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    • Timofey Mozgov (face) heads to locker room
      Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room due to excessive bleeding to his face on Monday.

      Advice: Gerald Henderson caught him in the face and Mozgov was bleeding like he was in a fight with someone. He probably just needs to be stitched up and should be back. J.J. Hickson replaced him. Rotoworld.com
      30 minutes ago
    • 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
      Today, 3:42 pm
    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Monday night
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not play on Monday night.

      Advice: It'll be his second game out of the lineup and John Leuer will get another run in the starting lineup. Randolph owners will probably want to bench him considering this is a knee injury. Leuer is worth a look in standard leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:40 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out for Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) Will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

      Advice: He has an upper respiratory infection and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Thunder. The Blazers have a total of four games this week, so Aldridge owners will probably want to still use him depending on the other options. Thomas Robinson is a great option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:33 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Taj Gibson ready to return on Monday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will return to the lineup on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: While he was out, Nikola Mirotic was superb and may have made a nice case to be the Rookie of the Year. Gibson is safe to start as if he was 100 percent while Mirotic is only a stash now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:31 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Howard, Ariza and Harden are good to go
      Dwight Howard (shoulder), James Harden (hamstring) and Trevor Ariza (calf) will play against the Blazers.

      Advice: They obviously were not going to sit against the Blazers. Howard's shoulder injury popped up over the weekend, but it didn't seem to be affect him. His fantasy owners can start him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:17 pm
    • Al Jefferson is good to go for Monday night
      Al Jefferson (groin) will play against the Nuggets on Monday.

      Advice: He was on the injury report with a strained left groin. Jefferson has battled a lot of injuries in his career, but most of them have been foot/ankle related. He should have a big game against a weak Nuggets frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:13 pm
    • Cousins and several Kings are probable
      DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:41 pm
    • Ed Davis, Ronnie Price still starting for LAK
      Byron Scott intends to start Ed Davis and Ronnie Price for at least another 8-to-13 games, as he's been pleased with the early returns of his lineup change.

      Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin have both lost value with the second unit and there's no relief in sight for fantasy owners. Scott will re-evaluate the lineup after the 8-13 games are up, and it's entirely possible that Davis and Price will keep their jobs indefinitely. Boozer has played well as a reserve and Lin has just enough upside to keep on your bench, though both guys are treading water as late-round values. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:20 pm
    • John Henson (foot) still dealing with pain
      John Henson (foot) has been dealing with pain in his foot and visited a doctor on Monday.

      Advice: He is getting closer to a return, but the Bucks would be foolish to play him if he's still dealing with pain. Henson hasn't played much power forward this season, so he's not a very attractive pickup even with the Jabari Parker (knee) injury. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • David Lee will play on Monday night
      David Lee (hamstring) will play against the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: He went through both practices over the weekend and should be ready to go. One thing that will not be ready to go is his former role, which has been taken over by Draymond Green. Lee is not going to have the fantasy value he used to have and is unlikely to be a top-80 guy over the next month. Green owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:29 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable now on Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

      Advice: Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Brook Lopez (back) returns to practice Monday
      Brook Lopez (back) returned to practice on Monday, but he's not expected to play on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is significant with Lopez not having practiced since early December. It's not clear what Lopez's timetable to return to action might be, but a full contact practice is a great first step. Mason Plumlee has been thriving of late without Lopez, but Bro-Lo will send Plums back to the bench when he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:57 am
       
      Injured
    • Spencer Hawes still out on Monday night
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is still out on Monday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Hawes' knee problem has not been detailed in great length, but he's been out for almost two weeks with very few updates in between. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues, anyway. DeAndre Jordan is the only center on the Clippers with fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:31 am
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Samuel Dalembert gets $15,000 fine Monday
      Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:28 am
    • Dwight Howard probable to play on Monday
      Dwight Howard (shoulder) is probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: He's fully expected to play. Howard's shoulder is something to watch, but as long as he continues to play through it without setbacks, fantasy owners shouldn't get concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:24 am
    • Gibson expected to return to action on Monday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday after going through shootaround.

