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    • Danny Granger scores season-high nine
      Danny Granger came off the bench for a season-high nine points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer on 4-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes on Thursday.

      Advice: Granger has been irrelevant this season but it's possible that he's feeling good and could start contributing. He's not worth owning, but if he starts getting 25 minutes a night, he'll be worth a look if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      53 minutes ago
    • Chris Andersen playing well as starting C
      Chris Andersen started at center again on Thursday and had 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He hit 4-of-5 shots and as long as Chris Bosh is out, and Andersen is starting, he's worth a look in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:23 pm
    • Tristan Thompson quiet in loss to Heat
      Tristan Thompson came off the bench and had six points, nine rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He played 26 minutes and came off the bench behind Shawn Marion, who had just two points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. We're guessing Thompson still has a good shot at starting at center going forward, as Anderson Vareajao is out for the year, but even if he's coming off the bench, he's worth owning in all leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:19 pm
    • LeBron James scores 30 in loss to Heat
      LeBron James hit 9-of-16 shots, 10-of-18 free throws and two 3-pointers for 30 points, four rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He didn't have a steal or block and his free throw shooting wasn't good, but he still came through for his owners, despite leaving the game briefly with "left leg tightness." The Cavs, after losing Anderson Varejao for the season, have some issues on defense and simply don't look like one of the East's elite teams right now. But there's a long way to go and they still have plenty of time to get things figured out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:13 pm
    • Kevin Love quiet in loss to Heat
      Kevin Love hit just 5-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: Love is taking a back seat to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving these days, and it was a little surprising to see him struggle with Anderson Varejao out of the lineup. He'll have some great games and some duds the rest of the way, but it's become clear that he was a better fantasy player as the big dog in Minnesota, instead of the third best player in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:10 pm
    • Kyrie Irving injures left knee in loss
      Kyrie Irving hit 10-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and just two turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Heat, but also hurt his left knee late in the game.

      Advice: He injured the same knee against the Thunder earlier this season and was clearly in pain as the game ended tonight. He had his foot stepped on and then came down very awkwardly on his left leg, which is when he injured the knee and suffered a contusion. For now consider him day-to-day, but the fact an MRI wasn't needed is great news. If he's going to miss time, Matthew Dellavedova would likely take over at point guard for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:06 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-91 * @ Mia
    • LeBron James (leg) returns for Cavaliers
      LeBron James is expected to return for the Cavs in the fourth quarter after experiencing tightness in his left leg.

      Advice: He left the game and went to the locker room after leaping over the first row of seats and apparently suffered the injury at that time. LeBron may try to take over a close game down the stretch, as the score was very close with 11 minutes remaining, and he started things off with a monster dunk and a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:20 pm
    • Perry Jones scores 14 points over 31 minutes
      Perry Jones scored 14 points over 31 minutes of action during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Jones shot 5-of-7 from the field (two 3-pointers) but only managed to pull down one rebound while adding doughnuts to all the other statistical categories. His minutes have been up while Kevin Durant (ankle) has been sidelined, but he really hasn't done much with the increased opportunity. The waiver wire seems like a suitable place for PJ3. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:54 pm
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:45 pm
    • Russell Westbrook dominant in Thunder win
      Russell Westbrook looked dominant during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs, scoring 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting (6-of-8 from the line) to go with 11 assists, five rebounds, a season-high five steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Westbrook was aggressive all game long, and he has definitely entered the conversation as an MVP candidate with averages of 28.2 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. His 3.8 turnovers per game are unfortunate, but given the elite value he bumps into all the surrounding categories, it's easy to forgive the miscues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:20 pm
    • Zach Randolph (knee) doesn't practice on Xmas
      Zach Randolph (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: If Randolph is forced to sit on Friday, his minutes will be split up between Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos, and if Leuer draws the start he'll be a decent play in daily leagues. Koufos can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:15 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nene scores 12 in return to starting lineup
      Nene scored 12 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) in his return to the starting lineup, but only managed to add two rebounds, one assists, one steal, and one turnover over 24 minutes of action.

