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    The Big Three (ID# 138968)
    • Carmelo Anthony will play Thursday vs. IND
      Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Pacers on Thursday.

      Advice: The Knicks are currently in the second game of a back-to-back set, so the fact that Melo is playing is certainly an encouraging sign. Anthony is still capable of putting up amazing stats when in uniform, so owners should really use this as a selling point as the shut-down talks aren’t going away any time soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:42 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) will play Thursday vs. NY
      C.J. Miles (groin) will play in short stretches for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: It sounds like he's going to come off the bench, as Frank Vogel would like to ease him back into the rotation. Although he has a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, the minutes limit makes him a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:28 pm
    • Evan Turner (thumb) doesn't practice Thursday
      Evan Turner (thumb) was not a participant during Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Turner played during the Celtics' last game despite the thumb issue, so we'll consider him probable for Friday's game against Houston. However, with a tough matchup against Patrick Beverley, and a busy schedule on Friday, there are probably better options you can plug into your active roster tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:47 pm
    • Budenholzer says DeMarre Carroll is 'fine'
      Updating a previous report, Hawks' head coach Mike Budenholzer said that DeMarre Carroll is "fine," after sitting out Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Budenholzer said that Carroll is "just getting a little work on his body," and it doesn't appear he's in jeopardy of missing Friday's game against Portland. Carroll has been up-and-down for much of the season, but he'll draw a favorable matchup against the Blazers on Friday, so owners can feel confident plugging him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:38 pm
    • Gordon Hayward (sinus) probable for Friday
      Gordon Hawyard (sinus congestion) did not practice on Thursday, but he is expected to play Friday vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: Sinus congestion seems about as minor of an ailment as they come, so owners should not be fretting about him missing any game-time action. He will however have a tough matchup against Golden State on Friday, so that is something to consider for people playing daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:16 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll doesn't practice on Thursday
      DeMarre Carroll did not practice on Thursday.

      Advice: Carroll elected to get treatment on Thursday rather than practice, but it's not clear at this point exactly what his ailment is. We'll be providing updates as they become available, but we'd consider Carroll probable for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:23 am
    • Jimmy Butler expected to play Thursday
      Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Jimmy Butler (illness) to play against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: Butler has struggled a bit recently as he's averaged 15.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals on just 40.6 percent shooting from the field. His return will cut into the fantasy production of Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich, while Butler's owners can feel free to slot him back into their lineups and hope that Jimmy has some new moves to get back on track. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:39 am
    • Luol Deng will miss Friday's game vs Mavs
      Luol Deng (calf) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: The Danny Granger Express rolls on for at least one more night. Deng will miss fifth game of the 2014-15 season on Friday and Granger will presumably get the start after putting up 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and three treys in place of Deng on Tuesday. James Ennis should see some increased run with Deng and Dwyane Wade (hamstring) both out on Friday, but Granger is the better fantasy option of the two. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:36 am
       
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    • Paul Millsap's versatility impressing coach
      Paul Millsap's growing range has impressed head coach Mike Budenholzer.

      Advice: After shooting just 31-of-113 from downtown over seven seasons with the Jazz, Millsap has made 47-of-129 three-point attempts this season. "I didn’t realize Paul could do this much," Budenholzer said. "We thought he was going to be versatile, but I think he’s more versatile. We thought he could extend his range...he’s followed through and done that." Millsap is averaging 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers over his last five games and is on-pace to finish as a top-20 player in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:18 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova out Thursday vs Magic
      Ersan Ilyasova (groin) will miss Thurday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Bucks may go into Thursday's game short-handed as Zaza Pachulia (calf) is questionable. Jared Dudley and Johnny O'Bryant are the biggest fantasy beneficiaries of Ilyasova's absence, while John Henson could join them as he's due to start if Pachulia can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:46 am
       
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    • C.J. Miles questionable for Thurs vs Knicks
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: Miles was seen going through extra shooting drills after shootaround so that could be a good sign for his availability Thursday night. If Miles sits for the third consecutive game, Rodney Stuckey would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez also picking up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:18 am
    • Lou Amundson to finish season with Knicks
      Lou Amundson will sign a deal on Tuesday that will keep him with the Knicks for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: While Amundson has been a solid addition to the Knicks' depleted frontcourt, his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues and owners who are in dire need of blocks. The journeyman has averaged 4.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 blocks over his last 10 games, but his 23.0 minute average over that span points to the risk that comes with starting Amundson on any given night. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:10 am
    • LeBron James shines spotlight on Kyrie
      LeBron James (wrist) declined comment to reporters after Wednesday's win in order to let Kyrie Irving have the spotlight following his 55-point game.

      Advice: "I'm going to kindly decline to talk to you guys," James said after the game. "This is his night." James sat out Wednesday's game due to a sore wrist, so we'll have to await word on the extent of his injury. He'll have some time to recuperate since the Cavs don't play until Friday, but J.R. Smith would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary (outside of Kyrie Irving) if James sits again. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:00 am
       
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    • Trevor Booker had 8 & 9 in loss
      Trevor Booker had eight points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes off Utah's bench on Wednesday.

      Advice: He somehow manages to post decent numbers on most nights, despite having to battle with Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert for minutes. He'll need one of those guys to suffer an injury before you want to think about picking him up. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:52 pm
    • Markieff Morris avoids techs, scores 16
      Markieff Morris scored 16 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He was right back to his old role after being benched on Sunday due to a technical foul. The Suns are a much better team when Markieff is on the floor, so it's important for him to avoid technical fouls. Additionally, he is being investigated by Phoenix police for an alleged assault, according to CBS 5. Morris is a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:45 pm
    • Enes Kanter leads Jazz with 21-11-1
      Enes Kanter came through with 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: The Jazz controlled much of this game, but fell apart late as the Clippers cruised by them for their 13th straight win over Utah. As much as Rudy Gobert continues to threaten Kanter's playing time, but big man just won't give way. Kanter is hot again, scoring 20-plus points in four of his last five games and averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks over that stretch. Sure, you can be mad at him for a lack of blocked shots, but the rest of his numbers are pretty impressive. Rudy Gobert was in foul trouble early and played just 10 minutes, but Kanter's strong play lately is going to make it tough for Gobert to get heavy minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:36 pm
    • Brandan Wright steps up on Wednesday
      Brandan Wright returned to action on Wednesday with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 17 minutes.

