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    • Darren Collison out six weeks after surgery
      Darren Collison will miss approximately six weeks after Tuesday's surgery to repair a core muscle, effectively ending his season.

      Advice: "My gut right now from the standpoint of basketball is it would probably be silly to try to rush him back," coach George Karl said. Ray McCallum has crept into standard-league relevance as the starting PG in Collison's absence, with both Andre Miller and Nik Stauskas playing larger roles off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      47 minutes ago
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) given 3-6 week timetable
      The Bulls have given Jimmy Butler (elbow) a 3-6 week timetable for his return, but he's hopeful that he can play before the end of the regular season.

      Advice: Initial reports suggested a 3-4 week timetable so this is somewhat discouraging, though Butler said on Tuesday that the pain in his elbow is already subsiding. "I'm doing all right," he said. "I'm just trying my best to hurry back, being careful, of course ... My ligament just has to heal, and I've got to be able to move my left arm like I move my right before I can get out there and do anything." With no firm return date and the fantasy playoffs looming, Butler is only worth stashing if you're confident your team can succeed without his production until at least late March. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:26 pm
       
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    • Hornets coach criticizes rookie P.J. Hairston
      Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that rookie P.J. Hairston "hasn't developed any way to play to make his teammates better."

      Advice: Charlotte is jockeying for a playoff spot and Clifford's rotation has no room for player development, so we're unlikely to see Hairston or fellow rookie Noah Vonleh on the court in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 pm
    • Khris Middleton fills up boxscore vs. Nuggets
      Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:03 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams scores 11 in defeat
      Michael Carter-Williams shot 4-of-11 from the field during Tuesday's road loss, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 33 minutes.

      Advice: The Bucks are 2-5 since trading Brandon Knight in their deal to acquire MCW, and they now trail the Wizards by 2.5 games for the No. 5 seed in the East. Carter-Williams is making an abysmal 15.4 percent of his jumpers this season (51-of-331), and tonight he was a mere 3-of-7 from within four feet of the hoop. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:03 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 19 & 11 vs. DEN
      The Bucks fell in Denver on Tuesday despite a strong game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Giannis turned the ball over five times but he also drained a 3-pointer and was able to log 35 minutes despite persistent foul trouble. He and Khris Middleton have proven to be a formidable wing duo for the Bucks, and both guys are returning top-40 value over the past 10 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:02 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia awful in 13 minutes vs. Denver
      Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:01 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) struggles in return Tues
      Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:00 pm
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles w/ two blocks
      Kenneth Faried started again on Tuesday, posting 14 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes under new coach Melvin Hunt.

      Advice: This marks the first time Faried has played 30+ minutes or had a double-double since early February. He never found a sustained rhythm under Brian Shaw so the coaching shake-up could be the moment his fantasy owners have been waiting for all season. With any luck the Manimal will be unleashed over Denver's final 23 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:46 pm
    • Al Horford returns w/ 18 points in home win
      Al Horford was back in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's victory vs. the Rockets, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Elton Brand went back to the bench where he has no fantasy relevance. Horford looked good after resting on Saturday, making 9-of-14 shots without any free throw attempts, and with any luck he won't have more DNP-CDs for a long while. The Hawks have six more back-to-back sets down the stretch, with the first coming on March 6/7, so owners should routinely check Horford's status in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:58 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 14 pts w/ three 3s
      Donatas Motiejunas filled up the boxscore during Tuesday's road loss, scoring 14 points with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

