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  • Stoudemire goes for 20 and nine vs. Thunder
    Amare Stoudemire scored 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-8 shots with nine rebounds and no other stats in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Stoudemire's highly leveraged line isn't nearly as good as the points make it sound, but nevertheless he's still a viable low-end center in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 10:28 pm
  • Monroe struggles again on Friday vs. Bucks
    Greg Monroe scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Pistons' 104-88 loss to the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Monroe is struggling right now but he's still a late-round value in standard leagues and he should be benched, not dropped.
    Today, 10:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 30 in easy win over HOU
    Blake Griffin scored 30 points in a blowout 102-85 win at Houston on Friday with 10 boards and one assist in just 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets had no answer for him at all. Griffin is starting to get it going after a slow start, averaging 21.0 points, 8.8 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers on 46.3 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the line over his last five.
    Today, 10:03 pm
  • Smith posts versatile line in loss to MIL
    Josh Smith scored 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, three blocks and six turnovers in Friday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: Smith has played below a 12-team level in 8-cat leagues and in 9-cat leagues his value is so low that owners would be better off leaving a starting slot empty rather than activating him. Anytime he makes noise like this it's a good time to see what you can get on the trade market for Smoove.
    Today, 10:01 pm
  • Welcome Back: Andre Drummond posts 26 & 20
    Andre Drummond set season-highs for scoring (26) and rebounding (20) in Friday's loss to the Bucks, hitting 12-of-19 shots with a steal and block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Welcome back, Andre. The Pistons threw a lot at the kid and he short-circuited for a bit there, but hopefully owners were patient through the first 15 games of the season. The buy low window is slammed shut.
    Today, 9:58 pm
  • Tarik Black getting some run now
    Tarik Black played 27 minutes against the Clippers on Friday with 11 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: His points were a career high and it's the second time he's played more than 20 minutes since the opener. Black looks like he's solidified his minutes in the 20s and he's an option against the Bucks on Saturday in daily leagues. Of course, we're talking deep leagues here.
    Today, 9:51 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas comes back to Earth
    Donatas Motiejunas scored six points with seven rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 26 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: It took him two weeks to get going and he was finally coming around, but it obviously wasn't going to be smooth sailing for a guy who had major consistency issues before this recent hot streak. Motiejunas should hold some decent value in standard leagues for another week or so.
    Today, 9:45 pm
  • Brandan Wright has another bad game
    Brandan Wright made just 2-of-7 from the field four points during a 106-102 on Friday, adding two rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He is struggling right now and has missed five shots in his last two games. Wright should get easy shots on Saturday and his fantasy owners should stick with him.
    Today, 9:37 pm
  • Parker posts a low-level line in win over DET
    Jabari Parker posted a low-level line in Friday's win over the Pistons, scoring eight points on 3-of-8 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Parker has upped his season-long value into late-round territory over the past week and that makes him a nice stash/hold.
    Today, 9:27 pm
  • Sanders plays just 11 minutes against DET
    Larry Sanders played just 11 minutes in Friday's win over the Pistons, finishing with six points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Sanders had four fouls and Jason Kidd went with the second unit a lot tonight. He also is coming off a nice game on Wednesday and has generally stayed in his lane within the top-100 this season.
    Today, 9:24 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores 20 points, makes two 3s
    Amir Johnson scored 20 points in 30 minutes against the Mavericks during a 106-102 loss on Friday with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: His frontcourt mate, Jonas Valanciunas (eight points, 13 boards and one steal), had some trouble with Tyson Chandler, so Johnson benefited. He hasn't hit his stride just yet and is outside of top-100 value, which will change after tonight's massive game.
    Today, 9:22 pm
  • James Johnson could get more run
    James Johnson played 17 minutes against the Mavericks on Friday with two points, four rebounds, one assist and three fouls.

    Advice: He is having some fouling issues in his time back, but there is a big opportunity in front of him. Johnson could get his minutes in the mid 20s if DeMar DeRozan (groin) needs to miss time, so he's worth a look in some standard formats.
    Today, 9:19 pm
  • Ilyasova goes for 22 and eight in win vs. DET
    Ersan Ilyasova kept his foot on the gas in Friday's win, scoring 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Here we go again. Ilyasova is hot like Hansel right now and if you take a look at his two-week splits he's producing well enough to be in lineups over that span. His season-long numbers are hanging around the 14-team level in 9-cat leagues and the bottom of the top-200 for 8-cat formats. On a team with this many moving parts and knowing Ilyasova's feast or famine history from the past couple of years, this is a boom or bust add so plan accordingly.
    Today, 8:45 pm
  • Ryan Anderson plays 29 minutes on Friday
    Ryan Anderson played 29 minutes against the Hawks on Friday during a 100-91 loss with seven rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Pelicans are in a jam with their wing positions because Austin Rivers and Darius Miller are not going to help. Anderson makes much more sense in the second unit because he can help carry the scoring burden, but he could get a few more minutes with the starters in the second half. He should one of the best fantasy assets off the bench.
    Today, 8:33 pm
  • Anthony Davis has a normal-player line
    Anthony Davis had 14 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block on 5-of-14 from the field in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Fantasy owners will complain about this line, which is funny because a double-double with plenty of defense is still a really good outing. That's just another indicator of how great Davis is.
    Today, 8:28 pm
  • Cody Zeller scores 15 with 14 boards in start
    Cody Zeller was effective in his 33 minutes as the starting power forward against the Warriors on Friday with 15 points, 14 boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He only committed two fouls and didn't make many mistakes tonight. Zeller was coming in with a few nice games under his belt before this one and there's a chance he gets his minutes to around 26 even when Marvin Williams (shoulder) comes back. He's worth a look in standard leagues for now, but preferably in exchange for something you're not going to miss much.
    Today, 7:35 pm
  • John Henson (foot) is out on Friday night
    John Henson (foot) will not play on Friday night, and coach Jason Kidd does not expect him to be available for Saturday's game either.

