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    • Jordan Hill's forgettable December continues
      Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but there's reason the downward trend must continue, and fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:43 pm
    • Ty Lawson scores 28 points with seven assists
      Ty Lawson scored 28 points with seven assists in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, adding five boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and didn't turn the ball over on Sunday, but didn't get enough help from his teammates to mount a comeback. As long as Lawson can stave off injury, he is going to be fantastic the rest of the way for Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:31 pm
    • Wilson Chandler double-doubles on Sunday
      Wilson Chandler double-doubled on Sunday vs. the Raptors, finishing with 20 points, 10 boards, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

      Advice: He has been playing big minutes with Danilo Gallinari (knee) on the sidelines, and has been one of the most reliable players for Denver this season. Chandler has seen his name appear in several trade rumors recently which would undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value, but nothing is imminent right now and his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Chandler is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:25 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) returns to action Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) returned to action for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors, finishing with two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two boards in 11 minutes.

      Advice: While the Nuggets will be glad to have some added depth to their bench, he won't see many minutes with Kenneth Faried playing this well. Arthur can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:19 pm
    • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 19 points Sunday
      Jeremy Lin bounced back from a pair of lousy games on Sunday, coming off the bench for 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: He turned the ball over twice and committed five fouls in just 26 minutes, but those are minor complaints given his sketchy play since being benched in favor of Ronnie Price (10 points in 22 minutes). Lin is flirting with 12-team value on a season-long basis but he's been much worse over the past month, and remains a hit-or-miss option as L.A.'s backup point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:18 pm
    • Gerald Green held to single-digits Sunday
      Gerald Green had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting on Sunday, marking the first time all season that he's been held to single-digit scoring in two consecutive games.

      Advice: This was even more unexpected against the Lakers, who allow the most points (109.0) and second-most 3-pointers (9.0) of any team in the NBA. Green's two makes were both from downtown and he chipped in two rebounds, two assists and one block to salvage some value, and he's locked into late-round fantasy value while playing 20-25 minutes as a key reserve in Phoenix. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:17 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe flirts w/ triple-double vs. LAK
      Eric Bledsoe flirted with a triple-double vs. the Lakers on Sunday, notching 22 points, one 3-pointer eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in the Suns' road win.

      Advice: Bledsoe's 3.2 turnovers take a toll in 9-cat leagues, and his 43.8 percent shooting could use improvement, but otherwise his fantasy owners have nothing to complain about. He's averaging 15.9 points, 1.0 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks, while making 84.0 percent of his 5.0 free throw attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:17 pm
    • Wayne Ellington back to reserve role Sunday
      Wayne Ellington's role shriveled with Kobe Bryant back in action on Sunday, as he came off the Lakers' bench for just two points, two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes.

      Advice: He averaged 12.0 points, 1.7 threes, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals as a starter over the past three games, but predictably fell off a cliff with Kobe back in action. Anyone who picked up Ellington should cut him for a free agent with a more promising outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:16 pm
    • Kobe Bryant defers to LAK teammates in return
      Kobe Bryant (rest) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during the Lakers' 107-116 loss to the Suns.

      Advice: The Black Mamba had missed three straight games to rest his fatigued body, and he spent most of Sunday's game looking for teammates rather than dominating the ball as he had during his first 24 games this season (attempting 22.4 shots per game). The Lakers have no playoff aspirations and they'll be cautious with him the rest of the season -- fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups while routinely checking his status before games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Kenneth Faried scores 17 pts with 19 boards
      Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 pm
    • Nick Young scores 21 points w/ Kobe active
      Nick Young scored 21 points with Kobe Bryant back in the Lakers' lineup on Sunday, hitting four 3-pointers with a pair of assists in 25 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Young struggled over the past three games, averaging 11.0 points on 31.4 percent shooting, and admitted that he much prefers to have Kobe active since he deflects defensive pressure away from his teammates. Young's prolific scoring has been good enough for mid-round value in 25 minutes per game this season, though his 2.9 three-pointers per game may be a bit unrealistic on a season-long basis. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:14 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play Wed
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) still intends to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers after saying that he normally feels better with a few days of rest.

