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    • Tyson Chandler's back spasms not serious
      Tyson Chandler's back spasms are not considered serious.

      Advice: Rick Carlisle also said the injury doesn't expedite the Mavericks making any kind of move, but admitted that the team is "looking at everything." Dallas needs a capable backup behind Chandler after trading Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rajon Rondo deal, and Jermaine O'Neal has been heavily linked to Big D. "When we get the right guy we’ll get the right guy. No rush," Mark Cuban said. Dwight Powell, currently in the D-League, could get a look in the role if the Mavs don't sign anyone from outside the organization. Rotoworld.com
      30 minutes ago
    • Carmelo Anthony felt knee injury before game
      Carmelo Anthony said he felt his knee injury bothering him prior to Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Melo said he suited up because the team was already so shorthanded, and although Anthony's knee injury can't worsen, playing heavy minutes on a team 20-plus games under .500 certainly isn't improving the situation. It's a bad spot getting worse for Melo, and it's possible there comes a point in time where Melo and the Knicks decided to shut it down. For now, Anthony will try and keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      39 minutes ago
       
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    • Bulls experimenting with Nikola Mirotic at SF
      The Bulls have experimented with Nikola Mirotic playing small forward.

      Advice: It's an odd fit, but it's the best indication yet that the Bulls are looking to create more minutes for Mirotic. With 23 points, 13 rebounds and five three-pointers over his last two games, despite playing just 32 minutes combined, is a good indication of what he's capable of doing with extended production. Chicago is trying to find a way to get one of its best rotation players on the floor more often, and fantasy owners need to find a way to stash him on the roster. Rotoworld.com
      44 minutes ago
    • Jodie Meeks earns praise from Stan Van Gundy
      Jodie Meeks earned praise from Stan Van Gundy following Sunday's blowout win over the Cavs.

      Advice: "Tonight was the first night he really looked like he had his legs to shoot threes," he said. "He's been doing a good job on curls and short jumpers, but he has struggled from range until tonight, so that was good. His conditioning still has to improve." Meeks now has three straight games of double-digit scoring. Rotoworld.com
      51 minutes ago
    • Stan Van Gundy praises Brandon Jennings' play
      Stan Van Gundy praised Brandon Jennings' play in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Cavs.

      Advice: "The third quarter was phenomenal – absolutely phenomenal," SVG said. Jennings, for his part, gave a nonchalant answer. "Everyone just has a free mind, no pressure. We're just going out there and playing basketball." Jennings is averaging 19.5 points, eight assists, 1.5 steals and 3.5 3-pointers over his last two games. Most impressively, Jennings is 16-of-30 from the field and has shot above 50 percent in both games. Rotoworld.com
      55 minutes ago
    • Tolliver should debut in Pistons' next game
      Anthony Tolliver is expected to be active in Detroit's next game on Tuesday against the Magic.

      Advice: Tolliver should have been active for Sunday's win, but a clerical error prevented that from happening. "A screwup on our part," Stan Van Gundy said. Rotoworld.com
      59 minutes ago
    • Jerebko says Pistons are trusting each other
      Jonas Jerebko said the Pistons are "trusting each other" during their recent 2-0 stretch.

      Advice: Most two-game winning streaks aren't notable, but the team is 2-0 since parting with Josh Smith & Detroit has just seven wins all season. "It was a statement game for us," Jerebko said. "This is how we want to play." Jerebko is back in the rotation having exceeded 20 minutes in three of his last four games, but he's going to need garbage time production to become anything more than a low-end play at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Bosh goes through practice, questionable Mon.
      Chris Bosh (calf) went through a full practice on Sunday without limitations, and he is questionable to face the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: "He was able to go through all of it," Erik Spoelstra said. "First day of testing it," Bosh said. "We wanted to get days like these in before I get back out there." The Heat play Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and it sounds like Bosh has a solid chance of being back this week if he doesn't return on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:13 am
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Randy Foye (quad) out again on Sunday
      Randy Foye (quad) was inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: Foye had been targeting a late-December return, but could only meet that timeline by playing on Dec. 30 vs. the Lakers, the first of the Nuggets' three games in Week 10. The Nuggets' backcourt is too deep for Foye to be worth plucking off the waiver wire in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:39 am
       
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    • Monta Ellis returned to action on Sunday December 28. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:11 pm
       
