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    • Wiggins motivated by Kobe Bryant's praise
      Andrew Wiggins is motivated by Kobe Bryant's recent praise of him.

      Advice: Kobe said looking at Wiggins was like looking at himself at 19, and Wiggins heard him loud and clear. "When I heard it I was motivated, instantly," he said. "Motivation to my ears. Forces me to grind harder. Approach the game differently. That’s a legend. I witnessed a legendary moment. A legend told me I was a reflection to him, that’s just big words for me." Wiggins was recently criticized for his up-and-down effort level by Flip Saunders, but he was also praised for his willingness to take on defending the other team's best player as a rookie. Wiggins' next step will be consistency between games before finding his killer instinct. Rotoworld.com
      32 minutes ago
    • Brook Lopez (back) returns to practice Monday
      Brook Lopez (back) returned to practice on Monday.

      Advice: This is significant with Lopez not having practiced since early December. It's not clear what Lopez's timetable to return to action might be, but a full contact practice is a great first step. Mason Plumlee has been thriving of late without Lopez, but Bro-Lo will send Plums back to the bench when he returns. Rotoworld.com
      44 minutes ago
       
      Injured
    • Richardson progressing to shooting drills
      Jason Richardson (foot) has progressed to shooting drills, and remains on target to return before the All-Star break in February.

      Advice: An afterthought in Philadelphia, J-Rich is working to get back. He did shooting drills after shootaround, and he's looking to make his season debut just before the All-Star break. He will not have a prominent role for the rebuilding 76ers if he's able to get back on the court. Rotoworld.com
      47 minutes ago
       
      Injured
    • Sixers could bring Malcolm Thomas back again
      The Sixers could bring Malcolm Thomas back into the fold, a source tells the Philadelphia Inquirer.

      Advice: The Sixers need another big body, and Thomas is a "favorite" of Philly's front office. He would hold no fantasy value if signed. Rotoworld.com
      49 minutes ago
    • Goran Dragic's back still not 100 percent
      Goran Dragic's back is still not 100 percent healthy.

      Advice: "Sometimes, I feel a little bit tight, but that's normal," Dragic said. Jeff Hornacek added, "Goran is probably hurt still, but he's not going to tell us because he wants to play." A lingering back issue is a reason for fantasy owners to have concern, but it doesn't sound serious at this point. Rotoworld.com
      51 minutes ago
    • Alonzo Gee looking to get more time at SF
      Alonzo Gee is a candidate to get increased minutes at small forward with Danilo Gallinari (knee) sidelined.

      Advice: With Darrell Arthur (leg) also out, Gee is going to be the main backup behind Wilson Chandler. We wouldn't get too excited about Gee's fantasy prospects, but those in deeper formats can monitor his progress from a distance. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • Ariza added to injury report w/ sore calf
      Trevor Ariza (sore left calf) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: A late addition to the injury report, Ariza's calf is not considered a major issue. The Rockets can't afford any more injuries to anyone right now, and Ariza would be an especially difficult player to replace if he were forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:33 am
    • Samuel Dalembert gets $15,000 fine Monday
      Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:28 am
    • Dwight Howard probable to play on Monday
      Dwight Howard (shoulder) is probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: He's fully expected to play. Howard's shoulder is something to watch, but as long as he continues to play through it without setbacks, fantasy owners shouldn't get concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:24 am
    • James Harden, Dwight Howard probable Monday
      James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) are both probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: Although both are dealing with a nagging concern, the two stars will be out there in a big game against Portland. Harden said he planned to play, so the probable designation is just a formality. Harden and Howard's owners can feel good about putting them in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:23 am
    • Gibson expected to return to action on Monday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday after going through shootaround.

      Advice: Gibson didn't play on Thursday or Friday, but the fact he was able to get through a full shootaround following a weekend of inactivity is a good sign for his readiness on Monday. With his return, Nikola Mirotic will lose value as a streamer in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:20 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Ty Lawson (back) now for game-time decision
      Ty Lawson (back) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Lawson appearing as a game-time call is certainly a surprise, and Nate Robinson would draw the start at point guard if Lawson is unable to suit up. Owners will need to check back for an update prior to tipoff as it sounds like the call will be made shortly before tipoff. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
    • Greg Monroe looking at expanded role now
      Greg Monroe is in line for an expanded role following the Pistons waiving Josh Smith.

      Advice: Monroe had been taking a back seat behind Smith in the starting lineup, but the Pistons cut the chord on Smith and waived him on Monday, meaning Monroe now has a clear path back to minutes at power forward alongside Andre Drummond. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:02 am
    • Pistons pull plug on Josh Smith experiment
      Pistons waive F Josh Smith.

      Advice: It's a stunning move from the Pistons, and an admission that the free-agent signing never made sense to begin with when the move was made. Still owed $27 million after this season, Detroit will use the stretch provision to remove Smith from the roster. When Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons were going to prioritize the future, he wasn't kidding. Greg Monroe should become the starting power forward in Detroit for now, but it doesn't seem like the Pistons are done making moves. The Kings, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks are expected to have interest when Smith clears waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:55 am
    • Samuel Dalembert facing suspension for foul
      Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:29 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) has no timetable to return
      Tony Allen (eye) currently has no timetable to return.

