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  • Russell says playing next to Kobe 'not easy'
    D'Angelo Russell hinted that it's been difficult fighting for touches with Kobe Bryant during his rookie season.

    Advice: "Honestly, it’s hard. It’s not easy," Russell said of playing with Bryant. "He’s a guy that’s earned every shot he’s taken and earned every minute he’s given... you’ve just got to be patient." D'Angelo's rookie season has been overshadowed by Kobe's retirement tour, although head coach Byron Scott has hinted that he'll look to give the rookie more run after the break. He's worth holding onto to see if that happens. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:42 am
  • Andre Miller on the move?
    An unidentified team is reportedly "kicking the tires" on Andre Miller.

    Advice: Even if Miller were to be moved, he likely wouldn't be anything more than bench insurance for his new team. His days of fantasy relevance are long gone. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:05 am
  • Rondo: I'm still elite
    Rajon Rondo said that he still feels like an elite point guard.

    Advice: "I don't think I was playing bad last season," Rondo said. "I’m playing a lot better this year just because probably the coaching staff, our style of play is very open court. I get out in transition and I make a lot of the plays. Coach has allowed me to do what I do best." Rondo is averaging 11.9 assists per game this season, which would set a career high, and his value should be safe despite the uncertainty in Sacramento at the moment. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
  • LaVine edges Gordon in awesome dunk contest
    Zach LaVine edged out Aaron Gordon in a thrilling 2016 Slam Dunk Contest.

    Advice: It was one of the best dunk contests in years and LaVine put to rest the "LaVine is only good at through-the-legs dunk" talk. The two dunkers had to go to OT to decide it, which resulted in awesome dunks each time. Gordon had arguably two of the best dunks of the night and his creativity topped LaVine, too. Of course, LaVine didn't disappoint. Go check out all of Gordon's and LaVine's dunks ASAP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Klay Thompson wins 3-point shootout
    Klay Thompson won the 2016 3-Point Shootout on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on fire in the championship round with a perfect money ball rack to get to 27 points. Stephen Curry and Devin Booker also made it to the championship round with Curry's 23 coming in second. Thompson and Curry are basically locks to be first and second in 3-pointers on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Pacers still interested in Jeff Teague
    The Pacers still have interest in Jeff Teague.

    Advice: The Hawks are not actively shopping Teague and they probably shouldn't either. They're playing their best ball right now before the break and a lot of it has to do with Teague playing well. For now, expect Teague to stay with the Hawks through the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • John Wall says his knee is good to go
    John Wall was able to dunk on Saturday and said that his knee is good to go.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable to play in the All-Star game after bruising his knee on Thursday, but he confirmed to the media on Friday that he was going to play. It was always considered a minor injury for Wall, so there's no reason to be too concerned moving forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
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  • Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is targeting March
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) said that is targeting a return to the court in 3-4 weeks.

    Advice: He had ankle surgery in December, but this report would mean he could play as early as March. However, the Bucks will ease him back into action upon his return after such an extended absence, and he's not really worth owning in most leagues while Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless are healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
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  • Clippers worried about Chris Paul's workload
    According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clippers are worried about Chris Paul's workload.

    Advice: The Clippers have been devastated by injuries to Blake Griffin (hand) and Austin Rivers (hand), so Paul has taken on a heavy workload to keep them near the top of the Western Conference. He averaged 38.8 minutes per game over his last five outings, so don't be surprised if coach Doc Rivers stays true to his word and gives him a maintenance day or two down the stretch. Regardless, his owners shouldn't be concerned and he can be treated as a top-5 guard moving forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 30 points
    Zach LaVine was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during a 157-154 win over Team World on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a little preview for his big show tomorrow night when he defends his crown for the Slam Dunk Contest. D'Angelo Russell (22), Devin Booker (23) and Jordan Clarkson (25) were all over 20 points for Team USA. LaVine is growing more as a shooting guard and should play minutes close to 30 going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • C.J. McCollum in the 3-point contest
    C.J. McCollum will replace Chris Bosh in the 3-point contest on Saturday.

    Advice: The world will get to see why people in Portland call him 3J. McCollum is shooting 39.2 percent from deep this year, including 39.8 percent on pullups and 51.8 percent when he's wide open. He'll be an underdog, but 3J can definitely get it done. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:15 pm
  • Jimmy Butler hopes to rehab soon
    Jimmy Butler (knee) said he expects to do some biking and start rehab soon.

    Advice: He added he was a bit "stubborn" with his injury in Denver, which suggests he probably shouldn't have played after missing one game. For now, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott will get some minutes with Moore having better value. Hopefully, Butler is back for the first week of March. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:12 pm
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  • John Wall (knee) will play in All-Star game
    John Wall (knee bruise) said that he will play in Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: He bruised his knee during Thursday's game vs. the Bucks and was able to keep playing, so the injury sounds pretty minor even though he did have some swelling. Regardless, this report confirms that Wall will likely be fine moving forward, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:27 am
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  • Bradley Beal expects to play around 32 mpg
    Bradley Beal said that he expects to play around 32 minutes per game moving forward.

    Advice: He isn't sure if his workload will have to be reduced on the second night of back-to-back sets, but it sounds like the Wizards are starting to get comfortable with the idea of playing him heavy minutes again. He played 37 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Thursday, and he has also been a lot more aggressive over his last five outings with an average of 21.4 points per game. The injury risk is still there, but his fantasy value is trending up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:10 am
  • Jimmy Butler (left knee) 'unsure' of return
    Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) is "unsure" of a return date from his injury, but guaranteed that he will return this season.

