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  • Pat Beverley is a little dinged up
    Pat Beverley said he had some treatment on his left ankle.

    Advice: This is the ankle that has bothered him for a good chunk of this season. He tweaked his ankle and it doesn't sound serious. Beverley said he will see how he feels for the Skills Competition in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:11 am
  • Gerald Henderson in double-digits again Wed
    Gerald Henderson had 13 points (3-of-10 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs), four rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes on Wednesday, marking his sixth straight game with double-digit points.

    Advice: Henderson is healthy and productive, with an expiring $6 million contract, so the veteran may draw some trade interest as the deadline approaches. He doesn't typically contribute much beyond scoring and solid FT percentages, so it's hard to envision Henderson as a fantasy asset no matter where he finishes the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight (groin) doesn't play Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (groin) didn't play on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Knight was never likely to return before the All-Star break, and now the question shifts to his post-break status -- the Suns have been coy about a return date and they may be inclined to shut him down while developing Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. We should finally get an update during the break, so stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
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  • Jonas Valanciunas struggles w/ fouls vs. MIN
    Jonas Valanciunas struggled with fouls on Wednesday, finishing with 12 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He committed two fouls in the first two minutes of the game, which quickly sent him to the Raptors' bench. The good news is that he was effective while on the court, and Dwane Casey kept him out there for the final 10 minutes of a close game. He's been playing well over the past month, flirting with a double-double to go along with 0.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Cory Joseph shoots 4-of-11 off bench vs. MIN
    Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, but he shot just 4-of-11 from the field without any 3-pointers or steals.

    Advice: Dwane Casey credited CoJo with changing the course of Monday's game with his "grit and grime," but Joseph's blue-collar efforts rarely result in fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Tristan Thompson double-doubles vs. Lakers
    Tristan Thompson notched 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one block in 34 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-6 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This marks TT's second double-double in February, but over those six games he's averaging a mere 4.6 points, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's only worth a look if you need a rebounding and FG percentage specialist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Marcus Morris gets 19 points, six dimes
    The short-handed Pistons fell to the Nuggets on Wednesday, as Marcus Morris pitched in 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, six assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Morris has been very involved offensively of late, averaging 14.0 points, 1.4 triples, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals in six February games. He continues to play enormous minutes, ranking seventh in the NBA at 36.2 per game, which has helped prop up his late-round appeal in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Markieff Morris has scuffle with Goodwin
    Markieff Morris had a scuffle with Archie Goodwin in the first half on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't a minor one and Morris had his hands on Goodwin's throat. The Suns did downplay it after the game. "That’s nothing," Morris said. "That’s part of being a leader, being a big brother." Morris defines leader differently than just about anyone, but Goodwin also had his back. "We family. It happens. I love him like a brother, he loves me. That’s all there is to say about it," Goodwin said. Lastly, coach Earl Watson added Goodwin and Morris used to live together, they're "the closest on the team" and that "the team is not split." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Kenneth Faried plays just 18 mins Wednesday
    Kenneth Faried played only 18 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday, shooting 6-of-9 from the field to finish with 12 points, six rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Faried committed a few quick fouls in the second quarter which earned him a seat, and Mike Malone found success with a Nurkic/Gallinari frontcourt down the stretch. This was a fluky outcome and Faried's owners should expect him to resume playing 26-28 minutes vs. the Kings on Feb. 19. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 11 in start
    Norris Cole scored 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a clear runway for minutes now with Tyreke Evans (knee) likely out for the season. Cole hasn't really lit it up as a fantasy asset with just 12th-round value in the eight games since Evans has been out, so he might be slightly overvalued. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Lance Stephenson gets 12 points in 24 minutes
    Lance Stephenson logged 24 minutes on Wednesday, his highest playing time since Dec. 2, finishing a tough road loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Born Ready made 4-of-5 shots with only one turnover, rounding out an unusually efficient game. He was baited into a technical foul by Jae Crowder at one point, which got a nice chuckle from the Celtics' bench, and Boston wound up getting the last laugh with a 17-12 edge in overtime. Stephenson is playing more with Austin Rivers (hand) out of commission, but he's still not a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 21 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 21 points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to dominate with the news of Tyreke Evans (knee) looking to have surgery. There is still a chance of Holiday suffering an injury to his oft-injured leg, but he's a must-start player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Wes Johnson chips in across board vs. Celtics
    Wes Johnson chipped in seven points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in just 22 minutes of action vs. Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Johnson played 42 minutes with Paul Pierce resting on Monday, and Doc Rivers continues to rely on him as a key rotation player. Tonight's line doesn't jump out, but Johnson's ability to chip in 3-pointers, blocks and steals makes him a viable option until Blake Griffin gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 29 points in loss
    Derrick Favors scored 29 points during a 100-96 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal on 11-of-15 from the field.

