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    • Ed Davis, Ronnie Price still starting for LAK
      Byron Scott intends to start Ed Davis and Ronnie Price for at least another 8-to-13 games, as he's been pleased with the early returns of his lineup change.

      Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin have both lost value with the second unit and there's no relief in sight for fantasy owners. Scott will re-evaluate the lineup after the 8-13 games are up, and it's entirely possible that Davis and Price will keep their jobs indefinitely. Boozer has played well as a reserve and Lin has just enough upside to keep on your bench, though both guys are treading water as late-round values. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:20 pm
    • Martell Webster getting closer, out Tuesday
      Martell Webster (back) almost went through a full practice on Monday, but will not play on Tuesday.

      Advice: It sounds like he has a chance to play in 2014. Otto Porter Jr. was a mild disappointment to start the year, so Webster should be on the radar for owners need 3-pointers. Rasual Butler would lose a big chunk of his value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:50 am
       
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    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:41 am
       
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    • Isaiah Thomas admits role is not as expected
      Isaiah Thomas admitted his current role with the Suns is different than he had envisioned.

      Advice: In a Q&A with NBA.com's David Aldridge, Thomas admitted (among other things) he thought he'd see more playing time alongside Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. It sounds like Thomas is still finding his way in Phoenix, but with Dragic entering free agency after the season, it may just be a temporary issue. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:30 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:25 am
    • Wiggins motivated by Kobe Bryant's praise
      Andrew Wiggins is motivated by Kobe Bryant's recent praise of him.

      Advice: Kobe said looking at Wiggins was like looking at himself at 19, and Wiggins heard him loud and clear. "When I heard it I was motivated, instantly," he said. "Motivation to my ears. Forces me to grind harder. Approach the game differently. That’s a legend. I witnessed a legendary moment. A legend told me I was a reflection to him, that’s just big words for me." Wiggins was recently criticized for his up-and-down effort level by Flip Saunders, but he was also praised for his willingness to take on defending the other team's best player as a rookie. Wiggins' next step will be consistency between games before finding his killer instinct. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:09 am
    • Deron Williams does not practice on Monday
      Deron Williams (calf, dental procedure) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Williams didn't play on Sunday due to the calf injury, so that's the reason for owners to be concerned. It doesn't appear D-Will's calf injury is serious, but given the issues with his ankles, we'd like to see Williams avoid any issues with the lower half. Jarrett Jack will start and be a solid plug-and-play option for however long Williams sits, and it's not a lock Williams returns on Tuesday against Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:00 am
    • Goran Dragic's back still not 100 percent
      Goran Dragic's back is still not 100 percent healthy.

      Advice: "Sometimes, I feel a little bit tight, but that's normal," Dragic said. Jeff Hornacek added, "Goran is probably hurt still, but he's not going to tell us because he wants to play." A lingering back issue is a reason for fantasy owners to have concern, but it doesn't sound serious at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:50 am
    • Isaiah Thomas says ankle not 100 percent
      Isaiah Thomas admitted that his ankle still isn't 100 percent healthy.

      Advice: "I'm not 100 percent," Thomas said. "There are still some movements that hurt, but I can tolerate the pain. I'm just trying to play my way back into being healthy and do the best I can." Thomas is still trying to find his rhythm after missing time, and although his production can be inconsistent with the three-headed point-guard machine, he needs to be deployed in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:45 am
    • Alonzo Gee looking to get more time at SF
      Alonzo Gee is a candidate to get increased minutes at small forward with Danilo Gallinari (knee) sidelined.

      Advice: With Darrell Arthur (leg) also out, Gee is going to be the main backup behind Wilson Chandler. We wouldn't get too excited about Gee's fantasy prospects, but those in deeper formats can monitor his progress from a distance. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • James Harden, Dwight Howard probable Monday
      James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) are both probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: Although both are dealing with a nagging concern, the two stars will be out there in a big game against Portland. Harden said he planned to play, so the probable designation is just a formality. Harden and Howard's owners can feel good about putting them in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:23 am
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Cory Joseph getting burn without Tony Parker
      Cory Joseph has played at least 30 minutes in 10 of the Spurs' 12 games this month while Tony Parker (hamstring) recovers.

