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  • Quincy Pondexter (illness) back in action Sun
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) returned to action on Sunday, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer and two rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Q-Pon's minutes briefly surged with five Grizzlies ailing last week, but he's irrelevant in standard-sized fantasy leagues now that they're back at full strength. He and Vince Carter (two points in nine minutes) tend to trade off decent games, which makes them both unsavory fantasy options. Rotoworld.com
    36 minutes ago
  • Tayshaun Prince vanishes w/ DNP-CD Sunday
    Tayshaun Prince vanished vs. the Clippers on Sunday, and he was the only player on the Grizzlies' active roster to pick up a DNP-CD.

    Advice: Prince is a terrible fantasy option whether he's coming off the bench or starting at SF, as he did in the Grizzlies' previous game. He's not contributing in ways that aren't reflected in the boxscore, either, as his PER of 8.9 will attest. Rotoworld.com
    37 minutes ago
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) iffy to return Mon.
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) went through Sunday's practice but he remains questionable to play vs. the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: This is nothing new for Rose's fantasy owners as he's been a perpetual game-time decision all season. He doesn't want to return until he's completely healthy, which is both understandable and frustrating, as his participation in practice doesn't usually mean much. Check back closer to Monday's tip-off for the final word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:53 pm
     
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  • 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
    Today, 5:47 pm
  • Al Jefferson scores 22 w/ season-high 12 reb
    Al Jefferson had 22 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes vs. Miami on Sunday, but he missed a last-second tip-in that could have won the game.

    Advice: Big Al's rebounding is way down this season, thanks largely to Lance Stephenson's impact, but he's now cracked double-digits in two straight contests. Tonight's performance should be viewed in context however, as the Heat rank 28th in the NBA in rebound differential and they're routinely torched by opposing centers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:47 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 16 points in 18 minutes
    Chris Kaman wasn't shy offensively on Sunday, making 6-of-13 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs to finish with 16 points, eight rebounds and one steal in just 18 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Kaman is the go-to option for Portland's second unit, which suits him perfectly. He abused Tyler Zeller's defense tonight and has now scored double-digit points in seven straight games, but he's barely clinging to value in 12-team roto leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:28 pm
  • 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
    Today, 2:04 pm
  • Vitor Faverani (knee) hoping to return by Jan
    Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that Vitor Faverani (knee) may be back by the beginning of January, but would not commit to an official date.

    Advice: Faverani's return date remains a mystery, but once is able to finally suit up he'll likely be eased back into the rotation. He's currently buried on the depth chart behind Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Tyler Zeller, and given his limited upside and uncertain return date, he’s not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:49 pm
     
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    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Butler wants Rose to be healthy for playoffs
    Jimmy Butler wants Derrick Rose to be 100 percent healthy for a deep playoff run this season.

    Advice: "Man, [Rose’s] head is in the same place all of our heads are in, and that’s wanting to win a championship," Butler said. "That’s what he’s getting ready for. That’s what we’re getting ready for. We want him to be 100 percent – not 99 – because you come back too early and you’re risking another injury. He’s fine. He’s our leader, and he knows what he’s doing." Owners of Rose will want to have the aspirin nearby this season, as he's bound for plenty of random rest days, and very late game-time decisions. Rose has been more risk than reward this season, and all owners can do is hope he has a strong second half. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:15 pm
     
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  • Luigi Datome (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Luigi Datome (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Datome currently is not a rotation player for the Pistons, and he can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues until he proves otherwise. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:36 pm
     
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  • Jeremy Lin (back) will play Sunday vs. Denver
    Jeremy Lin said that his back is fine and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The injury was never considered serious, so go ahead and get him in your lineups. Lin is not getting a lot of FGA this year playing next to Kobe Bryant, averaging just 8.0 attempts per game to go with 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and a career-worst 0.8 steals. He's not a must-start guy on a nightly basis, but as the only true starting-caliber point guard in LA, he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:00 pm
     
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  • Brandon Jennings (thumb) questionable Tuesday
    Brandon Jennings (thumb) did not practice on Sunday, and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The good news is x-rays were negative, so Jennings is just dealing with a sprain. If he's unable to go on Tuesday, D.J. Augustin will get all the minutes he can handle, and Spencer Dinwiddie could see some extended run off the bench. Augustin makes sense as a speculative add in standard leagues, but just know his value will be short-lived. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:51 am
  • 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
    Today, 11:44 am
     
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  • Pau Gasol (calf) hoping to return Monday
    Pau Gasol (calf) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and is hopeful he'll be able to suit up for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Gasol said that he's feeling much better, and he hasn't had a setback with the calf strain so far, so things are looking positive for him returning to action on Monday. However, if Gasol is unable to go Nikola Mirotic would be in for a heavy heaping of minutes with Taj Gibson (ankle) already ruled out for Monday and Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:35 am
     
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  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) will be GTD Monday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will practice on Sunday, but he remains a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It's a constant guessing game with Rose, so owners will want to check back closer to Monday's tip for an official update on his status. With both Rose and Kirk Hinrich (chest) headed for game-time decisions on Monday, Aaron Brooks could be in for a big game, although Brooks has failed to capitalize on the increased opportunity a couple times this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:25 am
     
    Injured
  • Celtics assign James Young to D-League
    The Celtics have re-assigned rookie James Young to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Young will get some playing time with the Red Claws that he wouldn't get in Boston, but he'll likely rejoin the Celtics in a matter of days. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Vitor Faverani (knee) has not timetable
    Vitor Faverani (knee surgery) still has no timetable for his return.

