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  • Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili out for Friday
    Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili did not travel for Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

    Advice: They're on the front end of a back-to-back set and should be all set for Saturday's home game against the Hawks. With Duncan out, the Spurs should be using a combination of Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw and David West next to LaMarcus Aldridge. Today, 7:03 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) practices Thursday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he reported no setbacks.

    Advice: Lauvergne said if he feels good Friday morning, he will press the Denver coaching staff to let him play, so owners can expect another update on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. If he's withheld from Friday's game, it sounds like there's a chance he plays Saturday vs. the Mavericks. Nikola Jokic's fantasy value will take a hit upon the return of Lauvergne, while Arthur could fall out of the rotation entirely. Today, 11:19 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Deng missed Wednesday's game with the hamstring injury, and called the injury a day-to-day thing. He could be headed for a game-time decision on Friday, and if he's not able to give it a go, Gerald Green will likely spend another game in the starting five. Green had a decent game with the starting unit on Wednesday, scoring 16 points over 38 minutes, so he'd be worth considering as a punt play in DFS should Deng remain out. Today, 11:13 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Friday vs. NYK
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks

    Advice: He didn't travel with the team on their two-game road trip, and will therefore miss Friday's game. STAT no longer puts up enough statistics to warrant ownership in any league. Today, 11:10 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne out Friday vs Spurs
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) will miss Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: While there is still a chance King Joffrey will play against the Mavericks on Saturday, he'll miss his 13th straight game against San Antonio on Friday. With Kenneth Faried (ankle) also out, Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic will see all the minutes they can handle on Friday and make for solid DFS plays. Today, 10:39 am
  • Kenneth Faried out Friday vs Spurs
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Faried will miss his third consecutive game on Friday due to his ankle injury. Nikola Jokic and Darrell Arthur make for solid DFS plays on Friday, as both should see big minutes in Faried's absence. Today, 10:27 am
  • Kevin Durant weighs in on 'stache brothers
    Kevin Durant weighed in on the new facial hair of Enes Kanter and Steven Adams after Wednesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: In a lighter bit of news for Thanksgiving, Kevin Durant invoked Sacha Baron Cohen's popular character in commenting on Enes Kanter's mustache. "Enes looks like Borat and Steven......They jerks for that," Durant said. While Durant's fantasy owners can rest easy now that he's healthy, they can also get a laugh by clicking on the link below for a picture of the 'Stache Brothers. Today, 7:54 am
  • Dwight Howard ready for back-to-backs
    Dwight Howard said he's ready for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: D12 said he will play against the Knicks on Sunday and the Pistons on Monday after playing it safe to start the season. "I'm ready to try it out," Howard said. "They didn't want me to start off the season playing back-to-back and putting a big load on myself. But the main thing is my body is feeling pretty good, and I haven't had any setbacks all season." While Howard is always an injury risk, this is great news for his fantasy owners. Today, 7:49 am
  • Chris Andersen returns, plays four minutes
    Chris Andersen returned on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one assist in four minutes off Miami's bench.

    Advice: His lone make was a 3-pointer but this is a non-event for fantasy purposes -- the Birdman has played 17 minutes all season. Today, 12:05 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 22 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 22 points against the Clippers during a 102-92 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: While he didn't have his best defensive game with one-on-one defense, Favors lit it up with his shooting line of 10-of-15 from the field. He has seen exceptional growth as a shooter and isn't just a guy who can score from within three feet anymore. He has second-round value on the season and most signs point to him maintaining that value. Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 40 pts on 18-of-23 FGs
    Blake Griffin was brilliant on Wednesday, scoring 40 points on 18-of-23 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin sank 9-of-12 shots between 10-22 feet from the hoop tonight, and with his passing and ball-handling abilities it essentially made him unguardable. The Clippers lost anyway and they don't have much to be thankful for in terms of their on-court success -- after four straight wins to open the season, they've now lost eight of their past 11 games. Blake has the fifth-highest PER in the league at 27.3, trailing only LeBron, Durant, Westbrook and Curry, yet his team has a sub-.500 record. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • Anthony Davis feasts in Phoenix with 26 & 17
    Anthony Davis made 11-of-14 from the field for 26 points against the Suns during a 120-114 win on Wednesday, adding 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Now this is the guy fantasy owners took first in drafts. Since his return from a hip injury, Davis averaged 26.0 points, 18.0 boards, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 0.3 treys on 52.5 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the line in those three games. He is dominating around the rim on both ends and he just needs to stay healthy. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Ryno-Plasty: Anderson transforming to stud
    Ryan Anderson was great again during a win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans are really embracing Anthony Davis at the five, which has opened up a ton of time for Anderson. He's scored at least 20 in each of his last five, averaging 26.6 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 3.2 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the line. If you bought low about two weeks ago, you look pretty smart. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Omer Asik plays 10 minutes
    Omer Asik played 10 minutes in the starting lineup against the Suns on Wednesday with three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Exhibit O of how starting doesn't mean everything in fantasy. Asik has almost no fantasy value. Why did the Pelicans sign him this summer again? Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Jon Leuer shines as primary center
    Jon Leuer was outstanding against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 20 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He certainly didn't handle the defensive side of things with Anthony Davis going off, but Leuer is in a nice groove on offense. He's basically splitting the backup center job with Alex Len depending on the matchup. With Tyson Chandler (illness) likely back for the Warriors on Friday, Leuer is more of an 18-team stash. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores just eight points
    Markieff Morris scored eight points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with eight rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He only attempted 4-of-11 from the field. Morris had his best outing of the season while Eric Bledsoe was out in his last game, so perhaps that caused the sudden rise after basically a season-long slump. Still, he is worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets 18 & 8 with three steals
    Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant feasts early w/ 30 pts vs. Nets
    Kevin Durant torched the Nets for 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, making five 3-pointers with six boards, five assists and three blocks.

