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  • Devin Booker scores 15 with 10 dimes
    Devin Booker had a career-high 10 assists against the Warriors during a 112-108 loss on Wednesday, adding 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers.

    Advice: Coach Earl Watson loves him and he definitely wants his rookie to be more of a ball-handler. Booker was the first Suns rookie to drop a points-dimes double-double since Steve Nash back in 1996. He looks like a good one and should be owned in all leagues as the Suns give him the keys the rest of this year. 21 minutes ago
  • Shabazz Muhammad very quiet in 21 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad was quiet in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday, posting eight points (1-of-6 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This was even more disappointing since Tayshaun Prince (personal) wasn't playing. Muhammad has a nice stretch in late January but he's lost all momentum heading into the break, and belongs on the waiver wire in the vast majority of leagues. 25 minutes ago
  • 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. 26 minutes ago
  • Orlando Johnson gets 28 minutes
    Orlando Johnson scored nine points with eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's ahead of Jordan McRae and the Suns will probably give him a second 10-day deal after the break. Johnson can be ignored in almost all leagues. 26 minutes ago
  • Archie Goodwin in news for the wrong reasons
    Archie Goodwin scored 20 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be in the news tomorrow because Markieff Morris got into it with him and Morris had his hand around Goodwin's neck. There is talk of Brandon Knight (groin) coming back, but Goodwin should remain owned until Knight is on the court. 28 minutes ago
  • 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. 29 minutes ago
  • J.R. Smith quiet in 33 minutes Wednesday
    J.R. Smith was quiet in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, posting nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: Smith wisely took a backseat to LeBron and Kyrie tonight, as the Cavs' superstars combined for 64 points. The silver lining is that all three of Smith's makes came from downtown, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- as long as the playing time is there, Smith should balance out as a mid-round value. 40 minutes ago
  • 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. 40 minutes ago
  • Kobe Bryant feels 'horrible' physically
    Kobe Bryant finished Wednesday's loss in Cleveland with 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Kobe played 33 minutes and said afterward that he feels "horrible" heading into the All-Star break. "My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. I'm looking forward to having a complete week where I do nothing," Bryant said, before groaning as he left the post-game presser. He's coming off a hot stretch and is motivated to play in as many games as possible, so the Mamba should be ready to go vs. San Antonio on Feb. 19. 41 minutes ago
  • Lou Williams leads L.A. w/ 28 points in loss
    Lou Williams led the Lakers on Wednesday with 28 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block, making 9-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs while going 4-of-6 beyond the arc.

    Advice: Sweet Lou also played 36 minutes without a single turnover, but the Lakers' starting unit was trounced tonight. The Lakers have no real incentive to keep the 11-year veteran through the trade deadline, but so far Williams' name hasn't really surfaced up in the trade-rumor mill. 42 minutes ago
  • Jordan Clarkson heads into break on high note
    Jordan Clarkson headed into the All-Star break on a high note, racking up 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Clarkson has been hot in February, averaging 17.4 points on 54.4 percent shooting, with 1.2 triples, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Add in stingy turnovers (1.8) and he's a must-start option in all formats. The Lakers have every reason to feed him minutes as their 2015-16 campaign drifts to a close, giving Clarkson substantial rest-of-season upside. 42 minutes ago
  • Steve Blake logs 19 minutes w/ R-Jax out
    Steve Blake had six points and one turnover in 19 minutes on Wednesday, marking his first appearance since Jan. 16.

    Advice: The veteran is buried on the depth chart behind Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings, and he only played tonight because Jackson was sick. 49 minutes ago
  • Will Barton scores 20 points in 22 minutes
    Will Barton played only 22 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday, but he scored 20 points on 7-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mike Malone heaped praise on Barton recently, saying, "He's been very impressive. He's up for Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year for a reason, right?" That didn't earn Barton much playing time tonight, however, and it'll be hard for him to be more than a mid-round option while logging 25-28 minutes a night. 57 minutes ago
  • Norris Cole scores 11 in start
    Norris Cole scored 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a clear runway for minutes now with Tyreke Evans (knee) likely out for the season. Cole hasn't really lit it up as a fantasy asset with just 12th-round value in the eight games since Evans has been out, so he might be slightly overvalued. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. Today, 9:14 pm
  • Lance Stephenson gets 12 points in 24 minutes
    Lance Stephenson logged 24 minutes on Wednesday, his highest playing time since Dec. 2, finishing a tough road loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Born Ready made 4-of-5 shots with only one turnover, rounding out an unusually efficient game. He was baited into a technical foul by Jae Crowder at one point, which got a nice chuckle from the Celtics' bench, and Boston wound up getting the last laugh with a 17-12 edge in overtime. Stephenson is playing more with Austin Rivers (hand) out of commission, but he's still not a fantasy asset. Today, 9:11 pm
  • J.J. Redick OK after ankle injury, scores 27
    J.J. Redick shook off a minor ankle injury to finish Wednesday's overtime defeat with 27 points, two 3-pointers and three rebounds, making 9-of-14 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Redick's efficiency is remarkable and he's anchoring his fantasy value with lights-out shooting beyond the arc -- he's averaging 2.8 triples per game since Jan. 1, which ranks eighth during that span behind J.R. Smith, Paul George, Klye Lowry, James Harden, Damian Lillard and the Splash Brothers. His usage may take a slight hit when Blake Griffin gets back on the court, but that's the only knock on his rest-of-season outlook. Today, 9:10 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. Today, 9:09 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 17 in 43 minutes
    Bryce Dejean-Jones is not expected to play on Thursday.

