Wed. Dec 11, 2013 | STATS
News: Dunleavy shot just 7 of 24 but finished with 20 points in Wednesday's 83-78 loss at New York.
Impact: Dunleavy, who scored 24 points the previous night against Milwaukee, has posted at least 16 in four of the last five games.
News: Noah returned to the starting lineup to tally 12 points (3-5 FG, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 37 minutes Wednesday against the Knicks.
Impact: Noah missed Chicago's last outing with a thigh injury but was back Wednesday night to take advantage of a small New York side. The center put up a double-double and surprisingly led his team in assists as well. It appears Noah's thigh ailment was short-lived.
News: Noah (thigh) will take the court Wednesday against New York, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Noah was a game-time call, and after testing out the thigh in pre-game warmups, it appears he'll attempt to play. It's unknown whether he'll be restricted, but given coach Tom Thibodeau's notoriously tight rotations, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see Noah play significant minutes.
News: Noah (thigh) is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Noah is dealing with thigh soreness that kept him out of Tuesday's contest against the Bucks. He took the court during warmups to test out the thigh, and coach Tom Thibodeau indicated Noah's swelling has decreased. However, it remains unknown whether he'll suit up. If Noah does not play, it's likely Nazr Mohammed or Taj Gibson will enter the starting lineup in his place.
News: Deng (Achilles) will sit out Wednesday's game against the Knicks, CSNChicago.com reports.
Impact: Deng will miss his third straight game after sitting Saturday against Detroit and Tuesday against Milwaukee - both Chicago losses. He's dealing with an unspecified Achilles issue, and it's unsure exactly how long he'll remain sidelined. Deng warmed up Wednesday in an attempt to gauge whether he'd be able to play, so it appears likely he's nearing a return. Consider Deng questionable for Friday's tilt with the Bucks.
News: Butler (toe) will not play Wednesday versus the Knicks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Butler continues to deal with a sprained right toe and will miss his eleventh consecutive game. He's nearing a return, however, and could play Friday in Milwaukee or Saturday against Toronto. Expect Tony Snell to continue seeing increased minutes in Butler's absence.
Wed. Dec 11, 2013 | STATS
News: Boozer had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday's 78-74 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: While Boozer has three 20-point efforts over the last seven games, he's scored a combined 35 in the other four. He remains a good - but hardly great - fantasy option.
Kirk Hinrich - #12 - Guard - 6'4" - 190lbs
News: Hinrich scored one point (0-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go with four rebounds, six assists and three steals in 40 minutes Tuesday.
Impact: Hinrich has a combined four points over the Bulls' last two games and has been an inconsistent scoring option all year long. He does provide value in terms of assists though, and has potential value because of the increased minutes he will likely continue to see with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the regular season.
News: Dunleavy scored 24 points (9-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 44 minutes Tuesday.
Impact: Dunleavy entered into the Bulls' starting five after Joakim Noah (thigh) was a surprise scratch Tuesday. Dunleavy saw almost 20 more minutes of action than he normally does Tuesday, allowing him to contribute in nearly every stat category. However, he has been inconsistent all year and is not likely to see minutes or production like this on a nightly basis.
News: Boozer scored 21 points (9-23 FG, 3-4 FT) to go with 12 rebounds, one block and four steals in 37 minutes Tuesday.
Impact: Boozer has now put up at least 13 points and seven rebounds over the Bulls' last three contests. While his scoring has been inconsistent in a few games this season, he is still averaging 15.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this year, which gives him value in most leagues.
News: Noah (thigh) will travel to New York for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports.
Impact: Noah said he has been playing through some thigh soreness for several days, but he aggravated the problem during Tuesday's shootaround, forcing him to miss the game against Milwaukee. He is not a lock to play against the Knicks, but we should know more as tipoff approaches.
Tue. Dec 10, 2013 | STATS
News: Noah is back in the Chicago Bulls' lineup after missing a game with a bruised right thigh, while the Knicks' Raymond Felton was out for the first of possibly a few games with a sore left hamstring.
Impact: Fantasy owners should make sure to get Noah back in their lineups.
News: Noah, who was a surprise scratch Tuesday with a thigh injury, apparently suffered the injury in Saturday's game, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Noah apparently participated in Monday's practice and Tuesday's shootaround, so it can't be that serious of an injury. It's entirely possible that the Bulls looked at the matchup against Milwaukee and saw an opportunity to rest Noah in a game they can probably win without their star center. Continue to monitor his status, and he should be considered day-to-day.
