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  • Cole Aldrich hauls in 11 rebounds in win
    Cole Aldrich pulled down 11 rebounds in just 13 minutes of action on Sunday, to go with five points, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

    Advice: Aldrich rarely does much of anything in Los Angeles, and we'll need to see multiple repeat performances before recommending him as an add in any league. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in 17 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside put up 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes off the bench on Sunday, but failed to record a block for the first time since January 8.

    Advice: Whiteside again spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench, as head coach Erik Spoelstra elected to go small, and he said after the game that while it was "a little surprising," there's nothing he can do about it. Hassan did suffer a minor left ankle tweak during the game, but that was not the reason he spent the fourth quarter on the sidelines, and he said during his post-game interview that he's "fine," and he could have played through the injury. For now, we'll consider him probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan grabs 11 rebounds with 3 swats
    DeAndre Jordan hit 3-of-4 shots and 3-of-14 free throws during Sunday's win over the Heat, to go with nine points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: This is pretty much your prototypical DJ line, and as long as you're punting away free throws, Jordan has been a top-4 option on the season. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Jared Sullinger ties season high w/ 21 points
    Jared Sullinger tied his season high on Sunday with 21 points, making 10-of-13 shots with six rebounds, three steals and one assist in just 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Sullinger hadn't scored more than 18 points since Nov. 6, as his shot has abandoned him for long stretches this season -- he's shooting just 41.9 percent overall. This mini-eruption came vs. a Kings team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency and first in pace, at 102.1 possessions per game, so it was an ideal matchup for Sullinger. Consistent playing time is the biggest issue for his fantasy value, and that's unlikely to change after one efficient performance. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Tyler Zeller scores season-high 17 pts vs SAC
    Tyler Zeller scored a season-high 17 points vs. Sacramento on Sunday, sinking 6-of-8 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

    Advice: Zeller did his damage in just 22 minutes and he's demanding a share of frontcourt minutes -- over his past four games he's averaging 13.8 points on 68.6 percent shooting, to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks. He's playing just 20.8 minutes during that span, however, and most owners should leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) drops 31/7/6 Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday, making 11-of-25 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs in a tough road loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings have now lost seven of their past eight games and their season has reached a tipping point -- they are 4.5 games out of the playoff picture and may have a new head coach after the All-Star break. Cousins was coming off a triple-double and over the past three games he's averaged 28.3 points, 9.3 boards and 6.7 assists -- he'll be a fantasy stud no matter who's calling the shots in Sacramento. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just seven minutes Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was limited vs. the Knicks with only three points, one rebound and one steal in seven minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Nurkic played one stint spanning the first and second quarters, and in the second half he was little more than a seven-foot cheerleader. Mike Malone has said repeatedly that Nurkic's conditioning needs to improve before his minutes will increase, and there's no reason to expect him to be a standard-league asset after the All-Star break. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubles in 29 mins
    Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubled in 29 minutes on Sunday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds (four offensive), one assist, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: Lauvergne earned most of his minutes as a backup center, even playing ahead of Nikola Jokic down the stretch, though he also played some PF alongside Jusuf Nurkic due to the absence of Darrell Arthur (quad). Lauvergne has fallen out of the rotation for long stretches, and he's exceeded 30 minutes once all season, so he's only worth a glance in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays 19 minutes vs. New York
    Nikola Jokic logged 19 minutes on Sunday, finishing an impressive win in New York with 13 points, six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Jokic is playing through a nagging shoulder injury, but he's now hit at least one 3-pointer in five straight games, going 6-of-10 during that span. This was his lowest playing time in six games and it was a direct result of Joffrey Lauvergne's effective play off the bench -- Jokic has been terrific for the past three weeks and owners shouldn't read into today's relatively quiet outing. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 14 points with two steals
    Paul Millsap scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers through 34 minutes of work.

    Advice: Millsap struggled with his shot today, but he shouldn't have any trouble bouncing back with a repeat matchup against the Magic on Monday. He's been a steady first-round stud on the year, and has yet to miss a game for the Hawks. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points with two blocks
    Al Horford struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Magic, going 5-of-15 from the field on his way to 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Horford isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his solid percentages (on most nights), limited turnovers and relatively high assist numbers (3.1) for a big man has him churning out second-round value on the year. He’s also incorporated a 3-point shot to his game, draining 1.0 triple per contest, and he’s yet to miss a single game for Atlanta. He’s the captain of team boring for early-round studs. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) doubtful Monday vs. NO
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is doubtful to play vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Pekovic is perpetually injured and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng will continue to see his minutes unimpeded with both Kevin Garnett (knee) and Pekovic unlikely for Monday. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic doubtful Monday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are doubtful to play Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Neither guy is a major part of the rotation, and both can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng will continue to earn minutes in the high-30s as Minnesota's starting power forward with both Garnett and Big Pek out. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Heat sticking with same starting five
    Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench again on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Heat have won two straight games with Whiteside coming off the bench, so they don't feel the need to make any changes yet. Amare Stoudemire will continue to start, but he's better suited for deeper leagues. Whiteside is coming off a triple-double with 10 points, 10 boards and 10 blocks, so he belongs in all fantasy lineups no matter what. Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) ruled out Sunday
    Darrell Arthur (quad) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Arthur just can't catch a break and hasn't been able to stay healthy this season. Kenneth Faried is healthy, so Arthur wouldn't have played much anyways. Expect Danilo Gallinari to play a lot of four against the Knicks as well. Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Tiago Splitter out through All-Star break
    Tiago Splitter (hip) will be held out until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: The Hawks know better than to rush Splitter back given his injury history, so it's a wise move. Mike Muscala and Mike Scott will continue to see more minutes off the bench, but not enough to make an impact in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:39 am
  • Report: Kenneth Faried is not on the trade block
    According to the Denver Post, Kenneth Faried is not officially on the trade block.

    Advice: The Manimal has plenty of suitors and his value is very high around the league, but the Denver Post said that it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the athletic forward. It's still unclear if the Nuggets will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but nothing is imminent by any means. Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Nuggets still looking to trade Hickson
    The Nuggets are still looking to trade J.J. Hickson before the deadline.

    Advice: The 27-year-old veteran has played a total of two minutes over the Nuggets' last 14 games, so it's obvious that he is no longer needed in Denver. Hickson would likely be traded to a contender if he was dealt, so there's no reason to stash him in most formats. Hickson has season averages of 6.9 points and 4.4 boards in 15.3 minutes per game. Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Joerger admits that Marc Gasol is hurting
    Memphis coach Dave Joerger admitted that Marc Gasol is basically "playing on one leg" at the moment.

