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  • 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. 34 minutes ago
  • David West starts, logs just 10 minutes
    David West logged a mere 10 minutes in a start at power forward on Friday, tallying just four points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover during his time on the court.

    Advice: Head coach Gregg Popovich has been using a committee approach to help fill the void with Tim Duncan (knee) on the sidelines, which has essentially resulted in a value killing timeshare for all parties involved. Boris Diaw played 19 minutes off the bench, putting up five points, five boards, four assists and a 3-pointer, while Boban Marjanovic tallied seven points, seven rebounds and one swat during his 17 minutes of action. None of these guys have any standard league appeal. 55 minutes ago
  • Khris Middleton struggling with Kidd back
    Khris Middleton turned it over a career-high nine times against the Jazz during an 84-81 loss on Friday, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was the nightmare matchup for the Bucks. They can't score consistently outside of the paint and the Jazz lock down the area around the rim. Meanwhile, Middleton continues to struggle since Jason Kidd returned. In fact, he made just 32.7 percent from the field in those six games and has struggled in every facet. He should be better. Today, 10:22 pm
  • LeBron James' 30 points not enough for CLE
    LeBron James struggled with his shot during Friday's loss to the Celtics, going 9-of-23 from the field on his way to 30 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs self-destructed during the closing minutes of the game, and James was not at all pleased with the results saying: "It’s not about the wins and losses but it’s about how we lost. How we lost, it hurts. It’s been a while since I felt like this." LBJ will likely be looking for blood Saturday vs. the Pelicans, and he could very well produce a monstrous line with a matchup against the second-worst team at defending the small forward position. Today, 10:13 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 14 with 12 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He committed a couple dumb fouls to get him an early exit. That issue aside, Jusuf Nurkic played just 12 minutes and Joffrey Lauvergne played just 14 minutes while they combined for 1-of-10 from the field. Coach Mike Malone said he wouldn't trade Jokic for anyone, so it's fairly obvious Jokic has a clear runway going forward. Today, 10:05 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 22 points in win
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22 points with five assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: That's a pretty decent line and Mudiay is starting to show some life. Still, he still hasn't put up top-150 value in his last 10 games and his upside in standard leagues is undesirable. He is becoming a better points league and DFS option, though. Today, 10:03 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore scores eight points
    E'Twaun Moore scored eight points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Nuggets during a 115-110 loss on Friday.

    Advice: He went bonkers with 24 points, but he didn't step up with Jimmy Butler (knee) going down. With Mike Dunleavy (back) set to return, fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach on Moore. Today, 9:59 pm
  • Derrick Rose drops 30-9-8 line in loss
    Derrick Rose scored 30 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two turnovers in 35 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday during a 115-110 loss.

    Advice: He was very busy, making 13-of-27 from the field with his 37.1 usage rate in the second half. If Jimmy Butler (knee) misses time, we'll be seeing a ton of Rose in the offense. His upside still isn't high because of low defensive stats and treys, but he'll likely be better for DFS. Today, 9:57 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. Today, 9:54 pm
  • Cam Bairstow gets a start
    Cameron Bairstow scored four points with four rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes during his start for Pau Gasol (hand) on Friday.

    Advice: Bobby Portis picked up most of the minutes and Bairstow looked pretty bad in his 10 minutes, too. Leave him on the wire. Today, 9:45 pm
  • McBuckets scores 15 points vs. Nuggets
    Doug McDermott scored 15 points with two rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He might be in line for more minutes because of the injury to Jimmy Butler (knee). McDermott is not a high-upside player because he only puts up points and treys, so he's not a great speculative add in standard leagues yet. Today, 9:42 pm
  • Langston Galloway scores four points
    Langston Galloway started at shooting guard on Friday with four points, three rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes.

    Advice: All that momentum fell off in a hurry and he's really not a shooting guard. If you added Galloway, you should stick with him for a little while longer, especially if Carmelo Anthony (knee) needs to miss time. Today, 9:31 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 16 points vs. Knicks
    Jeff Green scored 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 29 minutes against the Knicks in Friday's win.

