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  • Asking price for Horford and Teague too high?
    According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is "borderline ridiculous."

    Advice: "From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous," Mannix said. "The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want." Boston seems like the team that's most willing to make a major move, and Mannix adds that the Hawks could lower their price as the deadline (Feb. 18) approaches. Today, 6:23 am
  • Gortat has a bad game vs Bucks
    Marcin Gortat scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes on Thursday against the Bucks.

    Advice: It wasn't the most visually pleasing game, but Gortat has been fine. Gortat's minutes should be fine and the Wizards going small actually helps him, so expect him to be a top-50 kind of player going forward. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Serge Ibaka has an OK game
    Serge Ibaka scored 18 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: This isn't bad for a guy everyone in fantasy loves. Ibaka is still a buy-low player with hopes he can put it together. He is also well known for finishing on a high note after the break. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis hurts elbow on Thursday
    Anthony Davis hurt his right elbow Thursday against the Thunder during a 121-95 loss, finishing with 23 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He did not go to the locker room and it looks like it is a minor problem. The Pelicans were blown out tonight, so that makes it more likely Davis is OK. Expect him to be fine after the break and in the All-Star Game lineup. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores just four
    Ryan Anderson scored just four points with five rebounds and no turnovers in 21 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: Ouch. Anderson's name is popping up in the trade block and the Pelicans losing promotes his chances of being dealt. If you own him, it's not a bad idea to deal him at 85 cents on the dollar because he would likely lose value now that Tyreke Evans (knee) is out for the year. In other words, you want him to stay in NO. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Rumor: Raptors interested in Ryan Anderson?
    The Raptors are reportedly interested in Ryan Anderson.

    Advice: Toronto is reportedly looking to land a power forward at the deadline, although it's unclear just how available Ryno is in New Orleans. So far, Anderson has been linked to Detroit, Houston, Phoenix and Sacramento, and out of all those locations, Ryan's fantasy value would be best served in Phoenix. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Report: HOU actively shopping Dwight Howard
    The Rockets have reportedly begun actively shopping Dwight Howard.

    Advice: Howard is expected to opt out of his contract this summer, and the Rockets may not be willing to give him the max-deal that he desires, so GM Daryl Morey is now looking to see what he can get on the open market rather than potentially losing the eight-time All-Star for nothing. Thus far the Celtics have been the only team officially linked to D-12, but that's not to say that Boston is the only team interested in landing Dwight. For what it's worth, Dwight has said that he's not seeking a trade away from Houston, but it's also not his decision. Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Drew Gooden questionable for Thurs vs Bucks
    Drew Gooden (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Gooden could be in line for some extra minutes if he's able to play as Kris Humphries (illness) is also questionable, but he's only averaging 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds over his last five games so there isn't much fantasy value here. If both players sit, DeJuan Blair and Nene would see a small boost in playing time. Yesterday, 10:56 am
  • Kris Humphries questionable for Thurs vs MIL
    Kris Humphries (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Humphries is questionable due to illness rather than the knee injury that kept him out for 17 games, but it sounds like he may miss yet another game on Thursday. With Drew Gooden (illness) also questionable, DeJuan Blair and Nene could be in line for some extra minutes against Milwaukee. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Nets reach out to Hawks about Paul Millsap
    The Nets have reached out to the Hawks about acquiring Paul Millsap, according to Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily.

    Advice: While the Nets also inquired about Jeff Teague, the Millsap move seems curious as the Nets have been high on Thaddeus Young. We'll keep an eye on this situation as it develops, but the lowly Nets are surprisingly looking to be buyers are we approach the trade deadline. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Dwight Howard and Harden meet w/management
    Dwight Howard and James Harden met with head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and general manager Daryl Morey after Wednesday's loss to the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: The meeting reportedly went well into the night after the Rockets dropped to the ninth spot in the Western Conference, though the participants didn't give many details of the meeting. "We've got to figure it out," Howard said. "We have to stop being so negative. We lose games and then we're negative. We can't be negative. There's no way we're going to succeed if all we do is stay negative and talk negative." It sounds like there may be changes coming in Houston, so we'll keep an eye out for the fantasy ramifications of any potential moves. Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Kevin Love doesn't expect to miss any time
    Kevin Love (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss any time after suffering a left shoulder stinger on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love injured his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but looks to have avoided a serious injury. "It felt like fire was running down my arm," Love said. "Just a stinger, and doctors decided we'll be cautious and use the break for it to feel better, but it actually feels OK right now." We'll keep an eye on Love over the All-Star Break, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for the second half of the season. Yesterday, 6:11 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Mason Plumlee struggles vs. Rockets
    Mason Plumlee was a non-factor vs. the Rockets, posting eight points, four rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 16 foul-plagued minutes.

