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    • Tyson Chandler's back spasms not serious
      Tyson Chandler's back spasms are not considered serious.

      Advice: Rick Carlisle also said the injury doesn't expedite the Mavericks making any kind of move, but admitted that the team is "looking at everything." Dallas needs a capable backup behind Chandler after trading Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rajon Rondo deal, and Jermaine O'Neal has been heavily linked to Big D. "When we get the right guy we’ll get the right guy. No rush," Mark Cuban said. Dwight Powell, currently in the D-League, could get a look in the role if the Mavs don't sign anyone from outside the organization. Rotoworld.com
      31 minutes ago
    • Bosh goes through practice, questionable Mon.
      Chris Bosh (calf) went through a full practice on Sunday without limitations, and he is questionable to face the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: "He was able to go through all of it," Erik Spoelstra said. "First day of testing it," Bosh said. "We wanted to get days like these in before I get back out there." The Heat play Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and it sounds like Bosh has a solid chance of being back this week if he doesn't return on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:13 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Jordan Hill's forgettable December continues
      Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) returns to action Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) returned to action for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors, finishing with two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two boards in 11 minutes.

      Advice: While the Nuggets will be glad to have some added depth to their bench, he won't see many minutes with Kenneth Faried playing this well. Arthur can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    • Tyler Hansbrough plays well off bench Sun
      Tyler Hansbrough was terrific off the bench on Sunday, finishing with 10 points, six boards and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He gave the Raptors a huge lift off the bench with Jonas Valanciunas struggling, and ended up playing down the stretch in a thrilling win over the Nuggets. However, Hansbrough has a very limited role this season and this was his first solid game in a while, so owners should consider this a fluke and look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:50 pm
    • Joel Freeland posts first NBA triple-double
      Blazers big man Joel Freeland recorded his first career double-double on Sunday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds before taking a seat after 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Freeland made 5-of-7 shots with two assists and two blocks, and he continues to start with Robin Lopez (hand) out of commission. His stats were easier to come by tonight with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) sidelined and the Knicks' frontcourt decimated by injuries of their own, so standard-league owners shouldn't read much into Freeland's career night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:33 pm
    • Greg Smith logs season-high 25 minutes
      Mavericks C Greg Smith played a season-high 25 minutes on Sunday, coming off the bench for four points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Tyson Chandler's absence.

      Advice: Smith's minutes are already up since Brandan Wright was traded to the Celtics, though he hasn't done enough to warrant ownership in standard fantasy formats. The 23-year-old big man is only worth a look if you're in dire need of rebounds, especially while Chandler (back spasms) is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:36 pm
    • Serge Ibaka gets season-high 26 pts Sunday
      Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 26 points vs. the undersized Mavericks on Sunday, making 11-of-14 field goals with three 3-pointers in OKC's 107-112 road defeat.

      Advice: Serge didn't block any shots but he added 10 rebounds and his fantasy owners won't complain about this offensive eruption. His scoring is down from last season despite an increase in shot attempts with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both missing significant time, so hopefully this will carry over into Wednesday's matchup with the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:31 pm
    • Dwight Howard's 24 & 17 not enough vs. Spurs
      Dwight Howard piled up 24 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday, making 11-of-13 FGs and 2-of-7 FTs, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Spurs in San Antonio.

      Advice: Dwight added one steal and one block but he missed three crucial free throws down the stretch, as Houston fell to second-place in the Southwest division (behind the Grizzlies) with a 21-8 record. They'll look to avoid a losing streak when they start a two-game homestand vs. the Wizards on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:14 pm
    • Kevin Love posts 20 & 10 in Sunday's loss
      Kevin Love recorded his 16th double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a lopsided loss to the visiting Pistons.

