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    The Big Three (ID# 138968)
    • Batum (wrist) returns to turn in nice game
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) returned to action in Friday's win over the Sixers, scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

      Advice: Batum had his number called more often with LaMarcus Aldridge out and we're in the midst of a pretty big buy low window for him. As long as the wrist injury isn't serious, he stands a very good chance of improving his rock bottom shooting percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:49 am
    • Freeland grabs career-best 17 rebounds vs PHI
      Joel Freeland grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds against the Sixers on Friday, and also chipped in with six points and one block in his 25 minutes.

      Advice: Obviously this is a matchup thing and with Chris Kaman (personal) out there's no value change. Kaman is still the guy to own of the bunch for projected late-round upside and all-in-all there's not a lot of value after the injury to Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:47 am
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:37 am
    • Found: Kenneth Faried goes for 26 & 25
      Kenneth Faried exploded in the Nuggets' 106-102 win over the Wolves on Friday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting with a career-high 25 rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: It looks like the big talk with Brian Shaw is paying off and we're finally off the hook for telling you guys to hold on all that time (we think). A happy and engaged Faried is a completely different player than the one we've seen in the beginning of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:33 am
    • Thad Young posts strong line in loss to DEN
      Thaddeus Young scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Young hit 3-of-4 free throws tonight and moved his average to 45.5 percent over the last six games, highlighting the struggles he has had from the stripe. With percentages that are in the dumps he certainly has buy low appeal, particularly when you factor in his mother's death and the return of Ricky Rubio as mitigating factors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:29 am
    • Muhammad posts empty, inefficient line
      Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds and one block over 34 minutes in Friday's loss.

      Advice: The threes and block save this from being a complete disaster, and because he doesn't do much besides score at times owners need to be ready for the occasional dud. A six-game sample shows him at a mid-round value for owners, so he should be in most lineups unless he starts to fall off. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:26 am
    • Parsons continues to be crushed by Rondo
      Chandler Parsons continued to be crushed by the Rajon Rondo trade on Friday, scoring 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting (no threes) with one rebound and two assists.

      Advice: Parsons thrives with the ball in his hands and that may not be in the cards anymore in Dallas. He's certainly going to improve as the chemistry between he and Rondo improves and they get him more involved. Owners have no choice but to hang on here and not sell-low, but the core areas that Parsons does well in of rebounding and assisting are wounded from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:00 am
    • Charlie V turning back the clock for the Mavs
      Charlie Villanueva continued his improbable run as Mavs' backup big man on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds and four blocks.

      Advice: Villanueva was fatigued by the minutes and he has three very solid games under his belt. We don't know if this can continue but he's the only real backup big that they have that can do anything offensively. He can't keep his current mid-round production from the last week up, but deep league owners can certainly speculate on his value and standard league owners (especially in 9-cat) may want to start giving him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:57 am
    • Young hits five threes on 5-of-16 night
      Nick Young hit 5-of-8 threes but missed his other eight shots from the field, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Young is never going to be an efficiency monster and he has done enough recently to be owned in most formats. In 20 games this season, he is averaging 14.9 points with 2.5 treys and 1.2 combined steals and blocks while hitting 40 percent from the field and 89 percent from the line -- good for top 75-110 value in 8- and 9-cat formats, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:44 am
    • Ibaka posts 13 points and season-high 14 rebs
      Serge Ibaka scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with a season-high 14 rebounds and four blocks in the Thunder's 98-75 win over the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: Owners are looking for better efficiency but on a night with that many boards, threes and blocks it's most certainly a win. If he doesn't get the efficiency taken care of, he's not going to sniff the first to second round value many thought he would have and it won't matter how many threes he's hitting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 am
    • Jefferson, Walker snuffed out in big loss
      Al Jefferson hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in the Hornets' blowout loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Big Al wasn't the only one to struggle as Kemba Walker hit just 2-of-13 shots for six points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in the loss. Jefferson was dealing with a groin injury coming into the game but they had a tough matchup in the Thunder anyway, and along with the Lance Stephenson issues there hasn't been a lot to cheer about in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:23 am
    • Henderson scores two points on 1-of-7 FGs
      Gerald Henderson hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, three rebounds and five assists over 23 minutes in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Henderson has serious fantasy deficiencies in standard leagues and he can't afford to have duds like this at all, so needless to say he belongs on the wire with Lance Stephenson (groin) targeting a return next week. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:18 am
    • Ariza double-doubles with 15 & 10 vs. MEM
      Trevor Ariza double-doubled in the Rockets' overtime win over the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including four threes) with 10 rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Ariza flies underneath the radar playing next to superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard, but his top-60 campaign is exactly what owners bargained for on draft day and there's no end in sight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:28 pm
    • Harden just misses massive triple-double
      James Harden just missed a massive triple-double in Friday's overtime win over the Grizzlies, scoring 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 10-of-11 FTs) with eight rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks.

      Advice: Harden pulls into a dead heat with Anthony Davis for the No. 1 rank in 8-cat leagues with the effort, though in 9-cat league that title is still held by Davis and it's not close. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Motiejunas losing his value in Houston
      Donatas Motiejunas started and scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 31 minutes in Friday's overtime win.