      Advice: Allen is dealing with a corneal abrasion, and it's hard to even speculate how long he might miss with the eye injury. While he's sidelined, look for Quincy Pondexter, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince to all fill in for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:26 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Al Jefferson listed as probable Monday night
      Al Jefferson (groin) is listed as probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Big Al tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, but he finished with a double-double, and the fact that he's being called probable with so much time before tipoff is a great sign that it's nothing serious. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:24 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
      Today, 8:22 am
    • Kyle Anderson was ready for starting role
      Kyle Anderson felt good about being ready to step in for the Spurs when Kawhi Leonard (hand) went down.

      Advice: "When I was told I would start, I was ready," said Anderson. "I went out there and played the way (coach Gregg Popovich) wants us to play, starting on the defensive end, finding open guys and playing within the system." Averaging 6.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals on 44.8 percent shooting (six games), Anderson has displayed some of the versatility he flashed in college. "He’s a young kid," Popovich said. "He hasn’t been playing very long. Every minute he gets is like an education for him." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • Cory Joseph getting burn without Tony Parker
      Cory Joseph has played at least 30 minutes in 10 of the Spurs' 12 games this month while Tony Parker (hamstring) recovers.

      Advice: Joseph is averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 48.3 percent shooting over nine games as a starter, and he's playing an average of 36 minutes in those contests. Joseph is expected to stay in the starting lineup for however long Parker is forced to miss with Patty Mills (shoulder) out until 2015. Joseph's stats won't jump off the page at you, but he's a steady, low-end contributor in your lineup while he has an opportunity. The Spurs are also encouraging him to shoot more, a sign that he has the trust of the coaching staff. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:33 am
    • Doc Rivers gushes all over DeAndre Jordan
      DeAndre Jordan is leading the NBA with 13 rebounds per game, and he's also making 72.1 percent of his shots from the field.

      Advice: Jordan is shooting a lousy 43.6 percent from the charity stripe after a 42.8 percent mark last season, so it's not getting any better. However, that hasn't stopped Jordan from amassing impressive value to the Clippers and fantasy owners. "My gosh, what he's doing every night is unbelievable," Rivers said. "He does it every night, doesn't ask for the ball, sets picks, rolls, still scores because he's so active." Jordan has five straight games with at least 14 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:25 am
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 am
    • Spencer Dinwiddie expected to see time at PG
      Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to see time at point guard in the rotation.

      Advice: "I do think we've got to get Spencer playing time. We cannot hit the end of the season and now know who our guys are or who we think they can be," Van Gundy said. SVG also dismissed the idea of the D-League as an evaluator for the rookie, so with just Brandon Jennings and DJ Augustin ahead of him on the depth chart, Dinwiddie is someone to monitor in deeper formats right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:27 am
    • LeBron James doing more ballhandling now
      LeBron James has increased the amount of ballhandling he's doing for the Cavs.

      Advice: Since LeBron took over increased point guard duties, the Cavs are 11-4 in their last 15 games. James has at least nine assists in three of his last four games, and he's now averaging 7.8 assists per game, the second-highest mark of his career. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:13 am
    • Josh Smith racks up stats w/ poor percentages
      Josh Smith posted 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in just 28 minutes on Sunday, but he also shot 5-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from the FT line.

      Advice: If percentages count in your league, you should have come to terms with Smoove's fantasy deficiencies long ago. For everyone else his across-the-board production and defensive stats are fantasy gold, and he's seemingly in no danger of losing his starting job to backup big man Greg Monroe. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 16 pts in only 21 minutes
      Greg Monroe scored 16 points in only 21 minutes vs. the Nets during Sunday's road loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks without any turnovers or fouls.

      Advice: Scoring is rarely an issue for Monroe, who is averaging 14.6 points in under 30 minutes per game this season. His paltry defensive stats are another story, as he's chipping in just 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so it was nice to see him rack up a few steals and blocks tonight. He's a low-end option while stuck in a reserve role behind Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, and Monroe's owners can only hope for a mid-season trade which clears more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:06 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert gets ejected for flagrant 2
      Samuel Dalembert was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Raptors after picking up a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow at Jonas Valanciunas' head.

      Advice: Dalembert finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one turnover, and one steal, and it's possible he's facing a suspension. If the league decides to suspend Dalembert for a game, Cole Aldrich would likely draw another start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:18 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) probable for Monday
      James Harden (strained left hamstring) is probable to play Monday vs. Portland.

      Advice: Harden injured his hamstring during Saturday's game vs. Atlanta, but played through the strain and put up 18 points, six rebounds, and a season-high 14 assists over 39 minutes of action so we'd expect him to give it a go on Monday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:17 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Sunday vs. Cleveland
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Dwight Howard (shoulder) probable for Monday
      Dwight Howard (right shoulder strain) is being listed as probable for Monday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: Dwight was able to fight through the strain and put up a double-double during his last outing, so we'd expect him to give it a go again on Monday. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update on his status closer to Monday's tip, and if he sits, Tarik Black would slide back into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:53 am
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:32 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:18 am
       
      Injured
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) practices fully on Sunday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) was a full participant at practice on Sunday, and there is a good chance he plays on Monday.

