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    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) will play Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Bryant's return to action will send Wayne Ellington back to the bench, and take away some touches from Carlos Boozer. Kobe will be limited to 30 minutes tonight, but that's plenty of time for him to put up stats in an up-tempo game with Phoenix. He's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      58 minutes ago
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Stephen Curry scores 25 points in a win
      Stephen Curry scored 25 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four 3-pointers during a 110-97 win over the Wolves on Saturday.

      Advice: His output isn't quite as great in the scoring department with just 18.3 points per game over his last four, adding 4.0 rebounds, 7.5 dimes, 2.8 steals and 2.0 triples on 51.8 percent from the field. Curry is becoming a well-rounded fantasy asset and should be a top-five guy the rest of the way with very little slumps in value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:08 pm
    • Zach LaVine hands out 14 dimes vs. Warriors
      Zach LaVine handed out a career-high 14 assists against the Warriors during a 110-97 loss on Saturday, adding 12 points, four rebounds, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: It was just his second double-double of his career. LaVine is not shooting the ball well, making just 37 percent from the field over his last 11 games. With Ricky Rubio (ankle) set to return in a couple weeks, LaVine is even less of an attractive fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    • Troy Daniels scores 14 in nine minutes
      Troy Daniels scored 14 points with four 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field in nine minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He scored all 14 of those points in the last five minutes of the game. Daniels isn't entrenched in the rotation yet, but coach Flip Saunders says it could be coming. Although, that could be moot with Kevin Martin (wrist) getting closer. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:43 pm
    • Darren Collison scores 27 in win over NYK
      Darren Collison made 9-of-10 from the field with three 3-pointers for 27 points against the Knicks on Saturday with one rebound, 10 assists and two steals in 43 minutes.

      Advice: The Knicks are not good and that shooting line is good for a 105.0 effective field goal percentage. Collision has shot the ball well over his last five, making 56.7 percent from the field for averages of 19.4 points, 5.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.6 triples in 38.2 minutes per game. There's a good chance this might be the apex of his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:35 pm
    • Ray McCallum scores 10 in 30 minutes
      Ray McCallum played 30 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

      Advice: The Kings went small tonight and used Rudy Gay at the four down the stretch. They won't be able to get away with this too often and Ramon Sessions (back) won't be out long. While McCallum did get some run at shooting guard on Friday, he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    • Shane Larkin gets 35 minutes
      Shane Larkin played 35 minutes off the bench on Saturday with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals, one block and one turnover against the Kings.

      Advice: He didn't score more than five points in any of his previous four and didn't play above 17 in any of his previous three, so this game seems like a fluke. Plus, Larkin will lose playing time once J.R. Smith returns. Leave him on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    • Trey Burke scores 17 points in win Saturday
      Trey Burke scored 17 points in a win over the 76ers on Saturday, adding four assists, one board, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He simply hasn't lived up to his potential so far this season and being undersized has been a bigger obstacle than everyone thought. Alec Burks is really struggling with his shoulder, so Burke will have to handle the ball even more for the Jazz for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    • Kendall Marshall plays 15 minutes in start
      Kendall Marshall played 15 minutes in a start against the Hawks on Saturday with three points, one rebound and two turnovers.

      Advice: He had a four-point, five-dime start on Friday, so the starting factor is trumped by the minute factor. Obviously that's almost always the case and Marshall is not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:37 pm
    • Jeff Teague dominates vs. Bucks, scores 25
      Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 90-85 win over the Bucks on Saturday with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: Needless to say, he's back. Teague missed three games earlier this month and played in just 24 minutes in each of his last two games. He was playing well before the injury and he should keep the ball rolling against the Cavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    • Tony Wroten scores 20 points on Saturday
      Tony Wroten scored 20 points on Saturday to go with six boards and two steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with injuries this season, but when he has been healthy he has looked really strong on the court. While you can probably do better in standard leagues for now, if Michael Carter-Williams ever suffers an injury Wroten will become a must-start option in all points-based formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    • Dennis Schroder disappears on Saturday
      Dennis Schroder played six minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with one rebound and one turnover.

      Advice: Well, Jeff Teague is back. Schroder had an impressive run, but he's obviously not going to have fantasy value while Teague is active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:22 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey's vision is not a problem
      Rodney Stuckey played through some vision issues against the Nets during a 110-85 win with 20 points, six rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Maybe he's better with blurry vision because this might have been his second best game of the season. "Just got to play through it," Stuckey said of his vision issue. "We were shorthanded tonight. C.J. Miles was out. [Damjan Rudez] didn’t make the trip, so just need to play." Stuckey is still not going to be the type of player to carry a fantasy team and he didn't score more than nine points in any of his previous four, so don't overreact to this line. He's worth a look, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
       
