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    • Raymond Felton (ankle) debuts w/ zero stats
      Raymond Felton (ankle) was on the Mavericks' active list for the first time all season on Sunday, but he failed to record any statistics in one minute of action.

      Advice: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was clearly unimpressed during Felton's brief stint, during which he racked up a +/- rating of -5. He may have stayed on the inactive list if the Mavs weren't deploying a small lineup in Tyson Chandler's absence, and there's simply no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:29 pm
    • Patrick Beverley scores season-low 5 points
      Patrick Beverley scored a season-low five points on 2-of-10 shooting vs. the Spurs, but added one 3-pointer, three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Beverley took exception to a hit in the first half of the game and he picked up a technical after things got chippy, but avoided any suspension-worthy behavior. Points should be of secondary concern for his fantasy owners, who rely on him for elite 3-pointers (2.6) with steady rebounds (5.4), assists (3.1) and steals (1.4). Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:08 pm
    • Danny Green piles up fantasy stats vs Rockets
      Danny Green's terrific season continued with 24 points (6-of-13 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), three 3-pointers, four boards, three assists and five steals in Sunday's 110-106 win vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Green joins Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the only players averaging top-20 fantasy value (9-cat) in under 32 minutes per game, and we can't emphasize enough how undervalued he's been in fantasy leagues this season. There's no reason to expect a drop-off as the Spurs try to claw their way up from seventh place in the Western Conference. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:08 pm
    • Trevor Ariza held to seven pts on 2-of-9 FGs
      Trevor Ariza logged 37 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, making 2-of-9 shots to finish with only seven points, three rebounds and two assists.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and chipped in three assists to scrape together some fantasy value, and one off game would be nothing for his fantasy owners to fret about. Of much greater concern is the fact that Ariza's shooting slump extends back to Nov. 12, the last time he made at least half of his shots in a game -- in the 21 games since then, he's a combined 89-of-273 from the field (32.6 percent). Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:06 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) solid in season debut
      Patty Mills (shoulder) made his season debut on Sunday, finishing with eight points in 20 minutes off the Spurs' bench, to go along with four rebounds, one assist and one block.

      Advice: Mills returned at the perfect time with Tony Parker (hamstring) potentially out for an extended period, and even forced a crucial turnover with 25 seconds left in a one-possession game. Gregg Popovich should slowly ramp up Mills' minutes in the coming weeks, but his fantasy value is dampened by the presence of Cory Joseph, Tony Parker (hamstring), Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 pm
    • Pistons win despite Greg Monroe's struggles
      The Pistons defeated the Cavs on Sunday, improving to 2-0 since waiving Josh Smith despite a quiet night from starting PF Greg Monroe.

      Advice: Monroe shot just 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-4 from the FT line to finish with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes. He's coming off a 19 & 15 performance on Friday and is poised for a nice finish to the season now that Smoove is gone, so congrats are in order if you stuck with him through two lean months to begin the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:36 pm
    • Jodie Meeks scores 14 points w/ three triples
      Jodie Meeks had 14 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal vs. Cleveland on Sunday, marking his third consecutive game in double-digits.

      Advice: He made 5-of-8 shots overall and is now a combined 17-of-26 from the field (65.4 percent) over Detroit's past three games. He got off to a slow start after returning from his back injury and may still be floating on your waiver wire, but he's worth a pickup if you're in need of points, elite 3-pointers and a trickle of across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:31 pm
    • Raymond Felton will be activated on Sunday
      Raymond Felton will be active for Sunday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: He may be active, but there are no guarantees he plays. If he does step on the court, it will likely be in limited spurts, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:57 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) will be active Sunday
      Updating a previous report, Patty Mills (shoulder) will suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not going to have much value tonight in an unfavorable matchup with the Rockets. However, if he can get up to full speed before Tony Parker returns from his hamstring injury he could provide some short-term value in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:31 pm
    • Lakers waive Xavier Henry
      The Lakers have waived Xavier Henry.

