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  • Kyle Lowry scores 27, makes 6 treys in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 27 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block, six turnovers and six 3-pointers during an 84-82 victory over the Wizards.

    Advice: The 3-pointers have been the story and only Stephen Curry has more 3-pointers made this season than Lowry at the time his game went final (Kevin Love is tied with him). Interestingly, he's made 41.7 percent above the break this year, but he's only his 30.0 percent on mid-range. Lowry his top-10 fantasy value right now. 22 minutes ago
  • Jrue Holiday will play limited minutes on Sat
    Jrue Holiday will play limited minutes (around 15) on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Holiday got into some foul trouble on Friday and played just 13 minutes, but it's very encouraging to see that the Pelicans feel comfortable enough to play him on the second night of a back-to-back set. Ish Smith should still see plenty of run and has been on fire, so his owners should keep him plugged in their lineups. As for Holiday, his owners should probably leave him on the bench. Today, 4:40 pm
  • Gary Neal (groin) will not play on Saturday
    Gary Neal (groin) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He must have suffered the injury in warmups or it was an aggravation. With Neal out, there should be more Garrett Temple, but it's not enough to use him in almost any league. Jared Dudley and Otto Porter's outlook slightly improves here, too. Today, 3:53 pm
  • Donald Sloan out on Saturday
    Donald Sloan (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: Hopefully it's just a cold. Sloan is not in the rotation. Today, 3:18 pm
  • Jrue Holiday expected to play Saturday
    Jrue Holiday is expected to be available to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, this is interesting. We still don't have official confirmation, but this is fairly credible information. Holiday only played 13 minutes on Friday due to foul trouble, so that may have helped him here. He'll likely have a sharpest minutes cap tonight, so he's not a strong play. If you were going to use Ish Smith, this shouldn't change your mind much. Today, 1:49 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) will not play on Sunday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Watson hasn't played since Nov. 9 and there is still no known timetable for his return. He recently went through some contact work and was pulled because of a noticeable limp, so it could be a while before he returns. Shabazz Napier will continue to back up Elfrid Payton off the bench. Today, 10:52 am
  • Jimmer Fredette joins the D-League again
    Jimmer Fredette has rejoined the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League.

    Advice: Fredette wasn't able to crack the rotation for the New Orleans Pelicans despite the fact that they had nine healthy bodies at the time, so he's got some work to do. We'll let you know if another NBA team looks his way. Today, 8:13 am
  • SVG says Jennings doesn't have quickness yet
    Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) doesn't have his quickness back yet.

