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  • Nicolas Batum returns in an easy win
    Nicolas Batum returned to the lineup on Friday night against the Bulls with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers had his game in the bag in the third quarter, so there was no need to play Batum more than 20 minutes. He should get better and his fantasy owners shouldn't worry much about his knee contusion being a lingering issue. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has an overdue dud vs. POR
    Jimmy Butler scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal on 3-of-13 from the field against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been one of the best players in the NBA this season and obviously gets a pass here. Butler's shot selection wasn't as great tonight, but there is no need to worry thanks to taking much smarter shots throughout the season. He'll likely get it going again on Monday against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic erupts w/ 24 points, 11 boards
    Nikola Mirotic stepped up with Taj Gibson (ankle) getting hurt against the Blazers on Friday, scoring a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Pau Gasol (calf) did not play tonight and X-rays were negative on Gibson's ankle, so he is not a lock for minutes. That said, Mirotic is capable of blocking shots, hitting treys and turning in good percentages, so it's not a bad idea to add him speculatively in some leagues. To be clear, we wouldn't cut a player you're going to miss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Green posts fat line in blowout win over UTA
    Draymond Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including a three) with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals in the Warriors' 101-88 blowout win over the Jazz.

    Advice: The Jazz carried a 15-point edge in fourth quarter garbage time to get the game this close, and Green continued to plow away with his top 35-40 value. Yes, David Lee is coming back at some point and he's going to get minutes, but the Warriors don't look like they're going to make the same mistakes they've made in the past selling Green short. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Wilson Chandler stays hot on Friday night
    Wilson Chandler kept the ball rolling against the Pelicans on Friday with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He is playing some minutes as the stretch four on top of his duties as the starting small forward. Chandler has been hot over his last 10 games and should be owned in all standard leagues until he cools off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Barnes plays 40 minutes in blowout win
    Harrison Barnes saw 40 minutes in Friday's easy win over the Jazz, finishing with 14 points, 11 boards, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Barnes did not hit a three but he did make all six of his free throws, and he has suddenly surged into top 90-110 value with averages of 29.6 minutes, 12.0 points, 1.2 threes, 5.4 boards and marks of 51.8 and 81.6 percent from the field and foul line, respectively. Unfortunately he is shooting way over his head right now and the impeding return to reality is going to knock him out of 12-team value, and that's before David Lee's eventual return factors in. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Iguodala enjoys easy win over the Jazz
    Andre Iguodala scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: The Warriors took control of the game early and never looked back. With David Lee eventually returning to complicate and already bad situation for Iguodala, owners should watch this action from the wire in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Favors nears double-double in blowout loss
    Derrick Favors scored 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: This was as good as it got in the starting lineup in yet another terrible basketball game on Friday. Enes Kanter scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and five turnovers but as usual had no steals or blocks, Trey Burke fell off a cliff with two points (1-of-8 FGs), five assists, one steal, and Alec Burks hit 3-of-10 shots for nine points, four boards and a three. Woof. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Kenneth Faried finally has a big game
    Kenneth Faried scored 19 points against the Pelicans on Friday with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It was his best game since the opener and things are finally starting to look up for the Manimal. He made 7-of-12 from the field and snapped a five-game streak of not taking double-digit shots. The buy-low window will likely close quickly on Faried. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari has impressive game
    Danilo Gallinari made 5-of-7 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He entered tonight making just 26.2 percent from the field and he really needed a big game like this one. Gallinari is still a long way from playing close to his career 30.8 minutes per game, which might not even happen. Unless you want to be really aggressive, you can probably keep Gallo on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Thibs downplays Gibson's ankle injury
    Coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the ankle injury suffered by Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Blazers, saying he didn't think it was serious despite Gibson leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

    Advice: X-rays taken were negative but there is a different vibe coming from writers that think he may need at least a little time to get his ankle right. Owners speculating on Nikola Mirotic (24 points, 11 rebounds, four threes) may want to tap the breaks here, but the running joke is that Thibs doesn't think any injury is serious. With Pau Gasol set to come back sooner rather than later it would appear, Mirotic is more of a flier than anything in 12-14 team formats. In daily formats owners could be able to squeeze a few good games out of him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
     
