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    • Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday January 25. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to meet w/ doctor Mon
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, after which he'll decide whether to have surgery or pursue a different treatment option.

      Advice: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reiterates that so far "everyone has recommended surgery." It's safe to assume that Kobe is done for the season but he's performing his due diligence to explore every rehab possibility, and he and the Lakers should make an official announcement early this week. Assuming he does have rotator cuff surgery, he'd be looking at approximately six months of recovery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 pm
      Injured
    • Trevor Ariza shoots 3-of-14 in win vs. Lakers
      The Rockets cruised to a win in L.A. on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza chipping in nine points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: He turned the ball over just once but his line was marred by a 3-of-14 mark from the field. Ariza is taking a lofty 61.4 percent of his attempts from downtown this season, which is a double-edged sword for fantasy owners -- 2.3 triples per game are excellent, but they're attached to a 37.4 percent shooter. It's a caveat his owners will happily live with, as he's still returning top-50 value on a season-long basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Ryan Kelly scores two points in another start
      Ryan Kelly struggled in another start for L.A. with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's home loss.

      Advice: Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    • Nick Young benched Sunday, logs eight minutes
      Nick Young went scoreless in eight minutes off the Lakers' bench on Sunday, and Byron Scott said afterward that Young looked as though he "didn't want to be here."

      Advice: There was no swag tonight as Young missed both of his shot attempts and turned the ball over three times in a sloppy performance which led Scott to bench him. L.A.'s rotations are a complete mess and Young doesn't do much beyond scoring on a good night, so owners must brace themselves for some turbulent production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • James Harden still on fire, scores 37 points
      James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers.

      Advice: Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard ailing
      Joey Dorsey made a rare start on Sunday with Dwight Howard (ankle) unavailable, notching four points with seven boards, one steal, one block and four personal fouls in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Tonight's line is a good indication of Dorsey's lack of value, even if Howard's injury forces him to miss more games. Josh Smith (11 points, five boards) and Donatas Motiejunas (eight points, nine boards) are better targets in Dwight's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) returns in garbage time
      Tarik Black (ankle) logged seven minutes in garbage time on Sunday, finishing with three points, five rebounds and three turnovers vs. his former team.

      Advice: Black gave the Lakers' some much-needed energy, sparking a futile run late in the fourth quarter. He's carved out a steady bench role since being picked up by L.A. but isn't a viable fantasy option, especially now that Robert Sacre has unexpectedly taken over the starting center job. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Carlos Boozer leads Lakers w/ 18 & 11 Sunday
      Carlos Boozer led the Lakers with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 22 bench minutes on Sunday, hitting 9-of-13 shots with two assists and a block.

      Advice: Byron Scott will reportedly maintain his current starting lineup for at least 10 games, temporarily dashing any hopes of Boozer starting again. He's been productive in a bench role but isn't worth owning outside of deep leagues while playing just 23 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense
      Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A.

      Advice: Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Markieff Morris benched for tech
      Markieff Morris was benched for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He argued with a referee and coach Jeff Hornacek pulled Morris with 10 minutes left in the third quarter for his 10th tech of the season. This is a new rule for the Suns with Hornacek benching players for technical fouls with Goran Dragic having a similar fate on Friday. The Suns used more of Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker to replace Markieff today, which was a problem because of Blake Griffin. Markieff's body language wasn't great throughout the game and he didn't want to comment post-game. All that said, this shouldn't be an issue going forward and Morris remains a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:53 pm
    • Evan Turner has stong game against Warriors
      Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:48 pm
    • Andre Iguodala returns to action on Sunday
      Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday vs. the Celtics, finishing with eight points, three boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He sat out for Friday's game in order to get some extra rest, so he should be fine moving forward. However, his role has diminished rapidly since last season, and there are simply not enough minutes to go around for Iguodala to make an impact in most leagues. Owners in standard leagues can safely leave him on the wire until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:11 pm
    • Klay Thompson stays hot with 31 points Sun
      Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the Warriors in a win over the Celtics on Sunday, adding two boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: It's incredible to think that Thompson was able to score 37 points in a quarter during Friday's game over the Kings, so his owners might be starting to feel a little greedy and are probably yawning at this stat line. It's going to be interesting to see who ends up starting in the All-Star game in place of Kobe Bryant (shoulder), as James Harden and Klay Thompson are locked in an exciting battle to take home the honors. Keep Thompson active in your lineup and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:55 pm
    • Greg Monroe's 21 & 16 not enough vs. Raptors
      Greg Monroe piled up 21 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in a losing effort vs. Toronto on Sunday, making 9-of-17 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs in the process.

      Advice: Monroe has been firing on all cylinders since Josh Smith's departure, and he's flirting with top-20 value in Detroit's past 15 games. That's more than owners could have hoped for on draft day and he'll shoulder an even bigger offensive burden without Brandon Jennings (Achilles), giving him a tremendous rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:13 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard tweaks ankle in win vs. Bucks
      Kawhi Leonard briefly left Sunday's game against the Bucks with a tweaked ankle, but returned shortly after to the tune of 19 points, 14 boards, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He was in the locker room for just a few minutes and didn't appear to be limited at all by his ankle. It's possible that he deals with some swelling in the coming days, but the Spurs are off until Wednesday so he should have plenty of time to recover. This is the kind of stat line that Leonard can put up on any given night, so it looks like he will continue to reward his patient owners for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:01 pm
    • Gerald Green quiet in 20 minutes Sunday
      Gerald Green played 20 minutes vs. the Clippers on Sunday, shooting 2-of-9 from the field (2-of-6 from deep) to finish with six points, two assists and one block.

