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  • Cody Zeller will start for Marvin Williams
    Cody Zeller will start at power forward against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He will presumably start on Saturday as long as he doesn't fall on his face tonight. Zeller has played well in his last three games with 12.3 points per game in that span. He'll really need to keep his fouls down, but the opportunity is there as a fantasy plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
    31 minutes ago
  • Marvin Williams out for Friday and Saturday
    Marvin Williams (shoulder) will not play against the Warriors on Friday or Saturday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He can't stay healthy this season, but the Hornets won't miss him much anyway. The team is hoping he'll be ready for Wednesday against the Bulls. Cody Zeller has really picked it up lately and is a solid option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    36 minutes ago
  • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) ruled out Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The illness bug claimed another body tonight and the Kings will be in deep trouble. They don't really have a guy capable of playing big minutes at center, so it'll likely be a group effort. Jason Thompson does get some minutes at center, so he's probably the biggest beneficiary for minutes and has a solidified role. Although, Derrick Williams is also a very interesting player to use in daily leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    51 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still out on Monday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) won't play on Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and could miss a few more games. The Hornets have been using a lot of two-point guard lineups with Brian Roberts, but he's still not a fantasy option. There is little incentive to stash Kidd-Gilchrist. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:48 pm
  • Jimmy Butler looks great yet again on Friday
    Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 22 points against the Celtics during a 109-102 win on Friday with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He is a legitimate weapon on offense and the Bulls were even using him as a roll man in pick-and-roll sets with Derrick Rose. Butler also looked great in post-up plays despite making just 6-of-15 from the field tonight. He is getting to the line more than anyone could have ever expected and looks like the steal of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah blocks six in 15 and 14 line
    Joakim Noah was dominant on both ends of the court against the Celtics on Friday, scoring 15 points with 14 boards, six assists and six blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch open jumper at the top of the key to give the Bulls a two-possession lead with 24 seconds left in the game. Noah played suffocating defense as well, and looked very healthy after missing Tuesday's game. His owners will have to keep an eye out on his knee injury and he could miss games in the future, but he should be good to go for Sunday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:06 pm
     
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  • Nikola Mirotic steps up on defense
    Nikola Mirotic blocked a career-high five shots against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his best game on the defensive end and he wasn't too shabby on offense either, making 4-of-6 from the field. With Doug McDermott looking lost, Mirotic should get minutes in the high 20s while Taj Gibson (ankle) is out. He's worth owning in standard leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:01 pm
  • Brandon Bass plays 27 minutes
    Brandon Bass played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with 16 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Kelly Olynyk had one of his routine disastrous games and Bass came in to help out. He's still going to need Olynyk to have a few more bad games before he'll have decent fantasy value in even deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Evan Turner gets some extra run
    Evan Turner played 23 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Jeff Green was in a little bit of foul trouble, but Turner did play well and made Doug McDermott look like a rookie a couple times. Turner is still going to need some sort of injury to the starting unit in order to have fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • Hollis Thompson expected to start on Saturday
    Hollis Thompson is expected to start against the Mavericks on Saturday in place of Tony Wroten (knee).

    Advice: There could be some tweets from K.J. McDaniels' mom on Twitter shortly. Kidding aside, Thompson has been a bit of a boring option in the first unit and he already lost his job once, but coach Brett Brown will play it safe and go with him. McDaniels is still a much better asset in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Jared Sullinger puts up 23 points, four treys
    Jared Sullinger made four 3-pointers against the Bulls on Friday with 23 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-19 from the field and attempted nine shots from beyond the arc. Sullinger has 10 triples in his last three games and is boosted his shooting to 30.6 from deep with this hot stretch. Sullinger is putting up career numbers in basically every category except steals and is a must-start option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:31 pm
  • Kobe Bryant skips shootaround on Friday
    Kobe Bryant did not practice on Thursday and skipped shootaround on Friday, but he will play against the Wolves.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he could manage Kobe's minutes a bit, but it still shouldn't drop him below his 35.4 per game. In an effort to save his legs, Bryant is also probably going to miss more practice than Allen Iverson, but it shouldn't affect him on the court since he doesn't do much off the ball anyway. His fantasy owners can lock him into their starting lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:02 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Jerami Grant set to debut on Saturday
    Jerami Grant (ankle) will be active against the Mavericks on Saturday.

    Advice: We have no idea if he's going to get minutes, but it's unlikely. Grant looked awful in summer league and the 76ers have been hesitant to give Robert Covington much run, so there's little reason to be excited about the rookie from Syracuse. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:52 am
     
    Injured
  • Anderson Varejao (ribs) questionable for Sat
    Anderson Varejao (rib contusion) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday, but this injury doesn't sound too serious. Of course, Varejao has missed a lot of games in his career and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss time. If he does, Tristan Thompson would likely start while the Cavs could get Brendan Haywood in the mix. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
     
    Injured
  • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) doubtful vs. Spurs
    DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is doubtful to face the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: His knee injury is not an issue, but now the Kings are hit with a sudden illness for their team's MVP. Cousins has eight double-doubles in a row and the Kings are going to be a mess on offense even if Rudy Gay (Achilles) plays. If he's out, it'll likely be a group effort of Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, Carl Landry and Reggie Evans. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Webster not going through full practice
    Martell Webster (back) is not going through a full practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is getting closer to a return and was cleared for contact last week. The Wizards have given Rasual Butler some minutes in the past few games and it's pretty clear Webster will get a sizable portion of minutes because of his shooting. We still don't have a concrete target date, so he's not worth stashing in most leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Eric Moreland sent down for D-League stint
    The Kings have sent Eric Moreland back to Reno for another D-League stint.

