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  • Brook Lopez shoots 6-of-18 but packs boxscore
    Brook Lopez struggled from the field on Sunday, shooting 6-of-18 for 15 points, but he salvaged his line with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and six blocks.

    Advice: BroLo came in shooting 49.0 percent and should have better luck offensively vs. the Suns on Tuesday. Fantasy owners have to be pleased that he balanced out his shooting struggles tonight with an exceptionally well-rounded line -- the assists, steals and blocks all set new season highs. 35 minutes ago
  • Gorgui Dieng notches double-double Sunday
    Gorgui Dieng notched his second double-double of the year on Sunday with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: He made 5-of-7 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, while chipping in two assists, one steal, one block and only one turnover. Dieng's excellent play over the past four games hasn't gone unnoticed by coach Sam Mitchell, who recently praised Dieng's pick-and-roll ability, and he belongs on your roster while his minutes are in the mid-20s. His solid playing time tonight is encouraging since Nemanja Bjelica was back in action, though it's worth noting that Dieng still only played 1.7 minutes alongside Karl-Anthony Towns. Today, 4:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts 26/8/8 in win vs. Wolves
    Blake Griffin scored 26 points while adding eight rebounds, eight assists and two blocks during Sunday's home win vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He made 9-of-16 shots, including a 3-pointer, and went 7-of-9 at the free throw line. The Clips have now won two straight games, and three of their last four, bumping their record above .500 for the first time in nearly two weeks. Blake's fantasy owners have been reaping the benefits of his huge season, as he's currently holding first-round value in both 8-cat and 9-cat formats. Today, 4:23 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 17 pts in 26 mins
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting during his 26 minutes of action on Sunday, adding eight boards, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Head coach Sam Mitchell has for some reason been holding Minnesota's No. 1 pick to just 23.4 minutes per game over his past five outings, although KAT has still managed to put up mid-round value during that span with averages of 10.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 0.4 three-pointers on 61.0 percent shooting. His minutes are lower than they should be right now, but his owners have nothing to worry about, as Minnesota's only objective this season is to develop their young core. He'll be back to 30 minutes and early-round production in no time. Today, 4:21 pm
  • Cody Zeller picks up four fouls in 16 minutes
    Cody Zeller started the second-half of Sunday's win over the Bucks with Al Jefferson going down with a calf injury, but only managed to put up two points, one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes of play.

    Advice: He also tallied four fouls in his 16 minutes of playing time, which is kind of impressive. Zeller is not a stat sheet stuffer and he struggles to even produce marginal stats when given the minutes, so while his playing time could go up if Jefferson is forced to miss time, he doesn't warrant a pickup in most formats. Today, 3:47 pm
  • Bargnani (hamstring) will not return Sunday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's his left hamstring, so it's the same issue that robbed him of most of the preseason. Bargnani doesn't tend to get over injuries quickly, so he could be looking at a lengthy absence. With Bargnani sidelined, Thomas Robinson might be able to see a few extra minutes in the rotation. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Shayne Whittington (ribs) out for road trip
    Shayne Whittington (ribs) is not traveling with the Pacers on their four-game road trip.

    Advice: He is dealing with a rib contusion, and this report would mean that the earliest we could see him back on the court is Dec. 8 against the Warriors. Whittington isn't in the rotation anyways, so his absence doesn't have any fantasy implications. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Greg Monroe double-doubles in loss to CHA
    Greg Monroe bounced back from Friday's disappointing nine-point performance on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with 10 boards, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 30 minutes.

    Advice: Moose is currently producing at a top-35 pace in standard 9-cat leagues (top-45 in 8-cat formats) behind averages of 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block per game on 49.8 percent shooting from the field and 72.1 percent from the stripe. There's no one to question him for playing time, so he'll be an early-round guy the rest of the way. Today, 2:36 pm
  • Al Jefferson (calf) will have an MRI Monday
    Al Jefferson will undergo an MRI on his strained left calf on Monday.

    Advice: We'll be awaiting the results of that MRI, and if Jefferson is forced to miss any time, Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminksy and Spencer Hawes will benefit. Zeller started the second-half of Sunday's game, but he predictably didn't do much. The Hornets are off until Wednesday, so if the MRI results are positive, there's a chance Jefferson is able to play after having a full three days to recover. Zeller, Kaminsky and Hawes don't really offer enough upside to warrant a speculative pickup in most formats. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) doubtful Monday vs. OKC
    Tiago Splitter (hip) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Mike Muscala and Mike Scott will pick up some extra minutes with Splitter on the sidelines, but they won't play enough to make a difference in most leagues. Today, 2:07 pm
  • Alex Len will start on Sunday vs. the Raptors
    Alex Len will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Raptors with Tyson Chandler (hamstring) unavailable.

    Advice: Len is an intriguing DFS option today with a favorable matchup against the Raptors, although it's worth noting that he played a mere 16 minutes during his last start. Len isn't much of a scorer, but he can rack up the boards and blocks, so he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues as the starter in Phoenix. Jon Leuer and Mirza Teletovic will also likely pick up some extra minutes tonight sans Tyson. Today, 1:47 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee, illness) won't play Sun
    Nerlens Noel (sore right knee, illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Philadelphia will roll out a starting lineup of Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, JaKarr Sampson, Jerami Grant and Jahlil Okafor for Sunday's game. With a tough matchup against Memphis, it's hard to rely upon any of these guys in DFS. The 76ers play again on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, and we'll be considering Noel questionable for that one. Today, 1:37 pm
  • Jordan Hill (back) a game-time decision Sun
    Jordan Hill (back) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: Hill did say his back was feeling better after going through shootaround, but we're not likely going to have another update until after he goes through pregame warmups. If he's not able to play, more minutes will fall to Lavoy Allen with Paul George likely spending some additional time at the four-spot. Stay tuned. Today, 12:05 pm
  • Derrick Favors (personal) returns to practice
    Derrick Favors (personal) was back with the Jazz during Sunday's practice, and he will likely return to the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Favors received an excused absence from Saturday's game, and there's no reason to believe he won't be on the floor on Monday, as the Jazz look to hand the Dubs their first loss of the season. Favor's return will do no favors for the fantasy value of Trevor Booker. Today, 11:56 am
  • Al Jefferson (calf) doubtful to return on Sun
    Al Jefferson suffered a left calf strain during Sunday's game against the Bucks, and he will not return.

    Advice: Jefferson exited the game after just seven minutes, and he'll end his day with just one point and one rebound. Jefferson dealt with a minor calf issue last season, but he didn't miss much time with the injury. We're going to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Warriors, and if he's unable to give it a go, Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller and Spencer Hawes will all see a bump in playing time. Today, 11:44 am
  • Dwight Howard will sit out one game next week
    Dwight Howard will play on Sunday vs. the Knicks and against the Grizzlies on Monday, but he will miss a game sometime next week.

