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  • Stanley Johnson w/ season-high two 3-pointers
    Stanley Johnson had 10 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench vs. Brooklyn on Sunday.

    Advice: The No. 8 pick had an impressive preseason but he's struggled in games that count, shooting just 37.3 percent from the field with more turnovers (1.4) than assists (1.2). He's persona non grata in fantasy leagues until he figures out how to score with efficiency. 39 minutes ago
  • Thaddeus Young leads Brooklyn w/ 19 & 10
    Thaddeus Young notched 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Pistons on Sunday, marking his sixth double-double in the past eight games.

    Advice: The Nets rank 11th in the league with a +1.4 rebound margin, thanks in large part to Thad's team-high 8.6 boards per game. He sank 9-of-12 shots tonight, with three assists, one steal and one block, and has stealthily crept inside the top-40 for 9-cat value. 40 minutes ago
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Sunday vs. IND
    Kobe Bryant will play vs. the Pacers on Sunday night.

    Advice: He announced that he will retire after the 2015-16 season earlier today, so the atmosphere in the Staples Center should be electrifying. This is the second game of a back-to-back set for the Lakers and Bryant played 34 minutes on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see how his body holds up throughout the game. Today, 4:50 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute starts, plays 23 mins Sunday
    Luc Mbah a Moute started at SF vs. the Wolves and posted seven points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute hasn't cracked top-200 fantasy value since the 2010-11 season and he offers no upside as part of a timeshare with Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Wes Johnson. Deep league owners should give him a look while he's starting, but the vast majority should ignore him. Today, 4:24 pm
  • Wes Johnson nearly out of Clippers' rotation
    Wes Johnson nearly fell out of the Clippers' rotation on Sunday, going scoreless with one rebound in only four minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson was inconsistent in three starts and Doc Rivers continues to look for answers at SF -- tonight he plugged in Luc Mbah a Moute for his defensive prowess. Anyone who speculative picked up Johnson in deep leagues can return him to the scrap heap. Today, 4:23 pm
  • Kevin Martin shoots 1-of-5 from the field
    Kevin Martin's cold streak continued on Sunday, as he went just 1-of-5 from the field, finishing the game with just two points, three boards and one steal to his credit through 23 minutes.

    Advice: Martin is currently going through one of the worst shooting slumps of his career, and over the past nine games he's averaging just 7.2 points, 3.0 boards and 0.4 three-pointers per game on a horrific 25.7 percent shooting clip. He’s not going to be this horrendous for the entire season, but given that he basically only offers fantasy teams with some scoring and 3-point shooting when he's playing well, he's not a must-own guy in standard formats. Today, 4:08 pm
  • Lance Thomas starts w/ Carmelo (illness) out
    Lance Thomas will start Sunday's game vs. the Rockets in place of Carmelo Anthony (illness).

    Advice: This is Thomas' first start of the season and he's worth a look as a last-second DFS punt play, but owners in typical leagues can ignore him with Melo day-to-day. Today, 4:08 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play on Mon
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Barnes said on Sunday that he was unsure when he would be able to return, but the Warriors have already made it clear that they won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Until we get a firm timetable, Barnes should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Rush could draw another start on Monday and may see around 20 minutes of action. Today, 4:05 pm
  • Kobe says that this will be his last season
    Kobe Bryant said that this will be his last season in the NBA.

    Advice: The five-time NBA champion has had a legendary career, but Father Time has gotten the best of him this season and it makes sense for him to call it a career at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign. The 37-year-old's status for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers is still up in the air, but the atmosphere is going to be pretty ridiculous if he decides to suit up. Today, 3:56 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb drains three 3-pointers in win
    Jeremy Lamb knocked down three more 3-pointers during Sunday's win over the Bucks, adding 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists over 27 minutes.

    Advice: Lamb has really turned his career around in Charlotte, and is currently putting up mid-round value on the season behind averages of 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers and just 0.9 turnovers per game on 52.3 percent shooting from the field (all career-highs). Lamb is not owned in nearly enough Yahoo! Leagues (35 percent ownership) so make sure the 3-point sniper isn't sitting on your waiver wire. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Marvin Williams scores 12 points w/ one block
    Marvin Williams scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, seven boards, two assists and one block through 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Williams continues to get things done for his owners, and the former No. 2 overall pick is currently putting up fourth-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. His value drops to the sixth-round in 8-cat formats, but still, that's solid value for a guy that likely came off the waiver wire in your league. Al Jefferson went down with a calf injury today, so Williams could be looking at an uptick in minutes moving forward. Today, 3:37 pm
  • Nicolas Batum commits season-high nine TOs
    Nicolas Batum committed a season-high nine turnovers on Sunday to go with 15 points (4-of-13 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), five boards, five assists, three 3-pointers, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Batum is turning the ball over a career-high 2.9 times per this season, but that is to be expected given Batum's career-high 22.8 usage rate. The turnovers are easy to forgive given Batum's averages of 16.9 points (career-high), 2.3 three-pointers, 6.3 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks per game, which amounts to top-35 value in standard leagues. It's not just a bounce-back season for Batum; it's a career-year. Today, 3:31 pm
  • Antetokounmpo attempts just five shots on Sun
    Giannis Atetokounmpo attempted a season-low five shots (connecting on four of them) during Sunday's loss to Charlotte, finishing the game with eight points, five boards, three assists, one steal and one block over 31 minutes.

    Advice: Jason Kidd said that Giannis' lack of aggression today was "not a good thing for the Bucks," so owners shouldn't expect this trend to continue. Aside from today's dud, Giannis has been fantastic this season with averages of 17.7 points (career-high), 6.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals (career-high) and 1.1 blocks (career-high) per game on 52.9 percent shooting from the field (also a career-high). Look for him to bounce-back against the Nuggets on Monday. Today, 2:57 pm
  • Evan Turner is not on the injury report
    Evan Turner is not on the injury report prior to Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He left Friday's game vs. the Wizards with an apparent eye injury, but it was considered very minor and he shouldn't have any limitations tonight. Today, 2:47 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 19 pts w/ three steals
    Khris Middleton scored 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Hornets, adding six assists, five boards, three steals, four 3-pointers and three turnovers over 37 minutes.