    Advice: Moreland has played a total of 34 seconds for the Kings this season, and that tells you about all you need to know about his non-existent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:57 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (knee) said that he is fine, and will play Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Danilo only managed to play 8.7 minutes during his last outing, checking out due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, but his return to the lineup tonight is an encouraging sign. He's by no means a must-own player in standard leagues, but he was starting to get it going before his injury scare on Wednesday, so if you're in a deeper league and have available roster space, stashing him wouldn't be the worst idea. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:29 am
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • David Lee (hamstring) doubtful for Fri./Sun.
    Head coach Steve Kerr is considering David Lee (hamstring) doubtful to play Friday or Sunday.

    Advice: Lee will most likely return for one of the Warriors upcoming home games, either Tuesday vs. Orlando, or Thursday vs. New Orleans. With the Warriors currently sitting on a record of 12-2, and Draymond Green excelling as the starting power forward, there's just no need for Lee to rush a return. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return, and there are no guarantees he will take the starting job away from Green. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:19 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Thabo Sefolosha (illness) out Friday vs. NO
    Thabo Sefolosha (illness) will not play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: With Sefolosha out, DeMarre Carroll will get all the run he can handle and he has a favorable matchup vs. New Orleans. Carroll logged 38.7 minutes sans Thabo during his last outing, scoring 14 points (two 3-pointers), to go with three rebounds an assist, and a block, and should have similar production tonight. Think about deploying him as a low-budget play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:03 am
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Marvin Williams (shoulder) doubtful Friday
    Marvin Williams (shoulder) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: If Marvin sits, Cody Zeller would draw the start at power forward, however he has an unfavorable matchup today against Draymond Green of the Warriors, and on such a busy Friday night owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Hawks send Payne, Jenkins to D-League
    The Hawks will send Adreian Payne and John Jenkins to the D-League.

    Advice: Jenkins had one big game this season, while Payne hasn't done much. This is just an FYI in case you notice they're missing from the Hawks bench tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:38 am
  • Grant Jerrett cleared to play for Thunder
    Grant Jerrett has been cleared to play for the Thunder after dealing with an ankle injury.

    Advice: With Russell Westbrook back and Reggie Jackson coming off the bench, Jerrett is clearly an afterthought. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:35 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs NY
  • Taj Gibson feeling better, won't play Friday
    Taj Gibson's ankle is feeling much better after a cortisone shot, but he won't play on Friday and he doesn't sound likely to be ready for Sunday's game, either.

    Advice: It sounds like he's getting close, but with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol both playing today, Nikola Mirotic is a long shot at having a big day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:20 am
     
    Injured
  • Joakim Noah says he's playing on Friday
    Joakim Noah says he'll play through his eye and knee injuries on Friday.

    Advice: Taj Gibson is still not ready due to his ankle injury, but is feeling better after a cortisone shot. Get Noah in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:18 am
     
    Injured
  • David West (ankle) will start Friday vs. ORL
    Updating a previous report, David West (ankle) will start Friday vs. the Magic, marking his season debut for the Pacers.

    Advice: West's return to the starting lineup will send Luis Scola to the bench. He'll bring a much-needed scoring punch to the Pacers offense, and will offer rebounds and solid percentages to fantasy squads. Get him active. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:15 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • David West (ankle) probable for Friday
    David West (ankle) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: West has been targeting a Friday return, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. His return will send Luis Scola to the bench, and West will give the Pacers some much-needed offense. Stay tuned for an official update on West's status as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:59 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Noah (knee) to be evaluated after shootaround
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will go through shootaround, and if he feels fine, he will play according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Noah's return to the starting lineup would send rookie Cameron Bairston back to the bench. He was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:52 am
     
    Injured
  • Report: Jimmy Butler turned down 4-year, $40M
    Jimmy Butler reportedly turned down a four-year, $40 million-plus offer from the Bulls after seeing Klay Thompson land a max four-year, $70 million deal with the Warriors.