    Advice: With both Henson and Zaza Pachulia (personal) unavailable, Larry Sanders will get all the run he can handle, with Ersan Ilyasova and Giannis Antetokounmpo seeing some minutes backing up the center position. Sanders has been coming on lately, and could make for a solid low-budget play in daily leagues tonight with a favorable matchup vs. the Pistons, and a healthy heaping of minutes coming his way.
    Today, 3:40 pm
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • David Lee (hamstring) out Friday vs. CHA
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Hornets, as expected.

    Advice: He was doubtful headed into this one, so this news isn't very surprising. Lee is targeting a return for Tuesday vs. Orlando, or Thursday vs. New Orleans, but he'll likely be on a minutes restriction upon his return. Stay tuned.
    Today, 3:23 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova to get some backup C minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova is expected to get minutes as the backup center against the Pistons.

    Advice: Larry Sanders better stay out of foul trouble. Ilyasova hasn't seen much playing time due to coach Jason Kidd running an 11-man rotation much of the season, but he could get minutes in the low 20s tonight. There are still too many questions about his value to use him in most leagues.
    Today, 3:15 pm
  • Cody Zeller will start for Marvin Williams
    Cody Zeller will start at power forward against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He will presumably start on Saturday as long as he doesn't fall on his face tonight. Zeller has played well in his last three games with 12.3 points per game in that span. He'll really need to keep his fouls down, but the opportunity is there as a fantasy plug-and-play.
    Today, 2:25 pm
  • Marvin Williams out for Friday and Saturday
    Marvin Williams (shoulder) will not play against the Warriors on Friday or Saturday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He can't stay healthy this season, but the Hornets won't miss him much anyway. The team is hoping he'll be ready for Wednesday against the Bulls. Cody Zeller has really picked it up lately and is a solid option in daily leagues.
    Today, 2:20 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) ruled out Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The illness bug claimed another body tonight and the Kings will be in deep trouble. They don't really have a guy capable of playing big minutes at center, so it'll likely be a group effort. Jason Thompson does get some minutes at center, so he's probably the biggest beneficiary for minutes and has a solidified role. Although, Derrick Williams is also a very interesting player to use in daily leagues tonight.
    Today, 2:05 pm
  • Brandon Bass plays 27 minutes
    Brandon Bass played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with 16 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Kelly Olynyk had one of his routine disastrous games and Bass came in to help out. He's still going to need Olynyk to have a few more bad games before he'll have decent fantasy value in even deep leagues.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Hollis Thompson expected to start on Saturday
    Hollis Thompson is expected to start against the Mavericks on Saturday in place of Tony Wroten (knee).

    Advice: There could be some tweets from K.J. McDaniels' mom on Twitter shortly. Kidding aside, Thompson has been a bit of a boring option in the first unit and he already lost his job once, but coach Brett Brown will play it safe and go with him. McDaniels is still a much better asset in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) doubtful vs. Spurs
    DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is doubtful to face the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: His knee injury is not an issue, but now the Kings are hit with a sudden illness for their team's MVP. Cousins has eight double-doubles in a row and the Kings are going to be a mess on offense even if Rudy Gay (Achilles) plays. If he's out, it'll likely be a group effort of Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, Carl Landry and Reggie Evans.
    Today, 11:22 am
  • Eric Moreland sent down for D-League stint
    The Kings have sent Eric Moreland back to Reno for another D-League stint.

    Advice: Moreland has played a total of 34 seconds for the Kings this season, and that tells you about all you need to know about his non-existent fantasy value.
    Today, 10:57 am
  • David Lee (hamstring) doubtful for Fri./Sun.
    Head coach Steve Kerr is considering David Lee (hamstring) doubtful to play Friday or Sunday.

    Advice: Lee will most likely return for one of the Warriors upcoming home games, either Tuesday vs. Orlando, or Thursday vs. New Orleans. With the Warriors currently sitting on a record of 12-2, and Draymond Green excelling as the starting power forward, there's just no need for Lee to rush a return. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return, and there are no guarantees he will take the starting job away from Green.
    Today, 10:19 am
  • Marvin Williams (shoulder) doubtful Friday
    Marvin Williams (shoulder) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: If Marvin sits, Cody Zeller would draw the start at power forward, however he has an unfavorable matchup today against Draymond Green of the Warriors, and on such a busy Friday night owners in standard leagues could probably do better.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Hawks send Payne, Jenkins to D-League
    The Hawks will send Adreian Payne and John Jenkins to the D-League.

    Advice: Jenkins had one big game this season, while Payne hasn't done much. This is just an FYI in case you notice they're missing from the Hawks bench tonight.
    Today, 9:38 am
  • Grant Jerrett cleared to play for Thunder
    Grant Jerrett has been cleared to play for the Thunder after dealing with an ankle injury.

    Advice: With Russell Westbrook back and Reggie Jackson coming off the bench, Jerrett is clearly an afterthought.
    Today, 9:35 am
    W, 105-78 * vs NY
  • Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise
    Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's there protecting the little guys," Kidd said. "And I think offensively he's around the rim finishing up plays. Also he's in the post making plays for himself or for his teammates. So he's playing on both ends at a very high level." Sanders is coming off a game in which he tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and despite playing limited minutes (22.2 per game) he's been effective. Sanders should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up gaudy shot-blocking totals on any given night.
    Today, 6:43 am
  • Cody Zeller coming on for Hornets
    Cody Zeller had nine points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams was useless again, failing to score in 11 minutes, and Zeller has now been playing well for three games. He's averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes over that stretch. It would not be surprising to see him replace Marvin Williams in the starting lineup if things don't change soon.
    Today, 1:27 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins not on the injury report
    DeMarcus Cousins (leg) did not appear on the Kings' injury report for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Kings have thrown players with very minor injuries on the injury report as "probable" and it looks like Cousins dodged a bullet here. He suffered what could have been a contusion on Wednesday, but he did play through it and there look to be no negative effects since. He's arguably the best fantasy big man this side of Anthony Davis.
    Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • Report: Teams inquiring about Brandon Bass
    Various scouts and front-office types have reportedly begun to inquire about the availability of veteran forward Brandon Bass.