    Advice: His contract is up and the team is in negotiations. Dejean-Jones has a pretty decent chance to be signed after the break, but the team may opt to wait until after the deadline. He scored nine points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes on Wednesday. Today, 9:07 pm
  • Marco Belinelli benched to start 2nd half
    Marco Belinelli was benched to begin the second half of Wednesday's game, which he finished with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Ben McLemore (wrist) was out again tonight and George Karl opted to mix things up, starting James Anderson after falling behind by 15 points vs. the lowly 76ers tonight. Karl was already planning to re-evaluate his rotations during the All-Star break, so there are no guarantees that Belinelli will keep his job after the break. Today, 8:46 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 10 points
    Courtney Lee scored 10 points with four assists, three steals and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jeff Green played a big amount of minutes at power forward, so that bodes really well for Lee's chances at run. He also would've played more if this game was close, too. Lee has been a high-floor guy when he gets consistent minutes, so he looks like a solid add in standard leagues right now. Today, 8:11 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 29 pts, hits game-winner
    The Spurs won their sixth straight game on Wednesday, beating the Magic behind Kawhi Leonard's game-winning jumper -- he finished with 29 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Kawhi's usage rate has hovered right around 25 percent this season, a wonderful development for his fantasy owners. He shot 12-of-19 from the field with three 3-pointers and is co-existing beautifully with LaMarcus Aldridge, as the two combined to score the Spurs' final 10 points tonight. The 24-year-old will be a perennial fantasy stud for the foreseeable future, and he's not just a roto guy -- he's posting top-15 value in Yahoo's default points leagues. Today, 8:11 pm
  • Nicolas Batum chips in across board vs Pacers
    Nicolas Batum chipped in 11 points, six boards, five assists, three 3-pointers and two blocks in 38 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Batum is spending a lot more time as a pick-and-roll ball-handler in Charlotte, and a lot less time as a spot-up shooter, which is paying dividends for his fantasy owners. Now that he's healthy, there's nothing to stop Batum from racking up early-round value over Charlotte's final 29 games. He may also be shifting back to SF more if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) isn't ready after the break. Today, 7:15 pm
  • J.J. Redick goes to the locker room
    J.J. Redick went to the locker room in the third quarter against the Celtics and is available to return.

    Advice: It is a right ankle issue, which was a problem for Redick back in January. If he can't return, that means more minutes for Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford. Today, 6:20 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (illness) won't play Wednesday
    Reggie Jackson (illness) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pistons will rely on Brandon Jennings and Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle), with Steve Blake also an option to join the rotation. Jennings is starting and is easily the most appealing option of the bunch, though most fantasy owners won't be able to take advantage since this news broke a few minutes before tip-off. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope will be ready right after break
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) said he "for sure" will be back and playing right after the break.

    Advice: That means he is going to play on Feb. 19 against the Wizards. If he is indeed going to be back, that makes Stanley Johnson slightly less appealing even though he may have earned more run. If Caldwell-Pope is sitting around on the wire, go pick him up. Today, 3:43 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start vs. Cavs
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be with the usual starters against LeBron and company. Bryant has seen a lot of volume and he should see a similar workload on the national stage. He's obviously a risky start tonight. Today, 3:39 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. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Eric Gordon says he's making good progress
    Eric Gordon (broken finger) said that everything is progressing "good and as normal."

    Advice: Gordon is hopeful to make it back to the court by late-February, and with Tyreke Evans likely to undergo season-ending knee surgery, Gordon will be a larger part of the offense once he's able to get back on the court. Gordan has mid-round upside sans Evans, so he's worth stashing away in most leagues now that he's nearing a return. Today, 10:57 am
  • Kawhi Leonard goes off against Heat
    Kawhi Leonard, who has run a little hot and cold recently, had 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 11-of-17 shooting Tuesday.

    Advice: He's rolling again, scoring 20-plus points in four straight games and averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five. And that's why you used a first-round pick on the budding star. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Kobe Bryant is probable for Wednesday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is probable to play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a road game and his last game in Cleveland, so expect Kobe to be ready to go for that game. Bryant has not missed any games away from Staples in 2016 and he's played 32.8 minutes per game in his last four. Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Kobe Bryant doesn't want to change FT rules
    Kobe Bryant isn't a proponent of changing free throw rules to discourage hacking.

    Advice: While the league looks at improving the aesthetic of the game by doing away with intentional fouling of poor-shooting players, Bryant thinks it's a bad idea. "That sets a horrible example for the kids," Kobe said. "Can't protect guys that can't make free throws." Free throws aside, Bryant is averaging 26.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 4.6 treys over his last five games and is a must-start player as long as he's healthy. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Archie Goodwin scores 20 points in loss
    Archie Goodwin scored 20 points with four rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers against the Thunder on Monday night.

    Advice: Coach Earl Watson said after the game he thought Goodwin had a "solid" effort and he really liked that Goodwin only had two turnovers. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Brandon Knight comes back, but Goodwin should still be owned in all leagues. Monday, 10:02 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. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 14 points in loss
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points with nine boards and one assist in 25 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He took advantage of some extra minutes in garbage time, but unfortunately he shot just 4-of-13 from the field. Muhammad should continue to steal some of Tayshaun Prince's minutes (19) moving forward since the Wolves are looking towards the future, but he's a better stash in points leagues because he doesn't shoot many 3-pointers or generate many assists, steals or blocks. Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 10 points in win
    Norris Cole scored 10 points with six assists, three boards and one turnover in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry seems to love Cole and he has played 30 or more minutes in seven out of his last eight games. He had a 26-point game in his last outing with five assists, so he is worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off or until the Pelicans get some healthy bodies back. Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Reggie Jackson struggles with foul trouble
    Reggie Jackson struggled with foul trouble on Monday vs. the Raptors, scoring 13 points with five assists in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had five fouls which kept him from getting into any kind of groove offensively and he finished 6-of-14 from the field and missed all three of his 3-pointers. To make matters worse, Jackson also turned the ball over six times. This was just a rough night in general for Detroit against a really strong Toronto team, so look for Jackson to bounce back vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday. Monday, 8:30 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. 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. Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 in 33 minutes
    Kobe Bryant made 6-of-25 from the field for 19 points with five rebounds and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes during an 89-87 loss to the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He wasn't bashful and forced a lot of shots in the failed comeback attempt. "I made a shot and then went back to shooting like [expletive]," Kobe said. "Pulled the rabbit out of the hat & the rabbit disappeared." He looks pretty healthy and should play in most road games. Monday, 7:42 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. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Nicolas Batum flirts with a a triple-double
    Nicolas Batum scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: That's three magnificent games from the Frenchman. In those three, Batum averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 3.3 treys on 53.3 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Batum figures to be an early-round player going forward. Monday, 6:44 pm
  • Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle will start
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) will both start vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: Their status was never really in doubt, so they shouldn't have any limitations. Bryant is averaging 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four games, so he needs to be in all lineups until he cools off. Monday, 3:46 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. Monday, 2:48 pm
  • Scott wants Clarkson to improve in some areas
    Byron Scott wants Jordan Clarkson to improve his perimeter defense, outside shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio and free throw attempts.