      Advice: We admire Melo's courage, but there is no reason for him to continue to labor through knee pain in a lost season for the Knicks. His owners may want to trade him while they still can, as the possibility of him shutting it down is still looming despite Melo saying that he is not ready to do that. Check back for further updates, and expect Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to all see a boost if Melo sits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Lou Williams drops 31 points in win Sunday
      Lou Williams scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He broke out of his slump in a big way, and was unstoppable all game long. Williams has been an obvious candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, and he should continue to be owned in standard leagues for his ability to contribute in 3-pointers, points, assists, and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:00 pm
    • Kyle Lowry erupts for 30 points, 11 assists
      Kyle Lowry erupted for 30 points and 11 assists in a win over the Nuggets on Sunday, adding seven boards, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: It was his ninth double-double of the season, and it was also the fourth time in his career that he scored 30 points with 10 or more assists. Lowry has been a beast this season and should be in the MVP race considering the Raptors are sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference without star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:37 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) nets season-high 17 pts
      Nicolas Batum made 6-of-8 shots with five 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with a season-high 17 points, one rebound, three assists, one steal and one block in only 28 minutes.

      Advice: The fact that this was Batum's season-high in scoring is a testament to his struggles, as he's averaging the lowest numbers since his rookie season in points (8.8), 3-pointers (1.0), field goal percentage (38.9 percent) and Player Efficiency Rating (12.3). Batum's top-20 fantasy upside makes him an interesting buy-low candidate despite his early-season struggles. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:35 pm
    • Joel Freeland posts first NBA triple-double
      Blazers big man Joel Freeland recorded his first career double-double on Sunday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds before taking a seat after 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Freeland made 5-of-7 shots with two assists and two blocks, and he continues to start with Robin Lopez (hand) out of commission. His stats were easier to come by tonight with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) sidelined and the Knicks' frontcourt decimated by injuries of their own, so standard-league owners shouldn't read much into Freeland's career night. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:33 pm
    • J.J. Barea makes rare start for Mavs on Sun.
      J.J. Barea made his first start of the season in Sunday's win vs. the Thunder, posting nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes alongside Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis.

      Advice: The unusually small lineup was deployed with Tyson Chandler sidelined by back spasms, which shifted Dirk Nowitzki to center. The veteran Barea has found his comfort zone since re-joining coach Rick Carlisle in Dallas this season, but his usual 15-minute role is too limited for use in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:39 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return
      Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return to Sunday's game against Portland, finishing with 13 points and five boards in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Anthony was clearly in pain and actually asked to come out of the game before half. His knee has been an issue for weeks now and there is no reason for the Knicks to risk his health in a lost season. We will pass along further updates as soon as we know more, but after the game coach Derek Fisher already said that Melo would be questionable for their game on Dec. 31. The possibility of the Knicks shutting him down later in the season will likely increase with this news, and Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all see additional minutes should Melo miss more time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:15 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Josh Smith struggles w/ foul trouble vs Spurs
      Josh Smith was in foul trouble throughout his first start with the Rockets on Sunday, scoring five points with eight rebounds, one assist and three steals in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Smith made 2-of-7 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs with four turnovers and five personal fouls. The Spurs sagged way off him on the perimeter, daring him to beat them with long jumpers, and he finished with a +/- rating of -11. His inevitable ascension to the starting lineup bumped Donatas Motiejunas to the bench, where he had 11 points and five boards, while Kostas Papanikolaou picked up another DNP-CD. Smith was a fantasy liability in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues while in Detroit, and owners shouldn't expect any miracles in Houston. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 pm
    • Landry Fields (concussion) is out Sunday
      Landry Fields (concussion) will not play on Sunday vs. Denver.

      Advice: This will be his fourth straight game on the sidelines, and he has still not passed his concussion testing. James Johnson has been starting in Fields' absence and is worth a look in all leagues for his ability to rack up blocks and steals. Fields should be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:54 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. Portland.

      Advice: There was some fear that he would be rested considering he said that his knee was sore after logging 46 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Kings, but the Knicks are going to roll him on out there. Fantasy owners will be wise to get Melo in all active lineups, but should really think about trading him due to the looming possibility of the Knicks shutting him down for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:48 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • J.R. Smith (heel) ruled out vs. Trail Blazers
      J.R. Smith (heel) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: He's technically day-to-day but this marks his 10th consecutive DNP and it's anyone's guess when he'll be ready to return from his nagging bout of plantar fasciitis. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also on the sidelines, there will once again be plenty of minutes available for Tim Hardaway Jr. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:43 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • J.J. Barea will start for Dallas on Sunday
      J.J. Barea will start for Dallas against the Thunder on Sunday.

      Advice: Tyson Chandler is sidelined for this game due to back spasms, so coach Rick Carlisle opted to go small by inserting Barea into the lineup. However, Barea's value will be limited to deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value, and owners in standard leagues can look elsewhere. He is averaging just 7.3 points and 3.4 assists in 16 minutes per game this season, so there is nothing to get excited about here. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:33 pm
    • Josh Smith will start at power forward Sunday
      Josh Smith will start at power forward for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs, sending Donatas Motiejunas to the bench.

