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  • DeMarcus Cousins goes through shootaround
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) went through shootaround on Monday and remains questionable to play against the Mavs.

    Advice: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is expecting Boogie to play tonight and going through shootaround bodes well for his chances. If he can return, that would mean less output for Kosta Koufos, Omri Casspi and Marco Bellineli. Cousins' fantasy owners can probably put him for weekly leagues with four games on the schedule this week. Today, 11:21 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out on Tuesday
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: It's the same hamstring that gave him issues this preseason and opposite of the one that troubled him during his stint with the Knicks last year. New season, same story for Bargnani. Thomas Robinson should pick up a few extra minutes in AB's absence. Today, 11:04 am
  • Stevens praises Jared Sullinger's rebounding
    Brad Stevens recently praised Jared Sullinger's ability to rebound the basketball.

    Advice: Sullinger has double-digit boards in three straight and in four of his last five contests. "I think, positionally, he’s probably better defensively and that’s probably put him in a position to better rebound," Stevens said. Sullinger has a simpler explanation: "I'm moving a lot better. That's it," he said. Sullinger credits his offseason work, and it's now translating on the court with averages of 10.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks on 42.8 percent shooting over 14 games as a starter. Today, 11:00 am
  • Noah Vonleh frustrated by his foul trouble
    Noah Vonleh has been frustrated with how many fouls are being called on him.

    Advice: "Some of the fouls they are calling … I don’t think they are fouls," Vonleh said. "My hands are straight up. I’m talking to the ref … I guess I just have to keep working through that." Even though he's been starting at power forward with Meyers Leonard (shoulder) working his way back in, Vonleh hasn't exceeded 20 minutes since November 18. He's averaging just 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds on 45.8 percent shooting as a starter. Today, 10:49 am
  • Nene (calf) still unable to practice Monday
    Nene (left calf) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: Nene is likely to be sidelined for several games, so the fact that he didn't practice comes as expected. With Washington set to play Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, we should get plenty of updates on Nene's condition. Jared Dudley and Kris Humphries will be asked to do more sans Nene. Today, 10:13 am
  • Gooden 'making good progress' with injuries
    Drew Gooden (calf, back) is "making good progress" from his injuries.

    Advice: Gooden didn't practice on Monday, and it's not clear what constitutes "good progress." Gooden hasn't played since November 17 and has no fantasy value, but could carve out a role upon returning since Nene (calf) is expected to be out longer. Today, 10:10 am
  • Darrell Arthur working on his 3-point range
    Darrell Arthur has been working on his three-point range.

    Advice: Arthur connected on just 23.6 percent of his 110 3-point attempts last season, but he's 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) so far this season. "I've been working on it, just trying to stay consistent," Arthur said. "Just trying to find my way into the game. And lately, the shot has come to me." Arthur has played well when given the opportunity, averaging 12.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks on 56.1 percent in 30 minutes of action over four games as a starter. Today, 10:04 am
  • Clifford praises Kaminsky's improvement on D
    Coach Steve Clifford praised Frank Kaminsky's improvement on the defensive end of the floor.

