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  • Watson goes for nine and four in return game
    C.J. Watson (foot) made his season debut in Friday's win, scoring nine points on 4-of-4 shooting (including a three) with one rebound, four assists and one steal in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers haven't been afraid to play Rodney Stuckey big minutes despite his multiple injuries so maybe there is some hope for Watson, but it's definitely a wait-and-see moment for owners in most formats. Donald Sloan (six points, nine rebounds, six assists) has the ball in his court as far as point guard minutes go in Indy.
    33 minutes ago
  • Olapido bounces back after rough Wednesday
    Victor Oladipo bounced back from an inefficient Wednesday with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Friday, and also added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a three.

    Advice: Oladipo might have irked teammates with his 4-of-17 night and tonight is a good sign that he got the message. The Magic still lost and they're letting bad offense affect their defense, but those are the marks of a young team and they have a long season to get it together.
    42 minutes ago
  • Mo Williams returned to action on Friday November 28.
    57 minutes ago
  • C.J. Watson returned to action on Friday November 28.
    57 minutes ago
  • Parker runs circles around the Kings in win
    Tony Parker scored 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting (1-of-1 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with one rebound, eight assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Parker picked on Darren Collison and a Kings defense that really struggled without anchor DeMarcus Cousins tonight. He's not flashy but he's returning mid-round value in fantasy leagues so far this year.
    Yesterday, 11:43 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) returns to action
    Cory Joseph (ankle) returned to action on Friday, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Unless you're in a 20-team league you can ignore Joseph's return.
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Collison (quad) struggles in return vs. Spurs
    Darren Collison (quad) played in Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, two assists and one block over 35 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Malone wasn't happy with how Collison was handled by Tony Parker on the defensive side, and offensively the Kings had to rely on a lot of one-on-one play to keep the game close. While it won't go down as Collison's greatest game, he still remains a must-start guy in fantasy lineups.
    Yesterday, 11:21 pm
  • Sessions back to irrelevant on Friday
    Ramon Sessions was moved back to the bench with Darren Collison (quad) back on Friday, finishing with four points, four assists and two steals in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Sessions has been terrible for the Kings this season and the only reason Ray McCallum hasn't replaced him is that Mike Malone doesn't want to lose the veteran this early.
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Remember me? Westbrook obliterates NYK
    Russell Westbrook obliterated the Knicks in his return from a 14-game absence due to a broken hand, scoring 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting (three treys) with seven rebounds, eight assists and a steal in the Thunder's 105-78 win.

    Advice: Weekly league owners needed refills for their salivary glands watching these pinball numbers go off from their bench. Our long international wait is over!
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Jackson back to reserve unit for the Thunder
    Reggie Jackson returned to the second unit in Friday's blowout win, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: This could be a familiar line for the rest of the season and owners should expect mid-to-late round value once Kevin Durant returns.
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Calderon flops in blowout loss to Thunder
    Jose Calderon hit just 1-of-5 shots for three points, one rebound and one assist over 23 minutes in Friday's blowout loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Calderon is coming off of a massive game on Wednesday and this type of stuff happens to really bad teams. There's no way he should hit the wire as he is well-positioned to be a mid-round guy going forward.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 21 points off bench
    Jamal Crawford scored 21 points off the bench against the Rockets on Friday with three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been over 20 points in three consecutive games and has 12 treys in that span. Crawford also has been remarkably efficient with an effective field goal percentage of 63.0. He's a must-start player when he's hot, and he's hot.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Jason Terry starts the second half on Friday
    Jason Terry started the second half of Friday's game against the Clippers with two points, two assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets are going to have to get creative at point guard because there's really no way they can give Terry major minutes. He's only an option in deep leagues while Troy Daniels or Nick Johnson could get more run on Saturday too.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Augustin scores 10 points on 1-of-7 shooting
    D.J. Augustin hit just 1-of-7 shots (7-of-9 FTs) in Friday's loss, scoring 10 points with zero rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in another start for Brandon Jennings (thumb).

    Advice: Augustin now has two bad games and one good one filling in for Jennings, but should be owned for however long Jennings is out.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Devin Harris has a decent game
    Devin Harris scored eight points with six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes on Friday night.

    Advice: He only attempted four shots from the field and couldn't get many clean looks tonight in Toronto. Harris probably has another game as the starter against the 76ers and should be better.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 30 points in win at TOR
    Monta Ellis scored a game-high 30 points against the Raptors on Friday with one rebound, six assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He came off his worst game with just eight points against the Knicks on Wednesday, but Monta just controlled the offense tonight. He'll get an easy matchup against the 76ers on Saturday. The Mavericks beat them by 53 on Nov. 13, so his owners will have to be careful of garbage time. Despite how he's struggled in the second half of back-to-backs, you're obviously starting him.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Knight quiet in 27 minutes on Friday
    Brandon Knight was quiet in Friday's win over the Pistons, scoring six points on 2-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Jason Kidd rode a hot bench but Knight has been quiet for two games now and it's possible that his quad is bothering him. Durability has been an issue in the past for Knight and it's probably the only thing that can derail his early round value. Just keep an eye on the situation for now.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points on Friday
    Kyle Lowry tried to put the Raptors on his back in a 106-102 loss to the Mavericks on Friday with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He proved he's worthy of his contract and last year was certainly no fluke. Lowry should have more shots going his way while DeMar DeRozan is out. He's going to be a more attractive option in daily fantasy leagues while his season-long owners should see some nice short-term dividends too.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 14 points in 25 mins
    Greivis Vasquez played down the stretch against the Mavericks on Friday, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's hot with a 21-point game on Wednesday and he looks like he'll get more run with DeMar DeRozan (groin) possibly out. Vasquez started the last time DeRozan missed a game due to injury and he's been fairly effective from a per-minute standpoint. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Lou Williams plays 30 minutes vs. Mavericks
    Lou Williams played 30 minutes against the Mavericks on Friday with 16 points, one rebound, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He replaced DeMar DeRozan (groin) in the third quarter, but one would think he wouldn't move into the starting lineup because he has such a great rhythm in the second unit as the sixth man. Still, Williams is going to get more minutes and looks like a terrific asset in all standards. In the past two weeks, he was a top-five player. Make sure he's not on your wire.
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Austin Rivers doesn't score in 21 minutes
    Austin Rivers did not score in 21 minutes of action in a start at shooting guard on Friday.

