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    • Jimmy Butler hurts left knee, unsure for Fri
      Jimmy Butler said he hurt his left knee against the Lakers on Thursday and is unsure if he will play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: He didn't go to the locker room and was not in visible pain on the bench in the closing minutes of the game. Butler usually sucks it up and plays through minor injuries, so he has a good chance to play on the second game of a back-to-back set. If he is out, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks benefit most. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Wayne Ellington scores 23 points in 2OT win
      Wayne Ellington made 9-of-19 from the field for 23 points during a 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His style of play has completely changed. Ellington would basically just hang around the 3-point line to space the floor, but now he's creating off the dribble. He had nine shots in the paint tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to have complete trust in Ellington as his primary scorer. The 27-year-old swingman is a decent shooter from the field, effective at the line and should add some other stats with the scoring, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:02 pm
    • Robert Sacre scores nine in decent line
      Robert Sacre fouled out in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

      Advice: This was arguably his best start of the season. In his previous three, Sacre averaged 6.0 points, 7.7 boards, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in 25.3 minutes. He's probably not going to stick in the starting unit all season, but give him a look in deep leagues if those aforementioned averages appeal to you. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays 27 minutes vs. Bulls
      Jeremy Lin played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 11 points, five assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Jordan Clarkson is not going to lose his job any time soon, so Lin's playing time is going to be inconsistent. He's going to be tough to own in standard leagues at this time, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. For what it's worth, cutting Lin for Clarkson seems like an easy move. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:51 pm
    • Jordan Hill goes for 26 points and 12 boards
      Jordan Hill scored a season-high 26 points against the Bulls on Thursday with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 41 minutes.

      Advice: The Lakers gambled here with all of this playing time for Hill, but he looked great in the second overtime. Hill has become a bigger part of the offense in his last 13 games with 12.9 attempts per game from the field, averaging 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks on 51.2 percent shooting. He should be owned in all leagues following this game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson drops 18 points in 43 minutes
      Jordan Clarkson played 43 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday during a double-overtime win, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's becoming abundantly clear that Clarkson has his starting job locked down. He is a playmaker for the Lakers and they'll need someone like that in their starting unit. Plus, he's been exceptional at beating guys off the dribble in his rookie season. Clarkson won't be a fantasy stud because of his turnovers and sub-par shooting, but the steals and other stats make him worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:40 pm
    • Pau Gasol posts big line in loss to Lakers
      Pau Gasol returned to the Staples Center to face the Lakers in a double-overtime 123-118 loss on Thursday, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks in 44 minutes.

      Advice: He received a standing ovation from his former home crowd and the fans even received a Pau Gasol T-shirt. It's pretty clear Gasol made the right move heading to Chicago and he's been one of the best big men in the NBA in his age-34 season. There's no need to sell high unless you can trade him for a first-round asset. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:38 pm
    • Joakim Noah flirts with a triple-double at LA
      Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double against the Lakers on Thursday with nine points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and one block in 42 minutes.

      Advice: He's suddenly on a roll. Noah put up 18 points, 15 boards and six assists on Tuesday, which comes on the heels of some very underwhelming lines for the past month. Considering how frequently he's been hurt and how almost all of his per-minute output is down, his fantasy owners may want to try and sell high here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Aaron Brooks ejected in double-overtime
      Aaron Brooks was ejected in double-overtime against the Lakers on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't been bashful about using two-PG lineups and Brooks has played well next to Derrick Rose. Brooks' fantasy value will take a hit once Mike Dunleavy (ankle) comes back, so he's not really a great pickup right now. Although, that could change if Derrick Rose's minor injury becomes something. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    • Tony Snell scores 10 off the bench
      Tony Snell scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did start the second half, but didn't play down the stretch. Snell has seen his usage rate climb, but there is just no ceiling for him in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:33 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic gets benched
      Nikola Mirotic started and played just 12 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with one steal and two misses from the field.