      Advice: Smith was promised a starting job upon signing with Houston, so it was only a matter of time (in this case one game) until he overtook Motiejunas for the starting gig. Donatas was only able to put up four points and six rebounds during his last game, and with the demotion to the bench, he can probably be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:48 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) will play Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Bryant's return to action will send Wayne Ellington back to the bench, and take away some touches from Carlos Boozer. Kobe will be limited to 30 minutes tonight, but that's plenty of time for him to put up stats in an up-tempo game with Phoenix. He's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:17 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • J.R. Smith (heel) questionable for Sunday
      J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with plantar fasciitis and has now missed nine straight games so don't be surprised if he sits this one out. Owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore Smith while Tim Hardaway Jr. is definitely worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:55 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) is available to play Sun
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will be able to play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He was available to play on Friday as well, but the Nuggets opted to give him some additional rest. However, Kenneth Faried has finally broken out of his slump so there likely won't be a lot of minutes available for Arthur. Feel free to keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:41 am
    • Noah Vonleh sent down to NBA D-League
      Noah Vonleh was sent down to the NBA D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: He simply isn't getting enough minutes with the Hornets, so it will be good for the rookie to get some experience. Vonleh is not on the radar in standard leagues, but those of you in keeper leagues would be wise to track his progress. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:33 am
    • Carmelo Anthony's status unclear for Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony's status for Sunday's game with Portland is unclear after he logged 46 minutes on Saturday in a loss to the Kings.

      Advice: We will leave him off of the injury report for now, but owners will want to check back for updates considering how much his knee has impacted him this season. The Knicks have no reason to risk Anthony's health considering how their season has gone, so be prepared to have a backup plan ready. Owners would be wise to sell-high before it's too late, as there is a real possibility of Melo shutting it down for the season in the near future. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to take as many shots as he pleases if Melo sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) targeting Dec. 31
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) has a chance to play on Dec. 31 vs. the Clippers according to coach Derek Fisher, but remains out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: "His workouts are progressing," Fisher said. "As long as he’s getting good feedback there, hopefully we’re getting closer." However, even with Amare Stoudemire (knee) ailing, it is tough to justify picking up Bargnani in all but the deepest of leagues considering how bad he was last season. You can safely monitor Bargnani from the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:53 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) has no timetable
      Luc Mbah a Moute is dealing with a strained left calf and has no timetable for a return.

      Advice: He was forced to miss Saturday's game, and knowing how cautious the 76ers are it appears that he will likely see additional time on the sidelines. Mbah a Moute actually had some decent value in deeper leagues, but that run is likely over and owners can plan on looking elsewhere. Henry Sims started on Saturday, but is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:47 am
    • Jusuf Nurkic impressing in rookie season
      Jusuf Nurkic drew praise from coach Brian Shaw after his superb play recently.

      Advice: "He's a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to," Shaw said. "He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn't have that, he's shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he'll pass it." Nurkic has slowly seen his minutes rise and coach Brian Shaw said they will likely continue to climb. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in the reserve center role in just 16.1 minutes per game over his last eight. Owners in deep leagues should have already taken notice, and if Timofey Mozgov ends up getting traded Nurkic will become a must-own asset in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:32 am
    • Nick Young eager to have Kobe Bryant back
      Nick Young is eager to have Kobe Bryant back in the lineup in order to ease the pressure on himself.

      Advice: "We’re always going to need Kobe out there on the floor, especially for players like me," said Young. "That releases a lot of pressure." Swaggy P has averaged just 11 points per game with Bryant out of the lineup over the last three games, so his impending return may actually help Young get better looks. Bryant is probable to play on Sunday, meaning Young's minutes could take a slight dip, though his ability to fill up the scoreboard in a hurry makes him worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:23 am
    • Zach LaVine hands out 14 dimes vs. Warriors
      Zach LaVine handed out a career-high 14 assists against the Warriors during a 110-97 loss on Saturday, adding 12 points, four rebounds, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: It was just his second double-double of his career. LaVine is not shooting the ball well, making just 37 percent from the field over his last 11 games. With Ricky Rubio (ankle) set to return in a couple weeks, LaVine is even less of an attractive fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony looks healthy, scores 36
      Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

      Advice: Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • J.R. Smith (heel) will not play on Saturday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: This will be the ninth straight game on the sidelines for Smith, but the good news is that it appears he is getting closer to a return. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Luc Mbah a Moute will not play on Saturday
      Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) will not play on Saturday against the Jazz.