    Advice: He added two assists, one foul and missed all eight shots from the field. Rivers is just not capable of scoring in the NBA on his own and doesn't do much else on the stat sheet. He's not worth owning in most leagues and is yet another case that fantasy owners shouldn't overreact about who is starting.
    Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Brian Roberts looks great off bench
    Brian Roberts scored 20 points off the bench in 30 minutes of action against the Warriors on Friday with one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made his first seven shots and has been on a roll all of the sudden, coming off a 24-point game on Wednesday. Roberts seems to have Gary Neal's (shoulder) role locked up for now and he's getting a lot of fourth quarter minutes. Fantasy owners in deep leagues should give him a look, but his value doesn't look too great beyond next week.
    Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Darren Collison, Rudy Gay are starting
    Darren Collison is starting against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings continue to not update their probable players until after the tip, which has become very annoying. Collison returns from a two-game absence and we'll let you know how he does tonight.
    Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Darren Collison (quad) now probable for Fri.
    Darren Collison (quad) is now being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Collison is just dealing with a bruised quad, so it wouldn't be shocking if he's able to give it a go tonight. With Collsion likely to play, Ramon Sessions can be cut in nearly all leagues. Collison put up 19 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field during his last outing vs. San Antonio to go with five assists and two steals, so if he plays, he's looking like a must-start guy.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • Darren Collison (quad) remains questionable
    Darren Collison (quad) is being listed on the active roster for Friday's game, but remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Head coach Mike Malone is optimistic that Collison will be able to give it a go tonight, but plugged-in beat reporter Jason Jones doesn't expect there to be an official update until roughly 45 minutes prior to tip-off. If Collison is unable to go, Ramon Sessions will draw another start at point guard, but he's not a very attractive option going up against a tough Spurs defense. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Cory Joseph is good to go for Friday night
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will play on Friday against the Kings.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle tweak last Friday and will return to the lineup. Joseph should get double-digit minutes tonight and maybe more because of garbage time.
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Austin Rivers in the starting lineup vs. ATL
    Austin Rivers will start at shooting guard against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: He was coming off the bench with Darius Miller starting, but apparently coach Monty Williams is going to run an extremely tight rotation tonight. Eric Gordon only had a 16.1 usage while in the starting lineup before his injury, so that's probably about where Rivers will be. There is very little to like about his upside in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 21 points in 28 minutes
    Derrick Rose scored 21 points in 28 minutes against the Celtics during a win on Friday with four rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Of course, he wasn't unscathed in this game. Rose took a charge and was gimpy for a a couple minutes while staying on the court. He also had a minor left hand injury and the training staff was looking at it briefly. He did finish the game and for once we expect him to play against the Nets on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Mo Williams ready to play on Friday night
    Mo Williams (illness) will return to the lineup against the Lakers.

    Advice: He is not expected to be limited. Williams traveling with the team on Wednesday was a great sign he would be ready to go and his fantasy owners should plug him back into their lineups. Zach LaVine will take a hit while Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer should have less ball-handling responsibility.
    Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Tony Wroten (knee) out at least one week
    Tony Wroten will miss at least one week with a sprained right knee.

    Advice: He played through this injury on Wednesday and is going to be re-evaluated on Dec. 5. Wroten was turning the ball over a ton and his fantasy owners in standard leagues shouldn't have a problem cutting him. Meanwhile, K.J. McDaniels has a chance to get in the starting lineup now while Alexey Shved could get more run.
    Yesterday, 11:27 am
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Jackson, Westbrook to get minutes together
    Coach Scott Brooks said Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook will get "a lot of minutes" together.

    Advice: Westbrook will likely see minutes around 30, so Jackson should get a high usage in his 18 minutes or so in the second unit. Plus, it looks like Jackson will get around 10-15 minutes next to Westbrook, which puts him in the 30-minute neighborhood as well. With Kevin Durant (foot) still out, Jackson should still be a must-start guy in most formats.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) upgraded to probable Fri.
    Cory Joseph (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Joseph is averaging a meager 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season, so whether he plays or not should be of no concern to owners in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) listed as starter
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed in the starting lineup, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: It's all but official that Rose will start Friday, and he has a favorable matchup today vs. the Celtics, so owners can go ahead and get him in their lineups.
    Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Reggie Jackson coming off bench Friday
    Reggie Jackson will come off the bench on Friday with Russell Westbrook back in the starting lineup.

    Advice: Jackson should still get plenty of minutes and be productive, but the days of him being a No. 1 starting fantasy point guard are probably over.
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • C.J. Watson to make debut on Friday
    C.J. Watson is expected to make his season debut on Friday after being out with a foot injury.

    Advice: The Pacers could use some help at guard and while he might eat into Donald Sloan's minutes a bit, Sloan looks to have done enough to hold the starting point guard job, at least until George Hill returns some time later in December.
    Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • D.J. Augustin starting again on Friday
    D.J. Augustin will start at point guard again on Friday, as Brandon Jennings sits for the third straight game with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: Augustin had 19 points and a full stat line on Wednesday and should be in for more of the same tonight.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Brandon Jennings out again on Friday
    Brandon Jennings will miss his third straight game on Friday with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: D.J. Augustin should get all he can handle again tonight and makes for an interesting daily plug-and-play. Jennings has started shooting again, so could be nearing a return, but it won't happen on Friday.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Jameer Nelson (back) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Jameer Nelson (back spasms) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Devin Harris started the last game that Nelson was sidelined, so he could again be thrust into the starting lineup. J.J. Barea will also see some increased opportunity, and both Harris and Barea could be decent low-budget options in daily leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
    4:00 pm @ Phi
  • Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Friday
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will be in the starting lineup for the Thunder on Friday vs. New York.

