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  • Ed Davis grabs 10 rebounds in 15 minutes
    Ed Davis grabbed 10 rebounds in 15 minutes on Friday against the Wolves, and also added six points on 3-of-3 shooting with one block.

    Advice: Davis was off the floor and Byron Scott had Swaggy P covering Thad Young on the game-deciding play, which may be all we need to know about Scott's sense in using Davis. Despite playing just 21.8 mpg, he's returning late-round value and that means he should be on rosters in most formats.
    24 minutes ago
  • Deing posts strange line in foul-plagued game
    Gorgui Dieng played 23 foul-plagued minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers, scoring four points on 1-of-2 shooting with seven rebounds and eight assists but no steals or blocks.

    Advice: Dieng did most of his damage in the fourth quarter to cap off a strange night, and he has returned top 60-75 value on the year. He'll be a must-own player even when Nikola Pekovic is healthy.
    34 minutes ago
  • Aldridge gets defensive with the stats vs MEM
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit just 7-of-19 shots in the Blazers' 112-99 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, but he backed up his 19 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Aldridge is hitting just 44.0 percent of his shots this year, a slump that isn't surprising for a fadeaway jumpshooter, but he's been able to stave off a huge drop in value by producing a combined 1.8 steals and blocks per game. He's also taking less shots per game, which helps his value because the lower percentages don't carry as much weight. So far he's turning in top 16-32 value (9/8 cat).
    47 minutes ago
  • Lopez sees minutes eaten into by Kaman
    Robin Lopez played just 23 minutes in Friday's home loss to the Grizzlies, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Lopez did not record a steal or block but he's been fine in fantasy leagues so there's no need to panic. Chris Kaman simply got hot in the second half and Terry Stotts rode the hot hand.
    54 minutes ago
  • Kaman has season-best 16 & 11 in loss
    Chris Kaman tied a season-high with 16 points and set a season-best with 11 rebounds in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Kaman chipped in with two blocks and he's a viable plug-in at center in 12-team formats. Just know his limited role can increase volatility and he has no upside.
    59 minutes ago
  • Marc Gasol posts 26-7-9 line in win over POR
    Marc Gasol torched the Blazers in Portland on Friday, scoring 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds, nine assists and one block.

    Advice: Gasol has slimmed down and he is crushing the opposition with top-10 value on the season. He might be shooting over his head a little bit now that he's taking a career-high 14.1 shots per game, and the only time he has hit his current free throw rate (84.1 percent) was in 2012-13 (84.8%). His best season other than that was a 76.8 percent campaign last year. Regardless, he's going to be fun to own.
    Today, 12:57 am
  • Hickson double-doubles in blowout win
    J.J. Hickson double-doubled off the bench in Friday's blowout win, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with 11 rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Hickson needs optimal conditions to sniff standard league value and a blowout line isn't going to move the needle in most formats.
    Today, 12:39 am
  • Darrell Arthur plays 19 minutes in return
    Darrell Arthur (knee) played 19 minutes in his return to action on Friday, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Arthur does more to limit Kenneth Faried's value than he does for himself in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 12:38 am
  • Scola goes for five and eight with three STLs
    Luis Scola returned to the bench with David West back in the starting lineup on Friday, scoring five points on 2-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Scola wasn't worth much with the team banged up and owners can move on if they haven't already.
    Today, 12:16 am
  • Allen double-doubles off the bench
    Lavoy Allen double-doubled off the bench on Friday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Allen took from Ian Mahinmi's (six points, five boards, 19 minutes) playing time tonight and neither player is worth betting on in daily leagues while Roy Hibbert is out.
    Today, 12:14 am
  • Frye posts nice line in loss to the Pacers
    Channing Frye bounced back from a two-point outing to score nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Friday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Frye is a top-100 value and that makes him a must-own player in most formats.
    Today, 12:06 am
  • O'Quinn plays just 13 minutes against Pacers
    Kyle O'Quinn played just 13 minutes in Friday's 15-point loss to the Pacers, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting with two rebounds and one block.

