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  • David West (illness) out against the Bucks
    David West (illness) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He is dealingg with an allergic reaction and it's unknown if this has anything to do with his Friday illness that caused him to play just 12 minutes. With West out, Luis Scola will step in and get most of the minutes at power forward. The Pacers will also likely count on the rest of their starting five to pick up more of the scoring burden.
    49 minutes ago
    5:00 pm @ Mil
  • Bennett (ankle), Hummel (hand) out again Fri.
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) will not play Friday vs. Houston.

    Advice: There's no reason to roster either of these guys in any league, leave them on the wire.
    Today, 2:14 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Thurs
    Kris Humphries (groin) was unable to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Humphries was spotted going through a lot of individual work on Thursday, but his absence from practice would suggest he's doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to split his reserve minutes. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues, while Humphries belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 12:03 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) out for Friday
    Kostas Papanikalaou (ankle) will not play Friday.

    Advice: Papanikalaou has been sidelined since Feb. 21, and there's absolutely no reason to own him in any league. Leave him on the wire.
    Today, 11:49 am
  • Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) will not play Fri
    Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Jones remains without a clear timetable to return, and at this point in the fantasy season, he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. With Donatas Motiejunas (back) being listed as questionable, Josh Smith could be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes Friday. Stay tuned.
    Today, 11:48 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable Friday vs. MIN
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: There's no reason to think that Dwight won't play Friday after he returned from a two-month absence on Wednesday without experiencing any setbacks. He will however be with a minutes limit, so he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Josh Smith (ankle) probable Friday vs. MIN
    Josh Smith (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Smith has been playing through the pain, so there's no reason to think he will sit on Friday. With Donatas Motiejunas (back) being listed as questionable, Smith may find himself in the starting lineup with a very favorable matchup against the Timberwolves. Stay tuned.
    Today, 11:37 am
  • Cody Zeller questionable for Friday vs Wizard
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: If Zeller is unable to play on Friday, he will have missed eight out of the Hornets' last nine games and can safely be dropped in most fantasy formats. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but Marvin Williams stands to benefit the most if Zeller is unable to play.
    Today, 10:56 am
  • Al Jefferson probable for Friday vs Wizards
    Al Jefferson (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Jefferson had some fluid removed from his balky knee earlier in the week, but was still able to post a double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Nets. He missed practice on Thursday, but fantasy owners should make sure Big Al is in their lineups as it sounds like he'll be ready to play on Friday.
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Thaddeus Young out Friday, doubtful Sunday
    Thaddeus Young (knee) has been listed as out for Friday's game against the Cavaliers and doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: An MRI on Young's left knee revealed a strain, so the Nets can breathe a sigh of relief as this one looked worse. Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Johnson, Mason Plumlee, and Cory Jefferson will get the biggest fantasy boost while Young is out for Friday and likely Sunday.
    Today, 10:45 am
  • Jordan Hill not sweating minutes decrease
    Jordan Hill said he has no issues with the Lakers decision to sit him for the next four or five upcoming games.

    Advice: While the Lakers openly tank, Hill is toeing the company line when it comes to his benching. "I’m not playing for nothing," Hill said. "It’s a good time to get other guys a lot more minutes and get a feel of the game." Hill can be dropped while the Lakers experiment with younger players and Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black are all worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Channing Frye returned to action Wednesday
    Channing Frye returned to action off the bench on Wednesday with two points in six minutes.

    Advice: He is going to lose a lot of playing time to Dewayne Dedmon. Frye can be ignored in almost all leagues.
    Today, 12:46 am
  • Morrii Twins' 43 points aren't enough vs. SAC
    Markieff Morris scored a team-high 24 points during a 108-99 loss to the Kings on Wednesday with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 9-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He made 5-of-6 from the line to make this an eight-category line. Morris has really stepped it up over his last five, averaging 18.2 points, 7.6 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 treys on 47.1 percent from the field and 81.5 percent from the line. This is the player his fantasy owners drafted.
    Today, 12:18 am
  • Brandan Wright still getting some burn
    Brandan Wright played 28 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with five points, seven boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He played next to Alex Len for a bit, but coach Jeff Hornacek dropped a minor hint that he could get crazy with his matchups because of Rudy Gay playing at the four. Thanks to his blocks, boards and field goal percentage, Wright is still a hold in standard leagues with minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s.
    Today, 12:14 am
  • Boris Diaw scores 19 in blowout win over OKC
    Boris Diaw had 19 points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer on 9-of-15 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 130-91 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Diaw's actually been running hot for the Spurs, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and is shooting 56 percent over his last five games. Give him a look if you need a warm body. Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Jeff Ayres and Patty Mills all scored in double digits for the Spurs, but this game was so ugly, there wasn't much to learn from it. The Spurs are rolling, winning nine of 12 games in March with big wins over the Thunder, Hawks and Bulls.
    Today, 12:02 am
  • Nerlens Noel goes nuts against the Nuggets
    Nerlens Noel exploded against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 14 points, 15 boards, two assists, four steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This line in a win has to move him closer to catching Andrew Wiggins for Rookie of the Year. He is just ridiculous over his last four, averaging 15.0 points, 11.5 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.8 blocks on 56.1 percent from the field. He hasn't been great when he's not at the basket, but making 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) at the rim in that span explains the offensive surge. It's hard to believe how great he's become after struggling for two months.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Justin Hamilton quiet in return for Wolves
    Justin Hamilton returned from a bout with migraines and had four points and four rebounds in just nine minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maybe he'll get healthy and hot in the upcoming week, but for now, he's just another big man in Minnesota. And that's a shame, because he was playing so well before the migraines set in. If you have an available spot and need a big man, taking a flier on Hamilton still makes sense.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Josh Smith plays 24 minutes vs. Pelicans
    Josh Smith played 24 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room briefly, but returned moments later. Smith is likely going to play minutes in the mid-20s going forward and his opportunities to score may also go down. He'll be worth owning in all points leagues, but his fantasy value in standard leagues is likely going to fall with his sub-par shooting.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Dwight Howard plays 16 minutes in return
    Dwight Howard returned from a two-month absence during a win against the Pelicans on Wednesday, playing 16 minutes for four points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He was playing four-minute stints and also committed four fouls. Howard is not expected to play in back-to-back sets and should have a minutes cap for a few more games. He's not a must-own player due to his awful foul shooting and upcoming DNPs.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Omer Asik plays 26 minutes in his return
    Omer Asik (calf) returned to the lineup on Wednesday with six points, six boards, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He was a victim of a James Harden poster and didn't have his best game in his return. Asik cost the Pelicans a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, so this sub-par game stings a little more. He's a questionable player to own in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Kevin Love looks like vintage Love in win
    Kevin Love hit 10-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's impressive win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Many think Love is deferring too much to LeBron, but he just hasn't played well this season. He looked great tonight and the Cavs opened up a 29-point lead over the Grizzlies in the third quarter. LeBron James had 20 points, eight boards, five assists and three 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving added 24 points and two assists, Timofey Mozgov had 14 points, nine boards and a block, and J.R. Smith added 13 points, six assists and three 3-pointers in the cakewalk. Hopefully Love can keep it going, even when they Cavs aren't blowing someone out. That makes four straight wins for the Cavs, and eight of their last nine.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk awful in loss to Heat
    Kelly Olynyk played just 17 minutes and finished with four points and one rebound in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat were without a center tonight (Hassan Whiteside, hand injury), so Olynyk wasn't really needed. Tyler Zeller started again and had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes, and while Olynyk has shown flashes of being ready to get hot, he's yet to do so. Maybe it's time to move on.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 off bench
    Jae Crowder moved back to the bench on Wednesday and had 16 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes in a loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Crowder has been bouncing in and out of the starting lineup, but still manages to be productive on most nights. And with Brandon Bass appearing to fade, Crowder looks like a guy worth holding onto right now.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores two in 14 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 116-103 win, scoring two points with two assists.