      Advice: He was rolling along in his last four games, averaging 14.8 points and 2.5 triples, but the bottom can fall out unexpected for Green thanks to Phoenix's stacked backcourt rotation. He's been a liability in 12-team leagues over the past month, so think twice before deploying him in the Suns' upcoming three-game week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:53 pm
    • Spencer Hawes finally cracks double-digit pts
      Spencer Hawes finished Sunday's game with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, adding two 3-pointers and one rebound without any blocks in 16 minutes.

      Advice: This was Hawes' first double-digit scoring game in January. The Clippers lavished a four-year, $22.7 million deal on him this summer, but he's averaging just 17.0 minutes per game and remains a waiver-wire fixture as long as DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:49 pm
    • Quincy Pondexter ties season-high w/ 14 pts
      Pelicans F Quincy Pondexter tied his season high with 14 points on Sunday, hitting 4-of-10 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: Q-Pon did his damage in 29 minutes and has established a steady role for the SF-starved Pelicans. He'll provide a trickle of points and rebounds with the occasional 3-pointer, but beware his season-average 35.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:38 pm
    • Joey Dorsey starting on Sunday vs. Lakers
      Joey Dorsey will draw the start against the Lakers on Sunday in place of Dwight Howard (ankle).

      Advice: Dorsey's game doesn't translate to fantasy very well, so he should only be considered in ridiculously deep leagues for owners in need of short-term value. The real beneficiaries in Howard's absence will be Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:14 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) ruled out vs. Lakers
      Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: Coach Kevin McHale wasn't too hopeful that Howard would play tonight, and it looks like there is a legitimate chance that he misses additional time. We will consider Howard day-to-day for now, and we will update his status when we know more. The Rockets have yet to name a replacement in the starting lineup, but Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:00 pm
      Injured
    • Andre Iguodola is active for Sunday's game
      Andre Iguodola is active for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: Coach Steve Kerr opted to give the veteran some rest on Friday against the Kings, but Iguodola is all set to resume his normal role off the bench for the Warriors. With season averages of just 6.9 points, 3.2 boards and 3 assists per game, owners in standard leagues can do better. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:26 pm
    • Luol Deng scores 15 points grabs 10 rebounds
      Luol Deng scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block, and one turnover during Sunday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Deng also played some amazing defense against Jimmy Butler, holding him to just 2-of-8 from the field, and it looks like he's over his illness. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
      Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable earlier, but he is still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he will not play on Sunday. Robbie Hummel will draw another start on Sunday, but the true beneficiaries of Martin's absence remain Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:58 pm
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will be available on Sun.
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Tarik Black (ankle) has improved and he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Scott also added that Black is still feeling sore, and there is no guarantee that he will play today, so he's not looking like a great option in most leagues. Robert Sacre will likely continue to see some extended minutes tonight with Black limited, but he too can't be considered a reliable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 am
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) game-time decision Sun.
      Dwight Howard (ankle) did not participate during shootaround, and he is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: It's worth noting that head coach Kevin McHale said he's "not real hopeful," that Dwight will play tonight, so it's sounding like he's closer to doubtful than a game-time decision. If Howard is forced to sit that Rockets could go with Joey Dorsey at the center spot, or it's possible they slide over Donatas Motiejunas to the center position and start Josh Smith at power forward. We'll have a better idea of the starting lineup closer to tip-off, but Smith and Motiejunas would likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:17 am
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. Hawks
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Saturday and he is reportedly still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he is probably closer to doubtful. Martin is still worth a stash for his upside in points and 3-pointers, but his owners will have to be patient as he will likely be eased into action when he does return. If Martin can't play, Robbie Hummel will continue to start for Minnesota, but is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 am
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Jazz sign Elijah Millsap to multi-year deal
      The Utah Jazz announced that they have signed Elijah Millsap to a multi-year deal on Sunday, but no details have been released just yet.

      Advice: He was previously with the Jazz on a couple of 10-day contracts, so obviously he did enough to make his stay in Utah permanent. Millsap is currently averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.4 minutes per game this season, but is still only worth a look in deeper leagues unless his role grows substantially. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Houston.

      Advice: He has already missed the past two games and his chances of playing don't look good for Sunday either. Black is supposedly now in the mix to start at center for the Lakers according to coach Byron Scott, but he is nothing more than a flier in deeper leagues for now. We will pass along further details when they are available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:59 am
    • Wesley Matthews knocks down five treys
      Wesley Matthews extended his league lead for made 3-pointers with five more on Saturday, scoring a total of 19 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers.

      Advice: He is going to play more minutes at small forward, which is fine. Matthews has 10 starts at small forward in his career and he's been shuffled in at small forward even when the Blazers are at full strength. Whatever his role, Iron Man has a chance to lead the NBA in treys this season while launching tons of imaginary arrows. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:13 pm
    • Dorell Wright scores 10 in 21 minutes
      Dorell Wright scored 10 points with six rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: After basically three halves of no Nicolas Batum (wrist), Wright looks like the best player to grab in fantasy leagues. That said, we have to caution you that he is going to be shuffled in and out of the lineup, so he's not really a reliable asset in even 16-team leagues right now. Maybe coach Terry Stotts trusts him eventually. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:57 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes
      Derrick Favors was quiet in his return to the lineup on Saturday with nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: It wasn't a bad line and it was mostly due to his low usage rate. Favors is shooting the ball very well from the field and is at 72.3 percent from the line in 2015, so he could become an elite big man thanks to his contributions in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:16 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) doesn't practice Sat
      Kevin Martin (wrist) did not practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He is dealing with some swelling and it would appear the swelling hasn't gone down yet. Martin is hoping to play on Sunday and the chances he plays might have dropped slightly. The Wolves should have a more detailed update on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:58 pm
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Dwight Howard (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: The last time the Rockets played the Lakers, we were hit with a surprise knee injury for Howard back on Nov. 19. The Rockets are off until Wednesday following Sunday, so maybe sitting him down in what should be a win. Joey Dorsey would start with Donatas Motiejunas logging some minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:17 pm
      Injured
    • Derrick Favors (personal) will play Saturday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will play on Saturday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: He missed Thursday's game to tend to an emergency family matter so his owners can pencil Favors into their lineups. Rudy Gobert will likely shift back to the bench with this news, but he should still see enough run to make an impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:29 am
    • Kawhi goes for 15 and 14 vs. the Lakers
      Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Spurs' 99-85 win over the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: So far so good with regard to Leonard's hand and obviously if he's on the floor the production is going to be there. He's returning top 20-25 value on a per-game basis so far. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:06 am
    • Kelly doesn't do much in 22-minute start
      Ryan Kelly started at small forward in Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring seven points on 2-of-4 shooting with three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.

