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    • Jae Crowder will start Friday vs. New Orleans
      Jae Crowder will slide into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans with Avery Bradley (elbow) sidelined, shifting Evan Turner over to the two-spot.

      Advice: Crowder will likely see a boost in value running with the starting unit, and he'll look to keep his momentum going after putting up 18 points during his last game. Head coach Brad Stevens said he elected to go with Crowder instead of Isaiah Thomas because he doesn't want to disturb Thomas' rhythm with the second unit. However, Thomas will likely come into the game early, and Boston will look to him as their go-to guy on offense, so he'll see a boost in value as well with Bradley out. Rotoworld.com
      36 minutes ago
    • JaKarr Sampson starting again
      JaKarr Sampson will start against the Jazz on Friday with Robert Covington coming off the bench.

      Advice: It's Covington's first game back and he should still get solid minutes. Sampson is not a fantasy option. The other starters are Isaiah Canaan, Jason Richardson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Nerlens Noel. Rotoworld.com
      43 minutes ago
    • Terrence Jones, Pat Beverley will play Friday
      Terrence Jones (back) and Patrick Beverley (foot) will play against the Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: The good news is that this isn't his lingering leg issue. Jones has been one of the most improved players after the break and he's put up top-10 fantasy value since the start of the second half. He has to be in all lineups tonight. His status also makes the Josh Smith revenge game less appealing. Rotoworld.com
      51 minutes ago
    • Channing Frye set to start Friday vs. SAC
      Channing Frye will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kings with Nikola Vucevic (sore left ankle) out.

      Advice: Frye has been pretty darn horrible this season, so we're not expecting much despite his return to the starting unit. He'll drain some 3-pointers, but with averages of just 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.1 three-pointers per game as a starter, he's not an option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      57 minutes ago
    • Nikola Vucevic (ankle) will not play on Friday
      Nikola Vucevic (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Friday due to a sore left ankle.

      Advice: Oh boy. The Magic are going to be in trouble against DeMarcus Cousins. With Vooch out, they might have to finally get Kyle O'Quinn back in the rotation tonight. Channing Frye will move back into the starting lineup with Andrew Nicholson backing him up. Dewayne Dedmon is also going to play more at the center spot in the starting lineup. Dedmon has been the apple of his coach's eye and is the best bet for a good line tonight. Of course, foul trouble is going to be a potential problem with his 6.5 fouls per 36 this season. That's not good against DMC. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:10 pm
       
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      4:00 pm vs Sac
    • Hamilton inks second 10-day deal with LAC
      The Clippers have signed Jordan Hamilton to a second 10-day deal.

      Advice: With Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring) hurting, the Clippers could actually use Hamilton's services. However, with averages of just 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds over the past two games, he's not a viable option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:58 pm
    • Chris Andersen is a GTD
      Chris Andersen (illness, body soreness) is a game-time decision to play against the Wizards.

      Advice: If he's out, we might see Michael Beasley in the starting lineup at power forward because Udonis Haslem would be the backup center. Henry Walker would also benefit without Andersen in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:54 pm
       
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    • Jimmy Butler has a range of motion
      Jimmy Butler (elbow) has a range of motion back in his arm and can do some running.

      Advice: His timetable has not changed and he's still expected to miss 3-6 weeks. There is some optimism that he could be on the front end of that prognosis, so hopefully the Bulls get him back in two weeks. For now, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell are getting his minutes, but Nikola Mirotic is benefitting with Jimmy's shots. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:41 pm
       
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    • Cody Zeller back in the starting lineup
      Cody Zeller will start against the Raptors on Friday.

      Advice: He came off the bench on Wednesday against the Nets with the Hornets going small and putting Marvin Williams back in the starting lineup. Zeller had an awful February, averaging 5.0 points and 6.0 boards. He's picked it up lately with 13.0 points and 7.7 boards in his last three, so just keep an eye on him in standard leagues. He's certainly on the radar though. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:30 pm
    • Robert Covington (elbow) will play on Friday
      Robert Covington (elbow) will play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Covington will come off the bench for this one, and he will have a difficult matchup against the Jazz, so that is something that should be considered for those playing daily leagues. There's no word on a minutes restriction, but owners of Covington looking to close the gap in the 3-point category can go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:22 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Bucks sign Chris Johnson to 10-day deal
      The Bucks have officially signed Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

      Advice: Johnson will add some depth to Milwaukee's backcourt, but he's unlikely to do enough statistically to warrant any attention in standard leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:55 pm
    • Matt Barnes doubtful for Sunday
      Matt Barnes (hamstring) is doubtful to play against the Warriors on Sunday.

      Advice: He's been very good for the Clippers since Blake Griffin went down, but he's likely going to miss more time. His fantasy owners can probably consider cutting him, especially with Blake targeting Sunday. If Blake and Barnes aren't a go, expect to see more Hedo Turkoglu along with Austin Rivers and J.J. Redick. Jordan Hamilton would start, but he only played 18 minutes on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
       
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    • Kelly Olynyk says he still has soreness
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) said on Thursday that he still has some soreness in his ankle from Wednesday's game.

      Advice: He said he didn't have any setbacks, but it seems like it'll be a while before we see Olynyk get minutes over 20. He only played seven minutes on Wednesday and may only get minutes in the teens tonight, which makes him more of a stash for now. Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Jae Crowder should still have some value for the next few games. Olynyk is worth picking up in standard leagues with his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:05 am
    • Nick Young (knee) out Friday vs. Memphis
      Nick Young (knee) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies, as expected.

