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    • Wayne Ellington scores season-high 28 points
      Wayne Ellington exploded vs. the Wizards on Tuesday with a season-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting (three 3-pointers), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is done for the season which makes Ellington an obvious pickup for any owner seeking points and 3-pointers. His big night tonight was also attributable to the absence of Nick Young (ankle) and the Wizards' careless defense, however, so don't expect more than late-round production. Rotoworld.com
      26 minutes ago
    • Jordan Clarkson scores season-high 18 points
      The Lakers blew a double-digit lead on Tuesday despite Jordan Clarkson's season-high 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 37 minutes.

      Advice: This game was an outlier in nearly every department for Clarkson -- he approached his season-high in nearly every category and made his first 3-pointer in over six weeks, having gone 0-of-8 in 10 games since Dec. 15. Clarkson is a realistic pickup for anyone needing a PG, as coach Byron Scott has expressed at least a "10 to 15 game" commitment to him as a starter. Rotoworld.com
      30 minutes ago
    • Kris Humphries solid again in win vs. Lakers
      Kris Humphries followed up Sunday's big double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: His typical production is somewhat below the extremes of this game and Sunday, when he exploded for 21 points and 14 boards. He's still worth a look for low-end production in deeper leagues, and should be on everyone's radar given the injury history of starting PF Nene. Rotoworld.com
      36 minutes ago
    • Ryan Kelly flops in another start for Lakers
      Ryan Kelly's third straight start at SF for the Lakers was a dud, as he scored just one point with two rebounds and no other statistics in 20 minutes of action.

      Advice: Kelly was 0-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 at the free throw line. Lakers coach Byron Scott has given no indication that he'll replace Kelly with Wes Johnson or Nick Young in the near future, but Kelly's lack of production gives fantasy owners no incentive to pick him up in typical leagues. Rotoworld.com
      51 minutes ago
       
      L, 98-92 vs Was
    • Nene quiet in surprisingly close win vs. L.A.
      Nene had a quiet game vs. the Lakers on Tuesday with six points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He's averaging a mediocre 13.1 points and 5.3 boards in 26 minutes since Dec. 31, but the bigger issue is his injury history -- Nene has missed 33.0 percent of his games over the past three seasons. Backup PF/C Kris Humphries has been terrific for two straight games and Nene's owners shouldn't rely on more than top-100 value going forward. Rotoworld.com
      55 minutes ago
    • Martell Webster leaves w/ right knee injury
      Martell Webster exited Tuesday's game with a right knee injury after colliding with Jeremy Lin.

      Advice: He tried to walk off the injury and stay in the game but Washington's training staff thought better, pulling him off the court and into the locker room. Webster does not have a history of knee injuries and may have suffered nothing more severe than a stinger, but we'll update his status once more details surface. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:11 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-92 @ LAL
    • J.R. Smith scores just 5 points vs. Pistons
      J.R. Smith scored just five points on 2-of-11 shooting on Tuesday vs. Detroit, adding one board, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He is coming off four straight games of scoring 14 or more points, so his owners should give him a pass. The good news is that Smith looks like he will remain in the starting lineup, so as he long as sees more than 30 minutes a night he will be worth owning in most leagues. Just be sure to expect a couple of bumps along the way. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:26 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan's team-high 24 pts lead to win
      DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-15 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs with six boards, two assists, two steals and four turnovers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He's had some ups and downs in the eight games since he returned from a groin injury, due both to rust and the adjustment of Greivis Vasquez starting ahead of Terrence Ross. He's averaging 24.5 points over the past two games, making a combined 15-of-29 FGs and 18-of-23 FTs, so it's safe to say that he's recaptured last year's All-Star form. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:52 pm
    • James Johnson picks up DNP-CD Tuesday
      James Johnson did not leave the Raptors' bench on Tuesday.

