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  • Kyle Lowry drains 11-of-17 FGs for 27 points
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of a shooting slump on Wednesday, sinking 11-of-17 shots to finish with 27 points, two 3-pointers, three boards, six assists, four steals and one block.

    Advice: Lowry is returning first-round value and his owners should ignore any cold spells he might encounter. He and DeMar DeRozan combined for 47 points tonight and every starter reached double-figures, which is how they've found success this year -- Toronto's bench ranks 28th in scoring and 26th in field goal percentage. 52 minutes ago
  • Jerryd Bayless plays down stretch
    Jerryd Bayless played 36 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: With Michael Carter-Williams struggling, Jerryd Bayless picked up some extra playing time. Bayless also benefited from Jabari Parker only playing in 21 minutes. He's not quite worth owning in all standard leagues, but he is on the radar in almost any format. 53 minutes ago
  • Jared Cunningham struggles in temporary start
    Jared Cunningham started for the Cavs on Wednesday, but he was benched at halftime and finished with six points on 2-of-10 shooting, two 3-pointers, three boards and two assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova (leg) was out and Mo Williams (ankle) was on a minute-limit, so Cunningham was the healthiest option for coach David Blatt. He didn't have to orchestrate the offense with LeBron James and J.R. Smith on the court, taking pressure off him in his second NBA start, but he still looked out of his depth. Delly and Mo are both day-to-day, so there's no reason to grab Cunningham. 57 minutes ago
  • Michael Carter-Williams misses all 7 FGAs
    Michael Carter-Williams missed all seven shots from the field against the Kings on Wednesday, scoring four points at the line with no rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Yikes. Carter-Williams is such a liability on offense and he's really seen his minutes, usage rate and overall production come down. He's not in jeopardy of losing his starting job yet, but coach Jason Kidd benched MCW in the final five minutes. Today, 8:03 pm
  • Reggie Jackson recovers w/ 18 points, four 3s
    Reggie Jackson bounced back from Monday's dud to finish a win vs. the Heat with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: The win snapped a two-game skid for the Pistons, whose 8-7 record has them fourth in the Central division. Stan Van Gundy admitted on Tuesday that he's "really disappointed and worried about where [the Pistons] are right now," so this has to feel good heading into the holiday. Today, 7:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not return
    J.J. Barea suffered sprained left ankle on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain and it did not look good. Barea has been a useful combo guard and was playing 20.3 minutes per game, so the Mavs would miss him. If he's out, there would be more run for Ray Felton and Devin Harris. Justin Anderson or John Jenkins could slide into his rotation spot. Barea left the game with seven points, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. There's really no need to make a speculative add unless you're in a deep league. Today, 7:30 pm
  • Avery Bradley cools off vs. Sixers, scores 10
    Avery Bradley cooled off on Wednesday with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers with one rebound, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley had been on fire since returning from a calf injury in mid-November, averaging 22.7 points over his past six games. He didn't attempt any free throws tonight and the fact that he cooled off against the Sixers is surprising, but it won't affect him moving forward. He'll return to action vs. Bradley Beal and the Wizards on Friday. Today, 7:29 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas leads BOS w/ season-high 30 pts
    Isaiah Thomas finished Wednesday's win vs. the Sixers with a season-high 30 points (11-of-21 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four 3-pointers, four rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: "I probably wouldn't have had Thanksgiving if we lost," Thomas said after the game. Boston's leading scorer was one of the only players to have it going vs. Philly's defense, as the team finished a cumulative 34.1 percent from the field with 18 assists and 16 turnovers. Thomas will continue to carry a heavy burden, especially with Marcus Smart (leg) on the shelf, and if you ignore his turnovers he's been a top-30 fantasy play this year. Today, 7:28 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (sore ankle) out for game
    Ricky Rubio is dealing with a sore left ankle and will not return on Wednesday against the Hawks.

    Advice: Well, go pick up Zach LaVIne in all leagues. Rubio had some ankle soreness earlier this week and the Wolves tend to be very careful with him. Considering he couldn't finish the game tonight, he's very likely to miss at least one game. Rubio finished with five points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 21 minutes. Today, 7:14 pm
  • Victor Oladipo w/ team-high 24 pts off bench
    Victor Oladipo came off the bench on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points vs. the Knicks, hitting 5-of-15 field goals and 13-of-15 free throws in Orlando's home win.

    Advice: VO added one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 26 minutes. Scott Skiles said that his lineup change wasn't "punitive," but he still sent a loud and clear message to his team. "We're trying to find a better balance between the first and second units," he said. How long Oladipo is tethered to the bench is anyone's guess, but hopefully this performance got him out of Skiles' doghouse. If nothing else Oladipo played with aggression, and his free throws easily bested his career-high of 12. Today, 7:03 pm
  • John Wall's season-high six steals squandered
    John Wall stole the ball a season-high six times on Wednesday, adding 14 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and six assists in a tough road defeat.

    Advice: Wall's career-high is nine steals and he's now averaging 2.4 per game this season, good for fourth place in the NBA behind Jae Crowder, Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry. It wasn't all positive for Wall tonight, however, as he also shot 6-of-18 from the field with a team-high five turnovers. Today, 6:46 pm
  • Gary Neal scores 18 points in futile effort
    Gary Neal stayed hot vs. the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 18 points points on 7-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played 28 minutes and hardly missed a beat after dropping 23 points vs. the Pacers on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Neal has yet to play 30 minutes in a game this season and he's not worth your attention in standard leagues while Bradley Beal (17 points in 38 minutes) is healthy. Today, 6:40 pm
  • Troy Daniels doesn't play vs. Wizards
    Troy Daniels didn't play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He isn't part of Steve Clifford's rotation and it's unclear if he sat out due to a recent hamstring injury, or if he was a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report. Today, 6:38 pm
  • Tyreke Evans out for Wednesday night
    Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: We'll have to wait for this weekend to see how the Pelicans will use the former Rookie of the Year. Evans should be owned in all leagues right now while Ish Smith owners should hang in there to see how it plays out. He's been too good. Today, 5:37 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Pelicans
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with some left knee soreness and should be ready to roll. It's worth mentioning his right knee is the "bad" knee in his career with the multiple meniscus tears. Get Bledsoe in your lineups and this may help Brandon Knight, who is better off the ball. Today, 5:17 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) will start on Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, as expected.

    Advice: Kevin Martin, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Garnett and Karl-Anthony Towns will join Rubio in the starting five for tonight's game. Rubio suffered an extremely minor ankle injury during Monday's game, but he practice in full on Tuesday and was never really in any doubt of missing Wednesday's contest. Go ahead and get him active. Today, 4:52 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) unlikely for Wednesday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) is unlikely to play on Wednesday vs. the Suns, according to head coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: Evans remains a game-time decision, but Gentry said unless he feels great after his pregame routine, he's not going to play tonight. Evans is getting close however, so he needs to be stashed away in all leagues at this point, and once he's back up to speed he'll likely cut into the production of Eric Gordon and Ish Smith. The Pelicans have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. the Clippers and Saturday vs. the Jazz, so Evans could return for at least one of those games. Today, 4:43 pm
  • Jared Cunningham will start Wednesday vs. TOR
    Jared Cunningham will start Wednesday's game against the Raptors, and Mo Williams (ankle) will come off the bench.

    Advice: Coach David Blatt wants to monitor Mo Williams' minutes in his first game back following a three-game absence with an ankle injury, and with Matthew Dellavedova (calf) out, Cunningham became Blatt's only solution for keeping Mo's minutes down. Cunningham put up a goose egg during his last start, so he's too risky to deploy in daily leagues. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Pat Beverley says he's 'definitely playing'
    Pat Beverley (ankle) said he's "definitely playing" against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be coming off the bench, but we still don't know if he's going to start after tonight. We'll have another update shortly, but expect Beverley to get minutes in the teens to low 20s tonight. Jason Terry will lose some run and maybe Ty Lawson, too. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) will be a game-time call
    Pat Beverley (ankle) is a game-time decision to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverley is a tough guy and if it's up to him, he's playing. He has a decent chance to start tonight and has some value in deeper leagues. Jason Terry would play less and possibly Ty Lawson. Today, 3:21 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington to start
    Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington will start on the wings against the Celtics.