      Advice: Gibson has had some tough luck with injuries this season but he is getting very close to a return. His status will likely be determined after shootaround on Monday and his owners will have to check back for official confirmation. If Gibson can't go, Nikola Mirotic will continue to see big minutes off of the bench and will be worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:55 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) doubtful for Sunday's game
      Tony Allen (eye) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: His eye still looks really rough, so there is almost no shot he plays in this one. Quincy Pondexter will likely start, but Vince Carter played 41 minutes the last time Allen rested and he looks like the best option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Goran Dragic to keep open mind in free agency
      Goran Dragic will keep an open mind if he enters free agency in the offseason.

      Advice: "It's still early to talk about that," Dragic said. "Right now, I want to be 100 percent focused on the team and try to help the team and players. In the offseason, I'm going to probably sit down with my family first and with my agent and try to explore all the options. From there, I'll try to choose the one best for me." There is no doubt that Dragic is an elite point guard, and he will definitely draw some major interest from several different teams. It would not be surprising to see some teams try to pry him away at the trade deadline if the Suns don't feel like Dragic will return, but for now nothing is close to developing and we will pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:05 am
    • Cory Joseph scores 14 points in start
      Cory Joseph scored 14 points in 41 minutes during a 99-93 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Tony Parker (hamstring) could miss additional time and Patty Mills (shoulder) is still at least a few weeks away, so Joseph does have some short-term value. Keep him in mind in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Kyle Anderson logs 31 minutes
      Kyle Anderson logged 31 minutes against the Mavericks on Saturday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Spurs were somehow able to snag him at 30 in the 2014 NBA Draft and he already looks like a steal. Kawhi Leonard (hand) could miss time, so Anderson is worth a look in deeper leagues for his multiple-category production. Just remember that he's not going to play this much because half of the team was rested. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:39 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) double-doubles
      James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:45 pm
    • Dwight Howard is fine, double-doubles
      Dwight Howard made 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line against the Hawks on Saturday for 19 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He was probable with a random shoulder injury and it didn't seem to be an issue.Howard is likely going to pop up on the injury report a ton, so his fantasy owners will have to check back on most of his game days. Howard also had a season high in dimes and free throw percentage tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:42 pm
    • Trevor Ariza really struggling
      Trevor Ariza made 5-of-14 from the field for 13 point with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He has been struggling in his previous 10, making just 32.4 percent from the field for 14.8 points, 7.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals, but he is still holding decent value in fantasy because of the treys. His catch-and-shoot percentage is a far cry from last year, so maybe this is the John Wall effect. Still, Ariza is a must-start player. Also, there's no need to worry about Corey Brewer. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:37 pm
    • Al jefferson injures groin in win on Saturday
      Al Jefferson tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, finishing with 19 points, 10 boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and did not return, but Big Al said after the game that he could have played if the team needed him. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, so we will leave him off of the injury report for now. However, owners will still want to check back before Monday's game against Denver to make sure that he is good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:45 pm
    • James Harden returns after hurting hamstring
      James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, but has since returned.

      Advice: This is incredible news for the Rockets, and it looks like Harden dodged a bullet here. We will obviously monitor him closely, and we will provide updates as needed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Dwight Howard is starting on Saturday
      Dwight Howard will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: Howard had a shoulder issue pop up this morning and was probable. Considering how much time he missed for his mysterious knee issue last month, there's always a small chance he misses a game. He's playing well, so start him as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:57 pm
    • Goran Dragic has a quiet game on Saturday
      Goran Dragic had a sub-par game against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He was barely utilized in halfcourt sets and had a major chunk of his buckets in transition. Dragic is playing more with Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe a bit more and he should be a little better than this. Still, he's not going to come close to his fantasy value from last season. Additionally, CBS Sports reports that Dragic is the least likely to be traded. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:06 pm
    • Dalembert plays down the stretch
      Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He had seven offensive boards, but that's about all he did as far as positives go. Dalembert is likely going to have to share his minutes with Cole Aldrich even when Amare Stoudemire comes back, so there is even less to like about him. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:24 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Brook Lopez (back) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons.

      Advice: The fact that he was ruled out so quick is a little worrying, but Lopez has been doing some conditioning work and even did some light basketball activities on Saturday. Lopez is expected to be evaluated on a daily basis so we should know more soon, while Mason Plumlee will continue to be a must-start player until he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:53 am
       
      Injured
    • Dwight Howard (shoulder) probable Saturday
      Dwight Howard (shoulder) is probable for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is the first we are hearing about a shoulder injury, and it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on his game Saturday. Owners can at least take comfort in the fact that Howard's knee appears to be doing well, but this shoulder injury should cause some concern. Owners may want to check back before tip-off just to be safe, but Howard shouldn't be in danger of missing this one. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:54 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Joseph posts 10-8-7 line in triple-OT game
      Cory Joseph scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists over 43 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Joseph has played admirably enough in fill-in duty for Tony Parker (hamstring) and this line was certainly aided by the extra minutes. He's worth a deep league look whenever Parker is out. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:10 pm
    • Andrew Wiggins struggles on Friday night
      Andrew Wiggins struggled against the Celtics during a 114-98 loss on Friday, making 2-of-10 from the field with five points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: Not good. Wiggins hasn't made over 33.3 percent from the field in any of his last three games and is running into the rookie wall. He should see all the minutes he can handle and the Wolves are going to be committed to him. However, his fantasy owners might want to bench him until he starts to get it going. Wiggins is doing more harm than good. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:59 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

