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    • Paul Millsap notches well-rounded line vs MIN
      Paul Millsap filled up the stat sheet vs. Minnesota, notching 20 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

      Advice: The Sapper made 8-of-12 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs and committed only one turnover in 33 minutes, further endearing himself to fantasy owners. He's averaging a steady 2.0 triples over Atlanta's past four games and is second among all PF/Cs in steals per game (1.8), trailing only sticky-fingered Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
      35 minutes ago
    • Gorgui Dieng quiet in start alongside Pekovic
      Gorgui Dieng started alongside Nikola Pekovic on Sunday, finishing with nine points, seven boards, four assists and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Dieng remains a must-own player and his production isn't likely to decline too much with Pek healthy, so don't overreact to the occasional quiet game. He posted 14 & 15 in 35 minutes on Friday and should quickly strike a balance between these extremes, beginning in Oklahoma City in Monday. Rotoworld.com
      38 minutes ago
    • Nikola Pekovic plays 36 minutes as starter
      Nikola Pekovic played a season-high 36 minutes in his return to the starting lineup, finishing Sunday's road loss with 15 points, three rebounds, one assist and zero blocks.

      Advice: The Wolves have limited Pek's playing time as a precaution all year and he's unlikely to top 32 minutes very often. He made 4-of-10 field goals but knocked down 7-of-8 free throws, and owners couldn't have asked for more in his third game back from an ankle injury. Go ahead and get him into active lineups for the Wolves' upcoming four-game week. Rotoworld.com
      46 minutes ago
    • Joey Dorsey starting on Sunday vs. Lakers
      Joey Dorsey will draw the start against the Lakers on Sunday in place of Dwight Howard (ankle).

      Advice: Dorsey's game doesn't translate to fantasy very well, so he should only be considered in ridiculously deep leagues for owners in need of short-term value. The real beneficiaries in Howard's absence will be Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:14 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) ruled out vs. Lakers
      Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: Coach Kevin McHale wasn't too hopeful that Howard would play tonight, and it looks like there is a legitimate chance that he misses additional time. We will consider Howard day-to-day for now, and we will update his status when we know more. The Rockets have yet to name a replacement in the starting lineup, but Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:00 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Tristan Thompson double-doubles w/ three blks
      Tristan Thompson doubled-doubled in 31 minutes off the bench vs. Oklahoma City, scoring 10 points and grabbing 16 rebounds with one assist and three blocks.

      Advice: Thompson's rebound rate has never been questioned, but he doesn't usually provide defensive stats (the blocks tied his season-high) and his role has dwindled with Timofey Mozgov starting. Before considering him as a pickup, reflect on his averages over the previous three games -- 5.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals and 0.3 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:32 pm
    • Kevin Love gets 19 & 13 w/ five 3-pointers
      Kevin Love scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and one block in 36 minutes on Sunday, while making 5-of-7 shots from downtown.

      Advice: He was 3-of-17 from deep in Cleveland's previous four games, and his ability to knock down triples is critical for his fantasy value -- 35.6 percent of his attempts have come from deep this season, which blows away his previous career high. Love is returning third-round value this season, which isn't what owners expected on draft day, and it's hard to envision a surge while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:29 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov quiet w/ 9.1 percent usage rt
      Timofey Mozgov missed all three of his field goal attempts on Sunday, hitting a pair of free throws to finish with two points, six rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: He was coming off three straight double-doubles so he earns a pass for this dud, but quiet games won't be uncommon given his garbage-man role offensively -- he had a usage rate of 9.1 percent on Sunday. Mozgov has still returned top-100 value over the past seven games, so owners should strive to remain patient. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:26 pm
    • Kendrick Perkins starts, Adams (migraine) out
      Kendrick Perkins moved into the starting lineup on Sunday, where he posted four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Perkins earned the surprise start with Steven Adams (migraine) out of commission, and this does nothing to improve his fantasy outlook. The waiver wire is Perk's permanent residence. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:22 pm
    • Serge Ibaka launches nine 3-pointers Sunday
      Serge Ibaka tied his season-high with nine 3-point attempts on Sunday, making three of them to score 15 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Ibaka was 6-of-16 from the field overall, marking the second straight game he's jacked up 16 shots. That's an encouraging trend for fantasy owners despite his current slump -- the career 53.5 percent shooter is just 19-of-53 over his past four games (35.8 percent). Look for him to bounce back vs. the Wolves' porous defense on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:19 pm
    • Steven Adams out Sunday w/ migraine
      Steven Adams sat out Sunday's game due to a migraine.

      Advice: The ailment wasn't revealed until just prior to tip-off, leaving owners in deep leagues with a hole in their Sunday lineups. He'll have to recover quickly to suit up for Monday's home game vs. the Timberwolves, and anyone relying on him should check for updates after shootaround. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:17 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 108-98 @ Cle
    • LaMarcus Aldridge could miss training camp?
      There is a chance that if LaMarcus Aldridge delays his thumb surgery, he could miss the beginning of training camp next season.

      Advice: While Aldridge is not risking any further injury by playing with a torn radial collateral ligament in his left (non-shooting) thumb, a specialist in the field stated that delaying surgery could cause his recovery time to take twice as long (up to three to four months). However, Aldridge has said he plans to play through the pain, so this will just be something to monitor heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:11 pm
    • Taj Gibson shoots just 3-of-10 against Miami
      Taj Gibson really struggled during Sunday's loss to the Heat, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one turnover.

      Advice: Gibson fell victim to the Hassan Whiteside show, and had his shot blocked six times tonight. His numbers are always going to take a dip when Joakim Noah is back in the lineup, and tonight was no different. Look for him to bounce-back on Tuesday with a more favorable matchup against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:59 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) out at least 2-weeks
      An MRI confirmed a sprained right ankle for Kelly Olynyk, and head coach Brad Stevens expects him to be sidelined for at least "a couple weeks."

      Advice: Olynyk has a few torn ligaments which is typical of for a bad ankle sprain. With Olynyk sidelined, Tyler Zeller will get all the run he can handle with Brandon Bass also being in line for some extended minutes. While Zeller offers the most upside, both Zeller and Bass should be able to carve out some standard league value for as long as Olynyk is out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:39 pm
    • Joakim Noah benched for entire fourth quarter
      Joakim Noah was benched for the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Heat, finishing the game with four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

      Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau said he liked the group that started the fourth quarter, and that is the reason why Joakim did not re-enter the game. Thibodeau maintained that Joakim is healthy, and he just wanted to watch his minutes, but with the result being an L in the win-loss column, this will not likely be a trend that continues. Look for Noah to bounce-back during Tuesday's game vs. Golden State. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:35 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic will start on Sunday vs. ATL
      Nikola Pekovic will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Mo Williams, Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, and Gorgui Dieng will join Pekovic, so it's interesting and encouraging that Pek’s return to the starting lineup will not affect Dieng's status as a starter. We'll let you know how the pairing performs after the game. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:03 pm
    • Amir Johnson (shoulder) starting Sunday
      Updating a previous report, Amir Johnson (shoulder) will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: He'll draw a favorable matchup against the Pistons, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:58 pm
    • Brandan Wright (heel) out Sunday vs. LAC
      Brandan Wright (sore left heel) will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: This injury is coming out of nowhere, however, considering he's simply dealing with a sore heel he shouldn't be sidelined for an extended amount of time. With Wright unavailable, look for Miles Plumlee to step back into the rotation as the first big off the bench. However, Plumlee is still stuck in a reserve role, so he's not a great play in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 120-100 vs LAC
    • Amir Johnson (shoulder) will play Sunday
      Amir Johnson (shoulder) will play on Sunday vs. Detroit.

