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  • Gary Neal (right leg) ruled out for Thursday
    Gary Neal (right leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: It'll be Neal's second straight game on the sidelines with a sore leg, but he's not a major part of the rotation anyway with Bradley Beal healthy. Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple will pick up some extra minutes in Neal's absence, but that doesn't mean much at all in fantasy hoops. Neal should be good to go after the All-Star break. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Mudiay will participate in Skills Challenge
    Emmanuel Mudiay will replace defending champ Patrick Beverley (ankle) in the Skill Challenge.

    Advice: Mudiay will be going up against DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Thomas and Jordan Clarkson to determine who is best at throwing a basketball through a tire. Today, 1:40 pm
  • NO working on long-term deal w/ Dejean-Jones
    The Pelicans are reportedly in negotiations to sign Bryce Dejean-Jones for the remainder of the season, although a deal is not likely to be finalized until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Dejean-Jones will not be available for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder as his second 10-day deal expired on Wednesday, but it sounds like the Pelicans would like to factor him into their long-term plans. However, Eric Gordon (finger) is expected to return to the court by late-February, so Hot Mustard's long-term outlook in New Orleans isn't great. Today, 12:18 pm
  • Toney Douglas listed as probable starter
    Toney Douglas is being listed as the probable starter for Thursday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: Bryce Dejean-Jones is no longer with the team after his second 10-day contract expired, and while game notes are notoriously unreliable, New Orleans doesn't have all that many options with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Eric Gordon (finger) sidelined. If Douglas does start, he could be used as a streamer option for those seeking some 3-point shooting and steals. Today, 11:42 am
  • Gary Neal questionable for Thursday vs Bucks
    Gary Neal (sore right leg) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Neal was unable to participate in shootaround and looks in danger of missing his second straight game. He's only averaging 15.8 minutes per game in his last 10 contests, so Neal should be left on waivers regardless of health. Today, 10:57 am
  • ATL not actively trying to trade Jeff Teague
    The Atlanta Hawks aren't actively trying to trade Jeff Teague.

    Advice: While the Hawks aren't actively looking to deal Teague, they are open to listening to offers in case they get one that is too good to refuse. While Dennis Schroder stands to see a big value boost if the 27-year-old is traded, Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals over his last eight games and is a nightly must-start as long as he's healthy. Today, 10:27 am
  • Teams calling Timberwolves about Ricky Rubio
    Teams have been called the Timberwolves about acquiring Ricky Rubio, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: The Timberwolves aren't looking to move Rubio so this news could be a moot point, but it's a situation worth keeping an eye on as the Wolves are in full rebuild mode. While it wouldn't make much sense to trade a 24 year old in the midst of a rebuild, stranger things have happened. For now, fantasy owners can continue to start Rubio with confidence, but Zach LaVine could be in line for a boost in value if Rubio is moved. Today, 9:37 am
  • Patrick Beverley will miss Skills Competition
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will miss the Skills Competition this weekend in Toronto.

    Advice: Beverley wants to rest his ankle over the All-Star Break and will not defend his Skills Competition title. Beverley should be ready go when the second half of the season starts, but he's only averaging just 8.9 points and 2.8 assists on the season and isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 8:48 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams coming off bench Thur
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: MCW will again be replaced by O.J. Mayo in the Bucks starting lineup, but is still likely to play his usual complement of minutes. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry too much as Mayo is likely being showcased for a trade, so MCW is still the point guard to own in Milwaukee. Today, 8:08 am
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones looking for season deal
    Bryce Dejean-Jones is hoping to sign an NBA deal for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Dejean-Jones' second 10-day contract with the Pelicans expired without a contract and the 25-year-old is now seeking a long-term deal with the Pelicans or another team. It's unclear where Hot Mustard will end up after the break, but he averaged just 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers in 11 games with the Pelicans and should only be in the radar in deeper fantasy leagues. Today, 6:36 am
  • Pat Beverley is a little dinged up
    Pat Beverley said he had some treatment on his left ankle.

    Advice: This is the ankle that has bothered him for a good chunk of this season. He tweaked his ankle and it doesn't sound serious. Beverley said he will see how he feels for the Skills Competition in Toronto. Today, 1:11 am
  • C.J. McCollum quiet in 27 minutes vs. Houston
    C.J. McCollum had a quiet game vs. Houston on Wednesday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting with two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out 7:28 during the fourth quarter, which is unusual, as Terry Stotts rolled with Gerald Henderson (32 minutes) and Allen Crabbe (30 minutes) for long stretches tonight. The front-runner for Most Improved Player has fallen below 30 minutes just three times all season, and this is obviously nothing to worry about. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Brandon Knight (groin) doesn't play Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (groin) didn't play on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Knight was never likely to return before the All-Star break, and now the question shifts to his post-break status -- the Suns have been coy about a return date and they may be inclined to shut him down while developing Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. We should finally get an update during the break, so stay tuned. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Steph Curry scores 26, Dubs now 48-4
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points during a 112-104 win in Phoenix on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors have the best record of all time before the break at 48-4 and they're also 72-10 in their last 82 games counting last year. Curry's output from deep is unbelievable and his 245 treys are just 41 shy of his record last year. Based on his current pace, Curry will break his record on Mar. 6 against the Lakers. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Ricky Rubio shoots well, racks up 19/8/8
    Ricky Rubio had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Wolves' beat the Raptors on Wednesday, adding one steal with three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rubio his 5-of-9 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws, with an unusual 3-of-3 mark beyond the arc tonight. In a rare coincidence, Rubio, Brandon Jennings, Elfrid Payton and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 22-of-44 from the field tonight. Savor the moment. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Cory Joseph shoots 4-of-11 off bench vs. MIN
    Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, but he shot just 4-of-11 from the field without any 3-pointers or steals.

