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    • Jordan Hill's forgettable December continues
      Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but there's reason the downward trend must continue, and fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:43 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) returns to action Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) returned to action for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors, finishing with two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two boards in 11 minutes.

      Advice: While the Nuggets will be glad to have some added depth to their bench, he won't see many minutes with Kenneth Faried playing this well. Arthur can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:19 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores 17 pts with 19 boards
      Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play Wed
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) still intends to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers after saying that he normally feels better with a few days of rest.

      Advice: We admire Melo's courage, but there is no reason for him to continue to labor through knee pain in a lost season for the Knicks. His owners may want to trade him while they still can, as the possibility of him shutting it down is still looming despite Melo saying that he is not ready to do that. Check back for further updates, and expect Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to all see a boost if Melo sits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 pm
    • Tyler Hansbrough plays well off bench Sun
      Tyler Hansbrough was terrific off the bench on Sunday, finishing with 10 points, six boards and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He gave the Raptors a huge lift off the bench with Jonas Valanciunas struggling, and ended up playing down the stretch in a thrilling win over the Nuggets. However, Hansbrough has a very limited role this season and this was his first solid game in a while, so owners should consider this a fluke and look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:50 pm
    • Joel Freeland posts first NBA triple-double
      Blazers big man Joel Freeland recorded his first career double-double on Sunday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds before taking a seat after 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Freeland made 5-of-7 shots with two assists and two blocks, and he continues to start with Robin Lopez (hand) out of commission. His stats were easier to come by tonight with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) sidelined and the Knicks' frontcourt decimated by injuries of their own, so standard-league owners shouldn't read much into Freeland's career night. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:33 pm
    • Serge Ibaka gets season-high 26 pts Sunday
      Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 26 points vs. the undersized Mavericks on Sunday, making 11-of-14 field goals with three 3-pointers in OKC's 107-112 road defeat.

      Advice: Serge didn't block any shots but he added 10 rebounds and his fantasy owners won't complain about this offensive eruption. His scoring is down from last season despite an increase in shot attempts with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both missing significant time, so hopefully this will carry over into Wednesday's matchup with the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:31 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return
      Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return to Sunday's game against Portland, finishing with 13 points and five boards in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Anthony was clearly in pain and actually asked to come out of the game before half. His knee has been an issue for weeks now and there is no reason for the Knicks to risk his health in a lost season. We will pass along further updates as soon as we know more, but after the game coach Derek Fisher already said that Melo would be questionable for their game on Dec. 31. The possibility of the Knicks shutting him down later in the season will likely increase with this news, and Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all see additional minutes should Melo miss more time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:15 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. Portland.

      Advice: There was some fear that he would be rested considering he said that his knee was sore after logging 46 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Kings, but the Knicks are going to roll him on out there. Fantasy owners will be wise to get Melo in all active lineups, but should really think about trading him due to the looming possibility of the Knicks shutting him down for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:48 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko plays well in big bench role
      Jonas Jerebko finished Sunday's easy road win with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Greg Monroe is the most obvious winner with Josh Smith no longer in Detroit, but his departure also clears more playing time for Jerebko off the bench. Anthony Tolliver could dent Jerebko's production once he's activated, but deep-league owners should consider speculatively adding Jerebko in case he maintains a 25-30 minute role as a primary reserve. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:38 pm
    • Kevin Love posts 20 & 10 in Sunday's loss
      Kevin Love recorded his 16th double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a lopsided loss to the visiting Pistons.

      Advice: Love made 9-of-19 shots with one 3-pointer and his owners must be encouraged by his season-high in shot attempts, though it came with Kyrie Irving (knee) sidelined. It's worth noting that Love continues to spend much of his time on the perimeter offensively, which is a big reason why he hasn't shot better than 50 percent in any of the Cavs' past 14 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:38 pm
    • Tristan Thompson posts 18 & 11 vs. Pistons
      Making another start at center for the Cavs, Tristan Thompson finished Sunday's blowout loss with 18 points and 11 rebounds, making 7-of-8 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws.

      Advice: Thompson is locked into big minutes with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for the season, and he's worth owning in all formats for points, rebounds and FG percentages, with the understanding that he doesn't contribute much in other categories. Veteran center Brendan Haywood chipped in seven points and three boards in eight minutes off the bench, and the Cavaliers are scouring the league for help in the middle. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:37 pm
    • Pistons win despite Greg Monroe's struggles
      The Pistons defeated the Cavs on Sunday, improving to 2-0 since waiving Josh Smith despite a quiet night from starting PF Greg Monroe.