    Advice: Middleton had a very costly turnover during the closing minutes of the game, that essentially was the deciding factor in Milwaukee's loss, but statistically he was solid. Middleton has been getting it done for the Bucks over his last four outings, averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 three-pointers, 2.0 steals and just 1.5 turnovers per game which translates to second-round value. Middleton will look to keep his momentum going on Monday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Willie Reed inactive Sunday vs. the Pistons
    Willie Reed will not be available for Sunday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Donald Sloan is on the active roster, so Reed will not be available tonight. Reed has yet to make his regular-season debut, and should not be owned in any format. Today, 2:05 pm
  • Evan Fournier (hip) will start Sunday vs. BOS
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said he really didn't think Fournier was going to be able to play today, but after receiving treatment he has been cleared by the Magic's medical staff, and will give it a go. Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevik’ll join him in the starting unit. Go ahead and get him active. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) unsure on return date
    Harrison Barnes is not sure just how long he'll be sidelined with his sprained left ankle.

    Advice: "I'm not quite sure, I'm just going to kind of see how it goes," Barnes said. "I'm not going to try to rush it. We want to make sure when I come back, it's 100 percent, and there's not any lingering pain or effects." Barnes was spotted on crutches on Saturday, so he's obviously not close to making a return. Brandon Rush will have another opportunity to start on Monday when the Dubs take on the Jazz, with Andre Iguodala and Leandro Barbosa likely seeing a slight bump in minutes. Today, 12:54 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) targeting Thursday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the court for Thursday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Advice: Deng said unless he "magically wakes up" feeling a lot better on Monday, he will miss his third consecutive game when the Heat take on the Celtics on Monday. He was able to do a bit more during Sunday's practice, but the hamstring is still bothering him when he tries to sprint. "I'm able to slide and do a lot," Deng said. "My jump shot is fine. It's when I try to sprint, and I'm trying to just take off. That's when it's troubling me." Gerald Green should draw another start on Monday, and he makes sense as a DFS target after scoring in double figures in his previous two outings. Today, 12:31 pm
  • Wes Johnson headed to the bench on Sunday
    Wes Johnson will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Johnson was not producing at all in the starting unit, so Luc Mbah a Moute will get the call today, earning his first opportunity with the starting five in Los Angeles. With averages of just 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds on the season, Johnson isn't worth owning in almost any league. Today, 11:05 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute will start on Sunday for LAC
    Luc Mbah a Moute will start in place of Wes Johnson for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The Clippers can't seem to get consistent production out of guys like Johnson, Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson, so now it's Mbah a Moute's turn. The veteran is averaging less than five minutes per game this season and is more of a defensive specialist, so there's no need to add him in any format. Today, 11:00 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Monday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He is making progress and was able to do a little more work at practice on Sunday, but it sounds like the Heat will hold him out again as a precaution. For now, expect Gerald Green to get another start and be sure to give him a long look in DFS. Deng is considered day-to-day. Today, 10:03 am
  • Motiejunas (back) hopes to practice next week
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is hoping to be cleared to return to practice next week.

    Advice: He will be evaluated on Tuesday, so that is the earliest that we will be able to provide another update. The big man has been sidelined since April and will be behind Clint Capela and Terrence Jones in the rotation, so there's no reason to take a flier on him outside of the deepest leagues. Today, 9:39 am
  • Luke Walton doesn't know Barnes' timetable
    Warriors coach Luke Walton said that he doesn't know when Harrison Barnes (ankle) will be able to return.

    Advice: "It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week," Walton said. "We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time." The Warriors are 18-0 on the season, so they likely won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Brandon Rush started for Barnes on Saturday and scored 16 points in 19 minutes, while Andre Iguodala could also get a nice boost until Barnes is able to return. Today, 6:42 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha returned to action on Saturday November 28. Today, 12:10 am
  • Rudy Gay needs 20 shots to score 20 points
    Rudy Gay scored 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Warriors on Saturday with seven boards in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Gay was coming off a two-point performance against the Wolves on Friday in which he shot just 1-of-13 from the field, so he is clearly in a slump. Gay isn't on the injury report, but he doesn't have a lot of help right now and is probably being asked to do way too much. He should be much better when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is able to return, so his owners should just hang in there. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 11 in start on Saturday
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes in a start at small forward on Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back) was sidelined again, but George Karl went with Casspi instead of Willie Cauley-Stein because of the Warriors' tendency to play small. Casspi should flirt with 30 minutes per game until Cousins is able to return (he is day-to-day), so feel free to give him a look if he's available in your league. The Kings will take on the Mavericks on Monday. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 15 points in win
    Klay Thompson scored 15 points with two assists, one steal and 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: The game was over in a hurry and Thompson played just 26 minutes, so his owners will be pretty disappointed. He has scored 15 or less points in four out of his last five games, but it's possible that his back may not be 100 percent. The buy-low window is opening again, so float some offers to his owners if you think you get him for a reasonable price. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Draymond Green records another triple-double
    Draymond Green recorded his second straight triple-double in Saturday's win over the Kings, finishing with 13 points, 12 assists, 11 boards, four blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The guy is simply incredible. Green became the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to record two straight triple-doubles, and this increases his total to three (triple-doubles) on the season. Green is returning top-15 value in standard leagues and would probably be the frontrunner for the Defensive Player of the Year Award if a guy named Kawhi Leonard didn't exist. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Kobe Bryant plays 34 minutes, iffy for Sunday
    Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Blazers on Saturday with two boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Both Kobe and head coach Byron Scott wouldn't commit to whether or not he would play against the Pacers on Sunday, but the 37-year-old admitted that his legs were dead in the fourth quarter. The Black Mamba was much better tonight after shooting 1-of-14 against the Warriors on Tuesday, but he still can't get much separation on his jump shots and is starting to become predictable on the offensive end. We'll have an update on Sunday morning, but don't count on Kobe playing. If he sits, Metta World Peace will likely draw the start. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores seven points
    Wes Matthews scored seven points in 28 minutes during a 92-81 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding one rebound, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It hasn't been pretty since Friday the 13th. In those eight games, Matthews made just 31.6 percent from the field for averages of 11.4 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 treys. He has actually looked OK out there, so he can be viewed as a buy-low player to a degree. You should be giving up next to nothing to get him. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Chandler Parsons still slumping
    Chandler Parsons played 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: He's certainly testing the patience of his fantasy owners. Parsons has seen his minutes trend up, but he's scored double figures in just one of his last five while not doing much. He's a stash player right now, but he could be a stud once he gets it going. If you're doing well in the standings, it makes sense to trade for Parsons now. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points against the Spurs during a start on Saturday with four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Presumably, the Hawks put Thabo in the first unit to defend an offensive superstar at small forward. Sefolosha's value won't be too high considering he's not going to get many points, but he could have some sneaky late-round value. Most owners should shoot for a higher upside. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Thad Young with another dub-dub
    Thaddeus Young picked up 16 points, 12 rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He was poked in the eye, but didn't need to miss any action. Young is really on a roll in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 10.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 turnovers. His improvement as a rebounder is a big reason why he's having a major bounce back. Expect Thad to flirt with top-50 value this season. Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Omri Casspi will start, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi will start on Saturday vs. the Warriors with Willie Cauley-Stein moving to the bench.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back) is out and head coach George Karl usually bases his lineups on the matchup, so it makes sense to go small against the Warriors. Casspi should see around 30 minutes tonight and is worth plugging into most lineups. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Harrison Barnes out, Brandon Rush will start
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Saturday and Brandon Rush will start.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle on Friday and could miss more games. With Barnes out, we should see more Andre Iguodala and even more Leandro Barbosa in the second unit. Rush is still too risky to use in most cases. The other members of the first unit may shoot more, too. Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams starting Sat
    Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams (illness) will start on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Parsons was rested on Wednesday vs. the Spurs, but he will see around 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets tonight. Williams is dealing with a minor illness, but his workload should be the same and his owners can keep him in their active lineups. Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (illness) will play Saturday
    Wesley Matthews (illness) will play vs. the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did miss the morning shootaround, but Matthews said that he has played through worse. Matthews is starting to heat up and is averaging 13.8 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, so go ahead and make sure he is active. Keep in mind that he is also shooting just 36.5 percent from the field over that span as well. Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Sefolosha was rested on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, but he should see minutes in the 20s tonight and will probably be tasked with guarding Kawhi Leonard. Kent Bazemore will shift to the bench against the Spurs after he returned from his ankle injury on Friday, but it's possible that the Hawks are just being cautious with him since it's the second night of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha is more of a defensive specialist, so he is better suited for deeper leagues. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Willie Reed will be active on Saturday
    Willie Reed (left thumb) will be active for the first time this season on Saturday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He's been sidelined since October after having surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, but he recently was cleared for contact and should be ready to play if his name is called. He won't be in the rotation right away, so owners in deeper leagues can just keep an eye on him for now. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Harrison Barnes listed as doubtful vs. SAC
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered his ankle sprain on Friday night and did not return. The Warriors will likely be calling on Andre Iguodala to fill in and he should have a chance for a nice line tonight. Leandro Barbosa is also coming off a terrific game and would get more run, too. Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Fournier (sore hip) questionable for Sunday
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Fournier missed 18 games in a row during the 2014-15 season due to a hip injury, so this is a little worrying. There's still no word on the severity of the issue, but he suffered the injury on Friday vs. the Bucks and wasn't able to practice on Saturday. If Fournier is unable to play, it's possible that Victor Oladipo could step back into the starting lineup. We'll have an update after their shootaround on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Kobe Bryant will not be benched by Scott
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that he would not consider benching Kobe Bryant for poor play.