    Advice: O'Quinn's low minutes don't stand out quite so much after missing the bulk of the year with an ankle injury. Owners that recently made the add should see this out for another game or two before weighing in with a drop.
    Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Darrell Arthur returned to action on Friday November 28.
    Yesterday, 11:46 pm
  • Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday November 28.
    Yesterday, 11:46 pm
  • Hollins scores 15 points in start for Cousins
    Ryan Hollins started for DeMarcus Cousins (flu) on Friday against the Spurs, scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with six rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Hollins took what the defense gave him and ended up with a fortunate night. If he somehow gets another start, maybe you shouldn't summarily dismiss him in daily leagues the way you correctly did tonight. Maybe.
    Yesterday, 11:24 pm
  • Ibaka quiet on defense in blowout win
    Serge Ibaka scored 14 points with six rebounds and one 3-pointer but did not have any defensive stats in Friday's blowout win over the Knicks.

    Advice: If this game hadn't been so lopsided we might care about this. Ibaka has spent a lot of energy carrying the team the past month and we expect his game to revert toward previous seasons now that the band is getting back together.
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Adams hauls in career-best 13 rebounds
    Steven Adams hauled in a career-best 13 rebounds to go with six points and one steal in 24 minutes on Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: Adams hit 3-of-9 shots and he's still not a viable option in most formats, but he has been 'not terrible' in fantasy leagues over the past week.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Dalembert goes for nine and seven vs. OKC
    Samuel Dalembert scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and two blocks over 19 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: Dalembert has made some noise this week, averaging 8.5 points with 7.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.5 blocks over his past four games. Owners should view him skeptically after a season of inconsistency, but if you need a big man give him a look.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Stoudemire goes for 20 and nine vs. Thunder
    Amare Stoudemire scored 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-8 shots with nine rebounds and no other stats in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Stoudemire's highly leveraged line isn't nearly as good as the points make it sound, but nevertheless he's still a viable low-end center in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Monroe struggles again on Friday vs. Bucks
    Greg Monroe scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Pistons' 104-88 loss to the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Monroe is struggling right now but he's still a late-round value in standard leagues and he should be benched, not dropped.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 30 in easy win over HOU
    Blake Griffin scored 30 points in a blowout 102-85 win at Houston on Friday with 10 boards and one assist in just 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets had no answer for him at all. Griffin is starting to get it going after a slow start, averaging 21.0 points, 8.8 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers on 46.3 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the line over his last five.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Welcome Back: Andre Drummond posts 26 & 20
    Andre Drummond set season-highs for scoring (26) and rebounding (20) in Friday's loss to the Bucks, hitting 12-of-19 shots with a steal and block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Welcome back, Andre. The Pistons threw a lot at the kid and he short-circuited for a bit there, but hopefully owners were patient through the first 15 games of the season. The buy low window is slammed shut.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Tarik Black getting some run now
    Tarik Black played 27 minutes against the Clippers on Friday with 11 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: His points were a career high and it's the second time he's played more than 20 minutes since the opener. Black looks like he's solidified his minutes in the 20s and he's an option against the Bucks on Saturday in daily leagues. Of course, we're talking deep leagues here.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Brandan Wright has another bad game
    Brandan Wright made just 2-of-7 from the field four points during a 106-102 on Friday, adding two rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He is struggling right now and has missed five shots in his last two games. Wright should get easy shots on Saturday and his fantasy owners should stick with him.
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Sanders plays just 11 minutes against DET
    Larry Sanders played just 11 minutes in Friday's win over the Pistons, finishing with six points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Sanders had four fouls and Jason Kidd went with the second unit a lot tonight. He also is coming off a nice game on Wednesday and has generally stayed in his lane within the top-100 this season.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores 20 points, makes two 3s
    Amir Johnson scored 20 points in 30 minutes against the Mavericks during a 106-102 loss on Friday with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: His frontcourt mate, Jonas Valanciunas (eight points, 13 boards and one steal), had some trouble with Tyson Chandler, so Johnson benefited. He hasn't hit his stride just yet and is outside of top-100 value, which will change after tonight's massive game.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Ryan Hollins will start in place of Cousins
    Ryan Hollins will start at center in place of DeMarcus Cousins (illness) on Friday.

