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  • Omri Casspi scores 14 points vs. Rockets
    Omri Casspi scored 14 points against his former team in a loss to the Rockets on Wednesday with seven boards, two assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: He scored 22 points on Tuesday and he could have another start coming his way with Rudy Gay (Achilles) up in the air for Friday against the Spurs. Casspi has a good rapport with the first unit, so he'll be worth using in fantasy leagues as long as Gay is out. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • DeMarcus Cousins is 'fine' after injury scare
    DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury against the Rockets on Wednesday and did not miss time, finishing with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, he said his knee is sore, but he will be fine for Friday against the Spurs. Cousins has put the team on his back over his last seven and has a usage of at least 36 percent in five of those games, which led to averages of 25.0 points, 14.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks on 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 from the line. He is a monster and is basically unstoppable. Rotoworld.com
    51 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 27 points in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points in a win over the Hawks on Wednesday with three rebounds, two assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry was also successful with 14 points, six boards, 13 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes during the 126-115 win. The Raptors ran all over the Hawks with 25 fast-break points while DeRozan matched his season output with his two treys. He was only 2-of-13 before tonight and he really needs that part of his game to come around to be an elite fantasy guy. Rotoworld.com
    59 minutes ago
  • James Johnson blocks three in 20 minutes
    James Johnson (illness) played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He was reportedly very ill, but Johnson takes great pride in calling himself Wolverine. He is doing a great job on the defensive side and he had a nice Euro step on the offensive end tonight, too. Johnson is a sneaky player to own in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:28 pm
  • Al Horford scores 23 on 16 shot attempts
    Al Horford made 11-of-16 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had foul trouble on Tuesday in one of his worst games of the year, but Horford is starting to see his shots go up. It's just the second time he's been over 20 points all season, and there should be more of those games as he gets into a rhythm. Even with the low scoring of 13.3 points per game, Horford was still putting up third-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:12 pm
  • Paul Millsap has a bad game vs. Raptors
    Paul Millsap was quiet against the Raptors on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The other four starters had nice lines, but Millsap was left out of the stat party. Even with his dud, he still holds averages in last five of 17.0 points, 7.8 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.6 triples. He's a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:09 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts w/ four steals
    Gordon Hayward, who was held to six points vs. the Bulls on Monday, bounced back with 24 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals in Wednesday's road loss in Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Hayward was solid from the field (8-of-15) but he made an uncharacteristic 7-of-14 free throws, dropping him from a career-best 85.9 percent FT average to 80.4 percent. He's notching career highs in virtually every category this season and the occasional hiccup should be easily overlooked by his fortunate fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:08 pm
  • Derrick Favors quiet vs. OKC on Wednesday
    Derrick Favors had a quiet night vs. OKC on Wednesday, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds with one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He made 5-of-9 shots and his efficiency can't be faulted, but fantasy owners have to be tired of his marginal role in Quin Snyder's offense. Favors remains a prime breakout candidate but he's averaging a mere 11.9 shots per game, which must increase for him to vault past his current top-50 fantasy valuation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:08 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:03 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 21 points in 24 minutes
    Jeremy Lamb caught fire in 24 minutes of action vs. the Jazz, scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 shots including three 3-pointers, while adding four boards, two assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Lamb also turned the ball over three times before fouling out of the game in a frenetic performance that earned him a loud ovation from the home crowd in OKC. He was averaging 6.0 points in just 16.7 minutes in his past three games and it's futile to guess when he might explode off the bench. Most fantasy owners would be best served ignoring him, especially with Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand) on the verge of returning. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:02 pm
  • LeBron James plays like LeBron James in win
    LeBron James looked like an MVP in a huge 113-87 win over the Wizards on Wednesday, making 7-of-14 from the field and 14-of-17 from the line for 29 points with 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's starting to get it going and his assists have jumped up to 8.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 22.0 points, 5.0 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.6 triples. James is still nowhere near the player he was from an efficiency standpoint, but that should be coming in short order. He's still a top-five player in fantasy and the mainstream NBA fans can probably relax after tonight's convincing win. Additionally, the Cavs are 6-1 when LeBron scores 25 or more while they're 1-6 when he doesn't. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:55 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores season-high 30 vs. NYK
    The Mavericks snapped their two-game losing skid with a 109-102 win vs. New York on Wednesday, led by Dirk Nowitzki's season-high 30 points.

    Advice: Dirk hit 11-of-24 shots including one 3-pointer, and he made all seven of his free throw attempts to prevent a disappointing loss to the short-handed Knicks. The veteran chipped in six rebounds, two assists and three steals without a single turnover in 39 minutes, and he continues to rack up top-15 fantasy value without any signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:22 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari exits w/ left knee soreness
    Danilo Gallinari will not return to Wednesday's game due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: Gallinari's left knee is the one that required surgeries for a torn ACL as well as meniscus damage, so this is a particularly worrisome update. With any luck his absence is purely a precaution, and we'll pass along updates as soon as possible. Wilson Chandler has been playing well as the Nuggets' starting SF and Gallinari's shaky health is one more reason to hang onto Chandler. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:29 pm
  • Tobias Harris (calf) has 16 & 10 vs. Warriors
    Tobias Harris (calf) returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 30 minutes vs. the visiting Warriors.

    Advice: Harris was the only Magic starter to make at least half of his shots, going 6-of-10 from the field while the other four starters were a combined 14-of-45 (31.1 percent). His minutes were only held in check by the scoreboard, as the Magic were rolled by 15 points in a game that was less competitive than the final score indicates. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:11 pm
  • Wesley Matthews scores season-high 28 pts
    The Blazers extended their league-best winning streak to nine games on Wednesday, aided by Wesley Matthews' season-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including six 3-pointers.

