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  • Boozer (shoulder) misses Tuesday's practice
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday, and remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: If Boozer is unable to go, Ed Davis (ankle) will draw another start. Davis struggled with foul trouble during his last outing, fouling out in just 22 minutes of action, but if he can get that under control he could provide some nice value in the blocks category. Davis figures to be a low-end option in standard leagues as the starting power forward for the Lakers, but a matchup vs. Memphis isn't exactly alluring. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:05 pm
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) probable for Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Owners will want to check back for an official update on Rose's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip, but it's looking like he'll try and give it a go. Rose is coming off an 18-point outing vs. Utah, and has a favorable matchup tonight against the Nuggets. If he plays, Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:21 pm
  • Mike Miller runs w/ starter during practice
    Mike Miller ran with the starting unit during Tuesday's practice, but head coach David Blatt hasn't yet made a decision who will start at shooting guard on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is something worth watching, as Shawn Marion's status as the starting SG has always been viewed as a short-term experiment. Rookie Joe Harris' name has come up as a potential starter in the past, but his minutes have come down a bit and it appears he's lost some momentum. Miller is a quality 3-point shooter, and LeBron James is a fan of him from their days together in Miami. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Miller, but it's certainly a situation worth monitoring. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:49 am
  • No setbacks for James Johnson
    James Johnson didn't suffer a setback in Monday's game when he played just four minutes in his return from an ankle injury.

    Advice: The Raps are just working him back into the mix slowly, so it might take him a week to get back up to speed. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:24 am
  • Nene's absence could mean Beal starts
    With Nene expected to miss a few games with a foot injury, it's possible the Wizards are ready to start Bradley Beal over Garrett Temple.

    Advice: As Kyle Weidie notes, the Wizards will miss Nene's passing skills and his absence could be the impetus to get Beal back into the starting unit sooner than later. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:20 am
  • Austin Rivers coming off bench for Pelicans
    Tyreke Evans will start at shooting guard for the Pelicans on Tuesday, while Darius Miller will start at small forward, leaving Austin Rivers coming off the bench.

    Advice: Miller will start at small forward and Tyreke Evans will slide over to SG. Evans has been great at small forward, so owners have to hope the move doesn't mess up his mojo. Rivers was looking like a nice plug-and-play option, but loses some luster off the bench. Miller is now a deep sleeper for success in the absence of Eric Gordon, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:31 am
  • Pelicans likely to start Darius Miller
    The Pelicans are expected to start Darius Miller in place of Eric Gordon (shoulder) on Tuesday against the Kings.

    Advice: Tyreke Evans will move over to shooting guard, which is a position he thrived in last season. Obviously, Miller is not going to be the main answer here with several DNP-CDsm only 7.3 minutes per game and shooting just 25.0 percent this season. In fact, his big outlier was a 17-minute outing during the Pelicans beatdown of the Wolves 139-91 back on Nov. 14. He's only worth a look in an extremely deep league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:43 am
  • Otto Porter goes through shootaround
    Otto Porter (hamstring) went through shootaround on Tuesday and is a game-time decision to face the Hawks.

    Advice: Going through shootaround usually means a player will go and he said he can "definitely" go, but Porter is a little different considering how he's aggravated his hamstrings before. Fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting much from him anyway now that Bradley Beal is back. Plus, Martell Webster (back) is getting closer, too. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:41 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Atl
  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

    Advice: When asked during an interview about what inspires him outside of basketball, Sanders showed his theological side. "I would just say, I really look to sacred idols," Sanders said. "I feel people who draw other people to God. So, Buddha, Jesus, just all the sacred icons. It's all theosis." While the 26-year-old has had a rough start to the 2014-15 regular season, he's still worth holding onto in standard leagues due to his potential to put up huge block numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Thibodeau says Rose not real comfortable
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (hamstring) is not real comfortable right now.