    Advice: According to the Houston Chronicle, Howard will either sit out against the Pelicans on Wednesday, the Mavericks on Thursday or the Kings on Saturday. The Rockets are clearly trying to limit Howard's workload as much as possible to keep him fresh over the course of the season, so his fantasy owners will have to make it a habit to check the injury report prior to every game. For what it's worth, the Rockets plan for Howard to play about 26 minutes against the Knicks and Grizzlies. Today, 10:20 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) doubtful Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) is not expected to play on Monday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: It's unclear if STAT views this as a "big" game, but we doubt that he touches the floor on Monday since he is less than 100 percent. With just two appearances this season, Stoudemire isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues. Today, 10:07 am
  • Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky will play Sunday
    Cody Zeller (right shoulder contusion) and Frank Kaminsky (back) will play on Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Zeller has been losing playing time to Kaminsky lately, so he isn't worth using in most leagues. The good news is that his shoulder is fine, so Marvin Williams won't have to log a ton of minutes at power forward on Sunday. Today, 9:30 am
  • Nerlens Noel (sore knee) doubtful Sunday
    Nerlens Noel (sore right knee, illness) is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Noel has been terrible this season, so maybe his knee has something to do with his slow start. The 76ers aren't exactly in win-now mode, so expect them to rest Noel until he is 100 percent. Additionally, Noel had some flu symptoms and did not go through shootaround, so his chances of playing are slim. Jerami Grant played 32 minutes on Friday with Noel on the shelf and even played some center, so he figures to be the primary beneficiary. Today, 8:36 am
  • Gortat wants Nene back in starting lineup
    Marcin Gortat said that he would like to see Nene (calf) back in the starting lineup.

    Advice: "We missed some shots but it’s tough also because with the system we play, four outside one inside," Gortat said after Saturday's loss to the Raptors. "I’m by myself over there fighting for the rebounds. Usually you got two, three guys inside the paint so it’s a little bit different without Nene being at the four." The Wizards went with Jared Dudley at the four on Saturday and they predictably struggled on the glass, but keep in mind that Nene doesn't have a timetable to return and he hasn't been able to handle a large workload in several years. Today, 8:33 am
  • Marcin Gortat is tired of the negativity
    Marcin Gortat implied that he is tired of all the negativity surrounding the Wizards right now.

    Advice: "It’s not easy but we got to cut the negativity we have coming from players, coaches, staff, media," Gortat said. "We just got to cut that. It’s not even fun coming here anymore. There’s so much negativity. I understand we’re losing games but, damn, we just got to cut that right now, man. It’s not fun at all." The Wizards have stumbled out of the gate and are just 6-8 on the season, but the good news for Gortat's owners is that he is playing a lot better recently and should continue to see a bump in minutes until Nene (calf) comes back. Today, 8:08 am
  • Sam Mitchell doesn't care who finishes games
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that he isn't worried about who will finish games between Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: "He has a little bit more experience than Karl," ­Mitchell said of Dieng. "He has seen a little more than Karl. {Rajon] Rondo is tricky with the ball. I have a great comfort level with Karl and [Dieng] together. I like those two. It doesn’t matter to me who finishes the game." Dieng has played down the stretch over KAT in the Wolves' last two games, but it doesn't sound like it will become a trend and Mitchell will likely go with the hot hand in future games. Dieng and KAT still aren't playing any minutes together which could limit their upside moving forward if this becomes a timeshare. Today, 6:19 am
  • Mason Plumlee gets into foul trouble Saturday
    Mason Plumlee struggled with foul trouble on Saturday vs. the Lakers, scoring six points with four boards, four assists and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He's been hot over his last five games with averages of 12.2 points, 9.2 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 steals, so his owners should give him a pass. The Blazers will need his size against DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers on Monday, so hopefully he can do a better job of staying out of foul trouble after accumulating five fouls in each of his last two games. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores nine with 14 boards
    Rudy Gobert scored nine points with 14 rebounds, one steal and four blocks against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That time off from the ankle injury seems to have got Rudy going. In his six games since that injury, Gobert averaged 9.2 points, 9.7 boards, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals on 70.4 percent from the field. The bad news is that his turnovers are really high at 3.0 per game, but that's not a concern. He should be flirting with early-round value soon even after the bad start. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Meyers Leonard scores seven points in return
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) returned from a seven-game absence on Saturday against the Lakers, scoring seven points with six boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He came off the bench behind Noah Vonleh, but head coach Terry Stotts implied after the game that his decision had something to do with Leonard's minutes restriction. Leonard has a lot of upside and should be able to build some momentum from here, so he needs to be owned in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 with 11 rebounds
    Anthony Davis made 12-of-18 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line for 36 points during a 101-87 loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: Well, so much for him being hurt on Friday. The Pelicans will continue to treat Davis with kid gloves, so fantasy owners are going to have to endure plenty of headaches. Even with all the injury concerns, he should still be viewed as a first-round asset. Although, he might be a shutdown candidate with the Pelicans now 4-13. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scored nine points vs. Jazz
    Ryan Anderson scored nine points on 1-of-7 from the field with two rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Just when it looked like he was ready to be a consistent stud, he's stunk in his last two. Anderson scored just nine points on 3-of-14 shooting on Friday and played just 23 minutes. Anderson's numbers are better when he's next to Anthony Davis, so he should be fine going forward. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia scores 16 points
    Zaza Pachulia dominated the Nuggets on Saturday with 16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times as the Mavs leaned on him a lot against Denver's inferior defense. In his last five, Pachulia averaged 12.0 points, 8.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks. You won't be bragging to your league mates about how you have Zaza, but he's a fine No. 2 center in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Darrell Arthur looks good in start
    Darrell Arthur started against the Mavs on Saturday with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: As nice as this line is, Arthur's minutes should be trending down with Kenneth Faried likely to be in the starting lineup on Monday. Arthur has arguably been the best big man on the roster this month, so he might still be a hold in 16-team leagues. Coach Mike Malone seems to like him. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 22 points in loss
    Brook Lopez scored a team-high 22 points against the Cavs during a 90-88 loss on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He just needs to stay healthy. Since his foot scare on Nov. 7, Lopez averaged 20.1 points, 8.9 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals on 46.3 percent from the field in those nine. If you fear an injury, you can probably get 80 cents on the dollar right now. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will come off bench
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will come off the bench for Saturday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Noah Vonleh will remin in the starting lineup for now, but the Blazers are probably just being cautious with Leonard since he missed the last seven games. Leonard will be slightly limited tonight, but we will let you know how he does after the game. Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 16 with 10 boards
    Marcin Gortat scored 16 points during a tough 84-82 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He saw his playing time rise a tad with Nene (calf) missing this game. Nene could be out for more time beyond tonight, so Gortat's arrow is point up. In his last five, he averaged 12.2 points, 9.6 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks. Once the blocks start coming, Gortat should start cruising for his owners. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Anthony Davis will play on Saturday night
    Anthony Davis (knee) will play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: It looked like he was going to miss time after he needed to be carried off the court on Friday, but apparently he was just being extremely careful. Davis' matchup isn't quite as bad tonight with Derrick Favors (personal) out, so he's not a terrible contrarian play in DFS. There is obviously a ton of risk, though. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Derrick Favors (personal) out for Saturday
    Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He received an excused absence and hopefully everything is OK with Favors. While he's out, it'll likely be Trevor Booker is likely going to start despite his awful season -- Trey Lyles could wind up starting again, too. Expect to see more of Joe Ingles, but Booker is probably your best bet in DFS. Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Nene (calf) officially ruled out on Saturday
    Nene (calf) has officially been ruled out on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He's likely going to miss multiple games due to his nagging calf injury. The Wizards could be making a change to their first unit to help strengthen their bench, which would help Jared Dudley. If you need treys in 14-team leagues, give Dudley a look. We'll have another update once the Wizards announce their starters. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Anthony Davis (knee) probable vs. Utah
    Anthony Davis (knee) is probable to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He had to be carried off the court on Friday, but his outlook was looking a lot better when he showed up on the bench without ice on his knee. Davis' injuries always tend to be overblown, so his fantasy owners have been uneasy numerous times this season. He gets a bad matchup tonight against Rudy Gobert, so he's not the strongest DFS play. You obviously need to start him in season-long leagues. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Meyers Leonard listed as starter vs. LA
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) is listed as the probable starter against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: It'll be his first game back since he had a complete dislocation of his shoulder. Leonard missed seven games due to his injury, but he's been taking some contact in practice. Leonard should be picked back up in all standard leagues to see if he can realize his upside. Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) out for Saturday vs. SA
    Tiago Splitter (hip) will not play against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not getting better and is still in some pain. Splitter could miss more games going forward, which means there will be more Mike Muscala in the lineup. Muscala looked great on Friday, so he could get minutes close to 20. He's worth a look in 16-team leagues while Splitter isn't worth owning in most cases. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Jordan Hill (back) questionable for Sunday
    Jordan Hill (back) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Revenge game? The Lakers benched Hill down the stretch last season to get more ping pong balls for the draft lottery, so Hill will definitely want to make some noise on Sunday. He wasn't able to practice on Saturday, so we likely won't know his status until after the team's shootaround. Lavoy Allen should see solid minutes if Hill can't play while Paul George will see more time at the four. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) questionable Sunday
    Cody Zeller (right shoulder contusion) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Zeller had surgery on his right shoulder back in April, but it isn't clear if these two issues are related. Zeller is currently losing ground to Frank Kaminsky (back) in the rotation, so this isn't encouraging for his outlook. Expect Marvin Williams to be very busy if Zeller can't play on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Dwight Howard will play Sunday and Monday
    Dwight Howard will play vs. the Knicks on Sunday and vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: As expected, Howard will play in both games of a back-to-back set for the first time this season. It will be interesting to see how his body responds to the increased workload moving forward, but it is a good sign for his outlook. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Nene says he 'definitely' won't play Saturday
    Nene (left calf) said that he will "definitely" sit out Saturday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: He added that it would be "impossible" for him to play after suffering a left calf injury during Friday's loss to Boston, and it'll likely be Jared Dudley (who logged 30 minutes on Friday) picking up the most minutes with Nene on the shelf. Dudley had himself a nice game on Friday with 19 points, five boards, two swats and three treys, so he's worth considering as a punt play in DFS on Saturday. Yesterday, 1:12 am
  • Gorgui Dieng gets minutes again
    Gorgui Dieng played 27 minutes against the Kings on Friday with eight points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Even though his minutes have really spiked in his last three games, he hasn't played a second next to Karl-Anthony Towns in that span. In his last three, Dieng averaged 10.0 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 27.3 minutes. If you think the Towns' benching is going to continue, give him a look in any league. That seems unlikely, though. Yesterday, 12:33 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns gets benched late again
    Karl-Anthony Towns played just 21 minutes on Friday with seven points, eight rebounds, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no fouls.

