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  • Leandro Barbosa (knee) downplays injury
    Leandro Barbosa (hyperextended knee) wrote after Sunday's game that he "had no serious injury, just a bit of pain."

    Advice: He attempted to continue playing after the hyperextension but the Warriors' training staff wisely pulled him from the game to prevent further injury. It doesn't sound like he'll miss any time, but as a precaution we'll list him as questionable for Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
     
    Injured
  • Damian Lillard 'fine' after banging knee Sun.
    Damian Lillard banged his knee early in Sunday's game but it didn't limit him, and he wrote afterward that he's "fine."

    Advice: A concerned fan asked him about the injury on Twitter and Lillard replied, "I'm fine thanks." He finished with 12 points, five assists and a career-high nine rebounds, so there's no reason to think he'll miss Monday's game vs. the winless 76ers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ty Lawson drops 16 assists in overtime win
    Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.

    Advice: This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Randy Foye goes scoreless in 11 minutes
    Randy Foye went scoreless for the first time this season on Sunday, missing five field goals (four 3-pointers) and both of his free throw attempts in just 11 minutes.

    Advice: His numbers have been trending in this direction for a while now, as he's topped 20 minutes just once in his past six games and is shooting 40.0 percent on the season. He'll be a deep-league option at best while Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Nate Robinson are all healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) has 17 points w/ full line
    Jeremy Lin (back) wasn't limited in Sunday's disappointing loss to Denver, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lin missed Saturday's practice as a precaution but his status was never truly in doubt, and he'll get a few extra days of rest before Wednesday's game vs. the red-hot Grizzlies. After a slow start to the season, Lin has steadily improved over the past four games, averaging 13.3 points on 60.5 percent shooting, with 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Reggie Jackson barely misses triple-double
    Reggie Jackson fell just two assists shy of a triple-double vs. the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: He shot just 10-of-26 from the field and his FG percentage continues to be a minor drag, but he compensated with one 3-pointer, one steal and a relatively stingy two turnovers. He may shift to a bench role upon Russell Westbrook's return but he's played too well to fall much below 32 minutes per game, even when OKC is at full strength. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Nick Calathes returns from 20-game suspension
    Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes played eight minutes in his season debut on Sunday, having served his 20-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.

    Advice: Calathes entered to an ovation from the home crowd in Memphis, but finished scoreless with just one rebound to his credit. He and Beno Udrih (11 points, five assists in 20 minutes) will compete for backup PG minutes behind Mike Conley, but right now Udrih is the guy to own in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) iffy to return Mon.
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) went through Sunday's practice but he remains questionable to play vs. the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: This is nothing new for Rose's fantasy owners as he's been a perpetual game-time decision all season. He doesn't want to return until he's completely healthy, which is both understandable and frustrating, as his participation in practice doesn't usually mean much. Check back closer to Monday's tip-off for the final word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:53 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Mario Chalmers drops 20 & 10 in thrilling win
    Mario Chalmers continued to shine in a lead role on Sunday, posting 20 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Kemba Walker's defense is porous and Chalmers wisely attacked the Charlotte defense all night long, resulting in a 9-of-10 mark at the FT line. The return of Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Norris Cole (finger) will inevitably cut into Chalmers' production, but he's playing too well to drop off very much. In four starts this year he's averaged 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 boards, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals, while making 55.3 percent of his shots. Nasty. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Damian Lillard snares career-high nine boards
    Damian Lillard secured a career-high nine rebounds on Sunday, adding 12 points, two 3-pointers, five assists and four steals in a six-point road win in Boston.

    Advice: It wasn't a perfect night for Lillard's fantasy owners, as he was also 4-of-14 from the field with five turnovers, but we'll live with that result against Rajon Rondo's defense. Lillard has been sensational through the Blazers' first 13 games, and he looks like a steal for lucky fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa sprains knee, won't return
    Leandro Barbosa suffered a sprained right knee during Sunday's game, and he will not return.

    Advice: Barbosa didn't immediately leave the game, staying in to shoot free throws and play a few possessions, but he was ruled out upon further examination. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala should get more playing time in his absence, but fantasy owners should consider him questionable to play Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:06 pm
     
    Injured
  • Nick Calathes' suspension over, activated Sun
    Nick Calathes' has served his 13-game suspension and will be available to play Sunday vs. the Clippers, sending Jordan Adams to the inactives list.

    Advice: Head coach David Joerger said that he'll be bringing Calathes back slowly, so there's not much upside here. He'll serve as a third-string point guard, playing behind Mike Conley and Beno Udrih, so he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Smart (ankle) hopes to practice next week
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is hopeful he'll be able to return to practice next week, but his status for Friday's game vs. the Bulls remains unknown.

    Advice: Even if Smart is able to suit up for Friday's game, he'll likely have a minutes restriction, making him an unattractive play in most leagues. He's averaging 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 steals on the season, and he's just not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:43 pm
     
    Injured
  • Norris Cole (finger) out Sunday vs. Charlotte
    Norris Cole (finger) will not play Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Chalmers will draw the start at point guard tonight with Cole sidelined, and he has a favorable matchup vs. the Hornets. Shannon Brown will likely draw another start at shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier will also get some additional run off the bench. Chalmers is looking like a must-start guy for Sunday, and Napier is coming off two solid games making him an attractive plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Brown logged 36 minutes in his last outing, but was only able to turn in seven points and two assists, making him a risky daily league option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
     
    Injured
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Sunday vs. CHA
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: That's six games and counting for Wade, and he remains without a definitive return date. Mario Chalmers has been the main beneficiary of Wade's absence, and he's currently averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers with the starting unit. Norris Cole (finger) has also been ruled out for Sunday's game, so Chalmers is going to get all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
     
    Injured
  • Butler wants Rose to be healthy for playoffs
    Jimmy Butler wants Derrick Rose to be 100 percent healthy for a deep playoff run this season.

