Description: Miami forward Henry Walker took advantage of his playing time on Wednesday night.
Insight: With Miami resting almost everyone, Walker played the entire game, with all of his field goal attempts coming from downtown. He shot 6-of-10 from deep and 3-of-5 from the line for 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two turnovers.
Description: Knicks forward Cole Aldrich led New York with 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Magic, 80-79.
Insight: Aldrich was 8-for-15 from the field with three assists, one steal and one block as well. Both the points and rebounds were a season-high. If Andre Bargnani misses another game, Aldrich could receive some attention in daily leagues.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway continues to be one of the few bright spots for New York.
Insight: He scored a team-high 19 points in a loss versus Indiana. Galloway shot 6-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, and also had five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one turnover.
Description: Knicks guard Shane Larkin had a double-double in the rare New York victory on Sunday.
Insight: Knicks fans shouldn't get too excited because the victory came versus the 76ers. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field. Larkin nearly had a triple-double as he had seven assists.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points in the, 101-91, victory over the 76ers on Easter.
Insight: Bargnani has been the definition of hot and cold in the last five games. He shot 53.3 percent versus Philadelphia, but in the previous game versus Washington, he was 1-for-9 from the field and finished with two points. Overall, he is averaging 17.6 ppg in the last five games and is a decent fantasy option, but fantasy owners should be surprised if he occasionally lays a big egg.
Bargnani is the only fantasy relevant player left for New York. He is averaging 17.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.8 apg in the last five games.
Description: Knicks shooting guard Ricky Ledo came off the bench to led the Knicks with 21 points in the loss to the Wizards.
Insight: Ricky who? This unknown shooting guard set season-highs with 21 points and nine rebounds on Friday. The Knicks are so bad, he could see some decent opportunitites in the final two weeks, but we would still wait to see if Ledo can repeat this performance.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will play on Friday against the Wizards according to The Bergen Record.
Insight: He has been out since March 15 with a sprained wrist, so this is great news, but fantasy owners would be wise to see how Hardaway does for the horrible Knicks before plugging him back into the lineup.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani led New York with 14 points in the blowout loss to the Bulls on Saturday.
Insight: Bargnani also led the Knicks with seven rebounds. The fact he led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds really just says how bad the Knicks really are. Bargnani shot 7-for-15 from the field.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani scored a team-high 25 points during Friday's loss versus Boston.
Insight: He played well, going 10-of-20 from the field, 3-of-4 from the line, and 2-of-5 from deep. Bargnani also had seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two turnovers. He is the top option for New York right now.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway scored a team-high 19 points in New York', 103-82, defeat to Memphis on Monday.
Insight: Without Alexey Shved, Galloway shined shooting 7-for-16 from the field, hitting two 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds, five assists and a steal. If Shved continues to miss time, Galloway is worth a look in deep leagues.
Description: Knicks guard Alexey Shved is out for Monday's game versus the Grizzlies due to his rib contusion he suffered on Sunday.
Insight: This is definitely disappointing in the midst of the fantasy playoffs. Shved has been New York's best player, averaging 19.6 ppg, 4.8 apg and 2.4 3-pointers per game in the last five games. Shane Larkin will start in his place, but he doesn't have the same fantasy upside.
Description: Knicks forward Lance Thomas led the team with 24 points against the Raptors on Sunday.
Insight: With Alexey Shved leaving with an injury, the Knicks were even thinner than they usually are. That left Thomas with plenty of opportunities, and he shot 9-for-12 from the field. If Shved misses Monday's game, Thomas will be a decent plug-in option.
Description: Knicks guard Alexey Shved suffered a rib contusion on Sunday and will not return against the Raptors.
Insight: Shved will finish Sunday's game with nine points, two rebounds and two assists. Shved should be considered questionable for Monday's game. Shane Larkin will get a lot more playing time, but he doesn't have the fantasy upside that Shved has.
Description: Knicks guard Alexey Shved hit seven 3-pointers in the loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Insight: Shved has been quite the playoffs fantasy pickup this week if owners rolled the dice with him. He has scored at least 20 points in three straight games and Friday he hit 7-of-8 from downtown. Shved also had six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. It's not too late, if you haven't picked up Shved yet, go do it now.
