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  • 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. 29 minutes ago
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles as starter
    Bismack Biyombo scored 11 points (4-of-5 FGs, 3-of-7 F%Ts) in another start at center for the Raptors on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds without any blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are allowing a league-low 10.6 rebounds to opposing centers this year, but they're without Timofey Mozgov and Biyombo took advantage to post his second double-double of the year. He should continue to start with Jonas Valanciunas (hand) out approximately six weeks, and is worth a look if you need a low-end source of boards and blocks. 53 minutes ago
  • Patrick Patterson leads bench, plays 26 mins
    Patrick Patterson led Toronto's reserves with eight points in 26 minutes vs. the Cavs, hitting 3-of-8 shots with five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Dwane Casey will use more small lineups by default with Jonas Valanciunas (fractured hand) out of commission. James Johnson went scoreless in five minutes, however, while Anthony Bennett picked up a DNP-CD, so right now the burden is falling to Patterson, Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. Patterson is worth a look in deeper leagues with his role expanding for roughly the next six weeks. 55 minutes ago
  • Andre Drummond's 18 & 20 lead Pistons to win
    Andre Drummond imposed his will against the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, 20 boards, two steals, five blocks and only one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He used his strength to get position vs. Hassan Whiteside, the blocks were a season-high, and he only attempted one free throw (which he missed), all of which helped the Pistons snap a two-game losing streak. Drummond is on pace to be the first player to average at least 18 points and 17 points since Moses Malone did it in 1978-79. Today, 7:55 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) double-doubles Wed
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) started Wednesday's game and posted 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a loss vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons.

    Advice: Whiteside made 7-of-9 field goals and continues to establish himself as a force to reckoned with on a nightly basis. He's paying off richly for fantasy owners who gambled on him in the early rounds, posting top-15 value on the strength of 14.5 points (60.8 percent FGs), 11.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals and a gaudy 4.8 blocks. Today, 7:51 pm
  • Jared Sullinger ties season-high w/ 15 boards
    Jared Sullinger tied his season high with 15 rebounds during Wednesday's comeback victory, adding nine points, three assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics' defense has been struggling lately but they got back on track vs. the lowly 76ers, who came in averaging a league-worst 90.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting. That was great news for Boston since they only shot 34.1 percent themselves tonight, with Sullinger hitting just four of his 12 attempts (with one 3-pointer). Today, 7:29 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. Today, 7:24 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 22 points w/ 12 boards
    Nikola Vucevic had 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting vs. New York on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Vuc averaged 23.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Knicks last season, and his impressive stretch continued in Orlando's much-needed home victory. This should help allay any fears that arose after Vuc averaged a mere 22.3 minutes in Orlando's past three games. Today, 7:06 pm
  • Channing Frye scores three points as starter
    Channing Frye had three points, one 3-pointer and three rebounds in 20 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, playing in a frontcourt that included Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris.

    Advice: Scott Skiles said after Monday's loss to the Cavaliers that "it was like men against boys," and he's had no problem castigating his youthful roster this year. Frye is one of the elder statesmen of the team, but even while starting at PF he's a fantasy afterthought. Give him a look for 3-point help in deep leagues, but don't pass up a better ROS option to get him. Today, 7:04 pm
  • Robin Lopez solid but only plays 23 minutes
    Robin Lopez notched eight points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Wednesday, despite playing only 23 minutes.

    Advice: RoLo hasn't had a double-double in over two weeks. He was averaging just under 30 minutes in New York's previous three games, but his playing time continues to rise and fall based upon matchups and Derek Fisher's whims. Because of his fluctuating role, Lopez is a late-round option for the foreseeable future. Today, 7:01 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. Today, 6:42 pm
  • Kris Humphries again plays under 20 minutes
    Kris Humphries earned another start on Wednesday, posting five points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, two assists and one block in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The word "earned" is a bit strong -- Humphries continues to start despite averaging 1.7 points in his past three games. He's averaging 1.3 triples on 40.0 percent shooting from deep on the season, but his playing time has been eroded by Jared Dudley and there's simply no reason to hang onto him in 12-team leagues. Today, 6:41 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. Today, 4:27 pm
  • Kosta Koufos will start Wednesday vs. Bucks
    Kosta Koufos will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's games against the Bucks with DeMarcus Cousins (back) unavailable.

    Advice: Rajon Rondo, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein will join Koufos in the starting five for tonight's matchup in Milwaukee. Koufos is an okay punt play in DFS, but Gay and Rondo will be the true beneficiaries with Cousins sidelined. Plan accordingly. Today, 3:48 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will play vs. Mavs
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will play against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be his first game back from his Friday ankle sprain. Aldridge is expected to guard Dirk Nowitzki tonight as the two launch plenty of jumpers. David West will move back to the bench and Boris Diaw may play less. We'll see how this affects offensive superstar Kawhi Leonard, but it probably won't. Today, 3:45 pm
  • Mitch McGary (ankle) is available
    Mitch McGary (ankle) will be available to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: McGary probably won't be out there unless it's garbage time, which certainly could happen against the Nets. Today, 3:26 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) will play vs. DET
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) is a go for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: This was the expected move as Whiteside was a full participant during shootaround, and he said that the stomach issue is now behind him. The Heat absolutely need Whiteside's size to compete with Andre Drummond, and that will be a fun matchup to watch. Go ahead and get him active. Today, 3:09 pm
  • Boogie Down: DeMarcus Cousins out vs. Bucks
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a back injury, which kept him out of overtime on Monday. With Cousins out, the Kings will be using a lot of Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi at the four while Kosta Koufos should handle the minutes at the five for the most part. With Boogie being the No. 1 big man in usage rate, there will be a lot of shots to go around, making Marco Belinelli also an option. Gay should have a chance for a big game, too. Today, 2:59 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. Today, 2:39 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) very unlikely for Wed
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) is still being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, and it's "very unlikely" that he will play tonight according to Kings insider James Ham.