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    • Jordan Hill's forgettable December continues
      Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Ty Lawson scores 28 points with seven assists
      Ty Lawson scored 28 points with seven assists in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, adding five boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and didn't turn the ball over, but didn't get enough help from his teammates to mount a comeback. As long as Lawson can stave off injury he is going to be fantastic the rest of the way for Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    • Wilson Chandler double-doubles on Sunday
      Wilson Chandler double-doubled on Sunday vs. the Raptors, finishing with 20 points, 10 boards, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

      Advice: He has been playing big minutes with Danilo Gallinari (knee) on the sidelines, and has been one of the most reliable players for Denver this season. Chandler has seen his name appear in several trade rumors recently which would undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value, but nothing is imminent right now and his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Chandler is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:25 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) returns to action Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) returned to action for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors, finishing with two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two boards in 11 minutes.

      Advice: While the Nuggets will be glad to have some added depth to their bench, he won't see many minutes with Kenneth Faried playing this well. Arthur can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 19 points Sunday
      Jeremy Lin bounced back from a pair of lousy games on Sunday, coming off the bench for 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: He turned the ball over twice and committed five fouls in just 26 minutes, but those are minor complaints given his sketchy play since being benched in favor of Ronnie Price (10 points in 22 minutes). Lin is flirting with 12-team value on a season-long basis but he's been much worse over the past month, and remains a hit-or-miss option as L.A.'s backup point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe flirts w/ triple-double vs. LAK
      Eric Bledsoe flirted with a triple-double vs. the Lakers on Sunday, notching 22 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in the Suns' road win.

      Advice: Bledsoe's 3.2 turnovers take a toll in 9-cat leagues, and his 43.8 percent shooting could use improvement, but otherwise his fantasy owners have nothing to complain about. He's averaging 15.9 points, 1.0 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks, while making 84.0 percent of his 5.0 free throw attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    • Gerald Green held to single-digits Sunday
      Gerald Green scored eight points on 2-of-10 shooting on Sunday, marking the first time all season that he's been held to single-digit scoring in two consecutive games.

      Advice: This was even more unexpected against the Lakers, who allow the most points (109.0) and second-most 3-pointers (9.0) of any team in the NBA. Green's two makes were both from downtown and he chipped in two rebounds, two assists and one block to salvage some value, and he's locked into late-round fantasy value while playing 20-25 minutes as a key reserve in Phoenix. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    • Wayne Ellington back to reserve role Sunday
      Wayne Ellington's role shriveled with Kobe Bryant back in action on Sunday, as he came off the Lakers' bench for just two points, two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes.

      Advice: He averaged 12.0 points, 1.7 threes, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals as a starter over the past three games, but predictably fell off a cliff with Kobe back in action. Anyone who picked up Ellington should cut him for a free agent with a more promising outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores 17 pts with 19 boards
      Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    • Kobe Bryant defers to LAK teammates in return
      Kobe Bryant (rest) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during the Lakers' 107-116 loss to the Suns.

      Advice: The Black Mamba had missed three straight games to rest his fatigued body, and he spent most of Sunday's game looking for teammates rather than dominating the ball as he had during his first 24 games this season (attempting 22.4 shots per game). The Lakers have no playoff aspirations and they'll be cautious with him the rest of the season -- fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups while routinely checking his status before games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    • Nick Young scores 21 points w/ Kobe active
      Nick Young scored 21 points with Kobe Bryant back in the Lakers' lineup on Sunday, hitting four 3-pointers with a pair of assists in 25 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Young struggled over the past three games, averaging 11.0 points on 31.4 percent shooting, and admitted that he much prefers to have Kobe active since he deflects defensive pressure away from his teammates. Young's prolific scoring has been good enough for mid-round value in 25 minutes per game this season, though his 2.9 three-pointers per game may be a bit unrealistic on a season-long basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play Wed
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers after saying that he normally feels better with a few days of rest.