    Advice: He just thrives in wins and he's found his role off the bench. He's pretty close to his peak and he's putting up sixth-round value in his last 10 games. Green is a hold in all leagues, but selling high makes sense. Today, 9:26 pm
  • Thaddeus Young lights up Kings
    Thaddeus Young scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He's finally on the right track again coming off a 16-point, 14-board game. The Nets handed out 29 assists and Thad's seven were a season high. He should be back to being a top-50 guy going forward. Today, 9:16 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 23 points
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, one assist and a career-high seven 3-pointers against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings allowed another huge night and can't defend the three ball. As for Bogdanovic, he scored a combined 18 points in his previous four games, so you can ignore this great line for now. Today, 9:09 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play on Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: He'll have a favorable matchup against Chicago tonight, so go ahead and get him active. Today, 5:27 pm
  • Cameron Bairstow starting w/ Pau Gasol out
    Cameron Bairstow will earn the second start of his career on Friday, filling in for Pau Gasol (hand).

    Advice: Bairstow started one game last season, during which he scored two points in 19 minutes, and thus far in 2015-16 he's averaged a mere 3.8 minutes in 11 appearances. He's not an appealing option in any leagues, and Gasol's absence should primarily benefit Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. Today, 4:36 pm
  • Langston Galloway getting a start at SG
    Langston Galloway will start in place of Carmelo Anthony (knee) on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He is coming in on fire with a 17-point gem on Thursday with some solid play in the past week. Galloway has logged most of his minutes at point guard, but he does have some nice run at shooting guard this year. Considering how well he's played, he is a nice option tonight and is worth a grab in standard leagues who he's hot. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Langston Galloway scores 17 on nine FGAs
    Langston Galloway was terrific in 36 minutes against the Pistons, making 7-of-9 from the field for 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He might have Wally Pipp'd Jose Calderon. Galloway is a better defender and his improved shooting from the outside is a good fit in the offense. He's put up sixth-round value in his last 10 games, but he might be overachieving. He's still worth a look in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable for Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is probable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Jokic played through the shoulder injury on Wednesday, and there's no reason to believe he'll miss Friday's game. He had a disappointing performance against the Jazz, but he should be able to bounce-back on Friday with a much more favorable matchup against the Bulls. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Langston Galloway will come off the bench
    Langston Galloway will return to the bench for Thursday's game vs. the Pistons, with Jose Calderon back in the starting lineup.

    Advice: Galloway had a nice run as New York's starting point guard, but his value will take a significant hit with the return to the second-unit. Feel free to cut him. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore scores career-high 24 points
    E'Twaun Moore scored a career-high 24 points against the Kings on Wednesday during a 107-102 win, adding five rebounds, four assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Who needs Jimmy Butler (knee)? The Bulls players have been lobbying for Moore to start and he came through. As nice as this game is, Mike Dunleavy (back) is set to play on Saturday and Butler is only day-to-day for now. Congrats if you used him tonight, but don't be aggressive on adding him for value going forward. Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores 11 off bench
    Doug McDermott scored 11 points off the bench against the Kings on Wednesday with two rebounds and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did look to suffer a right shoulder injury, but it was minor and he returned. McDermott did play 4.7 minutes at power forward tonight, which could be a realistic amount going forward. He is still only worth a look in deep leagues. Wednesday, 11:03 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
  • David West scores 14 in 27 minutes
    David West had an effective start on Wednesday against the Pelicans with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It's one of his best starts, but there's little incentive to adding him based on the last week or so. Leave West on the wire unless you have dead weight. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Nikola Jokic quiet in loss to Jazz
    Nikola Jokic, who was dealing with a sore shoulder, started and played 29 minutes on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero blocks.

