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  • Celtics assign James Young to D-League
    The Celtics have re-assigned rookie James Young to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Young will get some playing time with the Red Claws that he wouldn't get in Boston, but he'll likely rejoin the Celtics in a matter of days. Rotoworld.com
    18 minutes ago
  • Xavier Henry struggles to regain explosion
    Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't sure that Xavier Henry will regain his former explosive athleticism following right knee surgery.

    Advice: "I loved his athleticism and the fact that he could attack the basket," Scott said. "His relentlessness to attack the basket contributed to the injuries as well." Henry said that he can already move "better and quicker" at this stage in his recovery, and he doesn't plan to change his game, but fantasy owners can watch his development from afar -- he's averaging under 10 minutes per game and recently had a stint in the D-League. Rotoworld.com
    21 minutes ago
  • 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
    Today, 8:56 am
  • Dion Waiters still adjusting to off-ball play
    Dion Waiters is averaging only 9.1 points on 37.7 percent shooting this season, and he admitted that he's "trying to figure out how to play without the ball."

    Advice: "Everybody knows I can score the ball," he said. "I have to take a back seat for the betterment of the team, but I have to find a way to be aggressive because that's who I am." Waiters is dishing out just 1.7 assists with 1.5 turnovers per game, and he's nowhere near holding value in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:30 am
  • Lance Stephenson slowly adjusting to Hornets
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Lance Stephenson is becoming more comfortable in the team's offense, and "will do more and more things" as the season progresses.

    Advice: "There are so many parts to [Stephenson fitting in]," Clifford said. "It’s him with his teammates. Defensively we’re similar in what we’re doing [to the Pacers], but offensively it’s so different ... [But] he’s better when he’s on the attack, no question about it." Stephenson is averaging 9.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, but he's shooting just 37.0 percent with 0.5 triples, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. Fantasy owners should stay patient, as his comfort-level in Charlotte should soon catch up to his talent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:24 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
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Jeff Green frustration at an 'all-time high'
    Jeff Green said that his frustration level was at an "all-time high" after Friday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: "[Friday] we let them get whatever they wanted," Green said. "So we deserved to lose." He has been playing well this year, leading the Celtics in scoring at 18.4 points per game, but is reasonably dissatisfied with his team's 4-7 record. Green can opt for free agency this summer and it's not implausible that Boston could trade him during the season -- a league executive told CSNNE.com that the market for Green is strong, "if not stronger," than it is for Rajon Rondo. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:27 am
     
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  • Otto Porter downplays hamstring injury
    Otto Porter said that his hamstring injury is minor and may be the result of dehydration and fatigue, but he remains questionable to practice on Monday.

    Advice: "Just a lot of soreness [on Saturday]," said Porter. "I didn’t want to make it into a big injury ... I’ve been through injuries before so I knew from the start it wasn’t nothing serious." Paul Pierce and Rasual Butler both picked up more minutes in Porter's absence but it sounds like he may return to the lineup for Tuesday's home game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
     
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  • Alec Burks has an awful night
    Alec Burks made 1-of-11 from the field against the Pelicans on Saturday for two points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: No bueno. Burks has been trending down since a solid start and this is obviously his worst game. He'll get better, but fantasy owners can consider cutting him if there is a hot free agent out there. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 31 points in a loss
    Gordon Hayward was terrific in a losing effort against the Pelicans on Saturday, making 9-of-16 from the field for 31 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 11-of-14 from the line, which serves as a great indicator of how aggressive he was tonight. Hayward adding some muscle to his frame was highly evident tonight and his new style should help him sustain a better shooting clip. The breakout is real. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Tyreke Evans comes on late
    Tyreke Evans came on late against the Jazz on Saturday, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He continues to struggle with his shot, but the Pelicans will have to play him more at shooting guard now that Eric Gordon (shoulder) is down. Evans could flirt with top-60 value now with a lot of minutes on his plate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:08 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
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard goes for 21 and nine in win
    Kawhi Leonard played 36 minutes against the Nets during a 99-87 win on Saturday with 21 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He is playing through some blurry vision right now and made just 9-of-19 from the field. Leonard is starting to fill it up in several fantasy categories and he will be a monster once his vision gets corrected. He should be viewed as a top-20 fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Marco Belinelli plays 10 minutes
    Marco Belinelli played 10 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not score and had just three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Belinelli is not 100 percent and the Spurs might have started him just to mix it up. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Sergey Karasev returned to action on Saturday November 22. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Danny Green drops 25 on 105.0 eFG%
    Danny Green kept his momentum going on Saturday against the Nets with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 105.0 effective field goal percentage. Green is money in fantasy leagues and he has seven blocks in his last two games. There's no reason why he should be on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores just two points
    Bojan Boganovic missed all seven shots from the field for two points with two rebounds, one assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is awful on the road and it's so bad that his owners in deeper leagues should just sit him down. Bogdanovic is still worth owning in some formats, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Bradley Beal looks great again
    Bradley Beal looked good against the Bucks on Saturday with 17 points, two rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's played starter's minutes in each of the last two games and coach Randy Wittman will likely be putting him in the starting lineup any day now. Beal has third-round upside and just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 20 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points against the Wizards during a 111-100 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He made all eight shots from the line and was 6-of-11 from the field in the loss. Antetokounmpo has started to get into a groove on the offensive end and his discovery of the one-dribble drive has gone a long way to help his shooting percentages. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but most of value will likely lie in March and April. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:28 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
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Iman Shumpert still plays 32 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played 32 minutes against the Sixers on Saturday with seven points, two rebounds, three assists, four steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He looked comfortable as the shooting guard tonight and coach Derek Fisher seems to have some confidence in Shumpert as his best wing defender. He won't be an elite guy, but he should have enough value worthy of ownership in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels has a so-so game
    K.J. McDaniels played 20 minutes against the Knicks during a 91-83 loss on Saturday, scoring eight points with one steal, two 3-pointers and two turnovers.