      Advice: Motiejunas had started to improve his versatility and played well enough to hold some low-end value in standard leagues over the past few weeks. But with Josh Smith coming in and wasting no time taking on a primary role, there are enough hurdles for owners to move on a drop. If there is any good news for deep league owners it's that Terrence Jones will be out at least a month, and that should leave Motie a 24-28 minute role, albeit with limited touches. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 pm
    • Josh Smith takes 21 shots in Houston debut
      Josh Smith led the Rockets in field goal attempts with 21 in his Rockets debut on Friday, and he hit just nine of them to finish with 21 points, eight boards and three assists.

      Advice: The jokes just write themselves and he was more or less a positive in this game, but as usual he missed both of his 3-point attempts and unlike normal he hit all three free throws without a steal or block in his 32 minutes. We learned tonight that Terrence Jones is going to be out at least a month, making this a two-man timeshare at the power forward position. Smith has been terrible in standard leagues because of his shooting and turnovers, but may be forced by new circumstances to reel himself in. He's well worth a speculative add if he has been dropped but there are no guarantees that he can change his stripes in his 11th season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:18 pm
    • Nicolas Batum returned to action on Friday December 26. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:14 pm
    • Aldemir (heel) plays five minutes on Friday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) returned to action on Friday in a five-minute effort.

      Advice: Aldemir's contract is the only reason we've tracked the guy and he has yet to really show his stuff at the NBA level. He can be watched from the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:14 pm
    • Millsap the only real survivor in blowout
      Paul Millsap scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting (1-of-1 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in the Hawks' 107-77 blowout loss to the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: The Hawks were due for a stinker and with 22 turnovers and no defense this game was over at halftime. Owners should mostly disregard the outcomes here, including DeMarre Carroll's 0-for-6 outing with just four boards and a steal, and Kyle Korver's 1-of-8 shooting night. Al Horford snuck away with some stats, posting 13 points, five boards and two blocks in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:09 pm
    • Henson (foot) returns to action on Friday
      John Henson (foot) returned to action on Friday, logging 18 minutes on his way to five points, five boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Henson did this damage in a garbage-time environment but not to the extent that we should totally discount this performance. He hasn't been able to stay healthy and his effectiveness has been a problem at times, but when playing at peak levels he has flashed plenty of upside. Ersan Ilyasova's concussion-related absence could help his stock and we don't want to get too high over one game, but he's worth a look as a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:37 pm
    • Dudley ties NBA best night w/ 10-of-10 FGs
      Jared Dudley tied an NBA season best shooting performance (Jarrett Jack) with 10-of-10 makes from the field, finishing with a season-high 24 points, four threes, four boards, two assists and a season-high four steals to boot.

      Advice: Dudley logged 24 minutes off the bench and this has fluke written all over it. The Bucks just had a players only meeting and perhaps that boosted the veterans tonight, but the best we can say about Dudley is that he's worth a look. Ersan Ilyasova's sudden concussion-related absence could boost his profile, but one look at Dudley's game log is proof why owners shouldn't cut anybody of value here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    • Report: Heat eyeing Andray Blatche
      After losing out on Josh Smith, the Heat have reportedly set their sights on Andray Blatche.

      Advice: Blatche is with his Chinese team through February so it's hard to say where this will go, and whether or not it has anything to do with Chris Bosh's calf injury. The Heat need big men right now so perhaps they know something we don't know with regards to Blatche's availability. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:07 pm
    • McHale: Terrence Jones could miss 4-6 weeks
      Coach Kevin McHale said Terrence Jones (leg) could be out for a month to six weeks.

      Advice: Well, now it makes a little more sense why the Rockets picked up Josh Smith. Jones' nerve damage to his leg was much worse than the Rockets were letting on, so it'll likely be a two-way split at power forward for Smith and Donatas Motiejunas -- they'll also get some minutes at center. Jones can be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • Omer Asik plays just 18 minutes
      Omer Asik played 18 minutes on Friday with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Spurs.

      Advice: His minutes keep dropping and coach Monty Williams is gaining more confidence in Alexis Ajinca. Asik is not worth owning in even 16-team leagues at this rate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    • Anthony Davis puts up a full line vs. Spurs
      Anthony Davis was his usual stat-stuffing self against the Spurs during a win on Friday, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocks in 38 minutes.

      Advice: That seven-point dud from Saturday is a distant memory. Davis did have a fall under the basket and said he missed up his right thumb, but it wasn't bleeding and he said he wasn't concerned about it on the post-game Pelicans broadcast. He'll get to play his first game in Chicago of his career, so expect him to try and put on a show in front of his home town. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    • Marco Belinelli scores 13 points off bench
      Marco Belinelli scored 13 points off the bench against the Pelicans on Friday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He's played 32.2 minutes per game in his last five, averaging 12.0 points, 2.6 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.0 treys. Belinelli is the biggest beneficiary of Kawhi Leonard (hand) missing time, but he's still not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir is available to play vs. POR
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is available to play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He's not necessarily a lock to be in the rotation tonight after missing three games. Aldemir is very raw and won't make much of an impact this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:41 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:35 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against Philly
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He might not be looking for his shot due to the pain in his wrist, but Batum isn't a high volume scorer anyway. His fantasy owners can plug him back into their lineups in this favorable matchup. Allen Crabbe will likely move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:20 pm
    • Josh Smith will come off the bench
      Coach Kevin McHale said he will "play it by ear" on who he is going to start at power forward.

