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    The Big Three (ID# 138968)
    • Ty Lawson will start on Sunday vs. Washington
      Ty Lawson will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Lawson was unavailable for Friday's game after being arrested for his second DUI early Friday morning. However, he'll be back in the lineup today, and he's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform. Jameer Nelson and Randy Foye's value will take a hit with Lawson back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:26 pm
    • Jimmy Butler held to five points vs. Miami
      Jimmy Butler was held to just five points during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 42.5 minutes of action.

      Advice: Butler shot just 2-of-8 from the field, so while the minutes were there, the scoring simply wasn't. Luol Deng was playing some vicious defense today, and this was easily Butler's worst game of the season. However, Butler has not had two bad back-to-back games this season, so expect him to bounce-back during Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:15 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic will start on Sunday vs. ATL
      Nikola Pekovic will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Mo Williams, Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, and Gorgui Dieng will join Pekovic, so it's interesting and encouraging that Pek’s return to the starting lineup will not affect Dieng's status as a starter. We'll let you know how the pairing performs after the game. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:03 pm
    • Luol Deng scores 15 points grabs 10 rebounds
      Luol Deng scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block, and one turnover during Sunday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Deng also played some amazing defense against Jimmy Butler, holding him to just 2-of-8 from the field, and it looks like he's over his illness. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:53 pm
    • Dwyane Wade goes for 26-3-3 in Miami win
      Dwyane Wade scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting during Sunday's win over the Bulls, adding three rebounds, three assists, and five turnovers.

      Advice: Wade was also a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, and it appears he's completely over his illness that held him back during Friday's game. Wade also reportedly told Hassan Whiteside to shut up and block shots, which resulted in Whiteside setting a franchise and career-high in blocked shots (12) tonight. Nice. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:47 pm
    • D.J. Augustin starting Sunday vs. Toronto
      D.J. Augustin will start at point guard for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: The Pistons are looking at adding a third point guard, but Augustin is going to have essentially zero competition for playing time with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) going down for the rest of the season. Augustin needs to be picked up in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:43 pm
    • Chris Bosh scores 20 points in Miami win
      Chris Bosh shot 9-of-20 from the field during Sunday's win over the Bulls, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one turnover over 36 minutes of action.

      Advice: Bosh missed all four of his 3-point attempts in this one, but that's not exactly surprising given the fact the Bulls allow the fewest amount of 3-pointers per game. Bosh has been putting up second-to-third round value throughout the season, and as long as he's healthy, he'll continue to flourish as one of Miami's go-to guys on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:12 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
      Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable earlier, but he is still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he will not play on Sunday. Robbie Hummel will draw another start on Sunday, but the true beneficiaries of Martin's absence remain Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:58 pm
       
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    • Aaron Gordon starting, Devyn Marble benched
      Aaron Gordon will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. Indiana, sending Devyn Marble to the bench.

      Advice: It was really only a matter of time until Marble was sent to the bench, as he's simply not a starting-caliber guy in the league. Gordon will draw his first career-start tonight, but with a tough matchup against the Pacers, he's not a great option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:23 pm
    • Mario Chalmers gets it going, plays 40 mins
      Mario Chalmers finally got things back on track on Sunday, putting up 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers over 40 minutes of action.

      Advice: Chalmers also hit one 3-pointer and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe, but it's worth noting that Norris Cole did not even step on the court today. Hopefully Chalmers will get things going after today's outing, and he's worth a look if he was dropped in your league after a month-long cold streak. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:18 pm
    • Elfrid Payton (knee) likely to start Sunday
      Elfrid Payton (knee) is expected to start on Sunday vs. Indiana.

      Advice: Payton is not being listed on the injury report, so all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go on Sunday. Payton has been playing well during the month of January with averages of 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals on 46.3 percent shooting from the field. However, he will have a difficult matchup against the Pacers today, so he's a bit of a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
    • Report: CHA wants Kemba Walker to get surgery
      Kemba Walker is reportedly being advised by Charlotte management to undergo surgery due to the fact that he is dealing with an injury to his meniscus.

      Advice: Walker is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, after which we will know more about his status. It's not yet known whether he is dealing with a separate tear, or if it's the same cyst that he's been dealing with since high school. If the surgery is done for a cyst he would be looking at around six weeks on the sidelines, but a separate tear would likely be the end of Walker’s season. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:59 pm
       
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    • Hassanity! Whiteside triple-doubles w/ blocks
      Hassan Whiteside put up a magnificent triple-double on Sunday, racking up 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 blocks over just 26.6 minutes of action.

      Advice: The 12 blocks were not only an NBA season-high, but also a single-game franchise setting record in Miami. When speaking after the game, Whiteside joked: "I’m just trying to get my NBA2K rating up." While that will likely go up, his ownership in fantasy leagues is also due for a huge increase (currently 48 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues) so make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:32 pm
    • D.J. Augustin set to become starting PG
      With news coming out that Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury, D.J. Augustin is set to become the starting point guard in Detroit.

      Advice: Augustin is averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 assists, 1.3 three-pointers, and 3.3 turnovers through three games as a starter for Detroit. Make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire, as he has now officially become a must-own player in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:59 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will be available on Sun.
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Tarik Black (ankle) has improved and he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Scott also added that Black is still feeling sore, and there is no guarantee that he will play today, so he's not looking like a great option in most leagues. Robert Sacre will likely continue to see some extended minutes tonight with Black limited, but he too can't be considered a reliable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:49 am
    • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) done for the year
      Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season with a full tear of his left Achilles.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for the Pistons, and we wish Jennings a speedy recovery. Typically these types of injuries take 7-12 months for a complete recovery, and that's just talking about returning to the court. D.J. Augustin becomes a must-own guy with Jennings unavailable for the rest of the season, and Spencer Dinwiddie will also enter the rotation as the primary reserve off the bench. If Augustin is sitting on your waiver wire, go grab him now as he's averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers as a starter for Detroit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:33 am
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) game-time decision Sun.
      Dwight Howard (ankle) did not participate during shootaround, and he is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: It's worth noting that head coach Kevin McHale said he's "not real hopeful," that Dwight will play tonight, so it's sounding like he's closer to doubtful than a game-time decision. If Howard is forced to sit that Rockets could go with Joey Dorsey at the center spot, or it's possible they slide over Donatas Motiejunas to the center position and start Josh Smith at power forward. We'll have a better idea of the starting lineup closer to tip-off, but Smith and Motiejunas would likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:17 am
       
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      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Iman Shumpert not there yet with conditioning
      Cavs head coach David Blatt said that Iman Shumpert is at about 70 percent with regards to his conditioning.

      Advice: This is to be expected as Shumpert had been sidelined since Dec. 12. He did however put up eight points on 3-of-3 shooting (including two 3-pointers) in just under 10 minutes of action during his Cavs debut on Friday, and there have been reports that he's eventually going to slide into the starting lineup, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:06 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. Hawks
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Saturday and he is reportedly still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he is probably closer to doubtful. Martin is still worth a stash for his upside in points and 3-pointers, but his owners will have to be patient as he will likely be eased into action when he does return. If Martin can't play, Robbie Hummel will continue to start for Minnesota, but is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:52 am
       
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    • Chris Andersen starting on Sunday vs. Bulls
      Chris Andersen will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Hassan Whiteside just retuned from an ankle injury, so the Heat are probably just exercising caution by bringing him along slowly. Andersen still likely won't see more than 20 minutes of action, so unless you are desperate for blocks there is no need to hold onto him. Whiteside is still the center to own in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:43 am
    • Jazz sign Elijah Millsap to multi-year deal
      The Utah Jazz announced that they have signed Elijah Millsap to a multi-year deal on Sunday, but no details have been released just yet.

      Advice: He was previously with the Jazz on a couple of 10-day contracts, so obviously he did enough to make his stay in Utah permanent. Millsap is currently averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.4 minutes per game this season, but is still only worth a look in deeper leagues unless his role grows substantially. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • Update: Hassan Whiteside active vs. the Bulls
      Hassan Whiteside will play against the Bulls on Sunday.