    Advice: Rondae-Hollis Jefferson was tasked with defending the four-time scoring champ, and it didn't go too well. "I seen fresh meat and I was ready to eat. And I was hungry," Durant said. "He's a really, really active defender though, I really like him. Long, athletic. But I seen something in his eyes that I could exploit." Clearly, Durant didn't have any setbacks when returning from his hamstring injury on Monday. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't do much in 40 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: It's a quiet stat line, but at least Howard played 40 minutes. He is cleared for back-to-back sets now and should start to put up better stats going forward. Of course, the chances of him missing games are very high. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki double-doubles in tough loss
    Dirk Nowitzki recorded his second straight double-double on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavericks have followed up their six-game win streak with three consecutive losses, dropping them to 9-7 in the unforgiving Western Conference. Dirk made 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs tonight, and the playing time tied his season high. He's averaging right around 29-30 minutes this season, same as last year, but over the past six games that's leapt to 32.5. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) w/ 18 pts in return
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) scored 18 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one block on Wednesday, making 8-of-17 shots in 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Aldridge had missed two games but he didn't skip a beat tonight, helping the Spurs earn their third straight win. LA has six double-doubles, and he's scored double-digit points in all but one game this season, but his 15.3 points per game are way down from the 23.4 he averaged with Portland last season. It's the new normal now that he's a selfless Spur. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores two pts, chips in elsewhere
    Tim Duncan grabbed nine rebounds with four assists and two blocks on Wednesday, but he scored only two points on 1-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Even if he hadn't contributed in other categories, Duncan has a pocketful of 'free passes' after his excellent play to begin the season. The Spurs' bench also struggled to score tonight, with Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills combining for 12 points on 3-of-19 shooting, but the Spurs still held on for an 88-83 win. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores season-high 36 points
    Rudy Gay scored a season-high 36 points during a 129-118 win against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He started out red hot with 14 points in the first nine minutes and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Gay has made 13-of-21 from the field in each of his last two games and his arm injury has affected his performance positively like the kid from the Rookie of the Year baseball movie. Even when Boogie is back, Gay should be trending up. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Kosta Koufos has nice game filling in
    Kosta Koufos was terrific in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He did a solid job of defending the bigs on the inside and fared well on the offensive end. Koufos has been putting up some solid production and may have close to top-100 value while Demarcus Cousins (back) is day-to-day. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ full line
    Gorgui Dieng racked up 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes of action vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: We've been talking about his per-minute potential since the preseason, and Dieng has finally crept north of the 25-minute in recent games, and it's no coincidence that Karl-Anthony Towns (22 minutes) was limited tonight. Run Dieng out there as long as he's getting the playing time, but don't be surprised if Sam Mitchell drags his minutes down in the near future. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Andre Drummond's 18 & 20 lead Pistons to win
    Andre Drummond imposed his will against the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, 20 boards, two steals, five blocks and only one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He used his strength to get position vs. Hassan Whiteside, the blocks were a season-high, and he only attempted one free throw (which he missed), all of which helped the Pistons snap a two-game losing streak. Drummond is on pace to be the first player to average at least 18 points and 17 rebounds since Moses Malone did it in 1978-79. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Marvin Williams double-doubles in home win
    Marvin Williams, who played only 19 minutes on Monday, finished Wednesday's game with 14 points, two 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hornets are making 36.3 percent of their 26.5 attempts from downtown this year, a surprising turnaround for a team that made 6.1 triples on 31.8 percent shooting last season, both last in the NBA. Williams is a big reason for that success and he's been a surprising mid-round value this season. He's likely to slide toward the late rounds, but remains a steal for owners who plucked him off the wire. Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki is playing vs. Spurs
    Dirk Nowitzki is playing against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: No rest on a back-to-back this time, so get him in your lineup like you normally would. Raymond Felton is likely starting for Chandler Parsons (rest). Yesterday, 5:25 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki warming up to play vs. SA
    Dirk Nowitzki is warming up to play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: There was a guess earlier this evening that Dirk could sit, but it sounds like he'll be out there. We'll have official confirmation once he's announced as a starter. Yesterday, 4:35 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki could rest on Wednesday?
    Dirk Nowitzki has a chance to rest on Wednesday against the Spurs, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.

    Advice: This is just a guess, but it's an educated one with the Mavs playing on the second half of a back-to-back set. If he's out, Charlie Villanueva would get the start and Dwight Powell would play more, too. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Kosta Koufos will start Wednesday vs. Bucks
    Kosta Koufos will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's games against the Bucks with DeMarcus Cousins (back) unavailable.

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

    Advice: It'll be his first game back from his Friday ankle sprain. Aldridge is expected to guard Dirk Nowitzki tonight as the two launch plenty of jumpers. David West will move back to the bench and Boris Diaw may play less. We'll see how this affects offensive superstar Kawhi Leonard, but it probably won't. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Kevin Durant working on quicker release
    Kevin Durant said he's working on a quicker release for his jumper.

    Advice: He's also one of the hardest players to block and has been blocked just twice outside of three feet this season -- he was blocked just four times on those shots last season, too. Durant is sneakily putting up a ridiculously efficient season with a 65.5 true shooting percentage and a 29.7 usage rate. He's almost a lock to be a top-three player in standard leagues and just needs to stay healthy. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) ruled out for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: "We're just trying to be cautious, trying to be smart," Deng said of bypassing the game against the Pistons, the Heat's first road game in nearly three weeks. "I played the last game and it hasn't gotten any better, so I think we just want to be smart and just try to get rid of the little nagging injury that will just linger on and become something else." We'll consider Deng questionable for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, and it's looking like Gerald Green could draw the start on Wednesday, with Goran Dragic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Diaw implies Aldridge (ankle) will play Wed
    Boris Diaw implied that LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle, questionable) will play Wednesday against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Aldridge has spent the past two games on the sidelines with an ankle injury, and while the Spurs are still listing him with the questionable tag, Boris Diaw said that LaMarcus will most likely be guarding Dirk Nowitzki tonight. We're not likely going to have official confirmation on LMA's status until just before the tip, but things are trending in a positive direction for Aldridge. David West will return to the bench if LaMarcus is a go. Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Dwight Howard cleared for back-to-back sets
    Dwight Howard has been cleared for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: After spending half the season on the sidelines last year, Howard has looked revitalized this season and he's currently putting up second-round value (punting free throws) in 9-cat and 8-cat leagues behind averages of 13.8 points, 13.6 boards and 2.0 blocks per game on 62.5 percent shooting. However, it's worth noting that Dwight said his minutes will likely be kept in the 20-25 minute range during his first back-to-back set on Sunday vs. the Knicks and Monday vs. the Pistons. Clint Capela's value will take a substantial hit with D12 no longer sitting back-to-back sets. Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Wednesday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not accompany the Heat on their two-game road trip, and he will not play Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: Stoudmire has just suited up for the Heat two times this season, so his absence from the lineup will have zero consequences with regards to fantasy hoops. He's also doubtful for Friday's game against the Knicks, and at this stage in his career, Amare should not be owned in any leagues. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Mason Plumlee goes for 11 & 17 in loss
    Mason Plumlee hit 5-of-13 shots for 11 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: He played 35 minutes and has been playing very well for the Blazers, posting three straight double-doubles and averaging 15.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in his last three games. And in the game prior to that streak, he scored nine points with four rebounds, four assists and six blocks. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Noah Vonleh quiet in another start
    Noah Vonleh started again on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-7 shots for seven points, three rebounds and a block in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Ed Davis played 35 minutes off the bench and is the starter for all intents and purposes, and finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. With Meyers Leonard out, Davis is the guy you want to own here. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out for Tuesday night
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It'll be Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic manning the big-position minutes. Arthur played his best game in a long time with a 21-point outing vs. GSW and Jokic is coming off a double-double. Both are terrific plays in DFS in favorable matchups. Faried owners just have to be patient here from an injury that didn't looks serious. Will Barton, Gary Harris and Danilo Gallinari also benefit. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire dealing with an illness
    Amare Stoudemire is dealing with an illness and was limited during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Stoudemire's status for Wednesday's game in Detroit is currently up in the air, and with both him and Hassan Whiteside (illness) questionable for Wednesday's game, Erik Spoelstra may be forced to bring Udonis Haslem back into the rotation. Haslem wouldn't have much value in most leagues, but if Whiteside can't give it a go, Andre Drummond could be in for another monster game on Wednesday. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) sits out practice Tues
    Luol Deng (hamstring) sat out Tuesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) making good progress
    Joffrey Lauvergne is making good progress with his back injury, but he will remain sidelined for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Lauvergne has begun running, and he's expected to do more during Wednesday's practice. If he's able to go through change of direction drills and take contact during Wednesday's practice without any setback, he should be back on the court "soon," which will take away some value from Nikola Jokic. For what it's worth, Lauvergne said he was feeling "really good" on Tuesday, so it sounds like there's a decent chance he returns for either Friday's game against the Spurs or Saturday's game vs. the Mavs. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Wed
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Aldridge has missed the Spurs previous two game with the ankle injury, and while it's been Davis West starting sans Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard has been the true beneficiary with his usage rate climbing to 28.8 with LaMarcus on the sidelines. We'll likely get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, and if LMA isn't able to give it a go, Kawhi would be worth a look in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Wizards. Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Faried (ankle) not expected to play Tuesday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) did not go through shootaround, and he is not expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Faried is currently sporting a walking boot, so it would be quite shocking if he were to give it a go tonight. Nikola Jokic, Darrell Arthur and J.J. Hickson will all see a boost in value with Faried on the sidelined, with Jokic offering the most upside. Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • Amare Stoudemire says Knicks mis-used him
    Amare Stoudemire said the Knicks didn't use he and Carmelo Anthony properly.