      Advice: This is a new injury for Mbah a Moute. The 76ers tend to keep their players out longer than most teams and he has missed a lot of time due to injury in his career, so he's likely out for a handful of games. While he's out, it'll be a collective effort from K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington and Henry Sims picking up extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points in win vs. Clips
      Kyle Lowry turned in a gem against the Clippers during a 110-98 victory on Saturday with 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was hot in the third quarter with 11 points and did a tremendous job on Chris Paul today. Lowry is doing it all for the Raptors and fantasy owners over his last five, averaging 23.2 points, 4.2 boards, 7.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 51.3 percent from the field. He's in the hunt for MVP with the Raptors holding the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    • Lou Williams cools off vs. Clippers
      Lou Williams stayed cold against the Clippers on Saturday with nine points, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only made 3-of-10 from the field in his last game on Monday. Williams has seen his shooting numbers come down this month and has only made 39.1 percent from the field even before this dud. Williams is still doing enough to in triples, free throw percentage and points to remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:09 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) is probable for Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) is listed as probable to play against the Suns on Sunday.

      Advice: The Lakers did list him as probable for Christmas against the Bulls and he missed that game, so this probable tag should be viewed as more of a questionable one. Bryant has complained about his Achilles and his entire body not being at 100 percent, so his owners will want to check back. Wayne Ellington is obviously much less appealing should Kobe make it back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:27 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Saturday
      Landry Fields (concussion) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He failed his concussion testing Saturday morning and will remain on the sidelines. James Johnson will continue to see an increase in minutes and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out on Saturday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Sacramento.

      Advice: He is getting closer, but the Knicks will be in no rush to get the injury-prone Italian back in their lineup. Bargnani can continue to be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable Saturday
      J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings.

      Advice: He has missed eight straight games because of his plantar fasciitis, so even if he does play he will likely be eased into action. Smith is worth a flier in deeper leagues for his ability to knock down 3-pointers, but owners in standard leagues can safely monitor him from the waiver wire. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue playing big minutes if Smith sits this one out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:22 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Batum (wrist) returns to turn in nice game
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) returned to action in Friday's win over the Sixers, scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

      Advice: Batum had his number called more often with LaMarcus Aldridge out and we're in the midst of a pretty big buy low window for him. As long as the wrist injury isn't serious, he stands a very good chance of improving his rock bottom shooting percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:49 am
    • Freeland grabs career-best 17 rebounds vs PHI
      Joel Freeland grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds against the Sixers on Friday, and also chipped in with six points and one block in his 25 minutes.

      Advice: Obviously this is a matchup thing and with Chris Kaman (personal) out there's no value change. Kaman is still the guy to own of the bunch for projected late-round upside and all-in-all there's not a lot of value after the injury to Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:47 am
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:37 am
    • Found: Kenneth Faried goes for 26 & 25
      Kenneth Faried exploded in the Nuggets' 106-102 win over the Wolves on Friday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting with a career-high 25 rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: It looks like the big talk with Brian Shaw is paying off and we're finally off the hook for telling you guys to hold on all that time (we think). A happy and engaged Faried is a completely different player than the one we've seen in the beginning of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:33 am
    • Ellington posts solid line in fill-in duty
      Wayne Ellington scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two threes, five boards, three assists and two steals in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Ellington has played decently with Kobe out but that could change as soon as Sunday, but owners can file this away for when the shutdown bug starts to hit in the second half of the season in L.A. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:46 am
    • Young hits five threes on 5-of-16 night
      Nick Young hit 5-of-8 threes but missed his other eight shots from the field, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Young is never going to be an efficiency monster and he has done enough recently to be owned in most formats. In 20 games this season, he is averaging 14.9 points with 2.5 treys and 1.2 combined steals and blocks while hitting 40 percent from the field and 89 percent from the line -- good for top 75-110 value in 8- and 9-cat formats, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:44 am
    • Lin posts versatile line but hits only 2-of-8
      Jeremy Lin scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has top 120-150 (8/9 cat) value in a season dominated by Kobe Bryant, which may be changing a bit to favor the little guys now that Kobe has been forced to look at his own role in the Lakers' disaster. This line has flaws and Lin's performance this season can be picked apart, but knowing things can't get much worse this 'floor' may deserve the benefit of the doubt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:41 am
    • Josh Smith takes 21 shots in Houston debut
      Josh Smith led the Rockets in field goal attempts with 21 in his Rockets debut on Friday, and he hit just nine of them to finish with 21 points, eight boards and three assists.