    Advice: With Nik Stuaskas (knee) out, the 76ers will look for some extra spacing on the floor with Canaan and Covington. Canaan should be getting plenty of minutes at the two, which also means Phil Pressey should get a few more minutes. Canaan is one of the most inconsistent players around, so start him at your own peril -- he should be defended by Avery Bradley. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova (calf) out vs. Raptors
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cavs set to manage Mo Williams' minutes tonight, that means we should see a lot of Jared Cunningham. The Cavs will also be giving heavy minutes to J.R. Smith at the two. Cunningham is obviously a risky play in DFS tonight. Today, 3:05 pm
  • C.J. Watston (calf) out again on Wednesday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Shabazz Napier is the backup point guard. Although, Victor Oladipo coming off the bench likely means he gets more minutes at the one as a combo guard. Watson has very little value after missing his seventh game. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) headed for a GTD on Weds
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe said that he's no longer feeling any pain in his left knee, but he wants to make sure that there's no discomfort, and he will continue to undergo treatment throughout the day. Bledsoe will test his knee during pregame warmups, so we likely won't have official confirmation on his status until just prior to the tip. Bledsoe likely has his eyes fixated on Friday's matchup with the undefeated Warriors, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him play it safe and sit out Wednesday's game against the 3-11 Pelicans. Brandon Knight will be the primary beneficiary of a Bledsoe absence. Today, 10:56 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Eric Bledsoe's left knee has improved, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe sat out Monday's loss to the Spurs with a sore left knee, and it remains unclear if he'll play tonight against the Pelicans. If he's unable to give it a go, Brandon Knight would see a spike to his usage rate with guys like T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker seeing some increased opportunity for minutes. Stay tuned. Today, 10:15 am
  • Beverley (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley seems on track to make his return on Wednesday, but he's going to come off the bench and his minutes will be monitored, making him an unattractive option in most leagues. Beverley could conceivably start for the Rockets at some point, but he's likely headed for a three-way timeshare with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson; meaning at best he could only be viewed as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Today, 9:14 am
  • Victor Oladipo will come off the bench on Wed
    Victor Oladipo will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, and Channing Frye will replace him in the starting five.

    Advice: Oladipo has been horrible since returning from the concussion, averaging just 7.3 points, 4.0 boards and 2.7 assists per game on a putrid 31.0 percent shooting from the field, so perhaps he can get things back on track acting as a sixth man for the Magic. Oladipo has early-round upside, so owners shouldn't be looking to sell at this current low point. For what it's worth, head coach Scott Skiles said the move was not punitive, and he's just looking to get more balance with the first-unit. There's also no indication that the bench role will be a long-term thing for Dipo, and it's important to note that he's still expected to play starters minutes. Today, 8:38 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (calf) a game-time call
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: Dellavedova's value is set to take a hit tonight anyway with the return of Mo Williams (ankle), and with him heading towards a game-time decision, he's far too risky to consider using in DFS. Williams could be forced into heavy minutes if Delly is unable to give it a go. Stay tuned. Today, 8:02 am
  • Ty Lawson embracing bench role with Houston
    Ty Lawson said that coming off the bench in Houston can be a positive as it will give him more opportunity to have the ball in his hands, and play his game.

    Advice: "If I come off the bench, I can have the ball in my hands more and have more opportunity to get in the paint, play my game," said Lawson. "It's good for the team, good for me. Hopefully, this is a transition to getting back to myself, be more aggressive." Lawson hasn't benefited at all statistically with the demotion to the second-unit, averaging a meager 3.3 points and 2.3 assists on 20.0 percent shooting through 17.8 minutes per game. What's troubling is his value could head even further south when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor, so he's by no means a must-own player at this juncture. Today, 7:58 am
  • Patrick Beverley's minutes will be monitored
    Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he will monitor Patrick Beverley's (ankle) minutes upon his return.

    Advice: Beverley is questionable to play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, but if he does get on to the court following a five-game absence, he will continue to come off the bench and Bickerstaff will be cautious with his minutes. Bickerstaff said he likes the leadership that Jason Terry brings, which is why Terry will continue to start, and it's looking like this could turn into a three-way timeshare at the point guard slot in Houston between JET, Ty Lawson and Beverley; which isn't great from a fantasy standpoint. Today, 7:43 am
  • Report: Kyrie Irving (knee) to play by X-mas
    Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) is reportedly expected to play on Christmas day vs. the Warriors, and he's hopeful to be back on the court before that game.

    Advice: Recent reports indicate that Uncle Drew is targeting a mid-December return, so now would be the time to fire up some low-ball offers for a guy with first-round upside. He'll likely be brought along slowly upon his return, but he'll more than likely resume his first-round status by the time we get to the All-Star break. His return to the court will hurt the value of Mo Williams, and kill the value of Matthew Dellavedova, who will then become the third-string point guard in Cleveland. Today, 7:08 am
  • Kobe thinks Dubs can beat 33-game win streak
    Following the Lakers 111-77 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant said the he believes the Dubs have a real shot at breaking the 1971-72 Lakers' 33-game win streak.

    Advice: "Yeah, they could do it – because they’re good," Bryant said. "It’s a very young league, and they’ve managed to put together a team of extremely intelligent players and extremely versatile players, and great shooters. And so I see no reason why they couldn’t continue to extend [the record]." Game recognize game. Simply put, the Warriors have looked phenomenal this year going undefeated through the first 16 games of the season with MVP Stephen Curry leading the way behind averages of 32.1 points (career-high), 5.1 boards (career-high), 5.9 assists, 2.6 steals (career-high) and 4.9 three-pointers (career-high) per contest on 51.2 percent shooting from the field. The Dubs will look to extend their current winning streak against the Suns on Friday. Today, 6:22 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 18 in loss to Bulls
    C.J. McCollum hit 7-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: This wasn't one of his greatest games, but he still put up pretty solid numbers. The Blazers get the Lakers on Saturday, so CJM should have a big game as long as he's not on the bench late in a blowout. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Damian Lillard has off night vs. Bulls
    Damian Lillard hit just 4-of-22 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but still filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Great players have a way of coming through for fantasy owners even when things aren't going well, and that was certainly the case for Lillard tonight. Look for him to get some redemption on Saturday against the Lakers. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose returns from ankle injury
    Derrick Rose returned from a two-game absence to hit 7-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Rose missed a couple games with a sprained ankle, and while he didn't set the world on fire tonight, he played fairly well. Hopefully he can stay healthy and get hot between now and Christmas. Pau Gasol added 12 points, 14 rebounds and a block in the win, but hit just 5-of-15 shots. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Warriors set NBA record, improve to 16-0
    The Warriors set an NBA record on Tuesday with a dominant win over the Lakers to become the first team to start the season 16-0 with Stephen Curry leading the way with 24 points.