    Advice: "I would never, never, never do that," Scott said on Friday. "That's not an option whatsoever. No, that's not an option." The Black Mamba is coming off the worst shooting performance of his career after he went 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, but his role is obviously still safe and he should have the green light going forward. However, his owners should leave him on their bench until he turns things around, and there's no telling if he ever will. Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Kevin Martin has another awful game
    Kevin Martin made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't really played well based on the stat sheet, but the Wolves starting unit has been solid. In his last five, Martin averaged just 9.0 points, 3.4 boards, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 treys in just 25.4 minutes. He's only made just 30.2 percent from the field and just 34 percent on the year, so he's not a must-own player. Yesterday, 12:37 am
  • Rudy Gay makes just 1-of-13 from field
    Rudy Gay made just 1-of-13 from the field for two points against the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings were lucky to lose by 10 with Rudy having his worst game of the season. This comes off his best game with a 36-point effort on Wednesday, so the law of averages had its say today. Expect him to be somewhere in the middle on Saturday against the Warriors. Yesterday, 12:09 am
  • Omri Casspi puts up nice effort in loss
    Omri Casspi scored 15 points against the Wolves on Friday with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to log major minutes at power forward, which should continue until DeMarcus Cousins (back) is back. Casspi has 10th-round value on the season, but that value is somewhat inflated due to Boogie and Rudy Gay missing time this season. Yesterday, 12:06 am
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles in easy win
    Draymond Green posted his third career triple-double on Friday with 14 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), 10 boards, 10 assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks and one turnover through 33 minutes.

    Advice: Green became just the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double on four or less shot attempts, and this was Green's second triple-double of the season. He's currently producing at a top-15 level in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues, proving that last year's breakout campaign was no fluke. Green got paid during the offseason, but those heavy pockets have not caused any drop-off in effort for one of the most energetic players in the league. Yesterday, 12:06 am
  • Klay Thompson knocks down three treys in win
    Klay Thompson knocked down three more 3-pointers during the Dubs 135-116 win over the Suns on Friday, adding 15 points, two boards, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Klay went 6-of-11 from the field in this one, and he would have had a much bigger game if the score weren’t so lopsided. Thompson's numbers are trending up, and he's put in averages of 17.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.7 blocks and just 1.2 turnovers over the past six games, and he should only get better as we get deeper into the season. Through the month of November Klay has performed at a sixth-round level, so the buy-low window remains open for a guy with early-round upside. Friday, 11:49 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not return Fri
    Harrison Barnes has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and he will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Harrison will finish Friday's game with seven points, seven boards and two steals in 21 minutes. The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with the Dubs set to play again on Saturday vs. Sacramento, we'll be considering Barnes doubtful for that one. Andre Iguodala will likely start if Harrison is unable to give it a go on Saturday, with Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston seeing a slight uptick in minutes. If there's a positive here it's that X-rays came back negative and this is the first ankle injury Barnes has suffered over his four-year NBA career. Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Evan Turner leaves game with right eye injury
    Evan Turner left Friday's game against the Wizards with an apparent right eye injury, and did not return.

