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  • Arthur and Jokic start, Lauvergne off bench
    Joffrey Lauvergne will come off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: He'll back up Nikola Jokic and Darrell Arthur tonight. Lauvergne was hot to start the year, so he's worth a look in 14- team leagues right now. If he has a big game, that could change and put him in the conversation for standard leagues. 44 minutes ago
  • Caron Butler (ankle) out Friday vs. Minnesota
    Caron Butler (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: It'll be Butler's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and Omri Casspi will pick up some additional minutes in his absence. Butler isn't worth owning in any league. 48 minutes ago
  • Andrew Bogut (back) will play Friday vs. PHX
    Andrew Bogut (back) will play Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Bogut sat out Wednesday's practice with a stiff back, but he'll be on the court tonight and should get his usual minutes in the low-20s. With so many games being played tonight, owners in standard leagues could probably do better than Bogut. 59 minutes ago
  • Nene goes to the locker room vs. Boston
    Nene is dealing with a left calf strain and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He limped to the locker room under his own power and there wasn't a trainer by his side. Nene is not the most durable guy, so he could miss time here. If he's out, DeJuan Blair and Drew Gooden could play. This also helps Marcin Gortat's value. Today, 5:00 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) doubtful for Saturday
    Chris Kaman (sprained right ankle) is doubtful to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Kaman hasn't appeared in the Blazers' past four games so his absence will go unnoticed by the vast majority of fantasy owners, especially with Meyers Leonard (shoulder) on the verge of a return. Today, 4:48 pm
  • JaKarr Sampson will start Friday vs. Houston
    JaKarr Sampson will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Rockets with Nerlens Noel (right knee soreness) unavailable.

    Advice: Sampson hasn't been great as a starter this season, owning averages of 8.3 points and 4.7 boards in his previous three starts, so he's not a great option in most leagues. Today, 4:44 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will play Saturday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will play against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been taking some contact in practice, but this is a big surprise after a complete dislocation of his non-shooting shoulder. Leonard was showing signs of life before his injury, so he's worth a long look in standard leagues for a high upside. Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh, Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe lose some value. Today, 4:43 pm
  • Clint Capela will start Friday vs. the 76ers
    Clint Capela will replace Terrence Jones in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Capela has been pretty good as a starter this season with averages of 11.0 points, 9.6 boards and 1.6 blocks per contest. He'll get a favorable matchup against the 76ers tonight, and is worth considering as a punt play in DFS. Today, 4:42 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) may play 15 minutes
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) could return to action on Friday but he won't play more than 15 minutes.

    Advice: Whether or not Lauvergne plays likely depends upon matchups and the score, so fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on him tonight. Jusuf Nurkic could return in late December, and Nikola Jokic is playing well as the Nuggets' starting center, so there's not a ton of long-term upside for Lauvergne. Today, 4:32 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out for Friday night
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Well, that'll be his third missed game after playing through some apparent ankle tweak from Friday. Faried doesn't have a timetable to return in one of the stranger injuries of the season. It'll be Darrell Arthur likely starting while we could see lineups of Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne playing together, too. Danilo Gallinarli should play a lot of stretch four. Today, 4:23 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) available to play
    Spencer Dinwiddie (sore left knee) will be available to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is averaging just 16.3 minutes per game on the season to go with 6.3 points and 2.0 assists, so he's obviously not a factor in almost any league as a reserve. His return will take away minutes from Steve Blake, who is also a negligible fantasy option. Today, 4:06 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) in 'considerable' pain
    Tiago Splitter (hip) won't play on Friday and said that he still has "considerable" pain.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though Splitter is close to returning, in other words, so we're not expecting to see him play vs. the Spurs on Saturday. His absence thrusts more minutes toward Mike Muscala, with Mike Scott also earning extra playing time off the bench. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) will start vs. CHA
    Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) will start Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision but feels good enough to return after a three-game absence. His return bumps Tristan Thompson back to a reserve role, and will likely erase Anderson Varejao from the frontcourt rotation. Today, 3:24 pm
  • Police investigating Jahlil Okafor fight
    Boston police are now investigating an incident on Friday during which Jahlil Okafor punched a heckler outside of a club.

    Advice: An man filed a report stating that he was the victim of assault and battery, and that he required stitches after being punched in the eye by Okafor. The incident was caught on tape and Okafor has admitted wrongdoing, saying, "It was definitely dumb on my part. It's something that I am embarrassed about." Okafor will play on Friday but at some point he's likely to face a suspension from the 76ers and/or the league. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica likely out on Friday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is not likely to play on Friday against the Kings.

    Advice: He will be a game-time call, but fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Bjelica was really struggling before his injury, so he's justifiably been cut in several leagues. Expect to see a lot of small-ball tonight with Adreian Payne getting most of the PF minutes. Payne isn't a great play. Today, 3:12 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova will play on Friday
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will play on Friday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He said he felt a lot better after the day off, but he'll be coming off the bench tonight. Mo Williams is going to get the start. so there shouldn't be a big chance for minutes for Dellavedova in his return. Jared Cunningham won't play much. Today, 3:07 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) says he'll play Fri
    Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) said that he will play vs. Charlotte on Friday, but coach David Blatt called him a game-time decision.

    Advice: It sounds like Mozgov is probable but could still be ruled out if he has any discomfort during pre-game warmups. We should have a final confirmation of his status shortly before the Cavs' 7pm ET tip-off. Today, 3:02 pm
  • Jae Crowder could come off bench in 2nd half
    Jae Crowder will start on Friday, but could come off the bench in the second half to help the Celtics not go small late in games.

    Advice: Now the Celtics have three positions with matchup dependancies. Whatever the case, Crowder should still be fine and even put up nice numbers after half on Wednesday. He should be owned in all leagues. Today, 2:59 pm
  • Marcus Smart off crutches
    Marcus Smart (leg) is not on crutches and is unlikely to play in the upcoming five-game road trip.

    Advice: He also has a good chance to miss two games at home after that, so we might not see Smart back until near Christmas. While he's out, R.J. Hunter will get in the rotation while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas carry the load on offense. Today, 2:52 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova (calf) game-time Friday
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will be a game-time decision vs. Charlotte on Friday.