      Injured
    • Michael Carter-Williams shoots just 2-of-20
      Michael Carter-Williams shot just 2-of-20 from the field in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, finishing with eight points, four boards, six assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He was terrible Saturday, and to add to his misery he even turned the ball over six times. MCW is one of the most inefficient players in the league, and his shooting percentages and turnovers make him really tough to own in standard leagues. That being said, his numbers will continue to be inflated as long as he continues to see big minutes for the 76ers, and he will continue to be a triple-double threat every time he takes the floor. Owners must take the good with the bad. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:13 pm
    • C.J. Watson has great game off bench
      C.J. Watson scored 17 points off the bench against the Nets on Saturday with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He probably won't play 30 minutes again while George Hill gets his legs underneath him, so this might be his best line for the next two weeks or so. Still, Watson should still have some low-end fantasy value in standard leagues as the sixth man, but he's obviously not a must-own guy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    • George Hill scores 12 in 23 minutes
      George Hill scored 12 points with six rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: He did have a bad fall and was limping for a bit, but there's no reason to be worried. The Pacers have kept a limitation on his minutes, but he's been busy with a 24.1 usage rate in 23.8 minutes per game on the season. It should be just a matter of time before he gets it going. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    • Mike Conley has a nice game, hurts foot
      Mike Conley suffered a foot injury and return to action on Saturday, finishing with 24 points, one rebound, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Heat.

      Advice: There isn't much cause for concern and he should be ready to roll on Tuesday vs. the Spurs. Meanwhile, Conley is rolling over his last five, averaging 19.0 points, 2.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 triples. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:26 pm
    • Kemba Walker scores a career-high 42 points
      Kemba Walker's career-high 42 points were not enough against the Magic during a 102-94 loss on Saturday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He scored 35 points in the second half, which is the most any Hornet has ever scored in a half in Charlotte's NBA history. Walker made 15-of-31 from the field overall and his ridiculous second half gave him a usage rate of 52.3 with an assist percentage of 66.7. He's heating up with 21.9 points per game on 43.8 percent from the field this month. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:04 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
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Hou
    • John Wall has a boring line in win
      John Wall scored 12 points with four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and five turnovers against the Celtics on Saturday.

      Advice: He put on a show and had another 360-degree layup, which he also did on Christmas. Wall has at least seven assists in all but one game this season and is leading the NBA in assist percentage among qualifiers. The "Wall is not a point guard" debate from a couple seasons ago should have never happened. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:11 pm
    • George Hill gets the start on Saturday
      George Hill started against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: The team didn't announce the starting lineup until tip. Hill will start next to Rodney Stuckey and move C.J. Watson to the bench. Hill should be owned in all leagues based on his high usage and 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:12 pm
    • Kendall Marshall starting again
      Kendall Marshall, Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Johnny O'Bryant and Zaza Pachulia are starting against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: This is the same lineup as Friday and coach Jason Kidd may have found his answer in the backcourt. Marshall is still nowhere near worthy of a grab in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:59 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey (eye) will play vs. Nets
      Rodney Stuckey (eye) will play against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: Everything must have went well despite Stuckey having some problems with the upper part of his eye. His shooting percentage could be at risk tonight, which is troubling considering he's one of the least efficient players in the NBA. Start him at your own peril. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:57 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points in win vs. Clips
      Kyle Lowry turned in a gem against the Clippers during a 110-98 victory on Saturday with 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was hot in the third quarter with 11 points and did a tremendous job on Chris Paul today. Lowry is doing it all for the Raptors and fantasy owners over his last five, averaging 23.2 points, 4.2 boards, 7.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 51.3 percent from the field. He's in the hunt for MVP with the Raptors holding the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    • Greivis Vasquez plays well vs. Clippers
      Greivis Vasquez was terrific off the bench against the Clippers on Saturday with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: It's been a bumpy ride for Vasquez and he's made just 37.9 percent from the field over his previous 10 games. Vasquez's minutes have taken a dip to just 21.4 per game in that span, so he's not really going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:15 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) is probable for Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) is listed as probable to play against the Suns on Sunday.

      Advice: The Lakers did list him as probable for Christmas against the Bulls and he missed that game, so this probable tag should be viewed as more of a questionable one. Bryant has complained about his Achilles and his entire body not being at 100 percent, so his owners will want to check back. Wayne Ellington is obviously much less appealing should Kobe make it back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:27 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Rajon Rondo needs to be aggressive
      Coach Rick Carlisle told Rajon Rondo he needs to be aggressive.

      Advice: "I haven’t been scoring as much in the past in Boston, but here he told me to be a little bit more aggressive," Rondo said. He scored a season-high 21 points against the Lakers on Friday, but the easy matchup had a lot to do with it. Rondo's shot attempts in each of his four games have all been higher than his average in Boston this season. His scoring average may rise, but fantasy owners might take a bigger hit to their field goal and free throw percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:20 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey (face) probable Saturday
      Rodney Stuckey (face) is now probable for Saturday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: He is dealing with some swelling in his right eye but it isn't believed to be too serious. If Stuckey can't go, expect George Hill and C.J. Watson to see an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
    • Rodney Stuckey dealing with swollen right eye
      Rodney Stuckey is dealing with a swollen right eye, and his status is not known for Saturday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: He suffered a blow to the face from Andre Drummond in the third quarter of Friday's game and was not able to return. Stuckey can barely see out of his eye so there is a real possibility that he could rest on Saturday. If he does sit, expect George Hill and C.J. Watson to carry the load for the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 am
       
      Injured
    • Collison hits career-high four triples in los
      Darren Collison had a mixed game in Friday's loss to the Suns, scoring 19 points with four treys but just two assists, one rebound and three passes into the fifth row at Sleep Train in Sacramento.

