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    • Paul Pierce (toe) hopeful to play Friday
      Paul Pierce (sore right toe) is hopeful to play Friday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: The Wizards are listing Pierce as questionable, so owners will need to check back for an official update closer to tip-off. If Pierce is unable to go, Otto Porter would likely get another start, but his limited upside makes him an unattractive option in standard and daily leagues. Rasual Butler went off for 23 points the last game that Pierce was sidelined, so he'd be the biggest beneficiary if Pierce is again unavailable. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      41 minutes ago
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Mia
    • Thibodeau heaps praise on Nikola Mirotic
      Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on Nikola Mirotic following a solid effort during the Bulls win over the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: "[Nikola] made a lot of great plays, particularly in the first half," said Thibodeau. "He made shots and made plays off the dribble, he hustled. I was very pleased with the way he played. We did not play a great game, but we found a way to win in the end." Mirotic busted out of his mini-slump on Thursday, and if Taj Gibson (ankle) is unavailable for Friday's game, expect Mirotic to again get a healthy heaping of minutes and be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      52 minutes ago
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:26 am
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) questionable for Friday
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said late Thursday night that while Kevin Durant is dealing with just a minor ankle sprain, he's unsure of his status for Friday vs. the Lakers "and beyond."

      Advice: X-rays on Durant's foot came back clean, but the "and beyond" part of that quote is concerning. The Thunder find themselves in a bit of a conundrum here, in that they need Durant to play to give the team a chance to compete for a playoff spot in the West, while there's also a need to handle their superstar with extreme care. Stay tuned for more updates, but if Durant is held out of Friday's game vs. the Lakers, Russell Westbrook will be primed for an explosion, while Perry Jones would be worth a spot-start. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:17 am
       
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      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:58 pm
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:02 pm
    • Harrison Barnes getting a face procedure
      Harrison Barnes will have a minor procedure on his nose on Friday, but doesn't expect to miss time.

      Advice: He played well against the Thunder on Thursday with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Barnes is a low-end player to hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:59 pm
    • Draymond Green flirts with a triple-double
      Draymond Green filled the stat sheet as per usual with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He did make just 1-of-4 from the line, but who cares? Green is probably third on the NBA's Most Improved Player list behind Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis, and he's also absolutely no fluke. He has Wally Pipp'd David Lee and should be worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:57 pm
    • Kevin Durant hopes to play Friday vs. Lakers
      Kevin Durant (ankle) hopes to play against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: "It was the foot I had surgery," Durant said. "I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious." He left the arena without crutches, without a walking boot, and only had a minor limp, so everything suggests he's not going to miss much time. Of course, there is always the concern of swelling, so his owners will want to check back. Additionally, KD became the first player since the NBA-ABA merger to score 30 points in under 20 minutes, per Elias Sports Bureau. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Perry Jones plays 19 minutes
      Perry Jones played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He picked up some extra playing time with Kevin Durant (ankle) going down tonight. Jones had a couple bright spots while the Thunder were banged up, but there is still no need to pick him up in most cases because KD should be back quickly. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    • Andre Roberson steps it up on Thursday
      Andre Roberson double-doubled on Thursday with 10 points, 12 boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: It was his best game in a while and he was involved in the offense. Roberson scored just 3.1 points per game over his previous 10 and doesn't do much else, so leave him on the wire even with the uncertain status of Kevin Durant. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:48 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Khris Middleton scores one point
      Khris Middleton was a no-show against the Kings on Thursday with one point, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one foul in 18 minutes.

      Advice: That's good for a 10.3 usage rate, which shattered his previous season low of 14.2. Middleton usually gets to shoot while he's on the court, but it just wasn't in the cards tonight. Coach Jason Kidd is going to yo-yo his minutes, so his owners should not be expecting him to be the next Robert Covington or anything. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant plays 17 minutes
      Johnny O'Bryant played 17 minutes in his first NBA start on Thursday with six points, one rebound and one assist against the Kings.

      Advice: He had four fouls and had several "Welcome to the NBA" moments tonight. O'Bryant is a banger and doesn't have much polish to his game, but the Bucks need someone like that right now. His minutes might climb into the 20s while Ersan Ilyasova (face) is out. He's not worth owning in almost any league, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    • Boogie's Back: DeMarcus Cousins drops 27
      DeMarcus Cousins returned to action during a 108-107 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for the minutes cap. Cousins was outstanding on the offensive end, making 8-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. He wasn't thrilled about the firing of coach Mike Malone and tonight he had a long talk with new coach Ty Corbin. As long as he's avoiding ejections, Cousins is going to be one of the best big men in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    • Rudy Gay flirts with a triple-double
      Rudy Gay flirted with a triple-double against the Bucks on Thursday with 20 points, nine rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: There was no concern with his Achilles tonight, but he's likely going to have to deal with some soreness. Gay posts better numbers next to Cousins because of improved efficiency. He actually failed to top 40 percent from the field in any of his previous four games while turning it over 3.3 times per game in that span, too. Expect him to get it going. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    • Derrick Williams fills in at backup SF
      Derrick Williams played 24 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He played some backup minutes at small forward while Omri Casspi (knee) sat out. Williams has been very inconsistent the past couple seasons and Casspi won't be out for long, so he's not a great pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:55 pm
    • Jason Thompson takes a backseat
      Jason Thompson played 19 minutes with three points, three boards and two turnovers against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: He made 1-of-4 from the field and anyone who rode him in a deep league should be looking at other options. Thompson is not worth owning in even 20-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    • Anthony Davis drops 30 and 14 with 5 blocks
      Anthony Davis went off against the Rockets on Thursday during a 99-90 win with 30 points, 14 boards, three assists, two steals and five blocks.

      Advice: He made 10-of-17 from the field, 10-of-12 from the line and only turned it over once. Davis already has eight 30-point games and raised his scoring to 24.8 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA. The future is now for the best power forward in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    • Omer Asik looks like garbage again
      Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:39 pm
    • Dante Cunningham coming on nicely
      Dante Cunningham hit a clutch jumper against the Rockets during a win on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He played down the stretch next to Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson tonight. This is his third game with 30 minutes or more, so he should have some low-end fantasy value. Although, he does not do much else besides score, so he's not worth grabbing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant has mild right ankle sprain
      Kevin Durant suffered a mild right ankle sprain on Thursday and will not return.

