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    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) given 3-6 week timetable
      The Bulls have given Jimmy Butler (elbow) a 3-6 week timetable for his return, but he's hopeful that he can play before the end of the regular season.

      Advice: Initial reports suggested a 3-4 week timetable so this is somewhat discouraging, though Butler said on Tuesday that the pain in his elbow is already subsiding. "I'm doing all right," he said. "I'm just trying my best to hurry back, being careful, of course ... My ligament just has to heal, and I've got to be able to move my left arm like I move my right before I can get out there and do anything." With no firm return date and the fantasy playoffs looming, Butler is only worth stashing if you're confident your team can succeed without his production until at least late March. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:26 pm
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Hornets coach criticizes rookie P.J. Hairston
      Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that rookie P.J. Hairston "hasn't developed any way to play to make his teammates better."

      Advice: Charlotte is jockeying for a playoff spot and Clifford's rotation has no room for player development, so we're unlikely to see Hairston or fellow rookie Noah Vonleh on the court in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 pm
    • Khris Middleton fills up boxscore vs. Nuggets
      Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:03 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 19 & 11 vs. DEN
      The Bucks fell in Denver on Tuesday despite a strong game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Giannis turned the ball over five times but he also drained a 3-pointer and was able to log 35 minutes despite persistent foul trouble. He and Khris Middleton have proven to be a formidable wing duo for the Bucks, and both guys are returning top-40 value over the past 10 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:01 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) struggles in return Tues
      Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:00 pm
    • Gordon Hayward drops 21 points in win Tues.
      Gordon Hayward scored 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting with eight boards, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He missed all six of his attempts from beyond the arc and had a couple of turnovers, but his owners will obviously be thrilled with this line. Hayward has somehow made just 2-of-20 3-pointers over his last five games, but he is too talented to not break out of his funk soon. Deploy Hayward with confidence. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:32 pm
    • Jeff Green shoots just 3-of-13 from the field
      Jeff Green scored just six points on 3-of-13 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is in the midst of a horrible slump, averaging 9.6 points, 4.4 boards and 2.6 assists while shooting just over 33 percent from the field over his last five games. It's pretty obvious that his departure from Boston was detrimental to his fantasy value, and he is going to be a tough player to own in most leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:20 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic stays hot w/ 23 pts, three 3s
      Nikola Mirotic came off Chicago's bench for 23 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: Mirotic dropped 29 points on Sunday and is a must-own player while both Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are on the sidelines. This is the first time Chicago's rookie has scored 20+ points in consecutive games, but he has a good chance to keep the streak going with a 32-minute role vs. the Thunder on Thursday. Double-check that Mirotic isn't still available on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:19 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 14 pts w/ three 3s
      Donatas Motiejunas filled up the boxscore during Tuesday's road loss, scoring 14 points with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

      Advice: He played well on both ends of the court and performed admirably in an expanded role with James Harden suspended for one game. Unfortunately, Motie has averaged under 28 minutes over the Rockets' past 10 games and he's tough to roster in 12-team leagues while Josh Smith and Terrence Jones are both healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:48 pm
    • Corey Brewer sinks 4-of-14 shots as starter
      Corey Brewer started for the suspended James Harden on Tuesday, making 4-of-14 shots to finish with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: Brewer has made 71.8 percent of his baskets off assists from teammates this season, and he's converted only 27.6 percent of his jumpshots. He's better suited to being a tertiary scoring option with James Harden leading the offense and is only an option in 14-team leagues with Harden due back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:42 pm
    • Elijah Millsap goes scoreless in 11 minutes
      Elijah Millsap failed to score in 11 minutes off the bench against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed all three of his shot attempts from the field and failed to register a single stat to the dismay of his owners. Head coach Quin Snyder recently heaped praise on Millsap, so it was a little confusing as to why Joe Ingles played 35 minutes. Millsap emerged as a solid deep league asset after logging 25 or more minutes in his eight previous games, so his owners may want to give him another chance before cutting bait. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:34 pm
    • Wesley Johnson chips in 10 points vs. CHA
      Wesley Johnson played 25 minutes vs. Charlotte, finishing Tuesday's game with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

      Advice: Johnson is shooting 41.4 percent this season but he's finally making some shots over the past five games, and his ability to chip in 3-pointers, steals and blocks keeps him on the fantasy radar. Unfortunately, he'll need more than his current 20-25 minute role to be a reliable contributor in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:25 pm
    • Lance Stephenson benched for second half
      Lance Stephenson didn't leave the Hornets bench in the second half on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes.

      Advice: Born Ready has solid per-36-minute averages for rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.9), but that's where the good news ends. He has a morbid True Shooting of 40.3 percent and coach Steve Clifford opted to deploy Jeff Taylor ahead of him in the second half. Clifford explained the benching afterward by saying, "From here on out it's got to be sub-to-win." That line sums up Stephenson's lack of value for both the Hornets and fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:23 pm
    • Derrick Williams gets 17 points off SAC bench
      Derrick Williams came off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, making three 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Knicks' opponents are shooting a league-best 38.6 percent from downtown and it showed on Tuesday, as the Kings made a combined 10-of-18 triples in the easy road win. George Karl is still figuring out how to get "more consistent value" from Williams, but he also referred to him as "one of our more skilled players." Standard-league owners should keep a close eye on D-Will in case his role continues to grow during the Kings' final 24 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:52 pm
    • Rudy Gay scores 25 pts in 27 minutes vs. NYK
      Rudy Gay scored 25 points in only 27 minutes of action on Tuesday, making 9-of-15 shots including a 3-of-4 mark from beyond the arc.