    Advice: While some would argue injuries affected his play in New York more, Stoudemire placed some blame for his disappointing Knicks tenure on the team. "I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together,’’ Stoudemire said. "I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll." War of words aside, Stoudemire can be ignored by fantasy owners as he doesn't play enough to provide any value. Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Kevin Durant feels good after return Monday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) said he felt good after his return Monday night.

    Advice: Durant scored 27 points with six rebounds, one assist, four steal, one block, and three treys in his first game after a six-game absence and felt no worse for the wear. "Felt good, got a little winded playing up in Utah. Forgot about the altitude," Durant said. "But after that first couple minutes, felt good." More importantly, he was able to play 30 minutes and should be started in all fantasy lineups as long as he's healthy. Tuesday, 6:48 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 28 points in loss
    Markieff Morris made 12-of-15 from the field for a season-high 28 points against the Spurs on Monday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: With Eric Bledsoe (knee) out, there were some shots to go around. Morris was one of the worst high-volume players on the season before tonight, but he was one of the best in a losing effort. Morris is coming off a 17-point game on Sunday and should be owned in all leagues after a disastrous start. He also took an elbow to the head, but he's OK. Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 15 with 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 15 points with 15 boards, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He started a new double-double streak with this one and still has double-digit boards in every game. Drummond did not do a great job protecting the paint and former teammate Greg Monroe had some success against him. Drummond is a good bet for over 70 double-doubles this season. Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 11 with seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Considering the game was basically over at halftime, Favors' owners should be thrilled that he still played 30 minutes and turned in a decent line. Rudy Gobert went down with a tailbone contusion, but he should be fine moving forward and both players will need to be on top of their game for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Kevin Durant doesn't skip a beat, scores 27
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned from a six-game absence on Monday vs. the Jazz, scoring 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting with six boards, one assist, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He looked phenomenal tonight and confirmed before the game that his hamstring is 100 percent. Durant didn't have any playing time restrictions, but the Thunder had a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter which allowed them to rest their superstar. KD was the second best player in fantasy on a per-game basis before his injury and he has picked up right where he left off, so his owners should be feeling pretty pumped right now. He'll get the Nets on Wednesday. Monday, 9:20 pm
  • Marvin Williams gets just 19 minutes
    Marvin Williams played just 19 minutes against the Kings on Monday with nine points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a little bit of foul trouble and didn't play in overtime. Williams was burned by Rudy Gay on the last play of regulation, so that might be a factor. He's still putting up must-start value on the season and should be owned in all standard leagues. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Rudy Gay returns with 28 points in loss
    Rudy Gay played 42 minutes during a 127-122 overtime loss to the Hornets on Monday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was wearing a T-shirt under jersey, presumably to help protect his shoulder strain. Gay looked just fine tonight and was going to the rim a lot. While DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) possibly missing time could help Gay, he should be posting some big stat lines going forward and be an early-round asset. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores 10 points
    Kosta Koufos scored 10 points in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) was hurt tonight, so perhaps Koufos gets put in the starting lineup. He's clearly outplaying Willie Cauley-Stein and is worth a speculative add for owners needing some short term help with their big men. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays 29 minutes in win Monday
    Gorgui Dieng played 29 minutes against the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with five boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Karl-Anthony Towns played just 17 minutes because he was in foul trouble, so Dieng filled in at center admirably. His playing time will continue to be limited because of coach Sam Mitchell's refusal to play him at power forward, but his role will hopefully grow as the season progresses. Monday, 8:22 pm
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Monday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Durant hasn't played since Nov. 10 against the Wizards, but his hamstring has progressed really well and he won't have any playing time restrictions tonight. Additionally, an MRI taken a few days ago came back negative. He has been the second best player in fantasy on a per-game basis, so plug him back into your lineups with confidence. Russell Westbrook's numbers won't be quiet as impressive with KD back in the mix, while Dion Waiters' inevitable move to the bench will be a buzzkill for his value as well. Monday, 4:30 pm
  • Chris Andersen (personal) will be active Mon
    Chris Andersen (personal) will be active for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be the second straight game that he has been active, but he may not touch the floor. Leave him on the wire. Monday, 3:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) out for Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his second game out after playing through an ankle injury from Friday. With Aldridge out, West should get the start and play minutes in the mid-20s, but his usage rate will be tiny in the first unit. Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner should also help out. Kawhi Leonard could have a big game tonight. Monday, 3:47 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant warming up, still questionable
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) is warming up for Monday against the Jazz and remains questionable.

    Advice: How he feels in warmups will dictate if he can play. Durant has been out for almost two weeks from his hamstring strain after he was expected to miss 7-10 days. If he's back, that means less output from Enes Kanter, Russell Westbrook and Dion Waiters. If you're in a weekly league, you'll probably want to use KD in almost any case. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire out for Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) will not play on Monday against the Knicks.

    Advice: No revenge game today. He's been ill and should be ready to play later this week. Stoudemire has said he is focused more on big games, but he's barely playing right now. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start vs. Hornets
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He is good to go for a four-game week. Gay only needed to miss one game after it looked like he would miss several, so those who picked up guys like Omri Casspi might need to reassess the situation. Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli also lose value. Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Luol Deng (leg) is a game-time call
    Luol Deng (hamstring) still has tightness in his hamstring and remains a game-time decision against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting treatment and it sounds like the team is hopeful he'll be able to play. If Deng is out, Justise Winslow would be looking at even more playing time. Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would play more, too. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful to play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: STAT may not even see the floor if he is active and he has played in just two games this season. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) doubtful for Tuesday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Faried apparently suffered the ankle injury on Friday, but he played through whatever injury he had during that game without any noticeable limp. Coach Mike Malone questioned his team's effort, so hopefully that isn't a factor here. Faried's owners should bench him while Darrell Arthur is worth a look in deep leagues. Nikola Jokic should be owned in all standard leagues. Monday, 12:01 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge remains questionable Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left ankle sprain) is still considered questionable for Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: "He looked OK," teammate Danny Green said. The only real update we have to go off of is that Aldridge was practicing free throws when practice opened to the media, and there is nothing to take away from that. Considering the Suns were the other team seriously in the running for LMA's services before he signed in San Antonio, Aldridge should have plenty of motivation to try and take the floor. If he's held out, veteran David West would likely draw another start, but Kyle Anderson, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw would all help fill the void off the bench. Monday, 9:39 am
  • Rudy Gay says he expects to return on Monday
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain), who is officially listed as probable, said that he expects to play in Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: That would be great news for Gay and for those with him on their fantasy roster. We'll need confirmation from the team after the Kings go through shootaround on Monday, but signs point to Gay getting back in the lineup. That means less of Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli. Monday, 8:39 am
  • Amare Stoudemire game-time call on Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he's a game-time decision vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Even if STAT feels well enough to play, the Heat may opt to keep him under bubble wrap. He's played in just two games this season as Miami tries to keep him healthy for the stretch run. Monday, 8:34 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) a game-time call Monday
    Luol Deng (tightness in hamstring) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: After originally tweaking the hamstring in the third quarter vs. the Sixers, Deng was able to make it through shootaround despite getting treatment, so that's at least a good sign that the injury isn't serious. Still, the Heat are extremely cautious when treating injuries, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Deng sit out. If he does miss this one, rookie Justise Winslow could get the call since Miami will need his defense vs. Carmelo Anthony. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Stoudemire keeping 'big picture in mind' now
    Amare Stoudemire, who has appeared in two games this season, said he's keeping the "big picture in mind."

