NBA Player News
|1/17/2017||Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G|
|Bledsoe just missed a first triple-double of the season on Monday, finishing with 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Suns' loss to Utah.
Analysis: Bledsoe's assist totals have risen of late and haven't affected his scoring, as he's averaged 8.1 helpers and 21.8 points over his past nine games. More importantly, he's yet to miss a game this season after being limited to 31 by a knee injury in 2015-16.
|1/17/2017||Devin Booker, Pho, SG|
|Booker continued his recent scoring binge by dropping in 25 points in Monday's loss to Utah.
Analysis: The performance comes after back-to-back 39-point efforts from the Suns' sharpshooter. Averaging 30 points while going 18 of 33 from 3-point range over his last six games, Booker should be locked into fantasy lineups until he cools off.
|1/17/2017||P.J. Tucker, Pho, G-F|
|Tucker matched a season high with 13 rebounds while adding eight points and a pair of steals in Monday's loss to Utah.
Analysis: The defensive specialist has been good on the glass this month, averaging 8.3 rebounds in Phoenix's seven January games. Tucker doesn't contribute enough in other categories to make him anything more than a specialty play, though.
|1/17/2017||Rudy Gobert, Uta, C|
|Gobert was again a force in the Jazz's latest win, amassing 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting along with 17 rebounds and four blocks Monday at Phoenix.
Analysis: The standout center has now recorded double-digit rebounds in 28 consecutive games, and his average of 13.6 boards per game over that stretch ranks second in the NBA. Add in his league-leading 110 blocks and improved scoring, and you've got an elite fantasy player if Gobert is on your roster.
|1/17/2017||George Hill, Uta, G|
|Hill contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists to the Jazz's 106-101 win over Phoenix on Monday.
Analysis: Hill did check out late with a sprained ankle, though he was walking around fine after the game and will have three full days to heal before Utah next takes the court Friday. He's averaging a solid 16.7 points, 4.5 assists and four rebounds in six games since returning from a concussion, though he's 1 for 13 on 3-point tries over his last two.
|1/17/2017||Gordon Hayward, Uta, G-F|
|Hayward managed 17 points despite a 4-of-13 shooting effort in Monday's win at Phoenix. The Jazz's top scorer added five assists and four rebounds.
Analysis: A bit of an off night for the All-Star candidate, who had shot a sizzling 66 percent from the field over four straight games of at least 20 points.
|1/17/2017||DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C|
|Jordan helped the Clippers to a seventh straight win with another monster outing on Monday. The valuable center went 7 of 8 from the field while logging 19 points, 15 rebounds and a season-high four blocks in the team's 120-98 rout of Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Jordan had his way with a soft Thunder interior defense that was missing Steven Adams, though he did the same to the Lakers in Saturday's season-high 24-point effort in which he was 12 of 13 from the floor. He continues to dominate the boards at a prolific rate, averaging a league-best 17.2 rebounds in 10 games since Dec. 28.
|1/17/2017||Marreese Speights, LAC, F-C|
|Speights came through with a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to help the surging Clippers defeat Oklahoma City on Monday.
Analysis: Speights is averaging 16 points while shooting 64.7 percent from the field over his last four games, helping fill the void created by Blake Griffin's absence. The reserve forward is only getting between 15-20 minutes a game, so he's hard to recommend for fantasy purposes, especially with Griffin close to returning.
|1/17/2017||J.J. Redick, LAC, SG|
|Redick knocked down 5 of 10 shots from 3-point range while totaling 20 points in Monday's rout of Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Redick has emerged as the go-to scorer during Los Angeles' seven-game winning streak, averaging a team-high 19.6 points and going 24 of 56 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc during that time frame. His days as the top option are likely numbered, though, with Blake Griffin nearing a return from his knee injury.
|1/17/2017||Austin Rivers, LAC, G|
|Rivers had 16 points and six assists in the Clippers' win over Oklahoma City on Monday.
Analysis: The coach's son is one of several players to step up in Blake Griffin's absence, having averaged a useful 18.4 points and 4.4 assists over his past five games. Rivers should continue to hold down a key role, especially if Chris Paul is forced to miss time with the thumb injury he sustained Monday.
|1/17/2017||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Westbrook was mostly held in check by the Clippers, who limited Oklahoma City's superstar to 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting along with five rebounds and four assists in Monday's win over the Thunder.
Analysis: Those numbers would represent a good night for most players, but Westbrook has set his bar exceptionally high in a season in which he's averaging 30.7 points and a triple-double. Expect improved production when he goes head-to-head with former teammate Kevin Durant when the Thunder visit Golden State on Wednesday.
|1/17/2017||Victor Oladipo, OKC, G|
|Oladipo turned in a fantasy dud Monday in Los Angeles, where he managed just six points on 3-of-11 shooting in the Thunder's blowout loss to the Clippers.
Analysis: It's a surprising line for the offseason pickup, who averaged 17.1 points over his first nine games back from a sprained right wrist. Oladipo was coming off a 23-point effort in Sunday's win at Sacramento, though the Kings are a far inferior defensive team compared to the Clips.
|1/17/2017||Ryan Anderson, Hou, F-C|
|Anderson has been ruled out of Tuesday's game in Miami due to an illness.
Analysis: Corey Brewer will start in place of Anderson, who hadn't missed a game all season. He's struggled lately, shooting 32.7 percent from the floor in the past five games while averaging 12.4 points.
|1/17/2017||Andre Drummond, Det, F-C|
|Drummond missed practice Tuesday due to a sprained right knee, but he expects to play Wednesday against Atlanta.
Analysis: Drummond briefly left Sunday's win over the Lakers after hurting his knee but ended up playing 32 minutes. The big man has missed only three games over the past 3 1/2 seasons.
|1/17/2017||Joel Embiid, Phi, F-C|
|Embiid did not practice Tuesday due to an illness but is expected to play Wednesday against the Raptors.
Analysis: Coach Brett Brown said Embiid will likely remain on a 28-minute restriction for the rest of the season, but the 7-footer is among the league leaders with 37.3 points per 48 minutes.
|1/17/2017||Bismack Biyombo, Orl, F-C|
|Biyombo is questionable for Wednesday's game at New Orleans after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee during the fourth quarter of Monday's loss at Denver.
Analysis: Biymombo is a good source of blocks but otherwise isn't a great fantasy asset, though he's coming off a season-high 15-point effort against the Nuggets.
|1/17/2017||Omri Casspi, Sac, F|
|Casspi will miss one to two weeks with a strained right calf suffered at Monday's practice.
Analysis: A multitude of ailments have limited Casspi to 22 games. He's appeared in only six over the past month, hardly contributing anything to be a fantasy factor.
|1/17/2017||Taj Gibson, Chi, F-C|
|Gibson will not play Tuesday against Dallas due to a sore left ankle.
Analysis: The injury is minor, and coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful this is no more than a one-game absence. Gibson has averaged 13.8 points and 11.3 rebounds in his last four games.
|1/17/2017||Chris Paul, LAC, PG|
|According to the team, Paul will undergo surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb and is out for 6-8 weeks.
Analysis: It's a huge blow for the Clippers and fantasy owners as Paul was averaging 17.8 points, 12.3 assists and 6 rebounds in January. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will take over at the point.
|1/17/2017||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry is unlikely to play Tuesday due to rest. Cory Joseph is expected to get the start.
Analysis: Lowry will be back out there in Toronto's next game.
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