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  • Brown wants to play Wroten and MCW together
    Tony Wroten has been moved into a sixth man role for the 76ers with the return of Michael Carter-Williams, but that doesn't mean head coach Brett Brown doesn't want to play the two together for extended stretches.

    Advice: "I think for balance purposes, that’s how it needs to be," Brown said of his decision to bring Wroten off the bench. "Because [Wroten and MCW are] our best players, they need to be on the court… Inevitably it’s the direction we’re going to have to grow." Wroten's numbers are down since MCW's return, but he was still able to score 21 points off the bench, to go with seven assists and a steal during Wednesday's loss. His value will take a bit of a hit coming off the bench, but Wroten is still going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Just know that he's shooting 42.0 percent from the field, and 62.0 percent from the charity stripe on 7.2 attempts per game.
    Today, 7:10 am
  • Alec Burks responds to rebounding challenge
    Alec Burks was challenged by head coach Quin Snyder recently to be more aggressive on the boards, and Burks responded with back-to-back double-digit rebounding games.

    Advice: "Coach really challenged me one day in Toronto [to grab more rebounds]. Man to man, had a talk," Burks said. "He challenged me and I took that challenge." Burks finished Saturday's game vs. Toronto with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and followed up that performance by going for 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Burks is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 three-pointer per game this year, and if he could just up his shooting percentage a bit (42.7 percent on the year), he'd quickly become a top-100 player.
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Darren Collison shines against the Bulls
    Darren Collison played terrific ball on both ends of the floor against the Bulls on Thursday during a 103-88 win with 17 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings had a season-high 26 assists as a team tonight and had six players in double figures. They still rank 27th in the NBA for assists per game, but at least it's a step up from last in 2013-14. Collison has been a steal for his fantasy owners as a top-50 player despite sub-par shooting and it's become abundantly clear he has no competition for his starter's minutes.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • X-rays are negative on Kirk Hinrich (chest)
    X-rays were negative on Kirk Hinrich's chest and he was diagnosed with a contusion following Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't play at the end of the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean his injury had anything to do with it. Hinrich finished with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. If he is going to miss time, Aaron Brooks would almost become a must add as the only healthy point guard who is in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore would also get in the rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Chris Paul has another awesome game
    Chris Paul had just one turnover in Thursday's 110-93 win over the Heat to go with 26 points, two rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: The Clippers put up 39 points in the first quarter with a magnificent offensive rating of 169.6. They were first in the NBA in that category last year, but they only rank sixth so far this year. As for Paul, he's been the No. 3 player in fantasy leagues so far on the season -- fitting for CP3.
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Jamal Crawford stinks on Thursday
    Jamal Crawford had his worst scoring output of the season with just five points against the Heat on Thursday, adding three rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 1-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: His nine assists were the most he's had since Jan. 25, 2014, but his shots were not falling. Crawford is likely going to stay in the second unit unless Matt Barnes (sore calf) needs to miss time. He'll still have decent value as one of the best sixth men in the NBA.
    Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Norris Cole plays better on Saturday
    Norris Cole did not return from his dislocated left middle finger against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with no points and one assist in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Cole was on the bench after a trip to the locker room, but it seemed clear the team didn't want to put him back out there. The team has yet to share any X-ray results and he might have an MRI coming on Friday. Shabazz Napier would be a deep-league speculative add for now.
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Norris Cole goes to the locker room
    Norris Cole suffered a dislocated left middle finger and is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He is back on the bench and chances are X-rays were negative. If Cole does miss time, rookie Shabazz Napier could be looking at a major bump in minutes.
    Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Gary Neal (concussion) probable for Friday
    Gary Neal (concussion) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Neal still needs to pass the leagues' concussion protocol, but it's looking like he's very close to making a return. He's averaging 12.2 points and 1.2 three-pointers per game this season, so he's worth a look for owners seeking a 3-point specialist upon his return. Just know that he's also shooting 39.8 percent from the field.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Grizzlies waive G Kalin Lucas
    The Grizzlies have waived G Kalin Lucas.

    Advice: Lucas was brought in to serve as emergency depth for the Grizzlies, but only managed to play for five minutes, missing his only shot and recording one steal. He's not likely to sign on with another team.
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Rajon Rondo's ankle 'sore,' but will be fine
    Rajon Rondo said his ankle was "sore" after rolling it Wednesday night, but he's expected to be fine.

    Advice: This seems like a very minor thing, and Rondo has been known to play through nicks and bruises. We'll be monitoring Rondo's status leading up to Friday's tip, but it would be quite shocking if he were sidelined for that one. Rondo is currently averaging 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and a league-leading 11.8 assists on the year. So far, the only detriments to his value are his horrid free throw shooting (40 percent), and high turnover rate (4.0 turnovers a game). But as a nightly triple-double threat, owners don't have much to complain about.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) hopes to play by Dec. 26
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) said that his family is coming for Christmas, and he hopes they will be able to watch him play.

    Advice: Rubio doesn't play on Christmas, but he has a game the following day on Dec. 26. Ultimately the decision will be based on rehab, and the Timberwolves' medical staff giving him clearance to play, but Dec. 26 falls right at the seven week mark of his initial 7-8 week timetable. Rubio's rehab has been going well, but he's still not able to put weight on his sprained ankle. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but while he's sidelined, Mo Williams may be worth a look as he's finally taken the starting spot away from Zach LaVine.
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday
    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

    Advice: Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol both out Thursday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench.
    Yesterday, 9:35 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • J.J. Barea has vintage Mavericks performance
    J.J. Barea's big game off the bench on Wednesday reminded his teammates of his first stint with the Mavericks.