      Advice: Kelly hasn't done anything of much value this season, but he has flashed potential in the past and as the Lakers turn the page on this season he'll be worth watching. If you're in a 14-16 team league and want to take a flier it's not the craziest thing we've heard of. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:41 am
    • Young scores 17 points with three treys
      Nick Young scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three treys and a 4-of-4 mark from the line in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Young didn't have any other stats and while that's not too shocking the 20 minutes is pretty annoying with Kobe Bryant out. Byron Scott played nine players between 19-29 minutes tonight and has been a mess in the fantasy sense, and he hasn't been all that impressive in the reality sense either. But Young should be owned in all formats with an excellent shot to be productive with Kobe Bryant expected to be out for the year. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:27 am
    • Deng scores 23 points despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness in the Heat's 89-87 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: Deng looks like he's ready to produce for owners again and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Overshadowed: James Harden hits game-winner
      James Harden hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Suns during Friday's 113-111 victory, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just when you thought Harden was going to be the story of the night for a sick crossover to break P.J. Tucker's ankles before he buried a mid-range jumper, Klay Thompson happened. Anyway, Harden is still ridiculous on non-Klay terms over his last three, averaging 37.0 points, 3.7 boards, 7.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 4.3 treys on 51.9 percent from the field. Sadly, Harden won't get to play against Klay again this regular season. That's none of Klay's business, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:42 pm
    • Joey Dorsey headed for more minutes?
      Joey Dorsey played 20 minutes against the Suns on Friday with four points, six boards, two steals and one block.

      Advice: If Dwight Howard is going to miss time, Dorsey should get some run. He's obviously not going to play much more than 24 minutes, so he can be left on the wire in just about all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:40 pm
    • Klay Thompson sets NBA record w/ 37-point qtr
      Klay Thompson set an NBA record with 37 points in the third quarter of Friday's win over the Kings, finishing with an NBA season-high tying 52 points on 16-of-25 shooting, two rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Thompson hit 11 3-pointers on 15 attempts and 9-of-10 from the line, setting a slew of records in the process. He did not miss on 13 field goal attempts in the third quarter with nine of them coming from beyond the arc, with each one setting the wild Oracle crowd into a deeper euphoric frenzy. It was the most points scored in a quarter in NBA history, and you might remember where you were five years down the road the next time somebody threatens it. And yes, it's the stat line of the year so far. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:08 pm
    • Dwight Howard (right ankle) out for game
      Dwight Howard suffered a right ankle sprain and will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It didn't look too bad, but the Rockets are just going to play it safe, especially considering how many players have missed time due to playing through sprained ankles this season. Joey Dorsey will be the main center while Donatas Motiejunas can help out at the five, too. The Rockets will play the Lakers on Sunday and Howard should be considered questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:40 pm
      Injured
    • Andre Iguodala to be rested vs. the Kings
      Andre Iguodala will not play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: He'll rest tonight and the Warriors are not even on a back-to-back set. Iguodala rested on Jan. 16 and Harrison Barnes played 40 minutes. Expect to see a little more Leandro Barbosa, Justin Holiday and Shaun Livingston. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:37 pm
    • Dwight Howard goes to the locker room
      Dwight Howard asked out of Friday's game in Phoenix and went to the locker room.

      Advice: It's unclear what happened and he may have just tweaked an ankle injury. Howard has been on the injury report for over a month due to his knee injury and he was probable today. We'll add an update as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:28 pm
      Injured
    • James Harden and Dwight Howard starting
      James Harden (knee) and Dwight Howard (knee) will start against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: They were both probable and there was little doubt that these guys would miss the big road game. The Rockets didn't have Howard in their last matchup against the Suns, too. Harden could put up huge numbers tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:49 pm
    • Tarik Black out against the Spurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Robert Sacre is starting because Black is out. Neither guy will have much value while Jordan Hill is active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:48 pm
    • Ryan Kelly starting for the Lakers
      Ryan Kelly will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his third start of the season. In his previous two, he averaged 7.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.5 treys. Kelly could be worth a look in deeper leagues for owners needing treys. Of course, he's had a lot of trouble staying healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:17 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) expected to play Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) is feeling better according to head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he is expected to play Friday vs. Indiana.

      Advice: Considering Deng didn't miss the last game, he's looking very likely for tonight's game vs. Indiana. With Deng feeling better, hopefully he'll have a better outing than his 2-of-6-performance form Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:59 pm
    • Lakers confirm Kobe Bryant has rotator cuff tear
      The Lakers confirmed on Friday that Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn right rotator cuff.