    Advice: He committed three fouls and it's obvious he's trying to be a hero out there with his minutes. McDaniels is arguably the most talented perimeter player on the 76ers, but his coach won't play him right now. He's a solid stash candidate, but his owners shouldn't consider him a must-own guy at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Alexey Shved does his usual thing
    Alexey Shved made 1-of-7 from the field in eight minutes of action against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not see the court in the second half and coach Brett Brown may have had an epiphany with Shved. He was their backup point guard, but that should probably change soon. Shved has no fantasy value and the fact that he's getting minutes is exhibit A for the tank conspiracy theorists out there. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) starts, Green benched
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will make a surprise start for the Spurs on Saturday, sending Danny Green to the bench.

    Advice: Belinelli wasn't even certain to play and this start comes out of nowhere, especially since Green has been playing very well lately and San Antonio doesn't have a healthy backup PG. This will likely be a one-game move from Gregg Popovich, so don't overreact to the unusual lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Otto Porter will not play on Saturday night
    Otto Porter will not play on Saturday night due to a left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: He actually had some major hamstring issues in 2013 summer league, but that was to his right hamstring. Paul Pierce will play a little more while the Wizards could also use Bradley Beal at small forward off the bench as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
     
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  • Bradley Beal off the bench yet again on Sat
    Bradley Beal is coming off the bench again on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman does not want to throw Beal out there in the starting lineup, but he should still get plenty of minutes. Perhaps he didn't want to tweak his rotation in a back-to-back because it worked for him. Regardless, start Beal in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Marco Belinelli will play vs. Nets on Sat.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He said he didn't have an aggravation on Friday and just stayed on the exercise bike to stay warm. Belinelli is unlikely to get more than minutes in the teens tonight, so he's not worth starting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo back as Bucks starter
    Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to Milwaukee's starting lineup on Saturday, sending Jerryd Bayless to the bench.

    Advice: Jason Kidd unexpectedly benched Antetokounmpo on Friday, playing him 15 minutes in a blowout defeat vs. the Raptors. Giannis may still be dealing with a minor ankle injury but he's worth deploying now that he's reclaimed his spot in the Bucks' starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless back to the bench
    Jerryd Bayless will move back to the bench on Saturday.

    Advice: He didnt' score in his nine minutes of action on Friday, which serves as your daily reminder that a starting role doesn't necessarily mean a significant role. Baylies has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) game-time on Saturday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is a game-time decision vs. the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs have already ruled out a handful of players, including backup PG Cory Joseph, so it's at least encouraging that Belinelli will try to warm up. He doesn't have enough upside in his bench role to be worth a gamble in fantasy leagues even if he were at full health. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Marco Belinelli is questionable on Saturday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is questionable to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He only played 10 minutes in his return on Friday and the Spurs have never been shy about resting players in a back-to-back set, so Belinelli could sit. Danny Green has been on fire lately and should be considered as a must-start guy in standard leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Kawhi Leonard still has foggy vision
    Kawhi Leonard said he still has foggy vision and is sensitive to light.

    Advice: "There’s really nothing I can do about it," Leonard said. "I just have to play through it." He added that in an extreme case he could have to deal with it throughout the season. Even with the vision issues, Leonard has still been a top-30 guy in the past two weeks, so his fantasy owners shouldn't panic with this news. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Bradley Beal logs 32 minutes in 12-5-5 line
    Bradley Beal played 32 minutes off the bench against the Cavs on Friday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He looked great tonight and it would be a shock for him not to start against the Bucks on Saturday. Beal was outstanding last season with the Wizards and could improve in his third year. He just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Johnson held in check by the Thunder
    Joe Johnson scored just eight points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, three assists, one block and one trey in Friday's road win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Johnson played 52 minutes on Wednesday and drew some versatile Thunder defenders, so it's not too surprising that he ran out of gas. He had been playing a little bit over his head in fantasy leagues prior to tonight, and he should remain in all lineups going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Dion Waiters still in the doghouse
    Dion Waiters made 1-of-7 from the field for two points with one assist, three steals and one block in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He did not even play at all in the first quarter while Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood did. Waiters is not worth owning in almost any league right now. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Bogdanovic held to three points on Friday
    Bojan Bogdanovic missed all five of his field goal attempts and finished with just three points over 24 minutes in Friday's win.

