors are thin up front. Power forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took his spot in the starting lineup, but he had just nine points in 25 minutes Sunday. Forward OG Anunoby went off with 32 points, seven rebounds, three assists and seven steals in 40 minutes. Lean on him while Ibaka is on the mend.

Zach LaVine, SG, Chicago Bulls - sore left quadriceps

LaVine was downgraded to doubtful Monday after he tweaked his quadriceps against the New York Knicks Saturday. He played 38 minutes through it, but apparently he's still having issues with it. Point guard Coby White (back) is expected to play, and he could have one of those statement games like he had a couple of weeks ago. LaVine is a must-start whenever he's healthy. White is the same in LaVine's absence.

Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers - strained right groin

Dame is hoping to return Wednesday after missing the last six tilts. The Blazers have three games this week, which includes a back-to-back set this weekend. Shooting guard C.J. McCollum is averaging 31.8 points the last five games, which is sure to come closer to his 22.8-point average when Lillard returns. Guard Gary Trent Jr. will also return to the bench, and he'll have to split bench scoring responsibilities with point guard Anfernee Simons. Get Lillard in there as soon as he returns, but keep in mind he could be limited.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Lauri Markkanen, PF, Chicago Bulls - right pelvic stress reaction

The talented big man is inching closer to a return and has been listed as doubtful before ultimately sitting out. He isn't cleared for contact yet, but he's five weeks into his four-to-six-week timetable. We could see this going either way, though, with the Bulls going nowhere this season. He could ultimately be shut down, but if he's floating on waivers, he's worth the stash.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Clint Capela, C, Atlanta Hawks - right plantar fasciitis

Capela is to be evaluated March 4, and he has been doing more running and movement drills in practice. It was originally projected that he'd miss seven to 10 games after the All-Star break, and the 11th game would be a home game March 11. The team stresses they won't rush him back, and it's probably 50-50 he returns for any serviceable chunk of the fantasy stretch run. He's worth stashing in deeper formats, but it's not a must.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 19

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 19.

 

Guards

Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks

Smith jumped out of the box score with 15 points, seven boards, five assists and seven steals Monday night. Ordinarily, that would alert everyone to pick him up immediately. However, point guard Elfrid Payton (ankle) is likely to return from a two-game absence Wednesday. Smith played six and eight minutes in the previous two games Payton played. So there's no guarantee he'll continue to see enough action to matter. If you're in a long-term league, he is worth stashing.

Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors

The 26-year-old journeyman has averaged 13 points and seven boards in the last two games. With point guard Stephen Curry (hand) possibly a week from returning, Toscano-Anderson's window probably isn't very big. He's someone to pick up and have little expectations for, but you're hoping to catch lightning in a bottle here.

 

Forwards

Josh Jackson, Memphis Grizzlies

We've been waiting for the former lottery pick to emerge after beginning the season in the G League. He has put up 11, 20 and 14 points in the last three games. Time is ticking to be able to scoop him up, and he probably has the most upside in the short term as the Grizzlies see what they have in him down the stretch.

Nicolo Melli, New Orleans Pelicans

Melli was superb against two banged-up teams over the weekend going 9-for-15 (60 percent) from three-point land and posting 20 and 13 points, respectively. Melli has found his stroke from deep as he shot 51.9 percent in January and 47.7 percent in February. He'll be a sporadic option, but there's a lot to like in his 10.1 points and 4.8 rebounds this month.

 

Centers

Harry Giles, Sacramento Kings

It has taken some time, but Giles looks like he's getting his footing in the league. He posted 14 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes Saturday night, and coach Luke Walton praised Giles for his calling of coverages and rebounding. They may be close to letting him go out there for more minutes per night. If he's out there in deeper formats, give him a look.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 19

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 19 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers - back spasms

Oladipo's back flared up in Friday's game, and he was out Sunday as the Pacers were drilled 127-81 by the Toronto Raptors. Guard Malcolm Brogdon shot 4-for-15 and only had nine points, five boards and four assists in the rout. The Pacers play again Tuesday night, and Oladipo is probably questionable for that one. Brogdon should be a good start, and guard Justin Holiday is worth a look in DFS or deeper leagues.

Ben Simmons, PG, Philadelphia 76ers - sore lower back

Simmons only played five minutes Saturday night before his back flared up, and he'll have additional testing done. Shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz delivered 17 points and five boards in 26 minutes off the bench. He'll be a highlighted option with Simmons out. Guard Alec Burks could also be worth streaming in deeper formats. Simmons is a stud in fantasy, and with the fantasy playoffs creeping up, hopefully he's not out long.

Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics - sore left knee

Coach Brad Stevens said Walker was getting better, but they're focused on him strengthening his knee. Forward Jayson Tatum put up 41 in a losing effort Sunday, and he'll continue to have the green light. Point guard Marcus Smart posted 14 points, seven boards, three assists and two steals in the start. He'll be a fringe streamer as long as Walker is out.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Paul George, SF, Los Angeles Clippers - strained left hamstring

PG13 had a light practice Friday, and he is questionable for Monday's game. That label seems a little aggressive after they said they'd be careful with him after three hamstring flareups. Newly acquired point guard Reggie Jackson had eight points, four dimes and two boards in 23 minutes Saturday, and he'll be in line for a secondary role in the offense as long as George is out. He's worth the speculative grab.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Kyrie Irving, PG, Brooklyn Nets - right shoulder surgery

Irving's season ended due to arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in what has really been a lost year. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to take the reins of the offense as much as he can handle. Caris Levert retains value as well, and shooting guard Joe Harris will have some nights of value in good matchups.

