Description: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, off a 1-of-13 effort on Wednesday, was better Thursday night against Dallas.
Insight: He still wasn't back to his normal self, but he did go 4-of-10 for 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. With Wes Matthews out for the season, the Trail Blazers will need Lillard to start scoring again.
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker (surgery on a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee) hopes to return Wednesday against Sacramento.
Insight: Walker was averaging 18.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.4 spg in 42 games before the knee injury. It appears that he will play alongside Mo Williams leaving Gerald Henderson owners out in the cold as he's obviously headed to a reserve role.
Description: Guard Arron Afflalo should see a significant increase to his fantasy value after Thursday's night's season-ending injury to Wes Matthews.
Insight: Afflalo had only been averaging 8.7 ppg while playing around 27 minutes, but those numbers should both increase for the remainder of the season. Afflalo averaged 14.5 ppg with Denver this season and that number should be reachable.
Description: Bulls guard E'Twaun Moore hit the game-winning 3-pointer versus the Thunder in the, 108-105, victory on Thursday.
Insight: The Bulls drew up a double pick-and-roll play on an inbound pass with under five seconds to go. With Chicago down, 105-104, the inbound pass went to Gasol, who found Moore open from downtown. On the ensuing Thunder possession, Russell Westbrook caught the inbound pass out of bounds to end the game. Moore finished 9-of-10 from the field with 19 points off the bench.
Moore has proven effective in the past when he's had to fill in for Nelson for extended stretches, but the team went with a starting backcourt of Victor Oladipo and Arron Afflalo Sunday and didn't play Moore much.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook snapped his triple-double streak but still had an extremely productive fantasy night versus the Bulls.
Insight: Westbrook scored 43 points, going 14-of-32 from the field on Thursday. He hit three 3-pointers and also was 12-of-15 at the line. Westbrook had eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals too.
Description: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has been the biggest beneficiary of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler missing time.
Insight: Mirotic scored 26 points in the victory over the Thunder. He has scored at least 23 points and grabbed at least eight rebounds in the last three games. If owners need scoring and rebounding, go pickup Mirotic right now.
Description: Thunder star small forward Kevin Durant's foot has improved, but he still will not play on Thursday versus the Bulls.
Insight: Durant went through some shooting drills Thursday morning and looked good. He, however, still has no return date. Until then, the masked assassin, Russell Westbrook, should continue to dominate the NBA.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George did not give NBA.com a date for his return when asked about it on Thursday.
Insight: "I said I was hopeful after two weeks of working out that I'd be in game-playing shape, but there's still no deadline." The good news is George hasn't felt any pain while practicing. We will continue to track George's progress. In deeper leagues, he is a must-stash player.
Description: Despite some foul trouble Clippers guard Chris Paul had a stellar game.
Insight: Paul finished with 36 points, six rebounds, 12 assists and a steal. His five turnovers was out of character for the star point guard. He's been playing at a high level since Blake Griffin went down to injury.
Description: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard missed his first 12 shots, but helped his team and fantasy owners in other ways.
Insight: Lillard shot 1-of-13 from the field, but hauled down 18 rebounds and dished out four assists. with his five points. He lost his patience near the end taking a few wild shots, but we like that he helped his team to the overtime victory on a horrible shooting night.
Description: Thunder shooting guard Dion Waiters had a double-double off the bench as Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia, 123-118, on Wednesday.
Insight: Besides Russell Westbrook, who scored 49 points, the Thunder starting five was pathetic, scoring just 12 points. Waiters scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with three assists. Kevin Durant cannot return soon enough.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had an jaw-dropping statistical game versus the 76ers on Wednesday.
Insight: Westbrook looked like a superhero with the way he played and the mask he was wearing to protect his face. He was 16-for-33 from the field, made one 3-pointer and was 16-of-20 from the line. Westbrook is the first player since Michael Jordan to record four straight triple-doubles.
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker may be finally finding his groove.