    Advice: With Devin Harris nursing a sprained ankle, Barea scoring 14 points with six assists and a three-pointer in 23 minutes and reminded teammate Tyson Chandler of the guard's play during the Mavericks' championship run. "J.J. was vintage J.J. in a Mavericks uniform," Chandler said. Barea could be a nice fill-in if Harris is unable to play against the Lakers on Friday, but he doesn't have much long-term value in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:46 am
    5:30 pm vs LAL
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage.
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Rival GM thinks Rajon Rondo will be traded
    A rival general manager said that he thinks Rajon Rondo will be traded this season.

    Advice: Danny Ainge is publicly saying that he isn't going to trade Rondo, but the star guard headed into unrestricted free agency after the season, the rebuilding Celtics have to at least entertain the thought. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said a rival general manager, who then added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it." Rondo's free throw percentage leaves a little something to be desired, but his fantasy owners have to be happy with the fact that he's a triple-double threat on any given night.
    Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Is Norris Cole on the Heat's trade block?
    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks there is a chance that the Heat trade Norris Cole this season.

    Advice: Coupled with Mario Chalmers' recent strong play, Winderman cites the fact the Heat declined to extend Cole before the October 31 deadline as a reason that Miami might explore a trade. Cole is stuck in a backcourt logjam with Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues unless he can separate himself from the pack.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Jason Terry offers support for Dwight Howard
    Jason Terry said he and his teammates support Dwight Howard as authorities investigate the center on child abuse charges.

    Advice: While he doesn't offer much fantasy production, Terry has stepped into a veteran leadership role with the Rockets and did exactly that in supporting Howard. "For him, he just has to stay focused," Terry said. "I’m sure he has a great support group around him. We’re here to support him as his family and things will turn out positive." Howard has not been charged as part of the investigation, but we'll be providing updates on the situation as soon as more information becomes available.
    Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Kobe Bryant scores 29 on 28 FGA, 10 FTA
    Kobe Bryant made 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 29 points during a 98-92 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He started off fine making 6-of-11 from the field before halftime, but things turned sour in the second half with miss after miss. Bryant's usage actually dropped to 37.3 after tonight with his 36.8 in the win, but he's still on pace to have one of the highest usage rates ever -- he has the record of 38.7 in 2005-06. Expect Kobe to take plenty of shots against the Mavericks on Friday.
    Yesterday, 12:21 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Ty Lawson goes for 15 & 15 in win
    Ty Lawson hit 6-of-13 shots for 15 points, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He somehow didn't hit a 3-pointer in either of his last two games, but has now hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games, which were all double-doubles with points. He's rolling right now and is a must-start in any format.
    Yesterday, 12:13 am
    6:00 pm vs NO
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching.
    Yesterday, 12:13 am
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Zach LaVine still struggling off bench
    Zach LaVine came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 1-of-5 from the field.

    Advice: He's been awful in his five games since the Ricky Rubio injury, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists 0.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 32.4 percent from the field. LaVine is too raw to be counted on in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Kalin Lucas was signed by MEM on Wednesday November 19.
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
    4:30 pm vs Mil
  • Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers
    Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season.
    Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots
    Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season.
    Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Jarrett Jack plays 35 minutes on Wednesday
    Jarrett Jack played 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: That's four games in a row with double-digit scoring since his massive 10-of-10 breakout game on Nov. 13. Jack seems to have carved out minutes in the mid-20s and he's doing a little bit of everything. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can give him a look for some low-end value.
    Wednesday, 9:48 pm
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • J.J. Barea scores 14 with six assists
    J.J. Barea came off the bench on Wednesday and had 14 points, six assists and a 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Devin Harris was out with a sprained ankle, Raymond Felton is suspended and Jameer Nelson couldn't throw it in the ocean tonight. Barea has been playing well though, averaging 9.6 points and 6.0 assists in his last five games, which include two 14-point outings. But once Harris is back, he simply won't be trustworthy enough to play for your fantasy team.
    Wednesday, 9:35 pm
    5:30 pm vs LAL
  • Jameer Nelson struggles, hurts head
    Jameer Nelson hit just 2-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a head injury, and while details are very scarce, he was able to return briefly. Had he not been playing so poorly, he probably would have played more minutes, but the Mavs went with J.J. Barea down the stretch. We were hoping from more from Nelson since Devin Harris was out with an ankle injury, but he just couldn't get his shots to fall tonight.
    Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Tony Wroten scores 21 off Sixers bench
    Tony Wroten came off the bench for the first time this season and hit 7-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, seven assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Wroten had been in a slump since Michael Carter-Williams returned from his shoulder injury, but looked great again tonight, outside of the poor shooting. His value is going to take a hit with the move to the bench, but the fact remains he's one of Philly's best players. Hold onto him if you've got him, and think about picking him up if he was dropped in your league.
    Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Status quo: Rose, Pau questionable vs. SAC
    The Bulls have listed Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) as questionable to face the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is pretty much useless because the Bulls will have sat both players with their "probable" status leading up to previous games. We would consider them a little closer to doubtful, but check back for an update on Thursday morning.
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Zach LaVine shifts to Wolves bench vs. Knicks
    Zach LaVine will come off the bench on Wednesday with Mo Williams taking over as the starting PG.

    Advice: LaVine started the past four games but they were all Minnesota losses, and coach Flip Saunders has apparently seen enough of his rookie as the full-time starter. Neither LaVine nor Williams have had reliable value in Ricky Rubio's absence, but Williams is worth a long look now that he's running with the first unit.
    Wednesday, 4:30 pm
  • Kalin Lucas likely to get some minutes
    Kalin Lucas will play for the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies do not have a backup point guard, which explains why they brought Lucas on. He might actually get some minutes, but he is still not a fantasy option.
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Tony Wroten will come off the bench on Wed.
    Tony Wroten will come off the bench to face the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he might want to play Wroten at shooting guard, but his personnel just isn't cut out for it. Although, Michael Carter-Williams and Wroten will likely play together down the stretch. He hasn't been too bad with MCW in the three games with a usage of 27.4 while posting averages of 12.7 points, 3.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 1.3 triples. His fantasy owners should expect him to take a hit, though.
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) cleared to practice
    Derrick Rose (hamsting) is expected to participate in practice on Wednesday, while Pau Gasol will be rested.