      Advice: His role has evaporated over the past six games, a direct consequence of DeMar DeRozan's return and Greivis Vasquez's move into the starting lineup, which allowed Terrence Ross to usurp Johnson's playing time. If you've been hoping for a re-emergence from Johnson, don't hold your breath. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:50 pm
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Tuesday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Allen was recently benched in favor of Jeff Green, so this news certainly doesn't help his already limited value. Expect Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter to pick up the slack for Memphis on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:25 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 109-90 @ Dal
    • Luol Deng (calf) out Tuesday vs. the Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Danny Granger is expected to slide into the starting lineup with Deng sidelined, but with averages of just 4.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting with the starting unit this season, there's not much to like here. James Ennis will also see some increased opportunity, but he's been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be tasked with more responsibilities on offense, and they look like the best plays in daily leagues with Deng unavailable. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng (calf) a game-time decision Tuesday
      Luol Deng (sore calf) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng was listed as doubtful earlier, so an upgrade to a game-time decision can be viewed as a positive thing. However, if he is forced to sit, Danny Granger and James Ennis would likely split his minutes, though neither guy offers much upside. Dwyane Wade however would be tasked with more responsibilities on offense if Deng is out, and he'd make for the best play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:09 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwight Howard tweaks ankle during practice
      Dwight Howard tweaked his right ankle during Tuesday's practice, and remains a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. Dallas.

      Advice: "It wasn’t as bad as when it happened, but I had to sit out of practice, so we’ll see how it feels [Wednesday]," Howard said. "Hopefully I can play, but if not, we still have a great chance to win the game." While Joey Dorsey would draw the start if Howard sits, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas would see the biggest increase in value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Langston Galloway w/ NY for rest of season
      Updating a previous report, Langston Galloway has officially signed a contract with the Knicks that will keep him with the team for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: Galloway has been logging heavy minutes for a depleted Knicks' team, and he is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals this season. That's good enough for low-end value in standard leagues, and he can only improve if and when Jose Calderon is traded away. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
    • Tony Allen questionable for Tuesday
      Tony Allen (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game at Dallas.

      Advice: Allen, who was recently demoted to a bench role behind Jeff Green, is headed for a game-time call. We likely won't have his status until 7:30pm ET. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:30 am
       
      Injured
      W, 109-90 @ Dal
    • Dwight Howard will be game-time for Weds
      Dwight Howard (ankle) will be a game-time decisions for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: We'll update Howard's status as more news becomes available, but there's a good chance he sits out a second consecutive game after leaving Friday's game with a sprained ankle. If Howard sits, Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Joey Dorsey would see the biggest boost in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
       
      Injured
    • Knicks, Langston Galloway agree to deal
      Langston Galloway has reportedly agreed to a deal that will keep him with the Knicks.

      Advice: With Galloway's second 10-day contract set to expire on Tuesday, this move will keep the 23-year-old with the Knicks for at least this season. We don't currently have word if Galloway got the guaranteed contract he had been seeking for 2015-16, but he's worth owning in standard fantasy leagues as long as he continues to see big minutes for the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • J.R. Smith thriving with no nightlife in CLE
      J.R. Smith told David Aldridge of NBA.com that the lack of nightlife in Cleveland has helped him focus.

      Advice: Smith told Aldridge that the he's been able to focus on basketball in Cleveland since there aren't as many distractions as New York City. "I think this is the best situation for me, 'cause there's nothing but basketball," Smith said. "There's nothing you expect but basketball. There's nothing, there's no going out, there's no late nights." Smith is averaging 15.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 3.8 treys in his last 10 games and deserves to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:34 am
    • Luol Deng doubtful for Tuesday vs Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng missed Tuesday's shootaround with his sore calf and will be be re-evaluated closer to game time on Tuesday night. Danny Granger and James Ennis are likely to pick up most of Deng's minutes if he sits, but neither are worth a look outside of daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:06 am
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Langston Galloway still negotiating w/Knicks
      Langston Galloway and the Knicks are having trouble agreeing on a contract and will continue negotiations on Tuesday.