    Advice: Butler said he was "gambling on myself," with regards to his decision to test the market as a restricted free agent this offseason, and he's looking like a guy trying to get paid. Butler has entered the conversation as an elite player in the league, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game (all career-highs) while shooting 50 percent from the field. Butler is currently ranked as the seventh-best player in fantasy hoops, and owners that gambled on him in the middle rounds should be cautious not to pull a muscle while patting themselves on the back. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:30 am
  • Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise
    Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

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

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

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

    Advice: The Kings have thrown players with very minor injuries on the injury report as "probable" and it looks like Cousins dodged a bullet here. He suffered what could have been a contusion on Wednesday, but he did play through it and there look to be no negative effects since. He's arguably the best fantasy big man this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Thabo Sefolosha (illness) is questionable
    Thabo Sefolosha (illness) is questionable to face the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday against the Raptors and the Hawks were ripped apart on the perimeter. If Sefolosha is out, DeMarre Carroll and Kent Bazemore could play a little more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:54 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) probable for Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

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

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

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

    Advice: The fact that Noah is having problems with his surgically repaired left knee is troubling, but some of those concerns can be eased if he's able to suit up on Friday. Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if he's unable to go, Pau Gasol will start at center, and Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kobe Bryant hits 5-of-15 shots in loss
    Kobe Bryant hit just 5-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Memphis is one of the league's best teams and plays solid defense, especially with Tony Allen guarding Kobe at times tonight. Bryant's shooting has been a disaster this season, but he's still been highly productive. And the fact he hit 10-of-10 free throws could mean he's getting some leg strength back. But once the Lakers fall completely out of the playoff race, owners have to be concerned that he may shut it down for the season with a mysterious 'back injury.' With the Lakers playing so poorly, selling high on Kobe appears to be a forward-thinking plan. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:02 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks
    Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is 'fine' after injury scare
    DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury against the Rockets on Wednesday and did not miss time, finishing with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, he said his knee is sore, but he will be fine for Friday against the Spurs. Cousins has put the team on his back over his last seven and has a usage of at least 36 percent in five of those games, which led to averages of 25.0 points, 14.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks on 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 from the line. He is a monster and is basically unstoppable. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Danilo Gallinari exits w/ left knee soreness
    Danilo Gallinari will not return to Wednesday's game due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: Gallinari's left knee is the one that required surgeries for a torn ACL as well as meniscus damage, so this is a particularly worrisome update. With any luck his absence is purely a precaution, and we'll pass along updates as soon as possible. Wilson Chandler has been playing well as the Nuggets' starting SF and Gallinari's shaky health is one more reason to hang onto Chandler. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • Marvin Williams starts, goes scoreless again
    Marvin Williams was scoreless in 11 minutes of action on Wednesday, starting at PF but finishing with just one rebound and two assists to his credit.

    Advice: Cody Zeller had nine points and seven boards off the bench, while playing superior defense vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, and it's fair to question how much longer Williams will keep his starting gig. The Hornets shot 42.6 percent in their previous six games, all losses, and finished tonight's defeat just 41-of-94 from the field (43.6 percent). Something has to give. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (illness) won't play vs. TOR
    Thabo Sefolosha (illness) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the time of year when "flu-like symptoms" make their rounds throughout the NBA, and Sefolosha is the latest victim. He's playing a small role off the Hawks' bench with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll both healthy, so his absence shouldn't cause any problems for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Marvin Williams to play SF Wednesday
    Marvin Williams should get plenty of minutes at small forward on Wednesday in order to match up with the Blazers.

    Advice: It doesn't really matter where Marvin plays, as he's just not that good these days. However, this should also mean more Cody Zeller at PF and Zeller has been playing pretty well over his last few games. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • David West hoping to play on Friday night
    David West is hoping to make his season debut for the Pacers on Friday after dealing with a severely sprained since Oct. 18.

    Advice: "(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after practicing Tuesday. "The ankle is healthy which is important." It sounds like it's now or never for West, who has already missed 15 games. "We've exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain," West said. "I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn't go any further. I got really lucky." Luis Scola will take a hit when West is ready to go at full speed. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:30 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Jimmy Butler's 32 points not enough vs Denver
    Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic logs 21 minutes off CHI bench
    Nikola Mirotic came off the bench for the short-handed Bulls on Tuesday, making 1-of-5 shots to finish a loss in Denver with four points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes and is a nice fantasy option with Taj Gibson (ankle) and Joakim Noah (eye, knee) both out of commission, though he usually scores more without the defensive stats. Gibson could return Friday and Noah is questionable, so keep in mind that Mirotic isn't guaranteed inflated minutes this week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari scores 15 points on Tuesday
    Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points on 5-of-9 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in Tuesday's game, adding five rebounds, three assists and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Gallo's minutes have ramped up over the past week and he's averaging 14.0 points and 1.7 triples in his last three games. Wilson Chandler is playing well as Denver's starting SF and there are no guarantees that Gallinari will overtake him, but he has enough upside to be worth a speculative add -- he has enough upside to return top-100 value in a 30-minute bench role, assuming he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings to 9-5 record
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • David Lee (hamstring) might return Nov. 30
    David Lee (hamstring) is hoping to play vs. the Pistons on Nov. 30, but admitted that he's more likely to return on Dec. 2 or Dec. 4.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate and the Warriors have no incentive ro rush him back with Draymond Green thriving as the team's starting PF. Lee is likely to come off the bench once he's healthy, at least at first, which dims his near-term fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:38 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Joakim Noah diagnosed w/ left knee effusion
    Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a left knee effusion, more commonly referred to as water on the knee, and he will not play on Tuesday.