    Injured
  • Ryan Anderson doesn't make any treys
    Ryan Anderson did not make any 3-pointers in a bad 117-97 loss to the Nuggets on Friday with 10 points three rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He made just 2-of-11 from the field in his worst game of the season. Anderson was rolling with 3.0 triples per game before tonight and he'll get it turned around against the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca starts again on Friday
    Alexis Ajinca started against the Nuggets on Friday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Omer Asik (back) aggravated his injury in pre-game warmups, so we could see Ajinca in the starting lineup for a couple more games. He's not going to be as good as he was tonight, so only owners in deep leagues should have interest here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays like a normal NBA star
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: This would have been a great line for any player, but Davis has completely spoiled his fantasy owners. He might turn it around and go for a 30-point, 20-board, 10-block game on Saturday against the Jazz or something. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Dirk's ankle injury no big deal in blowout
    Dirk Nowitzki shook off an ankle injury in the Mavs' 140-106 laugher win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, one block and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Dirk logged just 21 minutes and that's a nice little bonus on top of the fact that he's essentially ankle-proof. Tyson Chandler was quiet with five points and four boards, Jameer Nelson enjoyed the boost with 10 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two threes, and Monta Ellis had it all with 20 and 10 to go with three treys and three boards. Of course none of this matters, because Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Parsons breaks out of slump against Lakers
    Chandler Parsons scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting with two threes, two boards and three assists over 29 minutes in Friday's massive win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Parsons had a stretch including 5-of-6 games in which he didn't exceed 30 minutes, that also happened to correspond with him getting the flu. He played 37 minutes on Wednesday and that was probably a warning shot to owners that he was ready to get things moving. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Wright with yet another efficient line on Fri
    Brandan Wright hit all five of his field goal attempts in Friday's blowout win, finishing with 12 points, three boards and two steals in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: Wright is hitting an absurd 77.8 percent from the field while returning top 50-90 value (9/8 cat) in just 18.6 mpg. If you were an early adopter or drafted Wright go ahead and pat yourself on the back, and if your league is still sleeping it's time to wake up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • LeBron James scores 22 points; Cavs now 5-6
    LeBron James scored 22 points in a loss to the 91-78 loss to the Wizards on Friday to go with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are 5-6 and LeBron is below .500 after playing in at least 10 games since the 2007-08 season. The Cavs also had a 76ers-like 82.0 offensive efficiency rating tonight. While everyone is going to overreact, LeBron has been a top-10 player in fantasy leagues despite not even being close to as great as he was last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Roberson steals two, blocks four vs. Nets
    Andre Roberson moved back into the starting lineup and played 22 minutes on Friday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Advice: Roberson has sneaky fantasy value and in his six games he has returned late-round value when he has been on the floor. Scott Brooks loves him and it wouldn't be surprising to see him start for the rest of the season, but there still isn't a lot of stable ground here. If you want to take a flier in a deep league we can get behind that, but otherwise it pays to wait and see if he can keep it up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Morrow hits three treys in 25 minutes
    Anthony Morrow hit three triples and 4-of-11 shots overall on Friday, finishing with 11 points, two boards and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Morrow missed his window and it sounds like the cavalry is coming soon, but one had to know he'd get things turned around a little bit after a short cold stretch entering tonight. Feel free to move on in 12-14 team formats, but don't be surprised if he carves out value as a 3-point shooter sometime down the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Johnson held in check by the Thunder
    Joe Johnson scored just eight points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, three assists, one block and one trey in Friday's road win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Johnson played 52 minutes on Wednesday and drew some versatile Thunder defenders, so it's not too surprising that he ran out of gas. He had been playing a little bit over his head in fantasy leagues prior to tonight, and he should remain in all lineups going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Kevin Love's struggles continue again
    Kevin Love struggled against the Wizards on Friday with eight points, eight boards, two assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was horrible on both ends of the floor and the Wizards went at him on defense. Love is shooting below 39 percent from the field on the year and has scored just 12.6 points per game over his last five. Despite the awful start, he's still been a top-40 player before tonight, but his value has trended down in the past two weeks. It be a good idea to see if his owner is hitting the panic button. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Taj Gibson hurts ankle in Friday's game
    Taj Gibson hit the ground after hurting his left ankle in Friday's game and did not return.

    Advice: He was helped off the floor by teammates and he is already on crutches, and it's the same ankle he hurt against the Cavs. Nikola Mirotic has looked pretty good with Pau Gasol out and he'll clearly take a backseat to Gasol and Joakim Noah, but in that injury prone crew he'll also be well-positioned if the injury bug strikes. We don't have a timetable on Gibson since the injury just occurred, but Mirotic is worth a look as a speculative add for any low-upside or risky player on your roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Lee (hamstring) 'making good progress'
    David Lee (hamstring) is "making good progress" according to the Warriors and he will be evaluated again on their current road trip.

    Advice: We'll need to see a bit more progress before arbitrarily assuming he's close to being back, but it's a good report nonetheless. His minutes and starting status will be in doubt upon his return, but he'll still be worth owning in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
     
    Injured
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet vs. Wolves
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and four 3-pointer during a 121-92 win.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field and both free throws for one of the biggest stat lines of the night. Fantasy owners tend to focus on points too much, but Green has put up top-60 value on the season. He's worth owning in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will start against Bulls
    Nicolas Batum (knee) will start against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out for almost two weeks due to his knee contusion and is expected to have his minutes limited tonight. Batum is a big part of the offense and he's still worth starting even with the restriction on his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter won't play on Friday
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) will not play on Friday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He has the nasty stomach bug now and could miss additional time because he doesn't get much playing time to begin with. Pondexter is only worth owning in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:55 pm
     
    Injured
  • Andre Roberson will start Friday vs. the Nets
    Andre Roberson will start on Friday, sending Jeremy Lamb to the bench.

    Advice: Roberson is a defensive specialist for the Thunder, so he doesn't bring too much to the box score. He's averaging 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds with the starting unit, and his minutes will be capped at 20 tonight, so he doesn't really belong on an active roster outside of extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter (illness) doubtful for Fri.
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Courtney Lee said that Pondexter is dealing with the worst part of the illness today, so it would be a bit shocking if he were to suit up. If Pondexter sits, there will be more minutes to go around for Vince Carter and Courtney Lee. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 am
     
    Injured
  • Ryan Anderson playing without hesitation
    Ryan Anderson was limited to just 22 games last season after he suffered a herniated cervical disc that required surgery, however, he is playing without hesitation this season.

    Advice: "Ryan has no hesitation at all, especially on the offensive end," said Williams of Anderson's play. "He's always ready and willing to get up a shot and that's why we love him. I've seen him get hit in a few games and I didn't see him shake his neck or do anything that was any different than when he gets hit in practice. I think he got that stuff out of the way once he started playing in preseason." Anderson is currently averaging 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers per game this season, numbers good enough for top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
  • Taj Gibson has a letdown game in Sacramento
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson owners had higher hopes than this tonight as the starting power forward. In his seven starts at power forward last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 9.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. Pau Gasol (calf) could miss more time, so Gibson owners should continue to have him locked into their lineups until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:20 pm
     
    Injured
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points against the Kings on Thursday with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He operated out of the post quite a bit, but he had nine of his 11 makes come off an assist tonight. Butler has been the go-to option for the Bulls these days, but his usage takes a massive hit when Derrick Rose (hamstring) is on the floor. He's putting up first-round value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter is questionable for Friday
    Quincy Pondexter (illness) is listed as questionable to face the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He looks like he's a little behind schedule on the illness, so Pondexter might have a smaller chance to play. He's not a fantasy option as long as Courtney Lee and Tony Allen are out there. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:34 pm
     
    Injured
  • David Lee's re-evaluation pushed back to Fri.
    David Lee's (hamstring) re-evaluation will now take place on Friday rather than Thursday.