      Advice: Galloway's second 10-day contract ends on Tuesday and guaranteed money for next season is reportedly the issue in contract negotiations. Galloway will become a free agent if the two sides are unable to agree on terms and would surely hook on with another team after averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in eight games with the Knicks. Whether it's with the Knicks or elsewhere, Galloway is worth owning in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's getting consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:36 am
    • Griffin just misses 3x2; Jordan huge on D
      Blake Griffin scored 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in Monday's win over the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin hasn't fixed his rebounding issue but he has hit 54.7 percent from the field over the past month, lifting his value over that span into the top-20 range. It's unlikely that he shoots at that rate over the long run, and with no improvement to show rebounding the ball this would qualify as a mini sell-high moment. DeAndre Jordan went for seven points, 12 boards, three steals and four blocks in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • Nelson plays just 13 minutes on Monday
      Jameer Nelson played just 13 minutes on Monday, scoring two points with two steals and two assists.

      Advice: Nelson had been hanging by a thread in most regular sized leagues and this is probably your sign to move on. If Ty Lawson falters at any point due to injury or a minimal suspension, be ready to move quickly on him because he'll probably be worth owning. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Monday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He has a sprained ankle and it's not serious, but the Grizzlies don't need him as much now that Jeff Green is around. Expect Green and Courtney Lee to play a little more tonight. Additionally, Victor Oladipo has a better matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 109-90 @ Dal
    • DeRozan finally feeling back after Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan said Sunday's win was the first time he felt "normal" since his groin injury.

      Advice: DeRozan went off for 25 points, so it's safe to say his play jibed with the quote. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. I came in [to the practice gym on Saturday] night and got some work in, working on my rhythm, working on a lot of in-game shots I always take," he said. This is DeRozan's first major injury, so it's natural for him to be a little timid upon his return. We're not concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:35 am
    • Tony Allen questionable to suit up on Monday
      Tony Allen (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He did not participate in shootaround, and that's always an ominous sign for a player's availability. That being said, TA is as tough as they come, so it has to be a pretty nasty sprain. If he sits, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should each see some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 am
       
      Injured
      W, 109-90 @ Dal
    • Ryan Kelly scores two points in another start
      Ryan Kelly struggled in another start for L.A. with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's home loss.

      Advice: Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:10 pm
       
      L, 98-92 vs Was
    • Jordan Clarkson struggles vs Houston, Pat Bev
      Jordan Clarkson couldn't get anything going in 28 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, going 2-of-10 from the field to finish with eight points, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: Patrick Beverley will have this effect on opposing PGs and Clarkson gets a pass for the dud. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he'll keep his current starting lineup intact for "15 to 20 games" which gives Clarkson a nice window to establish himself. Deep-league owners should already own him, and he's firmly on the radar in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:05 pm
    • Kris Humphries posts 21 & 14 in OT road win
      Kris Humphries was phenomenal in 33 minutes vs. the Nuggets, scoring a season-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with 14 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Humphries per-minute production has been impressive all season, and he was playing too well tonight for coach Randy Wittman to take him off the court. He's a borderline option in 14-team leagues but belongs on the waiver wire in shallower formats, at least until Nene's next stretch of DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:12 pm
    • Jameer Nelson quiet w/ Ty Lawson active
      Jameer Nelson was predictably quiet with Ty Lawson back in action on Sunday, coming off the bench for nine points, four assists and one steal in 14 minutes.