    Advice: "Man, [Rose’s] head is in the same place all of our heads are in, and that’s wanting to win a championship," Butler said. "That’s what he’s getting ready for. That’s what we’re getting ready for. We want him to be 100 percent – not 99 – because you come back too early and you’re risking another injury. He’s fine. He’s our leader, and he knows what he’s doing." Owners of Rose will want to have the aspirin nearby this season, as he's bound for plenty of random rest days, and very late game-time decisions. Rose has been more risk than reward this season, and all owners can do is hope he has a strong second half. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable for Mon.
    Rodney Stuckey (sprained left wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The injury is to his non-shooting hand, so there's the positive in this situation. Stuckey just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, and is currently averaging just 10.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game on 38.2 percent shooting from the field. Stuckey will have plenty of opportunity when he's finally able to play, but right now, he doesn't look to be worth owning in standard leagues. If he's unable to go, Donald Sloan will continue to get all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) questionable Mon
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not practice on Sunday and is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Beverley said that he would suit up for Monday's game, but we'd like an official update from the Rockets before we say he's a go. If Beverley is unable to go, Isaiah Canaan would draw the start, and he'd make for a nice low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Check back for an official update on Beverley's status as we draw closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Jeremy Lin (back) will play Sunday vs. Denver
    Jeremy Lin said that his back is fine and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The injury was never considered serious, so go ahead and get him in your lineups. Lin is not getting a lot of FGA this year playing next to Kobe Bryant, averaging just 8.0 attempts per game to go with 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and a career-worst 0.8 steals. He's not a must-start guy on a nightly basis, but as the only true starting-caliber point guard in LA, he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (thumb) questionable Tuesday
    Brandon Jennings (thumb) did not practice on Sunday, and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The good news is x-rays were negative, so Jennings is just dealing with a sprain. If he's unable to go on Tuesday, D.J. Augustin will get all the minutes he can handle, and Spencer Dinwiddie could see some extended run off the bench. Augustin makes sense as a speculative add in standard leagues, but just know his value will be short-lived. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:51 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (chest) doubtful for Monday
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will be a limited participant during Sunday's practice, and is being listed as doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: If both Hinrich and Derrick Rose (hamstring) are unable to suit up for Monday's game, Aaron Brooks is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with E'Twaun Moore seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Brooks makes sense as a speculative add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) will be GTD Monday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will practice on Sunday, but he remains a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It's a constant guessing game with Rose, so owners will want to check back closer to Monday's tip for an official update on his status. With both Rose and Kirk Hinrich (chest) headed for game-time decisions on Monday, Aaron Brooks could be in for a big game, although Brooks has failed to capitalize on the increased opportunity a couple times this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Jimmer Fredette back in Pellies' rotation
    Jimmer Fredette played for the first time in four games on Saturday, going scoreless with one rebound, one assist and one steal in eight minutes.

    Advice: He returned to the bench rotation after Eric Gordon separated his shoulder, which moved Austin Rivers into the starting SG spot. Gordon is likely to miss significant time and Rivers is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues, but we'll need to see more from Fredette to put him on the radar. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Lou Williams earns praise for his defense
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

    Advice: "Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:59 am
  • Jrue Holiday looks great with 19-6-9 line
    Jrue Holiday helped close the door on Saturday's 106-94 win over the Jazz with 19 points, six rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made Trey Burke look like he belonged in the D-League and just roasted him late. Holiday is really starting to come on and he's going to have some extra shots come his way with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out. He's been a top-10 guard before and that's possible this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:13 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores eight points
    Austin Rivers played 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Eric Gordon went down and Rivers is going to get minutes. He's been one of the most inefficient players in the NBA lately, but the opportunity is there. Feel free to give him a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:04 pm
  • Jose Calderon returned to action on Saturday November 22. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:51 pm
  • Deron Williams has a big line in a loss
    Deron Williams scored a team-high 24 points against the Spurs on Saturday during a 99-87 loss with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He has put up some impressive numbers and it's nice to see him get into the lane when he's on offense. Williams should be a top-20 fantasy guard as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:47 pm
  • Brandon Knight fills it up in a loss
    Brandon Knight scored 27 points against the Wizards on Saturday with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and five turnovers.

    Advice: He was grabbing his thigh before he went to the locker room in the first half, but he came back out and it didn't seem to bother him. Knight should be good to go, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss practice. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:23 pm
  • Shane Larkin doesn't play on Saturday
    Shane Larkin was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: He won't be a DNP-CD every game, but it's going to happen. Larkin can be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Jose Calderon struggles in his start
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes in his Knicks debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers with three points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had both of his calves wrapped tonight and was a step slow. Calderon will obviously be better than tonight and he's been gold in nine-category leagues because of his low turnovers. Make sure he's not on the wire despite this ugly game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:04 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams can't score vs. NYK
    Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-13 from the field for nine points against the Knicks on Saturday to go with four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. He is really struggling with his shot and there were about five shots that wouldn't have gone in with a rim two times the normal size. There's really no chance he is going to improve on his shooting this season, but the accounting stats will be there. Carter-Williams will really have to fill it up to be a top-60 guy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:47 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 24 with eight dimes
    Mario Chalmers was in total control of the offense against the Magic on Saturday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 24 points with five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: His defense wasn't as bad as usual in this game either. Chalmers' ability to play both guard spots has been huge for the Heat right now and he'll certainly earn his minutes even when Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is back, especially because Wade's minutes will be monitored. Chalmers should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Pat Beverley (hamstring) expects to play Mon.
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) expects to play vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Beverley tweaked his hamstring while running after a loose rebound in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. He briefly returned but later admitted that it was smarter to "play it safe," to avoid turning a minor tweak into a serious injury. Fantasy owners should anticipate having Bev available while checking for confirmation on Monday. He finished Saturday with a season-high 20 points, a career-high six 3-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. He's been feeling it over his last several games, scoring in double figures in five straight while playing great defense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:36 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Lou Williams drops career-high 36 vs. Cavs
    Lou Williams was unstoppable vs. the Cavs on Saturday, setting a new career-high with 36 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) on Saturday, adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 9-of-9 free throws in his first nine minutes alone, and this is an extreme example of the instant offense that Toronto was hoping he'd provide when they traded for him this summer. His 18-20 minute bench role isn't well-suited to sustainable fantasy value, unfortunately, and he's likely to remain an unsteady option in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Patrick Beverley returns after injury scare
    Patrick Beverley left during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game with an apparent leg injury, but he was able to return in the final minutes.

