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  • Josh Smith doesn't score in nine minutes
    Josh Smith missed all four shots from the field with two rebounds and one turnover in nine minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The milk has gone bad for Smith, who has really just turned in one good game in his last four. The Rockets are really embracing the small-ball look, so that is bad news for Smith while Dwight Howard is healthy. He's not a great option. 41 minutes ago
  • Brandan Wright does pre-game routine
    Brandan Wright (knee) did some pre-game work on Saturday and could return after the break.

    Advice: There have not been many updates on Wright, so it's good to see he's coming around. He has a decent upside, but won't have much value while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are healthy. Today, 4:01 pm
  • Martin, Pekovic and Garnett out Saturday
    Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) will not play on Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: These guys are not close to a return. Martin may have played his last minutes with the Wolves as the trade deadline approaches. Zach LaVine will get close to 30 minutes tonight and is worth owning in standard leagues. Today, 3:36 pm
  • Dante Cunningham will start, Gee to bench
    Dante Cunningham will start on Saturday vs. the Cavaliers, sending Alonzo Gee to the bench.

    Advice: The Pelicans have lost three straight games, so coach Alvin Gentry is looking to shake things up. Cunningham isn't very involved in the offense and has very little upside, so he's safe to ignore in most leagues. Gee can be dropped almost everywhere. Today, 3:13 pm
  • Richaun Holmes ruled out
    Richaun Holmes (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was always expected to miss this game and now it's official. We barely saw lineup combos with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on Friday, which will probably continue tonight. Holmes isn't a fantasy option. Today, 3:01 pm
  • Jordan Hill moving to the bench
    Jordan Hill will come off the bench on Saturday against the Pistons.

    Advice: He lost all his momentum on Friday and his playing time should drop quite a bit tonight. If you still have Hill on your roster, it's time to start thinking about dropping him. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Noah Vonleh out, Moe Harkless starting again
    Noah Vonleh (ankle) will not play on Saturday against the Rockets.

    Advice: It'll be Moe Harkless getting another start, but that doesn't mean much with Harkless only getting 16 minutes on Thursday. Allen Crabbe figures to get a nice bump here with some smaller lineups while Al-Farouq Aminu plays a lot of four. Vonleh could be back before the break. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Martin, Garnett and Pekovic are all doubtful
    Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic (foot) are all doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: To be clear, none of them will play and the Wolves should've just listed them as out. Martin may not play again until the trade deadline, and by that by point he might be wearing a different uniform. He's not worth stashing in most leagues, while Zach LaVine will continue to benefit in his absence. Today, 10:34 am
  • Noah Vonleh (ankle) is doubtful Saturday
    Noah Vonleh (ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Moe Harkless drew the start against the Raptors on Thursday, so the Blazers will likely stick with the same lineup since the Rockets are starting Trevor Ariza at the four. Vonleh only plays minutes in the teens despite the fact that he has been starting at power forward, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Today, 8:22 am
  • Bickerstaff praises Corey Brewer
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Corey Brewer is "disruptive" on the defensive end.

    Advice: "He's disruptive," Bickerstaff said. "When he's able to get steals, that's when his offense starts. His offense starts on the defensive end of the court. It's a steal for us. It's a defensive rebound for us and then it's a quick outlet. When we're getting stops, that's when [Brewer] is at his best." Brewer scored 24 points against the Suns on Thursday and is still starting at small forward, but he was struggling prior to that game. Unless he does this again, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Today, 7:57 am
  • Sam Dekker (back) is progressing well
    Sam Dekker (back) is still on track to begin full-contact practices in mid-February.

    Advice: "Everything is on schedule so far," Dekker said. "I can't wait." Coach J.B. Biskerstaff also sounded encouraged by the rookie's recent progress. "He's upped his workload," Bickerstaff said. "He hasn't had any setbacks. That's been positive. He's moving in the direction we like to see him going." Dekker likely won't be a big part of the rotation this season, so he's only worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Today, 7:53 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. Today, 6:51 am
  • Charlie Villanueva scores 16 points in loss
    Charlie Villanueva scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with six boards, three assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Villanueva got some extra run tonight with the game well out of reach by halftime, and with the Mavs on a back-to-back set, CV could potentially enter the starting lineup on Saturday if Rick Carlisle elects to rest Dirk Nowitzki. If that's the case, Villanueva could be worth a punt play in DFS, although there's no reason to swoop him up in season-long settings. Today, 12:00 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. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Tony Snell starts second half
    Tony Snell started the second half for Jimmy Butler (knee) on Friday against the Nuggets with two points, one rebound and one block in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He barely played in the first half with five minutes and Mike Dunleavy (back) is going to be back Saturday. Snell isn't a great fit in the first unit and isn't a pickup yet. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Cam Bairstow gets a start
    Cameron Bairstow scored four points with four rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes during his start for Pau Gasol (hand) on Friday.

