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    • LeBron James tweaks wrist in win over Pistons
      LeBron James tweaked his wrist on Tuesday vs. the Pistons, but remained in the game to the tune of 32 points, seven assists, six boards and one steal in 36 minutes to lead the Cavaliers to their seventh straight win.

      Advice: He landed on his wrist awkwardly and immediately grasped at it in pain, but he quickly shook it off and didn't appear to be limited in any way. The Cavaliers are much more aggressive when James is on the floor and his return from knee and back soreness earlier this month has helped them pick up some serious steam in the Eastern Conference. James isn't expected to miss any time with this latest ailment, but we will update his status when more details emerge. Rotoworld.com
      48 minutes ago
    • John Wall (Achilles) starts vs. L.A. Tuesday
      John Wall (sore Achilles) will start vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: He was a game-time decision and the Wizards announced his availability literally a minute before the 10:30 start time. Fantasy owners who went out on a limb should expect at least three quarters of terrific production before the game gets out of hand, while those who gambled on Garrett Temple or Andre Miller are left regretting the decision. Rotoworld.com
      54 minutes ago
    • Jonas Jerebko picks up DNP on Tuesday
      Jonas Jerebko picked up another DNP-CD on Tuesday against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He has essentially been replaced in the rotation by Anthony Tolliver, and it was the second time in the last five games that he didn't play at all. If this game is any indication, it's safe to drop Jerebko in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      55 minutes ago
    • Mario Chalmers drops 21 pts & eight assists
      Mario Chalmers' upward trend continued on Tuesday with 21 points on 6-of-9 FGs and 8-of-12 FTs, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, eight assists, one block and only one turnover.

      Advice: He's shooting just 40.2 percent this season but is knocking down 50.0 percent of his attempts over the past five games, and continues to hold off Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole for the starting PG job. Dwyane Wade suffered yet another hamstring injury on Tuesday, which should ensure Chalmers a bigger role for any games Wade misses, so don't hesitate to pluck him off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:23 pm
    • Kirk Hinrich starting on Tuesday vs. Warriors
      Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in place of Jimmy Butler (illness) for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: Butler should be fine with a little rest, so Hinrich will shift back to the bench as soon as Butler returns. If you combine that with the fact that Hinrich's game doesn't translate to fantasy very well, it's safe to leave him on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:16 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia quiet in road win vs. Miami
      Zaza Pachulia was conspicuously quiet on Tuesday, scoring four points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes in a win vs. Miami.

      Advice: The 30-year-old Pachulia wasn't faring well vs. the length and athleticism of Hassan Whiteside, so coach Jason Kidd opted for a smaller lineup with an emphasis on the second unit. Pachulia is averaging 10.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.9 steals over the past month, and remains a decent low-end center with Larry Sanders' return up in the air. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:15 pm
    • Greg Monroe double-doubles in loss to Cavs
      Greg Monroe double-doubled in a loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, finishing with 17 points and 12 boards in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He has been fantastic for the Pistons since the release of Josh Smith, and his role will only grow on offense now that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is on the shelf. Monroe will never overwhelm his owners with defensive stats, but he is a strong bet for a double-double every time he touches the floor. Monroe will remain a must-start option in all leagues for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 pm
    • Greivis Vasquez quiet in 28 minutes vs Pacers
      Greivis Vasquez played 28 minutes on Tuesday but had only seven points, four rebounds and four assists in the Raptors' 104-91 victory.

      Advice: He shot 2-of-6 from the field and has taken more than 10 shots just three times in January. DeMar DeRozan's return has ensured that Vasquez's usage rate won't improve despite his newly-minuted starting job. Consider him a low-end option who can help with 3-pointers and assists, but little else. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:53 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan's team-high 24 pts lead to win
      DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-15 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs with six boards, two assists, two steals and four turnovers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He's had some ups and downs in the eight games since he returned from a groin injury, due both to rust and the adjustment of Greivis Vasquez starting ahead of Terrence Ross. He's averaging 24.5 points over the past two games, making a combined 15-of-29 FGs and 18-of-23 FTs, so it's safe to say that he's recaptured last year's All-Star form. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:52 pm
    • Patrick Patterson chips in across the board
      Patrick Patterson quietly filled up the stat sheet vs. Indiana with 13 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 24 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He split minutes evenly with starter Amir Johnson (six points, four boards, two steals, two blocks), and that situation is unlikely to change unless one of them gets hurt. Pat-Pat is a borderline 12-team option if you're hunting 3-pointers and rebounds in a 9-cat league, but most owners can do better while the Raptors are at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:51 pm
    • James Johnson picks up DNP-CD Tuesday
      James Johnson did not leave the Raptors' bench on Tuesday.

      Advice: His role has evaporated over the past six games, a direct consequence of DeMar DeRozan's return and Greivis Vasquez's move into the starting lineup, which allowed Terrence Ross to usurp Johnson's playing time. If you've been hoping for a re-emergence from Johnson, don't hold your breath. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:50 pm
    • George Hill logs exactly 20 minutes vs. TOR
      George Hill played exactly 20 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 5-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers to finish with 13 points, two boards, three assists and one steal.

      Advice: The limit will stay in place indefinitely to prevent any setbacks to Hill's slow-healing groin injury. He prefers a bench role for the moment, as it ensures that he can play the final five minutes of games, and fantasy owners just have to hang onto him and wait for his playing time to increase. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:49 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not return Tues
      Dwyane Wade injured his hamstring during Tuesday's game against the Bucks and will not return.

      Advice: It's important to note that this injury occurred to his other hamstring, and not the one that cost him two games earlier in the month. Judging by Wade's body language, it looks like Wade could see some additional time on the sidelines until he is at or close to 100 percent. The Heat don't have a true backup shooting guard, so Mario Chalmers, Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole could see big minutes in the backcourt in the short-term. Wade finished tonight's game with 12 points, one board, four assists and two steals. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:12 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng (calf) out Tuesday vs. the Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Danny Granger is expected to slide into the starting lineup with Deng sidelined, but with averages of just 4.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting with the starting unit this season, there's not much to like here. James Ennis will also see some increased opportunity, but he's been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be tasked with more responsibilities on offense, and they look like the best plays in daily leagues with Deng unavailable. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Paul George (leg) still not taking contact
      Head coach Frank Vogel said that Paul George (leg) has increased his workload, but he's still being limited to non-contact work.