      Advice: Monroe shot just 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-4 from the FT line to finish with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes. He's coming off a 19 & 15 performance on Friday and is poised for a nice finish to the season now that Smoove is gone, so congrats are in order if you stuck with him through two lean months to begin the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:36 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out on Sunday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This will be third game missed out of the last four meaning the upper respiratory illness he has must be pretty serious. Owners need to have a backup plan ready, and should consider Aldridge day-to-day moving forward. It is impossible to predict who will start for Portland, but Thomas Robinson started in place of him on Friday but is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:19 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) questionable for Monday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If Hawes is able to go he will play limited minutes off the bench behind DeAndre Jordan, and he won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:55 pm
      Injured
    • Anthony Tolliver inactive for Sunday vs. Cavs
      Anthony Tolliver will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't on the fantasy radar, and with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe healthy, he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:29 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) won't play Monday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: With Larry Sanders (illness) also being listed as questionable for this one, the Bucks frontcourt will be manned by a collection of Zaza Pachulia, Johnny O'Bryant, and John Henson, with Zaza offering the most upside of the group. Ilyasova remains without an official timetable to return, and a concussion forced him to miss 21 games last season, so owners may want to consider looking for other options. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:41 am
    • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) could return Friday?
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) participated in some 3-on-3 drills on Saturday, and head coach Byron Scott said that he could return for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Kelly will likely be eased back into the rotation, but even fully healthy, he'll have a very limited role with the Lakers and won't be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:28 am
      Injured
      L, 116-107 vs Pho
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) is available to play Sun
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will be able to play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He was available to play on Friday as well, but the Nuggets opted to give him some additional rest. However, Kenneth Faried has finally broken out of his slump so there likely won't be a lot of minutes available for Arthur. Feel free to keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:41 am
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out for Sunday's game
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: This will be his sixth straight game out of the lineup and it is clear that KD's ankle is a real concern. However, he was able to go through shootaround on Sunday so it is safe to assume that he is somewhat close to returning. Perry Jones will likely get another start but is not an attractive option in most leagues. We will pass along further updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:56 am
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony's status unclear for Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony's status for Sunday's game with Portland is unclear after he logged 46 minutes on Saturday in a loss to the Kings.

      Advice: We will leave him off of the injury report for now, but owners will want to check back for updates considering how much his knee has impacted him this season. The Knicks have no reason to risk Anthony's health considering how their season has gone, so be prepared to have a backup plan ready. Owners would be wise to sell-high before it's too late, as there is a real possibility of Melo shutting it down for the season in the near future. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to take as many shots as he pleases if Melo sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) targeting Dec. 31
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) has a chance to play on Dec. 31 vs. the Clippers according to coach Derek Fisher, but remains out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: "His workouts are progressing," Fisher said. "As long as he’s getting good feedback there, hopefully we’re getting closer." However, even with Amare Stoudemire (knee) ailing, it is tough to justify picking up Bargnani in all but the deepest of leagues considering how bad he was last season. You can safely monitor Bargnani from the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:53 am
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) has no timetable
      Luc Mbah a Moute is dealing with a strained left calf and has no timetable for a return.

      Advice: He was forced to miss Saturday's game, and knowing how cautious the 76ers are it appears that he will likely see additional time on the sidelines. Mbah a Moute actually had some decent value in deeper leagues, but that run is likely over and owners can plan on looking elsewhere. Henry Sims started on Saturday, but is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:47 am
    • David Lee plays 17 minutes on Saturday
      David Lee played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday with 10 points, seven boards and two blocks on Saturday.

      Advice: His minutes are still being held in check and there's no word of that changing soon. Coach Steve Kerr also said that Lee will stay in the second unit for the foreseeable future. He's not as great as Draymond Green in reality and in fantasy. Still, Lee is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng scores eight in 26 minutes
      Gorgui Dieng scored eight points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: The timing of the bad game is worse because Nikola Pekovic (ankle) might be coming back soon. Still, Pek has dealt with a slew of injuries and he's one of the most injury prone players in the league, so keep Dieng owned across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    • Too Much Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins goes off
      DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 39 points in 32 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers during a 135-129 overtime victory.

