Spin: Martin is coming off a 37-point outing, and it's unclear when exactly when he sustained the injury, but this is a tough blow for both the Timberwolves and fantasy owners. While Martin is sidelined, Corey Brewer will likely slide into the starting lineup, with Chase Budinger, Mo Williams, and Shabazz Muhammad seeing extended minutes. However, Andrew Wiggins is probably the biggest beneficiary of this news as he'll have to embrace a much larger role in the Wolves offense.
Spin: Rose has been ruled out quickly for each of the last three games and he could miss more time. The Bulls are likely going to manage his minutes upon his return, so fantasy owners shouldn't buy low unless it's at an extremely discount. Aaron Brooks is going to be very busy tonight.
Spin: Miles has played just four minutes in Indiana's previous seven games due to a migraine and his calf injury, but he was able to go through a few shooting drills on Thursday. His return will give the Pacers' bench a nice boost but he's unlikely to be helpful to standard-league fantasy owners.
Spin: The Mavs' veteran guard has missed two games due to soreness in his lower right leg, but it shouldn't limit him as he resumes his backup role vs. the Rockets. J.J. Barea has been playing well in Harris' absence and Raymond Felton's return on Nov. 24 is another challenge to Harris' playing time, making him a dubious option in 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: He rested on Monday and his minutes are still going to be limited. Darrell Arthur had a big game in a surprising win over the Cavs, but his minutes will likely drop tonight. Fantasy owners can steer clear of Hickson due to his awful foul shooting.
Spin: Asik aggravated his lower back while warming up prior to Friday's game and it sounds like he'll miss his third straight game in Utah, but there's still a chance he'll recover in time to play. Alexis Ajinca has been very quiet as a fill-in starter in Asik's absence and there are no real fantasy winners in this scenario.
Spin: Gasol could return Monday in Utah or Tuesday in Denver. His improving health is welcome news for Chicago, which has lost two straight games and may be forced to play without Taj Gibson (ankle) for a while.
Spin: With P.J. Hairston (ankle) also sidelined, Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start and get all the minutes he can handle. Henderson is coming off a disappointing two rebound, zero-point dud from Wednesday, but he'll look to bounce back with a favorable matchup vs. Orlando. MKG is considered day-to-day, but remains without an official return date.
Spin: Bennett has an excellent chance to make a big impression, and he will likely see big minutes as he and Gorgui Dieng are the only active bigs for Minnesota (unless you count Robbie Hummel). Owners in need of short term value or in daily leagues would be advised to take a flier on Bennett.
Spin: Free agents Will Bynum and Mike James are both possibilities as Chicago patches over backcourt injuries to Rose and Kirk Hinrich (bruised chest/ribs). Neither Bynum nor James would have fantasy appeal even if they do get picked up.
Spin: Rubio doesn't play on Christmas, but he has a game the following day on Dec. 26. Ultimately the decision will be based on rehab, and the Timberwolves' medical staff giving him clearance to play, but Dec. 26 falls right at the seven week mark of his initial 7-8 week timetable. Rubio's rehab has been going well, but he's still not able to put weight on his sprained ankle. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but while he's sidelined, Mo Williams may be worth a look as he's finally taken the starting spot away from Zach LaVine.
Spin: We'll need to see a bit more progress before arbitrarily assuming he's close to being back, but it's a good report nonetheless. His minutes and starting status will be in doubt upon his return, but he'll still be worth owning in all formats.
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: We had multiple readers ping us with the same info and we have yet to find the tape to confirm that. Perhaps the Houston media can weigh in on this bit of news, and this also highlights how the TV guys can sometimes come with the scoop. Treat this as a pretty well-placed 'rumor' for now, but Jones' owners may want to start looking at contingency plays right away.
Spin: He was going to a game-time decision, but he must not have felt well after shootaround. O'Quinn could miss more games and he's been out since the opener. Andrew Nicholson will stay in the rotation tonight, but is not a fantasy option.
Spin: Westbrook has been progressing well, without any setbacks, and going through non-contact portions of practice will be the next step. Westbrook's initial timetable has him returning Dec. 2 vs. the Pelicans at the earliest, but we'll have a more firm date after he is re-evaluated. Stay tuned.
Spin: Calderon's return will send Shane Larkin to the bench, and Iman Shumpert's value will take a small hit. He has a very favorable matchup vs. the Philadelphia "Tanker," but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Saturday's tip.
Spin: An MRI revealed the calf strain and he's still recovering from his hamstring strain, and coach Derek Fisher admitted that Bargnani "isn't at a place where you can just put him out there and not be fully concerned." Bargnani has been lousy for the past few seasons, and the Knicks have enough frontcourt depth that he's not worth a speculative pickup.
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: 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: 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: Mills has looked good in recent workouts, but he's still expected to be out until January. For now, there is no reason to monitor his progress, but it's encouraging he's making strides toward a return.
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: "I would like to [hear from Nash], but I don't know," coach Byron Scott said. "I gave him a call, but I haven't gotten a return call. So we'll see." After being declared out for the season, there are new reports that the Lakers could seek a trade to get his contract off of the books and the Lakers have also applied for a disabled player exception because of his absence, which would be worth about $4.9 million. Regardless, this news has no fantasy implications as Nash is likely done for his illustrious career.
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 getting closer to a return and has gone through some shooting drill. Durant is still a couple weeks off his original prognosis, but it's great to see he hasn't fallen behind. If you drafted him in the first round, this is all you can ask for from the best player in fantasy hoops for each of the last five seasons.
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.