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  • Devin Booker scores 15 with 10 dimes
    Devin Booker had a career-high 10 assists against the Warriors during a 112-108 loss on Wednesday, adding 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers.

    Advice: Coach Earl Watson loves him and he definitely wants his rookie to be more of a ball-handler. Booker was the first Suns rookie to drop a points-dimes double-double since Steve Nash back in 1996. He looks like a good one and should be owned in all leagues as the Suns give him the keys the rest of this year. 23 minutes ago
  • Ricky Rubio shoots well, racks up 19/8/8
    Ricky Rubio had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Wolves' beat the Raptors on Wednesday, adding one steal with three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rubio his 5-of-9 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws, with an unusual 3-of-3 mark beyond the arc tonight. In a rare coincidence, Rubio, Brandon Jennings, Elfrid Payton and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 22-of-44 from the field tonight. Savor the moment. 27 minutes ago
  • Shabazz Muhammad very quiet in 21 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad was quiet in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday, posting eight points (1-of-6 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This was even more disappointing since Tayshaun Prince (personal) wasn't playing. Muhammad has a nice stretch in late January but he's lost all momentum heading into the break, and belongs on the waiver wire in the vast majority of leagues. 27 minutes ago
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. 28 minutes ago
  • Orlando Johnson gets 28 minutes
    Orlando Johnson scored nine points with eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's ahead of Jordan McRae and the Suns will probably give him a second 10-day deal after the break. Johnson can be ignored in almost all leagues. 28 minutes ago
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points on 15 shots
    Kyle Lowry needed 15 shots to score 14 points on Wednesday, going 4-of-15 from the field with four boards, seven assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Tonight's dud was surprising since the Wolves have given up the fourth-most points to PGs over their past 10 games. K-Low occasionally misfires from the field but he's been a top-five roto player in 2016, so his owners have no grounds for complaint. Expect him to come out firing in his first game after the All-Star break, vs. the Bulls on Feb. 19. 30 minutes ago
  • Cory Joseph shoots 4-of-11 off bench vs. MIN
    Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, but he shot just 4-of-11 from the field without any 3-pointers or steals.

    Advice: Dwane Casey credited CoJo with changing the course of Monday's game with his "grit and grime," but Joseph's blue-collar efforts rarely result in fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. 30 minutes ago
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 35 points in road loss
    DeMar DeRozan lit up the Wolves for a team-high 35 points on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-19 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs, but it wasn't enough to earn the Raptors' a road win.

    Advice: The Raptors still lead the Atlantic division by 5.0 games, thanks to a scorching stretch in which they've won 14 out of 16 games. DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been the catalysts for that success, earning both of them All-Star nods, and DeRozan's steady play has earned him top-40 value over the Raptors' past 20 games (9-cat). It helps that he's canning 1.1 triples per game during that span. 31 minutes ago
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. 42 minutes ago
  • Kobe Bryant feels 'horrible' physically
    Kobe Bryant finished Wednesday's loss in Cleveland with 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Kobe played 33 minutes and said afterward that he feels "horrible" heading into the All-Star break. "My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. I'm looking forward to having a complete week where I do nothing," Bryant said, before groaning as he left the post-game presser. He's coming off a hot stretch and is motivated to play in as many games as possible, so the Mamba should be ready to go vs. San Antonio on Feb. 19. 43 minutes ago
  • Lou Williams leads L.A. w/ 28 points in loss
    Lou Williams led the Lakers on Wednesday with 28 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block, making 9-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs while going 4-of-6 beyond the arc.

    Advice: Sweet Lou also played 36 minutes without a single turnover, but the Lakers' starting unit was trounced tonight. The Lakers have no real incentive to keep the 11-year veteran through the trade deadline, but so far Williams' name hasn't really surfaced up in the trade-rumor mill. 44 minutes ago
  • Jordan Clarkson heads into break on high note
    Jordan Clarkson headed into the All-Star break on a high note, racking up 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Clarkson has been hot in February, averaging 17.4 points on 54.4 percent shooting, with 1.2 triples, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Add in stingy turnovers (1.8) and he's a must-start option in all formats. The Lakers have every reason to feed him minutes as their 2015-16 campaign drifts to a close, giving Clarkson substantial rest-of-season upside. 44 minutes ago
  • D'Angelo Russell OK after recent groin injury
    D'Angelo Russell's recent groin injury wasn't an issue on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Byron Scott said recently that he's been hard on his rookie PG because "he has a chance to be a very good basketball player," and he once again allowed Russell to play down the stretch tonight -- he played the final 10 minutes of a reasonably close game. Hopefully that trend continues over L.A.'s final 27 games. 45 minutes ago
  • Brandon Jennings starts, scores 16 points
    Brandon Jennings made his first start of the season on Wednesday and had 16 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson was out due to an illness and B-Jennings will return to a bench role after the All-Star break, assuming he's still in Detroit. He'll need a tailor-made situation to be worth owning in standard leagues, even if he is traded, as he's shooting a paltry 36.2 percent from the field with just 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game. 53 minutes ago
  • Emmanuel Mudiay hits 6-of-12 shots vs. DET
    Emmanuel Mudiay hit 6-of-12 shots to finish Wednesday's victory with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mudiay is killing his fantasy value with low-efficiency scoring, so it's great to see him effective in that department tonight -- he's made more than half of his shots just once all season. The rookie should get plenty of opportunities as the Nuggets' season comes to an end, but he's still best suited to points leagues. 58 minutes ago
  • Will Barton scores 20 points in 22 minutes
    Will Barton played only 22 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday, but he scored 20 points on 7-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mike Malone heaped praise on Barton recently, saying, "He's been very impressive. He's up for Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year for a reason, right?" That didn't earn Barton much playing time tonight, however, and it'll be hard for him to be more than a mid-round option while logging 25-28 minutes a night. 59 minutes ago
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out again Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) didn't play vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran has no timetable so it's logical that Denver held him out through the All-Star break. Emmanuel Mudiay is playing huge minutes in Nelson's absence, with Randy Foye (six points in 21 minutes) filling in as a makeshift backup PG. Today, 9:42 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 11 in start
    Norris Cole scored 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a clear runway for minutes now with Tyreke Evans (knee) likely out for the season. Cole hasn't really lit it up as a fantasy asset with just 12th-round value in the eight games since Evans has been out, so he might be slightly overvalued. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. Today, 9:14 pm
  • Lance Stephenson gets 12 points in 24 minutes
    Lance Stephenson logged 24 minutes on Wednesday, his highest playing time since Dec. 2, finishing a tough road loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Born Ready made 4-of-5 shots with only one turnover, rounding out an unusually efficient game. He was baited into a technical foul by Jae Crowder at one point, which got a nice chuckle from the Celtics' bench, and Boston wound up getting the last laugh with a 17-12 edge in overtime. Stephenson is playing more with Austin Rivers (hand) out of commission, but he's still not a fantasy asset. Today, 9:11 pm
  • Marcus Smart posts 17/4/4 with three triples
    Marcus Smart started the second half of Wednesday's game, finishing with 17 points, three 3-pointers, four boards, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said before the game that the Celtics' have "three Avery's," suggesting that Avery Bradley's defensive tenacity is matched by Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart, and Smart proved him right tonight. He made 4-of-8 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs before fouling out in 32 minutes, and should be a steady mid-round value after the break. Today, 9:11 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 21 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 21 points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to dominate with the news of Tyreke Evans (knee) looking to have surgery. There is still a chance of Holiday suffering an injury to his oft-inured leg, but he's a must-start player. Today, 9:10 pm
  • J.J. Redick OK after ankle injury, scores 27
    J.J. Redick shook off a minor ankle injury to finish Wednesday's overtime defeat with 27 points, two 3-pointers and three rebounds, making 9-of-14 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Redick's efficiency is remarkable and he's anchoring his fantasy value with lights-out shooting beyond the arc -- he's averaging 2.8 triples per game since Jan. 1, which ranks eighth during that span behind J.R. Smith, Paul George, Klye Lowry, James Harden, Damian Lillard and the Splash Brothers. His usage may take a slight hit when Blake Griffin gets back on the court, but that's the only knock on his rest-of-season outlook. Today, 9:10 pm
  • Wes Johnson chips in across board vs. Celtics
    Wes Johnson chipped in seven points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in just 22 minutes of action vs. Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Johnson played 42 minutes with Paul Pierce resting on Monday, and Doc Rivers continues to rely on him as a key rotation player. Tonight's line doesn't jump out, but Johnson's ability to chip in 3-pointers, blocks and steals makes him a viable option until Blake Griffin gets back on the court. Today, 9:09 pm
  • Chris Paul ties season-high w/ 35 pts, 13 ast
    Chris Paul tied his season high with 35 points vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, adding 13 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block in an OT loss in Boston.