      Advice: Collison struggled to contain penetration and the Kings' defense was pretty bad, allowing the Suns to hit 14-of-33 percent (42.4%) from deep. Offensively, he hit a number of big shots and along with Rudy Gay (16 points, four rebounds, five assists, two threes, 7-of-15 FGs) they kept this game from getting out of hand. The Kings will likely struggle as long as their coaching situation remains in flux, but the fantasy value of their key guys will remain intact. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:08 am
    • Carter-Williams scores 17 points in loss
      Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points on 8-of-20 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: MCW is unusable in 9-cat leagues unless you're punting nearly half your categories and who does that. In 8-cat leagues you're looking at a top-75 player in the 21 games he has been on the floor this year, boosted by averages of 16.0 points, 6.8 boards and 7.5 assists for the popcorn stat player. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:45 am
    • Wroten posts effecient 22-4-4 line in loss
      Tony Wroten scored 22 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-13 shots (1-of-4 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Wroten won't shoot it this well on most nights and he has had a hard time staying on the court. He could be worth a look in 8-cat leagues but the emergence of K.J. McDaniels and Robert Covington complicates what was once an open season for Wroten hucking up shots. Hollis Thompson was also out tonight, giving some minutes to the rest of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:39 am
    • Rondo posts season-high 21 pts in huge night
      Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal in the Mavs' 102-98 win over the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: Rondo is scoring more in Dallas than he was in Boston, and his assists are a bit down, but it's still too early to say how things will change with his production. He's clearly going to run the show, however, and he'll be worth having in all lineups as expected. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:05 am
    • Lin posts versatile line but hits only 2-of-8
      Jeremy Lin scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has top 120-150 (8/9 cat) value in a season dominated by Kobe Bryant, which may be changing a bit to favor the little guys now that Kobe has been forced to look at his own role in the Lakers' disaster. This line has flaws and Lin's performance this season can be picked apart, but knowing things can't get much worse this 'floor' may deserve the benefit of the doubt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:41 am
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Neal hits 1-of-8 shots in Friday's loss
      Gary Neal hit 1-of-8 shots for six points, one rebound and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Neal missed all nine of his shots on Tuesday and the way this works is that a hot streak is right around the corner. It's hard to bet on and even if it hits he's a deep league asset at best right now, but don't be surprised if it happens in the next few games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:13 am
       
      Player Note
      Gary Neal Cha - PG,SG
    • Tony Wroten returned to action on Friday December 26. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:14 pm
    • Teague productive in blowout loss
      Jeff Teague returned to the starting lineup for the Hawks in their blowout loss to the Bucks on Friday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (no threes) with zero rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 24 minutes.

      Advice: This is a great line considering the circumstances and he should be in all lineups going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:06 pm
    • Marshall quiet in start for the Bucks
      Kendall Marshall started at point guard in Friday's blowout win over the Hawks, scoring just four points on 2-of-6 shooting with five assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Marshall is a terrible asset in standard leagues unless he is dominating touches and getting 35-plus minutes per game. That's not going to happen with this team barring a number of injuries . Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:41 pm
    • George Hill plays well yet again
      George Hill played well in his second game of the season on Friday with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes during a 119-109 loss to the Pistons.

      Advice: He came off the bench again, but we'd guess he'll be in the starting lineup on Saturday. Hill shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:10 pm
    • C.J. Watson plays 32 minutes on Friday
      C.J. Watson played 32 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Rodney Stuckey (face) did not return from an injury, so Watson picked up a bit of playing time. He probably would be headed to the bench if not for the Stuckey injury, but he'll be worth a plug-and-play should Stuckey sit on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:57 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) out Fri
      Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Andre Drummond hit him in the face and perhaps he was poked in the eye. Stuckey needed help walking back to the locker room and maybe he couldn't see properly. Hopefully he didn't scratch his cornea or else it could cost him time. C.J. Watson and George Hill would get more run while Donald Sloan would likely get back in the rotation. Stuckey checked out with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against his former team. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:55 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Watson will start again Friday vs. DET
      C.J. Watson will draw another start for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: George Hill is back in the lineup, but the Pacers are bringing him along slowly off the bench. However, it's only a matter of time until Hill usurps the starting point guard gig, so there's not much reason to own Watson in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:26 pm
    • George Hill will come off the bench on Friday
      George Hill will come off the bench again on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: He was extremely busy in his debut with a usage rate of 28.0 in 21 minutes of action. Hill should have a lot of his plate as the primary ball-handler, so he should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:23 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) out Friday vs. Mavs
      Kobe Bryant (general soreness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs, but coach Byron Scott likes Kobe's chances of playing Sunday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Kobe was doubtful heading into this one, so this news shouldn't come as a surprise. "I just need to kind of hit the reset button," said Bryant. "What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything." While Kobe is sidelined, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Carlos Boozer will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:02 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Kobe Bryant listed as questionable for Friday
      Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for Friday against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He said earlier that his Achilles is sore and his chances of playing tonight are slim, so his Bryant's fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Wayne Ellington will likely get another start while Wes Johnson should have a higher usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:30 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Kendall Marshall starting, O.J. Mayo benched
      Kendall Marshall will enter the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Atlanta, shifting Brandon Knight over to SG, and sending O.J. Mayo to the bench.

