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  • Nik Stauskas diagnosed with knee contusion
    An MRI revealed nothing more than a left knee contusion for Nik Stauskas, and the 76ers are currently listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: A knee contusion typically isn't a lengthy absence, but given the way the 76ers tend to handle injuries, we're going to consider Stauskas doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Celtics. Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington will benefit sans Sauce Castillo. 48 minutes ago
  • Paul George studied the game when he was out
    Paul George stated during a recent interview that he feels he's better now than he was before his gruesome leg injury.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m better. I think a year away from the game, you learn, you grow, regardless if I was on the court or not," George said. "You just get a chance to really observe and be a student of the game, at that point when you’re sitting out. So I think that was the little bit that I needed, the push that I needed. I worked hard that summer going into the season. Granted I got hurt, but I feel like that year away was what I needed to just learn." Paul George is currently putting up first-round value on the season, and there's no reason to believe he can't keep it up. 51 minutes ago
  • Mithc McGary (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: McGary's been a negligible part of the rotation for the Thunder this season, so there won't be much fantasy fallout if he's unable to give it a go. Today, 12:15 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) practices on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley is on track to play Wednesday, although interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Jason Terry will still be the starting point guard upon Beverley's return. JET as the starting point is not a trend that's likely to continue once Beverley is fully up to speed, but this is very bad news for Ty Lawson owners as his minutes will head even further south with Patrick active. Beverley won't score a lot of points, but he should be able to do enough with steals and 3-pointers to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues. Today, 12:13 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Wed
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Aldridge has missed the Spurs previous two game with the ankle injury, and while it's been Davis West starting sans Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard has been the true beneficiary with his usage rate climbing to 28.8 with LaMarcus on the sidelines. We'll likely get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, and if LMA isn't able to give it a go, Kawhi would be worth a look in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Wizards. Today, 11:24 am
  • Cody Zeller returned to action on Monday November 23. Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • T.J. Warren scores 16 off bench
    T.J. Warren made 7-of-15 from the field for 16 points against the Spurs on Monday with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He had a terrific game and had a career high in field goal attempts. Warren is usually depending on his guards to get him the ball, but he was able to score on his own -- a big part of his game at Summer League. Warren's upside isn't quite worth keeping on a standard-league roster and he'll likely need P.J. Tucker to miss time to gain enough value to be added. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic gets run again
    Mirza Teletovic played 23 minutes off the bench on Monday with nine points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Suns went with a Mirza and Markieff Morris frontcourt for a big chunk of this game. Teletovic is earning more playing time, but he probably won't be getting 20 minutes when the Suns play a close game. He's a 16-team guy right now with upside. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • P.J. Tucker goes scoreless in loss
    P.J. Tucker missed all five shots from the field and didn't score against the Spurs on Monday, adding two rebounds, one assist and three steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He was supposed to stop Kawhi Leonard, but that didn't happen. Tucker had a slight limp in the first half, but he was able to play through it. With T.J. Warren playing well, it's going to be tough for Tucker to remain consistent. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Khris Middleton has efficient night in win
    Khris Middleton made 5-of-7 from the field for 16 points against the Pistons on Monday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's one of two very efficient games on the season for Middleton. He isn't getting a ton of shots in the offense and hasn't hit more than two treys in any of his last five games, averaging 12.8 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 treys. Middleton's arrow is pointing up, though. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams finally has nice game
    Michael Carter-Williams made 6-of-10 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block in 26 minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: It was his best game of the season. Carter-Williams only had one shot from beyond 10 feet tonight, which is a good formula for success. His owners will be hoping for more games like this one. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 19 in blowout loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Monday's blowout loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: He also added four assists, three boards, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. After a sluggish start to the season, Hayward has now put together three straight solid performances and he should be able to build off that momentum. It shouldn't be long before he is returning mid-round value again, so he is a nice buy-low target. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova is a ghost, goes scoreless
    Ersan Ilyasova missed all seven shots from the field against the Bucks on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Ghostface Ilya was more ghost than anything tonight. He continues one of the bumpiest rides of any player this season with alternating good and bad games in his last seven. Here's his scoring output in his last seven with the most recent game first: Zero, 18, six, 20, six, 20 and eight. He's worth holding in standard leagues, but we certainly don't blame you if you don't want to deal with his roller coaster anymore. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Mitch McGary twists his ankle on Monday
    Mitch McGary twisted his ankle in Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was getting a few minutes of action in garbage time, so it's tough to see him suffer an injury in a blowout win. McGary was in a lot of pain and could be looking at some time on the shelf, but he wasn't on the fantasy radar anyways because he has been buried on the bench. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Jose Calderon takes a step back in loss
    Jose Calderon scored four points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He's not going to be a guy who lights up the box score, but Calderon should have some decent value as long as he's getting 30 minutes. He's been over 30 minutes in each of his last four games and did have multiple treys in his previous three. He's worth a look in standard leagues while he's healthy. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Cody Zeller scores 12 points
    Cody Zeller scored 12 points in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He played center in overtime over Al Jefferson. There is no word of an injury with Jefferson and maybe coach Steve Clifford just wanted to give Zeller a look with Big Al not looking like himself. Zeller is only a pickup in 16-team leagues. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Nerlens Noel struggles in loss on Monday
    Nerlens Noel was quiet in Monday's loss to the Wolves, scoring seven points with five boards, one block and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Noel certainly isn't living up to his offseason hype and it seems like it would take a miracle for him to justify his ADP. He has really struggled alongside Jahlil Okafor and the coaching staff is making an effort to stagger their minutes a little better. Noel's owners are probably pretty disappointed at this point, so it makes sense to buy low. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) will have an MRI Tuesday
    Nik Stauskas (left knee pain) will have an MRI on Tuesday.