    Advice: He said that he will "listen" to his body during rehab, but it should be noted that the Bulls gave him a timetable of 3-4 weeks. Butler is as tough as they come, so he will do everything in his power to meet that timetable. His owners should continue to stash him, and in the meantime expect Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore to benefit the most. Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all play a little more as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:44 am
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  • Kobe Bryant praises Kyrie Irving
    Kobe Bryant praised Kyrie Irving after his 35-point performance vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: "He has a killer mentality," Bryant said. "He can shoot the long ball. His midrange game is excellent. And he can finish at the rim. So, he has all the tools there. It’s just a matter of continuing to work and get into rhythm where he can start doing that on a consistent basis." Irving has finally found his stride, averaging 28.2 points, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. The buy-low window has been slammed shut. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 am
  • Vasquez (ankle) still has no timetable
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: He was reportedly aiming to return to the court at the end of January, but that was always way too optimistic. The Bucks are falling out of the playoff hunt, so they won't be in a hurry to rush the guard back. Vasquez is not worst stashing in most formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:14 am
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  • Jason Kidd praises Jerryd Bayless
    Bucks coach Jason Kidd praised Jerryd Bayless for his improved 3-point shot.

    Advice: "He has worked extremely hard at it and put a lot of time into it," Kidd said. "He is not short on confidence, so right now he is shooting the three at a very high level." Bayless has the fifth best 3-point percentage in the NBA at 43.6 percent, and he's also playing well off the bench with averages of 11.6 points, 3.4 boards, 3.2 assists and 2.8 treys over his last five games. If Michael Carter-Williams is dealt at the deadline, Bayless would be worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:40 am
  • Pacers not looking to make any trades?
    Indiana coach Frank Vogel said that he isn't expecting the Pacers to make any trades at the deadline.

    Advice: George Hill has been linked to Atlanta in a potential deal for Jeff Teague, but that rumor has lost some steam in recent days. Hill is a great fit next to Monta Ellis and Paul George because of his ability to play off the ball, so Vogel is likely telling the truth here. Hill's value should be safe moving forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:36 am
  • John Wall is dealing with a knee bruise
    John Wall said that he is dealing with a knee bruise.

    Advice: "It’s a deep bruise," Wall said. "As you can see, it’s swollen. It hurts and I’ll do as much treatment as I can on it." He banged his knee during Thursday's loss to the Bucks but he was able to play through the issue. While he's questionable to play in the All-Star game, this shouldn't be an injury that lingers and he should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:10 am
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  • John Wall could miss All-Star Game?
    John Wall (knee) isn't sure if he'll play in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

    Advice: He was fouled as he went to the hoop and was grimacing for a few minutes. It looked to be a minor injury and he did play through it. It was only a fall after a foul and he didn't show signs of pain after a couple minutes. Wall is getting treatment and should continue to see the training staff this weekend if something is wrong. There should be an update on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:16 pm
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  • Mayo scores two points in start
    O.J. Mayo scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block, three turnovers and four fouls in 20 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Yeah, this is another case of don't overrate starters. Mayo did get in early foul trouble again, but he is still not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:57 pm
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    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • John Wall scores 15 points in loss
    John Wall scored 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers during a 99-92 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Wizards. They are now 3.5 games behind the Hornets for the eighth spot in the East. As for Wall, he's looked great with Bradley Beal back and should be a top-20 player going forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
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  • Bradley Beal gets 37 minutes in loss
    Bradley Beal played 37 minutes in a loss to the Bucks on Thursday with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: You wouldn't know his leg was fractured based on his play. Beal is attacking a ton these days and is driving the offense. The 37 minutes tonight shows he's ready to roll after the break, so expect him to get hot after the break. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Russ Westbrook just misses a trip-dub
    Russell Westbrook scored 23 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 28 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He just missed a triple-double to cut Draymond Green's lead on the season. Westbrook is the 21st century Oscar Robinson, but he hates rims a lot more. He'll be an elite DFS option and a first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Toney Douglas plays 25 minutes
    Toney Douglas played 25 minutes on Thursday with 10 points, two rebounds, one assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Bryce Dejean-Jones out tonight, there were more minutes up for grabs. The Pelicans have some extra run to go around, so chances are Douglas won't play much going forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Alonzo Gee starting at SG
    Alonzo Gee is starting at shooting guard on Thursday against the Thunder.

    Advice: It was expected to be Toney Douglas, but the Pelicans will go bigger. Gee is not an option tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:04 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan would prefer to stay in Toronto
    DeMar DeRozan said that it will be "pretty tough" for opposing teams to steal him away from the Raptors during free agency this offseason.

    Advice: "My whole mindset has always been this is home for me," DeRozan said. "This has always been home to me. I took pride in putting on this Toronto Raptors jersey since I've been drafted here. And my whole goal was to get this team to the point where it is now." DeRozan is having himself a career-season in a contract-year, posting averages of 23.4 points, 4.3 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game on 44.8 percent shooting, which has him ranking in the top-50 in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:08 pm
  • Toney Douglas listed as probable starter
    Toney Douglas is being listed as the probable starter for Thursday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: Bryce Dejean-Jones is no longer with the team after his second 10-day contract expired, and while game notes are notoriously unreliable, New Orleans doesn't have all that many options with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Eric Gordon (finger) sidelined. If Douglas does start, he could be used as a streamer option for those seeking some 3-point shooting and steals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:42 am
  • ATL not actively trying to trade Jeff Teague
    The Atlanta Hawks aren't actively trying to trade Jeff Teague.

