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  • Caron Butler (ankle) out Friday vs. Minnesota
    Caron Butler (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: It'll be Butler's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and Omri Casspi will pick up some additional minutes in his absence. Butler isn't worth owning in any league. 49 minutes ago
  • JaKarr Sampson will start Friday vs. Houston
    JaKarr Sampson will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Rockets with Nerlens Noel (right knee soreness) unavailable.

    Advice: Sampson hasn't been great as a starter this season, owning averages of 8.3 points and 4.7 boards in his previous three starts, so he's not a great option in most leagues. Today, 4:44 pm
  • Terrence Jones will come off the bench Friday
    Terrence Jones will be come off the bench for Friday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: It's been a bumpy ride for Jones owners this season, and interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff limited him to just 19 minutes during the Rockets last game, so the move to the bench isn't exactly encouraging. He will be getting a favorable matchup against the 76ers tonight, so it'll be interesting to see how he responds to coming off the bench; but he's a bit too risky for use in DFS tonight. Clint Capela will draw the start. Today, 4:41 pm
  • Gerald Green will start on Friday night
    Gerald Green will start on Friday night against the Knicks.

    Advice: He did play 38 minutes on Wednesday, but keep in mind garbage time was a big factor there. Justise Winslow is probably going to get a little more run to guard Carmelo Anthony. Green has a high usage rate this season, so he could be able to put up numbers tonight. Today, 3:51 pm
  • Jerami Grant starting at small forward
    Jerami Grant will start at small forward against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Robert Covington will slide over to shooting guard tonight. Grant does put up better numbers as a power forward, but he should still get a nice amount of run tonight with a different rotation. Today, 3:45 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Justise Winslow has a chance to start Friday
    Justise Winslow could start against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra hinted he may want Winslow on Carmelo Anthony to start the game. Gerald Green started on Wednesday, so the Heat could go in a different direction with Luol Deng (hamstring) out. We should haven an update in about an hour. Green is very unlikely to play 38 minutes again. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Jae Crowder could come off bench in 2nd half
    Jae Crowder will start on Friday, but could come off the bench in the second half to help the Celtics not go small late in games.

    Advice: Now the Celtics have three positions with matchup dependancies. Whatever the case, Crowder should still be fine and even put up nice numbers after half on Wednesday. He should be owned in all leagues. Today, 2:59 pm
  • P.J. Hairston is not on the injury report
    P.J. Hairston (head) is not on the injury report for Friday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: His head injury from Wednesday seems like it's behind him. Hairston should be in the starting lineup, but probably won't get more than 16-22 minutes tonight. He is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Today, 1:34 pm
  • Trey Burke, Rodney Hood questionable for Sat
    Trey Burke (back) and Rodney Hood (back) are questionable to play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Hood went through practice on Friday and his injury doesn't appear to be as serious as Burke's back spasms. Hood tends to be a slow healer, but this is his first bout with a back issue. If he can't go, there will be more of Alec Burks, Chris Johnson and Joe Ingles. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant will play against the Blazers on Saturday after putting in a limited practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is not expected to have a minutes cap for the road game and coach Byron Scott is open to suggestions on how to handle Bryant on back-to-back. Kobe is not getting to the basket at all anymore and it's led to him being the least efficient high-volume starter in the NBA. Today, 11:39 am
  • Lakers send Anthony Brown to D-League
    The Lakers assigned Anthony Brown to the D-League on Friday.

    Advice: He won't be in the rotation while the Lakers are at full strength, but coach Byron Scott did hint that he could play more in the second half of the season. Today, 10:43 am
  • Reed (thumb) does some non-contact work
    Willie Reed (left thumb) was able to do some non-contact work at practice on Friday.

    Advice: We haven't heard much about Reed' status, but he has been sidelined since October after having surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Reed was initially targeting a return to the court in December, so this report does bode well for that timetable. Reed still isn't worth a flier in almost any league, though. Today, 10:41 am
  • Kent Bazemore (ankle) will start on Friday
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) will play and start vs. the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He missed five straight games for the Hawks, but he was playing really well prior to going down and should be picked up in most leagues to see if he can keep it going. Thabo Sefolosha is expected to return to the bench on Friday, while Justin Holiday and Lamar Patterson should lose some minutes as well. Today, 10:09 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game in street clothes, but hamstring issues can linger if they aren't given enough time to heal so it's understandable that the Heat want to be cautious with their veteran forward. Gerald Green drew the start on Wednesday vs. the Pistons and scored 16 points in 38 minutes, so expect him to see plenty of run again on Friday. Deng's hamstring has improved, and it's possible that he could return on Monday vs. the Celtics. Today, 8:13 am
  • Austin Daye will sign in Italy
    Austin Daye signed with Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italy.

    Advice: Daye has had trouble finding a home at the NBA level, so he'll test his luck overseas for now. We'll let you know if he pops up on the NBA radar again. Today, 6:53 am
  • James Johnson frustrated with his role
    James Johnson posted on his Twitter account that he is being "under-utilized" this season.

    Advice: Johnson's playing time has been sporadic early on this season and his minutes have been limited to single digits in his last two appearances. His maturity issues are well documented and there's a reason that he's struggled to lock down a consistent role despite being a gifted athlete and an excellent defender. The Raptors will likely address this incident internally, so we may not get any more details. As long as the Raptors are close to full strength, Johnson won't be worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Today, 6:24 am
  • Manu Ginobili out for Friday night
    Manu Ginobili will not travel for Friday's game in Denver.

    Advice: He is fine and is just resting on the front end of a back-to-back set. With Ginobili out, Patty Mills will have a chance to play minutes in the mid-20s while Danny Green could get more run. Rasual Butler could get a handful of minutes, too. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Kent Bazemore (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This is the first time Bazemore has received the questionable tag since sustaining the ankle injury, so it looks like he's nearing a return to the court. Owners can expect another update following Friday morning's shootaround. Thabo Sefolosha’s value will take a hit upon the return of Bazemore. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Omri Casspi headed for more minutes?
    Following the Kings 129-118 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, George Karl hinted that Omri Casspi could be getting more consistent minutes in the Kings rotation.

