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    The Big Three (ID# 138968)
    • Thumbs Up: LaMarcus Aldridge scores 26 points
      LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Chris Kaman plays 25 minutes vs. Wiz
      Chris Kaman played 25 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He was questionable tonight with a leg contusion and a thumb issue. Kaman will see minutes in the mid-20s until Robin Lopez (hand) returns next month. He'll be a low-end option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:01 pm
    • Thomas Robinson back to a reserve role
      Thomas Robinson moved back to the bench on Saturday against the Wizards with two points and four boards.

      Advice: With LaMarcus Aldridge back, Robinson's playing time is going to be sporadic. He does have some nice impact on the offensive glass, but there's no need to grab him in almost any fantasy league while LMA is on the active list. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    • Paul PIerce scores 19 vs. Blazers
      Paul Pierce scored 19 points with six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

      Advice: He joined Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Terry as the only player in NBA history to make 2,000 treys in their careers. Pierce has been particularly hot from deep lately with 2.0 makes per game in January while his rebounds have also seen a nice spike. His minutes are also slightly up, so he's worth starting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:39 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    • Cory Jefferson plays just 10 minutes
      Cory Jefferson played just 10 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with two points and one block.

      Advice: He is likely going to see more playing time than this soon. The Nets are one of the coldest teams in the NBA now and it's only a matter of time until they unload Brook Lopez. Just keep an eye on Jefferson in most leagues because his upside isn't too high. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Khris Middleton scores 16 points on nine FGAs
      Khris Middleton continued his fantastic 2015 during a 101-86 win over the Pistons on Saturday, making 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's one of the hottest non-star players in the NBA. Even before this game, Middleton averaged 11.2 points, 4.9 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.3 triples on 48.1 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the line in his previous nine 2015 games. That's good for No. 20 fantasy value in that span. He has to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:10 pm
    • Marvin Williams diagnosed with a concussion
      Marvin Williams has been diagnosed with a concussion.

      Advice: It's been a bloodbath with the injuries today and Williams is going to have to go through the concussion protocol. The good news for the Hornets is that they're off until Wednesday, so Williams may not miss any time. Although, he was awfully groggy on Saturday. Cody Zeller will play a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • Andre Drummond has a bad game again
      Andre Drummond missed all four attempts from the foul line during a 101-86 loss to the Bucks on Saturday with 10 points, seven rebounds and one block.

      Advice: He was actually developing a nice rapport with Brandon Jennings, but he'll have to learn to play with D.J. Augustin more often. That could mean Drummond has to get his shot on his own more often, which suggests his field goal shooting goes south. He'll still be a must-start player and he may see an increase in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:30 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 7:04 pm
    • Jason Smith gets into foul trouble
      Jason Smith was in foul trouble during a 76-71 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, finishing with five points, four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

      Advice: He did play 32 minutes tonight and it would have been more. Smith has played in at least 32 minutes in four consecutive games and that should continue as long as he's healthy. He's not much of a per-minute guy, but he's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    • Lance Thomas plays 41 minutes, scores 16
      Lance Thomas played a whopping 41 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

      Advice: He was extremely active with his elbow touches on offense and coach Derek Fisher actually ran isolation plays for him like his name was Carmelo Anthony (rest). Thomas made just 22.2 percent from the field in 2012-13, but he's become a great offensive guy for the Knicks on their Island of Misfit Players. He is still on a 10-day deal, but give him a look in deep leagues. To be clear, he'll likely play minutes in the mid-20s on nights Melo plays. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:34 pm
    • Marvin Williams evaluated for a concussion
      Marvin Williams is being a evaluated for a concussion due to an injury in the first half against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He was walking back very slow and he will likely have to go through the concussion protocol. With Williams out, the Hornets are going to have to get creative for their forward spots. Cody Zeller will play more while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may play some four. Noah Vonleh and Jason Maxiell may get in the rotation if there are other injuries to Bismack Biyombo and Lance Stephenson. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:29 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Kaman will play on Saturday night
      Chris Kaman (leg) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: He has a sleeve on his leg and also is now dealing with a thumb injury. Kaman played 29 minutes on Thursday, which was probably too much. He'll likely be closer to 20 tonight, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:25 pm
    • Marvin Williams goes to the locker room
      Marvin Williams went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury on Saturday.

      Advice: It did not look good and he headed back to the locker room with a limp. Williams was walking slowly and there's a chance he's done for the night, especially considering how many leg injuries he's had in his career. Cody Zeller will get more run while Jason Maxiel and Noah Vonleh could help out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:08 pm
       
      Injured
    • Galloway, Hardaway, Thomas, Smith & Lou start
      Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson will start against the Hornets on Saturday.

      Advice: Interesting. Thomas was awesome down the stretch on Friday and coach Derek Fisher is going with the hot hand there in place of Carmelo Anthony (rest). He played 25 minutes for 16 points, so there's a chance he gets to close to 30 minutes tonight -- he won't be as efficient, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:32 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
      Yesterday, 2:22 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Dwight Howard (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: The last time the Rockets played the Lakers, we were hit with a surprise knee injury for Howard back on Nov. 19. The Rockets are off until Wednesday following Sunday, so maybe sitting him down in what should be a win. Joey Dorsey would start with Donatas Motiejunas logging some minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:17 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Stunner: LaMarcus Aldridge will play Saturday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: Wow! He is going to put the surgery on hold and will play through the tear in his left thumb. This is easily the most shocking news of the season after the team announced he was going to rest 6-8 weeks. Obviously grab Aldridge in all leagues and hope he can avoid an aggravation. Maybe he's just putting off the surgery until Nicolas Batum (wrist) can play? Whatever his reasoning, it's hard to explain and he will likely have some answers later today. If you added any Blazer in even 14- or 16-team leagues, you can cut him. Although owners in deeper leagues can look to Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum or Victor Claver because Nicolas Batum is hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 am
    • Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play Sun
      Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks according to coach Monty Williams.