    Advice: Plumlee struggled vs. Dwight Howard defensively and once again found himself in foul trouble, so Terry Stotts quickly turned to Ed Davis (13 rebounds in 21 minutes). Plumlee didn't even play in the final 20 minutes tonight, but that's unlikely to become a trend -- this dud doesn't alter his rest-of-season outlook. Wednesday, 10:53 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 28 points in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 28 points with 13 rebounds, two assists and one block in 35 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was very good against the sub-par bigs on the Blazers, but the Rockets were torched on defense. Howard looks healthy right now and should have a nice finish for his fantasy owners. He'll obviously have some bad free-throw woes. Wednesday, 10:40 pm
  • Andrew Bogut gets nine boards, three blocks
    Andrew Bogut followed up Tuesday's big game with four points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 23 minutes vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli's absence due to left knee surgery has put a greater burden on Bogut, who is rising to the challenge -- he's averaging 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 3.7 blocks in the Warriors' past three games. Low playing time leads to occasional duds for Bogut, but he's worth a look if you need help with boards, blocks and FG percentage. Wednesday, 10:36 pm
  • Alex Len scores just six points
    Alex Len scored six points with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in just 14 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been pretty good when he gets minutes and at least he had some boards, steals and blocks. Considering the mess the Suns are in, Len is a stash as the Suns try to focus on the future. Wednesday, 10:16 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Len Pho - PF,C
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ six assists
    Gorgui Dieng had another strong game on Wednesday, posting 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 41 minutes vs. the visiting Raptors.

    Advice: Dieng made 4-of-7 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs and he's thriving alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, a lineup Sam Mitchell was oddly reluctant to use before losing both Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic to injuries. Mitchell could very well bench Dieng after the All-Star break, but he's played well enough to command must-own status in all fantasy formats. Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas struggles w/ fouls vs. MIN
    Jonas Valanciunas struggled with fouls on Wednesday, finishing with 12 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He committed two fouls in the first two minutes of the game, which quickly sent him to the Raptors' bench. The good news is that he was effective while on the court, and Dwane Casey kept him out there for the final 10 minutes of a close game. He's been playing well over the past month, flirting with a double-double to go along with 0.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Tristan Thompson double-doubles vs. Lakers
    Tristan Thompson notched 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one block in 34 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-6 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This marks TT's second double-double in February, but over those six games he's averaging a mere 4.6 points, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's only worth a look if you need a rebounding and FG percentage specialist. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) starts, plays 17 minutes
    Roy Hibbert (ankle) started vs. the Cavs on Wednesday but had only nine points, three rebounds and one turnover in 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Cavaliers have been the toughest team for opposing centers this season, allowing the fewest rebounds and steals, and the third-fewest points, so Hibbert's dud isn't unexpected. He has zero blocks in February so even his 'specialist' appeal has evaporated. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Markieff Morris has scuffle with Goodwin
    Markieff Morris had a scuffle with Archie Goodwin in the first half on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't a minor one and Morris had his hands on Goodwin's throat. The Suns did downplay it after the game. "That’s nothing," Morris said. "That’s part of being a leader, being a big brother." Morris defines leader differently than just about anyone, but Goodwin also had his back. "We family. It happens. I love him like a brother, he loves me. That’s all there is to say about it," Goodwin said. Lastly, coach Earl Watson added Goodwin and Morris used to live together, they're "the closest on the team" and that "the team is not split." Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Andre Drummond gets 15 & 17 w/ five blocks
    Andre Drummond piled up 15 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks, three steals and two blocks on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Nuggets.

    Advice: Drummond uncharacteristically shot just 7-of-22 from the field tonight, but his owners will be pleased to note that he made his only free throw attempt -- if only more coaches would refrain from hacking him. The Pistons' loss dropped them to 27-27 on the season, leaving them half a game behind the Hornets from the No. 8 seed. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Kenneth Faried plays just 18 mins Wednesday
    Kenneth Faried played only 18 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday, shooting 6-of-9 from the field to finish with 12 points, six rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Faried committed a few quick fouls in the second quarter which earned him a seat, and Mike Malone found success with a Nurkic/Gallinari frontcourt down the stretch. This was a fluky outcome and Faried's owners should expect him to resume playing 26-28 minutes vs. the Kings on Feb. 19. Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic notches 16 & 11 in 24 minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic came to life vs. the Pistons on Wednesday with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic played the final 15 minutes of the game ahead of Nikola Jokic, which is a terrific sign for anyone who has him stashed away. He'd exceeded the 20-minute mark just once all season prior to this double-double, and this is enough incentive to grab him in deeper formats. Owners in 12-team leagues may want to wait until the other side of the break before tying up a roster spot with the trade deadline impending. Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays 25 minutes vs. Pistons
    Nikola Jokic played 25 minutes on Wednesday and posted five points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He was limited to 14 minutes vs. Brooklyn on Monday but had better luck in that department, despite a touch matchup vs. Andre Drummond. Jokic played 1:09 alongside Jusuf Nurkic in the first half, but that's a pairing that coach Mike Malone still doesn't seem to like. The good news is that Jokic doesn't need many minutes to be productive -- he's been a top-50 value (9-cat) since Jan. 1, despite averaging a mere 21.6 minutes per game. Imagine what he could do if the Nuggets fully unleash him. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne logs 21 minutes in Detroit
    Joffrey Lauvergne came off the bench for four points, four rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win in Detroit.