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies - sprained left knee

JJJ has a sprained knee, and he'll be re-evaluated in two weeks. Center Gorgui Dieng has averaged seven points and five boards in 15.7 minutes a night in five games with Memphis. That should improve with Jackson out. He's worth grabbing if you're thin up front.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves - fractured left wrist

Towns had an MRI reveal a fracture in his left wrist, but he desperately wants to play again this season. That's probably unlikely. For now, they say he's out at least two weeks. Guard Malik Beasley is averaging 22 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in five games since being traded to the T-Wolves. He needs to be owned universally. Center Naz Reid is also expected to see a big role and should be scooped up as well. If you have the IR space, stash KAT and hope to get whatever you can.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 18

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 18.

 

Guards

Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors

The rookie has shot miserably all season, which is why his field-goal percentage is a horrid 29.5 percent on the year. He has performed better in six February games with 10.7 points, 2.7 dimes and 2.7 boards per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the floor. Poole is on borrowed time with superstar Stephen Curry (hand) on the mend. The Dubs will likely give Poole all he can handle in this evaluation period.

Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers

Simons drained six threes in the last game before the All-Star break for 22 points and seven rebounds. They Blazers lost point guard Damian Lillard (groin) for a week or two in that game. That'll put Simons in prime position in the offense if Dame misses action. Simons is worth scooping up if he was dropped after his scary fall that led to a concussion.

 

Forwards

Jeff Green, Houston Rockets

The veteran Green signed with the Houston Rockets during the All-Star break. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games with the Utah Jazz earlier this season. His usage rate may not be robust, but he'll be in a position to contribute sporadically. He's a lottery ticket for deeper leagues this late in the season.

 

Centers

Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves

Center Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is out multiple games with a mysterious wrist injury. Forward Juan Hernangomez is slated to fill in for a lot of the minutes when the team goes small, but Reid is the first big called when needed. He had 12 points and six boards in 22 minutes in the last game before the break. If he's floating out there, he's worth picking up.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 18

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 18 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Wendell Carter Jr., C, Chicago Bulls - high right ankle sprain

Carter has revealed marked improvement in his sprained ankle, and he's hoping to return for the first game back from the All-Star Game. That is most likely wishful thinking, though. Keep an eye on this situation for a firm timetable when the team releases it. Center Daniel Gafford (ankle) is still on the mend as well. Forward Luke Kornet dropped 25 points in 29 minutes Feb. 9, and he'll split the workload with Thaddeus Young. Neither are great options in traditional leagues but are worth looks in deep leagues.

Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers - right groin strain

Dame had an MRI reveal a groin strain before the All-Star break that should keep him out a week or two. He could be back any time, but the Feb. 25 home game against the Boston Celtics makes the most sense. Guard Anfernee Simons, who had 22 points and seven boards Wednesday will be a great streaming option in Lillard's absence.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors - broken left hand

Curry is set to be re-evaluated March 1, and he could be an equalizer in the fantasy playoffs. There would be about 20 games left in the season. With load management and the team out of contention, it would be great to get 15 games out of him. Shooting guard Andrew Wiggins' scoring output has gone from 22.4 points to 23 points per game since the trade to the Dubs. Curry's return would likely help improve his numbers. Guards Jordan Poole and Damion Lee will likely lose all traditional value upon Curry's return.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves - left wrist injury

KAT is expected to miss multiple games with a mysterious left wrist injury. Surgery isn't required, but there are very few details about his injury. Minnesota is 16-37, and they're running out younger players to see what they have for the future. It's anyone's guess how long Towns is out, but forward Juan Hernangomez is the first benefactor of his absence. Hernangomez posted 16 points and 12 boards in 38 minutes in the last game before the break. He and center Naz Reid should split the big minutes. Hernangomez is worth the speculative grab.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Marvin Bagley, PF, Sacramento Kings - left foot soreness

Bags was still in a walking boot last week, and he hopes to return this year. That is not a certainty, however. Forward Nemanja Bjelica's production has leveled off with 11.9 points, 5.7 boards and 3.6 assists the last 10 games. Those aren't bad numbers, but he should be getting more in 30.8 minutes per game. Bjelica is still worth holding onto to see if he spikes back up.

Paul George, SF, Los Angeles Clippers - strained left hamstring

PG13 re-injured his left hamstring, which cost him nine games last month. Head coach Doc Rivers said it was possibly the third time he injured the hamstring this year. Newly acquired Marcus Morris is about to play a big role in George's absence, and if he's available, he should be picked up universally. He's averaging 11 points and 5.7 boards in three games with the Clippers.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Brooklyn Nets - sprained right knee

Irving's status will be updated after the first few practices following the All-Star break. The Nets are seventh in playoff seeding, but they really don't have a good shot at making noise in the playoffs this year. So there's no reason to push Irving. While he's out, guard Spencer Dinwiddie is a must-start.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 17

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 17.

 

Guards

Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers

The 22-year-old has opened up for 30 or more points in each of the last two games. He combined to hit 13 threes in the two games. That may or may not hold, but he has become the primary source of offense off the bench. If you can still find him on the wire, he should be picked up.

Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers

Trent has really found a niche inside the offense and averaged 19 points, four boards and four steals per game. Guard Anfernee Simons (concussion) is out indefinitely with a concussion, and Trent should have free reign for the supplemental offense off the bench. His run might have sparked owners' attention in your league already, but he's worth the scoop if he's there.

 

Forwards

Juan Hernangomez, Minnesota Timberwolves

The fourth-year man came over from Denver and averaged 14.5 points and three boards in his first two games. He has been lights out from deep going 5-for-8 from three-point range, which has helped his cause.  The minutes at the four figure to be all his after the recent roster shakeup. Give him a shot in deeper formats.

