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    • James Harden strains hamstring, leaves game
      James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, and is doubtful to return. Rotoworld.com
      18 minutes ago
    • Donald Sloan starting for C.J. Watson
      Donald Sloan will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: The Pacers just can't stay healthy. Sloan was booted from the rotation earlier this month, but now he's back with C.J. Watson out. Sloan actually is decent on a per-minute basis, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play. Of course, he doesn't have much value following today. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:40 pm
    • Danny Green to come off bench on Saturday
      Danny Green will come off of the bench on Saturday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: There is nothing to worry about here, as coach Gregg Popovich is likely doing this to reduce Green's workload after playing 44 minutes on Friday. Marco Belinelli will draw the start, and is a sneaky plug-and-play option. Green's owners should temper their expectations for this contest, as we don't see him playing too many minutes Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:31 pm
    • Nicolas Batum still active for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

      Advice: He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:50 pm
    • Tyreke Evans will play on Saturday night
      Tyreke Evans (knee) will play against the Blazers on Saturday and is expected to start.

      Advice: The Pelicans say they are going to watch him closely tonight, which doesn't mean an awful lot. Evans tends to miss more time with injuries than most players, so there's a chance he's somewhat limited tonight. Of course, Austin Rivers is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) out until Christmas
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play until Christmas.

      Advice: He is dealing with an injury to his pelvis and the Hornets won't have him for at least two more games following today. He should be considered questionable for Friday Dec. 26 against OKC. While he's out, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams will benefit. None are worth owning in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:19 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
      Today, 2:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:08 pm
    • 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
      Today, 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
      Today, 12:59 pm
    • Wes Johnson (ankle) expected to play Sunday
      Wes Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and expects to play on Sunday against the Kings.

      Advice: He suffered a mild tweak on Friday, but he still played 28 minutes and looked OK. Johnson has consistently seen playing time, but he is not getting many shots. His fantasy value will have a lot to do with his defense, so there is very little upside. He's still worth a look as a specialist. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 pm
    • Landry Fields practices, cleared of concussion
      Landry Fields was cleared for a concussion and was at practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He needed stitches to his head from Friday and it appears he will be fine. Fields plays about 20 minutes per night and only has value in extremely deep leagues. James Johnson doesn't get a bump in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) making progress
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is hoping to return to practice in two weeks.

      Advice: He is still not expected to return before mid-January, but it is great to see him making progress. While he is by no means a must-own player, he might be worth a stash in deeper leagues for his ability to produce 3-pointers and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is worth a long look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:59 am
       
      Injured
      L, 99-90 vs Pho
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Saturday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.

      Advice: Leonard is said to be targeting a return on Monday, while Parker is still without a timetable. Kyle Anderson will likely continue to play big minutes in place of Leonard, while Cory Joseph will continue to run the point in Parker's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:28 am
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) highly doubtful Sat
      Lance Stephenson (hip) is highly doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: He sat out on Friday against the 76ers, and there is almost no shot that he will play vs. the Jazz. Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start, while Gary Neal will also see a boost off of the bench. Stephenson has upside, but unless he is traded to a more favorable situation he will be really tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:49 am
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) will try to play Saturday
      Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will try to give it a go on Saturday vs. Portland.

      Advice: "It’s been swelling up pretty bad after some games, but it really kind of got me on the road," Evans said. "I just have to keep getting ice and treatment. Just trying to take care of it and get it right." Owners will have to hope that he doesn't suffer a setback if he suits up on Saturday, as the Pelicans have three games in the next four days. Check back before tip-off, but it is looking like Evans has a real shot to play in this one. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:48 am
       
      Injured
    • Wes Johnson tweaks ankle, stays in game
      Wes Johnson tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Thunder but stayed in the game, finishing with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, one three, three boards, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Johnson has produced enough to be considered a must-own player in 12-team standard leagues, and we'll let you know if anything pops up with his ankle going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:37 pm
    • Price scores season-high 14 points
      Ronnie Price scored a season-high 14 points with four 3-pointers and three assists over 26 minutes in Friday's loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Price is outside of the top-200 despite playing 21 mpg this season and that's all owners need to know to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:35 pm
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:33 pm
    • Jackson busts out of slump with 25 points
      Reggie Jackson busted out of his slump on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Yes, Kevin Durant was out and yes this came against the Lakers, but it's probably just good for Jackson to see the ball go through the hoop. It sure seems like the Thunder are going out of their way to let Jackson know what the pecking order is in OKC now that the guys are back, but tonight's output is a reminder of both his short-term value and long-term value in the event one of the Thunder's big guns gets hurt again. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:28 pm
    • Nate Robinson scores 20 points with four 3s
      Nate Robinson hit four 3-pointers off the bench on Friday, finishing with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes.

      Advice: That's quite an explosion in limited minutes and he has had an extremely slow start to this year, so owners can sit back and see if he does it again. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:22 pm
    • Danny Green fireworks continue on Friday
      Danny Green scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting (including six threes) with 10 rebounds and one steal over 44 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Green is returning top 15-25 value (9/8 cat) and while he's getting heavy run this week with the absences and overtime games, his production isn't the outlier that many believe it to be. The real difference in his value lies in the increase in trust and minutes that Gregg Popovich has been willing to give him this season, and it would be pretty surprising if he's not a top-40 play at the end of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:08 pm
    • Chalmers scores 14 points with five assists
      Mario Chalmers scored 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds and five assists in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Chalmers started tonight and whether he starts or not he's worth holding for his immense upside if Dwyane Wade and others get hurt, which has proven to be a pretty regular thing in Miami this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Jimmy's jumping for dollars: Butler scores 31
      Jimmy Butler went off yet again on Friday, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 43 minutes.