    Advice: The Cavs are reportedly "hopeful" that he will return tonight, but his fantasy value has already plummeted with Mo Williams back in action. There's no incentive to gamble on Dellavedova at less than 100 percent. Today, 2:45 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) is a game-time call
    Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) will be a game-time decision to face the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: There's a pretty good chance he may come off the bench because Tristan Thompson has looked good in the first unit. If Mozgov is a go, that would mean less run for Thompson and Anderson Varejao. Today, 2:44 pm
  • P.J. Hairston is not on the injury report
    P.J. Hairston (head) is not on the injury report for Friday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: His head injury from Wednesday seems like it's behind him. Hairston should be in the starting lineup, but probably won't get more than 16-22 minutes tonight. He is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Today, 1:34 pm
  • Mo Williams listed as starter for Friday
    Mo Williams (ankle) is listed as the starter for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He stared the second half on Wednesday and should be close to 100 percent. Williams played 32 minutes on Wednesday and scored 15 points, so he's all set to start tonight in almost all leagues. Matthew Dellavedova will move back to the bench while Jared Cunningham shouldn't play much. Today, 1:29 pm
  • Trey Burke doesn't practice, questionable
    Trey Burke (back) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He suffered from back spasms on Wednesday and couldn't return to action. Burke also had a back issue back in April, so he is probably on the bad side of this questionable tag. Raul Neto was very good in Wednesday, but he's still a risky play in DFS. If he can't play, there should be more minutes for Alec Burks, too. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica is a game-time call
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is a game-time decision to play against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He was able to go through at least some of practice today. The Wolves haven't been able to get much out of the power forward spot in the past two weeks with Bjelica struggling before his injury and Adreian Payne in a slump, too. Tayshaun Prince has played a lot of stretch four and Shabazz Muhammad has stepped up a tad. Fantasy owners should probably steer clear of this situation. Today, 12:05 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out for three games
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play in the next three games.

    Advice: He has a right ankle sprain and said he rolled it "pretty good" on Wednesday. With Barea out, the Mavs will be using more of Raymond Felton and Devin Harris. With Justin Anderson improving, he could get regular minutes, too. Barea could miss more time beyond next week. Today, 11:32 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will play vs. Houston on Friday
    Jahlil Okafor will play vs. the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Okafor got into an altercation with a heckler outside of a Boston Bar on Wednesday, but it sounds like the Boston Police will not investigate the issue. Head coach Brett Brown said that the 76ers will look into it and that he will be punished, but he said the issue will be handled internally. For now, his owners can go ahead and keep him active in all lineups. The 76ers are 0-16 this season. Today, 10:29 am
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will be a game-time call
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) made it through shootaround and will be a game-time call vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Interesting. Faried was originally ruled out for Friday's contest, but his ankle must be improving and it sounds like he has a legitimate shot to play. Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is expected to return on Friday, so it will be interesting to see if promising rookie Nikola Jokic loses any minutes. Darrell Arthur, who has been starting in Faried's absence, will likely shift to the bench if the Manimal can play. Today, 10:25 am
  • Lauvergne (back) is likely to play Friday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) made it through shootaround and will likely play vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: After 12 straight games on the shelf, King Joffrey is expected to return tonight. Nikola Jokic has been playing well in his absence, but Lauvergne could still see decent minutes if he is cleared to play considering Kenneth Faried is questionable with a back injury. For now, owners in most leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here. Today, 10:18 am
  • Dinwiddie (knee) goes through shootaround
    Spencer Dinwiddie (sore left knee) participated in the Pistons' shootaround on Friday.

    Advice: He should still be considered questionable for Friday's game vs. the Thunder, but this is a good sign that his injury isn't serious. Dinwiddie is only averaging minutes in the teens this season anyways, so fantasy owners can ignore this bit of news for now. Today, 10:15 am
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) hopeful to play Friday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is feeling better and is hopeful to play on Friday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's missed the past three games due to a knee contusion, and it should be noted that he was in a major slump prior to going down. Bjelica does have talent and upside, but feel free to monitor him from the waiver wire until he turns things around. Today, 9:09 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game in street clothes, but hamstring issues can linger if they aren't given enough time to heal so it's understandable that the Heat want to be cautious with their veteran forward. Gerald Green drew the start on Wednesday vs. the Pistons and scored 16 points in 38 minutes, so expect him to see plenty of run again on Friday. Deng's hamstring has improved, and it's possible that he could return on Monday vs. the Celtics. Today, 8:13 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (calf) hopeful to play
    The Cavaliers are hopeful that Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will be able to play on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He sat out of Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors, but it sounds like his calf responded well to the extra rest. Dellavedova's fantasy value isn't great with Mo Williams back from injury, but his return could push Jared Cunningham out of the rotation. Dellavedova is only an asset in very deep leagues. Today, 7:11 am
  • Mozgov (shoulder) upgraded to questionable
    Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Mozgov wasn't even expected to return to the court until the beginning of December, so this is obviously a sign that his strained right deltoid is making progress. He will see how he feels during shootaround before the Cavs will determine his status, so we should have another update later in the afternoon. Tristan Thompson has been playing heavy minutes in Mozgov's absence, so it will be interesting to see what head coach David Blatt does with his rotation if Mozgov can play. Today, 7:09 am
  • Austin Daye will sign in Italy
    Austin Daye signed with Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italy.

    Advice: Daye has had trouble finding a home at the NBA level, so he'll test his luck overseas for now. We'll let you know if he pops up on the NBA radar again. Today, 6:53 am
  • James Johnson frustrated with his role
    James Johnson posted on his Twitter account that he is being "under-utilized" this season.

    Advice: Johnson's playing time has been sporadic early on this season and his minutes have been limited to single digits in his last two appearances. His maturity issues are well documented and there's a reason that he's struggled to lock down a consistent role despite being a gifted athlete and an excellent defender. The Raptors will likely address this incident internally, so we may not get any more details. As long as the Raptors are close to full strength, Johnson won't be worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Today, 6:24 am
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out Friday vs. MEM
    Tiago Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It'll be Splitter's third consecutive game on the sidelines, and it's unclear exactly when he'll be back on the court. Mike Scott and Mike Muscala will pick up some additional playing time with Splitter out, but not enough to make an impact in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor knocks out heckler outside club
    Jahlil Okafor got into an altercation with a heckler outside of a Boston bar on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The incident is on video (link below), and ends with Okafor punching the heckler in the face, knocking him out cold. Representatives of Okafor said that he and an unnamed teammate were being heckled from the moment they left the club, and someone reportedly got physical with the unnamed Sixer so Jahlil did what he "felt he needed to do to protect himself and his friends." No arrests were made, although Okafor has likely earned himself a suspension from the league. The 76ers say that they are aware of the reported incident, and are currently working on gathering additional information. Happy Thanksgiving. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) practices Thursday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he reported no setbacks.