    Advice: He wasn't able to play in the second half of Monday's game vs. the Wolves after he complained about some soreness, and he didn't look quite right with just one shot attempt on the night. Isaiah Canaan started the second half on Sunday, while Robert Covington would also benefit if Stauskas needs to miss time. For what it's worth, Stauskas wouldn't reveal if he thought he had any ligament damage, so it certainly sounds like it's possible that he could be looking at an extended absence. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (left knee pain) will not return
    Nik Stauskas (left knee pain) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Stauskas missed his only shot attempt of the night and complained about his knee at halftime, so Isaiah Canaan started the second half. Stauskas has struggled all season long despite having the green light from deep and virtually no competition for minutes, but owners in deep leagues may want to wait until we get a firm update before making any changes. Yesterday, 6:32 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) out for Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his second game out after playing through an ankle injury from Friday. With Aldridge out, West should get the start and play minutes in the mid-20s, but his usage rate will be tiny in the first unit. Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner should also help out. Kawhi Leonard could have a big game tonight. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Cody Zeller will play on Monday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) will play on Monday and come off the bench.

    Advice: That means there should be less minutes for a suddenly improving Frank Kaminsky. Zeller is likely looking at minutes close to 20 while Kaminsky is a much riskier play in DFS now. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Pat Beverley up in the air for Wednesday
    Pat Beverley (ankle) will go through practice on Tuesday and coach B.J. Bickerstaff said "we'll see" regarding his status for Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets rested Beverley on Monday after they gave him extra work on Sunday. Beverley will likely be in the starting lineup and should find minutes in the mid 20s. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) doesn't practice Monday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was on track to practice today, so perhaps he won't be able to play on Wednesday. Beverley is likely going to start for the Rockets and he could have value in 14-team leagues off the bat. If you need steals or treys, give him a look. Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge remains questionable Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left ankle sprain) is still considered questionable for Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: "He looked OK," teammate Danny Green said. The only real update we have to go off of is that Aldridge was practicing free throws when practice opened to the media, and there is nothing to take away from that. Considering the Suns were the other team seriously in the running for LMA's services before he signed in San Antonio, Aldridge should have plenty of motivation to try and take the floor. If he's held out, veteran David West would likely draw another start, but Kyle Anderson, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw would all help fill the void off the bench. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • T.J. Warren hits three 3-pointers off bench
    T.J. Warren got hot from downtown vs. the Pelicans, scoring nine points with three 3-pointers and two rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: He had four 3-pointers all season prior to this outburst, which came against a New Orleans defense that has allowed opponents to shoot a league-high 40.1 percent from deep this year. Warren has been solid offensively all season, shooting 52.1 percent from the field, but he's chipping in a mere 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks. He's a deep-league option until the supporting stats increase. Sunday, 6:06 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (mild left ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: If Aldridge is again unable to go on Monday, it'll likely be David West drawing the start with Boris Diaw having some increased opportunity for playing time. Kawhi Leonard logged 40 minutes on Saturday with LaMarcus unavailable, so he could again see heavy minutes on Monday, and he'd be worth considering in DFS with an uptempo matchup against Phoenix. Sunday, 2:41 pm
  • Teletovic says he's getting his groove back
    Following Friday's 15-point game against the Nuggets, Mirza Teletovic told reporters that he feels he's "getting back in the basketball groove."

