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    • Report: Cavs in no rush to replace Varejao
      The Cavs are reportedly doing their due diligence but are in no rush to find a replacement for Anderson Varejao (Achilles).

      Advice: The Cavs are reportedly intrigued by going with a small ball lineup, so it appears nothing is imminent on the trade front. Tristan Thompson looks to be the primary beneficiary with Varejao being ruled out for the rest of the season, and he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      49 minutes ago
    • Zach Randolph (knee) doesn't practice on Xmas
      Zach Randolph (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: If Randolph is forced to sit on Friday, his minutes will be split up between Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos, and if Leuer draws the start he'll be a decent play in daily leagues. Koufos can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:15 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tony Allen (eye) returns to practice Thursday
      Tony Allen (eye) returned to practice on Thursday, and is looking probable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Memphis is no longer listing Allen on their injury report, so it's looking very likely he will return to the lineup for a difficult matchup vs. the Rockets. His return will likely send Tayshaun Prince back to the bench, and hurt the limited value of Vince Carter. Check back for an official update on Allen's status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nene scores 12 in return to starting lineup
      Nene scored 12 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) in his return to the starting lineup, but only managed to add two rebounds, one assists, one steal, and one turnover over 24 minutes of action.

      Advice: Nene's struggles from the line (53.8 percent) and low rebounding totals (5.3 per game) really limit his upside. He remains a constant injury risk, but if you're in desperate need of a big man, he's capable of filling the position in standard leagues. Kris Humphries put up 14 points and six rebounds over 29 minutes off the bench, and it looks like the two are destined for a timeshare. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:52 pm
    • Justin Hamilton (concussion) out on Christmas
      Justin Hamilton (concussion) will not suit up for the Heat's Christmas Day game against the Cavs.

      Advice: With Chris Bosh (calf), Josh McRoberts (knee), and Hamilton all unavailable for this one, Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Williams will all pick up some extra minutes. Williams offers the most upside out of the group, while Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues. Haslem doesn’t do much aside from rebound. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:39 pm
    • Bradley Beal scores 17 points with full line
      Bradley Beal scored 17 points during the Wizards' Christmas Day win over the Knicks, adding five rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Beal has now recorded at least one steal in his past seven outing, and he's currently putting up mid-round value on the year with averages of 15.1 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He's a primary component of the Wizards’ offense, and will continue to be a reliable source of points, 3-pointers, and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:06 pm
    • John Wall dominates Knicks with 24-11-6 line
      John Wall looked fabulous against the Knicks on Christmas, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 11 assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Wall basically did whatever he wanted today, and the Knicks looked like they didn't get the "no gifts" memo. John Wall currently leads the league with the most 20-point, 10-assist games this season with nine, and he's second in the league in assist per game with 10.4. He's putting up early-round value, and has established himself as an elite point guard in the league. Enjoy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
    • Quincy Acy ejected on Xmas, suspension likely
      Quincy Acy was ejected from the Knicks' Christmas Day game vs. the Wizards for throwing a punch at John Wall, and he'll likely be facing a suspension from the league.

      Advice: Acy hasn't been worth using in almost any league with averages of 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, so if he's suspended it's not going to mean much. Expect more minutes to go to Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith, and Carmelo Anthony. If you missed the altercation, you can click the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
    • Festus Ezeli (ankle) out Christmas vs. LAC
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) has been ruled out for the Warriors Christmas Day game vs. the Clippers, and either Marreese Speights or David Lee will start in his place.

      Advice: X-rays on Ezeli's ankle came back negative, and he's scheduled to get an MRI on Friday. Ezeli has been starting for the Dubs, but hasn't been doing enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. The Warriors may be forced to give Lee some extended run tonight, and he and Speights look like quality plug-and-play options. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:30 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
    • Patrick Beverley questionable for Friday
      Patrick Beverley (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Beverley will head into Friday's game as a potential game-time decision, while James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (knee) are both listed as probable. We'll update Beverley's status after shootaround, but Isaiah Canaan would be in line for a spot-start if Beverley is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • Samuel Dalembert will start vs Wizards Thurs
      Samuel Dalembert will start against the Wizards on Thursday.