    Advice: He hasn't played basketball since tearing his meniscus in February, so even medical clearance to play will be followed by a lengthy training process. "This is my first injury," Faverani said. "I’m just happy because we have great doctors, great therapy guys ... All I can do is recover. We’ll just wait on my knee." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:40 am
     
    Injured
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • LeBron James: Cavs are 'very fragile'
    LeBron James said after Saturday's game that the Cavaliers are "a very fragile team right now."

    Advice: "Any little adversity that hits us, we just shell up," James said. "This is not even the lowest it's going to get for us ... It's still too early for me to be negative at all. Once I crack then it will trickle down to everybody else." He finished Saturday's loss with a relatively quiet 15 points and 10 assists, and it wouldn't be surprising if he looked for his own shot more vs. the Magic on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Nene's plantar fasciitis in his right foot
    Nene's plantar fasciitis is in his right foot, not the left foot that derailed his 2012-13 season.

    Advice: "I think he’s OK," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman. "I haven’t been able to talk with the trainer or anything to get exactly what’s going on." Nene said the pain has developed "over time" and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's home game vs. the Hawks, the first in a back-to-back set for Washington. Kris Humphries, Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden would absorb Nene's minutes if he can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
     
    Injured
  • Jrue Holiday looks great with 19-6-9 line
    Jrue Holiday helped close the door on Saturday's 106-94 win over the Jazz with 19 points, six rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made Trey Burke look like he belonged in the D-League and just roasted him late. Holiday is really starting to come on and he's going to have some extra shots come his way with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out. He's been a top-10 guard before and that's possible this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores eight points
    Austin Rivers played 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Eric Gordon went down and Rivers is going to get minutes. He's been one of the most inefficient players in the NBA lately, but the opportunity is there. Feel free to give him a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Jose Calderon returned to action on Saturday November 22. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Sergey Karasev returned to action on Saturday November 22. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Brandon Knight fills it up in a loss
    Brandon Knight scored 27 points against the Wizards on Saturday with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and five turnovers.

    Advice: He was grabbing his thigh before he went to the locker room in the first half, but he came back out and it didn't seem to bother him. Knight should be good to go, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss practice. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Shane Larkin doesn't play on Saturday
    Shane Larkin was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: He won't be a DNP-CD every game, but it's going to happen. Larkin can be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Iman Shumpert still plays 32 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played 32 minutes against the Sixers on Saturday with seven points, two rebounds, three assists, four steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He looked comfortable as the shooting guard tonight and coach Derek Fisher seems to have some confidence in Shumpert as his best wing defender. He won't be an elite guy, but he should have enough value worthy of ownership in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Jose Calderon struggles in his start
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes in his Knicks debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers with three points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had both of his calves wrapped tonight and was a step slow. Calderon will obviously be better than tonight and he's been gold in nine-category leagues because of his low turnovers. Make sure he's not on the wire despite this ugly game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams can't score vs. NYK
    Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-13 from the field for nine points against the Knicks on Saturday to go with four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. He is really struggling with his shot and there were about five shots that wouldn't have gone in with a rim two times the normal size. There's really no chance he is going to improve on his shooting this season, but the accounting stats will be there. Carter-Williams will really have to fill it up to be a top-60 guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • LeBron James, Cavs drop fourth straight
    LeBron James started Saturday's game vs. the Raptors with a flurry of energy, but he finished with 15 points, 10 assists, one steal and one block as the Cavaliers stumbled to a 17-point home loss.

    Advice: LBJ said he felt good before the game, and began with a spirited intensity that was sorely lacking in Friday's defeat, but elation gave way to frustration as Cleveland let an early lead slip away. The Cavs will have their ups and downs throughout the regular season, but we can count on LeBron to put up phenomenal fantasy stats no matter what the circumstances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Nene leaves Saturday with plantar fasciitis
    Nene started Saturday's game but only played six minutes before being ruled out with plantar fasciitis.

    Advice: Uh oh. Nene's 2012-13 season was spoiled by a never-ending bout of plantar fasciitis, so this is an ominous development just three weeks into the season. Kris Humphries is the most likely player to start at PF if Nene misses any time, while DeJuan Blair and Drew Gooden could find themselves back in the frontcourt rotation. Fantasy owners should consider Nene day-to-day for now, while bracing themselves for DNPs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
     
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  • Jose Calderon in the starting lineup on Sat.
    Jose Calderon will be in the starting lineup against the Sixers on Saturday.

    Advice: There is no official minute restriction, but the Knicks would be extremely foolish to play him big minutes. Calderon has been out all season after an aggravation and he has a laundry list of muscle issues in his career. He should be owned in all leagues, but his owners should bench him. Shane Larkin owner will want to cut him in just about every league. We'll also keep an eye on how Calderon's return affects guys like Iman Shumpert. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Vitor Faverani still not close to returning
    Vitor Faverani (knee) has only been doing work on a bike and in the pool.

