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  • Report: Jimmy Butler turned down 4-year, $40M
    Jimmy Butler reportedly turned down a four-year, $40 million-plus offer from the Bulls after seeing Klay Thompson land a max four-year, $70 million deal with the Warriors.

    Advice: Butler said he was "gambling on myself," with regards to his decision to test the market as a restricted free agent this offseason, and he's looking like a guy trying to get paid. Butler has entered the conversation as an elite player in the league, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game (all career-highs) while shooting 50 percent from the field. Butler is currently ranked as the seventh-best player in fantasy hoops, and owners that gambled on him in the middle rounds should be cautious not to pull a muscle while patting themselves on the back. Rotoworld.com
    20 minutes ago
  • Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise
    Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's there protecting the little guys," Kidd said. "And I think offensively he's around the rim finishing up plays. Also he's in the post making plays for himself or for his teammates. So he's playing on both ends at a very high level." Sanders is coming off a game in which he tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and despite playing limited minutes (22.2 per game) he's been effective. Sanders should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up gaudy shot-blocking totals on any given night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 am
  • Jordan Hill having career-season with Lakers
    Jordan Hill is having a career-year with the Lakers this year, and he credits his development to Byron Scott giving him minutes.

    Advice: "I got the minutes. This is what I've been waiting for," Hill said when discussing what has changed this season. "I knew once I got the minutes I was going to progress and show [the Lakers] what they bought." Hill is currently averaging 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists this season over 31.3 minutes of action, all career-highs. However, health will always going to be a concern, and coach Scott is playing with fire giving him regular minutes in the 30s, so owners may want to sell-high while the headlines are positive. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Cody Zeller coming on for Hornets
    Cody Zeller had nine points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams was useless again, failing to score in 11 minutes, and Zeller has now been playing well for three games. He's averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes over that stretch. It would not be surprising to see him replace Marvin Williams in the starting lineup if things don't change soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:27 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins not on the injury report
    DeMarcus Cousins (leg) did not appear on the Kings' injury report for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Kings have thrown players with very minor injuries on the injury report as "probable" and it looks like Cousins dodged a bullet here. He suffered what could have been a contusion on Wednesday, but he did play through it and there look to be no negative effects since. He's arguably the best fantasy big man this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) probable for Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Noah was able to go through a full practice on Thursday without any setbacks, and the Bulls listing him as probable is an encouraging sign. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip. If Noah is a go, Cameron Bairstow who was a surprise start on Tuesday would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) out Friday vs. the Celtics
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: With Gibson out, Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes off the bench. However, Mirotic was only able to muster 20.8 minutes of action during his last outing with both Gibson and Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) sidelined, so there's no certainty that he will see major minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Report: Teams inquiring about Brandon Bass
    Various scouts and front-office types have reportedly begun to inquire about the availability of veteran forward Brandon Bass.

    Advice: The Celtics currently own a record of 4-8, so they'll need to make a decision as to whether they're going to try and compete for a playoff spot, or go into a full rebuild. At 29-years-old, Bass doesn't make sense on a rebuilding team, so the Celtics may look to trade him for a younger asset or draft picks. It's not currently known what teams have reached out to the Celtics, and Danny Ainge has not made himself available to comment on the situation, but it is something worth monitoring. Bass doesn't get enough consistent minutes in Boston to be worth any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) headed for GTD Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The fact that Noah is having problems with his surgically repaired left knee is troubling, but some of those concerns can be eased if he's able to suit up on Friday. Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if he's unable to go, Pau Gasol will start at center, and Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Monty wants more shots for Anthony Davis
    Pelicans' head coach Monty Williams wants Anthony Davis to be taking at least 20 shots a game.

    Advice: "Anthony cannot be in a game and not touch the ball," said Williams. "We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night." Monty's comments came a day after Davis shot 4-of-12 from the field during a 99-89 loss to the Kings. Davis also only attempted one shot during the entire fourth quarter of that one, which is simply not acceptable. Williams' desire to force feed Davis the rock has to be music to fantasy owners' ears, and it can only improve his already gaudy averages of 25.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, and 2.1 steals per game. He's an early MVP candidate, and the best player in fantasy basketball right now, enjoy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Gerald Green scores 24 points vs. Denver
    Gerald Green scored 24 points against the Nuggets during a 120-112 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: When he's on, he's on. Green has been very busy in the fourth quarter when he plays and he's racked up a whopping 13 triples over his last three games. Isaiah Thomas (ankle) did not play tonight and it's pretty clear Green will see a massive bump in production when Thomas, Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic need to miss game action. He is still going to be inconsistent, but feel free to give him a look until IT3 is back. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:19 am
     
    6:00 pm @ Den
  • Nick Young hits 4-of-14 shots in loss
    Nick Young hit just 4-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points and two blocks in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: The Lakers were talking about "force feeding" Young tonight, but it never really happened. Like Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo and J.R. Smith, Young is always an interesting all-or-nothing play. Unfortunately, tonight was closer to nothing than all, and Young's been too inconsistent to be trusted as an everyday starter in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Wes Johnson quietly fills stat sheet
    Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-5 shots for five points on Wednesday, but added five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a big game on Sunday with seven points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks, but it's important to keep in mind he's scored in double figures just three times this season, the last coming back on Nov. 12. Regardless of what else he's doing, his total lack of scoring makes him nearly unownable in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:54 pm
     