      Advice: George remains extremely unlikely to suit up this season, so he can remain on the waiver wire unless you're in a keeper league. We'll continue to provide updates on his progress, but there's been no indication that he will play this year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:50 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 104-91 vs Tor
    • Luol Deng (calf) a game-time decision Tuesday
      Luol Deng (sore calf) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng was listed as doubtful earlier, so an upgrade to a game-time decision can be viewed as a positive thing. However, if he is forced to sit, Danny Granger and James Ennis would likely split his minutes, though neither guy offers much upside. Dwyane Wade however would be tasked with more responsibilities on offense if Deng is out, and he'd make for the best play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:09 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwight Howard tweaks ankle during practice
      Dwight Howard tweaked his right ankle during Tuesday's practice, and remains a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. Dallas.

      Advice: "It wasn’t as bad as when it happened, but I had to sit out of practice, so we’ll see how it feels [Wednesday]," Howard said. "Hopefully I can play, but if not, we still have a great chance to win the game." While Joey Dorsey would draw the start if Howard sits, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas would see the biggest increase in value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • John Wall (Achilles) questionable for Tuesday
      John Wall (sore left Achilles) did not participate during shootaround, and is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: This is the first time we're hearing of any Achilles soreness for Wall, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. It's worth noting that Wall has yet to miss a game since the 2012-13 season, but with the Wizards going up against a hapless Lakers squad, there's certainly a chance Washington gives their franchise-player some rest tonight. Andre Miller would likely draw the start if Wall is forced to sit, with Bradley Beal also seeing some increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:40 pm
    • George Hill will remain with minutes limit
      Head coach Frank Vogel reiterated on Tuesday that George Hill's minutes will be capped at around 20 minutes per game for the foreseeable future.

      Advice: "We don't want [Hill] to re-injure [his groin]," Vogel said. "It's not a challenge from my standpoint to keep him at that because once we started expanding [the minutes played] the last time we lost him for 11 games, and we're not interested in doing that again." A minutes limit can be viewed as a good thing for a guy who has been sidelined for much of the season, and he was able to score 17 points during his last outing despite the minutes restriction. He needs to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:58 am
    • Langston Galloway w/ NY for rest of season
      Updating a previous report, Langston Galloway has officially signed a contract with the Knicks that will keep him with the team for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: Galloway has been logging heavy minutes for a depleted Knicks' team, and he is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals this season. That's good enough for low-end value in standard leagues, and he can only improve if and when Jose Calderon is traded away. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
    • Dwight Howard will be game-time for Weds
      Dwight Howard (ankle) will be a game-time decisions for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: We'll update Howard's status as more news becomes available, but there's a good chance he sits out a second consecutive game after leaving Friday's game with a sprained ankle. If Howard sits, Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Joey Dorsey would see the biggest boost in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
       
      Injured
    • Chase Budinger due for minutes increase
      Chase Budinger and Glenn Robinson III are likely to see more playing time with Robbie Hummel (hand) out, according to Wolves head coach Flip Saunders.

      Advice: "We only have like 11 healthy guys," Saunders said. "Other guys will get opportunities." While both players will get a bump in playing time now that Hummel is due to miss at least the next four weeks, neither will provide much fantasy value outside of being a punt play for daily leaguers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:17 am
    • Knicks, Langston Galloway agree to deal
      Langston Galloway has reportedly agreed to a deal that will keep him with the Knicks.

      Advice: With Galloway's second 10-day contract set to expire on Tuesday, this move will keep the 23-year-old with the Knicks for at least this season. We don't currently have word if Galloway got the guaranteed contract he had been seeking for 2015-16, but he's worth owning in standard fantasy leagues as long as he continues to see big minutes for the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • Luol Deng doubtful for Tuesday vs Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng missed Tuesday's shootaround with his sore calf and will be be re-evaluated closer to game time on Tuesday night. Danny Granger and James Ennis are likely to pick up most of Deng's minutes if he sits, but neither are worth a look outside of daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:06 am
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Langston Galloway still negotiating w/Knicks
      Langston Galloway and the Knicks are having trouble agreeing on a contract and will continue negotiations on Tuesday.

      Advice: Galloway's second 10-day contract ends on Tuesday and guaranteed money for next season is reportedly the issue in contract negotiations. Galloway will become a free agent if the two sides are unable to agree on terms and would surely hook on with another team after averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in eight games with the Knicks. Whether it's with the Knicks or elsewhere, Galloway is worth owning in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's getting consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:36 am
    • Brandon Jennings has successful surgery
      Brandon Jennings tweeted that he had a successful surgery on his left Achilles on Monday.

      Advice: Jennings' tweet included a photograph of him in a hospital bad and a few words thanking fans for their love and support. The 25-year-old can be dropped in standard fantasy leagues as he'll miss the rest of the 2014-15 season, while D.J. Augustin now becomes a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 am
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Jazz will not re-sign Elliot Williams
      The Utah Jazz will not re-sign Elliot Williams when his second 10-day contract expires.

      Advice: This move comes as no surprise as Williams has only played in two of the Jazz' last five games. He's averaged 3.6 points in five games with the Jazz this season and can be left on the wire even if he hooks on with another team. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:34 am
    • Griffin just misses 3x2; Jordan huge on D
      Blake Griffin scored 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in Monday's win over the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin hasn't fixed his rebounding issue but he has hit 54.7 percent from the field over the past month, lifting his value over that span into the top-20 range. It's unlikely that he shoots at that rate over the long run, and with no improvement to show rebounding the ball this would qualify as a mini sell-high moment. DeAndre Jordan went for seven points, 12 boards, three steals and four blocks in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • X-rays on Turner's thumb return negative
      X-rays taken on Evan Turner's thumb returned negative, but there has been no update on his status for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

      Advice: Turner said he "re-sprained it" and that the "same thing happened three times accidentally by the same dude." Owners of Turner might want to wait-and-see before dropping him and likewise, the Marcus Smart show might have to wait a little bit longer. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Favors blocks four shots, scores 13 points
      Derrick Favors scored 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (3-of-7 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and four blocks in the Jazz's 99-90 loss to the Celtics on Monday.

      Advice: Favors is a top-50 play and is well-positioned to hold the line or improve as the year goes on. Enes Kanter had a typical 20 and six night with no other stats, and Rudy Gobert was dominant defensively on his way to eight points, 10 boards, two assists and three blocks in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Hayward goes off in loss to the Celtics
      Gordon Hayward scored 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting (including four threes) with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in Monday's home loss to the Celtics.

      Advice: Hayward hit 8-of-12 free throws and pushes his value up to top 25-40 levels after this voluminous effort. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:12 pm
    • Ingles posts another versatile line
      Joe Ingles scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and four steals over 31 minutes in Monday's loss to the Celtics.