      Advice: We admire Melo's courage, but there is no reason for him to continue to labor through knee pain in a lost season for the Knicks -- he said his knee feels "heavy, and weak and fatigued." His owners may want to trade him while they still can, as the possibility of him shutting it down is still looming despite Melo saying that he is not ready to do that. Check back for further updates, and expect Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to all see a boost if Melo sits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
       
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    • Lou Williams drops 31 points in win Sunday
      Lou Williams scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He broke out of his slump in a big way, and was unstoppable all game long. Williams has been an obvious candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, and he should continue to be owned in standard leagues for his ability to contribute in 3-pointers, points, assists, and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Monta Ellis (ankle) vows to play on Tuesday
      Monta Ellis missed the end of Sunday's game after tweaking his left ankle, but he intends to play vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: "I'm not missing [any] games," Ellis said after the game. "I'll go home and take care of what I need to take care of." The injury didn't look serious and Monta is one of the toughest players in the NBA, so there's every reason to think he'll be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. We'll include him on the injury report as a precaution, however, and owners should double-check his status in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:52 pm
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return
      Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return to Sunday's game against Portland, finishing with 13 points and five boards in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Anthony was clearly in pain and actually asked to come out of the game before half. His knee has been an issue for weeks now and there is no reason for the Knicks to risk his health in a lost season. We will pass along further updates as soon as we know more, but after the game coach Derek Fisher already said that Melo would be questionable for their game on Dec. 31. The possibility of the Knicks shutting him down later in the season will likely increase with this news, and Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all see additional minutes should Melo miss more time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:15 pm
       
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    • Landry Fields (concussion) is out Sunday
      Landry Fields (concussion) will not play on Sunday vs. Denver.

      Advice: This will be his fourth straight game on the sidelines, and he has still not passed his concussion testing. James Johnson has been starting in Fields' absence and is worth a look in all leagues for his ability to rack up blocks and steals. Fields should be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:54 pm
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. Portland.

      Advice: There was some fear that he would be rested considering he said that his knee was sore after logging 46 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Kings, but the Knicks are going to roll him on out there. Fantasy owners will be wise to get Melo in all active lineups, but should really think about trading him due to the looming possibility of the Knicks shutting him down for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:48 pm
       
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    • Jonas Jerebko plays well in big bench role
      Jonas Jerebko finished Sunday's easy road win with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Greg Monroe is the most obvious winner with Josh Smith no longer in Detroit, but his departure also clears more playing time for Jerebko off the bench. Anthony Tolliver could dent Jerebko's production once he's activated, but deep-league owners should consider speculatively adding Jerebko in case he maintains a 25-30 minute role as a primary reserve. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:38 pm
    • Jodie Meeks scores 14 points w/ three triples
      Jodie Meeks had 14 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal vs. Cleveland on Sunday, marking his third consecutive game in double-digits.

      Advice: He made 5-of-8 shots overall and is now a combined 17-of-26 from the field (65.4 percent) over Detroit's past three games. He got off to a slow start after returning from his back injury and may still be floating on your waiver wire, but he's worth a pickup if you're in need of points, elite 3-pointers and a trickle of across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    • Brandon Jennings scores game-high 25 points
      Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Sunday's road victory, making 5-of-9 shots from downtown with five boards, six assists and one steal.

      Advice: He logged just over 31 minutes, compared to 17 minutes for backup D.J. Augustin (zero points, three assists), and he's finally heating up after averaging 5.5 points over an eight-game span to begin December. There are no guarantees that he'll stay hot, though the departure of inefficient Josh Smith should only help Jennings and the Pistons' offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:24 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (back) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Tyson Chandler (back spasms) will not play Sunday vs. OKC.

      Advice: This injury is coming out of nowhere, but that is the nature of back spasms. With Chandler unavailable Dirk Nowitzki, Charlie Villanueva, and Greg Smith will get all the run they can handle. Villanueva has been playing well lately, scoring 13, 18, and 14 points in his last three outings, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Head coach Rick Carlisle said Chandler's injury is not considered serious, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:58 pm
    • Anthony Tolliver inactive for Sunday vs. Cavs
      Anthony Tolliver will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't on the fantasy radar, and with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe healthy, he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:29 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) will play Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Bryant's return to action will send Wayne Ellington back to the bench, and take away some touches from Carlos Boozer. Kobe will be limited to 30 minutes tonight, but that's plenty of time for him to put up stats in an up-tempo game with Phoenix. He's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:17 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) able to practice on Sunday
      Chris Bosh (calf) was able to participate in all of Sunday's practice, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for their game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Heat have been in shambles without him, going just 3-5 in his absence so it will be great for them to get him back. Bosh's owners will have to check back on Monday before activating him in their lineups, but things are finally starting to look up. Bosh's return would spell trouble for the value of Shawne Williams (foot) and Chris Andersen. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:46 am
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) is available to play Sun
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will be able to play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He was available to play on Friday as well, but the Nuggets opted to give him some additional rest. However, Kenneth Faried has finally broken out of his slump so there likely won't be a lot of minutes available for Arthur. Feel free to keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:41 am
    • James Young assigned to NBA D-League
      James Young was assigned to the NBA D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: He recently recovered from a shoulder injury, so it will be good to see him back on the court. Young has plenty of potential, but he doesn't project to have any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:48 am
    • Carmelo Anthony's status unclear for Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony's status for Sunday's game with Portland is unclear after he logged 46 minutes on Saturday in a loss to the Kings.