    Advice: He's played a whopping 11 minutes all season and just one minute in the last seven minutes combined. Hollins getting minutes in the 20s would be a huge surprise and he is not a fantasy option tonight. Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams figure to benefit the most.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Joakim Noah blocks six in 15 and 14 line
    Joakim Noah was dominant on both ends of the court against the Celtics on Friday, scoring 15 points with 14 boards, six assists and six blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch open jumper at the top of the key to give the Bulls a two-possession lead with 24 seconds left in the game. Noah played suffocating defense as well, and looked very healthy after missing Tuesday's game. His owners will have to keep an eye out on his knee injury and he could miss games in the future, but he should be good to go for Sunday against the Nets.
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Joakim Noah says he's playing on Friday
    Joakim Noah says he'll play through his eye and knee injuries on Friday.

    Advice: Taj Gibson is still not ready due to his ankle injury, but is feeling better after a cortisone shot. Get Noah in your lineup.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Noah (knee) to be evaluated after shootaround
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will go through shootaround, and if he feels fine, he will play according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Noah's return to the starting lineup would send rookie Cameron Bairston back to the bench. He was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise
    Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's there protecting the little guys," Kidd said. "And I think offensively he's around the rim finishing up plays. Also he's in the post making plays for himself or for his teammates. So he's playing on both ends at a very high level." Sanders is coming off a game in which he tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and despite playing limited minutes (22.2 per game) he's been effective. Sanders should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up gaudy shot-blocking totals on any given night.
    Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) probable for Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Noah was able to go through a full practice on Thursday without any setbacks, and the Bulls listing him as probable is an encouraging sign. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip. If Noah is a go, Cameron Bairstow who was a surprise start on Tuesday would head back to the bench.
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) headed for GTD Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The fact that Noah is having problems with his surgically repaired left knee is troubling, but some of those concerns can be eased if he's able to suit up on Friday. Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if he's unable to go, Pau Gasol will start at center, and Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 12:31 pm
  • Ed Davis bottoms out in loss to Memphis
    Ed Davis hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 23 minutes off the Lakers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer was back in the starting lineup tonight, which hurt Davis' minutes and production. Davis has had a rough go of it over his last five games, averaging just 4.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game. And when the Lakers sign Earl Clark, it might be even tougher for Davis to get minutes. Yes, it's probably time to say goodbye.
    Thursday, 12:06 am
  • Marc Gasol stays hot in win over Lakers
    Marc Gasol hit 5-of-10 shots and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Gasol is on fire this season and might be the No. 1 center in fantasy when it's all said and done, although DeMarcus Cousins might have something to say about that. Zach Randolph was also solid against Carlos Boozer and the Lakers, as expected, with 16 points and nine boards on 7-of-10 shooting.
    Wednesday, 11:44 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng has some very low usage
    Gorgui Dieng was barely part of the offense against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 1-of-3 from the field for and both free throws for four points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: That's good for a microscopic 4.3 usage rate, which would probably make Nick Young demand a trade. Dieng is not going to be a usage rate guy anyway and his value will lie in blocks and boards. He's still a must-own player in all standard formats with Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out indefinitely.
    Wednesday, 11:05 pm
  • Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks
    Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does.
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 13, but end of run is near
    Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Serge Ibaka has 20 pts, four blocks vs. Jazz
    Serge Ibaka's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 20 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: His big night helped the Thunder snap a six-game losing streak, and it's what fantasy owners have been waiting for most of the season -- he racked up defensive stats while consistently scoring from distance (all but five of Ibaka's 19 shots came outside of the paint). He's found his footing after a rocky few weeks to start the season, and he should only improve upon the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert gets first double-double
    Samuel Dalembert double-doubled for the first time this season on Wednesday, posting 13 points and 13 rebounds in a seven-point loss in Dallas.

    Advice: He added two steals and two blocks in what was easily his best game of the season -- he hadn't cracked double digits in points or rebounds before this unforeseeable explosion. Dalembert can't play his former team every night, unfortunately, and he's likely to fade back into standard-league fantasy irrelevance vs. the Thunder on Friday.
    Wednesday, 8:23 pm
  • Andre Drummond keeps rolling with 17 & 13
    Andre Drummond piled up 17 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes during a tough loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, making 6-of-11 FGs and 5-of-9 FTs.