    Advice: "After summer league, you could see what he could become," Clifford said. "Particularly on the defensive end, he’s made such great strides." Kaminsky is flirting with about 20 minutes per game since November 13, but he isn't doing anything with them to warrant attention in fantasy circles. Today, 9:44 am
  • 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. Today, 9:00 am
  • 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. Today, 8:46 am
  • 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. Today, 8:41 am
  • 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. Today, 8:37 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cody Zeller returned to action on Sunday November 29. Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky returned to action on Sunday November 29. Yesterday, 11:57 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
  • 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
  • Cousins (back) questionable for Monday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's missed three games in a row due to a back strain and didn't even travel with the team on Saturday, but this is a somewhat positive report. If Cousins can't give it a go on Monday we should see a lot more of Kosta Koufos and Omri Casspi for the Kings. Yesterday, 6:58 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
  • Jon Leuer scores 16 points off Suns' bench
    Jon Leuer came off the bench on Sunday to score 16 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Markieff Morris wasn't playing well and Tyson Chandler (hamstring) was out, so Leuer took full advantage of some extra opportunities. He's alternated big games with a series of duds all season, and belongs on the waiver wire in the preponderance of leagues. Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores seven on 3-of-12 FGs
    The Suns prevailed in Toronto on Sunday despite a poor game from Markieff Morris, who scored seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: Kieff added eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes of action. He blew up last Monday with 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting, but excluding that game his season average is 37.1 percent from the field. That's easily the worst mark of his career, and he should probably be benched in standard leagues until he shows sustained improvement. Yesterday, 6:26 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets defensive in loss to ORL
    Jared Sullinger racked up 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks on Sunday, though he scored only three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: Sullinger's defensive stats had waned lately, so it's nice to see him contributing six combined steals and blocks, and he's now riding a three-game streak with 10+ rebounds. He's settled into mid-round value and should stay there indefinitely with none of Boston's big men challenging his 25-minute role. Yesterday, 6:25 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
  • 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
  • Bargnani (hamstring) will not return Sunday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's his left hamstring, so it's the same issue that robbed him of most of the preseason. Bargnani doesn't tend to get over injuries quickly, so he could be looking at a lengthy absence. With Bargnani sidelined, Thomas Robinson might be able to see a few extra minutes in the rotation. Yesterday, 3:42 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
  • Derrick Favors (personal) returns to practice
    Derrick Favors (personal) was back with the Jazz during Sunday's practice, and he will likely return to the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Favors received an excused absence from Saturday's game, and there's no reason to believe he won't be on the floor on Monday, as the Jazz look to hand the Dubs their first loss of the season. Favor's return will do no favors for the fantasy value of Trevor Booker. Yesterday, 11:56 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gortat wants Nene back in starting lineup
    Marcin Gortat said that he would like to see Nene (calf) back in the starting lineup.

    Advice: "We missed some shots but it’s tough also because with the system we play, four outside one inside," Gortat said after Saturday's loss to the Raptors. "I’m by myself over there fighting for the rebounds. Usually you got two, three guys inside the paint so it’s a little bit different without Nene being at the four." The Wizards went with Jared Dudley at the four on Saturday and they predictably struggled on the glass, but keep in mind that Nene doesn't have a timetable to return and he hasn't been able to handle a large workload in several years. Yesterday, 8:33 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
  • Chandler Parsons still slumping
    Chandler Parsons played 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: He's certainly testing the patience of his fantasy owners. Parsons has seen his minutes trend up, but he's scored double figures in just one of his last five while not doing much. He's a stash player right now, but he could be a stud once he gets it going. If you're doing well in the standings, it makes sense to trade for Parsons now. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Darrell Arthur looks good in start
    Darrell Arthur started against the Mavs on Saturday with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: As nice as this line is, Arthur's minutes should be trending down with Kenneth Faried likely to be in the starting lineup on Monday. Arthur has arguably been the best big man on the roster this month, so he might still be a hold in 16-team leagues. Coach Mike Malone seems to like him. Saturday, 9:00 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
  • Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams starting Sat
    Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams (illness) will start on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Parsons was rested on Wednesday vs. the Spurs, but he will see around 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets tonight. Williams is dealing with a minor illness, but his workload should be the same and his owners can keep him in their active lineups. Saturday, 5:35 pm
  • Derrick Favors (personal) out for Saturday
    Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He received an excused absence and hopefully everything is OK with Favors. While he's out, it'll likely be Trevor Booker is likely going to start despite his awful season -- Trey Lyles could wind up starting again, too. Expect to see more of Joe Ingles, but Booker is probably your best bet in DFS. Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) out for Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) did not travel for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He'll miss his third game due to a back strain. With Cousins out, Kosta Koufos should start and Willie Cauley-Stein may also start, but doesn't have much value. Koufos, Marco Belinelli, Omri Casspi and Rudy Gay should benefit most. Saturday, 3:04 pm
  • Drew Gooden has calf issue
    Drew Gooden (calf, back) will not play on Saturday and has been dealing with the injuries for four games.

    Advice: Well, that explains why he hasn't been playing recently. With Gooden and Nene (calf) out, we should see DeJuan Blair in the rotation and this also makes it more likely Kris Humphries moves to the backup center spot. Gooden has no value. Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • Nene (calf) officially ruled out on Saturday
    Nene (calf) has officially been ruled out on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He's likely going to miss multiple games due to his nagging calf injury. The Wizards could be making a change to their first unit to help strengthen their bench, which would help Jared Dudley. If you need treys in 14-team leagues, give Dudley a look. We'll have another update once the Wizards announce their starters. Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins officially doubtful vs. GSW
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) was feeling better on Friday night and has been listed as doubtful on Saturday.