      Advice: Love made 9-of-19 shots with one 3-pointer and his owners must be encouraged by his season-high in shot attempts, though it came with Kyrie Irving (knee) sidelined. It's worth noting that Love continues to spend much of his time on the perimeter offensively, which is a big reason why he hasn't shot better than 50 percent in any of the Cavs' past 14 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:38 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out on Sunday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This will be third game missed out of the last four meaning the upper respiratory illness he has must be pretty serious. Owners need to have a backup plan ready, and should consider Aldridge day-to-day moving forward. It is impossible to predict who will start for Portland, but Thomas Robinson started in place of him on Friday but is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    • Chris Kaman will play on Sunday vs. Knicks
      Chris Kaman will play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He missed Friday's game because his wife gave birth to their child, but Kaman will be back in action against a weak Knicks team. Kaman is currently coming off of the bench for Portland, and his value is limited to deeper leagues until coach Terry Stotts decides to give him a bigger role. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:17 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (back) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Tyson Chandler (back spasms) will not play Sunday vs. OKC.

      Advice: This injury is coming out of nowhere, but that is the nature of back spasms. With Chandler unavailable Dirk Nowitzki, Charlie Villanueva, and Greg Smith will get all the run they can handle. Villanueva has been playing well lately, scoring 13, 18, and 14 points in his last three outings, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Head coach Rick Carlisle said Chandler's injury is not considered serious, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:58 pm
    • X-rays negative on Nerlens Noel's ankle
      The 76ers have announced that the x-rays that were taken on Nerlens Noel's ankle following Saturday's game have come back negative.

      Advice: Noel was able to return after briefly leaving Saturday's game when he came down awkwardly on his ankle, so it doesn't look like this is going to be an issue moving forward. However, the 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their "star players," so we'll be considering Noel questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If he sits, look for Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to help fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) able to practice on Sunday
      Chris Bosh (calf) was able to participate in all of Sunday's practice, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for their game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Heat have been in shambles without him, going just 3-5 in his absence so it will be great for them to get him back. Bosh's owners will have to check back on Monday before activating him in their lineups, but things are finally starting to look up. Bosh's return would spell trouble for the value of Shawne Williams (foot) and Chris Andersen. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:46 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) is available to play Sun
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will be able to play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He was available to play on Friday as well, but the Nuggets opted to give him some additional rest. However, Kenneth Faried has finally broken out of his slump so there likely won't be a lot of minutes available for Arthur. Feel free to keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:41 am
    • Alex Len proving his worth to Phoenix Suns
      Alex Len has been fantastic since being named the starting center in Phoenix, boasting averages of 9.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in just 22.3 minutes per game while also shooting 55 percent from the floor.

      Advice: He has vastly outperformed Miles Plumlee, and we think that Len will remain the starting center for the rest of the season. Len is only going to keep getting better as the season progresses, so he will be worth owning in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:34 am
    • Miroslav Raduljica expected to join Minnesota
      Free agent center Miroslav Raduljica is expected to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Advice: The move isn't official just yet, but he is currently finalizing the details on a contract. He isn't likely going to be a major part of the rotation, but it is not a bad idea for owners in deep leagues to keep tabs on him. Raduljica last played for the Bucks last season and averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 boards in 48 appearances. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) targeting Dec. 31
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) has a chance to play on Dec. 31 vs. the Clippers according to coach Derek Fisher, but remains out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: "His workouts are progressing," Fisher said. "As long as he’s getting good feedback there, hopefully we’re getting closer." However, even with Amare Stoudemire (knee) ailing, it is tough to justify picking up Bargnani in all but the deepest of leagues considering how bad he was last season. You can safely monitor Bargnani from the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:53 am
       
      Injured
    • Joel Embiid staying home on road trip
      Joel Embiid is no longer traveling with the 76ers on their current road trip in order to speed up his recovery process.

      Advice: "Joel has all the resources that he needs back in Philadelphia," coach Brett Brown said. "It's more of a structured, stable environment where he has the machines that he can lift on, the people that he can see, team-doctor-wise. He's at an interesting stage of his recovery." Embiid is making excellent progress in his recovery, and the 76ers are doing everything they can to improve his health. However, he is still not expected to return this season and won't be worth owning outside of dynasty leagues. We will continue to track his progress very closely and pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:41 am
       
      Injured
    • Jusuf Nurkic impressing in rookie season
      Jusuf Nurkic drew praise from coach Brian Shaw after his superb play recently.