      Advice: Mayo has been struggling lately, shooting just 4-of-14 from the field over the last two games. Marshall hasn't done much this season to warrant attention in standard leagues, and he only managed to put up three points and four assists during his last start. This will be the 13th different starting lineup for the Bucks this season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:15 pm
    • Tony Wroten (knee) will play against Portland
      Tony Wroten (knee) will play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He has been dealing with a sprained knee basically since Michael Carter-Williams returned to the lineup. Wroten should be busy tonight with Hollis Thompson (illness) out. He's not a great guy in standard leagues, but he's an option in daily points leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:42 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) unlikely for Friday
      Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

      Advice: Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:57 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Jeff Teague to return to the starting lineup
      Jeff Teague is set to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, according to plugged in beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

      Advice: There was simply no way that Dennis Schroder was going to stick with the starting unit for long with Teague healthy, and it looks like he'll head to the bench on Friday ending his days of standard league relevancy. Teague was putting up early-round value before going down, and is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:01 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
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Hou
    • Stephen Curry scores 14 points in full line
      Stephen Curry scored 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's fared well against the Clippers in his previous two seasons and made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his previous two seasons against them. Curry is in a minor slump at just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc over his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Chef Curry will likely be cooking up plenty goodies for the home folks against the Wolves on Saturday. Revenge game for drafting Jonny Flynn over him? Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:19 pm
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:08 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Jeremy Lin takes a step back on Thursday
      Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:54 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play on Christmas
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:40 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • John Wall dominates Knicks with 24-11-6 line
      John Wall looked fabulous against the Knicks on Christmas, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 11 assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Wall basically did whatever he wanted today, and the Knicks looked like they didn't get the "no gifts" memo. John Wall currently leads the league with the most 20-point, 10-assist games this season with nine, and he's second in the league in assist per game with 10.4. He's putting up early-round value, and has established himself as an elite point guard in the league. Enjoy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:57 am
    • 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
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Hou
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:37 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Rajon Rondo plays well in loss on Tuesday
      Rajon Rondo played well in a loss to the Suns on Tuesday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting, adding eight assists, six boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: While he will never be the most efficient player on offense, Rondo has gelled pretty well with his teammates and should continue to improve as the season progresses. He did turn the ball over five times, but he is going to be a triple-double threat every time he takes the floor so his owners will just have to take the good with the bad. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:51 pm
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) returns in bench role
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) came off the Hawks' bench on Tuesday and finished with nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes, while posting a team-best +/- rating of +23.

      Advice: Dennis Schroder earned another start at PG, but he had only five points, four assists, four turnovers and a team-worst +/- rating of -18. Teague could regain the starting job as soon as Friday (vs. Milwaukee) or Saturday (at Milwaukee), and it shouldn't take long for his minutes to return to the 30-32 range he's been averaging all season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:45 pm
    • Dennis Schroder slows down w/ Teague back
      Dennis Schroder had five points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and four turnovers on Tuesday, playing 24 minutes as the Hawks' starting PG despite the return of Jeff Teague (hamstring).

      Advice: Schroder's solid play in Teague's absence has earned him some goodwill from coach Mike Budenholzer, but he's unlikely to keep the starting job much longer. Owners gauging his rest-of-season value should consider his mediocre averages through 26 games -- 9.2 points (48.1 percent FGs, 77.4 percent FTs), 0.3 triples, 2.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:44 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams racks up six steals
      Michael Carter-Williams racked up a season-high six steals vs. Miami on Tuesday, to go along with 20 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, five assists and one block.

      Advice: MCW's big game helped Philly earn their second straight victory, and he's found a nice groove after a slow start following his shoulder injury. The 76ers are last in the NBA in offensive efficiency by an enormous margin -- their 91.4 points per 100 possessions trail the 29th-placed Pacers by nearly six points -- and they'd be even worse if it weren't for Carter-Williams' individual efforts. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:57 pm
    • Gary Neal goes 0-of-9 from the floor Tuesday
      Gary Neal missed all nine of his shot attempts on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three boards and two assists in 20 minutes.

      Advice: It was a rough performance for him, but he deserves a pass considering how well he has played off of the bench for the Hornets this season. He could see his value rise tremendously if the Hornets end up trading Lance Stephenson (hip), but for now Neal should only be owned in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers and points. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:23 pm
       
      Player Note
      Gary Neal Cha - PG,SG
    • Troy Daniels plays just five minutes Tuesday
      Wolves guard Troy Daniels didn't leave the bench until the final five minutes of Tuesday's loss in Cleveland.

