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  • LeBron James feeling healthier this season
    LeBron James admitted he's feeling healthier now than he did last season.

    Advice: "I feel better in the mornings; I feel better throughout the games; I feel better throughout the day," James said. "I just think my body wasn't ready for the adjustment of last year." LeBron is averaging 25.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 49.8 percent shooting. Prior to last season, LeBron hadn't made under 50 percent from the field since the 2008-09 season. 30 minutes ago
  • Chris Bosh (illness) will be a game-time call
    Chris Bosh (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he'll be a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The fact that Bosh didn't go through shootaround is not a great sign, and even if he plays it will be at less than 100 percent. Bosh does have a favorable matchup against a Celtics frontcourt that has no answer for him, so those with CB will have to check back for an update before tipoff. If he sits, Josh McRoberts or Udonis Haslem would likely draw the start. Haslem would only get the call if Erik Spoelstra wants to keep McBob in his traditional bench role. 44 minutes ago
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Monday
    Luol Deng (tight left hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Deng is tentatively targeting a return on Thursday vs. Oklahoma City, so this news comes as expected. Gerald Green will likely draw another start on Monday, but he's going to face Avery Bradley in a tough matchup vs. the Celtics, limiting his DFS appeal. Rookie Justise Winslow, who has played 30-plus minutes in two of his last three games, will also see extended run. 49 minutes ago
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out again Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Tracy McGrady might have gotten more burn during his San Antonio stint. In all sincerity, STAT has played in two games this season, so nobody should be surprised. 53 minutes ago
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start again on Monday
    Thabo Sefolosha will again start on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: For the second straight game, Kent Bazemore come off the bench. Sefolosha (24:42) actually saw more time than Bazemore (19:49) in Saturday's blowout loss vs. San Antonio, and the Hawks clearly like what a healthy Sefolosha can provide defensively with the starting five. 56 minutes ago
  • Gasol wants to see more action in the paint
    Pau Gasol recently admitted that he'd like to see "more action in the paint."

    Advice: "I'd like to see more action in the paint myself and get better rhythm shots from outside," Gasol said. "But we're all trying to figure things out." Gasol's minutes have been trending down, and he hasn't exceeded 30 minutes since November 7. Over his last three games, the big man is averaging 11.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists on a lousy 34.9 percent from the floor. Today, 8:01 am
  • Vogel: Paul George is NBA's best two-way star
    Pacers coach Frank Vogel believes Paul George is the NBA's best two-way player.

    Advice: Kawhi Leonard would like a word, Mr. Vogel. "It’s tough to quantify in words," Vogel said. "He’s a special player, and the best two-way player in the game. We’re a different team with him out there." You can take issue with where George ranks league-wide, but there's no disputing his importance to the Pacers. With averages of 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.2 triples on 45.9 percent shooting, including an incendiary 45.5 percent from behind the 3-point line, George is playing better than ever. Today, 7:55 am
  • Report: Wizards to waive Martell Webster
    The Wizards are going to waive Martell Webster, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Webster is out for the season after another serious (hip) surgery, and the WIzards may just want to move on at this point in his career. Once waived, the Wiz will be responsible for the remainder of Webster's deal. In a related move, the team is expected to announce the signing of Ryan Hollins. Today, 7:42 am
  • Warriors will experiment without Barnes
    The Warriors will experiment with their lineup without Harrison Barnes (sprained left ankle) available.

    Advice: Brandon Rush drew the start vs. Sacramento on Saturday, but he's not necessarily going to be locked into that role. Ian Clark could be in the mix for minutes, while guys like Jason Thompson and/or James Michael McAdoo could also see action, as well. It will be a group effort to replace what Barnes brings to the table for this Warriors team. Today, 7:34 am
  • K.J. McDaniels rewarded for his hard work
    K.J. McDaniels cracked the rotation in Sunday's win as a reward for his hard work.

    Advice: McDaniels registered all of five minutes, and it's worth noting that Corey Brewer played just seven minutes, as well. Brewer, who is shooting 30.3 percent from the field, could lose his role to McDaniels. Today, 7:13 am
  • Devyn Marble will be assigned to D-League
    Magic assign G Devyn Marble to the D-League.

    Advice: Marble needs playing time that he isn't getting in Orlando. Today, 6:59 am
  • Thunder assign Mitch McGary to the D-League
    Thunder assign F/C Mitch McGary to the D-League.

    Advice: McGary needs to play, and he's not close to cracking Billy Donovan's rotation. Today, 6:55 am
  • Thunder assign Josh Huestis to the D-League
    Thunder assign F Josh Huestis to the D-League.

    Advice: Huestis has a long way to go before registering on the NBA radar. Today, 6:54 am
  • Jae Crowder: Celtics need consistent rotation
    Following Sunday's loss to the Magic, Jae Crowder called for the Celtics to have a consistent rotation.

    Advice: "A lot of guys don’t know where we’re going to play or what time we’re going to play," he said. "It’s affecting us a little bit. We’ve got to figure it out as a unit, figure it out as a coaching staff. We’ve got to build our identity in who we want to be." Isaiah Thomas agreed with Crowder, but Brad Stevens is likely to continue experimenting until Boston can find a sustainable winning formula. It doesn't help that Marcus Smart (leg) has been out of the lineup, either. Today, 6:53 am
  • Cleanthony Early nowhere near the rotation
    Cleanthony Early played six minutes in Sunday's overtime loss to Houston.

    Advice: Early is nowhere near sniffing the rotation, and this will likely be his last blurb for a while. Today, 6:49 am
  • Kevin Seraphin finding his place with Knicks
    Kevin Seraphin is beginning to find his place with the Knicks.