    Advice: The Celtics currently own a record of 4-8, so they'll need to make a decision as to whether they're going to try and compete for a playoff spot, or go into a full rebuild. At 29-years-old, Bass doesn't make sense on a rebuilding team, so the Celtics may look to trade him for a younger asset or draft picks. It's not currently known what teams have reached out to the Celtics, and Danny Ainge has not made himself available to comment on the situation, but it is something worth monitoring. Bass doesn't get enough consistent minutes in Boston to be worth any attention in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Monty wants more shots for Anthony Davis
    Pelicans' head coach Monty Williams wants Anthony Davis to be taking at least 20 shots a game.

    Advice: "Anthony cannot be in a game and not touch the ball," said Williams. "We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night." Monty's comments came a day after Davis shot 4-of-12 from the field during a 99-89 loss to the Kings. Davis also only attempted one shot during the entire fourth quarter of that one, which is simply not acceptable. Williams' desire to force feed Davis the rock has to be music to fantasy owners' ears, and it can only improve his already gaudy averages of 25.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, and 2.1 steals per game. He's an early MVP candidate, and the best player in fantasy basketball right now, enjoy.
    Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks
    Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does.
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas getting hot, scores 21
    Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 10-of-15 from the field.

    Advice: This is his third effective game in a row with an average of 13.5 points per game in his previous two. He's also seen a major bump in minutes with 35.7 per game over his last three. The Rockets won't get Terrence Jones (leg) back any time soon and Dwight Howard (knee) is out, so Motiejunas is worth a look in all standard leagues now that he seems to have figured it out.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is 'fine' after injury scare
    DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury against the Rockets on Wednesday and did not miss time, finishing with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, he said his knee is sore, but he will be fine for Friday against the Spurs. Cousins has put the team on his back over his last seven and has a usage of at least 36 percent in five of those games, which led to averages of 25.0 points, 14.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks on 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 from the line. He is a monster and is basically unstoppable.
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • James Johnson blocks three in 20 minutes
    James Johnson (illness) played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He was reportedly very ill, but Johnson takes great pride in calling himself Wolverine. He is doing a great job on the defensive side and he had a nice Euro step on the offensive end tonight, too. Johnson is a sneaky player to own in 14-team leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Andre Drummond keeps rolling with 17 & 13
    Andre Drummond piled up 17 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes during a tough loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, making 6-of-11 FGs and 5-of-9 FTs.

    Advice: The Pistons as a team came in shooting a putrid 41.3 percent from the field, and they were without the services of starting PG Brandon Jennings again tonight. Drummond has been one of the biggest culprits, as his typically stellar FG percentage has fallen to 43.4 percent this year, but he's turned things around by shooting a combined 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) in Detroit's past two games. This was also his first game of the season with at least four combined steals and blocks, and fantasy owners' patience is beginning to pay off.
    Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Greg Monroe struggles in 27 minutes vs. Clips
    Greg Monroe had another quiet game on Wednesday, grabbing eight rebounds with one assist, one steal and a season-low-tying six points.

    Advice: Monroe was just 1-of-6 from the field and 4-of-6 from the FT line, while adding three turnovers in just 27 minutes of action. He's averaging a reasonable 31.5 minutes per game this year but isn't contributing much beyond points, boards and percentages -- he has a grand total of two steals and zero blocks in Detroit's past six games, all of which are losses.
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Marvin Williams starts, goes scoreless again
    Marvin Williams was scoreless in 11 minutes of action on Wednesday, starting at PF but finishing with just one rebound and two assists to his credit.

    Advice: Cody Zeller had nine points and seven boards off the bench, while playing superior defense vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, and it's fair to question how much longer Williams will keep his starting gig. The Hornets shot 42.6 percent in their previous six games, all losses, and finished tonight's defeat just 41-of-94 from the field (43.6 percent). Something has to give.
    Wednesday, 6:35 pm
  • James Johnson is playing on Wednesday
    James Johnson (illness) is playing on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team didn't update him and he just checked in. Johnson should have limited playing time tonight.
    Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • James Johnson (flu) questionable for Wed
    James Johnson (flu) is questionable to face the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is under the weather and the Raptors might not need him. Johnson played four minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Monday, but the fouls were likely the issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him tonight.
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • John Henson ruled out for Wednesday
    John Henson (foot) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is likely going to miss some time and needed some help off the floor last night. Henson's minutes were very inconsistent and he didn't even really step up while Larry Sanders missed time. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 1:41 pm
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • Marvin Williams to play SF Wednesday
    Marvin Williams should get plenty of minutes at small forward on Wednesday in order to match up with the Blazers.