      Advice: Daniels hopes to be unleashed as a perimeter scorer in Minnesota, but for now Flip Saunders is content to bench him in favor of guys like Zach LaVine, Mo Williams and Chase Budinger. Daniels should eventually emerge with a reserve role, but he'll be too limited for use outside of the deepest leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    • Zach LaVine still starting at PG for Wolves
      Zach LaVine started at PG ahead of Mo Williams again on Tuesday, finishing with six points, six assists, four steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

      Advice: LaVine has an atrocious Player Efficiency Rating of 8.5, with an assist rate (21.1 percent) nearly as high as his turnover rate (19.8 percent). He's had a few nice games but is nowhere near being a reliable fantasy asset, and whatever value he might still have will be crushed by the return of Ricky Rubio (ankle) in January. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 pm
    • Kemba Walker leads Hornets with 27 points
      Kemba Walker led the Hornets to their fourth straight win on Tuesday against the Bucks, finishing with 27 points, four assists, one board, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: The Hornets are finally starting to get it together, and Walker has been one of the main reasons why. His scoring has been much better than it was at the beginning of the season, and over his last six games he has averaged 24.3 points per game. In case you are wondering, the buy-low window has been closed, and with the Hornets poised to make a playoff push there is no reason to think that Walker will slow down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:52 pm
    • George Hill (knee) shines in season debut
      George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

      Advice: This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:31 pm
    • Watson, Stuckey challenged w/ G. Hill healthy
      C.J. Watson scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 28 minutes on Tuesday, helping Indiana defeat the visiting Pelicans.

      Advice: Rodney Stuckey added six points, five boards and four assists with some defensive stats, but both starting guards are on notice with George Hill (knee, quad) back in action. Watson's role seems the most precarious, though coach Frank Vogel has yet to reveal his ideal starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • Kobe Bryant rested, will not play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, but he's expected to meet the Lakers in Chicago for Thursday's game.

      Advice: Wayne Ellington will start in Kobe's absence, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin also getting more opportunities. Bryant has deferred the management of his minutes, DNPs and role to coach Byron Scott, and Scott said he intends to play Kobe around 32 minutes per game, down from his current 35 per game. More DNPs during back-to-back sets seem inevitable, and they're something Bryant's fantasy owners will have to live with -- if more rest leads to improved efficiency, the trade-off won't sting nearly as much. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:46 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Tony Wroten has sprained knee, out Tuesday
      Tony Wroten has a sprained right knee, and will not play on Tuesday.

      Advice: This injury came out of nowhere, and it leaves the 76ers with just eight active players for their game vs. the Heat. We will pass along updates as soon as we know more, but given the cautious nature of the 76ers Wroten may see some additional time on the sidelines. K.J. McDaniels will see his role increased off of the bench and should be owned in most leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:43 pm
    • George Hill will play nine minutes each half
      Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:35 pm
    • Dennis Schroder will start again on Tuesday
      Dennis Schroder will start again for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, and Jeff Teague (hamstring) will come off the bench.

      Advice: Through three games with the starting unit this season Schroder is averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 assists per game over 28 minutes of action. However, with Teague available for this one, Schroder's minutes will likely come down, and he'll make for a risky option in daily leagues with a tough matchup vs. the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:13 pm
    • Jeff Teague will come off the bench Tuesday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Dennis Schroder has been excellent filling in for Teague while he was sidelined, and it looks like the Hawks are going to ease Teague back into the rotation. Still, given Teague's upside, he's pretty much a must-start guy when in uniform. We'll let you know if any word comes out of a minutes restriction. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:08 pm
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) probable to play Tues
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is probable to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed the last week and the Hawks did not miss him whatsoever, winning all three games against teams expected to make the playoffs in the Mavericks, Rockets and Cavs. It's unknown if Teague will play less than his 31.3 minutes per game, but it's not a wild idea considering how well Dennis Schroder played. Still, Teague can be placed back into fantasy lineups and those who added Schroder might want to make other plans. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:02 am
    • George Hill will make season debut on Tues
      George Hill (knee) will make his season debut against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

      Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said Hill will come off the bench on Tuesday and he "won't play [Hill] huge minutes. Enough to get his feet wet." Hill should be scooped off waiver wires if he's still available, while C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan take a hit to their fantasy values as both will now return to reserve roles. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 am
    • Rajon Rondo wants Josh Smith in Dallas
      Rajon Rondo said he thinks that the Mavericks should sign F Josh Smith.

      Advice: In addition to saying that his good friend would be a good fit for the Mavs, Rondo added, "I think we can use an athletic big. Josh brings a lot to the game -- his intangibles, he can make plays, rebound, defend." Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed the Mavericks are trying to lure Smith to Dallas, but the Kings, Heat, and Rockets are also in the mix so fantasy owners should wait to see where the forward lands before making any moves. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:23 am
    • Rondo goes for 13 and 11 in loss to Hawks
      Rajon Rondo scored 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and a block in the Mavs' 105-102 home loss to the Hawks on Monday.

      Advice: This is a step up from his debut and it's still a bit too early to say how things will gel. Overall, his fantasy value will be similar as it was in Boston, but owners will want to see if the peripheral numbers change in a different system. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:20 pm
    • Schroder scores career-high 22 with six asts
      Dennis Schroder started for injured Jeff Teague (hamstring) and scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 31 minutes on Monday against the Mavs.

      Advice: Schroder has impressed a lot of folks in the know and he has starter-level upside in the NBA. When Shelvin Mack (two points, four assists) isn't making every single shot he takes, it's clear that Schroder is the starter and Mack is the backup whenever Teague is out. He's been great since taking over the reins for Teague and when that's over he'll go back to being a stash with top 175-200 value (8/9 cat) on the year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:03 pm
    • Conley scores 28, Gasol posts 24-12-5
      Mike Conley scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds and four assists in the Grizzlies' 97-91 home loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: Conley has been a top-40 value this season and both he and Marc Gasol (24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists) will go big anytime Zach Randolph (knee) is out. Randolph is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:53 pm
    • Lowry scores 34 points with four treys
      Kyle Lowry scored 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting with four threes, six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

      Advice: Big nights from Lowry are no surprise and he should make his first All Star team this season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:38 pm
    • Vasquez terrible in loss to the Bulls
      Greivis Vasquez managed just two points on 1-of-7 shooting with four assists in 15 minutes of action on Monday.