    Advice: Bobby Portis picked up most of the minutes and Bairstow looked pretty bad in his 10 minutes, too. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Tyler Zeller scores 16 points in 20 minutes
    Tyler Zeller scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with four boards, one assist and three turnovers through 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Zeller's playing time has been sporadic throughout the season, but he's been a more consistent part of the rotation over the past three averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 block in 20.0 minutes per outing. He's more of a speculative add in really deep leagues, but he could also fall out of the rotation at a moments notice, so don't cut anyone with long-term value to nab him. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores three points in loss
    Jordan Hill scored three points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: As great as he's been lately, he's still Jordan Hill. He scored just six points in Wednesday and is clearly trending down. If there is a hot pickup out there, Hill's owners shouldn't be too tied to keeping him. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable Saturday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is officially questionable to play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Martin has missed six straight games, he hasn't logged 30 minutes in a contest since early December, and Sam Mitchell said recently that he wasn't close to returning. The Wolves' only incentive to play him at less than 100 percent would be to showcase him for a potential trade -- he's not a desirable fantasy asset unless he lands in an ideal situation. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Cameron Bairstow starting w/ Pau Gasol out
    Cameron Bairstow will earn the second start of his career on Friday, filling in for Pau Gasol (hand).

    Advice: Bairstow started one game last season, during which he scored two points in 19 minutes, and thus far in 2015-16 he's averaged a mere 3.8 minutes in 11 appearances. He's not an appealing option in any leagues, and Gasol's absence should primarily benefit Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Martin, Garnett & Pekovic not close to return
    Coach Sam Mitchell said the Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle, foot) are not close to returning.

    Advice: "I love the way we're playing right now," Mitchell said. In other words, those guys are basically out of the rotation. This is terrific news for Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng. Martin is on the trade block for next to nothing and will need to be dealt to have value. Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Richaun Holmes (ankle) to miss two games
    Richaun Holmes sprained his ankle in practice and is expected to miss the next two games.

    Advice: This means he will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards or Saturday against the Nets. The rookie has had some tough luck with injuries this season, but there's not many fantasy implications because he usually just plays minutes in the teens. Carl Landry and Jerami Grant could each pick up a few extra minutes. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Dante Cunningham gets 32 minutes
    Dante Cunningham missed his one attempt from the field and went 1-of-2 from the line for one point with five rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: His minutes went up because the non-Jrue Holiday point guards were awful. Cunningham played some small forward tonight, but obviously he's not getting enough shots to matter in almost any league. Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores game-high 24 points
    Corey Brewer scored a game-high 24 points against Suns on Thursday with one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets scored 26 points in fast break, so that kind of output there is right up Brewer's alley. In his previous starts, Brewer only has averages of 9.6 points, 3.4 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 treys on 38.8 percent from the field. If you want to ride him while he's played better, hopefully you're not dropping anything of value. He's not an add in standard leagues yet. Thursday, 9:15 pm
  • Noah Vonleh (ankle) out for Thursday night
    Noah Vonleh (ankle) is out against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He was doubtful for this game and could miss time. The Blazers are more likely to go small tonight with Al-Farouq Aminu getting run at the four. Also, the Blazers have used Allen Crabbe at the three for about six minutes per game recently. Meyers Leonard may also see a bump. Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Tony Snell starts for Jimmy Buckets
    Tony Snell made a spot start for Jimmy Butler (knee) on Wednesday with nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mike Dunleavy (back) will be back on Saturday and Jimmy Butler (knee) is only day-to-day, so Snell probably won't have much value beyond Friday. Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Tyler Zeller plays 14 minutes on Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller, who went off for his best game of the season on Tuesday, played just 14 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still managed to put up six points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks despite the limited minutes. He's played well in two straight games, but minutes are still a big concern and he'll need a bigger role going forward if he's going to warrant a fantasy pickup. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Tony Snell starting on Wednesday
    Tony Snell will start against the Kings on Wednesday in place of Jimmy Butler (knee).