    Advice: Turner finished Friday's game with four points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with two boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 21 minutes of action. He was questionable to return, but with the Celtics blowing out the Wizards, there was no need for him to return to the court. The injury seemed relatively minor, but we'll be considering him questionable for Sunday's game against the Magic. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 17 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: After it looked like the NBA was starting to learn how to defend the Greek Freak, he's picked it up in a big way and gets to the rim at will. He's scored at least 17 points in each of his last three and made 60.6 percent from the field in that span. Antetokounmpo looks like an early-round asset this year, and at just 20 years old, he still has room to grow. Look out. Friday, 6:36 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points vs. Magic
    Khris Middleton scored 15 points against the Magic on Friday with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's starting to pick it up from the outside and has made 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from deep in his last three. The Bucks are getting decent offensive production on the wings, but not much else. Middleton is trending up now. Friday, 6:36 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant will play against the Blazers on Saturday after putting in a limited practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is not expected to have a minutes cap for the road game and coach Byron Scott is open to suggestions on how to handle Bryant on back-to-back. Kobe is not getting to the basket at all anymore and it's led to him being the least efficient high-volume starter in the NBA. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Reed (thumb) does some non-contact work
    Willie Reed (left thumb) was able to do some non-contact work at practice on Friday.

    Advice: We haven't heard much about Reed' status, but he has been sidelined since October after having surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Reed was initially targeting a return to the court in December, so this report does bode well for that timetable. Reed still isn't worth a flier in almost any league, though. Friday, 10:41 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game in street clothes, but hamstring issues can linger if they aren't given enough time to heal so it's understandable that the Heat want to be cautious with their veteran forward. Gerald Green drew the start on Wednesday vs. the Pistons and scored 16 points in 38 minutes, so expect him to see plenty of run again on Friday. Deng's hamstring has improved, and it's possible that he could return on Monday vs. the Celtics. Friday, 8:13 am
  • Omri Casspi headed for more minutes?
    Following the Kings 129-118 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, George Karl hinted that Omri Casspi could be getting more consistent minutes in the Kings rotation.

    Advice: "I think I need to keep Omri in with Rudy [Gay] as much as possible," said Karl. "It seems that combination really complements with size there and also the ability to find a mismatch situation that is beneficial to us." Casspi's minutes tend to trend up when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is sidelined, but if Karl wants to continue giving Casspi and Gay minutes together, Willie Cauley-Stein's playing time could suffer. It'll be interesting to see how Karl's rotations shake out once DMC is back on the court, but Omri is worth a speculative add in deep leagues after scoring 19 points during Wednesday's win. Thursday, 2:19 pm
  • Scott won't cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't intend to cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes despite the fact that the Lakers own a record of 2-12, the worst in the Western Conference.

    Advice: "I haven't thought about reducing his role," Scott said. "I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes." Scott seems to be content playing Bryant around 30 minutes a night, despite the fact that Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field. "I am concerned about his shooting percentage and shots so far, but so far as knowing him the way I've known him and how long he's played in this league, I'm not worried about him finding it." Kobe's minutes will be safe will Scott at the helm, but owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Deng missed Wednesday's game with the hamstring injury, and called the injury a day-to-day thing. He could be headed for a game-time decision on Friday, and if he's not able to give it a go, Gerald Green will likely spend another game in the starting five. Green had a decent game with the starting unit on Wednesday, scoring 16 points over 38 minutes, so he'd be worth considering as a punt play in DFS should Deng remain out. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Byron Scott still confident in Kobe Bryant
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's confident Kobe Bryant can still play in the NBA.

    Advice: Though Bryant has struggled to start the 2015-16 season, Scott said he isn't too concerned about the veteran. "Obviously he's struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that," Scott said. "So it's trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That's No. 1." Though Bryant is still capable of a big game here and there, he's hurting fantasy teams more than he's helping and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Wes Johnson, Stephenson, Pierce all scoreless
    Wes Johnson was invisible despite starting on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Any positivity from Johnson's prior start was erased tonight and Doc Rivers is still searching for answers. The Clippers three options at small forward -- Johnson, Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce -- combined for zero points on 0-of-5 shooting. Unless one of them demands the lion's share of minutes, all three are persona non grata in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets 18 & 8 with three steals
    Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores season-high 36 points
    Rudy Gay scored a season-high 36 points during a 129-118 win against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He started out red hot with 14 points in the first nine minutes and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Gay has made 13-of-21 from the field in each of his last two games and his arm injury has affected his performance positively like the kid from the Rookie of the Year baseball movie. Even when Boogie is back, Gay should be trending up. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi has a terrific game
    Omri Casspi scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gets a ton of run at both forward spots and he benefited from DeMarcus Cousins (back) not playing tonight. Casspi put up mid-round value the last time Boogie had to miss games, so he's worth a look at any depth for owners seeking short-term value. Cousins won't be out long, though. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Kevin Martin still slumping, shoots 3-of-12
    Kevin Martin made another start at SG on Wednesday, scoring 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran scorer is shooting 29.2 percent in his past five games, including a combined 3-of-11 mark from downtown. Sam Mitchell moved him into the starting unit to generate more scoring, so he'll need make shots soon or risk a demotion. If you own KevMart, at least bench him until he's not awful. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha locks down Wiggins in 32 mins
    Making another start at SF on Wednesday, Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: His defense kept Andrew Wiggins in check, as he scored only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer uses Thabo once Kent Bazemore (ankle) returns to action. Tonight's solid game comes on the heels of a terrific game vs. the Celtics, and Sefolosha is worth deploying while logging 30+ minutes as a starter. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Khris Middleton hits five 3-pointers
    Khris Middleton matched his season-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: His five treys and six dimes were both season highs. Middleton is starting to come around and has made 7-of-10 from deep in his last two. The buy low window is closing fast and maybe cutting down Michael Carter-Williams' minutes will help him, too. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Evan Turner starts 2nd half over Jae Crowder
    Evan Turner started the second half of Wednesday's game in place of Jae Crowder and finished with 16 points, nine boards, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Turner takes some offensive pressure off Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, which was desirable after the Celtics' awful 40-point first half. Turner is a more appealing fantasy option when starting but this isn't likely to become a trend, so he remains a borderline option in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Evan Fournier shoots 1-of-9 in 21 minutes
    Evan Fournier shot just 1-of-9 from the field vs. New York, scoring three points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: This makes two straight duds in a row for Fournier, but he's been one of Scott Skiles' favorites and it's hard to imagine him staying in the doghouse for long. His owners should keep the faith and deploy him as usual vs. the Bucks on Friday. Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Wes Johnson starting again on Wednesday
    Wes Johnson will start on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers wouldn't commit to it, but it makes the most sense. Expect Wes to not take many shots while playing minutes in the mid 20s. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb roasts Wizards, scores 18 points
    Jeremy Lamb pitched in 18 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes to help Charlotte win at home on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lamb is averaging career-highs in most categories this season and his effective FG percentage (60.4) has improved more than any qualifying player from last season. He's richly rewarding the Hornets' decision to extend his contract, and has earned a spot on all fantasy rosters. Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • Nicolas Batum hands out season-high 11 dimes
    Nicolas Batum played through illness to finish Wednesday's game with 16 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals and a season-high 11 assists.