    Advice: Neither Joerger or Gasol would elaborate, but the big man has been on the injury report in recent weeks with a sore left knee. The All-Star break can't come soon enough for Gasol, but the good news is that there has been no indication that he will miss any time. Expect him to be out there on Monday vs. the Blazers. Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rondo are probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (turf toe) are both probable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings likely won't update their status before tip-off, but both players are going to play barring a late setback. The Kings have lost six out of their last seven games and coach George Karl is on the hot seat, so Sunday's game vs. the Celtics is going to be very interesting. Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable Monday
    Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He sprained his left ankle on Saturday vs. the Spurs and wasn't able to return, but x-rays were negative and he is day-to-day. Hibbert will do everything in his power to play against his former team, but Brandon Bass and Tarik Black would soak up his minutes if he ultimately decides to sit this one out. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Alex Len plays just 15 minutes
    Alex Len played just 15 minutes on Saturday vs. the Jazz, scoring five points with three boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The low minutes was a major buzzkill after the center went off on Thursday vs. the Rockets with 12 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes. The Suns are tanking and are clearly rebuilding for the future, so hopefully coach Earl Watson stops delaying the process and reduces Tyson Chandler's role. Len is an excellent stash for after the All-Star break, so hold him if you can. Chandler finished with 10 points, 14 boards and one block in 25 minutes. Saturday, 10:17 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles in win
    Rudy Gobert double-doubled in Saturday's win over the Suns, scoring 13 points with 13 boards, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He had more padding on his knee brace tonight and he was moving funny at points in the game, but the Jazz must not be concerned if they let him play 35 minutes vs. the tanking Suns. To be clear, his owners shouldn't be concerned, but it's something to keep an eye on going forward. Keep him locked into lineups. Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores eight with no blocks
    Serge Ibaka scored eight points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: This is pretty close to rock bottom for Serge. He's seen his usage rate really fall off and he isn't blocking shots like he usually does. His body of work suggests he'll get it turned around, so Ibaka is still a buy-low player. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 26 points in win
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points during an impressive 112-105 win over the Bulls on Saturday, adding 17 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said after the game he likes how Towns and Dieng are playing together. Mitchell also hinted he could be giving Towns more run, which is music to his fantasy owners' ears. Even in just 34.2 minutes per game in his last 10, he's No. 4 in standard fantasy leagues. KAT has no ceiling. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng scores season-high 24 points
    Gorgui Dieng put up season-highs 24 points, seven assists and 41 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with 13 rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said after the game he might be willing to find out if Dieng can play 40 minutes regularly. "We're going to find out," Mitchell said. Dieng's offensive game has turned the corner in a big way with 17.6 points per game in his last five. Once the blocks start coming, he should have a sharp upward trend. Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 22 points in loss
    Marc Gasol scored 22 points in a loss to the Mavericks on Saturday with six boards, two assists and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was an efficient 9-of-15 from the field, but he hit just 4-of-6 from the line and had a couple of turnovers. The Grizzlies were on a five-game winning streak coming into this one, but they will look to bounce back in a difficult matchup with the Blazers on Monday. Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) will not return
    Roy Hibbert left Saturday's game vs. the Spurs with a left ankle sprain and he will not return.

    Advice: He was supposed to just get his ankle re-taped, so the injury must be a little more serious than originally thought. Hibbert hasn't been playing well lately, so he shouldn't have been owned in most leagues. Brandon Bass and Tarik Black will see an uptick in minutes if Hibbert misses more time. X-rays were negative, so Hibbert is considered day-to-day. Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Pek out for Saturday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle, foot) will not play on Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Gorgui Dieng continues to get major minutes and is move involved in the offense now too. Pekovic can be ignored in basically all leagues. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • KG out for Saturday vs. Bulls
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not close to a return and is likely out through the break. Garnett can be ignored in all leagues. Saturday, 3:38 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out for Sunday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Magic.

    Advice: He is likely out through the break with his troublesome hip injury. Expect more Mike Muscala and Mike Scott to back up Al Horford. Splitter can be dropped basically everywhere. Saturday, 12:30 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores 15 with five steals
    Rudy Gobert made the Bucks offense look like it belonged in the NCAA during an 84-81 win on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, one assist, five steals and three blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: His five steals are a career high, he made 6-of-7 from the field and he didn't turn the ball over. The Jazz are winning with defense and coach Quin Snyder is OK with that. "I think we are an offensive juggernaut," Snyder said. "We've scored over 80 for two straight games." As for Gobert, he's inside of the top 15 over his last 10 games and is back to being a fantasy monster. Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 14 with 12 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He committed a couple dumb fouls to get him an early exit. That issue aside, Jusuf Nurkic played just 12 minutes and Joffrey Lauvergne played just 14 minutes while they combined for 1-of-10 from the field. Coach Mike Malone said he wouldn't trade Jokic for anyone, so it's fairly obvious Jokic has a clear runway going forward. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Tyler Zeller scores 16 points in 20 minutes
    Tyler Zeller scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with four boards, one assist and three turnovers through 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Zeller's playing time has been sporadic throughout the season, but he's been a more consistent part of the rotation over the past three averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 block in 20.0 minutes per outing. He's more of a speculative add in really deep leagues, but he could also fall out of the rotation at a moments notice, so don't cut anyone with long-term value to nab him. Friday, 9:26 pm
  • Boogie Cousins triple-doubles in loss to BK
    DeMarcus Cousins put up his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets during a 128-119 loss on Friday.

