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    The Big Three (ID# 138968)
    • Kawhi Leonard listed as out for Christmas
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There was some optimism that he would play on Christmas, but it doesn't look like it. Leonard's damage to his hand doesn't sound too serious and hopefully he can make it back on the court at some point in 2014. Kyle Anderson will start, but Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli are benefiting the most. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:30 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) ruled out for Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is not close to a return and coach Steve Clifford isn't exactly Lance's biggest fan. He is one of the least efficient players in the NBA and his defense has fallen off, too. Stephenson isn't necessarily a must-own player anymore. Gary Neal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson will benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Martell Webster will not play on Thursday
      Martell Webster (back) will not play on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He is reportedly making a lot of progress and should be able to return soon. However, Webster likely won't be in the rotation anytime soon and can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:47 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
    • Gal Mekel looking to return overseas
      Gal Mekel is reportedly considering heading back overseas after recently being waived by the Pelicans.

      Advice: There is no question that he is a solid point guard, but he hasn't really been given a chance to succeed in the NBA. Mekel may latch back onto an NBA team in the future, but he is well off the fantasy radar for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:07 am
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) hopes to play Thursday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has reportedly told some of his closest associates that he thinks he will be able to play on Christmas vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich recently said that he doesn't expect to have him in the lineup anytime soon, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt. The Spurs have always been cautious with their players, so it is still unlikely that we will see him take the floor. Owners will want to check back before tip-off just in case, but if Leonard sits out for the fifth game in a row then it will be up to Kyle Anderson and Danny Green to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:08 am
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson linked to Denver Nuggets
      Lance Stephenson is rumored to be coveted by the Denver Nuggets, but he still hopes to stay in Charlotte and make things right.

      Advice: Denver Coach Brian Shaw had a strong relationship with Stephenson when they were together in Indiana, so we could definitely see this report gaining some traction. However, the Hornets fear that they won't get enough in return for him at the moment, and there is no indication that a deal is in the works right now. Owners can only hope that Stephenson gets traded, as his fantasy value has plummeted in Charlotte. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Green struggling since Rajon Rondo trade
      Jeff Green is struggling for the Celtics since the trade of Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, and is averaging 11.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor in his last three games.

      Advice: He is clearly the biggest loser in the Rondo trade, and can't seem to get anything going on offense. To put these numbers in perspective, before the trade he was averaging 19.5 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting. However, Green's name has been consistently tossed around in trade rumors so owners should see how things play out in the near future before doing anything drastic. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:46 am
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 pm
    • Wayne Ellington starts for Kobe Bryant (rest)
      Wayne Ellington filled in at SG for Kobe Bryant (rest) on Tuesday, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Much will be made of the Lakers' success without Kobe dominating the offense, but the Black Mamba will only relinquish control during the handful of games he sits out for rest. Ellington is only worth a look as a deep-league source of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    • Ronnie Price scores season-high 17 points
      Ronnie Price scored a season-high 17 points on Tuesday vs. the Warriors, adding eight assists, four boards, three steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

      Advice: It was easily his best game of the season and this should help him fend off Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson for the time being. However, the Lakers have no reason to develop the 31-year-old veteran so it would not be surprising to see him replaced in the starting lineup down the stretch. Price should not be owned in standard leagues unless he does the impossible and strings together a few more games like this. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Nick Young scores 15 points w/ rare full line
      Nick Young contributed across the board in Tuesday's upset win vs. Golden State, coming off the bench for 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He logged 30 minutes for the second straight game and should thrive whenever Kobe Bryant (rest) isn't in the Lakers' lineup, though he's been good enough to start under any circumstances. He has a total of 11 assists and 11 steals in 17 games this season, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, so don't expect more than voluminous points (15.6) and 3-pointers (2.4). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • Andre Iguodala vanishes in season-low 15 min
      Andre Iguodala played a season-low 15 minutes on Tuesday, scoring three points without any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

      Advice: He also turned the ball over three times during his limited playing time, and this is an ominous development as his reduced minutes coincided with David Lee's return to a prominent role in coach Steve Kerr's rotation. Iguodala had picked up the pace over the past three games, chipping in enough 3-pointers, assists and steals to hold standard-league value, but he's best left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    • Gerald Green drops 22 points off of bench
      Gerald Green dropped 22 points in 23 minutes on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding one assist, one board, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He continues to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but when he is feeling it he can put on quite a show. Green shot 7-of-13 from the field and a ridiculous 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Suns opted to use a smaller lineup down the stretch. Green has been able to hold his value pretty well with limited minutes, but if owners are patient they will be rewarded with big games like these occasionally. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    • Goran Dragic drops 25 points in win Tuesday
      Goran Dragic dropped 25 points in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks, adding four assists, three boards, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

      Advice: He recently said that his back was still a bit tight, but it didn't appear that way on Tuesday. Dragic was all over the place and it didn't look like he was limited at all. Regardless, owners should still check back for updates because he may be pretty sore after logging 39 minutes. For now, keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe triple-doubles in win vs. Dallas
      Eric Bledsoe notched his second triple-double of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but his owners have to be thrilled with this line. Bledsoe's rebounding has really improved over his last three games, and he has been able to snag 29 boards over that span. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) scores 23 points in return
      Dwyane Wade (knee) returned to action on Tuesday with 23 points, five rebounds, six assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes vs. the visiting Sixers.