    Advice: He will get his best chance to earn minutes going forward because Mike Dunleavy (back) could be back this weekend. Leave Snell on the wire. Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • Martin, Garnett and Pekovic all out vs. Clips
    Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The severity of Martin's injury isn't known, but he might not even be in the rotation upon his return anyway. Leave him on the wire. Zach LaVine should get 30 minutes or so and is worth holding in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:09 pm
  • Noah Vonleh (ankle) doubtful for Thursday
    Noah Vonleh (left ankle) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: He said he was fine on Tuesday, but apparently it swelled up on him. If Vonleh is out, Meyers Leonard will likely get his first chance to start since his injured shoulder. There should also be a lot of minutes at the four for Al-Farouq Aminu, which opens up some run for Allen Crabbe in this kind of matchup. Wednesday, 12:28 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. LAC
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was questionable for Tuesday and did not play. Martin has been out since Jan. 23 and he's also very likely to be traded. If he does play, Zach LaVine may play a little less. Martin is probably closer to doubtful for this one. Wednesday, 11:34 am
  • Sam Dekker (back) looks good at shootaround
    Sam Dekker (back) was reportedly moving around "pretty good" during Wednesday morning's shootaround, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

    Advice: Dekker underwent back surgery back in November but he's hopeful to get back on the court some time after the All-Star break. However, the rookie won't be a major part of the rotation upon his return, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • 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
  • Noah Vonleh not concerned about ankle sprain
    Noah Vonleh downplayed the sprained ankle that forced him out of Tuesday's game, saying that the ankle injury is "nothing major."

    Advice: "I got X-Rays. They said there were no breaks and it wasn't nothing major," Vonleh said after the game. "Just a little swelling. It should go down pretty quick. It's feeling a little sore, but I don't think it's anything major." For now we'll be considering Noah questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors, and if he's forced to miss any time, Meyers Leonard will see a boost in playing time. Vonleh is only averaging 16 minutes a game despite starting for Portland, so he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. Wednesday, 7:42 am
  • X-rays negative on Noah Vonleh's ankle
    X-rays taken on Noah Vonleh's ankle came back negative.

    Advice: He is dealing with a left ankle sprain and should be considered questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors. Vonleh usually only plays minutes in the teens, so he shouldn't be owned in most leagues. Meyers Leonard will benefit the most if Vonleh misses time. Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • Noah Vonleh (ankle sprain) will not return
    Noah Vonleh was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain on Tuesday vs. the Bucks and will not return.

    Advice: He was scoreless in 16 minutes with three boards. Vonleh hasn't been a reliable fantasy asset all season even though he is the starting power forward, so he shouldn't be owned in most leagues anyways. Meyers Leonard will see a boost in playing time if Vonleh misses any more action. Tuesday, 8:40 pm
  • Josh Smith scores 19 in start at center
    Josh Smith started at center with Dwight Howard suspended and Clint Capela out with a thigh injury, and hit 8-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: This was easily Smith's best shooting game in recent memory, but with Howard and Capela due back soon, Smith will be heading back to the bench. He's still likely to get more minutes than Terrence Jones, but his horrid shooting from everywhere will probably do more harm than good to fantasy lineups. But he sure played well tonight. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Tyler Zeller double-doubles in win
    Tyler Zeller played 27 minutes off the bench and hit 8-of-13 shots for a season-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: We haven't even blurbed him since before Christmas, which was the last time he did anything of significance. Just keep an eye on him and if he suddenly starts playing well and getting minutes, strugglers Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger will take an even bigger hit. Tuesday, 7:51 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers as expected.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable but coach Sam Mitchell never expected him to play. K-Mart is likely going to be traded, but he isn't worth stashing in almost any format at the moment. Zach LaVine will benefit on Tuesday and from here on out. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Josh Smith will start at center Tuesday
    Josh Smith will start at center on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Dwight Howard is suspended for tonight's game and Clint Capela (thigh) is sitting this one out, so Smith is expected to split the center minutes with Terrence Jones. Howard will be back next game and Capela is day-to-day, so feel free to leave Smith on the wire. Tuesday, 4:46 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, although head coach Sam Mitchell said he didn't think he would play.