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

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

    Advice: It's worth noting that Joakim's left knee is the one that was surgically repaired this offseason, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If Noah sits out, Nikola Mirotic would likely slide into the starting lineup, and would serve as an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues against a weak Denver interior defense. Check back for an official update on Noah's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Scott may try to shorten Kobe Bryant's PT
    Coach Byron Scott said that he may try to trim a couple minutes off Kobe Bryant's current minutes allotment, as Kobe has been struggling with fatigue during the second half of games.

    Advice: Kobe is currently averaging 35.7 minutes per game, but is also shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field. Scott is attributing some of those misses to fatigue, and while a minor reduction in minutes would have a minimal impact on Kobe's overall numbers, it could have a positive effect on his field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:11 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • David West (ankle) targeting Friday return
    David West (ankle) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel will have the final say as to whether West suits up or not, but he did give an encouraging quote after Tuesday's practice. "I’m hopeful [West can play Friday]," said Vogel. "We’ll see how he responded to this work, but we’re hopeful for Friday." It's looking like West is very close to making his regular-season debut, and when he returns Luis Scola will head to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

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

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

    Advice: We keep waiting for Butler's shooting to fall at least a little bit but it just doesn't happen. Playing at a top 10-15 level, he has a heavy lift to stay in that lofty space. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Mirotic mildly productive in 28 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with two threes, five boards and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: This was the fear in making a big play for Mirotic -- that Pau Gasol would return and negate the opportunity created by Taj Gibson's injury. Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound convinced that Gasol (calf) will play in Denver on Tuesday so there is some hope for another chance, and for what it's worth Joakim Noah played through a minor eye injury tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Varejao posts solid line in low minutes
    Anderson Varejao scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks over just 21 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Magic.

    Advice: Varejao is beating the odds by staying on the court and he should be in most lineups at this time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:59 pm
     
    Injured
  • Cody Zeller scores career-high 17 points
    Cody Zeller scored a career-high 17 points against the Clippers on Monday during a 113-92 loss with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin dominated Marvin Williams in the early going, so Zeller picked up some extra playing time. Zeller does have some bright spots, but his inability to hit jumpers will likely cost him a chance to be a regular contributor on the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) likely out until Dec
    David Lee (hamstring) is not expected to return to the lineup until at least Dec. 2.

    Advice: He's not close to returning and the Warriors learned their lesson on bring him back so soon. Considering how well Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are playing right now, there is no rush. Lee isn't a must-own player while Green is a must-start guy right now. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:14 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out Monday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: There was never a doubt that he was going to play and he's expected to miss more time. Expect Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal to pick up the slack. Kidd-Gilchrist is not worth owning in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:27 pm
  • Kobe Bryant could miss some practice
    Coach Byron Scott said he plans to rest Kobe Bryant in practice instead of cutting his minutes in minutes in games.

    Advice: The Lakers really do not have a choice right now with Xavier Henry (Achilles) likely done for the season. Bryant has been taking shots at a ridiculous clip and is playing 35.7 minutes per game, but he's shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:13 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • David West (ankle) 'getting close' to return
    David West (ankle) is "getting close" to returning.

    Advice: West went through an intense workout on Saturday and didn't need any medical tape around his right ankle to do it, so the veteran finally appears closing in on a return. When he does come back, Luis Scola will return to his typical reserve role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • David Lee (hamstring) will not play Tuesday
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play on Tuesday vs. Miami.

    Advice: This is just a reminder as Lee is tentatively targeting a return on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. Draymond Green will continue to start at power forward. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:02 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Joakim Noah calls Mirotic a difference-maker
    Joakim Noah said Nikola Mirotic is a "difference-maker at the offensive end."

    Advice: Mirotic balled out on Friday without Taj Gibson (ankle) and Pau Gasol (calf) available with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four 3-pointers, but he's going to need injuries ahead of him to produce like that regularly. He has an offensive game that's very capable of helping fantasy teams, but he's limited by his current role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:55 am
  • Taj Gibson not a lock to return on Friday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is uncertain to return by Friday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Gibson has already been ruled out of Monday and Tuesday's contests, and he's not even traveling with the team currently. Tom Thibodeau said there isn't much swelling, the Bulls won't take any chances with letting Gibson's ankle injury linger. Nikola Mirotic stands to benefit from Gibson's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:44 am
     
    Injured
  • Danilo Gallinari logs season-high 31 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari played a season-high 31 minutes in Sunday's overtime win, finishing with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven boards and one assist.

    Advice: He made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining in OT and it's very encouraging to see him log so many minutes on his surgically-repaired knee. He may not overtake Wilson Chandler for the starting SF job, and he's shooting just 30.9 percent on the season, so owners should think twice before adding him in typical 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • Marvin Williams FT-less streak at 354 minutes
    Marvin Williams didn't attempt a free throw vs. the Heat on Sunday, extending his FT-less streak to an astounding 354 minutes.

    Advice: He's one of four players in NBA history to begin a season with 300+ minutes without any free throw attempts, and there's no telling when the streak will end. He finished Sunday's game with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and one assist, and he's only worth considering if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:48 pm
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • Evan Turner solid, but plays just 14 minutes
    Evan Turner provided a spark for Boston's second unit with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 14 minutes.