      Advice: Jimmy just won't quit and he is going to get paid this offseason. Butler is coming off a career-high 35 points on Thursday, so it's probably only a matter of time before Jimmy gets a shoe deal, especially considering how high he jumps. He is for real and his owners can pat themselves on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Jodie Meeks can't get it going
      Jodie Meeks could not get it going on Friday with four points, two boards, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: His minutes are increasing, but the performance hasn't been there. Meeks should be able to hold value in standard leagues once he gathers some momentum, so his owners should stick with him unless it's to add a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:11 pm
    • Waiters plays seven minutes on Friday
      Dion Waiters played just seven minutes on Friday.

      Advice: We haven't heard of an injury and aside from having plenty of fantasy deficiencies in standard leagues, this would qualify as a reason not to bite when he gets hot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Avery Bradley steps it up on Friday night
      Avery Bradley played well in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block.

      Advice: It was the first game all season with more than two assists, so it's pretty clear he's going to benefit without Rajon Rondo. Bradley had the scoring components down and this line tonight is probably enough to go ahead and grab him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    • Jack next man up after Williams calf injury
      Jarrett Jack scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one three in Friday's loss, and he could be in line for more playing time if Deron Williams' calf injury is serious.

      Advice: Williams is probably heading for an MRI and he's not the most durable guy around, so Jack makes sense as a speculative add. Just keep in mind that he has been pretty terrible lately, but that could be a function of being a secondary player next to two guys in Williams and Joe Johnson that dominate the ball. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    • Evan Turner has a boring start in win
      Evan Turner scored 10 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: While he did add his eighth block of the season tonight, Turner was fairly ordinary in the win. He's probably not going to start much longer with Marcus Smart ready to roll. Turner doesn't have enough upside to grab in standard leagues, but give him a look in points formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • Landry Fields gets stitches, out for game
      Landry Fields received stitches to his head on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He had a scary fall and might have suffered a concussion. Fields was in the starting lineup for the Raptors, so they might need to mix it up. James Johnson replaced Fields at the time of the injury and would make the most sense. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mario Chalmers starting, Norris Cole benched
      Mario Chalmers will start at point guard on Friday night against the Wizards.

      Advice: The move is a little overdue with Norris Cole not playing well. Chalmers is going to do a lot of work as a shooter as Dwyane Wade handles the ball, but his upside in treys and steals will make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:16 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard has torn ligament in hand
      Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

      Advice: He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard has damage to right hand
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

      Advice: "Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:39 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee) out Friday vs. the Spurs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:32 pm
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) a game-time decision Sat.
      Tyreke Evans (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: If Tyreke is unable to go on Saturday, Austin Rivers would likely draw another start. However, he really doesn't do enough to be considered a quality plug-and-play option. Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis would be in line for some additional shots with Evans sidelined, and those are the guys to target in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:10 pm
       
      Injured
    • Evan Turner starting for Boston on Friday
      Evan Turner will start at point guard against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: Marcus Smart (Achilles) might not be at 100 percent, so there should be a lot of playing time headed Turner's way. Coach Brad Stevens has the Celtics running at the fastest pace in the league, so there is a nice opportunity for Turner in a daily league. His value in season-long formats is also intriguing, but his upside is not as high as Smart's. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:39 pm
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) limited at practice Fri.
      Tyreke Evans (knee) was limited to some light shooting drills during Friday's practice, and he's questionable to play Saturday vs. Portland.

      Advice: There remains some swelling in Evans knee, and he will take some anti-inflammatory medication and test his knee during shootaround Saturday morning. Austin Rivers stepped into the starting lineup on Thursday with Evans sidelined, but only managed to put up 10 points and six assists over 35 minutes of action. If Evans is unavailable, there will be more shots to go around for guys like Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 am
       
      Injured
    • Report: Stephenson no longer on trading block
      The Hornets have reportedly pulled Lance Stephenson off the trading block as none of the offers they received were enticing enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

      Advice: The Hornets believe that Stephenson's groin injury has hindered him all season, and is the main culprit to his lack of production thus far. Charlotte feels that the injury affected Stephenson's movement and conditioning, and they would like to see him at full strength before sending him away for pennies on the dollar. While Stephenson may get traded away at some point this season, it is not likely to happen any time soon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 am
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:03 am
    • Report: Heat express interest in Stephenson
      The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Add Miami to the list of suitors that currently includes Indiana, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephenson would have the most value in a return Indiana, but right now, everything is in the very early stages and nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:19 am
    • Jimmy Butler: 'I don't want to be a star'
      Jimmy Butler stated during a recent interview that he sees himself as more of a role player than a star in the league.