    Advice: This doesn't mean a lot for Rose's owners, as he will likely be a game-time decision no matter what. If Rose doesn't suit up Thursday, expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to carry the load. If Gasol can't play, then Taj Gibson and Joakim noah will both be in for a big night. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Gary Neal (concussion) inactive Wednesday
    Gary Neal (concussion) is inactive for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: He is still dealing with symptoms and will still have to pass the NBA's concussion protocol once he is feeling better. Neal has been a spark off of the Hornet's bench this season and when he returns he will be worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) is out Wednesday and P.J. Hairston (ankle) is doubtful, so Gerald Henderson will likely play all the minutes he can handle and is worth a look in daily leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:33 am
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Alec Burks posts first 20 & 10 game vs. OKC
    Alec Burks exploded on Tuesday for 20 points (5-of-8 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), two 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a win vs. the visiting Thunder.

    Advice: This was the first time in Burks' career that he's posted 20 & 10, and this terrific line goes a long way toward justifying fantasy owners' faith in him. He came in averaging a mediocre 13.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 0.9 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game, but once he finds his shooting range he should vault into top-100 fantasy value.
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG.
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kobe Bryant hits 10-of-18 shots for 28 points
    Kobe Bryant was in the groove vs. Atlanta on Tuesday, sinking 10-of-18 shots with three 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 28 points.

    Advice: Bryant added four rebounds, three assists and one steal to round out his efficient performance. He leads the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game despite shooting a mere 37.7 percent from the field prior to tonight's stellar performance. He's over the flu that slowed him down this weekend and even Nick Young's return won't have a significant impact on Kobe's shot totals, which is good news for fantasy owners relying on his volume scoring.
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Rajon Rondo has historically bad FT night
    Rajon Rondo hit just 2-of-10 free throws during Monday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Rondo's poor shooting from the charity stripe was historically bad as he became just the second guard since 1963-64 to attempt 10 free throws or more while hitting two or fewer. While Rondo is still a nightly triple-double threat, his 30.0 percent shooting from the free throw line this season is becoming a bit of a liability in rotisserie leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:06 am
  • Gary Neal to miss Wednesday's game vs Pacers
    Gary Neal (concussion) will miss Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Neal is still experiencing symptoms from the concussion that he suffered during Saturday's game against the Warriors and will miss his second consecutive game on Wednesday. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) already declared out and P.J. Hairston (ankle) listed as doubtful, Gerald Henderson will get all the minutes he can handle and will make for a solid plug-and-play option on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 9:53 am
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Crawford scores 24 points with five assists
    Jamal Crawford scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one three in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Crawford is rolling along as a solid mid-round value and is a must-start player until further notice.
    Monday, 11:10 pm
  • Hinrich scores 14 points with five assists
    Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Hinrich doesn't hold 14-team value on the year despite averaging 28.4 minutes per game this season. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) returning any time he's a Hail Mary in daily leagues at best.
    Monday, 10:57 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Brooks quiet in another missed opportunity
    Aaron Brooks scored just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one assist in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be measured by how he performs on the nights when Derrick Rose is invariably out, and by this measurement he'll be harder to trust next time out. Rose is day-to-day with his current hamstring injury.
    Monday, 10:54 pm
  • Tony Wroten struggles on Monday night
    Tony Wroten made 4-of-14 from the field for eight points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: His numbers have dropped off with Michael Carter-Williams back in the lineup and his usage is also down to just 27.4 in those three games, too. It's still unclear how coach Brett Brown will use Wroten, but he's not a must-own player in shallow leagues anymore. He also had a net rating of minus-29.6 in his last three.
    Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Jennings hits five threes as push continues
    Brandon Jennings kept pushing in Monday's loss, hitting five 3-pointers and 6-of-13 shots overall to finish with 18 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Left for dead by many, Jennings is a top-40 player all of a sudden and at 45.6 percent shooting from the field it's certainly a sell-high moment. Just know that he has a top-50 upside enhanced by his durability and shouldn't be sold short.
    Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Rajon Rondo just misses triple-double
    Rajon Rondo just missed a triple-double against the Suns during a 118-114 loss on Monday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and five turnovers.

    Advice: He did shoot 2-of-10 from the line, so it wasn't all good. Rondo is not just 6-of-20 (20 percent) from the line on the season, which has kept his value to an early-late round guy. He's obviously a much better asset in points leagues than standard leagues.
    Monday, 9:30 pm
  • Jack scores 15 points with four assists
    Jarrett Jack scored 15 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-9 shots (1-of-1 from deep, 4-of-4 from the line) with zero rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Jack is turning in late-round value and should be owned in most 12-team formats.
    Monday, 8:55 pm
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Lawson goes for 24 and 12 in win over Cavs
    Ty Lawson scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting (0-for-6 3PTs, 6-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, 12 assists and two steals in Monday's road win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Lawson is beginning to heat up and as long as he can keep the injury bug from biting he should continue to move toward his early round upside.
    Monday, 7:10 pm
    6:00 pm vs NO
  • Ricky Rubio is making some progress
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) is making good progress and has been receiving three rounds of treatment per day.

