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    • Chris Paul nets 22 points in Christmas finale
      Chris Paul put on an array of moves during a 100-86 win over the Warriors on Thursday with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

      Advice: After 13 hours of seeing Cliff Paul on TV today, Chris stepped up. Paul's assists have been on the decline lately with only one double-double in his last nine games. In that span, he's averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 boards, 8.2 dimes, 2.3 steals and 1.8 triples. CP3 is still a top-five fantasy player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Jamal Crawford scores 24 points off bench
      Jamal Crawford scored 24 points in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The rebounding has been a pleasant surprise lately and Crawford has set a season high in defensive rebounding rate in each of his last three games. Obviously, that's not what he's known for and his offense has made him the No. 110 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Klay Thompson scores 15 points on Thurs.
      Klay Thompson scored a team-high 15 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in defense and dimes has really been the bigger reason why he's posting first-round value in standard fantasy leagues. Of course, it does help that he has career-high scoring and rebound averages, and really the only negative is that he missed his first game due to injury this season. That's obviously a nit-picking negative and his fantasy owners can expect him to keep it going all season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • Stephen Curry scores 14 points in full line
      Stephen Curry scored 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's fared well against the Clippers in his previous two seasons and made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his previous two seasons against them. Curry is in a minor slump at just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc over his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Chef Curry will likely be cooking up plenty goodies for the home folks against the Wolves on Saturday. Revenge game for drafting Jonny Flynn over him? Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:08 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Derrick Rose turns in a solid game in win
      Derrick Rose scored 20 points against the Lakers during an easy 113-91 win on Thursday with two rebounds, six assists, one step and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He's been on a roll over his last three, making 58.0 percent from the field for averages of 24.7 points, 4.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 triples. Rose hasn't been injured on about a month and only an injury has kept him out, so hopefully he can stay out there. This isn't a bad time to try and sell high. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:43 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 21 in win over Lakers
      Jimmy Butler made 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points with six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: He just won't stop. Over his last five games, Butler averaged 25.0 points, 7.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals, 0.8 turnovers and 1.6 triples on 48.2 percent from the field and 92.5 percent from the line. He's a nine-category player right now. Jimmy's got some new moves and we're pretty sweet on Jimmy these days. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:40 pm
    • Aaron Brooks stepping up sans Hinrich
      Aaron Brooks played 28 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with 13 points, two rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He played a handful of minutes next to Derrick Rose tonight and coach Tom Thibodeau is one of Brooks' biggest fans. As long as Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) is out, Brooks should put up enough value to be worth holding in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:21 pm
    • Ronnie Price plays 29 minutes vs. Bulls
      Ronnie Price played 29 minutes during a 113-93 loss against the Bulls on Christmas, making 3-of-7 from the field for seven points with eight rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's been a straight split for Price at point guard in his previous eight starts, averaging 6.4 points, 1.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 33.3 percent from the field in 23.8 minutes per game. He's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    • Jeremy Lin takes a step back on Thursday
      Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:54 pm
    • Wes Johnson plays well without Kobe
      Wes Johnson was busy in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for a season-high 19 points with nine rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He crushed his season high for field goal attempts and set a new high for free throw makes (five) in the loss. Johnson only has a usage rate of 13.0 on the season, so the high volume tonight is a surprise even with Kobe Bryant out. He is still worth owning in standard leagues for his output on defense and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:41 pm
    • Nick Young doesn't play well on Christmas
      Nick Young made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Well, at least his girlfriend bought him an Impala for Christmas. Young is just 6-of-19 in his two games without Kobe Bryant (rest), so he's been a bit of a letdown. He's been in the top 60 for fantasy value over the previous two weeks, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues thanks to his 2.4 triples over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:36 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) iffy for Friday
      Ramon Sessions is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a lower back strain.

      Advice: If he's out it should just mean more minutes for Darren Collison. Sessions will only be worth using in fantasy leagues if Collison goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:48 pm
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm vs Pho
    • Chalmers, Cole struggle in win over Cavs
      Mario Chalmers started at point guard on Thursday but hit just 2-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, six assists and a steal.

      Advice: Norris Cole played 34 minutes off the bench but wasn't much better, finishing with eight points, five assists and a steal on 2-of-7 shooting. Chalmers is the guy you want to own out of these two, but he's proven to be a much more effective player when Dwyane Wade is in street clothes, which wasn't the case tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:28 pm
    • Kyrie Irving injures left knee in loss
      Kyrie Irving hit 10-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and just two turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Heat, but also hurt his left knee late in the game.