    Advice: Bogdan had crept into the 12-team standard league discussion but he's still too much of a secondary option in Brooklyn for our tastes. After he shakes off this game, he'll be on the bubble in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet vs. Wolves
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and four 3-pointers during a 121-92 win.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field and both free throws for one of the biggest stat lines of the night. Fantasy owners tend to focus on points too much, but Green has put up top-60 value on the season. He's worth owning in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Marco Belinelli plays 10 minutes
    Marco Belinelli returned to the lineup on Friday, playing 10 minutes with five points and two boards.

    Advice: He has been out for over two weeks and the Spurs will likely ease him back in the lineup considering he's dealt with groin issues before. Belinelli isn't going to have much in most leagues while the wings and guards are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) plays 15 minutes
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's status for Friday's game was all over the board, but he eventually decided to suit up and finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 15 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks got the snot beat out of them by the Raptors and in the grand scheme of things it probably would have been better for him to sit. We've been telling you he's a must-own player and that really shouldn't change based on a minor ankle injury, so if you buy into that you probably want to stay the course. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels scores career-high 17 points
    K.J. McDaniels scored a career-high 17 points against the Suns during an ugly 122-96 loss on Friday to go with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 28 minutes.

    Advice: His mom has yet to tweet about it as of the time this blurb was written. McDaniels has done quite a bit in the stat sheet with his 1.4 blocks and 1.1 triples in just 22.0 minutes on the season and he's likely going to get out there for more playing time. He's still more of a stash player right now. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:40 pm
  • Alexey Shved plays well against Suns
    Alexey Shved played 18 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: If the Sixers are indeed going to stick with Tony Wroten in the starting lineup, Shved will be the backup point guard. He actually has one of the highest usage rates among players with less than 20 minutes, but he's obviously only worth owning in deep leagues. After all, he was a DNP-CD on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:27 pm
  • Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo is available
    Updating a previous item, Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is available to play against the Raptors.

    Advice: Just when you thought the Bucks weren't going to do their usual misinformation dance, they go ahead and do it. Coach Jason Kidd is making us miss Larry Drew, which is no small feat. Antetokounmpo might not play, but maybe he plays 47 minutes. Who knows? Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Bradley Beal coming off the bench again Fri.
    Bradley Beal will again come off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: It's really only a matter of time until Beal takes back his job with the starting unit, and the Wizards are simply easing him back into the rotation. Beal was able to put up 21 points over just 26 minutes of action during his last outing, to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, two turnovers, and a steal, so he's going to get his whether he's starting or coming off the bench. He has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Cavs, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless will start on Friday vs. TOR
    Jerryd Bayless will start on Friday night alongside Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, and Larry Sanders.

    Advice: This will be Bayless' first night as a starter for the Bucks, but he hasn't been doing much lately, scoring four, nine, and two points in his last three outings. He'll have some increased opportunity tonight with Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined, but on such a busy night, owners in standard leagues can probably do better than Bayless. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:43 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Friday night
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: Well, it looks like he had some discomfort in his ankle. Antetokounmpo had an ugly ankle roll when he landed on Brandon Knight's foot on Wednesday, but he did play through it. He could miss more time and fantasy owners will want to put him on their benches. Jerryd Bayless will start, but the bigger winners in fantasy may be Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:39 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has good chance to play
    Giannis Antetokounmpo "appears to be a go unless he reports some pain after warmups," according to C.F. Gardner of the Journal-Sentinel.

    Advice: When it comes to Bucks players being a game-time decision, we'll take whatever info we can get. Larry Sanders was a game-time decision on Wednesday, but the team didn't announce he was starting until seconds before the actual tip. Antetokounmpo owners will want to check back and might want to bench him unless he's clearly the best option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Nets looking to deal Karasev?
    The Nets could deal Sergey Karasev to the 76ers.

    Advice: He's not playing for the Nets and there's a decent chance he'll get playing time with the 76ers. Karasev is still not very talented, so he would only be a speculative add in a ridiculously deep league. The Nets are hoping to land a trade exception in the deal. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:22 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he wants to play more
    Bradley Beal said he wants to play more this season.

