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  • Mighty Healthy: Ghostface Ilya nets 34 points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored a career-high 34 points on 12-of-14 from the field against the Pacers during a 111-107 win on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He gets the fantasy equivalent of a Grammy for posting an effective field goal percentage of 103.6. Back in January, it was a winter war for Ghostface Ilya with his minutes per game at just 17.2. Now, he’s finally been consistent with at least 29 minutes in each of his previous five, averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 treys on 45.9 percent from the field. He's spitting hot fire right now and is a must-start player.
    Today, 8:11 pm
  • John Henson plays 16 minutes vs. Pacers
    John Henson played 16 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with eight points, two boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: It’s no coincidence that Henson played just 13.5 minutes per game in his previous two and Zaza Pachulia has exploded. Henson hasn’t topped 24 minutes in a game since Mar. 9 and he’s probably going to need a Zaza injury to be more than a one-category guy for his blocks.
    Today, 7:59 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 17 points on Thursday
    Khris Middleton scored 17 points with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He’s been fantastic as a spot-up shooter all season, but he’s also been an above-average player in isolation. Middleton has seen his usage rate rise to 21.6 since the break, which is up from 18.4. What’s even more impressive is he’s logging 10 more minutes per game since the break — he now ranks first in total minutes played since the break. He’s emerged as an early-round guy in fantasy right now.
    Today, 7:56 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 16 on 10 FGA
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field against the Pacers on Thursday with four boards, two assists and one block in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He’s really honed in on how to score, which explains why he’s been so much better with respect to efficiency like tonight. In his previous March games, Antetokounmpo attempted 69.4 percent of his shots in the paint. That helped him get to 49.7 percent from the field with averages of 16.6 points, 8.2 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.2 treys. If he develops his jumper, the sky is the limit.
    Today, 7:53 pm
  • Jazz will sign Chris Johnson to a deal
    Jazz sign G/F Chris Johnson.

    Advice: The Bucks let him go today and the Jazz didn't hesitate to grab him. Considering Rodney Hood (illness) is still not well, Johnson may get some minutes. He'll compete with Elijah Millsap for playing time. Johnson is only worth a look in very deep leagues.
    Today, 4:57 pm
  • Chris Johnson will not be retained by MIL
    Chris Johnson's second 10-day contract with the Bucks has expired, and the team has decided not to sign him for the remainder of the regular season.

    Advice: Head coach Jason Kidd said he believes Johnson will land a 10-day deal with the Jazz, so we'll be watching for that. However, he's going to have a very limited role wherever he winds up, and until he finds a new team, Johnson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 3:47 pm
  • Bennett (ankle), Hummel (hand) out again Fri.
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) will not play Friday vs. Houston.

    Advice: There's no reason to roster either of these guys in any league, leave them on the wire.
    Today, 2:14 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Thurs
    Kris Humphries (groin) was unable to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Humphries was spotted going through a lot of individual work on Thursday, but his absence from practice would suggest he's doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to split his reserve minutes. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues, while Humphries belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 12:03 pm
  • Josh Smith (ankle) probable Friday vs. MIN
    Josh Smith (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Smith has been playing through the pain, so there's no reason to think he will sit on Friday. With Donatas Motiejunas (back) being listed as questionable, Smith may find himself in the starting lineup with a very favorable matchup against the Timberwolves. Stay tuned.
    Today, 11:37 am
  • Cody Zeller questionable for Friday vs Wizard
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: If Zeller is unable to play on Friday, he will have missed eight out of the Hornets' last nine games and can safely be dropped in most fantasy formats. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but Marvin Williams stands to benefit the most if Zeller is unable to play.
    Today, 10:56 am
  • Al Jefferson probable for Friday vs Wizards
    Al Jefferson (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Jefferson had some fluid removed from his balky knee earlier in the week, but was still able to post a double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Nets. He missed practice on Thursday, but fantasy owners should make sure Big Al is in their lineups as it sounds like he'll be ready to play on Friday.
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Thaddeus Young out Friday, doubtful Sunday
    Thaddeus Young (knee) has been listed as out for Friday's game against the Cavaliers and doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: An MRI on Young's left knee revealed a strain, so the Nets can breathe a sigh of relief as this one looked worse. Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Johnson, Mason Plumlee, and Cory Jefferson will get the biggest fantasy boost while Young is out for Friday and likely Sunday.
    Today, 10:45 am
  • Jordan Hill not sweating minutes decrease
    Jordan Hill said he has no issues with the Lakers decision to sit him for the next four or five upcoming games.

    Advice: While the Lakers openly tank, Hill is toeing the company line when it comes to his benching. "I’m not playing for nothing," Hill said. "It’s a good time to get other guys a lot more minutes and get a feel of the game." Hill can be dropped while the Lakers experiment with younger players and Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black are all worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Udonis Haslem gutted through injuries Weds
    Udonis Haslem said he played through several injuries during Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Haslem was dinged up enough to sit out, but the veteran wanted to make sure the short-handed Heat weren't even more short-handed. "Yeah, I've got my tweaks man, but I was so disappointed in that loss last night and I was so disappointed in my performance that I didn't want to hide behind my injuries," Haslem said. "I wanted to come out and play tonight to give whatever I could give to spark this team." Even though Haslem posted 12 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals against the Celtics, he'll move back to a minor role once Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen are healthy and can be left on waivers.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Channing Frye returned to action Wednesday
    Channing Frye returned to action off the bench on Wednesday with two points in six minutes.

    Advice: He is going to lose a lot of playing time to Dewayne Dedmon. Frye can be ignored in almost all leagues.
    Today, 12:46 am
  • Brandan Wright still getting some burn
    Brandan Wright played 28 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with five points, seven boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He played next to Alex Len for a bit, but coach Jeff Hornacek dropped a minor hint that he could get crazy with his matchups because of Rudy Gay playing at the four. Thanks to his blocks, boards and field goal percentage, Wright is still a hold in standard leagues with minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s.
    Today, 12:14 am
  • Nerlens Noel goes nuts against the Nuggets
    Nerlens Noel exploded against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 14 points, 15 boards, two assists, four steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This line in a win has to move him closer to catching Andrew Wiggins for Rookie of the Year. He is just ridiculous over his last four, averaging 15.0 points, 11.5 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.8 blocks on 56.1 percent from the field. He hasn't been great when he's not at the basket, but making 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) at the rim in that span explains the offensive surge. It's hard to believe how great he's become after struggling for two months.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Josh Smith plays 24 minutes vs. Pelicans
    Josh Smith played 24 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room briefly, but returned moments later. Smith is likely going to play minutes in the mid-20s going forward and his opportunities to score may also go down. He'll be worth owning in all points leagues, but his fantasy value in standard leagues is likely going to fall with his sub-par shooting.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Omer Asik plays 26 minutes in his return
    Omer Asik (calf) returned to the lineup on Wednesday with six points, six boards, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He was a victim of a James Harden poster and didn't have his best game in his return. Asik cost the Pelicans a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, so this sub-par game stings a little more. He's a questionable player to own in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca moves back to reserve role
    Alexis Ajinca played 15 minutes off the bench against the Rockets on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: That's not a bad line in limited playing time, but the Pelicans look to be healthy with the exception of Ryan Anderson (knee). Ajinca can be dropped in most leagues with Anthony Davis' shoulder injury appearing to be minor.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Kevin Love looks like vintage Love in win
    Kevin Love hit 10-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's impressive win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Many think Love is deferring too much to LeBron, but he just hasn't played well this season. He looked great tonight and the Cavs opened up a 29-point lead over the Grizzlies in the third quarter. LeBron James had 20 points, eight boards, five assists and three 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving added 24 points and two assists, Timofey Mozgov had 14 points, nine boards and a block, and J.R. Smith added 13 points, six assists and three 3-pointers in the cakewalk. Hopefully Love can keep it going, even when they Cavs aren't blowing someone out. That makes four straight wins for the Cavs, and eight of their last nine.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk awful in loss to Heat
    Kelly Olynyk played just 17 minutes and finished with four points and one rebound in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat were without a center tonight (Hassan Whiteside, hand injury), so Olynyk wasn't really needed. Tyler Zeller started again and had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes, and while Olynyk has shown flashes of being ready to get hot, he's yet to do so. Maybe it's time to move on.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 off bench
    Jae Crowder moved back to the bench on Wednesday and had 16 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes in a loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Crowder has been bouncing in and out of the starting lineup, but still manages to be productive on most nights. And with Brandon Bass appearing to fade, Crowder looks like a guy worth holding onto right now.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores two in 14 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 116-103 win, scoring two points with two assists.