      Advice: Joseph is averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 48.3 percent shooting over nine games as a starter, and he's playing an average of 36 minutes in those contests. Joseph is expected to stay in the starting lineup for however long Parker is forced to miss with Patty Mills (shoulder) out until 2015. Joseph's stats won't jump off the page at you, but he's a steady, low-end contributor in your lineup while he has an opportunity. The Spurs are also encouraging him to shoot more, a sign that he has the trust of the coaching staff. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:33 am
    • Doc Rivers gushes all over DeAndre Jordan
      DeAndre Jordan is leading the NBA with 13 rebounds per game, and he's also making 72.1 percent of his shots from the field.

      Advice: Jordan is shooting a lousy 43.6 percent from the charity stripe after a 42.8 percent mark last season, so it's not getting any better. However, that hasn't stopped Jordan from amassing impressive value to the Clippers and fantasy owners. "My gosh, what he's doing every night is unbelievable," Rivers said. "He does it every night, doesn't ask for the ball, sets picks, rolls, still scores because he's so active." Jordan has five straight games with at least 14 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:25 am
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 am
    • LeBron James doing more ballhandling now
      LeBron James has increased the amount of ballhandling he's doing for the Cavs.

      Advice: Since LeBron took over increased point guard duties, the Cavs are 11-4 in their last 15 games. James has at least nine assists in three of his last four games, and he's now averaging 7.8 assists per game, the second-highest mark of his career. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:13 am
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    • Martell Webster (back) out Sunday vs. PHO
      Martell Webster (back) will not play Sunday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Webster is nearing a return, but Sunday will not be the day. We'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Chicago, but with Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal healthy, there's not much reason to give him any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Deron Williams (calf) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Deron Williams (calf) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, and Jarret Jack will draw the start.

      Advice: Deron's calf injury isn't expected to be serious, but he does usually take a bit longer to recover from injuries than your average player. Jack looks like a solid add in most leagues, and he'll serve as a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:21 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) probable for Monday
      James Harden (strained left hamstring) is probable to play Monday vs. Portland.

      Advice: Harden injured his hamstring during Saturday's game vs. Atlanta, but played through the strain and put up 18 points, six rebounds, and a season-high 14 assists over 39 minutes of action so we'd expect him to give it a go on Monday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:17 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:32 am
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
    • Carmelo Anthony will play Sunday vs. Raptors
      Carmelo Anthony will play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: This is exciting news for Melo, and the good news is that he said his knee was feeling great after Saturday's loss. There will always be some risk of the Knicks opting to rest him, but this is definitely a good sign. Get Melo active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:52 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee felt good Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony said that his knee felt good in Saturday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: "These past three days, I was able to just kind of get my body right and stay off of the leg a little bit," Anthony said. "I felt pretty good out there. My knee felt good." Anthony had a great game on Saturday, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 boards, and it doesn't appear that his status is in jeopardy for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors. Check back before tip-off just in case, but owners should be feeling a little more confident. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:40 am
    • Martell Webster (back) could play on Sunday
      Martell Webster (back) could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Suns.

      Advice: He has yet to play this season after coming off of his third back surgery in his career, so it will be great to see back out on the floor. He was seen getting up shots at practice on Saturday for a couple of hours, and he is reportedly feeling good. If he doesn't make his season debut Sunday, his next chance to play would be on Tuesday vs. the Bulls. However, Webster will likely be eased back into the rotation, and he won't see a lot of minutes while Paul Pierce and Otto Porter are healthy. Webster can be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:51 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic to keep open mind in free agency
      Goran Dragic will keep an open mind if he enters free agency in the offseason.

      Advice: "It's still early to talk about that," Dragic said. "Right now, I want to be 100 percent focused on the team and try to help the team and players. In the offseason, I'm going to probably sit down with my family first and with my agent and try to explore all the options. From there, I'll try to choose the one best for me." There is no doubt that Dragic is an elite point guard, and he will definitely draw some major interest from several different teams. It would not be surprising to see some teams try to pry him away at the trade deadline if the Suns don't feel like Dragic will return, but for now nothing is close to developing and we will pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:05 am
    • Cory Joseph scores 14 points in start
      Cory Joseph scored 14 points in 41 minutes during a 99-93 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Tony Parker (hamstring) could miss additional time and Patty Mills (shoulder) is still at least a few weeks away, so Joseph does have some short-term value. Keep him in mind in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) double-doubles
      James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:45 pm
    • James Harden returns after hurting hamstring
      James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, but has since returned.