      Advice: This will be Young's fifth consecutive game on the sidelines, but he is said to be targeting a return for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. With Young out, there will be more opportunities on offense for Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington, and Wes Johnson. Lin has been playing very well lately, but given the tough matchup tonight, those playing daily leagues may want to look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:51 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Justin Hamilton goes through full practice
      Justin Hamilton was a full participant during Friday's practice, and it's likely that he'll be available for Saturday’s game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He'll be fighting for minutes with Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng, Kevin Garnett, and Adreian Payne, so he's very unlikely to earn enough minutes to be considered a viable option in most leagues. Even as a starter for the Heat earlier in the season, Hamilton's contributions to the stat sheet were negligible with averages of just 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:18 am
    • Jazz sign Jerrell Benimon to 10-day contract
      The Jazz have signed F Jerrell Benimon to a 10-day contract.

      Advice: Benimon is an All-Star in the D-League, but he's unlikely to do much with the Jazz. It's safe to leave him on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:55 am
    • Ryan Anderson without timetable to return
      Ryan Anderson said that while he is making progress in his recovery from his MCL sprain, there is currently no official timetable set for his return.

      Advice: "Recovery has been a process. I’m really working a lot on getting mobility back, just walking," Anderson said. "The past week, I’ve made big strides, as far as getting out of a big knee brace. My flexibility is a lot better, as far as rotation. I haven’t tried anything on the court yet." Anderson went on to say that he has been limited to pool work and running on an arc trainer, and we'll continue to track his progress closely. Alexis Ajinca has been playing quite well lately, and he’ll be the primary beneficiary for as long as Anderson is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:25 am
       
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      5:00 pm vs Bos
    • Chris Andersen (illness) questionable Friday
      Chris Andersen (illness) was withheld from Friday's shootaround, and he's being listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: If Andersen is unable to go, Hassan Whiteside is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and Udonis Haslem may be forced to play some extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:06 am
       
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    • Tarik Black accepts benching from coach Scott
      Tarik Black has no issues with the fact that he has been a DNP-CD for the past five games.

      Advice: "He’s coaching and he makes the decisions," Black said of head coach Byron Scott. "I like Coach Scott a lot. Whatever decisions he makes, I respect, especially now with it being my rookie year." Black has gone from starter to bench warmer in Los Angeles, and with averages of just 5.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with the Lakers, it's safe to leave him on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:50 am
    • Kawhi Leonard being more vocal on defense
      Danny Green said that Kawhi Leonard has been more vocal on defense recently.

      Advice: "The last couple of games I’ve definitely noticed a change in his tone, his pep, his step, everything," Green said of Leonard. "He’s more engaged, more locked in, definitely more active and involved defensively than I’ve ever seen him in the past." The Spurs are currently amid a three-game winning streak, and Leonard is a big reason why. He's averaging 20.0 points, 7.3 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks during that span while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. Yeah, he's elite. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:23 am
    • James Jones earning time in Cavs' rotation
      James Jones has emerged as a role player in Cleveland's rotation, and over the past four games he has put in averages 9.8 points and 2.8 three-pointers through 22 minutes of action.

      Advice: Jones has seen his role increased with Shawn Marion (hip) sitting on the sidelines, but he really doesn't do much aside from drain 3-pointers. It also should be noted that his value could take a hit once Marion does return to the lineup, so while Jones is worth a look as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, know that his time as a rotation player in Cleveland could be short-lived. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:55 am
    • Chris Johnson to sign 10-day deal w/ MIL
      The Bucks will reportedly sign Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

      Advice: Johnson will join a crowded rotation in Milwaukee, and he's very unlikely to earn enough floor time to be able to offer much of anything to a fantasy squad in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:43 am
    • Things starting to click for Nerlens Noel
      Since the All-Star break, Nerlens Noel has really started to get things going, averaging 12.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 3.5 blocks per game.

      Advice: Noel is also shooting 46.4 percent from the field, and a much-improved 75.0 percent from the foul line (a significant jump from the 56.1 percent he shot before the break). He's managed to stay quite healthy during his rookie year, only missing four of the Sixers' 61 games so far this season due to injury, and he looks primed to finish his 2014-15 campaign strong after a somewhat slow start to the year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:35 am
    • Robert Covington (elbow) questionable Friday
      Robert Covington (elbow) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Covington has been forced to spend the past two games on the sidelines after suffering a right elbow bruise during Sunday's game against Indiana. If he is again forced to sit JaKarr Sampson will start, but with averages of just 6.8 points and 1.1 steals per game with the starting unit, he's not a viable option in most leagues. Jason Richardson and Isaiah Canaan will likely do the heavy lifting on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:13 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Dorell Wright scores eight in 13 minutes
      Dorell Wright scored eight points in 13 minutes during Thursday's 94-75 win over the Mavs, adding one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: With Wes Matthews (Achilles) out for the season, Wright might step up. However, we've seen this movie before with role players for Stotts. Basically, Arron Afflalo is going to step into Matthews' minutes while Wright, Alonzo Gee, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake will get Afflalo's 27 minutes. Wright isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 pm
    • Wesley Matthews suffers torn left Achilles
      Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

      Advice: Ugh. Matthews was leading the NBA in 3-pointers just last month and has been a big reason why the Blazers are looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. He has the nickname Ironman because he had a consecutive games played streak of 250 earlier in his career and now his 142 consecutive games played streak will come to an end. This is a crippling blow for Matthews who will enter free agency coming off a bad injury. We're rooting for him to be out on the court in October. Arron Afflalo should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum grabs season-high 12 boards
      Nicolas Batum grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Mavericks on Thursday with 15 points, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: A healthy Batum is going to offset the loss of Wesley Matthews (foot). Batum has suddenly become the player his fantasy owners were hoping for, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 boards, 6.2 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.2 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. If you bought low, pat yourself on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    • Dirk Nowitzki looks slow on Thursday
      Dirk Nowitzki looked a little tired against the Blazers on Thursday during a 94-75 loss with 10 points on 5-of-13 from the field, adding four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He just doesn't look right. In his last five, Nowitzki made just 41.5 percent from the field for averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.4 treys. Owner Mark Cuban has said before he's totally fine with resting guys, so there is a very good chance Dirk sits in a road game at Golden State tomorrow. His owners will have to check back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    • POR concerned of serious Wes Matthews injury
      The Blazers are significantly concerned about the seriousness of a lower leg injury to Wesley Matthews (leg) and he will have an MRI.