    Advice: He was on crutches and is in a walking boot. Rubio is expected to miss six weeks with his severe ankle sprain. The point guard situation has been a mess without Rubio and most owners shouldn't be too eager to add Zach LaVine or Mo Williams.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Monday night
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: This is the second game in a row in which the Bulls won't even make Rose a game-time decision. Rose is doing some work, but he could miss more time. His fantasy owners in weekly leagues have a tough decision on their hands with the only other games coming on a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday. Jimmy Butler is coming off a career night while Aaron Brooks disappointed on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich also played well on Saturday, which was really his only good game in the starting lineup. For what it's worth, we would bench Rose in just about any scenario.
    Monday, 11:01 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Gary Neal still dizzy, experiencing headaches
    Gary Neal (head) is still experiencing dizziness and headaches.

    Advice: Neal has no timetable to return from his concussion. He can't begin the concussion protocol until he's symptom-free for 24 hours, so Neal has a very real chance to miss at least a handful of games. Without him and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) available, Gerald Henderson, P.J. Hairston and Brian Roberts will pick up the slack.
    Monday, 8:42 am
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Calderon could begin practicing before Friday
    Jose Calderon (hamstring) could begin practicing before Friday.

    Advice: Calderon is expected to return to practice by Friday at the latest. The Knicks could use his leadership and abilities at the point, especially as the team looks to get the Triangle offense fully integrated. As soon as Calderon can return, he's expected to take over as the team's starting point guard. He should be owned in all leagues.
    Monday, 6:56 am
  • Kobe Bryant defends volume shooting ways
    Kobe Bryant defended his volume shooting after the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Bryant scored 44 points on 34 field goal attempts in just three quarters of action. "This responsibility, it's on me. When things go good, it's us. When things go bad, it's me." Kobe wants to get others involved, but his teammates, almost comically, just wait around and watch Kobe try to make something happen. Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer added the balance is currently off, but Kobe isn't being left many options given his underwhelming supporting cast.
    Monday, 6:34 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) has 44 pts in ugly loss
    Kobe Bryant (illness) poured in a game-high 44 points on 15-of-34 FGs and 11-of-16 FTs in a futile effort vs. the Warriors on Sunday, adding five rebounds and three assists in just 31 minutes.

    Advice: Bryant shot a career-worst 1-of-14 from the field in L.A.'s last game, but on Sunday he played like vintage Black Mamba -- the problem is that his teammates didn't follow suit, and their team defense was atrocious. The impending return of Nick Young should ease Kobe's workload, which is good news for the 36-year-old Bryant's durability and FG percentage (currently a career-low 36.7 percent).
    Sunday, 9:22 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Gary Neal (concussion) will not play vs. Mavs
    Gary Neal (concussion) will not play vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Neal suffered the injury during Saturday's game, when he hit his head on the court, and he'll need to pass the NBA's strict concussion protocols before returning. Gerald Henderson, P.J. Hairston and Brian Roberts will each absorb some of the 24.7 minutes Neal has been averaging this season.
    Sunday, 6:37 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) will play Sunday vs GSW
    Kobe Bryant (illness) will be in the Lakers starting lineup vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Byron Scott never doubted that his star would be in uniform, and this makes it official. Throughout his career Kobe has played well despite being under the weather, and owners should confidently deploy him in what should be a high-scoring contest between L.A. and Golden State.
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Ty Lawson struggles with shot in Denver loss
    Ty Lawson struggled with his shot as the Nuggets lost to the Knicks, scoring 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting (two 3-pointers), to go along with nine assists, two rebounds, and six turnovers.

    Advice: The Nuggets were dominated by the Knicks in this one, and managed to go the entire second quarter with just one make from the field (the make came on a last second buzzer beater from Lawson). Denver has been a mess this year, but Lawson has been the one consistent player, averaging 15.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 0.9 three-pointers per game. Those numbers are a bit down from last year's averages, but perhaps that's because Lawson might still be struggling with his ankle injury. Lawson is a buy-low candidate, but his ankles present some risk.
    Sunday, 1:00 pm
    6:00 pm vs NO
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) expected to play Sunday
    Kobe Bryant missed Sunday's shootaround with flu-like symptoms, but coach Byron Scott still expects him to play as the Lakers take on the Warriors.

    Advice: "You would have to amputate his leg for him not to play [Sunday]," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "If he feels 20 percent better than he felt [Saturday] night, he’ll say ‘I’m good.’ I never scratch him out of anything except practice." Coach Scott is expressing a sentiment that the basketball world knows very well, as long as Kobe has two legs to stand on, he will compete on the basketball court. Check back for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off, but all signs are pointing towards The Black Mamba suiting up.
    Sunday, 11:31 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) not at shootaround
    Kobe Bryant (illness) is not at the morning shootaround, and is questionable to play on Sunday.

    Advice: We are expected to get an update from coach Byron Scott shortly and we will update his status as soon as possible. The Black Mamba will likely still play as he is one of the toughest players in the league, but should he miss time expect the Lakers to use a committee approach to absorb his minutes.
    Sunday, 11:00 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Jose Calderon may practice later this week
    Coach Fisher said on Sunday that Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani could resume practice later this week, but both will miss Sunday's game.

    Advice: This would be great news for Calderon's owners, as he is expected to flourish in the triangle offense making him a must-own player in almost all leagues. Bargnani on the other hand, shouldn't be owned in standard leagues until he strings together a couple of good games so owners should monitor him first.
    Sunday, 8:50 am
  • Chris Paul scores 32 points in 13 FGAs
    Chris Paul was too much for the Suns on Saturday during a 120-107 win, making 10-of-13 from the field for 32 points with five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.`