News: Dunleavy will get the start Tuesday against the Bucks, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: With Joakim Noah (thigh) a surprise scratch, Taj Gibson will move to the bench and Dunleavy and Nazr Mohammed will enter the starting five.
News: Gibson will come off the bench Tuesday against the Bucks, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Joakim Noah (thigh) was a surprise scratch, and coach Tom Thibodeau decided to move Gibson back to the bench with Nazr Mohammed and Mike Dunleavy entering the starting lineup. Still, we would expect Gibson to see significant run, and he should be a solid start in Noah's absence.
News: Noah is out Tuesday with a right thigh bruise, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: This came out of nowhere, and it makes Taj Gibson a strong fantasy option. There's no word on how serious the injury is, but it's something Noah's owners will need to keep tabs on.
News: James (knee) will be available for Tuesday's contest versus the Bucks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: After two games missed due to a sprained MCL, James is poised to take on the primary backup point guard role to Kirk Hinrich. James could be eased into action, though, which could afford Marquis Teague some playing time as well.
News: Butler (toe) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Bucks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Butler, who will mark his 10th consecutive absence due to a sprained right toe, is approaching a return to the court. On the Bulls' upcoming schedule are four games in five nights, but it's unknown if he'll be able to play in both ends of back-to-backs upon his return. Nevertheless, consider him questionable for Wednesday's tilt in New York.
News: Deng (Achilles) won't suit up Tuesday against the Bucks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Prior to Saturday's game, which Deng missed, coach Tom Thibodeau relayed that he believed his wing was sitting out due to a calf injury. However, Deng is actually enduring an Achilles concern, which is one area of his body that hasn't ailed him during his career. It's unclear how long owners can expect him to remain sidelined, but for now, consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in New York. In his place, Taj Gibson is expected to enter the starting five.
Mon. Dec 9, 2013 | RotoWire
News: James returned to practice on Monday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: James has missed the past two games due to a sprained MCL. He will continue to back up Kirk Hinrich once he returns to action, which should be sometime this week.
Dec 8, 2013 | RotoWire
News: An MRI on Deng's calf was returned negative, ESPNChicago.com reports.
Impact: The Bulls ordered an MRI to gauge the severity of Deng's Achilles injury, an ailment which kept him from Saturday's game, but the test revealed only some swelling. Deng said that he is hopeful he'll be able to play Tuesday, when the team begins a stretch of four games in five nights.
Sun. Dec 8, 2013 | STATS
News: Gibson had 21 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's 92-75 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Gibson has been outstanding over a five-game stretch, posting 21.4 points and 8.4 boards. He should be owned in all formats at this point.
News: Gibson started for Luol Deng (calf) and had 21 points (9-20 FG, 3-6 FT) and 10 rebounds in the loss to Detroit on Saturday.
Impact: Gibson is one of the best streaks of his career. In the last five games, he has averaged 21.4 points on 60.8 percent from the field with 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. If he is on the waiver wire in your league, he should be picked up.
Sat. Dec 7, 2013 | STATS
News: Deng is out because of tightness in his left calf.
Impact: Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng has been dealing with the injury since a 99-79 win in Detroit on Nov. 27. Chicago's leading scorer, Deng was averaging 19.4 points per game and 26.2 over his last six games
News: Deng (calf) will not play in the Saturday game against Detroit, Pistons.com reports. He is considered day-to-day.
Impact: Taj Gibson could move into the starting lineup to provide a different look against the big Pistons. Deng played 42 minutes on Thursday, which may have aggravated the injury.
News: Deng is a game-time decision Saturday because of a calf injury, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Deng didn't go through shootaround and has some stiffness, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, so this sounds like he is a little closer to doubtful than questionable. Mike Dunleavy would be the likely starter if Deng does not play.
News: James (knee) rode the stationary bike Saturday, which is a step forward in his recovery, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: James isn't worth owning until he returns, and even then, he's not a lock for fantasy-relevant minutes with Kirk Hinrich ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: Butler (toe) is getting closer to returning but is still out Saturday, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: This is a good sign for owners who have been stashing Butler, but he was labeled as "not close" to returning just three days ago, so he'll likely be out for at least a couple more games.
News: Gibson scored 19 points as the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Impact: Gibson is averaging 21.5 points and shooting 66.7 percent (36 of 54) in his last four games.
News: Deng had 20 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Impact: Deng is averaging 26.2 points in the last six games.
News: Boozer scored 27 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Impact: Boozer was averaging 7.3 points on 33.3 percent shooting in his previous three games.
News: Noah put up a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds Thursday against the Heat. He added three assists and one steal in 33 minutes of action.
