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    • Kenneth Faried struggles in start at center
      Kenneth Faried started at center in the Nuggets' small lineup on Sunday, but he made only 1-of-6 shots to finish with three points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Faried logged 27 minutes and may have played more if it weren't for foul trouble. The starting job and increased playing time are both silver linings for exasperated fantasy owners, and for now it seems likely that he'll stick at center for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:05 pm
    • Dante Cunningham fill up stat sheet vs Denver
      Dante Cunningham's surge continued on Sunday with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a road win at Denver.

      Advice: Cunningham doesn't have 3-point range but that hardly matters when he's scoring efficiently, rebounding well, and chipping in reliable defensive stats. He's bound to drop off once Anthony Davis (shoulder) and/or Ryan Anderson (knee) return to action, but their uncertain timetables make Cunningham a solid pickup for the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:03 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari leads Nuggets w/ 21 points
      Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 21 points on Sunday, making 7-of-18 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with four rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Gallinari is one of the only positive stories in Denver this season, as he's rounding into form after an injury-plagued start to the season. He's scored double-digit points in six straight games and is averaging 2.8 triples during that span. Get him into your active lineups and hope that he can avoid the injury-bug in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:59 pm
    • Enes Kanter (thigh) plays well in win at L.A.
      Enes Kanter (thigh bruise) returned from a one-game absence vs. the Lakers on Sunday, posting 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with a game-high 15 rebounds and a season-high five assists.

      Advice: L.A. didn't have anyone to check Kanter in the paint so the short-handed Thunder wisely featured him in the post, and he racked up those impressive stats in under 30 minutes. The assists are striking since his previous season-high was three and he's averaging a mere 0.7 dimes per game. Unfortunately, Kanter again failed to record a steal or block and his fantasy value is restricted to scoring, rebounding and FG percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:06 pm
    • Jordan Hill double-doubles in loss to OKC
      Jordan Hill logged a double-double in a 101-108 loss to the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 14 points with 12 boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It was actually his first made 3-pointer of his career (he was 0-of-12 prior to tonight's game), but his owners shouldn't expect to see that happen again anytime soon. Since returning from a hip injury that cost him five games on the sidelines, Hill has averaged 13.2 points, 7.8 boards, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks per game, and it's clear that the All-Star break did wonders for his tired legs. If you need a big man, Hill is more than worth a look, especially as his minutes start to ramp up again. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 pm
    • David West limited to eight points on Sunday
      David West took a backseat offensively on Sunday, making 3-of-8 shots to finish an easy win vs. Philly with eight points, six rebounds and two assists.

      Advice: West added two blocks in 29 minutes to salvage some fantasy value and he simply wasn't needed vs. an inferior opponent tonight. His scoring has dipped lately with three single-digit performances in the past five games, but owners can expect him to steady the ship vs. New York on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:44 pm
    • Rudy Gay scores 24 points with eight boards
      Rudy Gay scored 24 points with eight boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Blazers on Sunday.

      Advice: Gay was the focal point on offense for the Kings with DeMarcus Cousins sidelined with an ankle issue, and he certainly wasn't shy as he hoisted up 22 attempts from the field, connecting on nine of them. Gay is on a hot streak right now, averaging 21.7 points over his last seven games on 49 percent shooting from the field, and he should continue to be an elite asset down the stretch as long as he avoids injury and the Kings keep force-feeding him big minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:42 pm
       
      L, 110-99 * vs Por
    • Derrick Williams scores 18 points in loss
      Derrick Williams matched his season-high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Blazers on Sunday, adding one rebound in 23 minutes.

      Advice: His role has been erratic at best under head coach George Karl, and he has averaged just 16.4 minutes per game since coach Karl took over. Until Williams earns a bigger role in Sacramento, he is going to be tough to own outside of the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:24 pm
    • Al Jefferson posts 16 & 10 w/ three blocks
      Al Jefferson led Charlotte to a victory on Sunday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Big Al has fared well with Mo Williams at point guard, though he was only a mid-round value in February thanks to lackluster assists (1.7), steals (0.6) and free throw percentages (68.0 percent). As a random bonus for fantasy owners Jefferson made his second 3-pointer of the season tonight, giving him two in the past 10 days. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:15 pm
    • Tobias Harris quiet in 34 minutes on Sunday
      Tobias Harris logged 34 minutes on Sunday, making 4-of-13 shots to finish a loss to the Hornets with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers.

      Advice: He was limping slightly at one point, which is a concern given his recent knee injury, but he continued to play and should be ready to go vs. Phoenix on Wednesday. He's shooting just 38.5 percent since returning four games ago, but he has too much upside to bench in fantasy leagues while he's healthy and starting for the woeful Magic. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:09 pm
    • Arron Afflalo scores three points vs. Kings
      Arron Afflalo scored just three points in 27 minutes vs. the Kings on Sunday, adding two boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He is averaging just 7.8 points, 1.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.2 3-pointers off the bench with his new team, and it's obvious that he vanished form the standard league radar as soon as he was traded from the Nuggets. Outside of deeper leagues, it's safe to cut Afllalo. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 26 with 15 boards
      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points with 15 boards and two assists in Sunday's 110-99 win over the Kings.

      Advice: He did go just 9-of-25 from the field and missed all three of his attempts from beyond the arc, but his owners won't be complaining about this line. Aldridge is coming off a 29-point, 16-board performance vs. the Thunder on Friday, and he is going to continue to be a beast as long his troublesome thumbs don't cause him any problems. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:35 pm
    • Evan Turner flirts w/ triple-double vs. GSW
      Evan Turner compiled 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists vs. Golden State on Sunday, adding one steal without any 3-pointers or blocks.