      Advice: The team will take the weekend to decide if the Hall of Fame guard will require surgery. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports that Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season. Bryant seems to be in good spirits and even tweeted, "This is what happens when I pass too much!" Wayne Ellington will get to start and Jordan Clarkson gets in the rotation while the usage rates of Nick Young, Jeremy Lin and Wes Johnson will rise. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:07 pm
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin dealing with swelling in wrist
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is dealing with swelling his right wrist and will be out until at least Sunday.

      Advice: He had to have his wrist drained on Thursday and is still hopeful to play against the Hawks on Sunday. Martin wore a brace at shootaround on Friday and it would appear he's at least making an attempt to play. The oft-injured guard should be a solid player to start while he's on the court, but the injuries are going to make him annoying to own. Expect Robbie Hummel to start and have some low-end fantasy value tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:01 pm
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Report: Lakers expecting Kobe to miss season
      The Lakers are expecting Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to miss the rest of the season due to a torn rotator cuff, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

      Advice: The announcement will likely come at some point today to make it official, but the Lakers may take the weekend to decide on his treatment. Bryant hasn't been able to complete the last three seasons of his career due to an Achilles injury in 2012-13, a knee injury in 2013-14, and now this shoulder issue this season. He is still going to be under contract for next year and chances are he'll be back. For now, the Lakers will likely add another wing on a 10-day deal while Wayne Ellington starts. Expect Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson to play more. Unfortunately, Kobe can be dropped in all redraft leagues once the official word comes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) won't play on Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He left shootaround with a brace on his wrist and told reporters that he's "not ready" yet, which is disappointing since he's been questionable to play in the Wolves' past three games. Owners will simply have to keep him tucked away on the bench a bit longer, while Robbie Hummel continues to fill in at SG without providing fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:06 am
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Luol Deng (illness) probable to return Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) appears probable to return vs. the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been sick for four days and didn't even travel to Charlotte for Wednesday's game, but he went through shootaround on Friday without any issues. His likely return will send Danny Granger back to the bench, reducing Granger and James Ennis to an afterthought in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:38 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to return on Friday vs. New Orleans.

      Advice: He was on the Wolves' active roster for Wednesday's game but didn't play, and owners can anticipate an imminent return even if he sits out again vs. the Pelicans. Martin was hot in nine games before his injury, scoring 20.4 points with 2.9 triples per game, and he shouldn't be floating on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:15 am
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Dwight Howard (strained knee) probable Friday
      Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Dwight is perpetually listed on Houston's injury list as 'probable' so this shouldn't alarm his fantasy owners. His right knee has bothered him all year and Houston may need to give him some rest as the season progresses, however, so we'll continue to closely monitor his health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:05 am
      Injured
    • James Harden probable Friday w/ bruised knee
      James Harden (left knee contusion) is listed as probable for Friday's game in Phoenix.

      Advice: He scored 33 points in 32 minutes during Wednesday's loss to Golden State and we're guessing he'll be fine, but owners should stay tuned for pre-game updates. Harden hasn't missed a game all season and should have extra motivation after recently being snubbed as a starter for the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:59 am
    • Evan Turner hits game-winning 3-pointer
      Evan Turner hit a game-winning corner 3-pointer against the Blazers during the 90-89 victory on Thursday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, four turnovers and one other 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

      Advice: The Celtics snapped their 24-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams tonight and Turner apparently knew his clutch shot was going down. "Not to be arrogant, I did actually," he said. "I prayed prior to it to make a big shot. And it happened." Turner has actually been effective on his corner 3-pointers, making 10-of-20 from there on the year. Clutch shot aside, he's still a questionable player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:09 am
    • Dorell Wright scores one point
      Dorell Wright played just 10 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with one point, one rebound and two steals.

      Advice: He was the 11th player to be used tonight and might have been played a lot less had Nicolas Batum (wrist) been able to stay healthy. The vast majority of Wright's minutes came at small forward tonight and he could see minutes in the 20s while Batum is out. However, coach Terry Stotts is going to pick and choose Wright's spots, so he's a risky grab in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:19 pm
    • Wesley Matthews scores 18 points
      Wesley Matthews scored 18 points with three rebounds, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

      Advice: He played more minutes at small forward tonight and that looks like it'll continue for now. Matthews regained his lead for total 3-pointers on the season and he should have a great chance to retain it because he'll have plenty of shots headed his way with LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) out for 6-8 weeks -- Aldridge is currently third in the NBA for field goal attempts per game. Matthews will likely flirt with top-40 value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:14 pm
    • Report: Lakers fear Kobe Bryant needs surgery
      The Lakers organization fears that Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff in right shoulder) will need season-ending surgery, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

      Advice: The team will evaluate him on Friday and will likely make an announcement at some point. Bryant has been playing through his right shoulder issue for most of the season and he made it worse on Wednesday. Wayne Ellington will start for the foreseeable future while Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson will also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:28 pm
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard cools off due to garbage time
      Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Bulls on Thursday with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He scored the Spurs' final 11 points of the first half, but was fairly quiet the rest of the game. Leonard has added a handful of new offensive moves and coach Gregg Popovich has held up his end of the bargain that he will run plays for the reigning Finals MVP. Leonard gets the Lakers at home on Friday night and could have a big game. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:39 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) now doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is now listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott gave him a 50/50 shot to play earlier in the day, but now it appears that Black will likely sit this one out. We will update his status if something changes, but for now expect Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre to see a slight uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:01 pm
    • Carlos Boozer (triceps) probable for Friday
      Carlos Boozer (triceps) is probable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He was able to play through the pain on Wednesday so all indications point to him playing on Friday. However, Boozer currently doesn't have a large enough role off the Lakers bench to matter in most leagues so it would probably be in your best interest to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:49 pm
    • Nick Young (thumb) is probable for Friday
      Nick Young has a sprained right thumb and is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we are hearing about his thumb but he should be fine for Friday's game. We just learned that Kobe Bryant could be sidelined for quite some time due to a tear in his rotator cuff, so Young shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires at this point. We will pass along additional updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:47 pm
    • Kobe Bryant has a tear in his rotator cuff
      Kobe Bryant's MRI results revealed a tear of his rotator cuff.

