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  • Derrick Favors scores 22 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 22 points against the Clippers during a 102-92 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: While he didn't have his best defensive game with one-on-one defense, Favors lit it up with his shooting line of 10-of-15 from the field. He has seen exceptional growth as a shooter and isn't just a guy who can score from within three feet anymore. He has second-round value on the season and most signs point to him maintaining that value. Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 40 pts on 18-of-23 FGs
    Blake Griffin was brilliant on Wednesday, scoring 40 points on 18-of-23 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin sank 9-of-12 shots between 10-22 feet from the hoop tonight, and with his passing and ball-handling abilities it essentially made him unguardable. The Clippers lost anyway and they don't have much to be thankful for in terms of their on-court success -- after four straight wins to open the season, they've now lost eight of their past 11 games. Blake has the fifth-highest PER in the league at 27.3, trailing only LeBron, Durant, Westbrook and Curry, yet his team has a sub-.500 record. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • Wes Johnson, Stephenson, Pierce all scoreless
    Wes Johnson was invisible despite starting on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Any positivity from Johnson's prior start was erased tonight and Doc Rivers is still searching for answers. The Clippers three options at small forward -- Johnson, Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce -- combined for zero points on 0-of-5 shooting. Unless one of them demands the lion's share of minutes, all three are persona non grata in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles
    Rudy Gobert made all four shots from the field for 10 points against the Clippers on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Believe it or not, this was just his second double-double of the season. On the bright side, he's come back very strong as a scorer since returning from injury five games ago, averaging 9.2 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 blocks on 72.7 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the line. His patient owners should be feeling a lot better. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Neto has a good game vs. CP3
    Raul Neto had one of his best games of the season against the Clippers on Wednesday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Trey Burke (back) suffered an injury tonight, so there were more minutes up for grabs. Neto has meshed pretty well with the other starters, but he's still going to lose point guard minutes to Alec Burks. Neto moves into the conversation for 20-team leagues while Burke is out. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points
    Jeff Green kept it going on Wednesday against the Rockets with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: It was a great matchup for him as the Rockets played right into his hands with some small-ball lineups. Green might be playing the best ball of his life right now and he's likely earned a consistent role even when Zach Randolph gets back. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 19 points on nine FGAs
    Mike Conley scored 19 points on 7-of-9 from the field against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: That buy-low window is closed with a dead-bolt lock, laser security system, and a retinal scan identification on it now. Conley has been a fantasy star in his last six, averaging 20.7 points, 2.3 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.2 treys on 54.9 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the line. He won't be this good once Zach Randolph is back, but Conley is definitely capable of being a top-10 fantasy point guard. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • James Harden scores 40 points in loss
    James Harden scored 40 points on 12-of-19 from the field during a 102-93 home loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made all 11 shots from the line to give him an outstanding 83.9 true shooting percentage. Whether it has to do with Ty Lawson or not, Harden is clearly trending up in his last four, averaging 32.8 points, 6.5 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.3 treys on 45.8 percent from the field and 95.5 percent from the line. If you weathered the storm of the slow start, you can go outside now and feel good about Harden as a top-five player with massive nightly upside. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets 18 & 8 with three steals
    Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Shane Larkin excels w/ Jack in foul trouble
    Shane Larkin had 10 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes vs. OKC on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jarrett Jack was in foul trouble, which shifted more playing time to Larkin, who came in averaging 17.5 minutes per game. He's been solid when given extended opportunities, but is restricted to deep-league appeal while Jack is healthy. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant feasts early w/ 30 pts vs. Nets
    Kevin Durant torched the Nets for 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, making five 3-pointers with six boards, five assists and three blocks.