    Advice: Westbrook has a favorable matchup tonight vs. Jose Calderon of the Knicks, so get him active. His return will send Reggie Jackson to the bench, and his value will take a minor hit, but Jackson will still be worth owning in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Rose (hamstring) remains probable for Friday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will go through warm ups on Friday, and if there are no issues, he will be "good to go" according to Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose is being listed as probable and has a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics, but owners will want to check back for an official update after shootaround. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Mo Williams (illness) questionable for Friday
    Mo Williams (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: If Williams is unable to go, Zach LaVine would draw the start in a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers, and would make for a decent option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
  • Darren Collison is questionable for Spurs gm
    Darren Collison (quad) is questionable to face the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He has a bruise to his quad, which isn't usually an injury that costs a player a week of action. Collison has missed two games and Ramon Sessions has been a bit underwhelming in the starting lineup. DC's fantasy owners will want to check back on Friday.
    Thursday, 6:15 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) probable for Friday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Rose has said that he was targeting Friday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. If Rose does indeed play, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (back) questionable for Friday
    Jameer Nelson (back spasms) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, but if Jameer is unable to go, J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, and potentially Raymond Felton (ankle) will all see some extended minutes. Barea and Harris offer the most upside, and would make for decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues, stay tuned.
    Thursday, 3:39 pm
    4:00 pm @ Phi
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) hopeful for Friday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and said that he is hopeful he'll be able to play Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: "If I'm ready to go [Friday], I'm ready. If not, just really pay attention to my body," said Rose. "But the plan is that I want to play. So hopefully I'll be out there playing." Rose isn't giving us much with these comments, so owners will want to check back closer to Friday's tip. If he's unable to go, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks will split Rose's minutes, with Hinrich drawing the start. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 11:52 am
  • Cory Joseph questionable for Friday vs Kings
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Joseph is only averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season, so Joseph's status means more to the injury-depleted Spurs than it does to fantasy owners. If Joseph is again unable to play, Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli would handle the ball when Tony Parker is on the bench.
    Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Tony Parker scores 21, dominates Don Sloan
    Tony Parker hit 8-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also dominated Pacers' point guard Donald Sloan, who hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points after blowing up for 29 and a full stat line on Monday. Parker has now scored at least 21 in three straight games and is rolling, and the only thing that can seemingly slow him down right now is Gregg Popovich.
    Wednesday, 11:23 pm
  • Ramon Sessions has a bad game in start
    Ramon Sessions had just eight points with three rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings apparently need Darren Collison (quad) back. Sessions is making just 34 percent from the field on the season and hasn't really been able to perform like he did after the break last season. Collision should be back soon, so Sessions has little value right now.
    Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 21 points in 17 mins.
    Greivis Vasquez was on fire against the Hawks on Wednesday with 21 points, two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: This is one of the most efficient lines of the year. For the advanced stats guys out there, Vasquez put up a 36.9 usage and had an 81.5 true shooting percentage. He was horrible before tonight and made just 33.3 percent from the field, so we'll obviously need to see it again.
    Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 22 points vs. Hawks
    Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now.
    Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 22 points in OKC win
    The Thunder snapped their six-game losing streak on Wednesday, led by Reggie Jackson's 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, eight assists and one steal.

    Advice: He turned the ball over five times, as usual, but at least he made more than half his shots tonight. Backup PG Sebastian Telfair was waived on Wednesday which suggests that Russell Westbrook (hand) might return as soon as Friday's game. Jackson will inevitably lose some minutes and offensive firepower, but he's still a must-own fantasy player even if he shifts to a bench role.
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Jose Calderon erupts for 21 & 10 w/ seven 3s
    Jose Calderon blew up vs. his former team on Wednesday, notching season highs with 21 points, seven 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and four assists in a tough loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Calderon came in averaging just 8.0 points and 4.0 assists in his first two games of the season, following an extended absence due to a calf strain. He showed zero signs of rust tonight, nearly carrying the Knicks to an upset win despite the absence of Carmelo Anthony (back spasms). Calderon's extraordinary efficiency and unquestioned starting job make him a must-start fantasy PG, and his owners' only concern should be whether he can stay healthy.
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Devin Harris starts for Jameer Nelson (back)
    Devin Harris started at PG with Jameer Nelson (back spasms) unavailable on Wednesday, posting nine points, eight assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes vs. the visiting Knicks.

    Advice: Harris made only 2-of-10 shots but one of those was a 3-pointer, and he turned the ball over just once in a season-high 40 minutes of action. Nelson is day-to-day so it's tough to rely on Harris as more than a late-round option, and 12-team owners can ignore J.J. Barea (10 points in 15 minutes). The Mavericks get a day off before traveling for a tough road game in Toronto on Friday.
    Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Monta Ellis held to season-low eight points
    Monta Ellis logged 40 minutes on Wednesday but finished with a season-low eight points on 3-of-13 shooting vs. the visiting Knicks.

    Advice: This was a total aberration for Ellis, who came in averaging 19.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting this season. Teammates Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler stepped up offensively, and Ellis should be eager to put this game behind him in Toronto on Friday.
    Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Mo Williams (illness) will travel with team
    Mo Williams (illness) will travel with the Wolves for their upcoming West Coast trip.

    Advice: Considering he has pink eye and strep throat -- two highly contagious illnesses -- Williams figures to play on Friday against the Lakers. There's not much of a reason to pick up Zach LaVine for that game.
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 25 points w/ full line
    Jamal Crawford's hot streak continued on Wednesday as he came off the bench for a team-high 25 points on 8-of-16 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: Three of Crawford's makes came from downtown, and he chipped in three boards, four assists, two steals and a block to round out a phenomenal fantasy line. His 44.5 percent shooting would be the third-highest mark in his 15-year career, and he's paying off in a big way for fantasy owners who snagged him in the late rounds.
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • D.J. Augustin scores 19 pts in start for DET
    D.J. Augustin made his second straight start on Wednesday, finishing a loss to the Clippers with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, six assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: Augustin played 35 minutes in another fill-in start for Brandon Jennings, who remains day-to-day with a sprained thumb. This was easily D.J.'s best and most complete game of the season, and it's hard to recommend him as a pickup considering Jennings could return as soon as Friday's home game vs. Milwaukee.
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Tony Wroten has eight TOs, tweaks ankle
    Tony Wroten tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss against the Nets, finishing with 18 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was able to play through the ankle tweak for the last couple minutes, but it was pretty clear he wasn't 100 percent. Considering the amount of players dealing with swelling in their ankles and missing time, his owners will want to keep an eye on him for Saturday against the Mavericks. He made 6-of-18 from the field tonight and 6-of-8 from the line, so that and eight turnovers gives him a 34.3 usage rate. The negatives are outweighing the positives in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:03 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Victor Oladipo struggling w/ new PG duties
    Victor Oladipo shot just 4-of-17 from the field vs. the Warriors on Wednesday, finishing a home loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Oladipo entered Wednesday night's game averaging 3.1 assists and 3.0 turnovers and has struggled to adjust to the role of PG. "It's something that I'm getting used to doing," Oladipo said. "It's something I've got to get better at ... I'm just going to go out there and play hard. When I'm passive, it's hard for me to play well." This is a nice buy-low moment for VO, whose owners have no choice but to remain patient while he works out the kinks in his game.
    Wednesday, 7:01 pm
  • Brian Roberts notches career-high 24 points
    Brian Roberts came off the Hornets' bench for a career-high 24 points in a loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, making 10-of-17 FGs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists in just 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gary Neal was out with a shoulder injury so Roberts got extra playing time, and he made the most of the opportunity. This is just his fourth double-digit scoring game of the season and he's only worth a look in daily leagues while Neal is day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • Devin Harris is starting for the Mavericks
    Devin Harris will start at point guard against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He and J.J. Barea are likely going to split the point guard minutes right down the middle, but Harris' steals and treys do make him a slightly more attractive option. Barea is certainly a capable option as well. Jameer Nelson isn't expected to miss much time, so Harris doesn't gain too much value.
    Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Cory Joseph out Wednesday w/ sprained ankle
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Joseph was doubtful to play but he remains day-to-day, so he could be back as soon as Friday's game vs. the Kings. The Spurs don't have a pure backup PG but they're comfortable handing the ball to Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili.
    Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Mo Williams (illness) will not play vs. Bucks
    Mo Williams (illness) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's missed practice the past two days and has been sick since Sunday, so this is a surprise. Williams is dealing with strep throat and pink eye, which shouldn't keep him out much longer. Zach LaVine is going to get all the minutes he can handle. The Wolves might need Corey Brewer and Andrew Wiggins to handle the ball more, too.
    Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (right thumb) out again
    Brandon Jennings (thumb) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be D.J. Augustin in the starting lineup again tonight. He struggled in a favorable matchup against the Bucks on Tuesday, so a matchup with Chris Paul doesn't look great on the surface. Still, he saw 37 minutes last night, which makes him a fantasy option. Spencer Dinwiddie will get some run, too.
    Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (back) will not play Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (back spasms) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is just getting over a hamstring injury and this injury is not considered serious. With Nelson and Raymond Felton (ankle) out, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will get all of the minutes at point guard. Both guys are options in daily leagues with the defensive turnstile known as Jose Calderon.
    Wednesday, 2:57 pm
    4:00 pm @ Phi
  • Darren Collison out again on Wednesday night
    Darren Collison (quad) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Like about 20 other NBA players, Collison is dealing with a leg contusion. He missed Tuesday night, but chances are he will be able to play on Friday. Ramon Session was solid against the Pelicans on Tuesday with 15 points, three rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes. He gets a nice matchup against Isaiah Canaan and is worth a look in most leagues for short-term value.
    Wednesday, 11:20 am
  • Mo Williams still sick, iffy vs. Bucks
    Mo Williams missed shootaround Wednesday and is a game-time decision against the Bucks.