    Advice: "He doesn’t have his quickness back," Van Gundy said. "He’s a ways away but he’s getting there. He can do pretty much everything. It’s just getting back into being able to play at that tempo. There’s definitely been progress but he’s still a ways away." This isn't a huge surprise considering Jennings is expected to return around Christmas, but it's encouraging that he is basically doing everything in practice and it sounds like his workload should increase soon. Reggie Jackson is locked in as the starting point guard, so it's hard to imagine Jennings making an impact in standard leagues when he returns. Today, 6:46 am
  • Jrue Holiday likely going to be out Saturday
    Jrue Holiday is expected to sit out on Saturday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He had a bad run on Friday against the Clippers, scoring seven points with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in just 13 minutes. Hopefully, there was no aggravation here, but his owners shouldn't be expecting Holiday to play on Saturday anyway. Ish Smith time. Today, 12:48 am
  • Ish Smith scores 15 points with 10 dimes
    Ish Smith stayed hot on Friday with 15 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one turnover in Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pelicans have a back-to-back set coming up on Saturday, so expect Smith to get a start against the Jazz. It's a sub-par matchup, but Smith is just too good to bench. In his last five, he averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 boards, 9.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 treys. Even though his outlook isn't quite as rosy, he's a must-own player until further notice. Today, 12:46 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 21 points w/ three steals
    Eric Bledsoe had an efficient shooting performance against the Warriors on Friday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with seven assists, three steals, three 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The knee was not an issue at all for Bledsoe tonight, so owners can now lay any concerns about his surgically-repaired right knee to rest. Bledsoe is just 25 years old, and out of the six years he's been in the league, only two seasons have been cut short by injury, so we can probably get rid of the "injury-prone" label for Eric. He's a top-15 play in 9-cat leagues, and when turnovers aren't an issue (8-cat) his value jumps to No. 8 overall. Enjoy the ride. Today, 12:40 am
  • Brandon Knight scores 21 points w/ five dimes
    Brandon Knight scored 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Friday's loss to the Warriors, adding five assists, one 3-pointer, one board, one steal and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Knight has been excellent this season with averages of 21.9 points, 4.3 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.6 three-pointers per game on 44.6 percent shooting from the field and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe, which is good enough for top-25 value in standard 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Playing next Eric Bledsoe has not been an issue at all, so owners that gambled on him on draft day have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. Today, 12:31 am
  • Rajon Rondo hands out 16 assists in loss
    Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists during a 101-91 loss to the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds, 16 points and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is dropping dimes like a clumsy toll-booth attendant these days and not having DeMarcus Cousins (back) around has given him more responsibilities on offense. He has second-round value in the past 10 games, which is almost hard to believe. Today, 12:17 am
  • Russell Westbrook turns it over 11 times
    Russell Westbrook turned the ball over 11 times during win over the Pistons on Friday, adding 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He matched Emmanuel Mudiay for the season high for turnovers in a game this year. Even with Kevin Durant back for much of this season, he's still leading the NBA In turnovers per game at 5.2 per contest. Westbrook also fouled out for the first time this season and just the eighth time in a regular season game during his career. He's still putting up top-five value on the season. Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 15 points
    Reggie Jackson scored 15 points against the Thunder during a 103-87 loss on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: No revenge game here. After the game, Kevin Durant said Andre Drummond is Detroit's best player -- that's true -- but he called Kentavious Caldwell-Pope the second-best player on the team. Shots fired. Jackson has played well and is holding mid-round value. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • George Hill grabs 10 rebounds
    George Hill matched his career-high 10 boards against the Bulls on Friday with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't the best offensive game from Hill and he hasn't been the same since his return from an illness. Hill isn't going to have many nights when he blows you away, but he's still posting sixth-round value on the year and should remain in that neighborhood. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Derrick Rose not happy wit his play
    Derrick Rose made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He wasn't happy after the game. "I felt like I played like [expletive] tonight," Rose said. He's just struggling night after night and hasn't held enough per-game value to hold in most cases. If there is anything promising on the wire, cutting him is an option. He's worth holding in points leagues. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Gary Neal scores just five points
    Gary Neal scored five points in 18 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with two rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He had a terrific two-game run, but falling off seemed inevitable. Neal could have some value if John Wall or Bradley Beal need to miss time, though. Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Warriors
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He gets a tough matchup vs. the Warriors, but that's hardly a concern for his fantasy owners. So far this season, Bledsoe is racking up career-highs in scoring (22.9), FG percentage (46.8), 3-pointers (1.8), rebounds (4.1) and steals (1.9). Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is probable starter
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) is doing well and is the probable starter for Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He did not look right on Wednesday and the Suns will have him tonight for their biggest home game of the season. Bledsoe is a terrific on-ball defender, but we'll see how he handles the passing of the Warriors. He should have a nice stat line tonight as long as he can stay healthy. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) doubtful Friday vs. Bucks
    C.J. Watson (calf) is not expected to play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "I'm trying to get better," Watson said. "Hopefully, I'll be back sooner than later, but it's very frustrating just to be able to sit on the bench and not be able to help the guys and be on the court with them." Head coach Scott Skiles said that Watson recently went through some on court work, but he was pulled from the activity due to a noticeable limp. Friday will mark Watson's eighth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Derrick Rose goes through full practice Thurs
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for Rose's availability for Friday's game against the Pacers after returning from a two-game absence on Tuesday. While Rose hasn't had a great start to his 2015-16 season, he should be in all fantasy lineups as long as he's healthy and on the court. Thursday, 9:58 am
  • Rajon Rondo more relaxed off the court
    Rajon Rondo said he's more relaxed off the court these days.