    Advice: Rondae-Hollis Jefferson was tasked with defending the four-time scoring champ, and it didn't go too well. "I seen fresh meat and I was ready to eat. And I was hungry," Durant said. "He's a really, really active defender though, I really like him. Long, athletic. But I seen something in his eyes that I could exploit." Clearly, Durant didn't have any setbacks when returning from his hamstring injury on Monday. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Enes Kanter plays season-low 15 minutes
    Enes Kanter played a season-low 15 minutes vs. the Nets, scoring six points (2-of-5 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with nine rebounds and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: He's scored six points in each game since Kevin Durant's return on Monday, and his minutes continue to be squeezed by a frontcourt rotation that includes Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison. Kanter is a late-round value with minimal upside as long as he's logging 16-24 minutes a night. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't do much in 40 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: It's a quiet stat line, but at least Howard played 40 minutes. He is cleared for back-to-back sets now and should start to put up better stats going forward. Of course, the chances of him missing games are very high. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia mired in fouls, struggles Wed
    Zaza Pachulia got into early foul trouble vs. the Spurs and he never got on track, finishing with only four points and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Pachulia had zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks tonight, in what was easily his worst performance of the season. JaVale McGee played 16 minutes off the bench but that was more the result of Pachulia's struggles, not the cause of them. This dud broke a streak of four consecutive double-doubles for Zaza, who will look to redeem himself vs. Denver on Saturday. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Devin Harris scores 11 points in return
    Devin Harris returned on Wednesday with 11 points, three boards and two turnovers before fouling out in 16 minutes vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-5 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and even played as a makeshift SF vs. Kawhi Leonard for stretches since Chandler Parsons (rest) was unavailable. He gets kudos for taking on that challenge, but remains a non-factor in all but the deepest fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Wes Johnson starting again on Wednesday
    Wes Johnson will start on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers wouldn't commit to it, but it makes the most sense. Expect Wes to not take many shots while playing minutes in the mid 20s. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Devin Harris (rest) back for Wednesday
    Devin Harris is playing on Wednesday.

    Advice: He should have his normal minutes and perhaps even more with Chandler Parsons (rest) out tonight. Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Kevin Durant working on quicker release
    Kevin Durant said he's working on a quicker release for his jumper.

    Advice: He's also one of the hardest players to block and has been blocked just twice outside of three feet this season -- he was blocked just four times on those shots last season, too. Durant is sneakily putting up a ridiculously efficient season with a 65.5 true shooting percentage and a 29.7 usage rate. He's almost a lock to be a top-three player in standard leagues and just needs to stay healthy. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (tailbone) will play on Wednesday
    Rudy Gobert (bruised tailbone) will play Wednesday against the Clippers, as expected.

    Advice: Gobert was never really in any danger of missing tonight's game, but now we have official confirmation that he will be in the starting lineup. Make sure you have him active. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Rivers won't commit to Johnson as starter
    Despite the fact that the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with Wes Johnson as the starting small forward, Doc Rivers would not commit to keeping him in the starting five long-term.

    Advice: "That lineup is a lineup that I'm going to keep moving, depending on guys," Rivers said. "I like Wes the most because of his size and his ability to shoot, but there's nights where you play a great offensive player at that spot and we may go with a defensive guy. We're going to just keep moving it around." Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Johnson are going to continue subbing in-and-out of the starting five for the foreseeable future, making it tough to own any of these guys in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Dwight Howard cleared for back-to-back sets
    Dwight Howard has been cleared for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: After spending half the season on the sidelines last year, Howard has looked revitalized this season and he's currently putting up second-round value (punting free throws) in 9-cat and 8-cat leagues behind averages of 13.8 points, 13.6 boards and 2.0 blocks per game on 62.5 percent shooting. However, it's worth noting that Dwight said his minutes will likely be kept in the 20-25 minute range during his first back-to-back set on Sunday vs. the Knicks and Monday vs. the Pistons. Clint Capela's value will take a substantial hit with D12 no longer sitting back-to-back sets. Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Wes Johnson scores 11 points in start Tues
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points in a start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding two boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few extra minutes if he didn't get into foul trouble, but it was an encouraging game for Johnson and it's possible that he could stick in the starting lineup. Paul Pierce hasn't been playing well and Lance Stephenson is still Lance Stephenson, so feel free to take a flier on Johnson if you're in a deep league. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Mike Conley goes for 21 & 6 in easy win
    Mike Conley had 21 points, six assists and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: Conley's season got off to a slow start, but he's rolling now, averaging 21 points, 6.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. Hopefully you stuck with him. Center Marc Gasol also double-doubled with 15 points, 10 boards and two blocks in the win. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 19 points in win over Mavs
    Jeff Green hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Mavs.

