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    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) out at least 2-weeks
      An MRI confirmed a sprained right ankle for Kelly Olynyk, and head coach Brad Stevens expects him to be sidelined for at least "a couple weeks."

      Advice: Olynyk has a few torn ligaments which is typical of for a bad ankle sprain. With Olynyk sidelined, Tyler Zeller will get all the run he can handle with Brandon Bass also being in line for some extended minutes. While Zeller offers the most upside, both Zeller and Bass should be able to carve out some standard league value for as long as Olynyk is out. Rotoworld.com
      51 minutes ago
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ GS
    • Steven Adams (migraine) not starting Sunday
      Kendrick Perkins has replaced Steven Adams (migraine) in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: Unfortunately this news came out very late, and it's not clear if Adams will play at all on Sunday. However, neither Adams nor Perkins can be considered viable options in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:39 pm
    • Brendan Haywood (knee) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Brendan Haywood (left knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: Haywood said he got kneed in his left knee during Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and it is too swollen to play on today. However, he's barely a part of the Cavs rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:55 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-98 vs OKC
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will be available on Sun.
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Tarik Black (ankle) has improved and he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Scott also added that Black is still feeling sore, and there is no guarantee that he will play today, so he's not looking like a great option in most leagues. Robert Sacre will likely continue to see some extended minutes tonight with Black limited, but he too can't be considered a reliable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:49 am
    • Chris Andersen starting on Sunday vs. Bulls
      Chris Andersen will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Hassan Whiteside just retuned from an ankle injury, so the Heat are probably just exercising caution by bringing him along slowly. Andersen still likely won't see more than 20 minutes of action, so unless you are desperate for blocks there is no need to hold onto him. Whiteside is still the center to own in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:43 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Houston.

      Advice: He has already missed the past two games and his chances of playing don't look good for Sunday either. Black is supposedly now in the mix to start at center for the Lakers according to coach Byron Scott, but he is nothing more than a flier in deeper leagues for now. We will pass along further details when they are available. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:59 am
    • Jason Smith gets into foul trouble
      Jason Smith was in foul trouble during a 76-71 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, finishing with five points, four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

      Advice: He did play 32 minutes tonight and it would have been more. Smith has played in at least 32 minutes in four consecutive games and that should continue as long as he's healthy. He's not much of a per-minute guy, but he's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo (knee) questionable to return
      Bismack Biyombo (right knee contusion) is questionable to return on Saturday night.

      Advice: This game is a nightmare with three Hornets already suffering leg injuries tonight. Plus, Kemba Walker (knee) is out. If Biyombo can't return, it'll be more of Al Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:05 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out for Saturday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play against Charlotte on Saturday.

      Advice: It's possible that we may not see him on the floor again this season, as the Italian simply can't get over his calf issue. If you combine his injury with his already dwindling ability to play basketball, it's safe to ignore him in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Brendan Haywood being shopped aggressively
      Brendan Haywood is being aggressively shopped by the Cavaliers in an effort to clear space for a backup point guard.

      Advice: Haywood's contract is non-guaranteed next season, making teams more apt to take him on. However, Haywood has averaged just 5.3 minutes per game this season, and we can't imagine any scenario where he would become relevant in fantasy leagues. Needless to say, leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:41 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-98 vs OKC
    • Kevin Garnett not listed on the injury report
      Kevin Garnett (rest) is not listed on the injury report, and will play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: He rested on Thursday in the second half of a back-to-back set as expected, so he should be good to go Saturday. Garnett is well past his prime, and given his limited role there is no need to consider him outside of deeper leagues. Expect Brook Lopez to slide back to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:22 am
    • Speights goes for 19 and six against Sacto
      Marreese Speights scored 19 points off the bench in the Warriors' 126-101 win over the Kings on Friday, hitting 8-of-13 shots with six rebounds and one block in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Speights is a solid late-round value in 9-cat leagues this season, but in 8-cat formats he's hovering at the bottom of the top-150. Still, owners know what they're going to get with him on most nights and that makes him a serviceable low-end big man in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:04 am
    • Nurkic not getting the love from Shaw
      Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes in the Nuggets' 100-99 loss to the Celtics on Friday, finishing with six points and eight rebounds to go with three fouls.