      Advice: "He's a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to," Shaw said. "He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn't have that, he's shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he'll pass it." Nurkic has slowly seen his minutes rise and coach Brian Shaw said they will likely continue to climb. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in the reserve center role in just 16.1 minutes per game over his last eight. Owners in deep leagues should have already taken notice, and if Timofey Mozgov ends up getting traded Nurkic will become a must-own asset in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:32 am
    • Pachulia goes for 11 and 15 in loss to Hawks
      Zaza Pachulia went for 11 and 15 in Saturday's loss to the Hawks, hitting 4-of-8 shots and 3-of-3 free throws with three assists and a block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: If Ersan Ilyasova's concussion issue proves serious then Pachulia could see more than 25 minutes per night. He's worth a look if you need a big man, regardless of what's going on in the Bucks' frontcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:26 am
    • David Lee plays 17 minutes on Saturday
      David Lee played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday with 10 points, seven boards and two blocks on Saturday.

      Advice: His minutes are still being held in check and there's no word of that changing soon. Coach Steve Kerr also said that Lee will stay in the second unit for the foreseeable future. He's not as great as Draymond Green in reality and in fantasy. Still, Lee is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:00 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng scores eight in 26 minutes
      Gorgui Dieng scored eight points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: The timing of the bad game is worse because Nikola Pekovic (ankle) might be coming back soon. Still, Pek has dealt with a slew of injuries and he's one of the most injury prone players in the league, so keep Dieng owned across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:50 pm
    • Too Much Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins goes off
      DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 39 points in 32 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers during a 135-129 overtime victory.

      Advice: He made 14-of-27 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line for a ridiculous usage rate of 50.5 tonight. Cousins raised his season usage to 34.0 and only trails Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade in that category. Advanced stats don't need to tell you that Boogie is the best starting center in fantasy and hopefully he is done with illnesses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:39 pm
    • Rudy Gobert impresses in limited minutes Sat
      Rudy Gobert turned in an impressive performance on Saturday in just 17 minutes, finishing with four points on 2-of-3 shooting to go with six boards, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

      Advice: It is just a matter of time before coach Quin Snyder is forced to give Gobert more minutes, as he has been too good to ignore this season. Gobert is already an asset in most leagues despite seeing less than 19 minutes per game, and his value is only going to climb as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:48 pm
    • Derrick Favors posts massive line Saturday
      Derrick Favors posted a massive line on Saturday, finishing with 17 points, 15 boards, three assists, three steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 7-of-11 from the field, and was clearly the most dominant player on the court Saturday. The fact that he did this against the 76ers should be factored in, but this was a great performance nonetheless. As long as Favors stays healthy, more lines similar to this will be on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:33 pm
    • Henry Sims has decent game Saturday
      Henry Sims entered the starting lineup on Saturday in place of Luc Mbah a Moute (calf), and responded with 10 points, eight boards, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He will never blow you away, but Sims will have decent value in deeper leagues if he continues to see more than 30 minutes. Mbah a Moute may miss some more action, and Nerlens Noel is having his ankle X-rayed, so Sims could be in line for more minutes. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:23 pm
    • Nerlens Noel (ankle) going to get X-rays
      Nerlens Noel (ankle) is going to get X-rays after Saturday's game against the Jazz.

      Advice: He briefly left the game after landing awkwardly on his ankle, but he returned moments later and finished with five points, 10 boards, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes. The 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with injuries so it is possible that Noel could see some time on the sidelines. We will pass along updates as soon as we know more, and we would expect Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to fill the void should Noel miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:05 pm
    • Nerlens Noel (ankle) returns to game Saturday
      Nerlens Noel (ankle) had to leave the game in the third quarter of Saturday's game but has since returned.

      Advice: This is great news considering how cautious the 76ers are, and it appears that Noel has dodged a bullet here. We will pass along any further updates as soon as we know more. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:49 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will play Saturday
      Demarcus Cousins (illness) will play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This is fantastic news, as Cousins is going to absolutely feast on Cold Aldrich. Get Cousins in all lineups and don't think twice about it. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:09 pm
    • Henry Sims to start on Saturday vs. Jazz
      Henry Sims will draw the start on Saturday against the Jazz in place of Luc Mbah a Moute (calf).