    Advice: Owners can go ahead and put Cousins on their bench as it sounds like he's bound to watch from the sidelines tonight. Kosta Koufos will have the opportunity to enter the starting five sans Cousins, while Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo will have their hands full on offense. Marco Belinelli will also likely see some increased opportunity with Cousins on the sidelines, and he'd be someone to consider as a punt play in daily leagues. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Andrew Bogut misses practice
    Andrew Bogut (back) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is just dealing with stiffness, which was evident in Tuesday's game. Bogut should still be ready to go for Friday against the Suns. If he's not, Festus Ezeli will be in line for more minutes and the Warriors may go with the small-ball lineup with its super-human powers. Today, 1:09 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. Today, 10:28 am
  • Diaw implies Aldridge (ankle) will play Wed
    Boris Diaw implied that LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle, questionable) will play Wednesday against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Aldridge has spent the past two games on the sidelines with an ankle injury, and while the Spurs are still listing him with the questionable tag, Boris Diaw said that LaMarcus will most likely be guarding Dirk Nowitzki tonight. We're not likely going to have official confirmation on LMA's status until just before the tip, but things are trending in a positive direction for Aldridge. David West will return to the bench if LaMarcus is a go. Today, 9:46 am
  • Pekovic participates in pick-and-roll drills
    Nikola Pekovic (right Achilles) was spotted going through some two-on-none pick-and-roll work with Ricky Rubio on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pekovic won't play on Wednesday, but this is the next step in his progression from the offseason Achilles surgery. However, with Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng on the roster, there's no reason to own Pek in any format. Today, 9:30 am
  • Mitch McGary (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) was moving well during Wednesday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Anthony Slater, and he'll likely be available vs. the Nets.

    Advice: McGary is averaging just 5.7 minutes per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Today, 9:26 am
  • Channing Frye will start Wednesday vs. Knicks
    Channing Frye will replace Victor Oladipo in the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Joining him in the starting unit will be Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucavic. Frye is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and with averages of just 6.5 points, 4.0 boards and 1.5 three-pointers on 36.1 percent shooting as a starter this season, he's not worth a pickup in most leagues. It'll be interesting just how long he sticks in the starting five, as Aaron Gordon seems like the better option. Today, 9:01 am
  • Whiteside (illness) goes through shootaround
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) was a full participant during Wednesday morning's shootaround, and he's expected to play vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: While things aren't official just yet, it sounds like Whiteside is going to give it a go tonight, and the Heat will certainly need his size to compete with the rebounding cyborg known as Andre Drummond. Whiteside said that his stomach issues are mostly over, so owners can plan on having him active. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Today, 8:27 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says blocking shots not easy
    Hassan Whiteside stated during a recent interview that leading the league in blocks is no easy feat.

    Advice: "No, man, it's not as easy as you might think," Hassan said of his knack for swatting shots. "You know, it's weird, because there's two different teams. There's teams that are out there, 'Stay away from Hassan.' And there's teams out there, 'We don't care if Hassan is down there, attack Hassan.' And I love them teams. God bless them coaches and bless them. I love them teams." Despite shooting just 53.4 percent from the stripe, Hassan is putting up first-round value behind averages of 14.5 points (career-high), 11.1 boards (career-high) and a league-leading 4.8 blocks per game (also a career-high). Today, 7:01 am
  • Roy Hibbert scores two points in loss
    Roy Hibbert scored two points with six boards, one assist, one block and one steal on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The Lakers were blown out of this game which explains why Hibbert logged just 23 minutes. Even with tonight's dud he is still averaging 8.6 points, 7.2 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, and he is actually still returning mid-round value. His wheels could fall off at any time and things could get interesting in Los Angeles if they decide to tank, so it's not the worst idea to float some trade offers around your league to see if you can get a mid-round asset in return. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Andrew Bogut tweaks his back, stays in game
    Andrew Bogut tweaked his back in Tuesday's win over the Lakers, but he stayed in the game and finished with eight points, seven boards, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To be clear, the injury looked minor and the Warriors simply put a wrap around his back, so we'll leave him off the injury report for now. With three days off until Friday's game vs. Phoenix, Bogut should be fine. His minutes will be held in check going forward because the Warriors want to keep him fresh for the postseason, so he is a low-end option at best. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 16 points in loss
    Nikola Jokic scored 16 points with six boards, two assists and one turnover in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Going up against an imposing frontcourt including Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan is never easy, but Jokic held his own and turned in a decent fantasy line. Jokic has played well in three out of his last four games and Nuggets head coach Michael Malone appears to be eager to develop him, and it's obvious that he has some upside. The return of Jusuf Nurkic (knee) in December could complicate things, but there's a lot to like about Jokic moving forward. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores season-high 18 points
    DeAndre Jordan scored a season-high 18 points in Tuesday's win over the Nuggets with 11 boards, three assists, four blocks and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets sent him to the foul line 25 times tonight and Jordan was able to connect on 12 of them. He's going to have more nights like this in which he obliterates your free throw percentage, but the guy is an animal when it comes to boards, blocks and FG percentage. Jordan now gets to look forward to a matchup with Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) probable for Wed
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Whiteside didn't practice on Tuesday, but he is traveling with the team and is fully expected to be in the lineup in Detroit. Check back for an update after shootaround, but feel free to keep him locked in your lineups. Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) doubtful Wed
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He sat out of Tuesday's optional practice and is dealing with a lower back strain as well as a sore thigh. Cousins is clearly ailing right now and the Kings will want to be cautious, so don't be surprised if takes the day off on Wednesday. Kosta Koufos will likely benefit the most, while Willie Cauley-Stein will be pressed into a larger role as well. Additionally, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo would be nice DFS targets. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) traveling w/ team
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) is traveling with the Heat to Detroit for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Whiteside sat out Tuesday's practice and remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, and we likely won't have another update until after Wednesday morning's shootaround. If Whiteside isn't able to give it a go, Josh McRoberts could enter the starting five with Amare Stoudemire seeing some increased opportunity for playing time. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) doesn't practice Tues
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) sat out Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: The practice was optional, and Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinellli and head coach George Karl also were not present for the optional outing. Cousins is a little beat up, dealing with discomfort in his back and a sore thigh, so we're going to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. If he can't give it a go, Rudy Gay, Belinelli and Rondo will see some increased opportunity on offense. Check back for another update on DMC following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Mithc McGary (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: McGary's been a negligible part of the rotation for the Thunder this season, so there won't be much fantasy fallout if he's unable to give it a go. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Wed
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Aldridge has missed the Spurs previous two game with the ankle injury, and while it's been Davis West starting sans Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard has been the true beneficiary with his usage rate climbing to 28.8 with LaMarcus on the sidelines. We'll likely get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, and if LMA isn't able to give it a go, Kawhi would be worth a look in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Wizards. Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Hassan Whiteside grateful for challenge
    Hassan Whiteside said he's grateful for teams that challenge him.