    Advice: He only played five minutes in the first half and didn't pull down a single rebound. Gibson has lost minutes to red-hot Nikola Mirotic and that's probably going to continue for the foreseeable future. His owners will need to temper expectations and cutting him seems plausible.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Brandon Bass falls flat vs. Heat
    Brandon Bass hit just 3-of-6 shots for nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat held a 17-point halftime lead and coach Brad Stevens seemed to be grasping for straws in hopes of getting back in the game. Eleven players saw meaningful minutes for Boston, while even Gerald Wallace came off the bench and played four minutes. With that many hands in the cookie jar, the Celtics are a potential headache for fantasy owners going forward. The Celtics are in a dogfight for the playoffs with Indy, Brooklyn and Charlotte, and fell a full two games behind the Heat with tonight's loss.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 28 minutes vs. Raptors
    Joakim Noah played 28 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine points, five boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes kept in check until the playoffs. Noah did average 12.3 boards per game over his previous three and he's also passing more, so he's still worth owning in standard leagues. His owners will have to watch out for more rest games like he had on Monday.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Michael Beasley plays 14 minutes in win
    Michael Beasley came off the bench and played just 14 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with six points, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Yuck. Henry Walker, James Ennis and Tyler Johnson got the minutes tonight, so it looks like the bright light that was shining on Beasley earlier in the day is officially burnt out.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • David West double-doubles vs. Wizards
    David West double-doubled against the Wizards on Wednesday with 10 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He missed both shots from the line, but at least this was a step up from what he's been doing. West is still getting minutes excluding the one 12-minute game on Friday due to an illness, so he should be fine going forward. He'll get the Bucks on Thursday. For what it's worth, West has played well on games with no days rest.
    Yesterday, 8:34 pm
    5:00 pm @ Mil
  • Al Jefferson goes for 23 & 10 in loss
    Al Jefferson hit 11-of-19 shots for 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Hornets needed this game to stay in the playoffs and are now a 1/2 game out, in a four-way battle with Boston, Indy and Brooklyn for the No. 8 seed in the East. Props to Big Al for getting his knee drained and playing through the injury, and here's to hoping he can keep it going for another couple weeks.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Thaddeus Young (left knee) out for game
    Thaddeus Young suffered a hyperextended left knee on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he will likely have an MRI on Thursday. To clarify, a hyperextended knee means his joint just went past where it's normally supposed to go, so this isn't a specific diagnosis. We should know more on Thursday, but Young could miss time. It'll be Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Johnson and Cory Jefferson stepping up. Young finished with 11 points and four boards in 23 minutes, and could miss time with this injury.
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Thaddeus Young hurts left leg on Wednesday
    Thaddeus Young suffered an apparent left leg injury on Wednesday and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He laid on the court for 10 seconds or so before the Nets had to commit a foul. Young could have suffered a number of injuries with most of his leg twisting. He was able to walk back to the locker room under his own power. Stay tuned for an update.
    Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • Michael Beasley will start on Wednesday
    Michael Beasley will enter the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Celtics in place of Hassan Whiteside (hand).

    Advice: The Heat are also missing Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Andersen (calf) tonight, so Beasley should be very busy on the offensive end. He is averaging 9.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists in 24.3 minutes through 12 games in March, but he should see a nice bump in production in a critical matchup with the Celtics. Owners in daily leagues should give him a look.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (illness) available to play
    Justin Hamilton (illness) will be available to play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wolves may actually have eight players available tonight after running a seven-man rotation on Monday. Hamilton was playing very well before his head injury, so give him a look in all standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer out Wednesday
    Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer are not expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The pair is not expected to play for the next 4-5 games. Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will get the start and are worth a look in deeper leagues. Hopefully, Ed Davis gets more run than 16 minutes like he did on Tuesday. Hill can be dropped in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) still expects to play on Wed
    Omer Asik (calf) is still expected to play vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Asik was able to practice in full on Tuesday, and he was fully expected to be ready for tonight's game. He was playing well prior to suffering the calf injury that cost him the last two games, so he is worth a look for any owner needing help in rebounds. Alexis Ajinca will shift to the bench and his value will take a hit.
    Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) won't play vs. Pacers
    Kris Humphries (groin) will sit out again vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and it's anyone's guess when he'll return to action, though it's somewhat encouraging that he's traveling with the team. Nene, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to play a few extra minutes in Humphries' absence.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) feeling better
    Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is "feeling better" and will play as soon as "the pain subsides," according to coach Kevin McHale.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and could miss the rest of the regular season. With Dwight Howard already back and ready to play tonight, Jones seems like a player almost all fantasy owners should cut at this time. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will play more with Dwight having a minutes limit.
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play against the Raptors
    Joakim Noah (soreness) will play against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He rested for "general soreness" on Monday. The return of Noah should mean the Bulls will have their entire frontcourt ready to go with Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic good to go. There's certainly a chance for Nikola Mirotic to lose some playing time, but he's gone above and beyond all expectations this month. Mirotic is a hold for now while Noah can be inserted back into all lineups.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Al Jefferson has knee drained, will play Wed
    Al Jefferson recently had fluid drained from his sore knee which "offered some relief," and he's expected to play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Big Al won't have a minute-limit and he's doing what he can to help the Hornets claw their way into the playoffs, but his knee injury has taken a toll on his fantasy value. Over the past two weeks he's averaging only 13.0 points on 42.9 percent shooting with 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Most owners will have to ride him anyway, in the hopes that his recent knee draining will lead to offensive improvement.
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doubtful for Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is doubtful to play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since Feb. 26 and his recovery has been unusually slow, so we would be surprised if he managed to play tonight. We will know more closer to tip-off, but Humprhies still belongs on the wire in most leagues. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench if Humprhries can't play.
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will start Wednesday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be in the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans according to head coach Kevin McHale, but he will be on a minutes limit.

    Advice: Howard won't see any more than 16 minutes tonight, but after spending the past two months in street clothes, his owners will just be glad to have him back. His owners will probably want to keep Howard on the bench until he gets his legs under him, but he should be able to provide plenty of points, boards and blocks in the near future. Joey Dorsey will return to the bench and shouldn't have been owned in most leagues anyway. We will let you know how Superman's knee holds up after the game.
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Michael Beasley likely to start on Wednesday
    Michael Beasley will likely enter the starting lineup vs. the Celtics on Wednesday if Hassan Whiteside (hand) can't play.

    Advice: Beasley has averages of 9.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists in 24.3 minutes per game during the month of March, so he could see a nice bump in production if he is forced to play big minutes. Chris Andersen (calf) is also questionable which only improves Beasley's outlook, so owners in daily leagues looking for a cheap plug-and-play should give him a look.
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Omer Asik (calf) expects to play Wednesday
    Omer Asik (calf) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Asik has missed the last two games for the Pelicans, but he retuned to practice on Tuesday and is ready to play tonight. He will likely jump back into the starting lineup vs. the Rockets, while Alexis Ajinca will shift back to a limited role off the bench. If you need help in boards, give Asik a look.
    Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play vs. Nets
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not be able to play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shoulder is clearly an issue, and he probably rushed his return to action the first time. Consider him day-to-day moving forward, and we will update his status once we know more. With fantasy playoffs in progress, Zeller's owners should move on. Marvin Williams will benefit the most with Zeller in street clothes, and he is worth a look for anyone needing 3-pointers.
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will play vs. Nets on Wed
    Al Jefferson (knee) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday, but head coach Steve Clifford expect his knee to be an issue for the rest of the season.