    Advice: "I think I need to keep Omri in with Rudy [Gay] as much as possible," said Karl. "It seems that combination really complements with size there and also the ability to find a mismatch situation that is beneficial to us." Casspi's minutes tend to trend up when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is sidelined, but if Karl wants to continue giving Casspi and Gay minutes together, Willie Cauley-Stein's playing time could suffer. It'll be interesting to see how Karl's rotations shake out once DMC is back on the court, but Omri is worth a speculative add in deep leagues after scoring 19 points during Wednesday's win. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Scott won't cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't intend to cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes despite the fact that the Lakers own a record of 2-12, the worst in the Western Conference.

    Advice: "I haven't thought about reducing his role," Scott said. "I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes." Scott seems to be content playing Bryant around 30 minutes a night, despite the fact that Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field. "I am concerned about his shooting percentage and shots so far, but so far as knowing him the way I've known him and how long he's played in this league, I'm not worried about him finding it." Kobe's minutes will be safe will Scott at the helm, but owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Deng missed Wednesday's game with the hamstring injury, and called the injury a day-to-day thing. He could be headed for a game-time decision on Friday, and if he's not able to give it a go, Gerald Green will likely spend another game in the starting five. Green had a decent game with the starting unit on Wednesday, scoring 16 points over 38 minutes, so he'd be worth considering as a punt play in DFS should Deng remain out. Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Byron Scott still confident in Kobe Bryant
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's confident Kobe Bryant can still play in the NBA.

    Advice: Though Bryant has struggled to start the 2015-16 season, Scott said he isn't too concerned about the veteran. "Obviously he's struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that," Scott said. "So it's trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That's No. 1." Though Bryant is still capable of a big game here and there, he's hurting fantasy teams more than he's helping and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:39 am
  • Kevin Durant weighs in on 'stache brothers
    Kevin Durant weighed in on the new facial hair of Enes Kanter and Steven Adams after Wednesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: In a lighter bit of news for Thanksgiving, Kevin Durant invoked Sacha Baron Cohen's popular character in commenting on Enes Kanter's mustache. "Enes looks like Borat and Steven......They jerks for that," Durant said. While Durant's fantasy owners can rest easy now that he's healthy, they can also get a laugh by clicking on the link below for a picture of the 'Stache Brothers. Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 33 points
    Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 33 points against the Clippers on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He has been off as a 3-point shooter, failing to make more than two treys in a game and making just 30.6 percent from deep before tonight. This was actually Hayward's first game with more than 25 points all season -- he had five 25-point games by the end of November last season. He does have an upward trend now, but his ceiling isn't as high with all the talent around him getting better. Wednesday, 11:42 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points
    Jeff Green kept it going on Wednesday against the Rockets with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: It was a great matchup for him as the Rockets played right into his hands with some small-ball lineups. Green might be playing the best ball of his life right now and he's likely earned a consistent role even when Zach Randolph gets back. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • James Harden scores 40 points in loss
    James Harden scored 40 points on 12-of-19 from the field during a 102-93 home loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made all 11 shots from the line to give him an outstanding 83.9 true shooting percentage. Whether it has to do with Ty Lawson or not, Harden is clearly trending up in his last four, averaging 32.8 points, 6.5 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.3 treys on 45.8 percent from the field and 95.5 percent from the line. If you weathered the storm of the slow start, you can go outside now and feel good about Harden as a top-five player with massive nightly upside. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets 18 & 8 with three steals
    Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant feasts early w/ 30 pts vs. Nets
    Kevin Durant torched the Nets for 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, making five 3-pointers with six boards, five assists and three blocks.

    Advice: Rondae-Hollis Jefferson was tasked with defending the four-time scoring champ, and it didn't go too well. "I seen fresh meat and I was ready to eat. And I was hungry," Durant said. "He's a really, really active defender though, I really like him. Long, athletic. But I seen something in his eyes that I could exploit." Clearly, Durant didn't have any setbacks when returning from his hamstring injury on Monday. Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Dion Waiters leads reserves with 16 points
    Dion Waiters led all Thunder reserves with 16 points on Wednesday, making 6-of-13 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Waiters also had one steal in 27 minutes and this constitutes an efficient game by his standards. He's averaging 10.5 points, 1.1 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals while coming off the bench this year, just enough to carve out late-round value. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Omri Casspi has a terrific game
    Omri Casspi scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gets a ton of run at both forward spots and he benefited from DeMarcus Cousins (back) not playing tonight. Casspi put up mid-round value the last time Boogie had to miss games, so he's worth a look at any depth for owners seeking short-term value. Cousins won't be out long, though. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha locks down Wiggins in 32 mins
    Making another start at SF on Wednesday, Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: His defense kept Andrew Wiggins in check, as he scored only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer uses Thabo once Kent Bazemore (ankle) returns to action. Tonight's solid game comes on the heels of a terrific game vs. the Celtics, and Sefolosha is worth deploying while logging 30+ minutes as a starter. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Justise Winslow quiet again in 29 minutes
    Justise Winslow had three points, eight rebounds and one assist off the bench vs. Detroit on Wednesday, going 1-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 at the FT line in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The absence of Luol Deng (hamstring) pushed Gerald Green into the starting unit, but failed to yield more playing time for Winslow. He's already averaging 28.3 minutes as a rookie, but hasn't maintained standard-league value with middling averages of 7.5 points, 0.5 threes, 5.0 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.6 steals per game. Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Gerald Green logs 38 minutes in fill-in start
    Gerald Green started in place of Luol Deng (hamstring) on Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: He made two 3-pointers with five rebounds, one assist, one block and three turnovers in Miami's road loss, and his inefficient shooting didn't help matters. Deng said recently that the Heat are playing it safe to prevent his hamstring injury from lingering, so there's a chance he'll also sit out vs. the Knicks on Friday. Given the temporary nature of his promotion, Green is best suited for DFS play. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Jae Crowder benched after halftime vs. 76ers
    Jae Crowder was benched to begin the third quarter vs. Philly on Wednesday, but played 27 minutes to finish with eight points, two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The Celts were losing by seven points to the lowly Sixers at halftime and Stevens has no compunction about shaking up his lineups -- tonight it was Crowder who drew the short straw with Evan Turner replacing him. His owners shouldn't panic, as Crowder has been a steady value all year and he's likely to resume starting vs. Otto Porter and the Wizards on Friday. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • P.J. Hairston leaves after elbow to head
    P.J. Hairston exited Wednesday's game after taking an elbow to his head, but the Hornets don't think he suffered a concussion.