    Advice: He played a whopping 17 minutes with the starters, so beginning each half was basically it once he came out. He hasn't been fouling and for some reason coach Sam Mitchell hasn't been playing his prized rookie down the stretch. He's way too good for his owners to be concerned. Yesterday, 12:26 am
  • Anthony Davis diagnosed with knee contusion
    Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion, and he is questionable to return to Friday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: This news can be seen as a positive given that Davis needed to be carried off the court, and the Pelicans medical staff is saying that he did not suffer any structural damage with the injury. He's probably not going to return to Friday's game with the Clippers currently blowing out the Pelicans, but he has returned to the New Orleans bench and is walking under his own power. For now, we're going to consider him on the doubtful side of questionable for Saturday's game against the Jazz. Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Anthony Davis (leg) carried to locker room
    Anthony Davis suffered a right leg injury and had to be carried to the locker room.

    Advice: Oh no. He had some contact with Chris Paul and it looked like a contact injury as CP3 got him from the side. Davis also had a right leg injury earlier in this game and the team will likely evaluate him further. He left the game with 17 points, six boards and three turnovers. He needs to be OK, but we would consider him doubtful to play against the Jazz on Saturday. Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Marcin Gortat stinks vs. Boston
    Marcin Gortat had a rough night against the Celtics on Friday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with nine rebounds, four assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He missed a lot of close-range shots tonight and apologized for his poor play. "We are getting paid a lot of money to play better, not the BS that we're showing out there right now," Gortat said. With Nene (calf) out, expect Gortat to get more run and should have added value. Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Al Jefferson plays 31 minutes
    Al Jefferson played 31 minutes against the Cavs on Friday with 11 points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: His minutes were down coming into tonight and he was playing just 27.2 per game on the season. Jefferson's season averages are down in points, boards, blocks and free throw percentage, so he's not really looking like an early-round player these days. Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Cody Zeller gets 15 minutes
    Cody Zeller played 15 minutes against the Cavs on Friday with seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: With the Hornets leaning more on Frank Kaminsky and giving Marvin Williams more minutes at the four, that meant less playing time for Zeller. He's only worth owning in deep leagues. Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Greg Monroe has a rough night vs. Magic
    Greg Monroe made 3-of-12 from the field for nine points with eight rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Ouch. Monroe has really seen his numbers come down recently and the Bucks being blown out in four of their last five isn't helping. In that span, Monroe averaged just 13.6 points, 10.0 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals on 42.4 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the line. His minutes are obviously safe and this is probably going to be one of his worst five-game runs all year, so buying low works here. Friday, 6:37 pm
  • Nene goes to the locker room vs. Boston
    Nene is dealing with a left calf strain and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He limped to the locker room under his own power and there wasn't a trainer by his side. Nene is not the most durable guy, so he could miss time here. If he's out, DeJuan Blair and Drew Gooden could play. This also helps Marcin Gortat's value. Friday, 5:00 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will play Saturday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will play against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been taking some contact in practice, but this is a big surprise after a complete dislocation of his non-shooting shoulder. Leonard was showing signs of life before his injury, so he's worth a long look in standard leagues for a high upside. Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh, Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe lose some value. Friday, 4:43 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (sore right knee) scratched late
    Nerlens Noel (sore right knee) was a late scratch vs. the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: JaKarr Sampson will take his place in the starting lineup. Noel has been awful lately, including a 1-of-7 shooting game on Wednesday, and it sounds like he's still struggling with what Brett Brown recently described as "knee problems with some tendinitis." It makes sense for the winless 76ers to rest him until he's completely recovered, but we're considering him questionable to return vs. Memphis on Sunday. Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Jordan Hill (back) out for Friday night
    Jordan Hill (back) will not play against the Bulls on Friday night.