Description: Knicks guard Alexey Shved had a decent night despite shooting 0-for-7 from the 3-point line versus the Timberwolves.
Insight: If Shved can get one or two of those 3-pointers to go down, he would have had a very nice night and the Knicks likely would have won. Shved owners will settle for 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting with six assists, five rebounds, one block and one steal.
Description: Knicks guard Alexey Shved had 21 points and seven assists in the, 104-100, victory over the Spurs on Tuesday.
Insight: Shved was 6-for-14 from the field and 8-of-12 at the line. He also had three steals and three rebounds. Shved has become the best fantasy asset on the Knicks. He is averaging 17.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.6 apg over the last five games.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway had a game-high 22 points in the overtime victory over the Spurs on St. Patrick's Day.
Insight: Galloway was 10-for-18 from the field, hitting two 3-pointers. He also had four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Galloway hasn't scored as much lately, averaging 8.6 ppg this month after he scored 11.2 ppg in February.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon will not play again on Sunday versus the Suns. Coach Derrick Fisher said Calderon will be reevaulated on Monday according to the New York Post.
Insight: Owners who are still counting on some production from Calderon might as well wait until Monday to hear an update. There is at least a decent chance, however, Calderon doesn't play again this season.
Description: Knicks guard Alexey Shved recorded a double-double in the loss to the Jazz on Tuesday.
Insight: Shved scored 21 points after shooting 50 percent from the field, including 4-for-7 at the 3-point line. He also had 10 rebounds with seven assists, two blocks and one steal. Shved is about as good as it gets in terms of fantasy value with the Knicks. He is averaging 15.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.0 apg over the last five games.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani played well during Saturday's loss versus Indiana.
Insight: He scored a team-high 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 1-of-1 shooting from the line. Bargnani also recorded five rebounds, two blocks, and three turnovers before fouling out.
Description: No starter on the Knicks scored in double-figures, with guard Alexey Shved scoring a team-high 15 points during Tuesday's embarrassing loss to the Kings.
Insight: Shved clearly is not a relevant fantasy option, but he had the only noteworthy line on the team during Tuesday's loss. He also managed seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three turnovers.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points, seven rebounds and an assist as New York won its second game in a row.
Insight: This was just the fourth time this season New York won back-to-back games this season. Even with no Kyle Lowry for Toronto, Knicks fans will take it. Hardaway should continue to be the team's best fantasy option for the rest of the season, but that isn't saying much.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani may have had his best game as a member of New York during Friday's double overtime win against the Pistons.
Insight: He went 10-of-20 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block, and zero turnovers. Despite the solid outing, Bargnani can be left on the wire.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon was seen at practice wearing a walking boot, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Insight: The Knicks are no longer trying to win, just raise their ping pong ball percentage so there is no reason for him to come back at less than 100 percent. Langston Galloway and Alexey Shved would split the point guard work.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani scored a team-high 17 points during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.
Insight: He did so off the bench and went 5-of-13 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line. Bargnani also had six boards, one assist, and two blocks. Langston Galloway, Jason Smith, and Lou Amundson each scored 14 points for the Knicks as well.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway scored a team-high 13 points during Saturday's loss versus Cleveland.
Insight: Galloway went just 5-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. He also chipped in six rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and one turnover. Galloway should be owned everywhere.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway shot 50 percent from the floor on Friday as he led the team with 19 points.
Insight: Galloway was 7-of-14, including 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. If owners have to own someone from the Knicks, it might as well be Galloway. He is averaging 12.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 3.0 apg in 31.6 minutes per game over the last five contests.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench on Friday against the Heat.
Insight: New York is in full tank-mode, so Hardaway has been designated to a bench role. If losing is the objective, it might be wise to leave Hardaway on the floor because he has really struggled lately, averaging 8.8 ppg and 1.7 3-pointers per game in February.
Description: Amare Stoudemire signed with the Dallas Mavericks, but will not play in Thursday or Friday's games.
Insight: Dallas was always the favorite for his services, so no surprise here. We need to see how Stoudemire fits in with the Mavericks before determining his value, but with him destined for a reserve role, the potential is not very high.