      Advice: We will leave him off of the injury report for now, but owners will want to check back for updates considering how much his knee has impacted him this season. The Knicks have no reason to risk Anthony's health considering how their season has gone, so be prepared to have a backup plan ready. Owners would be wise to sell-high before it's too late, as there is a real possibility of Melo shutting it down for the season in the near future. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to take as many shots as he pleases if Melo sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:04 am
       
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    • Jusuf Nurkic impressing in rookie season
      Jusuf Nurkic drew praise from coach Brian Shaw after his superb play recently.

      Advice: "He's a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to," Shaw said. "He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn't have that, he's shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he'll pass it." Nurkic has slowly seen his minutes rise and coach Brian Shaw said they will likely continue to climb. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in the reserve center role in just 16.1 minutes per game over his last eight. Owners in deep leagues should have already taken notice, and if Timofey Mozgov ends up getting traded Nurkic will become a must-own asset in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:32 am
    • Nick Young eager to have Kobe Bryant back
      Nick Young is eager to have Kobe Bryant back in the lineup in order to ease the pressure on himself.

      Advice: "We’re always going to need Kobe out there on the floor, especially for players like me," said Young. "That releases a lot of pressure." Swaggy P has averaged just 11 points per game with Bryant out of the lineup over the last three games, so his impending return may actually help Young get better looks. Bryant is probable to play on Sunday, meaning Young's minutes could take a slight dip, though his ability to fill up the scoreboard in a hurry makes him worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:23 am
    • Carmelo Anthony looks healthy, scores 36
      Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

      Advice: Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:22 pm
       
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    • Nikola Mirotic plays 17 minutes
      Nikola Mirotic played 17 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Low minutes aside, it's still a decent line. Mirotic probably isn't going to be a top-125 guy while the Bulls are healthy, but considering he would gain a ton of value should any of the other bigs go down, he's worth a look as a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:58 pm
    • Lou Williams cools off vs. Clippers
      Lou Williams stayed cold against the Clippers on Saturday with nine points, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only made 3-of-10 from the field in his last game on Monday. Williams has seen his shooting numbers come down this month and has only made 39.1 percent from the field even before this dud. Williams is still doing enough to in triples, free throw percentage and points to remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:09 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) is probable for Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) is listed as probable to play against the Suns on Sunday.

      Advice: The Lakers did list him as probable for Christmas against the Bulls and he missed that game, so this probable tag should be viewed as more of a questionable one. Bryant has complained about his Achilles and his entire body not being at 100 percent, so his owners will want to check back. Wayne Ellington is obviously much less appealing should Kobe make it back. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:27 pm
    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Saturday
      Landry Fields (concussion) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He failed his concussion testing Saturday morning and will remain on the sidelines. James Johnson will continue to see an increase in minutes and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:16 am
       