    Advice: He played 29 minutes on Sunday, nearly fell out of the rotation on Monday, and was back in Mike Malone's good graces tonight. Lauvergne's role is too mercurial to trust him in nearly any league, and things will only get worse if Darrell Arthur (quad) is still around after the trade deadline. Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) doesn't play Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (quad) didn't leave the Nuggets' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was doubtful to play so this shouldn't have surprised fantasy owners, and his absence shifted more minutes to Jusuf Nurkic and Joffrey Lauvergne. Arthur has been listed as day-to-day, so he should be ready to go after getting more than a week of rest during the break. Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 19 points vs. Jazz
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points during a 100-96 win over the Jazz on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a huge win for the Pelicans to give them some hope heading into the break. They still have a six-game hole with three other teams ahead of them for the eighth spot, so the Pelicans could be sellers at the deadline. Davis owners should be rooting for the team to make the playoffs to decrease the chances of a shutdown. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Amir Johnson benched to begin second half
    Amir Johnson was benched to begin the second half vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, finishing a home victory scoreless with one assist and zero rebounds, steals or blocks in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson had a heat pack around his back and played only six minutes in the second half, which may be part of the reason he was benched. The veteran big man has started all but three games for Boston this season and we expect him to resume starting after the break, unless Brad Stevens suggests differently. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) won't miss games
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he won't miss any games due to his left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: He said he only had a stinger, so it doesn't sound like anything is wrong structurally. Love should be close to 100 percent after the break, so his fantasy owners dodged a bullet here. Wednesday, 8:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Kevin Love (left shoulder) out for game
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder contusion and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that this report adds Love "most likely" will be fine. He is still likely to be re-evaluated to make sure he didn't aggravate his shoulder surgery from the summer. Love finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes. There's no need to make a speculative add right now. Wednesday, 6:29 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) goes to locker room
    Kevin Love hurt his left shoulder and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

    Advice: Not good. His arm was hanging like something was wrong and he was in pain. This is the same left shoulder that needed surgery last summer, so that adds extra concern. Tonight is a really bad night for shoulder injuries. We'll be looking for updates on Love. Wednesday, 6:07 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) will start on Wednesday
    Roy Hibbert (ankle) will start on Wednesday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was probable to play and should be ready to go. Hibbert has not played well at all and he will probably only be around 20 minutes tonight. There should be fewer minutes for Robert Sacre, Brandon Bass and Tarik Black. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Report: Toronto interested in adding a PF
    The Raptors are reportedly interested in adding a power forward at the deadline.

    Advice: Names such as Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young and Markieff Morris have surfaced as potential targets for the Raptors, although it's worth noting that these rumors have not come directly from Toronto's side. Faried is not on the trading block according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has said that he'd like to keep Brook Lopez and Young together. Morris has some obvious attitude concerns, and could disrupt the chemistry in Toronto's locker room, so we're a bit skeptical that the Raptors make a deal at the deadline. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Toronto's interest in Morris, Tucker unclear
    The Raptors may not be all that interested in trading for Markieff Morris or P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: The initial report that linked Morris and Tucker to the Raptors, while credible, did not come from Toronto's side and GM Masai Ujiri doesn't often make in-season trades. The Raptors also currently own the No. 2 seed out East with a record of 35-16, and Ujri may not want to mess with the team's chemistry by bringing on someone like Morris. For now, it doesn't seem all that likely that Toronto makes a major move at the deadline. Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Al Horford to BOS a real possibility?
    A deal sending Al Horford to the Boston Celtics is reportedly a "legitimate possibility" according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: "I think Boston -- Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics," Mannix said. "I think that is the guy, one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about." Mannix added that while Horford will cost a lot of money to re-sign as a free agent, the Celtics will be willing to foot the bill. Horford does make sense in Boston as Ainge is reportedly looking for a low-post scorer at the deadline, but it's difficult to predict his value in Boston without knowing the moving pieces. Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles vs. Warriors
    Dwight Howard double-doubled vs. the Warriors on Tuesday with 16 points, 15 boards, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He shot an efficient 7-of-12 from the field, but it was a different story at the charity stripe where he finished just 2-of-10. Howard was shooting 54.9 percent from the line prior to Tuesday, so even this was really bad by his standards. To make matters worse, he turned the ball over four times and will now have to face the Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back set. Tuesday, 11:09 pm
  • Andrew Bogut double-doubles w/ 6 blocks
    Andrew Bogut was phenomenal in Tuesday's win over the Rockets with 13 points, 11 boards, six blocks, three steals, and one assist in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Blocks were obviously a season high and the 29 minutes were the most he has seen since Jan. 13. The Warriors ramped up his playing time tonight due to the matchup with Dwight Howard, so don't read too much into this line. He was averaging 2.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 19.0 minutes in his previous two games, so he's not a great add in most leagues. Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Kris Humphries plays four minutes in return
    Kris Humphries returned from a knee injury and played four scoreless minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been out for more than a month and will be worked back into action slowly. Nothing to see here, folks. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Marcin Gortat double-doubles in win
    Marcin Gortat had 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks on 6-of-9 shooting against Robin Lopez and the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: That makes three straight double-doubles for Gortat and he and Ro-Lo had a good battle tonight, putting up similar lines. He's recorded double-doubles in four straight games twice this season and he'll be looking to add another one to that list against the Bucks on Thursday. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) available to play Tues
    Kris Humphries (knee) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Humphries will more than likely be eased back into things after spending over a month on the sidelines, and with averages of just 6.7 points and 4.2 boards on the year, Kris isn't worth owning in any setting. Tuesday, 3:58 pm
  • Report: CLE unlikely to trade Kevin Love
    The Cavs are reportedly unlikely to trade away Kevin Love at the deadline.