    Advice: This news was buried in between Scott praising Clarkson and saying he has the potential to become an All-Star, so let's not get out the pitchforks just yet. These are valid criticisms, as Clarkson needs to gamble less on defense, shoots 34.2 percent from deep, shoots just 2.8 free throws per game and checks in with averages of 2.5 assists compared to 1.8 turnovers. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Kobe, Randle both expected to play on Monday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday. Monday, 9:00 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 14 points with two steals
    J.J. Redick scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Redick has been a steady mid-round guy on the year, and is a must-start guy every time he touches the court. There's no reason to believe he can't keep it up. Sunday, 2:24 pm
  • Marco Belinelli scores 16 points on 17 shots
    Marco Belinelli scored 16 points on 17 shots vs. the Celtics on Sunday, hitting two 3-pointers with four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Belinelli is shooting 38.6 percent this season, the lowest mark in his nine-year career, and his True Shooting percentage (51.4) ranks 233rd among qualifying players. He's reportedly drawn trade interest from "teams around the league," and could be headed elsewhere if the Kings decide to be sellers at the trade deadline. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Will Barton posts 19 & 11 in efficient game
    Will Barton scored 19 points and snared 11 rebounds vs. the Knicks on Sunday, adding five assists, one steal and one block with zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barton shot 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the FT line, an efficient performance that helped Denver beat the Knicks for their 10th road win this season. Although his name has come up in trade whispers, the Nuggets are reportedly not interested in dealing Barton -- it's easy to see why, as the 25-year-old has established himself as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • Report: Nuggets not looking to deal Barton
    According to the Denver Post, the Nuggets are not looking to trade Will Barton.

    Advice: The Nuggets have received several calls for the exciting guard and have even been offered first-round picks for him, but Denver is committed to him for the long run. The Denver Post states that the Nuggets treat him like a "gem" and that they will fight to hold onto him. His value should be safe for the remainder of the season. Sunday, 7:06 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert are questionable
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Roy Hibbert (ankle) are questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Bryant has been on fire over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers, so it would be a shame if he was forced to sit out. If he isn't able to play, Anthony Brown would draw the start, but Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell would benefit the most. Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Archie Goodwin scores 14 points in loss
    Archie Goodwin scored 14 points with six boards, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Saturday's loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: He unfortunately had more turnovers (4) than assists for the third time in his last five games, but to be fair Goodwin is still learning how to be a point guard. Brandon Knight (groin) will be sidelined through the All-Star break and possibly more, so Goodwin is still worth holding onto if you don't mind the heavy turnovers. It also helps that Knight is a potential shut-down candidate with the Suns playing for ping pong balls. Saturday, 10:39 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 18 points in loss
    Devin Booker scored 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The rookie added three boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes, and he only turned the ball over once. The 19-year-old is a special talent and is averaging 20.4 points, 3.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.0 triples over his last five games, returning top-75 value in that span. His development will likely be the Suns' top priority moving forward. Saturday, 10:34 pm
  • Orlando Johnson plays 19 minutes
    Orlando Johnson played 19 minutes in his Phoenix debut on Saturday vs. the Jazz, scoring seven points with one board, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 2-of-5 from the field and coach Earl Watson said earlier that he likes his athleticism and heart. Johnson is on a 10-day deal and is hoping to get signed for the rest of the season, but he's not on the fantasy radar outside of the deepest of leagues until that happens. Saturday, 10:14 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 20 w/ 13 boards
    Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points with 13 boards, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes in a win over the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: This was his first game without a 3-point make since Jan. 12, but he had a huge offensive board late in the game to secure the win. Leonard still has top-3 value on the season and has scored 20 or more points in his last three games, but all his owners have to worry about now is an occasional rest day since the Spurs are sitting comfortably in second place in the West. Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 21 in loss
    Jordan Clarkson dropped 21 points in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The best part of his line was his efficiency, as he hit 9-of-14 shots from the field, 2-of-2 from the line and 1-of-2 from 3-point range with just one turnover. Coach Byron Scott said that Clarkson has the potential to be an All-Star, and the young guard could have some massive offers waiting for him when he hits restricted free agency this summer. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 25 points vs. the Spurs
    Kobe Bryant scored 25 points on 9-of-28 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding four assists, one board, one block and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: To his credit, Bryant kept the Lakers in this one until the very end, as the Spurs surprisingly only won by four points. The Black Mamba has been lethal over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers. He needs to be in all lineups until he cools off, but his owners should really consider selling high. Saturday, 9:04 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. Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 20 points with six treys
    J.R. Smith scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: There were some extra shots to go around with Kevin Love (quad) out and Smith capitalized. He is playing with a lot of confidence and attempted a whopping 16 attempts from deep tonight. This was also his eighth game with more than 15 attempts from deep in his career, which ties Stephen Curry for the most in NBA history. Smith should be owned in all leagues. Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Norris Cole gets hot, scores 26 points
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 26 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He started the second half on fire with 12 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Cole is up and down, but he's played well in most of the games since Tyreke Evans (knee) went down. With Tyreke out for at least this week, holding Cole in standard leagues makes sense. Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Dejean-Jones has a letdown in loss
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored one point with one rebound and two assists in 20 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Ouch. Dejean-Jones played the greatest game of his pro career on Thursday, but he wasn't getting any looks tonight with the Pelicans unable to do anything in the open floor. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but expect him to have a better night next time. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 26 points in loss
    Reggie Jackson scored 26 points on 10-of-15 from the field during a 112-104 loss to the Pacers on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's a very efficient line with low turnovers, which have seen a very nice improvement recently. In his last five, Jackson averaged 19.2 points, 1.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.4 treys and 1.4 turnovers on 47.9 percent from the field. Once the assists start to come around, Jackson should start to be that top-50 player his owners drafted. Saturday, 7:09 pm
  • Nic Batum scores 26, just misses trip-dub
    Nicolas Batum was everywhere during a 108-104 win over the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and six turnovers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, that toe issue looks like it's behind him. Batum was the focal point of the offense and coach Steve Clifford allows him to read the defense to create the flow. He's coming off a 21-point gem on Friday, so his owners can obviously take their finger away from the panic button after a couple weeks of worry. Expect him to be an early-round player going forward. Saturday, 6:49 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope expected to be back after ASB
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (core muscle strain) is expected to be back right after the All-Star break.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along, but Stan Van Gundy confirmed it again on Saturday. KCP is worth stashing in almost all leagues unless you're desperate, and in the meantime Stanley Johnson is worth owning after scoring 22 points in 44 minutes vs. the Knicks on Thursday. On a side note, SVG also said that the Pistons will likely stand pat at the trade deadline. Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Watson praises Orlando Johnson
    Suns coach Earl Watson spoke highly of newly-acquired guard Orlando Johnson.