      Advice: Nurkic's foul rate was still up but this wasn't about foul trouble, and we haven't heard anything at all about his sore back. J.J. Hickson started the second half and it just looks like Brian Shaw isn't ready to free Nurkic, but unless the Nuggets trade for a big man we can't get behind a drop. There's simply too much upside and we'd need to be shaken much harder than this. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:50 am
    • Hickson double-doubles with 15 & 14
      J.J. Hickson started the second half of Friday's game instead of Jusuf Nurkic, finishing with a double-double including 15 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Hickson added three assists and two steals but hit just 3-of-6 from the foul line. He's barely clinging to life in 12-team standard formats and JaVale McGee hasn't yet stepped on the floor, making him a stop-gap solution at best for owners needing a big man, regardless of whether he starts or not. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:42 am
       
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Bass posts big line with 17-9-5-3-1 vs. DEN
      Brandon Bass started and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Bass went for 13 and 10 with a very full line on Thursday against the Blazers, and with Kelly Olynyk likely out until the All Star break he looks like a good bet for short-term value at a minimum. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:36 am
    • Ed Davis quiet in 22 minutes off the bench
      Ed Davis scored just six points on 3-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Davis has been all over the board this season and the injury to Kobe Bryant should help him a little bit, but it's anybody's guess how Byron Scott is going to deploy him. Keep a close eye on him and if you're feeling lucky and need a big man consider being an early adopter. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:33 am
       
      Player Note
      Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
      6:30 pm vs Hou
    • Ajinca gets career-high five blocks
      Alexis Ajinca blocked a career-high five shots in Friday's win, and also added six points with six boards in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ajinca was probably dropped after his mini-spurt filling in for Anthony Davis, but if you happened to hold onto him you may want to see if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury. That said, this is Alexis Ajinca we're talking about here and owners shouldn't piddle around if there are any worthwhile free agents available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:41 pm
    • Andersen grabs season-high 13 rebounds
      Chris Andersen banged his left knee but stayed in the game and posted a season-high 13 rebounds to go with four points in 28 minutes on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: Andersen is almost always a sneaky low-end value in standard leagues when given 23 or more minutes. Give him a look if you need a big man. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:53 pm
    • Jason Smith scores 19 points vs. Magic
      Jason Smith scored 19 points against the Magic on Friday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He's apparently in coach Derek Fisher's good graces and has played in at least 32 minutes for three consecutive games. Smith had a grand total of one 3-pointer since the start of the 2010-11, so that part of this game is a shock. He's worth a look for 14-team leagues right now even with Amare Stoudemire coming back Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:15 pm
    • Adams can't follow up big 20-board game
      Steven Adams couldn't build any momentum off of his 20-rebound game on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds and one block in 28 minutes on Friday against the Hawks.

      Advice: Adams isn't expected to have value in standard leagues this season, but in points leagues he might be worth a look depending on your format. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:02 pm
    • Tarik Black out against the Spurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Robert Sacre is starting because Black is out. Neither guy will have much value while Jordan Hill is active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:48 pm
    • Brandon Bass sticking in the starting lineup
      Brandon Bass will start against the Nuggets on Friday.

      Advice: The Celtics started Tyler Zeller before Wednesday, so sticking with Bass speaks volumes about coach Brad Stevens' confidence in him. Of course, they could be showcasing him in a trade. Regardless, he should have some nice value until the All-Star break for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:42 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) sent back to Boston
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been sent back to Boston and is likely out until the All-Star break.

      Advice: Presumably, that means he's out until at least next Friday night against the Rockets on Jan. 30 in Boston. Olynyk's ankle sprain looked really bad and he could even miss February games. Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller will get some extra run and both players should be worth using in standard leagues. Zeller has the bigger upside. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ GS
    • Brandon Bass double-doubles in solid line
      Brandon Bass scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: There's still some talk that Bass will be showcased in a trade, but he's going to have some value with this amount of playing time. Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is almost a lock to miss multiple games, so fantasy owners in standard leagues can give Bass a look. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:56 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (right ankle) leaves on crutches
      Kelly Olynyk (right ankle) left the Moda Center on crutches following Thursday's game.

