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    • Khris Middleton fills up boxscore vs. Nuggets
      Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 19 & 11 vs. DEN
      The Bucks fell in Denver on Tuesday despite a strong game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Giannis turned the ball over five times but he also drained a 3-pointer and was able to log 35 minutes despite persistent foul trouble. He and Khris Middleton have proven to be a formidable wing duo for the Bucks, and both guys are returning top-40 value over the past 10 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles w/ two blocks
      Kenneth Faried started again on Tuesday, posting 14 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes under new coach Melvin Hunt.

      Advice: This marks the first time Faried has played 30+ minutes or had a double-double since early February. He never found a sustained rhythm under Brian Shaw so the coaching shake-up could be the moment his fantasy owners have been waiting for all season. With any luck the Manimal will be unleashed over Denver's final 23 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic stays hot w/ 23 pts, three 3s
      Nikola Mirotic came off Chicago's bench for 23 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: Mirotic dropped 29 points on Sunday and is a must-own player while both Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are on the sidelines. This is the first time Chicago's rookie has scored 20+ points in consecutive games, but he has a good chance to keep the streak going with a 32-minute role vs. the Thunder on Thursday. Double-check that Mirotic isn't still available on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:19 pm
    • Joakim Noah posts 14 & 10 with full line Tues
      Joakim Noah racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks to help Chicago hold off the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: He made 4-of-5 shots but was 6-of-10 at the free throw line and he turned the ball over five times in a testy matchup vs. the Bulls' conference rival -- Nene even committed a flagrant foul vs. Noah after saying before the game that he "hates" the Bulls. Noah has double-digit rebounds in eight straight games and he'll be asked to do more offensively for the short-handed Bulls, setting him up for a productive run in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:18 pm
    • Kosta Koufos scores six points with 10 boards
      Kosta Koufos started in place of Zach Randolph (illness) on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, scoring six points with 10 boards and one assist in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Koufos is a decent streaming option in daily leagues whenever Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph are inactive, but owners searching for long-term value should look the other way. The Grizzlies play the Rockets on Wednesday, so Koufos may have another chance to start if Z-Bo can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:03 pm
    • Al Horford returns w/ 18 points in home win
      Al Horford was back in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's victory vs. the Rockets, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Elton Brand went back to the bench where he has no fantasy relevance. Horford looked good after resting on Saturday, making 9-of-14 shots without any free throw attempts, and with any luck he won't have more DNP-CDs for a long while. The Hawks have six more back-to-back sets down the stretch, with the first coming on March 6/7, so owners should routinely check Horford's status in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:58 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 14 pts w/ three 3s
      Donatas Motiejunas filled up the boxscore during Tuesday's road loss, scoring 14 points with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

      Advice: He played well on both ends of the court and performed admirably in an expanded role with James Harden suspended for one game. Unfortunately, Motie has averaged under 28 minutes over the Rockets' past 10 games and he's tough to roster in 12-team leagues while Josh Smith and Terrence Jones are both healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:48 pm
    • Al Jefferson posts 21 & 16 w/ three steals
      Al Jefferson racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one block vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: Big Al leads all NBA players in total post-ups, which account for 58.6 percent of his offensive possessions. He predictably lived in the paint vs. the Lakers' frontcourt of Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly, but shot only 9-of-19 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. The Hornets are essentially tied with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East, raising the stakes for Wednesday's game in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    • Jason Smith scores 13 points off NYK bench
      Jason Smith came off the bench again on Tuesday, posting 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, four rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes during a crushing loss to Sacramento.

      Advice: He had only two points and five rebounds in 20 minutes on Saturday and isn't on the fantasy radar in typical leagues. It says a lot that Smith is backing up a starting duo of Lou Amundson and Andrea Bargnani. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:04 pm
    • Andre Bargnani gets zero REB, STL or BLK
      Andrea Bargnani played only 18 minutes during Tuesday's shellacking, finishing with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three assists and zero rebounds, steals or blocks.

      Advice: This awful game is compounded by the Knicks' two-game slate this week. The only good news is that New York plays five times in Week 20, which gives Bargnani some upside as the team's purported offensive centerpiece. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:04 pm
    • Derrick Williams gets 17 points off SAC bench
      Derrick Williams came off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, making three 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Knicks' opponents are shooting a league-best 38.6 percent from downtown and it showed on Tuesday, as the Kings made a combined 10-of-18 triples in the easy road win. George Karl is still figuring out how to get "more consistent value" from Williams, but he also referred to him as "one of our more skilled players." Standard-league owners should keep a close eye on D-Will in case his role continues to grow during the Kings' final 24 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:52 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 22 & 10 in return
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned from his two-game absence vs. the Knicks, scoring 22 points (5-of-10 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Cousins has fared well under coach George Karl even though Karl's offense typically shuns post-ups. As noted by Brett Kormenos, "Karl's last team in Denver actually ran fewer post-ups per game as a team (5.6) than Cousins has this year as an individual." He did his damage in under 30 minutes during tonight's blowout win, and fantasy owners can look forward to elite value in the season's final six weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:51 pm
    • Brandon Bass leads Boston w/ 15 pts Tuesday
      Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 15 points on Tuesday, making 7-of-15 shots with five boards, one assist and three turnovers vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: He played 27 minutes, more than any player except Evan Turner (six points, seven assists), and the only other Celtic in double-digits was Isaiah Thomas (11 points). Bass is a sketchy fantasy option even with Kelly Olynyk (ankle) on the sidelines, but he and the Celtics should bounce back quickly on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:32 pm
    • Tyler Zeller plays only 12 minutes vs. Cavs
      Tyler Zeller played only 12 minutes during Tuesday's game, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds without any steals or blocks.