      Advice: Ingles isn't going to score a lot but the other contributions are there for standard league owners. Give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    • Turner getting thumb X-rayed after Mon's game
      Evan Turner left Monday's game and would eventually return after re-injuring his thumb, finishing with nine points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Turner is getting the thumb X-rayed and this could be the moment they pass the torch between he and Marcus Smart. Or not. Either way, the momentum Turner had been showing in fantasy leagues gets stopped with tonight's outcome and he wasn't a high upside player to begin with in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • DeRozan finally feeling back after Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan said Sunday's win was the first time he felt "normal" since his groin injury.

      Advice: DeRozan went off for 25 points, so it's safe to say his play jibed with the quote. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. I came in [to the practice gym on Saturday] night and got some work in, working on my rhythm, working on a lot of in-game shots I always take," he said. This is DeRozan's first major injury, so it's natural for him to be a little timid upon his return. We're not concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:35 am
    • Evan Turner has stong game against Warriors
      Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:48 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Wizards win in OT behind John Wall's 19 & 16
      John Wall led the Wizards to an overtime win in Denver on Sunday, scoring 19 points and dishing out 16 assists, one shy of his career high.

      Advice: Wall made 8-of-16 shots including one 3-pointer and he was huge down the stretch, scoring or assisting on six of Washington's scoring plays. He added one steal with only two turnovers in tonight's high-scoring affair, and he's overtaken Ty Lawson for the league-lead in assists with 10.1 per game. When you eliminate turnovers from the equation, Wall's fantasy valuation leaps into the top-25. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan breaks out of funk w/ 25 points
      DeMar DeRozan snapped a three-game offensive skid with 25 points on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and two steals without any turnovers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: The 25 points tied his season high, and they're a welcome sight after his recent three-game stretch of 4.7 points on 17.7 percent shooting. The Raptors have righted their ship with three wins in the past four games but they still have to shore up their defense, which is allowing 100.6 points per game (10th most in the league). Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • Greg Monroe's 21 & 16 not enough vs. Raptors
      Greg Monroe piled up 21 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in a losing effort vs. Toronto on Sunday, making 9-of-17 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs in the process.

      Advice: Monroe has been firing on all cylinders since Josh Smith's departure, and he's flirting with top-20 value in Detroit's past 15 games. That's more than owners could have hoped for on draft day and he'll shoulder an even bigger offensive burden without Brandon Jennings (Achilles), giving him a tremendous rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:13 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 23 pts w/ jumper barrage
      The Suns didn't have an answer for Blake Griffin on Sunday, as he scored 23 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal and only one turnover in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Phoenix is middle-of-the-pack vs. opposing PFs this season, but Markieff Morris and company didn't stand a chance once Blake got his jump shot going -- he made 11-of-19 shots overall, with only one of his makes within 18 feet of the hoop. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:49 pm
    • George Hill gets 17 pts, looks good off bench
      George Hill (groin) excelled in only 20 minutes off the Pacers bench, finishing Sunday's road victory with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Indiana will play it safe with Hill to avoid aggravating his groin injury, so his minutes may stay low a while longer. He'll retake the starting PG job before long, however, and has too much upside to be floating on the waiver wire in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:07 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) ruled out vs. Lakers
      Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: Coach Kevin McHale wasn't too hopeful that Howard would play tonight, and it looks like there is a legitimate chance that he misses additional time. We will consider Howard day-to-day for now, and we will update his status when we know more. The Rockets have yet to name a replacement in the starting lineup, but Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • LeBron James scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight
      LeBron James scored 34 points to lead five Cavaliers in double-digits on Sunday, adding two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists in Cleveland's sixth straight victory.

      Advice: The re-tooled Cavs are figuring out how to win as a team, which is an unwelcome development for the rest of the Eastern Conference. James shot 11-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 at the FT line, and rounded out Sunday's gem with a steal and two blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:28 pm
    • Luol Deng scores 15 points grabs 10 rebounds
      Luol Deng scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block, and one turnover during Sunday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Deng also played some amazing defense against Jimmy Butler, holding him to just 2-of-8 from the field, and it looks like he's over his illness. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:53 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwyane Wade goes for 26-3-3 in Miami win
      Dwyane Wade scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting during Sunday's win over the Bulls, adding three rebounds, three assists, and five turnovers.

      Advice: Wade was also a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, and it appears he's completely over his illness that held him back during Friday's game. Wade also reportedly told Hassan Whiteside to shut up and block shots, which resulted in Whiteside setting a franchise and career-high in blocked shots (12) tonight. Nice. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:47 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Mario Chalmers gets it going, plays 40 mins
      Mario Chalmers finally got things back on track on Sunday, putting up 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers over 40 minutes of action.

      Advice: Chalmers also hit one 3-pointer and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe, but it's worth noting that Norris Cole did not even step on the court today. Hopefully Chalmers will get things going after today's outing, and he's worth a look if he was dropped in your league after a month-long cold streak. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:18 pm
    • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) done for the year
      Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season with a full tear of his left Achilles.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for the Pistons, and we wish Jennings a speedy recovery. Typically these types of injuries take 7-12 months for a complete recovery, and that's just talking about returning to the court. D.J. Augustin becomes a must-own guy with Jennings unavailable for the rest of the season, and Spencer Dinwiddie will also enter the rotation as the primary reserve off the bench. If Augustin is sitting on your waiver wire, go grab him now as he owns averages of 13.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers as a starter for Detroit. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:33 am
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) game-time decision Sun.
      Dwight Howard (ankle) did not participate during shootaround, and he is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: It's worth noting that head coach Kevin McHale said he's "not real hopeful," that Dwight will play tonight, so it's sounding like he's closer to doubtful than a game-time decision. If Howard is forced to sit that Rockets could go with Joey Dorsey at the center spot, or it's possible they slide over Donatas Motiejunas to the center position and start Josh Smith at power forward. We'll have a better idea of the starting lineup closer to tip-off, but Smith and Motiejunas would likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:17 am
       
      Injured
    • Woj: 'Strong belief' Jennings tore Achilles
      There is a "strong belief" within the Pistons that Brandon Jennings tore his left Achilles on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: Sadly, all signs support this claim. Jennings was in agonizing pain at the time of the injury and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Those who have torn their Achilles before have mentioned it felt like being drilled with a baseball in their lower leg, which seemed to be the case for Jennings. The Pistons will conduct an MRI to confirm the damage, but fantasy owners in all re-draft leagues should consider Jennings out for the season. D.J. Augustin is expected to start and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:24 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • John Wall scores 25 points vs. Blazers
      John Wall scored a team-high 25 points against the Blazers during a 103-96 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