      Advice: He had a right ankle injury last season and it cost him 10 games. Olynyk rolled his ankle badly in the second half and did not return, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. At this point, there's basically no chance he'll play on Friday in Denver and he could miss the rest of the five-game road trip, which ends on Jan. 30 when the Rockets will play in Boston. Tyler Zeller is worth grabbing in standard leagues while Brandon Bass is worth a look, too. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:10 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ GS
    • Kelly Olynyk rolls right ankle vs. Blazers
      Kelly Olynyk tweaked his right ankle on Thursday against the Blazers and went to the locker room.

      Advice: Olynyk landed on Thomas Robinson's foot and Olynyk hobbled back to the locker room under his own power, but it didn't look great. If Olynyk does need to miss time, it'll likely be a team effort of Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger stepping up. Zeller would probably be the preferred grab over Bass. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:56 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ GS
    • Kevin Garnett (rest) out on Thursday night
      Kevin Garnett (rest) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: It's the second half of a back-to-back set, so this isn't a surprise. The Nets will likely go with the double-center starting lineup with Mason Plumlee and Brook Lopez. Mirza Teletovic and Cory Jefferson could also get a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:03 pm
    • Brandon Bass starting for Tyler Zeller
      Brandon Bass will start in place of Tyler Zeller against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: The move is to help give the Celtics a bit more agility on offense. Bass has played well in his last two games with 16.5 points per game in 25.0 minutes. This lineup could just be due to the matchup and Bass doesn't have a big upside anyway, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:36 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) now doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is now listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott gave him a 50/50 shot to play earlier in the day, but now it appears that Black will likely sit this one out. We will update his status if something changes, but for now expect Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre to see a slight uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:01 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic is now dealing with a sore back
      Jusuf Nurkic is now dealing with a sore back, and while he did miss practice on Thursday, he will play against Boston on Friday.

      Advice: The Nuggets probably just opted to give the rookie some extra rest, and the good news is that Nurkic isn't likely to miss any action. We will continue to follow this story closely, but owners can go ahead and pencil him into all lineups barring a setback. JaVale McGee (leg) is also closing in on a return, but given how injury-prone he is there is no need for Nurkic's owners to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:45 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) able to practice on Thurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, but he is still listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Black wouldn't be able to play on his ankle right now, and gave him just a 50/50 shot to play against the Spurs. Owners in deeper leagues who are holding onto Black should probably go ahead and bench him, as he likely won't see many minutes considering his current status. Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre would pick up a few extra minutes if Black sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:30 am
    • Marreese Speights comes on late for Warriors
      Marreese Speights was headed for a disastrous line on Wednesday, but got hot in the final minutes and salvaged a line of nine points, two rebounds, a block and a rare 3-pointer in just eight minutes.

      Advice: He got hot in garbage time and the desperation 3-pointer was the icing on the cake. The Warriors need Speights down the stretch in order to keep Andrew Bogut healthy and rested, and Speights was just getting a rest of his own tonight. He's not a must-own or must-start player, but he's probably worth keeping around with Bogut's health always in question, as well as the Warriors' strong weekly schedule the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:59 pm
    • Steven Adams grabs career-high 20 boards
      Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against the Wizards on Wednesday with six points, two assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

      Advice: He played down the stretch thanks to his terrific defense and impact on the glass. Adams only played in 18.5 minutes per game in his previous two, so this comes as a surprise. He can't make free throws and only scores 7.3 points per game, so he's more of a board specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:05 pm
    • Alexis Ajinca disappears in AD's return
      Alexis Ajinca, who came in hot, played just six minutes and had zero points and four rebounds in the return of Anthony Davis.

      Advice: Ajinca had played very well since Davis went down with a toe injury, but we knew it would be a short run. With Davis back you can safely forget about Ajinca again, at least until Davis suffers another injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo with another double-double
      Bismack Biyombo started again at center on Wednesday and had 12 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Al Jefferson is back, but came off the bench and played just 19 minutes. It's hard to believe, but Biyombo has double-doubled in three of his last five games and is averaging 10.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five games. Jefferson will eventually return to the starting lineup and ruin Biyombo's value, or at least we think he will. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
    • Chris Andersen quiet in start for Heat
      Chris Andersen started for the Heat on Wednesday and had six points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 20 minutes.