      Advice: He did say his ankle was at 90 percent, but he has simply been too good to keep out of lineups. We will let you know how his ankle holds up after the game. Chris Andersen's value takes a big hit with this news and can be dropped in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:03 am
    • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) warming up Sunday
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) was spotted warming up prior to Sunday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: While he is hoping to play, we probably won't know his status until closer to tip-off so his owners will need to stay on alert for updates. With his upside in boards and blocks, Whiteside has emerged as a solid fantasy asset and is worth owning in all standard leagues even if does see a little more time on the sidelines. If he can't go, expect Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:37 am
    • Amare Stoudemire injures ankle and wrist Sun
      Amare Stoudemire suffered a sprained ankle and a sprained wrist during Saturday's game with Charlotte.

      Advice: "I suffered a sprained ankle and sprained right wrist,’’ Stoudemire said. "It was a lot of physical contact out there. A lot of my moves attacking the basket, I got swiped down on it, caught my wrist almost every time. I tried to play through it but I was struggling. I couldn’t be myself out there.’’ The news just keeps getting worse for Amare, and it's already known that his knee is also a major concern moving forward. At this point it is safe to assume that Amare doesn't have a great shot to play on Monday vs. the Kings, but we will be sure to monitor his status closely. If he does end up sitting, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:30 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Houston.

      Advice: He has already missed the past two games and his chances of playing don't look good for Sunday either. Black is supposedly now in the mix to start at center for the Lakers according to coach Byron Scott, but he is nothing more than a flier in deeper leagues for now. We will pass along further details when they are available. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:59 am
    • Surgery could be an option for Kemba Walker?
      Kemba Walker is set to have an MRI on his knee and surgery is reportedly not off the table.

      Advice: He has been dealing with a cyst in his left knee since high school so it's very surprising to see it flare up now. There is no indication as to when Walker will be evaluated, but we would expect another report soon. Walker's owners shouldn't panic just yet, and should wait until further details are released before doing anything drastic. Should Walker miss any time, Brian Roberts will likely step into a starting role with Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal also handling the ball more. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:51 am
       
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    • Goran Dragic would consider return to Houston
      Goran Dragic said that he will keep an open mind in free agency, and that he would even consider a return to Houston.

      Advice: "Every team in the NBA is an option to me, because it is a privilege to play for any team in the NBA," Dragic said. "When the time comes I’m going to sit down with my family and my agent and try to make the best decision for myself." It's no secret that Dragic has drawn plenty of interest from several teams, as he has really taken a step forward in his development in recent years. However, despite all the rumors it doesn't appear that Phoenix is willing to trade him at this point in the season and they will likely have to risk letting him walk in free agency without getting anything in return. As always, we will continue to monitor this situation closely. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Lance Stephenson ignoring trade rumors
      Lance Stephenson has seen his name pop up in trade rumors all season, but he is doing his best to ignore them in an effort to help Charlotte secure a spot in the playoffs.

      Advice: "You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Stephenson played almost 29 minutes on Saturday which is the most he had played since going down with a pelvis injury, so it looks like he is getting close to 100 percent. While the rumors won't stop until all the way up to the trade deadline, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering how much he has struggled to adapt in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 am
    • Woj: 'Strong belief' Jennings tore Achilles
      There is a "strong belief" within the Pistons that Brandon Jennings tore his left Achilles on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: Sadly, all signs support this claim. Jennings was in agonizing pain at the time of the injury and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Those who have torn their Achilles before have mentioned it felt like being drilled with a baseball in their lower leg, which seemed to be the case for Jennings. The Pistons will conduct an MRI to confirm the damage, but fantasy owners in all re-draft leagues should consider Jennings out for the season. D.J. Augustin is expected to start and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    • Chris Kaman plays 25 minutes vs. Wiz
      Chris Kaman played 25 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He was questionable tonight with a leg contusion and a thumb issue. Kaman will see minutes in the mid-20s until Robin Lopez (hand) returns next month. He'll be a low-end option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:01 pm
    • Dante Exum suddenly good from 3-point range
      Dante Exum made 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points during a 108-73 win over the Nets on Saturday with four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He is inexplicably a knock-down shooter in the starting lineup. In his last two games as the starter, Exum averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 boards, 4.5 assists and 4.0 triples on 52.6 percent from the field. That's good for a 73.7 effective field goal percentage, which is actually higher than Kyle Korver this season. Exum's shot is a little funky and he was not effective from deep before this hot streak. He still doesn't have a tremendous game for fantasy, but go ahead and give him a look to see if he can keep his 19-year-old Aussie magic going. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores career-high 16 points
      Joe Ingles scored a career-high 16 points against the Nets on Saturday with one rebound, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The 3-pointers were also a career high. Ingles has done most of his damage in dimes, steals and treys, so he's climbing into the top-140 player conversation. With Rodney Hood (foot) out for at least a few weeks and Alec Burks (shoulder) out for the year, Ingles is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:12 pm
    • DJ Augustin set for major increase in minutes
      D.J. Augustin played 15 minutes on Saturday against the Bucks with two points and two steals.

      Advice: Despite the awful game, Augustin is set for a significant bump on playing time. Brandon Jennings (leg) is possibly out for the season, so expect DJA to play close to 30-35 minutes. He can add some steals, dimes and triples, which makes him some worth grabbing in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:18 pm
    • SVG: Jennings out for foreseeable future
      Coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings' foot injury "doesn't look good" and he will be out for the foreseeable future.

      Advice: The Pistons will give him an MRI in the coming days to confirm the diagnosis. Looking at the circumstantial evidence, Jennings is likely out for the season with an Achilles tear. To be clear, that is still just an educated guess and it has not been confirmed. D.J. Augustin is going to pick up around 10 minutes per game and should be owned in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also play more. Hopefully, we're wrong on Jennings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:09 pm
    • Lance Stephenson battles groin injury
      Lance Stephenson played 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He was laboring through his groin strain throughout the first half and finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Stephenson ran the offense tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) out and it resembled his style of play in Indiana. Walker won't be out long, so Stephenson's adjustment period should continue. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire plays 12 minute
      Amare Stoudemire scored just one point in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with four rebounds.

      Advice: He had a minor ankle sprain tonight and was able to return. Stoudemire just didn't seem like himself and he was a little more bashful on the offensive side. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues, especially considering how frequently he'll miss games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:45 pm
    • Brandon Jennings leaves game with leg injury
      Brandon Jennings suffered a left leg injury and went to the locker room on Saturday.

      Advice: It did not look good at all and his teammates were very discouraged. Jennings had to be taken to the locker room in a wheelchair, so it could be a severe ankle injury or an Achilles issue. If you're looking to add a point guard, D.J. Augustin is a very strong speculative add right now. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get in the rotation. Jennings finished with 16 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:13 pm
    • Chris Kaman will play on Saturday night
      Chris Kaman (leg) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

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

      Advice: He is back on the bench with a minor ankle sprain and should be OK. If he's limited, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, Jason Smith and Lance Thomas. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) doesn't practice Sat
      Kevin Martin (wrist) did not practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He is dealing with some swelling and it would appear the swelling hasn't gone down yet. Martin is hoping to play on Sunday and the chances he plays might have dropped slightly. The Wolves should have a more detailed update on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:58 pm
       
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    • Dwight Howard (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Dwight Howard (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: The last time the Rockets played the Lakers, we were hit with a surprise knee injury for Howard back on Nov. 19. The Rockets are off until Wednesday following Sunday, so maybe sitting him down in what should be a win. Joey Dorsey would start with Donatas Motiejunas logging some minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:17 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Kemba Walker (knee soreness) out Saturday
      Kemba Walker (left knee cyst) will miss Saturday's game against the Knicks due to knee soreness.