      Advice: "I got some of the swelling out of [the knee] and got some good rest. I’m ready to go," Wade said before the game. He shot 9-of-21 from the field and 5-of-7 from the FT line, and didn't seem bothered by the injury, so owners should expect to have him available for Wednesday's matchup with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    • Mario Chalmers logs 39 minutes alongside Wade
      Mario Chalmers played 39 minutes on Tuesday despite Dwyane Wade (knee) returning to the starting lineup, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and four turnovers.

      Advice: He shot 4-of-8 from the field with one 3-pointer and tonight's performance was good enough for most fantasy owners. Chalmers has been struggling over the past two weeks, shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 73.3 percent at the FT line. The starting PG job is his to lose, making him worth a 'hold' recommendation in leagues with 12 or more teams. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo plays 34 minutes Tues
      Giannis Antetokounmpo played 34 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, six boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: The minutes are there finally, and it looks like we can start expecting these numbers much more often now that Jabari Parker (knee) is sidelined for the season. Expect some bumps in the road, but great things are coming from the Greek Freak. Antetokounmpo should be owned in all leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    • Dion Waiters scores 19 points vs. Minnesota
      Dion Waiters was the first player off Cleveland's bench on Tuesday, finishing the Cavs' third straight victory with 19 points on 5-of-12 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs.

      Advice: He made some great plays and had a few head-scratchers, as usual, but Cavs fans must be encouraged by his play over the past two games. He chipped in two 3-pointers, four assists and three steals while turning the ball over four times, and we'll need to see him keep up this pace for a few more games before considering him in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:51 pm
    • George Hill (knee) shines in season debut
      George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

      Advice: This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:31 pm
    • Bradley Beal OK after elbow to the head
      Bradley Beal survived an elbow to the head during Tuesday's game vs. Chicago, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers.

      Advice: He chipped in three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, and he's now piled up 15 steals over Washington's past six games. Beal has been a solid mid-round value since returning from his season-opening wrist injury, and should flirt with top-40 value if he continues to rack up defensive stats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:47 pm
    • Wayne Ellington to draw the start on Tuesday
      Wayne Ellington will draw the start in place of Kobe Bryant (rest) on Tuesday.

      Advice: Ellington is a solid 3-point shooter, but he struggles to contribute in other areas of the box score. Instead, Nick Young is the biggest beneficiary here and should be able to take as many 3-pointers as his heart desires. Get Swaggy P in all lineups and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:55 pm
    • Kobe Bryant rested, will not play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, but he's expected to meet the Lakers in Chicago for Thursday's game.

      Advice: Wayne Ellington will start in Kobe's absence, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin also getting more opportunities. Bryant has deferred the management of his minutes, DNPs and role to coach Byron Scott, and Scott said he intends to play Kobe around 32 minutes per game, down from his current 35 per game. More DNPs during back-to-back sets seem inevitable, and they're something Bryant's fantasy owners will have to live with -- if more rest leads to improved efficiency, the trade-off won't sting nearly as much. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:46 pm
    • Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) out Tuesday
      Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) will miss another game on Tuesday.

      Advice: The trade talk surrounding Stephenson has quieted down in recent days, and his value around the league continues to sink due to reports that he's already antagonizing Hornets' teammates off the court. This is his fourth straight DNP and he could return on Dec. 26, until which time there will be more opportunities for Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and P.J. Hairston. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:43 pm
       
      Injured
    • George Hill will play nine minutes each half
      Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:35 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) will play Tuesday vs. PHI
      Dwyane Wade (knee) will play Tuesday vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: With Chris Bosh (calf) still out, Wade is going to be the main man on offense, and makes for an excellent plug-and-play option going up against a horrid 76ers squad. His return to the lineup will hurt the value of Mario Chalmers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic surprised by role w/ Nets
      Bojan Bogdanovic admitted during a recent interview that he has been surprised by the minutes he's received from coach Lionel Hollins during his rookie season.

      Advice: "My first goal was to fight for minutes and even I was surprised with fact I played a lot," said Bogdanovic. "Coach Hollins trusts me and I would say first goal is complete." Bojan is averaging 8.5 points and 1.3 three-pointers on 42.3 percent shooting over 26 minutes of action his rookie season, however, he can't be viewed as anything more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    • Scott unsure if Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant was not a participant during shootaround, and head coach Byron Scott is unsure if he'll suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.

      Advice: If Kobe is withheld from Tuesday's game, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all see boost in value. It's possible Ellington would be the one to slide into the starting lineup, as coach Scott likes Young coming off the bench, but Young would be free to jack up as many shots as he sees fit, and offers the most upside out of the group. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:20 am
    • Nicolas Batum out Tuesday vs Thunder
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will miss Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There isn't a major fantasy beneficiary of Batum's absence, but Wesley Matthews will look to get increased run while Allen Crabbe, Dorrell Wright, Victor Claver, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum should all see extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade questionable vs 76ers Tuesday
      Dwyane Wade (knee) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: Despite the questionable status, Wade did participate in shootaround so there may be some silver-lining here. The injury-depleted Heat need Wade to take the court Tuesday night, but fantasy owners can expect big minutes out of Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers if Flash is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:42 am
    • George Hill will make season debut on Tues
      George Hill (knee) will make his season debut against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

      Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said Hill will come off the bench on Tuesday and he "won't play [Hill] huge minutes. Enough to get his feet wet." Hill should be scooped off waiver wires if he's still available, while C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan take a hit to their fantasy values as both will now return to reserve roles. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:36 am
    • Scott plans to ease Kobe Bryant's workload
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he plans to reduce Kobe Bryant's workload.