      Advice: The Bulls have the deepest frontcourt in the NBA, so there is no need to bring Taj back too soon. He is close to a return and traveled with the team, but his owners should consider him questionable to play next week. Pau Gasol went off on Thursday while Nikola Mirotic was also superb. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:33 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Friday vs. Chicago
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Quincy Pondexter will likely draw the start, while Vince Carter will see extended minutes off the bench. Carter logged 41 minutes during his last outing with Allen sidelined, and put up 18 points with five 3-pointers, he does however have a difficult matchup against the Bulls, so Carter remains a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) questionable for Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Gibson is likely headed for another game-time decision in what will be a difficult matchup going up against an imposing Memphis frontcourt. If he's unable to go, expect Nikola Mirotic to get most of his reserve minutes, but know that a matchup vs. the Grizzlies is not ideal for daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. CHI
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: If Allen is forced to sit, Quincy Pondexter would likely draw another start, but he doesn't do enough statistically to be considered an option in most leagues. While Allen averages 25.8 minutes per game, he's not a large part of the offense (6.5 FGAs per game) so his absence doesn't have too much of a statistical impact on the player replacing him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Thursday, 11:11 pm
    • James Harden scores 21 points in a loss
      James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:31 pm
    • Dwight Howard plays 35 minutes in a loss
      Dwight Howard played 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: He looks healthy, but was a bit late on defense a couple times tonight. Howard should be ready to go for the future, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a game out of the blue considering how much time he missed with a mysterious knee injury. Keep him in your lineup for now and perhaps entertain the idea of trying to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:04 pm
    • Taj Gibson is traveling to Memphis for Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is traveling with the team for Friday's game in Memphis.

      Advice: He missed Thursday after warmups didn't go well, so he has a good chance to play on Friday. The Bulls have plenty of depth in their frontcourt, so there's little reason to play Gibson at less than 100 percent. He is likely looking at a game-time decision in a bad matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:34 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Amare Stoudemire steps up with 16 points
      Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

      Advice: He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Thursday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Bulls should not need him tonight. Gibson suffered a new injury to his ankle this week, so this is not soreness. Gibson did go through warmups and he's usually pretty tough, so he should be considered a littler closer to probable for Friday. Nikola Mirotic will pick up some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:19 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Dwight Howard is good to go for Thursday
      Dwight Howard is good to go against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He looked great on Wednesday with 24 points against the Nuggets. Howard had some soreness on Saturday in his first game back, so there was at least a small chance he sat out. Start Howard as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:58 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire starting Thursday vs. CHI
      Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

      Advice: Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Thurs
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will warm up and see how he feels before deciding his status for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: If Gibson is unable to play, Nikola Mirotic will soak up his minutes, although he's been struggling lately so he's a risky option in daily leagues. Joakim Noah will get all the minutes he can handle if Gibson can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:29 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Amare Stoudemire will dress vs. Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire will dress against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He was expected to rest, but the Knicks are simply running out of bodies. This doesn't necessarily mean he is going to play, so his owners will want to keep their eyes peeled. Unless he is in the starting lineup, it's probably best to steer of this situation. If you were planning on using Jason Smith, Quincy Acy or even Travis Wear in daily, you might want to dial back your expectations for now. Stay tuned as we provide updates leading to tip. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:20 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire out Thursday vs Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will miss Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Carmelo Anthony is also questionable for Thursday, so we may see a very different lineup when the Knicks take the floor against the Bulls. Quincy Acy, Samuel Dalembert, and Travis Wear are likely to inherit most of STAT's minutes on Thursday, though none are worth a look for fantasy purposes outside of daily games. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:32 am
    • Goran Dragic missing second half stamina
      After missing two games with a lower back strain, Goran Dragic said his stamina wasn't there during the second half of Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

      Advice: Dragic only scored four points in the second half of the win after pouring in 16 in the first half, but it was a good sign for fantasy owners to see him back on the court nevertheless. With his back issues seemingly behind him, the 28-year-old will be able to put full games together and should provide his fantasy owners with top-50 value for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:37 am
    • LeBron James not embarrassed by Hawks loss
      LeBron James said he wasn't embarrassed by Wednesday's 29-point loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: After Cavs head coach David Blatt characterized the loss as embarrassing in his post-game press conference, LeBron didn't seem to be on the same page as his coach. "Nah, I'm embarrassed losing the Finals," James said when asked if the loss was embarrassing. While James and the Cavs still have some work to do, he's averaging 31.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last four games so his fantasy owners can't be too upset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:24 am
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 am
    • Dwight Howard plays 43 minutes, scores 24
      Dwight Howard played 43 minutes in an overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday with 24 points, 16 boards, one assist and four blocks on 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line.