    Advice: The Pistons as a team came in shooting a putrid 41.3 percent from the field, and they were without the services of starting PG Brandon Jennings again tonight. Drummond has been one of the biggest culprits, as his typically stellar FG percentage has fallen to 43.4 percent this year, but he's turned things around by shooting a combined 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) in Detroit's past two games. This was also his first game of the season with at least four combined steals and blocks, and fantasy owners' patience is beginning to pay off.
    Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Greg Monroe struggles in 27 minutes vs. Clips
    Greg Monroe had another quiet game on Wednesday, grabbing eight rebounds with one assist, one steal and a season-low-tying six points.

    Advice: Monroe was just 1-of-6 from the field and 4-of-6 from the FT line, while adding three turnovers in just 27 minutes of action. He's averaging a reasonable 31.5 minutes per game this year but isn't contributing much beyond points, boards and percentages -- he has a grand total of two steals and zero blocks in Detroit's past six games, all of which are losses.
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Channing Frye held to single-digits yet again
    Channing Frye was held to single digits for the fourth straight game on Wednesday, making just 1-of-4 shots for two points in 24 minutes vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Frye added three boards and one block but this was an unvarnished dud for his fantasy owners. The return of Kyle O'Quinn presents another challenge for Frye's playing time, though he has enough upside as a 3-point shooter to be worth hanging onto in most 12-team formats.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) looks great in return
    Magic big man Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) had six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 12 minutes off the bench in his return on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was just O'Quinn's second game of the season and he's missed nearly a month with his injury, so it's not surprising to see his minutes so limited. Aaron Gordon's fractured foot has opened up more minutes in the Magic frontcourt and O'Quinn has enough upside to be watched very closely as a free agent pickup in all fantasy formats. He's even worth stashing now if you have a bench player you don't mind cutting loose.
    Wednesday, 7:00 pm
  • Robin Lopez double-doubles w/ three blocks
    Robin Lopez notched his third double-double of the season on Wednesday, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds with two assists and three blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-10 field goals and is reminding fantasy owners why they drafted him. Perhaps no player consistently returns mid-round value with less fanfare than Lopez, who hasn't missed a beat despite the arrival of Chris Kaman (12 points, seven rebounds) as Portland's new backup center.
    Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 3-of-18 vs. Hornets
    LaMarcus Aldridge made just 3-of-18 FGs in one of the worst shooting games in his career on Wednesday, finishing a road win in Charlotte with nine points, 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: Aldridge had a six-block game earlier in the season but he doesn't usually get many defensive stats, so games like this are a bonus for his fantasy owners. The Blazers' recent success is attributable partly to their rebounding prowess, as they lead the NBA with 47.7 boards per game, and Aldridge is a big reason why -- after a slow start on the glass, he's raised his season average to 8.8 boards per game. His terrible shooting night is a fluke, and is nothing to worry about.
    Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • Darrell Arthur will play on Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He just had a minor contusion from Tuesday night and he should see his normal amount of playing time. Arthur is not a fantasy option.
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) ready to go vs. Warriors
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's game vs. Golden State.

    Advice: O'Quinn's conditioning might not be up to speed since he hasn't played in over three weeks, and he'll be coming off the bench behind Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye. O'Quinn had a very impressive preseason and could emerge as fantasy factor if he continues to knock down 3-pointers, but most owners can take a wait-and-see approach as he works himself back into game shape.
    Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn a game-time decision
    Kyle O'Quinn is a game-time decision on Wednesday due to his ankle injury.

    Advice: He hasn't played since the opener and there are no guarantees he'll be ready to go tonight. With Nikola Vucevic leading the league in double-doubles and playing like an all-star, the Magic can survive just fine without him.
    Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Andre Drummond scores 23 pts on 11-of-15 FGs
    Andre Drummond kept up his momentum on Tuesday with a season-high 23 points (11-of-15 FGs) in a loss vs. the Bucks, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The points, rebounds and defensive stats are great to see, but fantasy owners are probably most pleased with his 11-of-15 shooting -- remarkably, this is just the second time all season that Drummond made more than half of his shots. The career 59.7 percent shooter is just 39.7 percent through 13 games and there's nowhere to go but up, so consider making a buy-low offer (if you still can) to his frustrated fantasy owners.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Joakim Noah diagnosed w/ left knee effusion
    Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a left knee effusion, more commonly referred to as water on the knee, and he will not play on Tuesday.