      Advice: This is typical production from Turner, whose fantasy value is undermined by poor shooting percentages and a lack of supporting stats. He shot 4-of-12 from the field tonight but this was still a terrific performance, especially since he played a mere 28 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:33 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
    • Josh Smith struggles with his shot on Sunday
      Josh Smith struggled with his shot on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Smith had been playing fairly well through the month of February, averaging 13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.9 three-pointers on a respectable 46.6 percent shooting from the field. He'll get a matchup against the Hawks on Tuesday, so hopefully he can bounce-back from tonight's rough shooting performance under the "revenge-game" narrative. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:34 pm
    • Trevor Ariza only takes four shots in win
      Trevor Ariza finished Sunday's overtime win over the Cavs with just four points on 1-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the line), but also added seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks and three turnovers.

      Advice: Ariza spent much of the game guarding LeBron James, and was conversely guarded by James on offense, which resulted in a less than stellar offensive outing. However, he salvaged his line with his across-the-board contributions, and that's really where his value comes from anyway. Ariza is currently fourth in the league in total steals, and aside from tonight's outing, he's been on a tear since the All-Star break, knocking down 44.1 percent of his shots. Look for Ariza to be more involved in the offense during Tuesday’s showdown with the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:27 pm
    • Tristan Thompson double-doubles w/ 14 & 19
      Tristan Thompson erupted in 37 minutes during Sunday's OT loss, which he finished with 14 points, a season-high 19 rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: This was Thompson's first double-double in over a month and the defensive stats are atypical, but he continues to carve out borderline value in 9-cat leagues. He's playing more minutes than starting center Timofey Mozgov most nights and is worth scooping off the waiver wire if you're targeting rebounds and FG percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:15 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 16 points in win
      Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's win over the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Motiejunas has been playing well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.8 steals and blocks per game. He should be able to maintain his late-round value for as long as Dwight Howard is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:10 pm
    • Kenneh Faried, Wilson Chandler starting Sun.
      Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler will start Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, sending J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne back to the bench.

      Advice: Faried has been a huge disappointment this season, and it's only gotten worse after the All-Star break with averages of 6.5 points and 6.3 boards in just over 21 minutes in his last four outings. It's a bold move from head coach Brain Shaw as Faried rarely plays center, but he simply has too much talent to not bounce back eventually. We will let you know how the Manimal does after the game. J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues following this news. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:54 pm
    • Enes Kanter (thigh bruise) active vs. Lakers
      Enes Kanter (thigh contusion) will play vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: He was a game-time decision but his thigh responded well during warmups, so he'll return to the starting lineup with Nick Collison and Mitch McGary backing him up. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:33 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores career-high 29 points
      Nikola Mirotic was fantastic on Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Taj Gibson (ankle) was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, so it looks like Mirotic is going to get some additional time to produce for Chicago with Derrick Rose (knee) out, and Jimmy Butler's (elbow) status up in the air for Tuesday. What makes Mirotic's line even more impressive is that he was the only Bull to score a field goal during the entire fourth quarter, and he's well worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:54 pm
    • Enes Kanter (thigh) game-time decision Sunday
      Enes Kanter (thigh contusion) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: If Kanter is again unable to go on Sunday, Nick Collison would likely draw the start, but it's Mitch McGary who would become the most interesting play after putting up 20 points and nine rebounds during his last outing. Serge Ibaka will also be forced to log heavy minutes if Kanter is out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:26 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) out Sunday vs. POR
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Cousins second consecutive game out of the lineup, and Carl Landry will likely again draw the start with Reggie Evans seeing extended minutes off the bench. Rudy Gay is going to be the main man on offense with both Cousins and Darren Collison (hip) unavailable, and he's certainly someone to consider in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:10 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) spotted in walking boot
      Taj Gibson (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: Gibson did not play on Sunday, and we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Nikola Mirotic stepped up in a big way on Sunday, scoring 29 points (setting a new career-high), and he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) scheduled for MRI Monday
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

      Advice: We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:55 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Update: Jimmy Butler (elbow) will not return
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:55 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) questionable to return
      Updating a previous report, Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a left elbow sprain and his return is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but the fact he's dealing with a sprain and not something more serious can be seen as a positive. Tony Snell will be the primary beneficiary if Butler is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Jimmy Butler leaves game with left arm injury
      Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with an apparent left arm injury, and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:27 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Sunday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Clippers.

      Advice: He was limping pretty severely when he left Friday's game and he still can't put weight on his ankle which suggests that he will see some more time on the sidelines. Pau Gaol is returning from an illness, so the Bulls should be able to cope without him for a game or two. Nikola Mirotic is loaded with upside, and is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:17 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Trevor Ariza burying 3s to start post-break
      Trevor Ariza is hot to start his post-break run, making 3.4 triples per game in his last five games.

      Advice: That is tied for fourth in the NBA in that span. A whopping 61.0 percent of his shots in his last five have been catch-and-shoot 3s, making 44.4 percent of them. Ariza has also seen his usage rate climb to 17.6 in his last five, which is up from 16.1 in his month before the break. He looks poised for a strong finish. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:47 am
    • Danny Green off to a slow
      Danny Green is averaging just 8.7 points, 5.5 boards, 0.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals and 1.3 treys in 22.7 minutes during his six second-half games this season.

      Advice: Besides the rebounds, all of those numbers are considerably down from his pre-break numbers. Green was one of the biggest fantasy steals in the first half, but he was one of the bigger roller-coaster rides of the 2013-14 season. Still, he is worth owning in all leagues and he should be fine. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, try to buy low. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:30 am
    • Bojan Bogdanovic returned to action on Saturday February 28. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:49 am
    • Trevor Booker scores 12 with six boards
      Trevor Booker had his best game in a while on Saturday vs. the Bucks, scoring 12 points with six boards, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

      Advice: It was the most minutes he had played since Dec. 1, and it was also the most points he has scored in the month of February. Booker hasn't yet capitalized on the departure of Enes Kanter, but now that he has become the first big off the bench for Utah, owners in deeper leagues will want to keep an eye on him moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:50 pm
    • Derrick Favors has massive line in win Sat.
      Derrick Favors was simply fantastic against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 12 boards, three blocks and three steals in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 7-of-11 from the field and hit his only two free throw attempts on the night, but he did come dangerously close to fouling out in this one. He has now double-doubled in three out of his last four games, and it's obvious that Enes Kanter bolting town has done wonders for the value of both Favors and Rudy Gobert. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:42 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic will play on Saturday
      Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) will play against the Mavs on Saturday.