      Advice: He played well on both ends of the court and performed admirably in an expanded role with James Harden suspended for one game. Unfortunately, Motie has averaged under 28 minutes over the Rockets' past 10 games and he's tough to roster in 12-team leagues while Josh Smith and Terrence Jones are both healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:48 pm
    • Al Jefferson posts 21 & 16 w/ three steals
      Al Jefferson racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one block vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: Big Al leads all NBA players in total post-ups, which account for 58.6 percent of his offensive possessions. He predictably lived in the paint vs. the Lakers' frontcourt of Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly, but shot only 9-of-19 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. The Hornets are essentially tied with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East, raising the stakes for Wednesday's game in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:23 pm
    • Nuggets will roll with same starters on Tues.
      The Nuggets will start Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: The Nuggets parted ways with coach Brain Shaw on Tuesday, so it will be very interesting to see how their rotations shape up in the coming weeks. Faried has an excellent shot to redeem himself now that coach Shaw can't hold him back, so hopefully he finally rewards his patient owners with some late-season production. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:36 pm
    • Darren Collison out 6-weeks following surgery
      Darren Collison underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and he is expected to remain sidelined for approximately 6-weeks.

      Advice: The NBA regular season ends in 6-weeks, so it's seems very likely that this will be the end to Collison's season. He'll finish with averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. Andre Miller and Ray McCallum will continue to man the point guard position in Sacramento with Collison out, but their timeshare will limit their value to deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:00 pm
    • Al Horford starting, Elton Brand to the bench
      Al Horford will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets, sending Elton Brand back to the bench.

      Advice: Go ahead and get Horford active for what will be an uptempo game vs. Houston. Those that made a speculative add of Brand during his one-game stint in the starting unit can feel comfortable sending him back to the wire with the demotion to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:06 pm
    • Durant (foot) out Wednesday and Thursday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers, as well as Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: The Thunder are going to be extremely cautious in bringing Durant back after his most recent setback, and he still hasn't been able to go through a full practice. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but for as long as Durant is sidelined, Russell Westbrook will continue to put up ridiculous stat lines, with Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter also seeing some increased touches on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:13 am
       
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    • P.J. Hairston benched due to absence
      P.J. Hairston was inactive during Sunday's game due to a missed weight-training session.

      Advice: According to two sources, Hairston missed a weight-training obligation and was subsequently put on the inactive list for Sunday's game. Hairston was also made inactive for a game in December after an unexcused absence from practice, so this isn't his first transgression of his rookie season. The rookie has only suited up for one of the Hornets' last 10 games, so he can be left on the wire in all but the deepest fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:20 am
    • Cole scores 19 points off the bench
      Norris Cole scored 19 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 8-of-12 shots (including two threes) with one rebound, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Cole is getting some extra looks with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out, and also not working in his long-term favor is that his standard-league game is a mess. He doesn't do much besides score and hit a few threes with a few assists, but he might be worth a look in your deeper points league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    • Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night
      Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look -- add at your own risk of course. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:25 am
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) out approx. 3-4 weeks
      Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:38 am
       
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    • Al Horford back at practice on Monday
      Al Horford (rest) returned to practice on Monday.

      Advice: He sat out Saturday's game against the Heat, but big Al is good to go going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 am
    • Kenneth Faried struggles in start at center
      Kenneth Faried started at center in the Nuggets' small lineup on Sunday, but he made only 1-of-6 shots to finish with three points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Faried logged 27 minutes and may have played more if it weren't for foul trouble. The starting job and increased playing time are both silver linings for exasperated fantasy owners, and for now it seems likely that he'll stick at center for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:05 pm
    • Al Jefferson posts 16 & 10 w/ three blocks
      Al Jefferson led Charlotte to a victory on Sunday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Big Al has fared well with Mo Williams at point guard, though he was only a mid-round value in February thanks to lackluster assists (1.7), steals (0.6) and free throw percentages (68.0 percent). As a random bonus for fantasy owners Jefferson made his second 3-pointer of the season tonight, giving him two in the past 10 days. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:15 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 16 points in win
      Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's win over the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Motiejunas has been playing well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.8 steals and blocks per game. He should be able to maintain his late-round value for as long as Dwight Howard is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:10 pm
    • Kenneh Faried, Wilson Chandler starting Sun.
      Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler will start Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, sending J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne back to the bench.