    Advice: "It’s just like getting the rhythm of something different. You can’t practice that," said Teletovic. "You’ve got to play to get in game shape. The last three or four games really helped me out and gave me my confidence and I’m getting back in the basketball groove." Teletovic helped the Suns overcome a 28-point deficit on Friday, and he's been playing well lately averaging 10.8 points, 5.3 boards and 2.8 three-pointers over his past four games. He's worth a look in deep leagues for those seeking a 3-point specialist. Sunday, 12:23 pm
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) questionable for Monday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Zeller was able to go through practice on Sunday, so it's possible that he will be a game-time decision. Frank Kaminsky has been playing well for the Hornets off the bench, and he could see some nice playing time if Zeller sits again. To be clear, Zeller is only worth owning in very deep leagues. Sunday, 9:46 am
  • Pop: LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is day-to-day
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated on Saturday that LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Aldridge didn't suit up against the Grizzlies on Saturday after playing through his ankle sprain on Friday vs. the Pelicans, and he admitted that he was having trouble moving around in that game. "I tried to play through it, but I was a bit of a liability on the defensive side," Aldridge said. "I couldn’t move laterally." The Spurs play the Suns on Monday, so Aldridge should be considered questionable for that contest. If he can't go, David West could potentially draw another start. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Nerlens Noel has a bad game in start
    Nerlens Noel moved back into the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat with 10 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: He just hasn't been good in the starting lineup. Noel is down to just 20.9 percent on shots from beyond three feet and it has to do with Jahlil Okafor. Before tonight, Noel had a 41.5 true shooting percentage (TS%) next to Okafor, but he's better off not next to him at a 48.5 TS%. He should adapt and improve on his 15th-round value on the season. Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • Calderon scores 11 points with seven dimes
    Jose Calderon scored 11 points with seven assists and three 3-pointers and one steal in 33 minutes in Saturday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: After his starting spot was threatened after a horrible start to the season, Calderon has picked it up recently and is part of the reason why the Knicks have won four straight. He has played 30 or more minutes in his last three games, but he is also averaging just six field attempts in that span. He doesn't have much upside, but give him a look if you're desperate for a point guard. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 18 points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored 18 points against the Wizards on Saturday with five rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a roller coaster for Ilyasova all season. Here is his scoring output for his last six with tonight starting it off: 18, six, 20, six, 20, and 8. Ghostface Ilya will be a wildflower, but his fantasy owners can just hang in there. Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • Paul George scores 20 points in win vs. Bucks
    Paul George made 7-of-16 from the field for 20 points during a 123-86 win over the Bucks on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's his ninth-consecutive game with at least 20 points and he's also made at least three 3-pointers in four straight. George is locked-in as a 3-pointer shooter on the season, making 42.7 percent from deep. He's not getting into the paint quite as much, but his fantasy owners won't care as long as his shot keeps dropping. George looks like he was worth the risk for his aggressive fantasy owners. Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Khris Middleton still in slump
    Khris Middleton scored eight points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Pacers on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Bucks just aren't using him correctly right now. Before tonight, only 40.4 percent of his plays have been spot-up or off-screen plays, which should probably be over 50 after his breakout 2014-15. Whatever the case, expect Middleton to adapt to his SG role and improve on his current eight-round value on the season. Saturday, 6:25 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams is struggling again
    Michael Carter-Williams scored seven points with three rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in a 123-86 loss to the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: In the last three games, Carter-Williams has eight assists to go with 11 turnovers. He's also made just 2-of-7 from the line, doesn't have any steals and is only averaging 9.3 points per game in that span. He won't be this bad, but MCW is regressing as opponents figure him out in the vanilla Bucks offense. Saturday, 6:23 pm
  • Update: Noel starting, Covington off bench
    Nerlens Noel started Saturday's game against the Heat in place of Robert Covington.

    Advice: Noel was expected to come off the bench, but head coach Brett Brown will go back to a frontcourt featuring Noel next to Jahlil Okafor. We'll let you know how he does after the game. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Nerlens Noel coming off the bench again Sat
    Nerlens Noel will come off the bench again for Saturday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: The 76ers are trying to separate Noel's minutes from Jahlil Okafor's a little more because their chemistry hasn't been great and it obviously hurts the 76ers' floor spacing, so this isn't a huge surprise. Noel played well off the bench on Friday with 16 points with nine rebounds in 27 minutes, so his owners shouldn't be concerned. Saturday, 4:47 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) out vs. Memphis
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He played through his ankle sprain from Friday and it is going to cost him tonight. Aldridge shouldn't be out for too long and should be considered questionable to face the Suns on Monday. As for tonight, David West has only played 8.6 percent of his minutes next to LMA and Diaw at 41.7 percent next to LMA. On the downside, West does only have a 13.4 usage rate next to Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, and Matt Bonner could be in the mix for minutes too. In other words, DFS owners shouldn't be too aggressive in capitalizing here outside of using Kawhi Leonard. Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) targeting Wednesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is on track to practice on Monday and is targeting Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies for his return.