    Advice: The Clippers lost for only the third time in their past 15 road games, an incredible feat given the injuries they've endured. CP3 appeared to have a minor hand injury but he played through it and should have plenty of time to recuperate during the much-needed All-Star break -- it obviously didn't affect him tonight, as he drained 13-of-21 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs with three triples. Today, 9:07 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 17 in 43 minutes
    Bryce Dejean-Jones is not expected to play on Thursday.

    Advice: His contract is up and the team is in negotiations. Dejean-Jones has a pretty decent chance to be signed after the break, but the team may opt to wait until after the deadline. He scored nine points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes on Wednesday. Today, 9:07 pm
  • J.J. Redick goes to the locker room
    J.J. Redick went to the locker room in the third quarter against the Celtics and is available to return.

    Advice: It is a right ankle issue, which was a problem for Redick back in January. If he can't return, that means more minutes for Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford. Today, 6:20 pm
  • Marcus Smart starts 3Q for Amir Johnson
    Marcus Smart started the third quarter on Wednesday with Amir Johnson coming off the bench.

    Advice: Amir Johnson does have a wrap on his back, so maybe that's why. This could be a matchup move with the Clippers killing the Celtics on offense and also coach Brad Stevens may want more big depth on his bench with Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) getting hurt. Today, 6:00 pm
  • Brandon Jennings will start vs. Denver
    Brandon Jennings will start on Wednesday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson was a late scratch due to an illness, so the Pistons will have a chance to showcase Jennings. Although, coach Stan Van Gundy has shot down every trade rumor. Today, 4:31 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start vs. Cavs
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be with the usual starters against LeBron and company. Bryant has seen a lot of volume and he should see a similar workload on the national stage. He's obviously a risky start tonight. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors with Tayshaun Prince (personal) away from the team.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins will slide over to the three with LaVine back in the starting five, and Shabazz Muhammad will have the opportunity for some extended run off the bench sans Prince. LaVine does have a tough matchup tonight, so owners should take that into consideration before activating him. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Scott acknowledges he's been tough on Russell
    Byron Scott acknowledged during a recent interview that he's been hard on D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "I haven't been the easiest man on him in the world. He's just a kid playing in a man's world," Scott said of Russell. "I'm going to stay on him, because I think he has a chance to be a very good basketball player." Russell’s playing time has been sporadic thus far, but there’s a chance Scott elects to give the Lakers’ No. 2 overall selection more consistent run after the All-Star break. If you've held on this long, there's no reason to abandon ship now. Today, 10:23 am
  • Marcus Smart scores 12 points in loss
    Marcus Smart scored 12 points with four boards, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The Celtics have been relying on Evan Turner a lot, so Smart's minutes have been inconsistent. His averages of 8.8 points, 3.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 35.9 percent shooting over his last five games is barely good enough for top-150 value, but he does have enough upside to warrant a hold in most cases. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Kobe Bryant is probable for Wednesday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is probable to play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a road game and his last game in Cleveland, so expect Kobe to be ready to go for that game. Bryant has not missed any games away from Staples in 2016 and he's played 32.8 minutes per game in his last four. Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Kobe Bryant doesn't want to change FT rules
    Kobe Bryant isn't a proponent of changing free throw rules to discourage hacking.

    Advice: While the league looks at improving the aesthetic of the game by doing away with intentional fouling of poor-shooting players, Bryant thinks it's a bad idea. "That sets a horrible example for the kids," Kobe said. "Can't protect guys that can't make free throws." Free throws aside, Bryant is averaging 26.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 4.6 treys over his last five games and is a must-start player as long as he's healthy. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 12 points in loss
    Zach LaVine scored 12 points with two boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and three blocks on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The blocks were obviously a career high and he didn't record more than one block in a game this season prior to tonight. LaVine was 4-of-10 from the field in the loss and didn't have any turnovers, so his fantasy arrow is still pointing up. As the year progresses, his role should only grow. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 14 points in loss
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points with nine boards and one assist in 25 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He took advantage of some extra minutes in garbage time, but unfortunately he shot just 4-of-13 from the field. Muhammad should continue to steal some of Tayshaun Prince's minutes (19) moving forward since the Wolves are looking towards the future, but he's a better stash in points leagues because he doesn't shoot many 3-pointers or generate many assists, steals or blocks. Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 10 points in win
    Norris Cole scored 10 points with six assists, three boards and one turnover in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry seems to love Cole and he has played 30 or more minutes in seven out of his last eight games. He had a 26-point game in his last outing with five assists, so he is worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off or until the Pelicans get some healthy bodies back. Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 27 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 27 points vs. the Wolves on Monday with nine assists, six boards, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took care of his business in just 28 minutes and finished 11-of-23 from the field with one turnover. Holiday is one of the safest players to own in New Orleans going forward because Tyreke Evans (knee) is a shut-down candidate and Anthony Davis is very prone to injuries, so his owners should be feeling confident. The Pelicans will play the Jazz on Wednesday and the Thunder on Thursday before the All-Star break begins. Monday, 9:02 pm
  • Wes Johnson gets 42 minutes in start
    Wes Johnson started in place of Paul Pierce (rest) on Monday with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 3-of-13 from the field in 42 minutes against the 76ers.