      Advice: Faried has been a huge disappointment this season, and it's only gotten worse after the All-Star break with averages of 6.5 points and 6.3 boards in just over 21 minutes in his last four outings. It's a bold move from head coach Brain Shaw as Faried rarely plays center, but he simply has too much talent to not bounce back eventually. We will let you know how the Manimal does after the game. J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues following this news. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:54 pm
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) scheduled for MRI Monday
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

      Advice: We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:55 pm
       
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    • Update: Jimmy Butler (elbow) will not return
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:55 am
       
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    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) questionable to return
      Updating a previous report, Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a left elbow sprain and his return is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but the fact he's dealing with a sprain and not something more serious can be seen as a positive. Tony Snell will be the primary beneficiary if Butler is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:45 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Jimmy Butler leaves game with left arm injury
      Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with an apparent left arm injury, and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:27 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss Sat.
      Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He is arguably Milwaukee's best weapon on offense now that Brandon Knight is no longer in town, and he has now scored in double digits in twelve straight games. In case it's not already obvious, Middleton is a must-start player and should continue to be a stud for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in loss Sat.
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He was held scoreless and didn't even attempt a shot before halftime, but luckily for his owners he was able to muster up some confidence in the second half. Antetokounmpo has been in the midst of a major slump, shooting just 35 percent from the field over his last seven games, so hopefully the Greek Freak can continue to improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams scores 16 points Sat.
      Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday with five boards, three assists and four steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 6-of-10 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but it's clear that MCW's efficiency is going to improve with a much better supporting cast around him. In three games with the Bucks, MCW has averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 boards, 2.3 steals and 2.7 turnovers in 25.0 minutes per game, so he should only get better as his minutes begin to increase. Keep in mind that his next injury is always right around the corner, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) out for Saturday
      Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:45 pm
    • Al Horford will not play on Saturday
      Al Horford will not play against the Heat on Saturday.

      Advice: He is not at the arena and is just getting the night off. Horford has been very healthy this season and the team wants to keep it that way. Elton Brand will start, but there should be more of Mike Scott and Mike Muscala. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:13 pm
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Carter-Williams logs 27 uneventful minutes
      Michael Carter-Williams logged 27 minutes in his second game with the Bucks, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with one rebound, four assists, one steal and four turnovers in Friday's loss.

      Advice: This isn't a great result but the Bucks increased his minutes by a total of nine and they appear committed to throwing him in the fire. If he's not producing at a mid-to-late round level in 8-cat leagues in a few games we'd be surprised. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:39 am
    • Faried (thumb) goes for 12 and eight
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) returned to action on Friday against the Jazz, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Faried is at the middle of the drama in Denver and Brian Shaw is apparently bullet-proof so there isn't any end in sight for the inconsistency. In a best-case scenario, Faried busts his hump to prove Shaw wrong but the situation is so toxic there we wouldn't hold our breath. The high draft pick is barely clinging to top-125 value on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:08 am
    • Cole goes hitless on 10 shot attempts
      Norris Cole missed all 10 of his field goal attempts on Friday, finishing with three points (3-of-4 FTs), two boards and four assists in 23 minutes.

      Advice: This could be his worst game for the rest of the season and he had been fairly hot coming in. Cole isn't a must-own player or even a strong add, but he could wiggle his way into a productive role before it's all said and done in New Orleans. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:35 am
    • Motiejunas quiet on Friday vs. Brooklyn
      Donatas Motiejunas had a quiet night on Friday against the Nets, scoring 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and no steals or blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Motiejunas has hovered as a solid late-round value over the last month and unless he truly goes south he should be held in all 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:18 am
    • Jimmy Butler posts 28 & 12 against Minny
      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
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    • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Friday February 27. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on knee
      Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on his knee following Friday's game.

      Advice: He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) is a go for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will play against the Jazz on Friday and come off the bench.