      Advice: Brad Stevens isn't shy about deploying small lineups and it didn't help that Boston trailed by 25 points at halftime. Zeller's late-round value should vanish whenever Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is healthy enough to return, so don't pass up a more promising free agent to cling to Zeller. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:27 pm
    • Tristan Thompson scores 10 pts in 17 minutes
      Tristan Thompson followed up Sunday's big double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

      Advice: Thompson made all four of his field goal attempts but he didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, which highlights the reason he's been outside the top-150 in 8-cat leagues all year. He's a dubious source of value as long as Timofey Mozgov (10 points, six boards, three blocks) is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 pm
    • Kevin Love plays through illness vs. Boston
      Kevin Love (illness) decided to play at the last minute on Tuesday and he made 4-of-10 shots to finish with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: It wasn't his best game but the Cavs didn't need more from him and he posted a +/- rating of +25 in the blowout victory. He'll be ready to go vs. the Raptors on Wednesday and his fantasy owners should only be concerned about Cleveland's brutal two-game slate in Week 23 (March 30 - April 5). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) will play vs. the Bucks
      Darrell Arthur (calf) will play vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games due to a calf strain, but the Nuggets could certainly use the extra depth. However, with season averages of just 7.3 points and 3.2 boards in 17.7 minutes per game, it's safe to leave Arthur on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:51 pm
    • Nuggets will roll with same starters on Tues.
      The Nuggets will start Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: The Nuggets parted ways with coach Brain Shaw on Tuesday, so it will be very interesting to see how their rotations shape up in the coming weeks. Faried has an excellent shot to redeem himself now that coach Shaw can't hold him back, so hopefully he finally rewards his patient owners with some late-season production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    • Kosta Koufos starts Tuesday w/ Z-Bo out
      Kosta Koufos will start Tuesday's game in place of Zach Randolph (illness).

      Advice: Koufos makes a decent temporary fantasy option but most owners should have more reliable long-term alternatives on the waiver wire. Z-Bo's absence will also open up more opportunities for backup big man Jon Leuer, and it will be all hands on deck for the Grizzlies tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    • Markieff Morris fined $15k for hit on Dragic
      Markieff Morris has been fined $15,000 for making above-the-shoulder contact with Goran Dragic.

      Advice: He swiped at Dragic and caught his head, sending him to the ground, which earned Morris a Flagrant-2 foul and an ejection. He said Dragic was "overexaggerating" on the play, and either way the league didn't see enough malicious intent to suspend him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:14 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will start Tuesday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks, sending Carl Landry back to the bench.

      Advice: Cousins has missed the last two games due to a nagging ankle issue, but his owners will be thrilled to see him back in action with a favorable matchup vs. the lowly Knicks. Get Cousins in your lineup and enjoy the show. On the other hand, Landry can be dropped across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:10 pm
    • Kevin Love (illness) a go for Tuesday vs. BOS
      Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:50 pm
    • Kris Humphries (groin) out Tuesday vs. CHI
      Kris Humphries (groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to see extended minutes with Humphries unavailable, but they won't do enough statistically to matter in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:44 pm
       
      Injured
    • Al Horford starting, Elton Brand to the bench
      Al Horford will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets, sending Elton Brand back to the bench.

      Advice: Go ahead and get Horford active for what will be an uptempo game vs. Houston. Those that made a speculative add of Brand during his one-game stint in the starting unit can feel comfortable sending him back to the wire with the demotion to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:06 pm
    • Kevin Love (illness) a game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) is headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.

      Advice: Love was previously listed as probable despite not being able to go through Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he’s now looking at a game-time decision. If he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he's be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and J.R. Smith would also have more opportunities on offense. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    • Karl wants consistency from Derrick Williams
      Kings' head coach George Karl said that he would like to get more consistency from Derrick Williams.

      Advice: "Derrick is one of our more skilled players, and we’re trying to figure out how he fits with the team," Karl said. "I thought that he and Andre Miller had chemistry together [on Sunday]. As a coaching staff, we feel that we should try and get more out of him, and more consistent value." Williams was able to put up 18 points on Sunday, but was held to single digits in his previous three outings, including a zero-point performance vs. San Antonio. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    • Anthony Davis (shoulder) questionable for Wed
      Anthony Davis (shoulder) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: Davis was able to go through contact drills during Tuesday's practice, so it's looking like there's a decent chance he's able to return to action on Wednesday. However, if he's unable to go on Wednesday, his next opportunity to play will come Friday vs. Boston, and then Saturday vs. Memphis. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but when Davis does return to the court, Alexis Ajinca's value will take a sizable hit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:11 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Det
    • Durant (foot) out Wednesday and Thursday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers, as well as Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: The Thunder are going to be extremely cautious in bringing Durant back after his most recent setback, and he still hasn't been able to go through a full practice. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but for as long as Durant is sidelined, Russell Westbrook will continue to put up ridiculous stat lines, with Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter also seeing some increased touches on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:13 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • DeMarcus Cousins probable for Tuesday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: This is great news for Cousins' owners after he missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle. He'll be slotted back into the Kings' starting lineup and can be activated across all fantasy leagues. Boogie is averaging 23.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.9 blocks over his last eight games and has a favorable matchup against the Knicks on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:38 am
    • Marreese Speights pleads no contest
      Marreese Speights plead no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless driving that stemmed from his arrest in Tampa in August.