      Advice: This is definitely good news as it was feared that Anderson's injury might have cost him a few more games on the sidelines. If Anderson does return on Sunday, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca will all lose value. We will provide further details when they are made available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Cory Jefferson to see larger role in Brooklyn
      Cory Jefferson will see an increased role with the Nets due to the loss of Mirza Teletovic (lungs) for the season according to coach Lionel Hollins.

      Advice: "Next man up," Hollins said. "That's Cory Jefferson." Jefferson played well on Thursday against the Clippers, scoring nine points with eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in just 18 minutes. He will be worth a look in deeper leagues if his role grows like Hollins says it will, so at least keep him on your radar. Jefferson's next chance to impress will come against the Jazz on Saturday night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 am
    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out for Saturday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play against Charlotte on Saturday.

      Advice: It's possible that we may not see him on the floor again this season, as the Italian simply can't get over his calf issue. If you combine his injury with his already dwindling ability to play basketball, it's safe to ignore him in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris not a fan of coming off bench
      Tobias Harris is not thrilled about coming off the bench for the past two games, but wants to remain professional about it.

      Advice: "Do I like it? No," Harris said. "But I'm a professional." It's interesting how he has remained on the bench despite rookie Devyn Marble's uninspiring play in the starting lineup, and one would almost have to start wondering if the reports that Harris wants to join the Knicks as a free agent has anything to do with it. While we still believe Harris will return to the starting lineup sooner rather than later, this is definitely something to keep an eye on going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:43 am
    • Cousins goes for 28 & 11 against the Warriors
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting (10-of-11 FTs) with 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals in Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Cousins is keeping things together so far and the finger pointing inside the walls hasn't been directed at him. Yet. Unless he gets fed up with management, he's going to destroy the opposition. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 am
    • Hickson double-doubles with 15 & 14
      J.J. Hickson started the second half of Friday's game instead of Jusuf Nurkic, finishing with a double-double including 15 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Hickson added three assists and two steals but hit just 3-of-6 from the foul line. He's barely clinging to life in 12-team standard formats and JaVale McGee hasn't yet stepped on the floor, making him a stop-gap solution at best for owners needing a big man, regardless of whether he starts or not. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:42 am
       
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Bass posts big line with 17-9-5-3-1 vs. DEN
      Brandon Bass started and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Bass went for 13 and 10 with a very full line on Thursday against the Blazers, and with Kelly Olynyk likely out until the All Star break he looks like a good bet for short-term value at a minimum. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:36 am
    • Zeller well-positioned with Olynyk out
      Tyler Zeller scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with six rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: This line isn't great but Kelly Olynyk is likely going to be out beyond the All Star break and even if he wasn't Zeller would be a guy to own in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:23 am
    • Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday January 23. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:04 am
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Cunningham gets small token of revenge
      Dante Cunningham returned to Minnesota where he played last season, scoring 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, two steals and one block over 35 minutes in Friday's win.

      Advice: Cunningham is going to have some extra opportunity with Jrue Holiday out for a while and Ryan Anderson dealing with an ankle injury. Give him a look if you need a low-end forward. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:45 pm
    • Noah (ankle) back in action for the Bulls
      Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action in Friday's road win over the Mavs, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: Noah isn't a must-start player but he'll get there soon as long as he can stay upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Gibson productive with 15 and seven vs. DAL
      Taj Gibson scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Gibson was productive despite the return of Joakim Noah (23 minutes) and despite that he should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:15 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • 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
       
      3:00 pm vs Min
    • Lance Thomas takes over, scores 16 points
      Lance Thomas scored 16 points on 8-of-10 from the field with four rebounds, four assist and two steals against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: He carried the Knicks with a few clutch baskets down the stretch. Thomas is only on a 10-day deal, but he seems like he'll have a chance to stay with the team next month. Amare Stoudemire will be back on Saturday, so we'll need to see it again before suggesting Thomas as an add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 pm
    • Jason Smith scores 19 points vs. Magic
      Jason Smith scored 19 points against the Magic on Friday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He's apparently in coach Derek Fisher's good graces and has played in at least 32 minutes for three consecutive games. Smith had a grand total of one 3-pointer since the start of the 2010-11, so that part of this game is a shock. He's worth a look for 14-team leagues right now even with Amare Stoudemire coming back Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:15 pm
    • Tobias Harris comes off the bench again
      Tobias Harris came off the bench against the Knicks on Friday with nine points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

      Advice: He came off the bench on Wednesday, as well. Coach Jacque Vaughn liked to bring Harris off the bench last season, but he's unlikely to do it again, especially since they lost both games. Tobias will be a must-start player soon and it could come as soon as Sunday against the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:45 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
    • Dwight Howard (right ankle) out for game
      Dwight Howard suffered a right ankle sprain and will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It didn't look too bad, but the Rockets are just going to play it safe, especially considering how many players have missed time due to playing through sprained ankles this season. Joey Dorsey will be the main center while Donatas Motiejunas can help out at the five, too. The Rockets will play the Lakers on Sunday and Howard should be considered questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:40 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Dwight Howard goes to the locker room
      Dwight Howard asked out of Friday's game in Phoenix and went to the locker room.

