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  • Kyrie Irving committing himself to defense
    Kyrie Irving has challenged himself this season to become a better defensive player.

    Advice: "If one person gets going, whether it’s the 1 or 2 [point guard or shooting guard], I’m going to guard them," Irving said. "It’s more or less a personal challenge. I talked to our coaching staff beforehand and told them, 'Whenever I have the chance to guard the point guard, just leave me on him.'" Allowing Irving to guard the opposing team’s top offensive guy may not be the wisest decision, as he’s simply not a top-tier defender in the league; but it’s nice to know he’s committing himself to improving on that end. However, in the fantasy basketball world his lackluster defensive play is a non-factor, and he's currently averaging 21.1 points, 4.8 assists, and a career-high 2.2 three-pointers and 1.8 steals per game, good enough for first-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:17 pm
  • James Young available for Friday vs Bulls
    James Young will be available for the Celtics' game against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Young practiced with the Celtics on Thursday after a short stint in the D-League and is available for Friday's game, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While Young has potential to help the Celtics in future seasons, he's unlikely to provide any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:40 am
  • Wizards will extend to retain Bradley Beal
    The Wizards have made it clear that they do what they have to in order to retain Bradley Beal.

    Advice: With Beal up for a contract extension after the 2015-16 season, rival executives expect that the Wizards will do whatever necessary to retain the 21-year-old. We're still a ways off from anything happening here and Kevin Durant's impending free agency after the 2015-16 season could change things. For now, fantasy owners will have to enjoy the fact that Beal is healthy and on-pace to return top-50 fantasy value as long as he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:21 am
  • Mavericks reassign Ricky Ledo to D-League
    The Dallas Mavericks have reassigned Ricky Ledo to the D-League.

    Advice: Ledo has only averaged 3.0 minutes over 11 games to start the season, so this move comes as no surprise. The rookie will now report to the Texas Legends and continue to hold no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:49 am
  • Coach says Lance Stephenson not a star yet
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said Lance Stephenson still has a ways to go until he is a star.

    Advice: After benching Stephenson for the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, Clifford didn't shed much light on his decision. "To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years." There is nothing health-related for Stephenson's fantasy owners to worry about, but patience will be a virtue as he'll need to earn his head coach's trust. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:45 am
  • Goran Dragic gets 36 minutes vs. Nuggets
    Goran Dragic played 36 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas (ankle), the Suns' leading scorer, did not play tonight, so there wasn't a big mess in coach Jeff Hornacek's guard rotation. Dragic had been quiet over his previous four games with just 9.8 points per game, so this line was nice to see. His fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting many 20-point games once IT3 gets back, though. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:14 am
  • Nick Young hits 4-of-14 shots in loss
    Nick Young hit just 4-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points and two blocks in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: The Lakers were talking about "force feeding" Young tonight, but it never really happened. Like Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo and J.R. Smith, Young is always an interesting all-or-nothing play. Unfortunately, tonight was closer to nothing than all, and Young's been too inconsistent to be trusted as an everyday starter in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:09 am
  • Eric Bledsoe says he's fine from fall
    Eric Bledsoe returned from a fall on his hip in the third quarter against the Nuggets on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points, one rebound, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: In the post-game interview, Bledsoe said he's dealt with this type of injury all the time and just needs to get treatment. Although, it's worth mentioning he did dismiss a calf contusion last season and it cost him multiple games. His owners will want to keep an eye on him until a rematch against Denver on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:00 am
  • Jeremy Lin plays well again despite back
    Jeremy Lin continues to play through a tender back and hit 4-of-9 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Despite the back issue, Lin has averaged 31 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And that's a vast improvement over his early-season struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Wes Johnson quietly fills stat sheet
    Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-5 shots for five points on Wednesday, but added five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a big game on Sunday with seven points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks, but it's important to keep in mind he's scored in double figures just three times this season, the last coming back on Nov. 12. Regardless of what else he's doing, his total lack of scoring makes him nearly unownable in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Ginobili! Manu goes for season-high 28 in win
    Manu Ginobili hit 10-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 28 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: There was no way to see this one coming, as he had totaled just 19 points over his last four games and hasn't scored more than 28 points in a game since last February. He ruined Danny Green tonight, but it's nice to know he can still produce on occasion. He's not trustworthy enough to be owned in most leagues, but is worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Chase Budinger plays just 14 minutes
    Chase Budinger played just 14 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He backed up Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer tonight, but he was still nowhere near 20 minutes. The return of Thaddeus Young seems like it's going to impact Budinger a little more than anticipated, so he's only an add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:28 pm
  • Danny Green disappears in win over Pacers
    Danny Green cooled off on Wednesday, hitting just 1-of-4 shots for two points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Green was cooking coming in and had scored 21 and 18 points in his previous two games, but Manu Ginobili decided to return to form tonight with 28 points, leaving Green in his wake. Green should bounce back sooner than later, but a healthy and confident Ginobili is not great news for Green's owners. He did at least salvage his line tonight with the blocks and steal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Corey Brewer gets some ball-handling in
    Corey Brewer helped handle the ball against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 7-of-17 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, seven turnovers and on triples.