      Advice: He missed Wednesday and there's no word on how many minutes he'll play. Faried was only playing minutes in the low 20s leading up to the injury, but he should have a chance for more with Darrell Arthur (knee) out. He's still not a must-start player tonight, especially with Rudy Gobert protecting the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:48 pm
    • Kevin Durant seen doing some light shooting
      Kevin Durant (foot) did some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns

      Advice: This is great news. Durant was rolling around shootaround on a walking scooter on Tuesday, so this is a clear indication that they were just being very careful with his foot. We still do not have a timetable for his return and he's likely to need more than another week off. His fantasy owners should be hoping for a limited practice in the coming days. While he's out, D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters will help Russell Westbrook with the scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:13 pm
       
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    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) probable for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is likely to play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Faried's play has fallen off greatly during the month of February with averages of just 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds on 40.3 percent shooting from the field through 23.4 minutes of action. However, with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, Faried will likely be forced into heavy minutes on Friday, and hopefully he can bust out of his month long slump. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:36 pm
    • Report: Collison (hip) likely done for season
      Darren Collison will reportedly undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Tuesday, and he will likely remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: Collison will be re-evaluated in 3-6 weeks after undergoing surgery, but with the fantasy playoffs looming and multiple reports stating that his season is likely over, it's probably safe at this point to drop Collison in standard leagues. Ray McCallum and Andre Miller will split minutes at the point guard spot with Collison sidelined, but neither guy makes for a strong add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:07 pm
    • Shaw wants a more consistent Kenneth Faried
      Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said he'd like to see more consistency out of Kenneth Faried (thumb).

      Advice: Faried is dealing with a thumb injury, but he was also benched in favor of Darrell Arthur on Monday. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." The Manimal's fantasy owners likely agree with Shaw and may want to think about cutting Faried in deeper leagues if another solid option is available. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:22 am
    • Donuts finally doesn't look glazed over
      Donatas Motiejunas played one of his better games in the past month against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Before this one, he hasn't been great this month, averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in his previous eight games. Donuts was also more of a cream puff on defense, allowing his man to shoot 5.1 percent higher than his average in that span, too. Motiejunas hasn't been in the top 200 for February this month and is clearly being outplayed by Terrence Jones, a much better player to own. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • Darren Collison (hip) could be out for year
      The Kings do not have much optimism that Darren Collison (hip flexor strain) will return this season, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: He traveled to see a specialist in L.A. and apparently it did not go well. Following an initial MRI, the Kings called Collison "doubtful" to play back on Feb. 6, so this news would be a surprise. Fantasy owners should start planning on Collison missing extended time and he's not a must-own player if you really need to make a move for a hot free agent. Ray McCallum would gain the most value and is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:36 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams returned to action on Wednesday February 25. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:29 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:34 pm
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 19 minutes on Wed
      Zaza Pachulia played 19 minutes on Wednesday against the 76ers with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Michael-Carter Williams plays 18 minutes
      Michael Carter-Williams played 18 minutes in his Milwaukee debut against the 76ers on Wednesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals and one turnover.

      Advice: He only had a 16.5 usage rate tonight, which is his second lowest of the season. On the bright side, tonight was just his third game of the season with a field goal percentage of at least 60 (3-of-5 from the field tonight). Carter-Williams is likely going to see his numbers come down, but he'll be better than this. It's also worth mentioning coach Jason Kidd said he's going to encourage MCW to take midrange shots, which seems like an awful idea based on how he's only made 24.7 percent on his mid-range this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:41 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) won't play vs. Phoenix
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will not play vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: Faried was benched in Denver's last game and he's been struggling to provide any fantasy value lately, so his absence shouldn't be a huge blow for fantasy owners. Darrell Arthur, J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne will pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:17 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia starting, John Henson benched
      Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has been coming off the bench, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. Pachulia only played six minutes on Monday and he's basically in a three-way timeshare with John Henson and Miles Plumlee. He can be left on the wire in most leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:02 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams to start vs. 76ers
      Michael Carter-Williams will start against the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: In his first game not in a 76ers uniform, he'll get to play against them. Carter-Williams has been dreadful on his jump shots this season, making just 14.7 percent of them. It should be interesting to see how the Bucks use him on offense and his fantasy owners will hope he shoots less. MCW should see a decrease in usage rate, so his ceiling isn't likely going to increase on a given night. He is safe to start for now and his owners can hope for a revenge game tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:21 pm
    • Hawks say game with Mavs will happen
      Wednesday's Mavs at Hawks game "is happening" despite the bad weather, according to the Hawks.