    Advice: It doesn't really matter where Marvin plays, as he's just not that good these days. However, this should also mean more Cody Zeller at PF and Zeller has been playing pretty well over his last few games.
    Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings to 9-5 record
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season.
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Anthony Davis struggles w/ illness vs. Kings
    Anthony Davis battled an illness during Tuesday's game, which he finished with just 14 points (4-of-12 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: "Just because I’m a little sick doesn't mean I can afford to play like that," Davis said after the game. While the illness may have contributed to his relatively quiet evening, the Pelicans also did a poor job of feeding him the ball in the second half. He's been the number one fantasy player this year, bar none, and is likely to take out his frustrations vs. the Hawks on Friday.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Josh Smith two assists shy of triple-double
    Josh Smith fell two assists shy of a triple-double in Tuesday's game, scoring 11 points with 10 boards and eight assists vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Smoove added one steal and three blocks, and he even made a 3-pointer -- he's now a combined 4-of-21 (19.0 percent) beyond the arc. The bad news is that he was just 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-10 at the FT line. He's a mid-round value if you can ignore his percentages, but that's not a luxury most fantasy owners have.
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 23 pts on 11-of-15 FGs
    Andre Drummond kept up his momentum on Tuesday with a season-high 23 points (11-of-15 FGs) in a loss vs. the Bucks, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The points, rebounds and defensive stats are great to see, but fantasy owners are probably most pleased with his 11-of-15 shooting -- remarkably, this is just the second time all season that Drummond made more than half of his shots. The career 59.7 percent shooter is just 39.7 percent through 13 games and there's nowhere to go but up, so consider making a buy-low offer (if you still can) to his frustrated fantasy owners.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Jabari Parker back in double-digit scoring
    Bucks rookie Jabari Parker returned to double-digits on Tuesday, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a home win vs. Detroit.

    Advice: He added nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 27 minutes of action, and continues to return steady but unremarkable top-175 fantasy value. His minutes should rise as the season progresses, making him a good guy to target before he gets on a roll. Bucks writer Andrew Gruman pointed out an odd stat during the game, which is worth keeping an eye on -- Parker has made 22-of-30 free throws on the road this season, but he's just 0-of-6 at home.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • John Henson helped off court w/ foot injury
    John Henson was helped off the court on Tuesday with a sprained left foot, and he will not return.

    Advice: He began limping after challenging a shot on defense and the Bucks quickly diagnosed him with a sprained foot. If the injury is serious enough to cost him any games, a few extra minutes would be available for Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova.
    Tuesday, 5:49 pm
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • David Lee (hamstring) might return Nov. 30
    David Lee (hamstring) is hoping to play vs. the Pistons on Nov. 30, but admitted that he's more likely to return on Dec. 2 or Dec. 4.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate and the Warriors have no incentive ro rush him back with Draymond Green thriving as the team's starting PF. Lee is likely to come off the bench once he's healthy, at least at first, which dims his near-term fantasy outlook.
    Tuesday, 5:38 pm
  • No setbacks for James Johnson
    James Johnson didn't suffer a setback in Monday's game when he played just four minutes in his return from an ankle injury.

    Advice: The Raps are just working him back into the mix slowly, so it might take him a week to get back up to speed.
    Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

    Advice: When asked during an interview about what inspires him outside of basketball, Sanders showed his theological side. "I would just say, I really look to sacred idols," Sanders said. "I feel people who draw other people to God. So, Buddha, Jesus, just all the sacred icons. It's all theosis." While the 26-year-old has had a rough start to the 2014-15 regular season, he's still worth holding onto in standard leagues due to his potential to put up huge block numbers.
    Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Wright has another perfect game on Monday
    Brandan Wright had another perfect game from the field on Monday, hitting all six of his shots for 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Wright is a machine and the only thing that can stop him is his own health, but for now he seems fairly durable and playing behind an older set of big men he has a lot of upside (especially in the case of Tyson Chandler). He's returning top 40-70 value (9/8 cat) and congratulations are in order if you drafted him.
    Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Motiejunas nears solid double-double vs. NY
    Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal, one block and one three in 32 minutes against the Knicks.

    Advice: Motie beating up on the Knicks and getting his usually non-existent peripheral stats isn't swinging the pendulum here, but he has been much more productive than he usually is lately. With Terrence Jones (leg) out long-term and Dwight Howard (knee) a question mark at this moment, we're all on the hunt for the beneficiary and right now Kostas Papanikolaou has a much better stat-set to get the job done with.
    Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Stoudemire gets three blocks in loss
    Amare Stoudemire blocked three shots and had one steal to go with eight points and eight rebounds in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Stoudemire isn't known for his defensive stats so this output is a win for owners stringing the big man along in their lineup. As long as you have your expectations in check, he is a viable asset in starting lineups.
    Monday, 9:12 pm
  • James Johnson plays four minutes on Monday
    James Johnson played four minutes against the Suns with one steal and two fouls.

    Advice: He didn't take a single shot tonight and may not be 100 percent. Johnson said he was "like Wolverine" for recovering so soon from his ankle sprain, but he wasn't a superhero with fouling tonight. He should be better his next time out.
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Blake Griffin just misses trip-dub w/ 22-16-9
    Blake Griffin dominated the Hornets during a 113-92 win on Monday, scoring 22 points with 16 boards, nine assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets simply had no answer. Griffin was running a lot of successful pick-and-roll plays with Chris Paul while he continues to knock down jumpers. Griffin's rebounds have been down in a big way with an average of just 6.8 per game in his previous 12 outings, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
    Monday, 8:26 pm
  • Cody Zeller scores career-high 17 points
    Cody Zeller scored a career-high 17 points against the Clippers on Monday during a 113-92 loss with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin dominated Marvin Williams in the early going, so Zeller picked up some extra playing time. Zeller does have some bright spots, but his inability to hit jumpers will likely cost him a chance to be a regular contributor on the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) likely out until Dec
    David Lee (hamstring) is not expected to return to the lineup until at least Dec. 2.

    Advice: He's not close to returning and the Warriors learned their lesson on bring him back so soon. Considering how well Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are playing right now, there is no rush. Lee isn't a must-own player while Green is a must-start guy right now.
    Monday, 5:14 pm
  • James Johnson will play on Monday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will play against the Suns on Monday night.

    Advice: He has been out since Nov. 16 with what looked like a severe ankle sprain, but Johnson is likely going to see his normal minutes. He was actually turning in mid-round value because of all the defensive stats, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not a must-own player and obviously won't be a mid-round guy on the season.
    Monday, 2:49 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) will not play Tuesday
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play on Tuesday vs. Miami.

