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    • Damian Lillard draws praise from Popovich
      Damian Lillard drew high praise from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after his career-high 43 points in the Blazers' triple-overtime win on Friday.

      Advice: "Damian was unbelievable", coach Popovich said. "He was unguardable. He just took it upon himself and single-handedly did us in. He was amazing." It is rare for Pop to compliment opposing players like this, and it speaks volumes of Lillard's performance. Lillard has been a bargain for his owners this season, and has easily become an elite fantasy asset in all leagues. Keep him locked into all lineups and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:12 am
    • Westbrook goes for 31 and 10, 13-of-13 FTs
      Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 pm
    • Jackson busts out of slump with 25 points
      Reggie Jackson busted out of his slump on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Yes, Kevin Durant was out and yes this came against the Lakers, but it's probably just good for Jackson to see the ball go through the hoop. It sure seems like the Thunder are going out of their way to let Jackson know what the pecking order is in OKC now that the guys are back, but tonight's output is a reminder of both his short-term value and long-term value in the event one of the Thunder's big guns gets hurt again. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:28 pm
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:24 pm
    • Barnes gets back on track in loss to Denver
      Matt Barnes bounced back from an off-night to score 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Barnes has been a solid mid-round value lately and he should remain in all lineups. J.J. Redick scored just eight points with one trey, two boards and two assists, but he has been serviceable lately and owners might want to give him at least one night of slack. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:18 pm
    • Joseph posts 10-8-7 line in triple-OT game
      Cory Joseph scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists over 43 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Joseph has played admirably enough in fill-in duty for Tony Parker (hamstring) and this line was certainly aided by the extra minutes. He's worth a deep league look whenever Parker is out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:10 pm
    • Lillard scores career-high 43 pts in 3OT win
      Damian Lillard was outstanding in the Blazers' triple-overtime win in San Antonio on Friday, scoring a career-high 43 points on 16-of-29 shooting (4-of-9 3PTs, 7-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 53 minutes.

      Advice: Lillard stole the show late and his mid first-round value is a solid return on his second round ADP. LaMarcus Aldridge went for 32 and 16 with five steals, two blocks, and a three, and Wesley Matthews scored 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two threes for the shorthanded Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:57 pm
    • Robinson doesn't do much in his 27 minutes
      Thomas Robinson managed just two points, six rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Robinson is coming off a 15 and 16 night against the Bucks, but he's prone to these type of outcomes and owners should look for consistency before considering an add. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 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
      Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 27 points on 100.0 eFG%
      Nikola Mirotic made all six attempts from behind the arc on Friday against the Grizzlies with 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Mirotic has been a monster in his past two games, but coach Tom Thibodeau has already said he's not going to take away minutes from their big three in the front court. Taj Gibson (ankle) won't be out long, so the rookie only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Wade scores 28 points with eight assists
      Dwyane Wade scored 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Wade is getting a ton of looks right now and owners should do what they can to move him while he's producing like this. The Heat aren't going to run him into the ground just so they can get trounced in the first round of the playoffs, if they make it that far. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:35 pm
    • Jimmy's jumping for dollars: Butler scores 31
      Jimmy Butler went off yet again on Friday, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 43 minutes.

      Advice: Jimmy just won't quit and he is going to get paid this offseason. Butler is coming off a career-high 35 points on Thursday, so it's probably only a matter of time before Jimmy gets a shoe deal, especially considering how high he jumps. He is for real and his owners can pat themselves on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Butler scores eight points with no threes
      Rasual Butler did not hit a three on Friday, finishing with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with six rebounds in 27 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes are a good sign with Paul Pierce logging 32 minutes, and on the season he has been a late-round value, but he's shooting way over his head and the regression will likely keep him in a deep-league position. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 pm
    • D-Will: Doctor said calf injury not 'too bad'
      Deron Williams said doctors told him that his calf injury wasn't "too bad," and he'll get an MRI on Saturday for further evaluation.

      Advice: "It was already hurting in the first quarter," Williams said. "It just felt like my calf was tight. I went out and stretched it a little bit, went back in and … I can’t remember who I passed the ball to, but I jumped up and passed in the air and when I landed, I kind of landed on my toe and there was a sharp pain right to the spot that was tight before." Williams added that he did not know the severity of the injury, and anybody considering Jarrett Jack as an add might want to look at this injury more as day-to-day than week-to-week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    • Waiters plays seven minutes on Friday
      Dion Waiters played just seven minutes on Friday.