      Advice: This is good news. X-rays were negative, so he didn't suffer a re-fracture. He is likely going to be day-to-day and may have a shot to play on Friday against the Lakers. He had 30 points in the first half and looked absolutely fantastic. Perry Jones would benefit should KD not be ready. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
       
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      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Donatas Motiejiunas finally has a bad game
      Donatas Motiejunas had an overdue dud on Thursday against the Pelicans with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He got a front-row seat to watch Anthony Davis destroy him and he gets a pass here. Motiejunas made an impressive 56.7 percent from the field in his previous 10 for 16.6 points per game, so expect him to turn it around on Saturday against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    • Dwight Howard plays 35 minutes in a loss
      Dwight Howard played 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: He looks healthy, but was a bit late on defense a couple times tonight. Howard should be ready to go for the future, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a game out of the blue considering how much time he missed with a mysterious knee injury. Keep him in your lineup for now and perhaps entertain the idea of trying to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou plays 23 minutes
      Kostas Papanikolaou played 23 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday with four points, two rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.

      Advice: He played a little more than expected, but that might have had a little to do with Jason Terry (personal) not playing. Papanikolaou is only going to be worth owning in very deep leagues and would lose even more value upon the return of Terrence Jones (leg). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Joakim Noah plays 34 minutes
      Joakim Noah played 34 minutes against the Knicks during a 103-97 win on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with 13 rebounds, three assists and one block.

      Advice: He had six offensive rebounds and also had the biggest rebound of the game to help close out the win. Noah has dealt with knee soreness and ankle issues for much of the season, so the durability is somewhat troubling. Plus, most of his other numbers are down, so he's not even close to being as valuable in fantasy as he was last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot/ankle) leaves game
      Kevin Durant suffered an apparent foot or ankle injury at the end of the second quarter on Thursday.

      Advice: It's to the same foot that cost him time to start the year, so this is certainly going to make all of us hold our breath. Durant was remarkably durable before this injury, but there have been about 25 percent of foot fracture patients having a recurring issue. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Nikola Mirotic fills in quite well
      Nikola Mirotic excelled off the bench on Thursday with 13 points, one rebound, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks.

      Advice: He stepped right in to Taj Gibson's (ankle) role and absorbed 100 percent of the big-man bench minutes. Gibson is looking at another game-time call on Friday, so Mirotic will be worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:38 pm
    • Kevin Durant to get minutes in the mid-30s
      Kevin Durant is expected to get minutes in the mid-30s, according to coach Scott Brooks.

      Advice: He played 35 minutes on Tuesday and attempted 25 shots from the field, so it's probably safe to say he's back. Durant will be in Anthony Davis' tier for the best player in fantasy hoops in no time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:15 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Johnny O'Bryant getting the start vs. Kings
      Johnny O'Bryant will start at power forward against the Kings.

      Advice: He made his NBA debut on Wednesday and he already making his first start. The Bucks are completely gutted up front and have nobody behind O'Bryant and Zaza Pachulia, so he could get big minutes. Of course, he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. O'Bryant joins Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pachulia in the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:01 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins will start with minutes limit
      DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

      Advice: He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:23 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou ready to go for Thursday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain back on Dec. 5 and was expected to miss the 10 days, so he's right there. With Dwight Howard back, Papanikolaou is not much of a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:01 pm
    • Dwight Howard is good to go for Thursday
      Dwight Howard is good to go against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He looked great on Wednesday with 24 points against the Nuggets. Howard had some soreness on Saturday in his first game back, so there was at least a small chance he sat out. Start Howard as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. NY
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. the Knicks, as expected.

      Advice: Get him in your lineups for what is a favorable matchup vs. the Knicks. With Derrick Rose (illness) unavailable for this one, Noah will be asked to do a bit more on offense, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:32 pm
    • Rudy Gay (Achilles) probable for Thursday
      Rudy Gay (Achilles) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. Milwaukee.

      Advice: Gay has been playing through his Achilles tendinitis for some time now, so we'd expect him to give it a go. With Omri Casspi (knee) already ruled out, Gay will get all the minutes he can handle in a favorable matchup against the Bucks, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable Thursday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins' return would send Reggie Evans back to the bench, and Jason Thompson's value would take a hit. All signs are pointing towards Cousins giving it a go on Thursday, and he's obviously a must-start option when in uniform. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:56 pm
    • Jabari Parker suffered a 'slight' ACL tear
      Jabari Parker reportedly suffered a "slight" ACL tear, and he won't have surgery for at least a week as they're waiting for the swelling in his knee to subside.

      Advice: Parker remains out for the season, and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Bucks have been bit by the injury bug hard this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (nose), and John Henson (foot) all on the injury report, but those are the guys that will be asked to pick up the slack with Parker sidelined. Antetokounmpo is being listed as questionable for Thursday, but he'll be a nice plug-and-play option if he can give it a go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:04 pm
       
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    • Paul Pierce sits out Thursday practice
      Paul Pierce (sore right big toe) did not practice on Thursday.

      Advice: Pierce missed Tuesday's game with his toe injury and a missed practice on Thursday doesn't bode well for his availability against the Heat on Friday. There's a chance the Wizards are just giving the veteran an extra day to recuperate, so we'll have to check back on his status after Friday's shootaround. If Pierce does sit, Otto Porter would likely get the start and remain a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:08 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Mia
    • Aaron Gordon getting X-ray to check progress
      Aaron Gordon (foot) will get an X-ray on Thursday to check on the progress of his surgically-repaired left foot.

      Advice: Gordon's X-ray comes a month after his foot surgery and he's still targeting a mid-February return to the court. The rookie will likely be eased into the Magic's rotation upon his return, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him on waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Joakim Noah expected to play Thurs vs NYK
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is expected to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: Noah was a participant in shootaround and is expected to be available when the Bulls take on the Knicks Thursday night. Noah's owners can feel free to plug him back into their starting lineups, while Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will see their fantasy value take a hit upon Noah's return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 am
    • Spencer Hawes downplays knee injury
      Spencer Hawes (knee) downplayed the seriousness of his injury to his left knee.