    Advice: After blocking five shots in Monday's win over the Knicks, Whiteside said he's glad teams challenge him. "You know, it's weird, because there's two different teams," Whiteside said. "There's teams that are out there, 'Stay away from Hassan.' And there's teams out there, 'We don't care if Hassan is down there, attack Hassan.' And I love them teams. God bless them coaches and bless them. I love them teams." The 26-year-old is enjoying a monster season with an average of 4.8 blocks per game and should be started on all fantasy rosters right now. Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins dealing with stiff back
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) was dealing with some discomfort during Monday's flight to Milwaukee.

    Advice: Cousins is also dealing with a thigh injury from Monday's win over the Hornets, so we'll keep an eye on his status for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein would be in line to see more time if Cousins can't play, but he doesn't seem in danger of missing any time. Yesterday, 6:55 am
  • 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
  • Andre Drummond scores 15 with 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 15 points with 15 boards, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He started a new double-double streak with this one and still has double-digit boards in every game. Drummond did not do a great job protecting the paint and former teammate Greg Monroe had some success against him. Drummond is a good bet for over 70 double-doubles this season. Monday, 10:01 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
  • Hassan Whiteside blocks five more shots
    Hassan Whiteside blocked five shots during a 95-78 win over the Knicks on Monday, adding 11 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The blocks are out of control. Whiteside's 4.8 blocks per game are more than 12 teams. He has first-round value in standard leagues and has been even better than his breakout 2014-15 season. Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Mitch McGary twists his ankle on Monday
    Mitch McGary twisted his ankle in Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was getting a few minutes of action in garbage time, so it's tough to see him suffer an injury in a blowout win. McGary was in a lot of pain and could be looking at some time on the shelf, but he wasn't on the fantasy radar anyways because he has been buried on the bench. Monday, 9:44 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
  • Kosta Koufos scores 10 points
    Kosta Koufos scored 10 points in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) was hurt tonight, so perhaps Koufos gets put in the starting lineup. He's clearly outplaying Willie Cauley-Stein and is worth a speculative add for owners needing some short term help with their big men. Monday, 8:33 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
  • Channing Frye gets seven minutes
    Channing Frye played seven minutes against the Cavs on Monday with nine points and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was really late on some defensive rotations late in the game and he did not enter the game until seven minutes were left in the fourth quarter. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic could be benched?
    Nikola Vucevic played just 26 minutes against the Cavs on Monday with 12 points, five boards, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: Coach Scott Skiles will be making a change to his starting lineup on Wednesday and there's a decent chance we see Dewayne Dedmon start over Vooch. Still, Vucevic is too valuable to be benched this severely all season, so his owners just have to hang in there. Monday, 6:56 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 30, gets hurt vs. CHA
    DeMarcus Cousins suffered multiple injuries on Monday against the Hornets, finishing with 30 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took a knee to the thigh from Jeremy Lamb and he also had ice on his back to start overtime. Cousins was able to return from his injury, but he did not play in overtime. He should be considered as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Monday, 6:40 pm
  • Cousins (back) is available to return Monday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) has returned to the bench and is available to return against the Hornets.

    Advice: Cousins was only in the locker room for a few moments, but the Kings do have a comfortable lead and they won't have to play him big minutes in the fourth quarter. We'll have an update after the game. Monday, 5:45 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) out for Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his second game out after playing through an ankle injury from Friday. With Aldridge out, West should get the start and play minutes in the mid-20s, but his usage rate will be tiny in the first unit. Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner should also help out. Kawhi Leonard could have a big game tonight. Monday, 3:47 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. Monday, 10:41 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge remains questionable Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left ankle sprain) is still considered questionable for Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: "He looked OK," teammate Danny Green said. The only real update we have to go off of is that Aldridge was practicing free throws when practice opened to the media, and there is nothing to take away from that. Considering the Suns were the other team seriously in the running for LMA's services before he signed in San Antonio, Aldridge should have plenty of motivation to try and take the floor. If he's held out, veteran David West would likely draw another start, but Kyle Anderson, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw would all help fill the void off the bench. Monday, 9:39 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. Sunday, 9:17 pm
  • Roy Hibbert blocks four shots in loss to POR
    Roy Hibbert blocked four shots in Sunday's loss vs. Portland, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He did a good job protecting the rim, as usual, but the Lakers' inability to contain penetration put an impossible amount of pressure on Hibbert. He's posted mid-round value on the strength of 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, and owners just have to hope that he doesn't have another mid-season meltdown this year. Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles vs. Warriors
    Nikola Jokic started again on Sunday and posted 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He's still learning the game, particularly on defense, but he played with impressive energy and should be able to hold off J.J. Hickson for the starting center job. He's worth a flier while earning 25-30 minutes per game. Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Andrew Bogut solid but plays only 18 minutes
    Andrew Bogut played well in 18 minutes on Sunday, posting eight points, six boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: Bogut has been a per-minute stud through 15 games, returning top-100 value in only 20.2 minutes per game. His upside is limited due to the playing time issues, but at least it reduces the likelihood of an injury. Sunday, 7:47 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan posts 13-15-5 line in loss
    DeAndre Jordan was his typical self on Sunday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting (1-of-4 from the line) to go with 15 boards, five swats, one assist, one steal and one turnover through 39 minutes.