      Advice: Scott doesn't have a firm plan in place yet, but he admitted he's talked to Bryant about implementing some rest days. "You know him," Scott said of sitting Bryant. "It's real difficult. He's such a competitor. He wants to go out there and play every minute that he can. The mind is willing, but sometimes the body is not." There's a chance Bryant could sit out Tuesday's game and Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wes Johnson would see an uptick in fantasy value if that happens. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:23 am
    • Pablo Prigioni questions Knicks talent
      Pablo Prigioni (ankle) questioned whether the Knicks have the talent to win.

      Advice: "Maybe we don't have enough talent to win," Pablo Prigioni said after the Knicks fell to 5-25. "I'm a positive guy and I always think the next game is going to be better than the last game. And 30 games into the season and we are in a very bad position." Prigioni may be right, but he's also only averaging 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists over his last five games, so he's limited to a deep-league fantasy option at the moment. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:23 am
    • Terrence Ross hits five threes in loss
      Terrence Ross hit five 3-pointers in Monday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting, four rebounds, two steals and one block over 35 minutes.

      Advice: Ross got 11 3-point attempts up before fouling out and he's hot right now. With top 95-120 value (9/8 cat) on the season, he should be owned in most standard formats and benched whenever he cools off. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:03 pm
    • Nicolas Batum has a quiet game vs. Rockets
      Nicolas Batum had a quiet night against the Rockets on Monday with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He's just not taking shots right now and only had three attempts tonight. Batum posted a usage rate of just 10.5 over his last two games, which dropped his season usage rate to just 14.4 -- the second-lowest usage rate among players with at least 34 minutes per game (DeAndre Jordan). His fantasy value is near its low point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) expected to miss time
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) is not expected to return to the lineup anytime soon, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

      Advice: He had another injection on his hand, may need offseason surgery, and his doctor said he hasn't seen an injury like this before. The Spurs do not play their guys at less than 100 percent and they're going to allow Leonard to heal. His fantasy owners have no choice but to bench him and hope he'll make it back in early 2015. While he's out Kyle Anderson will likely get more starts, but he's not a great fantasy option. Marco Belinelli will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant skips practice, could miss Tues
      Kobe Bryant was held out of practice on Monday and coach Bryon Scott has not decided on his status for Tuesday.

      Advice: Kobe has been complaining about his body not being right, so there's a good chance he sits on Tuesday or at least one game this week. The Lakers have four games this week, so it still makes sense to start Bryant in weekly formats. If he's out Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:32 pm
    • Martell Webster getting closer, out Tuesday
      Martell Webster (back) almost went through a full practice on Monday, but will not play on Tuesday.

      Advice: It sounds like he has a chance to play in 2014. Otto Porter Jr. was a mild disappointment to start the year, so Webster should be on the radar for owners need 3-pointers. Rasual Butler would lose a big chunk of his value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:50 am
       
      Injured
    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:41 am
    • Goran Dragic's back still not 100 percent
      Goran Dragic's back is still not 100 percent healthy.

      Advice: "Sometimes, I feel a little bit tight, but that's normal," Dragic said. Jeff Hornacek added, "Goran is probably hurt still, but he's not going to tell us because he wants to play." A lingering back issue is a reason for fantasy owners to have concern, but it doesn't sound serious at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:50 am
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant (fatigue) may take 1-2 games off
      Kobe Bryant admitted after Sunday's game that he's fatigued and may soon miss a game to rest, saying, "I don't have much of a choice if [my] body is feeling the way it's feeling right now."

      Advice: The Lakers can't feasibly contend for a playoff spot out West, and Kobe is owed a guaranteed $25 million next year, so a few precautionary DNPs seem inevitable as the season progresses. He shot 8-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in a seven-point loss on Sunday and Lakers coach Byron Scott agreed that L.A.'s resident superstar might need some rest. We'll keep a close eye on Kobe's status for games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:12 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:03 pm
    • Nick Young buries four 3-pointers, scores 26
      Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:58 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 14 points w/ three 3s
      Nets rookie Bojan Bogdanovic pitched in 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting off the bench on Sunday, hitting three 3-pointers with two rebounds and one block in a mere 14 minutes of action.

      Advice: Bogdanovic squandered the chance to establish himself as a starter earlier this season, and he's since faded into fantasy irrelevance as part of Brooklyn's second unit. Starting swingman Sergey Karasev finished Sunday's game with nine points in 33 minutes, and reserves Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson also played well, which underscores the competition Bogdanovic faces in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:17 pm
    • Kobe Bryant shoots 8-of-30 in loss Sunday
      Kobe Bryant shot just 8-of-30 in Sunday's loss to the Kings, adding five boards, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: If you thought the shooting was bad enough, Bryant managed to turn the ball over nine times and was clearly lumbering around the court. Bryant is without a doubt fatigued, and coach Byron Scott actually hinted that he might opt to rest him for a game soon. Owners may want to sell-high if they still can, because the Lakers are quickly heading for another lost season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:03 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) to be re-evaluated Monday
      Dwyane Wade (knee) will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: He sat out on Sunday to get some additional rest, but the good news is that he is dealing with a just a bruise to his knee. We will update his status on Monday, but expect Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers to pick up the slack if Wade sits on Tuesday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 13 points in 18 minutes
      Gerald Green played just 18 minutes on Sunday, but still managed to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding four boards and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He is going to be a hit-or-miss option every night, but he has shown that he has the ability to produce in limited minutes. However, unless his role grows he will be a tough player to own in standard formats. He is still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers and scoring, though. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:51 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe leads Suns to win on Sunday
      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns to a win over the Wizards on Sunday, finishing with 17 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had 25 points with 10 rebounds on Saturday, so hopefully he can keep rebounding and scoring at a high rate. Bledsoe probably won't see more than 30 minutes most nights as long as Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas are healthy, but Bledsoe should continue to be an elite asset moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:36 pm
    • Dion Waiters pours in 21 pts off Cavs' bench
      Dion Waiters got hot during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, finishing with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He never left the bench during the second half of Friday's game, but scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The Cavs have too many offensive weapons to expect this caliber of performance more than occasionally from Waiters, who hadn't even cracked top-200 fantasy value through Cleveland's first 25 games. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:13 pm
    • Terrence Ross scores 18 points w/ 4 treys
      Terrence Ross had a nice outing on Sunday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, and an assist as the Raptors defeated the Knicks.

