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  • Jimmy Butler hopes to rehab soon
    Jimmy Butler (knee) said he expects to do some biking and start rehab soon.

    Advice: He added he was a bit "stubborn" with his injury in Denver, which suggests he probably shouldn't have played after missing one game. For now, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott will get some minutes with Moore having better value. Hopefully, Butler is back for the first week of March. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
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  • Jusuf Nurkic draws praise from coach Malone
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone was encouraged by Jusuf Nurkic's performance against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm happy for him," Malone said. "It hasn't been easy for [Nurkic]. He had a great rookie season, but coming back from injury and then you have all of these other young bigs playing well... But I give him credit, because he's come and worked very hard." The big man scored 16 points with 11 boards and one block in 24 minutes, so hopefully he can build off that momentum after the All-Star break. The upside is there, so keep a close eye on him. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:36 am
  • John Wall (knee) will play in All-Star game
    John Wall (knee bruise) said that he will play in Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: He bruised his knee during Thursday's game vs. the Bucks and was able to keep playing, so the injury sounds pretty minor even though he did have some swelling. Regardless, this report confirms that Wall will likely be fine moving forward, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
  • Bradley Beal expects to play around 32 mpg
    Bradley Beal said that he expects to play around 32 minutes per game moving forward.

    Advice: He isn't sure if his workload will have to be reduced on the second night of back-to-back sets, but it sounds like the Wizards are starting to get comfortable with the idea of playing him heavy minutes again. He played 37 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Thursday, and he has also been a lot more aggressive over his last five outings with an average of 21.4 points per game. The injury risk is still there, but his fantasy value is trending up. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:10 am
  • Jimmy Butler (left knee) 'unsure' of return
    Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) is "unsure" of a return date from his injury, but guaranteed that he will return this season.

    Advice: He said that he will "listen" to his body during rehab, but it should be noted that the Bulls gave him a timetable of 3-4 weeks. Butler is as tough as they come, so he will do everything in his power to meet that timetable. His owners should continue to stash him, and in the meantime expect Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore to benefit the most. Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all play a little more as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:44 am
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  • Kobe Bryant praises Kyrie Irving
    Kobe Bryant praised Kyrie Irving after his 35-point performance vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: "He has a killer mentality," Bryant said. "He can shoot the long ball. His midrange game is excellent. And he can finish at the rim. So, he has all the tools there. It’s just a matter of continuing to work and get into rhythm where he can start doing that on a consistent basis." Irving has finally found his stride, averaging 28.2 points, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. The buy-low window has been slammed shut. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:27 am
  • Byron Scott praises Julius Randle
    Lakers coach Byron Scott heaped praise on Julius Randle but wouldn't commit to him as the starting power forward.

    Advice: "He’s been fantastic," Scott said of Randle. "He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball." Scott is a huge Larry Nance (knee) fan, so we should see a position battle right after the All-Star break. To be clear, Randle is still the big to own in Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
  • Suns still expected to trade Markieff Morris
    The Suns are still expected to try and trade Morris before the deadline.

    Advice: He had a scuffle during Wednesday's game and even had his hands around teammate Archie Goodwin's neck, and as much the Suns downplayed the incident, it's clear that both sides need a fresh start. The question now is whether or not another team would want to trade for the mercurial forward, but expect the chatter to heat up right after the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 am
  • John Henson will be re-evaluated after ASB
    John Henson (back) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

    Advice: The Bucks took the cautious approach with Henson and held him out for seven straight games. He will hopefully be good to go after the break, and he isn't the worst stash if you need blocks in case the Bucks decide to move Greg Monroe at the deadline. He owns season averages of 6.8 points, 3.9 boards, 1.0 assist and 2.0 blocks in 16.7 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
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  • Vasquez (ankle) still has no timetable
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: He was reportedly aiming to return to the court at the end of January, but that was always way too optimistic. The Bucks are falling out of the playoff hunt, so they won't be in a hurry to rush the guard back. Vasquez is not worst stashing in most formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 am
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  • Heat looking to trade Jarnell Stokes?
    The Heat are reportedly willing to trade Jarnell Stokes for a second round pick.

