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  • Nene leaves Saturday with plantar fasciitis
    Nene started Saturday's game but only played six minutes before being ruled out with plantar fasciitis.

    Advice: Uh oh. Nene's 2012-13 season was spoiled by a never-ending bout of plantar fasciitis, so this is an ominous development just three weeks into the season. Kris Humphries is the most likely player to start at PF if Nene misses any time, while DeJuan Blair and Drew Gooden could find themselves back in the frontcourt rotation. Fantasy owners should consider Nene day-to-day for now, while bracing themselves for DNPs. Rotoworld.com
    49 minutes ago
     
    Injured
  • Matt Bonner (illness) will not play on Sat.
    Matt Bonner (illness) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was doubtful and his illness will cost him his third game. Bonner has been helpful for the Spurs while Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out, but he's usually not worth starting in almost any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 99-87 vs Bkn
  • James Johnson is out again on Saturday
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was not expected to play anyway and hasn't gone through a full practice yet. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some extra run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:10 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Nick Young still wearing soft cast
    Nick Young has been playing with a soft cast on his right thumb for all three games this season.

    Advice: While his right arm may be strictly for buckets, it's possible the cast on his shooting hand could have hindered him. Young made just 2-of-7 from the field for five points against the Mavericks on Friday. He is really going to struggle in most non-scoring categories in fantasy leagues, so it's not going to be easy for him to be a top-120 guy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:52 pm
  • John Henson score will change
    The NBA has changed the score of Friday's Bucks at Raptors game to 124-83 to 124-82.

    Advice: With 1:44 left in the blowout, the scorer incorrectly gave John Henson a 3-pointer. That means anyone who started him will lose one point and a 3-pointer in their stats. Considering Henson was barely in the rotation and there were 12 games on Friday, this probably won't affect many fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:31 pm
  • Matt Bonner (illness) doubtful for Saturday
    Matt Bonner (illness) is doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs have seen Boris Diaw flourish in the starting lineup over the past couple games and he should get another chance tonight. If you want to give him a look in a daily league, it makes sense. Bonner has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:37 am
     
    Injured
    W, 99-87 vs Bkn
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out until Dec.
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) isn't expected to return until at least Dec. 3.

    Advice: He has a stress reaction in his foot and the Hornets are wisely playing it safe. "We’re lucky that he said something [about feeling pain] because if he gets a stress fracture we’re in deep trouble," said Steve Clifford. "I think that is why they’re being very careful." Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and eventually P.J. Hairston (ankle) will pick up the slack in MKG's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:07 am
  • Mitch McGary (foot) practices lightly on Sat.
    Mitch McGary (foot) went through portions of OKC's practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It's still unclear when McGary might return from his left foot fracture. With Steven Adams starting and Kendrick Perkins playing well off the Thunder bench, there may not even be space in the rotation for McGary. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:37 am
     
    Injured
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) frustrated by third sprain
    Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle for the third time since last year's playoffs on Friday, saying afterward, "I have to stop trying to run back out there and trying to play through these things."

    Advice: "I pushed through a whole summer of trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up," Gibson said. "I just keep having these little bum ankle turns ... I have to be patient ... We've got a long season, but the dog in me wants to be out there and play. I have to learn from this." The ongoing nature of Gibson's injury suggests he'll miss significant time with his latest sprain, though fantasy owners can expect plenty of nebulous injury updates from the Bulls in the days to come. Nikola Mirotic posted a 20-10 game after Gibson went down on Friday, though his role will be limited once Pau Gasol (calf) gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
  • Al Horford happy to wear compression shirt
    Al Horford will continue to wear a compression shirt under his jersey, saying that it's "actually helped [him] a lot" as he returns from pectoral surgery.

    Advice: "I never really wanted to wear it," Horford said. "My trainers thought it was a good idea to help me. I was getting very stiff at times. With the shirt I notice it keeps it warm, keeps it tight." Horford is quietly returning to form, averaging 13.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, good enough for top-40 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Cavs coach worried about 'every single thing'
    After the Cavaliers fell to 5-6 with a loss on Friday, coach David Blatt said he's concerned about "every single thing" his team is doing.

    Advice: "This is the same team a week ago was scoring 120 points a game," Blatt said. "We’re not a different group of people and we're not a different team. We're just playing in the dark right now." When LeBron James was asked whether any of the Cavs' lineups had found a rhythm this year he quickly replied "No," and it doesn't help that Blatt is experimenting with different rotations on a nightly basis. The Cavs will try to right the ship vs. the visiting Raptors on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
  • Kevin Martin may need right wrist surgery
    Kevin Martin (broken right wrist) will be examined in the next few days to determine if his injury requires surgery.