      Advice: He made 14-of-27 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line for a ridiculous usage rate of 50.5 tonight. Cousins raised his season usage to 34.0 and only trails Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade in that category. Advanced stats don't need to tell you that Boogie is the best starting center in fantasy and hopefully he is done with illnesses. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony looks healthy, scores 36
      Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

      Advice: Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    • Derrick Favors posts massive line Saturday
      Derrick Favors posted a massive line on Saturday, finishing with 17 points, 15 boards, three assists, three steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 7-of-11 from the field, and was clearly the most dominant player on the court Saturday. The fact that he did this against the 76ers should be factored in, but this was a great performance nonetheless. As long as Favors stays healthy, more lines similar to this will be on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    • Al Horford puts up a huge game
      Al Horford made 8-of-20 from the field for 20 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

      Advice: He's been quietly consistent in his last five, averaging 16.8 points, 6.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals on 48.6 percent from the field. Horford is putting up top-25 value on the season and is about as reliable as it gets for fantasy big men. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    • Robert Covington scores 17 in loss Saturday
      Robert Covington scored 17 points in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine boards, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He has been a beast since coming to Philadelphia, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Coach Brett Brown loves Covington's ability to stretch the floor, and he will likely see big minutes the rest of the way for the 76ers. Covington is by all means a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will play Saturday
      Demarcus Cousins (illness) will play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This is fantastic news, as Cousins is going to absolutely feast on Cold Aldrich. Get Cousins in all lineups and don't think twice about it. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:09 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute will not play on Saturday
      Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) will not play on Saturday against the Jazz.

      Advice: This is a new injury for Mbah a Moute. The 76ers tend to keep their players out longer than most teams and he has missed a lot of time due to injury in his career, so he's likely out for a handful of games. While he's out, it'll be a collective effort from K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington and Henry Sims picking up extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out on Saturday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) is out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: He reportedly suffered the concussion on Tuesday, but it is not related to his previously fractured nose. He has had some tough luck this season, but owners may want to hold onto him considering Jabari Parker (knee) is out for the season. Johnny O'Bryant will likely continue to start for now, but he has been way too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. John Henson played well in his return Friday, and is worth a look in deeper leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:49 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) doubtful Sunday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

      Advice: If he sits, this will be his second game in a row out of the lineup. Aldridge was not with the team on Saturday and the Blazers probably won't have him for what should be an easy home game. Chris Kaman's wife gave birth to their son, so he should be back for the game. Joel Freeland had a career rebounding night on Friday and is probably the most reliable replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable for Sat
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He missed Friday due to a stomach bug and it sounds like he's all better. Of course, multiple players have been probable with an illness and missed a game, so Cousins isn't a lock to play. Cousins returning would basically take away shots from the entire team, but the Kings should be more effective as a whole. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    • David Blatt says Love benched for matchup
      Coach David Blatt said he benched Kevin Love in the fourth quarter because of the matchup.

      Advice: "The way that Orlando was playing, they didn't make a particular substitution and we were just matched up so well defensively, we decided to not to go with it," Blatt said. "Certainly to Kevin's credit, he actually kind of recognized it and supported that." There was never really much of a concern to begin with and it shouldn't be a problem unless this becomes a trend. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:48 am
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) is out on Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He is said to be nearing a return, but only owners in deep leagues should consider adding him for the time being. Hawes would need an injury to Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan before we could recommend an add, so you can safely leave him on the wire. Glen Davis will see a few extra minutes Saturday, but is not a fantasy option by any means. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 am
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out on Saturday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Sacramento.

      Advice: He is getting closer, but the Knicks will be in no rush to get the injury-prone Italian back in their lineup. Bargnani can continue to be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) upgraded to doubtful
      Spencer Hawes (knee) has been upgraded to doubtful for Saturday's game.

      Advice: He wasn't expected to be ready in time for Saturday's game, so even if he doesn't play it is a great sign that he is getting closer. However, Hawes is still only an asset in deeper leagues, and it will remain that way unless Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan suffers an injury. If Hawes sits this one, Glen Davis may see a few extra minutes in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:34 am
      Injured
    • Freeland grabs career-best 17 rebounds vs PHI
      Joel Freeland grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds against the Sixers on Friday, and also chipped in with six points and one block in his 25 minutes.