      Advice: It's not yet known if he will be a starter, or if he'll come off the bench behind Patrick Patterson, so we'll be waiting for an update on that. However, he'll have a favorable matchup vs. Detroit today, so he's worth activating in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:30 pm
    • Ryan Anderson (ankle) expected to play Sunday
      Ryan Anderson (bilateral ankle inflammation) is expected to play Sunday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Anderson was forced to sit during the Pelicans' last game, but it appears his ankle injury will only cause him to spend one game on the sidelines. Anderson's return to the lineup will hurt the value of Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, and Alixis Ajinca. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:30 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 109-106 * vs Dal
    • Steven Adams (migraine) not starting Sunday
      Kendrick Perkins has replaced Steven Adams (migraine) in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: Unfortunately this news came out very late, and it's not clear if Adams will play at all on Sunday. However, neither Adams nor Perkins can be considered viable options in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:39 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 108-98 @ Cle
    • Hassanity! Whiteside triple-doubles w/ blocks
      Hassan Whiteside put up a magnificent triple-double on Sunday, racking up 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 blocks over just 26.6 minutes of action.

      Advice: The 12 blocks were not only an NBA season-high, but also a single-game franchise setting record in Miami. When speaking after the game, Whiteside joked: "I’m just trying to get my NBA2K rating up." While that will likely go up, his ownership in fantasy leagues is also due for a huge increase (currently 48 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues) so make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:32 pm
    • Brendan Haywood (knee) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Brendan Haywood (left knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: Haywood said he got kneed in his left knee during Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and it is too swollen to play on today. However, he's barely a part of the Cavs rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:55 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-98 vs OKC
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will be available on Sun.
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Tarik Black (ankle) has improved and he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Scott also added that Black is still feeling sore, and there is no guarantee that he will play today, so he's not looking like a great option in most leagues. Robert Sacre will likely continue to see some extended minutes tonight with Black limited, but he too can't be considered a reliable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:49 am
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) game-time decision Sun.
      Dwight Howard (ankle) did not participate during shootaround, and he is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: It's worth noting that head coach Kevin McHale said he's "not real hopeful," that Dwight will play tonight, so it's sounding like he's closer to doubtful than a game-time decision. If Howard is forced to sit that Rockets could go with Joey Dorsey at the center spot, or it's possible they slide over Donatas Motiejunas to the center position and start Josh Smith at power forward. We'll have a better idea of the starting lineup closer to tip-off, but Smith and Motiejunas would likely be the primary beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:17 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Chris Andersen starting on Sunday vs. Bulls
      Chris Andersen will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Hassan Whiteside just retuned from an ankle injury, so the Heat are probably just exercising caution by bringing him along slowly. Andersen still likely won't see more than 20 minutes of action, so unless you are desperate for blocks there is no need to hold onto him. Whiteside is still the center to own in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:43 am
    • Amir Johnson (shoulder) questionable Sunday
      Amir Johnson is dealing with a sore left shoulder and is considered questionable to play vs. Detroit on Sunday.

      Advice: He was benched during the second half of Friday's game and this could be one of the reasons why. We will update Johnson's status when we know more but owners should have a backup plan ready. If Johnson sits, Patrick Patterson has been on fire lately and would be worth a look in most leagues while he is this hot. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 am
    • Update: Hassan Whiteside active vs. the Bulls
      Hassan Whiteside will play against the Bulls on Sunday.

      Advice: He did say his ankle was at 90 percent, but he has simply been too good to keep out of lineups. We will let you know how his ankle holds up after the game. Chris Andersen's value takes a big hit with this news and can be dropped in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:03 am
    • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) warming up Sunday
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) was spotted warming up prior to Sunday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: While he is hoping to play, we probably won't know his status until closer to tip-off so his owners will need to stay on alert for updates. With his upside in boards and blocks, Whiteside has emerged as a solid fantasy asset and is worth owning in all standard leagues even if does see a little more time on the sidelines. If he can't go, expect Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:37 am
    • Update: Joakim Noah (ankle) is playing Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will in fact play against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

      Advice: You just knew he wouldn't miss the opportunity to play against the Heat and owners can comfortably pencil him into their lineups. Noah has had a underwhelming season so far but his value will only go up if he can avoid another injury. Taj Gibson's value takes a hit with this news, but he is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:19 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Houston.

      Advice: He has already missed the past two games and his chances of playing don't look good for Sunday either. Black is supposedly now in the mix to start at center for the Lakers according to coach Byron Scott, but he is nothing more than a flier in deeper leagues for now. We will pass along further details when they are available. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:59 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) probable for Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

      Advice: Noah's ankle has been an issue for a while now, but we doubt he will miss a chance to play against the Miami Heat so his owners can pencil him into lineups barring a setback. He isn't exactly a must-start option anymore, but if he can stay healthy he should be able to improve upon his dwindling numbers. If Noah does end up sitting, Taj Gibson will see a big uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:33 am
    • Thumbs Up: LaMarcus Aldridge scores 26 points
      LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Chris Kaman plays 25 minutes vs. Wiz
      Chris Kaman played 25 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He was questionable tonight with a leg contusion and a thumb issue. Kaman will see minutes in the mid-20s until Robin Lopez (hand) returns next month. He'll be a low-end option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:01 pm
    • Rudy Gobert grabs 11 boards
      Rudy Gobert moved back to the bench against the Nets on Saturday with six points, 11 rebounds, two assists and no blocks.

      Advice: It's his first game of 2015 without a block, but he did attempt his second 3-pointer of his career -- not his shot, obviously. Gobert isn't going to play big minutes, but his block and board rates make him a must-own player. Plus, he's made some strides at the line this season, making 67.3 percent of his 104 attempts this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes
      Derrick Favors was quiet in his return to the lineup on Saturday with nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: It wasn't a bad line and it was mostly due to his low usage rate. Favors is shooting the ball very well from the field and is at 72.3 percent from the line in 2015, so he could become an elite big man thanks to his contributions in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    • Chris Kaman will play on Saturday night
      Chris Kaman (leg) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: He has a sleeve on his leg and also is now dealing with a thumb injury. Kaman played 29 minutes on Thursday, which was probably too much. He'll likely be closer to 20 tonight, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:25 pm
    • Dwight Howard (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Dwight Howard (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: The last time the Rockets played the Lakers, we were hit with a surprise knee injury for Howard back on Nov. 19. The Rockets are off until Wednesday following Sunday, so maybe sitting him down in what should be a win. Joey Dorsey would start with Donatas Motiejunas logging some minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:17 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Stunner: LaMarcus Aldridge will play Saturday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: Wow! He is going to put the surgery on hold and will play through the tear in his left thumb. This is easily the most shocking news of the season after the team announced he was going to rest 6-8 weeks. Obviously grab Aldridge in all leagues and hope he can avoid an aggravation. Maybe he's just putting off the surgery until Nicolas Batum (wrist) can play? Whatever his reasoning, it's hard to explain and he will likely have some answers later today. If you added any Blazer in even 14- or 16-team leagues, you can cut him. Although owners in deeper leagues can look to Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum or Victor Claver because Nicolas Batum is hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 am
    • Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play Sun
      Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks, according to coach Monty Williams.