    Advice: A 96.2 effective field goal percentage in a 32-point game isn't bad at all. Paul is having a strange year shooting the ball, making 57.1 percent of his mid-range shots and only 46.7 percent at the rim. Additionally, he's also dribbling before his shots a lot, putting the ball on the floor at least seven times on 32.0 percent of his shots in his previous seven games. Regardless, he's the best pure point guard in the NBA right now.
    Sunday, 12:38 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores just nine points
    Jamal Crawford scored just nine points against the Suns on Saturday with three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He moved back to the bench tonight, which is a role he's certainly comfortable as a multiple winner of Sixth Man of the Year. If his owner isn't smart enough to know that starting isn't the most important thing about fantasy value, maybe a buy-low offer is in order.
    Sunday, 12:27 am
  • Darren Collison has a solid 19-point game
    Darren Collison scored 19 points with two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored 20 points on Thursday and has been great so far this year. Nobody really thought Collison was a great pickup by the Kings especially with Isaiah Thomas being signed relatively cheap, but he's worth owning in all standard leagues and should outperform his ADP.
    Saturday, 11:57 pm
  • Zach LaVine still can't get it going
    Zach LaVine made 2-of-6 from the field for four points with two rebounds, one assist, one block and five turnovers in 19 minutes during a 131-117 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday.

    Advice: He committed five fouls and has been underwhelming in the starting lineup. Of course, we weren't expecting him to do much this year based on his somewhat ineffective summer league. LaVine's upside just isn't there with a low usage and lack of treys.
    Saturday, 10:34 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 15 points in start
    Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points in a 99-90 loss to the Pacers on Saturday to go with seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't score in his last start, so we didn't see this one coming. Hinrich has been too inconsistent to scoop in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Aaron Brooks has a colossal letdown
    Aaron Brooks played just 18 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Ouch. All signs indicated Brooks was set for a big game tonight because he scored 26 points in the last game without Derrick Rose (hamstring). Rose isn't expected to be out for too long, so there's very little reason to be too attached to Brooks right now.
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Gary Neal suffers a concussion on Saturday
    Gary Neal suffered a concussion on Saturday and will not return to the game, finishing with four points and three boards in ten minutes.

    Advice: He hit his head hard on the court right before halftime and was in visible pain, so this comes as no surprise. He will now have to rest a few days and will have to pass the league's concussion protocol before he can play again, so consider him day-to-day for now. In his absence, expect P.J. Hairston and Gerald Henderson to pick up a few extra minutes, with neither of the two being reliable enough for standard league consideration.
    Saturday, 8:50 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Gary Neal will dress against the Warriors
    Gary Neal (foot) will play against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been playing through his foot issue and it didn't seem to affect him much in Phoenix on Saturday. Neal was held out of the lineup last season with the Bucks for an extraordinarily long time, but things are a little different with the Hornets. He's a deep-league option.
    Saturday, 6:11 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Jamal Crawford will come off the bench
    Jamal Crawford will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see him start against the Spurs and Blazers, but the run stops at two. Regardless, Crawford's fantasy value will be just fine off the bench.
    Saturday, 6:09 pm
  • Gary Neal is questionable on Saturday
    Gary Neal (foot) is questionable to face the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He played through his foot injury on Friday and had 14 points in 25 minutes. The Hornets would need him to play minutes in the 20s with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out tonight.
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Greivis Vasquez will play on Saturday night
    Greivis Vasquez (knee) will play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision and must be feeling good to be declared as a go before pre-game warmups. Vasquez will back up Kyle Lowry and won't have too much fantasy value. if you picked up Lou Williams or wanted to use him in daily fantasy, it might be time to reconsider.
    Saturday, 2:54 pm
    4:30 pm vs Mil
  • Scott expects Kobe to play on Sunday
    Coach Byron Scott said he expects Kobe Bryant (illness) to play on Sunday against the Warriors.

    Advice: "You’d probably have to ampute his leg [to keep him out]," Scott said. Bryant has been dealing with a viral infection for at least the past two days. He was able to play through it on Friday and his fantasy owners can probably pencil him in for Sunday. Of course, it doesn't hurt to check back tomorrow.
    Saturday, 12:44 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich will get the start on Sat.
    Kirk Hinrich will start against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls have ruled Derrick Rose (hamstring) out, so Hinrich and Aaron Brooks will get the minutes at point guard. Hinrich has posted a usage rate of just 16.7 on the season while Brooks has turned in a usage of 26.8, so it's pretty obvious Brooks is the preferred play tonight.
    Saturday, 11:51 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) out on Saturday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's game on a drive to the basket, so this news comes as no surprise. The Bulls are going to be incredibly cautious with Rose to the dismay of his owners and will likely have many more DNP's this season. Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich will both pick up extra minutes, and even though Hinrich will start, Brooks is the much better plug-and-play in daily leagues. We will update Rose's status when we know more.
    Saturday, 8:59 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Greivis Vasquez (knee) questionable Saturday
    Greivis Vasquez (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against Utah, and will likely be a game-time decision.