      Advice: It doesn't sound good. There are a lot of things that went wrong and based on the TNT report that Matthews was banging his fist on his way to the locker room suggests that the training staff gave him some bad news. Hopefully this is wrong about one of the easiest guys to root for in the NBA, but he could be out for the season. Arron Afflalo should be picked up in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • Wesley Matthews (left foot) will not return
      Wesley Matthews suffered a left foot injury on Thursday and will not return.

      Advice: He could not put any weight on it following a non-contact injury and had the training staff help him to the locker room. It didn't look like he rolled his ankle, which means he could have suffered some sort of Achilles issue. The TNT report suggested Matthews is going to be out for some time, so go ahead and add Arron Afflalo in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Report: MN claims Justin Hamilton off waivers
      The Timberwolves have reportedly claimed F/C Justin Hamilton off waivers.

      Advice: Hamilton will add some depth to the Timberwolves' frontcourt, but with averages of just 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, it's safe to leave him on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:14 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) questionable for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Young has said that he's targeting a return for Sunday's matchup against the Mavericks, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game. When he is able to return to the lineup, Jeremy Lin's value could take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Pop pleased with Kawhi Leonard's development
      Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he's pleased with Kawhi Leonard's development this season.

      Advice: While Leonard's fantasy owners may not share Pop's sentiment, the Spurs head coach is happy with Leonard's development this year. "He has improved every year. He has had a strange year this year with all the injuries, but he is a sponge," said Popovich. "He learns, he is a hard worker and he is keeping his mindset. He is playing defense and rebounding for us, which we really need at that three position, and then scoring on top of it. We are really happy with what he is doing." Despite his injury-plagued season, Leonard is averaging career-highs in points and rebounds and is poised for a strong finish to the fantasy season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 am
    • Terrence Jones questionable for Friday
      Terrence Jones (lower back pain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: Jones has been on fire as of late, so his owners will have to watch his status closely leading up to Friday's game. If he's unable to suit up, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas would be in line for big minutes against the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 am
    • Clippers likely to retain Jordan Hamilton
      Clippers head coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers said the team is likely to sign Jordan Hamilton to a second 10-day contract on Thursday.

      Advice: Hamilton has seen more playing time as of late with and is averaging 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last two games. While he's worth a flier in the deepest of fantasy leagues, Hamilton can be left on the wire in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:44 am
    • Kelly Olynyk scoreless in 7 minutes
      Kelly Olynyk returned to action on Wednesday but missed all three of his shots and failed to score in seven minutes.

      Advice: Baby steps for Olynyk, who has missed a ton of time with a sprained ankle. He'll eventually eat into Tyler Zeller's minutes, but for now, Zeller is still a player to hold onto in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:08 am
    • Nicolas Batum fuels Blazers win over Clips
      Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and then threw three alley-oops and hit a dagger 3-pointer to win the game for the Blazers over the Clippers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting. Talk about efficiency. That makes four straight wins for the Blazers, and while Batum has been frustrating to own at times this season, lines like this one makes it easy to forget. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard hits 9-of-11 shots in win
      Kawhi Leonard hit 9-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 21 points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and a block in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Tonight was the night the all-cat freaks came out, as Leonard, Draymond Green and Nicolas Batum all played well, which hasn't happened consistently this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    • Nerlens Noel brings serious defensive stats
      Nerlens Noel blocked five shots and had four steals against the Thunder on Wednesday, adding eight points, 13 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He's just rolling right now. Noel did not have a great offensive game tonight, making 3-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line to go with his five turnovers. He has really turned it on since the break and should be considered a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:04 pm
    • Cody Zeller benched, plays 16 minutes
      Cody Zeller was benched on Wednesday, supposedly for match up purposes, but played just 16 minutes and finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

      Advice: He had been playing pretty well, but this is setting up for a full-blown timeshare with Williams down the stretch, as the Hornets try to make the playoffs. They're currently the No. 8 seed in the East and have won three straight games. If you own Zeller and want to dump him for a hot free agent, we don't hate that idea. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:38 pm
    • Terrence Jones goes off again, scores 21 pts
      Terrence Jones looked great in a tough matchup against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 21 points, nine rebounds, two steals, one steal and two blocks on 10-of-14 from the field in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is on fire. In his last five games, Jones averaged 19.6 points, 8.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.0 turnovers on 64.1 percent from the field. He was a very efficient scorer as a backup center last year, but he's clearly surpassing all expectations. The Rockets are in no rush to bring Dwight Howard back and Jones should be a stud for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 pm
    • Jae Crowder scores 18 off Celtics bench
      Jae Crowder hit 8-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Crowder had just four points and two boards in his previous game, but is still averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 3-pointers on 40 percent shooting over his last five games. He played 33 minutes on Wednesday, altering getting 14 minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:57 pm
    • Matt Barnes (hamstring) won't play Wednesday
      Matt Barnes (hamstring) will not play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He will miss his second game in a row and it's unknown how much time he'll miss. With Barnes and Jamal Crawford (calf) down, there should be plenty of minutes for Jordan Hamilton. J.J. Redick will also get some more minutes at small forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 pm
       
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    • JaKarr Sampson starts for Covington (elbow)
      JaKarr Sampson will earn another start on Wednesday with Robert Covington (elbow) on the sidelines.