    Advice: Maybe he got 'Gobert'd' tonight, but it was nice to see the big minutes after he was a little iffy coming in. He double-doubled in his previous three games and got the same amount of playing time as usual, so don't be concerned about the low production. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 16 & 14
    Thaddeus Young broke out of a funk and had 16 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: He didn't do much else, but this was just his third double-double since Jan. 15. He's still a candidate for steals on most nights and we're hoping this is a sign that he's ready to start racking up solid fantasy stats again. He had just eight points and five rebounds in his previous game. Wednesday, 8:09 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
  • LeBron James notches 23/6/6 w/ two blocks
    LeBron James notched 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks on Wednesday, with only one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs shot 45.8 percent and turned the ball over just eight times, but they were outscored in the paint while being out-rebounded 28-49, a margin LBJ said was "unacceptable" after the game. The loss snapped a five-game win streak and James will be eager to start a new streak on Friday, to the detriment of the Celtics. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Nikola Jokic starting on Wednesday vs. Jazz
    Nikola Jokic is starting on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He did show some pain in warmups, but fantasy owners can trust one of the hottest rookies in fantasy tonight. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to warm up and is still likely to play. The last time we saw Jokic, he torched the Raptors for 27. For now, his owners can assume he'll play for now. If not, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic will play more. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • David West will start for Spurs
    David West will start against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team tried Boris Diaw in their last game, but they'll go back to West. Neither are reliable in fantasy tonight. Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic is dealing with a strained left shoulder, but he is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Jokic will look to build off his career-high 27-point performance from Monday, and with Darrell Arthur (quad) on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jokic should have no problem seeing his playing time in the 30s. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Khris Middleton scores 21 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 21 points on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with eight boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: His shot wasn't falling and he hit just 7-of-22 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, but he deserves some credit for staying aggressive and he said this week that his confidence has improved. "Now, I'm not afraid," Middleton said. "Or getting myself down about missing shots or missing an assignment late. The game goes on. You've got another chance. That's definitely a mental thing." Treat him as a top-40 player going forward. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Langston Galloway scores one point in loss
    Langston Galloway missed all four of his shots to finish with one point on Tuesday, but did have nine rebounds and a couple steals in another start.

    Advice: He was 3-of-13 for nine points and five assists against the Warriors on Sunday, making him 3-of-17 from the floor over his last two games. With Jose Calderon hoping to return from his groin injury on Thursday, it looks like the Galloway train is about ready to pull into the station. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores seven off bench
    Doug McDermott scored seven points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Thankfully, he only played one minute at power forward tonight. On Sunday, McDermott played a ridiculous 16 minutes at power forward, which makes zero sense. Of course, this did come against a Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert frontcourt tonight, so McBuckets losing run there tonight isn't the strongest indicator going forward. He's only worth a look in deep leagues regardless. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 24, Grizzlies win again
    Jeff Green made 8-of-13 from the field for 24 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's amazing how well Green plays when the Grizzlies win. In wins this year, Green averaged 14.6 points, 4.9 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. In losses, it's just 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.5 treys. The Grizzlies are on a four-game winning streak and only James Harden has been better than Green in that span. He has to be owned. Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 27 w/ 14 boards in win
    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 27 points in Monday's 112-93 win over the Raptors, adding 14 boards, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The boards were also a career high, and this was easily the best game of his season. He has now recorded three double-doubles in a row and is averaging 19.3 points, 11.7 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers in that span. That's good for top-15 value in standard leagues. The guy is special and should be a beast down the stretch. When asked about Jokic after the game, coach Michael Malone said that he "wouldn't trade him for anybody in the world." Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Thaddeus Young cooling off these days
    Thaddeus Young scored eight points with five rebounds and one block in 25 minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: After he became one of the most improved rebounders in the first month of the season, Thad has cooled off. In his previous 10, Young averaged 13.6 points, 7.9 boards and 1.6 steals. He's still a very good bet to be a mid-round player going forward and flirt with top-50 value. He also had an awesome block on Ersan Ilyasova tonight (in link below). Monday, 7:41 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 points in win
    LeBron James made 9-of-22 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line for 24 points during a 111-106 overtime win over the Pacers on Monday, adding 12 rebounds, six assists, one block, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Myles Turner actually blocked LeBron three times tonight. The sub-par shooting is nothing to worry about with LeBron busting out for a 55.2 field goal percentage last month. His big problem earlier in the year is missing open shots, but he has that all sorted out now. Expect LeBron to stay above 52 percent from the field going forward. Monday, 7:24 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. Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Report: Cavs had intense players-only meeting
    The Cavs had an "extended and spirited" players-only meeting following the firing of David Blatt, sources told ESPN.