    Advice: Lauvergne said if he feels good Friday morning, he will press the Denver coaching staff to let him play, so owners can expect another update on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. If he's withheld from Friday's game, it sounds like there's a chance he plays Saturday vs. the Mavericks. Nikola Jokic's fantasy value will take a hit upon the return of Lauvergne, while Arthur could fall out of the rotation entirely. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Deng missed Wednesday's game with the hamstring injury, and called the injury a day-to-day thing. He could be headed for a game-time decision on Friday, and if he's not able to give it a go, Gerald Green will likely spend another game in the starting five. Green had a decent game with the starting unit on Wednesday, scoring 16 points over 38 minutes, so he'd be worth considering as a punt play in DFS should Deng remain out. Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne out Friday vs Spurs
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) will miss Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: While there is still a chance King Joffrey will play against the Mavericks on Saturday, he'll miss his 13th straight game against San Antonio on Friday. With Kenneth Faried (ankle) also out, Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic will see all the minutes they can handle on Friday and make for solid DFS plays. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Kenneth Faried out Friday vs Spurs
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Faried will miss his third consecutive game on Friday due to his ankle injury. Nikola Jokic and Darrell Arthur make for solid DFS plays on Friday, as both should see big minutes in Faried's absence. Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • Mo Williams downplays players meeting on Weds
    Mo Williams (ankle) downplayed the significance of a players-only meeting following Wednesday's loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: LeBron James and James Jones held the meeting and called for more consistency, but Williams said it wasn't a big deal. "It wasn't a team meeting. It's just another game," Mo Williams said. "When you lose games, we just discuss things we could have done better and we need to do going forward. That was basically it." Williams had a solid outing, scoring 15 points in his return, and should be active in all fantasy leagues now that he's healthy. Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) likely to miss time
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he rolled his ankle "pretty good" on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't know the severity of it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "But he's in there with an ice machine on it. That's never good." It sounds like Barea is going to miss some time, which means more minutes are headed to Devin Harris and Raymond Felton. Wednesday, 9:34 pm
  • Trey Burke (back spasms) out for game
    Trey Burke (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had back issues back in April, so this isn't a new issue for Burke. He'll have a couple days off, but Burke has a chance of missing time. That would mean more minutes for Alec Burks at the point, which also means more minutes for Rodney Hood, too. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha locks down Wiggins in 32 mins
    Making another start at SF on Wednesday, Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: His defense kept Andrew Wiggins in check, as he scored only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer uses Thabo once Kent Bazemore (ankle) returns to action. Tonight's solid game comes on the heels of a terrific game vs. the Celtics, and Sefolosha is worth deploying while logging 30+ minutes as a starter. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Mo Williams (ankle) looks good in 32 minutes
    Mo Williams (ankle) played 32 minutes in his return on Wednesday, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, one 3-pointer, three boards and three assists.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova was out with a leg injury so Williams gave Cleveland what he could, even starting the second half ahead of fill-in starter Jared Cunningham. Mo added a rare blocked shot tonight and it looks like he'll be fine for Friday's road game at Charlotte. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not return
    J.J. Barea suffered sprained left ankle on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain and it did not look good. Barea has been a useful combo guard and was playing 20.3 minutes per game, so the Mavs would miss him. If he's out, there would be more run for Ray Felton and Devin Harris. Justin Anderson or John Jenkins could slide into his rotation spot. Barea left the game with seven points, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. There's really no need to make a speculative add unless you're in a deep league. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Jae Crowder benched after halftime vs. 76ers
    Jae Crowder was benched to begin the third quarter vs. Philly on Wednesday, but played 27 minutes to finish with eight points, two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The Celts were losing by seven points to the lowly Sixers at halftime and Stevens has no compunction about shaking up his lineups -- tonight it was Crowder who drew the short straw with Evan Turner replacing him. His owners shouldn't panic, as Crowder has been a steady value all year and he's likely to resume starting vs. Otto Porter and the Wizards on Friday. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • P.J. Hairston leaves after elbow to head
    P.J. Hairston exited Wednesday's game after taking an elbow to his head, but the Hornets don't think he suffered a concussion.

    Advice: Hairston will likely be tested further and we'll let you know if he's in danger of missing Friday's game. He continues to start because coach Steve Clifford doesn't feel Jeremy Lamb can defend the league's elite scorers, but a defensive-specialist role hasn't done him any favors for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • Evan Turner starting 2nd half for Jae Crowder
    Evan Turner will start in place of Jae Crowder for the second half on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens is up to his old tricks here. He loves to play the matchups and he prefers Turner in the first unit for the second half. There aren't many fantasy implications here. Wednesday, 5:57 pm
  • Caron Butler will not play against Bucks
    Caron Butler (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: No revenge game here. Butler can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Wednesday, 4:18 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be his third game out due to knee soreness from his contusion. After the former EuroLeague MVP was playing well earlier this month, his injury has justifiably sent him to the waiver wire. Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad gain some value here. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) out Wednesday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (sore left knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Steve Blake will act as Detroit's backup point guard with Dinwiddie sidelined, but he won't get enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova (calf) out vs. Raptors
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cavs set to manage Mo Williams' minutes tonight, that means we should see a lot of Jared Cunningham. The Cavs will also be giving heavy minutes to J.R. Smith at the two. Cunningham is obviously a risky play in DFS tonight. Wednesday, 3:05 pm
  • Caron Butler (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Caron Butler (sprained left ankle) is questionable for play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Butler isn't a major part of the rotation in Sacramento when Rudy Gay is healthy, so his absence will have a negligible impact on the fantasy landscape. Marco Belinelli and Omri Casspi will likely split his minutes. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out again on Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has no timetable to return, but shouldn't miss much more time . With Splitter out, Mike Muscala and Mike Scott will get a few more minutes, but aren't terrific fantasy options. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Smart (leg) likely out longer than two weeks
    Marcus Smart (lower left leg) is unlikely to be back on the court within the next two weeks.

    Advice: Smart is currently on crutches, along with wearing a leg brace, so the two-week timetable seems a bit overly optimistic. Smart himself said that there's no definitive timetable for his return, so he could be potentially looking at a lengthy absence. Smart has shown flashes this season, but with averages of 9.8 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 three-pointers on 33.3 percent shooting on the season, owners in standard leagues without an IR-slot may want to consider cutting ties with Marcus. Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Andrew Bogut misses practice
    Andrew Bogut (back) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is just dealing with stiffness, which was evident in Tuesday's game. Bogut should still be ready to go for Friday against the Suns. If he's not, Festus Ezeli will be in line for more minutes and the Warriors may go with the small-ball lineup with its super-human powers. Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) ruled out for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: "We're just trying to be cautious, trying to be smart," Deng said of bypassing the game against the Pistons, the Heat's first road game in nearly three weeks. "I played the last game and it hasn't gotten any better, so I think we just want to be smart and just try to get rid of the little nagging injury that will just linger on and become something else." We'll consider Deng questionable for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, and it's looking like Gerald Green could draw the start on Wednesday, with Goran Dragic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Mo Williams (ankle) will play on Wednesday
    Mo Williams (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. the Raptors, but head coach David Blatt said that he will monitor his minutes.