    Advice: After scoring 20-plus points in two straight games, Green had scored a total of just 13 points in his last two games, despite the absence of Zach Randolph (knee). He looked good tonight and is worth owning in all leagues as long as he's starting at SF for the Grizzlies. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles again for Mavs
    Zaza Pachulia had 13 points and 10 rebounds on 2-of-6 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: That makes four straight double-doubles for Zaza, who is averaging 11.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. He's been a pleasant surprise at center this season, despite the lack of blocks. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Wes Johnson will start, Paul Pierce to bench
    Wes Johnson will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with Paul Pierce moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Clippers haven't gotten a lot of production out of Pierce or Lance Stephenson, so it will be interesting to see if Johnson can build some momentum. Johnson's minutes will still be relatively low with the starters, so owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Devin Harris (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    Devin Harris (rest) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He isn't dealing with an injury and this is just a scheduled rest day, but he probably wasn't owned in most leagues anyways. Harris is averaging 22.4 minutes per game this season, so expect J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton to see a few more minutes on Tuesday. Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • Kevin Durant feels good after return Monday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) said he felt good after his return Monday night.

    Advice: Durant scored 27 points with six rebounds, one assist, four steal, one block, and three treys in his first game after a six-game absence and felt no worse for the wear. "Felt good, got a little winded playing up in Utah. Forgot about the altitude," Durant said. "But after that first couple minutes, felt good." More importantly, he was able to play 30 minutes and should be started in all fantasy lineups as long as he's healthy. Tuesday, 6:48 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 11 with seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Considering the game was basically over at halftime, Favors' owners should be thrilled that he still played 30 minutes and turned in a decent line. Rudy Gobert went down with a tailbone contusion, but he should be fine moving forward and both players will need to be on top of their game for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Rudy Gobert suffers a tailbone contusion
    Rudy Gobert suffered a tailbone contusion in Monday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with 10 points, five boards, one steal and five turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert went to the locker room for a few moments, but he never returned to the game even though he was probable to return. However, the game was an absolute blowout, so the Jazz probably just kept him on the bench as a precaution. We'll put Gobert on the injury report to be safe, but he should be ready to go against the Clippers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores six points on Monday
    Enes Kanter scored just six points against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: He did add five boards and one assist, but you would expect him to play with a little more passion given his history in Utah. Kanter's role in the offense will decline now that Kevin Durant is back, so he will be tough to rely on moving forward. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Kevin Durant doesn't skip a beat, scores 27
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned from a six-game absence on Monday vs. the Jazz, scoring 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting with six boards, one assist, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He looked phenomenal tonight and confirmed before the game that his hamstring is 100 percent. Durant didn't have any playing time restrictions, but the Thunder had a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter which allowed them to rest their superstar. KD was the second best player in fantasy on a per-game basis before his injury and he has picked up right where he left off, so his owners should be feeling pretty pumped right now. He'll get the Nets on Wednesday. Monday, 9:20 pm
  • Gobert (tailbone) probable to return Monday
    Rudy Gobert has a tailbone contusion and is probable to return to Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder are currently destroying the Jazz with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, so Utah may leave him on the bench. The good news is that Gobert is fine and is simply dealing with a bruise. Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (back) goes to locker room
    Rudy Gobert took a knee to his lower back in Monday's game vs. the Thunder and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was in a little bit of pain, but it didn't look too serious and he is likely just getting a little bit of treatment in the locker room. Stay tuned. Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Monday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Durant hasn't played since Nov. 10 against the Wizards, but his hamstring has progressed really well and he won't have any playing time restrictions tonight. Additionally, an MRI taken a few days ago came back negative. He has been the second best player in fantasy on a per-game basis, so plug him back into your lineups with confidence. Russell Westbrook's numbers won't be quiet as impressive with KD back in the mix, while Dion Waiters' inevitable move to the bench will be a buzzkill for his value as well. Monday, 4:30 pm
  • Kevin Durant warming up, still questionable
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) is warming up for Monday against the Jazz and remains questionable.

    Advice: How he feels in warmups will dictate if he can play. Durant has been out for almost two weeks from his hamstring strain after he was expected to miss 7-10 days. If he's back, that means less output from Enes Kanter, Russell Westbrook and Dion Waiters. If you're in a weekly league, you'll probably want to use KD in almost any case. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles w/ three blocks
    Zaza Pachulia piled up 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, one steal, three blocks and five turnovers as the Mavs fell in Oklahoma City, 114-117.