      Advice: While Sims will draw the start, the 76ers will likely use a committee-approach to soak up the minutes at power forward, so we don't recommend adding Sims outside of really deep leagues given how ineffective he has been so far this season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:58 pm
    • Chris Kaman hopeful for Sunday
      Coach Terry Stotts is hopeful Chris Kaman (personal) will play on Sunday against the Knicks.

      Advice: He was not with the team on Saturday, but his wife gave birth to their child this morning. Kaman should be in line for more minutes than usual with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) doubtful to play. He'll be an option in fantasy leagues on Sunday, but that's contingent on him being at shootaround on Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:19 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) doubtful Sunday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

      Advice: If he sits, this will be his second game in a row out of the lineup. Aldridge was not with the team on Saturday and the Blazers probably won't have him for what should be an easy home game. Chris Kaman's wife gave birth to their son, so he should be back for the game. Joel Freeland had a career rebounding night on Friday and is probably the most reliable replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:10 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable for Sat
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He missed Friday due to a stomach bug and it sounds like he's all better. Of course, multiple players have been probable with an illness and missed a game, so Cousins isn't a lock to play. Cousins returning would basically take away shots from the entire team, but the Kings should be more effective as a whole. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:03 pm
    • David Blatt says Love benched for matchup
      Coach David Blatt said he benched Kevin Love in the fourth quarter because of the matchup.

      Advice: "The way that Orlando was playing, they didn't make a particular substitution and we were just matched up so well defensively, we decided to not to go with it," Blatt said. "Certainly to Kevin's credit, he actually kind of recognized it and supported that." There was never really much of a concern to begin with and it shouldn't be a problem unless this becomes a trend. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:48 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out on Saturday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Sacramento.

      Advice: He is getting closer, but the Knicks will be in no rush to get the injury-prone Italian back in their lineup. Bargnani can continue to be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out on Saturday vs. Memphis
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Bosh was targeting this game for his return, but he will unfortunately remain on the sidelines and his owners will have to remain patient. Shawne Williams (foot) is also suddenly questionable for Saturday's contest, meaning Udonis Haslem would likely play all the minutes he can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Len has career-best night in the trenches
      Alex Len scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting with a career-best 11 rebounds and career-best five blocks against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: Len logged just 23 minutes but this output comes off some real momentum and he's a must-own player in standard leagues. We can't guarantee that there aren't hiccups, but the upside is right and he looks like he has taken a proverbial step forward. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:02 am
    • Freeland grabs career-best 17 rebounds vs PHI
      Joel Freeland grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds against the Sixers on Friday, and also chipped in with six points and one block in his 25 minutes.

      Advice: Obviously this is a matchup thing and with Chris Kaman (personal) out there's no value change. Kaman is still the guy to own of the bunch for projected late-round upside and all-in-all there's not a lot of value after the injury to Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:47 am
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:37 am
    • Ibaka posts 13 points and season-high 14 rebs
      Serge Ibaka scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with a season-high 14 rebounds and four blocks in the Thunder's 98-75 win over the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: Owners are looking for better efficiency but on a night with that many boards, threes and blocks it's most certainly a win. If he doesn't get the efficiency taken care of, he's not going to sniff the first to second round value many thought he would have and it won't matter how many threes he's hitting. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:31 am
    • Pachulia goes for 14 & eight in Atlanta
      Zaza Pachulia started at center and scored 14 points with eight assists and three steals in the Bucks' blowout win over the Hawks in his old Atlanta stomping grounds.

      Advice: Pachulia logged 26 minutes and he could play this much nightly if Ersan Ilyasova's concussion issue is serious, though we don't know that to be the case at this point. His value has been in the tank for the past two weeks so it's not a run-to-the-wire moment, but if everything breaks perfectly he could end up with some value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:53 pm
    • Love Seat: Kevin benched in fourth quarter
      Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Magic on Friday, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He played the entire third quarter and had a handful of awful defensive possessions. Considering the Cavs were missing 40 percent of their starting lineup with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, this was a major surprise. The Cavs might have played their best defensive quarter of the season while Love sat, but there's still no need to panic. He should be back for his regular rotation on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:34 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:35 pm
    • Chris Kaman (wife having baby) out Friday
      Chris Kaman (wife having baby) will not play on Friday night.