      Advice: Vasquez looked awful tonight and despite his big Sunday outing (21 points, five assists, three treys) he hasn't been very productive since DeMar DeRozan got hurt. DeRozan still isn't close to a return, but Vasquez can be left on the wire in 12-team standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:54 pm
    • Kemba Walker scores 18 in an easy win
      Kemba Walker scored 18 points in an easy 110-82 win over the Nuggets on Monday with one rebound, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 5-of-12 from the field and is coming out of his shooting slump quite nicely. In fact, Walker has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50.0 in each of his last five games, averaging 23.8 points, 2.8 boards, 6.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 treys. The buy-low window is closed. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:41 pm
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) ruled out for Monday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play on Monday night against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and could miss additional games. Teague was outstanding before his injury and was close to being a No. 1 fantasy point guard, but the Hawks are just fine with Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack. Schroder is worth a look in daily leagues in a favorable matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:38 pm
    • Troy Daniels wants the green light
      Troy Daniels said he is hoping to " get the green light" from the Wolves to shoot.

      Advice: "I’m a shooter, so I have to do what I do, what got me here. Shoot the ball," Daniels said. "There will be a lot more threes. I can tell you that." The Wolves are dead last in triples, so they could use a guy like Daniels. Of course, he didn't score in his debut on Sunday, so he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Coach Flip Saunders also mentioned Daniels won't get much playing time early on. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:23 pm
    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:41 am
    • Jeff Teague doesn't have timetable for return
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Monday against the Mavericks, and there is no timetable for his return.

      Advice: Teague hasn't been able to suit up since last week, and it doesn't appear he's getting close yet. Dennis Schroder will draw another start in Teague's place, and he's averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers in a tiny two-game sample size. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:20 am
    • Stephen Curry openly endorses Steve Kerr
      Stephen Curry called Steve Kerr "the right man for the job."

      Advice: This was not a shot at Mark Jackson, who Curry remains very close with, but instead an admission that the Warriors hired the right coach. "He understood he was taking over a solid roster," Curry said. "We could get better; obviously, we didn’t win a championship. But we were very competitive and laid a foundation for success. It wasn’t that he was building from the ground up. It was just about fine tuning what he saw we could do better." Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 8:22 am
    • C.J. Watson returned to action on Sunday December 21. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 11:23 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:03 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starts, logs 29 minutes
      C.J. Watson returned from a sinus infection to finish Sunday's road win in Minnesota with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: Unfortunately, the impending return of George Hill makes Watson an unlikely source of long-term value -- he played 29 minutes on Sunday and that number will only decrease in the coming weeks. Former starter Donald Sloan also remains a threat to Watson's value, finishing Sunday's game with 10 points and seven assists in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:46 pm
    • Troy Daniels scoreless in his Wolves debut
      Troy Daniels was scoreless in his very brief debut for the Timberwolves on Monday.

      Advice: Daniels made a splash with the Rockets in last year's playoffs but he's had a hard time earning minutes this season, so a trade to Minnesota can only be a good thing. The Wolves' backcourt is banged up enough that Daniels is worth a look in very deep leagues, especially if you're hunting 3-pointers, but he's best-suited to the waiver wire in all other circumstances. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:32 pm
    • Zach Lavine takes backseat to Mo Williams
      Zach LaVine's downward trajectory continued on Sunday with nine points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: He started the game but quickly ceded the court to Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 24 points off the bench. A healthy Williams is enough reason to avoid LaVine, whose outlook should get even bleaker with Ricky Rubio (ankle) targeting a January return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:31 pm
    • John Wall struggles in loss to Suns on Sunday
      John Wall struggled in a loss against the Suns on Sunday, shooting just 5-of-15 from the field and finishing with 14 points, eight assists, five boards and three steals in 38 minutes.

      Advice: The fact that he was struggling in this game and still managed to put up these kinds of numbers speaks volumes about how well he has played recently. Wall is spoiling his owners this season and he's easily become one of the elite point guards in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 6:19 pm
    • Greivis Vasquez busts out w/ 21-5-4 line
      Greivis Vasquez took advantage of the increased opportunity with Landry Fields (concussion) sidelined on Sunday, and put up 21 points (three 3-pointers), five assists, and four rebounds in a Raptors' win.

      Advice: Vasquez has been struggling lately coming off the bench, but got things going tonight against a terrible Knicks team. The Knicks often give up big lines to opposing guards, so that can't be discounted with tonight's line. Given how inconsistent Vasquez' has been this year, we'll need to see a couple more games like this before recommending the add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:33 pm
    • Mike Conley logs 25 minutes in road loss
      Mike Conley had only 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes on Sunday, as the Grizzlies lost on the road in Miami.

