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  • Ryan Anderson says he's ready to return
    Ryan Anderson (knee) said he's ready to return to the Pelicans' lineup at some point over the next three games.

    Advice: Anderson is expected to go through his first full-court scrimmage workout Tuesday after missing the team's previous 17 games. "'I'm definitely going to be back on this road trip,'' Anderson said. ''That's my full intention." While Anderson isn't a must-add player in standard fantasy leagues, he's worth a flier for owners with an extra roster spot as long as he's able to stick to his outlined timetable.
    Today, 7:31 am
  • Hamilton slowly ramping back up for Minny
    Justin Hamilton started for Gorgui Dieng (concussion) scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist and one block over 25 minutes in the Wolves' 104-84 loss to the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Hamilton continues to ramp his minutes back up after suffering a concussion and it's a shame because he was showing real mid-round upside at the time he got hurt. Dieng's absence helps him out a bit, but there should be more than enough room for him to produce regardless of Dieng's status.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Johnson grabs 16 rebounds in win over HOU
    Amir Johnson grabbed 16 rebounds in Monday's win over the Rockets, and also chipped in with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson is enjoying a four-game week and was a relatively safe, albeit low-end play for owners this week. This gets him off to a good start and if you started his counterpart, Patrick Patterson (seven points, one three, four boards, one steal, 28 minutes) better luck next time.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Valanciunas blocks five shots vs. Rockets
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's win.

    Advice: This is the type of line that tantalizes owners, as it shows how he can create a quick path to top-24 upside. Valanciunas has chipped away to top 40-50 value this season by staying in the lineup every night.
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Brandan Wright could game more run
    Brandan Wright played 18 minutes against the Blazers on Monday with four points, six boards and two assists.

    Advice: Alex Len probably broke his nose tonight, so Wright could have more minutes headed his way. When Len sprained his ankle earlier this month, Wright was an early-round asset as a starter. If you want to take a chance, give Wright a look in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins may not play in road games
    DeMarcus Cousins may not play in remaining road games this season based on some comments from George Karl.

    Advice: "I said, 'Instead of thinking about shutting it down, let's try to find some days that you can get your body rested.' We might schedule a piece of our games and [rest Cousins] again," coach George Karl said. "It gives me an opportunity to experiment a little bit. At home, I'd like to go in and [let Cousins play] every game. But on the road, I might experiment a little bit more." He's likely out on Wednesday, but the Kings do have three home games from Apr. 3-7. After that, four of their final five games will be on the road. Cousins isn't a must-own player right now, but the prudent move might be to hold him until he gets his three home games and then drop him on Apr. 8.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 15 points at home
    Paul Millsap scored 15 points during a 101-88 win against the Bucks on Monday with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He rested on Saturday and will likely rest again on Tuesday in Detroit. Millsap has been fantastic throughout the season, but all the DNPs are going to annoy his fantasy owners. The Hawks have four remaining road games this season and Millsap could miss some to all of them.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Al Horford scores 18, rest coming Tuesday?
    Al Horford scored 18 points against the Bucks on Monday with seven boards, two assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks are on the road on Tuesday, so Horford's fantasy owners should absolutely be expecting him to sit in that game. Mike Muscala would likely get a chance to build off his career-high 18 points from Saturday. Horford's fantasy owners should expect him to take a few more games off, as well.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles vs. Hawks
    Zaza Pachulia scored 17 points with 13 boards, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: Since his 22-21 line on Mar. 20, Zaza has been able to get consistent minutes in his last five. In that span, he averaged 13.2 points, 8.4 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals on 60.9 percent from the field in 31.0 minutes per game. Pachulia is a must-start player.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Hill grabs 10 rebounds in win over Sixers
    Jordan Hill grabbed 10 rebounds to go with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes before fouling out on Monday.

    Advice: Hill's status is a question mark on an every night basis these days and owners should rely on him at their own risk.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Alex Len (nose) getting X-rays on Monday
    Alex Len may have broken his nose on Monday and is getting an X-ray to confirm, according to the Suns broadcast.

    Advice: He's having some bad luck with injuries. Len's ankle finally healed, but now he could miss time with this issue. Chris Kaman caught Len with an inadvertent elbow and it caused some bleeding. If he's out, Brandan Wright would get a big bump in minutes.
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Koufos grabs season-high 12 boards
    Kosta Koufos grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds on Monday, and also chipped in with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and three blocks.

    Advice: Koufos might get some extra minutes if the Grizzlies pull back on some of their big men, but in the thick of a seeding hunt that's hard to plan for if you're a fantasy owner. Even seeing Zach Randolph hobble around a bit with a sore knee, we'd need to hear that he's in danger of missing time before we advise a pickup.
    Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Al Jefferson plays 25 minutes vs. Boston
    Al Jefferson scored 12 points with five rebounds, four assists and one block in 25 minutes against the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Even taking into account that the Celtics doubled him a lot, he still doesn't look 100 percent. Jefferson only played 17 minutes on Saturday and the Hornets might be keeping him under 30 for a couple more games. He's still worth starting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out for the season
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play again in the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Earlier today we asked why the Wolves haven't ruled him out for the season, so at least there is some certainty in this situation. Pekovic can be dropped in all re-draft leagues. Justin Hamilton will get the start at center tonight.
    Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back) very unlikely to play
    Derrick Favors (back) is very unlikely to play against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: There are some reports of him being out, but none of the usual Utah beat guys have completely ruled him out. With Favors out, it'll be Trevor Booker in the starting lineup in a favorable matchup. He's worth a look as a stream play at any depth.
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson starting
    Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson will start against the Grizzlies on Monday night.

    Advice: Omri Casspi will move to the bench because a small lineup probably won't work well against the Grizzlies. Evans and Thompson both posted 0.0 usage rates on Friday, so it's hard to be too excited about starting either in most leagues. Thompson is by far the more attractive play tonight.
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will play on Monday
    Al Jefferson (knee) will play against the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: He had his knee drained on Sunday due to some noticeable discomfort. Jefferson lasted just 17 minutes on Saturday, so he might be limited this evening. With four games this week, it's going to be hard to bench him in weekly leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Chris Andersen (calf, shoulder) questionable
    Chris Andersen (calf, shoulder) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The shoulder injury is new and he didn't play on Sunday due to calf issue, so he's probably on the doubtful side of questionable. With Andersen out, Udonis Haslem wilt more run at center and would be worth a look in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) questionable for Tues
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was cleared to play on Monday despite his hand wound not being entirely healed. It sounds like Miami plays to have him play, but some discomfort at shootaround or in warmups could keep him out of the game. Fantasy owners can start him at their own risk with four games. If your other options aren't promising, Whiteside's upside this week is hard to keep on a fantasy bench.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back) to be a game-time call
    Coach Quin Snyder said he's not sure if Derrick Favors (back) will play on Monday night against the Wolves and he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: It's worth mentioning that Favors tried to play on Saturday night and did receive treatment before the game, but he did not play. The Jazz are likely going to plan on Favors playing, but he is still extremely questionable. If he's out, Trevor Booker will benefit most while Rudy Gobert should contribute more on offense. Booker only had 12 points and three boards on Saturday, but he should be better tonight.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Surprise: Whiteside cleared to play Tuesday
    Updating a previous item, Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been cleared to play and is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Considering we just posted 25 minutes ago that Whiteside wouldn't be rushed to return, it's quite the development for fantasy owners and for Miami's playoff chances. Owners, especially in weekly formats, have to be certain Whiteside is in the lineup even though he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. The upside is just too great. "It felt weird, but I'm gonna do the best I can," Whiteside said of playing with his hand taped and padded up.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins (rest) out for Monday night
    DeMarcus Cousins (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Monday night.

