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 not going to play against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night because of tightness in his left calf.
Impact: Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng has been dealing with the injury since the teams met in Detroit on Nov. 27, a 99-79 win. Chicago has lost six of eight. Chicago's leading scorer, Deng is averaging 19.4 points per game and 26.2 over his last six.
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.
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.
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.
News: Gibson had a season-high 23 points (11-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and grabbed eight rebounds in 27 minutes against Detroit Wednesday night.
Impact: Gibson was long overdue for a hot shooting night and it came at the right time, helping the Bulls snap a four-game losing streak. Everybody wants to know who will pick up the scoring slack with Derrick Rose gone for the year, but consider this more of an aberration.
News: Deng scored 27 points (11-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with six rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's win over the Pistons. He didn't turn the ball over in 41 minutes.
Impact: With Derrick Rose sidelined for the year, much of the scoring responsibilities will fall on Deng's shoulders, especially with the way this year's team is constructed. He's responded well, averaging 24.3 ppg in Rose's absence, and although it wasn't the case Wednesday, he's getting to the line much more in 2013-14.
News: Snell will remain in the starting lineup Wednesday vs. the Pistons, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Snell made his first career start Monday, putting up nine points on 3-for-7 shooting in 26 minutes. While the rookie is unlikely to stuff the staff sheet on any given night, the minutes should continue to be there for him with the Bulls forced to recalibrate their lineup in the wake of Derrick Rose's season-ending injury.
Tue. Nov 26, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Rose's recovery from surgery to repair a torn medial mensicus will last about six months, the Chicago Tribune reports. General manager Gar Forman relayed, "The prognosis is 100 percent recovery. He will go through a rehab period that's going to take approximately six months."
Impact: Already out for the season, the current prognosis should result in a full recovery by next June. Rose will begin his rehabilitation immediately.
Tue. Nov 26, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Hinrich had X-rays on his nose after being hit in the face in Monday's game against the Jazz, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Hinrich suffered a cut on his nose when he was hit that did not need stitches, but was given medical attention. He played 36 minutes in the game but finished with one point on 0-for-4 shooting with four assists. He is taking over the starting point guard duties with Derrick Rose out for the season, so it is good news for the Bulls that he will not need to miss any time with the hit in the face.
News: Snell played 26 minutes in his first start for the Bulls on Monday. He put up nine points (3-7 FG, 2-2 FG) and one rebound.
Impact: Snell will most likely see a drastic increase to the 5.4 minutes per game that he was averaging before Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury. There's no evidence that Snell will capitalize on his increased playing time, but he will certainly have an opportunity to prove otherwise.
News: Deng recorded a double-double with 24 points (7-18 FG, 10-13 FT) and 10 rebounds in 45 minutes of court action Monday at Utah.
Impact: Deng and his teammates have to replace the offensive production that is lost without Derrick Rose (knee) in the lineup. The Bulls need Deng to contribute more offensive outbursts like this one. Without Rose on the court, Deng will definitely get that opportunity.
News: Boozer scored a game-high 26 points (12-23 FG, 2-2 FT) Monday. He added 16 rebounds and two steals during 41 minutes of play.
Impact: Boozer did his best to make up for the gaping hole in the Bulls' offense that was previously filled by Derrick Rose (knee). More performances like this may be expected from Boozer since Chicago is in need of offensive production.
News: James played six minutes Sunday against the Clippers and recorded just one assist with no points on three attempts.
Impact: James is currently behind both Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague on the Bulls' depth chart. There is a possibility that James will receive more minutes off the bench due to Derrick Rose's (knee) injury that will leave him sidelined for the rest of the season. James may see an increase in court action, but Hinrich and Teague are still better options at this point for Chicago.
News: Snell will get the start Monday against the Jazz, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: The Bulls will start Snell alongside Kirk Hinrich in the backcourt, and it's not clear how long this lineup will stick. He has the length to guard the two or the three, but has yet to display enough offensive potential to be a surefire add in fantasy leagues.
News: Butler still can't put his full weight on his right foot, which remains swollen and is in a walking boot, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: This doesn't sound good, and he isn't likely to return until at least next week. Meanwhile Tony Snell could get the start Monday, as the Bulls look for someone to replace Butler's versatility.
News: Teague could join the starting lineup, based on a report by the Chicago Tribune.
Impact: Beat writer K.C. Johnson's report states that Tony Snell starting so that Mike Dunleavy and Kirk Hinrich remain a duo off the bench, which would theoretically mean that Teague would start alongside Snell. Teague played 20 minutes in Sunday's game and was 0-for-7 from the field with one assist, so he hasn't necessarily demonstrated the ability to shine, but he'd be worth a flyer in most formats if he did enter the starting lineup.