    Advice: Williams has been sick for several days now and while it's possible he'll play tonight, it would not be surprising to see rookie Zach LaVine running the point for the Wolves tonight. On a side note, the Wolves will be wearing pink shoe laces as a tribute to Thaddeus Young's mother, who passed away from cancer recently.
    Wednesday, 9:58 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) rested as precaution
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) sat out the second half of Tuesday's game as a precaution, and he "didn't feel anything pop or pull" prior to his exit.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau asked Rose to sit out the second half and Rose agreed. The Bulls' former MVP was very tentative during the first half, as he was during Monday's game, but Thibodeau is hopeful that a few days of rest will have Rose ready to go for Friday's game in Boston. When asked if Rose would require an MRI, Thibs replied, "I don’t believe so. I think he's fine." Fantasy owners have played this game long enough to distrust the Bulls' injury updates, however, and we're unlikely to learn Rose's status until close to tip-off on Friday.
    Tuesday, 9:16 pm
  • Ramon Sessions scores 15 pts w/ six assists
    Ramon Sessions had 15 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, six dimes and two steals as a fill-in starter on Tuesday, taking the place of Darren Collison (quad).

    Advice: Collison is dealing with a bruised quad and is day-to-day, which leaves Sessions as a shaky fantasy option for Wednesday's road game in Houston. This was his third double-digit scoring performance of the season, and the third game in which he's made a 3-point shot.
    Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Austin Rivers logs 27 minutes in bench role
    Austin Rivers didn't start at SG on Tuesday, instead coming off the bench for eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Darius Miller started tonight but did absolutely nothing to keep the job, so there's still a chance Rivers will earn the SG job with Tyreke Evans moving back to SF. Eric Gordon's indefinite absence with a separated shoulder makes Rivers a low-risk gamble worth taking in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • D.J. Augustin w/ 11 pts, 7 assists as starter
    D.J. Augustin started on Tuesday with Brandon Jennings (thumb) unavailable, notching 11 points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, seven assists and one steal in a loss vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Augustin shot 4-of-11 from the field and turned the ball over five times in 37 minutes, so it was a flawed performance in his first start of the season. Jennings is questionable to return Wednesday vs. the Clippers, so owners targeting Augustin for short-term value should keep a close eye on Detroit's injury report.
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Brandon Knight (quad) scores 20 pts vs. DET
    Brandon Knight (quad) scored 20 efficient points vs. Detroit on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with three 3-pointers, three boards, eight assists and two steals.

    Advice: Knight continues to impress in his fourth NBA season, averaging career-highs in points (18.1), FG percentage (43.7 percent), 3-pointers (1.7), rebounds (5.3), assists (6.4) and steals (1.2). His 3.7 turnovers per game take a toll in 9-cat leagues, but owners will happily live with that caveat considering he's demolishing his ADP.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Derrick Rose exits Tuesday w/ tight hamstring
    Derrick Rose will not return to Tuesday's game due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Rose's left hamstring caused him to miss four games prior to his return on Monday, and he didn't last long before going back on the injury report. The daily guessing game about his status will continue on Friday when the Bulls play in Boston. Considering the Bulls' protective stance regarding their former MVP, and the fact that hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate, we're not optimistic that he'll be in uniform vs. Rajon Rondo and the Celtics. Check back for updates on Tuesday, and anticipate Kirk Hinrich starting at PG if Rose misses more games.
    Tuesday, 7:26 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) starting vs. Nuggets
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will play on Tuesday, as expected.

    Advice: He was technically listed as 'probable' and the Bulls have been understandably protective of Rose early in the season, so fantasy owners are wise to check his status before every game. He scored 18 points in a somewhat passive performance on Monday and we can only hope he'll continue to build on that performance without any health-related setbacks.
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: If Joseph is unable to play, Manu Ginobili will be asked to do a little more as the Spurs backup point guard, and Tony Parker will see some extended minutes. Joseph is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 assists through 17.5 minutes of action this season, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (sprained left ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph has been targeting Wednesday as his potential return date but the Spurs' training staff must not be on the same page. If he does sit out, expect guys like Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli and even Boris Diaw to handle the ball more when Tony Parker isn't on the court.
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
  • Darren Collison (quad) out on Tuesday vs. NO
    Darren Collison (quad) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, and Ramon Sessions will start.