    Advice: He did say he's 100 percent, but actions speak louder than words... or something. Faverani is not close to returning and he could wind up in the D-League anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The injuries are not considered serious and both players are probable for Sunday's game. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Larkin, Prigioni to split backup PG role
    The Knicks' backup PG job will be a "nightly" toss-up between Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni, according to coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "There will be times when Pablo is the best fit. There will be times when Shane is the best fit," said Fisher. "And we will just do in that moment what we think is best for the group. They have both done some good things for us so I wouldn’t put any one of them out of the mix with Jose coming back." A timeshare for backup minutes is a recipe for fantasy irrelevance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 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
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
  • Pau Gasol (calf) does on-court drills Friday
    Pau Gasol (calf) went through on-court drills on Friday and wrote that he's "getting closer to [a] return."

    Advice: Gasol could return Monday in Utah or Tuesday in Denver. His improving health is welcome news for Chicago, which has lost two straight games and may be forced to play without Taj Gibson (ankle) for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
     
    Injured
  • Bulls consider adding PG in Rose's absence
    The Bulls have considered signing another point guard if Derrick Rose (hamstring) isn't ready to return for Monday's game.

    Advice: Free agents Will Bynum and Mike James are both possibilities as Chicago patches over backcourt injuries to Rose and Kirk Hinrich (bruised chest/ribs). Neither Bynum nor James would have fantasy appeal even if they do get picked up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
     
    Injured
  • Cavs coach worried about 'every single thing'
    After the Cavaliers fell to 5-6 with a loss on Friday, coach David Blatt said he's concerned about "every single thing" his team is doing.

    Advice: "This is the same team a week ago was scoring 120 points a game," Blatt said. "We’re not a different group of people and we're not a different team. We're just playing in the dark right now." When LeBron James was asked whether any of the Cavs' lineups had found a rhythm this year he quickly replied "No," and it doesn't help that Blatt is experimenting with different rotations on a nightly basis. The Cavs will try to right the ship vs. the visiting Raptors on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • 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
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 pm
     
    Injured
  • LeBron James scores 22 points; Cavs now 5-6
    LeBron James scored 22 points in a loss to the 91-78 loss to the Wizards on Friday to go with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are 5-6 and LeBron is below .500 after playing in at least 10 games since the 2007-08 season. The Cavs also had a 76ers-like 82.0 offensive efficiency rating tonight. While everyone is going to overreact, LeBron has been a top-10 player in fantasy leagues despite not even being close to as great as he was last season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:46 pm
  • 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
  • Jefferson goes for 24 and 11 in home loss
    Al Jefferson scored 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting with 11 rebounds and no steals or blocks in the Hornets' 105-100 loss to the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Jefferson has ceded some rebounds to Lance Stephenson this year and hit just 63 percent of his free throws, and altogether he has returned to just top 70-80 value in 13 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Brandon Jennings hyperextends left thumb
    Brandon Jennings suffered a hyperextended left thumb in Friday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: It kept his minutes down to just 23 tonight in his worst game in a while, scoring nine points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. It's unclear how severe his injury is and his owners should just sit tight. If you have some dead weight and want to add D.J. Augustin, it's not a terrible idea. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams has a typical line
    Michael Carter-Williams had a typical line against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-18 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line for 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, five turnovers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is going to get his points, rebounds, assists and steals, but the turnovers and weak percentages are really going to hurt him in standard leagues. Carter-Williams gets a great matchup on Saturday against the Knicks, who rank last in the Eastern Conference in defensive efficiency. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:19 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince will start Friday vs. Boston
    Tayshaun Prince will start in place of Tony Allen (illness) Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Prince is going to get some increased opportunity tonight with Allen and Quincy Pondexter sidelined, but that doesn't mean much. He's averaging 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds with the starting unit, and with Allen and Pondexter not expected to be out long, he's not worth an add in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter won't play on Friday
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) will not play on Friday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He has the nasty stomach bug now and could miss additional time because he doesn't get much playing time to begin with. Pondexter is only worth owning in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:55 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
  • Nets looking to deal Karasev?
    The Nets could deal Sergey Karasev to the 76ers.

    Advice: He's not playing for the Nets and there's a decent chance he'll get playing time with the 76ers. Karasev is still not very talented, so he would only be a speculative add in a ridiculously deep league. The Nets are hoping to land a trade exception in the deal. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:22 pm
  • Pau Gasol will not play on Friday night
    Pau Gasol (calf) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup since being called "probable" for Monday. Gasol has been outstanding with the Bulls, but perhaps he was playing too many minutes. Taj Gibson was a letdown on Thursday thanks to Jason Thompson playing out of his mind on defense, but his owners should fire him up in all leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:52 pm
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol & Kirk Hinrich out
    Derrick Rose (hamstring), Pau Gasol (calf) and Kirk Hinrich (chest) are out against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Rose has been ruled out quickly for each of the last three games and he could miss more time. The Bulls are likely going to manage his minutes upon his return, so fantasy owners shouldn't buy low unless it's at an extremely discount. Aaron Brooks is going to be very busy tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:47 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices in full on Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he's expected to make his Knicks' debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Calderon's return will send Shane Larkin to the bench, and Iman Shumpert's value will take a small hit. He has a very favorable matchup vs. the Philadelphia "Tanker," but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Saturday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:21 am
  • Quincy Pondexter (illness) doubtful for Fri.
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Courtney Lee said that Pondexter is dealing with the worst part of the illness today, so it would be a bit shocking if he were to suit up. If Pondexter sits, there will be more minutes to go around for Vince Carter and Courtney Lee. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:50 am
  • 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
  • Quincy Pondexter is questionable for Friday
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) is listed as questionable to face the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He looks like he's a little behind schedule on the illness, so Pondexter might have a smaller chance to play. He's not a fantasy option as long as Courtney Lee and Tony Allen are out there. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:34 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
  • Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday
    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