      Advice: Sampson played only 21 minutes sans-Covington on Monday, and in 16 starts this year he's averaged 6.8 points, 0.6 threes, 2.5 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals in under 20 minutes per game. There's not enough upside to consider Sampson a source of temporary value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:40 pm
    • Robert Covington out, JaKarr Sampson starting
      Robert Covington (elbow) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

      Advice: The team said he was hopeful to play today, but this isn't that surprising considering how often the 76ers sit guys down at less than 100 percent. Hopefully Covington will play over the weekend. He should be owned in all leagues. JaKarr Sampson will start, but can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Cody Zeller benched for matchup purposes
      Cody Zeller will come off the bench on Wednesday for matchup purposes, with Marvin Williams starting at PF.

      Advice: Charlotte is going small vs. the Nets but Zeller is still expected to see heavy minutes with the second unit, and he's only averaging 24.9 minutes as a starter this season anyway. Use him as you normally would. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:31 pm
    • Channing Frye benched, Dedmon starting Wed
      Channing Frye will come off the bench on Wednesday with Dewayne Dedmon taking his place in Orlando's starting lineup.

      Advice: Frye has posted the second-worst defensive efficiency rating of any Magic player under interim coach James Borrego, which is the root cause of the switch. "He's trying defensively," Borrego said. "Offensively ... he gives our guards space. He gives Nik [Vucevic] room and space to operate." Frye will still be a part of the frontcourt rotation but his already limited upside takes a hit with this move to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:06 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) coming off the bench
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) will return against the Jazz on Wednesday and come off the bench.

      Advice: He has been out since January with a severe ankle sprain. Olynyk made it through most of practice back on Feb. 28, so he should be able to play close to 24 minutes tonight. With Olynyk back, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko are going to lose playing time. Olynyk should be owned in all standard leagues, especially with Jared Sullinger out for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:37 pm
    • Robert Covington (elbow) doubtful vs. Thunder
      Robert Covington (elbow) is doubtful to play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday according to head coach Brett Brown.

      Advice: Covington suffered the injury vs. the Pacers on Sunday and was held out of Monday's game vs. the Raptors, but it's disappointing to see him listed as doubtful despite dealing with a simple elbow contusion. JaKarr Sampson will draw the start if Covington can't go, but Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant are slightly more appealing for owners in deeper leagues. We will continue to pass along any further updates on Covington's status. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:45 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • The Jazz are expected to sign Jerrell Benimon
      The Jazz are expected to sign F Jerrell Benimon to a 10-day contract in the coming days.

      Advice: Benimon currently plays for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA D-League where he is averaging 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, but he likely wouldn't be in the rotation upon his arrival in Utah. We will let you know if a deal comes to fruition, but it is safe to leave Benimon on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:26 am
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) given 3-6 week timetable
      The Bulls have given Jimmy Butler (elbow) a 3-6 week timetable for his return, but he's hopeful that he can play before the end of the regular season.

      Advice: Initial reports suggested a 3-4 week timetable so this is somewhat discouraging, though Butler said on Tuesday that the pain in his elbow is already subsiding. "I'm doing all right," he said. "I'm just trying my best to hurry back, being careful, of course ... My ligament just has to heal, and I've got to be able to move my left arm like I move my right before I can get out there and do anything." With no firm return date and the fantasy playoffs looming, Butler is only worth stashing if you're confident your team can succeed without his production until at least late March. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:26 pm
       
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    • Terrence Jones scores 18 pts w/ three blocks
      Terrence Jones was a force to be reckoned with on Tuesday, racking up 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: The Rockets' five-game winning streak was snapped by the Hawks, who now have their own five-game streak going. T-Jones has been steadily improving since returning from his serious leg injury and he's once again a must-own fantasy option. The lone caveat is his free throw shooting -- he's 65.3 percent at the charity stripe this season and missed four of his six attempts tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    • Jae Crowder cools off in loss to Cleveland
      Jae Crowder, who had a career-high 17 rebounds on Sunday, finished Tuesday's road loss with four points (1-of-5 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), two rebounds and two assists off the bench.

      Advice: Crowder deserves a pass for this dud. The Celtics were destroyed by the Cavs and he'd been great over his previous five games, averaging 15.0 points, 2.6 triples, 8.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals in under 29 minutes. His bench role gives him minimal room for error, but he should fare better during Wednesday's home game vs. Utah. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:32 pm
    • James Jones scores double-digit points
      James Jones scored double-digit points for the third time this season on Tuesday, making 3-of-6 shots with a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.

      Advice: Jones added six boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes, taking advantage of extra opportunities with the game firmly in Cleveland's control by halftime. He has overtaken Mike Miller (12 minutes) in coach David Blatt's rotation, but Jones remains nothing more than a deep-league 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:25 pm
    • Pelicans waive Justin Hamilton
      The Pelicans officially waived Justin Hamilton on Tuesday.

      Advice: Hamilton is averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds on the season, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:18 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) ruled out for Tuesday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: With Olynyk unavailable, Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, and Jonas Jerebko will continue to man Boston's frontcourt, with Bass and Zeller offering the most upside. Boston plays at home against Utah on Wednesday, and we'll be considering Olynyk questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:40 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) targeting return on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will remain sidelined for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets and he's targeting a return on Sunday.