      Advice: Well, the Mirotic Experiment didn't work. He did not play in the second half and it might be a while before we see him at small forward again. Unless Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol miss time, Mirotic is not going to be worth starting. He's a high-upside stash. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    • Derrick Rose scores 17 points in 42 minutes
      Derrick Rose made 7-of-26 from the field for 17 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers in 42 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: It's worth mentioning he had a minor ankle tweak in the fourth quarter, but he returned about one minute later in real time. Rose was a little better tonight than he was on Tuesday with taking care of the ball, but his lucky streak from beyond the arc is clearly over, making only 5-of-25 (20 percent) from deep in his last three. His fantasy owners will want to make sure he's ready to roll on Friday against the Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 35 points, hurts leg
      Jimmy Butler suffered a leg injury in his 49th minute of action on Thursday and did not return, matching his career-high 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He came out of the game in double-overtime and had a wrap around his right leg. It doesn't look serious and the Bulls should update his status soon, but he should be considered questionable for Friday against the Suns. While Butler entered tonight at just 40.2 percent from the field in January, he filled it up with averages of 16.3 points, 5.7 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 triples. He's a top-20 fantasy asset and is not slowing down. His owners will want to check back for an update on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Zach Randolph has 11th straight double-double
      Zach Randolph logged his 11th consecutive double-double against the Nuggets in a 99-69 win on Thursday with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: He also had a career-high 17 consecutive double-digit boards with tonight's win. Randolph's stats in 2015 were already extremely impressive before this game, averaging 19.6 points, 13.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 0.5 blocks on 59.2 percent from the field. What's more, Z-Bo is making an unsustainable 51.9 percent on his mid-range shots in 2015. He's a sell-high player, but his fantasy owners can certainly just enjoy the ride if they want to. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • Tony Allen returns, plays 21 minutes
      Tony Allen played 21 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday with eight points, nine rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: He missed his last two games with an ankle sprain. Allen has seen his minutes drop with the acquisition of Jeff Green, so he's going to be a tough player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic will start at small forward
      Nikola Mirotic will start at small forward against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: The Mirotic Experiment is back on. He was awful at the three earlier this month, but coach Tom Thibodeau is going to give him another shot. And why not against the Lakers? Mirotic has ridiculous upside, so feel free to give him a look in exchange for some semi-dead weight on the end of your bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    • Jimmy Butler expected to play Thursday
      Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Jimmy Butler (illness) to play against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: Butler has struggled a bit recently as he's averaged 15.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals on just 40.6 percent shooting from the field. His return will cut into the fantasy production of Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich, while Butler's owners can feel free to slot him back into their lineups and hope that Jimmy has some new moves to get back on track. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen will play vs Nuggets on Thursday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

      Advice: Allen will return after missing the Grizzlies' last two games, but he doesn't have much fantasy value fighting for minutes with Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Vince Carter. Allen can be left on waiver wires in standard leagues while his return will put a dent in the fantasy values of his aforementioned teammates. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 am
    • Thaddeus Young still gets 40 minutes
      Thaddeus Young played 40 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Coach Flip Saunders ran a very tight rotation with just seven guys playing more than 14 minutes. Young figures to see his minutes dip soon once Kevin Martin gets back in the swing of things. His owners might want to sell high, but he's worth owning in standard leagues despite the trade rumors. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:45 pm
    • Derrick Rose scores 30 points w/ 11 turnovers
      Derrick Rose turned the ball over a career-high 11 times vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 30 points on 13-of-33 shooting with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and just one assist in 43 minutes.