      Advice: Markel Brown has looked great and it's not going to be easy for Bogdanovic to get his minutes back. Brown will start and is worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) doubtful Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: While he wasn't able to practice on Saturday, he was able to get a few shots up afterwards. Cousins was held out of Friday's game vs. the Spurs, and with the Kings going nowhere in the Western Conference, they will probably err on the side of caution Sunday. Jason Thompson is coming off a double-double and would be worth a look in daily leagues if Cousins sits, while Carl Landry and Reggie Evans will see increased roles as well. Expect another update after shootaround Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:59 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • DeMarcus Cousins doesn't practice on Saturday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and he is up in the air for Sunday against the Blazers.

      Advice: He tried to play through his ankle sprain from Wednesday and it's apparently costing him playing time. The Kings will likely update Cousins again tomorrow morning, but he should be considered questionable for now. With Cousins out on Friday, Jason Thompson double-doubled and Ben McLemore also stepped up with 21 points. Both should have a similar chance to perform sans DMC. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:01 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) doubtful for Sunday vs. LA
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

      Advice: He had a limp leaving the arena on Friday night and he's also been dealing with his left ankle issues fro much of this season. The last time he had ankle problems, Gibson needed to miss four games, but of course every injury is different. The Bulls moved Nikola Mirotic back to power forward, which actually led to some bigger production out of Mike Dunleavy. Considering the upside, Mirotic is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:13 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Bojan Bogdanovic now probable for Saturday
      Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: Rookie Markel Brown has stepped up and played really well in Bogdanovic's absence, so we would be surprised if he reclaimed his starting spot. That being said, Bogdanovic was only averaging 7.8 points per game this season, so his value will be limited to deeper leagues even if he does end up starting again. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 am
    • Gallinari scores 13 points in loss
      Danilo Gallinari scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's blowout loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: Gallo has been running pretty hot and this game shouldn't reverse any of that momentum. He should be owned in most standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:10 am
    • Faried (thumb) goes for 12 and eight
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) returned to action on Friday against the Jazz, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Faried is at the middle of the drama in Denver and Brian Shaw is apparently bullet-proof so there isn't any end in sight for the inconsistency. In a best-case scenario, Faried busts his hump to prove Shaw wrong but the situation is so toxic there we wouldn't hold our breath. The high draft pick is barely clinging to top-125 value on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:08 am
    • Motiejunas quiet on Friday vs. Brooklyn
      Donatas Motiejunas had a quiet night on Friday against the Nets, scoring 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and no steals or blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Motiejunas has hovered as a solid late-round value over the last month and unless he truly goes south he should be held in all 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:18 am
    • Smith blocks four shots, misses five threes
      Josh Smith nearly double-doubled with 10 points and nine rebounds to go with two assists and four blocks in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Smoove was in the house with an 0-for-5 mark from long distance, but the Rockets don't care and they shouldn't care with him hitting 33.7 percent of his looks from deep. He was in a tiny slump and his value with the Rockets in the top 60-80 range is a better measuring stick. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:14 am
    • Arron Afflalo scores 18 points in 31 minutes
      Arron Afflalo scored 18 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: The Blazers went small tonight, which explains the uptick in minutes. Afflalo is likely only going to get minutes in the mid-20s, so it's going to be tough for him to hold value in standard leagues coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:57 pm
    • Jimmy Butler posts 28 & 12 against Minny
      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Friday February 27. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Mirotic plays 19 minutes despite Taj's injury
      Nikola Mirotic played just 19 minutes despite Taj Gibson (ankle) playing just nine minutes in Friday's game, finishing with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

      Advice: Mirotic had a nice line on Monday with Gibson out due to an illness, but tonight showed how Tom Thibodeau doesn't fully trust him yet. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell got the bulk of the extra minutes tonight, but if Gibson misses any time then Mirotic's explosive fantasy game might see the light, regardless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Turner posts a dud in win over Hornets
      Evan Turner managed just two points on 1-of-5 shooting with six rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes on Friday.

      Advice: Turner didn't have a three, steal or block per usual, and he's the guy whose minutes are likely to take a hit with others excelling. Outside of strict points leagues he hasn't been worth much, and owners can find something better on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:33 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
    • Harris back on track for fantasy owners
      Tobias Harris scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, two steals and one block in 37 minutes on Friday.

      Advice: Harris has two solid games under his belt and owners can use him like they normally would following his absence due to knee soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:02 pm
    • Enes Kanter (thigh) out on Friday night
      Enes Kanter (thigh contusion) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He must have suffered the injury against the Suns on Thursday and it's unclear if he'll need to miss more games. Nick Collison will get the start, but Mitch McGary is the most interesting player here. Kanter should see his numbers decrease with his new team. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:08 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) out for game on Friday
      Taj Gibson went to the locker room on Friday with an ankle sprain and will not return.

      Advice: He can't seem to shake these ankle sprains. Gibson was all set for a big night tonight and hopefully will return to action soon. If he doesn't it'll be Nikola Mirotic logging major playing time. Considering Miro's upside, he is well worth a speculative add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:40 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) is a go for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will play against the Jazz on Friday and come off the bench.

      Advice: He missed Wednesday and there's no word on how many minutes he'll play. Faried was only playing minutes in the low 20s leading up to the injury, but he should have a chance for more with Darrell Arthur (knee) out. He's still not a must-start player tonight, especially with Rudy Gobert protecting the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:48 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) out Friday vs. HOU
      Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Rockets, and he is being considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Mavs.