    Advice: The 29-year-old is in the midst of a career season and said he's become more relaxed off the court. "I’m more so into reading now," Rondo said. "Different religions, growing plants, I’m doing things of that nature. It’s kind of crazy. I never thought I’d be doing things like this, at this age. I always thought I’d get into gardening or something like that when I was 50." It's unclear if Rondo still dominates at Connect Four, but either way, his fantasy owners are being treated to a late-round steal so far this season as he's averaging 12.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 14.0 assists in his last 10 games. Thursday, 8:45 am
  • Jrue Holiday scores 19 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday scored 19 points with two rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would appear the Pelicans were able to keep Jrue in one piece while Tyreke Evans (knee) has been out. His minutes are trending up and he should be getting close to 30 minutes in the next few weeks. He could put up mid-round value very soon. Wednesday, 11:17 pm
  • Waiver-wire wonder Ish Smith drops 20-5-11
    Ish Smith was special yet again during a 120-114 win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: How can coach Alvin Gentry take this guy out of the lineup when Tyreke Evans comes back? He was 9-of-16 from the field tonight and has been marvelous over his last five, averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 boards, 9.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 treys on 51.4 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. If you have him, you can't cut him until he slows down. Will that even happen? Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 29 points vs. Pelicans
    Brandon Knight scored 29 points against the Pelicans during a tough 120-114 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, four 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: It looked like Knight was ready to go crazy with 20 points in the first quarter, but he couldn't do much after that. He did only turn the ball one time tonight, which was a major bugaboo before this game. Knight has been wonderful as a shooting guard with his isolation scoring this year and should wind up being a bargain for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 18, tweaks knee late
    Eric Bledsoe returned from a one-game absence on Wednesday against the Pelicans with 18 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only made 5-of-16 from the field and turned the ball over four times. Bledsoe also suffered what appeared to be an aggravation of his left knee injury, so we're going to throw him on the injury report until further notice. The Suns have a big game at home against the Warriors on Friday, so he'll want to be out there for that one. Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Russell Westbrook posts 27 & 13 vs. Brooklyn
    Russell Westbrook lit up the Nets for 27 points, six rebounds, 13 assists and five steals on Wednesday, helping the Thunder improve their home record to 7-3.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate was 'only' 29.5 tonight but Kevin Durant's presence makes everything easier for him -- he made 10-of-16 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws while limiting himself to three turnovers. Amazing as it is, OKC's dynamic duo are both currently in the top-three for per-game fantasy value. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Rajon Rondo flirts with a trip-double
    Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double against the Bucks on Wednesday with 10 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's leading the NBA in assists and he's had at least nine dimes in each of his last 10 games. Rondo also has pulled down 9.1 boards per game in his last 10, adding averages of 12.9 points and 14.0 dimes in that span. Rondo has put up early-round value this month and his owners are getting a hefty return on investment right now. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Kyle Lowry drains 11-of-17 FGs for 27 points
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of a shooting slump on Wednesday, sinking 11-of-17 shots to finish with 27 points, two 3-pointers, three boards, six assists, four steals and one block.

