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Kris Dunn (back) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.
Mar 25   1:55 PM

The Bulls have already ruled out Zach LaVine (thigh) and Otto Porter (rotator cuff), making Shaq Harrison a fine streaming option for his steals. Dunn didn't practice on Monday and that means his chances of playing on Wednesday for the second night of a back-to-back are likely slim. Ryan Arcidiacono will be asked to step up, but is only a low-end streamer for dimes. Antonio Blakeney is an option in deeper formats for points and triples.

Justise Winslow (thigh) is dealing with food poisoning and did not practice on Monday.
Mar 25   1:55 PM

He was able to practice in a limited capacity on Sunday which means his thigh is progressing well, but his status for Tuesday vs. the Magic remains up in the air. If Winslow continues to miss time, Derrick Jones Jr., Goran Dragic and James Johnson will benefit. All three of those guys have been hit-or-miss in fantasy, and while Dragic is the best option, he's coming off two poor games and is hard to trust in a 3-game week.

Josh Jackson (sprained ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.
Mar 25   1:55 PM

He'll remain on the sidelines with Tyler Johnson, Kelly Oubre Jr. and T.J. Warren. Mikal Bridges has been playing a ton of minutes lately and is averaging 8.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.8 triples over the last two weeks, and Troy Daniels will be a 3-point streamer in deeper leagues and is coming off a 16-point effort vs. the Kings.

James Ennis (right quad bruise) will not play on Monday vs. Orlando.
Mar 25   1:55 PM

Jonathon Simmons has been a disaster this season, but may be in the rotation against his former team. With Ennis out, it's possible T.J. McConnell picks up a handful of minutes as well. There's no one worth picking up to stream in most leagues.

Joakim Noah (knee) did not go through shootaround on Monday.
Mar 25   12:45 PM

He was listed as doubtful to play vs. the Thunder on the most recent injury report, and we're still waiting for an update on his MRI results. Based on how the Grizzlies have treated their other injured players and their position in the standings, we'll assume that they will be overly cautious. Ivan Rabb will get a handful of minutes in the short term, while Jonas Valanciunas will have a higher floor.

The Magic have recalled Troy Caupain from the G League.
Mar 25   12:45 PM

The Magic have a massive game vs. the Heat on Monday night, and Caupain will likely just be emergency depth for the team.

The Lakers have approached Lonzo Ball about the possibility of changing his shoes.
Mar 25   11:07 AM

Ball has had three ankle injuries in his first two seasons, with the most recent one being a Grade 3 sprain which ended his 2018-19 campaign. "Yeah, they talked to me," Ball said of Lakers management. "They asked me about it, and I told ’em, ‘I feel comfortable.’ If I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t play in ’em. If I didn’t play in [his signature BBB shoes], I’d play in Kobe [Bryant’s signature Nike shoe]." If LaVar Ball starts trending soon, it will probably be because of this.

Michael Carter-Williams has signed a second 10-day contract with the Magic.
Mar 25   10:49 AM

MCW leapfrogged Jerian Grant as the backup PG in Orlando, but is averaging 16.3 minutes through three games with 3.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. There's no real fantasy value here.

Kristaps Porzingis, who is now fully recovered from his knee injury, said he never intended to play this season.
Mar 25   10:30 AM

His thought process was to spend a full year working on his body and biomechanics to maximize his potential to have a long, healthy career according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Porzingis is excited about the results, as he claims that he's more explosive with more mobility than he had before the injury. He expects to play both the four and five for the Mavs next season and will be a risk-reward pick due to questions about his durability.

Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson acknowledged that Otto Porter (rotator cuff) is facing an uphill battle to return this season.
Mar 25   10:30 AM

"Otto has so many little things going on where we won’t push him," Paxson said. "We may run out of time with him, too." Paxson added that Porter is being monitored daily, but fantasy owners can't wait around for him at this point in the season. Shaq Harrison has been a top-55 asset in 9-category leagues over his past three games with 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.7 blocks, and guys like Antonio Blakeney and Wayne Selden will see more minutes as well.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens spoke highly of recently-signed center Greg Monroe.
Mar 25   10:04 AM

"We’ve always thought highly of Greg," Stevens said. "… He’s a bright guy and when you put him through our stuff, he knows it right after he gets here. Doesn’t take him long." Monroe played just three minutes on Sunday, but could see a handful of minutes going forward, especially when Al Horford sits with lingering knee soreness. For now, he's not a pickup because Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis are still ahead of him on the depth chart.

Knicks coach David Fizdale said that Kevin Knox has struggled because the current state of the roster forced him to become the No. 1 option on offense too quickly.
Mar 25   10:04 AM

"Kevin’s warts show, because everybody else is screwing up, too," Fizdale said. "So we can’t tuck him away and hide those things right now. But I think going through this is as good as going through it with veterans, because this fast-tracks you." The rookie has shot 36.9% from the field and has also struggled as a playmaker with 1.0 assists compared to 1.4 turnovers. He's day-to-day with an ankle sprain, but should be left on the wire in most cases with just two games this week.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he'll prioritize having a healthy and rested roster over the No. 1 seed in the final couple weeks.
Mar 25   9:41 AM

It was pretty surprising that Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson played all five games last week, but those guys are candidates to get at least one or two DNPs down the stretch. The Warriors have two back-to-back sets remaining this season which rules DeMarcus Cousins out for two games, while Stephen Curry could get another day off at some point with Kerr saying he looked tired before his DNP on Saturday. As for Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, they are the biggest threats for DNPs due to their age. There's no need to overreact to any of this, and at least there's no back-to-backs this week.

Frank Ntilikina returned to action on Sunday March 24.
Mar 25   3:38 AM

Alize Johnson returned to action on Sunday March 24.
Mar 25   3:38 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic finished Sunday's game with 17 points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.
Mar 25   1:39 AM

Bogdanovic did his damage in 30 minutes tonight, making 6-of-12 shots with three 3-pointers ,and it was a welcome return to efficiency for the Kings' swingman. He's been in a funk all month with averages of 9.5 points on 32.4% shooting, 2.6 boards and 2.5 assists, so this was a step in the right direction. He's a decent pickup due to the Kings' favorable four-game slate next week.

Kyle Kuzma hit 10-of-22 shots and 5-of-14 3-pointers for 29 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in 40 minutes of Sunday's 111-106 win over the Kings.
Mar 25   1:39 AM

Kuzma could have shot it better in this one, but he tied LeBron for the team high in scoring and put up a nice stat line. The Lakers have nothing left to play for, but Kuzma is young (and good) enough to keep playing and putting up big numbers down the stretch. The Lakers play four times this week, making Kuzma a must-start fantasy player.

Rajon Rondo hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, five rebounds, nine assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 37 minutes of Sunday's 111-106 win over the Kings.
Mar 25   1:39 AM

Not good, but at least he had the nine helpers. Alex Caruso was held in check with just six points and zero assists in 18 minutes, but the Lakers have nothing left to play for. There's a chance Rondo takes a backseat to Caruso at some point, but it hasn't happened yet. The Lakers play four games next week, and both point guards warrant consideration in most fantasy leagues, although both of them come with plenty of risk.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 5-of-15 shots and 4-of-12 3-pointers for 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes of Sunday's win over the Kings.
Mar 25   1:39 AM

Not bad, but a far cry from his 35-point explosion last Tuesday. He's been a bit hit-or-miss outside of that huge game, but the Lakers are banged up, KCP's getting big minutes, and he's a hot shooting night away from another monster fantasy line. With four games next week, KCP is worth a flier in almost any format.

Lance Stephenson finally played through his toe injury on Sunday, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes in a 111-106 win over the Kings.
Mar 25   1:39 AM

He last played on March 6, as the toe injury has hounded him ever since. The Lakers are super banged up and play four times this week, but Stephenson is just too risky to put into fantasy lineups.

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