    Advice: Unreal. The Warriors look unstoppable at the moment and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Curry has been the clear frontrunner to win the MVP Award once again and he's been the best player in real life and in fantasy this season. The Warriors will look to improve their streak on Friday in Phoenix. Curry added nine assists, four boards, two steals and four 3-pointers in the win. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas makes 3-of-11 vs. Hawks
    Isaiah Thomas hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, two assists, three steals and five turnovers in Tuesday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Thomas has hit double digits in scoring in every game this season and tonight's 14 points matched his season low, which tells you just how good he has been playing. He just had an off night. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Avery Bradley drops 25 in loss to Hawks
    Avery Bradley hit 10-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, two assists, three steals and a block against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bradley had 27 points and seven triples on Sunday, and is averaging 22.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 3.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He's become the only other reliable Celtic in addition to teammate Isaiah Thomas, who struggled in tonight's loss. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores 16 off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 27 minutes off the Mavs' bench and hit 5-of-10 shots and zero 3-pointers for 16 points and four assists in Tuesday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: The minutes and points were a season high for JJB, who got run down the stretch in a blowout. It didn't hurt that Devin Harris got the night off, either, but Barea will have to perform like this more consistently to be owned in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Gary Neal scores 23 off Wizards bench
    Gary Neal scored a season-high 23 points in 29 minutes off the Wizards' bench on Tuesday, finishing with three rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: This came out of nowhere and John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, meaning this was a fluke. Leave him on waivers for now. Neal's strong play limited Ramon Sessions to just 10 points, a 3-pointer and two steals on 4-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes. The two guards are going to split minutes off the bench for Washington, making both of them very hard to trust in fantasy. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) is listed as doubtful Wed
    Tyreke Evans (knee) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: An earlier report indicated that Evans will be a game-time decision, but it's still great news that he has a shot to play considering he is way ahead of his original timetable. We should know more regarding his status after the team's shootaround. His potential return could dampen the value of guys like Eric Gordon, Ish Smith and Dante Cunningham. Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) practices on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley is on track to play Wednesday, although interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Jason Terry will still be the starting point guard upon Beverley's return. JET as the starting point is not a trend that's likely to continue once Beverley is fully up to speed, but this is very bad news for Ty Lawson owners as his minutes will head even further south with Patrick active. Beverley won't score a lot of points, but he should be able to do enough with steals and 3-pointers to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) practices in full Tuesday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rubio rolled his ankle a bit during Monday's game against the 76ers, but he played through the injury, and his full participation in Tuesday's practice would indicate that he'll be fine for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks. We'll hold him off the injury report for now, and unless we hear something different, owners can plan on having him active for Wednesday's game. Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) will start on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) will start Tuesday vs. Portland, sending Kirk Hinrich back to the bench.

    Advice: Rose said that there will be no restriction on his minutes tonight, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Kirk Hinrich won't be worth using in any format with Rose active, and Jimmy Butler's value and usage rate will take a slight hit. Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) to be a game-time call
    Tyreke Evans (knee) will be a game-time decision to face the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said if he can't play Wednesday, he should be able to play at some point this week. He added he will be getting a lot of treatment on the plane to keep the swelling down, so he's apparently not even close to 100 percent. Evans is probably on the bad side of a questionable tag, but he should be owned in all leagues right now. His return could hurt Dante Cunningham, Ish Smith most of the secondary players on the roster with his high usage rate. Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Kyrie Irving expected to return before Jan
    Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) is expected to return before January.

    Advice: Irving has been targeting a mid-December return, so this timetable makes sense. Irving will likely be on a minutes limit upon his return so his fantasy owners should short-term temper expectations, but this is great news for the Cavs and fantasy owners alike. Mo Williams and Matthew Dellavedova are set to see their value drop when Irving returns. Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams finally has nice game
    Michael Carter-Williams made 6-of-10 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block in 26 minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: It was his best game of the season. Carter-Williams only had one shot from beyond 10 feet tonight, which is a good formula for success. His owners will be hoping for more games like this one. Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Canaan scores 14 points, starts 2nd half
    Isaiah Canaan scored 14 points on 3-of-10 shooting in Monday's loss to the Wolves with three boards, three assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Nik Stauskas left the game with a knee injury and will have an MRI on Tuesday, so Canaan could be looking at an increased role going forward. He is a very streaky shooter and struggles with consistency, so he's better suited for deeper leagues. Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova looks great again
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 15 points against the Magic on Monday with nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was awesome and has looked like a whole new player this season. Dellavedova is just keeping the seat warm for Kyrie Irving (knee) and he'll likely move back to the bench when Mo Williams (ankle) can return, which can be as soon as this week. He's more of a short-term add despite his terrific play in the past week. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores eight with 11 dimes
    Ricky Rubio scored eight points with 11 assists, five boards and one steal on Monday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Even against a poor defender such as T.J. McConnell, Rubio wasn't very aggressive on offense and attempted just five shots, making two of them. He didn't have any 3-pointers and turned the ball over four times, but his owners drafted him for his elite ability to rack up assists. He should be a mid-round guy the rest of the way if he stays healthy. Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Scott Skiles: It's time to change the lineup
    Coach Scott Skiles said that it's "time to change the lineup" following a loss to the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: Oh boy. Based on how Victor Oladipo has been benched multiple times in the past week, there is a pretty good chance he or Elfrid Payton moves to the second unit because they're not playing well off each other right now. Oladipo's owners shouldn't be pushing the panic button yet and anyone who wants to own him should try to see if his owner will sell low. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes. Monday, 6:51 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will not play on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but his knee must have been giving him some problems in warmups. Bledsoe briefly left Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans with a leg injury, so it's unclear if the two issues are related. To be clear, Bledsoe returned to Sunday's game and appeared to be moving fine. Until we get a further update, Bledsoe should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Knight will be incredibly busy on Monday, while more opportunities should fall to guys like Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will be a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (sore left knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Spurs. Monday, 4:28 pm
  • Troy Daniels (personal) will not play
    Troy Daniels (hamstring) will not play against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He hasn't been in the rotation these days, so there aren't many fantasy implications here. Daniels can be ignored in most leagues. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova will start
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will start against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes monitored today, so he'll be a risky player to use in DFS. Dellavedova only has short-term value this week. Jared Cunningham could also get more minutes tonight. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Pat Beverley up in the air for Wednesday
    Pat Beverley (ankle) will go through practice on Tuesday and coach B.J. Bickerstaff said "we'll see" regarding his status for Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets rested Beverley on Monday after they gave him extra work on Sunday. Beverley will likely be in the starting lineup and should find minutes in the mid 20s. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Monday, 12:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) puts in full practice
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Monday and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He'll be returning after missing two games on the road trip. Rose is likely very close to 100 percent and he isn't expected to have a a minutes cap. Kirk Hinrich would move back to the bench and E'Twaun Moore would play less. The Bulls only have two games, so he should still be benched in weekly leagues. Monday, 11:44 am
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) doesn't practice Monday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was on track to practice today, so perhaps he won't be able to play on Wednesday. Beverley is likely going to start for the Rockets and he could have value in 14-team leagues off the bat. If you need steals or treys, give him a look. Monday, 11:38 am
  • Tyreke Evans practices, could play Wednesday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) practiced on Monday and could play as soon as Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks back in October, so he's ahead of schedule. The Pelicans are going to be limiting Evans quite a bit with a minutes restriction upon his return. It'll be interesting to see where they slot his minutes, especially with Ish Smith playing so well. Smith's owners will be hoping Evans gets minutes at small forward and should keep Smith on their rosters right now. Evans should be owned in all leagues. Monday, 11:18 am
  • Update: Dellavedova expected to play Monday
    Updating a previous item, Matthew Dellavedova (left ankle/leg) is expected to play on Monday.

    Advice: It's still not yet clear if Delly will start at point guard with Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) doubtful or if Jared Cunningham will get the nod after practicing with the starters on Monday morning, but it would be surprising if Dellavedova isn't with the starting group if he's feeling well enough to play. At less than 100 percent and staring at a potential timeshare, Delly's DFS ceiling isn't all that high. Monday, 9:05 am
  • Dellavedova has an unspecified ankle injury
    Matthew Dellavedova is "dealing with an ankle injury."

    Advice: It's not clear what type of injury Delly is currently dealing with, but he apparently hurt himself in Saturday's win over Atlanta, and we wonder how Kyle Korver feels about that development. Moving on, iff Dellavedova is forced to sit out, Jared Cunningham would be in line to draw the start at point guard. Unless David Blatt wants Cunningham to play major minutes, the Cavs are going to have to get creative at point guard with Mo Williams (leg) also doubtful to suit up. Monday, 8:22 am
  • Jared Cunningham could start on Monday night?
    Jared Cunningham was spotted wearing a starter's jersey at shootaround in advance of Cleveland's game vs. the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: David Blatt talked about Matthew Dellavedova dealing with an unspecified ankle injury, and with Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) doubtful, Cunningham would be the next man up. However, Delly is expected to play, so Cunningham is going to have a tough time carving out value regardless of his role on Monday. Monday, 8:17 am
  • Ricky Rubio wants to play more w/ Zach LaVine
    Ricky Rubio said he wants to play more alongside Zach LaVine.