    Advice: Hairston will likely be tested further and we'll let you know if he's in danger of missing Friday's game. He continues to start because coach Steve Clifford doesn't feel Jeremy Lamb can defend the league's elite scorers, but a defensive-specialist role hasn't done him any favors for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • Evan Turner starting 2nd half for Jae Crowder
    Evan Turner will start in place of Jae Crowder for the second half on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens is up to his old tricks here. He loves to play the matchups and he prefers Turner in the first unit for the second half. There aren't many fantasy implications here. Wednesday, 5:57 pm
  • Caron Butler will not play against Bucks
    Caron Butler (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: No revenge game here. Butler can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Wednesday, 4:18 pm
  • Gerald Green starting in place of Luol Deng
    Gerald Green is starting in place of Luol Deng (hamstring) on Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: That will push Dwyane Wade to more of a small forward in the offensive set and Green should likely guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Green is probably only looking at minutes in the mid-20s and it's a pretty safe bet that we'll see more of Justise Winslow, especially to close halves. Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Jerami Grant bumped to the bench
    Jerami Grant will come off the bench against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He should be playing more power forward now and he's really the third big on the active roster with no true bigs behind Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Grant should still see minutes in the 25-29 range tonight. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Caron Butler (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Caron Butler (sprained left ankle) is questionable for play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Butler isn't a major part of the rotation in Sacramento when Rudy Gay is healthy, so his absence will have a negligible impact on the fantasy landscape. Marco Belinelli and Omri Casspi will likely split his minutes. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Kent Bazemore, Tiago Splitter out again
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) and Tiago Splitter (hip) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll likely be Thabo Sefolosha in the starting lineup again. Sefolosha is coming off a wonderful 15-point game and the Hawks will likely be using him on Andrew Wiggins a lot. He's certainly in play for DFS tonight, but don't expect a repeat performance. Lamar Patterson should get some burn, too. Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled rest day for Bryant who logged 25 minutes during Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors. He has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's game against the Blazers, but with the Lakers scheduled for a back-to-back set Saturday vs. Portland and Sunday vs. Indiana, there's a chance he sits out one of those games. Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field on the season, and he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Kevin Durant working on quicker release
    Kevin Durant said he's working on a quicker release for his jumper.

    Advice: He's also one of the hardest players to block and has been blocked just twice outside of three feet this season -- he was blocked just four times on those shots last season, too. Durant is sneakily putting up a ridiculously efficient season with a 65.5 true shooting percentage and a 29.7 usage rate. He's almost a lock to be a top-three player in standard leagues and just needs to stay healthy. Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) ruled out for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: "We're just trying to be cautious, trying to be smart," Deng said of bypassing the game against the Pistons, the Heat's first road game in nearly three weeks. "I played the last game and it hasn't gotten any better, so I think we just want to be smart and just try to get rid of the little nagging injury that will just linger on and become something else." We'll consider Deng questionable for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, and it's looking like Gerald Green could draw the start on Wednesday, with Goran Dragic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Gerald Green runs w/ starters at shootaround
    Gerald Green was spotted running with the starting unit during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: Luol Deng (hamstring) is extremely unlikely to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons, and it looks like Erik Spoelstra is contemplating giving Green the start over rookie Justise Winslow. Green can fill it up when given the minutes, but he's been pretty horrible this season with averages of just 7.6 points and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He'll also be competing for touches with Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as a starter, so even as a punt play in DFS, he'll be a very risky option. Wednesday, 9:42 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Kobe Bryant says he could be averaging 35 PPG
    Kobe Bryant said he wasn't really all that worried about his current career-low shooting percentage (31.1 percent) following the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Tuesday, and added that he could be averaging 35 points per game if he really wanted to.

    Advice: "I'm not really worried about it, honestly," Bryant said. "My shooting will be better. I could've scored 80 [Tuesday vs. Golden State]. It wouldn't have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We'd be what, 3-11? We've got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that's going to keep us in ballgames." Given that Kobe is currently shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field, he'd need roughly 50 shots a game to get to that 35 points per game averages, so he's right that that probably wouldn't be best for his team. He also missed a layup on his way to a 1-of-14 shooting performance Tuesday night, so 80 points seems a tad unrealistic. Wednesday, 6:27 am
  • Kobe Bryant shoots 1-of-14 from the field
    Kobe Bryant shot just 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's blowout loss against the Warriors, finishing with four points, six boards, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: In case you're wondering, it was the worst shooting performance of his career and some of his shots weren't close at all. Father Time is undefeated and the Black Mamba is his next victim, so his owners shouldn't be expecting too much out of him going forward. Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 15, hits 7-of-8
    Thabo Sefolosha drew another start in the absence of Kent Bazemore (ankle) on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in an easy win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He's not really an offensive threat on most nights, but has played well on that end of the court in two straight. He'll continue to start and guard the opposition's best player for as long as Bazemore is out, but is only a real option in fantasy on nights when Baze isn't playing. Bazemore has missed four straight games, but should be back by the end of the week. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 19 points in win over Mavs
    Jeff Green hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Mavs.

    Advice: After scoring 20-plus points in two straight games, Green had scored a total of just 13 points in his last two games, despite the absence of Zach Randolph (knee). He looked good tonight and is worth owning in all leagues as long as he's starting at SF for the Grizzlies. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) sits out practice Tues
    Luol Deng (hamstring) sat out Tuesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Tuesday's shootaround
    Kobe Bryant did not participate during shootaround, but he's still fully expected to suit up for Tuesday night's game against the undefeated Warriors.

    Advice: Byron Scott is just giving Kobe as much rest as possible prior to tonight's game, but there's no reason to believe he won't be out there. The Dubs currently own the sixth-best defense in the league, so owners of Bryant can expect plenty of missed shots tonight. Tuesday, 12:20 pm
  • Kevin Durant feels good after return Monday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) said he felt good after his return Monday night.