    Advice: He's dealt with back injuries in his career before and must have aggravated it on Wednesday. With Hill out, we should see a lot of Paul George at the four. Lavoy Allen could also be looking at minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Friday, 4:26 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) in 'considerable' pain
    Tiago Splitter (hip) won't play on Friday and said that he still has "considerable" pain.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though Splitter is close to returning, in other words, so we're not expecting to see him play vs. the Spurs on Saturday. His absence thrusts more minutes toward Mike Muscala, with Mike Scott also earning extra playing time off the bench. Friday, 3:57 pm
  • Alex Len moving back to the bench
    Alex Len will move back to the bench against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: With Tyson Chandler back and the Suns likely going to play with a deficit in the second half, Len probably won't be looking at big minutes tonight. He's been a pretty big letdown from a really nice offseason and preseason, too. Friday, 1:59 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out Friday vs. MEM
    Tiago Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It'll be Splitter's third consecutive game on the sidelines, and it's unclear exactly when he'll be back on the court. Mike Scott and Mike Muscala will pick up some additional playing time with Splitter out, but not enough to make an impact in most leagues. Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Friday vs. NYK
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks

    Advice: He didn't travel with the team on their two-game road trip, and will therefore miss Friday's game. STAT no longer puts up enough statistics to warrant ownership in any league. Thursday, 11:10 am
  • Dwight Howard ready for back-to-backs
    Dwight Howard said he's ready for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: D12 said he will play against the Knicks on Sunday and the Pistons on Monday after playing it safe to start the season. "I'm ready to try it out," Howard said. "They didn't want me to start off the season playing back-to-back and putting a big load on myself. But the main thing is my body is feeling pretty good, and I haven't had any setbacks all season." While Howard is always an injury risk, this is great news for his fantasy owners. Thursday, 7:49 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 22 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 22 points against the Clippers during a 102-92 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: While he didn't have his best defensive game with one-on-one defense, Favors lit it up with his shooting line of 10-of-15 from the field. He has seen exceptional growth as a shooter and isn't just a guy who can score from within three feet anymore. He has second-round value on the season and most signs point to him maintaining that value. Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 40 pts on 18-of-23 FGs
    Blake Griffin was brilliant on Wednesday, scoring 40 points on 18-of-23 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin sank 9-of-12 shots between 10-22 feet from the hoop tonight, and with his passing and ball-handling abilities it essentially made him unguardable. The Clippers lost anyway and they don't have much to be thankful for in terms of their on-court success -- after four straight wins to open the season, they've now lost eight of their past 11 games. Blake has the fifth-highest PER in the league at 27.3, trailing only LeBron, Durant, Westbrook and Curry, yet his team has a sub-.500 record. Wednesday, 11:48 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles
    Rudy Gobert made all four shots from the field for 10 points against the Clippers on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Believe it or not, this was just his second double-double of the season. On the bright side, he's come back very strong as a scorer since returning from injury five games ago, averaging 9.2 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 blocks on 72.7 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the line. His patient owners should be feeling a lot better. Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Anthony Davis feasts in Phoenix with 26 & 17
    Anthony Davis made 11-of-14 from the field for 26 points against the Suns during a 120-114 win on Wednesday, adding 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Now this is the guy fantasy owners took first in drafts. Since his return from a hip injury, Davis averaged 26.0 points, 18.0 boards, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 0.3 treys on 52.5 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the line in those three games. He is dominating around the rim on both ends and he just needs to stay healthy. Wednesday, 11:23 pm
  • Ryno-Plasty: Anderson transforming to stud
    Ryan Anderson was great again during a win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans are really embracing Anthony Davis at the five, which has opened up a ton of time for Anderson. He's scored at least 20 in each of his last five, averaging 26.6 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 3.2 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the line. If you bought low about two weeks ago, you look pretty smart. Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • Alex Len squanders chance in start
    Alex Len squandered his chance in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pelicans with two points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals in just 16 minutes.

    Advice: The tempo was just not his style tonight and Anthony Davis was otherworldly in this one. Tyson Chandler (illness) should be back soon, so Len isn't a good pickup. Additionally, this sub-par game doesn't bode well for him as a fantasy handcuff or stash in deep leagues. To be fair, Jon Leuer was great tonight. Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Brook Lopez leads Nets w/ 26 points in defeat
    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to steal a win in Oklahoma City.

    Advice: This line almost doesn't merit comment, as Lopez has been rock-solid all season long. In addition to his 20.1 points, 8.3 boards and 2.1 blocks per game, only Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert have had a more positive impact on fantasy owners' FT percentage category. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't do much in 40 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: It's a quiet stat line, but at least Howard played 40 minutes. He is cleared for back-to-back sets now and should start to put up better stats going forward. Of course, the chances of him missing games are very high. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia mired in fouls, struggles Wed
    Zaza Pachulia got into early foul trouble vs. the Spurs and he never got on track, finishing with only four points and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Pachulia had zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks tonight, in what was easily his worst performance of the season. JaVale McGee played 16 minutes off the bench but that was more the result of Pachulia's struggles, not the cause of them. This dud broke a streak of four consecutive double-doubles for Zaza, who will look to redeem himself vs. Denver on Saturday. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns plays just 22 minutes Wed
    Karl-Anthony Towns finished Wednesday's home victory with six points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and three turnovers in 22 minutes vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Atlanta has been relatively lenient vs. opposing centers this year, so it's disappointing to see Towns post his second straight quiet line. Sam Mitchell leaned on his bench more than usual tonight, with only Andrew Wiggins (15 points, four boards) playing more than 23 minutes, so we're not reading too much into tonight's playing-time distribution. KAT should roar back to life in a favorable matchup with Sacramento on Friday. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ full line
    Gorgui Dieng racked up 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes of action vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: We've been talking about his per-minute potential since the preseason, and Dieng has finally crept north of the 25-minute in recent games, and it's no coincidence that Karl-Anthony Towns (22 minutes) was limited tonight. Run Dieng out there as long as he's getting the playing time, but don't be surprised if Sam Mitchell drags his minutes down in the near future. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 11, blocks four
    Greg Monroe scored 11 points during a 129-118 loss to the Kings on Wednesday with seven rebounds three assists and four blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was in a little bit of foul trouble, but credit to the Kings big men for keeping Monroe in check. He's seen his numbers dip since Michael Carter-Williams returned from an ankle injury, which isn't a surprise since his usage rate is down and the team isn't getting enough entry passes to him in the paint. He's still likely to be an early-round player this season. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Nerlens Noel shoots 1-of-6 within five feet
    Nerlens Noel's early-season doldrums continued on Wednesday, as he scored only three points on 1-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes are there but the production isn't. His chemistry with Jahlil Okafor has been disastrous but we have to wonder if he's also struggling due to the "knee problems with some tendinitis" that coach Brett Brown referenced last week. He missed 1-of-6 shots within five feet of the hoop tonight, continuing to scrape rock-bottom, and it still makes sense to float a buy-low offer. Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Marcin Gortat warming up, notches 17 & 12
    Marcin Gortat had a nice game vs. the Hornets, posting 17 points (6-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: This is as close to a 'breakout' game as we've seen from Gortat, who is quietly improving his stock after a rough start to the season. His current 47.9 percent shooting is well below his 54.8 percent career average and an upward correction is inevitable. Wednesday, 6:42 pm
  • Alex Len to start w/ Tyson Chandler out
    Alex Len will start Wednesday's game with Tyson Chandler (illness) unavailable.