    Advice: It's frustrating to see Big Al continue to fight off injuries, but the good news is that he will likely continue to keep playing as long as the Hornets stay in the hunt for a playoff berth. Go ahead and plug Jefferson into all lineups, but keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward.
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Joakim Noah expected to play on Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (general soreness) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: The Bulls are going to be cautious with Noah moving forward, and Thibodeau still wants to see how Noah responds after shootaround, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. Taj Gibson would move to the bench and probably see fewer minutes if Noah is cleared to play, while impressive rookie Nikola Mirotic might see his minutes take a small hit as well. Expect another update after shootaround.
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Nerlens Noel blocks six shots in loss Tues
    Nerlens Noel blocked six shots in a loss to the Kings on Tuesday while also adding 14 points, 10 boards and three assists.

    Advice: He is on fire right now and is doing everything he can to compete with Andrew Wiggins for the Rookie of the Year Award. Over his last five games Noel has averaged a staggering 15.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals, and there isn't any reason to believe he will be slowing down any time soon. Even with the 76ers desperately trying to lose games, Noel is one of the few players on the team that should hold constant value for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Michael Beasley starts w/ Whiteside ailing
    With Hassan Whiteside (hand) being stitched up by team trainers, Michael Beasley slid into Miami's starting lineup to begin the second half on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beasley finished with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes, but he also lost a critical jumpball which led to Milwaukee's game-winning 3-pointer. He's solidified himself as a reliable part of Miami's rotation but he's yet to cause a ripple in fantasy leagues. Whiteside's status for Wednesday's game is in real doubt, but Beasley is best suited to use in very deep leagues or daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Jordan Hill likely to sit out next 4-5 games
    Jordan Hill (tanking) will likely sit out for the next four to five games so that the Lakers can evaluate their younger players.

    Advice: Unreal. The tanking saga continues around the NBA, and this move will certainly draw some harsh criticism from around the league. Hill has been one of the better plays for the Lakers this season with averages of 12.3 points and 8.0 boards per game, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to this. For what it's worth, Carlos Boozer will also sit out with Hill, meaning Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre will handle the frontcourt duties for the Lakers until further notice. With fantasy playoffs in progress, Hill's owners should cut bait.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (eye) ready to go vs. Sacramento
    Nerlens Noel (eye) is ready to go vs. the Kings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noel was poked in the eye during Sunday's game but he doesn't feel any lingering effects. "It's good," he said. "I feel a lot better than I did a couple days ago. It was just that day I felt dizziness. By yesterday, I saw a lot better." That's great news for fantasy owners since Noel has been phenomenal lately, anchoring his value with 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks over his past seven games.
    Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer may not play Tues
    Jordan Hill (tanking) and Carlos Boozer (tanking) may not be in the rotation vs. the Thunder on Tuesday according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting in the frontcourt, so winning clearly isn't a priority tonight. The Lakers are going to get their younger guys some more playing time down the stretch, so Hill and Boozer's value will likely start to trend down. We will continue to monitor this story closely, but owners will want to see how things play out tonight before doing anything drastic.
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Jordan Hill moves to the bench on Tuesday
    Jordan Hill will shift to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Thunder, while Ryan Kelly will draw the start.

    Advice: The Lakers are desperately trying to improve their chances in the draft lottery, so it's not surprising to see them give their younger players a longer look. Hill's owners should use a wait-and-see approach here, but it look his value could take a hit down the stretch. Ryan Kelly is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Bennett (ankle), Hummel (hand) out Wednesday
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) will not play Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Both players remain without a firm timetable to return, and belong on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (migraine) questionable Wed.
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: With Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful and Nikola Pekovic (ankles) out, the Timberwolves could sure use Hamilton back in the rotation. Expect another update on Hamilton following Wednesday morning's shootaround, and if he's unable to go, Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne will be forced into heavy minutes for the short-handed Wolves.
    Tuesday, 2:20 pm
  • Josh Smith (ankle) probable Wednesday vs. NO
    Josh Smith (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Smith was productive in his 29 minutes of action on Monday, despite dealing with a minor ankle sprain, so we fully expect him to give it a go on Wednesday. Dwight Howard (knee) is also expected to return to action on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see how/if he affects Smith’s value.
    Tuesday, 1:35 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Updating a previous report, Dwight Howard (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Dwight returning to action on Wednesday, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. He will, however, more than likely have a minutes cap, so owners should not be expected a 20-20 game when he returns to the floor after spending the past two months on the sidelines.
    Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) goes through practice Tues.
    Omer Asik (calf) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Asik has missed the past two games with a strained right calf, but his return to practice is an encouraging sign for his chances of suiting up Wednesday vs. the Rockets. We'll be considering him questionable for now, but if he is able to return to the lineup, Alexis Ajinca would head back to the bench and his value would take a sizable hit with the demotion to the second unit. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) could return Wednesday
    Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he plans to play Dwight Howard (knee) Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Howard said he felt good following Tuesday's practice, and he will talk with the Rockets' medical staff tomorrow to determine his availability. Howard will likely return to the starting lineup, which would send Joey Dorsey back to the bench, and he could cut into the production of Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas. Dwight will more than likely have a minutes cap, so his upside is going to be limited, at least initially.
    Tuesday, 11:02 am
  • Kelly Olynyk regaining lost confidence
    Kelly Olynyk said he's starting to regain his confidence after missing over a month with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Olynyk scored 18 points in just 17 minutes on Monday night and said he's starting to find his groove again. "Any time you're struggling, you just need to see a couple things go in or a couple things go your way, just to get back on track," Olynyk said. "It's not that you lose [confidence]. It's just a hiatus, maybe." Olynyk is still part of a crowded frontcourt rotation that limits his fantasy potential, but he's worth a flier in most leagues due to his upside.
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
  • Taj Gibson scores four in 32 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with four points, seven rebounds, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He started tonight with Joakim Noah (rest) out. Gibson could be at risk of losing playing time because Nikola Mirotic is one of the hottest rookies in the NBA. He's still a hold in standard leagues, but isn't a must-own player with Noah expected to be back soon.
    Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Long Range Shawty: Josh Smith makes four 3s
    Josh Smith made four 3-pointers and 7-of-14 from the field for 18 points against the Pacers on Monday with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He used to call himself Mid-Range Shawty, but Smith was hanging on the 3-point line while James Harden kept drawing double- and triple-teams. He was a little banged up due to an ankle injury, but he should continue to get extended run until Dwight Howard gets back. Smith is worth starting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 8:05 pm
  • Al Jefferson dealing with sore right knee
    Al Jefferson was dealing with a sore right knee on Monday and did not return.

    Advice: He only played six minutes in the second half after landing awkwardly on his right leg. Jefferson tends to miss more games than most, so he could be out for Wednesday against the Nets. He also had an issue with his right knee earlier this month. Although, he was on the bench and didn't go to the locker room, so it's not a serious injury. Unless you really need blocks, Bismack Biyombo is not a great speculative add. Big Al finished with three points, five boards, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes on 1-of-7 from the field.
    Monday, 7:20 pm
  • Olynyk scores 18 points with three treys
    Kelly Olynyk scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 17 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Olynyk has struggled with his shot since returning from an ankle injury but when he gets going he has mid-round upside. That's hard to pass up in the midst of a four-game week with another one on the slate in Week 23.
    Monday, 7:20 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again for Monday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He might miss the entire month of March and has been out since Feb. 26. Humphries can be ignored in most leagues. Marcin Gortat and Nene get a tough matchup tonight.
    Monday, 6:59 pm
  • Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler listed as starters
    Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are listed as the starters against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (rest) won't play tonight while Butler makes his return. The Bulls should look to beat the Hornets inside with Charlotte missing some depth. Gibson is worth starting in most leagues tonight.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his second straight game out and Marvin Williams will get another start. Zeller hasn't been able to shake this injury since Mar. 9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo will also benefit sans Zeller.
    Monday, 4:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night
    Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night due to general soreness.