    Advice: Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:05 am
     
    Injured
  • Pau Gasol (calf) will not play vs. Sacramento
    Pau Gasol (strained calf) will not play vs. the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He's questionable to return for Friday's game vs. the Blazers, but said on Wednesday that he must be patient to avoid aggravating the injury. Hopefully his status will once again be determined after Chicago's shootaround, rather than moments before tip-off. Taj Gibson is a terrific option with Gasol out on Thursday, especially with Joakim Noah still playing on a minute-limit. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:43 am
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol both out Thursday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:35 am
     
    Injured
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
     
    Injured
  • Quincy Pondexter struggles in start for MEM
    Quincy Pondexter started for the flu-depleted Grizzlies on Wednesday and had just four points and one rebound on 2-of-6 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and a few others were out with the illness tonight, so QP drew the start. He looked like a sneaky daily play, but that plan didn't work out as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:24 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince scores season-high 15
    Tayshaun Prince hit 6-of-8 shots and scored a season-high 15 points with three rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Several of his teammates were out with the flu, including Tony Allen and Courtney Lee, which resulted in a start for Prince. He's been awful this season and once his mates are back in action, you can forget about him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:18 pm
  • Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers
    Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Iman Shumpert makes just 1-of-11 shots
    Iman Shumpert made just 1-of-11 from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with three points, four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers.

    Advice: He turned in a 21-point gem on Tuesday night and was on the other end of the spectrum. Most of the Knicks wings are not giving Shumpert much competition, so he should still be able to keep his playing time somewhat high even when Jose Calderon (calf) comes back. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots
    Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:18 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
  • Michael Carter-Williams quiet in start
    Michael Carter-Williams made his first start of the season on Wednesday but hit just 4-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and four turnovers in a loss to Boston.

    Advice: MCW's downfall is the TOs and poor shooting, and both were on display tonight. He's going to get hot and score a lot of points and fill the stat sheet, but he usually does plenty of harm despite the good things he does in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Al Jefferson scores 28 in a loss to Indiana
    Al Jefferson scored a game-high 28 points in a 88-86 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday to go with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He was coming off a six-point dud on Monday with only a combined 11 boards over his last two games. Jefferson and the Hornets have lost three games in a row and are now just 4-8 on the season. His fantasy owners shouldn't be as concerned as Hornets fans. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • LeBron, Irving not enough vs. Spurs
    LeBron James hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving was better on 7-of-15 shooting and three 3-pointers for 20 points, just two assists, and three steals. LeBron's ball handling is probably going to hurt Irving's assist numbers over the course of the season, along with Kevin Love's rebounding and scoring. Had LeBron limited his TOs and made a few more shots tonight, the Cavs would have beaten the Spurs, but they played solid defense against him. LeBron wasn't at his best tonight, but he's having a big season and should be ready to dominate against the Wizards on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Status quo: Rose, Pau questionable vs. SAC
    The Bulls have listed Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) as questionable to face the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is pretty much useless because the Bulls will have sat both players with their "probable" status leading up to previous games. We would consider them a little closer to doubtful, but check back for an update on Thursday morning. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Quincy Pondexter in line for big minutes Wed.
    Quincy Pondexter should play heavy minutes for the Grizzlies on Wednesday, as they're down to only nine healthy players.

    Advice: Five guys are out with the flu including Courtney Lee and Tony Allen, which opens up a major opportunity for Q-Pon on the wings. He's well worth considering as a fill-in option in daily leagues, but doesn't have enough long-term value to bother with anywhere else. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • 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
  • Michael Carter-Williams will start vs. BOS
    Michael Carter-Williams will make his first start of the season against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played fine off the bench in 29.0 minutes per game, averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples with a 30.7 usage rate. Carter-Williams should be the main guy in the lineup for Philly and should fill the stat sheet in an inefficient manner. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • MCW and Noel likely to start tonight
    Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson and Luc Mbah a Moute are likely going to start Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: This is based on Wednesday's shootaround. Tony Wroten will move to the bench, which makes sense because Alexey Shved would be the backup point guard had Wroten been slotted into the SG spot. Carter-Williams has been very active and his owners can expect more out of him in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Pau Gasol says he has to be patient
    Pau Gasol (calf) said on Wednesday that he has to be patient with his calf strain.

    Advice: He said he has to go by how he feels and it sounds like he's going to sit out on Thursday night against the Kings. It's become a huge guessing game with the Bulls on the injury report, but we'll continue to try and piece it together leading up to Thursday night. Until then, Taj Gibson looks like a phenomenal player to own while Nikola Mirotic will get some chances, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:17 am
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Pau Gasol (calf) not practicing Wednesday
    Pau Gasol (calf) will not practice on Wednesday, and should be considered questionable for Thursday's game.

    Advice: He had to sit out vs. the Clippers on Monday, so it would not be surprising if he had to miss Thursday's game as well. Gasol has been a force for the Bulls early on this season, and owners will have to remain patient until a positive report surfaces. In the meantime, Taj Gibson will continue to start in his absence and will be a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:21 am
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) cleared to practice
    Derrick Rose (hamsting) is expected to participate in practice on Wednesday, while Pau Gasol will be rested.