      Advice: Henry has really struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he was only able to get through nine games this season before going down with a season-ending Achillies injury. Given his constant struggles with health, it could be difficult for him to find another NBA contract. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:21 pm
    • No Show: Larry Sanders (flu) out Monday
      Updating a previous report, Larry Sanders (flu) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: The Bucks will also be without Ersan Ilyasova (concussion), so Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing some increased opportunity. Sanders is not currently traveling with the team, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs. He’s been very disappointing this season, and can no longer be considered a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:44 pm
       
      Injured
    • Larry Sanders (illness) questionable for Mon.
      Larry Sanders (illness) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: If Sanders misses Monday's game, Zaza Pachulia will get all the run he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing extended minutes. Zaza offers the most upside out of the group, and owners in deep leagues can consider Henson for his upside in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:48 am
       
      Injured
    • James Young assigned to NBA D-League
      James Young was assigned to the NBA D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: He recently recovered from a shoulder injury, so it will be good to see him back on the court. Young has plenty of potential, but he doesn't project to have any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:48 am
    • Jusuf Nurkic impressing in rookie season
      Jusuf Nurkic drew praise from coach Brian Shaw after his superb play recently.

      Advice: "He's a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to," Shaw said. "He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn't have that, he's shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he'll pass it." Nurkic has slowly seen his minutes rise and coach Brian Shaw said they will likely continue to climb. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in the reserve center role in just 16.1 minutes per game over his last eight. Owners in deep leagues should have already taken notice, and if Timofey Mozgov ends up getting traded Nurkic will become a must-own asset in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:32 am
    • Too Much Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins goes off
      DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 39 points in 32 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers during a 135-129 overtime victory.

      Advice: He made 14-of-27 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line for a ridiculous usage rate of 50.5 tonight. Cousins raised his season usage to 34.0 and only trails Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade in that category. Advanced stats don't need to tell you that Boogie is the best starting center in fantasy and hopefully he is done with illnesses. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 pm
    • Cole Aldrich looks great in start vs. Kings
      Cole Aldrich had his best game of the season on Saturday with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 24 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and certainly was handled by DeMarcus Cousins, but Aldrich's arrow is pointing up. He was tremendous in his brief time in summer league and is arguably the best healthy two-way big man on NYK, so he might have some short-term value while Amare Stoudemire is out. He might have value beyond STAT's return, too. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    • Rodney Hood scores four points in start Sat
      Rodney Hood scored just four points while starting in place of Alec Burks (shoulder) on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He was 1-of-8 from the field and also aggravated his ankle in what was a long night for the rookie. He will continue to start as long as Burks is sidelined, but he is too unreliable for all but the deepest of leagues. Ignore Hood on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:37 pm
    • Derrick Favors posts massive line Saturday
      Derrick Favors posted a massive line on Saturday, finishing with 17 points, 15 boards, three assists, three steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 7-of-11 from the field, and was clearly the most dominant player on the court Saturday. The fact that he did this against the 76ers should be factored in, but this was a great performance nonetheless. As long as Favors stays healthy, more lines similar to this will be on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    • Rodney Hood (ankle) returns on Saturday
      Rodney Hood (ankle) left Saturday's game against the 76ers, but has since returned and is available to play.

      Advice: After landed awkwardly under the rim, Hood quickly emerged from the locker room after getting his ankle re-taped and it looks like he is good to go. We will pass along any further updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:48 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) is out for Sunday
      Patty Mills (shoulder) will not play on Sunday vs. Houston.

      Advice: He is said to be targeting a return in late December, so his next chance to suit up would be on Tuesday vs. Memphis. Mills could have some short-term value in deeper leagues with Tony Parker (hamstring) sidelined, but he will likely be eased into the rotation upon his return. Keep a close eye on him moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will play Saturday
      Demarcus Cousins (illness) will play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This is fantastic news, as Cousins is going to absolutely feast on Cold Aldrich. Get Cousins in all lineups and don't think twice about it. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:09 pm
    • Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith starting vs. Kings
      Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith are starting against the Kings on Saturday.

      Advice: They'll get to guard DeMarcus Cousins, so good luck. Aldrich has played much better on the offensive side while Samuel Dalembert's mental mistakes have piled up. He'll have to hit the boards pretty hard to be a fantasy factor, but it's possible. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    • Rodney Hood in the starting lineup
      Rodney Hood will start in place of Alec Burks (shoulder) on Saturday against the 76ers.