      Advice: Obviously this is a matchup thing and with Chris Kaman (personal) out there's no value change. Kaman is still the guy to own of the bunch for projected late-round upside and all-in-all there's not a lot of value after the injury to Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:47 am
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:37 am
    • Found: Kenneth Faried goes for 26 & 25
      Kenneth Faried exploded in the Nuggets' 106-102 win over the Wolves on Friday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting with a career-high 25 rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: It looks like the big talk with Brian Shaw is paying off and we're finally off the hook for telling you guys to hold on all that time (we think). A happy and engaged Faried is a completely different player than the one we've seen in the beginning of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:33 am
    • Ibaka posts 13 points and season-high 14 rebs
      Serge Ibaka scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with a season-high 14 rebounds and four blocks in the Thunder's 98-75 win over the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: Owners are looking for better efficiency but on a night with that many boards, threes and blocks it's most certainly a win. If he doesn't get the efficiency taken care of, he's not going to sniff the first to second round value many thought he would have and it won't matter how many threes he's hitting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:31 am
    • Jonas Jerebko lives up to the billing
      Jonas Jerebko played 28 minutes as expected on Friday with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game with seven field goal attempts. Garbage time was not really a factor and Jerebko should see minutes in the mid-20s off the bench. He is worth a look in deep leagues for his production in treys, points, boards and occasional defense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:59 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 19 points with 15 boards
      Greg Monroe dominated in his start against the Pacers on Friday with 19 points, 15 boards, one assist, three steals and one block in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He established low position all night and David West just couldn't handle him. Monroe is certainly going to see his numbers rise, but they're not going to be this terrific. Andre Drummond was in a bit of foul trouble, which helps Monroe's usage rate and rebounding. That said, he's a must-start player right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:19 pm
    • Love Seat: Kevin benched in fourth quarter
      Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Magic on Friday, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He played the entire third quarter and had a handful of awful defensive possessions. Considering the Cavs were missing 40 percent of their starting lineup with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, this was a major surprise. The Cavs might have played their best defensive quarter of the season while Love sat, but there's still no need to panic. He should be back for his regular rotation on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:34 pm
    • Tristan Thompson logs 40 minutes
      Tristan Thompson played 40 minutes against the Magic on Friday with nine points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He had six offensive boards and that's how he's going to have to produce on offense. Thompson's ceiling isn't more than around top 80 because of poor shooting and not much besides boards and points, so he's a low-end player to own in standard leagues. Plus, his playing time was a little inflated tonight with Kevin Love being benched. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:09 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:35 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:53 pm
    • Anthony Tolliver will not play Friday vs. IND
      Anthony Tolliver will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't likely to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon, so he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • Kevin Durant out Friday, but getting closer
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is getting closer to playing and was at shootaround on Friday, but he will not play against the Hornets.

      Advice: It sounds like Sunday is a possibility for KD, but it's pretty clear the Thunder won't be rushing him back. Expect to see a lot of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson against the Hornets. Perry Jones will start and is only a play in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:27 pm
      Injured
    • Tristan Thompson moving to starting lineup
      Tristan Thompson will start at center against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: The Cavs don't really draw up plays for him, so most of his output on offense is going to come off the offensive glass. For what it's worth, he only has a usage rate of 15.1 when he's on the floor with LeBron James and Kevin Love. He's a decent bet for a double-double with not much else. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:20 pm
    • Ryan Kelly going through shooting drills
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Friday.

      Advice: He's targeting January for his return, so he's getting close. However, he's buried on the bench in LA, and simply isn't worth owning in any league. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:07 pm
      Injured
      L, 116-107 vs Pho
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:08 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He had an illness keep him out of action on Monday, but he was able to play on Tuesday. Chances are Aldridge is going to suit up, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit against Philly. His fantasy owners in standard leagues can probably plug him in, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) owners might want to avoid this one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:57 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out Friday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:49 am
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Charlotte
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:12 am
      Injured
    • Jonas Jerebko ready to step into the rotation
      Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

      Advice: "Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 am
    • David Lee plays 19 minutes in a loss
      David Lee played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He continues to live at the rim with over half of his shots this season coming from within three feet on the season -- all five shots came at the rim tonight. The Warriors have so much talent on offense, Lee should get great shots all night. Still, his minutes are a bit capped with Draymond Green playing well, so he's more of a low-end standard fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:17 pm
    • Ryan Kelly will work out on Saturday
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) will work out on Saturday and he could see increased work at practice on Sunday.