      Advice: It's going to be Donatas Motiejunas for the foreseeable future, but it should be Josh Smith in a week or two. Of course, Terrence Jones (leg) will be a factor here too. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for any of these three guys. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    • Marco Belinelli will come off the bench Fri.
      Kyle Anderson will replace Marco Belinelli in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Belinelli is far from consistent, so he'll be a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    • John Henson expected to play on Friday
      John Henson (foot) is expected to play against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: He's been out for a month and hasn't played more than 21 minutes in a game all season, so the Bucks probably won't unleash him even with Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) and Larry Sanders (illness) out. Henson also doesn't play much power forward, so fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    • Al Jefferson (groin) is good to go on Friday
      Al Jefferson (groin) will play against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He's had a couple hiccups with his groin in the past week and has worked out on the stationary bike during the game. Jefferson is good to go and should be in all lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:39 pm
    • Al Jefferson (groin) probable for Friday
      Al Jefferson (groin) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: He was able to play through the injury on Tuesday, and given the fact he's had a full two days to rest there's no reason to think he won't give it a go on Friday. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:39 pm
    • Nicolas Batum, Aldridge are questionable
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:54 am
    • Josh Smith unlikely to start in debut
      Josh Smith is expected to "get some run" tonight but is unlikely to start against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: That suggests Donatas Motiejunas will start again. There were rumors that Smith wouldn't agree to joining a team unless he starts, so that will likely be happening soon. Motiejunas can be dropped in several formats while Smith's fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues either. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:43 am
    • Furkan Aldemir is a game-time call
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is a game-time decision to play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to his injury suffered in practice on Dec. 17. Aldemir is not going to get much playing time and he's a major project for Philly. He's not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 am
    • Josh Smith set to make Rockets debut Friday
      Josh Smith has officially signed with Houston, and he's set to make his Rockets debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith will likely start which will send Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. However, the Rockets were forced to cut Tarik Black in order to make room for Smith on the roster, so Motiejunas could see some time as Howard's primary backup with Terrence Jones (leg) still on the shelf. Owners of Motiejunas should see how he performs tonight before making the cut. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 am
    • John Henson (foot) upgraded to probable Fri.
      John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Larry Sanders (flu) and Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) have already been ruled out for this one, so the Bucks could really use Henson back in the lineup. However, he's been out since Nov. 25, so his conditioning probably isn't quite there yet. Check back for an official update on Henson's status closer to tip-off, but know that he'll be a risky option in daily leagues despite the opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:01 am
    • Josh Smith is hopeful to play Friday vs. MEM
      Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:37 am
    • John Henson (foot) questionable for Friday
      John Henson (foot) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Henson is averaging 4.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game over 12 minutes of action this season. Until he can actually step on the court, Henson can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:15 am
    • Nick Young doesn't play well on Christmas
      Nick Young made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Well, at least his girlfriend bought him an Impala for Christmas. Young is just 6-of-19 in his two games without Kobe Bryant (rest), so he's been a bit of a letdown. He's been in the top 60 for fantasy value over the previous two weeks, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues thanks to his 2.4 triples over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:36 pm
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:45 pm
    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:29 am
    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:09 am
    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:59 pm
    • Terrence Jones (leg) working out on Wednesday
      Terrence Jones (leg) did some working out with the team on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is still without a timetable and it's possible the Rockets may have had interest in Josh Smith because of the severity of Jones' leg injury. Regardless, the Smith signing has essentially put the kibosh on a breakout for Terrence Jones, so patience has not paid off for his fantasy owners. His ceiling is severely capped and he is a cut candidate in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:03 am
       
      Injured
    • Donatas Motiejunas likely headed to bench
      Donatas Motiejunas will likely return to a bench role once Josh Smith signs with Houston Wednesday evening.