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

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

    Advice: It's worth noting that Joakim's left knee is the one that was surgically repaired this offseason, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If Noah sits out, Nikola Mirotic would likely slide into the starting lineup, and would serve as an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues against a weak Denver interior defense. Check back for an official update on Noah's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip.
    Tuesday, 2:24 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. MEM
    Ed Davis (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: With Carlos Boozer (shoulder) being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, Davis could be in line to draw another start. However, a matchup vs. the Grizzlies is far from desirable, so Davis isn't necessarily a must-start guy even if he is able to draw another start for the Lakers. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

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

    Advice: Noah is probably going to be a disappointment for anybody burning a high mid-round pick and that's before we talk about any injury risk. Unless you hear otherwise, feel free to have him in lineups for Tuesday's game in Denver.
    Monday, 10:51 pm
  • Wright has another perfect game on Monday
    Brandan Wright had another perfect game from the field on Monday, hitting all six of his shots for 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Wright is a machine and the only thing that can stop him is his own health, but for now he seems fairly durable and playing behind an older set of big men he has a lot of upside (especially in the case of Tyson Chandler). He's returning top 40-70 value (9/8 cat) and congratulations are in order if you drafted him.
    Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Scola double-doubles with versatile line
    Luis Scola had a uncharacteristic versatile line in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, one three and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Scola has been productive and will probably enjoy the rest of his four-game week, but he will lose his low-end value sooner rather than later when David West and Roy Hibbert return.
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge drops 76ers to 0-14, scores 33
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 13-of-20 from the field for 33 points against the 76ers on Monday to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was coming off a 7-of-21 game on Sunday, but the 76ers defense will cure a lot of shooting issues. Aldridge also came into tonight shooting 45 percent from the field overall on the season because he's really struggled on his shots from 10-14 feet, making just 9-of-38 (23.7 percent) of those. Besides that, he's money from everywhere else, so his percentages should be on their way up.
    Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Stoudemire gets three blocks in loss
    Amare Stoudemire blocked three shots and had one steal to go with eight points and eight rebounds in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Stoudemire isn't known for his defensive stats so this output is a win for owners stringing the big man along in their lineup. As long as you have your expectations in check, he is a viable asset in starting lineups.
    Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Blake Griffin just misses trip-dub w/ 22-16-9
    Blake Griffin dominated the Hornets during a 113-92 win on Monday, scoring 22 points with 16 boards, nine assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets simply had no answer. Griffin was running a lot of successful pick-and-roll plays with Chris Paul while he continues to knock down jumpers. Griffin's rebounds have been down in a big way with an average of just 6.8 per game in his previous 12 outings, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
    Monday, 8:26 pm
  • Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer miss practice on Monday
    Ed Davis (ankle) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) missed practice on Monday.

    Advice: Davis drew the start on Sunday, but was a major letdown with just four points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and six fouls in 22 minutes against a soft Nuggets D. His ankle injury is not considered serious and we would expect him to play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. The "revenge game" narrative has lost some of its mojo, so Davis might not be a great play for that one.
    Monday, 12:17 pm
  • Ed Davis OK despite minor ankle tweak Sunday
    Ed Davis tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game but he confirmed afterward that he'll be fine.

    Advice: Davis started at PF with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) sidelined, and he was mad at himself for fouling out in just 22 minutes. He's averaging 5.4 fouls per 36 minutes this season so it's not exactly shocking, and his fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that his ankle injury shouldn't limit him vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
    Sunday, 10:26 pm
  • J.J. Hickson plays well in return to rotation
    J.J. Hickson returned to the Nuggets' rotation on Sunday, scoring six points with eight rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: JaVale McGee barely played before going down with a strained leg, and Kenneth Faried was held to 19 minutes, so Hickson benefitted from a deep-but-thin frontcourt rotation tonight. Given that he hadn't played in Denver's previous three games, there's simply no reason to trust him in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 9:44 pm
  • Ed Davis starts but fouls out in 22 minutes
    Ed Davis started at PF on Sunday with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) out, but he fouled out in just 22 minutes with four points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He tweaked an ankle in the second half but that wasn't the cause of his lousy game -- he gambled too often defensively and spoiled a golden opportunity to make his claim to the starting PF job. Boozer is day-to-day and all signs point to him starting again once he's healthy, so Davis' owners will have to content themselves with top-100 value in 20-25 minutes off the bench.
    Sunday, 9:37 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts, blocks five shots
    Serge Ibaka tied his season high with five blocks in Sunday's tough loss to the Warriors, while scoring 16 points on 5-of-17 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: Ibaka also grabbed eight rebounds and the blocks are a welcome sight for his fantasy owners, even if his poor FG percentages are an ongoing concern. He was 0-of-2 from downtown tonight, but 11 shots came from outside 10 feet of the rim, as coach Scott Brooks has encouraged Ibaka to fire away beyond the paint. Shot selection has taken a major toll on Ibaka's FG percentages, but the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should have an ameliorative effect.
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
  • Ed Davis makes first start of season Sunday
    Ed Davis will make his first start of the season on Sunday, replacing Carlos Boozer (shoulder).