    Advice: He's going to sit on a road game and it's not even in a back-to-back set, so that's a really bad sign regarding his playing time in the final two weeks. Looking at the schedule, the Kings have a road game on Wednesday and two more homes games after that. In other words, he's probably a good bet for at least two games and could play in three. The Kings also have a road game in a back-to-back set on Sunday Apr. 12. With DMC out, Jason Thompson will likely benefit most while the usual four starters should have more offensive responsibility. Perhaps we see more Sauce Castillo.
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out for Monday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Why can't the Wolves just rule him out indefinitely? Anyway, he has no target date to return and he's probably not going to play this season. Even if he does, he'll have a minutes cap. Leave him on the wire. Justin Hamilton benefits most and is worth a look in all leagues if you're feeling saucy.
    Yesterday, 11:12 am
  • Gorgui Dieng won't play on Monday night
    Gorgui Dieng (concussion-like symptoms) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Wolves are razor thin with their depth and it sounds like Sunday's injury will cost him multiple games. Dieng's fantasy owners are in a really bad spot with only two more games this week (Wednesday and Friday), so it's very tough to play him in a weekly league. Justin Hamilton would likely start and is worth owning in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Hassan Whiteside won't be rushed to return
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not be rushed back to action.

    Advice: Whiteside continues to test out his injured hand to see how much he's capable of doing, but Erik Spoelstra said the team has no timetable and "it needs to heal a little more before we take the next step." The actual injury is a split in his right hand between the forefinger and ring finger, and fantasy owners are left in a bad spot as Whiteside continues to heal. With Chris Andersen (calf) also banged up, Udonis Haslem is locked into a major role right now.
    Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Henry Sims dealing with riding the bench
    Henry Sims is doing his best to stay focused while playing a lesser role.

    Advice: "I've been in this league, and for the short amount of time I've been in it, I've been through it all - trades, bench, starting, sitting in a suit - I just look at it as another thing that I've just got to be a pro about," Sims said. "I'm just trying to sharpen my fundamentals so when my name's called, I'm going to be ready." Sims actually played 12.5 minutes on Sunday, but he's had a nonexistent role since the Sixers have turned to their other frontcourt options. He's not on the fantasy radar.
    Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Ryan Anderson expected to return on road trip
    Ryan Anderson (knee) is expected to return on the Pelicans upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Pelicans play in three straight road games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but it's not clear which game the big man is tentatively targeting to make his return. Regardless, his return will only help the Pelicans in their playoff push, but he's not a must-add player at this point. His return should mean less small ball for New Orleans as well as a role reduction for Dante Cunningham.
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Al Jefferson had fluid drained from left knee
    For the second time in a week, Al Jefferson had fluid drained from his left knee.

    Advice: And now we know why Jefferson hasn't looked right recently. His knee, in addition to his groin, is obviously a major concern, and the fact that he's had to have it drained twice in a week is not a good sign as the Hornets head down the stretch of the regular season. If he is forced to miss any time or have his minutes limited in any way, Bismack Biyombo would see an increased role with guys like Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams also playing more as Charlotte goes small.
    Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Blake Griffin's elbow a little swollen, sore
    Blake Griffin (elbow) admitted that he was a "a little swollen, a little sore, but OK" after taking a blow to the elbow on Sunday.

    Advice: Griffin banged his elbow in what was the hardest shot he's sustained since returning, and although it sounds like he'll be fine, it's certainly worth monitoring considering what he's been through this season. For now, there is nothing to suggest it's a serious concern.
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Gorgui Dieng questionable to play on Monday
    Gorgui Dieng (facial contusion) is questionable to play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Dieng was able to play just over nine minutes in Sunday's game before going down, so it would be a mild surprise if he's able to rebound just one day later and return to action for this one. Justin Hamilton, who had 11 points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and a triple in 23 minutes on Sunday, would likely get the call if Dieng can't suit up. Nikola Pekovic (ankle) remains out indefinitely.
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Scott thinks Jordan Hill can be even better
    Byron Scott said he thinks Jordan Hill can "play harder."

    Advice: After praising Hill for his 22 points and 16 rebounds as one of the only players who competed in Sunday's loss, Scott then took another dig at him. "That's one thing I'm a little disappointed in. I thought he was a real energy guy." Hill's fallen in love with his jumper, and he's no longer doing the dirty work around the rim as often. Hill should be back in the rotation for now, but it's not clear how long it may last. Despite career-high marks in points (12.3) and rebounds (eight), Despite a desire to return, Hill is not a lock to return to the Lakers next season. The team holds a $9 million option.
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Howard was already ruled out of the contest, and this is just a reminder that he's not cleared to play in back-to-back sets. Without Howard available, the Rockets will have to rely on starting Joey Dorsey inside, going small often and Josh Smith playing all of the minutes he can handle.
    Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Motiejunas returning before season ends?
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to return before the regular season concludes.

    Advice: GM Daryl Morey didn't offer a specific timetable or date, but it's good to hear that Motiejunas' back isn't a long-term concern. When he does return, the Rockets will likely bring him along slowly as to not to aggravate the issue,. If Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is back by then, Houston will suddenly have a much deeper frontline.
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Ed Davis not happy with sitting out on Sunday
    Ed Davis was not happy about sitting out of Sunday's loss to the Nets.

    Advice: He has every right to be mad. "Honestly, I don't like it. I didn't ask to sit out or anything. I wanted to play 82 games this year." Davis signed a one-year contract (with an option) and confirmed he'll hit free agency, so he wants to show what he can do. The Lakers have tried to manipulate his value by limiting his playing time, but it may already be too late for that.
    Yesterday, 6:56 am
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Marcin Gortat again expresses his frustration
    Marcin Gortat again expressed his frustration following the Wizards 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Gortat had six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 29 minutes of action. The big man has not exceeded 30 minutes in any of the team's recent five losses, but he's played at least 31.5 minutes in each of the club's last five victories. Gortat offered a "no comment" relentlessly, before finishing with a Marshawn Lynch impersonation, "I just don't want to get fined." The Wizards are 10-22 against teams with winning records, 3-10 against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and 0-3 against projected first-round opponent Toronto.
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Al Jefferson won't be 100 percent this season
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson will not be 100 percent again this season.

    Advice: While nobody in the NBA is playing at 100 percent health at this point, Jefferson looked noticeably slow in his last game and may be in danger of wearing down. "The other night he was limping. He feels better today but it is going to be game-to-game with him," Clifford said. Jefferson's owners will have to check his status regularly for the remainder of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Ed Davis will opt for free agency this summer
    Ed Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will turn down his $1.1 million player option to test the free agent market this summer.