    Advice: Regardless of whether or not he needs surgery Martin's absence "likely will be at least six weeks," according to beat writer Jerry Zgoda. In the meantime, Minnesota will rely more on Mo Williams, Chase Budinger, Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad, Andrew Wiggins and Robbie Hummel. Head coach Flip Saunders is also interested in picking up free agents but he conceded, "Guys who aren’t playing in our league, there’s probably a reason." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:05 am
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • Barnes plays 40 minutes in blowout win
    Harrison Barnes saw 40 minutes in Friday's easy win over the Jazz, finishing with 14 points, 11 boards, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Barnes did not hit a three but he did make all six of his free throws, and he has suddenly surged into top 90-110 value with averages of 29.6 minutes, 12.0 points, 1.2 threes, 5.4 boards and marks of 51.8 and 81.6 percent from the field and foul line, respectively. Unfortunately he is shooting way over his head right now and the impeding return to reality is going to knock him out of 12-team value, and that's before David Lee's eventual return factors in. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Thibs downplays Gibson's ankle injury
    Coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the ankle injury suffered by Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Blazers, saying he didn't think it was serious despite Gibson leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

    Advice: X-rays taken were negative but there is a different vibe coming from writers that think he may need at least a little time to get his ankle right. Owners speculating on Nikola Mirotic (24 points, 11 rebounds, four threes) may want to tap the breaks here, but the running joke is that Thibs doesn't think any injury is serious. With Pau Gasol set to come back sooner rather than later it would appear, Mirotic is more of a flier than anything in 12-14 team formats. In daily formats owners could be able to squeeze a few good games out of him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
     
    Injured
  • Parsons breaks out of slump against Lakers
    Chandler Parsons scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting with two threes, two boards and three assists over 29 minutes in Friday's massive win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Parsons had a stretch including 5-of-6 games in which he didn't exceed 30 minutes, that also happened to correspond with him getting the flu. He played 37 minutes on Wednesday and that was probably a warning shot to owners that he was ready to get things moving. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Wright with yet another efficient line on Fri
    Brandan Wright hit all five of his field goal attempts in Friday's blowout win, finishing with 12 points, three boards and two steals in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: Wright is hitting an absurd 77.8 percent from the field while returning top 50-90 value (9/8 cat) in just 18.6 mpg. If you were an early adopter or drafted Wright go ahead and pat yourself on the back, and if your league is still sleeping it's time to wake up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • LeBron James scores 22 points; Cavs now 5-6
    LeBron James scored 22 points in a loss to the 91-78 loss to the Wizards on Friday to go with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are 5-6 and LeBron is below .500 after playing in at least 10 games since the 2007-08 season. The Cavs also had a 76ers-like 82.0 offensive efficiency rating tonight. While everyone is going to overreact, LeBron has been a top-10 player in fantasy leagues despite not even being close to as great as he was last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Morrow hits three treys in 25 minutes
    Anthony Morrow hit three triples and 4-of-11 shots overall on Friday, finishing with 11 points, two boards and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Morrow missed his window and it sounds like the cavalry is coming soon, but one had to know he'd get things turned around a little bit after a short cold stretch entering tonight. Feel free to move on in 12-14 team formats, but don't be surprised if he carves out value as a 3-point shooter sometime down the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Taj Gibson hurts ankle in Friday's game
    Taj Gibson hit the ground after hurting his left ankle in Friday's game and did not return.

    Advice: He was helped off the floor by teammates and he is already on crutches, and it's the same ankle he hurt against the Cavs. Nikola Mirotic has looked pretty good with Pau Gasol out and he'll clearly take a backseat to Gasol and Joakim Noah, but in that injury prone crew he'll also be well-positioned if the injury bug strikes. We don't have a timetable on Gibson since the injury just occurred, but Mirotic is worth a look as a speculative add for any low-upside or risky player on your roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • James Johnson still out on Friday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games, but he has been on the practice court in a limited capacity. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson will get some more run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Kevin Martin (broken wrist) out indefinitely
    Kevin Martin fractured his right wrist during Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks, and will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: The Wolves are saying that Martin sustained the injury at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter, which is very impressive as he went on to score 37 points. While Martin is sidelined, Corey Brewer will likely slide into the starting lineup, with Chase Budinger, Mo Williams, and Shabazz Muhammad seeing extended minutes. Andrew Wiggins is also going to see a boost to his value, as he'll be more heavily relied upon sans Martin's offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 am
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • Matt Bonner (stomach) out Friday vs. Boston
    Matt Bonner (stomach illness) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Bonner has little fantasy value in most fantasy leagues, and his absence just means more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Bonner can remain on the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 99-87 vs Bkn
  • Kobe happy to have Nick Young back in action
    Kobe Bryant stated during a recent interview that he's happy to have Nick Young back in action.