    Advice: While the Hawks aren't actively looking to deal Teague, they are open to listening to offers in case they get one that is too good to refuse. While Dennis Schroder stands to see a big value boost if the 27-year-old is traded, Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals over his last eight games and is a nightly must-start as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:27 am
  • Teams calling Timberwolves about Ricky Rubio
    Teams have been called the Timberwolves about acquiring Ricky Rubio, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: The Timberwolves aren't looking to move Rubio so this news could be a moot point, but it's a situation worth keeping an eye on as the Wolves are in full rebuild mode. While it wouldn't make much sense to trade a 24 year old in the midst of a rebuild, stranger things have happened. For now, fantasy owners can continue to start Rubio with confidence, but Zach LaVine could be in line for a boost in value if Rubio is moved. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:37 am
  • Patrick Beverley will miss Skills Competition
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will miss the Skills Competition this weekend in Toronto.

    Advice: Beverley wants to rest his ankle over the All-Star Break and will not defend his Skills Competition title. Beverley should be ready go when the second half of the season starts, but he's only averaging just 8.9 points and 2.8 assists on the season and isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:48 am
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  • Pat Beverley is a little dinged up
    Pat Beverley said he had some treatment on his left ankle.

    Advice: This is the ankle that has bothered him for a good chunk of this season. He tweaked his ankle and it doesn't sound serious. Beverley said he will see how he feels for the Skills Competition in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:11 am
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  • C.J. McCollum quiet in 27 minutes vs. Houston
    C.J. McCollum had a quiet game vs. Houston on Wednesday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting with two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out 7:28 during the fourth quarter, which is unusual, as Terry Stotts rolled with Gerald Henderson (32 minutes) and Allen Crabbe (30 minutes) for long stretches tonight. The front-runner for Most Improved Player has fallen below 30 minutes just three times all season, and this is obviously nothing to worry about. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • James Harden scores 34 in blowout loss
    James Harden scored 34 points during a 116-103 loss to the Blazers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The stat line was huge, but Harden was roasted on defense. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the Rockets are "broken" and it's "that simple." Bickerstaff also added he doesn't know if the roster will change at the deadline. Whatever the case, Harden will be a stat-stuffing machine in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 24 points with three rebounds, one assist, five steals and five 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tuesday night was just his fourth game without a trey and he was 1-of-13 from there in his previous two. After a very disappointing start until December, Thompson wraps up his first half with second-round value to this point. Expect him to be in that neighborhood going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Ricky Rubio shoots well, racks up 19/8/8
    Ricky Rubio had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Wolves' beat the Raptors on Wednesday, adding one steal with three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rubio his 5-of-9 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws, with an unusual 3-of-3 mark beyond the arc tonight. In a rare coincidence, Rubio, Brandon Jennings, Elfrid Payton and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 22-of-44 from the field tonight. Savor the moment. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points on 15 shots
    Kyle Lowry needed 15 shots to score 14 points on Wednesday, going 4-of-15 from the field with four boards, seven assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Tonight's dud was surprising since the Wolves have given up the fourth-most points to PGs over their past 10 games. K-Low occasionally misfires from the field but he's been a top-five roto player in 2016, so his owners have no grounds for complaint. Expect him to come out firing in his first game after the All-Star break, vs. the Bulls on Feb. 19. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 35 points in road loss
    DeMar DeRozan lit up the Wolves for a team-high 35 points on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-19 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs, but it wasn't enough to earn the Raptors' a road win.

    Advice: The Raptors still lead the Atlantic division by 5.0 games, thanks to a scorching stretch in which they've won 14 out of 16 games. DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been the catalysts for that success, earning both of them All-Star nods, and DeRozan's steady play has earned him top-40 value over the Raptors' past 20 games (9-cat). It helps that he's canning 1.1 triples per game during that span. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell OK after recent groin injury
    D'Angelo Russell's recent groin injury wasn't an issue on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Byron Scott said recently that he's been hard on his rookie PG because "he has a chance to be a very good basketball player," and he once again allowed Russell to play down the stretch tonight -- he played the final 10 minutes of a reasonably close game. Hopefully that trend continues over L.A.'s final 27 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Wes Johnson chips in across board vs. Celtics
    Wes Johnson chipped in seven points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in just 22 minutes of action vs. Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Johnson played 42 minutes with Paul Pierce resting on Monday, and Doc Rivers continues to rely on him as a key rotation player. Tonight's line doesn't jump out, but Johnson's ability to chip in 3-pointers, blocks and steals makes him a viable option until Blake Griffin gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Chris Paul ties season-high w/ 35 pts, 13 ast
    Chris Paul tied his season high with 35 points vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, adding 13 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block in an OT loss in Boston.