      Advice: Speights was originally charged with driving under the influence, but his lawyers were able to negotiate a deal that included $903 in fines and court costs. We'll have to await word on if Speights will face any discipline from the league, but let's let this serve a teachable moment for finding a designated driver. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:26 am
    • Kevin Love misses Tuesday shootaround
      Kevin Love (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: While the Cavs told Love to stay home for Tuesday morning's shootaround, the good news for his fantasy owners is that he is still listed as probable to face the Celtics. We'll update Love's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Tristan Thompson would be in line for a value boost if Love's status is downgraded. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:38 am
    • Ajinca double-doubles with a steal and block
      Alexis Ajinca kept his foot on the gas with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out on Monday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Ajinca has paid off with top-50 value over the last two weeks and with the Pelicans' durability issues he has a sneaky shot at finishing the year strong. There have been vague reports not necessarily altering Davis' 1-2 week timeline from about seven days ago, but we'll be watching closely to see if Ajinca can survive his return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:09 pm
    • Anthony Davis (shoulder) 'close to returning'
      Sideline reporter Jennifer Hale reported that Anthony Davis (shoulder) is close to returning to game action.

      Advice: We're not quite sure where that puts him, just like an earlier report stating the Pelicans weren't going to rush him back was similarly vague. We're in the second week of his 1-2 week timetable and as long as there isn't a setback his return is essentially imminent. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:44 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Det
    • Markieff Morris ejected for flagrant 2 foul
      Markieff Morris was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Goran Dragic in the third quarter.

      Advice: It was a hard foul in transition that sent Dragic to the floor hard, but Markieff's reputation might have hurt him here for the flagrant 2 call. Morris probably won't be suspended for this infraction, but he picked up another technical foul tonight and is a strong bet to be suspended for too many in one season. He finished with 13 points, five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. You can check out a video of the foul in the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:19 pm
    • Pelicans not rushing Anthony Davis back
      The Pelicans are not going to rush Anthony Davis (shoulder) back.

      Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Davis is getting closer, but it's not going to be tonight. Additionally, there has been no indication that he'll be back in the next 2-3 games, as well. Alexis Ajinca finally turned it on and is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:16 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Det
    • Nikola Mirotic is a must-add player
      Nikola Mirotic is expected to play more for the Bulls with the injuries to Jimmy Butler (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ankle).

      Advice: The entire season has been a wild ride for Mirotic. Whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau plays him at the three has been a tough subject to monitor. He played all of his minutes at small forward on Wednesday, but he only played two minutes at small forward in his last two games. Plus, don't forget the Bulls will also have to replace Jimmy's 21.6 usage rate along with his 38.9 minutes per game in the next 3-6 weeks while he's out. Regardless, MIrotic should be very attractive the next week or so without Taj Gibson. He should be owned in all leagues. Tony Snell's role is much, much clearer, which makes him the safer add right now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:06 am
    • Kris Humphries still dealing w/ groin issues
      Kris Humprhies (groin) is still unable to move laterally.

      Advice: Humphries missed Saturday's game against the Pistons, his second consecutive on the sidelines. It doesn't sound like he's all that close to a return, meaning Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will earn extra minutes behind Marcin Gortat and Nene. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Al Horford back at practice on Monday
      Al Horford (rest) returned to practice on Monday.

      Advice: He sat out Saturday's game against the Heat, but big Al is good to go going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:02 am
    • Marreese Speights a healthy DNP-CD Sunday
      Marreese Speights was a healthy DNP-CD vs. the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: Boston went very small with their second unit, deploying Jonas Jerebko at center, so the matchups didn't favor Speights at all. He's averaging just 13 minutes over Golden State's past 10 games and has no fantasy upside while Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Draymond Green are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:54 pm
    • Kenneth Faried struggles in start at center
      Kenneth Faried started at center in the Nuggets' small lineup on Sunday, but he made only 1-of-6 shots to finish with three points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Faried logged 27 minutes and may have played more if it weren't for foul trouble. The starting job and increased playing time are both silver linings for exasperated fantasy owners, and for now it seems likely that he'll stick at center for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:05 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores 18 points in loss
      Derrick Williams matched his season-high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Blazers on Sunday, adding one rebound in 23 minutes.

      Advice: His role has been erratic at best under head coach George Karl, and he has averaged just 16.4 minutes per game since coach Karl took over. Until Williams earns a bigger role in Sacramento, he is going to be tough to own outside of the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:24 pm
    • Al Jefferson posts 16 & 10 w/ three blocks
      Al Jefferson led Charlotte to a victory on Sunday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Big Al has fared well with Mo Williams at point guard, though he was only a mid-round value in February thanks to lackluster assists (1.7), steals (0.6) and free throw percentages (68.0 percent). As a random bonus for fantasy owners Jefferson made his second 3-pointer of the season tonight, giving him two in the past 10 days. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:15 pm
    • Brandon Bass posts 15 & 12 w/ highlight dunk
      Brandon Bass threw down a vicious dunk over Andrew Bogut on Sunday, finishing the Celtics' tough loss with 15 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: The Celtics led this game by 26 points but let it slip away in the second half, eventually falling 101-106 to the Warriors. Bass made 6-of-12 shots and 3-of-4 free throws, and his highlight-reel dunk can be viewed via the link below. He's a solid player to own while Jared Sullinger (foot) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) are both out of commission, but his role may soon dwindle with Olynyk nearing a return. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:44 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play on Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: This will be his second straight game on the sidelines and we will consider him day-to-day moving forward. Arthur has averages of just 7.3 points, 3.2 boards and 1.0 assist in 17.7 minutes per game this season, so his absence won't have many fantasy implications. Expect Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to benefit the most on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:20 pm
    • Tristan Thompson double-doubles w/ 14 & 19
      Tristan Thompson erupted in 37 minutes during Sunday's OT loss, which he finished with 14 points, a season-high 19 rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: This was Thompson's first double-double in over a month and the defensive stats are atypical, but he continues to carve out borderline value in 9-cat leagues. He's playing more minutes than starting center Timofey Mozgov most nights and is worth scooping off the waiver wire if you're targeting rebounds and FG percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:15 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 16 points in win
      Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's win over the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Motiejunas has been playing well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.8 steals and blocks per game. He should be able to maintain his late-round value for as long as Dwight Howard is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:10 pm
    • Kenneh Faried, Wilson Chandler starting Sun.
      Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler will start Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, sending J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne back to the bench.