    Advice: It is just a contusion so he shouldn't be in danger of missing too much time. This news will only matter for owners in deep leagues, as Vasquez would need an injury to Kyle Lowry before being considered. If Vasquez can't go, Lou Williams could see a good chunk of minutes in Toronto's backcourt, and makes for a sneaky daily play.
    Saturday, 8:27 am
    4:30 pm vs Mil
  • Kobe Bryant dealing with viral infection
    Kobe Bryant is dealing with a viral infection according to the Lakers, and he was visibly ill in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: "He wasn't feeling too well," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "Nothing physically as far as a knee or Achilles, but he's not feeling well." Kobe shot just 1-of-14 from the floor but it's reassuring to know that he should be back to his normal self soon. Knowing the Black Mamba, he will likely suit up on Sunday but owners should check back for updates just in case.
    Saturday, 8:03 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Derrick Rose (hamtring) questionable Saturday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Owners are in for another wild ride before tip-off as Rose will likely be a true game-time decision. He can't seem to stay healthy but the Bulls are just calling it a mild hamstring strain so at least it's not serious. If Rose can't go, Aaron Brooks would be an intriguing plug-and-play while Kirk Hinrich would also see a bump in his minutes. Stay tuned.
    Saturday, 6:51 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Kobe has career-worst shooting night
    Kobe Bryant hit just 1-of-14 shots in the Lakers' 93-80 home loss to the Spurs on Friday, finishing with nine points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Kobe didn't hit a three but he hit 7-of-9 shots from the line and apparently played sick tonight. The efficiency issues aren't going away anytime soon, and you know things are all messed up in Los Angeles when folks can honestly look to Swaggy P's return as a way to help calm the madness.
    Saturday, 12:36 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Neal (foot) plays and scores 14 points
    Gary Neal played through a foot injury on Friday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Neal wasn't even a sure thing to go tonight and he started off real slow, but eventually dug out a win for deep-league owners relying on him. In nine games and at 26.4 minutes per contest, he's returning top-125 value and has carved out a nice little role for himself.
    Friday, 11:39 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Jennings carries Pistons to win with 29 pts
    Brandon Jennings scored eight straight points in overtime and led the Pistons to a win over the Thunder, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now but Jennings is a top-35 player on the season even after his disastrous start. It's a case study in not overreacting to the first week of the season and also a great opportunity to sell him high while he's sporting a 46.2 percent mark from the field, which is going to drop at some point.
    Friday, 11:01 pm
  • LaVine has up-and-down night in blowout loss
    Zach LaVine scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, three turnovers and zero assists in Friday's blowout loss.

    Advice: Nobody played well for the Wolves as the Pelicans had them covered at every position, and speculating owners need to keep in mind how inexperienced LaVine is. That said, he has a huge window to make some noise in while Ricky Rubio is out on a 7-8 week timetable, and Mo Williams hasn't threatened his minutes yet.
    Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Wroten posts 19-4-8 line with two threes
    Tony Wroten bounced back on Friday against the Rockets, scoring 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 3-of-6 from the line) with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Wroten's production is likely to fluctuate more with Michael Carter-Williams back but he'll be capable of a big line on any given night. A much better 8-cat play, he should be in all lineups until he proves he shouldn't be.
    Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Rondo hands out season-high 16 assists
    Rajon Rondo handed out a season-high 16 assists and chipped in with six points, eight rebounds and three steals on Friday.

    Advice: Rondo is rocking top 20-40 value (8/9 cat) and turning a tidy profit for owners.
    Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Norris Cole has a decent game vs. ATL
    Norris Cole scored six points in a 114-103 loss to the Hawks on Friday with two rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier still played 21 minutes off the bench and had four points, one assist and three turnovers. Cole seems like he should be able to keep his minutes in the mid 20s, but Mario Chalmers is the more value asset in standard leagues right now.
    Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Knight keeps things rolling for his owners
    Brandon Knight kept up his torrid pace with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, two threes and two turnovers in Friday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Knight is a top 15-50 play (8/9 cat) this season and his consistency has been notable playing for flighty Jason Kidd. He's probably going to chill out on the 4.0 turnovers per game he brought into tonight, while his 87.8 percent foul shooting is certainly suspect with his best season checking in at 80.2 percent. His rebounding and assist numbers are way up, but it's possible that a role change under Kidd is bringing him good fortune.
    Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Gary Neal (foot) expected to play Friday
    Gary Neal (foot) is expected to play Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Neal doesn't have much fantasy value in a backup role, so this news doesn't mean much to owners in standard leagues.
    Friday, 4:41 pm
    4:00 pm vs Orl
  • Derrick Rose listed as questionable for Sat.
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday against the Pacers.

    Advice: There's really no way of telling whether or not Rose will play, and we're likely headed for a game-time decision. If Rose sits out, Aaron Brooks will make for a fine play in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 2:17 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose has mild left hamstring strain
    Derrick Rose suffered a mild hamstring strain on Thursday and is day-to-day.

    Advice: He did not need an MRI and even did some work on a treadmill, so he shouldn't be out long. Of course, the Bulls have listed him as probable and didn't play him in a game before, so we don't like his chances to play against the Pacers on Saturday. Aaron Brooks was superb in the last Rose-less game, so give him a look.
    Friday, 12:05 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose continues to downplay injury
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) said that he left Thursday's game because the Bulls had a comfortable lead, and there was no reason to risk anything by returning to the game.

    Advice: When asked why he fell down late, Rose responded: "I don’t know man. Just missing two years, I’m going to fall for no reason, I guess." Rose appears to have avoided a more serious injury, and he hopes to practice on Friday to see how his hamstring responds. There will be a slew of updates on Rose's status leading up to Saturday's tip vs. the Pacers, but if he's unable to go, Aaron Brooks will make for a fine plug-and-play option. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 7:41 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Jameer Nelson makes winning No. 1 priority
    Jameer Nelson is currently averaging a career-worst 6.9 points on 33.8 percent shooting from the field, but all he cares about is the Mavs' current 6-3 record.