    Advice: It's a nice opportunity for the Suns' 22-year-old center, though it's not a given that he'll play big minutes. The Pelicans having been going small with Anthony Davis at center for long stretches, and the last time these teams met Chandler logged a season-low 16 minutes. Jon Leuer and Mirza Teletovic may also pick up a few extra minutes with Chandler on the sidelines. Wednesday, 4:27 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out again on Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has no timetable to return, but shouldn't miss much more time . With Splitter out, Mike Muscala and Mike Scott will get a few more minutes, but aren't terrific fantasy options. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (tailbone) will play on Wednesday
    Rudy Gobert (bruised tailbone) will play Wednesday against the Clippers, as expected.

    Advice: Gobert was never really in any danger of missing tonight's game, but now we have official confirmation that he will be in the starting lineup. Make sure you have him active. Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • Dwight Howard cleared for back-to-back sets
    Dwight Howard has been cleared for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: After spending half the season on the sidelines last year, Howard has looked revitalized this season and he's currently putting up second-round value (punting free throws) in 9-cat and 8-cat leagues behind averages of 13.8 points, 13.6 boards and 2.0 blocks per game on 62.5 percent shooting. However, it's worth noting that Dwight said his minutes will likely be kept in the 20-25 minute range during his first back-to-back set on Sunday vs. the Knicks and Monday vs. the Pistons. Clint Capela's value will take a substantial hit with D12 no longer sitting back-to-back sets. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Wednesday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not accompany the Heat on their two-game road trip, and he will not play Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: Stoudmire has just suited up for the Heat two times this season, so his absence from the lineup will have zero consequences with regards to fantasy hoops. He's also doubtful for Friday's game against the Knicks, and at this stage in his career, Amare should not be owned in any leagues. Wednesday, 9:09 am
  • Mason Plumlee goes for 11 & 17 in loss
    Mason Plumlee hit 5-of-13 shots for 11 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: He played 35 minutes and has been playing very well for the Blazers, posting three straight double-doubles and averaging 15.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in his last three games. And in the game prior to that streak, he scored nine points with four rebounds, four assists and six blocks. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles again for Mavs
    Zaza Pachulia had 13 points and 10 rebounds on 2-of-6 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: That makes four straight double-doubles for Zaza, who is averaging 11.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. He's been a pleasant surprise at center this season, despite the lack of blocks. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Nene scores 11 despite calf injury
    Nene played through a calf injury and had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 3-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Indy.

    Advice: He was iffy due to the injury and his minutes off the bench allowed starter Kris Humphries to play just nine minutes without scoring a point. Tuesday, 6:49 pm
  • Nene (calf) will play Tuesday vs. the Pacers
    Nene (calf) will play in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Nene should get around 18 minutes tonight, but with averages of just 8.2 points, 5.3 boards and 2.0 assists per game on the season, he's not worth owning in most leagues. Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire dealing with an illness
    Amare Stoudemire is dealing with an illness and was limited during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Stoudemire's status for Wednesday's game in Detroit is currently up in the air, and with both him and Hassan Whiteside (illness) questionable for Wednesday's game, Erik Spoelstra may be forced to bring Udonis Haslem back into the rotation. Haslem wouldn't have much value in most leagues, but if Whiteside can't give it a go, Andre Drummond could be in for another monster game on Wednesday. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Nene (calf) now a game-time call vs. Pacers
    Nene (calf) practiced on Tuesday and is a game-time decision to face the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Monday and chances are the Wizards won't put him out there with any sign of trouble in warmups. Nene is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA and will likely have a minutes cap, too. Marcin Gortat may play more while Drew Gooden could get minutes. Also, Kris Humphries could play some five, which would open up more minutes for Jared Dudley. Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Amare Stoudemire says Knicks mis-used him
    Amare Stoudemire said the Knicks didn't use he and Carmelo Anthony properly.

    Advice: While some would argue injuries affected his play in New York more, Stoudemire placed some blame for his disappointing Knicks tenure on the team. "I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together,’’ Stoudemire said. "I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll." War of words aside, Stoudemire can be ignored by fantasy owners as he doesn't play enough to provide any value. Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Cody Zeller returned to action on Monday November 23. Monday, 11:26 pm
  • Greg Monroe gets revenge in win
    Greg Monroe dominated against his former team during a 109-95 win over the Pistons on Monday, scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-19 from the field and the team went to him early and often. This was Monroe's best game in over a week and just his third 20-10 of the season. He'll likely be a third-round guy this season. Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 11 with seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Considering the game was basically over at halftime, Favors' owners should be thrilled that he still played 30 minutes and turned in a decent line. Rudy Gobert went down with a tailbone contusion, but he should be fine moving forward and both players will need to be on top of their game for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Rudy Gobert suffers a tailbone contusion
    Rudy Gobert suffered a tailbone contusion in Monday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with 10 points, five boards, one steal and five turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert went to the locker room for a few moments, but he never returned to the game even though he was probable to return. However, the game was an absolute blowout, so the Jazz probably just kept him on the bench as a precaution. We'll put Gobert on the injury report to be safe, but he should be ready to go against the Clippers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller scores 12 points
    Cody Zeller scored 12 points in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He played center in overtime over Al Jefferson. There is no word of an injury with Jefferson and maybe coach Steve Clifford just wanted to give Zeller a look with Big Al not looking like himself. Zeller is only a pickup in 16-team leagues. Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Nerlens Noel struggles in loss on Monday
    Nerlens Noel was quiet in Monday's loss to the Wolves, scoring seven points with five boards, one block and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Noel certainly isn't living up to his offseason hype and it seems like it would take a miracle for him to justify his ADP. He has really struggled alongside Jahlil Okafor and the coaching staff is making an effort to stagger their minutes a little better. Noel's owners are probably pretty disappointed at this point, so it makes sense to buy low. Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Al Jefferson plays just 23 minutes
    Al Jefferson played just 23 minutes against the Kings on Monday with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.

    Advice: He did not play in the final 22:24 of this game. There is no word of an injury and maybe coach Steve Clifford didn't like how DeMarcus Cousins schooled Big Al -- Jefferson did not play while Boogie was hurt in overtime, though. Expect him to get more minutes on Wednesday. Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays 29 minutes in win Monday
    Gorgui Dieng played 29 minutes against the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with five boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Karl-Anthony Towns played just 17 minutes because he was in foul trouble, so Dieng filled in at center admirably. His playing time will continue to be limited because of coach Sam Mitchell's refusal to play him at power forward, but his role will hopefully grow as the season progresses. Monday, 8:22 pm
  • Gobert (tailbone) probable to return Monday
    Rudy Gobert has a tailbone contusion and is probable to return to Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder are currently destroying the Jazz with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, so Utah may leave him on the bench. The good news is that Gobert is fine and is simply dealing with a bruise. Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (back) goes to locker room
    Rudy Gobert took a knee to his lower back in Monday's game vs. the Thunder and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was in a little bit of pain, but it didn't look too serious and he is likely just getting a little bit of treatment in the locker room. Stay tuned. Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns held to six points in win
    Karl-Anthony Towns struggled with foul trouble in Monday's win over the 76ers, finishing with just six points, two boards, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He really struggled to contain Jahlil Okafor who scored 25 points for the 76ers tonight, and a couple of Towns' fouls were a little careless. He is still performing a lot better than his ADP and is returning second-round value, so he deserves some slack here. The Wolves will be back in action on Wednesday vs. the Hawks. Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire out for Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) will not play on Monday against the Knicks.