    Advice: Some players shouldn't be the focal point of an offense and Brewer is almost certainly going to see his efficiency drop with the Wolves being shorthanded. He's shot just 39.5 percent from the field in his last three games without Kevin Martin, so his season shooting of 46.5 percent is likely heading south for the winter. Still, the treys, steals and points make him a low-end fantasy option. He's not a must-own player due to ugly foul shooting, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard with a double-double in win
    Kawhi Leonard had 21 points, 13 rebounds, two 3-pointers and hit 8-of-12 shots in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Leonard was great tonight despite a lack of steals, blocks and 3-pointers, and is averaging 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.75 3-pointers over his last four games. And this is Kawhi we love Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 22 points on Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey got loose against the Spurs' defense to hit 9-of-20 shots for 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a team-high 35 minutes.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes on Monday and had 12 points, and is starting to play a little bit like the guy we were talking about as a sleeper early in the season. He's not likely to fill the stat sheet on most night, but he's probably going to score points for the depleted Pacers and he's averaging a respectable 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last four games. It comes with a price though, as he's shooting just 37 percent over that stretch, but he's just now getting healthy. If you need a scorer in a deep league, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has well-rounded game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo played well in his 26 minutes against the Wolves during a 103-86 win on Wednesday with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He's alternated good and bad games in his last five, turning in averages of 12.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals, no blocks and no triples in that span. Antetokounmpo is going to need to increase his output in blocks and treys to really break out, but he's capable of doing it. Keep him owned for now because some other owner will pick up the buzzy player if you drop him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • O.J. Mayo starts again, plays OK
    O.J. Mayo started again on Wednesday against the Wolves with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and five turnovers on 3-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: Coach Jason Kidd seems to like the idea of using Mayo in the starting lineup, but more lines like this one will make it tough to keep him around 30 minutes. Chances are nobody is going to be running to grab him in your league anyway, so you can probably leave him on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • James Harden scores 26 points on 31 FGAs
    James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 21 points in 17 mins.
    Greivis Vasquez was on fire against the Hawks on Wednesday with 21 points, two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: This is one of the most efficient lines of the year. For the advanced stats guys out there, Vasquez put up a 36.9 usage and had an 81.5 true shooting percentage. He was horrible before tonight and made just 33.3 percent from the field, so we'll obviously need to see it again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 22 points vs. Hawks
    Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 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
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Alec Burks gets 16 points in loss to Thunder
    Alec Burks had 16 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Thunder on Wednesday, making 6-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Burks is shooting just 38.7 percent from the field this season, compared to 45.7 percent last season. He's been steady enough for 14-team value and has enough upside to hang onto in shallower formats, but his owners will need to see some consistency in the next month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
     
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  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 22 points in OKC win
    The Thunder snapped their six-game losing streak on Wednesday, led by Reggie Jackson's 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, eight assists and one steal.

    Advice: He turned the ball over five times, as usual, but at least he made more than half his shots tonight. Backup PG Sebastian Telfair was waived on Wednesday which suggests that Russell Westbrook (hand) might return as soon as Friday's game. Jackson will inevitably lose some minutes and offensive firepower, but he's still a must-own fantasy player even if he shifts to a bench role. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Bradley Beal struggles in start vs. Cavs
    Bradley Beal struggled in his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Cavs, making 4-of-10 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He only had 13 points in his last game and is just 1-of-8 from downtown in his last three games. There is obviously nothing to worry about here despite his season averages sitting at just 14.6 points, 3.6 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 44.6 percent from the field. He'll be better on Saturday against the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe returns from injury on Wednesday
    Eric Bledsoe went to the locker room in the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Nuggets and has returned.

    Advice: He looked to land on his hip and hobbled back to the locker room under his own power. Bledsoe was down for a very long time, so it was nice to see him get back out there. He exited with 15 points, one rebound, seven assists, three steals and two turnovers. Stay tuned. If he's out, Isaiah Thomas (ankle) and Gerald Green would get bumps. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Lance Stephenson again benched in 4Q
    Lance Stephenson rode the Hornets bench in the fourth quarter again on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that rebounding was the key to beating the Blazers, which makes Stephenson's late-game absence even more perplexing -- he's the Hornets' leading rebounder at 8.2 per game. Stephenson's fantasy owners can only be patient and hope that he earns Clifford's trust sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo could play some center
    Giannis Antetokounmpo could play some center against the Wolves on Wednesday with John Henson (foot) out.

    Advice: "Giannis can find himself there, too," coach Jason Kidd said. "Why not? He's 7 feet." He's playing every position, but the Bucks have cooled on him as a point guard. He was a big letdown on Tuesday, but maybe he gets it going in a matchup full of young players tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Bradley Beal starting vs. Cavaliers on Wed.
    Bradley Beal will move into the Wizards' starting lineup on Wednesday, moving Garrett Temple to the bench.

    Advice: Beal has come off the bench in all four of his games this season, averaging 15.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting, 1.5 threes, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals. It was only a matter of time before he displaced Temple and he should already be locked into all active fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
  • Forcefeed coming to Nick Young vs. MEM?
    Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers will "forcefeed" Nick Young in Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies to help get him going.