    Advice: Per the report, the meeting turned into an "airing of grievances," so we're hopeful there was a Festivus pole involved. A "central issue" was the "need for accountability," and it sounds like the team is now on the same page. LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving owned up to "personal faults," and that undoubtedly helped set a new tone for a club that needed one. Monday, 10:03 am
  • Langston Galloway struggles vs. the Warriors
    Langston Galloway couldn't get anything going on Sunday vs. the Warriors, scoring nine points on 3-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: He at least added five assists, three boards, three steals and one 3-pointer to salvage his line, and he didn't turn the ball over for the third straight game which is pretty impressive. Jose Calderon (groin) could miss more games, so Galloway is still an option in deeper leagues if you need short-term production. Sunday, 7:47 pm
  • Doug McDermott hits two 3-pointers in 21 mins
    Doug McDermott logged 21 minutes off the bench during Sunday's blowout loss to the Clippers, scoring six points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with two 3-pointers, one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: Unless you're in an extremely deep league and absolutely desperate for 3-pointers, McDermott isn't worth owning. Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore scores 10 points w/ five dimes
    E'Twaun Moore scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in his second consecutive start at shooting guard on Sunday, to go with five assists, one 3-pointer, one rebound and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Moore has been getting a ton of run over the past two games as Chicago’s starting two-guard, but that really hasn’t shown up on the stat sheet. In those two starts, he’s posted meager averages of 9.0 points, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game on 43.8 percent shooting. He'll likely find himself back on the bench once Mike Dunleavy (back) get back on the court, so he's not really worth owning in most leagues. Sunday, 3:19 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 20 points with four dimes
    Derrick Rose scored 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, four assists and three turnovers through 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rose has actually worked his way into a late-round evaluation over the past two weeks with averages of 18.0 points, 3.2 assists and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 45.5 percent shooting from the field. He’s finally beginning to concede touches to Jimmy Butler, which is why his turnovers are down and the shooting percentages are up, so hopefully that trend continues. Sunday, 3:08 pm
  • Kidd praises Khris Middleton
    Bucks coach Jason Kidd heaped praise on Khris Middleton.

    Advice: "He's 24 years old; he's learning how to play," Kidd said. "He wants to be good; he wants to be in that situation. He doesn't shy away from that. He wants to get better. You could see that last year in the second half of the season that we rode him. We played him a lot of minutes and he responded." Middleton is averaging 21.0 points, 6.4 assists, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games and could be a top-40 player the rest of the way. Sunday, 9:50 am
  • Jeff Green scores 29 points off the bench
    Jeff Green scored 29 points off the bench on Saturday vs. the Kings, adding two boards, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He shot 11-of-16 from the field and was arguably the best Grizzly other than Marc Gasol in this one. Green is now averaging an incredible 26.7 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last three games, so he needs to be owned until he cools off. Green is a trade candidate for the Grizzlies, and his value may not be at a higher point this season than it is right now. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in win vs. SA
    LeBron James dominated against the Spurs during a 117-103 win on Saturday, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are really scoring a ton in their last four with 115.0 points per game. Their pace actually isn't up, but they are lighting it up in efficiency with a 61.7 true shooting percentage thanks to crushing it at the rim. As for LeBron, he put up No. 6 value in January and his long shooting slump to end 2015 is long gone. Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 24 points vs. Cavs
    Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points against the Cavs on Saturday during a 117-103 loss, adding six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: What's up with the Spurs? They've been blown out in their last two road games with everyone watching. Kawhi's numbers did drop a bit in January, averaging 17.7 points with 5.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 treys. He only put up second-round value this month, but he's still No. 3 in standard leagues on the season. Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops 16 and 10 with five steals
    Nikola Jokic kept rolling on Saturday during a 109-105 overtime loss to the Pacers, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, five steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The steals were a career high and he is only the third Nuggets player since 1983-84 to post at least 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and five steals. His minutes are starting to be consistent and his defense has made major strides. For fantasy, he has been a second-round player in his last five and a fourth-round player in the month of January. Enjoy the ride. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 11 points
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 11 points with five rebounds, eight assists and four turnovers against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's playing much better and he's not making the big mistakes late in games. While there is a little more to like about him in reality, he still hasn't put it together in fantasy. Chances are his owners think he has more value than he actually does. Saturday, 7:20 pm
  • David West starting, Boban off bench
    David West will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, we won't get national TV starting Boban here. Hopefully, the Spurs turn Boban loose a little bit. West isn't an option in most leagues tonight. Saturday, 4:10 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore will start again on Sunday
    E'Twaun Moore will start again on Sunday against the Clippers with Tony Snell coming off the bench.