    Advice: Batum shot 5-of-15 from the field but he only turned the ball over twice. He's delivering well-rounded production on a nightly basis, fulfilling his owners' draft-day hopes, and continues to hover around top-25 value in 8-cat leagues. Wednesday, 6:39 pm
  • Marvin Williams double-doubles in home win
    Marvin Williams, who played only 19 minutes on Monday, finished Wednesday's game with 14 points, two 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hornets are making 36.3 percent of their 26.5 attempts from downtown this year, a surprising turnaround for a team that made 6.1 triples on 31.8 percent shooting last season, both last in the NBA. Williams is a big reason for that success and he's been a surprising mid-round value this season. He's likely to slide toward the late rounds, but remains a steal for owners who plucked him off the wire. Wednesday, 6:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons rested Wednesday vs. Spurs
    Chandler Parsons will be rested during Wednesday's road game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: It's the second half of a back-to-back set and the Mavs' training staff still isn't comfortable with him playing on consecutive nights. His minute-limit has crept into the mid-20s recently, but Parsons' occasional DNPs continue to drag down his value. The Mavs' next back-to-back set comes Dec. 6 and 7. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (illness) will start Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum (illness) will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Batum said he would play earlier in the day, but now we have official confirmation. He's been hot through the month of November and will get a favorable matchup with the Wizards, so he's worth considering as a DFS play. The Hornets will roll out their standard starting five of Kemba Walker, Batum, Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson for Wednesday's game. Wednesday, 3:18 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled rest day for Bryant who logged 25 minutes during Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors. He has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's game against the Blazers, but with the Lakers scheduled for a back-to-back set Saturday vs. Portland and Sunday vs. Indiana, there's a chance he sits out one of those games. Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field on the season, and he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) ruled out for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: "We're just trying to be cautious, trying to be smart," Deng said of bypassing the game against the Pistons, the Heat's first road game in nearly three weeks. "I played the last game and it hasn't gotten any better, so I think we just want to be smart and just try to get rid of the little nagging injury that will just linger on and become something else." We'll consider Deng questionable for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, and it's looking like Gerald Green could draw the start on Wednesday, with Goran Dragic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Rivers won't commit to Johnson as starter
    Despite the fact that the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with Wes Johnson as the starting small forward, Doc Rivers would not commit to keeping him in the starting five long-term.

    Advice: "That lineup is a lineup that I'm going to keep moving, depending on guys," Rivers said. "I like Wes the most because of his size and his ability to shoot, but there's nights where you play a great offensive player at that spot and we may go with a defensive guy. We're going to just keep moving it around." Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Johnson are going to continue subbing in-and-out of the starting five for the foreseeable future, making it tough to own any of these guys in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Batum (illness) says he'll play on Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum (illness) participated in Wednesday morning's shootaround, and said that he's good to go for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Batum added that he feels he can play starters minutes tonight, so owners can plan on having him out there. The Wizards are amongst the bottom-tier of teams at defending the shooting guard position, so Batum, who has been fantastic through the month of November, will also make for a quality DFS play tonight. Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • Kobe Bryant says he could be averaging 35 PPG
    Kobe Bryant said he wasn't really all that worried about his current career-low shooting percentage (31.1 percent) following the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Tuesday, and added that he could be averaging 35 points per game if he really wanted to.

    Advice: "I'm not really worried about it, honestly," Bryant said. "My shooting will be better. I could've scored 80 [Tuesday vs. Golden State]. It wouldn't have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We'd be what, 3-11? We've got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that's going to keep us in ballgames." Given that Kobe is currently shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field, he'd need roughly 50 shots a game to get to that 35 points per game averages, so he's right that that probably wouldn't be best for his team. He also missed a layup on his way to a 1-of-14 shooting performance Tuesday night, so 80 points seems a tad unrealistic. Wednesday, 6:27 am
  • Kobe Bryant shoots 1-of-14 from the field
    Kobe Bryant shot just 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's blowout loss against the Warriors, finishing with four points, six boards, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: In case you're wondering, it was the worst shooting performance of his career and some of his shots weren't close at all. Father Time is undefeated and the Black Mamba is his next victim, so his owners shouldn't be expecting too much out of him going forward. Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Klay Thompson shoots 3-of-12 from the field
    Klay Thompson struggled against the Lakers on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.