    Advice: Stokes has only made a handful of brief appearances for Miami and he has spent the majority of his time in the D-League, so the Heat are simply looking to open up a roster spot. Unless Stokes is traded to an ideal situation, he would likely be looking at a very limited role. He's not worth stashing at this point. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:53 am
  • Jason Kidd praises Jerryd Bayless
    Bucks coach Jason Kidd praised Jerryd Bayless for his improved 3-point shot.

    Advice: "He has worked extremely hard at it and put a lot of time into it," Kidd said. "He is not short on confidence, so right now he is shooting the three at a very high level." Bayless has the fifth best 3-point percentage in the NBA at 43.6 percent, and he's also playing well off the bench with averages of 11.6 points, 3.4 boards, 3.2 assists and 2.8 treys over his last five games. If Michael Carter-Williams is dealt at the deadline, Bayless would be worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:40 am
  • Chandler Parsons says his body feels great
    Chandler Parsons said that his body "feels great."

    Advice: "I'm feeling great," Parsons said. "It's some of the best basketball I've ever played in my career. My body feels great. I'm as confident as I've ever been. And I'm in a good place." His knee surgery is a distant memory and the forward has been playing excellent with averages of 25.0 points, 4.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.0 3-pointers over his last two games. That pace likely isn't sustainable, but he's poised for a solid finish to the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:13 am
  • Stevens is surprised by Crowders development
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens is surprised how fast Jae Crowder has developed.

    Advice: "I think for any of us to say that we would have thought he would have been averaging what he's averaging [and] being as focal a part of what we're trying to do — I don't know if any of us would have thought it would have happened that quickly," Stevens said. "But he got better and better as his opportunities increased last year and just kind of took off from there." The forward has also been a surprise in fantasy, returning top-30 value on the season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 triples. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:54 am
  • Pacers not looking to make any trades?
    Indiana coach Frank Vogel said that he isn't expecting the Pacers to make any trades at the deadline.

    Advice: George Hill has been linked to Atlanta in a potential deal for Jeff Teague, but that rumor has lost some steam in recent days. Hill is a great fit next to Monta Ellis and Paul George because of his ability to play off the ball, so Vogel is likely telling the truth here. Hill's value should be safe moving forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
  • Asking price for Horford and Teague too high?
    According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is "borderline ridiculous."

    Advice: "From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous," Mannix said. "The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want." Boston seems like the team that's most willing to make a major move, and Mannix adds that the Hawks could lower their price as the deadline (Feb. 18) approaches. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:23 am
  • John Wall is dealing with a knee bruise
    John Wall said that he is dealing with a knee bruise.

    Advice: "It’s a deep bruise," Wall said. "As you can see, it’s swollen. It hurts and I’ll do as much treatment as I can on it." He banged his knee during Thursday's loss to the Bucks but he was able to play through the issue. While he's questionable to play in the All-Star game, this shouldn't be an injury that lingers and he should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:10 am
  • John Wall could miss All-Star Game?
    John Wall (knee) isn't sure if he'll play in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

