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  • Marco Belinelli will play vs. Nets on Sat.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He said he didn't have an aggravation on Friday and just stayed on the exercise bike to stay warm. Belinelli is unlikely to get more than minutes in the teens tonight, so he's not worth starting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    39 minutes ago
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo back as Bucks starter
    Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to Milwaukee's starting lineup on Saturday, sending Jerryd Bayless to the bench.

    Advice: Jason Kidd unexpectedly benched Antetokounmpo on Friday, playing him 15 minutes in a blowout defeat vs. the Raptors. Giannis may still be dealing with a minor ankle injury but he's worth deploying now that he's reclaimed his spot in the Bucks' starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:58 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. Nets
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are without a backup point guard, but Manu Ginobili should help out there. That should also open up some minutes on the wing for Danny Green and Austin Daye. Joseph's injury doesn't sound serious. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:56 pm
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) game-time on Saturday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is a game-time decision vs. the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs have already ruled out a handful of players, including backup PG Cory Joseph, so it's at least encouraging that Belinelli will try to warm up. He doesn't have enough upside in his bench role to be worth a gamble in fantasy leagues even if he were at full health. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:55 pm
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Devin Harris (leg) will play vs. Rockets
    Devin Harris (sore leg) will play vs. the Rockets on Saturday, as expected.

    Advice: Harris will return to the bench role he's played all season, averaging 8.6 points, 1.1 triples, 1.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals in just 23 minutes per game. Those numbers are attractive enough for use in many leagues, but he's less attractive given the strong play of J.J. Barea and the impending return of Raymond Felton from suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:36 pm
     
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  • Evan Fournier starting at small forward
    Evan Fournier will start next to Victor Oladipo, Willie Green, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevic on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: The Magic are really going tiny here without Tobias Harris (calf) and it's just a testament to how coach Jacque Vaughn sees Fournier as the French version of a Swiss army knife. Fournier should be owned in all standard leagues until he cools off, which may not even happen this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:57 pm
  • Jose Calderon in the starting lineup on Sat.
    Jose Calderon will be in the starting lineup against the Sixers on Saturday.

    Advice: There is no official minute restriction, but the Knicks would be extremely foolish to play him big minutes. Calderon has been out all season after an aggravation and he has a laundry list of muscle issues in his career. He should be owned in all leagues, but his owners should bench him. Shane Larkin owner will want to cut him in just about every league. We'll also keep an eye on how Calderon's return affects guys like Iman Shumpert. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:51 pm
  • Norris Cole (finger) will not play vs. Magic
    Norris Cole (finger) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: It's going to be Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier handling the minutes at point guard tonight. With Chalmers logging more minutes at point guard, Shannon Brown will also be getting more run. The Heat have no been playing James Ennis at shooting guard much, so he doesn't benefit much. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:42 pm
  • Marcus Smart still not ready to play Sunday
    Marcus Smart (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Blazers.

    Advice: It seems hard to believe that he is even close to a return after an ugly ankle injury. The Celtics are off until Friday following Sunday's game, so perhaps Smart will be ready for that contest. Phil Pressey should get some extra run tomorrow while Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner also see a bump. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 pm
     
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  • Kobe Bryant (rest) misses practice on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he had him rest for heavy legs. "He’s such a workaholic that sometimes it can hurt you more than help you. So I told him ‘I’ll see you Sunday,‘" Scott said. Bryant definitely looked like he needed the rest with he and Nick Young missing their first 12 shots in an embarrassing loss to the Mavericks on Friday. He'll be ready on Sunday against the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:31 pm
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Both injuries are not considered serious. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:23 pm
     
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  • Nick Young still wearing soft cast
    Nick Young has been playing with a soft cast on his right thumb for all three games this season.

    Advice: While his right arm may be strictly for buckets, it's possible the cast on his shooting hand could have hindered him. Young made just 2-of-7 from the field for five points against the Mavericks on Friday. He is really going to struggle in most non-scoring categories in fantasy leagues, so it's not going to be easy for him to be a top-120 guy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:52 pm
  • Marco Belinelli is questionable on Saturday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is questionable to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He only played 10 minutes in his return on Friday and the Spurs have never been shy about resting players in a back-to-back set, so Belinelli could sit. Danny Green has been on fire lately and should be considered as a must-start guy in standard leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:38 am
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner are doubtful
    Cory Joseph (ankle) and Matt Bonner (illness) are doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be in a little bit of trouble tonight with no backup point guard. In previous instances, they have used Manu Ginobili as the primary ball handler in the second unit and that should be the case tonight. Austin Daye may also get some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:34 am
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Kawhi Leonard still has foggy vision
    Kawhi Leonard said he still has foggy vision and is sensitive to light.

    Advice: "There’s really nothing I can do about it," Leonard said. "I just have to play through it." He added that in an extreme case he could have to deal with it throughout the season. Even with the vision issues, Leonard has still been a top-30 guy in the past two weeks, so his fantasy owners shouldn't panic with this news. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
  • Norris Cole (finger) doubtful for Saturday
    Norris Cole (finger) is doubtful to play vs. the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: The original diagnosis of a dislocated finger hasn't been changed, but owners should prepare to be without him for at least one game. "He's still splinted," said Erik Spoelstra, "but it could turn into a playable splint." Shabazz Napier's playing time gets a big boost with this news, and he'll likely start alongside Mario Chalmers in the backcourt if Cole doesn't play. Napier is worth a look as a temporary option at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:57 am
  • Dwyane Wade out, Norris Cole doubtful vs. ORL
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will miss his fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

    Advice: Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier should get all the minutes they can handle, especially with Norris Cole (hand) also doubtful to suit up. Miami's lack of depth will likely require bench guys like Shannon Brown, Danny Granger and James Ennis to step into significant roles as the Heat look to avoid their fifth loss in six games. Wade did some light work during shootaround and is questionable for Sunday's home game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:51 am
     
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  • Larkin, Prigioni to split backup PG role
    The Knicks' backup PG job will be a "nightly" toss-up between Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni, according to coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "There will be times when Pablo is the best fit. There will be times when Shane is the best fit," said Fisher. "And we will just do in that moment what we think is best for the group. They have both done some good things for us so I wouldn’t put any one of them out of the mix with Jose coming back." A timeshare for backup minutes is a recipe for fantasy irrelevance. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:45 am
  • Bulls consider adding PG in Rose's absence
    The Bulls have considered signing another point guard if Derrick Rose (hamstring) isn't ready to return for Monday's game.