      Advice: If those workouts go well, he could go through some practice on Monday. Kelly has already aggravated his hamstring injury once, so the Lakers won't be in a rush to bring him along. He's not worth owning in any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:13 pm
      Injured
      L, 116-107 vs Pho
    • Spencer Hawes won't play on Christmas
      Spencer Hawes will not play on Thursday due to a lingering knee injury.

      Advice: That just means more run for starter DeAndre Jordan, while Hawes remains day-to-day with the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:51 pm
      Injured
    • Tristan Thompson quiet in loss to Heat
      Tristan Thompson came off the bench and had six points, nine rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He played 26 minutes and came off the bench behind Shawn Marion, who had just two points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. We're guessing Thompson still has a good shot at starting at center going forward, as Anderson Vareajao is out for the year, but even if he's coming off the bench, he's worth owning in all leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:19 pm
    • Kevin Love quiet in loss to Heat
      Kevin Love hit just 5-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: Love is taking a back seat to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving these days, and it was a little surprising to see him struggle with Anderson Varejao out of the lineup. He'll have some great games and some duds the rest of the way, but it's become clear that he was a better fantasy player as the big dog in Minnesota, instead of the third best player in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:10 pm
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:45 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony's 34 points not enough for NY
      Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:47 pm
    • Kevin Durant says he has a 'bad ankle sprain'
      Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

      Advice: "I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:20 am
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant confirmed out for Christmas
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Kevin Durant (ankle) as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Durant wasn't expected to play on Thursday, but this news puts an end to any speculation. "He could not go if he wanted to go," Brooks said. The Thunder play the Hornets on Saturday, but Brooks' statement puts Durant's availability in doubt for that game as well. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson should see the biggest boost on Thursday with Durant out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:11 am
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:46 pm
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Christmas
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

      Advice: The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 am
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:21 am
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 am
    • Tristan Thompson likely starter for Cleveland
      Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup after it was learned that Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

      Advice: Thompson is a capable big who can rebound and score, but he isn't the most efficient player on offense and doesn't register a lot of defensive stats with season averages of 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals per game. However, he should be in line for a big boost in playing time and should be worth owning in all leagues moving forward. Varejao can be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:29 am
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:32 pm
    • Davis Lee scores 12 points in only 18 minutes
      David Lee played 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but still racked up 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: Lee said before the game that he'll "be playing a little bit more as each game goes on," but his integration into the rotation will be "gradual." The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 23-4 and there are no indications that Lee will overtake Draymond Green for the starting PF job. Given Lee's career-long dearth of defensive stats it's hard to view him as more than a low-end fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute scores season-high 19 points
      Luc Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting during Tuesday's win vs. the Heat, adding six rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The 28-year-old is the only veteran to have a reliable spot in coach Brett Brown's rotation. It seems inevitable that he'll take a backseat to younger players as the season progresses, but for now he's averaging a steady 8.9 points, 0.7 threes, 5.1 boards and 1.4 steals in 28 minutes per game as a starter. That's good enough for value in 16-team leagues, but he's not worth owning in shallower formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores four points in return
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points to go with four boards and one assist in 17 minutes.

      Advice: After missing the previous nine games, you could tell that there was some obvious rust and he ended up shooting just 2-of-8 from the field and missing all three 3-point attempts. With that being said, Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season so there is a chance that Ilyasova can play his way into a larger role as the season progresses. Owners in standard leagues should monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge OK after eye poke, score 25
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) had 25 points, nine rebounds and one block in 45 minutes of action during his return on Tuesday, though he made only 9-of-28 FGs before being ejected in overtime.

      Advice: He was poked in the eye during the first quarter but quickly returned and should be fine for Friday's game vs. the 76ers, though it never hurts to double-check his status. On a side note, the Blazers' veteran went 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Tuesday, in the process tying Jerome Kersey for third-most free throws made in franchise history (2,071). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:45 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Manimal sighting: Kenneth Faried gets 20 & 14
      Kenneth Faried finally got going on Tuesday, scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 32 minutes of action.

      Advice: Faried's long-suffering owners have been waiting for a game like this, which is a vivid reminder of his enormous upside. The Nuggets lost the game but it's hard to imagine coach Brian Shaw being displeased with the Manimal's effort tonight, so ideally his 30+ playing time will continue during the Nuggets' upcoming games on Friday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng posts 20 & 11 w/ defensive stats
      Gorgui Dieng's impressive run as a starter continued on Tuesday with 20 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs, to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks.