    Advice: No revenge game today. He's been ill and should be ready to play later this week. Stoudemire has said he is focused more on big games, but he's barely playing right now. Nov 23, 3:35 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful to play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: STAT may not even see the floor if he is active and he has played in just two games this season. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Nov 23, 2:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller will play on Monday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) will play on Monday and come off the bench.

    Advice: That means there should be less minutes for a suddenly improving Frank Kaminsky. Zeller is likely looking at minutes close to 20 while Kaminsky is a much riskier play in DFS now. Nov 23, 2:32 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Tuesday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play on Tuesday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He is improving and even took some contact in practice. We still don't have a timetable on Leonard, but he's likely out for this week. Coach Terry Stotts likes to play the matchups, so he might go big with Ed Davis like he did on Friday. There really isn't a fantasy pickup in most leagues here while Leonard is a decent stash if you can afford it. Nov 23, 1:17 pm
  • Nene (calf) misses practice on Monday
    Nene (left calf) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He just can't stay healthy and the Wizards will likely handle him very carefully. This means more minutes will go to Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden would likely play off the bench. Nene isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Nov 23, 12:56 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) doesn't practice Monday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) was unable to practice on Monday and will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mike Budenholzer didn't seem concerned about the injury after Splitter sustained it.. However, if Splitter is forced to miss more action, it will really just mean Al Horford spends a few extra minutes at center as opposed to any of the bench guys getting an extra boost. Mike Muscala would also get more run. Nov 23, 10:41 am
  • Al Jefferson likes Charlotte's new spacing
    Al Jefferson praised the front office for adding players capable of spacing the floor.

    Advice: "I tip my hat to the front office. They did a great job of getting the guys I need around me," Jefferson said. "It's really important where I catch the ball. The deeper I make the catch, the more that opens up the cuts," Big Al added. Jefferson is averaging 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks on 18-of-35 shooting over his last two games. Nov 23, 9:20 am
  • Amare Stoudemire game-time call on Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he's a game-time decision vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Even if STAT feels well enough to play, the Heat may opt to keep him under bubble wrap. He's played in just two games this season as Miami tries to keep him healthy for the stretch run. Nov 23, 8:34 am
  • Stoudemire keeping 'big picture in mind' now
    Amare Stoudemire, who has appeared in two games this season, said he's keeping the "big picture in mind."

    Advice: "It’s about really just keeping the maintenance program and making sure we’re at 100 percent strength by the playoffs," he said. STAT is not relevant in any fantasy format. Nov 23, 7:08 am
  • Towns striving for it all when on the floor
    Karl-Anthony Towns said he wants to be the "strongest player, the most intelligent player and the most skilled player on the court at all times."

    Advice: We all know I can hit 3s," Towns said. "But for now, I'm taking what the defense gives me." Focusing on doing everything the proper way and stressing the process over the results, Towns is on his way to being a transcendent, once-in-a-generation kind of player. Through the first 13 games of his career, Towns is averaging 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 2.4 blocks on 52.2 percent shooting. The debate over who should have been selected with the No. 1 overall pick was never real. Nov 23, 6:34 am
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles w/ four assists
    Mason Plumlee notched his third double-double of the season on Sunday with 17 points (6-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Blazers have followed up their seven-game losing streak with consecutive wins, improving their record to 6-9, and Plumlee has been a big reason for the recent success. He finished Sunday's game without any turnover in 30 minutes and the solid FT shooting is very encouraging -- though a dreadful shooter for his career, he's at 80.0 percent over the past five games. Nov 22, 9:17 pm
  • Darrell Arthur scores 21 points w/ Faried out
    Darrell Arthur filled in at PF with Kenneth Faried (ankle) out on Sunday, notching a season-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Arthur has been struggling all year, shooting just over 30 percent from the field, but he found the range tonight and even knocked down a 3-pointer. It's a great sight for anyone who plugged him into DFS lineups, but most owners can ignore him since Faried might return as soon as Tuesday vs. the Clippers. Nov 22, 7:50 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles w/ three blocks
    Zaza Pachulia piled up 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, one steal, three blocks and five turnovers as the Mavs fell in Oklahoma City, 114-117.

    Advice: The blocks are a rarity, setting a new season high, which makes this an excellent all-around line despite the turnovers. JaVale McGee returned to action with eight points and six boards in 11 minutes tonight, giving Rick Carlisle some flexibility at center -- we'll keep an eye on his role over the next few weeks, but Zaza should be fine. Nov 22, 6:50 pm
  • Ryan Anderson drops 29 points w/ four more 3s
    Ryan Anderson stayed hot on Sunday, hitting 8-of-14 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs to finish with 29 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds and one block vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: Anderson is averaging 28.3 points and 3.8 triples over the past four games, while shooting 43-of-77 from the field (55.8 percent). He's never shot better than 43.9 percent in his career and he's unlikely to keep up this torrid pace, but right now he's sitting pretty with top-50 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Nov 22, 6:02 pm
  • Pelicans win behind Anthony Davis' 32 & 19
    Anthony Davis lit up the Suns for 32 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in a narrow victory on Sunday, making 11-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: After overcoming a few minor injuries, Davis is rolling along nicely in his past two games -- he even sank a clutch 3-pointer tonight to maintain the lead with under a minute left. He'll get a few days to rest before heading to Phoenix for a rematch, the first of three road games for New Orleans next week. Nov 22, 6:01 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani scores 12 points vs. Nets
    Andrea Bargnani came off the bench to score 12 points in 21 minutes vs. the Celtics on Sunday, hitting 6-of-9 shots with three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: It was Bargnani's first double-digit performance since opening night -- in between he averaged 4.4 points per game. We might not see him score 12+ points again until 2016. Nov 22, 5:40 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts w/ Faried out Sunday
    Darrell Arthur will start Sunday's game with Kenneth Faried (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: Arthur has struggled all season, averaging 3.8 points on 30.8 percent shooting off the bench, and he's best left untouched with Faried day-to-day. Arthur will likely start alongside Nikola Jokic, who recently bumped J.J. Hickson to the Nuggets' bench. Nov 22, 4:28 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores season-low nine points
    Blake Griffin had one of the worst games of his career during Sunday's loss to the Raptors, scoring a season-low nine points to go with just six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers through 29 foul plagued minutes.

    Advice: Blake hasn't been held to single digits in the scoring department (while playing at least 25 minutes) since April 17 of 2013, so to say today's performance was unusual would be quite the understatement. The Clippers looked out of sorts through a majority of the game, and foul trouble was the main culprit to Griffin's less-than-satisfactory performance. Look for him to bounce-back in a big way on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Nov 22, 4:01 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Sunday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: There is still no known timetable for his return, but there have been some positive reports recently and he was spotted getting up some shots earlier in the week. Leonard has said that he is game-to-game, so he should be stashed if you have an open roster spot. Al-Farouq Aminu should benefit on Sunday while Allen Crabbe will likely continue to get some decent minutes off the bench. Nov 22, 10:42 am
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) questionable for Monday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Zeller was able to go through practice on Sunday, so it's possible that he will be a game-time decision. Frank Kaminsky has been playing well for the Hornets off the bench, and he could see some nice playing time if Zeller sits again. To be clear, Zeller is only worth owning in very deep leagues. Nov 22, 9:46 am
  • Tiago Splitter's hip injury isn't serious?
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer didn't seem to be too concerned about Tiago Splitter's hip injury.