    Advice: Dwane Casey credited CoJo with changing the course of Monday's game with his "grit and grime," but Joseph's blue-collar efforts rarely result in fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Archie Goodwin in news for the wrong reasons
    Archie Goodwin scored 20 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be in the news tomorrow because Markieff Morris got into it with him and Morris had his hand around Goodwin's neck. There is talk of Brandon Knight (groin) coming back, but Goodwin should remain owned until Knight is on the court. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points on 15 shots
    Kyle Lowry needed 15 shots to score 14 points on Wednesday, going 4-of-15 from the field with four boards, seven assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Tonight's dud was surprising since the Wolves have given up the fourth-most points to PGs over their past 10 games. K-Low occasionally misfires from the field but he's been a top-five roto player in 2016, so his owners have no grounds for complaint. Expect him to come out firing in his first game after the All-Star break, vs. the Bulls on Feb. 19. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson heads into break on high note
    Jordan Clarkson headed into the All-Star break on a high note, racking up 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Clarkson has been hot in February, averaging 17.4 points on 54.4 percent shooting, with 1.2 triples, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Add in stingy turnovers (1.8) and he's a must-start option in all formats. The Lakers have every reason to feed him minutes as their 2015-16 campaign drifts to a close, giving Clarkson substantial rest-of-season upside. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell OK after recent groin injury
    D'Angelo Russell's recent groin injury wasn't an issue on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Byron Scott said recently that he's been hard on his rookie PG because "he has a chance to be a very good basketball player," and he once again allowed Russell to play down the stretch tonight -- he played the final 10 minutes of a reasonably close game. Hopefully that trend continues over L.A.'s final 27 games. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Steve Blake logs 19 minutes w/ R-Jax out
    Steve Blake had six points and one turnover in 19 minutes on Wednesday, marking his first appearance since Jan. 16.

    Advice: The veteran is buried on the depth chart behind Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings, and he only played tonight because Jackson was sick. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Brandon Jennings starts, scores 16 points
    Brandon Jennings made his first start of the season on Wednesday and had 16 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson was out due to an illness and B-Jennings will return to a bench role after the All-Star break, assuming he's still in Detroit. He'll need a tailor-made situation to be worth owning in standard leagues, even if he is traded, as he's shooting a paltry 36.2 percent from the field with just 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay hits 6-of-12 shots vs. DET
    Emmanuel Mudiay hit 6-of-12 shots to finish Wednesday's victory with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mudiay is killing his fantasy value with low-efficiency scoring, so it's great to see him effective in that department tonight -- he's made more than half of his shots just once all season. The rookie should get plenty of opportunities as the Nuggets' season comes to an end, but he's still best suited to points leagues. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out again Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) didn't play vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran has no timetable so it's logical that Denver held him out through the All-Star break. Emmanuel Mudiay is playing huge minutes in Nelson's absence, with Randy Foye (six points in 21 minutes) filling in as a makeshift backup PG. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 11 in start
    Norris Cole scored 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a clear runway for minutes now with Tyreke Evans (knee) likely out for the season. Cole hasn't really lit it up as a fantasy asset with just 12th-round value in the eight games since Evans has been out, so he might be slightly overvalued. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas' 36 & 11 lead Boston to OT win
    Isaiah Thomas poured in 36 points with 11 assists to help Boston win in OT on Wednesday, connecting on 12-of-21 FGs and 11-of-12 FTs in an electric duel vs. Chris Paul.

    Advice: Thomas went shot for shot with CP3 down the stretch, and he rounded out his fantasy line with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one steal and only two turnovers in 40 minutes. It's another emphatic reminder why he made the All-Star team ahead of guys like Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Marcus Smart posts 17/4/4 with three triples
    Marcus Smart started the second half of Wednesday's game, finishing with 17 points, three 3-pointers, four boards, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said before the game that the Celtics' have "three Avery's," suggesting that Avery Bradley's defensive tenacity is matched by Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart, and Smart proved him right tonight. He made 4-of-8 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs before fouling out in 32 minutes, and should be a steady mid-round value after the break. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 21 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 21 points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to dominate with the news of Tyreke Evans (knee) looking to have surgery. There is still a chance of Holiday suffering an injury to his oft-injured leg, but he's a must-start player. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 17 in 43 minutes
    Bryce Dejean-Jones is not expected to play on Thursday.

    Advice: His contract is up and the team is in negotiations. Dejean-Jones has a pretty decent chance to be signed after the break, but the team may opt to wait until after the deadline. He scored nine points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 17 points
    Jeff Teague scored 17 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rumors are starting to pick up for Teague, but the Hawks may opt to keep him. If he is dealt, it's more likely he will lose value than gain it, but the rumors aren't heavy enough to deal him unless it's for fair value. He's played great lately and could still be an early-round player going forward now that he snapped out of his slump. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Marcus Smart starts 3Q for Amir Johnson
    Marcus Smart started the third quarter on Wednesday with Amir Johnson coming off the bench.

    Advice: Amir Johnson does have a wrap on his back, so maybe that's why. This could be a matchup move with the Clippers killing the Celtics on offense and also coach Brad Stevens may want more big depth on his bench with Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) getting hurt. Yesterday, 6:00 pm
  • Brandon Jennings will start vs. Denver
    Brandon Jennings will start on Wednesday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson was a late scratch due to an illness, so the Pistons will have a chance to showcase Jennings. Although, coach Stan Van Gundy has shot down every trade rumor. Yesterday, 4:31 pm
  • Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors with Tayshaun Prince (personal) away from the team.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins will slide over to the three with LaVine back in the starting five, and Shabazz Muhammad will have the opportunity for some extended run off the bench sans Prince. LaVine does have a tough matchup tonight, so owners should take that into consideration before activating him. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Scott acknowledges he's been tough on Russell
    Byron Scott acknowledged during a recent interview that he's been hard on D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "I haven't been the easiest man on him in the world. He's just a kid playing in a man's world," Scott said of Russell. "I'm going to stay on him, because I think he has a chance to be a very good basketball player." Russell’s playing time has been sporadic thus far, but there’s a chance Scott elects to give the Lakers’ No. 2 overall selection more consistent run after the All-Star break. If you've held on this long, there's no reason to abandon ship now. Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • Report: ATL has discussed Oladipo for Teague?
    The Hawks and Magic have reportedly discussed a potential deal involving Victor Oladipo and Jeff Teague.