      Advice: After a lot of uncertainty, we finally have a solid update. Fantasy owners can go ahead and insert their Hawks and Mavericks back in their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:02 pm
    • Darren Collison (hip) ruled out for Wednesday
      Darren Collison (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He will reportedly meet with a specialist in Los Angeles, so we will pass along any additional updates as soon as we know more. Collison has been sidelined since Feb. 5th, and with season averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, his owners can only hope to get some good news soon with fantasy playoffs looming. Ray McCallum will likely draw another start on Wednesday, but he will likely split minutes with veteran Andre Miller, meaning they are only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:41 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams probable Wednesday
      Michael Carter-Williams is officially being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: MCW's return will send Jerryd Bayless back to the bench, and his value will take a sizable hit with the demotion. Players tend to have great games against their former teams, and with Carter-Williams' former team being the Sixers (a team ranking in the bottom three in defensive efficiency), MCW could be in for a big game. Check back for an official update closer to Wednesday's tip, and if he's a go, he'll make for a strong play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • Kevin Durant back on walking scooter
      Kevin Durant (foot) was seen at Thunder shootaround on the walking scooter that he was using earlier in the year.

      Advice: While this isn't hugely surprising news, it's certainly not a great sign for a quick return. Durant was also seen walking without much of a limp towards the end of practice, but we'll know more about his timetable when he's re-evaluated again in one week. Russell Westbrook will be the biggest fantasy beneficiary of Durant's absence, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter will all stand to see a small boost as well. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Michael Carter-Williams optimistic about Weds
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) said he's optimistic that he'll be able to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: MCW hasn't played since before the All-Star Break, but sounded ready to make his debut with his new team against his former team. "I'll be playing next game," MCW said in locker room after game. "I don't know how many minutes I'll be playing." Carter-Williams is a must-own player as the Bucks' starting point guard, but it sounds like fantasy owners may want to take a cautious approach on Wednesday if he's only playing limited minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:47 am
    • Norris Cole posts 15 points, six assists
      Norris Cole backed up a solid debut from Saturday with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, one rebound, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: The Pelicans might be desperate enough for offense that Cole steps into the void right away and produces. Consider him a flier pick for 12-14 team leagues at this time. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:10 pm
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:06 pm
    • Carter-Williams to make Bucks debut vs. PHI
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) said he would make his Bucks debut in Wednesday's game against his old Sixers squad.

      Advice: Carter-Williams' stats are about to flatten out with less usage and (hopefully) better efficiency. He's a must-own player in 8-cat leagues and if you're punting turnovers in 9-cat leagues the same applies. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:59 pm
    • Pachulia plays six minutes against Chicago
      Zaza Pachulia played just six minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Pachulia missed all three of his shots and had just one rebound and one assist to his credit. Yes, the Bucks found themselves in a blowout loss against a vastly superior team, but Pachulia's already teetering deep league value took a major blow tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:42 pm
    • Dudley goes scoreless on Monday vs. Bulls
      Jared Dudley was demoted to a bench role on Monday and missed all four of his shot attempts, finishing with no points as the Bulls had no mercy on his soul.

      Advice: Dudley managed two steals, one board and one assist and he has been slowly trending down over the past week. After a night like this, owners have to be thinking about a drop and if there's any slightly better than average free agent it's an easy call. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:40 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start, Jared Dudley benched
      Ersan Ilyasova will start at power forward against the Bulls on Monday and Jared Dudley will come off the bench.