      Advice: Dalembert doesn't present much fantasy value as he's only averaged 2.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in his last five days. He's a decent punt play in daily leagues on Thursday, but he can be safely left on waiver wires in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:01 am
    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs Wizards Thurs
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play against the Wizards on Christmas Day.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, Stoudemire will indeed suit up against the Wizards on Christmas Day. The Knicks may try to limit his minutes as he's been dealing with knee soreness, but his fantasy owners can feel free to fire up STAT against the Wizards. Cole Aldrich will return to the bench with Stoudemire active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:59 am
    • Nene will start for Wizards vs Knicks
      Nene will start against the Knicks on Christmas Day.

      Advice: This will be Nene's first start since November 22 as he's come off the Wizards' bench for the last nine games following his knee injury. Fantasy owners can feel free to plug the 32-year-old into their lineups, while his return to the starting lineup will put a dent in Kris Humphries' value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:35 am
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:14 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:30 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire game-time decision for XMas
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Stoudemire is dealing with a knee injury due to his early-season workload, according to Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. We'll update his status as more information becomes available, but Cole Aldrich and Quincy Acy would be in line for more minutes if STAT can't play on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:27 am
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Raptors assign Bruno Caboclo to D-League
      The Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo to the D-League.

      Advice: Caboclo will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as the Raptors attempt to get the rookie valuable playing time. The 19-year-old has only played 15 total minutes this season, so he can be safely ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:23 am
    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    • Festus Ezeli questionable for Thursday
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Thursday night.

      Advice: The Warriors could be without their top two centers and may have to call upon Marreese Speights to move into the starting lineup. They have used David Lee at center in some spots, so he would likely get a little extra run, too. Ezeli isn't worth owning in most leagues even with Andrew Bogut (knee) out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:16 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He has missed the past two games in order to rest but he is all set to play in an exciting matchup with the Wizards. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks opt to bring him off of the bench or start him, but we will pass along any updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:04 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Center Samuel Dalembert linked to Cavaliers
      Samuel Dalembert is rumored to be a target for the Cavaliers after they learned that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is done for the season.

      Advice: He is reportedly a last resort option for the Cavs which is really no surprise. Dalembert has been a major disappointment in New York and the Knicks have been aggressively shopping him for a while now. We will pass along updates as needed, but nothing seems to be in the works just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

      Advice: This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 am
    • Anderson Varejao's injury doesn't look good
      According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

      Advice: This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:32 am
    • Houston to promise Josh Smith a starting spot
      The Houston Rockets are assuring Josh Smith that he would be a starter if he signed on with them according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: Houston has emerged as the most likely destination for Smith, and this latest report would only solidify that. We will watch this situation very closely, as he is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 pm EST. His arrival would put a huge dent in the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones, so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 am
    • Festus Ezeli tweaks his ankle on Tuesday
      Festus Ezeli tweaked his ankle on Tuesday against the Lakers, finishing with 10 points, two boards and one assist in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Ezeli was OK so we will leave him off of the injury report for now. Ezeli isn't seeing a lot of playing time even with Andrew Bogut (knee) sidelined, however, meaning owners in standard leagues can look the other way. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:45 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Anderson Varejao may have injured Achilles?
      The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

      Advice: Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 pm
    • Anderson Varejao (ankle) seen in walking boot
      Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

      Advice: Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
    • Bradley Beal OK after elbow to the head
      Bradley Beal survived an elbow to the head during Tuesday's game vs. Chicago, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers.

      Advice: He chipped in three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, and he's now piled up 15 steals over Washington's past six games. Beal has been a solid mid-round value since returning from his season-opening wrist injury, and should flirt with top-40 value if he continues to rack up defensive stats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:47 pm
    • Anderson Varejao exits with leg/ankle injury
      Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

      Advice: He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:39 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire probable for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. HOU
      Tony Allen (eye) is questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Tayshaun Prince has started the last two with Allen sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been negligible (zero points in his last outing). Vince Carter has been the main beneficiary with Allen unavailable, and he can be viewed as a low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • Zach Randolph (knee) questionable for Friday
      Zach Randolph (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos have each drawn a start in the two games that Randolph has been sidelined, but Leuer has done the most with his opportunity. Koufos didn't do much besides kill the value of Leuer during his last start on Monday, and he wouldn't be worth using outside of very deep leagues if he again starts on Friday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:29 pm
       
      Injured
    • Howard would love to see Josh Smith in HOU
      Dwight Howard said he's already had some discussions with Josh Smith, and he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