      Advice: He injured the same knee against the Thunder earlier this season and was clearly in pain as the game ended tonight. He had his foot stepped on and then came down very awkwardly on his left leg, which is when he injured the knee and suffered a contusion. For now consider him day-to-day, but the fact an MRI wasn't needed is great news. If he's going to miss time, Matthew Dellavedova would likely take over at point guard for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:06 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play on Christmas
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:40 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Danny Green struggles with shot in SA loss
      Danny Green shot 4-of-13 from the field (2-of-5 from the line) for 12 points during the Spurs' Christmas Day loss to the Thunder, adding two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Green's all-around production is what makes him an elite option, so even when he struggles to score, he's still capable of providing quality statistics in other areas. He had a difficult matchup vs. the Thunder tonight, but he'll likely bounce-back on Friday in what will be a favorable matchup vs. the Pelicans. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:17 pm
    • Russell Westbrook dominant in Thunder win
      Russell Westbrook looked dominant during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs, scoring 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting (6-of-8 from the line) to go with 11 assists, five rebounds, a season-high five steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Westbrook was aggressive all game long, and he has definitely entered the conversation as an MVP candidate with averages of 28.2 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. His 3.8 turnovers per game are unfortunate, but given the elite value he bumps into all the surrounding categories, it's easy to forgive the miscues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:20 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) returns to practice Thursday
      Tony Allen (eye) returned to practice on Thursday, and is looking probable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Memphis is no longer listing Allen on their injury report, so it's looking very likely he will return to the lineup for a difficult matchup vs. the Rockets. His return will likely send Tayshaun Prince back to the bench, and hurt the limited value of Vince Carter. Check back for an official update on Allen's status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • John Wall dominates Knicks with 24-11-6 line
      John Wall looked fabulous against the Knicks on Christmas, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 11 assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Wall basically did whatever he wanted today, and the Knicks looked like they didn't get the "no gifts" memo. John Wall currently leads the league with the most 20-point, 10-assist games this season with nine, and he's second in the league in assist per game with 10.4. He's putting up early-round value, and has established himself as an elite point guard in the league. Enjoy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 am
    • Kawhi Leonard remains out indefinitely
      Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out indefinitely.

      Advice: Popovich played coy by saying that Leonard could come back tomorrow, two weeks from now, or even beyond that. Besides the vague statement, Pop did add that Leonard can't injure himself any further, so there is a good chance we see him back on the court sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belinelli will continue to see a boost in their fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Patty Mills cleared to practice, not play
      Patty Mills (shoulder) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, but still isn't close to playing in a game.

      Advice: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Mills was cleared to practice two days ago, but Mills isn't expected to see game action until mid-January, at the earliest. He'll only be worth a look by owners in deeper leagues, at least as long as Tony Parker is somewhat healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:14 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Patrick Beverley questionable for Friday
      Patrick Beverley (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Beverley will head into Friday's game as a potential game-time decision, while James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (knee) are both listed as probable. We'll update Beverley's status after shootaround, but Isaiah Canaan would be in line for a spot-start if Beverley is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 am
    • Iman Shumpert on court taking shots Thursday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) was on the court taking shots before the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards.

      Advice: It's been two weeks since Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder, so it's a good sign to see him back on the court taking shots. He's still a ways away from his targeted mid-January return, so fantasy owners who picked up Tim Hardaway Jr. should enjoy a few more weeks of productivity. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:39 am
       
      Injured
    • Nuggets receive inquiries on Wilson Chandler
      The Nuggets have received trade inquiries on Wilson Chandler, but would like to keep him in Denver, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

      Advice: Dempsey reports that the Nuggets have received trade inquiries from a few teams, but would prefer to hold onto Chandler. The Nuggets may entertain those inquiries if they slip in the standings over the next few weeks as Chandler is having the best season of his career and could fetch a handsome return. With season averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers, Chandler is worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:18 am
    • Kawhi Leonard listed as out for Christmas
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There was some optimism that he would play on Christmas, but it doesn't look like it. Leonard's damage to his hand doesn't sound too serious and hopefully he can make it back on the court at some point in 2014. Kyle Anderson will start, but Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli are benefiting the most. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:30 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:37 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) hopes to play Thursday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has reportedly told some of his closest associates that he thinks he will be able to play on Christmas vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich recently said that he doesn't expect to have him in the lineup anytime soon, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt. The Spurs have always been cautious with their players, so it is still unlikely that we will see him take the floor. Owners will want to check back before tip-off just in case, but if Leonard sits out for the fifth game in a row then it will be up to Kyle Anderson and Danny Green to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Nick Young scores 15 points w/ rare full line
      Nick Young contributed across the board in Tuesday's upset win vs. Golden State, coming off the bench for 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He logged 30 minutes for the second straight game and should thrive whenever Kobe Bryant (rest) isn't in the Lakers' lineup, though he's been good enough to start under any circumstances. He has a total of 11 assists and 11 steals in 17 games this season, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, so don't expect more than voluminous points (15.6) and 3-pointers (2.4). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    • Ronnie Price scores season-high 17 points
      Ronnie Price scored a season-high 17 points on Tuesday vs. the Warriors, adding eight assists, four boards, three steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

