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Bulls' GM John Paxson announced Tuesday that Robin Lopez will ride the bench in favor of Cristiano Felicio for "a sufficient time." There is no timetable for Lopez's return to the lineup. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Lopez had been declining going into the All-Star break, and now it seems he'll have even less fantasy value. If you have Lopez rostered, it's time to drop him. However, don't go picking up Felicio until we see what he can do with regular minutes.

Rodney McGruder (leg) has been officially listed as questionable for Friday's matchup against the Pelicans. (Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McGruder underwent left tibia surgery in October and is now very close to a return. If he manages to dress, it would likely mean less court for Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington and Dwyane Wade.

Category: Injury Updates

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has been officially listed as doubtful for Friday's contest against the Pelicans. (Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Assuming the big man doesn't suit up, James Johnson and Bam Adebayo should hold onto their expanded roles. Head coach Erik Spoelstra will also continue to lean heavily on Hassan Whiteside, who has recorded double-doubles in Miami's last five games.

Category: Injury Updates

Bull's GM John Paxson said Tuesday that Holiday will come off the bench for the time being, and will be replaced in the starting lineup by David Nwaba. There's no official timetable for when Holiday would return to the starting lineup. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Whether it's tanking or player development, the Bulls are starting their younger players for the majority of their final 25 games of the season. This move all but kills the already-little fantasy value that Holiday had before this point. It remains to be seen how much value Nwaba can generate, but it's probably best to avoid any Bulls player not named Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, or Bobby Portis. Chicago may be in for a rough stretch in its final 25 games.

Cameron Payne will make his season debut Thursday against the 76ers after missing most of the season recovering from foot surgery. Payne will serve as the primary backup to Kris Dunn. (Source: Chicago Sun Times)

Fantasy Impact: Bulls' GM John Paxson said Tuesday that Jerian Grant, among others, will take a backseat to younger Bulls players, including Payne. Even with regular backup minutes, Payne will not be a valuable fantasy asset. Leave him on the waiver wire while Dunn is still healthy.

Category: Injury Updates

Darren Collison, whom is dealing with a left knee injury, is at least one week away from returning to the lineup. (Source: Scott Agness on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Owners will be without Collison's services for at least one more week. While Collison is sidelined, Cory Joseph will continue to see heavy minutes as the team's starting point guard. Joseph racked up 15 points, 11 boards, three assists, two steals, and two blocks during the Pacers' last game before the All-Star break. Joseph is worth rostering in deep leagues while Collison is sidelined and he deserves DFS consideration against a poor Hawks defense.

Category: Injury Updates

Michael Beasley sat out Tuesday's practice with right ear irritation. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't sound like anything overly serious for Beasley, but it does bring his availability into question for a matchup with the Magic on Thursday. There's certainly a chance he makes a full recovery over the next few days, but tentatively consider him questionable heading into that contest for the time being. If Beasley were to miss time, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn would likely be the main beneficiaries, with a guy like Luke Kornet also potentially rejoining the rotation.

Category: Injury Updates

Tim Frazier is expected to play on Thursday after missing time after undergoing surgery to repair his nasal fracture. Frazier will return as Tomas Satoransky's backup. (Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With John Wall still out, Frazier will see minutes off the bench behind Tomas Satoransky. If you have to pick one, Satoransky is the player to own in season-long leagues and the better play in DFS. Frazier holds low value in DFS lineups.

Category: Injury Updates

Shaquille Harrison agreed to a 10-day deal on Tuesday with the Suns. Josh Gray was waived in order to make room for the former Tulsa product. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harrison takes Gray's spot as a filler if Tyler Ulis, Troy Daniels, and/or Davon Reed are all out. He's off the fantasy radar.

Category: Transactions

Nikola Vucevic is expected to play on Thursday versus the New York Knicks. Vucevic hasn't played since fracturing his hand against the Wizards back on December 23rd. Vucevic will start alongside Aaron Gordon with Bismack Biyombo moving back to the bench. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vucevic was a monster before he sadly went down and with Gordon missing so much time, he could've been even better, if he would've stayed healthy. Vucevic was averaging just below a double-double before going down and could finish strong to post better than his 9.3 rebounds per game.