    Advice: He did not shoot the ball well, but the across-the-board output has been the key for Johnson. In his last five, he averaged 9.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 2.0 treys. He's basically been a better version of Danny Green right now and should be owned in standard leagues. Monday, 8:25 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 17 points in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points with seven boards, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in a win over the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: He couldn't find his shot and was just 5-of-14 from the field, but the dimes were nice. DeRozan was hot coming into this one and had scored an average of 26.0 points in his previous five games, so his owners have absolutely no reason to be concerned. DeRozan will look to get his shooting touch back on track during Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves. Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points in win over DET
    Kyle Lowry kept his foot on the gas pedal in Monday's win over the Pistons with 25 points, seven assists and three boards in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He also had two steals and two triples and was an efficient 9-of-14 from the field. He's been unstoppable over his last three games with averages of 27.0 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 boards, 2.0 steals and 4.7 3-pointers, and the only player that has been better in standard leagues over that span is John Wall. Monday, 8:01 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay shoots 3-of-10 from field
    Emmanuel Mudiay shot just 3-of-10 from the field on Monday vs. the Nets for seven points, eight assists, six boards and two steals in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting was rough and he had four turnovers, but the rookie is showing signs of improvement. He had his first zero-turnover game of the season on Sunday vs. the Knicks and also had 15 points with nine assists, but tonight's performance is a good reason why owners in standard leagues should pump the brakes. Until he improves his efficiency, Mudiay is better suited for points leagues. Monday, 7:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 in 33 minutes
    Kobe Bryant made 6-of-25 from the field for 19 points with five rebounds and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes during an 89-87 loss to the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He wasn't bashful and forced a lot of shots in the failed comeback attempt. "I made a shot and then went back to shooting like [expletive]," Kobe said. "Pulled the rabbit out of the hat & the rabbit disappeared." He looks pretty healthy and should play in most road games. Monday, 7:42 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 16 points
    D'Angelo Russell (groin) played 32 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Monday with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played down the stretch tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to be trusting his rookie a little more than he did last week. Russell only has 14th-round value in his last 10 games, which is only a slight upward trend from earlier this year. He is still worth stashing in most leagues. Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 32 with 12 assists
    Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) ruled out Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise considering Nelson has no timetable for a return. Leave him on the wire in all leagues and expect Randy Foye to continue to soak up his minutes off the bench. Monday, 3:56 pm
  • Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle will start
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) will both start vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: Their status was never really in doubt, so they shouldn't have any limitations. Bryant is averaging 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four games, so he needs to be in all lineups until he cools off. Monday, 3:46 pm
  • DAngelo Russell will play on Monday night
    DAngelo Russell (groin) will play on Monday night against the Pacers.

    Advice: He went through warmups without incident and may not be limited. Russell will come off the bench this week and he could get in the starting lineup later this month. Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Wes Johnson getting the start
    Wes Johnson will start against the 76ers on Monday in place of Paul Pierce (rest).

    Advice: He has actually played really well and is putting up early-round value in the last month or so. Johnson should be owned in standard leagues with some added value for tonight. Monday, 2:48 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (groin) questionable vs. IND
    D'Angelo Russell (groin) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: This injury came out of nowhere and he may have suffered the injury on Saturday night. If Russell can't go, there should be more minutes for Lou Williams while Marcelo Huertas could be in the rotation. Jordan Clarkson would also likely see a bigger role if Russell is out. Monday, 1:36 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay praised by Mike Malone
    Mike Malone praised Emmanuel Mudiay's play in Sunday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: "I thought Emmanuel Mudiay was terrific, made some huge plays down the stretch," Malone said. "Nine assists, zero turnovers for a 19-year old rookie point guard is outstanding." Mudiay is enjoying his best month of the season so far in February, averaging 12.5 points, 7.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 triples with just 1.5 turnovers on 36.5 percent shooting. Monday, 9:50 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) doubtful to play Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The veteran point guard has no timetable for his return, meaning Randy Foye will continue to serve as Emmanuel Mudiay's backup. Monday, 9:41 am
  • Scott wants Clarkson to improve in some areas
    Byron Scott wants Jordan Clarkson to improve his perimeter defense, outside shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio and free throw attempts.

    Advice: This news was buried in between Scott praising Clarkson and saying he has the potential to become an All-Star, so let's not get out the pitchforks just yet. These are valid criticisms, as Clarkson needs to gamble less on defense, shoots 34.2 percent from deep, shoots just 2.8 free throws per game and checks in with averages of 2.5 assists compared to 1.8 turnovers. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Kobe, Randle both expected to play on Monday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday. Monday, 9:00 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 14 points with two steals
    J.J. Redick scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Redick has been a steady mid-round guy on the year, and is a must-start guy every time he touches the court. There's no reason to believe he can't keep it up. Sunday, 2:24 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 22 points w/ seven assists
    Chris Paul scored 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting Sunday, to go with seven assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Paul couldn't get anything to drop to start the game, going 0-of-9 from the field, but in typical CP3 fashion he connected on eight of his final 14 shot attempts to close out the win. He's going to be a top-3 option moving forward. Sunday, 2:17 pm
  • Will Barton posts 19 & 11 in efficient game
    Will Barton scored 19 points and snared 11 rebounds vs. the Knicks on Sunday, adding five assists, one steal and one block with zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barton shot 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the FT line, an efficient performance that helped Denver beat the Knicks for their 10th road win this season. Although his name has come up in trade whispers, the Nuggets are reportedly not interested in dealing Barton -- it's easy to see why, as the 25-year-old has established himself as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Sunday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks as expected.