    Advice: "At the end of the day, we had some good lineups and good things going before I came back," Beal said. "So what Coach is doing, I have no problem with it at all. As far as me coming off the bench, me playing the minutes I’m playing, that’s totally his call." Beal is going to start and it's probably going to happen tonight against the Cavs. His fantasy owners will want to put him in their lineup as he looks to back up his words that he and John Wall are a better backcourt than Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:15 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) headed for GTD
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's shootaround, and is headed for a game-time decision vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: "At shootaround he looked all right," head coach Jason Kidd said of Giannis. "We'll see how he feels in a couple hours." Kidd isn't one to make his lineups readily available, so we likely won't know of Giannis' status until just before tip-off. That being said, things are looking positive for The Greek Freak, but if he were to sit O.J. Mayo would see some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:58 am
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) upgraded to probable
    Marco Belinelli (groin) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Belinelli is confined to a bench role, and is averaging just 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers on the year, so his value is limited to deep leagues. If he plays, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green would see a slight reduction in minutes, but Belinelli won't have a large enough impact to hurt either of their values. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Alec Burks responds to rebounding challenge
    Alec Burks was challenged by head coach Quin Snyder recently to be more aggressive on the boards, and Burks responded with back-to-back double-digit rebounding games.

    Advice: "Coach really challenged me one day in Toronto [to grab more rebounds]. Man to man, had a talk," Burks said. "He challenged me and I took that challenge." Burks finished Saturday's game vs. Toronto with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and followed up that performance by going for 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Burks is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 three-pointer per game this year, and if he could just up his shooting percentage a bit (42.7 percent on the year), he'd quickly become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:53 am
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Giannis sprained his ankle during the second overtime of Wednesday's triple OT win over the Nets, but managed to play through it. If The Greek Freak is unable to go, Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo would be the primary beneficiaries of his absence, with Mayo offering the most upside. Stay tuned for an official update on Giannis' status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) questionable for Fri.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Belinelli is averaging just 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers this season, so his return to the court shouldn't matter for owners in standard leagues. Deep league owners will want to check back closer to Friday's tip for an official update on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:16 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels frustrated by lack of PT
    K.J. McDaniels said he was frustrated that his minutes were limited while he was playing well on Wednesday.

    Advice: McDaniels didn't miss a shot during Wednesday's loss, scoring eight points (two 3-pointers) to go with two rebounds and a block, but coach Brett Brown limited him to just 11 minutes of action. Brown explained that the 76ers have a "logjam at the big wing position," which is an interesting statement considering McDaniels' competition goes by the names of Hollis Thompson, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Robert Covington. McDaniels is clearly the most talented player out of the group, but the 76ers organization is not interested in putting talented players on the floor if it gives the team a chance to win. Still, the Sixers are likely eventually going to give McDaniels minutes in order to give him a chance to develop, and he can be viewed as a stash candidate for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:38 am
  • Lance Stephenson enjoyed revenge game
    Despite the loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, Lance Stephenson said he enjoyed his return to Indianapolis.

    Advice: Stephenson was on triple-double alert against his former team on Wednesday, but Solomon Hill's buzzer beater spoiled his homecoming. "I’m just happy to be back, seeing my old friends," Stephenson said. "We played tough defense but 13 offensive rebounds, that’s what killed us. We’re small; we have to block out." While Stephenson's 37.4 field goal percentage is less than ideal, he's averaging close to a double-double and should be a nightly starter in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:20 am
  • Iman Shumpert makes just 1-of-11 shots
    Iman Shumpert made just 1-of-11 from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with three points, four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers.

    Advice: He turned in a 21-point gem on Tuesday night and was on the other end of the spectrum. Most of the Knicks wings are not giving Shumpert much competition, so he should still be able to keep his playing time somewhat high even when Jose Calderon (calf) comes back. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 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
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 18 in a win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made 7-of-11 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a triple-overtime win on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two turnovers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: The Greek Freak did roll his ankle late in this game, but he did play through it and it didn't seem to bother him. He is shooting the ball much better this season and it has a lot to do with his much improved shot selection. Excluding some foul trouble on Tuesday, Antetokounmpo's minutes are way up and he looks to be locked in to the starting lineup. His upside is too high to be left on the wire right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Bradley Beal debuts, scores 21 points
    Bradley Beal made his season debut and came off the bench, hitting 9-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's back and Garrett Temple started, but played just 13 minutes for two points. Get Beal in your lineup and pray that he can stay out of the trainer's room for the rest of the season. He looked great tonight, and should be back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Cavaliers. And if you own Temple, it's time to move on. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 47 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played a career-high 47 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 19 points, seven rebounds and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He attempted 11 shots from beyond the arc and was 7-of-16 from the field overall. Bogdanovic is starting to figure the NBA game out and he's now turned in two good games in a row. He's still not doing much outside of scoring, so the upside isn't really there for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Joe Johnson plays 52 minutes on Wed.
    Joe Johnson played 52 minutes on a triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a couple chances to win the game late, but it looked like all the minutes may have caused his shot to fall short. Johnson's shooting numbers are starting to come down, but he's still posting mid-round value. Keep him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels quiet again in loss
    K.J. McDaniels played just 11 minutes on Wednesday, despite hitting 3-of-3 shots and both of his 3-point attempts, and finished with eight points, two rebounds and a block.