    Advice: The Clippers lost for only the third time in their past 15 road games, an incredible feat given the injuries they've endured. CP3 appeared to have a minor hand injury but he played through it and should have plenty of time to recuperate during the much-needed All-Star break -- it obviously didn't affect him tonight, as he drained 13-of-21 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs with three triples. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo double-doubles w/ full line
    Rajon Rondo posted 14 points and 15 assists vs. the Sixers on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds and three steals with only two turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo has been vocal about the Kings' problems, saying that his team has to "stop making excuses," and tonight's comeback victory at least gives them some positivity heading into the All-Star break. Rondo has crushed expectations all season long, returning top-40 value in 9-cat leagues and first-round value in most points formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 17 points
    Jeff Teague scored 17 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rumors are starting to pick up for Teague, but the Hawks may opt to keep him. If he is dealt, it's more likely he will lose value than gain it, but the rumors aren't heavy enough to deal him unless it's for fair value. He's played great lately and could still be an early-round player going forward now that he snapped out of his slump. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors with Tayshaun Prince (personal) away from the team.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins will slide over to the three with LaVine back in the starting five, and Shabazz Muhammad will have the opportunity for some extended run off the bench sans Prince. LaVine does have a tough matchup tonight, so owners should take that into consideration before activating him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Scott acknowledges he's been tough on Russell
    Byron Scott acknowledged during a recent interview that he's been hard on D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "I haven't been the easiest man on him in the world. He's just a kid playing in a man's world," Scott said of Russell. "I'm going to stay on him, because I think he has a chance to be a very good basketball player." Russell’s playing time has been sporadic thus far, but there’s a chance Scott elects to give the Lakers’ No. 2 overall selection more consistent run after the All-Star break. If you've held on this long, there's no reason to abandon ship now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Report: ATL has discussed Oladipo for Teague?
    The Hawks and Magic have reportedly discussed a potential deal involving Victor Oladipo and Jeff Teague.

    Advice: Out of the players being mentioned in potential trades out of Atlanta, Teague's name has come up the most, so he seems the most likely guy to be dealt at the deadline if the Hawks decide to make a move. Orlando wouldn't be the worst landing spot for Teague, but it would be a significant blow to Elfrid Payton's value. Oladipo wouldn't be the main man in Atlanta, so his value could take a slight hit with the Hawks. Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:04 am
  • James Harden drops 37 points in loss
    James Harden (finger) dropped 37 points in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, adding five boards and five assists in 40 minutes.

    Advice: His finger wasn't an issue tonight and he was very solid on the defensive end with three steals and one block, but his biggest accomplishment was holding Klay Thompson to 13 points on 5-of-19 shooting. Harden hit six 3-pointers in the loss, but he will need to be on top of his game again on Wednesday in a crucial matchup with the Blazers. Both the Rockets and the Blazers have 27 losses on the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:01 pm
  • Klay Thompson misses all seven 3-pointers
    Klay Thompson missed all seven of his 3-point attempts on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, finishing with 13 points, three assists and two boards in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Needless to say, this was one of his worst performances on the offensive end this season, but James Harden deserves some credit for his defense. Even if you include tonight's dud, Thompson still has averages of 24.2 points and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, so he's going to be fine. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless plays 32 minutes in win
    Jerryd Bayless played 32 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday with 14 points, two assists, one board and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: O.J. Mayo and Michael Carter-Williams were both in foul trouble, so that explains the bump in minutes. Bayless was getting 27.7 minutes per game in February prior to Tuesday, but that number could dip with Mayo back in the mix. He's better suited for deeper leagues, but is also someone to watch in case MCW is moved at the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 in start for Wizards
    Bradley Beal moved back into the starting lineup on Tuesday and responded with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals, a block and five 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: His line will likely get lost in the shadows of John Wall's big night, but Beal was pretty spectacular. He'd been coming off the bench since returning from his leg injury (as well as a concussion and broken nose) in mid-January but returned to his rightful place in the starting five tonight. He's rolling right now too, averaging 21.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five, making him worth the wait. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • John Wall puts up massive line in win over NY
    John Wall had the early line of the night with 28 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 10-of-24 shooting in 43 minutes of Tuesday's thrilling win over the Knicks.

    Advice: The 17 dimes aren't even a season high, as he had 19 of them back on Dec. 21, but he is rolling right now, double-doubling in four straight games and averaging 25.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in February. And in case that wasn't enough, he also committed just one turnover tonight in his 43 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
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  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) plays 18 minutes
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) returned from an 11-game absence and started at point guard on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, but he failed to score in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He struggled with foul trouble and missed both of his shots, but he did have six assists and a rebound. "We might not have a true point guard but O.J. thrived in this situation last time," Coach Jason Kidd said regarding his decision to start Mayo. "We'll see how it goes this time." Mayo might stick with the first unit even though he was pretty rusty, but Michael Carter-Williams closed out Tuesday's game and is still the PG to own in Milwaukee. Mayo is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • O.J. Mayo starting, Carter-Williams benched
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will start Tuesday vs. the Celtics, sending Michael Carter-Williams to the bench.

    Advice: The Bucks will roll out a starting five of Mayo, Kris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee for Tuesday's game with MCW and Greg Monroe coming off the bench. It'll be interesting to see how many minutes Jason Kidd gives Mayo given that O.J. has spent the past 11 games on the sidelines, but Carter-Williams' playing time looks ready to take a hit with both Mayo and Jerryd Bayless active. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:45 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play on Tuesday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Mayo will likely be eased back into the rotation following an 11 game absence, so there's no reason to pick him up in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:31 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Jerryd Bayless, O.J. Mayo will play Tuesday
    Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Bayless was probable heading into this one, so no surprises here. He's been playing well as of late, owning averages of 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 three-pointers per game over the past week, and he's someone to consider stashing away in deep leagues with trade rumors swirling around Michael Carter-Williams. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • James Harden (finger) will play vs. Warriors
    James Harden (finger) will play Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Harden is not on the Rockets' injury report, and was a full participant during shootaround, so there's no reason to believe he'll miss Tuesday's matchup against the defending champs. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Report: IND interested in Teague, Hill swap?
    The Pacers have reportedly reached out to the Hawks regarding a potential Jeff Teague, George Hill trade.

    Advice: Teague's value could take a hit in Indiana as he'd be fighting for touches with Paul George and Monta Ellis on offense, so this wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for Jeff. The trade rumors have been swirling around Atlanta's Big Three, and it seems likely that at least one of the core players for the Hawks is dealt at the deadline. The Magic, Jazz and Knicks have also expressed interest in Teague, so Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee injury
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee.