      Advice: "I don’t want be a star," said Butler. "I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team." While Butler may not be ready to admit it, he's emerging as a star in the league during his fourth NBA-season. Butler is hitting career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (5.8), and assists (3.4), while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, and 81.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 8.2 attempts per game). He’s returning early-round value, and shows no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:20 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
    • Jimmy Butler scores a career-high 35 points
      Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points against the Knicks on Thursday with five rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: While Anthony Davis is rolling, Butler is the frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He has completely turned around his offensive game while still playing major minutes and filling up the stat sheet in other areas. Butler is flirting with first round value and is not slowing down. Basically, he is for real and when fantasy opponents try to trade for him, his owners should say, "Don't touch Jimmy!" Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Not Ready: Lance Stephenson (hip) out Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:28 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) questionable Fri
      Nicolas Batum (left knee contusion, right wrist) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:22 pm
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play on Thursday
      Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Thursday.

      Advice: The Pelicans cannot stay healthy these days and they are already extremely thin on the wing. It'll likely be Austin Rivers stepping up from the bench and he should see a ton of minutes. Still, he's arguably one of the worst offensive players in the NBA, so fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Friday vs. Portland
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:41 pm
    • Danny Green (foot) expected to play Friday
      Danny Green (foot) was spotted limping to the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss, but he's still expected to play Friday vs. Portland.

      Advice: "I'm not considered one of the older guys here, so I have to play," said Green. After a very up-and-down season last year, he's hitting career-highs in all categories this season, and he's entered elite territory. Check back for an official update on his status closer to Friday's tip, but consider him probable. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:15 pm
    • Tyreke Evans questionable for Thursday
      Tyreke Evans (right knee contusion) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Evans is averaging 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 treys over his last five games, so his fantasy owners will have to keep their fingers crossed that he'll be able to play Thursday night. If Evans sits, Austin Rivers and Luke Babbitt would see increased playing time, though neither are a very attractive plug-and-play option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:50 am
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson doubtufl for next two games
      Lance Stephenson (pelvis) is doubtful for the Hornets' next two games with a pelvic sprain.

      Advice: The Hornets play the 76ers on Friday and the Jazz on Saturday and it looks like they'll have to do so without Stephenson. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but fantasy owners can expect to see more of Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gary Neal if Stephenson is out for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:30 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
    • Danny Green seen limping after Spurs loss
      Danny Green (foot) was seen limping in the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to the Spurs.

      Advice: Green took a hard foul towards the end of the first overtime, but the injury doesn't seem serious as he hasn't popped up on the injury report yet. We'll keep an eye on this one and Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Kyle Anderson would see an uptick in fantasy value if Green misses any time. Green scored a season-high 25 points in Wednesday's loss and is worth an add in standard fantasy leagues due to his recent strong play. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:26 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
    • Nicolas Batum is fine after a bad fall
      Nicolas Batum had a bad fall against the Bucks on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Larry Sanders committed a dirty foul on Batum and he was down for a couple minutes, but he did not miss time at all in tonight's game. Batum does play some stretch four, so that might actually help him get more shots while the Blazers adapt to not having Robin Lopez. He's still a nice buy-low player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:39 pm
    • Mario Chalmers struggles in 32 minutes
      Mario Chalmers came off the bench for 11 points, one rebound, zero assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Chalmers has been quiet since the return of Dwyane Wade, but Norris Cole played just 17 minutes tonight and had one point and zero assists. If Chalmers can reclaim the starting job from Cole, which could be coming, he'll be a must-own player going forward. Just hang onto him for now, if you own him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    • Danny Green goes bonkers in triple-OT loss
      Danny Green had one of the most unique stat lines in NBA history on Wednesday during a triple-overtime loss to Memphis, scoring a season-high 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and seven 3-pointers in 52 minutes.

      Advice: He became the first player in NBA history to make seven triples and block five shots in a game. Unlike last year, Green is seeing consistent minutes and it's led to him flirting with first-round value on the season. He's not going to be this great, but he's absolutely going to smash his ADP. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:36 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
    • Meeks, KCP both quiet for Pistons
      Jodie Meeks came off the bench for nine points and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Starter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played a little better than normal tonight with 14 points and three 3-pointers on 5-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes. But once Meeks is healthy and rolling, these two are probably going to split minutes, making both of them tough to use on a regular basis in fantasy. Meeks scored 20 on Monday, but a lot of that came in garbage time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 pm
    • Dion Waiters scores 21 in ugly loss to Hawks
      Dion Waiters hit 9-of-18 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, three rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's brutal home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Waiters was one of Cleveland's better players tonight, especially in fantasyland. He's coming off an abdominal injury and this game was a good indicator that he's getting back into a groove after the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:11 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
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Wednesday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play against Memphis on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is just a reminder so owners can have a backup plan ready in time for Wednesday's tip-off. Cory Joseph is the obvious beneficiary in Parker's absence while Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see increase workloads in place of Leonard. We will update Leonard as needed and he is simply dealing with a sore hand and should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:23 am
    • Jodie Meeks is shaking off of the rust
      Jodie Meeks has been rusty since returning from an extended absence on the sidelines, but looks to build on Monday's performance after scoring 20 points in a loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: He scored 18 of his 20 points in garbage time Monday, but coach Stan Van Gundy left him in the game to shake the rust off. "I felt like I got into a bit of a rhythm," Meeks said. "It is only my third game back, so I have to take it day by day and, when I'm open, shoot it with confidence." Meeks has the ability to consistently knock down 3-pointers while also contributing assists and steals, so he should be owned in all standard leagues. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's spot in the starting lineup could soon be in jeopardy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:38 am
    • Reggie Jackson sees just 20 minutes of action
      Reggie Jackson saw just 20 minutes of action on Tuesday, finishing with eight points, three assists, two boards and one steal.