    Advice: The Bulls are finally getting healthy with Jimmy Butler back, but now they'll sit Noah down for rest. Taj Gibson would likely start and should be worth using in all leagues after playing 19 minutes on Saturday. Nikola Mirotic is also an option for another game.
    Monday, 3:49 pm
  • Josh Smith (ankle) will play on Monday night
    Josh Smith (ankle) will play against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: His ankle sprain didn't look too bad on Saturday and he did go through shootaround, so we're not expecting him to be limited tonight. Smith will come off the bench and should flirt with 30 minutes. He's worth starting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Update: Dwight Howard ruled out on Monday
    Updating a previous item, Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: Howard had been listed as doubtful against the Pacers, but he was never expected to make his return on Monday. It remains possible for Dwight to re-debut on Wednesday against the Pelicans. Joey Dorsey is likely to draw the start at center again in Howard's place, but he's not a fantasy option.
    Monday, 9:54 am
  • Update: Josh Smith expects to play Monday
    Updating a previous item, Josh Smith (ankle) went through shootaround and expects to play on Monday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Smith is listed as questionable, but he sounds a lot closer to probable, and that's good news for his owners and for the Rockets. With Terrence Jones, Kostas Papanikolaou and Dwight Howard all sidelined, Smith and Donatas Motiejunas should see a ton of minutes down low.
    Monday, 9:26 am
  • Anthony Bennett's injury now to his leg
    Anthony Bennett (leg) will not play on Monday against the Jazz, and he remains out indefinitely.

    Advice: This is just a reminder, and Bennett doesn't appear close to any kind of return. He's been out since February 20.
    Monday, 9:10 am
  • Justin Hamilton (head) out again on Monday
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) will not play again on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Hamilton has been out since March 16 with migraines, and right now there is no clear timetable for his return. It's too bad considering Hamilton has a clear path toward production given all the injuries his team is dealing with, but he's of no use to fantasy owners if he can't get into the lineup. With Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) both questionable, Gorgui Dieng should get a ton of burn once again.
    Monday, 9:09 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) doubtful for Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Howard was hopeful to return on either Monday or Wednesday, but he remains without a firm timetable or target date as he works his way back into game action. Howard is not expected to play in back-to-back contest, and we're not expecting a dominant Dwight when Howard does make his return because the team is likely to treat him with kid gloves so he's ready and able for the postseason.
    Monday, 6:54 am
  • Kostas Papanikolaou remains out of action
    Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) remains out of action and without a timetable to return.

    Advice: Papas has been out for over a month and there remains no timetable for his return. He doesn't belong on any fantasy roster anywhere.
    Monday, 6:47 am
  • Terrence Jones (lung) remains out of action
    Terrence Jones (ribs/lung) will not play on Monday, and he remains out indefinitely.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Jones has no timetable to return and is unlikely to be back in short order. Considering where we are in the fantasy season, owners have to think long and hard about moving on. Without Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will be the primary beneficiaries.
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Nerlens Noel recovers after hit to left eye
    Nerlens Noel survived a hit to his left eye during Sunday's game, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in the Sixers' road loss.

    Advice: Noel's fantasy owners are reaping the rewards of their patience, as he's averaging 13.2 points, 9.9 boards, 2.6 steals and 2.6 blocks since the All-Star break. The Sixers also have the league's fifth-best defensive rating (99.2) since the break, an impressive turn of events which bodes well for next season. With any luck the tanking Sixers will continue to play Noel 32+ minutes per game over their final 12 contests.
    Sunday, 9:44 pm
  • Jordan Hill shoots 6-of-7 in just 20 minutes
    Jordan Hill made 6-of-7 shots vs. the Sixers on Sunday, finishing L.A.'s home victory with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists in only 20 minutes.

    Advice: Hill was a combined 10-of-31 from the field in his three previous games, so it's nice to see him get going offensively vs. a Sixers defense which has been surprisingly stingy in recent weeks. Hill is a reliable late-round value but he lacks explosive upside while logging 25-28 minutes for coach Byron Scott. Owners should be on the lookout for potential lineup changes, too, as Scott has suggested that he'll tweak his rotations over L.A.'s final 10 games.
    Sunday, 9:37 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 19 points Sunday
    Markieff Morris dropped 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting during Sunday's win over the Mavericks, adding 13 boards, one assist and one steal in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Morris has now scored in double digits in each of his last six games, and he is one of the main reasons why the Suns are on a four-game winning streak. As long as the Suns remain in the playoff hunt, Morris will continue to log big minutes down the stretch.
    Sunday, 8:53 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half for Tyler Zeller
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half in place of Tyler Zeller during Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, scoring four points on 1-of-9 shooting with nine boards, five assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: If it wasn't for the awful shooting, this line would have actually been decent for him. However, Olynyk has now shot a stunning 23 percent from the field over his last five games, and he will have a lot of work to do before he pops up on the radar in standard leagues. Yes Tyler Zeller was benched for the second half, but it was mainly because Andre Drummond stole his lunch money tonight. The Celtics do play four times next week, so hopefully Olynyk can figure things out soon.
    Sunday, 6:59 pm
  • Jae Crowder starts at point guard, scores 19
    Jae Crowder started at point guard in place of Marcus Smart (suspension) and he did not disappoint, scoring 19 points with seven boards, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He was everywhere tonight and head coach Brad Stevens was hesitant to take him off the court as he logged 45 minutes. Crowder will return to the bench on Monday vs. the Nets when Smart comes back from his suspension, but his play won't go unnoticed. Crowder has now averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games, and he is worth a long look in most leagues with the Celtics set to play four games this coming week.
    Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Al Jefferson double-doubles with 18 & 11
    Al Jefferson notched his first double-double in two weeks on Sunday, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The absence of Cody Zeller (shoulder) helped Big Al secure some easy boards, and it didn't hurt that Minnesota was playing without Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Garnett and Justin Hamilton. Fantasy owners won't complain, of course, and Jefferson remains a steady-if-unspectacular option while healthy.
    Sunday, 6:31 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (migraine) out again Sunday
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Hamilton actually wasn't on the injury report earlier in the day, so it's a shame that he won't be able to give it a go tonight. Hopefully he will be able to return to action on Monday vs. the Jazz, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. With Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) also out, Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger will be busy again tonight.
    Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Kevin Love struggles with shot on Sunday
    Kevin Love struggled with his shot during Sunday's win over the Bucks, scoring just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love did not leave the bench during the fourth quarter as the game turned into a blowout, but consistency continues to be an issue for Cleveland's third-wheel. He's scored nine, 11, 10, eight, and 21 points in his previous five outings, and there's really no telling when the good Love is going to show up. He usually does enough in the rebounding and 3-point categories to balance out the minimal scoring production, but he's simply not the guy owners thought they were buying on draft day.
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive on Sunday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: There hasn't been a lot of information on Humphries' recovery and it's possible he sits out through the end of March. Humphries shouldn't be owners in just about any league right now, and his absence has opened up more minutes for Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin off the bench.
    Sunday, 3:06 pm
  • Boris Diaw torches Hawks for 17 bench points
    Boris Diaw made 8-of-10 field goals with one 3-pointer on Sunday, finishing an easy win vs. the Hawks with 17 points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Diaw had some flashy plays offensively and he even beat the entire Atlanta defense for a breakaway layup in the fourth quarter, which put an exclamation point on the blowout. His steady bench contributions are more valuable in real life and he's only worth owning in leagues with a minimum of 14 teams.
    Sunday, 2:37 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out Sunday vs. MIN
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Marvin Williams will run with the starting unit tonight, but with averages of just 7.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 three-pointers per game as a starter, he's only an option as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
    Sunday, 2:21 pm
  • Channing Frye (illness) out Sunday vs. DEN
    Channing Frye (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: With both Frye and Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out for this one, Kyle O'Quinn and Andrew Nicholson will see their minutes increased with Nikola Vucevic getting all the run he can handle. O'Quinn is worth a look as a streamer option for his ability to rack up the shot blocking totals.
    Sunday, 2:06 pm
  • Howard (knee) hopes to play on road trip
    Dwight Howard (knee) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup during the Rocket's upcoming road trip.