    Advice: Durant scored 27 points with six rebounds, one assist, four steal, one block, and three treys in his first game after a six-game absence and felt no worse for the wear. "Felt good, got a little winded playing up in Utah. Forgot about the altitude," Durant said. "But after that first couple minutes, felt good." More importantly, he was able to play 30 minutes and should be started in all fantasy lineups as long as he's healthy. Tuesday, 6:48 am
  • Rodney Hood scores nine points in loss
    Rodney Hood scored nine points in Monday's loss to the Thunder, adding two boards, one assist and three steals in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The game was over in a hurry, so there's no reason to worry about the low minutes. Hood was averaging 13.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.5 3-pointers prior to Monday and has been returning mid-round value, so he deserves a pass for this performance. Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 19 in blowout loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Monday's blowout loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: He also added four assists, three boards, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. After a sluggish start to the season, Hayward has now put together three straight solid performances and he should be able to build off that momentum. It shouldn't be long before he is returning mid-round value again, so he is a nice buy-low target. Monday, 10:04 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Dion Waiters plays well in return to bench
    Dion Waiters returned to the bench on Monday against the Jazz, but he played well with 12 points, six assists, three boards, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Garbage time was definitely a factor here, and it's hard to imagine Waiters staying relevant with Kevin Durant back in the lineup. Unless you're in a deep league, there's no real reason to own Waiters. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Kevin Durant doesn't skip a beat, scores 27
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned from a six-game absence on Monday vs. the Jazz, scoring 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting with six boards, one assist, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He looked phenomenal tonight and confirmed before the game that his hamstring is 100 percent. Durant didn't have any playing time restrictions, but the Thunder had a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter which allowed them to rest their superstar. KD was the second best player in fantasy on a per-game basis before his injury and he has picked up right where he left off, so his owners should be feeling pretty pumped right now. He'll get the Nets on Wednesday. Monday, 9:20 pm
  • P.J. Hairston returns, plays 19 minutes
    P.J. Hairston played 19 minutes in his return on Monday with five points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: While he does start, Hairston is one of the least valuable starters in fantasy. He can be ignored in most formats. Monday, 8:45 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi played 27 minutes off the bench on Monday with six points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a ton of stretch four tonight, which could continue if DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) needs to miss time, Casspi had his best run of the season while Boogie was out, so he's worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues. Boogie shouldn't be out for long, though. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will be his fourth straight game on the sidelines, and it should be noted that he didn't practice on Monday. Bazemore's ankle is progressing and he said on Saturday that he is taking it "day by day", so hopefully we will see him back on the court later in the week. Thabo Sefolosha will benefit the most with Bazemore out, but Lamar Patterson and Justin Holiday will likely stay in the rotation as well. Monday, 6:14 pm
  • Casspi starts 2nd half, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi started the second half in place of Willie Cauley-Stein on Monday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Kings head coach George Karl keeps rookie WCS on a very short leash, so don't read too much into this. Casspi is a favorite of Karl's, but his value is held in check when Rudy Gay is active. Monday, 5:31 pm
  • Dion Waiters will return to the bench Monday
    Dion Waiters will return to the bench for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Kevin Durant is back from his hamstring injury, so this is an expected move. Waiters has averaged just 10.3 points per game in a bench role this season, so he's safe to drop in most leagues. Monday, 5:21 pm
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Monday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Durant hasn't played since Nov. 10 against the Wizards, but his hamstring has progressed really well and he won't have any playing time restrictions tonight. Additionally, an MRI taken a few days ago came back negative. He has been the second best player in fantasy on a per-game basis, so plug him back into your lineups with confidence. Russell Westbrook's numbers won't be quiet as impressive with KD back in the mix, while Dion Waiters' inevitable move to the bench will be a buzzkill for his value as well. Monday, 4:30 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant warming up, still questionable
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) is warming up for Monday against the Jazz and remains questionable.

    Advice: How he feels in warmups will dictate if he can play. Durant has been out for almost two weeks from his hamstring strain after he was expected to miss 7-10 days. If he's back, that means less output from Enes Kanter, Russell Westbrook and Dion Waiters. If you're in a weekly league, you'll probably want to use KD in almost any case. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Luol Deng (leg) is a game-time call
    Luol Deng (hamstring) still has tightness in his hamstring and remains a game-time decision against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting treatment and it sounds like the team is hopeful he'll be able to play. If Deng is out, Justise Winslow would be looking at even more playing time. Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would play more, too. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • P.J. Hairston will start against the Kings
    P.J. Hairston (quad) will start against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered his quad injury back on Nov. 15 and likely won't play a lot of minutes. Marvin Williams will play more minutes at power forward with Hairston back. Jeremy Lamb is slightly less appealing with Hairston back. Hairston has very little value. Monday, 2:25 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) doesn't practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Monday and is still expected to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off after Sunday and all signs point to him being ready to play against the Warriors. Bryant is not doing much on a per-game basis and is not a must-own player. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Kent Bazemore doesn't practice on Monday
    Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer said that he would know more on Bazemore Tuesday's status closer to gametime vs. Boston, so that is at least a positive indication that Bazemore is progressing. If he can't give it a go, Thabo Sefolosha, Lamar Patterson and Justin Holiday will help to fill the void. Monday, 10:38 am
  • Lakers recall Anthony Brown from D-League
    Lakers recall F Anthony Brown from the D-League.

    Advice: Brown is likely to be sent back to the D-League soon so he can continue to get valuable experience before ultimately returning to the Lakers for good. Monday, 10:24 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) a game-time call Monday
    Luol Deng (tightness in hamstring) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: After originally tweaking the hamstring in the third quarter vs. the Sixers, Deng was able to make it through shootaround despite getting treatment, so that's at least a good sign that the injury isn't serious. Still, the Heat are extremely cautious when treating injuries, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Deng sit out. If he does miss this one, rookie Justise Winslow could get the call since Miami will need his defense vs. Carmelo Anthony. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Kobe Bryant again hints this is final season
    In a recent SiriusXM interview, Kobe Bryant again hinted that he's likely to retire after the season.