      Advice: Ross doesn't do much aside from hit three-pointers, so when his shot isn't falling, he's a difficult guy to own. Tonight's solid outing should also be taking with a grain of salt as he was going up against a horrible Knicks squad, and he's more of a deep league asset than a standard league guy due to his lack of versatility. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:57 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker won't play Monday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Leonard was reportedly targeting Monday for his return, so the early cancellation of the plan isn't a great sign for his fantasy owners. The silver lining is that San Antonio also plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so both Leonard and Parker could potentially have three-game weeks despite Monday's DNP. Until those two get back on the court, Kyle Anderson and Cory Joseph are the biggest fantasy winners. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) out Sunday vs. Boston
      Dwyane Wade (bruised knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: This will be the first game that Wade misses this season due to a knee injury, but he does have a history with knee injuries, so we'll be watching this situation closely. Look for Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng to be the primary options on offense, and both guys looks like quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:29 pm
    • Martell Webster (back) out Sunday vs. PHO
      Martell Webster (back) will not play Sunday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Webster is nearing a return, but Sunday will not be the day. We'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Chicago, but with Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal healthy, there's not much reason to give him any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) a game-time decision Sun.
      Dwyane Wade has a bruised knee that is currently being examined, and he will be a game-time decision Sunday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: If Wade is forced to sit on Sunday, Mario Chalmers is going to get all the run he can handle, and will serve as a quality option in daily leagues. Luol Deng will also be asked to step up on the offensive end, and he'll have a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:30 pm
    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:05 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:18 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Martell Webster (back) could play on Sunday
      Martell Webster (back) could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Suns.

      Advice: He has yet to play this season after coming off of his third back surgery in his career, so it will be great to see back out on the floor. He was seen getting up shots at practice on Saturday for a couple of hours, and he is reportedly feeling good. If he doesn't make his season debut Sunday, his next chance to play would be on Tuesday vs. the Bulls. However, Webster will likely be eased back into the rotation, and he won't see a lot of minutes while Paul Pierce and Otto Porter are healthy. Webster can be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:51 am
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson clashing with teammates
      According to league sources, Lance Stephenson is clashing with his teammates in the locker room, but coach Steve Clifford is hopeful that Charlotte's veterans will help Stephenson become more of a team player.

      Advice: This isn't surprising by any means, as Stephenson has been a major disappointment so far in Charlotte. However, it appears that the Hornets are no longer aggressively shopping him, as they feel like his value is too low to deal him right now. Unless Stephenson returns from his hip injury soon and starts to turn things around, he will be a really tough player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:22 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic to keep open mind in free agency
      Goran Dragic will keep an open mind if he enters free agency in the offseason.

      Advice: "It's still early to talk about that," Dragic said. "Right now, I want to be 100 percent focused on the team and try to help the team and players. In the offseason, I'm going to probably sit down with my family first and with my agent and try to explore all the options. From there, I'll try to choose the one best for me." There is no doubt that Dragic is an elite point guard, and he will definitely draw some major interest from several different teams. It would not be surprising to see some teams try to pry him away at the trade deadline if the Suns don't feel like Dragic will return, but for now nothing is close to developing and we will pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:05 am
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 18 in full line
      Giannis Antetokounmpo made 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points in a 106-102 loss to the Clippers on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He had a career-high six assists and he's finally starting to come around in the stat diversity department. Antetokounmpo is shooting the ball much better, which was by far his biggest issue last season. He's improving and is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:34 pm
    • Nicolas Batum plays 30 minutes in a win
      Nicolas Batum looked healthy against the Pelicans on Saturday with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It would have been a larger allotment of playing time, but the Blazers had this game won in the middle of the third quarter. Batum isn't quite 100 percent due to wrist and knee ailments, but he's played through plenty of issues -- an evulsion fracture to his hand last season, for example. He's a prime buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum still active for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

      Advice: He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) out until Christmas
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play until Christmas.

      Advice: He is dealing with an injury to his pelvis and the Hornets won't have him for at least two more games following today. He should be considered questionable for Friday Dec. 26 against OKC. While he's out, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams will benefit. None are worth owning in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Martell Webster still on schedule for return
      Martell Webster (back) is on schedule to return to action this month.

      Advice: He is going to have a minutes limit when he is able to play. Webster is a tremendous fit for the Wizards and he flourished last season while Bradley Beal was out. He'll have to fend off Rasual Butler for playing time, so most owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:08 pm
    • Goran Dragic has a quiet game on Saturday
      Goran Dragic had a sub-par game against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He was barely utilized in halfcourt sets and had a major chunk of his buckets in transition. Dragic is playing more with Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe a bit more and he should be a little better than this. Still, he's not going to come close to his fantasy value from last season. Additionally, CBS Sports reports that Dragic is the least likely to be traded. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:06 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Saturday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.