    Advice: Sessions will be asked to step it up on the offensive end tonight with Rudy Gay (Achilles) also sidelined, and he makes for a solid option in daily leagues. Ray McCallum will see some extended minutes off the bench, but Sessions is the guy to own here.
    Tuesday, 3:57 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (thumb) will not play Tues.
    Brandon Jennings (thumb) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks, and D.J. Augustin will draw the start.

    Advice: Augustin will draw his first start of the season, and he could make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also see some extended minutes off the bench, but Augustin offers the most upside. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Augustin, but his value will likely be short-lived as Jennings shouldn't be out very long with a sprained thumb.
    Tuesday, 3:47 pm
  • Brandon Knight will start Tuesday vs. Detroit
    Brandon Knight (quad) will start Tuesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Knight was listed as questionable heading into this one, but it appears he'll give it a go. He's averaging 18.1 points, 6.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers per game this season, and has been a must-start guy this season. Get him active.
    Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • Mo Williams (illness) doesn't practice Tues.
    Mo Williams (illness) was not able to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the second consecutive practice that Williams has sat out, and it's not known whether he'll be able to suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. If he's unable to go Zach LaVine would get all the minutes he can handle, and he could make for a nice low-budget option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) probable for Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Owners will want to check back for an official update on Rose's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip, but it's looking like he'll try and give it a go. Rose is coming off an 18-point outing vs. Utah, and has a favorable matchup tonight against the Nuggets. If he plays, Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Ramon Sessions (knee) probable for Tuesday
    Ramon Sessions (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: With Darren Collison (quad contusion) being listed as questionable, Sessions could be in line for a start on Tuesday. However, if both Sessions and Collison are ruled out, Ray McCallum would get all the minutes he can handle at point guard, and would be a fine plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 11:30 am
  • Darren Collison (quad) questionable Tuesday
    Darren Collison (quad contusion) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: If Collison is unable to go, Ramon Sessions (right knee strain) would slide into the starting lineup, and would make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Sessions put up 18 points, three rebounds, and two 3-pointers during his last start, but he also failed to register a single assist making him a more attractive option in points leagues. Ray McCallum would also see some extended run off the bench.
    Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Austin Rivers coming off bench for Pelicans
    Tyreke Evans will start at shooting guard for the Pelicans on Tuesday, while Darius Miller will start at small forward, leaving Austin Rivers coming off the bench.

    Advice: Miller will start at small forward and Tyreke Evans will slide over to SG. Evans has been great at small forward, so owners have to hope the move doesn't mess up his mojo. Rivers was looking like a nice plug-and-play option, but loses some luster off the bench. Miller is now a deep sleeper for success in the absence of Eric Gordon, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
    Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Brandon Jennings not likely for Tuesday night
    Brandon Jennings says he can't shoot due to his sprained left thumb and is not expected to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's yet to be officially ruled out, but owners should assume he's not going to play against the Bucks. And if that holds true, D.J. Augustin will likely start in his place tonight.
    Tuesday, 9:46 am
  • Thibodeau says Rose not real comfortable
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (hamstring) is not real comfortable right now.

    Advice: Rose scored 18 points with five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers during Monday's win over the Jazz, but will be listed as day-to-day for Tuesday's game against Denver. "I thought he did a lot of good things," Thibodeau said. "You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off." We'll update Rose's status as soon as possible, but Aaron Brooks would get a value boost if D-Rose is unable to play Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Nelson posts solid line in loss to IND
    Jameer Nelson scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal over 29 minutes in Monday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Nelson hasn't produced enough to be worth holding in 12-team leagues and his 14-team value is in jeopardy with the arrivals of J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton.
    Monday, 10:23 pm
    4:00 pm @ Phi
  • Tony Wroten keeps usage rate rolling
    Tony Wroten made 7-of-18 from the field for 20 points during a 114-104 loss to the Blazers on Monday with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The 76ers were actually leading at halftime, but they totally fell apart in the third quarter. Wroten has been a huge part of the offense and his usage hasn't really taken a huge hit next to Michael Carter-Williams -- it is down, though. His shooting woes and turnovers severely cap his upside in standard leagues, but those in points formats could use him.
    Monday, 9:39 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Calderon ramping it up in return from injury
    Jose Calderon increased his playing time in his second game back from injury in the Knicks' 91-86 loss to the Rockets on Monday, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with one rebound and five assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Owners need to exhibit patience as he knocks the rust off while hopefully keeping himself off the injury report. When he's at full speed he's a mid-round asset and he's also extremely valuable to the Knicks' flailing offense.
    Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Lou Williams stays hot with 17 points
    Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot.
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 21 points vs. Hornets
    Jamal Crawford made 8-of-13 from the field for 21 points against the Hornets on Monday with three rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a highlight-reel play tonight when he dribbled the ball through Cody Zeller's legs. Crawford did start slow in this game, but he turned it on late to carry his team. He should get some extra minutes with Matt Barnes (calf) out for a couple more games.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Brian Roberts gets some extra minutes
    Brian Roberts played 27 minutes against the Clippers on Monday with 11 points, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Hornets are running out of options at the wing, so now they're playing two point guards at their guard spots at times. Roberts doesn't really have much of of a fantasy game besides terrific foul shooting, so he's not a great speculative add until we get more information on Gary Neal (shoulder).
    Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Oladipo explodes for 22 and nine vs. Cavs
    Victor Oladipo exploded for 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 5-of-6 from the line) with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes on Monday against the Cavs.

    Advice: Oladipo has understandably struggled after missing so much time with face and knee injuries, so hopefully owners remained patient with the potential early round asset. It should be noted that Tobias Harris (calf) did not play tonight and there were some extra touches to go around.
    Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Ramon Sessions is questionable for Tues.
    Ramon Sessions (knee) is questionable to face the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Advice: He has a right knee strain, so it's a muscle issue for the backup point guard. Sessions does have a decent chance to play and he would see big minutes if Darren Collison (quad) needs to sit out. If both are out, it'll be Ray McCallum at the point.
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Darren Collison, Sessions are questionable
    Darren Collison (quad) and Ramon Sessions (knee) are questionable to play against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Advice: He has a contusion to his thigh and he was able to play through it on Saturday. Collision has been a pleasant surprise with 30 assists to go with just five turnovers. if he and Sessions are out, Ray McCallum will be logging some serious minutes.
    Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Brown will keep trying Wroten as starter
    Coach Brett Brown said he will continue trying the starting backcourt of Tony Wroten and Michael-Carter Williams.

