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  • Jae Crowder dealing with high-ankle sprain
    Jae Crowder (ankle) said he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

    Advice: While Crowder's ankle is obviously giving him trouble, he said he's committed to playing through the injury. "It's a high ankle sprain," he said on Tuesday. "It's mind over matter. I'm trying to suck it up; do my job." Crowder has been a revelation for his owners in season-long leagues and should continue to be started, but he's a risky play in DFS as long as he's dealing with his injury. 45 minutes ago
  • Luol Deng questionable for Tuesday vs Spurs
    Luol Deng (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Deng missed shootaround with an illness and Heat head coach Erick Spoelstra said he didn't know if Deng will be available for Tuesday night. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Justise Winslow will be in line for a minutes boost if Deng is unable to suit up against the Spurs. Today, 8:29 am
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo returns to D-League
    Thanasis Antetokounmpo has elected to return to the D-League.

    Advice: Antetokoumpo's 10-day contract with the Knicks expired and Lower Case will now return to the Westchester Knicks since he didn't get a second 10-day contract. While Giannis' brother could eventually provide fantasy value, that time is not now and he can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues. Today, 7:33 am
  • Kobe Bryant doesn't want to change FT rules
    Kobe Bryant isn't a proponent of changing free throw rules to discourage hacking.

    Advice: While the league looks at improving the aesthetic of the game by doing away with intentional fouling of poor-shooting players, Bryant thinks it's a bad idea. "That sets a horrible example for the kids," Kobe said. "Can't protect guys that can't make free throws." Free throws aside, Bryant is averaging 26.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 4.6 treys over his last five games and is a must-start player as long as he's healthy. Today, 6:49 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win vs. PHX
    Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points during a 122-106 win over the Suns on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 25 in the second half and is a scoring machine in his last seven, averaging 34.4 points, 9.9 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys on 50.3 percent from the field, 45.1 percent from deep and 92.8 percent from the line. KD is getting close to a 50/40/90 year again at 50.6 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from deep and 89.5 percent from the line. He's created some separation as fantasy's No. 2 player in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores 16 points in 46 minutes
    P.J. Tucker scored 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, five steals and two turnovers in 46 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He always gets huge minutes when the Suns go up against an elite wing like Kevin Durant. Tucker could be traded next week, but he's played well enough to own in all leagues right now. A trade would obviously cripple his value. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Mirza scores 17 points vs. OKC
    Mirza Teletovic scored 17 points with one assist and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He seems to have his minutes around 20 locked up right now. In his last five, Teletovic averaged 13.4 points, 1.8 boards, 0.4 blocks and 2.2 treys. If you need some treys to stash through the All-Star break, he's not a bad idea. If the Suns make some deals, it should help Mirza. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 16 points
    Gerald Henderson scored 16 points with three rebounds, one assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He played some important minutes as both teams went small. The Blazers are likely going to try and unload Henderson and his expiring contract, especially since guys like Allen Crabbe have stepped. He's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 15 points in loss
    Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two assists and two blocks in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: This was his fourth game of the season without a rebound, but he does have at least two blocks in three out of his last four games. Wiggins had two 30-point games last week and is still trending up, so hopefully he can recapture some of that momentum on Wednesday vs. the Raptors. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Tony Allen plays 39 minutes in loss
    Tony Allen played 39 minutes against the Blazers on Monday with eight points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He'll be playing more if Marc Gasol (foot) needs to miss time. Allen hasn't been very good with just 14th-round value in his last 10, but the bump in playing time should push him to close to a top-100 player. He's only a speculative add now, but would be a nice pickup if Gasol is ruled out. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Matt Barnes scores just five in loss
    Matt Barnes scored five points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: If Jeff Green gets big minutes at power forward, that should open up some minutes for Barnes at the three. He's not going to put up eye-popping stat lines, but Green's across-the-board output makes him someone worth owning in all standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 14 points in loss
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points with nine boards and one assist in 25 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He took advantage of some extra minutes in garbage time, but unfortunately he shot just 4-of-13 from the field. Muhammad should continue to steal some of Tayshaun Prince's minutes (19) moving forward since the Wolves are looking towards the future, but he's a better stash in points leagues because he doesn't shoot many 3-pointers or generate many assists, steals or blocks. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores 14 with full line
    Marcus Morris scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He has attempted seven or fewer shots just five times this season, but Darrun Hilliard took away some of his shots tonight. Morris added six assists, five boards, one block, three steals and two treys to give himself a full stat line, so obviously his owners didn't mind the low FGAs. He has been inconsistent at times, but he's still holding low-end value in standard leagues over the course of the season. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 17 points in loss
    Jerami Grant scored a team-high 17 points during a 98-92 overtime loss to the Clippers on Monday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He is starting to play with a little more consistency on the offensive end. Grant has been pretty solid in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 5.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 0.4 treys. He's only worth a look in 16-team leagues right now. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 18 points off the bench
    Terrence Ross scored 18 points off the bench on Monday vs. the Pistons, adding four boards, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now, but Ross has hit double digits in the scoring column for four straight games. He has also played 27 or more minutes in each of those games, so he belongs on your radar if you're looking for points, steals and treys. His long-term outlook isn't great, though. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Paul George scores 21 on poor shooting
    Paul George made 6-of-18 from the field for 21 points during an 89-87 win over the Lakers on Monday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was shooting the ball well before this game, but George is certainly as prone to sub-par efficiency. He'll get another tall task against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Wednesday, so that should be an interesting matchup on both ends. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari drops 24 points in loss
    Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points vs. the Nets on Monday with seven assists, three boards, two steals and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He played a lot of stretch four tonight because of Thaddeus Young's mobility, and he was able to shoot a respectable 7-of-16 from the field. He had a rough outing vs. the Knicks on Sunday with 19 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but the Nuggets absolutely love him and he will likely be a top-50 player in fantasy leagues the rest of the way. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 in 33 minutes
    Kobe Bryant made 6-of-25 from the field for 19 points with five rebounds and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes during an 89-87 loss to the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He wasn't bashful and forced a lot of shots in the failed comeback attempt. "I made a shot and then went back to shooting like [expletive]," Kobe said. "Pulled the rabbit out of the hat & the rabbit disappeared." He looks pretty healthy and should play in most road games. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 16 in return
    Rudy Gay scored 16 point with seven rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: His ankle sprain was expected to keep him out, but he looked OK in 27 minutes tonight -- he might have played more if the Kings weren't blown out. Even if the Kings make a coaching change, it shouldn't hurt Gay's fantasy output. Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores season-high 20
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a season-high 20 points against the Bulls on Monday with seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He hit his third 3-pointer of the season, which matches his career total from his first three seasons. Kidd-Gilchrist has expanded his offensive game this year and he's still just 22 years old, so he could grow a little more in his fourth season. He should be more of a late-round guy even with the extra output from 3. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Nicolas Batum flirts with a a triple-double
    Nicolas Batum scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: That's three magnificent games from the Frenchman. In those three, Batum averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 3.3 treys on 53.3 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Batum figures to be an early-round player going forward. Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Moe Harkless starts 2nd half, Leonard benched
    Moe Harkless started the second half of Monday's game vs. the Blazers in place of Meyers Leonard.