      Advice: Nene's struggles from the line (53.8 percent) and low rebounding totals (5.3 per game) really limit his upside. He remains a constant injury risk, but if you're in desperate need of a big man, he's capable of filling the position in standard leagues. Kris Humphries put up 14 points and six rebounds over 29 minutes off the bench, and it looks like the two are destined for a timeshare. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:52 pm
    • Quincy Acy ejected on Xmas, suspension likely
      Quincy Acy was ejected from the Knicks' Christmas Day game vs. the Wizards for throwing a punch at John Wall, and he'll likely be facing a suspension from the league.

      Advice: Acy hasn't been worth using in almost any league with averages of 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, so if he's suspended it's not going to mean much. Expect more minutes to go to Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith, and Carmelo Anthony. If you missed the altercation, you can click the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
    • Festus Ezeli (ankle) out Christmas vs. LAC
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) has been ruled out for the Warriors Christmas Day game vs. the Clippers, and either Marreese Speights or David Lee will start in his place.

      Advice: X-rays on Ezeli's ankle came back negative, and he's scheduled to get an MRI on Friday. Ezeli has been starting for the Dubs, but hasn't been doing enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. The Warriors may be forced to give Lee some extended run tonight, and he and Speights look like quality plug-and-play options. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:30 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Samuel Dalembert will start vs Wizards Thurs
      Samuel Dalembert will start against the Wizards on Thursday.

      Advice: Dalembert doesn't present much fantasy value as he's only averaged 2.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in his last five days. He's a decent punt play in daily leagues on Thursday, but he can be safely left on waiver wires in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:01 am
    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs Wizards Thurs
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play against the Wizards on Christmas Day.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, Stoudemire will indeed suit up against the Wizards on Christmas Day. The Knicks may try to limit his minutes as he's been dealing with knee soreness, but his fantasy owners can feel free to fire up STAT against the Wizards. Cole Aldrich will return to the bench with Stoudemire active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:59 am
    • Nene will start for Wizards vs Knicks
      Nene will start against the Knicks on Christmas Day.

      Advice: This will be Nene's first start since November 22 as he's come off the Wizards' bench for the last nine games following his knee injury. Fantasy owners can feel free to plug the 32-year-old into their lineups, while his return to the starting lineup will put a dent in Kris Humphries' value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:35 am
    • Amare Stoudemire game-time decision for XMas
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Stoudemire is dealing with a knee injury due to his early-season workload, according to Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. We'll update his status as more information becomes available, but Cole Aldrich and Quincy Acy would be in line for more minutes if STAT can't play on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:27 am
    • Festus Ezeli questionable for Thursday
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Thursday night.

      Advice: The Warriors could be without their top two centers and may have to call upon Marreese Speights to move into the starting lineup. They have used David Lee at center in some spots, so he would likely get a little extra run, too. Ezeli isn't worth owning in most leagues even with Andrew Bogut (knee) out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:16 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He has missed the past two games in order to rest but he is all set to play in an exciting matchup with the Wizards. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks opt to bring him off of the bench or start him, but we will pass along any updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • Center Samuel Dalembert linked to Cavaliers
      Samuel Dalembert is rumored to be a target for the Cavaliers after they learned that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is done for the season.

      Advice: He is reportedly a last resort option for the Cavs which is really no surprise. Dalembert has been a major disappointment in New York and the Knicks have been aggressively shopping him for a while now. We will pass along updates as needed, but nothing seems to be in the works just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 am
    • Tristan Thompson likely starter for Cleveland
      Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup after it was learned that Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

      Advice: Thompson is a capable big who can rebound and score, but he isn't the most efficient player on offense and doesn't register a lot of defensive stats with season averages of 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals per game. However, he should be in line for a big boost in playing time and should be worth owning in all leagues moving forward. Varejao can be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
    • Festus Ezeli tweaks his ankle on Tuesday
      Festus Ezeli tweaked his ankle on Tuesday against the Lakers, finishing with 10 points, two boards and one assist in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Ezeli was OK so we will leave him off of the injury report for now. Ezeli isn't seeing a lot of playing time even with Andrew Bogut (knee) sidelined, however, meaning owners in standard leagues can look the other way. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:45 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • OKC falls despite Russell Westbrook's 40 pts
      Russell Westbrook poured in a season-high 40 points in a losing effort on Tuesday, hitting 16-of-34 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