    Advice: Davis is indisputably a better defender than Boozer but coach Byron Scott has been reticent to start him, presumably because he doesn't space the court with his jump-shooting. Boozer is day-to-day so owners shouldn't alter Davis' outlook based upon tonight's rare start.
    Sunday, 6:40 pm
  • Marc Gasol w/ 30 & 12 in dominant performance
    Marc Gasol dominated the Clippers on Sunday, racking up 30 points (13-of-18 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 12 rebounds and two blocks in a relatively easy home victory.

    Advice: The Clips have the second-worst rebounding rate in the NBA and the Grizzlies' vaunted frontcourt abused them all night long, led by Gasol's phenomenal performance. He only handed out one assist tonight, but fantasy owners can live with that since it was a result of him looking for his own shot early and often. He's established himself as a second-round fantasy value at this early juncture of the season.
    Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Blake Griffin makes just 5-of-17 FGs vs. MEM
    Blake Griffin made only five of his 17 shot attempts in Sunday's loss in Memphis, while turning the ball over four times in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. This game is an aberration in an otherwise solid season, but fantasy owners must be concerned with Blake's low rebounding, which slipped to 6.5 boards per game after tonight's dud. His scoring, percentages, rebounds, assists and steals are all down from the 2013-14 season, which makes this a prime buy-low opportunity.
    Sunday, 6:16 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge joins exclusive FT club
    LaMarcus Aldridge was ice cold for most of Sunday's game, but he persevered to finish with 20 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and one block in a road win vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: LA made 7-of-21 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, in the process becoming the fifth Blazer in franchise history to make at least 2,000 free throws, joining Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey and Cliff Robinson. Aldridge has one DNP this season, due to an illness, but otherwise he's been a third-round value in 8-cat leagues and an early second-round value in 9-cat leagues due to an unsustainable 1.0 turnovers per game.
    Sunday, 5:29 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.
    Sunday, 5:28 pm
  • Serge Ibaka encouraged to shoot outside
    Serge Ibaka has tied his career highs for both 3-point makes (23) and attempts (60) this season, and coach Scott Brooks expects the trend to continue.