    Advice: He only played five minutes in the first half and didn't pull down a single rebound. Gibson has lost minutes to red-hot Nikola Mirotic and that's probably going to continue for the foreseeable future. His owners will need to temper expectations and cutting him seems plausible.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Brandon Bass falls flat vs. Heat
    Brandon Bass hit just 3-of-6 shots for nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat held a 17-point halftime lead and coach Brad Stevens seemed to be grasping for straws in hopes of getting back in the game. Eleven players saw meaningful minutes for Boston, while even Gerald Wallace came off the bench and played four minutes. With that many hands in the cookie jar, the Celtics are a potential headache for fantasy owners going forward. The Celtics are in a dogfight for the playoffs with Indy, Brooklyn and Charlotte, and fell a full two games behind the Heat with tonight's loss.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 28 minutes vs. Raptors
    Joakim Noah played 28 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine points, five boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes kept in check until the playoffs. Noah did average 12.3 boards per game over his previous three and he's also passing more, so he's still worth owning in standard leagues. His owners will have to watch out for more rest games like he had on Monday.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Michael Beasley plays 14 minutes in win
    Michael Beasley came off the bench and played just 14 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with six points, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Yuck. Henry Walker, James Ennis and Tyler Johnson got the minutes tonight, so it looks like the bright light that was shining on Beasley earlier in the day is officially burnt out.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Udonis Haslem plays well w/o Heat stars
    Udonis Haslem stepped up with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in Wednesday's win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade were out, so Haslem finally posted his first double-double of the season. He's now scored in double figures in just four games this season and didn't even score a point in his previous game. Chris Andersen was also out on Wednesday, but when the Heat cavalry returns, Haslem should be an afterthought.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Al Jefferson goes for 23 & 10 in loss
    Al Jefferson hit 11-of-19 shots for 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Hornets needed this game to stay in the playoffs and are now a 1/2 game out, in a four-way battle with Boston, Indy and Brooklyn for the No. 8 seed in the East. Props to Big Al for getting his knee drained and playing through the injury, and here's to hoping he can keep it going for another couple weeks.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Thaddeus Young (left knee) out for game
    Thaddeus Young suffered a hyperextended left knee on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he will likely have an MRI on Thursday. To clarify, a hyperextended knee means his joint just went past where it's normally supposed to go, so this isn't a specific diagnosis. We should know more on Thursday, but Young could miss time. It'll be Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Johnson and Cory Jefferson stepping up. Young finished with 11 points and four boards in 23 minutes, and could miss time with this injury.
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Thaddeus Young hurts left leg on Wednesday
    Thaddeus Young suffered an apparent left leg injury on Wednesday and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He laid on the court for 10 seconds or so before the Nets had to commit a foul. Young could have suffered a number of injuries with most of his leg twisting. He was able to walk back to the locker room under his own power. Stay tuned for an update.
    Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • Michael Beasley will start on Wednesday
    Michael Beasley will enter the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Celtics in place of Hassan Whiteside (hand).

    Advice: The Heat are also missing Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Andersen (calf) tonight, so Beasley should be very busy on the offensive end. He is averaging 9.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists in 24.3 minutes through 12 games in March, but he should see a nice bump in production in a critical matchup with the Celtics. Owners in daily leagues should give him a look.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer out Wednesday
    Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer are not expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The pair is not expected to play for the next 4-5 games. Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will get the start and are worth a look in deeper leagues. Hopefully, Ed Davis gets more run than 16 minutes like he did on Tuesday. Hill can be dropped in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) still expects to play on Wed
    Omer Asik (calf) is still expected to play vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Asik was able to practice in full on Tuesday, and he was fully expected to be ready for tonight's game. He was playing well prior to suffering the calf injury that cost him the last two games, so he is worth a look for any owner needing help in rebounds. Alexis Ajinca will shift to the bench and his value will take a hit.
    Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) won't play vs. Pacers
    Kris Humphries (groin) will sit out again vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and it's anyone's guess when he'll return to action, though it's somewhat encouraging that he's traveling with the team. Nene, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to play a few extra minutes in Humphries' absence.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play against the Raptors
    Joakim Noah (soreness) will play against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He rested for "general soreness" on Monday. The return of Noah should mean the Bulls will have their entire frontcourt ready to go with Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic good to go. There's certainly a chance for Nikola Mirotic to lose some playing time, but he's gone above and beyond all expectations this month. Mirotic is a hold for now while Noah can be inserted back into all lineups.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Al Jefferson has knee drained, will play Wed
    Al Jefferson recently had fluid drained from his sore knee which "offered some relief," and he's expected to play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Big Al won't have a minute-limit and he's doing what he can to help the Hornets claw their way into the playoffs, but his knee injury has taken a toll on his fantasy value. Over the past two weeks he's averaging only 13.0 points on 42.9 percent shooting with 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Most owners will have to ride him anyway, in the hopes that his recent knee draining will lead to offensive improvement.
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doubtful for Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is doubtful to play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since Feb. 26 and his recovery has been unusually slow, so we would be surprised if he managed to play tonight. We will know more closer to tip-off, but Humprhies still belongs on the wire in most leagues. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench if Humprhries can't play.
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Michael Beasley likely to start on Wednesday
    Michael Beasley will likely enter the starting lineup vs. the Celtics on Wednesday if Hassan Whiteside (hand) can't play.

