Spin: "I've had multiple people say kind of just shut it down or just take time off," said Anthony. "At the end of the day it's hard for me to just do that right now with what's happening with the team. So I'm just trying to be smart about it." The Knicks currently own a record of 5-22, and each loss gives Carmelo another reason to shut it down instead of risk further injury. Tim Hardaway Jr. is looking more and more like a must-own player.
Spin: Evans is averaging 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 treys over his last five games, so his fantasy owners will have to keep their fingers crossed that he'll be able to play Thursday night. If Evans sits, Austin Rivers and Luke Babbitt would see increased playing time, though neither are a very attractive plug-and-play option.
Spin: He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased.
Dennis Schroder started in place of Jeff Teague (hamstring) and hit 4-of-6 shots for 10 points, two rebounds and 10 assists in 22 minutes of Wednesday's surprisingly easy win over the Cavaliers.
Spin: Schroder and reserve Shelvin Mack dominated Kyrie Irving and the Cavs tonight for a 127-98 blowout win. Schroder came through if you used him with Teague out, but Mack was even better with 24 points on a great shooting night. It was hard to see this type of blowout coming in Cleveland, but the Hawks are playing very well as a team and didn't even miss Teague tonight. If he misses any more games, look for Schroder to start and share minutes with Mack again.
Spin: He has been cleared of his concussion, but Miller is now dealing with stiffness in his neck and will sit this one out. Miller only averages 12.2 minutes per game, so his absence won't have an impact on Cleveland's rotation. Leave Miller on the wire.
Spin: Pierce missed Tuesday's game with his toe injury and a missed practice on Thursday doesn't bode well for his availability against the Heat on Friday. There's a chance the Wizards are just giving the veteran an extra day to recuperate, so we'll have to check back on his status after Friday's shootaround. If Pierce does sit, Otto Porter would likely get the start and remain a risky option in daily leagues.
Spin: Coach Terry Stotts said he is going to mix up his lineups, so T-Rob is not likely going to draw all of the starts. Joel Freeland is expected to get some starts here and there, so keep an eye on him, as well. Chris Kaman should also get a handful of extra minutes and is the best pickup for owners needing a big man.
Spin: Parker currently doesn't have a timetable to return, so Joseph should start for the foreseeable future. In his last start for the Spurs, Joseph tallied 12 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. He should also be in line for a few more assists on Wednesday, so this kind of production is worthy in most leagues.
Spin: This is no surprise, as Bosh is considered out indefinitely and could miss several weeks. Josh McRoberts (knee) could be lost for the season, so it will be up to Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Willimas to soak up extra playing time.
Spin: It will be his fifth straight game out of the lineup and it is becoming pretty evident that this injury has become a real issue for him. Smith isn't worth owning in standard leagues as he has failed to succeed in the triangle offense and it is unclear when he will return to action. Tim Hardaway Jr. will play all the minutes he can handle Thursday and is worth a look in most leagues.
Spin: Noah was a participant in shootaround and is expected to be available when the Bulls take on the Knicks Thursday night. Noah's owners can feel free to plug him back into their starting lineups, while Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will see their fantasy value take a hit upon Noah's return.
Spin: We can only hope that McBob can return this season, as he was finally starting to figure it out in Miami before going down with the injury. If you have an IR spot available, he may be worth a stash in deeper leagues. However, unless we get a positive report after the surgery, owners in standard leagues should move on. Shawne Williams, Udonis Haslem, and Justin Hamilton will all benefit in his absence.
Spin: He is still not practicing and it is looking like this won't be the last game he misses due to his ankle. Even if he was healthy, he doesn't have a large enough role to warrant consideration in most leagues. Leave him on the wire.
Spin: Bogut will be re-evaluated next week, but things aren't looking good for the oft-injured big man. He will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. OKC, and he should be considered doubtful for Monday's game against Sacramento. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights will be the primary beneficiaries with Bogut sidelined, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Stay tuned.
Spin: He suffered the injury on Friday and the Pacers are going to be very thin up front. Perhaps they go with a smaller lineup, but Shane Whittington may also get in the rotation. Mahinmi can be cut everywhere. Roy Hibbert had better stay healthy.
Spin: It sounds like he's out for Thursday against the Bucks. The Kings will likely use a little more Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams to help out Rudy Gay. Casspi is only worth owning in deep leagues, but could emerge should Gay have Achilles problems.