      Advice: With tonight off, he'll have four days to recover. Walker had a really bad game against the Cavs on Friday, so it makes sense to sit him down. It'll be Brian Robert logging minutes as the starter in a favorable matchup. We can also expect to see Lance Stephenson run the offense a little more tonight. Gary Neal will also play some minutes at backup point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:02 pm
       
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    • Ty Lawson will return to the lineup on Sunday
      Ty Lawson (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday.

      Advice: After missing Friday due to an arrest earlier in the day, he'll likely be back in his former role. Lawson apologized to his teammates and has already spoken with coach Brian Shaw. If you added Jameer Nelson based on his impressive Friday showing alone, you can probably reconsider. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    • Dante Exum to draw another start vs. Nets
      Dante Exum will draw his second straight start over Trey Burke for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Exum scored a career-high 15 points in a start on Thursday, and it looks like he has a real chance to replace Trey Burke for good. Coach Quin Snyder did say that his lineup wasn't set in stone, so this will definitely be a situation worth monitoring going forward. Burke's value will continue to trend down as long as he comes off the bench and his owners should be concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:50 am
    • Elfrid Payton not listed on the injury report
      Elfrid Payton is not listed on the injury report despite tweaking his knee during Friday's game against the Knicks, and he will play on Sunday vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: We have seen a lot of promising rookies suffer injuries this season, so it's great to see Payton dodge a bullet here. Over his last 10 games he has averaged 10.3 points, 6.9 assists, 4.3 boards and 2 steals per game, so owners can comfortably deploy him as usual. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 am
    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available to play on Saturday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He could see a bump in production if Carmelo Anthony (knee) decides to sit this one out, but Stoudemire is too inconsistent to use in most leagues. There is simply too much injury risk involved with Stoudemire, so owners would be advised to look elsewhere for production, especially with fantasy playoffs right around the corner. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:55 am
    • Pekovic turns in 13 and nine with two blocks
      Nikola Pekovic scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: This comes against a thin New Orleans bench but regardless it looks like he's ready to produce again. Flip Saunders said that he's going to try and find ways to play both he and Gorgui Dieng together some, which makes sense because nobody is setting the power forward position on fire and Dieng deserves to be on the floor. Pek is worth an add while he's upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:55 pm
    • Butler posts 20-8-6 line in win over Mavs
      Jimmy Butler scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Mavs.

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

      Advice: Deng looks like he's ready to produce for owners again and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Andersen grabs season-high 13 rebounds
      Chris Andersen banged his left knee but stayed in the game and posted a season-high 13 rebounds to go with four points in 28 minutes on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: Andersen is almost always a sneaky low-end value in standard leagues when given 23 or more minutes. Give him a look if you need a big man. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:53 pm
    • Chalmers has quiet game with Wade around
      Mario Chalmers scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two steals over 30 minutes on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: Chalmers has been ice-cold lately and he can only be viewed as a stash in the hopes the older players on the Heat start to exit stage left. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:50 pm
    • Wade (illness) struggles through Friday's win
      Dwyane Wade played through an illness on Friday against the Pacers, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting with zero rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: The illness certainly affected his performance and with six turnovers owners would have been fine if he just skipped this one. He's a major shutdown candidate and owners will want to root for the Heat to stay healthy and competitive for a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:47 pm
    • Goran Dragic benched late after tech
      Goran Dragic did not play down the stretch on Friday, finishing with two points and two assists in 18 minutes.

      Advice: There's talk of coach Jeff Hornacek benching Dragic because of his technical foul and a new team rule that says a player will be benched after a tech. Dragic should be fine for his next game, but he will have his bad games due to the Suns' depth at guard. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:01 pm
    • Elfrid Payton has knee soreness, says he's OK
      Elfrid Payton suffered some knee soreness late in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the Knicks and did not return.

      Advice: "I’m good — a little sore," Payton said. "The doctor came in and checked me out. No severe pain. No real pain. He said I’m really good." He also tweeted he's "good" following the game, so it sounds like he's good. Payton had a nice game at Madison Square Garden with nine points, three rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block. He's not going to have a high ceiling in standard leagues, but he's looking like a nice property in points formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:43 pm
    • Kemba Walker has another poor showing
      Kemba Walker struggled for the second straight game during a pathetic 129-90 loss to the Cavs on Friday, making 3-of-14 from the field for eight points with four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made just 3-of-14 from the field tonight after making just 2-of-9 on Wednesday. Walker was thriving while the Hornets had their big guns on the sidelines, but his efficiency went way up along with the usage rate. He had most of his success off the dribble, which is a bit more of an isolated stat based on who he's playing next too. He'll bounce back soon. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:01 pm
       
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    • Lance Stephenson hands out nine dimes
      Lance Stephenson handed out nine assists against the Cavs on Friday with 10 points, and four boards in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't play as poorly as some of his teammates, but Stephenson is still out of sync with his new team. He's not a must-own player and it might be a few more weeks until he is start-worthy in standard leagues. Stephenson also didn't blow into LeBron James' ear tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:58 pm
    • Dwight Howard (right ankle) out for game
      Dwight Howard suffered a right ankle sprain and will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

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

      Advice: It's unclear what happened and he may have just tweaked an ankle injury. Howard has been on the injury report for over a month due to his knee injury and he was probable today. We'll add an update as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Tarik Black out against the Spurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Robert Sacre is starting because Black is out. Neither guy will have much value while Jordan Hill is active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:48 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside not expected to play
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is not expected to play against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He tried to warmup and the Heat are just going to keep him on the bench. Whiteside's ankle sprain didn't look great and hopefully he can suit up Sunday against the Bulls. He should still be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • Ty Lawson out on Friday night vs. Boston
      Ty Lawson will not play on Friday night against the Celtics.

      Advice: He is not at the arena tonight and will be with the team on Saturday. Lawson was arrested for his second DUI on Friday morning following a team function on Thursday night. Jameer Nelson will start and is a very solid play for DFS tonight. Expect Randy Foye to get some extra run, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:58 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside active, coming off the bench
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is active and will come off the bench against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He might have his minutes held in check tonight. Chris Andersen is getting the start, but he'll likely only have minutes close to 20. Whiteside will be a risky play tonight, but he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:42 pm
    • Wade and Deng starting, Whiteside is not
      Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng will start against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: We're still waiting to see what's up with Hassan Whiteside. Wade appears to be good to go and should run the offense for the Heat tonight as one of the highest usage rate guys in the NBA. Start him in your standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:38 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) expected to play Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) is feeling better according to head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he is expected to play Friday vs. Indiana.

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

      Advice: He is in the arena and there's no indication that he will sit. Wade missed shootaround this morning and he's likely going to be less than 100 percent. He'll be a risky play in DFS tonight and we'll look for an other update regarding his status in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:52 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire (rest) out vs. the Magic
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: He will play against the Hornets on Saturday. The Knicks have another game on Monday and it was obvious Stoudemire wasn't going to play in both games. With STAT out, Cole Aldrich will likely get minutes again while Jason Smith and Lou Amundson may also play more. Carmelo Anthony may be a stretch four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:49 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) will play Friday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) will play Friday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He is expected to come off the bench behind J.R. Smith, but there have also been reports that Shumpert will be the Cavs starting shooting guard, so it seems like just a matter of time until he does end up in the starting lineup. However, he'll be a fourth-option on offense behind Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and LeBron James, and he'll also be competing for minutes with Smtih, and Mike Miller, so he's looking like more a deep league asset at the moment. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:47 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside going through warmups
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is going through warmups to prepare to play on Friday.