    Advice: This is a tough schedule loss for the Jazz after an overtime win in Dallas on Tuesday. Favors is really coming on again after his first game back as he gets worked into the offense. Favors has third-round value per game on the season and should be in that neighborhood going forward. If he hasn't already, maybe he can buy a mattress over the break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Report: Toronto interested in adding a PF
    The Raptors are reportedly interested in adding a power forward at the deadline.

    Advice: Names such as Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young and Markieff Morris have surfaced as potential targets for the Raptors, although it's worth noting that these rumors have not come directly from Toronto's side. Faried is not on the trading block according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has said that he'd like to keep Brook Lopez and Young together. Morris has some obvious attitude concerns, and could disrupt the chemistry in Toronto's locker room, so we're a bit skeptical that the Raptors make a deal at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Toronto's interest in Morris, Tucker unclear
    The Raptors may not be all that interested in trading for Markieff Morris or P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: The initial report that linked Morris and Tucker to the Raptors, while credible, did not come from Toronto's side and GM Masai Ujiri doesn't often make in-season trades. The Raptors also currently own the No. 2 seed out East with a record of 35-16, and Ujri may not want to mess with the team's chemistry by bringing on someone like Morris. For now, it doesn't seem all that likely that Toronto makes a major move at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Derrick Favors playing well for Jazz
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Favors was excruciating to own while he was out for a month with a sore back, but is rolling, averaging 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last five. He didn't have a block in either of his last two games, but went 5-6-4 in that department in his previous three games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points during a 122-106 loss to the Thunder on Monday with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, Kevin Durant said Markieff is "playing at an All-Star level right now." Morris is playing hard and he's transformed into a different player under coach Earl Watson. Morris likely boosted his trade value and the Suns may be able to get something for him. He should be owned, but a trade will hurt his value a lot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 16 points
    Gerald Henderson scored 16 points with three rebounds, one assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He played some important minutes as both teams went small. The Blazers are likely going to try and unload Henderson and his expiring contract, especially since guys like Allen Crabbe have stepped. He's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:38 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 10 points in win
    Norris Cole scored 10 points with six assists, three boards and one turnover in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry seems to love Cole and he has played 30 or more minutes in seven out of his last eight games. He had a 26-point game in his last outing with five assists, so he is worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off or until the Pelicans get some healthy bodies back. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 27 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 27 points vs. the Wolves on Monday with nine assists, six boards, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took care of his business in just 28 minutes and finished 11-of-23 from the field with one turnover. Holiday is one of the safest players to own in New Orleans going forward because Tyreke Evans (knee) is a shut-down candidate and Anthony Davis is very prone to injuries, so his owners should be feeling confident. The Pelicans will play the Jazz on Wednesday and the Thunder on Thursday before the All-Star break begins. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:02 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores 14 with full line
    Marcus Morris scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He has attempted seven or fewer shots just five times this season, but Darrun Hilliard took away some of his shots tonight. Morris added six assists, five boards, one block, three steals and two treys to give himself a full stat line, so obviously his owners didn't mind the low FGAs. He has been inconsistent at times, but he's still holding low-end value in standard leagues over the course of the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:36 pm
  • Wes Johnson gets 42 minutes in start
    Wes Johnson started in place of Paul Pierce (rest) on Monday with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 3-of-13 from the field in 42 minutes against the 76ers.

    Advice: He did not shoot the ball well, but the across-the-board output has been the key for Johnson. In his last five, he averaged 9.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 2.0 treys. He's basically been a better version of Danny Green right now and should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:25 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 15 points in win
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: He was an impressive 7-of-9 from the field and he also held Andre Drummond in check. J-Val was limited to 19 minutes in two different games last week, but he has now played 25 minutes in two straight outings. It's probably time to give up hope that he will be a 30-minute guy this season, but he is still worth starting in standard leagues despite the low playing time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 22 w/ 13 boards
    Kenneth Faried scored 22 points with 13 boards, two assists and one block in 29 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He would've had the game-winning layup off an impressive drive, but Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Nets. Faried had a couple of nasty fouls tonight, but he looked great down the stretch and closed out the game beside Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt. A recent report by the Denver Post said it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the Manimal at the deadline, so his value should be safe. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 32 with 12 assists
    Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Wes Johnson getting the start
    Wes Johnson will start against the 76ers on Monday in place of Paul Pierce (rest).

