Spin: He's been dealing with a calf issue for about the past week and the Clippers will just sit him down tonight. It'll be second-year swingman Reggie Bullock in the starting lineup, but Jamal Crawford probably benefits most. Barnes is not worth owning in most leagues.
Spin: More details will be coming on this story, but we're guessing he may not play again this season. And on a side note, Darius Miller is moving into the starting lineup, and not Austin Rivers, at least for now.
Spin: Howard was a "potential go" just hours earlier, but he must not have been feeling comfortable in the morning shootaround to be ruled out so early. Without Howard, the Rockets will continue to roll with Tarik Black at center, but Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou will be the guys fantasy owners want to use.
Spin: Gibson has already been ruled out of Monday and Tuesday's contests, and he's not even traveling with the team currently. Tom Thibodeau said there isn't much swelling, the Bulls won't take any chances with letting Gibson's ankle injury linger. Nikola Mirotic stands to benefit from Gibson's absence.
Spin: If Joseph is unable to play, Manu Ginobili will be asked to do a little more as the Spurs backup point guard, and Tony Parker will see some extended minutes. Joseph is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 assists through 17.5 minutes of action this season, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Spin: Cole had an impressive 23-point debut on opening night, but since then he's failed to eclipse 12 points. Cole is averaging just 7.4 points, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game as a starter, and he's just not worth owning in standard leagues. His return will likely translate to a loss of playing time for Shabazz Napier, making Napier an unattractive option in daily leagues.
Tobias Harris (calf) tried to go through his normal shooting routine before Monday's game, but he and the Magic decided that it was best to pass on playing and he'll be re-evaluated at home in Orlando before Wednesday's game against the Warriors.
Spin: "He's just not ready, and it's not smart for us to aggravate anything," coach Jacque Vaughn said Monday. "So we'll give him another couple of days and see what we look like when we get back home." Injury reporting in Orlando is very light and often misleading, so owners really have to stay on their toes and it wouldn't be surprising to see the team buy some time in advance of Friday's game in Indiana.
Spin: The surgery was successful and Martin should be back on the court for January. The Wolves get Thaddeus Young back and he will likely be a huge part of the offense. Andrew Wiggins will also get to show what he can do while Corey Brewer has been bringing the ball up, as well. Fantasy owners can cut Martin if they don't want to wait.
Spin: He's probably not 100 percent healthy, but the Bulls' tough veteran will suit up as Derrick Rose's primary backup. As long as Rose is healthy there's no reason to touch Hinrich in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Spin: Pekovic's wrist was the reason doctors asked him to rest for one week, but he's also dealing with ongoing pain from a bursa sac in his ankle, all while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. The Wolves are already limiting his playing time to under 30 minutes per game and his ankle injury could linger all season, which is one more reason to like Gorgui Dieng's outlook even when he shifts back to a reserve role upon Pek's return.
Spin: Asik was a partial participant in Monday's practice and is finally ready to play after missing the past week, which will send Alexis Ajinca back to the bench and steal a few minutes from Ryan Anderson. Asik has been a terrific source of rebounds this year, as well as FG percentage and blocks, so owners relying on his big-man stats should activate him in all lineups.
Spin: There was never a doubt that he was going to play and he's expected to miss more time. Expect Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal to pick up the slack. Kidd-Gilchrist is not worth owning in most formats.
Spin: This will be his seventh game out of the lineup and at this rate he's going to play even less games than his 54 from last season. Wade does not have a timetable to return and his owners should have him benched until he's back on the court. Mario Chalmers has really stepped up lately while the Heat will use plenty of two-point guard lineups.
Spin: Young is on track to play on Wednesday against Milwaukee and has returned to the team following the tragic loss of his mother. Our thoughts are with Young and his family. With his return, Anthony Bennett should be heading back to the bench.
Derrick Rose (hamstring) will play on Tuesday, as expected.
Spin: He was technically listed as 'probable' and the Bulls have been understandably protective of Rose early in the season, so fantasy owners are wise to check his status before every game. He scored 18 points in a somewhat passive performance on Monday and we can only hope he'll continue to build on that performance without any health-related setbacks.
Spin: He's hoping to be able to return for Christmas, which seems like a fair expectation from his severe ankle sprain from back on Nov. 7. Mo Williams is on cruise control in his last two games and should be owned in all standard leagues.
Spin: He's not close to returning and the Warriors learned their lesson on bring him back so soon. Considering how well Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are playing right now, there is no rush. Lee isn't a must-own player while Green is a must-start guy right now.
Spin: He doesn't seem anywhere close towards making a return, and he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all formats. Boris Diaw will continue to pick up the slack while Splitter is sidelined, and Baynes will see some extended minutes off the bench. Diaw offers the most upside, while Baynes' fantasy value is limited to extremely deep leagues.
Spin: Jones bruised a nerve in his right leg, though the presence of nerve damage wasn't initially disclosed so fantasy owners were flying in the dark. He's missed nine games and counting and may still be out a few more weeks. He was producing at a top-40 level prior to the fluke injury, so in most cases he's still worth holding onto, but it's a decision that shouldn't be made lightly in any format. Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou continue to absorb his playing time, with Motie filling in as a starter.
Spin: He went through some contact in practce on Monday. Last week he wasn't supposed to be re-evaluated until the coming weekend, but he's apparently doing much better than expected. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will still probably want to bench Westbrook because the Thunder have no games after Friday this week. Reggie Jackson will lose some value, but he should still be worth owning in just about all leagues.
Spin: "There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back this year," Richardson said. "I might be back before January if all goes well." The veteran's optimism is nice to hear but we're certainly not betting on a return in 2014, and even once he's healthy he may not crack the 76ers' rotation.
Spin: This has to be frustrating for his owners, as he has yet to play this season with his nagging ankle sprain. We will continue to monitor his status and it should be noted that he still deserves to be owned in almost all leagues for his scoring and rebounding prowess. In the meantime, Luis Scola will continue to start with Lavoy Allen backing him up, but neither player is an attractive option in standard leagues.
Spin: He doesn't have a timetable to return and we might not see him in game action until December. Considering how Watson has dealt with foot issues before, the team will likely manage his minutes for a while -- Rodney Stuckey also aggravating his foot injury doesn't help. There is not enough incentive to stash him in most leagues.
Spin: Beat writer Candace Buckner adds it is "not the first of the month" either. Hill should be a big part of the offense and is a decent stash, but obviously the uncertain return date could make it tough to do so. Expect Donald Sloan to have a couple more weeks of value.
Spin: Mills is "working every day" to get back, and Mills thinks he's in "pretty good shape" to meet the January 15 timetable. Mills is dribbling the ball and doing conditioning drills, but he just started shooting last week. Mills said he won't rush back before ready, but there's no reason to to think his return will be delayed beyond mid-January.
Spin: The Lakers are over the salary cap and this exception will allow them to sign a free agent for the remainder of the season, or possibly trade for a player in the final year of their contract. We should hear reports about possible targets for L.A. in the coming days, so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye out for updates.
Spin: "[Meeks] will not be back before mid-December, which is really about nine and a half weeks before he's actually playing in a game," said Van Gundy. While Meeks is sidelined, Caron Butler and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will continue to help man the shooting guard position, with KCP being the starter. It sounds like Meeks is still a long ways away from contributing to the stat sheet in a meaningful way, so owners in standard leagues can continue to leave him untouched on the waiver wire.
Spin: He is only doing work in the pool right now and plans to do more court work soon. George is still highly unlikely to make it back on the court for game action this year, but you have to admire his commitment to returning.