      Advice: It was actually a nice game for Nelson, who went 3-of-4 behind the arc, but a backup role behind minute-hog Lawson isn't a recipe for long-term success. Deep-league owners may find Nelson useful, but everyone else should be able to find better free agents. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:58 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan breaks out of funk w/ 25 points
      DeMar DeRozan snapped a three-game offensive skid with 25 points on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and two steals without any turnovers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: The 25 points tied his season high, and they're a welcome sight after his recent three-game stretch of 4.7 points on 17.7 percent shooting. The Raptors have righted their ship with three wins in the past four games but they still have to shore up their defense, which is allowing 100.6 points per game (10th most in the league). Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 23 pts w/ jumper barrage
      The Suns didn't have an answer for Blake Griffin on Sunday, as he scored 23 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal and only one turnover in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Phoenix is middle-of-the-pack vs. opposing PFs this season, but Markieff Morris and company didn't stand a chance once Blake got his jump shot going -- he made 11-of-19 shots overall, with only one of his makes within 18 feet of the hoop. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:49 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) ruled out vs. Lakers
      Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: Coach Kevin McHale wasn't too hopeful that Howard would play tonight, and it looks like there is a legitimate chance that he misses additional time. We will consider Howard day-to-day for now, and we will update his status when we know more. The Rockets have yet to name a replacement in the starting lineup, but Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng scores 15 points grabs 10 rebounds
      Luol Deng scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block, and one turnover during Sunday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Deng also played some amazing defense against Jimmy Butler, holding him to just 2-of-8 from the field, and it looks like he's over his illness. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:53 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) game-time decision Sun.
      Dwight Howard (ankle) did not participate during shootaround, and he is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: It's worth noting that head coach Kevin McHale said he's "not real hopeful," that Dwight will play tonight, so it's sounding like he's closer to doubtful than a game-time decision. If Howard is forced to sit that Rockets could go with Joey Dorsey at the center spot, or it's possible they slide over Donatas Motiejunas to the center position and start Josh Smith at power forward. We'll have a better idea of the starting lineup closer to tip-off, but Smith and Motiejunas would likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:17 am
       
      Injured
    • Langston Galloway plays 32 minutes in start
      Langston Galloway played 32 minutes as the starting point guard against the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He ran the point a ton tonight, which is something he did in college and in the D-League. Coach Derek Fisher didn't really use Galloway at the point on Friday, so the versatility bodes very well for him. Even if Jose Calderon (knee) returns, Galloway looks like a good bet for 25-30 minutes. He's worth a long look in standard leagues for his upside in steals and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:32 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Dwight Howard (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: The last time the Rockets played the Lakers, we were hit with a surprise knee injury for Howard back on Nov. 19. The Rockets are off until Wednesday following Sunday, so maybe sitting him down in what should be a win. Joey Dorsey would start with Donatas Motiejunas logging some minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:17 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMar DeRozan struggling since his return
      DeMar DeRozan has struggled significantly over his last three games, scoring a combined 14 points over that span.

      Advice: Since Terrence Ross was benched, DeRozan has been playing a lot more small forward but he doesn't blame his recent production on the switch. "It's not really about me playing the three, just my whole rhythm and feel of everything," DeRozan said. "Just get that back on track and let it come to me natural, like it was before. I kind of find myself looking for fouls now, instead of it coming naturally to me." To be clear, we fully expect him to be fine and it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring at an elite level again. It may not be a bad idea to float some buy-low offers if his owner is panicking. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:40 am
    • Coach Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson
      Coach Byron Scott heaped praise on rookie Jordan Clarkson after his first career start on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: "I am very happy with the way Jordan played," Scott said. "He just looked like he was very poised and the moment wasn’t too big for him." Clarkson scored 11 points with four assists and three boards, but given his high usage rate he should see his numbers improve with continued opportunity. There is still no word on whether or not his move to the starting lineup is permanent, but the Lakers would be wise to give their younger players a chance to develop in a lost season. Clarkson is worth keeping a close eye on moving forward, so keep him on your radar. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:54 am
    • Nelson goes for 23 and seven in spot duty
      Jameer Nelson started for Ty Lawson in Friday's loss to the Celtics, scoring 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting (including four threes) with zero rebounds, seven assists and one steal over 42 minutes.