    Advice: He has no timetable for a return and likely won't play until after the All-Star break. Emmanuel Mudiay is locked in for heavy minutes vs. the Knicks, while Randy Foye will back him up off the bench. Sunday, 9:25 am
  • Report: Nuggets not looking to deal Barton
    According to the Denver Post, the Nuggets are not looking to trade Will Barton.

    Advice: The Nuggets have received several calls for the exciting guard and have even been offered first-round picks for him, but Denver is committed to him for the long run. The Denver Post states that the Nuggets treat him like a "gem" and that they will fight to hold onto him. His value should be safe for the remainder of the season. Sunday, 7:06 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert are questionable
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Roy Hibbert (ankle) are questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Bryant has been on fire over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers, so it would be a shame if he was forced to sit out. If he isn't able to play, Anthony Brown would draw the start, but Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell would benefit the most. Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Scott wishes Russell was 'further along'
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that he was hoping D'Angelo Russell would be "a tad further along" in his development.

    Advice: "[He's] just kind of figuring that out. I still see him progressing but I was hoping that he'd just be a tad further along," Scott said. "Defensively, I was hoping he'd be a tad further along on the ball as well as off the ball. But those are things I look back from training camp until now — he's gotten so much better in a lot of those areas. He knows and I know he still has a long way to go in those areas as well." Scott has been incredibly hard on Russell all season, but the good news is that he will get the chance to start and close out games after the All-Star break. Stick with him. Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Nelson believes Mudiay is getting better
    Jameer Nelson can tell that Emmanuel Mudiay is getting more comfortable on the court.

    Advice: "He’s getting better," Nelson said. "You see him over there right now watching film, trying to get better. Every time he steps on the court it’s a learning experience for him, something he’s never been through. He’s doing a lot better job of controlling the game and running the team, taking care of the ball as well." Mudiay's rookie season has been up and down, but he's averaging 13.2 points, 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 turnovers over his last five games which is definitely a sign of progress. He's still better suited for points leagues, though. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • Devin Booker scores 18 points in loss
    Devin Booker scored 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The rookie added three boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes, and he only turned the ball over once. The 19-year-old is a special talent and is averaging 20.4 points, 3.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.0 triples over his last five games, returning top-75 value in that span. His development will likely be the Suns' top priority moving forward. Saturday, 10:34 pm
  • Orlando Johnson plays 19 minutes
    Orlando Johnson played 19 minutes in his Phoenix debut on Saturday vs. the Jazz, scoring seven points with one board, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 2-of-5 from the field and coach Earl Watson said earlier that he likes his athleticism and heart. Johnson is on a 10-day deal and is hoping to get signed for the rest of the season, but he's not on the fantasy radar outside of the deepest of leagues until that happens. Saturday, 10:14 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell plays just 23 minutes
    D'Angelo Russell played just 23 minutes on Saturday vs. the Spurs, scoring 12 points with two assists, two boards, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a couple of great sequences in the second half, but coach Byron Scott once again did not play him down the stretch. However, Scott did say after the game that Russell would get the chance to start and close out games after the All-Star break, so better days are ahead for his owners. He's still a hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 21 in loss
    Jordan Clarkson dropped 21 points in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The best part of his line was his efficiency, as he hit 9-of-14 shots from the field, 2-of-2 from the line and 1-of-2 from 3-point range with just one turnover. Coach Byron Scott said that Clarkson has the potential to be an All-Star, and the young guard could have some massive offers waiting for him when he hits restricted free agency this summer. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 25 points vs. the Spurs
    Kobe Bryant scored 25 points on 9-of-28 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding four assists, one board, one block and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: To his credit, Bryant kept the Lakers in this one until the very end, as the Spurs surprisingly only won by four points. The Black Mamba has been lethal over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers. He needs to be in all lineups until he cools off, but his owners should really consider selling high. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 29 points during a 99-84 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His usage rate is just a shade below 32 when he's next to LeBron James and Kevin Love (quad) is off the floor, so this production isn't a surprise. Irving's owners are still waiting for his 3-point shooting to come around and he made just 3-of-9 from there tonight. It won't be long until he puts it all together. Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Norris Cole gets hot, scores 26 points
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 26 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He started the second half on fire with 12 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Cole is up and down, but he's played well in most of the games since Tyreke Evans (knee) went down. With Tyreke out for at least this week, holding Cole in standard leagues makes sense. Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Dejean-Jones has a letdown in loss
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored one point with one rebound and two assists in 20 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Ouch. Dejean-Jones played the greatest game of his pro career on Thursday, but he wasn't getting any looks tonight with the Pelicans unable to do anything in the open floor. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but expect him to have a better night next time. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores just four
    Brandon Jennings scored four points with three assists, one steal and one turnover in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: This was a good matchup to go with Jennings next to Reggie Jackson, but that didn't happen. Jennings looks like a cut candidate for those who added him after the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope injury. If you want to stash him until the deadline for deeper leagues, that's not a bad idea. Saturday, 6:55 pm
  • Watson praises Orlando Johnson
    Suns coach Earl Watson spoke highly of newly-acquired guard Orlando Johnson.

    Advice: "He plays with his heart like [P.J. Tucker]," Watson said. "He’s athletic. He’s shooting the ball well from 3 right now. But what we need more than anything right now is like-minded players. He has a like-minded attitude coming from the Spurs program. You know the attitude he’s going to have. He’s going to play the right way." Johnson is on a 10-day deal and will look to impress the Suns during Saturday's game vs. the Jazz. He's not on the fantasy radar for now. Saturday, 8:29 am
  • Scott says Clarkson can become an All-Star
    Byron Scott said that Jordan Clarkson has the potential to become an All-Star.

    Advice: "Hopefully in the next couple of years, he keeps progressing," Scott said. "When it’s his fourth or fifth year in this league, hopefully he’s one of those guys that you can look at as possibly being an All-Star." Clarkson will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he recently expressed his desire to stay in Los Angeles. "I definitely want to be here in LA and be a part of this young group and grow," Clarkson said. "Hopefully we can grow into something great. I love L.A." Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Lakers have reduced Kobe's workload
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant's workload in practice has been reduced so that he can be fresh for games.