    Advice: Lee went through some 5-on-0 portions of Wednesday's practice, and he was expected to be re-evaluated today, but that will have to wait another day. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation, so owners still holding on will need to be patient upon his initial return. He sounds doubtful for Friday's game against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:42 pm
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) spotted without brace
    Nicolas Batum (knee) was spotted doing shooting drills after Thursday's practice, and was not wearing a brace on his injured right knee.

    Advice: Batum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned for an official update on his status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. When Batum returns, Allen Crabbe will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki expects to play vs LAL Friday
    Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) expects to play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Nowitzki briefly left Wednesday's win over the Wizards, but was able to return after getting his left ankle taped. "It’s just the first couple of minutes that hurt," Nowitzki said, adding that he expects to be fine for Friday’s game against the Lakers. "I walked it off, got it re-taped. Trainer asked me if I wanted to call it a day, but obviously a close game, so if I can walk, I want to be out there." Expecting to play and actually playing are two different things, so we'll be keeping a close eye on Dirk's status for Friday's tilt agains the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Kevin Love trying to find himself in Cavs' O
    Kevin Love admitted that he is still trying to find his place in the Cavaliers' offense after Wednesday loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:34 am
  • Wilson Chandler leads Nuggets with 21 points
    Wilson Chandler hit 8-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points, nine rebounds and an assist in Monday's win.

    Advice: He's scored in double figures in five straight games and eight of his last nine, as Danilo Gallinari struggles for minutes and a return to health. This was his best game of the season and at this point, Chandler should be owned in all leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:07 am
  • Kenneth Faried quiet in 30 minutes
    Kenneth Faried got 30 minutes from coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, but had just eight points, 10 rebounds, a steal and zero blocks on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: At this point, you have to wonder if Brian Shaw is shunning Faried in the offense in order to keep Faried down. He has too much talent to be this bad all season and blew up after a slow start last year. Just hang in there with him if you can, but if you feel like you have to move him, there should be some owners out there willing to buy low. The good news is he got 30 minutes after playing just 22 on Monday, so there's that. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:04 am
  • Andre Roberson plays seven minutes in return
    Andre Roberson returned from a foot injury on Wednesday and played seven minutes, finishing with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks with the injury, but could be slotted into the starting SG job once he's fully healthy. That's where he was before the injury, but he isn't much of a fantasy prospect unless you're in a really deep league. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:02 am
  • Anthony Morrow not doing much with minutes
    Anthony Morrow played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points, without making a 3-pointer.

    Advice: If he's not going to hit threes, he has no fantasy value. Despite getting at least 28 minutes in all but one of his games this season, Morrow hasn't really done anything outside of a 28-point game on Nov. 12. Maybe he'll get it turned around at some point, but the odds aren't in his favor with the return of Andre Roberson from a foot injury tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:56 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter struggles in start for MEM
    Quincy Pondexter started for the flu-depleted Grizzlies on Wednesday and had just four points and one rebound on 2-of-6 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and a few others were out with the illness tonight, so QP drew the start. He looked like a sneaky daily play, but that plan didn't work out as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Andre Roberson returned to action on Wednesday November 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Joe Johnson plays 52 minutes on Wed.
    Joe Johnson played 52 minutes on a triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a couple chances to win the game late, but it looked like all the minutes may have caused his shot to fall short. Johnson's shooting numbers are starting to come down, but he's still posting mid-round value. Keep him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Brandan Wright scores 14 off Mavs bench
    Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Wright has somehow scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over that stretch, despite playing just 19 minutes a game. He's also hit 24-of-31 shots during that run, and is worth owning in most leagues, despite coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in win over Wiz
    Chandler Parsons hit just 4-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points and three rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Parsons scored 17 on Monday, but has scored 14 or fewer point in three of his last four games. He's averaging just 14.3 points on the season after posting a career-high 16.6 last season. Playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis is making it tough for Parsons to fill it up nightly, but he's still an effective fantasy player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki injures ankle in win over WAS
    Dirk Nowitzki sprained his left ankle after stepping on another player's foot late on Wednesday, but was able to return and finish with 13 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The ankle sprain didn't look good in replays and there's a good chance it will swell up overnight. We've seen Dirk play through these types of injuries in the past, but owners should certainly be on the lookout for news over the next few days. The Mavs next play the struggling Lakers on Friday, and there's a decent chance he could miss that game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • LeBron, Irving not enough vs. Spurs
    LeBron James hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving was better on 7-of-15 shooting and three 3-pointers for 20 points, just two assists, and three steals. LeBron's ball handling is probably going to hurt Irving's assist numbers over the course of the season, along with Kevin Love's rebounding and scoring. Had LeBron limited his TOs and made a few more shots tonight, the Cavs would have beaten the Spurs, but they played solid defense against him. LeBron wasn't at his best tonight, but he's having a big season and should be ready to dominate against the Wizards on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Kevin Love goes for 10 & 11 in loss to Spurs
    Kevin Love hit just 4-of-12 shots and no 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Love's owners may have to be talked off a ledge after this one. He's had a fine season, but hasn't exactly been the superstar they were looking to draft in the first round of drafts. Love has now scores 14 or fewer points in four of his last seven games, has four games on the season with eight or fewer rebounds, and has finished three games without a 3-pointer, including tonight. He's averaging a respectable 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers per game, but sometimes you don't get what you pay for. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Andre Roberson is available to play vs. DEN
    Andre Roberson (foot) is available to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear if he is going to start or if his minutes are limited. Roberson was close to playing on Tuesday, but he probably won't be fully unleashed tonight. If you want to pick him up in a deep league, it makes some sense. Although, he will lose a lot of value upon the return of Kevin Durant (foot). Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Andre Roberson could play on Wednesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) has not been ruled out for Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going through pre-game warmups, but it's unknown if he will actually play. The Thunder could really use him and he would be on the fantasy radar. Lance Thomas would lose minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter in line for big minutes Wed.
    Quincy Pondexter should play heavy minutes for the Grizzlies on Wednesday, as they're down to only nine healthy players.