    Advice: The blocks are a rarity, setting a new season high, which makes this an excellent all-around line despite the turnovers. JaVale McGee returned to action with eight points and six boards in 11 minutes tonight, giving Rick Carlisle some flexibility at center -- we'll keep an eye on his role over the next few weeks, but Zaza should be fine. Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores season-low nine points
    Blake Griffin had one of the worst games of his career during Sunday's loss to the Raptors, scoring a season-low nine points to go with just six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers through 29 foul plagued minutes.

    Advice: Blake hasn't been held to single digits in the scoring department (while playing at least 25 minutes) since April 17 of 2013, so to say today's performance was unusual would be quite the understatement. The Clippers looked out of sorts through a majority of the game, and foul trouble was the main culprit to Griffin's less-than-satisfactory performance. Look for him to bounce-back in a big way on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Sunday, 4:01 pm
  • Kevin Durant 'moving in a good direction'
    OKC head coach Billy Donovan said that Kevin Durant is "moving in a good direction," with regards to his hamstring injury.

    Advice: Durant will remain sidelined for Sunday's game against the Mavericks, but it sounds like he's getting close to a return, so we'll consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Jazz. Dion Waiters will be starting with Durant on the sidelines, but it's Russell Westbrook who will be the true primary beneficiary in KD's absence. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) will not play Sunday
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) will not play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: This will be his sixth consecutive game on the shelf, but we've heard several different reports that indicated that he getting closer. In fact, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman expects Durant to either return on Monday vs. the Jazz or Wednesday vs. the Nets. With KD on the shelf for Sunday's game, expect Russell Westbrook to flirt with a triple-double against the Mavs. Sunday, 9:19 am
  • Howard could play in back-to-backs soon
    The Rockets will evaluate Dwight Howard this week to determine if he can play in back-to-back sets.

    Advice: Howard has rested in one game of every back-to-back set this season, but it sounds like the Rockets are willing to clear him which makes a lot of sense considering they are off to a 5-9 start. The Rockets' next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 29 against the Knicks, but we should know more about his status for those games a little later in the week. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 10 dimes
    James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 10 assists, seven boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Harden was shooting 37.8 percent from the field coming into the game, but to be fair his teammates haven't exactly stepped up around him. Ty Lawson has been terrible, but the return of Patrick Beverley (ankle) next week could help stabilize things in Houston and take some of the pressure off Harden on the defensive end. Despite the Rockets falling to a 5-9 start, Harden is still managing to return first-round value and he hasn't even hit his stride yet. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Jeff Green (head) returns to game Saturday
    Jeff Green (head) returned to Saturday's game against the Spurs after briefly going to the locker room.

    Advice: Green collided with Tony Allen and was visibly shaken up, but it's very encouraging to see him back in the game so quickly. He finished with six points, seven rebounds one assist and one steal in 28 minutes. Saturday, 7:10 pm
  • Jeff Green (head) leaves game on Saturday
    Jeff Green (head) left Saturday's game against the Spurs after colliding with Tony Allen and his return is uncertain.

    Advice: It was a head-to-head collision and Green looked like he was in a lot of pain, so we'd be surprised if he was able to return. He will likely be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, so we should have another update momentarily. Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Dwight Howard (rest) will not play Saturday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: There was a small chance that Howard was going to play tonight, but it looks like they will continue to err on the side of caution in back-to-back sets. Clint Capela will draw the start and is an intriguing option in daily leagues. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Dwight Howard could play on Saturday
    Dwight Howard could play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: It would be his first time playing in both halves of a back-to-back set. Howard looked great in his last few game and he will have three days off after today. There should be another update in about an hour. Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant upgraded to questionable
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Durant is going to play against his team. We still haven't seen much out of Durant in practice, so we'd consider him on the bad side of the questionable tag. If he can play, that would hurt the opportunity for Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters. Russell Westbrook won't be quite as good either. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Conley will weigh his options in free agency
    Mike Conley said that he will "weigh his options" as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: "It’s easy to feel obligated; it’s easy to want to stay," Conley said. "This is where I’ve had my whole career. At the same time I understand this is a business. I have to weigh my options just like [Marc Gasol] did. Hopefully it will be an easy decision, whatever it is." Conley will have plenty of suitors on the open market, but the Grizzlies will do everything in their power to convince him to stay. Conley has been on fire over his last three games with averages of 22.7 points, 7.0 assists, 3.7 3-pointers and 2.3 steals per game, and his fantasy outlook is great considering he is playing for a new deal. Saturday, 7:04 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 21 in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points against the Blazers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He tweaked his left knee and made it back on the court only about five minutes later in real time, so he's fine. Griffin continues to put up massive stats, averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 boards, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on the season. He's putting up first-round value. Saturday, 12:36 am
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles with full line
    Zaza Pachulia put forth a solid effort during Friday's win over the Jazz, tallying 15 points (6-of-11 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 12 boards, four assists, two steals and just one turnover through 39 minutes.