      Advice: The Rockets starters lived at the charity stripe with 48 attempts while their bench didn't have any. As for Howard, he was as dominant as he has been all season and helped keep the Nuggets out of the paint. His 43 minutes are a very encouraging sign and his fantasy owners should have some shred of confidence in him now. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to sell high considering how much time he missed from an injury that came out of nowhere. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:29 am
    • Ty Lawson dropping dimes with poor shooting
      Ty Lawson handed out 16 assists with 12 points, one steal and four turnovers in 47 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was Patrick Beverley'd tonight. Lawson's dimes are surging with at least nine in every game since Nov. 13. He isn't shooting the ball well, but his 1.5 steals per game have helped him hold some value. He should come around as a scorer and just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:23 am
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 pm
    • Al Jefferson nets 18 in first, finishes w/ 28
      Al Jefferson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He scored more points in the first quarter than any of his previous three games, so this outburst was a surprise. The Suns have been soft on the inside, so kudos to Jefferson for capitalizing. He gets another tasty matchup against the 76ers on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:18 pm
    • Goran Dragic scores 20 points in return
      Goran Dragic looked terrific in his return against the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He missed the previous two games due to a strained back and was his aggressive self tonight. Dragic was really turning it on while Isaiah Thomas was out earlier this month and that might be due to his mentality and not because of the personnel. He should be able to flirt with top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    • Greg Monroe disappears in loss to Mavs
      Greg Monroe hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Andre Drummond was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and both Monroe and Josh Smith paid the price. Monroe had scored between 12 and 29 points in each of his previous six games, so we're just going to call this an off night for the big man. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    • Josh Smith benched for hot Jerebko
      Josh Smith played just had seven points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on Wednesday, but also had four fouls and played just 19 minutes in the loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Jonas Jerebko played just 13 minutes, but hit 5-of-5 shots, 1-of-1 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws to finish with 13 points and two rebounds. Stan Van Gundy said after the game he stuck with the hot Jerebko and left Smith on the bench. Jerebko isn't going to be this hot on most nights, so don't panic if you own Smoove, who is also rumored to still possibly be heading to the Kings at some point this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    • LeBron posts pedestrian line in ugly loss
      LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's blowout 127-98 loss to the Hawks, the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Advice: It's hard to explain how this one happened, as the Hawks were playing without starting point guard Jeff Teague, but Shelvin Mack got hot in the second quarter and the Cavs never threatened again. James played OK, but his owners were hoping for more than this in most instances. Due to the lopsided score, LeBron and most other starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play against Denver
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:28 pm
    • Kyle Anderson starting again on Wednesday
      Kyle Anderson will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

      Advice: He'll join Cory Joseph, Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner in the first unit. Anderson was very impressive on Monday with 15 points, so he could keep it going. He's not worth owning in most leagues with Kawhi Leonard (hand) only day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:41 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Goran Dragic (back) will start Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) will start on Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: After missing the previous two games, Dragic is back and his owners can safely activate him in their lineups. He has a favorable matchup against the Hornets, and should be in for a nice night if his back doesn't flare up on him. Gerald Green will shift back to the bench on Wednesday, while Isaiah Thomas' value takes a slight hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:19 pm
    • Pistons asked for Teague and Korver?
      The Pistons reportedly wanted Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in exchange for Greg Monroe.

      Advice: The Pistons need help from beyond the arc and have some major issues at point guard, so it makes sense they would like to make this move. Of course, the Hawks already have a pretty good power forward and center combo, so there's really no way they'd agree to this. The Pistons will have to drop their asking price quite a bit here. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:30 pm
    • Kings are still interested in Josh Smith
      The Kings are still interested in acquiring Josh Smith from the Pistons.

      Advice: This rumor popped up over the summer and it was only a matter of time before it picked up steam considering how poorly the Pistons have played. Smith is playing a little better these days, so the Pistons should justifiably be asking for a fair amount. He would likely lose a touch of value with a trade, especially to Sacramento with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins there. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    • Taj Gibson listed as questionable for Thurs.
      Taj Gibson (right ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's apparently a new injury for Taj, so he could wind up missing this game. Gibson was very active on the glass in the past few games without Joakim Noah, but he'll move to the bench on Thursday. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will have an uptick in value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:02 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Dwight Howard (knee) goes through shootaround
      Dwight Howard (knee) participated in the morning shootaround, but is still questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: His status will likely be determined closer to tip-off, so his owners will have to frequently check back for updates. If he is held out of Wednesday's game, Tarik Black would likely start but still wouldn't be an asset in most leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
    • J.R. Smith (foot) won't play on Thursday
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not play in Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: It will be his fifth straight game out of the lineup and it is becoming pretty evident that this injury has become a real issue for him. Smith isn't worth owning in standard leagues as he has failed to succeed in the triangle offense and it is unclear when he will return to action. Tim Hardaway Jr. will play all the minutes he can handle Thursday and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic (back) probable for Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) is probable for Wednesday's game after going through shootaround.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games after his back flared up on him during Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but he appeared to turn the corner and should be good to go Wednesday. Dragic has a favorable matchup against the reeling Hornets, and owners will want to get him active in their lineups. Gerald Green will likely shift back to the bench Wednesday and Isaiah Thomas will also see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:22 am
    • Cory Joseph set to start again on Wednesday
      Cory Joseph is set to draw another start on Wednesday in the absence of Tony Parker (hamstring).