    Advice: "You got a player who can get buckets and create. He does wonders," Bryant said. "Nick is a phenomenal talent. He has a pull-up jump shot and is creating mismatches. I’m very happy to have him back." Bryant also went on to say that he thinks Young will compete for Sixth Man of the Year honors, a high compliment from a man who doesn't give out many. Young is averaging 16.5 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games back with the team, and while he doesn't bring much else to the stat sheet, his scoring and 3-point shot making make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Taj Gibson has a letdown game in Sacramento
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson owners had higher hopes than this tonight as the starting power forward. In his seven starts at power forward last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 9.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. Pau Gasol (calf) could miss more time, so Gibson owners should continue to have him locked into their lineups until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:20 pm
     
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  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: With P.J. Hairston (ankle) also sidelined, Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start and get all the minutes he can handle. Henderson is coming off a disappointing two rebound, zero-point dud from Wednesday, but he'll look to bounce-back with a favorable matchup vs. Orlando. MKG is considered day-to-day, but remains without an official return date. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Nick Young receives flop warning from league
    Nick Young received a flop warning from the NBA on Thursday.

    Advice: Young drew a foul on Kyle Korver while attempting a 3-point shot, and as the video shows, Korver did not even make contact with Young. The first offense is just a warning, but the second results in a $5,000 fine, with each additional flop resulting in an increased penalty. Young has brought a much-needed scoring-punch to the Lakers' second unit, and is averaging 17.0 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games. He doesn't do much aside from score, but should be able to sustain limited value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:02 pm
  • Matt Bonner (stomach) questionable for Friday
    Matt Bonner (stomach illness) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Bonner is averaging just 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers on the season, and that pretty much tells you all you need to know about Bonner's non-existent fantasy value. Feel free to leave The Red Mamba on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 99-87 vs Bkn
  • James Johnson (ankle) sheds walking boot
    James Johnson (ankle) was moving well without a walking boot after the Raptors' practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors' defensive specialist and energizer is questionable for Friday's home game vs. the Bucks. It wouldn't be surprising to see him held out another game as a precaution, but we'll have a much clearer idea of his status after shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:26 am
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Anthony Morrow not doing much with minutes
    Anthony Morrow played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points, without making a 3-pointer.

    Advice: If he's not going to hit threes, he has no fantasy value. Despite getting at least 28 minutes in all but one of his games this season, Morrow hasn't really done anything outside of a 28-point game on Nov. 12. Maybe he'll get it turned around at some point, but the odds aren't in his favor with the return of Andre Roberson from a foot injury tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:56 pm
  • Swaggy PhD: Nick Young cures Lakers
    Nick Young helped the Lakers win their second game in a row in a 98-92 victory in Houston, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers went 1-9 without Young, but they've now won both games with him. He's getting plenty of shots in the second unit and it looks like he'll be able to score in the teens. His owners shouldn't expect much else besides scoring, but give him a look if that's what your team is lacking. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:54 pm
  • Kevin Martin (illness) scores 37 points vs NY
    Kevin Martin played his best game of the season despite needing an IV before a 115-99 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, making 14-of-20 from the field for 37 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: Maybe the Knicks didn't want to guard him because they were scared of getting sick. Martin just dropped a 34-point game in his last outing on Saturday and he's one of the hottest shooting guards in the NBA all of the sudden. He's a must-start player right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:18 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • Brandan Wright scores 14 off Mavs bench
    Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Wright has somehow scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over that stretch, despite playing just 19 minutes a game. He's also hit 24-of-31 shots during that run, and is worth owning in most leagues, despite coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in win over Wiz
    Chandler Parsons hit just 4-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points and three rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Parsons scored 17 on Monday, but has scored 14 or fewer point in three of his last four games. He's averaging just 14.3 points on the season after posting a career-high 16.6 last season. Playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis is making it tough for Parsons to fill it up nightly, but he's still an effective fantasy player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • LeBron, Irving not enough vs. Spurs
    LeBron James hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving was better on 7-of-15 shooting and three 3-pointers for 20 points, just two assists, and three steals. LeBron's ball handling is probably going to hurt Irving's assist numbers over the course of the season, along with Kevin Love's rebounding and scoring. Had LeBron limited his TOs and made a few more shots tonight, the Cavs would have beaten the Spurs, but they played solid defense against him. LeBron wasn't at his best tonight, but he's having a big season and should be ready to dominate against the Wizards on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Kevin Martin (flu) expected to play vs. NYK
    Kevin Martin (flu) is expected to start Wednesday's game despite his illness.