    Advice: If Blatt intends to monitor Mo's minutes, he may need to get creative with the point guard position as Matthew Dellavedova (calf) is headed for a game-time call. Williams is going to get a tough matchup against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors, and partnering that with a limited workload makes him an unattractive play in DFS. Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (calf) a game-time call
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: Dellavedova's value is set to take a hit tonight anyway with the return of Mo Williams (ankle), and with him heading towards a game-time decision, he's far too risky to consider using in DFS. Williams could be forced into heavy minutes if Delly is unable to give it a go. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Mo Williams (ankle) says he'll play Wednesday
    Mo Williams (ankle) said that he will play in Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Williams has spent the past two games on the sidelines with an ankle injury, but he'll be back on the floor tonight which will send Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench. Williams will draw a tough matchup against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors, so he's not a great play in DFS. Wednesday, 7:47 am
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Bjelica was limited during Tuesday's practice, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines. If he's out, Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad will split his minutes, but neither guy makes for a great play in most leagues. Wednesday, 7:37 am
  • Andrew Bogut tweaks his back, stays in game
    Andrew Bogut tweaked his back in Tuesday's win over the Lakers, but he stayed in the game and finished with eight points, seven boards, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To be clear, the injury looked minor and the Warriors simply put a wrap around his back, so we'll leave him off the injury report for now. With three days off until Friday's game vs. Phoenix, Bogut should be fine. His minutes will be held in check going forward because the Warriors want to keep him fresh for the postseason, so he is a low-end option at best. Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 15, hits 7-of-8
    Thabo Sefolosha drew another start in the absence of Kent Bazemore (ankle) on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in an easy win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He's not really an offensive threat on most nights, but has played well on that end of the court in two straight. He'll continue to start and guard the opposition's best player for as long as Bazemore is out, but is only a real option in fantasy on nights when Baze isn't playing. Bazemore has missed four straight games, but should be back by the end of the week. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores 16 off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 27 minutes off the Mavs' bench and hit 5-of-10 shots and zero 3-pointers for 16 points and four assists in Tuesday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: The minutes and points were a season high for JJB, who got run down the stretch in a blowout. It didn't hurt that Devin Harris got the night off, either, but Barea will have to perform like this more consistently to be owned in most leagues. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Nene scores 11 despite calf injury
    Nene played through a calf injury and had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 3-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Indy.

    Advice: He was iffy due to the injury and his minutes off the bench allowed starter Kris Humphries to play just nine minutes without scoring a point. Tuesday, 6:49 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out for Tuesday night
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It'll be Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic manning the big-position minutes. Arthur played his best game in a long time with a 21-point outing vs. GSW and Jokic is coming off a double-double. Both are terrific plays in DFS in favorable matchups. Faried owners just have to be patient here from an injury that didn't looks serious. Will Barton, Gary Harris and Danilo Gallinari also benefit. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Nene (calf) will play Tuesday vs. the Pacers
    Nene (calf) will play in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Nene should get around 18 minutes tonight, but with averages of just 8.2 points, 5.3 boards and 2.0 assists per game on the season, he's not worth owning in most leagues. Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) sits out practice Tues
    Luol Deng (hamstring) sat out Tuesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) making good progress
    Joffrey Lauvergne is making good progress with his back injury, but he will remain sidelined for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Lauvergne has begun running, and he's expected to do more during Wednesday's practice. If he's able to go through change of direction drills and take contact during Wednesday's practice without any setback, he should be back on the court "soon," which will take away some value from Nikola Jokic. For what it's worth, Lauvergne said he was feeling "really good" on Tuesday, so it sounds like there's a decent chance he returns for either Friday's game against the Spurs or Saturday's game vs. the Mavs. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) limited at practice
    Namenja Bjelica (knee) was able to do some "light stuff" during Tuesday's practice, according to head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Bjelica has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a left knee contusion, but this is the first time he's been able to get through any portions of the Wolves practice. We'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks, and if he can't give it a go, it'll be Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad picking up some extra minutes. Check back for another update on Bjelica following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Faried (ankle) not expected to play Tuesday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) did not go through shootaround, and he is not expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Faried is currently sporting a walking boot, so it would be quite shocking if he were to give it a go tonight. Nikola Jokic, Darrell Arthur and J.J. Hickson will all see a boost in value with Faried on the sidelined, with Jokic offering the most upside. Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • Nene (calf) now a game-time call vs. Pacers
    Nene (calf) practiced on Tuesday and is a game-time decision to face the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Monday and chances are the Wizards won't put him out there with any sign of trouble in warmups. Nene is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA and will likely have a minutes cap, too. Marcin Gortat may play more while Drew Gooden could get minutes. Also, Kris Humphries could play some five, which would open up more minutes for Jared Dudley. Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • P.J. Hairston returns, plays 19 minutes
    P.J. Hairston played 19 minutes in his return on Monday with five points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: While he does start, Hairston is one of the least valuable starters in fantasy. He can be ignored in most formats. Monday, 8:45 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 25 points in loss Monday
    Jahlil Okafor scored 25 points in Monday's loss to the Wolves, adding 12 boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Karl-Anthony Towns couldn't contain him and got into some foul trouble, so Okafor had his way in the paint for most of the game and shot 10-of-15 from the field. He hit 5-of-7 from the free throw line as well, but the rookie also had four turnovers. He is starting to show some improvement on the offensive end, and his fantasy arrow is currently pointing up. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova looks great again
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 15 points against the Magic on Monday with nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was awesome and has looked like a whole new player this season. Dellavedova is just keeping the seat warm for Kyrie Irving (knee) and he'll likely move back to the bench when Mo Williams (ankle) can return, which can be as soon as this week. He's more of a short-term add despite his terrific play in the past week. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play Monday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time call, but he was ruled out an hour before tip-off. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines and he still hasn't practiced, but we'll consider him day-to-day. Adreian Payne should get a good chunk of his minutes off the bench, while Shabazz Muhammad could get some more action as well. Monday, 4:08 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Luol Deng (leg) is a game-time call
    Luol Deng (hamstring) still has tightness in his hamstring and remains a game-time decision against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting treatment and it sounds like the team is hopeful he'll be able to play. If Deng is out, Justise Winslow would be looking at even more playing time. Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would play more, too. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • P.J. Hairston will start against the Kings
    P.J. Hairston (quad) will start against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered his quad injury back on Nov. 15 and likely won't play a lot of minutes. Marvin Williams will play more minutes at power forward with Hairston back. Jeremy Lamb is slightly less appealing with Hairston back. Hairston has very little value. Monday, 2:25 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova will start
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will start against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes monitored today, so he'll be a risky player to use in DFS. Dellavedova only has short-term value this week. Jared Cunningham could also get more minutes tonight. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Mo Williams out, Matt Dellavedova will start
    Mo Williams (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Monday and Matthew Dellavedova will get the start.