      Advice: Westbrook played Superman for the evening with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined again, and he racked up those gaudy numbers with only two turnovers before fouling out after 39 minutes. He's locked into first-round value and won't budge as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:40 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Perry Jones scoreless in 25 minutes Tuesday
      Perry Jones started at SF with Kevin Durant (ankle) out on Tuesday, but he went scoreless with three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: Jones, who scored 12 points on Sunday, missed all five of his shots and remains too inconsistent for fantasy use even when Durant is unavailable. With KD day-to-day, Jones belongs on the waiver wire in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:38 pm
    • Kevin Love(thumb) notches 20 & 10 Tuesday
      Kevin Love shook off a thumb injury to finish Tuesday's convincing victory with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: He mentioned after the game that he suffered the jammed thumb against Brooklyn last Friday, but said that it was just a minor concern moving forward. Regardless, Love hit 5-of-11 shots and was 9-of-11 at the FT line. He failed to contribute any defensive stats but that's not uncommon, and his fantasy owners should be relieved to see him avoid a serious injury while snapping a two-game slump during which he'd averaged 7.0 points. He should be ready to go for the Cavs' matchup with the Heat on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
    • Kevin Love (hand) returns to game on Tuesday
      Kevin Love suffered a hand injury in Tuesday's game against Minnesota, but he has since returned.

      Advice: He is sporting a wrap on his hand but he appears to be fine. Check back after the game to see how he holds up, but for now it looks like Love dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire probable for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
    • Zach Randolph (knee) questionable for Friday
      Zach Randolph (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos have each drawn a start in the two games that Randolph has been sidelined, but Leuer has done the most with his opportunity. Koufos didn't do much besides kill the value of Leuer during his last start on Monday, and he wouldn't be worth using outside of very deep leagues if he again starts on Friday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:29 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Christmas
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
    • Kevin Love says Minnesota return emotional
      Kevin Love said he won't be emotional when the Cavs face the Wolves on Tuesday, but his eventual return trip to Minnesota will bring up sentimental feelings.

      Advice: Love said the game won't bring up any emotion, but his eventual return to the state when he played for six season will. "I’m sure going back to Minnesota will be a lot more emotional," he said. "Here we’ll try to step on the floor and try to get a win." While his fantasy owners would like more scoring production, there's not much else to complain about as Love is averaging 14.0 points, 11.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 am
    • Ezeli scores career-high 15 points
      Festus Ezeli scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes on Monday against the Kings.

      Advice: Ezeli flashed some good post moves tonight but he needs to show up more consistently before we can recommend an add. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Monday night
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not play on Monday night.

      Advice: It'll be his second game out of the lineup and John Leuer will get another run in the starting lineup. Randolph owners will probably want to bench him considering this is a knee injury. Leuer is worth a look in standard leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Russell Westbrook will take less treys?
      Russell Westbrook said he might take less 3-pointers this season.

      Advice: "Yeah, but I'm still missing a lot of them," Westbrook said. "I honestly need to stop taking as many as I'm taking to tell you the truth. I'm gonna take those down as the season goes along." He has never really been an elite shooter at just 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, but the threat of him shooting treys makes him a deadly scorer. Whatever he does, he's going to dominate on the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:58 pm
    • OKC needs more out of Perry Jones?
      Coach Scott Brooks said he needs more out of Perry Jones.

      Advice: After a nightmare performance without any stats against the Lakers on Friday, Jones had 12 points and four rebounds on Sunday. He should continue to start while Kevin Durant (ankle) is on the mend, which shouldn't be much longer. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:27 am
    • Samuel Dalembert gets $15,000 fine Monday
      Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:28 am
    • Samuel Dalembert facing suspension for foul
      Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:29 am
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:02 am
    • LeBron James doing more ballhandling now
      LeBron James has increased the amount of ballhandling he's doing for the Cavs.