Impact: Noah has now put up two consecutive double-doubles, and is averaging 12.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists over his last five games. He has yet to find his rhythm defensively, as he is averaging only 0.8 blocks per game this season. Foot injuries have been limiting Noah all season long, and he should slowly improve as he recovers throughout the course of the season.
News: Dunleavy scored just three points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt) to go with four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 26 minutes of action Thursday against the Heat.
Impact: Dunleavy is coming off a 23-point performance, and it appears the sharpshooter has cooled off. He has scored above three points in just one game over his last five outings, and his inconsistency makes him hold only minimal fantasy value in most leagues.
Kirk Hinrich - #12 - Guard - 6'4" - 190lbs
News: Hinrich put up 13 points, five rebounds, and seven assists in 29 minutes of action Thursday against the Heat.
Impact: With Derrick Rose (knee) out for the regular season, Hinrich serves as a solid option for assists in standard leagues. Over his last four games, Hinrich is averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 assists. While he hasn't been the most consistent player from a fantasy perspective, he still holds value because of the availability of minutes at the Bulls' back court.
News: Gibson scored 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 FT) to go with six rebounds, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes of action Thursday against the Heat.
Impact: Gibson has now scored at least 18 points in each of his last four games, and he has been playing effectively on both ends of the court. Despite his lack of minutes (26 minutes per game for the season), he should be considered a valid option in standard leagues.
News: Deng put up 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 42 minutes of action Thursday against the Heat.
Impact: Deng has been playing excellently over his last five games, averaging 27.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists during that span. With Derrick Rose (knee) out for the regular season, Deng should continue to play well as the Bulls' top option.
News: Boozer had a monster game Thursday against the Heat, putting up 27 points (10-17 FG, 7-9 FT) to go with nine rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes of action.
Impact: Boozer has been inconsistent over the last four games, failing to hit double-digits in scoring twice. With the Bulls still adjusting without Derrick Rose (knee), Boozer may continue his inconsistency for a while longer. Despite this, he still holds value in most leagues, as he has been averaging 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds this season. Boozer is likely to get back into his groove sooner than later, and owners shouldn't be worried.
News: Rose (knee) could be back for the playoffs, the South Florida SunSentinel reports. Rose stated that, "If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing."
Impact: Rose spoke to the media for the first time and hinted that under the right circumstances, he would be back to play for the playoffs. Even though this information is not useful for his fantasy value this year, it does show that he should be completely ready for next season.
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | STATS
News: Derrick Rose isn't quite ruling out a return to the Chicago Bulls this season. The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed - even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.
Impact: Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22. He had surgery in Chicago three days later, cutting short his long awaited return after he sat out last season recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Wed. Dec 4, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Butler (toe) is still not close to returning according to coach Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Butler was initially given a two-to-three week recovery frame back on Nov. 20. It appears that it could take a little bit longer than that. Tony Snell will continue to start in his place, with Mike Dunleavy also picking up extra minutes.
Wed. Dec 4, 2013 | STATS
News: James is dealing with a knee injury.
Impact: James has barely any fantasy value. His status going forward is unclear.
News: James suffered a sprained MCL before Monday's triple-overtime loss to New Orleans, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The Bulls were forced to cancel an assignment of Marquis Teague to the D-League because of James' injury. He is expected to miss 1-to-2 weeks.
News: Teague, who was on his way to the D-League, will in fact stay with the Bulls due to a Mike James injury, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Neither player offers much fantasy value, so this has little impact, but if Kirk Hinrich were to go down, Teague would now become a deep-league option.
News: The Chicago Bulls have assigned backup point guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
Impact: A first-round draft pick out of Kentucky in 2012, Teague had fallen behind veteran Mike James in the rotation. He averaged 1.2 points, 0.8 assists and 8.9 minutes in nine games. The Bulls announced the move on Tuesday.
News: Teague was assigned to Iowa of the D-League on Tuesday.
Impact: Teague has had limited playing time with the Bulls this season, even with the latest injury to star point guard Derrick Rose (knee). In nine games, he averaged 1.2 points and 0.8 assists. He will have the chance for regular minutes in the D-League to find his shot again for down the road.
News: Boozer played just 26 minutes in the Bulls' 131-128 triple-overtime loss to the Pelicans on Monday.
Impact: This is the second time in three games that Boozer played less than 30 minutes. Part of that was due to Taj Gibson's solid play, but the other reason was due to New Orleans' use of Ryan Anderson at the four spot, requiring Chicago to play Gibson due to his athleticism. A changing of the guard hasn't occurred, but rumors persist that the Bulls have shopped Boozer, and if they do eventually trade him this season, Gibson would see a significant increase in value.