      Advice: The Nets will go with the same starting lineup from Wednesday of Deron Williams, Markel Brown, Joe Johnson, Alan Anderson, and Miles Plumlee. Thaddeus Young will also have some more opportunity for playing time with Bogdanovic out of the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:43 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) ruled out for Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: That's a lot of offense to replace with Boogie posting a ridiculous 37.3 usage rate since George Karl took over. Plus, he's on pace to have the highest usage rate for a center in a season ever (among qualifiers for minutes per game). With Boogie out, the Kings are likely going to give his minutes to a combination of Carl Landry, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson. However, Rudy Gay will likely be very busy tonight and Ben McLemore will also try to build off his 16-point game from Wednesday. Gay will also play a lot of PF, so there are more minutes for Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:15 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Karl wants Cousins to cut down on the TOs
      Kings' head coach George Karl would like DeMarcus Cousins to cut down on the turnovers.

      Advice: "I talked to [DeMarcus] about his turnovers," Karl said. "He leads the league in turnovers (4.4 per game), and we’d like to challenge him the last 25, 30 games of the season to have much better decision making." Cousins has been careless at times with the ball this season, so it's nice that his coach is challenging him to be better. He’s hitting career-highs in points (23.7), rebounds (12.2), assists (3.3), and blocks (1.7) this season, so a reduction in turnovers could only help his already elite value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:02 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Enes Kanter scores 18 with six boards in loss
      Enes Kanter scored 18 points with six boards, one assist and one block in 37 minutes on Thursday against the Suns.

      Advice: Kanter has always been able to score and rebound at a reasonable rate, but his defensive stats are still not there. He has totaled just one block and one steal in four games for the Thunder, and he is still having trouble finding the open man, averaging just 1.5 assists over that span. Steven Adams (hand) will likely return soon, but Kanter should still be locked in as the starting center for the rest of the season to the delight of his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:40 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) doubtful Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain, left hip contusion) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He was unable to practice on Thursday because of these injuries, and we would be shocked if he was able to give it a go on Friday with the Kings going absolutely nowhere in the Western Conference. We will update his status when we know more, but Rudy Gay is going to be a busy man on offense for the Kings if Cousins sits. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Carl Landry will likely all see a bump in minutes on Friday, but none of them are viable options in standard leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) questionable Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday, and head coach George Karl said he was unsure if Cousins would be able to go Friday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an ankle injury for Cousins, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. If he's unable to go on Friday, Ryan Hollins or Reggie Evans would have the opportunity to slide into the starting lineup. It's worth noting that Hollins picked up a DNP-CD during the Kings' last game, while Evans logged 27 minutes, so he seems to be ahead of Hollins in the rotation. Evans is capable of hauling in gaudy rebounding totals, and he'll be a name to watch if listed as the starter on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:02 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) probable for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is likely to play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Faried's play has fallen off greatly during the month of February with averages of just 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds on 40.3 percent shooting from the field through 23.4 minutes of action. However, with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, Faried will likely be forced into heavy minutes on Friday, and hopefully he can bust out of his month long slump. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:36 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins available at trade deadline?
      DeMarcus Cousins was not untouchable at the trade deadline, according to an unnamed source familiar with Kings head coach George Karl's thinking.

      Advice: We'll take the unnamed source with a grain of salt, but according to said source, "At the trade deadline, everyone was available. Every single person [on the Kings roster] was available." Karl does not hold a front office title, but the same source said Karl has control of future personnel decisions and would be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson if he becomes available in the offseason. If these reports hold true, we may be in for a very interesting summer in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:26 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Shaw wants a more consistent Kenneth Faried
      Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said he'd like to see more consistency out of Kenneth Faried (thumb).

      Advice: Faried is dealing with a thumb injury, but he was also benched in favor of Darrell Arthur on Monday. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." The Manimal's fantasy owners likely agree with Shaw and may want to think about cutting Faried in deeper leagues if another solid option is available. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:22 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge plays, struggles Wednesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge played through his thumb injury on Wednesday after sitting out Sunday, and had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

      Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is he hit just 5-of-19 shots and now has a pair of bad thumbs to deal with the rest of the way. But as long as he's playing for the Blazers, he should be in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:05 am
    • Donuts finally doesn't look glazed over
      Donatas Motiejunas played one of his better games in the past month against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Before this one, he hasn't been great this month, averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in his previous eight games. Donuts was also more of a cream puff on defense, allowing his man to shoot 5.1 percent higher than his average in that span, too. Motiejunas hasn't been in the top 200 for February this month and is clearly being outplayed by Terrence Jones, a much better player to own. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday February 25. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:29 pm
    • Jordan Hill scores 16 points in win
      Jordan Hill hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

      Advice: Robert Sacre failed to even score as the starting center, and it makes little sense that Hill isn't starting. He's averaging 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, a steal and a block since returning from a hip injury, and is worth a look if you need a big man (and you might if you own Jusuf Nurkic, who went down an ankle injury tonight). Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:53 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 34 minutes
      Danilo Gallinari played 34 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday during a 110-96 loss with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Nuggets are losing forwards all over the place and they're going to lose another one if they play Gallo this much. That said, this is his second consecutive 20-point game and he's taking a ton of shots with at least 11 in each of his last four. Gallinari is worth grabbing in standard leagues and his owners can just worry about an injury if/when it happens. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:19 pm
    • Dante Cunningham plays well in start
      Dante Cunningham started and hit 6-of-11 shots for 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: With Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis out, Cunningham is getting some run, but this was one of his best games of the season, and it's unlikely that he'll play this well on most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:57 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:34 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Evan Turner triple-doubles in win
      Evan Turner hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes in another start on Wednesday.