    Advice: Free agents Will Bynum and Mike James are both possibilities as Chicago patches over backcourt injuries to Rose and Kirk Hinrich (bruised chest/ribs). Neither Bynum nor James would have fantasy appeal even if they do get picked up. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:22 am
     
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  • Devin Harris (leg) expected to play Saturday
    Devin Harris (leg) is expected to play in Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs' veteran guard has missed two games due to soreness in his lower right leg, but it shouldn't limit him as he resumes his backup role vs. the Rockets. J.J. Barea has been playing well in Harris' absence and Raymond Felton's return on Nov. 24 is another challenge to Harris' playing time, making him a dubious option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:45 am
     
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  • Nicolas Batum returns in an easy win
    Nicolas Batum returned to the lineup on Friday night against the Bulls with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers had his game in the bag in the third quarter, so there was no need to play Batum more than 20 minutes. He should get better and his fantasy owners shouldn't worry much about his knee contusion being a lingering issue. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Aaron Brooks stinks in 24 minutes
    Aaron Brooks played only 24 minutes against the Blazers during a 105-87 loss, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls did not have Kirk Hinrich (chest) or Derrick Rose (hamstring) tonight, but this game was a blowout. Brooks should get more run on Monday with Hinrich and Rose very questionable to play. His owners shouldn't panic, but he's obviously not a must-own player because he is more of a stop-gap fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has an overdue dud vs. POR
    Jimmy Butler scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal on 3-of-13 from the field against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been one of the best players in the NBA this season and obviously gets a pass here. Butler's shot selection wasn't as great tonight, but there is no need to worry thanks to taking much smarter shots throughout the season. He'll likely get it going again on Monday against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • John Wall scores 28 points in win vs. Cavs
    John Wall had his way with Kyrie Irving in a 91-78 win on Friday, scoring 28 points with six rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made 12-of-20 from the field and bounced back nicely from a three-game streak of failing to shoot over 37 percent. Wall's dimes are holding steady at around nine, his steals are up and his scoring is right where it needs to be at 19 per game. He's one of the best point guards in the NBA at age 24. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
     
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  • Ellington returns to action on Friday
    Wayne Ellington (personal) returned to action on Friday, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Ellington's father was shot and killed last week. Hopefully he was able to find some relief on the court tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Roberson steals two, blocks four vs. Nets
    Andre Roberson moved back into the starting lineup and played 22 minutes on Friday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Advice: Roberson has sneaky fantasy value and in his six games he has returned late-round value when he has been on the floor. Scott Brooks loves him and it wouldn't be surprising to see him start for the rest of the season, but there still isn't a lot of stable ground here. If you want to take a flier in a deep league we can get behind that, but otherwise it pays to wait and see if he can keep it up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Morrow hits three treys in 25 minutes
    Anthony Morrow hit three triples and 4-of-11 shots overall on Friday, finishing with 11 points, two boards and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Morrow missed his window and it sounds like the cavalry is coming soon, but one had to know he'd get things turned around a little bit after a short cold stretch entering tonight. Feel free to move on in 12-14 team formats, but don't be surprised if he carves out value as a 3-point shooter sometime down the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Dion Waiters still in the doghouse
    Dion Waiters made 1-of-7 from the field for two points with one assist, three steals and one block in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He did not even play at all in the first quarter while Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood did. Waiters is not worth owning in almost any league right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Bogdanovic held to three points on Friday
    Bojan Bogdanovic missed all five of his field goal attempts and finished with just three points over 24 minutes in Friday's win.

    Advice: Bogdan had crept into the 12-team standard league discussion but he's still too much of a secondary option in Brooklyn for our tastes. After he shakes off this game, he'll be on the bubble in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet vs. Wolves
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and four 3-pointers during a 121-92 win.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field and both free throws for one of the biggest stat lines of the night. Fantasy owners tend to focus on points too much, but Green has put up top-60 value on the season. He's worth owning in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Marco Belinelli plays 10 minutes
    Marco Belinelli returned to the lineup on Friday, playing 10 minutes with five points and two boards.

    Advice: He has been out for over two weeks and the Spurs will likely ease him back in the lineup considering he's dealt with groin issues before. Belinelli isn't going to have much in most leagues while the wings and guards are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) plays 15 minutes
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's status for Friday's game was all over the board, but he eventually decided to suit up and finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 15 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks got the snot beat out of them by the Raptors and in the grand scheme of things it probably would have been better for him to sit. We've been telling you he's a must-own player and that really shouldn't change based on a minor ankle injury, so if you buy into that you probably want to stay the course. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Fournier (heel) scores 21 points in return
    Evan Fournier returned from his one-game absence due to a heel injury on Friday, scoring 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting with one rebound, one assists and one 3-pointer over 33 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier started once again and also hit 6-of-9 shots from the foul line. This line highlights some of his versatility problems but it's otherwise getting the job done and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Joseph leaves game with ankle sprain
    Cory Joseph left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain and did not return.

    Advice: Joseph has played well in a backup role but as usual if he misses any time the rest of the rotation will absorb the minutes without a clear winner. He walked out of the arena under his own power and wasn't ready to rule himself out for Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:19 pm
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Nicolas Batum will start against Bulls
    Nicolas Batum (knee) will start against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out for almost two weeks due to his knee contusion and is expected to have his minutes limited tonight. Batum is a big part of the offense and he's still worth starting even with the restriction on his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo is available
    Updating a previous item, Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is available to play against the Raptors.

    Advice: Just when you thought the Bucks weren't going to do their usual misinformation dance, they go ahead and do it. Coach Jason Kidd is making us miss Larry Drew, which is no small feat. Antetokounmpo might not play, but maybe he plays 47 minutes. Who knows? Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Wayne Ellington will be available to play Fri
    Wayne Ellington will be available to play Friday, but Byron Scott doesn't anticipate using him.

    Advice: Scott said that Ellington is more likely to actually step onto the court on Sunday, and that he may join Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry for Saturday's D-League game. Ellington is just averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds this season, so owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Devin Harris (leg) questionable for Saturday
    Devin Harris (lower right leg soreness) is being listed as day-to-day, and he hasn’t yet been ruled out of Saturday’s game vs. Houston.

    Advice: "He's been checked out pretty extensively the last couple of days. I'll leave it at that," said Rick Carlisle regarding Harris. "We don't think it's serious." While Harris is out his minutes will be distributed amongst J.J. Barea, Jameer Nelson, and Monta Ellis. Ellis will take on a larger portion of the scoring load, and Barea could make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:09 pm
     
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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Friday night
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: Well, it looks like he had some discomfort in his ankle. Antetokounmpo had an ugly ankle roll when he landed on Brandon Knight's foot on Wednesday, but he did play through it. He could miss more time and fantasy owners will want to put him on their benches. Jerryd Bayless will start, but the bigger winners in fantasy may be Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Andre Roberson will start Friday vs. the Nets
    Andre Roberson will start on Friday, sending Jeremy Lamb to the bench.

    Advice: Roberson is a defensive specialist for the Thunder, so he doesn't bring too much to the box score. He's averaging 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds with the starting unit, and his minutes will be capped at 20 tonight, so he doesn't really belong on an active roster outside of extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has good chance to play
    Giannis Antetokounmpo "appears to be a go unless he reports some pain after warmups," according to C.F. Gardner of the Journal-Sentinel.

    Advice: When it comes to Bucks players being a game-time decision, we'll take whatever info we can get. Larry Sanders was a game-time decision on Wednesday, but the team didn't announce he was starting until seconds before the actual tip. Antetokounmpo owners will want to check back and might want to bench him unless he's clearly the best option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Evan Fournier (heel) will start on Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) will return to the starting lineup on Friday, sending Willie Green to the bench.