Chandler Hutchison, Chicago Bulls

The 23-year-old swingman has scored in double figures in three of five games recently. He shot just 2-for-9 in Sunday's game for five points, but he posted seven boards and four assists. Hutchison can contribute in other categories even on off nights, and he's playing close to 30 minutes a night now. He has long-term value and some short-term appeal.

Jabari Parker, Sacramento Kings

The newly acquired Parker is expected to receive a long look from the team in the second half. Parker (shoulder) is close to returning from a shoulder injury and was playing at a high level before he went down. If he was dropped in your league, pick him up and see what he can rekindle.

 

Centers

Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons

The 7-footer opened eyes with 12 points and 12 boards Monday night. His banner games have been few and far between in his four-year career. He's limited offensively, but he can thrive in certain matchups. The Pistons have a slew of injuries in a lost season, and Maker's playing time should only increase. Give him another shot if he's out there.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 17

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 17 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Jaylen Brown, SF, Boston Celtics - sprained ankles

Brown returned from a right ankle sprain Sunday and tweaked his left ankle. He wasn't able to practice Monday, but he's deemed questionable for Tuesday. With two games before the All-Star break, there's no reason to rush him, and we'd be surprised if he played. Shooting guard Marcus Smart could see some increased action on offense, but guard Kemba Walker and forwards Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum will likely divvy up the slack. That doesn't leave much room for anyone else to make a fantasy impact.

Jimmy Butler, SF, Miami Heat - right shoulder strain

Jimmy Buckets missed his second straight game Sunday, but an MRI didn't reveal any structural damage. Forward Duncan Robinson has played almost 40 minutes a night in his absence and posted 18.5 points, 5.5 boards and 4.5 assists. The Heat play Monday and Wednesday before the All-Star break, and Butler is probably questionable for both. Robinson will be worth streaming in the meantime.

Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans - right ankle sprain

Ingram was able to shoot around after practice Monday, but he didn't take part in the team portion. He's questionable for Tuesday. Forward Nicolo Melli drew the start and had nine points and six boards in 24 minutes Saturday. He's worth a look in deeper leagues, but guard Jrue Holiday receives the biggest fantasy boost for his owners. He had 31 points, 10 boards and six assists Saturday.

Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors - whiplash

Lowry is questionable for Monday with whiplash suffered from a collision with power forward Serge Ibaka last week. In his absence Saturday, rookie guard Terence Davis opened up for 20 points and eight boards in 30 minutes. Davis should be added in all deep leagues and is a fringe traditional league grab.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Michael Porter Jr., SF, Denver Nuggets - right ankle sprain

Porter is set to miss his fifth straight Monday night, and it would be a surprise to see him return before the All-Star break. Power forward Paul Millsap (knee) returned Saturday with 12 points, 11 boards and four dimes in just 18 minutes. He can be picked back up and used in the interim. Porter isn't worth holding in most single-year leagues, but his long-term appeal is obvious.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Clint Capela, C, Atlanta Hawks - plantar fasciitis

Capela is aiming to return for the Feb. 20 game after the All-Star break, but the team said they are focused on getting him 100 percent. The Hawks are going nowhere this season, and Capela is more of a long-term investment. If you have the space, hold onto him for two or three weeks to see if he can make it back for his new team.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 16

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 16.

 

Guards

Bruce Brown Jr., Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have been an injury-riddled mess all year, and Brown had a binge earlier this season. He went  off in a back-to-back set this week with 19 points, 10 boards and eight dimes Sunday and 12 points, seven boards and four assists Monday. The Pistons are going nowhere and are looking to move some veteran guards, which will open an even bigger lane for Brown to fill. We're buying his stock.

Terence Davis, Toronto Raptors

The rookie is coming off a career-high 31 points and six three-pointers, but it was just his third time in double figures in the last nine games. Guard Norman Powell (finger) is out indefinitely with a fractured finger, and Davis could have an opening for more production. If he's floating on waivers, give him the speculative grab.

Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets

The third-year man from Iowa State has seen increased minutes with injuries to the backcourt, and he looks to be gaining a comfort level. He had 19 points, seven boards and seven dimes in their most recent game. Point guard Jamal Murray (ankle), small forward Michael Porter Jr. (ankle) and power forward Paul Millsap (knee) are all banged up. Morris and shooting guard Malik Beasley's development is critical right now with the Nuggets in third place in the West. Both players should be owned in deeper formats.

 

Forwards

Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks

Finney-Smith has gone on an offensive run the last three games with 16.3 points and 8.7 boards per game. Power forward  Kristaps Porzingis (knee) missed one of those games, and guard/forward Luka Doncic (ankle) remains out, which has thrust Finney-Smith into the spotlight. He's a slept-on player that could be available in deeper formats, and this is a good time to stream him.

Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets                                                                             

The second-round pick opened eyes with 13 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals Monday. It was just his third time scoring in double figures this year, which makes him the ultimate pickup based on speculation.

 

Centers

Moritz Wagner, Washington Wizards

Wagner (ankle) returned from a five-week absence Monday, and he posted eight points and two boards in 12 minutes of action. The Wizards are thin in the frontcourt, and it's a matter of  time before they start phasing 33-year-old Ian Mahinmi out. Wagner figures to eat up some of those minutes.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 16

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 15 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics - sore left knee

Walker missed his second straight tilt Monday night, and guard Javonte Green picked up the minutes at the point. Green doesn't possess fantasy value because guard Gordon Hayward and forwards Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown pick up the slack on offense. Walker had an MRI recently that came back negative, and he should be back in a matter of days.