    Advice: He was fouled as he went to the hoop and was grimacing for a few minutes. It looked to be a minor injury and he did play through it. It was only a fall after a foul and he didn't show signs of pain after a couple minutes. Wall is getting treatment and should continue to see the training staff this weekend if something is wrong. There should be an update on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 points in loss
    John Wall scored 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers during a 99-92 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Wizards. They are now 3.5 games behind the Hornets for the eighth spot in the East. As for Wall, he's looked great with Bradley Beal back and should be a top-20 player going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Bradley Beal gets 37 minutes in loss
    Bradley Beal played 37 minutes in a loss to the Bucks on Thursday with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: You wouldn't know his leg was fractured based on his play. Beal is attacking a ton these days and is driving the offense. The 37 minutes tonight shows he's ready to roll after the break, so expect him to get hot after the break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Julius Randle's double-double streak ends Wed
    Julius Randle's double-double streak screeched to a halt on Wednesday, as he posted just seven points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Randle made 2-of-7 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs in one of his worst games in recent memory. Bryon Scott is warming to Randle, saying recently, "He's maturing. He's really starting to understand this game and understand some of the things that he can do on a night-to-night basis. I love where he is right now." Unfortunately, Scott also "loves" Larry Nance Jr. and wouldn't commit to keeping Randle with the starters once Nance is healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris has scuffle with Goodwin
    Markieff Morris had a scuffle with Archie Goodwin in the first half on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't a minor one and Morris had his hands on Goodwin's throat. The Suns did downplay it after the game. "That’s nothing," Morris said. "That’s part of being a leader, being a big brother." Morris defines leader differently than just about anyone, but Goodwin also had his back. "We family. It happens. I love him like a brother, he loves me. That’s all there is to say about it," Goodwin said. Lastly, coach Earl Watson added Goodwin and Morris used to live together, they're "the closest on the team" and that "the team is not split." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic notches 16 & 11 in 24 minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic came to life vs. the Pistons on Wednesday with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic played the final 15 minutes of the game ahead of Nikola Jokic, which is a terrific sign for anyone who has him stashed away. He'd exceeded the 20-minute mark just once all season prior to this double-double, and this is enough incentive to grab him in deeper formats. Owners in 12-team leagues may want to wait until the other side of the break before tying up a roster spot with the trade deadline impending. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts all-around gem in 38 mins
    Jae Crowder notched 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block with zero turnovers in 38 minutes of action vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Crowder has been plagued by a high ankle sprain but refused to miss any games, and the All-Star break comes at an ideal time. He doesn't play again until Feb. 19, at which point he should resume playing at a top-40 level. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, consider floating a buy-low offer in case Crowder's owners are still flustered by his recent lull. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • Jarnell Stokes sent back to the D-League
    Jarnell Stokes has been assigned to Miami's D-League affiliate.

    Advice: He's going down for the D-League All-Star game. Stokes is not a fantasy option in any format. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • John Henson out again for Thursday
    John Henson (back) will not play against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: It'll be Miles Plumlee starting again on Thursday. Hopefully, Henson will be back after the break and get close to 20 minutes. He's not the worst stash out there on the off chance the Bucks break up their team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Toronto's interest in Morris, Tucker unclear
    The Raptors may not be all that interested in trading for Markieff Morris or P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: The initial report that linked Morris and Tucker to the Raptors, while credible, did not come from Toronto's side and GM Masai Ujiri doesn't often make in-season trades. The Raptors also currently own the No. 2 seed out East with a record of 35-16, and Ujri may not want to mess with the team's chemistry by bringing on someone like Morris. For now, it doesn't seem all that likely that Toronto makes a major move at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Al Horford to BOS a real possibility?
    A deal sending Al Horford to the Boston Celtics is reportedly a "legitimate possibility" according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: "I think Boston -- Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics," Mannix said. "I think that is the guy, one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about." Mannix added that while Horford will cost a lot of money to re-sign as a free agent, the Celtics will be willing to foot the bill. Horford does make sense in Boston as Ainge is reportedly looking for a low-post scorer at the deadline, but it's difficult to predict his value in Boston without knowing the moving pieces. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Chandler Parsons leads Mavs with 24 in loss
    Chandler Parsons hit 8-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, one rebound, one steal and one block in 36 minutes of Tuesday's overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: After slumping for a couple games, Parsons is setting up nicely for a big run after the All-Star break, scoring 26 and 24 points in his last two games with eight 3-pointers and nine rebounds. He was tough to stomach over the first couple months of the season, but patient owners are now being rewarded on most nights. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 18 points w/ three treys
    Jae Crowder (ankle) looked great on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring 18 points with five boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens admitted that Crowder's ankle is still bothering him, but he's incredibly tough and it's safe to say that he isn't interested in missing any time. The All-Star break should help him heal up, so his owners should be feeling very confident. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless plays 32 minutes in win
    Jerryd Bayless played 32 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday with 14 points, two assists, one board and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: O.J. Mayo and Michael Carter-Williams were both in foul trouble, so that explains the bump in minutes. Bayless was getting 27.7 minutes per game in February prior to Tuesday, but that number could dip with Mayo back in the mix. He's better suited for deeper leagues, but is also someone to watch in case MCW is moved at the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 in start for Wizards
    Bradley Beal moved back into the starting lineup on Tuesday and responded with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals, a block and five 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: His line will likely get lost in the shadows of John Wall's big night, but Beal was pretty spectacular. He'd been coming off the bench since returning from his leg injury (as well as a concussion and broken nose) in mid-January but returned to his rightful place in the starting five tonight. He's rolling right now too, averaging 21.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five, making him worth the wait. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • John Wall puts up massive line in win over NY
    John Wall had the early line of the night with 28 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 10-of-24 shooting in 43 minutes of Tuesday's thrilling win over the Knicks.