    Advice: "I would like to play more with Zach," Rubio said. "He can help me, and I can help him. But if Coach likes bringing him as a backup point guard, we gotta accept that." With Kevin Martin expected to move into the starting lineup on Monday in place of Tayshaun Prince, perhaps Rubio will get his wish as the Timberwolves experiment with finding ways to get more production on offense. Still, the Wolves need to see what LaVine can do at the point in case the team wants to move Rubio down the road. Monday, 6:43 am
  • Derrick Rose on track to return on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) is on track to return on Tuesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Rose made it through Sunday's practice in full, and unless he has a setback in advance of Tuesday's game, the expectation is that he'll be back on the floor. Sidelined since the November 16 win over the Pacers, a Tuesday return would mean Rose will have missed just two games. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Damian Lillard posts 30 points w/ 13 assists
    Damian Lillard dropped 30 points and a career-high 13 assists in Sunday's win over the Lakers, while chipping in three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-25 from the field and only turned the ball over twice in 37 minutes, getting anywhere he wanted to vs. the Lakers' perimeter defenders. The Blazers have now won a franchise-best five straight road games in L.A., and they held on tonight thanks to a combined 49 points from Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Sunday, 9:18 pm
  • C.J. McCollum posts well-rounded line Sunday
    C.J. McCollum made 8-of-13 shots with three 3-pointers vs. the Lakers, finishing with 19 points, four boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: There's nothing like a game vs. the Lakers to snap a shooting slump -- McCollum came in shooting only 25-of-65 from the field in his previous four games. The lack of efficiency has taken a toll but he's still doing enough for steady mid-round value with upside, anchored by 20.1 points and 1.9 triples per game, and tonight's defensive stats are a welcome surprise. Sunday, 9:16 pm
  • Golden State ties NBA record w/ 15-0 start
    Stephen Curry and the Warriors improved to 15-0 with a win in Denver on Sunday, thus tying the NBA record for consecutive wins to begin a season.

    Advice: Golden State tied the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets, and they can set a new record if they win at home vs. the Lakers on Tuesday. Their depth and team-first attitude is evident on a nightly basis, and it helps that they have the reigning MVP on their side -- Curry posted 19 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals tonight, and could blow up in Tuesday's potentially historic game. Sunday, 7:46 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 29 points w/ full line
    Eric Bledsoe briefly exited Sunday's game with a leg injury, but he still filled it up with 29 points (7-of-15 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: EB has at least 20 points and two 3-pointers in eight consecutive games, and he's adding enough rebounds and assists for first-round value in 8-cat leagues. His leg didn't seem to bother him and we're leaving him off the injury report, but it can't hurt to double-check his status prior to Monday's game. Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Avery Bradley w/ career-high seven 3-pointers
    Avery Bradley made a career-high seven 3-pointers as a starter on Sunday, scoring 27 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: Brad Stevens plugged him back into the starting unit with Marcus Smart (leg) on the sidelines for at least two weeks, and Bradley didn't miss a beat. He and Isaiah Thomas each scored 27 points and they'll be leaned on heavily over the next few weeks. Make sure Bradley is locked into your lineups for Boston's upcoming four-game week. Sunday, 5:42 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (leg) returns after brief exit
    Eric Bledsoe exited Sunday's game with an apparent left leg injury, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Bledsoe looked uncomfortable to begin the second half, and he was walking with a different gait after returning, but fortunately it doesn't seem like a serious issue. We should have more details about his injury after the game. Sunday, 4:31 pm
  • Kyle Lowry double-doubles in win over LAC
    Kyle Lowry went just 2-of-11 from the field during Sunday's win over the Clippers, but he salvaged the stat line with 13 points (8-of-8 from the stripe), 10 assists, three boards, three steals, one 3-pointer and four turnovers through 38 minutes of work.

    Advice: Lowry has now recorded at least one steal in 15 straight games, which is the longest steals-streak of his career. Despite shooting just 41.1 percent from the field, Lowry currently ranked No. 5 overall in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues with averages of 20.6 points (career-high), 4.7 boards, 6.2 assists, 2.6 steals (career-high), 2.8 three-pointers (career-high) and 3.1 turnovers per game. His current usage rate of 25.6 is also a career-high, and there’s little reason to believe he can’t keep this up for the entire season. Owners shouldn’t be looking to sell-high unless they’re getting back a top-5 option in return. Sunday, 3:08 pm
  • Avery Bradley will start Sunday vs. Brooklyn
    Avery Bradley will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Nets, with Marcus Smart (leg) out.

    Advice: The Bradley off the bench experiment will have to be put on hold with Smart expected to be sidelined for at least the next couple weeks, and it'll be interesting to see how he responds to the first-unit as he's been going off as a reserve with averages of 18.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game. He'll draw an extremely favorable matchup against the Nets today, so make sure you have him active. Sunday, 1:42 pm
  • Rose (ankle) goes through full practice Sun
    Derrick Rose (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rose will be re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Rose is making good progress with his sprained left ankle, and he said that he's shooting to play in Tuesday's game against Portland, which is a realistic timeline given his full participation in Sunday's practice. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and he'd cut into the production of Jimmy Butler. Check back for another update on Rose on Monday. Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) listed as out for Monday
    C.J. Watson (calf) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Watson is dealing with a strained left calf and hasn't played since Nov. 9, but it's not a good sign that the Magic ruled him out so quickly. Elfrid Payton's minutes have been on the rise lately, meaning Shabazz Napier will likely see minutes in the teens as the backup point guard on Monday. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) is making good progress
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving is making good progress, but he still doesn't know when the star point guard will return to action.

    Advice: "He has advanced to running plays 5-on-0. He’s doing some light 1-on-1 contact drills. He’s certainly taking some steps forward," Blatt said. "Again, can I put a number on it in terms of days left until we see him back out there fully? I really can’t. I’m not trying to keep it from you. I just don’t know. But definitely seeing progress in the last few days and that’s encouraging." According to a team source, Irving "destroyed" LeBron James in 1-on-1 and was "in the zone." We've heard a lot of encouraging reports lately, so it sounds like we could see him return to the court in December. Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Ty Lawson plays 17 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson failed to score in 17 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Knicks, adding two boards, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson's fantasy value is laughable at the moment and he now has averages of 4.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games. If you were still contemplating holding onto Lawson prior to Saturday's game, you probably just got your answer. With Patrick Beverley (ankle) hoping to return on Wednesday and the Rockets falling to 5-9 on the season, don't be surprised if Lawson falls completely out of the rotation. Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan scores 22 points off bench
    Isaiah Canaan scored 22 points against the Heat on Saturday with two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was hurt at the end of this game, but it looks to be minor. Canaan has been very inconsistent all season, so he's not really worth a pickup unless you have dead weight on your roster. Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova slows down in a win
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was very good once again and continues to exceed expectations. His body of work suggests he won't be this good on Monday, but feel free to give him a look with Mo Williams (ankle) doubtful for that one. Dellavedova only has short-term value in most cases. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams is struggling again
    Michael Carter-Williams scored seven points with three rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in a 123-86 loss to the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: In the last three games, Carter-Williams has eight assists to go with 11 turnovers. He's also made just 2-of-7 from the line, doesn't have any steals and is only averaging 9.3 points per game in that span. He won't be this bad, but MCW is regressing as opponents figure him out in the vanilla Bucks offense. Saturday, 6:23 pm
  • Victor Oladipo benched in fourth quarter
    Victor Oladipo did not play at all in the fourth quarter during a loss to the Kings on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Scott Skiles is at it again. He apparently is not pleased with the effort from his star guard and benched him for a big chunk of the second half for the second game in a row. This should only be a temporary thing because Oladipo is too good, so his owners just have to weather the storm. He's a buy-low option. Saturday, 4:34 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) targeting Wednesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is on track to practice on Monday and is targeting Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies for his return.