      Advice: This will be Young's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and a Sunday return would cause him to miss two more games on Wednesday and Friday. While he's out there will be more opportunities on offense for Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:36 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Report: Pelicans to waive Justin Hamilton
      The Pelicans are expected to waive F/C Justin Hamilton, according to sources.

      Advice: Hamilton hasn't played a single game for the Pelicans since coming to New Orleans at the trade deadline, and he's never going to be a difference maker for an NBA team, so the move makes sense. While he may be able to hook on with another NBA team, he's not going to have any fantasy value wherever he lands. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:07 pm
    • Nick Young questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Young didn't participate in Tuesday's shootaround and Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said he'll see how Swaggy P feels later in the day before making a final decision. While Young doesn't belong on any standard league fantasy rosters, his eventual return will cut into the fantasy value of Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:08 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Kelly Olynyk unsure of Tuesday availability
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is unsure if he'll be able to play against the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

      Advice: Olynyk will test his ankle in shootaround before making a decision on whether to play Tuesday night. The big man has been out since late-January with his ankle injury, but seems to be on the precipice of a return to the court. Olynyk will join a frontcourt logjam with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jae Crowder, and Jonas Jerebko upon his return, so his fantasy value will likely be limited to deeper leagues barring an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:03 am
    • Hamilton posts pedestrian line in start
      Jordan Hamilton started for injured Matt Barnes (hamstring) on Monday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: If Barnes and Jamal Crawford (calf) miss time with their respective injuries, then this appears to be Hamilton's ceiling. If that remains the case he'll be worth a look in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:40 pm
    • Nerlens Noel makes all seven FGAs in loss
      Nerlens Noel made all seven shots from the field for 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: His offensive game has been the story lately. Perhaps the highlight is making 83.3 percent of his 6.0 free throw attempts per game over his last five, averaging 13.4 points, 9.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 48.8 percent from the field. He's one of the hottest properties in fantasy hoops right now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:19 pm
    • Jordan Hamilton expected to start
      Jordan Hamilton is expected to start for Matt Barnes on Monday.

      Advice: He played two minutes on Sunday and he is very unlikely to play more than 20 minutes tonight. Hamilton had himself a nice run in the D-League this season, but he's not a fantasy option in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:57 pm
    • Chris Andersen expected to play
      Chris Andersen is expected to play against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: The Heat are starting Udonis Haslem at power forward, which means Haslem won't be the backup center. Andersen will likely play minutes around 20 and is only a blocks specialist. This news doesn't affect Hassan Whiteside much. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:48 pm
       
      Injured
    • Matt Barnes (hamstring) likely out on Monday
      Matt Barnes (hamstring) did not play on Monday against the Wolves.

      Advice: The Clippers are going to have to get creative here with Barnes out. We can expect to see a lot of small-ball lineups with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford on the wings. Plus, we will also see more of Austin Rivers while Jordan Hamilton could get some action. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • JaKarr Sampson, Henry Sims starting for PHI
      JaKarr Sampson and Henry Sims will start for the 76ers on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: In his previous 15 starts, Sampson averaged just 6.7 points, 2.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 19.4 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about him getting the nod tonight. However, Jerami Grant will likely see a big increase in playing time. Robert Covington (elbow) is out tonight and he was benched for much of last week's game against the Bucks, which allowed Grant to play a career-high 33 minutes. If you're looking to invest on somebody on the Philly wing (a $50 bill maybe?), it makes sense to go with Grant. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:38 pm
    • Robert Covington, Jason Richardson out Monday
      Robert Covington (elbow) and Jason Richardson (rest) will not play Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: The 76ers are going to start Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims in a bigger lineup. As for Covington, he has a shot to play Wednesday and his elbow injury doesn't sound severe. That said, his owners will probably want to bench him given how he hasn't played well. To be clear, he should be owned in all leagues. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson benefit more than Sampson does for most fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:27 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Nick Young is questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He's been out for three games with swelling in his left knee, which was a problem for him earlier this season. Young has also been in the news for his off-the-court comments regarding his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues while his possible return may hurt Wes Johhson, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington the most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) out approx. 3-4 weeks
      Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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

      Advice: The Bird did not go through shootaround, so he may be grounded in the nest for this one. All terrible puns aside, his absence would mean more minutes for Hassan Whiteside with guys like Henry 'Bill' Walker and Michael Beasley filling the gaps if Miami goes small. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) still without timetable
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is making progress, but there is no timetable for his return.

      Advice: "I’m just letting it play out," he said. "It’s tough. It’s real tough. . . . The fact that you could go probably, but you just want to make sure you’re helping your team; you’re not a detriment. You know, you can do the things you want to do out there." Although he's progressing, it doesn't like sound the Celtics or Olynyk are rushing his return. The Celtics will have a logjam when Olynyk returns with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner and Jae Crowder all occupying minutes along the frontline. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:07 am
    • Jae Crowder grabs career-high 17 rebounds
      Jae Crowder reeled in a career-high 17 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench on Sunday, adding nine points, one 3-pointer, two assists and one block.

      Advice: His previous season-high was seven boards and this was obviously a fluke, but his season-high 17 shot attempts are the culmination of a trend -- he's taken double-digit shots in six straight games. Crowder is a sneaky late-round value in 9-cat leagues where his 0.6 turnovers give him a sizeable boost. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:47 pm
    • Nerlens Noel (quad) double-doubles in return
      Nerlens Noel (quad, calf) started Sunday's game and had 10 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks despite his recent ailments.