    Advice: Cleveland management would reportedly like to see how Love fits into the Cavs' new system before making a major change, so while he could be dealt during the offseason, a trade at the deadline seems like an unlikely scenario for Love. He's been a third-round guy on the year with averages of 15.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.9 turnovers per game. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Report: Atlanta could blowup team at deadline
    The Hawks are reportedly considering trading away their core players of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't been able to recapture the magic from last year's 60-win season, and it's clear that while they're a playoff team, they are no championship contender. Horford is in a contract year, and Atlanta may not be willing to sign him to a max-deal this offseason. The Magic, Celtics and Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Horford, and Atlanta is also listening to offers on Teague and Millsap. Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Roy Hibbert probable for Weds vs Cavs
    Roy Hibbert (left ankle) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Hibbert looks likely to return to the Lakers lineup after missing Monday's game against the Pacers and will push Robert Sacre back to the bench. While Hibbert can help fantasy owners in with blocks, he has just one in his last four games and isn't worth owning in most standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:59 am
  • Kris Humphries practices again on Tuesday
    Kris Humphries (knee) practiced for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

    Advice: We're considering Humphries questionable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks, but all signs are pointing to him being available. With Nene on a minutes limit, Hump would be fighting for minutes with Drew Gooden and DeJuan Blair if active, though none would be worth a start in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 9:32 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points during a 122-106 loss to the Thunder on Monday with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, Kevin Durant said Markieff is "playing at an All-Star level right now." Morris is playing hard and he's transformed into a different player under coach Earl Watson. Morris likely boosted his trade value and the Suns may be able to get something for him. He should be owned, but a trade will hurt his value a lot. Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Alex Len scores 13 points in loss
    Alex Len scored 13 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and no turnovers in 23 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: As long as Len can get 22-25 minutes, he'll be able to post value worth owning in standard leagues. Keep him owned through the All-Star break with hopes more opportunity opens up for him. Monday, 9:53 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Len Pho - PF,C
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles in loss
    Gorgui Dieng double-doubled in Monday's loss to the Pelicans, scoring 12 points with 12 boards, four assists, one 3-pointer and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He would've played even more, but the game was basically out of reach in the third quarter. This was just his second 3-point make of the season, but he might be more willing to take them as his confidence continues to grow. He has been a top-40 player over his last five games with averages of 16.0 points, 10.2 boards, 3.6 assists and 0.6 blocks on 63.0 percent shooting from the field and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Monday, 9:13 pm
  • Al Horford bounces back in loss
    Al Horford scored a team-high 27 points during a 117-110 overtime loss to the Magic on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-18 from the field and hit both free throws for an eight-category line. Horford was putting up an underwhelming February before this gem, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 treys. He's been a top-20 player this year and that should continue. Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 27 points in win
    Anthony Davis scored a game-high 27 points in a win over the Wolves on Monday, adding eight boards, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans won this one comfortably, so Davis was able to get some valuable rest in the fourth quarter. New Orleans snapped a four-game losing streak tonight, but they still have seven more losses than the eighth seed in the West (Utah). If the Pelicans don't turn their season around, the shut-down risk for Davis will grow. Monday, 8:57 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 26 w/ three treys
    Ryan Anderson scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Monday's 116-102 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: The forward added three boards, one block and one steal in 31 minutes, helping the Pelicans snap a four-game losing skid. Anderson had a six-point dud on 2-of-11 shooting on Saturday vs. the Cavaliers, so it was nice to see him get back on track. With the trade deadline just a little more than a week away (Feb. 18), expect the trade talking surrounding Anderson to heat up. The Pelicans play two more times this week. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Andre Drummond double-doubles in loss
    Andre Drummond double-doubled vs. the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, 13 boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He missed practice on Sunday after taking a hard fall in Saturday's game, but he didn't look limited at all tonight and recorded his sixth double-double in a row. He did shoot just 3-of-8 from the free throw line, but his owners have likely accepted the fact that he will struggle from there for the remainder of the season. His 3-pointer was a buzzer beater from 71 feet at the end of the third quarter which is the longest made shot of the year. Check it out in the link below. Monday, 8:45 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 15 points in win
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: He was an impressive 7-of-9 from the field and he also held Andre Drummond in check. J-Val was limited to 19 minutes in two different games last week, but he has now played 25 minutes in two straight outings. It's probably time to give up hope that he will be a 30-minute guy this season, but he is still worth starting in standard leagues despite the low playing time. Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 22 w/ 13 boards
    Kenneth Faried scored 22 points with 13 boards, two assists and one block in 29 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He would've had the game-winning layup off an impressive drive, but Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Nets. Faried had a couple of nasty fouls tonight, but he looked great down the stretch and closed out the game beside Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt. A recent report by the Denver Post said it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the Manimal at the deadline, so his value should be safe. Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays just 14 minutes in loss
    Nikola Jokic played just 14 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nets, scoring two points with three boards, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He struggled against Brook Lopez and shot just 1-of-5 from the field. The Nuggets gave Jusuf Nurkic 17 minutes and played Kenneth Faried next to Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt down the stretch, so this was likely just a matchup-based decision. Jokic also played just 19 minutes vs. the Knicks on Sunday, but it's still not time for his owners to panic. Stick with him and expect him to be much better vs. the Pistons on Wednesday. Monday, 7:42 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 17 minutes, tweaks ankle
    Jusuf Nurkic played through a tweaked left ankle on Monday vs. the Nets, scoring eight points with six boards, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room, but he likely just got his ankle re-taped and it didn't seem to bother him the rest of the way. Nurkic shot just 3-of-9 from the field, but he at least hit both of his free throws. Nikola Jokic only played 14 minutes tonight, but to be clear, Jokic is still the center to own in Denver and it's not even close. For now, Nurkic is just a stash in deeper leagues to see if he can find the form that he had last season. Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Kevin Love returns, scores 11 points
    Kevin Love scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: It's his first game back after missing one game due to a quad bruise. Love should be better his next time out and be an early-round guy. All that Love trade talk has subsided a bit. Monday, 7:02 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) ruled out Monday
    Darrell Arthur (quad) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: In addition to Monday's game, Arthur is also expected to sit out on Wednesday vs. the Pistons. Kenneth Faried should be busy on Monday, while Danilo Gallinari should spend a lot of time at the four as well. Arthur belongs on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 3:19 pm
  • Andre Drummond missed practice, good to go
    Andre Drummond missed practice on Sunday and is good to go on Monday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He had a bad fall on Saturday, but there is no concern of this affecting Drummond's playing time. Just keep this in mind if you want to use him in DFS tonight. Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) out on Monday night
    Roy Hibbert (anke) will not play against the Pacers on Monday night.

