Lakers' Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is expected to play Friday

Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is now expected to play on Friday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Coach Byron Scott said that there is a 75 percent chance that Kobe plays, so the last few days off sounds like it helped his shoulder progress. His return will send Metta World Peace to the bench, but Kobe will be a risky play in fantasy the rest of the way. He's averaging just 14.3 points per game through four outings in March.

Bryant owns the second worst nERD this season at -9.7. He's averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, while posting a career worst 46.3 True Shooting Percentage in 53 games played. We project him to score 14.6 points, grab 3.6 rebounds, and dish out 3.0 assists against the Suns, while shooting 36.2 percent from the field.