    Advice: Martin should be listed as doubtful here, and it would be very surprising to see him take the court tonight. We should have official confirmation soon enough, but Zach LaVine will be the primary beneficiary with Martin likely on the sidelines Tuesday night, and he's on the radar in DFS with a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Jordan Hill still hangs a nice line in loss
    Jordan Hill scored 17 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: It wasn't as great as his 20-point, six-block game on Saturday, but this is still a nice line. Ian Mahinmi (back) is likely looking at a few more games out of the lineup. Hill is nowhere near the asset Myles Turner is, but he's worth a look if you need some short-term help at PF/C. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Kevin Martin doubtful for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It would be a shock to see him play. Zach LaVine is seeing minutes in the upper 20s with plenty of minutes at both guard spots. He should be owned in standard leagues now while Martin should have been dropped in most leagues. Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Vogel praises Jordan Hill's rim protection
    Frank Vogel praised Jordan Hill's rim protection after his six-block showing on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was great," Vogel said. "We’ve been on him the last couple of weeks to raise his level in terms of rim protection. He was great tonight in that regard." Hill has also drawn behind-the-scenes praise for his work mentoring Myles Turner, who he said is "going to be great." As for Hill, it's going to be tough to carve out sustainable fantasy value with Turner now playing an integral role and Ian Mahinmi (back) still performing well when healthy. Monday, 6:49 am
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This is Martin's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines and he won't play until he is 100 percent because he is on the trade block. Zach LaVine will pick up some extra minutes vs. the Blazers. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores 20 points with six blocks
    Jordan Hill erupted for 20 points in a start with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and six blocks in 38 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Wow. The blocks are obviously a fluke and were a career high. Ian Mahinmi (back) has been hurt throughout his career and there's a decent chance he is going to miss more games. Hill's body of work suggests he won't be great while Ian is out, so he's only an add if you have something to cut. Most owners will want to see it again. Saturday, 7:38 pm
  • Jordan Hill starting for Ian Mahinmi
    Jordan Hill will start in place of Ian Mahinmi (back) on Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Hill starting is interesting, this is all about more run for red-hot Myles Turner. Hill and Lavoy Allen will likely split minutes while Turner should see some heavy run. Hill isn't the greatest asset in most leagues. Saturday, 3:29 pm
  • Corey Brewer gets 30 minutes in start
    Corey Brewer scored 17 points with two rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The scoring is nice and all, but this wasn't a great line. Brewer doesn't gain too much value in the starting lineup and he's more of a 16-team guy. Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Josh Smith scores 10 points
    Josh Smith scored 10 points with one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets didn't lean on him too much in this matchup. Smith is going to have a very bumpy ride in his stint with the Rockets and he's only worth a look in points leagues in most cases. Friday, 8:57 pm
  • Corey Brewer sticking in the starting lineup
    Corey Brewer is starting again on Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The Rockets are going small again, so that means Trevor Ariza will probably have to guard Serge Ibaka. Brewer may have to guard Kevin Durant, so that'll be fun for him. This lineup also helps Josh Smith and really hurts Clint Capela, who played just 0.1 minutes next to Dwight Howard on Wednesday. Friday, 3:51 pm
  • Josh Smith scores 11 points
    Josh Smith scored 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played the entire fourth quarter in garbage time. Smith is really going to be bad in the percentages, so he's going to have a tough time putting up value in nine-cat leagues. J-Smoove will be very annoying to own unless you play in a points format. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores eight in start
    Corey Brewer scored eight points with one rebound and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He probably won't stick in the starting lineup for long. Regardless, Brewer scores 33 percent of his points in fast break, so he's going to be extremely inconsistent due to nothing being drawn up for him. Even if he does keep his job, leave him on the wire in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • P.J. Tucker solid in road loss vs. LBJ, Cavs
    P.J. Tucker fared well vs. LeBron James and the Cavs, finishing Wednesday's road loss with 13 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, two assists, one steal and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker appears to relish the challenge vs. LBJ -- in his first game vs. Cleveland this season, he racked up 14 points, two triples, six boards, two assists and three steals. He's been a borderline 9-cat option since Jan. 1, and most waiver wires feature free agents with greater upside. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Josh Smith says he feels 'comfortable' in HOU
    Josh Smith said that he feels "comfortable" playing in Houston.

    Advice: Smith's return to Houston has made Terrence Jones an afterthought in the rotation, and through three appearances with the Rockets Smith has averaged 24 minutes a game to go with 7.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks on 25.7 percent shooting from the field and 50.0 percent from the charity stripe. If you're punting free throws, Smith can be a worthwhile asset to own in deep leagues. Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Noah Vonleh scores 10 points in win
    Noah Vonleh scored 10 points with seven boards and two blocks in 23 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: He has now scored in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Vonleh scored a season-high 11 points vs. the Lakers on Saturday, so he is slowly starting to find his way in this league. Portland's frontcourt is still very crowded and Vonleh will only get minutes in the upper teens to lower 20s on most nights, but he is starting to pop up on the radar in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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