      Advice: Gibson didn't play on Thursday or Friday, but the fact he was able to get through a full shootaround following a weekend of inactivity is a good sign for his readiness on Monday. With his return, Nikola Mirotic will lose value as a streamer in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:20 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • 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
      Today, 9:15 am
    • Greg Monroe looking at expanded role now
      Greg Monroe is in line for an expanded role following the Pistons waiving Josh Smith.

      Advice: Monroe had been taking a back seat behind Smith in the starting lineup, but the Pistons cut the chord on Smith and waived him on Monday, meaning Monroe now has a clear path back to minutes at power forward alongside Andre Drummond. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:02 am
    • Samuel Dalembert facing suspension for foul
      Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:29 am
    • Al Jefferson listed as probable Monday night
      Al Jefferson (groin) is listed as probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Big Al tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, but he finished with a double-double, and the fact that he's being called probable with so much time before tipoff is a great sign that it's nothing serious. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:24 am
    • Tiago Splitter not playing in back-to-backs
      Tiago Splitter (calf) is not playing in the second game of back-to-back sets for now.

      Advice: There is no timetable for how long this restriction may last, but it's part of the plan for Splitter to ease back into action after missing 20 games with his calf injury. "Pop just tells me if I’m playing or not playing," Splitter said. "I think they’re just trying to be careful with me." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:38 am
    • Doc Rivers gushes all over DeAndre Jordan
      DeAndre Jordan is leading the NBA with 13 rebounds per game, and he's also making 72.1 percent of his shots from the field.

      Advice: Jordan is shooting a lousy 43.6 percent from the charity stripe after a 42.8 percent mark last season, so it's not getting any better. However, that hasn't stopped Jordan from amassing impressive value to the Clippers and fantasy owners. "My gosh, what he's doing every night is unbelievable," Rivers said. "He does it every night, doesn't ask for the ball, sets picks, rolls, still scores because he's so active." Jordan has five straight games with at least 14 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:25 am
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 am
    • 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
      Today, 7:00 am
       
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    • Andre Drummond moving into featured role
      Stan Van Gundy said he's going to prioritize the Pistons' future going forward.

      Advice: Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie are expected to be focal points as the team evaluates its players. The Pistons are expected to feed Drummond more on the offensive end to see what he can do. "I wouldn't say that's right now our best choice coming down the floor in a game," Van Gundy said. "Well, I think we've got to shift back to giving him that stuff so that he develops, so we don't have him next year at the same place he is now." Drummond has had his best month of the season in December with averages of 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on 52.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:21 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:08 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 16 pts in only 21 minutes
      Greg Monroe scored 16 points in only 21 minutes vs. the Nets during Sunday's road loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks without any turnovers or fouls.

      Advice: Scoring is rarely an issue for Monroe, who is averaging 14.6 points in under 30 minutes per game this season. His paltry defensive stats are another story, as he's chipping in just 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so it was nice to see him rack up a few steals and blocks tonight. He's a low-end option while stuck in a reserve role behind Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, and Monroe's owners can only hope for a mid-season trade which clears more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:06 pm
    • Brandon Bass plays season-low five minutes
      Brandon Bass scored four points in a season-low five minutes vs. the Heat on Sunday, the Celtics' first game with newly-arrived big man Brandan Wright.

      Advice: There is a log-jam in Boston's frontcourt and it's not surprising to see Bass on the losing end of the rotation. His contract expires after the 2014-15 season and the Celtics aren't likely to use him much in a young frontcourt that features Wright, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:22 pm
    • Brandan Wright logs 13 minutes off C's bench
      Brandan Wright had six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds on Sunday, playing 13 minutes off the bench in his debut with the Boston Celtics.

      Advice: Wright has been among the league-leaders in FG percentage all season, largely because 75.8 percent of his shots have come within five feet of the basket. He'll be a viable fantasy big man if he carves out sufficient playing time, but that's not guaranteed in Boston's competitive frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:17 pm
    • Channing Frye quiet in 18 minutes as reserve
      Channing Frye shifted to Orlando's bench on Sunday, where he finished with only four points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes of action.

      Advice: Frye's court spacing is a boon for the Magic offense, but he wasn't doing enough in other categories to warrant the starting job ahead of Kyle O'Quinn. Fantasy owners may want to wait a game or two before cutting Frye in case this was a matchup-based lineup change, but anyone fed up with his muted production should take this as their cue to unload him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:55 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert gets ejected for flagrant 2
      Samuel Dalembert was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Raptors after picking up a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow at Jonas Valanciunas' head.