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:39 pm
    • Darren Collison (hip) to see a specialist
      Darren Collison (hip flexor) will travel to Los Angeles to see a specialist.

      Advice: It doesn't sound like he's going to play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Collison has been out for almost three weeks and he doesn't have a timetable to return. His owners should just bench him for now and hope we get good news in the next couple days. With Collison out, Ray McCallum has played minutes in the 20s, but he's not a great add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 1:41 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams will not play Monday
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) will not play on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: MCW has been dealing with the toe injury since before being traded to Milwaukee, and it's not a surprise he'll be out once again on Monday. Without him, Jerryd Bayless makes for a great plug-and-play in daily formats, and Tyler Ennis should once again draw the assignment as his backup. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:20 am
    • Jimmy Butler playing through thumb injury
      Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

      Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:29 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Al Jefferson grabs season-high 17 boards
      Al Jefferson pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds to go with eight points, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes in a loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.

      Advice: Big Al couldn't get anything going on the offensive end tonight, shooting just 4-of-16 from the floor and failing to attempt a single free throw. It was the second game of a back-to-back set so fatigue may have been a factor here, but his owners should give him a break after he averaged 21.0 points, 11.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last three games. Big Al will be fine and his owners can expect his numbers to remain pretty constant moving forward with the Hornets seeking a playoff berth. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:26 pm
    • Khris Middleton & Giannis score 19 pts each
      The Bucks fell at home on Sunday, 86-97, despite getting 19 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

      Advice: Middleton made 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with one 3-pointer, four boards and five assists, and he's emerged as an elite fantasy option over the past month. In his last dozen games he's averaging a stellar 16.2 points (54.2 percent FGs, 91.3 percent FTs), 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals. He does a little bit of everything, so the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams shouldn't throw him off, and his lucky owners can sit back and enjoy the production. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:07 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 pts in loss
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, four boards, one steal and two blocks on Sunday, making 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in a tough home loss.

      Advice: He keeps getting better and has vaulted into top-40 value with no signs of slowing down. His scoring, rebounds and defensive numbers jump out at fantasy owners, but his percentages are just as important -- after a rocky rookie campaign he's now shooting a respectable 50.0 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the FT line. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:06 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot) will be sidelined 1-week
      Kevin Durant underwent a procedure to reduce the pain and discomfort he's been feeling in his right foot on Sunday, and he will be re-evaluated in one week.

      Advice: The procedure was to replace the screw he had in his foot with a new one, but it is unrelated to the foot fracture that he had surgery on, and his foot is reportedly healing as expected. He will be sidelined for at least the next week, and it's possible he sits longer as OKC will be cautious with their franchise player heading into the playoffs. Russell Westbrook is going to be an absolute monster with Durant sidelined, while Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, and Perry Jones will also have the opportunity to step up in OKC's rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:51 pm
       
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    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) available for Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: The opportunity is certainly there for Ilyasova to produce with his only competition for playing time going by the names of John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant, however his propensity to find himself on the sidelines due to various injuries really hurts his upside. He's averaging just 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season, so it would probably be best to use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 11:37 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available to play against the Hawks on Sunday according to head coach Jason Kidd.

      Advice: Ersan was able to practice on Saturday, but he has simply been too inconsistent to use outside of deeper leagues. With season averages of 8.8 points and 3.5 boards in just 17.5 minutes per game, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:56 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas stuffs stat sheet
      Donatas Motiejunas doubled-doubled against the Raptors on Saturday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

      Advice: The Rockets are quite alright without Dwight Howard right now. Terrence Jones' defense on centers has been a huge plus and D-Mo has been able to operate in the high post. His numbers in his last five include averages of 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's a hold in standard leagues despite a low upside. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:37 pm
    • Norris Cole plays a surprising 30 minutes
      Norris Cole played a surprising 30 minutes against the Heat on Saturday with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Admittedly, we didn't see this coming, but the Pelicans just need bodies right now. Considering Tyreke Evans plays three positions, we might see Cole log minutes in the upper 20s at the point next to 'Reke while their power forwards are on the shelf. Cole doesn't have a high ceiling, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 7:40 pm
    • Al Jefferson goes for 20 and 12 vs. OKC
      Al Jefferson scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