    Advice: It has been a nightmare so far. The 76ers just can't get any any sort of production in their backcourt and their second unit has been even worse with Alexey Shved missing open shots all season. Wroten's negatives outweigh his positives.
    Monday, 3:20 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Brandon Knight (quad) listed as questionable
    Brandon Knight is listed as questionable for Tuesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: He went to the locker room on Saturday, but did return and looked pretty good. The Bucks have a four-game week coming up, so his fantasy owners should probably still start him even with some uncertainty. If you have safe options, it makes some sense to bench Knight, though. Jerryd Bayless, Kendall Marshall, Nate Wolters, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo would all help sans Knight.
    Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Mo Williams misses practice on Monday
    Mo Williams missed practice on Monday due to an illness.

    Advice: The Wolves don't play until Wednesday when they'll host the Bucks, so Williams should be well enough to give it a go for that contest. They are headed to a three-game week, so Williams isn't the strongest play in the world in weekly leagues anyway. If for some reason he is out, Zach LaVine would likely get minutes in the high 30s.
    Monday, 11:38 am
  • Russell Westbrook could return on Friday
    Russell Westbrook (hand) could return to Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: He went through some contact in practce on Monday. Last week he wasn't supposed to be re-evaluated until the coming weekend, but he's apparently doing much better than expected. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will still probably want to bench Westbrook because the Thunder have no games after Friday this week. Reggie Jackson will lose some value, but he should still be worth owning in just about all leagues.
    Monday, 11:28 am
  • Austin Rivers looks like Pelicans starting SG
    Austin Rivers looks like the Pelicans starting shooting guard with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out indefinitely.

    Advice: Rivers had eight points (two triples), three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes against the Jazz after Gordon was hurt on Saturday, and the most important takeaway was the fact that Rivers received the lion's share of minutes at shooting guard. Even as a speculative add, Rivers should be owned in all leagues with 12-plus teams.
    Monday, 9:13 am
  • Wroten (stomach virus) probable on Monday
    Tony Wroten (stomach virus) is probable to play against Portland on Monday.

    Advice: Wroten missed shootaround, but he's already being called probable for Monday's contest, an indication it's nothing severe or extreme. If Wroten isn't able to go, look for Michael Carter-Williams to play a little more with guys like Hollis Thompson and K.J. McDaniels chipping in, too.
    Monday, 8:10 am
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Tony Parker suddenly has a three-point shot
    Tony Parker is shooting 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from behind the 3-point line this season.

    Advice: Parker leads the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage. It's a small sample size, but it speaks to Parker's improvement in that area of his game. A career 32.1 percent shooter from distance, Parker's previous career-high was 39.5 percent back in 2006-07. Parker made just 25 3-pointers last season, and he's on pace to shatter that mark.
    Monday, 6:20 am
  • Cory Joseph aiming to return on Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is aiming to return on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph's ankle swelled after injuring it on Friday, but he thinks almost a week off will be enough to get back out there. Unless he has a setback, it sounds like his absence will last all of one game.
    Monday, 6:13 am
  • Reggie Jackson barely misses triple-double
    Reggie Jackson fell just two assists shy of a triple-double vs. the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: He shot just 10-of-26 from the field and his FG percentage continues to be a minor drag, but he compensated with one 3-pointer, one steal and a relatively stingy two turnovers. He may shift to a bench role upon Russell Westbrook's return but he's played too well to fall much below 32 minutes per game, even when OKC is at full strength.
    Sunday, 7:05 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (thumb) questionable Tuesday
    Brandon Jennings (thumb) did not practice on Sunday, and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The good news is x-rays were negative, so Jennings is just dealing with a sprain. If he's unable to go on Tuesday, D.J. Augustin will get all the minutes he can handle, and Spencer Dinwiddie could see some extended run off the bench. Augustin makes sense as a speculative add in standard leagues, but just know his value will be short-lived.
    Sunday, 11:51 am
  • Lou Williams earns praise for his defense
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

    Advice: "Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game.
    Sunday, 6:59 am
  • Austin Rivers scores eight points
    Austin Rivers played 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Eric Gordon went down and Rivers is going to get minutes. He's been one of the most inefficient players in the NBA lately, but the opportunity is there. Feel free to give him a look in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 11:04 pm
  • Jose Calderon returned to action on Saturday November 22.
    Saturday, 10:51 pm
  • Brandon Knight fills it up in a loss
    Brandon Knight scored 27 points against the Wizards on Saturday with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and five turnovers.

    Advice: He was grabbing his thigh before he went to the locker room in the first half, but he came back out and it didn't seem to bother him. Knight should be good to go, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss practice.
    Saturday, 10:23 pm
  • Jose Calderon struggles in his start
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes in his Knicks debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers with three points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had both of his calves wrapped tonight and was a step slow. Calderon will obviously be better than tonight and he's been gold in nine-category leagues because of his low turnovers. Make sure he's not on the wire despite this ugly game.
    Saturday, 10:04 pm
  • Tony Wroten scores six points at SG
    Tony Wroten had a rough outing as the starting shooting guard against the Knicks on Saturday, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points, two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: The rest of the 76ers had just six assists and their guards look awful right now. Coach Brett Brown is getting a little too cute and he really needs to bring Wroten off the bench to help the second unit. Wroten's shooting woes will keep him from being a top-140 guy in standards.
    Saturday, 9:51 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Victor Oladipo scores 14 points in 34 minutes
    Victor Oladipo played 34 minutes in Saturday's 99-92 loss to the Heat with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only played 24 minutes on Friday and he showed much more burst tonight than he did in that game. He did miss about one month with his facial issue and perhaps he's just not quite where he needs to be with conditioning. However, there have been some positives and 'Dipo could emerge as a top-50 the rest of the way.
    Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Devin Harris quiet in return for Mavs
    Devin Harris returned from his ankle injury and hit 2-of-7 shots for nine points and one assist.