    Advice: The 17 dimes aren't even a season high, as he had 19 of them back on Dec. 21, but he is rolling right now, double-doubling in four straight games and averaging 25.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in February. And in case that wasn't enough, he also committed just one turnover tonight in his 43 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. MIL
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "This is the most opportunity he's ever gotten," said Brad Stevens on Crowder. "He's a versatile player." He'll continue to fight through the pain, and is safe to activate in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless, O.J. Mayo will play Tuesday
    Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Bayless was probable heading into this one, so no surprises here. He's been playing well as of late, owning averages of 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 three-pointers per game over the past week, and he's someone to consider stashing away in deep leagues with trade rumors swirling around Michael Carter-Williams. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • Report: Atlanta could blowup team at deadline
    The Hawks are reportedly considering trading away their core players of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't been able to recapture the magic from last year's 60-win season, and it's clear that while they're a playoff team, they are no championship contender. Horford is in a contract year, and Atlanta may not be willing to sign him to a max-deal this offseason. The Magic, Celtics and Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Horford, and Atlanta is also listening to offers on Teague and Millsap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Jimmy Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee injury
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee.

    Advice: Butler's knee injury was worse than expected and fantasy owners will now be without Butler until what sounds like the beginning of March at the earliest. While Butler is worth holding in standard leagues for now, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy will all see extra minutes, with Moore being the priority add in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
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  • Jae Crowder dealing with high-ankle sprain
    Jae Crowder (ankle) said he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