      Advice: Not good. Bryant is flying home from San Antonio as we speak and he is expected to be examined by team doctors on Friday morning. Owners shouldn't do anything drastic until we hear all the details, but Bryant could potentially be looking at some serious time on the sidelines. The Lakers are also currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them shut Bryant down for the season even if the injury somehow isn't as serious as initially thought. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will all see an increase in value with this news. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:33 pm
      Injured
    • Tarik Black (ankle) able to practice on Thurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, but he is still listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Black wouldn't be able to play on his ankle right now, and gave him just a 50/50 shot to play against the Spurs. Owners in deeper leagues who are holding onto Black should probably go ahead and bench him, as he likely won't see many minutes considering his current status. Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre would pick up a few extra minutes if Black sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:30 am
    • Derrick Favors (personal) out on Thursday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury, and all we know is that Favors won't even travel with the Jazz to Milwaukee for "personal reasons". We will be sure to pass along any available updates as needed. On the other hand, Rudy Gobert will likely draw the start on Thursday and is absolutely a must-start option for his upside in blocks and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:25 am
    • MRI results on Kobe Bryant due late Thursday
      Kobe Bryant had an MRI on his shoulder but the Lakers won't release the results until Thursday evening.

      Advice: Well this news isn't going to ease the nerves of Bryant's owners, as this leaves us with more questions than answers. Bryant obviously didn't practice on Thursday, and if we had to guess there is not much of a shot that he plays on Friday against the Spurs. However, until we get any additional information, there is no need to speculate and we will be sure to pass along any further information as soon as it is made available. Should the Mamba miss any time, Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington will all benefit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:19 am
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant set for MRI on Thursday
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is set to have an MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: Bryant tweaked his shoulder during a dunk in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans, but downplayed the severity of his injury after the game. "I’ve played with a torn labrum before. I’m not too concerned about it," Bryant said. The Mamba said he wasn't sure if he'll be able to play against the Spurs on Friday, so his owners will want to check back for more updates. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all be in line for more minutes if Bryant misses any time. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:45 am
      Injured
    • Klay Thompson scores 27 in All-Star push
      Klay Thompson hit 10-of-21 shots and three more 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals in Wednesday's impressive win over the Rockets.

      Advice: Look for Thompson to be a coach's pick for the Western All-Star Team, as he's been getting it done at both ends of the court all season long. The Warriors won their 17th straight game at home, setting a franchise record. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:53 pm
    • Josh Smith ejected in Wednesday's loss
      Josh Smith lasted just 14 minutes and finished with five points before being ejected with two technical fouls in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:38 pm
    • James Harden plays well in loss to Warriors
      James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 14-of-16 free throws on Wednesday, finishing with 33 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.

      Advice: He's still in the MVP discussion, but the Rockets are going to have to improve their record for him to win it. They were crushed by the Warriors tonight, despite making a late comeback in garbage time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
    • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to GSW
      Dwight Howard hit just 3-of-8 shots for seven points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, and also committed five turnovers.

      Advice: Hey, at least he didn't kill your free throw percentage (1-of-2 tonight). His last multi-block game was way back on Dec. 15 and he's had seven games since then without a single block. The Warriors were dominant tonight and Howard never got it going, but his lack of shot blocking is one of the great mysteries in the NBA right now. He's also dealing with a sore knee, but that didn't appear to be bothering him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:31 pm
      Injured
    • Markieff Morris quiet as Suns guards heat up
      Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-7 shots for six points and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: That broke a streak of four double-digit scoring games for Markieff, who had 35 points against the Cavs a week ago. He'll bounce back, but gave way to the team's three point guards (Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic) tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:49 pm
    • Dorell Wright comes through in start for LMA
      Dorell Wright started for LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday and came through with 15 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting.

      Advice: We all know Wright is capable of a game like this if given the opportunity, but it's been a long time coming. Aldridge will have another MRI on his thumb on Thursday, so we still don't know how much time he'll miss. We've also seen the Blazers switch things up from game to game when Aldridge is out, but for now, Wright looks like the best short-term pickup option in Portland. Thomas Robinson came off the bench for six points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:35 pm
    • Nick Young struggles in Kobe's return
      Nick Young hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Young went off on Monday with 24 points while Kobe Bryant watched in street clothes, but Kobe was back for tonight's game. Of course, Young has struggled for the most of the season with or without Kobe, but we like his chances better for success on nights when Bryant isn't playing. Kobe's shoulder was bothering him tonight and we still think Young should be held once the Kobe Shutdown finally happens. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 pm
    • Kobe Bryant scores 14 points in loss
      Kobe Bryant returned to action for the Lakers on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He asked out of the game at one point and headed to the locker room once the game was decided to get treatment on his shoulder. The good news is that he played and didn't shoot it like he was wearing a blindfold. The bad news is that he'll remain day-to-day until further notice as a season shutdown looks probable at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:28 pm
      Injured
    • Pistons win, aided by Greg Monroe's 24 & 10
      Greg Monroe finished Wednesday's win vs. Orlando with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block, marking his 10th double-double of the month.