    Advice: Williams has some inflammation in his ankle and he could miss more games going forward. He's still a decent stash, but he will undoubtedly lose value once Kyrie Irving (knee) returns. Dellavedova is not a particularly strong player to own in season-long leagues. Monday, 2:21 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Tuesday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play on Tuesday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He is improving and even took some contact in practice. We still don't have a timetable on Leonard, but he's likely out for this week. Coach Terry Stotts likes to play the matchups, so he might go big with Ed Davis like he did on Friday. There really isn't a fantasy pickup in most leagues here while Leonard is a decent stash if you can afford it. Monday, 1:17 pm
  • Nene (calf) misses practice on Monday
    Nene (left calf) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He just can't stay healthy and the Wizards will likely handle him very carefully. This means more minutes will go to Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden would likely play off the bench. Nene isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Monday, 12:56 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) doubtful for Tuesday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Faried apparently suffered the ankle injury on Friday, but he played through whatever injury he had during that game without any noticeable limp. Coach Mike Malone questioned his team's effort, so hopefully that isn't a factor here. Faried's owners should bench him while Darrell Arthur is worth a look in deep leagues. Nikola Jokic should be owned in all standard leagues. Monday, 12:01 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) doesn't practice Monday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) was unable to practice on Monday and will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mike Budenholzer didn't seem concerned about the injury after Splitter sustained it.. However, if Splitter is forced to miss more action, it will really just mean Al Horford spends a few extra minutes at center as opposed to any of the bench guys getting an extra boost. Mike Muscala would also get more run. Monday, 10:41 am
  • Mo Williams (leg/ankle) still doubtful Monday
    Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) remains doubtful to play on Monday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Williams was deemed doubtful on Saturday, and nothing has really changed over the last couple of days. Without the veteran available, it will be on Matthew Dellavedova and Jared Cunningham to step up at point guard. As a starter, Delly is averaging 9.5 points, 8.0 assists and a triple on 50 percent shooting. Monday, 9:11 am
  • Update: Dellavedova expected to play Monday
    Updating a previous item, Matthew Dellavedova (left ankle/leg) is expected to play on Monday.

    Advice: It's still not yet clear if Delly will start at point guard with Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) doubtful or if Jared Cunningham will get the nod after practicing with the starters on Monday morning, but it would be surprising if Dellavedova isn't with the starting group if he's feeling well enough to play. At less than 100 percent and staring at a potential timeshare, Delly's DFS ceiling isn't all that high. Monday, 9:05 am
  • Dellavedova has an unspecified ankle injury
    Matthew Dellavedova is "dealing with an ankle injury."

    Advice: It's not clear what type of injury Delly is currently dealing with, but he apparently hurt himself in Saturday's win over Atlanta, and we wonder how Kyle Korver feels about that development. Moving on, iff Dellavedova is forced to sit out, Jared Cunningham would be in line to draw the start at point guard. Unless David Blatt wants Cunningham to play major minutes, the Cavs are going to have to get creative at point guard with Mo Williams (leg) also doubtful to suit up. Monday, 8:22 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) a game-time call Monday
    Luol Deng (tightness in hamstring) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: After originally tweaking the hamstring in the third quarter vs. the Sixers, Deng was able to make it through shootaround despite getting treatment, so that's at least a good sign that the injury isn't serious. Still, the Heat are extremely cautious when treating injuries, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Deng sit out. If he does miss this one, rookie Justise Winslow could get the call since Miami will need his defense vs. Carmelo Anthony. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Andrew Bogut solid but plays only 18 minutes
    Andrew Bogut played well in 18 minutes on Sunday, posting eight points, six boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: Bogut has been a per-minute stud through 15 games, returning top-100 value in only 20.2 minutes per game. His upside is limited due to the playing time issues, but at least it reduces the likelihood of an injury. Sunday, 7:47 pm
  • Jae Crowder quiet in 26 minutes vs. Brooklyn
    Jae Crowder had a quiet game vs. the Nets, posting five points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: He was riding a five-game streak with double-digit scoring and has been buoying his fantasy value with 3-pointers and steals all season. Crowder was called for another offensive foul after kicking out his leg while shooting tonight, which is part of his usual shooting motion -- we'll see if he tweaks his form as a result. Sunday, 5:43 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn't seem too optimistic about his status prior to the game, so this isn't a huge surprise. Looking ahead, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers. Darrell Arthur will start next to Nikola Jokic in the frontocurt, while J.J. Hickson should see a few extra minutes as well. Sunday, 4:27 pm
  • Faried (ankle) will be a game-time decision
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that he was hoping to get a "few" minutes out of Faried tonight, so it sounds like he may not have a full workload if he is active. If Faried is unable to play we could see a lot more J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic, while Darrell Arthur could play more as well. Stay tuned. Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Marcus Smart (leg) out at least two weeks
    Marcus Smart will be sidelined for the at least the next "couple weeks" with a "subluxation of the proximal tibfib joint," and Avery Bradley will return to the starting five with Smart out.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said that Smart could be out even longer than the current two-week timeline, so we can expect to see a ton of Isaiah Thomas and Bradley moving forward. Evan Turner is also going to see a decent bump in minutes sans Smart, and Stevens also suggested that one of the Celtics younger guys is going to start playing more, so R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier could see their playing time rise to the low-teens. If there's a positive here, it's that Stevens said no surgery will be required for Smart as there is nothing structurally wrong, but this is a tough blow for the Celtics who are currently clinging to the seventh-seed out East. Sunday, 1:34 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) doesn't practice Sun
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Beat reporter Kent Youngblood said that Bjelica will be questionable "at best," for Monday's game against the 76ers, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll spend that game on the sidelines. With Bjelica out, there will be more minutes for Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne, with Muhammad offering the most upside. Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Sunday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: There is still no known timetable for his return, but there have been some positive reports recently and he was spotted getting up some shots earlier in the week. Leonard has said that he is game-to-game, so he should be stashed if you have an open roster spot. Al-Farouq Aminu should benefit on Sunday while Allen Crabbe will likely continue to get some decent minutes off the bench. Sunday, 10:42 am
  • Hairston (quad contusion) questionable Mon
    P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: After three consecutive games on the shelf, Hairston returned to practice on Sunday and is nearing a return to the court. He was starting at small forward prior to his ankle injury, but he still wasn't producing enough to warrant consideration in fantasy leagues. Leave him on the wire. Sunday, 9:46 am
  • Nemanja Bjelica hoping to practice Sunday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Saturday, but coach Sam Mitchell is hopeful that he will practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Bjelica wasn't able to play vs. the Pistons on Friday, but it sounds like he is day-to-day. The Wolves take on the 76ers on Monday, so hopefully Bjelica can break out of his recent slump if he can give it a go. The Serbian has talent, so be patient with him if you can. Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Tiago Splitter's hip injury isn't serious?
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer didn't seem to be too concerned about Tiago Splitter's hip injury.

    Advice: "His hip is giving him a little bit of problem so we’ll continue to evaluate him and see what it is going forward," Budenholzer said. It sounds like Splitter is day-to-day, but he does have some durability issues and the Hawks tend to be play it safe with their players. For now, we'll consider Splitter questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics. If he does miss time, expect Al Horford to spend more time at the five. Sunday, 7:46 am
  • Luol Deng plays 25 minutes
    Luol Deng scored 11 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's moved down pretty far on the totem pole and Justise Winslow is taking some of his minutes. Deng does not have enough upside to own in standard leagues right now with so many high-usage players on the Heat. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 16 points with 14 boards
    Clint Capela scored a career-high 16 points with 14 boards, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: Dwight Howard was rested on the second night of a back-to-back set, so Capela will return to the bench for Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies. As good as his performance was, Capela is only averaging 5.6 points and 5.0 boards when he comes off the bench, so he is basically just a handcuff for Howard at the moment. However, if Howard goes down at some point this season then owners will want to run to the waiver wire to scoop Capela up. Saturday, 8:55 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor blocked five times again
    Jahlil Okafor scored 16 points on 8-of-20 from the field against the Heat on Saturday for 16 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks.