    Advice: Beverley suffered the ankle injury on Nov. 13 and hasn't played since, so this great news for the Rockets. Ty Lawson was recently demoted to the bench because of poor play and Jason Terry has been running the point in the first unit, but Beverley could very well be starting when he gets back. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • T.J. Warren play just 11 minutes in return
    T.J. Warren returned from a one-game absence on Friday with no points and two assists in 11 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns focused on the 3-pointer tonight, which isn't Warren's forte. He should be looking at more minutes going forward, but his upside isn't quite high enough to own in standard leagues. Friday, 11:57 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic gets late minutes
    Mirza Teletovic scored 15 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: The Suns destroyed the Nuggets from deep and Mirza was responsible for some of the damage with 9.4 minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Jeff Hornacek was probably using him more in a matchup than anything else, so he's not a strong pickup with Markieff Morris back. Friday, 11:55 pm
  • Gordon Hayward's 22 points not enough for UTA
    Gordon Hayward scored 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting (4-of-6 from the line) during Friday's loss to Dallas, adding seven boards, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward has been struggling mightily to put the ball through the hoop this season, connecting on a career-worst 39.5 percent of his shot attempts, so it's nice to see him finally have a game shooting well over 50 percent from the field. His usage rate has dipped a bit this year to 23.9, down from the 26.1 usage rate he posted last season, and that can probably be directly linked to Alec Burks return to the court. He's probably not going to be quite as good as he was last season, but with a mid-round floor, he makes for a very nice buy-low candidate. Friday, 11:09 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores six points
    Ersan Ilyasova played just 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with six points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Even though this line isn't too bad, it seems like Ghostface Ilya's minutes are tied directly to how well Stanley Johnson plays. Johnson had a good game tonight, so Ilyasova saw his playing time take a dive. He's been very inconsistent in the past five seasons, but he's still worth owning unless there's a hot free agent out there. Friday, 8:41 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) questionable Sat
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that his left ankle is tender, and he will have to see how it feels tomorrow before determining his status for Saturday's matchup with the Grizzlies.

    Advice: LaMarcus briefly left Friday's game against the Pelicans after twisting his left ankle, but he played through the injury, finishing the game with 20 points, 11 boards, two assists and a block through 32 minutes. While the injury doesn't seem very serious, the Spurs have a ton of depth at power forward and tend to be cautious with their stars and injuries, so it wouldn't be shocking to see LaMarcus sit out Saturday's game. If he is out, David West would have an opportunity to start with Boris Diaw seeing a nice uptick in minutes. Check back for another update on LaMarcus following Saturday morning's shootaround. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Nerlens Noel looks better off the bench
    Nerlens Noel came off the bench on Friday against the Hornets, making 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Before tonight, Noel played next to Jahlil Okafor for 21.0 minutes per game, but that number dropped to just 11.3 in this one. As you might expect, he made all seven attempts at the rim and missed both from beyond three feet, which has been a problem all season. If he stays on the bench, it's not a bad thing. Friday, 6:48 pm
  • Nik Stauskas scores 15 points, turning around
    Nik Stauskas scored 15 points against the Hornets with two rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 5-o-12 field and is finally snapping out of it. Stauskas is getting the open looks and plenty of them, but he hasn't been able to knock them down. He still hasn't done enough to raise the demand to be added in standard leagues just yet, but certainly give him a look if you need the treys. Friday, 6:41 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) returns to game
    LaMarcus Aldridge has returned to the game.

    Advice: He may have some swelling, but this is obviously a great sign. We'll let you know how he fares and look for some post-game comments. Friday, 5:51 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) returns to game
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left ankle) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Aldridge briefly left the game after twisting his ankle, but the fact that he's playing through it would indicate that he should be fine moving forward. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Friday, 5:50 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable to return
    LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a left ankle injury and is questionable to return.

    Advice: Aldridge's left leg got twisted as he was getting ready to go after a board and he tweaked his ankle. Aldridge is a little bit on the fragile side, so hopefully he's OK. If he's out, Davis West and Boris Diaw should benefit most. We'll have an update shortly. Friday, 5:20 pm
  • Covington starts at PF, Noel to bench
    Robert Covington will start at power forward and Nerlens Noel will move to the bench.