      Advice: The jokes just write themselves and he was more or less a positive in this game, but as usual he missed both of his 3-point attempts and unlike normal he hit all three free throws without a steal or block in his 32 minutes. We learned tonight that Terrence Jones is going to be out at least a month, making this a two-man timeshare at the power forward position. Smith has been terrible in standard leagues because of his shooting and turnovers, but may be forced by new circumstances to reel himself in. He's well worth a speculative add if he has been dropped but there are no guarantees that he can change his stripes in his 11th season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Nicolas Batum returned to action on Friday December 26. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:14 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:35 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against Philly
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He might not be looking for his shot due to the pain in his wrist, but Batum isn't a high volume scorer anyway. His fantasy owners can plug him back into their lineups in this favorable matchup. Allen Crabbe will likely move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:20 pm
    • Josh Smith will come off the bench
      Coach Kevin McHale said he will "play it by ear" on who he is going to start at power forward.

      Advice: It's going to be Donatas Motiejunas for the foreseeable future, but it should be Josh Smith in a week or two. Of course, Terrence Jones (leg) will be a factor here too. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for any of these three guys. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:21 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) out Friday vs. Mavs
      Kobe Bryant (general soreness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs, but coach Byron Scott likes Kobe's chances of playing Sunday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Kobe was doubtful heading into this one, so this news shouldn't come as a surprise. "I just need to kind of hit the reset button," said Bryant. "What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything." While Kobe is sidelined, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Carlos Boozer will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:02 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Kobe Bryant listed as questionable for Friday
      Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for Friday against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He said earlier that his Achilles is sore and his chances of playing tonight are slim, so his Bryant's fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Wayne Ellington will likely get another start while Wes Johnson should have a higher usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:30 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Nicolas Batum, Aldridge are questionable
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:54 am
    • Josh Smith unlikely to start in debut
      Josh Smith is expected to "get some run" tonight but is unlikely to start against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: That suggests Donatas Motiejunas will start again. There were rumors that Smith wouldn't agree to joining a team unless he starts, so that will likely be happening soon. Motiejunas can be dropped in several formats while Smith's fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues either. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:43 am
    • Josh Smith set to make Rockets debut Friday
      Josh Smith has officially signed with Houston, and he's set to make his Rockets debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith will likely start which will send Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. However, the Rockets were forced to cut Tarik Black in order to make room for Smith on the roster, so Motiejunas could see some time as Howard's primary backup with Terrence Jones (leg) still on the shelf. Owners of Motiejunas should see how he performs tonight before making the cut. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:15 am
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) unlikely for Friday
      Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

      Advice: Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:57 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Josh Smith is hopeful to play Friday vs. MEM
      Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:37 am
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:08 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Jeremy Lin takes a step back on Thursday
      Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:54 pm
    • Wayne Ellington scores 12 in start again
      Wayne Ellington scored 12 points in a start for Kobe Bryant on Thursday with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Bulls.

      Advice: He basically grabbed all of Kobe's minutes tonight and scored 12 for the second consecutive game. Ellington is a solid shooter and the Lakers could use his range, so he'll be worth a plug-and-play on the nights Kobe sits. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:44 pm
    • Nick Young doesn't play well on Christmas
      Nick Young made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Well, at least his girlfriend bought him an Impala for Christmas. Young is just 6-of-19 in his two games without Kobe Bryant (rest), so he's been a bit of a letdown. He's been in the top 60 for fantasy value over the previous two weeks, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues thanks to his 2.4 triples over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:36 pm
    • Wayne Ellington starting again for Lakers
      Wayne Ellington will start at shooting guard for the Lakers on Thursday, as Kobe Bryant will miss another game in order to rest his sore body.

      Advice: Ellington had 12 points, five boards, a steal and two 3-pointers in a start on Tuesday, and should offer more of the same tonight and Friday. Kobe's not expected to play on Friday, either, but should be ready to return shortly after that. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:33 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play on Christmas
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:40 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Carmelo Anthony's 34 points not enough for NY
      Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:47 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:09 am
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:14 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:30 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Nuggets receive inquiries on Wilson Chandler
      The Nuggets have received trade inquiries on Wilson Chandler, but would like to keep him in Denver, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

      Advice: Dempsey reports that the Nuggets have received trade inquiries from a few teams, but would prefer to hold onto Chandler. The Nuggets may entertain those inquiries if they slip in the standings over the next few weeks as Chandler is having the best season of his career and could fetch a handsome return. With season averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers, Chandler is worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:18 am
    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:59 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Christmas
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

      Advice: The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:04 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:37 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      L, 116-107 * vs Pho
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:32 pm
    • Wayne Ellington starts for Kobe Bryant (rest)
      Wayne Ellington filled in at SG for Kobe Bryant (rest) on Tuesday, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes of action.