    Advice: He's blocking shots and playing pretty well, but just can't get minutes from his coach. We've been preaching patience with the rookie, but it has to be tough holding him in leagues where you need him to produce. He was seeing minutes in the mid-20s prior to low usage in two of his last three, so if you can continue to hold on, do it. But if you feel the need to drop him for someone reliable and producing right now, that option has to be considered. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Lance Stephenson fills the stat sheet in loss
    Lance Stephenson returned to Indiana on Wednesday night in a losing effort, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.

    Advice: It was mostly cheers when he was introduced tonight despite Stephenson thinking he would be booed. He's not shooting the ball well at all this season, but he's almost averaging a double-double with over nine boards per game. Stephenson did play 39 minutes tonight, which is a good sign for his ailing groin injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Jeff Green double-doubles in win over Sixers
    Jeff Green hit just 5-of-13 shots and missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Green was on a tear coming in, scoring 28 in his previous game, and while we were expecting a little more against the Sixers, it's hard to complain about a double-double. Like teammate Jared Sullinger, Green has scored in double figures in every game this season, and is averaging 20 points, five rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.9 3-pointers on the season, making him one of the best value picks in fantasy thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:25 pm
     
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  • Dion Waiters disappears vs. Spurs
    Dion Waiters, who blew up for 20 point off the bench on Monday, hit just 2-of-7 shots in 21 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Waiters minutes have taken a hit since he was pulled from the starting lineup and his big games are going to be few and far between if 18 minutes a night. Unfortunately, tonight was probably closer to reality than Monday, especially since Joe Harris played six more minutes than him, but had just five points and a 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard quietly fills stat sheet
    Kawhi Leonard played 37 minutes and had 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals on 4-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's tough win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Leonard's game could have been a lot better had he made some shots and some 3-pointers, but it wasn't bad, either. He's playing at a high level right now and living up to the hype, despite the best efforts of his coach. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Bradley Beal is coming off the bench
    Bradley Beal (wrist) will come off the bench in his season debut against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Garrett Temple will likely get his last start with Beal active tonight. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for Beal with an expected minutes limit. He obviously should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Bradley Beal activated on Wednesday
    Bradley Beal (wrist) is active for Wednesday night against the Mavs.

    Advice: It's still unclear if he is going to start, but he's very likely to have his minutes limited. Beal will likely see his minutes in the high teens tonight before he gets more run on Friday. Garrett Temple will likely get decent minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:13 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) still out on Wed.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful and did not have much of a chance to play tonight. Beliinelli should be considered questionable to face the Wolves on Friday. Danny Green and Cory Joseph get some slight bumps in value tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) now a game-time decision
    Contrary to a previous report, Bradley Beal (wrist) is now a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas, though he will come off the bench if he is active as he works his way back into shape.

    Advice: He is now expected to have a discussion with coach Wittman prior to tip-off and it will be up Beal as to whether or not he will play. Owners will want to check back before the game for updates, as Beal would be a must-start player if active for his 3-point shooting. If he can't go, expect Garrett Temple to enjoy the glory for at least one more game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) set to play Wednesday
    Bradley Beal (wrist) is set to make his season debut against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is exciting news for his owners, as Beal is expected to hit the ground running after he was able to stay in shape while rehabbing his wrist. Beal is an elite 3-point shooter, and barring a setback, he needs to be in all lineups going forward and we will let you know how he fares after the game. Meanwhile, Garrett Temple's value will take a huge hit and he should be cut in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) is doubtful Wednesday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: The Italian is only an asset in deeper leagues for his 3-pointers, so owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore him. If Belinelli can't go, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will continue to absorb his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:05 am
  • Gordon Hayward returned to action on Tuesday November 18. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 pm
  • Iman Shumpert returned to action on Tuesday November 18. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) quiet on Tuesday
    Gordon Hayward (illness) was quiet in Tuesday's home victory, hitting 4-of-12 shots to finish with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He was 1-of-7 from downtown and turned the ball over four times, and never seemed in rhythm after being slowed by an illness for the past few days. Hayward was on fire to start the season and he's embracing his go-to status with the Jazz, so fantasy owners shouldn't be soured by a couple of poor games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • Alec Burks posts first 20 & 10 game vs. OKC
    Alec Burks exploded on Tuesday for 20 points (5-of-8 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), two 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a win vs. the visiting Thunder.