    Advice: Fournier has been impressive this season, averaging 17.3 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game, however, he does have a difficult matchup tonight vs. the Hornets. Willie Green can be cut in all formats with the return of Fournier. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol & Kirk Hinrich out
    Derrick Rose (hamstring), Pau Gasol (calf) and Kirk Hinrich (chest) are out against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Rose has been ruled out quickly for each of the last three games and he could miss more time. The Bulls are likely going to manage his minutes upon his return, so fantasy owners shouldn't buy low unless it's at an extremely discount. Aaron Brooks is going to be very busy tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
     
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  • Wayne Ellington has returned to the Lakers
    Wayne Ellington (personal) has rejoined the Lakers, but it's not clear if he will play Friday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Head coach Byron Scott would like to ease Ellington back into the rotation, and with Nick Young back from his injury, Ellington will have a negligible role with the Lakers. He's is averaging just 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds through 20.5 minutes of action this season, and he can safely be left on the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices in full on Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he's expected to make his Knicks' debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Calderon's return will send Shane Larkin to the bench, and Iman Shumpert's value will take a small hit. He has a very favorable matchup vs. the Philadelphia "Tanker," but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Saturday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) headed for GTD
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's shootaround, and is headed for a game-time decision vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: "At shootaround he looked all right," head coach Jason Kidd said of Giannis. "We'll see how he feels in a couple hours." Kidd isn't one to make his lineups readily available, so we likely won't know of Giannis' status until just before tip-off. That being said, things are looking positive for The Greek Freak, but if he were to sit O.J. Mayo would see some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • Devin Harris (leg) will not play Friday
    Devin Harris (lower right leg soreness) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: J.J. Barea, Jameer Nelson, and Monta Ellis will see their minutes increased with Harris sidelined, and Barea could make for a nice low-budget buy in daily leagues. He's coming off a 14-point, six assist outing vs. the Wizards, and has a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 am
     
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  • Marco Belinelli (groin) upgraded to probable
    Marco Belinelli (groin) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Belinelli is confined to a bench role, and is averaging just 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers on the year, so his value is limited to deep leagues. If he plays, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green would see a slight reduction in minutes, but Belinelli won't have a large enough impact to hurt either of their values. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Kobe happy to have Nick Young back in action
    Kobe Bryant stated during a recent interview that he's happy to have Nick Young back in action.

    Advice: "You got a player who can get buckets and create. He does wonders," Bryant said. "Nick is a phenomenal talent. He has a pull-up jump shot and is creating mismatches. I’m very happy to have him back." Bryant also went on to say that he thinks Young will compete for Sixth Man of the Year honors, a high compliment from a man who doesn't give out many. Young is averaging 16.5 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games back with the team, and while he doesn't bring much else to the stat sheet, his scoring and 3-point shot making make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Evan Fournier (heel) says he can play Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) said that he thinks he'll be able to suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: This isn't official, but things are looking positive for Fournier. If he does suit up, Willie Green would head back to the bench where he would go back to being irrelevant in all fantasy leagues. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points against the Kings on Thursday with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He operated out of the post quite a bit, but he had nine of his 11 makes come off an assist tonight. Butler has been the go-to option for the Bulls these days, but his usage takes a massive hit when Derrick Rose (hamstring) is on the floor. He's putting up first-round value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Norris Cole plays better on Saturday
    Norris Cole did not return from his dislocated left middle finger against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with no points and one assist in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Cole was on the bench after a trip to the locker room, but it seemed clear the team didn't want to put him back out there. The team has yet to share any X-ray results and he might have an MRI coming on Friday. Shabazz Napier would be a deep-league speculative add for now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Norris Cole goes to the locker room
    Norris Cole suffered a dislocated left middle finger and is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He is back on the bench and chances are X-rays were negative. If Cole does miss time, rookie Shabazz Napier could be looking at a major bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:04 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Thursday vs. LAC
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This marks the fourth consecutive game Wade will be sidelined with this hamstring injury, and Mario Chalmers will continue to start as long as Wade is out. Chalmers has been great with the starting unit, averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game, and he should be in all active lineups on a night with just two games being played. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:36 pm
     
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  • Marcus Smart (ankle) doubtful for Sunday
    Marcus Smart (ankle) said that he doubts he'll play Sunday, and he remains without a definitive return date.

    Advice: "I couldn’t really tell you [an expected return date]. It just depends," Smart said. "One day my body feels good, probably one day it doesn’t. I’ve got to listen to my body." Smart was able to do some straight-line movement during Thursday's practice, but still is unable to do anything side-to-side. He may be able resume practicing next week, and after Sunday's game vs. Portland the Celtics don't play again until Friday, Nov. 28. We'll consider Smart questionable for that one, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. However, with averages of just 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 steals, he’s not a viable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:23 pm
     
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  • Nick Young receives flop warning from league
    Nick Young received a flop warning from the NBA on Thursday.

    Advice: Young drew a foul on Kyle Korver while attempting a 3-point shot, and as the video shows, Korver did not even make contact with Young. The first offense is just a warning, but the second results in a $5,000 fine, with each additional flop resulting in an increased penalty. Young has brought a much-needed scoring-punch to the Lakers' second unit, and is averaging 17.0 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games. He doesn't do much aside from score, but should be able to sustain limited value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:02 pm
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Giannis sprained his ankle during the second overtime of Wednesday's triple OT win over the Nets, but managed to play through it. If The Greek Freak is unable to go, Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo would be the primary beneficiaries of his absence, with Mayo offering the most upside. Stay tuned for an official update on Giannis' status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) questionable for Fri.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Belinelli is averaging just 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers this season, so his return to the court shouldn't matter for owners in standard leagues. Deep league owners will want to check back closer to Friday's tip for an official update on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:16 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) spotted without brace
    Nicolas Batum (knee) was spotted doing shooting drills after Thursday's practice, and was not wearing a brace on his injured right knee.

    Advice: Batum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned for an official update on his status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. When Batum returns, Allen Crabbe will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday
    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

    Advice: Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:05 am
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol both out Thursday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:35 am
     
    Injured
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Is Norris Cole on the Heat's trade block?
    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks there is a chance that the Heat trade Norris Cole this season.

    Advice: Coupled with Mario Chalmers' recent strong play, Winderman cites the fact the Heat declined to extend Cole before the October 31 deadline as a reason that Miami might explore a trade. Cole is stuck in a backcourt logjam with Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues unless he can separate himself from the pack. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Kobe Bryant scores 29 on 28 FGA, 10 FTA
    Kobe Bryant made 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 29 points during a 98-92 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He started off fine making 6-of-11 from the field before halftime, but things turned sour in the second half with miss after miss. Bryant's usage actually dropped to 37.3 after tonight with his 36.8 in the win, but he's still on pace to have one of the highest usage rates ever -- he has the record of 38.7 in 2005-06. Expect Kobe to take plenty of shots against the Mavericks on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:21 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
     
    Injured
  • Andre Roberson plays seven minutes in return
    Andre Roberson returned from a foot injury on Wednesday and played seven minutes, finishing with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks with the injury, but could be slotted into the starting SG job once he's fully healthy. That's where he was before the injury, but he isn't much of a fantasy prospect unless you're in a really deep league. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:02 am
  • Anthony Morrow not doing much with minutes
    Anthony Morrow played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points, without making a 3-pointer.