      Advice: The Jazz are also gaining some confidence in Dante Exum, so he may get more playing time. Hood is shooting the ball a little better from beyond the arc and he did play 21 minutes on Monday, so there's a chance he gets time in the high 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:25 pm
    • Larry Sanders (illness) out again on Saturday
      Larry Sanders (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He keeps missing games for strange reasons and this will be his second consecutive DNP due to an illness. The Bucks will have to lean on Zaza Pachulia and John Henson to handle their minutes at center while Johnny O'Bryant should get another start at power forward. Sanders isn't a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable for Sat
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He missed Friday due to a stomach bug and it sounds like he's all better. Of course, multiple players have been probable with an illness and missed a game, so Cousins isn't a lock to play. Cousins returning would basically take away shots from the entire team, but the Kings should be more effective as a whole. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    • Trevor Ariza (knee contusion) is probable
      Trevor Ariza (left knee contusion) is probable to play against the Spurs on Sunday.

      Advice: This is a new injury and he's already had a minor problem with his calf. Ariza is really struggling in scoring efficiency, but his output in triples has helped him hold solid fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:32 pm
    • Ariza double-doubles with 15 & 10 vs. MEM
      Trevor Ariza double-doubled in the Rockets' overtime win over the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including four threes) with 10 rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Ariza flies underneath the radar playing next to superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard, but his top-60 campaign is exactly what owners bargained for on draft day and there's no end in sight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:28 pm
    • Beverley plays through illness on Friday
      Patrick Beverley (illness) played in Friday's overtime win, scoring 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Beverley did not register a steal but this is an otherwise fine line, but we'd be lying if we weren't at least a little concerned that sticky-fingered Josh Smith takes some of his touches. The needle isn't moving in that respect after just one night. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:23 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 19 points with 15 boards
      Greg Monroe dominated in his start against the Pacers on Friday with 19 points, 15 boards, one assist, three steals and one block in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He established low position all night and David West just couldn't handle him. Monroe is certainly going to see his numbers rise, but they're not going to be this terrific. Andre Drummond was in a bit of foul trouble, which helps Monroe's usage rate and rebounding. That said, he's a must-start player right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:19 pm
    • Raymond Felton (ankle) out on Friday
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: He's not in the rotation. It's a good thing the Mavericks received one of the best centers in the NBA in a trade with the Knicks or else they might care about Felton missing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:12 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:53 pm
    • Patrick Beverley (illness) will play vs. MEM
      Patrick Beverley (illness) will play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

      Advice: He was listed as questionable before today, but Beverley is one of the toughest players in the NBA. He's good to go as a mid-round play. Additionally, if you were thinking about playing Mike Conley in daily fantasy leagues, you might want to reconsider. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:40 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:08 pm
    • Larry Sanders (flu) out Friday vs. Atlanta
      Larry Sanders (flu) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: With Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) also unavailable, Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant are going to get all the minutes they can handle (which for O'Bryant isn't much). John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, and the Bucks could certainly use him. Pachulia will make for the best play in daily leagues, but he's not a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:53 am
       
      Injured
    • James Young healthy enough to play, inactive
      James Young (shoulder) is healthy enough to play, but will remain on the inactive list for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Young is not a part of the Celtics' rotation, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:32 am
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) is nearing a return
      Patty Mills (shoulder) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for one of the Spurs' four remaining December games.

      Advice: While Mills is optimistic, head coach Gregg Popovich will need some convincing before he allows him to step into any game-time action. "I’m going to hold him off as long as I can," Popovich said. "There will be a point he won’t allow me to do that any more and that’s fine. But for right now I’m winning the battle." Mills will likely be brought along slowly, and as long as Tony Parker is healthy, Mills can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:38 am
    • Danny Green struggles with shot in SA loss
      Danny Green shot 4-of-13 from the field (2-of-5 from the line) for 12 points during the Spurs' Christmas Day loss to the Thunder, adding two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Green's all-around production is what makes him an elite option, so even when he struggles to score, he's still capable of providing quality statistics in other areas. He had a difficult matchup vs. the Thunder tonight, but he'll likely bounce-back on Friday in what will be a favorable matchup vs. the Pelicans. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:17 pm
    • Patty Mills cleared to practice, not play
      Patty Mills (shoulder) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, but still isn't close to playing in a game.