    Advice: "It’s about really just keeping the maintenance program and making sure we’re at 100 percent strength by the playoffs," he said. STAT is not relevant in any fantasy format. Monday, 7:08 am
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles w/ four assists
    Mason Plumlee notched his third double-double of the season on Sunday with 17 points (6-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Blazers have followed up their seven-game losing streak with consecutive wins, improving their record to 6-9, and Plumlee has been a big reason for the recent success. He finished Sunday's game without any turnover in 30 minutes and the solid FT shooting is very encouraging -- though a dreadful shooter for his career, he's at 80.0 percent over the past five games. Sunday, 9:17 pm
  • Markieff Morris' minutes increase vs Pelicans
    Markieff Morris made only 6-of-15 shots on Sunday but finished with 17 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His playing time was down over the past two games so this is a great sign for his frustrated owners -- Jeff Hornacek even left Morris on the court after an ill-advised technical foul in the fourth quarter. Hopefully he can keep this momentum going on Monday. Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Ryan Anderson drops 29 points w/ four more 3s
    Ryan Anderson stayed hot on Sunday, hitting 8-of-14 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs to finish with 29 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds and one block vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: Anderson is averaging 28.3 points and 3.8 triples over the past four games, while shooting 43-of-77 from the field (55.8 percent). He's never shot better than 43.9 percent in his career and he's unlikely to keep up this torrid pace, but right now he's sitting pretty with top-50 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Sunday, 6:02 pm
  • Omer Asik's disappointing season continues
    Omer Asik's disappointing season continued with two points, four rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He is a combined 1-of-6 from the field all season, has seven DNPs, and has played 20+ minutes just twice. Leave him on the wire. Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • Pelicans win behind Anthony Davis' 32 & 19
    Anthony Davis lit up the Suns for 32 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in a narrow victory on Sunday, making 11-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: After overcoming a few minor injuries, Davis is rolling along nicely in his past two games -- he even sank a clutch 3-pointer tonight to maintain the lead with under a minute left. He'll get a few days to rest before heading to Phoenix for a rematch, the first of three road games for New Orleans next week. Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn't seem too optimistic about his status prior to the game, so this isn't a huge surprise. Looking ahead, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers. Darrell Arthur will start next to Nikola Jokic in the frontocurt, while J.J. Hickson should see a few extra minutes as well. Sunday, 4:27 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores season-low nine points
    Blake Griffin had one of the worst games of his career during Sunday's loss to the Raptors, scoring a season-low nine points to go with just six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers through 29 foul plagued minutes.

    Advice: Blake hasn't been held to single digits in the scoring department (while playing at least 25 minutes) since April 17 of 2013, so to say today's performance was unusual would be quite the understatement. The Clippers looked out of sorts through a majority of the game, and foul trouble was the main culprit to Griffin's less-than-satisfactory performance. Look for him to bounce-back in a big way on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Sunday, 4:01 pm
  • Faried (ankle) will be a game-time decision
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that he was hoping to get a "few" minutes out of Faried tonight, so it sounds like he may not have a full workload if he is active. If Faried is unable to play we could see a lot more J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic, while Darrell Arthur could play more as well. Stay tuned. Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (mild left ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: If Aldridge is again unable to go on Monday, it'll likely be David West drawing the start with Boris Diaw having some increased opportunity for playing time. Kawhi Leonard logged 40 minutes on Saturday with LaMarcus unavailable, so he could again see heavy minutes on Monday, and he'd be worth considering in DFS with an uptempo matchup against Phoenix. Sunday, 2:41 pm
  • Kevin Durant 'moving in a good direction'
    OKC head coach Billy Donovan said that Kevin Durant is "moving in a good direction," with regards to his hamstring injury.

    Advice: Durant will remain sidelined for Sunday's game against the Mavericks, but it sounds like he's getting close to a return, so we'll consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Jazz. Dion Waiters will be starting with Durant on the sidelines, but it's Russell Westbrook who will be the true primary beneficiary in KD's absence. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) will not play Sunday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) will not play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: This will be his sixth consecutive game on the shelf, but we've heard several different reports that indicated that he getting closer. In fact, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman expects Durant to either return on Monday vs. the Jazz or Wednesday vs. the Nets. With KD on the shelf for Sunday's game, expect Russell Westbrook to flirt with a triple-double against the Mavs. Sunday, 9:19 am
  • Pop: LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is day-to-day
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated on Saturday that LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Aldridge didn't suit up against the Grizzlies on Saturday after playing through his ankle sprain on Friday vs. the Pelicans, and he admitted that he was having trouble moving around in that game. "I tried to play through it, but I was a bit of a liability on the defensive side," Aldridge said. "I couldn’t move laterally." The Spurs play the Suns on Monday, so Aldridge should be considered questionable for that contest. If he can't go, David West could potentially draw another start. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Howard could play in back-to-backs soon
    The Rockets will evaluate Dwight Howard this week to determine if he can play in back-to-back sets.

    Advice: Howard has rested in one game of every back-to-back set this season, but it sounds like the Rockets are willing to clear him which makes a lot of sense considering they are off to a 5-9 start. The Rockets' next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 29 against the Knicks, but we should know more about his status for those games a little later in the week. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • Luol Deng plays 25 minutes
    Luol Deng scored 11 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's moved down pretty far on the totem pole and Justise Winslow is taking some of his minutes. Deng does not have enough upside to own in standard leagues right now with so many high-usage players on the Heat. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Andre Drummond does not double-double
    Andre Drummond scored eight points with 13 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal against the Wizards during his 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: He had a monster jam as he ran down the lane in the first half, but didn't really do much on offense with the Wizards defending him well. Drummond failed to log a double-double for the first time all season and he's also dropped his rebounds per game in each of his last four. He's obviously fine. You can check out the dunk in the link below. Saturday, 7:43 pm
  • Dwight Howard (rest) will not play Saturday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: There was a small chance that Howard was going to play tonight, but it looks like they will continue to err on the side of caution in back-to-back sets. Clint Capela will draw the start and is an intriguing option in daily leagues. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will be inactive Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire will be inactive for Saturday's game vs. Philly.