      Advice: It's unclear what happened and he may have just tweaked an ankle injury. Howard has been on the injury report for over a month due to his knee injury and he was probable today. We'll add an update as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Brandon Bass sticking in the starting lineup
      Brandon Bass will start against the Nuggets on Friday.

      Advice: The Celtics started Tyler Zeller before Wednesday, so sticking with Bass speaks volumes about coach Brad Stevens' confidence in him. Of course, they could be showcasing him in a trade. Regardless, he should have some nice value until the All-Star break for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:42 pm
    • Joakim Noah says he's playing Friday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Mavs on Friday.

      Advice: He is very likely to start, which pushes Taj Gibson to the bench. Noah has been a huge disappoint following his breakout 2013-14 season and is not a must-start play tonight with 11 games. Nikola Mirotic will likely lose some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:04 pm
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah, Mike Dunleavy are game-time
      Joakim Noah (ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) are game-time decisions to face the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: They're both going to warm up to see how they feel. Noah usually isn't a fan of being benched when he has any say, so he's likely closer to probable than to doubtful. If you were dialing up Taj Gibson, there is a lot more risk now. Nikola Mirotic would also take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:35 pm
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • 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
    • Chris Kaman (leg) questionable for Saturday
      Chris Kaman (leg contusion) is questionable to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: If the Blazers don't have Kaman, that potentially means they will be missing four of their top six for points per game this season. Coach Terry Stotts played Kaman 29 minutes on Thursday, which is certainly more than his usual threshold. If he's out, Stotts almost has no choice but to play Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard. Who knows, though? Maybe Steve Blake at center could work. DFS players will want to check back at shootaround on Saturday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:56 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) upgraded to questionable
      Joakim Noah (ankle) has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Friday's game in Dallas.

      Advice: Noah has missed the past four games and fantasy owners can only hope that the rest has allowed him overcome a variety of nagging ailments, as his numbers are down across the board this season. Taj Gibson has been playing well as a fill-in starter in Noah's absence, and his value will take a hit if Noah is able to suit up vs. the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:10 am
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Ryan Anderson (ankle inflammation) out Friday
      Ryan Anderson will not play on Friday due to bilateral ankle inflammation.

      Advice: This is slightly ominous since the Pelicans also listed Jrue Holiday as having ankle inflammation before his stress reaction was revealed, but there's no reason to think Anderson has more than a day-to-day injury. His absence should result in more minutes for Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca, with Cunningham shouldering the heaviest burden. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Tobias Harris may come off bench again vs NYK
      Tobias Harris may come off Orlando's bench again on Friday, according to beat writer John Denton.

      Advice: It's surprising that Harris wouldn't overtake struggling starter Devyn Marble, but he should still get a healthy dose of minutes and shot attempts even if he's stuck in the second unit. Keep him active and check back prior to tip-off for updates on Orlando's starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:43 am
    • Dwight Howard (strained knee) probable Friday
      Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Dwight is perpetually listed on Houston's injury list as 'probable' so this shouldn't alarm his fantasy owners. His right knee has bothered him all year and Houston may need to give him some rest as the season progresses, however, so we'll continue to closely monitor his health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Report: Tobias Harris aiming to join Knicks?
      Magic F Tobias Harris has the Knicks "atop [his] free agency list," according to NY Post writer Marc Berman.

      Advice: The report from a Knicks beat writer cites an unnamed "close friend of Harris," who reportedly said, "He wants to win a championship with the Knicks." Take that for what it's worth. Harris has a $3.4 million qualifying offer this summer and the Magic can match any offer to retain him in free agency, so even if he wants to join the Knicks it may not happen. He returned from a sprained ankle on Wednesday with a 19-point game off the bench, and it's unclear if he'll be back in the starting lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:06 am
    • Tyler Zeller might have fantasy value again
      Tyler Zeller played 16 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is going to miss some time, so there are about 25 minutes up for grabs. Zeller hasn't played more than 19 minutes in any of his previous four games and he's having a horrible run in the last two weeks. In his last six games, he's averaged just 6.0 points, 5.2 boards, 0.5 blocks and 0.2 steals on 34.1 percent from the field. He was a top-50 guy for about three weeks in December and should be more reliable sans Olynyk, so he's worth grabbing in standard leagues in hopes he turns it around. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:01 am
    • Brandon Bass double-doubles in solid line
      Brandon Bass scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: There's still some talk that Bass will be showcased in a trade, but he's going to have some value with this amount of playing time. Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is almost a lock to miss multiple games, so fantasy owners in standard leagues can give Bass a look. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:56 pm
    • Chris Kaman plays 29 minutes
      Chris Kaman played 29 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with 13 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts usually likes to keep Kaman in the low 20s, but he might not have that luxury now with so many players in street clothes. He was already in the standard league conversation even before today, so give him a look if you're looking for some big man stats over the next month. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:41 pm
    • Truck Stick? Thomas Robinson plays 28 minutes
      Thomas Robinson started and played 28 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with nine points, 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: The Blazers were forced to play Dorell Wright and Victor Claver at small forward due to the loss of Nicolas Batum, so that might actually open up some minutes for Robinson at the four. That said, coach Terry Stotts used a whopping 12 different five-man lineups in just the second half tonight and ran an 11-man rotation, so we're still not too bullish on adding Truck in standard leagues, especially since he can't make free throws. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:10 pm
    • Taj Gibson comes through vs. Spurs
      Taj Gibson turned in a productive game in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.