      Advice: Leonard is said to be targeting a return on Monday, while Parker is still without a timetable. Kyle Anderson will likely continue to play big minutes in place of Leonard, while Cory Joseph will continue to run the point in Parker's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) highly doubtful Sat
      Lance Stephenson (hip) is highly doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: He sat out on Friday against the 76ers, and there is almost no shot that he will play vs. the Jazz. Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start, while Gary Neal will also see a boost off of the bench. Stephenson has upside, but unless he is traded to a more favorable situation he will be really tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:49 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:48 am
    • Kobe Bryant struggles with fatigue Friday
      Kobe Bryant struggled with fatigue in Friday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with just nine points, eight assists and eight boards in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot just 3-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over three times on the night. "I did not have my legs tonight," Kobe said. "It’s frustrating and I have to figure it out." While he will bounce back from this performance, it will be interesting to see how coach Byron Scott uses his star player down the stretch, especially with the Lakers rapidly falling out of the playoff race. However, Kobe will likely have to be dragged off the court before he sits out, and owners shouldn't have too many concerns just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:26 am
    • Price scores season-high 14 points
      Ronnie Price scored a season-high 14 points with four 3-pointers and three assists over 26 minutes in Friday's loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Price is outside of the top-200 despite playing 21 mpg this season and that's all owners need to know to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:35 pm
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:33 pm
    • Chalmers scores 14 points with five assists
      Mario Chalmers scored 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds and five assists in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Chalmers started tonight and whether he starts or not he's worth holding for his immense upside if Dwyane Wade and others get hurt, which has proven to be a pretty regular thing in Miami this season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:36 pm
    • Wade scores 28 points with eight assists
      Dwyane Wade scored 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Wade is getting a ton of looks right now and owners should do what they can to move him while he's producing like this. The Heat aren't going to run him into the ground just so they can get trounced in the first round of the playoffs, if they make it that far. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:35 pm
    • Waiters plays seven minutes on Friday
      Dion Waiters played just seven minutes on Friday.

      Advice: We haven't heard of an injury and aside from having plenty of fantasy deficiencies in standard leagues, this would qualify as a reason not to bite when he gets hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:43 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:32 pm
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • Mario Chalmers starting, Norris Cole benched
      Mario Chalmers will start at point guard on Friday night against the Wizards.

      Advice: The move is a little overdue with Norris Cole not playing well. Chalmers is going to do a lot of work as a shooter as Dwyane Wade handles the ball, but his upside in treys and steals will make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard has torn ligament in hand
      Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

      Advice: He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard has damage to right hand
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

      Advice: "Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum (knee) out Friday vs. the Spurs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:32 pm
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Injured
    • Pelicans waive G Gal Mekel
      The Pelicans have waived G Gal Mekel.

      Advice: He played just four games for the Pelicans to go with averages of 1.5 points and 3.3 assists over 10.9 minutes of action. He may sign on with another team, but he's never going to be anything more than a reserve, and won't be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:24 am
    • Report: Stephenson no longer on trading block
      The Hornets have reportedly pulled Lance Stephenson off the trading block as none of the offers they received were enticing enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

      Advice: The Hornets believe that Stephenson's groin injury has hindered him all season, and is the main culprit to his lack of production thus far. Charlotte feels that the injury affected Stephenson's movement and conditioning, and they would like to see him at full strength before sending him away for pennies on the dollar. While Stephenson may get traded away at some point this season, it is not likely to happen any time soon. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:01 am
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade says he's over stomach virus
      Dwyane Wade said that he's completely over his stomach virus.

      Advice: The virus really didn't limit him too much at all, as he went off for a season-high 42 points during his last outing. Wade is going to be asked to carry Miami's offense while Chris Bosh (calf) is sidelined, and he remains an excellent option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:37 am
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:03 am
       
      Injured
    • Report: Heat express interest in Stephenson
      The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Add Miami to the list of suitors that currently includes Indiana, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephenson would have the most value in a return Indiana, but right now, everything is in the very early stages and nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo played 37 minutes
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) played 37 minutes against the Kings during a 108-107 win on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block on 4-of-5 from the field.

      Advice: The minutes jump off the page and the Alphabet has been freed. He should be able to get all the minutes he can handle and his offensive efficiency has taken some major steps forward, so he just needs to get his blocks and steals back. Those were two of his best assets last season, so there is certainly enough upside to own him in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:34 pm
    • Not Ready: Lance Stephenson (hip) out Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo will start on Thursday
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will start against the Kings on Thursday.

      Advice: Everything must have went well in warmups and it must be nice to be a 19-year-old professional basketball player. Antetokounmpo was going off on Wednesday before his injury, so his owners should have decent expectations tonight. He should be owned in all leagues. Khris Middleton takes a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:56 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) questionable Fri
      Nicolas Batum (left knee contusion, right wrist) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Report: Teams trying to land Jeff Green
      The Clippers, Pelicans, and Grizzlies are reportedly interested in landing Jeff Green, but the Celtics so far have not liked their offers.

      Advice: Jeff Green is in a nice situation with the Celtics as one of the primary options on offense, but his value would take a significant hit if he landed with one of the aforementioned teams. However, nothing appears to be imminent, so this is just something to monitor for now. Owners of Green may want to consider floating out some sell-high offers. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:59 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Friday vs. Portland
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) doesn't practice Thursday
      Kobe Bryant (rest) was not a participant during Thursday's practice.