    Advice: It's a matchup-based decision since Marc Gasol (foot) will not return to the game for the Grizzlies. Neither player will have much long-term value since Noah Vonleh (ankle) should be back soon, so they can be ignored in standard leagues. Yesterday, 6:32 pm
  • Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle will start
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) will both start vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: Their status was never really in doubt, so they shouldn't have any limitations. Bryant is averaging 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four games, so he needs to be in all lineups until he cools off. Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Rudy Gay (ankle) will start on Monday
    Updating a previous item Rudy Gay (ankle) will start against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He was not expected to play about an hour ago, but he'll give it a go as the Kings try to save coach George Karl's job. Gay will join Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins in the first unit. James Anderson will come off the bench. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Karasev not playing on Monday.
    Sergey Karasev (illness) will not play on Monday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation anyway. Leave Karasev on the wire. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gay will try to play vs. Cavs
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay (ankle) will try to play against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds like he is going to come off the bench with James Anderson starting over him. Gay did miss Sunday's game and is likely going to be limited for tonight. Start him at your own risk this week. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Otto Porter will get more PF minutes
    Otto Porter is expected to play more power forward.

    Advice: He finally broke out of a slump on Saturday with 20 points. Porter has been flirting with top-50 value on the season and should be in that neighborhood going forward. Expect Jared Dudley to play slightly less. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Rudy Gay (ankle) doubtful to play on Monday
    Rudy Gay (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to play in Monday's game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Gay didn't play on Sunday due to the injury, so obviously it's more than just a minor sprain. With Gay sidelined, Omri Casspi's minutes should trend up although he's still likely to (inexplicably) come off the bench behind James Anderson. From a statistical perspective, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo will be the primary fantasy beneficiaries of Gay's absence. Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo's 10-day deal expires
    Thanasis Antetokounmpo's 10-day contract has expired.

    Advice: The Knicks could re-sign him to another 10-day deal, but there has been no indication that New York is interested in that move. Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Kobe, Randle both expected to play on Monday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday. Yesterday, 9:00 am
  • Rick Carlisle praises Justin Anderson's play
    Rick Carlisle praised rookie Justin Anderson for his recent performance on the floor.

    Advice: "He’s been getting opportunities to play, which he has earned with consistency, with hard work and with understanding his role on the team," Carlisle said. "He made some rebounds in traffic that I haven’t seen anybody make here in the last seven-plus years, and I don’t know how you duplicate his enthusiasm and exuberance for the game and his teammates. You know, we knew he was a special kid when we drafted him." The words are nice, but Anderson is not currently on the fantasy radar. Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Lance Thomas (concussion) could return Tues.
    Lance Thomas (concussion) could return on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He might, he might not. Either way, Thomas isn't a fantasy option with Carmelo Anthony (knee), Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams all available. Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Loul Deng scores 15 points with eight boards
    Luol Deng produced 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with eight rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The scoring comes and goes for Deng, and with averages of 10.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 0.9 steals and 1.0 turnover per game, he's nothing more than a late-round asset in standard leagues. Sunday, 3:11 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari on fire from free throw line
    Danilo Gallinari cooled off vs. the Knicks, hitting 4-of-13 field goals, but he added 9-of-10 free throws to finish with 19 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Gallo was coming off a 33-point performance, a season high, and he's been a machine from the FT line lately -- in Denver's past five games he's a combined 49-of-53 from the stripe (92.5 percent). He made a pair of 3-pointers tonight, without any turnovers, and continues to return steady top-50 value in 8-cat, 9-cat and most points leagues. Sunday, 1:23 pm
  • Rudy Gay (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Rudy Gay (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle during Friday's game and was listed as doubtful for today's contest. With Gay on the shelf, the Kings will likely play less small ball, while Omri Casspi should benefit the most from a fantasy perspective. Gay should be considered day-to-day. Sunday, 8:43 am
  • Lance Thomas (concussion) out Sunday
    Lance Thomas (concussion) will not play on Sunday vs. the Nuggets as expected.