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

      Advice: This is very encouraging since Black needed crutches to leave the arena on Wednesday, and it appears he's healing faster than anticipated. Cautious owners should still plan to be without him on Friday, in which case guys like Carlos Boozer and Ryan Sacre should each earn a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    • Chris Andersen, Danny Granger starting vs CHA
      Chris Andersen and Danny Granger will start against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Heat are going to need some help in their frontcourt with Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside out. Shawne Williams rarely plays at small forward, but that might be different out of necessity. Udonis Haslem will also help back up Chris Bosh and Birdman. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:30 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic nears double-double on Tuesday
      Nuggets C Jusuf Nurkic finished Tuesday's home loss with 10 points on 5-of-9 FGs, nine rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Foul trouble has been crippling Nurkic's playing time and fantasy value, so it was nice to see him stay on the court vs. a savvy and experienced Spurs squad. He didn't block any shots tonight but he also didn't take any FTs, which is good for the 69.0 percent FT shooter. Denver was recently linked to Brook Lopez in trade talks, reportedly viewing Lopez as an ideal mentor for Nurkic, but fantasy owners shouldn't react since it's firmly in the 'rumor' stage. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • Birdman starts 2nd half w/ Whiteside ailing
      Chris Andersen returned from his recent illness to finish Tuesday's game with seven points, six boards and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He started the second half in place of Hassan Whiteside (ankle), whose injury may thrust Andersen back into the starting lineup on Wednesday. The Birdman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 36 and he's best suited to a backup role. There's no reason to own him while Whiteside is day-to-day, unless you're desperate for boards and blocks in a deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:19 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) will be active Tues.
      Chris Andersen (illness) will be activated for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: It's not clear at this point if Andersen's return will send Hassan Whiteside to the bench, but either way, Whiteside is the guy with the most upside. Andersen's good for some rebounds and blocks, but he's not much of an asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:17 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will not play Wednesday
      Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans, and he is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Black was seen leaving the arena on crutches after Monday's game, so this is no mild ankle sprain. With Black out, look for Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion), and Ryan Kelly to pick up some additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • X-rays negative on Tarik Black's ankle
      X-rays came back negative on Tarik Black's sprained right ankle, but Black left the arena on crutches after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Black sprained his ankle after coming down on a teammates' foot and played coy when asked about his availablity for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "I can’t comment on that one," said Black. "I don’t know. But miracles can happen. I rolled it pretty good, though." We'll update Black's status as more information becomes available, but Robert Sacre could see some time while Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Kelly would all see a minutes boost if Black is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 am
    • Davis nears double-double in loss
      Ed Davis neared a double-double in Monday's loss to the Suns, scoring eight points on 2-of-7 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in just 22 minutes.

      Advice: Davis has not been productive for owners lately and Byron Scott isn't cooperating on the playing time side of things. There appears to be some upside wrapped up inside of Davis, but whether or not we'll see it or he can come through on his end are total question marks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:28 am
       
      Player Note
      Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
      6:30 pm vs Hou
    • Tarik Black leaves game with ankle injury
      Tarik Black left Monday's game due to a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

      Advice: X-rays taken were negative and he finished with 21 minutes, six points, three boards, one steal and one block, as he was making some noise in deep leagues. If he misses time then Robert Sacre may be forced onto the court, and more minutes will go to Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:21 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic fouls out in brutal game vs. GSW
      Jusuf Nurkic's struggles continued against the Warriors on Monday with two points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block before fouling out in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He's been really bad over his last four. In that span, Nurkic averaged 3.8 points, 8.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 4.0 fouls and 0.5 turnovers on 21.4 percent from the field in 20.0 minutes per game. Besides the ridiculous foul rate, the shooting is especially poor considering 86 percent of his shot attempts came from within eight feet. The upside is just too high not to stick with him. If you missed out on grabbing him, we still like the idea of sending a buy-low offer. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 4:16 pm
    • Brandon Bass stays hot vs. Clippers
      Brandon Bass had another effective game against the Clippers on Monday with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He's been in double-digit scoring in four of his last five, averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.2 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game. That's still not going to get it done for owners in most leagues and he'll likely need an injury to climb into the conversation in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 3:23 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo plays 23 minutes
      Bismack Biyombo played 23 minutes against the Wolves on Monday with eight points, six boards and one block.