    Advice: "He plays with his heart like [P.J. Tucker]," Watson said. "He’s athletic. He’s shooting the ball well from 3 right now. But what we need more than anything right now is like-minded players. He has a like-minded attitude coming from the Spurs program. You know the attitude he’s going to have. He’s going to play the right way." Johnson is on a 10-day deal and will look to impress the Suns during Saturday's game vs. the Jazz. He's not on the fantasy radar for now. Saturday, 8:29 am
  • Scott says Clarkson can become an All-Star
    Byron Scott said that Jordan Clarkson has the potential to become an All-Star.

    Advice: "Hopefully in the next couple of years, he keeps progressing," Scott said. "When it’s his fourth or fifth year in this league, hopefully he’s one of those guys that you can look at as possibly being an All-Star." Clarkson will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he recently expressed his desire to stay in Los Angeles. "I definitely want to be here in LA and be a part of this young group and grow," Clarkson said. "Hopefully we can grow into something great. I love L.A." Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Lakers have reduced Kobe's workload
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant's workload in practice has been reduced so that he can be fresh for games.

    Advice: "Less work has been better because his legs are fresh, especially the last couple of weeks," Scott said. "He has a different pep in his step." Bryant sat out of Friday's practice, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Spurs isn't in doubt. He's averaging 29.3 points and 5.0 3-pointers over his last three games, so he's worth deploying in all lineups until he cools off. Saturday, 7:44 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points with two treys
    Kawhi Leonard notched 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting Friday, with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Kawhi's has been underperforming over the past month, producing just third-round value in standard leagues, so now would be an excellent time to float out some buy-low offers to his frustrated owners. At 24 years old, Kawhi is in zero danger of random rest days down the stretch, and he was fantasy basketball's No. 4 overall option in 9-cat leagues after the break last season. The explosion is coming. Friday, 10:59 pm
  • J.R. Smith drains five triples, swats a shot
    J.R. Smith drained five more triples during Friday's heartbreaking loss to the Celtics, to go with 20 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Swish did pick up a questionable foul during the closing minutes of the game, which essentially cost Cleveland the win, but at least his stats were nice. He's been a mid-round guy over the past month, and he's fully capable of going stretches producing early-round value. The horrendous start is a distant memory. Friday, 9:54 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. Friday, 9:48 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 21 points
    Nicolas Batum scored 21 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: This is the Batum we grew to love back in November. Hopefully his toe injury is behind him and he can go back to being a guy capable of putting up top-30 value. Batum could be on his way after tonight. Friday, 7:55 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 20 points in win
    J.J. Redick scored 20 points during a 107-93 win over the Magic on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: That's a decent bounce-back from his 1-of-9 from Wednesday. Redick is still sitting pretty as the NBA's No.2 man for efficiency among qualifiers and is dominating off screens. He should flirt with top 50-75 value in standard leagues despite his recent slump. Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Lance Stephenson scores 13 points
    Lance Stephenson scored 13 points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one turnover against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He made all six from the field and was oozing with confidence. "I feel like nobody can guard me in this league," Stephenson said after the game. Someone needs to get Lance some League Pass to watch Kawhi Leonard. Friday, 6:58 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. Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Marco Belinelli will start through A.S. break
    Marco Belinelli will remain in the Kings' starting lineup for at least their next five games, according to coach George Karl.

    Advice: The Kings have five more games until the All-Star break, all on the road, and Karl will re-evaluate his lineups before their first post-break game on Feb. 19. This is great news for anyone rolling with Belinelli in their lineups, as he's averaging more points, 3-pointers, rebounds, assists and steals as a starter. Friday, 3:13 pm
  • Suns signing Orlando Johnson
    The Suns will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day deal.