Description: Amare Stoudemire will sign with the Dallas Mavericks if he clears waivers on Wednesday, according to Espn.com and RealGM.com.
Insight: Dallas was the favorite for his services, so no surprise here. We need to see how Stoudemire fits in with the Mavericks before determining his value, but with him destined for a reserve role, the potential is not very high.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has been waived.
Insight: Stoudemire won't be out of a job for long. Dallas is rumored to be the favorite for his services, but the Clippers and perhaps the Spurs could also be in the running. Stoudemire was averaging 12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg off the Knicks bench.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will play on Wednesday versus the Magic.
Insight: Stoudemire has seen his minutes decrease lately and now the rumors are circling that he will pursue a buyout. If that happens, the Huffington Post has reported that the Phoenix Suns would be the frontrunner for his services. Until then, however, owners will have to settle for his minutes in New York.
Description: The Knicks twitter page reported forward Carmelo Anthony is very sore and is doubtful versus the Magic on Wednesday.
Insight: Anthony reinjured his knee on Monday against the Heat. Fantasy owners should be thankful he is playing at all at this point. All signs continue to point for Anthony to be shut down sometime this spring.
Description: There is a lot of speculation that Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony could be shut down for the season at any time.
Insight: Be thankful that you are still getting production from him at this point. Anthony should probably be traded, if you can, as he doesn't figure to play out the season on a team that has no chance to go anywhere.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony started very hot on Monday and finished with 26 points against the Heat.
Insight: Just like the Knicks, Anthony flamed out after earning a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Anthony didn't finish the game as he left in the fourth quarter after he re-injured his knee. Miami outscored New York, 32-21, in the final quarter.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony left Monday's game versus the Heat in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Anthony appeared to suffer a leg injury, but it was not clear to what part of the leg. Based on his knee problems this season, it is likely to his knee although that has not been confirmed. Anthony went into the Knicks locker room with about seven minutes remaining in the game.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway scored a team-high 15 points during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
Insight: Galloway was a dreadful 5-of-19 from the field, and also had four boards, three assists, three 3-pointers, two steals, and one turnover. He is worth owning everywhere, and will see a ton of minutes throughout the rest of the season.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway was second on the team in scoring with 13 points versus the Lakers on Sunday.
Insight: That's not very high for a team's second scorer, but New York still won, 92-80. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points to lead the Knicks. Galloway was just 4-of-11 from the field but did hit two 3-pointers with five rebounds, two assists and a block.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 31 points in the victory over the Lakers on Sunday.
Insight: Anthony also grabbed eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. He was 13-of-25 from the field, hitting 2-for-4 at the 3-point line. We don't mean to beat a dead horse, but Anthony will continue to produce these kinds of numbers until he shuts down for the season.
Description: Knicks forward Lance Thomas is signed with the team for the remainder of the season.
Insight: Thomas, along with a few other younger players, have rejuvenated the Knicks locker room, but they aren't really fantasy relevant. Thomas could start to see some major minutes if Carmelo Anthony is shut down for the season, but until then, he should remain on the waiver wire.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will start versus the Pacers on Thursday.
Insight: Anthony and the Knicks are playing the second game of a back-to-back set on Thursday, and Anthony scored 31 points on Wednesday. He is playing and is a must-start. It would still be best to sell Anthony, however, because the chances he gets shutdown for the remainder of the season are still very high.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led New York with 31 points and 10 rebounds versus the Thunder on Wednesday, but should be considered questionable for Thursday's game against Indiana.
Insight: Anthony is not expected to play both games in any back-to-back situations for the remainder of the season. If Anthony sits, figure Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway to take more shots.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. hit four 3-pointers versus the Thunder on Wednesday.
Insight: Hardaway came off the bench to scored 14 points. New York also received 17 point from Lance Thomas off the bench as the Knicks beat Oklahoma City, 100-92. Hardaway has shot 52 percent from the field over the last two games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led New York with 31 points and 10 rebounds versus the Thunder on Wednesday.