    Advice: Davis will easily earn a more substantial deal in free agency so this comes as no surprise. He also said that "didn't ask to sit out" on Sunday, when he picked up a DNP-CD, and would have preferred to play. "I wanted to play all 82," he said. "I'm going to support the guys and be there, stay professional and stay ready." Davis should be back in the lineup on Monday, which unfortunately casts doubt on the availability of Jordan Hill.
    Sunday, 10:12 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • DeMarcus Cousins not on Kings' injury report
    DeMarcus Cousins is not listed on the Kings' injury report for Monday's game in Memphis.

    Advice: It's been a while since Cousins wasn't at least listed as probable, so this definitely bodes well. George Karl suggested recently that he may rest some players to tinker with his lineups in the Kings' final nine games, however, so Cousins' owners are forced to routinely double-check his status prior to tip-offs. Sacramento's next back-to-back set comes on April 7/8, so hopefully Karl will at least hold off on the DNP-CDs until next week.
    Sunday, 9:46 pm
  • Brandan Wright plays just 16 minutes Sunday
    Brandan Wright was limited to 16 minutes off the bench vs. Oklahoma City, scoring six points with one rebound and two steals.

    Advice: Owners hoping that B-Wright could productively co-exist with Alex Len have been disappointed, as he's averaging a mere 17.0 minutes in Phoenix's past two games. We know what Wright is capable of when given enough playing time but he's better suited to the waiver wire as long as Len is healthy and starting.
    Sunday, 8:58 pm
  • Alex Len gets 11 boards, two blocks vs. OKC
    Alex Len was quiet offensively on Sunday, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting, but he aided fantasy owners with 11 boards and two blocks in just 25 minutes.

    Advice: Len isn't on a minute-limit but he's yet to exceed 30 minutes in March, as the Suns are obviously trying to protect the fragile health of his ankles, so he's unlikely to return more than late-round value. He's a mediocre option with three games on the Suns' schedule this week.
    Sunday, 8:58 pm
  • Justin Hamilton goes for 11 & 5 over 23 mins
    Justin Hamilton logged 23 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, with five rebounds, one steal, one 3-pointer and one block.

    Advice: Hamilton was forced into the rotation tonight with Gorgui Dieng (facial contusion) taking an early exit, and the 23 minutes marked the most floor time he's seen since returning from the migraine issues that sidelined him for four games earlier this month. He offers plenty of upside, and with Dieng's status currently uncertain for Monday's game vs. Utah, Hamilton is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
    Sunday, 3:29 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (face) will not return on Sunday
    Gorgui Dieng (facial contusion) will not be able to return to Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Wolves have been battered by injuries, so hopefully this isn't anything serious. The Wolves play the Jazz on Monday, so we will go ahead and consider Dieng questionable for that contest. We will pass along any additional details as soon as we know more. If Dieng is unable to play Monday, Justin Hamilton, Adreian Payne and Anthony Bennett would have to step up with Hamilton offering the most upside.
    Sunday, 3:08 pm
  • Jordan Hill drops 22 & 16 in return to action
    Jordan Hill thrived in his return to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday, coming off the bench for 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 16 rebounds and one block in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: Hill was a healthy DNP-CD in his past three games, as coach Byron Scott opted to give more playing time to younger players down the stretch. He benefited from Ed Davis' precautionary rest day today, so unfortunately it may be hard for Hill to maintain a fantasy-relevant role going forward. Congratulations to anyone who gambled on Hill vs. the Nets, but it's impossible to recommend him given the ongoing risk of a DNP-CD.
    Sunday, 2:52 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng exits after hard fall on Sunday
    Gorgui Dieng took a hard fall in the first quarter of Sunday's game and he was replaced by Justin Hamilton to begin the second half.

    Advice: The last thing the snake-bit Wolves needs is yet another injury. All signs point to Dieng sitting out the rest of Sunday's game but for now we're considering him questionable to return. Hamilton is himself just returning from an extended absence, but he's an intriguing fantasy pickup whether or not Dieng misses time.
    Sunday, 2:24 pm
  • Marcin Gortat can't find his shot on Sunday
    Marcin Gortat shot just 3-of-10 from the field during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, putting up six points, one steal and two blocks through 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: The defensive stats and rebounding are what owners are looking for from Gortat, so he was effective with regards to that. He struggled with his shot tonight, but as a guy that's shooting 56.0 percent from the field on the season, this game can be viewed as an exception and not the rule. He'll have the opportunity to redeem himself with a very favorable matchup against the 76ers on Wednesday.
    Sunday, 2:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back spasms) questionable Mon
    Derrick Favors (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He didn't play on Saturday and we're unlikely to get another update until Monday's shootaround -- owners should at least prepare for a possible DNP, as back spasms are a particularly fickle injury. Trevor Booker would gain the most if Favors can't suit up, with more minutes also available for Rudy Gobert and Jeremy Evans.
    Sunday, 2:04 pm
  • Chris Andersen (calf contusion) out Sunday
    Chris Andersen (calf contusion) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: The Heat will be forced to go very small with Hassan Whiteside (hand) also unavailable, so Andre Drummond should have a field day. Expect Udonis Haslem to start at C with Michael Beasley at PF, with frontcourt help coming primarily from Luol Deng and Henry Walker.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) ruled out vs. Detroit
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not play vs. the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He was questionable to play but Miami ruled him out two hours before tip-off, so presumably his hand remains swollen and painful. The risk of re-tearing the stitches is an even greater concern, and owners will simply have to hope that Whiteside can suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Chris Andersen (calf) is also sidelined on Sunday, so expect heavy minutes for Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in 19 minutes
    Dwight Howard managed to put up a double-double despite his minutes restriction on Sunday, with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-8 from the line), 10 rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: Howard has been effective since returning from a two-month absence, posting averages of 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 72.2 percent shooting from the field. However, the Rockets have two back-to-back sets coming next week, meaning Howard has a maximum of two games, so owners in weekly formats should leave him on the bench. He's already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Wizards, and he'll be forced to sit either Thursday vs. the Kings or Friday vs. the Mavericks. He's a guy whose name is bigger than his game right now, and we wouldn't recommend owning him in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay may be rested
    George Karl said he may be resting some players to experiment with some lineups as the Kings close out their regular-season, and he's talked with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay about possibly sitting out 1-2 games.

    Advice: Owners of Gay and Cousins will need to be on high alert this next week for a potential rest day. They don't have any back-to-back sets coming until April 7, so it will be hard to predict when these rest days might come. Omri Casspi will benefit in Gay's absence, while Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, and Reggie Evans will all have the opportunity for extended minutes when Cousins sits. Stay tuned.
    Sunday, 12:40 pm
  • Ed Davis (rest) will not play Sunday vs. BKN
    Ed Davis (rest) will not play Sunday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: With Davis and Carlos Boozer being given the day off, Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly, and Jordan Hill will all have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Kelly is good for some 3-pointers, while Hill can put up some points and rebounds, while Black can be viewed as a rebounding and shot blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues.
    Sunday, 11:19 am
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Jordan Hill will be available to play Sunday
    Jordan Hill will be available to play for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Hill will likely come off the bench today, but with season averages of 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a reserve, he should be able to put up some low-end stats for owners in deep leagues. He'll likely take away some minutes from Tarik Black and Robert Sacre.
    Sunday, 11:11 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Wizards, but he will not play vs. the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in back-to-back sets, so there are no surprises here. Howard will be limited to 20 minutes vs. the Wizards, and even though he isn't a must-start player he should be able to produce enough points, boards and blocks to make an impact in most leagues. Just keep in mind that his free throw shooting is a major liability in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 8:48 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) questionable Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will either play on Sunday vs. the Wizards or Monday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Kevin McHale.