    Advice: "His hip is giving him a little bit of problem so we’ll continue to evaluate him and see what it is going forward," Budenholzer said. It sounds like Splitter is day-to-day, but he does have some durability issues and the Hawks tend to be play it safe with their players. For now, we'll consider Splitter questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics. If he does miss time, expect Al Horford to spend more time at the five. Nov 22, 7:46 am
  • Howard could play in back-to-backs soon
    The Rockets will evaluate Dwight Howard this week to determine if he can play in back-to-back sets.

    Advice: Howard has rested in one game of every back-to-back set this season, but it sounds like the Rockets are willing to clear him which makes a lot of sense considering they are off to a 5-9 start. The Rockets' next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 29 against the Knicks, but we should know more about his status for those games a little later in the week. Nov 22, 6:22 am
  • Nerlens Noel has a bad game in start
    Nerlens Noel moved back into the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat with 10 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: He just hasn't been good in the starting lineup. Noel is down to just 20.9 percent on shots from beyond three feet and it has to do with Jahlil Okafor. Before tonight, Noel had a 41.5 true shooting percentage (TS%) next to Okafor, but he's better off not next to him at a 48.5 TS%. He should adapt and improve on his 15th-round value on the season. Nov 21, 8:31 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 14 in a win
    Marcin Gortat scored 14 points with eight rebounds, and one assist against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He's starting to come around on the offensive side in his last four with at least 12 points in all of those games. The bad news is that Gortat's blocks are way down and his minutes are down from last year, too. He will probably be more of a mid-round guy until Nene gets hurt, but he's still a buy-low player. Nov 21, 8:10 pm
  • Nene has a terrific game
    Nene made 9-of-10 from the field for 18 points against the Pistons on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five fouls in 22 minutes.

    Advice: That's a really nice effort out of Nene and he even showed some nice handles in the open court. He's hurt far too often to be added in standard leagues, though. Nov 21, 8:07 pm
  • Meyers Leonard's status is unclear for Sunday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lakers yet.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that he will play, but it certainly could be a sign that he is nearing a return. Leonard was starting to get it going before suffering the injury, so he's worth holding onto if you can afford to be a little patient. The Blazers have done a number of different things with their rotation in Leonard's absence, but Al-Farouq Aminu has benefited and Allen Crabbe has seen an uptick in minutes off the bench. Nov 21, 7:21 pm
  • Jordan Hill crushes Bucks
    Jordan Hill scored a season-high 20 points against the Bucks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block

    Advice: He was 9-of-10 from the field and killed the Bucks in the low-post. Hill had 10 of his points come in the final 13 minutes with the Pacers up at least 20, so this is a garbage time special. He's not a great add after this one. Nov 21, 6:33 pm
  • Greg Monroe has another sub-par game
    Greg Monroe made 4-of-10 from the field for 11 points against the Pacers during a 123-86 loss on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He continues to put up worse numbers next to Michael Carter-Williams. The Bucks offense isn't giving him enough space to operate and it's led to more double teams for Monroe. He hasn't shot above 50 percent in any of the four games with MCW back and the Bucks being blown out a couple times has led to garbage time. Monroe should still flirt with early-round value. Nov 21, 6:26 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) will not return Saturday
    Tiago Splitter (right hip pain) will not return to Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Splitter isn't known for his durability, so the Hawks will be cautious with him like the Spurs did with him in San Antonio last season. Splitter isn't a fantasy asset outside of deeper leagues anyways, and his absence will force Al Horford to log more minutes at the five. Nov 21, 5:57 pm
  • Update: Noel starting, Covington off bench
    Nerlens Noel started Saturday's game against the Heat in place of Robert Covington.

    Advice: Noel was expected to come off the bench, but head coach Brett Brown will go back to a frontcourt featuring Noel next to Jahlil Okafor. We'll let you know how he does after the game. Nov 21, 5:17 pm
  • Nerlens Noel coming off the bench again Sat
    Nerlens Noel will come off the bench again for Saturday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: The 76ers are trying to separate Noel's minutes from Jahlil Okafor's a little more because their chemistry hasn't been great and it obviously hurts the 76ers' floor spacing, so this isn't a huge surprise. Noel played well off the bench on Friday with 16 points with nine rebounds in 27 minutes, so his owners shouldn't be concerned. Nov 21, 4:47 pm
  • Dwight Howard (rest) will not play Saturday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: There was a small chance that Howard was going to play tonight, but it looks like they will continue to err on the side of caution in back-to-back sets. Clint Capela will draw the start and is an intriguing option in daily leagues. Nov 21, 4:43 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will be inactive Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire will be inactive for Saturday's game vs. Philly.

    Advice: Stoudemire only intends to play in "big" games this season, so this game was crossed off his calendar a long time ago. He has no fantasy value. Nov 21, 4:22 pm
  • Dwight Howard could play on Saturday
    Dwight Howard could play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: It would be his first time playing in both halves of a back-to-back set. Howard looked great in his last few game and he will have three days off after today. There should be another update in about an hour. Nov 21, 3:18 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points
    Mason Plumlee scored 18 points against the Clippers on Friday with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He took it to DeAndre Jordan tonight and protected the paint nicely on defense. Plumlee had his first double-digit scoring game since Nov. 9, so his fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting that to happen too often. He has 10th-round value on the season so far. Nov 21, 12:49 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 21 in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points against the Blazers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He tweaked his left knee and made it back on the court only about five minutes later in real time, so he's fine. Griffin continues to put up massive stats, averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 boards, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on the season. He's putting up first-round value. Nov 21, 12:36 am
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles with full line
    Zaza Pachulia put forth a solid effort during Friday's win over the Jazz, tallying 15 points (6-of-11 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 12 boards, four assists, two steals and just one turnover through 39 minutes.