      Advice: This was a tough blow for Jackson, as he expectedly hasn't been able to retain his value since the return of Russell Westbrook. Jackson still has too much upside to not be owned in standard leagues, and owners will just have to be patient with him until he adjusts better to his role off of the bench. Expect him to bounce back vs. the Warriors on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:28 pm
    • Mario Chalmers plays well off bench Tuesday
      Mario Chalmers played well in Tuesday's win against the Nets, scoring 10 points to go with seven boards, five assists and four steals in 31 minutes.

      Advice: Chalmers is tough to own when Dwyane Wade is active, but tonight was an exception. Mario was excellent on both ends of the floor and the four steals illustrates why he is so valuable in fantasy. He also shot 6-of-6 from the free throw line on the night, despite turning the ball over three times. He should be owned in all leagues, and will become a must-start player if Norris Cole goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    • Tyreke Evans scores 19 with six assists
      Tyreke Evans scored 19 points in Tuesday's win over the Jazz, adding six assists, and four boards in 33 minutes.

      Advice: After two games in a row in which he scored 31 or more points, Evans fell back down to earth in Tuesday's game. While he did fail to hit a 3-pointer or record a block or a steal, Evans has been a revelation this season and owners really don't have anything to complain about. Keep him active in all lineups, but expect a slight dip in production now that Anthony Davis is back. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:56 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Wednesday vs. MEM
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Leonard again had x-rays taken on his sore right hand following Monday's game vs. Portland, but they revealed no fracture. The Spurs are currently awaiting the results of further testing that is being performed today in San Antonio, and we'll keep you posted as soon as details become available. Leonard was seen holding his hand and wincing in pain throughout Monday's game, and with the Spurs main focus set on a title run, he could miss some extended time here. Marco Bellineli and Manu Ginobili will see some increased opportunity with Leonard sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:58 pm
    • Pacers owner leaving Stephenson trade to Bird
      Pacers owner Herb Simon said he would support a trade to bring Lance Stephenson back to Indianapolis, but is leaving the decision to team president Larry Bird.

      Advice: With Stephenson eligible to be traded starting Monday, the Hornets have been rumored to be looking for a trade partner and the Pacers have been the low-hanging fruit in those rumors. "I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said. Stephenson has struggled in his short time in Charlotte, so a trade would be good news for his fantasy owners as it can't get much worse than his 38.9 percent field goal percentage and 10.4 points per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:33 am
    • Meeks scores 20 points with three treys
      Jodie Meeks scored 20 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-10 shots (3-of-5 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: The Pistons love Meeks and they don't like a lot of the other guys on the roster so you can do the math. Look for him to handle the ball, hit threes, steal the ball and he should be owned in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:01 am
    • Kawhi Leonard scores 21 points vs. Blazers
      Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points against the Blazers during a 108-95 loss on Monday to go with nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He made 7-of-18 from the field and did a lot of his scoring off the dribble. His usage rate tonight was higher than any game in his career with at least 15 minutes on the court. On the downside, he is shooting much worse on pull-ups this season, which explains the 6.8 percent dip in field goal percentage. Leonard has been a top-20 player on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:51 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
    • Sloan gets one last hurrah in blowout
      Donald Sloan scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Monday's blowout win.

      Advice: Sloan has gone in and out of the rotation a bit and George Hill's return is on the horizon. This output can be ignored at really low risk. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:07 pm
    • Lin hits rock bottom in Monday's blowout loss
      Jeremy Lin missed all six of his shots and finished with two points and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Lin has been an inconsistent mess this season but the fact remains that he's still putting up late-round value in 12-team leagues and probably at the low-end of his productivity potential. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him, but with very little true point guard competition it wouldn't be surprising if he's back in fantasy lineups at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:54 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 22 points on Monday
      Jimmy Butler scored 22 points against the Hawks during a 93-86 loss on Monday with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He only attempted 10.3 shots per game in his previous three outings, so this game was very encouraging. Butler did have a nice little buy-low window before tonight, but that's probably closed now. He should be a top-40 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:52 pm
    • Waiters quiet in 24 minutes off the bench
      Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-10 shots (including a three) for seven points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Waiters' peripheral stats float his value but that has never been a strong suit of his. He has a lot of challenges to overcome in fantasy leagues and this wasn't exactly a game-changing performance. He's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:17 pm
    • Stephenson scores eight points on Monday
      Lance Stephenson scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Stephenson's two steals make this line a lot better than what we see on most nights, but the real issue here is where he'll be traded and what that will do to his value. It can't get much worse than it is in Charlotte, making him a buy low guy with a bigger name than fantasy game due to all of his deficiencies in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:35 pm
    • Avery Bradley scores 15 in return
      Avery Bradley (illness) returned to the lineup on Monday, finishing with 15 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 6-of-20 from the field and attempted 11 treys. Bradley doesn't really do much else besides score, so his value isn't going to translate to standard leagues very well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:42 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
    • Jimmy Butler is fine for Monday night
      Jimmy Butler is a full go for Monday night against the Hawks.

      Advice: He played through an illness on Sunday. Butler is not expected to be limited and should see his normal playing time. His numbers have come back to Earth since the return of Derrick Rose, but he's still a must-start play this week. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:08 pm
    • Avery Bradley is a go on Monday night
      Avery Bradley (illness) will start on Monday against the Sixers.

