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Khris Middleton (neck) has been ruled out for Friday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Middleton will sit this one out tonight with a sore neck. Donte DiVincenzo is a candidate to enter the starting lineup as he did the last time Middleton sat. DiVincenzo would be a good DFS play as a starter as he’s likely to see more minutes, and Giannis Antetokounmpo will carry even more of the load offensively tonight for the Bucks, as if that’s even possible.

Category: Injury Updates

Fred VanVleet will not play Friday against the Hornets night with a shoulder injury. (Source: Josh Lewenberg)

Fantasy Impact: Norman Powell will start in place of VanVleet. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam could see increased usage, especially considering Serge Ibaka has also already been out.

Category: Injury Updates

Serge Ibaka will not play Friday night against the Hornets with a sore knee. (Source: Josh Lewenberg)

Fantasy Impact: Ibaka was listed questionable earlier in the day and won't be able to suit up Friday. In his absence expect more minutes from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris Boucher, while Pascal Siakam could see increased usage.

Category: Injury Updates

LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game against the Orlando Magic. (Source: Matthew Tynan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Aldridge will miss his 2nd consecutive game with the ailing shoulder. It was Lonnie Walker IV who started in his place on Wednesday night, scoring 12 and blocking three shots in 27 minutes. Jakob Poeltl, who has started in Aldridge’s place before, only saw nine minutes off the bench on Wednesday. Look for something similar for both Walker IV and Poeltl on Saturday. The Spurs play again on Monday vs. the Pacers, and for now we’ll consider Aldridge questionable for that one.

Category: Injury Updates

Gary Washburn on Twitter is reporting that Robert Williams III has been cleared to return to the Celtics line-up for their match-up tomorrow with the Rockets. Williams will be on a minutes restriction at first. (Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams last game was on December 6th, which is when he injured his hip. In his absence Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter have held down the center duties for the Celtics, with Theis becoming the starter. Look for Williams to be integrated in the line-up at a steady pace at the expense of Kanter’s minutes.

Category: Injury Updates

Walker has been out with a knee injury since February 13 and is considered day-to-day right now. The good news is that it is likely he will get back on the court in the next week. (Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Celtics are 9-2 in the absence of Walker and Jayson Tatum has been phenomenal during this run so there is no need for the Celtics to rush Kemba back on the court. Keep checking in to see any updates on Walker's status.

Category: Injury Updates

Nicolas Claxton has been recalled by the Brooklyn Nets from their G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. (Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Claxton has been absolutely crushing in the G League, so Brooklyn has decided to call him up and give him a shot. Hopefully he can see some backup forward minutes, but for now, he’s best left on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.

Category: Transactions

Eric Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Celtics with a bruised right knee. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 12-year vet was held out of Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies due to the injury, but is hopeful to return Saturday versus the Celtics. The Rockets didn't practice today, so there should be a better idea on Gordon's availability after Houston's Saturday morning shoot-around.

Category: Injury Updates

Danilo Gallinari will not play in Friday's matchup against the Bucks with left ankle soreness. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Gallinari popped up up on Friday's early injury report as out just hours after leading the team in scoring in Thursday night's win over the Kings. This doesn't seem like anything serious, just a night off for the 31-year-old in the midst of his 11th season. His next chance to suit up will be Tuesday against the Clippers.

Category: Injury Updates

Kyle Korver (back) out Friday

Fri, Feb 28th 1:45pm EST
By Dave Kluge

Kyle Korver will not play in Friday's contest against the Thunder. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: This is the sixth straight game that Korver will miss with a sore back. With the Bucks securely holding first place in the Eastern Conference, expect the team to take a conservative approach regarding a return for the 38-year-old sharpshooter as his experience will be necessary for their inevitable playoff run.

Category: Injury Updates

Trae Young (illness) will be available to play in tonight’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets. (Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Young didn’t practice yesterday due to an illness, but it seems he has gotten over that pretty quickly, and will give it a go tonight against Brooklyn. This should be a close, uptempo game between the two teams, so as long as Young isn’t limited by his illness, fantasy owners should expect some nice production from him on his home court.

Category: Injury Updates

Wenyen Gabriel scored two points on 0-for-2 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line with two rebounds over six minutes as the Blazers lost to the Pacers on Thursday by a 106-100 score.

Fantasy Impact: In 11 games since being acquired from the Kings, Gabriel is averaging 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds over 9.0 minutes. The rookie is not seeing enough playing time to warrant being picked up by fantasy owners and can be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Nerlens Noel posted 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal over 20 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 112-108 win over the Kings.