      Advice: Dalembert finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one turnover, and one steal, and it's possible he's facing a suspension. If the league decides to suspend Dalembert for a game, Cole Aldrich would likely draw another start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:18 pm
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:12 pm
    • Cole Aldrich puts up low-end line on Sunday
      Cole Aldrich shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field on Sunday, putting up 11 points, seven rebounds, one turnover, and two blocks in his third game with the starting unit.

      Advice: Aldrich also shot 3-of-3 from the line, making this a serviceable low-end line. However, he’s averaging a pedestrian 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks as a starter, so there's not much reason to pick him up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) expects to play Monday
      David Lee (hamstring) went through a full practice on Sunday, and he believes he'll be able to play Monday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that he plans to bring Lee off the bench, and he'll be limited to 12-15 minutes in his return. However, with Andrew Bogut (knee) not expected back until January, it's possible Lee eventually slides into the starting lineup at the center spot, and he should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential. Marreese Speights' value will take a hit upon Lee's return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:47 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Sunday vs. Cavs
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: "Taking a couple of nights off isn't the worst thing in the world," said head coach David Joerger. "His knee is pretty swollen." The good news here is that an MRI on Randolph's knee came back clean, so he shouldn't be looking at a prolonged absence. Expect Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos to see some extended minutes with Randolph unavailable, and the guy who starts will make for the better play in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an update on the Grizzlies starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:00 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Dwight Howard (shoulder) probable for Monday
      Dwight Howard (right shoulder strain) is being listed as probable for Monday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: Dwight was able to fight through the strain and put up a double-double during his last outing, so we'd expect him to give it a go again on Monday. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update on his status closer to Monday's tip, and if he sits, Tarik Black would slide back into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:53 am
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:32 am
    • 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
      Yesterday, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) practices fully on Sunday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) was a full participant at practice on Sunday, and there is a good chance he plays on Monday.

      Advice: Gibson has had some tough luck with injuries this season but he is getting very close to a return. His status will likely be determined after shootaround on Monday and his owners will have to check back for official confirmation. If Gibson can't go, Nikola Mirotic will continue to see big minutes off of the bench and will be worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:55 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
    • Zach Randolph, Tony Allen likely out Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) and Tony Allen (eye) likely won't play in Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: Randolph hasn't even made the trip to Cleveland yet, so there is almost no chance he plays against the Cavs. Randolph just had an MRI on Saturday, and even though it came back clean he is still dealing with swelling in his knee. Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos will pick up some extra minutes if Randolph sits, but neither player is a reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:56 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Brandan Wright expected to play Sunday
      Brandan Wright will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see how coach Brad Stevens uses Wright considering how crowded the frontcourt is at the moment. However, Wright is one of the most efficient players in the league and has too much talent to not see playing time with the Celtics. Owners in deeper leagues would be wise to take a gamble here, while owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:24 am
    • Timofey Mozgov blocks five with 15 boards
      Timofey Mozgov played well in 36 minutes against the Pacers with six points, 15 boards and five blocks.

      Advice: This one was overdue. Mozgov had a season high in blocks and was one board shy of his season high. He was really struggling earlier this month, but nights like tonight serve as a reminder that he's still worth owning in standard leagues no matter how many times you've seen the video of Blake Griffin dunking on him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:56 pm
    • Dwight Howard is fine, double-doubles
      Dwight Howard made 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line against the Hawks on Saturday for 19 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He was probable with a random shoulder injury and it didn't seem to be an issue.Howard is likely going to pop up on the injury report a ton, so his fantasy owners will have to check back on most of his game days. Howard also had a season high in dimes and free throw percentage tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:42 pm
    • Tiago gets a stealth pop
      Tiago Splitter was rested on Saturday against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He had a serious calf issue earlier in the season and did play 26 minutes in Friday, so it made sense for coach Gregg Popovich to sit him down. Splitter should be ready for Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:21 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:57 pm
    • Al jefferson injures groin in win on Saturday
      Al Jefferson tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, finishing with 19 points, 10 boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and did not return, but Big Al said after the game that he could have played if the team needed him. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, so we will leave him off of the injury report for now. However, owners will still want to check back before Monday's game against Denver to make sure that he is good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:45 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points in easy W
      LaMarcus Aldridge made 12-of-20 from the field for 27 points against the Pelicans on Saturday during a 114-88 win, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It's not often Anthony Davis isn't the best power forward on the court on a given night, but LMA carved him up all night. He is coming off a 32-point game from Friday and has a double-double in 15 of his last 17 games. The Blazers are on a five-game winning streak and they'll look to extend it on Monday at Houston. Aldridge is one of the best fantasy big men around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:37 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • John Henson (foot) out on Saturday vs. LAC
      John Henson (foot) will not play against the Clippers on Sunday.