    Advice: This was the first time in Burks' career that he's posted 20 & 10, and this terrific line goes a long way toward justifying fantasy owners' faith in him. He came in averaging a mediocre 13.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 0.9 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game, but once he finds his shooting range he should vault into top-100 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo gets into foul trouble
    Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up a few quick fouls defending Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday, which limited him to 13 points and six rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: He was in the starting lineup again, which is a positive development, and it was very encouraging to see him make 7-of-7 free throws -- he's at just 67.7 percent on the season, which is consistent with his rookie year. He has enough upside to be owned in 12-team leagues, but has yet to put it all together in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) piles up 21/8/8 in return
    Iman Shumpert (hip) returned in style on Tuesday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: He did his damage in 36 minutes while starting alongside J.R. Smith, with Carmelo Anthony taking over at PF. Shump is on fire from the field and is shooting 50.5 percent on the season, compared to his previous career-best 40.1 percent shooting, and fantasy owners should continue to ride him until he cools off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) will start on Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert (hip) will start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, and he will not have a restriction on his minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert will play at small forward, and will be joined by Shane Larkin, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, and Samuel Dalembert with Quincy Acey heading to the bench. The most interesting part about this news is that J.R. Smith will start alongside Shumpert, and Smith is fresh off a 28-point game vs. the Nuggets. It'll be interesting to see how the Knicks fare using a small-ball lineup, but this can be seen as positive news for owners of Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • Iman Shumpert expected to play vs MIL on Tues
    Iman Shumpert (hip) is expected to play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shumpert said he felt good during morning shootaround and wants to play, but will meet with the training staff before making a pre-game decision. We'll consider Shumpert a game-time decision for now, but J.R. Smith would be a strong fantasy play on Tuesday if Shump is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:43 am
  • Jeff Green scores 28 points vs. Suns
    Jeff Green scored 28 points against the Suns on Monday with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He put Marcus Morris on a poster and he's playing some aggressive ball right now. Green's shooting percentages were starting to come down, but he is getting to the line a lot more this season. He is one of the best late-round picks from drafts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:11 pm
     
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  • Alexey Shved plays on Monday night
    Alexey Shved returned to action on Monday with four points, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes.

    Advice: He is getting some run at point guard, which is important because that may dictate how the Sixers use Tony Wroten. Shved has no fantasy value, though. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:11 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard only plays 20 minutes on Monday
    Kawhi Leonard played just 20 minutes against the 76ers during a 100-75 win on Monday with five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: He had 10 boards before the halftime and coach Gregg Popovich didn't need his stars in the second half. Leonard has been outstanding since his slow start and he'll get to guard LeBron James in a big matchup on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet on Monday
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the 76ers on Monday with 11 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Like most Spurs, he's capable of putting up very useful fantasy lines without much scoring output. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Bojan scores 22 points with four treys
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with three rebounds and one steal over 41 minutes on Monday against the Heat.

    Advice: Bogdanovic has crept onto the standard league radar with averages of 30.5 minutes, 10.5 points, 1.5 threes and some friendly percentages to offset his lack of pop in other categories. 12-team owners in need of low-end production should give him a look. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Lance Stephenson still dealing with injury
    Lance Stephenson played 30 minutes in a 107-80 loss to the Mavericks on Monday, scoring six points with six rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: It's pretty clear he's still dealing with his groin issue and he was grimacing throughout this game. Stephenson is going to have to play through it and it might be a while until he's 100 percent. We do expect him to play on Wednesday against the Pacers, his former team. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:37 pm
  • Waiters scores 20 points off the bench
    Dion Waiters scored 20 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 9-of-16 shots (including two threes) with two rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Waiters hovers around the bottom of the top-200 in standard fantasy leagues and needs a prolonged stretch of production before we're biting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:35 pm
  • Gordon Hayward is feeling better
    Gordon Hayward is feeling better from an illness and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

    Advice: He was sick on Saturday night, but had his worst game of the season with just 12 points on 3-of-10 from the field. Hayward should be locked and loaded in all fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:18 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will test out his hip Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert is still feeling soreness in his hip, but he'll test the injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Knicks play the Bucks on Tuesday, and it sounds as if Shumpert could come down to a game-time call. If Shumpert isn't able to suit up and give it a go, J.R. Smith will see his window of increased value extended ever so slightly. In that scenario, Tim Hardaway should pick up a few minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 9:50 am
  • James Young gets recalled from D-League
    Celtics recall F James Young from the D-League.

    Advice: The first-round pick has done absolutely nothing so far and has a long road ahead to crack on any kind of fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 8:28 am
  • Gordon Hayward feeling good under Snyder
    Gordon Hayward said he's "extremely comfortable" in Quin Snyder's system.

    Advice: Hayward is having a breakout season after signing a highly-criticized max contract during the offseason. Averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 3-pointers on 48.3 percent shooting, he's been an absolute steal for owners who grabbed him in their fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 7:23 am
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) is out for Sunday's game
    Iman Shumpert (hip) is out for Sunday's game and J.R. Smith will draw the start.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Shump's owners, as he had been playing well so far this season. He isn't expected to miss much time, so J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway are only options for owners in need of short-term value. Consider Shumpert day-to-day and we will update his status as needed. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:32 am
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) is doubtful Sunday
    Iman Shumpert (hip) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against Denver.