      Advice: Houston is very confident they will be able to land Smith, and if he does end up in a Rockets uniform, he's really going to hurt the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). The Kings, Clippers, Heat, and Mavs remain in the running, and Smith is expected to clear the NBA waiver process Wednesday at 5pm EST. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:50 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Christmas
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Justin Hamilton will miss Tuesday's game
      Justin Hamilton (concussion) will miss Tueday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: The Heat will be down to a frontcourt skeleton crew Tuesday night with Josh McRoberts (knee) out for the season Chris Bosh (calf) out indefinitely. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will all see extra playing time Tuesday night, though neither warrant a look outside of daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 am
    • Ezeli scores career-high 15 points
      Festus Ezeli scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes on Monday against the Kings.

      Advice: Ezeli flashed some good post moves tonight but he needs to show up more consistently before we can recommend an add. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Tony Allen out on Monday with eye injury
      Tony Allen is out again on Monday due to his eye injury.

      Advice: There's no timetable for his return, so look for Vince Carter to produce a little better than average again tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Monday night
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not play on Monday night.

      Advice: It'll be his second game out of the lineup and John Leuer will get another run in the starting lineup. Randolph owners will probably want to bench him considering this is a knee injury. Leuer is worth a look in standard leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Rockets still in the lead to sign Josh Smith
      Josh Smith has been linked to the Heat in addition to the Kings, Clippers and Mavericks, but the Rockets remain the apparent frontrunner to sign him once he clears waivers.

      Advice: Miami has a clear need at PF with Josh McRoberts (knee) likely done for the season, and the Heat seem like a better fit than the Rockets, but Smith may be lured to Houston by the prospect of playing alongside Dwight Howard in the postseason. If he instead decides to sign with the Mavericks, beat writer Tim MacMahon reports that he'd fill Brandan Wright's former bench role -- Wright averaged under 19 minutes per game, so Dallas would be a poor fantasy destination for Smoove. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:12 pm
    • Houston leading the way for Josh Smith
      The Houston Rockets have emerged as the frontrunner for Josh Smith, according to Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: From an offensive standpoint, this makes zero sense. Smith gave himself the nickname Mid Range Shawty a couple years ago and the Rockets take less mid-range shots than any team. He reportedly was "fixated" on joining the Rockets, who have two improving power forwards in Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). Owners in standard leagues might have an excuse to cut him now because he was just the No. 182nd player in those formats before today. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 am
    • Samuel Dalembert gets $15,000 fine Monday
      Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:28 am
    • Pistons pull plug on Josh Smith experiment
      Pistons waive F Josh Smith.

      Advice: It's a stunning move from the Pistons, and an admission that the free-agent signing never made sense to begin with when the move was made. Still owed $27 million after this season, Detroit will use the stretch provision to remove Smith from the roster. When Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons were going to prioritize the future, he wasn't kidding. Greg Monroe should become the starting power forward in Detroit for now, but it doesn't seem like the Pistons are done making moves. The Kings, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks are expected to have interest when Smith clears waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:55 am
    • Samuel Dalembert facing suspension for foul
      Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:29 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) has no timetable to return
      Tony Allen (eye) currently has no timetable to return.

      Advice: Allen is dealing with a corneal abrasion, and it's hard to even speculate how long he might miss with the eye injury. While he's sidelined, look for Quincy Pondexter, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince to all fill in for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:26 am
       
      Injured
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:02 am
    • Josh Smith racks up stats w/ poor percentages
      Josh Smith posted 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in just 28 minutes on Sunday, but he also shot 5-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from the FT line.

      Advice: If percentages count in your league, you should have come to terms with Smoove's fantasy deficiencies long ago. For everyone else his across-the-board production and defensive stats are fantasy gold, and he's seemingly in no danger of losing his starting job to backup big man Greg Monroe. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:07 pm
    • John Wall struggles in loss to Suns on Sunday
      John Wall struggled in a loss against the Suns on Sunday, shooting just 5-of-15 from the field and finishing with 14 points, eight assists, five boards and three steals in 38 minutes.

      Advice: The fact that he was struggling in this game and still managed to put up these kinds of numbers speaks volumes about how well he has played recently. Wall is spoiling his owners this season and he's easily become one of the elite point guards in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:19 pm
    • Justin Hamilton (head) unlikely to return Sun
      Justin Hamilton (headache) left Sunday's game against the Celtics and is unlikely to return.