    Advice: Rose scored 18 points with five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers during Monday's win over the Jazz, but will be listed as day-to-day for Tuesday's game against Denver. "I thought he did a lot of good things," Thibodeau said. "You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off." We'll update Rose's status as soon as possible, but Aaron Brooks would get a value boost if D-Rose is unable to play Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:47 am
  • Derrick Rose returned to action on Monday November 24. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Kanter has productive night against Bulls
    Enes Kanter scored 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block over 33 minutes in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Kanter is averaging just 0.2 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so if you're using him you probably wanted to uncork some cheap champagne tonight. He's more of a 14-team guy given his lack of statistical upside in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Rose (hamstring) returns but still day-to-day
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's win but ended the night with a day-to-day status for Tuesday's game in Denver, and finished with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting, three treys, three boards, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau was reportedly frustrated after the game according to beat writer Nick Friedell. When asked if he would play in Denver, Thibs said "I would hope so. Jeez. We'll see tomorrow I guess." Thibs added, "When Derrick strings some games together he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go." He's going to be day-to-day for a while until he proves he's not. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Brooks scores 10 points in 23 minutes
    Aaron Brooks scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: With the Bulls' point guard position in constant flux, there's not a lot to hang onto here for owners. If you want to move on, it makes sense, but if you want to see if he's the last point guard standing you better know it's a risky stash. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Hill scores 12 points with six boards
    Solomon Hill scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Hill has top-120 value in 8-cat leagues with a full slate of minutes (34.0 mpg) on the year and in 9-cat leagues he's a borderline play for 12-team formats. With players returning, albeit in extremely unstable fashion, owners shouldn't be attached to parting with the relatively low upside player. The only way he jumps up a level is if he has an outrageous in-season improvement. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Sloan scores 29 points in win over Mavs
    Donald Sloan scored 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 6-of-9 FTs) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in Monday's win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Sloan has managed to weather a lot of the storm as guys have been scheduled to return but fallen off the wagon before they could touch his value. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles both played tonight and that's something for owners to watch, along with the return of C.J. Watson at some point, but it looks like only George Hill can knock Sloan off his current top-100 pace. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Henry Sims scores 22 points vs. Portland
    Henry Sims scored a season-high 22 points against the Blazers on Monday with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It would appear Nerlens Noel is going to get most of his minutes at power forward, so Sims should be safe for minutes in the mid-20s or so. Although, he was brutal to watch on defense, which has been the case all year. Sims struggled in his previous 10 games with averages of 8.5 points, 6.1 boards and 0.4 blocks, so we will have to see it again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Smith struggles to produce on Monday
    J.R. Smith logged 19 minutes on Monday, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with three boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Smith is worth watching in the event Carmelo Anthony's injuries are more serious rather than less serious, but so far with Anthony traveling to Dallas with the team this isn't close to a run-to-the-wire moment. Tim Hardaway Jr. (five points, 15 minutes) falls into the same boat and is a cut below Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • James Johnson plays four minutes on Monday
    James Johnson played four minutes against the Suns with one steal and two fouls.

    Advice: He didn't take a single shot tonight and may not be 100 percent. Johnson said he was "like Wolverine" for recovering so soon from his ankle sprain, but he wasn't a superhero with fouling tonight. He should be better his next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Bulls PR: Derrick Rose will start vs. Jazz
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is listed as the starter for Monday against the Jazz and will play.

    Advice: This is coming from a team official and that has held up so far, so Rose is likely a go tonight. Fantasy owners can pencil him into the starting lineup, but of course anything could happen. Aaron Brooks will come off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Thibs is confident Rose & Gasol play vs. Jazz
    Coach Tom Thibodeau is confident Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) will play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Obviously, we don't really trust Thibs here and Gasol and Rose fantasy owners will want to check back for an update. We'll keep you posted. If Rose is out, Aaron Brooks is a nice play against Trey Burke. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • James Johnson will play on Monday night
    James Johnson (ankle) will play against the Suns on Monday night.

    Advice: He has been out since Nov. 16 with what looked like a severe ankle sprain, but Johnson is likely going to see his normal minutes. He was actually turning in mid-round value because of all the defensive stats, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not a must-own player and obviously won't be a mid-round guy on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Carlos Boozer misses practice on Monday
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) missed practice on Monday.