      Advice: There was a report that the Kamans would induce labor on Christmas, but apparently they waited a day. Kaman should be back for Sunday night. While he's out, expect Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson to hold down the frontcourt minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:29 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:53 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia getting the start at center
      Zaza Pachulia will start at center against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: John Henson is expected to come off the bench behind Zaza, so the team won't need him to play too many minutes. Although, Henson hasn't played more than 21 minutes in any game this season and has been out since Nov. 25, so expect Zaza to play around 30 tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:38 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:08 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He had an illness keep him out of action on Monday, but he was able to play on Tuesday. Chances are Aldridge is going to suit up, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit against Philly. His fantasy owners in standard leagues can probably plug him in, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) owners might want to avoid this one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:57 am
    • David Lee plays 19 minutes in a loss
      David Lee played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He continues to live at the rim with over half of his shots this season coming from within three feet on the season -- all five shots came at the rim tonight. The Warriors have so much talent on offense, Lee should get great shots all night. Still, his minutes are a bit capped with Draymond Green playing well, so he's more of a low-end standard fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:17 pm
    • Kevin Love quiet in loss to Heat
      Kevin Love hit just 5-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: Love is taking a back seat to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving these days, and it was a little surprising to see him struggle with Anderson Varejao out of the lineup. He'll have some great games and some duds the rest of the way, but it's become clear that he was a better fantasy player as the big dog in Minnesota, instead of the third best player in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:10 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) targeting Saturday vs. MEM
      Chris Bosh expects to test his calf during Friday's practice, and if all goes well, he hopes to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: "We have to read and react and see how everything goes and go from there," Bosh said. "It's kind of really like a day-to-day thing. I thought that I would be back the last game but it didn't work out like that. It's just something I have to cope with. We have a lot more games to play." We'll be monitoring Bosh's status closely, and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:01 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:45 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Christmas Day
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not suit up for Miami's Christmas Day game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: This will be Bosh's seventh consecutive game out of the lineup, and Dwyane Wade will again be the main man on offense for Miami. Expect more minutes for Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem, with Williams offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:25 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Christmas
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

      Advice: The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:23 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:32 pm
    • Davis Lee scores 12 points in only 18 minutes
      David Lee played 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but still racked up 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: Lee said before the game that he'll "be playing a little bit more as each game goes on," but his integration into the rotation will be "gradual." The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 23-4 and there are no indications that Lee will overtake Draymond Green for the starting PF job. Given Lee's career-long dearth of defensive stats it's hard to view him as more than a low-end fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Tyson Chandler scores season-high 22 Tuesday
      Tyson Chandler scored a season-high 22 points on Tuesday in a loss to the Suns, adding 14 boards and two assists in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 6-of-8 from the floor and was able to connect on 10 of his 12 free throw attempts on the night. Chandler has been a revelation since returning to Dallas this season and as long as he stays healthy he will continue to be a double-double threat every game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:56 pm
    • Alex Len scores 17 with seven boards in win
      Alex Len scored 17 points with seven boards in a win over the Mavericks on Tuesday, adding one steal and one block before fouling out in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He has really shown a lot of improvement this season and is starting to make some noise in fantasy leagues. He was able to shoot a very efficient 6-of-9 from the field and has shown an excellent ability to alter shots at the rim. Len has now fouled out of three games this season, but if he can keep producing numbers like these he will be worth a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:36 pm
    • Nerlens Noel goes 0-of-5 from field vs. Miami
      Nerlens Noel missed all five of his shot attempts on Tuesday, finishing with one point, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes vs. the Heat.

      Advice: Miami's frontcourt is in shambles and they're typically one of the best matchups for opposing big men, which makes Noel's offensive struggles even more disappointing. He took only one shot outside the paint, so shot selection wasn't the problem, and with any luck he'll get the same shots to fall vs. the Trail Blazers on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge OK after eye poke, score 25
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) had 25 points, nine rebounds and one block in 45 minutes of action during his return on Tuesday, though he made only 9-of-28 FGs before being ejected in overtime.