    Advice: "I think he’s getting more comfortable being on this team and understanding what it is we’re asking our big men to do offensively and defensively," Derek Fisher said. Seraphin played a season-high 32 minutes on Sunday with 14 points, seven boards, four dimes, a steal and four blocks, but his role and production is too volatile to be relied upon. Today, 6:48 am
  • Bad back impacting Mike Dunleavy's sleep
    Mike Dunleavy's bad back has impacted his ability to sleep through the night.

    Advice: Dunleavy, who is heading to the doctor on Monday after renewed soreness following offseason surgery, doesn't sound close to returning. Forced to choose between hotel beds that are too soft or sleeping on the rock hard floor, Dunleavy admitted that "it's a little of [pain management]." Dunleavy hasn't played in six months, and there is no timetable for his return. Today, 6:44 am
  • Kobe Bryant's role uncertain moving forward
    Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he's "not sure" what Kobe Bryant's role will be moving forward.

    Advice: "Not sure yet," Kupchak said. "I would hope that he has more fun and appears less frustrated and also gets more appreciation." Kobe, a stubborn Alpha Dog, isn't going to suddenly change his game after his retirement announcement, but perhaps the Lakers will now be able to form a better identity knowing that this is Kobe's final year. Bryant has needed 220 shots to score 201 points this season. Today, 6:36 am
  • Mitchell likes Dieng's pick-and-roll defense
    Gorgui Dieng's pick-and-roll defense has been the reason he's recently seen more playing time.

    Advice: Dieng has played between 24.5-29 minutes in each of the last four, and he's seen more minutes than rookie Karl-Anthony Towns in three of those games. "The pick-and-roll is hard to defend. If you can do that, you’ve got a chance to play more on the floor," Dieng said. Trending upward after a nightmare start to his season, Dieng is averaging 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. He should be picked back up in your league if he was dropped. Today, 6:19 am
  • Jimmy Butler dealing with right foot injury
    Jimmy Butler is playing through an undisclosed right foot injury.

    Advice: "Man I don’t know what it is, but I’m playing through it," Butler said. The tough-as-nails swingman originally injured himself on November 20 vs. the Warriors and added he "wasn't sure" if he'd need an MRI. There is nothing to suggest Butler is going to miss time, but this will remain a concern so long as Butler is playing heavy minute and until he says it's a non-issue. Today, 6:07 am
  • Frank Kaminsky returned to action on Sunday November 29. Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Cody Zeller returned to action on Sunday November 29. Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Evan Fournier plays 20 minutes vs. BOS
    Evan Fournier (hip) played just 20 minutes against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring nine points with three boards, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: The Magic were in control of this game from the start and easily bested the Celtics, so they were able to limit Fournier's minutes since he was considered questionable to play with a sore hip. Victor Oladipo has really stepped up his play off the bench, but Fournier has been one of coach Scott Skiles' favorite players this season and his role should be relatively safe. His fantasy arrow is pointing down after a blistering start to the campaign, but he's still a must-own player in standard leagues. The Magic will take on the Wolves on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores six points with 10 boards
    Jordan Hill (back) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday vs. the Lakers and scored six points with 10 boards (three offensive) and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: It had to feel good for him to get the win over his old squad, and he did mention before the game that his back is doing a lot better. Hill's hustle and offensive rebounding has earned him a consistent role off the Pacers' bench, but he isn't going to be a reliable fantasy asset while he is only seeing minutes in the low 20s. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Paul George drops 39 points with five treys
    Paul George stayed hot in a win over the woeful Lakers on Sunday with 39 points, four boards, one assist, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The NBA keeps on waiting for George to slow down, but he just won't quit and has now led the Pacers to a four-game win streak and they are currently sitting in second place in the East. Additionally, George connected on a season-high 14 free throws on 17 attempts which is just one away from his career high. The Pacers are off until Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers, so George should be fresh and ready to go for that showdown. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Nick Young scores 22 points in 2nd half
    After going scoreless in the first half, Nick Young erupted after the break and finished with 22 points, two boards, one assist and six 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Lakers couldn't generate any offense in the first half, but Young stepped up down the stretch and certainly wasn't shy on offense with 14 shot attempts on the night. Swaggy P was held to single-digit scoring in his previous four games, so we would need to see him do this again before we can recommend an add in most leagues. He's a low-end 3-point specialist until further notice, but he could benefit if Kobe Bryant goes down at some point this season. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 13 points on 20 shots
    Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Black Mamba announced earlier in the day that he would retire after the 2015-16 season, so it would've been nice to see him play a little better. The Staples Center went nuts when he hit a clutch 3-pointer to keep the Lakers in striking distance, but he airballed his next 3-pointer which would have tied the game with just seconds remaining. It's been a tough year for Kobe, and things likely won't be getting any easier for his fantasy owners. He will be a volatile asset to own moving forward. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin racks up season-highs vs. HOU
    Kevin Seraphin set season-highs across the board vs. Houston, notching 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and four blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He got hot and Derek Fisher rode him down the stretch, with the result that starter Robin Lopez (15 minutes) was rooted to the bench. Owners in standard leagues should only glance at Seraphin despite this solid outing -- he's cracked 20 minutes twice all season and his matchup-based role is as mercurial as they come. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Harrison Barnes will miss at least 3 games
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will miss at least the next three games for the Warriors.

    Advice: Tests didn't reveal any broken bones, but the Warriors will be cautious with Barnes considering they are 18-0 and will re-evaluate him next week. This timetable means that the earliest we would see him back on the court is on Dec. 6 against the Nets, but that's probably too optimistic. Barnes was playing really well before going down and was returning mid-round value, so hold onto him if you can. Brandon Rush could continue to start in his absence and scored 16 points against the Kings on Saturday, so he's worth a look in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Sunday vs. IND
    Kobe Bryant will play vs. the Pacers on Sunday night.