    Advice: Turner deserves some plaudits for embracing a reserve role with the Celts, but his fantasy value is severely limited by just 21.2 minutes per game. He belongs on the waiver wire, especially since his role will shrink further once Marcus Smart (ankle) gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:26 pm
  • Jared Sullinger launches season-high 22 shots
    Jared Sullinger set season-highs on Sunday for both field goals attempted (22) and 3-pointers attempted (nine), though he finished with only 19 points in a loss to Portland.

    Advice: Sullinger was 8-of-22 from the field with three triples, while rounding out his evening with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He has a green light to shoot from distance, to say the least, and is blowing away his ADP through the first dozen games of Boston's season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:25 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) targeting Friday return
    David Lee (hamstring) is targeting a return for Friday vs. the Hornets, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's unclear if Lee would return as a starter or a reserve, but he'd likely be on a minutes restriction during his first couple of games, and given Draymond Green's impressive play it seems likely Lee would come off the bench initially. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:46 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) remains w/out timetable
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) remains without an official timetable for his return, and he's currently not allowed to go through shooting drills, as doctors don't want him jumping.

    Advice: We'll pass along any updates as they become available, but it's not looking like MKG is anywhere near making a return. While he's out, Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal will continue to see extended minutes, and Neal looks like a solid pickup for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:04 pm
  • Adreian Payne recalled from D-League stint
    The Hawks have recalled Adreian Payne from the D-League.

    Advice: Payne has yet to play a single minute for the Hawks this season, and as long as Paul Millsap and Al Horford are healthy, Payne is not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:05 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) out Monday and Tuesday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) was sent home to Chicago to be evaluated by team doctors, and he will not play Monday vs. the Jazz or Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic will be the main beneficiary of Gibson's absence, and he is coming off a 24-point 11-rebound outing vs. Portland. If Pau Gasol (calf) is also unable to suit up on Monday, Mirotic is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and he makes for a decent speculative add in standard leagues for owners with roster space. Just know that Mirotic's value could be short-lived with Gasol nearing a return. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:44 am
     
    Injured
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer called out for D
    Byron Scott singled out Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer for their inconsistent defensive effort.

    Advice: "Offensively, he’s doing a [heck] of a job," Scott said. "Defensively, though, he still has the inconsistency we’re talking about. He’s one of our main culprits – him and [Carlos] Boozer. They both know they have to get better." Boozer has a +/- rating of -90 on the season, and Hill is at -92, whereas backup big man Ed Davis is at +6. Scott hasn't suggested that he'll start Davis at any point, but it seems like an obvious move to shore up L.A.'s awful interior defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins dominates w/ 31 pts, 18 reb
    DeMarcus Cousins steamrolled the short-handed Wolves in Saturday's road win, scoring 31 points and tying his season-high with 18 rebounds.

    Advice: He navigated foul trouble while making a stellar 11-of-15 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs, to go along with two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said prior to the game that DMC is in his top-five MVP candidates to begin the season, and it's hard to disagree. The Kings' 8-5 record would be golden in the Eastern Conference, but as things stand they're in fourth place in the tough Pacific division. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Anderson Varejao double-doubles in defeat
    Anderson Varejao posted his second double-double of the season on Saturday with 13 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: He chipped in three assists with two turnovers and zero defensive stats, and his 5-of-9 FGs were tainted by a 3-of-6 mark at the FT line. AV has been a top-100 value this year and he's ably held off Tristan Thompson (11 points, seven boards in 20 minutes) for the starting center job so far. David Blatt said he's considering a change to the starting five, but that's more likely to impact Shawn Marion than Varejao. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) misses practice on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he had him rest for heavy legs. "He’s such a workaholic that sometimes it can hurt you more than help you. So I told him ‘I’ll see you Sunday,‘" Scott said. Bryant definitely looked like he needed the rest with he and Nick Young missing their first 12 shots in an embarrassing loss to the Mavericks on Friday. He'll be ready on Sunday against the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:31 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out until Dec.
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) isn't expected to return until at least Dec. 3.

    Advice: He has a stress reaction in his foot and the Hornets are wisely playing it safe. "We’re lucky that he said something [about feeling pain] because if he gets a stress fracture we’re in deep trouble," said Steve Clifford. "I think that is why they’re being very careful." Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and eventually P.J. Hairston (ankle) will pick up the slack in MKG's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:07 am
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) frustrated by third sprain
    Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle for the third time since last year's playoffs on Friday, saying afterward, "I have to stop trying to run back out there and trying to play through these things."

