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  • Jared Dudley (back) confirms he'll play Wed
    Jared Dudley (back) confirmed that he'll be ready to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm 100% fine," he wrote on Twitter. "Just being pre cautious, I'll be ready [Wednesday]." This is excellent news for Bucks fans and any deep-league owners who have Dudley on their bench. He has had spurts of sustained value this year but is too risky for use in most leagues given the recurring nature of his back injury.
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Update: Brandon Knight iffy to play Monday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) did not have a noticeable limp after Sunday's game, but his status may be in jeopardy for Monday's road game in Portland.

    Advice: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly said, "I would guess he wouldn't play." The report suggests that Knight will miss Thursday's game in Golden State, but it makes more sense that Hornacek was referencing Monday's game, the second half of a back-to-back set. Either way, Knight's owners should be on red-alert for a potential DNP.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) starts, gets 18 points
    Dion Waiters (ankle) started Sunday's road win vs. the Suns and finished with 18 points 8-of-20 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebound, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: He struggled on Saturday with just three points on 1-of-4 shooting, possibly due to his sore ankle, but the injury didn't appear to limit him tonight. The bad news is that this line typifies the reasons why Waiters is a poor fantasy option -- he shoots inefficiently and contributes paltry rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, so one off-shooting night can tank his week.
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) goes 1-of-10 in return
    Brandon Knight returned to action on Sunday, coming off the Suns bench for three points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 22 minutes, while shooting just 1-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He missed all six of his 3-point attempts and the poor shooting is a product of rust -- he hadn't played in a game since Mar. 9. He took a hard fall tonight but shook it off and shouldn't be in any danger of missing Monday's road game in Portland, but owners should still confirm his status in a back-to-back set.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • C.J. Miles scores game-high 28 points in win
    C.J. Miles poured in a game-high 28 points to help Indiana beat the visiting Mavericks on Sunday, making 9-of-12 field goals with five 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Miles also went 5-of-6 at the FT line, richly rewarding owners who gambled on him despite the return of Rodney Stuckey (calf). He's been good enough to keep in all active lineups, especially since the playoff-hungry Pacers are heading into a four-game week.
    Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) held out as precaution
    Iman Shumpert "jammed" his left ankle during Sunday's game and coach David Blatt didn't seem overly concerned about the injury.

    Advice: "I think he wanted to come back in there but we held him out for precautionary reasons," Blatt said. "I believe he'll be OK." Shumpert didn't return after the injury and we'll leave him on the injury report as a precaution, though it certainly helps that Cleveland doesn't play again until Thursday. If Shumpert does miss time, expect guys like James Jones, Shawn Marion and possibly Mike Miller to fill the void.
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 17 points with 10 dimes
    Rajon Rondo stepped up in the absence of Monta Ellis (calf) in Sunday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 17 points with 10 assists, seven boards, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo shot 8-of-14 from the field and hit his only free throw attempt on the night, and early indications suggests that he and Chandler Parsons will be the biggest beneficiaries if Ellis remains on the shelf (there is no timetable for his return). This was also the most minutes Rondo has played since joining the Mavericks, and he should be able to carry this momentum moving forward with the extra responsibility on offense.
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Jeff Green's offense is lonely in road defeat
    Jeff Green had one rebound without any assists, steals or blocks vs. the Spurs, but he chipped in 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: The offense is welcomed by Green's owners, but he'll need to produce more well-rounded lines to maintain the top-80 value which he's carved out over the past three weeks. He's typically a decent source of rebounds with a trickle of defensive stats, so don't read too much into tonight's game.
    Yesterday, 6:29 pm
    5:00 pm vs Sac
  • Kawhi Leonard posts 25 & 10 in win vs. MEM
    Kawhi Leonard carried the Spurs to a win over Memphis on Sunday with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: DNP-CDs have been mercifully rare for the Spurs this season, but if Gregg Popovich does intend to rest his key players, there are two likely back-to-back sets coming up on Mar. 31/Apr. 1 and Apr. 7/8. There's obviously no need to panic, especially with Leonard -- the 23-year-old star scored 15 straight points in the fourth quarter tonight and he's reclaimed elite value despite playing a modest 33.1 minutes per game in March.
    Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • J.J. Redick scorches Celtics with 27 points
    J.J. Redick poured in 27 points to help L.A. fend off the Celtics on Sunday, hitting 11-of-15 FGs with five 3-pointers, five rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: The Warriors may want to bring a firehose to Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers, as Redick has been torching opponents in March with averages of 20.6 points and 3.0 triples per game. His high-volume perimeter shooting hasn't affected his percentages, either, as he's made 49.3 percent of his field goals and hasn't missed a free throw since going 1-of-2 on Feb. 23.
    Yesterday, 6:14 pm
  • Austin Rivers productive in 24 bench minutes
    Austin Rivers posted another productive line in 24 minutes on Sunday -- seven points, five rebounds and four assists with one steal and one block.

    Advice: Rivers isn't a trustworthy option in standard leagues but it's hard to ignore his averages over the past three games -- 17.0 points on 62.5 percent shooting, 0.7 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals. He's doing all of that in just 22 minutes per game and it's unlikely that he'll keep up such a scintillating per-minute pace, so deploy him with due caution, if at all.
    Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Reggie Jackson's 31 points not enough Sunday
    The Pistons fell in Miami on Sunday, 102-109, despite having Reggie Jackson score 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds and nine assists.

    Advice: Jackson and Andre Drummond (32 points) were unstoppable but they were abandoned by their teammates, who combined for just 39 points on 14-of-49 shooting (28.6 percent). R-Jax was coming off a triple-double and his sluggish start after joining the Pistons is a fading memory as he carries owners deeper into the fantasy playoffs.
    Yesterday, 5:53 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will play vs. OKC
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will play vs. the Thunder on Sunday, but he will come off the bench.

    Advice: After an eight-game absence, Knight is finally back. His minutes will probably be held in check and he will might be a little rusty, but his owners will be pumped to have him back in their lineups. Marcus Morris will remain in the starting lineup for now, but his value could take a hit down the stretch. We will let you know how Knight holds up after the game.
    Yesterday, 5:16 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Jared Dudley (back) will not play on Monday
    Jared Dudley will not play vs. the Hawks on Monday in order to give his ailing back some extra rest.