      Advice: There had been rumors of a more serious nature to Hawes' injury as he's still without a timetable, but Hawes downplayed those reports are greatly exaggerated. "I'm not out for the season," he told reporters on Wednesday. While Hawes may not be out for the season, he's not going to help fantasy owners much and can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:05 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Donatas Motiejunas keeps the party going
      Donatas Motiejunas was fantastic against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: Terrence Jones (leg) is at least getting some shots up at practice, so he's at least on his way back. There is still no timetable for his return, so Motiejunas is good to go as a must-start guy right now. Keep him roster and cross the TJ bridge when you get to it. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:37 am
    • Dwight Howard plays 43 minutes, scores 24
      Dwight Howard played 43 minutes in an overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday with 24 points, 16 boards, one assist and four blocks on 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line.

      Advice: The Rockets starters lived at the charity stripe with 48 attempts while their bench didn't have any. As for Howard, he was as dominant as he has been all season and helped keep the Nuggets out of the paint. His 43 minutes are a very encouraging sign and his fantasy owners should have some shred of confidence in him now. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to sell high considering how much time he missed from an injury that came out of nowhere. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:29 am
    • Johnny O'Bryant returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Khris Middleton drops 17 points in 33 minutes
      Khris Middleton scored 17 points in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started the second half with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) going down in the second quarter. Middleton is certainly going to benefit with the injury to Jabari Parker (knee) and does have a usage rate of 20, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. His prospective owners just need to remember that coach Jason Kidd runs some wild rotation and Antetokounmpo's injury is not serious. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:59 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant makes his debut
      Johnny O'Bryant played five minutes in his NBA debut with two points on Wednesday.

      Advice: The good news is he's made 100 percent from the field, but the bad news is he has 9.6 fouls per 48 minutes. O'Bryant has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:54 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play against Denver
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:28 pm
    • Spencer Hawes without a timetable
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and after suffering some bruising to his knee. Hawes can be cut in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) out for Wed
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) won't play against Denver on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is still listed as questionable, but he is not with the team in Denver so it is safe to rule him out. You can safely ignore Papanikolaou in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:41 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins practices, plans to play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) practiced on Wednesday and plans to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    • Joakim Noah says he'll play on Thursday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's the Bulls, so he's not a complete lock to play. Noah has been held out of the lineup for the past four games, but he did go through practice. Upon his return, Taj Gibson will lose some minutes while Nikola Mirotic will also lose some playing time -- he's struggled lately. Noah's owners can pencil him in for their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:41 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) expects to play Thursday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) fully expects to play against the Knicks on Thursday if all goes well.

      Advice: He practiced fully on Wednesday and as long as he is feeling up for it he will play against the Knicks. Noah has missed the last four games, but owners can finally expect to have him back and would be wise to get him in their lineups. Taj Gibson would likely slide back to the bench with this news and Nikola Mirotic could potentially fall out of the rotation. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:01 am
    • Dwight Howard (knee) goes through shootaround
      Dwight Howard (knee) participated in the morning shootaround, but is still questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: His status will likely be determined closer to tip-off, so his owners will have to frequently check back for updates. If he is held out of Wednesday's game, Tarik Black would likely start but still wouldn't be an asset in most leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
    • Kevin Durant reaches 15,000 career points
      26-year-old Kevin Durant became the second youngest player in NBA history to reach 15,000 career points.

      Advice: LeBron James hit that milestone at age 25, but this just speaks volumes of how great these two players really are. Durant has just recently returned from a foot injury, and has yet to fully hit his stride. However, his minutes are trending up and he should soon begin to rejoin the conversation for the best player to own in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Rudy Gay drops 22 points, adds six boards
      Rudy Gay dropped 22 points in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, adding six boards, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He shot just 8-of-20 from the field, but Gay has to be feeling gassed from carrying the Kings in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins (illness). Gay is one of the few players on the Kings roster who can create his own shot, so his shooting percentage is clearly going to take a hit until Cousins returns. While he does appear to be hobbling, Gay continues to log big minutes and belongs in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:34 pm
    • Kevin Durant plays 35 minutes, drops 26 pts
      Kevin Durant played a season-high 35 minutes in a win over the Kings on Tuesday, finishing with 26 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: While it is great to see the minutes trending up for KD, this still wasn't a great game by his standards and he should be better in his next outing. Russell Westbrook has been carrying the load for the Thunder so far, but it may not be long before Durant regains his MVP form from last season. If there was ever a buy-low window, it would be right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:13 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Marreese Speights drops 18-8-2 line in loss
      Marreese Speights came off the bench for 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

      Advice: With news that Andrew Bogut's knee injury might be more serious than we were initially led to believe, Picking up Speights might be a good idea. He usually gets just 19 minutes a game, but saw more than that tonight and could be a very effective fantasy player if Bogut is going to miss extended time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:26 pm
    • Dray Green hits 2-of-11 shots in loss
      Draymond Green hit just 2-of-11 shots and was 0-for-4 from downtown in Tuesday's loss at Memphis, which snapped the Dubs' 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Despite his dismal shooting, Green was still effective with four points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a career-high five blocks. He's blocked at least two shots in three straight games and with Andrew Bogut's knee injury suddenly becoming a bigger concern, Green's role is going to remain strong with this team, even when David Lee returns. Hang onto him at all costs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:11 pm
    • Harrison Barnes wears face mask in loss
      Harrison Barnes played through his facial injury on Tuesday wearing a mask, and finished with eight points, 11 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer as the Warriors saw their 16-game winning streak come to a halt in Memphis.