    Advice: Butler's knee injury was worse than expected and fantasy owners will now be without Butler until what sounds like the beginning of March at the earliest. While Butler is worth holding in standard leagues for now, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy will all see extra minutes, with Moore being the priority add in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
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  • Bradley Beal will start vs Knicks on Tuesday
    Bradley Beal will start against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beal will return to the starting lineup against the Knicks and said he'll play around 30 minutes on Tuesday. While Beal is always an injury risk for his fantasy owners, it's safe to start him for Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Knicks have shot at Russell Westbrook?
    The Knicks could have a real shot at signing Russell Westbrook after the 2016-17 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: We've got a ways to go until Westbrook is an unrestricted free agent, but Woj thinks the Knicks have a legitimate chance at luring the star guard to New York City. While Knicks president Phil Jackson has some work to do hiring a new coaching staff and building a better roster for Westbrook, this idea gives Knicks fans something to potentially look forward to. For the time being, Westbrook's fantasy owners can continue to enjoy his elite production as one of the best players in all of fantasy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:26 am
  • Russell Westbrook scores 29 points vs. PHX
    Russell Westbrook scored 29 points against the Suns on Monday with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is crashing the glass like few other guards and is close to triple-doubles more often than not. In his last six, Westbrook averaged 24.5 points, 10.2 boards, 12.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.3 treys. His slump from last month is behind him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 12 points in loss
    Zach LaVine scored 12 points with two boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and three blocks on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The blocks were obviously a career high and he didn't record more than one block in a game this season prior to tonight. LaVine was 4-of-10 from the field in the loss and didn't have any turnovers, so his fantasy arrow is still pointing up. As the year progresses, his role should only grow. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 21 points vs. Magic
    Jeff Teague scored 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: It's probably safe to say Teague is back. In his last five, the 2014-15 All-Star averaged 20.6 points, 3.4 assists, 5.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 2.6 treys on 53.5 percent from the field. Teague has third-round value in that span and looks to be out of his season-long slump. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Wes Johnson gets 42 minutes in start
    Wes Johnson started in place of Paul Pierce (rest) on Monday with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 3-of-13 from the field in 42 minutes against the 76ers.

    Advice: He did not shoot the ball well, but the across-the-board output has been the key for Johnson. In his last five, he averaged 9.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 2.0 treys. He's basically been a better version of Danny Green right now and should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:25 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 17 points in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points with seven boards, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in a win over the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: He couldn't find his shot and was just 5-of-14 from the field, but the dimes were nice. DeRozan was hot coming into this one and had scored an average of 26.0 points in his previous five games, so his owners have absolutely no reason to be concerned. DeRozan will look to get his shooting touch back on track during Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points in win over DET
    Kyle Lowry kept his foot on the gas pedal in Monday's win over the Pistons with 25 points, seven assists and three boards in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He also had two steals and two triples and was an efficient 9-of-14 from the field. He's been unstoppable over his last three games with averages of 27.0 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 boards, 2.0 steals and 4.7 3-pointers, and the only player that has been better in standard leagues over that span is John Wall. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:01 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 16 points
    D'Angelo Russell (groin) played 32 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Monday with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played down the stretch tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to be trusting his rookie a little more than he did last week. Russell only has 14th-round value in his last 10 games, which is only a slight upward trend from earlier this year. He is still worth stashing in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores seven with 16 assists
    Rajon Rondo made 1-of-8 from the field for seven points with eight rebounds, 16 assists, three steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: The assists are nice, but that is some brutal efficiency. Rondo ending 18 possessions and only coming away with seven points is pretty rare air. He does like the current offensive system of coach George Karl, but he should be fine regardless. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 32 with 12 assists
    Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:06 pm
  • DAngelo Russell will play on Monday night
    DAngelo Russell (groin) will play on Monday night against the Pacers.

    Advice: He went through warmups without incident and may not be limited. Russell will come off the bench this week and he could get in the starting lineup later this month. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (ankle) is probable
    Jerryd Bayless (ankle) is probable for Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He suffered a minor tweak over the weekend and should be good to go. Bayless will back up Michael Carter-Williams and is only a low-end stash with MCW possibly being traded. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Wes Johnson getting the start
    Wes Johnson will start against the 76ers on Monday in place of Paul Pierce (rest).

    Advice: He has actually played really well and is putting up early-round value in the last month or so. Johnson should be owned in standard leagues with some added value for tonight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:48 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (groin) questionable vs. IND
    D'Angelo Russell (groin) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: This injury came out of nowhere and he may have suffered the injury on Saturday night. If Russell can't go, there should be more minutes for Lou Williams while Marcelo Huertas could be in the rotation. Jordan Clarkson would also likely see a bigger role if Russell is out. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:36 pm
  • O.J. Mayo expected to return on Tuesday night
    O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) is expected to make his return on Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: This confirms an earlier report, and all signs point to the veteran guard finally getting back on the floor. Following an 11-game absence, expect Mayo to be eased back into action. With Mayo and Jerryd Bayless once again in the mix, those with Michael Carter-Williams on the roster should be paying very close attention to the minutes distribution in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Feb 8, 10:27 am
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) feeling 'a lot better'
    Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run. Rotoworld.com Feb 8, 9:45 am
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) out Monday, doubtful Wed
    Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 5:21 pm
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  • Chris Paul scores 22 points w/ seven assists
    Chris Paul scored 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting Sunday, to go with seven assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Paul couldn't get anything to drop to start the game, going 0-of-9 from the field, but in typical CP3 fashion he connected on eight of his final 14 shot attempts to close out the win. He's going to be a top-3 option moving forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 2:17 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has 14 & 15 w/ six steals in loss
    Rajon Rondo (turf toe) had 14 points, 15 assists, six steals, five rebounds and one 3-pointer vs. his former team on Sunday, committing four turnovers in a tough loss at Boston.