Insight: Even though Oklahoma City was without Kevin Durant, it was an exciting victory for the Knicks. It was their ninth of the season. Anthony took just two 3-pointers, hitting one and was 12-of-28 from the field overall.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon is doubtful for Monday's game against Sacramento while dealing with a bruised left knee.
Insight: He is making progress, according to coach Derek Fisher, but if Calderon is unable to play, Langston Galloway will likely get another start. Galloway has played well in his last four games and is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Knicks forward Lance Thomas played 41 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday and scored 16 points.
Insight: Thomas led the game in minutes and was 7-of-14 from the field. With Carmelo Anthony expected to be shutdown at some point this spring, Thomas is an intriguing fantasy add. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had a game-high 25 points in the loss versus the Hornets on Saturday.
Insight: Without Carmelo Anthony and Kemba Walker, the Knicks and Hornets game was a snoozer. Hardaway was the only player with more than 20 points as Charlotte came back to win, 76-71. Hardaway was 9-of-17 from the floor with six rebounds and five assists.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Saturday versus the Hornets.
Insight: Anthony played 42 minutes on Friday, so the team wants him to rest. Anthony took 24 shots in each of the last two games, so there are quite a bit of chances available for other players on Saturday.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will play Wednesday against the 76ers.
Insight: Stoudemire will probably come off the bench and play around 20 minutes. Stoudemire is averaging 12.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg, but can't be counted in daily leagues because his knees are a reliability.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said his knee was feeling good and that he will play versus the 76ers on Wednesday according to ESPN New York.
Insight: Anthony did admit he probably won't be able to handle back-to-back games, but that won't happen for the Knicks until Jan. 28-29. Fantasy owners probably don't have to worry until then, and Anthony should be in every fantasy lineup.
Description: Knicks point guard Langston Galloway scored 21 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the victory over the Pelicans.
Insight: Who? We understand if fantasy owners out there don't know who this guy is. He has now played five NBA games, averaging 9.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 2.0 rpg. This was clearly his best game, so it will be interesting to see if Galloway can repeat this kind of success.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points to help snap the Knicks 16-game losing streak.
Insight: New York beat New Orleans, 99-92. Anthony was 7-of-15, hitting three 3-pointers in the game. He also had nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Anthony will continue to be a top fantasy option as long as he is playing.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is questionable for Monday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Stoudemire is averaging 12.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg, but can't be counted on to play every day. He managed just eight minutes in London, so even if active he shouldn't be started by fantasy owners.
Description: Knicks guard Shane Larkin left Thursday's game with a sprained ankle in his left leg according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: It just keeps getting worse for the Knicks. Larkin has been in effective of late, and he finished Thursday with one assist, one rebound and three turnovers in 19 minutes, but the Knicks need everybody they can get.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points on Thursday.
Insight: Anthony put on quite a display for the London faithful at O2 Arena, but three other Knicks starters didn't score a single point. New York started the game 0-for-10 and fell behind Milwaukee, 14-0. Anthony was 7-of-12 from the field, 10-for-12 at the line with three rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire had been targeting a Jan 15 return and will make his return against Milwaukee, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: Stoudemire is averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg, but can't be counted on to play every day. The Knicks know that too and apparently are thinking about buying out his contract. Carmelo Anthony will be in Thursday's lineup as well.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did not play on Wednesday due to his knee issue and is targeting a return against the Bucks on Jan. 15.
Insight: Anthony recently said that he won't shut it down for the season yet, but the "yet" implies it's going to happen at some point. Sooner rather than later seems more likely. He's averaging 23.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg.
Description: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will be active for Wednesday's game versus the Rockets.
Insight: The trade is official, so Smith will be able to make his Cleveland debut. Smith will receive about the same amount of minutes Dion Waiters was in Cleveland, but Smith actually has a better chance to be productive because he shoots better from long range.
Description: Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert underwent a doctor evaluation and it was determined he is still at least two weeks away from returning to the court according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Shumpert has been out since dislocating his shoulder on Dec. 12. When he does eventually return, it is no guarantee Shumpert will get consistent playing time with his new team, so fantasy owners should plan accordingly.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Wednesday due to his knee issue and is targeting a return against the Bucks on Jan. 15.