      Advice: He is still experiencing some pain in his foot, and will be re-evaluated on Monday. Henson will be worth a look in deeper leagues when he returns, but owners can continue to ignore him until we get a positive report. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
    • Dwight Howard is starting on Saturday
      Dwight Howard will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: Howard had a shoulder issue pop up this morning and was probable. Considering how much time he missed for his mysterious knee issue last month, there's always a small chance he misses a game. He's playing well, so start him as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:57 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:57 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Cole Aldrich scores four in 17 minutes
      Cole Aldrich scored four points in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday with one board, two assists and one block.

      Advice: He didn't really get the ball much, but Aldrich didn't have a bad game in actuality. He's a bigger body and can do more than just block and board, so he should be in the rotation for now. Of course, there is no reason to add him in anything but a ridiculously deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:28 pm
    • Dalembert plays down the stretch
      Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He had seven offensive boards, but that's about all he did as far as positives go. Dalembert is likely going to have to share his minutes with Cole Aldrich even when Amare Stoudemire comes back, so there is even less to like about him. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:24 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Brook Lopez (back) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons.

      Advice: The fact that he was ruled out so quick is a little worrying, but Lopez has been doing some conditioning work and even did some light basketball activities on Saturday. Lopez is expected to be evaluated on a daily basis so we should know more soon, while Mason Plumlee will continue to be a must-start player until he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:53 am
       
      Injured
    • Zach Randolph (knee) questionable Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: This comes out of nowhere, and we just learned that he had an MRI, but luckily it came back clean. Randolph didn't practice Saturday, and there is some swelling in his right knee. He looks like he could be in serious danger of missing Sunday's game, and if he sits Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos would pick up some extra playing time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:36 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Dwight Howard (shoulder) probable Saturday
      Dwight Howard (shoulder) is probable for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is the first we are hearing about a shoulder injury, and it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on his game Saturday. Owners can at least take comfort in the fact that Howard's knee appears to be doing well, but this shoulder injury should cause some concern. Owners may want to check back before tip-off just to be safe, but Howard shouldn't be in danger of missing this one. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:54 am
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Splitter goes for 14 and six vs. Blazers
      Tiago Splitter scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench in Friday's triple-overtime loss.

      Advice: Splitter hasn't broken down any doors but he has quietly played well in his return, but owners can still watch him from the wire in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:03 pm
    • 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
      Friday, 5:09 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