    Advice: Howard will warm up and see how he feels before making a decision, so we should have another update in the next hour. Howard will be limited to 20 minutes if he does play, so most owners should probably keep him on their bench for now. If Howard decides to sit this one out, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will have their hands full in the frontcourt while Trevor Ariza will probably have to play some stretch four as well. Stay tuned.
    Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Hassan Whiteside upgraded to questionable
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He has missed the last two games with a nasty laceration in his hand that required 10 stitches, but the Heat desperately need his size vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons. Whiteside will likely be a game-time call, so his owners will have to be on alert for an update. Whiteside belongs in all lineups if he is cleared to play, while Udonis Haslem, Henry Walker and Michael Beasley will all benefit if he is unable to give it a go. For what it's worth, there is still no word on whether or not Chris Andersen will be able to play Sunday, so the Heat may have to get creative with their rotations.
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Al Jefferson doesn't look healthy vs. Hawks
    Al Jefferson didn't look like himself against the Hawks on Saturday with two points, six boards, two assists and two blocks in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He looked gassed and he may not be over his knee soreness. Jefferson was in some visible pain on Friday and he was pretty much useless out there beyond the first quarter tonight. The Hornets will kick off a four-game week on Monday against the Celtics and hopefully Al will feel better after the off day on Sunday.
    Saturday, 6:28 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back) out for Saturday night
    Derrick Favors (back) will not play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He received some treatment on the off chance he'd be ready, so at least the Jazz had some hope he could play. Favors should still be considered a little closer to doubtful to play on Monday. Trevor Booker is worth a look in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Al Jefferson, Mo Williams are good to go
    Al Jefferson (knee) and Mo Williams (knee) are good to go against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: We have no idea why the Hornets listed Al Jefferson as questionable, but he was grimacing a little bit last night due to his ailing knee. He'll likely have success against the ATL backups tonight.
    Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Al Jefferson, Mo Williams are questionable?
    Al Jefferson (knee) and Mo Williams (knee) are listed as questionable on the lineup sheet for Saturday.

    Advice: Interesting. There were no indications of either guy missing this game, so we're still expecting them to play. Jefferson is still listed as the probable starter and should be fine. We'll provide another update to confirm Big Al is good to go.
    Saturday, 3:25 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic, Gary Neal out for Sunday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gary Neal (ankle) will not play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

    Advice: They Wolves continue to rule out Pek the day before games, so it's hard to like his chances of playing in the next week or even this season. Gorgui Dieng is going to continue his run as a must-start player while Justin Hamilton backs him up. Hopefully Hamilton can get more minutes.
    Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Chris Andersen (calf) questionable for Sunday
    Chris Andersen (calf contusion) is questionable to play against the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: If he's going to be out, Udonis Haslem, Henry Walker and Michael Beasley should get his minutes. Luol Deng will also get a lot of run as a stretch four, which will allow James Ennis to get some burn. Andersen can be dropped in most leagues.
    Saturday, 2:50 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Derrick Favors doubtful to play vs. Thunder
    Derrick Favors (back) is doubtful to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He was having a tough time walking on Friday night and he's likely going to miss more games. With Favors almost certainly out, Trevor Booker figures to benefit most and is a good bet for a double-double. Jeremy Evans and Jack Cooley should also get run. Fantasy owners in do-or-die situations can consider cutting Favors.
    Saturday, 12:54 pm
  • Paul Millsap won't play on Saturday night
    Paul Millsap (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: It's rest for Millsap and he's going to be sitting more in the future. The Hawks have another road game in a back-to-back set coming up on Tuesday in Detroit, so expect Millsap to sit in that game, as well. With Sapper out, Mike Muscala will likely start while the Hawks could use some stretch fours in Austin Daye and a couple other options.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Hawks sitting entire starting five vs. CHA
    Paul Millsap, Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: They clinched the No. 1 seed on Friday and are on the road tonight, so this isn't a surprise. The Hawks may also start to rest players in games outside of back-to-back sets, so owners of any Hawk should be concerned on using them -- that's especially true in road games. Expect Elton Brand, Pero Antic and Mike Muscala to get Horford's minutes.
    Saturday, 12:32 pm
  • Brandan Wright drops to just 18 minutes
    Brandan Wright played just 18 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with two points, two boards and one block.

    Advice: The Suns are back to playing Alex Len extended minutes, so it's going to be tough for Wright to put up solid fantasy value. If you need some production right now, Wright is probably not the best option. He could re-emerge if Len starts dealing with ankle soreness again.
    Friday, 11:22 pm
  • Alex Len plays 30 minutes vs. Blazers
    Alex Len played 30 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with six points and five boards.

    Advice: The Suns have dropped the minutes restriction on Len, so he's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Hopefully he doesn't suffer another aggravation to his surgically-repaired ankle.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 18 in 20 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 20 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 8-of-9 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: All eight of his makes came off an assist and most of those were as the roll man in a pick-and-roll. Howard is not going to play in back-to-back sets, so he's going to miss either Sunday or Monday. On the nights he plays, he should be worth starting as long as you're fine with him not making free throws.
    Friday, 11:10 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 19 points
    Jonas Valanciunas made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points with seven rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He attempted the first five shots from the field for the Raptors tonight and was clearly part of the plan against a weaker frontcourt. His 19 points tonight were his highest since Mar. 4 and he made over 50 percent from the field for the first time since Mar. 18. Valanciunas will get the Rockets on Monday -- they are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set for that game.
    Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Cousins drops 39 & 20 in loss to Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points on 16-of-28 shooting (7-of-12 FTs) with 20 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: As long as the big man isn't too angry or beat up he might successfully navigate tanking season. Rudy Gay added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting with four rebounds, one steal, one block and one trey in the loss.
    Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back) could be out Saturday
    Derrick Favors said his back locked up on Friday night and was walking gingerly after the game.

    Advice: It sounds like he's not going to play on Saturday, which just adds to one of the most ridiculous months with respect to injuries. With Favors out, Trevor Booker will get most of his minutes while Jeremy Evans will also likely be in the rotation. Favors' fantasy owners might want to start planning on not having him for a few games.
    Friday, 9:53 pm
  • Gortat posts big line in big win vs. Hornets
    Marcin Gortat scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks in Friday's double-overtime win over the Hornets.

    Advice: Gortat is having quite a month with top 15-30 value (9/8 cat) over his last 15 games, averaging 12.3 points with 10.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 1.3 blocks and 62.3 percent shooting from the field. He's hitting just 57.1 percent of his free throws during that span, but since he has only taken 1.4 attempts per game it hasn't hurt him much.
    Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Al Jefferson dbuble-doubles with 31 & 10
    Al Jefferson (knee) double-doubled in Friday's double-overtime loss to the Wizards, scoring 31 points on 14-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds and no steals or blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Jefferson is going to grind to the painful end and so far he's not losing his touch on the offensive end or the glass. Defense is another story but with the Hornets fighting for their playoff lives owners have to nervously like what they see.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Blake Griffin has quiet game in easy win
    Blake Griffin wasn't involved in the offense much against the 76ers on Friday with 10 points, five boards, eight assists and one turnover on 5-of-8 from the field in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He only scored two of the Clippers' 62 points in the first half and posted a pedestrian usage rate of 12.5 in the entire game. Griffin hasn't quite been himself since returning from an elbow injury, averaging 18.0 points, 8.2 boards, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals in his previous seven games. He should be better on Sunday in Boston.
    Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back spasms) out for game
    Derrick Favors is dealing with back spasms and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't had any back issues since the 2013-14 season, but that issue did cost him some time. Favors finished with seven points, five boards, one assist and two blocks in 19 minutes. If he needs to miss time, Trevor Booker will get the biggest increase in playing time. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
    Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas (back) out 1-2 weeks
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks.

