The Chicago Bulls have announced that All-Star center Joakim Noah will be a game-time decision for Monday night’s matchup with the Timberwolves. With just six games on Monday’s NBA schedule it’s important that you maximize your fantasy basketball team’s roster potential and not have any players in your lineup who aren’t suiting up for their respective teams. Keep checking Noah’s status prior to the Bulls tip-off at 8 pm ET.
Noah didn’t participate in Monday’s team shootaround due to being “under the weather”. It might not come as a huge surprise when recalling Saturday’s performance vs. Charlotte. He racked up yet another double-double, but shot only 4-of-14 from the field, which is very uncharacteristic of him. The Bulls’ center is shooting 46.4 percent in January, so owners may have known something was amiss. Noah is notorious for being game-time decisions and then ultimately playing through his ailment, but adding Taj Gibson as insurance can’t hurt. Somehow Gibson is still available in 51 percent of ESPN.com leagues, despite averaging 17.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over his last four games. He even got 28 minutes to Carlos Boozer‘s 25 in Saturday’s game, something that could develop into a trend with Boozer almost assuredly getting amnestied this summer. Even if Noah does play, Gibson is worth an add in almost all leagues.
Other Injury Notes:
Noah’s teammate, Kirk Hinrich, will sit out his fourth consecutive game with a hamstring injury. With D.J. Augustin blossoming into a star, Hinrich is losing fantasy relevance by the second. He isn’t worth rostering in any leagues, and the only impact he’ll have upon returning is to steal away some minutes from Augustin. … After spraining his ankle on Friday, Hawks’ PG Jeff Teague will sit out tonight’s game vs. the Thunder. Shelvin Mack (100 percent available) replaced him in the starting lineup and will do so again tonight. With the Hawks so shorthanded, Mack is worth a speculative add regardless of Teague’s timetable. Lou Williams (82 percent available) is someone to add in leagues of 12 teams or deeper. Williams is averaging 15 points and six assists in his last two games.