      Advice: He is not expected to be limited after missing Saturday due to an illness. Bradley hasn't been very productive, making just 4.1 percent from the field in December. He's a questionable player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:05 pm
    • 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
      Monday, 7:48 am
    • Pacers have had talks to reacquire Stephenson
      The Indianapolis Star confirmed the Pacers have had talks to reacquire Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: However, there's nothing to suggest the two teams are in active discussions or anything is close. A reunion between Stephenson and the Pacers makes sense on a number of levels, but it's not going to be easy for the dream to become a reality. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:43 am
    • Jimmy Butler played through the flu on Sunday
      Jimmy Butler (illness) played through the flu in Sunday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Butler had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 36.5 minutes, so Butler's performance looks even better with this news. "Can’t say enough about Jimmy," said Thibodeau. "Wasn’t feeling well; don’t hear boo. Just go out and do the job." Butler should be able to stay on the floor if he played through it Sunday, but owners will want to keep a close eye on his status for Monday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:54 am
    • Danny Green continues fantasy assault vs. DEN
      Danny Green cooled off on Sunday, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

      Advice: The supporting stats are the key to Green's value, as his across-the-board production has vaulted him into elite fantasy territory through the Spurs' first 24 games. The 27-year-old swingman isn't prone to as many DNP-CDs as his veteran teammates, and he is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 2.3 three-pointers, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:07 pm
    • Nate Robinson (back) returns to action Sun
      Nate Robinson (back) returned to action for the Nuggets on Sunday and scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting while adding two boards and two assists in 15 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't look comfortable out there and it is possible that his back is still bothering him. Robinson will only see a limited role off of the bench for the Nuggets this season and won't be worth owning unless Ty Lawson goes down with an injury. Robinson can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:04 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) just misses 5x5 line
      Kawhi Leonard (bruised hand) set a career high with six blocks during Sunday's win over the Nuggets, while also tying his career high with five steals.

      Advice: Leonard also scored 18 points with eight rebounds, four assists and only one turnover. He's playing a career-high 31.9 minutes per game this season, racking up elite fantasy value with 14.8 points (46.0 percent FGs, 75.0 percent FTs), 1.0 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those numbers aren't likely to dip as the season progresses but they could easily improve, giving Leonard nice upside after a relatively slow start to the season. Tonight's performance made him the first Spurs player since David Robinson in 1992 to record six blocks and five steals in the same game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe struggles in loss to Thunder
      Eric Bledsoe struggled in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with four assists, one board, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes.

      Advice: Goran Dragic (back) was sidelined for this one, and Bledsoe was unable to keep the Suns in this game. This was not what his owners were expecting from him, but he should be much better against the Bucks on Monday. Bledsoe should still be considered a must-start option moving forward and his usage rate should rise if Dragic has to miss any more time. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:10 pm
    • Jeremy Lin quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
      Jeremy Lin came off L.A.'s bench again on Sunday, finishing a 100-94 road win vs. the Timberwolves with eight points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

      Advice: The low playing time is a serious concern, but Lin was coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in 30 minutes on Friday and he has enough upside to be worth holding a few more weeks. There are no guarantees that Ronnie Price (two points, two assists in 25 minutes) will keep the starting PG job, though immediate changes are unlikely with the Lakers riding a three-game win streak. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:04 pm
    • Wesley Johnson subtly posting top-100 value
      Wesley Johnson had 12 points vs. the Wolves on Sunday, making two 3-pointers with two rebounds, six assists, three blocks, one steal and two turnovers.

      Advice: The six dimes were a season high and fantasy owners can't rely on Johnson in that category, but he does enough everywhere else to justify owning him in all 10-team leagues. As we've mentioned before, he's uniquely capable of helping fantasy owners with 3-pointers (1.1 per game), steals (0.8) and blocks (0.8). Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:00 pm
    • Tyreke Evans pours in 34 points in OT defeat
      Tyreke Evans followed up Friday's 31-point, 10-assist outburst with 34 points vs. the Warriors on Sunday, making 13-of-25 field goals and 6-of-9 free throws in a tough home loss.

      Advice: Evans added two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks before fouling out after 41 minutes of action. His field goal percentage has turned around over the past eight games, during which he's averaged 18.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting, up from his 41.8 percent average through Dec. 1. The potential return of Eric Gordon (shoulder) in a few weeks could bump Evans back to SF, where he could struggle again, but for now his owners should be grateful for his efficient production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) active for Sunday's game
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will give it a go on Sunday despite still being sore.

      Advice: After resting for two games, Leonard looks set to play against the Nuggets and owners will want to make sure he is in their active lineups. We will let you know how he does after the game, but it appears he has finally turned the corner with his hand injury. Marco Belinelli takes a huge hit with this news and should be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
    • Nate Robinson (back) will play Sunday vs. SA
      Nate Robinson (back) will play Sunday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Nate will help backup Ty Lawson, but he's currently averaging just 5.5 points and 1.8 assists on the season while shooting 34.5 percent from the field. He's not a viable option in standard leagues as long as Lawson is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:57 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
      Sunday, 3:08 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) questionable for Sunday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

      Advice: Leonard's hand injury has already cost him two games, and if he's forced to sit again, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:32 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play on Monday
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play in Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He was able to participate in a full practice on Sunday and appears ready to resume his role off of the bench for the Cavs. Mike Miller (concussion) is out and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) is questionable for Monday so Waiters could see some decent minutes and is worth a look considering how hot he was before he went down. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:24 am
    • Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova practicing
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) are practicing on Sunday.