    Advice: Out of the players being mentioned in potential trades out of Atlanta, Teague's name has come up the most, so he seems the most likely guy to be dealt at the deadline if the Hawks decide to make a move. Orlando wouldn't be the worst landing spot for Teague, but it would be a significant blow to Elfrid Payton's value. Oladipo wouldn't be the main man in Atlanta, so his value could take a slight hit with the Hawks. Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues. Yesterday, 6:04 am
  • Warriors make history, improve to 47-4
    Stephen Curry helped the Warriors improve to 47-4 on the season in Tuesday's win over the Rockets, scoring 35 points with nine assists.

    Advice: With the win, the Warriors now have the best start in NBA history through 51 games and they also earned their 42nd-straight regular-season win at home. Curry has been the best player in the NBA and in fantasy basketball this season and this team is determined to beat the Chicago Bulls' all-time record of 72 wins in a season which was set in 1996. Curry added five boards, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes and gets a date with the Suns on Thursday. Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas held to 15 points in loss
    Isaiah Thomas was quiet in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks, scoring 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting with two assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He had four turnovers and missed both of his 3-pointers, so he will want to forget about this one. The Celtics won four straight games prior to Tuesday and Thomas was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, so he's obviously going to be fine. The Celtics will take on the Clippers on Wednesday before Thomas heads to the All-Star game to suit up with the East. Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 12 points in loss
    Marcus Smart scored 12 points with four boards, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The Celtics have been relying on Evan Turner a lot, so Smart's minutes have been inconsistent. His averages of 8.8 points, 3.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 35.9 percent shooting over his last five games is barely good enough for top-150 value, but he does have enough upside to warrant a hold in most cases. Tuesday, 8:42 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams plays 26 minutes
    Michael Carter-Williams was benched in favor of O.J. Mayo for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics, but he responded with 16 points, six boards, five assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Jason Kidd said that MCW will keep all of his minutes despite his new bench role, but unfortunately he picked up five fouls tonight. Regardless, MCW played really well and was an efficient 6-of-8 from the field with just a couple of turnovers, so his owners should feel a little more encouraged. For now, MCW is still the PG to own in Milwaukee. As for Mayo, he failed to score in 18 minutes with eight assists. Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams to come off the bench
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench behind O.J. Mayo for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: MCW isn't great on a per-minutes basis, and his playing time could head south with the return to the bench, as he'll now be fighting for minutes with Jerryd Bayless. Mayo owns averages of 12.3 points, 3.8 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.9 steals per game as a starter this season, but he's more of a wait-and-see guy as he could be eased back into things after spending 11 games on the sidelines. Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • Report: IND interested in Teague, Hill swap?
    The Pacers have reportedly reached out to the Hawks regarding a potential Jeff Teague, George Hill trade.

    Advice: Teague's value could take a hit in Indiana as he'd be fighting for touches with Paul George and Monta Ellis on offense, so this wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for Jeff. The trade rumors have been swirling around Atlanta's Big Three, and it seems likely that at least one of the core players for the Hawks is dealt at the deadline. The Magic, Jazz and Knicks have also expressed interest in Teague, so Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues at this point. Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Gary Neal out Tuesday against Knicks
    Gary Neal (sore right leg) will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Neal was unable to go through shootaround and will sit for Tuesday's matchup against the Knicks. Garrett Temple will pick up a few extra minutes with Neal out, but isn't worth a start in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:22 am
  • Gary Neal limited at shootaround on Tuesday
    Gary Neal (sore right leg) was extremely limited at shootaround on Tuesday.

    Advice: We'll keep an eye on his status, but Neal looks to be doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Knicks. He's not an option in standard fantasy leagues anyway, so fantasy owners can feel free to move on to the next blurb. Tuesday, 9:35 am
  • Archie Goodwin scores 20 points in loss
    Archie Goodwin scored 20 points with four rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers against the Thunder on Monday night.

    Advice: Coach Earl Watson said after the game he thought Goodwin had a "solid" effort and he really liked that Goodwin only had two turnovers. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Brandon Knight comes back, but Goodwin should still be owned in all leagues. Monday, 10:02 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 12 points in loss
    Zach LaVine scored 12 points with two boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and three blocks on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The blocks were obviously a career high and he didn't record more than one block in a game this season prior to tonight. LaVine was 4-of-10 from the field in the loss and didn't have any turnovers, so his fantasy arrow is still pointing up. As the year progresses, his role should only grow. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 10 points in win
    Norris Cole scored 10 points with six assists, three boards and one turnover in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry seems to love Cole and he has played 30 or more minutes in seven out of his last eight games. He had a 26-point game in his last outing with five assists, so he is worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off or until the Pelicans get some healthy bodies back. Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 21 points vs. Magic
    Jeff Teague scored 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: It's probably safe to say Teague is back. In his last five, the 2014-15 All-Star averaged 20.6 points, 3.4 assists, 5.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 2.6 treys on 53.5 percent from the field. Teague has third-round value in that span and looks to be out of his season-long slump. Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 27 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 27 points vs. the Wolves on Monday with nine assists, six boards, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took care of his business in just 28 minutes and finished 11-of-23 from the field with one turnover. Holiday is one of the safest players to own in New Orleans going forward because Tyreke Evans (knee) is a shut-down candidate and Anthony Davis is very prone to injuries, so his owners should be feeling confident. The Pelicans will play the Jazz on Wednesday and the Thunder on Thursday before the All-Star break begins. Monday, 9:02 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points in win over DET
    Kyle Lowry kept his foot on the gas pedal in Monday's win over the Pistons with 25 points, seven assists and three boards in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He also had two steals and two triples and was an efficient 9-of-14 from the field. He's been unstoppable over his last three games with averages of 27.0 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 boards, 2.0 steals and 4.7 3-pointers, and the only player that has been better in standard leagues over that span is John Wall. Monday, 8:01 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay shoots 3-of-10 from field
    Emmanuel Mudiay shot just 3-of-10 from the field on Monday vs. the Nets for seven points, eight assists, six boards and two steals in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting was rough and he had four turnovers, but the rookie is showing signs of improvement. He had his first zero-turnover game of the season on Sunday vs. the Knicks and also had 15 points with nine assists, but tonight's performance is a good reason why owners in standard leagues should pump the brakes. Until he improves his efficiency, Mudiay is better suited for points leagues. Monday, 7:52 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 16 points
    D'Angelo Russell (groin) played 32 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Monday with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played down the stretch tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to be trusting his rookie a little more than he did last week. Russell only has 14th-round value in his last 10 games, which is only a slight upward trend from earlier this year. He is still worth stashing in most leagues. Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 32 with 12 assists
    Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) ruled out Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise considering Nelson has no timetable for a return. Leave him on the wire in all leagues and expect Randy Foye to continue to soak up his minutes off the bench. Monday, 3:56 pm
  • DAngelo Russell will play on Monday night
    DAngelo Russell (groin) will play on Monday night against the Pacers.