    Advice: Zaza has been better than expected as Dallas' starting center, and he's currently pulling down a career-high 10.0 rebounds per game to go with averages of 10.6 points, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per contest on 47.1 percent shooting from the field and 78.9 percent from the line. While Zaza's numbers don't exactly jump off the page, he's currently putting up mid-round value in standard leagues due to the fact that he doesn't hurt you in any one category, and he's worth swooping up in standard leagues for those seeking a low-end center. Nov 20, 11:58 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 pts w/ seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is currently hitting career-highs in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.1) to go with solid averages of 16.0 points and 1.5 blocks on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. That translates to second-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and third-round value in 8-cat formats, and with absolutely no one behind him to challenge him for playing time there's no reason to believe he can't keep this up. Nov 20, 11:18 pm
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 12 rebounds in loss to DAL
    Rudy Gobert put up eight points on 2-of-4 shooting (4-of-5 FTs) during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and one turnover through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert hasn't been a major part of Utah's offense this season (13.6 usage rate), so it'll be tough for him to average double figure numbers in the scoring department. However, he's still putting up early-round value (if punting free throws) behind averages of 11.0 rebounds (career-high), 2.0 assists (career-high) and a whopping 3.2 blocks (career-high) per game on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He has zero competition for playing time, and he could realistically get better as we progress through the 2015-16 season. Enjoy the ride. Nov 20, 10:59 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns with 20 and 18
    Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence on Friday during a 104-90 win over the Spurs, scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did have a mild scare today with a small shoulder tweak, but he was fine. The Pelicans finally got a win and now move to 2-11 on the season. Davis' shoulder bothered him before he missed time, so hopefully he can put it behind him. As long as he's healthy, he should be a high-end fantasy asset. Nov 20, 10:04 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 30 points again
    Ryan Anderson caught fire off the bench against the Spurs on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds and six 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans played Anthony Davis at the five, which has been a favorable lineup for Anderson. He's was in a slump for much of the season, but he's scored 28.0 points per game in his last three. He's a must-start player and is trending up in a big way. Ryno just needs to stay healthy. Nov 20, 9:59 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles w/ two blocks
    Dwight Howard double-doubled during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, tallying 12 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 15 boards, three assists, two blocks and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the horrific free throw shooting (55.6 percent) and high turnover rate (3.1), Howard is still putting up sixth-round value on a per-game basis in standard 9-cat leagues, and his value jumps to the fourth-round when turnovers are removed in the 8-cat format. He's currently averaging the most rebounds he ever has while wearing a Rockets jersey (13.4), and he's connecting on a career-high 61.3 percent of his shot attempts. After making it through just 41 games last season, Dwight looks revitalized, and he'll be a must-start guy every time he's on the floor. Nov 20, 8:29 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays 20 minutes vs. Pistons
    Gorgui Dieng played 20 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Even with Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out tonight, Dieng did not log any minutes at power forward. He is putting up some solid per-game numbers, but Dieng figures to be in the teens for playing time most nights. Nov 20, 8:22 pm
  • Towns Haul: Karl-Anthony fills stat sheet
    Karl-Anthony Towns went off yet again during a loss to the Pistons on Friday, making 8-of-10 from the field for 18 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's already one of the best big men in fantasy and he turned 20 on Sunday. On the season, he has averages of 16.0 points, 10.4 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.4 blocks on 52.2 percent from the field and 90.7 percent from the line. Towns' is per-game value in standard leagues (19) is lower than his age. Nov 20, 8:18 pm
  • Griffin tweaks left knee, returns to game
    Blake Griffin left Friday's game against Portland after tweaking his left knee, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Crisis avoided, you can see the knee tweak in the link below. It didn't look serious. Nov 20, 7:39 pm
  • Al Jefferson dominates Okafor, scores 26
    Al Jefferson dominated against the 76ers on Friday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and a season-high five blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He showed rookie Jahlil Okafor a thing or two (or 10) about the post-up game in the NBA. Jefferson also blocked Okafor four times on the defensive end. He's played well in his last two, but he'll get a slightly tougher matchup against the Kings on Monday. Nov 20, 7:05 pm
  • Nerlens Noel looks better off the bench
    Nerlens Noel came off the bench on Friday against the Hornets, making 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Before tonight, Noel played next to Jahlil Okafor for 21.0 minutes per game, but that number dropped to just 11.3 in this one. As you might expect, he made all seven attempts at the rim and missed both from beyond three feet, which has been a problem all season. If he stays on the bench, it's not a bad thing. Nov 20, 6:48 pm
  • Covington starts at PF, Noel to bench
    Robert Covington will start at power forward and Nerlens Noel will move to the bench.

    Advice: As mentioned about an hour ago, Noel was been a complete disaster at power forward because he's useless as a scorer from beyond three feet. Now, coach Brett Brown can stagger his minutes with Jahlil Okafor. This is a good thing for Noel. Nov 20, 4:00 pm
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) out, Lin starting at SG
    Cody Zeller (ankle) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Hornets will go small against the 76ers and put Jeremy Lin at shooting guard. Zeller had a minor ankle tweak on Wednesday and played just 14 minutes. Frank Kaminsky had a decent game on Wednesday with 11 points and could get minutes in the 20s again. He's obviously a very risky play. Nov 20, 2:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. MEM
    Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets are heading into a back-to-back set and will play against the Knicks on Saturday, so Howard isn't expected to play in that one. Howard's scoring has been down as he has combined for just 12 points in his last two games, but he is showing signs of improvements in other areas and is worth starting for his production in boards, blocks and FG percentage. Nov 20, 10:57 am
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play Friday
    Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He made it through shootaround unscathed, and while coach Alvin Gentry said that he will be a game-time decison, Davis confirmed that he will play. His injury never looked serious, so he shouldn't have any restrictions. Ryan Anderson's value just took a hit, but he is still worth starting in all leagues. Get Davis in your lineup. Nov 20, 9:10 am
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Zeller was pretty bad in a start against the Nets on Wednesday as he went scoreless in 14 minutes of action, but to be fair he has been dealing with an ankle strain for a while now. Marvin Williams will be forced to play heavy minutes if Zeller can't go, while Frank Kaminsky should see more playing time as well. Nov 20, 8:14 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 27, falls apart late
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Warriors in Thursday.

    Advice: He was on his way to a massive game, but only had one point in the fourth quarter. Griffin was just swallowed up by Draymond Green late in this game and was careless at times. Bad quarter aside, he's still putting up massive numbers all season and is currently the No. 7 player per game in standard leagues. Nov 19, 10:36 pm
  • Greg Monroe stay cold in a loss
    Greg Monroe scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Before tonight, Monroe's usage rate was down 3.2 percentage points when he's with Michael Carter-Williams. After a torrid run last week, he's taken a step back in his last three, averaging 12.3 points, 10.0 boards, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals on 43.2 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the line. His owners should be hoping MCW plays less. Nov 19, 8:55 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Friday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We still do not know what his diagnosis is after an entire week since his injury. Leonard suffered a complete dislocation, but he's said he's only game-to-game. Besides Al-Farouq Aminu being a bigger part of the offense, it'll be tough to tell who steps up. It was Allen Crabbe on Wednesday with his 15 points, so he's the favorite right now. If you've stashed Leonard this long, you might as well wait. He could be out for a long time, though. Nov 19, 5:06 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Anthony Davis (left shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Davis will likely be a game-time decision on Friday, and if he can't give it a go, Ryan Anderson will be forced into heavy minutes (he played 44 minutes on Wednesday) as the Pelicans starting power forward with zero depth behind him. Stay tuned. Nov 19, 1:21 pm
  • Darrell Arthur suffers leg injury, returns
    Darrell Arthur suffered a leg injury on Wednesday and was able to return.

    Advice: He actually played well with nine points and five boards. Arthur won't have much value while Kenneth Faried is healthy, though. Nov 18, 10:08 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 93-89 win

    Advice: He made 7-of-9 from the field to raise his field goal percentage to 52.9 percent. Favors has 47.8 percent of his shots come at the rim and he's knocking down a tidy 67.7 percent of those. In other words, this outstanding start of putting up top-15 value looks like it's for real. If you're looking to sell high, you'll want to get a top-25 player back in return. Nov 18, 9:39 pm
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