    Advice: As mentioned about an hour ago, Noel was been a complete disaster at power forward because he's useless as a scorer from beyond three feet. Now, coach Brett Brown can stagger his minutes with Jahlil Okafor. This is a good thing for Noel. Friday, 4:00 pm
  • Nerlens Noel could play the five?
    Coach Brett Brown said he's considering moving Nerlens Noel to the five and Jahlil Okafor to the four.

    Advice: It makes sense to a degree, but it probably won't help Okafor. Noel has a putrid 42.8 true shooting percentage on the year, which is dead last among all forwards and centers with at least 10 starts this season. He is shooting just 21.3 percent outside of three feet, so this change would be good for him. Friday, 2:41 pm
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) out, Lin starting at SG
    Cody Zeller (ankle) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Hornets will go small against the 76ers and put Jeremy Lin at shooting guard. Zeller had a minor ankle tweak on Wednesday and played just 14 minutes. Frank Kaminsky had a decent game on Wednesday with 11 points and could get minutes in the 20s again. He's obviously a very risky play. Friday, 2:25 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) still out for Friday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets will have to go with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson at the point guard spot for a little longer. Beverley has no timetable to return and isn't worth stashing due to a lower upside. Friday, 11:20 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee, wrist) will play Friday
    Nerlens Noel (knee, wrist) will play vs. the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown recently revealed that Noel has been dealing with "some knee problems with some tendinitis," but it's a good sign if they are going to let him play through it. The 76ers will be cautious with him if the issue lingers, so keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward. Friday, 8:22 am
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Zeller was pretty bad in a start against the Nets on Wednesday as he went scoreless in 14 minutes of action, but to be fair he has been dealing with an ankle strain for a while now. Marvin Williams will be forced to play heavy minutes if Zeller can't go, while Frank Kaminsky should see more playing time as well. Friday, 8:14 am
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points
    Khris Middleton didn't make any 3-pointers during a 115-100 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 15 points with one rebound, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Every other player in the starting five is pretty much useless as a scorer with a jumper from beyond 16 feet, so Middleton really needs to start heating up. He still has a nice buy-low window and the return of Jabari Parker shouldn't hurt him much. Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores just nine
    Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-11 from the field for nine points with one rebound, five assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Those are some uninspiring numbers right there from a guy who usually has a very high usage rate. Carter-Williams' numbers are down almost across the board and it's a pretty easy case to make that Greivis Vasquez is a better fit with the rest of the starting five. He's only putting up 11th-round value per game on the year and isn't much of a buy-low player in standard leagues. He's a decent buy-low in points formats at the right price. Thursday, 8:45 pm
  • T.J. Warren (illness) will play on Friday
    T.J. Warren (illness) will return from a one-game absence for Friday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Warren back in action, P.J. Tucker's minutes will return to the mid-20s which isn't enough time for him to produce statistics worthy of ownership in standard leagues. Warren was rolling before missing Wednesday's game, averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 boards and 1.3 steals on 63.3 percent shooting over his last four, so he's worth a look in deep leagues. Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • P.J. Tucker notches season-high 20 points
    P.J. Tucker scored a season-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting vs. the Bulls, knocking down one 3-pointer with seven rebounds in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker has been a steady top-100 play over the past two seasons, but quite frankly he's a boring guy to own. He's averaging only 24.5 minutes this season, down five minutes from last year, which is enough to bump him out of standard-league contention. We'll let you know if his minutes stay high in the Suns' next few games. Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has another sub-par game
    Gordon Hayward made 6-of-15 from the field for 17 points against the Raptors on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's stuck in a season-long slump, making just 39.5 percent from the field. Hayward is getting to the rim a ton with 44.1 percent of his shot total coming in the paint and he's made just 2-of-12 of his corner treys on the year, which both indicate his awful shooting is a fluke. While his upside is nowhere near what it was last year due to all his help, he's still a nice buy-low player. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Cody Zeller starts, goes scoreless Wednesday
    Cody Zeller got another start on Wednesday but went scoreless with five rebounds, one block and no other stats in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He struggled to defend Thaddeus Young, resulting in some quick foul trouble, and quickly ceded his minutes to Frank Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes. There's no reason to own Zeller outside of the deepest leagues, even though P.J. Hairston (ankle) reportedly isn't close to returning. Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Paul George gets 34 pts w/ five 3s, four stls
    Paul George continued his scorching play in Wednesday's blowout road win, scoring 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting with five 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