      Advice: We haven't heard of an injury and aside from having plenty of fantasy deficiencies in standard leagues, this would qualify as a reason not to bite when he gets hot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Tyler Zeller has a solid outing
      Tyler Zeller played 24 minutes in a start against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block.

      Advice: He's probably in the most danger with Brandan Wright joining the Celtics, but he has earned his playing time. Zeller averaged 12.2 points, 6.0 boards, 1.4 blocks and 0.2 steals on 62.8 percent from the field over his last five. If he's still sitting out there on the wire, you can probably find someone else better in shallower forwards -- Marcus Smart or Shabazz Muhammad for example. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:22 pm
    • Deron Williams suffers strained right calf
      Deron Williams suffered a strained right calf on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Williams has a litany of leg injuries and he might be getting an MRI to check on the severity of the strain. He also has history of calf strains, so he's a good bet to miss at least a couple games. Jarrett Jack is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:30 pm
    • Dwyane Wade says he's over stomach virus
      Dwyane Wade said that he's completely over his stomach virus.

      Advice: The virus really didn't limit him too much at all, as he went off for a season-high 42 points during his last outing. Wade is going to be asked to carry Miami's offense while Chris Bosh (calf) is sidelined, and he remains an excellent option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:37 am
    • Thibodeau heaps praise on Nikola Mirotic
      Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on Nikola Mirotic following a solid effort during the Bulls win over the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: "[Nikola] made a lot of great plays, particularly in the first half," said Thibodeau. "He made shots and made plays off the dribble, he hustled. I was very pleased with the way he played. We did not play a great game, but we found a way to win in the end." Mirotic busted out of his mini-slump on Thursday, and if Taj Gibson (ankle) is unavailable for Friday's game, expect Mirotic to again get a healthy heaping of minutes and be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:29 am
    • Jimmy Butler: 'I don't want to be a star'
      Jimmy Butler stated during a recent interview that he sees himself as more of a role player than a star in the league.

      Advice: "I don’t want be a star," said Butler. "I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team." While Butler may not be ready to admit it, he's emerging as a star in the league during his fourth NBA-season. Butler is hitting career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (5.8), and assists (3.4), while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, and 81.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 8.2 attempts per game). He’s returning early-round value, and shows no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:20 am
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:44 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic fills in quite well
      Nikola Mirotic excelled off the bench on Thursday with 13 points, one rebound, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks.

      Advice: He stepped right in to Taj Gibson's (ankle) role and absorbed 100 percent of the big-man bench minutes. Gibson is looking at another game-time call on Friday, so Mirotic will be worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:38 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores a career-high 35 points
      Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points against the Knicks on Thursday with five rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: While Anthony Davis is rolling, Butler is the frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He has completely turned around his offensive game while still playing major minutes and filling up the stat sheet in other areas. Butler is flirting with first round value and is not slowing down. Basically, he is for real and when fantasy opponents try to trade for him, his owners should say, "Don't touch Jimmy!" Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles
      Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:55 pm
    • Matt Barnes disappears in win over Pacers
      Matt Barnes hit just 1-of-3 shots for three points, two rebounds, four assists and a block in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He came in sort of hot, but never got it going tonight. He's been playing much better over the last two weeks, so we fully expect him to bounce back in his next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • Damian Lillard scores 29 points vs. Bucks
      Damian Lillard made 10-of-18 from the field for 29 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 104-97 victory over the Bucks.

      Advice: After a brief slump, Lillard is getting hot again. Over his last four games, he's averaged 26.3 points, 5.3 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.0 triples on 48.1 percent from the field and 89.5 percent from the line. Lillard still hasn't missed a single game in his NBA career and is averaging 2.5 treys per game in his career, too. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • Chris Kaman's role doesn't change
      Chris Kaman played 18 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 3-of-12 from the field for six points and three boards.