    Advice: The Suns have no healthy point guards on their roster and are playing three shooting guards and P.J. Tucker out of position. This season Johnson is averaging 15.2 points, 5.1 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.9 treys with the Austin Spurs this year. He's 26 years old, was a second-round pick in 2012 and hasn't been in the NBA since 2013-14. Thursday, 11:21 pm
  • Norris Cole scores two points in 13 minutes
    Norris Cole scored two points on 1-of-10 from the field against the Lakers on Thursday, adding two assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight and coach Alvin Gentry just opted to keep him out. Cole had some major problems with consistency in his Miami days, but he's been fine up until tonight. He's only a low-end guy and should hold some value while Tyreke Evans (knee) is without a timetable. Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 17 in 43 minutes
    Bryce Dejean-Jones posted career-highs 17 points and 43 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was a ball of energy out there and played most of his minutes at his natural two-guard spot. Dejean-Jones is almost a lock to get signed for the rest of the year with his NBA body and ability to get to the cup. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but the undrafted free agent looks like a nice steal for the Pelicans right now. Thursday, 9:40 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 17 points, bangs knee
    Devin Booker made just 3-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for 17 points during a 111-105 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding three rebounds, four assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 14 in the first half and was ice cold after that. Booker did bang his knee with two minutes left in the second quarter. He didn't go to the locker room until halftime and he did start the second half. Expect Booker to improve on the shooting efficiency going forward. He's in the 3-point contest next weekend. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Archie Goodwin scores 22 points in loss
    Archie Goodwin scored 22 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding one rebound, seven assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns are really embracing the pass, but sometimes the plays aren't there and that led to their 24 turnovers tonight. Goodwin's minutes seem to be locked up until late February at the very least, so he's worth holding in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 21 points in win
    Reggie Jackson scored 21 points against the Knicks on Thursday during a 111-105 win, adding one rebound, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch three to help get his team the win. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a 17.3 usage rate next to Jackson this year, so that should mean there will be more pick-and-roll plays for Reggie to buoy his usage rate -- no player after the break had more shots in PNR than RJ last year. Expect Jackson to get out of his slump in the near future. Thursday, 7:46 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope out until after All-Star Game
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a core muscle strain on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star Game.

    Advice: He had an MRI to confirm the injury on Thursday. A core muscle injury is slightly bad news because it's not just a regular groin strain, which was the original diagnosis. Caldwell-Pope owners might have him out well beyond the break, but he's good enough to stash in most leagues. Stanley Johnson is the pickup of the night. Thursday, 7:18 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) out Thursday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks, as expected.

    Advice: Stanley Johnson will start in KCP's place on Thursday with Brandon Jennings earning some extended run off the bench. Caldwell-Pope was spotted walking without a limp on Thursday, but it seems unlikely he's able to return to the court until some time after the All-Star break. The upside with Johnson is tremendous, so he needs to be owned in most leagues with KCP likely looking at an extended absence. Thursday, 2:48 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope walking w/out a limp
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) was spotted walking without a limp, but he remains highly unlikely for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Beat reporter Keith Langlois said that he doesn't anticipate KCP getting back to the court until after the All-Star break, but the fact that he's walking without a limp just a day after what looked like a pretty bad injury is certainly a positive sign regarding his long-term outlook. Stanley Johnson and Brandon Jennings figure to split the majority of Caldwell-Pope's minutes for however long he's out, and both players are worth swooping up in most leagues. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:57 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad gets 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad played 12 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, no turnovers and no fouls.

    Advice: No injuries to report here as coach Sam Mitchell just had to give Tayshaun Prince 31 minutes, giving Andrew Wiggins some small forward minutes and even Damjan Rudez got in there for 18 minutes. Expect Muhammad to be better, but his upside isn't great anyway. Wednesday, 11:47 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. Wednesday, 11:22 pm
  • J.J. Redick has a bad game vs. Wolves
    J.J. Redick scored five points on 1-of-9 from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The law of averages is having its say on Redick, who has posted just a 50.2 true shooting percentage in his last five. Even with this bad game, he's still edging Kevin Durant for No. 2 on the TS% list among qualifiers -- Stephen Curry is first, obviously. Redick should flirt with top-50 value while Blake Griffin is out. Wednesday, 11:17 pm
  • Marco Belinelli scores 18 points in start
    Marco Belinelli scored 18 points with four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll help for him to stick in the starting lineup, but the Kings not winning tonight probably doesn't help his case. Unless you have something that is almost useless on your team, Belinelli isn't a great add. Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 26 points in win
    Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on 11-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: He's been pretty quiet with a 10-point dud against the Magic on Monday. Leonard's scoring has been fine, but his steals and other stats have fallen off. Leonard might not be able to hang in the top three for fantasy value, but he should still be elite. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Will Barton double-doubles in 23 minutes
    Will Barton played 23 minutes off the bench and had 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block on 5-of-8 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: More minutes, please. The Nuggets love the defense of Gary Harris and he played nearly twice as many minutes as Barton did. Barton still put up a decent line, but would be a lot more fun to own these days if he had Harris' role. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 14 vs. Spurs
    Norris Cole scored 14 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to surprise with the increased assists, averaging 7.5 per game in his last four. Cole has put up seventh-round value in that span, which is pretty close to his ceiling. That's still enough to give him a long look until we see Tyreke Evans (knee) back on the court. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones looking good in reality
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just signed his second 10-day deal on Monday and the Pelicans are likely going to sign him for the rest of the season next week. He hasn't busted loose on the stat sheet yet, but he is a potentially high-usage guy with a nice upside for steals and treys to go with the scoring. He's obviously only a deep stash in case the Pels go on a shut-down spree. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) to get MRI
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) will get an MRI on Thursday and is extremely unlikely to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He is likely looking at a multiple-game absence. With KCP out, Stanley Johnson's size on the wing should be a nice asset for the Pistons. The team also used 5.1 minutes of Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson next to each other in the second half alone. Johnson and Jennings are both worth very long looks with Johnson having the better upside. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (toe) logs 31 minutes in return
    Nicolas Batum (toe) was in Charlotte's starting lineup on Wednesday, posting 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a win vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Batum was listed as doubtful and he's aggravated the injury a few times, so it was surprising to see him suit up tonight. His owners can only hope that it wasn't a premature return, but we're leaving him off the injury report for Friday's game vs. Miami. If he finally stays healthy, Batum should return top-40 rest-of-season value. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • J.R. Smith makes four 3s, gets four steals
    J.R. Smith shot just 5-of-14 from the field on Wednesday, scoring 14 points, but four of his makes came from downtown and he added a season-high-tying four steals.