      Advice: He missed Sunday due to a heel injury and had his best game in a Phoenix uniform. Wright is not going to be thrust into a major role while Alex Len is around, but he could still be a top 150 guy with 20 minutes per game. There's no need to add him yet, but keep an eye on him in the up-tempo system. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 pm
    • Gordon Hayward cools off in loss to Clips
      Gordon Hayward hit just 4-of-13 shots and was 0-for-5 from downtown for 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Wednesday's tough loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: Had he brought his A Game tonight, the Jazz probably would have won. Hayward is having a great season and tonight was just 'one of those nights.' He'll bounce back in the next one. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:28 pm
    • Derrick Favors goes for 18 & 9 in tough loss
      Derrick Favors had 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: The Jazz actually controlled this game for most of the night, but gave way to the Clippers in the fourth quarter. Favors was reportedly playing through a sore wrist tonight, but it didn't seem to bother him as much as the Clippers bother the Jazz. They've now won 13 straight games over Utah. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Kris Humphries double-doubles vs. Phoenix
      Kris Humphries drew a start against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, 15 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Nene (foot) did not play and it's possible he'll miss more time. Humphries fares well in his starts, averaging 8.2 points, 7.3 boards and 0.9 steals in his previous 15. Plus, several of those were with Nene active. If you need a low-ceiling big man, give him a look. For what it's worth, we'd cut Nene for Hump. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:04 pm
    • Al Horford still shooting lights-out for ATL
      Al Horford hit 10-of-13 shots for 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: Horford came into this one hitting 53-of-72 shots over his last seven games, and that number got a lot better tonight. The Hawks are playing out of their minds right now and have won 17 straight, and 31 of their last 33 games. And with Mike Budenholzer coaching the East All-Stars, it's possible that Horford, Paul Millsap (28 & 15), Jeff Teague (13 & 11) and Kyle Korver (full stat line, 5 3-pointers) could all be joining him in Brooklyn as coach's picks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    • Paul Millsap leads Hawks to 17th straight win
      Paul Millsap had 28 points, 15 rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 5-of-9 shooting as the Hawks beat the Nets on Wednesday for their 17th straight win.

      Advice: He also hit 15-of-16 free throws, and is back on track at the line (in a big way) after a slow start this season. The Hawks have now won 31 of their last 33 games and are finally gaining the attention of the national media, for good reason. Additionally, the team matched last season's playoff-worthy win total of 38 and we're not even to the All-Star break yet. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:51 pm
    • Al Jefferson starts, plays 35 minutes
      Al Jefferson scored 17 points in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Wednesday during a 95-86 loss, adding 16 boards, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes.

      Advice: DeMarcus Cousins is the only starting center with a higher usage rate than Al Jefferson, but Big Al might give DMC a run for his money there while Kemba Walker (knee) is out. Although, the injuries are piling up for Jefferson, so he'll be a volatile property. He's a must-start player while active, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 pm
    • Lance Stephenson doesn't score in 20 minutes
      Lance Stephenson failed to score on his five attempts from the field against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

      Advice: Born Ready needs a resurrection. He's made just 34.5 percent from the field since his return to the lineup, averaging just 7.0 points, 4.9 assists, 3.3 boards, 2.6 turnovers and 0.0 treys. What's more, Stephenson is made just 15.2 percent from beyond three feet in that span. There is upside, but it's too hard to start him right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:25 pm
    • Danny Green has another massive line
      Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Hornets during a 95-86 win on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was coming in off two horrible games, averaging just 5.0 points, 2.0 boards, 2.5 dimes and 1.0 triples on 20.0 percent from the field. Green has been an early-round guy on the season and it would appear his floor is a mid-round guy. His owners have nothing to worry about, but they knew that just by reading his stat line tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard sits in the fourth
      Kawhi Leonard played just 23 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich said he wanted to roll with Cory Joseph down the stretch and kept Leonard on the bench because of it. Kawhi was filling it up before tonight in his games since returning from injury, averaging 16.5 points, 10.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 triples in 31.3 minutes per game. If you can try to buy low from one game, go for it. Kawhi is a stud. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    • Lou Amundson grabs 10 boards in start
      Lou Amundson started at center and had five points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's surprising win over the Thunder.

      Advice: Amundson has started in five straight games and has gotten a little better in each one. And when we say "a little," we mean it. He's averaging 4.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over that stretch, which means he's probably not going to help your fantasy team, unless you're willing to punt points for a couple blocks. Phil Jackson is probably livid the Knicks won this game (their ninth of the season), but you can't say they're not trying to lose as long as Amundson is a starting NBA center. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:07 pm
    • Thaddeus Young still gets 40 minutes
      Thaddeus Young played 40 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Coach Flip Saunders ran a very tight rotation with just seven guys playing more than 14 minutes. Young figures to see his minutes dip soon once Kevin Martin gets back in the swing of things. His owners might want to sell high, but he's worth owning in standard leagues despite the trade rumors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 16 w/o Dwight
      Donatas Motiejunas started and had 16 points, five rebounds, a steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-16 shooting in Wednesday's win over Dallas.

      Advice: Dwight Howard has edema in his right knee (fluid buildup) and could miss time, meaning that D-Mo, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones (he's back) should all be owned until we find out more details about Howard's return date. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:24 pm
    • Al-Farouq Aminu blocks career-high 6 shots
      Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench for 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a career-high six blocks on 2-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: The last time we blurbed him was back on Jan. 4, which should tell you how he's been playing. This was easily his best game of the season and there's no reason to pick him up, unless he starts making noise on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (rest) questionable Thursday
      Carmelo Anthony (rest) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

      Advice: This news was expected because Melo is not going to play on most back-to-back sets. He played well on Wednesday in a win over the Thunder, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes. His owners will want to bench him for Thursday while Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway will play more. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:25 pm
    • LeBron James out Wednesday, doubtful Friday
      LeBron James (wrist) is considered doubtful to play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: It's weird day to see LeBron James and Kevin Durant out on he same night. James has been extremely durable before this season, but he's had knee and back issues before this injury. The Cavs are on a back-to-back this weekend, so James should be considered questionable for Saturday in Minnesota. Expect to see more of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion with Smith as the only reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:50 pm
       
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    • LeBron James (wrist) ruled out Wednesday
      LeBron James (wrist) will not play vs. the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He took a hard fall during Tuesday's game and was a game-time decision vs. Portland, but ultimately wasn't able to suit up. His absence means more shots for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and more playing time for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion. Consider LeBron questionable to return Friday vs. the Kings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:35 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony (rest) starting Wednesday
      Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday's game to get some rest, which may be a theme during busy stretches of the schedule. The good news is that his knee is still holding up, but owners will have to monitor his status on a daily basis -- New York plays a back-to-back vs. the Pacers on Thursday, and there are no guarantees that Melo will be available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    • Report: LeBron James is closer to doubtful
      LeBron James (wrist) appears to be closer to doubtful to play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: There are multiple reports from the Blazers side of things that LeBron is unlikely, so we'll be looking for something from the Cavs soon. Again, nothing is official yet, but fantasy owners can plan on LeBron sitting this one out. J.R. Smith benefits the most while we should get more Mike Miller and Matthew Dellavedova. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will also have more chances to score. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:10 pm
       
      Injured
    • LeBron James may be game-time w/ sore wrist
      LeBron James (sore wrist) is a game-time decision on Wednesday due to a hard fall he took during Tuesday's game.