    Advice: Zaza has been better than expected as Dallas' starting center, and he's currently pulling down a career-high 10.0 rebounds per game to go with averages of 10.6 points, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per contest on 47.1 percent shooting from the field and 78.9 percent from the line. While Zaza's numbers don't exactly jump off the page, he's currently putting up mid-round value in standard leagues due to the fact that he doesn't hurt you in any one category, and he's worth swooping up in standard leagues for those seeking a low-end center. Friday, 11:58 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 pts w/ seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is currently hitting career-highs in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.1) to go with solid averages of 16.0 points and 1.5 blocks on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. That translates to second-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and third-round value in 8-cat formats, and with absolutely no one behind him to challenge him for playing time there's no reason to believe he can't keep this up. Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 12 rebounds in loss to DAL
    Rudy Gobert put up eight points on 2-of-4 shooting (4-of-5 FTs) during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and one turnover through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert hasn't been a major part of Utah's offense this season (13.6 usage rate), so it'll be tough for him to average double figure numbers in the scoring department. However, he's still putting up early-round value (if punting free throws) behind averages of 11.0 rebounds (career-high), 2.0 assists (career-high) and a whopping 3.2 blocks (career-high) per game on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He has zero competition for playing time, and he could realistically get better as we progress through the 2015-16 season. Enjoy the ride. Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Jeff Green scores just seven points in start
    Jeff Green couldn't keep the hot streak going during Friday's win over Houston, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting to go with six boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals and one block through 29 minutes.

    Advice: Green is consistently inconsistent, which is a great hindrance to his fantasy value. He was rolling up to this point, averaging 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 three-pointer and 1.3 steals over his last three, but those numbers obviously weren't sustainable. He's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues, but with a lengthy history of inconsistency, he's not a great option in standard formats. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Enes Kanter double-doubles
    Enes Kanter double-doubled against the Knicks on Friday with 11 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to keep eating as long as Kevin Durant (hamstring) is out. Durant is getting a little closer to a return, so Kanter's fantasy owners may want ti prepare for a decrease in production soon. Until then, he should be in all fantasy lineups. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 26 points w/ three steals
    Mike Conley kept his foot on the gas pedal during Friday's win over Houston, compiling 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go with five assists, three boards, three 3-pointers, three steals and two turnovers over 34 minutes.

    Advice: Conley has been en fuego over the past three games, owning averages of 22.7 points, 7.0 assists, 3.7 three-pointers and 2.3 steals per game on 56.8 percent shooting from the field. Look for him to keep his momentum going into Saturday with a favorable matchup against the Spurs. Friday, 9:26 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles w/ two blocks
    Dwight Howard double-doubled during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, tallying 12 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 15 boards, three assists, two blocks and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the horrific free throw shooting (55.6 percent) and high turnover rate (3.1), Howard is still putting up sixth-round value on a per-game basis in standard 9-cat leagues, and his value jumps to the fourth-round when turnovers are removed in the 8-cat format. He's currently averaging the most rebounds he ever has while wearing a Rockets jersey (13.4), and he's connecting on a career-high 61.3 percent of his shot attempts. After making it through just 41 games last season, Dwight looks revitalized, and he'll be a must-start guy every time he's on the floor. Friday, 8:29 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points with full line
    James Harden scored 22 points during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and six turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Harden is currently hitting career-highs in points (28.8), rebounds (6.2) and unfortunately turnovers (4.8), but he's still producing at a top-8 level in 9-cat leagues. If you take away the turnovers, Harden jumps to No. 3 overall, and we're not worried about the fact that he's currently shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field (career 44.1 percent shooter). The coaching change in Houston has had zero affect on Harden's value. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Griffin tweaks left knee, returns to game
    Blake Griffin left Friday's game against Portland after tweaking his left knee, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Crisis avoided, you can see the knee tweak in the link below. It didn't look serious. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles
    Thaddeus Young double-doubled against the Celtics during a 120-95 loss on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws. Young in starting to pick it up as a scorer and rebounder, posting fourth-round value on the year. If he can start making free throws better than his 60.9 percent on the year, he could remain a top-50 player all season. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. MEM
    Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets are heading into a back-to-back set and will play against the Knicks on Saturday, so Howard isn't expected to play in that one. Howard's scoring has been down as he has combined for just 12 points in his last two games, but he is showing signs of improvements in other areas and is worth starting for his production in boards, blocks and FG percentage. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 27, falls apart late
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Warriors in Thursday.