    Advice: Smith also chipped in three rebounds and a block without any turnovers, enough to pacify most fantasy owners. He's a streaky scorer and occasional duds are to be expected, but the 12th-year guard is anchoring his value with 2.4 triples and 1.1 steals per game. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores team-high 26 points
    Kyrie Irving led the Cavs on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-17 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five assists, one rebound and one steal, but it wasn't enough to extend the Cavs' five-game win streak.

    Advice: Irving has now notched four straight games with 20+ points and his playing time is up, so fantasy owners should be very comfortable heading into the All-Star break. It helps that Kyrie and the Cavs have a delicious playoff schedule -- they're one of four teams with four-game slates in Weeks 20-23. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) out for game
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) will not return on Wednesday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: The slip and fall apparently tweaked his muscle, which is even more worrisome because he couldn't put weight on his leg. Caldwell-Pope has been durable in his career and this is the first groin injury. If he's out, Stanley Johnson would gain even more value. There's a good chance KCP's streak of 207 straight games is in jeopardy. Wednesday, 5:44 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope goes to locker room
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He slipped on his own and did try to limp through the injury momentarily. Caldwell-Pope went to the ground in pain and had assistance to the locker room. He did not put much weight on the foot as he went to the locker room. Stanley Johnson replaced him as the shooting guard and would gain more value should KCP miss time. We'll have an update to start the third quarter. Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Batum and Lin will be starting backcourt
    Nicolas Batum (toe) and Jeremy Lin will be the starting backcourt against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a decent chance Batum is limited from his lingering toe injury. He should still be involved as a play maker, but his efficiency woes make him someone not to use in DFS. His owners in season-long leagues can start him. Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Nicolas Batum to warm up, hoping to play
    Nicolas Batum (toe) will warm up and hopes to play on Wednesday against the Cavs.

    Advice: His toe injury has been bothering him for over a month and he's missed the last 10 days. If Batum can go, we'll likely see Jeremy Lin log all of his minutes at point guard while Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston figure to play less. Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (toe) upgraded to questionable
    Nicolas Batum (toe) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Batum was being listed as doubtful headed into Wednesday's game, but he may be forced to gut this one out with Kemba Walker (knee) set to spend his first game of the year on the sidelines. Check back for another update on Batum closer to tip-off, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be forced into heavy minutes. Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Belinelli will shoot his way out of slump
    Marco Belinelli said that he's going to keep shooting despite connecting on just 29.1 percent of his shot attempts over the past 10 games.

    Advice: "I know I didn’t shoot well the last couple weeks or month, but I’m going to keep shooting," said Belinelli. Over the past month, Marco has produced meager averages of 9.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 31.9 percent shooting which has him ranking outside the top 250 in standard leagues. Until he's able to start knocking down shots more consistently, Belinelli belongs on the wire in most leagues. Wednesday, 6:33 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 14 w/ seven dimes
    Zach LaVine scored 14 points with seven assists, one board, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He split his minutes at point guard and shooting guard, and that trend will likely continue unless Ricky Rubio goes down. The Wolves will more than likely increase his minutes after the All-Star break and he is averaging 20.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so he's worth owning in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 16 points in win
    Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that D'Angelo Russell will eventually move back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break, but that would likely push Lou Williams to the bench as opposed to Clarkson. Additionally, Williams is a trade candidate so that would take the pressure off both Russell and Clarkson if he was moved. Clarkson is a huge part of the Lakers' future and his role should be safe no matter what, so his owners don't have too much to be worried about. Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 20 points in win
    Lou Williams scored 20 points with four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The veteran guard was held to just 11 points in each of his last two games since returning from an illness, and the fact that he played 34 minutes despite his recent struggles is a good sign. Williams is a candidate to be moved at the trade deadline because the Lakers are tanking, so hopefully he ends up in a good situation if that happens. Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 27 in loss to Raptors
    Devin Booker hit 9-of-19 shots and six 3-pointers for 27 points, five rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: Booker is rolling and none of those goodies were even season highs. He's averaging 19 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting 44 percent, and should now be owned in all leagues. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Archie Goodwin drops 18 & 12 in loss
    Archie Goodwin broke out of a funk on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, a career-high 12 assists and two 3-pointers on 7-of-12 shooting in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. Just when it looked like the Goodwin party might be coming to an end, he pulled a great game out of his hat. He came in averaging just 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists over his last two games, hitting 4-of-26 shots. He righted the ship tonight and if he was dropped, or you've had your eye on him, it's time to pick him up. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Archie Goodwin has some work to do
    Coach Earl Watson said Archie Goodwin is "finding the niche in his game" during his press conference on Tuesday.

    Advice: The interim coach also called Goodwin a two-guard playing the point. Watson said he wants clearer roles in the rotation, so it'll be interesting to see how he utilizes Goodwin. Watson's said he can't tell Goodwin to get 6-8 assists per night and it'll have to be a team approach. The next couple games for Goodwin will be huge, but it starts tonight in a tough matchup against Kyle Lowry. Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Watson ready to unleash Devin Booker?
    Coach Earl Watson said Devin Booker is going to be "special" and thinks he can be a "superstar."