      Advice: His owners will be thrilled to note that Noel, a 59.7 percent shooter at the FT line, made all six of his freebies tonight. His 35 minutes were a game-high and it's safe to say that he's healthy and ready for Monday's matchup with the Raptors. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:38 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic struggles in loss to Hornets
      Nikola Vucevic struggled in Sunday's loss to the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He typically does well vs. Al Jefferson and company, having averaged 18.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in their three previous meetings this season. Vuc is one of the few rock-solid fantasy options in Orlando and he should fare much better vs. the Suns on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:05 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Sac
    • Nicolas Batum struggles again on Sunday
      Nicolas Batum shot just 1-of-6 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep on Sunday vs. the Kings, finishing with just two points, five assists, four boards and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: This was a pretty brutal game for Batum, but he has been much better since the All-Star break, averaging 10.2 points, 5.4 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Batum's owners may never forgive him after his horrific start to the season, but at least he is starting to turn things around. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
    • Cody Zeller scores 16 points on 7-of-10 FGs
      The Hornets pulled away for a win vs. Orlando on Sunday thanks in part to Cody Zeller's 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: He racked up five fouls in just 25 minutes, making his solid boxscore even more impressive. Rebounds and blocks are the only areas in which Zeller consistently helps fantasy owners, so unfortunately he's a liability in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:47 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) sits out again Sunday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) didn't play on Sunday, as expected.

      Advice: This makes 17 straight DNPs for Olynyk, whose next chance to return comes in Cleveland on Tuesday. He has intriguing rest-of-season upside in Boston's frontcourt, but first he'll need to regain his conditioning after such a long layoff. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:42 pm
    • Robert Covington (elbow) will not return Sun.
      Robert Covington suffered a right elbow contusion during Sunday's game vs. the Pacers and he will not return.

      Advice: Luckily, the injury doesn't sound serious and we will consider Covington questionable to play against the Raptors on Monday. If Covington is forced to miss any additional time, more minutes will be available for players such as Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant. Covington finished Sunday's game with 12 points, three boards and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:53 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Matt Barnes (hamstring) questionable Monday
      Matt Barnes (hamstring) is officially being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but it wouldn't make much sense for the Clippers to force Barnes to play in a game that they could probably win without him. If he does sit, Jamal Crawford will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he would see a small uptick in value. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Terrence Jones scores 19 pts w/ one 3-pointer
      Terrence Jones had another solid outing on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting (6-of-9 from the line), with seven rebounds and one 3-pointer through 44 minutes of action.

      Advice: This is the first game since the All-Star break that Jones did not record a block, which tells you just how good he's been. He's averaging 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, and a whopping 3.0 blocks per game since the break, and he shows no signs of slowing down. It'll be interesting to see how/if his minutes are affected in the rotation upon Dwight Howard's return, but for now, owners can simply enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:16 pm
    • Nerlens Noel (quad, calf) will start Sunday
      Nerlens Noel (sore quad and calf) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Noel is coming into this game with averages of 10.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game over the month of February. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:30 pm
    • Noel (quad, calf) will try to play on Sunday
      Nerlens Noel (sore quad and calf) will attempt to give it a go for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: It appears that Noel is going to play, so Thomas Robinson won't be quite as an attractive option in daily leagues on Sunday. Noel will draw a difficult matchup against Indiana, but he's still worth deploying coming in with averages of 10.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game during the month of February. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:58 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) likely will not play Sun
      Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that Kelly Olynyk (ankle) "probably won't play" Sunday vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: Stevens added that even if Olynyk is available on Sunday, it's unlikely he will leave the bench, so it's probably safe to leave Olynyk on your bench today. Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass, and Jonas Jerebko will remain the primary beneficiaries with Olynyk sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:27 pm
    • Matt Barnes blocks four shots in win over CHI
      Matt Barnes was able to play through his hamstring injury on Sunday, putting up six points on 2-of-9 shooting, with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one assist, four blocks and two turnovers through 34 minutes of action.

      Advice: Barnes was able to play through the injury, but he was spotted limping off the court after the game and head coach Doc Rivers said that unless something drastically changes between now and tomorrow, he will be withheld from Monday's game vs. the Timberwolves. If Barnes is indeed unable to go on Monday, Jamal Crawford would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he'd see a small boost in value. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:25 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) scheduled for MRI Monday
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

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

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

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

      Advice: Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:27 am
       
      Injured
    • Matt Barnes (hamstring) available to return
      Matt Barnes left Sunday's game against the Bulls with a hamstring injury but he is available to return.

      Advice: He was seen gripping his right hamstring after he had to quickly stop himself from going into the crowd, but it appears that he dodged a bullet. We will continue to monitor him closely and we will let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:39 am
       
      Injured
    • Nerlens Noel (quad, calf) questionable Sunday
      Nerlens Noel is dealing with a sore quad and calf, and he is considered questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: The 76ers are arguably the most cautious team in the NBA, so it wouldn't be surprising if they err on the side of caution and rest Noel tonight. We should know more closer to tip-off, so owners will have to stay on alert for an update. If Noel does sit, Thomas Robinson will likely be the primary beneficiary and is worth a look in deeper leagues after he scored nine points with nine boards in just 13 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday. Henry Sims and JaVale McGee could see a bump in minutes as well, though they aren't reliable options in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:26 am
    • Nerlens Noel is making strides this season
      Nerlens Noel said that he is blessed to be playing in the NBA after missing the entire 2013-14 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.