      Advice: They should be good to go for Monday's game after they were both released from the hospital on Saturday. Waiters has finally broken out of his slump but is still too inconsistent to be owned in most leagues. Deep league owners should only pay him attention if they are in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:11 am
    • Avery Bradley (flu) will be active on Monday
      Avery Bradley (flu) is expected to be active for Monday's game vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed just one game on Friday, and although he's still having some stomach issues, he declared himself "fine." Owners can deploy him as they normally would and he should still be owned in most leagues. Evan Turner's value takes a slight hit with this news, though he could still soak up the limited minutes that Marcus Smart (Achilles) usually plays. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:38 am
    • Nate Robinson (back) likely won't play Sunday
      Nate Robinson (back) likely won't play in Sunday's game against the Spurs, even though he was able to dress for Saturday's game.

      Advice: He was on the Nuggets bench Saturday, but coach Brian Shaw opted not to risk Robinson's health as he is still struggling with his back injury. "I had a pretty bad knee to the back," Robinson said. "It's probably one of the worst pains I've ever felt in live action, besides playing football. But me, if I'm not playing, I'm really hurt." Coach Shaw also stressed that he preferred that Robinson make it through a practice first before he would think about playing him, so this news suggest that Robinson will probably sit out on Sunday, though he will still probably dress. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:03 am
    • Jodie Meeks plays 20 minutes on Saturday
      Jodie Meeks played 20 minutes against the Kings on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals.

      Advice: The Pistons are 2-0 with Meeks, but he hasn't played well. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is not untouchable and the two are sharing minutes, so it's fair to expect their minutes to flip-flop soon. Meeks is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:42 pm
    • 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
      Saturday, 9:11 pm
    • Nicolas Batum fills it up on Saturday
      Nicolas Batum was up to his stat-stuffing ways during a 95-85 win over the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He made 6-of-11 from the field, which he really needed after making just 33.7 percent from the field in his previous 10. Compared to last season, Batum's averages are down in points, boards and triples, but he should get it all sorted out soon. The buy-low window is going to close, especially with a four-game week on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:40 pm
    • Report: Iman Shumpert could miss four weeks
      Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder) could miss up to four weeks, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News.

      Advice: The Knicks diagnosed him with a dislocated shoulder and popped it back into place last night. It doesn't sound like he's going to need surgery and the team will just allow him to rehab. With Shumpert out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get most of the playing time and is worth a look in standard leagues. Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin will play more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:18 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 99-90 vs Pho
    • Nate Robinson (back) will play on Saturday
      Nate Robinson (back) said that he will be active for Saturday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: He is the only other capable point guard behind Ty Lawson, so coach Brian Shaw probably won't hesitate to use him. However, Robinson doesn't have a large enough role to matter in most leagues and belongs on the waiver wire for now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:31 am
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) released from hospital
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) was released from the hospital in New Orleans and is on his way back to Cleveland after the tests came back normal.

      Advice: It is great to see him doing well and the Cavaliers should update his status shortly. Waiters has been inconsistent, but was really heating up before Friday night. He scored 14, 18 and 26 points with six 3-pointers over that stretch and it will be interesting to see if he can keep it going once he's back on the court. If he does miss time his minutes would likely be soaked up by Matthew Dellavedova and Shawn Marion. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:34 am
    • Nate Robinson (back) questionable on Saturday
      Nate Robinson (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: The Nuggets could really use another ball handler behind Ty Lawson, so the Nuggets will desperately hope that he can play. Robinson still won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues even if he is healthy, so he should be left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:17 am
    • Green scores 19 points with five triples
      Danny Green hit five threes and finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Green still gets yelled at by Pop a lot but he has slowly gained his trust, returning second-to-third round value for owners in the process. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:03 am
    • Johnson scores 13 points with three treys
      Wes Johnson (illness) played in Friday's win over the Spurs, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Johnson has played well enough to be owned in standard formats and this line only reinforces that fact. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:52 am
    • Lin bounces back with 14 and eight vs. SA
      Jeremy Lin got back on track with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, two threes, two boards, eight assists and one block in 30 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin got a cut recommendation from us on Wednesday afternoon and it looks like we jumped the gun. With no real competition at the point guard position he should be owned until he goes through a cold streak of at least a week and probably more. He has mid-round upside and a late-round likelihood. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:45 am
    • Chalmers quiet on 1-of-7 shooting night
      Mario Chalmers hit just 1-of-7 shots (including a three) for four points, three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: We know how Dwyane Wade essentially ruins things for Chalmers, but he has been worth owning on the whole this year and his upside when Wade goes out is worth the roster slot. At least for now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:31 am
    • Dragic posts big 18-5-5 line in loss
      Goran Dragic scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Suns' 105-103 home loss to the reeling Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: This was a bad loss for the Suns and for Dragic and Eric Bledsoe's (16 points, five boards, two threes, one steal, one block) owners it's bad news that Isaiah Thomas is back. We like Bledsoe to hold his value better than Dragic, so if you own Dragic this is a good time to see what you can get in return via trade. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:28 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
      Saturday, 12:20 am
    • Tyreke Takeover: Evans drops 31 points in win
      Tyreke Evans took over against the Cavs on Friday with 31 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 13-of-24 from the field.