    Advice: He was never expected to play and still has to pass the league's concussion protocol. His next chance to play will be on Tuesday vs. the Wizards. Langston Galloway will continue to see a few extra minutes in Thomas' absence. Sunday, 8:27 am
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't look right on Friday vs. the Cavs, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Crowder is as tough as they come and doesn't want to take any time off, so he shouldn't have any restrictions vs. the Kings. He's a risky play in DFS, but owners in season-long leagues should activate him. Sunday, 8:24 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert are questionable
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Roy Hibbert (ankle) are questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Bryant has been on fire over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers, so it would be a shame if he was forced to sit out. If he isn't able to play, Anthony Brown would draw the start, but Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell would benefit the most. Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Damian Lillard praises Gerald Henderson
    Damian Lillard attributes Gerald Henderson's recent success to him being healthy.

    Advice: "I think he's just healthy," Lillard said. "He was coming off hip surgery, so it took some time for him to get in shape. He missed training camp. He had to get in shape, he had to get his rhythm back, he had to get his feel back, get comfortable with our sets, comfortable being out there with the guys. I think the last couple of weeks, you're starting to see him get comfortable. He's finally back." Henderson is averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in February, but his expiring contract could draw some interest at the trade deadline. Sunday, 6:13 am
  • P.J. Tucker goes scoreless in 38 minutes
    P.J. Tucker failed to score in 38 minutes vs. the Jazz on Saturday, missing all three of his shots from the field.

    Advice: Tucker recently said that he is hopeful that the Suns will not trade him at the deadline, so he certainly didn't boost his stock with this performance. The swingman added just four assists and one board to his name with a couple of turnovers, but he does have enough upside to warrant a hold in standard leagues for any owner in need of 3-pointers, boards and steals. Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Jae Crowder returned to action on Friday February 5. Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 40 points are not enough
    Kevin Durant scored 40 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors during a 116-108 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: The Thunder clawed back from an 18-point deficit to make this a game, but it just wasn't enough. As for KD, it's his third 40-point game on the year and he is tearing it up on offense right now. In his last 10, Durant averaged 32.1 points, 9.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.6 treys. He is up to 27.7 points per game and trails James Harden for second by just 0.1 points per game. Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 25 points vs. the Spurs
    Kobe Bryant scored 25 points on 9-of-28 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding four assists, one board, one block and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: To his credit, Bryant kept the Lakers in this one until the very end, as the Spurs surprisingly only won by four points. The Black Mamba has been lethal over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers. He needs to be in all lineups until he cools off, but his owners should really consider selling high. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Matt Barnes double-doubles in loss
    Matt Barnes posted a double-double on Saturday vs. the Mavericks, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. He just returned from a hamstring injury on Friday vs. the Knicks, so the fact that he was able to log 36 minutes in the overtime loss is a really good sign. Barnes is still flirting with top-80 value on the season, so he needs to be owned in standard leagues after a performance like this one. Saturday, 8:42 pm
  • Paul George scores 30 in win over Pistons
    Paul George made 7-of-13 from the field and 14-of-15 from the line for 30 points during a 112-104 win over the Pistons on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: After a brutal slump, George has two consecutive games with a field goal percentage greater than 52. George seems to have got his wish from back in the preseason to play less power forward with barely any run there while Myles Turner plays next to him. Expect PG-13 to hang in the top 10-20 range going forward. Saturday, 7:25 pm
  • Nic Batum scores 26, just misses trip-dub
    Nicolas Batum was everywhere during a 108-104 win over the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and six turnovers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, that toe issue looks like it's behind him. Batum was the focal point of the offense and coach Steve Clifford allows him to read the defense to create the flow. He's coming off a 21-point gem on Friday, so his owners can obviously take their finger away from the panic button after a couple weeks of worry. Expect him to be an early-round player going forward. Saturday, 6:49 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores nine in win
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored nine points with no rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He actually lost some minutes to Jeremy Lin tonight with the Hornets playing Nicolas Batum at the three down the stretch. Kidd-Gilchrist also attempted two 3-pointers tonight, so his five attempts in five games are a surprise after not taking any last year -- he's made two. MKG is more of a late-round guy. Saturday, 6:37 pm
  • Otto Porter turns it around, scores 20
    Otto Porter turned it around during a 108-104 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 18 points in the first half thanks to some easy transition buckets. Porter was off to a terrible start in February, averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.7 treys. There was never a doubt he'd get it going and his owners can expect him to be a top 50-type player going forward. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores 14 points in start
    Moe Harkless made his second straight start on Saturday against the Rockets with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not having Allen Crabbe (illness) was huge for Harkless today. He only played 16 minutes on Thursday while Crabbe was in and Noah Vonleh (ankle) was out, so leave him on the wire. Crabbe should be back for Monday. Saturday, 5:14 pm
  • Rudy Gay (ankle) doubtful vs. Boston
    Rudy Gay (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle on Friday and did not return. The Kings will desperately need Gay to help save Karl's job, but that might not happen. If Gay doesn't play, Omri Casspi should get the start and get a chance to rebound from a rough stretch. Darren Collison and Marco Belinelli should also benefit. Saturday, 1:43 pm
  • Lakers have reduced Kobe's workload
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant's workload in practice has been reduced so that he can be fresh for games.

    Advice: "Less work has been better because his legs are fresh, especially the last couple of weeks," Scott said. "He has a different pep in his step." Bryant sat out of Friday's practice, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Spurs isn't in doubt. He's averaging 29.3 points and 5.0 3-pointers over his last three games, so he's worth deploying in all lineups until he cools off. Saturday, 7:44 am
  • P.J. Tucker doesn't want a trade
    P.J. Tucker is hopeful that the Suns will not trade him.