    Advice: "Whatever it takes [to get a win]," said Nelson. While Jameer doesn't care about his statistical output, fantasy owners sure do. Given Nelson's minimal contributions to the stat sheet this season, and the fact that he's only averaging 26 minutes a game (crowded backcourt), Nelson isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
    Friday, 7:10 am
  • Jarrett Jack makes all 10 from the field
    Jarrett Jack made all 10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for 23 points against the Warriors on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, three turnovers and four fouls in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The revenge game was a common thread tonight, but making all 10 from the field is the ace of spades as far as stat lines go. Jack only played 24.1 minutes per game before tonight and only had 7.0 points per game, so we'd need to see him do it again before signing off on him as a pickup.
    Thursday, 10:27 pm
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Jameer Nelson can't make a shot
    Jameer Nelson didn't make any of his six field goal attempts on Thursday with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a hamstring issue and he was left out of the party tonight. Besides Nelson every other member of the starting five had an effective field goal percentage of 71.4. Yes, teams eat more in a date with Philly than a trip to Pat's or Geno's.
    Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Wroten has a bad game in a blowout
    Tony Wroten played 25 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Michael Carter-Williams is back, so Wroten's value is going to change. With MCW on the court last year, Wroten still had a solid usage rate of 24.9, which is probably about where he’ll be should they play together. He also had over 60 percent of his shots come on a layup or dunk, which is definitely going to help his efficiency. His owners should stick with him in most cases.
    Thursday, 9:54 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 20 in loss to Memphis
    Darren Collison scored 20 points in a 111-110 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday due to a shoulder injury and thrived in what's usually a tough matchup for point guards. While Collison has really struggled with his jumper, no player has dished out more assists to DeMarcus Cousins, which is paramount in the SAC offense. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard.
    Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) will start Thurs.
    Darren Collison (shoulder) will play and start on Thursday as the Kings take on the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Collison's return to the starting lineup will send Ramon Sessions back to the bench, and owners in standard leagues can go ahead and send Sessions back to the waiver wire. Collison has gotten off to a hot start this season, averaging 14.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. Get him in your lineups.
    Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Calderon (calf), Bargnani (hamstring) out Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) and Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This news should come as no surprise as Calderon isn't targeting a return until late-November, and Bargnani remains without an official return date. Shane Larkin has been filling in as the team's point guard with Calderon sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been minimal. Iman Shumpert however, has taken full advantage of the extended opportunity, and is currently averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers a game, and given how he has endeared himself to coach Derek Fisher with his defense, he'll likely remain a key rotation player even upon Calderon's eventual return.
    Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) probable Thursday
    Darren Collison (shoulder) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Collison was a full participant during Wednesday's practice, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go Thursday night. If Collison returns, Ramon Sessions will head to the bench and go back to being irrelevant in standard leagues. Stay tuned for an official update on Collison's status as we draw closer to Thursday's tip-off.
    Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Jameer Nelson expected to play vs 76ers Thurs
    Jameer Nelson (hamstring) is expected to play against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Nelson told reporters that he is good to go for Thursday's game and said his hamstring injury was "just a little scare." The 32-year-old is only averaging 7.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 treys through eight games, but he's still worth owning in all fantasy leagues as starting point guards don't grow on trees.
    Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Flip Saunders sees growth in Zach LaVine
    Flip Saunders spoke glowingly of Zach LaVine's growth following the Wolves' loss to the Rockets in Mexico City on Wednesday.

    Advice: After LaVine scored eight points with three rebounds, and nine assists during his second career start, Saunders said, "I believe we’re seeing Zach grow up right before our eyes." LaVine's 2-of-9 shooting was nothing to write home about, but he did see 34 minutes of playing time and is a solid add in deeper fantasy leagues while Ricky Rubio is out with a severe ankle sprain.
    Thursday, 9:35 am
  • Rajon Rondo says he loves being a Celtic
    Rajon Rondo said he loves being a Celtic and that the fans make him want to stay in Boston.

    Advice: Rondo will head into unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 regular season, but he didn't sound ready to leave Boston after the Celtics' loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. "Regardless of what's going on with the season, my position hasn't changed," Rondo said on Wednesday. "I love being a Celtic." The 28-year-old will have his share of suitors after the regular season, but for now, fantasy owners should enjoy him returning to health as he's a nightly triple-double threat.
    Thursday, 6:04 am
  • Zach LaVine hits 2-of-9 shots in loss
    Zach LaVine started at point guard again on Wednesday but hit just 2-of-9 shots for eight points, three rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He played 34 minutes, good enough for the team lead tonight, but still hasn't exactly set anything on fire with Ricky Rubio out with a severe ankle sprain. Mo Williams missed all five of his shots off the bench for two points and six assists, and while we still think the smart money is on Mo-Will while Rubio is out, LaVine is trying to prove us wrong.
    Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays well for terrible Nuggets
    Ty Lawson hit 11-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 32 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: The Nuggets are a mess right now, but Lawson is the only guy playing well on a consistent basis for coach Brian Shaw. And, really, he's the only Nugget we're comfortable with starting in fantasy leagues until Shaw gets this ship turned around. And whether that will happen or not is a pretty big 'if.'
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
    6:00 pm vs NO
  • Jeremy Lin has a decent game vs. NOP
    Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's doing a better job of passing with 4.6 assists per game over his last five to go with averages of 14.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.2 triples. Lin's slow start looks to be behind him, so he's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Norris Cole barely hanging in there for Heat
    Norris Cole had nine points, four rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: He's simply been awful for most of the season. If you're in a league that requires you to start point guards and you're thin there, hanging onto him probably makes some sense. But if you're good at point guard and are ready to move on to greener pastures, you have our blessing.
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Rajon Rondo just misses trip-dub in loss
    Rajon Rondo just missed a triple-double against the Thunder on Wednesday with 20 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-15 from the field, only turned the ball over once and didn't get to the free throw line for his best fantasy line of the season. Rondo's hand injury didn't seem like a issue tonight and he should be ready to go as a must-start player right now.
    Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Alec Burks hits 9-of-15 shots in loss
    Alec Burks got hot on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 22 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: He had just nine points on Monday, but is still averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five. We'd like to see him score more consistently, but he's getting 35 minutes per game, meaning he's worth owning despite the ups and downs.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Brandon Jennings goes for 32 & 10 vs. Wall
    Brandon Jennings was feeling it on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers for 32 points, 10 assists and two steals.