      Advice: The Bulls have the deepest frontcourt in the NBA, so there is no need to bring Taj back too soon. He is close to a return and traveled with the team, but his owners should consider him questionable to play next week. Pau Gasol went off on Thursday while Nikola Mirotic was also superb. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:33 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • John Henson (foot) questionable for Saturday
      John Henson is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: The Bucks need big men badly right now. Henson has played almost all of his minutes at center this season, but they might shift him back to power forward more of out necessity. He's worth a look, but the awful foul shooting will make him tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) out Friday vs. Denver
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: Hawes has been out of the lineup since Dec. 12, and he remains without an official timetable to return. As long as DeAndre Jordan is healthy, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:20 am
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Brandan Wright inactive Friday vs. Minnesota
      Brandan Wright will be inactive for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: Tyler Zeller's starting spot is safe for now, but it'll be interesting to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop with Zeller, Wright, and Kelly Olynyk all vying for minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:46 am
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) questionable for Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Gibson is likely headed for another game-time decision in what will be a difficult matchup going up against an imposing Memphis frontcourt. If he's unable to go, expect Nikola Mirotic to get most of his reserve minutes, but know that a matchup vs. the Grizzlies is not ideal for daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 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
      Friday, 7:54 am
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:26 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:58 pm
    • Boogie's Back: DeMarcus Cousins drops 27
      DeMarcus Cousins returned to action during a 108-107 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for the minutes cap. Cousins was outstanding on the offensive end, making 8-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. He wasn't thrilled about the firing of coach Mike Malone and tonight he had a long talk with new coach Ty Corbin. As long as he's avoiding ejections, Cousins is going to be one of the best big men in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:09 pm
    • Dwight Howard plays 35 minutes in a loss
      Dwight Howard played 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: He looks healthy, but was a bit late on defense a couple times tonight. Howard should be ready to go for the future, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a game out of the blue considering how much time he missed with a mysterious knee injury. Keep him in your lineup for now and perhaps entertain the idea of trying to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:04 pm
    • Taj Gibson is traveling to Memphis for Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is traveling with the team for Friday's game in Memphis.

      Advice: He missed Thursday after warmups didn't go well, so he has a good chance to play on Friday. The Bulls have plenty of depth in their frontcourt, so there's little reason to play Gibson at less than 100 percent. He is likely looking at a game-time decision in a bad matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:34 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Amare Stoudemire steps up with 16 points
      Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

      Advice: He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
    • Cole Aldrich double-doubles on Thursday
      Cole Aldrich double-doubled on Thursday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes against the Bulls.

      Advice: If not for some injuries, he would have been the most impressive big man at Summer League. Aldrich did not play at all in his previous three games, but perhaps this game gets him going. Obviously, you would have to be in a ridiculously deep league to even think about adding him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:48 pm
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

      Advice: The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • DeMarcus Cousins will start with minutes limit
      DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

      Advice: He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:23 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Thursday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Bulls should not need him tonight. Gibson suffered a new injury to his ankle this week, so this is not soreness. Gibson did go through warmups and he's usually pretty tough, so he should be considered a littler closer to probable for Friday. Nikola Mirotic will pick up some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:19 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Dwight Howard is good to go for Thursday
      Dwight Howard is good to go against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He looked great on Wednesday with 24 points against the Nuggets. Howard had some soreness on Saturday in his first game back, so there was at least a small chance he sat out. Start Howard as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:58 pm
    • 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
      Thursday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire starting Thursday vs. CHI
      Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

      Advice: Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
    • Cole Aldrich, Travis Wear starting vs. Bulls
      The Knicks will start Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway Jr., Travis Wear, Cole Aldrich and Amare Stoudemire against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: Not exactly the greatest starting lineup for national TV. Aldrich was outstanding over the summer and he's a much better offensive force than Samuel Dalembert, so it makes sense to give him more run with Carmelo Anthony out. He's a decent rebounder and may also help out on blocking shots. If you're in a pinch, Aldrich could have a decent game for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:42 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Thurs
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will warm up and see how he feels before deciding his status for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: If Gibson is unable to play, Nikola Mirotic will soak up his minutes, although he's been struggling lately so he's a risky option in daily leagues. Joakim Noah will get all the minutes he can handle if Gibson can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:29 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Amare Stoudemire will dress vs. Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire will dress against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He was expected to rest, but the Knicks are simply running out of bodies. This doesn't necessarily mean he is going to play, so his owners will want to keep their eyes peeled. Unless he is in the starting lineup, it's probably best to steer of this situation. If you were planning on using Jason Smith, Quincy Acy or even Travis Wear in daily, you might want to dial back your expectations for now. Stay tuned as we provide updates leading to tip. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:20 pm
    • Brandan Wright headed to BOS in Rondo deal
      Brandan Wright will be sent to Boston as part of the trade for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright will enter a very crowded frontcourt in Boston, and he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Tyler Zeller (current starter), Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass. It'll be interesting to watch Boston's rotations develop, but Wright makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:08 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable Thursday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins' return would send Reggie Evans back to the bench, and Jason Thompson's value would take a hit. All signs are pointing towards Cousins giving it a go on Thursday, and he's obviously a must-start option when in uniform. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:56 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire out Thursday vs Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will miss Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Carmelo Anthony is also questionable for Thursday, so we may see a very different lineup when the Knicks take the floor against the Bulls. Quincy Acy, Samuel Dalembert, and Travis Wear are likely to inherit most of STAT's minutes on Thursday, though none are worth a look for fantasy purposes outside of daily games. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:32 am
    • Spencer Hawes downplays knee injury
      Spencer Hawes (knee) downplayed the seriousness of his injury to his left knee.