      Advice: It really is a shame considering how well Motiejunas had done after filling in for Terrence Jones (leg) in the starting lineup, but it looks like his time for fantasy relevancy in standard leagues is coming to an end. Owners may want to give it a few games before making a decision, but we won't blame you if you decide to move on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:15 am
    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:04 am
    • Houston to promise Josh Smith a starting spot
      The Houston Rockets are assuring Josh Smith that he would be a starter if he signed on with them according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: Houston has emerged as the most likely destination for Smith, and this latest report would only solidify that. We will watch this situation very closely, as he is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 pm EST. His arrival would put a huge dent in the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones, so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
    • Nick Young scores 15 points w/ rare full line
      Nick Young contributed across the board in Tuesday's upset win vs. Golden State, coming off the bench for 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He logged 30 minutes for the second straight game and should thrive whenever Kobe Bryant (rest) isn't in the Lakers' lineup, though he's been good enough to start under any circumstances. He has a total of 11 assists and 11 steals in 17 games this season, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, so don't expect more than voluminous points (15.6) and 3-pointers (2.4). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    • Chandler Parsons struggles again on Tuesday
      Chandler Parsons' struggles continued on Tuesday, posting just seven points, eight boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He really struggled on offense and was just 3-of-9 from the field while turning the ball over a season-high six times. It should be noted that Parsons scored just four points on Monday, and while owners shouldn't do anything too drastic it looks like he is the clear loser in the Rajon Rondo trade. However, we fully expect Parsons to be better than this on most nights, and owners should continue to be patient for the time being. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:06 pm
    • Paul Millsap fills up stat sheet in Hawks win
      Paul Millsap missed eight of his 12 field goal attempts on Tuesday, but still racked up 17 points, one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The Sapper was also 8-of-9 from the FT line and this versatile performance is familiar to his fantasy owners. Last season he was the only player to average at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. It's no surprise that this season he joins Danny Green and Draymond Green as the only players averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:46 pm
    • Charlie Villanueva scores 18 points Tuesday
      Charlie Villanueva scored a season-high 18 points on Tuesday vs. the Suns, adding four boards and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

      Advice: Don't look now but Villanueva has now posted two decent games in a row after scoring 14 points on Monday. There is some playing time available in Dallas after Brandan Wright was shipped to Boston, so owners in deep leagues can put him on their radar. To be clear, we don't see Villanueva being able to keep up this pace, but crazier things have happened. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:46 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Manimal sighting: Kenneth Faried gets 20 & 14
      Kenneth Faried finally got going on Tuesday, scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 32 minutes of action.

      Advice: Faried's long-suffering owners have been waiting for a game like this, which is a vivid reminder of his enormous upside. The Nuggets lost the game but it's hard to imagine coach Brian Shaw being displeased with the Manimal's effort tonight, so ideally his 30+ playing time will continue during the Nuggets' upcoming games on Friday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Al Jefferson scores 12 with nine boards
      Al Jefferson scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting Tuesday, adding nine boards, two assists and one block in 31 minutes.

      Advice: This was by no means a great performance by Big Al, but we should keep in mind that he has been dealing with a strained left groin that he aggravated in Monday's game. The good news is that he shouldn't be in danger of missing any time, and owners can expect him to bounce-back against the Thunder on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:16 pm
    • Gerald Henderson scores 20 points in win
      Gerald Henderson scored 20 points in a win over the Bucks on Tuesday, adding four assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He was fantastic all night and was able to shoot 6-of-10 from the field while connecting on his only 3-point attempt. While this was a great performance, Henderson is very inconsistent and Lance Stephenson (hip) could be back after Christmas, so owners in standard leagues would be wise to leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:09 pm
    • Thaddeus Young shoots 6-of-18 in road loss
      Thaddeus Young scored 13 points on Tuesday, with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks, but he shot just 6-of-18 from the field in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Young's fantasy value has plummeted in Minnesota. On a year-to-year basis he's lagging in points (-3.8), 3-pointers (-0.8), FT percentage (-16 percent), rebounds (-1.6), and pretty much everything else. He can't get much worse than he's been through the Wolves' first 27 games, and has enough upside that his owners should strive to remain patient as he finds his sweet spot with a new team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:00 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • Al Jefferson (groin) a go for Tuesday vs. MIL
      Al Jefferson (strained left groin) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Jefferson suffered a minor strain to his left groin during Monday's game, but was able to play through it, and it's not looking like it's going to be an issue moving forward. He has a favorable matchup tonight against Milwaukee, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:43 pm
    • Howard would love to see Josh Smith in HOU
      Dwight Howard said he's already had some discussions with Josh Smith, and he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

      Advice: Houston is very confident they will be able to land Smith, and if he does end up in a Rockets uniform, he's really going to hurt the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). The Kings, Clippers, Heat, and Mavs remain in the running, and Smith is expected to clear the NBA waiver process Wednesday at 5pm EST. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:50 am
    • Nicolas Batum out Tuesday vs Thunder
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will miss Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There isn't a major fantasy beneficiary of Batum's absence, but Wesley Matthews will look to get increased run while Allen Crabbe, Dorrell Wright, Victor Claver, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum should all see extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • Furkan Aldemir out Tuesday vs Heat
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) will miss Tuesday's game against Miami.

      Advice: There isn't much of a fantasy impact here, but it's looking like Aldemir's plantar fasciitis may keep him out for extended time. Owners in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues can feel free to move on from Aldemir. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:55 am
    • Cue the panic: Parsons goes for four and four
      Chandler Parsons scored four points on 2-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Parsons did great in his first game with Rajon Rondo but this one is going to stoke fears that Rondo will steal Parsons' thunder. We can't summarily rule out some friction there but freaking out in Game 2 of the arrangement would be reactionary, and this is definitely a micro-level buy low moment. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:08 pm
    • Villanueva hits four threes in 13 minutes
      Charlie Villanueva hit four 3-pointers in 13 minutes off the bench on Monday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals.