    Advice: "I love being in Phoenix," Tucker said. "It’s been my longest stop of my career and hopefully it continues." Tucker is on the last year of his deal and the Suns are tanking, so he should draw plenty of interest prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Raptors have been linked with the swingman, but a move to Toronto would be bad news for his fantasy value. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Saturday, 6:51 am
  • Justin Anderson scores 13 points w/ two treys
    Justin Anderson actually got into the rotation due to the blowout nature of Friday's game, and produced 13 points and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: Anderson shot 4-of-7 from the field and also pulled down three boards, but he's a negligible part of the rotation more often than not. We'll need to see him earning consistent minutes before recommending him as an add in any league. Friday, 11:56 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari snuffs Bulls, scores 33
    Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 33 points during a 115-110 win over the Bulls on Friday with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He made all 18 attempts from the line and killed the Bulls with his slow-mo style of scoring. Gallinari is the first player to take at least 18 attempts from the line and make all of them since Kobe Bryant in 2013. He was cooling off a bit before this one and only has sixth-round value in his last 10, but expect him to trend up. Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Matt Barnes returns, scores 12
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) returned during a 91-85 win over the Knicks on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first game at MSG since the Derek Fisher drama. In true Barnes fashion, he did some warming up on the Knicks side of the court before the game -- this was before other Knicks came out. Barnes should be able to flirt with top-100 value with his fantasy-friendly game. Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Jae Crowder hits just 1-of-9 shots in 32 mins
    Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup. Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Otto Porter has brutal game again
    Otto Porter scored five points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: It hasn't been a good week for Porter. In his last five, he's averaged just 7.6 points, 2.4 boards, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys on 42.9 percent from the field. We saw Porter fall off a cliff earlier this year and he bounced back, so we're expecting him to do it again. Keep him on your roster in all leagues and consider him a buy-low guy if you don't have him. Friday, 8:36 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores nine in solid game
    Jerami Grant scored nine points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: The highlight reel was on as usual and he turned in a really nice game on top of that. Robert Covington lost some playing time to open a window for Grant, but we'll still need to see Jerami do it again before suggesting him as an add. Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left ankle) questionable Sunday
    Rudy Gay has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle, and he will be listed as day-to-day moving forward.

    Advice: X-rays on Gay's left ankle came back negative, and it looks like he'll be questionable for Sacramento's upcoming back-to-back set Sunday vs. Boston and Monday vs. Cleveland. If he's forced into an extended absence, Omri Casspi, Willie Cauley-Stein and Darren Collison will benefit, with Casspi likely returning to the starting five. Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 21 points
    Nicolas Batum scored 21 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: This is the Batum we grew to love back in November. Hopefully his toe injury is behind him and he can go back to being a guy capable of putting up top-30 value. Batum could be on his way after tonight. Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores nine points
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored nine points with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are very good at keeping guys out of the paint and they are the first team to do so with MKG this season. Kidd-Gilchrist is still going to be worth owning, but his owners may want to temper expectations from his terrific start. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Paul George's 31 points aren't enough
    Paul George scored 31 points during a 102-96 loss to the Hawks on Friday with nine rebounds, six assists and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over one time in a great game. George was also 11-of-21 from the field to turn in a very efficient line. George had made just 38.1 percent from the field in his previous 10 and that's been a problem since early December. He's still a second-round player in 2016. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Rudy Gay (ankle) out for game vs. Nets
    Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter and tried to play through it, but it just wasn't feeling right for him. Omri Casspi will get a bump in minutes while Willie Cauley-Stein will play more, too. Darren Collison is also playing well tonight. Gay finished with two points, one rebound and one assist. Friday, 5:22 pm
  • Rudy Gay exits Friday w/ left ankle injury
    Rudy Gay exited Friday's game after turning his left ankle and has returned.

    Advice: Gay walked off under his own power and might be able to return after having the ankle re-taped. It looks like he is fine. Friday, 4:51 pm
  • Jae Crowder will play, has ankle taped
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

    Advice: Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight. Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Matt Barnes will play vs. Knicks on Friday
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) will play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: "We should be fully loaded," coach Dave Joerger said. Yes, this means he gets his first game at MSG since the Derek Fisher drama. Barnes is still a hold in standard leagues, but he's lost some value with Jeff Green tearing it up. Friday, 3:09 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) still on track to play
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal. Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Lance Thomas (concussion) out until Tuesday
    Lance Thomas (mild concussion) will not play until at least Tuesday as he undergoes testing, which means he'll miss games on Friday or Sunday.

    Advice: With Carmelo Anthony (knee) also on the sidelines, the Knicks are going small with Langston Galloway in the starting lineup on Friday. Derrick Williams should also play big minutes off the bench, however, and he's worth a long look as a cheap DFS play until Melo and/or Thomas return to action. Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant expected to play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant missed practice on Friday and is fully expected to play on Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: It's his last road game in San Antonio, so it would be a big surprise to see him out. Bryant is on fire in his last two games and he might be someone to use in DFS for the first time. Friday, 1:09 pm
  • Matt Barnes (hamstring) is still questionable
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Given his history with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher, Barnes will do everything in his power to play tonight. He did go through the morning shootaround, so it sounds like he could be a game-time call. If he misses another game, Jeff Green and Tony Allen would benefit the most. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) is a game-time call
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is a game-time call on Friday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He sprained his ankle on Wednesday vs. the Pistons, but he did say that he is expecting to play. Regardless, Crowder will not go through shootaround and is a true game-time call, so his owners should have a backup plan ready just in case. If Crowder sits, expect Evan Turner and Marcus Smart to see an uptick in minutes. Friday, 8:05 am
  • Moe Harkless starts in loss
    Moe Harkless scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes during a start against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't really have an impact with just one shot from the field. With Gerald Henderson back and on the block, don't expect Harkless to play much. Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 27; Lakers win again
    Kobe Bryant scored 27 points during a 99-96 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His rebounds were a season high and he's back to shooting the ball well after his 38-point gem on Tuesday. The Lakers are now on a two-game winning streak and look to be playing better. This is actually bad news for next year with their top-three protected pick. Kobe has been great, but expect him to rest here and there. Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Mirza gets 19 minutes vs. Rockets
    Mirza Teletovic scored 15 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 19 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He seems like he's locked in as a guy to get the backup minutes behind Markieff Morris. Now that coach Earl Watson seems to have tightened up his rotation, Teletovic is worth a look as a low-end guy with some stashing upside. Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Lance Thomas gets six stitches
    Lance Thomas returned on Thursday after receiving six stitches for a lip laceration.