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    • Chris Bosh (calf) out on Saturday vs. Memphis
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Bosh was targeting this game for his return, but he will unfortunately remain on the sidelines and his owners will have to remain patient. Shawne Williams (foot) is also suddenly questionable for Saturday's contest, meaning Udonis Haslem would likely play all the minutes he can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:02 am
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:37 am
    • Found: Kenneth Faried goes for 26 & 25
      Kenneth Faried exploded in the Nuggets' 106-102 win over the Wolves on Friday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting with a career-high 25 rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: It looks like the big talk with Brian Shaw is paying off and we're finally off the hook for telling you guys to hold on all that time (we think). A happy and engaged Faried is a completely different player than the one we've seen in the beginning of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:33 am
    • Ellington posts solid line in fill-in duty
      Wayne Ellington scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two threes, five boards, three assists and two steals in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Ellington has played decently with Kobe out but that could change as soon as Sunday, but owners can file this away for when the shutdown bug starts to hit in the second half of the season in L.A. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:46 am
    • Young hits five threes on 5-of-16 night
      Nick Young hit 5-of-8 threes but missed his other eight shots from the field, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Young is never going to be an efficiency monster and he has done enough recently to be owned in most formats. In 20 games this season, he is averaging 14.9 points with 2.5 treys and 1.2 combined steals and blocks while hitting 40 percent from the field and 89 percent from the line -- good for top 75-110 value in 8- and 9-cat formats, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:44 am
    • Lin posts versatile line but hits only 2-of-8
      Jeremy Lin scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has top 120-150 (8/9 cat) value in a season dominated by Kobe Bryant, which may be changing a bit to favor the little guys now that Kobe has been forced to look at his own role in the Lakers' disaster. This line has flaws and Lin's performance this season can be picked apart, but knowing things can't get much worse this 'floor' may deserve the benefit of the doubt. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:41 am
    • Jonas Jerebko lives up to the billing
      Jonas Jerebko played 28 minutes as expected on Friday with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game with seven field goal attempts. Garbage time was not really a factor and Jerebko should see minutes in the mid-20s off the bench. He is worth a look in deep leagues for his production in treys, points, boards and occasional defense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:59 pm
    • Brandon Jennings plays well in win
      Brandon Jennings double-doubled on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: It was his best game in quite a while and he helped the Pistons get their first win at home since before Thanksgiving. Perhaps Jennings heard the Pistons loud and clear with the waiving of Josh Smith, but we'll obviously need to see him do it again before saying he's ready to get hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:45 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:35 pm
    • Anthony Tolliver will not play Friday vs. IND
      Anthony Tolliver will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't likely to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon, so he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) out Friday vs. Mavs
      Kobe Bryant (general soreness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs, but coach Byron Scott likes Kobe's chances of playing Sunday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Kobe was doubtful heading into this one, so this news shouldn't come as a surprise. "I just need to kind of hit the reset button," said Bryant. "What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything." While Kobe is sidelined, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Carlos Boozer will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:02 pm
    • Monta Ellis (illness) will play Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) is a go for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Ellis has not missed a game for the past two years, so it wasn't likely a puny illness was going to stop him. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:56 pm
       
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    • Kobe Bryant listed as questionable for Friday
      Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for Friday against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He said earlier that his Achilles is sore and his chances of playing tonight are slim, so his Bryant's fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Wayne Ellington will likely get another start while Wes Johnson should have a higher usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:30 pm
    • Monta Ellis (illness) questionable for Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

      Advice: Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) unlikely for Friday
      Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

      Advice: Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:57 am
    • James Young healthy enough to play, inactive
      James Young (shoulder) is healthy enough to play, but will remain on the inactive list for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Young is not a part of the Celtics' rotation, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:32 am
    • Jonas Jerebko ready to step into the rotation
      Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

      Advice: "Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 am
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:08 pm
    • Jolly Old Saint Nikola: Mirotic scores 13
      Nikola Mirotic stayed hot against the Lakers on Thursday with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's just been too good to keep out of the lineup. Mirotic leads qualifying rookies in true shooting percentage and is forcing coach Tom Thibodeau's hand. He's been ridiculously hot over his last five, posting a true shooting percentage of 81.0 with averages of 14.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.6 triples. His low minutes suggest darker days are ahead, but he's one of the best stashes around considering how many Bulls big man have been hurt this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:10 pm
    • Jeremy Lin takes a step back on Thursday
      Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:54 pm
    • Wayne Ellington scores 12 in start again
      Wayne Ellington scored 12 points in a start for Kobe Bryant on Thursday with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Bulls.

      Advice: He basically grabbed all of Kobe's minutes tonight and scored 12 for the second consecutive game. Ellington is a solid shooter and the Lakers could use his range, so he'll be worth a plug-and-play on the nights Kobe sits. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:44 pm
    • Nick Young doesn't play well on Christmas
      Nick Young made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Well, at least his girlfriend bought him an Impala for Christmas. Young is just 6-of-19 in his two games without Kobe Bryant (rest), so he's been a bit of a letdown. He's been in the top 60 for fantasy value over the previous two weeks, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues thanks to his 2.4 triples over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:36 pm
    • Wayne Ellington starting again for Lakers
      Wayne Ellington will start at shooting guard for the Lakers on Thursday, as Kobe Bryant will miss another game in order to rest his sore body.