      Advice: He played a lot better than expected and his presence on the offensive glass helped the Hornets. With Al Jefferson back, Biyombo's minutes figure to be in the teens while Big Al is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 2:08 pm
    • Birdman expected to return on Tuesday night
      Chris Andersen (illness) practiced in full on Monday, and he's expected to play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Birdman did not suit up on Friday against the Kings due to the illness, but he's feeling better and should be ready to go against Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:27 am
    • Alexis Ajinca sets new career-high w/ 22 pts
      Alexis Ajinca took advantage of Anthony Davis (toe) being out of the lineup on Sunday, setting a new career-high with 22 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover.

      Advice: Ajinca hit 10-of-13 of his shots while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He's been on a roll over the past two, grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds during Friday's game against the Sixers, and hitting a career-high in points today. However, With Davis looking likely to return to the lineup on Monday, Ajinca's value will likely be short-lived as he returns to a minimal bench role. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:25 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out for Monday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play on Monday vs. the Pelicans as expected.

      Advice: He is easily one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA and there is no telling when he will be back on the court. Leaving Bargnani on the waiver wire is one of the easiest decisions you can possibly make. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Marreese Speights comes through on Saturday
      Marreese Speights scored 15 points off the bench on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and one block against the Rockets.

      Advice: He played 20 minutes and he might see his playing time dip into the teens now that the Warriors are healthy again. Speights has one of the highest usage rates among bench bigs, so he should still be able to muster up some value for owners in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:37 pm
    • J.J. Hickson double-doubles in loss Saturday
      J.J. Hickson double-doubled off the bench on Saturday against Minnesota, scoring 14 points with 10 boards and one assist in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He has now notched double-doubles in four of his last six games, and it's becoming obvious that the trade of Timofey Mozgov has really benefited him. While he is definitely worth owning in points leagues, owners in standard leagues can still probably do better given Hickson's poor free throw shooting and his inability to contribute in areas other than points and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:32 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Jusuf Nurkic struggles with foul trouble Sat
      Jusuf Nurkic struggled with foul trouble against the Wolves on Saturday, finishing with four points, nine boards and two assists in just 15 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 1-of-7 from the field, but the biggest concern with him is that he can't seem to keep his fouls down. However, Nurkic is still very young and he is going to experience some growing pains in the NBA, so owners should continue to remain patient with him. Given his insane upside, he should be owned in all leagues for the rest of the way. Expect him to bounce back against the Warriors on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:25 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo scores eight with 14 boards
      Bismack Biyombo scored eight points with 13 boards and two blocks in 36 minutes against the Pacers.

      Advice: He made 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line. This was a fairly high usage game for Biyombo and he was able to grab a ton of boards because nobody could make shots. Considering his poor foul shooting, he's not an option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 7:03 pm
    • Marreese Speights will start on Saturday
      Marreese Speights will draw the start on Saturday against Houston, while Andrew Bogut will come off the bench.

      Advice: Bogut was rested on Friday, so this may simply be an attempt to monitor his minutes. Speights has been able to contribute even in limited minutes this season, so if you're in need of a big give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 4:33 pm
    • Kevin Garnett starting again on Saturday
      Kevin Garnett will start on Saturday against the Wizards.