      Advice: He didn't turn the ball over but shot just 5-of-13 from the field, and wound up with minimal playing time as coach Dave Joerger tried in vain to find a winning combination. Beno Udrih pitched in two points and five assists in 19 minutes off the bench, while Nick Calathes added four points and four dimes in 14 minutes. Both guys should fade into irrelevance with Conley reclaiming more minutes vs. the Jazz on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:11 pm
    • Kyle Lowry scores 22 points, dishes 9 assists
      Kyle Lowry put up 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting during Sunday's win, adding nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, three steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Lowry also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe as his career-year continues. He's hitting career-highs in points (19.4) and assists (7.8) this season, and is the main reason the Raptors currently own a record of 21-6 despite not having DeMar DeRozan. Keep rolling him out there as he establishes himself as an elite point guard in the league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:05 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starting Sunday vs. MIN
      C.J. Watson (illness) will start vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

      Advice: Watson missed one game with a sinus infection and he should be fine from a conditioning standpoint, while his return sends Donald Sloan back to the Pacers' bench. Watson is worth a look for temporary points and assists. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:49 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey stinks in 35 minutes
      Rodney Stuckey was a disaster during one of the ugliest games of the year, making 1-of-10 from the field for four points, two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: This was bad and Stuckey is known for his inefficient games. In fact, tonight was the 37th game of his career with a field goal percentage failing to crack 10.0 percent (with at least one attempt). This is what his owners will have to deal with, so adjust accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:31 pm
       
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    • Rajon Rondo has a mediocre debut, scores six
      Rajon Rondo had an underwhelming Dallas debut on Saturday, making 3-of-11 from the field for six points with seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four turnovers.

      Advice: He was a bystander as Monta had it all. Rondo's shot selection wasn't great tonight and the Mavericks might want him to dial down his mid-range jumpers if they want to remain No. 1 in offensive efficiency. The Celtics led the NBA in pace while he was there -- Dallas was 11th at the time of the trade -- while Rondo is posting career lows in several categories, so it's hard to get too excited about his fantasy value in standard leagues. He's obviously still worth owning, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:02 pm
    • Dennis Schroder gets Beverley'd
      Dennis Schroder slowed down against the Rockets on Saturday with eight points, six rebounds, six assists and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He looked great in his first start on Wednesday, but Patrick Beverley will make anyone look a lot worse. Schroder should have another game as the start and would likely have success against Rajon Rondo. He's worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:49 pm
    • Kemba Walker drops 20 points in win Sat
      Kemba Walker dropped 20 points in Saturday's win over the Jazz, adding six assists, two boards, four steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 8-of-17 from the field, and has been really heating up lately. Over his last four games, Walker has been averaging 25.25 points, 5.75 assists, and 1.75 steals. After a slow start to the season, Walker is on fire and the buy-low window is officially shut. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:27 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) out for Saturday's game
      C.J. Watson (illness) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets, and Donald Sloan will draw the start.

      Advice: Watson is dealing with a sinus infection, so he shouldn't be in too much danger of missing additional time. Sloan is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value, but owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way with George Hill's return on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 4:39 pm
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) out on Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game against the Rockets, meaning Dennis Schroder will draw another start.

      Advice: Teague was considered doubtful heading into this game, so owners should have seen this coming. Teague should be considered day-to-day moving forward, and we will update his status as soon as we know more. Dennis Schroder will draw another start on Saturday, but he will unfortunately get the Patrick Beverley treatment. Shelvin Mack will also see a boost off of the bench, and is coming off a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 4:02 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) now questionable
      C.J. Watson is questionable for Saturday against the Nuggets with an illness.

      Advice: He was probable as of Friday with a sinus infection, so a downgrade doesn't sound promising. Watson would be looking at a chance to start, but he hasn't been involved in the offense much since his return. If he's out, Donald Sloan would be worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 11:02 am
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) doubtful Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is still listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Even if he was active, he would have gotten the Patrick Beverley treatment so owners can go ahead and bench him. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect Dennis Schroder to draw another start. Shelvin Mack will also see some extra run as well, and just scored a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Both players are worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:55 am
    • Rajon Rondo ready to perform for Dallas
      Rajon Rondo is eager to embrace his role in Dallas, and is looking forward to helping his teammates succeed.

      Advice: "I’m able to help guys make it easier for themselves offensively," Rondo said. "Just get the ball out of my hands quicker and let guys make plays." It will be very intriguing to see how Dallas decides to use Rondo, as they already let Monta Ellis handle the ball a lot. Regardless, Rondo is surrounded by a host of talented players, and he should be able to be a more efficient player than he was in Boston. Deploy him as usual against the Spurs on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:36 am
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:33 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Kyle Lowry fills it up, shoots poorly
      Kyle Lowry played just 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 110-100 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did hit a clutch turnaround jumper to ice it, but finished making just 5-of-14 from the field. Lowry's shooting percentage hasn't dropped off too much since the loss of DeMar DeRozan, but he's getting to the line more and handing out 10 assists per night this month. He should be a No. 1 fantasy point guard all season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:02 pm
    • Burke scores 11 points with five assists
      Trey Burke scored 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting (no threes) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal on Friday.