      Advice: He attempted six shots from deep and the other 18 shots came from within six feet, which has been his calling card for the past two seasons. Evans bounced back nicely from arguably his worst game of the season on Wednesday and he'll look to keep it going on Sunday against the red-hot Warriors. If Anthony Davis (chest) needs to miss time, Evans should be a beast. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Isaiah Thomas returned to action on Friday December 12. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Meeks scores 12 points in season debut
      Jodie Meeks (back) scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting with one rebound, one assists and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench in his season debut on Friday.

      Advice: Stan Van Gundy said after the game that he is going to use Meeks on the ball this year and though we didn't see it last night, we did see that in L.A. last year and SVG obviously thought enough of Meeks to overpay him this summer. He looked good tonight and he's going to be relied upon to turn things around in Detroit, so owners would be wise to give him a very hard look and try to add him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:02 pm
    • Turner quiet in start against the Knicks
      Evan Turner started for injured Avery Bradley on Friday and scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting with two rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Turner is not a good fantasy asset even when he's getting minutes so owners can ignore him outside of daily formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:26 pm
    • Batum still can't find the range in Chicago
      Nicolas Batum continued to shoot poorly in Friday's loss to the Bulls, hitting 3-of-12 shots (including a three) with five rebounds, five assists and no defensive stats.

      Advice: Batum is shooting just 36.6 percent on the season and that's simply not going to be the case all year. He's a prime buy low candidate and things will start to look nice when he cleans up that crooked number. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:10 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdominal pain) out for game
      Dion Waiters is dealing with abdominal pain on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He is going to the hospital to be checked out and hopefully everything is fine. With Waiters out, Matthew Dellavedova will get some more run in the second unit while Shawn Marion may also see a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:58 pm
    • Shumpert leaves game with shoulder injury
      Iman Shumpert left Friday's game with what looked like a left shoulder injury and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Shumpert looked like he was in a ton of pain and had to be helped off the court. He just hasn't been able to stay healthy in his career and Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith will be the primary beneficiaries. Smith has a better fantasy stat set but he hasn't been able to stay healthy or out of Derek Fisher's doghouse, while Hardaway has been inconsistent and clashing with Carmelo Anthony. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 99-90 vs Pho
    • 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
      Friday, 4:32 pm
    • Landry Fields is starting again on Friday
      Landry Fields is starting again on Friday night against the Pacers.

      Advice: Well, it wasn't a matchup against LeBron James on Tuesday after all because the Pacers do not have a big group of starters. Fields is still not going to be worth owning in standard leagues and he probably won't stick in the starting lineup much longer. Greivis Vasquez will come off the bench again. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Evan Turner starting for Celtics
      Evan Turner will start for the Celtics in place of Avery Bradley.

      Advice: He will likely share the minutes at shooting guard with Marcus Thornton. Bradley does have 30.0 minutes per game on the season, so there should be some playing time to go around. Turner is worth a look as a plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:49 pm
    • Donald Sloan back in the rotation now?
      The Pacers second unit projects to be Donald Sloan, Solomon Hill, Chris Copeland, Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen.

      Advice: Sloan was out of the rotation before the switch and now he looks like he's back in. Of course, he has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:29 pm
    • Avery Bradley (flu) out Friday vs. the Knicks
      Avery Bradley (flu-like symptoms) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: It will either be Evan Turner or Marcus Smart that draws the start in his place, and we'll let you know when we get official word. However, neither guy is that alluring on such a busy Friday night. Jeff Green could be asked to do more on offense with Bradley sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:44 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
      Friday, 10:28 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
      Thursday, 11:16 pm
    • Dion Waiters gets 13 shots, makes five
      Dion Waiters made 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He has seen his shots go up lately with 14.7 per game over his last three. Waiters has averages of just 1.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 triples, so he's not really adding much else to the scoring. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can leave him on the wire in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:58 pm
    • Wes Johnson (illness) limited at practice
      Wes Johnson (illness) went through some parts of Thursday's practice, but his status is uncertain for Friday's game vs. San Antonio.

      Advice: If Johnson is unable to go Nick Young could slide into the starting lineup, and Wayne Ellington could see some additional minutes off the bench. Johnson has been putting up some solid value with his contributions in 3-pointers, steals, and blocks, so he should be held onto in standard leagues even if he has to miss a game. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:05 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas (ankle) targeting Friday return
      Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek expects Isaiah Thomas (ankle) to return to the lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: Thomas has missed eight consecutive games with his ankle injury, but it appears he's about ready to return to the court. If he does return on Friday, Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Gerald Green will all lose some value as the timeshare is reinstated. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:47 am
    • Martell Webster practices in limited capacity
      Martell Webster (back) practiced on Thursday, but was unable to participate in full.

      Advice: Webster has been ramping up his rehab, but didn't participate in a full-court practice on Thursday so we're reading tea leaves as to when he'll return. Webster's eventual return will cut in the fantasy value of Paul Pierce, Rasual Butler and Otto Porter, but standard league owners can feel free to leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:43 am
       
      Injured
    • Jodie Meeks expected to play Friday vs Suns
      Jodie Meeks (back) is expected to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Meeks practiced again on Thursday while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy added that he has, "no expectations, but we'll run him out there." Meeks will likely be eased back into the fold and split minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but he's worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues for this three-point shooting prowess. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:28 am
    • James Harden scores 34 in loss to Dubs
      James Harden played through a back injury and had 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on 14-of-27 shooting, but the Rockets fell to the Warriors.