    Advice: Dudley has been able to play in the past two games for the Bucks, but they are wanting to be cautious with him since he had missed six consecutive games earlier in March. Dudley should be fine for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but he is still not a fantasy option outside of deeper leagues. Expect O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless to see a few extra minutes off the bench Monday.
    Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Ish Smith posts 11/7/5 in 31 minutes vs. CLE
    Ish Smith had another solid showing on Sunday, racking up 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 31 minutes during a one-point loss to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Smith has wrested away the starting PG job from Isaiah Canaan (eight points in 17 minutes) and he's been a solid top-100 point guard since mid-March. Don't hesitate to start him if you need a burst of scoring (13.7 points), 3-pointers (1.0), assists (6.8) and steals (1.5).
    Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Deron Williams has bounce-back game vs. LAL
    Deron Williams bounced back from Friday's disappointing outing on Sunday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, with nine assists, one 3-pointer, one rebound, three steals, and three turnovers through 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Lakers are the worst team in the league at defending the point guard position, so if Williams was going to have a bounce-back performance, this was the ideal opportunity. The high minute total would suggest that he's over his illness, so owners can expect him to be a go for Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers. Jarret Jack struggled to get off the bench today with Williams playing so well, and only managed seven points, two assists, two rebounds, one steal, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 14 minutes of action.
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
  • Alan Anderson scores nine pts w/ two steals
    Alan Anderson scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting (2-of-2 from the charity stripe), with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and two steals through 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Anderson is a guy that can do a little bit of everything, and he's seen his minutes increased over the past two games with Thaddeus Young (knee) unavailable. He's not going to blow you away with his production, but if you're in a deep league and looking for a low-end steals/3-point specialist, Anderson could be your guy.
    Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays nine minutes Sunday
    Bojan Bogdanovic was very quiet in nine bench minutes vs. the Lakers, finishing with only two points and one rebound.

    Advice: The Croatian rookie has averaged 11.3 points and 1.4 threes since the All-Star break, but he's a poor source of anything beyond 3-pointers. Alan Anderson logged 28 minutes tonight, usurping Bogdanovic's role, and his owners should be scouring the waiver wire for a more reliable source of value.
    Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) will not return Sunday
    Iman Shumpert was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Shumpert was able to walk off the floor under his own power, but the Cavaliers have no reason to risk his health and they may have just decided to keep him out as a precaution. We will update his status once we know more, but we will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Heat. If he is unable to play, J.R. Smith would have to log big minutes while Matthew Dellavedova may see a few extra minutes off the bench as well. Shumpert finished today's game with nine points, three steals and one board in 11 minutes.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 15 points in loss
    Bradley Beal scored 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, adding one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and three turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Beal also shot 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in this one, and although the stat line isn't that impressive, the high minute total would suggest that his ankle is doing just fine. The Wizards have a three-game week next week, with two favorable matchups against the Knicks and 76ers, so hopefully he can get things back on track.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Corey Brewer posts all-around line in win
    Corey Brewer scored 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, with five rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers through 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: Brewer continues to find ways to show up in the box score despite only playing 25 minutes per game for Houston. He's averaging 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 0.9 three-pointers per game through the month of March, making him a quality deep league asset.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Trevor Ariza does a little bit of everything
    Trevor Ariza was his usual multi-category self during Sunday's win over the Wizards, posting 13 points on 3-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 from the line) to go with eight rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ariza is logging heavy minutes for the Rockets on a nightly basis, and his ability to fill up every category on the stat sheet while offering elite steals totals has him turning in early-round value on the season. Get ready for him to put on a show during the Rockets upcoming four-game week.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • McHale not optimistic about Beverley's return
    Kevin McHale said that Patrick Beverley (wrist) probably won't be back this season.

    Advice: While an official decision has not been made on Beverley, this is the first time McHale has spoken with this degree of pessimism, so things really aren't looking good at all for Beverley. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to man the point guard position in his absence, but neither guy is deserving of a roster spot in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Deron Williams (illness) will play Sunday
    Deron Williams (illness) will play Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Williams struggled badly in his last outing, but he'll look to bounce-back today with a very favorable matchup against the Lakers. Go ahead and get him active, and those that were expecting big minutes for Jarret Jack should probably temper their expectations.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Deron Williams (illness) a game-time decision
    Deron Williams (illness) is a game-time decision vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: He clearly wasn't 100 percent vs. the Cavaliers on Friday and did not participate in practice on Saturday, but the Nets are desperate for a playoff berth and Williams will likely do everything he can to play. If Williams decides to sit this one out Jarrett Jack will see huge minutes and would be a must-start option in all leagues. Expect another update prior to tip-off.
    Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Nate Robinson (knee) making progress
    Nate Robinson's knee is making progress and he is expected to be cleared to play within the week, but the Clippers have declined to sign him for the rest of the season.

    Advice: The Clippers signed Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract on Sunday, so this isn't surprising. Hopefully Robinson will land on an NBA team soon, but he is well off the fantasy radar in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:29 am
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) questionable Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Knight went through a pretty strenuous practice on Saturday and said that he feels like his explosion is back. The Suns desperately need to beat the Thunder to stay alive in the playoff hunt, so there is a good chance that Knight gives it a go. He will likely be a game-time decision again tonight, so his owners will want to check back for an update before activating him in lineups. If Knight is unable to play, Marcus Morris will be the primary beneficiary while Archie Goodwin will see more minutes as well.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Monta Ellis (calf) will not play vs. Pacers
    Monta Ellis (calf) has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, and Richard Jefferson will draw the start at shooting guard.

    Advice: Ellis had played in 237 consecutive games before the injury, so it's obviously a huge blow for his owners who are in the middle of fantasy playoffs. Ellis is off crutches, but he is still in a lot of pain and doesn't have a timetable to return. We will update his status once we know more, but the Mavericks will probably proceed with caution. Jefferson is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value, while Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will likely see a boost in value as well with the added responsibility on offense.
    Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play on Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not be able to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mavericks desperately could have used Barea tonight with Monta Ellis (calf) out of commission, but instead they will have to lean on Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton. This will be Barea's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and considering he is still experiencing soreness in his ankle, the Mavericks won't be in a hurry to rush him back.
    Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple still isn't practicing and he is probably looking at some additional time on the sidelines. He wasn't a fantasy asset even when he was healthy, so he belongs on the waiver wire in just about all leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Mavericks preparing to be without Monta Ellis
    The Mavericks are preparing for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers with the expectation that Monta Ellis (calf) will not be able to play.