      Advice: Gay added seven rebounds, four assists and one steal, which is all owners could have asked for in the Kings' 124-86 thumping of the hapless Knicks. Sacramento is 12th in the West with a 21-37 record, but thus far there are no indications that Gay will be rested down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:51 pm
    • LeBron James passes Ray Allen on scoring list
      LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

      Advice: He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:26 pm
    • James Jones scores double-digit points
      James Jones scored double-digit points for the third time this season on Tuesday, making 3-of-6 shots with a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.

      Advice: Jones added six boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes, taking advantage of extra opportunities with the game firmly in Cleveland's control by halftime. He has overtaken Mike Miller (12 minutes) in coach David Blatt's rotation, but Jones remains nothing more than a deep-league 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:25 pm
    • Markieff Morris fined $15k for hit on Dragic
      Markieff Morris has been fined $15,000 for making above-the-shoulder contact with Goran Dragic.

      Advice: He swiped at Dragic and caught his head, sending him to the ground, which earned Morris a Flagrant-2 foul and an ejection. He said Dragic was "overexaggerating" on the play, and either way the league didn't see enough malicious intent to suspend him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:14 pm
    • Tony Allen suspended for Tuesday vs. Utah
      Tony Allen (suspension) will not play Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Allen is being suspended for internal matters, but he will be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Houston. With Allen out, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee will get all the minutes they can handle, with Green offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:21 pm
      Suspended
      L, 93-82 vs Uta
    • Corey Brewer to start for James Harden Tues.
      Corey Brewer will replace James Harden (suspension) in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Brewer will draw a favorable matchup against the Hawks, and he's worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. He's averaging 12.0 points, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game through 24 minutes of action since coming to Houston, so those numbers should make a jump with the increased minutes. Pablo Prigioni could also see some more floor time tonight serving as Brewer's primary backup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:12 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) targeting return on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will remain sidelined for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets and he's targeting a return on Sunday.

      Advice: This will be Young's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and a Sunday return would cause him to miss two more games on Wednesday and Friday. While he's out there will be more opportunities on offense for Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:36 pm
      Injured
    • Karl wants consistency from Derrick Williams
      Kings' head coach George Karl said that he would like to get more consistency from Derrick Williams.

      Advice: "Derrick is one of our more skilled players, and we’re trying to figure out how he fits with the team," Karl said. "I thought that he and Andre Miller had chemistry together [on Sunday]. As a coaching staff, we feel that we should try and get more out of him, and more consistent value." Williams was able to put up 18 points on Sunday, but was held to single digits in his previous three outings, including a zero-point performance vs. San Antonio. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:50 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) to travel w/ Mavs
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will travel with the Mavs on their upcoming three-game road trip.

      Advice: Parsons will be traveling with the team, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he's unsure of his availability for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers. We'll be considering him questionable, and if he's unable to go, Richard Jefferson will have another game with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:13 pm
    • Durant (foot) out Wednesday and Thursday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers, as well as Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: The Thunder are going to be extremely cautious in bringing Durant back after his most recent setback, and he still hasn't been able to go through a full practice. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but for as long as Durant is sidelined, Russell Westbrook will continue to put up ridiculous stat lines, with Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter also seeing some increased touches on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:13 am
      Injured
    • Heat re-up Henry Walker to second 10-day
      The Heat have signed Henry Walker to a second 10-day deal.

      Advice: Henry "Bill" Walker will remain with the Heat for at least the next 10 days and it would be a surprise if he doesn't stick of the rest of the season. Walker has averaged 9.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.2 treys over his last five games and is worth a look for fantasy owners in need of help in the three-pointer category. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:56 am
    • Nick Young questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Young didn't participate in Tuesday's shootaround and Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said he'll see how Swaggy P feels later in the day before making a final decision. While Young doesn't belong on any standard league fantasy rosters, his eventual return will cut into the fantasy value of Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:08 am
      Injured
    • P.J. Hairston benched due to absence
      P.J. Hairston was inactive during Sunday's game due to a missed weight-training session.

      Advice: According to two sources, Hairston missed a weight-training obligation and was subsequently put on the inactive list for Sunday's game. Hairston was also made inactive for a game in December after an unexcused absence from practice, so this isn't his first transgression of his rookie season. The rookie has only suited up for one of the Hornets' last 10 games, so he can be left on the wire in all but the deepest fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:20 am
    • Aminu quiet but grabs four steals in win
      Al-Farouq Aminu was quiet in Monday's win, scoring just two points with two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes, but did manage to have four steals to somewhat save his night.