    Advice: He has actually played really well and is putting up early-round value in the last month or so. Johnson should be owned in standard leagues with some added value for tonight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:48 pm
  • Report: Kenneth Faried is not on the trade block
    According to the Denver Post, Kenneth Faried is not officially on the trade block.

    Advice: The Manimal has plenty of suitors and his value is very high around the league, but the Denver Post said that it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the athletic forward. It's still unclear if the Nuggets will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:10 am
  • Damian Lillard praises Gerald Henderson
    Damian Lillard attributes Gerald Henderson's recent success to him being healthy.

    Advice: "I think he's just healthy," Lillard said. "He was coming off hip surgery, so it took some time for him to get in shape. He missed training camp. He had to get in shape, he had to get his rhythm back, he had to get his feel back, get comfortable with our sets, comfortable being out there with the guys. I think the last couple of weeks, you're starting to see him get comfortable. He's finally back." Henderson is averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in February, but his expiring contract could draw some interest at the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:13 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 29 points during a 99-84 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His usage rate is just a shade below 32 when he's next to LeBron James and Kevin Love (quad) is off the floor, so this production isn't a surprise. Irving's owners are still waiting for his 3-point shooting to come around and he made just 3-of-9 from there tonight. It won't be long until he puts it all together. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't score in win
    Tristan Thompson did not score with 15 rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not a surprise Thompson came up empty on offense. He had a usage rate barely above six when he's on the court next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving while Kevin Love (quad) is off. Although, not scoring with seven offensive rebounds is pretty rare. In fact, Thompson is the first player to grab at least seven O-boards and not score since Gustavo Ayon in 2013. Thompson isn't a great add. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Norris Cole gets hot, scores 26 points
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 26 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He started the second half on fire with 12 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Cole is up and down, but he's played well in most of the games since Tyreke Evans (knee) went down. With Tyreke out for at least this week, holding Cole in standard leagues makes sense. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores four in loss
    Patrick Beverley made 2-of-10 from the field for four points during a 96-79 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, adding one rebound, one assist and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were a disaster and didn't get their first bench points until 11:18 left in the fourth. As for Beverley, this game is nothing to worry about and his minutes are safe, especially with the other non-James Harden guards struggling. He should flirt with mid-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles with five block
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Teammate Joe Ingles does commercials for mattresses, so one would think every mattress store around Salt Lake City would be calling Favors' agent. The big man is changing his mattress to fix his back problems and he's been rolling with second-round value in his last four. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:26 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs 10 boards w/ 2 swats
    Tristan Thompson hauled in 10 rebounds through 32 minutes of action on Friday, to go with three points, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Kevin Love did go down with a thigh bruise in this one, and if he's forced to miss any time, Thompson is going to get all the run he can handle Saturday vs. the Pelicans. However, with averages of 7.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 0.4 blocks on the year, Tristan is nothing more than a low-end asset in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 19 points with six dimes
    Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Friday's loss to the Celtics, adding three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving is slowly but surely working his way up in the rankings, and over the past two weeks he's been producing sixth-round value behind averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 turnovers on 47.4 percent shooting. He has first-round upside, and the Cavs have one of the best playoff schedules out there, so Uncle Drew qualifies as a solid buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:48 pm
  • Lance Stephenson scores 13 points
    Lance Stephenson scored 13 points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one turnover against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He made all six from the field and was oozing with confidence. "I feel like nobody can guard me in this league," Stephenson said after the game. Someone needs to get Lance some League Pass to watch Kawhi Leonard. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Wes Johnson blocks four shots
    Wes Johnson blocked four shots against the Magic on Friday with five points and five boards.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong with coming off the bench and Johnson is developing a knack for doing something nice on the stat sheet. He should be owned in standard leagues right now with third-round value in his last eight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 14 with 11 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: It was nice to see the blocks come back up after he put up just two in his previous four. Valanciunas' boards are really starting to come around while he's scoring double-digit points with more regularity. Expect Valanciunas to heat up after the break like he usually does. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:26 pm
  • Norris Cole scores two points in 13 minutes
    Norris Cole scored two points on 1-of-10 from the field against the Lakers on Thursday, adding two assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight and coach Alvin Gentry just opted to keep him out. Cole had some major problems with consistency in his Miami days, but he's been fine up until tonight. He's only a low-end guy and should hold some value while Tyreke Evans (knee) is without a timetable. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Pat Beverley scores six with six dimes
    Pat Beverley filled the stat sheet against the Suns on Thursday with six points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This is the quintessential Pat-Bev line with a little bit of everything and low scoring. Beverley isn't the player your fantasy competitors will be jealous over, but he does have fifth-round value in 2016 in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight likely out through AS break
    Brandon Knight will likely be sidelined through the All-Star break due to his groin injury.