      Advice: Turner is never going to blow you away with his ability to shoot or score, and is hitting just 34 percent of his shots over his last five games, to go along with 10.2 points. But when you consider he's also averaging 7.6 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.4 steals over that stretch, owners have learned to live with the parts of his game that stink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:24 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) won't play vs. Phoenix
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will not play vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: Faried was benched in Denver's last game and he's been struggling to provide any fantasy value lately, so his absence shouldn't be a huge blow for fantasy owners. Darrell Arthur, J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne will pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:17 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) questionable Wednesday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: In addition to being benched in favor of Darrell Arthur during Monday's game vs. the Nets, Faried also suffered a thumb injury to make matters worse. While Faried was able to play through the injury that game, the Nuggets may opt to err on the side of caution Wednesday in what has become a lost season for the franchise. Expect Darrell Arthur to play big minutes if Faried sits vs. the Suns, with J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne in the mix for more playing time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:19 am
    • Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich expect to play
      Taj Gibson (illness) and Kirk Hinrich (illness) are expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Gibson didn't play against the Bucks on Monday and was limited to a stationary bike at practice on Tuesday, so it's probably fair to say that he still isn't 100 percent. That being said, Gibson is a must-start option when he is active and owners can go ahead and pencil him into active lineups for tonight's game. Nikola Mirotic is coming off a double-double during Monday's game but his playing time will take a hit following this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:11 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) probable for Wed.
      Updating a previous report, the Trail Blazers are officially listing LaMarcus Aldridge as probable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: All signs are pointing towards Aldridge giving it a go on Wednesday, and his return to the lineup will send Meyers Leonard back to the bench and irrelevancy in standard leagues. Aldridge owns career averages of 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game through 28 meetings with the Spurs, so make sure he's on your active roster tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:58 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) out Wednesday vs. NO
      Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday, and he has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Markel Brown will have another opportunity to start with Bogdanovic sidelined, and he'll be worth a look as a spot-start in daily leagues after putting up 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks during his last outing. Thaddeus Young and Alan Anderson will also have more opportunity for playing time with Bogdonavic out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:18 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge says he will play Wednesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (right thumb sprain) said that he will play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Aldridge said he had an x-ray and an MRI taken on his right thumb, but both came back negative, and he will be a go for tomorrow's matchup with the Spurs despite being limited during Tuesday's practice. His return to the lineup will send Meyers Leonard back to the bench, so he can be sent back to the wire in just about all leagues. Aldridge said that the thumb injury had been affecting his shot, but it is no longer an issue. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:08 pm
    • Taj Gibson (illness) questionable Wednesday
      Taj Gibson (illness) was limited to riding a stationary bike during Tuesday's practice, but head coach Tom Thibodeau sounded optimistic about Gibson being able to play Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: We'll be considering Gibson questionable for Wednesday's game, but if he is able to return, he'll hurt the value of Nikola Mirotic. Check back for an official update on Gibson's status closer to Wednesday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:27 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Tobias Harris will be ready for Weds vs Heat
      Magic head coach James Borrego said Tobias Harris (knee) felt good after Sunday's game against the 76ers and will be ready for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

      Advice: Harris struggled during his 25 minutes of playing time on Sunday, but Borrego's statement is great news for Tobias' fantasy owners. While Borrego may use a minutes limit for Harris in the short-term, he has enough upside to be a nightly start in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:12 am
    • Turner holding onto his role with IT in town
      Evan Turner logged 32 minutes on Monday against the Suns, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds, four assists and one steal.

      Advice: By now you know the story with Turner, whose value is depressed in standard leagues due to poor efficiency and bad peripherals. So far the arrival of Isaiah Thomas hasn't hit him yet, but Turner didn't look all that great tonight and there's really no need for him to facilitate the offense with Thomas around. He's really only worth owning in points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:41 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 30 minutes on Monday
      Danilo Gallinari played 30 minutes against the Nets during a 110-82 loss on Monday, scoring a game-high 22 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was his third start in a row and his numbers look pretty good in that span, averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.7 treys on 42.9 percent from the field. He is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA, but at least the production is starting to show up. He is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:11 pm
    • Kenneth Faried hurts hand, plays 13 minutes
      Kenneth Faried returned from his Monday hand injury during a loss to the Nets, scoring four points with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 13 minutes.

      Advice: He came off the bench tonight because the Nuggets are very thin at the forward spots with Wilson Chandler (groin) out tonight. Coach Brian Shaw isn't the biggest Faried fan in the world and his value is basically at rock bottom following a two-point game on Sunday. If for some reason Alex Len, Jusuf Nurkic or another red-hot free agent are on the wire, it's not a bad idea to cut Manimal for them. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:53 pm
    • Josh Smith plays well against the Wolves
      Josh Smith played well against the Wolves on Monday with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Rockets tightened up their frontcourt rotation, so there were minutes for Smith, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Smith has played very well over his last five, averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.8 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. He is a bit of a sell-high player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:37 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic drops 16 & 14 on the Bucks
      Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 6-of-8 from the line) with a career-high 14 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Mirotic got the extra run because Taj Gibson (illness) was out and it's a reminder that he'll be a very nice fantasy player if ever given consistent minutes. For now, he's a gambler's stash at best. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:36 pm
    • Dante Cunningham starting on Monday night
      Dante Cunningham will start against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: The Pelicans have lost their depth at power forward, so Alexis Ajinca will be come off the bench to back up Omer Asik. Cunningham rarely puts up numbers in any stat category, so Ajinca is the better option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:51 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic will not play Monday night
      Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) will not play on Monday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Rookie Markel Brown will draw the start in his place. BB was deemed doubtful coming in, so exactly nobody should be surprised. Thaddeus Young and Alan Anderson should be the main beneficiaries of Bogdanovic's absence despite Brown getting the starting nod. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:43 am
    • Jimmy Butler playing through thumb injury
      Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

      Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Taj Gibson ruled out with illness on Monday
      Taj Gibson (illness) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Gibson has played well over his last few contests, so the Bulls will have to lean a little harder on both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol in this one. It's also conceivable both Nikola Mirotic gets some increased run, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:10 am
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Evan Turner hands out season-high 12 assists
      Evan Turner finished Sunday's OT defeat with 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting, six rebounds and a season-high 12 assists.