    Advice: "Less work has been better because his legs are fresh, especially the last couple of weeks," Scott said. "He has a different pep in his step." Bryant sat out of Friday's practice, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Spurs isn't in doubt. He's averaging 29.3 points and 5.0 3-pointers over his last three games, so he's worth deploying in all lineups until he cools off. Saturday, 7:44 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 22 points in win
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22 points with five assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: That's a pretty decent line and Mudiay is starting to show some life. Still, he still hasn't put up top-150 value in his last 10 games and his upside in standard leagues is undesirable. He is becoming a better points league and DFS option, though. Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 19 points with six dimes
    Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Friday's loss to the Celtics, adding three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving is slowly but surely working his way up in the rankings, and over the past two weeks he's been producing sixth-round value behind averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 turnovers on 47.4 percent shooting. He has first-round upside, and the Cavs have one of the best playoff schedules out there, so Uncle Drew qualifies as a solid buy-low candidate. Friday, 9:48 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 20 points in win
    J.J. Redick scored 20 points during a 107-93 win over the Magic on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: That's a decent bounce-back from his 1-of-9 from Wednesday. Redick is still sitting pretty as the NBA's No.2 man for efficiency among qualifiers and is dominating off screens. He should flirt with top 50-75 value in standard leagues despite his recent slump. Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Lance Stephenson scores 13 points
    Lance Stephenson scored 13 points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one turnover against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He made all six from the field and was oozing with confidence. "I feel like nobody can guard me in this league," Stephenson said after the game. Someone needs to get Lance some League Pass to watch Kawhi Leonard. Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Wes Johnson blocks four shots
    Wes Johnson blocked four shots against the Magic on Friday with five points and five boards.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong with coming off the bench and Johnson is developing a knack for doing something nice on the stat sheet. He should be owned in standard leagues right now with third-round value in his last eight. Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) has no timetable
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: "I'm just waiting on some things to get resolved to see what's next, what's best for it and how we approach the next step," Nelson said. "I'm always going to be honest with Coach, the organization and the training staff. I just told them I was hurting." The veteran has already missed eight games because of his wrist this season, so the Nuggets won't rush him back. Emmanuel Mudiay and Randy Foye will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. Friday, 8:53 am
  • Suns signing Orlando Johnson
    The Suns will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day deal.

    Advice: The Suns have no healthy point guards on their roster and are playing three shooting guards and P.J. Tucker out of position. This season Johnson is averaging 15.2 points, 5.1 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.9 treys with the Austin Spurs this year. He's 26 years old, was a second-round pick in 2012 and hasn't been in the NBA since 2013-14. Thursday, 11:21 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 30 with seven triples
    Kyle Lowry buried seven 3-pointers during a 110-103 win over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's pretty cool to see Lowry lead the Eastern Conference in 3-pointers and he'll be representing Toronto in the 3-point contest next weekend. He made just 26.4 percent of his 3-pointers in the first four years of his career (2006-10), so nobody saw this coming back then. He's up to 39.7 percent from three this year and is the No. 7 player in standard leagues because of it. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • D'Angelo Russel scores 13 points
    D'Angelo Russell scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Bryon Scott always likes to handle his rookie point guards carefully, but he's been more open and critical about it this year -- the Twitter age probably doesn't help. Russell is fully expected to start later this month or in March, so keep him stashed with hopes the Lakers dump some players. Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Norris Cole scores two points in 13 minutes
    Norris Cole scored two points on 1-of-10 from the field against the Lakers on Thursday, adding two assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight and coach Alvin Gentry just opted to keep him out. Cole had some major problems with consistency in his Miami days, but he's been fine up until tonight. He's only a low-end guy and should hold some value while Tyreke Evans (knee) is without a timetable. Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 17 in 43 minutes
    Bryce Dejean-Jones posted career-highs 17 points and 43 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was a ball of energy out there and played most of his minutes at his natural two-guard spot. Dejean-Jones is almost a lock to get signed for the rest of the year with his NBA body and ability to get to the cup. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but the undrafted free agent looks like a nice steal for the Pelicans right now. Thursday, 9:40 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 17 points, bangs knee
    Devin Booker made just 3-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for 17 points during a 111-105 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding three rebounds, four assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 14 in the first half and was ice cold after that. Booker did bang his knee with two minutes left in the second quarter. He didn't go to the locker room until halftime and he did start the second half. Expect Booker to improve on the shooting efficiency going forward. He's in the 3-point contest next weekend. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • No SG minutes for Brandon Jennings
    Brandon Jennings played 16 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did not get any shooting guard minutes tonight after getting 5.1 in the second half on Wednesday -- that had a lot to do with the smaller matchup against the Celtics. Jennings is more likely to get some SG minutes against the Pacers in the next one. He's not anywhere near the pickup Stanley Johnson is, but he's worth a very long look if you need a point guard. A trade would help him, too. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Friday vs. Chicago
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Nelson doesn't have a clear return date, and he's a pretty low-upside guy to own with Emmanuel Mudiay healthy. Leave him on the wire. Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • SVG shoots down Brandon Jennings trade rumors
    Stan Van Gundy said that there's no truth to the Brandon Jennings-to-Brooklyn trade rumors.

    Advice: Van Gundy said that the media was "making [stuff] up," when asked for his thoughts on the recent rumors, and it's worth noting that Sheridan Hoops isn't always the most reliable source for these kinds of things. It doesn't sound like there's currently anything brewing between the Nets and Pistons, which is unfortunate for Jennings, because he could really benefit from a move outside of Detroit. Thursday, 2:46 pm
  • Report: Brandon Jennings being linked to BKN?
    The Pistons and Nets have reportedly been discussing a potential trade that would send Brandon Jennings to Brooklyn in exchange for Thaddeus Young.

    Advice: Several teams around the league have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Jennings, but Brooklyn has the most obvious need for a starting point guard after Jarret Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury. According to sources of Sheridan Hoops, the Nets may need to include an additional asset to get things done, which could be Shane Larkin or Jack. A move to Brooklyn could only be good for Jennings' fantasy value, while Young would really hurt the value of Ersan Ilyasova and Stanley Johnson in Detroit. Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Chris Paul mum on late-game technical foul
    Chris Paul did his best to avoid a fine for post-game comments on a late-game technical foul in Wednesday's loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Paul received a late-game technical foul from referee Lauren Holtkamp, but was measured in explaining the call. "It's crazy," Paul said. "I guess it was for what I said." Asked what he said, Paul said, "Nothing. I said nothing." Paul has a history with Holtkamp, so was smart to avoid elaborating on his feelings. Paul scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and four treys in the loss and is a must-start option as long as he's healthy. Thursday, 8:02 am
  • Zach LaVine gets 34 minutes, scores 17
    Zach LaVine scored 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell went with a lineup quartet of LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns for 15.3 minutes -- that combo actually has a positive net rating on the year, too. The UCLA product has hinted he likes playing shooting guard more and he's had some solid success there recently. LaVine should be owned in standard leagues. Additionally, he will be in the dunk contest next week. Wednesday, 11:57 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad gets 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad played 12 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, no turnovers and no fouls.