      Advice: Much will be made of the Lakers' success without Kobe dominating the offense, but the Black Mamba will only relinquish control during the handful of games he sits out for rest. Ellington is only worth a look as a deep-league source of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:31 pm
    • Nick Young scores 15 points w/ rare full line
      Nick Young contributed across the board in Tuesday's upset win vs. Golden State, coming off the bench for 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He logged 30 minutes for the second straight game and should thrive whenever Kobe Bryant (rest) isn't in the Lakers' lineup, though he's been good enough to start under any circumstances. He has a total of 11 assists and 11 steals in 17 games this season, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, so don't expect more than voluminous points (15.6) and 3-pointers (2.4). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Gerald Green drops 22 points off of bench
      Gerald Green dropped 22 points in 23 minutes on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding one assist, one board, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He continues to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but when he is feeling it he can put on quite a show. Green shot 7-of-13 from the field and a ridiculous 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Suns opted to use a smaller lineup down the stretch. Green has been able to hold his value pretty well with limited minutes, but if owners are patient they will be rewarded with big games like these occasionally. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe triple-doubles in win vs. Dallas
      Eric Bledsoe notched his second triple-double of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but his owners have to be thrilled with this line. Bledsoe's rebounding has really improved over his last three games, and he has been able to snag 29 boards over that span. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute scores season-high 19 points
      Luc Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting during Tuesday's win vs. the Heat, adding six rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The 28-year-old is the only veteran to have a reliable spot in coach Brett Brown's rotation. It seems inevitable that he'll take a backseat to younger players as the season progresses, but for now he's averaging a steady 8.9 points, 0.7 threes, 5.1 boards and 1.4 steals in 28 minutes per game as a starter. That's good enough for value in 16-team leagues, but he's not worth owning in shallower formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • Manimal sighting: Kenneth Faried gets 20 & 14
      Kenneth Faried finally got going on Tuesday, scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 32 minutes of action.

      Advice: Faried's long-suffering owners have been waiting for a game like this, which is a vivid reminder of his enormous upside. The Nuggets lost the game but it's hard to imagine coach Brian Shaw being displeased with the Manimal's effort tonight, so ideally his 30+ playing time will continue during the Nuggets' upcoming games on Friday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Ty Lawson scores 29 points in tough defeat
      Ty Lawson made 10-of-20 shots with four 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a tough loss in Brooklyn with 29 points, four boards, nine assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: He logged 42 minutes and didn't seem at all bothered by his recent back injury. He's averaging 39+ minutes in December and has just one DNP all season, back in early November, though his fantasy value has fallen compared to last season due to decreased scoring (15.3 points) and poor shooting (40.5 percent). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Zach LaVine still starting at PG for Wolves
      Zach LaVine started at PG ahead of Mo Williams again on Tuesday, finishing with six points, six assists, four steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

      Advice: LaVine has an atrocious Player Efficiency Rating of 8.5, with an assist rate (21.1 percent) nearly as high as his turnover rate (19.8 percent). He's had a few nice games but is nowhere near being a reliable fantasy asset, and whatever value he might still have will be crushed by the return of Ricky Rubio (ankle) in January. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 pm
    • Wayne Ellington to draw the start on Tuesday
      Wayne Ellington will draw the start in place of Kobe Bryant (rest) on Tuesday.

      Advice: Ellington is a solid 3-point shooter, but he struggles to contribute in other areas of the box score. Instead, Nick Young is the biggest beneficiary here and should be able to take as many 3-pointers as his heart desires. Get Swaggy P in all lineups and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:55 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • Nicolas Batum out Tuesday vs Thunder
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will miss Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There isn't a major fantasy beneficiary of Batum's absence, but Wesley Matthews will look to get increased run while Allen Crabbe, Dorrell Wright, Victor Claver, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum should all see extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Lowry scores 34 points with four treys
      Kyle Lowry scored 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting with four threes, six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

      Advice: Big nights from Lowry are no surprise and he should make his first All Star team this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:38 pm
    • Nicolas Batum has a quiet game vs. Rockets
      Nicolas Batum had a quiet night against the Rockets on Monday with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He's just not taking shots right now and only had three attempts tonight. Batum posted a usage rate of just 10.5 over his last two games, which dropped his season usage rate to just 14.4 -- the second-lowest usage rate among players with at least 34 minutes per game (DeAndre Jordan). His fantasy value is near its low point. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 8:31 pm
    • Ty Lawson (back) plays well OK in a bad loss
      Ty Lawson (back) scored 18 points with four assists, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes during a 110-92 loss on Monday.