      Advice: He added two steals while turning the ball over four times in 36 minutes of action. Fantasy owners should view this line skeptically for numerous reasons -- he did this against the Lakers' lackluster defense, Isaiah Thomas was ejected during his Celts' debut off the bench, and Turner is now a combined 23-of-90 from the field over his past nine games (25.6 percent). Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:22 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
    • Arron Afflalo quiet in Trail Blazers debut
      Arron Afflalo made his Trail Blazers debut on Sunday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Afflalo hit one 3-pointer and he'll add some much-needed punch to the Blazers' second unit, but the trade to Portland spoils his fantasy value as long as Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews are healthy. Afflalo doesn't get many boards and assists, and he's even worse in defensive stats, so the 29-year-old veteran belongs on the waiver wire in most standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:17 pm
    • Al Jefferson grabs season-high 17 boards
      Al Jefferson pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds to go with eight points, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes in a loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.

      Advice: Big Al couldn't get anything going on the offensive end tonight, shooting just 4-of-16 from the floor and failing to attempt a single free throw. It was the second game of a back-to-back set so fatigue may have been a factor here, but his owners should give him a break after he averaged 21.0 points, 11.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last three games. Big Al will be fine and his owners can expect his numbers to remain pretty constant moving forward with the Hornets seeking a playoff berth. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:26 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari scores 16 pts on 5-of-11 FGs
      Danilo Gallinari played well in another start on Sunday, hitting 5-of-11 shots with three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points and two rebounds in just 19 minutes.

      Advice: Gallo's health will be a question mark all season, but owners might as well deploy him while he's scoring well in a starting role. Jusuf Nurkic (10 points, seven boards) led all Nuggets players with 28 minutes in Sunday's blowout, and Gallinari's low playing time should ensure that he's fresh for Monday's matchup with the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:02 pm
    • Enes Kanter has 20 & 12 w/ three dimes vs DEN
      The Thunder blew past the Nuggets on Sunday, 119-94, thanks in part to Enes Kanter's 20 points (8-of-12 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal.

      Advice: Kevin Durant (foot) was out tonight and won't be re-evaluated until next weekend, giving Kanter a larger-than-expected role offensively. He took full advantage tonight, scoring efficiently while racking up his second straight double-double, and he even chipped in a steal during just 26 minutes of action. His fantasy value got a bump when he was dealt to OKC, though his typically paltry defensive stats may prevent him from anything more than mid-round value even in Durant's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:31 pm
    • Tobias Harris (knee) struggles in 25 minutes
      Tobias Harris (knee) struggled in 25 minutes during his return on Sunday, posting four points on 2-of-6 shooting, one rebound, two assists and three turnovers in a start vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed the past three games dating back to Feb. 9 and wasn't able to take advantage of the favorable matchup tonight. Interim coach James Borrego may be forced to limit Harris' minutes to keep him healthy down the stretch, but his top-50 upside is enough reason for fantasy owners to stay patient. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:04 pm
    • David West struggles vs. Warriors' defense
      David West sputtered offensively vs. Golden State on Sunday, going 2-of-6 from the field to finish with four points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He turned the ball over four times and his lousy night can be forgiven vs. the Warriors' league-best defense, which is allowing a mere 97.4 points per 100 possessions. West has been rolling along for the past month and should bounce back quickly vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 5:51 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) won't play vs. MEM
      LaMarcus Aldridge was a late scratch on Sunday due to a right thumb sprain.

      Advice: Aldridge is playing through ligament damage in his left thumb but this sprain is to his right thumb, on his shooting hand. That's a mild relief for owners and he was reportedly shooting around without obvious discomfort prior to Sunday's game, so hopefully this is a mere precaution from the Blazers. His absence means more playing time for Chris Kaman, Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright. Owners should sit tight while we await further updates. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 4:58 pm
    • Tobias Harris (knee) to start Sunday vs. PHI
      Tobias Harris (knee) will draw the start for Sunday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: Harris will return to action with a fantastic matchup against the Sixers, and he's certainly someone to consider for those playing daily leagues. His return to the starting lineup will send either Channing Frye or Evan Fournier back to the bench, and with averages of 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.1 three-pointers per game, Harris is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:16 pm
    • Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) doubtful for Monday
      Bojan Bogdanovic sprained his left ankle during Sunday's practice, and he is being listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Nuggets.

      Advice: If Bogdanovic is unable to go on Monday there will be more minutes for Alan Anderson, Sergey Karasev, and Thaddeus Young. Young only got 12 minutes of action during his first game with Brooklyn, but perhaps with a full practice under his belt, head coach Lionel Hollins gives him some more minutes. Young and Anderson will likely be the primary beneficiaries of a Bogdanovic absence. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:03 pm
    • Aaron Afflalo excited about trade to Blazers
      Aaron Afflalo is excited about his recent trade to Portland, and he has said that he will accept any role that the team gives him as they look to make some noise in the Western Conference.