    Advice: K-Mart had an IV earlier in the day but he's recovered sufficiently to suit up vs. the Knicks. If he has a sluggish game we'll know why, but at least the Wolves get a day off on Thursday to rest and recuperate. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:27 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • Kevin Martin questionable Wed. w/ illness
    Kevin Martin is questionable for Wednesday's game due to an illness.

    Advice: He received an IV earlier in the day and the flu is ravaging teams around the league at the moment, so owners should prepare for a potential DNP. Corey Brewer is also iffy to play with the illness, potentially opening up more minutes for Zach LaVine, Mo Williams, Chase Budinger, Shabazz Muhammad and Robbie Hummel. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • James Johnson won't play vs. Memphis
    James Johnson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is in a walking boot and does not have a timetable to return. Johnson is a tough customer, but the Raptors will likely be careful based on how things went with Amir Johnson's ankle last season. Expect more Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Matt Bonner out Wednesday w/ stomach illness
    Matt Bonner will not suit up for the Spurs on Wednesday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter (calf) is still on the shelf, so there will be extra opportunities for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes against the Cavaliers' lenient frontcourt. Bonner is coming off a fluky 18-point game vs. the 76ers, but he's too inconsistent for use as more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 99-87 vs Bkn
  • James Johnson (ankle) still in walking boot
    James Johnson (ankle) was seen still wearing a walking boot Wednesday morning, making him highly doubtful to play against his former Memphis team.

    Advice: It is not looking good for him, and we had our doubts about him recovering in time for this one anyway. Johnson has been huge for Toronto early in the season, and has posted enough defensive statistics to be a nice asset in deeper leagues. However, barring a miracle Johnson will likely sit this one out, meaning Terrence Ross will see a bump in his minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:59 am
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out Wednesday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchirst (foot) is out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: After showing visible improvement in his play early this season, he has had some tough luck with injuries so far. MKG is expected to make a full recovery with a few days rest, so we will consider him day-to-day for now. Gary Neal (concussion) is also out for Wednesday's game while P.J. Hairston (ankle) is doubtful, meaning Gerald Henderson could see big minutes and is worth a look in daily leagues or for owners in need of a short-term boost. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • Anthony Morrow quiet in 34 minutes Tuesday
    Anthony Morrow logged 34 minutes off the Thunder bench on Tuesday, but he scored only eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Morrow hit a 3-pointer and he doesn't usually contribute many boards or defensive stats, which take the sting out of his low-scoring game. He blew up for 28 points and four triples last Wednesday but is just 7-of-31 from the field since then (22.6 percent), so fantasy owners should deploy him with caution. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Al Horford shoots 7-of-8 in tough home loss
    Al Horford made 7-of-8 field goals on Tuesday, including one 3-pointer, to finish a tough loss vs. L.A. with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Horford hasn't played 30+ minutes or taken 10+ shots in any of the Hawks' past four games. He's averaging just 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds this season but he's likely just off to a slow start after missing many months following pectoral surgery. Fantasy owners should view this is a buy-low opportunity for Horford, who will need to play a bigger role for Atlanta to emerge as a legitimate playoff threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Nick Young scores 17 efficient pts in debut
    Nick Young (thumb) made his season debut on Tuesday, scoring 17 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Swaggy P had a few typically erratic shot attempts, but he was generally under control and efficient, which isn't usually the case -- he's a 42.9 percent shooter for his career, and was at just 41.3 percent last season. Fantasy owners may find him useful for scoring and 3-point shooting, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • LeBron James wants minutes to come down
    LeBron James stated during a recent interview that his minutes have to "come down."