    Advice: He went through warmups without incident and may not be limited. Russell will come off the bench this week and he could get in the starting lineup later this month. Monday, 3:40 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (groin) questionable vs. IND
    D'Angelo Russell (groin) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: This injury came out of nowhere and he may have suffered the injury on Saturday night. If Russell can't go, there should be more minutes for Lou Williams while Marcelo Huertas could be in the rotation. Jordan Clarkson would also likely see a bigger role if Russell is out. Monday, 1:36 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay praised by Mike Malone
    Mike Malone praised Emmanuel Mudiay's play in Sunday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: "I thought Emmanuel Mudiay was terrific, made some huge plays down the stretch," Malone said. "Nine assists, zero turnovers for a 19-year old rookie point guard is outstanding." Mudiay is enjoying his best month of the season so far in February, averaging 12.5 points, 7.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 triples with just 1.5 turnovers on 36.5 percent shooting. Monday, 9:50 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) doubtful to play Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The veteran point guard has no timetable for his return, meaning Randy Foye will continue to serve as Emmanuel Mudiay's backup. Monday, 9:41 am
  • Scott wants Clarkson to improve in some areas
    Byron Scott wants Jordan Clarkson to improve his perimeter defense, outside shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio and free throw attempts.

    Advice: This news was buried in between Scott praising Clarkson and saying he has the potential to become an All-Star, so let's not get out the pitchforks just yet. These are valid criticisms, as Clarkson needs to gamble less on defense, shoots 34.2 percent from deep, shoots just 2.8 free throws per game and checks in with averages of 2.5 assists compared to 1.8 turnovers. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Isaiah Thomas' late flurry helps BOS beat SAC
    The Celtics beat the Kings on Sunday for their ninth win in 10 games, aided by Isaiah Thomas' 22 points, nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block, with only one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Brad Stevens gave Thomas some long rests, including a nearly 10-minute span in the third and fourth quarters, which kept him fresh for a crucial flurry down the stretch -- he racked up nine points and an assist in the final two minutes. The Celtics' All-Star has been an early-round value all year and there's no reason to expect less after the break. Sunday, 1:43 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 24 points with five dimes
    Jeff Teague hit 10-of-17 shots for 24 points on Sunday, to go with five assists, three 3-pointers, one rebound, one steal and an unfortunate five turnovers through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Teague did briefly exit the game after getting hit in the left side, but he played through it and it didn't look like an injury that would force him to miss any time. Jeff has been playing much better over the past two weeks, putting in averages of 17.3 points, 5.4 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 3.0 turnovers per game on 53.8 percent shooting, which has been good enough for second-round value in standard leagues. Dennis Schroder no longer seems to be a threat to Teague's minutes. Sunday, 12:28 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Sunday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks as expected.

    Advice: He has no timetable for a return and likely won't play until after the All-Star break. Emmanuel Mudiay is locked in for heavy minutes vs. the Knicks, while Randy Foye will back him up off the bench. Sunday, 9:25 am
  • Scott wishes Russell was 'further along'
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that he was hoping D'Angelo Russell would be "a tad further along" in his development.

    Advice: "[He's] just kind of figuring that out. I still see him progressing but I was hoping that he'd just be a tad further along," Scott said. "Defensively, I was hoping he'd be a tad further along on the ball as well as off the ball. But those are things I look back from training camp until now — he's gotten so much better in a lot of those areas. He knows and I know he still has a long way to go in those areas as well." Scott has been incredibly hard on Russell all season, but the good news is that he will get the chance to start and close out games after the All-Star break. Stick with him. Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Nelson believes Mudiay is getting better
    Jameer Nelson can tell that Emmanuel Mudiay is getting more comfortable on the court.

    Advice: "He’s getting better," Nelson said. "You see him over there right now watching film, trying to get better. Every time he steps on the court it’s a learning experience for him, something he’s never been through. He’s doing a lot better job of controlling the game and running the team, taking care of the ball as well." Mudiay's rookie season has been up and down, but he's averaging 13.2 points, 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 turnovers over his last five games which is definitely a sign of progress. He's still better suited for points leagues, though. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • Archie Goodwin scores 14 points in loss
    Archie Goodwin scored 14 points with six boards, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Saturday's loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: He unfortunately had more turnovers (4) than assists for the third time in his last five games, but to be fair Goodwin is still learning how to be a point guard. Brandon Knight (groin) will be sidelined through the All-Star break and possibly more, so Goodwin is still worth holding onto if you don't mind the heavy turnovers. It also helps that Knight is a potential shut-down candidate with the Suns playing for ping pong balls. Saturday, 10:39 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 26, Warriors beat OKC
    Stephen Curry scored a team-high 26 points during a 116-108 win over the Thunder on Saturday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: OKC held Steph in check for just his second game with just one 3-pointer this season. The Warriors were still able to get a win after blowing an 18-point lead and are currently on pace for the best record ever at 46-4. As for Curry, that one trey makes it 121 consecutive games with one triple while he also became No. 3 on the franchise's all-time steals list. He is making last year's MVP run seem ordinary. Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell plays just 23 minutes
    D'Angelo Russell played just 23 minutes on Saturday vs. the Spurs, scoring 12 points with two assists, two boards, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a couple of great sequences in the second half, but coach Byron Scott once again did not play him down the stretch. However, Scott did say after the game that Russell would get the chance to start and close out games after the All-Star break, so better days are ahead for his owners. He's still a hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 21 in loss
    Jordan Clarkson dropped 21 points in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The best part of his line was his efficiency, as he hit 9-of-14 shots from the field, 2-of-2 from the line and 1-of-2 from 3-point range with just one turnover. Coach Byron Scott said that Clarkson has the potential to be an All-Star, and the young guard could have some massive offers waiting for him when he hits restricted free agency this summer. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 29 points during a 99-84 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His usage rate is just a shade below 32 when he's next to LeBron James and Kevin Love (quad) is off the floor, so this production isn't a surprise. Irving's owners are still waiting for his 3-point shooting to come around and he made just 3-of-9 from there tonight. It won't be long until he puts it all together. Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Norris Cole gets hot, scores 26 points
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 26 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He started the second half on fire with 12 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Cole is up and down, but he's played well in most of the games since Tyreke Evans (knee) went down. With Tyreke out for at least this week, holding Cole in standard leagues makes sense. Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Dejean-Jones has a letdown in loss
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored one point with one rebound and two assists in 20 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Ouch. Dejean-Jones played the greatest game of his pro career on Thursday, but he wasn't getting any looks tonight with the Pelicans unable to do anything in the open floor. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but expect him to have a better night next time. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Toney Douglas doesn't score
    Toney Douglas played 14 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday with one assist and three missed shots from the field.