      Advice: Ellington had 12 points, five boards, a steal and two 3-pointers in a start on Tuesday, and should offer more of the same tonight and Friday. Kobe's not expected to play on Friday, either, but should be ready to return shortly after that. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:33 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) targeting Saturday vs. MEM
      Chris Bosh expects to test his calf during Friday's practice, and if all goes well, he hopes to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: "We have to read and react and see how everything goes and go from there," Bosh said. "It's kind of really like a day-to-day thing. I thought that I would be back the last game but it didn't work out like that. It's just something I have to cope with. We have a lot more games to play." We'll be monitoring Bosh's status closely, and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:01 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play on Christmas
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:40 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony's 34 points not enough for NY
      Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:47 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Christmas Day
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not suit up for Miami's Christmas Day game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: This will be Bosh's seventh consecutive game out of the lineup, and Dwyane Wade will again be the main man on offense for Miami. Expect more minutes for Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem, with Williams offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:25 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Nuggets receive inquiries on Wilson Chandler
      The Nuggets have received trade inquiries on Wilson Chandler, but would like to keep him in Denver, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

      Advice: Dempsey reports that the Nuggets have received trade inquiries from a few teams, but would prefer to hold onto Chandler. The Nuggets may entertain those inquiries if they slip in the standings over the next few weeks as Chandler is having the best season of his career and could fetch a handsome return. With season averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers, Chandler is worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:18 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:23 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 am
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:37 am
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 pm
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:32 pm
    • Wayne Ellington starts for Kobe Bryant (rest)
      Wayne Ellington filled in at SG for Kobe Bryant (rest) on Tuesday, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Much will be made of the Lakers' success without Kobe dominating the offense, but the Black Mamba will only relinquish control during the handful of games he sits out for rest. Ellington is only worth a look as a deep-league source of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:31 pm
    • Nick Young scores 15 points w/ rare full line
      Nick Young contributed across the board in Tuesday's upset win vs. Golden State, coming off the bench for 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He logged 30 minutes for the second straight game and should thrive whenever Kobe Bryant (rest) isn't in the Lakers' lineup, though he's been good enough to start under any circumstances. He has a total of 11 assists and 11 steals in 17 games this season, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, so don't expect more than voluminous points (15.6) and 3-pointers (2.4). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Tyson Chandler scores season-high 22 Tuesday
      Tyson Chandler scored a season-high 22 points on Tuesday in a loss to the Suns, adding 14 boards and two assists in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 6-of-8 from the floor and was able to connect on 10 of his 12 free throw attempts on the night. Chandler has been a revelation since returning to Dallas this season and as long as he stays healthy he will continue to be a double-double threat every game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:56 pm
    • Gerald Green drops 22 points off of bench
      Gerald Green dropped 22 points in 23 minutes on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding one assist, one board, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He continues to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but when he is feeling it he can put on quite a show. Green shot 7-of-13 from the field and a ridiculous 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Suns opted to use a smaller lineup down the stretch. Green has been able to hold his value pretty well with limited minutes, but if owners are patient they will be rewarded with big games like these occasionally. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe triple-doubles in win vs. Dallas
      Eric Bledsoe notched his second triple-double of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but his owners have to be thrilled with this line. Bledsoe's rebounding has really improved over his last three games, and he has been able to snag 29 boards over that span. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    • Manimal sighting: Kenneth Faried gets 20 & 14
      Kenneth Faried finally got going on Tuesday, scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 32 minutes of action.

      Advice: Faried's long-suffering owners have been waiting for a game like this, which is a vivid reminder of his enormous upside. The Nuggets lost the game but it's hard to imagine coach Brian Shaw being displeased with the Manimal's effort tonight, so ideally his 30+ playing time will continue during the Nuggets' upcoming games on Friday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Ty Lawson scores 29 points in tough defeat
      Ty Lawson made 10-of-20 shots with four 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a tough loss in Brooklyn with 29 points, four boards, nine assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: He logged 42 minutes and didn't seem at all bothered by his recent back injury. He's averaging 39+ minutes in December and has just one DNP all season, back in early November, though his fantasy value has fallen compared to last season due to decreased scoring (15.3 points) and poor shooting (40.5 percent). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Wayne Ellington to draw the start on Tuesday
      Wayne Ellington will draw the start in place of Kobe Bryant (rest) on Tuesday.