    Advice: He has low back pain and tightness, so the Rockets are going to be very thin at power forward. Motiejunas was playing very well and scored 21 points on Wednesday, but he's suddenly a cut candidate in all leagues. It'll be Josh Smith getting all the minutes he can handle until Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) can return -- he could be back next week.
    Friday, 4:46 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas (back) out for Friday
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He could miss a couple more games because he couldn't even make it through shootaround today. With Donuts out, Josh Smith will start and could play minutes in the mid 30s. Expect to see more Trevor Ariza at the four.
    Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Chris Andersen (calf) out Friday vs. Atlanta
    Chris Andersen (calf) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: With Hassan Whiteside (hand) and Andersen unavailable, Udonis Haslem will likely be forced into heavy minutes again tonight, and he's worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Henry Walker, Luol Deng, and Michael Beasley will all likely split minutes at the four-spot, with Deng offering the most upside out of that group.
    Friday, 3:11 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Donatas Motiejunas closer to doubtful Friday
    Donatas Motiejunas is closer to doubtful for Friday's game against the Wolves and he could miss upcoming games, as well.
    Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Jordan Hill (tanking) ruled out for Friday
    Jordan Hill will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Hill has spent the past two games on the sidelines despite being perfectly healthy, so it appears head coach Byron Scott has fully embraced the tanking concept. Look for Ryan Kelly to start with Ed Davis seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Both Kelly and Davis have been playing well lately, so they're worth a look in deep leagues. Byron Scott said he may insert Hill back into the lineup for either Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn or Monday's game vs. Philadelphia, so we'll be watching for that. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 9:18 am
  • Dwight Howard to see around 20 minutes Friday
    Dwight Howard said he'll have his minutes limit increased to 20 for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: 20 minutes may actually be enough time for Howard to rack up some decent statistics against a weak Minnesota frontcourt, so he's someone to consider deploying as a low-end option in very deep leagues. However, the minutes limit, horrendous free throw shooting, and the fact he'll be sitting out of back-to-back sets makes Howard a tough guy to own in standard leagues.
    Friday, 8:59 am
  • Spoelstra says Chris Andersen unlikely Friday
    Updating a previous report, Erik Spoelstra said there is a slim chance that Chris Andersen (calf) is able to play Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: This runs contrary to Andersen's comments that he thought he'd be able to play tonight, so we'll be watching this story closely. If Birdman is unable to go, it will leave Udonis Haslem as the only healthy big on the roster, and he'll more than likely be forced into heavy minutes. Haslem double-doubled through 38 minutes of action during his last outing, so he'll be worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Andersen is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 8:57 am
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) out Friday vs. ATL
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Whiteside's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for fantasy owners battling their way through the playoffs, and he could be looking at an extended absence, as he's currently unable to rebound, block shots, or catch a basketball. We'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Sunday's game vs. Detroit, and if he's again unable to go, it'll be Chris Andersen (calf) and Udonis Haslem picking up the slack for a Miami frontcourt that has been decimated by injuries. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 8:47 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas (back) misses shootaround
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) did not participate during shootaround, and he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Motiejunas isn't headed in the right direction after missing shootaround, so we're going to consider him closer to doubtful than questionable for tonight's game. If he's unable to go, Josh Smith would get all the run he can handle, and he'll be well worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 8:44 am
  • Chris Andersen (calf) says he'll play Friday
    Chris Andersen (calf) said that he will play Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: With Hassan Whiteside (hand) very unlikely to play tonight, the Heat could really use Andersen in the lineup. Birdman would have the opportunity to start if he is able to suit up, but with averages of just 8.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks with the starting unit, his value is limited to deeper leagues. Check back for an official update on Andersen closer to tip-off.
    Friday, 8:38 am
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Zaza Pachulia gets 32 minutes
    Zaza Pachulia played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 12 points, six boards, three assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He came in red hot over his previous three, averaging 15.7 points, 13.7 boards, 5.7 dimes, 2.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 3.3 turnovers on 58.8 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the line. Perhaps the most important stat is 34.6 minutes per game in that span. Even though this game wasn't as great as his previous ones this past week, he’s a must-start player right now.
    Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Chris Andersen (calf) questionable for Friday
    Chris Andersen (calf) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: With Andersen questionable and Hassan Whiteside (hand) doubtful, Udonis Haslem could again be forced into heavy minutes Friday, with Luol Deng spending some time at the four-spot. Haslem would be worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues if both Andersen and Whiteside are unavailable.
    Thursday, 2:37 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) doubtful for Friday
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. Atlanta

    Advice: Udonis Haslem stepped up in a big way on Wednesday with Whiteside unavailable, putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals through 38 minutes of action, so he'll be worth a look on Friday if Whiteside can't go. Beasley on the other hand only managed to log 14 minutes with minimal contributions to the stat sheet, so he's not a great guy to target in Hassan's absence.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out Friday vs. HOU
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: It would be easier if the Timberwolves would just go ahead and announce that Pek will be shutdown for the season, but until that happens, we'll continue to post updates stating that he's out and belongs on the waiver wire. Justin Hamilton (migraines) returned to action on Wednesday, but only managed to log nine minutes off the bench. However, he was playing very well for Minnesota before going down, so if you have some dead weight on your roster, it makes sense to take a flier on Hamilton with the hopes he'll soon get a decent amount of minutes playing for a Minnesota team that has been devastated by injuries.
    Thursday, 2:04 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable Friday vs. MIN
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: There's no reason to think that Dwight won't play Friday after he returned from a two-month absence on Wednesday without experiencing any setbacks. He will however be with a minutes limit, so he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas (back) questionable Friday
    Donatas Motiejunas (lower back pain) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: If Motiejunas is unable to go on Friday, Josh Smith would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he'd get all the run he can handle as the only healthy power forward on the roster. He'd draw a very favorable matchup against the Wolves, so Smith would be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Motiejunas is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Al Jefferson probable for Friday vs Wizards
    Al Jefferson (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Jefferson had some fluid removed from his balky knee earlier in the week, but was still able to post a double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Nets. He missed practice on Thursday, but fantasy owners should make sure Big Al is in their lineups as it sounds like he'll be ready to play on Friday.
    Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Jordan Hill not sweating minutes decrease
    Jordan Hill said he has no issues with the Lakers decision to sit him for the next four or five upcoming games.