      Advice: Rose was launching shots indiscriminately, perhaps overcompensating during a nationally-televised game vs. the top-seeded team in the West. His lone assist helped to force overtime and he made a very tough jumper to give Chicago the lead late in OT, but his lack of efficiency is glaring -- he's now one of three people since the 1985-86 season to take at least 33 shots without a single free throw attempt, joining Gilbert Arenas and Hakeem Olajuwon. Rose's fantasy owners can't complain as long as he's healthy and racking up a ridiculous usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:08 pm
    • Joakim Noah blows up for 18/15/6 vs. Warriors
      The Bulls shocked the Warriors in California on Tuesday, aided by Joakim Noah's 18 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

      Advice: Noah recently said that he feels as healthy as he has all season, and tonight's 40-minute performance supports that claim. The combination of Pau Gasol's arrival and Noah's injury problems have thus far reduced him to a late-round value, but coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't lost faith and Noah could be primed for a solid second half of the season. Andrew Bogut wasn't playing for the Warriors tonight, which contributed to Noah's huge game, and this is a mild sell-high opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:02 pm
    • Pau Gasol's huge line leads Bulls past GSW
      The Bulls won a stunning overtime game in Golden State on Tuesday, paced by Pau Gasol's 18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks.

      Advice: Gasol made 7-of-12 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws and he continues to shatter preseason expectations. The 34-year-old veteran has missed only three games this season (in November) despite averaging 34.9 minutes per game, and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with his production under Tom Thibodeau's thumb. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:47 pm
    • Wayne Ellington scores season-high 28 points
      Wayne Ellington exploded vs. the Wizards on Tuesday with a season-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting (three 3-pointers), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is done for the season which makes Ellington an obvious pickup for any owner seeking points and 3-pointers. His big night tonight was also attributable to the absence of Nick Young (ankle) and the Wizards' careless defense, however, so don't expect more than late-round production. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:25 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores season-high 18 points
      The Lakers blew a double-digit lead on Tuesday despite Jordan Clarkson's season-high 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 37 minutes.

      Advice: This game was an outlier in every department for Clarkson -- he approached his season-high in nearly every category and made his first 3-pointer in over six weeks, having gone 0-of-8 in 10 games since Dec. 15. Clarkson is a realistic pickup for anyone needing a PG, as coach Byron Scott has expressed at least a "10 to 15 game" commitment to him as a starter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Zach Randolph catches fire, notches 22 & 10
      Zach Randolph finished Tuesday's game in Dallas with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, marking his 16th consecutive game with double-digit boards.

      Advice: Z-Bo had a quiet first half but he caught fire down the stretch, helping Memphis extend their lead in an impressive 109-90 road win vs. a division rival. His 16 games with 10+ rebounds is the longest streak in the NBA this season and he's simply on fire since returning from injury on Jan. 9. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    • Jimmy Butler (illness) out vs. the Warriors
      Jimmy Butler (illness) will not play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for his owners but Butler should be fine with a couple days rest. We will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game against the Lakers, but in the meantime we would expect Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich to see an uptick in minutes in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:05 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Tuesday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Allen was recently benched in favor of Jeff Green, so this news certainly doesn't help his already limited value. Expect Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter to pick up the slack for Memphis on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:25 pm
    • Joakim Noah says knee and ankle feeling good
      Joakim Noah said on Tuesday that both his knee and ankle are feeling good, and he is feeling the best he has felt physically all season.

      Advice: Noah sprained his ankle back on Jan. 14, and he's been dealing with discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee throughout the season, so it's nice to hear that he's finally feeling healthy. However, he's nowhere near the player he was last year as a primary component of the Bulls offense with Derrick Rose now running the show, and Pau Gasol stealing some of his thunder. His averages of 7.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game aren't likely to improve much as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:32 am
    • Jimmy Butler questionable for Tues vs GSW
      Jimmy Butler (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

      Advice: Butler missed Tuesday's shootaround, so his owners should prepare for the possibility that he misses Tuesday's game. We'll update Jimmy's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich would be the biggest beneficiaries if Butler sits. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:35 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen questionable for Tuesday
      Tony Allen (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game at Dallas.