      Advice: Since LeBron took over increased point guard duties, the Cavs are 11-4 in their last 15 games. James has at least nine assists in three of his last four games, and he's now averaging 7.8 assists per game, the second-highest mark of his career. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:13 am
    • Perry Jones scores 12 points in start Sunday
      Perry Jones scored 12 points in the starting lineup on Sunday, adding four boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Kevin Durant (ankle) should return any day now, but Jones will be worth a look in deeper leagues if KD continues to miss time. Owners in standard leagues can probably do much better. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:38 pm
    • Russell Westbrook drops 29 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook dropped 29 points on 10-of-27 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding eight assists, five boards and three steals in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He was criticized for not passing the ball enough during Sunday's loss, but it's tough to blame him given how well he has played this season. "When we won eight in a row nobody said nothing about not passing," Westbrook said, "so I don't want to hear it now." He's been playing at an MVP level and has earned the right to shoot at will, especially with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined. Expect Westbrook to answer his critics and take out his frustration against Portland on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:30 pm
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 pm
    • Danny Granger chips in seven points off bench
      Danny Granger was back in action on Sunday, scoring seven points in 18 minutes off Miami's bench.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and chipped in four rebounds and one steal without any turnovers, but he also racked up five personal fouls. While it's nice to see Granger healthy and productive, he's far too injury-prone and risky for use in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:42 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert gets ejected for flagrant 2
      Samuel Dalembert was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Raptors after picking up a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow at Jonas Valanciunas' head.

      Advice: Dalembert finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one turnover, and one steal, and it's possible he's facing a suspension. If the league decides to suspend Dalembert for a game, Cole Aldrich would likely draw another start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:18 pm
    • Kyrie Irving ties career-high with 12 assists
      Kyrie Irving tied his career-high with 12 assists vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, while adding 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer and three rebounds.

      Advice: Irving committed only two turnovers in 37 minutes and improved efficiency has been a welcome boost for his fantasy value, as he's averaging career-best numbers in True Shooting (56.7 percent) and turnover rate (8.8 percent). His usage rate has predictably fallen off with LeBron James and Kevin Love in town, but that hasn't stopped Irving from producing at a top-15 level in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:14 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-91 * @ Mia
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
    • Perry Jones starting Sunday with Durant out
      Perry Jones will start at SF for the Thunder on Sunday with Kevin Durant (ankle) unavailable.

      Advice: A start for Jones doesn't necessarily mean that he'll have fantasy value, as he finished Friday's win vs. the Lakers scoreless without any stats to his credit in 12 minutes of action. When asked whether he needs more production from Jones as a starter, coach Scott Brooks replied, "Yeah ... yeah." Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:38 pm
    • Chris Andersen (ankle) will play Sunday
      Chris Andersen (ankle) will play Sunday vs. Boston.

      Advice: Andersen will grab some rebounds and block some shots, but he doesn't offer enough upside to be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:42 pm
    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Sunday vs. Cavs
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: "Taking a couple of nights off isn't the worst thing in the world," said head coach David Joerger. "His knee is pretty swollen." The good news here is that an MRI on Randolph's knee came back clean, so he shouldn't be looking at a prolonged absence. Expect Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos to see some extended minutes with Randolph unavailable, and the guy who starts will make for the better play in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an update on the Grizzlies starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:32 am
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:54 am
    • Kyrie Irving named USA player of the year
      Kyrie Irving was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after helping team USA bring home the gold at FIBA World Cup this summer.

      Advice: The award could have also easily gone to Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, or James Harden, but Irving did his part too with averages of 12.11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Irving has been an elite fantasy asset for his owners this season, and if he can stay healthy he will continue to keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:06 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-91 * @ Mia
    • Zach Randolph, Tony Allen likely out Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) and Tony Allen (eye) likely won't play in Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: Randolph hasn't even made the trip to Cleveland yet, so there is almost no chance he plays against the Cavs. Randolph just had an MRI on Saturday, and even though it came back clean he is still dealing with swelling in his knee. Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos will pick up some extra minutes if Randolph sits, but neither player is a reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:56 am
       