      Advice: Villanueva could theoretically luck into a small role now that the Mavs sent their only serviceable reserve big man to Boston. But forgive us if we don't act like we're at Walmart on a Black Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:05 pm
    • Trevor Ariza scores seven points in win
      Trevor Ariza scored seven points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: He's really cold right now and the timing couldn't be worse. Over his last 11 games, Ariza has made just 32.3 percent from the field with 2.0 turnovers and his fantasy value is bottoming out. With Corey Brewer going off tonight, it's worth seeing if his current fantasy owners is panicking. Ariza should be a mid-round guy this season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 pm
    • Beard Goes Bonkers: James Harden scores 44
      James Harden dominated the Blazers on Monday during a 110-95 win, scoring 44 points with three rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: On top of all that, he had just one turnover. Harden had 31 points, five dimes and five steals at halftime and the Blazers couldn't do anything to stop him. In his last five games with Dwight Howard in the lineup, Harden averaged 29.6 points, 6.0 boards, 9.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 triples. He's in the hunt for MVP. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 pm
    • Nicolas Batum has a quiet game vs. Rockets
      Nicolas Batum had a quiet night against the Rockets on Monday with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He's just not taking shots right now and only had three attempts tonight. Batum posted a usage rate of just 10.5 over his last two games, which dropped his season usage rate to just 14.4 -- the second-lowest usage rate among players with at least 34 minutes per game (DeAndre Jordan). His fantasy value is near its low point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:31 pm
    • Gerald Henderson cools off on Monday
      Gerald Henderson scored four points with six rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Nuggets.

      Advice: It's pretty obvious his 17-point game on Saturday was a fluke. Henderson isn't really capable of posting big-time fantasy lines because he doesn't do much on defense and in treys, so leave him on the wire in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:28 pm
    • Al Jefferson has minor aggravation on Monday
      Al Jefferson suffered a minor injury on Monday and did return, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

      Advice: He was on the stationary bike after leaving the game with a minor tweak in the first quarter. Jefferson came back in to start the second quarter and should be fine. Although, it took him a very long time to get over his ankle sprain last season, so he's not a great healer. His owners will want to check back to make sure he's good to go for Tuesday against the Bucks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:15 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores eight points
      Kenneth Faried scored eight points with nine rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He played just 21 minutes because the Nuggets were down 16 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Faried did not return in garbage time, so this can be viewed as just another bad game. His fantasy owners have no choice but to stay patient, and yes we know this sounds like a broken record. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) will play
      James Harden (hamstring) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

      Advice: He had a hammy tweak on Saturday and was able to play through it. Harden is among the most active players in the NBA and leads the league in scoring. He obviously needs to be in your fantasy lineup as he likely torches the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • Trevor Ariza ready to roll vs. Portland
      Trevor Ariza (calf) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

      Advice: He just has some soreness to his calf and it doesn't sound like it will cost him minutes. Corey Brewer is available, but he's not likely going to be a threat to Ariza's minutes. Hopefully he breaks out of his shooting slump soon. His fantasy owners can plug him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:21 pm
    • Al Jefferson is good to go for Monday night
      Al Jefferson (groin) will play against the Nuggets on Monday.

      Advice: He was on the injury report with a strained left groin. Jefferson has battled a lot of injuries in his career, but most of them have been foot/ankle related. He should have a big game against a weak Nuggets frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:13 pm
    • John Henson (foot) still dealing with pain
      John Henson (foot) has been dealing with pain in his foot and visited a doctor on Monday.

      Advice: He is getting closer to a return, but the Bucks would be foolish to play him if he's still dealing with pain. Henson hasn't played much power forward this season, so he's not a very attractive pickup even with the Jabari Parker (knee) injury. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:36 pm
    • Kenneth Faried had confidence issues?
      Kenneth Faried said he's been trying to bring back his confidence.

      Advice: "I knew I was kind of just slighting myself and just not focused on the main goals that I wanted to achieve," Faried said about losing playing time. "It was just all on me." It's pretty clear coach Brian Shaw isn't a complete fan of Faried's mistakes on the defensive end, but there could be a happy ending to this story. He's struggled in each of the last two Decembers and is expected to have a strong finish again. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:19 am
    • Terrence Jones still without a timetable
      Terrence Jones (leg) is still without a timetable to return.

      Advice: There has been very little information on Jones, but he has been going through some strengthening. He appears to be getting at least somewhat closer and has been out since Nov. 3. Obviously the nerve damage to his leg was worse than originally thought. The Rockets are believed to be interested in Josh Smith, which would hurt TJ's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:11 am
       
      Injured
    • Ariza added to injury report w/ sore calf
      Trevor Ariza (sore left calf) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: A late addition to the injury report, Ariza's calf is not considered a major issue. The Rockets can't afford any more injuries to anyone right now, and Ariza would be an especially difficult player to replace if he were forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:33 am
    • James Harden, Dwight Howard probable Monday
      James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) are both probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: Although both are dealing with a nagging concern, the two stars will be out there in a big game against Portland. Harden said he planned to play, so the probable designation is just a formality. Harden and Howard's owners can feel good about putting them in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:23 am
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 am
    • Al Jefferson listed as probable Monday night
      Al Jefferson (groin) is listed as probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Big Al tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, but he finished with a double-double, and the fact that he's being called probable with so much time before tipoff is a great sign that it's nothing serious. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:24 am
    • Timberwolves impressed with Shabazz Muhammad
      The Timberwolves have been impressed with Shabazz Muhammad's development.