    Advice: "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively," head coach Rick Carlisle said in regards to replacing Ellis. "You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Carlisle also said that they won't rush Ellis back from injury, so it's safe to say that he is probably looking at some time on the shelf. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will be busy in the backcourt vs. the Pacers, while J.J. Barea (ankle) is also hopeful that he will be able to return from injury Sunday.
    Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Dion Waiters scores just three points in loss
    Dion Waiters scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters had scored in double digits in each of his last four games, so this was a frustrating line for any owners relying on him tonight. Waiters is still locked into a starting role moving forward with Andre Roberson on the shelf, and he will have a chance to bounce back vs. the Suns on Sunday. That being said, he is far from a must-own player in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Damian Lillard is in a mini slump right now
    Damian Lillard made 4-of-11 from the field for eight points with three boards, 10 assists, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He's in a slump. He made just 4-of-15 from the field on Friday and tonight was just his third game without a trey on the season. On the bright side, the Blazers are on a three-game winning streak. He also had four fouls in a game for just the third time in 2015. His fantasy owners will get a four-game week starting on Monday, assuming they were able to withstand the Lillard drought this week.
    Saturday, 9:44 pm
  • Randy Foye scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Randy Foye scored 17 points with one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored just 14 points combined in his previous two games, but he really turned it around. Foye has been a must-own player in standard leagues thanks to his output in treys and coach Melvin Hunt has been playing him somewhat consistently.
    Saturday, 9:28 pm
    Player Note
    Randy Foye Den - PG,SG
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has been sidelined for the past three games, but he has already said that he is hopeful to return on Sunday. Barea's presence off the bench would be crucial if Monta Ellis (calf) sits this one out, but he is still only worth a look in deeper leagues. If Barea can't go, expect Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris to log heavy minutes vs. the Pacers.
    Saturday, 9:19 am
  • Monta Ellis (calf) is doubtful to play Sunday
    Monta Ellis (calf) is considered very doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday. For what it's worth, Ellis won't have an MRI until at least Monday when the team returns to Dallas, and while Carlisle is concerned, he doesn't expect the injury to be too serious.
    Saturday, 9:18 am
  • Deron Williams (illness) misses practice Sat
    Deron Williams (illness) was unable to practice on Saturday, leaving his status up in the air for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Williams was dreadful vs. the Cavaliers on Friday with five points, five assists and five turnovers in just 22 minutes, so this illness probably had something to do with it. If Williams is unable to play, Jarrett Jack would be in line for a huge chunk of minutes and would be a must-start option in all leagues. Expect another update following shootaround on Sunday.
    Saturday, 9:11 am
  • Monta (calf) left locker room on crutches
    Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Green goes for 16 and eight off the bench
    Jeff Green scored 16 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-12 shots (including two threes) with eight rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Tony Allen got knocked out of the game with a hamstring injury and the rest of the backcourt isn't exactly a picture of health. Green's minutes become solidified if Allen misses any time and he might be in line for a few more touches too. He's on a bit of a hot streak with mid-round value over the last two weeks, but the Grizzlies' pair of three-game weeks offsets some of the buzz that might create. Give him a look with late-round expectations.
    Friday, 11:08 pm
    5:00 pm vs Sac
  • D-Will stars as Johnny 5 in Short Circuit 22
    Deron Williams scored five points with five rebounds, five assists and five turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday as he short-circuited against the Cavs.

    Advice: Jarrett Jack (26 minutes, 16 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals) got the lion's share of minutes tonight but it has been the other way around for a while now. The timeshare between the two players is annoying, but Williams has been hot lately and owners might want to give him another game or two before moving him to their benches.
    Friday, 9:52 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores 18 points with two threes
    Bojan Bogdanovic hit 7-of-12 shots (including two threes) for 18 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic should see enough touches to give owners a shot at some points and threes, but that's just about it.
    Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Alan Anderson plays 30 minutes on Friday
    Alan Anderson logged 30 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Thaddeus Young (knee) looking doubtful for Sunday's game and possibly more, this type of workload seems like a decent bet until Young gets back. Anderson has a week of late-round value under his belt and isn't going to blow you away, but if you need shooting guard stats he could be worth a look.
    Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Beal productive while dealing with injury
    Bradley Beal played in Friday's double-overtime win despite hurting his ankle in Wednesday's game, scoring 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards are playing for their identity right now but it's still unclear whether gassing Beal this much makes sense. He has struggled with injuries for a while and specifically with playing through injuries to a fault. Still, he said after the game that he felt no pain and just fatigue, and by any measure tonight was a success for frustrated owners.
    Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Monta Ellis dealing with a right calf injury
    Monta Ellis was kneed in the right calf and coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't know what the extent of the injury is.

    Advice: "We'll see how he feels in the morning and go from there," Carlisle said. It sounds like he's dealing with a leg contusion, which has occurred an inordinate amount of times this season. Ellis is one of the toughest dudes in the NBA, so he might not need to miss time. If he does, it'll be Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Chandler Parsons filling in the most for Monta.
    Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Reggie Jackson triple-doubles in win vs. ORL
    Reggie Jackson triple-doubled in Friday's road win over the Magic, scoring 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.

    Advice: Jackson becomes the first Pistons player since Grant Hill to have multiple triple-doubles in a season and he's turning it on at the right time for owners. He has been a top-20 play over the last week.
    Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Ish Smith turns in another nice line
    Ish Smith was effective on offense against the Clippers on Friday with 18 points, two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He has three nine-dime games in his last five, averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 boards, 7.2 dimes, 1.6 steals and 1.0 treys in that span. Smith has been a very nice option for owners needing some points, assists and steals, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. He should be owned in standard leagues.
    Friday, 7:54 pm
  • Monta Ellis suffers lower right leg injury
    Monta Ellis suffered a right leg injury on Friday night and will not return.

    Advice: He was getting looked at on the bench before going to the locker room. It's unknown what the extent of the injury is for Monta, but he's usually very durable and this is a little bit of a surprise to see he's unlikely to return. He may be re-evaluated on Saturday. Ellis left the game with 10 points, two boards, one assist and one steal. With Monta out, expect Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons to step up. There's also been a Raymond Felton sighting tonight.
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Brandon Knight won't play on Friday night
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: He and warming up don't get along. Tonight is the second game in a row in which he warmed up and couldn't play. With Knight out, it'll be Marcus Morris and Archie Goodwin getting most of the playing time.
    Friday, 6:44 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Brandon Knight warming up without brace
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is warming up without a brace for Friday's game against the Blazers.

    Advice: That's usually a good sign that he'll play, but nothing is official. We should have another update shortly. He is likely to come off the bench and take minutes away from Archie Goodwin and Marcus Morris. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 5:46 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Bradley Beal (ankle) is starting vs. Hornets
    Bradley Beal (ankle) will start against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards dodged a bullet here with Garrett Temple (hamstring) out and this injury also occurring to Beal's troublesome right leg. He can be started in all leagues tonight in a very important game for the Wizards.
    Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out Friday vs. CHA
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Temple still hasn't been able to practice, so he doesn't seem close to making a return. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Friday, 2:27 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) a game-time decision
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Knight has missed the past seven games, so if he is able to go, he'll likely have his minutes held in check, as his conditioning is likely not where it needs to be. Owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off, but with 13 games being played tonight, Knight is not necessarily a must-start guy in standard leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 11:02 am
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for that one, and it'll be Devin Harris as the primary beneficiary for however long Barea is out. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers through the month of March, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in deep leagues.
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • Bradley Beal (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Bradley Beal (ankle) went through shootaround, but he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Beal said it's possible that he plays tonight, but he wants to go through pre-game warmups before making an official decision. It sounds like Beal may be headed for the dreaded game-time decision, so owners will need to check back for an update on his status closer to tip-off. If he sits, Rasual Butler, Otto Porter, and Martell Webster would split his minutes. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 9:21 am
  • Robinson (knee) may not be retained by LAC
    The Clippers are reportedly waiting to see how Nate Robinson's knee is recovering before deciding whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: Robinson's second 10-day contract with the club expired on Thursday, and given that the Clippers have not yet signed him, he's not going to be available for Friday's game vs. the Sixers. Through nine games with the Clippers, Robinson put in averages of 5.1 points and 2.2 assists over 14 minutes of action. His reserve minutes will likely go to Austin Rivers, and at this point, it's safe to cut Robinson in all leagues.
    Friday, 6:00 am
  • Jared Dudley has awful shot in win
    Jared Dudley returned from his kneecap injury on Thursday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: He had the worst shot you'll see all season with a backwards shot in the corner. We know that doesn't make sense, so click the link below to check it out. Dudley can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • C.J. Miles scores 26 points in a loss
    C.J. Miles was the good version of himself against the Bucks on Thursday, making 7-of-14 from the field for 26 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He briefly left the game due to a leg injury and was able to return about seven minutes later in real time. Miles has been able to knock down 2.1 treys per game in his previous 16 games since the break, but he's been detrimental to most fantasy categories. Congrats if you streamed him on the light night.
    Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Dudley had some good stretches during the season, but his play has really fallen off during the month of March with averages of just 2.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on 22.2 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation, so it's safe to leave Dudley on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Report: Beverley seeking 2nd opinion on wrist
    Patrick Beverley is reportedly seeking to get a second opinion on the torn ligament in his left wrist to decide whether or not he will need to undergo surgery.

