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Myles Turner has been ruled out against the Clippers, as he nurses a sore right hand. (Source: Scott Agness on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Turner is putting together another productive campaign as he is averaging 31.6 minutes of playing time, 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1. assists, 1.5 steals, and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the floor and 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. Both of his back-ups Goga Bitadze (ankle) and JaKarr Simpson (back), are also dealing with their own injuries and carry a questionable tag heading into tonight's contest. Simpson is the most likely to be available as Bitadze has yet to appear in a game this year. Although Simpson should be the logical player to benefit from Turner's absence given his role, his lack of ability to produce worthwhile value doesn’t make him an ideal option in any fantasy format. It would be best to look in Domantas Sabonis and Doug McDermott's direction for value as viable DFS options.

Category: Injury Updates

Newly acquired Pacers G Caris LeVert had an MRI that revealed a small mass on his kidney and is going to be out indefinitely. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prayers up for LeVert and hopefully he'll make a swift and healthy recovery. This is a brutal blow to fantasy managers and Pacers fans as he was slotted to be the new starting SG in Indiana. Aaron Holiday and Justin Holiday will likely fill in for LeVert is out.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

T.J. McConnell rejoined the team in their win over the Trail Blazers, scoring four points, with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and two turnovers across 21 minutes off the bench.

Fantasy Impact: McConnell played very well off the bench in this game, finding his teammates on the offensive end and playing ferocious defense on the other end of the floor. He now has nine steals in his last three games and is averaging 1.7 steals along with 4.8 assists on the season. Keep an eye on McConnell as a deeper league bench stash as a source of steals and assists.

Category: Game Recaps

Domantas Sabonis kept his double-double streak alive at 12 games, scoring 23 points (10-18 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-4 FT) with 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three turnovers in 38 minutes as the Pacers defeat the Trail Blazers to go 8-4 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Sabonis continues to pile up the stats in a variety of ways, but is consistently going to get his fantasy managers 20+ points and 10+ rebounds a game. With the Pacers vs. Suns game on Saturday postponed due to health and safety protocols, Indiana’s next game comes on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

Category: Game Recaps

Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points (10-18 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and two turnovers in a 111-87 win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Brogdon continues to impress night in and night out. With averages of 22.8 points (48.4% FG), 3.1 3PM, 4.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals and only 1.7 turnovers, he’s currently ranked as the No. 3 player in Yahoo! Fantasy 9-category leagues. The Pacers’ next game vs. the Suns on Saturday has been postponed, so they’ll play next against the Clippers on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

Pacers all-star G/F Victor Oladipo is being traded to the Rockets for newly-acquired Caris LeVert. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rockets received Caris LeVert in a deal that sent superstar James Harden to the Nets. Houston then turned around and flipped LeVert to the Pacers for Oladipo. Oladipo should now be more of a focal point on offense in Houston and could thrive with more of a feature role.

Category: Transactions

Doug McDermott scored 21 points (8-10 FG, 3-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) with four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes in a 127-122 loss to the Kings on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: McDermott is quietly averaging a career-high in points (12.0) and rebounds (3.5) this season while playing over 24 minutes off the bench. With TJ Warren out indefinitely, McDermott has become an integral part of the Pacers rotation on a nightly basis. With Indiana having another four games this week, it makes sense to give McDermott a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and scoring. He'll play again on the second night of a back-to-back Tuesday against the Warriors.

Category: Game Recaps

Sources tell ESPN that Indiana Pacers F T.J. Warren will undergo surgery on his left foot to repair a stress fracture and will be out indefinitely.

Fantasy Impact: Warren was already battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and now he goes down with a stress fracture in his left foot. Brutal blow for Pacers fans and fantasy managers, as he's without a timetable for return. G Aaron Holiday started in place of Warren today but expect his brother Justin Holiday and Doug McDermott to get more minutes in Warren's absence.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors

According to the Indiana Pacers Twitter account, center Goga Bitadze suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain and will be reevaluated in two weeks. (Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Bitadze isn't a fixture in the Pacers' rotation, it's certainly a blow to their depth heading into the season. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis should handle most of the center minutes early on for Indiana.

Category: Injury Updates

Sources tell ESPN that F Justin Holiday has agreed to a 3-year, $18M deal to stay with the Indiana Pacers. (Source: Zach Lowe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Holiday played 73 games for Indiana in the 2019-2020 season and became a reliable bench wing for the Pacers. He started six games and finished the season averaging 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He can contribute across categories, but his fantasy value is tied to his opportunity. He'll likely need an injury to be a target for fantasy managers early in the season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Edmond Sumner started the second half in the place of Victor Oladipo (eye) and was able to produce six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT, 0-1 3PT) and six rebounds across 27 minutes of action during the Pacers' 101-113 loss to the Heat on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Sumner did as much as he could filling in for Victor Oladipo (eye), who exited in the second quarter and did not return. Although Sumner started the second half, it wouldn't surprising to see Justin Holiday start Game 2 if Oladipo is forced to miss any time. The 24-year-old guard is currently averaging 6.2 points per game in Orlando and is a non-factor in fantasy at the moment.

Category: Game Recaps

Alize Johnson had a coming-out party in Friday's season finale, scoring 11 points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3PT, 3-4 FT), while grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds, along with four assists and one block across 38 minutes in a 109-92 win over Miami

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was not on anyone's radar but earned a rare start and delivered tremendously, setting new career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists in today's contest. Johnson was a massive sleeper in DFS today, getting 10x value on his $3700 salary on Fanduel - on his way to scoring 37.4 fantasy points. Congratulations are in order if you played Johnson, but this is likely an anomaly.

Category: Game Recaps

Aaron Holiday couldn't hit the backside of a barn Wednesday, scoring just two points on 1-of-11 shooting to go along with one rebound, two assists, one steal, and two turnovers across 25 minutes in a 108-104 win over the Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: Holiday just couldn't get it going today. He's given the Pacers some quality minutes throughout the re-start and should be a key piece of the rotation come playoff time. He'll look to find his shooting stroke when the Pacers take on the Heat in their final seeding game Friday before seeing them in the first round of the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps

Jeremy Lamb did join the Pacers in Orlando, but is not expected to play in any of the remaining games this season. Lamb is still recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to work with the Pacers' training staff to help prepare for next season. (Source: Indy Star)

Fantasy Impact: With Lamb ruled out for the rest of the season, Pacers' guard Aaron Holiday should start at the shooting guard spot, until Victor Oladipo returns. There is not a lot of fantasy value for any player who fills Lamb's spot on the team, so fantasy owners should look elsewhere to fill this spot. The Pacers' have struggled with illness and injury though, so their starting lineup is worth monitoring as the season resumes.

Brian Bowen II scored zero points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3PT) four rebounds and one turnover across 14 minutes in Friday's 108-102 win over the Bulls.

Fantasy Impact: Bowen started and logged 15 minutes in Friday's win over the Bulls. He played more minutes on Friday than his entire Pacers tenure this season. Bowen was a fill-starter for the Pacers and should be left on the waiver wire in all league formats. The Pacers next scheduled game is Sunday, away against the Mavericks.

Category: Game Recaps