      Advice: Dieng has solidified himself as a key part of the Wolves' future and owners must view him as a stable season-long asset, regardless of Nikola Pekovic's eventual return from wrist and ankle injuries. He's returning top-60 fantasy value in a mere 27.7 minutes per game this season, giving him tantalizing upside if his role ever increases. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    • Kevin Love(thumb) notches 20 & 10 Tuesday
      Kevin Love shook off a thumb injury to finish Tuesday's convincing victory with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: He mentioned after the game that he suffered the jammed thumb against Brooklyn last Friday, but said that it was just a minor concern moving forward. Regardless, Love hit 5-of-11 shots and was 9-of-11 at the FT line. He failed to contribute any defensive stats but that's not uncommon, and his fantasy owners should be relieved to see him avoid a serious injury while snapping a two-game slump during which he'd averaged 7.0 points. He should be ready to go for the Cavs' matchup with the Heat on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returns after eye injury
      LaMarcus Aldridge exited Tuesday's game after being poked in the eye during the first quarter, but he was able to return.

      Advice: He went into the Blazers' locker room briefly, but soon returned after presumably being cleared of any serious injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:33 pm
    • Kevin Love (hand) returns to game on Tuesday
      Kevin Love suffered a hand injury in Tuesday's game against Minnesota, but he has since returned.

      Advice: He is sporting a wrap on his hand but he appears to be fine. Check back after the game to see how he holds up, but for now it looks like Love dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) active on Tuesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is active vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

      Advice: It appears as though Aldridge will start at usual and owners should rush him into all active lineups, while keeping an eye out for last-second updates. Even at less than 100 percent he'll have more fantasy value than the vast majority of the league's power forwards. Myers Leonard will return to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:47 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will play Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova was playing well before going down, and with Jabari Parker (knee) done for the season, he's going to have plenty of opportunity. Johnny O'Bryant will remain with the starters for tonight's game, but it should only be a matter of time until Ilyasova finds himself in the starting unit. Go and pick him up if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    • David Lee says his hamstring is fine
      David Lee said that his hamstring felt great after logging 16 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday, but acknowledged that he will be brought along slowly.

      Advice: "[Steve Kerr] just wants me to get used to it gradually here," said Lee. "I'll be playing a little bit more as each game goes on. But we want to bring myself back gradually. And most importantly, not take our team out of rhythm." This quote implies that Lee understands Draymond Green is going to remain the starting power forward in Oakland, although he could eventually slide into the starting center spot depending on how long Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable for Tues
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Aldridge is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and looks to be headed towards a game-time decision. We'll have an update closer to game-time, but Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Thomas Robinson, and Chris Kaman would all see a small value boost if Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) won't play on Tuesday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup in a row since suffering the injury on Thursday. Durant has not gone through practice and he should be considered questionable to play against the Spurs on Christmas. While he is out, Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow figure to pick up the most playing time. Reggie Jackson will also get a nice boost in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
      Injured
    • Kevin Love says Minnesota return emotional
      Kevin Love said he won't be emotional when the Cavs face the Wolves on Tuesday, but his eventual return trip to Minnesota will bring up sentimental feelings.

      Advice: Love said the game won't bring up any emotion, but his eventual return to the state when he played for six season will. "I’m sure going back to Minnesota will be a lot more emotional," he said. "Here we’ll try to step on the floor and try to get a win." While his fantasy owners would like more scoring production, there's not much else to complain about as Love is averaging 14.0 points, 11.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 am
    • Lee goes for six and seven in 16 minutes
      David Lee (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's blowout win over the Kings, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

      Advice: Lee's stat set requires big volume and he's simply not going to get it with this Warriors team. He could carve out some late-round value in a best case situation, but barring an injury in front of him he's a low-upside stash in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:33 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is starting on Monday
      DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:16 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores eight points
      Kenneth Faried scored eight points with nine rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He played just 21 minutes because the Nuggets were down 16 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Faried did not return in garbage time, so this can be viewed as just another bad game. His fantasy owners have no choice but to stay patient, and yes we know this sounds like a broken record. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 6:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 3:42 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out for Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) Will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