    Advice: An earlier report from today had Boogie out of the lineup tonight. Multiple reports suggest he's very unlikely to play, but he does have a chance to get out there tonight. Fantasy owners should be treating Saturday night like he's not going to play. Omri Casspi, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos and Rudy Gay should benefit. Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) out for Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) will not play against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: It'll be his third game out of the lineup due to his strained back. With Boogie out, Marco Belinelli and Omri Casspi have really stepped up with the extra shots to go around. Kosta Koufos is also coming off a double-double on Friday. All three players are going to be popular players in DFS, which is certainly justifiable. Boogie owners should consider him questionable for Monday against the Mavs. Saturday, 11:53 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nene says he 'definitely' won't play Saturday
    Nene (left calf) said that he will "definitely" sit out Saturday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: He added that it would be "impossible" for him to play after suffering a left calf injury during Friday's loss to Boston, and it'll likely be Jared Dudley (who logged 30 minutes on Friday) picking up the most minutes with Nene on the shelf. Dudley had himself a nice game on Friday with 19 points, five boards, two swats and three treys, so he's worth considering as a punt play in DFS on Saturday. Saturday, 1:12 am
  • Markieff Morris plays just 17 mins in blowout
    Markieff Morris played just 17 minutes during Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors, tallying 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with three boards, one assist, two 3-pointers, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's been an up-and-down season for Kieff, and while he's currently earning a career-high usage rate of 26.1, that just hasn't been translating to the stat sheet like it should. While tonight's dud can largely be attributed to the stellar defense of Draymond Green, Morris is still only putting up late-round value on the year behind averages of 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game on 40.5 percent shooting. Morris might not want to play in Phoenix, but it's tough to see him getting this much opportunity in another city. Saturday, 12:58 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
  • Jared Sullinger scores 18 with 15 boards
    Jared Sullinger was effective again on Friday with 18 points, 15 boards, three assists and two blocks in just 24 minutes against the Wizards.

    Advice: He was great and now that's two solid games in a row. It looked like Sullinger's minutes were headed south for the winter, but he's coming around again. and coach Brad Stevens seems to trust him most nights. No other bigs have been able to string games together while Sully's mini-slump is over for now. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 8:22 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
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) out for Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: It'll be his second consecutive game out of the lineup with his strained back. Cousins was upgraded to questionable tonight, but he could also miss Saturday's game at Golden State. With Boogie out, we'll see Kosta Koufos pick up most of the big minutes while the Kings go small a lot. Marco Belinelli, Darren Collison and Willie Cauley-Stein should get more run. Rudy Gay will be busy and play a lot of four, too. Friday, 5:09 pm
  • Nene goes to the locker room vs. Boston
    Nene is dealing with a left calf strain and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He limped to the locker room under his own power and there wasn't a trainer by his side. Nene is not the most durable guy, so he could miss time here. If he's out, DeJuan Blair and Drew Gooden could play. This also helps Marcin Gortat's value. Friday, 5:00 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
  • DeMarcus Cousins is now questionable
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) was upgraded to questionable to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings had him as doubtful in their previous injury report before this one, but he has a chance to play now. If he can go, that makes basically every wing and frontcourt player have a lower upside. There probably won't be an update until later tonight, so fantasy owners will want to exercise some caution. Friday, 3:01 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Derrick Favors scores 22 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 22 points against the Clippers during a 102-92 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: While he didn't have his best defensive game with one-on-one defense, Favors lit it up with his shooting line of 10-of-15 from the field. He has seen exceptional growth as a shooter and isn't just a guy who can score from within three feet anymore. He has second-round value on the season and most signs point to him maintaining that value. Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Jon Leuer shines as primary center
    Jon Leuer was outstanding against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 20 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