      Advice: Barnes likely would have fared better without the obtrusive mask, but he was effective while helping to make up for the loss of Andrew Bogut. It looks like Barnes dodged a bullet with this injury and is still a guy we're in favor of owning across the board right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    • Jabari Parker is out for season with torn ACL
      Jabari Parker is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

      Advice: This is brutal news for the promising rookie and we wish him nothing but the best. Parker will finish his rookie season with averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game. Outside of keeper leagues, Parker can be cut across the board while Giannis Antetokounmpo will see an increase in his minutes and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:44 pm
       
      Injured
    • Anthony Davis scores 31 points in win Tuesday
      Anthony Davis scored 31 points in a win vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, adding nine boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes.

      Advice: After missing Sunday's game vs. the Warriors with a chest injury, Davis returned in style and was a force on both ends of the court. He shot 12-of-15 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line to the delight of his owners. Davis has been the No. 1 player in fantasy basketball this season, and barring another injury he should be able to maintain that status moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    • Jabari Parker (knee) headed back to Milwaukee
      Jabari Parker (knee) has left the Bucks on their current road trip to return to Milwaukee where he'll get an MRI.

      Advice: We'll be awaiting the results of his MRI, and will pass along updates as soon as they become available. The Bucks don't return to Milwaukee until Dec. 23, so Jabari could be sidelined for the rest of the week. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to get plenty of opportunity as long as Jabari is out, and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will be a name to watch when he's able to return to the rotation. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Anthony Davis to wear protective flak jacket
      Anthony Davis will wear a protective flak jacket for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz to protect his chest from further injury.

      Advice: Davis has not practiced while wearing the flak jacket, but stated that it will not be an issue. Go ahead and get the No. 1 player in fantasy basketball active for an extremely favorable matchup vs. the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:55 pm
    • Paul Pierce (toe) out Tuesday vs. MIN
      Paul Pierce (sore right toe) will not play Tuesday vs. the Timberwolves, and Otto Porter will draw the start in his place.

      Advice: While Porter is starting, this news will likely translate to more shots going to Bradley Beal. Porter has shown flashes, but remains a risky option in daily leagues coming in with averages of just 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:31 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Mia
    • Dwight Howard (knee) questionable for Wed.
      Dwight Howard (right knee strain) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver

      Advice: Howard returned to the lineup on Saturday, logging 30 minutes and putting up 26 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. However, he said he felt "tight" on Sunday, and it's a bit concerning that the Rockets are listing him as questionable after he missed a month with the injury. If he's forced to sit, Tarik Black would slide back into the starting lineup, although he doesn’t do enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:56 am
    • Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) questionable Wed.
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) upgraded to questionable for Wednesday vs. Denver.

      Advice: With Patrick Beverley and Dwight Howard back in the rotation, it's going to be difficult for Papanikolaou to get enough touches to sustain any value in standard leagues. He can safely be watched from the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:38 am
    • Harrison Barnes will play Tuesday vs Grizz
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) will play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Barnes will play with a generic protective mask after receiving two stitches to his mouth and said that he will get fitted for a custom mask once the Warriors return home. Fantasy owners can feel free to start Barnes as they normally would, while Andre Iguodala misses out on the value boost he would've had if Barnes missed Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 am
    • Anthony Davis will play Tuesday vs Jazz
      Anthony Davis (chest) will return to the Pelicans' lineup on Tuesday against the Jazz.

      Advice: The Brow is back! Fantasy owners can feel free to plug Davis back into their lineups for Tuesday night, while Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Jrue Holiday will miss out on the value bump they would've seen if Davis was unable to play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:15 am
    • Anthony Davis present at Pelicans shootaround
      Anthony Davis (chest) was present at shootaround on Tuesday in advance of the Pelicans' game against the Jazz.

      Advice: Davis was also seen shooting trick shots from the stands, so we'll take that as a good sign for his availability. We'll update Davis' status as soon as information becomes available, but Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Jrue Holiday would all see a bump in their fantasy value if Brow can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:37 am
    • Jabari Parker's X-rays come back negative
      X-rays on Jabari Parker's left knee came back negative, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

      Advice: This doesn't mean we're out of the woods just yet as Parker will still have an MRI on what is currently believed to be a knee strain on Tuesday. If Parker is forced to miss extended time, Giannis Antetokounmpo would become a must-own player in all fantasy leagues while Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) would also see a boost to their minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Cousins could play on Thursday vs. Bucks
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.

      Advice: Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:52 pm
    • Khris Middleton hits game-winner vs. Suns
      Khris Middleton hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Suns on Monday, finishing with 14 points, one rebound, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He did play some power forward tonight and the Bucks look like they're going to need to replace a ton of minutes with Jabari Parker (knee) going down. Middleton will likely have a handful of bad games and coach Jason Kidd's rotation is unpredictable, so he's only an add in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:35 pm
    • Jabari Parker diagnosed with knee sprain
      Jabari Parker suffered a knee sprain on Monday and will not return.

      Advice: Based on his demeanor, Parker is looking at a long period of time on the sidelines. He was on the court for a while and couldn't put any weight on his leg. The team will give him an MRI tomorrow. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be owned in all leagues while Ersan Ilyasova is a good bet to start once he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jabari Parker suffers leg injury vs. Suns
      Jabari Parker suffered a non-contact knee injury against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: Not good. His knee buckled and he could not put any weight on his leg. Parker was also shaking his head as he was being carried. We'll keep you posted. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Spencer Hawes out on Monday night
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Monday against the Pistons.

      Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he did not know when Hawes would make it back. Hawes is just a backup to DeAndre Jordan with the occasional minutes at power forward, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:59 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Cousins (virus) out on Tuesday vs. Thunder
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) will not play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Cousins is saying all the right things about the Mike Malone departure, but he hasn't made his dissatisfaction completely unknown, so it's going to be interesting to see how things progress in new owner Vivek Ranadive's laboratory. As for his absence, plugged-in sports producer Sean Cunningham gave a pure guess on Sunday against the Lakers for a return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:25 pm
    • Anthony Davis is questionable for Tuesday
      Anthony Davis (chest) is questionable to face the Jazz on Tuesday.

      Advice: The team ruled him out before shootaround on Sunday, so he's likely headed to the dreaded game-time decision. The Pelicans get four games this week, so fantasy owners in weekly leagues should probably roll with fantasy basketball's best player. One would think two games would be the worst case, but it's possible he misses time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
    • Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Monday.