    Advice: Stoudemire only intends to play in "big" games this season, so this game was crossed off his calendar a long time ago. He has no fantasy value. Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Luol Deng (illness) will start on Saturday
    Luol Deng (illness) will be in the starting lineup on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Deng wasn't able to practice on Friday, but his status wasn't in doubt and his owners can go ahead and activate him in their lineups. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) out vs. Memphis
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He played through his ankle sprain from Friday and it is going to cost him tonight. Aldridge shouldn't be out for too long and should be considered questionable to face the Suns on Monday. As for tonight, David West has only played 8.6 percent of his minutes next to LMA and Diaw at 41.7 percent next to LMA. On the downside, West does only have a 13.4 usage rate next to Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, and Matt Bonner could be in the mix for minutes too. In other words, DFS owners shouldn't be too aggressive in capitalizing here outside of using Kawhi Leonard. Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Dwight Howard could play on Saturday
    Dwight Howard could play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: It would be his first time playing in both halves of a back-to-back set. Howard looked great in his last few game and he will have three days off after today. There should be another update in about an hour. Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant upgraded to questionable
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Durant is going to play against his team. We still haven't seen much out of Durant in practice, so we'd consider him on the bad side of the questionable tag. If he can play, that would hurt the opportunity for Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters. Russell Westbrook won't be quite as good either. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) out for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He is just day-to-day, so his fantasy owners should feel somewhat lucky he's not out for a long time. With Gay out, the Kings will likely be starting Omri Casspi at small forward. They will also go small a lot and use more of Ben McLemore and Marce Belinelli. Saturday, 12:41 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne out for Sunday night
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) will not play against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He is getting closer to a return and even tweeted that he should return at some point this week. With Lauvergne out, Nikola Jokic should get another chance to redeem himself for turning in one of the worst defensive performances of Friday night. The good news is the Nuggets should cut the rookie some slack since his mistakes are easy to correct. Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Kenneth Faried questionable to face GSW
    Kenneth Faried is questionable to play against the Warriors on Sunday due to a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: He was on the court for the final minutes of the game and didn't appear to be hurt whatsoever. The Nuggets should have an update on him at tomorrow's shootaround. Faried is playing a lot of five, so his absence would lead to more minutes for Nikola Jokic, Darrell Arthur and even Will Barton because the Nuggets will use a lot of stretch fours. Saturday, 12:15 pm
  • Chris Andersen (personal) returns to Heat
    Chris Andersen (personal) has returned to the Heat and will be available for Saturday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Andersen has a very limited role off the bench, so it's not a guarantee that he will see the floor tonight. He is not on the fantasy radar. Saturday, 8:55 am
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: The good news is that the Kings are listing him as day-to-day after an MRI revealed a left shoulder strain, so he shouldn't be out too long. We should see a lot of Omri Casspi on Saturday, so he's worth a look for any owner in need of short-term value. DeMarcus Cousins will have more on his plate with Gay on the sidelines, while Marco Belinelli should see an uptick in minutes as well. Saturday, 7:34 am
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points
    Mason Plumlee scored 18 points against the Clippers on Friday with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He took it to DeAndre Jordan tonight and protected the paint nicely on defense. Plumlee had his first double-digit scoring game since Nov. 9, so his fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting that to happen too often. He has 10th-round value on the season so far. Saturday, 12:49 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 21 in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points against the Blazers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He tweaked his left knee and made it back on the court only about five minutes later in real time, so he's fine. Griffin continues to put up massive stats, averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 boards, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on the season. He's putting up first-round value. Saturday, 12:36 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 19 efficient points
    Dirk Nowitzki was excellent during Dallas' win over Utah on Friday, racking up 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, four boards, two assists, one steal, three blocks and just one turnover in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The 37-year-old just doesn't seem to age, and he's currently producing at a top-15 rate in 9-cat leagues, and top-30 in 8-cat leagues. The Mavs have also exceeded expectations this season, owning a 9-4 record, which has them sitting at the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference rankings. If the Mavs are competing for a playoff spot, winning will be prioritized over development, meaning Dirk will be playing in April. Still, selling high on the 17-year veteran seems like the smarter move rather than hoping Dallas can keep over performing. Saturday, 12:08 am
  • Markieff Morris gets benched
    Markieff Morris played just 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter as the Suns wanted to get a shooter out there to pull off a comeback. Morris has really struggled on the season and isn't even putting up top 200 value. He still has some upside, but it's really tough to hold him right now in shallower leagues. Saturday, 12:03 am
  • Kenneth Faried scores just four points
    Kenneth Faried scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes on Friday against the Suns during a 114-107 loss.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone put Faried out there at center to close the game in hopes he could defend the pick-and-roll better, but that didn't happen. Faried has found his way into the doghouse a number of times, so hopefully he's not going to get in there again. He'll have to deal with Draymond Green on Sunday, so he wouldn't be a DFS play anyway. Friday, 11:40 pm
  • Duncan doesn't grab a rebound
    Tim Duncan did not grab a rebound during a loss to the Pelicans on Friday, scoring six points with two assists, one steal and one block in 19 minutes

    Advice: He's played 1,343 career games and this was his first time he's gone without a rebound. Duncan will start a new streak on Saturday against the Grizzlies, but we don't think he'll be able to match the one that ended tonight. Friday, 11:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 pts w/ seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is currently hitting career-highs in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.1) to go with solid averages of 16.0 points and 1.5 blocks on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. That translates to second-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and third-round value in 8-cat formats, and with absolutely no one behind him to challenge him for playing time there's no reason to believe he can't keep this up. Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns with 20 and 18
    Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence on Friday during a 104-90 win over the Spurs, scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did have a mild scare today with a small shoulder tweak, but he was fine. The Pelicans finally got a win and now move to 2-11 on the season. Davis' shoulder bothered him before he missed time, so hopefully he can put it behind him. As long as he's healthy, he should be a high-end fantasy asset. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 30 points again
    Ryan Anderson caught fire off the bench against the Spurs on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds and six 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans played Anthony Davis at the five, which has been a favorable lineup for Anderson. He's was in a slump for much of the season, but he's scored 28.0 points per game in his last three. He's a must-start player and is trending up in a big way. Ryno just needs to stay healthy. Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Omer Asik plays 12 minutes in start
    Omer Asik didn't log any attempts from the field in a start on Friday, scoring one point at the line with seven rebounds in 12 minutes.

    Advice: There's no reason to play him more than this. Asik tends to make Anthony Davis worse and he's not the same defender he was three years ago either. Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 21 with 11 rebounds
    Andre Drummond scored 21 point with 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes against the Wolves during a 96-86 win on Friday.

    Advice: While he did not rebound anywhere near what he usually does, Drummond made 10-of-13 from the field for his highest efficiency all season. He'll look to have 20/20 vision in what should be an up-tempo game against the Wizards on Saturday. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles w/ two blocks
    Dwight Howard double-doubled during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, tallying 12 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 15 boards, three assists, two blocks and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the horrific free throw shooting (55.6 percent) and high turnover rate (3.1), Howard is still putting up sixth-round value on a per-game basis in standard 9-cat leagues, and his value jumps to the fourth-round when turnovers are removed in the 8-cat format. He's currently averaging the most rebounds he ever has while wearing a Rockets jersey (13.4), and he's connecting on a career-high 61.3 percent of his shot attempts. After making it through just 41 games last season, Dwight looks revitalized, and he'll be a must-start guy every time he's on the floor. Friday, 8:29 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays 20 minutes vs. Pistons
    Gorgui Dieng played 20 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Even with Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out tonight, Dieng did not log any minutes at power forward. He is putting up some solid per-game numbers, but Dieng figures to be in the teens for playing time most nights. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Sat
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that his left ankle is tender, and he will have to see how it feels tomorrow before determining his status for Saturday's matchup with the Grizzlies.