    Advice: This is pretty much par for the course for Jordan, who is a first-round stud when ignoring the free throw category. DeAndre had been in a mini-slump regarding his shot blocking over the previous five games, but he made up for that today with his five swats. Look for him to produce a similar stat line with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets on Tuesday. Sunday, 4:20 pm
  • Patrick Patterson plays just 14 mins in win
    Patrick Patterson didn't do much at all during his 14 minutes of action on Sunday, tallying just two points on 1-of-2 shooting to go with five rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: He wasn’t a factor today despite Jonas Valanciunas (hand) wearing a suit, although part of that could have been matchup based. Valanciunas isn’t going to come back any time soon (out at least six weeks), so Patterson will have some extended opportunity to produce. However, if he puts up another dud in the next game, those that made a speculative add would probably be best served returning 2-Pat to the waiver wire. Lucas Nogueira didn't even leave the bench, so he's not looking like someone who will benefit sans Jonas. Sunday, 3:38 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo hauls in 14 boards in start
    Bismack Biyombo hauled in 14 rebounds during his first game as a starter for the Raptors on Sunday, but he didn't bring much else to the stat sheet with just six points on 3-of-5 shooting, one turnover and zero blocks through 31 minutes.

    Advice: Some blocks would have been nice, but this was an admirable performance from Biyombo who did his best to replace what the Raptors lost in Jonas Valanciunas (hand, out roughly six weeks). Bismack should see a nice boost in minutes going forward, and he’s worth a look in deep leagues for owners seeking some help in the shot blocking and rebounding categories. Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (mild left ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: If Aldridge is again unable to go on Monday, it'll likely be David West drawing the start with Boris Diaw having some increased opportunity for playing time. Kawhi Leonard logged 40 minutes on Saturday with LaMarcus unavailable, so he could again see heavy minutes on Monday, and he'd be worth considering in DFS with an uptempo matchup against Phoenix. Sunday, 2:41 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. LAC
    Bismack Biyombo will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Raptors need Biyombo to compete with the Clippers' size, and after he slid into the starting lineup following Jonas Valanciunas' (broken hand) injury on Friday, this was the expected move. Biyombo isn't necessarily a must-add guy in standard leagues, but if you're in a deep league and looking for some help in the shot blocking and rebounding categories, he makes sense as a speculative add with Jonas set to miss at least the next six weeks of action. Sunday, 11:13 am
  • Pop: LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is day-to-day
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated on Saturday that LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Aldridge didn't suit up against the Grizzlies on Saturday after playing through his ankle sprain on Friday vs. the Pelicans, and he admitted that he was having trouble moving around in that game. "I tried to play through it, but I was a bit of a liability on the defensive side," Aldridge said. "I couldn’t move laterally." The Spurs play the Suns on Monday, so Aldridge should be considered questionable for that contest. If he can't go, David West could potentially draw another start. Sunday, 8:10 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. Sunday, 7:46 am
  • Hassan Whiteside blocks eight shots vs. PHI
    Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points with nine rebounds, one steal and eight blocks against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Everyone loves to block Jahlil Okafor and Whiteside picked up two off him with three off Nerlens Noel. Whiteside is leading the NBA in blocks with 4.8 per game, adding averages of 14.8 points, 11.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.3 turnovers. He has top-10 value right now. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • Kris Humphries goes scoreless
    Kris Humphries failed to score on his seven shots from the field on Saturday, adding five rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: With Jared Dudley getting some stretch four minutes, Humphries is not appealing in almost any league right now. Saturday, 8:19 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. Saturday, 8:10 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores eight points in win
    Robin Lopez scored eight points with six boards and two assists in 25 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Even with Dwight Howard (rest) out for Houston, Lopez struggled in the paint against Clint Capela and failed to record any blocks or steals. His contract with the Knicks isn't looking too good at the moment as he is averaging just 4.6 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 block in 23.0 minutes per game in his last five, but his starting spot should be safe because the Knicks have won four straight and have a lot of money invested in the big man. Treat him as a low-end asset until further notice. Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • Andre Drummond does not double-double
    Andre Drummond scored eight points with 13 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal against the Wizards during his 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: He had a monster jam as he ran down the lane in the first half, but didn't really do much on offense with the Wizards defending him well. Drummond failed to log a double-double for the first time all season and he's also dropped his rebounds per game in each of his last four. He's obviously fine. You can check out the dunk in the link below. Saturday, 7:43 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 5:57 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins plays 40 minutes in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played 40 minutes in a 97-91 win over the Magic on Saturday, scoring 29 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He made 8-of-19 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line, but all that playing time actually dropped him from the top spot for usage rate -- Russell Westbrook is your leader now. Cousins is still putting up ridiculous averages of 27.7 points, 11.2 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.6 treys. Boogie is a stat factory. Saturday, 5:38 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 4:47 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic, Vic Oladipo benched yet again
    Nikola Vucevic did not play in the final 14:23 of Saturday's loss to the Kings, finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was a close game, but coach Scott Skiles went with Channing Frye at center over Vooch in crunch time. Dewayne Dedmon took some of Vucevic's minutes on Wednesday, but maybe Skiles wanted some extra 3-point shooting. Also, Skiles doesn't appear to be pleased with Vucevic's effort. This probably won't continue for too long, but this is nothing new from Skiles. Vooch's owners have to sit tight until Skiles stops benching his best big man. Saturday, 4:42 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) out vs. Memphis
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He played through his ankle sprain from Friday and it is going to cost him tonight. Aldridge shouldn't be out for too long and should be considered questionable to face the Suns on Monday. As for tonight, David West has only played 8.6 percent of his minutes next to LMA and Diaw at 41.7 percent next to LMA. On the downside, West does only have a 13.4 usage rate next to Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, and Matt Bonner could be in the mix for minutes too. In other words, DFS owners shouldn't be too aggressive in capitalizing here outside of using Kawhi Leonard. Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic back in the starting lineup
    The Magic will start Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic on Saturday against the Kings.