    Advice: No injuries to report here as coach Sam Mitchell just had to give Tayshaun Prince 31 minutes, giving Andrew Wiggins some small forward minutes and even Damjan Rudez got in there for 18 minutes. Expect Muhammad to be better, but his upside isn't great anyway. Wednesday, 11:47 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 22, gets costly late tech
    Chris Paul scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wolves during a 108-102 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: He picked up a late technical foul, which most will call controversial. Referee Lauren Holtkamp T'd up Paul and he was asked about his history with Holtkamp after the game. "They done got my money already," Paul said. "I'm cool. My kids in private school." Paul was fined $25K last year for saying a tech from Holtkamp was "terrible" and that being an NBA ref "might not be for her." Wednesday, 11:37 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores 12 in nice line
    Wesley Johnson scored 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, two blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a little Tony Allen to his fantasy game with the steals while he's been very good at connecting on treys. Before this game, 81.6 percent of Johnson's shots in his last five are without a dribble, so he's getting a lot of help from Chris Paul. He's put up third-round value in his last seven, so he's worth owning. Wednesday, 11:22 pm
  • J.J. Redick has a bad game vs. Wolves
    J.J. Redick scored five points on 1-of-9 from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The law of averages is having its say on Redick, who has posted just a 50.2 true shooting percentage in his last five. Even with this bad game, he's still edging Kevin Durant for No. 2 on the TS% list among qualifiers -- Stephen Curry is first, obviously. Redick should flirt with top-50 value while Blake Griffin is out. Wednesday, 11:17 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 20 off bench
    Jrue Holiday scored 20 points off the bench against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's a nice improvement from his 1-of-14 from Monday. The Pelicans are using a ton of two-PG lineups, including a whopping 62 total minutes of Jrue and Norris Cole in the last four games without Tyreke Evans (knee) -- they have a minus-14.8 net rating. Jrue will get his minutes regardless and flirt with early-round value going forward. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Will Barton double-doubles in 23 minutes
    Will Barton played 23 minutes off the bench and had 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block on 5-of-8 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: More minutes, please. The Nuggets love the defense of Gary Harris and he played nearly twice as many minutes as Barton did. Barton still put up a decent line, but would be a lot more fun to own these days if he had Harris' role. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 14 vs. Spurs
    Norris Cole scored 14 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to surprise with the increased assists, averaging 7.5 per game in his last four. Cole has put up seventh-round value in that span, which is pretty close to his ceiling. That's still enough to give him a long look until we see Tyreke Evans (knee) back on the court. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones looking good in reality
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just signed his second 10-day deal on Monday and the Pelicans are likely going to sign him for the rest of the season next week. He hasn't busted loose on the stat sheet yet, but he is a potentially high-usage guy with a nice upside for steals and treys to go with the scoring. He's obviously only a deep stash in case the Pels go on a shut-down spree. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Marcus Smart better, not great on Weds.
    Marcus Smart bounced back from his four-point game on Tuesday, but still hit just 4-of-10 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smart is an interesting player to own right now, but is still mired behind guys like Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner. That may sound discouraging, but he gets a ton of minutes next to Bradley and Thomas. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Brandon Jennings could see a boost for DET
    Brandon Jennings played 20 minutes and hit 2-of-8 shots for five points, two rebounds and three assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left early with a groin injury, and it sounds like KCP will miss time. While guys like Stanley Johnson, Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova will all see a boost in minutes, Jennings could as well. He's not a must-add player, but he should definitely be on your radar going forward, especially if KCP is going to miss a lot of time. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores team-high 26 points
    Kyrie Irving led the Cavs on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-17 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five assists, one rebound and one steal, but it wasn't enough to extend the Cavs' five-game win streak.

    Advice: Irving has now notched four straight games with 20+ points and his playing time is up, so fantasy owners should be very comfortable heading into the All-Star break. It helps that Kyrie and the Cavs have a delicious playoff schedule -- they're one of four teams with four-game slates in Weeks 20-23. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Wednesday vs. Utah
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: With Jameer on the sidelines Wednesday night, Emmanuel Mudiay figures to log minutes in the high-30s with Randy Foye having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Scott frustrated with Russell's attitude
    The Lakers coaching staff have been frustrated at times with D'Angelo Russell's sense of entitlement, according to beat reporter Mark Medina.

    Advice: More specifically, Byron Scott has been trying to "humble" the Lakers No. 2 overall pick this season, and it'll be interesting to see if Scott ever decides to fully unleash the rookie this year. If Byron would like to remain the Lakers head coach next season, it would be wise for him to return Russell to the starting lineup, but Scott has more often than not been more concerned with catering to Kobe Bryant's every whim on his retirement tour rather than actually developing the building blocks in Los Angeles. Wednesday, 9:33 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 14 w/ seven dimes
    Zach LaVine scored 14 points with seven assists, one board, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He split his minutes at point guard and shooting guard, and that trend will likely continue unless Ricky Rubio goes down. The Wolves will more than likely increase his minutes after the All-Star break and he is averaging 20.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so he's worth owning in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hands out 15 assists in loss
    Ricky Rubio handed out 15 assists in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, adding 10 points, two boards and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Wolves have lost five straight games, and other than assists (10.4) and steals (2.2), Rubio has struggled with averages of 7.2 points and 0.2 3-pointers on 36.1 percent shooting from the field in that span. The good news is that Zach LaVine is logging about half of his minutes at shooting guard, so Rubio's role should be safe moving forward if he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 11:09 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 16 points in win
    Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that D'Angelo Russell will eventually move back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break, but that would likely push Lou Williams to the bench as opposed to Clarkson. Additionally, Williams is a trade candidate so that would take the pressure off both Russell and Clarkson if he was moved. Clarkson is a huge part of the Lakers' future and his role should be safe no matter what, so his owners don't have too much to be worried about. Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 18 points in win
    D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points with three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He looked really strong in the first half, but coach Byron Scott benched him down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson "is a little more experienced." Scott's treatment of the rookie has been puzzling this season and it's also gained a lot of attention from the media, so hopefully he starts feeling the pressure to increase the rookie's role. His outlook after the All-Star break is still promising. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 20 points in win
    Lou Williams scored 20 points with four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The veteran guard was held to just 11 points in each of his last two games since returning from an illness, and the fact that he played 34 minutes despite his recent struggles is a good sign. Williams is a candidate to be moved at the trade deadline because the Lakers are tanking, so hopefully he ends up in a good situation if that happens. Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 27 in loss to Raptors
    Devin Booker hit 9-of-19 shots and six 3-pointers for 27 points, five rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: Booker is rolling and none of those goodies were even season highs. He's averaging 19 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting 44 percent, and should now be owned in all leagues. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Kyle Lowry bounces back after off night
    Kyle Lowry bounced back from Monday's poor game with 26 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers on 8-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Suns tend to make everyone look good and while this was much better than Monday's 10-point game, owners are looking for more than four dimes from their superstar. At least the five 3-pointers helped offset the lack of threes and boards. DeMar DeRozan added 22 points in the win. Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Marcus Smart struggles in win over Knicks
    Marcus Smart came off the bench and hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He came in hot, scoring 26 and 16 points in his previous two games, but never got anything going tonight. He should bounce back in their next one. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Watson ready to unleash Devin Booker?
    Coach Earl Watson said Devin Booker is going to be "special" and thinks he can be a "superstar."