      Advice: Nelson can still be productive when given the minutes and Lawson's absence apparently does not count toward a potential suspension for his recent DUI. That means Nelson probably has 1-2 games or maybe more to return startable value to owners. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:46 am
    • Kelly doesn't do much in 22-minute start
      Ryan Kelly started at small forward in Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring seven points on 2-of-4 shooting with three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.

      Advice: Kelly hasn't done anything of much value this season, but he has flashed potential in the past and as the Lakers turn the page on this season he'll be worth watching. If you're in a 14-16 team league and want to take a flier it's not the craziest thing we've heard of. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:41 am
       
      L, 98-92 vs Was
    • Clarkson steps in for Lin, posts low-end line
      Jordan Clarkson drew the start at point guard for the Lakers on Friday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting (no threes) with three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: This is a successful outing for him in the grand scheme of things but there are a lot of questions in L.A. right now, starting with Jeremy Lin's (DNP-CD) future and then heading right into whether or not Clarkson's game translates into fantasy value. He's a flier at best barring news that he's suddenly the man in charge, but he could quickly capture our attention so stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:39 am
    • Ellington moderately productive with Kobe out
      Wayne Ellington scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Ellington looks like the starting shooting guard going forward now that Kobe Bryant is likely out for the year, but he doesn't have a strong body of work even when Kobe has missed time. He's more a guy for owners to watch very closely than add in standard formats, but in deeper leagues he's worth consideration as a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:35 am
    • Deng scores 23 points despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness in the Heat's 89-87 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: Deng looks like he's ready to produce for owners again and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Langston Galloway scores 15 points vs. Magic
      Langston Galloway scored 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Magic on Friday during a 113-106 victory.

      Advice: He is capable of being the point guard and the Knicks will likely ask him to run the offense more now with Jose Calderon (knee) expected to miss time. Galloway is capable of scoring and there's upside since he can get some steals while adding treys, so he's worth a long look to see if he stays hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:59 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores 21 points with seven treys
      J.R. Smith made seven 3-pointers for his 21 points against the Hornets on Friday with four rebounds and four assists.

      Advice: The treys were nice, but this was Smith's fifth game of 2015 with at least four dimes. He's really playing extremely well with his new team and he's taking eight treys per game. He'll cool off at some point, but owners in standard leagues can ride him while he's going strong. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:08 pm
    • Dwight Howard (right ankle) out for game
      Dwight Howard suffered a right ankle sprain and will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It didn't look too bad, but the Rockets are just going to play it safe, especially considering how many players have missed time due to playing through sprained ankles this season. Joey Dorsey will be the main center while Donatas Motiejunas can help out at the five, too. The Rockets will play the Lakers on Sunday and Howard should be considered questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwight Howard goes to the locker room
      Dwight Howard asked out of Friday's game in Phoenix and went to the locker room.

      Advice: It's unclear what happened and he may have just tweaked an ankle injury. Howard has been on the injury report for over a month due to his knee injury and he was probable today. We'll add an update as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jameer Nelson set to start on Friday vs. BOS
      Jameer Nelson will start on Friday with Ty Lawson unavailable.

      Advice: Nelson has been playing well for the Nuggets, so he could make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues for those willing to roll the dice on him. Randy Foye will also likely see an uptick in minutes off the bench as Nelson's primary reserve off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:26 pm
    • Ryan Kelly starting for the Lakers
      Ryan Kelly will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his third start of the season. In his previous two, he averaged 7.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.5 treys. Kelly could be worth a look in deeper leagues for owners needing treys. Of course, he's had a lot of trouble staying healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:17 pm
       
      L, 98-92 vs Was
    • A New Day: Clarkson, Kelly and Sacre starting
      Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It's a new day in Lakerland. Clarkson was a ball-dominant guy at summer league and is able of beating his guys off the dribble. The Lakers are likely going to give him some run to see what he has, so he's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:12 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) expected to play Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) is feeling better according to head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he is expected to play Friday vs. Indiana.