      Advice: "I’ve definitely made strides this season with the speed of the game and I think I’m just taking it all in," Noel said. "It’s great to finally be here and not just dream about it coming off last season, not playing. I’m blessed and just making sure I’m making the best of this opportunity I have." He has been able to play in 54 out of 58 games for the 76ers this season and hasn't been limited by his knee at all. Noel is boasting averages of 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals in 30.4 minutes per game, and his owners have to be thrilled at his rapidly improving game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:21 am
    • Kawhi Leonard explodes against the Suns
      Kawhi Leonard dominated on offense during a 101-74 win over the Suns on Saturday with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

      Advice: After a very rough start to the second half, Leonard is back. He was taking too many jumpers and he's gone back to being more aggressive. Kawhi had a nice line of 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal on Friday, so his fantasy owners can finally start to feel great about him. We're expecting a big finish thanks to a friendly schedule. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) out for Saturday
      Chris Andersen (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: The Heat are really going to have to get creative here with their minutes at the four and five. Expect to see a number of small-ball lineups next to Hassan Whiteside. Besides Whiteside, we might see more from Henry Walker and Michael Beasley. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Andersen is a game-time call for Sat
      Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time decision to face the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: The game tips at 7:30 EST, but the Heat are usually pretty good about providing an update. If he's out, there might be more of Udonis Haslem at the five. Obviously Hassan Whiteside is a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:55 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young (knee) out again on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.

      Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his knee and the fact that the Lakers ruled him out a day before the game suggests he could miss Tuesday against the Hornets. Wayne Ellngton had a great second half on Friday while Jeremy Lin is finally starting to put some good games together, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.8 treys in his last four. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Kelly Olynyk says ankle is feeling better
      Kelly Olynyk made it through most of practice on Saturday, and while he did say his ankle is feeling better, he wasn't ready to commit to returning to action just yet.

      Advice: He remains questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors, but head coach Brad Stevens said he would not be surprised if Olynyk was available to play. Olynyk should be stashed in most leagues considering Jared Sullinger (foot) is out for the season, while Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko will all see their playing time take a hit when Olynyk does return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:18 am
    • Terrence Jones scores season-high 26 points
      Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 12 rebounds and one block in the Rockets' 102-98 win over the Nets on Friday.

      Advice: Jones hit all four of his free throws and he's been a stud since the All Star break with top 25-35 value in his last four contests. Trevor Ariza also had a great night with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including five threes), five boards and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:22 am
    • Jimmy Butler posts 28 & 12 against Minny
      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Wes Matthews hurts hand, doesn't need X-ray
      Wesley Matthews hurt his hand on Friday and said he doesn't need an X-ray.

      Advice: The injury occurred late in the game, so he didn't have to play through it. Matthews didn't play well tonight, making 2-of-13 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers. He should be ready to roll for the Kings on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Crowder scores 14 points with four threes
      Jae Crowder scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Crowder hit four 3-pointers and he's been hot against some bad teams. With a history of inconsistency he's a risky pickup but give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:10 pm
    • Cody Zeller goes for 11 and seven
      Cody Zeller scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, three steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Celtics.

      Advice: Zeller has about 10 games of top 120-130 value in standard leagues under his belt, and if you need somebody to fill a hole in your lineup you can probably pick him up easily. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:08 pm
    • Frye hits three treys for 10 points in loss
      Channing Frye hit 3-of-10 shots (3-of-8 from deep) for 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks over 24 minutes in Friday's loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Frye has provided some late-round value over the last week but as you expand the sample he has been a mess for fantasy owners. Feel free to give him a look but he comes with no guarantees at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:11 pm
    • Robert Covington cores 13 with two treys
      Robert Covington didn't play well against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, six boards and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He wasn't benched this time and his minutes should increase a little more than this. Covington was benched on Wednesday due to poor defense, but he wasn't too bad in that department tonight. In his previous February games, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.7 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:03 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Nick Young officially out for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He was essentially ruled out on Thursday and he is likely going to miss games. Young is in the news most of the time for leading the league in shoekeepers and keeping his right arm tattoo-free strictly for buckets. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • James Jones starting for LeBron
      James Jones will start against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: Revenge game because he started his career with the Pacers? Kidding aside, Jones played just one minute last night and he was out of the rotation earlier this season. Fantasy owners should be looking to J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert more than Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:28 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is questionable to play against the Warriors and is hopeful to practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He's been out since January and is finally getting closer to a return. The Celtics have been very creative with their frontcourt and coach Brad Stevens has been playing a lot of Jonas Jerebko. "[Jerebko is] not a five in a perfect world but maybe a five in our world," Stevens said. Jae Crowder has also been a stretch four a ton and has benefitted the most in the past couple. Olynyk is worth stashing in most leagues now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:55 pm
    • 76ers going with the same starting five
      Coach Brett Brown he will start the same starting five for Friday against the Wizards.

      Advice: That means it'll be Isaiah Canaan, Jason Richardson, Robert Covington, Luc Mbah a Moute and Nerlens Noel. Covington was benched on Wednesday for poor defense, but he should be back to his old role. Start him. It'll be interesting to see where Jerami Grant fits in after playing 33 minutes. We can probably expect him to log 24-28 minutes tonight. We might see a little more out of Thomas Robinson now that he has shaken hands with Brown. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:25 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Scott still doesn't expect Nick Young to play
      Coach Byron Scott said he does not expect Nick Young (knee) to play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He is technically questionable, but there has been nothing to suggest he is going to play. With Young out, we'll see more of Jeremy Lin in the second unit with Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson all expected to score more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:32 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Poor defense led to Covington's benching Wed.
      76ers' head coach Brett Brown said that Robert Covington's lackluster play on the defensive end was the reason he elected to bench him for the second and third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.