    Advice: Beverley was on fire prior to his exit, scoring 20 points with a career-high six 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes. Isaiah Canaan has proven to be a capable backup PG and he'll take the reins if Beverley can't play vs. the Knicks on Monday, but for now it looks like he will. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:21 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Rodney Stuckey exits w/ sprained left wrist
    Rodney Stuckey sprained his left wrist after tripping over a photographer on Saturday, and he will not return.

    Advice: Stuckey is already struggling with his conditioning after missing time due to a foot injury, and we can only hope that this injury doesn't cost him any more time. X-rays were negative and we're considering him questionable for Monday's road game in Dallas -- with C.J. Watson (foot) and George Hill (ankle) already ruled out, Donald Sloan may need to once again log 40+ minutes if Stuckey doesn't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:08 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Jose Calderon in the starting lineup on Sat.
    Jose Calderon will be in the starting lineup against the Sixers on Saturday.

    Advice: There is no official minute restriction, but the Knicks would be extremely foolish to play him big minutes. Calderon has been out all season after an aggravation and he has a laundry list of muscle issues in his career. He should be owned in all leagues, but his owners should bench him. Shane Larkin owner will want to cut him in just about every league. We'll also keep an eye on how Calderon's return affects guys like Iman Shumpert. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:51 pm
  • Norris Cole (finger) will not play vs. Magic
    Norris Cole (finger) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: It's going to be Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier handling the minutes at point guard tonight. With Chalmers logging more minutes at point guard, Shannon Brown will also be getting more run. The Heat have no been playing James Ennis at shooting guard much, so he doesn't benefit much. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:42 pm
     
    Injured
  • Marcus Smart still not ready to play Sunday
    Marcus Smart (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Blazers.

    Advice: It seems hard to believe that he is even close to a return after an ugly ankle injury. The Celtics are off until Friday following Sunday's game, so perhaps Smart will be ready for that contest. Phil Pressey should get some extra run tomorrow while Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner also see a bump. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:40 pm
     
    Injured
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The injuries are not considered serious and both players are probable for Sunday's game. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:23 pm
  • Norris Cole (finger) doubtful for Saturday
    Norris Cole (finger) is doubtful to play vs. the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: The original diagnosis of a dislocated finger hasn't been changed, but owners should prepare to be without him for at least one game. "He's still splinted," said Erik Spoelstra, "but it could turn into a playable splint." Shabazz Napier's playing time gets a big boost with this news, and he'll likely start alongside Mario Chalmers in the backcourt if Cole doesn't play. Napier is worth a look as a temporary option at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:57 am
     
    Injured
  • Dwyane Wade out, Norris Cole doubtful vs. ORL
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will miss his fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

    Advice: Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier should get all the minutes they can handle, especially with Norris Cole (hand) also doubtful to suit up. Miami's lack of depth will likely require bench guys like Shannon Brown, Danny Granger and James Ennis to step into significant roles as the Heat look to avoid their fifth loss in six games. Wade did some light work during shootaround and is questionable for Sunday's home game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:51 am
     
    Injured
  • Larkin, Prigioni to split backup PG role
    The Knicks' backup PG job will be a "nightly" toss-up between Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni, according to coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "There will be times when Pablo is the best fit. There will be times when Shane is the best fit," said Fisher. "And we will just do in that moment what we think is best for the group. They have both done some good things for us so I wouldn’t put any one of them out of the mix with Jose coming back." A timeshare for backup minutes is a recipe for fantasy irrelevance. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 am
  • Bulls consider adding PG in Rose's absence
    The Bulls have considered signing another point guard if Derrick Rose (hamstring) isn't ready to return for Monday's game.

    Advice: Free agents Will Bynum and Mike James are both possibilities as Chicago patches over backcourt injuries to Rose and Kirk Hinrich (bruised chest/ribs). Neither Bynum nor James would have fantasy appeal even if they do get picked up. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:22 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Damian Lillard scores 21 points on 100.0 eFG%
    Damian Lillard torched the Bulls for his best game of the season during Friday's 105-87 win, making 7-of-9 from the field for 21 points with six rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Lillard is playing some of the best ball of his life in his last five with a true shooting percentage of 73.6, a usage of 28.8 and an offensive efficiency rating of 117.9. Those advanced stats translate to averages of 25.8 points, 4.8 boards, 8.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 4.0 triples. He's been a top-three player over the past two weeks in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:33 pm
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 pm
  • Brandon Jennings hyperextends left thumb
    Brandon Jennings suffered a hyperextended left thumb in Friday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: It kept his minutes down to just 23 tonight in his worst game in a while, scoring nine points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. It's unclear how severe his injury is and his owners should just sit tight. If you have some dead weight and want to add D.J. Augustin, it's not a terrible idea. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Hinrich hopes to return after the weekend
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) is hoping to return this weekend according to Bulls.com writer Sam Smith.

    Advice: "I hope I’m better (Saturday)," said Hinrich. "Today was tough." Aaron Brooks is a good speculative pickup with Derrick Rose (hamstring) still day-to-day with no discernible timetable and Hinrich sort of in the same boat. Just know the run could be short-lived for Brooks if his teammates return quickly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:16 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Michael Carter-Williams has a typical line
    Michael Carter-Williams had a typical line against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-18 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line for 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, five turnovers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is going to get his points, rebounds, assists and steals, but the turnovers and weak percentages are really going to hurt him in standard leagues. Carter-Williams gets a great matchup on Saturday against the Knicks, who rank last in the Eastern Conference in defensive efficiency. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:19 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey working on his conditioning
    Rodney Stuckey is working on getting his conditioning back after spending two weeks on the sidelines.

