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Jared Dudley (knee) will not play on Sunday for Phoenix

Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (knee) will not play on Sunday.

What It Means:

Dudley had hoped to return from a knee injury on Sunday but will sit out his fifth consecutive game. The veteran forward has averaged 14.2 minutes in the five games he has played this season.

Dudley has posted 11.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Tyson Chandler (illness) ruled out by Phoenix for Sunday

Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler (illness) will not play Sunday versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Chandler will miss his third consecutive game with an unspecified illness with Alex Len expected to start in his place at center against the Bulls.

Chandler has averaged 20.7 FanDuel points in 25.8 minutes in the 13 games he has played this season.

Omri Casspi starting in place of Kevin Durant as Warriors play the Nets Sunday

Golden State Warriors forward Omri Casspi will start in place of Kevin Durant in Sunday's game versus the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Casspi will be making his first start of the season as Durant sits out with an ankle injury. Casspi will undoubtedly eclipse his season average of 10.7 minutes per game, making him a nice value play on Sunday. Andre Iguodala will see extra minutes as well.

Our models project Casspi for 17.1 FanDuel points in 19.8 minutes of action against the Nets.

Tim Frazier starting in place of John Wall for Wizards on Sunday

Washington Wizards point guard Tim Frazier will start in place of John Wall on Sunday.

What It Means:

Wall will sit out against the Toronto Raptors giving Frazier his second start of the year. He has averaged just 15.7 minutes per game in a backup role.

Our models project Frazier for 22.7 FanDuel points in 29.8 minutes on Sunday.

Sixers' Jerryd Bayless (wrist) expected to play on Monday

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless is expected to be active versus the Utah Jazz on Monday as he recovers from a left wrist contusion, per the Philly Inquirer's Keith Pompey.

What It Means:

Bayless has missed the past six games, but did participate in Sunday's workout. He does not provide a major fantasy impact, but will take minutes away from the 76ers other guards.

numberFire's models project Bayless for 12.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, totaling 22.9 FanDuel points in 28.2 minutes on Monday.

Serge Ibaka (knee) will play Sunday in Toronto

Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (knee) will play on Sunday against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Ibaka was forced to sit out a game due to knee swelling, but he will make his return in the Sunday matinee. Pascal Siakam will head back to the bench, and Jakob Poeltl will likely see fewer minutes.

Our models project Ibaka for 25.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,000 on Sunday.

Raptors' Norman Powell (hip) out again on Sunday

Toronto Raptors' shooting guard Norman Powell (hip) is out against the Wizards on Sunday.

What It Means:

This is the fourth straight game that Powell will miss with the hip issue. OG Anunoby should once again draw the start for the Raptors.

Powell is averaging 17.0 FanDuel points across 12 games this season.

Source: The Score

Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will miss at least two or three more weeks for 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Sunday that guard Markelle Fultz will be re-evaluated in two or three weeks.

What It Means:

Fultz had a checkup on Sunday that went well, and the guard said that the soreness in his shoulder in improving. He is still without a timetable, but he is inching closer to resuming basketball activities.

Our models project Fultz to average 14.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists over 57 games the rest of the season.

Source: Sam Amick

Wizards' John Wall out on Sunday as he deals with knee issue

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will not play versus the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

What It Means:

Wall scored just 8 points while playing through the knee issue versus the Miami Heat on Friday. He will get the day off on Sunday, meaning Tim Frazier will likely get the start.

numberFire's models project Wall to average 26.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 10.9 assists in 35.4 minutes per game over the remainder of the season.

Source: Zach Rosen

Dennis Schroder's 23 points not enough as Hawks fall to Celtics

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder scored 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting, to go with 9 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals over 37 minutes against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Schroder had been kind of cold from the field lately, but over his last two games he has bounced back and shot 17-for-30 from the floor. Schroder has a 29.9% usage rate currently, which is just outside of the top 10 players in the league, and after a day off Sunday, he and the Hawks will be back in action Monday against the San Antonio Spurs.

Our early models for Monday project Schroder for 31.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,300 against the Spurs.

Robert Covington drops 20 points Saturday in Sixers' loss to Warriors

Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington scored 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting, with 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals over 36 minutes against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Covington was an impressive 5-for-11 from distance in this one, and his five makes from downtown move him into third so far this season in made three-pointers. Covington is proving his doubters wrong after signing a big contract recently, and after a day off Sunday, he and the Sixers will play the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Our early models for Monday project Covington for 28.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,700.

Dario Saric fills 76ers' stat sheet on Saturday

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric had another big game Saturday night with 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting, to go with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals over 37 minutes against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

The 17 shots were a little surprising and were also a season-high for the big man. His 37 minutes were a season high as well, and in a game where Philly was completely healthy, fantasy owners should be excited about the big workload. After a day off Sunday, the Sixers hook up with the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Our early models for Monday project Saric for 20.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,600.

Willie Cauley-Stein posts another strong game off Kings' bench Saturday

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench again on Saturday, posting 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting, to with with 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block over 33 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Cauley-Stein has now come off the bench for two straight games and he has dropped totals of 40 points, 19 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 4 steals. It looks like it could be a permanent move with the way Cauley-Stein is responding, and after a day off Sunday, WCS and the Kings are back in action Monday against the Denver Nuggets.