      Advice: This is incredible news for the Rockets, and it looks like Harden dodged a bullet here. We will obviously monitor him closely, and we will provide updates as needed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Nets discussing Deron Williams trade to Kings
      The Nets are in trade talks with the Kings over former All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

      Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting it, so we know that there is some traction here. Talks are reportedly ongoing, but it is still unclear what other players are involved. Darren Collison would likely have to be included in any deal, but one obstacle to the talks is Sacramento's desire to obtain Mason Plumlee, who the Nets are enamored with. We will let you know if any further developments occur. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:51 pm
    • Martell Webster still on schedule for return
      Martell Webster (back) is on schedule to return to action this month.

      Advice: He is going to have a minutes limit when he is able to play. Webster is a tremendous fit for the Wizards and he flourished last season while Bradley Beal was out. He'll have to fend off Rasual Butler for playing time, so most owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic has a quiet game on Saturday
      Goran Dragic had a sub-par game against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He was barely utilized in halfcourt sets and had a major chunk of his buckets in transition. Dragic is playing more with Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe a bit more and he should be a little better than this. Still, he's not going to come close to his fantasy value from last season. Additionally, CBS Sports reports that Dragic is the least likely to be traded. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:06 pm
    • NY-Style Pizza Guy: Isaiah Thomas scores 22
      Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points against the Knicks during a win on Saturday, making 7-of-12 from the field for 22 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He played 32 minutes and didn't turn the ball over. The Suns have a handful of big runs while Thomas is on the floor and he has now played at least 26 minutes in four of his five games since returning from injury. Thomas can fill it up with triples and free throws, which is enough to keep him owned in standard leagues despite the lower playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:59 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony plays 40 minutes in return
      Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:52 pm
    • Deron Williams has calf strain, doubtful Sun
      Deron Williams was diagnosed with a low-grade calf strain after an MRI on Saturday, and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.

      Advice: This is good news, and the Nets are optimistic that he won't miss too much time. Williams obviously didn't practice on Saturday, but he is expected to be evaluated daily. Check back before tip-off on Sunday, but don't count on him playing in this one. Jarrett Jack would be the main beneficiary if Williams sits, and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:46 am
    • Deron Williams (calf) not practicing Saturday
      Deron Williams (calf) is not practicing on Saturday, and we still waiting on the results of his MRI.

      Advice: He strained his calf on Friday, and there is no word on how severe it is. If he misses any time, Jarrett Jack will become a must-own player. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:21 am
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:23 am
    • Joseph posts 10-8-7 line in triple-OT game
      Cory Joseph scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists over 43 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Joseph has played admirably enough in fill-in duty for Tony Parker (hamstring) and this line was certainly aided by the extra minutes. He's worth a deep league look whenever Parker is out. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:10 pm
    • D-Will: Doctor said calf injury not 'too bad'
      Deron Williams said doctors told him that his calf injury wasn't "too bad," and he'll get an MRI on Saturday for further evaluation.