    Advice: Beverley suffered the ankle injury on Nov. 13 and hasn't played since, so this great news for the Rockets. Ty Lawson was recently demoted to the bench because of poor play and Jason Terry has been running the point in the first unit, but Beverley could very well be starting when he gets back. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) doing 5-on-0 and 1-on-1
    Kyrie Irving (knee) has been doing some 5-on-0 and 1-on-1 work in practice.

    Advice: He still doesn't have a timetable to return, but getting in more 1-on-1 is a positive sign. Irving has been doing some shooting before games and there is a sense he should be ready in December. Matt Dellavedova will get plenty of minutes tonight with Mo Wiliams (ankle) also out tonight. Saturday, 2:57 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) gets in some 2-on-2 work
    Tyreke Evans (knee) participated in some 2-on-2 action on Saturday.

    Advice: Evans is targeting a return to the court next week, but it's important to note that his minutes will likely be limited to the 20s in the early going. Still, this is exciting news for a team that has been decimated by injuries, so Evans shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires. Evans' return will dampen the fantasy value for players such as Ish Smith and Eric Gordon. Saturday, 10:53 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) plays some 1-on-1
    Kyrie Irving (knee) played in a "friendly" game of 1-on-1 with LeBron James on Saturday.

    Advice: Irving still has a "ways to go" according to this report, but it's another step in the right direction for the star point guard after he was recently cleared for weight-bearing activities. While there is no official timetable, it sounds like we should see him back on the court before Christmas. In case it's not obvious, Irving should absolutely be stashed everywhere. Mo Williams (leg) and Matthew Dellavedova's value will take a hit when Irving does return. Saturday, 8:27 am
  • Avery Bradley is OK with coming off bench
    Avery Bradley said that he is OK with coming off the bench behind Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart (knee).

    Advice: "Right now I feel it does fit me," Bradley said after scoring 21 points against the Nets on Friday. "Of course I want to start, but I have to do whatever is best for the team. It's just my role right now." Head coach Brad Stevens also seems to like the idea of Bradley off the bench, but it's important to note that his role isn't set in stone. Regardless of whether he starts or not, Bradley is averaging 18.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys over his last four games and belongs in all lineups while he is this hot. Saturday, 6:32 am
  • Stephen Curry doesn't have best game in win
    The Warriors didn't need Stephen Curry's best effort during a 106-94 win over the Bulls on Friday with Curry making just 9-of-20 from the field for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, three 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: For anyone else, this is pretty nice. For Stephen Curry, it's one of his worst games of the season. As they have all season, the Warriors small-ball lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green dominated and managed to improve their offensive rating to 157.0 in 54 minutes on the season. Curry does have a whopping 20 turnovers in his last three games, but who cares? Additionally, he's only on pace for 416 treys this year now. The Warriors will look to try and go 15-0 against the Nuggets on Sunday. Saturday, 2:10 am
  • Kyle Lowry hits seven treys
    Kyle Lowry made seven 3-pointers during a 102-91 win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring a total of 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He is red hot from deep with 4.0 treys in his last five, averaging 23.0 points 4.4 boards, 5.2 assists, 3.2 steals and 0.6 blocks in that span. Lowry has moved into the No. 5 spot for standard leagues. Apparently losing weight in the offseason is a good idea. Saturday, 1:24 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points during a 102-91 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was Lillard Time. He killed the Clippers late with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Lillard hit a pullup trey to give the Blazers a boost and he pointed to his wrist and looked at the Clippers to let them know what time it was. He's putting up second-round value on the season despite a prolonged shooting slump. You can check out a video of Dame's celebration in the link below. Saturday, 12:53 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points in win
    Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He just will not slow down with seven consecutive 20-point games. In that span, he's averaged 24.3 points, 4.1 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.1 treys on 51.6 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the line. He's No. 8 in eight cat and No. 15 in nine-cat leagues right now. Saturday, 12:19 am
  • Reggie Jackson doesn't turn ball over
    Reggie Jackson did not turn the ball over against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's turned the ball over less than two times. Jackson also shot the ball well and made over 47 percent from the field for the first time since Nov. 8. He has a huge upside, so keeping his turnovers down and shooting the ball better will be key for him to be a stud. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays just 16 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson played a season-low 16 minutes during Friday's loss to Memphis, tallying just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting to go with four assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The defensive stats were nice, but the minutes and shooting percentage were far from encouraging. Since interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has taken over, Lawson has headed to the bench and his minutes have taken a major hit. Lawson also isn't doing much to prove he belongs on the court, connecting a career-worst 31.8 percent of his shot attempts, and his outlook isn't great with the impending return of Patrick Beverley (ankle). While he shouldn't be this bad for an entire season, he hasn't given his owners many reasons to not send him to the waiver wire. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 12 points in 30 minutes
    Ricky Rubio scored 12 points with one rebound, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He looked fine and seems to be over his hamstring injury. Rubio is one of the least durable players, so his owners probably shouldn't get too confident about him staying on the court. He still has some nice upside, though. Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 18 points with nine ASTs
    Isaiah Thomas made 7-of-15 from the field for 18 points during a 120-95 win over the Nets on Friday, adding one rebound, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: With Marcus Smart (calf) getting hurt tonight, we should see the Pizza Guy get more ball-handling responsibilities and maybe more minutes, too. He started out 0-of-6 from the field, so this line is all the more impressive. He might stick in the starting lineup for a little while longer, but he's looking like an early round player regardless. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 21 points off bench
    Avery Bradley was on hot during a win over the Nets on Friday, making 10-of-13 from the field for 21 points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He is cooking since his return from a calf injury, averaging 18.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys on 55.4 percent from the field in his last four. He's not going to be this good, but clearly all his work to extend his range this offseason is translating. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Gentry confirms one-week realistic for Tyreke
    Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evan is "on point" in saying he could return sometime next week.

    Advice: Gentry went on to say that while Evans will be slowly eased back into the rotation, the minutes limit won't be as low as 10-15 minutes, so it sounds like Evans could be in the 20-minute range right out the gates. Now would be the time to stash Evans if he's available on your waiver wire. His return will eventually cut into the production of Eric Gordon. Friday, 4:14 pm
  • Avery Bradley staying in reserve role vs Nets
    Avery Bradley will come off the Celtics' bench again on Friday.

    Advice: Brad Stevens won't commit to his starting lineup long-term, but for now he's content with Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart manning the backcourt. Bradley has played well with the second unit, providing a scoring spark while playing typically tight defense, and he's a safe play in typical leagues. Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Friday night
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He is improving, but the Bulls won't put him out there against Stephen Curry. Rose almost never plays at less than 100 percent these days, so he could miss the final game on the three-game road trip on Tuesday in Portland -- the same court in which he tore his meniscus. Aaron Brooks is also likely out, so we should see a lot of E'Twaun Moore in the second unit. Kirk Hinrich will start and has very little value. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) still out for Friday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets will have to go with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson at the point guard spot for a little longer. Beverley has no timetable to return and isn't worth stashing due to a lower upside. Friday, 11:20 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) could return in a week
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said that could return in a week.

    Advice: Wow. Moments ago head coach Alvin Gentry said that Evans was getting closer, but this is definitely surprising considering that he wasn't expected to return to action until the middle of December. If Evans is somehow available in your league, stop what you're doing and pick him up. Ish Smith will lose a lot of value with Evans nearing a return, while the Pelicans might be a little more cautious with Jrue Holiday as well. Evans' knee has been responding well in recent workouts and he hasn't had to deal with swelling, but he did admit that he needs to build up a little more strength. Expect the Pelicans to ease him back into the rotation. Friday, 9:32 am
  • Gentry: Tyreke Evans (knee) 'is getting closer'
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) "is getting closer."