    Advice: "I only played 26 minutes, but it felt like I played 35," Stuckey said after Wednesday's win over the Hornets. "It’s all about getting my legs back underneath me and getting my wind back up. Here within the next week or so I should be back to normal." Stuckey is going to be eased back into the rotation, but with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) out he'll have plenty of opportunity. However, he really doesn't do much aside from score, so he's not necessarily a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:09 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich will miss Friday night in POR
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and has been diagnosed with a chest contusion. Hinrich has missed a lot of time with bumps and bruises in his career, so Aaron Brooks makes sense as a pickup in all leagues right now. Expect E'Twaun Moore to get more run, too. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:53 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol & Kirk Hinrich out
    Derrick Rose (hamstring), Pau Gasol (calf) and Kirk Hinrich (chest) are out against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Rose has been ruled out quickly for each of the last three games and he could miss more time. The Bulls are likely going to manage his minutes upon his return, so fantasy owners shouldn't buy low unless it's at an extremely discount. Aaron Brooks is going to be very busy tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:47 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices in full on Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he's expected to make his Knicks' debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Calderon's return will send Shane Larkin to the bench, and Iman Shumpert's value will take a small hit. He has a very favorable matchup vs. the Philadelphia "Tanker," but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Saturday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:21 am
  • X-rays are negative on Kirk Hinrich (chest)
    X-rays were negative on Kirk Hinrich's chest and he was diagnosed with a contusion following Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't play at the end of the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean his injury had anything to do with it. Hinrich finished with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. If he is going to miss time, Aaron Brooks would almost become a must add as the only healthy point guard who is in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore would also get in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:22 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Mario Chalmers starts at PG in second half
    Mario Chalmers started at point guard during the second half of Thursday's 110-93 loss to the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, one rebound, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Norris Cole (finger) was unable to return to action following an injury in the first half. Chalmers had a couple really careless turnovers and he's certainly not the most consistent player in the NBA. His minutes seem extremely safe right now and he should be starting in most leagues with Miami banged up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • Norris Cole plays better on Saturday
    Norris Cole did not return from his dislocated left middle finger against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with no points and one assist in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Cole was on the bench after a trip to the locker room, but it seemed clear the team didn't want to put him back out there. The team has yet to share any X-ray results and he might have an MRI coming on Friday. Shabazz Napier would be a deep-league speculative add for now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:41 pm
     
    Injured
  • Norris Cole goes to the locker room
    Norris Cole suffered a dislocated left middle finger and is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He is back on the bench and chances are X-rays were negative. If Cole does miss time, rookie Shabazz Napier could be looking at a major bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:04 pm
     
    Injured
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Thursday vs. LAC
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This marks the fourth consecutive game Wade will be sidelined with this hamstring injury, and Mario Chalmers will continue to start as long as Wade is out. Chalmers has been great with the starting unit, averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game, and he should be in all active lineups on a night with just two games being played. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:36 pm
     
    Injured
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) doubtful for Sunday
    Marcus Smart (ankle) said that he doubts he'll play Sunday, and he remains without a definitive return date.

    Advice: "I couldn’t really tell you [an expected return date]. It just depends," Smart said. "One day my body feels good, probably one day it doesn’t. I’ve got to listen to my body." Smart was able to do some straight-line movement during Thursday's practice, but still is unable to do anything side-to-side. He may be able resume practicing next week, and after Sunday's game vs. Portland the Celtics don't play again until Friday, Nov. 28. We'll consider Smart questionable for that one, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. However, with averages of just 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 steals, he’s not a viable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:23 pm
     
    Injured
  • Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday
    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

    Advice: Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:05 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol both out Thursday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:35 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Is Norris Cole on the Heat's trade block?
    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks there is a chance that the Heat trade Norris Cole this season.

    Advice: Coupled with Mario Chalmers' recent strong play, Winderman cites the fact the Heat declined to extend Cole before the October 31 deadline as a reason that Miami might explore a trade. Cole is stuck in a backcourt logjam with Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues unless he can separate himself from the pack. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:23 am
     
    Injured
  • Ty Lawson goes for 15 & 15 in win
    Ty Lawson hit 6-of-13 shots for 15 points, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He somehow didn't hit a 3-pointer in either of his last two games, but has now hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games, which were all double-doubles with points. He's rolling right now and is a must-start in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Patrick Beverley scores 15 points vs. LA
    Patrick Beverley matched his season-high 15 points against the Lakers on Wednesday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: His triples have been a part of his game this season with 2.3 makes per game on the season. Beverley's steals haven't really come around yet, but they're likely on their way in short order. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:33 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers
    Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots
    Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Deron Williams scores 18 points in a loss
    Deron Williams scored 18 points in a 122-118 triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five boards, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 52 minutes.

    Advice: The Nets really needed this game and played their guys big minutes, but it didn't work and they now have a five-game losing streak. Williams is playing just fine and has been a top-30 player so far this season. He could be considered as a sell-high guy just because of the injury risk. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams quiet in start
    Michael Carter-Williams made his first start of the season on Wednesday but hit just 4-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and four turnovers in a loss to Boston.