    Advice: It'll be his first missed game as a Laker and first since Nov. 29, 2014. With Hibbert out, Robert Sacre will probably get the start after starting the second half on Saturday. Brandon Bass and Tarik Black should also benefit. Monday, 2:33 pm
  • Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings
    Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He was probable and was never in jeopardy of missing this game after missing Saturday. HIs return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench while Tristan Thompson shouldn't play as much as Saturday. Start Love like you normally would in a favorable matchup. Monday, 2:24 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) unlikely for Monday night
    Roy Hibbert (ankle) is unlikely to play on Monday against the Pacers.

    Advice: No revenge game here. With Hibbert likely out, that should mean more run for Tarik Black, Robert Sacre and Brandon Bass. Fantasy owners probably don't need to make an add here while Julius Randle could get a couple more minutes again. Monday, 1:29 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) could play Tuesday
    Kris Humphries (knee) practiced on Monday, and there is a "good chance" he plays on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Humphries' last time on the floor was January 3. Leave him on the wire. Monday, 9:52 am
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) questionable on Monday
    Darrell Arthur (quad) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Denver's big men are healthy and the Nuggets are occasionally going small with Will Barton and Danilo Gallinari, so between that and Arthur's consistent health issues, his fantasy appeal is currently nonexistent. Monday, 9:39 am
  • Malone hints at more minutes for Lauvergne
    Mike Malone hinted that Joffrey Lauvergne will receive more playing time moving forward.

    Advice: Lauvergne is coming off of a double-double in 29 minutes on Sunday, and Malone is looking to reward the big man. "I've been trying to play him lately because I think Joffrey's work ethic and his character are going to be big pieces moving forward," Malone said. With Nikola Jokic locked into place as the starting center, this is bad news for the out of shape Jusuf Nurkic. Monday, 9:19 am
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) questionable for Monday
    Roy Hibbert (left ankle sprain) is still questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Hibbert will want to play against his former team, so he'll do whatever he can to try and be out there. If he sits, expect Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre to have a bump in minutes. Monday, 9:09 am
  • Kevin Love (thigh) probable to play on Monday
    Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities. Monday, 8:17 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Scott praises Hibbert's defensive activity
    Byron Scott said Roy Hibbert has "done everything he can do from us from a defensive standpoint."

    Advice: Some might argue differently, but the Lakers defense is so bad that no one man is going to make a sizable impact. Regardless, Hibbert has really struggled in his first season with the Lakers, and as his playing time has dwindled, he's embraced a mentorship role with the younger players. Hibbert is questionable for Monday's (revenge) game vs. the Pacers due to a sprained left ankle, but you can bet he'll do his best to be out there against his former team. If not, Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre will earn more minutes. Monday, 6:47 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just seven minutes Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was limited vs. the Knicks with only three points, one rebound and one steal in seven minutes off the bench.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Horford isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his solid percentages (on most nights), limited turnovers and relatively high assist numbers (3.1) for a big man has him churning out second-round value on the year. He’s also incorporated a 3-point shot to his game, draining 1.0 triple per contest, and he’s yet to miss a single game for Atlanta. He’s the captain of team boring for early-round studs. Sunday, 12:40 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) ruled out Sunday
    Darrell Arthur (quad) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Arthur just can't catch a break and hasn't been able to stay healthy this season. Kenneth Faried is healthy, so Arthur wouldn't have played much anyways. Expect Danilo Gallinari to play a lot of four against the Knicks as well. Sunday, 8:40 am
  • Report: Kenneth Faried is not on the trade block
    According to the Denver Post, Kenneth Faried is not officially on the trade block.