    Advice: "For me, I don't want to [play heavy minutes] all year," James said. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it." James is currently averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1 per game, but a slight reduction in minutes wouldn't hinder James' value. When LBJ is on the court, he will put up big stat lines, so owners have nothing to worry about with this report. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out Weds vs Pacers
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) has been declared out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: MKG's stress reaction will keep him out for a fourth consecutive game on Wednesday and he will be joined on the Hornets' inactive list by Gary Neal (concussion) and likely P.J. Hairston (ankle). Gerald Henderson put up 18 points in 37 minutes with MKG and Neal out on Monday and should again make for a solid fantasy play with both players out on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
  • Nick Young to come off bench Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) will come off the bench as he makes his 2014-15 season debut against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swaggy's back. While Young will likely find himself in the Lakers' starting lineup sooner or later, Lakers' head coach will ease him back into action against the Hawks on Tuesday. Fantasy owners can expect Swaggy P to serve as the Lakers' second scoring option behind Kobe Bryant, but need to be aware of the low field goal percentage and minimal peripherals that will come with his scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
  • LeBron James working on relationship w/Blatt
    LeBron James is still working on building a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: James and Blatt had somewhat contrary statements about the Cavs' energy level after Monday's loss to the Nuggets, but we're still only nine games into the regular season so it's not time to send the two to counseling just yet. "Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cavs' loss. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that." Regardless of his relationship with his head coach, James' fantasy owners have to be happy with his top-5 play over the last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:00 am
  • Gibson enjoys like without Pau on Monday
    Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 pm
     
    Injured
  • Red Mamba scores 18 points in win
    Matt Bonner scored 18 points with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The 76ers will give up big lines and this is one of the funnier ones. Bonner is not worth owning in most leagues, but he's a deep-league spot-start guy while Tiago Splitter (calf) is out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:24 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 99-87 vs Bkn
  • LeBron says he was playing through the flu
    LeBron James played through the flu in the Cavs' 106-97 home loss to the reeling Nuggets on Monday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The flu is doubtful to hold him back going forward, especially with the Cavs under increased scrutiny with each passing loss. We're keeping him off the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hits four treys on Monday
    Chandler Parsons got hot against the Hornets on Monday with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: His shooting numbers have been down and he came into tonight at just 40.0 percent from the field. Parsons is putting up plenty of stats elsewhere and there has been an upward trend in his stats as the year has gone along. He should be a top-50 player in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:43 pm
  • James Johnson has a severe ankle sprain
    James Johnson (ankle) has a severe ankle sprain and has no timetable to return.

    Advice: He's played through a lot of injuries in his career, but it sounds like he's going to miss more time here. Terrence Ross should get more run at small forward while Patrick Patterson could also get a little more run. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • LeBron James is good to go for Monday night
    LeBron James (illness) will play against the Nuggets on Monday night.

    Advice: He missed shootaround with a head cold, but he was expected to play the entire time. James is hot on offense with 31.6 points per game in his last five and is also getting to the line 9.6 times per game in that span, too. Get him in your lineup even though garbage time will likely be a factor tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:28 pm
  • James Johnson 'tender,' skips practice Monday
    James Johnson (ankle) is "tender" and did not participate in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Johnson is holding out hope he can prepare in time for the game on Wednesday, but it's unlikely the Raptors will put him out there at less than full strength. The good news is Johnson's ankle injury doesn't appear to be a major concern, but Dwane Casey admitted he has no idea how long the enigmatic forward will be out. If Johnson can't go, Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson could each see a few extra minutes with Landry Fields also picking up some scraps. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:40 am
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • LeBron misses shootaround, probable Monday
    LeBron James (illness) missed shootaround, but he's probable vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league right now, so the Cavs are likely just being cautious with their superstar. The fact that he's already probable is an indication it's not serious, but daily leaguers should keep James' illness in mind when filling out their lineups on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:04 am
  • Nick Young (thumb) expected to play Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) is expected to play on Tuesday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Young made it through a full practice without any setbacks and his scoring ability is sorely needed by L.A., though they're in greater need of defense. Swaggy is the most likely Laker to finish second in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, but fantasy owners should anticipate low FG percentages as well as minimal assists, rebounds, steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Anthony Morrow goes 1-of-9 from field vs. HOU
    Anthony Morrow shot just 1-of-9 from the field on Sunday, finishing a tough home loss vs. Houston with four points, one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow poured in 28 points vs. the Celtics on Wednesday but he's struggled since then, going a combined 5-of-25 from the field in OKC's past two games. He'll be better most nights and is worth owning if you're in need of scoring and 3-pointers, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:10 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out for Monday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) will not play in Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: MKG has a stress reaction but the Hornets continue to list him as day-to-day, which suggests that they caught it very early. Gary Neal (concussion) is also out of commission, which means P.J. Hairston will earn another start with help from reserves Gerald Henderson and Brian Roberts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:35 pm
  • Nick Young (thumb) targeting Tuesday vs. ATL
    Nick Young (thumb) is targeting a return for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: "The Defensive Player of the Year is here today and he’ll be here Tuesday," Young said after going through a full practice on Saturday. The Lakers plan to have Young go through shootaround on Tuesday, after which, the Lakers’ medical staff will evaluate him. If he's cleared to play, he will suit up, and he'll likely come off the bench. Young doesn't have too much upside while Kobe Bryant is healthy, so owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with the self-proclaimed MVP/Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • X-ray is negative on James Johnson (ankle)
    X-rays were negative on James Johnson (ankle) but he was seen limping badly in the locker room with a walking boot on.