    Advice: MCW's downfall is the TOs and poor shooting, and both were on display tonight. He's going to get hot and score a lot of points and fill the stat sheet, but he usually does plenty of harm despite the good things he does in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey take a lot of shots in return
    Rodney Stuckey returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Hornets, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He played mostly shooting guard and continues to turn in a high usage rate. Stuckey logged only 13.3 minutes per game, but now he's likely going to stay in the mid-20 range. Considering he doesn't usually shoot the ball well and doesn't do much outside of scoring, he's not a great player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Status quo: Rose, Pau questionable vs. SAC
    The Bulls have listed Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) as questionable to face the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is pretty much useless because the Bulls will have sat both players with their "probable" status leading up to previous games. We would consider them a little closer to doubtful, but check back for an update on Thursday morning. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Michael Carter-Williams will start vs. BOS
    Michael Carter-Williams will make his first start of the season against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played fine off the bench in 29.0 minutes per game, averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples with a 30.7 usage rate. Carter-Williams should be the main guy in the lineup for Philly and should fill the stat sheet in an inefficient manner. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) doubtful for Thursday
    Dwyane Wade (left hamstring) is doubtful to play on Thursday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This would be his fourth game out of the lineup and there's a chance he misses some time over the weekend, as well. It's worth mentioning his left leg has been worse than his right and he's needed his left knee drained multiple times over the past few seasons. Mario Chalmers has benefited and will be worth using in all leagues. James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole also benefit. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:46 pm
     
    Injured
  • MCW and Noel likely to start tonight
    Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson and Luc Mbah a Moute are likely going to start Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: This is based on Wednesday's shootaround. Tony Wroten will move to the bench, which makes sense because Alexey Shved would be the backup point guard had Wroten been slotted into the SG spot. Carter-Williams has been very active and his owners can expect more out of him in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) cleared to practice
    Derrick Rose (hamsting) is expected to participate in practice on Wednesday, while Pau Gasol will be rested.

    Advice: This doesn't mean a lot for Rose's owners, as he will likely be a game-time decision no matter what. If Rose doesn't suit up Thursday, expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to carry the load. If Gasol can't play, then Taj Gibson and Joakim noah will both be in for a big night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) limited in practice
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, and should be considered questionable for Thursday's game.

    Advice: Wade's goal of playing every game this season was quickly shattered last week when he tweaked his hamstring so it's not surprising to see the Heat exercise caution with him. If he ends up sitting on Thursday, Mario Chalmers will likely draw another start and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:45 am
     
    Injured
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the Pacers as they have been ravaged by injuries all season long. It is unclear how many minutes Stuckey will see Wednesday, but he likely be eased into action. He will be worth a flier in deeper leagues while owners in standard leagues should keep a close eye on him. His return could spell trouble for the value of Donald Sloan and A.J. Price but that remains to be seen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) could return Sunday
    Marcus Smart (ankle) could return on Sunday against Portland, but coach Stevens said it would likely be another week before he can play.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the rookie, as his ankle has been healing rapidly. Smart has been able to participate in certain drills, but it is understandable if the Celtics are cautious with him. However, unless something happens to Rajon Rondo or Avery Bradley, Smart will only be an asset in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 am
     
    Injured
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Owners in deep leagues should definitely consider taking a flier on him due to the lack of depth the Pacers have right now with George Hill(knee) and C.J. Watson (ankle) still recovering from injury. Stuckey can put up points in a hurry and though his minutes might be limited at first, he could play a huge role for the Pacers this season. If he does suit up, he will eat into the minutes of Donald Sloan while shattering the value of A.J. Price. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:13 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Reggie Jackson held in check Tuesday vs. Utah
    Reggie Jackson had three rebounds and handed out seven assists vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, but he scored just 10 points on 4-of-13 FGs and 1-of-1 FTs.

    Advice: Trey Burke isn't known for his lock-down defense but he gave Jackson fits tonight, and OKC's entire offense was out of synch as they finished a combined 30-of-84 from the field (35.7 percent). R-Jax has been a second-round fantasy value this year, if you ignore his 3.6 turnovers per game, but he'll inevitably slide down closer to the 60-80 range once Russell Westbrook returns. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Shane Larkin scoreless in 22 minutes vs. MIL
    Shane Larkin's streak of quiet games continued on Tuesday, as he went scoreless with zero rebounds and one assist in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: He has been starting at PG by default but Jose Calderon is nearing a return, and fantasy owners should cut Larkin in all formats. He's yet to score double-digit points in a game this season, largely because he's attempting only 5.9 shots in 27 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) likely out Wed. & Fri.
    Marcus Smart (ankle) will travel with the Celtics for their road games on Wednesday and Friday, but he's not expected to play in either game.

    Advice: Smart is progressing nicely after his scary injury and he's already begun shooting around, but he doesn't have a specific return date. His defensive energy will earn him a role in coach Brad Stevens' rotation, but he doesn't have much fantasy upside with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley both healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:02 pm
     
    Injured
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) progresses to shooting
    Marcus Smart (ankle) was able to get up some shots before Tuesday's practice, but he's still not expected to make a return until sometime next week.

    Advice: He's progressed from stationary shooting, and Smart looks to be on track to meet his initial two-week timetable. However, as long as Rajon Rondo is in town, Smart isn't going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Rodney Stuckey probable vs Hornets on Weds
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Stuckey has practiced for the last two days, so it's looking more and more likely that he'll suit up against the Hornets. The Pacers will likely keep his minutes in check on Wednesday, but his return to the lineup will cut into Donald Sloan and A.J. Price's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Hinrich scores 14 points with five assists
    Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Hinrich doesn't hold 14-team value on the year despite averaging 28.4 minutes per game this season. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) returning any time he's a Hail Mary in daily leagues at best. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:57 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Beverley posts typical low-end line in loss
    Patrick Beverley scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's blowout loss.