    Advice: Boogie was not happy at the end of this game as his team allowed the Nets to score a season-high 128. "Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room," Cousins said. "We got a bigger issue." Fire up the grass and snake emojis? The Kings are fading fast while the Jazz have won five straight, so the Kings have a tough job on their hands. Expect the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors to start up in some capacity even if they don't hold a lot of weight. Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Jared Sullinger scores 12 points w/ 3 blocks
    Jared Sullinger scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting Friday, with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The players in Boston's frontcourt have been annoying to own this season, and while Sully has had his moments, he's been putting up just thirteenth-round value over the past month in standard 9-cat leagues. Amir Johnson played just 14 minutes tonight, on his way to six points, six rebounds and an assist, while Kelly Olynyk contributed a meager two points, one steal and one turnover in his 12 minutes off the bench. Sullinger is more of a stash to hope things improve after the trade deadline. Friday, 8:46 pm
  • Another One: Whiteside trip-dubs with blocks
    Hassan Whiteside put up his third triple-double with blocks of the season during a 98-95 win over the Hornets on Friday, finishing with 10 points, 10 boards and 10 blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: "I'm different, simple as that," Whiteside said. Yes, he is. He's the only player to record multiple triple-doubles with blocks off the bench in his career, and he's had four trip-dubs with blocks in his career while nobody else in the NBA has any in the last three seasons. It's safe to say Whiteside is healthy. Friday, 8:13 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in win
    Al Horford scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers during a 102-96 win on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, there is a reason why any team would love to have Horford on their squad. He's grown as a 3-point shooter, is a very good defender and is one of the most efficient players without requiring a high usage. Horford is just coasting along with top-20 value on the season. He also had an awesome dunk (in link below). Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 24 points in win
    Paul Millsap scored 24 points with two rebounds, two steals, four blocks and three 3-pointers against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: This is a typical Millsap game and he just continues to fill it up. Millsap is a top-10 player in 2016 and has the same distinction on the season. He hasn't missed a game and just needs to stay healthy. Friday, 7:45 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan drops 12 points with 18 board
    DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points with 18 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: His back injury didn't seem like an issue. Jordan owned the paint on both ends, but hurt his shooting percentage with a 4-of-7 line to drop him to 71.6 percent. He's sort of closing the gap on the boards per game ranks with 13.9 -- Andre Drummond has 15.0. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play on Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: He'll have a favorable matchup against Chicago tonight, so go ahead and get him active. Friday, 5:27 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) doubtful vs. CHI
    Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) is doubtful to play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: No surprise here. The burly center can't shake his ankle injuries and coach Sam Mitchell said that he's not close to returning, so it's possible the Wolves will shut him down until the All-Star break. He shouldn't be owned. Friday, 4:47 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) doubtful Saturday vs. CHI
    Kevin Garnett (leg) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Garnett isn't close to making a return, so plan on him being out tomorrow. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start, and needs to be owned in all leagues. Friday, 4:44 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo start
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are starting against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: They were expected to play the whole time and the Kings probably should've never even said they were probable. Cousins should be the focal point as per usual tonight in Brooklyn. Friday, 4:41 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) out for Friday vs. CHI
    Darrell Arthur (quad) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He is hurt quite often and could miss more games. That means we should see some more Danilo Gallinari at the four, which means more run for Will Barton and Gary Harris. Arthur can be ignored in most leagues while he's hurt. Friday, 4:23 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan (back) not on injury report
    DeAndre Jordan (back) is not on the Clippers injury report for Friday's game in Orlando.

    Advice: DJ appeared to tweak his back late in Wednesday's game but it doesn't appear to be a problem, and owners can expect him to play his usual allotment of minutes tonight. Jordan's health is crucial for L.A. with Blake Griffin out for another month or longer, and he's stepped up to the task lately -- in his past five games he's averaging 12.0 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, while shooting 71.9 percent from the field. Friday, 3:54 pm
  • Karl and Cousins are doing OK
    Coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins is "cool" and he's "enjoyed the adventure" of tweaking his offensive game.

    Advice: "I don't think Boogie is ever going to like coaches," Karl said. Karl did admit he did "stupid" things involving Cousins, so it was nice to see him take the blame. Karl praised Cousins' attitude in the preseason, as well. Cousins is expected to play tonight. Friday, 2:39 pm
  • Cousins, Rondo and McLemore expect to play
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, knee), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) are all expected to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't the biggest update of the day because all three are probable. Cousins had a couple minor bumps and bruises on Wednesday and it seems like every night he's suffering at least something small. For now, his owners can keep him in their lineups. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic out through break?
    Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) is not expected to return any time soon.

    Advice: He can't play big minutes anyway and he might just be a reserve right now. Pekovic shouldn't have been added to begin with, but he can be dropped in basically all leagues. Friday, 11:35 am
  • Kevin Garnett likely out through break?
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is not close to a return.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said he likes the rotation as is. That means Gorgui Dieng should be locked in to the starting lineup. His scoring is way up, but Dieng's blocks have fallen off. He should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Nuggets looking to deal Joffrey Lauvergne?
    The Nuggets would reportedly want a late first-round pick in exchange for Joffrey Lauvergne.

    Advice: King Joffrey is behind Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic on the depth chart, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nuggets tried to deal him at the deadline. Nothing is imminent at the moment, so there's no real reason to stash Lauvergne in most formats. The 24-year-old center is averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 boards in 17.6 minutes per game this season. Friday, 9:35 am
  • Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench
    Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench again on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra declined to comment if this would be a permanent move, but the Heat are likely just being cautious with the oft-injured big man. Whiteside played just 17 minutes on Wednesday, piling up 10 points with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks. Whether he starts or not, Whiteside is a must-start player. As for Amare Stoudemire, he could continue to have some value in deeper leagues moving forward, but he will have to stay healthy. Friday, 9:05 am
  • Cousins, Rondo, McLemore all probable for SAC
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, knee), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) are all listed as probable for Friday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: All three played on Wednesday, but Rondo didn't look great and Cousins went down a couple times during the game after getting popped in the knees. It sounds like all three players are good to go, but it's probably best to watch for updates just in case something comes up during the day on Friday. Thursday, 11:21 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Alex Len grabs career-high 18 boards
    Alex Len grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against the Rockets on Thursday with 12 points, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get any minutes at power forward and that part of his minute allotment looks like it's over for now -- at least until Markieff Morris is no longer around. The Suns have said they want to go with a youth movement while making Tyson Chandler more of a leader, so expect Len to hang around the 23-26 minute mark most nights. He'll still be worth owning with that amount of playing time. Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable for Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is probable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Jokic played through the shoulder injury on Wednesday, and there's no reason to believe he'll miss Friday's game. He had a disappointing performance against the Jazz, but he should be able to bounce-back on Friday with a much more favorable matchup against the Bulls. Thursday, 3:25 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) doubtful Friday vs. CHI
    Darrell Arthur (left quad) is doubtful to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: With averages of just 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, Arthur isn't worth owning in most leagues. Thursday, 3:21 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out for Friday
    Tiago Splitter (right hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Splitter said on Wednesday that his injury is "not good," so he could be looking at some extended time on the shelf. It'll be Mike Muscala and Mike Scott earning some extended run in his absence, but neither of those guys will be able to do much with Atlanta's frontcourt healthy. Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside feels fine playing w/padding
    Hassan Whiteside (oblique) played with extra padding on Wednesday and said he felt fine after the game.