      Advice: As have fantasy owners. Muhammad has really come on of late, and he's now scored 20-plus points in four straight games. Muhammad has also received at least 15 shots in each of those while playing at least 27.5 minutes, so the opportunity is there for the second-year forward to make his presence felt. He should be owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:35 am
    • Nick Young buries four 3-pointers, scores 26
      Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:58 pm
    • Shabazz Muhammad scores 21 points vs. Indy
      Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points on 8-of-18 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in Sunday's disappointing home loss, marking his ninth consecutive game with double-digit points.

      Advice: Muhammad's rapid development was a big reason the Wolves traded Corey Brewer, and he's poised for big minutes the rest of the season. He added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers in 37 minutes on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:32 pm
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 pm
    • Anthony Davis drops 38 points with 12 boards
      Anthony Davis dropped an impressive 38 points on 16-of-22 shooting in a win over the Thunder on Sunday, adding 12 boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He feasted on Serge Ibaka the entire game, and the Thunder simply had no answer for him on either end of the court. Davis has been phenomenal this season, and if he can manage to stay healthy, he will continue to stake his claim as the No.1 option in fantasy basketball. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:01 pm
    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:05 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) probable for Monday
      James Harden (strained left hamstring) is probable to play Monday vs. Portland.

      Advice: Harden injured his hamstring during Saturday's game vs. Atlanta, but played through the strain and put up 18 points, six rebounds, and a season-high 14 assists over 39 minutes of action so we'd expect him to give it a go on Monday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:17 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir (heel) is out on Sunday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is out for Sunday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: He is dealing with plantar fasciitis so it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss additional time. Aldemir is far off of the fantasy radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:10 am
    • Jared Dudley scores 16 points vs. Clippers
      Jared Dudley excelled against his former team on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: That's back-to-back good games from Dudley and he's passed Khris Middleton as the waiver-wire add du jour. Dudley's done a fair amount of ball handling to go with his perimeter shooting, so there is enough upside to at least give him a look. That said, trusting coach Jason Kidd's rotation is like trusting a dingo to look after your baby. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:12 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores four in awful game
      Kenneth Faried had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Pacers, making 2-of-10 from the field with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He had a couple solid games before tonight and maybe the second half of a back-to-back got to him. Darrell Arthur (leg) could miss time, so Faried may get a bigger chance to redeem himself from a slow start. His owners can't be happy with him, but they just have to hang in there. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:46 pm
    • Chandler Parsons double-doubles on Sat.
      Chandler Parsons double-doubled in a 99-93 win over the Spurs on Saturday with 16 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's his first double-double of the season, but he was sub-par everywhere else. Parsons shouldn't see his fantasy value change much with Rajon Rondo around, so his fantasy owners should stay the course. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:12 pm
    • Marco Belinelli scores 21 points in start
      Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 21 points against the Mavs on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes in the starting lineup with the Spurs resting most of their wing guys. Belinelli has been good on the nights he gets heavy minutes, but the problem is that doesn't happen often enough. He'll have a big night again, so keep him in mind the next time the Spurs rest numerous players. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) double-doubles
      James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:45 pm
    • Trevor Ariza really struggling
      Trevor Ariza made 5-of-14 from the field for 13 point with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He has been struggling in his previous 10, making just 32.4 percent from the field for 14.8 points, 7.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals, but he is still holding decent value in fantasy because of the treys. His catch-and-shoot percentage is a far cry from last year, so maybe this is the John Wall effect. Still, Ariza is a must-start player. Also, there's no need to worry about Corey Brewer. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:37 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas finally struggling
      Donatas Motiejunas scored eight points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He's made just 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from the field in his last two and has finally slowed down. This is probably good news for the Terrence Jones (leg) stashers out there and Motiejunas may have some trouble holding value in a few weeks. If there is an irresistible guy on the wire, D-Mo's ceiling isn't too high anyway. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:33 pm
    • Gerald Henderson scores 17 in start Saturday
      Gerald Henderson scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting in another start on Saturday, adding two boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He was great again tonight, and while he won't normally shoot this good, these numbers are what you should generally expect from him. Lance Stephenson (hip) will be sidelined at least until Dec. 26, so owners in need of short-term value should give Henderson a look. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:10 pm
    • Al jefferson injures groin in win on Saturday
      Al Jefferson tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, finishing with 19 points, 10 boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and did not return, but Big Al said after the game that he could have played if the team needed him. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, so we will leave him off of the injury report for now. However, owners will still want to check back before Monday's game against Denver to make sure that he is good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:45 pm
    • Nicolas Batum plays 30 minutes in a win
      Nicolas Batum looked healthy against the Pelicans on Saturday with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It would have been a larger allotment of playing time, but the Blazers had this game won in the middle of the third quarter. Batum isn't quite 100 percent due to wrist and knee ailments, but he's played through plenty of issues -- an evulsion fracture to his hand last season, for example. He's a prime buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:33 pm
    • John Henson (foot) out on Saturday vs. LAC
      John Henson (foot) will not play against the Clippers on Sunday.