    Advice: He lit up the Sixers' soft defense all night, but the quality of competition has hardly mattered lately -- he's averaging 28.4 points and 3.6 triples in his past five games, including tilts against the Bulls, Wolves and Celtics. Everyone who burned a top-20 pick on PG should be thrilled with the decision. Wednesday, 7:05 pm
  • Nerlens Noel has knee 'problems', tendinitis
    Nerlens Noel has been dealing with "some knee problems with some tendinitis," according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: We'll consider Noel questionable for Friday's game in Charlotte, and a few days of rest might do him good. He started on Wednesday but had only two points, three rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 24 minutes. He's made just 39.8 percent of his shots and even air-balled a jumper tonight, showing zero offensive chemistry with the starting unit. We should have an update on Noel's health after Thursday's shootaround. Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • T.J. Warren out for Wednesday night
    T.J. Warren (illness) will not play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: That would mean more minutes would go to P.J. Tucker. Archie Goodwin has also played a handful of three, so he'll be looking at more minutes, too. Warren was playing really well, so this is a tough blow for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • Nerlens Noel moved back to starting lineup
    Nerlens Noel moved back into the starting lineup against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pacers went big to surprise the 76ers an hour ago, so the 76ers changed from their plan of starting Robert Covington. We'll see if the 76ers try to stagger Noel's minutes with Jahlil Okafor. Wednesday, 4:10 pm
  • T.J. Warren (illness) questionable Wednesday
    T.J. Warren (illness) was not present during Wednesday morning's shootaround, and he is questionable to play vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: If Warren is forced to sit out Wednesday's game, P.J. Tucker's minutes would likely climb to the 30s, and he'd be someone to consider deploying as a punt play in DFS. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:41 am
  • P.J. Tucker not concerned with the statistics
    P.J. Tucker said he's not concerned with what he brings to the box score.

    Advice: "For me, it’s not points, rebounds, anything that’s in the box score," Tucker said. "It’s getting the 50-50 balls, it’s getting all the hustle plays. It’s being able to help your teammate, making a team take the shots we want them to take. It’s those things that lead to wins." Tucker was a sneaky mid-round asset last year due to his ability to bring a bit of everything to the stat sheet, but with the development of T.J. Warren his role and minutes have diminished, rendering him a non-option in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:44 am
  • Kidd wants MCW to focus on setting guys up
    Jason Kidd said that Michael Carter-Williams' primary responsibility is to set guys up on offense.

    Advice: "We have quite a few guys who can put the ball in the basket so for him, it's being able to set the floor and get his guys shots," said Kidd when describing MCW's responsibilities. "Then being able to look for his shot, I don't want to say last, but being able to get guys going." MCW is currently averaging 13.3 points, 4.0 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.7 turnovers per game on a career-high 43.8 percent shooting from the field. In 8-cat leagues MCW is putting up mid-round value, but when you include turnovers (9-cat) his value drops to the eighth-round. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • MIL had to choose between Middleton & Knight
    Jason Kidd said that the Bucks were forced to choose between Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight last season as both players were in a contract year.