    Advice: He announced that he will retire after the 2015-16 season earlier today, so the atmosphere in the Staples Center should be electrifying. This is the second game of a back-to-back set for the Lakers and Bryant played 34 minutes on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see how his body holds up throughout the game. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng notches double-double Sunday
    Gorgui Dieng notched his second double-double of the year on Sunday with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: He made 5-of-7 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, while chipping in two assists, one steal, one block and only one turnover. Dieng's excellent play over the past four games hasn't gone unnoticed by coach Sam Mitchell, who recently praised Dieng's pick-and-roll ability, and he belongs on your roster while his minutes are in the mid-20s. His solid playing time tonight is encouraging since Nemanja Bjelica was back in action, though it's worth noting that Dieng still only played 1.7 minutes alongside Karl-Anthony Towns. Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play on Mon
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Barnes said on Sunday that he was unsure when he would be able to return, but the Warriors have already made it clear that they won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Until we get a firm timetable, Barnes should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Rush could draw another start on Monday and may see around 20 minutes of action. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Kobe says that this will be his last season
    Kobe Bryant said that this will be his last season in the NBA.

    Advice: The five-time NBA champion has had a legendary career, but Father Time has gotten the best of him this season and it makes sense for him to call it a career at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign. The 37-year-old's status for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers is still up in the air, but the atmosphere is going to be pretty ridiculous if he decides to suit up. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Cody Zeller picks up four fouls in 16 minutes
    Cody Zeller started the second-half of Sunday's win over the Bucks with Al Jefferson going down with a calf injury, but only managed to put up two points, one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes of play.

    Advice: He also tallied four fouls in his 16 minutes of playing time, which is kind of impressive. Zeller is not a stat sheet stuffer and he struggles to even produce marginal stats when given the minutes, so while his playing time could go up if Jefferson is forced to miss time, he doesn't warrant a pickup in most formats. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Evan Fournier (hip) will start Sunday vs. BOS
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said he really didn't think Fournier was going to be able to play today, but after receiving treatment he has been cleared by the Magic's medical staff, and will give it a go. Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevik’ll join him in the starting unit. Go ahead and get him active. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) unsure on return date
    Harrison Barnes is not sure just how long he'll be sidelined with his sprained left ankle.

    Advice: "I'm not quite sure, I'm just going to kind of see how it goes," Barnes said. "I'm not going to try to rush it. We want to make sure when I come back, it's 100 percent, and there's not any lingering pain or effects." Barnes was spotted on crutches on Saturday, so he's obviously not close to making a return. Brandon Rush will have another opportunity to start on Monday when the Dubs take on the Jazz, with Andre Iguodala and Leandro Barbosa likely seeing a slight bump in minutes. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) targeting Thursday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the court for Thursday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Advice: Deng said unless he "magically wakes up" feeling a lot better on Monday, he will miss his third consecutive game when the Heat take on the Celtics on Monday. He was able to do a bit more during Sunday's practice, but the hamstring is still bothering him when he tries to sprint. "I'm able to slide and do a lot," Deng said. "My jump shot is fine. It's when I try to sprint, and I'm trying to just take off. That's when it's troubling me." Gerald Green should draw another start on Monday, and he makes sense as a DFS target after scoring in double figures in his previous two outings. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Jordan Hill (back) a game-time decision Sun
    Jordan Hill (back) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: Hill did say his back was feeling better after going through shootaround, but we're not likely going to have another update until after he goes through pregame warmups. If he's not able to play, more minutes will fall to Lavoy Allen with Paul George likely spending some additional time at the four-spot. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) will visit doctor Monday
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is experiencing some soreness and will visit a doctor on Monday.

    Advice: Dunleavy has been sidelined for nine weeks, but this report is a little worrying and it doesn't sound like he is close to a return. We won't speculate on a timetable, but we should know more on Monday afternoon. Tony Snell and Doug McDermott will continue to fill the void for the Bulls. Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) doubtful Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) is not expected to play on Monday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: It's unclear if STAT views this as a "big" game, but we doubt that he touches the floor on Monday since he is less than 100 percent. With just two appearances this season, Stoudemire isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Monday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He is making progress and was able to do a little more work at practice on Sunday, but it sounds like the Heat will hold him out again as a precaution. For now, expect Gerald Green to get another start and be sure to give him a long look in DFS. Deng is considered day-to-day. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (back spasms) will play Sun
    Frank Kaminsky (back spasms) will play vs. the Bucks on Sunday.

    Advice: Frank the Tank is slowly earning the trust of his coaches and he has played slightly less than 20 minutes per game over his last five. He is on the radar in very deep leagues, but he will need a lot more playing time if he wants to become a factor in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky will play Sunday
    Cody Zeller (right shoulder contusion) and Frank Kaminsky (back) will play on Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Zeller has been losing playing time to Kaminsky lately, so he isn't worth using in most leagues. The good news is that his shoulder is fine, so Marvin Williams won't have to log a ton of minutes at power forward on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Luke Walton doesn't know Barnes' timetable
    Warriors coach Luke Walton said that he doesn't know when Harrison Barnes (ankle) will be able to return.