      Advice: He's fine and coach Bryon Scott is just giving him a prescribed rest day. He'll have a tough matchup vs. OKC on Friday, but remains a must-start option every time he's in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:21 pm
    • Antetokounmpo (ankle) questionable Thursday
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: If Giannis isn't able to go, Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, and Jared Dudley would be in line for extended minutes with Middleton and Mayo offering the most upside. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:28 am
    • Goran Dragic missing second half stamina
      After missing two games with a lower back strain, Goran Dragic said his stamina wasn't there during the second half of Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

      Advice: Dragic only scored four points in the second half of the win after pouring in 16 in the first half, but it was a good sign for fantasy owners to see him back on the court nevertheless. With his back issues seemingly behind him, the 28-year-old will be able to put full games together and should provide his fantasy owners with top-50 value for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:37 am
    • Nicolas Batum is fine after a bad fall
      Nicolas Batum had a bad fall against the Bucks on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Larry Sanders committed a dirty foul on Batum and he was down for a couple minutes, but he did not miss time at all in tonight's game. Batum does play some stretch four, so that might actually help him get more shots while the Blazers adapt to not having Robin Lopez. He's still a nice buy-low player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • Terrence Ross hits 3-of-10 for nine points
      Terrence Ross hit just 3-of-10 shots for nine points, one rebound and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Ross has scored just eight or nine points in three of his last four games, but did score 22 on Sunday, which was a season high. We really thought he'd be playing better, and be more consistent, with DeMar DeRozan out with a groin injury, but he just hasn't been able to put it together. He's a borderline player to own as long as he's playing this poorly on most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:48 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo's injury is not serious
      Giannis Antetokounmpo's left ankle injury is not considered serious and there is a chance he plays against the Kings on Thursday.

      Advice: This is great news. The Bucks absolutely need Antetokounmpo back with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season. Obviously, this positive outlook could change quickly and he is very questionable to play in a late game. If he's out, Khris Middleton would start and have decent value in standard leagues. Jared Dudley would also gain value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:43 pm
    • Mario Chalmers struggles in 32 minutes
      Mario Chalmers came off the bench for 11 points, one rebound, zero assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Chalmers has been quiet since the return of Dwyane Wade, but Norris Cole played just 17 minutes tonight and had one point and zero assists. If Chalmers can reclaim the starting job from Cole, which could be coming, he'll be a must-own player going forward. Just hang onto him for now, if you own him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores season-high 42 in loss
      Dwyane Wade hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 42 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: The bad news is he hit just 16-of-21 free throws and committed six turnovers, but the fact he played so well in a pair of back-to-backs (while battling an illness tonight) speaks volumes. The Heat are off until Friday, so hopefully Wade is able to get some rest and will be ready to go. He had 28 on Tuesday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:01 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 16 points off the bench
      Gerald Green scored 16 points off the bench against the Hornets during a 111-106 win on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He picked up a ton of minutes at the forward spots with Markieff Morris being ejected. Green is the only player in the NBA to average at least 11 shots per game with less than 25 minutes per game, so he might actually hold some value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:03 pm
    • Goran Dragic scores 20 points in return
      Goran Dragic looked terrific in his return against the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He missed the previous two games due to a strained back and was his aggressive self tonight. Dragic was really turning it on while Isaiah Thomas was out earlier this month and that might be due to his mentality and not because of the personnel. He should be able to flirt with top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) out for game
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: The Bucks are not having a good week. Jabari Parker tore his ACL on Monday and Antetokounmpo could be looking at some time on the sidelines. He was playing terrific in this game, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes. Khris Middleton started the second half in his place and is worth a long look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo rolls left ankle
      Giannis Antetkounmpo rolled his left ankle and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

      Advice: He had an ugly ankle sprain a few weeks ago, but didn't miss time. Perhaps he just gets taped up and comes back out. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:05 pm
    • Dion Waiters scores 21 in ugly loss to Hawks
      Dion Waiters hit 9-of-18 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, three rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's brutal home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Waiters was one of Cleveland's better players tonight, especially in fantasyland. He's coming off an abdominal injury and this game was a good indicator that he's getting back into a groove after the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    • Gerald Green coming off the bench again
      Gerald Green will come off the bench against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He launched 15 triples in his last start on Monday and will move back to a bench role with Goran Dragic back. Green's minutes are going to be inconsistent, so he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:18 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play on Wednesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was very ill on Tuesday and reportedly feels better heading into tonight. Wade played well through the illness, scoring 28 points in a win over the Nets. With Chris Bosh out, he's going to be very busy and should be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) will start Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) will start on Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: After missing the previous two games, Dragic is back and his owners can safely activate him in their lineups. He has a favorable matchup against the Hornets, and should be in for a nice night if his back doesn't flare up on him. Gerald Green will shift back to the bench on Wednesday, while Isaiah Thomas' value takes a slight hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:19 pm
    • Celtics willing to deal Jeff Green?
      The Celtics have been trying to include Jeff Green in part of a trade of Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: The Celtics will do anything for a high draft pick. Green has played well and has made 48.0 percent from the field in his last 10, averaging 21.3 points per game in that span. He would likely lose a lot of fantasy value in a trade. Evan Turner would pick up value upon Green's departure, but his low upside makes him a questionable stash. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:55 pm
    • J.R. Smith (foot) won't play on Thursday
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not play in Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: It will be his fifth straight game out of the lineup and it is becoming pretty evident that this injury has become a real issue for him. Smith isn't worth owning in standard leagues as he has failed to succeed in the triangle offense and it is unclear when he will return to action. Tim Hardaway Jr. will play all the minutes he can handle Thursday and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic (back) probable for Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) is probable for Wednesday's game after going through shootaround.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games after his back flared up on him during Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but he appeared to turn the corner and should be good to go Wednesday. Dragic has a favorable matchup against the reeling Hornets, and owners will want to get him active in their lineups. Gerald Green will likely shift back to the bench Wednesday and Isaiah Thomas will also see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:22 am
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Wednesday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play against Memphis on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is just a reminder so owners can have a backup plan ready in time for Wednesday's tip-off. Cory Joseph is the obvious beneficiary in Parker's absence while Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see increase workloads in place of Leonard. We will update Leonard as needed and he is simply dealing with a sore hand and should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:23 am
       