      Advice: Burke is a low-end player in 12-team formats and he will alternate between 'cut' lines and 'hold' lines all year long. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:06 pm
    • Kemba Walker scores 30 points vs. 76ers
      Kemba Walker was outstanding against the 76ers during an easy 109-91 win on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 13-of-23 from the field and is really starting to heat up. Over his last five, Walker averaged 24.0 points, 3.2 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples on 49.5 percent from the field. The buy-low window is just about closed. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:40 pm
    • Gary Neal plays 18 minutes
      Gary Neal played 18 minutes against the 76ers on Friday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: His minutes were a little low and it might have had to do with how the Hornets were up big in the fourth quarter. Neal should be better his next time out on Saturday against the Jazz, so give him a look if you need some short-term scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:37 pm
       
      Player Note
      Gary Neal Cha - PG,SG
    • Tony Wroten scores 19 with four treys
      Tony Wroten scored 19 points with one rebound, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: He is going to stay on the bench with Alexey Shved no longer on the team. Wroten will have a higher usage rate when he's not next to Michael Carter-Williams and should have solid dimes, as well. He should have solid fantasy value in points leagues, but the shooting percentage and turnovers are huge negative for standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:15 pm
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 4:45 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) is probable for Sat
      C.J. Watson (illness) is probable to play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not finish practice and has been ill since Wednesday. Watson should be fine, but his fantasy value is about to take a hit with George Hill almost ready to go. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 4:42 pm
    • Troy Daniels headed to the Wolves
      Troy Daniels has been traded to the Wolves.

      Advice: He was lighting it up int he D-League last year and also has a game-winning shot in the NBA playoffs last season, but Daniels isn't quite a lock for minutes once the team is at full strength. However, with Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Kevin Martin (wrist) out, he could get some run. Of course, he's only worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:43 am
    • Rajon Rondo expected to make Mavs debut Sat.
      Rajon Rondo is expected to make his Mavs debut Saturday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: It's worth noting that the Mavs still intend to use Monta Ellis as their primary pick-and-roll ball handler, so while the spacing on the floor will change, Ellis' role will not. Rondo should be able to get some easier looks on offense with the offensive weapons that surround him, so perhaps he can improve on his current 40.5 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:13 am
    • Mavs 'confident' they can re-sign Rajon Rondo
      The Mavs are reportedly very "confident" that they'll be able to re-sign Rajon Rondo this offseason.

      Advice: Rondo had indicated before the trade that he'd be open to re-signing with the Mavs, so it seems to be just a formality at this point. There will be some growing pains with Rondo as he adjusts to a new system in Dallas, and it'll be interesting to see how he and Monta Ellis co-exist in the backcourt. Still, Rondo should be able to provide high assist totals while running Dallas’ high-octane offense. We recently wrote that he had a No. 129 value in standard leagues, but neglected to differentiate between 8- and 9-cat value at the time. He is the No. 77 value in 8-cat leagues and our apologies for the omission. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:39 am
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 11:11 pm
    • Report: Rajon Rondo traded to Mavericks
      The Celtics have agreed in principle to deal Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two draft picks, according to ESPN.com.

      Advice: It's certainly not a deal like the one the Jazz received for Deron Williams, the Nuggets got for Carmelo Anthony or the Magic pulled off for Dwight Howard, but there are assets here. Of course, the Celtics lost a lot of their leverage because of Rondo's poor play and ACL tear, so it's not a bad deal. As for Rondo's fantasy value, he's likely to lose some value. He is likely going to have to give up some ball-handling responsibilities, so he is likely to lose his current lead for assists per game. Rondo has only held No. 129 value on the season in standard leagues, so it's going to be awfully tough to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 3:03 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey cools off against Clippers
      Rodney Stuckey, who torched the Lakers for 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven dimes on Monday, had just 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal on 6-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: The Lakers are awful against opposing guards, so tonight's line is probably a more realistic expectation from Stuckey going forward. But as long as he's starting for the Pacers, he's worth owning in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:34 pm
       
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    • Kendall Marshall might be in the rotation now
      Kendall Marshall played 17 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He backed up Brandon Knight tonight and that will likely continue now that the Bucks need Jerryd Bayless to play more shooting guard. Marshall is not worth owning in most leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:20 pm
    • Kyle Lowry stays hot in win over Nets
      Kyle Lowry had 20 points, three rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just two turnovers on 7-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He's been on fire ever since DeMar DeRozan went down with a groin injury and is showing no signs of slowing down. And given Toronto's great win-loss record this season, he's also in most MVP discussions, to boot. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 10:53 pm
    • Trey Burke struggles in win over Heat
      Trey Burke hit just 3-of-10 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points, one rebound, two assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Dante Exum came off the bench for 10 points, three assists and two 3-pointers on 4-of-5 shooting in 24 minutes, but the starting job is still clearly in the hands of Burke. He had 16 points, six boards, a block and two 3-pointers on Tuesday, and will probably bounce back in his next one. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:43 pm
    • Kemba Walker drops 27 points on Wednesday
      Kemba Walker scored 27 points against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: It's his third game over his last five with seven assists, averaging 21.6 points, 3.4 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 triples in that span. Walker made just 37.0 percent from the field over his previous 10 games, so he really has to work on that in order to get going. There is still a buy-low window because chances are he won't be below 40 percent by season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:23 pm
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