      Advice: It's his first 20-point game in his last five tries and it was also the first time he was above 50 percent from the field in that span, too. Wall's offensive numbers are going down a bit due to a drop in efficiency and usage rate, but he's still leading the NBA in assists per game with over two steals per game. He's a stud. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:49 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes
      Derrick Favors was quiet in his return to the lineup on Saturday with nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: It wasn't a bad line and it was mostly due to his low usage rate. Favors is shooting the ball very well from the field and is at 72.3 percent from the line in 2015, so he could become an elite big man thanks to his contributions in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:16 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores career-high 16 points
      Joe Ingles scored a career-high 16 points against the Nets on Saturday with one rebound, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The 3-pointers were also a career high. Ingles has done most of his damage in dimes, steals and treys, so he's climbing into the top-140 player conversation. With Rodney Hood (foot) out for at least a few weeks and Alec Burks (shoulder) out for the year, Ingles is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:12 pm
    • SVG: Jennings out for foreseeable future
      Coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings' foot injury "doesn't look good" and he will be out for the foreseeable future.

      Advice: The Pistons will give him an MRI in the coming days to confirm the diagnosis. Looking at the circumstantial evidence, Jennings is likely out for the season with an Achilles tear. To be clear, that is still just an educated guess and it has not been confirmed. D.J. Augustin is going to pick up around 10 minutes per game and should be owned in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also play more. Hopefully, we're wrong on Jennings. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Langston Galloway plays 32 minutes in start
      Langston Galloway played 32 minutes as the starting point guard against the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He ran the point a ton tonight, which is something he did in college and in the D-League. Coach Derek Fisher didn't really use Galloway at the point on Friday, so the versatility bodes very well for him. Even if Jose Calderon (knee) returns, Galloway looks like a good bet for 25-30 minutes. He's worth a long look in standard leagues for his upside in steals and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:32 pm
    • Brandon Jennings leaves game with leg injury
      Brandon Jennings suffered a left leg injury and went to the locker room on Saturday.

      Advice: It did not look good at all and his teammates were very discouraged. Jennings had to be taken to the locker room in a wheelchair, so it could be a severe ankle injury or an Achilles issue. If you're looking to add a point guard, D.J. Augustin is a very strong speculative add right now. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get in the rotation. Jennings finished with 16 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:13 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Dwight Howard (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: The last time the Rockets played the Lakers, we were hit with a surprise knee injury for Howard back on Nov. 19. The Rockets are off until Wednesday following Sunday, so maybe sitting him down in what should be a win. Joey Dorsey would start with Donatas Motiejunas logging some minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:17 pm
       
      Injured
    • George Hill has soreness, expects to play
      George Hill is experiencing some soreness from Friday, but is expected to play against the Magic on Sunday.

      Advice: The severity of the soreness is not known, but this certainly isn't good news. Hill has dealt with his groin strain for basically three years and he's already aggravated it once. He'll likely be on a minutes limit again on Sunday and is more of a stash. Donald Sloan may still see a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:48 pm
    • Derrick Favors (personal) will play Saturday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will play on Saturday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: He missed Thursday's game to tend to an emergency family matter so his owners can pencil Favors into their lineups. Rudy Gobert will likely shift back to the bench with this news, but he should still see enough run to make an impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:29 am
    • DeMar DeRozan struggling since his return
      DeMar DeRozan has struggled significantly over his last three games, scoring a combined 14 points over that span.

      Advice: Since Terrence Ross was benched, DeRozan has been playing a lot more small forward but he doesn't blame his recent production on the switch. "It's not really about me playing the three, just my whole rhythm and feel of everything," DeRozan said. "Just get that back on track and let it come to me natural, like it was before. I kind of find myself looking for fouls now, instead of it coming naturally to me." To be clear, we fully expect him to be fine and it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring at an elite level again. It may not be a bad idea to float some buy-low offers if his owner is panicking. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:40 am
    • Deng scores 23 points despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness in the Heat's 89-87 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: Deng looks like he's ready to produce for owners again and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Chalmers has quiet game with Wade around
      Mario Chalmers scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two steals over 30 minutes on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: Chalmers has been ice-cold lately and he can only be viewed as a stash in the hopes the older players on the Heat start to exit stage left. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:50 pm
    • Wade (illness) struggles through Friday's win
      Dwyane Wade played through an illness on Friday against the Pacers, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting with zero rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: The illness certainly affected his performance and with six turnovers owners would have been fine if he just skipped this one. He's a major shutdown candidate and owners will want to root for the Heat to stay healthy and competitive for a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:47 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • George Hill (groin) logs 20 minutes in return
      George Hill (groin) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Heat, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (no threes) with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes.

      Advice: This is pretty much on par with what we expected and he should not be floating around any waiver wires. As long as he is healthy he'll be a major part of the Pacers' attack and has mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:44 pm
    • Langston Galloway scores 15 points vs. Magic
      Langston Galloway scored 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Magic on Friday during a 113-106 victory.

      Advice: He is capable of being the point guard and the Knicks will likely ask him to run the offense more now with Jose Calderon (knee) expected to miss time. Galloway is capable of scoring and there's upside since he can get some steals while adding treys, so he's worth a long look to see if he stays hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:59 pm
    • Cavs crush Hornets, LeBron scores 25 points
      LeBron James had no trouble with the Hornets on Friday during a 129-90 win, scoring 25 points with six rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: The Cavs were up 35 points at half and the Hornets just couldn't' stop them whatsoever. After all the daytime sports talk shows were freaking out, the Cavs are on a five-game winning streak and have three consecutive games with a double-digit margin of victory. LeBron looks like he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:17 pm
    • Two-Pat Dub-Dub: Patrick Patterson plays well
      Patrick Patterson started the second half of Friday's game against the 76ers, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Amir Johnson was benched due to playing poorly. Patterson has really shined in the second unit, so chances are he's not going to move into the starting lineup. On the other hand, he's played well and has averaged a double-double over his last three. He's more of a 14-team guy right now, but there is some upside if you need treys from the power forward spot in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:02 pm
    • Dwight Howard (right ankle) out for game
      Dwight Howard suffered a right ankle sprain and will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It didn't look too bad, but the Rockets are just going to play it safe, especially considering how many players have missed time due to playing through sprained ankles this season. Joey Dorsey will be the main center while Donatas Motiejunas can help out at the five, too. The Rockets will play the Lakers on Sunday and Howard should be considered questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwight Howard goes to the locker room
      Dwight Howard asked out of Friday's game in Phoenix and went to the locker room.