News: Snell could move into the starting lineup, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The thinking here would be to keep the Kirk Hinrich/Mike Dunleavy duo together off the bench, which would presumably mean Marquis Teague would also start. It's something to keep an eye on, as Snell could provide solid defensive sats if he were to receive significant run.
News: Hinrich got a longer leash on the point guard spot, as it was announced Monday that Derrick Rose will miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing surgery on the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Hinrich had a so-so game replacing Rose on Sunday, but he looks to be the main option at point guard, supported by Marquis Teague. Hinrich should give you some assists, but the point production will be sporadic.
News: Rose will miss the rest of the season, after having successful surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
Impact: Unlike last season, there is much more clarity from the team regarding the timetable for Rose's return. With two major knee surgeries in just over 18 months, he will now have an 11-month recovery and rehab period to prepare for the 2014-15 campaign.
News: Deng tallied 22 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-13 FT) to go along with six assists, two rebounds and a steal in Sunday's loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Deng was left to carry more of the offensive load for the Bulls, with both Derrick Rose (knee) and Jimmy Butler (toe) out for at least a few weeks. A significant portion of Deng's production came from the charity stripe (nine points) and he will have to continue to get to the free throw line if he wants to continue putting up strong offensive numbers.
News: Snell played a season-high 28 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Clippers. He had five points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with two assists and a rebound.
Impact: Snell is a likely candidate for increased playing time at small forward with Jimmy Butler (toe) out and Mike Dunleavy unlikely to continue playing 30-plus minutes per game. The Bulls' first round draft pick is a solid defender and three-point shooter, and could prove to be a sneaky add for the next few weeks.
News: Hinrich got the start at point guard Sunday, which is likely to continue with Derrick Rose (knee) out indefinitely. He had nine points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go along with seven assists and two rebounds.
Impact: Hinrich will move into the starting point guard role going forward, and will likely see an increase in both scoring and assists as a result. Owners looking to make up for some of Rose's production can gain assists by adding Hinrich, but should temper their scoring expectations, as he only averaged 7.7 points per game when starting for Rose last season.
News: Rose (knee) will undergo surgery Monday, ESPNChicago.com reports.
Impact: The Bulls will waste little time in getting Rose, who hurt his right knee in Friday's loss to the Blazers, under the knife. After the surgery is completed, the team should have a better idea of how long Rose will be sidelined. If his meniscus needs to be completely reattached, he could very well miss the rest of the season.
News: Rose (knee) is leaning toward having his meniscus reattached, a procedure that could sideline him for the rest of the season, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Surgery has already been deemed necessary, but it sounds like Rose may need to have the meniscus reattached rather than just cleaned up via a relatively simple arthroscopic procedure. If so, Rose could miss the rest of the season, though his status is far from certain at the moment and will likely remain in flux until after his surgery is completed. The silver lining, of course, is that Rose did not tear his ACL.
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.
Sat. Nov 23, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Hinrich can expect to see more minutes at point guard with Derrick Rose (knee) out indefinitely, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: While it's unknown how long Rose will be out, he'll likely miss a minimum of several weeks, which will force Hinrich into the point guard role he often found himself in last season. However, he wasn't overly effective in 2012-13, averaging 7.7 points and 5.2 assists on 37.7 percent shooting. Marquis Teague's minutes also figure to increase in Rose's absence.
Sat. Nov 23, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Rose (knee) underwent an MRI on Saturday afternoon and results revealed a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, NBA.com reports. Rose is listed as out "indefinitely."
Impact: While the injury is not as serious as a torn ACL, like Rose suffered two seasons ago, it will still require surgery and the Bulls will be without Rose for an extended period of time. It's unknown how long he'll be out, and his status will likely be updated following surgery, which will take place in Chicago. Rose will not accompany the Bulls on the remaining four games of the team's current road trip.
News: Rose left Friday night's game in Portland in the third quarter with a right knee injury and did not return.
Impact: The 2011 NBA MVP missed last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs. Rose came out with 3:20 left in the third and was assisted to the locker room. He had 20 points and five rebounds. The Bulls announced midway through the fourth quarter that he would not return.
News: Dunleavy matched a season high with 15 points in a 97-87 loss at Denver on Thursday.
Impact: Dunleavy is averaging only 8.5 points, but he's 14 for 27 from 3-point range on the season.
News: Deng had one of his worst performances, finishing with six points on 3-of-18 shooting in a 97-87 loss at Denver on Thursday.
Impact: Deng had averaged 21.0 points on 53.8 shooting over his previous three games.
Wed. Nov 20, 2013 | STATS
News: Butler is week to week because of a sprained right big toe and will not accompany them on their six-game road trip.
Impact: Butler was injured in Monday's win over Charlotte. He is averaging 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Tue. Nov 19, 2013 | STATS
News: Boozer scored 12 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in Monday's win over Charlotte.
Impact: It was his third double-double and best rebounding total this season.