    Advice: "He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game," Brooks said. "But three or four a game is a good number for him." The increase in perimeter shooting has been a mixed blessing -- Thunder writer Anthony Slater notes that Ibaka is taking only 26 percent of his shots within 10 feet of the rim this year, down from 47 percent last year. As a consequence his FG percentage has fallen dramatically, from 53.6 percent to a career-worst 46.5 percent.
    Sunday, 8:07 am
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation.
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire scores 16 points
    Amare Stoudemire scored 16 points against the 76ers on Saturday with 11 boards and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He is likely going to see minutes in this range through the season. Stoudemire is a low-upside player to own, but the rest days will probably annoy his owners enough to drop him.
    Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Brandan Wright stays hot in loss to Rockets
    Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots (as usual) and racked up 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright is a beast right now and a very economical center in daily leagues. Despite coming off the bench and getting just 19.4 minutes per game, Wright has scored in double figures in seven straight games and came into this one averaging 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five. Those numbers are going up and he’s shooting it lights out this season, and hitting 31-of-39 shots over his last six games. If starter Tyson Chandler ever gets hurt, look out.
    Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ two blocks
    Wolves C Gorgui Dieng struggled to defend DeMarcus Cousins on Saturday, but he still finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: When Flip Saunders was asked before the game what his goal for Dieng would be, in a tough matchup with Cousins, he replied, "Survival." That sounds about right, and the second-year big man did a serviceable job, especially since the Wolves deployed Anthony Bennett at PF alongside him. Nikola Pekovic isn't expected back until after Thanksgiving, leaving Dieng with another unimpeded start on Wednesday.
    Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn targeting Wednesday
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) is targeting a return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Magic could have used him today with Tobias Harris (calf) out. Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson will get most of the power forward minutes while Nikola Vucevic will get all he can handle.
    Saturday, 2:31 pm
  • Wright with yet another efficient line on Fri
    Brandan Wright hit all five of his field goal attempts in Friday's blowout win, finishing with 12 points, three boards and two steals in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: Wright is hitting an absurd 77.8 percent from the field while returning top 50-90 value (9/8 cat) in just 18.6 mpg. If you were an early adopter or drafted Wright go ahead and pat yourself on the back, and if your league is still sleeping it's time to wake up.
    Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Adams posts defensive line with 10 points
    Steven Adams scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks over 26 minutes in the Thunder's 94-92 home loss to the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Adams has clearly won the starting job over Kendrick Perkins, or at least it should be clear. His 50 percent foul shooting and sub-par statistical output keeps him from being a 12-14 team value, but if he can start putting up defensive stats it's possible he claws his way back to relevancy.
    Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Marc Gasol ties career-high with 32 points
    Marc Gasol tied a career-high with 32 points in the Grizzlies' easy 117-100 win over the Celtics on Friday, hitting 13-of-22 shots (6-of-6 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Gasol looks like he has lost some weight and he's ripping off solid top 15-20 value so far this year, averaging 19.1 points with 7.8 boards and a combined 2.8 steals and blocks per game. Zach Randolph went for 16 and 16 with four assists, and Mike Conley scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three treys, four rebounds and eight assists.
    Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng has a three-block game
    Gorgui Dieng blocked three shots in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with nine points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He is going to get at least a couple more starts and it could be a lot more because there is some concern Nikola Pekovic (ankle, wrist, personal) could have long-term lingering issues. Dieng should be owned in every fantasy league.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Andre Drummond only commits one foul in loss
    Andre Drummond had his most productive game in over one week against the Hawks on Friday, scoring 13 points with 16 boards and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: For the first time all season, he only committed one foul tonight, which has been a major issue all season. Drummond did only shoot 5-of-12 from the field tonight and he's still at just 40 percent on the season. Hopefully tonight's improvement is a sign of things to come for the buy-low target.
    Friday, 7:41 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.
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will not play on Friday night
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will not play against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He was going to a game-time decision, but he must not have felt well after shootaround. O'Quinn could miss more games and he's been out since the opener. Andrew Nicholson will stay in the rotation tonight, but is not a fantasy option.
    Friday, 2:45 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn is a game-time call on Fri.
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) is a game-time decision to face the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He has been out since the opener with his ankle sprain. O'Quinn has been doing some work in practice and he should be able to play minutes close to 20, assuming he's active. With Aaron Gordon (foot) out, O'Quinn's return shouldn't hurt Tobias Harris and Channing Frye much.
    Friday, 2:10 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in full line vs. Heat
    Blake Griffin had one of his best games of the season against the Heat on Thursday with 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 12-of-18 from the field.