    Advice: Lowry is returning first-round value and his owners should ignore any cold spells he might encounter. He and DeMar DeRozan combined for 47 points tonight and every starter reached double-figures, which is how they've found success this year -- Toronto's bench ranks 28th in scoring and 26th in field goal percentage. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Reggie Jackson recovers w/ 18 points, four 3s
    Reggie Jackson bounced back from Monday's dud to finish a win vs. the Heat with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: The win snapped a two-game skid for the Pistons, whose 8-7 record has them fourth in the Central division. Stan Van Gundy admitted on Tuesday that he's "really disappointed and worried about where [the Pistons] are right now," so this has to feel good heading into the holiday. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Gary Neal scores 18 points in futile effort
    Gary Neal stayed hot vs. the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played 28 minutes and hardly missed a beat after dropping 23 points vs. the Pacers on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Neal has yet to play 30 minutes in a game this season and he's not worth your attention in standard leagues while Bradley Beal (17 points in 38 minutes) is healthy. Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Pelicans
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with some left knee soreness and should be ready to roll. It's worth mentioning his right knee is the "bad" knee in his career with the multiple meniscus tears. Get Bledsoe in your lineups and this may help Brandon Knight, who is better off the ball. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • C.J. Watston (calf) out again on Wednesday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Shabazz Napier is the backup point guard. Although, Victor Oladipo coming off the bench likely means he gets more minutes at the one as a combo guard. Watson has very little value after missing his seventh game. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) headed for a GTD on Weds
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe said that he's no longer feeling any pain in his left knee, but he wants to make sure that there's no discomfort, and he will continue to undergo treatment throughout the day. Bledsoe will test his knee during pregame warmups, so we likely won't have official confirmation on his status until just prior to the tip. Bledsoe likely has his eyes fixated on Friday's matchup with the undefeated Warriors, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him play it safe and sit out Wednesday's game against the 3-11 Pelicans. Brandon Knight will be the primary beneficiary of a Bledsoe absence. Wednesday, 10:56 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Eric Bledsoe's left knee has improved, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe sat out Monday's loss to the Spurs with a sore left knee, and it remains unclear if he'll play tonight against the Pelicans. If he's unable to give it a go, Brandon Knight would see a spike to his usage rate with guys like T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker seeing some increased opportunity for minutes. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Derrick Rose returns from ankle injury
    Derrick Rose returned from a two-game absence to hit 7-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Rose missed a couple games with a sprained ankle, and while he didn't set the world on fire tonight, he played fairly well. Hopefully he can stay healthy and get hot between now and Christmas. Pau Gasol added 12 points, 14 rebounds and a block in the win, but hit just 5-of-15 shots. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Gary Neal scores 23 off Wizards bench
    Gary Neal scored a season-high 23 points in 29 minutes off the Wizards' bench on Tuesday, finishing with three rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: This came out of nowhere and John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, meaning this was a fluke. Leave him on waivers for now. Neal's strong play limited Ramon Sessions to just 10 points, a 3-pointer and two steals on 4-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes. The two guards are going to split minutes off the bench for Washington, making both of them very hard to trust in fantasy. Tuesday, 6:50 pm
  • George Hill scores 14 despite illness
    George Hill played through an illness on Tuesday and hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in a win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Hill was iffy coming in, but looked pretty good tonight. He was overshadowed by C.J. Miles and Paul George, but still played well enough to help your team if you had him active. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • George Hill (illness) will start on Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) will start Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Joining him will be Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi. Hill is going to get a tough matchup against John Wall of the Wizards in his first game back following a three-game absence, but Hill is a must-start option every time he's on the court. Go ahead and get him active. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) will start on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) will start Tuesday vs. Portland, sending Kirk Hinrich back to the bench.

    Advice: Rose said that there will be no restriction on his minutes tonight, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Kirk Hinrich won't be worth using in any format with Rose active, and Jimmy Butler's value and usage rate will take a slight hit. Tuesday, 11:06 am
  • Brandon Knight turns it over eight times
    Brandon Knight turned the ball over eight times against the Spurs on Monday during a 98-84 loss, adding 18 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Suns really missed Eric Bledsoe (knee) and turned the ball over a 76ers-like 28 times tonight. Knight is having a breakout season as a scorer and he should be better against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 20 with nine assists
    Russell Westbrook scored 20 points with nine assists, seven boards, one steal and four turnovers against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned to the lineup tonight and the game was a blowout, so that explains why Westbrook played just 27 minutes. Westbrook's numbers won't be as crazy as they were when Durant was on the shelf, but he will still be a first-round value the rest of the way. Judging by tonight's game, the Thunder look like a force to be reckoned with in the West. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Two Dollars: Rajon Rondo has 20 dimes
    Rajon Rondo handed out a season-high 20 assists during a loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most assists in an NBA game this season and now Rondo has twice as many 15-dime games as the rest of the NBA with four (Russell Westbrook and Brandon Knight). Coach George Karl is running Rondo into the ground right now, so hopefully the wheels don't fall off. In his last eight games, Rondo is putting up second-round value and selling high makes a lot of sense. Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will not play on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but his knee must have been giving him some problems in warmups. Bledsoe briefly left Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans with a leg injury, so it's unclear if the two issues are related. To be clear, Bledsoe returned to Sunday's game and appeared to be moving fine. Until we get a further update, Bledsoe should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Knight will be incredibly busy on Monday, while more opportunities should fall to guys like Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will be a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (sore left knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Spurs. Monday, 4:28 pm
  • George Hill, C.J. Miles probable for Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) and C.J. Miles (ankle) are probable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill had a chest infection last week, forcing him to miss two games. His return will bump Monta Ellis back to shooting guard and C.J. Miles (ankle) to small forward. Hill should be in all lineups this week. Monday, 11:58 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) puts in full practice
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Monday and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He'll be returning after missing two games on the road trip. Rose is likely very close to 100 percent and he isn't expected to have a a minutes cap. Kirk Hinrich would move back to the bench and E'Twaun Moore would play less. The Bulls only have two games, so he should still be benched in weekly leagues. Monday, 11:44 am
  • Derrick Rose on track to return on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) is on track to return on Tuesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Rose made it through Sunday's practice in full, and unless he has a setback in advance of Tuesday's game, the expectation is that he'll be back on the floor. Sidelined since the November 16 win over the Pacers, a Tuesday return would mean Rose will have missed just two games. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Russell Westbrook carries Thunder past Mavs
    Russell Westbrook put the Thunder on his back again on Sunday, racking up 31 points, two 3-pointers, five boards, 11 assists, five steals and one block in a win vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He made 12-of-22 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in another superhero performance for OKC, which improved to 8-6 with the victory. He did commit seven more turnovers, adding to his league-leading 4.9 miscues per game, but that's something his 9-cat owners have obviously come to terms with. Sunday, 6:45 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 29 points w/ full line
    Eric Bledsoe briefly exited Sunday's game with a leg injury, but he still filled it up with 29 points (7-of-15 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: EB has at least 20 points and two 3-pointers in eight consecutive games, and he's adding enough rebounds and assists for first-round value in 8-cat leagues. His leg didn't seem to bother him and we're leaving him off the injury report, but it can't hurt to double-check his status prior to Monday's game. Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) starts, plays 37 mins
    Brandon Knight (ankle) played 37 minutes on Sunday but shot only 5-of-18 from the field to finish with 19 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Pelicans give up 30.1 points per game to opposing point guards, most in the NBA, but it was Eric Bledsoe (29 points) who feasted tonight. Knight's ankle shouldn't be an issue for Monday's road game vs. the Spurs, so we're keeping him off the injury report. Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Ish Smith fills up boxscore in Sunday's win
    Ish Smith came off the Pelicans' bench for 17 points, nine boards, eight assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers in Sunday's home win.