      Advice: He is still experiencing some pain in his foot, and will be re-evaluated on Monday. Henson will be worth a look in deeper leagues when he returns, but owners can continue to ignore him until we get a positive report. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:28 pm
    • Omer Asik still stinks on Saturday
      Omer Asik played 20 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points, seven rebounds and two turnovers.

      Advice: The Pelicans have been playing him less these days and it makes sense. They have a lower net rating when Asik and Anthony Davis are on the floor compared to Ryan Anderson and Davis. Asik has almost no upside for owners in standard leagues, so feel free to cut him based on him only being a one-category player. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:18 pm
    • Anthony Davis makes 3-of-14 in a blowout loss
      Anthony Davis made 3-of-14 from the field against the Blazers on Saturday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and five blocks in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He was actually held in check by Joel Freeland tonight and he had an up-close view of LaMarcus Aldridge hitting midrange jumpers all night. Davis didn't shoot below 33.3 percent from the field in any of his previous games, so this is obviously is worst offensive showing. He gets a date with Serge Ibaka on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:14 pm
    • James Harden returns after hurting hamstring
      James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, but has since returned.

      Advice: This is incredible news for the Rockets, and it looks like Harden dodged a bullet here. We will obviously monitor him closely, and we will provide updates as needed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
    • Marco Belinelli set to start on Saturday
      Marco Belinelli will start on Saturday vs. Dallas, replacing Danny Green.

      Advice: Green will come off of the bench in an effort to monitor his playing time after playing 44 minutes on Friday, so this is by no means a permanent move. Belinelli is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers, and will also be a decent plug-and-play option Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:37 pm
    • Nicolas Batum still active for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

      Advice: He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:50 pm
    • Joel Freeland getting the starting again
      Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:36 pm
    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:48 am
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:32 pm
    • Shabazz Muhammad drops 26-5-5 vs. BOS
      Shabazz Muhammad was excellent in his first start at shooting guard on Friday, scoring 26 points with five boards, five assists and two 3-pointers on 11-of-15 from the field.

      Advice: The triples were a very nice surprise and he also had a career high in dimes. Muhammad played 38 minutes tonight and he's going to play in the mid-30s most nights going forward. He's not going to be this good, but he should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:48 pm
    • Gerald Henderson scores 11 in start
      Gerald Henderson scored 11 points in a start with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He started off red hot, but didn't do much in the second half. Lance Stephenson (hip) is going to miss some time, but Henderson is not a great pickup due to his lower upside. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:32 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
    • It's Joel Freeland's turn to start on Friday
      Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:02 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee) out Friday vs. the Spurs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:32 pm
    • Shabazz Muhammad will start at shooting guard
      Shabazz Muhammad will start at shooting guard against the Friday against the Celtics.

      Advice: He is getting the ball a ton and was the primary weapon in the second unit. Muhammad is a ball-dominant player, but he does have 64.9 of his baskets coming off an assist. The scoring makes him worth a look in standard leagues and his owners should just hope he starts adding more stats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:10 pm
    • John Henson (foot) questionable for Saturday
      John Henson is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: The Bucks need big men badly right now. Henson has played almost all of his minutes at center this season, but they might shift him back to power forward more of out necessity. He's worth a look, but the awful foul shooting will make him tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:33 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir won't plan Friday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) will not play against the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: He has an Achilles issue and the 76ers could sit him down in hopes this doesn't linger. Aldemir is a major project and is going take a while before he's on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:23 pm
    • Gerald Henderson starting in place of Lance
      Gerald Henderson will start against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: Lance Stephenson (hip) did not even travel and is expected to miss time. Henderson has not been very active with the ball while with the first unit, posting a 15.5 usage rate while he's next to Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson this season. He's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:24 pm
    • Shabazz Muhammad time in Minnesota?
      Shabazz Muhammad is expected to get more playing time with the trade of Corey Brewer.

      Advice: He's played very well and has a superstar-like usage rate of 29.2 over his last seven games. Muhammad has also been playing more time at small forward these days, so that bodes very well for his outlook. He's not going to do much outside of scoring, but he does have two three-steal games in his last four. 'Bazz is better suited for points leagues, but he's worth a look in standards, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:52 am
    • Shabazz Muhammad headed for starting lineup?
      According to beat reporter Jerry Zgoda, Flip Saunders has been contemplating inserting Shabazz Muhammad into the starting lineup to add some scoring to start the games.

      Advice: This is an interesting report, and with trade rumors swirling around Corey Brewer, Muhammad is worth a speculative add in standard leagues. Over the past two weeks, Muhammad is averaging 18.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 69.8 percent from the line (on 6.1 attempts). However, his value would take a hit once Kevin Martin (wrist) returns. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:31 am
    • Jared Dudley scores season-high 19 points
      Jared Dudley scored a season-high 19 points against the Kings on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He had season highs in field goal attempts and free throw attempts in what was obviously his best game. Dudley has barely been shooting the rock while he's been out there and only had 0.8 triples per game in his previous eight games this month. This rotation is going to be a mess, so he's not a standard league target based on this game alone. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:26 pm
    • Anthony Davis drops 30 and 14 with 5 blocks
      Anthony Davis went off against the Rockets on Thursday during a 99-90 win with 30 points, 14 boards, three assists, two steals and five blocks.