    Advice: After a slow start, Griffin is starting to turn the corner over his last five with averages of 21.4 points, 7.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.2 blocks on 53.8 percent from the field. On the down side, he is just 58.8 percent from the line in that span and dropped his season foul shooting below 70 percent for the first time all year.
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Serge Ibaka breaks out of funk in loss
    Serge Ibaka went off for 22 points, 13 rebounds, zero blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Owners might think this is a season high for Ibaka, who has been pretty quiet thus far, but he had a 25-point game back on Nov. 4. This was his first 20-point game since, and while the lack of blocks was a little disappointing, we doubt owners are complaining. Hopefully this is a sign he's about to get hot, although most decent big men have a lot of success against the Nuggets.
    Wednesday, 11:44 pm
  • Amir Johnson quietly effective in win
    Amir Johnson had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Johnson was effective tonight, but could have done more. This was a much better outing than his two-point, three-rebound effort on Saturday, and with James Johnson out with a severely sprained ankle, there should be more games like this coming from Amir. Hopefully with more scoring, as well.
    Wednesday, 11:29 pm
  • Tarik Black plays 35 minutes
    Tarik Black played 35 minutes in a start against the Lakers on Wednesday with five points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He gets most of his minutes in garbage time and only played 15 minutes in his last start, but the Rockets went to him a lot. Black is still only worth a look in extremely deep leagues even if Dwight Howard (knee) needs to miss more time.
    Wednesday, 11:25 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng has a mild letdown in start
    Gorgui Dieng had a somewhat underwhelming performance in the starting lineup on Wednesday with eight points, seven boards, four assists, five steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The steals made this line and Dieng should be putting up double-doubles in at least the next two games with Nikola Pekovic (ankle, personal, wrist) out. He averaged 12.2 points, 12.0 boards and 1.7 blocks in his 15 starts last year. Dieng should be owned in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores just four points
    Andre Drummond hit just 2-of-10 shots for four points, 13 rebounds, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Yuck. It's just more of the same for the struggling big man, who is this year's fantasy bust of the year thus far. His poor shooting is a mystery and it just doesn't seem like it should be that hard for Stan Van Gundy for feed him the ball in the paint and let him do work. He has just four double-doubles on the season and was averaging just 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds before tonight's stinker. Here's to hoping he gets it figured out sooner than later.
    Wednesday, 10:57 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire plays in both B2B games
    Amare Stoudemire played in the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He played 24 minutes against the Bucks on Tuesday and scored 14. Stoudemire is going to sit out on occasion, so his fantasy owners will need to keep their eyes peeled. He's also sat out in a non-back-to-back game.
    Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert plays eight minutes
    Samuel Dalembert played eight minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one block.

    Advice: This is his third game in single-digit minutes on the season, so just remember that when Dalembert turns in a random big game. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues unless the Knicks get hammered with injuries.
    Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Greg Monroe posts big double-double in loss
    Greg Monroe hit 7-of-17 shots for 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's tough loss to the Suns.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back game for Monroe after his six points and seven rebounds on Monday, and he now has six double-doubles on the season, despite sitting out the first two games due to a suspension. He's averaging 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this year. And in case you're wondering, teammate Andre Drummond has just four double-doubles despite playing in two more games, and is averaging 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds.
    Wednesday, 10:29 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.
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Brandan Wright scores 14 off Mavs bench
    Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Wright has somehow scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over that stretch, despite playing just 19 minutes a game. He's also hit 24-of-31 shots during that run, and is worth owning in most leagues, despite coming off the bench.
    Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • Channing Frye quietly solid for Magic
    Channing Frye hit 3-of-8 shots (all 3-pointers) and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Frye has hit a 3-pointer in seven straight games and is averaging 2.6 of them on the season, along with 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. He's not all that reliable in the steals and blocks categories, but came through across the board tonight. He's always capable of disappearing for a game, but has bounced back well all season.
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Tarik Black starting for Dwight Howard
    Tarik Black will start in place of Dwight Howard on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He'll likely get minutes in the teens tonight, but Black is not a fantasy option.
    Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 4:36 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.
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will not play vs. Clips
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: O'Quinn looked good during shootaround, leaving him questionable to play, but the Magic will play it safe by resting him for a few more days. He may not log big minutes in his first game back, but there's a big opportunity for O'Quinn with rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) out indefinitely. If you're in need of a big man, he's worth stashing away in deeper formats and watching closely everywhere else.
    Wednesday, 2:31 pm
  • J.J. Hickson ready to go on Wednesday
    J.J. Hickson (knee) will play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rested on Monday and his minutes are still going to be limited. Darrell Arthur had a big game in a surprising win over the Cavs, but his minutes will likely drop tonight. Fantasy owners can steer clear of Hickson due to his awful foul shooting.
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) may play on Wednesday
    Contrary to a previous report, Kyle O'Quinn may have a chance to play for the Magic on Wednesday after looking good at shootaround.

    Advice: We will consider him questionable for now, and we will update his status as soon as we know more. O'Quinn has an opportunity for minutes behind Channing Frye with rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) out indefinitely, but owners in standard leagues might want to take a wait-and-see approach. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) won't play on Wednesday
    Kyle O'Quinn will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He has been out since the opener, which speaks to the severity of the sprain. Rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) is out indefinitely, so the door will be open for O'Quinn to see minutes when he returns. However, until we see a positive report, he can be left on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Channing Frye and Tobias Harris will continue to see big minutes in his absence.
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
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