    Advice: "It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week," Walton said. "We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time." The Warriors are 18-0 on the season, so they likely won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Brandon Rush started for Barnes on Saturday and scored 16 points in 19 minutes, while Andre Iguodala could also get a nice boost until Barnes is able to return. Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Sam Mitchell doesn't care who finishes games
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that he isn't worried about who will finish games between Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: "He has a little bit more experience than Karl," ­Mitchell said of Dieng. "He has seen a little more than Karl. {Rajon] Rondo is tricky with the ball. I have a great comfort level with Karl and [Dieng] together. I like those two. It doesn’t matter to me who finishes the game." Dieng has played down the stretch over KAT in the Wolves' last two games, but it doesn't sound like it will become a trend and Mitchell will likely go with the hot hand in future games. Dieng and KAT still aren't playing any minutes together which could limit their upside moving forward if this becomes a timeshare. Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha returned to action on Saturday November 28. Yesterday, 12:10 am
  • Kobe Bryant plays 34 minutes, iffy for Sunday
    Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Blazers on Saturday with two boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Both Kobe and head coach Byron Scott wouldn't commit to whether or not he would play against the Pacers on Sunday, but the 37-year-old admitted that his legs were dead in the fourth quarter. The Black Mamba was much better tonight after shooting 1-of-14 against the Warriors on Tuesday, but he still can't get much separation on his jump shots and is starting to become predictable on the offensive end. We'll have an update on Sunday morning, but don't count on Kobe playing. If he sits, Metta World Peace will likely draw the start. Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points against the Spurs during a start on Saturday with four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Presumably, the Hawks put Thabo in the first unit to defend an offensive superstar at small forward. Sefolosha's value won't be too high considering he's not going to get many points, but he could have some sneaky late-round value. Most owners should shoot for a higher upside. Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • LeBron James hits game-winning floater
    LeBron James scored 26 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one 3-pointer during a 90-88 win over the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He hit a floater in the lane off a pick-and-roll play to give the Cavs the lead for good with one second left. LeBron is actually in a mini slump in his last three, making just 41.4 percent from the field. He's really struggled outside of the paint and is settling a little too much. He'll be fine. Saturday, 7:46 pm
  • Harrison Barnes out, Brandon Rush will start
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Saturday and Brandon Rush will start.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle on Friday and could miss more games. With Barnes out, we should see more Andre Iguodala and even more Leandro Barbosa in the second unit. Rush is still too risky to use in most cases. The other members of the first unit may shoot more, too. Saturday, 5:48 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Sefolosha was rested on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, but he should see minutes in the 20s tonight and will probably be tasked with guarding Kawhi Leonard. Kent Bazemore will shift to the bench against the Spurs after he returned from his ankle injury on Friday, but it's possible that the Hawks are just being cautious with him since it's the second night of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha is more of a defensive specialist, so he is better suited for deeper leagues. Saturday, 4:10 pm
  • Harrison Barnes listed as doubtful vs. SAC
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered his ankle sprain on Friday night and did not return. The Warriors will likely be calling on Andre Iguodala to fill in and he should have a chance for a nice line tonight. Leandro Barbosa is also coming off a terrific game and would get more run, too. Saturday, 11:48 am
  • Jordan Hill (back) questionable for Sunday
    Jordan Hill (back) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Revenge game? The Lakers benched Hill down the stretch last season to get more ping pong balls for the draft lottery, so Hill will definitely want to make some noise on Sunday. He wasn't able to practice on Saturday, so we likely won't know his status until after the team's shootaround. Lavoy Allen should see solid minutes if Hill can't play while Paul George will see more time at the four. Saturday, 11:09 am
  • Fournier (sore hip) questionable for Sunday
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Fournier missed 18 games in a row during the 2014-15 season due to a hip injury, so this is a little worrying. There's still no word on the severity of the issue, but he suffered the injury on Friday vs. the Bucks and wasn't able to practice on Saturday. If Fournier is unable to play, it's possible that Victor Oladipo could step back into the starting lineup. We'll have an update after their shootaround on Sunday. Saturday, 10:49 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (back) questionable for Sunday
    Frank Kaminsky (back spasms) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Cody Zeller (shoulder) is also questionable for Sunday, so Marvin Williams could be forced to log some heavy minutes at the four. Kaminsky is picking up some momentum and has been stealing some of Zeller's minutes, so hopefully he can give it a go on Sunday. Saturday, 10:27 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) questionable Sunday
    Cody Zeller (right shoulder contusion) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Zeller had surgery on his right shoulder back in April, but it isn't clear if these two issues are related. Zeller is currently losing ground to Frank Kaminsky (back) in the rotation, so this isn't encouraging for his outlook. Expect Marvin Williams to be very busy if Zeller can't play on Sunday. Saturday, 10:22 am
  • Kobe Bryant will not be benched by Scott
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that he would not consider benching Kobe Bryant for poor play.