      Advice: Parker currently doesn't have a timetable to return, so Joseph should start for the foreseeable future. In his last start for the Spurs, Joseph tallied 12 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. He should also be in line for a few more assists on Wednesday, so this kind of production is worthy in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:40 am
    • Tony Allen iffy for Wednesday w/ eye injury
      Tony Allen suffered a corneal abrasion in his right eye on Tuesday and is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

      Advice: If Allen's out it's going to leave a big dent in the defensive scheme of Memphis, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince would all see some extra minutes against the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

      Advice: The Grizzlies play solid defense and the Warriors could have used Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes being at 100 percent, which would have helped them keep the 16-game winning streak alive. We're not going to lie and say the Warriors are glad the streak is over, but the pressure is off and they'll no longer have to hear about it every day, which has to be viewed as a good thing. With tonight's loss the Warriors are still a league best 21-3. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire scores 10 in ugly loss
      Amare Stoudemire had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: He's playing very well for one of the league's worst teams this season, but how long he can stay healthy, or motivated to do so, remains to be seen. The Knicks are now 5-22 on the season, and just 3-11 in the Garden. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:36 pm
    • Tony Allen goes leaves game after hard fall
      Tony Allen left Tuesday's game after a hard fall and is questionable to return.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see if he returns to the game and we will be sure to update his status as soon as we know more. If Allen were to miss time, Tayshaun Prince and Vince Carter will see a bump in their minutes, but still won't be worth picking up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • J.R. Smith (foot) out Tuesday vs. Dallas
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, and his status for Thursday's game vs. Chicago remains uncertain.

      Advice: That means that Tim Hardway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Hardaway Jr. has gone for 18, 16, and 23 points in his last three outings while seeing his minutes in the 30s, and with Smith's status uncertain for Thursday, he makes for a decent add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Greg Monroe denies trade request
      Greg Monroe denied asking the Pistons for a trade and said that he would never initiate trade talks.

      Advice: Responding to a report that said he has asked the Pistons for a trade, Monroe said there is no truth to those rumors. "If they feel the need to come to me, obviously, I would have to have that discussion," he said. "But that discussion would have to be initiated by them. It would never be initiated by me." We'll see if there's fire to go with this smoke soon enough, but Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would be the fantasy beneficiaries if a trade does go down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:22 am
    • Cory Joseph scores 12 on Monday night
      Cory Joseph scored 12 points against the Blazers on Monday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He's been solid in his previous five starts, averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 dimes, 0.6 blocks and 0.2 triples on 57.1 percent from the field. Tony Parker hasn't looked like himself since he had a hamstring injury, so there's a good chance Joseph gets another start on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 pm
    • Kyle Anderson scores a career-high 15 points
      Kyle Anderson scored a career-high 15 points against the Blazers on Monday with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He looked great and did a lot of damage on his own in isolation. Anderson was not shooting the ball well to start the season, but he's up to 72.2 percent from the field over his last three. He won't be worth owning now, but keep an eye on him later in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
    • LeBron posts massive line in win over CHA
      LeBron James scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and three blocks in Monday's 97-88 win over the Hornets.

      Advice: James is starting to get it going and the biggest issue with his fantasy value is his 49 percent shooting this year. For comparison's sake he shot 56.6 percent over the last two seasons and it's a reflection of the struggles the Cavs are having getting to know one another. Look for that to improve, but a bad fantasy playoff schedule and new competition at the top of fantasy leagues have taken the crown off his head. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 pm
    • Taj Gibson turns in a nice game in loss
      Taj Gibson made 7-of-11 from the field for 15 points against the Hawks on Monday with 17 boards, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He was very busy in the low post on both ends for the Bulls. Gibson is likely looking at another start with Joakim Noah (ankle) still on the mend. In his previous eight starts, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in 35.3 minutes. He's a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Jefferson's struggles continue against Cavs
      Al Jefferson scored 14 points with eight rebounds but did not have any steals or blocks on Monday against the Cavs.

      Advice: Jefferson hit 7-of-13 shots and it wasn't his worst night, but beat writer Rick Bonnell did comment after the game that the big man hasn't played up to expectations this season. A top 60-75 value on the season in 9- and 8-cat leagues, respectively, especially if Lance Stephenson heads out there is a small buy low window. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:09 pm
    • Goran Dragic will not play on Monday
      Goran Dragic (back) will not play against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: His back flared up on him on Friday and he missed Sunday, so he could miss additional time. Although, it's somewhat encouraging that the Suns ruled him out just a little over an hour before the game started. With Dragic out, expect to see more of Eric Bledsoe handling the offense. Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas also get upticks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:22 pm
    • Pistons asking for a 1st-round pick on Monroe
      The Pistons are reportedly asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Greg Monroe.

      Advice: It's pretty clear that the Pistons are not going to bring him back after he signed a qualifying offer over the summer. The Pistons are also one of the worst teams in the NBA with a 13-game losing streak being snapped last week -- they're on a two-game winning streak now. If Monroe is dealt, Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would benefit most. Monroe would likely lose value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:51 pm
    • J.R. Smith (plantar fasciitis) skips practice
      J.R. Smith (foot) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Smith was announced as a starter on Sunday, but then he was ruled out just moments before tipoff. Considering he's dealing with a plantar fascia tear, it's going to be an issue of pain tolerance for Smith that will determine his availability moving forward. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) already out, Tim Hardaway Jr. could soon find himself playing big minutes after logging 30-plus in each of his last two. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:45 am
       
      Injured
    • Brook Lopez to be reevaluated on Saturday
      Brook Lopez (back) will be reevalutaed on Saturday.