    Advice: "I pushed through a whole summer of trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up," Gibson said. "I just keep having these little bum ankle turns ... I have to be patient ... We've got a long season, but the dog in me wants to be out there and play. I have to learn from this." The ongoing nature of Gibson's injury suggests he'll miss significant time with his latest sprain, though fantasy owners can expect plenty of nebulous injury updates from the Bulls in the days to come. Nikola Mirotic posted a 20-10 game after Gibson went down on Friday, though his role will be limited once Pau Gasol (calf) gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
  • Jimmy Butler has an overdue dud vs. POR
    Jimmy Butler scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal on 3-of-13 from the field against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been one of the best players in the NBA this season and obviously gets a pass here. Butler's shot selection wasn't as great tonight, but there is no need to worry thanks to taking much smarter shots throughout the season. He'll likely get it going again on Monday against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic erupts w/ 24 points, 11 boards
    Nikola Mirotic stepped up with Taj Gibson (ankle) getting hurt against the Blazers on Friday, scoring a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Pau Gasol (calf) did not play tonight and X-rays were negative on Gibson's ankle, so he is not a lock for minutes. That said, Mirotic is capable of blocking shots, hitting treys and turning in good percentages, so it's not a bad idea to add him speculatively in some leagues. To be clear, we wouldn't cut a player you're going to miss. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:10 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari has impressive game
    Danilo Gallinari made 5-of-7 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He entered tonight making just 26.2 percent from the field and he really needed a big game like this one. Gallinari is still a long way from playing close to his career 30.8 minutes per game, which might not even happen. Unless you want to be really aggressive, you can probably keep Gallo on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:28 pm
     
    Injured
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • Thibs downplays Gibson's ankle injury
    Coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the ankle injury suffered by Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Blazers, saying he didn't think it was serious despite Gibson leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

    Advice: X-rays taken were negative but there is a different vibe coming from writers that think he may need at least a little time to get his ankle right. Owners speculating on Nikola Mirotic (24 points, 11 rebounds, four threes) may want to tap the breaks here, but the running joke is that Thibs doesn't think any injury is serious. With Pau Gasol set to come back sooner rather than later it would appear, Mirotic is more of a flier than anything in 12-14 team formats. In daily formats owners could be able to squeeze a few good games out of him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 pm
     
    Injured
  • Taj Gibson hurts ankle in Friday's game
    Taj Gibson hit the ground after hurting his left ankle in Friday's game and did not return.

    Advice: He was helped off the floor by teammates and he is already on crutches, and it's the same ankle he hurt against the Cavs. Nikola Mirotic has looked pretty good with Pau Gasol out and he'll clearly take a backseat to Gasol and Joakim Noah, but in that injury prone crew he'll also be well-positioned if the injury bug strikes. We don't have a timetable on Gibson since the injury just occurred, but Mirotic is worth a look as a speculative add for any low-upside or risky player on your roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Lee (hamstring) 'making good progress'
    David Lee (hamstring) is "making good progress" according to the Warriors and he will be evaluated again on their current road trip.

    Advice: We'll need to see a bit more progress before arbitrarily assuming he's close to being back, but it's a good report nonetheless. His minutes and starting status will be in doubt upon his return, but he'll still be worth owning in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Sullinger and Green post balanced lines
    Jared Sullinger scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including three treys) with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Both Sullinger and Jeff Green (12 points, six boards, four assists, one steal, one block) are rolling and should be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Hollis Thompson moves to the bench
    Hollis Thompson moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He did start the second half because Nerlens Noel was in foul trouble. Thompson has been an underwhelming starter throughout his career and he hasn't really done enough to keep his starting role even on the 76ers. He should not have been owned in most leagues to begin with and his arrow is pointing down in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:43 pm
  • Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup against the Raptors.

    Advice: We just thought we'd throw that out there considering it was an issue with him last time. Start Sanders like you normally would and hope he avoids foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to the bench
    Thabo Sefolosha will come off the bench against the Pistons on Friday with DeMarre Carroll back from injury.

    Advice: Despite Thabo being known as a strong defender, the Hawks were thumped on defense in their last two games. Sefolosha doesn't have much fantasy value and he didn't do much while Carroll was out anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:07 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Hollis Thompson will come off the bench Fri.
    Hollis Thompson will come off the bench Friday with Tony Wroten entering the starting lineup.

    Advice: Thompson doesn't do much aside from take minutes away from K.J. McDaniels. He's currently averaging 7.9 points, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers on the year while shooting 34.9 percent from the field, and he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Martell Webster has been cleared for contact
    Martell Webster (back) has been cleared for contact in practice.

    Advice: He's had three back surgeries in his last four years, so the Wizards won't be in a rush to get him into game action. The 27-year-old swingman also said he expects to retire at 30, so the team probably won't want to give him too many minutes upon his return. He and Otto Porter should cancel each other out in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:24 am
     
    Injured
  • David West (ankle) returns to practice Friday
    David West (ankle) was a limited participant during Friday's practice and is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

    Advice: West remains without a definitive return date, but his return to practice is a positive sign. He'll provide the Pacers with some much needed offense when he’s finally able to suit up, and should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up points and boards with high percentages. Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen will continue to help fill the void with West sidelined, but neither guy is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:16 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Larry Sanders left thigh now 100 percent
    Larry Sanders said that he's fully healed from his left thigh injury he sustained during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: It's nice to know that he's healthy, but it would be better if he could start contributing consistently. Sanders is averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Those poor shooting percentages are keeping him out of the top-100, and right now he doesn't look like much more than a blocks specialist in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins post 22-14 line in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played through a hip injury and lived in the paint against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 14 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and had five fouls. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls and has committed at least five in all but three games this season. Besides that and the high turnovers, Cousins is dominating on the stat sheet and is the main reason why the Kings are 7-5. He's in the mix to be the most valuable big man behind Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:41 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Taj Gibson has a letdown game in Sacramento
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