      Advice: His 3-pointer came late in the game with the Thunder already having the victory wrapped up. Jefferson should have more room to operate now with Mo Williams spacing the floor. His numbers haven't been great in February, averaging 17.4 points, 10.8 boards and 2.0 blocks, but his fantasy owners certainly have nothing to complain about. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 6:28 pm
    • Norris Cole available to play on Saturday
      Norris Cole will play against the Heat on Saturday.

      Advice: In his first game away from the Heat, he gets to play against them. The Pelicans have been using Jimmer Fredette as a backup point guard, but coach Monty Williams has become even more confident in Tyreke Evans at the one. There won't be many minutes for Cole tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 3:11 pm
    • Darren Collison (hip) out again on Saturday
      Darren Collison (hip) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday night.

      Advice: It will be his sixth game out of the lineup due to his strained hip flexor, but he should have a chance to play in the Kings' next game on Wednesday. With Collison out, Ray McCallum and Andre Miller will likely split the point guard minutes down the middle. It doesn't really matter much for fantasy owners because Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins will get most of the shots. For what it's worth, they had a combined usage rate of 61.3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:52 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova practices, available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) practiced on Saturday and will be available to play on Sunday.

      Advice: Saying Ersan is "available to play" right now could change and we should still consider him questionable to play based on his track record to miss games this season. He hasn't played more than 24 minutes in a game since the start of December and the 6'10 forward has just eight blocks on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:31 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot) will not play on Saturday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: KD was clearly laboring during Thursday's game against the Mavericks and after he sat out of practice on Friday, his owners probably saw this coming. He hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets, and he is going to be monitored on a day-to-day basis moving forward. Head coach Scott Brooks hasn't yet decided who will start in Durant's place, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters and Perry Jones should all be in the mix. However, whenever Durant sits, Russell Westbrook is going to be an absolute animal on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:46 am
       
      Injured
    • Jared Dudley plays 41 minutes
      Jared Dudley played 41 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday during an 89-81 win, scoring 11 points with eight boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: With Ghostface Ilya (illness) continuing to be an anti-Ironman, Dudley picked up some extra run. Dudley's numbers aren't great this month, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys on 52.8 percent from the field. He's still a low-end guy to own for those who missed out on the wave of pickups from this week. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:34 am
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 30 minutes
      Zaza Pachulia played 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with eight points, six rebounds and one assists.

      Advice: The All-Star break helped here and he was right back to his normal playing time. Pachulia was playing 26.2 minutes per game as the starter earlier this year and he'll likely be reclaiming that role soon. He's still not going to have the upside of guys like Rudy Gobert, Alex Len or Jusuf Nurkic due to only 0.3 blocks per game and sub-par shooting. Zaza is a low-end guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:26 am
    • Motiejunas plays 21 minutes in loss to Mavs
      Donatas Motiejunas scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and one assists over 21 minutes in Friday's loss to the Mavs.

      Advice: Motie hasn't been great in his last few games and could easily be found on waiver wires in 12-team formats. But he has been pretty good this season and has a late-round valuation over the last month, so consider picking him up if he was dropped. He has at least a 2-3 week window with Dwight Howard out to cash in on. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:56 pm
    • Jimmy Butler picks up where he left off
      Jimmy Butler hit the ground running to start the second half on Friday against the Pistons, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Butler really put on an offensive show tonight and his ability to score off the dribble seems to get better every time out. He did miss the final game of the first half due to a shoulder injury, but there was no indication it was bothering him tonight. There is nothing to worry about here and his owners can just enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 9:13 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
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