      Advice: There had been rumors of a more serious nature to Hawes' injury as he's still without a timetable, but Hawes downplayed those reports are greatly exaggerated. "I'm not out for the season," he told reporters on Wednesday. While Hawes may not be out for the season, he's not going to help fantasy owners much and can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 am
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Dwight Howard plays 43 minutes, scores 24
      Dwight Howard played 43 minutes in an overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday with 24 points, 16 boards, one assist and four blocks on 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line.

      Advice: The Rockets starters lived at the charity stripe with 48 attempts while their bench didn't have any. As for Howard, he was as dominant as he has been all season and helped keep the Nuggets out of the paint. His 43 minutes are a very encouraging sign and his fantasy owners should have some shred of confidence in him now. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to sell high considering how much time he missed from an injury that came out of nowhere. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:29 am
    • Timofey Mozgov gets Dwight'd again
      Timofey Mozgov was shut down against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, six rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Foul trouble was a factor and Dwight Howard made him look pretty bad. He has hit a really bad rough patch lately, but both of those games came against the Rockets. Mozgov gets a date with the Clippers on Friday and hopefully he doesn't end up on a Blake Griffin highlight again. All these negatives aside, he's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:12 am
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 pm
    • Zach Randolph goes for 21 and 21 in win
      Zach Randolph scored 21 points with 21 rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Spurs on Wednesday.

      Advice: That's five consecutive double-doubles for Z-Bo, averaging 19.8 points, 13.2 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers in that span. Randolph is starting to get it going on offense and it's safe to say his slow start is behind him, making 53 percent from the field over his last 11. His fantasy owners can go back to penciling him in for a double-double most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:20 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Tiago Splitter returns off the bench
      Tiago Splitter returned to action on Wednesday with four points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He probably has a minutes cap because of all the problems he's dealt with in his lower leg. Splitter has played well in his small amount of playing time, but he's still not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:03 pm
    • Al Jefferson nets 18 in first, finishes w/ 28
      Al Jefferson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He scored more points in the first quarter than any of his previous three games, so this outburst was a surprise. The Suns have been soft on the inside, so kudos to Jefferson for capitalizing. He gets another tasty matchup against the 76ers on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:18 pm
    • Greg Monroe disappears in loss to Mavs
      Greg Monroe hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Andre Drummond was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and both Monroe and Josh Smith paid the price. Monroe had scored between 12 and 29 points in each of his previous six games, so we're just going to call this an off night for the big man. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    • Drummond drops 19-24-4-3 line on Mavs
      Andre Drummond went off for 19 points, a season-high 24 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: His early-season slump is officially over as he posted one of the best big-man lines of the season. Yeah, he hit just 1-of-6 free throws, but you knew that was part of the deal when you drafted him. Drummond is averaging 16.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:47 pm
    • Report: Brandan Wright in trade talks to BOS
      Multiple sources are reporting that the Mavs and Celtics are having serious discussions about a trade that would include Brandan Wright going to Boston for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Magic, but it's hard to say what would happen to his fantasy value if he goes to Boston. Tyler Zeller is starting, Kelly Olynyk is playing at a high level and Jared Sullinger can also play center. In other words, a move to Boston may not be a bad thing for Wright, but we doubt it makes him a must-own player, either, as long as the aforementioned bigs remain in Beantown. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Brandon Bass scores 18 points in 22 minutes
      Brandon Bass came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots for 18 points and two rebounds in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Bass is averaging 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last five games, but all that really means is his eating from Jared Sullinger's bucket. Sully was better tonight with 16 points, but played just 24 minutes, in part because Bass has been playing so well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    • Channing Frye scores 13 in Magic loss
      Channing Frye hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points,, five rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: This was his first game in double-digit scoring in four games and while he doesn't belong in starting lineups right now, this could be a sign that he's about to become relevant again. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:43 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles despite illness
      Kevin Love, playing through an illness, hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's ugly home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: This was a far cry from Monday's 22 & 18 line for Love, but at least he played through the illness. The Cavaliers were dominated all night and finally ended up losing by 29 points to a Hawks team missing Jeff Teague. Hopefully, Love's sickness is in the past and he'll be ready for their next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:03 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play against Denver
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:28 pm
    • Spencer Hawes without a timetable
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and after suffering some bruising to his knee. Hawes can be cut in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • David Lee, Andrew Bogut out for Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Thunder.