Russell Westbrook, PG, Houston Rockets - sprained left thumb

Westbrook is doubtful to play Tuesday after he suffered a left thumb injury Sunday. He could return Thursday, but it's the first game of a back-to-back, which means he's likely to sit again Friday. Shooting guard Eric Gordon should have a more prominent role in the offense, and he's worth owning if he's floating on shallow-league waivers.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Clint Capela, C, Houston Rockets - sore right heel

Capela is being held out with a right heel injury, but it's more likely that he's being kept on the sidelines as he's involved in trade talks. Capela has fallen out of favor with forward P.J. Tucker taking the center minutes. Tucker is not producing much with 4.9 points and 6.4 boards in 35.3 minutes per game over the last 10. Avoid this situation altogether for now.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Kyrie Irving, PG, Brooklyn Nets - sprained right knee

Irving  had an MRI reveal a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. He'll be re-evaluated in a week. Sprained MCLs can take four to six weeks to recover from, and there's no reason to rush Irving back with a 21-27 record. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie becomes a must-start in most leagues and shooting guard Caris Levert will be on the fringe for a pickup. He and shooting guard Joe Harris will be secondary options on offense.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 15

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 15.

 

Guards

Danuel House, Houston Rockets

The Rockets have been without star guard James Harden (thigh) for a few games due to a thigh contusion, and House has raised the bar off the bench. He had 21 points, 11 boards, two dimes and five steals Monday. The run is likely to be short lived because Harden isn't expected to be out long. However, they have been resting him and Russell Westbrook off and on, and House could remain a factor in deeper leagues.

Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets

The former first rounder has gone off the last couple of games with 20 points last Monday and 31 points, five boards and five assists Friday. The 31 was a season high, and he hadn't even scored in double figures this calendar year. So, this binge is out of the ordinary, and it could lead to larger minutes. If he's floating on waivers in deeper leagues, he's worth the speculative grab.

Forwards

Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies

Anderson has been sneaking up into box scores recently. He had 10 points Jan. 22, and he put up six points, 12 boards, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes Sunday against the Phoenix Suns. Anderson fits the bill as a fringe deep-league flyer, and you're just hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.

Josh Jackson, Memphis Grizzlies

Point guard Grayson Allen (hip) is out indefinitely, and the team finally recalled Jackson from the G-League. The 22-year-old averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 26 games in the G-League. He'll probably be eased in, but this is a former top-five pick. He should be picked up in all deeper or long-term leagues with fingers crossed.

 

Centers

Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic

The sixth overall pick in 2018 has begun to tease in box scores again with 10 points in each of the last two games and five blocks total. He won't collect a ton of boards, but he'll definitely thrive in leagues that lean toward blocks.

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs

The former ninth overall pick hasn't found his niche in the league yet. Forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) went down to a sprained thumb, and Poeltl lit up the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 boards and three blocks Monday. The odds are long for it to continue, but he should be picked up for depth due to the scarcity at the position.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 15

It is with heavy hearts that we're attempting to return to some semblance of normalcy after the shocking death of Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash Sunday. It is really sobering to be thinking about fantasy basketball in light of such real-world tragedy. However, the show must go on, and there remains competition to dethrone, much like the Black Mamba did for so many brilliant years on this Earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the entire NBA community.

Without further adieu: Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim. Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 15 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

LaMarcus Aldridge, C, San Antonio Spurs - sprained right thumb

LMA was out on Monday for just the third time this season with a sprained right thumb. It's his natural shooting hand, and it could affect him for a bit when he returns. Look for forward Rudy Gay to see a small increase in minutes as they could install a smaller lineup. Father Time has robbed Gay of a lot of his explosiveness and athleticism, but he's still a decent spot-up shooter. He's not worth the waiver claim unless this turns into a long-term absence.

Marvin Bagley, PF, Sacramento Kings - sore left foot

Bagley was out Monday with a mysterious left foot injury. It is the same foot that forced him out of action for a period earlier this season. Forward Nemanja Bjelica has been playing  a lot with center Richaun Holmes (shoulder) out, and he has posted 15.5 points, 8.4 boards, 2.6 dimes and 1.2 steals per game over the last 10. He's likely owned, though. Keep center Dewayne Dedmon on the watch list while Bagley is out as he could drop some points and boards.

Jayson Tatum, SF, Boston Celtics - right groin strain

Tatum missed the last two games with the groin strain. Guard Gordon Hayward lit up the stat sheet in his absence. Hayward had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five assists Friday night and 23 points and six boards Sunday. Hayward is likely owned everywhere, but he has upside while Tatum is out as the team's second option on offense.  Tatum is day to day, and he shouldn't be out long.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Malcolm Brogdon, PG, Indiana Pacers - concussion

Brogdon was hit above the left eye last week, and he required three stitches. He was also concussed, and it'll take some time for him to clear the protocol. Point guard Aaron Holiday had 12 points and seven dimes Friday and 17 points and four dimes Sunday. He'll be an inconsistent option if you're looking for a few threes and assists.

DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets - dislocated right middle finger

DJ missed his fifth straight game Sunday, but he was originally listed as questionable for the game. That's a good sign. Center Jarrett Allen is filling in at center, but he had just five points, five boards and two blocks in 32 minutes Sunday. Center Nicolas Claxton had four points and five boards in 14 minutes. Allen is averaging 10.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over the last 10 games. Allen is owned in most leagues, but Claxton is worth scooping in deeper formats until Jordan returns.