    Advice: Whiteside only played 17 minutes on Wednesday, but was able to put up 10 points, nine rebounds, one steal, and five blocks in limited action. "It's weird, but it's ok. I can still dunk on people," Whiteside said of the extra padding. Whiteside is still getting over his injury, but his stat line from Wednesday shows he's a must-start player as long as he's on the court. Thursday, 6:58 am
  • Gorgui Dieng scores 12 with five TOs
    Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and five turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Where did the blocks go? Dieng only has one block combined in his last four games in 145 minutes. His five turnovers also matched a season high. As long as he's getting minutes, he should be close to a must-start player. Thursday, 12:06 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns turns it up late
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not score in the first half and got hot late. Towns is putting up an all-time rookie season and it's obviously translating to fantasy. In his last 10 games, only Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant have more value than Towns. He's 20. Wednesday, 11:41 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan drops 18 & 15, tweaks back
    DeAndre Jordan tweaked his back towards the end of Wednesday's game against the Wolves, finishing with 18 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He was in some discomfort, but he spent his post-game talking about how bad this loss was for the Clippers. For now, it sounds like one of the most durable players in the NBA should be fine. On the bright side, Jordan is up to a league-leading 71.8 percent from the field after his 7-of-8 tonight. Wednesday, 11:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 30 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned from a one-game absence and scored 30 points during a 107-102 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and six turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-25 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line for a 38.1 usage rate in his 37 minutes. Cousins was bothered by something at the end of the game and said something to Bulls assistant Randy Brown. "We just had a few words, nothing serious, just trash talk," Cousins said after the game. Boogie also had a couple leg injuries tonight, but it didn't affect his playing time. He is dodging some bullets when it comes to injuries right now. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 15 minutes off bench
    Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes and had five points, five rebounds and zero blocks for the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic finally cooled off, yet the Nuggets went to Joffrey Lauvergne before putting Nurkic in the game off the bench. Lauvergne was awful (0-for-4) and Nurkic just can't do much if he's not getting 25 minutes a game. But he's only been back for two games since the nagging knee injury and there's still time for him to get it turned around. But with Jokic playing so well, and Lauvergne getting off the bench before Nurkic, we wouldn't blame you if you're ready to move on from Nurkic. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Nikola Jokic quiet in loss to Jazz
    Nikola Jokic, who was dealing with a sore shoulder, started and played 29 minutes on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero blocks.

    Advice: Maybe he got 'Gobert'd' tonight, but it was nice to see the big minutes after he was a little iffy coming in. He double-doubled in his previous three games and got the same amount of playing time as usual, so don't be concerned about the low production. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Serge Ibaka blocks six shots, scores nine
    Serge Ibaka blocked six shots against the Magic on Wednesday with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a great block on Victor Oladipo to deny the Magic from a lead before Kevin Durant hit a game-winning trey. Ibaka has not been very good lately and has only posted sixth-round value in 2016. He busted loose last year late in the season before an injury and has a very high floor, so he could improve later this year. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside hits all 5 shots in return
    Hassan Whiteside returned from an oblique injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-5 shots for 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal and five blocks in just 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Wow. That's quite a stat line for just 17 minutes of action and it's time to get him back into your lineup ASAP. He missed his previous six games due to the injury, and most of a seventh, so tonight's line was great to see, especially considering the low minutes. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Tyler Zeller plays 14 minutes on Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller, who went off for his best game of the season on Tuesday, played just 14 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still managed to put up six points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks despite the limited minutes. He's played well in two straight games, but minutes are still a big concern and he'll need a bigger role going forward if he's going to warrant a fantasy pickup. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays well in just 18 minutes
    Jared Sullinger played just 18 minutes, but still hit 6-of-11 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He played 17 minutes on Tuesday but had just four points and two rebounds. He's been giving up minutes to Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller, and will simply need more than 18 minutes a night to make a real fantasy impact. Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Pek out again on Wednesday night
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play on Wednesday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The team did change his diagnosis from a sore foot to a right ankle issue. Regardless, don't expect Pekovic back any time soon. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 6:13 pm
  • KG out again for Wednesday night
    Kevin Garnett will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wolves should probably do us all a favor and rule him out to the break. Garnett can be ignored in all leagues. Wednesday, 6:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic starting on Wednesday vs. Jazz
    Nikola Jokic is starting on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He did show some pain in warmups, but fantasy owners can trust one of the hottest rookies in fantasy tonight. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Wednesday
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sam Amick of USA Today adds the Kings need this win, which is true due to teams like the Blazers getting hot. Boogie's return will bump Kosta Koufos back to the bench while he takes shots away from basically the entire team due to his league-leading usage rate. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to warm up and is still likely to play. The last time we saw Jokic, he torched the Raptors for 27. For now, his owners can assume he'll play for now. If not, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic will play more. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is warming up with the intention to play against the Mavs.

    Advice: If he can give it a go, he will likely come off the bench. Whiteside will likely have his minutes monitored, as well. His return would also mean less burn for Amare Stoudemire and most of the wings. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Al Horford not concerned with rumors
    Al Horford said he's not concerned with the trade rumors.

    Advice: "This is my team," Horford said. "I feel like Atlanta is my home so my focus is on the team. I’m not going to pay attention to all of that." He might be the best player who has been even mentioned in trade rumors, but he'll have solid fantasy value wherever he goes for his across-the-board output and stellar efficiency. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Tiago Splitter not doing well with calf issue
    Tiago Splitter (calf) said his injury is "not good" on Wednesday.