      Advice: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Mills was cleared to practice two days ago, but Mills isn't expected to see game action until mid-January, at the earliest. He'll only be worth a look by owners in deeper leagues, at least as long as Tony Parker is somewhat healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:14 am
    • Patrick Beverley questionable for Friday
      Patrick Beverley (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Beverley will head into Friday's game as a potential game-time decision, while James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (knee) are both listed as probable. We'll update Beverley's status after shootaround, but Isaiah Canaan would be in line for a spot-start if Beverley is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:04 am
    • James Young (shoulder) inactive for Tuesday
      Updating a previous report, James Young (shoulder) will be inactive for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

      Advice: Young isn't currently in the rotation, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues until he does something worth noting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    • Danny Green doesn't get a stealth pop
      Danny Green played 29 minutes against the Clippers on Monday with 11 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was extremely quiet in the first half, but turned it on late with a huge corner 3-pointer to help ice this one. Green is putting up first-round value on the season, but he'll eventually slow down. Also, the next time he isn't in the starting lineup, it should raise a red flag. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:53 pm
    • Trevor Ariza scores seven points in win
      Trevor Ariza scored seven points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: He's really cold right now and the timing couldn't be worse. Over his last 11 games, Ariza has made just 32.3 percent from the field with 2.0 turnovers and his fantasy value is bottoming out. With Corey Brewer going off tonight, it's worth seeing if his current fantasy owners is panicking. Ariza should be a mid-round guy this season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is starting on Monday
      DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:16 pm
    • Trevor Ariza ready to roll vs. Portland
      Trevor Ariza (calf) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

      Advice: He just has some soreness to his calf and it doesn't sound like it will cost him minutes. Corey Brewer is available, but he's not likely going to be a threat to Ariza's minutes. Hopefully he breaks out of his shooting slump soon. His fantasy owners can plug him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 3:21 pm
    • James Young goes through practice
      James Young (shoulder) went through practice on Monday and will be available to play on Tuesday

      Advice: It was a full-contact practice and he should be getting closer to a return. Young is a major offensive project, but he could get in the rotation now that Rajon Rondo is gone. He's only worth a look in ridiculously deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 2:01 pm
    • Cousins and several Kings are probable
      DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 1:41 pm
    • Ariza added to injury report w/ sore calf
      Trevor Ariza (sore left calf) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: A late addition to the injury report, Ariza's calf is not considered a major issue. The Rockets can't afford any more injuries to anyone right now, and Ariza would be an especially difficult player to replace if he were forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:33 am
    • Greg Monroe looking at expanded role now
      Greg Monroe is in line for an expanded role following the Pistons waiving Josh Smith.

      Advice: Monroe had been taking a back seat behind Smith in the starting lineup, but the Pistons cut the chord on Smith and waived him on Monday, meaning Monroe now has a clear path back to minutes at power forward alongside Andre Drummond. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:02 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:08 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 16 pts in only 21 minutes
      Greg Monroe scored 16 points in only 21 minutes vs. the Nets during Sunday's road loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks without any turnovers or fouls.

      Advice: Scoring is rarely an issue for Monroe, who is averaging 14.6 points in under 30 minutes per game this season. His paltry defensive stats are another story, as he's chipping in just 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so it was nice to see him rack up a few steals and blocks tonight. He's a low-end option while stuck in a reserve role behind Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, and Monroe's owners can only hope for a mid-season trade which clears more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:06 pm
    • Jodie Meeks scores 13 points in loss to Nets
      Jodie Meeks missed all of his 3-point attempts but still finished Sunday's game 6-of-9 from the field for 13 points in a tough road loss to the Nets.

      Advice: He added one rebound, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench, and it seems like only a matter of time before he claims a starting job ahead of Kyle Singler (two points in 21 minutes), or even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points in 33 minutes). Meeks was a very effective fantasy player with the Lakers last season, and he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:05 pm
    • Cole Aldrich puts up low-end line on Sunday
      Cole Aldrich shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field on Sunday, putting up 11 points, seven rebounds, one turnover, and two blocks in his third game with the starting unit.

      Advice: Aldrich also shot 3-of-3 from the line, making this a serviceable low-end line. However, he’s averaging a pedestrian 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks as a starter, so there's not much reason to pick him up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:51 pm
    • James Young (shoulder) making progress
      James Young is making progress in his recovery from his separated right shoulder, and was able to do some non-contact work during shootaround Sunday.