    Advice: If he's not going to hit threes, he has no fantasy value. Despite getting at least 28 minutes in all but one of his games this season, Morrow hasn't really done anything outside of a 28-point game on Nov. 12. Maybe he'll get it turned around at some point, but the odds aren't in his favor with the return of Andre Roberson from a foot injury tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:56 pm
  • Swaggy PhD: Nick Young cures Lakers
    Nick Young helped the Lakers win their second game in a row in a 98-92 victory in Houston, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers went 1-9 without Young, but they've now won both games with him. He's getting plenty of shots in the second unit and it looks like he'll be able to score in the teens. His owners shouldn't expect much else besides scoring, but give him a look if that's what your team is lacking. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:54 pm
  • Andre Roberson returned to action on Wednesday November 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 18 in a win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made 7-of-11 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a triple-overtime win on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two turnovers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: The Greek Freak did roll his ankle late in this game, but he did play through it and it didn't seem to bother him. He is shooting the ball much better this season and it has a lot to do with his much improved shot selection. Excluding some foul trouble on Tuesday, Antetokounmpo's minutes are way up and he looks to be locked in to the starting lineup. His upside is too high to be left on the wire right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • John Wall quiet, but double-doubles in loss
    John Wall hit just 5-of-17 shots to score 11 points, but also had six rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was not the game his owners were hoping for, but it's hard to be too mad at him for a double-double with some steals and blocks. He'll look to get back on track Friday against Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 47 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played a career-high 47 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 19 points, seven rebounds and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He attempted 11 shots from beyond the arc and was 7-of-16 from the field overall. Bogdanovic is starting to figure the NBA game out and he's now turned in two good games in a row. He's still not doing much outside of scoring, so the upside isn't really there for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Dion Waiters disappears vs. Spurs
    Dion Waiters, who blew up for 20 point off the bench on Monday, hit just 2-of-7 shots in 21 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Waiters minutes have taken a hit since he was pulled from the starting lineup and his big games are going to be few and far between if 18 minutes a night. Unfortunately, tonight was probably closer to reality than Monday, especially since Joe Harris played six more minutes than him, but had just five points and a 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard quietly fills stat sheet
    Kawhi Leonard played 37 minutes and had 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals on 4-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's tough win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Leonard's game could have been a lot better had he made some shots and some 3-pointers, but it wasn't bad, either. He's playing at a high level right now and living up to the hype, despite the best efforts of his coach. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Status quo: Rose, Pau questionable vs. SAC
    The Bulls have listed Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) as questionable to face the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is pretty much useless because the Bulls will have sat both players with their "probable" status leading up to previous games. We would consider them a little closer to doubtful, but check back for an update on Thursday morning. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Andre Roberson is available to play vs. DEN
    Andre Roberson (foot) is available to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear if he is going to start or if his minutes are limited. Roberson was close to playing on Tuesday, but he probably won't be fully unleashed tonight. If you want to pick him up in a deep league, it makes some sense. Although, he will lose a lot of value upon the return of Kevin Durant (foot). Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Andre Roberson could play on Wednesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) has not been ruled out for Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going through pre-game warmups, but it's unknown if he will actually play. The Thunder could really use him and he would be on the fantasy radar. Lance Thomas would lose minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) still out on Wed.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful and did not have much of a chance to play tonight. Beliinelli should be considered questionable to face the Wolves on Friday. Danny Green and Cory Joseph get some slight bumps in value tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Evan Fournier out Wednesday w/ sore heel
    Evan Fournier will not play on Wednesday due to a sore left heel.

    Advice: Fournier has no history of heel injuries and coach Jacque Vaughn is hopeful that he'll only miss one game, with the Magic returning to action in a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. Victor Oladipo should get all the minutes he can handle in Fournier's absence, with more playing time available for guys like Luke Ridnour, Elfrid Payton, and possible Ben Gordon or Willie Green. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) doubtful for Thursday
    Dwyane Wade (left hamstring) is doubtful to play on Thursday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This would be his fourth game out of the lineup and there's a chance he misses some time over the weekend, as well. It's worth mentioning his left leg has been worse than his right and he's needed his left knee drained multiple times over the past few seasons. Mario Chalmers has benefited and will be worth using in all leagues. James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Norris Cole also benefit. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:46 pm
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) goes through practice
    Nicolas Batum (knee) went through practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is hopeful to play on Friday and going through practice today bodes well for his chances. The Blazers only had two different starting lineups last season, but they've had a lot of injuries in the young season with C.J. McCollum (hand) as the most recent. Batum owners can plug him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:24 pm
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) cleared to practice
    Derrick Rose (hamsting) is expected to participate in practice on Wednesday, while Pau Gasol will be rested.

    Advice: This doesn't mean a lot for Rose's owners, as he will likely be a game-time decision no matter what. If Rose doesn't suit up Thursday, expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to carry the load. If Gasol can't play, then Taj Gibson and Joakim noah will both be in for a big night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
     
    Injured
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) limited in practice
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, and should be considered questionable for Thursday's game.

    Advice: Wade's goal of playing every game this season was quickly shattered last week when he tweaked his hamstring so it's not surprising to see the Heat exercise caution with him. If he ends up sitting on Thursday, Mario Chalmers will likely draw another start and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:45 am
     
    Injured
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) could return Sunday
    Marcus Smart (ankle) could return on Sunday against Portland, but coach Stevens said it would likely be another week before he can play.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the rookie, as his ankle has been healing rapidly. Smart has been able to participate in certain drills, but it is understandable if the Celtics are cautious with him. However, unless something happens to Rajon Rondo or Avery Bradley, Smart will only be an asset in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 am
     
    Injured
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) is doubtful Wednesday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: The Italian is only an asset in deeper leagues for his 3-pointers, so owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore him. If Belinelli can't go, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will continue to absorb his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:05 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Devin Harris (ankle) is out on Wednesday
    Devin Harris (ankle) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, but is targeting a return on Friday.

    Advice: We saw this one coming from a mile away, as Harris has been injury-prone throughout his career. He should be fine with a little rest, and he is hopeful he will play on Friday. J.J. Barea figures to be the main beneficiary of Harris' absence, while Jameer Nelson will likely see a slight uptick in minutes with the first unit. However, neither player is reliable enough for standard leagues in the long term. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:57 am
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) had two PRP injections
    Nicolas Batum (knee) has received two Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in order to speed up the healing process.

    Advice: This isn't bad news by any means, as this is a nonsurgical procedure that has shown success in the past. Batum is targeting a return to the lineup on Friday and owners should deploy him by all means if that is the case. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but it is looking positive. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:07 am
  • Anthony Morrow quiet in 34 minutes Tuesday
    Anthony Morrow logged 34 minutes off the Thunder bench on Tuesday, but he scored only eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Morrow hit a 3-pointer and he doesn't usually contribute many boards or defensive stats, which take the sting out of his low-scoring game. He blew up for 28 points and four triples last Wednesday but is just 7-of-31 from the field since then (22.6 percent), so fantasy owners should deploy him with caution. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo gets into foul trouble
    Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up a few quick fouls defending Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday, which limited him to 13 points and six rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: He was in the starting lineup again, which is a positive development, and it was very encouraging to see him make 7-of-7 free throws -- he's at just 67.7 percent on the season, which is consistent with his rookie year. He has enough upside to be owned in 12-team leagues, but has yet to put it all together in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Shane Larkin scoreless in 22 minutes vs. MIL
    Shane Larkin's streak of quiet games continued on Tuesday, as he went scoreless with zero rebounds and one assist in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: He has been starting at PG by default but Jose Calderon is nearing a return, and fantasy owners should cut Larkin in all formats. He's yet to score double-digit points in a game this season, largely because he's attempting only 5.9 shots in 27 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kobe Bryant hits 10-of-18 shots for 28 points
    Kobe Bryant was in the groove vs. Atlanta on Tuesday, sinking 10-of-18 shots with three 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 28 points.

    Advice: Bryant added four rebounds, three assists and one steal to round out his efficient performance. He leads the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game despite shooting a mere 37.7 percent from the field prior to tonight's stellar performance. He's over the flu that slowed him down this weekend and even Nick Young's return won't have a significant impact on Kobe's shot totals, which is good news for fantasy owners relying on his volume scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Nick Young scores 17 efficient pts in debut
    Nick Young (thumb) made his season debut on Tuesday, scoring 17 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Swaggy P had a few typically erratic shot attempts, but he was generally under control and efficient, which isn't usually the case -- he's a 42.9 percent shooter for his career, and was at just 41.3 percent last season. Fantasy owners may find him useful for scoring and 3-point shooting, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) likely out Wed. & Fri.
    Marcus Smart (ankle) will travel with the Celtics for their road games on Wednesday and Friday, but he's not expected to play in either game.