      Advice: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kevin Love (illness) will play Wednesday
      Kevin Love (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is excellent news for the Cavaliers, as Love was in serious danger of missing this one after not participating in the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms. Owners will want to activate Love in all lineups, even if he is at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins practices, plans to play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) practiced on Wednesday and plans to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    • Pistons asked for Teague and Korver?
      The Pistons reportedly wanted Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in exchange for Greg Monroe.

      Advice: The Pistons need help from beyond the arc and have some major issues at point guard, so it makes sense they would like to make this move. Of course, the Hawks already have a pretty good power forward and center combo, so there's really no way they'd agree to this. The Pistons will have to drop their asking price quite a bit here. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:30 pm
    • Taj Gibson listed as questionable for Thurs.
      Taj Gibson (right ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's apparently a new injury for Taj, so he could wind up missing this game. Gibson was very active on the glass in the past few games without Joakim Noah, but he'll move to the bench on Thursday. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will have an uptick in value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:02 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Tiago Splitter (calf) will play on Wednesday
      Tiago Splitter (calf) will play on Wednesday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: The team made it clear that he was simply rested on Monday, and he did not aggravate his calf injury. That is great news for the Spurs, as they could really use Splitter's size against Marc Gasol Wednesday. However, Splitter is still being eased back into the rotation and can be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:45 am
    • John Henson (foot) listed as out for Wed
      John Henson (foot) is listed as out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: There is still no clear indication as to when he will be ready, but the Bucks could certainly use him now that Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the remainder of the season. We will update Henson's status when we know more, but owners should keep an eye on him in deeper leagues for his ability to block shots and rebound. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:58 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Love (illness) is game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to participate in the morning shootaround, so owners will have to check back prior to tip-off for the official word. If Love can't go, Tristan Thompson would likely play all the minutes he could handle and would be worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:50 am
    • Zach Randolph drops 17 & 10 on Warriors
      Zach Randolph had 17 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's big win over the Warriors, which snapped their 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Randolph didn't do anything amazing tonight, but played well enough to help his team win, just as he's done all season. Mike Conley added a pedestrian 17 points, five assists and four steals on 6-of-18 shooting, but the Memphis D was too much for the streaking Dubs tonight. The Grizzlies now hold a record of 20-4, which is just one less win than the 21-3 Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:33 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • Amare Stoudemire scores 10 in ugly loss
      Amare Stoudemire had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: He's playing very well for one of the league's worst teams this season, but how long he can stay healthy, or motivated to do so, remains to be seen. The Knicks are now 5-22 on the season, and just 3-11 in the Garden. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:36 pm
    • Greg Monroe denies trade request
      Greg Monroe denied asking the Pistons for a trade and said that he would never initiate trade talks.

      Advice: Responding to a report that said he has asked the Pistons for a trade, Monroe said there is no truth to those rumors. "If they feel the need to come to me, obviously, I would have to have that discussion," he said. "But that discussion would have to be initiated by them. It would never be initiated by me." We'll see if there's fire to go with this smoke soon enough, but Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would be the fantasy beneficiaries if a trade does go down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:22 am
    • Drummond goes for 18 and 13 in blowout loss
      Andre Drummond scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in the Pistons' 113-91 loss to the Clippers on Monday.

      Advice: Drummond's field goal shooting is the only thing truly out of place compared to last season and to that end he scored a win tonight. He's still a buy low target but lines like this won't help your cause. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:06 am
    • Aldridge goes for 23 and 14 in win over Spurs
      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in Monday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Aldridge will have to do some extra work without Robin Lopez (hand) around to occupy opposing teams' big men so it wouldn't be surprising if his efficiency took a small hit. Lopez does a lot to attract rebounding attention from other teams too, so that focus could shift over to him and make his life harder. That or he'll have more rebounds available to grab. It's a toss-up in that respect. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:45 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Cousins could play on Thursday vs. Bucks
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.