      Advice: He was roasted on defense, but it might have been due to his sore back. Lawson was a game-time decision and it was announced he was good to go about 90 minutes before tip, so he has a good chance to play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:00 pm
    • Wilson Chandler plays 21 minutes
      Wilson Chandler played 21 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with eight points, nine rebounds and one block.

      Advice: He picked up some minutes at power forward tonight and he should see an overall increase to his value while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is on the shelf. Chandler is worth owning in standard leagues and perhaps owners can use this dud to try and buy low on him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 6:55 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores eight points
      Kenneth Faried scored eight points with nine rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He played just 21 minutes because the Nuggets were down 16 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Faried did not return in garbage time, so this can be viewed as just another bad game. His fantasy owners have no choice but to stay patient, and yes we know this sounds like a broken record. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 6:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 3:42 pm
    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Monday
      Landry Fields (concussion) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

      Advice: After he was cleared of a concussion on Saturday, the team eventually diagnosed him with one on Sunday. James Johnson played 24 minutes and had a decent line, so expect him to have a solid outing tonight, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ty Lawson (back) will play on Monday night
      Ty Lawson (back) will play against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He is dealing with back soreness and there is no word of him being limited. Lawson's bigger issue has been his ankle and he hasn't had too many back issues in his career, so his fantasy owners can throw him into their lineups. If something goes wrong, Nate Robinson would get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 2:39 pm
    • Kenneth Faried had confidence issues?
      Kenneth Faried said he's been trying to bring back his confidence.

      Advice: "I knew I was kind of just slighting myself and just not focused on the main goals that I wanted to achieve," Faried said about losing playing time. "It was just all on me." It's pretty clear coach Brian Shaw isn't a complete fan of Faried's mistakes on the defensive end, but there could be a happy ending to this story. He's struggled in each of the last two Decembers and is expected to have a strong finish again. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 11:19 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:25 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:15 am
    • Ty Lawson (back) now for game-time decision
      Ty Lawson (back) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Lawson appearing as a game-time call is certainly a surprise, and Nate Robinson would draw the start at point guard if Lawson is unable to suit up. Owners will need to check back for an update prior to tipoff as it sounds like the call will be made shortly before tipoff. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 9:07 am
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Andrea Bargnani drawing closer to debuting
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) is getting closer to being cleared for practice.

      Advice: Bargnani is "doing more on the court," but he still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff. Bargs also confirmed that he wants to stay in the NBA, in case anyone was interested. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 7:00 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:07 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:03 pm
    • Nick Young buries four 3-pointers, scores 26
      Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:58 pm
    • Zach Lavine takes backseat to Mo Williams
      Zach LaVine's downward trajectory continued on Sunday with nine points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: He started the game but quickly ceded the court to Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 24 points off the bench. A healthy Williams is enough reason to avoid LaVine, whose outlook should get even bleaker with Ricky Rubio (ankle) targeting a January return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:31 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 13 points in 18 minutes
      Gerald Green played just 18 minutes on Sunday, but still managed to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding four boards and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He is going to be a hit-or-miss option every night, but he has shown that he has the ability to produce in limited minutes. However, unless his role grows he will be a tough player to own in standard formats. He is still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers and scoring, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:51 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe leads Suns to win on Sunday
      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns to a win over the Wizards on Sunday, finishing with 17 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had 25 points with 10 rebounds on Saturday, so hopefully he can keep rebounding and scoring at a high rate. Bledsoe probably won't see more than 30 minutes most nights as long as Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas are healthy, but Bledsoe should continue to be an elite asset moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:36 pm
    • Lou Williams lights up the Knicks on Sunday
      Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

      Advice: This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:24 pm
    • Kyle Lowry scores 22 points, dishes 9 assists
      Kyle Lowry put up 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting during Sunday's win, adding nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, three steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Lowry also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe as his career-year continues. He's hitting career-highs in points (19.4) and assists (7.8) this season, and is the main reason the Raptors currently own a record of 21-6 despite not having DeMar DeRozan. Keep rolling him out there as he establishes himself as an elite point guard in the league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:05 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 1:05 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) could practice soon
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) had another strong workout during Sunday's shootaround, and Derek Fisher said he might be able to start practicing before Christmas.