      Advice: He was poked in the eye during the first quarter but quickly returned and should be fine for Friday's game vs. the 76ers, though it never hurts to double-check his status. On a side note, the Blazers' veteran went 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Tuesday, in the process tying Jerome Kersey for third-most free throws made in franchise history (2,071). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:45 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng posts 20 & 11 w/ defensive stats
      Gorgui Dieng's impressive run as a starter continued on Tuesday with 20 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs, to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks.

      Advice: Dieng has solidified himself as a key part of the Wolves' future and owners must view him as a stable season-long asset, regardless of Nikola Pekovic's eventual return from wrist and ankle injuries. He's returning top-60 fantasy value in a mere 27.7 minutes per game this season, giving him tantalizing upside if his role ever increases. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    • Kevin Love(thumb) notches 20 & 10 Tuesday
      Kevin Love shook off a thumb injury to finish Tuesday's convincing victory with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: He mentioned after the game that he suffered the jammed thumb against Brooklyn last Friday, but said that it was just a minor concern moving forward. Regardless, Love hit 5-of-11 shots and was 9-of-11 at the FT line. He failed to contribute any defensive stats but that's not uncommon, and his fantasy owners should be relieved to see him avoid a serious injury while snapping a two-game slump during which he'd averaged 7.0 points. He should be ready to go for the Cavs' matchup with the Heat on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returns after eye injury
      LaMarcus Aldridge exited Tuesday's game after being poked in the eye during the first quarter, but he was able to return.

      Advice: He went into the Blazers' locker room briefly, but soon returned after presumably being cleared of any serious injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:33 pm
    • Kevin Love (hand) returns to game on Tuesday
      Kevin Love suffered a hand injury in Tuesday's game against Minnesota, but he has since returned.

      Advice: He is sporting a wrap on his hand but he appears to be fine. Check back after the game to see how he holds up, but for now it looks like Love dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) active on Tuesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is active vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

      Advice: It appears as though Aldridge will start at usual and owners should rush him into all active lineups, while keeping an eye out for last-second updates. Even at less than 100 percent he'll have more fantasy value than the vast majority of the league's power forwards. Myers Leonard will return to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:47 pm
    • David Lee says his hamstring is fine
      David Lee said that his hamstring felt great after logging 16 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday, but acknowledged that he will be brought along slowly.

      Advice: "[Steve Kerr] just wants me to get used to it gradually here," said Lee. "I'll be playing a little bit more as each game goes on. But we want to bring myself back gradually. And most importantly, not take our team out of rhythm." This quote implies that Lee understands Draymond Green is going to remain the starting power forward in Oakland, although he could eventually slide into the starting center spot depending on how long Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable for Tues
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Aldridge is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and looks to be headed towards a game-time decision. We'll have an update closer to game-time, but Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Thomas Robinson, and Chris Kaman would all see a small value boost if Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Kevin Love says Minnesota return emotional
      Kevin Love said he won't be emotional when the Cavs face the Wolves on Tuesday, but his eventual return trip to Minnesota will bring up sentimental feelings.

      Advice: Love said the game won't bring up any emotion, but his eventual return to the state when he played for six season will. "I’m sure going back to Minnesota will be a lot more emotional," he said. "Here we’ll try to step on the floor and try to get a win." While his fantasy owners would like more scoring production, there's not much else to complain about as Love is averaging 14.0 points, 11.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 am
    • Miroslav Raduljica leaves Chinese team
      Miroslav Raduljica has left his team in China and plans to head to the NBA.