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers - torn quadriceps

We're patiently awaiting Oladipo's 2019-20 debut, and he mentioned that he's targeting  Jan. 29. The team might hold him out a little longer since the All-Star break begins Feb. 14. They'll restrict his minutes. His return will hurt point guard Malcolm Brogdon (concussion), who has a malady of his own. Brogdon has carried the team offensively, but he shouldn't lose a ton of steam. It's still worth shopping Brogdon while his value was at its all-time high.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Lauri Markkanen, PF, Chicago Bulls - stress reaction in right hip

The seven-footer had discomfort pop up in his hip, and tests revealed a stress reaction on his right pelvis. The injury will cost him four to six weeks. Forwards Thaddeus Young and Luke Kornet will hold it down for a thin frontline. The 31-year-old Young is the first one to target as he could post nearly a double-double most nights. Kornet is worth a look in deeper formats.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 14

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 14.

 

Guards

Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets

Beasley was pegged as a breakout candidate coming into the season, but it hasn't panned out yet. Point guard Jamal Murray (ankle) went down for the foreseeable future with a sprained ankle. Beasley broke out with 27 points Thursday, but he followed it up with two points in 14 minutes. He'll have ebbs and flows, but he presents the kind of upside you hope for at this stage of the season in deeper leagues.

Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have been a mess all year with injuries, but Jackson (back) could be back this week. He has missed all but two games due to a back injury. With forward Blake Griffin (knee) possibly out for the year, Jackson could be the team's first option on offense. If he's floating on waivers, he should be picked up immediately.

Forwards

Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers

The 34-year-old is known for his lockdown defense, but he'll enter the starting lineup with his new team. Guard C.J. McCollum (ankle) is on the mend, and Ariza could provide some supplemental scoring from long range. The Blazers are a run-and-gun team, and he could carve out a useful role in the offense.

Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets

Grant is another Nugget player that has benefited from a slew of injuries. He has scored in double figures in four of five games. He's shooting 37 percent from distance and will pepper in some boards as well. Forward Paul Millsap (knee) is declining, and it's only a matter of time before his minutes become restricted. Grant has a chance for an extended run.

Centers

Nicolas Claxton, Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn has unleashed their second-round pick after center DeAndre Jordan (finger) went down. Claxton has posted 14 and 15 points, respectively in the last two games. He'll grab a few boards, but he isn't a glass vacuum. He should be scooped up for depth in deeper formats.

Ian Mahinmi, Washington Wizards

The 11-year veteran went through a dry spell recently, and he was dropped in a lot of leagues. He must have taken objection to it, and he scored 21 points with seven boards and three blocks Monday. Mahinmi will remain in the rotation, and if he's floating on your waivers, he's still worth throwing out there for points and boards.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 14

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 14 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Kyrie Irving, PG, Brooklyn Nets - sore right hamstring

Irving surfaced on the injury report Monday with a sore right hamstring when he was ruled out. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie has cooled off since Irving returned from his shoulder impingement, but he plays like a house on fire when Irving is out. Guard Caris Lavert could also be worth streaming in DFS as long as Irving is out, but he's not worth picking up yet.

C.J. McCollum, SG, Portland Trail Blazers - sprained left ankle

McCollum sprained his ankle last week, and guard Anfernee Simons filled in for 12 points and three boards Saturday. He'll take the minutes, but guard Gary Trent Jr. dropped 30 in 36 minutes as point guard Damian Lillard's option B on offense. Trent is worth the speculative grab for the short term.

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Dallas Mavericks - sore right knee

Porzingis is hoping to return from a 10-game absence Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. He could sit out either Thursday or Saturday as he'll likely be eased back in. Center Dwight Powell has averaged  13 points and 6.4 boards over that stretch, and his value will plummet once the Unicorn returns. However, he could be streamed if Porzingis sits one out later this week. Porzingis is a must-start when he's active.

Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans - right knee surgery

The No. 1 overall pick is slated to make his NBA debut Wednesday, but he'll be on a strict minutes limit. His presence could hurt forward Derrick Favors, who has played pretty well of late. Williamson should be activated in all leagues, but expectations should be tempered for the time being. Hold on to Favors to see how the two are used in unison.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Wendell Carter Jr., C, Chicago Bulls - sprained right ankle

Carter has been progressing quickly, and he said he's closer to the four-week timetable than the six weeks. He has been out just under two weeks, which means he could return in early February.  Center Daniel Gafford (thumb) also went down for two to four weeks, and Luke Kornet  should be picked up in most formats. Kornet has averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 boards and 1.7 blocks per game the last three games.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors - broken left hand

The superstar has pegged March 1 as his target return date, which will give him about 20 games to play before the end of the season. Rookie Jordan Poole has picked it up after a rough go in his first year. He has averaged 15.3 points and 2.8 assists the last four games. Poole is shooting just 28.6 percent on the season, and he'll do more damage than good in leagues with percentages. If you're in a counting-number league, he's a fringe pickup.

Jamal Murray, PG, Denver Nuggets - sprained left ankle

Coach Mike Malone said Murray will be out for the foreseeable future after he sprained his ankle Wednesday. Guards Monte Morris and Malik Beasley will take the bulk of Murray's minutes. Morris had 11 points and three dimes in 26 minutes Thursday, and Beasley had just two points and two boards. Neither will provide much more than depth for now, but they're worth watching for the right streaming option.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 13

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 13 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Paul George, SF, Los Angeles Clippers - left hamstring strain

PG13 aggravated his hamstring in practice Wednesday, and he has been out since. Expect them to proceed very carefully with George. Forward Montrezl Harrell stepped up with 25 points and eight boards Sunday. He and guard Lou Williams will be the second and third options behind forward Kawhi Leonard. Guard Landry Shamet went scoreless in 25 minutes Sunday, and he's not much of a filler right now.