    Advice: Vooch was benched and didn't play in the second half on Wednesday. "As good as he is, we want more -- more effort and more energy," coach Scott Skiles said. The Magic got the win, so benched him worked out. Still, expect Vucevic to get his normal playing time. Saturday, 12:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will return on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has served his one-game suspension and will be available to play on Saturday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Kosta Koufos will likely head to the bench with Cousins back in the lineup, while Willie Cauley-Stein's minutes will also take a hit as well. With Rudy Gay (shoulder) doubtful for Saturday's game, expect Cousins to be very involved on the offensive end this evening. Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Patrick Patterson gets some C minutes
    Patrick Patterson played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Friday with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played six minutes at center in the second half and could be in line for more minutes while Jonas Valanciunas (hand) is out. Patterson has more upside than guys like Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo, so he's probably the best pickup of the bunch. If you need a big with some treys, give him a look. Saturday, 1:16 am
  • Bismack should be the starting center
    Bismack Biyombo started the second half on Friday against the Lakers, finishing with one point, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas broke his hand today, so Biyombo is in line for more minutes. As promising as that sounds, he's almost always a rarely used center on offense and the Raptors probably won't play him more than minutes in the high 20s. He's more of a 14-team guy or someone to look at if you really need blocks. Saturday, 1:13 am
  • 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. Saturday, 12:49 am
  • Nikola Jokic exposed on defense in start
    Nikola Jokic made his first NBA start of his career on Friday against the Suns, scoring six points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He looked totally lost at times on defense as the Nuggets just could not communicate on pick-and-roll to defend shooters. Jokic was completely overmatched and the Suns basically had a target on his back in the fourth quarter -- he had a minus-99 net rating in 3.3 minutes. Hopefully the Nuggets can coach him up and keep him in the starting lineup. The Nuggets get the Warriors on Sunday, so that's not good for Jokic. If you picked him up, you should probably cut him some slack until Sunday. Friday, 11:24 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. Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 21 with 11 rebounds
    Andre Drummond scored 21 point with 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes against the Wolves during a 96-86 win on Friday.

    Advice: While he did not rebound anywhere near what he usually does, Drummond made 10-of-13 from the field for his highest efficiency all season. He'll look to have 20/20 vision in what should be an up-tempo game against the Wizards on Saturday. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Sat
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that his left ankle is tender, and he will have to see how it feels tomorrow before determining his status for Saturday's matchup with the Grizzlies.

    Advice: LaMarcus briefly left Friday's game against the Pelicans after twisting his left ankle, but he played through the injury, finishing the game with 20 points, 11 boards, two assists and a block through 32 minutes. While the injury doesn't seem very serious, the Spurs have a ton of depth at power forward and tend to be cautious with their stars and injuries, so it wouldn't be shocking to see LaMarcus sit out Saturday's game. If he is out, David West would have an opportunity to start with Boris Diaw seeing a nice uptick in minutes. Check back for another update on LaMarcus following Saturday morning's shootaround. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays just 19 minutes
    Jared Sullinger played 19 minutes during a blowout win over the Nets on Friday with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in the first half and wasn't in foul trouble. While Sullinger is having a very nice run, he's certainly not safe from coach Brad Stevens cutting his playing time. That said, this was his first game below 20 minutes since October, so there's no need to be alarmed yet. Friday, 7:38 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. Friday, 6:48 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) returns to game
    LaMarcus Aldridge has returned to the game.

    Advice: He may have some swelling, but this is obviously a great sign. We'll let you know how he fares and look for some post-game comments. Friday, 5:51 pm
  • Nikola Jokic will start on Friday night
    Nikola Jokic will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Well, go get him. Jokic could let you down, but he's coming in red hot and has a ton of upside. He should play minutes and should be picked up by anyone needing a big man. Yes, you can never have too many big men, so that means add him. Friday, 5:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic to get extra run on Friday?
    Coach Mike Malone said he's going to let "[Nikola] Jokic run a lot because he feels he can handle the work load."

    Advice: Jokic was the story of the night on Wednesday with his eight-cat line of 23 points and 12 boards. He's probably going to come off the bench tonight against the Suns, but he might be getting minutes in the mid 20s. If you were thinking about picking him up before, you might want to do it now in case he goes off an someone else grabs him. Friday, 4:21 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. Friday, 4:00 pm
  • Nerlens Noel could play the five?
    Coach Brett Brown said he's considering moving Nerlens Noel to the five and Jahlil Okafor to the four.