    Advice: Five guys are out with the flu including Courtney Lee and Tony Allen, which opens up a major opportunity for Q-Pon on the wings. He's well worth considering as a fill-in option in daily leagues, but doesn't have enough long-term value to bother with anywhere else. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
     
    Injured
  • David Lee goes through 5-on-0
    David Lee (hamstring) went through 5-on-0 portions of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to be re-evaluated on Thursday, but is still expected to miss the next week. Lee will likely have his minutes monitored and he's likely lost his starting job to Draymond Green. It does make some sense to stash Lee, but he's probably not a top-50 player upon his return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) goes through practice
    Nicolas Batum (knee) went through practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is hopeful to play on Friday and going through practice today bodes well for his chances. The Blazers only had two different starting lineups last season, but they've had a lot of injuries in the young season with C.J. McCollum (hand) as the most recent. Batum owners can plug him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:24 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) had two PRP injections
    Nicolas Batum (knee) has received two Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in order to speed up the healing process.

    Advice: This isn't bad news by any means, as this is a nonsurgical procedure that has shown success in the past. Batum is targeting a return to the lineup on Friday and owners should deploy him by all means if that is the case. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but it is looking positive. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:07 am
  • Anthony Davis keeps torrid pace in road win
    Anthony Davis continued his onslaught in Tuesday's road win vs. the Kings, notching 27 points (11-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He's on pace to become the only player in NBA history to lead the league in both steals and blocks, and the Pelicans' 21-year-old is sure to rack up untold records as his career unfolds. He's lapping the field for fantasy value, with only Steph Curry, LeBron James, James Harden and Chris Paul in the rearview mirror. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 22 points w/ four 3s
    Ryan Anderson caught fire in the second half of Tuesday's comeback win in Sacramento, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He was very quiet in the first half, but few players can catch fire as quickly as Ryno, who did his damage in 31 minutes of action. His playing time has picked up with Omer Asik (back) sidelined over the past two games, but Anderson doesn't need more than 25-30 minutes per game to provide solid points and rebounds with elite 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Anthony Morrow quiet in 34 minutes Tuesday
    Anthony Morrow logged 34 minutes off the Thunder bench on Tuesday, but he scored only eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Morrow hit a 3-pointer and he doesn't usually contribute many boards or defensive stats, which take the sting out of his low-scoring game. He blew up for 28 points and four triples last Wednesday but is just 7-of-31 from the field since then (22.6 percent), so fantasy owners should deploy him with caution. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 10 points in 26 minutes
    Derrick Favors was conspicuously quiet in Tuesday's win vs. the Thunder, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one block in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up four fouls, which limited his playing time, and credit is due to Serge Ibaka's defense. Favors hasn't been the most consistent player this year, but he's exceeding fantasy owners' expectations with top-40 value and should only get better as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Andre Roberson (foot) won't return on Tuesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) will not return on Tuesday and he remains day-to-day.

    Advice: There's a chance that Roberson will play Wednesday, but OKC may hold him out until Friday or Saturday as a precaution. He's likely to assume the starting SG job once healthy, but he doesn't have enough fantasy upside to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:09 pm
  • LeBron James wants minutes to come down
    LeBron James stated during a recent interview that his minutes have to "come down."

    Advice: "For me, I don't want to [play heavy minutes] all year," James said. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it." James is currently averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1 per game, but a slight reduction in minutes wouldn't hinder James' value. When LBJ is on the court, he will put up big stat lines, so owners have nothing to worry about with this report. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Report: Nuggets management not high on Faried
    According to sources with knowledge of the Nuggets' thinking, Kenneth Faried is not well liked by the organization, particularly by head coach Brian Shaw.

    Advice: "[Faried] is a helluva player and plays hard, but he isn’t well liked [in the organization]," a league source said. "That gets glossed over. He says crazy s---. He thinks he’s the guy, and other guys take exception to his contract." This could perhaps explain why Faried's minutes have regressed this season to just 26.5 per game, however, if the Nuggets were to do some sort of "restructuring," Shaw would likely be the one to go. Denver has been a mess, and they can no longer point to injuries as the main culprit. Faried has been underwhelming following a fantastic summer, but he should be able to eventually turn things around, so he can be viewed as a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Andre Roberson getting closer to return
    Andre Roberson (foot) is close to returning this week, according to Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, and could play as early as Tuesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Brooks mentioned Tuesday as a possibility, but we're more likely looking at Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday if we're staying within Brooks' timetable of this week. Roberson doesn't deserve much fantasy attention as a defensive specialist, but his return will cut into Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow's already limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:45 am
  • LeBron James working on relationship w/Blatt
    LeBron James is still working on building a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: James and Blatt had somewhat contrary statements about the Cavs' energy level after Monday's loss to the Nuggets, but we're still only nine games into the regular season so it's not time to send the two to counseling just yet. "Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cavs' loss. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that." Regardless of his relationship with his head coach, James' fantasy owners have to be happy with his top-5 play over the last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:00 am
  • Gibson enjoys like without Pau on Monday
    Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 pm
     
    Injured
  • Butler headlines night of big lines for Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one three and a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line in Monday's win.