      Advice: This is definitely good news as it was feared that Anderson's injury might have cost him a few more games on the sidelines. If Anderson does return on Sunday, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca will all lose value. We will provide further details when they are made available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
       
      Injured
      W, 109-106 * vs Dal
    • Derrick Favors (personal) will play Saturday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will play on Saturday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: He missed Thursday's game to tend to an emergency family matter so his owners can pencil Favors into their lineups. Rudy Gobert will likely shift back to the bench with this news, but he should still see enough run to make an impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
    • Brendan Haywood being shopped aggressively
      Brendan Haywood is being aggressively shopped by the Cavaliers in an effort to clear space for a backup point guard.

      Advice: Haywood's contract is non-guaranteed next season, making teams more apt to take him on. However, Haywood has averaged just 5.3 minutes per game this season, and we can't imagine any scenario where he would become relevant in fantasy leagues. Needless to say, leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:41 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-98 vs OKC
    • Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday January 23. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:04 am
    • Dieng goes for 14 & 15 with three assists
      Gorgui Dieng went for 14 and 15 with three assists and a block over 35 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Dieng is going to be a hard guy to take off the court and Flip Saunders is already talking about playing he and Nikola Pekovic (13 points, nine boards, 21 minutes) together some. If anything, it's a buy low moment if Dieng's current owner thinks Pek is going to significantly change his season-long outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:00 am
    • Pekovic turns in 13 and nine with two blocks
      Nikola Pekovic scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: This comes against a thin New Orleans bench but regardless it looks like he's ready to produce again. Flip Saunders said that he's going to try and find ways to play both he and Gorgui Dieng together some, which makes sense because nobody is setting the power forward position on fire and Dieng deserves to be on the floor. Pek is worth an add while he's upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:55 pm
    • Noah (ankle) back in action for the Bulls
      Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action in Friday's road win over the Mavs, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: Noah isn't a must-start player but he'll get there soon as long as he can stay upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Gibson productive with 15 and seven vs. DAL
      Taj Gibson scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Gibson was productive despite the return of Joakim Noah (23 minutes) and despite that he should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:15 pm
    • Andersen grabs season-high 13 rebounds
      Chris Andersen banged his left knee but stayed in the game and posted a season-high 13 rebounds to go with four points in 28 minutes on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: Andersen is almost always a sneaky low-end value in standard leagues when given 23 or more minutes. Give him a look if you need a big man. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:53 pm
    • Joey Dorsey headed for more minutes?
      Joey Dorsey played 20 minutes against the Suns on Friday with four points, six boards, two steals and one block.

      Advice: If Dwight Howard is going to miss time, Dorsey should get some run. He's obviously not going to play much more than 24 minutes, so he can be left on the wire in just about all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:40 pm
    • Millsap, Hawks take down the Thunder
      Paul Millsap scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks as the Hawks beat the Thunder in a 103-93 win.

      Advice: The Hawks look like a well-oiled machine and the Thunder don't look like they've developed for the last four years. DeMarre Carroll was solid with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three treys, Al Horford went for 14 and 12 with a three, steal, three blocks and three assists, and Jeff Teague scored 17 points with nine assists and some spare change in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:02 pm
    • Adams can't follow up big 20-board game
      Steven Adams couldn't build any momentum off of his 20-rebound game on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds and one block in 28 minutes on Friday against the Hawks.

      Advice: Adams isn't expected to have value in standard leagues this season, but in points leagues he might be worth a look depending on your format. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:02 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 108-98 @ Cle
    • Amir Johnson plays just 17 minutes
      Amir Johnson did not start the second half on Friday against the 76ers, finishing with two points, four rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 17 minutes.

      Advice: He made just 1-of-5 from the field and was benched for poor play. Johnson wasn't hurt and didn't have foul trouble either. Johnson was stringing together some nice games, so this dud is a surprise. In fact, he averaged 10.3 points, 7.2 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 steals in his previous 2015 games. His fantasy owners shouldn't make a hasty cut. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:10 pm
    • Dwight Howard (right ankle) out for game
      Dwight Howard suffered a right ankle sprain and will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It didn't look too bad, but the Rockets are just going to play it safe, especially considering how many players have missed time due to playing through sprained ankles this season. Joey Dorsey will be the main center while Donatas Motiejunas can help out at the five, too. The Rockets will play the Lakers on Sunday and Howard should be considered questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:40 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Dwight Howard goes to the locker room
      Dwight Howard asked out of Friday's game in Phoenix and went to the locker room.

      Advice: It's unclear what happened and he may have just tweaked an ankle injury. Howard has been on the injury report for over a month due to his knee injury and he was probable today. We'll add an update as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Tarik Black out against the Spurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Robert Sacre is starting because Black is out. Neither guy will have much value while Jordan Hill is active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:48 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside not expected to play
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is not expected to play against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He tried to warmup and the Heat are just going to keep him on the bench. Whiteside's ankle sprain didn't look great and hopefully he can suit up Sunday against the Bulls. He should still be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) sent back to Boston
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been sent back to Boston and is likely out until the All-Star break.

      Advice: Presumably, that means he's out until at least next Friday night against the Rockets on Jan. 30 in Boston. Olynyk's ankle sprain looked really bad and he could even miss February games. Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller will get some extra run and both players should be worth using in standard leagues. Zeller has the bigger upside. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:22 pm
    • Joakim Noah says he's playing Friday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Mavs on Friday.

      Advice: He is very likely to start, which pushes Taj Gibson to the bench. Noah has been a huge disappoint following his breakout 2013-14 season and is not a must-start play tonight with 11 games. Nikola Mirotic will likely lose some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:04 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside active, coming off the bench
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is active and will come off the bench against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He might have his minutes held in check tonight. Chris Andersen is getting the start, but he'll likely only have minutes close to 20. Whiteside will be a risky play tonight, but he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:42 pm
    • Joakim Noah, Mike Dunleavy are game-time
      Joakim Noah (ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) are game-time decisions to face the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: They're both going to warm up to see how they feel. Noah usually isn't a fan of being benched when he has any say, so he's likely closer to probable than to doubtful. If you were dialing up Taj Gibson, there is a lot more risk now. Nikola Mirotic would also take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:35 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside going through warmups
      Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is going through warmups to prepare to play on Friday.

      Advice: It would appear he's on track to play and the Heat would certainly need him tonight, especially if Dwyane Wade (illness) can't go. Whiteside might have his hands full with Roy Hibbert and hopefully he can avoid foul trouble. We'll have an update before the 7:30 tip. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:42 pm
    • Chris Kaman (leg) questionable for Saturday
      Chris Kaman (leg contusion) is questionable to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: If the Blazers don't have Kaman, that potentially means they will be missing four of their top six for points per game this season. Coach Terry Stotts played Kaman 29 minutes on Thursday, which is certainly more than his usual threshold. If he's out, Stotts almost has no choice but to play Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard. Who knows, though? Maybe Steve Blake at center could work. DFS players will want to check back at shootaround on Saturday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:56 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) upgraded to questionable
      Joakim Noah (ankle) has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Friday's game in Dallas.