    Advice: He missed Sunday's game against the Nuggets despite being listed as probable. Boozer has been a guy who usually takes a lot longer to get over his injuries, so there is a chance he sits on Wednesday against the Grizzlies. If that is the case, Ed Davis (ankle) and Robert Sacre will get some more playing time. Jordan Hill also played a ridiculous 42 minutes on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
     
    Injured
  • Otto Porter is a game-time call on Monday
    Otto Porter (hamstring) is a game-time decision for Tuesday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He was able to go through practice today and he's likely a little closer to probable. Porter had some major issues with is hamstrings in his first offseason in 2013, so the Wizards will likely be careful. Paul Pierce may get a few more minutes coming off a tremendous game on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Atl
  • Otto Porter (hamstring) practices on Monday
    Otto Porter (hamstring) was able to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Porter was able to practice in full, so we expect him to be fully ready for the Wizards' next game on Tuesday. It's been an inconsistent season for Porter who has failed to live up to some of the preseason hype. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Atl
  • Austin Rivers looks like Pelicans starting SG
    Austin Rivers looks like the Pelicans starting shooting guard with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out indefinitely.

    Advice: Rivers had eight points (two triples), three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes against the Jazz after Gordon was hurt on Saturday, and the most important takeaway was the fact that Rivers received the lion's share of minutes at shooting guard. Even as a speculative add, Rivers should be owned in all leagues with 12-plus teams. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Rose, Gasol both game-time calls on Monday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) are both game-time decisions on Monday against Utah.

    Advice: Previously Rose was questionable, so that's nothing new. Gasol was being listed as probable, and there's no use in guessing with Chicago's injury situation since the designations are largely meaningless in their reports. Gasol should play, but we've already been burned by his being "probable" before this season. With Kirk Hinrich (chest) questionable at best, Aaron Brooks and E'Twaun Moore would likely be the Bulls' point guards if Rose doesn't play. Rose did say he is feeling better and is confident about playing vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday if he can't go on Monday. The good news is he's no longer having pain in his hamstring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) iffy to return Mon.
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) went through Sunday's practice but he remains questionable to play vs. the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: This is nothing new for Rose's fantasy owners as he's been a perpetual game-time decision all season. He doesn't want to return until he's completely healthy, which is both understandable and frustrating, as his participation in practice doesn't usually mean much. Check back closer to Monday's tip-off for the final word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
  • Carlos Boozer (shoulder) ruled out vs. Denver
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable after missing Saturday's practice, was downgraded to questionable on Sunday afternoon, and ultimately ruled out an hour before tip-off. Ed Davis will get the start at PF in his absence, which should shore up the Lakers' leaky interior defense, and he's worth spot-starting as long as Boozer is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:12 pm
     
    Injured
  • Butler wants Rose to be healthy for playoffs
    Jimmy Butler wants Derrick Rose to be 100 percent healthy for a deep playoff run this season.

    Advice: "Man, [Rose’s] head is in the same place all of our heads are in, and that’s wanting to win a championship," Butler said. "That’s what he’s getting ready for. That’s what we’re getting ready for. We want him to be 100 percent – not 99 – because you come back too early and you’re risking another injury. He’s fine. He’s our leader, and he knows what he’s doing." Owners of Rose will want to have the aspirin nearby this season, as he's bound for plenty of random rest days, and very late game-time decisions. Rose has been more risk than reward this season, and all owners can do is hope he has a strong second half. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:15 pm
  • Carlos Boozer (shoulder) questionable Sunday
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: If Boozer is unable to go, Ed Davis will draw the start, and depending on how Davis fares the move could become permanent. Scott has grown tired of Boozer's uninspired play on the defensive end, as he's currently sitting on a +/- rating of minus-90 on the season. Meanwhile, Davis has been racking up the defensive stats in limited playing time and is currently a plus-6 on the year. If Boozer is unable to suit up Sunday, Davis could see his minutes in the 30s, and would make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:06 pm
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) will be GTD Monday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will practice on Sunday, but he remains a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It's a constant guessing game with Rose, so owners will want to check back closer to Monday's tip for an official update on his status. With both Rose and Kirk Hinrich (chest) headed for game-time decisions on Monday, Aaron Brooks could be in for a big game, although Brooks has failed to capitalize on the increased opportunity a couple times this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:25 am
  • Otto Porter downplays hamstring injury
    Otto Porter said that his hamstring injury is minor and may be the result of dehydration and fatigue, but he remains questionable to practice on Monday.