    Advice: He also added three boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers, but it was a little disappointing to see him take a step back after he recently strung together a few good games. Thompson's buy-low window probably opened up a little more after tonight's dud, so feel free to test the patience of his owners in your league. Tuesday, 10:09 pm
  • Draymond Green scores 18 with seven boards
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with seven boards, five assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: To nobody's surprise, Green turned in yet another 9-cat gem and he is a huge reason why the Warriors are 16-0. Green's playmaking ability has come a long way this season and he was averaging 6.7 dimes per game prior to tonight's contest. Green has been a top-20 player in standard leagues and owners have no reason to sell high. He's just that good. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores 11 points in start Tues
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points in a start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding two boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few extra minutes if he didn't get into foul trouble, but it was an encouraging game for Johnson and it's possible that he could stick in the starting lineup. Paul Pierce hasn't been playing well and Lance Stephenson is still Lance Stephenson, so feel free to take a flier on Johnson if you're in a deep league. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 15, hits 7-of-8
    Thabo Sefolosha drew another start in the absence of Kent Bazemore (ankle) on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in an easy win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He's not really an offensive threat on most nights, but has played well on that end of the court in two straight. He'll continue to start and guard the opposition's best player for as long as Bazemore is out, but is only a real option in fantasy on nights when Baze isn't playing. Bazemore has missed four straight games, but should be back by the end of the week. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Chandler Parsons quiet, but plays 25 minutes
    Chandler Parsons played a season-high 25 minutes on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for six points, five rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The good news is that his minutes are finally up in the 25-minute range, meaning he is hopefully about ready to start playing better as he recovers from knee surgery. He's been pretty bad thus far, but now might be the time to target him in a buy-low deal. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Wes Johnson will start, Paul Pierce to bench
    Wes Johnson will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with Paul Pierce moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Clippers haven't gotten a lot of production out of Pierce or Lance Stephenson, so it will be interesting to see if Johnson can build some momentum. Johnson's minutes will still be relatively low with the starters, so owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) sits out practice Tues
    Luol Deng (hamstring) sat out Tuesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Batum (gastroenteritis) questionable vs. WAS
    Nicolas Batum (gastroenteritis) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: The stomach bug is going around the NBA right now, and Batum is the latest victim. He's been rolling through the month of November with averages of 17.8 points, 5.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 2.4 three-pointers, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks per game, so it won't be easy to replace his production if he's unable to give it a go on Wednesday. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson would likely do the heavy lifting on offense with Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb also seeing some increased opportunity. Owners can check back for another update on Batum following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 11:23 am
  • Khris Middleton has efficient night in win
    Khris Middleton made 5-of-7 from the field for 16 points against the Pistons on Monday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's one of two very efficient games on the season for Middleton. He isn't getting a ton of shots in the offense and hasn't hit more than two treys in any of his last five games, averaging 12.8 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 treys. Middleton's arrow is pointing up, though. Monday, 10:17 pm
  • Stanley Johnson scores 16 points
    Stanley Johnson scored 16 points against the Bucks on Monday with two boards, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Garbage time was a factor here with eight points coming in the fourth quarter. Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova were both awful tonight, which will have to continue for Johnson to get minutes. Johnson isn't quite worth a pickup in standard leagues and is more of a stash. He has nice upside and maybe Morris finally gets a shorter leash. Monday, 9:57 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Marvin Williams gets just 19 minutes
    Marvin Williams played just 19 minutes against the Kings on Monday with nine points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a little bit of foul trouble and didn't play in overtime. Williams was burned by Rudy Gay on the last play of regulation, so that might be a factor. He's still putting up must-start value on the season and should be owned in all standard leagues. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Rudy Gay returns with 28 points in loss
    Rudy Gay played 42 minutes during a 127-122 overtime loss to the Hornets on Monday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was wearing a T-shirt under jersey, presumably to help protect his shoulder strain. Gay looked just fine tonight and was going to the rim a lot. While DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) possibly missing time could help Gay, he should be posting some big stat lines going forward and be an early-round asset. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi played 27 minutes off the bench on Monday with six points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a ton of stretch four tonight, which could continue if DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) needs to miss time, Casspi had his best run of the season while Boogie was out, so he's worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues. Boogie shouldn't be out for long, though. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Kevin Martin struggles in start on Monday
    Kevin Martin moved into the starting lineup in place of Tayshaun Prince on Monday vs. the 76ers, but he scored just six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He added one board, one steal and one 3-pointer, but he's been in a serious slump lately and has been shooting just 29.8 percent from the field over his last five games. The Wolves need a consistent 3-point shooter, but Martin hasn't been reliable and could continue to lose minutes to Zach LaVine. Feel free to move on until he heats up. Monday, 7:59 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 13 points
    Evan Fournier played just 23 minutes against the Cavs on Monday with 13 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His shooting has been vital for the offensive spacing, so he's probably the safest bet to remain in the starting lineup. Fournier played his fewest minutes of the season tonight as coach Scott Skiles's wrath showed no bounds -- it almost never does. He is trending down, so the sell-high window is starting to close. Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Casspi starts 2nd half, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi started the second half in place of Willie Cauley-Stein on Monday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Kings head coach George Karl keeps rookie WCS on a very short leash, so don't read too much into this. Casspi is a favorite of Karl's, but his value is held in check when Rudy Gay is active. Nov 23, 5:31 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Nov 23, 3:43 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start vs. Hornets
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He is good to go for a four-game week. Gay only needed to miss one game after it looked like he would miss several, so those who picked up guys like Omri Casspi might need to reassess the situation. Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli also lose value. Nov 23, 2:58 pm
  • Luol Deng (leg) is a game-time call
    Luol Deng (hamstring) still has tightness in his hamstring and remains a game-time decision against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting treatment and it sounds like the team is hopeful he'll be able to play. If Deng is out, Justise Winslow would be looking at even more playing time. Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would play more, too. Nov 23, 2:52 pm
  • Evan Fournier didn't expect Magic extension
    Evan Fournier admitted that he did not expect to reach a contract extension with the Magic.

    Advice: The report states Fournier rejected a four-year, $32M offer in order to be on himself. "To be honest, I did not even expect to be extended," Fournier said. "I have confidence in myself and the season that I’ll have. The contract will take care of itself." Fournier worked out this offseason using track-and-field exercises to improve his stamina, and thus far it has clearly paid off. Although he is having a breakout season, Fournier still wants to improve. "I really have to rebound the ball better," Fournier said. "I’m 6-foot-7, a pretty big guard, so I should average at least six rebounds." With averages of 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 triples on 45.4 percent shooting, those fortunate enough to have Fournier would be thrilled if he could add any more. The breakout is real, and it's spectacular. Nov 23, 9:52 am
  • Rudy Gay says he expects to return on Monday
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain), who is officially listed as probable, said that he expects to play in Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: That would be great news for Gay and for those with him on their fantasy roster. We'll need confirmation from the team after the Kings go through shootaround on Monday, but signs point to Gay getting back in the lineup. That means less of Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli. Nov 23, 8:39 am
  • Klay Thompson, GSWs torch Nuggets from deep
    Klay Thompson knocked down four 3-pointers on Sunday, en route to 21 points, three rebounds, seven assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Malone said prior to the game that the Nuggets' "inability to guard the 3-point line is a joke," and Golden State exploited the weakness by shooting 51.7 percent beyond the arc. Thompson's back is healthy and he's starting to heat up, a welcome turn of events after a sluggish start to the season. Nov 22, 7:48 pm
  • Chandler Parsons plays season-high 24 minutes
    Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 24 minutes during Sunday's loss in OKC, scoring 12 points with two triples, three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or turnovers.

    Advice: His minute-limit is slowly creeping toward the mid-20s as the Mavs are wisely playing it safe with Parsons, who is owed $16 million next season. He's likely to miss one of the Mavs' games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so plan accordingly. Nov 22, 6:49 pm
  • Wes Matthews hits four 3-pointers vs. OKC
    Wesley Matthews drained four 3-pointers to finish Sunday's road loss with 18 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he walked off a hard fall in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Matthews took a horrible shot just before the final buzzer but most of the night he had it going, a rarity since he came in shooting 33.0 percent on the season. Inconsistency is to be expected as he returns from Achilles surgery, and his owners should note that Dallas plays back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Nov 22, 6:47 pm
  • Evan Turner plays well in 32 minutes Sunday
    Evan Turner finished Sunday's road loss with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes off the Celtics' bench.