      Advice: It would appear he's on track to play and the Heat would certainly need him tonight, especially if Dwyane Wade (illness) can't go. Whiteside might have his hands full with Roy Hibbert and hopefully he can avoid foul trouble. We'll have an update before the 7:30 tip. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:42 pm
    • Chris Kaman (leg) questionable for Saturday
      Chris Kaman (leg contusion) is questionable to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

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

      Advice: He had to have his wrist drained on Thursday and is still hopeful to play against the Hawks on Sunday. Martin wore a brace at shootaround on Friday and it would appear he's at least making an attempt to play. The oft-injured guard should be a solid player to start while he's on the court, but the injuries are going to make him annoying to own. Expect Robbie Hummel to start and have some low-end fantasy value tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) won't play on Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He left shootaround with a brace on his wrist and told reporters that he's "not ready" yet, which is disappointing since he's been questionable to play in the Wolves' past three games. Owners will simply have to keep him tucked away on the bench a bit longer, while Robbie Hummel continues to fill in at SG without providing fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:06 am
       
      Injured
    • Report: Ty Lawson arrested for DUI Friday
      Ty Lawson was reportedly arrested for a DUI at 1:20 in the morning on Friday, according to Denver radio host Darren McKee.

      Advice: He was also charged with speeding and careless driving, and this will most likely result in a short suspension from the league. His status for Friday's home game vs. the Celtics isn't clear, but we'll update his status once the Nuggets make a public comment. If Lawson can't suit up, Jameer Nelson would likely assume a heavy workload as the starting PG. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:37 am
    • Luol Deng (illness) probable to return Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) appears probable to return vs. the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been sick for four days and didn't even travel to Charlotte for Wednesday's game, but he went through shootaround on Friday without any issues. His likely return will send Danny Granger back to the bench, reducing Granger and James Ennis to an afterthought in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:38 am
    • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) questionable vs Indy
      Hassan Whiteside (sprained right ankle) was limited at shootaround and he remains questionable to play on Friday.

      Advice: It's encouraging to see Whiteside back on the court after rolling his ankle on Tuesday, but owners should hedge their bets on Friday until his status is determined. Chris Andersen would earn another start if Whiteside isn't able to play, with Udonis Haslem picking up extra minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:35 am
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) questionable vs. Pacers
      Dwyane Wade (illness) didn't go through Friday's shootaround and he's questionable to play vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is also questionable but it sounds like Luol Deng (illness) will be back in uniform, giving Miami a much-needed boost if Wade isn't able to suit up. The Heat are unlikely to determine his status until close to the 7:30 ET tip-off in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:30 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to return on Friday vs. New Orleans.

      Advice: He was on the Wolves' active roster for Wednesday's game but didn't play, and owners can anticipate an imminent return even if he sits out again vs. the Pelicans. Martin was hot in nine games before his injury, scoring 20.4 points with 2.9 triples per game, and he shouldn't be floating on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:15 am
       
      Injured
    • Dwight Howard (strained knee) probable Friday
      Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Dwight is perpetually listed on Houston's injury list as 'probable' so this shouldn't alarm his fantasy owners. His right knee has bothered him all year and Houston may need to give him some rest as the season progresses, however, so we'll continue to closely monitor his health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) probable for Friday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is expected to make his Cavaliers debut on Friday, coming off the bench behind starting SG J.R. Smith.

      Advice: Shumpert has been out since Dec. 12 and he's unlikely to play heavy minutes in his first few games for coach David Blatt, though he should eventually overtake Smith for the starting job. He's worth a look from deep-league owners seeking 3-pointers and steals, but everyone else should wait to see how his role develops before making a move. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:33 am
    • Pat Riley says Heat have 'underachieved'
      Heat president Pat Riley said on Thursday that his team has "underachieved" this season.

      Advice: "We’ve had a lot of opportunities, 10 or 12 games to overcome adversity ... and we haven’t been able to," Riley said. "We are in the fight with five or six other teams for probably the playoffs, spots six, seven and eight." Miami's 18-24 record puts them in the No. 7 seed in the East, but they're just three games above the No. 11 seed Celtics. Dwyane Wade and company will try to pad their lead with a home win vs. the Pacers on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:20 am
    • Chris Kaman plays 29 minutes
      Chris Kaman played 29 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with 13 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts usually likes to keep Kaman in the low 20s, but he might not have that luxury now with so many players in street clothes. He was already in the standard league conversation even before today, so give him a look if you're looking for some big man stats over the next month. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:41 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores six with seven dimes
      Joe Ingles handed out a team-high seven assists against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Rodney Hood (foot) is out until the All-Star break and Ingles seems to have his minutes locked down. He's a very good passer and the upside is there for him with some output in steals and treys. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:44 pm
    • Dante Exum starts with 5 treys for 15 points
      Dante Exum moved into the starting lineup and scored a career-high 15 points against the Bucks on Thursday with five assists and a career-high five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He's a career 30.1 percent shooter from deep, so this was a major shock to see him make more than three treys for the first time in his career. Exum also ran the point even when he played next to Trey Burke tonight and matched his career high in dimes (this is his seventh five-dime game this season). His minutes are clearly climbing and he's on the radar in deeper leagues. The steals aren't there and he's likely going to shoot around 40 percent from the field this season, so he's not a great add in standard leagues yet. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:29 pm
    • Jimmy Butler plays just 28 minutes
      Jimmy Butler played just 28 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field.

      Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight, which is a very rare occurrence for Butler this season. Tonight was just the second game all season in which Butler was below 34 minutes. Jimmy Minutes has turned into Jimmy Buckets and he's starting to come out of his slump to start 2015. He should be viewed as an early-round fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 pm
    • Dante Exum starting over Trey Burke Thursday
      Dante Exum will start over Trey Burke on Thursday against the Bucks.

      Advice: Wow. Coach Quin Snyder said that he is making the switch in order to bolster the second unit, but this definitely comes out of nowhere. Exum has simply been too bad to rely on in most leagues, so we wouldn't recommend an add outside of deeper leagues for now. Burke's owners should be patient and see how things play out in Utah. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) now doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is now listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott gave him a 50/50 shot to play earlier in the day, but now it appears that Black will likely sit this one out. We will update his status if something changes, but for now expect Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre to see a slight uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:01 pm
    • Dwyane Wade fined $15,000 on Thursday
      Dwyane Wade was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during Wednesday's loss to Charlotte.

      Advice: It has been a rough season for the Heat so it's not surprising to see Wade let out some frustration. On the bright side, Wade was able to play through his hamstring injury on Wednesday and it didn't appear that he was limited in any fashion. As always, simply check the injury report before inserting Wade into lineups as his next DNP is always right around the corner. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:15 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) able to practice on Thurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, but he is still listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Black wouldn't be able to play on his ankle right now, and gave him just a 50/50 shot to play against the Spurs. Owners in deeper leagues who are holding onto Black should probably go ahead and bench him, as he likely won't see many minutes considering his current status. Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre would pick up a few extra minutes if Black sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:30 am
    • Nikola Pekovic still limited in Weds return
      Nikola Pekovic (wrist) said he felt good but limited in his first game since November 15 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Pekovic scored 14 points to go with four rebounds in 23 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks, but thinks he'll be able to help more as the season progresses. "I was trying to help from a different standpoint," Pekovic said. "Talking, do some more stuff inside. I wasn't really able to do everything I can do." Pekovic is worth a flier in most fantasy leagues, but he and Gorgui Dieng will both have their value capped as long as they're splitting minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:35 am
    • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to GSW
      Dwight Howard hit just 3-of-8 shots for seven points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, and also committed five turnovers.

      Advice: Hey, at least he didn't kill your free throw percentage (1-of-2 tonight). His last multi-block game was way back on Dec. 15 and he's had seven games since then without a single block. The Warriors were dominant tonight and Howard never got it going, but his lack of shot blocking is one of the great mysteries in the NBA right now. He's also dealing with a sore knee, but that didn't appear to be bothering him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:31 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Nikola Pekovic plays 23 minutes in return
      Nikola Pekovic returned from his ankle injury and hit 5-of-11 shots for 14 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He last played on Nov. 15, so he looked pretty good considering how long he's been dormant. His return hurt Gorgui Dieng, who had six points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. These two are going to split minutes as long as Pekovic is healthy, hurting both of their fantasy value in the process. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    • Lance Stephenson too quiet in win over Heat
      Lance Stephenson played 22 minutes on Wednesday but had just four points, three rebounds, four assists and four turnovers on 2-of-4 shooting.