Spin: This is a tough blow for McGee and it would not be surprising to see the Nuggets shut him down for a long time. McGee was playing through soreness all season and it was evident that it had an impact on his play. McGee should be cut across the board and should be considered out indefinitely. Timofey Mozgov was already a must-own player before this news while rookie Jusuf Nurkic could also see more minutes as the backup center.
Mason Plumlee made another start for Brook Lopez (back) and had a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 9-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss.
Spin: Plumlee got off to a dreadful start when Bro-Lo went down, but has now scored 21 and 23 points in his last two games. He's a free throw killer and hit just 5-of-11 of them tonight, but as long as Lopez is out, Plumlee should be in your lineup. He's averaging 16.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, but is shooting just 43 percent at the line during that stretch.
Spin: He is not expected to play on the current road trip, so the next chance he would have to play would be on Dec. 23 vs. Charlotte. Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the rest of the season, so Ilyasova could see a bump in his minutes upon his return. He will have to string together a few good games before being considered in standard leagues, though.
Spin: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow.
Spin: There is still no clear indication as to when he will be ready, but the Bucks could certainly use him now that Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the remainder of the season. We will update Henson's status when we know more, but owners should keep an eye on him in deeper leagues for his ability to block shots and rebound.
Spin: "He can't move," Casey said of DeRozan. It's nice to see DeRozan get back on the court after tearing his adductor longus tendon, but it's sounding unlikely that we'll to see him return before the calendar turns to 2015. The Raptors are employing a combination of Greivis Vasquez, James Johnson, Terrence Ross, and Patrick Patterson to fill in for DeRozan, but Kyle Lowry is still the biggest fantasy beneficiary from his absence.
Spin: Henry will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but after injuries held him to just 43 games last season, and a mere nine this year, he may have a tough time landing his next deal. Henry's 9.5 minutes per game will be distributed to Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington, but neither guy can be considered an attractive option in standard leagues while Kobe Bryant is healthy.
Spin: He has resumed shooting mid-range jumpers, which is somewhat remarkable given the nature of his shoulder injury, and it sounds like he's confident he'll avoid surgery. New Orleans has been struggling to find a replacement starter in his absence, but they've recently settled on Luke Babbitt at SF with Tyreke Evans taking over the SG spot.
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: Pekovic recently tried running on a treadmill but his ankle flared up, so he's not anywhere near making a return. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start at center as long as Pekovic is sidelined, and is currently averaging 8.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 block per game with the starting unit.
Spin: Saunders said he's hopeful that Rubio will be able to get on the court by Christmas, which would put him on-track for a return in early-January. Rubio will likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return, but he should be owned in all fantasy leagues for his ability to rack up assists and steals.
Spin: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go.
Spin: Jones is doing "better" with the nerve issue in his leg, but it was a very serious concern to the point where Jones couldn't even feel his leg and toes. Still without a timetable to return, the Rockets will rely heavily on Donatas Motiejunas at power forward with Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) sidelined as well.
Spin: Jackson also added that Bargnani is disappointed, and he confirmed that the Italian is without a timetable to return. Bargs has been Barfs for the Knicks this season, and it's not clear when he might be back at this point.
Spin: "The best-case scenario could be the end [of December]," Richardson said regarding his potential return to the court. "Worst case can be February." Richardson hasn't played since the 2012-13 season, so there will be a substantial amount of rust upon his eventual return. He doesn't offer enough upside to be considered a stash candidate in any league.
Spin: Vogel added that Hill is "moving really well," and it's probably time to grab him off the waiver wire if he's still available. He's nearing a return, and he's going to be asked to be one of the Pacers' main guys on offense with Paul George (leg) sidelined. It's reasonable to think he'll be able to get somewhere near his 2012-13 averages of 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 1.7 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game.
Spin: He is still on track to meet his timetable which is awesome news for the Spurs. However, Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation and will only be an asset in deeper leagues upon his return.
Spin: The Mavs are currently the favorite to land Rondo, but the Rockets and Lakers have also thrown their names into the mix. There will be a lot of rumors flying around with regards to Rondo, but it's looking like there's a strong possibility that he is moved at some point this season, meaning Marcus Smart makes sense as a stash-candidate.
Spin: Webster has been ramping up his rehab, but didn't participate in a full-court practice on Thursday so we're reading tea leaves as to when he'll return. Webster's eventual return will cut in the fantasy value of Paul Pierce, Rasual Butler and Otto Porter, but standard league owners can feel free to leave him 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.