    Advice: Beverley has struggled to stay healthy this year and may have been dropped as a result. He's a top-100 player when he is in the game, and that's hard value to pass up in a 12-team standard format. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:14 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 16 points
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points against the Spurs on Monday with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe coach Brett Brown will start him now. Carter-Williams has been as advertised so far this season in three games, averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples on 37.8 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line. This is pretty much who he is. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Jennings hits five threes as push continues
    Brandon Jennings kept pushing in Monday's loss, hitting five 3-pointers and 6-of-13 shots overall to finish with 18 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Left for dead by many, Jennings is a top-40 player all of a sudden and at 45.6 percent shooting from the field it's certainly a sell-high moment. Just know that he has a top-50 upside enhanced by his durability and shouldn't be sold short. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Chalmers scores 22 points with five assists
    Mario Chalmers scored a team-high 22 points in Monday's win over the Nets, hitting 5-of-12 shots (11-of-13 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: This is the type of line owners thought they'd periodically see when he appeared to be the unquestioned starter at point guard over the summer. He's enjoying life without Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng around, and the real question will be in how Erik Spoelstra deploys him not just in terms of position, but in terms of touches when the guys return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Lawson goes for 24 and 12 in win over Cavs
    Ty Lawson scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting (0-for-6 3PTs, 6-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, 12 assists and two steals in Monday's road win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Lawson is beginning to heat up and as long as he can keep the injury bug from biting he should continue to move toward his early round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Foye (knee) plays 10 minutes off the bench
    Randy Foye (knee) played 10 minutes off the bench on Monday with one point and one assist.

    Advice: Foye is reportedly playing through pain and it wouldn't be surprising if he needed some time off. This, of course, would help ease the logjam in the backcourt for the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:29 pm
  • Dwyane Wade ruled out on Monday night
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday night against the Nets.

    Advice: He was never expected to play tonight and he could miss more games. Mario Chalmers has been a great play in the past two games and fantasy owners should have him in their lineups. Shabazz Napier will also get a handful of more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:06 pm
     
    Injured
  • Randy Foye will play on Monday night
    Randy Foye (knee) will play against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games and the Nuggets will need him with Nate Robinson unlikely to play. Foye was only playing 22 minutes per game and he probably won't get much more than 24 minutes even with Nate out. He's not really worth owning right now. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:23 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey has a chance to play Wed.
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) has a chance to play on Wednesday against the Hornets.

    Advice: His minutes were held in check before suffering the injury earlier this month. Stuckey was very active while he was on the court, but it's still a little tough to get too excited about him as a fantasy asset. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:14 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Monday night
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: This is the second game in a row in which the Bulls won't even make Rose a game-time decision. Rose is doing some work, but he could miss more time. His fantasy owners in weekly leagues have a tough decision on their hands with the only other games coming on a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday. Jimmy Butler is coming off a career night while Aaron Brooks disappointed on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich also played well on Saturday, which was really his only good game in the starting lineup. For what it's worth, we would bench Rose in just about any scenario. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:01 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Harden thinks Reggie Jackson deserves payday
    James Harden thinks Reggie Jackson deserves his payday.

    Advice: Harden didn't specify it should be with the Thunder. "He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for," he said. "It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen." Jackson has put himself in a position to earn a big contract during the offseason and it will be interesting to see how the Thunder handle the situation that will unfold. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:53 am
  • MCW coming off the bench again on Monday
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench again on Monday against the Spurs.

    Advice: MCW has come off the bench since he debuted last week, and he'll continue that trend for the time being. We're expecting Carter-Williams to resume his traditional spot in the starting lineup sooner rather than later, and owners should be trotting him out there regardless through the process. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:22 am
  • Calderon could begin practicing before Friday
    Jose Calderon (hamstring) could begin practicing before Friday.

    Advice: Calderon is expected to return to practice by Friday at the latest. The Knicks could use his leadership and abilities at the point, especially as the team looks to get the Triangle offense fully integrated. As soon as Calderon can return, he's expected to take over as the team's starting point guard. He should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:56 am
  • Deron Williams blasts lack of ball movement
    Deron Williams was critical of the Nets lack of ball movement.

    Advice: When D-Will was told the Nets ranked 26th in the league in assists per game going into Sunday's loss, he responded with "I think that's a big problem." He added, "If we're moving the ball, sharing the ball -- if you look at our wins, we've passed the ball relatively well." It's not quite Joe Johnson's "selfish," but D-Will is making sure his voice is heard. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:16 am
  • Marcus Smart limited to stationary shooting
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is limited to just stationary shooting right now.

    Advice: "All that he’s doing is shooting stationary," Stevens said. "There is increased activity, as far as on the [Alter-G, non-weight-bearing] treadmill, so he’s not doing a whole lot. He is up on his feet and walking, the boot is off and all that stuff." The Celtics won't rush the rookie back before he's completely healthy and ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:04 am
     
    Injured
  • Nick Calathes eligible to play Sunday, Nov 23
    Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes is scheduled to return from his season-opening suspension on Sunday, Nov. 23.

    Advice: Calathes was suspended for 20 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, causing him to miss the Grizzlies' final seven games of last year's playoffs. Memphis has been relying on Beno Udrih to support Mike Conley at PG, and it's unlikely Calathes will earn enough minutes to be worth plucking off the waiver wire in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 9:28 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hammy) pesters OKC in win
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) keyed a strong defensive effort vs. the Thunder on Sunday, finishing with 12 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were determined to play Beverley no more than 24 minutes to avoid aggravating his hamstring injury, but he finished just shy of 30 minutes as Houston was fighting tooth and nail to pull out a victory despite shooting 28.8 percent from the field. Bev has been a top-120 value when healthy this season and he's worth owning as long as you don't mind having a PG who averages under 3.0 assists per game. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 7:06 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Reggie Jackson has 15 & 11 with four assists
    Reggie Jackson made only 3-of-11 FGs vs. Aaron Brooks and the Rockets on Sunday, but he added 9-of-9 FTs to finish with 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Thunder scored a total of 65 points tonight and they're dead last in fastbreak points per game (5.4), which is understandable given their unfathomable injury problems to begin the season. Jackson's 11 boards were one shy of his career high and he's doing everything he can to keep OKC afloat until Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant return, at which point his lofty playing time and fantasy value will inevitably decline. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 7:03 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 18 points w/ five dimes
    Mario Chalmers finished Sunday's disappointing home loss with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: He started at SG in place of Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and played well before fouling out in 35 minutes of action. Chalmers is a must-start fantasy option when Wade is sidelined, but on the season he's been just a 14-team value in 28.4 minutes per game as a reserve. His knack for 3-pointers, assists and steals keeps him viable in all formats and he should slowly improve as he adjusts to a bench role going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 5:53 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will travel to BK
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will travel with the Heat to Brooklyn, but he's looking doubtful for Monday's game despite being listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: "He's starting to do a lot more corrective exercises, strength and treatment," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's all we can do right now. Then we'll take the next step when he can get there." Wade missed nine games last season with a similar hamstring issue, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him sit out on Monday. If he's unable to go, Mario Chalmers would likely get another start, and he makes for a solid option in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an official update on Wade's status as we draw closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 4:02 pm
     