    Advice: This is just a reminder as Lee is tentatively targeting a return on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. Draymond Green will continue to start at power forward.
    Monday, 7:02 am
  • Blake Griffin makes just 5-of-17 FGs vs. MEM
    Blake Griffin made only five of his 17 shot attempts in Sunday's loss in Memphis, while turning the ball over four times in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. This game is an aberration in an otherwise solid season, but fantasy owners must be concerned with Blake's low rebounding, which slipped to 6.5 boards per game after tonight's dud. His scoring, percentages, rebounds, assists and steals are all down from the 2013-14 season, which makes this a prime buy-low opportunity.
    Sunday, 6:16 pm
  • Marvin Williams FT-less streak at 354 minutes
    Marvin Williams didn't attempt a free throw vs. the Heat on Sunday, extending his FT-less streak to an astounding 354 minutes.

    Advice: He's one of four players in NBA history to begin a season with 300+ minutes without any free throw attempts, and there's no telling when the streak will end. He finished Sunday's game with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and one assist, and he's only worth considering if you're desperate for 3-pointers.
    Sunday, 5:48 pm
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful.
    Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) targeting Friday return
    David Lee (hamstring) is targeting a return for Friday vs. the Hornets, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's unclear if Lee would return as a starter or a reserve, but he'd likely be on a minutes restriction during his first couple of games, and given Draymond Green's impressive play it seems likely Lee would come off the bench initially. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to Friday's tip.
    Sunday, 2:46 pm
  • Adreian Payne recalled from D-League stint
    The Hawks have recalled Adreian Payne from the D-League.

    Advice: Payne has yet to play a single minute for the Hawks this season, and as long as Paul Millsap and Al Horford are healthy, Payne is not going to be worth owning in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 1:05 pm
  • Ryan Anderson gets 15 shots
    Ryan Anderson made 2-of-15 from the field against the Jazz on Saturday for five points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He is going to get more minutes with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out, so this is a prime opportunity to send a buy-low offer. Anderson will certainly get it turned around after his two games without a trey.
    Saturday, 11:10 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores career-high 43 points
    Anthony Davis scored a career-high 43 points on 16-of-23 from the field against the Jazz on Saturday to go with 14 boards, two steals and one block.

    Advice: We promise this is not from a video game.
    Saturday, 11:01 pm
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation.
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Jabari Parker slows down against Wizards
    Jabari Parker scored six points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday with five rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: He looked good in his past couple games, but Parker is a rookie after all. His fantasy owners should expect him to have some down games in the next couple months, but at least the Bucks are committed to him.
    Saturday, 10:19 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire scores 16 points
    Amare Stoudemire scored 16 points against the 76ers on Saturday with 11 boards and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He is likely going to see minutes in this range through the season. Stoudemire is a low-upside player to own, but the rest days will probably annoy his owners enough to drop him.
    Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas racks up 14 & 12 in win
    Donatas Motiejunas played a whopping 38 minutes (season high) and hit 5-of-7 shots on his way to 14 points, 12 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Saturday.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers, but who cares? He's been getting some decent run with Dwight Howard out, but this was easily his best game of the season. He had played just 18 minutes in each of his last two games, but got big run tonight, and it paid off. He's still a shaky play in daily or standard leagues, but as long as Howard and Terrence Jones are out, he's at least worth a look from night to night.
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Brandan Wright stays hot in loss to Rockets
    Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots (as usual) and racked up 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright is a beast right now and a very economical center in daily leagues. Despite coming off the bench and getting just 19.4 minutes per game, Wright has scored in double figures in seven straight games and came into this one averaging 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five. Those numbers are going up and he’s shooting it lights out this season, and hitting 31-of-39 shots over his last six games. If starter Tyson Chandler ever gets hurt, look out.
    Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins dominates w/ 31 pts, 18 reb
    DeMarcus Cousins steamrolled the short-handed Wolves in Saturday's road win, scoring 31 points and tying his season-high with 18 rebounds.

    Advice: He navigated foul trouble while making a stellar 11-of-15 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs, to go along with two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said prior to the game that DMC is in his top-five MVP candidates to begin the season, and it's hard to disagree. The Kings' 8-5 record would be golden in the Eastern Conference, but as things stand they're in fourth place in the tough Pacific division.
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • James Johnson is out again on Saturday
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was not expected to play anyway and hasn't gone through a full practice yet. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some extra run tonight.
    Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • John Henson score will change
    The NBA has changed the score of Friday's Bucks at Raptors game to 124-83 to 124-82.

    Advice: With 1:44 left in the blowout, the scorer incorrectly gave John Henson a 3-pointer. That means anyone who started him will lose one point and a 3-pointer in their stats. Considering Henson was barely in the rotation and there were 12 games on Friday, this probably won't affect many fantasy owners.
    Saturday, 12:31 pm
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • Ryan Anderson doesn't make any treys
    Ryan Anderson did not make any 3-pointers in a bad 117-97 loss to the Nuggets on Friday with 10 points three rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He made just 2-of-11 from the field in his worst game of the season. Anderson was rolling with 3.0 triples per game before tonight and he'll get it turned around against the Bucks on Saturday.
    Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays like a normal NBA star
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: This would have been a great line for any player, but Davis has completely spoiled his fantasy owners. He might turn it around and go for a 30-point, 20-board, 10-block game on Saturday against the Jazz or something.
    Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Wright with yet another efficient line on Fri
    Brandan Wright hit all five of his field goal attempts in Friday's blowout win, finishing with 12 points, three boards and two steals in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: Wright is hitting an absurd 77.8 percent from the field while returning top 50-90 value (9/8 cat) in just 18.6 mpg. If you were an early adopter or drafted Wright go ahead and pat yourself on the back, and if your league is still sleeping it's time to wake up.
    Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Lee (hamstring) 'making good progress'
    David Lee (hamstring) is "making good progress" according to the Warriors and he will be evaluated again on their current road trip.