    Advice: Smart is progressing nicely after his scary injury and he's already begun shooting around, but he doesn't have a specific return date. His defensive energy will earn him a role in coach Brad Stevens' rotation, but he doesn't have much fantasy upside with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley both healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:02 pm
     
    Injured
  • Andre Roberson (foot) won't return on Tuesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) will not return on Tuesday and he remains day-to-day.

    Advice: There's a chance that Roberson will play Wednesday, but OKC may hold him out until Friday or Saturday as a precaution. He's likely to assume the starting SG job once healthy, but he doesn't have enough fantasy upside to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:09 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) progresses to shooting
    Marcus Smart (ankle) was able to get up some shots before Tuesday's practice, but he's still not expected to make a return until sometime next week.

    Advice: He's progressed from stationary shooting, and Smart looks to be on track to meet his initial two-week timetable. However, as long as Rajon Rondo is in town, Smart isn't going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Wayne Ellington expected to return Thursday
    Wayne Ellington (personal) is expected to rejoin the Lakers in Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: Ellington hasn't done much in his five outings with Lakers this season, averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds over 20.5 minutes of action. Owners can safely leave him on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:39 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) doubtful for Wed.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: If Belinelli is unable to go, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will continue to sop up his minutes. Belinelli is averaging 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers per game this year, so he can only be considered an asset in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:06 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Devin Harris questionable for Wednesday
    Devin Harris (ankle) has been listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Harris was able to travel with the team to Washington, D.C., so it would seem that he escaped serious injury after going down during Monday's win over the Hornets. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but J.J. Barea would be in line for some extra minutes off the bench if Harris is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
     
    Injured
  • Andre Roberson getting closer to return
    Andre Roberson (foot) is close to returning this week, according to Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, and could play as early as Tuesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Brooks mentioned Tuesday as a possibility, but we're more likely looking at Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday if we're staying within Brooks' timetable of this week. Roberson doesn't deserve much fantasy attention as a defensive specialist, but his return will cut into Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow's already limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:45 am
  • Nick Young to come off bench Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) will come off the bench as he makes his 2014-15 season debut against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swaggy's back. While Young will likely find himself in the Lakers' starting lineup sooner or later, Lakers' head coach will ease him back into action against the Hawks on Tuesday. Fantasy owners can expect Swaggy P to serve as the Lakers' second scoring option behind Kobe Bryant, but need to be aware of the low field goal percentage and minimal peripherals that will come with his scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
  • Devin Harris nursing minor ankle injury
    Devin Harris (ankle) is nursing a minor ankle injury, but it wasn't deemed serious enough to have him fly back to Dallas.

    Advice: Harris left Monday's win over the Hornets after playing just 10 minutes, but was still able to travel with the team to Washington, D.C. "He’s got a little ankle thing that we’re trying to take care of," Carlisle said. "Beyond that I can’t comment because I’m not a doctor." J.J. Barea would pick up more minutes off the bench if Harris is unable to play against the Wizards on Wednesday, but he's not worth an add in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:09 am
     
    Injured
  • Butler headlines night of big lines for Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one three and a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line in Monday's win.

    Advice: Butler is returning top-10 fantasy value and it's unclear where his shooting percentages are ultimately going to fall because he has clearly improved. Making an ungodly 80.6 percent from the line on 8.0 attempts per game, we're getting past issues involving small sample size too. The safe play is to sell him high in exchange for a well-positioned top-20 asset, but what fun would that be? Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Brooks quiet in another missed opportunity
    Aaron Brooks scored just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one assist in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be measured by how he performs on the nights when Derrick Rose is invariably out, and by this measurement he'll be harder to trust next time out. Rose is day-to-day with his current hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:54 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard only plays 20 minutes on Monday
    Kawhi Leonard played just 20 minutes against the 76ers during a 100-75 win on Monday with five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: He had 10 boards before the halftime and coach Gregg Popovich didn't need his stars in the second half. Leonard has been outstanding since his slow start and he'll get to guard LeBron James in a big matchup on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet on Monday
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the 76ers on Monday with 11 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Like most Spurs, he's capable of putting up very useful fantasy lines without much scoring output. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game on Monday night
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He's scored in double-digits in three of his last four games with 1.3 steals and 3.0 dimes per game in that span. Obviously Joseph isn't going to light it up, but he's playing really well for owners in deep leagues. Plus, it's clear he'll be given plenty of chances should Tony Parker ever miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:31 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Fournier goes for 14 and eight on Monday
    Evan Fournier started next to Victor Oladipo on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier appears to have played his way into starter's minutes and if he's going to handle the ball this much owners have a steal. If somebody dropped him go run and pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:34 pm
  • Bojan scores 22 points with four treys
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with three rebounds and one steal over 41 minutes on Monday against the Heat.

    Advice: Bogdanovic has crept onto the standard league radar with averages of 30.5 minutes, 10.5 points, 1.5 threes and some friendly percentages to offset his lack of pop in other categories. 12-team owners in need of low-end production should give him a look. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Waiters scores 20 points off the bench
    Dion Waiters scored 20 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 9-of-16 shots (including two threes) with two rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Waiters hovers around the bottom of the top-200 in standard fantasy leagues and needs a prolonged stretch of production before we're biting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:35 pm
  • Batum (knee) says he should play on Friday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he should be okay for Friday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: This is great news for owners, who have had to deal with some uncertainty over the last week. If a two-game week for Batum works for you, get him back into lineups if you can. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
  • Devin Harris (leg soreness) out for the night
    Devin Harris is dealing with lower-leg soreness on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: He's been able to avoid the injury bug for much of the season, but it was only a matter of time. Harris has been very good off the bench and it's unclear how much time he'll need to recover. With Harris out, J.J. Brea will likely help more off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:27 pm
     
    Injured
  • Batum (knee) out on Monday vs. Pelicans
    Nicolas Batum (knee) will not play on Monday against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: Batum's absence has spread minutes around to Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake, but none of them are good fantasy options in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:16 pm
  • Dwyane Wade ruled out on Monday night
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday night against the Nets.

    Advice: He was never expected to play tonight and he could miss more games. Mario Chalmers has been a great play in the past two games and fantasy owners should have him in their lineups. Shabazz Napier will also get a handful of more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:06 pm
     
    Injured
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo sticking w/ starters
    Giannis Antetokounmpo will start again on Tuesday night against the Knicks, according to coach Jason Kidd.

    Advice: It's unlike the Bucks to shed any light on their starting unit a day before the game, but we'll take it. Antetokounmpo played 32 minutes in the starting lineup on Sunday and he's been over 30 minutes in three of his last four games. He shouldn't be on any waiver wires despite how he'll have his struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:48 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Monday night
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: This is the second game in a row in which the Bulls won't even make Rose a game-time decision. Rose is doing some work, but he could miss more time. His fantasy owners in weekly leagues have a tough decision on their hands with the only other games coming on a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday. Jimmy Butler is coming off a career night while Aaron Brooks disappointed on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich also played well on Saturday, which was really his only good game in the starting lineup. For what it's worth, we would bench Rose in just about any scenario. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:01 am
     
    Injured
  • Spurs hopeful Belinelli returns this week
    The Spurs are hopeful Marco Belinelli (groin) can return this week.