    Advice: It's one of the greatest mysteries why Douglas is getting run because the Pelicans continue to get torched while he's out there. He is only taking away from the other guys and has very little fantasy value. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores just four
    Brandon Jennings scored four points with three assists, one steal and one turnover in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: This was a good matchup to go with Jennings next to Reggie Jackson, but that didn't happen. Jennings looks like a cut candidate for those who added him after the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope injury. If you want to stash him until the deadline for deeper leagues, that's not a bad idea. Saturday, 6:55 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 16 points with 4 steals
    C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: His four steals matched his season high in 40 minutes of action. McCollum isn't tearing it up quite as much as he was while Damian Lillard was out earlier in 2016, but he's still sitting pretty as a top-40 player on the year. He has a big lead for Most Improved Player. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores four in loss
    Patrick Beverley made 2-of-10 from the field for four points during a 96-79 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, adding one rebound, one assist and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were a disaster and didn't get their first bench points until 11:18 left in the fourth. As for Beverley, this game is nothing to worry about and his minutes are safe, especially with the other non-James Harden guards struggling. He should flirt with mid-round value going forward. Saturday, 5:11 pm
  • Scott says Clarkson can become an All-Star
    Byron Scott said that Jordan Clarkson has the potential to become an All-Star.

    Advice: "Hopefully in the next couple of years, he keeps progressing," Scott said. "When it’s his fourth or fifth year in this league, hopefully he’s one of those guys that you can look at as possibly being an All-Star." Clarkson will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he recently expressed his desire to stay in Los Angeles. "I definitely want to be here in LA and be a part of this young group and grow," Clarkson said. "Hopefully we can grow into something great. I love L.A." Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 22 points in win
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22 points with five assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: That's a pretty decent line and Mudiay is starting to show some life. Still, he still hasn't put up top-150 value in his last 10 games and his upside in standard leagues is undesirable. He is becoming a better points league and DFS option, though. Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 19 points with six dimes
    Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Friday's loss to the Celtics, adding three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving is slowly but surely working his way up in the rankings, and over the past two weeks he's been producing sixth-round value behind averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 turnovers on 47.4 percent shooting. He has first-round upside, and the Cavs have one of the best playoff schedules out there, so Uncle Drew qualifies as a solid buy-low candidate. Friday, 9:48 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 22 points w/ four dimes
    Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points on 5-of-19 shooting Friday, to go with four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Thomas did briefly exit the game after coming down on his right ankle awkwardly following a layup attempt, but after getting his ankle re-taped he went back in there and played 36 minutes. He should be fine, but owners will want to check back for official confirmation on his status following Sunday morning's shootaround. Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Jeff Teague scored 16 points vs. Pacers
    Jeff Teague made 5-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: It's not a great game, but it's not a step back. Teague has been in a solid groove in his last five, averaging 18.6 points, 2.8 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 treys on 52.2 percent form the field. Believe it or not, Teague has posted second-round value in the last seven games. Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) has no timetable
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: "I'm just waiting on some things to get resolved to see what's next, what's best for it and how we approach the next step," Nelson said. "I'm always going to be honest with Coach, the organization and the training staff. I just told them I was hurting." The veteran has already missed eight games because of his wrist this season, so the Nuggets won't rush him back. Emmanuel Mudiay and Randy Foye will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. Friday, 8:53 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 30 with seven triples
    Kyle Lowry buried seven 3-pointers during a 110-103 win over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's pretty cool to see Lowry lead the Eastern Conference in 3-pointers and he'll be representing Toronto in the 3-point contest next weekend. He made just 26.4 percent of his 3-pointers in the first four years of his career (2006-10), so nobody saw this coming back then. He's up to 39.7 percent from three this year and is the No. 7 player in standard leagues because of it. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • D'Angelo Russel scores 13 points
    D'Angelo Russell scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Bryon Scott always likes to handle his rookie point guards carefully, but he's been more open and critical about it this year -- the Twitter age probably doesn't help. Russell is fully expected to start later this month or in March, so keep him stashed with hopes the Lakers dump some players. Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Norris Cole scores two points in 13 minutes
    Norris Cole scored two points on 1-of-10 from the field against the Lakers on Thursday, adding two assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight and coach Alvin Gentry just opted to keep him out. Cole had some major problems with consistency in his Miami days, but he's been fine up until tonight. He's only a low-end guy and should hold some value while Tyreke Evans (knee) is without a timetable. Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Toney Douglas plays six minutes
    Toney Douglas played six minutes with one assist and one steal against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a net rating of minus-49.6 in six minutes tonight, so that might have been costly. Douglas has a net rating of minus-39.8 in his last three games. This lack of playing time may continue for Douglas to free up some burn for Bryce Dejean-Jones. Thursday, 9:43 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 17 in 43 minutes
    Bryce Dejean-Jones posted career-highs 17 points and 43 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was a ball of energy out there and played most of his minutes at his natural two-guard spot. Dejean-Jones is almost a lock to get signed for the rest of the year with his NBA body and ability to get to the cup. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but the undrafted free agent looks like a nice steal for the Pelicans right now. Thursday, 9:40 pm
  • Pat Beverley scores six with six dimes
    Pat Beverley filled the stat sheet against the Suns on Thursday with six points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This is the quintessential Pat-Bev line with a little bit of everything and low scoring. Beverley isn't the player your fantasy competitors will be jealous over, but he does have fifth-round value in 2016 in standard leagues. Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Archie Goodwin scores 22 points in loss
    Archie Goodwin scored 22 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding one rebound, seven assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns are really embracing the pass, but sometimes the plays aren't there and that led to their 24 turnovers tonight. Goodwin's minutes seem to be locked up until late February at the very least, so he's worth holding in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • No SG minutes for Brandon Jennings
    Brandon Jennings played 16 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did not get any shooting guard minutes tonight after getting 5.1 in the second half on Wednesday -- that had a lot to do with the smaller matchup against the Celtics. Jennings is more likely to get some SG minutes against the Pacers in the next one. He's not anywhere near the pickup Stanley Johnson is, but he's worth a very long look if you need a point guard. A trade would help him, too. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Friday vs. Chicago
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Nelson doesn't have a clear return date, and he's a pretty low-upside guy to own with Emmanuel Mudiay healthy. Leave him on the wire. Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • SVG shoots down Brandon Jennings trade rumors
    Stan Van Gundy said that there's no truth to the Brandon Jennings-to-Brooklyn trade rumors.