    Advice: Butler is returning top-10 fantasy value and it's unclear where his shooting percentages are ultimately going to fall because he has clearly improved. Making an ungodly 80.6 percent from the line on 8.0 attempts per game, we're getting past issues involving small sample size too. The safe play is to sell him high in exchange for a well-positioned top-20 asset, but what fun would that be? Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Mirotic productive with Pau Gasol out
    Nikola Mirotic was productive with Pau Gasol (calf) out on Monday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Mirotic needs an injury or two in front of him before he has any real fantasy value, but this is a good sign that he may be able to come through if given the chance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Anthony Davis may or may not be human
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points on 14-of-20 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Davis hasn't neared his ceiling yet and that's the part folks continue to grapple with, but be clear we haven't seen this type of transcendent player in many, many years. Jrue Holiday hit just 5-of-19 shots for 14 points, seven boards, two assists and three treys, and Tyreke Evans was equally inept shooting the ball with 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting, five boards, eight assists and two steals. Both ball-dominant guards ignored Davis down the stretch and it cost the Pellies a nice road loss in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Ajinca plays 16 minutes in start for Asik
    Alexis Ajinca started for Omer Asik (back) on Monday, lasting 16 minutes with six points, seven rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Ajinca had a few nice moments but he's basically a magnet for would-be scorers to pad their stats at the foul line. Needless to say that doesn't help him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet on Monday
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the 76ers on Monday with 11 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Like most Spurs, he's capable of putting up very useful fantasy lines without much scoring output. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Pondexter posts nice line in blowout win
    Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds and four assists over 30 minutes in Monday's blowout win.

    Advice: Pondexter has been in and out of the rotation and we need to see this many more times before we let him out of our doghouse. He and Kosta Koufos (three steals, three blocks, 10 points, six boards) obviously benefited from the garbage time tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:29 pm
     
    Injured
  • LeBron says he was playing through the flu
    LeBron James played through the flu in the Cavs' 106-97 home loss to the reeling Nuggets on Monday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The flu is doubtful to hold him back going forward, especially with the Cavs under increased scrutiny with each passing loss. We're keeping him off the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Love goes for 20 and 11 in loss to Nuggets
    Kevin Love went for 20 and 11 in Monday's loss to the Nuggets, hitting 7-of-13 shots (1-of-5 from deep, 5-of-6 from the line) with one assist and no defensive stats.

    Advice: Love is still playing well below his ADP and it fits the narrative that the Cavs will take a while to gel. It's still buy low territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hits four treys on Monday
    Chandler Parsons got hot against the Hornets on Monday with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: His shooting numbers have been down and he came into tonight at just 40.0 percent from the field. Parsons is putting up plenty of stats elsewhere and there has been an upward trend in his stats as the year has gone along. He should be a top-50 player in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Faried benched after leaked ESPN report
    Kenneth Faried played just 22 minutes before being benched in Monday's road win over the Cavs, finishing with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting with one rebound, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Ouch. ESPN reported earlier in the day that the front office wasn't thrilled with Faried and perhaps this was Brian Shaw flexing his muscles in coordination with that report. Of course, Shaw and the front office are circling the wagons after a suspect couple of years, and mounting pressure amidst their disastrous start. A win over the Cavs will certainly net them some currency, but in the long term it would be surprising if Faried is successfully scapegoated here. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Chandler gets majority of minutes on Monday
    Wilson Chandler scored 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with nine rebound and two steals over 38 minutes in Monday's road win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Chandler was sitting right on the cut line in 12-team leagues before tonight, but if he's going to step into starter's minutes he'll be worth owning in most formats. Of course, we don't know what Brian Shaw is going to do from night-to-night and a lot depends on Danilo Gallinari's (eight minutes) knee, but owners should take a look at Chandler as a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca will start for Omer Asik
    Alexis Ajinca will start against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Omer Asik (back) is out, but Ajinca probably won't play too much with Ryan Anderson more than capable of playing power forward next to Anthony Davis. He's only a deep-league play. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:40 pm
  • Gallinari (knee) plays just eight minutes
    Danilo Gallinari (knee) played just eight minutes on Friday against the Cavs.

    Advice: Gallo missed both of his shot attempts and had just one rebound with one assist to his stat line. Until he shows signs of life owners can watch this action from the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:38 pm
  • Batum (knee) says he should play on Friday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he should be okay for Friday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: This is great news for owners, who have had to deal with some uncertainty over the last week. If a two-game week for Batum works for you, get him back into lineups if you can. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
  • Batum (knee) out on Monday vs. Pelicans
    Nicolas Batum (knee) will not play on Monday against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: Batum's absence has spread minutes around to Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake, but none of them are good fantasy options in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:16 pm
  • Update: Nate and Gallinari will play on Mon.
    Nate Robinson and Danilo Gallinari will play against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: They were ruled out earlier this morning and coach Brian Shaw has changed his tune. There are still way too many concerns about both guys tonight and they are unlikely to play more than half of the game tonight. That said, it's a little harder to be bullish on Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:31 pm
  • LeBron James is good to go for Monday night
    LeBron James (illness) will play against the Nuggets on Monday night.

    Advice: He missed shootaround with a head cold, but he was expected to play the entire time. James is hot on offense with 31.6 points per game in his last five and is also getting to the line 9.6 times per game in that span, too. Get him in your lineup even though garbage time will likely be a factor tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:28 pm
  • Shaw: Gallo and Nate could play on Monday
    Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson could play against the Cavs on Monday, according to coach Brian Shaw.