      Advice: He remains without a timetable to return, but it is great to see him making progress. Young is loaded with potential, but he won't have any fantasy value this season. Keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:36 am
    • Larry Sanders scores 10 points in start
      Larry Sanders scored 10 points against the Clippers on Saturday with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He did commit his usual five fouls, but did make 5-of-6 from the field. Sanders made 76.2 percent from the field over his last four with averages of 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. If you really need blocks, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 10:30 pm
       
      Injured
    • Trevor Ariza really struggling
      Trevor Ariza made 5-of-14 from the field for 13 point with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He has been struggling in his previous 10, making just 32.4 percent from the field for 14.8 points, 7.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals, but he is still holding decent value in fantasy because of the treys. His catch-and-shoot percentage is a far cry from last year, so maybe this is the John Wall effect. Still, Ariza is a must-start player. Also, there's no need to worry about Corey Brewer. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:37 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays just 18 minutes in loss
      Derrick Favors played just 18 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 13 points, five boards, two assists and one block.

      Advice: There is no injury to worry about, and it was coach Quin Snyder's decision to keep him on the bench. The Jazz were blown out in this one, so this line should be taken with a grain of salt. Favors exploded for 23 points and 10 boards on Wednesday, so he should be able to bounce back in his next game. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:37 pm
    • Patrick Beverley fouls out on Saturday
      Patrick Beverley fouled out in 41 points against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in treys has been huge and it's a big reason why the Rockets are not in the hunt for a point guard in the trade market. Beverley has seen his field goal shooting dip to 36.5 percent over his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 treys. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:27 pm
    • Stealth Pop: Danny Green, Tiago Splitter DNPs
      Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have been benched for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He was not listed in the starting lineup and coach Gregg Popovich just kept them on the bench. Green has played magnificent basketball and certainly deserved the night off. He's been the biggest steal of fantasy drafts and should get it going on Monday against the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:19 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:57 pm
    • Danny Green to come off bench on Saturday
      Danny Green will come off of the bench on Saturday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: There is nothing to worry about here, as coach Gregg Popovich is likely doing this to reduce Green's workload after playing 44 minutes on Friday. Marco Belinelli will draw the start, and is a sneaky plug-and-play option. Green's owners should temper their expectations for this contest, as we don't see him playing too many minutes Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 4:31 pm
    • Raymond Felton likely out until Christmas
      Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't think Raymond Felton (ankle) will be back before Christmas.

      Advice: The Mavericks just landed Rajon Rondo, and already have two solid point guards off of the bench in Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Felton belongs on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 4:09 pm
    • Cole Aldrich scores four in 17 minutes
      Cole Aldrich scored four points in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday with one board, two assists and one block.

      Advice: He didn't really get the ball much, but Aldrich didn't have a bad game in actuality. He's a bigger body and can do more than just block and board, so he should be in the rotation for now. Of course, there is no reason to add him in anything but a ridiculously deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:28 pm
    • Larry Sanders will return for Saturday's game
      Larry Sanders will return from his one-game suspension on Saturday vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He was suspended for Thursday's game against the kings for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back, but the Bucks will be glad to have him back in time to play against DeAndre Jordan. However, Sanders has been very inconsistent this season with averages of 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, so owners may want to bench him until he turns it around. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:14 am
       
      Injured
    • Danny Green fireworks continue on Friday
      Danny Green scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting (including six threes) with 10 rebounds and one steal over 44 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Green is returning top 15-25 value (9/8 cat) and while he's getting heavy run this week with the absences and overtime games, his production isn't the outlier that many believe it to be. The real difference in his value lies in the increase in trust and minutes that Gregg Popovich has been willing to give him this season, and it would be pretty surprising if he's not a top-40 play at the end of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:08 pm
    • Jodie Meeks can't get it going
      Jodie Meeks could not get it going on Friday with four points, two boards, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: His minutes are increasing, but the performance hasn't been there. Meeks should be able to hold value in standard leagues once he gathers some momentum, so his owners should stick with him unless it's to add a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:11 pm
    • Favors goes for 23 and 10 against the Magic
      Derrick Favors went for 23 and 10 in Friday's road win over the Magic, hitting 9-of-14 shots with three assists and two blocks.