    Advice: Splitter is out tonight and will likely miss more games. He is getting frustrated and was asked about it. "I am, I am a little bit," Splitter said. "At the same time, I’m working hard to get back. I want to play. It has been a little bit frustrating." Expect to see more run for Mike Muscala and Mike Scott. Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • Stein: Raptors interested in Markieff Morris
    The Raptors are showing interest in Markieff Morris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein reported earlier that the Raptors have interest in P.J. Tucker. The Raptors and Suns played last night, which included Morris going for a season-high 30 points in his best game of the season. Coach Earl Watson called Morris "the main focus" of the offense, so a trade to Toronto would cripple his value. If he's moved, that would help Mirza Teletovic, who is also believed to be on the block. Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Boogie, McLemore and Rondo shoot around
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) all went through shootaround on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is a good sign for Cousins, but he's still questionable for now and is almost certainly going to be a game-time decision for tonight's late start. If he can't go, that should mean more minutes for Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein and Omri Casspi. The Kings usually have an official report in the afternoon. Wednesday, 11:42 am
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) doubtful vs. LAC
    Kevin Garnett (right knee) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is probably not going to play, which puts Gorgui Dieng in the starting lineup. Garnett can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Nikola Pekovic and Garnett are doubtful
    Nikola Pekovic (right foot) and Kevin Garnett (knee) are doubtful to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would be very surprising to see either player go. Gorgui Dieng has become a bigger part of the offense while Nemanja Bjelica gets a handful of minutes. Dieng should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 11:35 am
  • Ibaka explains downward trend in his numbers
    Serge Ibaka said that spending more time away from the rim has contributed to the downward trend in his shot blocking and rebounding numbers.

    Advice: "It's tough. Four years ago, I used to be in the paint most of the time, so I used to get more blocks, more rebounds," said Serge. "Now the way they play, we have to change." For the first time in Ibaka's career, Russell Westbrook is averaging more rebounds than him at 7.4 per game, although Serge has still managed to put up top-50 value on the season largely due to his 2.1 blocks per game. Ibaka qualifies as a buy-low guy, but there are no guarantees he can be a top-20 player to close out the year. Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (hip) questionable Wednesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Whiteside said on Tuesday that he's no longer experiencing pain in his hip, so perhaps he's able to get back on the floor tonight. For what it's worth, the Heat are currently listing Amare Stoudemire as a starter, although the game notes (particularly out of Miami) tend to be unreliable. Check back for another update on Hassan closer to Wednesday's tip. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic is dealing with a strained left shoulder, but he is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Jokic will look to build off his career-high 27-point performance from Monday, and with Darrell Arthur (quad) on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jokic should have no problem seeing his playing time in the 30s. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) out Wednesday vs. Utah
    Darrell Arthur (left quad soreness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Staying healthy is a constant battle for Arthur, and he's been losing minutes to Kenneth Faried, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic as of late. There's little incentive to own Arthur in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:53 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 14 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored an efficient 14 points on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from 3-point range.

    Advice: The rookie picked up a couple of fouls in the first quarter, but he still managed to add nine boards, two assists and two blocks to his name. He has played an average of 34.2 minutes per game over the last five due to injuries to Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot), so his fantasy value is trending up. He should be treated as a top-10 player in fantasy from here on out. Tuesday, 11:29 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng scores 19 points w/ five assists
    Gorgui Dieng scored 19 points with six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 37 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot) are likely going to miss some more time and are also shut-down candidates, so Dieng should play heavy minutes next to Karl-Anthony Towns down the stretch. He's now averaging 17.2 points, 9.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.4 blocks and 1.2 steals over his last five games while shooting 63.0 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the line, returning top-25 value in standard leagues in that span. He's poised for a monster finish to the season. Tuesday, 11:19 pm
  • Roy Hibbert plays 16 minutes in win
    Roy Hibbert picked up four fouls and played a total of 16 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He looked awful and scored just two points with one board, one assist and zero blocks. That's not good for a 7'2" center. Hibbert is averaging just 6.2 points, 2.4 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, so he belongs on the wire in most formats. Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Watson: Markieff Morris is 'focus' of offense
    Earl Watson said after Tuesday's game, when Markieff Morris exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, that Morris is now the focal point of the team's struggling offense.

    Advice: "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Alex Len invisible in Tuesday's loss
    Alex Len got into some early foul trouble on Tuesday and the Suns decided to play small ball against the Raptors. Len finished with just two points and four rebounds on 1-of-5 shooting in 16 minutes.

    Advice: We love Len, but tonight's disaster was painful and the fact he's not starting over Tyson Chandler doesn't help, either. Len is still a hold in most fantasy leagues, but if you feel like you can't take it anymore, you've got to do what you've got to do. He's averaging just 4.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last four games. Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes for 30 & 11 in start
    Markieff Morris started over Mirza Teletovic on Tuesday and went off for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 13-of-20 shooting in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The points, boards, assists and blocks (tie) were all season highs for the disgruntled Morris, and the Suns and new coach Earl Watson are in full showcase mode as they hope to trade Morris. This will certainly help his trade value and he is officially the hottest pickup of the night in fantasy. He could fade just as quickly as he exploded, but he's probably worth grabbing if you have someone to drop. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Tyler Zeller double-doubles in win
    Tyler Zeller played 27 minutes off the bench and hit 8-of-13 shots for a season-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: We haven't even blurbed him since before Christmas, which was the last time he did anything of significance. Just keep an eye on him and if he suddenly starts playing well and getting minutes, strugglers Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger will take an even bigger hit. Tuesday, 7:51 pm
  • Sullinger, Johnson struggle for Celtics
    Jared Sullinger played just 17 minutes and hit 2-of-6 shots for of our points, two rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Sully had just five points and four rebounds on Sunday after double-doubling in his previous game. Kelly Olynyk looks like the better play right now, despite coming off the bench. Amir Johnson was also quiet, going for four points and four rebounds in just 15 minutes, and has scored in single figures in nine straight games. Tuesday, 7:43 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday
    Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Suns will likely be sellers at the trade deadline and Morris is a candidate to be moved, so they're clearly trying to boost his value. He hasn't played well this season, and a trade to a contender wouldn't necessarily be a good thing for his value. For now, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Mirza Teletovic will return to the bench. Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris could start Tuesday vs. TOR?
    Markieff Morris may return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, according to beat reporter Paul Coro.

    Advice: Coro is basing this assessment off newly appointed interim head coach Earl Watson's quotes from earlier today when he said he's going to "nurture and embrace" Morris. Markieff's playing time could be trending up with a new coach at the helm, so he's someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues if you have someone to cut. Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Watson says the Suns will 'embrace' Markieff
    Coach Earl Watson said the Suns are going to "nurture and embrace" Markieff Morris.