      Advice: Stephenson's disastrous season continues now that he's healthy again and it's just tough to tell if he's ever going to get it going. But the way he's played up to this point, he's simply not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Kemba Walker struggles with shot in return
      Kemba Walker returned from a knee injury on Wednesday but hit just 4-of-17 shots and 2-of-9 3-pointers in a tough win over the Heat.

      Advice: Walker finished with 15 points, two rebounds and just one assist after missing two games, but the good news is he played 34 minutes and made some clutch free throws down the stretched that helped secure a close win. As long as he didn't suffer a setback, he should be good to go, while the Hornets have now quietly won eight of their last nine games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:13 pm
       
      Injured
    • Brandon Jennings blows up w/ 24 pts, 21 dimes
      Brandon Jennings handed out a career-high 21 assists during the Pistons' win vs. Orlando on Wednesday, while scoring 24 points and turning the ball over just twice in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He's the first player to have 20+ points and 20+ assists in a game since Steve Nash did it in 2009, and only four players have done it since 2000 -- Jennings, Nash, Ramon Sessions and Jalen Rose. Jennings has been in a shooting slump lately but he's looked like a different player since Josh Smith's departure, flirting with top-20 value despite averaging a mere 28.1 minutes over the past month. Congratulations are in order if you stuck with him during his early-season doldrums. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday night
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played very well against the Warriors last week and will look to keep it going. Howard has some knee problems right now, but it is unlikely to force him to miss action tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Dwyane Wade hits 8-of-21 shots in start
      Dwyane Wade played through a hamstring injury on Wednesday and hit just 8-of-21 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He missed a couple games with the injury and has now played in two straight with it. Wade may or may not be out of the woods, but given his history, there's a chance he misses another game sooner than later. Wade should basically be considered day-to-day for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:59 pm
    • Chris Andersen quiet in start for Heat
      Chris Andersen started for the Heat on Wednesday and had six points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 20 minutes.

      Advice: Not a total loss, but not a big night, either. Hassan Whiteside was out with an ankle injury and remains day-to-day. Andersen should continue to start as long as he's out, but his lack of offense makes him a pretty risky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) aims to practice Thursday
      Tarik Black (ankle) intends to practice in San Antonio on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is very encouraging since Black needed crutches to leave the arena on Wednesday, and it appears he's healing faster than anticipated. Cautious owners should still plan to be without him on Friday, in which case guys like Carlos Boozer and Ryan Sacre should each earn a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) returns in backup role
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will play on Wednesday, but he'll come off the bench under a strict minute-limit.

      Advice: Pek's ankles will require vigilance all season and the cellar-dwelling Timberwolves have no reason to give him heavy playing time, especially with Gorgui Dieng playing exceptionally well as a starter. Pekovic is worth a look for points, FG percentage and rebounds, but his minute-limit and lack of defensive stats are bound to keep his value in check. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:51 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out again on Wednesday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not return for Wednesday's home game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Martin has been active at practices and his return is imminent, but owners will have to wait at least one more game before prying him off fantasy benches. Robbie Hummel should earn another start in K-Mart's absence, but he was scoreless in 24 minutes on Monday and isn't an appealing option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Andersen, Danny Granger starting vs CHA
      Chris Andersen and Danny Granger will start against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Heat are going to need some help in their frontcourt with Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside out. Shawne Williams rarely plays at small forward, but that might be different out of necessity. Udonis Haslem will also help back up Chris Bosh and Birdman. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:30 pm
    • Dwyane Wade will start vs. Hornets Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Dwyane Wade will start Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Beat writer Joe Goodman reported that Wade was receiving treatment on his hamstring pre-game, casting some doubt on his status, but the team's official Twitter account has since listed him as a starter. Get him into your active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
    • Kemba Walker (knee) will play vs. Heat
      Kemba Walker (knee) will play against the Heat on Wednesday.

      Advice: There is no word of any restrictions on Walker today, so he should be good to go. Brian Roberts will move back to the bench and likely get minutes in the teens. Walker was awesome before his injury, but he did dominate without Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson. He's a risky DFS guy tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kemba Walker (knee) is a game-time decision
      Kemba Walker (knee) is a game-time decision to face the Heat on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is going to go through warmups to make sure he feels ready to go. Walker missed the last two games with a cyst on his knee and he's more than likely to play, which would push Brian Roberts to a bench role. Kemba was fantastic before his injury, but it should be interesting to see how he co-exists with Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kemba Walker (knee) now expected to play
      Kemba Walker (knee) went through shootaround and all signs point to him starting on Wednesday against Miami.

      Advice: He is averaging 19.2 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 boards, 1.6 3-pointers and 1.4 steals on the season, so his owners will be thrilled to have him back after a two-game absence. Brian Roberts filled in for Walker during his absence, but given his poor play, owners can't drop him fast enough. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:25 am
       
      Injured
    • Aaron Gordon's minutes to remain limited
      Head coach Jacque Vaughn said that Aaron Gordon's minutes will not increase markedly for the time being.

      Advice: Gordon just recently returned to action from a serious foot injury, so the Magic are going to play it safe with their prized rookie. He should see more playing time later in the season, but Gordon is still off the radar in standard leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:52 am
    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play Wednesday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play on Wednesday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He is still expected to come off the bench and will likely only see around 20 minutes of action. Given the concerns over his ailing knee and his questionable role going forward, Stoudemire shouldn't be owned outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
    • Dwight Howard is having problems with knee
      Dwight Howard said that he is still having problems with his strained right knee.

      Advice: "I am getting there," Howard said of his knee. "Each day is different but I just try to play as hard as I can for as long as I can. I want to make sure that come playoff time, I will be 100 percent. Right now, I want to give my team everything I have." He has been dealing with this issue for most of the season, and while he continues to play through the pain, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rockets limit his minutes down the stretch or even hold him out for a couple of games. We will keep him off the injury report for now, but owners should continually check back for updates before activating Howard in lineups from now on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Ty Lawson has four pts in 4th straight loss
      Ty Lawson dished out eight assists vs. the Spurs but he scored only four points on 2-of-6 shooting, just his sixth game with single-digit points all season.

      Advice: Lawson's career-high 10.0 dimes have been diminished in fantasy leagues by poor percentages (43.6 percent FGs, 72.5 percent FTs), but that hasn't prevented him from posting top-50 value in 8-cat leagues. He's played at least 30 minutes in every game since Dec. 1, and his 37.2 minutes per game rank fourth in the NBA behind LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:58 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) will not play Wednesday
      Luol Deng (illness) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Deng fought through the illness to score eight points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, but he'll now get a few days to fully recuperate before Friday's home game vs. Indiana. James Ennis and Danny Granger stand to gain the most in Deng's absence -- Ennis is slightly more attractive if he earns the start at SF, but they're only worth a glance in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) won't play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Hassan Whiteside (sprained right ankle) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Whiteside was diagnosed with a Grade-1 sprain, which is the least severe variety, so he should have a chance to return for Friday's home game vs. the Pacers. He's played well enough to earn the full-time starting center job, so nobody should think about cutting him after a minor injury. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will be asked to pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:35 pm
    • Heat fall to Thunder in Dwyane Wade's return
      Dwyane Wade (hamstring) logged 34 minutes in his return on Tuesday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting in a tough home loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Miami was rolling in the first half until starting C Hassan Whiteside sprained his ankle, and they didn't have enough firepower to keep up with OKC down the stretch. Wade's defensive rating trailed only Mario Chalmers on Tuesday and he led the team with six assists, so it's safe to say that his hamstring is feeling better. Miami fell to 18-23 with the loss, but that's still good enough for the 7th seed in the East. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:28 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside sprains right ankle vs. OKC
      Hassan Whiteside didn't return to Tuesday's game after spraining his right ankle in the first half.