    Advice: We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but with Beverley set to miss at least the next week of action, he belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will man the point guard position in his absence, but neither guy is really capable of doing enough on the stat sheet to be considered a viable option in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 2:48 pm
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Hornacek hopeful Knight (ankle) can play Fri.
    Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek said he is hopeful that Brandon Knight (ankle) will be able to return to the lineup for Friday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Knight was running sprints, and played some one-on-one during Thursday's practice, and the Suns are currently listing him as the dreaded game-time decision. Owners will need to check back closer to Friday's tip, but if he is able to go, Marcus Morris' run with the starting unit will more than likely come to an end. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out Friday vs. San Antonio
    J.J. Barea (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: With Barea unavailable, Devin Harris will have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game through the month of March, so his value is limited to deep leagues.
    Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Temple (hamstring) gets up shots at practice
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) was spotted getting up some shots following Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Temple was not able to practice on Thursday, and has been out since March 9, so we'll be considering him doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. With season averages of just 3.9 points on 40.0 percent shooting from the field, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Thursday, 12:08 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) out Friday vs. MIN
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves, as expected.

    Advice: Beverley is dealing with a torn ligament in his wrist, and his fantasy season is likely over. Jason Terry slotted into the starting point guard spot on Wednesday, but he only managed to put up two points, two rebounds, three assists, and four turnovers through 27 minutes of action, so he's not a great guy to own in standard leagues. James Harden is going to be the primary ball handler with Beverley out, so he stands to gain the most in Beverley’s absence. Pablo Prigioni will serve as Terry's primary backup, but he doesn't do enough on the stat sheet to matter in almost any league.
    Thursday, 11:55 am
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Corey Brewer (oblique) probable for Friday
    Corey Brewer (oblique strain) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Brewer hasn't missed any time with his oblique strain, so there's no reason to think he won't be able to give it a go on Friday. We'll let you know if that changes.
    Thursday, 11:33 am
  • Wittman says Beal's ankle 'not too bad'
    Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman said that Bradley Beal's sprained right ankle is "not too bad," and the swelling has gone down.

    Advice: Beal was able to walk off the court without any assistance following his ankle injury, and he didn't require a walking boot or crutches when he left the arena, which are all positive signs. We'll be considering Beal questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets, and owners can expect to get another update on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. If he's unable to go, it'll be Rasual Butler, Otto Porter, and Martell Webster splitting his minutes, although none of those guys are worth an add in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 11:16 am
  • Monta Ellis denies problem with Rajon Rondo
    Despite reports of dissension in the Mavs' locker room, Monta Ellis said he has no problems with Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: While the Rondo-Ellis pairing ranks 148 out of 149 Mavericks pairings this season, according to Basketball Reference, Ellis insists the duo can do great things together. "There’s no problem [with Rondo]," Ellis said. "Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump." Ellis broke out of his slump in a big way against the Spurs on Tuesday night and will have a chance to continue that trend when the Mavericks play the Spurs again on Friday.
    Thursday, 9:01 am
  • Dion Waiters scores 14 in start
    Dion Waiters, who was benched for the start of the second half on Tuesday, started for the Thunder on Wednesday and had 14 points, a steal and two 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: Waiters' line was actually pretty decent due to the final score of 130-91 looking more like an old-school Globetrotters' score over the Washington Generals, instead of a meeting of two of the West's better teams. With Andre Roberson down and out, Waiters should continue to get plenty of starts and run from here on out.
    Wednesday, 11:53 pm
  • Randy Foye plays 34 minutes in return
    Randy Foye played 34 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: If Randy Foye gets 34 minutes in the second half of the season, he's usually more like Randy Moss because he's straight cash, homey. Before missing Sunday due to an illness, he played at least 30 minutes in his previous three games. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:26 pm
    Player Note
    Randy Foye Den - PG,SG
  • Trevor Ariza scores 22 in great line vs. NO
    Trevor Ariza was fantastic against the Pelicans during a 95-93 win on Wednesday, making 9-of-13 from the field for 22 points with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's his fourth game in his last five tries with at least four dimes and he's really stepped up as more than just a catch-and-shoot guy. In that span, Ariza averaged 15.0 points, 8.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.8 steals and 2.4 treys on 55.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. He's getting hot for his fantasy owners at the right time. James Harden was no slouch with 25 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
    Wednesday, 10:48 pm
  • Austin Rivers paces Clippers in blowout win
    The Clippers got a "bye" against the Knicks on Friday when all five starters hit double digits in scoring and Austin Rivers led the team in scoring with 21 points, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 9-of-10 shooting in the 111-80 blowout. .

    Advice: Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan double-doubled in the easy win, while Doc Rivers' son made the most of garbage time by hitting almost everything he shot. He played just 19 minutes and scored two points in his previous game, so you can forget you even saw tonight's line from Rivers, in terms of fantasy.
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Deron Williams flirts with another trip-dub
    Deron Williams hit just 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists in a win over the Hornets.

    Advice: He had 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds on Monday, and while the shooting and points have been disappointing, he's at least coming through elsewhere. If you started him this week, he's probably helping your team win.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) out on Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up and just couldn't give it a go. Knight will have a chance to play on Friday and should be owned in all leagues now that he's close to a return. Marcus Morris will have another game to produce while Archie Goodwin may also help out more.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) could miss Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) could miss Wednesday due to his troublesome ankle injury.

    Advice: He was hoping to play, but Knight didn't respond well to his ankle injury. We should have another update on his status momentarily.
    Wednesday, 6:12 pm
    7:00 pm @ Por
  • Bradley Beal (ankle) out for game vs. Indy
    Bradley Beal (right ankle) will not return to Wednesday's game due to an ankle sprain.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain after rolling his ankle on a drive to the basket. Beal does have some issues with his lower right leg and hopefully this doesn't affect that issue. If he's out, it'll be a group effort of Rasual Butler and Otto Porter stepping up. Neither are worth grabbing in most leagues while owners in deep leagues can take a look at either depending on need. Martell Webster started the second half and maybe he gets some run, too.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Nate Robinson (knee) won't play vs. New York
    Nate Robinson (knee) will not play vs. the Knicks on Wednesday but he hopes to return later this week.