    Injured
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will start Sun.
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will return to the starting lineup on Sunday vs. OKC.

    Advice: This means that Isaiah Canaan will head back to the bench, and he can be cut in standard leagues. It's not clear if Beverley will have a restriction on his minutes tonight, but he does have a favorable matchup vs. the Thunder. Beverley is averaging 10.3 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers on the season, so while he’s not a must-own guy in standard leagues, he’s worth considering. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 2:43 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Mario Chalmers starting on Sunday vs. Bucks
    Mario Chalmers will start in place of Dwyane Wade (hamstring) on Sunday as the Heat take on the Bucks.

    Advice: Chalmers was excellent in his last outing, putting up 23 points and 11 assists over a whopping 40 minutes of action. He'll likely get a similar workload tonight, and should be in all active lineups. James Ennis will head to the bench after playing just six minutes in his start on Friday, and he's not an option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 2:27 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Sunday vs. Bucks
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Bucks, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: James Ennis drew the start in Wade's place on Friday, but he only lasted six minutes, and it was Mario Chalmers who saw a bulk of the minutes in Wade's absence. Chalmers put up 23 points, 11 assists, and one 3-pointer during his last outing, and will look to build upon that effort today as the Heat take on the Bucks, get him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 1:28 pm
     
    Injured
  • Ty Lawson struggles with shot in Denver loss
    Ty Lawson struggled with his shot as the Nuggets lost to the Knicks, scoring 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting (two 3-pointers), to go along with nine assists, two rebounds, and six turnovers.

    Advice: The Nuggets were dominated by the Knicks in this one, and managed to go the entire second quarter with just one make from the field (the make came on a last second buzzer beater from Lawson). Denver has been a mess this year, but Lawson has been the one consistent player, averaging 15.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 0.9 three-pointers per game. Those numbers are a bit down from last year's averages, but perhaps that's because Lawson might still be struggling with his ankle injury. Lawson is a buy-low candidate, but his ankles present some risk. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 1:00 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) able to move w/out limp
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is now able to move around without a limp, but he has still not been cleared to return to practice.

    Advice: Smart suffered a pretty brutal ankle injury on Nov. 7, and he is currently targeting a late-November return. It's nice to see that he's progressing, but with averages of just 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 30.6 percent shooting from the field, he's simply not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 11:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will play Sunday
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will play on Sunday but will have his minutes limited.

    Advice: The Rockets will likely ease him back into action so he won't be worth using in most leagues. Isaiah Canann will head back to the bench and will be irrelevant unless Beverley goes down with an injury again. Beverley should be considered in standard leagues for his defensive stats and ability to knock down 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 10:03 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Shane Larkin will start for Knicks on Sunday
    Shane Larkin will start for the Knicks on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Larkin has been inconsistent all season but has shown flashes of good play. However, Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to return very soon meaning that Larkin should be left on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 9:24 am
  • Randy Foye (knee) will not play Sunday
    Randy Foye (knee) will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He missed Friday's game and the writing was on the wall for this one as well. Nate Robinson will be the main beneficiary in his absence, but is only an option in deeper leagues as long as Ty Lawson is active. Foye is listed as questionable for Monday's game and we will update his status as needed. Erick Green is also inactive for the Nuggets on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:54 am
  • Jose Calderon may practice later this week
    Coach Fisher said on Sunday that Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani could resume practice later this week, but both will miss Sunday's game.

    Advice: This would be great news for Calderon's owners, as he is expected to flourish in the triangle offense making him a must-own player in almost all leagues. Bargnani on the other hand, shouldn't be owned in standard leagues until he strings together a couple of good games so owners should monitor him first. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:50 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28 in win over Brooklyn
    Damian Lillard scored a game-high 28 points against the Nets during a 97-87 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, 10 assists, four turnovers and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, the slow start is behind him. Lillard is raining treys with 4.0 per game over his last five to go with averages of 24.0 points, 5.2 boards, 8.2 dimes and 1.2 steals. Sure he's had a few easy matchups, but Lillard looks like he's ready to roll as a top-10 fantasy guard. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:30 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 15 points in start
    Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points in a 99-90 loss to the Pacers on Saturday to go with seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't score in his last start, so we didn't see this one coming. Hinrich has been too inconsistent to scoop in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 9:00 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Patrick Beverley now expected to play Sunday
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is expected to play on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: He went through practice on Saturday for the first time since his aggravating his hamstring strain back on Nov. 6. Isaiah Canaan hasn't really been able to do much in the starting lineup, so his fantasy owners can cut him loose. Beverley has been quiet so far, but he's still someone to consider in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 12:47 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Rodney Stuckey won't play on Sat.
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable earlier today, but getting ruled out before pre-game warmup isn't a good sign. Stuckey was limited before his recent injury, so he's likely going to have his minutes held in check for a week upon his return. A.J. Price will back up Donald Sloan. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 12:14 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich will get the start on Sat.
    Kirk Hinrich will start against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls have ruled Derrick Rose (hamstring) out, so Hinrich and Aaron Brooks will get the minutes at point guard. Hinrich has posted a usage rate of just 16.7 on the season while Brooks has turned in a usage of 26.8, so it's pretty obvious Brooks is the preferred play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:51 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm @ Uta
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) questionable Saturday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game.