      Advice: "I look at myself as a person that gives a team what it needs," Afflalo said. "If this team needs depth, if it needs scoring off the bench, if it needs a defensive stopper for segments, that's what I'm going to be." Afflalo's is going to come off the bench in Portland and play fewer minutes than he did in Denver, so even though he should see a decrease in production, his efficiency might rise with a much stronger supporting cast. Afflalo is by no means a must-own player anymore, but he's still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:14 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas stuffs stat sheet
      Donatas Motiejunas doubled-doubled against the Raptors on Saturday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

      Advice: The Rockets are quite alright without Dwight Howard right now. Terrence Jones' defense on centers has been a huge plus and D-Mo has been able to operate in the high post. His numbers in his last five include averages of 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's a hold in standard leagues despite a low upside. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:37 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins scores 21 points in loss
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting in an embarrassing loss to the Clippers on Saturday, adding four boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and five turnovers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Cousins was in foul trouble pretty early in this one, but it didn't help that the game was practically over after a 42-point second quarter from the Clippers. Despite averaging 5.3 turnovers over his last four games, Cousins should be able to improve upon his efficiency once the Kings adapt to new head coach George Karl. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:30 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Josh Smith cooling off these day
      Josh Smith played 21 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with eight points, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: His minutes dropped to 26 on Friday and a lot of it has to do with Terrence Jones becoming the best Rocket big man this weekend. Smith was way too good for about three weeks to make a hasty judgment, but we probably can rule him out as a top-50 guy in standard leagues due to awful shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:18 pm
    • Taj Gibson has been playing with injured hand
      Taj Gibson has been playing with a torn ligament in his left hand since mid-January, but said that it is almost completely healed.

      Advice: Talk about a warrior. Injuries like this typically sideline a player for at least a few weeks, but Gibson clearly has other plans. He is also still dealing with soreness in his ankle, and doctors have told him that it won't be fully right all season. He finished Saturday's game against the Suns with 12 points and four boards in 29 minutes, and he will continue to be a must-own player in all leagues as long as he continues to fight through his nagging injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:03 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Enes Kanter double-doubles in OKC debut
      Enes Kanter double-doubled in his OKC debut during a 110-103 win on Saturday over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 13 rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He had five offensive boards and ran a ton of pick-and-roll offensive sets with Russell Westbrook. Kanter probably won't be as involved in the offense because of Kevin Durant being such an effective ISO player, so we're not too bullish about owning him. He's not worth owning in standard leagues with his decreased opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 7:18 pm
    • Al Jefferson goes for 20 and 12 vs. OKC
      Al Jefferson scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

      Advice: His 3-pointer came late in the game with the Thunder already having the victory wrapped up. Jefferson should have more room to operate now with Mo Williams spacing the floor. His numbers haven't been great in February, averaging 17.4 points, 10.8 boards and 2.0 blocks, but his fantasy owners certainly have nothing to complain about. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 6:28 pm
    • Dante Cunningham starting second half
      Dante Cunningham started the second half at power forward on Saturday, finishing with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

      Advice: With Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (knee) out, there are going to be some minutes available at power forward. However, Cunningham doesn't really do anything on the stat sheet and starting the second half tonight may have been matchup-based, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Alexis Ajinca is the guy we'll watch tonight and is worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 6:07 pm
    • Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler will start Sat.
      Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler will draw the start vs. the Hornets on Saturday.

      Advice: Kanter is in line for big minutes right out of the gate with Steven Adams sidelined with a hand injury, so he can be viewed as a must-start option for the foreseeable future. Kanter has season averages of 13.8 points and 7.8 boards in 27.1 minutes per game, and while he does lack defensive stats, he should see plenty of touches on offense with Kevin Durant (foot) also out. Nick Collison started at center on Thursday, but he will now return to his limited role off the OKC bench and can be dropped in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 9:21 am
    • Hill (hip) returns with a double-double
      Jordan Hill (hip) returned to action on Friday against the Nets, scoring 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Hill was a winner at the deadline by not being traded, though he wasn't really a given to get sent elsewhere. He should mostly survive the random rotations, but with the Lakers playing for a draft pick these days they may choose to be ultra-cautious with him. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 2:19 am
    • Bojan scores 18 points with two threes
      Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: Bogdanovic is coming off a scoreless outing and given the opponent and absence of Jarrett Jack there are a number of reasons to be skeptical here. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 1:36 am
    • Cousins all over the stat sheet in big win
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting (7-of-9 FTs) with 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and nine turnovers in the Kings' 109-101 win over the Celtics on Friday.

      Advice: Cousins also ended the life of Jae Crowder, who was a kind man that once stepped in front of a locomotive on the basketball court and paid dearly for his courage. The Kings got a win for new coach George Karl, but this was the definition of an ugly win against a bad opponent and at some point the Kings need to get Cousins' turnovers under control. Rudy Gay scored 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks, but he also played out of control and will need to reel things back in to keep his efficiency on track. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 1:26 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-99 vs Por
    • Danny Green has a bad game on Friday
      Danny Green was quiet against the Warriors on Friday with four points, four rebounds and nothing else in 21 minutes.

      Advice: This type of line was commonplace last season, but he's done a great job avoiding them this year for the most part. Green has second-round value on the season in standard leagues and he'll get it going again on Monday against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 1:17 am
    • Turner posts inefficient popcorn line
      Evan Turner hit just 3-of-14 shots in Friday's loss, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: Turner's already suspect value in standard leagues is going to take a sizable hit when Isaiah Thomas joins the team. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:56 am
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
    • Favors goes for 16 and nine vs. Blazers
      Derrick Favors scored 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, two steals and one block in the Jazz's 92-76 win over the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: With Enes Kanter shipped out to the Thunder, look for Favors to get a slight bump in value and in particular in the rebounding department. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:51 am
    • Motiejunas plays 21 minutes in loss to Mavs
      Donatas Motiejunas scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and one assists over 21 minutes in Friday's loss to the Mavs.

      Advice: Motie hasn't been great in his last few games and could easily be found on waiver wires in 12-team formats. But he has been pretty good this season and has a late-round valuation over the last month, so consider picking him up if he was dropped. He has at least a 2-3 week window with Dwight Howard out to cash in on. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:56 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 36 minutes vs. Bucks
      Danilo Gallinari played 36 minutes against the Bucks on Friday during his start at shooting guard, making 3-of-12 from the field for 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was by far his most playing time in a game this season. The Nuggets are really going to be playing with fire if they play him this much considering his numerous knee injuries in the past three seasons. Still, maybe they ride him until the wheels fall off. He is only making 34 percent from the field this season, so we wouldn't suggest adding him for something you're going to miss. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:50 pm
    • Jordan Hill returned to action on Friday February 20. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:30 pm
    • Taj Gibson scores 15 with nine boards
      Taj Gibson played 30 minutes off the bench during a 100-91 loss to the Pistons on Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block.