      Advice: He was doubtful for this one and had almost no chance to play. Noah could miss more time and the Bulls are not going to rush him back considering they have such great depth behind him. Taj Gibson will start and is a must-start play while Nikola Mirotic will also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:01 pm
    • Dwight Howard had some soreness
      Dwight Howard "was tight" on Sunday after a game on Saturday, but is good to go for Wednesday.

      Advice: He played 30 minutes after missing a month, so some soreness was to be expected. Luckily, the Rockets have a few days off before they'll play on Wednesday. He can be inserted into most fantasy lineups now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:43 pm
    • Harrison Barnes is questionable for Tuesday
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, but coach Steve Kerr said he'd be shocked if Barnes doesn't play.

      Advice: He had a visit to the dentist on Monday and needed two stitches to his mouth, but chances are he'll be able to play. The Warriors only have two games this week, so Barnes isn't an option in weekly leagues. Andre Iguodala would benefit sans Barnes. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:32 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) doubtful to play Monday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: We would be shocked if Noah played. Without him, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will all see more playing time. The Bulls are also playing the second of a back-to-back, so that's something to consider when filling out lineups in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 am
    • Harrison Barnes getting teeth fixed Monday
      Harrison Barnes is visiting the dentist to get his teeth fixed on Monday.

      Advice: Barnes also needed two stitches in his mouth, and the exact dental work he'll need is to be determined when he goes in on Monday. We'll mark him sidelined considering he needs a dental procedure, but it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't miss any time. He returned to action on Sunday after getting the stitches. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:34 am
    • Draymond Green used cotton to stop bleeding
      Draymond Green finished Sunday's win with a cotton ball in his nostril to stop the bleeding.

      Advice: Green finished with 11 points, 13 boards, five assists, a steal and four blocks, so clearly the cotton didn't impact his ability to ball out. Despite David Lee's (hamstring) impending return, Green is on fire and showing no signs of slowing down. He's one of the best bargain-bin values of the season to date. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:32 am
    • J. Kidd heaps praise all over Jabari Parker
      Jason Kidd praised Jabari Parker's performance after battling Blake Griffin in Saturday's win over the Clippers.

      Advice: "I don't judge on first or second (halves)," Kidd said. "I just look at the complete game and I thought he did a great job against one of the top players in the world in Blake (Griffin)." Griffin had just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes, while Parker had 12 points and five rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting. Parker didn't score in the second half, but Kidd was pleased with the rookie's performance. Expect some inconsistencies to continue, but Parker is trending in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Dante Cunningham plays well in 30 minutes
      Dante Cunningham thrived in 30 minutes off New Orleans' bench on Sunday, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Cunningham has immediately earned the trust of coach Monty Williams, which isn't surprising since his competition at SF is Luke Babbitt (six points, five rebounds) and John Salmons (two points). His current bench role is too limited and unsteady for use in typical fantasy leagues, especially with Anthony Davis (chest) day-to-day and Eric Gordon (shoulder) expected back within a month, but he's worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant scores 23 points in 24 minutes
      Kevin Durant scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Sunday's win over the Suns, adding eight boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

      Advice: This game was over in a hurry which explains the low minutes, but he was still able to muster up an impressive game. Coach Scott Brooks said on Sunday that Durant's minutes were going to be increased, so his value is only going to go up from here. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:35 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Harrison Barnes conspicuously quiet on Sunday
      Harrison Barnes finished Sunday's overtime win in New Orleans with only two points on 1-of-3 shooting, in addition to four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Barnes has quietly been a top-100 value this season (even higher in nine-cat leagues) and this off-game isn't worth fretting over for fantasy purposes. The return of David Lee is a mild concern, as Lee could steal a few minutes from Barnes, but the minor dent in playing time shouldn't prevent him from being a dependable option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:18 pm
    • Draymond Green stuffs stat sheet vs. Pelicans
      Draymond Green had 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal and four blocks in 48 minutes of action during Sunday's OT road win in New Orleans.

      Advice: Dray is in the lead for Most Improved Player honors, with tonight's bonanza merely the latest example of his all-around production. With averages of 13.5 points, 1.8 threes, 7.7 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks, he has crept into top-30 fantasy value (nine-cat) with no signs of slowing down. David Lee's return isn't a threat at this point, and Green's owners should ignore any low-ball trade offers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:16 pm
    • Paul Pierce scores 15 pts w/ zero rebounds
      Paul Pierce was held without a rebound on Sunday for the first time all season, though he added 15 points, one 3-pointer, one assist and two steals in just 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Pierce's versatility is a saving grace for fantasy owners, and he's been a steady top-100 option with averages of 13.1 points, 1.3 triples, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. The return of Bradley Beal hasn't noticeably impacted his production, making him a safe bet for rest-of-season value. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:46 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Mia
    • Harrison Barnes (face) returns to game Sun
      Harrison Barnes suffered a laceration to his mouth during Sunday's game that required two stitches, and he has since returned.

      Advice: He appears to be fine and owners should have no concerns moving forward. Barnes has improved tremendously from last season and has been a key part of the Warriors this season, so keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:07 pm
    • Kevin Durant's minutes will increase on Sun.
      Scott Brooks said that Kevin Durant's minutes will be increased for Sunday's game vs. Phoenix.

      Advice: Brooks would not say how much, but more time on the court can only be seen as a positive sign for owners of Durant. Obviously he's a must-start option, so go ahead and roll him out there for what should be a high-scoring, up-tempo game against the Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:30 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) out Sunday vs. Miami
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol, and Nikola Mirotic will all see an uptick in value with Noah sidelined, and make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues against a depleted Miami frontcourt. Plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:46 pm
    • Anthony Davis (chest) out Sunday vs. Warriors
      Anthony Davis (chest) will not play Sunday vs. the Warriors, and he is being listed as day-to-day with no official timetable for a return.