      Advice: He continued playing after the injury on Tuesday and we're guessing he suits up vs. the visiting Trail Blazers, but coach David Blatt said the Cavaliers are "gauging [the injury] right up until game time." If he's forced to sit out, his minutes will be absorbed by a platoon including Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:32 pm
       
      Injured
    • Hornacek provides update on tech policy
      Coach Jeff Hornacek said he will not have a "hard-and-fast rule" but he "may still sit [a player who picks up a technical foul] for the end of the game."

      Advice: "We're just going to try to do a better job as teammates to corral each other when they start to argue," Hornacek said. "The guys [said] they would do that." The Suns lead the NBA in technical fouls and Markieff Morris was benched for almost the entire second half for his 10th technical of the season on Sunday. Goran Dragic was also benched last week for a tech. Fantasy owners should know there is some risk in starting the Morrii Twins or anyone else. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable Wednesday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He got a chance to rest on Tuesday against the Raptors but his status likely won't be determined until closer to tip-off. If Miles is forced to sit again, expect Rodney Stuckey to be the primary beneficiary, with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez picking up some additional minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 am
    • Evan Turner (thumb) good to go Wednesday
      Evan Turner (thumb) said that his thumb has improved and that he will play vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: X-rays taken on his thumb were negative so this news confirms that the coast is clear for Turner. He has been solid since being named the starting point guard in Boston, and while he is much better in points formats, he's still worth owing in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:33 am
    • Carmelo Anthony (rest) questionable on Wed
      Carmelo Anthony (rest) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Anthony was expected to play on Monday against the Kings before the game was cancelled, so one would think that with the added rest he should be able to play in this one. However, there still hasn't been an update on his status as of yet so his owners will have to check back for updates before activating him in lineups. If Melo were to sit out, Lance Thomas and Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 am
    • Danny Green currently battling fatigue
      Danny Green is in the midst of a major shooting slump, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that he has seen an increased workload this season.

      Advice: "Some days the energy is there," said Green. "Some days, you’re fighting to find it." He is averaging a career-high 30.1 minutes per game, and currently leads the Spurs in minutes played so far this season. Over his last four games, he has made just 8-of-33 shots, including 6-of-21 from 3-point range. He should be able to turn things around soon, but knowing coach Gregg Popovich it's very possible that Green misses a game or two down the stretch in order to keep him fresh for playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:32 am
    • Al Jefferson to start on Wednesday vs. Spurs
      Al Jefferson will join the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: The Hornets have been bringing Big Al off the bench in order to ease him into action since returning from a groin injury, but Bismack Biyombo's knee injury changed their stance. With an increase in minutes, Jefferson should be considered a must-start option in all formats from here on out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:43 am
    • Kris Humphries solid again in win vs. Lakers
      Kris Humphries followed up Sunday's big double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: His typical production is somewhat below the extremes of this game and Sunday, when he exploded for 21 points and 14 boards. He's still worth a look for low-end production in deeper leagues, and should be on everyone's radar given the injury history of starting PF Nene. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks wrist in win over Pistons
      LeBron James tweaked his wrist on Tuesday vs. the Pistons, but remained in the game to the tune of 32 points, seven assists, six boards and one steal in 36 minutes to lead the Cavaliers to their seventh straight win.

      Advice: He landed on his wrist awkwardly and immediately grasped at it in pain, but he said after the game that it was simply a "stinger" so he shouldn't be in danger of missing any time. The Cavaliers are much more aggressive when James is on the floor and his return from knee and back soreness earlier this month has helped them pick up some serious steam in the Eastern Conference. Expect him to keep up his torrid pace on Wednesday vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:35 pm
       
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    • Jimmy Butler (illness) out vs. the Warriors
      Jimmy Butler (illness) will not play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for his owners but Butler should be fine with a couple days rest. We will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game against the Lakers, but in the meantime we would expect Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich to see an uptick in minutes in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova leaves Tuesday w/ groin injury
      Ersan Ilyasova will not return to Tuesday's game due to a sore right groin.

      Advice: Anyone surprised by this news hasn't been paying attention to Ilyasova's injury history, as he's missed an average of 16.0 games over the past four seasons. We're considering him questionable to play vs. the Magic on Thursday but a few DNPs should be anticipated by owners, as groin injuries are notoriously slow to heal. Johnny O'Bryant may return to the starting lineup for any games Ilyasova sits out, though Jared Dudley took his place during the second half on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:53 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng (calf) out Tuesday vs. the Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Danny Granger is expected to slide into the starting lineup with Deng sidelined, but with averages of just 4.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting with the starting unit this season, there's not much to like here. James Ennis will also see some increased opportunity, but he's been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be tasked with more responsibilities on offense, and they look like the best plays in daily leagues with Deng unavailable. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng (calf) a game-time decision Tuesday
      Luol Deng (sore calf) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng was listed as doubtful earlier, so an upgrade to a game-time decision can be viewed as a positive thing. However, if he is forced to sit, Danny Granger and James Ennis would likely split his minutes, though neither guy offers much upside. Dwyane Wade however would be tasked with more responsibilities on offense if Deng is out, and he'd make for the best play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Brandan Wright (heel) expected to play Wed.
      Brandan Wright (heel) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he expects to return to action for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Wright and Miles Plumlee are currently fighting for reserve minutes, and while Wright is seeing more playing time than Plumlee, both guys remain negligible options in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:11 pm
    • Jimmy Butler questionable for Tues vs GSW
      Jimmy Butler (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

      Advice: Butler missed Tuesday's shootaround, so his owners should prepare for the possibility that he misses Tuesday's game. We'll update Jimmy's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich would be the biggest beneficiaries if Butler sits. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:35 am
    • C.J. Miles will miss Tuesday's game vs TOR
      C.J. Miles (left groin strain) will miss Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: Miles had put together a couple nice games, but will now miss his second consecutive game due to this groin strain. He's worth holding onto in deeper fantasy leagues, but standard league owners can likely find someone more dependable on the wire. Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson, and Damjan Rudez will likely pick up most of Miles' minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 am
    • Luol Deng doubtful for Tuesday vs Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng missed Tuesday's shootaround with his sore calf and will be be re-evaluated closer to game time on Tuesday night. Danny Granger and James Ennis are likely to pick up most of Deng's minutes if he sits, but neither are worth a look outside of daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:06 am
       
      Injured
    • X-rays on Turner's thumb return negative
      X-rays taken on Evan Turner's thumb returned negative, but there has been no update on his status for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

      Advice: Turner said he "re-sprained it" and that the "same thing happened three times accidentally by the same dude." Owners of Turner might want to wait-and-see before dropping him and likewise, the Marcus Smart show might have to wait a little bit longer. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:41 pm
    • Favors blocks four shots, scores 13 points
      Derrick Favors scored 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (3-of-7 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and four blocks in the Jazz's 99-90 loss to the Celtics on Monday.