      Advice: After some very quiet games in the starting lineup, Gibson is clicking on the stat sheet. In his last five games as a starter, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.8 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.6 blocks in 37.6 minutes per game. Joakim Noah (ankle) shouldn't be out much longer, but Gibson is a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Thomas Robinson starting on Thursday
      Thomas Robinson will start against the Celtics on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no such thing as a surprise Terry Stotts starting lineup. Robinson still is a little rough around the edges, but he could be a double-double guy with extra minutes. That said, the messy rotations are something most fantasy owners aren't going to want to deal with. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:16 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) ruled out 6-8 weeks
      LaMarcus Aldridge (left thumb) will have surgery on his radial collateral ligament tear and will be out 6-8 weeks.

      Advice: The Blazers are in deep trouble. Aldridge is sixth in the NBA for points per game and 11th in the rebounds per game. He's also third in the NBA in field goal attempts per game, so coach Terry Stotts is going to have to go back to the drawing board on how to get his other guys shots. It'll be a mixture of guys because Stotts loves to play the matchups. Dorell Wright benefitted the most on Wednesday, but players such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver and Chris Kaman will also have to help out more. Of course, the trio of Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum will also have to step up. Owners in standard leagues can think about grabbing Wright, but he is going to be inconsistent. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
    • Tyler Zeller bumped to the bench for now
      Tyler Zeller will come off the bench against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's really, really struggled. In his last five games, Zeller only made 31.6 percent from the field for averages of 5.8 points, 5.4 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.4 blocks. His coach has certainly lost a lot of confidence in him and fantasy owners should feel the same. If there's a promising player on the wire, it's not a bad idea to cut Zeller even though this lineup change could be temporary. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:38 pm
    • Brandon Bass starting for Tyler Zeller
      Brandon Bass will start in place of Tyler Zeller against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: The move is to help give the Celtics a bit more agility on offense. Bass has played well in his last two games with 16.5 points per game in 25.0 minutes. This lineup could just be due to the matchup and Bass doesn't have a big upside anyway, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:36 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) listed as out
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is listed as out for Thursday's game against Boston.

      Advice: We should know the results of his second MRI very soon, so owners will want to check back for updates. Aldridge is currently wearing a cast on his thumb, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend some additional time on the sidelines. Nicolas Batum and Dorell Wright will continue to be the biggest beneficiaries in Aldridge's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:05 pm
    • 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
    • Joakim Noah out for Thursday's game vs Spurs
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will miss Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The Taj Gibson train will keep rolling for at least one more night. Noah has been getting closer to a return, but Taj Gibson will be the biggest beneficiary of Noah's absence as the likely starter on Thursday, while Nikola Mirotic will also see a boost in his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:27 am
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • LaMarcus Aldridge has cast on thumb
      Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is reporting that LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) has a cast on his thumb and is getting another MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: Aldridge's previous MRI was reportedly inconclusive due to swelling, but the cast on his thumb (which could be precautionary) isn't great news. We'll have updates on LA as more information becomes available, but it would be a surprise to see him suit up on Thursday while Chris Kaman, Thomas Robinson, and Dorrell Wright will all see a boost in fantasy value while Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:02 am
    • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to GSW
      Dwight Howard hit just 3-of-8 shots for seven points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, and also committed five turnovers.

      Advice: Hey, at least he didn't kill your free throw percentage (1-of-2 tonight). His last multi-block game was way back on Dec. 15 and he's had seven games since then without a single block. The Warriors were dominant tonight and Howard never got it going, but his lack of shot blocking is one of the great mysteries in the NBA right now. He's also dealing with a sore knee, but that didn't appear to be bothering him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:31 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • 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
    • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points w/ 14 rbs
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 41 minutes against the Nets during a 103-100 loss on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Kings did not get any help from their bench with just 18 points. As for Cousins, he has double-doubles in eight straight games and came into tonight with 2015 averages of 23.6 points, 13.6 boards, 4.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 steals. Even with his awful 5.6 turnovers per game in that span, he's still one of the best centers in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    • Paul Pierce scores 14 points vs. OKC
      Paul Pierce double-doubled for the second time this season on Wednesday with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Thunder.

      Advice: The Wizards pulled out all the stops to try and get the win, but it didn't work. Pierce was only playing 24.8 minutes per game in his previous 2015 outings and he'll likely be in that range again on Saturday at Portland. He's still worth owning in standard leagues even with the limited playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    • Andre Drummond: 26 pts, 17 reb, 4 stl, 3 blk
      Andre Drummond stuffed the stat-sheet on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-14 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 17 rebounds, one assist, four steals and three blocks in just 30 minutes.

      Advice: The 75.0 percent FT shooting is a bonus for fantasy owners, most of whom should be resigned to ignoring the category given Drummond's league-worst weighted FT percentages. He also committed a season-high five turnovers tonight, unusual for a player whose 9-cat value is strengthened by a stingy season average of 1.5 turnovers per game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:22 pm
    • Tobias Harris (ankle) scores 19 pts in return
      Tobias Harris (ankle) returned from a five-game absence on Wednesday, coming off Orlando's bench to score 19 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Harris shot 7-of-15 from the field and moved without obvious discomfort, and he should displace Devyn Marble in the starting lineup for Friday's game in New York. Harris has been a top-50 value on a season-long basis and he's safe to activate in all formats, while his return should put a dent in the expanded offensive roles Marble and Channing Frye have enjoyed in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 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
    • Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday night
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played very well against the Warriors last week and will look to keep it going. Howard has some knee problems right now, but it is unlikely to force him to miss action tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) getting second MRI
      LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) will get another MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: He had his first today and the Blazers didn't provide an update. An inconclusive MRI usually isn't good news, but it doesn't necessarily mean Aldridge has structural damage. The Blazers are going to have some wacky rotations sans Aldridge with Thomas Robinson, Chris Kaman and Victor Claver possibly playing more. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:43 pm
    • Tobias Harris may come off the bench vs. DET
      Tobias Harris (ankle) is expected to play and may come off the bench against the Pistons on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is on track to play, but coach Jacque Vaughn said it's still possible Harris sits. After playing through an ankle roll on Jan. 9, Harris has missed his last five games. He was playing 35 minutes per night, but he might be a touch under 30 minutes tonight. Basically all the Magic players take a hit on offense with Channing Frye possibly taking the biggest loss. Harris is still a solid player to start in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:06 pm
    • Joakim Noah doubtful for Thursday night
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