    Advice: The players wanted to get Moore in there to help the offense and they'll get their wish. Moore played 36 minutes on Thursday with eight points and could get significant run again. If you want to use him in DFS, it's kind of playing with fire. He's not a great add in season-long leagues because of Mike Dunleavy (back) coming back soon. Saturday, 11:54 am
  • LeBron James scores 20 points in win
    LeBron James scored 20 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 114-106 win.

    Advice: He became the youngest player ever to score 26,000 points and beat Kobe Bryant by over a year. James also got into the top 20 all time on the assists list. James stepped it up a bit recently and is putting up top-12 value this season. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Langston Galloway thrives in his start
    Langston Galloway looked great in a start against the Suns with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It's not a hard argument to make to say Galloway is a better fit in the starting lineup over Jose Calderon (groin) regardless of Calderon's healthy. He's a better defender and Galloway growing more off the ball is big for the offense. He's still more of a speculative add in 14- or 16-team leagues, but there is a clear upward trend. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Langston Galloway starting at PG on Friday
    Langston Galloway will start Friday's game in place of Jose Calderon (groin).

    Advice: Galloway notched 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a start on Thursday, and he's a worth a look as a punt play in DFS. Groin injuries can be tricky but Calderon is still day-to-day, so most owners should leave Galloway untouched. Friday, 3:00 pm
  • Rose and Butler endorse E'Twaun Moore
    Both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler endorsed E'Twaun Moore as a good fit in the starting lineup.

    Advice: Moore started over Tony Snell on Thursday vs. the Lakers and played a whopping 36 minutes, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block. Rose and Butler both like playing with him because he spaces the floor well, but he's not a great add in standard leagues just yet because he is basically the fourth or fifth option on offense. He will lose most of his minutes when Mike Dunleavy (back) returns as well. Friday, 7:55 am
  • Jeff Green, Courtney Lee available?
    The Grizzlies are gauging the value of Jeff Green and Courtney Lee prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