    Advice: Beasley has averages of 9.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists in 24.3 minutes per game during the month of March, so he could see a nice bump in production if he is forced to play big minutes. Chris Andersen (calf) is also questionable which only improves Beasley's outlook, so owners in daily leagues looking for a cheap plug-and-play should give him a look.
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Omer Asik (calf) expects to play Wednesday
    Omer Asik (calf) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Asik has missed the last two games for the Pelicans, but he retuned to practice on Tuesday and is ready to play tonight. He will likely jump back into the starting lineup vs. the Rockets, while Alexis Ajinca will shift back to a limited role off the bench. If you need help in boards, give Asik a look.
    Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play vs. Nets
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not be able to play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shoulder is clearly an issue, and he probably rushed his return to action the first time. Consider him day-to-day moving forward, and we will update his status once we know more. With fantasy playoffs in progress, Zeller's owners should move on. Marvin Williams will benefit the most with Zeller in street clothes, and he is worth a look for anyone needing 3-pointers.
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will play vs. Nets on Wed
    Al Jefferson (knee) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday, but head coach Steve Clifford expect his knee to be an issue for the rest of the season.

    Advice: It's frustrating to see Big Al continue to fight off injuries, but the good news is that he will likely continue to keep playing as long as the Hornets stay in the hunt for a playoff berth. Go ahead and plug Jefferson into all lineups, but keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward.
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Joakim Noah expected to play on Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (general soreness) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: The Bulls are going to be cautious with Noah moving forward, and Thibodeau still wants to see how Noah responds after shootaround, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. Taj Gibson would move to the bench and probably see fewer minutes if Noah is cleared to play, while impressive rookie Nikola Mirotic might see his minutes take a small hit as well. Expect another update after shootaround.
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Nerlens Noel blocks six shots in loss Tues
    Nerlens Noel blocked six shots in a loss to the Kings on Tuesday while also adding 14 points, 10 boards and three assists.

    Advice: He is on fire right now and is doing everything he can to compete with Andrew Wiggins for the Rookie of the Year Award. Over his last five games Noel has averaged a staggering 15.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals, and there isn't any reason to believe he will be slowing down any time soon. Even with the 76ers desperately trying to lose games, Noel is one of the few players on the team that should hold constant value for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova fills up stat sheet vs. Miami
    Ersan Ilyasova filled up the stat sheet on Tuesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Two of his makes came from beyond the arc, and four of his rebounds came on the offensive end, as he helped propel the Bucks to a stunning 89-88 comeback win in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova has been maddening to own if you drafted him this season, but he's finally settled into reliable mid-round value for the fantasy playoffs.
    Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Udonis Haslem invisible in loss to Milwaukee
    Udonis Haslem started Tuesday's game but finished without any points or rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

    Advice: Haslem is utterly devoid of fantasy value, and tonight he collected more personal fouls (five) than all his other stats combined (one assist, one block and one turnover). Hassan Whiteside's hand injury forced the Heat to go small in the second half tonight, with Haslem at center and Michael Beasley at power forward. That's not a recipe for success, especially with games looming vs. Al Horford and Andre Drummond later in the week, so hopefully Whiteside won't be out for long.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Michael Beasley starts w/ Whiteside ailing
    With Hassan Whiteside (hand) being stitched up by team trainers, Michael Beasley slid into Miami's starting lineup to begin the second half on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beasley finished with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes, but he also lost a critical jumpball which led to Milwaukee's game-winning 3-pointer. He's solidified himself as a reliable part of Miami's rotation but he's yet to cause a ripple in fantasy leagues. Whiteside's status for Wednesday's game is in real doubt, but Beasley is best suited to use in very deep leagues or daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Jordan Hill likely to sit out next 4-5 games
    Jordan Hill (tanking) will likely sit out for the next four to five games so that the Lakers can evaluate their younger players.

    Advice: Unreal. The tanking saga continues around the NBA, and this move will certainly draw some harsh criticism from around the league. Hill has been one of the better plays for the Lakers this season with averages of 12.3 points and 8.0 boards per game, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to this. For what it's worth, Carlos Boozer will also sit out with Hill, meaning Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre will handle the frontcourt duties for the Lakers until further notice. With fantasy playoffs in progress, Hill's owners should cut bait.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (eye) ready to go vs. Sacramento
    Nerlens Noel (eye) is ready to go vs. the Kings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noel was poked in the eye during Sunday's game but he doesn't feel any lingering effects. "It's good," he said. "I feel a lot better than I did a couple days ago. It was just that day I felt dizziness. By yesterday, I saw a lot better." That's great news for fantasy owners since Noel has been phenomenal lately, anchoring his value with 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks over his past seven games.
    Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer may not play Tues
    Jordan Hill (tanking) and Carlos Boozer (tanking) may not be in the rotation vs. the Thunder on Tuesday according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting in the frontcourt, so winning clearly isn't a priority tonight. The Lakers are going to get their younger guys some more playing time down the stretch, so Hill and Boozer's value will likely start to trend down. We will continue to monitor this story closely, but owners will want to see how things play out tonight before doing anything drastic.
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Jordan Hill moves to the bench on Tuesday
    Jordan Hill will shift to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Thunder, while Ryan Kelly will draw the start.

    Advice: The Lakers are desperately trying to improve their chances in the draft lottery, so it's not surprising to see them give their younger players a longer look. Hill's owners should use a wait-and-see approach here, but it look his value could take a hit down the stretch. Ryan Kelly is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Bennett (ankle), Hummel (hand) out Wednesday
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) will not play Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Both players remain without a firm timetable to return, and belong on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Josh Smith (ankle) probable Wednesday vs. NO
    Josh Smith (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Smith was productive in his 29 minutes of action on Monday, despite dealing with a minor ankle sprain, so we fully expect him to give it a go on Wednesday. Dwight Howard (knee) is also expected to return to action on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see how/if he affects Smith’s value.
    Tuesday, 1:35 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) goes through practice Tues.
    Omer Asik (calf) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Asik has missed the past two games with a strained right calf, but his return to practice is an encouraging sign for his chances of suiting up Wednesday vs. the Rockets. We'll be considering him questionable for now, but if he is able to return to the lineup, Alexis Ajinca would head back to the bench and his value would take a sizable hit with the demotion to the second unit. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk regaining lost confidence
    Kelly Olynyk said he's starting to regain his confidence after missing over a month with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Olynyk scored 18 points in just 17 minutes on Monday night and said he's starting to find his groove again. "Any time you're struggling, you just need to see a couple things go in or a couple things go your way, just to get back on track," Olynyk said. "It's not that you lose [confidence]. It's just a hiatus, maybe." Olynyk is still part of a crowded frontcourt rotation that limits his fantasy potential, but he's worth a flier in most leagues due to his upside.
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
  • Taj Gibson scores four in 32 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with four points, seven rebounds, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He started tonight with Joakim Noah (rest) out. Gibson could be at risk of losing playing time because Nikola Mirotic is one of the hottest rookies in the NBA. He's still a hold in standard leagues, but isn't a must-own player with Noah expected to be back soon.
    Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Long Range Shawty: Josh Smith makes four 3s
    Josh Smith made four 3-pointers and 7-of-14 from the field for 18 points against the Pacers on Monday with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He used to call himself Mid-Range Shawty, but Smith was hanging on the 3-point line while James Harden kept drawing double- and triple-teams. He was a little banged up due to an ankle injury, but he should continue to get extended run until Dwight Howard gets back. Smith is worth starting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 8:05 pm
  • Olynyk scores 18 points with three treys
    Kelly Olynyk scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 17 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Olynyk has struggled with his shot since returning from an ankle injury but when he gets going he has mid-round upside. That's hard to pass up in the midst of a four-game week with another one on the slate in Week 23.
    Monday, 7:20 pm
  • Al Jefferson dealing with sore right knee
    Al Jefferson was dealing with a sore right knee on Monday and did not return.