    Advice: Howard referred to his status being upgraded to doubtful as "a big step," and said he was hopeful to return within the next couple of games. Howard also said that he hasn't circled a specific date on his calendar, and his return will be dependent upon how his body responds to the intense workout he underwent on Sunday. He's not likely to make it back to the lineup for Monday's game vs. the Pacers, but it sounds like there's a chance he's able to go on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned.
    Sunday, 12:23 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) out Sunday vs. the Clippers
    Omer Asik (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This will be Asik's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and it'll be Alexis Ajinca and Jeff Withey picking up the slack in his absence, with Ajinca getting the start. The Pelicans don't play again until Wednesday, so we'll be considering Asik questionable for that one. Stay tuned.
    Sunday, 11:36 am
  • Omer Asik (calf) is questionable vs. Clippers
    Omer Asik (calf) is questionable to play the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Asik was a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Warriors and ended up siting that one out, and it looks like his status likely won't be determined until right before tip-off again. Alexis Ajinca and Jeff Withey would both be in the mix for more playing time if Asik can't give it a go, with Ajinca holding a little more upside. Asik is worth holding onto if you need boards.
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Brandan Wright plays 30 minutes
    Brandan Wright came off the bench and logged 30 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday, scoring eight points with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He earned playing time due to stepping it up over his last two. Wright was only logging minutes in the teens before the Alex Len injury, but he should be in the upper 20s going forward. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays 19 minutes, scores 13 pts
    Taj Gibson played 19 minutes on Saturday vs. the Pistons, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds.

    Advice: Gibson acknowledged that his ankle was doing fine, but he said that he is dealing with some tightness in his Achilles and calf. However, his owners shouldn't panic as he will simply have to continue to build on his conditioning and shake off the rust after an extended period on the shelf. Having said that, Gibson isn't a must-own player until he can get at least 25 minutes per game, especially with fantasy playoffs in full swing. Nikola Mirotic's role looks safe for now and he is still a must-start player.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • David West scores 13 points vs. Nets
    David West scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 28 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had an illness and wasn't quite as aggressive after missing most of Friday's game. The Pacers are off on Sunday, so expect West to improve against the Rockets on Monday.
    Saturday, 7:10 pm
    5:00 pm @ Mil
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Sunday.

    Advice: He started on Friday in his return, but Marvin Williams started the second half. Zeller only played 19 minutes and it could be a couple games before he's putting up consistent playing time.
    Saturday, 3:55 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (ankle) now out
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Hornets.

    Advice: There was some hope he could play, but he'll miss another game. Bennett could get minutes due to how thin the Wolves are, but he can remain on the wire in fantasy leagues until we get a confirmation he'll be ready to go for game action. Plus, he hasn't practiced yet.
    Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • David West (illness) will play on Saturday
    David West (illness) will play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had an illness on Friday and could not return. West should be right back to around 30 minutes per game tonight, but there's a little risk to using him because he was questionable to play today. He has been struggling mightily lately but he's still worth starting in all standard leagues.
    Saturday, 2:32 pm
    5:00 pm @ Mil
  • Taj Gibson is probable for Saturday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is listed as probable to play against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He played just 11 minutes in his return on Friday. The Bulls have the dreaded back-to-back game on the road, so there's a chance they rest Gibson tonight against one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Bulls didn't reveal much about Gibson yesterday, so he's a very risky play tonight. Nikola Mirotic is safe to start in all leagues.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Anthony Bennett has chance to play Sunday
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) is questionable to play on Sunday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He has been out for over one month with his leg injury and there's been little talk of him making progress. The Wolves need big men as bad as any team right now, so Bennett would get minutes if he's healthy. Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger would lose some playing time. Leave Bennett on the wire until we get a more encouraging update.
    Saturday, 12:11 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) out Saturday
    Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will not play vs. the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been on the sidelines since Feb. 21 and there is still no known timetable for a return, so owners in almost all leagues can monitor his progress from the waiver wire.
    Saturday, 9:10 am
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) ruled out for Saturday
    Terrence Jones (ribs) will not play on Saturday, and he will also miss at least the following two games for the Rockets as expected.

    Advice: Jones was one of the hottest players in the league since the All-Star break, so it's a shame to see him go down right as fantasy playoffs are starting to heat up. Given this timetable, the earliest we would see Jones back on the court would be on Mar. 27 vs. the Wolves, but we should have another update early next week. Unless you can comfortably advance in playoffs without him, Jones is no longer a must-own player. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will serve as the primary beneficiaries in Jones' absence.
    Saturday, 9:07 am
  • Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones out Saturday
    Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (pneumothorax) will not play on Saturday vs. the Suns as expected.

    Advice: Howard didn't practice on Friday but he reportedly has a chance to return next week, so we will be sure to track his progress closely. Until Howard or Jones is able to return, Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will be very busy, while Joey Dorsey will remain in the rotation as well.
    Saturday, 9:01 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) returns to action
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) returned to action on Friday, scoring one point on a free throw with six rebounds and four assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: There's not much to read into this performance and with question marks surrounding his value owners can wait and see how he does before considering a pickup.
    Friday, 11:36 pm
  • Jae Crowder starts the second half
    Jae Crowder started the second half for Tyler Zeller during a 101-89 loss to the Spurs on Friday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 5-of-14 from the field and was heavily involved in the offense. With Marcus Smart likely to be suspended, Crowder is a good bet to move into the starting lineup and see close to 36-38 minutes. If you're looking for a risk-reward guy on Sunday, give him a look.
    Friday, 11:21 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk doesn't score in 16 minutes
    Kelly Olynyk did not score in 16 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: He was 0-of-6 from the field and tonight's massive stinker will probably put him on the "I'll never pick him up this season" list for several fantasy owners, which is totally fair. Olynyk only had one good game in his last five.
    Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays 11 minutes in his return
    Taj Gibson played 11 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday with four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Raptors.

    Advice: He is probably going to have a minutes cap going forward, especially with how Nikola Mirotic is tearing up the league. Gibson can remain on the wire in most leagues until he puts up a big night.
    Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Beasley flirts with triple-double vs. Nuggets
    Michael Beasley flirted with a low-grade triple-double on Friday against the Nuggets, scoring nine points on 4-of-13 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Beasley hasn't been a great standard league asset because of poor percentages and just 1.8 combined steals, threes and blocks over his last seven games. There is a chance he mops up for the Heat down the stretch of the season, but with the Heat rising in the standings and not falling -- that chance lessens by the game.
    Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Nerlens Noel goes on statistical bonanza
    Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 23 points in the Sixers' 97-81 win over the Knicks, hitting 9-of-14 shots (5-of-7 FTs) with 14 rebounds, five steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Sixers were favored for the first time this season and Noel has elbowed his way into the Rookie of the Year discussion. He has been an elite fantasy asset for the last 25 games and might have been available on your waiver wire at some point.
    Friday, 9:09 pm
  • David West leaves game early due to illness
    David West left Friday's game due to an illness and did not return.