      Advice: Noah has missed the past four games and fantasy owners can only hope that the rest has allowed him overcome a variety of nagging ailments, as his numbers are down across the board this season. Taj Gibson has been playing well as a fill-in starter in Noah's absence, and his value will take a hit if Noah is able to suit up vs. the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:10 am
    • Ryan Anderson (ankle inflammation) out Friday
      Ryan Anderson will not play on Friday due to bilateral ankle inflammation.

      Advice: This is slightly ominous since the Pelicans also listed Jrue Holiday as having ankle inflammation before his stress reaction was revealed, but there's no reason to think Anderson has more than a day-to-day injury. His absence should result in more minutes for Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca, with Cunningham shouldering the heaviest burden. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
      W, 109-106 * vs Dal
    • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) questionable vs Indy
      Hassan Whiteside (sprained right ankle) was limited at shootaround and he remains questionable to play on Friday.

      Advice: It's encouraging to see Whiteside back on the court after rolling his ankle on Tuesday, but owners should hedge their bets on Friday until his status is determined. Chris Andersen would earn another start if Whiteside isn't able to play, with Udonis Haslem picking up extra minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:35 am
    • Dwight Howard (strained knee) probable Friday
      Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Dwight is perpetually listed on Houston's injury list as 'probable' so this shouldn't alarm his fantasy owners. His right knee has bothered him all year and Houston may need to give him some rest as the season progresses, however, so we'll continue to closely monitor his health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Timofey Mozgov a 'walking double-double'
      LeBron James said that new teammate Timofey Mozgov is a "walking double-double."

      Advice: Mozgov has had a few peaks and valleys since joining the Cavaliers, but over the past two games he's averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 blocks, while shooting a combined 15-of-26 from the field. Cleveland is riding a four-game win streak and fantasy owners who stuck with Mozgov have to be pleased with the expansion of his role since leaving Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:26 am
    • Chris Kaman plays 29 minutes
      Chris Kaman played 29 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with 13 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts usually likes to keep Kaman in the low 20s, but he might not have that luxury now with so many players in street clothes. He was already in the standard league conversation even before today, so give him a look if you're looking for some big man stats over the next month. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:41 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (right ankle) leaves on crutches
      Kelly Olynyk (right ankle) left the Moda Center on crutches following Thursday's game.

      Advice: He had a right ankle injury last season and it cost him 10 games. Olynyk rolled his ankle badly in the second half and did not return, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. At this point, there's basically no chance he'll play on Friday in Denver and he could miss the rest of the five-game road trip, which ends on Jan. 30 when the Rockets will play in Boston. Tyler Zeller is worth grabbing in standard leagues while Brandon Bass is worth a look, too. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:10 pm
    • Rudy Gobert double-doubles vs. Bucks
      Rudy Gobert started in place of Derrick Favors (personal) and double-doubled against the Bucks on Thursday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: His numbers don't increase much with Derrick Favors (personal) out, but this was still a nice outing in a win. The Jazz are just a different team when Gobert is on the floor and it's no surprise his minutes per game are growing. He played just 16 minutes per game in November, 22 minutes in December and is at 30 per game in January. He's arguably the best center under the age of 23 and is a must-start player in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:54 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk rolls right ankle vs. Blazers
      Kelly Olynyk tweaked his right ankle on Thursday against the Blazers and went to the locker room.

      Advice: Olynyk landed on Thomas Robinson's foot and Olynyk hobbled back to the locker room under his own power, but it didn't look great. If Olynyk does need to miss time, it'll likely be a team effort of Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger stepping up. Zeller would probably be the preferred grab over Bass. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:56 pm
    • Taj Gibson comes through vs. Spurs
      Taj Gibson turned in a productive game in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.

      Advice: After some very quiet games in the starting lineup, Gibson is clicking on the stat sheet. In his last five games as a starter, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.8 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.6 blocks in 37.6 minutes per game. Joakim Noah (ankle) shouldn't be out much longer, but Gibson is a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) ruled out 6-8 weeks
      LaMarcus Aldridge (left thumb) will have surgery on his radial collateral ligament tear and will be out 6-8 weeks.

      Advice: The Blazers are in deep trouble. Aldridge is sixth in the NBA for points per game and 11th in the rebounds per game. He's also third in the NBA in field goal attempts per game, so coach Terry Stotts is going to have to go back to the drawing board on how to get his other guys shots. It'll be a mixture of guys because Stotts loves to play the matchups. Dorell Wright benefitted the most on Wednesday, but players such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver and Chris Kaman will also have to help out more. Of course, the trio of Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum will also have to step up. Owners in standard leagues can think about grabbing Wright, but he is going to be inconsistent. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) listed as out
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is listed as out for Thursday's game against Boston.

      Advice: We should know the results of his second MRI very soon, so owners will want to check back for updates. Aldridge is currently wearing a cast on his thumb, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend some additional time on the sidelines. Nicolas Batum and Dorell Wright will continue to be the biggest beneficiaries in Aldridge's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:05 pm
    • Rudy Gobert will draw the start on Thursday
      Rudy Gobert will draw the start in place of Derrick Favors (personal) on Thursday against the Bucks.

      Advice: Gobert has been fantastic in most fantasy leagues even when he comes off the bench, so his owners should be in for a wild ride on Thursday. Gobert's minutes should continue to trend up as the season progresses, so it only gets better from here on out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:49 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) now doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is now listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott gave him a 50/50 shot to play earlier in the day, but now it appears that Black will likely sit this one out. We will update his status if something changes, but for now expect Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre to see a slight uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:01 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) able to practice on Thurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, but he is still listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Black wouldn't be able to play on his ankle right now, and gave him just a 50/50 shot to play against the Spurs. Owners in deeper leagues who are holding onto Black should probably go ahead and bench him, as he likely won't see many minutes considering his current status. Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre would pick up a few extra minutes if Black sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:30 am
    • Derrick Favors (personal) out on Thursday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury, and all we know is that Favors won't even travel with the Jazz to Milwaukee for "personal reasons". We will be sure to pass along any available updates as needed. On the other hand, Rudy Gobert will likely draw the start on Thursday and is absolutely a must-start option for his upside in blocks and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:25 am
    • Joakim Noah out for Thursday's game vs Spurs
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will miss Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The Taj Gibson train will keep rolling for at least one more night. Noah has been getting closer to a return, but Taj Gibson will be the biggest beneficiary of Noah's absence as the likely starter on Thursday, while Nikola Mirotic will also see a boost in his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:27 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge has cast on thumb
      Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is reporting that LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) has a cast on his thumb and is getting another MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: Aldridge's previous MRI was reportedly inconclusive due to swelling, but the cast on his thumb (which could be precautionary) isn't great news. We'll have updates on LA as more information becomes available, but it would be a surprise to see him suit up on Thursday while Chris Kaman, Thomas Robinson, and Dorrell Wright will all see a boost in fantasy value while Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:02 am
    • Nikola Pekovic still limited in Weds return
      Nikola Pekovic (wrist) said he felt good but limited in his first game since November 15 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Pekovic scored 14 points to go with four rebounds in 23 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks, but thinks he'll be able to help more as the season progresses. "I was trying to help from a different standpoint," Pekovic said. "Talking, do some more stuff inside. I wasn't really able to do everything I can do." Pekovic is worth a flier in most fantasy leagues, but he and Gorgui Dieng will both have their value capped as long as they're splitting minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:35 am
    • LeBron credits Cavs' recent success to Mozgov
      LeBron James said the Cavs are "clicking" and credited their recent success to Timofey Mozgov.