    Advice: He said the team needs him and for Morris' attitude "to be positive no matter what." Watson talked a lot about a family environment, passion and honesty in his press conference, so Morris may be receptive at least in the short term. Morris and Watson have a good relationship and the new coach says he wants clearer roles, so there's a good chance Morris gets the lion's share of power forward minutes tonight. He's not playing well, so he's only worth a look if you have something to cut for now. Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: It'll be Splitter's second straight game on the sidelines and Mike Muscala will likely pick up the bulk of Splitter's minutes on Wednesday. Neither of these guys have any fantasy value in standard leagues. Tuesday, 1:53 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (foot) ruled out for Tuesday
    Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: With both Kevin Garnett (leg) and Pekovic on the sidelines for Tuesday's game, Gorgui Dieng's spot in the starting five is safe, and he looks like an excellent DFS target tonight with a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Pekovic is a constant injury risk, and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) out Tuesday vs. Lakers
    Kevin Garnett (leg) will not play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Garnett said that it's his right leg, and not specifically his right knee that has been bothering him, but he added that it's been feeling better and he expects to get back on the court "soon." His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday vs. the Clippers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. However, Garnett is only playing 14.7 minutes per game this season, so there's no reason to own him in any league. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Whiteside no longer dealing with pain in hip
    The pain in Hassan Whiteside's hip has subsided, and he reportedly looked "fluid" while going through some 3-on-3 work during a recent practice.

    Advice: Whiteside won't play Tuesday vs. the Rockets, but he's progressing well, so there's a chance he's able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game in Dallas. With Whiteside out vs. the Rockets, look for Justise Winslow to pick up some extra minutes with Amare Stoudemire filling in as the starting power forward. Loul Deng will also see some more touches on offense sans Whiteside. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside out vs Rockets on Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) will miss Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Whiteside was able to make the trip to Houston with the Rockets, but will be unable to suit up on Tuesday night. With Dwight Howard suspended, the Heat will likely go small against the Rockets, so we could see some more of Justise Winslow filling in for Whiteside along with starter Amare Stoudemire. Tuesday, 9:39 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 14 in 32 minutes
    Marc Gasol scored 14 points with three rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pelicans during a 110-95 win on Monday.

    Advice: His knee was not a problem tonight as he handled the post nicely. Gasol's knee has been an issue in the last two seasons, but he still hasn't missed a game this season. The Grizzlies are off until Friday and have a back-to-back. Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 27 w/ 14 boards in win
    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 27 points in Monday's 112-93 win over the Raptors, adding 14 boards, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The boards were also a career high, and this was easily the best game of his season. He has now recorded three double-doubles in a row and is averaging 19.3 points, 11.7 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers in that span. That's good for top-15 value in standard leagues. The guy is special and should be a beast down the stretch. When asked about Jokic after the game, coach Michael Malone said that he "wouldn't trade him for anybody in the world." Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) plays three minutes
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) played just three minutes on Monday vs. the Raptors and hit both of his shots to finish with four points.

    Advice: King Joffrey isn't in the rotation right now and it's not a good sign that he played just a few minutes in a blowout win. This is Nikola Jokic's world now and Lauvergne is no longer a viable option in fantasy leagues. Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Al Horford scores 10 in sub-par game
    Al Horford scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The trade rumors are starting to heat up on Horford with him heading into free agency. Horford is having a great year as an offensive weapon thanks to extending his range. He put up top-15 value last month thanks to doing a little bit of everything. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Serge Ibaka bounces back with 19 points
    Serge Ibaka broke out of his slump with 19 points and 10 boards vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He looked great tonight and added three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He averaged just 4.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in his previous two games, so he needed tonight's performance in the worst way. His owners can deploy him with confidence on Wednesday against the Magic. Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Marc Gasol (knee) is in the starting lineup
    Marc Gasol (knee) will start on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He has been on the injury report with a sore left knee for over a week, but he hasn't missed a game yet. The Grizzlies have been playing him heavy minutes, so he's likely just a little fatigued. Get him active and we will let you know how he holds up after the game. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) is doubtful
    Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: So it begins. Pekovic lasted just six minutes on Sunday vs. the Blazers and was not able to practice on Monday. The big man just can't stay healthy, and there's a good chance he will eventually be shut down. Leave him on the wire. Monday, 4:50 pm
  • Garnett, Pekovic and Martin are doubtful
    Kevin Garnett (knee), Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) and Kevin Martin (wrist) are all considered doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: To be clear, KG isn't going to play. The 39-year-old veteran is a shut-down candidate and plays minutes in the teens when he is active, so he can be ignored in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng is a must-own player. Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Paul Millsap (ankle) good to go Monday
    Paul Millsap (ankle) is good to go for Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He wasn't on the injury report after playing 36 minutes vs. the Heat on Sunday, so he should see his normal workload. Millsap has been a top-10 player in standard leagues this season, so deploy him with confidence. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Tiago Splitter has been ruled out Monday
    Tiago Splitter (right hip) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Well, that explains why the Hawks recalled Walter Tavares from the D-League. Spliiter only plays minutes in the teens, so he isn't a fantasy asset anyways. Mike Muscala is expected to get most of Splitter's minutes. Monday, 3:22 pm
  • Malone believes Nurkic rounding into shape
    Coach Michael Malone said he believes Jusuf Nurkic is "rounding into shape."

    Advice: Baby steps. While Malone still wants to see Nurkic play more under control and use his size to his advantage, this is the first positive update we've had in some time."That's coming, that's coming," Nurkic said. "I haven't played in so long." Considering his size, style of play and his recovery time from knee surgery, the slow start to his season really shouldn't be surprising. Nikola Jokic needs to be owned in all formats. Monday, 10:55 am
  • Marc Gasol (knee) expected to play on Monday
    Marc Gasol (sore left knee) is expected to play on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He's not even listed on the injury report, and that's a good example of why going off of game notes more than 24 hours in advance of any contest is often incredibly misleading. Gasol will occupy his usual spot in the starting five, and fantasy GMs can feel confident plugging him into the lineup . Monday, 9:57 am
  • DeAndre Jordan gaining confidence at FT line
    DeAndre Jordan said that his confidence at the foul line is growing.

    Advice: "I’m getting more and more confident," Jordan said. Speaking of the Hack-A-Jordan tactic, DJ said, "I know every night it’s probably going to happen, they will do it. it works sometimes, it doesn’t work at times. I just have to be ready for it whenever it happens. It happens in the second quarter now, so it’s routine." After making 39.4 percent of his FTA through the first 31 games, DJ is up to 49.2 percent since. It's all about perspective, people. Monday, 8:56 am
  • Lakers tie record w/ 10th straight defeat
    The Lakers tied a franchise record with their 10th straight loss on Sunday, as Roy Hibbert went scoreless with two boards and three blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: L.A.'s previous 10-game skid came during the 1993-94 season and there's no relief in sight this year, as they continue to develop their neophyte core. Hibbert was 0-of-4 from the field tonight, and he shouldn't be owned if you want more than blocks with a handful of rebounds and solid FT shooting from the center position. Jan 31, 9:26 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns notches 25th double-double
    Karl-Anthony Towns notched his fourth straight double-double on Sunday with 21 points (9-of-18 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointers.