Category: Injury Updates

Aaron Gordon is expected to return to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Knicks after missing extended time with a hip injury which also held him out of the Dunk Contest. Gordon and Nikola Vucevic are both expected to play so Mario Hezonja and Bismack Biyombo move to the bench. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: You can't ask for a better matchup to return to except maybe the Nets as the Knicks are playing without Kristaps Porzingis. Gordon is averaging career-high totals in points at 18.4 per game, rebounds at 8.3 per game, three-pointers at two per game, and minutes at 34 per game. He's a must-start in Thursday's matchup if he does indeed play.

Category: Injury Updates

The Magic agreed to sign Rashad Vaughn to a 10-day deal on Tuesday. Vaughn has jumped from the Bucks to the Nets before being sent to the Pelicans, who then waived him. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vaughn could see some minutes in Orlando as the Magic have a tough time staying healthy. Aron Afflalo could be bought out leaving a few minutes for perhaps Vaughn. Leave him alone for now but add him to your watch list.

Category: Transactions

The day after President's Day is now named "10-Day" deal Day after another 10-day signing for the Pacers. Trey McKinney Jones agreed to a 10-day deal who was undrafted. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones needs to be left on the waiver wire as he's the last resort if Glenn Robinson and Darren Collison miss more time.

Category: Transactions

Josh Gray has been waived by the Suns on Tuesday in order to clear space for Shaquille Harrison. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gray averaged 6.4 points, 2.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals per game in five games with the Suns. Gray could find a 10-day deal somewhere but should be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Transactions

Brandon Rush agreed to a 10-day deal with the Blazers on Tuesday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rush slides in behind CJ McCollum and Pat Connaughton at shooting guard for the Blazers so leave him on the waiver wire.

Category: Transactions

The Knicks and Troy Williams have agreed to a 10-day deal on Tuesday. Williams was waived last week to make room for Joe Johnson and could see minutes in the rotation right away behind Lance Thomas and Michael Beasley. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Leave Williams on the waiver wire unless something happens to Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas. Michael Beasley needs to be owned in all leagues if he isn't already.

Category: Transactions

Frank Ntilikina scored five points, had one assist, and two steals in 11 minutes in a 118-113 loss to the Wizards.

Fantasy Impact: Frank Ntilikina on the season is averaging 5.2 points, 3.2 assists, and two rebounds a game. With Kristaps Porzingis suffering a torn ACL, one would think that the Knicks will prioritize the development and health of Ntilikina going forward this season. Nevertheless, the rookie would probably still be pretty inconsistent even if he's afforded a more demanding role in the rotation.

Category: Game Recaps

Channing Frye had his appendix removed before the break which is why he missed Thursday's game versus Minnesota. Ivica Zubac will fill in behind Brook Lopez. who posted a double-double in that game. Expect Frye to miss about a month or so. (Source: Channing Frye on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Frye out, Zubac benefits the most with more minutes and more chances to back up Brook Lopez. It's also a boost for Lopez, Julius Randle, and Kyle Kuzma. Frye shouldn't be owned anyway.

Category: Injury Updates

Tiago Splitter retired from the NBA on Monday after seven seasons with the Spurs, 76ers, and Hawks. Splitter was drafted by the Spurs in 2007 but didn't make his NBA debut until 2010. He's now a reporter and will not make a return to the NBA. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Splitter was not a fantasy option back in his day as a role player off the bench with the Spurs and Tim Duncan. He finished averaging 7.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Category: Transactions

LeBron James wins the 2018 All-Star MVP while leading his team to a win over Steph Curry and his team. James scored 29 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed 10 rebounds while also adding one steal in 31 minutes. James is currently fifth in most assists in the All-Star game all-time passing Oscar Robertson in this game.

Fantasy Impact: James has the potential to close out the fantasy season strong while the Cavaliers look to move up the standings in the East. James will be a possible triple-double on a nightly basis as the Cavaliers are looking better after the deadline.

Category: Game Recaps