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Gee's up: Alonzo gets 18 minutes
    Alonzo Gee picked up 18 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: He has seen playing time on occasion and even played over Kenneth Faried down the stretch in a game earlier this season. The Nuggets will likely throw him out there for minutes in the low 20s with Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) hurt. He's only an option in deep leagues, of course. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Alonzo Gee Den - SG,SF
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • Courtney Lee scores 10 against Lakers
    Courtney Lee hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers generally give it up to opposing guards, but Lee was simply mediocre tonight. Every time he starts rolling he's been slowed by an injury or illness, but he's on track to start putting up bigger numbers soon. Don't panic after his last couple bland performances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:50 pm
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Ginobili! Manu goes for season-high 28 in win
    Manu Ginobili hit 10-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 28 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: There was no way to see this one coming, as he had totaled just 19 points over his last four games and hasn't scored more than 28 points in a game since last February. He ruined Danny Green tonight, but it's nice to know he can still produce on occasion. He's not trustworthy enough to be owned in most leagues, but is worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:33 pm
     
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Corey Brewer gets some ball-handling in
    Corey Brewer helped handle the ball against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 7-of-17 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, seven turnovers and on triples.

    Advice: Some players shouldn't be the focal point of an offense and Brewer is almost certainly going to see his efficiency drop with the Wolves being shorthanded. He's shot just 39.5 percent from the field in his last three games without Kevin Martin, so his season shooting of 46.5 percent is likely heading south for the winter. Still, the treys, steals and points make him a low-end fantasy option. He's not a must-own player due to ugly foul shooting, though. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:22 pm
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Boris Diaw awful in win over Pacers
    Boris Diaw hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He also committed three turnovers in his worst game of the season. He had scored in double figures in his previous three games, but was scoring in single figures for most of the season prior to his hot streak. He's always worth a look in fantasy leagues, but is simply unreliable in the Spurs offense. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:14 pm
     
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Copeland coping with fewer minutes for Indy
    Chris Copeland came off the bench and played just 23 minutes to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: David West is finally expected back on Friday from a severely sprained ankle as Copeland's minutes and production have been slipping. Once West is back, Copeland is probably waiver-wire material in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:10 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Matt Bonner returns, but you wouldn't know it
    Matt Bonner returned to action from an illness on Wednesday but failed to score in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He had missed three straight games and while he'll have the occasional big line when the Spurs get nutty with the lineup, he's not worth holding in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks
    Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 13, but end of run is near
    Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
     
    Player Note
    Luis Scola Ind - PF,C
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • James Harden scores 26 points on 31 FGAs
    James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs LAC
  • DeMarcus Cousins is 'fine' after injury scare
    DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury against the Rockets on Wednesday and did not miss time, finishing with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, he said his knee is sore, but he will be fine for Friday against the Spurs. Cousins has put the team on his back over his last seven and has a usage of at least 36 percent in five of those games, which led to averages of 25.0 points, 14.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks on 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 from the line. He is a monster and is basically unstoppable. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • James Johnson blocks three in 20 minutes
    James Johnson (illness) played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He was reportedly very ill, but Johnson takes great pride in calling himself Wolverine. He is doing a great job on the defensive side and he had a nice Euro step on the offensive end tonight, too. Johnson is a sneaky player to own in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:28 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Al Horford scores 23 on 16 shot attempts
    Al Horford made 11-of-16 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had foul trouble on Tuesday in one of his worst games of the year, but Horford is starting to see his shots go up. It's just the second time he's been over 20 points all season, and there should be more of those games as he gets into a rhythm. Even with the low scoring of 13.3 points per game, Horford was still putting up third-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:12 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Paul Millsap has a bad game vs. Raptors
    Paul Millsap was quiet against the Raptors on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The other four starters had nice lines, but Millsap was left out of the stat party. Even with his dud, he still holds averages in last five of 17.0 points, 7.8 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.6 triples. He's a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Serge Ibaka has 20 pts, four blocks vs. Jazz
    Serge Ibaka's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 20 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: His big night helped the Thunder snap a six-game losing streak, and it's what fantasy owners have been waiting for most of the season -- he racked up defensive stats while consistently scoring from distance (all but five of Ibaka's 19 shots came outside of the paint). He's found his footing after a rocky few weeks to start the season, and he should only improve upon the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • James Johnson is playing on Wednesday
    James Johnson (illness) is playing on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team didn't update him and he just checked in. Johnson should have limited playing time tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:17 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Matt Bonner (illness) is back for Spurs
    Matt Bonner (illness) is ready to play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's going to be interesting to see how coach Ettore Messina uses Bonner tonight. Boris Diaw has been great, so his fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about Bonner returning. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • James Johnson (flu) questionable for Wed
    James Johnson (flu) is questionable to face the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is under the weather and the Raptors might not need him. Johnson played four minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Monday, but the fouls were likely the issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Forcefeed coming to Nick Young vs. MEM?
    Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers will "forcefeed" Nick Young in Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies to help get him going.