      Advice: Ryan Anderson will start in Davis' place on Sunday, and there will be more shots to go around for guys like Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans. Evans put up 31 points and 10 assists during his last outing, and he'll look to carry that momentum into Sunday's game. Holiday, Evans, and Anderson will all see their value increased with Davis sidelined and make for solid options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:24 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: He has missed the Bulls last two games, and he appears likely to sit this one out as well. Noah said on Friday that his ankle is showing signs of improvement, but knowing the Bulls they will probably proceed with extreme caution. Owners should have a backup plan ready and we expect Taj Gibson to start and play big minutes if Noah sits. Nikola Mirotic would also continue to have a good role off of the bench and could be a sneaky plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:05 am
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) could return in February
      Aaron Gordon (foot) is going to be re-evaluated around the beginning of January, and if he shows progress he could return to the court before the All-Star break.

      Advice: We hope this is the case as the NBA has been plagued with injuries this season, especially with rookies such as Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, and Doug McDermott. However, when Gordon does eventually return the Magic will more than likely ease him back into action and he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:48 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Spencer Hawes gets good news after MRI
      Spencer Hawes had an MRI on Saturday and it revealed no structural damage.

      Advice: This is great news for the Clippers and coach Doc Rivers even said that Hawes could have played on Saturday if he needed him too. However, the Clippers are going to be cautious with him and they have not yet provided a timetable for his return. "I think it's still early," Hawes said. "We want to figure out exactly what the issue is and try to go forward from there." This is something that we will monitor very closely, and we will provide an update to his status as needed. If he misses any more time, Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will receive a slight boost. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:23 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Rudy Gay scores 20 points on 22 FGAs
      Rudy Gay made 6-of-22 from the field for 20 points against the Pistons during a 95-90 loss on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Outside of the awful shooting, this was a pretty nice line from Gay. He has been battling some Achilles soreness and has faded recently later in games. In fact, Gay has made 52.6 percent from the field in the first half of games and just 38.6 percent in the second half of games this season. Regardless, he'll be a stud a long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:33 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores eight in 24 minutes
      Derrick Williams scored eight points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

      Advice: He's been playing more small forward these days and that could continue with Omri Casspi (knee) having a setback. Williams does have some upside because he takes treys, but the inconsistency is too much of a negative for most owners. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:25 pm
    • Dwight Howard scores 26 points in his return
      Dwight Howard played 30 minutes in his return to the lineup against the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He was 9-of-11 from the field and 8-of-18 from the line, so it was like he never left. Howard picked up his 10,000th rebound of his career tonight and dominated in the paint on both ends. The Rockets are off until Wednesday, so Dwight gets to heal after being off for almost one month. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:05 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 25 points vs. DEN
      Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for Dwight Howard affecting him negatively. Motiejunas has been hot in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 triples on 53.7 percent from the field. It should be interesting to see what happens when Terrence Jones makes his return. For now, both players are worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:02 pm
    • Khris Middleton scores 14 points vs. Clips
      Khris Middleton scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: In coach Jason Kidd's rotation, there is going to be a random guy going off almost every night. Middleton scored just nine points combined in his previous two, so you can leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:43 pm
    • Dwight Howard expected to play 20-24 minutes
      Dwight Howard (knee) is expected to play 20-24 minutes in his return on Saturday.

      Advice: He'll play in 4-5 minute spurts, according to coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets played really well without Howard and they certainly won't want him to aggravate his knee injury, so he could see limited playing time for a few games. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:26 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) won't play on Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks.

      Advice: There was almost no way he was going to play because his twisted knee caused some bruising. Expect to see Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis to get more minutes. Hawes doesn't really have enough upside to stash. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:05 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Johnny O'Bryant is available on Saturday
      Johnny O'Bryant is available to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: He is expected to be limited and is not a lock for playing time. O'Bryant has no fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:02 pm
    • Draymond Green plays like an All-Star again
      Draymond Green continued his breakout season against the Mavericks on Saturday, making 5-of-8 from the field for 20 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: Is there anything he can't do on a basketball court? The Warriors put him on Tyson Chandler for some of this game and Green just keeps getting better. He holds third-round value in standard fantasy leagues and has done enough to alleviate concerns of the return of David Lee. He's making a case to be an All-Star this season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:07 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Saturday vs. DEN
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: "I'm just thankful to be back out there," Howard said. "Nobody wants to sit on the bench in a suit and watch his team play." The Rockets have been rolling without him, winning nine of their last 10 games. Howard has been out since Nov. 19 and should get a good amount of minutes. Donatas Motiejunas should see his usage rate go down while Tarik Black and Joey Dorsey will lose most of their minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant (knee) questionable Saturday
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) is considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation upon his return and would need an injury to Zaza Pachulia or Larry Sanders before owners in deep leagues should pay him any attention. Leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:41 am
    • Anthony Davis (chest) questionable Sunday
      Anthony Davis (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors, though X-rays and an MRI came back clean.

      Advice: He didn't participate in practice on Saturday and he was actually held overnight in a hospital for testing, but that is what you will come to expect when you are dealing with a player of this magnitude. New Orleans will likely be extremely cautious with Davis, and it would come as no surprise if he sat out on Sunday. Ryan Anderson would be the biggest beneficiary if Davis misses any time, and we should know more after Sunday's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:17 am
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) doubtful for Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: X-Rays were negative but the Clippers are likely going to be caution with him until he is close to 100 percent. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will both see extra minutes if Hawes sits, but not enough to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:44 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Anthony Davis (chest contusion) is OK
      Anthony Davis (chest contusion) is OK and it will be up to him on whether he will play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: His owners can finally breathe easy as there had to be some concern after Davis said the pain in his chest did not get better as the game went on. However, there is still a chance that he sits out on Sunday given how cautious the Pelicans will want to be with their superstar so owners will want to check back for official confirmation before tip-off. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect to see a lot of Ryan Anderson if Davis sits. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:39 am
    • Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) inactive Saturday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play against Denver on Saturday.

      Advice: He suffered a grade 1 sprain on Dec. 5, but could return as soon as next week which is excellent news for the depleted Rockets. Papanikolaou carved out a decent role in the rotation due to a lot of injuries, but will only be an asset in deeper leagues until he earns more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:13 am
    • Pelicans to update Anthony Davis on Saturday
      Coach Monty Williams said the team will have a better idea of Anthony Davis' (chest contusion) injury on Saturday.