      Advice: The Blazers are not going to completely unleash him because of his age and injury history, so owners shouldn't consider him as a game-changing pickup. Kaman should have some low-end value and be better than this, though. Give him a look if you need a big man. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:44 pm
    • Thomas Robinson explodes for 15 and 16
      Thomas Robinson excelled in his first start of the season on Wednesday during a win over the Bucks, scoring 15 points with 16 boards, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: The Bucks did a Hack-A-Rob strategy late in the game, so he only made 5-of-15 from the line. Robinson had a couple bright spots last season while the Blazers were missing LaMarcus Aldridge, but he had a number of disappearing acts, too. Coach Terry Stotts said he's going to be mixing up his lineups, so this is not the new norm for Robinson. We'll need to see it again before signing off on him as a pickup in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores season-high 42 in loss
      Dwyane Wade hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 42 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: The bad news is he hit just 16-of-21 free throws and committed six turnovers, but the fact he played so well in a pair of back-to-backs (while battling an illness tonight) speaks volumes. The Heat are off until Friday, so hopefully Wade is able to get some rest and will be ready to go. He had 28 on Tuesday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:01 pm
    • Tyler Zeller scores 10 in start
      Tyler Zeller started again and had 10 points, seven rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 4-of-5 shooting in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Kelly Olynyk came off the bench, but played 30 minutes and had a much fuller stat line. Zeller is technically the starter, but at least for now, Olynyk is the guy getting the minutes and production. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:58 pm
    • Dion Waiters scores 21 in ugly loss to Hawks
      Dion Waiters hit 9-of-18 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, three rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's brutal home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Waiters was one of Cleveland's better players tonight, especially in fantasyland. He's coming off an abdominal injury and this game was a good indicator that he's getting back into a groove after the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    • Stotts pulls a Stotts: Thomas Robinson starts
      Thomas Robinson will start in place of Robin Lopez on Wednesday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts said he is going to mix up his lineups, so T-Rob is not likely going to draw all of the starts. Joel Freeland is expected to get some starts here and there, so keep an eye on him, as well. Chris Kaman should also get a handful of extra minutes and is the best pickup for owners needing a big man. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
    • Chris Kaman at the arena for Wednesday
      Chris Kaman has arrived to play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

      Advice: His wife is expecting, but apparently it's not going to happen tonight. Kaman is likely going to come off the bench tonight, but should still have nice fantasy value with minutes in the mid-20s. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:27 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play on Wednesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was very ill on Tuesday and reportedly feels better heading into tonight. Wade played well through the illness, scoring 28 points in a win over the Nets. With Chris Bosh out, he's going to be very busy and should be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    • Cory Joseph set to start again on Wednesday
      Cory Joseph is set to draw another start on Wednesday in the absence of Tony Parker (hamstring).

      Advice: Parker currently doesn't have a timetable to return, so Joseph should start for the foreseeable future. In his last start for the Spurs, Joseph tallied 12 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. He should also be in line for a few more assists on Wednesday, so this kind of production is worthy in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:40 am
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start Wednesday
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start for the Nuggets on Wednesday after practicing in full on Tuesday.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with injuries over the past two weeks, but he will look to put that behind him in a key matchup against Houston. Faried has been in a slump since the beginning of the season, but he is loaded with talent and should turn it around soon. The buy-low window is wide open, so now may be your chance to snag him in a trade. J.J. Hickson will return to the bench with this news, and owners in standard leagues can think about moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 am
    • Reggie Jackson sees just 20 minutes of action
      Reggie Jackson saw just 20 minutes of action on Tuesday, finishing with eight points, three assists, two boards and one steal.

      Advice: This was a tough blow for Jackson, as he expectedly hasn't been able to retain his value since the return of Russell Westbrook. Jackson still has too much upside to not be owned in standard leagues, and owners will just have to be patient with him until he adjusts better to his role off of the bench. Expect him to bounce back vs. the Warriors on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:28 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 32 points Tuesday
      Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's win vs. the Kings, adding six boards, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Westbrook has had at least 20 points, five boards, and five assists over his last nine games, and has played his way into MVP consideration. He has been the best player on the Thunder this season, and is doing a fine job propelling the Thunder until Kevin Durant regains his previous form. Continue to expect big things from Westbrook as the Thunder edge closer to a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:08 pm
    • Deron Williams double-doubles in loss Tuesday
      Deron Williams double-doubled in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists, one board, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: The trade rumors aren't going anywhere, but Williams doesn't seem too distracted on the court and has been playing really well lately. There is always going to be some risk involved with his shaky ankles, but as long as he stays healthy he will remain a must-start option in all leagues. If you were ever thinking about trading D-Will, his value likely won't be any higher than it is right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:18 pm
    • Dwyane Wade leads Heat with 28 points in win
      Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a win over the Nets on Sunday, finishing with 28 points, five boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He definitely made his owners nervous when he appeared to tweak his knee late in the game, but he stayed on the floor and was able to finish what was a great night for the Heat. Wade looked very active all night and looks determined to shoulder the load without Chris Bosh (calf) in the lineup. As you have learned by now, check back before Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz to see if Wade is active, as it wouldn't be out of the question for him to rest on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:53 pm
    • Rasual Butler scores 23 with Pierce out
      Rasual Butler came off the bench for 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He went on a tear like this about two weeks ago, but then dried up and did almost nothing after owners picked him up. We're crediting tonight's performance to the absence of Pierce, as he hadn't scored more than eight points in any of his previous four games. Don't expect Butler to start playing like this on a regular basis, but any time Pierce is out, remember to give Butler a look in daily leagues. And if you're in a deep league and are simply looking for a warm body, feel free to take a flier on him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:44 pm
    • Heat vs. Nets temporarily delayed due to leak
      The Heat and Nets game was temporarily delayed due to a leak in the roof at the Barclays Center, but the game is now expected to resume.