    Advice: While the Lakers openly tank, Hill is toeing the company line when it comes to his benching. "I’m not playing for nothing," Hill said. "It’s a good time to get other guys a lot more minutes and get a feel of the game." Hill can be dropped while the Lakers experiment with younger players and Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black are all worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Brandan Wright still getting some burn
    Brandan Wright played 28 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with five points, seven boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He played next to Alex Len for a bit, but coach Jeff Hornacek dropped a minor hint that he could get crazy with his matchups because of Rudy Gay playing at the four. Thanks to his blocks, boards and field goal percentage, Wright is still a hold in standard leagues with minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s.
    Thursday, 12:14 am
  • Alex Len blocks four in 25 minutes
    Alex Len blocked four shots in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with six points, nine boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 26 minutes on Sunday and should be able to stay in the 24-28 minute neighborhood as long as he stays healthy and avoids foul trouble. Len and Brandan Wright could both coexist and are worth owning in standard leagues. Wright had five points, seven boards, one assist and one block in 28 minutes.
    Thursday, 12:01 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 points vs. Suns
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers against the Suns on Wednesday during a 108-99 victory.

    Advice: He has a foot issue and was probable because of it for this one. Cousins was already on the injury report for calf injury, but neither are likely to threaten his playing time. He should be active in all games going forward as it stands right now.
    Wednesday, 11:51 pm
  • Justin Hamilton quiet in return for Wolves
    Justin Hamilton returned from a bout with migraines and had four points and four rebounds in just nine minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maybe he'll get healthy and hot in the upcoming week, but for now, he's just another big man in Minnesota. And that's a shame, because he was playing so well before the migraines set in. If you have an available spot and need a big man, taking a flier on Hamilton still makes sense.
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas scores 21 points vs. NO
    Donatas Motiejunas scored 21 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 10-of-16 from the field in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Dwight Howard still on a minutes limit, Donuts was still able to eat. He should have another couple weeks of solid fantasy value in standard formats. It's also worth noting he played much more than Josh Smith (24 minutes) tonight. Start Motiejunas on Friday against the Wolves.
    Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Dwight Howard plays 16 minutes in return
    Dwight Howard returned from a two-month absence during a win against the Pelicans on Wednesday, playing 16 minutes for four points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He was playing four-minute stints and also committed four fouls. Howard is not expected to play in back-to-back sets and should have a minutes cap for a few more games. He's not a must-own player due to his awful foul shooting and upcoming DNPs.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Ed Davis drops 14 & 9 off bench
    Ed Davis came off the bench and played just 22 minutes, but had 14 points, nine rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's OT win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have been taken out of action, in our opinion, for tanking purposes, so Davis is worth a look if you need a big man. We'd like him more if he were starting over Ryan Kelly or Tarik Black, but there's a possibility he ends up in the starting five at some point. None of them look like must-own players though, despite the opportunities that are coming their way.
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Al Jefferson goes for 23 & 10 in loss
    Al Jefferson hit 11-of-19 shots for 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Hornets needed this game to stay in the playoffs and are now a 1/2 game out, in a four-way battle with Boston, Indy and Brooklyn for the No. 8 seed in the East. Props to Big Al for getting his knee drained and playing through the injury, and here's to hoping he can keep it going for another couple weeks.
    Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 16 points vs. Pacers
    Marcin Gortat scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: For whatever reason, Gortat wasn't on the court on the last defensive possession of the game and it resulted in an easy George Hill layup. Gortat bounced back nicely on the stat sheet following two quiet games heading into this one, averaging just 5.0 points and 7.0 boards. He's a must-start player in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Al Horford quiet again in win over Magic
    Al Horford had just 10 points, six rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: To say Horford is struggling is putting it mildly. In four games since returning from a "rest," Horford is averaging just 9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks on 38 percent shooting. Maybe he needs some more rest, but the Hawks are going to need him to catch fire again before the playoffs get here.
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay will start vs. PHX
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: They were listed as probable and should not be limited tonight. Start them in all leagues in what should be a very fast game.
    Wednesday, 6:41 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (illness) available to play
    Justin Hamilton (illness) will be available to play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wolves may actually have eight players available tonight after running a seven-man rotation on Monday. Hamilton was playing very well before his head injury, so give him a look in all standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer out Wednesday
    Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer are not expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The pair is not expected to play for the next 4-5 games. Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will get the start and are worth a look in deeper leagues. Hopefully, Ed Davis gets more run than 16 minutes like he did on Tuesday. Hill can be dropped in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Chris Andersen (calf) ruled out vs. Celtics
    Updating a previous report, Chris Andersen (calf) will not play vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: The timing of his injury is unfortunate since the Heat are already without Hassan Whiteside (hand). Udonis Haslem will play as many minutes as he can handle and Michael Beasley will likely start at PF, making him worth a look for temporary low-end value.
    Wednesday, 3:08 pm
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Hassan Whiteside (right hand) officially out
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He needed 10 stitches to his hand and could miss Friday's game against the Hawks. With Chris Andersen also up in the air, we could see a lot of Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem tonight. Expect to see a ton of small-ball lineups with Henry Walker also getting some run at the four. Whiteside's fantasy owners will have to assess their situation and determine whether or not he's worth stashing.
    Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside not listed as starter vs BOS
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is not listed with the starters against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: As of right now, it is Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem. Whiteside arrived to the arena with his hand heavily wrapped, so it looks like he won't play after needing 10 stitches on Tuesday. His owners should be making other plans.
    Wednesday, 2:46 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) listed as probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf, foot) is listed as probable to face the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings have yet to rest players a la the Nuggets or Lakers, so we're still fully expecting Cousins to give it a go even on a road game in a back-to-back set. The foot injury was recently added to the Kings' injury report and fantasy owners might want to make sure he's a go a little later this evening.
    Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will start Wednesday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be in the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans according to head coach Kevin McHale, but he will be on a minutes limit.

    Advice: Howard won't see any more than 16 minutes tonight, but after spending the past two months in street clothes, his owners will just be glad to have him back. His owners will probably want to keep Howard on the bench until he gets his legs under him, but he should be able to provide plenty of points, boards and blocks in the near future. Joey Dorsey will return to the bench and shouldn't have been owned in most leagues anyway. We will let you know how Superman's knee holds up after the game.
    Wednesday, 10:01 am
  • Chris Andersen (left calf) questionable Wed
    Chris Andersen (left calf) is questionable to play vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injuries are piling up across the NBA, and the Heat have arguably had some of the toughest luck in the league. Hassan Whiteside (hand) is considered doubtful, meaning Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley may be forced to play big minutes tonight.
    Wednesday, 9:23 am
    5:00 pm vs SA
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) doubtful Wednesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Whiteside needed 10 stitches and couldn't feel his hand after leaving Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks, so this isn't that surprising. Chris Andersen is dealing with a left calf injury and is considered questionable, meaning the Heat could potentially be shorthanded once again. Michael Beasley is expected to draw the start alongside Udonis Haslem in the frontcourt if Whiteside can't play, so owners in daily leagues should give him a look. Expect another update closer to tip-off.
    Wednesday, 9:22 am
  • Ryan Anderson hoping to return in one week
    Ryan Anderson (knee) is hopeful that he will be able to return to action in a week, and he has continued to progress each day.