    Advice: "I would never, never, never do that," Scott said on Friday. "That's not an option whatsoever. No, that's not an option." The Black Mamba is coming off the worst shooting performance of his career after he went 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, but his role is obviously still safe and he should have the green light going forward. However, his owners should leave him on their bench until he turns things around, and there's no telling if he ever will. Saturday, 8:51 am
  • Gorgui Dieng gets minutes again
    Gorgui Dieng played 27 minutes against the Kings on Friday with eight points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Even though his minutes have really spiked in his last three games, he hasn't played a second next to Karl-Anthony Towns in that span. In his last three, Dieng averaged 10.0 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 27.3 minutes. If you think the Towns' benching is going to continue, give him a look in any league. That seems unlikely, though. Saturday, 12:33 am
  • Paul George stays red hot, scores 33 points
    Paul George maintained his status as one of the hottest players on the planet during a 104-92 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 33 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now, but the Pacers have the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference right now. George has been absolutely absurd as a jump shooter this season, posting a 52.6 effective field goal percentage on his 232 jumpers this year -- that's higher than his layups. If this isn't his peak value of the season, it's got to be close. Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Jimmy Butler fills the stat sheet
    Jimmy Butler filled up the stat sheet against the Pacers on Friday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: As soon as the entire Bulls team realizes he's their best player, the better off they'll be. Fantasy owners probably realize he's their best player with Butler posting top-10 value on the year. He's a fantasy superstar. Jimmy's got some new moves ... again. Friday, 9:28 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not return Fri
    Harrison Barnes has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and he will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Harrison will finish Friday's game with seven points, seven boards and two steals in 21 minutes. The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with the Dubs set to play again on Saturday vs. Sacramento, we'll be considering Barnes doubtful for that one. Andre Iguodala will likely start if Harrison is unable to give it a go on Saturday, with Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston seeing a slight uptick in minutes. If there's a positive here it's that X-rays came back negative and this is the first ankle injury Barnes has suffered over his four-year NBA career. Friday, 8:06 pm
  • LeBron James torches Hornets again
    LeBron James scored 25 points with 13 rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 95-90 win over the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He killed the Hornets in two games last year and had another terrific night here. There is still no word of the Cavs resting LeBron, so we fully expect him to play tomorrow night at home against the Nets. Friday, 7:54 pm
  • Cody Zeller gets 15 minutes
    Cody Zeller played 15 minutes against the Cavs on Friday with seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: With the Hornets leaning more on Frank Kaminsky and giving Marvin Williams more minutes at the four, that meant less playing time for Zeller. He's only worth owning in deep leagues. Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Jordan Hill (back) out for Friday night
    Jordan Hill (back) will not play against the Bulls on Friday night.

    Advice: He's dealt with back injuries in his career before and must have aggravated it on Wednesday. With Hill out, we should see a lot of Paul George at the four. Lavoy Allen could also be looking at minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Friday, 4:26 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Jae Crowder could come off bench in 2nd half
    Jae Crowder will start on Friday, but could come off the bench in the second half to help the Celtics not go small late in games.

    Advice: Now the Celtics have three positions with matchup dependancies. Whatever the case, Crowder should still be fine and even put up nice numbers after half on Wednesday. He should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 2:59 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant will play against the Blazers on Saturday after putting in a limited practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is not expected to have a minutes cap for the road game and coach Byron Scott is open to suggestions on how to handle Bryant on back-to-back. Kobe is not getting to the basket at all anymore and it's led to him being the least efficient high-volume starter in the NBA. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game in street clothes, but hamstring issues can linger if they aren't given enough time to heal so it's understandable that the Heat want to be cautious with their veteran forward. Gerald Green drew the start on Wednesday vs. the Pistons and scored 16 points in 38 minutes, so expect him to see plenty of run again on Friday. Deng's hamstring has improved, and it's possible that he could return on Monday vs. the Celtics. Friday, 8:13 am
  • Scott won't cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't intend to cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes despite the fact that the Lakers own a record of 2-12, the worst in the Western Conference.

    Advice: "I haven't thought about reducing his role," Scott said. "I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes." Scott seems to be content playing Bryant around 30 minutes a night, despite the fact that Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field. "I am concerned about his shooting percentage and shots so far, but so far as knowing him the way I've known him and how long he's played in this league, I'm not worried about him finding it." Kobe's minutes will be safe will Scott at the helm, but owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

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

    Advice: He didn't travel with the team on their two-game road trip, and will therefore miss Friday's game. STAT no longer puts up enough statistics to warrant ownership in any league. Thursday, 11:10 am
  • Byron Scott still confident in Kobe Bryant
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's confident Kobe Bryant can still play in the NBA.

    Advice: Though Bryant has struggled to start the 2015-16 season, Scott said he isn't too concerned about the veteran. "Obviously he's struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that," Scott said. "So it's trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That's No. 1." Though Bryant is still capable of a big game here and there, he's hurting fantasy teams more than he's helping and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ full line
    Gorgui Dieng racked up 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes of action vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: We've been talking about his per-minute potential since the preseason, and Dieng has finally crept north of the 25-minute in recent games, and it's no coincidence that Karl-Anthony Towns (22 minutes) was limited tonight. Run Dieng out there as long as he's getting the playing time, but don't be surprised if Sam Mitchell drags his minutes down in the near future. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha locks down Wiggins in 32 mins
    Making another start at SF on Wednesday, Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: His defense kept Andrew Wiggins in check, as he scored only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer uses Thabo once Kent Bazemore (ankle) returns to action. Tonight's solid game comes on the heels of a terrific game vs. the Celtics, and Sefolosha is worth deploying while logging 30+ minutes as a starter. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • LeBron passes Reggie Miller on scoring list
    LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points during Wednesday's road loss, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds and eight assists without any defensive stats.