    Advice: Memphis is not actively pursuing a trade, but they are considering one because both Lee and Green can leave as free agents this summer. Green has been inconsistent this season and has been called out by some of his teammates for a lack of effort at times, but his value might be decent after scoring a combined 51 points over his last two games. Nothing is imminent, but both players could certainly benefit from a change of scenery. Friday, 6:38 am
  • E'Twaun Moore returned to action on Thursday January 28. Friday, 12:15 am
  • Derrick Rose scores 16 in solid game
    Derrick Rose (back, hamstring) played 29 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He looked healthy and made some smart decisions in this easy win. Of course, this comes with a grain of salt because of the matchup against the Lakers. Rose's hamstring issue could pop up again, so his loyal fantasy owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for his status on the injury report. Thursday, 10:38 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore scores eight points
    E'Twaun Moore scored eight points in the starting lineup against the Lakers on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: That's a huge chunk of playing time as coach Fred Hoiberg really shook up his wing minutes tonight. His best case scenario is just keeping the seat warm for Mike Dunleavy (back) next month, so he's not a very appealing add in almost any league. Interestingly, Derrick Rose was vocal about playing Moore tonight. Thursday, 10:27 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores 15 off bench
    Doug McDermott played 24 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Thursday with 15 points, two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played all of his minutes at small forward and made 6-of-15 from the field. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he was considering McBuckets at the four, but it really makes little sense. He's played 15 minutes at the four all season with a lot of that coming in garbage time. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 15 points with six assists, five boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: His playmaking ability has come a long way this season, and he's averaging 6.4 assists per game over his last five while also contributing 21.0 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. He has been a top-30 player in that span, but he will likely be a fourth-round guy the rest of the way. Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Jeff Green stays hot, scores 21 points in win
    Jeff Green scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Thursday's win over the Bucks, adding five boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is hot right now. Green exploded for a season-high 30 points vs. the Magic on Monday, but we have seen this story before. Green tends to disappear for multiple games at a time, but he's at least worth a look while he's playing this well. He will look to keep it going vs. the Kings on Saturday. Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 20 on good shooting
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for 20 points during a 117-113 win over the Wizards on Friday, adding four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was one of his best games of the season, but Mudiay is really trending up. In his last five, he's averaged 15.0 points, 2.8 boards, 5.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 3.4 turnovers and 1.2 treys on 41.5 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the line. Even when he's "on" right now, that's still not top-150 value in standard leagues and just 11th-round value in eight category. Thursday, 8:36 pm
  • Langston Galloway scores 12 points in start
    Langston Galloway started in place of Jose Calderon (groin) on Thursday vs. the Raptors and scored 12 points in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 6-of-10 from the field with four boards, two assists and two blocks, but he missed all three of his 3-pointers. He didn't turn the ball over once and the minutes were solid, so he could have some short-term value if Calderon misses time. His upside is pretty low, so he isn't a must-add guy by any means. Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops 15 and 10 vs. Wizards
    Nikola Jokic scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: He's really good and the Nuggets have more confidence running offense though him in the post. The Nuggets are not going small nearly as much these days, which helps explain why Jokic has been consistent. In his last four, Jokic averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent from the field. His upside makes him a must-own player in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore will start, Snell to bench
    E'Twaun Moore (hamstring) will start on Thursday vs. the Lakers with Tony Snell moving to the bench.

    Advice: This will also move Jimmy Butler to the three. Snell has been ineffective all season and shot just 2-of-11 from the field against the Heat on Monday, so coach Fred Hoiberg is looking to shake things up. Moore is shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc this season, but he is only on the radar in deeper leagues for now. Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Langston Galloway will start Thursday vs. TOR
    Langston Galloway will enter the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors, with Jose Calderon (groin) sidelined.

    Advice: Galloway put up 21 points, five boards, three assists, three steals and four treys off the bench on Tuesday with Carmelo Anthony on the sidelines, so he makes sense as a DFS target as he should have no trouble flirting with 30 minutes as the Knicks starting point guard tonight. Thursday, 3:54 pm
  • Doug McDermott will spend some time at PF
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Doug McDermott will spend some time at the power forward position with Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy) on the sidelines.

    Advice: Hoiberg also said that Jimmy Butler will be getting some run at the four-spot, but the primary beneficiary of Mirotic's absence is going to be Bobby Portis. While McDermott could have some extra minutes coming his way, he really doesn't do a whole lot aside from score and hit 3-pointers, so he's nothing more than a 3-point specialist in extremely deep leagues. Thursday, 11:56 am
  • E'Twaun Moore (hamstring) probable Thursday
    Updating a previous report, E'Twaun Moore (hamstring) is expected to play Thursday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He'll be splitting the backup point guard minutes with Aaron Brooks, making his playing status irrelevant in nearly all leagues. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Derrick Rose will play vs Lakers on Thursday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring, back) will play against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: Bulls head coach Fred Hoibert said Rose will be ready to go on Thursday night, so it looks like his hamstring and back injuries won't derail him. Rose is averaging 18.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers in his last five games and is safe to slot back into fantasy lineups. Thursday, 11:00 am
  • David West scores four off bench
    David West moved to the bench against the Rockets on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Tim Duncan (knee) is likely going to miss games, so West might get some extra minutes. He doesn't really do enough to grab in almost any league because of low per-minute output. He might be back in the starting lineup over the weekend, but that doesn't mean much. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay struggles in loss to Celtics
    Emmanuel Mudiay struggled in 26 minutes on Wednesday with just 13 points (4-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four assists, two rebounds, one 3-pointer and a game-high five turnovers.