    Advice: Matthews is averaging 2.4 triples per game despite shooting a career-low 34.4 percent beyond the arc. There's room for improvement, in other words, but he's still been a reliable top-75 fantasy value through Portland's first 15 games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 pm
  • James Johnson is playing on Wednesday
    James Johnson (illness) is playing on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team didn't update him and he just checked in. Johnson should have limited playing time tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:17 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:53 pm
     
    Injured
  • Thaddeus Young is active on Wednesday
    Thaddeus Young is active against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team is honoring his mother with pink shoelaces, which is pretty cool. Young will get a decent matchup tonight and we'd love to see him have a huge game. He's a strong play tonight and should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:51 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 103-86 vs Mil
  • Dwight Howard (knee) doubtful to play Friday
    Kevin McHale indicated that he doesn't expect Dwight Howard (knee) to play Friday.

    Advice: Howard has not been ruled out but his status is bleak at the moment, as he's still recovering from a strained knee that prompted him to get platelet-rich plasma injections last week. McHale will likely want to see Dwight make it through a practice before playing him, so fantasy owners should have advance warning once he's ready to get back on the court. Tarik Black is a poor fantasy option as a fill-in center, and more minutes will be available for Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:26 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • James Johnson (flu) questionable for Wed
    James Johnson (flu) is questionable to face the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is under the weather and the Raptors might not need him. Johnson played four minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Monday, but the fouls were likely the issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:17 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic back to the bench on Wed.
    Mirza Teletovic will move back to the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a fantastic 22-point game on Saturday with Kevin Garnett resting, but he will have to perform in the second unit. Teletovic might actually be able to put up numbers tonight because of how often the 76ers are blow out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:55 pm
  • Tobias Harris, Fournier, O'Quinn active Wed.
    Tobias Harris (calf), Evan Fournier (quad) and Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will all be active for Wednesday's home game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Harris sat out Monday's game and missed part of Orlando's shootaround on Wednesday, but must have felt better when going through pre-game warmups. He'll start at SF and has been terrific when healthy this season, so fantasy owners should roll the dice on him in what should be an up-tempo game vs. Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:15 pm
  • Carrick Felix breaks kneecap
    Carrick Felix suffered a fractured patella and will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: He's caught some really bad breaks in his two-year career. Felix is a bit like Corey Brewer for likely to do work in transition, but he's going to have a tough time getting playing time with all of these injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:48 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 97-82 @ OKC
  • Thaddeus Young expected to play vs. Bucks
    Thaddeus Young is expected to return to action on Wednesday, although his role still hasn't been confirmed.

    Advice: The team will wear pink shoe laces to honor Young's mother, who passed away from breast cancer recently. We should have an update on whether he's starting or not, but you can get him back in your lineup after missing the previous six games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:32 am
     
    Injured
    L, 103-86 vs Mil
  • Chris Andersen (ankle) to miss a few weeks
    Chris Andersen has a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss "two or three weeks."

    Advice: Andersen's absence will mean more Udonis Haslem, which means very little in terms of fantasy. However, Josh McRoberts has seen his minutes increase and he could actually become a factor in the next 14 days. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:07 am
     
    Injured
  • Matt Barnes ruled out against Pistons
    Matt Barnes will miss Wednesday's game against the Pistons with his calf injury.

    Advice: Reggie Bullock is running with the starters and should get the start, but there's not much to love about him in fantasyland. Barnes remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:54 am
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Howard, Beverley both out for Rockets Weds.
    Dwight Howard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the Rockets for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Beverley didn't have a chance of playing in this one and Howard will now miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury that didn't seem too serious initially. DeMarcus Cousins should have his way with the Rockets tonight, while whoever starts at PG for the Kings (Darren Collison is iffy) won't have to deal with Beverley's pesky defense. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • Tobias Harris sits out morning shootaround
    Tobias Harris sat out the early portion of Wednesday morning's shootaround due to his calf injury.

    Advice: He's listed as a game-time decision but the fact he wasn't an early participant this morning is obviously a bad sign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Pistons send Tony Mitchell to D-League
    The Pistons have sent Tony Mitchell to the D-League.

    Advice: How irrelevant has Mitchell been over the last year? Our last post about him happened almost a year ago on Dec. 13, with a headline reading "Pistons send Tony Mitchell to D-League." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:19 am
  • Dwight Howard not likely to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) are not expected to play on Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: Beverley is expected to miss a few games, per coach Kevin McHale, while a preview column by Jonathan Feigen suggests there are "signs" that Howard won't play, either, based on more comments from McHale. To be clear, Howard hasn't been ruled out, but if you're planning ahead for tonight, it sounds like it would be a surprise if he were in the starting lineup. DeMarcus Cousins could have a big night if Howard's out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • David West hoping to play on Friday night
    David West is hoping to make his season debut for the Pacers on Friday after dealing with a severely sprained since Oct. 18.

    Advice: "(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after practicing Tuesday. "The ankle is healthy which is important." It sounds like it's now or never for West, who has already missed 15 games. "We've exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain," West said. "I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn't go any further. I got really lucky." Luis Scola will take a hit when West is ready to go at full speed. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 am
     
    Injured
  • Nikola Mirotic logs 21 minutes off CHI bench
    Nikola Mirotic came off the bench for the short-handed Bulls on Tuesday, making 1-of-5 shots to finish a loss in Denver with four points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

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

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

    Advice: DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • Omri Casspi scores 22 points in start at SF
    Omri Casspi took over the Kings' starting SF job on Tuesday with Rudy Gay (Achilles) unavailable, scoring a season-high 22 points in a road win in New Orleans.