      Advice: He did some work at practice on Wednesday, but the Bulls will still likely keep him out. Noah had lost a step even before his recent ankle sprain, so the time off should help him. It'll likely be Taj Gibson in the starting lineup while Nikola Mirotic will get a chance to redeem himself. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • 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
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) doing more in practice
      Joakim Noah (ankle) was a partial participant in practice on Wednesday, but his status for Thursday's game against the Spurs is still in doubt.

      Advice: Noah has been struggling to stay healthy all season, so we would expect the Bulls to continue to exercise caution and keep him on the sidelines until he is at 100 percent. We will pass along further updates as needed, but expect Taj Gibson to continue to be the primary beneficiary in Noah's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:32 am
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Tobias Harris (ankle) is a game-time decision
      Tobias Harris (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: Harris has missed the Magic's last five games due to his ankle sprain, so his owners will be eager to get him back into their lineups. Check back before tip-off for the official word, and expect Channing Frye and rookie Devyn Marble to benefit the most should Harris sit out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:45 am
    • Free throw struggles bench Andre Drummond
      Despite scoring 13 points to go with 18 rebounds in Monday's loss to the Hawks, Andre Drummond was benched down the stretch due to his woeful free throw shooting.

      Advice: He finished the game going 3-of-12 from the line, but he understands why coach Stan Van Gundy had to pull him out. "As an athlete you want to be out there to help your team," Drummond said. "But coach doesn't feel it's the best fit, you have to understand he feels a certain way, that another guy is the right fit for that moment. It's not my decision. I gotta sit there and stay ready. It's what it comes to. I can't get discouraged." While we expect Drummond to be fine, owners didn't draft him for his foul shooing and they can keep rolling him out there for his elite production in boards and blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:00 am
    • Dwight Howard is having problems with knee
      Dwight Howard said that he is still having problems with his strained right knee.

      Advice: "I am getting there," Howard said of his knee. "Each day is different but I just try to play as hard as I can for as long as I can. I want to make sure that come playoff time, I will be 100 percent. Right now, I want to give my team everything I have." He has been dealing with this issue for most of the season, and while he continues to play through the pain, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rockets limit his minutes down the stretch or even hold him out for a couple of games. We will keep him off the injury report for now, but owners should continually check back for updates before activating Howard in lineups from now on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Cousins, Gay, Casspi probable for Wednesday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rudy Gay (knee) and Omri Casspi (eye) are all listed as probable for Wednesday's home game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: All three guys played on Monday and we'll leave them off the injury report unless a pessimistic update surfaces after shootaround. Cousins is averaging multiple career highs this season, including points (23.9), rebounds (12.6), assists (3.2) and blocks (1.7), yet he's currently trailing guys like Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard in fan-based All-Star voting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:43 pm
    • Tobias Harris questionable to play Wednesday
      Tobias Harris suffered a "pretty bad sprain" when he rolled his ankle on Jan. 9, but he's improved enough to be questionable for Wednesday's game.

      Advice: "It's getting better," Harris said. "Every day I'm able to do a little bit more and more." The Magic aren't a realistic playoff team and they're likely to play it safe with Harris to avoid any setbacks, so owners should prepare alternatives in case he misses his sixth straight game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:20 pm
    • Taj Gibson calls out Bulls for lacking effort
      Taj Gibson said that the Bulls have to "practice harder" to escape their current slump, during which they've lost six of the past eight games.

      Advice: "We can't be taking days off," Gibson said. "We're going to go through rough stretches, but we got to practice harder and we got to play with some energy." Pau Gasol also called out his teammates for a lack of effort recently, and coach Tom Thibodeau suggested that some changes could be coming. "We have to find some continuity," Thibodeau said. "Maybe we look at different people." We'll let you know if minutes shift significantly in the next few games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:37 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scheduled to get MRI soon
      Updating a previous report, LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) was evaluated by a hand specialist on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI later this week.

      Advice: Aldridge will miss Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix, and he remains without an official timetable to return. Chris Kaman figures to be the primary beneficiary if Aldridge is forced to take an extended absence, with Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson all being in line for extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will not play Wed.
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: The Blazers did not provide any further updates on Aldridge's injury other than he will not travel with the team to Phoenix, and he is set to see a hand specialist. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but it's looking like an extended absence for Aldridge is a real possibility. Chris Kaman, Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson will all see some increased opportunity with LaMarcus sidelined, with Kaman being the most consistent option of the group. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:45 pm
    • Lance Thomas signs second 10-day contract
      Lance Thomas has signed a second 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.