    Advice: Interesting. They are not expected to play in back-to-back sets, but the is at least a small chance because of their low minutes on Sunday. Gallinari is still very unlikely to go, so those who were looking to use Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo shouldn't be too discouraged. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:10 pm
  • LeBron misses shootaround, probable Monday
    LeBron James (illness) missed shootaround, but he's probable vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league right now, so the Cavs are likely just being cautious with their superstar. The fact that he's already probable is an indication it's not serious, but daily leaguers should keep James' illness in mind when filling out their lineups on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:04 am
  • Gallinari, Robinson will not play on Monday
    Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson will both miss Monday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Both players are fine, but neither is cleared to play in back-to-back sets just yet. Without Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo should be the main beneficiaries, while Robinson's absence will mean the team will lean a little harder on Ty Lawson. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:57 am
  • Andre Iguodala gets double-digits in blowout
    Andre Iguodala scored 10 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in just 21 minutes on Sunday, in his second double-digit scoring game of the season.

    Advice: The Warriors lead the NBA in both pace and fastbreak points, and they rank third in 3-pointers per game. The result is a league-leading 1.33 points per shot, and enough offense to give solid fantasy value to guys like Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, in addition to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Iguodala has been conspicuously quiet in a bench role and tonight's result was fueled by a high-scoring blowout win, so he should stay on the waiver wire until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:20 pm
  • Anthony Morrow goes 1-of-9 from field vs. HOU
    Anthony Morrow shot just 1-of-9 from the field on Sunday, finishing a tough home loss vs. Houston with four points, one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow poured in 28 points vs. the Celtics on Wednesday but he's struggled since then, going a combined 5-of-25 from the field in OKC's past two games. He'll be better most nights and is worth owning if you're in need of scoring and 3-pointers, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:10 pm
  • Kenneth Faried goes for 16-9 in Nuggets loss
    Kenneth Faried scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting (2-of-5 from the line), to go with nine rebounds, two steals, two turnovers, and one assist during Sunday's loss.

    Advice: Faried is currently averaging just 9.5 FGA per game, and he needs to start being more aggressive in Denver's offense. His numbers this season are down across-the-board as he’s averaging11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds over 26.4 minutes of action. However, after such an impressive summer he just has to eventually get things turned around, so owners may want to float out some buy-low offers for The Manimal. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) doubtful for Monday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, but remains doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Batum said that the bruise on his right knee is under the bone, and he's still not feeling 100 percent. If Batum is unable to go Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum, will continue to see some extended minutes for the Blazers, but none of those guys makes for a very attractive option in standard leagues. Batum will now be targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Draymond Green has a so-so night
    Draymond Green scored just seven points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: The line isn't great, but a player with a usage rate of only 18.6 isn't going to light it up every night. However, it's interesting to see the drastic upward trend in his minutes. Green played 13.4 in 2012-13, 21.9 in 2013-14 and he's at 32.6 this season. Green also has a remarkable 69.0 effective field goal percentage on his 29 catch-and-shoot attempts. He's been a top-30 player in the past two weeks and could be top 50 all season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:47 am
  • Andre Roberson (foot) is not close to return
    Andre Roberson (foot) is not close to making a return to the Thunder, and will not play on Sunday.

    Advice: The Thunder haven't released a lot of info on Roberson which doesn't bode well for his status going forward. The defensive specialist should remain on the waiver wire in almost all leagues until we get a positive report. In the meantime, Jeremy Lamb will continue to play as many minutes as he can handle and is considered a boom-or-bust option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Brandan Wright makes all six from field
    Brandan Wright made all six from the field for 13 points against the Wolves in an easy 131-117 win on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He's on a mission to lead the NBA in field goal percentage and he might be the favorite as long as he qualifies. Wright isn't going to be the best player on your fantasy team, but he's a solid contributor. He's worth owning in competitive standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:48 pm
  • Harrison Barnes drops 17 points in 23 minutes
    Harrison Barnes dropped 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in just 23 minutes on Saturday, adding four boards, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Don't look now but Barnes is starting to find his groove with the Warriors. He has scored over 10 points in his last four games and has finally shown some aggression that been severely lacking upon entering the NBA. However, Barnes may lose a lot of value when David Lee (hamstring) returns so owners in standard leagues should use a cautious approach here. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:43 pm
  • Jimmy Buckets indeed: Butler scores 32 points
    Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 32 points against the Pacers on Saturday with six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The breakout is real, folks. Butler is getting to the free throw line a ton, knocking down jumpers and playing great on the defense end. After tonight's game, Butler will have first-round value in standard leagues and he's arguably been the best pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • Derrick Favors shoots the ball well Saturday
    Derrick Favors made 9-of-11 from the field for 18 points in a 111-93 loss to the Raptors on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He started fast, but the Raptors were clearly committed to keeping him in check in the second half. Favors has shot 9-of-11 in two of his last three games with a 21-12 double-double sandwiched in between. He's rolling for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • LeBron James and Cavs dominate Hawks
    LeBron James made 13-of-20 from the field for 32 points during an easy 127-94 win over the Hawks with six rebounds, seven assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs became the first team to ever make the first nine attempts from beyond the arc and made their first 11, but finished just 19-of-31 from that range for the game. LeBron wasn't the only one to tear it up tonight with Kyrie Irving scoring 20 points on nine shots to go with three rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers. James and the Cavs will play the Nuggets on Monday followed by the Spurs, Wizards and Raptors this week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Cavs still not have no plans to rest LeBron
    Coach David Blatt said he isn't planning on resting LeBron James in back-to-back sets for the "foreseeable future."

    Advice: The Cavs take on the Hawks tonight following a win over the Celtics on Friday. James scored a season-high 41 points and should get plenty of Thabo Sefolosha tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Andre Roberson (foot) still out of practice
    Andre Roberson (foot) did not practice on Saturday and is listed as out against the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: He has been ruled out for games before shootaround and we'd probably expect the Thunder to rule him out soon. With Roberson likely out, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb figure to get most of the work on the wings. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 am
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) is inactive on Saturday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: This is just a reminder and owners will have to look elsewhere on Saturday. Batum is targeting a return on Monday but until then, Allen Crabbe could continue to start while C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake could also see more minutes again. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:22 am
  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) probable for Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (ankle) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against Indiana.