      Advice: In what was a bizarre series of events at the Barclays Center, it now appears that the leak in the roof has been resolved and both teams are back out on the court. There is no longer any need to worry about a cancellation and the game will go on. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:19 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Tuesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Wade will draw a very favorable matchup vs. the Nets tonight, and with Chris Bosh (calf) also sidelined, he's going to be asked to carry the offensive workload. He makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues, despite the fact that he is sick. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:07 pm
    • Report: Nets not having fire sale
      While reports have surfaced that the Nets want to blow up their team and trade Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, it sounds like they're more interested in making one big deal and staying competitive as they rebuild.

      Advice: A more logical theory is that they would trade one of their so-called Big 3, and maybe two of them, but not all three. This can be viewed as good or bad news for Nets fans, as it sounds like the team will attempt to move a big contract or two but not tank to improve their draft position. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:42 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Kenneth Faried (ankle) will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday as the Nuggets take on the Rockets.

      Advice: J.J. Hickson will head back to the bench upon Faried's return, and he can be cut in standard leagues. Faried hasn't been living up to his potential this season, but there are still a lot of games left, and he tends to be a second-half player. The buy-low window remains open. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:19 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) returns to practice
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is a good sign for Faried possibly being able to return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets after sitting out on Sunday. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we near Wednesday's tip. If Faried returns, J.J. Hickson will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:34 pm
    • Chris Kaman's wife due with first child
      Chris Kaman's wife is due to have the couple's first child within the next few days.

      Advice: While this is fantastic news for the Kamans, the Blazers might be extremely short-handed if Kaman misses a game any time to be with his family. With the Blazers playing the Bucks and Spurs on Wednesday and Friday and Robin Lopez (hand) out indefinitely, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland could be in line for all the minutes they can handle if Kaman is unavailable for any upcoming games.Thomas Robinson is also worth keeping a close eye on, as he got nice minutes down the stretch on Monday night after Ro-Lo went down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:56 am
    • Dwyane Wade misses Tuesday shootaround
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Heat's game against the Nets.

      Advice: With Shabazz Napier and Danny Granger both sick and Josh McRoberts (knee) and Chris Bosh (calf) out, the Heat may enter Tuesday's game with a short bench. We'll update Wade's status prior to game time, but Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng could be looking at huge minutes against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
    • Barnes hits three treys for 10 points
      Matt Barnes scored 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting (including three triples) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 24 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Barnes is on a roll with top-50 value over the last two weeks, averaging 14.5 points with 2.2 treys, 1.7 combined steals and blocks, 53.2 percent field goal shooting and 88.9 percent shooting from the line. Pick him up in all standard formats and hope he doesn't faceplant. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:56 pm
    • Lillard goes for 23 and six with 10 rebounds
      Damian Lillard scored 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting with a career-high 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one three and 6-of-6 makes from the foul line in Monday's 108-95 win over the Spurs on Monday.