      Advice: Aminu has been a top 75-85 player for his last 15 games and a top 100-130 (9/8 cat) player over his last 30 games. This dud isn't going to do anything great for his perceived value and maybe this ride is ending for owners, but if you owned him for the last two months you were certainly doing so at a profit. Clearly for that sample size his value isn't really attached to injury absences and the like, but rather what he's doing in his standard 20-25 mpg. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:20 pm
    • Markieff Morris ejected for flagrant 2 foul
      Markieff Morris was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Goran Dragic in the third quarter.

      Advice: It was a hard foul in transition that sent Dragic to the floor hard, but Markieff's reputation might have hurt him here for the flagrant 2 call. Morris probably won't be suspended for this infraction, but he picked up another technical foul tonight and is a strong bet to be suspended for too many in one season. He finished with 13 points, five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. You can check out a video of the foul in the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:19 pm
    • Nick Young is questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He's been out for three games with swelling in his left knee, which was a problem for him earlier this season. Young has also been in the news for his off-the-court comments regarding his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues while his possible return may hurt Wes Johhson, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington the most. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:06 pm
      Injured
    • Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night
      Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look -- add at your own risk of course. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:25 am
    • Nikola Mirotic is a must-add player
      Nikola Mirotic is expected to play more for the Bulls with the injuries to Jimmy Butler (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ankle).

      Advice: The entire season has been a wild ride for Mirotic. Whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau plays him at the three has been a tough subject to monitor. He played all of his minutes at small forward on Wednesday, but he only played two minutes at small forward in his last two games. Plus, don't forget the Bulls will also have to replace Jimmy's 21.6 usage rate along with his 38.9 minutes per game in the next 3-6 weeks while he's out. Regardless, MIrotic should be very attractive the next week or so without Taj Gibson. He should be owned in all leagues. Tony Snell's role is much, much clearer, which makes him the safer add right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 am
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) out approx. 3-4 weeks
      Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:38 am
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Henry Walker expected to get second 10-day
      The Heat are expected to sign Henry Walker ot a second 10-day contract, sources told Real GM.

      Advice: No surprise here. Bill.I.Am has made an impression during his short stint in Miami, and he'll continue to get a ton of opportunity with Chris Bosh out for the season and the Heat paper-thin behind Hassan Whiteside in the frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:11 am
    • Chandler Parsons out again on Monday night
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: He was previously hopeful to return, but he will be sidelined once again. Without Parsons available, expect Richard Jefferson to continue to start in his place, while Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to see an increase in minutes off the bench, and he may be motivated to deliver a solid effort against his former team. Parsons has not played since Feb. 20. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 am
    • Elijah Millsap draws praise from Quin Snyder
      Coach Quin Snyder recently heaped praise all over rookie Elijah Millsap.

      Advice: "There’s things that Elijah does that makes us a better team," Snyder said. "I think he shoots the ball maybe better than any of us thought when he first got here, just his ability to hit a spot-up shot." Snyder added that Millsap has to learn how to better balance plays for himself vs. plays for his teammates, but he's clearly established himself as a key part of Snyder's rotation and is averaging over 25 minutes per game since the All-Star break concluded. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:58 am
    • Rudy Gay scores 24 points with eight boards
      Rudy Gay scored 24 points with eight boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Blazers on Sunday.

      Advice: Gay was the focal point on offense for the Kings with DeMarcus Cousins sidelined with an ankle issue, and he certainly wasn't shy as he hoisted up 22 attempts from the field, connecting on nine of them. Gay is on a hot streak right now, averaging 21.7 points over his last seven games on 49 percent shooting from the field, and he should continue to be an elite asset down the stretch as long as he avoids injury and the Kings keep force-feeding him big minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:42 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores 18 points in loss
      Derrick Williams matched his season-high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Blazers on Sunday, adding one rebound in 23 minutes.

      Advice: His role has been erratic at best under head coach George Karl, and he has averaged just 16.4 minutes per game since coach Karl took over. Until Williams earns a bigger role in Sacramento, he is going to be tough to own outside of the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:24 pm
    • LeBron James scores 37 points despite FT woes
      LeBron James racked up 37 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks on Sunday, but he shot 15-of-35 from the field and 3-of-11 at the free throw line in an overtime loss.

      Advice: LeBron became the first player since Truck Robinson in 1978 to score 37+ points while shooting under 30.0 percent on 10 or more free throw attempts. He was in disbelief after numerous misses in the clutch and took responsibility for the loss afterward, though fantasy owners will assuredly forgive the flaws in this statistical bonanza. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:34 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 16 points in win
      Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's win over the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Motiejunas has been playing well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.8 steals and blocks per game. He should be able to maintain his late-round value for as long as Dwight Howard is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:10 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores career-high 29 points
      Nikola Mirotic was fantastic on Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Taj Gibson (ankle) was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, so it looks like Mirotic is going to get some additional time to produce for Chicago with Derrick Rose (knee) out, and Jimmy Butler's (elbow) status up in the air for Tuesday. What makes Mirotic's line even more impressive is that he was the only Bull to score a field goal during the entire fourth quarter, and he's well worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:54 pm
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) scheduled for MRI Monday
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