      Advice: The Cavs have won four consecutive games and James said it's no coincidence that their success has come with Mozgov more integrated with the team. "It's funny, I was talking to my friend the other day and I said he's probably the best, as far as big, true big," James said. "He's probably the best one I've played with since Z [Zydrunas Ilgauskas]." Mozgov has averaged 11.75 points, 9.75 rebounds, and 1.25 blocks during the Cavs' four-game win streak and deserves to be owned in all fantasy leagues as long as he's rolling like this. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:21 am
    • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to GSW
      Dwight Howard hit just 3-of-8 shots for seven points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, and also committed five turnovers.

      Advice: Hey, at least he didn't kill your free throw percentage (1-of-2 tonight). His last multi-block game was way back on Dec. 15 and he's had seven games since then without a single block. The Warriors were dominant tonight and Howard never got it going, but his lack of shot blocking is one of the great mysteries in the NBA right now. He's also dealing with a sore knee, but that didn't appear to be bothering him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:31 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Serge Ibaka gets benched late vs. Wizards
      Serge Ibaka played 28 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with seven points, five rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He made 3-of-11 from the field and he did not play down the stretch in favor of Steven Adams. This is pretty close to rock bottom for Ibaka because he only had nine points against the Heat on Tuesday. He's not going to be the first-round stud we've seen in the past few years, but he's still a nice buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:11 pm
    • Steven Adams grabs career-high 20 boards
      Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against the Wizards on Wednesday with six points, two assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

      Advice: He played down the stretch thanks to his terrific defense and impact on the glass. Adams only played in 18.5 minutes per game in his previous two, so this comes as a surprise. He can't make free throws and only scores 7.3 points per game, so he's more of a board specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:05 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 108-98 @ Cle
    • Nikola Pekovic plays 23 minutes in return
      Nikola Pekovic returned from his ankle injury and hit 5-of-11 shots for 14 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He last played on Nov. 15, so he looked pretty good considering how long he's been dormant. His return hurt Gorgui Dieng, who had six points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. These two are going to split minutes as long as Pekovic is healthy, hurting both of their fantasy value in the process. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    • Tristan Thompson bottoms out in Cavs win
      Tristan Thompson had just four points and two rebounds in 19 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Kevin Love's back is gimpy, but as long as Love and Timofey Mozgov are holding things down in the paint for the Cavs, Thompson isn't going to be worth using in fantasy. If you want to drop him, go for it, but be ready to pick him back up if Love goes down at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles in win
      Timofey Mozgov had 16 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and two blocks as the Cavs beat the Jazz to win their fourth straight game.

      Advice: After some pretty shaky and inconsistent play early with the Cavs, Mozzy appears to be getting comfortable with his new team. He had 15 points, 15 boards, two steals and a block in his previous game, and could be ready to make a run. Make sure he's not available in your league. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:44 pm
    • Rudy Gobert quiet as Kanter gets loose
      Rudy Gobert played 20 minutes and hit all three of his shots to finish with six points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and four fouls on Wednesday.

      Advice: Enes Kanter started and went off for 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Gobert's foul trouble, along with Kanter's big game, were a bad combination. He's still worth hanging onto if you own him, but is not a must-start player as long as Kanter and Derrick Favors are starting for the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:40 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday night
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played very well against the Warriors last week and will look to keep it going. Howard has some knee problems right now, but it is unlikely to force him to miss action tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Chris Andersen quiet in start for Heat
      Chris Andersen started for the Heat on Wednesday and had six points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 20 minutes.

      Advice: Not a total loss, but not a big night, either. Hassan Whiteside was out with an ankle injury and remains day-to-day. Andersen should continue to start as long as he's out, but his lack of offense makes him a pretty risky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) getting second MRI
      LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) will get another MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: He had his first today and the Blazers didn't provide an update. An inconclusive MRI usually isn't good news, but it doesn't necessarily mean Aldridge has structural damage. The Blazers are going to have some wacky rotations sans Aldridge with Thomas Robinson, Chris Kaman and Victor Claver possibly playing more. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:43 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) aims to practice Thursday
      Tarik Black (ankle) intends to practice in San Antonio on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is very encouraging since Black needed crutches to leave the arena on Wednesday, and it appears he's healing faster than anticipated. Cautious owners should still plan to be without him on Friday, in which case guys like Carlos Boozer and Ryan Sacre should each earn a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) returns in backup role
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will play on Wednesday, but he'll come off the bench under a strict minute-limit.

      Advice: Pek's ankles will require vigilance all season and the cellar-dwelling Timberwolves have no reason to give him heavy playing time, especially with Gorgui Dieng playing exceptionally well as a starter. Pekovic is worth a look for points, FG percentage and rebounds, but his minute-limit and lack of defensive stats are bound to keep his value in check. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:51 pm
    • Chris Andersen, Danny Granger starting vs CHA
      Chris Andersen and Danny Granger will start against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Heat are going to need some help in their frontcourt with Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside out. Shawne Williams rarely plays at small forward, but that might be different out of necessity. Udonis Haslem will also help back up Chris Bosh and Birdman. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:30 pm
    • Joakim Noah doubtful for Thursday night
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

      Advice: He did some work at practice on Wednesday, but the Bulls will still likely keep him out. Noah had lost a step even before his recent ankle sprain, so the time off should help him. It'll likely be Taj Gibson in the starting lineup while Nikola Mirotic will get a chance to redeem himself. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Dwight Howard is having problems with knee
      Dwight Howard said that he is still having problems with his strained right knee.

      Advice: "I am getting there," Howard said of his knee. "Each day is different but I just try to play as hard as I can for as long as I can. I want to make sure that come playoff time, I will be 100 percent. Right now, I want to give my team everything I have." He has been dealing with this issue for most of the season, and while he continues to play through the pain, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rockets limit his minutes down the stretch or even hold him out for a couple of games. We will keep him off the injury report for now, but owners should continually check back for updates before activating Howard in lineups from now on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) won't play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Hassan Whiteside (sprained right ankle) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Whiteside was diagnosed with a Grade-1 sprain, which is the least severe variety, so he should have a chance to return for Friday's home game vs. the Pacers. He's played well enough to earn the full-time starting center job, so nobody should think about cutting him after a minor injury. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will be asked to pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:35 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside sprains right ankle vs. OKC
      Hassan Whiteside didn't return to Tuesday's game after spraining his right ankle in the first half.