      Advice: Thomas has averaged just 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds over 10.0 minutes in his two games with the Knicks, so he can continue to be ignored by fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:42 am
    • Tobias Harris' availability for Weds unclear
      Tobias Harris (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said he's eager to see how Harris does during Tuesday's practice, but added that the forward's status for Wednesday is unclear. We'll know more after practice, but Channing Frye would remain the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Harris sits for a sixth consecutive game on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:09 am
    • Joakim Noah closer to return after clean MRI
      Noah 's MRI on his sprained right ankle came back clean and the Bulls hope to have him back soon.

      Advice: "It's clean, so it's good," Thibodeau said on Monday. "He's making progress, so we'll see where he is when we get back." Noah has missed the Bulls' last three games, but has until Thursday before the Bulls have to make a decision on his availability for their game against the Spurs. If Noah sits again on Thursday, Taj Gibson would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:25 am
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Kaman stalled by DeMarcus Cousins
      Chris Kaman managed just four points, four rebounds and one block over 19 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: Kaman wasn't the first person to struggle with DeMarcus Cousins and he won't be the last. With or without LaMarcus Aldridge suffering a thumb injury, Kaman was a guy to own until Robin Lopez returned. But now with the uncertainty of Aldridge's situation, he should be owned in all but the shallowest standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:15 am
    • Robinson plays 21 minutes against old team
      Thomas Robinson played 21 minutes against his old Kings team on Monday, finishing with five points on 1-of-2 shooting (3-of-6 FTs), six rebounds and three steals.

      Advice: Robinson has squandered prior opportunities but he could be worth a look if the LaMarcus Aldridge thumb injury is serious. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:12 am
    • Cousins (ankle) returns and goes for 22 & 19
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned to action in Monday's loss to the Blazers, scoring 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting (8-of-12 FTs) with 19 rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying four blocks in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Cousins is on a big push to make the All Star team and he should be even more beastly until he either gets the nod or doesn't. Of course, it would be insane if he doesn't make the All Star team because he's competing for an All-NBA First Team slot if voters could be trusted, but that's never a sure thing when it comes to All Star nods and postseason awards. He also got fouled out by another vicious flop tonight, as Thomas Robinson was hit by a sniper on two different occasions. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:04 am
    • Report: X-rays negative on Aldridge's thumb
      X-rays taken on LaMarcus Aldridge's left thumb returned negative on Monday, and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is about as good as the news can get, and he was seen in the locker room with a towel over his hand, grumbling "It's just a towel." Aldridge also had an MRI taken and that might be the bigger test, so owners aren't in the clear. But if you were looking at the speculative adds from earlier in the night, you may want to tap the breaks just a little bit. Chris Kaman should be owned and from there it gets pretty dicey with Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright being inconsistent options that might hold value if Aldridge is out for a while. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:57 pm
    • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge injured left thumb
      LaMarcus Aldridge injured his left thumb in Monday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: X-rays and an MRI were taken and the results are unknown at this time. He reportedly couldn't catch a basketball and Kings TV announcer Grant Napear said there was concern in the media room from the Portland side, so right now this looks like it's more serious rather than less serious. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:01 pm
    • Gibson double-doubles with five blocks
      Taj Gibson double-doubled with 10 points and 10 boards to go with a steal and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

      Advice: Gibson has been relatively quiet so this one is good for owners' confidence. He profiles as a late-round guy when the Bulls are at full strength, and he should be in most lineups whenever Joakim Noah is out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:41 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • 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
    • DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay active Mon
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (knee) are listed in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: Cousins had to sit out on Saturday against the Clippers, but this news confirms that his ankle issue wasn't a big concern and his owners can comfortably activate him in all lineups. We will let you know how his ankle holds up after the game. This move also sends Ryan Hollins to the bench, meaning he can be cut just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:53 pm
    • Lance Thomas likely to stay with the Knicks
      The Knicks are reportedly going to sign Lance Thomas to another 10-day contract.

      Advice: His role has been minimal at best, so owners in most leagues can ignore this news. Leave Thomas on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:35 pm
    • Brandon Bass stays hot vs. Clippers
      Brandon Bass had another effective game against the Clippers on Monday with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He's been in double-digit scoring in four of his last five, averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.2 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game. That's still not going to get it done for owners in most leagues and he'll likely need an injury to climb into the conversation in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:23 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay probable Mon
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (knee) have been upgraded to probable for Monday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: Cousins wasn't able to play on Saturday against the Clippers, but his ankle injury was never thought to be serious and he should be fine for Monday's contest. Owners will still want to check back prior to tip-off before plugging him into lineups, while Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams will both benefit if Cousins is held out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:24 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
      Monday, 1:42 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
      Monday, 9:22 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay questionable Mon.
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (knee) are both questionable for Monday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: Cousins did not suit up on Saturday after being hit with the questionable tag, but Gay made a surprise appearance off the bench. Owners will have to wait on further updates for both, but be prepared to have contingency plans for each. If both sit, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams would be the primary fantasy beneficiaries, with Darren Collison also asked to carry a heavier load. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:53 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) making progress, out Mon.
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play on Monday against the Cavs, but he's making progress toward a return.

      Advice: Noah's MRI "looked good," but it remains unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Taj Gibson will continue to play a massive role for however long Noah is in street clothes, and he's worth deploying in all formats when filling in as a starter. In 11 games in that role, he's averaging 13.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.5 blocks on 50.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:52 am
       
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Derrick Favors gets 13 boards, four blocks
      Derrick Favors had 13 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, but he scored only nine points on 4-of-11 shooting during 27 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The Jazz couldn't muster enough offense to beat the Spurs, shooting just 28-of-84 as a team (33.3 percent), with a 10-of-16 mark at the FT line. Favors fell one point shy of his third straight double-double in tonight's defeat, and his injury scare last Saturday has proven to be a false alarm. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:28 pm
    • Ryan Anderson struggles in start vs. Raptors
      Ryan Anderson struggled in another start on Sunday, scoring nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 27 foul-plagued minutes.