      Advice: Lillard is crushing first round value and turning a nice profit for owners that picked him in the second round on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:47 pm
    • Cory Joseph scores 12 on Monday night
      Cory Joseph scored 12 points against the Blazers on Monday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He's been solid in his previous five starts, averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 dimes, 0.6 blocks and 0.2 triples on 57.1 percent from the field. Tony Parker hasn't looked like himself since he had a hamstring injury, so there's a good chance Joseph gets another start on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 pm
    • Kaman looking at big opportunity w/ Lopez out
      Chris Kaman scored 11 points with three rebounds in 20 minutes on Monday, and could be looking at a big opportunity with Robin Lopez out for "a while."

      Advice: Lopez broke his hand in two places and it's unclear how long "a while" is but it's plenty of time to do some damage if you're Kaman. He'll probably remain with the second unit but see his minutes spike up into the 24-28 range, making him a must-add pickup with a mid-round upside and late-round likelihood. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:36 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 22 points on Monday
      Jimmy Butler scored 22 points against the Hawks during a 93-86 loss on Monday with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He only attempted 10.3 shots per game in his previous three outings, so this game was very encouraging. Butler did have a nice little buy-low window before tonight, but that's probably closed now. He should be a top-40 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:52 pm
    • Waiters quiet in 24 minutes off the bench
      Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-10 shots (including a three) for seven points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Waiters' peripheral stats float his value but that has never been a strong suit of his. He has a lot of challenges to overcome in fantasy leagues and this wasn't exactly a game-changing performance. He's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:17 pm
    • Tyler Zeller comes out flat vs. Sixers
      Tyler Zeller didn't play well against the 76ers on Monday with five points, five boards, two assists and two blocks in 16 minutes.

      Advice: Kelly Olynyk stole the show and took most of Zeller's minutes tonight. Zeller will probably be in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future, but his minutes might be taking a hit. He's been playing 26.3 in December before tonight, averaging 12.9 points, 7.7 boards, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks. He's been posting must-start value before tonight, so his owners shouldn't make any hasty cuts yet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:50 pm
    • Jimmy Butler is fine for Monday night
      Jimmy Butler is a full go for Monday night against the Hawks.

      Advice: He played through an illness on Sunday. Butler is not expected to be limited and should see his normal playing time. His numbers have come back to Earth since the return of Derrick Rose, but he's still a must-start play this week. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:08 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (sick) questionable for Nets game
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed practice on Monday and is questionable to play against the Nets on Tuesday.

      Advice: The good news is that he did travel with the team. Players are missing games due to illnesses all over the place, but Miami is really going to need Wade with all of their injuries. Miami does play four games this week, so owners in weekly leagues can still probably plug him in there. If he's out, Mario Chalmers will benefit most while Luol Deng figures to help out. Shabazz Napier would also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:23 am
    • Jimmy Butler played through the flu on Sunday
      Jimmy Butler (illness) played through the flu in Sunday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Butler had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 36.5 minutes, so Butler's performance looks even better with this news. "Can’t say enough about Jimmy," said Thibodeau. "Wasn’t feeling well; don’t hear boo. Just go out and do the job." Butler should be able to stay on the floor if he played through it Sunday, but owners will want to keep a close eye on his status for Monday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:54 am
    • Westbrook shooting career-high from field
      Russell Westbrook is shooting a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and a career-high 35.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

      Advice: Westbrook has been on an absolute tear this season, and he's doing it with improved efficiency. Westbrook is averaging a ridiculous 25.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game. The only knock on him currently is his 4.1 turnovers per game, but considering the stats he's piling up in an average of just 29.5 minutes, none of his owners are complaining. Let Westbrook be Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:29 am
    • Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubles Sun
      Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubled in Sunday's win against the Suns, finishing with 28 points, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: If this game wasn't over so quickly, he would have easily been able to notch the coveted triple-double. Instead, he was able to comfortably watch the game end from the sidelines as the Thunder destroyed the Suns. He made all 13 of his shot attempts from the free throw line and was an animal on both ends of the court all night. The Thunder are in a heated playoff race and Westbrook looks poised to put them on his back. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:41 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out Sunday vs. Spurs
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Faried injured his ankle during Saturday's game against the Rockets, and though he was able to return to that game, his ankle is too sore to give it a go today. J.J. Hickson, Jusuf Nurkic, and Darrell Arthur will all benefit with Faried sidelined, with Hickson and Arthur offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:44 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play on Monday
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play in Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He was able to participate in a full practice on Sunday and appears ready to resume his role off of the bench for the Cavs. Mike Miller (concussion) is out and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) is questionable for Monday so Waiters could see some decent minutes and is worth a look considering how hot he was before he went down. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:24 am
    • Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova practicing
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) are practicing on Sunday.