      Advice: Favors is a top-50 play and is well-positioned to hold the line or improve as the year goes on. Enes Kanter had a typical 20 and six night with no other stats, and Rudy Gobert was dominant defensively on his way to eight points, 10 boards, two assists and three blocks in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:14 pm
    • Hayward goes off in loss to the Celtics
      Gordon Hayward scored 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting (including four threes) with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in Monday's home loss to the Celtics.

      Advice: Hayward hit 8-of-12 free throws and pushes his value up to top 25-40 levels after this voluminous effort. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:12 pm
    • Turner getting thumb X-rayed after Mon's game
      Evan Turner left Monday's game and would eventually return after re-injuring his thumb, finishing with nine points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Turner is getting the thumb X-rayed and this could be the moment they pass the torch between he and Marcus Smart. Or not. Either way, the momentum Turner had been showing in fantasy leagues gets stopped with tonight's outcome and he wasn't a high upside player to begin with in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:05 pm
    • Thad Young scores 22 points in 42 minutes
      Thaddeus Young played a team-high 42 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

      Advice: After a dreadful first half of the year, Young has now picked up the pace and competition for forward minutes has somewhat cleared up, even with Gorgui Dieng getting minutes next to Nikola Pekovic. He has shot nearly a third less threes this season compared to last, but that hasn't translated to a field goal percentage increase. If he can improve his free throw shooting and rebounding owners can probably live with a late mid-round result after his start. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:27 pm
    • Brandan Wright expected to be back Wednesday
      Brandan Wright (heel) is expected to be back on Wednesday.

      Advice: Wright's heel pain had been a lingering issue, but it sounds like the one-game absence, combined with the time in between appearances, is just what the big man needed to get back on track. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 am
    • Al Horford absolutely on fire over last seven
      Al Horford has shot 53-of-72 from the field over his last seven games.

      Advice: In other words, Horford is on absolute fire. During that stretch, he's also 19-of-22 from the free throw line. "I’m taking good shots within the offense," he said. "I have a good rhythm right now." Since January came around, Horford is averaging 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 blocks on 57.5 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:23 am
    • Markieff Morris benched for tech
      Markieff Morris was benched for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He argued with a referee and coach Jeff Hornacek pulled Morris with 10 minutes left in the third quarter for his 10th tech of the season. This is a new rule for the Suns with Hornacek benching players for technical fouls with Goran Dragic having a similar fate on Friday. The Suns used more of Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker to replace Markieff today, which was a problem because of Blake Griffin. Markieff's body language wasn't great throughout the game and he didn't want to comment post-game. All that said, this shouldn't be an issue going forward and Morris remains a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:53 pm
    • Evan Turner has stong game against Warriors
      Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:48 pm
    • Kris Humphries posts 21 & 14 in OT road win
      Kris Humphries was phenomenal in 33 minutes vs. the Nuggets, scoring a season-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with 14 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Humphries per-minute production has been impressive all season, and he was playing too well tonight for coach Randy Wittman to take him off the court. He's a borderline option in 14-team leagues but belongs on the waiver wire in shallower formats, at least until Nene's next stretch of DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:12 pm
    • Danny Green's slump continues on Sunday
      Danny Green couldn't break out of his cold spell against the Bucks on Sunday, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting while adding two boards, three assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He has now failed to score in double digits for the fourth game in a row, and it's obvious that he is losing confidence quickly. Green was in the midst of an incredible season prior to this slump, so his owners should hold onto him in the hope that he turns it around soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:37 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard tweaks ankle in win vs. Bucks
      Kawhi Leonard briefly left Sunday's game against the Bucks with a tweaked ankle, but returned shortly after to the tune of 19 points, 14 boards, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He was in the locker room for just a few minutes and didn't appear to be limited at all by his ankle. It's possible that he deals with some swelling in the coming days, but the Spurs are off until Wednesday so he should have plenty of time to recover. This is the kind of stat line that Leonard can put up on any given night, so it looks like he will continue to reward his patient owners for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:01 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey hits 6-of-10 FGs for 15 points
      Rodney Stuckey started Sunday's game and scored 15 points with six assists and one steal, helping Indy hang on for a 106-99 win in Orlando.

      Advice: He made 6-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with one 3-pointer to his credit, assuming a bigger role in the absence of C.J. Miles (groin). Miles is day-to-day and George Hill (groin) should play more minutes in the near future, so unfortunately Stuckey is hard to rely on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:09 pm
    • Hawks beat Wolves for 16th consecutive win
      The Hawks won their 16th consecutive game on Sunday, aided by Al Horford's near-perfect 19 points on 8-of-9 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws.

      Advice: He also had six rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 31 minutes, and the Hawks are looking virtually unstoppable at the halfway point of the season. This is a quintessential Horford line, blending nice numbers with even nicer efficiency, and he's staked himself to top-20 value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:56 pm
    • Paul Millsap notches well-rounded line vs MIN
      Paul Millsap filled up the stat sheet vs. Minnesota, notching 20 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

      Advice: The Sapper made 8-of-12 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs and committed only one turnover in 33 minutes, further endearing himself to fantasy owners. He's averaging a steady 2.0 triples over Atlanta's past four games and is second among all PF/Cs in steals per game (1.8), trailing only sticky-fingered Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:50 pm
    • Thaddeus Young posts 26/6/7 in loss to Hawks
      The Wolves lost in Atlanta on Sunday despite a huge game from Thaddeus Young, who scored 26 points (11-of-17 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

      Advice: This marks the fourth time in Thad's career that he's racked up at least 25/5/5, and he's finally starting to heat up after a sluggish start in Minnesota. The return of Ricky Rubio should only help Young's fantasy value, which is currently mired in the late rounds, setting the stage for a nice second half of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:33 pm
    • LeBron James scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight
      LeBron James scored 34 points to lead five Cavaliers in double-digits on Sunday, adding two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists in Cleveland's sixth straight victory.