    Advice: It's unclear when injured himself, but fortunately the bone bruise in his knee doesn't sound severe. He has scored double-digit points just once since joining the Clippers and isn't a fantasy asset while J.J. Redick and Chris Paul are healthy.
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Jared Dudley is questionable for Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go through practice, but that doesn't mean much because he went through practice on Monday and missed Tuesday's game. Dudley can remain on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:06 pm
  • Report: Pat Beverley (wrist) has ligament tear
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) suffered a torn ligament in his wrist and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days, according to Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: If he tore a ligament in his wrist, he's likely going to be out for the season and there's a good chance he'll need surgery. As for the prognosis, it could be a couple weeks or over a month. Regardless, his fantasy owners in redraft leagues almost certainly have to cut him. Jason Terry will likely start and get minutes in the 24-32 range with Pablo Prigioni backing him up. Additionally, coach Kevin McHale has used two different lineup combos in his last two games with James Harden as the point guard. Give Terry a look if you're looking for some treys and scoring.
    Wednesday, 12:23 pm
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Beverley set to decide on wrist in 7-10 days
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) is scheduled to meet with a specialists, but a decision won't be made on his status for another 7-10 days.

    Advice: There is reportedly a chance that Beverley will need a season-ending surgery on his wrist, but the Rockets will likely exhaust all other options first. Beverley's owners should probably move on at this point, but we will update his status once we know more. Jason Terry will assume the starting point guard duties for the Rockets, and he is worth picking up in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting. Pablo Prigioni should play more too, but he isn't a reliable option in almost all leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:13 am
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) out on Wednesday
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday as expected.

    Advice: We are expected to learn whether or not Beverley will decide to have a season-ending surgery on his wrist shortly, so we should have another update soon. Jason Terry figures to be the primary beneficiary with Beverley on the sidelines, and he is worth a look for anyone needing 3-pointers.
    Wednesday, 9:12 am
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Monta Ellis says that he is finally healthy
    Monta Ellis said after Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs that he has battled several injuries all season, but he is finally healthy and is ready to make some noise down the stretch.

    Advice: "I've been battling injuries all season," Ellis said. "The last few days, my body has been feeling good and tonight I'll sleep real good. I went and worked out last night for at least two and a half hours. I wanted to come in tonight and give my team a lift that they have been looking for." Ellis exploded for 38 points vs. the Spurs Tuesday after being held to just 11 points on 4-of-22 shooting vs. the Suns on Sunday, so hopefully this is a sign that his slump is over. There have been some reports that Ellis has created some unrest in the Mavericks' locker room, but a couple of wins will likely give everyone in Dallas a solid morale boost.
    Wednesday, 6:26 am
  • Damian Lillard's 29 pts aren't enough Tuesday
    Damian Lillard scored a team-high 29 points vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, sinking 9-of-21 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with six 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Lillard is shooting just 43.3 percent in March, but he's still averaging 20.3 points and 2.1 triples. He'll be leaned on even more if LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) miss any more games, so fantasy owners can sleep soundly with Lillard locked into their lineups.
    Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Ish Smith approaches triple-double Tuesday
    Ish Smith came close to recording a triple-double on Tuesday vs. the Kings, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting with eight boards, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Smith did have seven turnovers and the shooting obviously wasn't great, but it's tough to complain about this line for a guy that was sitting on waivers in most leagues just a few weeks ago. Isaiah Canaan did score 13 points in 19 minutes tonight, but it's clear that head coach Brett Brown trusts Smith more at the moment. If you can handle his turnovers and his inefficient shooting, Smith is worth owning in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard's stat-stuffing not enough Tues
    Kawhi Leonard racked up 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block vs. Mavericks on Tuesday, finishing the Spurs' road loss without any turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's averaging more than three steals per game since mid-March and his fantasy value is soaring along with his confidence. It's scary to think what the 23-year-old Leonard will be capable of in his prime, but he's already a game-changing talent who is anchoring the Spurs' hopes for back-to-back championships. Follow the link below to read Kirk Goldsberry's timely "love letter to Kawhi's defense."
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Mavs beat Spurs behind Monta Ellis' 38 points
    Monta Ellis bounced back after a disastrous game on Sunday, finishing Tuesday's impressive win vs. the Spurs with 38 points on 16-of-27 shooting with two 3-pointers, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: He shot a combined 7-of-31 in his previous two contests and almost single-handedly lost Sunday's game vs. the Suns, so it was a relief to see him score three quick buckets to get himself rolling tonight. The 29-year-old Ellis hasn't missed a game all season, which is remarkable given how much contact he takes every night, and he's rewarding 8-cat owners with top-40 value.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Dion Waiters stays hot w/ 23 points vs Lakers
    Dion Waiters was benched to start the second half of Tuesday's game, but he got hot offensively and finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony Morrow took Waiters' spot with the starters and remains the more valuable fantasy option, regardless of where he begins Wednesday's game in San Antonio. Waiters has been hot offensively over his past few games, however, and is worth plugging into lineup until he cools off. OKC is starting to gain some breathing room as the No. 8 seed in the West, pulling two games ahead of the idle Suns with tonight's 127-117 home win.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 28 in win vs. Raptors
    Reggie Jackson led the Pistons to a four-point win vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 28 points (10-of-18 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

    Advice: R-Jax has a stellar 61.6 percent assist ratio since the All-Star break, trailing only Russell Westbrook (63.3 percent) during that span. He's also scoring nearly a quarter of Detroit's points while on the court, despite shooting just 38.9 percent from the field, and his double-digit assists per game have staked him to top-75 value in 8-cat leagues. Congrats to all those owners who held onto him through the trade deadline.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Patrick Beverley might be out for the season?
    Patrick Beverley could potentially have a season-ending surgery on his wrist, but a final decision will be made on Wednesday morning after he goes through another evaluation.

    Advice: The Rockets want to know if there is any risk of further damage before proceeding with the surgery, so there is some hope that Beverley's season might not be over just yet. However, Beverley's wrist has clearly limited him for a while now, so it's going to be an issue moving forward regardless. Beverley's owners can feel free to hang tight until we know more on Wednesday, but they should start looking for a backup plan. Jason Terry figures to be the biggest beneficiary if Beverley's season is over, and he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 7:38 pm
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Jared Dudley (knee) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Jared Dudley (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Dudley is inching his way closer to making a return after going through a full practice on Monday, but today will not be the day. He wasn't playing well before going down, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Nate Robinson (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Nate Robinson (knee) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: If Robinson is unable to go on Wednesday, Austin Rivers and Jordan Hamilton will likely pick up most of his reserve minutes, but they can't be viewed as reliable options in almost any league.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) out Wednesday vs. NO
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: With Beverley unavailable, Jason Terry will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he's worth a look for owners in deep leagues searching for some 3-point shooting. Pablo Prigioni will also see some extended minutes with the second unit, but he's not a great option in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:43 pm
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Corey Brewer (oblique) probable Wednesday
    Corey Brewer (oblique strain) is probable to play Wednesday vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an oblique injury for Brewer, but with the Rockets listing him as probable, we're not expecting him to miss any time. Brewer has been productive through the month of March, putting in averages of 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.9 three-pointers per game on 48.1 percent shooting from the field. He's a good guy to own in deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Randy Foye (flu) expected to play Wednesday
    Randy Foye (flu) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he is expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: If Foye is able to go on Wednesday, he'll likely cut into the minutes of Jameer Nelson (hip) and Will Barton, while Garry Harris may fall out of the rotation entirely. Foye has played very well since the All-Star break with averages of 11.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.4 three-pointers per game, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues for his ability to light up the 3-point category.
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
    Player Note
    Randy Foye Den - PG,SG
  • Damian Lillard won't use fatigue as excuse
    Damian Lillard refused to use fatigue as an excuse for the Blazers' recent struggles.