    Advice: He's fine and he didn't need a concussion test. Thomas scored nine points with one rebound and one assist in 31 minutes. He's lost most of his fantasy value while the team is healthy. Thursday, 8:36 pm
  • Moe Harkless is starting against Raptors
    Moe Harkless will start against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts was always going to go small for at least some of this game, so he'll get an early jump here. Harkless isn't a fantasy option right now. Thursday, 7:06 pm
  • Matt Barnes (hamstring) questionable Friday
    Matt Barnes (right hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Matt Barnes sat out Monday's matchup with New Orleans, and given the tricky nature of hamstring injuries, it wouldn't be shocking to see him miss Friday's contest as well. Jeff Green, Tony Allen and Vince Carter will see an uptick in minutes if Barnes is out, with Green offering the most upside. Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play vs Pelicans on Thursday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Bryant is still struggling with with his shoulder injury, but is coming off a season-high of 38 points on Tuesday. While Bryant makes for a solid start on Thursday, his return will cut into the minutes of Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell. Thursday, 9:59 am
  • Crowder rolls ankle, but says he's OK
    Jae Crowder sprained his ankle on Wednesday against the Pistons, but said after the game that he expects to play on Friday after momentarily being crumpled in pain after Marcus Morris fell onto his lower leg.

    Advice: "I’m a little banged up but it’s a part of it and it’s about that time of the season where a lot of guys are getting nicks and knacks," he said. "But I’ll take care of my body the next few days and get ready for the next one." Crowder had 12 points, six boards and four steals in the win, and the Celtics play at Cleveland on Friday, so owners will want to check back and make sure Crowder's good to go. He came into Wednesday's game with a calf injury, but was able to play through it. Thursday, 1:43 am
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 31 points vs. Clippers
    Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers during a 108-102 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was on fire in the first half with 21 points on 9-of-12 from the field. Wiggins scored 30 points in back-to-back games for the second time this season and now he's doing a better job of getting to the basket -- also playing some more SF minutes recently. His team picked up a big win after suffering a tough loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. Wiggins is doing a little more in fantasy, but he'll have to transform into a multi-cat player to put up must-start value. Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad gets 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad played 12 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, no turnovers and no fouls.

    Advice: No injuries to report here as coach Sam Mitchell just had to give Tayshaun Prince 31 minutes, giving Andrew Wiggins some small forward minutes and even Damjan Rudez got in there for 18 minutes. Expect Muhammad to be better, but his upside isn't great anyway. Wednesday, 11:47 pm
  • Not Nice: Durant hits game winner, scores 37
    Kevin Durant hit 27-foot game-winner during a 117-114 victory over the Magic on Wednesday, finishing with 37 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: KD is not nice. He gave Tobias Harris a dirty crossover to get free for the shot with 0.5 seconds left (video in link below). Durant is rolling in his last five, averaging 33.8 points, 9.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 90.2 percent from the line. Yes, teams have interest in signing him this offseason. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Paul George hits 6-of-18 shots in win
    Paul George hit just 6-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, six assists, five steals and a block in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The shooting, as usual, was a concern, but he filled the stat sheet and the threes, steals and block were all nice. He's no longer playing like one of the best scorers in the league, but is still worth owning and starting every time he plays. He hasn't scored more than 19 points in four straight games, and scored just 11 in two of those. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Otto Porter scores nine with four steals
    Otto Porter played 32 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and one turnover.

    Advice: The Warriors ran him all over the court, but it didn't seem to affect him much tonight. Porter's troublesome hip has been his biggest bugaboo for his fantasy value, but he's posting fourth-round value on the year and in his last 10 active games. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays well in 36 minutes
    Marcus Morris played 36 minutes and hit just 4-of-17 shots, but also hit two 3-pointers and five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went down with a potentially serious groin injury, so Morris should continue to get heavy minutes going forward. He shot it terribly tonight, but the minutes were there and he should have a lot of opportunity going forward given KCP's injury. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Jerami Grant scoreless in 22 mins off bench
    Jerami Grant failed to score in 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, going 0-of-4 from the field with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocked shots.

    Advice: Grant's shot-blocking is nice, at 1.5 per game, but that's not enough to prop up his fantasy value. The 21-year-old forward needs to add more 3-pointers (0.4), boards (4.4), assists (1.4) and steals (0.8), while shooting better from the field (43.1 percent) and the line (67.1 percent). Maybe next year. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubles vs Cavs
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled on Wednesday with 11 points and 13 boards, shooting 5-of-14 from the field without any 3-pointers, assists, steals or blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't bothered by the apparent leg injury he suffered toward the end of Sunday's game, and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with the early returns -- a player who wasn't expected to suit up this season is now averaging 14.3 points, 0.7 triples, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first three appearances. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (toe) logs 31 minutes in return
    Nicolas Batum (toe) was in Charlotte's starting lineup on Wednesday, posting 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a win vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Batum was listed as doubtful and he's aggravated the injury a few times, so it was surprising to see him suit up tonight. His owners can only hope that it wasn't a premature return, but we're leaving him off the injury report for Friday's game vs. Miami. If he finally stays healthy, Batum should return top-40 rest-of-season value. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Batum and Lin will be starting backcourt
    Nicolas Batum (toe) and Jeremy Lin will be the starting backcourt against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a decent chance Batum is limited from his lingering toe injury. He should still be involved as a play maker, but his efficiency woes make him someone not to use in DFS. His owners in season-long leagues can start him. Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Jae Crowder (calf) good to go
    Jae Crowder (calf) is ready to play on Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: He was never in doubt, but the team did mention as they announced actives. Crowder should be close to 30 minutes tonight in a slightly sub-par matchup for him. Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Nicolas Batum to warm up, hoping to play
    Nicolas Batum (toe) will warm up and hopes to play on Wednesday against the Cavs.