    Advice: This doesn't mean a lot for Rose's owners, as he will likely be a game-time decision no matter what. If Rose doesn't suit up Thursday, expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to carry the load. If Gasol can't play, then Taj Gibson and Joakim noah will both be in for a big night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Vitor Faverani is listed as out for Wednesday
    Vitor Faverani is listed as out for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: He is out indefinitely and there has been no indication as to when we will see him again. When he does return, he will likely ride the pine and will have almost no fantasy value this season. Feel confident in leaving him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:54 am
     
    Injured
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Iman Shumpert returned to action on Tuesday November 18. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 pm
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) traveling on road trip
    Larry Sanders (bruised left thigh) will travel with the Bucks for games on Wednesday and Friday.

    Advice: He remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nets, but it's a great sign that he'll join the team for their brief two-game road trip. Zaza Pachulia double-doubled with a full line as a starter in Sanders' absence on Tuesday and would be worth a look for temporary value if Sanders misses any more games. We should know more after Milwaukee's shootaround, so check for updates on Wednesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) piles up 21/8/8 in return
    Iman Shumpert (hip) returned in style on Tuesday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: He did his damage in 36 minutes while starting alongside J.R. Smith, with Carmelo Anthony taking over at PF. Shump is on fire from the field and is shooting 50.5 percent on the season, compared to his previous career-best 40.1 percent shooting, and fantasy owners should continue to ride him until he cools off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Shane Larkin scoreless in 22 minutes vs. MIL
    Shane Larkin's streak of quiet games continued on Tuesday, as he went scoreless with zero rebounds and one assist in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: He has been starting at PG by default but Jose Calderon is nearing a return, and fantasy owners should cut Larkin in all formats. He's yet to score double-digit points in a game this season, largely because he's attempting only 5.9 shots in 27 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders a late scratch w/ bruised thigh
    Larry Sanders was a late scratch on Tuesday due to a bruised thigh.

    Advice: Zaza Pachulia will start at center in his absence and John Henson should earn more playing time off the bench, but the injury was reported so late that most fantasy owners will be unable to change their lineups. Sanders has averaged 6.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks through the Bucks' first 10 games, despite the fact that he's playing only 22 minutes per game. His injury doesn't sound serious and we're considering him questionable to return for Wednesday's game in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:58 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) will start on Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert (hip) will start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, and he will not have a restriction on his minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert will play at small forward, and will be joined by Shane Larkin, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, and Samuel Dalembert with Quincy Acey heading to the bench. The most interesting part about this news is that J.R. Smith will start alongside Shumpert, and Smith is fresh off a 28-point game vs. the Nuggets. It'll be interesting to see how the Knicks fare using a small-ball lineup, but this can be seen as positive news for owners of Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • LeBron James wants minutes to come down
    LeBron James stated during a recent interview that his minutes have to "come down."

    Advice: "For me, I don't want to [play heavy minutes] all year," James said. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it." James is currently averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1 per game, but a slight reduction in minutes wouldn't hinder James' value. When LBJ is on the court, he will put up big stat lines, so owners have nothing to worry about with this report. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • 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
  • Iman Shumpert expected to play vs MIL on Tues
    Iman Shumpert (hip) is expected to play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shumpert said he felt good during morning shootaround and wants to play, but will meet with the training staff before making a pre-game decision. We'll consider Shumpert a game-time decision for now, but J.R. Smith would be a strong fantasy play on Tuesday if Shump is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:43 am
  • LeBron James working on relationship w/Blatt
    LeBron James is still working on building a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: James and Blatt had somewhat contrary statements about the Cavs' energy level after Monday's loss to the Nuggets, but we're still only nine games into the regular season so it's not time to send the two to counseling just yet. "Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cavs' loss. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that." Regardless of his relationship with his head coach, James' fantasy owners have to be happy with his top-5 play over the last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:00 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
  • Kaman double-doubles off the bench
    Chris Kaman double-doubled off the bench on Monday, scoring 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Kaman isn't afraid to pull the trigger and he's returning late-round value in just 19.5 minutes per game. It's not the type of situation you want to rely on, but if you're in a pinch he gives you a puncher's chance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Pondexter posts nice line in blowout win
    Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds and four assists over 30 minutes in Monday's blowout win.

    Advice: Pondexter has been in and out of the rotation and we need to see this many more times before we let him out of our doghouse. He and Kosta Koufos (three steals, three blocks, 10 points, six boards) obviously benefited from the garbage time tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 16 points
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points against the Spurs on Monday with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe coach Brett Brown will start him now. Carter-Williams has been as advertised so far this season in three games, averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples on 37.8 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line. This is pretty much who he is. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Jennings hits five threes as push continues
    Brandon Jennings kept pushing in Monday's loss, hitting five 3-pointers and 6-of-13 shots overall to finish with 18 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Left for dead by many, Jennings is a top-40 player all of a sudden and at 45.6 percent shooting from the field it's certainly a sell-high moment. Just know that he has a top-50 upside enhanced by his durability and shouldn't be sold short. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:51 pm
  • LeBron says he was playing through the flu
    LeBron James played through the flu in the Cavs' 106-97 home loss to the reeling Nuggets on Monday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The flu is doubtful to hold him back going forward, especially with the Cavs under increased scrutiny with each passing loss. We're keeping him off the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Al Jefferson gets shut down on Monday
    Al Jefferson made just 3-of-12 from the field for six points against the Mavericks on Monday with five rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He couldn't deal with Tyson Chandler, who has shut down a number of centers this season. Jefferson has seen his rebounding numbers take a hit with just 5.8 per game over his last five to go with averages of 16.8 points, 2.0 assists and 0.2 blocks. He is a bit of a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Pau Gasol is out Monday with a calf issue
    Pau Gasol (calf) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable and is now the second Bull this season to be listed as probable and not play (Derrick Rose is the first). With Gasol out, Taj Gibson will get plenty of run and needs to be in 100 percent of lineups tonight. Gasol is hopeful to play against the Kings and sustained the injury on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 6:04 pm
     
    Injured
  • Tayshaun Prince is back on the bench
    Tayshaun Prince will move back to the bench on Monday.