    Advice: Belinelli was participating in shell drills on Monday, and it would be a surprise if he's not back sooner versus later at this point given his progression. While he remains out, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard's minutes will continue to be higher than usual. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:13 am
     
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    5:30 pm vs Bkn
  • Calderon could begin practicing before Friday
    Jose Calderon (hamstring) could begin practicing before Friday.

    Advice: Calderon is expected to return to practice by Friday at the latest. The Knicks could use his leadership and abilities at the point, especially as the team looks to get the Triangle offense fully integrated. As soon as Calderon can return, he's expected to take over as the team's starting point guard. He should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:56 am
  • Kobe Bryant defends volume shooting ways
    Kobe Bryant defended his volume shooting after the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Bryant scored 44 points on 34 field goal attempts in just three quarters of action. "This responsibility, it's on me. When things go good, it's us. When things go bad, it's me." Kobe wants to get others involved, but his teammates, almost comically, just wait around and watch Kobe try to make something happen. Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer added the balance is currently off, but Kobe isn't being left many options given his underwhelming supporting cast. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:34 am
  • Marcus Smart limited to stationary shooting
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is limited to just stationary shooting right now.

    Advice: "All that he’s doing is shooting stationary," Stevens said. "There is increased activity, as far as on the [Alter-G, non-weight-bearing] treadmill, so he’s not doing a whole lot. He is up on his feet and walking, the boot is off and all that stuff." The Celtics won't rush the rookie back before he's completely healthy and ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:04 am
     
    Injured
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) has 44 pts in ugly loss
    Kobe Bryant (illness) poured in a game-high 44 points on 15-of-34 FGs and 11-of-16 FTs in a futile effort vs. the Warriors on Sunday, adding five rebounds and three assists in just 31 minutes.

    Advice: Bryant shot a career-worst 1-of-14 from the field in L.A.'s last game, but on Sunday he played like vintage Black Mamba -- the problem is that his teammates didn't follow suit, and their team defense was atrocious. The impending return of Nick Young should ease Kobe's workload, which is good news for the 36-year-old Bryant's durability and FG percentage (currently a career-low 36.7 percent). Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:22 pm
  • Nick Young (thumb) expected to play Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) is expected to play on Tuesday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Young made it through a full practice without any setbacks and his scoring ability is sorely needed by L.A., though they're in greater need of defense. Swaggy is the most likely Laker to finish second in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, but fantasy owners should anticipate low FG percentages as well as minimal assists, rebounds, steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Anthony Morrow goes 1-of-9 from field vs. HOU
    Anthony Morrow shot just 1-of-9 from the field on Sunday, finishing a tough home loss vs. Houston with four points, one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow poured in 28 points vs. the Celtics on Wednesday but he's struggled since then, going a combined 5-of-25 from the field in OKC's past two games. He'll be better most nights and is worth owning if you're in need of scoring and 3-pointers, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:10 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) will play Sunday vs GSW
    Kobe Bryant (illness) will be in the Lakers starting lineup vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Byron Scott never doubted that his star would be in uniform, and this makes it official. Throughout his career Kobe has played well despite being under the weather, and owners should confidently deploy him in what should be a high-scoring contest between L.A. and Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will travel to BK
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will travel with the Heat to Brooklyn, but he's looking doubtful for Monday's game despite being listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: "He's starting to do a lot more corrective exercises, strength and treatment," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's all we can do right now. Then we'll take the next step when he can get there." Wade missed nine games last season with a similar hamstring issue, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him sit out on Monday. If he's unable to go, Mario Chalmers would likely get another start, and he makes for a solid option in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an official update on Wade's status as we draw closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:02 pm
     
    Injured
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Sunday vs. Bucks
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Bucks, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: James Ennis drew the start in Wade's place on Friday, but he only lasted six minutes, and it was Mario Chalmers who saw a bulk of the minutes in Wade's absence. Chalmers put up 23 points, 11 assists, and one 3-pointer during his last outing, and will look to build upon that effort today as the Heat take on the Bucks, get him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) doubtful for Monday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, but remains doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Batum said that the bruise on his right knee is under the bone, and he's still not feeling 100 percent. If Batum is unable to go Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum, will continue to see some extended minutes for the Blazers, but none of those guys makes for a very attractive option in standard leagues. Batum will now be targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) able to move w/out limp
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is now able to move around without a limp, but he has still not been cleared to return to practice.

    Advice: Smart suffered a pretty brutal ankle injury on Nov. 7, and he is currently targeting a late-November return. It's nice to see that he's progressing, but with averages of just 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 30.6 percent shooting from the field, he's simply not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Nick Young (thumb) targeting Tuesday vs. ATL
    Nick Young (thumb) is targeting a return for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: "The Defensive Player of the Year is here today and he’ll be here Tuesday," Young said after going through a full practice on Saturday. The Lakers plan to have Young go through shootaround on Tuesday, after which, the Lakers’ medical staff will evaluate him. If he's cleared to play, he will suit up, and he'll likely come off the bench. Young doesn't have too much upside while Kobe Bryant is healthy, so owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with the self-proclaimed MVP/Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) expected to play Sunday
    Kobe Bryant missed Sunday's shootaround with flu-like symptoms, but coach Byron Scott still expects him to play as the Lakers take on the Warriors.

    Advice: "You would have to amputate his leg for him not to play [Sunday]," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "If he feels 20 percent better than he felt [Saturday] night, he’ll say ‘I’m good.’ I never scratch him out of anything except practice." Coach Scott is expressing a sentiment that the basketball world knows very well, as long as Kobe has two legs to stand on, he will compete on the basketball court. Check back for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off, but all signs are pointing towards The Black Mamba suiting up. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:31 am
  • Kobe Bryant (illness) not at shootaround
    Kobe Bryant (illness) is not at the morning shootaround, and is questionable to play on Sunday.

    Advice: We are expected to get an update from coach Byron Scott shortly and we will update his status as soon as possible. The Black Mamba will likely still play as he is one of the toughest players in the league, but should he miss time expect the Lakers to use a committee approach to absorb his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:00 am
  • Shane Larkin will start for Knicks on Sunday
    Shane Larkin will start for the Knicks on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Larkin has been inconsistent all season but has shown flashes of good play. However, Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to return very soon meaning that Larkin should be left on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:24 am
  • Jose Calderon may practice later this week
    Coach Fisher said on Sunday that Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani could resume practice later this week, but both will miss Sunday's game.

    Advice: This would be great news for Calderon's owners, as he is expected to flourish in the triangle offense making him a must-own player in almost all leagues. Bargnani on the other hand, shouldn't be owned in standard leagues until he strings together a couple of good games so owners should monitor him first. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:50 am
  • Andre Roberson (foot) is not close to return
    Andre Roberson (foot) is not close to making a return to the Thunder, and will not play on Sunday.