    Advice: Towns criticized his play on Friday even though he racked up 32 points and 12 rebounds in a tough matchup vs. Utah. "I was like a brick out there for my team," he said. "I played like crap. I didn't play well at all defensively." The Wolves' cornerstone atoned for his perceived failings tonight, notching his 25th double-double of the year, but it wasn't enough to avoid another road loss. Jan 31, 8:54 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets season-high four steals
    Markieff Morris collected a season-high four steals on Sunday, adding 13 points with four rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Morris shot 5-of-13 from the field in 26 minutes of action, and he's showing some signs of life over the Suns' past four games. He's on the trade block but Phoenix is hoping to extract more value than what they've been offered thus far, so it looks like Morris will be stuck in his current role until the trade deadline is impending. Jan 31, 7:14 pm
  • Alex Len quiet in 15 minutes off Suns' bench
    Alex Len came off the Suns' bench vs. Dallas on Sunday, finishing with just six points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs deployed a small starting lineup with Chandler Parsons at PF, which may have been the catalyst for the change with Mirza Teletovic starting over Len. They'll play a more traditional frontcourt in Toronto on Tuesday, so Len's trip to the bench may be short-lived -- either way he remains a 'hold' in standard leagues. Jan 31, 7:13 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays only 18 minutes vs. ORL
    Jared Sullinger finished Sunday's defeat with only five points and four rebounds in 18 minutes, shooting 2-of-7 from the field without any assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: He's played no more than 21 minutes in four consecutive games and sat out the final 18:24 tonight, as Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko manned the frontcourt. Sullinger has plenty of upside, which he flashes on occasion, but his low playing time makes him very frustrating to own. Patience is warranted in 12-team leagues. Jan 31, 6:55 pm
  • Paul Millsap, Al Horford scores 17 pts each
    Paul Millsap (ankle) and Al Horford each scored 17 points during Sunday's loss in Miami, with Millsap chipping in five rebounds, two steals, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes and gave no indication that his ankle was bothering him, confirming that it was a minor ailment. Millsap is the only player in the league averaging at least 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block, which is part of the reason he's been truly elite for fantasy purposes. Jan 31, 6:16 pm
  • Kevin Garnett, Kevin Martin out Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) and Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This will be Garnett's fourth straight game on the shelf and the Wolves won't be in any hurry to rush him back. Gorgui Dieng has been playing really well as the starting power forward, so he should benefit the most on Sunday. Jan 31, 4:44 pm
  • Alex Len shifts to bench vs. small-ball Mavs
    Alex Len will come off the Suns' bench on Sunday, with Mirza Teletovic starting at PF.

    Advice: The Mavericks are starting Chandler Parsons at PF tonight so Len's owners shouldn't panic, even though he also didn't start the second half of Friday's game. Phoenix has every reason to find him minutes, whether he starts or comes off the bench, so sit tight. Jan 31, 4:14 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan notches massive double-double
    DeAndre Jordan was phenomenal during Sunday's easy win over the Bulls, pulling down a game-high 20 rebounds to go with 17 points, four assists, one steal, four blocks and one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Jordan shot 6-of-7 from the field and was a respectable 5-of-8 from the line in this one, and he also matched a career-high for rebounds in a quarter by pulling down 12 boards in the first-quarter alone. He's going to be a 20-20 threat every time he steps on the court with Blake Griffin (hand) on the sidelines, and when punting away free throws, he was fantasy basketball's No. 6 overall option through the month of January. Jan 31, 3:39 pm
  • Paul Millsap (ankle) will play Sunday vs. MIA
    Paul Millsap (ankle) will play Sunday vs. the Heat, as expected.

    Advice: Millsap has been a first-round stud on the year, so he's obviously a must-start guy every time he takes the court. Go ahead and get him active. Jan 31, 2:03 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) probable for Monday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is probable to play Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Lauvergne picked up a DNP-CD on Saturday, and his minutes have been on a downward trajectory as of late with Nikola Jokic playing very well as the starting center. Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues at this point. Jan 31, 1:56 pm
  • Paul Millsap (ankle) on track to play Sunday
    Paul Millsap (ankle) will warm up with the intention of playing Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Millsap exited Thursday's game vs. the Pacers with the ankle injury, but he's had a full two days to recover and will more than likely be out there tonight. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Jan 31, 1:47 pm
  • Marc Gasol (left knee) questionable Monday
    Marc Gasol (left knee) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gasol tends to play if he's capable of walking, so he's probably a bit closer to probable for Monday's game. However, if he's unable to give it a go, the Grizzlies would likely go with a lot of small ball lineups with Matt Barnes and Jeff Green having the opportunity to return to the starting five. Stay tuned. Jan 31, 11:55 am
  • Sam Mitchell says Dieng is improving
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Gorgui Dieng is getting "a lot better."

    Advice: "He works hard, he’s getting a lot better," Mitchell said. "When he sets good screens and rolls to the basket, it just makes us a better basketball team. It just opens up spacing and creates more opportunities for guys." Dieng admitted that it was difficult to play limited minutes under Mitchell at the start of the season, but his role has steadily increased and he said he is "more comfortable" playing the four next to Karl-Anthony Towns. Dieng scored 20 points with 15 boards, two assists and two steals in his last game and needs to be owned in all leagues. Jan 31, 9:55 am
  • Paul Millsap (ankle) listed as probable starter
    Paul Millsap (ankle) is listed as the probable starter for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: The Hawks also listed him as probable on Saturday's injury report, so it sounds like he will be good to go. As always, we will have an update prior to tip-off, but his owners can go ahead and pencil him into lineups. Jan 31, 8:54 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 22 w/ five blocks in win
    Marc Gasol scored 22 points in Saturday's 121-117 win over the Kings, adding six boards, five assists, two steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was impressive on both ends of the court, but his biggest accomplishment was holding DeMarcus Cousins to 3-of-17 shooting from the field. Gasol has been on the injury report this week due to some knee soreness, but this was arguably one of the best games of his season. His owners shouldn't be concerned. Jan 30, 8:54 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops 16 and 10 with five steals
    Nikola Jokic kept rolling on Saturday during a 109-105 overtime loss to the Pacers, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, five steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The steals were a career high and he is only the third Nuggets player since 1983-84 to post at least 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and five steals. His minutes are starting to be consistent and his defense has made major strides. For fantasy, he has been a second-round player in his last five and a fourth-round player in the month of January. Enjoy the ride. Jan 30, 7:27 pm
  • Lauvergne gets a DNP-CD
    Joffrey Lauvergne was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: It took a while, but the cream has risen to the top and Nikola Jokic is getting some heavy burn. Lauvergne can be dropped in most leagues. Jan 30, 7:06 pm
  • Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph good to go
    Marc Gasol (knee) and Zach Randolph (toe) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Both players were on the injury report, but their status for tonight's game was never in doubt. Feel free to plug them into your lineups. Jan 30, 3:37 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful for Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Wolves will not let the 39-year-old veteran play at less than 100 percent, so don't expect to see him out there. Coach Sam Mitchell has finally freed Gorgui Dieng, so he is a must-start player until further notice. Jan 30, 3:13 pm
  • Paul Millsap hopeful to play on Sunday
    Paul Millsap (ankle) is hopeful to play against the Heat on Sunday and is listed as probable.