    Advice: Turner's minutes should rise with Marcus Smart (leg) on the shelf for a few weeks, and he's worth a look as a low-end source of scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. His bench production will be even more important with Avery Bradley in the starting lineup -- other than Turner, Boston's reserves shot a combined 33.3 percent from the field. Nov 22, 5:43 pm
  • Parsons' minutes will continue to go up
    Chandler Parsons' minutes will continue to gradually go up.

    Advice: Parsons' minutes limit increased to 23 on Wednesday against the Celtics, so he should see a similar workload tonight. Head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't lay out an exact plan, but hopefully Parsons will be able to play over 30 minutes in December. He isn't a must-start player yet, but that could change very soon and his owners just need to stay patient. Nov 22, 3:29 pm
  • Evan Turner dealing with swelling in his knee
    Evan Turner said that he's been dealing with some swelling in his knee since the preseason, but he doesn't think it's a very big deal.

    Advice: Turner will play on Sunday, and he should see a nice minutes bump with Marcus Smart (leg) out for the next couple of weeks. Turner doesn’t seem very concerned about the knee, and neither are we. Nov 22, 2:01 pm
  • Kevin Martin will start Monday vs. the 76ers
    Kevin Martin will replace Tayshaun Prince in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: The Wolves are currently on a two-game losing streak, and head coach Sam Mitchell said the move was to infuse some more scoring into the first-unit. Martin has been ice cold over the past five games with averages of just 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.2 three-pointers per game on 25.0 percent shooting, so perhaps the promotion to the starting five will help him get things back on track. Andrew Wiggins will move to small forward with Martin at the two. Nov 22, 11:24 am
  • K-Mart losing minutes due to shooting slump
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Kevin Martin has been losing minutes to Zach LaVine because he is in a shooting slump.

    Advice: Martin is shooting just 25.0 percent from the field over his last five games and has hit just one 3-pointer in that span, while Zach LaVine has been playing really well. It doesn't help that the Wolves are eager to develop their young studs, so Martin's outlook for the rest of the season isn't looking too good. He is not a must-own player. Nov 22, 8:30 am
  • Stanley Johnson scores just four
    Stanley Johnson played 16 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Ersan Ilyasova and Marcus Morris were both playing well tonight, so Johnson didn't have a chance for extended run. He's still not cleared for big minutes and will need either of those aforementioned two guys to fall off in order to get regular playing time. Nov 21, 7:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points in a start against the Cavs on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks put him out there on LeBron James and he did a fine job. Sefolosha's added playing time probably won't last for long with Kent Bazemore (ankle) likely back in the next couple games. If he's out there on the wire, he should probably stay there. Nov 21, 7:07 pm
  • Khris Middleton still in slump
    Khris Middleton scored eight points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Pacers on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Bucks just aren't using him correctly right now. Before tonight, only 40.4 percent of his plays have been spot-up or off-screen plays, which should probably be over 50 after his breakout 2014-15. Whatever the case, expect Middleton to adapt to his SG role and improve on his current eight-round value on the season. Nov 21, 6:25 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores just nine
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored just nine points on 3-of-8 from the field against the Pacers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Even with the sub-par scoring, he still managed a solid line with defense and boards. The Cavs still couldn't keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint with all but one shot coming inside of six feet, but they defended him better than most teams. He's trending up as an offensive talent and hopefully the Bucks run the offense through him more. The Greek Freak should flirt with top-50 value on the year with a huge ceiling in a couple seasons. Nov 21, 6:24 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 32 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points off the bench on Saturday against the Magic, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a lot of power forward tonight in what turned out to be a lot of small ball in this game. Casspi will be getting plenty of minutes regardless of role for as long as Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out. Gay is only day-to-day, so give Casspi a look if you're looking for some short-term value in the 60-90 range. Nov 21, 5:04 pm
  • Evan Fournier gets 17 points in loss
    Evan Fournier scored 17 points against the Kings on Saturday with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a minor right ankle tweak and had the trainers look at him on the bench. Fournier was fine and didn't need to miss any game action -- he actually made two 3-pointers o his next two possessions after the injury. Fournier is probably the only player who is safe from the wrath of The Scott Skiles. Nov 21, 4:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to start vs. LeBron
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This one has to be due to LeBron James, so the Hawks will get Sefolosha on him as much as they can. He's still not too involved in the offense, but should get enough minutes to be a viable fantasy option. Nov 21, 3:09 pm
  • Omri Casspi isn't starting for Kings vs. ORL
    Coach George Karl said the Kings will start three guards next to Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Interesting. This could be the coach playing mind games, but if he's telling the truth that would mean Omri Casspi is coming off the bench. Ben McLemore and Rajon Rondo will almost certainly be two of the three guards while Marco Belinelli or Darren Collison will be the third guard -- probably Collison. Still, Casspi has some good value along with a hot B-Mac. Nov 21, 12:51 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) out for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He is just day-to-day, so his fantasy owners should feel somewhat lucky he's not out for a long time. With Gay out, the Kings will likely be starting Omri Casspi at small forward. They will also go small a lot and use more of Ben McLemore and Marce Belinelli. Nov 21, 12:41 pm
  • Evan Turner (leg) good to go Sunday
    Evan Turner (right leg strain) is good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This is the first we are hearing about a leg injury for Turner, but it doesn't sound serious and his status isn't in doubt. With Marcus Smart (leg) sidelined for at least two games, Turner's fantasy value should get a nice short-term bump. Nov 21, 10:11 am
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: The good news is that the Kings are listing him as day-to-day after an MRI revealed a left shoulder strain, so he shouldn't be out too long. We should see a lot of Omri Casspi on Saturday, so he's worth a look for any owner in need of short-term value. DeMarcus Cousins will have more on his plate with Gay on the sidelines, while Marco Belinelli should see an uptick in minutes as well. Nov 21, 7:34 am
  • Harrison Barnes scores 20 points in win
    Harrison Barnes hit a dagger 3-pointer on Friday against the Bulls, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He's your league leader in offensive rating (qualifiers) with his 115.8. Barnes has increased his playing time three minutes per game and his usage rate 3.1 from last year, which is extremely impressive. Plus, his efficiency is also up, too. Harry B is now putting up fifth-round value on the season and is trending up. Nov 21, 1:56 am
  • Draymond Green gets some treatment
    Draymond Green scored nine points with nine rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He was outstanding on defense, but this was a quiet stat line. Draymond did need to get treatment for an undisclosed reason, so his fantasy owners will want to make sure he's in the lineup for Sunday. Green is a top-20 player on the season. Nov 21, 1:51 am
  • Wesley Matthews hits 3-of-12 shots in win
    Wesley Matthews couldn't get anything to drop during Friday's win over the Jazz, scoring just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting to go with one assist, one rebound and one block over 32 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews is currently in one of the worst shooting slumps of his career, connecting on just 32.3 percent of his shot attempts through the month of November. It is encouraging to see the veteran earning playing time in the 30s coming off an Achilles injury, but the fact that he's currently only knocking down a mere 25 percent of his wide open looks is a bit concerning. Achilles injuries can be career altering. Nov 20, 11:48 pm
  • Stanley Johnson scores 15 points
    Stanley Johnson played 24 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 6-of-10 from the field for 15 points with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was one of his best games of the season and snapped his two-game streak of playing just 16 minutes in each. Johnson played 3.6 minutes at shooting guard tonight, which will be key for his playing time. He's still going to be be more of a stash unless coach Stan Van Gundy loses trust in Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyashova, That could happen, though. Nov 20, 8:53 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles
    Thaddeus Young double-doubled against the Celtics during a 120-95 loss on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws. Young in starting to pick it up as a scorer and rebounder, posting fourth-round value on the year. If he can start making free throws better than his 60.9 percent on the year, he could remain a top-50 player all season. Nov 20, 7:32 pm
  • Marvin Williams scores 11 points w/ 9 boards
    Marvin Williams scored 11 points with nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He just keeps on chugging along and has been fairly consistent, too. Believe it or not, Williams has top-50 per game value on the year. He won't be that good, but his owners should be looking for at least mid-round value if they want to sell high. Nov 20, 7:09 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 14 with three treys
    Nicolas Batum scored 14 points during a 113-88 win over the 76ers on Friday, adding four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is lighting it up from deep in his last five, making 3.4 treys per game with averages of 20.6 points, 4.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.6 turnovers. Batum looks like an early-round player. Nov 20, 7:09 pm
  • MRI reveals left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay
    An MRI revealed a left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay, and the Kings are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Gay shouldn't be out long, so Omri Casspi doesn't make for a very attractive speculative add in most formats. We'll be considering Gay questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic, and if he's unable to give it a go, look for DeMarcus Cousins to post a gaudy usage rate with Rajon Rondo seeing some additional opportunity on offense. Nov 20, 6:15 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha is good to go for Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will play against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his ankle on Wednesday following the back-to-back set, but he'll be out there. Sefolosha and the Hawks don't have another back-to-back until Tuesday and Wednesday. He should get close to 28-30 minutes on Saturday. Nov 20, 12:27 pm
  • Motiejunas (back) will be evaluated on Dec. 1
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) will be re-evaluated on Dec. 1 in the hopes that he will finally be cleared to work out with the team.