      Advice: It was easily his best game of the season and this should help him fend off Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson for the time being. However, the Lakers have no reason to develop the 31-year-old veteran so it would not be surprising to see him replaced in the starting lineup down the stretch. Price should not be owned in standard leagues unless he does the impossible and strings together a few more games like this. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Mario Chalmers logs 39 minutes alongside Wade
      Mario Chalmers played 39 minutes on Tuesday despite Dwyane Wade (knee) returning to the starting lineup, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and four turnovers.

      Advice: He shot 4-of-8 from the field with one 3-pointer and tonight's performance was good enough for most fantasy owners. Chalmers has been struggling over the past two weeks, shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 73.3 percent at the FT line. The starting PG job is his to lose, making him worth a 'hold' recommendation in leagues with 12 or more teams. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    • OKC falls despite Russell Westbrook's 40 pts
      Russell Westbrook poured in a season-high 40 points in a losing effort on Tuesday, hitting 16-of-34 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

      Advice: Westbrook played Superman for the evening with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined again, and he racked up those gaudy numbers with only two turnovers before fouling out after 39 minutes. He's locked into first-round value and won't budge as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:40 pm
    • Aaron Brooks steps up w/ Kirk Hinrich out
      Aaron Brooks took advantage of Kirk Hinrich's absence on Tuesday, coming off the bench for 13 points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Hinrich (hamstring) is questionable to return for Chicago's game on Christmas Day, leaving the door open for Brooks to post another fantasy-worthy line. Owners should keep an eye on the Bulls' injury report, with the understanding that Brooks' value will fade as quickly as it appeared. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:40 pm
    • Derrick Rose scores 25 points in road victory
      On the heels of a 29-point performance on Monday, Derrick Rose finished Tuesday's road victory with 25 points, four assists, two steals and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It's encouraging that he played in both games of Chicago's back-to-back set and his productivity is almost a bonus for owners, who are just relieved to see him healthy. Rose made 10-of-17 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with one 3-pointer tonight, and he's poised for a nice stretch with four games each in Weeks 10-13. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:38 pm
    • Jimmy Butler cools off w/ 11 pts vs. Wizards
      Jimmy Butler cooled off on Tuesday with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, six rebounds and two assists.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and didn't turn the ball over in 38 minutes so it wasn't all bad, and it's impossible to fault him given his otherworldly level of play this season. He's producing at a truly elite level for lucky fantasy owners, averaging 22.1 points, 1.0 threes, 6.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks, all with excellent percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:37 pm
    • Kobe Bryant rested, will not play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, but he's expected to meet the Lakers in Chicago for Thursday's game.

      Advice: Wayne Ellington will start in Kobe's absence, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin also getting more opportunities. Bryant has deferred the management of his minutes, DNPs and role to coach Byron Scott, and Scott said he intends to play Kobe around 32 minutes per game, down from his current 35 per game. More DNPs during back-to-back sets seem inevitable, and they're something Bryant's fantasy owners will have to live with -- if more rest leads to improved efficiency, the trade-off won't sting nearly as much. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:46 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. HOU
      Tony Allen (eye) is questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Tayshaun Prince has started the last two with Allen sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been negligible (zero points in his last outing). Vince Carter has been the main beneficiary with Allen unavailable, and he can be viewed as a low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:38 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Scott unsure if Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant was not a participant during shootaround, and head coach Byron Scott is unsure if he'll suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.

      Advice: If Kobe is withheld from Tuesday's game, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all see boost in value. It's possible Ellington would be the one to slide into the starting lineup, as coach Scott likes Young coming off the bench, but Young would be free to jack up as many shots as he sees fit, and offers the most upside out of the group. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:20 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Scott plans to ease Kobe Bryant's workload
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he plans to reduce Kobe Bryant's workload.