    Advice: He shot 5-of-10 from the field with all five misses coming within three feet of the hoop. For what it's worth, Rondo defended embattled coach George Karl after Friday's loss, saying, "It has nothing to do with the coaches, it's about us. We don't sacrifice enough to do what it takes to win consecutive games." The best news for his fantasy owners is that his turf toe has yet to cause him any DNPs. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:36 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 24 points with five dimes
    Jeff Teague hit 10-of-17 shots for 24 points on Sunday, to go with five assists, three 3-pointers, one rebound, one steal and an unfortunate five turnovers through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Teague did briefly exit the game after getting hit in the left side, but he played through it and it didn't look like an injury that would force him to miss any time. Jeff has been playing much better over the past two weeks, putting in averages of 17.3 points, 5.4 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 3.0 turnovers per game on 53.8 percent shooting, which has been good enough for second-round value in standard leagues. Dennis Schroder no longer seems to be a threat to Teague's minutes. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 12:28 pm
  • James Harden (finger) says he is fine
    James Harden (finger) believes that he should be all right.

    Advice: "My middle finger bent back," Harden said. "It's swollen a little bit, but it should be all right." Harden didn't play down the stretch in Sunday's game vs. the Blazers, but it was likely due to the lopsided score and he said that it would've have been "pointless" for him to keep playing. Harden should be considered day-to-day, but it would be surprising if he didn't play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 7:21 am
  • Rajon Rondo (turf toe) is probable
    Rajon Rondo (turf toe) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: To be clear, Rondo is fully expected to play against his former team. He scored 15 points with 15 assists in his last outing, so his owners can comfortably deploy him in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 6:50 am
  • Scott wishes Russell was 'further along'
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that he was hoping D'Angelo Russell would be "a tad further along" in his development.

    Advice: "[He's] just kind of figuring that out. I still see him progressing but I was hoping that he'd just be a tad further along," Scott said. "Defensively, I was hoping he'd be a tad further along on the ball as well as off the ball. But those are things I look back from training camp until now — he's gotten so much better in a lot of those areas. He knows and I know he still has a long way to go in those areas as well." Scott has been incredibly hard on Russell all season, but the good news is that he will get the chance to start and close out games after the All-Star break. Stick with him. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 6:31 am
  • Jimmy Butler returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:55 pm
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  • Russell Westbrook scores 27 in loss to GSW
    Russell Westbrook scored 27 points with three rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not have any field goal makes in the fourth quarter. Westbrook's three rebounds are tied for his third-lowest output in that category. His scoring is starting to come up again with just one game below 24 points in his last seven games. Before that stretch, he had six such games in his previous seven. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:24 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell plays just 23 minutes
    D'Angelo Russell played just 23 minutes on Saturday vs. the Spurs, scoring 12 points with two assists, two boards, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a couple of great sequences in the second half, but coach Byron Scott once again did not play him down the stretch. However, Scott did say after the game that Russell would get the chance to start and close out games after the All-Star break, so better days are ahead for his owners. He's still a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:12 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 29 points during a 99-84 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His usage rate is just a shade below 32 when he's next to LeBron James and Kevin Love (quad) is off the floor, so this production isn't a surprise. Irving's owners are still waiting for his 3-point shooting to come around and he made just 3-of-9 from there tonight. It won't be long until he puts it all together. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:04 pm
  • Toney Douglas doesn't score
    Toney Douglas played 14 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday with one assist and three missed shots from the field.

    Advice: It's one of the greatest mysteries why Douglas is getting run because the Pelicans continue to get torched while he's out there. He is only taking away from the other guys and has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 7:30 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points in 20 minutes
    Bradley Beal scored 22 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: His only missed attempt from 3-point range was a halfcourt heave at the end of the game. Beal's offense is starting to click and the low minute total is nothing to worry about on the second half of a back-to-back set with 32 minutes on Friday. The team will have their next back-to-back in their first games after the break, so maybe Beal can play more in those. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 6:30 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 16 points with 4 steals
    C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: His four steals matched his season high in 40 minutes of action. McCollum isn't tearing it up quite as much as he was while Damian Lillard was out earlier in 2016, but he's still sitting pretty as a top-40 player on the year. He has a big lead for Most Improved Player. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 5:23 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores four in loss
    Patrick Beverley made 2-of-10 from the field for four points during a 96-79 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, adding one rebound, one assist and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were a disaster and didn't get their first bench points until 11:18 left in the fourth. As for Beverley, this game is nothing to worry about and his minutes are safe, especially with the other non-James Harden guards struggling. He should flirt with mid-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 5:11 pm
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  • James Harden scores 33, hurts right hand
    James Harden suffered an apparent minor right hand injury on Saturday, finishing with 33 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, four 3-pointers and 10 turnovers.