    Advice: Watson said Booker is way more efficient than Kevin Durant was in his rookie season, which is true from a true shooting standpoint. Watson also supported a lot of passing for open shots and getting away from dribbling, so that should bode well for the rookie. He also said he wants a team to have defined roles with a clear picture of who the main scorers are, which is likely to be Booker. Expect his output to rise going forward. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Nicolas Batum doubtful for Weds vs Cavaliers
    Nicolas Batum (toe) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Batum is in danger of missing his second straight game on Wednesday and could be out longer as he looks to have rushed his return. We'll keep an eye on his status after shootaround, but Batum's absence could mean that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be in for all the minutes he can handle as the only healthy wing besides Batum. Tuesday, 10:11 am
  • Marco Belinelli (illness) pours in 18 points
    Marco Belinelli (illness) returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Bucks and looked great, scoring 18 points with six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: While he was just 5-of-15 from the field and 2-of-9 from deep, Belinelli had to step up with both Ben McLemore (wrist) and DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) on the shelf. McLemore did say that he should be back for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, so Belinelli will likely head back to the bench for that one. He's not worth an add in most leagues. Feb 1, 10:03 pm
  • Norris Cole drops 23 points in loss
    Norris Cole scored 23 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He's been a pleasant surprise with some nice consistency. The ups and downs in Miami is why the Heat dumped him, but Cole has played with more control and is trusting his teammates more. His value will dip once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back, but that might not happen any time soon. Feb 1, 9:10 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones scores nine in start
    Bryce Dejean-Jones scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He just got his second 10-day deal and he'll be signed for the season at this rate. Dejean-Jones adds some nice energy as a perimeter defender, he rebounds well for his position and he's grown as a scorer since his debut. If Tyreke Evans (knee) needs to miss extended time, Hot Mustard is worth a look in deeper leagues. Feb 1, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 20 points w/ seven boards
    Will Barton dropped 20 points with seven boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in Monday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He had a six-point dud in 17 minutes vs. the Pacers on Saturday, so it was nice to see him get back on track. He is going to struggle with consistency because coach Michael Malone adjusts his rotations based on his opponents, but Barton is still worth owning in all leagues. He has scored 20 or more points 14 times this season. Feb 1, 9:00 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 24 points
    DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points with four assists, one board and one steal vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: He only played 28 minutes because of the blowout loss, but at least he will be fresh for Tuesday's cupcake matchup vs. the Suns. DeRozan has scored 24 or more points in each of his last three games and needs to be locked into all lineups. Feb 1, 8:37 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 19 in 31 minutes
    Reggie Jackson scored 19 points with three rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He's been dealing with some dehydration and he looked to have some cramping with his calves tonight. Jackson will get Tuesday off before he gets a date with the Celtics in Boston for Wednesday. Expect him to be healthy for that one. Feb 1, 7:54 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 19 points
    J.R. Smith scored 19 points with three rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He had a great January, averaging 14.8 points, 2.9 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys on 45.4 percent from the field. He's playing about 16.3 minutes per game with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2016, but he's still managed to get his shots. He's flirting with top-50 value in 2016. Feb 1, 7:14 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays 41 minutes, scores 25
    Kyrie Irving scored 25 points with three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: His usage rate is climbing and his 41 minutes are a season high. Irving isn't taking 3-pointers as much these days, which was a big reason why he broke out last year from an efficiency standpoint. That should come soon while the assists are starting to come around, too. Regardless, Kyrie looks great and is poised to pay dividends for his patient owners. Feb 1, 7:10 pm
  • Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos will start
    Marco Belinelli (illness) and Kosta Koufos will start vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: They will join Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein in the first unit. Ben McLemore (wrist) and DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) are sitting this one out, so expect to see a lot of Omri Casspi off the bench as well. Belinelli is on the radar as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues until McLemore is cleared to return. Feb 1, 6:54 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (dehydration) will play
    Reggie Jackson (dehydration) will play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: His status was never really in doubt and Jackson was able to play 28 minutes on Saturday despite dealing with the same issue. R-Jax should be feeling a lot better and belongs in all active lineups. Feb 1, 3:43 pm
  • Marco Belinelli probable to play
    Marco Belinelli (illness) s probable to play against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be back from his illness over the weekend. Belinelli has started some second halves for Ben McLemore (wrist), so he might get a start tonight and should have a lot of shots go his way. Feb 1, 1:52 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones signs for another 10 days
    Pelicans sign G Bryce Dejean-Jones to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: New Orleans will have to decide whether to keep him for the season or let him go at the conclusion of this 10-day contract, but he's played well since earning his audition and it wouldn't surprise us to see him stick on a team that has been decimated by injuries. Feb 1, 10:33 am
  • Jackson, Ilaysova expected to play on Monday
    Reggie Jackson (dehydration) and Ersan Ilyasova (adductor) are expected to play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: R-Jax played just 28 minutes on Saturday after coming in questionable due to dehydration, and he actually had to receive fluids after the game as a result. Regardless, he's good to go on Monday, which will keep Brandon Jennings in his bench role. Ilaysova sat out Saturday's game with the adductor strain, but it looks like he'll wind up missing just a single game. Feb 1, 9:25 am
  • Lue staying on top of Irving about improving
    Tyronn Lue is committed to staying on top of Kyrie Irving about becoming a "better point guard."