Insight: That pretty much rules Anthony out for the next week. Anthony recently said that he won't shut it down for the season yet, but the "yet" implies it's going to happen at some point. Sooner rather than later seems more likely.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been traded to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal.
Insight: The Knicks didn't get any helpful pieces back but did make salary space by dealing Smith and Iman Shumpert. The players the Knicks did get in the trade were Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from Cleveland and Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.
Description: Knicks power forward Quincy Acy came off the bench to lead New York with 19 points on Monday.
Insight: It was another lopsided loss as the Knicks dropped their 11th in a row. New York has now fallen behind the 76ers in the standings because Philadelphia has lost fewer games. The Knicks and 76ers have each won five games. Acy was 7-for-8, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line, and grabbed 14 rebounds, but no one else in a Knicks uniform showed up.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a team-high 17 points during Sunday's loss to the Bucks.
Insight: With Carmelo Anthony sidelined, Hardaway Jr. went 6-of-13 from the field, 2-of-4 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. He also had four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block, and two turnovers. Anthony is expected to eventually be shutdown for the remainder of the season, which will increase Hardaway Jr.'s value.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did not play on Friday and is expected to miss Sunday as well due to a sore left knee.
Insight: The Knicks have little to play for, so they are going to rest Carmelo Anthony, who has been battling a sore knee. Fantasy owners with Anthony are going to have to deal with the fact that he could be shut down for the season at any time.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith was the Knicks leading score with 22 points against the Pistons.
Insight: With no Carmelo Anthony, someone had to step up, so it was Smith. He took a team-high 20 shots and scored 22 points with five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Anthony may miss a lot of games in the second half, so Smith is a worthy addition.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Friday.
Insight: The Knicks have little to play for, so they are going to rest Carmelo Anthony, who has been battling a sore knee. Fantasy owners with Anthony are going to have to worry that Anthony will miss any game for the rest of the season because the Knicks are going nowhere this season, and it might be in the team's best interest to shut him down.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points as he tried to will New York to victory on Saturday.
Insight: Unfortunately for Anthony and Knicks fans, New York still lost in overtime. Anthony finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds along with six assists. Anthony has been able to stay productive despite his injury problems this season although his point and rebound averages are slightly down from last season.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, but he needed 28 shots to get there.
Insight: Anthony's total wasn't enough to get the Knicks a win and they lost for a league-leading 26th time. Melo has scored 30 or more in four straight Christmas Day games. Overall it's been a disappointing season with his averages down in points and rebounds.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 28 points during Sunday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He went 12-of-26 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line. Anthony also had five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers. Owners are just hoping he can stay on the floor.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it was enough as New York lost to Phoenix, 99-90. Anthony shot 9-of-19 from the field and 6-for-6 at the free-throw lin. Anthony also had three assists, three steals and a block.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire scored six points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks rally, but it wasn't enough as New York dropped another close one.
Insight: New York leads the league with the most five-point or less deficit losses. Stoudemire finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes. He is the best offensive player for the Knicks when Carmelo Anthony doesn't play.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who scored a team-high 26 points in the,107-87, loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday, is expected to miss Thursday's game due to a sore left knee, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. UPDATE: Anthony will not play. Make sure he is not in your lineup Thursday.
Insight: Anthony is averaging 23.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg which is significantly below last season's totals. The Knicks don't have many healthy bodies with Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire also watching from the sidelines.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is expected to miss Thursday's game against Chicago due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: It's about his pain tolerance and therefore each day is different, but he's missed the past four games so the level must be pretty high. Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes and is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 26 points in the, 107-87, loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Insight: It was another lackluster performance from the Knicks, who have scored fewer than 90 points in regulation nine times this season. Anthony was 11-of-23, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line with five rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block.
Description: Knicks guard Shane Larkin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to illness.
Insight: Larkin could see a lot of playing time if he can get healthy with Iman Shumpert out and J.R. Smith very questionable. Larkin isn't seeing enough time normally to be fantasy worthy and is averaging 5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apg.
Description: The Knicks announced guard Iman Shumpert has been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and will miss at least three weeks.