      Advice: The re-tooled Cavs are figuring out how to win as a team, which is an unwelcome development for the rest of the Eastern Conference. James shot 11-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 at the FT line, and rounded out Sunday's gem with a steal and two blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler held to five points vs. Miami
      Jimmy Butler was held to just five points during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 42.5 minutes of action.

      Advice: Butler shot just 2-of-8 from the field, so while the minutes were there, the scoring simply wasn't. Luol Deng was playing some vicious defense today, and this was easily Butler's worst game of the season. However, Butler has not had two bad back-to-back games this season, so expect him to bounce-back during Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:15 pm
    • Luol Deng scores 15 points grabs 10 rebounds
      Luol Deng scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block, and one turnover during Sunday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Deng also played some amazing defense against Jimmy Butler, holding him to just 2-of-8 from the field, and it looks like he's over his illness. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:53 pm
       
      Injured
    • Brandan Wright (heel) out Sunday vs. LAC
      Brandan Wright (sore left heel) will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: This injury is coming out of nowhere, however, considering he's simply dealing with a sore heel he shouldn't be sidelined for an extended amount of time. With Wright unavailable, look for Miles Plumlee to step back into the rotation as the first big off the bench. However, Plumlee is still stuck in a reserve role, so he's not a great play in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:34 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out Sunday vs. Orlando
      C.J. Miles (left groin strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

      Advice: With Miles unavailable, Rodney Stuckey will likely slide back into the starting lineup. Stuckey is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists as a starter, and he figures to be a low-end option in daily leagues. C.J. Watson will also likely see some extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:46 pm
    • Lance Stephenson ignoring trade rumors
      Lance Stephenson has seen his name pop up in trade rumors all season, but he is doing his best to ignore them in an effort to help Charlotte secure a spot in the playoffs.

      Advice: "You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Stephenson played almost 29 minutes on Saturday which is the most he had played since going down with a pelvis injury, so it looks like he is getting close to 100 percent. While the rumors won't stop until all the way up to the trade deadline, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering how much he has struggled to adapt in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:05 am
    • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes
      Derrick Favors was quiet in his return to the lineup on Saturday with nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: It wasn't a bad line and it was mostly due to his low usage rate. Favors is shooting the ball very well from the field and is at 72.3 percent from the line in 2015, so he could become an elite big man thanks to his contributions in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:16 pm
    • Ghostface Ilya gets a little better
      Ersan Ilyasova played 17 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with nine points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did not play in the fourth quarter because the Bucks were up 24 points to start the period. Ilyasova was probably headed towards 24 minutes tonight, and he also has one block and one 3-pointer in each of his last three games. Any improvement is a good start, so Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues. Although, his owners will need to be patient. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:05 pm
       
      Injured
    • Al Jefferson plays 30 minutes, blocks seven
      Al Jefferson blocked a season-high seven shots during a 76-71 win over the Knicks on Saturday, adding nine points, six rebounds and one turnover on 4-of-14 from the field in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He started the second half because of the injury to Bismack Biyombo (knee). Jefferson didn't quite look like his old self and had some trouble establishing position on the low block on offense, but he obviously played well on defense with his seven blocks. The Hornets are off for a few days, so it would be a good bet that Big Al starts in his next game. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:04 pm
    • Lance Stephenson battles groin injury
      Lance Stephenson played 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He was laboring through his groin strain throughout the first half and finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Stephenson ran the offense tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) out and it resembled his style of play in Indiana. Walker won't be out long, so Stephenson's adjustment period should continue. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:02 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (rest) won't play on Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

      Advice: The Knicks played him 42 minutes on Friday and one would think they had no intention of playing him tonight given that amount of playing time. Anthony has taken 24 shots from the field in each of his last two games, so there is going to be quite a hole to fill. Langston Galloway should see his usage rate climb to over 20 in 30-35 minutes while it'll be a collective effort of Lance Thomas, Travis Wear, Cleanthony Early and Tim Hardaway Jr. playing more on the wing. Shane Larkin could get some minutes at shooting guard, too. Melo should be ready for Monday against the Kings. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:27 pm
    • Al Jefferson coming off the bench again
      Al Jefferson will come off the bench again on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He looked good with 22 points and 11 boards on Friday, but the Hornets are just being careful. The Hornets will start Brian Roberts, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo. Jefferson is safe to start in standard leagues, but is a little risky for DFS. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:22 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) doubtful for Sunday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is doubtful to play against the Magic on Sunday.

      Advice: He did not return from his injury on Friday and it would appear he'll miss a couple games. Miles just can't stay healthy this season and his fantasy owners can probably just find someone else at this point. Expect to see more of C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey. Damjan Rudez will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:30 pm
    • Derrick Favors (personal) will play Saturday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will play on Saturday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: He missed Thursday's game to tend to an emergency family matter so his owners can pencil Favors into their lineups. Rudy Gobert will likely shift back to the bench with this news, but he should still see enough run to make an impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:29 am
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: It's the second half of a back-to-back set and there is no doubt that Melo's knee has been an issue all season, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Knicks exercise caution here. We should know more his status closer to tip-off so owners should check back before plugging him into lineups. The Knicks' rotation is a mess right now, but Quincy Acy, Travis Wear and Cleanthony Early should all be in the mix for more minutes if Melo decides to sit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:52 am
    • Kawhi goes for 15 and 14 vs. the Lakers
      Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Spurs' 99-85 win over the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: So far so good with regard to Leonard's hand and obviously if he's on the floor the production is going to be there. He's returning top 20-25 value on a per-game basis so far. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:06 am
    • Butler posts 20-8-6 line in win over Mavs
      Jimmy Butler scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Mavs.

      Advice: Butler put his foot back on the gas pedal after Derrick Rose's surge slowed him down a bit. Rose scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers, and it wouldn't be surprising if Butler got back some of his touches now that Rose appears to have re-established a foundation for himself. Pau Gasol added 13 points, 16 boards, a steal and a block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Deng scores 23 points despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness in the Heat's 89-87 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: Deng looks like he's ready to produce for owners again and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 15 points
      Donatas Motiejunas scored 15 points with six rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 23 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: He shifted to the center spot with Dwight Howard (ankle) out and that'll continue. If Howard misses time, that should help D-Mo's numbers overall. He is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:34 pm
    • Millsap, Hawks take down the Thunder
      Paul Millsap scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks as the Hawks beat the Thunder in a 103-93 win.