    Advice: Uh oh. That's basically giving the Cookie Monster an all-you-can-eat trip to the cookie stand in the mall. Young has only attempted 9.5 shots per game in his last two, so he will likely get shots in the teens. On the down side, the Grizzlies play very good defense, so he could have an inefficient game. He's a decent option in daily leagues, but owners in standards might have a better option on a 13-game night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots 1-of-13 Tuesday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo had a brutal night on Tuesday, making just 1-of-13 field goals to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He also got into foul trouble but still logged 31 minutes, and coach Jason Kidd is showing increasing faith in him as a starter. Antetokounmpo is shooting 52.5 percent on the season, so tonight's dud should be viewed as an aberration. Look for him to bounce back vs. the Wolves' lenient defense on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • O.J. Mayo scores 17 points as Bucks' starter
    O.J. Mayo made his first start of the season vs. the Pistons on Tuesday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Jason Kidd has been juggling his lineups through the first month of the season, and tonight Mayo got the nod ahead of Khris Middleton. "We looked at [Mayo as a starter] at practice yesterday and as coaches we thought it looked good," Kidd said, by way of explanation. Mayo has enough upside to be worth a speculative add, especially since the Bucks won tonight's game, but don't be surprised if he's back in a reserve role by the end of the week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Bradley Beal shoots 4-of-14 in home defeat
    Bradley Beal made just 4-of-14 shots off Washington's bench in Tuesday's tough loss, scoring 13 points with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one steal and a game-high seven turnovers.

    Advice: It seems like only a matter of time before Garrett Temple is benched and Beal starts alongside John Wall, so Beal's owners should remain patient. The self-proclaimed best backcourt in the NBA had its struggles tonight, however, as Wall and Beal combined for a whopping 13 turnovers in a three-point defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:50 pm
  • O.J. Mayo will start Tuesday vs. Detroit
    O.J. Mayo will enter the starting lineup Tuesday vs. the Pistons, sending Khris Middleton back to the bench.

    Advice: Coach Jason Kidd's rotations have been all over the place this season, so while Mayo enters the starting lineup tonight, he could just as easily head back the bench in the next one. Mayo has been hit-or-miss this season, averaging 10.9 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers per game while shooting 40.3 percent from the field. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach to see how Mayo fares with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:31 pm
  • Nene's absence could mean Beal starts
    With Nene expected to miss a few games with a foot injury, it's possible the Wizards are ready to start Bradley Beal over Garrett Temple.

    Advice: As Kyle Weidie notes, the Wizards will miss Nene's passing skills and his absence could be the impetus to get Beal back into the starting unit sooner than later. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Harden scores season-high 36 points
    James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Stuckey (wrist) productive in busy 32 minutes
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) logged 32 minutes on Monday against the Mavs, scoring 12 points on 2-of-9 shooting (2-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: Given his inability to stay healthy the heavy workloads recently are an uncomfortable bonus, so give him a look in deeper formats but don't drop anybody of real value just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • Lou Williams stays hot with 17 points
    Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores a season-high 25 points
    Eric Bledsoe scored a season-high 25 points against the Raptors on Monday with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 8-of-16 from the field in this stat-stuffing line. Bledsoe played 37 minutes tonight and there has been a slight upward trend in his minutes, but it hasn't really showed up because the Suns had garbage time come into play in their two previous games. He has barely been in the top 100 before today, but this massive line should raise his value over one round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Goran Dragic gets benched late vs. Raptors
    Goran Dragic was on the bench down the stretch against the Raptors on Monday with six points, one rebound, four assists and four turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Dragic missed his first four shots and couldn't create like he usually does. Coach Jeff Horacek usually goes with the flow on his guards, so nights like this will happen. This is a potential buy-low opportunity as long as you're not paying a top-50 price. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Lance Stephenson benched in fourth again
    Lance Stephenson was benched again on Monday against the Clippers, finishing with three points, three rebounds, six assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He checked out with five minutes left in the third quarter and did not return. This benching speaks especially loud because the Hornets have three of their wings currently hurt and they went with a two-point guard lineup instead. His owners shouldn't totally panic, but Stephenson isn't a lot of fun to own and we can probably rule him out as a top-50 player on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey upgraded to probable Monday
    Rodney Stuckey (left wrist) has been upgraded to probable on Monday after going through shootaround on Monday.

    Advice: Previously listed as questionable, Stuckey's probable designation is a good indication that he'll give it a go. Now that he's healthy enough to play, he'll look to build on the meager production he's amassed so far this season. We'd like to see him stay healthy and be a lot more efficient before recommending him as a fantasy play, but that may be asking too much. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:31 am
  • Mavericks recall Ricky Ledo from the D-League
    Mavericks recall G Ricky Ledo from the D-League.

    Advice: Ledo will go back to sitting at the end of the bench for Dallas. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:03 am
  • James Young has 'some work to do' this year
    Brad Stevens said James Young "has some work to do."