      Injured
    • Mario Chalmers plays well off bench Tuesday
      Mario Chalmers played well in Tuesday's win against the Nets, scoring 10 points to go with seven boards, five assists and four steals in 31 minutes.

      Advice: Chalmers is tough to own when Dwyane Wade is active, but tonight was an exception. Mario was excellent on both ends of the floor and the four steals illustrates why he is so valuable in fantasy. He also shot 6-of-6 from the free throw line on the night, despite turning the ball over three times. He should be owned in all leagues, and will become a must-start player if Norris Cole goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    • J.R. Smith (foot) out Tuesday vs. Dallas
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, and his status for Thursday's game vs. Chicago remains uncertain.

      Advice: That means that Tim Hardway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Hardaway Jr. has gone for 18, 16, and 23 points in his last three outings while seeing his minutes in the 30s, and with Smith's status uncertain for Thursday, he makes for a decent add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Wednesday vs. MEM
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Leonard again had x-rays taken on his sore right hand following Monday's game vs. Portland, but they revealed no fracture. The Spurs are currently awaiting the results of further testing that is being performed today in San Antonio, and we'll keep you posted as soon as details become available. Leonard was seen holding his hand and wincing in pain throughout Monday's game, and with the Spurs main focus set on a title run, he could miss some extended time here. Marco Bellineli and Manu Ginobili will see some increased opportunity with Leonard sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • George Hill (knee) ramping up activities
      George Hill (knee, quad) went through most of Tuesday's practice, although he has "a long way to go with his conditioning," according to head coach Frank Vogel.

      Advice: Vogel added that Hill is "moving really well," and it's probably time to grab him off the waiver wire if he's still available. He's nearing a return, and he's going to be asked to be one of the Pacers' main guys on offense with Paul George (leg) sidelined. It's reasonable to think he'll be able to get somewhere near his 2012-13 averages of 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 1.7 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:19 am
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo could see role change
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had a sub-par showing against the Suns on Monday with six points, eight rebounds and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He played a little out of position tonight and he'll likely have to play some power forward with Jabari Parker (knee) going down. Antetokounmpo has been keeping his fouls down and his shot selection is much better, so he should see a slight uptick in overall production while Parker is out. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:47 pm
    • Gerald Green takes 15 treys, makes two
      Gerald Green launched 15 attempts from beyond the arc on Monday against the Bucks, making just two of them on his way to 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 40 minutes.

      Advice: He was not bashful tonight and a lot of shots from Green is nothing new. Goran Dragic could miss another game or two, so Green should have some decent short-term value. Additionally, no player has taken more treys in a game this season than Gerald did tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 pm
    • Young scores 18 points with two threes
      Nick Young hit 6-of-12 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Young hit 4-of-4 free throws and logged 23 minutes. The defensive stats are a nice bonus and he is a nice top 80-120 value (9/8 cat) when on the floor this year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:56 pm
    • Lin hits rock bottom in Monday's blowout loss
      Jeremy Lin missed all six of his shots and finished with two points and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Lin has been an inconsistent mess this season but the fact remains that he's still putting up late-round value in 12-team leagues and probably at the low-end of his productivity potential. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him, but with very little true point guard competition it wouldn't be surprising if he's back in fantasy lineups at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:54 pm
    • Waiters quiet in 24 minutes off the bench
      Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-10 shots (including a three) for seven points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Waiters' peripheral stats float his value but that has never been a strong suit of his. He has a lot of challenges to overcome in fantasy leagues and this wasn't exactly a game-changing performance. He's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:17 pm
    • Goran Dragic will not play on Monday
      Goran Dragic (back) will not play against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: His back flared up on him on Friday and he missed Sunday, so he could miss additional time. Although, it's somewhat encouraging that the Suns ruled him out just a little over an hour before the game started. With Dragic out, expect to see more of Eric Bledsoe handling the offense. Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas also get upticks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 4:22 pm
    • George Hill going through full practice
      George Hill (knee, quad) will be going "full out" at practice this week, according to coach Frank Vogel.