      Advice: We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:55 pm
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • LeBron James starting, James Jones benched
      LeBron James will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets, sending James Jones back to the bench.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to make sure you have James in your active lineups. James Jones’ return to the bench will render him a non-option, and he can be sent back to the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:38 pm
    • Update: Jimmy Butler (elbow) will not return
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:55 am
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) questionable to return
      Updating a previous report, Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a left elbow sprain and his return is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but the fact he's dealing with a sprain and not something more serious can be seen as a positive. Tony Snell will be the primary beneficiary if Butler is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:45 am
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Jimmy Butler leaves game with left arm injury
      Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with an apparent left arm injury, and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:27 am
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • LeBron James (back) expected to play Sunday
      LeBron James (back) is expected to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

      Advice: He was held out of Friday's game vs. the Pacers for precautionary reasons, but the Cavaliers are going to need him against the formidable Rockets. Kyrie Irving has already been ruled out due to a shoulder strain, so James and Kevin Love are going to be busy Sunday. It's safe to activate James in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:56 am
    • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss Sat.
      Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He is arguably Milwaukee's best weapon on offense now that Brandon Knight is no longer in town, and he has now scored in double digits in twelve straight games. In case it's not already obvious, Middleton is a must-start player and should continue to be a stud for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in loss Sat.
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He was held scoreless and didn't even attempt a shot before halftime, but luckily for his owners he was able to muster up some confidence in the second half. Antetokounmpo has been in the midst of a major slump, shooting just 35 percent from the field over his last seven games, so hopefully the Greek Freak can continue to improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Al-Farouq Aminu scores 12 points
      Al-Farouq Aminu filled it up against the Nets on Saturday with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 4-of-4 from the field.

      Advice: He finally turned it around tonight. Aminu had a big chance to put up numbers while the Mavs were without the Chandlers, but his chance to step up is likely dwindling with both guys close to a return. If he's still on the wire, he should probably stay there. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:11 pm
    • Tony Allen scores 11 off the bench
      Tony Allen scored 11 points against the Wolves on Saturday with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover against.

      Advice: Coach Dave Joerger said he could be looking to make a tweak to the starters on the wing, which means Allen would likely move into the first unit. However, his minutes and opportunities to score probably won't change much. Allen has been outside of the top 200 in the past month, so he's not worth owning right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:51 pm
      Suspended
      L, 93-82 vs Uta
    • Henry Walker launches 11 treys
      Henry Walker made his first start of the season on Saturday with 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

      Advice: He attempted 11 treys from behind the arc and coach Erik Spoelstra clearly wants to have him out there for spacing. Walker is actually on the radar in standard leagues and owners in deep leagues should give him a look, but he's still on a 10-day after all. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:14 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) out for Saturday
      Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:45 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) targeting Monday
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) is hopeful that he can return against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: Parsons is going to test out his ankle on Sunday before making a decision regarding the game against the Pelicans, but it certainly sounds like he is getting closer to a return. Richard Jefferson's value will take a massive hit when Parsons does return, while Al-Farouq Aminu will see a reduced as well. That being said, Aminu is still worth holing onto in deeper leagues for his ability to contribute in multiple categories. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:42 pm
    • Henry Walker to start, Udonis Haslem to bench
      Henry Walker will start at power forward against the Hawks with Udonis Haslem coming off the bench.

      Advice: With Chris Andersen out, Haslem needs to play backup center for the Heat tonight. Walker has been on a roll lately and he's quickly already climbing into the conversation for 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:17 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) out again on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.

      Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his knee and the fact that the Lakers ruled him out a day before the game suggests he could miss Tuesday against the Hornets. Wayne Ellngton had a great second half on Friday while Jeremy Lin is finally starting to put some good games together, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.8 treys in his last four. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:36 pm
      Injured
    • Wes Johnson hopes to remain a Laker
      With free agency looming, Wes Johnson is hopeful that he will remain with the Lakers.

      Advice: "I want to definitely stay here," said Johnson. "I like coach [Byron] Scott and the whole coaching staff. I love it here. I definitely want to be a part of when they get back." Johnson has struggled to show any kind of consistency since entering the NBA, and that story hasn't changed in Los Angeles. Johnson has averages of 9.5 points, 3.8 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season, but his role varies on a nightly basis. Until Johnson can string together a few good performances, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:43 am
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Motiejunas quiet on Friday vs. Brooklyn
      Donatas Motiejunas had a quiet night on Friday against the Nets, scoring 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and no steals or blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Motiejunas has hovered as a solid late-round value over the last month and unless he truly goes south he should be held in all 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:18 am
    • Jimmy Butler posts 28 & 12 against Minny
      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Mirotic plays 19 minutes despite Taj's injury
      Nikola Mirotic played just 19 minutes despite Taj Gibson (ankle) playing just nine minutes in Friday's game, finishing with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

      Advice: Mirotic had a nice line on Monday with Gibson out due to an illness, but tonight showed how Tom Thibodeau doesn't fully trust him yet. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell got the bulk of the extra minutes tonight, but if Gibson misses any time then Mirotic's explosive fantasy game might see the light, regardless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on knee
      Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on his knee following Friday's game.