      Advice: Monroe has grabbed eight rebounds in two games since Jan. 1, which are the only times he failed to double-double in 2015. Fantasy owners basking in his post-Smoove production shouldn't overlook his FT shooting, which has soared to a career-high 76.3 percent on 4.8 attempts per game. He's locked into top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday night
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played very well against the Warriors last week and will look to keep it going. Howard has some knee problems right now, but it is unlikely to force him to miss action tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
      Injured
    • Dorell Wright starting on Wednesday night
      Dorell Wright will start in place of LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: It's not a surprise to see Wright start and he had some starts last year while LMA was out. It's anyone's guess who will get most of Aldridge's minutes, so any other Blazer besides Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews is a gamble in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:53 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) aims to practice Thursday
      Tarik Black (ankle) intends to practice in San Antonio on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is very encouraging since Black needed crutches to leave the arena on Wednesday, and it appears he's healing faster than anticipated. Cautious owners should still plan to be without him on Friday, in which case guys like Carlos Boozer and Ryan Sacre should each earn a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out again on Wednesday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not return for Wednesday's home game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Martin has been active at practices and his return is imminent, but owners will have to wait at least one more game before prying him off fantasy benches. Robbie Hummel should earn another start in K-Mart's absence, but he was scoreless in 24 minutes on Monday and isn't an appealing option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:49 pm
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Carlos Boozer (triceps) will play Wednesday
      Carlos Boozer (triceps) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was listed as probable and was never expected to miss out on this game. However, Boozer hasn't been a reliable option off the bench for the Lakers and owners in standard leagues would be wise to ignore him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:43 am
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will play against Pelicans
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has sat out of the last two game in order to get some additional rest due to general soreness all around his body, so he should be feeling pretty fresh for this contest. Bryant will likely only see around 30 minutes of playing time, but he should still be considered a must-start player when active. Coach Byron Scott also added that Bryant will remain on a minutes limit for at least the next 10-15 games, and said that he may continue to sit him out some nights. This doesn't bode well for Bryant's outlook going forward, and it looks like his owners will see plenty more DNPs before the season is over. Wayne Elllington will shift to the bench with this news and loses almost all of his short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:20 am
      Injured
    • Dwight Howard is having problems with knee
      Dwight Howard said that he is still having problems with his strained right knee.

      Advice: "I am getting there," Howard said of his knee. "Each day is different but I just try to play as hard as I can for as long as I can. I want to make sure that come playoff time, I will be 100 percent. Right now, I want to give my team everything I have." He has been dealing with this issue for most of the season, and while he continues to play through the pain, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rockets limit his minutes down the stretch or even hold him out for a couple of games. We will keep him off the injury report for now, but owners should continually check back for updates before activating Howard in lineups from now on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 am
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard grabs career-high 15 rebounds
      Kawhi Leonard tied his career-high with 15 rebounds during Tuesday's road win in Denver, adding 17 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: This was Leonard's eighth double-digit rebounding game of the season, and he racked up tonight's stats in just 31 minutes of action. The numbers agree with the eye-test where Leonard is concerned, as he's peaking at career-high levels in rebound rate (13.3 percent), usage rate (22.7 percent), assist rate (12.9 percent) and PER (19.4). The sky is the limit for San Antonio's rising star. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:00 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) will not play Wednesday
      Luol Deng (illness) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Deng fought through the illness to score eight points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, but he'll now get a few days to fully recuperate before Friday's home game vs. Indiana. James Ennis and Danny Granger stand to gain the most in Deng's absence -- Ennis is slightly more attractive if he earns the start at SF, but they're only worth a glance in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
    • Luol Deng plays 29 minutes despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness vs. OKC on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Deng has quietly posted mid-round value with the Heat thanks to balanced production and a sizeable role offensively -- his 20.3 usage rate is just below his career average, and his 57.8 percent True Shooting marks a career high. He's also posting a solid PER of 17.0, his highest since the 2007-08 season, and it's easy to see why the 7th-seed Heat aren't eager to trade him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:21 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) starting Tuesday vs. OKC
      Updating a previous report, Luol Deng (illness) will start on Tuesday vs. OKC.

      Advice: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside will join Deng in the starting lineup. Get him active for what will be an up-tempo game with the Thunder. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:50 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) looking likely for Tues.
      Luol Deng (illness) looked good while going through a pregame workout according to beat writer Ira Winderman, and he's looking probable for Tuesday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: Deng will have a tough matchup against OKC tonight, but with just two games being played, he's one of the better options. Stay tuned for an official update on Deng's status, but it is looking like he'll play, so feel free to get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:39 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) a game-time decision Tues
      Luol Deng (illness) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said he isn't sure if Deng will play tonight, so if he is forced to sit, Danny Granger would likely slide into the starting lineup. However, Granger is averaging a meager 5.5 points and 1.0 three-pointer through two starts this season, and with a tough matchup vs. OKC, he's not a great option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:57 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) headed for a GTD on Wed.
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Martin sounded optimistic when talking about his chances about suiting up tomorrow, and said he will base his decision on how he feels when he wakes up in the morning. It's unclear if Martin will be on a minutes restriction upon his return, but given his upside, he needs to be owned in all leagues at this point. His return will likely hurt the value of Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:04 pm
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Kobe Bryant questionable Wednesday vs. NO
      Kobe Bryant did not practice on Tuesday, and he is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: We'll have a better idea of Bryant's status following Wednesday's shootaround, but it's worth noting that head coach Byron Scott thinks he will play. However, if he is forced to sit, look for Wayne Ellington to draw another start, with Wes Johnson, and Nick Young seeing an uptick in value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:16 am
      Injured
    • Carlos Boozer (triceps) probable Wednesday
      Carlos Boozer (left triceps contusion) did not practice on Tuesday, but he is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. New Orleans.