      Advice: The Hawks look like a well-oiled machine and the Thunder don't look like they've developed for the last four years. DeMarre Carroll was solid with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three treys, Al Horford went for 14 and 12 with a three, steal, three blocks and three assists, and Jeff Teague scored 17 points with nine assists and some spare change in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:02 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony plays 42 minutes in win
      Carmelo Anthony played 42 minutes against the Magic on Friday with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He scored 27 points on Wednesday and he's looked completely healthy since his return last week. Anthony looks like he's going to be safe to start, but there are just too many indications that the Knicks are going to shut him down at some point this season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:55 pm
    • Cavs crush Hornets, LeBron scores 25 points
      LeBron James had no trouble with the Hornets on Friday during a 129-90 win, scoring 25 points with six rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: The Cavs were up 35 points at half and the Hornets just couldn't' stop them whatsoever. After all the daytime sports talk shows were freaking out, the Cavs are on a five-game winning streak and have three consecutive games with a double-digit margin of victory. LeBron looks like he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:17 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson hands out nine dimes
      Lance Stephenson handed out nine assists against the Cavs on Friday with 10 points, and four boards in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't play as poorly as some of his teammates, but Stephenson is still out of sync with his new team. He's not a must-own player and it might be a few more weeks until he is start-worthy in standard leagues. Stephenson also didn't blow into LeBron James' ear tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:58 pm
    • Al Jefferson scores 22 points with 11 boards
      Al Jefferson scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 24 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

      Advice: He was really the only positive tonight and the Hornets will probably take the minutes cap off soon. It sounded like he could be coming off the bench for one more game, but that might change considering how awful the Hornets were tonight. He's worth starting in season-long leagues and it won't be long until we can trust him in DFS. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:56 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out for game vs. Heat
      C.J. Miles (left groin) will not return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He has dealt with groin issues before and he's probably going to miss time. Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez could get more minutes, but C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey may get some additional run. If you're sick of dealing with Miles, we don't blame you for dropping him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:53 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable to return
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable to return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He just can't stay healthy. Whether it's a calf, an eye issue, or anything, Miles just seems to inexplicably miss games this season. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson will get a few more minutes. Miles checked out after six minutes with eight points, one assist and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:05 pm
    • C.J. Miles starting, Rodney Stuckey to bench
      C.J. Miles will start in place of Rodney Stuckey on Friday night against the Heat.

      Advice: This move is likely to prepare for George Hill eventually moving into the starting lineup -- Hill is coming off the bench tonight. Miles is going to take a lot of 3-pointers in the first unit and he could have some other stats, but he's really not a reliable fantasy option with his woeful field goal shooting. If you need treys, he's worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:29 pm
    • Al Jefferson, Lance Stephenson won't start
      Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson will come off the bench against the Cavs on Friday.

      Advice: Bismack Biyombo and Gerald Henderson will start again. Jefferson played just 19 minutes on Wednesday and he'll likely be in that neighborhood tonight. Biyombo is still not a reliable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:06 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) expected to play Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) is feeling better according to head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he is expected to play Friday vs. Indiana.

      Advice: Considering Deng didn't miss the last game, he's looking very likely for tonight's game vs. Indiana. With Deng feeling better, hopefully he'll have a better outing than his 2-of-6-performance form Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng (illness) probable to return Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) appears probable to return vs. the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been sick for four days and didn't even travel to Charlotte for Wednesday's game, but he went through shootaround on Friday without any issues. His likely return will send Danny Granger back to the bench, reducing Granger and James Ennis to an afterthought in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:38 am
       
      Injured
    • Evan Turner hits game-winning 3-pointer
      Evan Turner hit a game-winning corner 3-pointer against the Blazers during the 90-89 victory on Thursday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, four turnovers and one other 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

      Advice: The Celtics snapped their 24-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams tonight and Turner apparently knew his clutch shot was going down. "Not to be arrogant, I did actually," he said. "I prayed prior to it to make a big shot. And it happened." Turner has actually been effective on his corner 3-pointers, making 10-of-20 from there on the year. Clutch shot aside, he's still a questionable player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:09 am
    • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points vs. Bucks
      Gordon Hayward carried the Jazz down the stretch during a 101-99 win on Thursday in Milwaukee with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: His numbers have been trending down on the season, so this big game was nice to see. In fact, Hayward's points and rebounds have decreased in each of the last three months of the season. The Jazz will get to host the struggling Nets on Saturday, so expect Hayward to have success again. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:59 pm
    • Enes Kanter scores 23 points with 16 boards
      Enes Kanter scored 23 points against the Bucks on Thursday with 16 boards, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He stepped up with Derrick Favors (personal) not in the lineup today and had a double-double in the first half. Kanter had a 24-17 line on Wednesday against the Cavs, but he was floundering before that over his previous two with averages of 5.5 points and 3.5 boards. Kanter was not a top-125 player in the previous two weeks before this game and Rudy Gobert is not going away, so Kanter's owners will want to try and sell high off this two-game outburst. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:50 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 17 minutes in start
      Ersan Ilyasova played just 17 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Thursday with seven points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Jazz.

      Advice: It was an awful matchup for him against Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert. Ilyasova was not involved in the halfcourt offense and had a couple of his buckets come in transition. He should be better than this and the upside is there, but he probably has a better chance to disappoint than to be a helpful pickup. To be clear, we don't hate the idea of adding Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler plays just 28 minutes
      Jimmy Butler played just 28 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field.

      Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight, which is a very rare occurrence for Butler this season. Tonight was just the second game all season in which Butler was below 34 minutes. Jimmy Minutes has turned into Jimmy Buckets and he's starting to come out of his slump to start 2015. He should be viewed as an early-round fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard cools off due to garbage time
      Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Bulls on Thursday with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He scored the Spurs' final 11 points of the first half, but was fairly quiet the rest of the game. Leonard has added a handful of new offensive moves and coach Gregg Popovich has held up his end of the bargain that he will run plays for the reigning Finals MVP. Leonard gets the Lakers at home on Friday night and could have a big game. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:39 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start over Johnny O'Bryant
      Ersan Ilyasova will draw the start on Thursday against the Jazz, replacing Johnny O'Bryant.

      Advice: The move makes a lot of sense considering that O'Bryant hasn't made an impact at all this season for the Bucks. Ilyasova does have some upside, and an uptick in minutes means he shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Favors (personal) out on Thursday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury, and all we know is that Favors won't even travel with the Jazz to Milwaukee for "personal reasons". We will be sure to pass along any available updates as needed. On the other hand, Rudy Gobert will likely draw the start on Thursday and is absolutely a must-start option for his upside in blocks and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:25 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says tanking is bad mentality
      Carmelo Anthony said that tanking is a bad mentality for the 7-36 Knicks to have.