      Advice: Scott doesn't have a firm plan in place yet, but he admitted he's talked to Bryant about implementing some rest days. "You know him," Scott said of sitting Bryant. "It's real difficult. He's such a competitor. He wants to go out there and play every minute that he can. The mind is willing, but sometimes the body is not." There's a chance Bryant could sit out Tuesday's game and Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wes Johnson would see an uptick in fantasy value if that happens. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:23 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Klay Thompson and Co. roll over Kings
      Klay Thompson scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Warriors' 128-108 cakewalk win over the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: Thompson and Co. barely looked like they were into the game and still got their numbers against a Kings team that looks overwhelmed with drama in the front office. Stephen Curry scored 12 points with 11 assists and three steals as he let others take charge, Draymond Green did his thing with six points, eight boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks, and Harrison Barnes wasn't really needed with eight points, eight boards and one steal in the blowout. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:38 pm
    • Derrick Rose (illness) scores 29 points
      Derrick Rose (illness) played and played well in Monday's 129-120 win over the Raptors, scoring 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting (0-for-3 from deep, 5-of-6 from the line) with two rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.

      Advice: While he played well this wasn't an elite statistical night and it's long past time for owners to realize that's his new reality. Returning just top 100-165 value (8/9 cat) in the games he plays, his lack of defensive stats and other inefficiencies start to show up when he's not the undisputed No. 1 option in Chicago. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:10 pm
    • Jimmy Butler puts up yet another monster line
      Jimmy Butler scored 27 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 11-of-11 FTs) with 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and five blocks in Monday's win over the Raptors.

      Advice: Butler simply hasn't slowed down as he cranks out first round value. If anything, he's the durable guy playing with a bunch of injury risks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:07 pm
    • Danny Green doesn't get a stealth pop
      Danny Green played 29 minutes against the Clippers on Monday with 11 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was extremely quiet in the first half, but turned it on late with a huge corner 3-pointer to help ice this one. Green is putting up first-round value on the season, but he'll eventually slow down. Also, the next time he isn't in the starting lineup, it should raise a red flag. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:53 pm
    • Brooks scores 17 points off the bench
      Aaron Brooks scored 17 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 6-of-10 shots (including a three) with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: If Kirk Hinrich's hamstring injury keeps him out then Brooks could have some low-end value best suited for deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:43 pm
    • Wilson Chandler plays 21 minutes
      Wilson Chandler played 21 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with eight points, nine rebounds and one block.

      Advice: He picked up some minutes at power forward tonight and he should see an overall increase to his value while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is on the shelf. Chandler is worth owning in standard leagues and perhaps owners can use this dud to try and buy low on him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:55 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) expected to miss time
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) is not expected to return to the lineup anytime soon, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

      Advice: He had another injection on his hand, may need offseason surgery, and his doctor said he hasn't seen an injury like this before. The Spurs do not play their guys at less than 100 percent and they're going to allow Leonard to heal. His fantasy owners have no choice but to bench him and hope he'll make it back in early 2015. While he's out Kyle Anderson will likely get more starts, but he's not a great fantasy option. Marco Belinelli will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Tony Allen out on Monday with eye injury
      Tony Allen is out again on Monday due to his eye injury.

      Advice: There's no timetable for his return, so look for Vince Carter to produce a little better than average again tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:41 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson are ready to play
      Derrick Rose (illness) and Taj Gibson (ankle) are ready to play against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: He was expected to play at shootaround earlier today, but there's always the need of confirmation on Rose. He missed tow games with an illness over the weekend and should be able to handle his normal workload. If you had Aaron Brooks, you can look to cut him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:27 pm
    • Russell Westbrook will take less treys?
      Russell Westbrook said he might take less 3-pointers this season.

      Advice: "Yeah, but I'm still missing a lot of them," Westbrook said. "I honestly need to stop taking as many as I'm taking to tell you the truth. I'm gonna take those down as the season goes along." He has never really been an elite shooter at just 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, but the threat of him shooting treys makes him a deadly scorer. Whatever he does, he's going to dominate on the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:58 pm
    • Kobe Bryant skips practice, could miss Tues
      Kobe Bryant was held out of practice on Monday and coach Bryon Scott has not decided on his status for Tuesday.

      Advice: Kobe has been complaining about his body not being right, so there's a good chance he sits on Tuesday or at least one game this week. The Lakers have four games this week, so it still makes sense to start Bryant in weekly formats. If he's out Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:32 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Derrick Rose expected to play on Monday night
      Derrick Rose (illness) is expected to play on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: Rose went through all of shootaround, so unless something unforeseen happens before tipoff (which is always a possibility with Rose), he should be back out there in his usual starting role. Kirk Hinrich will shift back to the bench so long as Rose plays as expected. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:16 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) has no timetable to return
      Tony Allen (eye) currently has no timetable to return.