    Advice: He was blocked five times tonight for the second straight game. Okafor has been blocked 34 times on the season, which accounts for 27.4 percent of his misses. His outstanding post game in college hasn't translated right away yet, but he's trending up at least. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Nene has a terrific game
    Nene made 9-of-10 from the field for 18 points against the Pistons on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five fouls in 22 minutes.

    Advice: That's a really nice effort out of Nene and he even showed some nice handles in the open court. He's hurt far too often to be added in standard leagues, though. Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova slows down in a win
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was very good once again and continues to exceed expectations. His body of work suggests he won't be this good on Monday, but feel free to give him a look with Mo Williams (ankle) doubtful for that one. Dellavedova only has short-term value in most cases. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Meyers Leonard's status is unclear for Sunday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lakers yet.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that he will play, but it certainly could be a sign that he is nearing a return. Leonard was starting to get it going before suffering the injury, so he's worth holding onto if you can afford to be a little patient. The Blazers have done a number of different things with their rotation in Leonard's absence, but Al-Farouq Aminu has benefited and Allen Crabbe has seen an uptick in minutes off the bench. Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points in a start against the Cavs on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks put him out there on LeBron James and he did a fine job. Sefolosha's added playing time probably won't last for long with Kent Bazemore (ankle) likely back in the next couple games. If he's out there on the wire, he should probably stay there. Saturday, 7:07 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) will not return Saturday
    Tiago Splitter (right hip pain) will not return to Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Splitter isn't known for his durability, so the Hawks will be cautious with him like the Spurs did with him in San Antonio last season. Splitter isn't a fantasy asset outside of deeper leagues anyways, and his absence will force Al Horford to log more minutes at the five. Saturday, 5:57 pm
  • Clint Capela will start on Saturday vs. NYK
    Clint Capela will start on Saturday vs. the Knicks with Dwight Howard (rest) unavailable.

    Advice: Howard still isn't cleared for back-to-back sets, but it sounds like that could change soon. Capela doesn't have much value when Howard is active, but owners should look his way in the future if Howard goes down at some point this season. Saturday, 4:51 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to start vs. LeBron
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This one has to be due to LeBron James, so the Hawks will get Sefolosha on him as much as they can. He's still not too involved in the offense, but should get enough minutes to be a viable fantasy option. Saturday, 3:09 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne out for Sunday night
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) will not play against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He is getting closer to a return and even tweeted that he should return at some point this week. With Lauvergne out, Nikola Jokic should get another chance to redeem himself for turning in one of the worst defensive performances of Friday night. The good news is the Nuggets should cut the rookie some slack since his mistakes are easy to correct. Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Kenneth Faried questionable to face GSW
    Kenneth Faried is questionable to play against the Warriors on Sunday due to a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: He was on the court for the final minutes of the game and didn't appear to be hurt whatsoever. The Nuggets should have an update on him at tomorrow's shootaround. Faried is playing a lot of five, so his absence would lead to more minutes for Nikola Jokic, Darrell Arthur and even Will Barton because the Nuggets will use a lot of stretch fours. Saturday, 12:15 pm
  • Smart (lower left leg) out at least two games
    Marcus Smart (lower left leg injury) will not play against the Nets on Sunday or against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Celtics originally called his injury a bruised left knee, but the severity of his left leg issue is still unknown. It's a little worrying that he isn't even traveling with the team, but we will consider him day-to-day until we get a firm update or timetable. It's possible that Avery Bradley will enter the starting lineup next to Isaiah Thomas, while Evan Turner figures to be more involved in the offense as well. Saturday, 10:10 am
  • Jahlil Okafor could play more power forward
    76ers head coach Brett Brown is considering giving Jahlil Okafor more time at power forward while playing Nerlens Noel at center more.

    Advice: "When you have this new group and you’re trying to let those two guys co-exist, there’s a lot of moving parts that we can learn from," Brown said. "It’s a challenge, but that’s my job." Brown would like to take advantage of Okafor's shooting touch from the elbow, and it's obvious that Noel is much better when he is closer to the basket. The 76ers staggered their minutes against Charlotte and they played just 11 minutes together in the loss, so we could see that trend continue moving forward. Saturday, 6:45 am
  • Kenneth Faried scores just four points
    Kenneth Faried scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes on Friday against the Suns during a 114-107 loss.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone put Faried out there at center to close the game in hopes he could defend the pick-and-roll better, but that didn't happen. Faried has found his way into the doghouse a number of times, so hopefully he's not going to get in there again. He'll have to deal with Draymond Green on Sunday, so he wouldn't be a DFS play anyway. Friday, 11:40 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 19 points w/ three steals
    Jae Crowder started on a tear during a win over the Nets on Friday, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's your league leader in steals and his offensive game is as good as ever right now. Crowder has scored in double-digit points for each of his last five, averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 treys. Crowder has third-round value on the season and obviously needs to be owned everywhere. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets a post-up lesson
    Jahlil Okafor made 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points with seven boards, two assists and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He's compared to Al Jefferson for his post-up style, but he was awful on both ends with Big Al blocking him five times. Okafor's minutes were staggered a bit more with Nerlens Noel moving to the bench and he might see less playing time while the 76ers figure out what to do. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value too much, though. Okafor is more of a late-round player and has 14th-round value on the season in standard leagues. Friday, 6:52 pm
  • Marcus Smart exits game with left knee injury
    Marcus Smart has been diagnosed with a bruised left knee, and he will not return to Friday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Smart limped to the locker room under his own power, but head coach Brad Stevens said that Smart will undergo an MRI on his knee, and we'll be awaiting the release of those results. We'll be considering Smart questionable for Sunday's rematch with the Nets, and if he's unable to play, Avery Bradley will likely return to the starting lineup, with Evan Turner seeing an uptick in minutes. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Lauvergne (back) says he expects to play Sun
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) tweeted out that he anticipates being able to return sometime this week.