      Advice: "I don't know how to have that mindset," Anthony said after Wednesday's win against the 76ers. "To say that we're going to go out there and we want to lose a basketball game, I think that's a bad mentality to have." Tanking or not, Anthony's fantasy owners should be exploring trade options since there's a good chance he elects for knee surgery before the end of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:02 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas disappears in loss
      Donatas Motiejunas hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, three rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: That snapped a 12-game streak of double-digit scoring for D-Mo and he's been rebounding the ball well. He's still averaging 13.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in January, and the Rockets just didn't have it going against the Dubs tonight. And once Terrence Jones finally returns, things could get a little dicey in regards to Motiejunas. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:24 pm
    • Markieff Morris quiet as Suns guards heat up
      Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-7 shots for six points and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: That broke a streak of four double-digit scoring games for Markieff, who had 35 points against the Cavs a week ago. He'll bounce back, but gave way to the team's three point guards (Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic) tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:49 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll glue for Hawks on Wednesday
      DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-11 shots for 17 points, two rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Hawks are getting solid contributions from their core on most nights and Carroll, who is a starter, runs hot and cold, like most of the Hawks bench players. He's a nice player to have on your roster but isn't a must-start fantasy player due to the unselfishness of the Hawks. They've now tied a franchise record with 14 straight wins, and after starting the season at 7-6, have gone 28-2 since. They'll get a tough test for their 15th straight win on Friday at home against the Thunder, but it would almost be surprising to see them lose at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:14 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 27, Knicks win again
      Carmelo Anthony looked great against the 76ers on Wednesday during a 98-91 win, scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

      Advice: That's two victories in a row, and that's called a winning streak. Anthony didn't have any trouble getting clean looks tonight, but that'll happen against the 76ers. He is still going to be a shutdown candidate, so his fantasy owners will want to consider trying to deal him while he has some value right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:29 pm
    • Thaddeus Young plays well in ugly loss
      Thaddeus Young had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on 7-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Young has been playing much better lately, and while he didn't steal the ball tonight, he's been racking them up over his last few games. Over his last five, he's averaging 15.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals, while shooting just 43 percent. His season-long slump appears to be behind him, so we're hopeful that he can keep it rolling going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:10 pm
    • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving play despite flu
      LeBron James and Kyrie Irving played through a flu bug on Wednesday as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight game in a blowout over the Jazz.

      Advice: James had 26 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals and seven turnovers, and Irving added 18 points, four assists, five steals and two 3-pointers. Kevin Love also chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, as the Cavs appear to finally be figuring things out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:42 pm
       
      Injured
    • Enes Kanter goes off for 24 & 17 in start
      Enes Kanter started on Wednesday and hit 9-of-20 shots for 24 points and 17 rebounds.

      Advice: No, he doesn't block shots and yes, Rudy Gobert has been stalking him all season long, but his coach (Quin Snyder) is sticking with Kanter in the starting lineup and he's had enough big games this season to be cut some slack. Kanter was benched in the second half against the Spurs on Sunday, but it was for matchup purposes. While Rudy Gobert remains a "nice to own" player, Kanter looks like the starter for the rest of this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:28 pm
    • Lance Stephenson too quiet in win over Heat
      Lance Stephenson played 22 minutes on Wednesday but had just four points, three rebounds, four assists and four turnovers on 2-of-4 shooting.

      Advice: Stephenson's disastrous season continues now that he's healthy again and it's just tough to tell if he's ever going to get it going. But the way he's played up to this point, he's simply not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Al Jefferson quiet again off bench
      Al Jefferson came off the bench again and hit 6-of-11 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's still on a minutes restriction due to his groin injury, but is slowly working his way back toward the starting lineup. If there are no setbacks, plan on getting him back in your weekly lineup next week. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:18 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova likely to start on Thursday
      Ersan Ilyasova will likely start against the Jazz on Thursday.

      Advice: Johnny O'Bryant will be bumped to the bench. Ilyasova hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, but he's really the only option at power forward with John Henson and Zaza Pachulia playing center. He played 23 minutes and scored 14 points on Monday, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:32 am
       
      Injured
    • Al Jefferson to come off the bench again
      Al Jefferson is expected to play 16-18 minutes off the bench against the Heat on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played 25 minutes in his return on Monday and did play in garbage time. Jefferson won't see many more minutes tonight, but he's still a decent bet for a double-double. Bismack Biyombo is far too risky to use even with Miami being shorthanded. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:17 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova eager to prove himself
      Ersan Ilyasova is feeling great since returning from his latest concussion and is eager to prove his worth to the Bucks.

      Advice: "It feels great to be back," said Ilyasova. "I feel much better. I’m trying to get back into game rhythm. I want to try to get that back as soon as I can." He had a solid game on Monday against the Raptors, scoring 14 points with seven boards and one block in 23 minutes, and it looks like he could carve out a sizable role for the Bucks considering how shorthanded they are. Ilyasova does cause some headaches to his owners, but he is more than worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:10 am
       
      Injured
    • Enes Kanter will remain in starting lineup
      Coach Quin Snyder emphatically stated that Enes Kanter will remain in the starting lineup despite the impressive play of Rudy Gobert.

      Advice: It's puzzling as to why coach Synder is so adamant on sticking with Kanter, as it is become painfully obvious that the Jazz are simply a better team when Gobert is on the floor. Kanter was benched during the second half of Sunday's game, and even though he will remain the starter, Gobert will threaten his playing time every night. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:49 am
    • LeBron James (illness) will play on Wednesday
      LeBron James (illness) participated in shootaround and will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He did miss practice on Tuesday, but his owners should not have any concerns about activating him into all lineups. James has averaged 31.8 points per game since returning from knee and back problems, and he has a favorable match tonight against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 am
       
      Injured
    • Lou Amundson to start again on Wednesday
      Lou Amundson will draw another start on Wednesday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He just signed another 10-day contract and coach Derek Fisher really seems to like the energy that he brings, but his game simply doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Amundson is still only an option in ridiculously deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:28 am
    • Carmelo Anthony set to play on Wednesday
      Carmelo Anthony said his knee is feeling good and that he will play on Wednesday against the 76ers.