      Injured
    • Dalembert plays down the stretch
      Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He had seven offensive boards, but that's about all he did as far as positives go. Dalembert is likely going to have to share his minutes with Cole Aldrich even when Amare Stoudemire comes back, so there is even less to like about him. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:24 pm
    • Zach Randolph (knee) questionable Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: This comes out of nowhere, and we just learned that he had an MRI, but luckily it came back clean. Randolph didn't practice Saturday, and there is some swelling in his right knee. He looks like he could be in serious danger of missing Sunday's game, and if he sits Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos would pick up some extra playing time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Westbrook goes for 31 and 10, 13-of-13 FTs
      Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:31 pm
    • Nene scores 20 points in 26 minutes on Friday
      Nene hit 8-of-10 shots for 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: Kris Humphries played just 13 minutes and perhaps Nene is ready to take the lion's share of minutes back at power forward. He has health issues and hasn't been great this season, but Nene is worth a look if you need a big. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:05 pm
    • Perry Jones is expected to start on Friday
      Perry Jones is likely going to start against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: He looked great before his knee contusion last month, but the return of Russell Westbrook took the gem out of his donut for stats. Jones might have a decent game against an awful defense, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues. It's worth mentioning he did only play six minutes in the second half on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:36 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • Danny Granger (illness) expected to play Fri.
      Danny Granger (illness) went through shootaround and did not play Friday vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Granger is averaging just 4.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting from the field this season, so whether he plays or not should be of little concern to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:42 am
    • Perry Jones plays 19 minutes
      Perry Jones played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He picked up some extra playing time with Kevin Durant (ankle) going down tonight. Jones had a couple bright spots while the Thunder were banged up, but there is still no need to pick him up in most cases because KD should be back quickly. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:50 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:44 pm
    • LeBron James not embarrassed by Hawks loss
      LeBron James said he wasn't embarrassed by Wednesday's 29-point loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: After Cavs head coach David Blatt characterized the loss as embarrassing in his post-game press conference, LeBron didn't seem to be on the same page as his coach. "Nah, I'm embarrassed losing the Finals," James said when asked if the loss was embarrassing. While James and the Cavs still have some work to do, he's averaging 31.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last four games so his fantasy owners can't be too upset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:24 am
    • Zach Randolph goes for 21 and 21 in win
      Zach Randolph scored 21 points with 21 rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Spurs on Wednesday.

      Advice: That's five consecutive double-doubles for Z-Bo, averaging 19.8 points, 13.2 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers in that span. Randolph is starting to get it going on offense and it's safe to say his slow start is behind him, making 53 percent from the field over his last 11. His fantasy owners can go back to penciling him in for a double-double most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:20 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Andersen goes for 6 & 9 in start
      Chris Andersen started at power forward on Wednesday and had six points, nine rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't block a shot, but with Chris Bosh out and Josh McRoberts' season likely over, deserves a watchful eye from deep-leaguers, especially if he continues to start. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:48 pm
    • Kyrie Irving dominated by Hawks guards
      Kyrie Irving managed just nine points, six assists and nothing else on 4-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes as the Cavs were embarrassed by the Hawks in Cleveland by a final score of 127-98 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Teague was out, so Dennis Schroder started and had 10 points and 10 assists, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to torch Irving and company for 24 points, which included 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from downtown. Irving was clearly disturbed by getting worked over by a couple Hawks reserves, and spent time after the game on the court getting up some shots and going through drills with an assistant coach. The Hawks were not expected to win this game with Teague in street clothes, but Schroder and Mack didn't blink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-91 * @ Mia
    • LeBron posts pedestrian line in ugly loss
      LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's blowout 127-98 loss to the Hawks, the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Advice: It's hard to explain how this one happened, as the Hawks were playing without starting point guard Jeff Teague, but Shelvin Mack got hot in the second quarter and the Cavs never threatened again. James played OK, but his owners were hoping for more than this in most instances. Due to the lopsided score, LeBron and most other starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles despite illness
      Kevin Love, playing through an illness, hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's ugly home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: This was a far cry from Monday's 22 & 18 line for Love, but at least he played through the illness. The Cavaliers were dominated all night and finally ended up losing by 29 points to a Hawks team missing Jeff Teague. Hopefully, Love's sickness is in the past and he'll be ready for their next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:03 pm
    • Bird Call: Chris Andersen starting vs. Jazz
      Chris Andersen will start at center in place of Udonis Haslem.