      Advice: It's his third game in a row with at least 30 minutes. Gibson's numbers are not great in that span, averaging just 11.0 points, 4.5 boards and 1.0 blocks. He's usually much better when he gets this kind of playing time, so he's a hold in fantasy leagues unless it's to pick up one of these hot centers from tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 9:47 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Jimmy Butler picks up where he left off
      Jimmy Butler hit the ground running to start the second half on Friday against the Pistons, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Butler really put on an offensive show tonight and his ability to score off the dribble seems to get better every time out. He did miss the final game of the first half due to a shoulder injury, but there was no indication it was bothering him tonight. There is nothing to worry about here and his owners can just enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 9:13 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 96-86 vs LAC
    • Enes Kanter will be available on Saturday
      Enes Kanter along with the rest of the Thunder's recent acquisitions are all expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: With Kevin Durant's status up in the air for Saturday, Kanter could be stepping into a larger than expected role upon his first game with OKC. D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler, and Steve Novak are also expected to be available, but Kanter is the guy who offers the most value out of the group. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 4:13 pm
    • Tobias Harris (knee) ruled out vs. Pelicans
      Tobias Harris (right knee) will not play against the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: This is an about-face from yesterday and is troubling news. Harris missed the last two games before the break and history suggests he's been a slow healer, so he could be out beyond tonight. His owners have to bench him. Evan Fournier will start, but expect to see more production out of Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 2:20 pm
    • Jordan Hill (hip) coming off bench vs. Nets
      Jordan Hill (hip) will come off the bench in his return to the lineup on Friday against the Nets.

      Advice: The Lakers will start Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black and Robert Sacre. Hill looked terrific just before his hip flexor strain, scoring 26 points with 12 rebounds on Jan. 29. He's already proven he's capable of being a strong fantasy asset with minutes in the mid-20s, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:36 am
    • Arron Afflalo: 'It's championship time'
      Following Thursday's trade sending Arron Afflalo to Portland, Afflalo posted a video to his Instragram account stating: "It's championship time."

      Advice: Afflalo will indeed give the Blazers' some much-needed depth, however, he will now see his minutes cut from the 33 minutes per game he was averaging with the Nuggets to somewhere in the mid 20s as a Sixth Man for the Blazers. The Blazers, as a team do take plenty of 3-pointers (second in the league in 3-point attempts per game), so Afflalo should be able to maintain some value, but his demotion to a bench role could end his status as a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 7:32 am
    • Tobias Harris (knee) questionable for Friday
      Tobias Harris (right knee) is now being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: There was a report yesterday that Harris had been cleared to play, but it appears head coach James Borrego is going to be cautious with his asset. We’d consider Harris to be on the probable side of the questionable tag, but if he is forced to sit, Evan Fournier will likely get another game with the starting unit and he'd make for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 6:54 am
    • Danilo Gallinari to start at SG for Nuggets
      The Nuggets will start Danilo Gallinari at shooting guard following Thursday's trade of Arron Afflalo.

      Advice: Coach Brian Shaw is going to go big with a lineup of Ty Lawson, Gallo, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic. "Give [Gallinari] an opportunity as a starter, as least for now, to see what that looks like and see if that helps his confidence and his timing," Shaw said. Once one of the game's promising young players, Gallinari has struggled badly since a freak knee injury late in the 2013 season. We'd therefore keep expectations in check, especially with Randy Foye and Gary Harris ready to rock off the bench. Still, Gallo is a good bet to help owners in the 3-point category for now. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 7:28 pm
    • Jordan Hill (hip) expected to play Friday
      Jordan Hill (hip) was again able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he is expected to be available for Friday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Hill will likely return to the starting lineup, which will send either Tarik Black or Robert Sacre back to the bench. If Hill was dropped in your league, now would be the time to get him as he's averaging 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 1:18 pm
    • Thunder trade for Enes Kanter at deadline
      The Thunder acquired Enes Kanter from the Jazz on Thursday.

      Advice: Kanter's move to OKC is part of a three-team deal with the Pistons -- Kendrick Perkins goes to Utah, Reggie Jackson goes to Detroit, Kyle Singler goes to Oklahoma City, and more pieces could move as details emerge. Kanter should start immediately and will likely keep the job even once Steven Adams (hand) returns to action. Fantasy owners should be pleased with the move as Kanter is no longer stifled by Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, the latter of whom also gets a big boost with this trade. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 11:55 am
    • Tobias Harris cleared to play on Friday night
      Tobias Harris (knee) has been cleared to play on Friday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: He was monitored on Wednesday at practice and he should be able to play his normal playing time. Harris has been logging a whopping 41.0 minutes per game in February, averaging 22.5 points, 7.3 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 treys. He should have a big second half under his new coach. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 8:37 am
    • Blazers trade for Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee
      The Blazers acquired Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee in exchange for a first-round pick, second-round pick, Will Barton, Victor Claver and Thomas Robinson.

      Advice: Afflalo will come off the bench behind Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum, though he's expected to miss Friday's game before making his debut on Sunday. He was playing 33 minutes per game in Denver this season, but he'll see minutes in the mid 20s now. While the Blazers do take a lot of treys, Afflalo's fantasy value takes a significant hit here. He can be dropped in standard leagues. Gary Harris, Randy Foye and Danilo Gallinari benefit most. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 8:29 am
    • Denver looking for huge Arron Afflalo return
      Denver is reportedly seeking a first-round pick and a second-round pick for Arron Afflalo, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: While Afflalo has drawn interest around the league, the Nuggets are asking for an awful lot considering Afflalo could elect to hit the open market after this season. If a deal is completed, however, Randy Foye, Gary Harris, and Danilo Gallinari would all stand to see a boost in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 6:40 am
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