      Advice: He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Nick Young officially out for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He was essentially ruled out on Thursday and he is likely going to miss games. Young is in the news most of the time for leading the league in shoekeepers and keeping his right arm tattoo-free strictly for buckets. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 pm
      Injured
    • James Jones starting for LeBron
      James Jones will start against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: Revenge game because he started his career with the Pacers? Kidding aside, Jones played just one minute last night and he was out of the rotation earlier this season. Fantasy owners should be looking to J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert more than Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:28 pm
    • LeBron James (back) out for Friday night
      LeBron James (back) will not play against the Pacers on Friday night.

      Advice: "Just forward thinking on my part," coach David Blatt said. In other words, it sounds like a maintenance day. LeBron did have some back problems against the Warriors on Thursday and he was also on the injury report back in January because of it. He has been absolutely magnificent since the break, posting a 38.3 usage rate with a 59.6 true shooting percentage. With LeBron and Kyrie Irving out, Kevin Love should have a lot on his plate. J.R. Smith is also going to have a greener light than usual. Shawn Marion will likely start, but he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:40 pm
    • Scott still doesn't expect Nick Young to play
      Coach Byron Scott said he does not expect Nick Young (knee) to play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He is technically questionable, but there has been nothing to suggest he is going to play. With Young out, we'll see more of Jeremy Lin in the second unit with Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson all expected to score more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:32 am
      Injured
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) out Saturday vs. BKN
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) did not practice on Friday, and he has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Parsons has shed his walking boot, but he remains without an official timetable to return. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans, and with him sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to split his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:35 am
    • Markieff Morris scores 29 with 11 boards
      Markieff Morris scored 29 points with 11 boards in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

      Advice: He was really struggling prior to tonight, averaging just 6.3 points over his last three games, so his owners will be thrilled that he broke out of his slump. The best part of all of this is that he struggled in the mid-range again tonight, making 4-of-13 on those shots. Morris was money everywhere else, though. Expect some bumps in the road, but look for Morris to build on this momentum on Saturday against Tim Duncan and the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:47 pm
    • Cavs beat Warriors, LeBron drops 42 points
      LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday despite briefly leaving the game with a tweaked back.

      Advice: He added 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes, and it didn't look like his back caused him any problems after he returned to the game. Incredibly, this was James' 41st career game with 40 points, five assists and five rebounds which is the fourth-most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (61), Michael Jordan (62) and Oscar Robertson (71). The MVP race between James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron is going to go right down to the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:15 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks his back, returns to game
      LeBron James (back) briefly left Thursday's game against the Warriors but has since returned.

      Advice: He was wearing a wrap on his back when he left for the locker room but he didn't appear to be limited in any way when he returned to the floor. We will continue to monitor his status closely, but it appears that he has dodged a bullet here and his owners can breathe easy. For what it's worth, James has 24 points heading into halftime. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:12 pm
    • Kevin Durant seen doing some light shooting
      Kevin Durant (foot) did some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns

      Advice: This is great news. Durant was rolling around shootaround on a walking scooter on Tuesday, so this is a clear indication that they were just being very careful with his foot. We still do not have a timetable for his return and he's likely to need more than another week off. His fantasy owners should be hoping for a limited practice in the coming days. While he's out, D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters will help Russell Westbrook with the scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:13 pm
      Injured
    • Nick Young (knee) says he will not play Fri.
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and said that he will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: "I don’t think it’s serious," said Lakers coach Byron Scott of Young's knee injury. "But it’s serious enough that he might miss another game or two. I know it’s getting better and the swelling is going down." If Young does indeed sit out on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, and Jeremy Lin will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:40 pm
      Injured
    • Donuts finally doesn't look glazed over
      Donatas Motiejunas played one of his better games in the past month against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Before this one, he hasn't been great this month, averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in his previous eight games. Donuts was also more of a cream puff on defense, allowing his man to shoot 5.1 percent higher than his average in that span, too. Motiejunas hasn't been in the top 200 for February this month and is clearly being outplayed by Terrence Jones, a much better player to own. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • Elijah Millsap scores career-high 17 in loss
      Elijah Millsap came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 17 points and seven rebounds against the Lakers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Millsap's rise contributed to the fall of Joe Ingles (zero points), but we're guessing Millsap won't do this again anytime soon. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:09 pm
    • Markieff Morris' shooting slump continues
      Markieff Morris' shooting slump continued on Wednesday against the Nuggets, making 1-of-5 from the field for five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: He was one of the best mid-range power forwards in the NBA earlier in the season, but that's been his undoing lately. In his last seven, Morris made just 21.6 percent of his mid-range shots, which account for 50.5 percent of his shot total. That explains why he's only averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 treys on 33.7 percent from the field in that span. Besides the shooting issue, it's not that bad. He should get it turned around soon because all players go through shooting slumps. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:46 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:34 pm
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Al-Farouq Aminu disappears in loss to Hawks
      Al-Farouq Aminu played 27 minutes off the bench Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He's had a couple nice games recently, but owners who have rolled the dice on him have also had to suffer through three duds. It all equals out to 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 35 percent shooting over his last five games, which just isn't very helpful. And if he can't get it done with Dirk Nowitzki struggling, and Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire in street clothes, the future doesn't look to promising for his consistency. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:57 pm
    • Henry Walker hits 3-of-13 shots in 33 minutes
      Henry Walker came off the bench and played 33 minutes in Wednesday's overtime win, but hit just 3-of-13 shots and 2-of-11 3-pointers for 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: The minutes were there, but his shot wasn't. If the Heat are going to keep giving him minutes, and it looks like they plan to, he's probably worth a flier in deep leagues. He played 21 minutes and scored 11 in his Heat debut on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:30 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play vs ATL
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup and he should be considered questionable to play on Saturday. With Parsons and also Amare Stoudemire (rest) out, there should be a lot of minutes going to Al-Farouq Aminu tonight. Plus, Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva will also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:03 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz
      Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is coming off a 19-point performance vs. the Celtics on Sunday, so it's a shame that he is going to have to sit this one out. The good news is that an MRI taken on his knee came back negative, but head coach Byron Scott said that Young was still dealing with some swelling. Consider Young day-to-day for now, and expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin to all see increased opportunities with Young on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:36 am
      Injured
    • Al-Farouq Aminu grabs 12 boards w/ two blocks
      Al-Farouq Aminu tied his season-high with 12 rebounds in 28 minutes vs. Toronto on Tuesday, adding one steal, two blocks, and nine points on 4-of-9 shooting.