    Advice: Smith is giving New Orleans a nice spark whether he's coming off the bench or starting in place of Jrue Holiday (23 minutes), and he's worth owning as long as Holiday's medical restrictions are in place. In the past four games, he's averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 33.3 minutes. Not too shabby. Sunday, 6:04 pm
  • Kyle Lowry double-doubles in win over LAC
    Kyle Lowry went just 2-of-11 from the field during Sunday's win over the Clippers, but he salvaged the stat line with 13 points (8-of-8 from the stripe), 10 assists, three boards, three steals, one 3-pointer and four turnovers through 38 minutes of work.

    Advice: Lowry has now recorded at least one steal in 15 straight games, which is the longest steals-streak of his career. Despite shooting just 41.1 percent from the field, Lowry currently ranked No. 5 overall in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues with averages of 20.6 points (career-high), 4.7 boards, 6.2 assists, 2.6 steals (career-high), 2.8 three-pointers (career-high) and 3.1 turnovers per game. His current usage rate of 25.6 is also a career-high, and there’s little reason to believe he can’t keep this up for the entire season. Owners shouldn’t be looking to sell-high unless they’re getting back a top-5 option in return. Sunday, 3:08 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will start on Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: The Suns will go with their standard starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Knight, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler. Knight briefly left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain, but he was never really in any doubt of suiting up for tonight's game. Go ahead and get him active. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Rose (ankle) goes through full practice Sun
    Derrick Rose (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rose will be re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Rose is making good progress with his sprained left ankle, and he said that he's shooting to play in Tuesday's game against Portland, which is a realistic timeline given his full participation in Sunday's practice. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and he'd cut into the production of Jimmy Butler. Check back for another update on Rose on Monday. Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) probable Sunday vs. NO
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is probable to play Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Knight suffered a very mild left ankle sprain during Friday's game against the Nuggets, but he played through it and finished with a career-high 38 points over the course of 36 minutes. Make sure you have him active for what will be an uptempo matchup with the Pelicans. Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • George Hill day-to-day with chest infection
    George Hill, who has missed Indiana's past three games with a chest infection, is still being listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: Hill reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery following Friday's practice, and it's looking like there's a small chance he misses his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. If that's the case, Monta Ellis would continue to act as a makeshift point guard for the Pacers, with Rodney Stuckey picking up some extra minutes. Sunday, 11:21 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) listed as out for Monday
    C.J. Watson (calf) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Watson is dealing with a strained left calf and hasn't played since Nov. 9, but it's not a good sign that the Magic ruled him out so quickly. Elfrid Payton's minutes have been on the rise lately, meaning Shabazz Napier will likely see minutes in the teens as the backup point guard on Monday. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Rajon Rondo has terrific game in win vs. ORL
    Rajon Rondo was superb against the Magic during a win on Saturday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, three steals, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: While this wasn't quite as eye-popping as some of his other games and he did snap his double-digit dime streak, Rondo had his most efficient game and had one turnover for just the second game all year. After the game he was asked by the Kings broadcast team if he was playing like he was in his prime. "I'm in my prime now," Rondo said. His value will go up sans Rudy Gay (shoulder) and is a must-start player. Saturday, 5:34 pm
  • George Hill very unlikely to play vs. Bucks
    George Hill (illness) is not likely to play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He's only going to play in an emergency, which means he won't get minutes unless someone gets hurt. With Hill out, the Pacers will probably want to go with a bigger lineup to try and clog the paint against the Bucks. Regardless, fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on Lavoy Allen or Chase Budinger tonight. Rodney Stuckey should also get some minutes at backup point guard. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • George Hill (illness) upgraded to probable
    George Hill (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Bucks, but he will likely be a game-time decision.