    Advice: The rookie was really set back in the preseason by his injuries. "I really thought he was really on his way and maybe even ahead of where we thought he’d be before he got hurt in the preseason, and that clearly hurt him," Stevens said. Young is highly unlikely to register any kind of impact in his first season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:41 am
  • Wes Johnson has 12 boards w/ extras vs. DEN
    Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) has 17 points w/ full line
    Jeremy Lin (back) wasn't limited in Sunday's disappointing loss to Denver, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lin missed Saturday's practice as a precaution but his status was never truly in doubt, and he'll get a few extra days of rest before Wednesday's game vs. the red-hot Grizzlies. After a slow start to the season, Lin has steadily improved over the past four games, averaging 13.3 points on 60.5 percent shooting, with 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:38 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
  • Reggie Jackson barely misses triple-double
    Reggie Jackson fell just two assists shy of a triple-double vs. the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: He shot just 10-of-26 from the field and his FG percentage continues to be a minor drag, but he compensated with one 3-pointer, one steal and a relatively stingy two turnovers. He may shift to a bench role upon Russell Westbrook's return but he's played too well to fall much below 32 minutes per game, even when OKC is at full strength. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:05 pm
  • Lance Stephenson fills it up in tough defeat
    Lance Stephenson made 7-of-14 shots in Sunday's heartbreaking loss in Miami, finishing with 17 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: Sir Lancelot has shot better than 50 percent from the field just once in 14 games this season. He's hurting fantasy owners with 38.1 percent FGs and 64.3 percent FTs, as well as middling defensive stats -- 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks. On the other hand, he's a nightly triple-double threat and is slowly figuring out how to succeed in the Hornets offense, so things should only improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:46 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable for Mon.
    Rodney Stuckey (sprained left wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The injury is to his non-shooting hand, so there's the positive in this situation. Stuckey just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, and is currently averaging just 10.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game on 38.2 percent shooting from the field. Stuckey will have plenty of opportunity when he's finally able to play, but right now, he doesn't look to be worth owning in standard leagues. If he's unable to go, Donald Sloan will continue to get all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) will play Sunday vs. Denver
    Jeremy Lin said that his back is fine and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The injury was never considered serious, so go ahead and get him in your lineups. Lin is not getting a lot of FGA this year playing next to Kobe Bryant, averaging just 8.0 attempts per game to go with 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and a career-worst 0.8 steals. He's not a must-start guy on a nightly basis, but as the only true starting-caliber point guard in LA, he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Celtics assign James Young to D-League
    The Celtics have re-assigned rookie James Young to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Young will get some playing time with the Red Claws that he wouldn't get in Boston, but he'll likely rejoin the Celtics in a matter of days. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:48 am
  • Lance Stephenson slowly adjusting to Hornets
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Lance Stephenson is becoming more comfortable in the team's offense, and "will do more and more things" as the season progresses.

    Advice: "There are so many parts to [Stephenson fitting in]," Clifford said. "It’s him with his teammates. Defensively we’re similar in what we’re doing [to the Pacers], but offensively it’s so different ... [But] he’s better when he’s on the attack, no question about it." Stephenson is averaging 9.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, but he's shooting just 37.0 percent with 0.5 triples, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. Fantasy owners should stay patient, as his comfort-level in Charlotte should soon catch up to his talent. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:24 am
  • Lou Williams earns praise for his defense
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

    Advice: "Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:59 am
  • Alec Burks has an awful night
    Alec Burks made 1-of-11 from the field against the Pelicans on Saturday for two points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: No bueno. Burks has been trending down since a solid start and this is obviously his worst game. He'll get better, but fantasy owners can consider cutting him if there is a hot free agent out there. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:18 pm
     
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard goes for 21 and nine in win
    Kawhi Leonard played 36 minutes against the Nets during a 99-87 win on Saturday with 21 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He is playing through some blurry vision right now and made just 9-of-19 from the field. Leonard is starting to fill it up in several fantasy categories and he will be a monster once his vision gets corrected. He should be viewed as a top-20 fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:55 pm
  • Danny Green drops 25 on 105.0 eFG%
    Danny Green kept his momentum going on Saturday against the Nets with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 105.0 effective field goal percentage. Green is money in fantasy leagues and he has seven blocks in his last two games. There's no reason why he should be on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:50 pm
  • Bradley Beal looks great again
    Bradley Beal looked good against the Bucks on Saturday with 17 points, two rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's played starter's minutes in each of the last two games and coach Randy Wittman will likely be putting him in the starting lineup any day now. Beal has third-round upside and just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 20 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points against the Wizards during a 111-100 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He made all eight shots from the line and was 6-of-11 from the field in the loss. Antetokounmpo has started to get into a groove on the offensive end and his discovery of the one-dribble drive has gone a long way to help his shooting percentages. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but most of value will likely lie in March and April. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • James Harden bounces back, wins it for Rox
    James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Harden was fouled late, made the shot and hit the free throw for a tough 3-point play to put the Rockets ahead for good on Saturday. He scored just six points on Tuesday, but bounced back for 24 points on Thursday and 32 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Chase Budinger chips in season-high 11 points
    Chase Budinger chipped in a season-high 11 points in the Wolves' home loss to the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He made 3-of-6 shots including two 3-pointers, while adding two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench. Despite Minnesota's injuries this season, he's only been worth a look as a perimeter specialist in deeper leagues. One double-digit scoring performance doesn't change the equation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores nine points in win
    Eric Bledsoe scored nine points on 2-of-10 from the field against the Pacers on Saturday with nine rebounds, five assists and six turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It was one of his worst games of the season, but the Suns bench did their thing to get the win. Bledsoe came in hot over his last 10 games, making 50.5 percent from the field to go with averages of 14.1 points, 4.6 boards, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals. He'll be better against the Raptors on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:12 pm
  • Lou Williams drops career-high 36 vs. Cavs
    Lou Williams was unstoppable vs. the Cavs on Saturday, setting a new career-high with 36 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) on Saturday, adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 9-of-9 free throws in his first nine minutes alone, and this is an extreme example of the instant offense that Toronto was hoping he'd provide when they traded for him this summer. His 18-20 minute bench role isn't well-suited to sustainable fantasy value, unfortunately, and he's likely to remain an unsteady option in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Cavs lost 4th straight, changes may be coming
    Kyrie Irving finished with 21 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in a tough loss vs. the visiting Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cavs shot 36.0 percent in their lowest-scoring game of the year on Friday, and they were stuck at 43.2 percent tonight, including a 3-of-16 mark from downtown. Cavs coach David Blatt said after the game that he's considering a change to the starting lineup, which would inevitably send either Shawn Marion or Anderson Varejao to the bench. Owners scouring the waiver wire for value should keep a close eye on the Cavs' rotations going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey exits w/ sprained left wrist
    Rodney Stuckey sprained his left wrist after tripping over a photographer on Saturday, and he will not return.