    Advice: Watson said Booker is way more efficient than Kevin Durant was in his rookie season, which is true from a true shooting standpoint. Watson also supported a lot of passing for open shots and getting away from dribbling, so that should bode well for the rookie. He also said he wants a team to have defined roles with a clear picture of who the main scorers are, which is likely to be Booker. Expect his output to rise going forward. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Jameer Nelson listed as 'out' for Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is being listed as "out" for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: After returning from a six game absence, Nelson suffered a setback with his wrist, and it's looking like he's going to spend some extended time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay will continue to get all the run he can handle with Nelson on the sidelines, with Randy Foye logging extended minutes off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Norris Cole drops 23 points in loss
    Norris Cole scored 23 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He's been a pleasant surprise with some nice consistency. The ups and downs in Miami is why the Heat dumped him, but Cole has played with more control and is trusting his teammates more. His value will dip once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back, but that might not happen any time soon. Feb 1, 9:10 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores nine in start
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He just got his second 10-day deal and he'll be signed for the season at this rate. Dejean-Jones adds some nice energy as a perimeter defender, he rebounds well for his position and he's grown as a scorer since his debut. If Tyreke Evans (knee) needs to miss extended time, Hot Mustard is worth a look in deeper leagues. Feb 1, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 20 points w/ seven boards
    Will Barton dropped 20 points with seven boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in Monday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He had a six-point dud in 17 minutes vs. the Pacers on Saturday, so it was nice to see him get back on track. He is going to struggle with consistency because coach Michael Malone adjusts his rotations based on his opponents, but Barton is still worth owning in all leagues. He has scored 20 or more points 14 times this season. Feb 1, 9:00 pm
  • Jrue Holiday makes just 1-of-14 from field
    Jrue Holiday made just 1-of-14 from the field for four points against the Grizzlies on Monday with one rebound, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: Yikes. Holiday just could not connect, which is surprising due to how he's been fairly efficient. Coach Alvin Gentry is going to use Jrue as his primary defender against the best guard, so that might actually hurt him slightly in fantasy. He still should be very good going forward as a must-start player. Feb 1, 8:54 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 24 points
    DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points with four assists, one board and one steal vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: He only played 28 minutes because of the blowout loss, but at least he will be fresh for Tuesday's cupcake matchup vs. the Suns. DeRozan has scored 24 or more points in each of his last three games and needs to be locked into all lineups. Feb 1, 8:37 pm
  • Kyle Lowry shoots 3-of-12 from the field
    Kyle Lowry struggled in Monday's loss to the Nuggets on Monday, scoring just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: The Raptors were on an 11-game winning streak coming into this one, so it was odd to say the least that they were blown out by a team with 19 total wins on the season. Lowry added two boards, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that he doesn't have to wait long to redeem himself since the Raptors play the Suns on Tuesday. The All-Star guard should feast in that one. Feb 1, 8:33 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores just three
    Brandon Jennings scored just three points in a 105-100 win over the Nets on Monday, adding one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons did not go with a lineup combo of Jennings and Reggie Jackson. Jennings has played very well for the most part, but the inconsistency will hurt his value too much to add him in standard leagues unless you really need a point guard. Feb 1, 8:04 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays 41 minutes, scores 25
    Kyrie Irving scored 25 points with three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: His usage rate is climbing and his 41 minutes are a season high. Irving isn't taking 3-pointers as much these days, which was a big reason why he broke out last year from an efficiency standpoint. That should come soon while the assists are starting to come around, too. Regardless, Kyrie looks great and is poised to pay dividends for his patient owners. Feb 1, 7:10 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He experienced a setback, so he's likely going to spend some time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay is going to be looking at significant minutes, while Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick could play more as well. Leave Nelson on the wire. Feb 1, 4:26 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones signs for another 10 days
    Pelicans sign G Bryce Dejean-Jones to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: New Orleans will have to decide whether to keep him for the season or let him go at the conclusion of this 10-day contract, but he's played well since earning his audition and it wouldn't surprise us to see him stick on a team that has been decimated by injuries. Feb 1, 10:33 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) experiences setback
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) experienced a setback, and he's now doubtful to play on Monday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: For now, he's considered just day-to-day, but the team is deciding whether an "extended absence" is necessary. Nelson had played in each of the last two games, but he's taken a major backseat to Emmanuel Mudiay as the rookie point guard has played better and Denver emphasizes a youth movement. Now dealing with a recurring wrist injury and staring a potential shutdown in the face, Nelson's proper home in your fantasy league is on the waiver wire. Feb 1, 9:32 am
  • Lue staying on top of Irving about improving
    Tyronn Lue is committed to staying on top of Kyrie Irving about becoming a "better point guard."

    Advice: "He told me that he was going to stay on me about pace and about being a better point guard," Irving said. "Just facilitating, knowing our plays, knowing when people need to be at the right spot offensively and defensively. He's been on me." Irving has still struggled with consistency, but he's played well over his last two games, averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals on 55.6 percent shooting. Feb 1, 8:39 am
  • Marcus Smart has worked on 3-point shot
    Marcus Smart. who has been working on his 3-point shot, drew praise from Brad Stevens after Sunday's 26-point performance.