    Advice: We'll need to see a bit more progress before arbitrarily assuming he's close to being back, but it's a good report nonetheless. His minutes and starting status will be in doubt upon his return, but he'll still be worth owning in all formats.
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Jabari Parker only Buck to truly survive Fri
    Jabari Parker was the only Bucks player to truly survive Friday night's 39-point loss to the Raptors, scoring 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one three in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Believe it or not the game wasn't as close as the score entailed. Larry Sanders went for eight and five in 21 minutes, Brandon Knight was held to 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and a three, O.J. Mayo was held scoreless in nine minutes, and Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 points with two threes in 21 minutes off the bench. Owners need to ignore this game for evaluation purposes, but it was nice to see Parker have a versatile line for once. He's heating up.
    Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Josh Smith hands out five assists in loss
    Josh Smith handed out a team-high five assists in a 99-89 loss to the Hawks to go with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block against his former team.

    Advice: He said he wanted to be more involved in the offense and was the focal point tonight. Smith also was much better with his shot selection and attempted 13 shots in the paint, but he did make only 8-of-19 in his 35 minutes. He's a much better asset in points leagues than in standards.
    Friday, 7:48 pm
  • Andre Drummond only commits one foul in loss
    Andre Drummond had his most productive game in over one week against the Hawks on Friday, scoring 13 points with 16 boards and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: For the first time all season, he only committed one foul tonight, which has been a major issue all season. Drummond did only shoot 5-of-12 from the field tonight and he's still at just 40 percent on the season. Hopefully tonight's improvement is a sign of things to come for the buy-low target.
    Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Hollis Thompson moves to the bench
    Hollis Thompson moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He did start the second half because Nerlens Noel was in foul trouble. Thompson has been an underwhelming starter throughout his career and he hasn't really done enough to keep his starting role even on the 76ers. He should not have been owned in most leagues to begin with and his arrow is pointing down in deep leagues.
    Friday, 6:43 pm
  • James Johnson still out on Friday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games, but he has been on the practice court in a limited capacity. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some more run tonight.
    Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup against the Raptors.

    Advice: We just thought we'd throw that out there considering it was an issue with him last time. Start Sanders like you normally would and hope he avoids foul trouble.
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Hollis Thompson will come off the bench Fri.
    Hollis Thompson will come off the bench Friday with Tony Wroten entering the starting lineup.

    Advice: Thompson doesn't do much aside from take minutes away from K.J. McDaniels. He's currently averaging 7.9 points, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers on the year while shooting 34.9 percent from the field, and he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Larry Sanders left thigh now 100 percent
    Larry Sanders said that he's fully healed from his left thigh injury he sustained during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: It's nice to know that he's healthy, but it would be better if he could start contributing consistently. Sanders is averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Those poor shooting percentages are keeping him out of the top-100, and right now he doesn't look like much more than a blocks specialist in standard leagues.
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • Ryan Anderson playing without hesitation
    Ryan Anderson was limited to just 22 games last season after he suffered a herniated cervical disc that required surgery, however, he is playing without hesitation this season.

    Advice: "Ryan has no hesitation at all, especially on the offensive end," said Williams of Anderson's play. "He's always ready and willing to get up a shot and that's why we love him. I've seen him get hit in a few games and I didn't see him shake his neck or do anything that was any different than when he gets hit in practice. I think he got that stuff out of the way once he started playing in preseason." Anderson is currently averaging 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers per game this season, numbers good enough for top-50 value.
    Friday, 5:42 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins post 22-14 line in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played through a hip injury and lived in the paint against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 14 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and had five fouls. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls and has committed at least five in all but three games this season. Besides that and the high turnovers, Cousins is dominating on the stat sheet and is the main reason why the Kings are 7-5. He's in the mix to be the most valuable big man behind Anthony Davis.
    Thursday, 10:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in full line vs. Heat
    Blake Griffin had one of his best games of the season against the Heat on Thursday with 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 12-of-18 from the field.

    Advice: After a slow start, Griffin is starting to turn the corner over his last five with averages of 21.4 points, 7.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.2 blocks on 53.8 percent from the field. On the down side, he is just 58.8 percent from the line in that span and dropped his season foul shooting below 70 percent for the first time all year.
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • David Lee's re-evaluation pushed back to Fri.
    David Lee's (hamstring) re-evaluation will now take place on Friday rather than Thursday.

    Advice: Lee went through some 5-on-0 portions of Wednesday's practice, and he was expected to be re-evaluated today, but that will have to wait another day. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation, so owners still holding on will need to be patient upon his initial return. He sounds doubtful for Friday's game against the Jazz.
    Thursday, 2:42 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon.
    Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • James Johnson (ankle) sheds walking boot
    James Johnson (ankle) was moving well without a walking boot after the Raptors' practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors' defensive specialist and energizer is questionable for Friday's home game vs. the Bucks. It wouldn't be surprising to see him held out another game as a precaution, but we'll have a much clearer idea of his status after shootaround.
    Thursday, 10:26 am
  • Adreian Payne assigned to Ft. Wayne Mad Ants
    Hawks rookie Adreian Payne has been assigned to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