    Advice: There is sure to be some controversy with this injury because he actually twisted his ankle when he stepped on a cameraman while diving for a loose ball. "We'll see how [it is] the next couple days," coach Casey said. "Good thing about it is we have a few days off before we play Memphis [on Wednesday] to get that ankle back to where it [needs to be]." Johnson has become a nice deep leagues asset for his ability to put up defensive stats, so we will update his status as needed. If he does end up missing some time, Terrence Ross would see a bump in his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:10 am
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Brandan Wright makes all six from field
    Brandan Wright made all six from the field for 13 points against the Wolves in an easy 131-117 win on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He's on a mission to lead the NBA in field goal percentage and he might be the favorite as long as he qualifies. Wright isn't going to be the best player on your fantasy team, but he's a solid contributor. He's worth owning in competitive standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:48 pm
  • Harrison Barnes drops 17 points in 23 minutes
    Harrison Barnes dropped 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in just 23 minutes on Saturday, adding four boards, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Don't look now but Barnes is starting to find his groove with the Warriors. He has scored over 10 points in his last four games and has finally shown some aggression that been severely lacking upon entering the NBA. However, Barnes may lose a lot of value when David Lee (hamstring) returns so owners in standard leagues should use a cautious approach here. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:43 pm
  • Kevin Martin scores 34 in efficient fashion
    Kevin Martin made 12-of-17 from the field for 34 points, three rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers against the Mavericks on Saturday.

    Advice: He didn't make a single field goal on Friday and the law of averages helped him out a bit tonight. Of course, Martin hasn't been very efficient in his career, but he is making a pristine 95 percent of his free throws on the season. Fantasy owners can start him while he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:11 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • LeBron James and Cavs dominate Hawks
    LeBron James made 13-of-20 from the field for 32 points during an easy 127-94 win over the Hawks with six rebounds, seven assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs became the first team to ever make the first nine attempts from beyond the arc and made their first 11, but finished just 19-of-31 from that range for the game. LeBron wasn't the only one to tear it up tonight with Kyrie Irving scoring 20 points on nine shots to go with three rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers. James and the Cavs will play the Nuggets on Monday followed by the Spurs, Wizards and Raptors this week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Nene scores 16 in 27 minutes on Sat.
    Nene (shoulder) played 27 minutes against the Magic on Saturday with 16 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: His shoulder injury was never considered serious and it didn't affect his playing time. Nene will wind up on the injury report more than most players, but he's a fairly reliable option in standard leagues while he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • James Johnson sprains his ankle, won't return
    James Johnson sprained his ankle during Saturday's game, and will not return.

    Advice: He appeared to hurt his ankle on the baseline near all the cameras, and he was in visible pain. He will finish Saturday's game with five points, four boards, two assists and one block in 14 minutes. He was seen in a walking boot after the game and said that he hopes to be ready by Wednesday, but that seems to be a little soon. If he does miss time, expect Terrence Ross to see a bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Cavs still not have no plans to rest LeBron
    Coach David Blatt said he isn't planning on resting LeBron James in back-to-back sets for the "foreseeable future."