    Advice: The big man has been sidelined since April, but his original 2-3 month timetable was way off and it's not a guarantee that he will be cleared to practice in December. Feel free to stash him if you are in a really deep league, but your expectations should be pretty low with Terrence Jones playing well in the starting lineup. Keep in mind that Motiejunas will be eased back into the rotation as well once he is cleared. Nov 20, 6:10 am
  • Klay Thompson scores season-high 25
    Klay Thompson scored a season-high 25 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played some great defense on Blake Griffin in the post tonight, so that's all the evidence you need to know how healthy his back is -- assuming he is healthy following this game. Thompson was uber aggressive today and his 12 attempts from the line tonight almost doubled his 14 attempts from his previous 11 games. If you bought low in the past week, you're looking pretty smart with Klay trending up. Nov 19, 11:31 pm
  • Draymond Green continues to be a monster
    Draymond Green made 7-of-9 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's one of a kind and his defense was huge tonight. Green picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but the team kept him out there and he didn't get another foul. Green is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 boards and 7.1 assists, which puts him on pace to be the first PF or C since Wilt Chamberlain to average a 12-7-7 line. He's awesome and has first-round value on the season. Nov 19, 11:24 pm
  • Harrison Barnes keeps putting up numbers
    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points with seven rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been special as a stretch four all season. Barnes has fallen off in a big way as a 3-point shooter from his 40.5 percent from deep last year, but he's dominating on mid-range and around the basket. The increase in usage rate has launched him to sixth-round value on the year. He's one of the best third or fourth options in the NBA. Nov 19, 11:15 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points
    Khris Middleton didn't make any 3-pointers during a 115-100 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 15 points with one rebound, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Every other player in the starting five is pretty much useless as a scorer with a jumper from beyond 16 feet, so Middleton really needs to start heating up. He still has a nice buy-low window and the return of Jabari Parker shouldn't hurt him much. Nov 19, 8:58 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores career-high 33
    Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for a career-high 33 points against the Cavs on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 12-of-15 from the field, made all eight attempts from the line and didn't even turn the ball over at all for a ridiculously efficient night. It looked like the NBA was figuring out Antetokounmpo, but he pulled out some new post moves and just feasted around the basket with nine makes at the rim tonight. He's a special young talent. Nov 19, 8:29 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left shoulder) will have an MRI
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain) will be re-evaluated on Friday in Orlando.

    Advice: Presumably, the team will be giving him an MRI to check for any tears in his muscle or an issue with the joint. Gay grabbed the front part of his shoulder, so there's a chance he's dealing with a pectoral muscle issue. His fantasy owners will just have to hope he's OK, but he could miss significant time. If he's out, Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli would all gain a lot of value. Casspi would be the safest pickup of the bunch. Nov 19, 7:37 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 16 points
    Omri Casspi scored 16 points in the starting lineup on Thursday with six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-11 from the field and missed all four shots from the line. Casspi started at the three because DeMarcus Cousins was suspended, but he would likely stick in the starting lineup if Rudy Gay (shoulder) needs to miss time. He's a very solid speculative add in standard leagues while we await the word of Gay's prognosis. Nov 19, 7:17 pm
  • Klay Thompson (back) will play on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (back) will play Thursday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Thompson was limited during Wednesday's practice, but he was never really expected to miss Thursday's matchup against the Dubs California rivals. He should get a healthy heaping of minutes tonight with Shaun Livingston (hip) out, so go ahead and get him active. Nov 19, 11:45 am
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