      Advice: "The luxury that I have now that we kind of have bodies is you don’t feel a prisoner to somebody like Robert," said Brown. "We’ve got [Jason Richardson] and Hollis Thompson, so there are more options there. That’s not scolding [Covington], it’s just the way the landscape works. It’s a pecking order that’s built on the standards we have defensively." While Covington sat out a large chunk of Wednesday's game, he still put up 13 points with a full line, and hopefully this doesn't become a common occurrence. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Nick Young (knee) says he will not play Fri.
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and said that he will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: "I don’t think it’s serious," said Lakers coach Byron Scott of Young's knee injury. "But it’s serious enough that he might miss another game or two. I know it’s getting better and the swelling is going down." If Young does indeed sit out on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, and Jeremy Lin will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:40 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Nicolas Batum says he feels refreshed
      Nicolas Batum said he feels refreshed and ready for the second half of the season after spending six days in Mexico.

      Advice: Batum has been mired in a season-long slump, but said six days of vacation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico over the All-Star Break helped him hit the rest button. "I needed that," Batum said. "Just to refresh my mind. Just to go away from the stress. Just get away." Batum has has strong back-to-back performances and has averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in those two games. If he can keep this up, he'll go a long way toward redeeming himself with fantasy owners who spent a top-35 pick on him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:31 am
    • Wesley Matthews bounces back with 31
      Wesley Matthews, who missed all seven of his shots and scored four points on Sunday, got it back on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes! Arron Afflalo scored 10 points off the bench, and owners who were scared that Afflalo's presence would ruin Matthews should be feeling much better about things after this performance. And yes, he just went from a season low in scoring to a season high in back-to-back games, which is pretty hard for fantasy studs to do at this point in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:11 am
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum plays well in win over Spurs
      Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes, that's the guy you thought you were drafting early last October, and it's nice that he's finally starting to show up. He's averaging 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games. Hopefully he's ready to keep the train rolling, just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:08 am
    • K. Leonard plays well, at least in fantasy
      Kawhi Leonard hit 5-of-13 shots for 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals, a block and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, but the Spurs lost their fourth straight game, this time to the Blazers.

      Advice: He was a team-high -13 +/- tonight, and had also been struggling for his fantasy owners, mainly due to poor shooting and some confidence issues. There wasn't much wrong with tonight's line, and you have to think he's on the verge of righting the ship soon. This was at least a step in the right direction. Tim Duncan added 20 points and eight boards in another Spurs loss, and they're just four games ahead of streaking New Orleans in the playoff chase. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 pm
    • Basketball Jones: Terrence goes off again
      Terrence Jones continued his stellar post-break run on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Clippers.

      Advice: Jones is returning fourth round value since the start of the second half, averaging 12.3 points, 10.3 boards, 0.5 steals and 3.5 blocks on 47.4 percent from the field in his last four. If he's still on the wire in your league, you might want to try and find a more competitive league next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:12 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jae Crowder scores 18 off Celtics bench
      Jae Crowder came off the bench for 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 7-of-12 shooting Wednesday.

      Advice: Crowder is hot again, going for 18, 12 and 22 points in each of his last three games with at least six rebounds in each of them. He's also hit eight 3-pointers over his last three games, and is getting about 30 minutes a game as well. We'd like him better as a starter for the C's, but if you've had your eye on him, now looks like a good time to pounce. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:32 pm
    • Robert Covington plays well after benching
      Robert Covington was benched for most of the first three quarters and did play the entire fourth quarter, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He wasn't in his usual spot on the bench for much of this game and it's unclear what exactly happened with him. However, Covington really played well down the stretch and he's very unlikely to be in jeopardy of losing his playing time. He should be considered as a top-50 player in standard leagues, especially after posting second-round value this month. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Dirk Nowitzki awful in loss to Hawks
      Dirk Nowitzki hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: The Mavs jumped out to a 34-22 lead in the first quarter, but the Hawks got it going in the second half and won by 17 points. Dirk had 18 points and nine boards on Tuesday, but just didn't have it going on the second night of a back-to-back. We were expecting more with Rajon Rondo, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire in street clothes, but he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:45 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz
      Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is coming off a 19-point performance vs. the Celtics on Sunday, so it's a shame that he is going to have to sit this one out. The good news is that an MRI taken on his knee came back negative, but head coach Byron Scott said that Young was still dealing with some swelling. Consider Young day-to-day for now, and expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin to all see increased opportunities with Young on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:36 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Weather could postpone Mavericks vs. Hawks
      There is a small chance that inclement weather in Atlanta could postpone Wednesday's game between the Hawks and Mavericks.

      Advice: A strong winter storm is reportedly closing in on Atlanta, and an announcement regarding the game will be made around 2 p.m. ET. Owners with daily lineups would be wise check back for all the latest updates before making any roster decisions tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
    • Clippers sign G/F Jordan Hamilton
      Clippers sign G/F Jordan Hamilton.

      Advice: As expected, the Clippers have signed Hamilton to a 10-day contract. While he'll help provide the Clippers with some added bench depth, the 24-year-old can be left on the wire in all but the deepest fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:09 am
    • Clippers set to sign Jordan Hamilton
      The Clippers are preparing to sign Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

      Advice: Hamilton has been playing with Reno of the D-League and will help provide the frontcourt-needy Clippers with some depth. While he may see some playing time with the Clips, Hamilton can be left on the wire in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 am
    • Crowder gets hot with 12 points, seven boards
      Jae Crowder got hot with 12 points, seven boards, four threes, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Suns.

      Advice: Crowder and Isaiah Thomas have a nice two-man game going with Crowder working the pick-and-pop. Teams are always going to pay more attention to Thomas and this could mean a lot of 3-point opportunities, but in a two-game sample it's possible the red hot numbers are an aberration The Suns and Lakers didn't exactly build a wall on defense in those games. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:38 pm
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