      Advice: After playing just 14 games with Shangdong, Raduljica has decided to leave the team and pursue an NBA career. There are rumors that an NBA team may sign the Serbian center by January, but fantasy owners can feel free to ignore this situation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:35 am
    • Lee goes for six and seven in 16 minutes
      David Lee (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's blowout win over the Kings, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

      Advice: Lee's stat set requires big volume and he's simply not going to get it with this Warriors team. He could carve out some late-round value in a best case situation, but barring an injury in front of him he's a low-upside stash in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:33 pm
    • Gobert grabs career-high 16 rebounds
      Rudy Gobert grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds on Monday, and also chipped in with two points and two blocks in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Gobert is doing everything he can to force Quin Snyder's hand and though this result comes with Trevor Booker (day-to-day) out he has been a must-own player for a while, if not all year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:32 pm
    • Dwight Howard double-doubles in a win
      Dwight Howard was terrific on Monday during a 110-95 win over the Blazers with 16 points, 13 boards, four assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He was probable with a shoulder injury and it was not a factor tonight. Howard's bigger concern is his knee and there is some concern within the team that it might be an issue later this season. Now that he has some fantasy value under his belt, it's not a bad idea to try and flip him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is starting on Monday
      DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:16 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out for Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) Will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

      Advice: He has an upper respiratory infection and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Thunder. The Blazers have a total of four games this week, so Aldridge owners will probably want to still use him depending on the other options. Thomas Robinson is a great option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
    • Howard, Ariza and Harden are good to go
      Dwight Howard (shoulder), James Harden (hamstring) and Trevor Ariza (calf) will play against the Blazers.

      Advice: They obviously were not going to sit against the Blazers. Howard's shoulder injury popped up over the weekend, but it didn't seem to be affect him. His fantasy owners can start him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:17 pm
    • Cousins and several Kings are probable
      DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:41 pm
    • David Lee will play on Monday night
      David Lee (hamstring) will play against the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: He went through both practices over the weekend and should be ready to go. One thing that will not be ready to go is his former role, which has been taken over by Draymond Green. Lee is not going to have the fantasy value he used to have and is unlikely to be a top-80 guy over the next month. Green owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable now on Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

      Advice: Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:12 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
      Monday, 9:24 am
    • 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
      Monday, 9:15 am
    • Andrea Bargnani drawing closer to debuting
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) is getting closer to being cleared for practice.

      Advice: Bargnani is "doing more on the court," but he still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff. Bargs also confirmed that he wants to stay in the NBA, in case anyone was interested. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:00 am
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:08 pm
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:07 pm
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:20 pm
    • Henry Sims double-doubles in 21 minutes
      Sixers C Henry Sims notched his first double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in only 21 minutes of action off the bench.

      Advice: He also handed out two assists without any turnovers, and the only caveat for fantasy owners is the low playing time. Sims hasn't topped 30 minutes in a game this December and may need an injury to one of Philly's starters to propel him toward standard-league relevance. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:47 pm
    • Nerlens Noel gets fourth career double-double
      Nerlens Noel posted his fourth career double-double in Sunday's road win vs. the Magic, scoring 13 points while grabbing 12 rebounds in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Michael Carter-Williams and Noel got into a heated verbal altercation during the game, but it wasn't anything serious and seemed to light a fire under Noel, who also had an assist, steal and block in the rare victory. He's averaging 8.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.8 blocks over the Sixers' past five games, quickly reminding owners why they tolerated his lousy start to the season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:47 pm
    • Alex Len blocks four shots in win on Sunday
      Alex Len blocked four shots in a win over the Wizards Sunday, adding eight points, eight boards and one assist in 24 minutes.

      Advice: While he was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, Len made just 2-of-6 from the free throw line and had five fouls on the night. Len has a steep learning curve in the NBA, but as long as he continues to start over Miles Plumlee he will be worth a look for owners in need of blocks and rebounding. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:45 pm
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:12 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • David Lee (hamstring) expects to play Monday
      David Lee (hamstring) went through a full practice on Sunday, and he believes he'll be able to play Monday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that he plans to bring Lee off the bench, and he'll be limited to 12-15 minutes in his return. However, with Andrew Bogut (knee) not expected back until January, it's possible Lee eventually slides into the starting lineup at the center spot, and he should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential. Marreese Speights' value will take a hit upon Lee's return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 12:47 pm
    • 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
      Dec 21, 11:53 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) could practice soon
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) had another strong workout during Sunday's shootaround, and Derek Fisher said he might be able to start practicing before Christmas.