    Advice: Van Gundy said that the media was "making [stuff] up," when asked for his thoughts on the recent rumors, and it's worth noting that Sheridan Hoops isn't always the most reliable source for these kinds of things. It doesn't sound like there's currently anything brewing between the Nets and Pistons, which is unfortunate for Jennings, because he could really benefit from a move outside of Detroit. Thursday, 2:46 pm
  • Report: Brandon Jennings being linked to BKN?
    The Pistons and Nets have reportedly been discussing a potential trade that would send Brandon Jennings to Brooklyn in exchange for Thaddeus Young.

    Advice: Several teams around the league have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Jennings, but Brooklyn has the most obvious need for a starting point guard after Jarret Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury. According to sources of Sheridan Hoops, the Nets may need to include an additional asset to get things done, which could be Shane Larkin or Jack. A move to Brooklyn could only be good for Jennings' fantasy value, while Young would really hurt the value of Ersan Ilyasova and Stanley Johnson in Detroit. Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Brandon Knight likely out through AS break
    Brandon Knight will likely be sidelined through the All-Star break due to his groin injury.

    Advice: He's already missed seven games due to the injury while Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker have continued to play well in his absence. The Suns have four more games before the break, so that will put him at 11 misses, and really, the team has nothing left to play for. If Knight feels 100 percent the Suns could return him to action for the remainder of the season, but there's also a chance they could just pull the plug on him and let the kids play. Either way, owners of Knight should probably plan on him getting limited run after the break and start making alternative plans in case he is shut down. And this also means that Goodwin is a must-own player. Thursday, 11:27 am
  • Bucks open to trading Michael Carter-Williams
    The Bucks are reportedly open to trading Michael Carter-Williams.

    Advice: At 20-31, the Bucks are 6.5 games behind the Pistons for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and are open to restructuring their roster. The former Rookie of the Year has been inconsistent in his Bucks tenure and is in danger of losing minutes to Jerryd Bayless if he stays in Milwaukee. If MCW is traded, Bayless and Tyler Ennis would be in line for a minutes boost. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Zach LaVine gets 34 minutes, scores 17
    Zach LaVine scored 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell went with a lineup quartet of LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns for 15.3 minutes -- that combo actually has a positive net rating on the year, too. The UCLA product has hinted he likes playing shooting guard more and he's had some solid success there recently. LaVine should be owned in standard leagues. Additionally, he will be in the dunk contest next week. Wednesday, 11:57 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 20 off bench
    Jrue Holiday scored 20 points off the bench against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's a nice improvement from his 1-of-14 from Monday. The Pelicans are using a ton of two-PG lineups, including a whopping 62 total minutes of Jrue and Norris Cole in the last four games without Tyreke Evans (knee) -- they have a minus-14.8 net rating. Jrue will get his minutes regardless and flirt with early-round value going forward. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 14 vs. Spurs
    Norris Cole scored 14 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to surprise with the increased assists, averaging 7.5 per game in his last four. Cole has put up seventh-round value in that span, which is pretty close to his ceiling. That's still enough to give him a long look until we see Tyreke Evans (knee) back on the court. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones looking good in reality
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just signed his second 10-day deal on Monday and the Pelicans are likely going to sign him for the rest of the season next week. He hasn't busted loose on the stat sheet yet, but he is a potentially high-usage guy with a nice upside for steals and treys to go with the scoring. He's obviously only a deep stash in case the Pels go on a shut-down spree. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 51 with 11 triples
    Stephen Curry scored 51 points during a 134-121 win over the Wizards on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, seven turnovers and a career-high-tying 11 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was a ridiculous 13-of-14 from the field in the first half with eight treys, which gave him a laughable 121.4 effective field goal percentage. Curry was coming off his worst game of the season from an efficiency standpoint, but he definitely got it right back. He became the first player to hit more than 10 treys in multiple games. Get ready for a great game on Saturday night with Steph vs. Russell Westbrook. Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Marcus Smart better, not great on Weds.
    Marcus Smart bounced back from his four-point game on Tuesday, but still hit just 4-of-10 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smart is an interesting player to own right now, but is still mired behind guys like Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner. That may sound discouraging, but he gets a ton of minutes next to Bradley and Thomas. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Brandon Jennings could see a boost for DET
    Brandon Jennings played 20 minutes and hit 2-of-8 shots for five points, two rebounds and three assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left early with a groin injury, and it sounds like KCP will miss time. While guys like Stanley Johnson, Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova will all see a boost in minutes, Jennings could as well. He's not a must-add player, but he should definitely be on your radar going forward, especially if KCP is going to miss a lot of time. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Jeff Teague quiet in blowout win vs. Philly
    Jeff Teague finished Wednesday's blowout win with 10 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: It's a disappointing follow-up to Teague's 32-point eruption on Monday, but he actually played the second-most minutes of any starter, behind only Paul Millsap (10 points, four boards in 25 minutes). He's trending upward despite a cloud of trade rumors that will follow him until the deadline on Feb. 18. Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores team-high 26 points
    Kyrie Irving led the Cavs on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-17 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five assists, one rebound and one steal, but it wasn't enough to extend the Cavs' five-game win streak.