      Advice: It's unclear what happened and he may have just tweaked an ankle injury. Howard has been on the injury report for over a month due to his knee injury and he was probable today. We'll add an update as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Patrick Patterson starting second half
      Patrick Patterson is starting the second half against the Sixers on Friday.

      Advice: Two-Pat was on a roll while Amir Johnson did not score in the first half. It's unknown if Johnson is hurt, but it might just be a change with the way the game is going. Patterson isn't quite worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:18 pm
    • George Hill (groin) will be active for Friday
      George Hill (groin) will be on the active roster for Friday's game vs. Miami.

      Advice: While he isn't starting, is appears that he will play, and that will likely hurt the value of C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan. He's not a must-start guy tonight as he'll likely be eased back into things, but he deserves to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:48 pm
    • Wade and Deng starting, Whiteside is not
      Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng will start against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: We're still waiting to see what's up with Hassan Whiteside. Wade appears to be good to go and should run the offense for the Heat tonight as one of the highest usage rate guys in the NBA. Start him in your standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:38 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng (illness) expected to play Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) is feeling better according to head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he is expected to play Friday vs. Indiana.

      Advice: Considering Deng didn't miss the last game, he's looking very likely for tonight's game vs. Indiana. With Deng feeling better, hopefully he'll have a better outing than his 2-of-6-performance form Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) planning on playing
      Dwyane Wade (illness) is planning on playing giant the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He is in the arena and there's no indication that he will sit. Wade missed shootaround this morning and he's likely going to be less than 100 percent. He'll be a risky play in DFS tonight and we'll look for an other update regarding his status in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:52 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • George Hill (groin) expected to play vs. Heat
      George Hill (groin) is expected to return to action vs. the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: Hill won't immediately join the starting lineup but his return is still bad news for the limited value of C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan. Hill hasn't played since Dec. 31 and may need a few games to scrape off the rust, but he belongs on a roster in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:14 am
    • Luol Deng (illness) probable to return Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) appears probable to return vs. the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been sick for four days and didn't even travel to Charlotte for Wednesday's game, but he went through shootaround on Friday without any issues. His likely return will send Danny Granger back to the bench, reducing Granger and James Ennis to an afterthought in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:38 am
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) questionable vs. Pacers
      Dwyane Wade (illness) didn't go through Friday's shootaround and he's questionable to play vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is also questionable but it sounds like Luol Deng (illness) will be back in uniform, giving Miami a much-needed boost if Wade isn't able to suit up. The Heat are unlikely to determine his status until close to the 7:30 ET tip-off in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:30 am
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwight Howard (strained knee) probable Friday
      Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Dwight is perpetually listed on Houston's injury list as 'probable' so this shouldn't alarm his fantasy owners. His right knee has bothered him all year and Houston may need to give him some rest as the season progresses, however, so we'll continue to closely monitor his health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
    • Pat Riley says Heat have 'underachieved'
      Heat president Pat Riley said on Thursday that his team has "underachieved" this season.

      Advice: "We’ve had a lot of opportunities, 10 or 12 games to overcome adversity ... and we haven’t been able to," Riley said. "We are in the fight with five or six other teams for probably the playoffs, spots six, seven and eight." Miami's 18-24 record puts them in the No. 7 seed in the East, but they're just three games above the No. 11 seed Celtics. Dwyane Wade and company will try to pad their lead with a home win vs. the Pacers on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:20 am
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Evan Turner hits game-winning 3-pointer
      Evan Turner hit a game-winning corner 3-pointer against the Blazers during the 90-89 victory on Thursday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, four turnovers and one other 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

      Advice: The Celtics snapped their 24-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams tonight and Turner apparently knew his clutch shot was going down. "Not to be arrogant, I did actually," he said. "I prayed prior to it to make a big shot. And it happened." Turner has actually been effective on his corner 3-pointers, making 10-of-20 from there on the year. Clutch shot aside, he's still a questionable player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:09 am
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 points in easy win
      Blake Griffin made 11-of-14 from the field for 24 points against the Nets during a 123-84 win on Thursday with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He's on fire over his last four, averaging 27.5 points, 7.5 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 treys and 1.0 turnovers on 63.4 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. Griffin doesn't have a single block in that stretch and he's on pace to set a career low of just 0.4 per game this season. Obviously, his owners shouldn't care if he's scoring the ball this efficiently. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:01 pm
    • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points vs. Bucks
      Gordon Hayward carried the Jazz down the stretch during a 101-99 win on Thursday in Milwaukee with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: His numbers have been trending down on the season, so this big game was nice to see. In fact, Hayward's points and rebounds have decreased in each of the last three months of the season. The Jazz will get to host the struggling Nets on Saturday, so expect Hayward to have success again. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:59 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores six with seven dimes
      Joe Ingles handed out a team-high seven assists against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Rodney Hood (foot) is out until the All-Star break and Ingles seems to have his minutes locked down. He's a very good passer and the upside is there for him with some output in steals and treys. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:44 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles vs. Jazz
      Zaza Pachulia double-doubled against the Jazz during a 101-99 loss on Thursday with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He made just 4-of-14 from the field and is really struggling from the field in his last four. In that span, Pachulia made just 32.4 percent from the field for averages of 9.3 points, 8.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.3 blocks. John Henson can't stop fouling and Larry Sanders could be out for the season, so Zaza's minutes are safe. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:24 pm
    • Dwyane Wade fined $15,000 on Thursday
      Dwyane Wade was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during Wednesday's loss to Charlotte.

      Advice: It has been a rough season for the Heat so it's not surprising to see Wade let out some frustration. On the bright side, Wade was able to play through his hamstring injury on Wednesday and it didn't appear that he was limited in any fashion. As always, simply check the injury report before inserting Wade into lineups as his next DNP is always right around the corner. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:15 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • George Hill (groin) now questionable Friday
      George Hill (groin) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: He has been sidelined since Dec. 31, so this is welcome news for his owners. Hill's return would likely send C.J. Watson back to the bench, ruining his already limited value. Donald Sloan would also likely fall out of the rotation completely, so owners in deep leagues should have another plan ready. If Hill is somehow available in your league, he is more than worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 pm
    • Derrick Favors (personal) out on Thursday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury, and all we know is that Favors won't even travel with the Jazz to Milwaukee for "personal reasons". We will be sure to pass along any available updates as needed. On the other hand, Rudy Gobert will likely draw the start on Thursday and is absolutely a must-start option for his upside in blocks and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:25 am
    • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to GSW
      Dwight Howard hit just 3-of-8 shots for seven points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, and also committed five turnovers.