      Advice: He scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting with multiple dunks before his unfortunate exit, and it's encouraging that Miami didn't immediately rule out his return. There's a good chance he'll miss Wednesday's game in Charlotte, especially if his ankle swells overnight, but owners should check back for updates after shootaround. Chris Andersen would likely start at C if Whiteside sits out, with Udonis Haslem picking up a handful of minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:22 pm
    • Luol Deng plays 29 minutes despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness vs. OKC on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Deng has quietly posted mid-round value with the Heat thanks to balanced production and a sizeable role offensively -- his 20.3 usage rate is just below his career average, and his 57.8 percent True Shooting marks a career high. He's also posting a solid PER of 17.0, his highest since the 2007-08 season, and it's easy to see why the 7th-seed Heat aren't eager to trade him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:21 pm
    • Mario Chalmers quiet in 28 minutes vs Thunder
      Mario Chalmers struggled in 28 minutes on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Thunder with six points, one rebound, three assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: Chalmers had a golden opportunity with Dwyane Wade out over the past two games, but he sputtered out with averages of 7.0 points on 27.8 percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals. His fantasy value has been dragged down by the heavy anchor of sub-40 percent shooting, and he belongs on fantasy benches until he heats up. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:20 pm
    • Birdman starts 2nd half w/ Whiteside ailing
      Chris Andersen returned from his recent illness to finish Tuesday's game with seven points, six boards and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He started the second half in place of Hassan Whiteside (ankle), whose injury may thrust Andersen back into the starting lineup on Wednesday. The Birdman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 36 and he's best suited to a backup role. There's no reason to own him while Whiteside is day-to-day, unless you're desperate for boards and blocks in a deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:19 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside leaves w/ right ankle sprain
      Hassan Whiteside sprained his right ankle during the first half of Tuesday's game and his return is questionable.

      Advice: He limped off the court under his own power and headed straight into the Heat locker room. The injury looked bad enough to keep him off the court for the rest of the game, but we'll pass along updates as soon as possible. Chris Andersen would see the biggest bump in playing time if Whiteside can't return. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) starting Tuesday vs. OKC
      Updating a previous report, Luol Deng (illness) will start on Tuesday vs. OKC.

      Advice: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside will join Deng in the starting lineup. Get him active for what will be an up-tempo game with the Thunder. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:50 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) looking likely for Tues.
      Luol Deng (illness) looked good while going through a pregame workout according to beat writer Ira Winderman, and he's looking probable for Tuesday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: Deng will have a tough matchup against OKC tonight, but with just two games being played, he's one of the better options. Stay tuned for an official update on Deng's status, but it is looking like he'll play, so feel free to get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:39 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) will be active Tues.
      Chris Andersen (illness) will be activated for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: It's not clear at this point if Andersen's return will send Hassan Whiteside to the bench, but either way, Whiteside is the guy with the most upside. Andersen's good for some rebounds and blocks, but he's not much of an asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:17 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) a game-time decision Tues
      Luol Deng (illness) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said he isn't sure if Deng will play tonight, so if he is forced to sit, Danny Granger would likely slide into the starting lineup. However, Granger is averaging a meager 5.5 points and 1.0 three-pointer through two starts this season, and with a tough matchup vs. OKC, he's not a great option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:57 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire needs to play well to get PT
      Derek Fisher stated during a recent interview that Amare Stoudemire will need to play at a high level to secure his playing time.

      Advice: "Whether [Amare is] out there every night, with 40 games we have to go, I can’t guarantee that," said Fisher. "I think on nights he’s doing the things he did [vs. New Orleans], we should have him on floor as much as we possibly can." Stoudemire's minutes will likely fluctuate greatly for the rest of the season, and with the plethora of random rest days he’s bound to receive, Amare is going to be a tough guy to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:36 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) headed for a GTD on Wed.
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Martin sounded optimistic when talking about his chances about suiting up tomorrow, and said he will base his decision on how he feels when he wakes up in the morning. It's unclear if Martin will be on a minutes restriction upon his return, but given his upside, he needs to be owned in all leagues at this point. His return will likely hurt the value of Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nikola Pekovic a game-time decision for Wed.
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Mavs.

      Advice: Pekovic said the decision as to whether he plays tomorrow will ultimately be up to head coach Flip Saunders, and while he's still experiencing pain, it has become tolerable at this point. Considering the enormous injury risk that is Pekovic, Saunders will likely ease him back into the rotation, and it's unclear if and when he would return to the starting lineup. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:28 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) out on Wednesday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) said he will not play on Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Shumpert is targeting a return for Friday's game against the Hornets, and he'll reportedly immediately slide into the starting lineup at the two-spot. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but it should be noted that while Shumpert is set to be a starter, he's going to have to fight for minutes with the likes of J.R. Smith, Mike Miller, and Shawn Marion. He's a wait-and-see guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:42 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will not play Wednesday
      Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans, and he is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Black was seen leaving the arena on crutches after Monday's game, so this is no mild ankle sprain. With Black out, look for Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion), and Ryan Kelly to pick up some additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • Kemba Walker present at Tuesday practice
      Kemba Walker (knee) was able to practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: Assuming there are no setbacks before Wednesday's game against Miami, Walker is scheduled to start against the Heat. If he's unable to go, Brian Roberts would again draw the start in his place, but we'll have more updates prior to tip-off on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:32 am
       
      Injured
    • X-rays negative on Tarik Black's ankle
      X-rays came back negative on Tarik Black's sprained right ankle, but Black left the arena on crutches after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Black sprained his ankle after coming down on a teammates' foot and played coy when asked about his availablity for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "I can’t comment on that one," said Black. "I don’t know. But miracles can happen. I rolled it pretty good, though." We'll update Black's status as more information becomes available, but Robert Sacre could see some time while Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Kelly would all see a minutes boost if Black is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 am
    • Dragic posts 24-9-5 line in win over Lakers
      Goran Dragic scored 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists and a steal in the Suns' 115-100 win over the Lakers on Monday.

      Advice: Dragic and the other guards have steadily improved as the season has gone on, and he's returning top-50 value after a really shaky start. Eric Bledsoe added 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two threes in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:43 am
    • Kaman stalled by DeMarcus Cousins
      Chris Kaman managed just four points, four rebounds and one block over 19 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: Kaman wasn't the first person to struggle with DeMarcus Cousins and he won't be the last. With or without LaMarcus Aldridge suffering a thumb injury, Kaman was a guy to own until Robin Lopez returned. But now with the uncertainty of Aldridge's situation, he should be owned in all but the shallowest standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:15 am
    • Tarik Black leaves game with ankle injury
      Tarik Black left Monday's game due to a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

      Advice: X-rays taken were negative and he finished with 21 minutes, six points, three boards, one steal and one block, as he was making some noise in deep leagues. If he misses time then Robert Sacre may be forced onto the court, and more minutes will go to Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:21 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire plays 21 minutes
      Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block.

      Advice: He played very well and was able to operate in the paint thanks to Anthony Davis (toe) not being there. The Knicks will certainly have a minutes cap on Stoudemire most nights and he's likely to sit out on most back-to-back sets, so it's going to be tough to count on him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:41 pm
    • Ty Lawson scores 19 points
      Ty Lawson scored more than the other four Nuggets starters combined during a 122-79 loss to the Warriors on Monday, making 8-of-14 from the field for 19 points with one rebound, six assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Nuggets will want to forget this one because they were down 27 points at halftime. As for Lawson, he's been effective over his last five with averages of 20.6 points, 3.6 boards, 9.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.0 treys. He's playing like a top-five fantasy point guard except for the sub-par foul shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:47 pm
    • Brandon Jennings' slump continues Monday
      The Pistons' win streak ended at two games with Monday's loss in Atlanta, as Brandon Jennings managed just seven points on 1-of-10 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs.

      Advice: Jennings is shooting right around 40 percent from the field this season, so owners will have to live with slumps like the one he's mired in, having made 18-of-54 shots over the past four games. He gets a pass for Monday's dud, at least, since the Hawks are holding opposing PGs to a league-low 18.7 points per game this season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:21 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) coud return Friday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) could return as soon as Friday against the Hornets.