    Advice: "Just a lot of soreness [on Saturday]," said Porter. "I didn’t want to make it into a big injury ... I’ve been through injuries before so I knew from the start it wasn’t nothing serious." Paul Pierce and Rasual Butler both picked up more minutes in Porter's absence but it sounds like he may return to the lineup for Tuesday's home game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:11 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Atl
  • Austin Rivers scores eight points
    Austin Rivers played 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Eric Gordon went down and Rivers is going to get minutes. He's been one of the most inefficient players in the NBA lately, but the opportunity is there. Feel free to give him a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:04 pm
  • Bradley Beal looks great again
    Bradley Beal looked good against the Bucks on Saturday with 17 points, two rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's played starter's minutes in each of the last two games and coach Randy Wittman will likely be putting him in the starting lineup any day now. Beal has third-round upside and just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 pm
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Donald Sloan only scores eight points
    Donald Sloan made just 3-of-12 from the field for eight points during a 106-83 loss to the Suns on Saturday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Pacers may have lost Rodney Stuckey to a wrist injury, so Sloan may have more ball-handling responsibilities going his way. He should have at least another couple weeks of value with George Hill (knee) not close to a return. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:15 pm
  • Solomon Hill gets big minutes again
    Solomon Hill played 35 minutes against the Suns on Saturday with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Rodney Stuckey (wrist) going down yet again, the Pacers are going to need more minutes out of Hill. He was already worth owning in standard leagues for his across-the-board output after a horrible start, but now the injury to Stuckey might solidify his value a little more. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:52 pm
  • Otto Porter will not play on Saturday night
    Otto Porter will not play on Saturday night due to a left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: He actually had some major hamstring issues in 2013 summer league, but that was to his right hamstring. Paul Pierce will play a little more while the Wizards could also use Bradley Beal at small forward off the bench as well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:40 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Atl
  • Bradley Beal off the bench yet again on Sat
    Bradley Beal is coming off the bench again on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman does not want to throw Beal out there in the starting lineup, but he should still get plenty of minutes. Perhaps he didn't want to tweak his rotation in a back-to-back because it worked for him. Regardless, start Beal in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:15 pm
  • 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
    Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • Carlos Boozer has a sore shoulder issue
    Carlos Boozer is dealing with a sore shoulder and missed Saturday's practice, but he's probable to play vs. Denver on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no indication that he is in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game against the Nuggets. Boozer doesn't have any red flags on his shoulder and he probably just had a little too much contact at some point. If this does become an issue, Ed Davis would be a hot pickup. To be clear, Boozer sounds like he's OK. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:27 pm
     
    Injured
  • Aaron Brooks stinks in 24 minutes
    Aaron Brooks played only 24 minutes against the Blazers during a 105-87 loss, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls did not have Kirk Hinrich (chest) or Derrick Rose (hamstring) tonight, but this game was a blowout. Brooks should get more run on Monday with Hinrich and Rose very questionable to play. His owners shouldn't panic, but he's obviously not a must-own player because he is more of a stop-gap fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Bradley Beal logs 32 minutes in 12-5-5 line
    Bradley Beal played 32 minutes off the bench against the Cavs on Friday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He looked great tonight and it would be a shock for him not to start against the Bucks on Saturday. Beal was outstanding last season with the Wizards and could improve in his third year. He just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Bradley Beal coming off the bench again Fri.
    Bradley Beal will again come off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: It's really only a matter of time until Beal takes back his job with the starting unit, and the Wizards are simply easing him back into the rotation. Beal was able to put up 21 points over just 26 minutes of action during his last outing, to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, two turnovers, and a steal, so he's going to get his whether he's starting or coming off the bench. He has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Cavs, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • 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
    Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup against the Raptors.