    Advice: Irving has now notched four straight games with 20+ points and his playing time is up, so fantasy owners should be very comfortable heading into the All-Star break. It helps that Kyrie and the Cavs have a delicious playoff schedule -- they're one of four teams with four-game slates in Weeks 20-23. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Wednesday vs. Utah
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: With Jameer on the sidelines Wednesday night, Emmanuel Mudiay figures to log minutes in the high-30s with Randy Foye having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Scott frustrated with Russell's attitude
    The Lakers coaching staff have been frustrated at times with D'Angelo Russell's sense of entitlement, according to beat reporter Mark Medina.

    Advice: More specifically, Byron Scott has been trying to "humble" the Lakers No. 2 overall pick this season, and it'll be interesting to see if Scott ever decides to fully unleash the rookie this year. If Byron would like to remain the Lakers head coach next season, it would be wise for him to return Russell to the starting lineup, but Scott has more often than not been more concerned with catering to Kobe Bryant's every whim on his retirement tour rather than actually developing the building blocks in Los Angeles. Wednesday, 9:33 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 14 w/ seven dimes
    Zach LaVine scored 14 points with seven assists, one board, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He split his minutes at point guard and shooting guard, and that trend will likely continue unless Ricky Rubio goes down. The Wolves will more than likely increase his minutes after the All-Star break and he is averaging 20.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so he's worth owning in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hands out 15 assists in loss
    Ricky Rubio handed out 15 assists in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, adding 10 points, two boards and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Wolves have lost five straight games, and other than assists (10.4) and steals (2.2), Rubio has struggled with averages of 7.2 points and 0.2 3-pointers on 36.1 percent shooting from the field in that span. The good news is that Zach LaVine is logging about half of his minutes at shooting guard, so Rubio's role should be safe moving forward if he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 11:09 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 16 points in win
    Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that D'Angelo Russell will eventually move back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break, but that would likely push Lou Williams to the bench as opposed to Clarkson. Additionally, Williams is a trade candidate so that would take the pressure off both Russell and Clarkson if he was moved. Clarkson is a huge part of the Lakers' future and his role should be safe no matter what, so his owners don't have too much to be worried about. Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 18 points in win
    D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points with three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He looked really strong in the first half, but coach Byron Scott benched him down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson "is a little more experienced." Scott's treatment of the rookie has been puzzling this season and it's also gained a lot of attention from the media, so hopefully he starts feeling the pressure to increase the rookie's role. His outlook after the All-Star break is still promising. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams held to two points
    Michael Carter-Williams was held to just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, adding two assists, six boards and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless played 30 minutes and had 16 points and five assists, so MCW's owners should be concerned since the Bucks have now lost four straight games. MCW had one of the best games of his season on Monday with 18 points, 13 assists, five boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes, so maybe coach Jason Kidd will be in a forgiving mood. Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • McCollum scores 30, Blazers win 5th straight
    The Blazers won their fifth straight game on Tuesday vs. the Bucks due to a 30-point performance by C.J. McCollum.

    Advice: He was everywhere in this one and added six assists, four boards, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He did have four turnovers, but he shot 10-of-18 from the field and coach Terry Stotts couldn't take him off the floor even though he finished with five fouls. This was McCollum's fifth career game with 30 or more points and he's still returning top-40 value on the season. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Archie Goodwin drops 18 & 12 in loss
    Archie Goodwin broke out of a funk on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, a career-high 12 assists and two 3-pointers on 7-of-12 shooting in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. Just when it looked like the Goodwin party might be coming to an end, he pulled a great game out of his hat. He came in averaging just 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists over his last two games, hitting 4-of-26 shots. He righted the ship tonight and if he was dropped, or you've had your eye on him, it's time to pick him up. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Kyle Lowry bounces back after off night
    Kyle Lowry bounced back from Monday's poor game with 26 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers on 8-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Suns tend to make everyone look good and while this was much better than Monday's 10-point game, owners are looking for more than four dimes from their superstar. At least the five 3-pointers helped offset the lack of threes and boards. DeMar DeRozan added 22 points in the win. Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Marcus Smart struggles in win over Knicks
    Marcus Smart came off the bench and hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He came in hot, scoring 26 and 16 points in his previous two games, but never got anything going tonight. He should bounce back in their next one. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas plays well vs. Knicks
    Isaiah Thomas hit 7-of-18 shots and a 3-pointer for 20 points, five rebounds, eight assists and a steal in 37 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Thomas has been great all season and still isn't threatened by the emergence of Marcus Smart, who scored just four points off the bench tonight. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Archie Goodwin has some work to do
    Coach Earl Watson said Archie Goodwin is "finding the niche in his game" during his press conference on Tuesday.