    Advice: Casspi made one 3-pointer but made his living by sprinting the court and attacking the basket -- he was 9-of-14 from the field with only three shot attempts outside the paint. He added four rebounds, one assist and one steal without any turnovers, but Gay's day-to-day status makes Casspi a tricky guy to rely on for Wednesday's game vs. Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Al Horford limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Al Horford was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's game, playing only 23 minutes and finishing with seven points, seven boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 shots and it wasn't a total bust for fantasy owners, who should take his rare foul-plagued dud in stride. He'd scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday and should begin a new streak vs. Toronto on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Chris Andersen (ankle) out Tuesday vs. GSW
    Chris Andersen (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Erik Spoelstra has said that Andersen "will be out for awhile," so this news isn't surprising. Udonis Haslem and Justin Hamilton will split Andersen's backup minutes, but neither guy is worthy of any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
     
    Injured
  • David West (ankle) targeting Friday return
    David West (ankle) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel will have the final say as to whether West suits up or not, but he did give an encouraging quote after Tuesday's practice. "I’m hopeful [West can play Friday]," said Vogel. "We’ll see how he responded to this work, but we’re hopeful for Friday." It's looking like West is very close to making his regular-season debut, and when he returns Luis Scola will head to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
     
    Injured
  • No setbacks for James Johnson
    James Johnson didn't suffer a setback in Monday's game when he played just four minutes in his return from an ankle injury.

    Advice: The Raps are just working him back into the mix slowly, so it might take him a week to get back up to speed. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Chris Andersen (ankle) could be out awhile
    Chris Andersen (ankle) "will be out for awhile," according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Advice: This explains why the Heat added Hassan Whiteside and they're extremely thin up front. Andersen owners can cut him loose and there should be more from Udonis Haslem and Justin Hamilton. Whiteside is likely just an emergency guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
     
    Injured
  • Dirk Nowitzki calls Monday loss horrific
    Dirk Nowitzki said Monday's 110-100 loss to the Pacers was both horrific and awful.

    Advice: While Dirk stopped short of calling the loss "embarrassing" like teammate Chandler Parsons did, he obviously wasn't happy. "A horrible loss. Horrific. Awful," Nowitzki said of the Mavs' second straight loss. "I can't find any more words." Nowitzki scored 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds, one block and two treys in the loss, so his fantasy owners can't complain too much as he's still returning top-25 value on the season and will continue to do so as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • LeBron James goes bonkers in blowout win
    LeBron James scored 29 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with four rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, and two 3-pointers during Monday's 106-74 win over the Magic.

    Advice: That's more like it. After recently saying that he needs to play hard, James backed up his words with one of his better games of the year on Monday. There will be bumps in the road as the Cavs come together as a team, but James' fantasy owners can expect more games like this moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:55 am
  • Favors goes for 21 and 15 against the Bulls
    Derrick Favors scored 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting with a season-high 15 rebounds and one steal in Monday's 97-95 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Favors is up-and-down a little bit but he's more or less playing near his ADP. He's averaging 15.6 points, 8.4 boards and a combined 2.2 steals and blocks per game, which has returned top 50-60 value on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:05 pm
  • Mirotic mildly productive in 28 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with two threes, five boards and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: This was the fear in making a big play for Mirotic -- that Pau Gasol would return and negate the opportunity created by Taj Gibson's injury. Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound convinced that Gasol (calf) will play in Denver on Tuesday so there is some hope for another chance, and for what it's worth Joakim Noah played through a minor eye injury tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Dirk goes for 22 and 11; Monta scores 24
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 11 rebounds, two threes and one block in Monday's 111-100 loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Dirk's rebounds have been down and so has his normally unflappable free throw shooting. Tonight's result is a good sign for the former and in the case of the latter nobody should be worrying. With just top 20-40 value on the year, he's going to improve those marks as long as he stays healthy. Monta Ellis scored 24 points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and a three in the loss. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:30 pm
  • James Johnson plays four minutes on Monday
    James Johnson played four minutes against the Suns with one steal and two fouls.

    Advice: He didn't take a single shot tonight and may not be 100 percent. Johnson said he was "like Wolverine" for recovering so soon from his ankle sprain, but he wasn't a superhero with fouling tonight. He should be better his next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Tobias Harris (calf) update: Still day-to-day
    Tobias Harris (calf) tried to go through his normal shooting routine before Monday's game, but he and the Magic decided that it was best to pass on playing and he'll be re-evaluated at home in Orlando before Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's just not ready, and it's not smart for us to aggravate anything," coach Jacque Vaughn said Monday. "So we'll give him another couple of days and see what we look like when we get back home." Injury reporting in Orlando is very light and often misleading, so owners really have to stay on their toes and it wouldn't be surprising to see the team buy some time in advance of Friday's game in Indiana. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:45 pm
  • James Johnson will play on Monday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will play against the Suns on Monday night.

    Advice: He has been out since Nov. 16 with what looked like a severe ankle sprain, but Johnson is likely going to see his normal minutes. He was actually turning in mid-round value because of all the defensive stats, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not a must-own player and obviously won't be a mid-round guy on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:49 pm
  • Matt Barnes out again with a calf issue
    Matt Barnes (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Monday and he could miss a few games.

    Advice: He's been dealing with a calf issue for about the past week and the Clippers will just sit him down tonight. It'll be second-year swingman Reggie Bullock in the starting lineup, but Jamal Crawford probably benefits most. Barnes is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:38 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Tobias Harris (calf) out again on Monday
    Tobias Harris (calf) will not play on Monday night against the Cavs.

    Advice: This will be his second game out of the lineup and the Magic will have to tweak their rotation again. Nikola Vucevic had a career game last time out while Elfrid Payton benefitted as Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo held down the wings. Moe Harkless will also get more burn. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:35 pm
  • Thaddeus Young returns to practice Monday
    Thaddeus Young (personal) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Young is on track to play on Wednesday against Milwaukee and has returned to the team following the tragic loss of his mother. Our thoughts are with Young and his family. With his return, Anthony Bennett should be heading back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:45 am
     
    Injured
    L, 103-86 vs Mil
  • LeBron James says he needs to play harder
    LeBron James recently said that he needs to play harder.