    Advice: LBJ passed Reggie Miller for 18th on the all-time scoring list tonight, just another in a growing list of impressive accomplishments. Kevin Love added 21 & 13 tonight, while J.R. Smith and Mo Williams each pitched in 15 points, but it wasn't enough to extend the Cavs' three-game win streak. Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Chris Bosh held to single-digits in road loss
    Chris Bosh was held to single-digits for the second time this season on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in an 81-104 loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: One of his makes came from downtown and he pitched in eight rebounds and four rebounds with only one turnover, so it wasn't a total loss. Fantasy owners should hope that Erik Spoelstra gets Bosh more involved offensively going forward, as he's averaging a mere 11.2 shots over the past five games. Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Jae Crowder benched after halftime vs. 76ers
    Jae Crowder was benched to begin the third quarter vs. Philly on Wednesday, but played 27 minutes to finish with eight points, two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The Celts were losing by seven points to the lowly Sixers at halftime and Stevens has no compunction about shaking up his lineups -- tonight it was Crowder who drew the short straw with Evan Turner replacing him. His owners shouldn't panic, as Crowder has been a steady value all year and he's likely to resume starting vs. Otto Porter and the Wizards on Friday. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Evan Fournier shoots 1-of-9 in 21 minutes
    Evan Fournier shot just 1-of-9 from the field vs. New York, scoring three points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: This makes two straight duds in a row for Fournier, but he's been one of Scott Skiles' favorites and it's hard to imagine him staying in the doghouse for long. His owners should keep the faith and deploy him as usual vs. the Bucks on Friday. Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Evan Turner starting 2nd half for Jae Crowder
    Evan Turner will start in place of Jae Crowder for the second half on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens is up to his old tricks here. He loves to play the matchups and he prefers Turner in the first unit for the second half. There aren't many fantasy implications here. Wednesday, 5:57 pm
  • Mitch McGary (ankle) is available
    Mitch McGary (ankle) will be available to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: McGary probably won't be out there unless it's garbage time, which certainly could happen against the Nets. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled rest day for Bryant who logged 25 minutes during Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors. He has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's game against the Blazers, but with the Lakers scheduled for a back-to-back set Saturday vs. Portland and Sunday vs. Indiana, there's a chance he sits out one of those games. Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field on the season, and he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) ruled out for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: "We're just trying to be cautious, trying to be smart," Deng said of bypassing the game against the Pistons, the Heat's first road game in nearly three weeks. "I played the last game and it hasn't gotten any better, so I think we just want to be smart and just try to get rid of the little nagging injury that will just linger on and become something else." We'll consider Deng questionable for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, and it's looking like Gerald Green could draw the start on Wednesday, with Goran Dragic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Mitch McGary (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) was moving well during Wednesday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Anthony Slater, and he'll likely be available vs. the Nets.

    Advice: McGary is averaging just 5.7 minutes per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 9:26 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Wednesday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not accompany the Heat on their two-game road trip, and he will not play Wednesday against the Pistons.

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

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • LeBron James not a fan of forced comparisons
    LeBron James expressed his displeasure regarding forced comparisons during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I think what we get caught up in, in our league too much is trying to compare greats to greats instead of just accepting and acknowledging and saying, 'Wow, these are just great players,'" James said. "When it comes to our sport we're so eager to say, 'Who is better, Oscar or [Michael] Jordan?' or, 'Jordan or LeBron or Kobe [Bryant] or these guys?' Instead of just accepting greatness." James has got a point, and we're not going to force any comparisons here. He's putting up first-round value through the month of November. Wednesday, 6:44 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 15, hits 7-of-8
    Thabo Sefolosha drew another start in the absence of Kent Bazemore (ankle) on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in an easy win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He's not really an offensive threat on most nights, but has played well on that end of the court in two straight. He'll continue to start and guard the opposition's best player for as long as Bazemore is out, but is only a real option in fantasy on nights when Baze isn't playing. Bazemore has missed four straight games, but should be back by the end of the week. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Paul George scores season-high 40, 7 treys
    Paul George hit 14-of-19 shots and 7-of-8 3-pointers for a season-high 40 points to go along with eight boards, four assists and two steals in Tuesday's easy win over the Wizards.

    Advice: This was easily George's best game of the season and came on the heels of his recent comments about him feeling like he is better than he was prior to his leg injury. This might be a nice sell-high moment for George, but the small forward position is so thin and he's putting up big numbers, meaning you're probably just better off riding him out and hoping that he stays healthy all season. George's career high is 43 points. Tuesday, 6:36 pm
  • Paul George studied the game when he was out
    Paul George stated during a recent interview that he feels he's better now than he was before his gruesome leg injury.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m better. I think a year away from the game, you learn, you grow, regardless if I was on the court or not," George said. "You just get a chance to really observe and be a student of the game, at that point when you’re sitting out. So I think that was the little bit that I needed, the push that I needed. I worked hard that summer going into the season. Granted I got hurt, but I feel like that year away was what I needed to just learn." Paul George is currently putting up first-round value on the season, and there's no reason to believe he can't keep it up. Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire dealing with an illness
    Amare Stoudemire is dealing with an illness and was limited during Tuesday's practice.

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

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Mithc McGary (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: McGary's been a negligible part of the rotation for the Thunder this season, so there won't be much fantasy fallout if he's unable to give it a go. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire says Knicks mis-used him
    Amare Stoudemire said the Knicks didn't use he and Carmelo Anthony properly.

    Advice: While some would argue injuries affected his play in New York more, Stoudemire placed some blame for his disappointing Knicks tenure on the team. "I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together,’’ Stoudemire said. "I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll." War of words aside, Stoudemire can be ignored by fantasy owners as he doesn't play enough to provide any value. Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Cody Zeller returned to action on Monday November 23. Monday, 11:26 pm
  • Mitch McGary twists his ankle on Monday
    Mitch McGary twisted his ankle in Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was getting a few minutes of action in garbage time, so it's tough to see him suffer an injury in a blowout win. McGary was in a lot of pain and could be looking at some time on the shelf, but he wasn't on the fantasy radar anyways because he has been buried on the bench. Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Cody Zeller scores 12 points
    Cody Zeller scored 12 points in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He played center in overtime over Al Jefferson. There is no word of an injury with Jefferson and maybe coach Steve Clifford just wanted to give Zeller a look with Big Al not looking like himself. Zeller is only a pickup in 16-team leagues. Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky plays down the stretch
    Frank Kaminsky played 21 minutes against the Kings on Monday with nine points, five boards and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played in overtime even with the Hornets being as healthy as they've been in over two weeks. Kaminsky is gaining the support of his coach and he should be getting more minutes going forward. Still, the inconsistency will make him someone standard league owners shouldn't be grabbing just yet. Monday, 9:10 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays 29 minutes in win Monday
    Gorgui Dieng played 29 minutes against the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with five boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Karl-Anthony Towns played just 17 minutes because he was in foul trouble, so Dieng filled in at center admirably. His playing time will continue to be limited because of coach Sam Mitchell's refusal to play him at power forward, but his role will hopefully grow as the season progresses. Monday, 8:22 pm
  • LeBron James scores 15 points in win
    LeBron James scored 15 points with six rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in 35 minutes against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: He was more of a facilitator today and has seen his scoring drop in each of his last four games. LeBron has made at least 50 percent from the field in all of those games, so it's a matter of decreased usage and not efficiency. He's rolling right now. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 13 points
    Evan Fournier played just 23 minutes against the Cavs on Monday with 13 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His shooting has been vital for the offensive spacing, so he's probably the safest bet to remain in the starting lineup. Fournier played his fewest minutes of the season tonight as coach Scott Skiles's wrath showed no bounds -- it almost never does. He is trending down, so the sell-high window is starting to close. Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire out for Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) will not play on Monday against the Knicks.