      Advice: Boozer hasn't been playing well lately, averaging just 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game over the last five. He can be viewed as a low-end option in deeper leagues, but he's not a great guy to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:11 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will not play Wednesday
      Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans, and he is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Black was seen leaving the arena on crutches after Monday's game, so this is no mild ankle sprain. With Black out, look for Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion), and Ryan Kelly to pick up some additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • Nick Young says you can't turn Swaggy P off
      Nick Young told reporters that Swaggy P can't be turned off after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Young had one of his best games of the season with Kobe Bryant on Monday as he scored 24 points to go along with four rebounds, three, assists, and two steals off the bench. "They told me you can’t turn Swaggy off," Young said after the game. "You made this guy so you gotta be him." It's unclear exactly who "they" and "you" are in Young's statement, but Swaggy P should be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 am
    • X-rays negative on Tarik Black's ankle
      X-rays came back negative on Tarik Black's sprained right ankle, but Black left the arena on crutches after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Black sprained his ankle after coming down on a teammates' foot and played coy when asked about his availablity for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "I can’t comment on that one," said Black. "I don’t know. But miracles can happen. I rolled it pretty good, though." We'll update Black's status as more information becomes available, but Robert Sacre could see some time while Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Kelly would all see a minutes boost if Black is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 am
    • Young scores 24 points with full stat line
      Nick Young hit 7-of-12 shots (including four threes) for 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steal in 26 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Young also added 6-of-7 free throws for good measure and he's hot again, giving owners a preview of what a good night without Kobe Bryant might look like in the last third of the season. He should be owned in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:20 am
    • Wright could get more time with Aldridge hurt
      Dorell Wright logged 16 minutes off the bench on Monday, scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

      Advice: Wright has gotten starts in the past when LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) has missed time, but his history converting those starts into value has been checkered. He's a desperation plug-and-play if Aldridge misses Wednesday's game against the Suns, which seems likely, with the chance to earn greater fantasy consideration with a solid performance in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:08 am
    • Tarik Black leaves game with ankle injury
      Tarik Black left Monday's game due to a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

      Advice: X-rays taken were negative and he finished with 21 minutes, six points, three boards, one steal and one block, as he was making some noise in deep leagues. If he misses time then Robert Sacre may be forced onto the court, and more minutes will go to Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:21 pm
    • Harden drops season-high 45 points on Indy
      James Harden scored a season-high 45 points in the Rockets' 110-98 win over the Pacers on Monday, hitting 12-of-18 shots (7-of-12 3PTs, 14-of-15 FTs) with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Monster. Harden is fantasy's No. 1 producer in 8-cat leagues and No. 3 in 9-cat formats when measuring on a per-game basis. His consistency and durability come with way less heartburn than some of his fellow elite, too. Dwight Howard went for 14 and 17 with one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:05 pm
    • Smith has another bad fantasy outing
      Josh Smith hit just 3-of-11 shots for six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Smith missed both of his 3-pointers and his only free throw to boot. He has played well below the cut line in most standard leagues and owners can leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 pm
    • Klay Thompson scores 22 points
      Klay Thompson scored 22 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers during a 122-79 blowout victory over the Nuggets on Monday.

      Advice: He has multiple 3-pointers in 18 consecutive games. Even before this gem, 2015 has been extremely kind to Klay with averages of 24.1 points, 3.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 3.5 triples on 53.5 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the line. He belongs in the All-Star Game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:59 pm
    • Evan Turner flirts with a triple-double
      Evan Turner had a cheap double-double against the Clippers on Monday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It's been the same story for Turner since the Jeff Green trade with solid output in boards and dimes with not much else. In his last five, he's averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.4 triples on 35.9 percent from the field. He's much better in points leagues than standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:26 pm
    • Greg Monroe's 16 & 20 aren't enough for DET
      Greg Monroe piled up 16 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block on Monday, but he also turned the ball over six times in a loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Andre Drummond also had a convincing double-double with 13 points and 18 boards, but Detroit's big men didn't get much help -- their teammates shot a combined 19-of-62 from the field (30.7 percent) against the Hawks' intense defense. Monroe has propelled himself into second-round value over the past few weeks, and his owners hit the lottery the day Josh Smith was waived by Detroit. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:21 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Monday against the Hornets.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable for the first time coming into this one, but he's still not ready to go. With Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain) also sidelined, Andrew Wiggins will continue to be the focal point of what the Timberwolves do offensively. Martin is very close to a return, and could be back as soon as Wednesday's contest. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:05 am
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Derrick Favors gets 13 boards, four blocks
      Derrick Favors had 13 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, but he scored only nine points on 4-of-11 shooting during 27 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The Jazz couldn't muster enough offense to beat the Spurs, shooting just 28-of-84 as a team (33.3 percent), with a 10-of-16 mark at the FT line. Favors fell one point shy of his third straight double-double in tonight's defeat, and his injury scare last Saturday has proven to be a false alarm. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:28 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: This is the first time Martin has been listed as questionable since fracturing his wrist back in November. He has gone through multiple full-contact practices, so he should not be floating around on any waiver wires at this point. It's not clear if he'll have a minutes restriction upon his return, and it'll be interesting to see if how he works alongside the now surging Andrew Wiggins. Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain) will likely take the biggest hit with the return of Martin. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 11:54 am
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Kawhi Leonard not listed on injury report
      Kawhi Leonard is not listed on the Spurs' injury report, and he is good to go for Sunday's game against the Jazz.

      Advice: He returned to action in style on Friday with 20 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer, so owners can expect more of the same against the Jazz. Needless to say, Leonard shouldn't be on any benches right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 9:10 am
    • Spencer Hawes played 17 minutes vs. SAC
      Spencer Hawes played 17 minutes against the Kings on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two fouls.