    Advice: He's expected to play over the weekend, which suggests that he's recovered from the plantar fasciitis which has kept him rooted to Atlanta's bench all season. The Hawks have too many frontcourt options to give Payne any thought in fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 9:46 am
  • Josh Smith looking to get more involved
    Josh Smith acknowledged that he needs to get more involved in the Pistons' offense after Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: After saying that the Pistons are getting a little frustrated as a team, Smith spoke about his own problems within the offense. "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said before adding that he's struggling, "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." Fantasy owners have no choice but to sit tight due to Smoove's upside, but he's a risky nightly start after playing just 23 minutes on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 6:08 am
  • Marvin Williams scores eight points vs. Indy
    Marvin Williams (knee) played 23 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with eight points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He played a little more small forward tonight because the Hornets are so thin on the wing. Williams is not going to be involved enough in the offense to be used in most fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 12:04 am
  • Amir Johnson quietly effective in win
    Amir Johnson had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Johnson was effective tonight, but could have done more. This was a much better outing than his two-point, three-rebound effort on Saturday, and with James Johnson out with a severely sprained ankle, there should be more games like this coming from Amir. Hopefully with more scoring, as well.
    Wednesday, 11:29 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas loses playing time
    Donatas Motiejunas played 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: He may have squandered his last real chance here. Motiejunas had his best opportunity of the season with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) out, but his fouls and turnovers were the headline for him tonight. Fantasy owners just can't trust him right now.
    Wednesday, 11:29 pm
  • Tarik Black plays 35 minutes
    Tarik Black played 35 minutes in a start against the Lakers on Wednesday with five points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He gets most of his minutes in garbage time and only played 15 minutes in his last start, but the Rockets went to him a lot. Black is still only worth a look in extremely deep leagues even if Dwight Howard (knee) needs to miss more time.
    Wednesday, 11:25 pm
  • Marvin Williams returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores just four points
    Andre Drummond hit just 2-of-10 shots for four points, 13 rebounds, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Yuck. It's just more of the same for the struggling big man, who is this year's fantasy bust of the year thus far. His poor shooting is a mystery and it just doesn't seem like it should be that hard for Stan Van Gundy for feed him the ball in the paint and let him do work. He has just four double-doubles on the season and was averaging just 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds before tonight's stinker. Here's to hoping he gets it figured out sooner than later.
    Wednesday, 10:57 pm
  • Josh Smith disappears in loss to Suns
    Josh Smith hit just 2-of-5 shots and 1-of-3 free throws for five points, four rebounds, three assists, zero steals, blocks and 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Smoove played just 23 minutes, while Stan Van Gundy really leaned on his bench tonight. Smith wasn't much better on Monday when he hit 3-of-7 for seven points and no rebounds. Maybe he's headed for SVG's doghouse, or maybe he's just in a slump. Either way, he's not helping fantasy owners this week, but could get it turned around on Friday at Atlanta. If he has a dud in that one, things could get ugly.
    Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire plays in both B2B games
    Amare Stoudemire played in the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He played 24 minutes against the Bucks on Tuesday and scored 14. Stoudemire is going to sit out on occasion, so his fantasy owners will need to keep their eyes peeled. He's also sat out in a non-back-to-back game.
    Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Greg Monroe posts big double-double in loss
    Greg Monroe hit 7-of-17 shots for 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's tough loss to the Suns.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back game for Monroe after his six points and seven rebounds on Monday, and he now has six double-doubles on the season, despite sitting out the first two games due to a suspension. He's averaging 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this year. And in case you're wondering, teammate Andre Drummond has just four double-doubles despite playing in two more games, and is averaging 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Jabari Parker scores career-high 23 points
    Jabari Parker scored a career-high 23 points against the Nets on Wednesday in a triple-overtime win to go with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He made 8-of-13 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line. Parker is taking less 3-pointers these days, which is probably a good sign because he's made just 21.4 percent from beyond the arc on the season. He'll be inconsistent, but his fantasy owners can expect him to get it going as the year goes on.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova has another good game
    Ersan Ilyasova played well against the Nets on Wednesday with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three fouls in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He played just 20 minutes in his 20-point game from Tuesday, but there is still no indication he's going to get more than around 20 minutes. Ilyasova can be left on the wire in most leagues until his minutes rise.
    Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes
    Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them.
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Brandan Wright scores 14 off Mavs bench
    Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Wright has somehow scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over that stretch, despite playing just 19 minutes a game. He's also hit 24-of-31 shots during that run, and is worth owning in most leagues, despite coming off the bench.
    Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores season-high 23 in win
    Brandon Bass hit 9-of-13 shots for a season-high 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Bass had only hit double digits in scoring in two games this season prior to tonight and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters.
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is probable to face the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be fine and was able to play through the injury on Tuesday. Cousins has been outstanding this season and he'll get a tough test against a great Chicago frontline.
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Tarik Black starting for Dwight Howard
    Tarik Black will start in place of Dwight Howard on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He'll likely get minutes in the teens tonight, but Black is not a fantasy option.
    Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • Larry Sanders is starting on Wednesday
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: In usual Bucks fashion, this update comes at 7:37 pm EST for the 7:30 game. Sanders' thigh issue may limit him and his minutes have been a bit erratic anyway, so he should be on the bench in most fantasy leagues. Zaza Pachulia will move back into the second unit tonight.
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Larry Sanders is a game-time call vs. Nets
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is a game-time call on Wednesday night to face the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday and there is a good chance he misses tonight. Zaza Pachulia is coming off a nice game and would be a desperate plug-and-play option on a busy night in the NBA.
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • David Lee goes through 5-on-0
    David Lee (hamstring) went through 5-on-0 portions of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to be re-evaluated on Thursday, but is still expected to miss the next week. Lee will likely have his minutes monitored and he's likely lost his starting job to Draymond Green. It does make some sense to stash Lee, but he's probably not a top-50 player upon his return.
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
  • Anthony Davis keeps torrid pace in road win
    Anthony Davis continued his onslaught in Tuesday's road win vs. the Kings, notching 27 points (11-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He's on pace to become the only player in NBA history to lead the league in both steals and blocks, and the Pelicans' 21-year-old is sure to rack up untold records as his career unfolds. He's lapping the field for fantasy value, with only Steph Curry, LeBron James, James Harden and Chris Paul in the rearview mirror.
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) plays well vs Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins tweaked his left hip flexor while warming up for Tuesday's game, but he still finished with 24 points, 17 boards, three assists and two blocks vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Needless to say, the hip injury didn't limit DMC and shouldn't be a problem going forward. The Kings jumped out to a big lead for the third straight game tonight, but once again they let it slip away and their record has fallen to 6-5 after an impressive 5-1 start to the season. They'll have a tough task staying above .500 with the Bulls coming to town for a nationally-televised game on Thursday.
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 22 points w/ four 3s
    Ryan Anderson caught fire in the second half of Tuesday's comeback win in Sacramento, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He was very quiet in the first half, but few players can catch fire as quickly as Ryno, who did his damage in 31 minutes of action. His playing time has picked up with Omer Asik (back) sidelined over the past two games, but Anderson doesn't need more than 25-30 minutes per game to provide solid points and rebounds with elite 3-pointers.
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova shoots 8-of-10 for 20 points
    Ersan Ilyasova made 8-of-10 field goals with three 3-pointers to finish Tuesday's home win with 20 points in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: He chipped in two rebounds and one assist, but also missed 1-of-4 free throws in a fluky line off the bench. His limited playing time is reason enough to avoid him, though he has too much upside to fall completely off the radar.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Marvin Williams (knee) questionable vs. Indy
    Marvin Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He played on both Friday and Saturday despite being listed as doubtful and questionable, respectively, so there's a good chance that he'll be in uniform. That doesn't mean he'll have fantasy value, however, as he's coming off a scoreless game and hasn't been consistent enough for use outside of very deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
  • Blake Griffin says LAC needs to trust offense
    Blake Griffin said the Clippers need to trust their offense after Monday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Echoing similar sentiments from Doc Rivers and Chris Paul, Griffin spoke extensively about trust after the loss. "It's about trust," Griffin said. "Trust our system, trust our game plans and trust our schemes. Once we do that, we'll be fine. We just have to trust." While Griffin's numbers are down a bit through the first three weeks of the season, he still double-doubled in the loss so his fantasy owners should follow Griffin's advice and have trust in the big man.
    Tuesday, 8:58 am
  • Van Gundy keeping Andre Drummond focused
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is trying to keep Andre Drummond focused on his greatness, despite his recent slump.