    Advice: Uh oh. That's basically giving the Cookie Monster an all-you-can-eat trip to the cookie stand in the mall. Young has only attempted 9.5 shots per game in his last two, so he will likely get shots in the teens. On the down side, the Grizzlies play very good defense, so he could have an inefficient game. He's a decent option in daily leagues, but owners in standards might have a better option on a 13-game night. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:28 am
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Jimmy Butler's 32 points not enough vs Denver
    Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings to 9-5 record
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Anthony Davis struggles w/ illness vs. Kings
    Anthony Davis battled an illness during Tuesday's game, which he finished with just 14 points (4-of-12 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: "Just because I’m a little sick doesn't mean I can afford to play like that," Davis said after the game. While the illness may have contributed to his relatively quiet evening, the Pelicans also did a poor job of feeding him the ball in the second half. He's been the number one fantasy player this year, bar none, and is likely to take out his frustrations vs. the Hawks on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Al Horford limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Al Horford was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's game, playing only 23 minutes and finishing with seven points, seven boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 shots and it wasn't a total bust for fantasy owners, who should take his rare foul-plagued dud in stride. He'd scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday and should begin a new streak vs. Toronto on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:46 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Joakim Noah diagnosed w/ left knee effusion
    Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a left knee effusion, more commonly referred to as water on the knee, and he will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah also has an eye injury, but his surgically-repaired left knee is a more serious concern for fantasy owners. Pau Gasol will shift to center in his absence and Nikola Mirotic is a terrific speculative pick-up, having averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 threes and 7.0 rebounds over Chicago's past four games. The Bulls play in Boston on Friday, so Noah's owners will have to stay alert for updates over the next few days. At the moment we're considering him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:50 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) ruled out vs. Denver
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah's eye injury doesn't seem serious and fantasy owners should be more concerned about his left knee, which was surgically repaired over the summer. He's been on a minute-limit and hopefully this is just a precaution by Chicago in the second game of a back-to-back set. With Noah and Taj Gibson (ankle) both out, Pau Gasol will have a heavy workload and plenty of minutes will be available for Nikola Mirotic, with help from Doug McDermott. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Matt Bonner (stomach virus) probable for Wed.
    Matt Bonner (stomach virus) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Bonner can give you some 3-pointers, but that's about it. He's averaging 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:13 pm
  • Matt Bonner (illness) probable vs. Pacers
    Matt Bonner (stomach virus) is probable for Wednesday’s game vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Bonner sat out Saturday's game as the Spurs quarantined him to avoid spreading his illness, but he's recovered and might even return to the starting lineup with Tiago Splitter sidelined. He's a poor source of fantasy value beyond the handful of 3-pointers he offers per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Joakim Noah (eye/knee) questionable Tuesday
    Joakim Noah (eye/left knee) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Joakim's left knee is the one that was surgically repaired this offseason, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If Noah sits out, Nikola Mirotic would likely slide into the starting lineup, and would serve as an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues against a weak Denver interior defense. Check back for an official update on Noah's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:24 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • No setbacks for James Johnson
    James Johnson didn't suffer a setback in Monday's game when he played just four minutes in his return from an ankle injury.

    Advice: The Raps are just working him back into the mix slowly, so it might take him a week to get back up to speed. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:24 am
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

    Advice: When asked during an interview about what inspires him outside of basketball, Sanders showed his theological side. "I would just say, I really look to sacred idols," Sanders said. "I feel people who draw other people to God. So, Buddha, Jesus, just all the sacred icons. It's all theosis." While the 26-year-old has had a rough start to the 2014-15 regular season, he's still worth holding onto in standard leagues due to his potential to put up huge block numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Noah leaves briefly with eye injury
    Joakim Noah left Monday's game with an eye injury but eventually returned and finished with four points, five rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Noah is probably going to be a disappointment for anybody burning a high mid-round pick and that's before we talk about any injury risk. Unless you hear otherwise, feel free to have him in lineups for Tuesday's game in Denver. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:51 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Jimmy Butler on the loose again on Monday
    Jimmy Butler scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 8-of-9 from the line) with two rebounds, two assists and four steals in Monday's win.

    Advice: We keep waiting for Butler's shooting to fall at least a little bit but it just doesn't happen. Playing at a top 10-15 level, he has a heavy lift to stay in that lofty space. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Scola double-doubles with versatile line
    Luis Scola had a uncharacteristic versatile line in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, one three and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Scola has been productive and will probably enjoy the rest of his four-game week, but he will lose his low-end value sooner rather than later when David West and Roy Hibbert return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 pm
     
    Player Note
    Luis Scola Ind - PF,C
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Harden scores season-high 36 points
    James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs LAC
  • Copeland's value goes into the tank
    Chris Copeland scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three treys, one board and that's it in 14 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Copeland never had any real value in standard leagues unless you were punting half your categories and who does that. Even though he hit three treys he's waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:46 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • James Johnson plays four minutes on Monday
    James Johnson played four minutes against the Suns with one steal and two fouls.

    Advice: He didn't take a single shot tonight and may not be 100 percent. Johnson said he was "like Wolverine" for recovering so soon from his ankle sprain, but he wasn't a superhero with fouling tonight. He should be better his next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:06 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Gerald Green gets 30 minutes
    Gerald Green played 30 minutes against the Raptors on Monday with 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers and five turnovers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch at small forward as the Suns looked to make a comeback. Green's minutes have been all over the place and he only saw 11 minutes of playing time back on Friday. The ups and downs are going to be very annoying to his fantasy owners, so he's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:47 pm
     
    6:00 pm @ Den
  • Cody Zeller scores career-high 17 points
    Cody Zeller scored a career-high 17 points against the Clippers on Monday during a 113-92 loss with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin dominated Marvin Williams in the early going, so Zeller picked up some extra playing time. Zeller does have some bright spots, but his inability to hit jumpers will likely cost him a chance to be a regular contributor on the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • James Johnson will play on Monday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will play against the Suns on Monday night.