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

    Advice: STAT may not even see the floor if he is active and he has played in just two games this season. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller will play on Monday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) will play on Monday and come off the bench.

    Advice: That means there should be less minutes for a suddenly improving Frank Kaminsky. Zeller is likely looking at minutes close to 20 while Kaminsky is a much riskier play in DFS now. Monday, 2:32 pm
  • Thunder recall Josh Huestis from D-League
    Thunder recall Josh Huestis from the D-League.

    Advice: This is the first blurb Huestis has received since July, and it might be his last one for another four months, as well. Monday, 10:30 am
  • Evan Fournier didn't expect Magic extension
    Evan Fournier admitted that he did not expect to reach a contract extension with the Magic.

    Advice: The report states Fournier rejected a four-year, $32M offer in order to be on himself. "To be honest, I did not even expect to be extended," Fournier said. "I have confidence in myself and the season that I’ll have. The contract will take care of itself." Fournier worked out this offseason using track-and-field exercises to improve his stamina, and thus far it has clearly paid off. Although he is having a breakout season, Fournier still wants to improve. "I really have to rebound the ball better," Fournier said. "I’m 6-foot-7, a pretty big guard, so I should average at least six rebounds." With averages of 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 triples on 45.4 percent shooting, those fortunate enough to have Fournier would be thrilled if he could add any more. The breakout is real, and it's spectacular. Monday, 9:52 am
  • Amare Stoudemire game-time call on Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he's a game-time decision vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Even if STAT feels well enough to play, the Heat may opt to keep him under bubble wrap. He's played in just two games this season as Miami tries to keep him healthy for the stretch run. Nov 23, 8:34 am
  • Stoudemire keeping 'big picture in mind' now
    Amare Stoudemire, who has appeared in two games this season, said he's keeping the "big picture in mind."

    Advice: "It’s about really just keeping the maintenance program and making sure we’re at 100 percent strength by the playoffs," he said. STAT is not relevant in any fantasy format. Nov 23, 7:08 am
  • Hoiberg wants Bulls to stop standing around
    Fred Hoiberg wants his team to have better off-ball movement when Pau Gasol has the ball at the elbow.

    Advice: "The big thing is if you cut and move and screen and do the unselfish things, that stuff takes care of itself," Hoiberg said. "With Pau, you give him the ball at the elbow and he can make plays. He's a very good passer. But we can't stand. That's where we need to get better." After averaging 18.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks on 49.4 percent shooting last season, Gasol is down to 13.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on 45.5 percent shooting. Nov 23, 6:05 am
  • Jae Crowder quiet in 26 minutes vs. Brooklyn
    Jae Crowder had a quiet game vs. the Nets, posting five points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: He was riding a five-game streak with double-digit scoring and has been buoying his fantasy value with 3-pointers and steals all season. Crowder was called for another offensive foul after kicking out his leg while shooting tonight, which is part of his usual shooting motion -- we'll see if he tweaks his form as a result. Nov 22, 5:43 pm
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) questionable for Monday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Zeller was able to go through practice on Sunday, so it's possible that he will be a game-time decision. Frank Kaminsky has been playing well for the Hornets off the bench, and he could see some nice playing time if Zeller sits again. To be clear, Zeller is only worth owning in very deep leagues. Nov 22, 9:46 am
  • Steve Clifford praises Frank Kaminsky
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Frank Kaminsky is getting more comfortable going up against smaller and quicker power forwards.

    Advice: "I think he has the agility once he gets more comfortable to play smaller, quicker power forwards," Clifford said. "He can score both inside and outside. He can really score in the post. We just don’t have a lot [of plays] for him down there yet. I think that he’ll be good enough to defend [smaller forwards] out on the perimeter and then take them down in the post and punish them." Frank the Tank has seen minutes in the low 20s over the past three games due to injuries to Cody Zeller (ankle) and P.J. Hairston (quad), so owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him to see if he can build some momentum. Nov 22, 8:00 am
  • LeBron James score 19 in near trip-dub
    LeBron James flirted with a triple-double during a 109-97 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Thabo Sefolosha is one of The LeBron Stoppers, but the former MVP still managed a solid line to go with his second-lowest scoring game of the season. The Cavs have not started to manage James' minutes, but the they are now sitting pretty with a 10-3 record and that may change soon. Nov 21, 7:30 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points in a start against the Cavs on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks put him out there on LeBron James and he did a fine job. Sefolosha's added playing time probably won't last for long with Kent Bazemore (ankle) likely back in the next couple games. If he's out there on the wire, he should probably stay there. Nov 21, 7:07 pm
  • Paul George scores 20 points in win vs. Bucks
    Paul George made 7-of-16 from the field for 20 points during a 123-86 win over the Bucks on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's his ninth-consecutive game with at least 20 points and he's also made at least three 3-pointers in four straight. George is locked-in as a 3-pointer shooter on the season, making 42.7 percent from deep. He's not getting into the paint quite as much, but his fantasy owners won't care as long as his shot keeps dropping. George looks like he was worth the risk for his aggressive fantasy owners. Nov 21, 6:44 pm
  • Jordan Hill crushes Bucks
    Jordan Hill scored a season-high 20 points against the Bucks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block