      Advice: The Knicks don't have much depth up front, but given Bargnani's injury history and lackluster play over the past three years, there's not a lot to like here. He can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Greg Smith backing up Ty Chandler now
      Greg Smith played 10 minutes off the bench on Saturday with one point and one board.

      Advice: Yes, this is meaningless for just about everyone who plays fantasy basketball, but he is Tyson Chandler's backup now. Chandler does have a lot of injuries in his past so many Smith makes his way onto the fantasy radar at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:09 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
      Dec 20, 7:42 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays just 18 minutes in loss
      Derrick Favors played just 18 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 13 points, five boards, two assists and one block.

      Advice: There is no injury to worry about, and it was coach Quin Snyder's decision to keep him on the bench. The Jazz were blown out in this one, so this line should be taken with a grain of salt. Favors exploded for 23 points and 10 boards on Wednesday, so he should be able to bounce back in his next game. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:37 pm
    • Rudy Gobert grabs first career double-double
      Rudy Gobert grabbed his first career double-double in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 11 points, 12 boards, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

      Advice: This was a fantastic showing for Gobert, and this is the kind of line he can drop when he is given the minutes. This game reiterates the fact that Gobert should be owned in all leagues going forward, and he will only get better as his role grows towards the end of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:32 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:57 pm
    • Chris Kaman plays 22 minutes, scores 16
      Chris Kaman played 22 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with 16 points, six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: According to the Blazers broadcast, Kaman's wife is expecting their first child, but they've actually past her due date. If she is still pregnant on Christmas, they will induce labor. In actual basketball news, Kaman should see minutes in the mid-20s, which will give him low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:30 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
      Dec 20, 5:39 pm
    • 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
      Dec 20, 4:57 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 3:57 pm
    • Joel Freeland getting the starting again
      Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 2:36 pm
    • Alex Len blocks three shots vs. Knicks
      Alex Len blocked three shots against the Knicks on Saturday with four points, eight rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

      Advice: He hasn't been unleashed in the starting lineup and the Suns won't be playing him more than 25 minutes for a while. Miles Plumlee is not really a threat to his playing time and the Suns going small so often hurts him more. Len has upside in blocks and shoots the ball well, so he's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:55 pm
    • Chris Bosh won't play on Sunday night
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • 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
      Dec 20, 8:54 am
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:36 pm
    • Kaman quiet against the Spurs on Friday
      Chris Kaman scored just six points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: The Spurs had no problem containing Kaman and he has yet to make good on any of the opportunity presented by Robin Lopez's long-term hand injury. There's a long way to go with that, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the double-doubles come down the road. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:50 pm
    • Favors goes for 23 and 10 against the Magic
      Derrick Favors went for 23 and 10 in Friday's road win over the Magic, hitting 9-of-14 shots with three assists and two blocks.

      Advice: Favors put up a pedestrian line in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday and he looked great tonight. He has been a top 40-50 value when on the floor this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:14 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:34 pm
    • Nerlens Noel bring the D
      Nerlens Noel played well in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with six points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks during a 109-91 loss.

      Advice: All three blocks came in the first half and Noel has suddenly picked it up on the defensive side. In his last five, he's averaged 2.2 blocks, 2.2 steals, 7.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.2 assists on 42.1 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the line. Noel owners should be feeling a lot better these days. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:24 pm
    • Gobert blocks two shots in 14 minutes
      Rudy Gobert blocked two shots with six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Obviously it's not comfortable to hold onto a low-minute guy but he has returned top 75-90 (9/8 cat) value in standard leagues this season in just 17.7 minutes per game. His value proposition to owners is pretty simple. He's serviceable or even good in a low-minute role and has potential to explode if given the minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:50 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
      Dec 19, 5:09 pm
    • It's Joel Freeland's turn to start on Friday
      Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:02 pm
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:22 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) close to practicing
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

      Advice: Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:54 am
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:26 am
    • Zaza Pachulia starts and struggles
      Zaza Pachulia struggled in a start against the Kings on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He got all the DeMarcus Cousins he could handle tonight. Pachulia will move back to the bench against the Clippers on Saturday and should see around 20 minutes as Larry Sanders' backup. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 10:15 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
      Dec 18, 9:04 pm
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