      Advice: Favors put up a pedestrian line in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday and he looked great tonight. He has been a top 40-50 value when on the floor this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:14 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:26 am
    • Cole Aldrich double-doubles on Thursday
      Cole Aldrich double-doubled on Thursday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes against the Bulls.

      Advice: If not for some injuries, he would have been the most impressive big man at Summer League. Aldrich did not play at all in his previous three games, but perhaps this game gets him going. Obviously, you would have to be in a ridiculously deep league to even think about adding him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 7:48 pm
    • Patrick Beverley dealing with a sore calf
      Patrick Beverley is dealing with a sore calf, but he will still suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Beverley hasn't dealt with any calf issues in the past, and he was able to play 46 minutes during his last outing putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, so we're going to say he's fine. Deploy him as you usually would. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 4:20 pm
    • Cole Aldrich, Travis Wear starting vs. Bulls
      The Knicks will start Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway Jr., Travis Wear, Cole Aldrich and Amare Stoudemire against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: Not exactly the greatest starting lineup for national TV. Aldrich was outstanding over the summer and he's a much better offensive force than Samuel Dalembert, so it makes sense to give him more run with Carmelo Anthony out. He's a decent rebounder and may also help out on blocking shots. If you're in a pinch, Aldrich could have a decent game for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 3:42 pm
    • Larry Sanders (suspension) out Thursday
      Larry Sanders has been suspended for Thursday's game against Sacramento for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back as he elevated towards the basket.

      Advice: That means that Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the run he can handle with Sanders, John Henson (foot), and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) unavailable, and he makes for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Johnny O'Bryant may see some extended minutes off the bench, but he's still working himself into basketball shape, so Zaza is the guy to target here. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 1:14 pm
       
      Injured
    • Danny Green (foot) expected to play Friday
      Danny Green (foot) was spotted limping to the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss, but he's still expected to play Friday vs. Portland.

      Advice: "I'm not considered one of the older guys here, so I have to play," said Green. After a very up-and-down season last year, he's hitting career-highs in all categories this season, and he's entered elite territory. Check back for an official update on his status closer to Friday's tip, but consider him probable. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:15 pm
    • James Young's shoulder improving w/treatment
      James Young (shoulder) said his separated right shoulder is improving with treatment.

      Advice: Young also added that he's been able to begin basketball activities, but remains without a return timetable. The rookie is part of the Celtics' future plans, but that doesn't include the 2014-15 season so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move to the next news item. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 9:58 am
    • Danny Green seen limping after Spurs loss
      Danny Green (foot) was seen limping in the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to the Spurs.

      Advice: Green took a hard foul towards the end of the first overtime, but the injury doesn't seem serious as he hasn't popped up on the injury report yet. We'll keep an eye on this one and Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Kyle Anderson would see an uptick in fantasy value if Green misses any time. Green scored a season-high 25 points in Wednesday's loss and is worth an add in standard fantasy leagues due to his recent strong play. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 6:26 am
    • Patrick Beverley plays 46 minutes
      Patrick Beverley played 46 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: There are some rumors of the Rockets going after Rajon Rondo, but it's fair to argue Beverley is a better fit. He's a better defender, a better shooter and doesn't need to dominate the ball -- James Harden is all they need. Beverley is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:34 am
    • Larry Sanders plays 21 minutes
      Larry Sanders played 21 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: He is not getting minutes at power forward, so he's not going to benefit from the injury to Jabari Parker (knee). Before tonight, Sanders has actually played just 67 minutes this season without Jabari next to him, so tonight foreign territory to a small degree. He's an inconsistent player and that's not going to change. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:12 pm
       
      Injured
    • Danny Green goes bonkers in triple-OT loss
      Danny Green had one of the most unique stat lines in NBA history on Wednesday during a triple-overtime loss to Memphis, scoring a season-high 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and seven 3-pointers in 52 minutes.

      Advice: He became the first player in NBA history to make seven triples and block five shots in a game. Unlike last year, Green is seeing consistent minutes and it's led to him flirting with first-round value on the season. He's not going to be this great, but he's absolutely going to smash his ADP. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:36 pm
    • Derrick Favors quiet in return from injury
      Derrick Favors had 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block on 3-of-8 shooting in 33 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday.

      Advice: Favors is back and while he didn't do much tonight, he did hurt Rudy Gobert's minutes (19) badly. Favors should be good to go from here on out, so get him back in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:30 pm
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