    Advice: He has been starting the past two games and the Grizzlies haven't fared well while he's out there. Prince can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 4:54 pm
  • LeBron James is good to go for Monday night
    LeBron James (illness) will play against the Nuggets on Monday night.

    Advice: He missed shootaround with a head cold, but he was expected to play the entire time. James is hot on offense with 31.6 points per game in his last five and is also getting to the line 9.6 times per game in that span, too. Get him in your lineup even though garbage time will likely be a factor tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 2:28 pm
  • Pau Gasol listed as probable vs. Clippers
    Pau Gasol (calf) is listed as probable with a left calf strain for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: There was no indication of a calf strain before this report and we'd be shocked to see him sit tonight. Gasol has no noteworthy calf issues since at least 2003. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 11:43 am
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Monday night
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: This is the second game in a row in which the Bulls won't even make Rose a game-time decision. Rose is doing some work, but he could miss more time. His fantasy owners in weekly leagues have a tough decision on their hands with the only other games coming on a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday. Jimmy Butler is coming off a career night while Aaron Brooks disappointed on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich also played well on Saturday, which was really his only good game in the starting lineup. For what it's worth, we would bench Rose in just about any scenario. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 11:01 am
     
    Injured
  • Gigi Datome available to play on Monday
    Gigi Datome (hamstring) is available to play on Monday.

    Advice: Datome is healthy, but he's got no role with the Pistons right now. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 10:37 am
     
    Injured
  • Iman Shumpert will test out his hip Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert is still feeling soreness in his hip, but he'll test the injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Knicks play the Bucks on Tuesday, and it sounds as if Shumpert could come down to a game-time call. If Shumpert isn't able to suit up and give it a go, J.R. Smith will see his window of increased value extended ever so slightly. In that scenario, Tim Hardaway should pick up a few minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 9:50 am
  • MCW coming off the bench again on Monday
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench again on Monday against the Spurs.

    Advice: MCW has come off the bench since he debuted last week, and he'll continue that trend for the time being. We're expecting Carter-Williams to resume his traditional spot in the starting lineup sooner rather than later, and owners should be trotting him out there regardless through the process. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 9:22 am
  • James Young gets recalled from D-League
    Celtics recall F James Young from the D-League.

    Advice: The first-round pick has done absolutely nothing so far and has a long road ahead to crack on any kind of fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 8:28 am
  • LeBron misses shootaround, probable Monday
    LeBron James (illness) missed shootaround, but he's probable vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league right now, so the Cavs are likely just being cautious with their superstar. The fact that he's already probable is an indication it's not serious, but daily leaguers should keep James' illness in mind when filling out their lineups on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 8:04 am
  • Calderon could begin practicing before Friday
    Jose Calderon (hamstring) could begin practicing before Friday.

    Advice: Calderon is expected to return to practice by Friday at the latest. The Knicks could use his leadership and abilities at the point, especially as the team looks to get the Triangle offense fully integrated. As soon as Calderon can return, he's expected to take over as the team's starting point guard. He should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 6:56 am
  • Vitor Faverani showing no signs of progress
    Brad Stevens said he has "zero idea" when Vitor Faverani (knee) might return.

    Advice: We're marking him out indefinitely at this point until there is a positive update. "No increased activity," Stevens said. "I don't know. They have not given him any specific timeline." Now rehabbing from a second knee surgery after the firs caused lingering pain and swelling, Faverani is looking at a lost season. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 6:11 am
     
    Injured
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out for Monday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) will not play in Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: MKG has a stress reaction but the Hornets continue to list him as day-to-day, which suggests that they caught it very early. Gary Neal (concussion) is also out of commission, which means P.J. Hairston will earn another start with help from reserves Gerald Henderson and Brian Roberts. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 6:35 pm
  • Shane Larkin will start for Knicks on Sunday
    Shane Larkin will start for the Knicks on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Larkin has been inconsistent all season but has shown flashes of good play. However, Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to return very soon meaning that Larkin should be left on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 9:24 am
  • Jose Calderon may practice later this week
    Coach Fisher said on Sunday that Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani could resume practice later this week, but both will miss Sunday's game.

    Advice: This would be great news for Calderon's owners, as he is expected to flourish in the triangle offense making him a must-own player in almost all leagues. Bargnani on the other hand, shouldn't be owned in standard leagues until he strings together a couple of good games so owners should monitor him first. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:50 am
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) is out for Sunday's game
    Iman Shumpert (hip) is out for Sunday's game and J.R. Smith will draw the start.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Shump's owners, as he had been playing well so far this season. He isn't expected to miss much time, so J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway are only options for owners in need of short-term value. Consider Shumpert day-to-day and we will update his status as needed. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:32 am
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) is doubtful Sunday
    Iman Shumpert (hip) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against Denver.