    Advice: The Cavs take on the Hawks tonight following a win over the Celtics on Friday. James scored a season-high 41 points and should get plenty of Thabo Sefolosha tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Nick Young goes through a full practice
    Nick Young (thumb) went through a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: His Tuesday target date seems very realistic, but there's been no indication he'll be ready for Sunday. Young attempted a ton of shots last season, but he had a usage rate of just 15.6 in his 82 minutes next to Kobe Bryant last season -- it was 26.6 without Mamba. He's not the greatest option in standard leagues unless you have a glaring weakness in scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:31 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out on Saturday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) is out as expected on Saturday and rookie P.J. Hairston will likely draw another start.

    Advice: He missed Friday's game, and the Hornets are going to hold him out of Saturday's game as well as he tries to recover from a stress reaction in his foot. Rookie P.J. Hairston will draw another start, but is only an option in deep leagues or in daily leagues for his 3-point shooting, as he knocked down three 3-pointers in 17 minutes Friday. MKG is considered day-to-day and we will update his status as needed. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:42 am
  • Nene (shoulder) expected to play on Saturday
    Nene (shoulder) is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Magic according to coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: He made it through two full practices and it looks like his shoulder isn't giving him too many problems. Though he is injury-prone, owners should continue to deploy him as usual, but check back before tip-off for any updates on his status. If Nene does end up sitting this one out, expect Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden to pick up the slack, but neither are reliable fantasy options. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:23 am
     
    Injured
  • Morrow only scores 10 points vs. Pistons
    Anthony Morrow scored just 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting with two threes, three boards and one steal in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Owners are going to see Jeremy Lamb's career-night of 24 points and 10 boards and consider jumping ship, but coming off a 28-point night of his own Morrow has earned a bit of patience here. He still got good minutes and plenty of shot attempts and even if Lamb does have staying power there's a solid 1-2 week window where he can still do some damage. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Martin goes hitless on six shot attempts
    Kevin Martin went 0-for-6 from the field in Friday's blowout loss, finishing with three points, two rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Martin is going to be streaky while the team struggles to get its point guard position heading in the right direction. He's built enough goodwill after a fast start to deserve a pass after such a lopsided game. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:33 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • Al Horford lights it up with his jumper
    Al Horford made 8-of-10 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in just 28 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He's started slow, but the jumper was working tonight in a big way. Despite the slow start, he's already put up fourth-round value and he should approach top-20 value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Henson makes some noise after deep freeze
    John Henson scored 10 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-5 shots with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 17 minutes.

    Advice: We had to double-take because we were certain that Henson had moved to another country but yes indeed this line belongs to him. All kidding aside, if he gets the opportunity we know he can be a nice asset so owners should keep an eye on him to see if he can build any momentum. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:33 pm
  • Nick Young (thumb) targeting Tuesday night
    Nick Young (thumb) said he is targeting Tuesday night against the Hawks to make his season debut.

    Advice: He's been able to go through some portions of practice and conditioning shouldn't be an issue. Young is almost certainly going to come of the bench and should see minutes in the mid 20s. He's not going to have a big upside while Kobe Bryant is around. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 am
  • Al Horford slowly getting his rhythm back
    Al Horford acknowledged during a recent interview that he's had a slow start to the season.

    Advice: "I'm getting there, it's a process getting back rhythm and feeling good," said Horford. "I just have to keep playing games; it's a matter of time. It's being able to sustain long periods of time on the court. I find myself at times being a little fatigued." Owners who drafted Horford shouldn't have expected him to come flying out of the gates, as he missed all but 29 games last season with a torn pectoral muscle. Horford has shown flashes of his former self, but it's been a bit of a bumpy ride so far. He's averaging 13.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.0 steal per game, and he should only get better as the year progresses, so this looks like a solid buy-low opportunity for one of fantasy basketball’s more underrated big men. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:37 am
  • Nene (shoulder) will play Saturday vs. Magic
    Nene (shoulder) has practiced in full for the past two days, and head coach Randy Wittman said that he will play Saturday.

    Advice: Nene is averaging 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 steals on the season, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in standard leagues. The next injury is always right around the corner with Nene, but he's a serviceable while healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:00 am
     
    Injured
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a stress reaction in his right foot, and will be sidelined for at least the next two games.