    Advice: "If something changes I'll come back and play next season. If something doesn't change this is it for me." Some pundits will try to use the quote to take shots at the Lakers, but Kobe is simply referring to himself and whether or not his body can handle another tour of duty. With nothing left to prove and the Lakers rebuild needing to move forward, it would be a surprise to see Bryant return for a potential 21st season. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Kobe Bryant's shot missing in loss to Blazers
    Kobe Bryant missed all five of his 3-point attempts and finished 6-of-22 from the field on Sunday, scoring 18 points with four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Kobe scored a season-low 10 points on Friday despite logging 37 minutes, and he's logged 30+ minutes in six straight games despite Byron Scott's insistence that he'll give Kobe more rest. His jumpers are coming up short but he keeps firing away, and his 33.1 percent shooting is a huge drag in roto and head-to-head leagues. Sunday, 9:14 pm
  • Jae Crowder quiet in 26 minutes vs. Brooklyn
    Jae Crowder had a quiet game vs. the Nets, posting five points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: He was riding a five-game streak with double-digit scoring and has been buoying his fantasy value with 3-pointers and steals all season. Crowder was called for another offensive foul after kicking out his leg while shooting tonight, which is part of his usual shooting motion -- we'll see if he tweaks his form as a result. Sunday, 5:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant 'moving in a good direction'
    OKC head coach Billy Donovan said that Kevin Durant is "moving in a good direction," with regards to his hamstring injury.

    Advice: Durant will remain sidelined for Sunday's game against the Mavericks, but it sounds like he's getting close to a return, so we'll consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Jazz. Dion Waiters will be starting with Durant on the sidelines, but it's Russell Westbrook who will be the true primary beneficiary in KD's absence. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Hairston (quad contusion) questionable Mon
    P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: After three consecutive games on the shelf, Hairston returned to practice on Sunday and is nearing a return to the court. He was starting at small forward prior to his ankle injury, but he still wasn't producing enough to warrant consideration in fantasy leagues. Leave him on the wire. Sunday, 9:46 am
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) will not play Sunday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) will not play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: This will be his sixth consecutive game on the shelf, but we've heard several different reports that indicated that he getting closer. In fact, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman expects Durant to either return on Monday vs. the Jazz or Wednesday vs. the Nets. With KD on the shelf for Sunday's game, expect Russell Westbrook to flirt with a triple-double against the Mavs. Sunday, 9:19 am
  • Manu Ginobili (hip) returns, looks great
    Manu Ginobili scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been fantastic all season and surprisingly has fifth-round value per game. Ginobili did have a minor hip issue before this game and only needed to miss one game. It really depends on your format, but Ginobili is worth starting when he's active. He'll miss a lot of games, though. Saturday, 9:27 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 25 minutes
    Luol Deng scored 11 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's moved down pretty far on the totem pole and Justise Winslow is taking some of his minutes. Deng does not have enough upside to own in standard leagues right now with so many high-usage players on the Heat. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 10 dimes
    James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 10 assists, seven boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Harden was shooting 37.8 percent from the field coming into the game, but to be fair his teammates haven't exactly stepped up around him. Ty Lawson has been terrible, but the return of Patrick Beverley (ankle) next week could help stabilize things in Houston and take some of the pressure off Harden on the defensive end. Despite the Rockets falling to a 5-9 start, Harden is still managing to return first-round value and he hasn't even hit his stride yet. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 18 with nine boards
    Terrence Jones scored 18 points with nine boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Jones struggled to finish at the rim once again and finished just 5-of-14 from the field, but he was very aggressive on the glass and was able to pull down six offensive rebounds. He has only been returning late-round value this season, but he has more than enough talent and upside to build some momentum moving forward. He should be owned in all leagues and he should be well rested for Wednesday's matchup with Memphis. Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Jeff Green (head) returns to game Saturday
    Jeff Green (head) returned to Saturday's game against the Spurs after briefly going to the locker room.

    Advice: Green collided with Tony Allen and was visibly shaken up, but it's very encouraging to see him back in the game so quickly. He finished with six points, seven rebounds one assist and one steal in 28 minutes. Saturday, 7:10 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points in a start against the Cavs on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks put him out there on LeBron James and he did a fine job. Sefolosha's added playing time probably won't last for long with Kent Bazemore (ankle) likely back in the next couple games. If he's out there on the wire, he should probably stay there. Saturday, 7:07 pm
  • Jeff Green (head) leaves game on Saturday
    Jeff Green (head) left Saturday's game against the Spurs after colliding with Tony Allen and his return is uncertain.

    Advice: It was a head-to-head collision and Green looked like he was in a lot of pain, so we'd be surprised if he was able to return. He will likely be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, so we should have another update momentarily. Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Kent Bazemore is taking it day by day
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) said in an interview during the Hawks broadcast that he is "taking it day by day" to get over his ankle injury.

    Advice: Bazemore was getting in some work prior to Saturday's game vs. the Cavs and looked good, so his return may not be that far off. The Hawks don't play again until Tuesday vs. the Celtics, so he should be considered questionable for that contest. Justin Holiday, Lamar Patterson and Thabo Sefolosha will stay relevant until Bazemore returns. Saturday, 5:30 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 32 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points off the bench on Saturday against the Magic, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a lot of power forward tonight in what turned out to be a lot of small ball in this game. Casspi will be getting plenty of minutes regardless of role for as long as Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out. Gay is only day-to-day, so give Casspi a look if you're looking for some short-term value in the 60-90 range. Saturday, 5:04 pm
  • Manu Ginobili (hip) will play on Saturday
    Manu Ginobili (hip) will play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Ginobili has missed two straight games, but his injury was never considered serious and the Spurs tend to be cautious with their players. Ginobili is averaging 11.7 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.6 3-pointers per game this season, so give him a look if those numbers appeal to you. Saturday, 3:51 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to start vs. LeBron
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This one has to be due to LeBron James, so the Hawks will get Sefolosha on him as much as they can. He's still not too involved in the offense, but should get enough minutes to be a viable fantasy option. Saturday, 3:09 pm
  • Kent Bazemore will return soon?
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play on Saturday and said he should return "soon."