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

    Advice: He only attempted 4-of-11 from the field. Morris had his best outing of the season while Eric Bledsoe was out in his last game, so perhaps that caused the sudden rise after basically a season-long slump. Still, he is worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ full line
    Gorgui Dieng racked up 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes of action vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: We've been talking about his per-minute potential since the preseason, and Dieng has finally crept north of the 25-minute in recent games, and it's no coincidence that Karl-Anthony Towns (22 minutes) was limited tonight. Run Dieng out there as long as he's getting the playing time, but don't be surprised if Sam Mitchell drags his minutes down in the near future. Wednesday, 8:43 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
  • Jared Sullinger ties season-high w/ 15 boards
    Jared Sullinger tied his season high with 15 rebounds during Wednesday's comeback victory, adding nine points, three assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics' defense has been struggling lately but they got back on track vs. the lowly 76ers, who came in averaging a league-worst 90.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting. That was great news for Boston since they only shot 34.1 percent themselves tonight, with Sullinger hitting just four of his 12 attempts (with one 3-pointer). Wednesday, 7:29 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 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
  • Chandler Parsons rested Wednesday vs. Spurs
    Chandler Parsons will be rested during Wednesday's road game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: It's the second half of a back-to-back set and the Mavs' training staff still isn't comfortable with him playing on consecutive nights. His minute-limit has crept into the mid-20s recently, but Parsons' occasional DNPs continue to drag down his value. The Mavs' next back-to-back set comes Dec. 6 and 7. Wednesday, 4:22 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
  • Boogie Down: DeMarcus Cousins out vs. Bucks
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a back injury, which kept him out of overtime on Monday. With Cousins out, the Kings will be using a lot of Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi at the four while Kosta Koufos should handle the minutes at the five for the most part. With Boogie being the No. 1 big man in usage rate, there will be a lot of shots to go around, making Marco Belinelli also an option. Gay should have a chance for a big game, too. Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) very unlikely for Wed
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) is still being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, and it's "very unlikely" that he will play tonight according to Kings insider James Ham.

    Advice: Owners can go ahead and put Cousins on their bench as it sounds like he's bound to watch from the sidelines tonight. Kosta Koufos will have the opportunity to enter the starting five sans Cousins, while Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo will have their hands full on offense. Marco Belinelli will also likely see some increased opportunity with Cousins on the sidelines, and he'd be someone to consider as a punt play in daily leagues. Wednesday, 2:26 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
  • Noah Vonleh quiet in another start
    Noah Vonleh started again on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-7 shots for seven points, three rebounds and a block in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Ed Davis played 35 minutes off the bench and is the starter for all intents and purposes, and finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. With Meyers Leonard out, Davis is the guy you want to own here. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Chandler Parsons quiet, but plays 25 minutes
    Chandler Parsons played a season-high 25 minutes on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for six points, five rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The good news is that his minutes are finally up in the 25-minute range, meaning he is hopefully about ready to start playing better as he recovers from knee surgery. He's been pretty bad thus far, but now might be the time to target him in a buy-low deal. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Nene scores 11 despite calf injury
    Nene played through a calf injury and had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 3-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Indy.

    Advice: He was iffy due to the injury and his minutes off the bench allowed starter Kris Humphries to play just nine minutes without scoring a point. Tuesday, 6:49 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
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) doubtful Wed
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He sat out of Tuesday's optional practice and is dealing with a lower back strain as well as a sore thigh. Cousins is clearly ailing right now and the Kings will want to be cautious, so don't be surprised if takes the day off on Wednesday. Kosta Koufos will likely benefit the most, while Willie Cauley-Stein will be pressed into a larger role as well. Additionally, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo would be nice DFS targets. Tuesday, 5:13 pm
  • Nene (calf) will play Tuesday vs. the Pacers
    Nene (calf) will play in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Nene should get around 18 minutes tonight, but with averages of just 8.2 points, 5.3 boards and 2.0 assists per game on the season, he's not worth owning in most leagues. Tuesday, 2:17 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
  • Nene (calf) now a game-time call vs. Pacers
    Nene (calf) practiced on Tuesday and is a game-time decision to face the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Monday and chances are the Wizards won't put him out there with any sign of trouble in warmups. Nene is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA and will likely have a minutes cap, too. Marcin Gortat may play more while Drew Gooden could get minutes. Also, Kris Humphries could play some five, which would open up more minutes for Jared Dudley. Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Amare Stoudemire says Knicks mis-used him
    Amare Stoudemire said the Knicks didn't use he and Carmelo Anthony properly.