      Advice: Allen is dealing with a corneal abrasion, and it's hard to even speculate how long he might miss with the eye injury. While he's sidelined, look for Quincy Pondexter, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince to all fill in for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:26 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Stephen Curry openly endorses Steve Kerr
      Stephen Curry called Steve Kerr "the right man for the job."

      Advice: This was not a shot at Mark Jackson, who Curry remains very close with, but instead an admission that the Warriors hired the right coach. "He understood he was taking over a solid roster," Curry said. "We could get better; obviously, we didn’t win a championship. But we were very competitive and laid a foundation for success. It wasn’t that he was building from the ground up. It was just about fine tuning what he saw we could do better." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:22 am
    • Kobe Bryant (fatigue) may take 1-2 games off
      Kobe Bryant admitted after Sunday's game that he's fatigued and may soon miss a game to rest, saying, "I don't have much of a choice if [my] body is feeling the way it's feeling right now."

      Advice: The Lakers can't feasibly contend for a playoff spot out West, and Kobe is owed a guaranteed $25 million next year, so a few precautionary DNPs seem inevitable as the season progresses. He shot 8-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in a seven-point loss on Sunday and Lakers coach Byron Scott agreed that L.A.'s resident superstar might need some rest. We'll keep a close eye on Kobe's status for games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:12 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:03 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) picks up DNP-CD
      Ramon Sessions (back) was available for Sunday's game but he did not leave the Kings' bench.

      Advice: Darren Collison logged 40 minutes as the team's starting PG and rookie Ray McCallum chipped in a pair of rebounds and assists in 11 minutes off the bench, allowing the Kings to rest Sessions a while longer. We're taking him off the injury report, and he should resume a 10-20 minute role vs. the Warriors on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 pm
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm vs Pho
    • Nick Young buries four 3-pointers, scores 26
      Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:58 pm
    • Russell Westbrook drops 29 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook dropped 29 points on 10-of-27 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding eight assists, five boards and three steals in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He was criticized for not passing the ball enough during Sunday's loss, but it's tough to blame him given how well he has played this season. "When we won eight in a row nobody said nothing about not passing," Westbrook said, "so I don't want to hear it now." He's been playing at an MVP level and has earned the right to shoot at will, especially with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined. Expect Westbrook to answer his critics and take out his frustration against Portland on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:30 pm
    • John Wall struggles in loss to Suns on Sunday
      John Wall struggled in a loss against the Suns on Sunday, shooting just 5-of-15 from the field and finishing with 14 points, eight assists, five boards and three steals in 38 minutes.

      Advice: The fact that he was struggling in this game and still managed to put up these kinds of numbers speaks volumes about how well he has played recently. Wall is spoiling his owners this season and he's easily become one of the elite point guards in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:19 pm
    • Kobe Bryant shoots 8-of-30 in loss Sunday
      Kobe Bryant shot just 8-of-30 in Sunday's loss to the Kings, adding five boards, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: If you thought the shooting was bad enough, Bryant managed to turn the ball over nine times and was clearly lumbering around the court. Bryant is without a doubt fatigued, and coach Byron Scott actually hinted that he might opt to rest him for a game soon. Owners may want to sell-high if they still can, because the Lakers are quickly heading for another lost season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:03 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ Dal
    • Kyrie Irving ties career-high with 12 assists
      Kyrie Irving tied his career-high with 12 assists vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, while adding 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer and three rebounds.

      Advice: Irving committed only two turnovers in 37 minutes and improved efficiency has been a welcome boost for his fantasy value, as he's averaging career-best numbers in True Shooting (56.7 percent) and turnover rate (8.8 percent). His usage rate has predictably fallen off with LeBron James and Kevin Love in town, but that hasn't stopped Irving from producing at a top-15 level in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:14 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker won't play Monday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Leonard was reportedly targeting Monday for his return, so the early cancellation of the plan isn't a great sign for his fantasy owners. The silver lining is that San Antonio also plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so both Leonard and Parker could potentially have three-game weeks despite Monday's DNP. Until those two get back on the court, Kyle Anderson and Cory Joseph are the biggest fantasy winners. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Ramon Sessions (back) upgraded to probable
      Ramon Sessions (back) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: As long as Darren Collison is healthy, Sessions won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:22 pm
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm vs Pho
    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:05 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) doesn't need surgery
      Iman Shumpert's dislocated left shoulder will not require surgery, and he will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