    Advice: The interim coach also called Goodwin a two-guard playing the point. Watson said he wants clearer roles in the rotation, so it'll be interesting to see how he utilizes Goodwin. Watson's said he can't tell Goodwin to get 6-8 assists per night and it'll have to be a team approach. The next couple games for Goodwin will be huge, but it starts tonight in a tough matchup against Kyle Lowry. Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Jameer Nelson listed as 'out' for Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is being listed as "out" for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: After returning from a six game absence, Nelson suffered a setback with his wrist, and it's looking like he's going to spend some extended time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay will continue to get all the run he can handle with Nelson on the sidelines, with Randy Foye logging extended minutes off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams hands out 13 assists
    Michael Carter-Williams handed out a season-high 13 assists in Monday's loss to the Kings, adding 18 points, five boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: This might have been his best all-around game of the season. MCW was an impressive 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line, and the only complaint is that he turned the ball over three times. MCW is a volatile asset to own because you never know what you're going to get, but he will look to keep his momentum going vs. the Blazers on Tuesday. Monday, 9:43 pm
  • Norris Cole drops 23 points in loss
    Norris Cole scored 23 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He's been a pleasant surprise with some nice consistency. The ups and downs in Miami is why the Heat dumped him, but Cole has played with more control and is trusting his teammates more. His value will dip once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back, but that might not happen any time soon. Monday, 9:10 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores nine in start
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He just got his second 10-day deal and he'll be signed for the season at this rate. Dejean-Jones adds some nice energy as a perimeter defender, he rebounds well for his position and he's grown as a scorer since his debut. If Tyreke Evans (knee) needs to miss extended time, Hot Mustard is worth a look in deeper leagues. Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Jrue Holiday makes just 1-of-14 from field
    Jrue Holiday made just 1-of-14 from the field for four points against the Grizzlies on Monday with one rebound, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: Yikes. Holiday just could not connect, which is surprising due to how he's been fairly efficient. Coach Alvin Gentry is going to use Jrue as his primary defender against the best guard, so that might actually hurt him slightly in fantasy. He still should be very good going forward as a must-start player. Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Jeff Teague explodes for 32 points in win
    Jeff Teague made 12-of-15 from the field for a season-high 32 points during a 112-97 win over the Mavs on Monday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: His five treys were a season high to go with a wonderful 96.7 effective field goal percentage. After a month-long slump, here comes the 2014-15 All-Star with averages of 19.0 points, 2.4 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 treys in his last five. He's put up second-round value in that span, so anyone who bought low last week probably feels great. Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Kyle Lowry shoots 3-of-12 from the field
    Kyle Lowry struggled in Monday's loss to the Nuggets on Monday, scoring just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: The Raptors were on an 11-game winning streak coming into this one, so it was odd to say the least that they were blown out by a team with 19 total wins on the season. Lowry added two boards, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that he doesn't have to wait long to redeem himself since the Raptors play the Suns on Tuesday. The All-Star guard should feast in that one. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores just three
    Brandon Jennings scored just three points in a 105-100 win over the Nets on Monday, adding one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons did not go with a lineup combo of Jennings and Reggie Jackson. Jennings has played very well for the most part, but the inconsistency will hurt his value too much to add him in standard leagues unless you really need a point guard. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays 41 minutes, scores 25
    Kyrie Irving scored 25 points with three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: His usage rate is climbing and his 41 minutes are a season high. Irving isn't taking 3-pointers as much these days, which was a big reason why he broke out last year from an efficiency standpoint. That should come soon while the assists are starting to come around, too. Regardless, Kyrie looks great and is poised to pay dividends for his patient owners. Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He experienced a setback, so he's likely going to spend some time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay is going to be looking at significant minutes, while Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick could play more as well. Leave Nelson on the wire. Feb 1, 4:26 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones signs for another 10 days
    Pelicans sign G Bryce Dejean-Jones to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: New Orleans will have to decide whether to keep him for the season or let him go at the conclusion of this 10-day contract, but he's played well since earning his audition and it wouldn't surprise us to see him stick on a team that has been decimated by injuries. Feb 1, 10:33 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) experiences setback
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) experienced a setback, and he's now doubtful to play on Monday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: For now, he's considered just day-to-day, but the team is deciding whether an "extended absence" is necessary. Nelson had played in each of the last two games, but he's taken a major backseat to Emmanuel Mudiay as the rookie point guard has played better and Denver emphasizes a youth movement. Now dealing with a recurring wrist injury and staring a potential shutdown in the face, Nelson's proper home in your fantasy league is on the waiver wire. Feb 1, 9:32 am
  • Lue staying on top of Irving about improving
    Tyronn Lue is committed to staying on top of Kyrie Irving about becoming a "better point guard."

    Advice: "He told me that he was going to stay on me about pace and about being a better point guard," Irving said. "Just facilitating, knowing our plays, knowing when people need to be at the right spot offensively and defensively. He's been on me." Irving has still struggled with consistency, but he's played well over his last two games, averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals on 55.6 percent shooting. Feb 1, 8:39 am
  • Report: Jazz 'considering' Jeff Teague trade
    The Jazz are "indeed considering" a Jeff Teague trade, multiple sources told

    Advice: There has been a lot of smoke behind this particular rumor, and while it makes sense on the surface for both teams, there has been "no formal contact" made between the two sides. However, the trade deadline is now less than three weeks away, so expect the hot stove to heat up in the near future. One potential issue is Teague's "recurring left ankle injury, the result of spraining it multiple times over the past two seasons." Feb 1, 7:14 am
  • Marcus Smart has worked on 3-point shot
    Marcus Smart. who has been working on his 3-point shot, drew praise from Brad Stevens after Sunday's 26-point performance.

    Advice: "He’s starting to feel better about shooting it," Stevens said. "He didn’t get much time in the gym when he was [injured], just because of the nature of his injury...So now he’s clearly in a better rhythm than when he first came back." Smart is 13-of-27 from distance over his last five games, averaging 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.6 triples in 29 minutes per game during that time. Feb 1, 6:45 am
  • CJ McCollum feeling comfortable w/ mid-range
    C.J. McCollum recently said that the mid-range jumper is a comfortable part of his game.

    Advice: "It's been a part of my game for life," he said. "It's tougher to finish in the lane so you've got to find different areas to score efficiently and the mid-range contested shot is a shot a lot of teams will live with...And it's a shot I'm willing to live with as well just because I've gotten so many shots at it and I'm comfortable with it." McCollum has utilized film breakdown to excel from the area, and it's contributed to his epic breakout season with averages of 20.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 triples on 44.1 percent shooting. Feb 1, 6:02 am
  • Kerr compares Curry to Price and Steve Nash
    Steve Kerr recently compared Stephen Curry to Mark Price and Steve Nash for his offensive abilities.

    Advice: "The two guys I’d maybe compare him the most to are Mark Price and Steve Nash in terms of the combination of ball-handling and passing and shooting range and creativity," Nash said. "But Steph has taken it to a new level. But he’s taken it to a new level in terms of just the range, the ballhanding and creativity. It’s pretty special." We agree, coach. We agree. Feb 1, 5:57 am
  • Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 31. Jan 31, 11:50 pm
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