      Advice: It is a simple headache and he shouldn't be in danger of missing too much time. We will update his status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:32 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert gets ejected for flagrant 2
      Samuel Dalembert was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Raptors after picking up a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow at Jonas Valanciunas' head.

      Advice: Dalembert finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one turnover, and one steal, and it's possible he's facing a suspension. If the league decides to suspend Dalembert for a game, Cole Aldrich would likely draw another start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:18 pm
    • Anderson Varejao hits 9-of-12 FGs for 18 pts
      Anderson Varejao poured in 18 efficient points during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Sunday vs. Cleveland
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Sunday vs. Cavs
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: "Taking a couple of nights off isn't the worst thing in the world," said head coach David Joerger. "His knee is pretty swollen." The good news here is that an MRI on Randolph's knee came back clean, so he shouldn't be looking at a prolonged absence. Expect Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos to see some extended minutes with Randolph unavailable, and the guy who starts will make for the better play in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an update on the Grizzlies starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:32 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:18 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:54 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) doubtful for Sunday's game
      Tony Allen (eye) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: His eye still looks really rough, so there is almost no shot he plays in this one. Quincy Pondexter will likely start, but Vince Carter played 41 minutes the last time Allen rested and he looks like the best option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Zach Randolph, Tony Allen likely out Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) and Tony Allen (eye) likely won't play in Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: Randolph hasn't even made the trip to Cleveland yet, so there is almost no chance he plays against the Cavs. Randolph just had an MRI on Saturday, and even though it came back clean he is still dealing with swelling in his knee. Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos will pick up some extra minutes if Randolph sits, but neither player is a reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:56 am
       
      Injured
    • Patrick Beverley fouls out on Saturday
      Patrick Beverley fouled out in 41 points against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in treys has been huge and it's a big reason why the Rockets are not in the hunt for a point guard in the trade market. Beverley has seen his field goal shooting dip to 36.5 percent over his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 treys. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:27 pm
    • Dalembert plays down the stretch
      Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He had seven offensive boards, but that's about all he did as far as positives go. Dalembert is likely going to have to share his minutes with Cole Aldrich even when Amare Stoudemire comes back, so there is even less to like about him. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:24 pm
    • Zach Randolph (knee) questionable Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: This comes out of nowhere, and we just learned that he had an MRI, but luckily it came back clean. Randolph didn't practice Saturday, and there is some swelling in his right knee. He looks like he could be in serious danger of missing Sunday's game, and if he sits Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos would pick up some extra playing time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:36 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Nene scores 20 points in 26 minutes on Friday
      Nene hit 8-of-10 shots for 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: Kris Humphries played just 13 minutes and perhaps Nene is ready to take the lion's share of minutes back at power forward. He has health issues and hasn't been great this season, but Nene is worth a look if you need a big. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:05 pm
    • Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday
      Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Friday vs. Chicago
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Quincy Pondexter will likely draw the start, while Vince Carter will see extended minutes off the bench. Carter logged 41 minutes during his last outing with Allen sidelined, and put up 18 points with five 3-pointers, he does however have a difficult matchup against the Bulls, so Carter remains a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. CHI
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: If Allen is forced to sit, Quincy Pondexter would likely draw another start, but he doesn't do enough statistically to be considered an option in most leagues. While Allen averages 25.8 minutes per game, he's not a large part of the offense (6.5 FGAs per game) so his absence doesn't have too much of a statistical impact on the player replacing him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Patrick Beverley dealing with a sore calf
      Patrick Beverley is dealing with a sore calf, but he will still suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Beverley hasn't dealt with any calf issues in the past, and he was able to play 46 minutes during his last outing putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, so we're going to say he's fine. Deploy him as you usually would. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:20 pm
    • Casey impressed by Bruno Caboclo's work ethic
      Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he’s never seen a young player work on his game as hard as Bruno Caboclo.

      Advice: Caboclo was a popular draft day head-scratcher, but the 19-year-old's work ethic has impressed his coach thus far. However, Bruno has only been on the court for one minute since November 21, so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move forward without Caboclo this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 am
    • Patrick Beverley plays 46 minutes
      Patrick Beverley played 46 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: There are some rumors of the Rockets going after Rajon Rondo, but it's fair to argue Beverley is a better fit. He's a better defender, a better shooter and doesn't need to dominate the ball -- James Harden is all they need. Beverley is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:34 am
    • Zach Randolph goes for 21 and 21 in win
      Zach Randolph scored 21 points with 21 rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Spurs on Wednesday.