      Advice: "I wanted to get back on the court as soon as possible. But it’s a healing process," said Shumpert. "It’s a lot better now that it’s back in place. I don’t need any medication or anything for it, just ice." With both Shumpert and J.R. Smith (heel) sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. is going to get all the minutes he can handle and is looking like a must-own player in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Rose (illness) expects to play Monday
      Derrick Rose (illness) said barring any setbacks, he intends to play Monday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: "I'm feeling a lot better. Getting my energy back. Just fatigued the last couple of days," said Rose. Considering he's just dealing with an illness, and he's currently on the mend, a "setback" isn't something that's very likely. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and Aaron Brooks would go back to being a negligible option in most leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:28 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Sunday vs. Cleveland
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Derrick Rose practices partially on Sunday
      Derrick Rose (illness) practiced partially on Sunday, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful he'll be able to play for Monday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: The Bulls are always going to be cautious with Rose, but at least he has a shot to play in this one. We should have further updates after shootaround on Monday, and we will provide those as needed. Expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to pick up the slack if Rose can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:52 am
    • Kyrie Irving named USA player of the year
      Kyrie Irving was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after helping team USA bring home the gold at FIBA World Cup this summer.

      Advice: The award could have also easily gone to Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, or James Harden, but Irving did his part too with averages of 12.11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Irving has been an elite fantasy asset for his owners this season, and if he can stay healthy he will continue to keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:06 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Tony Allen (eye) doubtful for Sunday's game
      Tony Allen (eye) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: His eye still looks really rough, so there is almost no shot he plays in this one. Quincy Pondexter will likely start, but Vince Carter played 41 minutes the last time Allen rested and he looks like the best option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Chris Paul scores 27 points with nine dimes
      Chris Paul scored a game-high 27 points against the Bucks on Saturday three rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only turned the ball over twice and has fixed his issues from earlier this month. Paul had a season-high 11 makes from the line tonight and is making 88 percent from the line on the season. He lost a little bit of steam and James Harden has leapfrogged him for No. 3 on fantasy value. Still, No. 4 is just fine. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:52 pm
    • Wilson Chandler scores four points
      Wilson Chandler could not get it going against the Pacers on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 1-of-10 from the field and is in a mini-slump from beyond the arc, making just three of his last 15 attempts. Chandler is still getting solid minutes even with Danilo Gallinari suddenly coming on. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:53 pm
    • Marco Belinelli scores 21 points in start
      Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 21 points against the Mavs on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes in the starting lineup with the Spurs resting most of their wing guys. Belinelli has been good on the nights he gets heavy minutes, but the problem is that doesn't happen often enough. He'll have a big night again, so keep him in mind the next time the Spurs rest numerous players. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • Patrick Beverley fouls out on Saturday
      Patrick Beverley fouled out in 41 points against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in treys has been huge and it's a big reason why the Rockets are not in the hunt for a point guard in the trade market. Beverley has seen his field goal shooting dip to 36.5 percent over his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 treys. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:27 pm
    • Stealth Pop: Danny Green, Tiago Splitter DNPs
      Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have been benched for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He was not listed in the starting lineup and coach Gregg Popovich just kept them on the bench. Green has played magnificent basketball and certainly deserved the night off. He's been the biggest steal of fantasy drafts and should get it going on Monday against the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:19 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back strain) iffy for Sunday
      Ramon Sessions (strained lower back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

      Advice: He has been hit-or-miss off of the Kings bench this year, and is not reliable enough for owners in standard leagues. Check back before tip-off Sunday, and expect Ray McCallum to step into the rotation if Sessions sits. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:58 pm
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm vs Pho
    • Marco Belinelli set to start on Saturday
      Marco Belinelli will start on Saturday vs. Dallas, replacing Danny Green.

      Advice: Green will come off of the bench in an effort to monitor his playing time after playing 44 minutes on Friday, so this is by no means a permanent move. Belinelli is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers, and will also be a decent plug-and-play option Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:37 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
      Saturday, 4:31 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
      Saturday, 12:31 pm
    • 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
      Saturday, 10:59 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Saturday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Jamal Crawford ignoring recent trade rumors
      Jamal Crawford is paying no attention to recent trade rumors, and coach Doc Rivers reiterated the fact that there was no traction to any of them.