    Advice: He had to leave the game on Friday but the good news was that X-rays were negative. Shumpert could still play Sunday but if he doesn't, expect the Knicks to use a committee approach to fill Shump's minutes with the likes of Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni. However, neither of those players are what we would call enticing pickups so owners in standard leagues will want to avoid them. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 6:28 am
  • Al Jefferson scores 19 points on Saturday
    Al Jefferson scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting while adding six boards and one assist in 24 minutes in a blowout loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: While he was efficient, Jefferson checked out of this one early as the Hornets were steamrolled early in this one. Big Al has been solid so far this season and owners can continue to deploy as usual, with the added bonus that he may see big minutes down the stretch as the Hornets pursue another playoff berth. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 10:20 pm
  • Nene scores 16 in 27 minutes on Sat.
    Nene (shoulder) played 27 minutes against the Magic on Saturday with 16 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: His shoulder injury was never considered serious and it didn't affect his playing time. Nene will wind up on the injury report more than most players, but he's a fairly reliable option in standard leagues while he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 6:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Kaman is set to start on Saturday
    Chris Kaman is set to start on Saturday in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (illness).

    Advice: This will likely be for just one game, as LMA should be better soon. Kaman could see around 25 minutes Saturday, making him a viable candidate for owners in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 6:21 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince draws another start Saturday
    Tayshaun Prince will draw another start on Saturday, and Courtney Lee will come off the bench.

    Advice: We don't understand what the Grizzlies see in Prince but he will get the nod with the first unit once again. Prince started on Thursday but ended up playing only 11 minutes and scored two points, so Lee's owners shouldn't be too concerned. Prince can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 5:15 pm
  • James Young headed to the D-League
    James Young and Dwight Powell will head to the D-League.

    Advice: Young played four minutes on Wednesday in garbage time, but he's not in the rotation. He'll look to get his offensive game together in Maine with the Red Claws. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 12:59 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hip) doubtful for Sunday
    Iman Shumpert (hip) missed practice on Saturday and is doubtful to play on Sunday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He did not return from his hip contusion on Friday, but X-rays were negative. Shumpert isn't expected to miss too much time, but there's a chance he could miss time even beyond Sunday. Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni will have to play next to each other for several possesions while J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. may play more, too. There isn't a great pickup to make here, though. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:37 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out on Saturday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) is out as expected on Saturday and rookie P.J. Hairston will likely draw another start.

    Advice: He missed Friday's game, and the Hornets are going to hold him out of Saturday's game as well as he tries to recover from a stress reaction in his foot. Rookie P.J. Hairston will draw another start, but is only an option in deep leagues or in daily leagues for his 3-point shooting, as he knocked down three 3-pointers in 17 minutes Friday. MKG is considered day-to-day and we will update his status as needed. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 9:42 am
  • Nene (shoulder) expected to play on Saturday
    Nene (shoulder) is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Magic according to coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: He made it through two full practices and it looks like his shoulder isn't giving him too many problems. Though he is injury-prone, owners should continue to deploy him as usual, but check back before tip-off for any updates on his status. If Nene does end up sitting this one out, expect Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden to pick up the slack, but neither are reliable fantasy options. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 6:23 am
     
    Injured
  • Jennings carries Pistons to win with 29 pts
    Brandon Jennings scored eight straight points in overtime and led the Pistons to a win over the Thunder, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now but Jennings is a top-35 player on the season even after his disastrous start. It's a case study in not overreacting to the first week of the season and also a great opportunity to sell him high while he's sporting a 46.2 percent mark from the field, which is going to drop at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 11:01 pm
  • Holiday near perfect on 10 FGAs; posts 24 & 9
    Jrue Holiday hit 9-of-10 shots in the Pelicans' 139-91 beatdown of the Wolves on Friday, finishing with 24 points, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Pelicans never let up from start to finish so everybody got to eat tonight. Anthony Davis scored 22 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks, Tyreke Evans posted 16 points, six boards, seven assists, four steals and a trey, and Ryan Anderson hit four threes on his way to 16 and six. And if you saw Austin Rivers with an 8-for-9 shooting night for 17 points and a relatively full stat line, it's pretty easy to understand what was going on here. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 10:48 pm
  • Carter-Williams posts 13-5-5 line off bench
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Carter-Williams is coming along just fine and as long as he stays healthy for Philly he should be in your lineup, too. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:54 pm
  • Knight keeps things rolling for his owners
    Brandon Knight kept up his torrid pace with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, two threes and two turnovers in Friday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Knight is a top 15-50 play (8/9 cat) this season and his consistency has been notable playing for flighty Jason Kidd. He's probably going to chill out on the 4.0 turnovers per game he brought into tonight, while his 87.8 percent foul shooting is certainly suspect with his best season checking in at 80.2 percent. His rebounding and assist numbers are way up, but it's possible that a role change under Kidd is bringing him good fortune. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 7:28 pm
  • Sanders struggles with foul trouble on Friday
    Larry Sanders struggled with foul trouble on Friday against the Magic, but still managed two steals and two blocks to go with four points and five boards in 16 minutes.

    Advice: This gets it done for owners and he's hovering around his ADP as a top-100 value. If he could make headway on the mpg issue (23.4), then he'd really be onto something but in Jason Kidd's rotation we're not holding our breath. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 6:58 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams heads to locker room
    Michael Carter-Williams went to the locker room on Friday and returned.