    Advice: This doesn't mean much, but Bazemore likely will miss at least a couple more games. It'll likely be Tiago Splitter in the starting lineup, but the value has been going to Justin Holiday, Lamar Patterson and Thabo Sefolosha. Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant upgraded to questionable
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Durant is going to play against his team. We still haven't seen much out of Durant in practice, so we'd consider him on the bad side of the questionable tag. If he can play, that would hurt the opportunity for Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters. Russell Westbrook won't be quite as good either. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Omri Casspi isn't starting for Kings vs. ORL
    Coach George Karl said the Kings will start three guards next to Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Interesting. This could be the coach playing mind games, but if he's telling the truth that would mean Omri Casspi is coming off the bench. Ben McLemore and Rajon Rondo will almost certainly be two of the three guards while Marco Belinelli or Darren Collison will be the third guard -- probably Collison. Still, Casspi has some good value along with a hot B-Mac. Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Gordon Hayward's 22 points not enough for UTA
    Gordon Hayward scored 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting (4-of-6 from the line) during Friday's loss to Dallas, adding seven boards, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward has been struggling mightily to put the ball through the hoop this season, connecting on a career-worst 39.5 percent of his shot attempts, so it's nice to see him finally have a game shooting well over 50 percent from the field. His usage rate has dipped a bit this year to 23.9, down from the 26.1 usage rate he posted last season, and that can probably be directly linked to Alec Burks return to the court. He's probably not going to be quite as good as he was last season, but with a mid-round floor, he makes for a very nice buy-low candidate. Friday, 11:09 pm
  • Rodney Hood misses all four 3-point attempts
    Rodney Hood struggled a bit with his shot during Friday's loss to the Mavs, going 5-of-14 from the field (0-of-4 from distance) to finish with 13 points, four assists, one rebound, one steal and three turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Hood got off to a horrible start in this one, making just one shot through the first three quarters, but he salvaged his stat line by scoring eight points during the fourth quarter. Hood is currently putting up mid-round value on the season behind averages of 13.3 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.2 steals and just 1.7 turnovers per game, and he's shown no signs of slowing down. He's still only owned in 53 percent of Yahoo! Leagues so make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Jeff Green scores just seven points in start
    Jeff Green couldn't keep the hot streak going during Friday's win over Houston, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting to go with six boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals and one block through 29 minutes.

    Advice: Green is consistently inconsistent, which is a great hindrance to his fantasy value. He was rolling up to this point, averaging 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 three-pointer and 1.3 steals over his last three, but those numbers obviously weren't sustainable. He's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues, but with a lengthy history of inconsistency, he's not a great option in standard formats. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 16 points
    Dion Waiters scored 16 points against the Knicks on Friday with four rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: In true Waiters fashion, he was 6-of-15 from the field. Even with the poor shooting, he should have a chance to put up decent numbers in the starting lineup. If you need scoring in an deep league until Kevin Durant (hamstring) is back, give Waiters a look. Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Terrence Jones puts up another dud on Friday
    Terrence Jones failed to do much during his 29 minutes of playing time on Friday, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting (1-of4 from the line) to go with four boards, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Jones has been getting the minutes, but he just hasn't been producing, and he's currently only putting up late-round value on the season with averages of 12.6 points, 5.3 boards, 0.7 three-pointers and 1.1 blocks per game. Dwight Howard is going to be rested for Saturday's game against the Knicks, which should give Jones some more opportunity, so hopefully he gets things back on track during that one. Friday, 8:52 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points with full line
    James Harden scored 22 points during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and six turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Harden is currently hitting career-highs in points (28.8), rebounds (6.2) and unfortunately turnovers (4.8), but he's still producing at a top-8 level in 9-cat leagues. If you take away the turnovers, Harden jumps to No. 3 overall, and we're not worried about the fact that he's currently shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field (career 44.1 percent shooter). The coaching change in Houston has had zero affect on Harden's value. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 19 points w/ three steals
    Jae Crowder started on a tear during a win over the Nets on Friday, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's your league leader in steals and his offensive game is as good as ever right now. Crowder has scored in double-digit points for each of his last five, averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 treys. Crowder has third-round value on the season and obviously needs to be owned everywhere. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles
    Thaddeus Young double-doubled against the Celtics during a 120-95 loss on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws. Young in starting to pick it up as a scorer and rebounder, posting fourth-round value on the year. If he can start making free throws better than his 60.9 percent on the year, he could remain a top-50 player all season. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 12 points
    Jerami Grant scored 12 points on 6-of-9 from the field with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He was very good at power forward and that may be helping his field goal percentage. On the season, Grant is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.6 blocks, 0.6 steals and 0.3 treys on 45.0 percent from the field. He's putting up top-120 value and is trending up, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Grant is more of a 14-team guy, though. Friday, 7:00 pm
  • Terrence Jones (eye) returns to game
    Terrence Jones (eye) has returned to Friday's game.

    Advice: Sounds like the Rockets were just being cautious, catastrophe avoided. Friday, 6:35 pm
  • Terrence Jones (eye) questionable to return
    Terrence Jones (eye) was replaced by Corey Brewer in the starting lineup to start the second-half of Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies, and he is questionable to return.

    Advice: Jones is currently getting his right eye checked out by the Rocket's medical staff, the same right eyelid that forced him to miss six games earlier in the season. The severity of the injury is not currently known, but hopefully this is just the Rockets being overly cautious. We should have another update soon. Friday, 6:24 pm
  • Dion Waiters starting on Friday night
    Dion Waiters will start on Friday night against the Knicks.

    Advice: He'll push Anthony Morrow to the bench tonight and should see big minutes. There's always a lot of risk in using Waiters because he could go 0-of-15, but he has some upside tonight. Friday, 4:54 pm
  • Manu Ginobili (hip) expected to play Saturday
    Manu Ginobili (hip) will not play on Friday but Gregg Popovich expects him to return on Saturday.