    Advice: While Crowder's ankle is obviously giving him trouble, he said he's committed to playing through the injury. "It's a high ankle sprain," he said on Tuesday. "It's mind over matter. I'm trying to suck it up; do my job." Crowder has been a revelation for his owners in season-long leagues and should continue to be started, but he's a risky play in DFS as long as he's dealing with his injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:25 am
  • Bradley Beal will start vs Knicks on Tuesday
    Bradley Beal will start against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beal will return to the starting lineup against the Knicks and said he'll play around 30 minutes on Tuesday. While Beal is always an injury risk for his fantasy owners, it's safe to start him for Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points during a 122-106 loss to the Thunder on Monday with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, Kevin Durant said Markieff is "playing at an All-Star level right now." Morris is playing hard and he's transformed into a different player under coach Earl Watson. Morris likely boosted his trade value and the Suns may be able to get something for him. He should be owned, but a trade will hurt his value a lot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Al Horford bounces back in loss
    Al Horford scored a team-high 27 points during a 117-110 overtime loss to the Magic on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-18 from the field and hit both free throws for an eight-category line. Horford was putting up an underwhelming February before this gem, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 treys. He's been a top-20 player this year and that should continue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Julius Randle scores 15 with 19 boards
    Julius Randle matched his career-high 19 rebounds against the Pacers on Monday with 15 points, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is really starting to come around and coach Byron Scott also said Randle was "fantastic" tonight. Randle also said it "feels like the game is going easy for me." He likely has earned more run even when Larry Nance (knee) is back from his injury. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 17 minutes, tweaks ankle
    Jusuf Nurkic played through a tweaked left ankle on Monday vs. the Nets, scoring eight points with six boards, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room, but he likely just got his ankle re-taped and it didn't seem to bother him the rest of the way. Nurkic shot just 3-of-9 from the field, but he at least hit both of his free throws. Nikola Jokic only played 14 minutes tonight, but to be clear, Jokic is still the center to own in Denver and it's not even close. For now, Nurkic is just a stash in deeper leagues to see if he can find the form that he had last season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 32 with 12 assists
    Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (ankle) is probable
    Jerryd Bayless (ankle) is probable for Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He suffered a minor tweak over the weekend and should be good to go. Bayless will back up Michael Carter-Williams and is only a low-end stash with MCW possibly being traded. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:54 pm
  • John Henson (back) remains out on Tuesday
    John Henson (back) did not practice on Monday, and he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will now be six straight games in street clothes for Henson, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It's irresponsible to stash Henson in standard formats considering he's just a blocks specialist even when healthy, but those in deeper leagues (16-plus teams) should wait until we get a clear diagnosis until making a decision. The time off during All-Star Weekend should help. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 am
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) feeling 'a lot better'
    Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:45 am
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  • Julius Randle expected to play on Monday
    Julius Randle (ankle) is expected to start on Monday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Randle twisted his ankle after stepping on a cameraman in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, but postgame X-rays were negative and as Randle said, he's fine. Averaging 12.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists on 47.8% from the field over his last four games, Randle should keep getting big minutes without Larry Nance (knee) in the lineup. With how well he's been playing, it would be a surprise if Randle was sent back to the bench once Nance is ready to return. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:05 am
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) out Monday, doubtful Wed
    Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:21 pm
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  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just seven minutes Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was limited vs. the Knicks with only three points, one rebound and one steal in seven minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Nurkic played one stint spanning the first and second quarters, and in the second half he was little more than a seven-foot cheerleader. Mike Malone has said repeatedly that Nurkic's conditioning needs to improve before his minutes will increase, and there's no reason to expect him to be a standard-league asset after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points with two blocks
    Al Horford struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Magic, going 5-of-15 from the field on his way to 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Horford isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his solid percentages (on most nights), limited turnovers and relatively high assist numbers (3.1) for a big man has him churning out second-round value on the year. He’s also incorporated a 3-point shot to his game, draining 1.0 triple per contest, and he’s yet to miss a single game for Atlanta. He’s the captain of team boring for early-round studs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:40 pm
  • Jarnell Stokes recalled from D-League
    The Heat have recalled Jarnell Stokes from the D-League.