      Advice: That's five consecutive double-doubles for Z-Bo, averaging 19.8 points, 13.2 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers in that span. Randolph is starting to get it going on offense and it's safe to say his slow start is behind him, making 53 percent from the field over his last 11. His fantasy owners can go back to penciling him in for a double-double most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:20 pm
       
      Injured
    • Justin Hamilton invisible in start for Heat
      Justin Hamilton started at center for the Heat again on Wednesday, but had just two points and one rebound on 1-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes just aren't likely to be there for Hamilton, even with Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts hurting. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:52 pm
    • Josh Smith benched for hot Jerebko
      Josh Smith played just had seven points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on Wednesday, but also had four fouls and played just 19 minutes in the loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Jonas Jerebko played just 13 minutes, but hit 5-of-5 shots, 1-of-1 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws to finish with 13 points and two rebounds. Stan Van Gundy said after the game he stuck with the hot Jerebko and left Smith on the bench. Jerebko isn't going to be this hot on most nights, so don't panic if you own Smoove, who is also rumored to still possibly be heading to the Kings at some point this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tony Allen iffy for Wednesday w/ eye injury
      Tony Allen suffered a corneal abrasion in his right eye on Tuesday and is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

      Advice: If Allen's out it's going to leave a big dent in the defensive scheme of Memphis, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince would all see some extra minutes against the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Justin Hamilton disappoints in start Tuesday
      Justin Hamilton was disappointing in a start on Tuesday, playing just 16 minutes and finishing with three points, two boards and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Josh McRoberts (knee) could be done for the season while Chris Bosh (calf) could be sidelined for a while, so the opportunity is there for Hamilton. However, he didn't look comfortable out there and his quad may have been an issue for him. Until he can string together a few good games, owners in standard leagues can look the other way. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:46 pm
    • Zach Randolph drops 17 & 10 on Warriors
      Zach Randolph had 17 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's big win over the Warriors, which snapped their 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Randolph didn't do anything amazing tonight, but played well enough to help his team win, just as he's done all season. Mike Conley added a pedestrian 17 points, five assists and four steals on 6-of-18 shooting, but the Memphis D was too much for the streaking Dubs tonight. The Grizzlies now hold a record of 20-4, which is just one less win than the 21-3 Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Wall dominates again, Wiz improve to 18-6
      John Wall was dominant again scoring 21 points, matching a career high with 17 assists, and adding four rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 9-of-17 shooting as the Wizards beat the Wolves to improve their record to 18-6, and 13-2 at home.

      Advice: Wall leads the league with seven 20 & 10 points/assists games and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He's healthy, doing and saying all the right things, and playing like a superstar these days. What's not to love? Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:40 pm
    • Justin Hamilton (quad) expected to play Tues.
      Justin Hamilton (quad) is expected to play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: The Heat will be without starters Chris Bosh (calf) and Josh McRoberts (knee) so they'll need everything they can get from Hamilton. However, as a starter for Miami this season, Hamilton is averaging just 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, so he's not a viable option in most leagues despite the starting label. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:18 pm
    • Justin Hamilton (quad) warming up in Brooklyn
      Justin Hamilton was spotted going through warmups on Tuesday, and he did not look limited by his quad contusion.

      Advice: This bodes well for his chances to play on Tuesday, and we'll be monitoring the situation closely. With both Chris Bosh (calf) and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, the Heat could really use Hamilton, although he doesn't offer much upside as he's averaging just 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds with the starting unit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:52 pm
    • Justin Hamilton questionable for Tuesday
      Justin Hamilton (quad) went through shootaround on Tuesday and is questionable for the Heat's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Hamilton started on Sunday as the Heat were without Chris Bosh (calf) and Josh McRoberts (knee) and could draw another start on Tuesday if he's able to play. Hamilton had 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 33 minutes on Sunday and could be worth a look in daily league if he's able to play Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:02 am
    • Justin Hamilton (quad) is questionable Tues
      Justin Hamilton (quad) is questionable to play on Tuesday against the Nets.

      Advice: Chris Andersen is expected to come back, so that will at least help Miami in some capacity. Shawne Williams will likely have to step up and start for Miami, as well. Hamilton can be left on the wire unless you're in a deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 11:26 am
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