      Advice: Davis said the pain in his chest did not decrease as the night went on, but the good news is that nothing is broken in his ribcage. He looked like Superman earlier this year, but he's had a jammed toe and this injury in the past three days, suddenly reminding us about his injury concerns heading into the season. Hopefully he can suit up against the Warriors on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:28 pm
    • Mirotic posts solid 15-9-1-1-1 line off bench
      Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-9 shots (1-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Mirotic is doing his part to show that he can answer the call in fantasy leagues when he gets the minutes, and he has produced enough in 17.5 mpg to be worth owning in 12-team formats on a standalone basis. He'll be inconsistent unless one of the three other big men in Chicago's rotation are out, which has been the case most of the time this season. There's a lot to like here given his upside, but owners need to be prepared for some lulls when the Bulls are at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:52 pm
    • X-rays negative on Spencer Hawes
      X-rays were negative on Spencer Hawes' left leg and he will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

      Advice: He twisted his knee badly and the Clippers are likely going to give him an MRI. Hawes was ruled out quickly and is likely going to miss time. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will get more run, but are not options in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:32 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • Blake Griffin finally has a down game
      Blake Griffin was held in check against the Wizards on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He averaged 24.3 points per game over his previous 10, including a 45-point night on Monday. Griffin was just 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line tonight, so this was one of his lowest usage rates of the season. He'll be fine and will likely torch the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:13 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (bruised knee) out for game
      Spencer Hawes suffered a bruised left knee on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: The severity is not yet known and he is getting X-rays. Hawes was playing well in his 17.5 minutes per game on the season and now the Clippers will likely lean on Glen Davis a bit more. Matt Barnes could get minutes at stretch four on occasion. Hawes finished with one point and one block in six minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:53 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Den
    • DeMarcus Cousins could practice next week
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) could practice next week, according to coach Mike Malone.

      Advice: That means he's likely over one week from returning. Cousins did a light workout on Friday and will likely have a few more of those. His fantasy owners should be planning on benching him next week. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:48 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins getting shots up at practice
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) was getting shots up at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He still has no timetable to return and there are some reports of him being out until January. The Kings are not going to rush him back, but there is a decent chance he can make it back in a week or so. Until then, Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore and Darren Collison have stepped up while Ryan Hollins and Reggie Evans will get more minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:09 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou still out for Saturday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: He is expected to miss a few more days at least due to a Grade 1 sprain. Papanikolaou didn't really show up on the scene until Dwight Howard went down, so his value is undesirable now that Howard is close to a return. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:20 am
    • Joakim Noah says ankle improving, knee fine
      Joakim Noah stated during Friday morning's shootaround that his ankle is improving, and his knee is fine, but he remains out vs. Portland.

      Advice: It's nice to know that Noah is making improvements, and hopefully some rest will be the cure for his ailing ankle and knee. Taj Gibson will remain with the starting unit as long as Noah is sidelined, and he'll make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Nikola Mirotic will also see extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:16 am
    • Johnny O'Bryant does more work at practice
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) did some more work at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and is up in the air for Saturday. The Bucks need a big man behind Larry Sanders and Zaza Pachulia, so O'Bryant has an outside shot at playing time. Of course, he's not worth owning in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:13 am
    • Kevin Durant says he's close to 100 percent
      Kevin Durant stated after Thursday's win that he's getting close to being his regular self.

      Advice: Durant scored eight of his 19 points during the fourth quarter of Thursday's win over the LeBron James-less Cavs, and he's managing to put up early-round value despite being limited to 30 minutes per game. He's been the best player in fantasy basketball for the past five years, but he does carry a bit of injury risk this year. Still, it couldn't hurt to send out a few buy-low offers before he has a traditional KD 40-point-game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:23 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Rudy Gay still wears pressurized walking boot
      Rudy Gay continues to wear a pressurized walking boot on his right foot, as he's still dealing with Achilles tendinitis.

      Advice: Gay is playing despite dealing with the discomfort, but this will be something we'll continue to monitor. He's missed a couple games this year due to his troublesome Achilles, and if he were ever to miss extended time, Omri Casspi would make for a solid pickup. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:53 am
    • Rudy Gay struggles against the Rockets
      Rudy Gay made 4-of-18 from the field for 13 points during a 113-109 overtime loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His shots are up since DeMarcus Cousins went down, but he's shot the ball fairly well until tonight. Gay made 50 percent or higher in four of previous six games without Cousins and should be just fine without him. His fantasy owners' biggest concern should be his Achilles, which cost him two games earlier this season. To be clear, he looks healthy right now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:01 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores 17 points in loss
      Derrick Williams scored 17 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Kings lost Omri Casspi to a knee contusion and the Rockets went small, so Williams was coach Mike Malone's solution. He hasn't been playing much even with DeMarcus Cousins (illness) out, but he should see minutes in the 20s until Casspi is back. He's a short-term option in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:54 pm
    • Jason Thompson double-doubles vs. HOU
      Jason Thompson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against the Rockets on Thursday with 13 points, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He's had at least eight boards in his each of his last five, averaging 11.0 points, 10.2 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks on 48.6 percent from the field in 33.8 minutes in that stretch. Thompson isn't going to be great in standard leagues because of his lack of defense, but owners in points leagues can give him a look until DeMarcus Cousins comes back. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:51 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas fouls out vs. Kings
      Donatas Motiejunas fouled out in the fourth quarter against the Kings on Thursday, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He continues to be aggressive on the offensive end with 12 of his 13 shots coming from within eight feet tonight. Motiejunas is likely going to take a hit soon with the return of Dwight Howard possibly coming on Saturday. If you've enjoyed the ride the past two weeks, you might want to lower your expectations beyond this weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:21 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou still out for Thursday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Kings.

      Advice: He is expected to miss at least a few more days with his knee sprain. Papanikolaou will lose a lot of value once Terrence Jones (knee) comes back, so there is no reason to stash Big Papa. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:37 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant (knee) returns to practice
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) returned to practice on Thursday, and is nearing a return.