      Advice: Aminu has always had intriguing per-minute stats and that's never been more obvious than this season with Dallas. On a per-36-minute basis he's posting 11.6 points, 1.0 threes, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks. Those are solid stats by any measure and he's worth deploying now that he's settled into a 25-minute role off Rick Carlisle's bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:37 pm
    • LeBron James passes Pippen in career assists
      LeBron James led the Cavs to a win in Detroit on Tuesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block, but he also turned the ball over nine times.

      Advice: The high turnovers are a forgivable footnote for LeBron, who also passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward in NBA history with 6,142 for his career. He's just 30 years old and Pippen's former record will be a speck in the rearview mirror by the time LBJ hangs up his sneakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) doesn't practice Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: An MRI taken on Young's knee came back negative, but with him sitting out of Tuesday's practice, he looks to be on the doubtful side of questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah. If he's unable to go, there will be more minutes for guys like Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, and Wayne Ellington. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:55 pm
      Injured
    • Chandler Parsons misses Tuesday practice
      Chandler Parsons (sprained left ankle) missed Tuesday's practice due to a fever.

      Advice: Parsons is already set to miss at least the Mavericks' next two games, so this shouldn't cut into his timetable at all. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday and his next chance to return will be Feb. 28 against the Nets, while Al-Farouq Aminu will see the biggest boost in fantasy value in the interim. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:22 am
    • Kevin Durant back on walking scooter
      Kevin Durant (foot) was seen at Thunder shootaround on the walking scooter that he was using earlier in the year.

      Advice: While this isn't hugely surprising news, it's certainly not a great sign for a quick return. Durant was also seen walking without much of a limp towards the end of practice, but we'll know more about his timetable when he's re-evaluated again in one week. Russell Westbrook will be the biggest fantasy beneficiary of Durant's absence, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter will all stand to see a small boost as well. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 am
      Injured
    • Green scores 16 points with three treys
      Jeff Green hit 5-of-12 shots with three treys in Monday's win, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal against the Clippers.

      Advice: Green had a decent outing on Sunday but between that game and tonight's contest we're not seeing a major shift in value. With low upside owners can look at him as a potential short-term solution but expecting more is probably too optimistic. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:34 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic drops 16 & 14 on the Bucks
      Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 6-of-8 from the line) with a career-high 14 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Mirotic got the extra run because Taj Gibson (illness) was out and it's a reminder that he'll be a very nice fantasy player if ever given consistent minutes. For now, he's a gambler's stash at best. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:36 pm
    • Corey Brewer cools off against former team
      Corey Brewer made 3-of-12 from the field for 11 points with six boards, two assists and five turnovers in 22 minutes on Monday against his former team, the Wolves.

      Advice: He obviously wasn't going to match his 26-point game from Saturday. Brewer has his random bright spots this season, but his minutes aren't going to be there while Trevor Ariza and James Harden are healthy. He is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:33 pm
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:06 pm
    • Dudley goes scoreless on Monday vs. Bulls
      Jared Dudley was demoted to a bench role on Monday and missed all four of his shot attempts, finishing with no points as the Bulls had no mercy on his soul.

      Advice: Dudley managed two steals, one board and one assist and he has been slowly trending down over the past week. After a night like this, owners have to be thinking about a drop and if there's any slightly better than average free agent it's an easy call. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:40 pm
    • Henry Walker scores 11 points
      Henry Walker made his season debut on Monday with 11 points, one rebound and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

      Advice: It was his first game since 2012 and he looked pretty good out there. Walker had a sweet dunk driving down the lane and hit a couple treys in the first quarter. He's only on a 10-day deal, but he could get another 10-day based on tonight. He's not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:06 pm
    • MRI negative on Nick Young (left knee)
      The MRI on Nick Young's left knee came back negative and he is listed as questionable to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has some swelling in his knee for the second time in 2015. Young didn't need to miss any games the last time his knee swelled up on him, so this is just a day-to-day issue. If he doesn't play, his minutes will be distributed to about four other players. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 4:35 pm
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start, Jared Dudley benched
      Ersan Ilyasova will start at power forward against the Bulls on Monday and Jared Dudley will come off the bench.