      Advice: The move could stick with the Heat desperate up front. Andersen is an option as a deep-league specialist, but he is not going to have enough value in standard leagues. Luol Deng has actually been playing some power forward while Shawne Williams has struggled quite a bit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:50 pm
    • Danny Granger (illness) questionable Wed
      Danny Granger (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If he can't go, Luol Deng will likely play all the minutes he can handle on Wednesday. However, even if Granger is activated, he is not a reliable option in almost any league at this stage of his career. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    • Kevin Love (illness) will play Wednesday
      Kevin Love (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is excellent news for the Cavaliers, as Love was in serious danger of missing this one after not participating in the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms. Owners will want to activate Love in all lineups, even if he is at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    • Kevin Love (illness) is game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to participate in the morning shootaround, so owners will have to check back prior to tip-off for the official word. If Love can't go, Tristan Thompson would likely play all the minutes he could handle and would be worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:50 am
    • Serge Ibaka has season-high seven blocks
      Serge Ibaka had a season-high seven blocks on Tuesday vs. the Kings, adding nine points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The blocks were great, but the rest of the line was rather boring and there is no question that he has really struggled rebounding the ball this season. Ibaka should break out of his slump soon, and owners will have no choice but to be patient with him. He is still a must-start player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:19 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 32 points Tuesday
      Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's win vs. the Kings, adding six boards, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Westbrook has had at least 20 points, five boards, and five assists over his last nine games, and has played his way into MVP consideration. He has been the best player on the Thunder this season, and is doing a fine job propelling the Thunder until Kevin Durant regains his previous form. Continue to expect big things from Westbrook as the Thunder edge closer to a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:08 pm
    • Zach Randolph drops 17 & 10 on Warriors
      Zach Randolph had 17 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's big win over the Warriors, which snapped their 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Randolph didn't do anything amazing tonight, but played well enough to help his team win, just as he's done all season. Mike Conley added a pedestrian 17 points, five assists and four steals on 6-of-18 shooting, but the Memphis D was too much for the streaking Dubs tonight. The Grizzlies now hold a record of 20-4, which is just one less win than the 21-3 Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Andersen (back) briefly leaves game
      Chris Andersen (back) briefly left Tuesday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: He is said to be dealing with back spasms, but he returned pretty quickly from the locker room and appears to be moving just fine. We will pass along any further updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:10 pm
    • Danny Granger (illness) out Tuesday vs. BKN
      Danny Granger (illness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: With Granger out, Luol Deng will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll be tasked with a bit more offensive responsibilities with Chris Bosh (calf) sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:16 pm
    • Danny Granger misses Tuesday shootaround
      Danny Granger (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Heat's game against the Nets Tuesday night.

      Advice: We'll consider Granger as questionable heading into Tuesday night's game against the Knicks as he deals with the illness that he affected quite a few Heat players. Granger has only hit four of 16 shots in his past three games and just isn't worth fantasy owners' attention right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:24 am
    • LeBron posts massive line in win over CHA
      LeBron James scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and three blocks in Monday's 97-88 win over the Hornets.

      Advice: James is starting to get it going and the biggest issue with his fantasy value is his 49 percent shooting this year. For comparison's sake he shot 56.6 percent over the last two seasons and it's a reflection of the struggles the Cavs are having getting to know one another. Look for that to improve, but a bad fantasy playoff schedule and new competition at the top of fantasy leagues have taken the crown off his head. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 pm
    • Turn back the clock: Love posts 22-18-5-4-4
      Kevin Love scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with a season-high 18 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Monday's win over the Bobcats.

      Advice: Don't look now but Love is a top 25-30 value and trending upward. The buy low window slams with the output. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:27 pm
    • Thompson posts empty line on Monday
      Tristan Thompson scored 10 points with five rebounds in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and owners that may have been chasing his hot streak are reminded of his limitations tonight. He's a deep league asset only. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:20 pm
    • Westbrook shooting career-high from field
      Russell Westbrook is shooting a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and a career-high 35.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

      Advice: Westbrook has been on an absolute tear this season, and he's doing it with improved efficiency. Westbrook is averaging a ridiculous 25.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game. The only knock on him currently is his 4.1 turnovers per game, but considering the stats he's piling up in an average of just 29.5 minutes, none of his owners are complaining. Let Westbrook be Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 6:29 am
    • Serge Ibaka's slump continues
      Serge Ibaka stayed cold on Sunday with 12 points, four rebounds and no blocks in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: He got into some foul trouble and then the Thunder ran away with the game. He had zero rebounds last Thursday before fouling out and is mired in a slump, averaging 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five games. He's had five or fewer rebounds in four of his last five games, but owners have to keep running him out there and hope that he'll break out of the funk sooner than later. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 5:52 am
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