      Advice: The Cavaliers are reportedly going to start him at shooting guard upon his return, meaning he is going to have to fend off the liked of J.R. Smith, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion for playing time. However, until Shumpert earns a significant role in Cleveland, owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 2:58 pm
    • Lance Stephenson makes 2-of-9 from the field
      Lance Stephenson made 2-of-9 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, nine assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: In today's game, Lance was 2-of-4 at the rim and didn't make his other five shots. Stephenson dropped his season field goal shooting to just 38.2 percent from the field and there is no end in sight for his sub-par shooting. He's OK to use in points leagues, but he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 2:16 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs. Pelicans
      Amare Stoudemire will come off the bench against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: There is a chance his minutes are limited today. Stoudemire played just eight minutes on Thursday and he is unlikely to get more than 20 minutes tonight. Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy and Jason Smith are not as attractive in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 1:00 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic remains out of lineup Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle) remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so while we didn't expect him to play, there was at least a chance he could have. Now that he's officially out, Gorgui Dieng will continue to play as much as he possibly can in the middle. Dieng is averaging 10.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks on 50 percent shooting through 30 starts at center. Big Pek isn't getting his job back. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 10:07 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Monday against the Hornets.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable for the first time coming into this one, but he's still not ready to go. With Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain) also sidelined, Andrew Wiggins will continue to be the focal point of what the Timberwolves do offensively. Martin is very close to a return, and could be back as soon as Wednesday's contest. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 10:05 am
       
      Injured
    • Iman Shumpert expected to be Cavs starting SG
      Updating a previous item, Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is expected to start at shooting guard for the Cavs when healthy.

      Advice: So much for being brought along slowly. The Cavs are targeting Shumpert's debut to come at the end of their current four-game homestand, but there's a possibility it could extend beyond that window. Regardless, the major takeaway here is that he'll be expected to start, but he's going to compete for minutes with J.R. Smith, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:50 am
    • Birdman expected to return on Tuesday night
      Chris Andersen (illness) practiced in full on Monday, and he's expected to play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Birdman did not suit up on Friday against the Kings due to the illness, but he's feeling better and should be ready to go against Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:27 am
    • Iman Shumpert spotted doing on-court work
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) was spotted doing work with the Cavs second unit on Monday.

      Advice: Shumpert remains sidelined with his shoulder injury, but he's clearly progressing toward a return. When he's back, it's unclear what his role in the rotation will be, but it's likely that he'll be eased in after missing so much time. A wait-and-see approach is recommended here. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 8:23 am
    • Aaron Gordon feels good after first game back
      Aaron Gordon (foot) said that he felt "great" in his first game back since his injury.

      Advice: "You realize that when you're not playing, how much you miss it," he said. "And then when I got back out there, it's fun. I learned a lot [when I was injured]. I just move better without the ball now." Gordon had eight points and three boards in 12 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 6:13 am
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) logs 12 minutes in return
      Magic rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) returned on Sunday with eight points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Gordon was averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15 minutes per game before getting injured. That sets a reasonable near-term expectation, though his minutes should increase with the Magic prioritizing player development in a lost season. For now, Gordon belongs on the waiver wire in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:50 pm
    • Elfrid Payton scores 19 points w/ eight dimes
      Elfrid Payton had 19 points, four rebounds, eight assists and three steals vs. the Thunder on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Magic competitive.

      Advice: Payton turned the ball over four times but his fantasy owners have to be thrilled with this result, as he shot 9-of-17 from the field and was one of a few Magic players to escape tonight's blowout with a productive line. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:49 pm
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) activated Sunday vs. OKC
      Aaron Gordon (foot) will be available to play for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Andrew Nicholson has been placed on the inactive list to make room for Gordon on the active roster, however, Gordon's minutes will likely be limited and he's not a great play in most leagues with a tough matchup vs. OKC. He belongs on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 1:20 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) doubtful for Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is doubtful to play Monday vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Head coach Flip Saunders has said he would like Pekovic to go through a D-League stint before returning to the lineup, and given the fact that that has not happened yet, it's looking unlikely he'll be available on Monday. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start with Pekovic sidelined, and there's a chance he remains the starter upon Pek's return as the Wolves' plans have now shifted to development rather than competing for a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 12:07 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: This is the first time Martin has been listed as questionable since fracturing his wrist back in November. He has gone through multiple full-contact practices, so he should not be floating around on any waiver wires at this point. It's not clear if he'll have a minutes restriction upon his return, and it'll be interesting to see if how he works alongside the now surging Andrew Wiggins. Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain) will likely take the biggest hit with the return of Martin. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 11:54 am
       
      Injured
    • Kemba Walker (knee) not expected to play Mon
      Kemba Walker (knee) was unable to practice on Sunday and is not expected to play on Monday against the Timberwolves.

      Advice: He is dealing with a cyst in his knee and while it's not thought to be serious, it will likely sideline him for his second straight game. We will update Walker's status when we know more, but owners should have a backup plan ready. Brian Roberts will likely draw another start should Walker continue to sit, but is too unreliable to use outside of deeper leagues. Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal could also continue to see a boost in minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 10:09 am
       
      Injured
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) listed as questionable
      Aaron Gordon (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: While he is cleared to play, the Magic will likely keep him on the sidelines until his conditioning is where it needs to be. Gordon does have potential, but he doesn't project to have a large enough role in Orlando to matter in most leagues. Owners can simply monitor Gordon from the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 10:08 am
    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) is questionable Mon
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) is questionable for Monday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: He was only able to play eight minutes in London on Thursday, so owners should probably leave him on the bench even if he is activated. Stoudemire's knee will likely trouble him for the rest of the season, and with the Knicks thinking towards the future, there is no reason to hold onto him outside of deeper leagues. Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith will benefit the most should Stoudemire miss this one. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 8:00 am
    • Lance Stephenson wouldn't mind staying put
      Lance Stephenson said on Saturday that he wants to stay in Charlotte amid all of the trade rumors.

      Advice: "I want to be here. I feel I can definitely help this squad," Stephenson said. "It’s really not up to me." He actually played pretty well on Saturday but coach Steve Clifford opted to keep him on the bench down the stretch. However, Stephenson did just return from a nasty hip injury so Clifford may have been exercising caution. If Stephenson is still floating around the wire, feel free to give him a look in case he turns things around in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:19 am
    • Ty Lawson scores 22 with seven assists
      Ty Lawson scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting in a loss to the Wolves on Saturday, adding seven assists, three boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: As good as Lawson has been this season, the Nuggets are fading in the Western Conference and it wouldn't be surprising to see them reduce Lawson's workload down the stretch. Lawson has always been a injury risk throughout his career, so it may not be a bad idea to sell-high while he is this hot. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:40 pm
    • Dwight Howard has a nice game vs. GSW
      Dwight Howard was a lone bright spot against the Warriors on Saturday during a 131-106 loss with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: The Rockets were really bad on defense and giving up 64 points in the paint is not something a Dwight Howard team will do often. Howard snapped a four-game streak without a double-double in this one and he'll look to parlay it with another one against Roy Hibbert on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:30 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Brandon Jennings slows down in a win
      Brandon Jennings made just 3-of-9 from the field for 10 points during a 107-89 win over the 76ers on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The second half of back-to-back sets are not his thing. He made just 32.2 percent from the field in his previous eight games in that situation and he's also worse at home, so the splits monster got him again tonight. Jennings is still playing lights out and is a must-start guy. He's a sell-high player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 7:44 pm
    • Lance Stephenson plays 20 minutes
      Lance Stephenson played 20 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was his bobblehead night and he had a lot of energy against his former team. Stephenson will have a fine coming his way for bumping Roy Hibbert in transition in a move that was nowhere near the ball. He only played 18 minutes in his return to the lineup and the rust was highly apparent. Although his scoring numbers on the season are in the toilet at 38.6 percent from the field and 60.3 percent from the line. Stephenson couldn’t crack 38 percent from the field in his first two seasons, so maybe he just needs another adjustment period. He’s still not a must-own player. You can check out the bump of Hibbert in the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 6:56 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic out on Saturday night
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: For some reason they listed him as doubtful when there was no chance he was going to play today. Pekovic is expected to need at least a few more days to get going and his minutes will be capped upon his return. Gorgui Dieng is a must-start player while Anthony Bennett is getting some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 4:29 pm
    • Lance Stephenson still on minutes count
      Lance Stephenson is still on a minutes count for Saturday against the Pacers.