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:39 pm
    • Jimmy Butler playing through thumb injury
      Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

      Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:29 am
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Wesley Johnson scores 22 points off LAK bench
      Wesley Johnson scored 22 points in Sunday's overtime win vs. the visiting Celtics, making 9-of-11 field goals with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Johnson's 33 minutes were the most of any Lakers player during tonight's overtime victory. Lakers coach Byron Scott has been maddeningly inconsistent with his rotations this season, and Johnson is only worth a stash in deeper leagues in case he lands a steady 30-minute role over the final eight weeks of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:03 pm
    • Jeff Green shoots well, plays just 25 minutes
      Jeff Green got going offensively vs. Portland, making 6-of-9 shots to finish Sunday's road victory with 12 points, five rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: This is a mild relief for Green's fantasy owners, as he was shooting a mere 36.0 percent over his past eight games, averaging 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists with negligible defensive stats during that span. He's been a liability in 12-team leagues since joining the Grizzlies and this solid per-minute effort isn't enough to change the equation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:53 pm
    • Khris Middleton & Giannis score 19 pts each
      The Bucks fell at home on Sunday, 86-97, despite getting 19 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

      Advice: Middleton made 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with one 3-pointer, four boards and five assists, and he's emerged as an elite fantasy option over the past month. In his last dozen games he's averaging a stellar 16.2 points (54.2 percent FGs, 91.3 percent FTs), 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals. He does a little bit of everything, so the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams shouldn't throw him off, and his lucky owners can sit back and enjoy the production. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:07 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 pts in loss
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, four boards, one steal and two blocks on Sunday, making 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in a tough home loss.

      Advice: He keeps getting better and has vaulted into top-40 value with no signs of slowing down. His scoring, rebounds and defensive numbers jump out at fantasy owners, but his percentages are just as important -- after a rocky rookie campaign he's now shooting a respectable 50.0 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the FT line. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:06 pm
    • LeBron James passes Iverson on scoring list
      LeBron James passed Allen Iverson on the NBA's all-time scoring list during Sunday's trouncing of the Knicks with 18 points (7-of-17 shooting), seven assists, seven rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and four turnovers over 28 minutes of action.

      Advice: James has been fantastic in his two games since the All-Star break with averages of 23.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers per game. He's showing no signs of slowing down, and should be a top-5 in fantasy option as the Cavs fight for a higher seed in the East. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:39 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot) will be sidelined 1-week
      Kevin Durant underwent a procedure to reduce the pain and discomfort he's been feeling in his right foot on Sunday, and he will be re-evaluated in one week.

      Advice: The procedure was to replace the screw he had in his foot with a new one, but it is unrelated to the foot fracture that he had surgery on, and his foot is reportedly healing as expected. He will be sidelined for at least the next week, and it's possible he sits longer as OKC will be cautious with their franchise player heading into the playoffs. Russell Westbrook is going to be an absolute monster with Durant sidelined, while Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, and Perry Jones will also have the opportunity to step up in OKC's rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:51 pm
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) available for Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: The opportunity is certainly there for Ilyasova to produce with his only competition for playing time going by the names of John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant, however his propensity to find himself on the sidelines due to various injuries really hurts his upside. He's averaging just 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season, so it would probably be best to use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 11:37 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available to play against the Hawks on Sunday according to head coach Jason Kidd.

      Advice: Ersan was able to practice on Saturday, but he has simply been too inconsistent to use outside of deeper leagues. With season averages of 8.8 points and 3.5 boards in just 17.5 minutes per game, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:56 am
    • Tony Allen (ankle, hamstring) probable Sunday
      Tony Allen (ankle, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: Jeff Green and Courtney Lee has dampened Allen's value, but he still can be viewed as a steals specialist in deeper leagues. Allen is one of the tougher guys in the league, so expect him to be ready to go on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:58 am
      Suspended
      L, 93-82 vs Uta
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) out for next 3 games
      Chandler Parsons will miss the next three games due to a sprained left ankle according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

      Advice: This a tough blow for the Mavericks, and this means that Parsons next chance to play will be on Feb. 28 against the Nets. Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary in Parson's absence, while Richard Jefferson should see more minutes as well. We will continue to pass along updates on Parsons as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:45 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas stuffs stat sheet
      Donatas Motiejunas doubled-doubled against the Raptors on Saturday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

      Advice: The Rockets are quite alright without Dwight Howard right now. Terrence Jones' defense on centers has been a huge plus and D-Mo has been able to operate in the high post. His numbers in his last five include averages of 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's a hold in standard leagues despite a low upside. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:37 pm
    • Corey Brewer scores 26 points vs. Raptors
      Corey Brewer scored a season-high 26 points against the Raptors on Saturday with 10 rebounds, two assists, five steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He was hot and coach Kevin McHale just rode his coattails. The Rockets had 24 fast-break points, which is a Brewer special. Brewer still can't score when he's not getting buckets in transition and his steals are down, so he's not someone to add after this game. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:30 pm
    • Lance Stephenson continues nightmare season
      Lance Stephenson's nightmare season continued on Saturday during a 110-103 loss to the Thunder, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points with three rebounds, four assists and one steal.