      Advice: Considering Deng didn't miss the last game, he's looking very likely for tonight's game vs. Indiana. With Deng feeling better, hopefully he'll have a better outing than his 2-of-6-performance form Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng (illness) probable to return Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) appears probable to return vs. the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been sick for four days and didn't even travel to Charlotte for Wednesday's game, but he went through shootaround on Friday without any issues. His likely return will send Danny Granger back to the bench, reducing Granger and James Ennis to an afterthought in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:38 am
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Dwight Howard (strained knee) probable Friday
      Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Dwight is perpetually listed on Houston's injury list as 'probable' so this shouldn't alarm his fantasy owners. His right knee has bothered him all year and Houston may need to give him some rest as the season progresses, however, so we'll continue to closely monitor his health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 points in easy win
      Blake Griffin made 11-of-14 from the field for 24 points against the Nets during a 123-84 win on Thursday with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He's on fire over his last four, averaging 27.5 points, 7.5 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 treys and 1.0 turnovers on 63.4 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. Griffin doesn't have a single block in that stretch and he's on pace to set a career low of just 0.4 per game this season. Obviously, his owners shouldn't care if he's scoring the ball this efficiently. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:01 pm
    • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to GSW
      Dwight Howard hit just 3-of-8 shots for seven points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, and also committed five turnovers.

      Advice: Hey, at least he didn't kill your free throw percentage (1-of-2 tonight). His last multi-block game was way back on Dec. 15 and he's had seven games since then without a single block. The Warriors were dominant tonight and Howard never got it going, but his lack of shot blocking is one of the great mysteries in the NBA right now. He's also dealing with a sore knee, but that didn't appear to be bothering him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nene scores 24 points vs. the Thunder
      Nene scored a season-high 24 points with four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's his second 20-point game in his last three and his 34 minutes tonight were the first time he's played more than 31 minutes since Nov. 20. Nene's minutes tend to fluctuate and he only played 18 minutes on Monday, so it's still going to be hard to trust him. If you want to give him a try following this game, you can give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:40 pm
    • Wayne Ellington scores 12 points in loss
      Wayne Ellington returned to the bench on Wednesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was back in action, which is why Ellington was back on the bench. If Kobe is shut down for the season at some point, Ellington is the favorite to start in his place. And while we like the prospects of Nick Young a little more, Ellington could be a sneaky deep-league pick up without Kobe around. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores six points in 33 minutes
      DeMar DeRozan logged 33 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday, but scored only six points on 2-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: DeRozan didn't attempt any 3-pointers and he added just one assist without any steals, making this a thoroughly disappointing line for his patient fantasy owners. The Raptors are 27-15 overall but just 11-8 on the road, and they've fallen from No. 1 in the Eastern Conference to No. 3, with the Bulls trailing by just half a game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • James Johnson scoreless in eight minutes
      James Johnson played only eight minutes in Memphis on Wednesday, going scoreless with one rebound and one block.

      Advice: Toronto has a 3-8 record in their last 11 games, largely due to DeMar DeRozan's absence, and Johnson's role has dwindled quickly over the past week. He has enough upside to stay on the radar in deeper leagues, but most owners can safely ignore him while Toronto is at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:26 pm
    • Langston Galloway scores 11 points in win
      Langston Galloway turned in another outstanding game against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He continues to get some run at point guard and the Knicks suddenly have a lot of confidence in the rookie. Galloway has exceeded all expectations and the Knicks seem to view him as their best wing option after Carmelo Anthony. He is still on a 10-day deal, but it would be a shock to see the Knicks not sign him for the rest of the season next week. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:16 pm
    • J.R. Smith fires 16 more shots in another win
      J.R. Smith started again and hit 5-of-16 shots and 2-of-11 3-pointers for 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Love him or hate him, Smith is starting and averaging 17.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 3.8 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting 46 percent. We've seen him go on streaks like this before and he should be in your lineup until he comes back to earth. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday night
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played very well against the Warriors last week and will look to keep it going. Howard has some knee problems right now, but it is unlikely to force him to miss action tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Knicks to use same starting lineup Wednesday
      Head coach Derek Fisher said that he will most likely keep the same starting lineup for Wednesday's game that earned them a win over the Pelicans on Monday, meaning Langston Galloway will have another chance at extended minutes.