      Advice: "The fact that Jamal’s name is being mentioned, this is the first I’ve heard, literally right now," coach River said. Crawford just recently broke out of his shooting slump, scoring 20 points off of the bench in a loss to the Nuggets on Friday, so hopefully he can keep it rolling. Clearly there is nothing to worry about here, and owners can only hope that the Clippers don't sign Ray Allen, who would inevitably take a few minutes away from Crawford. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:34 am
    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:48 am
    • 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
      Friday, 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
      Friday, 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
      Friday, 11:33 pm
    • Westbrook goes for 31 and 10, 13-of-13 FTs
      Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:31 pm
    • Crawford scores 20 points off the bench
      Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-15 shots (including a three) with one steal in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Crawford hit all five of his free throws but this is still a pretty empty line. It stops the bleeding from a recent slide at least a little bit though, and could be a sign to get him back into lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:16 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
      Friday, 11:08 pm
    • Aaron Brooks scores 17 in 32 minutes
      Aaron Brooks scored 17 points in a 103-97 win at Memphis on Friday with one rebound, four assists, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

      Advice: He had three turnovers before scoring or handing out an assists and he really turned it on in the third quarter. Derrick Rose only has an illness, so he should be ready to roll on Monday. Brooks can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:41 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
      Friday, 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
      Friday, 10:27 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:32 pm
    • 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
      Friday, 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
      Friday, 4:07 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • 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
      Friday, 3:39 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Friday vs. Chicago
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Quincy Pondexter will likely draw the start, while Vince Carter will see extended minutes off the bench. Carter logged 41 minutes during his last outing with Allen sidelined, and put up 18 points with five 3-pointers, he does however have a difficult matchup against the Bulls, so Carter remains a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Derrick Rose (illness) out Friday vs. Memphis
      Derrick Rose (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Expect Kirk Hinrich to draw the start, Aaron Brooks to see extended minutes off the bench, and Jimmy Butler to be tasked with running the offense. The Bulls don't play again until Monday, so we'll consider Rose questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:21 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. CHI
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: If Allen is forced to sit, Quincy Pondexter would likely draw another start, but he doesn't do enough statistically to be considered an option in most leagues. While Allen averages 25.8 minutes per game, he's not a large part of the offense (6.5 FGAs per game) so his absence doesn't have too much of a statistical impact on the player replacing him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • 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
      Friday, 6:20 am
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:11 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:44 pm
    • Derrick Rose not traveling with team to Memphis
      Derrick Rose (illness) is not traveling with the Bulls for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He could travel on his own, but we would consider Rose doubtful to play. After playing 11 in a row, he's going to miss his second consecutive game. The former MVP is the most annoying player to own and his owners have probably checked for updates more than any other player. Aaron Brooks is worth a look in a sub-par matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:31 pm
    • Aaron Brooks scores 18 off the bench
      Aaron Brooks played 25 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Thursday with 18 points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: Derrick Rose (illness) is not traveling with the Bulls for Friday, so chances are Brooks has another game ready to go on Friday. Although, it's not going to be as great of a matchup against the Grizzlies, but he's still worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:27 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
    • Patrick Beverley dealing with a sore calf
      Patrick Beverley is dealing with a sore calf, but he will still suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Beverley hasn't dealt with any calf issues in the past, and he was able to play 46 minutes during his last outing putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, so we're going to say he's fine. Deploy him as you usually would. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:20 pm
    • Derrick Rose (illness) will not play on Thurs
      Derrick Rose (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: He was questionable for the game due to an illness and this will snap his 11-game streak of playing in games -- his longest since his ACL tear. Rose should be considered questionable for Friday against the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, Aaron Brooks is an interesting option as a plug-and-play guy. Kirk Hinrich will likely start. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:19 pm
    • 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • 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
    • 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
    • Patrick Beverley plays 46 minutes
      Patrick Beverley played 46 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: There are some rumors of the Rockets going after Rajon Rondo, but it's fair to argue Beverley is a better fit. He's a better defender, a better shooter and doesn't need to dominate the ball -- James Harden is all they need. Beverley is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:34 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores 23 with five treys
      Wilson Chandler was outstanding against the Rockets during a 115-111 overtime loss on Wednesday with 23 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He keeps putting up big lines and coach Brian Shaw will continue to play him huge minutes. Over his last five, Chandler has averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples. His fantasy owners can consider him a must-start guy, but a trade would really hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:19 am
    • Jamal Crawford scores 10 in win over Pacers
      Jamal Crawford hit 4-of-7 shots for 10 points, a steal and a 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Crawford's not nearly as reliable as he was a year ago and the strong play of J.J. Redick is a big reason why. Redick has been playing very well as the starter and had 16 points and three more 3-pointers tonight. And as long as he's playing so well, it's going to be tough for Crawford to put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:56 pm
    • Chris Paul toys with Pacers in win
      Chris Paul hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 20 points, six rebounds, nine assists and five steals in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