    Advice: I've been kind of waiting around a little bit to see what may happen, sometimes it's been good, sometimes it hasn't been good," he said. "I've got a pretty good, clear cut of what I'm going to be doing going forward, I'm not going to tell you right now, so don't ask me." That's great, but the Cavs still look like a mess and LeBron remains far too passive. The Cavs need to figure it out, and figure it out soon. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) ruled out on Monday
    Updating a previous item, Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Howard was a "potential go" just hours earlier, but he must not have been feeling comfortable in the morning shootaround to be ruled out so early. Without Howard, the Rockets will continue to roll with Tarik Black at center, but Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou will be the guys fantasy owners want to use. For what it's worth, beat writer Jonathan Feigen guesses that Howard will miss more than three games with the knee ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • David West (ankle) 'getting close' to return
    David West (ankle) is "getting close" to returning.

    Advice: West went through an intense workout on Saturday and didn't need any medical tape around his right ankle to do it, so the veteran finally appears closing in on a return. When he does come back, Luis Scola will return to his typical reserve role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Tobias Harris will be game-time call Monday
    Tobias Harris (calf) will be a game-time decision on Monday.

    Advice: Harris won't go through shootaround, but he'll warm up prior to the game to see if he can give it a go. If Harris is forced to sit out, Moe Harkless should see a few more minutes, but it will basically result in a slight upticks in playing time across the board for the Magic's key contributors like Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:53 am
  • Joakim Noah calls Mirotic a difference-maker
    Joakim Noah said Nikola Mirotic is a "difference-maker at the offensive end."

    Advice: Mirotic balled out on Friday without Taj Gibson (ankle) and Pau Gasol (calf) available with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four 3-pointers, but he's going to need injuries ahead of him to produce like that regularly. He has an offensive game that's very capable of helping fantasy teams, but he's limited by his current role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:55 am
  • Dwight Howard a 'potential go' Monday night
    Dwight Howard is a "potential go" vs. the Knicks on Monday, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: This doesn't really help Howard's owners gain clarity on his status, but it's better than him being ruled out already. We'll get at least one more update on Howard's status against the Knicks, and likely more than that. If Howard can't go, Tarik Black will draw the start, but Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou will be the main beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 am
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • Danilo Gallinari logs season-high 31 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari played a season-high 31 minutes in Sunday's overtime win, finishing with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven boards and one assist.

    Advice: He made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining in OT and it's very encouraging to see him log so many minutes on his surgically-repaired knee. He may not overtake Wilson Chandler for the starting SF job, and he's shooting just 30.9 percent on the season, so owners should think twice before adding him in typical 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb shoots 0-of-6 vs. Warriors
    Jeremy Lamb never got going in 12 minutes off the bench on Sunday, missing all six of his field goal attempts to finish with five points on 5-of-5 free throws.

    Advice: He added one board and one assist without any defensive stats, and this disappearing act is precisely why he's so frustrating to own in fantasy leagues. His big games are scattered among many more duds, and he's only worth attention in deep leagues while guys like Andre Roberson, Anthony Morrow and Lance Thomas are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:08 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
  • Matt Barnes (calf) plays well in 19 minutes
    Matt Barnes (sore left calf) looked fine in 19 minutes of action vs. the Grizzlies, contributing nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, one 3-pointer and two rebounds in the Clippers' road loss.

    Advice: Barnes has reclaimed the starting SF job and is at least worth monitoring in all formats for his under-the-radar contributions -- in the past five games he's averaging 10.0 points on 47.2 percent shooting, with 1.8 threes, 2.2 rebounds and 0.4 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:18 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Wes Matthews held to 10 points vs. Celtics
    Wesley Matthews barely avoided his first single-digit scoring game of the season vs. the Celtics on Sunday, making 4-of-7 field goals with two 3-pointers for 10 points.

    Advice: Credit is due to Avery Bradley's defense, as he never let Matthews find his comfort zone on the perimeter -- a whopping 61.5 percent of Matthews' shots come from downtown, so it's hard for him to get going if he's not taking volume 3-pointers and getting to the FT line. He chipped in five boards, three assists and one steal to round out a quiet but efficient line. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • Chris Andersen won't return w/ sprained ankle
    Chris Andersen went down during the Heat-Hornets game with a sprained right ankle, and he will not return.

    Advice: Andersen limped his way to the locker room and the injury looked ugly enough that it's unsurprising to see him ruled out for the night. If he misses an extended period of time, his minutes will be split up between Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Injured
  • Dwight Howard (knee) questionable for Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) did not practice on Sunday and remains questionable for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Tarik Black, Donatas Motiejunas, and Kostas Papanikolaou will continue to help fill the void in Howard's absence, but all those guys have been pretty hit-or-miss despite the increased opportunity. Howard owners will need to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:07 am
  • LeBron James: Cavs are 'very fragile'
    LeBron James said after Saturday's game that the Cavaliers are "a very fragile team right now."

    Advice: "Any little adversity that hits us, we just shell up," James said. "This is not even the lowest it's going to get for us ... It's still too early for me to be negative at all. Once I crack then it will trickle down to everybody else." He finished Saturday's loss with a relatively quiet 15 points and 10 assists, and it wouldn't be surprising if he looked for his own shot more vs. the Magic on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:12 am
  • Derrick Favors has a double-double
    Derrick Favors double-doubled against the Pelicans during a 106-94 loss on Saturday with 13 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had a front-row seat for the Anthony Davis Show, but Favors wasn't too bad on the offensive side of the ball. Favors has two sub-par games in a row and his foul shooting is coming down, but his owners shouldn't be overly concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 31 points in a loss
    Gordon Hayward was terrific in a losing effort against the Pelicans on Saturday, making 9-of-16 from the field for 31 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 11-of-14 from the line, which serves as a great indicator of how aggressive he was tonight. Hayward adding some muscle to his frame was highly evident tonight and his new style should help him sustain a better shooting clip. The breakout is real. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:16 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic comes through on Sat.
    Mirza Teletovic delivered on Saturday against the Spurs with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He started for Kevin Garnett (rest) and was all his fantasy owners could ask for. Garnett will likely sit later on this year and Teletovic was already putting up solid value, so he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:43 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins dominates w/ 31 pts, 18 reb
    DeMarcus Cousins steamrolled the short-handed Wolves in Saturday's road win, scoring 31 points and tying his season-high with 18 rebounds.