      Advice: The Knicks don't have much depth up front, but given Bargnani's injury history and lackluster play over the past three years, there's not a lot to like here. He can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Sunday
      Landry Fields (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: He failed a concussion test on Sunday morning and he will now have to pass the NBA's protocol for concussions before being cleared again. James Johnson is the main beneficiary in Fields' absence, and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 10:57 am
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony will play Sunday vs. Raptors
      Carmelo Anthony will play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: This is exciting news for Melo, and the good news is that he said his knee was feeling great after Saturday's loss. There will always be some risk of the Knicks opting to rest him, but this is definitely a good sign. Get Melo active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 9:52 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Wilson Chandler scores four points
      Wilson Chandler could not get it going against the Pacers on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 1-of-10 from the field and is in a mini-slump from beyond the arc, making just three of his last 15 attempts. Chandler is still getting solid minutes even with Danilo Gallinari suddenly coming on. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:53 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores four in awful game
      Kenneth Faried had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Pacers, making 2-of-10 from the field with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He had a couple solid games before tonight and maybe the second half of a back-to-back got to him. Darrell Arthur (leg) could miss time, so Faried may get a bigger chance to redeem himself from a slow start. His owners can't be happy with him, but they just have to hang in there. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 9:46 pm
    • Nicolas Batum plays 30 minutes in a win
      Nicolas Batum looked healthy against the Pelicans on Saturday with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It would have been a larger allotment of playing time, but the Blazers had this game won in the middle of the third quarter. Batum isn't quite 100 percent due to wrist and knee ailments, but he's played through plenty of issues -- an evulsion fracture to his hand last season, for example. He's a prime buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:33 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 5:39 pm
    • Nicolas Batum still active for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

      Advice: He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 2:50 pm
    • Joel Freeland getting the starting again
      Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 2:36 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 1:08 pm
    • Landry Fields practices, cleared of concussion
      Landry Fields was cleared for a concussion and was at practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He needed stitches to his head from Friday and it appears he will be fine. Fields plays about 20 minutes per night and only has value in extremely deep leagues. James Johnson doesn't get a bump in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 11:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:48 am
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:36 pm
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:33 pm
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:24 pm
    • Kyle Lowry fills it up, shoots poorly
      Kyle Lowry played just 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 110-100 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did hit a clutch turnaround jumper to ice it, but finished making just 5-of-14 from the field. Lowry's shooting percentage hasn't dropped off too much since the loss of DeMar DeRozan, but he's getting to the line more and handing out 10 assists per night this month. He should be a No. 1 fantasy point guard all season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:02 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 9:32 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:34 pm
    • Landry Fields gets stitches, out for game
      Landry Fields received stitches to his head on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He had a scary fall and might have suffered a concussion. Fields was in the starting lineup for the Raptors, so they might need to mix it up. James Johnson replaced Fields at the time of the injury and would make the most sense. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:09 pm
    • It's Joel Freeland's turn to start on Friday
      Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:02 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee) out Friday vs. the Spurs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 3:32 pm
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:22 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) close to practicing
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

      Advice: Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Andrea Bargnani gets shots up Thursday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, talent) was getting shots up before Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: The Knicks are completely gutted on their roster, but they're still not going to rush him back. Their front office is probably counting down the days to get him off their books. Bargnani is not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 101-79 @ Por
    • Jordan Hill (illness) probable for Friday
      Jordan Hill (upper respiratory infection) did not practice on Thursday, but he is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: This is Hill's second consecutive missed practice, but he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Friday's game. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, and if he's unable to go, Robert Sacre, Ed Davis, and Carlos Boozer will help fill the void. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:24 pm
    • Ty Lawson dropping dimes with poor shooting
      Ty Lawson handed out 16 assists with 12 points, one steal and four turnovers in 47 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was Patrick Beverley'd tonight. Lawson's dimes are surging with at least nine in every game since Nov. 13. He isn't shooting the ball well, but his 1.5 steals per game have helped him hold some value. He should come around as a scorer and just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:23 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores 23 with five treys
      Wilson Chandler was outstanding against the Rockets during a 115-111 overtime loss on Wednesday with 23 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He keeps putting up big lines and coach Brian Shaw will continue to play him huge minutes. Over his last five, Chandler has averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples. His fantasy owners can consider him a must-start guy, but a trade would really hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:19 am
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles
      Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:55 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:42 pm
    • Kyle Lowry stays hot in win over Nets
      Kyle Lowry had 20 points, three rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just two turnovers on 7-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He's been on fire ever since DeMar DeRozan went down with a groin injury and is showing no signs of slowing down. And given Toronto's great win-loss record this season, he's also in most MVP discussions, to boot. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 10:53 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 16 points off the bench
      Gerald Green scored 16 points off the bench against the Hornets during a 111-106 win on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He picked up a ton of minutes at the forward spots with Markieff Morris being ejected. Green is the only player in the NBA to average at least 11 shots per game with less than 25 minutes per game, so he might actually hold some value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:03 pm
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