    Advice: The team will monitor his status throughout the day, but Hill will likely slide back into the starting lineup with Lavoy Allen shifting to the bench. Hill has missed the past two games with an upper respiratory illness, but he shouldn't have too many limitations tonight. We'll confirm his status prior to tip-off, but go ahead and get him active. Saturday, 7:59 am
  • Kyle Lowry hits seven treys
    Kyle Lowry made seven 3-pointers during a 102-91 win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring a total of 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He is red hot from deep with 4.0 treys in his last five, averaging 23.0 points 4.4 boards, 5.2 assists, 3.2 steals and 0.6 blocks in that span. Lowry has moved into the No. 5 spot for standard leagues. Apparently losing weight in the offseason is a good idea. Saturday, 1:24 am
  • Brandon Knight scores career-high 38 points
    Brandon Knight scored a career-high 38 points against the Nuggets during a 114-107 win on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: You think the Bucks want his 3-point shooting back? Knight is as hot as anyone in his last five games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.4 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.4 treys on 49.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. Knight actually had an ankle injury in the first half and went to the locker room. He has first-round value in eight-cat leagues and top-20 value in standard leagues. Saturday, 12:22 am
  • Russell Westbrook scores 34 in loss to NY
    Russell Westbrook made 11-of-29 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for 34 points during a 93-90 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 39.6 usage rate to move him to 35.6 on the season, which trails DeMarcus Cousins by 0.1. Westbrook's numbers are silly on the year, averaging 28.5 points, 7.8 boards, 10.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 treys. No player has ever gone 28-7-10 with 2.0 steals on the season and only Oscar Roberson has hit the 28-7-10 without the steals. Westbrook is a stat machine. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Hot Ish: Smith drops 17 and 13
    Ish Smith was terrific off the bench against the Spurs on Friday with 17 points, four rebounds, 13 assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field for his best game of the season. Smith is playing too well to be pulled out of the rotation, but he's likely going to lose minutes once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back. His owners should probably hold tight unless there is a hot free agent out there that won't last. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Jrue Holiday plays 24 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 24 minutes in the starting lineup on Friday with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists, one block and one turnover against the Spurs.

    Advice: He played well and the 24 minutes is a good sign. The Pelicans don't have another back-to-back set until Nov. 27 and 28 and then another on Dec. 1 and 2. Holiday should be in most lineups for the next two games -- both against the Suns. Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Reggie Jackson doesn't turn ball over
    Reggie Jackson did not turn the ball over against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's turned the ball over less than two times. Jackson also shot the ball well and made over 47 percent from the field for the first time since Nov. 8. He has a huge upside, so keeping his turnovers down and shooting the ball better will be key for him to be a stud. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) returns to game
    Brandon Knight (left ankle) has returned to Friday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Yes, this was the same ankle that required season-ending surgery last season, but his return to the game suggests he'll be fine. Owners can now rest the hand that was hovering over the panic button. Friday, 6:45 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) goes to locker room
    Brandon Knight suffered a left ankle injury and went to the locker room. Friday, 6:30 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) plays w/ contact
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles surgery) played full-contact 1-on-1 against Spencer Dinwiddie on Friday.