      Advice: "It was already hurting in the first quarter," Williams said. "It just felt like my calf was tight. I went out and stretched it a little bit, went back in and … I can’t remember who I passed the ball to, but I jumped up and passed in the air and when I landed, I kind of landed on my toe and there was a sharp pain right to the spot that was tight before." Williams added that he did not know the severity of the injury, and anybody considering Jarrett Jack as an add might want to look at this injury more as day-to-day than week-to-week. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:56 pm
    • Andrew Wiggins struggles on Friday night
      Andrew Wiggins struggled against the Celtics during a 114-98 loss on Friday, making 2-of-10 from the field with five points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: Not good. Wiggins hasn't made over 33.3 percent from the field in any of his last three games and is running into the rookie wall. He should see all the minutes he can handle and the Wolves are going to be committed to him. However, his fantasy owners might want to bench him until he starts to get it going. Wiggins is doing more harm than good. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:59 pm
    • Deron Williams suffers strained right calf
      Deron Williams suffered a strained right calf on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Williams has a litany of leg injuries and he might be getting an MRI to check on the severity of the strain. He also has history of calf strains, so he's a good bet to miss at least a couple games. Jarrett Jack is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:30 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: There has been talk of Anthony shutting things down to get his knee right, so we'd say he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. If he's unable to go Travis Wear could get another start, but he shouldn't be considered an option in standard leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr., however, would be a primary option on offense if Melo is unavailable, so he’d be the guy to target in dailies. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:50 am
    • James Harden scores 21 points in a loss
      James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:31 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire steps up with 16 points
      Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

      Advice: He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire starting Thursday vs. CHI
      Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

      Advice: Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play vs. Bulls
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: There is talk of people advising him to sit out for a few weeks, so Anthony could miss time despite how he said he wants to play. With Anthony out, the Knicks are going to have to come up with some creative ways to score the ball. Tim Hardaway Jr. is probably their best bet based on how he carried the Knicks at summer league. Pablo Prigioni, Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon may be used in two-PG lineups, too. Anthony should be considered questionable for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:34 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire will dress vs. Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire will dress against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He was expected to rest, but the Knicks are simply running out of bodies. This doesn't necessarily mean he is going to play, so his owners will want to keep their eyes peeled. Unless he is in the starting lineup, it's probably best to steer of this situation. If you were planning on using Jason Smith, Quincy Acy or even Travis Wear in daily, you might want to dial back your expectations for now. Stay tuned as we provide updates leading to tip. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:20 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony being told to shut it down?
      Carmelo Anthony stated during Thursday morning's shootaround that he's had multiple people tell him he should consider sitting out for an extended period of time.

      Advice: "I've had multiple people say kind of just shut it down or just take time off," said Anthony. "At the end of the day it's hard for me to just do that right now with what's happening with the team. So I'm just trying to be smart about it." The Knicks currently own a record of 5-22, and each loss gives Carmelo another reason to shut it down instead of risk further injury. Tim Hardaway Jr. is looking more and more like a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:39 am
    • Carmelo Anthony expected to sit Thursday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee soreness) is now expected to miss Thursday's game against the Bulls, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, Melo is now expected to sit Thursday night as he's dealing with knee soreness that Isola is reporting will require surgery after the season. With Amare Stoudemire (rest) already declared out for Thursday night, Tim Hardaway Jr. should see all the minutes he can handle if Anthony does indeed sit. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:24 am
    • Amare Stoudemire out Thursday vs Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will miss Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Carmelo Anthony is also questionable for Thursday, so we may see a very different lineup when the Knicks take the floor against the Bulls. Quincy Acy, Samuel Dalembert, and Travis Wear are likely to inherit most of STAT's minutes on Thursday, though none are worth a look for fantasy purposes outside of daily games. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:32 am
    • Goran Dragic missing second half stamina
      After missing two games with a lower back strain, Goran Dragic said his stamina wasn't there during the second half of Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