    Advice: West had to race back to the locker room and after that his night was done. He finished with two points on 1-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. It's actually not a bad per-minute line, but with the slump he's going through owners' patience is being tried these days. Somebody performing below 12-14 team levels is hard to call a must-own player, but theoretically he should be able to hold down some late-round numbers.
    Friday, 6:25 pm
    5:00 pm @ Mil
  • Omer Asik (calf) out for Friday night vs. GSW
    Omer Asik (calf) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but the team decided to just rule him out early. Asik tends to stay on the sidelines more than most players, so he could be looking at another DNP on Sunday against the Clippers. Alexis Ajinca is a nice option in all leagues tonight while Jeff Withey will play more off the bench.
    Friday, 6:24 pm
  • Cody Zeller back in the starting lineup
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will start and move Marvin Williams to the bench against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He needed to miss four games with a shoulder and had a minor setback in that span, but he sounds like he's good to go. Zeller hasn't been a fantasy savior, but he's worth keeping an eye on tonight based on how he was playing well before his injury.
    Friday, 5:42 pm
  • Taj Gibson in uniform to face the Raptors
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is in uniform to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: There is still no word on if he's going to play for sure, but he did go through shootaround this morning. Gibson is a risky play tonight and the Bulls probably won't let him play big minutes off the bat considering he's had so much trouble with his ankle this season. Nikola Mirotic should be starting in standard leagues.
    Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Fri.
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau seemed optimistic when discussing Gibson's following Friday morning's shootaround, but nothing is official just yet. If Gibson can't go tonight, Nikola Mirotic will have his minutes unimpeded, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Nerlens Noel starting against the Knicks
    Nerlens Noel (foot) will start against the Knicks on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown isn't going to change his starting lineup, so Noel will join Ish Smith, Jason Richardson, JaKarr Sampson and Luc Mbah a Moute. Based on what Gorgui Dieng did to the Knicks on Thursday, Noel could be in for a huge night.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) questionable to play Friday
    Omer Asik (calf) is questionable to play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered the calf injury in the second half of Thursday's game against the Suns and did not return. Alexis Ajinca stepped up and he is likely going to have his biggest chance to post stats with Anthony Davis (ankle) doubtful for this game. The Pelicans will have Jeff Withey as the backup center while Luke Babbitt will get more run with more minutes now open at power forward.
    Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Cody Zeller expected to play on Friday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is expected to play against the Kings on Friday night.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and should return after missing the last four games. Jason Maxiell has soaked up most of his minutes while Marvin Williams has really stepped up. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also saw some better production because of Zeller being out. Williams' fantasy owners can expect him to see a dip in output tonight. Zeller was playing well before his injury, so keep an eye on him.
    Friday, 12:02 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again Friday night
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: The team continues to rule him out early and we might not see him on the court for the rest of the month. The Wizards are playing some terrific ball without him and their frontcourt guys should bounce back from some quiet lines against the Jazz on Wednesday.
    Friday, 11:49 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) not at practice yet
    Dwight Howard (knee) did not practice on Friday and is still listed as out.

    Advice: He has almost no chance to play on Saturday against the Suns, but he does have a chance to play next week. Based on the timetable from earlier this week, the first game with a real chance of Howard suiting up would be Mar. 27 at home against the Wolves. After that, he'll get a back-to-back set on Mar. 29-30. He's not a must-stash player, but he could be back out on the court before April. Joey Dorsey will start and has very little fantasy value.
    Friday, 11:14 am
  • Terrence Jones out for at least three games
    Terrence Jones (pneumothorax) will miss the next three games due to a partially collapsed lung.

    Advice: He needed to go to the hospital on Thursday night and hopefully he can put this issue behind him soon. The good news is that he didn't crack his rib and the Rockets not ruling him out indefinitely is sort of a good sign. At this point, it's possible we'll see Dwight Howard (knee) return to the court before Jones, so Jones' fantasy owners should strongly consider cutting him. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will get more chances to put up numbers while Joey Dorsey starts until Dwight gets back. Dorsey is not a fantasy option.
    Friday, 11:00 am
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Taj Gibson (ankle) went through shootaround, and head coach Tom Thibodeau said he may be able to give it a go for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Gibson is officially being listed as questionable, but his participation in shootaround can certainly be viewed as a positive sign. He's been out since Feb. 27, so his conditioning probably isn't where it needs to be, and he could be limited if he does go tonight. Folks in Chicago have wondered if he'll cede playing time to Nikola Mirotic and he hasn't produced anywhere near enough this season to be called a must-own player, but he's certainly worth a look.
    Friday, 8:56 am
  • Nerlens Noel (foot) expected to play Friday
    Nerlens Noel (right foot contusion) is expected to play Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Noel suffered his foot injury during the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the Pistons, and he did not return, but it sounds like he'll be able to give it a go for tonight's game. However, owners should still check back for official confirmation on Noel's status closer to tonight's tip. If he’s unable to go, Thomas Robinson and Jerami Grant will have the opportunity to play extended minutes. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 6:38 am
  • Jordan Hill scores four points in a loss
    Jordan Hill scored four points in an 80-73 loss to the Jazz on Thursday with 10 rebounds, one block and two steals in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes are there for Hill right now, but he's made a combined 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from the field in his last three games. Hill does have some decent production in the other categories with at least nine rebounds in each of his last four, so he's a decent guy to own. The Lakers have a 4-4-4 schedule in the last three full weeks of the season.
    Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • Wright On: Brandan blocks seven, scores 16
    Brandan Wright brought it on both ends of the floor during a 74-72 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and seven blocks on 8-of-10 from the field in 38 minutes.

    Advice: For years we've been wondering what it would look like for Wright to be unleashed and he's surpassing almost all expectations. He put up an 18-11 line on Sunday and has made it obvious he'll deserve more playing time even when Alex Len (ankle) gets back. Considering how much of a monster he's been, fantasy owners have to pick him up in most leagues even with Len getting closer.
    Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) doubtful to return vs. Suns
    Omer Asik suffered a calf strain against the Suns on Thursday and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: It's not a good day for the Pelicans and their injuries are just getting out of hand. Anthony Davis (ankle) stepped on Asik's foot at practice today, so they are missing both of their starting frontcourt guys. Plus, Ryan Anderson (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are out. With Asik out, Alexis Ajinca would move into must-add territory if he does need to miss time. Asik left the game with six points, 14 boards and one assist in 18 minutes.
    Thursday, 8:41 pm
  • McHale: Terrence Jones is out 'for a little bit'
    Coach Kevin McHale said Terrence Jones (ribs) is at the hospital and will be observed overnight.

    Advice: "I think Terrence will be done for a little bit," McHale said. "He's sore." The good news is that it doesn't sound like he's dealing with a serious injury. However, the pessimistic outlook makes it look like Jones is going to miss a couple games at least. If you own Jones and you're in the fantasy playoffs right now, it probably makes sense to cut him. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will get more run.
    Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones (rib) taken to the hospital
    Terrence Jones (ribs) was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: There are reports that he was wheeled out on a stretcher and we're hoping everything is OK with him. The Rockets may update him later tonight and hopefully this is nothing more than a bruise.
    Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) will not return vs. DEN
    Terrence Jones suffered a rib injury on Thursday and will not return.