    Advice: He's already missed seven games due to the injury while Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker have continued to play well in his absence. The Suns have four more games before the break, so that will put him at 11 misses, and really, the team has nothing left to play for. If Knight feels 100 percent the Suns could return him to action for the remainder of the season, but there's also a chance they could just pull the plug on him and let the kids play. Either way, owners of Knight should probably plan on him getting limited run after the break and start making alternative plans in case he is shut down. And this also means that Goodwin is a must-own player. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:27 am
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  • Wes Johnson scores 12 in nice line
    Wesley Johnson scored 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, two blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a little Tony Allen to his fantasy game with the steals while he's been very good at connecting on treys. Before this game, 81.6 percent of Johnson's shots in his last five are without a dribble, so he's getting a lot of help from Chris Paul. He's put up third-round value in his last seven, so he's worth owning. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:22 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 20 off bench
    Jrue Holiday scored 20 points off the bench against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's a nice improvement from his 1-of-14 from Monday. The Pelicans are using a ton of two-PG lineups, including a whopping 62 total minutes of Jrue and Norris Cole in the last four games without Tyreke Evans (knee) -- they have a minus-14.8 net rating. Jrue will get his minutes regardless and flirt with early-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 16-11-6 in win
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's played 30-plus minutes in each of his last three games, and it looks like he's back and good to go. That was a long month that he was listed as day-to-day with his back injury, so let's just quietly hope he stays healthy the rest of the way. He's averaging 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his five games since returning from the injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 14 vs. Spurs
    Norris Cole scored 14 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to surprise with the increased assists, averaging 7.5 per game in his last four. Cole has put up seventh-round value in that span, which is pretty close to his ceiling. That's still enough to give him a long look until we see Tyreke Evans (knee) back on the court. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays well in 36 minutes
    Marcus Morris played 36 minutes and hit just 4-of-17 shots, but also hit two 3-pointers and five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went down with a potentially serious groin injury, so Morris should continue to get heavy minutes going forward. He shot it terribly tonight, but the minutes were there and he should have a lot of opportunity going forward given KCP's injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores team-high 26 points
    Kyrie Irving led the Cavs on Wednesday with 26 points (10-of-17 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five assists, one rebound and one steal, but it wasn't enough to extend the Cavs' five-game win streak.

    Advice: Irving has now notched four straight games with 20+ points and his playing time is up, so fantasy owners should be very comfortable heading into the All-Star break. It helps that Kyrie and the Cavs have a delicious playoff schedule -- they're one of four teams with four-game slates in Weeks 20-23. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Tristan Thompson flops in 34 minutes vs. CHA
    Tristan Thompson came up empty in 34 minutes vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points with four rebounds and a pair of personal fouls.

    Advice: Thompson attempted four shots without any free throw attempts, and he had zero assists, steals or blocks. Timofey Mozgov (four points, zero rebounds in seven minutes) is doing nothing to overtake Thompson as a starter, but TT's fantasy offerings are too slim for use in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Stein: Raptors interested in Markieff Morris
    The Raptors are showing interest in Markieff Morris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein reported earlier that the Raptors have interest in P.J. Tucker. The Raptors and Suns played last night, which included Morris going for a season-high 30 points in his best game of the season. Coach Earl Watson called Morris "the main focus" of the offense, so a trade to Toronto would cripple his value. If he's moved, that would help Mirza Teletovic, who is also believed to be on the block. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Gerald Henderson scores 14 w/ nine boards
    Gerald Henderson scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He has scored in double digits in four out of his last five games, but his recent spike in playing time could be because the Blazers are trying to boost his value prior to the trade deadline. Regardless, Henderson doesn't have much upside and his role with minutes in the lower 20s is not appealing, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Watson: Markieff Morris is 'focus' of offense
    Earl Watson said after Tuesday's game, when Markieff Morris exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, that Morris is now the focal point of the team's struggling offense.