    Advice: He will be available to play against the Clippers on Sunday, but he likely won't touch the floor. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:47 am
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't look right on Friday vs. the Cavs, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Crowder is as tough as they come and doesn't want to take any time off, so he shouldn't have any restrictions vs. the Kings. He's a risky play in DFS, but owners in season-long leagues should activate him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:24 am
  • Julius Randle (ankle) is probable for Monday
    Julius Randle (ankle) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This is wonderful news. Randle looked like he was in obvious pain in the closing moments of Saturday's game, but he insisted that he's fine and x-rays were negative on his ankle. Randle was excellent vs. the Spurs with 15 points, 17 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes, so he belongs in most lineups as long as you don't expect him to help you out in steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:36 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Jae Crowder returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Jimmy Butler returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 pm
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  • X-rays negative on Julius Randle's ankle
    X-rays on Julius Randle's left ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Randle was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, but he insists that he's fine and he expects to play on Monday vs. the Pacers. However, he will be re-evaluated at Sunday's practice, so his owners should check back then for an official update. If he is forced to miss any time, Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly would benefit the most, with Bass being the better add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • Chandler Parsons drops 26 points w/ 5 treys
    Chandler Parsons was phenomenal in Saturday's 114-110 overtime win over the Grizzlies, scoring 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: He had a six-point dud vs. the Spurs on Friday, so it was great to see him get back on track. The forward added eight boards, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes, helping the Mavericks snap a three-game losing skid in the process. Keep Parsons locked in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:10 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 29 points during a 99-84 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His usage rate is just a shade below 32 when he's next to LeBron James and Kevin Love (quad) is off the floor, so this production isn't a surprise. Irving's owners are still waiting for his 3-point shooting to come around and he made just 3-of-9 from there tonight. It won't be long until he puts it all together. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Julius Randle will have x-rays on ankle
    Julius Randle tweaked his left ankle at the end of Saturday's game vs. the Spurs and will have x-rays.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain, but he never went to the locker room and was talking to the team trainer. The Lakers already lost Roy Hibbert to an ankle sprain on Saturday, so hopefully it's not serious. Randle finished with 15 points, 17 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly would have to step up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:59 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points in 20 minutes
    Bradley Beal scored 22 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: His only missed attempt from 3-point range was a halfcourt heave at the end of the game. Beal's offense is starting to click and the low minute total is nothing to worry about on the second half of a back-to-back set with 32 minutes on Friday. The team will have their next back-to-back in their first games after the break, so maybe Beal can play more in those. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Bradley Beal coming off bench, Temple starts
    Bradley Beal is coming off bench on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: That will put Garrett Temple in the starting lineup. It's also a decent indication that Beal might not be over 30 minutes like he was on Friday. Beal is still a guy to use in season-long leagues, but he lost a lot of DFS appeal with this news. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) did not suffer tear
    Jimmy Butler (left knee) was diagnosed with a knee strain and did not suffer damage to his ligaments.

    Advice: This is great news, but he is out Friday and Saturday. The diagnosis of a strain means it's something muscle related or it could be something with a tendon near his joint. Butler doesn't have a timetable to return, but it looks like he at least has a chance to be back this month. This may hurt his chance to play in the All-Star Game. Mike Dunleavy (back) should benefit while E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell could help out. Derrick Rose will be very busy, too. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:10 pm
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  • Bradley Beal is playing on Saturday
    Bradley Beal is playing on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: This is just a heads up after a Friday game. Beal played 32 minutes in that win and has been very aggressive. He still hasn't had his jumper fall, so maybe that happens tonight. Keep him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended left knee, but the Bulls still haven't released the results of his MRI. Until then, he should be considered day-to-day. Derrick Rose, Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore will all have to step up in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:19 am
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  • Vogel says Hill is 'invaluable' to the Pacers
    Coach Frank Vogel said that George Hill's ability to play off the ball is "invaluable" to the Pacers.

    Advice: "He’s shooting the ball well," Vogel said. "That’s needed because, obviously, we have Paul George back this year and we have Monta [Ellis] and we’re putting the ball in his hands a ton so [Hill’s] ability to play off the ball makes him invaluable really to what we’re doing." Hill has been a top-40 player in standard leagues over the last five games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 51.0 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:34 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores 6 pts in blowout loss
    Chandler Parsons only managed to score six points on 3-of-9 shooting during Friday's blowout loss to San Antonio, adding one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs trailed by 36 points at the half, which was the largest halftime deficit in franchise history, so it's hard to take away much from this unproductive performance from Parsons. He should be able to bounce-back on Saturday vs. Memphis. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:33 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless scores 15 points
    Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He scored all 15 points in the first half and disappeared after that. Bayless does have some stash appeal with some trade rumors popping up on Michael Carter-Williams, but it's only for deeper leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 19 points with six dimes
    Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Friday's loss to the Celtics, adding three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving is slowly but surely working his way up in the rankings, and over the past two weeks he's been producing sixth-round value behind averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 turnovers on 47.4 percent shooting. He has first-round upside, and the Cavs have one of the best playoff schedules out there, so Uncle Drew qualifies as a solid buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:48 pm
  • Report: Jimmy Butler hyperextended left knee?
    Jimmy Butler reportedly hyperextended his left knee, and while he'll likely sit out Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves there's a chance he can play Monday vs. Charlotte or Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Butler is going to get an MRI on Saturday morning, but this report is great news if it turns out to be true. Owners can expect another update tomorrow morning, but with Jimmy likely sidelined on Saturday, Tony Snell figures to enter the starting five with E'Twuan Moore seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be busy on offense for however long Jimmy Buckets is out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:41 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will have an MRI on Sat
    Fred Hoiberg said that Jimmy Butler will have an MRI on his sprained left knee on Saturday, and added that the Bulls will need to prepare to play without Butler "for a while no matter what."