    Advice: "He told me that he was going to stay on me about pace and about being a better point guard," Irving said. "Just facilitating, knowing our plays, knowing when people need to be at the right spot offensively and defensively. He's been on me." Irving has still struggled with consistency, but he's played well over his last two games, averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals on 55.6 percent shooting. Feb 1, 8:39 am
  • Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 31. Jan 31, 11:50 pm
  • Lou Williams makes 1-of-10 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs
    Lou Williams couldn't find the range from the field on Sunday, shooting 1-of-10, but he went 8-of-8 from the FT line to finish with 11 points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Sweet Lou makes a living at the line and this isn't exactly unexpected -- over his past five games he's shooting 28.2 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the FT line. He's been terrific as a starter and the only imminent threat to his value is the prospect of a trade to a less-favorable situation. Jan 31, 9:25 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad invisible in 13 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad failed to score in 13 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, finishing Sunday's road loss with two turnovers, three personal fouls and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Yikes. It was Muhammad's lowest playing time since Dec. 28 and he won't be a consistent option while Tayshaun Prince is logging heavy minutes as a starter -- Prince got 30 minutes tonight, Andrew Wiggins played 35 minutes, and Zach LaVine saw 25 minutes as a shooting guard, so there wasn't much room for Shabazz in the rotation. Jan 31, 8:57 pm
  • Zach LaVine (ankle) gets hot late in defeat
    Zach LaVine (ankle) got hot late vs. the Blazers on Sunday, finishing 6-of-14 from the field for 14 points, with one 3-pointer, two boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: LaVine was scorching hot prior to his injury -- in the Wolves' previous three games he averaged 25.0 points and 2.3 triples, while shooting a combined 31-of-44 from the field (70.5 percent). He saw most of his time at SG tonight, and with his minutes on the upswing it makes sense to grab him where available, if only for upside as a source of scoring, 3s, assists and FT percentage. Jan 31, 8:55 pm
  • Archie Goodwin shoots 1-of-11 vs. Mavericks
    Archie Goodwin shot just 1-of-11 vs. the Mavericks, finishing Sunday's road loss with three points, four rebounds, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Goodwin is averaging just 7.0 points on 7-of-36 shooting (19.4 percent) in his past three games, a steep decline considering how well he played immediately after Brandon Knight's groin injury. He was 1-of-8 within five feet of the rim and needs to finish better to sustain his offense -- fantasy owners should consider benching him until he heats up. Jan 31, 7:12 pm
  • Devin Booker fouls out w/ 19/7/4 in road loss
    Devin Booker fouled out of Sunday's game with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Booker shot 6-of-15 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line, and the only blemish was a team-high four turnovers. "You've got no chance when you turn the ball over," coach Jeff Hornacek said this weekend. "If you can't complete the basic plays, you're in for some long nights." The Suns' backcourt is desperately thin without Brandon Knight (groin) and Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery), so Booker will continue to play big minutes regardless of his turnover totals. Jan 31, 7:11 pm
  • Zach LaVine (ankle) is not on injury report
    Zach LaVine (ankle) is not on the injury report for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He appeared to tweak his ankle on Friday, but his status was never in doubt for Sunday's game. He is averaging 25.0 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 boards, 0.7 steals and 2.3 3-pointers per game over his last three and should be in all lineups until he cools off. Jan 31, 4:47 pm
  • Lance Stephenson plays just nine minutes
    Lance Stephenson failed to build off his 16-point outing from Friday, scoring just two points to go with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover through nine minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Stephenson shot just 1-of-3 from the field in this one and he's simply not going to be a major part of the rotation in Los Angeles while the Clippers are healthy. Leave him on the wire. Jan 31, 3:58 pm
  • Wes Johnson hits three 3-pointers Sunday
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points off the bench on Sunday to go with three 3-pointers, two boards, one assist and no other statistics in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson doesn’t really stuff the stat sheet, but he’s been a mid-round guy over the past month largely due to his 3-point shooting (1.9) and steals (1.9). He’s on the radar as a 3-point and steals specialist in deep leagues. Jan 31, 3:44 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points with four treys
    J.J. Redick scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance for J.J. who only managed to connect on two of his 10 shot attempts on Friday. The Clippers need his scoring to stay competitive with Blake Griffin on the sidelines, so he should continue to churn out late-middle round value over the next few months. Jan 31, 3:33 pm
  • Bryce Dejean-Jones to earn second 10-day deal
    Bryce Dejean-Jones will reportedly sign a second 10-day contract with the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He's earned it, as he's been in the starting lineup over the past two games owning averages of 11.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals and 2.0 three-pointers per game on 42.1 percent shooting. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Jan 31, 2:05 pm
  • Wes Johnson will come off the bench Sunday
    Wes Johnson will return to the bench for Sunday's game vs. the Bulls with Paul Pierce (rest) back in the starting lineup.

    Advice: Johnson minutes don't fluctuate much as a reserve or a starter, so how he enters the game doesn't mean all that much. He's actually been a sneaky mid-round guy over the past month with averages of 8.5 points, 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's worth a look in deep leagues. Jan 31, 12:32 pm
  • Lou Williams (illness) will play on Sunday
    Lou Williams (illness) will play Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was probable heading into this one, so no surprises here. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup against the Hornets. Jan 31, 11:34 am
  • Rivers says Lance Stephenson will help LAC
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers still believes that Lance Stephenson will help the Clippers moving forward.

    Advice: "I still say he's going to help us," Rivers said. "But I just like his spirit. He's ready every night, he wants to play. He's been a great team guy." Stephenson played well against the Lakers on Friday with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes, but keep in mind that Paul Pierce was rested. Unless he does this again, leave Born Ready on the wire in all leagues. Jan 31, 10:18 am
  • Courtney Lee scores 18 points in win
    Courtney Lee hit all five of his shots from the field and finished with 18 points in Saturday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Lee also had one board, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers, and he shot 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Lee has scored in double digits in his last three games, but he is on an expiring contract and the Grizzlies are reportedly exploring the trade market for him. For now, Lee is simply just a low-end asset in standard leagues and a trade wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. Jan 30, 9:05 pm
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