    Advice: He navigated foul trouble while making a stellar 11-of-15 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs, to go along with two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said prior to the game that DMC is in his top-five MVP candidates to begin the season, and it's hard to disagree. The Kings' 8-5 record would be golden in the Eastern Conference, but as things stand they're in fourth place in the tough Pacific division. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • Dirk Nowitzki awful in loss to Rockets
    Dirk Nowitzki hit just 4-of-18 shots and was 0-for-8 from downtown for 11 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The good news is that Dirk has played through his sprained ankle, but clearly didn't have it tonight. The Rockets are a good defensive team and it showed tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 20 points vs. Cleveland
    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting vs. the Cavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a comeback win.

    Advice: He's shooting just north of 40 percent on the season, but it's only a matter of time before he approaches his career average of 44.5 percent. His stellar FT shooting takes the sting out of subpar shooting nights like this, and fantasy owners have to appreciate the career-best 1.8 steals he's averaging this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • LeBron James, Cavs drop fourth straight
    LeBron James started Saturday's game vs. the Raptors with a flurry of energy, but he finished with 15 points, 10 assists, one steal and one block as the Cavaliers stumbled to a 17-point home loss.

    Advice: LBJ said he felt good before the game, and began with a spirited intensity that was sorely lacking in Friday's defeat, but elation gave way to frustration as Cleveland let an early lead slip away. The Cavs will have their ups and downs throughout the regular season, but we can count on LeBron to put up phenomenal fantasy stats no matter what the circumstances. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic will start in place of KG
    Mirza Teletovic will start in place of Kevin Garnett on Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: This was an expected move as Mirza picks up a lot of the power forward minutes, especially late in the game. He should have some extra minutes and shots go his way, so he's a sneaky player to use in daily leagues as well as a streamer in year-long formats. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Thaddeus Young expected to practice Monday
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders expects Thaddeus Young to return from his personal absence in time for Monday's practice.

    Advice: Young may rejoin the team on Sunday and this merely confirms that he's on pace to return for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. Anthony Bennett will earn another start in Young's absence on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:53 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 103-86 vs Mil
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will not play vs. Mavs
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play against the Mavericks on Saturday and has no timetable to return.

    Advice: He was basically doubtful and he's still not well enough to play. Howard had plasma rich platelet treatment this week, but he still hasn't had a full workload at practice. Tarik Black played well on Wednesday and will get the start again. Kostas Papanikolaou will also benefit. Howard owners can push the panic button, but cutting him is not an option. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:20 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • Tobias Harris (calf) is day-to-day w/ strain
    An MRI confirmed Tobias Harris (right calf) is dealing with a strain and he is is day-to-day.

    Advice: There are no specifics yet, but based on the information it sounds like a Grade I strain for Harris. Players tend to miss a day or two, but there are instances when it'll take a week to recover. His owners should bench him for now and we should have an update before Monday. Basically the entire rotation benefits here. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • James Johnson is out again on Saturday
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was not expected to play anyway and hasn't gone through a full practice yet. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some extra run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • Dwight Howard is unlikely to play Saturday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is not expected to play on Saturday against the Mavericks, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: The credible team reporter said he would be "shocked if he plays." Howard's fantasy owners should have him on their benches and can pencil in Tarik Black into the Houston starting lineup. Although, Kostas Papakinkolaou has been the biggest beneficiary sans Dwight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • Tobias Harris (calf) will not play on Sat.
    Tobias Harris (right calf strain) will not play on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: Wow. This comes out of nowhere and he has no history of any calf issues coming into today. Harris may need an MRI on his calf and we'll be watching for any info on his prognosis. We'll consider him questionable for Monday for now. The Magic will likely have to lean more on Moe Harkless, but they will also likely use Victor Oladipo more at the three. Channing Frye should also get a ton of run at power forward and Andrew Nicholson will also help. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) questionable vs. Mavs
    Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Dwight had been considered doubtful so this is an encouraging update, but owners will need to check for updates closer to tip-off. He recently had a plasma-rich platelet injection and may need to sit out another game to avoid aggravating the strain, in which case Tarik Black would earn another start with extra minutes filtering down to Kostas Papanikolaou and Donatas Motiejunas. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:28 am
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • Al Horford happy to wear compression shirt
    Al Horford will continue to wear a compression shirt under his jersey, saying that it's "actually helped [him] a lot" as he returns from pectoral surgery.

    Advice: "I never really wanted to wear it," Horford said. "My trainers thought it was a good idea to help me. I was getting very stiff at times. With the shirt I notice it keeps it warm, keeps it tight." Horford is quietly returning to form, averaging 13.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, good enough for top-40 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Cavs coach worried about 'every single thing'
    After the Cavaliers fell to 5-6 with a loss on Friday, coach David Blatt said he's concerned about "every single thing" his team is doing.