    Advice: Hoiberg did say that the ligaments in Butler's left knee are "intact," but Jimmy said he heard a "pop" in his knee and it would be shocking to see him suit up for Saturday's game in Minnesota. Butler exited the arena on crutches and could be looking at a potentially looking at a lengthy absence, so E'Twaun Moore is someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues, while more minutes will be falling to guys like Doug McDermott and Tony Snell. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be doing the heavy lifting on offense for however long Butler is out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:09 pm
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  • Jae Crowder hits just 1-of-9 shots in 32 mins
    Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:54 pm
  • John Wall triple-doubles in win over 76ers
    John Wall triple-doubled against the 76ers during a 106-94 win on Friday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards offense is starting to click again and going small is probably the reason why. Wall had a really tough cold spell last month and it's probably not a coincidence that's when the team went with Nene (calf) at power forward. Expect to see Wall put up some big lines going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:44 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points in start
    Bradley Beal made 10-of-16 from the field for 22 points in a start with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He only attempted two 3-pointers and is really attacking the basket right now. Beal has actually really struggled from deep, so that's really the last piece of the puzzle for his fantasy value. The 32 minutes is a good sign and hopefully the Wizards keep him in that neighborhood and not 40 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in win
    Al Horford scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers during a 102-96 win on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, there is a reason why any team would love to have Horford on their squad. He's grown as a 3-point shooter, is a very good defender and is one of the most efficient players without requiring a high usage. Horford is just coasting along with top-20 value on the season. He also had an awesome dunk (in link below). Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:46 pm
  • John Henson (back) out Friday vs. the Jazz
    John Henson (back) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It'll be Henson's fifth straight game on the sidelines, which will allow Miles Plumlee to get some extra run, although that doesn't matter in almost any league. Henson is nothing more than a shot blocking specialist, and he's not really worth holding onto in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:31 pm
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  • Jae Crowder will play, has ankle taped
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

    Advice: Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Bradley Beal back in starting lineup
    Bradley Beal is back in starting lineup for Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: It's his first start since Dec. 9. He played 29 minutes on Wednesday and could hit 30 tonight. Beal's scoring efficiency has been very good lately despite his triples not dropping, so he might be in for a nice night against the sub-par perimeter defense of the 76ers. That means less run for Garrett Temple in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:20 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) still on track to play
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Jarnell Stokes sent back down to D-League
    Jarnell Stokes has been sent down for yet another D-League stint.

    Advice: He's played in just four games for the Heat this season, leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:20 pm
  • Chandler Parsons confused by late benching
    Chandler Parsons said his late-game benching during Wednesday's loss to Miami was "definitely strange."