    Advice: The Manimal has plenty of suitors and his value is very high around the league, but the Denver Post said that it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the athletic forward. It's still unclear if the Nuggets will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but nothing is imminent by any means. Sunday, 7:10 am
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable Monday
    Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

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

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

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores eight with no blocks
    Serge Ibaka scored eight points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: This is pretty close to rock bottom for Serge. He's seen his usage rate really fall off and he isn't blocking shots like he usually does. His body of work suggests he'll get it turned around, so Ibaka is still a buy-low player. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng scores season-high 24 points
    Gorgui Dieng put up season-highs 24 points, seven assists and 41 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with 13 rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said after the game he might be willing to find out if Dieng can play 40 minutes regularly. "We're going to find out," Mitchell said. Dieng's offensive game has turned the corner in a big way with 17.6 points per game in his last five. Once the blocks start coming, he should have a sharp upward trend. Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't score in win
    Tristan Thompson did not score with 15 rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not a surprise Thompson came up empty on offense. He had a usage rate barely above six when he's on the court next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving while Kevin Love (quad) is off. Although, not scoring with seven offensive rebounds is pretty rare. In fact, Thompson is the first player to grab at least seven O-boards and not score since Gustavo Ayon in 2013. Thompson isn't a great add. Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 24 points in loss
    Anthony Davis scored 24 points during a 99-84 loss to the Cavs on Saturday with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This might have been the first time in a while Davis didn't have any concerns of injury. Since returning from his concussion, Davis averaged 26.8 points, 11.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.4 treys in those five. The bad news is that the Pelicans lost again and are now seven games behind the Jazz. Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) will not return
    Roy Hibbert left Saturday's game vs. the Spurs with a left ankle sprain and he will not return.

    Advice: He was supposed to just get his ankle re-taped, so the injury must be a little more serious than originally thought. Hibbert hasn't been playing well lately, so he shouldn't have been owned in most leagues. Brandon Bass and Tarik Black will see an uptick in minutes if Hibbert misses more time. X-rays were negative, so Hibbert is considered day-to-day. Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 17 in 41 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 41 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and four steals.

    Advice: The minutes are a good sign for Dwight and his minutes cap is obviously gone. Howard even played in garbage time tonight, so that's a ringing endorsement of his current health. He gets a fun matchup against the Warriors on Tuesday. Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Mason Plumlee suffers cut above eye
    Mason Plumlee was bleeding above his right eye late in the fourth quarter on Saturday against the Rockets and did not return.

    Advice: He caught an elbow from Montrezl Harrell and went to the locker room to be stitched up. Plumlee didn't look like he was hit hard enough to have a concussion or anything, so expect him to be ready for Monday. Plumlee finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 24 minutes. Saturday, 4:37 pm
  • Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's a quad contusion from Friday night, which he was unable to return from in the loss. With Love out, the Cavs will likely be giving more minutes to Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. Interestingly, Kyrie Irving's usage rate is 31.6 without Love and with LeBron James, so he has a nice chance tonight. Saturday, 2:51 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Kris Humphries out again on Saturday
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and chances are Humphries is out until the break. Saturday, 2:38 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 14 with 12 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He committed a couple dumb fouls to get him an early exit. That issue aside, Jusuf Nurkic played just 12 minutes and Joffrey Lauvergne played just 14 minutes while they combined for 1-of-10 from the field. Coach Mike Malone said he wouldn't trade Jokic for anyone, so it's fairly obvious Jokic has a clear runway going forward. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs 10 boards w/ 2 swats
    Tristan Thompson hauled in 10 rebounds through 32 minutes of action on Friday, to go with three points, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Kevin Love did go down with a thigh bruise in this one, and if he's forced to miss any time, Thompson is going to get all the run he can handle Saturday vs. the Pelicans. However, with averages of 7.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 0.4 blocks on the year, Tristan is nothing more than a low-end asset in deep leagues. Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 21 with 13 boards
    Marcin Gortat scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and one block on 10-of-16 from the field against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards really wanted him to cross Jahlil Okafor off his "list" as they went to him early and often. Gortat dominated on the defensive end and the Wizards going small has helped his numbers. He was a first-round player after the break last year and figures to finish strong again. Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Kevin Love (thigh) hopeful to play Saturday
    Kevin Love (left thigh) said that he's hopeful to play Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Love was able to limp out of the arena under his own power, and said he was "okay," and owners can expect to get another update on Saturday. If Love is unable to play tomorrow, Tristan Thompson would get all the run he can handle, with Kyrie Irving doing a bit more on offense. Friday, 8:10 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in win
    Al Horford scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers during a 102-96 win on Friday.

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

    Advice: This is a typical Millsap game and he just continues to fill it up. Millsap is a top-10 player in 2016 and has the same distinction on the season. He hasn't missed a game and just needs to stay healthy. Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play on Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: He'll have a favorable matchup against Chicago tonight, so go ahead and get him active. Friday, 5:27 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (quad) out for Friday vs. CHI
    Darrell Arthur (quad) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He is hurt quite often and could miss more games. That means we should see some more Danilo Gallinari at the four, which means more run for Will Barton and Gary Harris. Arthur can be ignored in most leagues while he's hurt. Friday, 4:23 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) will not play
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The big man is reporteldy progressing, but there is still no clear return date in sight. Leave him on the wire in all leagues. Friday, 11:14 am
  • Nuggets looking to deal Joffrey Lauvergne?
    The Nuggets would reportedly want a late first-round pick in exchange for Joffrey Lauvergne.

    Advice: King Joffrey is behind Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic on the depth chart, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nuggets tried to deal him at the deadline. Nothing is imminent at the moment, so there's no real reason to stash Lauvergne in most formats. The 24-year-old center is averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 boards in 17.6 minutes per game this season. Friday, 9:35 am
  • Rockets gauging interest in Dwight Howard?
    According to Yahoo Sports, the Rockets have been gauging interest in Dwight Howard.