      Advice: O'Bryant isn't likely to be a key rotation player for the Bucks, and he can be left on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:11 pm
    • Mo Speights plays well sans Andrew Bogut
      Mo Speights came off the bench for 15 points, eight rebounds and a block in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Festus Ezeli started at center and had seven points and three rebounds, but any time Andrew Bogut (knee) is out, Speights is the guy you'll want to plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:59 pm
    • Draymond Green plays a lot of center in win
      Draymond Green had 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and a 3-pointer on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: Festus Ezeli started at center, but the Dubs went small during the game and Green spent a lot of minutes at center. That probably wouldn't have been possible if Dwight Howard were healthy, but if you were worried about Green eventually losing minutes, you shouldn't be. David Lee should be locked into a bench role and Green can play four positions, and maybe five for the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:58 pm
    • Harrison Barnes drops 20 and three 3-pointers
      Harrison Barnes was feeling it on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over the Rockets.

      Advice: This was GSW's 14th straight win and they're 19-2 on the season. Barnes scored just four points in his previous game, but is still averaging 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 63 percent shooting over his last five games. He got loose tonight with Pat Beverley hassling Stephen Curry, so don't expect him to score like this on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:56 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas stays hot with Dwight out
      Donatas Motiejunas hit 8-of-17 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: He's been playing very well with Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones hurting, and should continue to be started by fantasy owners as long as the two aforementioned players are in street clothes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:40 pm
    • Omer Asik racks up 15 more rebounds in loss
      Omer Asik scored just six points on 2-of-6 shooting, but also had 15 rebounds in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Asik has hit double digits in boards in six straight games and is averaging 9.8 points and 13.0 rebounds over his last five. He hasn't been blocking many shots, and maybe he never will, but he's playing well again for the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:45 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 10 off bench
      Nikola Mirotic hit 3-of-9 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

      Advice: It was nice to see him get some run tonight, but Joakim Noah was out with an ankle injury. Once Noah rejoins Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in uniform, minutes will be a problem for him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:02 pm
    • Blake Griffin double-doubles in win
      Blake Griffin hit 7-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Griffin has blocked four shots in his last five games and is shooting 79 percent from the line over that stretch. Those used to be two of his Achilles heels, but that no longer seems to be the case, giving him the potential for first-round value for the first time in his career. And by the way, the Clippers have now won nine straight games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:06 pm
    • Omer Asik double-doubles w/ 16 pts, 14 boards
      Omer Asik notched 16 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season on Tuesday, helping New Orleans in a win vs. the visiting Knicks.

      Advice: Asik made 7-of-10 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs, and it was nice to see him blocking shots after going three games without a single swat. He's among the league's best sources of rebounds but remains a marginal fantasy option in most leagues thanks to damaging averages in points (8.4), FT percentage (59.1 percent), steals (0.3) and blocks (0.7). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:06 pm
    • Dante Cunningham logs season-high 31 minutes
      Dante Cunningham logged a season-high 31 minutes vs. the Knicks on Tuesday, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and one assist off the Pelicans' bench.

      Advice: It hasn't taken long for Cunningham to carve out a big role under coach Monty Williams, who is desperately looking for capable small forwards. Cunningham has yet to make any waves in fantasy leagues, and for now he's simply a guy to put on the 'watch list' in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    • Blake goes nuts for 45 & 8 w/ game-winning 3
      Blake Griffin scored a season-high 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting (2-of-2 3PTs, 15-of-17 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Clippers' 121-120 overtime win against the Suns.

      Advice: This game is going to be on replay all week and it was a vintage Griffin performance, as he and P.J. Tucker went at it for most of the night and he goaded Tucker into a key foul late. His 3-pointer at the buzzer hit front iron and got the lucky bounce to wrap up the game, and Griffin would promptly let Tucker know all about it. And for the rest of us we were all notified that the buy low window is slammed shut. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:36 pm
    • Gay, Collison to have plenty of touches
      Rudy Gay scored 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting (9-of-10 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in the Kings' 101-92 win over the Jazz on Monday.

      Advice: Gay and Darren Collison (16 points, six assists, one steal) are going to carry as much load as they can handle with DeMarcus Cousins out for a while. Their efficiency numbers could take a hit or even a tumble since they were already carrying close to a max-load with Cousins on the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:13 pm
    • Thompson just misses double-double
      Jason Thompson just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists over 36 minutes in Monday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and he's going to be raw in the fantasy sense even if he gets a boatload of minutes. With DeMarcus Cousins looking at weeks and maybe even months before he returns at full speed, there is a big window to plod his way into standard league value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:10 pm
    • Draymond Green goes big as Warriors cruise
      Draymond Green double-doubled with 10 points, 10 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in the Warriors' easy win over the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: Green is rolling with top-30 value this season and it's fair to expect some drop-off when David Lee returns but not enough for owners to work overtime on a sell-high deal. Yes, he's blasting away career marks for shooting percentages and that may be an area of regression as the season goes on, but that's not a given and he could easily pick up value on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:34 pm
    • Barnes has slow night in blowout win
      Harrison Barnes scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting with six rebounds and one steal over 29 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Barnes has been worth owning in standard leagues and has a very nice thing going right now starting at small forward and getting some stretch four action with the twos. David Lee's return is going to be a hassle, but the Warriors aren't going to stick their heads in the sand by overvaluing Lee like past administrations. If Barnes keeps it up and Lee plays like he has the last two years, it will be Barnes that maintains the upper hand. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 pm
    • Speights goes for 12 and seven in 21 minutes
      Marreese Speights scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Wolves.

      Advice: If you've been riding Speights this keeps him on your good side before David Lee eventually returns to dent his value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:04 pm
    • Pierce scores season-best 28 points in win
      Paul Pierce scored a season-high 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting (4-of-5 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in Monday's double-overtime win.

      Advice: Pierce is quietly putting up top 85-100 value this season and though he carries plenty of risk due to his mileage, he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:42 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Mia
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