    Advice: He was hit in the side during the first quarter and had to commit a foul to get himself out of the game. Jones was going off before his injury, scoring 10 points with two boards in nine minutes. The NBA injury report is getting out of hand and there's a decent chance TJ will need to miss more games based on how long it's taken him to recover from previous ailments. We should have another update after the game. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith are more attractive fantasy plays now.
    Thursday, 5:45 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (illness) dealing with migraines
    Justin Hamilton (illness) has been suffering from migraines since being kneed in the head against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He is not going to play until the migraines go away, so he could be out through the weekend. Hamilton was playing terrific ball and he would have been worth owning in standard leagues, but now it's tough to tell when he'll be back. Expect Gorgui Dieng to cruise while Chase Budinger and Adreian Payne will help out as well.
    Thursday, 4:54 pm
  • Terrence Jones back in the starting lineup
    Terrence Jones is back in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He came of the bench on Tuesday, but it didn't affect his playing time too much with 30 minutes of action. Although, Jones had his worst stat line since the break. He's a must-start player right now and his owners shouldn't worry too much about Dwight Howard (knee) returning just yet.
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Bennet (ankle), Hummel (hand) out Thursday
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) have been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Timberwolves will enter Thursday's game with just eight healthy bodies on the roster. Bennett hasn't played since Feb. 20, and remains without an official timetable to return. Hummel has been out since Jan. 25, and he too has no clear return date. Zach LaVine, Kevin Martin, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng, and Adreian Payne will be forced into heavy minutes tonight in a game that both teams would prefer to lose. Get ready for some very ugly basketball.
    Thursday, 3:46 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (illness) out Thursday vs. NY
    Justin Hamilton (illness) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Wolves are going to be extremely thin tonight with Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) also unavailable. Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne will get all the run they can handle, and Dieng is worth a long look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Knicks.
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) participated during Thursday's practice, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: If Zeller is able to return to the lineup on Friday, he'll likely send Marvin Williams back to the bench, and his value would take a sizable hit. Zeller is only averaging 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, so he can't be considered a viable option in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) hopeful for Friday vs. TOR
    Updating a previous report, Taj Gibson (ankle) is hopeful he'll be able to return for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, and he's officially being listed as questionable.

    Advice: Gibson said he wants to see how he feels following Friday morning's shootaround, so owners can expect to get another update then. Make sure Gibson isn't sitting on your waiver wire, as it's looking likely he'll be able to return to action this weekend. It'll be interesting to see how he affects Nikola Mirotic's minutes upon his return.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Justin Hamilton not on the injury report
    Justin Hamilton (illness) is not on the injury report for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Hamilton was a late scratch on Wednesday due to an illness, but it's a great sign that he's not being listed on the injury report for Thursday's game. We'll be considering him probable, and with Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic's (ankle) status up in the air tonight, Hamilton could be thrust into heavy minutes. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 11:56 am
  • Nerlens Noel returned to action on Wednesday March 18.
    Thursday, 12:21 am
  • Joakim Noah plays 29 minutes
    Joakim Noah played 29 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with six points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: He did play down the stretch even with the Bulls winning by 17 tonight. Noah will have a minutes cap going forward because the team can't afford to lose another player. He should still have some solid value in all leagues until Derrick Rose (knee) gets back.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk finally gets hot, scores 20
    Kelly Olynyk finally turned it on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: It's about time, as Oly may finally be recovered from his ankle injury. He looked great tonight and if he didn't suffer any setbacks, could be getting ready to turn it on for the Celtics. Pick him up if he's still sitting out there on waivers. He scored a total of three points in his previous two games, so it could be baby steps with him, but tonight was the game we've all be waiting for from Olynyk. Tyler Zeller is going to take a big hit if Oly starts playing like this on a regular basis.
    Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores 20 in loss to OKC
    Brandon Bass had 20 points, three rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 8-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: That's an efficient line as Bass's surprising season continues. He's not making many headlines, but is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and is shooting 66 percent over his last five games, making him worth a look in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Boris Diaw racks up 18-6-5 line
    Boris Diaw got hot on Wednesday and had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal on 5-of-8 shooting in 31 minutes.

    Advice: This was Diaw's highest scoring game since way back on Dec. 22, so there's no reason to think he's going to suddenly start doing it on the regular. Just keep an eye on him.
    Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Kevin Love goes for 10 & 11 in return
    Kevin love returned from a two-game absence in which he rested and hit 4-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes of Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

    Advice: Love's lack of stats tonight is not encouraging, but at least he played. Hopefully his rest period is over and he'll finish the regular season on a high note.
    Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Thaddeus Young plays just 16 minutes
    Thaddeus Young played just 16 minutes and had nine points, three rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer on 4-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He had four fouls and there were no reports of an injury. And given that the Cavaliers spanked the Nets 117-92, the Nets just didn't see a reason to put him back in. He should be fine for his next one, as long as he doesn't have an injury we don't know about.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Nerlens Noel hurts foot, doesn't return
    Nerlens Noel suffered a right foot contusion in the third quarter and did not return on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He went to the locker room for about five minutes in real time and returned to the bench, so it doesn't sound serious. If for some reason it is a problem going forward, Thomas Robinson is probably the most attractive pickup while Furkan Aldemir may also play more. Noel finished with 11 points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes.
    Wednesday, 6:17 pm
  • Channing Frye starts at PF w/ Dedmon out
    Channing Frye will return to Orlando's starting lineup with Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Frye typically fares better when starting and it doesn't hurt that Tobias Harris (ankle) is also unavailable, freeing plenty of minutes at the forward spots. Dedmon is day-to-day with his injury, however, so anyone picking up Frye should prepare to cut him loose just as quickly.
    Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Justin Hamilton out for Wednesday night
    Justin Hamilton (illness) will not play on Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Oh no. The Wolves are extremely shorthanded and will have to give major minutes to their bench guys. Hamilton would have been a fantastic play tonight, but now his fantasy owners will have to go on without him. Adreian Payne and Gorgui Dieng will play as close to 48 minutes as they can.
    Wednesday, 3:59 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wizards could use some depth up front now that they're going against the best defense in the NBA right now. With Humphries out, Nene and Marcin Gortat should get a couple more minutes. Gortat has been great lately, but he gets a horrible matchup against Rudy Gobert.
    Wednesday, 1:19 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) out Thursday
    Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Thursday as expected.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since Feb. 21 and is still without a timetable, so it doesn't appear that he is anywhere close to returning. Papanikolaou can be left on the wire in nearly all leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Beasley will sign for the rest of the season
    Michael Beasley's agent confirmed that he will sign with the Heat for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: We still don't know all the details of the deal, but the move makes a lot of sense for Miami. Beasley has posted averages of 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds on 42.0 percent shooting from the field, and he was able to carve out a pretty decent role off the bench due to all the injuries in Miami. Beasley isn't on the radar in standard leagues at the moment, but owners in deeper leagues should monitor his progress, especially if the Heat suffer any more injuries.
    Wednesday, 10:20 am
  • Joakim Noah says he wants to close games
    Joakim Noah, who is currently on a playing limit of 32 minutes per game, vented his frustration about not being able to close games for the Bulls.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Noah said regarding sitting out in close games. "I think I’m not the only one who’s frustrated sometimes. I think it’s part of the grind. I’m just trying to stay focused on what’s important and trying to win basketball games. I’m not trying to get caught up in any noise or anything like that. I don’t want to be a distraction. We’ll figure it out internally and do what’s best for the team." Despite the minutes limit, Noah's owners will just be glad to see him healthy and active, as he hasn't exactly been the most durable player in recent years. While the minutes limit likely won't be lifted until the postseason, Noah is obviously a must-start player every time he steps onto the floor.
    Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Kevin Love (rest) will play Wednesday vs. BKN
    Kevin Love (rest) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love has missed the last two games for the Cavaliers, but he made it clear that it was simply because he needed rest and that it had nothing to do with his back. Regardless, Love should be feeling pretty refreshed tonight, and his owners can confidently deploy him into all lineups. Tristan Thompson will shift to the bench and will lose most of his value following this news.
    Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Hornets lose despite Al Jefferson's 21 points
    Al Jefferson led the Hornets' offense with 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting vs. the Clippers, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 92-99 road loss.