Insight: With J.R. Smith already out with a foot injury, Tim Hardaway Jr. will see a lot more playing time. It will be interesting to see how Hardaway plays in the starting lineup with Carmelo Anthony since it came out this week that the two are apparently not getting along very well this season.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony took nearly as many shots as all the other starters combined as he made 11-of-22 field goals and scored 32 points on Friday.
Insight: It had to be 34 to ensure a victory that the Knicks let slip away on the last Hornets possession. Charlotte won, 103-102, and Anthony missed the last 2-point shot New York had in the game. Anthony did make all eight of his foul shots and grab seven rebounds.
Anthony also shot 1-of-7 from the 3-point line. He had nine rebounds and six assists, so with the 20 points, he had a decent night, but overall, fantasy owners aren't getting as much as they would like out of Anthony. As for the Knicks, Anthony missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game as New York fell, 98-93, to its crosstown rival.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will start again on Friday against the Hornets.
Insight: Stoudemire was the best player on offense for the Knicks Thursday as Carmelo Anthony continued to struggle. There should be some concerns Stoudemire will wear down as this is his second start of a back-to-back, and the forward has averaged 34.7 minutes per game over the last three games. But for Friday, Stoudemire is a nice plug-in.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on Tuesday but only five of those points came in the second half.
Insight: Anthony also shot 1-of-7 from the 3-point line. He had nine rebounds and six assists, so with the 20 points, he had a decent night, but overall, fantasy owners aren't getting as much as they would like out of Anthony. As for the Knicks, Anthony missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game as New York fell, 98-93, to its crosstown rival.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been downgraded to doubtful for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn after being sent home from Monday's practice due to his illness.
Insight: Smith (flu-like sypmtoms) could only last six minutes Sunday after getting an IV before the game. He's not produced for fantasy owners this season averaging 9.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg. and should not be started.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) came out of Sunday's game without any setbacks and can be started as usual.
Insight: Anthony came back with a bang, posting 31 points, eight rebounds and a pair of assists. His numbers are down a bit this season (23.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg), but we expect that to change now that he's healthy.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire scored 20 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the floor on Friday versus the Thunder.
Insight: It has gotten pretty ugly for New York without superstar Carmelo Anthony as Oklahoma City won, 105-78. As long as Anthony is out, it will not be pretty for the Knicks, but someone has to score, and Stoudemire looks to be the most likely candidate.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Friday because of his back spasms.
Insight: There are rumors that Anthony will sit for awhile until his back is 100 percent. Anthony did participate in pre-game shooting drills, so at least that is a good sign. J.R. Smith will continue to get plenty of shots while Iman Shumpert and Jose Calderon will also have bigger roles.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon scored a team-high 21 points in Wednesday's overtime loss to Dallas.
Insight: Somebody needed to step up during the absence of Carmelo Anthony, and Calderon did just that. He was 7-of-13 from the floor, and all seven of his field goals were 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds, four assists, and two turnovers.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is dealing with what sounds like a pretty serious back injury, and he is not expected to play on Wednesday according to the New York Post.
Insight: He is also not expected to play Friday, and there is no timetable for his return. The Knicks are now concerned this injury could effect Anthony all season, and fantasy owners should share the same concern. Shane Larkin started in Anthony's place in the second half on Monday. Amare Stoudemire along with several other players should get more opportunities as long as Anthony is out.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony played his best game of the season, but New York fell at the buzzer to Utah.
Insight: Trey Burke hit the clutch shot in the corner, which will overshadow Anthony's fantastic night. He was 16-of-26 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line for 46 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer, and two turnovers. Owners will hope this gets Melo going.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally had a good shooting night in Wednesday's loss to the Magic.
Insight: He was 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for 27 points, five rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block, and one turnover. Anthony is poised to go on a hot streak.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert had a strong game Saturday against the Hawks.
Insight: He was 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points, and also had seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, but four turnovers as well. Shumpert is averaging 13.7 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3.4 rpg, and .86 spg early this season, and if he keeps those numbers consistent, Shumpert will be a valuable fantasy player in 2014-15.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had another poor performance.
Insight: This looks like its starting to be a trend. Anthony scored 19 points, but shot just 5-of-20 from the floor against the Nets on Friday. His 8-for-9 at the free-throw line helped him avoid fantasy disaster. Anthony also turned in four rebounds and four assists.