      Advice: Hey, at least he didn't kill your free throw percentage (1-of-2 tonight). His last multi-block game was way back on Dec. 15 and he's had seven games since then without a single block. The Warriors were dominant tonight and Howard never got it going, but his lack of shot blocking is one of the great mysteries in the NBA right now. He's also dealing with a sore knee, but that didn't appear to be bothering him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • John Wall scores 18 points vs. OKC
      John Wall handed out 13 assists against the Thunder during an 105-103 overtime loss on Wednesday, adding 18 points with six rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He moved into sole possession of assists per game and he's done a great job of passing. However, the scoring has fallen off since Bradley Beal has played big minutes. Since Beal played more than 35 minutes in his first game this season on Dec. 3, Wall has scored just 16.2 points with a usage rate of 23.8 and an effective field goal percentage of 51.2. Before that, Wall had a 26.8 usage, a 45.8 eFG% and 18.1 points per game. Regardless, he's a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores six points in 33 minutes
      DeMar DeRozan logged 33 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday, but scored only six points on 2-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: DeRozan didn't attempt any 3-pointers and he added just one assist without any steals, making this a thoroughly disappointing line for his patient fantasy owners. The Raptors are 27-15 overall but just 11-8 on the road, and they've fallen from No. 1 in the Eastern Conference to No. 3, with the Bulls trailing by just half a game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • Greivis Vasquez shoots 1-of-8 in start vs MEM
      Greivis Vasquez started Wednesday's game in Memphis, but finished with only three points on 1-of-8 shooting in the Raptors' road loss.

      Advice: Vasquez logged 22 minutes and he's been underwhelming since overtaking Terrence Ross for a starting job. He chipped in two steals tonight and deep-league owners may find him to be a worthwhile gamble, but everyone should avoid him while Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson and Ross are all healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • James Johnson scoreless in eight minutes
      James Johnson played only eight minutes in Memphis on Wednesday, going scoreless with one rebound and one block.

      Advice: Toronto has a 3-8 record in their last 11 games, largely due to DeMar DeRozan's absence, and Johnson's role has dwindled quickly over the past week. He has enough upside to stay on the radar in deeper leagues, but most owners can safely ignore him while Toronto is at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:26 pm
    • Langston Galloway scores 11 points in win
      Langston Galloway turned in another outstanding game against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He continues to get some run at point guard and the Knicks suddenly have a lot of confidence in the rookie. Galloway has exceeded all expectations and the Knicks seem to view him as their best wing option after Carmelo Anthony. He is still on a 10-day deal, but it would be a shock to see the Knicks not sign him for the rest of the season next week. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:16 pm
    • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving play despite flu
      LeBron James and Kyrie Irving played through a flu bug on Wednesday as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight game in a blowout over the Jazz.

      Advice: James had 26 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals and seven turnovers, and Irving added 18 points, four assists, five steals and two 3-pointers. Kevin Love also chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, as the Cavs appear to finally be figuring things out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:42 pm
    • Pistons win, aided by Greg Monroe's 24 & 10
      Greg Monroe finished Wednesday's win vs. Orlando with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block, marking his 10th double-double of the month.

      Advice: Monroe has grabbed eight rebounds in two games since Jan. 1, which are the only times he failed to double-double in 2015. Fantasy owners basking in his post-Smoove production shouldn't overlook his FT shooting, which has soared to a career-high 76.3 percent on 4.8 attempts per game. He's locked into top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Brandon Jennings blows up w/ 24 pts, 21 dimes
      Brandon Jennings handed out a career-high 21 assists during the Pistons' win vs. Orlando on Wednesday, while scoring 24 points and turning the ball over just twice in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He's the first player to have 20+ points and 20+ assists in a game since Steve Nash did it in 2009, and only four players have done it since 2000 -- Jennings, Nash, Ramon Sessions and Jalen Rose. Jennings has been in a shooting slump lately but he's looked like a different player since Josh Smith's departure, flirting with top-20 value despite averaging a mere 28.1 minutes over the past month. Congratulations are in order if you stuck with him during his early-season doldrums. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday night
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played very well against the Warriors last week and will look to keep it going. Howard has some knee problems right now, but it is unlikely to force him to miss action tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade hits 8-of-21 shots in start
      Dwyane Wade played through a hamstring injury on Wednesday and hit just 8-of-21 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He missed a couple games with the injury and has now played in two straight with it. Wade may or may not be out of the woods, but given his history, there's a chance he misses another game sooner than later. Wade should basically be considered day-to-day for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:59 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwyane Wade will start vs. Hornets Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Dwyane Wade will start Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Beat writer Joe Goodman reported that Wade was receiving treatment on his hamstring pre-game, casting some doubt on his status, but the team's official Twitter account has since listed him as a starter. Get him into your active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • LeBron James (illness) will play on Wednesday
      LeBron James (illness) participated in shootaround and will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He did miss practice on Tuesday, but his owners should not have any concerns about activating him into all lineups. James has averaged 31.8 points per game since returning from knee and back problems, and he has a favorable match tonight against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 am
    • George Hill (groin) out again on Wednesday
      George Hill (groin) will miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This will be his 11th straight game on the sidelines, and he has only been able to play in five games so far this season. Hill did return to practice on Tuesday suggesting that his return is getting closer, but there is no telling when we will see him in uniform again. C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan will continue to fill the void for the Pacers, but neither player is reliable enough to use in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:56 am
    • Knicks to use same starting lineup Wednesday
      Head coach Derek Fisher said that he will most likely keep the same starting lineup for Wednesday's game that earned them a win over the Pelicans on Monday, meaning Langston Galloway will have another chance at extended minutes.

      Advice: Galloway has posted averages of 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers over 25.4 minutes per game this season, so there is enough potential here to warrant a pickup in deeper leagues. The Knicks have every intention of looking towards the future this season, so Galloway's minutes should theoretically rise as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 am
    • Luol Deng (illness) will not play Wednesday
      Luol Deng (illness) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Deng fought through the illness to score eight points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, but he'll now get a few days to fully recuperate before Friday's home game vs. Indiana. James Ennis and Danny Granger stand to gain the most in Deng's absence -- Ennis is slightly more attractive if he earns the start at SF, but they're only worth a glance in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng plays 29 minutes despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness vs. OKC on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Deng has quietly posted mid-round value with the Heat thanks to balanced production and a sizeable role offensively -- his 20.3 usage rate is just below his career average, and his 57.8 percent True Shooting marks a career high. He's also posting a solid PER of 17.0, his highest since the 2007-08 season, and it's easy to see why the 7th-seed Heat aren't eager to trade him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:21 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Mario Chalmers quiet in 28 minutes vs Thunder
      Mario Chalmers struggled in 28 minutes on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Thunder with six points, one rebound, three assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: Chalmers had a golden opportunity with Dwyane Wade out over the past two games, but he sputtered out with averages of 7.0 points on 27.8 percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals. His fantasy value has been dragged down by the heavy anchor of sub-40 percent shooting, and he belongs on fantasy benches until he heats up. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:20 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) starting Tuesday vs. OKC
      Updating a previous report, Luol Deng (illness) will start on Tuesday vs. OKC.