Our early models for Monday project Cauley-Stein for 24.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,100.

Pelicans' Anthony Davis (face) probable for Monday night

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday's game against Oklahoma City.

What It Means:

Davis was in the concussion protocol after catching a shot to the head on Friday, but he has been cleared of a concussion and is dealing with a facial contusion.

Our models project Davis for 52.1 FanDuel points in over 37 minutes of playing time on Monday night.

Rodney Hood scores 31 points in 26 minutes Saturday for Jazz

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood thrived off the bench against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, scoring 31 points with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 7 three-pointers in just 26 minutes.

What It Means:

Hood is one of very few players in the league that has a big green light anytime he comes into the game. His 31 points were easily a season-high, and it's the second time in his last three games where he has scored at least 30 points. After a day of Sunday, he and the Jazz will play the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Our early models for Monday project Hood for 23.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,700.

Kyrie Irving leads Boston to 15th straight win Saturday

The Boston Celtics won their 15th consecutive game on Saturday, led by guard Kyrie Irving's game-high 30 points on 10-for-12 shooting and 5-for-5 free throws.

What It Means:

Irving added 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a blocked shot in his 31 minutes of action. The Celtics look unstoppable right now, and it makes it even more impressive they are doing it without their biggest free agent acquisition, Gordon Hayward. After a day off on Sunday, Irving and the Celtics are back in action against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

Our early models for Monday project Irving for 35.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,200

Kevin Durant (ankle) ruled out Sunday as Warriors play Nets

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Durant sprained his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday's game, and while he finished the contest, the injury might have worsened overnight. There is also the fact that the Warriors are playing the Nets, so they will play it safe with their star on the second night of a back to back. The last game Durant missed Andre Iguodala got the start, while Patrick McCaw and Omri Casspi saw more minutes off the bench. Look for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green to also have their usage increased with Durant on the bench.

Our models project Durant for averages of 25.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks over 34.3 minutes per game remaining this season.

Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) questionable for Monday's tilt against the Clippers

New York Knicks' guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

What It Means:

Hardaway had X-rays on his ankle after Friday's game against Toronto but they came back negative and he was diagnosed with a sore left foot.

If Hardaway is a go, we have him down for 29 FanDuel points in 35.5 minutes of playing time.

Utah's Derrick Favors drops 25 points in 25 minutes Saturday

Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors shot 10-for-12 from the field for a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 25 minutes against the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

What It Means:

This was easily Favors' best game of the season, and without Rudy Gobert for the next several weeks, Favors should be a huge fantasy asset. He and the Jazz have a day off Sunday before they collide with Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Our early models for Monday project Favors for 22.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,500 against the Sixers.

Stephen Curry scores 35 points in Warriors' victory over 76ers

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 35 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and 2 turnovers on 11-of-22 field goals (4-of-9 3-pointers) and 9-of-9 free throws in Saturday's 124-116 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

It was a nice bounce-back effort from Curry after Thursday's 9-point performance, as he helped the Warriors overcome a 22-point halftime deficit in this one. Look for him to keep it going against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday in the second half of a back-to-back set.

numberFire's models project Curry to score 45.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $10,000 on Sunday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo pulls down career-high 17 rebounds for Bucks on Saturday

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 turnovers on 7-of-20 field goals and 9-of-13 free throws in a 111-79 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

What It Means:

The rebounds are a new career-high for Antetokounmpo, who also made 1-of-2 3-pointers as the Bucks' four-game win streak came to an end. Through 15 games this season, he's averaging 30.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.8 blocks, 0.5 3-pointers, and 3.3 turnovers per game. Milwaukee is off Sunday before hosting the Washington Wizards on Monday.

numberFire's models projected Giannis to score 51.0 FanDuel points on Saturday, and he finished with 53.4.

Wes Matthews hits 6 threes on way to season-high 22 points in Mavericks' win

Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Wes Matthews scored 22 points with 2 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 1 turnover on 8-of-14 field goals and 6-of-8 3-pointers against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

What It Means:

The points and assists are both new season-highs for Matthews, but he's still shooting just 37.1 percent from the field this year. Dallas is off Sunday before hosting the Boston Celtics on Monday.

numberFire's models projected Matthews to score 23.9 FanDuel points on Saturday, but he wound up finishing with 41.4 points.

Caleb Swanigan is coming off the bench on Saturday for Portland

Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan is coming off the bench on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Swanigan heads back to the bench after starting the last three games. Noah Vonleh is taking is spot in the starting lineup.

numberFire projects Swanigan for 10.6 FanDuel points, although this latest news could lead him to fall out of the rotation.

Noah Vonleh is starting over Caleb Swanigan for Portland on Saturday

Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Vonleh is getting the nod at power forward over Caleb Swanigan on Saturday. Swanigan had started the previous three games.

numberFire projects Vonleh for 13.1 FanDuel points, but he could outperform that if he gets a boost in minutes as a starter.

Memphis' Brandan Wright (groin) will not return on Saturday

Memphis Grizzlies center/forward Brandan Wright (groin) is out for the rest of Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Wright was forced out of the game in the second quarter, and was eventually ruled out with a right groin injury at halftime.

Prior to the injury, Wright had 1 point, 2 rebounds, and 1 block in 7 minutes.

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