    Advice: With Drummond struggling to start the season, Van Gundy pulled him aside for a conversation about not worrying about the offensive end of the floor as much. "My point was just he's been frustrated on the offensive end a little bit, both by not converting at as high a percentage as he would like and plus not getting him the ball as much as he would like," Van Gundy said. "I just don't want him to get distracted by that from what I know he's great at every single night, which is rebounding the ball. He can't lose sight of where his greatness is." Drummond might be best served left on fantasy benches while he turns things around, but fantasy owners shouldn't hit the panic button on the 21-year-old just yet.
    Tuesday, 8:29 am
  • Griffin's defense lacking in Clippers loss
    Blake Griffin scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 FTs) with 10 rebounds, four assists and five turnovers in the Clippers' 105-89 home loss to the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Griffin's free throw shooting is actually up this year, but his rebounding is down and his defensive stats have been cut in half compared to previous seasons. He's also a solid five percentage points or so below his typical 53-54 percent shooting from the field, so owners know what to look for in a resurgence. He just doesn't appear to have the same explosion or desire that he has had in past seasons, but it's still early enough to take the slow start with a relative grain of salt.
    Nov 17, 11:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis may or may not be human
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points on 14-of-20 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Davis hasn't neared his ceiling yet and that's the part folks continue to grapple with, but be clear we haven't seen this type of transcendent player in many, many years. Jrue Holiday hit just 5-of-19 shots for 14 points, seven boards, two assists and three treys, and Tyreke Evans was equally inept shooting the ball with 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting, five boards, eight assists and two steals. Both ball-dominant guards ignored Davis down the stretch and it cost the Pellies a nice road loss in Portland.
    Nov 17, 10:44 pm
  • Motiejnuas can't take advantage of chance
    Donatas Motiejunas logged just 18 minutes in Monday's blowout loss, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one block.

    Advice: It's starting to feel like Terrence Jones (leg) will miss another month, and we've included the link to one of many scattered reports that had Rockets play-by-play man Bill Worrell saying that "may" be the case. But Motiejunas has been terrible in most formats this year, and it's more likely that there is no real beneficiary due to Jones' time off.
    Nov 17, 10:18 pm
  • Smoove and Monroe disappear in loss
    Josh Smith scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with zero rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block over 30 minutes in Monday's 107-93 home loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Smith is playing like a guy that should be cut in standards, particularly in 9-cat leagues where his 2.4 turnovers per game are an albatross. But he's hitting just 36.8 percent of his shots and theoretically that's supposed to change. And though he might lead the league in airballed free throws this season, he's probably supposed to hit more than 46.7 percent of those, too. We don't want to bury our heads in the sand and say that it's impossible for him to go into a death spiral, but there's a sliver of mid-round upside here so try and cut him some slack.
    Nov 17, 10:09 pm
  • Hollis Thompson has a horrible game vs. SA
    Hollis Thompson made 1-of-8 from the field for four points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He had a minus-33 and was pretty useless out there. Interestingly, Thompson is probably the safest guy to stay in the starting lineup among Brandon Davies, Luc Mbah a Moute, Henry Sims and Tony Wroten. The 76ers might be the worst 0-10 team ever.
    Nov 17, 10:04 pm
  • Drummond still struggling, produces on Mon
    Andre Drummond dealt with foul trouble again in Monday's loss, but still managed 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting with 10 rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond is a hard guy to start unless one is punting percentages entirely, but eventually he'll get things cleaned up and tap into the upside. Stay the course.
    Nov 17, 9:55 pm
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