    Advice: His two hits were 3-pointers, but J.J. Barea was at again tonight with seven points and two assists in just 17 minutes. And once you add Raymond Felton to the mix next week, the Mavs guards not named Monta Ellis will be players to avoid at almost any cost.
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Mo Williams has 11 points, 12 dimes in defeat
    Mo Williams continued his strong play as the Wolves' starting PG on Saturday, handing out 12 assists with 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The field goal percentage wasn't great, but Mo chipped in a 3-pointer and he's really found a groove since overtaking Zach LaVine for the starting job in Ricky Rubio's absence. He's averaging 13.3 points, 1.7 triples, 1.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists in the past three games. LaVine had just five points in 13 minutes off the bench and it looks like Williams will be a reliable fantasy PG until Rubio returns, which won't be until late December at the earliest.
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Monta Ellis, Mavs struggle with shot in loss
    Monta Ellis hit just 7-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and four turnovers in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons combined to hit just 14-of-48 shots against the Mavs tonight, yet still had a chance to win late. James Harden ended that dream though, with a controversial three-point play late in the game.
    Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Lou Williams drops career-high 36 vs. Cavs
    Lou Williams was unstoppable vs. the Cavs on Saturday, setting a new career-high with 36 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) on Saturday, adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 9-of-9 free throws in his first nine minutes alone, and this is an extreme example of the instant offense that Toronto was hoping he'd provide when they traded for him this summer. His 18-20 minute bench role isn't well-suited to sustainable fantasy value, unfortunately, and he's likely to remain an unsteady option in 12-team leagues.
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. Nets
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are without a backup point guard, but Manu Ginobili should help out there. That should also open up some minutes on the wing for Danny Green and Austin Daye. Joseph's injury doesn't sound serious.
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
  • Devin Harris (leg) will play vs. Rockets
    Devin Harris (sore leg) will play vs. the Rockets on Saturday, as expected.

    Advice: Harris will return to the bench role he's played all season, averaging 8.6 points, 1.1 triples, 1.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals in just 23 minutes per game. Those numbers are attractive enough for use in many leagues, but he's less attractive given the strong play of J.J. Barea and the impending return of Raymond Felton from suspension.
    Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Tony Wroten starting again on Friday
    Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are starting again on Saturday.

    Advice: They had the same lineup on Friday night, but we thought we'd just pass this information along. Wroten should have decent value in whatever his role is, but the awful shooting and high turnovers has ruined his value in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Jose Calderon in the starting lineup on Sat.
    Jose Calderon will be in the starting lineup against the Sixers on Saturday.

    Advice: There is no official minute restriction, but the Knicks would be extremely foolish to play him big minutes. Calderon has been out all season after an aggravation and he has a laundry list of muscle issues in his career. He should be owned in all leagues, but his owners should bench him. Shane Larkin owner will want to cut him in just about every league. We'll also keep an eye on how Calderon's return affects guys like Iman Shumpert.
    Saturday, 2:51 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has non-contact practice
    Russell Westbrook (hand) went through portions of Saturday's non-contact practice.

    Advice: He is still in the rehab process and there is no timetable for his return just yet. Westbrook will be re-evaluated later this month and he could be back in the lineup soon after than. Reggie Jackson will certainly take a hit, but he should still be worth owning in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 1:02 pm
  • Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner are doubtful
    Cory Joseph (ankle) and Matt Bonner (illness) are doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be in a little bit of trouble tonight with no backup point guard. In previous instances, they have used Manu Ginobili as the primary ball handler in the second unit and that should be the case tonight. Austin Daye may also get some extra playing time.
    Saturday, 11:34 am
  • Devin Harris (leg) expected to play Saturday
    Devin Harris (leg) is expected to play in Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs' veteran guard has missed two games due to soreness in his lower right leg, but it shouldn't limit him as he resumes his backup role vs. the Rockets. J.J. Barea has been playing well in Harris' absence and Raymond Felton's return on Nov. 24 is another challenge to Harris' playing time, making him a dubious option in fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 6:45 am
  • Tony Parker scores 28 against the Wolves
    Tony Parker made all three attempts from 3-point range and 12-of-18 overall for 28 points against the Wolves on Friday with five assists and one turnover in just 25 minutes.

    Advice: Amazingly, he is now making 68.4 percent from beyond the arc this season, which is more than double his career 32.0 percent from that range. Parker is going to have to handle a lot of minutes with Cory Joseph (ankle) at less than 100 percent, so he is actually a solid daily fantasy play against the Nets on Saturday.
    Friday, 8:55 pm
  • Mo Williams scores 15 points against SA
    Mo Williams made 6-of-14 from the field for 15 points with two rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: It seems clear coach Flip Saunders isn't going to flip-flop on his starting point guard and Mo is here to stay. He should be able to score in the teens with some dimes, treys and steals now that the Wolves are currently missing 80 percent of their opening night starting lineup. Williams is worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • D.J. Augustin squanders his chance
    D.J. Augustin scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer on 4-of-17 from the field against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He picked up some extra minutes because Brandon Jennings (thumb) suffered an injury, Jennings could miss time, but he didn't break anything and it's possible he is ready for Tuesday against the Bucks. Considering how that game is a few days away, there's little reason to speculatively add Augustin.
    Friday, 7:23 pm
  • Brandon Jennings hyperextends left thumb
    Brandon Jennings suffered a hyperextended left thumb in Friday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: It kept his minutes down to just 23 tonight in his worst game in a while, scoring nine points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. It's unclear how severe his injury is and his owners should just sit tight. If you have some dead weight and want to add D.J. Augustin, it's not a terrible idea.
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Oladipo gets benched for Payton vs. CHA
    Victor Oladipo played just 24 minutes on Friday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: There is no news of an injury and it looks like he just didn't have it tonight. It's still pretty early in terms of his return and he has slowed down in his past two games, but owners should continue to exercise patience. While Elfrid Payton (16 points, five assists, 27 minutes) outplayed him tonight, the rookie has been very bad over the past week or so.
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Tony Wroten has decent game against Suns
    Tony Wroten played well in a start at shooting guard against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-8 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He had a decent start in this game and continues to attack the rim. Wroten's usage and assist percentages look like they're clearly going to drop, so he's unlikely to be a top-150 player in standard leagues -- he wasn't already because of the turnovers and poor shooting. His fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere.
    Friday, 6:24 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Devin Harris (leg) questionable for Saturday
    Devin Harris (lower right leg soreness) is being listed as day-to-day, and he hasn’t yet been ruled out of Saturday’s game vs. Houston.

    Advice: "He's been checked out pretty extensively the last couple of days. I'll leave it at that," said Rick Carlisle regarding Harris. "We don't think it's serious." While Harris is out his minutes will be distributed amongst J.J. Barea, Jameer Nelson, and Monta Ellis. Ellis will take on a larger portion of the scoring load, and Barea could make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Friday, 4:09 pm
  • Westbrook to go through non-contact drills
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will go through some non-contact portions of Saturday's practice, and he'll be re-evaluated on Nov. 29.