      Advice: Allen, who was recently demoted to a bench role behind Jeff Green, is headed for a game-time call. We likely won't have his status until 7:30pm ET. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:30 am
    • Thad Young scores 22 points in 42 minutes
      Thaddeus Young played a team-high 42 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

      Advice: After a dreadful first half of the year, Young has now picked up the pace and competition for forward minutes has somewhat cleared up, even with Gorgui Dieng getting minutes next to Nikola Pekovic. He has shot nearly a third less threes this season compared to last, but that hasn't translated to a field goal percentage increase. If he can improve his free throw shooting and rebounding owners can probably live with a late mid-round result after his start. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:27 pm
    • Zach Randolph stays hot vs. Magic on Monday
      Zach Randolph dominated the Magic on Monday with 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He has nine consecutive double-doubles now and Memphis arena staff might have to re-do the in-the-paint area with how Z-Bo has been setting up shop down there. His last five games have been particularly strong, averaging 19.6 points, 13.4 boards and 0.6 blocks on 59.4 percent from the field. Randolph is going to flirt with 20-12 lines as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:20 pm
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Monday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He has a sprained ankle and it's not serious, but the Grizzlies don't need him as much now that Jeff Green is around. Expect Green and Courtney Lee to play a little more tonight. Additionally, Victor Oladipo has a better matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:26 pm
    • Tony Allen questionable to suit up on Monday
      Tony Allen (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He did not participate in shootaround, and that's always an ominous sign for a player's availability. That being said, TA is as tough as they come, so it has to be a pretty nasty sprain. If he sits, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should each see some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:07 am
    • Jeremy Lin felt hurt by DNP last Friday
      Jeremy Lin admitted that it "definitely hurts" to be a healthy scratch.

      Advice: Lin, who did not play on Friday, returned to the rotation on Sunday with 14 points and six assists on 2-of-9 shooting. Lin has started 23 games, but frankly he's been a major disappointment since day one this season. Lin hasn't been able to take advantage of a "depth chart" that includes Ronnie Price and rookie Jordan Clarkson, and there's nothing to suggest he's going to suddenly his his stride soon. He is what he is. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:15 am
    • Jeremy Lin scores 14 pts to lead failed rally
      Jeremy Lin returned to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday with 14 points, six assists and three turnovers off the bench, making 2-of-9 field goals and 10-of-14 free throws.

      Advice: He attacked the basket throughout his 28 minutes and picked up some cheap production in garbage time, so it's hard to read much into tonight's line. Lin remains a very shaky option now that Jordan Clarkson has usurped the starting PG job from Ronnie Price, but he's at least worth a stash in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:08 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson struggles vs Houston, Pat Bev
      Jordan Clarkson couldn't get anything going in 28 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, going 2-of-10 from the field to finish with eight points, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: Patrick Beverley will have this effect on opposing PGs and Clarkson gets a pass for the dud. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he'll keep his current starting lineup intact for "15 to 20 games" which gives Clarkson a nice window to establish himself. Deep-league owners should already own him, and he's firmly on the radar in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:05 pm
    • Thaddeus Young posts 26/6/7 in loss to Hawks
      The Wolves lost in Atlanta on Sunday despite a huge game from Thaddeus Young, who scored 26 points (11-of-17 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

      Advice: This marks the fourth time in Thad's career that he's racked up at least 25/5/5, and he's finally starting to heat up after a sluggish start in Minnesota. The return of Ricky Rubio should only help Young's fantasy value, which is currently mired in the late rounds, setting the stage for a nice second half of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:33 pm
    • Aaron Brooks scores 17 points in 21 minutes
      Aaron Brooks was a lone bright spot off the Bulls bench on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, to go with two rebounds, four 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: This is pretty much what you get with Brooks, some scoring, some 3-pointers, and not much else. His value will likely take a hit when Mike Dunleavy eventually returns to the lineup, but until that happens, he'll be able to post some low-end value in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:03 pm
    • Pau Gasol drops 13-17-3-4 line in loss
      Pau Gasol had yet another fantastic game on Sunday, scoring 13 points to go with 17 rebounds, three assists, four blocks, and two turnovers, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls fell to the Heat.