    Advice: This news comes out of nowhere, and the Bulls are describing the injury as just soreness in his left ankle. Check back for updates prior to tip-off, but if Butler can't go, expect Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and even Tony Snell to pick up some extra minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:34 am
  • Morrow only scores 10 points vs. Pistons
    Anthony Morrow scored just 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting with two threes, three boards and one steal in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Owners are going to see Jeremy Lamb's career-night of 24 points and 10 boards and consider jumping ship, but coming off a 28-point night of his own Morrow has earned a bit of patience here. He still got good minutes and plenty of shot attempts and even if Lamb does have staying power there's a solid 1-2 week window where he can still do some damage. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Favors goes for 21 and 12 with three blocks
    Derrick Favors went for 21 and 12 with three blocks in Friday's road win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Favors hit 8-of-15 shots and 5-of-7 free throws as he continues to march along at a top 30-40 pace. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:32 pm
  • LeBron scores season-high 41 points vs. BOS
    LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points on 16-of-27 shooting (3-of-8 3PTs, 6-of-9 FTs) with four rebounds, seven assists and one block in Friday's road win over the Celtics.

    Advice: The Cavs almost lost to dip below .500 and that surely would've filled time on plenty of talk radio. James needs to get his 4.0 turnovers per game under control, and it's hard to see him challenging the elite tier of Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Love double-doubles but doesn't hit a three
    Kevin Love scored 12 points on 2-of-10 shooting (8-of-12 FTs) with 15 rebounds, four assists, one block and zero 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Love looks the least comfortable of the Cavs' Big Three and he's hitting just 37.2 percent of his shots to start the year. This might be your best chance to hit on a buy low offer. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Kenneth Faried has a so-so game
    Kenneth Faried scored 12 points with six rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He was benched to start the second half on Wednesday and looked a little better tonight. Faried's season has been a major letdown, averaging 11.4 points, 8.0 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals. That's a big surprise considering his outstanding summer, so he's still a nice buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari scores 12 in win over Indy
    Danilo Gallinari scored 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field against the Pacers on Friday, adding four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: It was his most impressive game of the season and he's starting to look like 2012-13 Gallinari again. He's still likely going to be very inconsistent and probably won't be a top-100 guy for another month or so, but feel free to grab him to be ahead of the curve. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:44 pm
  • Nic Batum officially out for Saturday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) is listed as out for Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall and Batum has said he is shooting for Monday. Allen Crabbe could start of the team may go with Dorell Wright now that LaMarcus Aldridge is also out -- Wright has been a stretch four on occasion. C.J. McCollum also played well on Wednesday and is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Kerr talking lineup change for Warriors?
    Coach Steve Kerr said he could change his starting lineup.

    Advice: Harrison Barnes has played 34.3 minutes per game in his last three and has been good, so a change would be a bit of a surprise. Andre Iguodala isn't making plays like he used to, so maybe he's not carrying the second unit as well as Kerr had hoped. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Andre Iguodala quiet in 32 minutes
    Andre Iguodala had a quiet night in his 32 minutes of action on Thursday with five points, one rebound, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: It's a little hard to believe he was a first-round pick in fantasy leagues just a handful of seasons ago, but he's obviously not the same player. Iguodala can be let loose in most leagues and David Lee (hamstring) coming back can't help. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:16 pm
  • Dray Day: Draymond Green flirts w/ trey-deuce
    Draymond Green took over against the Nets on Thursday with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's shined in four of his last five games, averaging 17.2 points, 7.4 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.4 triples. Green is absolutely rolling and he'll be a valuable asset for his savvy fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 14 points in win
    Chandler Parsons made 4-of-7 from the field for 14 points during a piece-of-cake 123-70 win over the 76ers on Thursday with six points, three assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Parsons has hit his stride with the Mavericks and he's been heavily involved in the offense. Parsons is still under-performing in the shooting department, entering tonight with only a 38.7 percent from the field. He'll likely approach his career 46.9 percent from the field soon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Brandan Wright has a decent game
    Brandan Wright scored 14 points on 4-of-7 from the field on Thursday against the 76ers with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He had one of his best usage rates of the year, but his shooting percentage actually took a hit. Wright is still worth a look in standard leagues for his output in blocks and field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Dirk does his thing against Philly in win
    Dirk Nowitzki scored an easy 21 points in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday with three rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

    Advice: Yeah, the 76ers aren't exactly the Steel Curtain of NBA defenses. Regardless, Nowitzki is rolling with a higher usage rate and improved effective field goal percentage thanks to being covered on less shots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Jimmy still has new moves: Butler nets 21 pts
    Jimmy Butler's offensive game flourished again on Thursday against the Raptors, making 7-of-10 from the field for 21 points with nine rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: So the preseason matters after all? Butler was one of the most impressive players in October and it's carried over into the regular season. Butler's efficiency was his only question mark and he's been able to turn in an effective field goal percentage of at least 46 in every game this season. We're not even 10 percent into the season, but his owners should feel pretty, pretty good. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:56 pm
  • David Lee still out for rest of the week
    David Lee (hamstring) is still out for the rest of the week.