    Advice: Stuckey is already struggling with his conditioning after missing time due to a foot injury, and we can only hope that this injury doesn't cost him any more time. X-rays were negative and we're considering him questionable for Monday's road game in Dallas -- with C.J. Watson (foot) and George Hill (ankle) already ruled out, Donald Sloan may need to once again log 40+ minutes if Stuckey doesn't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:08 pm
  • Bradley Beal off the bench yet again on Sat
    Bradley Beal is coming off the bench again on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman does not want to throw Beal out there in the starting lineup, but he should still get plenty of minutes. Perhaps he didn't want to tweak his rotation in a back-to-back because it worked for him. Regardless, start Beal in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:15 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo back as Bucks starter
    Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to Milwaukee's starting lineup on Saturday, sending Jerryd Bayless to the bench.

    Advice: Jason Kidd unexpectedly benched Antetokounmpo on Friday, playing him 15 minutes in a blowout defeat vs. the Raptors. Giannis may still be dealing with a minor ankle injury but he's worth deploying now that he's reclaimed his spot in the Bucks' starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The injuries are not considered serious and both players are probable for Sunday's game. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:23 pm
  • Nick Young still wearing soft cast
    Nick Young has been playing with a soft cast on his right thumb for all three games this season.

    Advice: While his right arm may be strictly for buckets, it's possible the cast on his shooting hand could have hindered him. Young made just 2-of-7 from the field for five points against the Mavericks on Friday. He is really going to struggle in most non-scoring categories in fantasy leagues, so it's not going to be easy for him to be a top-120 guy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:52 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard still has foggy vision
    Kawhi Leonard said he still has foggy vision and is sensitive to light.

    Advice: "There’s really nothing I can do about it," Leonard said. "I just have to play through it." He added that in an extreme case he could have to deal with it throughout the season. Even with the vision issues, Leonard has still been a top-30 guy in the past two weeks, so his fantasy owners shouldn't panic with this news. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:31 am
  • Bradley Beal logs 32 minutes in 12-5-5 line
    Bradley Beal played 32 minutes off the bench against the Cavs on Friday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He looked great tonight and it would be a shock for him not to start against the Bucks on Saturday. Beal was outstanding last season with the Wizards and could improve in his third year. He just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has another two-dime game
    Kyrie Irving made 7-of-16 from the field for 22 points against the Wizards on Friday with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It's his second game in a row with two assists while he's also seen his usage take a significant hit. Last year, he had an elite 28.0 usage rate, but this year it's dropped to just 23.8. Thanks to his improved shooting, output in steals and lower turnovers, Irving has still been a first-round guy this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet vs. Wolves
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and four 3-pointers during a 121-92 win.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field and both free throws for one of the biggest stat lines of the night. Fantasy owners tend to focus on points too much, but Green has put up top-60 value on the season. He's worth owning in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Corey Brewer has a letdown in start
    Corey Brewer started against the Spurs on Friday during a 121-92 loss, scoring eight points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He made 3-of-10 from the field and is certainly going to have his issues in efficiency. Brewer has shot the ball a lot better in the past two seasons, but that was largely due to him getting easy buckets in transition. His efficiency will likely be headed south, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues until Kevin Martin (wrist) is back or until he gets dealt. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Chase Budinger plays 25 minutes
    Chase Budinger played 25 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Friday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's going to see minutes in the 20s with Kevin Martin (wrist) down and is really the only consistent 3-point shooter off the bench. Budinger could be a sneaky asset in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) plays 15 minutes
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's status for Friday's game was all over the board, but he eventually decided to suit up and finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 15 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks got the snot beat out of them by the Raptors and in the grand scheme of things it probably would have been better for him to sit. We've been telling you he's a must-own player and that really shouldn't change based on a minor ankle injury, so if you buy into that you probably want to stay the course. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 13 in well-rounded line
    Eric Bledsoe took care of business against the 76ers on Friday with 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: This game was over in the third quarter despite the 76ers actually leading 27-26 at the end of the first. Bledsoe was booed for his comments about the University of Kentucky being able to beat the 76ers and he also got into it with Nerlens Noel, a former UK Wildcat. He is going to have some ups and downs, but Bledsoe should be an early-mid round guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:54 pm
  • Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo is available
    Updating a previous item, Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is available to play against the Raptors.

    Advice: Just when you thought the Bucks weren't going to do their usual misinformation dance, they go ahead and do it. Coach Jason Kidd is making us miss Larry Drew, which is no small feat. Antetokounmpo might not play, but maybe he plays 47 minutes. Who knows? Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Bradley Beal coming off the bench again Fri.
    Bradley Beal will again come off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: It's really only a matter of time until Beal takes back his job with the starting unit, and the Wizards are simply easing him back into the rotation. Beal was able to put up 21 points over just 26 minutes of action during his last outing, to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, two turnovers, and a steal, so he's going to get his whether he's starting or coming off the bench. He has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Cavs, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Corey Brewer is indeed starting on Friday
    Corey Brewer will get the start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, he'll join Mo Williams, Andrew Wiggins Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng against the champs. Brewer should pick up around eight minutes and could be in the mid-30s tonight while minutes should be dispersed to Muhammad, Anthony Bennett, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel tonight. Brewer is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Friday night
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: Well, it looks like he had some discomfort in his ankle. Antetokounmpo had an ugly ankle roll when he landed on Brandon Knight's foot on Wednesday, but he did play through it. He could miss more time and fantasy owners will want to put him on their benches. Jerryd Bayless will start, but the bigger winners in fantasy may be Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:39 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
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has good chance to play
    Giannis Antetokounmpo "appears to be a go unless he reports some pain after warmups," according to C.F. Gardner of the Journal-Sentinel.