      Advice: Lopez has entered the "conditioning part" of his rehab process, and the Nets are being purposely vague with his timeline to return in order to prevent the idea he's had a setback of any kind. An absolute nightmare to own, Lopez will be out at least three more games. The earliest he could possibly return is Sunday. Mason Plumlee and Kevin Garnett will continue to pick up the slack, with Mirza Teletovic (hip) also helping when healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:30 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic's back flared up on him Friday
      Goran Dragic's back initially flared up on him on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: "You get cold and it's more stiff," Dragic said. "It was better (Saturday) when we did therapy. (Sunday), we didn't have practice and it is even tighter." Dragic should be considered questionable to play on Monday against the Bucks, and if he can't give it a go, look for Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe to make up for Dragic's absence, with Gerald Green collecting some extra time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:48 am
    • Smith better after blister, leg woes subside
      Josh Smith said he was feeling better after being hampered by "nagging injuries," including a foot blister and leg woes.

      Advice: "Time is good. Bones don't feel as stiff, but just been able to get a lot of work in before the game, a lot of stretching, a lot of massages on the legs and try to open everything up to be a little looser early on in the game." Coach Stan Van Gundy even noted that he sees a difference with Smith, saying he's "looked quicker." The "leg woes" are worth watching, but Smith has averaged 16.5 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and 3.5 blocks over the last two games, and the Pistons have won both. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:07 am
    • Ty Lawson scores just six points in loss Sun
      Ty Lawson scored just six points on 2-of-10 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, adding 10 assists, two boards and one steal in 39 minutes.

      Advice: He suffered a left eye laceration and had to briefly leave the game, so maybe he deserves a pass for this performance. Lawson has still been playing out of his mind and as long as his ankle doesn't flare up he should continue to keep it rolling. Expect him to bounce back on Wednesday vs. the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:57 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert quiet in 13 minutes Sunday
      Samuel Dalembert came off the Knicks' bench for two points, three rebounds, one assist and two blocks in just 13 minutes on Sunday.

      Advice: Dalembert hasn't been impressive this season in either role, starting or coming off the bench, so this apparent promotion shouldn't sway fantasy owners. The 12-year veteran is averaging a mere 4.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting this season, with 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. A pre-game report suggested that Dalembert would move back into the Knicks' starting lineup, but that quickly proved to be erroneous. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:28 pm
    • Ty Lawson returns to game on Sunday
      Ty Lawson left Sunday's game against the Spurs with a left eye laceration, but will return.

      Advice: He collided with Manu Ginobili and was clearly shaken up after the play. However, he is coming out to play in the second half and he should be fine moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 6:02 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) now out for Sunday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is now out for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He was announced as a starter prior to the game but has now been officially ruled out. This is a tough blow for his owners as he could have been looking at a decent increase in minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) on the sidelines. Tim Hardaway Jr. will be the biggest beneficiary of this news, and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 4:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic (back) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Goran Dragic (lower back strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, and Gerald Green will start in his place.

      Advice: Gerald Green, Isaiah Thomas, and Eric Bledsoe will all see an uptick in value with Dragic sidelined, and all of those guys will make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 3:08 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) will start Sunday vs. TOR
      J.R. Smith (heel) will replace Iman Shumpert (out, shoulder) in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: Smith has been very hit-or-miss this season, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr. loses some luster with Smith returning to the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • LeBron James said that his knee is doing OK
      LeBron James said on Sunday that his knee is doing OK, and said that it responded well to the flight back home.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners and while it is possible it could flare up again, it looks like the coast is clear for now. After sitting out against Oklahoma City on Thursday, James responded in a big way on Friday scoring a season-high 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting. He should be all set for Monday's favorable matchup against the Hornets, and owners can deploy him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 10:06 am
    • Josh Smith flirts with a 5x5 in win vs. Kings
      Josh Smith was three steals short of a five-by-five line during a 95-90 win over the Kings on Saturday, racking up 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Technically, he did have a five-by-five with his seven turnovers. Smith's output in defense is really coming on with 2.4 blocks in his last five and he's actually made 45.1 percent from the field in that span, too. J-Smoove will be a stud in points leagues and a tough player to own in standards. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:49 pm
    • Greg Monroe comes off the bench on Sat.
      Greg Monroe came off the bench on Saturday with 24 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes.

      Advice: It doesn't really matter if he's coming off the bench or starting. In fact, Monroe has higher averages in points, boards and steals while coming off the bench. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:45 pm
    • James Harden drops third trip-dub of career
      James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:11 pm
    • Trevor Ariza scores 13 points on Saturday
      Trevor Ariza played 42 minutes on Saturday with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made just 4-of-14 from the field, so maybe his illness from this morning kept him down. Ariza attempted a whopping 11 attempts from deep, which is a big reason why he's been putting up mid-round value this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:56 pm
    • Darrell Arthur goes off against Houston
      Darrell Arthur went off against the Rockets during a 108-96 loss on Saturday, scoring a team-high 20 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just about every other big man was in foul trouble and Kenneth Faried (ankle) had an injury, so Arthur picked up some playing time. He doesn't usually get big minutes while the team is healthy, so he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Cha
    • Al Jefferson plays poorly in loss to Brooklyn
      Al Jefferson had a terrible game in a loss to Brooklyn on Saturday, scoring eight points on 4-of-10 shooting to with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: After putting together three decent games in a row in which he scored 16 or more points, Jefferson came crashing down in a big way and this one has to got to be tough for his owners. The Hornets were out of this game in a hurry and it is frustrating to see him play just 23 minutes. However, Jefferson should once again bounce back and owners will have no choice but to be patient. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:50 pm
    • Greg Monroe shifts back to bench on Saturday
      Greg Monroe is shifting back to the bench for Saturday's game against the Kings, and Kyle Singler will replace him.

      Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy has shuffled his lineups all season, so owners should know by now that this isn't a permanent move. Monroe will get his minutes no matter what and is still a must-own player, while Singler is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 5:53 pm
    • Steph Curry scores 29, GSW wins 15th in a row
      Stephen Curry scored a game-high 29 points against the Mavericks during a 105-98 win on Saturday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

      Advice: This game wasn't that close and the Warriors put up a ridiculously efficient 39 points in the first quarter. They actually missed a ton of wide-open triples today, but had a slew of easy buckets around the rim due to great passing. Curry is unstoppable and is going to be great for a very long time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 2:12 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) out again on Saturday
      Brook Lopez (back) will not play in Saturday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: No surprise here as Lopez wasn't expected to play this week anyway as he tries to recover from a lower back strain. He is said to be targeting a return to the lineup next week but until then Mason Plumlee will continue to play big minutes and is worth a look in all leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 10:34 am
       
      Injured
    • Trevor Ariza (knee contusion) probable Sat
      Trevor Ariza (knee contusion) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: This injury came out of nowhere but the good news is that he doesn't appear in danger of missing any time. Check back before plugging him into lineups just to be safe, but you will want to roll him out there after he attempted 12 3-pointers on Wednesday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:52 am
    • Joseph plays 35 minutes on productive night
      Cory Joseph played 35 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Joseph has been getting a lot of run lately, averaging 28.9 mpg over his last eight contests with low-end value for 12-team leagues in that span. It's going to be hard to rely on him with so many moving parts in San Antonio, but he's worth a look in deeper formats while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:02 am
    • Smith double-doubles with 12 and 11
      Josh Smith scored 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting (1-of-4 from deep, 1-of-4 from the line) with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in Friday's win over the Suns.

      Advice: Smith is barely worth owning this season in 12-team, 8-cat leagues and in 9-cat leagues you have to be punting in those sized leagues to think about using him. But owners can be fools for popcorn lines and this line has all sorts of goodies, so think about moving Smith any time he puts up one of these. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:16 am
    • LeBron James' 41 points are not enough
      LeBron James matched his season high with 41 points against the Pelicans on Friday with five rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers on 17-of-24 from the field.

      Advice: Surprisingly, this was LeBron's first game over 65 percent from the field on the season. On Dec. 12 of last season, he had already had five of those games, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Additionally, his knee injury looked just fine tonight and added that resting is not in his nature. James will look to keep it going against the Hornets on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:54 pm
    • Wiggins scores 18 points with steal and block
      Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 43 minutes in Friday's loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Wiggins' season-long value is the pits at a top 200-280 level (8/9 cat) and during his recent hot streak it hasn't changed much at all. The culprits are high volume 39.4 percent field goal shooting and 63.9 percent foul shooting over the past two weeks, and just 1.5 combined money counting stats (3PMs, STLs, BLKs) in that span. One can see how the total package will grow and get better, but he has extreme impediments to fantasy value in standard formats and it's time owners get acclimated to that. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:42 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan makes all three FTs
      DeAndre Jordan made all four shots from the field and all three from the line for 11 points during a 104-96 loss to the Wizards on Friday with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: It was the first time he's attempted at least three attempts from the line and made all of them since Feb. 12 and also the first time he made 100 percent in a game this season. In other news he extended his league-leading field goal shooting to 74.3 percent. Jordan actually had a non-dunk tonight, too. He's a monster around the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:24 pm
    • Greg Monroe starting on Friday night
      Greg Monroe is starting in place of Kyle Singler on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy can't get out of his own way with lineups, so he's trying the big group against the Suns. Monroe puts up solid numbers no matter what his role is. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 6:08 pm
    • LeBron James will play on Friday night
      LeBron James (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Friday night.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything seems like he's ready to go. James sat out on Thursday and there was talk of the Cavs taking it easy on him, so he should be relatively close to 100 percent. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:51 pm
    • LeBron James (knee) going through warmups
      LeBron James (knee) is going through warmups on Friday.

      Advice: It sounds like he's going to play on Friday, but nothing is certain just yet. James didn't go through warmups on Thursday, so he has a better chance than yesterday. He's a little closer to probable now, but we should have another update before the 8:00 EST tip. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:24 pm
    • LeBron James (knee) questionable for Friday
      LeBron James (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: The Cavs don't seem overly concerned about James' knee, and maintain that the decision to have him sit on Thursday vs. OKC was merely a precaution, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. If James can’t go Friday, expect to see a lot of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Matthew Dellavedova also had a nice outing on Thursday, and he'll have some short-term value as long as LeBron is sidelined. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:19 am
    • What back injury? James Harden scores 44
      James Harden put the Rockets on his back during a 113-109 overtime win against the Kings on Thursday, scoring a season-high 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 14-of-32 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line and had the ball in his hands throughout the night in 48 minutes. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.4 points per game while also posting averages of 6.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 triples. He's a stat factory and his shooting percentage is starting to come around, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 11:16 pm
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