    Advice: He has been out since Nov. 16 with what looked like a severe ankle sprain, but Johnson is likely going to see his normal minutes. He was actually turning in mid-round value because of all the defensive stats, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not a must-own player and obviously won't be a mid-round guy on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:49 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Taj Gibson not a lock to return on Friday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is uncertain to return by Friday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Gibson has already been ruled out of Monday and Tuesday's contests, and he's not even traveling with the team currently. Tom Thibodeau said there isn't much swelling, the Bulls won't take any chances with letting Gibson's ankle injury linger. Nikola Mirotic stands to benefit from Gibson's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:44 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Wes Johnson has 12 boards w/ extras vs. DEN
    Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
     
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts, blocks five shots
    Serge Ibaka tied his season high with five blocks in Sunday's tough loss to the Warriors, while scoring 16 points on 5-of-17 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: Ibaka also grabbed eight rebounds and the blocks are a welcome sight for his fantasy owners, even if his poor FG percentages are an ongoing concern. He was 0-of-2 from downtown tonight, but 11 shots came from outside 10 feet of the rim, as coach Scott Brooks has encouraged Ibaka to fire away beyond the paint. Shot selection has taken a major toll on Ibaka's FG percentages, but the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should have an ameliorative effect. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) out Monday and Tuesday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) was sent home to Chicago to be evaluated by team doctors, and he will not play Monday vs. the Jazz or Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic will be the main beneficiary of Gibson's absence, and he is coming off a 24-point 11-rebound outing vs. Portland. If Pau Gasol (calf) is also unable to suit up on Monday, Mirotic is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and he makes for a decent speculative add in standard leagues for owners with roster space. Just know that Mirotic's value could be short-lived with Gasol nearing a return. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:44 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Serge Ibaka encouraged to shoot outside
    Serge Ibaka has tied his career highs for both 3-point makes (23) and attempts (60) this season, and coach Scott Brooks expects the trend to continue.

    Advice: "He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game," Brooks said. "But three or four a game is a good number for him." The increase in perimeter shooting has been a mixed blessing -- Thunder writer Anthony Slater notes that Ibaka is taking only 26 percent of his shots within 10 feet of the rim this year, down from 47 percent last year. As a consequence his FG percentage has fallen dramatically, from 53.6 percent to a career-worst 46.5 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:07 am
     
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer called out for D
    Byron Scott singled out Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer for their inconsistent defensive effort.

    Advice: "Offensively, he’s doing a [heck] of a job," Scott said. "Defensively, though, he still has the inconsistency we’re talking about. He’s one of our main culprits – him and [Carlos] Boozer. They both know they have to get better." Boozer has a +/- rating of -90 on the season, and Hill is at -92, whereas backup big man Ed Davis is at +6. Scott hasn't suggested that he'll start Davis at any point, but it seems like an obvious move to shore up L.A.'s awful interior defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Anthony Davis scores career-high 43 points
    Anthony Davis scored a career-high 43 points on 16-of-23 from the field against the Jazz on Saturday to go with 14 boards, two steals and one block.

    Advice: We promise this is not from a video game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:01 pm
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • James Harden bounces back, wins it for Rox
    James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Harden was fouled late, made the shot and hit the free throw for a tough 3-point play to put the Rockets ahead for good on Saturday. He scored just six points on Tuesday, but bounced back for 24 points on Thursday and 32 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:51 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs LAC
  • DeMarcus Cousins dominates w/ 31 pts, 18 reb
    DeMarcus Cousins steamrolled the short-handed Wolves in Saturday's road win, scoring 31 points and tying his season-high with 18 rebounds.

    Advice: He navigated foul trouble while making a stellar 11-of-15 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs, to go along with two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said prior to the game that DMC is in his top-five MVP candidates to begin the season, and it's hard to disagree. The Kings' 8-5 record would be golden in the Eastern Conference, but as things stand they're in fourth place in the tough Pacific division. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 23 points vs. Pacers
    Gerald Green caught fire against the Pacers on Saturday with 23 points, three rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers on 8-of-15 from the field in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He had the worst year of his career in Indiana in 2012-13 and the Pacers basically just threw him in for their deal to acquire Luis Scola last season, but he showed them a thing or two tonight. Green is still going to have his minutes in check, but nights like these make him fun to own. On the other hand, he'll have his 5-point nights quite often too. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
     
    6:00 pm @ Den
  • Matt Bonner (illness) will not play on Sat.
    Matt Bonner (illness) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was doubtful and his illness will cost him his third game. Bonner has been helpful for the Spurs while Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out, but he's usually not worth starting in almost any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:54 pm
  • James Johnson is out again on Saturday
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was not expected to play anyway and hasn't gone through a full practice yet. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some extra run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:10 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Nick Young still wearing soft cast
    Nick Young has been playing with a soft cast on his right thumb for all three games this season.

    Advice: While his right arm may be strictly for buckets, it's possible the cast on his shooting hand could have hindered him. Young made just 2-of-7 from the field for five points against the Mavericks on Friday. He is really going to struggle in most non-scoring categories in fantasy leagues, so it's not going to be easy for him to be a top-120 guy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Matt Bonner (illness) doubtful for Saturday
    Matt Bonner (illness) is doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs have seen Boris Diaw flourish in the starting lineup over the past couple games and he should get another chance tonight. If you want to give him a look in a daily league, it makes sense. Bonner has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:37 am
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) frustrated by third sprain
    Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle for the third time since last year's playoffs on Friday, saying afterward, "I have to stop trying to run back out there and trying to play through these things."