    Advice: Lauvergne added that he has cleared all his medical exams, and there is nothing seriously wrong with his back. Lauvergne has already been ruled out for Friday's game, so his next opportunity to play will come Sunday vs. the Warriors. Players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their timelines, so we'll consider Lauvergne questionable for that one. Friday, 4:20 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out Friday vs. Detroit
    Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of a knee contusion for Bjelica, and it's currently unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined. Adreian Payne should pick up some extra minutes with Bjelica out, but he's not bringing enough to the stat sheet to warrant consideration in most leagues. Gorgui Dieng could also have some more opportunity for minutes tonight, but he'll remain an extremely risky DFS punt-play. For now, we'll be considering Bjelica day-to-day. Friday, 4:03 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha is good to go for Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will play against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his ankle on Wednesday following the back-to-back set, but he'll be out there. Sefolosha and the Hawks don't have another back-to-back until Tuesday and Wednesday. He should get close to 28-30 minutes on Saturday. Friday, 12:27 pm
  • Mo Williams (right ankle) out for Saturday
    Mo Williams (right ankle) will not play in Saturday's game against the Hawks due to posterior right ankle inflammation.

    Advice: He's also doubtful to play on Monday and the report added he's feeling continued soreness. Williams has taken a lot of time to get over injuries in the past, so inflammation showing up in the MRI suggests he could miss several games. Matthew Dellavedova should put up decent numbers in the next week and is worth a look if you need a point guard in the short term. Friday, 11:27 am
  • Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) out 10-14 days
    Timofey Mozgov suffered a straight right deltoid and will miss the next 10-14 days.

    Advice: He had an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. The Cavs probably won't be in a big rush to bring Mozgov back because they can just throw Tristan Thompson out there for more minutes. Thompson will be getting minutes in the mid 30s and should be a nightly double-double threat, making him worth a long look in standard league. If you don't want to wait two weeks for Mozzy, feel free to cut him. Friday, 11:22 am
  • P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) out Friday
    P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) will not play on Friday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Hairston might be able to return next week, but he doesn't have any fantasy value despite the fact that he was starting at small forward prior to the injury. Cody Zeller started in place of Hairston on Wednesday with Marvin Williams moving to the three, but Zeller is questionable with an ankle injury which could open the door for Frank Kaminsky. Friday, 8:18 am
  • Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) will have an MRI
    Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) will have an MRI on Friday.

    Advice: He's the second player to suffer a shoulder strain tonight and require an MRI (Rudy Gay). Mozgov obviously isn't nearly the caliber player of Gay, so it's not a bad idea to make a proactive drop and add Tristan Thompson since his upside would be higher than Mozzy's anyway. Thompson is worth a look in standard leagues if you need some boards. Thursday, 8:22 pm
  • Mo Williams (leg) questionable for Sat
    Mo Wililams (leg) will receive treatment and is questionable to play against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was ruled out just minutes before the game on Thursday. Williams would be a must-start player, but he's certainly been injury prone in his career. If he's out, Matthew Dellavedova will get a chance to build off his career high in assists from Thursday. Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) out for game
    Timofey Mozgov suffered a right shoulder strain and will not return.

    Advice: Tristan Thompson started the second half and would be looking at a big uptick in playing time. It's too soon to tell if Mozgov will miss time, but Thompson would be worth a speculative add for owners looking to add some boards. Mozzy finished with two points in 11 minutes. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Friday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We still do not know what his diagnosis is after an entire week since his injury. Leonard suffered a complete dislocation, but he's said he's only game-to-game. Besides Al-Farouq Aminu being a bigger part of the offense, it'll be tough to tell who steps up. It was Allen Crabbe on Wednesday with his 15 points, so he's the favorite right now. If you've stashed Leonard this long, you might as well wait. He could be out for a long time, though. Thursday, 5:06 pm
  • Mo Williams will not play on Thursday night
    Mo Williams (leg) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova will get the start tonight. Williams' right leg injury doesn't sound serious and he should be ready for the weekend. With Mo out, there should be more shots to go around to basically the entire team. Dellavedova should be decent, but his upside isn't too high. Thursday, 4:57 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) out Friday vs. PHX
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Friday will mark Lauvergne's tenth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he remains without a clear timetable to return. Joffrey doesn't offer very much upside at all, so he can be cut in just about all leagues. Nikola Jokic earned a season-high 32 minutes during Wednesday's game and busted loose for 23 points and 12 rebounds, so he's worth a speculative add in standard leagues. J.J. Hickson will also benefit sans Joffrey. Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 10 points
    Trey Burke scored 10 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes on Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: It took a while, but Burke is starting to trend down. He's failed to top 23 minutes in any of his previous three games now that the Jazz are getting healthy again. Burke is still hanging on to ninth-round value on the year, but the downward trend makes him a possible cut candidate if it's for a hot free agent. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Marcus Smart's offensive struggles continue
    Marcus Smart struggled offensively vs. the Mavericks, hitting 1-of-7 shots without any free throw attempts for two points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Dallas has been steady defensively all season, holding opponents to 99.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting, but this dud has more to do with Smart's shaky jumper. He's 2-of-18 from the field in Boston's past two games and his lone make tonight came from the nail. Fantasy owners have to take the good with the bad -- Smart is returning top-120 value despite shooting just 34.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the line. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Thabo scores just three points
    Thabo Sefolosha said his ankle was very tight following Wednesday's game, finishing with three points, three boards, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It was the second night of a back-to-back, so the Hawks may be resting him in those instances going forward. It was his worst game on the stat sheet since the opener. Sefolosha was taking an uncharacteristically high amount of shots in his previous three games, but he was back down to being the fifth option in the offense. He's only worth a look in 18-team leagues while Kent Bazemore (ankle) is out. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Meyers Leonard says he's game-to-game
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he's game-to-game for a return.

    Advice: This is so odd. Leonard suffered a complete dislocation of his left shoulder, but he's doing some controlled contact to strengthen hist shoulder. He's also doing some shooting and apparently may not be out for much longer. If you've stashed him for this long, you might as well keep doing it. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
  • Tiago Splitter will return to the bench Wed
    Tiago Splitter will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Splitter started on Tuesday, but only managed to get 12 minutes to go with two points, three boards and a block. He's not a fantasy option. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (back) out Wednesday vs. SA
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He might be able to play Friday vs. Phoenix, but there's not enough value here to warrant a stash in most leagues. J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic will continue to split his minutes. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Thabo and Korver are available
    Thabo Sefolosha and Kyle Korver are both available for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: It's the second game of a back-to-back set, but the Hawks seem a lot more comfortable using their veteran wings. Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • P.J. Hairston (quad) out Wednesday vs. BKN
    P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) will miss Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: This will be Hairston's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and head coach Steve Clifford implied on Tuesday that he could miss several more games, so he might not be back until November 23. With Hairston sidelined on Tuesday, Clifford gave Cody Zeller the start, but as usual Zeller failed to do anything significant during his 18 minutes of action. Frank Kaminsky could see some more minutes with Hairston out, but he too is ineffective at bringing meaningful numbers to the box score. Wednesday, 2:29 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays 17 minutes in start Tues
    Andrew Bogut moved back into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors and scored 13 points with six boards, two assists, one steal and one block in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut's minutes were limited because he had five fouls, but his playing time should settle somewhere in the mid-20s moving forward because the Warriors will want to keep him fresh for the postseason. Bogut has been playing really well, so he's worth owning in most leagues while he is this hot. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov scores 10 points
    Timofey Mozgov scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been kind of boring on the season in his 21.7 minutes per game. In his 11 games, Mozgov has averages of 8.5 points, 5.0 boards, 0.3 steals and 1.2 blocks. He's outside of the top 150 for value in standard leagues and doesn't have much upside going forward. Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Tiago Splitter experiment didn't go well, so Sefolsha may be the next man up in the starting lineup. Regardless, he's always had a low usage rate, so his ceiling won't be quite as high. If you're looking for some defensive stats and treys, give Thabo a look in 14-team leagues. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Tiago Splitter scores two points
    Tiago Splitter got the start at center on Tuesday with two points, three rebounds and one block in 12 minutes.