    Advice: Anderson has been out for over a month, and even though it's fantastic to see him getting closer to a return, the Pelicans will likely ease him back into the rotation. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Anderson still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:15 am
  • Kings win behind DeMarcus Cousins' 33 & 17
    DeMarcus Cousins dominated Tuesday's game from start to finish, racking up multiple game-highs with 33 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: Cousins is banged up and it wouldn't be surprising if he received a few DNPs as the season wanes, but tonight's enormous game should allay fears about his health. He made only 8-of-27 field goals tonight, but was a pristine 17-of-19 at the free throw line. Concerns about George Karl's impact on Cousins' fantasy value have proven to be unfounded -- Cousins and Rudy Gay have a combined usage rate of 60.5 percent since the All-Star break, the highest rate of any teammates.
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Ed Davis shoots 5-of-5 in 16 minutes Tuesday
    Ed Davis made all five of his shot attempts on Tuesday, but he played only 16 minutes and finished with 12 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Byron Scott has suggested that he'll start Davis soon, possibly for the remainder of the season, making him a sneaky pickup despite tonight's lackluster numbers. With top-80 value as a reserve over the past month, Davis doesn't even need a promotion to help fantasy owners in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Zaza Pachulia posts 14/11/7 in comeback win
    Zaza Pachulia stepped up during Tuesday's thrilling comeback victory, notching 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, 11 rebounds (five offensive), seven assists, a career-high five steals and one block.

    Advice: The Bucks' 12-year veteran has quietly surfaced with top-50 value over the past two weeks, chipping in 13.4 points (53.0 percent FGs, 88.9 percent FTs), 10.9 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steals. He won't block many shots but those numbers are good enough to deploy him until he cools off.
    Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Jordan Hill likely to sit out next 4-5 games
    Jordan Hill (tanking) will likely sit out for the next four to five games so that the Lakers can evaluate their younger players.

    Advice: Unreal. The tanking saga continues around the NBA, and this move will certainly draw some harsh criticism from around the league. Hill has been one of the better plays for the Lakers this season with averages of 12.3 points and 8.0 boards per game, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to this. For what it's worth, Carlos Boozer will also sit out with Hill, meaning Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre will handle the frontcourt duties for the Lakers until further notice. With fantasy playoffs in progress, Hill's owners should cut bait.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Amir Johnson shoots 5-of-5 in tough road loss
    Amir Johnson made all five of his field goal attempts on Tuesday, adding 3-of-4 free throws to finish with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson's usage rate has dipped slightly to just 15.3 percent since the All-Star break, a low figure which helps explain why he's failing to crack the top-150 in 8-cat leagues. He's unlikely to play a bigger role as long as Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson are healthy, so continue to deploy him (or ignore him) as you were prior to tonight's game.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer may not play Tues
    Jordan Hill (tanking) and Carlos Boozer (tanking) may not be in the rotation vs. the Thunder on Tuesday according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting in the frontcourt, so winning clearly isn't a priority tonight. The Lakers are going to get their younger guys some more playing time down the stretch, so Hill and Boozer's value will likely start to trend down. We will continue to monitor this story closely, but owners will want to see how things play out tonight before doing anything drastic.
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Jordan Hill moves to the bench on Tuesday
    Jordan Hill will shift to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Thunder, while Ryan Kelly will draw the start.

    Advice: The Lakers are desperately trying to improve their chances in the draft lottery, so it's not surprising to see them give their younger players a longer look. Hill's owners should use a wait-and-see approach here, but it look his value could take a hit down the stretch. Ryan Kelly is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (knee) still without timetable
    Ryan Anderson (knee) has begun working out at the Pelicans' practice facility, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: Head coach Monty Williams said that Anderson is "closer," but he's still not at a point where Williams can say he'll play next week or even the week after. Anderson is making steady progress, but he's still nowhere near being ready for any game-time action. At this point in the fantasy season, Anderson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:12 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out Wednesday vs. LAL
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Gorgui Dieng has been logging heavy minutes lately with zero depth behind him. He'll likely again be asked to play as close to the entire game as possible on Wednesday with Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful, and Justin Hamilton (migraines) questionable. Pekovic remains without a clear timetable to return, and with Minnesota playing for draft picks, it's unlikely we'll see Pek in uniform again this season.
    Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (migraine) questionable Wed.
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: With Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful and Nikola Pekovic (ankles) out, the Timberwolves could sure use Hamilton back in the rotation. Expect another update on Hamilton following Wednesday morning's shootaround, and if he's unable to go, Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne will be forced into heavy minutes for the short-handed Wolves.
    Tuesday, 2:20 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Updating a previous report, Dwight Howard (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Dwight returning to action on Wednesday, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. He will, however, more than likely have a minutes cap, so owners should not be expected a 20-20 game when he returns to the floor after spending the past two months on the sidelines.
    Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Blake Griffin's battery case dismissed
    Prosecutors in Las Vegas have dropped battery charges against Blake Griffin that stemmed from a complaint that Griffin slapped a man and grabbed his cellphone at a nightclub last October.

    Advice: Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said new information obtained since the charge was filed in November made it clear that the allegations couldn't be proved and Griffin will not have to appear in court. While a court case may have resulted in discipline from the league, it sounds like Griffin will be able to put this incident behind him.
    Tuesday, 10:20 am
  • Dieng racks up three steals, three blocks
    Gorgui Dieng scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, three steals and three blocks in Monday's road win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Dieng struggled rebounding against the Stifle Tower, but everything else was going for him last night. He's working on a top-30 season and those that had him high on draft sheets have to be thrilled right now.
    Monday, 9:01 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas scores 17 points
    Donatas Motiejunas scored 17 points with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 from the field in 38 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He is going to be a bigger part of the offense until Dwight Howard (knee) gets back, which could be as soon as Wednesday. Motiejunas should still be able to put up decent value in standard leagues because Dwight will be limited and is not expected to play in both games on a back-to-back set.
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play vs. Jazz
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Jazz on Monday night.

    Advice: There was almost no chance Pekovic was going to play tonight and the Wolves finally decided to rule him out early. There's a very good chance we won't see Pek back on the court this season with the Wolves playing for lottery balls and being tied to his contract. Gorgui Dieng will continue to be one of the best big men to own in fantasy while Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger will get the rest of the big-man minutes. Dieng does get a bad matchup against Rudy Gobert tonight, though.
    Monday, 11:21 am
  • Ed Davis could join starting lineup soon?
    Ed Davis could soon join the starting lineup, but it's unclear who he'd replace.

    Advice: It would either be Jordan Hill or Tarik Black. As a starter, Davis is averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 1.1 blocks on 56.8 percent shooting over 24 games. Seeing as how he's producing that line in just 26 minutes per contest, Davis has plenty of room to contribute for fantasy owners if he's ever unleashed.
    Monday, 9:37 am
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Nikoa Pekovic again questionable on Monday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is once again listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Despite the questionable tag, Pek has missed six straight and he's just not worth the constant headache. We don't expect him to play, and we should instead see Gorgui Dieng, who is a must-own, must-start player at this time. He's averaging 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.0 blocks on 50.5 percent shooting as the starting center, and Justin Hamilton (migraines) has already been ruled out, as well.
    Monday, 9:17 am
  • Justin Hamilton (head) out again on Monday
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) will not play again on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Hamilton has been out since March 16 with migraines, and right now there is no clear timetable for his return. It's too bad considering Hamilton has a clear path toward production given all the injuries his team is dealing with, but he's of no use to fantasy owners if he can't get into the lineup. With Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) both questionable, Gorgui Dieng should get a ton of burn once again.
    Monday, 9:09 am
  • Ed Davis blocks four shots w/ 11 rebounds
    Ed Davis came off the Lakers bench for eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, helping L.A. hold on for a 101-87 win vs. the visiting Sixers.