      Advice: Faried has been a huge disappointment this season, and it's only gotten worse after the All-Star break with averages of 6.5 points and 6.3 boards in just over 21 minutes in his last four outings. It's a bold move from head coach Brain Shaw as Faried rarely plays center, but he simply has too much talent to not bounce back eventually. We will let you know how the Manimal does after the game. J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues following this news. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:54 pm
    • Joakim Noah posts double-double in loss
      Joakim Noah put up a double-double during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, scoring 13 points on 2-of-8 shooting (9-of-14 from the stripe), with 11 rebounds, six assists and one turnover through 35 minutes of action.

      Advice: Noah's been struggling with his shot since the break, knocking down just 41.2 percent of his attempts. However, the other numbers are there with 13.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 block per game since the break, so owners can expect his scoring numbers (7.2 points per game) to jump once his shot starts falling. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:30 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores career-high 29 points
      Nikola Mirotic was fantastic on Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Taj Gibson (ankle) was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, so it looks like Mirotic is going to get some additional time to produce for Chicago with Derrick Rose (knee) out, and Jimmy Butler's (elbow) status up in the air for Tuesday. What makes Mirotic's line even more impressive is that he was the only Bull to score a field goal during the entire fourth quarter, and he's well worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:54 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) downgraded to doubtful
      Darrell Arthur (calf) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: If Arthur is unable to go on Sunday, his minutes will be split up between Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and J.J. Hickson, but there are no clear winners here with Brian Shaw at the helm. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:36 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) out Sunday vs. POR
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Cousins second consecutive game out of the lineup, and Carl Landry will likely again draw the start with Reggie Evans seeing extended minutes off the bench. Rudy Gay is going to be the main man on offense with both Cousins and Darren Collison (hip) unavailable, and he's certainly someone to consider in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:10 pm
    • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss Sat.
      Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He is arguably Milwaukee's best weapon on offense now that Brandon Knight is no longer in town, and he has now scored in double digits in twelve straight games. In case it's not already obvious, Middleton is a must-start player and should continue to be a stud for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in loss Sat.
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He was held scoreless and didn't even attempt a shot before halftime, but luckily for his owners he was able to muster up some confidence in the second half. Antetokounmpo has been in the midst of a major slump, shooting just 35 percent from the field over his last seven games, so hopefully the Greek Freak can continue to improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani scores 19 points vs. Raptors
      Andrea Bargnani scored 19 points in a big win over the Raptors on Saturday with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Take that, Masai Ujiri! Kidding aside, Bargnani seems to have his role as the primary scorer in the first unit. Although, there really isn't going to be much besides the scoring. He's worth a look in points leagues, but owners in standard leagues can probably shoot for a higher upside. Il Mago also disappears a lot because of injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:44 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) doubtful Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: While he wasn't able to practice on Saturday, he was able to get a few shots up afterwards. Cousins was held out of Friday's game vs. the Spurs, and with the Kings going nowhere in the Western Conference, they will probably err on the side of caution Sunday. Jason Thompson is coming off a double-double and would be worth a look in daily leagues if Cousins sits, while Carl Landry and Reggie Evans will see increased roles as well. Expect another update after shootaround Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:59 pm
    • Al Horford will not play on Saturday
      Al Horford will not play against the Heat on Saturday.

      Advice: He is not at the arena and is just getting the night off. Horford has been very healthy this season and the team wants to keep it that way. Elton Brand will start, but there should be more of Mike Scott and Mike Muscala. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:13 pm
    • Kris Humphries will miss Saturday's game
      Kris Humphries (groin) will miss Saturday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: This will be his second consecutive game out of the lineup. With Humphries out, the Wizards will look to Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin to step up behind Nene and Marcin Gortat. Most owners in fantasy leagues can monitor this situation from the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins doesn't practice on Saturday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and he is up in the air for Sunday against the Blazers.

      Advice: He tried to play through his ankle sprain from Wednesday and it's apparently costing him playing time. The Kings will likely update Cousins again tomorrow morning, but he should be considered questionable for now. With Cousins out on Friday, Jason Thompson double-doubled and Ben McLemore also stepped up with 21 points. Both should have a similar chance to perform sans DMC. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:01 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) questionable for Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (calf) is questionable to play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

      Advice: He is dealing with an upper muscle strain which seems like it's just behind the knee. Arthur tends to miss a lot of games due to injury, so he could miss more time. If he's out, the Nuggets will run a lot more small-ball lineups. However, nobody will consistently benefit with how coach Brian Shaw is running his rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 pm
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Faried (thumb) goes for 12 and eight
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) returned to action on Friday against the Jazz, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Faried is at the middle of the drama in Denver and Brian Shaw is apparently bullet-proof so there isn't any end in sight for the inconsistency. In a best-case scenario, Faried busts his hump to prove Shaw wrong but the situation is so toxic there we wouldn't hold our breath. The high draft pick is barely clinging to top-125 value on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:08 am
    • Ajinca goes for 24 and eight in win over Heat
      Alexis Ajinca scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 9-of-10 shots with eight rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes.