    Advice: We just thought we'd throw that out there considering it was an issue with him last time. Start Sanders like you normally would and hope he avoids foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he wants to play more
    Bradley Beal said he wants to play more this season.

    Advice: "At the end of the day, we had some good lineups and good things going before I came back," Beal said. "So what Coach is doing, I have no problem with it at all. As far as me coming off the bench, me playing the minutes I’m playing, that’s totally his call." Beal is going to start and it's probably going to happen tonight against the Cavs. His fantasy owners will want to put him in their lineup as he looks to back up his words that he and John Wall are a better backcourt than Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:15 pm
  • Larry Sanders left thigh now 100 percent
    Larry Sanders said that he's fully healed from his left thigh injury he sustained during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: It's nice to know that he's healthy, but it would be better if he could start contributing consistently. Sanders is averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Those poor shooting percentages are keeping him out of the top-100, and right now he doesn't look like much more than a blocks specialist in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • 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
  • Maturing Solomon Hill helping the Pacers
    Pacers head coach pointed to Solomon Hll's growing maturity as a source of strength for the Pacers.

    Advice: Hill had a game-winning putback for the Pacers on Wednesday, but it's his maturity and leadership that is impressing his coach. "From the time we interviewed him before the draft, it was glaring that he was a very mature guy," Vogel said. "The way he carried himself was as impressive to us as anything he did on the basketball court, so to see him show a leadership role this early is not surprising to me." While Hill's fantasy value will take a hit when David West (ankle) returns, his recent play makes him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:52 am
  • Carlos Boozer turns in another big game
    Carlos Boozer scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-15 from the field and wasn't quite as hot as his 20-point, 10-board game on Tuesday. Nobody will bother trading for Boozer in your fantasy league, but he's worth owning as a low-upside guy for his points and boards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:10 am
     
    Injured
  • J.R. Smith looks awful again on Wednesday
    J.R. Smith was awful on Wednesday against the Wolves with three points and four assists in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He played horrible defense all night and Smith is not earning his playing time. He's done very little to get the attention of fantasy owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:26 pm
  • Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes
    Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Bradley Beal debuts, scores 21 points
    Bradley Beal made his season debut and came off the bench, hitting 9-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's back and Garrett Temple started, but played just 13 minutes for two points. Get Beal in your lineup and pray that he can stay out of the trainer's room for the rest of the season. He looked great tonight, and should be back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Cavaliers. And if you own Temple, it's time to move on. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Solomon Hill still gets his run, wins game
    Solomon Hill hit a game-winning putback against the Hornets on Wednesday during a 88-86 win, finishing with six points, five rebounds and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: His minutes held tonight while Chris Copeland's dropped, so that means he's viewed as the team's leading small forward right now. Hill has come a long way from his awful preseason and he should have value at least until David West (ankle) gets back, which will hurt Hill's shot total. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Donald Sloan still gets his 31 minutes
    Donald Sloan played 31 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: Rodney Stuckey played shooting guard and he didn't really eat into Sloan's minutes. Sloan should still put up decent stat lines until C.J. Watson (foot) comes back and he may even play minutes in the high 20s when that happens. He should have a couple more weeks of value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Henry Sims scores 14 in another loss
    Henry Sims hit 6-of-12 shots for 14 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Sims is still as inconsistent as they come, but has been playing better, averaging 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, despite not blocking one tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Larry Sanders is starting on Wednesday
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: In usual Bucks fashion, this update comes at 7:37 pm EST for the 7:30 game. Sanders' thigh issue may limit him and his minutes have been a bit erratic anyway, so he should be on the bench in most fantasy leagues. Zaza Pachulia will move back into the second unit tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Bradley Beal is coming off the bench
    Bradley Beal (wrist) will come off the bench in his season debut against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Garrett Temple will likely get his last start with Beal active tonight. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for Beal with an expected minutes limit. He obviously should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Larry Sanders is a game-time call vs. Nets
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is a game-time call on Wednesday night to face the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday and there is a good chance he misses tonight. Zaza Pachulia is coming off a nice game and would be a desperate plug-and-play option on a busy night in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • 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
  • Bradley Beal activated on Wednesday
    Bradley Beal (wrist) is active for Wednesday night against the Mavs.