    Advice: Jennings is targeting a return in late December and it sounds like he's on pace, having recently gone through some full-court 4-on-4 work. The fact that he went full-contact vs. Dinwiddie is another encouraging step in his long rehabilitation, but right now he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues -- he's likely to be on a minute-limit upon his return, and Reggie Jackson is locked in as the Pistons' starting PG. Friday, 3:31 pm
  • George Hill questionable for Saturday
    George Hill (illness) is questionable for Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He missed the last two games due to an upper respiratory illness and was able to practice on Friday. With Hill likely back, the Pacers will likely push Lavoy Allen back to the bench while Chase Budinger will play less. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Friday night
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He is improving, but the Bulls won't put him out there against Stephen Curry. Rose almost never plays at less than 100 percent these days, so he could miss the final game on the three-game road trip on Tuesday in Portland -- the same court in which he tore his meniscus. Aaron Brooks is also likely out, so we should see a lot of E'Twaun Moore in the second unit. Kirk Hinrich will start and has very little value. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Jrue Holiday (rest) will start on Friday
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will start vs. the Spurs on Friday with Ish Smith moving to the bench.

    Advice: Holiday will still be limited to 25 minutes of action, so his owners may want to consider benching him with 11 games on the schedule tonight. His workload should start to increase as we approach the new year, so he should be owned in most leagues unless you're desperate to win right now. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Rajon Rondo explodes with 14-9-18 line
    Rajon Rondo filled the stat sheet yet again during a 116-109 loss to the Heat on Thursday, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, 18 assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and three turnovers.

    Advice: That's the most assists handed out in a game this season. Rondo had his third game with at least 15 assists, which is more than the rest of the league combined (Russell Westbrook and Brandon Knight each have one). There's no doubt Rondo is putting up monster numbers, but the perception is a lot greater than his actual fantasy output with only mid-round value on the season. He's obviously a must-start player, but selling high makes a lot of sense. Thursday, 7:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will play Friday against SA
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will play Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Holiday was rested during Wednesday's game as it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back on the court Friday night. The Pelicans' next back-to-back set comes on Nov. 27 vs. the Clippers and Nov. 28 vs. the Jazz, so you can expect him to sit out one of those contests. Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Pelicans waive Jimmer Fredette on Thursday
    The Pelicans have waived G Jimmer Fredette.

    Advice: Fredette couldn't even get into the rotation when New Orleans only had nine healthy bodies on the roster, and he'll now return to the D-League. This could be a sign that Norris Cole (ankle) is getting close to a return. Thursday, 12:48 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Rose didn't go through any on court work during Thursday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that while Rose will definitely try to play on Friday, he will err on the side of cautious with his point guard. Given Rose's injury history, it would be far from shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines to make sure that this ankle injury doesn't turn into a lingering issue, and if that's the case, Jimmy Butler would be in for another big game. Stay tuned. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • C.J. Watson misses Thursday practice
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Watson has missed four straight games and this news doesn't bode well for his availability against the Kings on Saturday. Watson should be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:07 am
  • Thunder win behind Russell Westbrook's 43 pts
    Russell Westbrook ran wild vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday with 43 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: New Orleans gives up a league-high 109.9 points per game and they were playing without Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik tonight, creating a perfect storm for Westbrook. He sank 14-of-25 FGs and 15-of-20 FTs, on his way to a ridiculous usage rate of 42.6 percent. WB has been great all season, but his fantasy owners are loving the sans-Durant version even more. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Ish Smith scores 18 pts w/ Jrue Holiday out
    Ish Smith started again on Wednesday and notched 18 points, three rebounds and six assists in a road loss the Thunder.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-20 from the field with no defensive stats, but also committed just one turnover in 34 minutes. This was Smith's third start of the season -- in the first two he averaged 12.5 points, 1.5 triples, 6.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He's a great DFS play whenever Jrue Holiday is rested, and is worth holding in most leagues until Holiday's medical restrictions are lifted. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette invisible since joining NOP
    Jimmer Fredette played four minutes in his third appearance for the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thus far he's compiled one turnover and one missed shot in seven minutes for New Orleans. The Pelicans desperately need healthy and productive players, but Fredette is not fitting the bill. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Rajon Rondo posts fourth triple-double
    Rajon Rondo had the fourth triple-double of his season on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and seven turnovers.