      Advice: Galloway has posted averages of 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers over 25.4 minutes per game this season, so there is enough potential here to warrant a pickup in deeper leagues. The Knicks have every intention of looking towards the future this season, so Galloway's minutes should theoretically rise as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 am
    • Luol Deng (illness) will not play Wednesday
      Luol Deng (illness) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Deng fought through the illness to score eight points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, but he'll now get a few days to fully recuperate before Friday's home game vs. Indiana. James Ennis and Danny Granger stand to gain the most in Deng's absence -- Ennis is slightly more attractive if he earns the start at SF, but they're only worth a glance in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng plays 29 minutes despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness vs. OKC on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Deng has quietly posted mid-round value with the Heat thanks to balanced production and a sizeable role offensively -- his 20.3 usage rate is just below his career average, and his 57.8 percent True Shooting marks a career high. He's also posting a solid PER of 17.0, his highest since the 2007-08 season, and it's easy to see why the 7th-seed Heat aren't eager to trade him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:21 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Luol Deng (illness) starting Tuesday vs. OKC
      Updating a previous report, Luol Deng (illness) will start on Tuesday vs. OKC.

      Advice: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside will join Deng in the starting lineup. Get him active for what will be an up-tempo game with the Thunder. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 109-102 vs Mil
    • Fisher says Galloway has a high ceiling
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said on Tuesday that Langston Galloway has a high ceiling.

      Advice: The 23-year-old is averaging 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 three-pointers over 25.4 minutes in five games with the Knicks this season and has impressed Fisher in his short Knicks' career. With the Knicks sitting at 6-36, Galloway should get plenty of run moving forward and is worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:34 am
    • DeRozan goes 0-for-9, Raptors survive and win
      DeMar DeRozan missed all nine of his field goal attempts in Monday's win over the Bucks, finishing with three rebounds and four assists to go with his goose egg in the scoring column.

      Advice: We'll cut him some slack and call this rust but he has a way to go to match the Team USA hype from this summer. Obviously he should remain owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:49 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores 20 points with six threes
      J.R. Smith hit six 3-point shots and 7-of-11 shots overall to finish with 20 points, three rebounds and a steal in Monday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Smith is going to be a bit of a roller coaster but he's been well worth owning so far in Cleveland. He should be owned in all formats and started in most of them. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 8:47 pm
    • Langston Galloway scores 21 points vs. NO
      Langston Galloway scored a career-high 21 points against the Pelicans on Monday with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He signed another 10-day deal on Saturday and the Knicks are almost a lock to sign him for the rest of the season when this new 10-day deal is up. Galloway has been a complete boom-or- bust guy in his five games with three games below 34.0 effective field goal percentage and the other two above 67.0 percent. He's certainly gained the attention of the coaching staff, so maybe they give him consistent minutes. If you want to take a flyer on him in a deep league, it's not a bad idea. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 5:37 pm
    • Jameer Nelson playing well for the Nuggets
      Jameer Nelson played well against the Warriors on Monday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: While this game was a complete blowout, garbage time doesn't really explain why Nelson had a good line. He has played very well in his three games with the Nuggets, averaging 15.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 2.0 treys in his previous two outings. If you are in dire straits for a point guard, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 4:35 pm
    • Blake Griffin dominates the Celtics on Monday
      Blake Griffin was outstanding against the Celtics during a 102-93 win on Monday with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

      Advice: He didn't turn the ball over, made all four shots from the line, and was 9-of-18 from the field. Griffin continues to pass the ball extremely well and handed out 5.6 dimes per game over his previous 10. He's also at 54.5 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the line in 2015, so his owners shouldn't dwell on his lack of boards and blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 4:01 pm
    • Langston Galloway starts for Knicks on Monday
      Knicks G Langston Galloway will start for the Knicks on Monday.