      Advice: Anderson hit two 3-pointers but this was an unvarnished dud for fantasy owners hoping he'd erupt with Anthony Davis (toe) out of the lineup. He's now a combined 10-of-38 from the field (26.3 percent) in three starts this year, but Anderson has too much upside to shy away from if Davis isn't cleared to play in New York on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:05 pm
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Tobias Harris (ankle) making steady progress
      Coach Jacque Vaughn said that Tobias Harris (ankle) is making progress with his injury.

      Advice: He is currently getting up shots and going through individual workouts on the court, however, he remains without an official return date. Channing Frye has emerged as the primary beneficiary with Harris sidelined, as he's been seeing heavy minutes and increased shot attempts. He's worth a look for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, rebounds, and the occasional block. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 1:46 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out for Monday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play on Monday vs. the Pelicans as expected.

      Advice: He is easily one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA and there is no telling when he will be back on the court. Leaving Bargnani on the waiver wire is one of the easiest decisions you can possibly make. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • J.J. Hickson double-doubles in loss Saturday
      J.J. Hickson double-doubled off the bench on Saturday against Minnesota, scoring 14 points with 10 boards and one assist in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He has now notched double-doubles in four of his last six games, and it's becoming obvious that the trade of Timofey Mozgov has really benefited him. While he is definitely worth owning in points leagues, owners in standard leagues can still probably do better given Hickson's poor free throw shooting and his inability to contribute in areas other than points and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:32 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Dwight Howard has a nice game vs. GSW
      Dwight Howard was a lone bright spot against the Warriors on Saturday during a 131-106 loss with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: The Rockets were really bad on defense and giving up 64 points in the paint is not something a Dwight Howard team will do often. Howard snapped a four-game streak without a double-double in this one and he'll look to parlay it with another one against Roy Hibbert on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:30 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Donatas Motiejunas plays 22 minutes
      Donatas Motiejunas played 22 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was another solid game for Motiejunas and he's really maximized his strengths. No player has more makes on hook shots this season and he's been able to post up a lot better than last season. It'll be interesting to see what happens once Terrence Jones (leg) comes back, but D-Mo is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:22 pm
    • Andre Drummond has a strange night
      Andre Drummond made 4-of-15 from the field for eight points with 14 boards, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

      Advice: He had 14 shots at the rim tonight and made only four. Basically, we're not even mad. That's amazing. Movie references aside, it's nice to see Drummond get so many shots and he's getting better at establishing position. His owners can expect him to be better on offense soon, but he won't touch his 62.3 percent from the field from last season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 7:33 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play vs. LA
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: The Kings are in deep trouble tonight against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. They played their worst basketball without Cousins and it basically got coach Mike Malone fired. While Boogie is out, it'll be Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, Ryan Hollins and Reggie Evans picking up the slack. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 5:21 pm
    • Dwight Howard is probable for Saturday
      Dwight Howard (knee) is probable to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He is probable for basically every game, so this is a non-update. Howard should be ready to go for a huge matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 2:09 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: He had a limp on Friday night throughout the game and it was apparently because of this ankle issue. Cousins has refused a minutes limit before, so he'll probably want to suit up for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Of course, it's possible he'll sit, which would give Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Derrick Williams more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 1:25 pm
    • Cousins limps throughout Friday's game
      DeMarcus Cousins was seen limping throughout Friday's loss to the Heat, but so far there have been no reports that he has any serious ailment.

      Advice: Cousins finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and eight turnovers. He certainly wasn't himself and the situation in Sacramento is percolating underneath the surface, as the team continues to reel from the firing of Mike Malone. Owners will want to keep an eye out on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:54 pm
    • Hickson double-doubles with season-high rebs
      J.J. Hickson double-doubled with 13 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, five turnovers and 3-of-8 makes from the foul line in 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Outside of points leagues this line has no real value and that's the story with Hickson, as his fantasy deficiencies keep him from being an asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:38 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Taj Gibson scores 13 in a start vs. Boston
      Taj Gibson played 39 minutes in a start against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists during a 119-103 win.

      Advice: It was much worse than expected in the plus matchup. Gibson averaged 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in his previous nine starts, which is where he should be on Saturday against the Hawks. If Joakim Noah (ankle) is out, you'll want to start him. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:21 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Paul Millsap fills it up as per usual
      Paul Millsap filled the stat sheet against the Raptors on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made both free throws and 6-of-9 from the field in an eight-category masterpiece. Millsap has multiple steals and blocks in each of his last two games and the reality NBA world is starting to learn what the fantasy world already knew long ago: Millsap is a stud. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:27 pm
       
      3:00 pm vs Min
    • Ryan Anderson has a disappointing game
      Ryan Anderson made just 2-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He even air-balled a 3-pointer tonight to sum up his evening. Anderson apparently doesn't like to start because he made just 31.3 percent from the field in his previous start this season. Anthony Davis (toe) shouldn't be out long, but Ryno will have value in any role. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:19 pm
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Drummond gives mixed effort, has game-winner
      Andre Drummond struggled defensively but still managed to double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, including a game-winning tip with 0.3 seconds to play against the Pacers.