    Advice: Gentry didn't give too many details, but this is an encouraging report and Evans was able to get some jump shots up at practice on Friday, though he has been shooting for a while now. The last timetable we were given had Evans returning around the middle of December, so his return to the court may not be that far off. Evans should absolutely be stashed everywhere. Friday, 9:18 am
  • Bickerstaff not blaming Lawson for slow start
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff doesn't blame Ty Lawson for the Rockets' slow start and put him in the second unit so that he could have the ball in hands more,

    Advice: Additionally, Bickerstaff inserted Jason Terry in the starting lineup because the Rockets had some success with him in the first unit last season. "This was something we were comfortable with," Bickerstaff said. "We played that way most of the playoffs last year. With the change, we thought it was time for a little more change. It's not Ty's fault. He was not the cause of the problem. It was something we tried to get back to a comfort level." Lawson scored two points in 20 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, and his minutes could be in even more danger when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns. Lawson is far from a must-own player. Friday, 6:33 am
  • Full Curry: Steph scores 40, GSW now 13-0
    Stephen Curry went crazy yet again during a thrilling 124-117 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's just not fair. Curry was in foul trouble and only had three points in the first quarter, which helped the Clippers build a 23-point lead in the first half. As only they could, the Warriors went absolutely bonkers in the fourth quarter with their eight 3-pointers giving them a 100.0 effective field goal percentage in that frame. On the season, Curry still has a ridiculous 69.2 true shooting percentage (TS%) to go with his third-ranked 33.6 usage rate -- no player in NBA history has posted a usage rate of at least 33 with a TS% of at least 64. He's on pace for 428 treys on the season and is on pace to be the most efficient high-volume player in one season. Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • Delly Dishes: Matt Dellavedova has 13 assists
    Matthew Dellavedova handed out a career-high 13 assists against the Bucks on Thursday, adding seven points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Mo Williams (leg) did not play tonight, so Dellavedova got all the minutes he could handle. He actually looked horrible in the start of this game, but he got it going in the second quarter and beyond. Williams could miss Saturday, so Dellavedova could have short-term value. Although, he won't be worth much in about a week. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores just nine
    Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-11 from the field for nine points with one rebound, five assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Those are some uninspiring numbers right there from a guy who usually has a very high usage rate. Carter-Williams' numbers are down almost across the board and it's a pretty easy case to make that Greivis Vasquez is a better fit with the rest of the starting five. He's only putting up 11th-round value per game on the year and isn't much of a buy-low player in standard leagues. He's a decent buy-low in points formats at the right price. Thursday, 8:45 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless gets just 25 minutes
    Jerryd Bayless scored nine points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Jabari Parker and O.J. Mayo returning really hurt Bayless tonight. Parker has looked great and is already hitting 30 minutes, so there's a very low upside for Bayless right now. Thursday, 8:40 pm
  • Kyrie Irving doing some pre-game shooting
    Kyrie Irving (knee) did some pre-game shooting on Thursday.

    Advice: That's a good sign and something he hasn't been doing before today. Irving is doing some weight-bearing exercise, but he's still not cleared for contact. He should be back before Christmas and his owners just have to keep stashing him. Mo Williams has been terrific and may even hold some value upon Irving's return. Thursday, 4:45 pm
  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to Denver DUI
    Ty Lawson pled guilty to driving while his ability was impaired, as well as failure to drive in a single lane during his court appearance in Denver on Thursday.

    Advice: Lawson was also arrested this summer in Los Angeles for another suspected DUI, and he's due in court later this week for that offense. Lawson's official sentencing for the Denver DUI is scheduled to take place in January, and with him pleading guilty, he'll very likely receive a suspension from the league. It's unclear if he'll be available to play Friday against the Grizzlies, but with how horrible he's been, owners should probably just leave him on their bench for now. Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Rose didn't go through any on court work during Thursday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that while Rose will definitely try to play on Friday, he will err on the side of cautious with his point guard. Given Rose's injury history, it would be far from shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines to make sure that this ankle injury doesn't turn into a lingering issue, and if that's the case, Jimmy Butler would be in for another big game. Stay tuned. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Ty Lawson (personal) misses practice Thursday
    Ty Lawson was not at Thursday's practice because of his court date in Denver.

    Advice: Lawson absence from Thursday's practice shouldn't affect his status for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, although he's been playing so horribly as of late that owners may want to consider benching him until he can string a few good games together. Thursday, 11:40 am
  • C.J. Watson misses Thursday practice
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Watson has missed four straight games and this news doesn't bode well for his availability against the Kings on Saturday. Watson should be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:07 am
  • Clippers marvel at Steph Curry's skills
    Doc Rivers and several of the Clippers said there is no player in the NBA like Steph Curry.

    Advice: They're not wrong. Said Rivers, ""It’s amazing," Rivers said. "I don’t know if we’ve seen anything like it, really. We’ve seen great shooters in the league, we’ve seen great ball-handlers in the league; we haven’t seen great shooters that are ball-handlers. He’s both." Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce added to Rivers' praise in the link below, and all fantasy owners can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Ty Lawson says he's good w/ coming off bench
    Ty Lawson said he's fine with coming off the bench if it helps the team.

    Advice: Lawson has struggled mightily this season and scored just two points off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers. While Lawson has upside, he's not an undroppable player and fantasy owners should feel free to cut ties if it helps them add a higher performing asset. Thursday, 6:30 am
  • Bledsoe & Knight score 44 points on 42 shots
    Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined to score 44 of the Suns' 97 points on Wednesday, but they shot just 15-of-42 from the field in a home loss.

    Advice: Bledsoe added six rebounds, seven assists and two steals vs. Chicago, while Knight added three boards, four assists, one steal and five turnovers. The loss snaps a three-game win streak for Phoenix but their next game is vs. the Nuggets, whom they destroyed by 24 points last week. Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Ty Lawson stinks off the bench
    Ty Lawson made 1-of-8 from the field for two points off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Well, the move to the bench didn't help this time. Lawson is somehow shooting an unfathomably bad 31.7 percent from the field on the season -- he has a higher minutes-per-game average than his field goal percentage. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues and it's become almost impossible to make a case for him as a fantasy asset. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 19 points in loss
    C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during a 108-103 overtime loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's scored at least 15 points in every single game this year and added a career high in assists. McCollum also had a season high in steals for one of his best multiple-category lines of the season. He was also poked in the eye, but he didn't need to miss time. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 18 points w/ full line
    Avery Bradley had a strong game off the Celtics' bench on Wednesday, posting 18 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: He started out red-hot before cooling off from the field, and eventually fouled out after 31 minutes in a tough loss to the visiting Mavs. Brad Stevens' rotations can change at a moment's notice but Bradley is a safe standard-league play no matter where he begins the game. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Ricky Rubio posts 12 rebounds, 12 assists
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) logged 35 minutes in Wednesday's overtime loss, finishing with eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Owners should expect efficient scoring from Rubio, and otherwise he looked great tonight -- the fact that he played in back-to-back games is very encouraging. Owners should expect him to be rested and ready for Minnesota's final game of the week, Friday vs. Detroit. Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Victor Oladipo returns, but benched by Skiles
    Victor Oladipo returned from a concussion on Wednesday, but he was benched to begin the second half and finished with only one point, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Oladipo was 0-of-6 from the field at halftime and Scott Skiles simply went with guys who were producing. The good news is that Oladipo's low playing time isn't related to his concussion. He has been hovering around top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this season, in part because he's kept his turnovers down to 1.7 per game. Expect him to creep into third-round territory once his shot starts falling. We fully expect him to start vs. the Kings on Saturday. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Derrick Rose officially out for Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said his ankle is really sore, which is a little different from him saying he didn't have swelling earlier today. His fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play Friday. Kirk Hinrich will start, but Aaron Brooks should have more value. Jimmy Butler could have a big game. Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Ty Lawson coming off the bench
    Ty Lawson will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: This move probably should have been made to begin the year, but the team will make the switch during its first game without Kevin McHale. Hopefully, the move to the bench will help Lawson's value, which is barely worth owning right now. Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Avery Bradley will again come off the bench
    Avery Bradley will continue to come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said that he initially brought Bradley off the bench to try and limit his minutes as he was eased back into the rotation following the calf injury, but now he likes what he's seen with Bradley manning the second-unit. Stevens added that the starting lineup will be a day-to-day thing, so it's anyone's guess as to how long Avery will remain with the reserves and Isaiah Thomas/Marcus Smart with the starters. Bradley's value is better as a starter, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues as a reserve. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas sticking in starting lineup
    Isaiah Thomas will start again on Wednesday against the Mavs.