Fantasy Impact: Noel was picked up in a lot of leagues when Steven Adams was struggling, but with Adams comfortable and healthy in the starting lineup again Noel's upside is severely hampered. He's scored 10 points in three of his last four games but hasn't done enough this season to garner any significant fantasy relevance. The Kentucky product is averaging 7.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 steals over 18.6 minutes this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Caleb Swanigan scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting with five rebounds and one assist over 13 minutes as the Blazers lost to the Pacers on Thursday by a 106-100 score.

Fantasy Impact: Over 14 games since being traded to the Blazers by the Kings, Swanigan is averaging 3.9 points and 5.3 rebounds over 14.7 minutes. The 22-year old forward is not seeing enough playing time to worth picking up by fantasy owners.

Category: Game Recaps

Dennis Schroder only scored 13 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) but recorded seven assists and five rebounds in Thursday's 112-108 win over the Kings.

Fantasy Impact: After back-to-back months of averaging 20 or more points, Schroder is sitting at 18.2 points per game with one more opportunity to play on Friday night. Chris Paul has settled in nicely after a bumpy start to the season on his new team and in turn Schroder's seen his minutes drop. That being said, Schroder is set up for a decent night and a savvy DFS play for Friday's matchup. The Thunder will face off against the Bucks in the second night of back-to-back nights on the court. The Thunder may give Paul's legs a bit of rest and lean heavily on the younger and more athletic point guard in what is assumed to be a high-scoring and fast-paced affair.

Category: Game Recaps

Kent Bazemore recorded seven points (3-12 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, and three assists over 18 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 112-108 loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Bazemore's effort doesn't always reflect on the statsheet but the Kings are 9-6 since acquiring the eighth-year shooting guard as he puts in a tough defensive effort every night and has quickly won over his new team's fans. He's buried behind Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield on the depth chart but still averaging 21.6 minutes per game in Sacramento. Even with less minutes Bazemore has been able to bump his production in every statistical category compared to his early-season stint with the Trail Blazers. As a King he is averaging 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 assists, and 0.4 blocks. While those numbers by themselves won't win you your fantasy league, if something were to happen to Bogdanovic or Hield he would be able to quickly step in as a valuable asset.

Category: Game Recaps

Bogdan Bogdanovic posted 11 points (4-14 FG, 2-9 3PT, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, four assists, and one steal over 28 minutes in Thursday's 112-108 loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Bogdanovic looked like his normal self on Thursday but unfortunately the shots he fired just didn't drop. In his 14 games since taking over as the starter Bogdanovic has averaged 14.2 points, 3.6 assists, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.1 blocks. The only stat that he has improved on since starting are assists, which he has bumped up an average of 0.5 per game. It seemed like third-year shooting guard was primed up for a huge boost in fantasy production when coach Luke Walton named him the starter but all this lineup change did was light a fire under Buddy Hield while putting Bogdanovic against first-team defenders, capping his fantasy upside.

Category: Game Recaps

Harrison Barnes recorded a team-high 21 points (8-16 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-4 FT), five assists, and three rebounds over 38 minutes in Thursday's 112-108 loss to the Thunder.

Fantasy Impact: Barnes scored 21 points for the second consecutive night as he's enjoying a bounceback in production after an ice-cold December and January, during which he averaged 13.4 points over 30 games. Disregarding Barnes's two-point performance on February 1st, he is averaging 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.4 steals over nine games this month. His value has slid in DFS and he's a solid target as he rides a mini hot streak right now. He'll get a chance to lead the team in scoring again with a quick turnaround in Friday's matchup against the Grizzlies.

Category: Game Recaps

Kevon Looney scored four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3PT), grabbed three boards, dished two assists, and stole and blocked one ball each over 19 minutes in Thursday's 116-86 loss to the Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Looney was set for a big night with Draymond Green's early ejection but Eric Paschall was the one that was able to take advantage with a team-high 23 points. Over 19 games this season Looney has only been able to score double digits once. He is best left on your league's waiver wire regardless of how deep your league is.

Category: Game Recaps

Markieff Morris recorded eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 3PT), four rebounds, and one assist over 19 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 116-86 win over the Warriors.

Fantasy Impact: Morris's role on the Lakers looks like it'll be significantly different than his role with the Pistons. Over two games Morris has averaged 17 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.5 blocks per game. While it's a small sample size, it's tough to imagine much changing on this deep roster with Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma playing Morris's power forward position and ahead of him on the depth chart. In Detroit Morris was averaging 22.2 minutes and 8.6 field goal attempts per game but those days are over. Morris can be safely dropped in all formats as his ceiling has been lowered dramatically.

Category: Game Recaps

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