      Advice: Ajinca also hit the game's final, deciding shot and he's looking pretty automatic whenever 20-30 mpg clears up. Anthony Davis could be back in the next week or so and Ryan Anderson is about two weeks behind Davis on a timetable. In the meantime, Ajinca should be owned by somebody in your league. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:38 am
    • Motiejunas quiet on Friday vs. Brooklyn
      Donatas Motiejunas had a quiet night on Friday against the Nets, scoring 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and no steals or blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Motiejunas has hovered as a solid late-round value over the last month and unless he truly goes south he should be held in all 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:18 am
    • Noah back into the passing game with Rose out
      Joakim Noah had another solid night passing the ball in Friday's win over the Wolves, handing out eight assists to go with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

      Advice: Noah did not have a steal or block and that's pretty uncharacteristic of him, and the move back into a passing role with Derrick Rose out is not a surprise. Pau Gasol's (illness) absence didn't hurt things either, but regardless Noah stands to gain with Rose out for the bulk of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:46 pm
    • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Friday February 27. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Mirotic plays 19 minutes despite Taj's injury
      Nikola Mirotic played just 19 minutes despite Taj Gibson (ankle) playing just nine minutes in Friday's game, finishing with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

      Advice: Mirotic had a nice line on Monday with Gibson out due to an illness, but tonight showed how Tom Thibodeau doesn't fully trust him yet. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell got the bulk of the extra minutes tonight, but if Gibson misses any time then Mirotic's explosive fantasy game might see the light, regardless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Bass plays just 20 minutes on Friday
      Brandon Bass played just 20 minutes in Friday's win over the Hornets, scoring eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Bass saw his minutes clipped with Jonas Jerebko (16 points, 10 boards) playing so well tonight and that's with no Kelly Olynyk (ankle) around, too. The emergence of Jerebko is a real concern but owners might want to wait a game or two before weighing in on a drop considering Bass has been fairly productive lately. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:45 pm
    • Reappearing Act: Andrea Bargnani scores 25
      Andrea Bargnani turned back the clock against the Pistons on Friday with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is clearly the first option for the Knicks on offense right now. Bargnani had a 26.9 usage rate tonight, which is a shade above his season 25.3 usage rate. Il Mago started tonight and is almost certainly going to stick. He is a tremendous injury risk and this big line tonight is unlikely to happen again, but he's worth a look in standard leagues. It's hard to believe for a guy who was possibly going to be cut. Take that, Masai Ujiri. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:36 pm
    • Kevin Love makes just 6-of-19
      Kevin Love made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: While he does have a bigger chance to produce, Love actually hasn't really stepped up. He actually made just 3-of-15 from the field in the last game without LeBron James back on Jan. 28. Love hasn't been playing well right now, averaging 16.2 points, 9.8 boards and 2.8 treys in his last five. He's fine, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) is a go for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will play against the Jazz on Friday and come off the bench.

      Advice: He missed Wednesday and there's no word on how many minutes he'll play. Faried was only playing minutes in the low 20s leading up to the injury, but he should have a chance for more with Darrell Arthur (knee) out. He's still not a must-start player tonight, especially with Rudy Gobert protecting the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:48 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (knee) out on Friday night
      Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Friday.

      Advice: The Nuggets do get Kenneth Faried back, so they're not too thin at power forward. However, they're still very thin at center and will likely lean on Joffrey Lauvergne the most in their frontcourt. J.J. Hickson may also play more, but he has sort of fallen out of favor with his coach recently. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:45 pm
    • Bargnani, Cleanthony Early starting on Friday
      Andrea Bargnani and Cleanthony Early will start on Friday night against the Pistons.

      Advice: Jason Smith will move that the bench. Bargnani had a 30.7 usage rate on Wednesday, so this isn't a big surprise. He has been the main weapon in the offense when he's on the floor, but he's still injured a lot and is not shooting the ball well this season. Since his return, Bargnani averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 boards and 1.0 blocks on 39.5 percent from the field. Add him at your own risk, but letting him be someone else's problem isn't a bad idea. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:14 pm
    • Kris Humphries (groin) out Friday vs. 76ers
      Kris Humphries (groin) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: With Humphries unavailable there will be more minutes for Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden, although that doesn't mean much in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) ruled out for Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: That's a lot of offense to replace with Boogie posting a ridiculous 37.3 usage rate since George Karl took over. Plus, he's on pace to have the highest usage rate for a center in a season ever (among qualifiers for minutes per game). With Boogie out, the Kings are likely going to give his minutes to a combination of Carl Landry, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson. However, Rudy Gay will likely be very busy tonight and Ben McLemore will also try to build off his 16-point game from Wednesday. Gay will also play a lot of PF, so there are more minutes for Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:15 pm
    • Kris Humphries (groin) misses shootaround
      Kris Humphries (left groin) did not participate during Friday morning's shootaround.

      Advice: It's looking doubtful that Humphries will be able to suit up for Friday's matchup with the 76ers, so there will be more minutes to go around for guys like Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden. However, neither Seraphin nor Gooden can be considering a viable option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Karl wants Cousins to cut down on the TOs
      Kings' head coach George Karl would like DeMarcus Cousins to cut down on the turnovers.

      Advice: "I talked to [DeMarcus] about his turnovers," Karl said. "He leads the league in turnovers (4.4 per game), and we’d like to challenge him the last 25, 30 games of the season to have much better decision making." Cousins has been careless at times with the ball this season, so it's nice that his coach is challenging him to be better. He’s hitting career-highs in points (23.7), rebounds (12.2), assists (3.3), and blocks (1.7) this season, so a reduction in turnovers could only help his already elite value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:02 am
    • Markieff Morris scores 29 with 11 boards
      Markieff Morris scored 29 points with 11 boards in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

      Advice: He was really struggling prior to tonight, averaging just 6.3 points over his last three games, so his owners will be thrilled that he broke out of his slump. The best part of all of this is that he struggled in the mid-range again tonight, making 4-of-13 on those shots. Morris was money everywhere else, though. Expect some bumps in the road, but look for Morris to build on this momentum on Saturday against Tim Duncan and the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:47 pm
    • Kevin Love scores 16 points with eight boards
      Kevin Love scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with eight boards in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding one assist and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: The low shot attempts probably had something to do with LeBron James going off for 42 points, but the good news is that he kept up his torrid pace from beyond the arc. Love has now averaged 4.3 3-pointers over his last three games which has opened up driving lanes for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Love may see an increased role on offense in Indiana Friday with Kyrie Irving nursing a shoulder injury, so owners in daily leagues should take that into consideration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:55 pm
    • Kevin Durant seen doing some light shooting
      Kevin Durant (foot) did some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns

      Advice: This is great news. Durant was rolling around shootaround on a walking scooter on Tuesday, so this is a clear indication that they were just being very careful with his foot. We still do not have a timetable for his return and he's likely to need more than another week off. His fantasy owners should be hoping for a limited practice in the coming days. While he's out, D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters will help Russell Westbrook with the scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:13 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) doubtful Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain, left hip contusion) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He was unable to practice on Thursday because of these injuries, and we would be shocked if he was able to give it a go on Friday with the Kings going absolutely nowhere in the Western Conference. We will update his status when we know more, but Rudy Gay is going to be a busy man on offense for the Kings if Cousins sits. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Carl Landry will likely all see a bump in minutes on Friday, but none of them are viable options in standard leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:09 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) questionable Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday, and head coach George Karl said he was unsure if Cousins would be able to go Friday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an ankle injury for Cousins, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. If he's unable to go on Friday, Ryan Hollins or Reggie Evans would have the opportunity to slide into the starting lineup. It's worth noting that Hollins picked up a DNP-CD during the Kings' last game, while Evans logged 27 minutes, so he seems to be ahead of Hollins in the rotation. Evans is capable of hauling in gaudy rebounding totals, and he'll be a name to watch if listed as the starter on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:02 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) probable for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is likely to play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Faried's play has fallen off greatly during the month of February with averages of just 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds on 40.3 percent shooting from the field through 23.4 minutes of action. However, with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, Faried will likely be forced into heavy minutes on Friday, and hopefully he can bust out of his month long slump. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:36 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) doubtful Friday vs. UTA
      Darrell Arthur (calf strain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Arthur only lasted three minutes during his last outing, and with season averages of 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, it's safe to leave Arthur on the wire in most leagues. With both Arthur and Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) unavailable for Friday, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried are going to see heavy minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:23 pm
    • Shaw wants a more consistent Kenneth Faried
      Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said he'd like to see more consistency out of Kenneth Faried (thumb).

      Advice: Faried is dealing with a thumb injury, but he was also benched in favor of Darrell Arthur on Monday. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." The Manimal's fantasy owners likely agree with Shaw and may want to think about cutting Faried in deeper leagues if another solid option is available. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:22 am
    • Donuts finally doesn't look glazed over
      Donatas Motiejunas played one of his better games in the past month against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Before this one, he hasn't been great this month, averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in his previous eight games. Donuts was also more of a cream puff on defense, allowing his man to shoot 5.1 percent higher than his average in that span, too. Motiejunas hasn't been in the top 200 for February this month and is clearly being outplayed by Terrence Jones, a much better player to own. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • Markieff Morris' shooting slump continues
      Markieff Morris' shooting slump continued on Wednesday against the Nuggets, making 1-of-5 from the field for five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: He was one of the best mid-range power forwards in the NBA earlier in the season, but that's been his undoing lately. In his last seven, Morris made just 21.6 percent of his mid-range shots, which account for 50.5 percent of his shot total. That explains why he's only averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 treys on 33.7 percent from the field in that span. Besides the shooting issue, it's not that bad. He should get it turned around soon because all players go through shooting slumps. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:46 pm
    • Alexis Ajinca plays just 18 minutes in win
      Alexis Ajinca came off the bench and played just 18 minutes on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 4-of-6 shooting.

      Advice: The minutes don't make a lot of sense, but guys like Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham played well in this one. Any time Anthony Davis is out, Ajinca still qualifies as an interesting sleeper pick. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    • Joakim Noah plays 34 minutes
      Joakim Noah handed out eight assists against the Hornets on Wednesday with four points, 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He's going to make a lot of passes out of the post for the Bulls now. His assist percentage is down considerably compared to last season and it has a lot to do with Derrick Rose. Noah still won't be as great as last season because of Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol, but he should get about a two-round boost in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:11 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Tyler Zeller plays just 17 minutes in start
      Tyler Zeller played just 17 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, three rebounds, zero blocks and four fouls.

      Advice: The foul trouble hurt him tonight and with Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger unavailable, the Celtics when small with guys like Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko. Zeller should bounce back in the next one, but will take a hit once Olynyk is back from his ankle injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:19 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani making some knoise in NY
      Andrea Bargnani played 25 minutes and hit 5-of-13 shots for 17 points, six rebound and two blocks in another Knicks loss.

      Advice: That's four straight games in double figures for Bargs, who also has five blocks over his last five games. He's no longer a threat from downtown, and is likely to get hurt any day now, but if you need a big man and want to take a flier on him, he might be able to stay relevant for a couple more weeks or so. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    • Jason Smith double-doubles from nowhere
      Jason Smith had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 5-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Smith had been dreadful in his two previous games, scoring four in each of them, but had 25 points and seven boards in his last game before the All-Star break. Maybe he's ready to get it rolling again for the hapless Knicks, but we'll believe it when we see it happen. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:09 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (knee) out for game
      Darrell Arthur (right knee) will not return on Wednesday night.

      Advice: The team is calling it a strain, which usually suggests it's a muscle issue. If Arthur is out, the Nuggets will be very shorthanded. Joffrey Lauvergne and J.J. Hickson may have to play more. He finished with one point and no other stats in three minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:27 pm
    • Kris Humphries out with strained hammy
      Wizards forward Kris Humphries left Wednesday's game with a strained left hamstring and won't return.