    Advice: With Kent Bazemore (ankle) out, the Hawks went big. Needless to say, Splitter getting in the starting lineup doesn't mean much for his value. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Andrew Bogut will start on Tuesday night
    Andrew Bogut will start on Tuesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: That'll move Festus Ezeli back to the bench. The two players should see similar playing time and it's more about the lineup combinations than anything. They kind of cancel each other out in standard leagues due to how often Bogut is hurt. Tuesday, 6:01 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for Wednesday
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This will be his fourth straight game on the shelf, but it should be noted that he was doing some shooting on Monday which suggests that his return isn't that far off. It makes sense to stash Leonard until we get a timetable for his return, especially if you have an IR spot available. Head coach Terry Stotts isn't afraid to shake up his lineups, so it's possible that Chris Kaman or Noah Vonleh could draw a start on Wednesday. Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha questionable for Wednesday
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer said he will see how Thabo Sefolosha does during Tuesday's game against the Nets before deciding on his availability for Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.

    Advice: Sefolosha has not yet played in back-to-back sets, but with Kent Bazemore (ankle) on the sidelines, the Hawks may need to rely on Thabo more than usual. He's more of a steals specialist in deep leagues than a DFS target. Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • P.J. Hairston (quad) could miss more games
    P.J. Hairston (quad) could miss several more games according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: He has already been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks with Marvin Williams drawing the start at small forward. Hairston couldn't emerge as a fantasy asset despite starting, so there is no reason for him to be owned in most leagues moving forward. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Tiago Splitter confirmed a starter for Tues
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Tiago Splitter will start Tuesday against the Nets.

    Advice: The Hawks will go with a jumbo lineup of Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Splitter with Jeff Teague (ankle) and Kent Bazemore (ankle) unavailable. Schroder is setup for a favorable matchup against the Nets, so he's worth a punt play in daily leagues. Splitter doesn't really stuff the stat sheet and Coach Bud implied that he won't play "starter's minutes," so he'll be a bit of a risky plug-and-play DFS option. Tuesday, 3:09 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie's minutes trending up?
    Spencer Dinwiddie could again see extended minutes during Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Dinwiddie went through Tuesday's shootaround as the backup point guard, and it looks like Stan Van Gundy is ready to give the second-year guard some increased opportunity with how badly Steve Blake has struggled this season. That being said, Dinwiddie is unlikely to exceed the 20-minute mark as a reserve, so there's no reason to give him a second thought in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 1:05 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (mouth) probable for Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor cut his tongue during Tuesday's practice, but the injury did not require stitches and he is probable to play Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: While the Sixers tend to be cautious with injuries, it would be shocking if a cut tongue forced Okafor to the sidelines. Owners can plan on having him active in what will be an uptempo matchup against the Pacers on Wednesday. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Andrew Bogut set to return to starting lineup
    Andrew Bogut will reportedly return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, sending Festus Ezeli back to the bench.

    Advice: The two big men in Golden State are essentially locked into a timeshare, so the starter designation is a bit trivial. Bogut's minutes will likely be kept in the low-20s, regardless of how he enters the game, but he's worth owning in standard leagues as a shot blocking (1.6) and rebounding (9.0) specialist who can offer above-average contributions to the assist category (2.8) from the center position. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Tiago Splitter listed as probable starter
    Tiago Splitter is listed as the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Nets with Kent Bazemore (ankle) and Jeff Teague (ankle) inactive.

    Advice: Tuesday's game notes have the Hawks rolling out a jumbo lineup of Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Splitter for their game against Brooklyn, and we'll get an official confirmation on the starters closer to tipoff. Splitter isn't really a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, so he's not a great DFS option despite the start. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor could need stitches in mouth
    Jahlil Okafor (mouth) could require stitches after getting hit in the mouth on Tuesday.

    Advice: Okafor was hit in the mouth during Tuesday's practice and could require stitches. It's unlikely he'll miss Wednesday's game against the Pacers, but we'll consider him day-to-day for now. Tuesday, 10:46 am
  • P.J. Hairston out Tuesday against Knicks
    P.J. Hairston (right quad contusion) will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Hairston will be replaced in the starting lineup by Marvin Williams at small forward and Cody Zeller will start at power forward on Tuesday. Jeremy Lamb (shoulder) and Jeremy Lin will also see an increase in minutes for as long as Hairston is out. Tuesday, 8:40 am
  • Marcus Smart says Celts focused on defense
    Marcus Smart said the Celtics are focused on making teams feel defeated by playing suffocating defense.

    Advice: The Celtics have been frustrating opponents with their defense this season and Smart said that's exactly the plan. "We can feel [opposing teams are defeated], and that’s what we’re trying to do," Smart told reporters after Monday's win. "Once we get on a roll like that in the defensive end, we lock down. We want teams to feel defeated. We want to keep our foot on the gas pedal and keep going." Smart's defense is ahead of his offense, but he's still worth holding in standard leagues due to his upside. Tuesday, 6:49 am
  • Andrew Bogut not worried about starting
    Andrew Bogut said he's not worried about whether or not he starts.

    Advice: Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said Bogut could move to the starting lineup on Tuesday, but the big man said his role is of no concern to him. "Look, we're winning," Bogut said. "We're 11-0. Like I've said from the start, I've been starting my whole career, but I understand I missed (six) games there, and we won all of them." Starting or not, the Warriors are likely to limit Bogut's minutes to the low 20s so he's no more than a flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Clint Capela returns to the bench
    Clint Capela returned to the bench on Monday against the Celtics and finished with five points, seven boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The youngster does have talent and his game is growing a lot quicker than expected, but his minutes will be limited to the teens when Dwight Howard is active. The Rockets have a back-to-back set which starts on Friday against Memphis, so Capela should get a chance to draw a start this week. Monday, 9:34 pm
  • Chris Kaman plays 20 minutes in start
    Chris Kaman made his second start of the season on Monday with two points and four rebounds.

    Advice: It's hard to believe he's getting so many minutes at power forward. Kaman did not play at all on Sunday and played 24 minutes on Friday in his first start of the year. He can't be trusted in almost any league. Monday, 9:21 pm
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