      Advice: Dragic only scored four points in the second half of the win after pouring in 16 in the first half, but it was a good sign for fantasy owners to see him back on the court nevertheless. With his back issues seemingly behind him, the 28-year-old will be able to put full games together and should provide his fantasy owners with top-50 value for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:37 am
    • LeBron James not embarrassed by Hawks loss
      LeBron James said he wasn't embarrassed by Wednesday's 29-point loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: After Cavs head coach David Blatt characterized the loss as embarrassing in his post-game press conference, LeBron didn't seem to be on the same page as his coach. "Nah, I'm embarrassed losing the Finals," James said when asked if the loss was embarrassing. While James and the Cavs still have some work to do, he's averaging 31.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last four games so his fantasy owners can't be too upset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:24 am
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 am
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 pm
    • Goran Dragic scores 20 points in return
      Goran Dragic looked terrific in his return against the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He missed the previous two games due to a strained back and was his aggressive self tonight. Dragic was really turning it on while Isaiah Thomas was out earlier this month and that might be due to his mentality and not because of the personnel. He should be able to flirt with top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas scores 23 points
      Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points off the bench against the Hornets on Wednesday with three rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: The Suns went small with Markieff Morris being ejected and the Pizza Guy closed this one out. He's dominated the ball late in games and that even continued tonight next to Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. Thomas is worth owning in standard leagues despite the inconsistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 pm
    • LeBron posts pedestrian line in ugly loss
      LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's blowout 127-98 loss to the Hawks, the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Advice: It's hard to explain how this one happened, as the Hawks were playing without starting point guard Jeff Teague, but Shelvin Mack got hot in the second quarter and the Cavs never threatened again. James played OK, but his owners were hoping for more than this in most instances. Due to the lopsided score, LeBron and most other starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) will start Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) will start on Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: After missing the previous two games, Dragic is back and his owners can safely activate him in their lineups. He has a favorable matchup against the Hornets, and should be in for a nice night if his back doesn't flare up on him. Gerald Green will shift back to the bench on Wednesday, while Isaiah Thomas' value takes a slight hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:19 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) probable for Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) is probable for Wednesday's game after going through shootaround.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games after his back flared up on him during Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but he appeared to turn the corner and should be good to go Wednesday. Dragic has a favorable matchup against the reeling Hornets, and owners will want to get him active in their lineups. Gerald Green will likely shift back to the bench Wednesday and Isaiah Thomas will also see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:22 am
    • Cory Joseph set to start again on Wednesday
      Cory Joseph is set to draw another start on Wednesday in the absence of Tony Parker (hamstring).

      Advice: Parker currently doesn't have a timetable to return, so Joseph should start for the foreseeable future. In his last start for the Spurs, Joseph tallied 12 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. He should also be in line for a few more assists on Wednesday, so this kind of production is worthy in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:40 am
    • Deron Williams double-doubles in loss Tuesday
      Deron Williams double-doubled in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists, one board, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: The trade rumors aren't going anywhere, but Williams doesn't seem too distracted on the court and has been playing really well lately. There is always going to be some risk involved with his shaky ankles, but as long as he stays healthy he will remain a must-start option in all leagues. If you were ever thinking about trading D-Will, his value likely won't be any higher than it is right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:18 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire scores 10 in ugly loss
      Amare Stoudemire had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: He's playing very well for one of the league's worst teams this season, but how long he can stay healthy, or motivated to do so, remains to be seen. The Knicks are now 5-22 on the season, and just 3-11 in the Garden. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:36 pm
    • Report: Nets not having fire sale
      While reports have surfaced that the Nets want to blow up their team and trade Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, it sounds like they're more interested in making one big deal and staying competitive as they rebuild.

      Advice: A more logical theory is that they would trade one of their so-called Big 3, and maybe two of them, but not all three. This can be viewed as good or bad news for Nets fans, as it sounds like the team will attempt to move a big contract or two but not tank to improve their draft position. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:42 pm
    • George Hill (knee) ramping up activities
      George Hill (knee, quad) went through most of Tuesday's practice, although he has "a long way to go with his conditioning," according to head coach Frank Vogel.

      Advice: Vogel added that Hill is "moving really well," and it's probably time to grab him off the waiver wire if he's still available. He's nearing a return, and he's going to be asked to be one of the Pacers' main guys on offense with Paul George (leg) sidelined. It's reasonable to think he'll be able to get somewhere near his 2012-13 averages of 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 1.7 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Cory Joseph scores 12 on Monday night
      Cory Joseph scored 12 points against the Blazers on Monday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He's been solid in his previous five starts, averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 dimes, 0.6 blocks and 0.2 triples on 57.1 percent from the field. Tony Parker hasn't looked like himself since he had a hamstring injury, so there's a good chance Joseph gets another start on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas plays 26 minutes on Monday
      Isaiah Thomas played 26 minutes on Monday against the Bucks, scoring 20 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He went on an 11-0 run in the second half on his own tonight and should get fairly consistent minutes while Goran Dragic (back) is on the shelf. Thomas was leading the team in scoring before his injury and should flirt with must-start value thanks to his output in treys and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:25 pm
    • LeBron posts massive line in win over CHA
      LeBron James scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and three blocks in Monday's 97-88 win over the Hornets.