    Advice: He had to leave the game on Friday but the good news was that X-rays were negative. Shumpert could still play Sunday but if he doesn't, expect the Knicks to use a committee approach to fill Shump's minutes with the likes of Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni. However, neither of those players are what we would call enticing pickups so owners in standard leagues will want to avoid them. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 6:28 am
  • Kawhi Leonard plays 40 minutes on Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard played 40 minutes against the Kings on Saturday with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The line is pretty good, but the minutes are the story here. Leonard has played at least 37 minutes in three of his last five games, averaging 17.4 points, 8.0 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.6 steals, 1.2 triples and 1.4 turnovers on 53.1 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the line. He's a stud. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:27 pm
  • Lance Stephenson drops 16 points on Saturday
    Lance Stephenson scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, while adding four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He came into the game with a questionable tag due to his ailing groin, but he appeared fine throughout the game. Born Ready did however fail to register a single rebound on the night after he had been one of the league's leading rebounders in the beginning of the season. He will likely bounce back sooner rather than later and owners can continue to deploy him as usual. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 10:27 pm
  • Gordon Hayward finally has a bad game
    Gordon Hayward had an overdue dud on Saturday against the Raptors with 12 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's basically been batting 1.000 with productive lines for his fantasy owners and was putting up first-round value on the year. Obviously his owners have nothing to worry about and he'll likely get it going against the Thunder on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 7:56 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard will play on Saturday night
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play on Saturday against the Kings.

    Advice: He was medically cleared last night, there is always the fear of coach Gregg Popovic resting guys on a back-to-back. Leonard is on fire over his last three and his fantasy owners aren't concerned about his production anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 6:26 pm
  • Lance Stephenson, Marvin & Neal will dress
    Lance Stephenson (groin), Marvin Williams (knee) and Gary Neal (foot) will dress against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Stephenson has been dealing with his groin strain for a few days, but was able to play a 38 minutes in a big win at Phoenix on Friday. Fantasy owners can plug last year's leader in triple-doubles into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 6:13 pm
  • Stephenson, Neal, Williams & Kemba questionable
    Lance Stephenson (groin), Kemba Walker (back), Marvin Williams (knee) and Gary Neal (foot) are all questionable to face the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: All of these guys played last night and they're probably going to play tonight. Stephenson has looked good with his new team and would be a must-start as long as he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 3:53 pm
  • James Young headed to the D-League
    James Young and Dwight Powell will head to the D-League.

    Advice: Young played four minutes on Wednesday in garbage time, but he's not in the rotation. He'll look to get his offensive game together in Maine with the Red Claws. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 12:59 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) doubtful for Sunday
    Iman Shumpert (hip) missed practice on Saturday and is doubtful to play on Sunday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He did not return from his hip contusion on Friday, but X-rays were negative. Shumpert isn't expected to miss too much time, but there's a chance he could miss time even beyond Sunday. Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni will have to play next to each other for several possesions while J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. may play more, too. There isn't a great pickup to make here, though. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:37 am
  • Kawhi takes five stitches; will play Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard took five stitches after getting cut under his right eye in Friday's win over the Lakers, and finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Leonard was medically cleared to return but the game was already in hand for the Spurs so he watched the rest in the locker room. With all the random stops and starts to his season he hasn't quite performed up to his ADP, but he has looked like a stud and this may be your last chance get your hands on the Claw. We're putting him on the injury report only because of Pop, and Leonard has said that he will play on Saturday against the Kings. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 12:22 am
  • Stephenson plays well; dealing w/ groin issue
    Lance Stephenson played through a groin injury in Friday's win, posting 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Stephenson told beat writer Rick Bonnell after the game that his groin strain "flairs up intermittently in a way you really can't predict." Bonnell added that "the only treatment would be rest, and Stephenson doesn't care to miss any more games." It's a good news/bad news situation where one can be comfortable with the effort to stay on the floor, and hope he doesn't push too hard or suffer from efficiency issues as a result. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 11:48 pm
  • Shved does not play on Thursday or Friday
    Alexey Shved (back) did not play on Thursday against the Mavs or on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Until Shved can get healthy and build some momentum, he can be ignored in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 10:07 pm
  • McDaniels plays just 16 minutes on Friday
    K.J. McDaniels played just 16 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with four points on 2-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Brett Brown is just tightening the leash on his rookie. He's averaging a combined 3.4 steals, blocks and threes in just 23 mpg, and owners should do the opposite and give him a longer leash instead. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:53 pm
  • Hayward scores season-high 33 with full line
    Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting (2-of-6 3PTs, 9-of-10 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists and four steals in Friday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Hayward is enjoying mid-first round value and shooting a bit over his head at 50 percent from the field and 90 percent from the foul line. It's entirely possible that he takes a big jump in those areas this season, but some regression is to be expected. Still, owners should be very choosy about any sell-high offers as Hayward is going to put up big lines all year long. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:31 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard goes to the locker room
    Kawhi Leonard went to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Friday's game.