      Advice: Drummond was used by Roy Hibbert and his energy continues to be an issue. Stan Van Gundy appeared irritated after Wednesday's game and that's probably not going to change after his game-winner. Despite being freed by the Josh Smith trade, his fantasy owners might not be thrilled with his top-100 production over the past 14 games, held down by 51.1 percent field goal shooting and 42.3 percent foul shooting. That's buy low territory, though it could be hard to pull a deal off. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:10 pm
    • Taj Gibson will start on Friday night
      Taj Gibson will start in place of Joakim Noah on Friday night.

      Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau didn't do anything crazy today and surprise us. Gibson's numbers in the starting lineup are outstanding and he has a great matchup tonight, so he's a terrific play in any format. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 4:25 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Al Jefferson (groin) could return Wednesday
      Al Jefferson (groin) said he could return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against Miami.

      Advice: If Jefferson is able to return on Wednesday, Bismack Biyombo would head back to the bench where he would go back to being a negligible fantasy option in most leagues. Jefferson would draw a favorable matchup against the Heat, and there's sure to be more updates on him as we draw closer to Wednesday's tip. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:54 am
    • Ryan Anderson spotted in starters jersey
      Ryan Anderson was seen sporting the blue starters jersey during Friday morning's shootaround.

      Advice: The Pelicans are currently listing Anthony Davis (toe) as a game-time decision, however, most signs are pointing towards him sitting this one out. If Davis is unavailable, Anderson would slide into the starting lineup for an excellent matchup against the 76ers, and he'd make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:39 am
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Dwight Howard starting off 2015 quietly
      Dwight Howard scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He actually had a stretch of 10 consecutive makes from the line with his seven makes on Wednesday, but that was snapped on his last attempt tonight. While he's making free throws, his stats are very quiet elsewhere in his last five, averaging 13.0 points, 7.8 boards, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 turnovers on 48.0 percent from the field. He'll look for a big game in a must-see matchup against the Warriors on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 8:20 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Khris Middleton's thievery continues
      Khris Middleton kept it going in the steals department with three more on Thursday against the Knicks, adding 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was the most important Middleton in London today! Kidding aside, Middleton has been effective on the stat sheet in every single game in 2015 with multiple steals in each. In those seven games, he averaged 12.1 points, 5.0 boards, 2.7 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.4 triples on 49.2 percent from the field. Middleton has to be owned everywhere right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 5:25 pm
    • Jason Smith starts, doesn't score
      Jason Smith started on Thursday with no points, four boards and two blocks in 14 minutes.

      Advice: He did not start the second half in favor of Lance Thomas. If the Knicks are tanking, Smith has been terrific. In his last nine, he's made just 31.9 percent from the field with 6.8 points, 5.6 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.9 turnovers in 21.6 minutes. Amazingly, he's just 5-of-24 in the paint in that span. Unless your fantasy team is tanking, leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 5:13 pm
    • Lance Thomas plays 18 minutes
      Lance Thomas played 18 minutes off the bench on Thursday with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and no fouls.

      Advice: He started the second half and made 2-of-5 from the field in the game, which is a step up from his 22.2 percent from the field last season. Thomas has his work cut out for himself to stick with the Knicks beyond this month. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 5:07 pm
    • Jason Smith to start vs Bucks on Thursday
      Jason Smith will start against the Bucks in London on Thursday.

      Advice: Smith will start in the Knicks' frontcourt alongside Amare Stodemire and Carmelo Anthony on Thursday as the Knicks split minutes between he, Cole Aldrich, and Quincy Acy. Smith has averaged 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 10 starts this season, so he's not much more than a plug-and-play option in daily and deeper fantasy leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 11:00 am
    • Andrea Bargnani does not make London trip
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) did not make the trip to London and will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: There has been speculation that Bargnani not making the trip is evidence that the Knicks are planning on buying out the former No. 1 overall pick if they can't find a trade partner, but head coach Derek Fisher explained the absence by saying that Bargnani could get better treatment on his calf strain back home. With just two games under his belt this season, Il Mago can safely be left on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 8:48 am
       
      Injured
    • Taj Gibson plays 32 minutes on Wednesday
      Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: Fantasy owners know the drill by now. When Joakim Noah (ankle) goes down, it's time to add Taj Gibson everywhere. Noah has looked old and slow in the past couple weeks, so the Bulls are likely going to be very cautious with him. Gibson could have a couple weeks of must-start value. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 11:34 pm
       
      Player Note
      Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Chris Kaman puts up a double-double
      Chris Kaman scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is running some tight rotations, which is just what Kaman's fantasy owners want to hear. He played 32 minutes on Sunday and the Blazers seem comfortable letting the wheels fall off for the next couple weeks. He should be owned in standard leagues based on the past two games. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:33 pm
    • Paul Millsap fills it up, Hawks win again
      Paul Millsap filled the stat sheet against the Celtics during a 105-91 win on Thursday with 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Hawks won their 10th straight and have gone 24-2 since Thanksgiving to help them build a four-game lead over the rest of the Eastern Conference. Millsap hasn't been shooting the ball too well and his defensive stats are down, so he hasn't been his usual beast self. Of course, he's likely going to get hot in a hurry as a top-25 asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 9:41 pm
       
      3:00 pm vs Min
    • Tyler Zeller has another awful game
      Tyler Zeller had a rough night against the Hawks on Wednesday with two points, five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Well, that hot December seems like a distant memory. Zeller played just 16 minutes tonight and he's made a putrid 4-of-22 from the field in his last three games. If you're really sick of holding him and another guy has your attention, it makes sense to drop him. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 9:07 pm
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