      Advice: James is starting to get it going and the biggest issue with his fantasy value is his 49 percent shooting this year. For comparison's sake he shot 56.6 percent over the last two seasons and it's a reflection of the struggles the Cavs are having getting to know one another. Look for that to improve, but a bad fantasy playoff schedule and new competition at the top of fantasy leagues have taken the crown off his head. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 pm
    • Goran Dragic will not play on Monday
      Goran Dragic (back) will not play against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: His back flared up on him on Friday and he missed Sunday, so he could miss additional time. Although, it's somewhat encouraging that the Suns ruled him out just a little over an hour before the game started. With Dragic out, expect to see more of Eric Bledsoe handling the offense. Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas also get upticks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:22 pm
    • George Hill going through full practice
      George Hill (knee, quad) will be going "full out" at practice this week, according to coach Frank Vogel.

      Advice: "Unlikely [he'll play] on this trip," Vogel added, "but not out of the realm of possibility." It's probably about time to pick up Hill in most leagues since he could be ready next week. Donald Sloan will get bumped in the rotation while C.J. Watson should lose playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:48 pm
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic's back flared up on him Friday
      Goran Dragic's back initially flared up on him on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: "You get cold and it's more stiff," Dragic said. "It was better (Saturday) when we did therapy. (Sunday), we didn't have practice and it is even tighter." Dragic should be considered questionable to play on Monday against the Bucks, and if he can't give it a go, look for Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe to make up for Dragic's absence, with Gerald Green collecting some extra time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:48 am
    • Carlos Boozer notches 22 & 13 off bench
      Carlos Boozer piled up 22 points and 13 rebounds off the bench in Sunday's win vs. the Timberwolves, making 10-of-14 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs with two assists in just 27 minutes.

      Advice: This makes three strong games for Boozer since being demoted to L.A.'s bench, and he's easily been more productive as a reserve than he was in 19 starts to begin the season. He's a recommendable fantasy option while picking up double-doubles off the bench, but his strong play doesn't mean that he'll regain his starting status any time soon, especially since the Lakers have won three straight games. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:00 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Goran Dragic (lower back strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, and Gerald Green will start in his place.

      Advice: Gerald Green, Isaiah Thomas, and Eric Bledsoe will all see an uptick in value with Dragic sidelined, and all of those guys will make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 3:08 pm
    • LeBron James said that his knee is doing OK
      LeBron James said on Sunday that his knee is doing OK, and said that it responded well to the flight back home.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners and while it is possible it could flare up again, it looks like the coast is clear for now. After sitting out against Oklahoma City on Thursday, James responded in a big way on Friday scoring a season-high 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting. He should be all set for Monday's favorable matchup against the Hornets, and owners can deploy him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 10:06 am
    • James Harden drops third trip-dub of career
      James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:11 pm
    • Darrell Arthur goes off against Houston
      Darrell Arthur went off against the Rockets during a 108-96 loss on Saturday, scoring a team-high 20 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just about every other big man was in foul trouble and Kenneth Faried (ankle) had an injury, so Arthur picked up some playing time. He doesn't usually get big minutes while the team is healthy, so he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Deron Williams plays well in easy win on Sat
      Deron Williams played well in Saturday's easy win over the Hornets, finishing with 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with 10 assists, two boards and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: This line would have been even more impressive if this game wasn't such a blowout, but owners can't really complain. Williams has been playing pretty well this season despite slumping last week, but as long as he is healthy he will be a must-start option in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:37 pm
    • Joseph plays 35 minutes on productive night
      Cory Joseph played 35 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Joseph has been getting a lot of run lately, averaging 28.9 mpg over his last eight contests with low-end value for 12-team leagues in that span. It's going to be hard to rely on him with so many moving parts in San Antonio, but he's worth a look in deeper formats while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:02 am
    • Boozer double-doubles with 14 and 13
      Carlos Boozer went for 14 and 13 with two blocks in Friday's road win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Boozer hit 7-of-12 shots in his 31 minutes and he's been good enough lately to be worth a look in fantasy leagues, but he doesn't have much margin for error and he's easily dispensable when he eventually cools off. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:57 am
    • Isaiah Thomas (ankle) returns to action
      Isaiah Thomas (ankle) returned to action on Friday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting (1-of-6 3PTs) with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Thomas definitely looked a little rusty and a bit sluggish, too. It was revealed during the game by a beat writer that he hurt his ankle due to the natural kickout he does when shooting threes, with a defender knocking into his ankle and bruising it, and that actually happened again last night but without any injury occurring. Thomas got hot down the stretch and was a big factor at the end of the game, and he should get rolling here pretty quick. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:20 am
    • Isaiah Thomas returned to action on Friday December 12. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:18 pm
    • LeBron James' 41 points are not enough
      LeBron James matched his season high with 41 points against the Pelicans on Friday with five rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers on 17-of-24 from the field.