    Advice: His toe injury has been bothering him for over a month and he's missed the last 10 days. If Batum can go, we'll likely see Jeremy Lin log all of his minutes at point guard while Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston figure to play less. Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • Report: Toronto interested in P.J. Tucker
    The Raptors have reportedly expressed interest in trading for P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: It makes sense as the Raptors’ small forwards have been ravished by injuries, although Tucker would lose a lot of value in Toronto once DeMarre Carroll (knee) is able to get back on the court. It's unclear exactly what assets the Raptors would send to the Suns in order to make this deal happen, but Stein reports that Phoenix is likely seeking a "nice" draft pick as compensation. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Nicolas Batum (toe) upgraded to questionable
    Nicolas Batum (toe) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Batum was being listed as doubtful headed into Wednesday's game, but he may be forced to gut this one out with Kemba Walker (knee) set to spend his first game of the year on the sidelines. Check back for another update on Batum closer to tip-off, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be forced into heavy minutes. Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Durant and Westbrook to LA highly unlikely
    The idea of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook signing with the Lakers as free agents is "almost laughable," according to sources of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: The initial KD and Westbrook to Los Angeles story was spawned by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who tends to favor sensationalism over journalism, and the reality is that if the pair would like to remain together they'd make more money by staying in OKC. Additionally, it wouldn't make sense for Durant to leave the Thunder in order to pursue a championship and then wind up going through a rebuild with the Lakers. For now, Los Angeles seems like a very unlikely destination for the Durantuala. Wednesday, 6:05 am
  • Wiggins breaks out of slump, drops 30 points
    Andrew Wiggins snapped out of his slump on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, scoring 30 points on 13-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: In his two previous games, Wiggins was averaging 10.0 points on 5-of-29 shooting (17.2 percent). Coach Sam Mitchell did say last week that Wiggins was a little fatigued, but he looked great tonight against one of his idols (Kobe Bryant) and his owners should be encouraged. The rising star added five boards, one assist, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer to give himself a full line. Tuesday, 11:13 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 14 w/ nine boards
    Gerald Henderson scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He has scored in double digits in four out of his last five games, but his recent spike in playing time could be because the Blazers are trying to boost his value prior to the trade deadline. Regardless, Henderson doesn't have much upside and his role with minutes in the lower 20s is not appealing, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic struggles off bench
    Mirza Teletovic was replaced in the starting lineup by Markieff Morris on Tuesday and hit just 2-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The loss of T.J. Warren for the season works in Teletovic's favor, but the return of Jon Leuer works against him. Teletovic has been too inconsistent for most of the season to warrant owning, but if he gets hot again, think about grabbing him - especially since Warren's season is over. Tuesday, 9:39 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 16 off Raps bench
    Terrence Ross came off the bench and had 16 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting in 27 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: Norman Powell (who?) is starting for injured James Johnson, but Ross and Cory Joseph should be the guys getting most of his minutes. After a pair of duds, Ross has scored 12 and 16 in his last two games, putting on the radar in deeper leagues. Joseph had 10 points and four assists in 27 minutes. Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Luol Deng scores 17 with eight boards in loss
    Luol Deng hit 7-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: Deng is hot, averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last three games. If he was dropped in your league, he might be worth a look, although we're guessing the return of Hassan Whiteside (oblique) will hurt Deng's production. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 in Celtics win
    Jae Crowder played through a calf injury and hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, five rebounds and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was iffy coming in with the injury but looked fine tonight. Get him back in your lineup. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Durant practices in full without knee brace
    Kevin Durant went through a full practice on Tuesday without wearing any brace or sleeve on his right knee.

    Advice: Durant wore a right knee brace during Monday's game, but he produced a standard stat stuffing line, and after going through a full practice on Tuesday there's nothing to be concerned about here. Move along. Tuesday, 1:37 pm
  • Report: Dubs in the running for Kevin Durant?
    The Warriors have emerged as "significant frontrunners" to sign Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent if he decides to leave the Thunder this offseason, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski

    Advice: In order for the Dubs to create the cap space for this move, they would need to trade away Andre Iguodala, stretch Andrew Bogut and Jason Thompson, and withdraw Harrison Barnes' qualifying offer. Durant is also by no means a lock to leave OKC this offseason, and another idea that has been floated around is him signing a two-year deal with the Thunder with a player option on the second-year, so that he would hit free agency with Russell Westbrook. This is obviously going to be a huge story this offseason, but for now, Durant is fantasy basketball's No. 2 overall option. Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • Nicolas Batum doubtful for Weds vs Cavaliers
    Nicolas Batum (toe) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Batum is in danger of missing his second straight game on Wednesday and could be out longer as he looks to have rushed his return. We'll keep an eye on his status after shootaround, but Batum's absence could mean that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be in for all the minutes he can handle as the only healthy wing besides Batum. Tuesday, 10:11 am
  • OKC mum on reason for Kevin Durant's brace
    Kevin Durant wore a brace on his right knee during Monday's win over the Wizards, but the Thunder didn't elaborate on the reason.