    Advice: Ginobili had some tightness in his hip and the Spurs played it safe, as usual, by resting him for two games. The 38-year-old is off to a nice start this season, averaging 11.7 points, 1.6 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals in only 20.6 minutes per game. The low playing time and frequent DNPs reduce him to deep-league status. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha is good to go for Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will play against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his ankle on Wednesday following the back-to-back set, but he'll be out there. Sefolosha and the Hawks don't have another back-to-back until Tuesday and Wednesday. He should get close to 28-30 minutes on Saturday. Friday, 12:27 pm
  • Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play Saturday
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be Bazemore's third consecutive game on the shelf and it's a little worrying that they ruled him this early. We know that his ankle injury isn't minor, and timetable hasn't been established for his return. In the meantime, the Hawks will move forward with Justin Holiday, Thabo Sefolosha and Lamar Patterson all contributing on the wings. Friday, 11:04 am
  • P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) out Friday
    P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) will not play on Friday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Hairston might be able to return next week, but he doesn't have any fantasy value despite the fact that he was starting at small forward prior to the injury. Cody Zeller started in place of Hairston on Wednesday with Marvin Williams moving to the three, but Zeller is questionable with an ankle injury which could open the door for Frank Kaminsky. Friday, 8:18 am
  • Scott wants to feature Brown in D-League
    Byron Scott said that he wants to feature Anthony Brown in the D-League for the next couple of months.

    Advice: "I want to get him to the point where he’s playing a lot of basketball with the D-Fenders," Scott said. "Then when we bring him back up, he can fit right in." Scott also added that he wants Brown to work on his ball handling. It sounds like Scott is planning on giving him some minutes later on in the season, but Brown shouldn't be on any fantasy radars at the moment. Friday, 7:29 am
  • Justise Winslow scores six in 27 minutes
    Justise Winslow scored six points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He certainly has the playing time covered with 30 minutes per game this month. The bad news is that he's not doing much with it, averaging 8.0 points, 4.8 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.9 turnovers and 0.3 treys on 42.6 percent from the field in those eight games. Winslow is more of a deep-league guy. Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 16 points
    Omri Casspi scored 16 points in the starting lineup on Thursday with six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-11 from the field and missed all four shots from the line. Casspi started at the three because DeMarcus Cousins was suspended, but he would likely stick in the starting lineup if Rudy Gay (shoulder) needs to miss time. He's a very solid speculative add in standard leagues while we await the word of Gay's prognosis. Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Omri Casspi will start at the three
    Omri Casspi will start at small forward on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: The Kings used a small-ball lineup in three of their four games without DeMarcus Cousins and the one exception was against the Memphis Grizzlies -- a big team. Casspi should see a ton of minutes with Rudy Gay logging lots of his playing time at power forward tonight, making him a nice option in DFS. Thursday, 4:06 pm
  • Omri Casspi expected to start on Thursday
    George Karl said that he's planning on starting Omri Casspi at small forward for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Karl is planning on sliding Rudy Gay over to power forward and inserting Kosta Koufos into the starting center slot, which allows Casspi to start at small forward. Casspi is pretty hit-or-miss, but he'll see enough opportunity tonight with DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) on the sidelines to warrant a punt play in daily leagues. Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • James Harden focusing on improving defense
    James Harden said he's focused on improving his defense.

    Advice: While Harden exploded for 45 points on Wednesday, he also said he needs to focus more on his defense. "That's probably one of the reasons why the [team] energy has been so low," Harden said. "Making shots or missing shots, I've got to bring my game." With a new head coach in Houston, Harden's fantasy owners have to hope this is the start of a hot streak for The Beard. Thursday, 6:34 am
  • Gordon Hayward has another sub-par game
    Gordon Hayward made 6-of-15 from the field for 17 points against the Raptors on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's stuck in a season-long slump, making just 39.5 percent from the field. Hayward is getting to the rim a ton with 44.1 percent of his shot total coming in the paint and he's made just 2-of-12 of his corner treys on the year, which both indicate his awful shooting is a fluke. While his upside is nowhere near what it was last year due to all his help, he's still a nice buy-low player. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Rodney Hood puts up nice line in win
    Rodney Hood put up a nice stat line against the Raptors on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with six boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: With a 20-point game coming on Sunday, it's safe to say Hood's foot soreness is behind him. Hood is putting up seventh-round value on the season and he's also trending up with at least 35 minutes in his last three active games. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • James Harden scores 45 with 11 assists in win
    James Harden dominated during a 108-103 overtime win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 45 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-29 from the field, 19-of-20 from the line and turned the ball over five times for his 37.4 usage rate in all that playing time. Harden still didn't even have much success around the basket and made just 4-of-15 from 3, so this line could have been even better. Obviously, if the Rockets want to win games, they'll want to give the ball to Harden as much as possible. Perhaps the worst is over for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores eight points
    Terrence Jones (hand) scored eight points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a hand issue at shootaround today, but it didn't affect his playing time. Jones wasn't involved in the offense too much this time around, but obviously it's hard to draw any conclusions from just one game with a new coach. He just needs to stay healthy. Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Dion Waiters struggles, blows wide open layup
    Dion Waiters played 31 minutes vs. the Pelicans but scored only four points on 2-of-10 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Waiters missed a wide open layup in the first quarter (you can witness it via the link below), at which point ESPN Stats & Info reported that he'd missed more layups (14) than he'd made (13) this season. Stunning. He's been hit-or-miss even with Kevin Durant on the sidelines, and standard-league owners should have better options on the waiver wire. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Thabo scores just three points
    Thabo Sefolosha said his ankle was very tight following Wednesday's game, finishing with three points, three boards, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It was the second night of a back-to-back, so the Hawks may be resting him in those instances going forward. It was his worst game on the stat sheet since the opener. Sefolosha was taking an uncharacteristically high amount of shots in his previous three games, but he was back down to being the fifth option in the offense. He's only worth a look in 18-team leagues while Kent Bazemore (ankle) is out. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Thaddeus Young stays hot, scores 27 points
    Thaddeus Young's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Young's inexplicably lacking playing time to begin the season is no longer an issue, as he's averaged 35.0 minutes in Brooklyn's past three games. In addition to excellent points, rebounds, steals and FG percentage, Thad is even surprising owners with 9-of-10 FT shooting during that span. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Terrence Jones (hand) will start vs. POR
    Terrence Jones (hand) will start against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a wrap on his left hand at shootaround, but he'll be out there tonight. Jones' list of injuries are among the strangest of any player in the NBA and hopefully he can avoid another issue tonight. Start him. Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Thabo and Korver are available
    Thabo Sefolosha and Kyle Korver are both available for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: It's the second game of a back-to-back set, but the Hawks seem a lot more comfortable using their veteran wings. Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • P.J. Hairston (quad) out Wednesday vs. BKN
    P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) will miss Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: This will be Hairston's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and head coach Steve Clifford implied on Tuesday that he could miss several more games, so he might not be back until November 23. With Hairston sidelined on Tuesday, Clifford gave Cody Zeller the start, but as usual Zeller failed to do anything significant during his 18 minutes of action. Frank Kaminsky could see some more minutes with Hairston out, but he too is ineffective at bringing meaningful numbers to the box score. Wednesday, 2:29 pm
  • Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play
    Kent Bazemore (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: His ankle sprain isn't a minor one and he should miss more games going forward. The Hawks started Tiago Splitter on Tuesday, but he was somewhat useless in 12 minutes. It'll likely be Thabo Sefolsha stepping up. Wednesday, 12:45 pm
  • Manu Ginobili (hip) will miss next two games
    Manu Ginobili (bilateral hip tightness) will miss the Spurs next two games, and he will be re-evaluated prior to Saturday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Ginobili returned returned from a groin injury on Monday, and put up a season-high 17 points, but he'll now return to the sidelines with a new ailment. This will more than likely be a common theme for the 38-year-old this season, which is why he's not a very attractive guy to own in standard leagues. With Ginobili set to miss Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets as well as Friday's game against the Pelicans, Patty Mills should see a slight uptick in minutes. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Terrence Jones spotted with left hand wrapped
    Terrence Jones was spotted in the lobby of the Toyota Center with his left hand wrapped.