    Advice: "I pushed through a whole summer of trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up," Gibson said. "I just keep having these little bum ankle turns ... I have to be patient ... We've got a long season, but the dog in me wants to be out there and play. I have to learn from this." The ongoing nature of Gibson's injury suggests he'll miss significant time with his latest sprain, though fantasy owners can expect plenty of nebulous injury updates from the Bulls in the days to come. Nikola Mirotic posted a 20-10 game after Gibson went down on Friday, though his role will be limited once Pau Gasol (calf) gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Al Horford happy to wear compression shirt
    Al Horford will continue to wear a compression shirt under his jersey, saying that it's "actually helped [him] a lot" as he returns from pectoral surgery.

    Advice: "I never really wanted to wear it," Horford said. "My trainers thought it was a good idea to help me. I was getting very stiff at times. With the shirt I notice it keeps it warm, keeps it tight." Horford is quietly returning to form, averaging 13.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, good enough for top-40 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:12 am
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Jimmy Butler has an overdue dud vs. POR
    Jimmy Butler scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal on 3-of-13 from the field against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been one of the best players in the NBA this season and obviously gets a pass here. Butler's shot selection wasn't as great tonight, but there is no need to worry thanks to taking much smarter shots throughout the season. He'll likely get it going again on Monday against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Thibs downplays Gibson's ankle injury
    Coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the ankle injury suffered by Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Blazers, saying he didn't think it was serious despite Gibson leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

    Advice: X-rays taken were negative but there is a different vibe coming from writers that think he may need at least a little time to get his ankle right. Owners speculating on Nikola Mirotic (24 points, 11 rebounds, four threes) may want to tap the breaks here, but the running joke is that Thibs doesn't think any injury is serious. With Pau Gasol set to come back sooner rather than later it would appear, Mirotic is more of a flier than anything in 12-14 team formats. In daily formats owners could be able to squeeze a few good games out of him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Anthony Davis plays like a normal NBA star
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: This would have been a great line for any player, but Davis has completely spoiled his fantasy owners. He might turn it around and go for a 30-point, 20-board, 10-block game on Saturday against the Jazz or something. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Taj Gibson hurts ankle in Friday's game
    Taj Gibson hit the ground after hurting his left ankle in Friday's game and did not return.

    Advice: He was helped off the floor by teammates and he is already on crutches, and it's the same ankle he hurt against the Cavs. Nikola Mirotic has looked pretty good with Pau Gasol out and he'll clearly take a backseat to Gasol and Joakim Noah, but in that injury prone crew he'll also be well-positioned if the injury bug strikes. We don't have a timetable on Gibson since the injury just occurred, but Mirotic is worth a look as a speculative add for any low-upside or risky player on your roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:07 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Lee (flu) scores just five points vs. Celtics
    Courtney Lee (flu) was one of five players to return to action on Friday for the Grizzlies, but managed just five points on 2-of-5 shooting with two assists and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Lee has been great this season and we're not about to dog him for tonight's one-sided and strange game. Look for him to get back on track against the Clippers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:39 pm
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Corey Brewer has a letdown in start
    Corey Brewer started against the Spurs on Friday during a 121-92 loss, scoring eight points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He made 3-of-10 from the field and is certainly going to have his issues in efficiency. Brewer has shot the ball a lot better in the past two seasons, but that was largely due to him getting easy buckets in transition. His efficiency will likely be headed south, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues until Kevin Martin (wrist) is back or until he gets dealt. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Courtney Lee will start against the Celtics
    Courtney Lee (illness) will start against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He is over his illness just in time for a revenge game. Lee has been phenomenal all season, but he's obviously not going to stay this hot. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:55 pm
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • James Johnson still out on Friday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games, but he has been on the practice court in a limited capacity. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some more run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:10 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup against the Raptors.

    Advice: We just thought we'd throw that out there considering it was an issue with him last time. Start Sanders like you normally would and hope he avoids foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Diaw is starting again on Friday night
    Boris Diaw is starting again on Friday night against the Wolves.

    Advice: He is coming off his best game of the season and it was fairly obvious he was going to start tonight. Diaw probably won't be as great, but he's someone to consider in standard leagues against a weak Wolves team. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:06 pm
     
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Corey Brewer is indeed starting on Friday
    Corey Brewer will get the start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, he'll join Mo Williams, Andrew Wiggins Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng against the champs. Brewer should pick up around eight minutes and could be in the mid-30s tonight while minutes should be dispersed to Muhammad, Anthony Bennett, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel tonight. Brewer is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Corey Brewer likely to start for Wolves
    Corey Brewer is likely to start for the Wolves following the Kevin Martin (wrist) injury.

    Advice: While Brewer might be better off the bench, the Wolves are just running out of options with 80 percent of their opening night starting lineup not ready for Friday night against the Spurs. He should have some very nice short-term value, but the possibility of him being traded certainly casts some doubt on his value this year. He should be owned in standard leagues just because he has so many minutes going his way. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:16 am
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Larry Sanders left thigh now 100 percent
    Larry Sanders said that he's fully healed from his left thigh injury he sustained during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: It's nice to know that he's healthy, but it would be better if he could start contributing consistently. Sanders is averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Those poor shooting percentages are keeping him out of the top-100, and right now he doesn't look like much more than a blocks specialist in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • Matt Bonner (stomach) out Friday vs. Boston
    Matt Bonner (stomach illness) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Bonner has little fantasy value in most fantasy leagues, and his absence just means more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Bonner can remain on the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Courtney Lee (illness) says he'll play Friday
    Courtney Lee (illness) went through shootaround and said that he'll play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: With Tony Allen (illness), Beno Udrih (illness), and Quincy Pondexter (illness) listed as questionable for this one, Lee could see some heavy minutes tonight in a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:15 am
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Kobe happy to have Nick Young back in action
    Kobe Bryant stated during a recent interview that he's happy to have Nick Young back in action.