    Advice: It is not clear what happened, but he had a slight limp. Carter-Williams also took a shot to his shoulder earlier, but that doesn't appear to be the issue. Tony Wroten would get more run should MCW miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 6:25 pm
  • Luigi Datome (hamstring) will be active Fri.
    Luigi Datome (hamstring) will be available to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Datome is going to struggle to find minutes playing behind Josh Smith, Kyle Singler, and Caron Butler, so he's not a viable option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 3:55 pm
     
    Injured
  • Michael Carter-Williams off bench again
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He and his entire team were awful, but coach Brett Brown will bring his Rookie of the Year off the bench again. His minutes should still be close to normal, so fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 3:41 pm
  • Kaman minutes are a concern
    Coach Terry Stotts expressed some concern of Chris Kaman playing too much.

    Advice: He matched his season high with 22 minutes on Wednesday and has held steady right around 19 minutes per night on the season. Kaman is a candidate to start on Saturday with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) likely out, but it would be hard to imagine him playing more than 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 1:36 pm
  • Nene (shoulder) will play Saturday vs. Magic
    Nene (shoulder) has practiced in full for the past two days, and head coach Randy Wittman said that he will play Saturday.

    Advice: Nene is averaging 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 steals on the season, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in standard leagues. The next injury is always right around the corner with Nene, but he's a serviceable while healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 11:00 am
     
    Injured
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a stress reaction in his right foot, and will be sidelined for at least the next two games.

    Advice: That means that Kidd-Gilchrist will be targeting a return for Monday's game vs. Dallas at the earliest. Beat reporter Rick Bonnell is reporting that rookie P.J. Hairston will draw the start Friday, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do with some extended minutes. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Hairston. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 10:08 am
  • Tayshaun Prince starts for some reason
    Tayshaun Prince started for the Grizzlies on Thursday, playing 11 minutes for two points, one assist and nothing else.

    Advice: Why? Prince had a plus-minus of minus-20 in just those 11 minutes while off-the-bench Courtney Lee was plus-20. OK then. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 8:28 pm
  • Pau Gasol dominates with 27 points vs. TOR
    Pau Gasol dominated against the Raptors on Thursday with 27 points 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal three blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: He made 12-of-19 from the field and just owned the paint tonight. Gasol has been rolling in his days with the Bulls and has seen an upward trend in his production, averaging 20.4 points, 12.2 points. 2.2 assists and 2.0 blocks over his last five. He looks like a steal for his owners. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 7:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Tayshaun Prince starts over Courtney Lee
    Tayshaun Prince started over Courtney Lee on Thursday against the Kings.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere and it's probably a matchup-based move. Lee has been phenomenal all season and his fantasy owners shouldn't panic. Prince has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 5:19 pm
  • Luigi Datome (hamstring) returns to practice
    Luigi Datome (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Datome hasn't yet suited up for a single game this season, but his return to practice means that he's taking a positive step in that direction. Still, he's currently behind Josh Smith, Kyle Singler, and Caron Butler on the depth chart, so he's not likely to hold any fantasy value upon his return. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 1:50 pm
     
    Injured
  • Calderon (calf), Bargnani (hamstring) out Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) and Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This news should come as no surprise as Calderon isn't targeting a return until late-November, and Bargnani remains without an official return date. Shane Larkin has been filling in as the team's point guard with Calderon sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been minimal. Iman Shumpert however, has taken full advantage of the extended opportunity, and is currently averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers a game, and given how he has endeared himself to coach Derek Fisher with his defense, he'll likely remain a key rotation player even upon Calderon's eventual return. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 1:41 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist could get extended mins Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could get some extended run on Friday with Marvin Williams (knee) doubtful, and Noah Vonleh not yet being ready to see major minutes.

    Advice: Cody Zeller is expected to draw the start at power forward on Friday if Williams is unable to go, but Kidd-Gilchrist could see some time as the team's backup power forward. "We could play smaller. We’ve worked some with [Kidd-Gilchrist] at the four, which is something I eventually want to do," head coach Steve Clifford said following Thursday's practice. Clifford also said that while Vonleh could see some limited minutes, he's not up to speed with the Hornets' system, and he's "not close" to being ready for major minutes. MKG could make for a decent plug-and-play option on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 1:25 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter, Dave Joerger have meeting
    Quincy Pondexter and Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger had a closed-door meeting before Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The backup swingman played just two minutes during Tuesday's win over the Lakers and Joerger took some time to clear the air with Pondexter. "The message is, this is what I was thinking and this is what I’m thinking going forward," Joerger said. "It’s always about not letting little things become big things. When you don’t talk to guys, that’s the worst." Pondexter is stuck behind Courtney Lee on the Grizzlies' depth chart and shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 13, 10:14 am
  • Chris Kaman stays hot in easy win
    Chris Kaman came off the bench to hit 6-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 free throws for 16 points, seven rebounds, a steal and two more blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kaman is now averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 boards and 2.0 blocks over his last five games and is probably a better option than someone you have on your bench in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 12, 9:50 pm
  • Jrue Holiday has a nice game vs. LAL
    Jrue Holiday made 8-of-17 from the field for 17 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's hit his stride on offense with at least 15 points, one triple and five dimes in each of his last four games. The Pelicans are playing with some nice pace and Holiday has great weapons around him in the starting lineup, so he should be a must-start guy as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 12, 9:30 pm
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