    Advice: He was fired up about playing against John Wall and brought his A-game. Jennings got off to a rocky start and was benched early in the season, but Stan Van Gundy's wake up call appears to have worked. We still don't trust his decision making, or his shot, but he's now averaging 18.6 points, 6.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games. If he was dumped in your league, pick him up.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • LaVine expected to play 26-30 minutes
    Zach LaVine is expected to play 26-30 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 26 minutes in his first start, but he did only have a usage rate of 11.5 in that game. LaVine figures to get more involved in the offense as they season goes along, but he'll likely start slow. He's only an option in deep leagues for now.
    Wednesday, 4:49 pm
  • Darren Collison expected to play on Thursday
    Darren Collison (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision on Tuesday and was ruled out after warming up, but he will still have to play through some discomfort. Collison has been terrific and is fitting in nicely with DeMarcus Cousins as more of an off-ball guy. He should be owned in all leagues, but he might not play well on Thursday in a sub-par matchup. If you added Ramon Sessions, you can probably look elsewhere.
    Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) set to play on Wednesday
    Rajon Rondo (hand) is fully expected to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: "[The hand is] a little sore, but nothing I can't play with," Rondo said. He missed Saturday's game after he had a screw removed from his surgically-repaired hand, but he appears to be good to go Wednesday. Rondo has been fantastic early on this season and owners can deploy him as usual. We will let you know how he fares after the game.
    Wednesday, 7:10 am
  • Brandon Knight drops 16-4-4 line on Tuesday
    Brandon Knight had 16 points, four assists, four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Fresh off of a game-winner on Saturday, Knight kept it rolling and has looked solid early on this season. He is still considered a sell-high candidate, as he has struggled with consistency throughout his short career. Regardless, congrats are in order if you rolled the dice on him this season.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (hamstring) aims to play Thurs.
    Jameer Nelson (hamstring) is optimistic that he won't miss any games after injuring himself during Tuesday's home win.

    Advice: "I don't see myself missing any time," Nelson said after the game. He finished with five points, five rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes before his early exit. The Mavs return to action vs. Philly on Thursday, giving him a day to recover, and it's great news for Dallas that the injury isn't more serious. Devin Harris could take over starting PG duties in a pinch, but without Raymond Felton (ankle, suspension) the Mavs' bench would be precariously thin.
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (hamstring) leaves game Tuesday
    Jameer Nelson (hamstring) headed back to the locker room during Tuesday's game and is questionable to return.

    Advice: He gripped his right hamstring after an awkward drive to the basket, and it looks like his night could be done. We will update his status as needed but if he were to miss time, expect Devin Harris and J.J. Barea to fill the void. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Jeremy Lin cools off in road loss vs. Memphis
    Jeremy Lin cooled off vs. the Grizzlies, attempting just eight shots to finish with 12 points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The multi-cat production is nice, but it would be great to see Lin more aggressive offensively. He got lost in the mix tonight with Kobe Bryant dominating the ball (as usual) and every other starter attempting at least 10 shots. Lin was coming off a 21-point game and will need to step up for L.A. to improve their 1-6 record, so hopefully he'll demand more touches vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 7:47 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) out on Tuesday
    Darren Collison (shoulder) is out for Tuesday's game and Ramon Sessions will draw the start.

    Advice: He was upgraded to a game-time decision earlier on Tuesday but will now sit out as he battles stiffness in his shoulder. He will likely be fine with a little rest and the injury isn't considered serious. Sessions makes for an excellent plug-and-play option while we also may get a good look at Ray McCallum. Consider Collison day-to-day for now and we will update his status as needed.
    Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) game-time decision
    Darren Collision has been upgraded to a game-time decision and he'll test his stiff shoulder during pre-game warmups before making a decision.

    Advice: The injury isn't serious but Collison was listed as 'doubtful' earlier in the day, with the Kings giving him just a 25 percent chance of playing. His improved status makes Ramon Sessions a riskier fill-in fantasy option, but we're unlikely to learn Collison's status until just prior to the 8:30 ET tip-off. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) doubtful Tuesday
    Darren Collison (left shoulder stiffness) is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The Kings are saying there's just a 25 percent chance that Collison suits up on Tuesday, however, the injury is not considered serious. If Collison is forced to sit this one out, Ramon Sessions would draw the start in his place and makes for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Ray McCallum would also likely see some extended run off the bench, so stay tuned for an official update on Collison's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip.
    Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Jose Calderon declared out for Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) will miss Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: This isn't a huge surprise as Calderon is targeting a return towards the end of November, but it does mean that Iman Shumpert owners can go ahead and fire up Shump for Wednesday's game against Orlando.
    Tuesday, 10:58 am
  • Brown says Tony Wroten isn't 100% reliable
    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that Tony Wroten isn't 100 percent reliable at this stage in his career.

    Advice: In addition to the reliability comment, Brown added that Wroten is a "hold your breath" player. While not the harshest of comments, Brown doesn't exactly sound thrilled with Wroten's play. The 21-year-old's hot start to the 2014-15 season is bound to take a dip with Michael Carter-Williams' impending return on Thursday, but fantasy owners shouldn't go dropping Wroten as he'll likely play alongside MCW and retain a solid amount of value.
    Tuesday, 10:56 am
  • Rajon Rondo will play Wednesday vs OKC
    Rajon Rondo (hand) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and will play against the Thunder on Wednesday, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Tuesday's practice participation and Stevens' ensuing comment are great news for Rondo's fantasy owners as it sounds like he's on-track to play against the Thunder on Wednesday after having a minor surgery to remove a screw in his surgically-repaired hand on Saturday. We'll update Rondo's official status after shootaround, but it looks like all systems go for Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
  • CP3 just misses 3x2; Griffin right behind him
    Chris Paul narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting (no threes) with 10 rebounds, nine assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Paul would surely trade in his popcorn numbers for some extra intensity out of his team, but they're struggling right now and Doc Rivers is going to lose more than his voice. Blake Griffin added 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal in the loss.
    Monday, 10:55 pm
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