    Advice: He was 9-of-10 from the field and killed the Bucks in the low-post. Hill had 10 of his points come in the final 13 minutes with the Pacers up at least 20, so this is a garbage time special. He's not a great add after this one. Nov 21, 6:33 pm
  • Evan Fournier gets 17 points in loss
    Evan Fournier scored 17 points against the Kings on Saturday with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a minor right ankle tweak and had the trainers look at him on the bench. Fournier was fine and didn't need to miss any game action -- he actually made two 3-pointers o his next two possessions after the injury. Fournier is probably the only player who is safe from the wrath of The Scott Skiles. Nov 21, 4:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to start vs. LeBron
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This one has to be due to LeBron James, so the Hawks will get Sefolosha on him as much as they can. He's still not too involved in the offense, but should get enough minutes to be a viable fantasy option. Nov 21, 3:09 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 20 points in win
    Harrison Barnes hit a dagger 3-pointer on Friday against the Bulls, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He's your league leader in offensive rating (qualifiers) with his 115.8. Barnes has increased his playing time three minutes per game and his usage rate 3.1 from last year, which is extremely impressive. Plus, his efficiency is also up, too. Harry B is now putting up fifth-round value on the season and is trending up. Nov 21, 1:56 am
  • Jimmy Butler puts up another big line
    Jimmy Butler scored 28 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He came up lame at the end of the game, but said he wasn't hurt. "I just wanted to take my shoe off," Butler said. "That's the way I walk when we lose." Nice. Anyway, Butler will continue to dominate on the box score and is now putting up first round value on the year. His fantasy owners will be hoping Derrick Rose (ankle) takes his time before a return. Nov 21, 1:40 am
  • Seraphin plays 11 minutes
    Kevin Seraphin played 11 minutes and did not score on Friday, adding two assists, one steal and five fouls.

    Advice: Coach Derek Fisher is probably going to shuffle his bench bigs here and there, so owning Seraphin won't be smooth sailing. You have to be in a very deep league to even consider him. Nov 20, 10:42 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng plays 20 minutes vs. Pistons
    Gorgui Dieng played 20 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Even with Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out tonight, Dieng did not log any minutes at power forward. He is putting up some solid per-game numbers, but Dieng figures to be in the teens for playing time most nights. Nov 20, 8:22 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 19 points w/ three steals
    Jae Crowder started on a tear during a win over the Nets on Friday, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's your league leader in steals and his offensive game is as good as ever right now. Crowder has scored in double-digit points for each of his last five, averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 treys. Crowder has third-round value on the season and obviously needs to be owned everywhere. Nov 20, 7:46 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky getting it going now
    Frank Kaminsky made all four shots from the field for nine points with three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: That's two good games in a row for Kaminsky. He was awful to start the year and Cody Zeller (ankle) shouldn't be out for too long, so Kaminsky is still more of a stash with the Hornets sitting at 7-6. He's more of a 14-team guy. Nov 20, 7:09 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy still doesn't have a target
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is doing "side-to-side work" and still doesn't have a timetable to return.

    Advice: Today marks the eight-week mark from his surgery, but it sounds like he'll need another month or so. Expect Tony Snell and Doug McDermott to soak up most of the small forward minutes until Dunleavy is back. He's not worth a stash in most leagues yet. Nov 20, 2:35 pm
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) out, Lin starting at SG
    Cody Zeller (ankle) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Hornets will go small against the 76ers and put Jeremy Lin at shooting guard. Zeller had a minor ankle tweak on Wednesday and played just 14 minutes. Frank Kaminsky had a decent game on Wednesday with 11 points and could get minutes in the 20s again. He's obviously a very risky play. Nov 20, 2:25 pm
  • Martell Webster has hip surgery
    Martell Webster had hip surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

    Advice: He just can't shake major injuries. Webster had serious back problems earlier in his career and now he's dealing with this issue. His contract isn't guaranteed for next season. Nov 20, 1:56 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha is good to go for Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will play against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his ankle on Wednesday following the back-to-back set, but he'll be out there. Sefolosha and the Hawks don't have another back-to-back until Tuesday and Wednesday. He should get close to 28-30 minutes on Saturday. Nov 20, 12:27 pm
  • Harrison Barnes keeps putting up numbers
    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points with seven rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been special as a stretch four all season. Barnes has fallen off in a big way as a 3-point shooter from his 40.5 percent from deep last year, but he's dominating on mid-range and around the basket. The increase in usage rate has launched him to sixth-round value on the year. He's one of the best third or fourth options in the NBA. Nov 19, 11:15 pm
  • LeBron James scores 27 points on 13 FGAs
    LeBron James scored 27 points with nine rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes during a 115-100 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He made 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line for a very efficient night. LeBron is flat-out rolling as a scorer in his last five, averaging 31.2 points, 7.4 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 treys. Considering the Cavs are 9-3 and LeBron's minutes will likely be managed later, selling him at a top-five value makes some sense. Although, that might be tough because LeBron only has second-round value on the year. Nov 19, 9:13 pm
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