News: Noah had 19 points and 10 boards in Monday's 131-128 triple-overtime loss to New Orleans.
Impact: While his numbers are down this season, Noah is capable of posting a double-double on any given night. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
News: Gibson had 26 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in Monday's 131-128 triple-overtime loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Gibson is now averaging 22.3 points over the last three games. While it remains to be seen if he can keep it up, Gibson should be owned in all but the shallowest of formats right now.
News: Deng had a season-high 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Monday's 131-128 triple-overtime loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Deng is averaging 27.4 points on 54.8 percent shooting over a five-game stretch.
News: Dunleavy had a big game Monday against the Pelicans, as he scored 23 points (7-14 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Impact: Dunleavy played 48 minutes Monday, as this game went to triple overtime, but he had the hot hand and the Bulls stuck with him over Tony Snell. While Dunleavy isn't going to provide consistent scoring, he should at least be a solid source for three-pointers.
News: Gibson played very well Monday against the Pelicans, as he scored 26 points (10-19 FG, 6-8 FT) to go along with 14 rebounds and five blocks.
Impact: Gibson was dominant in the post Monday, and the Bulls stuck with him over Carlos Boozer, as Gibson played 44 minutes compared to 26 for Boozer. Although the triple-overtime game left extra minutes for Gibson, he was likely going to finish the game over Boozer anyway based on his play. There have been rumors for the last couple of seasons that the Bulls have shopped Boozer, and if they do eventually trade him this season, Gibson would see a significant increase in value.
News: Deng played 56 minutes in Monday's triple-overtime game against the Pelicans, scoring 37 points (15-27 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-11 FT) to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Impact: Deng left it all out on the floor Monday but looked tired toward the end of the third overtime and missed a couple of key free throws down the stretch. He had an excellent overall game, though, and will continue to lead the Bulls' offense this season.
News: Butler (toe) will not play in Monday's game against the Pelicans, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Butler last played on Nov. 18 and has not done any more work the past few days. Tony Snell will take the start again Monday against the Pelicans.
Dec 1, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Gibson scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench in the Bulls' loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: Gibson is still averaging in the 20s minute-wise and could see more time if Joakim Noah continues his up-and-down play.
Dec 1, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Noah struggled against Andrew Bynum, going just 2-for-10 from the floor and missing two putbacks late in the game that would have tied the contest, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Noah has been very up-and-down lately, mixing in three single-digit scoring games, including Saturday, with two in double-digits. Taj Gibson has seen more minutes recently, which is a trend that needs to be watched if you won Noah.
Tony Snell - #20 - Guard-Forward - 6'7" - 200lbs
Sat. Nov 30, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Snell started a third straight game at shooting guard for the Bulls on Saturday in place of Jimmy Butler (foot). He finished with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and three three-pointers.
Impact: Snell also played 37 minutes Friday, so the Bulls are quickly learning to trust their rookie swingman. With Butler expected to be sidelined at least another week or so, Snell could be a good short-term add. He's simply not guaranteed minutes once Butler is healthy, which makes Snell a hard to player to recommend in most leagues. For the time being, he can help out in scoring, rebounds, steals and three-pointers.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Deng, who will be a free agent at the end of the year, is drawing trade interest, especially given the season-ending injury to Derrick Rose, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Cleveland is looking at Deng believing his value may have declined a bit because he will be a free agent, possibly making a deal involving Dion Waiters possible. Chicago could play Jimmy Butler at the three, but it's doubtful they have major interest in Waiters.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Butler (toe) will travel with the team to Cleveland for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, but he will not play, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports. However, coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler is "getting closer."
Impact: Butler still has not returned to practice, but he is out of the walking boot he was donning earlier this week. He'll likely need to get a few practices under his belt before he is cleared to play, so a return may not come until late next week at the earliest.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: Gibson had a career-high 23 points off the bench in Wednesday's 99-79 win at Chicago.
Impact: Despite his big day, Gibson won't have much fantasy value unless Carlos Boozer or Joakim Noah goes down.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: Deng had 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's 99-79 win at Detroit.
Impact: Deng has been outstanding over the last three games, posting 24.3 points on 52.2 percent from the field. He should be the Bulls' No. 1 scoring option with Derrick Rose out for the year.
Sat. Nov 23, 2013 | STATS
News: Rose is out for the season.
Impact: The 2011 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in Chicago's 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia. He has played in just 50 NBA games - 49 in the regular season and that lone playoff game - since the Bulls' run to the Eastern Conference finals during his MVP season.