Insight: Parker is having a disappointing season, mostly due to his lingering injuries and age. He is averaging just 13.8 ppg and 4.8 apg this season, but he has scored 19 points in two of the last three games. Of course in the game between the 19-point affairs, Parker had just six points.
Description: Heat guard Goran Dragic took just 10 shots but had 21 points in the victory over the Lakers on Wednesday.
Insight: Dragic was 6-of-10 from the field and 8-for-8 at the line. He also had six assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block. Dragic has scored more than 20 points in four of the seven games he has played with the Heat.
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis had a double-double off the bench on Wednesday.
Insight: Davis shot 70 percent from the field on his way to 14 points and 12 rebounds. He also had three steals and a block. Davis is only valuable in deeper leagues, averaging 8.2 ppg and 7.4 rpg this season.
Description: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis did not ease his way back into the lineup, playing 42 minutes on Wednesday and scoring a team-high 39 points.
Insight: Davis was 17-for-30 from the field with 13 rebounds. He also had eight blocks, three steals and two assists. Davis has cooled off and been hurt lately, but he has the potential for these types of games every single night.
Description: Memphis power forward Zach Randolph had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the, 102-100, victory over the Rockets on Wednesday.
Insight: Randolph has cooled off since his hot January as he averaged just 14.4 ppg in February. He has averaged 10.5 ppg in the last two games. It is more likely Randolph stays at his current pace as opposed to returning to his January numbers.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was alright in his return to the court on Wednesday due to his suspension.
Insight: Harden was 7-of-16 from the field, including 2-for-7 from the 3-point line. Unforunately, Harden didn't get to the free-throw line as much as normal, shooting just two foul shots. Harden did have 13 assists, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal as well.
Description: On a broken play, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol hit the game-winning shot with 0.1 seconds left as Memphis beat Houston, 102-100.
Insight: Gasol led the Grizzlies with 21 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the field. On the last offensive possession, the inbound pass was thrown to no one, where Gasol grabbed it, dribbled twice and then hit the mid-range jumper. Gasol also had seven rebounds, six assists and a block in the game.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a double-double with 29 points and 14 assists versus the Raptors on Wednesday.
Insight: James was 9-of-16 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point line. He also had six rebounds. James has been playing great, averaging 33.8 ppg, 7.0 apg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 spg, and 1.3 bpg in his last four games.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and scored a team-high 21 points in Boston's, 85-84, victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Insight: Thomas shot 50 percent from the field, hitting two 3-pointers and 7-of-8 from the line. He also had seven assists, three rebounds and a steal. Thomas is averaging 20.1 ppg since joining the Celtics.
Description: Jazz power forward Derrick Favors shot 70 percent from the field as he had a team-high 16 points in the one-point loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.
Insight: Trey Burke also had 16 points off the bench. Favors also contributed five rebounds, two assists and a block. Favors has been good lately, averaging 18.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg in the last five games.
Description: Celtics center Tyler Zeller hit a layup as time expired to lift the Celtics to a, 85-84, victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Insight: Zeller took just eight shots and finished with eight points, but he hit the game-winner. Zeller also had 11 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and steal. He is averaging 9.8 ppg while shooting 54.7 percent from the field.
Description: Hornets forward Marvin Williams had 18 points and seven rebounds in the, 115-91, victory over the Nets on Wednesday.
Insight: Williams was 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-for-5 at the 3-point line. He also had an assist and a block. Williams isn't fantasy relevant in standard leagues, however, averaging just 6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.2 apg.
Description: Magic guard Victor Oladipo shot an incredible 25 shots, making 15 of them and scoring a season-high 38 points.
Insight: Oladipo hit 4-of-8 from the 3-point line as well. He had four rebounds, three assists and three steals, but also turned it over seven times. Oladipo is playing really well right now, averaging 21.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 4.2 apg in his last five games.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles scored 16 points versus the Knicks on Wednesday.