      Advice: He has an upper respiratory infection and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Thunder. The Blazers have a total of four games this week, so Aldridge owners will probably want to still use him depending on the other options. Thomas Robinson is a great option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 3:33 pm
    • Cousins and several Kings are probable
      DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 1:41 pm
    • David Lee will play on Monday night
      David Lee (hamstring) will play against the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: He went through both practices over the weekend and should be ready to go. One thing that will not be ready to go is his former role, which has been taken over by Draymond Green. Lee is not going to have the fantasy value he used to have and is unlikely to be a top-80 guy over the next month. Green owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 11:29 am
    • Kevin Durant misses practice on Monday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) missed practice on Monday and is a game-time decision against the Blazers on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Thunder called it a "mild" ankle sprain on Friday, but they're still being very cautious. OKC rattled off a seven-game winning streak this month and are already just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, so resting him makes sense. The Thunder have four games this week, so it's almost impossible to bench KD in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 11:21 am
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried had confidence issues?
      Kenneth Faried said he's been trying to bring back his confidence.

      Advice: "I knew I was kind of just slighting myself and just not focused on the main goals that I wanted to achieve," Faried said about losing playing time. "It was just all on me." It's pretty clear coach Brian Shaw isn't a complete fan of Faried's mistakes on the defensive end, but there could be a happy ending to this story. He's struggled in each of the last two Decembers and is expected to have a strong finish again. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 11:19 am
    • Ilyasova practicing, questionable on Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (face/nose) returned to practice on Monday, and he's questionable for Tuesday against the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova is going to get a big chance at meaningful minutes with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the year, and it could come as soon as Tuesday vs. Charlotte. Jared Dudley will lose much of his streamer appeal when Ilyasova initially returns. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:50 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:25 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable now on Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

      Advice: Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:12 am
    • Spencer Hawes still out on Monday night
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is still out on Monday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Hawes' knee problem has not been detailed in great length, but he's been out for almost two weeks with very few updates in between. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues, anyway. DeAndre Jordan is the only center on the Clippers with fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:31 am
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:15 am
    • Greg Monroe looking at expanded role now
      Greg Monroe is in line for an expanded role following the Pistons waiving Josh Smith.

      Advice: Monroe had been taking a back seat behind Smith in the starting lineup, but the Pistons cut the chord on Smith and waived him on Monday, meaning Monroe now has a clear path back to minutes at power forward alongside Andre Drummond. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:02 am
    • Andrea Bargnani drawing closer to debuting
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) is getting closer to being cleared for practice.

      Advice: Bargnani is "doing more on the court," but he still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff. Bargs also confirmed that he wants to stay in the NBA, in case anyone was interested. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:00 am
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:08 pm
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:07 pm
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:20 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 16 pts in only 21 minutes
      Greg Monroe scored 16 points in only 21 minutes vs. the Nets during Sunday's road loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks without any turnovers or fouls.

      Advice: Scoring is rarely an issue for Monroe, who is averaging 14.6 points in under 30 minutes per game this season. His paltry defensive stats are another story, as he's chipping in just 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so it was nice to see him rack up a few steals and blocks tonight. He's a low-end option while stuck in a reserve role behind Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, and Monroe's owners can only hope for a mid-season trade which clears more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:06 pm
    • Robert Covington OK after minor knee injury
      Robert Covington tweaked his knee toward the end of Sunday's game but he quickly returned to finish with 11 points, one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: He turned the ball over once in nearly 40 minutes of action and continues to thrive as a starter in Philly, racking up early-round value over the 76ers' past five games. He won't continue to average 3.6 triples per game all season, but has more than enough multi-cat upside to be labeled a 'must-own' player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:51 pm
    • Robert Covington leaves game with knee issue
      Robert Covington left Sunday's game against the Magic with a knee issue, but has since returned.

      Advice: There were only two minutes left in the game when he tweaked it, but it is a great sign that he was able to play through it. Covington has become a must-own player after his hot start for the 76ers this season, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:18 pm
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:12 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:37 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

      Advice: With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:34 pm
      Injured
    • David Lee (hamstring) expects to play Monday
      David Lee (hamstring) went through a full practice on Sunday, and he believes he'll be able to play Monday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that he plans to bring Lee off the bench, and he'll be limited to 12-15 minutes in his return. However, with Andrew Bogut (knee) not expected back until January, it's possible Lee eventually slides into the starting lineup at the center spot, and he should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential. Marreese Speights' value will take a hit upon Lee's return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 12:47 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) could practice soon
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) had another strong workout during Sunday's shootaround, and Derek Fisher said he might be able to start practicing before Christmas.