    Advice: "This is the same team a week ago was scoring 120 points a game," Blatt said. "We’re not a different group of people and we're not a different team. We're just playing in the dark right now." When LeBron James was asked whether any of the Cavs' lineups had found a rhythm this year he quickly replied "No," and it doesn't help that Blatt is experimenting with different rotations on a nightly basis. The Cavs will try to right the ship vs. the visiting Raptors on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:21 am
  • Nikola Mirotic erupts w/ 24 points, 11 boards
    Nikola Mirotic stepped up with Taj Gibson (ankle) getting hurt against the Blazers on Friday, scoring a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Pau Gasol (calf) did not play tonight and X-rays were negative on Gibson's ankle, so he is not a lock for minutes. That said, Mirotic is capable of blocking shots, hitting treys and turning in good percentages, so it's not a bad idea to add him speculatively in some leagues. To be clear, we wouldn't cut a player you're going to miss. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:10 pm
  • Favors nears double-double in blowout loss
    Derrick Favors scored 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: This was as good as it got in the starting lineup in yet another terrible basketball game on Friday. Enes Kanter scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and five turnovers but as usual had no steals or blocks, Trey Burke fell off a cliff with two points (1-of-8 FGs), five assists, one steal, and Alec Burks hit 3-of-10 shots for nine points, four boards and a three. Woof. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari has impressive game
    Danilo Gallinari made 5-of-7 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He entered tonight making just 26.2 percent from the field and he really needed a big game like this one. Gallinari is still a long way from playing close to his career 30.8 minutes per game, which might not even happen. Unless you want to be really aggressive, you can probably keep Gallo on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Dirk's ankle injury no big deal in blowout
    Dirk Nowitzki shook off an ankle injury in the Mavs' 140-106 laugher win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, one block and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Dirk logged just 21 minutes and that's a nice little bonus on top of the fact that he's essentially ankle-proof. Tyson Chandler was quiet with five points and four boards, Jameer Nelson enjoyed the boost with 10 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two threes, and Monta Ellis had it all with 20 and 10 to go with three treys and three boards. Of course none of this matters, because Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:15 pm
  • LeBron James scores 22 points; Cavs now 5-6
    LeBron James scored 22 points in a loss to the 91-78 loss to the Wizards on Friday to go with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are 5-6 and LeBron is below .500 after playing in at least 10 games since the 2007-08 season. The Cavs also had a 76ers-like 82.0 offensive efficiency rating tonight. While everyone is going to overreact, LeBron has been a top-10 player in fantasy leagues despite not even being close to as great as he was last season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:46 pm
  • Teletovic scores 13 points with seven boards
    Mirza Teletovic scored 13 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-12 shots (including a three) with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Teletovic is returning top 90-115 value (9/8 cat) on the year, averaging 10.8 points with 1.9 treys, 4.8 boards and a 45.6 percent mark from the field. That's easily enough production to be owned in all standard formats, though owners should expect for him to be streaky. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Harris goes for 17 and 16 in win over Hornets
    Tobias Harris scored 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting (7-of-8 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Friday's road win over the Hornets.

    Advice: Harris has been up and down this season in terms of field goal shooting but is paying off huge for owners, regardless. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:24 pm
  • James Johnson still out on Friday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games, but he has been on the practice court in a limited capacity. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some more run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb moving to the bench
    Jeremy Lamb will move to the bench against the the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Andre Roberson is back in the starting lineup and isn't expected to play more than 20 minutes, so Lamb should still get some run. He's been far too inconsistent on the season to use in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard receives a PRP injection
    Dwight Howard (knee) received a plasma rich platelet injection on his right knee.

    Advice: This has become common and players usually do at as they are getting closer to a return. Howard is still considered as doubtful for Saturday and he did miss practice on Friday. Tarik Black will likely get another start, but the bigger beneficiary has been Kostas Papanikolaou. Howard owners will want to check back tomorrow and he's also not looking like he'll be a fun player to own this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:17 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 102-89 vs Sac
  • David West (ankle) returns to practice Friday
    David West (ankle) was a limited participant during Friday's practice and is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

    Advice: West remains without a definitive return date, but his return to practice is a positive sign. He'll provide the Pacers with some much needed offense when he’s finally able to suit up, and should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up points and boards with high percentages. Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen will continue to help fill the void with West sidelined, but neither guy is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:16 am
     
    Injured
  • Mazel Tov: Omri Casspi has perfect shooting
    Omri Casspi made all five shots from the field and all four from the line for 14 points with one rebound and one steal against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He played a handful of minutes as the stretch four tonight, but most of his playing time will come as Rudy Gay's backup. Casspi is only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:43 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins post 22-14 line in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played through a hip injury and lived in the paint against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 14 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and had five fouls. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls and has committed at least five in all but three games this season. Besides that and the high turnovers, Cousins is dominating on the stat sheet and is the main reason why the Kings are 7-5. He's in the mix to be the most valuable big man behind Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • Matt Barnes has a calf issue
    Matt Barnes is dealing with a sore left calf following Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He is considered as probable for Sunday against the Grizzlies. Barnes finished with nine points and one 3-pointer in the win. He does have some low-end value since he does a little bit of everything, so give him a look if you're sick of the guy on the end of your bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:29 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Matt Barnes will start again on Thursday
    Matt Barnes will again draw the start on Thursday as the Clippers take on the Heat.

    Advice: Barnes looks to have won his starting job back, and has scored in double figures in two of his last three outings. Hopefully he can continue his solid play tonight, as he has a favorable matchup vs. the Heat. He's worth a speculative add in standard leagues for his ability to contribute to each category on the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:50 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:12 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • James Johnson (ankle) sheds walking boot
    James Johnson (ankle) was moving well without a walking boot after the Raptors' practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors' defensive specialist and energizer is questionable for Friday's home game vs. the Bucks. It wouldn't be surprising to see him held out another game as a precaution, but we'll have a much clearer idea of his status after shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:26 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki expects to play vs LAL Friday
    Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) expects to play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Nowitzki briefly left Wednesday's win over the Wizards, but was able to return after getting his left ankle taped. "It’s just the first couple of minutes that hurt," Nowitzki said, adding that he expects to be fine for Friday’s game against the Lakers. "I walked it off, got it re-taped. Trainer asked me if I wanted to call it a day, but obviously a close game, so if I can walk, I want to be out there." Expecting to play and actually playing are two different things, so we'll be keeping a close eye on Dirk's status for Friday's tilt agains the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Jeremy Lamb's inconsistency is consistent
    Jeremy Lamb hit just 2-of-5 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: If there's anything consistent about Lamb it's his inconsistency. He's scored 8, 19, 5, 24 and 5 points in each of his last five games and things could get a little dicey now. Sebastian Telfair broke out of a slump tonight, and shooting guard Andre Roberson finally returned from his injury tonight. And once Perry Jones is back from his knee injury, Lamb's productivity could fluctuate even more than it has lately. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:44 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki injures ankle in win over WAS
    Dirk Nowitzki sprained his left ankle after stepping on another player's foot late on Wednesday, but was able to return and finish with 13 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The ankle sprain didn't look good in replays and there's a good chance it will swell up overnight. We've seen Dirk play through these types of injuries in the past, but owners should certainly be on the lookout for news over the next few days. The Mavs next play the struggling Lakers on Friday, and there's a decent chance he could miss that game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • LeBron, Irving not enough vs. Spurs
    LeBron James hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