    Advice: "I wouldn't say we gave up a lot," Kidd said regarding sending away Knight in a trade that netted them Michael Carter-Williams. "He [Knight] was having a great season, and he's having a great season this year. But it wasn't we gave up Brandon. We had a decision to make between our backcourt." The Bucks weren't interested in giving Knight a max contract, and sending him away gave them enough cap space to sign Greg Monroe during free agency. While Knight has gotten off to a hot start, Middleton has struggled with averages of 13.9 points, 1.9 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game on 37.5 percent shooting. He's a decent buy low candidate. Wednesday, 7:08 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 20 points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ghostface Ilya has either had the stroke of death or has been hot like one of Apollo's kids. He's scored 20 points in two of his last three with a six-point stinker in between. The good news is that he's played 29 minutes in each of those three, so he appears to be safe right now. He's worth a look in all leagues as long as you're OK with the inconsistency. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
  • Jose Calderon gets 31 minutes
    Jose Calderon played 31 minutes against the Hornets on Tuesday with eight points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's just the second time all season he's played 30 minutes in a game. Calderon hasn't taken more than six shots from the field in any of his last three and he's also failed to top three assists either. If you're hunting for upside, Calderon probably isn't your man in a standard league. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Zeller doesn't do much in start
    Cody Zeller played 18 minutes in the starting lineup on Tuesday with six points, five boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He only played six minutes in the first half, but played a little more with Marvin Williams being ejected for a flagrant two. Zeller may continue to start while P.J. Hairston (quad) is out, but he has very little fantasy value. Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • MCW doesn't have any assists
    Michael Carter-Williams didn't have any assists during a 115-86 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday, adding 12 points, one rebound, two 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: No assists? Carter-Williams' assists are down while his turnovers are up this year, but he's shooting the ball better with career-highs 43.8 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the line. His shot distribution is a little better with more shots near the basket, so he has a decent chance to maintain that shooting percentage. MCW only has eighth-round value per-game and isn't really a buy-low player either. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 14 points
    Khris Middleton scored 14 points with two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was in a really bad slump this month before this one, making just 36.8 percent from the field in his previous eight games. Specifically, Middleton has been awful on his two-point shots this month, making just 34.8 percent of those. He's starting to trend up a bit. Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • Cody Zeller will start at PF vs Knicks Tues
    Cody Zeller will start against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: With P.J. Hairston out, Zeller will start alongside Marvin Williams on Tuesday. While Zeller is worth a look as a punt option in daily leagues, he's not producing enough to warrant a spot on standard league fantasy rosters. Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • T.J. Warren scores career-high 19 points
    T.J. Warren scored a career-high 19 points against the Lakers on Monday, adding four rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the field with nine of his shots coming in the paint. The Suns haven't really played him or P.J. Tucker at the four sans Markieff Morris and they split the minutes at the three tonight. Warren has been remarkably efficient in his last four with a 23.3 usage rate and a 69.8 true shooting percentage, averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 boards, 1.0 steals and 0.3 blocks. His upside isn't quite strong enough to grab in standard leagues, but he's certainly worth a look. Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores 11 points off bench
    Mirza Teletovic scored 11 points in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Suns are playing really well without Markieff Morris (knee) and Teletovic being a stretch four is helping Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight get great shots. Morris shouldn't be out for much longer, so there's little incentive to adding Mirza. Monday, 10:24 pm
  • Paul George scores 26 points in 39 minutes
    Paul George scored a game-high 26 points during a 96-95 loss to the Bulls on Monday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was blocked on the last possession by Jimmy Butler. George has scored at least 26 points in each of his last six games and he's also putting up nine boards, five dimes and three treys per game this month. George may not like analytics, but his numbers have been terrific this season. Monday, 8:39 pm
  • Weak Sauce: Nik Stauskas is scoreless again
    Nik Stauskas missed all four shots from the field and did not score in 16 minutes against the Mavs on Monday, adding two rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: That's back-to-back scoreless games from Sauce Castillo. The team said Sauce would get the green light for this game, but he was benched for the final 19:56 of this game. If you haven't dropped Stauskas yet, you are a very patient fantasy owner. Monday, 6:39 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) out of walking boot
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is out of his walking boot and still has no timetable to return.

    Advice: That's good news for Beverley, but he still might miss the entire week. Ty Lawson has been a disaster so far this year and he'll get more minutes again this week. Beverley isn't worth owning in most leagues. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Stauskas still has the green light
    Nik Stauskas still has the green light from the coaching staff.

    Advice: It should probably be a blinking yellow light after his 0-of-6 from Saturday. Stauskas isn't a must-own player and he probably deserves to be on benches for those who want to wait for him to get out of this slump. Monday, 2:27 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) out again on Monday
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Beverley was expected to be evaluated over the weekend, but we still don't know the exact severity of his injury and the Rockets aren't putting a timetable on his return. Without Beverley available, the Rockets will lean a little more on James Harden and Ty Lawson while hoping Jason Terry can give something in limited run off of the bench. Nov 16, 8:51 am
  • Paul George: 'I'm not a fan of analytics'
    When recently discussing his mid-range game, Paul George said he was "not a fan of analytics."

    Advice: "The greatest player to ever play this game was a midrange jump shooter in Michael Jordan," George said. "At that time no one had nothing to say. It’s about what’s best for that player and what’s the skill set of that player. We have a lot of guys who are more than capable at shooting well from the midrange." We understand George's thought process, but his interpretation is flawed. It's OK—he's still a fantasy stud, so we'll forgive him. Nov 16, 7:24 am
  • Nik Stauskas will start vs. Mavs on Monday
    Nik Stauskas will start at shooting guard vs. the Mavs on Monday despite being benched to begin the second half of Saturday's game.