      Advice: The Knicks don't have much depth up front, but given Bargnani's injury history and lackluster play over the past three years, there's not a lot to like here. He can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 11:26 am
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Carmelo Anthony will play Sunday vs. Raptors
      Carmelo Anthony will play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: This is exciting news for Melo, and the good news is that he said his knee was feeling great after Saturday's loss. There will always be some risk of the Knicks opting to rest him, but this is definitely a good sign. Get Melo active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 9:52 am
    • Kevin Durant's (ankle) status still unclear
      Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

      Advice: Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 9:46 am
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) to be re-evaluated Mon
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is getting closer to a return, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: There is a big opportunity for playing time now that Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season, so he makes sense as a speculative add. We will update his status as soon as we know more, and we will consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 6:44 am
    • Kenneth Faried scores four in awful game
      Kenneth Faried had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Pacers, making 2-of-10 from the field with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He had a couple solid games before tonight and maybe the second half of a back-to-back got to him. Darrell Arthur (leg) could miss time, so Faried may get a bigger chance to redeem himself from a slow start. His owners can't be happy with him, but they just have to hang in there. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:46 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays just 18 minutes in loss
      Derrick Favors played just 18 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 13 points, five boards, two assists and one block.

      Advice: There is no injury to worry about, and it was coach Quin Snyder's decision to keep him on the bench. The Jazz were blown out in this one, so this line should be taken with a grain of salt. Favors exploded for 23 points and 10 boards on Wednesday, so he should be able to bounce back in his next game. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:37 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:57 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 5:39 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 3:57 pm
    • Joel Freeland getting the starting again
      Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 2:36 pm
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:36 pm
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:24 pm
    • Favors goes for 23 and 10 against the Magic
      Derrick Favors went for 23 and 10 in Friday's road win over the Magic, hitting 9-of-14 shots with three assists and two blocks.

      Advice: Favors put up a pedestrian line in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday and he looked great tonight. He has been a top 40-50 value when on the floor this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:14 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:34 pm
    • Waiver Wire Wonder Robert Covington hits six 3s
      Robert Covington kept it going against the Hornets on Friday with 19 points, two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's for real. Covington is lapping the field for pickup of the year in deep leagues. He is a perfect fit for the 76ers and is going to keep this up all year. There's a decent chance he flirts with top-40 value. Over his last four, he's averaged 19.0 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.3 treys. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:02 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:09 pm
    • It's Joel Freeland's turn to start on Friday
      Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:02 pm
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:22 am
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) out Friday vs. Denver
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: Hawes has been out of the lineup since Dec. 12, and he remains without an official timetable to return. As long as DeAndre Jordan is healthy, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:20 am
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) close to practicing
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

      Advice: Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:54 am
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:26 am
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

      Advice: The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 6:05 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani gets shots up Thursday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, talent) was getting shots up before Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: The Knicks are completely gutted on their roster, but they're still not going to rush him back. Their front office is probably counting down the days to get him off their books. Bargnani is not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 3:50 pm
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) getting up shots
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) got some shots up during the Lakers' practice on Thursday, but he's still not expected to make a return until January.

      Advice: Kelly is currently one month into a 6-week timetable, but he's not going to have much value upon his eventual return playing behind Carlos Boozer, and Ed Davis. He can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:33 pm
      Injured
      L, 116-107 vs Pho
    • Jordan Hill (illness) probable for Friday
      Jordan Hill (upper respiratory infection) did not practice on Thursday, but he is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: This is Hill's second consecutive missed practice, but he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Friday's game. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, and if he's unable to go, Robert Sacre, Ed Davis, and Carlos Boozer will help fill the void. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:24 pm
    • Spencer Hawes downplays knee injury
      Spencer Hawes (knee) downplayed the seriousness of his injury to his left knee.

      Advice: There had been rumors of a more serious nature to Hawes' injury as he's still without a timetable, but Hawes downplayed those reports are greatly exaggerated. "I'm not out for the season," he told reporters on Wednesday. While Hawes may not be out for the season, he's not going to help fantasy owners much and can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 6:05 am
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles
      Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:55 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:42 pm
    • Derrick Favors quiet in return from injury
      Derrick Favors had 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block on 3-of-8 shooting in 33 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday.

      Advice: Favors is back and while he didn't do much tonight, he did hurt Rudy Gobert's minutes (19) badly. Favors should be good to go from here on out, so get him back in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:30 pm
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