    Advice: He went through walk through on Saturday. Millsap's ankle bothered him in warmups before the second half and he opted to stay on the sidelines. If he can't go, it'll be Tiago Splitter and Mike Scott stepping up. There would be more shots for Kent Bazemore and Jeff Teague, too. Jan 30, 1:49 pm
  • Celtics interested in Horford?
    The Celtics are reportedly interested in trading for Al Horford.

    Advice: The Celtics have a stockpile of assets and are looking to make some noise in the playoffs, and they have also been linked to players such as Jeff Teague and Danilo Gallinari. The Hawks could look to press the "reset button" according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, and Horford could be available because he is on the last year of his deal. Again, nothing is imminent and Horford's value should be safe no matter what. Jan 30, 9:51 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is expected to play
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has missed two games in a row, but the big man went through shootaround and must be feeling a lot better. King Joffrey has only been getting minutes in the teens lately, but hopefully he doesn't take any playing time away from Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic. He is not on the fantasy radar. Jan 30, 9:22 am
  • DeAndre Jordan hauls in 17 rebounds in win
    DeAndre Jordan brought down 17 rebounds during Friday's win over the Lakers, adding six points, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnover through 32 minutes of work.

    Advice: It's par for the course for DeAndre who destroys the glass on a nightly basis. Jordan ranks No. 6 overall when punting away the free throw category, and he'll be a 20-20 threat for however long Blake Griffin (hand) is on the sidelines. Jan 29, 10:45 pm
  • Roy Hibbert scores 12 points with two blocks
    Roy Hibbert actually played well vs. the Clippers on Friday, tallying 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting to go with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: While it was nice to see Hibbert finally turn in a productive outing, he's basically been garbage over the past month with averages of 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game on 46.2 percent shooting, which has him ranking well outside the top 150 in standard leagues. There’s better shot blocking specialist out there. Jan 29, 10:12 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles with two swats
    Rudy Gobert double-doubled during Friday's win over the Timberwolves, tallying 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gobert has been a much more effective scorer over the past two weeks, and during that span he’s been a top-20 guy in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 12.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and an elite 2.6 swats per contest on 62.5 percent shooting. He was a second-round stud after the break last year, and he could certainly be right there again this season. Jan 29, 9:21 pm
  • Serge Ibaka has a really bad game
    Serge Ibaka made 1-of-7 from the field for two points with two rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Gross. Ibaka put up a double-double with four blocks in his last game against the Rockets this year and he's fared well in his career. Ibaka probably burned a lot of people in DFS tonight and his season-long owners are a little disappointed too. There is still a decent chance Ibaka heats up, but the chances are shrinking. Jan 29, 9:19 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles in 39 minutes
    Gorgui Dieng logged a season-high 39 minutes during Friday's loss to the Jazz, putting up 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Dieng can fill it up when given the minutes, and with Kevin Garnett (knee) hurting and Nikola Pekovic not really being capable of playing much more than 15 minutes a night, Gorgui could have a strong finish to the 2015-16 season. He was a top-50 guy after the All-Star break last year, so he needs to be owned in all leagues after this performance. Jan 29, 8:57 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores career-high 32 pts
    Karl-Anthony Towns showed why he was 2015’s No. 1 overall pick on Friday, notching a career-high 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting with 12 boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: For KAT to put up a career-high scoring game against one of the toughest defenses in the league is really something else, and at just 20 years old, he could realistically become one of the best players in the league once he reaches his prime. Towns is having himself a phenomenal rookie year owning averages of 16.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game on 53.3 percent shooting from the field and 85.7 percent from the stripe, and he's doing all that in just 29.4 minutes per game. He could be a top 10 guy if Sam Mitchell ever decides to give him 36 minutes a night. Jan 29, 8:48 pm
  • Alex Len gets benched later
    Alex Len did not start the second half on Friday against the Knicks, finishing with six points, seven rebounds and one block in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had a rough first half and the Suns went with an 11-man rotation in the first half, so coach Jeff Hornacek might have opted to tighten it up. Len did check back in for the final seven minutes of garbage time. He has been really good in the past week, so there is still plenty of hope he can keep his power forward minutes to go with 20 minutes or so as the backup center. Jan 29, 7:02 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic starts 3Q for Alex Len
    Mirza Teletovic started the third quarter for Alex Len on Friday.

    Advice: Len was a little slopping in the first half and there is no word of an injury right now. We'll let you know how he looks after the game. Jan 29, 6:12 pm
  • Lakers looking to trade several veterans?
    The Lakers are exploring the trade market for Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass and Nick Young.

    Advice: The Lakers are obviously going nowhere in the West, so it makes sense to make some moves in order to open up some minutes for the younger players on the roster. Hibbert is on the last year of his deal, but moving his $15.5 million contract will not be easy. He is averaging a pathetic 8.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks over his last five games and is well past his prime despite being just 29 years old. Jan 29, 6:58 am
  • Suns still looking to trade Markieff Morris
    The Suns are still looking to trade Markieff Morris, but they are holding out for a solid offer.

    Advice: Good luck. Morris threw a towel in the face of his coach this season and is still facing potential legal trouble for an incident back in the Spring of 2015, and it doesn't help that he hasn't been playing well either. Morris' fantasy value would likely get a boost if he was traded, but there is no real reason to stash him in most cases. Jan 29, 6:42 am
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