    Advice: It makes sense to a degree, but it probably won't help Okafor. Noel has a putrid 42.8 true shooting percentage on the year, which is dead last among all forwards and centers with at least 10 starts this season. He is shooting just 21.3 percent outside of three feet, so this change would be good for him. Friday, 2:41 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee, wrist) will play Friday
    Nerlens Noel (knee, wrist) will play vs. the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown recently revealed that Noel has been dealing with "some knee problems with some tendinitis," but it's a good sign if they are going to let him play through it. The 76ers will be cautious with him if the issue lingers, so keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward. Friday, 8:22 am
  • Malone praises rookie Nikola Jokic
    Nuggets head coach Michael Malone praised Nikola Jokic after his performance against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: "His feel for the game, his skill level, he's got great hands, he's so good at getting deflections and steals," Malone said. "We're so excited about his progress and his potential because we think in Emmanuel [Mudiay] and Nikola we have two great young players." Jokic scored 23 points with 12 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in that contest, but it should be noted that Joffrey Lauvergne (back) and Jusuf Nurkic are still sidelined. Jokic clearly has a lot of upside, so feel free to give him a look if you need a big. Friday, 7:52 am
  • DeAndre Jordan scores nine with 10 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored nine points with 10 boards, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes against the Warriors in Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't block any shots tonight for the first time all season. After he averaged 3.6 blocks per game in his first seven, Jordan is down to just 0.8 per game in his last four. He's still a nightly double-double threat, but the lack of blocks doesn't put him in the same category as guys like Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside. Thursday, 10:44 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. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside gets into early foul trouble
    Hassan Whiteside scored 12 points with five rebounds, two steal and four blocks in just 18 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: Even with DeMarcus Cousins out, Whiteside picked up two fouls in the first quarter and didn't register any positive stats until midway through the second quarter. Whiteside did add four blocks in the second half and went 100 percent from the line with at least four attempts for just the second time in his career. His league-leading blocks have given him first-round value on the year. Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays 25 minutes
    Kosta Koufos played 25 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday with six points and seven boards.

    Advice: He had three fouls in the first quarter to send him to the bench early. Koufos had a lot of easy looks and didn't shoot the ball well, making 3-of-8 from the field and missing both free throws. With DeMarcus Cousins returning, there's no reason to add Koufos. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Kosta Koufos, Omri Casspi starting vs. Miami
    Kosta Koufos and Omri Casspi will enter the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Heat, sending Quincy Acy back to the bench.

    Advice: The Kings will roll out a starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ben McLemore, Casspi, Rudy Gay and Koufos. Gay and Rondo make for the most attractive DFS targets. Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • Kosta Koufos likely to start on Thursday
    George Karl said that he'll probably start Kosta Koufos at center for Thursday night's matchup against the Heat with DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) unavailable.

    Advice: Karl said that he's planning on starting Omri Casspi at the three, sliding Rudy Gay over to the four-spot with Koufos at center. Koufos isn't really a stat sheet stuffer, and with a tough matchup against the Heat, he'll make for a risky DFS option. Rudy Gay, however, owns a 29.4 usage rate sans Boogie, so he's going to be very busy on offense and will make for a quality DFS target tonight. Thursday, 3:22 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game
    DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Cousins elbowed Al Horford in the head during Wednesday's game, and he will now be forced to the sidelines for Thursday's contest. Head coach George Karl will likely roll out a starting frontcourt of Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos for tonight's matchup with the Heat, and Rudy Gay is going to be very busy on offense sans Boogie. Koufos is averaging 9.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block as a starter this season, so while he'll see some increased minutes tonight, he's not necessarily a great DFS option. Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Nikola Jokic erupts w/ 23 & 12 in career game
    Nikola Jokic racked up career highs across the board on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with one 3-pointer, 12 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. He made 8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs and didn't commit a single turnover -- if he'd handed out a few assists this would be a perfect 9-cat line. Head coach Mike Malone likes him, and there's a chance Jokic could be fantasy-worth even once Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is healthy. This huge night seemingly came out of nowhere, as he'd played one minute in Tuesday's game, but he has enough potential to be speculatively added in most leagues. You can always cut him if it doesn't work out. Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Mason Plumlee blocks six shots
    Mason Plumlee blocked six shots against the Rockets on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He blocked James Harden three times and had a career high in blocks. Plumlee's minutes have held steady, but his output hasn't changed much with the team losing Meyers Leonard. He's worth a look in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par foul shooting. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Jared Sullinger double-doubles with 18 & 12
    Jared Sullinger scored 18 points and hauled in 12 rebounds vs. Dallas on Wednesday, marking his fourth double-double in the past six games.

    Advice: He added one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal and one turnover, and continues to be a pillar of the Celtics' otherwise unreliable frontcourt rotation. Amir Johnson started and had six points, five boards and one steal in 28 minutes, while David Lee pitched in 14 points and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench tonight. Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic benched after halftime vs. MIN
    Nikola Vucevic was benched after halftime on Wednesday and he never got back into the game, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic trailed by 14 points at halftime and Vucevic was 4-of-13 from the field at that point. "[I] just didn't think he played very well," said Skiles, who is living up to our preseason fears. He's yanking around player's roles on a night-to-night basis, but Vuc is far too good for this to be a long-term concern. Barring one injury-shortened appearance, he'd played at least 26 minutes in every game this season. Expect him to start on Saturday. Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Channing Frye gets unexpected 2nd-half start
    Channing Frye unexpectedly started the second half of Wednesday's game, but he failed to score and played only seven minutes.

    Advice: He and Dewayne Dedmon started in place of Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic after the half, but it was Jason Smith (27 minutes) who absorbed all the playing time at center. Frye's bizarre, temporary promotion clearly does not affect his fantasy outlook. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Nerlens Noel has knee 'problems', tendinitis
    Nerlens Noel has been dealing with "some knee problems with some tendinitis," according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: We'll consider Noel questionable for Friday's game in Charlotte, and a few days of rest might do him good. He started on Wednesday but had only two points, three rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 24 minutes. He's made just 39.8 percent of his shots and even air-balled a jumper tonight, showing zero offensive chemistry with the starting unit. We should have an update on Noel's health after Thursday's shootaround. Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Dedmon & Frye start 3Q for Oladipo & Vucevic
    The Magic started the third quarter on Wednesday with Dewayne Dedmon and Channing Frye for Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic.