      Advice: They should be good to go for Monday's game after they were both released from the hospital on Saturday. Waiters has finally broken out of his slump but is still too inconsistent to be owned in most leagues. Deep league owners should only pay him attention if they are in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:11 am
    • Matt Barnes fined $25,000 in Friday's loss
      Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 in Friday's loss to the Wizards after he kicked a water bottle into the stands and used profane language to the fans.

      Advice: This has become very typical for Barnes, as he loves playing the villain role in the NBA. If anything, this incident must have a lit a fire under him considering he responded with his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with one board, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers. If you are in need of a player, Barnes is worth a look as long as he continues to start for the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:03 am
    • Kenneth Faried returns from an ankle issue
      Kenneth Faried returned from an in-game ankle injury on Saturday against the Rockets, finishing with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He's easily the most frustrating player to own this season. Faried is the No. 164 player based on per-game value in standard leagues and his numbers are actually trending down. The Nuggets paid him big bucks and they kept him in the doghouse in December last year as well, so there is still hope for him to turn it around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:49 pm
    • Deron Williams plays well in easy win on Sat
      Deron Williams played well in Saturday's easy win over the Hornets, finishing with 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with 10 assists, two boards and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: This line would have been even more impressive if this game wasn't such a blowout, but owners can't really complain. Williams has been playing pretty well this season despite slumping last week, but as long as he is healthy he will be a must-start option in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:37 pm
    • Matt Barnes scores season-high 26 points
      Matt Barnes had his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with one rebound, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 10-of-18 from the field and is starting to come on. Over his last five games, Barnes has averages of 14.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.4 triples. Fantasy owners in standard leagues could use those numbers and he was a top-40 guy after the break last year, so there is some incentive to picking him up. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:29 pm
    • Kenneth Faried returns to game on Saturday
      Kenneth Faried left Saturday's game against Houston and has since returned to the game.

      Advice: He took a hard foul by Joey Dorsey and struggled to get back on his feet. Faried was clearly in pain and it should be noted that he just recently missed two games with a lower back strain. We will monitor this situation closely but it appears that Faried dodged a bullet here. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:02 pm
    • Kenneth Faried to come off bench again Sat
      Kenneth Faried will come off of the bench again on Saturday, though coach Brain Shaw stressed that the move was not permanent.

      Advice: J.J. Hickson will draw another start, but it is at least somewhat encouraging that coach Shaw said it wasn't permanent. Faried is loaded with upside and it is only a matter of time before he gets it going, so the buy-low window could be gone before you know it. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:49 am
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) released from hospital
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) was released from the hospital in New Orleans and is on his way back to Cleveland after the tests came back normal.

      Advice: It is great to see him doing well and the Cavaliers should update his status shortly. Waiters has been inconsistent, but was really heating up before Friday night. He scored 14, 18 and 26 points with six 3-pointers over that stretch and it will be interesting to see if he can keep it going once he's back on the court. If he does miss time his minutes would likely be soaked up by Matthew Dellavedova and Shawn Marion. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:34 am
    • Joseph plays 35 minutes on productive night
      Cory Joseph played 35 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Joseph has been getting a lot of run lately, averaging 28.9 mpg over his last eight contests with low-end value for 12-team leagues in that span. It's going to be hard to rely on him with so many moving parts in San Antonio, but he's worth a look in deeper formats while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:02 am
    • Wade scores season-high 29 points with flu
      Dwyane Wade played through an illness and scored a season-high 29 points in Friday's road win over the Jazz, hitting 10-of-16 shots (1-of-1 3PTs, 8-of-12 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Wade sure didn't look sick tonight and these are the types of lines he needs to make up for his absences and somehow justify his ADP. Chris Bosh went for 22 and nine with a steal and two blocks as his excellent year continues, and Luol Deng scored 14 points with six rebounds, a steal and a three in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 am
    • Westbrook still on a tear with 34-6-6
      Russell Westbrook continued his tear with 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Westbrook has yet to have a game this season in which he hasn't put up 20 points, five boards and five assists. Our only concern is that he continues to jam like a madman with his still-recovering right hand and nobody in Oklahoma City has the fortitude to demand he stop for a few weeks. He's the No. 7 and 16 play in 8- and 9-cat leagues on a per-game basis, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:32 pm
    • Deron Williams misses all eight from field
      Deron Williams missed all eight shots from the field during an 88-70 win over the 76ers on Friday, making three shots from the line with four rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two turnovers.