Paul Millsap, PF, Denver Nuggets - left knee contusion

Millsap missed his third straight game Sunday night. The soon-to-be 35-year-old has been limited to 32 games and 24.9 minutes per game. Forward Jerami Grant is picking up the slack with 13 points, 3.3 boards and 1.7 blocks per game in Millsap's absence. Millsap figures to be day to day, but neither are rock-solid options right now. Grant is serviceable depth, and he should remain in the fold as the team could restrict the aging Millsap's minutes.

Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks - sore left hamstring

Young was held out Sunday and could miss more time this week. Forward Cam Reddish led the team with 20 points in Young's absence. Guard Brandon Goodwin filled in for Young specifically, and he struggled shooting 3-for-12. He had eight points, four boards and three dimes. The output wasn't great, but his 12 shots taken is a good sign. Pick him up as a possible streaming option in case Young misses an extended window.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Dallas Mavericks - sore right knee

Porzingis had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore right knee last week. He hasn't practiced, and it's a good bet that he'll be out this week and possibly more to give the injection time to alleviate the inflammation and soreness. Center Dwight Powell delivered 19 points and 12 boards Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers. He'll experience some peaks and valleys, but he'll be a solid streamer for the next week or two.

Fred Vanvleet, PG, Toronto Raptors - strained right hamstring

The fourth-year man has been out since Jan. 4 with a hamstring injury. Guard Norman Powell returned from a shoulder injury Sunday to drop 20 points, three boards and four assists. He should be picked up in most formats and could be worth using after VanVleet returns.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Wendell Carter Jr., C, Chicago Bulls - sprained right ankle

Carter went down for four to six weeks with a severely sprained right ankle last week. Rookie Daniel Gafford posted 14 points and seven boards in 23 minutes Saturday in his place. He's a must-own in deeper leagues and could be worth grabbing in other formats if you're thin at the position. His minutes will need to increase for usage in traditional leagues.

Richaun Holmes, C, Sacramento Kings - right shoulder injury

The first-half success story went down with an injury to his right shoulder joint that will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks. Center Harry Giles could be an option to replace Holmes. He has been limited to about 15 minutes per game, but he posted 10 points and five boards Friday. With that kind of efficiency, he's bound to see an uptick in minutes. Pick him up now in speculation that occurs.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 13

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 13.

 

Guards

Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks

Bullock has jumped into the starting lineup for various injuries the last couple of games, and his production has been good. He averaged 15.5 points, three dimes and 2.5 steals in the two games with minutes around 27 per game.  It's unknown how long he'll have this run, but he's worth streaming for the time being in mid-sized to deeper leagues.

Emmanuel Mudiay, Utah Jazz

The former first-round pick filled in for Mike Conley (hamstring) the last three games with solid production. He has averaged 14.7 points, five assists and 3.7 boards during the stretch. Hamstrings can be tricky, and Conley is starting to age, which could give Mudiay an extended run. He's an option as long as Conley is on the shelf.

John Wall, Washington Wizards

The former All-Star has been taking part in 3-on-3 drills, but the team spoke with caution about Wall's status that they were going to be conservative with him. He was supposed to miss most, if not all of this season after tearing his Achilles' again. The odds are long that he'll revert back to form this season, and he may not return at all with the team out of contention. However, he's worth stashing if space provides.

Forwards

Taj Gibson, New York Knicks

The grizzled 34-year-old has found the fountain of youth the last two games averaging 16.5 points and eight boards per game with forward Marcus Morris (neck) out.  Morris' absence shouldn't be long term, but he's hot on the trade block as well. Gibson could be trade bait as well before the Feb. 6 trade deadline, but Morris is more likely to draw interest.  Gibson should be picked up in deeper leagues in the event that more playing time opens up long term.

Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors

The 2019 second rounder found his way back into the rotation of late, and he has posted 11 points, five boards, three assists and 2.5 steals per game. The cellar-dwelling Dubs have little to play for, and Paschall should be grabbing more consistent forward minutes any time. Paschall averaged 18.1 points and 5.8 boards per game in November, and he should have another window of opportunity to do so again soon.

Centers

Luke Kornet, Chicago Bulls

The Bulls lost center Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) for at least four to six weeks, and Kornet will be in the rotation with center Daniel Gafford to take those minutes. Gafford will likely have first shot at them, but he's probably owned in most deeper formats. Kornet could be a consolation prize. Kornet jacked up 3-for-9 in triples Jan. 11 en route to 15 points and six boards in 25 minutes. He went scoreless in the last game, and those peaks and valleys should be expected.

Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans

The former No. 3 overall pick surfaces in a big way from time to time, but they never seem to give him consistent minutes. He had 25 points, 14 boards, five assists and three blocks in a ridiculous game against the Detroit Pistons Monday. It's unlikely to last long, but he needs to be owned everywhere pronto.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 12

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 12 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Jimmy Butler, SF, Miami Heat - back soreness

"Jimmy Buckets" was out Sunday, and guard Derrick Jones Jr. took advantage of the extra minutes. He scored 19 points with six boards, two dimes and two blocks. Jones has been a fringe option in traditional leagues with 11.3 points, five boards and 1.3 steals per game over the last 10. He should be picked up universally based on that and the opening Butler has given.