    Advice: He was on his way to a massive game, but only had one point in the fourth quarter. Griffin was just swallowed up by Draymond Green late in this game and was careless at times. Bad quarter aside, he's still putting up massive numbers all season and is currently the No. 7 player per game in standard leagues. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Kevin Durant (hamstring) out Friday vs. NYK
    Kevin Durant (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Durant has been ramping up his activity during recent practices, and he was spotted going through some full court sprints and defensive drills during Thursday's practice, so Sunday vs. the Mavericks seems like a reasonable return date. As for Friday's game, Russell Westbrook will draw an extremely favorable matchup against Jose Calderon of the Knicks, so an eye popping triple-double seems like a reasonable expectation for the stat magnet. Thursday, 2:49 pm
  • James Harden focusing on improving defense
    James Harden said he's focused on improving his defense.

    Advice: While Harden exploded for 45 points on Wednesday, he also said he needs to focus more on his defense. "That's probably one of the reasons why the [team] energy has been so low," Harden said. "Making shots or missing shots, I've got to bring my game." With a new head coach in Houston, Harden's fantasy owners have to hope this is the start of a hot streak for The Beard. Thursday, 6:34 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 93-89 win

    Advice: He made 7-of-9 from the field to raise his field goal percentage to 52.9 percent. Favors has 47.8 percent of his shots come at the rim and he's knocking down a tidy 67.7 percent of those. In other words, this outstanding start of putting up top-15 value looks like it's for real. If you're looking to sell high, you'll want to get a top-25 player back in return. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • James Harden scores 45 with 11 assists in win
    James Harden dominated during a 108-103 overtime win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 45 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-29 from the field, 19-of-20 from the line and turned the ball over five times for his 37.4 usage rate in all that playing time. Harden still didn't even have much success around the basket and made just 4-of-15 from 3, so this line could have been even better. Obviously, if the Rockets want to win games, they'll want to give the ball to Harden as much as possible. Perhaps the worst is over for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Dwight Howard grabs 19 boards
    Dwight Howard grabbed 19 rebounds against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding seven points, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's a season-high for minutes, but his playing time is clearly trending up. Howard has been cleaning the glass in his last five with 15.6 boards per game, adding averages of 12.8 points, 2.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 0.4 steals. He will likely be resting here and there, but at least the production is coming around. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Enes Kanter posts 24 & 14 in win vs. Pelicans
    Enes Kanter thumped the Pelicans offensively on Wednesday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-15 field goals and 8-of-12 free throws.

    Advice: He also grabbed 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, a welcome sight since he once again failed to record any defensive stats. Despite playing just over 20 minutes per game in a backup role, Kanter's offense and rebounding is potent enough to warrant a spot on your fantasy roster. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles in road win
    Zaza Pachulia piled up 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one block to help Dallas earn their fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dallas has had a relatively lenient schedule to begin the season, but they've cashed in with an 8-4 record. That's currently good enough for third in the Western Conference, behind the pristine Warriors and Division-rival Spurs. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Shane Larkin hands out six dimes in road loss
    Shane Larkin dished out six assists to go along with six points and one steal in 20 minutes vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a career-high-tying eight dimes on opening night but has been quiet ever since, and we're not reading into tonight's solid performance. He's not worth owning while averaging 15-18 minutes behind Jarrett Jack. Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Thaddeus Young stays hot, scores 27 points
    Thaddeus Young's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Young's inexplicably lacking playing time to begin the season is no longer an issue, as he's averaged 35.0 minutes in Brooklyn's past three games. In addition to excellent points, rebounds, steals and FG percentage, Thad is even surprising owners with 9-of-10 FT shooting during that span. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Rudy Gobert says ankle close to 100 percent
    Rudy Gobert said that his sprained left ankle is "pretty much" back to being 100 percent.