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

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

    Advice: He operated out of the post quite a bit, but he had nine of his 11 makes come off an assist tonight. Butler has been the go-to option for the Bulls these days, but his usage takes a massive hit when Derrick Rose (hamstring) is on the floor. He's putting up first-round value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: With P.J. Hairston (ankle) also sidelined, Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start and get all the minutes he can handle. Henderson is coming off a disappointing two rebound, zero-point dud from Wednesday, but he'll look to bounce-back with a favorable matchup vs. Orlando. MKG is considered day-to-day, but remains without an official return date. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • David Lee's re-evaluation pushed back to Fri.
    David Lee's (hamstring) re-evaluation will now take place on Friday rather than Thursday.

    Advice: Lee went through some 5-on-0 portions of Wednesday's practice, and he was expected to be re-evaluated today, but that will have to wait another day. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation, so owners still holding on will need to be patient upon his initial return. He sounds doubtful for Friday's game against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:42 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:12 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Adreian Payne assigned to Ft. Wayne Mad Ants
    Hawks rookie Adreian Payne has been assigned to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

    Advice: He's expected to play over the weekend, which suggests that he's recovered from the plantar fasciitis which has kept him rooted to Atlanta's bench all season. The Hawks have too many frontcourt options to give Payne any thought in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:46 am
  • Kobe Bryant scores 29 on 28 FGA, 10 FTA
    Kobe Bryant made 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 29 points during a 98-92 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He started off fine making 6-of-11 from the field before halftime, but things turned sour in the second half with miss after miss. Bryant's usage actually dropped to 37.3 after tonight with his 36.8 in the win, but he's still on pace to have one of the highest usage rates ever -- he has the record of 38.7 in 2005-06. Expect Kobe to take plenty of shots against the Mavericks on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:21 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Marvin Williams scores eight points vs. Indy
    Marvin Williams (knee) played 23 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with eight points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He played a little more small forward tonight because the Hornets are so thin on the wing. Williams is not going to be involved enough in the offense to be used in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:04 am
  • Jordan Hill puts up 18 and 10 in a win
    Jordan Hill scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He operated a little closer to the basket and coach Byron Scott has suggested he'd like to see Hill take less jumpers. He's worth owning in all leagues and hopefully the wheels don't fall off with his 30-plus minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:00 am
  • Marvin Williams returned to action on Wednesday November 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes
    Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores season-high 23 in win
    Brandon Bass hit 9-of-13 shots for a season-high 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Bass had only hit double digits in scoring in two games this season prior to tonight and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Jared Sullinger stays hot in win over Philly
    Jared Sullinger hit 10-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to a season-high 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Sully has been killing it and while he didn't have a steal or block tonight, he's averaging 16.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists over his last five, and has hit a 3-pointer in three straight games. He's showing no signs of slowing down and has scored in double figures in every single game this season, so just keep riding him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Anderson Vareajao bounces back w/ monster
    Anderson Varejao, who played 18 minutes and failed to score on Monday, blew up for 23 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on 11-of-16 shooting against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He followed up his worst game of the season with his best and Varejao looks like a complete mystery thus far. After going on a three-game "tear" where he averaged 14.3 points and 4.5 rebounds last week, he disappeared for a two-game streak of 1.0 points and 7.0 rebounds before tonight's explosion. With his season highs in both points and boards tonight, it's possible the Cavs are just going to showcase Varejao in the big matchups this season in hopes of keeping him healthy. And that has fantasy headache written all over it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:59 pm
     
    Injured
  • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is probable to face the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be fine and was able to play through the injury on Tuesday. Cousins has been outstanding this season and he'll get a tough test against a great Chicago frontline. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Larry Sanders is starting on Wednesday
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: In usual Bucks fashion, this update comes at 7:37 pm EST for the 7:30 game. Sanders' thigh issue may limit him and his minutes have been a bit erratic anyway, so he should be on the bench in most fantasy leagues. Zaza Pachulia will move back into the second unit tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Martell Webster's (back) rehab 'on schedule'
    Martell Webster (back surgery) said he's "right on schedule," which indicates he could return in late November.

    Advice: The last report we heard was that Webster was making minimal progress in his rehab, so this is a very encouraging update. A return in December seems more likely, as Washington won't take any chances with his health, and either way he's a marginal fantasy option with Bradley Beal (wrist) back in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:13 pm
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders is a game-time call vs. Nets
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is a game-time call on Wednesday night to face the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday and there is a good chance he misses tonight. Zaza Pachulia is coming off a nice game and would be a desperate plug-and-play option on a busy night in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • David Lee goes through 5-on-0
    David Lee (hamstring) went through 5-on-0 portions of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to be re-evaluated on Thursday, but is still expected to miss the next week. Lee will likely have his minutes monitored and he's likely lost his starting job to Draymond Green. It does make some sense to stash Lee, but he's probably not a top-50 player upon his return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) questionable Wednesday
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