    Advice: "I’m fine," Lillard said. "I would tell you if I was worn down or [fatigued]. I got to play better. I don’t want to blame a four-game losing streak on, ‘I’m tired’ or ‘this is hurting or that’s hurting.’" With Nicolas Batum (back) and LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) hurting and unlikely for Tuesday's game, Lillard doesn't really have the luxury to consider a rest day with the Blazers fighting for a higher seed out West. If both Aldrige and Batum are indeed unavailable Tuesday, Lillard is going to have a lot of responsibilities on offense.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Beverley (wrist) could be out 'a while'
    Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said that if he gets bad news regarding Patrick Beverley's wrist, "He might be out a while."

    Advice: Beverley is currently headed back to Houston to undergo further evaluation what they are currently calling a sprained left wrist, and for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. If Beverley is forced into an extended absence, Jason Terry would likely slide into the starting lineup, while Pablo Prigioni would have the opportunity to log some extended minutes. Terry can't be viewed as much more than a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, and Prigioni can't be relied upon to produce in almost any league.
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • Patrick Beverley headed to HOU for evaluation
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) is headed back to Houston to have his sprained left wrist evaluated.

    Advice: Beverley left Monday's game against the Pacers and did not return after sprained his wrist. There's no word yet on whether he'll join the team for Wednesday's game in New Orleans, but we'll be following this one closely. Jason Terry is worth a speculative add in case Beverley misses any time, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point in his career.
    Tuesday, 10:44 am
    4:30 pm @ Tor
  • J.J. Barea will miss Tuesday's game vs Spurs
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "He’s out tonight for sure," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "And my understanding is it’s more of a day-to-day thing. Not serious. But he turned it over the other day in practice. He’s not ready to go yet." Devin Harris is in line to see a minutes boost against the Spurs, but he isn't a lock to play as he recovers from an illness, so we may get a look at Raymond Felton if Harris experiences a setback before tip-off.
    Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Beal somewhat survives the blowout loss
    Bradley Beal barely survived the Wizards' 31-point blowout loss to the Warriors on Monday, hitting 4-of-11 shots (including two threes) for 12 points, two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Beal is getting minutes and he simply needs to hit shots to pay owners off for a bad season. If everything is absolutely clicking for him he can sneak into some mid-round value, but with the way things have gone he'll be lucky to post late-round numbers the rest of the way. The rest of the Wizards' box score is not suitable for children and should probably be ignored for evaluation purposes.
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores four with 11 boards
    Trevor Ariza made 1-of-2 from the field for four points with 11 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: It was a big surprise to see him not take many shots with his improved shooting lately, making 50.0 percent from the field in his last five. Ariza will likely get it going again soon and should be a mid-round player in standard leagues.
    Monday, 8:08 pm
  • D-Will flirts with low-end triple-double
    Deron Williams just missed a low-end triple-double in the Nets' 110-91 loss to the Celtics on Monday, scoring 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting with nine rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Williams did not hit a three but he made all six of his free throws, outplaying Jarrett Jack (19 minutes, 1-of-9 FGs) on a relatively encouraging night. We don't trust anybody in Brooklyn these days, but Williams, Thad Young (12 points, nine boards, two steals, one three) and Brook Lopez (31 points, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks, 7-of-7 FTs) are your best bets. The Nets fell to 1.5 games back of Boston for the No. 8 slot with two teams in-between.
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores six points with six boards
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored just six points on 3-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic had been a nice little run but this shows how shaky his value can be. He's a deep league play at best until he shows us a little bit more.
    Monday, 7:33 pm
  • C.J. Miles makes 3-of-16 from the field
    C.J. Miles made 3-of-16 from the field against the Rockets on Monday for six points with two rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all eight shots from deep. Miles is the ultimate boom-or-bust player and he's one of the best bets if you had to guess a player was going to shoot below 25 percent from the game. Of course, he could drop 25 his next time out. He is what he is.
    Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Hollins continues praise for Bojan Bogdanovic
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he hasn't been playing Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack together because of how well Bojan Bogdanovic is playing right now.

    Advice: He had some kind of run last week, averaging 17.8 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 treys on 63.8 percent from the field in 35.0 minutes per game in his last four. There is a 49-minute outlier in there, so we're expecting Bojan to get minutes in the 28-33 range this week. He has four games, so feel free to give him a look if you're feeling saucy and want to roll the dice on a rookie. Additionally, Jack and Williams are both likely to play minutes in the mid 20s.
    Monday, 3:00 pm
  • Trevor Ariza, Pat Beverley will play on Mon
    Trevor Ariza (illness) and Patrick Beverley (elbow) will play against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He was questionable with an illness, but there was little doubt he would play after looking great on Saturday despite being listed for that game, as well. Ariza is a must-start player this week in all formats.
    Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Jared Dudley questionable for Tuesday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went through practice on Monday and could return after missing most of the second half due to an issue with his kneecap. Dudley would take minutes away from Ersan Ilyasova, but Ghosface Ilya is still worth owning in all leagues.
    Monday, 12:37 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) already ruled out for Tues
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss multiple games due to his ankle sprain from Saturday's practice. Barea going down would have given more minutes to Devin Harris (illness), but he is also not 100 percent due to an illness. Raymond Felton could get some run as a backup for the Mavs.
    Monday, 11:54 am
  • J.J. Redick enjoying career season w/ LAC
    J.J. Redick is enjoying a career season with the Clippers, and he said he's tweaked his game to better address his strengths.

    Advice: "I pay attention to advanced stats, and I pay attention to shot charts," Redick said. "I try to figure out, if I can’t get to my strengths, what are teams forcing me to do and how do I improve on those weakness so each year I kind of work on one or two things that if I can get them better will incrementally add a little bit of offensive to my game." Since March began, Redick has been on fire with averages of 21.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting.
    Monday, 7:45 am
  • Trevor Ariza (illness) questionable on Monday
    Trevor Ariza (illness) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Ariza was questionable coming into Saturday's game against the Suns with an illness, but he went off for 15 points, 12 boards, five assists, two steals and three triples. However, the fact he's still sick a couple days later is not a great sign, and the Rockets are extremely banged up in the frontcourt at the wrong time. If Ariza can't go, rookie K.J. McDaniels could get the call.
    Monday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Monta Ellis 'big part' of DAL problem
    Monta Ellis reportedly has "folks in the Mavs organization" worried about his impact on "the team's soul."