    Advice: Head coach Billy Donovan said reporters would have to ask Durant about the brace/sleeve that he wore on his right knee, but Durant left the locker room without talking to reporters. While he was seen icing the knee on the bench, KD didn't look any worse for the wear on the court en route to scoring 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting. We'll keep an eye out for updates, but it doesn't sound like this is anything fantasy owners should worry about just yet. Tuesday, 6:37 am
  • Paul George feels like his role has changed
    Paul George feels like his role on the Pacers has changed since the beginning of the season.

    Advice: After a blistering start to the season, George has slowed a bit and feels that he's been less of a focal point for the Pacers lately. "It’s changed, it’s definitely changed [since the] start of the year," George said. "Just kinda felt like I had the confidence and coach was giving me the confidence with the green light. I’m still confident, guys are still making the right plays. Just seems like a transition a little bit." While George is still worth a nightly start, fantasy owners may want to test his market as he's now shooting just 40.9 percent from the field this season. Tuesday, 6:26 am
  • Rudy Gay feasts vs. the Bucks with 32 points
    Rudy Gay was phenomenal in a 111-104 win over the Bucks on Monday with 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with nine boards, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sat this one out, so Gay predictably took control of the offense and helped the Kings snap a four-game losing streak. Cousins' status for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls is up in the air, so Gay could be a popular target in DFS if Boogie misses another game. Monday, 9:59 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) plays 21 minutes
    Otto Porter (hip, back) played 21 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 13 points with one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-9 from the field, but he didn't record any boards, assists or blocks. Porter claims that he's 100 percent, but he played just 12 minutes in his last game and he didn't look great tonight either. The Wizards are probably just being cautious with Porter's minutes, so his owners should continue to stick with him. Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 points in win
    Kevin Durant scored 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Monday's win over the Wizards, adding nine boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was wearing a brace on his right knee tonight, but there is no report of an injury. For now, his owners shouldn't be concerned. KD looked great out there despite turning the ball over a game-high seven times, and he gets a pass for that since he has been the second best player in fantasy this season. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Matt Barnes (right hamstring) out vs. NO
    Matt Barnes (right hamstring) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: This injury popped up out of nowhere and it's unknown how much time he'll miss. With Barnes out, there should be more run for for Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Tony Allen. Keep Barnes benched for now. Monday, 4:46 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) will play Monday
    Otto Porter (hip, back) will play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was limited to just 12 minutes vs. the Rockets on Saturday, but the Wizards were likely just being cautious. Porter should see minutes closer to his normal workload on Monday, but owners in DFS should probably ignore him to be safe. He can be activated in season-long leagues, though. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Matt Barnes is a game-time call vs. Pelicans
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) is a game-time call against the Pelicans on Monday, but is closer to doubtful.

    Advice: Barnes' hamstring issue is new, but he's dealt with this problem before. If Barnes can't go, that means there will be more minutes for Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Tony Allen. Monday, 3:36 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gets 19 & 12 vs Lakers
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist notched 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 28 minutes on Sunday, before leaving late in the fourth quarter with an apparent right leg injury.

    Advice: He appeared to step on Nick Young's foot while closing out on a jumper, but it didn't look like a serious injury and we're considering him day-to-day. He connected on both of his attempts from downtown which is a fascinating wrinkle for MKG, who had never made multiple 3-pointers in a game. He's a career 16.7 percent shooter from deep and we're not expecting this to become a trend, but owners should still be extremely encouraged -- he looked great tonight, excluding some conditioning issues, and should be a steady rest-of-season contributor. Jan 31, 9:19 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad invisible in 13 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad failed to score in 13 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, finishing Sunday's road loss with two turnovers, three personal fouls and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Yikes. It was Muhammad's lowest playing time since Dec. 28 and he won't be a consistent option while Tayshaun Prince is logging heavy minutes as a starter -- Prince got 30 minutes tonight, Andrew Wiggins played 35 minutes, and Zach LaVine saw 25 minutes as a shooting guard, so there wasn't much room for Shabazz in the rotation. Jan 31, 8:57 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins shoots 3-of-18 vs. Blazers
    Andrew Wiggins shot 3-of-18 from the field on Sunday, but he made 9-of-12 from the line to finish the Wolves' road loss with 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: Al-Farouq Aminu was his primary defender and Wiggins isn't the first player to struggle vs. AFA this season -- the Blazers are limiting opposing SFs to just 18.0 points over their past five games. Wiggins' usage rate of 27.8 is easily a team-high, and one off-night offensively won't dissuade him from firing away vs. the lowly Lakers on Tuesday. Jan 31, 8:56 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic starts, plays just 21 minutes
    Mirza Teletovic had 14 points, one rebound and one block in 21 minutes on Sunday, while starting at PF ahead of Alex Len and Markieff Morris.