      Advice: If the NBA gave out a Least Improved Player Award, it might go to Lance. Since returning from his groin injury last month, Stephenson made only 32.2 percent from the field for averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 boards, 5.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.4 turnovers in those 14 games. There almost has to be someone better on the wire in your league. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 6:51 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) doubtful Sunday
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Hornets on Saturday due to a bone bruise and sprain to his left ankle.

      Advice: Bone bruises on sprains usually result in missing multiple games, so Parsons is in jeopardy of missing Tuesday and Wednesday. With Parsons out last night, it was Charlie Villanueva and Al-Farouq Aminu picking up the forward minutes. Richard Jefferson may start, but Aminu seems like the guy to grab based on his per-minute output lately and how he played in all 10 lineup combinations in the fourth quarter last night. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 1:05 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova practices, available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) practiced on Saturday and will be available to play on Sunday.

      Advice: Saying Ersan is "available to play" right now could change and we should still consider him questionable to play based on his track record to miss games this season. He hasn't played more than 24 minutes in a game since the start of December and the 6'10 forward has just eight blocks on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:31 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot) will not play on Saturday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: KD was clearly laboring during Thursday's game against the Mavericks and after he sat out of practice on Friday, his owners probably saw this coming. He hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets, and he is going to be monitored on a day-to-day basis moving forward. Head coach Scott Brooks hasn't yet decided who will start in Durant's place, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters and Perry Jones should all be in the mix. However, whenever Durant sits, Russell Westbrook is going to be an absolute animal on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:46 am
      Injured
    • Johnson a DNP-CD on Friday
      Wesley Johnson did not play on Friday due to coach's decision.

      Advice: Johnson's value gets crushed by the fact he can get benched out of nowhere like this. If he can somehow mitigate that risk, we'll let you know. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 1:56 am
    • Millsap goes for nine and seven with three 3s
      Elijah Millsap was productive in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (3-of-6 from deep) with seven rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Millsap just won't fade away but he'll face new challenges from Rodney Hood (10 minutes) and some of his other teammates didn't play their projected load of minutes tonight, either. He's just a borderline value in 12-team leagues at best over his last four games, and trending downward he's only worth a look in 14-16 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:42 am
    • Jared Dudley plays 41 minutes
      Jared Dudley played 41 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday during an 89-81 win, scoring 11 points with eight boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: With Ghostface Ilya (illness) continuing to be an anti-Ironman, Dudley picked up some extra run. Dudley's numbers aren't great this month, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys on 52.8 percent from the field. He's still a low-end guy to own for those who missed out on the wave of pickups from this week. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:34 am
    • Aminu sets season-highs with 17 and 12
      Al-Farouq Aminu set season-highs in scoring (17) and rebounding (12) on Friday, and also added a block and 3-pointer in 30 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Aminu has been a top 50-60 asset over the last 15 games and that was good enough to be owned across the board before Chandler Parsons' ankle injury. Parsons will have an MRI on Saturday and it's not necessarily serious, but any time off would only boost Aminu's already rising stock. The concerns over Aminu's checkered past in fantasy leagues are fizzling with every solid night. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:07 am
    • Motiejunas plays 21 minutes in loss to Mavs
      Donatas Motiejunas scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and one assists over 21 minutes in Friday's loss to the Mavs.

      Advice: Motie hasn't been great in his last few games and could easily be found on waiver wires in 12-team formats. But he has been pretty good this season and has a late-round valuation over the last month, so consider picking him up if he was dropped. He has at least a 2-3 week window with Dwight Howard out to cash in on. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:56 pm
    • LeBron and Co. roll right over the Wizards
      LeBron James scored 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's easy win over the Wizards.

      Advice: James is bound to go on a tear before he coasts into the playoffs, and owners can look at that as a sell-high opportunity or ride him until the wheels fall off. Just keep in mind that Cleveland has a terrible fantasy playoff schedule when making your moves. Kyrie Irving went for 25 and seven, Timofey Mozgov had two steals and two blocks to go with eight points and four boards, and J.R. Smith hit his now automatic 15 points, three triples, five boards, two steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:19 pm
    • Morris drops 31 points in loss to Wolves
      Markieff Morris scored 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in Friday's loss to the Wolves.

      Advice: Morris was bound to get a few extra looks with the Suns fielding a lineup without newly acquired Brandon Knight and Marcus Thornton, all while Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were on their way out. The net effect of the trade deadline should help him get a few extra shots per night and help his already strong early round value. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 10:41 pm
    • Jimmy Butler picks up where he left off
      Jimmy Butler hit the ground running to start the second half on Friday against the Pistons, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Butler really put on an offensive show tonight and his ability to score off the dribble seems to get better every time out. He did miss the final game of the first half due to a shoulder injury, but there was no indication it was bothering him tonight. There is nothing to worry about here and his owners can just enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 9:13 pm
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
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