      Advice: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside will join Deng in the starting lineup. Get him active for what will be an up-tempo game with the Thunder. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • George Hill (groin) practices in full on Tues
      George Hill (groin) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, but his status for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks has not yet been determined.

      Advice: We'll get another update on Hill following Wednesday's shootaround, but his return to practice can be viewed as a positive sign. If he is able to go, C.J. Watson would likely head back to the bench and his already limited value would take a hit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:07 pm
    • LeBron James (flu) misses practices Tuesday
      LeBron James (flu-like symptoms) did not practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Cavs are waiting to see how LeBron feels after Wednesday morning's shootaround before giving an official update on his status. We'll be calling him questionable for now, and if he is forced to sit, expect Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to be the primary beneficiaries. J.R. Smith could draw another start, and he would also see an uptick in value with James unavailable. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:30 am
    • Fisher says Galloway has a high ceiling
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said on Tuesday that Langston Galloway has a high ceiling.

      Advice: The 23-year-old is averaging 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 three-pointers over 25.4 minutes in five games with the Knicks this season and has impressed Fisher in his short Knicks' career. With the Knicks sitting at 6-36, Galloway should get plenty of run moving forward and is worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:34 am
    • Vasquez posts low-end line in start
      Greivis Vasquez started at shooting guard in Monday's win, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and one triple in 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Vasquez isn't a good bet to produce more than this with the Raptors at full strength so he's only worth a look in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:51 pm
    • DeRozan goes 0-for-9, Raptors survive and win
      DeMar DeRozan missed all nine of his field goal attempts in Monday's win over the Bucks, finishing with three rebounds and four assists to go with his goose egg in the scoring column.

      Advice: We'll cut him some slack and call this rust but he has a way to go to match the Team USA hype from this summer. Obviously he should remain owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:49 pm
    • Patterson ties career-high with 13 rebounds
      Patrick Patterson tied a career-high with 13 rebounds on Monday, and he also chipped in with seven points and three assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Patterson didn't attempt a single three and it's possible somebody got in his ear and told him to rebound his position. He has managed a top-150 ranking on the year in 8-cat leagues and he's money in 9-cat leagues with a top-90 rating, so give him a hard look in 8-cat formats and he should be owned in most 9-cat versions. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:13 pm
    • Langston Galloway scores 21 points vs. NO
      Langston Galloway scored a career-high 21 points against the Pelicans on Monday with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He signed another 10-day deal on Saturday and the Knicks are almost a lock to sign him for the rest of the season when this new 10-day deal is up. Galloway has been a complete boom-or- bust guy in his five games with three games below 34.0 effective field goal percentage and the other two above 67.0 percent. He's certainly gained the attention of the coaching staff, so maybe they give him consistent minutes. If you want to take a flyer on him in a deep league, it's not a bad idea. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 5:37 pm
    • Greivis Vasquez will start Monday vs. Bucks
      Greivis Vasquez will draw the start over Terrence Ross for Monday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Vasquez made five previous starts this season when DeMar DeRozan was injured, and averaged 12.2 points and 4.8 assists on 44 percent shooting during that span. While coach Dwane Casey didn't indicate whether or not the move was permanent, Vasquez is worth a look in most leagues as longs as he holds onto the starting spot. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 4:19 pm
    • Blake Griffin dominates the Celtics on Monday
      Blake Griffin was outstanding against the Celtics during a 102-93 win on Monday with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

      Advice: He didn't turn the ball over, made all four shots from the line, and was 9-of-18 from the field. Griffin continues to pass the ball extremely well and handed out 5.6 dimes per game over his previous 10. He's also at 54.5 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the line in 2015, so his owners shouldn't dwell on his lack of boards and blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 4:01 pm
    • Evan Turner flirts with a triple-double
      Evan Turner had a cheap double-double against the Clippers on Monday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It's been the same story for Turner since the Jeff Green trade with solid output in boards and dimes with not much else. In his last five, he's averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.4 triples on 35.9 percent from the field. He's much better in points leagues than standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:26 pm
       
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      Injured
    • Brandon Jennings' slump continues Monday
      The Pistons' win streak ended at two games with Monday's loss in Atlanta, as Brandon Jennings managed just seven points on 1-of-10 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs.

      Advice: Jennings is shooting right around 40 percent from the field this season, so owners will have to live with slumps like the one he's mired in, having made 18-of-54 shots over the past four games. He gets a pass for Monday's dud, at least, since the Hawks are holding opposing PGs to a league-low 18.7 points per game this season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:21 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Greg Monroe's 16 & 20 aren't enough for DET
      Greg Monroe piled up 16 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block on Monday, but he also turned the ball over six times in a loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Andre Drummond also had a convincing double-double with 13 points and 18 boards, but Detroit's big men didn't get much help -- their teammates shot a combined 19-of-62 from the field (30.7 percent) against the Hawks' intense defense. Monroe has propelled himself into second-round value over the past few weeks, and his owners hit the lottery the day Josh Smith was waived by Detroit. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:21 pm
    • John Wall scores 11 with 10 dimes
      John Wall had a mediocre game against the 76ers during a 110-76 win on Monday with 11 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

      Advice: Wall's scoring has really fallen off in his last three, scoring just 11.7 points per game. He's also turning the ball over a little too often with at least three turnovers in each of his last nine games. There's a good chance this is his low point of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 2:58 pm
    • Langston Galloway starts for Knicks on Monday
      Knicks G Langston Galloway will start for the Knicks on Monday.

      Advice: The 23-year-old rookie will share the backcourt with Jose Calderon. In four appearances this season he's averaging 9.8 points on 36.1 percent shooting, while chipping in 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 24 minutes per game. He's worth a glance as a cheap daily-league option, but owners in standard formats should steer clear. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 1:03 pm
    • John Wall credits Howard Eisley for floater
      John Wall credits his improved floater to working with assistant coach Howard Eisley.