    Advice: He was 6-of-9 from the field and didn't go to the line in his 31 minutes. Rondo didn't have his best game defensively and coach George Karl won't like all those turnovers, so he'll likely be around 30 minutes most nights. After a monster run last week, Rondo will probably trend down now that Darren Collison is back. He's still worth owning in all leagues, of course. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Derrick Rose officially out for Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said his ankle is really sore, which is a little different from him saying he didn't have swelling earlier today. His fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play Friday. Kirk Hinrich will start, but Aaron Brooks should have more value. Jimmy Butler could have a big game. Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) making progress
    Brandon Jennings participated in some full court, 4-on-4 work for 10 minutes during Wednesday's practice, and head coach Stan Van Gundy said that he remains on track to return around December 25.

    Advice: This is the first time that Jennings has got through any full court work, and he's slowly but surely making steady progress in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles. He'll come off the bench in Detroit this season, and will likely have a hard cap on his minutes for at least the first month of his return, so it's still a bit too early to stash him in standard formats. Wednesday, 11:21 am
  • George Hill (illness) out Wednesday vs. 76ers
    Updating a previous report, George Hill (illness) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Hill's next opportunity to play will come on Saturday when the Pacers face the Bucks. With both Hill and Rodney Stuckey (ankle) out, Paul George and Monta Ellis will be very active on offense, with Joseph Young and C.J. Miles seeing some increased opportunity. Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Update: George Hill (illness) questionable
    Updating a previous report, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that the only guy that has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the 76ers is Rodney Stuckey (ankle), implying that George Hill (illness) could play.

    Advice: An earlier report had Hill out for tonight's game, but it sounds like there's a chance he'll be able to give it a go. Hopefully we'll get another update following shootaround, but it looks like Hill may be headed for the dreaded game-time decision. If he plays, Chase Budinger would head to the bench. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) out Wednesday vs. MIN
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier will see some increased opportunity sans Watson, but with Victor Oladipo (concussion) set to return on Wednesday, Napier is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:58 am
  • Jrue Holiday (rest) out Wednesday vs. OKC
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will miss Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second game of a back-to-back set, so Holiday will get the night off. Ish Smith will start sans Jrue with Eric Gordon doing a bit more on offense. Wednesday, 5:18 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 28 points in loss to GSW
    Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, adding six boards, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors had a chance to steal a win, but Lowry was called for a controversial offensive foul which sealed the deal for the Warriors. Regardless, it was an encouraging game for Lowry and the Raptors, and they certainly look like the real deal in the East. Lowry has been the third best point guard in fantasy behind Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook and doesn't appear to be slowing down. Tuesday, 11:04 pm
  • Jrue Holiday plays 23 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Tuesday with 10 points, one rebound, seven assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While he hasn't been getting a lot of playing time this year at just 22 minutes per outing, Holiday ranks 11th in the NBA among regular starters for usage rate. He's also seen his minutes climb and is coming off a 25-minute outing from Sunday. Although, the Pelicans falling to 1-10 could mean Holiday gets shut down. He's kind of a volatile asset. Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Ish Smith logs 38 minutes, scores 13
    Ish Smith played 38 minutes against the Nuggets on Tuesday with 13 points, three rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: The Pelicans are so thin that Smith actually played next to Jrue Holiday for 12.2 minutes. They even had a lineup of Smith, Toney Douglas and Eric Gordon out there for 7.8 minutes. Smith should have another month of value and he would see a small uptick if Anthony Davis needed to miss time. Tuesday, 9:51 pm
  • Reggie Jackson gets 23 points with 12 dimes
    Reggie Jackson bounced back on Tuesday with 23 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs.

    Advice: He had the two-man game working with his bigs with five assists to Ersan Ilyasova and four to Andre Drummond. Jackson leads all Eastern Conference players in time of possession of the ball and he leads all players in pick-and-roll plays. Jackson hasn't quite busted loose yet with just mid-round value, but he should start trending up soon. Although, his 4.1 turnovers per game are killing him. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
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