    Advice: Westbrook has been progressing well, without any setbacks, and going through non-contact portions of practice will be the next step. Westbrook's initial timetable has him returning Dec. 2 vs. the Pelicans at the earliest, but we'll have a more firm date after he is re-evaluated. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 3:40 pm
  • Tony Wroten starting, Hollis Thompson benched
    Tony Wroten will start at shooting guard against the Suns on Friday next to Michael Carter-Williams, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown has flip-flopped all year on what he wants to do with Wroten. Wroten and Michael Carter-Williams have been turning over the ball a lot and their second unit is going to miss playmakers -- Wroten will still get a lot of run with the second unit during the game. His usage rate has been fairly high next to MCW so far anyway, so he should have similar value. Considering his inefficiency and turnover issues, he hasn't turned in top-200 value.
    Friday, 2:26 pm
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • C.J. Watson still out for a while
    C.J. Watson (foot) is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and we might not see him in game action until December. Considering how Watson has dealt with foot issues before, the team will likely manage his minutes for a while -- Rodney Stuckey also aggravating his foot injury doesn't help. There is not enough incentive to stash him in most leagues.
    Friday, 11:21 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices in full on Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he's expected to make his Knicks' debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Calderon's return will send Shane Larkin to the bench, and Iman Shumpert's value will take a small hit. He has a very favorable matchup vs. the Philadelphia "Tanker," but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Saturday's tip.
    Friday, 10:21 am
  • Devin Harris (leg) will not play Friday
    Devin Harris (lower right leg soreness) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: J.J. Barea, Jameer Nelson, and Monta Ellis will see their minutes increased with Harris sidelined, and Barea could make for a nice low-budget buy in daily leagues. He's coming off a 14-point, six assist outing vs. the Wizards, and has a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers.
    Friday, 9:29 am
  • Brown wants to play Wroten and MCW together
    Tony Wroten has been moved into a sixth man role for the 76ers with the return of Michael Carter-Williams, but that doesn't mean head coach Brett Brown doesn't want to play the two together for extended stretches.

    Advice: "I think for balance purposes, that’s how it needs to be," Brown said of his decision to bring Wroten off the bench. "Because [Wroten and MCW are] our best players, they need to be on the court… Inevitably it’s the direction we’re going to have to grow." Wroten's numbers are down since MCW's return, but he was still able to score 21 points off the bench, to go with seven assists and a steal during Wednesday's loss. His value will take a bit of a hit coming off the bench, but Wroten is still going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Just know that he's shooting 42.0 percent from the field, and 62.0 percent from the charity stripe on 7.2 attempts per game.
    Friday, 7:10 am
    4:00 pm vs Dal
  • Darren Collison shines against the Bulls
    Darren Collison played terrific ball on both ends of the floor against the Bulls on Thursday during a 103-88 win with 17 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings had a season-high 26 assists as a team tonight and had six players in double figures. They still rank 27th in the NBA for assists per game, but at least it's a step up from last in 2013-14. Collison has been a steal for his fantasy owners as a top-50 player despite sub-par shooting and it's become abundantly clear he has no competition for his starter's minutes.
    Thursday, 11:03 pm
  • Jamal Crawford stinks on Thursday
    Jamal Crawford had his worst scoring output of the season with just five points against the Heat on Thursday, adding three rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 1-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: His nine assists were the most he's had since Jan. 25, 2014, but his shots were not falling. Crawford is likely going to stay in the second unit unless Matt Barnes (sore calf) needs to miss time. He'll still have decent value as one of the best sixth men in the NBA.
    Thursday, 8:44 pm
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage.
    Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Jason Terry offers support for Dwight Howard
    Jason Terry said he and his teammates support Dwight Howard as authorities investigate the center on child abuse charges.

    Advice: While he doesn't offer much fantasy production, Terry has stepped into a veteran leadership role with the Rockets and did exactly that in supporting Howard. "For him, he just has to stay focused," Terry said. "I’m sure he has a great support group around him. We’re here to support him as his family and things will turn out positive." Howard has not been charged as part of the investigation, but we'll be providing updates on the situation as soon as more information becomes available.
    Thursday, 7:02 am
  • Greivis Vasquez returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers
    Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season.
    Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots
    Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season.
    Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores season-high 34 in win
    Monta Ellis hit 10-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws for a season-high 34 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ellis is rolling right now, scoring 34, 18 and 30 points in each of his last three games, and his strong offensive game appears to be limiting Chandler Parsons. Look for more of the same from Monta against the Lakers on Friday, as L.A. gives it up more than any team to opposing guards.
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Jameer Nelson struggles, hurts head
    Jameer Nelson hit just 2-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a head injury, and while details are very scarce, he was able to return briefly. Had he not been playing so poorly, he probably would have played more minutes, but the Mavs went with J.J. Barea down the stretch. We were hoping from more from Nelson since Devin Harris was out with an ankle injury, but he just couldn't get his shots to fall tonight.
    Wednesday, 9:25 pm
    4:00 pm @ Phi
  • Tony Parker's struggles continue in win
    Tony Parker played 34 minutes, but hit just 2-of-7 shots for eight points and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Parker's season is off to a tumultuous start and he's scored 11 or fewer points in four straight games. He's averaging 16 points and five assists on the season, but he tends to sit any time the Spurs play an inferior opponent. And even against teams like the Kings and Cavs over the last week, he's been disappointing. Parker has only hit the 20-point plateau three times in 11 games and his owners could be in for a long season, with Gregg Popovich focused solely on the postseason health of his players.
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Victor Oladipo struggles in loss to Clips
    Victor Oladipo hit just 3-of-13 shots for seven points, four boards, four assists and a steal on Wednesday, and also committed four turnovers.

    Advice: He really struggled against Chris Paul tonight, which isn't surprising. This was just Oladipo's fourth game of the season and it was by far his worst. Look for him to bounce back in the next one, as this was his first game in single-digit scoring this season.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Devin Harris (ankle) is out on Wednesday
    Devin Harris (ankle) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, but is targeting a return on Friday.

    Advice: We saw this one coming from a mile away, as Harris has been injury-prone throughout his career. He should be fine with a little rest, and he is hopeful he will play on Friday. J.J. Barea figures to be the main beneficiary of Harris' absence, while Jameer Nelson will likely see a slight uptick in minutes with the first unit. However, neither player is reliable enough for standard leagues in the long term.
    Wednesday, 7:57 am
  • Russell Westbrook shoots right-handed Tuesday
    Russell Westbrook went through a light workout on Tuesday that included shots with his surgically-repaired right hand.

    Advice: Westbrook had been limited to left-hand activities, at least during publicly-available practices. He's expected to be re-evaluated on Nov. 29 and his return is likely at least two weeks away, but his ability to catch passes and shoot right-handed suggests his recovery is on target. According to his initial timetable the earliest he might return is Dec. 2 vs. the Pelicans in New Orleans, but we'll know more after he meets with doctors in late November.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
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