    Advice: He has been dealing with foot issues all season, so it would be nice to see him suit up in this one. The Pacers are desperate for depth in their backcourt with C.J. Watson (ankle), and George Hill (knee) still out, so Stuckey could see a lot of minutes if he is healthy. If he can't go, expect Donald Sloan to continue to carry the load for the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 7:25 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ Dal
  • Jackson goes for 20 and 12 in overtime loss
    Reggie Jackson scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, 12 assists and a steal in Friday's overtime loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: Jackson is returning early round value with his heavy workload and this is probably the best and last time to try and exchange that for someone with better long-term prospects. Still, he has most certainly earned a place at the table when the cavalry returns so if you don't like what you see just sit back and enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 11:27 pm
  • Jennings carries Pistons to win with 29 pts
    Brandon Jennings scored eight straight points in overtime and led the Pistons to a win over the Thunder, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now but Jennings is a top-35 player on the season even after his disastrous start. It's a case study in not overreacting to the first week of the season and also a great opportunity to sell him high while he's sporting a 46.2 percent mark from the field, which is going to drop at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 11:01 pm
  • Holiday near perfect on 10 FGAs; posts 24 & 9
    Jrue Holiday hit 9-of-10 shots in the Pelicans' 139-91 beatdown of the Wolves on Friday, finishing with 24 points, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Pelicans never let up from start to finish so everybody got to eat tonight. Anthony Davis scored 22 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks, Tyreke Evans posted 16 points, six boards, seven assists, four steals and a trey, and Ryan Anderson hit four threes on his way to 16 and six. And if you saw Austin Rivers with an 8-for-9 shooting night for 17 points and a relatively full stat line, it's pretty easy to understand what was going on here. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 10:48 pm
  • Carter-Williams posts 13-5-5 line off bench
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Carter-Williams is coming along just fine and as long as he stays healthy for Philly he should be in your lineup, too. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:54 pm
  • Norris Cole has a decent game vs. ATL
    Norris Cole scored six points in a 114-103 loss to the Hawks on Friday with two rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier still played 21 minutes off the bench and had four points, one assist and three turnovers. Cole seems like he should be able to keep his minutes in the mid 20s, but Mario Chalmers is the more value asset in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 8:19 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mario Chalmers scores 23 points w/ 11 dimes
    Mario Chalmers was terrific off the bench on Friday against the Hawks with 23 points, one rebound, 11 assists and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He started the second half and was Miami's best player tonight. Chalmers has been on a bit of a roller coast ride this season, but he's still doing enough to remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 8:14 pm
  • Knight keeps things rolling for his owners
    Brandon Knight kept up his torrid pace with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, two threes and two turnovers in Friday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Knight is a top 15-50 play (8/9 cat) this season and his consistency has been notable playing for flighty Jason Kidd. He's probably going to chill out on the 4.0 turnovers per game he brought into tonight, while his 87.8 percent foul shooting is certainly suspect with his best season checking in at 80.2 percent. His rebounding and assist numbers are way up, but it's possible that a role change under Kidd is bringing him good fortune. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 7:28 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams heads to locker room
    Michael Carter-Williams went to the locker room on Friday and returned.

    Advice: It is not clear what happened, but he had a slight limp. Carter-Williams also took a shot to his shoulder earlier, but that doesn't appear to be the issue. Tony Wroten would get more run should MCW miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 6:25 pm
  • Beverley could play Sunday or Monday
    Patrick Beverley could play on Sunday or Monday according to beat writer Jonathan Feigen.

    Advice: This sounds like a bit of guesswork but it's good news that he appears to be close. Isaiah Canaan will once again be irrelevant once Beverley returns. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 4:34 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Michael Carter-Williams off bench again
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He and his entire team were awful, but coach Brett Brown will bring his Rookie of the Year off the bench again. His minutes should still be close to normal, so fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 3:41 pm
  • Randy Foye (knee) out Friday vs. the Pacers
    Randy Foye (knee) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Nate Robinson will be the main beneficiary in Foye's absence, but it'll be difficult for him to put up a meaningful stat line playing behind Ty Lawson. Foye's injury seems relatively minor, so we'll be listing him as day-to-day until we get an official update on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:49 am
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Friday vs. Hawks
    Updating a previous report, Dwyane Wade (hamstring) has ruled himself out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: It's unclear who will start in Wade's place, but coach Erik Spoelstra's options are Mario Chalmers, James Ennis, or Shannon Brown. Some beat reporters are speculating that Spoelstra would like Chalmers to remain with the second unit, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Still, Chalmers offers the most upside out of the group, even if he's coming off the bench. Wade's injury seems relatively minor, so we'll consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:21 am
     
    Injured
  • Doctors had to cut off Marcus Smart's shoe
    Marcus Smart's ankle was so swollen after he sprained it that doctors had to cut off his shoe in order to begin testing the severity of his injury.

    Advice: "I'm just taking it slow. Taking my time. Making sure I'm 100 percent," Smart said. "I don't really want to rush anything right now. Even though I'm going to feel better before I really am, I'm just trying to make sure that I am 100 percent before I step on the court again." Smart is targeting a late-November return, but as long as Rajon Rondo is in town, Smart is not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 6:57 am
     
    Injured
  • Deron Willliams has a nice game vs. GSW
    Deron Williams made 7-of-14 from the field for 18 points against the Warriors in a 107-99 loss to go with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been over 50 percent from the field in each of his last five games, averaging 19.6 points, 3.0 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 triples on 55.2 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the field in that span. Williams is on a roll and just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 10:45 pm
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