    Advice: The Celtics were one of the teams involved, but those talks have cooled because they don't want to part with any of their key assets or picks. The Rockets have downplayed the rumors, but if they didn't then that would reduce their leverage in trade talks. Howard is 30 years old with back and knee concerns, so several teams around the league would be hesitant to take a chance on him, especially considering he will be a free agent this summer. Friday, 7:58 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 14 with 11 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: It was nice to see the blocks come back up after he put up just two in his previous four. Valanciunas' boards are really starting to come around while he's scoring double-digit points with more regularity. Expect Valanciunas to heat up after the break like he usually does. Thursday, 10:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 39 in loss to Lakers
    Anthony Davis scored 39 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 39 minutes against the Lakers during a 99-96 loss on Thursday.

    Advice: This one will sting a bit. The Pelicans are cold again with a three-game losing streak. Davis did look like he hurt his hand a bit, but he was fine. His fantasy owners have to be rooting for wins to lower the chances of a shutdown later this year. At least he's filling it up again. Thursday, 9:58 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 17 points vs. LA
    Ryan Anderson scored 17 points with four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: The shots will be there for Anderson, especially with Tyreke Evans (knee) without a timetable. He'll likely flirt with top-50 value going forward as one of the top-10 in treys. Despite coming off the bench, a trade might hurt his value. Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 5, doesn't get ejected
    Dwight Howard scored five points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 33 minutes against the Suns.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't get ejected tonight. Howard's minutes were solid at 33, but Alex Len played nice defense on him. He'll be fine as long as he avoids getting more technical fouls. Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

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

    Advice: He didn't get any minutes at power forward and that part of his minute allotment looks like it's over for now -- at least until Markieff Morris is no longer around. The Suns have said they want to go with a youth movement while making Tyson Chandler more of a leader, so expect Len to hang around the 23-26 minute mark most nights. He'll still be worth owning with that amount of playing time. Thursday, 8:34 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Len Pho - PF,C
  • Andre Drummond has bad fall, is OK
    Andre Drummond scored 17 points with 13 rebounds, one steal and one steal in 32 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He did suffer a fall on his hip in this game, but it didn't affect his playing time. The Knicks did do a Hack-A-Dre briefly in this game and that also didn't hurt his playing time either. He put up his 42nd double-double of the season and will be in the dunk contest next week. Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable for Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is probable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

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

    Advice: With averages of just 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, Arthur isn't worth owning in most leagues. Thursday, 3:21 pm
  • Report: Rockets intend to keep Dwight Howard
    The Rockets reportedly have no intention of trading away Dwight Howard.

    Advice: Howard's name has been popping up in the rumor mill as of late, but for now, it would appear that the trade speculation involving big D-12 is nothing more than rumors. Howard would prefer to remain in Houston, and one source of ESPN insists that the Rockets have yet to have any "meaningful conversations" regarding Dwight. Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Dwight Howard shoots down trade rumors
    Dwight Howard attempted to shoot down trade rumors involving the Celtics.

    Advice: There had been reports that the Celtics were interested in acquiring Howard's services, but D-12 did his best to downplay those rumors. "There's always going into be rumors and speculation," Howard said. "I don't want to pay attention to it. I didn't say it. What can I do? There's nothing I can say." Howard can opt-out of his contract after the season, so there is some incentive for the Rockets to explore his trade value. For now, fantasy owners should continue to start Howard as long as he's healthy as he's averaging 14.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals on 60.8 percent shooting from the field. Thursday, 6:46 am
  • Gorgui Dieng scores 12 with five TOs
    Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and five turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Where did the blocks go? Dieng only has one block combined in his last four games in 145 minutes. His five turnovers also matched a season high. As long as he's getting minutes, he should be close to a must-start player. Thursday, 12:06 am
  • Anthony Davis drops 28 with 4 steals & blocks
    Anthony Davis scored 28 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks during a 110-97 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant exploded and Stephen Curry dropped 51, so this near 5x5 will probably not get much attention. He is the only player in the last 20 seasons to drop two lines of at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and four steals in his career (Dec. 2, 2014). Stay healthy, big fella. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 15 minutes off bench
    Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes and had five points, five rebounds and zero blocks for the Nuggets on Wednesday.

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

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

    Advice: He had a great block on Victor Oladipo to deny the Magic from a lead before Kevin Durant hit a game-winning trey. Ibaka has not been very good lately and has only posted sixth-round value in 2016. He busted loose last year late in the season before an injury and has a very high floor, so he could improve later this year. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Andre Drummond dub-dub, makes FTs
    Andre Drummond not only hit 6-of-11 shots for 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, he also hit 4-of-6 free throws in Wednesday's loss to Boston.

    Advice: He had hit just 4-of-20 free throws over his previous three games, so tonight's stellar job at the line is a big deal. Having said that, owners already know he's going to ruin their team's percentage from the line on a weekly basis, so tonight's solid free throw effort will go to waste. Even with the horrendous free throw experience from Drummond, he's a fun player to own when he's putting up monster double-doubles on a near nightly basis. Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Tristan Thompson flops in 34 minutes vs. CHA
    Tristan Thompson came up empty in 34 minutes vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points with four rebounds and a pair of personal fouls.