      Advice: He outshined Stephen Curry (20-7-7) and Klay Thompson (21-4-4) tonight, but the Warriors got the last laugh with their 14th straight game and now sit at a ridiculous 19-2 on the season. The Rockets were 7-1 over their last eight games and were in this game until the end, but weren't able to win it in the end. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:45 pm
    • X-rays negative on Iman Shumpert's hand
      X-rays were negative on Iman Shumpert's right index finger on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was in some pain after being hit, but he didn't leave the game at the time of the injury. Shumpert was awful in the loss, scoring eight points with five rebounds, six assists and five turnovers in 30 minutes. He'll likely get it figured out and the Knicks are going to need him while Carmelo Anthony (knee) is out. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:54 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 99-90 vs Pho
    • Tyreke Evans crashes back to earth
      Tyreke Evans, coming off his best game of the season, hit just 4-of-11 shots for eight points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block on Wednesday.

      Advice: It was going to be tough for him to duplicate Tuesday's 27-point effort and he didn't even come close. Look for him to bounce back on Friday against LeBron James and company. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:43 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum fills stat sheet on off night
      Nicolas Batum hit just 1-of-6 shots (a 3-pointer) for five points, but still finished with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and four blocks.

      Advice: If there such a thing as a good-bad game, this is it. Batum isn't scoring as much as his owners would like to see, but he's doing enough in every other category to still provide excellent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:08 pm
    • Jarrett Jack struggling right now
      Jarrett Jack hit just 1-of-8 shots for seven points, six rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 1-of-4 shots on Monday, but the minutes are there and he's a guard worth keeping an eye on going forward. He'll break out of the funk soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:41 pm
    • Evan Turner comes back to Earth
      Evan Turner did not score on Wednesday during a 96-87 loss on Wednesday with three rebounds, four assists and one steal.

      Advice: He had an 18-point outburst on Monday and coach Brad Stevens played him down the stretch against the Wizards in that one, but that was obviously a fluke. Turner's per-minute production has been sub-par, so he's going to need a lot to happen in order to have fantasy value in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 pm
    • Jeremy Lin doesn't like the Kobe idea
      When asked about Kobe Bryant playing point guard late in the game, Jeremy Lin said he doesn't expect to be in the game.

      Advice: "I’m assuming I won't be in the game if that’s the case," Lin said. The Lakers are really cooling on Jeremy Lin and he's played in just 20.6 minutes per game in his last four. It's about time to cut him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:03 pm
    • Wes Johnson (illness) misses shootaround
      Wes Johnson (illness) missed practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Lakers are off until Friday, so perhaps Johnson can make it back in time for that game. He has been playing well lately with his output in blocks, steals and treys, so he's worth holding in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:21 pm
    • Rockets: James Harden (back) will play vs GSW
      James Harden (back) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: This report comes from the team and Harden has said he's playing tonight, as well. The Rockets play the late game, so it couldn't hurt to check back later tonight to make sure everything is still good to go. Harden is going to be extremely busy tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    • Jodie Meeks goes through full practice
      Jodie Meeks (back) went through a full practice on Wednesday and is on track to play on Friday.

      Advice: The Pistons are dying for a shooter with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope struggling. They overpaid for Meeks in the offseason and with their current need for scoring, he could bury a couple treys per game. If you need some triples and steals on your team, go ahead and give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 am
    • James Harden goes through shootaround
      James Harden (back) went through shootaround on Wednesday and is likely a game-time decision against the Warriors.

      Advice: He did add that he thinks he is good to go. Harden played through his back spasms on Saturday, so the few days off look to have helped him. He could still miss this game with the late start time, so his owners will have to check back. If he's out, it'll be a collective effort from Patrick Beverley, Jason Terry and maybe even Nick Johnson helping out at the guard spots. Again, it sounds like he will play. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 am
    • Nate Robinson (back) out again Wednesday
      Nate Robinson (back) will not play in Wednesday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: He hasn't been a factor off of the bench for the Nuggets this season, and won't be relevant unless Ty Lawson goes down with an injury. Gary Harris and Erick Green will help handle the ball behind Lawson in the meantime. Robinson should be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:34 am
    • Wes Johnson plays well in win on Tuesday
      Wes Johnson played well in the Lakers win over the Kings on Tuesday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: His confidence is growing and he was active on both ends of the floor Tuesday. Still considered by many to be a bust, Johnson's hustle stats (0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks) and ability to knock down 3-pointers (1.0) make him a worthwhile option in most 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:24 pm
    • Jeremy Lin (leg) struggling in bench role
      Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Tuesday, finishing with just three points, four assists, one rebound and one steal in 22 minutes.

      Advice: Things are not looking good for Lin and the fact that he has lost his spot to Ronnie Price speaks volumes. He isn't a must-own player in standard leagues, but owners should give him a couple more games to turn it around before releasing him. Lin said on Sunday that he felt a "sharp pain" in his leg, which may still be bothering him, but there have been no indications that he will miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:11 pm
    • Goran Dragic scores 16 points in loss Tuesday
      Goran Dragic scored 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, adding four boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Fellow guard Eric Bledsoe struggled mightily on Tuesday, so it was left to the Dragon to carry the Suns, though he fell just short. Isaiah Thomas (ankle) could return as soon as Friday, so owners should expect a slight dip in production very soon. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 pm
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