    Advice: He only played six minutes in the second half after landing awkwardly on his right leg. Jefferson tends to miss more games than most, so he could be out for Wednesday against the Nets. He also had an issue with his right knee earlier this month. Although, he was on the bench and didn't go to the locker room, so it's not a serious injury. Unless you really need blocks, Bismack Biyombo is not a great speculative add. Big Al finished with three points, five boards, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes on 1-of-7 from the field.
    Monday, 7:20 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again for Monday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He might miss the entire month of March and has been out since Feb. 26. Humphries can be ignored in most leagues. Marcin Gortat and Nene get a tough matchup tonight.
    Monday, 6:59 pm
  • Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler listed as starters
    Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are listed as the starters against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (rest) won't play tonight while Butler makes his return. The Bulls should look to beat the Hornets inside with Charlotte missing some depth. Gibson is worth starting in most leagues tonight.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his second straight game out and Marvin Williams will get another start. Zeller hasn't been able to shake this injury since Mar. 9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo will also benefit sans Zeller.
    Monday, 4:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night
    Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night due to general soreness.

    Advice: The Bulls are finally getting healthy with Jimmy Butler back, but now they'll sit Noah down for rest. Taj Gibson would likely start and should be worth using in all leagues after playing 19 minutes on Saturday. Nikola Mirotic is also an option for another game.
    Monday, 3:49 pm
  • Josh Smith (ankle) will play on Monday night
    Josh Smith (ankle) will play against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: His ankle sprain didn't look too bad on Saturday and he did go through shootaround, so we're not expecting him to be limited tonight. Smith will come off the bench and should flirt with 30 minutes. He's worth starting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Update: Josh Smith expects to play Monday
    Updating a previous item, Josh Smith (ankle) went through shootaround and expects to play on Monday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Smith is listed as questionable, but he sounds a lot closer to probable, and that's good news for his owners and for the Rockets. With Terrence Jones, Kostas Papanikolaou and Dwight Howard all sidelined, Smith and Donatas Motiejunas should see a ton of minutes down low.
    Monday, 9:26 am
  • Anthony Bennett's injury now to his leg
    Anthony Bennett (leg) will not play on Monday against the Jazz, and he remains out indefinitely.

    Advice: This is just a reminder, and Bennett doesn't appear close to any kind of return. He's been out since February 20.
    Monday, 9:10 am
  • Nerlens Noel recovers after hit to left eye
    Nerlens Noel survived a hit to his left eye during Sunday's game, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in the Sixers' road loss.

    Advice: Noel's fantasy owners are reaping the rewards of their patience, as he's averaging 13.2 points, 9.9 boards, 2.6 steals and 2.6 blocks since the All-Star break. The Sixers also have the league's fifth-best defensive rating (99.2) since the break, an impressive turn of events which bodes well for next season. With any luck the tanking Sixers will continue to play Noel 32+ minutes per game over their final 12 contests.
    Sunday, 9:44 pm
  • Jordan Hill shoots 6-of-7 in just 20 minutes
    Jordan Hill made 6-of-7 shots vs. the Sixers on Sunday, finishing L.A.'s home victory with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists in only 20 minutes.

    Advice: Hill was a combined 10-of-31 from the field in his three previous games, so it's nice to see him get going offensively vs. a Sixers defense which has been surprisingly stingy in recent weeks. Hill is a reliable late-round value but he lacks explosive upside while logging 25-28 minutes for coach Byron Scott. Owners should be on the lookout for potential lineup changes, too, as Scott has suggested that he'll tweak his rotations over L.A.'s final 10 games.
    Sunday, 9:37 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half for Tyler Zeller
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half in place of Tyler Zeller during Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, scoring four points on 1-of-9 shooting with nine boards, five assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: If it wasn't for the awful shooting, this line would have actually been decent for him. However, Olynyk has now shot a stunning 23 percent from the field over his last five games, and he will have a lot of work to do before he pops up on the radar in standard leagues. Yes Tyler Zeller was benched for the second half, but it was mainly because Andre Drummond stole his lunch money tonight. The Celtics do play four times next week, so hopefully Olynyk can figure things out soon.
    Sunday, 6:59 pm
  • Jae Crowder starts at point guard, scores 19
    Jae Crowder started at point guard in place of Marcus Smart (suspension) and he did not disappoint, scoring 19 points with seven boards, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He was everywhere tonight and head coach Brad Stevens was hesitant to take him off the court as he logged 45 minutes. Crowder will return to the bench on Monday vs. the Nets when Smart comes back from his suspension, but his play won't go unnoticed. Crowder has now averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games, and he is worth a long look in most leagues with the Celtics set to play four games this coming week.
    Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Al Jefferson double-doubles with 18 & 11
    Al Jefferson notched his first double-double in two weeks on Sunday, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The absence of Cody Zeller (shoulder) helped Big Al secure some easy boards, and it didn't hurt that Minnesota was playing without Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Garnett and Justin Hamilton. Fantasy owners won't complain, of course, and Jefferson remains a steady-if-unspectacular option while healthy.
    Sunday, 6:31 pm
  • John Henson logs just 14 minutes in defeat
    John Henson only managed to log 14 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Cavs, putting up four points, two rebounds, two blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: His minutes have been sporadic, and they will continue to be as long as Zaza Pachulia is healthy. Henson can be viewed as a shot blocking specialists in deep leagues, but with Jason Kidd yanking his minutes around, he's not worth owning in standard formats.
    Sunday, 3:43 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 14 pts w/ one 3-pointer
    Ersan Ilyasova continued his effective play on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, with six rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and one turnover through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ily has finally hit his rhythm after being flat out horrible to begin the season. He's averaging 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 three-pointers per game since the All-Star break, and health has been a big factor in him finally being able to be effective. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Sunday, 3:40 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 15 pts in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Cavs, with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers through 35 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: Giannis also shot 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, and his aggressiveness in getting to the line has really improved this season. He's been rolling through the month of March with averages of 16.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting at a sterling 49.2 percent clip from the field. He's only in his second year, so owners in keeper leagues can only expect continued. Enjoy.
    Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca double-doubles in fill-in start
    Alexis Ajinca double-doubled in another start for the short-handed Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Omer Asik was sidelined by a calf injury which led to another start for Ajinca, this time alongside Anthony Davis. He held his own vs. DeAndre Jordan but the Pelicans fell on the road, 100-107, bumping them three full games outside of the playoff picture. Anyone banking on Ajinca for production next week should keep a close eye on Asik's status.
    Sunday, 3:29 pm
  • Khris Middleton posts 15-7-5 line in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting Sunday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and five turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Middleton has been logging heavy minutes during the month of March with the Bucks banged up, averaging 19.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers per game over 38.8 minutes of action. He's exploded onto the scene in Milwaukee, and he's cruising along as a top-50 player this season. He's going to be a hot commodity this offseason.
    Sunday, 3:27 pm
  • Kevin Love struggles with shot on Sunday
    Kevin Love struggled with his shot during Sunday's win over the Bucks, scoring just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love did not leave the bench during the fourth quarter as the game turned into a blowout, but consistency continues to be an issue for Cleveland's third-wheel. He's scored nine, 11, 10, eight, and 21 points in his previous five outings, and there's really no telling when the good Love is going to show up. He usually does enough in the rebounding and 3-point categories to balance out the minimal scoring production, but he's simply not the guy owners thought they were buying on draft day.
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive on Sunday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: There hasn't been a lot of information on Humphries' recovery and it's possible he sits out through the end of March. Humphries shouldn't be owners in just about any league right now, and his absence has opened up more minutes for Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin off the bench.
    Sunday, 3:06 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out Sunday vs. MIN
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Marvin Williams will run with the starting unit tonight, but with averages of just 7.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 three-pointers per game as a starter, he's only an option as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
    Sunday, 2:21 pm
  • Channing Frye (illness) out Sunday vs. DEN
    Channing Frye (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: With both Frye and Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out for this one, Kyle O'Quinn and Andrew Nicholson will see their minutes increased with Nikola Vucevic getting all the run he can handle. O'Quinn is worth a look as a streamer option for his ability to rack up the shot blocking totals.
    Sunday, 2:06 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) out Sunday vs. the Clippers
    Omer Asik (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This will be Asik's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and it'll be Alexis Ajinca and Jeff Withey picking up the slack in his absence, with Ajinca getting the start. The Pelicans don't play again until Wednesday, so we'll be considering Asik questionable for that one. Stay tuned.
    Sunday, 11:36 am
  • Omer Asik (calf) is questionable vs. Clippers
    Omer Asik (calf) is questionable to play the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Asik was a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Warriors and ended up siting that one out, and it looks like his status likely won't be determined until right before tip-off again. Alexis Ajinca and Jeff Withey would both be in the mix for more playing time if Asik can't give it a go, with Ajinca holding a little more upside. Asik is worth holding onto if you need boards.
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Brandan Wright plays 30 minutes
    Brandan Wright came off the bench and logged 30 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday, scoring eight points with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He earned playing time due to stepping it up over his last two. Wright was only logging minutes in the teens before the Alex Len injury, but he should be in the upper 20s going forward. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays 19 minutes, scores 13 pts
    Taj Gibson played 19 minutes on Saturday vs. the Pistons, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds.