      Advice: He made 10-of-17 from the field, 10-of-12 from the line and only turned it over once. Davis already has eight 30-point games and raised his scoring to 24.8 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA. The future is now for the best power forward in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:47 pm
    • Omer Asik looks like garbage again
      Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:39 pm
    • James Harden scores 21 points in a loss
      James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:31 pm
    • Donatas Motiejiunas finally has a bad game
      Donatas Motiejunas had an overdue dud on Thursday against the Pelicans with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He got a front-row seat to watch Anthony Davis destroy him and he gets a pass here. Motiejunas made an impressive 56.7 percent from the field in his previous 10 for 16.6 points per game, so expect him to turn it around on Saturday against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:11 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) questionable Fri
      Nicolas Batum (left knee contusion, right wrist) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:22 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir doubtful for Friday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Aldemir missed practice due to the plantar fasciitis he's dealing with on his right foot, and while head coach Brett Brown contends, "it's not as bad as it sounds," Aldemir is not looking likely for Friday's game against Charlotte. He played just 10 minutes in his NBA debut on Monday, so he can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:22 am
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas keeps the party going
      Donatas Motiejunas was fantastic against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: Terrence Jones (leg) is at least getting some shots up at practice, so he's at least on his way back. There is still no timetable for his return, so Motiejunas is good to go as a must-start guy right now. Keep him roster and cross the TJ bridge when you get to it. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:37 am
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles
      Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:55 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:42 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores three points in start
      Jared Dudley scored three points in 27 minutes during a start against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He committed four fouls and wasn't as involved in the offense nearly as much. Dudley's usage rate is extremely low, so he's not going to be asked to score much. His assists are fairly high for a guy with his role, but it's still not enough to move the needle enough to grab him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:51 pm
    • Al Jefferson nets 18 in first, finishes w/ 28
      Al Jefferson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He scored more points in the first quarter than any of his previous three games, so this outburst was a surprise. The Suns have been soft on the inside, so kudos to Jefferson for capitalizing. He gets another tasty matchup against the 76ers on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:18 pm
    • Chandler Parsons scores 32 in Mavs win
      Chandler Parsons hit 10-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for a season-high 32 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Parsons' back injury is hopefully behind him and he was playing very well before sitting out on Saturday. Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and 10 boards in the win, and both players should be in starting lineups whenever they're in uniform for the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:25 pm
    • Joel Freeland coming off the bench
      Joel Freeland will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

      Advice: He was listed as the starter this afternoon, and he should get a start down the line. The Bucks don't have too much size and do a lot of their work on the perimeter, so Thomas Robinson makes sense as the starter tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:12 pm
    • Jared Dudley starting in place of Parker
      Jared Dudley will start in place of Jabari Parker on Wednesday.

      Advice: He replaced Jabari when the injury happened, so this move is not a surprise. Dudley also played 20 minutes in the second half on Monday, so he should see a nice increase in playing time. He's worth a look in standard leagues, but there's no need to be too aggressive. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:38 pm
    • Joel Freeland listed as starter for the Blazers
      Joel Freeland is listed as the starting center to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has changed his lineups just before tip several times, so this is not necessarily set in stone. It does make sense because Chris Kaman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 32 with a ton of injuries in his career. Additionally, Kaman's wife is expecting to give birth, so that could be a factor here, too. Kaman is still worth a look in standard leagues while Freeland could have value in deep formats. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:34 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir seen icing his ankle Wednesday
      Furkan Aldemir suffered a bruised right heel and missed part of practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: There is no indication that he will miss any time, but we will still monitor his status closely. Aldemir made his NBA debut on Monday, but saw just 10 minutes of action and looked very raw. You can leave him on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:44 am
    • John Henson (foot) listed as out for Wed
      John Henson (foot) is listed as out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: There is still no clear indication as to when he will be ready, but the Bucks could certainly use him now that Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the remainder of the season. We will update Henson's status when we know more, but owners should keep an eye on him in deeper leagues for his ability to block shots and rebound. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:58 am
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start Wednesday
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start for the Nuggets on Wednesday after practicing in full on Tuesday.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with injuries over the past two weeks, but he will look to put that behind him in a key matchup against Houston. Faried has been in a slump since the beginning of the season, but he is loaded with talent and should turn it around soon. The buy-low window is wide open, so now may be your chance to snag him in a trade. J.J. Hickson will return to the bench with this news, and owners in standard leagues can think about moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 am
    • Serge Ibaka has season-high seven blocks
      Serge Ibaka had a season-high seven blocks on Tuesday vs. the Kings, adding nine points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The blocks were great, but the rest of the line was rather boring and there is no question that he has really struggled rebounding the ball this season. Ibaka should break out of his slump soon, and owners will have no choice but to be patient with him. He is still a must-start player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:19 pm
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