      Advice: He's in a bad slump over his last three, making just 8-of-37 (21.6 percent) from the field. Williams was having a successful offensive season before this dud and he should be better his next time out. There will be some trade rumors surrounding him until the deadline, but he should have decent value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:56 pm
    • Zeller goes for 19 and six with two blocks
      Tyler Zeller scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes on Friday against the Knicks.

      Advice: Zeller's recent surge has made him worth owning over the last two weeks, as he has averaged 12.1 points, 8.0 boards, 62.9 percent field goals and 90.5 percent free throws in eight contests. He doesn't bring any defense, averaging just 1.3 combined steals and blocks over that span and he's not going to keep those percentages going. But he's hot and he's worth adding especially while he's starting for the Celtics. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:29 pm
    • Mirotic posts solid 15-9-1-1-1 line off bench
      Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-9 shots (1-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Mirotic is doing his part to show that he can answer the call in fantasy leagues when he gets the minutes, and he has produced enough in 17.5 mpg to be worth owning in 12-team formats on a standalone basis. He'll be inconsistent unless one of the three other big men in Chicago's rotation are out, which has been the case most of the time this season. There's a lot to like here given his upside, but owners need to be prepared for some lulls when the Bulls are at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:52 pm
    • Lillard, Aldridge combine for 70 points
      Damian Lillard set season-highs for scoring (35 points) and 3-pointers (seven) in Friday's loss to the Bulls, hitting 13-of-21 shots with five rebounds and six assists.

      Advice: Lillard is rocking a No. 7 ranking in 8-cat leagues after this gem and he's a top-30 play in 9-cat formats. LaMarcus Aldridge was the story early in the game with a 21-point first quarter, and he finished with 35 and nine in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:13 pm
    • Kaman non-existent in Friday's loss
      Chris Kaman scored just two points on 1-of-4 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Kaman had been a desperation play in 12-team formats and after a really bad stretch over the last two weeks he slides down to the same status in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:05 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdominal pain) out for game
      Dion Waiters is dealing with abdominal pain on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He is going to the hospital to be checked out and hopefully everything is fine. With Waiters out, Matthew Dellavedova will get some more run in the second unit while Shawn Marion may also see a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:58 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 26 points in win
      Russell Westbrook was everywhere against the Cavs on Thursday with 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is co-existing just fine with Kevin Durant and is still posting a usage rate of 35.9 in his last five games since Durant debuted, which is only a shade below where he was before. Westbrook is the only player to have a usage rate greater than 30 and an assist percentage over 40 -- he's at 37.3 and 44.6, respectively. No player in the NBA is the offensive weapon that Westbrook is and he'll have elite fantasy value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Dion Waiters gets 13 shots, makes five
      Dion Waiters made 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He has seen his shots go up lately with 14.7 per game over his last three. Waiters has averages of just 1.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 triples, so he's not really adding much else to the scoring. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can leave him on the wire in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:58 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores 13 off Nuggets bench
      Kenneth Faried returned from a back injury on Wednesday and came off the bench, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.

      Advice: He may have come off the bench in order to be worked back in slowly after missing time with a back injury, or Brian Shaw may really not like the guy. Either way, given his salary and skills, it's hard to imagine him coming off the bench a week from now. Don't give up on him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:14 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 10 off bench
      Nikola Mirotic hit 3-of-9 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

      Advice: It was nice to see him get some run tonight, but Joakim Noah was out with an ankle injury. Once Noah rejoins Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in uniform, minutes will be a problem for him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:02 pm
    • Matt Barnes now relevant for Clippers
      Matt Barnes hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, five rebounds, an assist and a block in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He's starting, getting minutes, has scored in double figures in three of his last five games, and is averaging 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers over that stretch. He's worth a look if you have some dead weight at the end of your bench. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    • Cory Joseph quiet in 30 minutes as starter
      Cory Joseph started for the Spurs on Tuesday but finished with only seven points and two blocks in 30 minutes of action.

      Advice: Joseph didn't have a single rebound, assist or steal, and he only started because Tony Parker was out with a hamstring injury. As long as Parker is day-to-day there's no incentive to pluck CoJo off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:18 pm
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