    Advice: Gibson acknowledged that his ankle was doing fine, but he said that he is dealing with some tightness in his Achilles and calf. However, his owners shouldn't panic as he will simply have to continue to build on his conditioning and shake off the rust after an extended period on the shelf. Having said that, Gibson isn't a must-own player until he can get at least 25 minutes per game, especially with fantasy playoffs in full swing. Nikola Mirotic's role looks safe for now and he is still a must-start player.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Sunday.

    Advice: He started on Friday in his return, but Marvin Williams started the second half. Zeller only played 19 minutes and it could be a couple games before he's putting up consistent playing time.
    Saturday, 3:55 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (ankle) now out
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Hornets.

    Advice: There was some hope he could play, but he'll miss another game. Bennett could get minutes due to how thin the Wolves are, but he can remain on the wire in fantasy leagues until we get a confirmation he'll be ready to go for game action. Plus, he hasn't practiced yet.
    Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • Taj Gibson is probable for Saturday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is listed as probable to play against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He played just 11 minutes in his return on Friday. The Bulls have the dreaded back-to-back game on the road, so there's a chance they rest Gibson tonight against one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Bulls didn't reveal much about Gibson yesterday, so he's a very risky play tonight. Nikola Mirotic is safe to start in all leagues.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Anthony Bennett has chance to play Sunday
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) is questionable to play on Sunday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He has been out for over one month with his leg injury and there's been little talk of him making progress. The Wolves need big men as bad as any team right now, so Bennett would get minutes if he's healthy. Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger would lose some playing time. Leave Bennett on the wire until we get a more encouraging update.
    Saturday, 12:11 pm
  • Ajinca goes for 15 and eight with a block
    Alexis Ajinca scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes of action in Friday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Ajinca had slowed down for the past two weeks but he put up good numbers on Thursday and the whole team seems to be breaking down. Prior to that Ajinca had a nice multi-week run with startable fantasy value and he hasn't needed big minutes to do that. Give him a look if you need a big man.
    Saturday, 12:45 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) returns to action
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) returned to action on Friday, scoring one point on a free throw with six rebounds and four assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: There's not much to read into this performance and with question marks surrounding his value owners can wait and see how he does before considering a pickup.
    Friday, 11:36 pm
  • Jae Crowder starts the second half
    Jae Crowder started the second half for Tyler Zeller during a 101-89 loss to the Spurs on Friday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 5-of-14 from the field and was heavily involved in the offense. With Marcus Smart likely to be suspended, Crowder is a good bet to move into the starting lineup and see close to 36-38 minutes. If you're looking for a risk-reward guy on Sunday, give him a look.
    Friday, 11:21 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk doesn't score in 16 minutes
    Kelly Olynyk did not score in 16 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: He was 0-of-6 from the field and tonight's massive stinker will probably put him on the "I'll never pick him up this season" list for several fantasy owners, which is totally fair. Olynyk only had one good game in his last five.
    Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays 11 minutes in his return
    Taj Gibson played 11 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday with four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Raptors.

    Advice: He is probably going to have a minutes cap going forward, especially with how Nikola Mirotic is tearing up the league. Gibson can remain on the wire in most leagues until he puts up a big night.
    Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Beasley flirts with triple-double vs. Nuggets
    Michael Beasley flirted with a low-grade triple-double on Friday against the Nuggets, scoring nine points on 4-of-13 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Beasley hasn't been a great standard league asset because of poor percentages and just 1.8 combined steals, threes and blocks over his last seven games. There is a chance he mops up for the Heat down the stretch of the season, but with the Heat rising in the standings and not falling -- that chance lessens by the game.
    Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Khris Middleton plays 55 minutes in 3OT loss
    Khris Middleton played 55 minutes against the Nets during Friday's 129-127 loss, scoring 29 points with eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: This game was just ridiculous and the Bucks pulled down 81 rebounds. Middleton continues to be a big part of the offense and he should get even more looks because any shot Michael Carter-Williams takes is usually not optimal. Middleton is going to be paid big bucks this offseason.
    Friday, 9:17 pm
  • John Henson blocks seven shots
    John Henson blocked seven shots with four points, 10 boards and one assist in 21 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: The triple-overtime factor helped him here, so it's hard to get too excited about this line. Plus, Zaza Pachulia arguably had the best game of his career tonight. Unless you're really in the hunt for blocks, Henson isn't a great grab.
    Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 23 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 53 minutes.