    Advice: Thompson attempted four shots without any free throw attempts, and he had zero assists, steals or blocks. Timofey Mozgov (four points, zero rebounds in seven minutes) is doing nothing to overtake Thompson as a starter, but TT's fantasy offerings are too slim for use in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Nikola Jokic starting on Wednesday vs. Jazz
    Nikola Jokic is starting on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He did show some pain in warmups, but fantasy owners can trust one of the hottest rookies in fantasy tonight. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to warm up and is still likely to play. The last time we saw Jokic, he torched the Raptors for 27. For now, his owners can assume he'll play for now. If not, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic will play more. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) will not play
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The big man is nearing a return and went through a workout during the morning shootaround, but he still hasn't been cleared to play. His role will be limited when he returns because the Wizards are playing a lot of small ball, so he's not worth stashing in almost any league. Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Al Horford not concerned with rumors
    Al Horford said he's not concerned with the trade rumors.

    Advice: "This is my team," Horford said. "I feel like Atlanta is my home so my focus is on the team. I’m not going to pay attention to all of that." He might be the best player who has been even mentioned in trade rumors, but he'll have solid fantasy value wherever he goes for his across-the-board output and stellar efficiency. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Stein: Raptors interested in Markieff Morris
    The Raptors are showing interest in Markieff Morris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein reported earlier that the Raptors have interest in P.J. Tucker. The Raptors and Suns played last night, which included Morris going for a season-high 30 points in his best game of the season. Coach Earl Watson called Morris "the main focus" of the offense, so a trade to Toronto would cripple his value. If he's moved, that would help Mirza Teletovic, who is also believed to be on the block. Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Ibaka explains downward trend in his numbers
    Serge Ibaka said that spending more time away from the rim has contributed to the downward trend in his shot blocking and rebounding numbers.

    Advice: "It's tough. Four years ago, I used to be in the paint most of the time, so I used to get more blocks, more rebounds," said Serge. "Now the way they play, we have to change." For the first time in Ibaka's career, Russell Westbrook is averaging more rebounds than him at 7.4 per game, although Serge has still managed to put up top-50 value on the season largely due to his 2.1 blocks per game. Ibaka qualifies as a buy-low guy, but there are no guarantees he can be a top-20 player to close out the year. Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Report: Dwight Howard to Boston unlikely
    The reported talks between Boston and Houston revolving around Dwight Howard are unlikely to advance past the discussion phase, according to sources of A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: Boston is reportedly looking to add a low-post scorer so that they can become more efficient in halfcourt sets, but both health and attitude concerns for the 30-year-old veteran have the Celtics hesitant to give up much to land big D-12. He's also likely to opt-out of his contract this offseason in order to hit free agency, so it doesn't seem likely that the Celtics will give up meaningful assets for what could be a half-year rental. Wednesday, 10:37 am
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic is dealing with a strained left shoulder, but he is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

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

    Advice: Staying healthy is a constant battle for Arthur, and he's been losing minutes to Kenneth Faried, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic as of late. There's little incentive to own Arthur in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:53 am
  • Kris Humphries (knee) misses shootaround
    Kris Humphries (knee) worked out, but did not participate during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: With Humphries sitting out shootaround, we're going to go ahead and consider him doubtful for tonight's game given that he hasn't played since January 3. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • Gorgui Dieng scores 19 points w/ five assists
    Gorgui Dieng scored 19 points with six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 37 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

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

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

    Advice: "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Mason Plumlee struggles with foul trouble
    Mason Plumlee struggled with foul trouble on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring three points with eight boards, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Foul trouble has been as issue for Plumlee his entire career, and he has already committed five or more fouls 10 times this season. His production in January was decent with averages of 9.4 points, 6.5 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.0 blocks, but he shot just 49.5 percent from the field and 66.0 percent from the line. He's a low-end big in standard leagues, but his role as the starting center is safe. Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • Alex Len invisible in Tuesday's loss
    Alex Len got into some early foul trouble on Tuesday and the Suns decided to play small ball against the Raptors. Len finished with just two points and four rebounds on 1-of-5 shooting in 16 minutes.

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

    Advice: The points, boards, assists and blocks (tie) were all season highs for the disgruntled Morris, and the Suns and new coach Earl Watson are in full showcase mode as they hope to trade Morris. This will certainly help his trade value and he is officially the hottest pickup of the night in fantasy. He could fade just as quickly as he exploded, but he's probably worth grabbing if you have someone to drop. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas plays 19 minutes in win
    Jonas Valanciunas played just 19 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds.

    Advice: Suns Tyson Chandler and Alex Len got into some foul trouble and both teams went small, for the most part. Valanciunas has also been dealing with a thumb injury and played just 19 minutes on Monday, so a game against the Suns was a good time to get him some more rest. As long as the thumb problem isn't serious, JV should bounce back soon. Bismack Biyombo played 29 minutes and had seven points, 12 boards and a block off the bench, but is only worth a look if he starts getting minutes over Luis Scola, or if Valanciunas' injury remains a problem. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday
    Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

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

    Advice: Coro is basing this assessment off newly appointed interim head coach Earl Watson's quotes from earlier today when he said he's going to "nurture and embrace" Morris. Markieff's playing time could be trending up with a new coach at the helm, so he's someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues if you have someone to cut. Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 23 points vs. Grizzlies
    Anthony Davis scored 23 points during a 110-95 loss on Monday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His wrist injury from the weekend didn't seem to bother him. Davis isn't quite putting up the same per-minute numbers as he was last year, but his owners won't care as long as he's not missing games. Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores just nine points
    Ryan Anderson scored just nine points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: The dip in usage was the big story here, making just 3-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line. Even with Anthony Davis back, Anderson should be very good for as long as Tyreke Evans (knee) is out. Monday, 9:00 pm
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