      Advice: The 23-year-old rookie will share the backcourt with Jose Calderon. In four appearances this season he's averaging 9.8 points on 36.1 percent shooting, while chipping in 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 24 minutes per game. He's worth a glance as a cheap daily-league option, but owners in standard formats should steer clear. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 1:03 pm
    • James Johnson plays just 11 minutes on Sunday
      James Johnson played just 11 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, going for four rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers while missing his only shot attempt.

      Advice: Johnson has shown mixed results with the return of DeMar DeRozan, sandwiching his 17-point full stat line effort between two atrocious duds. However, it's worth noting that his best game came during garbage time, and it looks like the return of DeMar is going to really hurt the value of Johnson. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:06 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points on Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, and one turnover.

      Advice: DeRozan also shot 7-of-9 from the stripe, making this your prototypical DeRozan line. He also logged 35.9 minutes, and he looks to be fully recovered from his groin injury that sidelined him for all of December. Before that extended absence, DeRozan had only missed three games over the past four seasons, so hopefully he'll be able to remain on the court for the rest of the year. He has mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:33 pm
    • Nene puts up a big game vs. Nets
      Nene stuffed the stat sheet against the Nets on Saturday with 20 points, six boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

      Advice: His minutes have solidified at 26.3 per game in 2015. In his previous nine games, Nene averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals on 52.4 percent from the field. That's usable production in standard leagues, but there's no need to bend over backwards to add him considering how much he's hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 11:40 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores an easy 30 in win at SAC
      Blake Griffin made scoring 30 points look easy against the Kings on Saturday during a 117-108 win, making 11-of-16 from the field with five rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He's rolling over his last six. In that stretch, Griffin averaged 26.2 points, 6.7 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.2 triples on 58.5 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. He has been feasting in the paint in that span, making a pristine 77.1 percent of his 48 shots at the rim (45.4 percent of his shot total). The boards still aren't there for Blake, but he's doing enough to keep his owners satisfied. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 11:25 pm
    • Griffin posts 34 & 10; CP3 flirts with 3x2
      Blake Griffin scored 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Clippers' 126-121 loss to the Cavs on Friday.

      Advice: Griffin did not attempt a three and he addressed his rebounding problem, so this is as good of a game as owners could have hoped for. Like many big men whose value is struggling, the move away from the hoop has killed him and stuck him with just top 40-50 value on the year. Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction. Chris Paul hit just 4-of-15 shots and 1-of-7 threes, but finished with 15 points, eight boards, 14 assists and three steals in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:13 am
    • Smith serviceable but quiet in Friday's win
      J.R. Smith scored eight points on 4-of-8 shooting (no threes) with two rebounds, four assists and three steals over 30 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

      Advice: The steals save this line and it certainly shows how he can get lost in a hurry, and this was without Kevin Love around. He has been worth owning and starting the last two weeks but his fantasy value is still up in the air a bit. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:57 pm
    • Ellington doesn't do much in start for Kobe
      Wayne Ellington started for Kobe Bryant (rest) on Friday, scoring nine points with four rebounds, two assists and zero 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Ellington could be worth a look down the road if Kobe gets shut down but until then he's a deep league play at best whenever Kobe sits. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:01 pm
    • Jameer Nelson productive in Denver debut
      Jameer Nelson was productive in his Denver debut on Friday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Nelson will be strapped for minutes once Randy Foye and Danilo Gallinari get back, and in general the Nuggets are a team that could change directions on a dime via trade right now. Owners should keep an eye on him but right now his outlook doesn't justify anything but a desperation add. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:27 pm
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