Insight: Indiana doesn't have any standout players, so it is very hard to predict which players will have great fantasy nights. Miles scored 21 points versus the Thunder last Tuesday, 13 against the Cavaliers on Friday but then just seven versus the 76ers before 16 on Wednesday. Miles is averaging 12.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.1 apg this season.
Description: 76ers forward Robert Covington is out on Wednesday versus the Thunder with an elbow injury.
Insight: Covington should return this weekend, but with the 76ers track record of sitting players, it would be all that surprising if he sits again. JaKarr Sampson will start until Covington returns to the court.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will not have a minutes limit on Wednesday versus the 76ers.
Insight: Westbrook will wear a mask to protect his face. Westbrook might not have a more favorable matchup the rest of the season as he goes up versus guards Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan. Westbrook should be started in all leagues.
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris is questionable for Wednesday's game versus the Suns.
Insight: Harris just can't get over this knee injury. He was limited in practice on Tuesday and is a game-time decision. If he doesn't play, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo will see more opportunities.
Description: Magic guard Evan Fournier will not play versus the Suns on Wednesday.
Insight: Fournier is missing his third straight game, and he is listed as day-to-day. The good news is Aaron Gordon is back and should play some. Neither Fournier nor Gordon, however, is worth owning in standard leagues.
Description: Bulls guard Aaron Brooks did what owners had hoped for when Derrick Rose went down, during Tuesday's victory over the Wizards.
Insight: He played 35 minutes, and posted 22 points, eight dimes, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers. Brooks will continue to start at point guard, and has nice potential for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol recorded his league leading 39th double-double on Tuesday night.
Insight: He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, with one steal, two blocks, and three turnovers, while shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Gasol simply continues to impress in a bounceback season.
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall recorded a double-double during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
Insight: Wall had 21 points and 11 dimes, along with four rebounds, one 3-pointer, two steals, two blocks, but also six turnovers. He is ranked outside the top 30 in standard leagues, after coming into the season as a top-10 option.
Description: Memphis guard Courtney Lee took advantage of an extended run on Tuesday night.
Insight: With Tony Allen suspended, Lee played 38 minutes and scored a team-high 18 points. He also recorded five rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers. Lee is a top-90 option.
Description: Jazz center Rudy Gobert continued to benefit from Enes Kanter being traded.
Insight: Gobert is now firmly locked in as the team's starting center, and showed off, grabbing 24 rebounds on Tuesday night. He also added 15 points, one assist, two turnovers, while shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line.
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague scored a team-high 25 points on Tuesday night.
Insight: He helped defeat Houston by going 7-of-12 from the floor, 9-of-11 from the line, and 2-of-4 from downtown. Teague also had six assists, one rebound, one steal, and five turnovers, and is a borderline top-15 option in standard leagues.
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones continued his strong play since returning from injury.
Insight: Jones missed over 40 games with a leg injury, but was a top-25 option before the injury. He went 8-of-11 for 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and one turnover during Tuesday's loss to Hawks, and simply needs to active everywhere.
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: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins went 11-of-11 at the line during Tuesday's blowout win against the Knicks.
Insight: He also went 5-of-10 from the field, and finished with 22 points, 10 boards, three assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, two blocks, and three embarrassing turnovers. Cousins had missed the two previous games with an ankle injury, but looked healthy on Tuesday.
Description: Hornets guard Mo Williams was impressive yet again on Tuesday night.
Insight: He has arguably been the best trade deadline pickup. Williams recorded 20 points, 13 assists, three boards, two 3-pointers, one steal, and four turnovers. If for some reason Williams is on the wire, pick him up now.
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin played very well off the bench during Tuesday's loss to the Hornets.
Insight: He shot 9-of-16 from the floor, 2-of-2 from the line, and 3-of-4 from deep. Lin also chipped in eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block, and three turnovers. Despite the solid outing, Lin is too inconsistent to be consider for a roster spot.