    Advice: Big Al had an injury scare last week when he reportedly heard a 'pop' in his leg, but he missed only one game with a sprained knee. He's healthy and should be immune to DNP-CDs with Charlotte clawing their way toward a playoff berth -- they're now a full game behind Boston, Miami and Indiana for the No. 8 seed in the East.
    Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Terrence Jones temporarily benched Tuesday
    Terrence Jones came off the bench to begin Tuesday's game but he replaced Joey Dorsey after halftime, finishing with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Kevin McHale wouldn't discuss the reason for Jones' temporary benching, and Jones would only say that it was due to a "personal matter." It's likely that he was late to shootaround, or some similar infraction, and this shouldn't have any carry-over for Thursday's game vs. the Nuggets. Deploy Jones as you normally would.
    Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Omer Asik rolling for Pels since A.S. break
    Omer Asik notched his third straight double-double on Tuesday with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He made 6-of-8 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, and neither Zaza Pachulia nor John Henson could budge Asik when he set up in the paint. He's shooting 58.9 percent since the All-Star break, with copious rebounds and defensive stats, making him a solid option in all 12-team formats.
    Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play Tuesday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, but he is hoping to return against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the shelf, but it looks like he is nearing a return. However, Zeller has been really inconsistent this season and usually doesn't get more than 25 minutes per game, so he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Marvin Williams will lose most of his value when Zeller comes back, so his owners should be ready to move on.
    Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Tues.
    Kris Humphries (groin) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: We'll consider Humphries questionable for Wednesday's game against Utah, but if he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will split his reserve minutes. None of these guys are options in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:50 pm
  • Michael Beasley likely to be retained by MIA
    Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra indicated that Michael Beasley will likely be signed for the remainder of the season when his second 10-day contract expires on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beasley has been decent for Miami this season, averaging 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds on 43.0 percent shooting from the field. He can be viewed as a low-end guy in deep leagues, but Beasley has no business being on a roster in standard formats.
    Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) out Tuesday
    Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Papanikolaou has been sidelined since February 21, and he remains without a clear return date. There's no reason to hang onto a guy with such little upside with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, so Papanikolaou should remain on the waiver wire in all formats.
    Tuesday, 9:35 am
  • Joakim Noah remains on minutes limit
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Joakim Noah remains on a playing limit of 32 minutes per game.

    Advice: While Noah has appeared frustrated with the limit, the Bulls front office is determined to preserve their center and Thibodeau is toeing the company line. "You got to keep the game together," Thibodeau said. "Sometimes a group's on a run, sometimes you got to look at the matchup, then you take your shot at the end. You just got to use it the best way you can." While it would be nice to see Noah without a restriction, the big man can still productive enough in 32 minutes to be started whenever he's in the starting lineup.
    Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Cavaliers maintain Kevin Love isn't injured
    The Cavaliers maintain that Kevin Love (rest) has not missed the last two games due to an injury.

    Advice: Despite the speculation that he is nursing a back injury, the Cavs maintain that Love is not hurt. With resting players becoming a trend in the NBA, there is a good chance that Cavs head coach David Blatt is letting Love save his energy for what will be his first playoff series. We expect Love to play against the Nets Wednesday night, but we'll have updates as soon as more information becomes available.
    Tuesday, 7:14 am
  • Hill goes for 15 and 12 with five assists
    Jordan Hill continued to heat up with 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a rare 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: After providing droppable numbers for weeks he's back on the right side of the ledger and should be owned in most, if not all standard formats going forward.
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Big Al (knee) returns; Hornets get blown out
    Al Jefferson (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes, but the Hornets got embarrassed by the Jazz in a 28-point loss.

    Advice: At one point the Jazz led the game 81-37 so clearly something was wrong on a level that escapes basic fantasy analysis. Big Al's owners will want to keep an eye out for injury reports the rest of the season, since he'll try to play through anything and the reporting on his injury was dubious to say the least (first a calf "pop," then a knee). Owners of other players like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (seven points, one block, 30 minutes), Marvin Williams (three points, four boards, one three, 23 minutes) and Gerald Henderson (four points, 22 minutes) may want to give them a mulligan in this type of loss.
    Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Hamilton goes for 15 & 6 with 1 STL, 2 BLKs
    Justin Hamilton scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Hamilton did not attempt any threes but he did make all three of his freebies, turning in another successful night for the early adopters out there. In five games for the Wolves he has averaged 12.0 points, 0.4 treys, 6.0 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks while hitting 52 percent from the field and all eight of his free throws in a five-game span. That's good for top 36-50 value (9/8 cat) over that span and with all sorts of injury-risks playing ahead of him it's probably time to pick him up. He did hit his head and leave with the game decided late but with no report about it we're keeping him off the injury report.
    Monday, 9:02 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk looks KO'd, scores one point
    Kelly Olynyk played 16 minutes against the 76ers on Monday with one point, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three fouls.

    Advice: It's impossible to defend Olynyk anymore. He's not getting playing time, he is not playing well, and his competition for minutes is doing a good job. If there is anything promising on the wire like even a Justin Hamilton-type guy, Olynyk should probably be cut right now. There's almost no way anyone picks him up after you drop him.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will start on Monday
    Al Jefferson (knee) will start against the Jazz on Monday night.

    Advice: Revenge game? Jefferson missed just one game after hearing a "pop" in his calf, so this is a surprise. His fantasy owners can start him in all leagues. Bismack Biyombo will move to the bench.
    Mar 16, 4:41 pm
  • Kevin Love out again, LeBron James will play
    Kevin Love (rest) will not play against the Heat on Monday night, but will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He reportedly is dealing with a back injury and asked to rest today, according to ESPN's Israel Gutierrez. Love and the Cavs have three more games this week and no more back-to-back games. We're expecting him to play on Wednesday night.
    Mar 16, 3:43 pm
  • Al Jefferson expected to play on Monday night
    Al Jefferson (knee) is expected to play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Just in time to return against his former team. Out since March 11, Big Al's injury will cost him just one game on the sidelines. It's a best-case scenario for the Hornets and fantasy owners, and there's nothing to suggest Jefferson will be facing a minutes cap on Monday. Make sure he's in your lineup. Bismack Biyombo heads back to the bench.
    Mar 16, 10:31 am
  • Kris Humphries out again on Monday night
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play on Monday against the Blazers.

    Advice: Humphries has been sidelined since Feb. 25 and remains without a timetable to return. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to be the primary backup bigs behind Nene and Marcin Gortat.
    Mar 16, 9:18 am
  • Anthony Bennett out again on Monday night
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: We're calling him "out indefinitely" until there is a real update on his condition. He hasn't played since Feb. 20, and there is nothing to suggest he'll be back soon. Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne and Justin Hamilton will continue to see increased time with Kevin Garnett (knee) also sidelined.
    Mar 16, 8:41 am
  • Wright calls lockout blessing in disguise
    Brandan Wright called the previous NBA lockout a "blessing in disguise" because it allowed him to heal his shoulder injury.

    Advice: As a big man with a 7'4" wingspan and a 36" vertical leap, health was the biggest thing preventing Wright from making the impact in the NBA so many thought he would initially. He's now found his niche in the league, and he'll be one of the more fascinating free-agent cases this summer. Wright is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 19 minutes per game for the Suns.
    Mar 16, 8:30 am
  • Joakim Noah declines comment on min. limit
    Joakim Noah declined to comment on his minutes limit after Sunday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Noah had 15 points, three rebounds, seven assists and a steal, but he played just 31 minutes and sat for most of the fourth quarter. Beat writer KC Johnson describes the situation as the latest battle between Tom Thibodeau and management, and it doesn't appear Noah will be able to exceed 32 minutes at any point in the near future. He's been on a minutes limit all season, and the team has been especially stringent since Noah recently sat out for a game with knee soreness. The big man can still be a very productive player, but his ceiling is limited in this role.
    Mar 16, 6:19 am
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