    Advice: When it comes to Bucks players being a game-time decision, we'll take whatever info we can get. Larry Sanders was a game-time decision on Wednesday, but the team didn't announce he was starting until seconds before the actual tip. Antetokounmpo owners will want to check back and might want to bench him unless he's clearly the best option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey working on his conditioning
    Rodney Stuckey is working on getting his conditioning back after spending two weeks on the sidelines.

    Advice: "I only played 26 minutes, but it felt like I played 35," Stuckey said after Wednesday's win over the Hornets. "It’s all about getting my legs back underneath me and getting my wind back up. Here within the next week or so I should be back to normal." Stuckey is going to be eased back into the rotation, but with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) out he'll have plenty of opportunity. However, he really doesn't do much aside from score, so he's not necessarily a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:09 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he wants to play more
    Bradley Beal said he wants to play more this season.

    Advice: "At the end of the day, we had some good lineups and good things going before I came back," Beal said. "So what Coach is doing, I have no problem with it at all. As far as me coming off the bench, me playing the minutes I’m playing, that’s totally his call." Beal is going to start and it's probably going to happen tonight against the Cavs. His fantasy owners will want to put him in their lineup as he looks to back up his words that he and John Wall are a better backcourt than Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:15 pm
  • Corey Brewer likely to start for Wolves
    Corey Brewer is likely to start for the Wolves following the Kevin Martin (wrist) injury.

    Advice: While Brewer might be better off the bench, the Wolves are just running out of options with 80 percent of their opening night starting lineup not ready for Friday night against the Spurs. He should have some very nice short-term value, but the possibility of him being traded certainly casts some doubt on his value this year. He should be owned in standard leagues just because he has so many minutes going his way. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:16 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) headed for GTD
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's shootaround, and is headed for a game-time decision vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: "At shootaround he looked all right," head coach Jason Kidd said of Giannis. "We'll see how he feels in a couple hours." Kidd isn't one to make his lineups readily available, so we likely won't know of Giannis' status until just before tip-off. That being said, things are looking positive for The Greek Freak, but if he were to sit O.J. Mayo would see some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:58 am
  • Kobe happy to have Nick Young back in action
    Kobe Bryant stated during a recent interview that he's happy to have Nick Young back in action.

    Advice: "You got a player who can get buckets and create. He does wonders," Bryant said. "Nick is a phenomenal talent. He has a pull-up jump shot and is creating mismatches. I’m very happy to have him back." Bryant also went on to say that he thinks Young will compete for Sixth Man of the Year honors, a high compliment from a man who doesn't give out many. Young is averaging 16.5 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games back with the team, and while he doesn't bring much else to the stat sheet, his scoring and 3-point shot making make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:30 am
  • Flip says Corey Brewer too valuable to trade
    Head coach and team president Flip Saunders stated during a recent interview that Corey Brewer is too valuable to the team to be traded.

    Advice: This seems like posturing more than anything, as the Timberwolves are currently sitting on record of 3-7. Saunders may value Brewer's hard-nosed defense, but his play isn't exactly equating to wins for the Wolves. He's averaging 10.2 points and 2.1 steals on the season over 23.5 minutes of action, so he can be viewed as a steals specialist for owners in deep leagues. However, if he is traded to a title contender (a team with a deep wing rotation), he'll likely become a non-factor in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:40 am
  • Alec Burks responds to rebounding challenge
    Alec Burks was challenged by head coach Quin Snyder recently to be more aggressive on the boards, and Burks responded with back-to-back double-digit rebounding games.

    Advice: "Coach really challenged me one day in Toronto [to grab more rebounds]. Man to man, had a talk," Burks said. "He challenged me and I took that challenge." Burks finished Saturday's game vs. Toronto with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and followed up that performance by going for 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Burks is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 three-pointer per game this year, and if he could just up his shooting percentage a bit (42.7 percent on the year), he'd quickly become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:53 am
     
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Nick Young receives flop warning from league
    Nick Young received a flop warning from the NBA on Thursday.

    Advice: Young drew a foul on Kyle Korver while attempting a 3-point shot, and as the video shows, Korver did not even make contact with Young. The first offense is just a warning, but the second results in a $5,000 fine, with each additional flop resulting in an increased penalty. Young has brought a much-needed scoring-punch to the Lakers' second unit, and is averaging 17.0 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games. He doesn't do much aside from score, but should be able to sustain limited value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:02 pm
  • Mavs assign Ricky Ledo to the D-League
    The Mavericks have assigned G Ricky Ledo to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Ledo will get some action with the Texas Legends but he'll likely bounce right back to Dallas, where he's been riding the bench behind Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Lance Stephenson enjoyed revenge game
    Despite the loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, Lance Stephenson said he enjoyed his return to Indianapolis.