      Advice: He scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting with multiple dunks before his unfortunate exit, and it's encouraging that Miami didn't immediately rule out his return. There's a good chance he'll miss Wednesday's game in Charlotte, especially if his ankle swells overnight, but owners should check back for updates after shootaround. Chris Andersen would likely start at C if Whiteside sits out, with Udonis Haslem picking up a handful of minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:22 pm
    • Birdman starts 2nd half w/ Whiteside ailing
      Chris Andersen returned from his recent illness to finish Tuesday's game with seven points, six boards and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He started the second half in place of Hassan Whiteside (ankle), whose injury may thrust Andersen back into the starting lineup on Wednesday. The Birdman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 36 and he's best suited to a backup role. There's no reason to own him while Whiteside is day-to-day, unless you're desperate for boards and blocks in a deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:19 pm
    • Serge Ibaka very quiet vs. Miami on Tuesday
      Serge Ibaka hit another 3-pointer during Tuesday's win in Miami, but he finished with a mere nine points, four rebounds, one block and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't have any assists or steals and was limited by some foul trouble, which added up to a dud for fantasy owners. His value has been on the rise lately and one poor performance shouldn't shake owners' faith in his elite value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:15 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside leaves w/ right ankle sprain
      Hassan Whiteside sprained his right ankle during the first half of Tuesday's game and his return is questionable.

      Advice: He limped off the court under his own power and headed straight into the Heat locker room. The injury looked bad enough to keep him off the court for the rest of the game, but we'll pass along updates as soon as possible. Chris Andersen would see the biggest bump in playing time if Whiteside can't return. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    • Taj Gibson calls out Bulls for lacking effort
      Taj Gibson said that the Bulls have to "practice harder" to escape their current slump, during which they've lost six of the past eight games.

      Advice: "We can't be taking days off," Gibson said. "We're going to go through rough stretches, but we got to practice harder and we got to play with some energy." Pau Gasol also called out his teammates for a lack of effort recently, and coach Tom Thibodeau suggested that some changes could be coming. "We have to find some continuity," Thibodeau said. "Maybe we look at different people." We'll let you know if minutes shift significantly in the next few games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:37 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scheduled to get MRI soon
      Updating a previous report, LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) was evaluated by a hand specialist on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI later this week.

      Advice: Aldridge will miss Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix, and he remains without an official timetable to return. Chris Kaman figures to be the primary beneficiary if Aldridge is forced to take an extended absence, with Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson all being in line for extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) will be active Tues.
      Chris Andersen (illness) will be activated for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: It's not clear at this point if Andersen's return will send Hassan Whiteside to the bench, but either way, Whiteside is the guy with the most upside. Andersen's good for some rebounds and blocks, but he's not much of an asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:17 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will not play Wed.
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: The Blazers did not provide any further updates on Aldridge's injury other than he will not travel with the team to Phoenix, and he is set to see a hand specialist. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but it's looking like an extended absence for Aldridge is a real possibility. Chris Kaman, Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson will all see some increased opportunity with LaMarcus sidelined, with Kaman being the most consistent option of the group. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:45 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic a game-time decision for Wed.
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Mavs.

      Advice: Pekovic said the decision as to whether he plays tomorrow will ultimately be up to head coach Flip Saunders, and while he's still experiencing pain, it has become tolerable at this point. Considering the enormous injury risk that is Pekovic, Saunders will likely ease him back into the rotation, and it's unclear if and when he would return to the starting lineup. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:28 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will not play Wednesday
      Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans, and he is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Black was seen leaving the arena on crutches after Monday's game, so this is no mild ankle sprain. With Black out, look for Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion), and Ryan Kelly to pick up some additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • X-rays negative on Tarik Black's ankle
      X-rays came back negative on Tarik Black's sprained right ankle, but Black left the arena on crutches after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Black sprained his ankle after coming down on a teammates' foot and played coy when asked about his availablity for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "I can’t comment on that one," said Black. "I don’t know. But miracles can happen. I rolled it pretty good, though." We'll update Black's status as more information becomes available, but Robert Sacre could see some time while Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Kelly would all see a minutes boost if Black is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 am
    • Wright plays 24 minutes off the bench
      Brandan Wright played 24 minutes off the bench on Monday, managing two points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks.

      Advice: This is pretty big news for him as playing time has always been the problem and his fantasy game has been ultra-efficient. He didn't get the job done in the stat sheet tonight, and there could be key differences to how he is deployed in Phoenix vs. Dallas, but he's worth a look as a speculative add -- especially in 9-cat formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:41 am
       
      Injured
      L, 120-100 vs LAC
    • Kaman stalled by DeMarcus Cousins
      Chris Kaman managed just four points, four rebounds and one block over 19 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: Kaman wasn't the first person to struggle with DeMarcus Cousins and he won't be the last. With or without LaMarcus Aldridge suffering a thumb injury, Kaman was a guy to own until Robin Lopez returned. But now with the uncertainty of Aldridge's situation, he should be owned in all but the shallowest standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:15 am
    • Report: X-rays negative on Aldridge's thumb
      X-rays taken on LaMarcus Aldridge's left thumb returned negative on Monday, and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is about as good as the news can get, and he was seen in the locker room with a towel over his hand, grumbling "It's just a towel." Aldridge also had an MRI taken and that might be the bigger test, so owners aren't in the clear. But if you were looking at the speculative adds from earlier in the night, you may want to tap the breaks just a little bit. Chris Kaman should be owned and from there it gets pretty dicey with Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright being inconsistent options that might hold value if Aldridge is out for a while. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:57 pm
    • Johnson posts solid line in Monday's win
      Amir Johnson scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in Monday's road win over the Bucks.

      Advice: Johnson has been playing better lately and if you need a big man he's generally a solid low-end value when things are going well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:54 pm
    • Tarik Black leaves game with ankle injury
      Tarik Black left Monday's game due to a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

      Advice: X-rays taken were negative and he finished with 21 minutes, six points, three boards, one steal and one block, as he was making some noise in deep leagues. If he misses time then Robert Sacre may be forced onto the court, and more minutes will go to Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:21 pm
    • Love returns from back injury, double-doubles
      Kevin Love (back) returned to action in the Cavs' 108-94 win over the Bulls on Monday, scoring 16 points on 3-of-13 shooting (1-of-3 from deep, 9-of-10 from the line) with 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Owners are simply rooting for him to get his health back at this point, and it's certainly a buy low moment but proceed with caution. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:53 pm
    • Mozgov goes big with 15 & 15, steal, two blks
      Timofey Mozgov scored 15 points with 15 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Monday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Mozgov had been struggling but this should be a sign that his standard league value isn't dead in the water. David Blatt has experience with him and he usually produces within a pretty predictable range, so late-round value is a pretty reasonable expectation. Give him a hard look if he was dropped. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:51 pm
    • Thompson posts empty 10 and six in win
      Tristan Thompson went for 10 and six with no steals or blocks in Monday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: These are the empty lines that drive standard league owners up a wall. Now that Kevin Love is back, he's not a lock to return late-round value in those formats, but he will probably do better in points leagues depending on the format. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:43 pm
    • Gibson double-doubles with five blocks
      Taj Gibson double-doubled with 10 points and 10 boards to go with a steal and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

      Advice: Gibson has been relatively quiet so this one is good for owners' confidence. He profiles as a late-round guy when the Bulls are at full strength, and he should be in most lineups whenever Joakim Noah is out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:41 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) will play vs. Bulls on Mon
      Kevin Love (back) will play on Monday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: He has been dealing with some back spasms recently and stated that the pain is "paralyzing" when it flares up, but he was able to practice on Sunday and should see his normal minutes against the Bulls. We will let you know how Love holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 4:32 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic remains out of lineup Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle) remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so while we didn't expect him to play, there was at least a chance he could have. Now that he's officially out, Gorgui Dieng will continue to play as much as he possibly can in the middle. Dieng is averaging 10.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks on 50 percent shooting through 30 starts at center. Big Pek isn't getting his job back. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 10:07 am
    • Birdman expected to return on Tuesday night
      Chris Andersen (illness) practiced in full on Monday, and he's expected to play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Birdman did not suit up on Friday against the Kings due to the illness, but he's feeling better and should be ready to go against Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:27 am
    • Kevin Love (back) expected to play Monday
      Kevin Love's (back) is expected to play on Monday, but a final determination has not been made.