    Advice: "You got a player who can get buckets and create. He does wonders," Bryant said. "Nick is a phenomenal talent. He has a pull-up jump shot and is creating mismatches. I’m very happy to have him back." Bryant also went on to say that he thinks Young will compete for Sixth Man of the Year honors, a high compliment from a man who doesn't give out many. Young is averaging 16.5 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games back with the team, and while he doesn't bring much else to the stat sheet, his scoring and 3-point shot making make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:30 am
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Flip says Corey Brewer too valuable to trade
    Head coach and team president Flip Saunders stated during a recent interview that Corey Brewer is too valuable to the team to be traded.

    Advice: This seems like posturing more than anything, as the Timberwolves are currently sitting on record of 3-7. Saunders may value Brewer's hard-nosed defense, but his play isn't exactly equating to wins for the Wolves. He's averaging 10.2 points and 2.1 steals on the season over 23.5 minutes of action, so he can be viewed as a steals specialist for owners in deep leagues. However, if he is traded to a title contender (a team with a deep wing rotation), he'll likely become a non-factor in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:40 am
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • DeMarcus Cousins post 22-14 line in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played through a hip injury and lived in the paint against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 14 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and had five fouls. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls and has committed at least five in all but three games this season. Besides that and the high turnovers, Cousins is dominating on the stat sheet and is the main reason why the Kings are 7-5. He's in the mix to be the most valuable big man behind Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:41 pm
  • Taj Gibson has a letdown game in Sacramento
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson owners had higher hopes than this tonight as the starting power forward. In his seven starts at power forward last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 9.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. Pau Gasol (calf) could miss more time, so Gibson owners should continue to have him locked into their lineups until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:20 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Joakim Noah turns it on late
    Joakim Noah turned it on late against the Kings in a losing effort on Thursday, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He played almost the entire fourth quarter with five fouls and was very active on the glass. Noah had another double-double on Monday in the first game without Pau Gasol, so it's fair to say Noah will have better fantasy value sans Pau. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:17 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points against the Kings on Thursday with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He operated out of the post quite a bit, but he had nine of his 11 makes come off an assist tonight. Butler has been the go-to option for the Bulls these days, but his usage takes a massive hit when Derrick Rose (hamstring) is on the floor. He's putting up first-round value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Nick Young receives flop warning from league
    Nick Young received a flop warning from the NBA on Thursday.

    Advice: Young drew a foul on Kyle Korver while attempting a 3-point shot, and as the video shows, Korver did not even make contact with Young. The first offense is just a warning, but the second results in a $5,000 fine, with each additional flop resulting in an increased penalty. Young has brought a much-needed scoring-punch to the Lakers' second unit, and is averaging 17.0 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games. He doesn't do much aside from score, but should be able to sustain limited value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:02 pm
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Matt Bonner (stomach) questionable for Friday
    Matt Bonner (stomach illness) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Bonner is averaging just 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers on the season, and that pretty much tells you all you need to know about Bonner's non-existent fantasy value. Feel free to leave The Red Mamba on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
  • Courtney Lee (illness) questionable for Fri.
    Courtney Lee (illness) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Tony Allen, Beno Udrih, Kosta Koufos, Jon Leuer, Quincy Pondexter, and Jarnell Stokes are also being listed as questionable with the same illness, leaving the Grizzlies with six healthy bodies for Friday's game. Vince Carter would be in line for some heavy minutes if all seven players are unable to go, and he would make for a nice short-term option in standard leagues. Tayshaun Prince would also have some increased opportunity, while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol would get all the minutes they can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:10 pm
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • James Johnson (ankle) sheds walking boot
    James Johnson (ankle) was moving well without a walking boot after the Raptors' practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors' defensive specialist and energizer is questionable for Friday's home game vs. the Bucks. It wouldn't be surprising to see him held out another game as a precaution, but we'll have a much clearer idea of his status after shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:26 am
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Corey Brewer had to gut through game Weds
    Corey Brewer (illness) admitted that he had to gut through Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Brewer wasn't certain if he would be able to suit up after missing morning shootaround, but was able to play 29 minutes despite his illness. "I was hurting so bad," Brewer said. The 28-year-old should be good-to-go for Friday's game against the Spurs, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues, despite the six steals on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:59 am
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Jordan Hill puts up 18 and 10 in a win
    Jordan Hill scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He operated a little closer to the basket and coach Byron Scott has suggested he'd like to see Hill take less jumpers. He's worth owning in all leagues and hopefully the wheels don't fall off with his 30-plus minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:00 am
  • Swaggy PhD: Nick Young cures Lakers
    Nick Young helped the Lakers win their second game in a row in a 98-92 victory in Houston, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers went 1-9 without Young, but they've now won both games with him. He's getting plenty of shots in the second unit and it looks like he'll be able to score in the teens. His owners shouldn't expect much else besides scoring, but give him a look if that's what your team is lacking. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:54 pm
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Serge Ibaka breaks out of funk in loss
    Serge Ibaka went off for 22 points, 13 rebounds, zero blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Owners might think this is a season high for Ibaka, who has been pretty quiet thus far, but he had a 25-point game back on Nov. 4. This was his first 20-point game since, and while the lack of blocks was a little disappointing, we doubt owners are complaining. Hopefully this is a sign he's about to get hot, although most decent big men have a lot of success against the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:44 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Corey Brewer has six steals against NYK
    Corey Brewer played through an illness on Wednesday and looked healthy with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and six steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer had an IV to help his dehydration and he was very questionable to play tonight. This was a big game for his trade value and he's unlikely to be this success again all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:15 pm
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Gerald Green scores 12 in 22 minutes
    Gerald Green hit 6-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: After getting eight minutes and failing to score last Friday, Green played 28 minutes and blew up for 26 points and four 3-pointers on Saturday. He backed that up with seven points in 20 minutes on Monday, and then tonight's 12-point game in 22 minutes. The way things are going for Green, he's due for a monster game, just as his frustrated new owners are ready to pull the plug. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
     