    Advice: Specifically, these organizational members "have been fretting for weeks about the impact Ellis' moodiness" has on the club. This sounds like a complete cop out in an effort to make Ellis the fall guy for the Mavs struggles, and that's a bad look all the way around. Ellis still leads the NBA with 118 clutch points, but he has struggled since the All-Star break with averages of just 16.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals on 38.9 percent shooting.
    Monday, 6:42 am
  • Ish Smith shoots poorly in road loss vs. LAK
    Ish Smith started Sunday's game but had only nine points on 3-of-14 shooting, two rebounds, nine assists and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The assists are nice and the best news, if you can call it that, is that backup PG Isaiah Canaan was even worse, shooting 1-of-12 from the field in 22 minutes. This timeshare at PG is doing neither player any favors in fantasy leagues, but Smith has enough upside to warrant holding onto in most 9-cat and all 8-cat leagues.
    Mar 22, 9:41 pm
  • Reggie Jackson nearly triple-doubles in win
    Reggie Jackson fell just one rebound shy of a triple-double during Sunday's overtime win over the Celtics, scoring 17 points with 11 assists, nine boards and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's fair to say that Jackson is starting to fit in with Detroit and his play has been outstanding this week, averaging 18.3 points, 13.0 assists, 6.3 boards and 1.0 3-pointer over his last four games. Turnovers are still an issue and he had four of those tonight, but his value has increased dramatically since leaving the Thunder and he should be an elite play down the stretch. The Pistons will have an interesting decision to make this summer regarding Jackson's restricted free agency.
    Mar 22, 6:22 pm
  • Bradley Beal leads Wizards w/ 19 pts Sunday
    Bradley Beal was the only Wizard to score more than 11 points on Sunday, finishing a disappointing road loss with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, three rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Washington was flat from the opening tip and they've now lost two straight games, leaving them 1.5 games behind Chicago for the No. 4 seed and first-round homecourt advantage. Beal's owners can't complain as he's finally rolling after an injury-plagued season during which he's missed 18 games and averaged just 14.8 points, down from 17.1 points last season. With four games on tap this week, Beal is poised to be a difference-maker in fantasy playoffs.
    Mar 22, 5:44 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) has no timetable to return
    Head coach Rick Carlisle said that J.J. Barea's ankle injury isn't too serious, but he said there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Barea sprained his ankle at practice Saturday and isn't even traveling with the team, so we will go ahead and consider him doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. We will track Barea's status closely, but it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Devin Harris will get some more ball-handling responsibilities off the bench following this news and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Mar 22, 4:47 pm
  • J.J. Redick stays hot w/ 20 pts vs. Pelicans
    J.J. Redick joined all five of L.A.'s starters in double-figures on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-16 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, with three 3-pointers, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Redick has stepped up admirably with Jamal Crawford (calf) out of commission. Over his previous three games he was scoring 25.3 points on 58.3 percent shooting, which is even more impressive since almost half of his attempts came from downtown. Crawford may be done for the regular season so there's no reason to expect Redick to slow down.
    Mar 22, 3:23 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores two points on 1-of-6 FGs
    Austin Rivers had two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes off the Clippers' bench on Sunday, adding one rebound and one block without any assists or steals.

    Advice: The coach's son is shooting under 30 percent in his past five games. He continues to play a 15-minute role out of necessity, as Jamal Crawford's calf injury has him out indefinitely, but Rivers doesn't offer any fantasy upside. His paltry steals totals don't even tell the full story defensively, as he and Nate Robinson (seven points, three assists in 10 minutes) are getting carved up by opposing guards on a nightly basis. Both of L.A.'s backup guards belong on the waiver wire.
    Mar 22, 3:23 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scorches Atlanta for 20/10/7
    Kawhi Leonard scorched the Hawks for 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in just 32 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: He made 8-of-14 shots, including one 3-pointer, and the steals padded his league-leading average of 2.2 per game. Leonard's mid-season struggles with a hand injury are becoming a distant memory as he carries fantasy owners through the fantasy playoffs with phenomenal all-around production. He won't be available outside of the top-10 in fantasy drafts next season.
    Mar 22, 2:39 pm
  • Randy Foye (illness) will not play Sunday
    Randy Foye will reportedly sit out Sunday's game due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: This news breaks an hour before tip-off, giving owners a short window to plug in a replacement guard. Will Barton and Gary Harris should gain the most in his absence, with Harris a likely starter. Foye has been terrific in a starting role lately, averaging 18.3 points and 3.7 triples over his past three games, so this is a tough break for fantasy owners relying on him in a playoff matchup. Consider him questionable to return on Wednesday vs. the 76ers.
    Mar 22, 1:55 pm
    Player Note
    Randy Foye Den - PG,SG
  • Jared Dudley (knee) and Mayo (hamstring) out
    Jared Dudley (knee) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) remain out indefinitely.

    Advice: Neither guy will play on Sunday, of course, and their absence leaves extra playing time available for Tyler Ennis, Jerryd Bayless, Ersan Ilyasova and others. Ilyasova is the best bet for reliable value, though Bayless is also worth a glance for deep-league owners seeking guard help. Dudley and Mayo both belong on the waiver wire until a return date is announced.
    Mar 22, 12:14 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 15 with 12 boards
    Trevor Ariza looked healthy against the Suns on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's obvious he'll be involved more in the offense now. Ariza is usually off the ball, but he's having one of his best runs with assists right now. He has a great chance to be a top-40 player this week and maybe even top 20 if he gets hot from deep.
    Mar 21, 8:48 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 23 points with nine boards
    Jeff Green was terrific in the starting lineup against the Blazers on Saturday with 23 points, nine rebounds and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He and Tony Allen picked up most of Courtney Lee's (hand) minutes. Green is going to move back to the bench once Lee gets healthy, but he still looked good on Friday with 15 points. Unless you were already eyeing him, Green isn't a great pickup in shallow leagues. He's worth a look if you need scoring, though.
    Mar 21, 8:37 pm
    5:00 pm vs Sac
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points with 7 dimes
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points with three rebounds, seven assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-18 from the field during a 97-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He might have to be Russell Westbrook with all of these injuries. Lillard does a lot of work in isolation, but not having LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) for spacing will likely hurt his efficiency. Obviously, the usage should offset that. He'll be fine regardless.
    Mar 21, 8:32 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 22 points in a win
    Reggie Jackson made 9-of-16 from the field for 22 points with three rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: That's two big games in his last three with his 23-point, 20-dime line coming on Tuesday against the Grizzlies. Jackson's time in Detroit has helped him be the second-best player for time of possession of the ball per game (John Wall is first). After a rocky start, he's ready to light it up down the stretch.
    Mar 21, 7:57 pm
  • C.J. Miles scores 14 points vs. Nets
    C.J. Miles made 5-of-11 from the field for 14 points with six boards and four 3-pointers during a 123-111 loss to the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He scored his first 12 points on 150.0 effective field goal percentage, but fizzled out making just 1-of-7 the rest of the way. Miles could be in line for more minutes, but Rodney Stuckey's calf injury sounds minor. Paul George (leg) could also return soon and take minutes from him. If he's on the wire, there's no need to be too aggressive in grabbing him.
    Mar 21, 7:23 pm
  • Deron Williams scores 17 in the first half
    Deron Williams scored all 17 of his points in the first half during a 123-111 win over the Pacers on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: For the second night in a row, Deron disappeared in the second half. He looked good and was attacking the defense early on, so it's hard to say his performance was why coach Lionel Hollins didn't play him in the final 18 minutes. He's still worth starting in most leagues, but he's not someone who will carry fantasy owners with limited playing time.
    Mar 21, 7:06 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 21, makes all 8 FGAs
    Bojan Bogdanovic stayed hot against the Pacers on Saturday, making all eight attempts from the field for 21 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He played a whopping 49 minutes on Friday and scored 17 points in a win. Bogdanovic has played at least 27 minutes in four straight games, averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 boards, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 treys. It's becoming clearer that coach Lionel Hollins is going to play him more, so he's worth a look in standard leagues while he's hot.
    Mar 21, 6:46 pm
  • Trevor Ariza (illness) will play on Saturday
    Trevor Ariza (illness) will play against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He's the only player on the Rockets to start every game for them this season. Ariza is usually a catch-and-shoot guy, but he may be asked to do more on offense with the Rockets missing Terrence Jones (chest). Start Ariza in all standard leagues.
    Mar 21, 3:32 pm
  • Trevor Ariza expects to play on Saturday
    Trevor Ariza (illness) is expected to play against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He missed shootaround, but it doesn't sound like he's going to miss his first game of the season. With Terrence Jones (chest) out indefinitely, Ariza should have more offensive responsibility. He's worth starting in daily leagues tonight in what should be an up-tempo game.
    Mar 21, 2:57 pm
  • Deron Williams is starting on Saturday
    Deron Williams, Markel Brown, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez are starting on Saturday against the Pacers.