    Advice: LaMarcus briefly left Friday's game against the Pelicans after twisting his left ankle, but he played through the injury, finishing the game with 20 points, 11 boards, two assists and a block through 32 minutes. While the injury doesn't seem very serious, the Spurs have a ton of depth at power forward and tend to be cautious with their stars and injuries, so it wouldn't be shocking to see LaMarcus sit out Saturday's game. If he is out, David West would have an opportunity to start with Boris Diaw seeing a nice uptick in minutes. Check back for another update on LaMarcus following Saturday morning's shootaround. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Griffin tweaks left knee, returns to game
    Blake Griffin left Friday's game against Portland after tweaking his left knee, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Crisis avoided, you can see the knee tweak in the link below. It didn't look serious. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles
    Thaddeus Young double-doubled against the Celtics during a 120-95 loss on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws. Young in starting to pick it up as a scorer and rebounder, posting fourth-round value on the year. If he can start making free throws better than his 60.9 percent on the year, he could remain a top-50 player all season. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Marvin Williams scores 11 points w/ 9 boards
    Marvin Williams scored 11 points with nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He just keeps on chugging along and has been fairly consistent, too. Believe it or not, Williams has top-50 per game value on the year. He won't be that good, but his owners should be looking for at least mid-round value if they want to sell high. Friday, 7:09 pm
  • MRI reveals left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay
    An MRI revealed a left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay, and the Kings are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Gay shouldn't be out long, so Omri Casspi doesn't make for a very attractive speculative add in most formats. We'll be considering Gay questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic, and if he's unable to give it a go, look for DeMarcus Cousins to post a gaudy usage rate with Rajon Rondo seeing some additional opportunity on offense. Friday, 6:15 pm
  • Lauvergne (back) says he expects to play Sun
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) tweeted out that he anticipates being able to return sometime this week.

    Advice: Lauvergne added that he has cleared all his medical exams, and there is nothing seriously wrong with his back. Lauvergne has already been ruled out for Friday's game, so his next opportunity to play will come Sunday vs. the Warriors. Players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their timelines, so we'll consider Lauvergne questionable for that one. Friday, 4:20 pm
  • Omer Asik, Anthony Davis will start vs. SA
    Omer Asik and Anthony Davis will start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Asik is likely going to guard Tim Duncan and AD will be on LaMarcus Aldridge. Asik isn't a great value in almost any league. Friday, 4:12 pm
  • Omer Asik will play vs. Spurs on Friday
    Omer Asik (illness) will play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He's probably going to start. Asik was playing about three six-minute stints per game and should be close to 20 total minutes tonight. With Asik back, we'll see less Dante Cunningham and Alexis Ajinca at the five tonight. Friday, 3:50 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. MEM
    Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets are heading into a back-to-back set and will play against the Knicks on Saturday, so Howard isn't expected to play in that one. Howard's scoring has been down as he has combined for just 12 points in his last two games, but he is showing signs of improvements in other areas and is worth starting for his production in boards, blocks and FG percentage. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Chris Andersen is 'making his way back'
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Chris Andersen (excused personal absence) is "making his way back."

    Advice: Andersen is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Philly, but he isn't in the rotation right now and might not see the floor. You can safely leave him on the wire. Friday, 10:45 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) expected to play Friday
    Omer Asik (illness) is expected to play vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Asik has been sidelined for the past two games, but he is reportedly feeling a lot better. Alexis Ajinca will lose most of his value if Asik returns, so his owners should start looking at other options. Asik is an exciting fantasy asset and is only worth a look if you're desperate for boards. Friday, 9:12 am
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play Friday
    Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He made it through shootaround unscathed, and while coach Alvin Gentry said that he will be a game-time decison, Davis confirmed that he will play. His injury never looked serious, so he shouldn't have any restrictions. Ryan Anderson's value just took a hit, but he is still worth starting in all leagues. Get Davis in your lineup. Friday, 9:10 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 27, falls apart late
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Warriors in Thursday.

    Advice: He was on his way to a massive game, but only had one point in the fourth quarter. Griffin was just swallowed up by Draymond Green late in this game and was careless at times. Bad quarter aside, he's still putting up massive numbers all season and is currently the No. 7 player per game in standard leagues. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left shoulder) will have an MRI
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain) will be re-evaluated on Friday in Orlando.

    Advice: Presumably, the team will be giving him an MRI to check for any tears in his muscle or an issue with the joint. Gay grabbed the front part of his shoulder, so there's a chance he's dealing with a pectoral muscle issue. His fantasy owners will just have to hope he's OK, but he could miss significant time. If he's out, Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli would all gain a lot of value. Casspi would be the safest pickup of the bunch. Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays 25 minutes
    Kosta Koufos played 25 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday with six points and seven boards.

    Advice: He had three fouls in the first quarter to send him to the bench early. Koufos had a lot of easy looks and didn't shoot the ball well, making 3-of-8 from the field and missing both free throws. With DeMarcus Cousins returning, there's no reason to add Koufos. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left shoulder) out for game
    Rudy Gay suffered a left shoulder strain on Thursday and will not return, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: Uh oh. The injury didn't look to serious, but the Kings ruled him out fairly quickly. Plus, Gay had surgery on his left shoulder for a subluxation back in 2011, so that raises a concern of a recurring issue. The good news is that the team is calling it a strain means it's a muscle injury and not a joint injury -- hopefully it's not to his pectoral muscle. If Gay is out, Omri Casspi would be a nice pickup along with Ben McLemore, who has been hot. Thursday, 6:25 pm
  • Kosta Koufos, Omri Casspi starting vs. Miami
    Kosta Koufos and Omri Casspi will enter the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Heat, sending Quincy Acy back to the bench.

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

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

    Advice: Andersen is away from the team tending to a personal matter on an excused absence, but head coach Erik Spoelstra anticipates him rejoining Miami in time for Saturday's tilt against the 76ers. The Birdman is averaging just six minutes per game this season, and is not worth owning in any league. Thursday, 2:55 pm
  • Omer Asik (illness) questionable for Friday
    Omer Asik (illness) is questionable to play Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Asik has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a stomach bug, and there haven't been any positive updates on the big man up to this point. Hopefully we get a better idea of his status following Friday morning's shootaround, but if he's unable to go, Ryan Anderson and Alexis Ajinca would be forced into heavy minutes for a Pelicans team that has been devastated by injuries. Thursday, 1:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Anthony Davis (left shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Davis will likely be a game-time decision on Friday, and if he can't give it a go, Ryan Anderson will be forced into heavy minutes (he played 44 minutes on Wednesday) as the Pelicans starting power forward with zero depth behind him. Stay tuned. Thursday, 1:21 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) out Friday vs. PHX
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Friday will mark Lauvergne's tenth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he remains without a clear timetable to return. Joffrey doesn't offer very much upside at all, so he can be cut in just about all leagues. Nikola Jokic earned a season-high 32 minutes during Wednesday's game and busted loose for 23 points and 12 rebounds, so he's worth a speculative add in standard leagues. J.J. Hickson will also benefit sans Joffrey. Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • Markieff Morris (knee) struggles in return
    Markieff Morris (knee) posted six points on 3-of-9 shooting on Wednesday, playing 29 minutes in his first action after a two-game absence.