    Advice: Stephenson was on triple-double alert against his former team on Wednesday, but Solomon Hill's buzzer beater spoiled his homecoming. "I’m just happy to be back, seeing my old friends," Stephenson said. "We played tough defense but 13 offensive rebounds, that’s what killed us. We’re small; we have to block out." While Stephenson's 37.4 field goal percentage is less than ideal, he's averaging close to a double-double and should be a nightly starter in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:20 am
  • Corey Brewer had to gut through game Weds
    Corey Brewer (illness) admitted that he had to gut through Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Brewer wasn't certain if he would be able to suit up after missing morning shootaround, but was able to play 29 minutes despite his illness. "I was hurting so bad," Brewer said. The 28-year-old should be good-to-go for Friday's game against the Spurs, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues, despite the six steals on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:59 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Swaggy PhD: Nick Young cures Lakers
    Nick Young helped the Lakers win their second game in a row in a 98-92 victory in Houston, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers went 1-9 without Young, but they've now won both games with him. He's getting plenty of shots in the second unit and it looks like he'll be able to score in the teens. His owners shouldn't expect much else besides scoring, but give him a look if that's what your team is lacking. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:54 pm
  • 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
  • Corey Brewer has six steals against NYK
    Corey Brewer played through an illness on Wednesday and looked healthy with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and six steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer had an IV to help his dehydration and he was very questionable to play tonight. This was a big game for his trade value and he's unlikely to be this success again all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:15 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez returned to action on Wednesday November 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe now hot guard for Suns
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-11 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: It looks like it's his turn to get hot, after Isaiah Thomas was cooking for the first week or two, and then gave way to the hot hand of Goran Dragic. Dragic had 12 points and four assists tonight, while Thomas continued his recent quiet ways with five points on 1-of-9 shooting off the bench. Jeff Hornacek is going to ride the player on the best streak all season, making it very tough for any of these guys to be fully reliable. Hey, IT2 - you're up next. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • O.J. Mayo played 39 minutes vs. Nets
    O.J. Mayo played a season-high 39 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The triple-overtime game obviously helped him, but the high minutes are nice to see considering how out of shape he was last season. Mayo is shooting just 35 percent from the field this month and hasn't done enough to warrant an add in most leagues just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey take a lot of shots in return
    Rodney Stuckey returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Hornets, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He played mostly shooting guard and continues to turn in a high usage rate. Stuckey logged only 13.3 minutes per game, but now he's likely going to stay in the mid-20 range. Considering he doesn't usually shoot the ball well and doesn't do much outside of scoring, he's not a great player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Lance Stephenson fills the stat sheet in loss
    Lance Stephenson returned to Indiana on Wednesday night in a losing effort, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.

    Advice: It was mostly cheers when he was introduced tonight despite Stephenson thinking he would be booed. He's not shooting the ball well at all this season, but he's almost averaging a double-double with over nine boards per game. Stephenson did play 39 minutes tonight, which is a good sign for his ailing groin injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard quietly fills stat sheet
    Kawhi Leonard played 37 minutes and had 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals on 4-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's tough win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Leonard's game could have been a lot better had he made some shots and some 3-pointers, but it wasn't bad, either. He's playing at a high level right now and living up to the hype, despite the best efforts of his coach. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Corey Brewer expected to play Wednesday
    Corey Brewer is expected to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The report does add "barring any changes," so it's not a 100 percent lock. Brewer should still be on most fantasy benches tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Corey Brewer questionable with an illness
    Corey Brewer (illness) received an IV and is questionable to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, it's flu season. Brewer and Kevin Martin could both miss tonight, so Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson III, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel may all have to help out. Brewer should obviously be benched in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe thinks Kentucky can beat Philly
    Eric Bledsoe said he would take the University of Kentucky over the Sixers in a seven-game series.

    Advice: "I'll definitely take Kentucky," Bledsoe said. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game." Kentucky just dominated No. 5 Kansas by 32 on Tuesday while the 76ers have lost games by an average of 16.9 points per game and have a putrid 88.3 offensive efficiency rating -- no team has been below 92 since 2003-04. The former Kentucky Wildcat will take on the 76ers on Friday and plenty of good seats are still available. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:55 pm
  • Goran Dragic to test free agency next summer
    According to reports, Goran Dragic will test out free agency next summer.

    Advice: After coming to life last season for the Suns, Dragic will surely command huge interest from around the league if he opts out of his contract in the summer. However, this doesn't mean that he will leave the Suns even though it has been a huge adjustment for him to play alongside fellow point guards Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe. This is definitely something we will monitor, but for now Dragic's owners can continue deploying him as usual. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the Pacers as they have been ravaged by injuries all season long. It is unclear how many minutes Stuckey will see Wednesday, but he likely be eased into action. He will be worth a flier in deeper leagues while owners in standard leagues should keep a close eye on him. His return could spell trouble for the value of Donald Sloan and A.J. Price but that remains to be seen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Owners in deep leagues should definitely consider taking a flier on him due to the lack of depth the Pacers have right now with George Hill(knee) and C.J. Watson (ankle) still recovering from injury. Stuckey can put up points in a hurry and though his minutes might be limited at first, he could play a huge role for the Pacers this season. If he does suit up, he will eat into the minutes of Donald Sloan while shattering the value of A.J. Price. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:13 am
  • Gordon Hayward returned to action on Tuesday November 18. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:47 pm
  • 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
  • Alec Burks posts first 20 & 10 game vs. OKC
    Alec Burks exploded on Tuesday for 20 points (5-of-8 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), two 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a win vs. the visiting Thunder.