    Advice: The Thunder haven't released a lot of info on Roberson which doesn't bode well for his status going forward. The defensive specialist should remain on the waiver wire in almost all leagues until we get a positive report. In the meantime, Jeremy Lamb will continue to play as many minutes as he can handle and is considered a boom-or-bust option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Kawhi Leonard plays 40 minutes on Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard played 40 minutes against the Kings on Saturday with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The line is pretty good, but the minutes are the story here. Leonard has played at least 37 minutes in three of his last five games, averaging 17.4 points, 8.0 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.6 steals, 1.2 triples and 1.4 turnovers on 53.1 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the line. He's a stud. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:27 pm
  • Aaron Brooks has a colossal letdown
    Aaron Brooks played just 18 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Ouch. All signs indicated Brooks was set for a big game tonight because he scored 26 points in the last game without Derrick Rose (hamstring). Rose isn't expected to be out for too long, so there's very little reason to be too attached to Brooks right now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Jimmy Buckets indeed: Butler scores 32 points
    Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 32 points against the Pacers on Saturday with six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The breakout is real, folks. Butler is getting to the free throw line a ton, knocking down jumpers and playing great on the defense end. After tonight's game, Butler will have first-round value in standard leagues and he's arguably been the best pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • John Wall double-doubles on Saturday
    John Wall double-doubled in a 98-93 win over the Magic on Saturday with five rebounds, 10 assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only make 6-of-17 from the field and turned the ball over three times. Wall does have three doubel-doubles in his last five games, averaging 19.8 points, 4.0 boards, 8.4 dimes, 2.0 steals and 0.4 triples in that span. He's an elite asset in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:05 pm
  • Evan Fournier still gets minutes
    Evan Fournier played 38 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with 15 points, two assists and two 3-pointers on 5-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton has been awful and perhaps he's the big loser from Victor Oladipo coming back. Fournier is certainly going to see his output drop, but he might actually put up value worthy of ownership in standard leagues. In other words, don't drop him unless it's for someone you don't think will last on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard will play on Saturday night
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play on Saturday against the Kings.

    Advice: He was medically cleared last night, there is always the fear of coach Gregg Popovic resting guys on a back-to-back. Leonard is on fire over his last three and his fantasy owners aren't concerned about his production anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:26 pm
  • Scott expects Kobe to play on Sunday
    Coach Byron Scott said he expects Kobe Bryant (illness) to play on Sunday against the Warriors.

    Advice: "You’d probably have to ampute his leg [to keep him out]," Scott said. Bryant has been dealing with a viral infection for at least the past two days. He was able to play through it on Friday and his fantasy owners can probably pencil him in for Sunday. Of course, it doesn't hurt to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:44 pm
  • Nick Young goes through a full practice
    Nick Young (thumb) went through a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: His Tuesday target date seems very realistic, but there's been no indication he'll be ready for Sunday. Young attempted a ton of shots last season, but he had a usage rate of just 15.6 in his 82 minutes next to Kobe Bryant last season -- it was 26.6 without Mamba. He's not the greatest option in standard leagues unless you have a glaring weakness in scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:31 pm
  • Andre Roberson (foot) still out of practice
    Andre Roberson (foot) did not practice on Saturday and is listed as out against the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: He has been ruled out for games before shootaround and we'd probably expect the Thunder to rule him out soon. With Roberson likely out, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb figure to get most of the work on the wings. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) out on Saturday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's game on a drive to the basket, so this news comes as no surprise. The Bulls are going to be incredibly cautious with Rose to the dismay of his owners and will likely have many more DNP's this season. Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich will both pick up extra minutes, and even though Hinrich will start, Brooks is the much better plug-and-play in daily leagues. We will update Rose's status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:59 am
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) is inactive on Saturday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: This is just a reminder and owners will have to look elsewhere on Saturday. Batum is targeting a return on Monday but until then, Allen Crabbe could continue to start while C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake could also see more minutes again. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:22 am
  • Kobe Bryant dealing with viral infection
    Kobe Bryant is dealing with a viral infection according to the Lakers, and he was visibly ill in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: "He wasn't feeling too well," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "Nothing physically as far as a knee or Achilles, but he's not feeling well." Kobe shot just 1-of-14 from the floor but it's reassuring to know that he should be back to his normal self soon. Knowing the Black Mamba, he will likely suit up on Sunday but owners should check back for updates just in case. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:03 am
  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) probable for Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (ankle) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against Indiana.

    Advice: This news comes out of nowhere, and the Bulls are describing the injury as just soreness in his left ankle. Check back for updates prior to tip-off, but if Butler can't go, expect Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and even Tony Snell to pick up some extra minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:34 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamtring) questionable Saturday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Owners are in for another wild ride before tip-off as Rose will likely be a true game-time decision. He can't seem to stay healthy but the Bulls are just calling it a mild hamstring strain so at least it's not serious. If Rose can't go, Aaron Brooks would be an intriguing plug-and-play while Kirk Hinrich would also see a bump in his minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:51 am
     
    Injured
  • Kawhi takes five stitches; will play Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard took five stitches after getting cut under his right eye in Friday's win over the Lakers, and finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Leonard was medically cleared to return but the game was already in hand for the Spurs so he watched the rest in the locker room. With all the random stops and starts to his season he hasn't quite performed up to his ADP, but he has looked like a stud and this may be your last chance get your hands on the Claw. We're putting him on the injury report only because of Pop, and Leonard has said that he will play on Saturday against the Kings. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:22 am
  • Morrow only scores 10 points vs. Pistons
    Anthony Morrow scored just 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting with two threes, three boards and one steal in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Owners are going to see Jeremy Lamb's career-night of 24 points and 10 boards and consider jumping ship, but coming off a 28-point night of his own Morrow has earned a bit of patience here. He still got good minutes and plenty of shot attempts and even if Lamb does have staying power there's a solid 1-2 week window where he can still do some damage. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard goes to the locker room
    Kawhi Leonard went to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Friday's game.

    Advice: He was in the midst of one of his typical big lines, but had to leave after it looked like he was poked in the eye. Leonard is going to deal with issues in his right eye for the next week or longer, but he's proven he'll be an elite asset. Even with the slow start, Leonard was already putting up top-20 value in standard leagues on a per-game basis. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:02 pm
  • Waiters (back) returns to action on Friday
    Dion Waiters (back) returned to action on Friday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters didn't see the floor during the first quarter and he's going to have a hard time being consistent for owners in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Norris Cole has a decent game vs. ATL
    Norris Cole scored six points in a 114-103 loss to the Hawks on Friday with two rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier still played 21 minutes off the bench and had four points, one assist and three turnovers. Cole seems like he should be able to keep his minutes in the mid 20s, but Mario Chalmers is the more value asset in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Fournier scores 15 points with three treys
    Evan Fournier scored 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Fournier may hang onto his starting job and owners need to hold tight until all of that is fleshed out in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Derrick Rose listed as questionable for Sat.
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday against the Pacers.

    Advice: There's really no way of telling whether or not Rose will play, and we're likely headed for a game-time decision. If Rose sits out, Aaron Brooks will make for a fine play in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:17 pm
     
    Injured
  • Nic Batum officially out for Saturday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) is listed as out for Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall and Batum has said he is shooting for Monday. Allen Crabbe could start of the team may go with Dorell Wright now that LaMarcus Aldridge is also out -- Wright has been a stretch four on occasion. C.J. McCollum also played well on Wednesday and is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Nick Young (thumb) targeting Tuesday night
    Nick Young (thumb) said he is targeting Tuesday night against the Hawks to make his season debut.