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

    Advice: He should be fine and was able to play through the injury on Tuesday. Cousins has been outstanding this season and he'll get a tough test against a great Chicago frontline. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • Tobias Harris scores 25 in ugly loss
    Tobias Harris hit 8-of-14 shots, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws for 25 points, three rebounds and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Over his last four games, Harris has scored 25, 24, 19 and 26 points, hitting 1.75 3-pointers and grabbing 6.5 rebounds. He's also shooting it lights out, nailing 36-of-60 shots during that stretch. Harris has been one of the steals in fantasy this year and as long as he stays healthy, that's probably not going to change. Teammate Nikola Vucevic has been equally as hot and had 19 points and 14 boards in tonight's ugly loss. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Matt Barnes getting better for Clippers
    Matt Barnes started again and had 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's easy win over the Magic.

    Advice: This is the kind of line we were expecting on a regular basis from Barnes, but he's just recently started to show signs of life. He's scored in double figures in two of his last three games, has hit nine 3-pointers over his last four, and just recently moved back into the starting unit. If you've had your eye on him, now is the time to pick him up and hope this is just the start of something good. But up until the last week, he had no business being in fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:24 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • James Johnson won't play vs. Memphis
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is in a walking boot and does not have a timetable to return. Johnson is a tough customer, but the Raptors will likely be careful based on how things went with Amir Johnson's ankle last season. Expect more Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • David West (ankle) will not play on Wednesday
    David West (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: This has to be frustrating for his owners, as he has yet to play this season with his nagging ankle sprain. We will continue to monitor his status and it should be noted that he still deserves to be owned in almost all leagues for his scoring and rebounding prowess. In the meantime, Luis Scola will continue to start with Lavoy Allen backing him up, but neither player is an attractive option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 am
     
    Injured
  • Gordon Hayward returned to action on Tuesday November 18. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) plays well vs Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins tweaked his left hip flexor while warming up for Tuesday's game, but he still finished with 24 points, 17 boards, three assists and two blocks vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Needless to say, the hip injury didn't limit DMC and shouldn't be a problem going forward. The Kings jumped out to a big lead for the third straight game tonight, but once again they let it slip away and their record has fallen to 6-5 after an impressive 5-1 start to the season. They'll have a tough task staying above .500 with the Bulls coming to town for a nationally-televised game on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) quiet on Tuesday
    Gordon Hayward (illness) was quiet in Tuesday's home victory, hitting 4-of-12 shots to finish with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He was 1-of-7 from downtown and turned the ball over four times, and never seemed in rhythm after being slowed by an illness for the past few days. Hayward was on fire to start the season and he's embracing his go-to status with the Jazz, so fantasy owners shouldn't be soured by a couple of poor games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • Serge Ibaka shoots just 2-of-13 in road loss
    Serge Ibaka had a rough night on Tuesday, making only 2-of-13 FGs to finish a lopsided road loss with six points, six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Ibaka's sweet-spot is as a second-option or third-option in the OKC offense, and his numbers should pick up once Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant get back on the court. He's still a top-50 value through 12 games, despite his disappointing start to the season, and fantasy owners should target him as a prime buy-low option. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb has well-rounded line vs. Utah
    Jeremy Lamb posted a nice all-around line in 36 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Lamb has been up-and-down since returning from his back injury on Nov. 7, but he has explosive potential with the Thunder desperately short-handed. He made only five of his 15 shot attempts tonight, but made up for it with a 6-of-6 mark at the FT line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 10 points in 26 minutes
    Derrick Favors was conspicuously quiet in Tuesday's win vs. the Thunder, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one block in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up four fouls, which limited his playing time, and credit is due to Serge Ibaka's defense. Favors hasn't been the most consistent player this year, but he's exceeding fantasy owners' expectations with top-40 value and should only get better as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Paul Millsap's 29 points not enough vs Lakers
    Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 29 points on 11-of-16 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs in Tuesday's disappointing home loss, adding four rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer had no chance vs. Millsap defensively, so the Hawks wisely kept feeding the ball to the Sapper, who even hit 2-of-4 shots from downtown. Atlanta lost by the final score of 109-114 due to lousy defense, allowing the Lakers to shoot 54 percent from the field with 13 offensive rebounds. This was their first home loss of the season and they'll look to get back in the win column vs. Detroit on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Al Horford shoots 7-of-8 in tough home loss
    Al Horford made 7-of-8 field goals on Tuesday, including one 3-pointer, to finish a tough loss vs. L.A. with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Horford hasn't played 30+ minutes or taken 10+ shots in any of the Hawks' past four games. He's averaging just 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds this season but he's likely just off to a slow start after missing many months following pectoral surgery. Fantasy owners should view this is a buy-low opportunity for Horford, who will need to play a bigger role for Atlanta to emerge as a legitimate playoff threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • LeBron James wants minutes to come down
    LeBron James stated during a recent interview that his minutes have to "come down."