      Advice: It's the second half of a back-to-back, so this is slightly unusual that he's out there. If you were planning on the other Nets big men picking up 18 minutes, you can go ahead and re-adjust those projections. Garnett is not an option in most fantasy leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 3:24 pm
    • Nurkic gets benched on Friday vs. Dallas
      Jusuf Nurkic played just 17 minutes on Friday against the Mavs, scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: Nurkic wasn't in foul trouble and just didn't have it going tonight. He's young and this type of thing shouldn't be surprising, and he'll likely be back with a bigger line the next time out. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:40 pm
    • Hickson double-doubles with season-high rebs
      J.J. Hickson double-doubled with 13 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, five turnovers and 3-of-8 makes from the foul line in 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Outside of points leagues this line has no real value and that's the story with Hickson, as his fantasy deficiencies keep him from being an asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:38 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Adams hurts ankle but stays in the game
      Steven Adams hurt his ankle during Friday's game but finished it out, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with seven rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Adams is young and can play through stuff like this. We'll let you know if it swells up overnight and regardless he has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:55 pm
    • Speights posts 20-7-4 line vs. Thunder
      Marreese Speights started with Andrew Bogut out on Friday against the Thunder, scoring 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Speights has standalone value as a low-end big man but obviously he can get a little loose when Bogut is out. Give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:30 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) out on Friday night
      Chris Andersen (illness) will not play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: Well, Hassan Whiteside is going to have to figure out how to not foul DeMarcus Cousins. He should get as many minutes as he can handle while the Heat will use a lot of small-ball lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:06 pm
    • Kevin Garnett played 18 minutes vs. Wiz
      Kevin Garnett played 18 minutes against the Wizards with four points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: He was suspended on Wednesday for a head-butt of Dwight Howard and was right back to his usual workload. Garnett will sit too often and doesn't play enough minutes to be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:43 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time call
      Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time call against the Kings.

      Advice: If he's out, Hassan Whiteside is going to play big minutes. The Heat will also likely have to play some small ball and get Shawne Williams back in the rotation. Andersen should be benched in most cases right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 5:55 pm
    • Kevin Garnett back in the starting lineup Fri
      Kevin Garnett will return to the starting lineup Friday's game against Washington after serving his one-game suspension for head-butting Dwight Howard.

      Advice: Garnett's return to the starting lineup will do more to hurt the value of Brook Lopez than actually help a fantasy squad. KG already isn't a great play in standard leagues, and with a tough matchup against the Wizards tonight, he should probably be left on your bench. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 2:49 pm
    • Tarik Black plays 16 minutes vs. Cavs
      Tarik Black played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with eight points, four boards and one assist.

      Advice: He continues to give the Lakers good minutes and he's seen a slight upward trend since joining them last month. In his previous games with the Lakers, he averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 boards, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those are serviceable numbers in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:19 pm
    • Jason Smith starts, doesn't score
      Jason Smith started on Thursday with no points, four boards and two blocks in 14 minutes.

      Advice: He did not start the second half in favor of Lance Thomas. If the Knicks are tanking, Smith has been terrific. In his last nine, he's made just 31.9 percent from the field with 6.8 points, 5.6 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.9 turnovers in 21.6 minutes. Amazingly, he's just 5-of-24 in the paint in that span. Unless your fantasy team is tanking, leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 5:13 pm
    • Jason Smith to start vs Bucks on Thursday
      Jason Smith will start against the Bucks in London on Thursday.

      Advice: Smith will start in the Knicks' frontcourt alongside Amare Stodemire and Carmelo Anthony on Thursday as the Knicks split minutes between he, Cole Aldrich, and Quincy Acy. Smith has averaged 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 10 starts this season, so he's not much more than a plug-and-play option in daily and deeper fantasy leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 11:00 am
    • Andrea Bargnani does not make London trip
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) did not make the trip to London and will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: There has been speculation that Bargnani not making the trip is evidence that the Knicks are planning on buying out the former No. 1 overall pick if they can't find a trade partner, but head coach Derek Fisher explained the absence by saying that Bargnani could get better treatment on his calf strain back home. With just two games under his belt this season, Il Mago can safely be left on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 8:48 am
       
      Injured
    • Kelly Olynyk has another nice effort
      Kelly Olynyk bounced back on Wednesday during a 105-91 loss to the Hawks with 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: It's been a bumpy ride for Olynyk, but he's doing enough to remain owned in standard leagues. Over his last five, the second-year big man averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 triples. He should get even better soon, so keep him owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 9:19 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ GS
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