    Advice: He's been able to go through some portions of practice and conditioning shouldn't be an issue. Young is almost certainly going to come of the bench and should see minutes in the mid 20s. He's not going to have a big upside while Kobe Bryant is around. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 am
  • Dion Waiters (back) expects to play Friday
    Dion Waiters (back) expects to play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: "I'm not missing another game," said Waiters when asked if he'll suit up Friday night. All signs are pointing towards Waiters returning to the lineup, and he does have a favorable matchup against the Celtics. He'll be coming off the bench for the Cavs and it'll be interesting to see if he can build off his 17-point effort he had during his last game in Denver. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 am
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out Friday vs. Hawks
    Updating a previous report, Dwyane Wade (hamstring) has ruled himself out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: It's unclear who will start in Wade's place, but coach Erik Spoelstra's options are Mario Chalmers, James Ennis, or Shannon Brown. Some beat reporters are speculating that Spoelstra would like Chalmers to remain with the second unit, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Still, Chalmers offers the most upside out of the group, even if he's coming off the bench. Wade's injury seems relatively minor, so we'll consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:21 am
     
    Injured
  • Doctors had to cut off Marcus Smart's shoe
    Marcus Smart's ankle was so swollen after he sprained it that doctors had to cut off his shoe in order to begin testing the severity of his injury.

    Advice: "I'm just taking it slow. Taking my time. Making sure I'm 100 percent," Smart said. "I don't really want to rush anything right now. Even though I'm going to feel better before I really am, I'm just trying to make sure that I am 100 percent before I step on the court again." Smart is targeting a late-November return, but as long as Rajon Rondo is in town, Smart is not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:57 am
     
    Injured
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 37 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played 37 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's been fairly quiet with the exception of a couple big games, but the 3-pointers have buoyed his value. Fantasy owners can probably leave him on the wire until he has a breakout game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:37 pm
  • Jimmy still has new moves: Butler nets 21 pts
    Jimmy Butler's offensive game flourished again on Thursday against the Raptors, making 7-of-10 from the field for 21 points with nine rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: So the preseason matters after all? Butler was one of the most impressive players in October and it's carried over into the regular season. Butler's efficiency was his only question mark and he's been able to turn in an effective field goal percentage of at least 46 in every game this season. We're not even 10 percent into the season, but his owners should feel pretty, pretty good. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:56 pm
  • Calderon (calf), Bargnani (hamstring) out Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) and Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This news should come as no surprise as Calderon isn't targeting a return until late-November, and Bargnani remains without an official return date. Shane Larkin has been filling in as the team's point guard with Calderon sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been minimal. Iman Shumpert however, has taken full advantage of the extended opportunity, and is currently averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers a game, and given how he has endeared himself to coach Derek Fisher with his defense, he'll likely remain a key rotation player even upon Calderon's eventual return. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Dion Waiters (back) probable for Friday
    Dion Waiters (back) went through a full practice on Thursday, and is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Waiters will continue to come off the bench as the team's sixth man, but coach David Blatt said that Waiters return doesn't necessarily mean rookie Joe Harris won't play significant minutes. Harris played 20 minutes during the Cavs last game, but only managed five points, one 3-pointer, one assist, and one rebound. Harris is not on the radar in almost any league, while Waiters can be viewed with a wait-and-see approach in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart still two weeks away from return
    Marcus Smart (ankle) will miss at least the next two weeks, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: During his weekly radio appearance, Ainge said Smart is progressing well but is still at least two weeks away from returning. Ainge's comments would keep Smart's target of late November for a return in play, while Avery Bradley and Evan Turner will continue to see a boost in value while the rookie is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:25 am
     
    Injured
  • Bojan Bogdanovic has a decent game
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was a mild letdown from his 22-point gem on Sunday, but it's still the kind of line that shouldn't send his owners running for the hills. Bogdanovic should get better as the year goes along, so he's an option at the end of a standard league bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Dwyane Wade has a mild hammy tweak
    Dwyane Wade had a minor hamstring tweak in first half on Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: He went to the bench to get some stretching in, but it didn't seem to affect him throughout the game. Wade finished with 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. We'd consider him probable to play on Friday against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • Jeremy Lin has a decent game vs. NOP
    Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's doing a better job of passing with 4.6 assists per game over his last five to go with averages of 14.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.2 triples. Lin's slow start looks to be behind him, so he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
     
    Injured
  • Evan Fournier scores career-high 28 in win
    Evan Fournier hit 8-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers to go along with a career-high 28 points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals in Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Fournier had 24 points on Tuesday and has scored in double figures every game this season. Things will get a little murky for him when Victor Oladipo returns, possibly Friday, but it's possible that Fournier has played his way into a job. Elfrid Payton has been awful at point guard and while we're just speculating here, it's possible that Oladipo could play plenty of point guard, leaving more minutes for Fournier going forward. In other words, don't automatically drop him when Oladipo returns. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Norris Cole barely hanging in there for Heat
    Norris Cole had nine points, four rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: He's simply been awful for most of the season. If you're in a league that requires you to start point guards and you're thin there, hanging onto him probably makes some sense. But if you're good at point guard and are ready to move on to greener pastures, you have our blessing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Anthony Morrow explodes for 28 points vs. BOS
    Anthony Morrow had his minutes restriction lifted against the Celtics on Wednesday, finishing with 28 points, five rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers on 11-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He played 31 minutes and the Thunder have made it pretty clear that he'll be a big part of their offense. Morrow scored 10 points in his 14-minute debut on Tuesday and he should be able to flirt with 20 points per game with multiple treys until OKC gets some guys back. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • John Wall goes for 27 & 11 in win over DET
    John Wall gave up a nice game to Brandon Jennings, but had a night of his own with 27 points, three rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and a block on 7-of-19 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer, but hit 13-of-16 free throws and turned it over just one time. He's one of the league's premier point guards, and played like it tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) officially 'probable'
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) is officially listed as 'probable' for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Butler has been playing very well lately, averaging 18.6 points on 50.0 percent shooting in the Bulls' past five games, while logging almost 40 minutes per game. It's almost certain that he'll be in the starting lineup, but it's worth mentioning that Chicago is still including him on their injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (knee) could play 30 minutes
    Anthony Morrow (knee) will be available to play up to 30 minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He may not get that high, but it's a significant increase after he was limited to 14 minutes in his season debut on Tuesday. His playing time is a threat to starters Jeremy Lamb and Lance Thomas, but the Thunder are still short-handed enough to give all three players substantial minutes. Give Morrow a look if you're in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • Dion Waiters (back) sits practice Wednesday
    Dion Waiters (back) sat out of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Blatt is hopeful that Waiters will be able to practice Thursday at which time we will know more about his status for Friday's game. He was recently moved out of the starting lineup to provide the bench with a scoring punch and it will interesting to see how he bodes in his new role. If he can't play on Friday, expect more minutes from Shawn Marion and possibly rookie Joe Harris. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • Dwyane Wade thriving with Miami this season
    Dwyane Wade is thriving with Miami this season and is averaging 19.7 points, a team-high 6.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field.

    Advice: "What you're seeing now is the residual of all the work Dwyane has put in -- I keep saying he's working a full American day," Spoelstra said. "He's not shortcutting any part of the process. It's not easy. But it's what he has to do to keep himself at a high level. We're all happy with the process, his commitment." Don't look now but Wade has yet to miss a game this season and has looked strong with all things considered. It will be interesting to see how his knee holds up for the rest of the season, but it appears that owners who took a flier on him this season are feeling good about themselves. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:42 am
     
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  • Kawhi Leonard stays hot in win vs. Warriors
    Kawhi Leonard stayed hot on Tuesday with 19 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal to help the Spurs earn a 113-100 road win vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Leonard said recently that his lingering case of conjunctivitis may not clear up all season, causing blurriness in one eye, yet he's been on a tear for the past few games. His accuracy from the field (7-of-11) and from downtown (2-of-3) is particularly encouraging, as his excellent percentages are a big reason for his fantasy appeal. After a slow start, owners are finally seeing the production they paid for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:31 pm
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