    Advice: He played a career-high 53 minutes and the days of him having his playing time held in check are a thing of the past. He's averaging close to 36 minutes per game since the break and is rising up the ranks for fantasy value. He'll be a top-50 pick next season with massive upside.
    Friday, 9:11 pm
  • Nerlens Noel goes on statistical bonanza
    Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 23 points in the Sixers' 97-81 win over the Knicks, hitting 9-of-14 shots (5-of-7 FTs) with 14 rebounds, five steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Sixers were favored for the first time this season and Noel has elbowed his way into the Rookie of the Year discussion. He has been an elite fantasy asset for the last 25 games and might have been available on your waiver wire at some point.
    Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova puts up big line vs. Nets
    Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points with 13 boards, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: If 2014-15 games were albums for Ghostface Ilya, this one would be Supreme Clientele and Ironman combined. Hip-hop references aside, Ilyasova is playing 34 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 16.6 points, 8.4 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 treys. He's a must-own player.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) out for Friday night vs. GSW
    Omer Asik (calf) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but the team decided to just rule him out early. Asik tends to stay on the sidelines more than most players, so he could be looking at another DNP on Sunday against the Clippers. Alexis Ajinca is a nice option in all leagues tonight while Jeff Withey will play more off the bench.
    Friday, 6:24 pm
  • Cody Zeller back in the starting lineup
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will start and move Marvin Williams to the bench against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He needed to miss four games with a shoulder and had a minor setback in that span, but he sounds like he's good to go. Zeller hasn't been a fantasy savior, but he's worth keeping an eye on tonight based on how he was playing well before his injury.
    Friday, 5:42 pm
  • Taj Gibson in uniform to face the Raptors
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is in uniform to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: There is still no word on if he's going to play for sure, but he did go through shootaround this morning. Gibson is a risky play tonight and the Bulls probably won't let him play big minutes off the bat considering he's had so much trouble with his ankle this season. Nikola Mirotic should be starting in standard leagues.
    Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Fri.
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau seemed optimistic when discussing Gibson's following Friday morning's shootaround, but nothing is official just yet. If Gibson can't go tonight, Nikola Mirotic will have his minutes unimpeded, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Nerlens Noel starting against the Knicks
    Nerlens Noel (foot) will start against the Knicks on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown isn't going to change his starting lineup, so Noel will join Ish Smith, Jason Richardson, JaKarr Sampson and Luc Mbah a Moute. Based on what Gorgui Dieng did to the Knicks on Thursday, Noel could be in for a huge night.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) questionable to play Friday
    Omer Asik (calf) is questionable to play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered the calf injury in the second half of Thursday's game against the Suns and did not return. Alexis Ajinca stepped up and he is likely going to have his biggest chance to post stats with Anthony Davis (ankle) doubtful for this game. The Pelicans will have Jeff Withey as the backup center while Luke Babbitt will get more run with more minutes now open at power forward.
    Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Cody Zeller expected to play on Friday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is expected to play against the Kings on Friday night.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and should return after missing the last four games. Jason Maxiell has soaked up most of his minutes while Marvin Williams has really stepped up. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also saw some better production because of Zeller being out. Williams' fantasy owners can expect him to see a dip in output tonight. Zeller was playing well before his injury, so keep an eye on him.
    Friday, 12:02 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again Friday night
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: The team continues to rule him out early and we might not see him on the court for the rest of the month. The Wizards are playing some terrific ball without him and their frontcourt guys should bounce back from some quiet lines against the Jazz on Wednesday.
    Friday, 11:49 am
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Taj Gibson (ankle) went through shootaround, and head coach Tom Thibodeau said he may be able to give it a go for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Gibson is officially being listed as questionable, but his participation in shootaround can certainly be viewed as a positive sign. He's been out since Feb. 27, so his conditioning probably isn't where it needs to be, and he could be limited if he does go tonight. Folks in Chicago have wondered if he'll cede playing time to Nikola Mirotic and he hasn't produced anywhere near enough this season to be called a must-own player, but he's certainly worth a look.
    Friday, 8:56 am
  • Nerlens Noel (foot) expected to play Friday
    Nerlens Noel (right foot contusion) is expected to play Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Noel suffered his foot injury during the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the Pistons, and he did not return, but it sounds like he'll be able to give it a go for tonight's game. However, owners should still check back for official confirmation on Noel's status closer to tonight's tip. If he’s unable to go, Thomas Robinson and Jerami Grant will have the opportunity to play extended minutes. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 6:38 am
  • Jordan Hill scores four points in a loss
    Jordan Hill scored four points in an 80-73 loss to the Jazz on Thursday with 10 rebounds, one block and two steals in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes are there for Hill right now, but he's made a combined 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from the field in his last three games. Hill does have some decent production in the other categories with at least nine rebounds in each of his last four, so he's a decent guy to own. The Lakers have a 4-4-4 schedule in the last three full weeks of the season.
    Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • Wright On: Brandan blocks seven, scores 16
    Brandan Wright brought it on both ends of the floor during a 74-72 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and seven blocks on 8-of-10 from the field in 38 minutes.

    Advice: For years we've been wondering what it would look like for Wright to be unleashed and he's surpassing almost all expectations. He put up an 18-11 line on Sunday and has made it obvious he'll deserve more playing time even when Alex Len (ankle) gets back. Considering how much of a monster he's been, fantasy owners have to pick him up in most leagues even with Len getting closer.
    Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca scores 10 in 26 minutes
    Alexis Ajinca scored 10 points in 26 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with seven rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: At this point, there seem to be as many Pelicans as dodo birds with how many players they're missing. Extinct jokes aside, Ajinca is looking like a solid player to add in most leagues with Omer Asik (calf) possibly missing time. Anthony Davis (ankle) could also miss time, which would make Ajinca a great player in daily leagues. If you have some dead weight give him a look against the Warriors on Friday.
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
  • Omer Asik (calf) doubtful to return vs. Suns
    Omer Asik suffered a calf strain against the Suns on Thursday and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: It's not a good day for the Pelicans and their injuries are just getting out of hand. Anthony Davis (ankle) stepped on Asik's foot at practice today, so they are missing both of their starting frontcourt guys. Plus, Ryan Anderson (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are out. With Asik out, Alexis Ajinca would move into must-add territory if he does need to miss time. Asik left the game with six points, 14 boards and one assist in 18 minutes.
    Thursday, 8:41 pm
  • Bennet (ankle), Hummel (hand) out Thursday
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) have been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Timberwolves will enter Thursday's game with just eight healthy bodies on the roster. Bennett hasn't played since Feb. 20, and remains without an official timetable to return. Hummel has been out since Jan. 25, and he too has no clear return date. Zach LaVine, Kevin Martin, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng, and Adreian Payne will be forced into heavy minutes tonight in a game that both teams would prefer to lose. Get ready for some very ugly basketball.
    Thursday, 3:46 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) participated during Thursday's practice, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: If Zeller is able to return to the lineup on Friday, he'll likely send Marvin Williams back to the bench, and his value would take a sizable hit. Zeller is only averaging 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, so he can't be considered a viable option in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) hopeful for Friday vs. TOR
    Updating a previous report, Taj Gibson (ankle) is hopeful he'll be able to return for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, and he's officially being listed as questionable.

