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Jonas Valanciunas (health and safety protocols) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Suns. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Valanciunas forced into self-quarantine, Gorgui Dieng, Brandon Clarke, and Xavier Tillman will be expected to carry the bulk of frontcourt minutes for the Grizzlies.

Category: Injury Updates

Dillon Brooks recorded 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-3 3PT, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, two steals, and an assist in Saturday's win over the 76ers.

Fantasy Impact: Brooks couldn't find a shot and contributed little in this matchup. He took on the role of lead scorer while Ja Morant was out with an injury but should see a slight dip in his production with the reigning Rookie of the Year healthy and back in the lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Clarke logged 11 points (4-14 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-3 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in Saturday's win over the 76ers.

Fantasy Impact: Clarke has been playing great basketball lately but it's yet to be seen how his timeshare will work out once Jaren Jackson Jr. returns. He has definitely made a case for more minutes and a starting spot as he's averaging 14.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks over eight games since being elevated to the starting lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Ja Morant played 31 minutes and logged 17 points (7-14 FG, 0-3 3PT, 3-4 FT), six assists, and a steal in Saturday's 104-106 win over the 76ers.

Fantasy Impact: Morant missed eight games with an ankle sprain but returned to the lineup on Saturday and did what he's done since his rookie year; lead the Grizzlies in scoring. The Grizzlies are now sitting at .500 on the year and Morant will hope to take them to the playoffs. He's averaging 24.0 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game over just five games this season, with one having an early exit due to the injury. Expect the reigning Rookie of the Year to improve on these numbers as the season progresses.

Category: Game Recaps

Grayson Allen logged 20 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3PT, 5-5 FT), two assists, two steals, and a block in Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves.

Fantasy Impact: Allen hadn't scored more than 10 points in a single game this season and then erupted for 20 thanks to a season-high 60% clip from the field. The 26 minutes he logged were the most he's played since the first two games of the season as Kyle Anderson got off to an incredibly hot start. With Anderson's numbers starting to cool off, Allen could work his way back into some more playing time.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyus Jones registered 13 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-2 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Jones has been starting in place of Ja Morant and playing serviceable ball in his relief. Looking at his season-long numbers is a bit deceiving as he was very limited over the first three games. Since taking the reins as the starter though, Jones is averaging 9.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyle Anderson recorded eight points (2-5 FG, 4-6 FT), nine assists, six rebounds, and one block in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has cooled down from his hot start to the season. He's scored 10 points or less in his last four games which is a bit more in-line with his season averages. Hopefully you were able to trade him early on because his numbers going forward should resemble the last few games' outputs.

Category: Game Recaps

Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters that although forward Justice Winlsow is "participating in practice here or there", there is no defined timetable for him to return to the lineup. (Source: Evan Barnes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: WInslow has yet to suit up for the Grizzlies and has not played in a game since December of 2019. While he does carry fantasy value when healthy, fantasy managers should look for other options instead of letting Winslow waste a roster spot at the moment as it doesn't seem like he is close to a return.

Category: Injury Updates

De'Anthony Melton posted 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 3PT), five rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal in Friday's win over the Nets.

Fantasy Impact: Melton has had a pretty quiet season so far, averaging just 7.5 points on 21.0 minutes. He's also contributing 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals but would need some more playing time to become relevant in fantasy basketball.

Category: Game Recaps

Gorgui Dieng logged 18 minutes and put up seven points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Dieng has played between 18 and 24 minutes in his last five games, giving some clarity to his limited role. Although he does a great job at racking up rebounds, his playing time keeps him from being relevant in most fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Desmond Bane recorded 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 3PT, 0-1 FT), two assists, a rebound, and a steal in Sunday's loss to the Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Bane has now scored double-digit points in three straight games after averaging just 6.0 points per game over his first three outings. He's also played at least 21 minutes in each of his last three games. Dillon Brooks has taken over as the team's primary scorer but with Ja Morant injured and Grayson Allen playing awful ball, Bane could end up inching his way up the depth chart. Still, at just 23.0 minutes per game, Bane shouldn't be on your fantasy radar quite yet.

Category: Game Recaps

John Konchar came off the bench and logged seven points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3PT, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two steals, and one block over 16 minutes in Saturday's 122-112 loss to the Hawks.

Fantasy Impact: After averaging just 9.5 minutes over 19 games last season, Konchar got his first bit of action in the 2020-2021 season on Saturday and made the best of it by posting a solid defensive effort. The second-year shooting guard out of Purdue Fort Worth likely won't contribute much to fantasy rosters this season, but his efficient outing will definitely raise some eyebrows.

Category: Game Recaps

The Detroit Pistons are finalizing a deal with free-agent G/F Josh Jackson sources tell ESPN.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson was the 4th pick overall in the 2017 NBA Draft and is only 23 years old. While he had some off the court issues early in his career, he averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 22 games with the Phoenix Suns last season. He'll add more depth to the Pistons' wings with his ability to play the SG and SF positions. The jury is still out on whether he'll be a fantasy asset this year, but he'll presumably have a spot in the Pistons rotation.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Grizzlies’ executive Zach Kleiman said that F Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) will not be ready to play when the season begins. (Source: Mark Giannotto on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jackson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in August. No timetable was given, but Jackson will be out “a minute” per Kleiman. The 21-year-old will continue to rehab and return at some point during the season. Jackson averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 blocks over 57 games last year.

Category: Injury Updates

Free agent F Jarrod Uthoff is signing with the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Uthoff last played for the Grizzlies G League team this season, averaging 19 points, 10.7 rebounds, and three assists on his way to earning All-NBA G League First Team. He can get up and down the court and stretch the floor for a guy his size. The Wizards and other NBA teams will now get a good, hard look at Uthoff ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. He’s likely to play a solid allotment of minutes in the eight games the Wizards are scheduled to play in July and August.

Category: Transactions

C Jontay Porter (knee) is fully practicing and was praised for his competitiveness and ability to pick things up quickly. (Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Porter signed a multi-year contract with the Grizzlies in March and will provide the team with frontcourt depth. He fully practiced and took part in five-on-five drills. Porter is expected to play a limited role off the bench, but will most likely not be involved in the regular rotation.

Category: Injury Updates

Free agent F Jordan Bell has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The signing comes just minutes after the Cavaliers converted F Dean Wade’s contract into a multi-year deal. Cleveland is solidifying their young roster ahead of the transaction window closing tomorrow night. Bell last played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2019-20 season after spending two seasons in Golden State.

Category: Transactions

According to Marc Stein, the Memphis Grizzlies are the leading candidates to sign Anthony Tolliver once the NBA's transaction window opens on Tuesday. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tolliver has played for three teams this season - the Trailblazers (34 games), Kings (nine games), and most recently, the Grizzlies (five games) where he signed a 10-day contract on March 2, 2020. While multiple teams are interested in signing the 11-year veteran, the Grizzlies appear to have the edge and plan to resign Tolliver as early as Tuesday. Tolliver will serve as bench depth for the Grizzlies and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Category: Rumors

Shams Charania on Twitter is reporting that Dion Waiters has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Waiters worked out for the Lakers on March 2nd and it appears that he made a great impression on them. He will be a nice addition for the Lakers as he will provide them with some scoring punch off the bench. Fantasy owners can place him on the watch list to see how he is meshed into the rotation.

Category: Rumors