    Advice: "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes for 30 & 11 in start
    Markieff Morris started over Mirza Teletovic on Tuesday and went off for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 13-of-20 shooting in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The points, boards, assists and blocks (tie) were all season highs for the disgruntled Morris, and the Suns and new coach Earl Watson are in full showcase mode as they hope to trade Morris. This will certainly help his trade value and he is officially the hottest pickup of the night in fantasy. He could fade just as quickly as he exploded, but he's probably worth grabbing if you have someone to drop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas plays 19 minutes in win
    Jonas Valanciunas played just 19 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds.

    Advice: Suns Tyson Chandler and Alex Len got into some foul trouble and both teams went small, for the most part. Valanciunas has also been dealing with a thumb injury and played just 19 minutes on Monday, so a game against the Suns was a good time to get him some more rest. As long as the thumb problem isn't serious, JV should bounce back soon. Bismack Biyombo played 29 minutes and had seven points, 12 boards and a block off the bench, but is only worth a look if he starts getting minutes over Luis Scola, or if Valanciunas' injury remains a problem. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday
    Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Suns will likely be sellers at the trade deadline and Morris is a candidate to be moved, so they're clearly trying to boost his value. He hasn't played well this season, and a trade to a contender wouldn't necessarily be a good thing for his value. For now, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Mirza Teletovic will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris could start Tuesday vs. TOR?
    Markieff Morris may return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, according to beat reporter Paul Coro.

    Advice: Coro is basing this assessment off newly appointed interim head coach Earl Watson's quotes from earlier today when he said he's going to "nurture and embrace" Morris. Markieff's playing time could be trending up with a new coach at the helm, so he's someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues if you have someone to cut. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors back problems due to mattress?
    Derrick Favors scored 13 points with eight rebounds and four blocks in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: There's still no word if he got a new mattress, but nobody will be sleeping on him in fantasy leagues anymore. Favors is coming off a 20-point game on Saturday and should be an early-round player going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:42 pm
  • Norris Cole drops 23 points in loss
    Norris Cole scored 23 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He's been a pleasant surprise with some nice consistency. The ups and downs in Miami is why the Heat dumped him, but Cole has played with more control and is trusting his teammates more. His value will dip once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back, but that might not happen any time soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday makes just 1-of-14 from field
    Jrue Holiday made just 1-of-14 from the field for four points against the Grizzlies on Monday with one rebound, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: Yikes. Holiday just could not connect, which is surprising due to how he's been fairly efficient. Coach Alvin Gentry is going to use Jrue as his primary defender against the best guard, so that might actually hurt him slightly in fantasy. He still should be very good going forward as a must-start player. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) plays 19 minutes
    Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) played just 19 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nuggets, scoring 10 points with eight boards and one block.

    Advice: He was considered questionable to play due to a sprained thumb, but that wasn't an issue tonight and he played low minutes due to the lopsided score. Even with tonight's dud, J-Val is still averaging a double-double over his last five games with 12.4 points, 11.0 boards and 0.8 blocks in just 25.0 minutes. He should comfortably return mid-round value the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:23 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays 41 minutes, scores 25
    Kyrie Irving scored 25 points with three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: His usage rate is climbing and his 41 minutes are a season high. Irving isn't taking 3-pointers as much these days, which was a big reason why he broke out last year from an efficiency standpoint. That should come soon while the assists are starting to come around, too. Regardless, Kyrie looks great and is poised to pay dividends for his patient owners. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will start Monday
    Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will start on Monday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He went through a hard pre-game workout and felt fine, so he shouldn't be limited tonight. Get him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:17 pm
  • Derrick Favors back problems due to mattress?
    Derrick Favors said his back problems may have been due to sleeping on his stomach and from having a soft mattress.

    Advice: "I’m in the process of of changing my mattress now," Favors said. "It wasn’t soft, but it was kind of outdated. I had it for a couple of years." Former Jazzman Al Jefferson spent over $23K on his mattress in his Utah days, so maybe Favors can give him a call for help. Whatever the case, Favors has looked fantastic recently and dropped 20 points on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:00 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas probable for Monday
    Jonas Valanciunas (wrist) is probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He has a sprained right wrist and it doesn't sound like he'll be out for this game. If for some chance he's out, Bismack Biyombo would be a must-play option tonight. Assume Valanciunas plays against Nikola Jokic in what should be a fun matchup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:17 am
  • Lue staying on top of Irving about improving
    Tyronn Lue is committed to staying on top of Kyrie Irving about becoming a "better point guard."

    Advice: "He told me that he was going to stay on me about pace and about being a better point guard," Irving said. "Just facilitating, knowing our plays, knowing when people need to be at the right spot offensively and defensively. He's been on me." Irving has still struggled with consistency, but he's played well over his last two games, averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals on 55.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:39 am
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