    Advice: They played a triple-overtime game on Friday and are on the road, so it was possible coach Lionel Hollins rested guys a la the Denver Nuggets. Williams was also benched for most of the second half and will get a chance to redeem himself.
    Mar 21, 2:46 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out for Sunday night
    J.J. Barea sprained his left ankle at practice on Saturday and will not play against the Suns on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't even travel, so he could miss Tuesday at home against the Spurs. With Barea out, Devin Harris should play more and Monta Ellis should get a little more ball-handling chances. Barea is not worth owning in most leagues.
    Mar 21, 12:29 pm
  • Carlisle wants pace to go faster
    Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs "took a step back" with the tempo on Friday night in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Perhaps this concerns Rajon Rondo. While Rondo was on the bench last night, the Mavs had a pace per 48 minutes of 105.1 compared to 98.4 with the former Celtic. Whatever the reason, the Mavs really have to get back on track on offense and they'll look to do it against the Suns on Sunday.
    Mar 21, 12:05 pm
  • Jeff Green asked for his new bench role
    Jeff Green asked head coach Dave Joerger if he could come off the bench prior to Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: The move certainly paid off for Green and he was really active with the second unit, scoring 15 points with three boards, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes. "The flow was there," Green said after their win over the Mavericks. "I’m going to end up playing with those guys in the starting unit anyway. But it’s good for myself because now I can be more aggressive. I don’t have to worry about getting Marc [Gasol] and Zach [Randolph] involved. By the time I get in they’ve already been involved. It’s on me to just go in be aggressive and try to score." Green will likely continue coming off the bench for the foreseeable future, and it looks like his value could actually be on the rise.
    Mar 21, 9:57 am
    5:00 pm vs Sac
  • Trevor Ariza (illness) questionable Saturday
    Trevor Ariza (illness) missed shootaround and is considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Ariza has been on fire recently and has scored 17 or more points in each of his last three games, so it will be a huge blow for his owners if he is unable to give it a go. We should know more prior to tip-off, so his owners will want to be on alert for an update. If Ariza is unable to play, Corey Brewer would be in line for some extra minutes and would be worth a long look in daily leagues.
    Mar 21, 8:50 am
  • Beal hits 5-of-10 shots and two triples
    Bradley Beal hit 5-of-10 shots (3-of-5 from deep, 5-of-5 from the line) for 18 points with two rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Beal's fantasy future is in his hands as the minutes are there and he simply needs to make shots like he did tonight to have mid-round upside.
    Mar 20, 11:59 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 22 points in win
    Kawhi Leonard made 8-of-14 from the field for 22 points during a 101-89 win over the Celtics on Friday with seven boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 13 consecutive points for the Spurs in the third quarter and destroyed several plays for the Celtics. Leonard is leading the NBA in steals per game and is up to 2.9 per game in March. He's been a top-five player since the break and is absolutely carrying his owners in standard leagues.
    Mar 20, 11:28 pm
  • Waiters scores season-high 26 points vs. ATL
    Dion Waiters scored a season-high 26 points on Friday against the Hawks, hitting 11-of-18 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: If Waiters is going to get this much playing time then he might be worth a look, but chances are that Enes Kanter will return to steal some touches and cap off any theoretic upside that Waiters might have. It was easily his best game of the year but we're just not convinced he can get it done in a standard league.
    Mar 20, 11:17 pm
  • Rajon Rondo gets Conley'd in loss
    Rajon Rondo slowed down against the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: He miraculously made both attempts from the line tonight. Before tonight he did not have a single game this season with a free throw percentage of 100 percent, which sounds impossible for a starting point guard. If you wanted to know why Rondo isn't in the top 200 on per-game value this season, that stat sums it up.
    Mar 20, 10:58 pm
  • Jeff Green looks good as the sixth man
    Jeff Green came off the bench against the Mavs on Friday with 15 points, three rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It was a good game for him and he'll be able to do more on offense if he's getting more run with the second unit. This is another reminder that starting doesn't necessarily mean more fantasy value. Green will continue to be a low-end player to own going forward, but keep an eye on him to see if he plays well again on Saturday.
    Mar 20, 10:43 pm
    5:00 pm vs Sac
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 49 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played 49 minutes against the Bucks on Friday during a triple-overtime win with 17 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit a couple clutch shots and his coach clearly has confidence in him. Bogdanovic played 36 minutes on Wednesday and he's also taken 39 shots combined in his last three. He's still not a must-own player because of how many slumps he's had, but he's definitely on the radar now. He's probably a grab in 16-team leagues.
    Mar 20, 9:36 pm
  • Deron Williams gets benched
    Deron Williams was benched for most of the late action against the Bucks on Friday, playing 22 minutes for four points, two rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He sat out 24 minutes of the second half and overtime combined tonight. Williams played well heading into tonight, but he just had no offensive game, making 1-of-6 from the field. HIs owners shouldn't worry too much and can expect him to be better on Saturday against the Pacers.
    Mar 20, 9:26 pm
  • Ish Smith scores 15 points with nine assists
    Ish Smith scored 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, nine assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Smith has taken over as the starting point guard and by all appearances it's a job he can keep for the rest of the year, with Isaiah Canaan fitting in as a scorer off the bench. Owners should view Smith as a late-round guy with the potential for mid-round value, which he has returned this past week in just 26 mpg.
    Mar 20, 9:04 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) will not play on Friday
    Jared Dudley (back spasms) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn, and he is currently without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: With Dudley out, Ersan Ilyasova will likely continue to see his minutes in the 30s, with Giannis Antetokounmpo getting all the run he can handle. Dudley belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Mar 20, 8:26 am
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