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

    Advice: That means Young will be targeting a return for Nov. 26 vs. the Bucks, and Anthony Bennett will draw at least two more starts this week. Bennett put up 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists during his last start, and he makes for a nice, low-budget buy in FanDuel as long as Young is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 103-86 vs Mil
  • David West (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Hornets
    David West (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: West's potential return date keeps getting pushed back, and this just really speaks to the severity of the ankle injury he sustained back in October. The Pacers haven't given much updates on West's status, but we'll be monitoring his status closely. Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen will continue to split minutes at power forward with West sidelined, but neither guy is a very attractive option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 am
     
    Injured
  • LeBron James working on relationship w/Blatt
    LeBron James is still working on building a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: James and Blatt had somewhat contrary statements about the Cavs' energy level after Monday's loss to the Nuggets, but we're still only nine games into the regular season so it's not time to send the two to counseling just yet. "Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cavs' loss. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that." Regardless of his relationship with his head coach, James' fantasy owners have to be happy with his top-5 play over the last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:00 am
  • Barnes still struggling for the Clippers
    Matt Barnes hit just 2-of-8 shots (2-of-6 from deep) for seven points with two rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Whether it's his divorce or any other off-the-court issue, Barnes simply isn't getting it done. He can be watched from the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:15 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Mirotic productive with Pau Gasol out
    Nikola Mirotic was productive with Pau Gasol (calf) out on Monday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Mirotic needs an injury or two in front of him before he has any real fantasy value, but this is a good sign that he may be able to come through if given the chance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Arthur plays 26 minutes in Monday's win
    Darrell Arthur logged 26 minutes and double-doubled in Monday's win over the Cavs, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting (including three treys) with 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Kenneth Faried played just 22 minutes and was the subject of a leaked story to ESPN stating how the front office wasn't thrilled with the Team USA forward. So naturally a good game like this out of nowhere might get a little bit more weight in the minds of owners, but unless he can do it again we're not moving the needle at all. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 6:52 pm
     
    Injured
  • Gallinari (knee) plays just eight minutes
    Danilo Gallinari (knee) played just eight minutes on Friday against the Cavs.

    Advice: Gallo missed both of his shot attempts and had just one rebound with one assist to his stat line. Until he shows signs of life owners can watch this action from the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 6:38 pm
  • Update: Nate and Gallinari will play on Mon.
    Nate Robinson and Danilo Gallinari will play against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: They were ruled out earlier this morning and coach Brian Shaw has changed his tune. There are still way too many concerns about both guys tonight and they are unlikely to play more than half of the game tonight. That said, it's a little harder to be bullish on Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 2:31 pm
  • Shaw: Gallo and Nate could play on Monday
    Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson could play against the Cavs on Monday, according to coach Brian Shaw.

    Advice: Interesting. They are not expected to play in back-to-back sets, but the is at least a small chance because of their low minutes on Sunday. Gallinari is still very unlikely to go, so those who were looking to use Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo shouldn't be too discouraged. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 2:10 pm
  • Thaddeus Young is still not with the team
    Thaddeus Young (personal) is still not with the Wolves as of Monday.

    Advice: Coach Flip Saunders didn't mention when Young will be back or if he would play on Wednesday, but he said he should know more on Tuesday. Young's fantasy owners might want to sit him in a three-game week while Anthony Bennett will likely get another start. Shabazz Muhammad may also get more run. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 1:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 103-86 vs Mil
  • Gordon Hayward is feeling better
    Gordon Hayward is feeling better from an illness and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

    Advice: He was sick on Saturday night, but had his worst game of the season with just 12 points on 3-of-10 from the field. Hayward should be locked and loaded in all fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 1:18 pm
  • Matt Barnes struggling through divorce
    Matt Barnes admitted his recent divorce has impacted his play this season.

    Advice: "It's tough. When you're going through a divorce it's hard," Barnes said. "We still have to show up and play." Barnes also added he doesn't care whether or not he starts, but he wants to work himself back into the mix after a slow start. Barnes is best left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 9:00 am
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Gallinari, Robinson will not play on Monday
    Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson will both miss Monday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Both players are fine, but neither is cleared to play in back-to-back sets just yet. Without Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo should be the main beneficiaries, while Robinson's absence will mean the team will lean a little harder on Ty Lawson. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 7:57 am
  • Gordon Hayward feeling good under Snyder
    Gordon Hayward said he's "extremely comfortable" in Quin Snyder's system.

    Advice: Hayward is having a breakout season after signing a highly-criticized max contract during the offseason. Averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 3-pointers on 48.3 percent shooting, he's been an absolute steal for owners who grabbed him in their fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 7:23 am
  • Jeremy Lamb struggles in defensive battle
    Jeremy Lamb started Sunday's game but finished with only five points on 2-of-5 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Lamb was coming off a massive game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but never got going in a defense-dominated loss vs. Houston on Sunday. Solid defensive stats somewhat compensate for Lamb's overall lack of production, but he's been held to single-digit scoring in three of the past four games and is a hit-or-miss fantasy player despite the injury problems in OKC. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 7:57 pm
  • Matt Barnes has a decent game in start
    Matt Barnes started against the Suns on Saturday with 12 points two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was coming off the bench because of his shooting issues. Barnes scored a season high tonight and perhaps he can get it going to climb back into the standard-league conversation. However, this game is not going to drive the demand up enough to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 12:25 am
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
  • Boogie Down Production: Cousins scores 25 pts
    DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 25 points against the Spurs on Saturday during a 94-91 win, adding 10 rebounds and one block on 10-of-19 from the field.

    Advice: The Kings were uncharacteristically great in the paint tonight and held the Spurs to just 34 points in the paint, which was almost half of their 58. Cousins is dominating this season with the highest usage rate among big men while making 50 percent from the field. He's for real. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:46 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 102-89 @ Hou
  • Mirza Teletovic is suddenly cold
    Mirza Teletovic had another awful game on Saturday, making 1-of-7 from the field for two points with four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He committed four fouls and is now 1-of-11 from the field in his last two games. Teletovic was on fire to start the season, so his owners should try to stick with him for one more game. That said, he's not must-own material. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 11:18 pm
  • Matt Barnes ejected from Saturday's game
    Matt Barnes was ejected from Saturday's game after receiving two technical fouls, finishing the game with 12 points, one board, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes in a start at small forward.

    Advice: Barnes was up to his usual antics and couldn't keep his cool all night despite the Clippers having a huge lead throughout the game. He has been very disappointing this season and despite the fact that he started Saturday, he is simply too unreliable to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 9:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-98 @ Det
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