      Advice: Signs point to him playing, but it's not set in stone. "I don’t know what causes it, but when it does happen it’s pretty paralyzing," Love said. "I’m happy it’s just a spasm. It’s just something kind of day by day. Treat it as is and go along and hope it doesn’t happen." Tristan Thompson would draw the start if Love can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 8:12 am
    • Rudy Gobert grabs career-high 18 rebounds
      Rudy Gobert snagged a career-high 18 rebounds in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Sunday, adding 13 points, two assists, four blocks and only one turnover.

      Advice: He started the second half but coach Quin Snyder claimed the switch has "no long-term implications." Gobert shot 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the FT line, and continues to impress despite his (perhaps temporary) move back to Utah's bench. He's swatting a ridiculous 4.2 shots per game in January, to go along with 10.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals, which places him in elite fantasy territory. It's inevitable that Gobert will enter Utah's starting lineup at some point, but he's a must-start player no matter where he begins the game. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:31 pm
    • Derrick Favors gets 13 boards, four blocks
      Derrick Favors had 13 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, but he scored only nine points on 4-of-11 shooting during 27 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The Jazz couldn't muster enough offense to beat the Spurs, shooting just 28-of-84 as a team (33.3 percent), with a 10-of-16 mark at the FT line. Favors fell one point shy of his third straight double-double in tonight's defeat, and his injury scare last Saturday has proven to be a false alarm. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:28 pm
    • Kendrick Perkins scores 11 points in easy win
      Kendrick Perkins benefitted from Orlando's awful defense on Sunday, coming off the bench for 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He logged 22 minutes and doesn't do nearly enough to warrant ownership in typical fantasy leagues, averaging 4.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 19 minutes while backing up Steven Adams (five points in 18 minutes). Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:46 pm
    • Serge Ibaka hits four 3-pointers vs. Orlando
      Serge Ibaka set up camp on the perimeter during Sunday's easy road win, hitting 4-of-8 shots from downtown to finish with 16 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 1.4 triples per game are easily a career high and coach Scott Brooks has given him a green light, adding a valuable new facet to his fantasy game. His FG percentage has dipped as a consequence, to a career-low 47.2 percent, but he's been better with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both healthy, shooting 49.0 percent over the past month. Owners can pencil him in for top-20 value the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:44 pm
    • Amir Johnson double-doubles in Raptors loss
      Amir Johnson double-doubled on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one turnover over 31.8 minutes of action.

      Advice: Excluding Friday's dud in which the Raptors were blown out, Johnson has been playing well lately while seeing quality minutes. He's averaging 11.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game over the last five, and he's worth a look if you're team is in need of some big man stats. Just know that Casey is rather sporadic with his rotations, and he's more of a low-end shot-blocking specialist at best. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:52 pm
    • Ryan Anderson struggles in start vs. Raptors
      Ryan Anderson struggled in another start on Sunday, scoring nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 27 foul-plagued minutes.

      Advice: Anderson hit two 3-pointers but this was an unvarnished dud for fantasy owners hoping he'd erupt with Anthony Davis (toe) out of the lineup. He's now a combined 10-of-38 from the field (26.3 percent) in three starts this year, but Anderson has too much upside to shy away from if Davis isn't cleared to play in New York on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:05 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 109-106 * vs Dal
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) doubtful for Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is doubtful to play Monday vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Head coach Flip Saunders has said he would like Pekovic to go through a D-League stint before returning to the lineup, and given the fact that that has not happened yet, it's looking unlikely he'll be available on Monday. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start with Pekovic sidelined, and there's a chance he remains the starter upon Pek's return as the Wolves' plans have now shifted to development rather than competing for a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 12:07 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) questionable Monday vs. CHI
      Kevin Love (back) practiced on Sunday, and he is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Chicago.

      Advice: Love will be re-evaluated following Monday's shootaround, but given the fact he was a full participant during today's practice, his chances for Monday are looking pretty good. However, if he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 11:45 am
    • Dwight Howard has a nice game vs. GSW
      Dwight Howard was a lone bright spot against the Warriors on Saturday during a 131-106 loss with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: The Rockets were really bad on defense and giving up 64 points in the paint is not something a Dwight Howard team will do often. Howard snapped a four-game streak without a double-double in this one and he'll look to parlay it with another one against Roy Hibbert on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:30 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Nikola Pekovic out on Saturday night
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: For some reason they listed him as doubtful when there was no chance he was going to play today. Pekovic is expected to need at least a few more days to get going and his minutes will be capped upon his return. Gorgui Dieng is a must-start player while Anthony Bennett is getting some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 4:29 pm
    • Thompson scores season-high 24 points
      Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

      Advice: Thompson hit all four of his free throws for good measure. His fantasy deficiencies were not on display tonight but they have been well-chronicled. If Kevin Love misses time due to his back injury, then Thompson is a pretty good bet to produce at a late-round level. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:03 am
    • Mozgov a one-trick pony in win over Clips
      Timofey Mozgov scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and no steals or blocks in Friday's win over the Clippers.

      Advice: Mozgov had multiple rebounding threats working against him from both squads, and this is probably the opposite of what we'll see on most nights. There's no guarantee that he can have the same type of value that he had in Denver, but Kevin Love's back situation might help and a few more games under former Russian coach David Blatt will help. He's not a must-own player at this time. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:00 am
    • Gobert still going strong off of the bench
      Rudy Gobert was his normal terrific self in 25 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks.

      Advice: If there is anybody out there that is panicking over Gobert's value now that Enes Kanter is back -- be a good friend and take him off their hands. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:11 pm
    • Brandan Wright gets 20 minutes
      Brandan Wright had his best game in a Suns uniform on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds, and one block.

      Advice: It was his usual dunk fest and he made 5-of-6 from the field tonight. Wright is fitting in immediately, but the Suns just won't take minutes away from Alex Len. He should have similar value to what he had in Dallas, which makes him some to monitor very closely. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:40 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 120-100 vs LAC
    • Ibaka ties career-high with 27 points vs. GSW
      Serge Ibaka tied a career-high with 27 points on Friday against the Warriors, hitting 12-of-18 shots with one three, eight boards and one block.