      Advice: He was getting more minutes at power forward earlier this season, but he's almost been played exclusively at center. Hawes won't have fantasy value while DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 11:08 pm
    • Wes Matthews sets franchise record for treys
      Wesley Matthews became the Blazers' franchise leader in 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Saturday with seven makes from beyond the arc, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

      Advice: That's one way to bounce back from his worst game of the season on Friday. Matthews is tied with Kyle Korver for the lead in total treys thanks to 46.6 percent of his shots coming as catch-and-shoot attempts from beyond the arc. This was also the third time Wes made seven or more treys this season. He's running out of arrows in his quiver for his bow and arrow celebration. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 10:22 pm
    • Klay Thompson has career-high five blocks
      Klay Thompson started hot against the Rockets on Saturday, making 9-of-15 from the field for 27 points with five rebounds, two assist, one steal, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: His five blocks were a career high and he did a fantastic job on James Harden. Thompson has avoided a slump for basically the entire season and is hot over his last five, averaging 22.8 points, 4.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 3.0 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. Good thing the Warriors didn't trade him for Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:48 pm
    • Dwight Howard has a nice game vs. GSW
      Dwight Howard was a lone bright spot against the Warriors on Saturday during a 131-106 loss with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: The Rockets were really bad on defense and giving up 64 points in the paint is not something a Dwight Howard team will do often. Howard snapped a four-game streak without a double-double in this one and he'll look to parlay it with another one against Roy Hibbert on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:30 pm
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    • James Harden had huge letdown vs. Warriors
      James Harden didn't show up against the Warriors on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and no 3-pointers.

      Advice: Sometimes when you win, you actually lose, and sometimes when you lose, you actually win. Not this time, though. Harden was a big letdown on the main stage tonight, but he'll bounce back on Monday against the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:20 pm
    • Deng throws down 25-6-4-2-2 line w/ two 3PMs
      Luol Deng scored 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Friday's road win over the Kings.

      Advice: The Kings can't defend anybody right now and Deng took advantage of that. Considering his mileage and injury risk, owners might want to float a few offers to see what they can get in return. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:46 pm
    • Young tries to make the FT line so Swaggy
      Nick Young busted out of a slump with 23 points on 4-of-9 shooting, two threes, two boards and a season-high 13-of-13 makes from the foul line on Friday.

      Advice: Young has played well enough to be owned in all 12-team formats this year, but his ups and downs might have him on benches or even the waiver wire for stretches. If anything happens to Kobe down the stretch, he could add a couple of rounds to his value real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:57 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard takes over vs. Blazers in win
      Kawhi Leonard returned from a month-long absence on Friday during a 110-96 win over the Blazers, scores 20 points with four rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's like he never left. Leonard's hand injury appears to be 100 percent and it was great to see him return a little sooner than expected. Leonard was on fire in his previous seven games before the injury, averaging 17.1 points, 7.7 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 2.1 steals and 0.6 treys. He's more than capable of being a top-10 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:05 pm
    • Thompson scores 32 points with three treys
      Klay Thompson scored 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and three treys in the Warriors' road loss to the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: Thompson can get lost in the shuffle with Steph Curry (19 points, six assists, two threes, two steals) leading fantasy leagues, but he's a late first-round guy himself. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:43 pm
    • Wes Matthews gets Kawhi Leonard
      Wesley Matthews had his worst game of the season on Friday against the Spurs with two points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had Kawhi Leonard on him and that's about all the analysis needed here. Matthews leads the NBA in 3-pointers and doesn't miss games, so his fantasy owners can view him as a top-50 asset in standard leagues. He will likely have Tony Allen on him on Saturday, so that won't be fun for him either. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:32 pm
    • Evan Turner scores 11 in loss
      Evan Turner scored 11 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one block and four turnovers against the Bulls on Friday.

      Advice: He made 5-of-11 from the field with a cast on his thumb, so maybe he should keep it on for a while. Turner's really been struggling to put up nice lines for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so there's really no need to be too attached to keeping him. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:46 pm
    • Wesley Matthews is starting on Friday
      Wesley Matthews will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: He had to go to the ER and everything seems to be fine. Matthews is a warrior and he should get plenty of chances for his bow and arrow celebration tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 5:44 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard will play and start vs. Blazers
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will start and not have a minutes cap against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: "Why not?" Gregg Popovich said. Leonard's last game came against the Blazers back on Dec. 15. Leonard was posting first round value for about two weeks before his injury, so get him in your lineups. Also, we love to see this news come before the lineups lock in five minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 3:54 pm
    • Evan Turner playing through soreness
      Evan Turner (thumb) will have his thumb wrapped and will play through soreness on Friday against the Bulls.

      Advice: The last time he played the Bulls, he scored 29 points. Turner has been in some kind of slump in his last five, making 28.3 percent from the field. Start him at your own risk. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 3:32 pm
    • Klay Thompson has stitches removed, will play
      Klay Thompson had seven stitches removed from his forehead, and he will play on Friday vs. OKC.

      Advice: Thompson is averaging 21.3 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game this season, and he's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform. Get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:11 am
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) probable, looks ready
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) was seen shooting and dunking during shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against Portland.

      Advice: All signs are pointing towards Kawhi making his return to the starting lineup today after a month long absence. He's been cleared to play, was made available to the media, and said he is no longer experiencing pain in his hand. Interestingly, the last game he played was against Portland in a game in which he tallied 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and a block. Get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:22 am
    • Andre Iguodala (rest) out Friday vs. OKC
      Andre Iguodala (rest) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that Shaun Livingston will play heavy minutes tonight with Iguodala out of the lineup, so he could make for a decent low-budget plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Harrison Barnes will also have the opportunity for extended minutes, although he'll draw a difficult matchup vs. Kevin Durant of the Thunder, so he makes for a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:16 am
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