    Advice: While some would argue injuries affected his play in New York more, Stoudemire placed some blame for his disappointing Knicks tenure on the team. "I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together,’’ Stoudemire said. "I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll." War of words aside, Stoudemire can be ignored by fantasy owners as he doesn't play enough to provide any value. Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Cody Zeller returned to action on Monday November 23. Monday, 11:26 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 28 points in loss
    Markieff Morris made 12-of-15 from the field for a season-high 28 points against the Spurs on Monday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: With Eric Bledsoe (knee) out, there were some shots to go around. Morris was one of the worst high-volume players on the season before tonight, but he was one of the best in a losing effort. Morris is coming off a 17-point game on Sunday and should be owned in all leagues after a disastrous start. He also took an elbow to the head, but he's OK. Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 11 with seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Considering the game was basically over at halftime, Favors' owners should be thrilled that he still played 30 minutes and turned in a decent line. Rudy Gobert went down with a tailbone contusion, but he should be fine moving forward and both players will need to be on top of their game for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • 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
  • 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. Nov 23, 2:32 pm
  • Nene (calf) misses practice on Monday
    Nene (left calf) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He just can't stay healthy and the Wizards will likely handle him very carefully. This means more minutes will go to Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden would likely play off the bench. Nene isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Nov 23, 12:56 pm
  • 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
  • Darrell Arthur scores 21 points w/ Faried out
    Darrell Arthur filled in at PF with Kenneth Faried (ankle) out on Sunday, notching a season-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Arthur has been struggling all year, shooting just over 30 percent from the field, but he found the range tonight and even knocked down a 3-pointer. It's a great sight for anyone who plugged him into DFS lineups, but most owners can ignore him since Faried might return as soon as Tuesday vs. the Clippers. Nov 22, 7:50 pm
  • Chandler Parsons plays season-high 24 minutes
    Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 24 minutes during Sunday's loss in OKC, scoring 12 points with two triples, three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or turnovers.

    Advice: His minute-limit is slowly creeping toward the mid-20s as the Mavs are wisely playing it safe with Parsons, who is owed $16 million next season. He's likely to miss one of the Mavs' games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so plan accordingly. Nov 22, 6:49 pm
  • Markieff Morris' minutes increase vs Pelicans
    Markieff Morris made only 6-of-15 shots on Sunday but finished with 17 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His playing time was down over the past two games so this is a great sign for his frustrated owners -- Jeff Hornacek even left Morris on the court after an ill-advised technical foul in the fourth quarter. Hopefully he can keep this momentum going on Monday. Nov 22, 6:05 pm
  • 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
  • Andrea Bargnani scores 12 points vs. Nets
    Andrea Bargnani came off the bench to score 12 points in 21 minutes vs. the Celtics on Sunday, hitting 6-of-9 shots with three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: It was Bargnani's first double-digit performance since opening night -- in between he averaged 4.4 points per game. We might not see him score 12+ points again until 2016. Nov 22, 5:40 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts w/ Faried out Sunday
    Darrell Arthur will start Sunday's game with Kenneth Faried (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: Arthur has struggled all season, averaging 3.8 points on 30.8 percent shooting off the bench, and he's best left untouched with Faried day-to-day. Arthur will likely start alongside Nikola Jokic, who recently bumped J.J. Hickson to the Nuggets' bench. Nov 22, 4:28 pm
  • Parsons' minutes will continue to go up
    Chandler Parsons' minutes will continue to gradually go up.

    Advice: Parsons' minutes limit increased to 23 on Wednesday against the Celtics, so he should see a similar workload tonight. Head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't lay out an exact plan, but hopefully Parsons will be able to play over 30 minutes in December. He isn't a must-start player yet, but that could change very soon and his owners just need to stay patient. Nov 22, 3:29 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
  • Nene has a terrific game
    Nene made 9-of-10 from the field for 18 points against the Pistons on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five fouls in 22 minutes.

    Advice: That's a really nice effort out of Nene and he even showed some nice handles in the open court. He's hurt far too often to be added in standard leagues, though. Nov 21, 8:07 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Markieff Morris gets benched
    Markieff Morris played just 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter as the Suns wanted to get a shooter out there to pull off a comeback. Morris has really struggled on the season and isn't even putting up top 200 value. He still has some upside, but it's really tough to hold him right now in shallower leagues. Nov 21, 12:03 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 pts w/ seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is currently hitting career-highs in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.1) to go with solid averages of 16.0 points and 1.5 blocks on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. That translates to second-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and third-round value in 8-cat formats, and with absolutely no one behind him to challenge him for playing time there's no reason to believe he can't keep this up. Nov 20, 11:18 pm
  • 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
  • Jared Sullinger plays just 19 minutes
    Jared Sullinger played 19 minutes during a blowout win over the Nets on Friday with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in the first half and wasn't in foul trouble. While Sullinger is having a very nice run, he's certainly not safe from coach Brad Stevens cutting his playing time. That said, this was his first game below 20 minutes since October, so there's no need to be alarmed yet. Nov 20, 7:38 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
  • 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
  • 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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