      Advice: Like most big men that move away from the hoop as they develop an outside shot, it has negatively impacted Ibaka's value this year keeping him in the top-40 range and well below his ADP. He's hitting just 46.5 percent of his shots and getting to the line one less time per game, and his blocking numbers are down too. Owners might want to root for the Thunder to add another offensive weapon so he can focus on what made him good in fantasy leagues in the first place. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:01 pm
    • Adams hurts ankle but stays in the game
      Steven Adams hurt his ankle during Friday's game but finished it out, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with seven rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Adams is young and can play through stuff like this. We'll let you know if it swells up overnight and regardless he has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:55 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 108-98 @ Cle
    • Taj Gibson scores 13 in a start vs. Boston
      Taj Gibson played 39 minutes in a start against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists during a 119-103 win.

      Advice: It was much worse than expected in the plus matchup. Gibson averaged 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in his previous nine starts, which is where he should be on Saturday against the Hawks. If Joakim Noah (ankle) is out, you'll want to start him. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:21 pm
    • Paul Millsap fills it up as per usual
      Paul Millsap filled the stat sheet against the Raptors on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made both free throws and 6-of-9 from the field in an eight-category masterpiece. Millsap has multiple steals and blocks in each of his last two games and the reality NBA world is starting to learn what the fantasy world already knew long ago: Millsap is a stud. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:27 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) won't play Friday night
      Kevin Love (back) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: It makes sense to sit him in the second half of a back-to-back based on how bad he looked on Thursday. It should be interesting to see how the Cavs space the floor now that they're going to have two low-block guys starting in their front court with Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving should have the ball in their hands more. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:24 pm
    • Ryan Anderson has a disappointing game
      Ryan Anderson made just 2-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He even air-balled a 3-pointer tonight to sum up his evening. Anderson apparently doesn't like to start because he made just 31.3 percent from the field in his previous start this season. Anthony Davis (toe) shouldn't be out long, but Ryno will have value in any role. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:19 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 109-106 * vs Dal
    • Chris Andersen (illness) out on Friday night
      Chris Andersen (illness) will not play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: Well, Hassan Whiteside is going to have to figure out how to not foul DeMarcus Cousins. He should get as many minutes as he can handle while the Heat will use a lot of small-ball lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:06 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) is a game-time decision
      Kevin Love (back spasms) is a game-time decision against the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: He battled back spasms for basically the entire game on Thursday and the Cavs might just hold him out tonight. If he is out, Tristan Thompson and Omer Asik will play next to each other more. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving should have more chances to score, too. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:10 pm
    • Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time call
      Chris Andersen (illness) is a game-time call against the Kings.

      Advice: If he's out, Hassan Whiteside is going to play big minutes. The Heat will also likely have to play some small ball and get Shawne Williams back in the rotation. Andersen should be benched in most cases right now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 5:55 pm
    • Taj Gibson will start on Friday night
      Taj Gibson will start in place of Joakim Noah on Friday night.

      Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau didn't do anything crazy today and surprise us. Gibson's numbers in the starting lineup are outstanding and he has a great matchup tonight, so he's a terrific play in any format. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 4:25 pm
    • Ryan Anderson spotted in starters jersey
      Ryan Anderson was seen sporting the blue starters jersey during Friday morning's shootaround.

      Advice: The Pelicans are currently listing Anthony Davis (toe) as a game-time decision, however, most signs are pointing towards him sitting this one out. If Davis is unavailable, Anderson would slide into the starting lineup for an excellent matchup against the 76ers, and he'd make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:39 am
       
      Injured
      W, 109-106 * vs Dal
    • Love Hurts: Kevin battles back spasms in LA
      Kevin Love battled back spasms against the Lakers on Thursday, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 4-of-12 from the field.

      Advice: It was bothering him for almost the entire first three quarters. Love had his back re-wrapped near the end of the third and he returned to the game looking much better. He even took a charge on a big possession. There's little doubt that his back is going to swell up on him, so his owners will want to look for news at shootaround tomorrow before Friday's game against the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:30 pm
    • Tristan Thompson grabs 11 boards off bench
      Tristan Thompson grabbed a game-high 11 boards against the Lakers on Thursday with five points and two blocks in 32 minutes.

      Advice: If Kevin Love is going to miss time, that should make Thompson a bigger part of the offense. He rarely gets plays drawn up for him with most of his work coming on the offensive glass. He isn't a great option in standard leagues, but give him a look in points formats, assuming Love is out. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:28 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov scores four points
      Timofey Mozgov scored four points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: While the Cavs are healthy, there is just not going to be many shots/plays for him. Mozgov isn't the strongest rebounder and his block rate is also down, so he's not exactly a hot property in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:26 pm
    • Tarik Black plays 16 minutes vs. Cavs
      Tarik Black played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with eight points, four boards and one assist.

      Advice: He continues to give the Lakers good minutes and he's seen a slight upward trend since joining them last month. In his previous games with the Lakers, he averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 boards, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those are serviceable numbers in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:19 pm
    • Kevin Love leaves game with back spasms
      Kevin Love battled back spasms for most of Thursday's game against the Lakers and asked to come out in the third quarter.

      Advice: He was walking up the court on his last two possessions and it was obvious he was hurting. Love checked back in a few minutes later, so we'll let you know how he looks. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 9:26 pm
    • Kendrick Perkins could be headed to BK
      Kendrick Perkins could be traded to the Nets in the Brook Lopez deal.

      Advice: This has been the talk of the evening in a deal that would send Lopez to OKC, Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn, and Jarrett Jack and Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte. There is a decent chance Perkins and his expiring contract would be bought out. There's no need to add him anywhere. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 8:52 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 13 points vs. Houston
      Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

      Advice: He is struggling from the field in his last four, making just 38.1 percent in that stretch. Ibaka does have an eight-block game from Wednesday, but besides that he hasn't really done much in 2015. He has been inexplicably below expectations, but his game is made for standard leagues and he can be viewed as a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 7:45 pm
    • Taj Gibson plays 32 minutes on Wednesday
      Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: Fantasy owners know the drill by now. When Joakim Noah (ankle) goes down, it's time to add Taj Gibson everywhere. Noah has looked old and slow in the past couple weeks, so the Bulls are likely going to be very cautious with him. Gibson could have a couple weeks of must-start value. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 11:34 pm
    • Chris Kaman puts up a double-double
      Chris Kaman scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is running some tight rotations, which is just what Kaman's fantasy owners want to hear. He played 32 minutes on Sunday and the Blazers seem comfortable letting the wheels fall off for the next couple weeks. He should be owned in standard leagues based on the past two games. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:33 pm
    • Paul Millsap fills it up, Hawks win again
      Paul Millsap filled the stat sheet against the Celtics during a 105-91 win on Thursday with 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Hawks won their 10th straight and have gone 24-2 since Thanksgiving to help them build a four-game lead over the rest of the Eastern Conference. Millsap hasn't been shooting the ball too well and his defensive stats are down, so he hasn't been his usual beast self. Of course, he's likely going to get hot in a hurry as a top-25 asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 9:41 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk has another nice effort
      Kelly Olynyk bounced back on Wednesday during a 105-91 loss to the Hawks with 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: It's been a bumpy ride for Olynyk, but he's doing enough to remain owned in standard leagues. Over his last five, the second-year big man averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 triples. He should get even better soon, so keep him owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 9:19 pm
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