      Advice: In addition to watching film work and practicing the motion, Wall credits Eisley. Wall is finding more ways to use his athleticism to become a more complete point guard, and this is a good step in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:21 am
    • LeBron James feeling best he has all season
      LeBron James said that he's feeling the best he's felt all season.

      Advice: I've felt better in the last three games than I did the whole season, the whole 30-plus games that I appeared in," he said. LeBron clearly needed the time off, and now the Cavs are looking to turn around their season. Cleveland faces Chicago on MLK day. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 6:59 am
    • Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke struggle Sunday
      Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke both shot 4-of-15 from the field during Sunday's loss in San Antonio, combining for 18 points in an ugly road loss.

      Advice: Burke had eight assists and Hayward had five assists and three steals, but Utah never threatened after scoring just 27 points in the first half. Hayward's value has slipped after a torrid start to the season, but he's still returning top-50 value over the past month with averages of 19.3 points, 1.8 triples, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:30 pm
    • Derrick Favors gets 13 boards, four blocks
      Derrick Favors had 13 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, but he scored only nine points on 4-of-11 shooting during 27 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The Jazz couldn't muster enough offense to beat the Spurs, shooting just 28-of-84 as a team (33.3 percent), with a 10-of-16 mark at the FT line. Favors fell one point shy of his third straight double-double in tonight's defeat, and his injury scare last Saturday has proven to be a false alarm. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:28 pm
    • James Johnson plays just 11 minutes on Sunday
      James Johnson played just 11 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, going for four rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers while missing his only shot attempt.

      Advice: Johnson has shown mixed results with the return of DeMar DeRozan, sandwiching his 17-point full stat line effort between two atrocious duds. However, it's worth noting that his best game came during garbage time, and it looks like the return of DeMar is going to really hurt the value of Johnson. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:06 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points on Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, and one turnover.

      Advice: DeRozan also shot 7-of-9 from the stripe, making this your prototypical DeRozan line. He also logged 35.9 minutes, and he looks to be fully recovered from his groin injury that sidelined him for all of December. Before that extended absence, DeRozan had only missed three games over the past four seasons, so hopefully he'll be able to remain on the court for the rest of the year. He has mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:33 pm
    • Greivis Vasquez plays well in 2nd-half start
      Greivis Vasquez started the second half of Sunday's game, putting up 16 points, nine assists (season-high), four 3-pointers, two rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Head coach Dwane Casey said he felt Vasquez was guarding Tyreke Evans better than any other player, which is why he decided to make the switch and send Terrence Ross to the bench. It's unclear at this point if Vasquez will stick with the starting unit, but he's struggled with consistency throughout the season, so we'd like to see another game like this one before we recommend adding him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:12 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores an easy 30 in win at SAC
      Blake Griffin made scoring 30 points look easy against the Kings on Saturday during a 117-108 win, making 11-of-16 from the field with five rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He's rolling over his last six. In that stretch, Griffin averaged 26.2 points, 6.7 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.2 triples on 58.5 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. He has been feasting in the paint in that span, making a pristine 77.1 percent of his 48 shots at the rim (45.4 percent of his shot total). The boards still aren't there for Blake, but he's doing enough to keep his owners satisfied. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 11:25 pm
    • Chase Budinger gets benched on Saturday
      Chase Budinger returned to a bench role on Saturday against the Nuggets, scoring just six points with one 3-pointer in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Robbie Hummel was inserted into the starting lineup for this contest and responded with a massive double-double, meaning Budinger's time in the sun is already over. Unless you are in a ridiculously deep league and desperately need 3-pointers, you can let go of Budinger. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 8:56 pm
    • Brandon Jennings slows down in a win
      Brandon Jennings made just 3-of-9 from the field for 10 points during a 107-89 win over the 76ers on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The second half of back-to-back sets are not his thing. He made just 32.2 percent from the field in his previous eight games in that situation and he's also worse at home, so the splits monster got him again tonight. Jennings is still playing lights out and is a must-start guy. He's a sell-high player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 7:44 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 103-95 vs Cle
    • Jazz sign Elliot Williams to another deal
      The Utah Jazz have signed Elliot Williams to another 10-day contract on Saturday as expected.

      Advice: He has averaged 2.7 points in 8.6 minutes per game with the Jazz so far, and there is no reason to think that his role will grow especially with Rodney Hood returning from injury. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 8:59 am
    • Elliot Williams to stay with the Jazz
      Elliot Williams is expected to sign another 10-day contract with the Jazz.

      Advice: He has seen very limited playing time with the Jazz and is only averaging 2.7 points per game, so owners can leave him on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 6:08 am
    • Griffin posts 34 & 10; CP3 flirts with 3x2
      Blake Griffin scored 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Clippers' 126-121 loss to the Cavs on Friday.

      Advice: Griffin did not attempt a three and he addressed his rebounding problem, so this is as good of a game as owners could have hoped for. Like many big men whose value is struggling, the move away from the hoop has killed him and stuck him with just top 40-50 value on the year. Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction. Chris Paul hit just 4-of-15 shots and 1-of-7 threes, but finished with 15 points, eight boards, 14 assists and three steals in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:13 am
    • LeBron nears quadruple-double with TOs
      LeBron James flirted with a quadruple-double including turnovers in the Cavs' road win over the Clippers on Friday, scoring 32 points on 11-of-23 shooting (3-of-8 3PTs, 7-of-12 FTs) with 11 rebounds, seven assists and nine turnovers.

      Advice: The middle of the season should be where James excels the most, as the Cavs are in a very real push to turn things around and rest is better suited for later in the season. He's the No. 8 and 16 player when on the floor in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:06 am
    • Chalmers productive with Wade out
      Mario Chalmers scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one three in Friday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: Chalmers couldn't get in on the fun like his frontcourt teammates but this is a serviceable line with Dwyane Wade out. He profiles as a strong second half player with the Heat having the potential to fall out of playoff contention, which would put their vets in a shutdown position. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:37 pm
    • Hayward goes for 31 & 7 in win over Lakers
      Gordon Hayward scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in the Jazz's 94-85 win over the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: On a night of huge performances this one fits right in. He has settled into top 30-40 production and that's what owners should expect going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:20 pm
    • Ingles has another quiet but versatile line
      Joe Ingles scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting (all threes) with two rebounds, four assists and a career-high three steals in 22 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: Ingles has quietly played at a mid-round level over his last three games, but he needs to stave off the return of Rodney Hood and then after that keep it up. Chances are he can't do it, but his versatility should be noted if he's able to work his way into consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:18 pm
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