    Advice: It's still unclear if he is going to start, but he's very likely to have his minutes limited. Beal will likely see his minutes in the high teens tonight before he gets more run on Friday. Garrett Temple will likely get decent minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:13 pm
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) questionable Wednesday
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday because of his bruised thigh, so owners will want to check back for updates prior to tip-off. If Sanders can't go, expect Zaza Pachulia to draw another start after he double-doubled on Tuesday, but anything is possible with coach Kidd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) now a game-time decision
    Contrary to a previous report, Bradley Beal (wrist) is now a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas, though he will come off the bench if he is active as he works his way back into shape.

    Advice: He is now expected to have a discussion with coach Wittman prior to tip-off and it will be up Beal as to whether or not he will play. Owners will want to check back before the game for updates, as Beal would be a must-start player if active for his 3-point shooting. If he can't go, expect Garrett Temple to enjoy the glory for at least one more game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • 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
  • Enes Kanter scores 16 pts, grabs 15 boards
    Enes Kanter scored 16 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in an easy win vs. the Thunder on Tuesday, making 6-of-16 FGs and 4-of-8 FTs in just 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: This was Kanter's first sub-.500 shooting game since Nov. 7, and he's shooting 85.0 percent from the charity stripe this season, so he gets a pass for the poor percentages. He also had zero assists, steals or blocks tonight, which is an unfortunate trend -- his 8-cat fantasy value is severely limited by averages of 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) traveling on road trip
    Larry Sanders (bruised left thigh) will travel with the Bucks for games on Wednesday and Friday.

    Advice: He remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nets, but it's a great sign that he'll join the team for their brief two-game road trip. Zaza Pachulia double-doubled with a full line as a starter in Sanders' absence on Tuesday and would be worth a look for temporary value if Sanders misses any more games. We should know more after Milwaukee's shootaround, so check for updates on Wednesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • J.R. Smith quiet despite starting Tuesday
    The Knicks lost to the visiting Bucks on Tuesday, with J.R. Smith contributing only nine points (3-of-12 shooting), one rebound, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Smith scored 28 points in an expanded role with Iman Shumpert out on Sunday, but he's only scored double-digit points in consecutive games once this season and has been too unreliable for use in most 12-team fantasy leagues. He logged 34 minutes in another start on Tuesday and a sustained starting gig could change the equation, so keep an eye on his role over the next week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Carlos Boozer's 20 & 10 help LAL hold off ATL
    The Lakers pulled out a five-point road win in Atlanta on Tuesday, aided by Carlos Boozer's 20 points (10-of-14 shooting), 10 rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Boozer was torched defensively but made up the difference with solid rebounding and shooting, which is a nice sight after Sunday's dud (six points on 3-of-13 shooting). He's barely clinging to 14-team value this season, but has picked up the pace over the past week and is worth owning if you need points, boards and solid FG percentages. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders a late scratch w/ bruised thigh
    Larry Sanders was a late scratch on Tuesday due to a bruised thigh.