D'Angelo Russell, SG, Golden State Warriors - bruised right shoulder

"D'lo" is slated to miss his fourth straight game with a bruised right shoulder Monday. He was originally probable for Monday but was ruled out Sunday. Shooting guard Damion Lee is averaging 15.6 points, seven boards and 2.2 dimes per games over the last five. He figures to be heavily involved as long as Russell is out. Lee is worth streaming for the time being.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Dallas Mavericks - sore right knee

"The Unicorn" missed his fourth straight game Monday with soreness in his right knee.  It's not the same knee he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in two years ago. In his absence, forward/center Maxi Kleber has averaged 18.7 points, six boards and 1.3 blocks per game the last three tilts. He'll remain a solid option for points, boards, threes, and blocks while Porzingis recovers.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves - sprained left knee

KAT was out again Sunday and has missed three weeks now. Towns is continuously listed as questionable for games, but he hasn't gone through a full practice yet. Consider him week to week. Center Gorgui Dieng has averaged 13.7 points, 10 boards, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 steals per game over the last 10. He's likely owned everywhere, and if you own him, he should remain in lineups until Towns returns.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Blake Griffin, PF, Detroit Pistons - sore left knee

We mentioned last week that it was a matter of time before Griffin began considering surgery for his troublesome left knee. Lo and behold, he's traveling to meet with a specialist this week, and season-ending surgery is being considered. Power forward Christian Wood is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game over the last 10 games. He needs to be owned because Griffin may not be back this year.

Jonathan Isaac, SF, Orlando Magic - sprained left knee

The third-year man was averaging career highs with 12 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per game before he suffered a severely sprained left knee and a bone bruise. He'll be re-evaluated in eight to 10 weeks. Forward Wesley Iwundu has moved into the starting lineup, but he hasn't produced a lot. He's averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the last three. He can be picked up in deeper formats, but he's just a watch lister in traditional leagues.

Kevin Porter Jr., SG, Cleveland Cavaliers - sprained left knee

The 19-year-old rookie had carved out a decent-sized role with the team recently, but he's out for the foreseeable future with a sprained left knee. He’ll be re-evaluated in two weeks, but he's likely to miss a minimum of three or four weeks. In the game that Porter went down in, veteran guard Dante Exum went off for 28 points in 24 minutes. Expect him to be the beneficiary of Porter's absence. He's a fringe candidate for pickup. Snatch Exum in deeper leagues, and keep him on the watch list in normal formats.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 12

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 12.

 

Guards

Dante Exum, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs just lost shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. (knee) for maybe a month, and Exum stepped up with 28 points Sunday. Exum won't contribute much except for points and threes, but he should have some leeway in the team's rotation. Pick him up in deeper formats for a short-term option or someone to flip when his value is at its peak.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Detroit Pistons

The second-year former Kansas Jayhawk has scored in double figures in four straight games. He's also shooting a lofty 43.2 percent from three-point land, which is higher than his 40.8 percentage overall from the floor. The Pistons have a slew of injuries, and their season is quickly going in the tank. The 22-year-old should remain an option to see what they have in him. Scoop Mykhailiuk if possible.

Shabazz Napier, Minnesota Timberwolves

The 28-year-old really took off the last four games averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.3 steals per game. He was filling in for minor injuries to guard Jeff Teague and forward Andrew Wiggins, but they're both back. Napier remained in the rotation. He should be owned everywhere as a possible sell-high chip when the team eventually features rookie Jarrett Culver.

Forwards

Sekou Doumbouya, Detroit Pistons

The 15th pick in the 2019 draft has seen his most extensive action the last three games and posted 12.3 points and 8.7 boards per game. He's being asked to play at the four a lot with Blake Griffin (knee) out, and his points and boards could stick. He just turned 19 last month and is still very raw, but he has shown a spark to build on.

Omari Spellman, Golden State Warriors

Spellman had a productive spurt earlier in the season and relegated back to the pack. The last three games, he has averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 boards and two steals per game. He's a little short at 6-foot-8 to play the four, but he's a big body. His rebounds will be inconsistent due to his athleticism limitations. However, the Warriors are a MASH unit and have little to play for. He has some short-term viability in deeper leagues.

Centers

Anzejs Pasecniks, Washington Wizards

The 7-foot-1 Latvian has done some good board work the last five games. He has averaged just six points per game, but he has hauled in 8.2 rebounds per game in just 21 minutes a night. He is very small at 220 points, and he has no long-range game. So, he's pretty limited offensively. However, he has proven to have a knack on the boards and could prove to be a sneaky piece for long-term outlooks.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 11

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 11.

 

Guards

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers

KCP has quietly scored in double figures in eight of nine games, and he sprinkled in 19 points and four triples Sunday. Expect him to see a decent share with superstar LeBron James (groin) banged up. He won't contribute much more than points and threes, but the appetite is there for the feast.

Damion Lee, Golden State Warriors

The 27-year old from Louisville has been a beast lately. He had two double-doubles last week with 18 points and 12 boards and 22 points and 15 boards, respectively. Over the last five, he has averaged 18 points, 9.8 boards and 2.6 dimes. He has a ton of leeway on the injury-decimated team. If he's still floating out there, scoop him up.

Jordan McRae, Washington Wizards

The 28-year-old has stepped up in star guard Bradley Beal's (calf) absence. In Monday's game, he went off with 29 points and eight assists. Beal is on the mend and questionable for Wednesday's game, which may make McRae's run a short one. However, he has posted at least 20 points in two straight. Pick him up for depth.

Forwards

Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks

Ilyasova is on a double-double diet with 16.3 points and 14 boards the last three games. Some of that was done without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (back), who missed a couple of games due to a back ailment. However, he returned Monday for Ilyasova's 14-and-11 night. The value may not last, but he's definitely a short-term option for points, boards and a few triples.

Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets

The talented sophomore scored in double figures in back-to-back games before Tuesday night's seven points and three boards in just 11 minutes. Porter missed his entire rookie season recovering from a back injury, and the team is bringing him along slowly. He has a tall ceiling, and if he's out there in deep or dynasty formats, he needs to be owned. If an owner has grown annoyed with his development or with the last game's paltry 11 minutes, swoop in for the value.