    Advice: He had ice on his hand for most of the fourth quarter because the Rockets were blown out tonight. Harden did play through his hand issue for a few minutes before going to the bench, so chances are this is minor. He also took the ice pack off his hand for the final two minutes. For now, there shouldn't be much concern, but you never know when it comes to a hand injury. We'll pass along any info if he needs an X-ray. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 4:36 pm
  • Bradley Beal coming off bench, Temple starts
    Bradley Beal is coming off bench on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: That will put Garrett Temple in the starting lineup. It's also a decent indication that Beal might not be over 30 minutes like he was on Friday. Beal is still a guy to use in season-long leagues, but he lost a lot of DFS appeal with this news. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 3:27 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) did not suffer tear
    Jimmy Butler (left knee) was diagnosed with a knee strain and did not suffer damage to his ligaments.

    Advice: This is great news, but he is out Friday and Saturday. The diagnosis of a strain means it's something muscle related or it could be something with a tendon near his joint. Butler doesn't have a timetable to return, but it looks like he at least has a chance to be back this month. This may hurt his chance to play in the All-Star Game. Mike Dunleavy (back) should benefit while E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell could help out. Derrick Rose will be very busy, too. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 3:10 pm
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  • Bradley Beal is playing on Saturday
    Bradley Beal is playing on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: This is just a heads up after a Friday game. Beal played 32 minutes in that win and has been very aggressive. He still hasn't had his jumper fall, so maybe that happens tonight. Keep him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 2:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended left knee, but the Bulls still haven't released the results of his MRI. Until then, he should be considered day-to-day. Derrick Rose, Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore will all have to step up in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 11:19 am
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  • Vogel says Hill is 'invaluable' to the Pacers
    Coach Frank Vogel said that George Hill's ability to play off the ball is "invaluable" to the Pacers.

    Advice: "He’s shooting the ball well," Vogel said. "That’s needed because, obviously, we have Paul George back this year and we have Monta [Ellis] and we’re putting the ball in his hands a ton so [Hill’s] ability to play off the ball makes him invaluable really to what we’re doing." Hill has been a top-40 player in standard leagues over the last five games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 51.0 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:34 am
  • Jerryd Bayless scores 15 points
    Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He scored all 15 points in the first half and disappeared after that. Bayless does have some stash appeal with some trade rumors popping up on Michael Carter-Williams, but it's only for deeper leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 10:16 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 19 points with six dimes
    Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Friday's loss to the Celtics, adding three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving is slowly but surely working his way up in the rankings, and over the past two weeks he's been producing sixth-round value behind averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 turnovers on 47.4 percent shooting. He has first-round upside, and the Cavs have one of the best playoff schedules out there, so Uncle Drew qualifies as a solid buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:48 pm
  • Report: Jimmy Butler hyperextended left knee?
    Jimmy Butler reportedly hyperextended his left knee, and while he'll likely sit out Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves there's a chance he can play Monday vs. Charlotte or Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Butler is going to get an MRI on Saturday morning, but this report is great news if it turns out to be true. Owners can expect another update tomorrow morning, but with Jimmy likely sidelined on Saturday, Tony Snell figures to enter the starting five with E'Twuan Moore seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be busy on offense for however long Jimmy Buckets is out. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:41 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will have an MRI on Sat
    Fred Hoiberg said that Jimmy Butler will have an MRI on his sprained left knee on Saturday, and added that the Bulls will need to prepare to play without Butler "for a while no matter what."

    Advice: Hoiberg did say that the ligaments in Butler's left knee are "intact," but Jimmy said he heard a "pop" in his knee and it would be shocking to see him suit up for Saturday's game in Minnesota. Butler exited the arena on crutches and could be looking at a potentially looking at a lengthy absence, so E'Twaun Moore is someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues, while more minutes will be falling to guys like Doug McDermott and Tony Snell. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be doing the heavy lifting on offense for however long Butler is out. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:09 pm
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  • Rajon Rondo scores 15 points with 15 dimes
    Rajon Rondo scored 15 points with 15 assists, one rebound, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Before the game, he said he wants to be in a system that allows him to have the ball in his hands and he doesn't have to shoot treys. Rondo did say the Kings are that kind of system, so don't start that rumor mill just yet. His toe injury didn't seem to bother him tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:57 pm
  • John Wall triple-doubles in win over 76ers
    John Wall triple-doubled against the 76ers during a 106-94 win on Friday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards offense is starting to click again and going small is probably the reason why. Wall had a really tough cold spell last month and it's probably not a coincidence that's when the team went with Nene (calf) at power forward. Expect to see Wall put up some big lines going forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:44 pm
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  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points in start
    Bradley Beal made 10-of-16 from the field for 22 points in a start with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He only attempted two 3-pointers and is really attacking the basket right now. Beal has actually really struggled from deep, so that's really the last piece of the puzzle for his fantasy value. The 32 minutes is a good sign and hopefully the Wizards keep him in that neighborhood and not 40 minutes. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:38 pm
  • Jeff Teague scored 16 points vs. Pacers
    Jeff Teague made 5-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: It's not a great game, but it's not a step back. Teague has been in a solid groove in his last five, averaging 18.6 points, 2.8 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 treys on 52.2 percent form the field. Believe it or not, Teague has posted second-round value in the last seven games. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 7:35 pm
  • Wes Johnson blocks four shots
    Wes Johnson blocked four shots against the Magic on Friday with five points and five boards.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong with coming off the bench and Johnson is developing a knack for doing something nice on the stat sheet. He should be owned in standard leagues right now with third-round value in his last eight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 6:56 pm
  • Kidd expects Mayo (hamstring) to play Tuesday
    Jason Kidd said that he expects O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) to play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Mayo was able to get through a full practice on Thursday unscathed, so it sounds like he'll be ready to get back on the court Tuesday night following an 11 game absence. Mayo will likely be eased back into the rotation in Milwaukee, and with averages of just 9.1 points, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals on 37.4 percent shooting on the year, he can safely remain on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 5:51 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Bradley Beal back in starting lineup
    Bradley Beal is back in starting lineup for Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: It's his first start since Dec. 9. He played 29 minutes on Wednesday and could hit 30 tonight. Beal's scoring efficiency has been very good lately despite his triples not dropping, so he might be in for a nice night against the sub-par perimeter defense of the 76ers. That means less run for Garrett Temple in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:20 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (turf toe) probable for Friday
    Rajon Rondo (turf toe) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He was questionable on Wednesday and played 31 minutes, but he didn't look great and scored just six points with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four turnovers. The Kings are in the playoff hunt, so Rondo cant afford to lose any time and will likely continue to play even though he isn't 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 6:15 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 30 with seven triples
    Kyle Lowry buried seven 3-pointers during a 110-103 win over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's pretty cool to see Lowry lead the Eastern Conference in 3-pointers and he'll be representing Toronto in the 3-point contest next weekend. He made just 26.4 percent of his 3-pointers in the first four years of his career (2006-10), so nobody saw this coming back then. He's up to 39.7 percent from three this year and is the No. 7 player in standard leagues because of it. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 10:36 pm
  • D'Angelo Russel scores 13 points
    D'Angelo Russell scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Bryon Scott always likes to handle his rookie point guards carefully, but he's been more open and critical about it this year -- the Twitter age probably doesn't help. Russell is fully expected to start later this month or in March, so keep him stashed with hopes the Lakers dump some players. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 10:03 pm
  • Toney Douglas plays six minutes
    Toney Douglas played six minutes with one assist and one steal against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a net rating of minus-49.6 in six minutes tonight, so that might have been costly. Douglas has a net rating of minus-39.8 in his last three games. This lack of playing time may continue for Douglas to free up some burn for Bryce Dejean-Jones. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 9:43 pm
  • James Harden scores just 17 points
    James Harden was quiet during a 111-105 win over the Suns on Thursday, scoring 17 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 4-of-19 from the field.