    Advice: Thomas with Smart worked out nicely against the Rockets, so it makes sense to give it another whirl. Avery Bradley will probably get back in the starting lineup soon. Regardless, Thomas' value should remain high in any role. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (hamstring) will start Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) will start Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Rubio played 27 minutes in his return to action on Tuesday, and there's no word yet on whether he'll see his minutes increase on Wednesday. The low minute total for Rubio allowed Zach LaVine to get 28 minutes on Tuesday, but LaVine's minutes will likely have an inverse relationship to Rubio's playing time. Until Rubio is fully up to speed, he'll be a bit too risky for use in DFS. Wednesday, 2:50 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (concussion) will start Wed
    Victor Oladipo (concussion) will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, sending Channing Frye to the bench.

    Advice: Oladipo has been medically cleared from the concussion, although head coach Scott Skiles said he will monitor Victor closely during Wednesday's game, so there's a chance he doesn't get his usual minutes. Still, he remains a must-start guy every time he's on the floor, so go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (concussion) activated vs. MIN
    Victor Oladipo (concussion) has been placed on the active roster for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: While there's no official word just yet, it's looking very likely that Oladipo will be able to give it a go tonight. If he does play, Channing Frye will head back to the bench and Aaron Gordon will lose some minutes. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 2:16 pm
  • Derrick Rose has no swelling, could play Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) said he has no swelling in his ankle and could play as soon as Friday.

    Advice: "I would love to play in all three [road games] but really got to pay attention to my body, listen to my body," Rose said. He is "extremely doubtful" to play against the Suns on Wednesday and Kirk Hinrich should be starting. Aaron Brooks will get back int the rotation, but it should be Jimmy Butler handling the offense tonight. Wednesday, 11:57 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Wed
    Derrick Rose (sprained left ankle) was limited during shootaround, and will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Head coach Fred Hoiberg called Rose "extremely doubtful" for tonight's game, so we don't expect him to play. Kirk Hinrich will get the start if Rose can't give it a go, with Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Butler would make for an excellent DFS target with a favorable matchup against the Suns. Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Ricky Rubio (hamstring) likely a GTD vs. ORL
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) reportedly felt good after going through Wednesday morning's shootaround, but he remains questionable to face the Magic.

    Advice: Rubio making it through shootaround without issue would imply that he's closer to probable than questionable, but it sounds like we won't officially know Rubio's status until after pregame warmups. Zach LaVine will start if Rubio can't give it a go. Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • Ricky Rubio (hamstring) questionable vs. ORL
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Rubio returned from a four-game absence on Tuesday, and played 27 minutes, but the Wolves may err on the side of caution and have Ricky sit this one out as their on the second game of a back-to-back set. If Rubio sits, Zach LaVine would draw the start in a favorable matchup with the Magic, making him a quality DFS target. Wednesday, 9:14 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) out Wednesday vs. MIN
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier will see some increased opportunity sans Watson, but with Victor Oladipo (concussion) set to return on Wednesday, Napier is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:58 am
  • Oladipo (concussion) on track to play Wed
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he expects Victor Oladipo to suit up for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Magic have not yet completed their consultation with the NBA's concussion expert, but things are moving in a positive direction regarding Dipo's status. His return to the lineup will send Channing Frye back to the bench, and Aaron Gordon's value will take a bit of a hit. Wednesday, 8:53 am
  • Kidd wants MCW to focus on setting guys up
    Jason Kidd said that Michael Carter-Williams' primary responsibility is to set guys up on offense.

    Advice: "We have quite a few guys who can put the ball in the basket so for him, it's being able to set the floor and get his guys shots," said Kidd when describing MCW's responsibilities. "Then being able to look for his shot, I don't want to say last, but being able to get guys going." MCW is currently averaging 13.3 points, 4.0 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.7 turnovers per game on a career-high 43.8 percent shooting from the field. In 8-cat leagues MCW is putting up mid-round value, but when you include turnovers (9-cat) his value drops to the eighth-round. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 28 points in loss to GSW
    Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, adding six boards, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors had a chance to steal a win, but Lowry was called for a controversial offensive foul which sealed the deal for the Warriors. Regardless, it was an encouraging game for Lowry and the Raptors, and they certainly look like the real deal in the East. Lowry has been the third best point guard in fantasy behind Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook and doesn't appear to be slowing down. Tuesday, 11:04 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 37, GSW improve to 12-0
    The Warriors improved to 12-0 on the season behind a 37-point performance from Stephen Curry on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The MVP added nine assists, two boards, two steals and five 3-pointers, but he did have seven turnovers. The Warriors are now just the seventh team in NBA history to start the season 12-0 and they wouldn't be where they are without the unbelievable play of Curry. He's been the best player to own in fantasy this season and it's not even close. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Reggie Jackson gets 23 points with 12 dimes
    Reggie Jackson bounced back on Tuesday with 23 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs.

    Advice: He had the two-man game working with his bigs with five assists to Ersan Ilyasova and four to Andre Drummond. Jackson leads all Eastern Conference players in time of possession of the ball and he leads all players in pick-and-roll plays. Jackson hasn't quite busted loose yet with just mid-round value, but he should start trending up soon. Although, his 4.1 turnovers per game are killing him. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • John Wall shoots the ball better in win
    John Wall was efficient during a 115-86 win over the Bucks on Tuesday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, nine assists, two 3-pointers and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was not having a good month before this one, making just 35.5 percent from the field in his previous five games. Wall still has some turnover bugaboos right now and is leading the Eastern Conference with 4.3 turnovers per game. The turnovers won't be coming down, but at least he should be better from the field. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • MCW doesn't have any assists
    Michael Carter-Williams didn't have any assists during a 115-86 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday, adding 12 points, one rebound, two 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: No assists? Carter-Williams' assists are down while his turnovers are up this year, but he's shooting the ball better with career-highs 43.8 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the line. His shot distribution is a little better with more shots near the basket, so he has a decent chance to maintain that shooting percentage. MCW only has eighth-round value per-game and isn't really a buy-low player either. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless has a nice start
    Jerryd Bayless played well in a start for Jabari Parker (foot) on Tuesday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He's done a fine job in almost any role the Bucks have asked him to play. Bayless has some terrific numbers in his last five, averaging 16.6 points, 2.6 boards, 4.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 2.8 treys. He won't be quite this valuable because Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker missed most of that time, but he's worth a look in most leagues while he's playing this well. Tuesday, 6:34 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless will start Tuesday vs. WAS
    Jerryd Bayless will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Wizards with Jabari Parker (foot sprain) unavailable.

    Advice: The Bucks will roll out a starting lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Bayless, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe for Tuesday's game, and Bayless is someone to consider in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against Washington. Jabari is going to be on the sidelines for at least the next three games, so Bayless could have a prolonged stint in the starting unit. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Rockets have players only meeting on Tuesday
    The Rockets had a players only meeting on Tuesday, and Ty Lawson said the meeting was productive.