Description: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert will start at the point Friday against the Nets.
Insight: Both Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. will start versus the Nets because Pablo Prigioni is out with an ankle injury. Shane Larkin had been starting at point guard, but he will fill Progioni's role and come off the bench on Friday.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had his second straight poor night.
Insight: Anthony did not hit a field goal in the first half against the Pistons on Wednesday. He did better in the second half. Anthony finished with eight assists and six rebounds but only 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting.
Description: Heat player Luol Deng will play against the Hornets on Wednesday.
Insight: Deng suffered a minor nerve injury against the Rockets on Tuesday. The injury will not affect his playing time, and small forwards have done very well against the Hornets this season. Make sure Deng is in the starting lineup.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is suspended one game due to his shot to Glen Rice Jr.'s groin on Tuesday night.
Insight: Smith will miss Wednesday's game versus the Pistons. With Smith out, Iman Shumpert should be in most fantasy lineups as he has a chance to build upon his 19-point outing from Tuesday. Tim Hardaway Jr. will also see an increase in minutes.
Description: Knicks PF/C Andrea Bargnani will not return until Nov 12, according to coach Derek Fisher.
Insight: Quincy Acy and Amare Stoudemire have been sharing the power forward minutes. It's hard to recommend keepinh a player with Bargnani's injury history on your fantasy roster. Yes, he can play when healthy, but that hasn't been very often over the past three seasons.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has been ruled out of the first three games of the season.
Insight: Nothing new here for a guy who has missed more than half of the games over the past three seasons. Sunday versus Charlotte is the earliest he could play, but fantasy owners should not expect anything from him - then they won't be disappointed.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring, during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.
Insight: It was not much of an accomplishment, as Anthony had only 14 points. The Knicks shot only 36.5 percent from the field, and Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (12 points) were the only two players to score in double-figures.
Description: Heat player Luol Deng will be one of the best rebounders and passers at the small forward position this season.
Insight: Deng takes on LeBron James' role in Miami, and he should be among the league leaders in minutes played, rebounds and assists, especially for small forwards. The Heat could also ask Deng to score a lot if Dwyane Wade goes down with an injury.
Description: A true fantasy breakout for Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert this season will be tough.
Insight: Shumpert has not played as well as he did in his rookie season, and this season, he will have to fight Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Still, Shumpert's offensive skill is better suited for the new triangle offense, and the Knicks will need Shumpert's defense, which will get him minutes on the floor.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire will have some value in deeper fantasy points leagues this season.
Insight: Stoudemire is in a contract year, so he should be motivated to play well. His motivation hasn't been the issue during his time in New York, though, it has been his body. Hopefully, he can stay healthy in a reduced role and chip in quality percentages.
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani could be a good late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Insight: New York fans are laughing and shaking their head as some fans likely forget this buffoon was still on the roster. Bargnani is 7 feet tall and plays center, yet doesn't rebound, block shots or shoot all that well from the field. The Knicks could certainly use some scoring from him and being that he is in a contract year, fantasy owners late in drafts could roll the dice on him staying motivated to perform well.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is a potential sleeper in fantasy this season.
Insight: Hardaway showed in his rookie season that he can score. He averaged 10.2 PPG in just about 23 minutes per game and shot over 36 percent from the 3-point line. That gives him tremendous upside, but J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will steal some minutes from Hardaway again.
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is a potential valuable fantasy option Friday if Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith are both sidelined.
Insight: Hardaway took 18 shots and posted 23 points on Wednesday and could be good again if all these shooters are out of the lineup. Unfortunately, he doesn't give you much else other than points and three-pointers.
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith told NBC Sports he is struggling to adjust to the triangle offense this preseason.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Smith is already battling Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Even when he is on the court, he will always be the second option to Carmelo Anthony. Smith can still be a prolific 3-point shooter, but don't expect Derek Fisher to put up with his non-sense as Mike Woodson did.
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon will not provide fantasy owners much besides assists and 3-pointers.