    Advice: Mudiay has been playing unchecked minutes with Jameer Nelson (wrist) on the shelf, though he remains frustratingly inefficient. He came in averaging 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.0 steals in January, numbers that were drastically undercut by awful shooting (36.7 FGs, 54,8 FTs) and 3.1 turnovers per game. Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • J.R. Smith stays hot for coach Tyronn Lue
    J.R. Smith scored 18 points in 23 minutes on Wednesday, making 7-of-11 shots (4-of-6 from downtown) with three boards, four assists and four steals.

    Advice: Smith was averaging 37.0 minutes per game since Tyronn Lue took over head coaching duties on Jan. 23, and he might have reached that mark tonight if it weren't a blowout. He was averaging just under 30 minutes under coach David Blatt, so the regime change is paying dividends for Swish's owners. He's more than a 3-point specialist and needs to be active in all lineups. Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • LeBron James scores 21 points on eight shots
    LeBron James was tremendously efficient in 31 minutes vs. the Suns, scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, with three rebounds, nine assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: The Cavs have been running at the league's third-slowest pace, with 95.0 possessions per game, and coach Tyronn Lue has criticized his team for a lack of proper conditioning. That ultimatum from Lue, combined with LeBron's role as a leader on a team in flux, should all but eliminate the risk of a precautionary DNP-CD in the next few weeks. LBJ is rolling right now, and he'll go back to work vs. the Pistons on Friday. Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring, back) probable vs LA
    Derrick Rose (hamstring, back) is probable to face the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did some non-contact work on Tuesday and it sounds like he's OK. Rose has dealt with his hamstring issue before this season, so this probable status isn't quite as rock solid as others. His owners will want to make sure he's still good to go for shootaround. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore (hamstring) ruled out Thursday
    E'Twaun Moore (hamstring) will not play vs. the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Bulls have already ruled out Kirk Hinrich (quad), but at least Derrick Rose (back, hamstring) is being considered questionable. Aaron Brooks should also have a busy night as the team's only true backup PG, though Jimmy Butler will also spend plenty of time running the offense. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • David West will come off the bench vs. HOU
    David West will come off the bench for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets, with Kyle Anderson replacing him in the starting lineup.

    Advice: West and Anderson are unlikely to exceed the 20-minute mark tonight, so neither guy is all that enticing of a play in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:01 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 25 for Bucks
    Khris Middleton stayed red-hot on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-14 shots, two 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws on his way to 25 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's topped 20 points in seven straight games and is one of the hottest shooting guards in the league. He's averaging 22.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games, and should be ready to keep it rolling for the second half of the season. Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) questionable vs. LAL
    Derrick Rose (hamstring, back) was limited to non-contact work during Tuesday's practice, and his status for Thursday's game vs. the Lakers is currently up in the air.

    Advice: Rose is still sore after tweaking his lower back and right hamstring during Monday's loss to the Heat, and there's a chance the Bulls exercise a bit of caution and hold Rose out on Thursday with a matchup against the lowly Lakers. If Rose can't play, Aaron Brooks would likely start with Kirk Hinrich (quad) and E'Twuan Moore (hamstring) hurting, and he'd be someone to consider as a punt play in DFS. Jimmy Butler would also see his a major uptick in his usage rate. Tuesday, 11:21 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 16 in loss to GSW
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points during a 120-90 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: What in the Wide World of Sports happened here? The Spurs currently had the best net rating ever before this loss and they lost by a combined 33 points in their six losses this season. Stephen Curry actually even made Kawhian Island look like a vacation spot. The Spurs get the Rockets on Wednesday and will likely be angry for that one. Jan 25, 10:52 pm
  • Jeff Green explodes for 30 points in win
    Jeff Green busted out for a season-high 30 points against the Magic on Monday during a 108-102 overtime win, adding eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 19 points in the first half and hit a clutch two-point down the stretch. Green's value figures to drop now that the Grizzlies have Tony Allen back, so he's not a great pickup after this game. Jan 25, 9:00 pm
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