    Advice: "He’s starting to feel better about shooting it," Stevens said. "He didn’t get much time in the gym when he was [injured], just because of the nature of his injury...So now he’s clearly in a better rhythm than when he first came back." Smart is 13-of-27 from distance over his last five games, averaging 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.6 triples in 29 minutes per game during that time. Feb 1, 6:45 am
  • Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 31. Jan 31, 11:50 pm
  • Lou Williams makes 1-of-10 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs
    Lou Williams couldn't find the range from the field on Sunday, shooting 1-of-10, but he went 8-of-8 from the FT line to finish with 11 points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Sweet Lou makes a living at the line and this isn't exactly unexpected -- over his past five games he's shooting 28.2 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the FT line. He's been terrific as a starter and the only imminent threat to his value is the prospect of a trade to a less-favorable situation. Jan 31, 9:25 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad invisible in 13 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad failed to score in 13 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, finishing Sunday's road loss with two turnovers, three personal fouls and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Yikes. It was Muhammad's lowest playing time since Dec. 28 and he won't be a consistent option while Tayshaun Prince is logging heavy minutes as a starter -- Prince got 30 minutes tonight, Andrew Wiggins played 35 minutes, and Zach LaVine saw 25 minutes as a shooting guard, so there wasn't much room for Shabazz in the rotation. Jan 31, 8:57 pm
  • Ricky Rubio racks up 15/9/4 with three steals
    Ricky Rubio notched 15 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 29 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: It was an inverted shooting night for Rubio, as he did well from the field (6-of-7) and poorly from the FT line (2-of-5). The play-making maestro is putting on a clinic over the Wolves' past five games, tallying 49 assists with only four turnovers. Jan 31, 8:56 pm
  • Zach LaVine (ankle) gets hot late in defeat
    Zach LaVine (ankle) got hot late vs. the Blazers on Sunday, finishing 6-of-14 from the field for 14 points, with one 3-pointer, two boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: LaVine was scorching hot prior to his injury -- in the Wolves' previous three games he averaged 25.0 points and 2.3 triples, while shooting a combined 31-of-44 from the field (70.5 percent). He saw most of his time at SG tonight, and with his minutes on the upswing it makes sense to grab him where available, if only for upside as a source of scoring, 3s, assists and FT percentage. Jan 31, 8:55 pm
  • Devin Booker fouls out w/ 19/7/4 in road loss
    Devin Booker fouled out of Sunday's game with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Booker shot 6-of-15 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line, and the only blemish was a team-high four turnovers. "You've got no chance when you turn the ball over," coach Jeff Hornacek said this weekend. "If you can't complete the basic plays, you're in for some long nights." The Suns' backcourt is desperately thin without Brandon Knight (groin) and Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery), so Booker will continue to play big minutes regardless of his turnover totals. Jan 31, 7:11 pm
  • Marcus Smart hits five 3s, scores 26 points
    Marcus Smart hit 8-of-16 shots, including five 3-pointers, to finish Sunday's road loss with 26 points, five rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Shooting has been a big liability for Smart this season, as he came in hitting just 35.0 percent of his shots (23.8 percent from deep). He's 48.1 percent from downtown over Boston's past five games, however, with a total of 14 steals during that span, so he needs to be in active lineups until he cools off. Jan 31, 6:54 pm
  • Zach LaVine (ankle) is not on injury report
    Zach LaVine (ankle) is not on the injury report for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He appeared to tweak his ankle on Friday, but his status was never in doubt for Sunday's game. He is averaging 25.0 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 boards, 0.7 steals and 2.3 3-pointers per game over his last three and should be in all lineups until he cools off. Jan 31, 4:47 pm
  • Lance Stephenson plays just nine minutes
    Lance Stephenson failed to build off his 16-point outing from Friday, scoring just two points to go with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover through nine minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Stephenson shot just 1-of-3 from the field in this one and he's simply not going to be a major part of the rotation in Los Angeles while the Clippers are healthy. Leave him on the wire. Jan 31, 3:58 pm
  • Wes Johnson hits three 3-pointers Sunday
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points off the bench on Sunday to go with three 3-pointers, two boards, one assist and no other statistics in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson doesn’t really stuff the stat sheet, but he’s been a mid-round guy over the past month largely due to his 3-point shooting (1.9) and steals (1.9). He’s on the radar as a 3-point and steals specialist in deep leagues. Jan 31, 3:44 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points with four treys
    J.J. Redick scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance for J.J. who only managed to connect on two of his 10 shot attempts on Friday. The Clippers need his scoring to stay competitive with Blake Griffin on the sidelines, so he should continue to churn out late-middle round value over the next few months. Jan 31, 3:33 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 19 points w/ seven assists
    Chris Paul scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting during Sunday's easy win over the Bulls, adding seven assists, one rebound, one 3-pointer, two steals and one turnover through 32 minutes of work.

    Advice: Chris Paul’s usage rate has jumped to 30.0 through the month of January and his assist percentage is up to 55.8. He’s been a top-3 option during that span owning averages of 21.1 points, 10.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers, 2.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.9 turnovers per game, and that trend will continue over the next couple months with Blake Griffin (hand) sidelined. Jan 31, 3:31 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones to earn second 10-day deal
    Bryce Dejean-Jones will reportedly sign a second 10-day contract with the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He's earned it, as he's been in the starting lineup over the past two games owning averages of 11.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals and 2.0 three-pointers per game on 42.1 percent shooting. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Jan 31, 2:05 pm
  • Wes Johnson will come off the bench Sunday
    Wes Johnson will return to the bench for Sunday's game vs. the Bulls with Paul Pierce (rest) back in the starting lineup.

    Advice: Johnson minutes don't fluctuate much as a reserve or a starter, so how he enters the game doesn't mean all that much. He's actually been a sneaky mid-round guy over the past month with averages of 8.5 points, 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's worth a look in deep leagues. Jan 31, 12:32 pm
  • Lou Williams (illness) will play on Sunday
    Lou Williams (illness) will play Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was probable heading into this one, so no surprises here. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup against the Hornets. Jan 31, 11:34 am
  • Chris Paul will be rested occasionally?
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul will "probably" get an occasional game off before Blake Griffin (hand) returns.

    Advice: "He won't have to ask," Rivers said. "It will be, 'You have to sit one.'" CP3 had a couple of nagging injuries at the start of the season, but he has been healthy for the most part since then. He is averaging 32.4 minutes per game, but Rivers may want to monitor his workload because he will have to take on a lot more responsibility with Griffin likely out for a couple of months. CP3's owners shouldn't be too concerned and he is going to be a stud the rest of the way. Jan 31, 10:27 am
  • Rivers says Lance Stephenson will help LAC
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers still believes that Lance Stephenson will help the Clippers moving forward.

    Advice: "I still say he's going to help us," Rivers said. "But I just like his spirit. He's ready every night, he wants to play. He's been a great team guy." Stephenson played well against the Lakers on Friday with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes, but keep in mind that Paul Pierce was rested. Unless he does this again, leave Born Ready on the wire in all leagues. Jan 31, 10:18 am
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