    Advice: Gibson said he wants to see how he feels following Friday morning's shootaround, so owners can expect to get another update then. Make sure Gibson isn't sitting on your waiver wire, as it's looking likely he'll be able to return to action this weekend. It'll be interesting to see how he affects Nikola Mirotic's minutes upon his return.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Nerlens Noel returned to action on Wednesday March 18.
    Thursday, 12:21 am
  • Joakim Noah plays 29 minutes
    Joakim Noah played 29 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with six points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: He did play down the stretch even with the Bulls winning by 17 tonight. Noah will have a minutes cap going forward because the team can't afford to lose another player. He should still have some solid value in all leagues until Derrick Rose (knee) gets back.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk finally gets hot, scores 20
    Kelly Olynyk finally turned it on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: It's about time, as Oly may finally be recovered from his ankle injury. He looked great tonight and if he didn't suffer any setbacks, could be getting ready to turn it on for the Celtics. Pick him up if he's still sitting out there on waivers. He scored a total of three points in his previous two games, so it could be baby steps with him, but tonight was the game we've all be waiting for from Olynyk. Tyler Zeller is going to take a big hit if Oly starts playing like this on a regular basis.
    Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores 20 in loss to OKC
    Brandon Bass had 20 points, three rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 8-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: That's an efficient line as Bass's surprising season continues. He's not making many headlines, but is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and is shooting 66 percent over his last five games, making him worth a look in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks on 8-of-16 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's what he do. And what else he's doing, is averaging 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks on 50 percent shooting over his last five. He's not stealing or hitting threes, but it's hard to be mad at him on a nightly basis.
    Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 17 points in loss
    Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-14 shooting in another start on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games and, knock on wood, he's actually somewhat trustworthy right now.
    Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Kevin Love goes for 10 & 11 in return
    Kevin love returned from a two-game absence in which he rested and hit 4-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes of Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

    Advice: Love's lack of stats tonight is not encouraging, but at least he played. Hopefully his rest period is over and he'll finish the regular season on a high note.
    Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Thaddeus Young plays just 16 minutes
    Thaddeus Young played just 16 minutes and had nine points, three rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer on 4-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He had four fouls and there were no reports of an injury. And given that the Cavaliers spanked the Nets 117-92, the Nets just didn't see a reason to put him back in. He should be fine for his next one, as long as he doesn't have an injury we don't know about.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Nerlens Noel hurts foot, doesn't return
    Nerlens Noel suffered a right foot contusion in the third quarter and did not return on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He went to the locker room for about five minutes in real time and returned to the bench, so it doesn't sound serious. If for some reason it is a problem going forward, Thomas Robinson is probably the most attractive pickup while Furkan Aldemir may also play more. Noel finished with 11 points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes.
    Wednesday, 6:17 pm
  • Channing Frye starts at PF w/ Dedmon out
    Channing Frye will return to Orlando's starting lineup with Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Frye typically fares better when starting and it doesn't hurt that Tobias Harris (ankle) is also unavailable, freeing plenty of minutes at the forward spots. Dedmon is day-to-day with his injury, however, so anyone picking up Frye should prepare to cut him loose just as quickly.
    Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wizards could use some depth up front now that they're going against the best defense in the NBA right now. With Humphries out, Nene and Marcin Gortat should get a couple more minutes. Gortat has been great lately, but he gets a horrible matchup against Rudy Gobert.
    Wednesday, 1:19 pm
  • Beasley will sign for the rest of the season
    Michael Beasley's agent confirmed that he will sign with the Heat for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: We still don't know all the details of the deal, but the move makes a lot of sense for Miami. Beasley has posted averages of 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds on 42.0 percent shooting from the field, and he was able to carve out a pretty decent role off the bench due to all the injuries in Miami. Beasley isn't on the radar in standard leagues at the moment, but owners in deeper leagues should monitor his progress, especially if the Heat suffer any more injuries.
    Wednesday, 10:20 am
  • Joakim Noah says he wants to close games
    Joakim Noah, who is currently on a playing limit of 32 minutes per game, vented his frustration about not being able to close games for the Bulls.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Noah said regarding sitting out in close games. "I think I’m not the only one who’s frustrated sometimes. I think it’s part of the grind. I’m just trying to stay focused on what’s important and trying to win basketball games. I’m not trying to get caught up in any noise or anything like that. I don’t want to be a distraction. We’ll figure it out internally and do what’s best for the team." Despite the minutes limit, Noah's owners will just be glad to see him healthy and active, as he hasn't exactly been the most durable player in recent years. While the minutes limit likely won't be lifted until the postseason, Noah is obviously a must-start player every time he steps onto the floor.
    Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Kevin Love (rest) will play Wednesday vs. BKN
    Kevin Love (rest) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love has missed the last two games for the Cavaliers, but he made it clear that it was simply because he needed rest and that it had nothing to do with his back. Regardless, Love should be feeling pretty refreshed tonight, and his owners can confidently deploy him into all lineups. Tristan Thompson will shift to the bench and will lose most of his value following this news.
    Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Hornets lose despite Al Jefferson's 21 points
    Al Jefferson led the Hornets' offense with 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting vs. the Clippers, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 92-99 road loss.

    Advice: Big Al had an injury scare last week when he reportedly heard a 'pop' in his leg, but he missed only one game with a sprained knee. He's healthy and should be immune to DNP-CDs with Charlotte clawing their way toward a playoff berth -- they're now a full game behind Boston, Miami and Indiana for the No. 8 seed in the East.
    Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Omer Asik rolling for Pels since A.S. break
    Omer Asik notched his third straight double-double on Tuesday with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He made 6-of-8 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, and neither Zaza Pachulia nor John Henson could budge Asik when he set up in the paint. He's shooting 58.9 percent since the All-Star break, with copious rebounds and defensive stats, making him a solid option in all 12-team formats.
    Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 15 points on 15 shots
    Ersan Ilyasova scored 15 points in 36 minutes of action vs. the Pelicans, making 6-of-15 shots with three 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The Bucks fell behind 0-15 on Tuesday before finally getting a 3-pointer from Ilyasova, who finished without any turnovers in the Bucks' loss at New Orleans. He's been flirting with top-150 value for the past few weeks and is primarily worth owning if you're targeting 3-pointers and rebounds.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo stuffs boxscore Tuesday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) fared well in a showdown with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Tuesday, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, and didn't flinch when matched up with the Pelicans' star power forward. Antetokounmpo is filling the stat sheet in every category but 3-pointers lately, and his owners can look forward to terrific production as the Bucks try to solidify their playoff standing down the stretch -- they're still the No. 6 seed but they've dropped eight of their past 10 games.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • John Henson has 14 points, 7 boards, 4 blocks
    John Henson made the most of his 24 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with seven boards and four blocks.