    Advice: Markieff came in with abysmal career averages vs. the Bulls -- 8.0 points on 27.3 percent shooting -- and he's been lousy all season, so this comes as no surprise. He added five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three turnovers tonight, and at least he didn't aggravate his knee. He'll have a chance to get going vs. the Nuggets' defense on Friday. Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 93-89 win

    Advice: He made 7-of-9 from the field to raise his field goal percentage to 52.9 percent. Favors has 47.8 percent of his shots come at the rim and he's knocking down a tidy 67.7 percent of those. In other words, this outstanding start of putting up top-15 value looks like it's for real. If you're looking to sell high, you'll want to get a top-25 player back in return. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Tim Duncan double-doubles w/ six blocks
    Tim Duncan posted 12 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a season-high six blocks in Wednesday's win vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: A long time ago we stopped predicting when Duncan's game would substantially decline. His steady mid-round value will take a leap after this vintage performance, and the only real risk for fantasy owners is DNP-CDs. He only missed five games last season, however, and has yet to sit out in 2015-16. Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard grabs 19 boards
    Dwight Howard grabbed 19 rebounds against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding seven points, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's a season-high for minutes, but his playing time is clearly trending up. Howard has been cleaning the glass in his last five with 15.6 boards per game, adding averages of 12.8 points, 2.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 0.4 steals. He will likely be resting here and there, but at least the production is coming around. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Mason Plumlee blocks six shots
    Mason Plumlee blocked six shots against the Rockets on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He blocked James Harden three times and had a career high in blocks. Plumlee's minutes have held steady, but his output hasn't changed much with the team losing Meyers Leonard. He's worth a look in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par foul shooting. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Ryan Anderson's 30 points not enough vs. OKC
    Ryan Anderson blew up for a season-high 30 points in a futile effort on Wednesday, hitting 13-of-25 shots with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: He played 44 minutes and is doing all he can to keep New Orleans competitive without Anthony Davis (shoulder), but it wasn't enough for the 1-11 Pelicans, who are winless on the road. The fact that Anderson did this against Serge Ibaka is even more impressive, and he'll draw another start if Davis isn't ready to face the Spurs on Friday. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starts, scores four
    Noah Vonleh started on Wednesday with four points, six boards, and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He's been shuffled in and out of the starting lineup because coach Terry Stotts likes to play the matchups. Vonleh will be too inconsistent to own in almost any league. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 23 points, Mavs now 8-4
    Dirk Nowitzki had a game-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: In the process, Dirk passed Dominique Wilkins into 13th place for all-time field goals made. The former MVP is still getting it done at age 37, returning top-30 fantasy value with impeccable efficiency, and this looks like an ideal sell-high moment. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays w/ KAT, blocks five shots
    Gorgui Dieng had seven points, seven rebounds, two steals and five blocks in Wednesday's tough loss, playing 21 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: "We're not a great shooting basketball team," coach Sam Mitchell said recently, "so we have to rely on our defense and rebounding." You'd think that reality would lead to more than 18.6 minutes per game for Dieng, but Mitchell hasn't seen it that way. Dieng played alongside Karl-Anthony Towns down the stretch, but that's because Nemanja Bjelica had fouled out and Adreian Payne was ineffective. His excellent game could result in an expanded role, but it's just as likely that his minutes drop once Kevin Garnett (rest) returns. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Thaddeus Young stays hot, scores 27 points
    Thaddeus Young's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Young's inexplicably lacking playing time to begin the season is no longer an issue, as he's averaged 35.0 minutes in Brooklyn's past three games. In addition to excellent points, rebounds, steals and FG percentage, Thad is even surprising owners with 9-of-10 FT shooting during that span. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris (knee) will start on Wednesday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He is getting over a knee injury and missed the last two games. Morris has been one of the most inefficient forwards in the NBA, so hopefully the time off can help him get on track. He should be starting in almost all leagues. Jon Leuer and Mirza Teletovic lose value. Wednesday, 6:00 pm
  • Omer Asik (illness) out for Wednesday
    Omer Asik (illness) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be Alexis Ajinca in the starting lineup, but there will be a lot of Dante Cunningham and Ryan Anderson at the five. Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) won't play Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (left shoulder) will not play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was listed as a 'probable starter' earlier in the day, but this is just the latest example of game notes being wrong. Details have been scarce but Alvin Gentry said Davis got "a bump" on Sunday and may have aggravated the injury during Tuesday's game -- he's reportedly having trouble raising his arm. We're optimistically considering him day-to-day. Expect Ryan Anderson to get all the minutes he can handle tonight, with extra opportunities opening up for Dante Cunningham, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca. Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Omer Asik (illness) unlikely to play vs. OKC
    Omer Asik (illness) is unlikely to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yikes. That means we'll likely see a lot of Ryan Anderson and Dante Cunningham at the five. Alexis Ajinca will likely be getting the start, but he was firmly in the doghouse last night and is not a fantasy option. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) doubtful to play
    Anthony Davis (shoulder) is doubtful to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is still no word on whether or not the Pelicans are going to give him an MRI or really any specific regarding what part of his shoulder is hurting. If he is out, there will be a lot of Ryan Anderson, Luke Babbitt, Dante Cunningham at the five, and three-guard lineups tonight. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) out Wednesday vs. SA
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He might be able to play Friday vs. Phoenix, but there's not enough value here to warrant a stash in most leagues. J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic will continue to split his minutes. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Marvin Williams gets $15K fine
    Marvin Williams was fined $15,000 for his flagrant 2 foul on Tuesday.