      Advice: Melo did add that he didn't know if his knee could handle a back-to-back set, but his owners won't have to worry about one of those until Jan. 28-29 against the Thunder and Pacers. Anthony should be in all lineups as long as he is active, but his owners should be preparing for the worst if/when he decides to shut it down. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:15 am
    • Kawhi Leonard grabs career-high 15 rebounds
      Kawhi Leonard tied his career-high with 15 rebounds during Tuesday's road win in Denver, adding 17 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: This was Leonard's eighth double-digit rebounding game of the season, and he racked up tonight's stats in just 31 minutes of action. The numbers agree with the eye-test where Leonard is concerned, as he's peaking at career-high levels in rebound rate (13.3 percent), usage rate (22.7 percent), assist rate (12.9 percent) and PER (19.4). The sky is the limit for San Antonio's rising star. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:00 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) will not play Wednesday
      Luol Deng (illness) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Deng fought through the illness to score eight points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, but he'll now get a few days to fully recuperate before Friday's home game vs. Indiana. James Ennis and Danny Granger stand to gain the most in Deng's absence -- Ennis is slightly more attractive if he earns the start at SF, but they're only worth a glance in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Danny Green quiet vs. Nuggets on Tuesday
      Danny Green had a quiet game vs. the Nuggets, scoring six points on 2-of-12 shooting with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The pair of 3s and defensive stats prop up the line for fantasy purposes, which isn't uncommon for the six-year veteran. He's notching 12.7 points, 2.5 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks this season, and the return of Kawhi Leonard may actually help him in the long run -- he's shooting 50.0 percent with Kawhi alongside him this season, but just 41.7 percent when Kawhi isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    • Luol Deng plays 29 minutes despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness vs. OKC on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Deng has quietly posted mid-round value with the Heat thanks to balanced production and a sizeable role offensively -- his 20.3 usage rate is just below his career average, and his 57.8 percent True Shooting marks a career high. He's also posting a solid PER of 17.0, his highest since the 2007-08 season, and it's easy to see why the 7th-seed Heat aren't eager to trade him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Louis Amundson signs 2nd 10-day deal w/Knicks
      Louis Amundson has signed a second 10-day deal with the Knicks.

      Advice: While Amundson drew the start on Monday, he's only averaged 5.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks in his two games with the Knicks. Those numbers can help owners in deeper fantasy leagues, but owners in standard leagues can feel free to leave Amundson on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
    • Wright plays 24 minutes off the bench
      Brandan Wright played 24 minutes off the bench on Monday, managing two points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks.

      Advice: This is pretty big news for him as playing time has always been the problem and his fantasy game has been ultra-efficient. He didn't get the job done in the stat sheet tonight, and there could be key differences to how he is deployed in Phoenix vs. Dallas, but he's worth a look as a speculative add -- especially in 9-cat formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:41 am
    • Ilyasova has nice night off the bench vs. TOR
      Ersan Ilyasova had a nice night off the bench against the Raptors on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.

      Advice: If he can do this every night he'll be on rosters in most formats, and the Larry Sanders situation has opened up a window of opportunity. This outing doesn't make him a must-add player or even a hot add, but he's worth a look depending on your options. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
       
      Injured
    • Motiejunas posts popcorn line in blowout win
      Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with nine rebounds and four assists over 34 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Pacers.

      Advice: Motie did not have any money counting stats (3PTs, STLs, BLKs) and that takes a lot of the shine off this line. He's going to have his work cut out for him whenever Terrence Jones returns, but he has been playing at a mid-round level for a few weeks and owners should ride him all the way to the edge of the cliff. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:59 pm
    • The Knicks will reportedly keep Lou Amundson
      The Knicks will reportedly sign Lou Amundson to another 10-day contract.

      Advice: He drew a start on Monday against the Pelicans, finishing with four points, three boards, one assist and two blocks in 24 minutes. However, even if he does earn a role in New York, Amundson's game doesn't translate well to fantasy. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:34 pm
    • Lou Amundson scores four points
      Lou Amundson played 24 minutes in the starting lineup against the Pelicans on Monday with four points, three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He played down the stretch today and the Knicks gave Amundson an extended look with his 10-day deal running out. He's probably played well enough to stay on the team for another 10-day contract, but is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:44 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll has five points on 2-of-7 FGs
      DeMarre Carroll posted another dud during Monday's win over the Pistons, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He missed all three of his 3-pointers but at least contributed a pair of steals without any turnovers in 32 minutes. Carroll has been a sneaky mid-round value in 9-cat leagues this season, with averages of 11.7 points, 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals, with tolerable percentages and a mere 0.9 turnovers per game. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:37 pm
    • Evan Turner flirts with a triple-double
      Evan Turner had a cheap double-double against the Clippers on Monday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It's been the same story for Turner since the Jeff Green trade with solid output in boards and dimes with not much else. In his last five, he's averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.4 triples on 35.9 percent from the field. He's much better in points leagues than standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:26 pm
    • Al Horford stays hot with 14/6/7 vs. Detroit
      Al Horford stayed hot during Monday's home win, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with six boards, seven assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Horford is a ridiculous 33-of-41 from the field (80.5 percent) over his past four games, averaging 19.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists during that span. Those numbers have vaulted him back into early-round territory after a somewhat slow start to the season, and the 28-year-old is unlikely to pick up many more DNP-CDs as he did on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:24 pm
    • Lance Stephenson makes 2-of-9 from the field
      Lance Stephenson made 2-of-9 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, nine assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: In today's game, Lance was 2-of-4 at the rim and didn't make his other five shots. Stephenson dropped his season field goal shooting to just 38.2 percent from the field and there is no end in sight for his sub-par shooting. He's OK to use in points leagues, but he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 2:16 pm
    • Al Jefferson plays 25 minutes in return
      Al Jefferson played 25 minutes in his return to the lineup against the Wolves on Monday with eight points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He didn't move around great, but the Hornets allowed him to play in garbage time and let him attempt 11 shots from the field. Jefferson figures to be around 25-28 minutes again on Wednesday against the Heat. He's been a little injury prone, so his owners can at least consider trying to flip him now that he's active. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 1:42 pm
    • Thaddeus Young scores 18 points vs. Hornets
      Thaddeus Young was the lone offensive bright spot against the Hornets during an ugly 105-80 loss on Monday, scoring a team-high 18 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He is coming off a 22-point game on Saturday and is heating up at the right time. Young was in jeopardy of losing his starting job a few weeks ago, but he should be able to keep it for now. Although, Shabazz Muhammad (oblique) will likely threaten him and keep him on thin ice. Young should remain owned in standard leagues despite the trade rumors. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 1:36 pm
    • Lou Amundson will start on Monday
      Lou Amundson will start against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: Interesting. Coach Derek Fisher is really getting creative here and the team just wants to look at him to see if he is worth keeping beyond his 10-day deal. He's not a fantasy option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 1:06 pm
    • Surprise: Al Jefferson will return on Monday
      In a surprise, Al Jefferson (groin) will return on Monday against the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Jefferson was thought to have a shot to return on Wednesday, but he's back early for the Hornets. He will come off the bench in his first game back and play between 14-16 minutes, so Bismack Biyombo will continue to start for now. As long as Jefferson gets through his first game back without issues, he should return to his normal role as a starter shortly thereafter. He'll need to get his conditioning under him after a lengthy layoff, so keep in mind that process could take a handful of games. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:22 am
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