    Advice: Coach Scott Skiles is at it again here after his team was beaten up on the defensive end. No man is safe. We'll let you know how everyone does in the second half. Wednesday, 5:24 pm
  • Tiago Splitter will return to the bench Wed
    Tiago Splitter will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Splitter started on Tuesday, but only managed to get 12 minutes to go with two points, three boards and a block. He's not a fantasy option. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Rudy Gobert says ankle close to 100 percent
    Rudy Gobert said that his sprained left ankle is "pretty much" back to being 100 percent.

    Advice: "I still feel it a little bit, but I can move well, I can jump well, so I’m good," said Gobert. Rudy returned to action on Sunday, putting up 11 points, 11 boards and three blocks through 38 minutes of playing time, so it doesn't look like the ankle will be much of an issue at all moving forward. Make sure you have him active for a favorable matchup with the Raptors on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:50 am
  • Andrew Bogut plays 17 minutes in start Tues
    Andrew Bogut moved back into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors and scored 13 points with six boards, two assists, one steal and one block in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut's minutes were limited because he had five fouls, but his playing time should settle somewhere in the mid-20s moving forward because the Warriors will want to keep him fresh for the postseason. Bogut has been playing really well, so he's worth owning in most leagues while he is this hot. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic gets one minute
    Nikola Jokic played just one minute against the Pelicans on Tuesday with one rebound.

    Advice: He fell victim to the small-ball lineup here. Jokic should get more time tomorrow night against the Spurs, but is obviously only worth a look in deep leagues. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 25 with 18 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 25 points with 18 rebounds during a 104-99 win over the Cavs on Tuesday, adding three steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: These rebounding numbers are insane and he actually pulled his average down tonight. Drummond grabbed at least 15 rebounds in each of his last nine games. The last players to do that for 10 straight games were DeAndre Jordan last year, Anderson Varejao in 2012 and Kevin Love in 2010. He's been a 19-19 player on the year and is a DFS monster. Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Tiago Splitter scores two points
    Tiago Splitter got the start at center on Tuesday with two points, three rebounds and one block in 12 minutes.

    Advice: With Kent Bazemore (ankle) out, the Hawks went big. Needless to say, Splitter getting in the starting lineup doesn't mean much for his value. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Kris Humphries scores nine points
    Kris Humphries scored nine points in 21 minutes against the Bucks on Tuesday with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: His 23-point game from Saturday was quite the fluke and Humphries was right back to where he should be most nights. the Wizards went with a lot of small-ball lineups today, which should continue. Humphries is a borderline player to own in standard leagues Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores just four points
    Greg Monroe took a step back on Tuesday against the Wizards with four points on 1-of-6 from the field, adding five rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: He was putting up some monster numbers in his past five games, but keep in mind Michael Carter-Williams does take a lot of shots and MCW missing time could have helped Monroe post those inflated stats. He was exposed on defense today and coach Jason Kidd does put guys on a short leash for stuff like that. That said, Monroe owners have nothing to worry about as long as they're not expecting him to be quite as good as he was in the past week. Tuesday, 6:33 pm
  • Andrew Bogut will start on Tuesday night
    Andrew Bogut will start on Tuesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: That'll move Festus Ezeli back to the bench. The two players should see similar playing time and it's more about the lineup combinations than anything. They kind of cancel each other out in standard leagues due to how often Bogut is hurt. Tuesday, 6:01 pm
  • Tiago Splitter confirmed a starter for Tues
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Tiago Splitter will start Tuesday against the Nets.

    Advice: The Hawks will go with a jumbo lineup of Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Splitter with Jeff Teague (ankle) and Kent Bazemore (ankle) unavailable. Schroder is setup for a favorable matchup against the Nets, so he's worth a punt play in daily leagues. Splitter doesn't really stuff the stat sheet and Coach Bud implied that he won't play "starter's minutes," so he'll be a bit of a risky plug-and-play DFS option. Tuesday, 3:09 pm
  • Andrew Bogut set to return to starting lineup
    Andrew Bogut will reportedly return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, sending Festus Ezeli back to the bench.

    Advice: The two big men in Golden State are essentially locked into a timeshare, so the starter designation is a bit trivial. Bogut's minutes will likely be kept in the low-20s, regardless of how he enters the game, but he's worth owning in standard leagues as a shot blocking (1.6) and rebounding (9.0) specialist who can offer above-average contributions to the assist category (2.8) from the center position. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Tiago Splitter listed as probable starter
    Tiago Splitter is listed as the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Nets with Kent Bazemore (ankle) and Jeff Teague (ankle) inactive.

    Advice: Tuesday's game notes have the Hawks rolling out a jumbo lineup of Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Splitter for their game against Brooklyn, and we'll get an official confirmation on the starters closer to tipoff. Splitter isn't really a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, so he's not a great DFS option despite the start. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Andrew Bogut not worried about starting
    Andrew Bogut said he's not worried about whether or not he starts.

    Advice: Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said Bogut could move to the starting lineup on Tuesday, but the big man said his role is of no concern to him. "Look, we're winning," Bogut said. "We're 11-0. Like I've said from the start, I've been starting my whole career, but I understand I missed (six) games there, and we won all of them." Starting or not, the Warriors are likely to limit Bogut's minutes to the low 20s so he's no more than a flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • SVG says consistency can make Drummond great
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Andre Drummond can be an all-time great player if he can be consistent.

    Advice: "It’s a small sample size, but statistical comparisons are statistical comparisons — so obviously they’re true, but there’s a long way to go," Van Gundy said. "The biggest challenge for Andre is consistency." Drummond is averaging 18.5 points, 19.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game and could wind up being the biggest fantasy steal of the season if he's able to keep up this pace. Tuesday, 5:59 am
  • Alex Len gets 25 minutes
    Alex Len played 25 minutes against the Lakers on Monday with 10 points, six boards and three blocks.