      Advice: Ellington is a solid 3-point shooter, but he struggles to contribute in other areas of the box score. Instead, Nick Young is the biggest beneficiary here and should be able to take as many 3-pointers as his heart desires. Get Swaggy P in all lineups and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:55 pm
    • James Young (shoulder) inactive for Tuesday
      Updating a previous report, James Young (shoulder) will be inactive for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

      Advice: Young isn't currently in the rotation, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues until he does something worth noting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Mirotic quiet but effective with Gibson back
      Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points on 2-of-2 shooting (7-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds and one triple in 18 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Mirotic did great with the chances he had but this line is light and may be an indicator of things to come with all four Bulls big men back on the court. Owners may want to take a position that it's probable one of the three other guys are out on a given night, and that may actually be something that Tom Thibodeau looks at to keep them fresh -- or at least he should. Mirotic can't be considered a must-own player but he's certainly a stash. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:47 pm
    • Ty Lawson (back) plays well OK in a bad loss
      Ty Lawson (back) scored 18 points with four assists, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes during a 110-92 loss on Monday.

      Advice: He was roasted on defense, but it might have been due to his sore back. Lawson was a game-time decision and it was announced he was good to go about 90 minutes before tip, so he has a good chance to play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:00 pm
    • Wilson Chandler plays 21 minutes
      Wilson Chandler played 21 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with eight points, nine rebounds and one block.

      Advice: He picked up some minutes at power forward tonight and he should see an overall increase to his value while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is on the shelf. Chandler is worth owning in standard leagues and perhaps owners can use this dud to try and buy low on him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:55 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores eight points
      Kenneth Faried scored eight points with nine rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He played just 21 minutes because the Nuggets were down 16 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Faried did not return in garbage time, so this can be viewed as just another bad game. His fantasy owners have no choice but to stay patient, and yes we know this sounds like a broken record. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Monday
      Landry Fields (concussion) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

      Advice: After he was cleared of a concussion on Saturday, the team eventually diagnosed him with one on Sunday. James Johnson played 24 minutes and had a decent line, so expect him to have a solid outing tonight, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ty Lawson (back) will play on Monday night
      Ty Lawson (back) will play against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He is dealing with back soreness and there is no word of him being limited. Lawson's bigger issue has been his ankle and he hasn't had too many back issues in his career, so his fantasy owners can throw him into their lineups. If something goes wrong, Nate Robinson would get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:39 pm
    • James Young goes through practice
      James Young (shoulder) went through practice on Monday and will be available to play on Tuesday

      Advice: It was a full-contact practice and he should be getting closer to a return. Young is a major offensive project, but he could get in the rotation now that Rajon Rondo is gone. He's only worth a look in ridiculously deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:01 pm
    • Kenneth Faried had confidence issues?
      Kenneth Faried said he's been trying to bring back his confidence.

      Advice: "I knew I was kind of just slighting myself and just not focused on the main goals that I wanted to achieve," Faried said about losing playing time. "It was just all on me." It's pretty clear coach Brian Shaw isn't a complete fan of Faried's mistakes on the defensive end, but there could be a happy ending to this story. He's struggled in each of the last two Decembers and is expected to have a strong finish again. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:19 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:25 am
       
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 am
    • Ty Lawson (back) now for game-time decision
      Ty Lawson (back) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Lawson appearing as a game-time call is certainly a surprise, and Nate Robinson would draw the start at point guard if Lawson is unable to suit up. Owners will need to check back for an update prior to tipoff as it sounds like the call will be made shortly before tipoff. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:07 am
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:07 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:03 pm
    • Nick Young buries four 3-pointers, scores 26
      Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:58 pm
    • Jodie Meeks scores 13 points in loss to Nets
      Jodie Meeks missed all of his 3-point attempts but still finished Sunday's game 6-of-9 from the field for 13 points in a tough road loss to the Nets.