      Advice: The Pacers don't have much at point guard and CP3 had his way with them tonight. The five steals were the icing on the cake and it's been nice to see Paul roaming the court injury free this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 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
    • Kyrie Irving dominated by Hawks guards
      Kyrie Irving managed just nine points, six assists and nothing else on 4-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes as the Cavs were embarrassed by the Hawks in Cleveland by a final score of 127-98 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Teague was out, so Dennis Schroder started and had 10 points and 10 assists, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to torch Irving and company for 24 points, which included 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from downtown. Irving was clearly disturbed by getting worked over by a couple Hawks reserves, and spent time after the game on the court getting up some shots and going through drills with an assistant coach. The Hawks were not expected to win this game with Teague in street clothes, but Schroder and Mack didn't blink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) still targeting Jan
      Patty Mills (shoulder) is still targeting a return in January, and has been able to participate fully in shootarounds.

      Advice: He is still on track to meet his timetable which is awesome news for the Spurs. However, Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation and will only be an asset in deeper leagues upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:29 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Tony Allen iffy for Wednesday w/ eye injury
      Tony Allen suffered a corneal abrasion in his right eye on Tuesday and is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

      Advice: If Allen's out it's going to leave a big dent in the defensive scheme of Memphis, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince would all see some extra minutes against the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Hou
    • Russell Westbrook scores 32 points Tuesday
      Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's win vs. the Kings, adding six boards, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Westbrook has had at least 20 points, five boards, and five assists over his last nine games, and has played his way into MVP consideration. He has been the best player on the Thunder this season, and is doing a fine job propelling the Thunder until Kevin Durant regains his previous form. Continue to expect big things from Westbrook as the Thunder edge closer to a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:08 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
    • Klay Thompson stays hot in loss at Memphis
      Klay Thompson hit 8-of-16 shots for 22 points, two rebounds, a steal, a block and four more 3-pointers as the Warriors finally saw their 16-game winning streak come to an end after a 105-98 loss at Memphis.

      Advice: While you won't often hear Thompson's name in the MVP conversation, it should probably be included in a list that will include John Wall, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Kyle Lowry and a few others. He's averaging 21.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.9 3-pointers on the season, with shooting percentages of 45 percent from the floor, 43 percent from downtown and 87 percent from the line. And for good measure, he's also averaging just 2.2 turnovers per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

      Advice: The Grizzlies play solid defense and the Warriors could have used Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes being at 100 percent, which would have helped them keep the 16-game winning streak alive. We're not going to lie and say the Warriors are glad the streak is over, but the pressure is off and they'll no longer have to hear about it every day, which has to be viewed as a good thing. With tonight's loss the Warriors are still a league best 21-3. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Wall dominates again, Wiz improve to 18-6
      John Wall was dominant again scoring 21 points, matching a career high with 17 assists, and adding four rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 9-of-17 shooting as the Wizards beat the Wolves to improve their record to 18-6, and 13-2 at home.

      Advice: Wall leads the league with seven 20 & 10 points/assists games and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He's healthy, doing and saying all the right things, and playing like a superstar these days. What's not to love? Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:40 pm
    • Wilson Chandler (illness) feeling much better
      Wilson Chandler is feeling much better, and given the fact his illness has not forced him to miss any time, we're considering him probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Chandler is having a solid season in Denver with averages of 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Injuries will always be a concern with Wilson, but as long as he's healthy, he'll be worth owning for his across-the-board production. However, there have been a few trade rumors involving Chandler, and a move to another team would likely hurt his value. This may be a sell-high moment. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:02 pm
    • Crawford struggles through poor shooting
      Jamal Crawford missed all six of his field goal attempts in Monday's blowout win, but did manage to score five points on free throws with two boards, seven assists and a steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Crawford has fluid in the bursa sac of his right elbow but it reportedly isn't serious, and we'll take that at face value unless this becomes a trend. He's a must-own player in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:53 pm
    • Young scores 18 points with two threes
      Nick Young hit 6-of-12 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Young hit 4-of-4 free throws and logged 23 minutes. The defensive stats are a nice bonus and he is a nice top 80-120 value (9/8 cat) when on the floor this year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:56 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
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