    Advice: His play was bigger than the stat line reveals, particularly in the decisive fourth quarter, but Davis is trapped as a late-round value due to limited playing time -- he's played 30+ minutes just three times since Jan. 1.
    Mar 22, 9:38 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Alex Len scores 10 points with six boards
    Alex Len scored 10 points with six boards on Sunday vs. the Mavericks, adding one assist and three blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Len was hesitant when he returned from injury on Saturday vs. the Rockets and wasn't moving very well, but he looked much more active tonight and didn't appear to be limited in any way. Len's ankle could flare up at any moment, but he is worth owning as long as he stays healthy.
    Mar 22, 8:58 pm
  • Marcin Gortat cools off in 23 minutes vs. SAC
    Marcin Gortat played only 23 minutes during Sunday's loss in Sacramento, posting six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: John Wall was the only Wizards player to log 30+ minutes as coach Randy Wittman spread minutes evenly across his roster in a blowout. This is nothing for Gortat's owners to worry about given his recent play -- averages of 15.0 points on 69.5 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks have staked him to top-40 value since the second week of March.
    Mar 22, 5:49 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) struggles w/ fouls
    DeMarcus Cousins' calf injury didn't limit him on Sunday, as he notched 20 points (6-of-11 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 109-86 win vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: What did limit DMC was foul trouble, but he still finished with a solid fantasy line despite playing just 23 minutes. He's playing through ankle and calf injuries and could easily pick up DNPs with the Kings eyeing the draft lottery, so owners should double-check his status prior to Tuesday's game vs. Philly.
    Mar 22, 5:47 pm
  • Amir Johnson quiet in 24 minutes vs. Knicks
    Amir Johnson's streak of quiet games continued on Sunday with five points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, three assists and one steal vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: It's not a terrible haul for just 24 minutes of action, but Johnson's limited offensive role is capping his fantasy upside at late-round value. He'd likely require an injury to Patrick Patterson (scoreless in 27 minutes) to be a reliable option, and the Raptors only have three games this week, so plan accordingly.
    Mar 22, 3:50 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas' 17 & 10 help hold off NYK
    The Raptors beat the Knicks 106-89 on Sunday, led by Jonas Valanciunas' 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks' lackluster frontcourt gets some credit for JV's solid double-double, but he's been heating up lately with averages of 13.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in his past five games. His fantasy owners are also soaking up his 66.7 percent shooting in March, which has helped him maintain mid-round value despite playing just 25 minutes per game.
    Mar 22, 3:49 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (migraine) out again Sunday
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Hamilton actually wasn't on the injury report earlier in the day, so it's a shame that he won't be able to give it a go tonight. Hopefully he will be able to return to action on Monday vs. the Jazz, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. With Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) also out, Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger will be busy again tonight.
    Mar 22, 3:25 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) ruled out for Sunday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: This will be his sixth straight game on the sidelines and there is simply no telling if he will play again this season. Pekovic's owners should have already moved with fantasy playoffs in progress, while Gorgui Dieng will continue to be a must-start player in all formats. Justin Hamilton has also been playing well and is worth a look in deeper leagues if his migraines clear up.
    Mar 22, 2:58 pm
  • Al Horford held to eight points in blowout
    Al Horford scored only eight points on 4-of-11 shooting in Sunday's home loss, adding three rebounds, five assists and one steal without any blocks or turnovers.

    Advice: The Hawks have a stellar assist ratio of 67.3 percent this season, tops in the league, which is a testament of their 'good-to-great' mantra offensively. They've now dropped three consecutive games, all against playoff-bound teams, but Atlanta is still eight games ahead of Cleveland for the East's top seed. Expect Horford to bounce back in Orlando on Wednesday.
    Mar 22, 2:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 21 points with 11 boards
    Derrick Favors was outstanding in a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 21 points with 11 boards in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He also added two assists, two blocks and one steal on the night, while also hitting the first 3-pointer of his career. Favors is on fire and is boasting averages of 17.4 points, 7.0 boards and 2.2 blocks over the past five games, and he is showing no signs of slowing down as we approach the final stretch of the season.
    Mar 21, 10:19 pm
  • Brandan Wright plays 30 minutes
    Brandan Wright came off the bench and logged 30 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday, scoring eight points with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He earned playing time due to stepping it up over his last two. Wright was only logging minutes in the teens before the Alex Len injury, but he should be in the upper 20s going forward. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Mar 21, 9:00 pm
  • Alex Len plays 18 minutes on Saturday
    Alex Len returned from an ankle sprain and played 18 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line for five points with six boards and one steal.

    Advice: He looked fine on lateral movement, but Len wasn't elevating very well. He might need a couple games under his belt before he starts to put up numbers again. Plus, the emergence of Brandan Wright gives the Suns very little reason to risk it. Wright looks like the better player to own right now.
    Mar 21, 8:57 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas scores 18 points
    Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points with three rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He is going to get major minutes until Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (chest) get back. Howard is likely out for at least a couple more games, so Motiejunas could have a nice week with four games on the schedule. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Mar 21, 8:44 pm
  • Alex Len (ankle) will start, Wright off bench
    Alex Len (ankle) will start against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was doubtful this morning and apparently felt pretty good tonight. Considering Len has hurt his ankle three times in the past six weeks and he had surgery on it before his rookie season, the Suns will likely take it easy on him. He does have a big upside, but most fantasy owners can be reactive here and see how he does. Brandan Wright will lose some value, but he's still worth starting in standard leagues.
    Mar 21, 4:16 pm
  • Alex Len (ankle) cleared to play vs. HOU
    Alex Len (ankle) has been cleared to play against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: This report comes from the Houston side of things, so it's still not clear in what capacity the Suns will use Len. He hasn't gone through a full practice yet and he's unlikely to play more than 20 minutes tonight. If you have Brandan Wright, you should still be confident in using him. Although, Len getting cleared suggests Wright will lose some value going forward.
    Mar 21, 4:04 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) questionable for Sun
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: His ankle are not capable of playing big minutes, so don't expect to see Pekovic get many minutes even if he can play. We're still not expecting him to play and aren't interested in picking him up. Gorgui Dieng is going to continue putting up huge numbers.
    Mar 21, 3:19 pm
  • Alex Len, Brandon Knight doubtful Saturday
    Alex Len (ankle) and Brandon Knight (ankle) are considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Len is showing improvement, but given the amount of trouble his ankle has given him during his short NBA career, the Suns will likely err on the side of caution. Len is no longer a must-own player with fantasy playoffs underway, and Brandan Wright should be in line for another terrific game on Saturday if Len continues to sit out.
    Mar 21, 10:14 am
  • Millsap posts yet another versatile line
    Paul Millsap scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in Friday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Millsap was great as usual and he's turning in a top 12-14 season so far. DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points with one trey, and Al Horford (10 points, 5-of-7 FGs, 11 rebounds, four assists, one block) and Jeff Teague (11 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals, one trey) both got things moving in the right direction.
    Mar 20, 11:06 pm
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