      Advice: He'll be day-to-day, at best, and this could open up some opportunities for Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) won't play vs. Phoenix
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will not play vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: Faried was benched in Denver's last game and he's been struggling to provide any fantasy value lately, so his absence shouldn't be a huge blow for fantasy owners. Darrell Arthur, J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne will pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:17 pm
    • Hawks say game with Mavs will happen
      Wednesday's Mavs at Hawks game "is happening" despite the bad weather, according to the Hawks.

      Advice: After a lot of uncertainty, we finally have a solid update. Fantasy owners can go ahead and insert their Hawks and Mavericks back in their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:02 pm
    • Brandon Bass open to returning to Celtics
      Brandon Bass is set to become a free agent in the summer, but said that he is open to returning to the Celtics next season.

      Advice: "If I’m wanted back then yeah, I would want to be back for sure," said Bass. "It’s been a blessing for me to be here four years, to finish out my contract here. I’m excited about that. Hopefully everything will continue to go in a positive direction." Bass has been pressed into a much larger role since Jared Sullinger went down with a season-ending stress fracture in his foot, and while his value will take a hit when Kelly Olynyk (ankle) eventually returns, Bass will probably be worth owning in most leagues for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:24 am
    • Kevin Love ties career-high w/ eight triples
      Kevin Love tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a road win in Detroit with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

      Advice: Kyrie Irving has been cold from the perimeter lately, which makes Love's bombardment even better news for a Cavs team which already dominates the mid-range thanks to LeBron -- they're shooting 46.5 percent when 15-19 feet from the hoop, while the second-ranked Hawks are at 44.8 percent. Love is coming off a solid 16 & 16 performance from Sunday and it appears he's figured out how to "fit in" with his new star-studded team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:34 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 16 pts in 15 minutes
      Marreese Speights was back in double-digits on Tuesday, making 6-of-12 shots off the bench to finish with 16 points, two boards, one assist and two turnovers in just 15 minutes.

      Advice: Speights has blocked one shot total since Jan. 23, and he was averaging a mere 5.3 points in a negligible role over Golden State's previous three games. He's prone to random offensive eruptions but isn't a viable fantasy player with Andrew Bogut and David Lee both healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:38 pm
    • Kevin Durant back on walking scooter
      Kevin Durant (foot) was seen at Thunder shootaround on the walking scooter that he was using earlier in the year.

      Advice: While this isn't hugely surprising news, it's certainly not a great sign for a quick return. Durant was also seen walking without much of a limp towards the end of practice, but we'll know more about his timetable when he's re-evaluated again in one week. Russell Westbrook will be the biggest fantasy beneficiary of Durant's absence, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter will all stand to see a small boost as well. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Bass taking advantage of new opportunity
      Brandon Bass scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in Monday's win over the Suns.

      Advice: Bass is probably going to be a bit more inconsistent when Kelly Olynyk eventually returns, but he'll probably be worth owning for the rest of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:46 pm
    • Ajinca scores 16 points with nine rebounds
      Alexis Ajinca scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: Ajinca has done surprisingly well when pressed into action for Anthony Davis or Ryan Anderson this season. And with the way those two guys are holding up these days, it's possible this current window of productivity gets extended throughout the year -- particularly if and when the Pelicans fall out of the playoff chase. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:12 pm
    • Darrell Arthur scores 10 in start
      Darrell Arthur scored 10 points in a start at power forward on Monday with seven rebounds on 5-of-15 from the field.

      Advice: He played more than expected because Kenneth Faried (hand) missed some time tonight. Arthur does have a decent ceiling because he takes shots and is solid with defensive stats. In fact, he averaged 7.4 points, 3.0 boards 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in his previous seven games this month. He's only worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:05 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic drops 16 & 14 on the Bucks
      Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 6-of-8 from the line) with a career-high 14 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Mirotic got the extra run because Taj Gibson (illness) was out and it's a reminder that he'll be a very nice fantasy player if ever given consistent minutes. For now, he's a gambler's stash at best. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:36 pm
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:06 pm
    • Darrell Arthur starts, Kenneth Faried benched
      Darrell Arthur will start at power forward with Kenneth Faried coming off the bench against the Nets.

      Advice: Wow. Faried has not been playing well, but this is a bold move for even Brian Shaw. Arthur probably won't play more than 24 minutes tonight even with Wilson Chandler out, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Plus, he tends to get hurt a lot. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:11 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start, Jared Dudley benched
      Ersan Ilyasova will start at power forward against the Bulls on Monday and Jared Dudley will come off the bench.

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:39 pm
    • Anthony Davis disappointed w/ shoulder injury
      Anthony Davis admitted he was disappointed with his most recent shoulder injury.

      Advice: "Same exact thing," he said. "I got hit directly on the spot." Davis said that he's doing "everything" he can to get back, and he's not setting a timetable for his return despite the Pelicans listing it as a 1-2 week injury. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:50 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Det
    • Thibodeau wants to keep Noah at 32-34 mins
      Tom Thibodeau wants to keep Joakim Noah's minutes in the 32-34 range going forward.

      Advice: Noah has three straight games with 10 or more rebounds, and he's amassed at least eight assists in two of those three contests. Getting Noah back on track is going to be critical to anything the Bulls hope to do, but Noah's health will be the ultimate dictator of just how much, and how often, he's playing. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 am
    • Brandon Bass shoots 7-of-11 in 40 minutes
      Brandon Bass pitched in 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting during Sunday's OT loss to the Lakers, playing 40 minutes in the absence of both Jared Sullinger (foot) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle).

      Advice: He added five rebounds, one assist and two blocks with only one turnover. Olynyk is day-to-day but Sullinger is done for the season with a metatarsal stress fracture, giving Bass a path to sustained low-end value. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much more than points, rebounds and nice FG and FT percentages from Bass, but he's worth scooping off the waiver wire in leagues with 12 or more teams. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:49 pm
    • Al Jefferson grabs season-high 17 boards
      Al Jefferson pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds to go with eight points, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes in a loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.