      Advice: Gasol continues to put up glorious fantasy lines, and he was rightfully voted in as the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. He looks completely revitalized in Chicago, and his down-year in LA last season is now a distant memory. Keep rolling him out there, and pat yourself on the back if you drafted him late. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:49 pm
    • Joakim Noah benched for entire fourth quarter
      Joakim Noah was benched for the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Heat, finishing the game with four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

      Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau said he liked the group that started the fourth quarter, and that is the reason why Joakim did not re-enter the game. Thibodeau maintained that Joakim is healthy, and he just wanted to watch his minutes, but with the result being an L in the win-loss column, this will not likely be a trend that continues. Look for Noah to bounce-back during Tuesday's game vs. Golden State. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:35 pm
    • Derrick Rose scores 19 on 7-of-17 shooting
      Derrick Rose scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting on Sunday, adding four assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Low shooting percentages and a high turnover rate have really limited Rose' value this season, but at least he's managed to stay healthy. However, he is having a nice January with averages of 19.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 three-pointers, 2.7 turnovers, and 1.0 steal per game. However, with the injury risk that is Rose, selling-high at this point would be advisable. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:23 pm
    • Jimmy Butler held to five points vs. Miami
      Jimmy Butler was held to just five points during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 42.5 minutes of action.

      Advice: Butler shot just 2-of-8 from the field, so while the minutes were there, the scoring simply wasn't. Luol Deng was playing some vicious defense today, and this was easily Butler's worst game of the season. However, Butler has not had two bad back-to-back games this season, so expect him to bounce-back during Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Update: Joakim Noah (ankle) is playing Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will in fact play against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

      Advice: You just knew he wouldn't miss the opportunity to play against the Heat and owners can comfortably pencil him into their lineups. Noah has had a underwhelming season so far but his value will only go up if he can avoid another injury. Taj Gibson's value takes a hit with this news, but he is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:19 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) probable for Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

      Advice: Noah's ankle has been an issue for a while now, but we doubt he will miss a chance to play against the Miami Heat so his owners can pencil him into lineups barring a setback. He isn't exactly a must-start option anymore, but if he can stay healthy he should be able to improve upon his dwindling numbers. If Noah does end up sitting, Taj Gibson will see a big uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:33 am
    • Zach Randolph scores 17 with 14 boards
      Zach Randolph scored 17 points with 14 rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer against the 76ers during a 101-83 victory on Saturday.

      Advice: That's eight consecutive double-doubles for Z-Bo. In that span, he's averaged 18.8 points, 13.9 boards, 2.5 boards, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Considering his injury history, this is a sell-high opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:57 pm
    • Jeremy Lin has uncertain role moving forward
      Coach Byron Scott downplayed the DNP-CD that Jeremy Lin picked up on Friday.

      Advice: "He just has to keep doing the things he was doing when he was playing," Scott said of Lin. "It’s not like I’m not going to play him again. It’s more of a case of changing the lineup." Coach Scott opted to give rookie Jordan Clarkson the start on Friday, and then decided to go with Ronnie Price as his backup. The point guard situation is dicey at best in Los Angeles, and while it's probably better for fantasy owners to avoid this conundrum, owners of Lin should have already started entertaining the idea of moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:04 am
    • Coach Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson
      Coach Byron Scott heaped praise on rookie Jordan Clarkson after his first career start on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: "I am very happy with the way Jordan played," Scott said. "He just looked like he was very poised and the moment wasn’t too big for him." Clarkson scored 11 points with four assists and three boards, but given his high usage rate he should see his numbers improve with continued opportunity. There is still no word on whether or not his move to the starting lineup is permanent, but the Lakers would be wise to give their younger players a chance to develop in a lost season. Clarkson is worth keeping a close eye on moving forward, so keep him on your radar. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:54 am
    • Jeremy Lin given DNP-CD by Bryon Scott
      Jeremy Lin was a healthy DNP-CD on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Lin and Bryon Scott haven't been on the same page at all this season and this is a hard pill for owners to swallow. If you want to cut him you have our blessing, but it wouldn't be surprising for Scott to suddenly change his mind and have Lin running out there for significant minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:43 am
    • Clarkson steps in for Lin, posts low-end line
      Jordan Clarkson drew the start at point guard for the Lakers on Friday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting (no threes) with three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: This is a successful outing for him in the grand scheme of things but there are a lot of questions in L.A. right now, starting with Jeremy Lin's (DNP-CD) future and then heading right into whether or not Clarkson's game translates into fantasy value. He's a flier at best barring news that he's suddenly the man in charge, but he could quickly capture our attention so stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:39 am
    • Ellington moderately productive with Kobe out
      Wayne Ellington scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Ellington looks like the starting shooting guard going forward now that Kobe Bryant is likely out for the year, but he doesn't have a strong body of work even when Kobe has missed time. He's more a guy for owners to watch very closely than add in standard formats, but in deeper leagues he's worth consideration as a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:35 am
    • Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday January 23. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:04 am
    • Noah (ankle) back in action for the Bulls
      Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action in Friday's road win over the Mavs, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: Noah isn't a must-start player but he'll get there soon as long as he can stay upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Butler posts 20-8-6 line in win over Mavs
      Jimmy Butler scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Mavs.