Centers

Isaiah Hartenstein, Houston Rockets

The 21-year-old big man came out of nowhere last week with three solid performances. He boasted with 14.7 points and 11.3 boards per game over the stretch. He played just 18 minutes Tuesday night and still posted 16 points and 12 boards. Hartenstein needs to be owned everywhere since the position is so scarce.

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Fantasy Basketball Injury News - Lineup Updates for Week 11

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly injury room report. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but we have you covered when the injury bug bites.

We'll discuss who is on the mend and who will benefit from the player's absence. The next up-and-coming gem could be waiting on the waiver wire ready for your claim.

Let's look at some of the important injuries around the league right now as we head into Week 11 of the fantasy basketball season.

 

Short-Term NBA Injuries

Blake Griffin, PF, Detroit Pistons - sore left knee

Griffin has been plagued by a sore left knee all season, which has him doubtful for Monday's game. He's shooting a career-worst 35.2 percent from the floor. He has posted just 15.5 points, 4.7 boards and 3.3 assists, and it's probably a matter of time before he has to get scoped. Power forward Markieff Morris (foot) is also out, and center Christian Wood figures to see more action this week as a low-end streamer.

Jabari Parker, PF, Atlanta Hawks - right shoulder impingement

Parker's renaissance tour was halted a week ago with the shoulder injury, and he's likely to miss most of this week as well. With point guard Trae Young (ankle) out as well, center John Collins becomes a must-start universally this week as their best option on offense. Small forward De'Andre Hunter is next in line and is worthy of a low-end streaming option.

Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks - sprained right ankle

Young is in the midst of a huge season with 28.5 points, 8.3 assists, 4.3 boards and 1.2 steals per game, but he has been hampered by some minor injuries. He has missed a couple of games with the ankle sprain, and he's questionable for the back-to-back tilt this weekend. Small forward Cam Reddish ran the show Saturday night, but he only scored two points to go with six dimes, five boards and two steals. He could be worth streaming this week with tempered expectations.

 

Mid-Term NBA Injuries

Marvin Bagley, PF, Sacramento Kings - left mid-foot sprain

Bagley has missed two straight games and is likely to miss a third Tuesday. Power forward Nemanja Bjelica busted out with 27 points and six boards Sunday, and he'll be a hot play as long as Bagley is out. If Bjelica was dropped when Bagley returned, jump on him immediately.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic - left Achilles' soreness

The explosive forward went down Saturday with an Achilles' injury, but tests showed no structural damage. He's still likely to miss most of this week. Power forward Mohamed Bamba (ankle) is also banged up, but he's expected to gut it out. He'll be a solid source for boards and blocks while Gordon is out.

 

Long-Term NBA Injuries

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Dallas Mavericks - strained left hamstring

Hardaway pulled up lame Sunday with a left hamstring injury that appeared to have him in a lot of pain. Hardaway said he's walking fine, and he didn't feel a pop, so it's possible that he could just be out a week or two. Point guard Jalen Brunson has been quiet since star point-forward Luka Doncic returned, but he could see increased minutes again. Brunson is worth the speculative pickup if he was dropped.

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Aaron Donald Quiet In Week 17

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald had two total tackles (one solo) and no sacks in Week 17. It was a step back from his 20.5 sacks last year as he had just 12.5 this season. Donald isn't a slam dunk as a DL1 next year, but he should be in consideration.

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Greg Zuerlein Hits From 47 Yards

Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was 1-for-2 in field goals in Week 17, but his score was from 47 yards. He nailed all four extra points. Zuerlein had an up-and-down year as his 75 percent field goal percentage was his lowest in four years. He'll be a midrange PK1 in fantasy if he sticks with the team.

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Tyler Higbee Delivers In Finale

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee finished strong in Week 17 with eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. After starting the season slowly, he was a beast down the stretch. He finished with 69 catches for 734 yards and three touchdowns. Higbee will be an upper-middle option just outside the elite tier in fantasy.

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Brandin Cooks Mediocre In Finale

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks had three grabs for 40 yards in the Week 17 finale. Cooks' season was derailed by concussions, and he had just 42 catches for 593 yards and two touchdowns. His roster status is shaky. He could be a WR4 if he regains his early season place in the pecking order.

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Robert Woods Goes Out With A Score

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods caught seven passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Woods finished the year with a career-high 90 grabs, 1,134 yards and two touchdowns. The team has a lot of mouths to feed on offense, and he fell victim to the numbers game quite a bit. It'll be interesting to see where he is in the pecking order next year. He'll be in the WR3 mix in fantasy.

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Cooper Kupp Just Misses 100 Yards

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp had seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown in what was his fifth straight game with a score in Week 17. His 2019 ends with 94 catches for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was inconsistent at times, but he provided bang for the buck overall. He'll be a low-end WR1 in fantasy drafts next year.

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Malcolm Brown Lands A Touchdown

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown didn't see as much work as was expected, but he rushed nine times for 26 yards and a touchdown in Week 17. He also added a six-yard grab. Brown will have an interesting offseason with rumors surrounding starting running back Todd Gurley's roster status due to his health. Could Brown wind up taking over for Gurley? Could first-round pick Darrell Henderson take Brown's place next year? Brown will likely be an RB5, but he could have more upside depending on how the pendulum swings in the offseason.

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Todd Gurley So-So In Finale

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed 20 times for 68 yards and caught two balls for 21 yards in an uninspiring season finale. He finished the season with 857 rushing yards, 3.8 yards per carry, 12 rushing touchdowns, 31 receptions for 207 yards and two receiving scores. His 14 total scores carried him through what was a trying year. Is Gurley declining at 25? There are signs, and he'll be a midrange RB2 in drafts next season because of them.