      Advice: Surprisingly, this was LeBron's first game over 65 percent from the field on the season. On Dec. 12 of last season, he had already had five of those games, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Additionally, his knee injury looked just fine tonight and added that resting is not in his nature. James will look to keep it going against the Hornets on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:54 pm
    • Wiggins scores 18 points with steal and block
      Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 43 minutes in Friday's loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Wiggins' season-long value is the pits at a top 200-280 level (8/9 cat) and during his recent hot streak it hasn't changed much at all. The culprits are high volume 39.4 percent field goal shooting and 63.9 percent foul shooting over the past two weeks, and just 1.5 combined money counting stats (3PMs, STLs, BLKs) in that span. One can see how the total package will grow and get better, but he has extreme impediments to fantasy value in standard formats and it's time owners get acclimated to that. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:42 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan makes all three FTs
      DeAndre Jordan made all four shots from the field and all three from the line for 11 points during a 104-96 loss to the Wizards on Friday with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: It was the first time he's attempted at least three attempts from the line and made all of them since Feb. 12 and also the first time he made 100 percent in a game this season. In other news he extended his league-leading field goal shooting to 74.3 percent. Jordan actually had a non-dunk tonight, too. He's a monster around the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:24 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas will play on Friday night
      Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will play against the Pistons on Friday night.

      Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said he doesn't know what to expect out of Thomas tonight, so maybe he doesn't get a full load of minutes. The Suns were getting a lot out of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe while IT3 was down, so hopefully they can keep it going. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 4:32 pm
    • LeBron James will play on Friday night
      LeBron James (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Friday night.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything seems like he's ready to go. James sat out on Thursday and there was talk of the Cavs taking it easy on him, so he should be relatively close to 100 percent. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:51 pm
    • LeBron James (knee) going through warmups
      LeBron James (knee) is going through warmups on Friday.

      Advice: It sounds like he's going to play on Friday, but nothing is certain just yet. James didn't go through warmups on Thursday, so he has a better chance than yesterday. He's a little closer to probable now, but we should have another update before the 8:00 EST tip. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:24 pm
    • Hornacek says Isaiah Thomas probable Friday
      Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek said that Isaiah Thomas (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: All signs are pointing towards Thomas giving it a go, and his return to the lineup will negatively affect Gerald Green, Eric Bledsoe, and Goran Dragic. Check back for an official update on Thomas closer to tip-off, but it's probably safe to go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:28 am
    • LeBron James (knee) questionable for Friday
      LeBron James (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: The Cavs don't seem overly concerned about James' knee, and maintain that the decision to have him sit on Thursday vs. OKC was merely a precaution, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. If James can’t go Friday, expect to see a lot of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Matthew Dellavedova also had a nice outing on Thursday, and he'll have some short-term value as long as LeBron is sidelined. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:19 am
    • What back injury? James Harden scores 44
      James Harden put the Rockets on his back during a 113-109 overtime win against the Kings on Thursday, scoring a season-high 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 14-of-32 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line and had the ball in his hands throughout the night in 48 minutes. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.4 points per game while also posting averages of 6.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 triples. He's a stat factory and his shooting percentage is starting to come around, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 11:16 pm
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