    Advice: Teletovic has potential as a 3-point specialist if his minutes stay north of 20 per game, but his overall fantasy contributions are very limited. There are no guarantees that he'll continue to start alongside Tyson Chandler, and most owners should stay clear of him. Jan 31, 7:13 pm
  • Luol Deng posts 17/4/3 with extras on Sunday
    Luol Deng was quietly effective during Sunday's victory, contributing 17 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: Deng committed just one turnover in 32 minutes and he's played well in four straight games after one DNP due to an eye injury. He's carved out late-round appeal in 12-team roto leagues, but there should be higher-upside options on most waiver wires. Jan 31, 6:19 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic will start, Alex Len to bench
    Mirza Teletovic will start on Sunday vs. the Mavericks with Alex Len moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Mavericks are starting Chandler Parsons at the four with Dirk Nowitzki out, so this decision is likely due to the matchup. Teletovic did start the second half of Friday's game, but the Suns' lineup could change on a nightly basis. Teletovic is better suited for deeper leagues if you need 3-pointers. Jan 31, 4:13 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) plays just 12 minutes
    Otto Porter (hip, back) played just 12 minutes on Saturday vs. the Rockets, scoring nine points with three boards and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played just six minutes in each half, and he was seen in the tunnel riding a stationary back in order to keep his back loose. The Wizards were probably just being cautious with him, but it's possible that these issues could potentially linger for a while. The Wizards are back in action on Monday vs. the Thunder, but they should have an update on Porter's status after Sunday's practice. Jan 30, 9:43 pm
  • Matt Barnes fails to score in 22 minutes
    Matt Barnes missed all seven of his shots from the field on Saturday vs. the Kings and failed to score in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. The good news is that Barnes salvaged his line with three boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks, so it's hard to drop a player with that kind of upside after one bad performance. He had five fouls which explains the low minutes, but we would like him better if the Grizzlies went back to their small-ball lineup. Barnes had 13 points, four boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in his previous game, so it makes sense to give him another chance. Jan 30, 8:58 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores just five
    Terrence Ross scored five points with one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He's kind of boring and not starting will hurt his consistency a tad, but Ross has sneakily put up sixth-round value in his last six games and was trending up a bit after this one. He's not someone you have to hang onto in the event a hot free agent emerges, but he's worth owning. Jan 30, 6:52 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 10 in start
    Jerami Grant scored 10 points in a start against the Warriors on Saturday with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one block in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The 76ers going small kind of hurt Grant a little here with Robert Covington getting big minutes at the four. Grant is coming off a big game, but his inconsistency has been his undoing in fantasy. He's fun to watch, but the inconsistency is too annoying to own him. Jan 30, 4:41 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (toe) out again on Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (toe) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: He wasn't right at all on Friday and the team will probably tell you they brought him back too soon. Batum was in a walking boot last week and the team might just shut him down to avoid this issue from happening over and over again. The Hornets have basically every decent wing besides Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurt, so any healthy body benefits. Jan 30, 3:46 pm
  • Jerami Grant will start, Okafor off bench
    Jerami Grant will start against the Warriors on Saturday with Jahlil Okafor coming off the bench.

    Advice: Grant is going to start against Draymond Green, so his athleticism should help him. He's also coming off a career-high 21 points and we'll see if he can keep it going. It's a good matchup for him, but he's not a strong pickup yet. That might change after this game, though. Jan 30, 12:21 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) will play Saturday
    Otto Porter is dealing with a back issue in addition to tightness in his right hip, but he will play on Saturday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: "It's more of my back," Porter said. "It's not really the hip. The back just locked up. That's all." The injuries are piling up for Porter, but he sounds determined to keep on playing and the Wizards can't really afford another injury right now. Porter is safe to plug into lineups, though. Jan 30, 10:56 am
  • Otto Porter (hip) says he will play Saturday
    Otto Porter (hip) said that he will play on Saturday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: He was dealing with right hip tightness on Thursday, but he did go through the morning shootaround and it sounds like he is doing better. It's unclear if he will have any limitations, but it's safe to pencil Porter into all active lineups in season-long leagues. Jan 30, 9:58 am
  • Terrence Ross draws praise from coaches
    Raptors assistant coach Rex Kalamian is excited about Terrence Ross' potential.

    Advice: "He’s a developing player, he’s not a finished product," Kalamian said. "He probably has, in his career, about seven more big jumps. I keep telling him, ‘You’ve got so much potential that you’re not even getting into the game yet. Keep working, keep getting better.'" Ross has been playing a lot better recently, averaging 13.2 points, 2.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys over his last five games. He will lose value when DeMarre Carroll (knee) returns, but he is worth a look if you need points, triples and steals. Jan 30, 9:11 am
  • Mitchell says Andrew Wiggins was tired
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Andrew Wiggins struggled on Friday vs. the Jazz because he was tired.

    Advice: "He just didn’t have that extra step," Mitchell said. "It happens. Nobody is going to play great every night. You could just tell: Very, very rarely does he ask to come out of the game and he asked to come out of the game early in the third quarter, at the five-minute mark. He just was tired." Wiggins was held to just five points on 2-of-11 shooting, but look for him to bounce back on Sunday vs. the Blazers. Jan 30, 8:30 am
  • Batum is still hurting, scores three
    Nicolas Batum made 1-of-11 from the field for three points against the Blazers on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He is still hurting. Damian Lillard even said he thought Batum was still dealing with his toe injury. Batum will get healthy at some point, but he might not really turn the corner until the break. His owners will have to make sure he's ready to go for each game. Jan 29, 10:43 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist plays 34 minutes in return
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 13 points in his season debut on Friday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes against the Blazers.

    Advice: He was pretty impressive with some nice transition scoring and being aggressive. Kidd-Gilchrist showed some offensive signs of life and he locked down C.J. McCollum at times tonight. He played all of his minutes at small forward and chances are he won't play at the four much going forward. His upside isn't too desirable, but there is some intrigue in the new offense. If you hate the guy on the end of your bench, give him a look. Jan 29, 10:40 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33 points on 75.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 11-of-18 from the field and all nine free throws for 33 points against the Rockets during a 116-108 win on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was cooling off a tad earlier this month, but he's rolling again. In his last four, Durant averaged 34.0 points, 11.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.3 treys on 51.2 percent from the field. He's putting up wonderful numbers on two-point shots and he's been the No. 2 player in January behind Stephen Curry. Jan 29, 9:34 pm
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