      Advice: "Unlikely [he'll play] on this trip," Vogel added, "but not out of the realm of possibility." It's probably about time to pick up Hill in most leagues since he could be ready next week. Donald Sloan will get bumped in the rotation while C.J. Watson should lose playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 3:48 pm
    • Prigioni misses practice w/ ankle soreness
      Pablo Prigioni (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: There's nothing to suggest his availability is in question, so we're going to leave him off the injury report. The Knicks gave a bunch of guys a rest day on Monday, so Prigioni should be ready to go when the Knicks resume playing on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:46 am
    • J.R. Smith (plantar fasciitis) skips practice
      J.R. Smith (foot) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Smith was announced as a starter on Sunday, but then he was ruled out just moments before tipoff. Considering he's dealing with a plantar fascia tear, it's going to be an issue of pain tolerance for Smith that will determine his availability moving forward. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) already out, Tim Hardaway Jr. could soon find himself playing big minutes after logging 30-plus in each of his last two. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:45 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic's back flared up on him Friday
      Goran Dragic's back initially flared up on him on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: "You get cold and it's more stiff," Dragic said. "It was better (Saturday) when we did therapy. (Sunday), we didn't have practice and it is even tighter." Dragic should be considered questionable to play on Monday against the Bucks, and if he can't give it a go, look for Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe to make up for Dragic's absence, with Gerald Green collecting some extra time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:48 am
    • Terrence Ross scores 22 points on 8-of-14 FGs
      Terrence Ross made 8-of-14 FGs with three 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with a season-high 22 points in a road win vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: Ross added five rebounds, one assist and two steals, and he's clearly benefitting from a larger offensive role in the absence of DeMar DeRozan (groin). He's been a paltry contributor for roto owners in rebounds (3.2), assists (0.8), steals (0.7) and blocks (0.3), so he's hard to own if you don't need his efficient scoring and 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:35 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe struggles in loss to Thunder
      Eric Bledsoe struggled in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with four assists, one board, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes.

      Advice: Goran Dragic (back) was sidelined for this one, and Bledsoe was unable to keep the Suns in this game. This was not what his owners were expecting from him, but he should be much better against the Bucks on Monday. Bledsoe should still be considered a must-start option moving forward and his usage rate should rise if Dragic has to miss any more time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:10 pm
    • Nick Young held to seven points in 24 minutes
      Nick Young was limited to seven points in 24 minutes off the bench in Sunday's road win, making 2-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He added just one rebound with two steals and wouldn't be worth owning if he didn't score at a prodigious clip -- fortunately for his owners, he'd averaged 17.7 points over the Lakers' past nine games. Young's offensive firepower is essential for the Lakers as the season progresses, making him a worthwhile player to own in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:08 pm
    • Jeremy Lin quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
      Jeremy Lin came off L.A.'s bench again on Sunday, finishing a 100-94 road win vs. the Timberwolves with eight points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

      Advice: The low playing time is a serious concern, but Lin was coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in 30 minutes on Friday and he has enough upside to be worth holding a few more weeks. There are no guarantees that Ronnie Price (two points, two assists in 25 minutes) will keep the starting PG job, though immediate changes are unlikely with the Lakers riding a three-game win streak. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 15 points in start Sunday
      Gerald Green started in place of Goran Dragic (back) during Sunday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 15 points with seven boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He was the best player on the floor for the Suns, but still shot just 5-of-13 overall. It is unclear how much time Dragic will have to miss, but Green should be picked up in most leagues if he is available. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 6:58 pm
    • Andre Iguodala drops 20 points in OT road win
      Andre Iguodala scored double-digit points for the first time in nine games on Sunday, making 7-of-12 field goals with three 3-pointers to finish with 20 points.

      Advice: He added five rebounds but had zero assists, steals or blocks in 38 minutes. The increased playing time is interesting but likely unsustainable, as his 25-30 minute bench role hasn't been sufficient for reliable value. Iguodala is averaging a career-low 6.3 points per game this season and David Lee's impending return is yet another threat to his playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 6:21 pm
    • Gerald Green will start on Sunday vs. OKC
      Gerald Green will enter the starting lineup on Sunday with Goran Dragic (back) sidelined.

      Advice: Green usually performs when given the minutes, so he'll make for a quality play in daily leagues with Dragic sidelined. Eric Bledsoe will also see his value go up as he'll be tasked with running the Suns' offense, and Isaiah Thomas will benefit as well, as he’s bound for more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 3:20 pm
    • Scott calls coaching Nick Young 'interesting'
      Lakers' head coach Byron Scott described coaching Nick Young as an "interesting" experience, but also "fun."

      Advice: "He cares about winning," Scott said. "That’s the thing I love about him the most. He’s a player that likes to play around and have fun and practice and enjoys playing... But when we lose games, he takes it pretty hard. That’s very important." Swaggy P, or I.D.M. (I don't miss) has been a bright spot for LA this season, and is currently averaging 15.7 points and 2.5 three-pointers per game. He's worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 12:07 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play on Monday
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play in Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He was able to participate in a full practice on Sunday and appears ready to resume his role off of the bench for the Cavs. Mike Miller (concussion) is out and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) is questionable for Monday so Waiters could see some decent minutes and is worth a look considering how hot he was before he went down. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 10:24 am
    • Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova practicing
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) are practicing on Sunday.

      Advice: They should be good to go for Monday's game after they were both released from the hospital on Saturday. Waiters has finally broken out of his slump but is still too inconsistent to be owned in most leagues. Deep league owners should only pay him attention if they are in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 9:11 am
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps improving game
      Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps improving his game, and has shown off a new ability to consistently get to the free throw line.

      Advice: "He's learning how to play without having to score the ball, say shooting threes or shooting jump shots," coach Jason Kidd said. "He can live at the free-throw line. Some of the top players in this league, that's what they do." The Greek Freak has already attempted 98 free throws this season, after attempting 202 all of last season. He is only going to get better as the season progresses and his ridiculous upside makes him worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 9:05 am
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