    Advice: That means that Kidd-Gilchrist will be targeting a return for Monday's game vs. Dallas at the earliest. Beat reporter Rick Bonnell is reporting that rookie P.J. Hairston will draw the start Friday, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do with some extended minutes. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Hairston. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:08 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores 14 points in win
    Chandler Parsons made 4-of-7 from the field for 14 points during a piece-of-cake 123-70 win over the 76ers on Thursday with six points, three assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Parsons has hit his stride with the Mavericks and he's been heavily involved in the offense. Parsons is still under-performing in the shooting department, entering tonight with only a 38.7 percent from the field. He'll likely approach his career 46.9 percent from the field soon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Brandan Wright has a decent game
    Brandan Wright scored 14 points on 4-of-7 from the field on Thursday against the 76ers with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He had one of his best usage rates of the year, but his shooting percentage actually took a hit. Wright is still worth a look in standard leagues for his output in blocks and field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Black belt in defense: James Johnson goes off
    James Johnson turned in some impressive defensive stats against the Bulls on Thursday with four steals and four blocks to go with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He is a second-degree black belt in martial arts and we'd guess he's probably good at defense. Johnson's minutes have been creeping up and the defensive stats have already been there to be worthy of consideration in deep leagues, but he's still not quite worth owning in standards. Of course, he should be right at the top of your watch list. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 110-93 @ Cle
  • Kidd-Gilchrist could get extended mins Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could get some extended run on Friday with Marvin Williams (knee) doubtful, and Noah Vonleh not yet being ready to see major minutes.

    Advice: Cody Zeller is expected to draw the start at power forward on Friday if Williams is unable to go, but Kidd-Gilchrist could see some time as the team's backup power forward. "We could play smaller. We’ve worked some with [Kidd-Gilchrist] at the four, which is something I eventually want to do," head coach Steve Clifford said following Thursday's practice. Clifford also said that while Vonleh could see some limited minutes, he's not up to speed with the Hornets' system, and he's "not close" to being ready for major minutes. MKG could make for a decent plug-and-play option on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:25 pm
  • Kevin Martin plays just 22 minutes in blowout
    Kevin Martin played just 22 minutes in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Rockets, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 4-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: Flip Saunders rolled with the young guys tonight and the score was pretty lopsided in favor of Houston. Martin got off to a blistering start this season, but on nights when the Wolves are outmatched, it looks like Saunders may just play the young guys. Hold onto Martin, but don't be afraid to entertain offers for him if an owner comes calling. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:53 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 113-101 vs Sac
  • Nene (shoulder) to be re-evaluated on Thursday
    Nene suffered a right shoulder injury against the Pistons and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: The severity of the injury isn't known and it would appear he was playing through the injury. Nene has dealt with a slew of injuries in his career, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss time. If he does, Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden would benefit. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
     
    Injured
  • Anthony Morrow explodes for 28 points vs. BOS
    Anthony Morrow had his minutes restriction lifted against the Celtics on Wednesday, finishing with 28 points, five rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers on 11-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He played 31 minutes and the Thunder have made it pretty clear that he'll be a big part of their offense. Morrow scored 10 points in his 14-minute debut on Tuesday and he should be able to flirt with 20 points per game with multiple treys until OKC gets some guys back. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • Al Horford quiet as Paul Millsap shines
    Al Horford had just eight points, four rebounds and a block in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Paul Millsap was a man amongst boys tonight and didn't leave much food on the table for Horford. He's having a nice season and will bounce back, but took a backseat to Millsap so that he could go off against his former team. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (knee) could play 30 minutes
    Anthony Morrow (knee) will be available to play up to 30 minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He may not get that high, but it's a significant increase after he was limited to 14 minutes in his season debut on Tuesday. His playing time is a threat to starters Jeremy Lamb and Lance Thomas, but the Thunder are still short-handed enough to give all three players substantial minutes. Give Morrow a look if you're in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • Harrison Barnes' 22 pts not enough vs. Spurs
    The Warriors lost at home on Tuesday despite getting a season-high 22 points from Harrison Barnes, who sank 9-of-12 shots and grabbed eight rebounds in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has averaged a steady 1.0 threes and 5.3 rebounds this season, but hasn't made a standout impact in fantasy leagues until tonight. This marked his highest playing time and shot attempts, in addition to scoring, so we're not predicting a repeat performance vs. Brooklyn on Thursday. David Lee's eventual return from a hamstring injury presents another threat to Barnes' outlook, making him a short-term option at best. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist plays 20 minutes in road loss
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played only 20 minutes vs. the Blazers, scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, with five rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: MKG has played no more than 24 minutes in his three games since returning from a rib injury, partly because of Gary Neal's excellent play off the bench. It's a trend which undermines his fantasy value and spoils his fine start to the season, and owners in standard 12-team leagues may need to cut him loose in favor of a free agent with a bigger role. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:17 pm
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