Insight: Calderon, however, will provide plenty of those. He averaged 4.7 assists last season, and our projections have that number going up by at least two with Carmelo Anthony. Calderon also has a career 41.1 field goal percentage from behind the arc, exactly what the triangle offense needs.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will once again be a fantasy monster.
Insight: In Phil Jackson's triangle offense, Anthony might shoot less, but ideally, that just means a higher field goal percentage and more assists. Anthony should remain in the scoring-title race while also being a more balanced fantasy player.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had a huge night on Wednesday in a preseason game against the Wizards.
Insight: Anthony scored the game-winning jumper and received the foul. He scored 30 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor.
Description: Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he could play Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. on the court at the same time this season according to ESPN New York.
Insight: Shumpert would run the point while Smith and Hardaway Jr. would be on the wings in that situation. Assuming Carmelo Anthony is also on the floor, he would be the power forward. That sort of contradicts what Anthony stated last week when he said he would play more small forward this season. We don't expect Fisher to use Shumper at the point very much this season as he did not look comfortable at the position last season.
Description: Knicks PF/C Andrea Bargnani started at power forward in a preseason game on Wednesday.
Insight: Bargnani started along with Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. Bargnani should benefit from playing with Calderon as both played with each other in Toronto. Still, Bargnani is not worth drafting in most leagues.
Description: The Heat have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with Luol Deng.
Insight: Deng averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game in 63 games last season with the Bulls and Cavaliers. The Heat will count on Deng to replace some of what they are losing from LeBron James' departure.
Description: Carmelo Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, told ESPN that his client "hasn't made a decision yet."
Insight: The NY Daily News reported Wednesday that Anthony would be re-signing with the Knicks, citing a person close to the star forward. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the other teams who have been heavily courting Anthony, but the Knicks can give him the most money.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, Carmelo Anthony will return to the New York Knicks. He's expected to make the announcement Thursday.
Insight: A person close to Anthony told the Daily News Wednesday that "barring a last minute change of heart," Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the other teams who have been heavily courting Anthony, but the Knicks can give him the most money.
Description: The Mavs are sending Jose Calderon to the Knicks along with Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two second-round picks. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Calderon will be reunited with former Raptors teammate Andrea Bargnani, who just picked up his option for next season. Calderon (11.4 ppg, 4.7 apg in 2013-14) is an upgrade over the underwhelming Raymond Felton.
Description: Knicks guard Raymond Felton won't face jail time after pleading guilty to gun charges. SOURCE: Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York
Insight: Felton (9.7 ppg, 5.6 apg in 2013-14) was arrested back in February. He'll have to do some community service and pay a fine. It's possible the league could hand down a suspension at a later date.
Description: Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowksi, Yahoo Sports
Insight: He had until Monday to make his decision. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also candidates to opt out, this should be one of the most anticipated free agency periods we've seen in a long time.
Description: Rumors are running rampant about the future of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Insight: Yahoo Sports has reported that Anthony is leaning towards leaving the Knicks while the New York Post said the Knicks feel good about their chances of keeping Melo. Anthony has until June 23rd to opt out of the final year of his contract. The Bulls, Knicks and Rockets seem to have the upper hand in landing the seven-time All-Star though Miami could always fight its way into the mix.
Description: According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Heat are looking to sign Carmelo Anthony.
Insight: It's a foregone conclusion that Anthony will opt out of his contract with the Knicks and become a free agent. The move would give Miami a Big Four featuring Melo, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Of course, in order for this to happen, all four would have to accept a significant pay cut. At this point, it's unclear if Anthony is willing to do that.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has until June 23 to notify the team if he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Insight: Anthony is expected to opt out, but Knicks president Phil Jackson has been trying to convince him to put unrestricted free agency on hold for another year by exercising his $23.3 million player option for 2014-15. The Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks are all expected to pursue Anthony if he opts out.
Description: Derek Fisher has accepted the Knicks' head coaching job. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Fisher's contract will pay him $25 million over the next five seasons. Steve Kerr was Phil Jackson's first choice but he agreed to a deal with Golden State earlier this offseason. Fisher played for Oklahoma City this season so this will be his first coaching job in the NBA. At age 39, he's the second-youngest coach in the league behind Brad Stevens.