    Advice: With the Suns using their other power forwards at the four and not the five, it's allowed Len to play more. He had season highs in blocks and minutes tonight and stifled the Lakers in the paint. He'll obviously have to do it again on Wednesday to get back on the radar. Monday, 10:27 pm
  • Roy Hibbert has a decent game with mask
    Roy Hibbert wore a mask on Monday against the Suns, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field and didn't look too bad in a sub-par matchup for him. Hibbert also fared well on defense in his 31 minutes. Before tonight, he's kept his man to a respectable 43.4 percent from the field and is really the only bright spot for the Lakers defense. Hibbert is holding sixth-round value on the season and hopefully he doesn't fall apart later in the season like he's done in the previous two years. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Jared Sullinger held to nine points in win
    Jared Sullinger was held to just nine points on 4-of-9 shooting in Monday's win over the Rockets, adding six boards, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It was a relatively quiet night for Sullinger, but it should be noted that he was going up against Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard. The frontcourt rotation in Boston is an absolute mess, but Sullinger continues to see solid minutes and is clearly the big man to own moving forward. Nov 16, 8:32 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (nose) will play with a mask
    Roy Hibbert (nose) will play with a mask on Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He confirmed that he has a broken nose, but the Lakers will need his size against Tyson Chandler and Alex Len. Feel free to plug him into active lineups. Nov 16, 4:43 pm
  • Roy Hibbert says he broke nose, will play Mon
    Roy Hibbert said that he broke his nose during Sunday's game, but he intends to play with a mask vs. the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: The Lakers haven't confirmed that Hibbert's nose is broken -- if so he might need to have it re-set, and his status for Monday would be closer to questionable than probable. He took two consecutive shots to the face on Sunday but to his credit he finished the game anyway, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. We should have an update after Monday's shootaround. Nov 15, 9:39 pm
  • Andre Drummond w/ 10th straight double-double
    Andre Drummond posted his 10th consecutive double-double on Sunday with 17 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He shot only 8-of-18 from the field, however, and was frustrated with the refs all night long, picking up five personal fouls along the way. Detroit's hot start has been erased by four consecutive road losses, and they face another tough game at home vs. the Cavs on Tuesday. Nov 15, 9:25 pm
  • Jared Sullinger fills up stat sheet vs. OKC
    Jared Sullinger's double-double streak ended on Sunday but he still racked up eight points, 15 boards, three assists, four steals and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Sullinger has been terrific to start the year, racking up top-50 value on the strength of 11.3 points (51.9% FGs, 66.7% FTs), 1.0 triples, 8.5 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.4 turnovers. He's a must-start player until further notice, which is unique in Boston's over-crowded frontcourt. Nov 15, 6:46 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) double-doubles in return
    Rudy Gobert (ankle) had 11 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in his return vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Utah lost their past three games, two of which came without Gobert, but they quickly snapped that skid with the Stifle Tower anchoring the paint tonight. If you ignore his FT shooting, Gobert is a top-30 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Nov 15, 5:41 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) will start Sunday vs. ATL
    Rudy Gobert (ankle) will return from a two-game absence for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: The Hawks are one of the worst teams in the league at guarding the center position, so make sure you have The Stifle Tower active for today's favorable matchup. With Gobert back, Trey Lyles will return to the bench and Trevor Booker's minutes will return to the low-teens. Nov 15, 1:37 pm
  • Robin Lopez plays just 14 minutes in win
    An unfavorable matchup limited Robin Lopez to just 14 minutes during Sunday's win over the Pelicans, and he finished the game with just five boards, three assists, two blocks and a steal while missing all three of his shot attempts.

    Advice: Head coach Derek Fisher referenced Anthony Davis' ability to knock down the 3-point shot as the reason for keeping Lopez' minutes low today, as he didn't think it was fair to ask Robin to guard AD on the perimeter. Lopez hasn’t been very involved on the offensive end this season (17.2 usage rate), and his inconsistent minutes totals (27 minutes per game on the season) limits his upside. He’s worth owning as a shot blocking specialist in deep leagues, but it’s looking like it’ll take an injury for Robin to get anywhere near mid-round value in standard leagues. Nov 15, 12:25 pm
  • Gobert, Hood go through shootaround Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (ankle) and Rodney Hood (foot) both went through shootaround on Sunday, but both are still questionable to play against the Hawks.

    Advice: Gobert has missed the Jazz's last two games, but this is a sign that he is getting closer to a return to action. If he is unable to play we can expect to see a lot of Derrick Favors, while rookie Trey Lyles and Trevor Booker will also benefit. Nov 15, 8:21 am
  • Andrew Bogut snags 18 boards in win
    Andrew Bogut collected a season-high 18 rebounds with 10 points, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Starting center Festus Ezeli played just 18 minutes, so it wouldn't be a shock to see the Warriors go back to Bogut in the first unit moving forward. As good as tonight's line was, it's important to remember that the Warriors will likely keep Bogut's minutes in the low 20s over the course of the season because they will want to keep him healthy for their inevitable playoff push. Still, if you need a center he is worth a look as long as you keep your expectations in check. Nov 14, 10:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic gets 18 minutes
    Nikola Jokic played 18 minutes off the bench on Saturday with four points, six boards and three steals.

    Advice: He only played six minutes on Friday and did only play six minutes in the first half tonight. With Kenneth Faried (back) dinged up, Jokic could get more run. He has nice upside, but is only worth putting on your watch list right now unless you're in a really deep league. Nov 14, 9:42 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 16 with 17 boards
    Greg Monroe owned the paint in a 108-105 double-overtime win over the Cavs on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 17 boards, three assists and one block in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He's having an awesome year in Milwaukee, averaging 17.8 points, 10.2 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 turnovers on 54.8 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the line. After a somewhat slow start, the former Piston is hitting on all cylinders with second-round value on the season. Nov 14, 9:34 pm
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