    Advice: "I still feel it a little bit, but I can move well, I can jump well, so I’m good," said Gobert. Rudy returned to action on Sunday, putting up 11 points, 11 boards and three blocks through 38 minutes of playing time, so it doesn't look like the ankle will be much of an issue at all moving forward. Make sure you have him active for a favorable matchup with the Raptors on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:50 am
  • Thaddeus Young drops 16 and 11 with 5 steals
    Thaddeus Young scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, five steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also hit two clutch free throws to take the lead with one second left. Young also took a bad fall on that play and was a little shaken up, but he appears to be fine. Young's big game in the steals department gives him more attractive season averages of 14.7 points, 8.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.9 turnovers on 52.8 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the line. He is turning in fifth-round value on the season and has a pretty good chance to stay in that neighborhood. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Shane Larkin scores 14 in 14 minutes
    Shane Larkin scored 14 points in 14 minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: His minutes have just been hanging around 20 as he backs up Jarrett Jack. Larkin has clearly pulled ahead for the backup point guard job, so he would likely be worth a look if Jack needed to miss time. He's only a handcuff in 20-team leagues. Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • James Harden scores 16 points in loss
    James Harden scored just 16 points in Monday's loss to the Celtics, adding three assists, one board and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Harden was careless with the ball and turned it over four times and he wasn't overly aggressive either with just 10 shot attempts on the night. The Rockets as a whole have been pretty terrible this season, but Harden should eventually get it going and it's way too early to be concerned. The Rockets will take on the Blazers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 22 points vs. OKC
    Mike Conley made 8-of-13 from the field for 22 points during a 122-114 win over the Thunder on Monday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He disappeared earlier this month, but Conley has really picked it up in his last two. He had his most efficient game today and it was just his second game without a turnover on the season. The buy-low window is closing quickly for a potential top-10 fantasy point guard. Monday, 9:17 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores just five points in loss
    Dwight Howard returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Celtics, but he was held to just five points on 2-of-4 shooting with 12 boards, three assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He also had a couple turnovers and hit just 1-of-2 attempts from the charity stripe. Howard hasn't even cracked the top-100 for standard-league value when you factor in games played, so it certainly won't help if he continues to sit out back-to-back sets. Looking ahead, the Rockets will have another back-to-back set in which they will play the Grizzlies on Friday and the Knicks on Saturday. Monday, 9:17 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points vs. OKC
    Jeff Green had a nice revenge game against the Thunder on Monday with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: After a goose egg on Nov. 11, Green has really picked it up. In his last three, he's averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys. He's also played at least 30 minutes in all of those games. Green isn't really a high-upside guy, so he's not a terrific grab. That said, if you want to grab him and see if he can keep it going, it's not a bad idea. Monday, 9:13 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 16 points.
    Enes Kanter scored 16 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He's not getting much playing time with less than 20 minutes in each of his last three. Kanter not putting up numbers without Kevin Durant (hamstring) in the lineup is very discouraging. He hasn't really done much since the opener and his owners should be looking for other options in standard leagues right now. Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia scores just two points
    Zaza Pachulia scored two points with six boards, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He had his best game on Saturday, but he continues to be outplayed by Dwight Powell. Pachulia won't be losing his starting job because Powell is valuable in the four and five spots off the bench. Additionally, Zaza had a bad game on the defensive end. Pachulia is a low-end player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Dwight Howard (rest) starting on Monday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will start on Monday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He sat out on Saturday against the Mavericks because it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he will see his normal workload tonight and his owners can go ahead and activate him. Clint Capela will return to the bench. Looking ahead, the next back-to-back set for Houston begins on Friday vs. Memphis. Monday, 4:50 pm
  • Joerger praises Jeff Green after Sunday start
    Coach Dave Joerger praised Jeff Green's play in Sunday's win over the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Green had 21 points on 7-of-12 from the floor, including 6-of-6 from the foul line, to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a triple in 35 minutes as the starter. "We were aggressive going to the paint, which was good. Once we got in the paint, we didn’t settle and Jeff Green was big with that," Joerger said. The head coach said he wanted "some more size" in a matchup vs. Andrew Wiggins, so Green could be ticketed back to the bench as soon as Monday vs. his former Thunder team. Monday, 7:06 am
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