    Advice: He shot 0-of-4 from the free throw line but most owners will live with that caveat as long as he's helping with field goal percentages, rebounds and blocks. It's worth keeping an eye on Henson's role as the week continues, as fellow big man Miles Plumlee was a conspicuous DNP-CD tonight.
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play Tuesday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, but he is hoping to return against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the shelf, but it looks like he is nearing a return. However, Zeller has been really inconsistent this season and usually doesn't get more than 25 minutes per game, so he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Marvin Williams will lose most of his value when Zeller comes back, so his owners should be ready to move on.
    Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Tues.
    Kris Humphries (groin) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: We'll consider Humphries questionable for Wednesday's game against Utah, but if he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will split his reserve minutes. None of these guys are options in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:50 pm
  • Michael Beasley likely to be retained by MIA
    Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra indicated that Michael Beasley will likely be signed for the remainder of the season when his second 10-day contract expires on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beasley has been decent for Miami this season, averaging 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds on 43.0 percent shooting from the field. He can be viewed as a low-end guy in deep leagues, but Beasley has no business being on a roster in standard formats.
    Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Joakim Noah remains on minutes limit
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Joakim Noah remains on a playing limit of 32 minutes per game.

    Advice: While Noah has appeared frustrated with the limit, the Bulls front office is determined to preserve their center and Thibodeau is toeing the company line. "You got to keep the game together," Thibodeau said. "Sometimes a group's on a run, sometimes you got to look at the matchup, then you take your shot at the end. You just got to use it the best way you can." While it would be nice to see Noah without a restriction, the big man can still productive enough in 32 minutes to be started whenever he's in the starting lineup.
    Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Cavaliers maintain Kevin Love isn't injured
    The Cavaliers maintain that Kevin Love (rest) has not missed the last two games due to an injury.

    Advice: Despite the speculation that he is nursing a back injury, the Cavs maintain that Love is not hurt. With resting players becoming a trend in the NBA, there is a good chance that Cavs head coach David Blatt is letting Love save his energy for what will be his first playoff series. We expect Love to play against the Nets Wednesday night, but we'll have updates as soon as more information becomes available.
    Tuesday, 7:14 am
  • Hill goes for 15 and 12 with five assists
    Jordan Hill continued to heat up with 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a rare 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: After providing droppable numbers for weeks he's back on the right side of the ledger and should be owned in most, if not all standard formats going forward.
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Big Al (knee) returns; Hornets get blown out
    Al Jefferson (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes, but the Hornets got embarrassed by the Jazz in a 28-point loss.

    Advice: At one point the Jazz led the game 81-37 so clearly something was wrong on a level that escapes basic fantasy analysis. Big Al's owners will want to keep an eye out for injury reports the rest of the season, since he'll try to play through anything and the reporting on his injury was dubious to say the least (first a calf "pop," then a knee). Owners of other players like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (seven points, one block, 30 minutes), Marvin Williams (three points, four boards, one three, 23 minutes) and Gerald Henderson (four points, 22 minutes) may want to give them a mulligan in this type of loss.
    Mar 16, 9:35 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk looks KO'd, scores one point
    Kelly Olynyk played 16 minutes against the 76ers on Monday with one point, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three fouls.

    Advice: It's impossible to defend Olynyk anymore. He's not getting playing time, he is not playing well, and his competition for minutes is doing a good job. If there is anything promising on the wire like even a Justin Hamilton-type guy, Olynyk should probably be cut right now. There's almost no way anyone picks him up after you drop him.
    Mar 16, 8:20 pm
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will start on Monday
    Al Jefferson (knee) will start against the Jazz on Monday night.

    Advice: Revenge game? Jefferson missed just one game after hearing a "pop" in his calf, so this is a surprise. His fantasy owners can start him in all leagues. Bismack Biyombo will move to the bench.
    Mar 16, 4:41 pm
  • Udonis Haslem will start vs. Cavs
    Udonis Haslem will start against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He'll join Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside in the starting unit. Haslem can be left on the wire in most leagues.
    Mar 16, 4:19 pm
  • Kevin Love out again, LeBron James will play
    Kevin Love (rest) will not play against the Heat on Monday night, but will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He reportedly is dealing with a back injury and asked to rest today, according to ESPN's Israel Gutierrez. Love and the Cavs have three more games this week and no more back-to-back games. We're expecting him to play on Wednesday night.
    Mar 16, 3:43 pm
  • Al Jefferson expected to play on Monday night
    Al Jefferson (knee) is expected to play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Just in time to return against his former team. Out since March 11, Big Al's injury will cost him just one game on the sidelines. It's a best-case scenario for the Hornets and fantasy owners, and there's nothing to suggest Jefferson will be facing a minutes cap on Monday. Make sure he's in your lineup. Bismack Biyombo heads back to the bench.
    Mar 16, 10:31 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo fine after ankle tweak
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is practicing on Monday.

    Advice: We're not even going to put him on the injury report. He tweaked his ankle late in Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies, but as he said after the game, he's just fine.
    Mar 16, 10:26 am
  • Chris Johnson gets another 10-day w/ Bucks
    Bucks re-signed G/F Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

    Advice: The Bucks will now have to decide whether to keep him for the season or release him after this 10-day deal concludes.
    Mar 16, 9:48 am
  • Kris Humphries out again on Monday night
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play on Monday against the Blazers.

    Advice: Humphries has been sidelined since Feb. 25 and remains without a timetable to return. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to be the primary backup bigs behind Nene and Marcin Gortat.
    Mar 16, 9:18 am
  • Anthony Bennett out again on Monday night
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: We're calling him "out indefinitely" until there is a real update on his condition. He hasn't played since Feb. 20, and there is nothing to suggest he'll be back soon. Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne and Justin Hamilton will continue to see increased time with Kevin Garnett (knee) also sidelined.
    Mar 16, 8:41 am
  • Wright calls lockout blessing in disguise
    Brandan Wright called the previous NBA lockout a "blessing in disguise" because it allowed him to heal his shoulder injury.

    Advice: As a big man with a 7'4" wingspan and a 36" vertical leap, health was the biggest thing preventing Wright from making the impact in the NBA so many thought he would initially. He's now found his niche in the league, and he'll be one of the more fascinating free-agent cases this summer. Wright is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 19 minutes per game for the Suns.
    Mar 16, 8:30 am
  • Joakim Noah declines comment on min. limit
    Joakim Noah declined to comment on his minutes limit after Sunday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Noah had 15 points, three rebounds, seven assists and a steal, but he played just 31 minutes and sat for most of the fourth quarter. Beat writer KC Johnson describes the situation as the latest battle between Tom Thibodeau and management, and it doesn't appear Noah will be able to exceed 32 minutes at any point in the near future. He's been on a minutes limit all season, and the team has been especially stringent since Noah recently sat out for a game with knee soreness. The big man can still be a very productive player, but his ceiling is limited in this role.
    Mar 16, 6:19 am
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