    Advice: Interestingly, coach J.B. Bickerstaff pulled all of his starters four minutes into the the game because of sloppy play. They obviously turned it around, though. Harden usually lights up the Suns and he is also solid on the road, so this is a shocking letdown. He'll be fine and should be a top-five player going forward in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 9:30 pm
  • Pat Beverley scores six with six dimes
    Pat Beverley filled the stat sheet against the Suns on Thursday with six points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This is the quintessential Pat-Bev line with a little bit of everything and low scoring. Beverley isn't the player your fantasy competitors will be jealous over, but he does have fifth-round value in 2016 in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 9:20 pm
    GTD
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) out Friday vs. Utah
    O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Mayo was able to go through a full practice with the Bucks on Thursday, and head coach Jason Kidd said that he's looking good, so at least Mayo is getting close to a return after spending half of January on the sidelines. However, O.J. is averaging just 9.1 points, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 37.4 percent shooting, so even when he does get back on the court, there's not much reason to own him in most formats. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 3:40 pm
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    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Chris Paul mum on late-game technical foul
    Chris Paul did his best to avoid a fine for post-game comments on a late-game technical foul in Wednesday's loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Paul received a late-game technical foul from referee Lauren Holtkamp, but was measured in explaining the call. "It's crazy," Paul said. "I guess it was for what I said." Asked what he said, Paul said, "Nothing. I said nothing." Paul has a history with Holtkamp, so was smart to avoid elaborating on his feelings. Paul scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and four treys in the loss and is a must-start option as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 8:02 am
  • Zach LaVine gets 34 minutes, scores 17
    Zach LaVine scored 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell went with a lineup quartet of LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns for 15.3 minutes -- that combo actually has a positive net rating on the year, too. The UCLA product has hinted he likes playing shooting guard more and he's had some solid success there recently. LaVine should be owned in standard leagues. Additionally, he will be in the dunk contest next week. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:57 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 22, gets costly late tech
    Chris Paul scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wolves during a 108-102 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: He picked up a late technical foul, which most will call controversial. Referee Lauren Holtkamp T'd up Paul and he was asked about his history with Holtkamp after the game. "They done got my money already," Paul said. "I'm cool. My kids in private school." Paul was fined $25K last year for saying a tech from Holtkamp was "terrible" and that being an NBA ref "might not be for her." Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:37 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores 12 in nice line
    Wesley Johnson scored 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, two blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a little Tony Allen to his fantasy game with the steals while he's been very good at connecting on treys. Before this game, 81.6 percent of Johnson's shots in his last five are without a dribble, so he's getting a lot of help from Chris Paul. He's put up third-round value in his last seven, so he's worth owning. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:22 pm
  • Rajon Rondo starts, scores six
    Rajon Rondo played through a turf toe issue with 31 minutes, scoring six points with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: He was a little hobbled for one of his worst games of the year. Turf toe isn't something that will go away overnight, so Rondo might have to manage this one until the break. He's still worth starting in season-long leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 10:42 pm
  • Bestbrook: Russ Westbrook drops 24-19-14
    Russell Westbrook went bonkers during a win over the Magic on Wednesday, making 10-of-18 from the field for 24 points with 19 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: That makes three straight triple-doubles for Westbrook with a career high in boards and he just missed joining Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond as the only players to post a 20-20 this year. Westbrook made 52.8 percent from the field in his last five for 24.2 points per game. Interestingly, he's attempted a whopping 49.4 percent of his shots at the rim in that span, so there's your reason for the bump in FG%. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 9:03 pm
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