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle opted for Raymond Felton over Parsons to close the game and explained the move by saying that Parsons had been struggling for most of the game. "It's definitely strange to me, especially after how I've been playing," Parsons said after the game. "It's definitely different, but every game calls for something different." Parsons has been on fire as of late and should be be in all fantasy lineups as he's due for a rebound against the Spurs on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 15 minutes off bench
    Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes and had five points, five rebounds and zero blocks for the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic finally cooled off, yet the Nuggets went to Joffrey Lauvergne before putting Nurkic in the game off the bench. Lauvergne was awful (0-for-4) and Nurkic just can't do much if he's not getting 25 minutes a game. But he's only been back for two games since the nagging knee injury and there's still time for him to get it turned around. But with Jokic playing so well, and Lauvergne getting off the bench before Nurkic, we wouldn't blame you if you're ready to move on from Nurkic. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • John Wall's 41 points are not enough vs. GSW
    John Wall's season-high 41 points were not enough during a 134-121 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was 17-of-25 from the field in his best game of the season. Wall was in a shooting slump over his previous 10 at just 39.4 percent, but he should come around with a more aggressive style these days. As for the team, the Wizards' defensive rating took a pretty big hit with 134 points allowed in regulation. Wall should flirt with first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Bradley Beal gets 29 minutes, scores 18
    Bradley Beal scored 18 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played 28.3 minutes per game since returning from a concussion. Beal is eventually going to move into the starting lineup, but coming off the bench hasn't hurt his output in his last three with averages of 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 treys. He'll start trending up again as an early-round guy as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores team-high 26 points
    Kyrie Irving led the Cavs on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-17 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five assists, one rebound and one steal, but it wasn't enough to extend the Cavs' five-game win streak.

    Advice: Irving has now notched four straight games with 20+ points and his playing time is up, so fantasy owners should be very comfortable heading into the All-Star break. It helps that Kyrie and the Cavs have a delicious playoff schedule -- they're one of four teams with four-game slates in Weeks 20-23. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Al Horford not concerned with rumors
    Al Horford said he's not concerned with the trade rumors.

    Advice: "This is my team," Horford said. "I feel like Atlanta is my home so my focus is on the team. I’m not going to pay attention to all of that." He might be the best player who has been even mentioned in trade rumors, but he'll have solid fantasy value wherever he goes for his across-the-board output and stellar efficiency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Stein: Raptors interested in Markieff Morris
    The Raptors are showing interest in Markieff Morris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein reported earlier that the Raptors have interest in P.J. Tucker. The Raptors and Suns played last night, which included Morris going for a season-high 30 points in his best game of the season. Coach Earl Watson called Morris "the main focus" of the offense, so a trade to Toronto would cripple his value. If he's moved, that would help Mirza Teletovic, who is also believed to be on the block. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in win
    Julius Randle double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Wolves with 15 points, 12 boards and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His primary competition for playing time (Larry Nance) is out through the All-Star break with a knee injury, so Randle is looking at heavy minutes for the next few weeks and maybe even beyond that. He was averaging just 0.4 blocks and 0.7 steals prior to Tuesday which gives him very little upside, but he is worth a look if you're in need of points and boards. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:53 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless scores 16 points off the bench
    Jerryd Bayless scored 16 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with five assists, one board, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Michael Carter-Williams was poor in this one with just two points and two assists in 26 minutes, so this could be a position battle to watch moving forward now that the Bucks have lost four straight games. Bayless is averaging 8.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and he's only worth a speculative add in deeper leagues unless coach Jason Kidd decides to shake up his lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Watson: Markieff Morris is 'focus' of offense
    Earl Watson said after Tuesday's game, when Markieff Morris exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, that Morris is now the focal point of the team's struggling offense.

    Advice: "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes for 30 & 11 in start
    Markieff Morris started over Mirza Teletovic on Tuesday and went off for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 13-of-20 shooting in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The points, boards, assists and blocks (tie) were all season highs for the disgruntled Morris, and the Suns and new coach Earl Watson are in full showcase mode as they hope to trade Morris. This will certainly help his trade value and he is officially the hottest pickup of the night in fantasy. He could fade just as quickly as he exploded, but he's probably worth grabbing if you have someone to drop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday
    Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Suns will likely be sellers at the trade deadline and Morris is a candidate to be moved, so they're clearly trying to boost his value. He hasn't played well this season, and a trade to a contender wouldn't necessarily be a good thing for his value. For now, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Mirza Teletovic will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • John Henson out Tuesday vs Trail Blazers
    John Henson (back) will miss Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Henson will miss his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday and shouldn't be owned in anything by deeper fantasy leagues at this point. Miles Plumlee will see some extra run against the Blazers, but doesn't carry much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 am
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