      Advice: He added one rebound, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench, and it seems like only a matter of time before he claims a starting job ahead of Kyle Singler (two points in 21 minutes), or even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points in 33 minutes). Meeks was a very effective fantasy player with the Lakers last season, and he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:05 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 13 points in 18 minutes
      Gerald Green played just 18 minutes on Sunday, but still managed to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding four boards and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He is going to be a hit-or-miss option every night, but he has shown that he has the ability to produce in limited minutes. However, unless his role grows he will be a tough player to own in standard formats. He is still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers and scoring, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:51 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe leads Suns to win on Sunday
      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns to a win over the Wizards on Sunday, finishing with 17 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had 25 points with 10 rebounds on Saturday, so hopefully he can keep rebounding and scoring at a high rate. Bledsoe probably won't see more than 30 minutes most nights as long as Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas are healthy, but Bledsoe should continue to be an elite asset moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:36 pm
    • Lou Williams lights up the Knicks on Sunday
      Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

      Advice: This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:24 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 1:05 pm
    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Sunday
      Landry Fields (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: He failed a concussion test on Sunday morning and he will now have to pass the NBA's protocol for concussions before being cleared again. James Johnson is the main beneficiary in Fields' absence, and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 10:57 am
       
      Injured
    • James Young (shoulder) making progress
      James Young is making progress in his recovery from his separated right shoulder, and was able to do some non-contact work during shootaround Sunday.

      Advice: He remains without a timetable to return, but it is great to see him making progress. Young is loaded with potential, but he won't have any fantasy value this season. Keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:36 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores four points
      Wilson Chandler could not get it going against the Pacers on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 1-of-10 from the field and is in a mini-slump from beyond the arc, making just three of his last 15 attempts. Chandler is still getting solid minutes even with Danilo Gallinari suddenly coming on. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:53 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores four in awful game
      Kenneth Faried had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Pacers, making 2-of-10 from the field with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He had a couple solid games before tonight and maybe the second half of a back-to-back got to him. Darrell Arthur (leg) could miss time, so Faried may get a bigger chance to redeem himself from a slow start. His owners can't be happy with him, but they just have to hang in there. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:46 pm
    • Too, Too Much Monta: Ellis scores 38 points
      Monta Ellis dominated down the stretch against the Spurs during a 99-93 win with 38 points, one assist, four steals and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

      Advice: It was Monta Time. He scored 11 of the last 13 points for the Mavericks, which is no surprise since he leads the NBA in field goals in the second half. Ellis has been a much better ball handler than Rajon Rondo this year and his turnover rate is his best ever while he has tremendous rapport with the rest of the starters. The Mavericks lead the NBA in offensive efficiency because of Monta, so don't expect that to change much. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 5:39 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 1:08 pm
    • Chris Bosh won't play on Sunday night
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Landry Fields practices, cleared of concussion
      Landry Fields was cleared for a concussion and was at practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He needed stitches to his head from Friday and it appears he will be fine. Fields plays about 20 minutes per night and only has value in extremely deep leagues. James Johnson doesn't get a bump in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 11:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:48 am
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:36 pm
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:33 pm
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:24 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 27 points on 100.0 eFG%
      Nikola Mirotic made all six attempts from behind the arc on Friday against the Grizzlies with 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Mirotic has been a monster in his past two games, but coach Tom Thibodeau has already said he's not going to take away minutes from their big three in the front court. Taj Gibson (ankle) won't be out long, so the rookie only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:36 pm
    • Jodie Meeks can't get it going
      Jodie Meeks could not get it going on Friday with four points, two boards, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: His minutes are increasing, but the performance hasn't been there. Meeks should be able to hold value in standard leagues once he gathers some momentum, so his owners should stick with him unless it's to add a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:11 pm
    • Brandon Jennings scores 22 points
      Brandon Jennings scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

      Advice: It was just the third block of the season for Jennings and one of better high-volume shooting games in a long time. Before this game, Jennings was shooting 24.1 percent from the field this month for averages of 6.2 points, 2.6 boards, 6.9 dimes and 0.3 steals. That was his low point, but he's not going to be a fantasy savior this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:07 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 9:32 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:34 pm
    • Landry Fields gets stitches, out for game
      Landry Fields received stitches to his head on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He had a scary fall and might have suffered a concussion. Fields was in the starting lineup for the Raptors, so they might need to mix it up. James Johnson replaced Fields at the time of the injury and would make the most sense. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:09 pm
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:22 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Thibodeau heaps praise on Nikola Mirotic
      Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on Nikola Mirotic following a solid effort during the Bulls win over the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: "[Nikola] made a lot of great plays, particularly in the first half," said Thibodeau. "He made shots and made plays off the dribble, he hustled. I was very pleased with the way he played. We did not play a great game, but we found a way to win in the end." Mirotic busted out of his mini-slump on Thursday, and if Taj Gibson (ankle) is unavailable for Friday's game, expect Mirotic to again get a healthy heaping of minutes and be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:29 am
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