      Advice: Big Al couldn't get anything going on the offensive end tonight, shooting just 4-of-16 from the floor and failing to attempt a single free throw. It was the second game of a back-to-back set so fatigue may have been a factor here, but his owners should give him a break after he averaged 21.0 points, 11.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last three games. Big Al will be fine and his owners can expect his numbers to remain pretty constant moving forward with the Hornets seeking a playoff berth. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:26 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani logs season-high 28 minutes
      Andrea Bargnani logged a season-high 28 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Cavs, putting up 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Bargnani has missed his standard one-half of the regular season, so perhaps he can stay healthy for the Knicks' remaining 27 games. There's not a lot of upside here as he basically just scores inefficiently, but if you're in an extremely deep league and you're desperate for a center... well, we still wouldn't recommend adding him. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:40 pm
    • Kris Humphries scores 11 points in 18 minutes
      Kris Humphries led all Wizards' reserves with 11 points and seven boards in Sunday's road loss, making 5-of-6 shots with one assist and one steal in 18 minutes of action.

      Advice: Humphries is a nightly double-double threat but his low playing time and lack of defensive stats have kept him out of the conversation in standard leagues. Humphries' rebound rate of 18.1 percent easily leads the Wizards, and he's a big reason why Washington ranks fourth for rebound differential at +3.4 per game. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jason Smith posts second consecutive dud Sun.
      Jason Smith was a no show for Sunday's blowout loss to the Cavs, scoring just four points on 2-of-6 shooting, to go with four rebounds, two steals, one block and one turnover through 24 minutes of action.

      Advice: Smith is the starting power forward for the Knicks, but the problem is, he just isn't that talented. The only reason he's starting is because the Knicks are tanking, and with averages of 11.6 points 6.1 rebounds through the month of February, he's nowhere near being a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:25 pm
    • Khris Middleton & Giannis score 19 pts each
      The Bucks fell at home on Sunday, 86-97, despite getting 19 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

      Advice: Middleton made 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with one 3-pointer, four boards and five assists, and he's emerged as an elite fantasy option over the past month. In his last dozen games he's averaging a stellar 16.2 points (54.2 percent FGs, 91.3 percent FTs), 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals. He does a little bit of everything, so the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams shouldn't throw him off, and his lucky owners can sit back and enjoy the production. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:07 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 pts in loss
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, four boards, one steal and two blocks on Sunday, making 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in a tough home loss.

      Advice: He keeps getting better and has vaulted into top-40 value with no signs of slowing down. His scoring, rebounds and defensive numbers jump out at fantasy owners, but his percentages are just as important -- after a rocky rookie campaign he's now shooting a respectable 50.0 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the FT line. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:06 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles in easy win over NY
      Kevin Love double-doubled during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers over 29 minutes of action.

      Advice: If only Love could play against the Knicks everyday. Love's production has been sporadic this season, as he's often been the odd man out of Cleveland's Big-3. He's scored 16, eight, 12, 32, and five points in his previous five outings, but he's also averaging a healthy 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game during that span. The scoring will fluctuate, but his contributions in rebounds and 3-pointers will carry his early-round evaluation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 2:19 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot) will be sidelined 1-week
      Kevin Durant underwent a procedure to reduce the pain and discomfort he's been feeling in his right foot on Sunday, and he will be re-evaluated in one week.

      Advice: The procedure was to replace the screw he had in his foot with a new one, but it is unrelated to the foot fracture that he had surgery on, and his foot is reportedly healing as expected. He will be sidelined for at least the next week, and it's possible he sits longer as OKC will be cautious with their franchise player heading into the playoffs. Russell Westbrook is going to be an absolute monster with Durant sidelined, while Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, and Perry Jones will also have the opportunity to step up in OKC's rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:51 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Anthony Davis (shoulder) will miss 1-2 weeks
      Updating a previous report, Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain and he is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

      Advice: With Ryan Anderson (knee) expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks, there's going to be a very large void to fill in New Orleans. Alexis Ajinca will likely earn plenty of minutes, with Shawne Williams, Dante Cunningham, and Omer Asik also having an opportunity to land more playing time in the rotation. From a fantasy perspective, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon are going to be the primary components of the Pelicans' offense, and both players will see an uptick in value with Davis sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:21 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Det
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) available for Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: The opportunity is certainly there for Ilyasova to produce with his only competition for playing time going by the names of John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant, however his propensity to find himself on the sidelines due to various injuries really hurts his upside. He's averaging just 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season, so it would probably be best to use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 11:37 am
    • MRI comes back clean on Anthony Davis
      An MRI taken on Anthony Davis' shoulder revealed no structural damage, and the Pelicans are currently listing him as day-to-day.

      Advice: This is good news for Davis, as it appears he has avoided a more serious injury to his shoulder. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game against the Raptors, and we'll continue to pass along any updates as they become available. Alexis Ajinca will be the primary beneficiary if Davis is unable to go on Monday, with Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt also seeing some extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 11:22 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Det
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available to play against the Hawks on Sunday according to head coach Jason Kidd.

      Advice: Ersan was able to practice on Saturday, but he has simply been too inconsistent to use outside of deeper leagues. With season averages of 8.8 points and 3.5 boards in just 17.5 minutes per game, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:56 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas stuffs stat sheet
      Donatas Motiejunas doubled-doubled against the Raptors on Saturday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

      Advice: The Rockets are quite alright without Dwight Howard right now. Terrence Jones' defense on centers has been a huge plus and D-Mo has been able to operate in the high post. His numbers in his last five include averages of 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's a hold in standard leagues despite a low upside. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:37 pm
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