    Advice: Brett Brown confirmed that he won't give up on Stauskas despite his awful start to the season -- he's shooting 33.0 percent from the field, and 28.1 percent from deep. "It just feels like you keep missing, keep missing," Stauskas said. "A lot of times all you need is two or three to go in in a row ... But I feel like every one I make, I end up missing the next three." If you haven't cut him yet, at least bench him until he gets going. Nov 15, 11:44 pm
  • Gordon Hayward quiet again w/ seven points
    Gordon Hayward had another quiet game on Sunday with seven points (3-of-9 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: Earlier this season, Hayward chalked up his struggles to a simple lack of rhythm. Utah's pace was just as slow last year, and Hayward's usage rate of 24.9 percent is similar to last year, so it seems like a matter of time before he gets on track. His owners have every right to be frustrated, but selling at this low-point is not advisable. Nov 15, 5:42 pm
  • Cody Zeller (ankle) returns to action Sunday
    Cody Zeller (ankle) returned to action on Sunday with one point, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 0-of-4 from the field in 21 minutes, but his return was welcome news for the Hornets' bench, which ranks sixth in the league with 41.3 points per game. Zeller's game isn't very fantasy-friendly and he's worth a roster spot outside of very deep leagues. Nov 15, 4:50 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams returned to action on Saturday November 14. Nov 15, 12:22 am
  • Mirza Teletovic gets 29 minutes
    Mirza Teletovic played 29 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday with 11 points, nine boards, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did only score six points in the first half, but his 14 minutes in the first half tonight were second among big men (Tyson Chandler had 18). With Markieff Morris (knee) having a good chance to play on Monday, Teletovic isn't a great add. Nov 14, 9:58 pm
  • MCW has a nice 17-point game
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cavs didn't really defend him well and closed out way too hard on his jumpers. Carter-Williams didn't seem slowed down from the muscle issue in his ankle and should be fine going forward. He's more of a points league guy than in standard leagues. Nov 14, 9:31 pm
  • Sauce on the Side: Stauskas moves to bench
    Nik Stauskas came off the bench to start the second half on Saturday and failed to score, adding two turnovers.

    Advice: Yeah, that's it. He missed all six shots from the field in his 18 minutes of action. Stauskas made just 9-of-40 (22.5 percent) from the field in his last four, so obviously coach Brett Brown is getting pretty sick of it. If you drop him in standard leagues, there's very little chance someone picks him up. Maybe he turns it around, but Sauce has squandered his massive opportunity to this point. Nov 14, 8:21 pm
  • Carter-Williams (ankle) will start Saturday
    Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) will start on Saturday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: After five straight games on the shelf MCW returned to practice on Friday and head coach Jason Kidd confirmed that his ankle is doing better. His return will send Tyler Ennis back to the bench while Jerryd Bayless will lose some playing time as well. MCW was actually dealing with an illness in the morning, but he clearly wants to get out there and his owners will have to deploy him at their own risk. Nov 14, 3:52 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) is out Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) will not play on Saturday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Rockets aren't going to put a timetable on his return which means he could be out for a while. Ty Lawson and James Harden will play all the minutes they can handle with Jason Terry helping out off the bench. Feel free to hold onto Beverley if you are in a very deep league until we get some more clarity on the situation. Nov 14, 3:36 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores season-high 20 points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 20 points against the Clippers on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He started out 4-of-4 from the field in this game and cooled off a bit after that. Ilyasova's 29 minutes tonight were his most since Nov. 3 and he just had 17 minutes in each of his last two games. He will probably be closer to 20 minutes most nights. Unless he was already on your short list for pickups, you'll probably want to see him do it again on Sunday against the Lakers. Nov 14, 3:31 pm
  • Beverley (ankle) will be evaluated Saturday
    Patrick Beverley will be re-examined on Saturday to determine the severity of his ankle injury.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative after Beverley left Friday's game against the Nuggets, but he did leave the arena with crutches and was also wearing a walking boot. At this point it looks incredibly doubtful that Beverley will play against the Mavericks on Saturday. If that's the case, expect James Harden and Ty Lawson to play a ton of minutes with Jason Terry getting a few minutes off the bench. Nov 14, 8:08 am
  • Nik Stauskas having some shooting issues
    Nik Stauskas made 4-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line for 11 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Fantasy owners can live with the sub-par shooting from the field, but 1-of-4 from the line? Sauce is mired in a slump over his last three, making just 9-of-34 (26.5 percent) from the field. He does have five steals and five 3-pointers in that span, so he's at least giving his owners something. If you're not OK with a bumpy ride, Sauce may not be for you. Nov 14, 12:01 am
  • Beverley (ankle) leaves arena on crutches
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) was spotted leaving the Nuggets' arena on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on what the Rockets are calling a sprained ankle for Beverley, and he's expected to undergo further testing in Houston on Saturday. For now, we'll be considering Beverley extremely doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Mavs, meaning that Ty Lawson and James Harden are going to be asked to log heavy minutes in a favorable matchup with Dallas. Nov 13, 9:30 pm
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