    Advice: He was in the midst of one of his typical big lines, but had to leave after it looked like he was poked in the eye. Leonard is going to deal with issues in his right eye for the next week or longer, but he's proven he'll be an elite asset. Even with the slow start, Leonard was already putting up top-20 value in standard leagues on a per-game basis. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:02 pm
  • Waiters (back) returns to action on Friday
    Dion Waiters (back) returned to action on Friday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters didn't see the floor during the first quarter and he's going to have a hard time being consistent for owners in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 8:25 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
  • Stephenson, Williams, Neal all a go on Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin), Marvin Williams (knee) and Gary Neal (foot) will all play on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Get Stephenson back into your lineup unless you have better options. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 4:41 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels back to the bench on Friday
    K.J. McDaniels will come off the bench against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He started against the Mavericks and it didn't go well. McDaniels was chewed out by his coach, so he might need some time in the second unit before coach Brett Brown trusts him again. He's a stash guy. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 3:44 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Stephenson aggravated his groin injury, which has been lingering since the beginning of the season. With Gary Neal (foot) also questionable for Friday's game, P.J. Hairston and Gerald Henderson could see a healthy heaping of minutes. Stay tuned for an official update on Stephenson's status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 10:09 am
  • Dion Waiters (back) expects to play Friday
    Dion Waiters (back) expects to play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: "I'm not missing another game," said Waiters when asked if he'll suit up Friday night. All signs are pointing towards Waiters returning to the lineup, and he does have a favorable matchup against the Celtics. He'll be coming off the bench for the Cavs and it'll be interesting to see if he can build off his 17-point effort he had during his last game in Denver. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:33 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 37 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played 37 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's been fairly quiet with the exception of a couple big games, but the 3-pointers have buoyed his value. Fantasy owners can probably leave him on the wire until he has a breakout game. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 10:37 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels squanders chance in start
    K.J. McDaniels was a disappointment in the starting lineup against the Mavericks on Thursday with eight points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown got a McChunk out of McDaniels for a blown defensive assignment, but it didn't look like it was totally on him on the surface. As bad as this line was, the 76ers just have to play him because who is deserves playing time more than him? JaKarr Sampson? Chris Johnson? Bueller? Anyway, he's worth a look in all leagues as a top-end stash for his output in blocks and treys. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 9:42 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels gets the start on Thursday
    K.J. McDaniels will start against the Mavericks on Thursday night.

    Advice: Well, coach Brett Brown finally budged. McDaniels has been a huge spark off the bench on the defensive end and he's shooting the ball better, as well. Chances are his minutes won't jump up too high tonight, but this is obviously a great sign for the "Free K.J." movement. He's still more of a stash, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 4:15 pm
  • Dion Waiters (back) probable for Friday
    Dion Waiters (back) went through a full practice on Thursday, and is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Waiters will continue to come off the bench as the team's sixth man, but coach David Blatt said that Waiters return doesn't necessarily mean rookie Joe Harris won't play significant minutes. Harris played 20 minutes during the Cavs last game, but only managed five points, one 3-pointer, one assist, and one rebound. Harris is not on the radar in almost any league, while Waiters can be viewed with a wait-and-see approach in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 12:55 pm
  • Scott Brooks tweaks Jeff Green about treys
    Jeff Green's former coach Scott Brooks joked with Green before Wednesday's Celtics-Thunder game about the amount of three-pointers he's been taking.

    Advice: Before the game started, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks told Green, "Shooting a lot of threes, aren’t you?". Green replied, "Yeah. Don’t leave me open. It’s going to continue to go up." Brown is right as Green is taking a career-high 6.7 three-pointers per game, but he's also making 2.3 per game on 35.6 percent shooting, so it's not necessarily a bad thing. Green has had a strong start to the 2014-15 season and should continue to be a top-50 player in eight category leagues if he can keep this up. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 7:25 am
     
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  • Joe Johnson plays well in losing effort
    Joe Johnson played well in a 112-104 losing effort to the Suns on Wednesday with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He called out his teammates for selfish play, but the Nets still only had 17 dimes on their 35 made field goals tonight. Johnson has seen his usage rate rise to 26.9 before tonight and he's been a mid-round guy in fantasy leagues. He should be a mid-round guy the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 12, 10:13 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic has a decent game
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was a mild letdown from his 22-point gem on Sunday, but it's still the kind of line that shouldn't send his owners running for the hills. Bogdanovic should get better as the year goes along, so he's an option at the end of a standard league bench. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 12, 10:05 pm
  • Tyreke Evans has a big double-double in win
    Tyreke Evans owned the Lakers on Wednesday night with 19 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He's been very comfortable in the starting lineup and there's no doubt he'll stick for a while. Evans has seen huge minutes with coach Monty Williams running a tight rotation, so keep him active and give him a look in daily leagues in favorable matchups. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 12, 9:24 pm
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