    Advice: Zaza Pachulia will start at center in his absence and John Henson should earn more playing time off the bench, but the injury was reported so late that most fantasy owners will be unable to change their lineups. Sanders has averaged 6.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks through the Bucks' first 10 games, despite the fact that he's playing only 22 minutes per game. His injury doesn't sound serious and we're considering him questionable to return for Wednesday's game in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:58 pm
  • Brooks quiet in another missed opportunity
    Aaron Brooks scored just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one assist in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be measured by how he performs on the nights when Derrick Rose is invariably out, and by this measurement he'll be harder to trust next time out. Rose is day-to-day with his current hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:54 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
  • 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
    Nov 17, 9:40 am
  • Derek Fisher credits J.R. Smith's extra work
    Derek Fisher credited J.R. Smith for extra work before Sunday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: 'For J.R. today, it started yesterday,’’ Fisher said. "He had a workout after practice for 10 minutes that was as intense, as hard as an individual player can work in a shooting session that raised his level of intensity and pace of the game today." Smith had 28 points, four rebounds and four assists in what was easily his best game of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 7:19 am
  • J.R. Smith scores 28 points in Knicks win
    J.R. Smith had a solid outing on Sunday, scoring 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go along with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, two 3-pointers, one block and five turnovers as the Knicks topped the Nuggets.

    Advice: Smith was solid on Sunday, but he’s currently averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.9 three-pointers per game over 26 minutes of action. He got some extended run today with Iman Shumpert (hip) sidelined, but it’s looking like it’ll take injuries to force head coach Derek Fisher to give the defensively challenged Smith consistent minutes. Smith should continue to have some short-term value as long as Shump is unable to go, but he’s not a must-add player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 12:35 pm
  • J.R. Smith will draw the start on Sunday
    J.R. Smith will draw the start in place of Iman Shumpert (hip) on Sunday vs. Denver.

    Advice: He could see a lot of minutes against Denver with Shump out, while Tim Hardaway will also likely see a lot of minutes off of the bench. Shumpert is not expected to miss much time so Smith and Hardaway should only be considered for owners in need of short-term value, or as a daily plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:26 am
  • Aaron Brooks has a colossal letdown
    Aaron Brooks played just 18 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Ouch. All signs indicated Brooks was set for a big game tonight because he scored 26 points in the last game without Derrick Rose (hamstring). Rose isn't expected to be out for too long, so there's very little reason to be too attached to Brooks right now. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 8:58 pm
  • Solomon Hill has first double-double vs. CHI
    Solomon Hill had the first double-double of his career on Saturday during a 99-90 win over the Bulls, scoring 21 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After a horrific start in the preseason and in the first four games of the year, Hill has really turned it on. He's getting to the line more and has seen his usage rate jump to 22.8 over his last five outings, averaging 16.6 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 triples. The Arizona Wildcat has done enough recently to pick him up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 8:47 pm
  • Donald Sloan losing playing time to Price
    Donald Sloan played 25 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with six points, seven assists and one 3-poiniter.

    Advice: It's pretty obvious the Pacers aren't going to play him 43 minutes like they did back on Nov. 5 and he's been below 30 for three of his last four games. Sloan is still doing enough in assists and treys while keeping his turnovers down, so he's still a low-end fantasy option in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 8:42 pm
  • Boozer nears 20 and 10 game in loss
    Carlos Boozer scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds and two steals in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Boozer is going to get hot like this every once in a while and owners should take what they get and be ready to move on when he cools off. His upside is practically nil in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 12:32 am
     
    Injured
  • Henry Sims blocks three, scores 14 points
    Henry Sims scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds and three blocks over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Sims is going to post a solid line here and there but his inconsistency makes him a Plan B or C for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 10:03 pm
  • Smith scores nine points as Shump goes out
    J.R. Smith scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Iman Shumpert left with a hip injury and if he's going to miss any time it's possible that Derek Fisher turns to Smith, but there were some in the New York press that thought he may have been benched for bad defense. He and Tim Hardaway (16 minutes, three points, 1-of-6 FGs) should be watched, with Smith having a clear edge on the fantasy-deficient Hardaway and neither are close to being must-add players. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:39 pm
  • Kanter plays 12 minutes against the Knicks
    Enes Kanter played just 12 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, scoring six points with five rebounds and no steals or blocks.

    Advice: So much for any momentum gained earlier in the week. The Knicks played small and unless there is some unknown injury it appears as if Quin Snyder simply went small, but it's not a great sign that Kanter's minutes are subject to this type of swing. Weigh out your options and consider a drop if you're looking at a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 14, 9:28 pm
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