    6:00 pm @ Den
  • Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes
    Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Chris Copeland's minutes take a hit
    Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Brandon Bass scores season-high 23 in win
    Brandon Bass hit 9-of-13 shots for a season-high 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Bass had only hit double digits in scoring in two games this season prior to tonight and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is probable to face the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be fine and was able to play through the injury on Tuesday. Cousins has been outstanding this season and he'll get a tough test against a great Chicago frontline. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Boris Diaw shines as Spurs beat Cavs
    Boris Diaw played a team-high 39 minutes and hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in Wednesday's big win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: That's fantasy gold, right there, but the minutes were a big reason. Diaw normally gets 26 a night, but with Matt Bonner out, Diaw was a featured player for Gregg Popovich. This was his first double-digit scoring night since Nov. 5 and he's averaging 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers, meaning he's probably not worth owning in your league. But this is your sign to keep a close eye on him going forward, in case tonight was the start of a hot streak. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
     
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Larry Sanders is starting on Wednesday
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: In usual Bucks fashion, this update comes at 7:37 pm EST for the 7:30 game. Sanders' thigh issue may limit him and his minutes have been a bit erratic anyway, so he should be on the bench in most fantasy leagues. Zaza Pachulia will move back into the second unit tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Corey Brewer expected to play Wednesday
    Corey Brewer is expected to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The report does add "barring any changes," so it's not a 100 percent lock. Brewer should still be on most fantasy benches tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:26 pm
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Boris Diaw is starting for Spurs
    Boris Diaw will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has usually been brought off the bench, but the Spurs are without Matt Bonner (illness) and Tiago Splitter (calf). Diaw did a nice job on LeBron last year in the Finals and will likely get more minutes than usual. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
     
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Corey Brewer questionable with an illness
    Corey Brewer (illness) received an IV and is questionable to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, it's flu season. Brewer and Kevin Martin could both miss tonight, so Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson III, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel may all have to help out. Brewer should obviously be benched in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:49 pm
     
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • C-Lee, Tony Allen among five DNPs for Grizz
    The Grizzlies have ruled out Courtney Lee, Tony Allen, Beno Udrih, Kosta Koufos and Jon Leuer for Wednesday's game, as all of them have the flu.

    Advice: Memphis has a 10-1 record but they'll be really tested with so many rotation players out vs. the Raptors. Quincy Pondexter emerges as a viable short-term option, as does Vince Carter -- the Raptors will be honoring him in Toronto tonight, giving him a bit of extra motivation. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:36 pm
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Larry Sanders is a game-time call vs. Nets
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is a game-time call on Wednesday night to face the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday and there is a good chance he misses tonight. Zaza Pachulia is coming off a nice game and would be a desperate plug-and-play option on a busy night in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • James Johnson won't play vs. Memphis
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is in a walking boot and does not have a timetable to return. Johnson is a tough customer, but the Raptors will likely be careful based on how things went with Amir Johnson's ankle last season. Expect more Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Matt Bonner out Wednesday w/ stomach illness
    Matt Bonner will not suit up for the Spurs on Wednesday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter (calf) is still on the shelf, so there will be extra opportunities for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes against the Cavaliers' lenient frontcourt. Bonner is coming off a fluky 18-point game vs. the 76ers, but he's too inconsistent for use as more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
  • Courtney Lee (flu) had to go to the hospital
    Courtney Lee (illness) had to go to the hospital because he was so dehydrated but hopes to play on Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: The Grizzlies will be under the weather tonight and it's probably doubtful to see Lee suit up tonight. Considering it's an 11-game night, his fantasy owners will want to take him out of their lineups. Tayshaun Prince is likely to start, but Quincy Pondexter is the preferred play. Vince Carter could also have a season-high in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:33 am
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) questionable Wednesday
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday because of his bruised thigh, so owners will want to check back for updates prior to tip-off. If Sanders can't go, expect Zaza Pachulia to draw another start after he double-doubled on Tuesday, but anything is possible with coach Kidd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • Courtney Lee (flu) questionable Wednesday
    Courtney Lee (flu) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: Tony Allen, Kosta Koufos, Beno Udrih, and Jon Leuer are also questionable with the same illness and things are not looking good for the Grizzlies at the moment. If they end up sitting this one out, expect to see a lot of Vince Carter and Quincy Pondexter while rookies Jarnell Stokes and Jordan Adams could get in on the action. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 am
     