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

    Advice: After showing visible improvement in his play early this season, he has had some tough luck with injuries so far. MKG is expected to make a full recovery with a few days rest, so we will consider him day-to-day for now. Gary Neal (concussion) is also out for Wednesday's game while P.J. Hairston (ankle) is doubtful, meaning Gerald Henderson could see big minutes and is worth a look in daily leagues or for owners in need of a short-term boost. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • David West (ankle) will not play on Wednesday
    David West (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: This has to be frustrating for his owners, as he has yet to play this season with his nagging ankle sprain. We will continue to monitor his status and it should be noted that he still deserves to be owned in almost all leagues for his scoring and rebounding prowess. In the meantime, Luis Scola will continue to start with Lavoy Allen backing him up, but neither player is an attractive option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Jerami Grant (ankle) listed as out Wednesday
    Jerami Grant (ankle) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against Boston.

    Advice: Based on what the 76ers roster currently looks like, it is not out of the question that Grant could get into the rotation once he is healthy. We will update his status as needed but for now you can leave him on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:41 am
     
    Injured
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) plays well vs Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins tweaked his left hip flexor while warming up for Tuesday's game, but he still finished with 24 points, 17 boards, three assists and two blocks vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Needless to say, the hip injury didn't limit DMC and shouldn't be a problem going forward. The Kings jumped out to a big lead for the third straight game tonight, but once again they let it slip away and their record has fallen to 6-5 after an impressive 5-1 start to the season. They'll have a tough task staying above .500 with the Bulls coming to town for a nationally-televised game on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm @ SA
  • Kobe Bryant hits 10-of-18 shots for 28 points
    Kobe Bryant was in the groove vs. Atlanta on Tuesday, sinking 10-of-18 shots with three 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 28 points.

    Advice: Bryant added four rebounds, three assists and one steal to round out his efficient performance. He leads the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game despite shooting a mere 37.7 percent from the field prior to tonight's stellar performance. He's over the flu that slowed him down this weekend and even Nick Young's return won't have a significant impact on Kobe's shot totals, which is good news for fantasy owners relying on his volume scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Jordan Hill double-doubles w/ 18 pts, 10 reb
    Jordan Hill double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds and one assist vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, making 8-of-17 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in just 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hawks rank 28th in rebounding with a -3.8 differential and they're particularly poor on the offensive glass, where Carlos Boozer and Hill hurt them all night long. It was Hill's putback following an offensive rebound that gave L.A. a much-needed five-point cushion down the stretch, and he's quietly emerged as a top-100 fantasy value through L.A.'s first 11 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Marvin Williams (knee) questionable vs. Indy
    Marvin Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He played on both Friday and Saturday despite being listed as doubtful and questionable, respectively, so there's a good chance that he'll be in uniform. That doesn't mean he'll have fantasy value, however, as he's coming off a scoreless game and hasn't been consistent enough for use outside of very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
  • Jerami Grant (ankle) remains w/out time frame
    Jerami Grant (ankle) is still "a ways away" from returning to the basketball court, according to head coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: "I don’t really know the time frame," Brown said. "I think it could be a little as eight to 10 days. But in regards to a specific time frame, I’m not really sure." With how bad the 76ers are Grant could emerge as a rotation player during his rookie season. However, he doesn't offer enough upside to warrant a stash, and owners can use a wait-and-see approach with the Syracuse product. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:48 pm
     
    Injured
  • David West (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Hornets
    David West (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: West's potential return date keeps getting pushed back, and this just really speaks to the severity of the ankle injury he sustained back in October. The Pacers haven't given much updates on West's status, but we'll be monitoring his status closely. Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen will continue to split minutes at power forward with West sidelined, but neither guy is a very attractive option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out Weds vs Pacers
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) has been declared out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: MKG's stress reaction will keep him out for a fourth consecutive game on Wednesday and he will be joined on the Hornets' inactive list by Gary Neal (concussion) and likely P.J. Hairston (ankle). Gerald Henderson put up 18 points in 37 minutes with MKG and Neal out on Monday and should again make for a solid fantasy play with both players out on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
  • Gibson enjoys like without Pau on Monday
    Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 pm
     
    Injured
  • Butler headlines night of big lines for Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one three and a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line in Monday's win.

    Advice: Butler is returning top-10 fantasy value and it's unclear where his shooting percentages are ultimately going to fall because he has clearly improved. Making an ungodly 80.6 percent from the line on 8.0 attempts per game, we're getting past issues involving small sample size too. The safe play is to sell him high in exchange for a well-positioned top-20 asset, but what fun would that be? Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Mirotic productive with Pau Gasol out
    Nikola Mirotic was productive with Pau Gasol (calf) out on Monday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Mirotic needs an injury or two in front of him before he has any real fantasy value, but this is a good sign that he may be able to come through if given the chance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Hollis Thompson has a horrible game vs. SA
    Hollis Thompson made 1-of-8 from the field for four points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He had a minus-33 and was pretty useless out there. Interestingly, Thompson is probably the safest guy to stay in the starting lineup among Brandon Davies, Luc Mbah a Moute, Henry Sims and Tony Wroten. The 76ers might be the worst 0-10 team ever. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:04 pm
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