      Advice: "We'll let him play as many mins as he can play well," coach Steve Clifford said. It's his bobblehead night in Charlotte, but it's still going to be hard to count on him even with the Hornets in desperation mode for offensive output. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 3:14 pm
    • Dwight Howard is probable for Saturday
      Dwight Howard (knee) is probable to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He is probable for basically every game, so this is a non-update. Howard should be ready to go for a huge matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 2:09 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) doubtful for Saturday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Unfortunately for Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng has been fantastic for Minnesota and they are still likely going to give him big minutes down the stretch. Pekovic is still worth grabbing for owners in need of points and boards, but a potential timeshare isn't out of the question. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 10:41 am
    • Deng throws down 25-6-4-2-2 line w/ two 3PMs
      Luol Deng scored 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Friday's road win over the Kings.

      Advice: The Kings can't defend anybody right now and Deng took advantage of that. Considering his mileage and injury risk, owners might want to float a few offers to see what they can get in return. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:46 pm
    • Chris Bosh romps in win over the Kings
      Chris Bosh faced little resistance with 30 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and three treys in Friday's win over the defenseless Kings.

      Advice: Bosh had a successful Northern California trip and is back on track after a small slump. He's returning second-to-third round value when on the floor this season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:45 pm
    • Chalmers productive with Wade out
      Mario Chalmers scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one three in Friday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: Chalmers couldn't get in on the fun like his frontcourt teammates but this is a serviceable line with Dwyane Wade out. He profiles as a strong second half player with the Heat having the potential to fall out of playoff contention, which would put their vets in a shutdown position. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:37 pm
    • Ingles has another quiet but versatile line
      Joe Ingles scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting (all threes) with two rebounds, four assists and a career-high three steals in 22 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: Ingles has quietly played at a mid-round level over his last three games, but he needs to stave off the return of Rodney Hood and then after that keep it up. Chances are he can't do it, but his versatility should be noted if he's able to work his way into consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:18 pm
    • Goran Dragic breathes fire on the Wolves
      Goran Dragic scored a team-high 21 points against the Wolves during a 110-99 win on Friday with five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The Dragon is breathing fire again. Over his last five, Dragic averaged 18.0 points, 2.8 boards, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 steals on 56.3 percent from the field. His minutes are back up to around 35 and his fantasy owners should feel a little more comfortable about starting him. He won't be as great as last season, though. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:50 pm
    • Payton goes for 22 and 12 with solid shooting
      Elfrid Payton set career-highs in scoring (22) and assists (12) in the Magic's 106-96 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.

      Advice: Payton also hit 9-of-16 shots from the field and 4-of-5 from the line to go with four rebounds and two steals. He has cleaned the shooting up lately and though he's not going to hit any threes, he looks like a guy with a late-round floor and mid-round upside. Pick him up. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:12 pm
    • Jimmy Butler bounces back with big game
      Jimmy Butler had a season-high six steals against the Celtics on Friday with 22 points, five rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

      Advice: Finally. Butler was in a serious funk due to his shot not falling, but he was rolling tonight. He used to live on jumpers last season, and now he's able to get to the rim to help his field goal percentage. We should see the Jimmy from the first two months and not the one from the past two weeks. He's a top-20 asset. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:04 pm
    • Jennings still on fire with 37 pts, 8 treys
      Brandon Jennings was unstoppable in Friday's road win over the Pacers, scoring a season-high 37 points on 10-of-23 shooting (including eight threes) with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and 9-of-9 makes from the foul line.

      Advice: Jennings is going to cool off but owners should probably treat him as an early round asset for trading purposes. He's a top-60 play on the season and a top 15-20 play over the last month. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:17 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) out on Friday night
      Chris Andersen (illness) will not play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: Well, Hassan Whiteside is going to have to figure out how to not foul DeMarcus Cousins. He should get as many minutes as he can handle while the Heat will use a lot of small-ball lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:06 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time call
      Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time call against the Kings.

      Advice: If he's out, Hassan Whiteside is going to play big minutes. The Heat will also likely have to play some small ball and get Shawne Williams back in the rotation. Andersen should be benched in most cases right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 5:55 pm
    • Aaron Gordon won't be active for Friday
      Aaron Gordon will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He is cleared to play, but hasn't gone through 5-on-5 work yet. Gordon is not going to be great in percentages, so his fantasy ceiling will be low. Channing Frye should get a few extra minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 2:31 pm
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) cleared to play Friday
      Aaron Gordon (foot) has been cleared to play, but it's unclear if he will be activated for Friday's game against Memphis.

      Advice: Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said he hasn't yet determined his active list for tonight's game, but with a tough matchup against the Grizzlies, Gordon wouldn't be a great play in most leagues even if available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:48 am
    • Tarik Black plays 16 minutes vs. Cavs
      Tarik Black played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with eight points, four boards and one assist.

      Advice: He continues to give the Lakers good minutes and he's seen a slight upward trend since joining them last month. In his previous games with the Lakers, he averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 boards, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those are serviceable numbers in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:19 pm
    • Report: Nets in pursuit of Lance Stephenson
      The Nets have been making a "second hard push" for intel on Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Based on the first half of the 2014-15 season, the Hornets are a better team without Stephenson, so his name has popped up in trade rumors over the past month. He was able to return from his groin injury on Wednesday, but didn't look great. If Stephenson is indeed dealt and the Hornets do not get a wing back, Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal would benefit. Stephenson would hurt rookie Bojan Bogdanovic the most with a few others taking a smaller hit. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 4:20 pm
    • Jazz sign F Elijah Millsap to second 10-day
      Jazz sign F Elijah Millsap to second 10-day contract

      Advice: Millsap has averaged 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.2 three-pointers in five games with the Jazz. The 27-year-old been playing 23.8 minutes per game with Rodney Hood (heel) out and deserves a look in deeper fantasy leagues as long as he's getting playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 9:57 am
    • Chris Kaman puts up a double-double
      Chris Kaman scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is running some tight rotations, which is just what Kaman's fantasy owners want to hear. He played 32 minutes on Sunday and the Blazers seem comfortable letting the wheels fall off for the next couple weeks. He should be owned in standard leagues based on the past two games. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:33 pm
    • Chris Bosh scores 26 points vs. Warriors
      Chris Bosh scored 26 points with seven rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 104-89 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: His usage climbs while Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is out and that was the case tonight. Bosh was also coming in with more shots in his last five, attempting 17.4 per game over his last five with averages of 22.4 points, 6.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. He said he's happier about playing power forward and it should reflect on the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:08 pm
    • Mario Chalmers disappoints sans Wade
      Mario Chalmers was a letdown against the Warriors on Wednesday, making 2-of-9 from the field for seven points, two rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers.

      Advice: Rio had some huge games the in the last stint Dwyane Wade (hamstring) missed time, so a lot of fantasy owners had him ready to rock tonight. Chalmers had Klay Thompson on his for a lot of this game and he just couldn't get clean looks. Assuming Wade is out again on Friday, Chalmers should be better at Sacramento. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:04 pm
    • Jimmy Butler quiet in loss to Wizards
      Jimmy Butler was quiet in Wednesday's loss to the Wizards, hitting just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block.

      Advice: He still filled the stat sheet, but it also probably wasn't a coincidence that Derrick Rose played his best offensive game of the season. Pau Gasol also cooled off tonight, and Tom Thibodeau will have to find a way to keep Rose hot while keeping his teammates involved. There's no reason to panic on Butler, but it is concerning that he's struggled over his last five games, averaging just 13 points on 30 percent shooting, while the Bulls have lost four of those five games. He'll get it turned around. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 9:01 pm
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