    Advice: This was the first time in Burks' career that he's posted 20 & 10, and this terrific line goes a long way toward justifying fantasy owners' faith in him. He came in averaging a mediocre 13.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 0.9 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game, but once he finds his shooting range he should vault into top-100 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
     
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  • 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
  • Reggie Jackson held in check Tuesday vs. Utah
    Reggie Jackson had three rebounds and handed out seven assists vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, but he scored just 10 points on 4-of-13 FGs and 1-of-1 FTs.

    Advice: Trey Burke isn't known for his lock-down defense but he gave Jackson fits tonight, and OKC's entire offense was out of synch as they finished a combined 30-of-84 from the field (35.7 percent). R-Jax has been a second-round fantasy value this year, if you ignore his 3.6 turnovers per game, but he'll inevitably slide down closer to the 60-80 range once Russell Westbrook returns. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Wes Johnson held to four points in 32 minutes
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's game with a mere four points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson has played the second-most minutes of any Lakers player this season, yet he's scored double-digit points just three times and is shooting an abysmal 31.8 percent from the field. Nick Young's return presents yet another challenge to his fantasy value, and owners can confidently leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Nick Young scores 17 efficient pts in debut
    Nick Young (thumb) made his season debut on Tuesday, scoring 17 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Swaggy P had a few typically erratic shot attempts, but he was generally under control and efficient, which isn't usually the case -- he's a 42.9 percent shooter for his career, and was at just 41.3 percent last season. Fantasy owners may find him useful for scoring and 3-point shooting, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey probable vs Hornets on Weds
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Stuckey has practiced for the last two days, so it's looking more and more likely that he'll suit up against the Hornets. The Pacers will likely keep his minutes in check on Wednesday, but his return to the lineup will cut into Donald Sloan and A.J. Price's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Nick Young to come off bench Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) will come off the bench as he makes his 2014-15 season debut against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swaggy's back. While Young will likely find himself in the Lakers' starting lineup sooner or later, Lakers' head coach will ease him back into action against the Hawks on Tuesday. Fantasy owners can expect Swaggy P to serve as the Lakers' second scoring option behind Kobe Bryant, but need to be aware of the low field goal percentage and minimal peripherals that will come with his scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
  • Eric Bledsoe making sacrifices in rotation
    Eric Bledsoe said he is fine making sacrifices as part of the Suns' three-guard rotation with Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Though still adjusting to playing off the ball more, Eric Bledsoe said he's OK with the Suns' guard rotation. "Some games it's a struggle and some games it goes well," the 24-year-old said. "You just have to stick with it. It's tough, but at the end of the day it's about the team. It's about making sacrifices." Bledsoe's game-to-game numbers have fluctuated due to the guard rotation, but fantasy owners still have to be happy with his averages as he's been a top-40 player thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:08 am
  • Kawhi Leonard only plays 20 minutes on Monday
    Kawhi Leonard played just 20 minutes against the 76ers during a 100-75 win on Monday with five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: He had 10 boards before the halftime and coach Gregg Popovich didn't need his stars in the second half. Leonard has been outstanding since his slow start and he'll get to guard LeBron James in a big matchup on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet on Monday
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the 76ers on Monday with 11 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Like most Spurs, he's capable of putting up very useful fantasy lines without much scoring output. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe bounces back on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe bounced back on Monday against the Celtics during a 118-114 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't make any field goal attempts on Saturday and had a few big plays late to help the Suns get to 6-5 following the win tonight. Bledsoe might sit in some stretches this season because of the Suns having so much depth, but the stats should be there. He'll be more of an early-mid round guy. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 9:01 pm
  • Goran Dragic looks great on Monday at Boston
    Goran Dragic had another impressive showing on Monday against the Celtics with 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's suddenly been nailing treys at 45.8 percent over his last five, averaging 18.0 points, 2.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 triples per game in that span. Dragic has also seen consistent minutes and coach Jeff Hornacek is going to have a tough time benching him as long as he's playing well. He's probably not going to be this good, though. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 8:46 pm
  • Lance Stephenson still dealing with injury
    Lance Stephenson played 30 minutes in a 107-80 loss to the Mavericks on Monday, scoring six points with six rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: It's pretty clear he's still dealing with his groin issue and he was grimacing throughout this game. Stephenson is going to have to play through it and it might be a while until he's 100 percent. We do expect him to play on Wednesday against the Pacers, his former team. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 7:37 pm
  • Corey Brewer dealing with trade rumors
    Corey Brewer said he received 30 calls on Sunday night because of the trade rumors.

    Advice: The Wolves aren't going anywhere and Brewer could wind up on the Cavs or Rockets. If he is traded, that should open up some more minutes for Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger. Brewer isn't worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 1:52 pm
  • 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
  • Harden thinks Reggie Jackson deserves payday
    James Harden thinks Reggie Jackson deserves his payday.

    Advice: Harden didn't specify it should be with the Thunder. "He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for," he said. "It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen." Jackson has put himself in a position to earn a big contract during the offseason and it will be interesting to see how the Thunder handle the situation that will unfold. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 9:53 am
  • James Young gets recalled from D-League
    Celtics recall F James Young from the D-League.

    Advice: The first-round pick has done absolutely nothing so far and has a long road ahead to crack on any kind of fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 8:28 am
  • 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
  • Nick Young (thumb) expected to play Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) is expected to play on Tuesday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Young made it through a full practice without any setbacks and his scoring ability is sorely needed by L.A., though they're in greater need of defense. Swaggy is the most likely Laker to finish second in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, but fantasy owners should anticipate low FG percentages as well as minimal assists, rebounds, steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 9:11 pm
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