    Advice: The Rockets have got off to a 4-7 start on the season, something Dwight Howard said the team is embarrassed about, and the players looked to address their various issues during Tuesday's meeting. There have been rumblings that Lawson could be headed for the bench as he's been painfully ineffective to start the season with averages of 8.9 points, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 33.3 percent shooting, but it would be surprising to see head coach Kevin McHale make this move before Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor. Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Victor Oladipo could be cleared for Wednesday
    Victor Oladipo (concussion) could be cleared for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said Oladipo has been riding the stationary bike, jogging, and getting in non-contact work so we'll have to wait and see what happens after shootaround on Wednesday. If Oladipo sits, Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier will both again see a boost in fantasy value, with Shabazz Napier getting a bump as well. Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Kyrie Irving says he's not breaking down
    Kyrie Irving (knee) responded to the notion that he's injury-prone and said he's not even close to breaking down.

    Advice: While Irving hasn't had the best track record with injuries during his NBA career, the 23-year-old said his body isn't breaking down. "For me, everyone putting in the notion of breaking down, I'm nowhere near close to breaking down I can be completely honest with that," Irving said. "I'll just let my game on the court and my work ethic speak for all that." Irving said he has a target date in mind for his return that he wouldn't disclose, but it sounds like his fantasy owners should have him back at some point during December. Tuesday, 7:53 am
  • Avery Bradley feeling good after back-to-back
    Avery Bradley (calf) is feeling good after the Celtics latest back-to-back.

    Advice: Bradley came off the bench for the Celtics back-to-back series after missing the previous two games and had a strong showing on Monday with 21 points against Houston. "This is the NBA," Bradley said when asked about keeping up the intensity in back-to-back sets. "If you can't, you shouldn't be in the NBA honestly." Bradley is likely to be re-inserted in the Celtics starting lineup soon, but he's no more than a end-of-bench player in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 21 points in win vs. LAL
    Eric Bledsoe kept it going against the Lakers on Monday with 21 points on 8-of-16 from the field, adding one rebound, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: You'd be hard-pressed to find a more efficient high-volume player than Bledsoe right now. Among players with at least 25 minutes per game and a usage rate greater than 25 in their last five games (37 players), nobody has a higher true shooting percentage than Bledsoe's 67.2. He's a first-round asset on the season and he seems like a lock to be a top-25 player. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in loss
    Damian Lillard made 10-of-21 from the field for 27 points against the Spurs during a 93-80 loss on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The bandage on his thumb has not worked out well for him, making just 2-of-18 from deep in his last three games. On the bright side, Lillard has been very good on his two-pointers this season, making 45.7 percent on his mid-range shots. Hopefully that bandage comes off soon and he doesn't have to deal with numbness in his fingers. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 23 points in win
    Isaiah Thomas started alongside Marcus Smart again on Monday vs. the Rockets and finished with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: He also added six assists, three boards, two steals and four 3-pointers, and the Celtics have now won three straight games. Head coach Brad Stevens said before the game that he was keeping Avery Bradley in a bench role because he didn't want to put too much stress on his calf issue, but it will be interesting to see if Stevens continues to roll with this lineup. Regardless, Thomas will be a must-start option regardless of whether or not he comes off the bench. Nov 16, 8:41 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) out of walking boot
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is out of his walking boot and still has no timetable to return.

    Advice: That's good news for Beverley, but he still might miss the entire week. Ty Lawson has been a disaster so far this year and he'll get more minutes again this week. Beverley isn't worth owning in most leagues. Nov 16, 3:44 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) doesn't practice on Monday
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) was held out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: Watson's calf injury has kept him out since November 11, and with Victor Oladipo (concussion) also out of the lineup, Shabazz Napier is earning extra time off the bench backing up Elfrid Payton as a result. Nov 16, 10:13 am
  • Victor Oladipo remains in concussion protocol
    Victor Oladipo remains in the concussion protocol, and there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: It was flooring to watch Oladipo stagger up and down the court for multiple possessions before he was finally pulled from the game, and it's currently unclear when he'll be able to get back on the court. Although he rode a stationary bike at Monday's practice, it sounds like Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves may be a little too soon for Oladipo's return. Nov 16, 10:09 am
  • Van Gundy thinks Jackson 'a little worn down'
    Stan Van Gundy believes that Reggie Jackson may be "a little worn down."

    Advice: Jackson was benched down the stretch in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie in Sunday's loss to the Lakers. "The guy has had a heavy workload on this trip," SVG said. "The two wins we got were largely him taking over late in the game. I think he's a little worn down. Today, maybe some mental fatigue, he was a little out of it." After scoring double-digits in every game this season, Jackson had just nine points, (4-of-11 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in 24.5 minutes vs. Los Angeles. Look for him to bounce back this week against Cleveland (Mo Williams) and vs. Minnesota (Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine). Nov 16, 6:11 am
  • Damian Lillard says thumb is feeling better
    Damian Lillard said his thumb is beginning to feel better.

    Advice: Lillard had to remove the nail on his thumb after it was partially torn off, and he's since been using numbing ointment which makes it difficult to feel the ball coming out of his hand when shooting. "It felt a lot better than it did against Memphis,’’ Lillard said. "It’s just a little bit weird … my shot is going to the left. It’s just unfortunate. I have to play through it." We don't expect Lillard, one of the NBA's most durable players, to even think about missing time. Nov 16, 6:04 am
  • Reggie Jackson benched down stretch Sunday
    Reggie Jackson had only nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes on Sunday, and he watched from the bench as Spencer Dinwiddie played PG down the stretch.

    Advice: "His decision-making was terrible tonight," Stan Van Gundy said afterward. R-Jax committed five turnovers and displayed questionable shot selection on his way to a 4-of-11 mark from the field, so SVG's blunt appraisal was earned. Spencer Dinwiddie was also on fire and this was likely just a message from Van Gundy, so Jackson's owners have no cause to panic. Nov 15, 9:29 pm
  • Kyle Lowry hits six 3-pointers in road defeat
    Kyle Lowry got hot from downtown on Sunday, hitting six 3-pointers to finish with 22 points, two rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block in a loss to the Kings.

    Advice: K-Low has scored 47 points as a spot-up shooter this season, with an impressive effective FG percentage (71.7), partly because he's freed to play off-ball when sharing the court with Cory Joseph. He's living up to all the preseason hype, averaging career highs in points (19.4), 3-point percentage (40.4 percent), rebounds (5.0) and steals (2.5). Not bad for a 10-year veteran. Nov 15, 8:55 pm
  • Damian Lillard takes 25 shots for 23 points
    Damian Lillard (thumb) shot 9-of-25 from the field to finish Sunday's game with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and five turnovers.

    Advice: Lillard's thumb is very tender and it's doing his shooting no favors -- he's just 35.0 percent from the field in his past two games, including a 1-of-14 mark from downtown. His owners should be pleased that he's playing through the injury, and with any luck he'll get going vs. the Spurs on Monday -- opposing PGs are shooting 45.3 percent vs. San Antonio this year, the fifth-highest mark in the league. Nov 15, 4:53 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams returned to action on Saturday November 14. Nov 15, 12:22 am
  • Curry is still unfair, GSW improve to 11-0
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 107-99 overtime win over the Nets on Saturday, finishing with 34 points, six assists, three boards, one steal and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Curry passed his father Dell in 3-pointers made tonight, so maybe he does deserve to sit in his recliner. The Warriors improved to 11-0 on the season with the win and Curry is well on his way to another MVP Award. He'll get Kyle Lowry and the Raptors at home on Tuesday and Klay Thompson (back) will hopefully be there to help him, not that he needs it or anything. Nov 14, 10:15 pm
  • MCW has a nice 17-point game
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cavs didn't really defend him well and closed out way too hard on his jumpers. Carter-Williams didn't seem slowed down from the muscle issue in his ankle and should be fine going forward. He's more of a points league guy than in standard leagues. Nov 14, 9:31 pm
  • Bayless has 17 points in win
    Jerryd Bayless scored 17 points off the bench on Saturday against the Cavs with two rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: This is a lot better than anticipated with Michael Carter-Williams back in action today. Bayless hasn't really been able to string games together, so we'll need to see him do it again before suggesting him as a pickup. Nov 14, 9:19 pm
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