    Advice: There's no word yet on whether or not Jones is in jeopardy of missing Wednesday's game against the Blazers, but given his tendency to find his way to the sidelines, we'll be considering him questionable for tonight's contest. If he's forced to sit, the Rockets could go with either Montrezl Harrell at the four-spot, or they could go small with Marcus Thornton returning to the starting five and Trevor Ariza playing power forward. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:08 am
  • Gerald Green plays 12 minutes in return
    Gerald Green returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring two points with four boards and one assist in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Green was averaging 21.7 minutes per game prior to his suspension, so he is probably going to have to climb out of the doghouse before he will have any fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Thaddeus Young drops 16 and 11 with 5 steals
    Thaddeus Young scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, five steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also hit two clutch free throws to take the lead with one second left. Young also took a bad fall on that play and was a little shaken up, but he appears to be fine. Young's big game in the steals department gives him more attractive season averages of 14.7 points, 8.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.9 turnovers on 52.8 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the line. He is turning in fifth-round value on the season and has a pretty good chance to stay in that neighborhood. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Tiago Splitter experiment didn't go well, so Sefolsha may be the next man up in the starting lineup. Regardless, he's always had a low usage rate, so his ceiling won't be quite as high. If you're looking for some defensive stats and treys, give Thabo a look in 14-team leagues. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha questionable for Wednesday
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer said he will see how Thabo Sefolosha does during Tuesday's game against the Nets before deciding on his availability for Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.

    Advice: Sefolosha has not yet played in back-to-back sets, but with Kent Bazemore (ankle) on the sidelines, the Hawks may need to rely on Thabo more than usual. He's more of a steals specialist in deep leagues than a DFS target. Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • P.J. Hairston (quad) could miss more games
    P.J. Hairston (quad) could miss several more games according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: He has already been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks with Marvin Williams drawing the start at small forward. Hairston couldn't emerge as a fantasy asset despite starting, so there is no reason for him to be owned in most leagues moving forward. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Gerald Green will be available Tuesday
    Gerald Green will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he is planning on playing Green, but his owners may want to keep him on their bench until we see what type of role he will have. Green is only on the radar in deeper formats while Dwyane Wade is healthy. Tuesday, 3:01 pm
  • Anthony Brown sent down for D-League stint
    Anthony Brown has been sent down for a D-League stint.

    Advice: Brown has only managed to get off the bench three times this season, and he owns averages of 1.7 points and not much else. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • P.J. Hairston out Tuesday against Knicks
    P.J. Hairston (right quad contusion) will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Hairston will be replaced in the starting lineup by Marvin Williams at small forward and Cody Zeller will start at power forward on Tuesday. Jeremy Lamb (shoulder) and Jeremy Lin will also see an increase in minutes for as long as Hairston is out. Tuesday, 8:40 am
  • Manu scores a season-high 17 points
    Manu Ginobili returned from a groin injury on Monday and scored a season-high 17 points against the Blazers, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He was also just one minute from his season high in minutes. Ginobili has made 50 percent from the field on the season and has been very efficient overall with a 60.5 true shooting percentage and a 23.9 usage rate. He's actually been a fifth-round value on the season, so feel free to give him a look in all leagues while he's going strong. Monday, 9:47 pm
  • James Harden scores 16 points in loss
    James Harden scored just 16 points in Monday's loss to the Celtics, adding three assists, one board and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Harden was careless with the ball and turned it over four times and he wasn't overly aggressive either with just 10 shot attempts on the night. The Rockets as a whole have been pretty terrible this season, but Harden should eventually get it going and it's way too early to be concerned. The Rockets will take on the Blazers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points vs. OKC
    Jeff Green had a nice revenge game against the Thunder on Monday with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: After a goose egg on Nov. 11, Green has really picked it up. In his last three, he's averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys. He's also played at least 30 minutes in all of those games. Green isn't really a high-upside guy, so he's not a terrific grab. That said, if you want to grab him and see if he can keep it going, it's not a bad idea. Monday, 9:13 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 15 points in loss
    Terrence Jones scored 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 28 minutes in Monday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: The forward also added eight boards, four assists and one steal, but his line could have been a lot better if he didn't get into some early foul trouble. Jones isn't a great free throw shooter and went 1-of-4 from the line tonight, but all he really needs to do is to stay healthy in order to have a great season. He is averaging 20.3 points, 7.0 boards, 1.7 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 3-pointers over his last three games and should be considered a must-start player. Monday, 9:01 pm
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