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Anthony Davis keeps torrid pace in road win
    Anthony Davis continued his onslaught in Tuesday's road win vs. the Kings, notching 27 points (11-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He's on pace to become the only player in NBA history to lead the league in both steals and blocks, and the Pelicans' 21-year-old is sure to rack up untold records as his career unfolds. He's lapping the field for fantasy value, with only Steph Curry, LeBron James, James Harden and Chris Paul in the rearview mirror. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) plays well vs Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins tweaked his left hip flexor while warming up for Tuesday's game, but he still finished with 24 points, 17 boards, three assists and two blocks vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Needless to say, the hip injury didn't limit DMC and shouldn't be a problem going forward. The Kings jumped out to a big lead for the third straight game tonight, but once again they let it slip away and their record has fallen to 6-5 after an impressive 5-1 start to the season. They'll have a tough task staying above .500 with the Bulls coming to town for a nationally-televised game on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Serge Ibaka shoots just 2-of-13 in road loss
    Serge Ibaka had a rough night on Tuesday, making only 2-of-13 FGs to finish a lopsided road loss with six points, six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Ibaka's sweet-spot is as a second-option or third-option in the OKC offense, and his numbers should pick up once Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant get back on the court. He's still a top-50 value through 12 games, despite his disappointing start to the season, and fantasy owners should target him as a prime buy-low option. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Wes Johnson held to four points in 32 minutes
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's game with a mere four points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson has played the second-most minutes of any Lakers player this season, yet he's scored double-digit points just three times and is shooting an abysmal 31.8 percent from the field. Nick Young's return presents yet another challenge to his fantasy value, and owners can confidently leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
     
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Paul Millsap's 29 points not enough vs Lakers
    Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 29 points on 11-of-16 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs in Tuesday's disappointing home loss, adding four rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer had no chance vs. Millsap defensively, so the Hawks wisely kept feeding the ball to the Sapper, who even hit 2-of-4 shots from downtown. Atlanta lost by the final score of 109-114 due to lousy defense, allowing the Lakers to shoot 54 percent from the field with 13 offensive rebounds. This was their first home loss of the season and they'll look to get back in the win column vs. Detroit on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Al Horford shoots 7-of-8 in tough home loss
    Al Horford made 7-of-8 field goals on Tuesday, including one 3-pointer, to finish a tough loss vs. L.A. with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Horford hasn't played 30+ minutes or taken 10+ shots in any of the Hawks' past four games. He's averaging just 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds this season but he's likely just off to a slow start after missing many months following pectoral surgery. Fantasy owners should view this is a buy-low opportunity for Horford, who will need to play a bigger role for Atlanta to emerge as a legitimate playoff threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Jordan Hill double-doubles w/ 18 pts, 10 reb
    Jordan Hill double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds and one assist vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, making 8-of-17 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in just 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hawks rank 28th in rebounding with a -3.8 differential and they're particularly poor on the offensive glass, where Carlos Boozer and Hill hurt them all night long. It was Hill's putback following an offensive rebound that gave L.A. a much-needed five-point cushion down the stretch, and he's quietly emerged as a top-100 fantasy value through L.A.'s first 11 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Nick Young scores 17 efficient pts in debut
    Nick Young (thumb) made his season debut on Tuesday, scoring 17 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Swaggy P had a few typically erratic shot attempts, but he was generally under control and efficient, which isn't usually the case -- he's a 42.9 percent shooter for his career, and was at just 41.3 percent last season. Fantasy owners may find him useful for scoring and 3-point shooting, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Nick Young to come off bench Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) will come off the bench as he makes his 2014-15 season debut against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swaggy's back. While Young will likely find himself in the Lakers' starting lineup sooner or later, Lakers' head coach will ease him back into action against the Hawks on Tuesday. Fantasy owners can expect Swaggy P to serve as the Lakers' second scoring option behind Kobe Bryant, but need to be aware of the low field goal percentage and minimal peripherals that will come with his scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
     
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Joakim Noah says Bulls have work to do
    Joakim Noah said the Bulls still have work to do after Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: After easily defeating the Clippers without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, Noah said the Bulls have some building to do. "We have a lot of work to do," Noah said. "As long as we stay humble and we keep working, keep getting better as a team, hopefully, we'll have a chance. But we're nowhere near where we have to be." While Noah's numbers haven't been exactly what his fantasy owners expected, his improved play over the Bulls' last five games should give hope that he can still return top-30 value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:53 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Gibson enjoys like without Pau on Monday
    Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Noah posts big popcorn line in easy win
    Joakim Noah scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting with 16 rebounds and six assists in Monday's easy win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Noah's numbers are down in enough areas to worry that he's still not at 100 percent, but he's playing and doing enough to return top-75 value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:04 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Butler headlines night of big lines for Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one three and a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line in Monday's win.

    Advice: Butler is returning top-10 fantasy value and it's unclear where his shooting percentages are ultimately going to fall because he has clearly improved. Making an ungodly 80.6 percent from the line on 8.0 attempts per game, we're getting past issues involving small sample size too. The safe play is to sell him high in exchange for a well-positioned top-20 asset, but what fun would that be? Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Anthony Davis may or may not be human
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points on 14-of-20 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Davis hasn't neared his ceiling yet and that's the part folks continue to grapple with, but be clear we haven't seen this type of transcendent player in many, many years. Jrue Holiday hit just 5-of-19 shots for 14 points, seven boards, two assists and three treys, and Tyreke Evans was equally inept shooting the ball with 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting, five boards, eight assists and two steals. Both ball-dominant guards ignored Davis down the stretch and it cost the Pellies a nice road loss in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Red Mamba scores 18 points in win
    Matt Bonner scored 18 points with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The 76ers will give up big lines and this is one of the funnier ones. Bonner is not worth owning in most leagues, but he's a deep-league spot-start guy while Tiago Splitter (calf) is out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:24 pm
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