      Advice: Butler put his foot back on the gas pedal after Derrick Rose's surge slowed him down a bit. Rose scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers, and it wouldn't be surprising if Butler got back some of his touches now that Rose appears to have re-established a foundation for himself. Pau Gasol added 13 points, 16 boards, a steal and a block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Robert Sacre starting for Ed Davis
      Robert Sacre will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: He'll bump Ed Davis to the bench. Sacre has been a DNP-CD in five of his last six games and the book is kind of out on him. He can't defend very well in the post and is more of a jump-shooting big man. It's also worth noting that Coach Bryon Scott said Sacre is only starting because Tarik Black is hurt. He's not likely to have a big season and can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
    • Jordan Hill starting, Ed Davis benched
      Jordan Hill will start at power forward on Friday, sending Ed Davis to the bench.

      Advice: Hill will shift over to the power forward spot, and Robert Sacre will start at center tonight. It's not clear if this is matchup based, or if head coach Byron Scott has soured a bit on Davis' play. However, Davis' minutes have been trending down lately, so if you'd like to send him to the waiver wire with the move to the bench, we wouldn't blame you. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
    • A New Day: Clarkson, Kelly and Sacre starting
      Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It's a new day in Lakerland. Clarkson was a ball-dominant guy at summer league and is able of beating his guys off the dribble. The Lakers are likely going to give him some run to see what he has, so he's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:12 pm
    • Joakim Noah says he's playing Friday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Mavs on Friday.

      Advice: He is very likely to start, which pushes Taj Gibson to the bench. Noah has been a huge disappoint following his breakout 2013-14 season and is not a must-start play tonight with 11 games. Nikola Mirotic will likely lose some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:04 pm
    • Joakim Noah, Mike Dunleavy are game-time
      Joakim Noah (ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) are game-time decisions to face the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: They're both going to warm up to see how they feel. Noah usually isn't a fan of being benched when he has any say, so he's likely closer to probable than to doubtful. If you were dialing up Taj Gibson, there is a lot more risk now. Nikola Mirotic would also take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:35 pm
    • Derrick Rose take off medical minute-limit
      The Bulls have lifted all playing-time restrictions for Derrick Rose, who logged a season-high 37 minutes last Saturday.

      Advice: "I think the more he plays, the better he's going to be," Tom Thibodeau said after Thursday's convincing win vs. the Spurs. Rose has missed 11 games this season but he's been healthy and effective over Chicago's past six games, averaging 23.7 points, 3.5 triples, 6.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 32 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:37 am
    • Pau Gasol scores 12 points with 17 boards
      Pau Gasol was outstanding against the Spurs during an easy 104-81 win on Thursday, making 5-of-6 from the field for 12 points with 17 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He was voted in as the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Gasol played 35 minutes per game in November, December and January this season, but his stats have exploded in 2015. In his previous 11 2015 games, he averaged 21.6 points, 12.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 0.3 steals on 50.0 percent from the field. He obviously earned his All-Star spot. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:18 pm
    • Jimmy Butler plays just 28 minutes
      Jimmy Butler played just 28 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field.

      Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight, which is a very rare occurrence for Butler this season. Tonight was just the second game all season in which Butler was below 34 minutes. Jimmy Minutes has turned into Jimmy Buckets and he's starting to come out of his slump to start 2015. He should be viewed as an early-round fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 pm
       
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    • Derrick Rose scores an efficient 22 points
      Derrick Rose made 9-of-16 from the field and both free throws for 22 points against the Spurs on Thursday with two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He looked awesome today and coach Gregg Popovich pulled out all the stops to try and contain the former MVP. Rose is hitting on all cylinders right now with averages over his last five of 24.8 points, 3.2 boards, 6.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 4.0 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. This is probably going to be the pinnacle of his fantasy value and he is still a guy the Bulls won't hesitate to sit, so he's a sell-high player. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:59 pm
    • Tony Snell starting again on Thursday
      Tony Snell will start against the Spurs on Thursday.

      Advice: The Bulls will go with their bigger lineup and push Kirk Hinrich to the bench. Snell is rarely involved in the offense while he's out there, so he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:40 pm
    • Derrick Rose is no longer on a minutes limit
      Derrick Rose has been cleared to play as many minutes as he can handle moving forward.

      Advice: He has averaged 32.8 minutes per game in January which speaks volumes of his health recently. To put that into perspective, Rose averaged 30 minutes during December and just 25.9 in November. While it's hard to ever imagine Rose returning to MVP form, it's good to see him moving in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:21 pm
    • Wayne Ellington scores 12 points in loss
      Wayne Ellington returned to the bench on Wednesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was back in action, which is why Ellington was back on the bench. If Kobe is shut down for the season at some point, Ellington is the favorite to start in his place. And while we like the prospects of Nick Young a little more, Ellington could be a sneaky deep-league pick up without Kobe around. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sent back to Lakers bench
      Jeremy Lin came off the bench on Wednesday and hit 2-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists, four steals and a block in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Ronnie Price did nothing in the start and his return from a broken nose doesn't mean anything but less minutes and stats for Lin. Lin had 10 points and 10 dimes on Monday, but it will be tough for him to succeed as long as he's coming off the bench behind Price. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Jordan Hill double-doubles in loss
      Jordan Hill hit 7-of-14 shots for 15 points and 13 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Hill might be playing better than any other Laker and is averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals on 53 percent shooting over his last five. Some more blocks would be nice (0.4), but he's capable of a double-double every time out right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:24 pm
    • Thaddeus Young plays well in ugly loss
      Thaddeus Young had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on 7-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Young has been playing much better lately, and while he didn't steal the ball tonight, he's been racking them up over his last few games. Over his last five, he's averaging 15.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals, while shooting just 43 percent. His season-long slump appears to be behind him, so we're hopeful that he can keep it rolling going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:10 pm
    • Derrick Rose vents frustration after CLE loss
      Derrick Rose expressed his frustration with the Bulls' communication during Monday's loss to the Cavaliers.

      Advice: While Rose was careful to say that his words applied to the entire team, he wasn't remotely happy about the way the Bulls played on Monday. "Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our ass kicked." The former MVP is averaging 24.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 3.8 three-pointers over his last five games, but remains a sell-high candidate due to his injury risk and possibility of him resting in games later in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 am
    • Lin goes for 10 and 10 with Lakers to himself
      Jeremy Lin double-doubled with 10 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Monday's loss.

      Advice: Lin had the backcourt to himself with Kobe Bryant and Ronnie Price out, and this would be the reason why patient owners have held Lin this season. It's not pretty and he needs some help from Byron Scott on the offensive end, but he has the chance to eke out some solid value if he can hold it together. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:23 am
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