    Advice: He is not expected to be re-evaluated until the weekend, but at least he's been able to get some work in at practice. Lee will likely be eased back into the rotation, so his fantasy owners shouldn't expect much production until around Thanksgiving. Draymond Green should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:02 pm
     
    Injured
  • Quincy Pondexter, Dave Joerger have meeting
    Quincy Pondexter and Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger had a closed-door meeting before Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The backup swingman played just two minutes during Tuesday's win over the Lakers and Joerger took some time to clear the air with Pondexter. "The message is, this is what I was thinking and this is what I’m thinking going forward," Joerger said. "It’s always about not letting little things become big things. When you don’t talk to guys, that’s the worst." Pondexter is stuck behind Courtney Lee on the Grizzlies' depth chart and shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
     
    Injured
  • Anthony Davis' post usage extremely low
    Anthony Davis is currently 25th in the league in close touches per game, according to SportsVU cameras.

    Advice: For comparison, Tim Duncan averages twice as many as Davis' 5.2 close touches per game in less minutes, so there's something amiss here. Davis' owners can't complain too much as the big man is currently the top player in all of fantasy basketball, but it's scary to think that there's even more upside if the Pelicans can figure out how to get him the ball more down low. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:28 am
  • Joe Johnson plays well in losing effort
    Joe Johnson played well in a 112-104 losing effort to the Suns on Wednesday with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He called out his teammates for selfish play, but the Nets still only had 17 dimes on their 35 made field goals tonight. Johnson has seen his usage rate rise to 26.9 before tonight and he's been a mid-round guy in fantasy leagues. He should be a mid-round guy the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried comes off bench in 2nd half
    Kenneth Faried hit 3-of-8 shots for 10 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His season is off to a really slow start, just like last year, and he was benched to start the second half tonight. Hopefully, Brian Shaw is just trying to light a fire under Faried, but the way things are going, it looks like Shaw may have already lost his team. They were blown out at home by the Blazers and are just 1-6 on the season. It's too early to give up on Faried and now looks like a nice time to try to buy low. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Anthony Davis has another Anthony Davis line
    Anthony Davis had another massive performance against the Lakers in a 109-102 win on Wednesday, making 12-of-16 from the field for 25 points with 12 boards, one assist, one steal and six blocks.

    Advice: He shot 1-of-4 from the charity stripe, so this wasn't a flawless line. Of course, Davis is dropping ginormous fantasy stat lines like it's going out of style, so missing a few free throws doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. He's a beast. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Anthony Morrow explodes for 28 points vs. BOS
    Anthony Morrow had his minutes restriction lifted against the Celtics on Wednesday, finishing with 28 points, five rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers on 11-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He played 31 minutes and the Thunder have made it pretty clear that he'll be a big part of their offense. Morrow scored 10 points in his 14-minute debut on Tuesday and he should be able to flirt with 20 points per game with multiple treys until OKC gets some guys back. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • Faried and Afflalo benched for Gee and Arthur
    Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo were benched to start the second half on Wednesday in favor of Darrell Arthur and Alonzo Gee.

    Advice: Wow. Faried was benched down the stretch on Friday in favor of Alonzo Gee and he has worked his way into coach Brian Shaw's doghouse. The Nuggets gave up 84 points in the first half and have looked horrible to start the year. The Manimal can be viewed as a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays well in loss to Hawks
    Derrick Favors didn't play as well as ex-teammate Paul Millsap on Wednesday, but still had 20 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks on 9-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: Millsap was fired up to play against his former team, but Favors came through tonight. He's having a very good season and if you forget about his one really bad game, he looks like an All-Star. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:01 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) officially 'probable'
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) is officially listed as 'probable' for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Butler has been playing very well lately, averaging 18.6 points on 50.0 percent shooting in the Bulls' past five games, while logging almost 40 minutes per game. It's almost certain that he'll be in the starting lineup, but it's worth mentioning that Chicago is still including him on their injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (knee) could play 30 minutes
    Anthony Morrow (knee) will be available to play up to 30 minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He may not get that high, but it's a significant increase after he was limited to 14 minutes in his season debut on Tuesday. His playing time is a threat to starters Jeremy Lamb and Lance Thomas, but the Thunder are still short-handed enough to give all three players substantial minutes. Give Morrow a look if you're in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) has some activity
    David Lee (hamstring) went up and down the court under the training staff's supervision on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is still going to be out for at least 1.5 weeks with his hamstring aggravation. Lee will likely be eased back into his minutes, especially with Draymond Green playing well. He probably wasn't going to be a top-60 guy even at 100 percent, so his fantasy owners shouldn't be too attached to his value. To be clear, he should still be stashed in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Gallinari, Robinson cleared for full games
    Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson have been cleared for full game action and will not have minute restrictions.

    Advice: He hasn't played more than 20 minutes in any of his six games, so this news comes a little sooner than expected for Gallinari. The Rooster is not playing well on the year, making just 22.2 percent of his attempts from the field, but some rust was to be expected after sitting out all of last season. He'll probably be better, but his prospective fantasy owners should expect him to start slow the next couple weeks. Wilson Chandler may lose a handful of minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Andre Iguodala lousy in bench role Tuesday
    Andre Iguodala continues to suffer in a bench role for Golden State, finishing Tuesday's loss with just two points, two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He usually hangs his hat on defense, but tonight Manu Ginobili and the rest of the Spurs carved him up. It didn't help Iggy's case that Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 22 points at SF, and fantasy owners have no choice but to shun Iguodala unless his playing time and efficiency both improve. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Harrison Barnes' 22 pts not enough vs. Spurs
    The Warriors lost at home on Tuesday despite getting a season-high 22 points from Harrison Barnes, who sank 9-of-12 shots and grabbed eight rebounds in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has averaged a steady 1.0 threes and 5.3 rebounds this season, but hasn't made a standout impact in fantasy leagues until tonight. This marked his highest playing time and shot attempts, in addition to scoring, so we're not predicting a repeat performance vs. Brooklyn on Thursday. David Lee's eventual return from a hamstring injury presents another threat to Barnes' outlook, making him a short-term option at best. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
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