    Advice: That means he won't be suspended for his shot to Lou Amundson's head. Williams has played very well and the Hornets focusing more on the 3-pointer is a big reason why. Of course, he's a sell-high player. Wednesday, 12:21 pm
  • Davis, Asik listed as probable starters Wed
    Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Omer Asik (illness) are being listed as the probable starters for Wednesday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Advice: Both players are officially questionable, so them being listed as probable starters in the game notes doesn't mean much. It sounds like both could be headed for a game-time decision, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Ryan Anderson would be a safe bet to start with either Alexis Ajinca or Dante Cunningham replacing Asik. Anderson is the guy to target in daily leagues sans Davis, but he'll draw a tough matchup against Serge Ibaka, making him a slightly risky option. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Omer Asik (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: With both Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Asik questionable tonight, Ryan Anderson could be forced into heavy minutes with Alexis Ajinca also seeing some increased opportunity for playing time. If Davis is out, Eric Gordon and Anderson will be very busy on offense. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Markieff Morris (knee) probable Wednesday
    Markieff Morris (knee) is probable to play Wednesday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Morris made it through the entirety of Tuesday's practice without a setback, so he should return to the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Bulls. His return to the lineup will send Jon Leuer back to the bench, and Mirza Teletovic's minutes will take a decent sized hit. Wednesday, 8:34 am
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) questionable Wed
    Anthony Davis (shoulder) is questionable to play in Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis traveled with the team to OKC, but his status remains up in the air after he forced out of Tuesday's game with a left shoulder injury. Hopefully we get another update on Davis after shootaround, but it sounds like he may be a game-time call tonight. Ryan Anderson would get the start if Davis is forced to sit, but with a tough matchup against Serge Ibaka of the Thunder, Anderson would make for a slightly risky DFS play. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 6:49 am
  • Kenneth Faried plays a lot of center
    Kenneth Faried played 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Tuesday with 11 points, seven rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Almost all of his minutes came at the center spot tonight. Faried's back injury didn't seem to bother him tonight even though it was probably one of his worst outings of the season. He's still looking like he'll be worthy of his ADP this season. Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 24 points
    Ryan Anderson scored 24 points against the Nuggets during a 115-98 loss on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: If Anthony Davis (shoulder) is out, Ryno is going to be extremely busy. Anderson has seen his numbers increase in his last five, averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.4 treys on 49.3 percent from the field. He hasn't quite hit his peak yet, but that could happen against OKC on Thursday. Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 25 with 18 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 25 points with 18 rebounds during a 104-99 win over the Cavs on Tuesday, adding three steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: These rebounding numbers are insane and he actually pulled his average down tonight. Drummond grabbed at least 15 rebounds in each of his last nine games. The last players to do that for 10 straight games were DeAndre Jordan last year, Anderson Varejao in 2012 and Kevin Love in 2010. He's been a 19-19 player on the year and is a DFS monster. Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) uncertain for Wed
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that he is uncertain as to whether or not Anthony Davis (left shoulder) will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that Davis is traveling with his teammates, but we still don't know the severity of the injury. Davis has three left shoulder injuries on his record and isn't the most durable player, and it's important to note that the Pelicans tend to be very cautious with him. If Davis is unable to play on Wednesday we should see a lot of Ryan Anderson, while Alexis Ajinca should play more as well since Omer Asik is dealing with an illness. Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Thaddeus Young drops 16 and 11 with 5 steals
    Thaddeus Young scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, five steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also hit two clutch free throws to take the lead with one second left. Young also took a bad fall on that play and was a little shaken up, but he appears to be fine. Young's big game in the steals department gives him more attractive season averages of 14.7 points, 8.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.9 turnovers on 52.8 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the line. He is turning in fifth-round value on the season and has a pretty good chance to stay in that neighborhood. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Marvin Williams ejected for flagrant 2 foul
    Marvin Williams was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul during Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He elbowed Lou Amundson in the face, so the call wasn't too controversial. Williams came into the game with a right pectoral strain, and he really struggled with just four points on 1-of-4 shooting with one board, one assist, one steal and one block. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Markieff Morris (knee) goes through practice
    Markieff Morris (knee) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Markieff has missed the past two games with a knee injury, but he went through some extended 3-on-3 work following Tuesday's practice and head coach Jeff Hornacek said that he will be probable for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. We'll likely get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but If he's able to play, Jon Leuer would return to the bench where he'd be an irrelevant asset in most leagues. Tuesday, 11:54 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) doubtful Wednesday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is doubtful to play in Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: There's a chance Lauvergne makes it back to the court for Friday's matchup with the Suns, but it sounds like there's very little chance he plays on Wednesday. J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic will help pickup the slack with Lauvergne sidelined, but until Joffrey is actually back on the court, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Tuesday, 11:34 am
  • Kenneth Faried will play Tuesday vs Pelicans
    Kenneth Faried (back) will play against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Advice: Faried had been listed as questionable heading into Tuesday, but has been upgraded to active. With season averages of 13.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks, Faried should be inserted into all fantasy lineups. Tuesday, 9:46 am
  • Marvin Williams will start at SF on Tuesday
    Marvin Williams (right pectoral strain) will start at small forward against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: With P.J. Hairston (quad) sidelined, Williams will slide into the small forward spot for Tuesday night. He's averaging 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.7 three-pointers thus far and is making a case for universal ownership in all fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 8:42 am
  • SVG says consistency can make Drummond great
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Andre Drummond can be an all-time great player if he can be consistent.

    Advice: "It’s a small sample size, but statistical comparisons are statistical comparisons — so obviously they’re true, but there’s a long way to go," Van Gundy said. "The biggest challenge for Andre is consistency." Drummond is averaging 18.5 points, 19.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game and could wind up being the biggest fantasy steal of the season if he's able to keep up this pace. Tuesday, 5:59 am
  • Noah Vonleh moves back to the bench
    Noah Vonleh moved back to the bench on Monday with three points, six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hit his first 3-pointer of his career and didn't look too bad tonight. Chances are Chris Kaman won't stick in the starting lineup for long, so maybe the Blazers give Vonleh a longer look. Obviously there's no need to add him because he hasn't produced anything noteworthy in the NBA and Meyers Leonard (shoulder) was even doing some shooting today. Vonleh has some upside, though. Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores just five points in loss
    Dwight Howard returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Celtics, but he was held to just five points on 2-of-4 shooting with 12 boards, three assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He also had a couple turnovers and hit just 1-of-2 attempts from the charity stripe. Howard hasn't even cracked the top-100 for standard-league value when you factor in games played, so it certainly won't help if he continues to sit out back-to-back sets. Looking ahead, the Rockets will have another back-to-back set in which they will play the Grizzlies on Friday and the Knicks on Saturday. Monday, 9:17 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 21 points in return
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points against the 76ers on Monday with five rebounds, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a dagger 3-pointer because Nerlens Noel left him wide open. Nowitzki getting 31 minute is a great sign with the Mavs managing minutes and they've been able to keep him 28 per game so far this season. He's been outstanding and is putting up early-round value. Nov 16, 7:15 pm
  • Noah Vonleh will return to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will return to the bench for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Vonleh got the start in place of Meyers Leonard (shoulder) on Sunday vs. the Hornets, but coach Terry Stotts will go with Chris Kaman tonight. Vonleh has upside, but he won't worth a look until he is consistent part of the rotation. Nov 16, 5:39 pm
  • Markieff Morris (knee) will not play Monday
    Markieff Morris (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This will now be Morris' second consecutive game on the sidelines which will allow Jon Leuer to grab another start. Morris tested his knee out prior to tonight's game, so he is probably still dealing with some discomfort. He should be considered day-to-day and his next chance to play will be on Wednesday vs. the Bulls. Nov 16, 5:10 pm
  • Markieff Morris to test knee in warmups
    Markieff Morris (knee) will test his knee injury in warmups to see if he can play.

    Advice: He has a knee strain and missed Saturday. If he can't go, it'll likely be Jon Leuer in the starting lineup, but it was Mirza Teletovic who stepped up the most. Nov 16, 4:26 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Matthews starting on Monday
    Dirk Nowitzki and Wes Matthews are starting vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: No surprises here, and both players can comfortably be plugged into active lineups with a favorable matchup against Philly. Nov 16, 4:02 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne already ruled out Tuesday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: The big man was tentatively targeting a return vs. the Pelicans, so this has to be viewed as discouraging news. The back has been a problem since the preseason, and we haven't seen him on the floor in two weeks. There is no reason to stash him in 12-team formats at this point. Nikola Jokic and J.J. Hickson will put in extra work until Jusuf Nurkic (knee surgery) returns. Nov 16, 10:59 am
  • Marvin Williams probable for Tuesday's game
    Marvin Williams (right pectoral strain) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of a pectoral injury for Williams, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious whatsoever. Averaging 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.7 triples, owners overlooking Williams are doing so at their own peril. Nov 16, 9:48 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki ready to roll again on Monday
    Dirk Nowtizki is expected to play on Monday vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Nowitzki rested on Saturday against the Rockets, but it was just a one-game deal and he'll be back in his usual starting spot on Monday. Nov 16, 9:33 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki intends to play out contract
    In a recent interview, Dirk Nowitzki said he intends to play out his contract.

    Advice: Dirk is signed through the 2016-17 season, so don't expect any early retirement talk from the big man. "I’m going to definitely ride this contract out (this season and next). I don’t know. We’ll see what happens after that," he said. Nowitzki is averaging 17.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 triples on 52.6 percent shooting while connecting on 50 percent of his 3-point attempts. Age is looking good on Dirk. Nov 16, 7:41 am
  • Andre Drummond w/ 10th straight double-double
    Andre Drummond posted his 10th consecutive double-double on Sunday with 17 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He shot only 8-of-18 from the field, however, and was frustrated with the refs all night long, picking up five personal fouls along the way. Detroit's hot start has been erased by four consecutive road losses, and they face another tough game at home vs. the Cavs on Tuesday. Nov 15, 9:25 pm
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