      Advice: Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:52 pm
    • Turn back the clock: Love posts 22-18-5-4-4
      Kevin Love scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with a season-high 18 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Monday's win over the Bobcats.

      Advice: Don't look now but Love is a top 25-30 value and trending upward. The buy low window slams with the output. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:27 pm
    • Taj Gibson turns in a nice game in loss
      Taj Gibson made 7-of-11 from the field for 15 points against the Hawks on Monday with 17 boards, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He was very busy in the low post on both ends for the Bulls. Gibson is likely looking at another start with Joakim Noah (ankle) still on the mend. In his previous eight starts, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in 35.3 minutes. He's a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Jefferson's struggles continue against Cavs
      Al Jefferson scored 14 points with eight rebounds but did not have any steals or blocks on Monday against the Cavs.

      Advice: Jefferson hit 7-of-13 shots and it wasn't his worst night, but beat writer Rick Bonnell did comment after the game that the big man hasn't played up to expectations this season. A top 60-75 value on the season in 9- and 8-cat leagues, respectively, especially if Lance Stephenson heads out there is a small buy low window. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:09 pm
    • Spencer Hawes out on Monday night
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Monday against the Pistons.

      Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he did not know when Hawes would make it back. Hawes is just a backup to DeAndre Jordan with the occasional minutes at power forward, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:59 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Pistons asking for a 1st-round pick on Monroe
      The Pistons are reportedly asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Greg Monroe.

      Advice: It's pretty clear that the Pistons are not going to bring him back after he signed a qualifying offer over the summer. The Pistons are also one of the worst teams in the NBA with a 13-game losing streak being snapped last week -- they're on a two-game winning streak now. If Monroe is dealt, Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would benefit most. Monroe would likely lose value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 12:51 pm
    • Tiago Splitter out on Monday night
      Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play against the Blazers on Monday.

      Advice: The team is calling it "right calf rehabilitation,"so it's not an aggravation. Splitter needed about six weeks to get over his calf strain from the first week of the season and the Spurs are going to take it easy on him. While he's out, expect Aron Baynes to get some extra work. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 12:43 pm
    • David Lee, Bogut ruled out for Tuesday night
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Lee's hamstring is going to need to go through some rigorous testing because the Warriors do not even need him with of Draymond Green playing like an All-Star. He is probably worth stashing in most leagues, but his upside isn't really going to be a top-80 player. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 11:29 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Brook Lopez to be reevaluated on Saturday
      Brook Lopez (back) will be reevalutaed on Saturday.

      Advice: Lopez has entered the "conditioning part" of his rehab process, and the Nets are being purposely vague with his timeline to return in order to prevent the idea he's had a setback of any kind. An absolute nightmare to own, Lopez will be out at least three more games. The earliest he could possibly return is Sunday. Mason Plumlee and Kevin Garnett will continue to pick up the slack, with Mirza Teletovic (hip) also helping when healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:30 am
       
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani's return a complete mystery
      Andrea Bargnani's (calf) return is a complete mystery.

      Advice: "Until he practices, I can’t say what I expect,’’ Derek Fisher said. "When he’s at practices and he’s out there, that’s when it will be. It isn’t a situation where we’re counting the days. He is progressing but we saw what happened last time." Bargs has been out all year, and there is no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 6:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Tiago Splitter logs 20 minutes as starting C
      Tiago Splitter made his first start of the season on Sunday, playing 20 minutes to finish with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Splitter missed 20 of the Spurs' first 21 games this season and it's predictable that San Antonio wouldn't overload him with minutes upon his return -- he's only been in the NBA for five years but he's 29 years old. That said, his per-minute production is enviable and he should still hold value for deep-league owners in need of FG percentage, rebounds and blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:58 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles in defeat
      Timofey Mozgov double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, finishing with 11 points, 13 boards and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and struggled with foul trouble, but owners can't complain about this production. JaVale McGee (tibia) is expected to miss significant time, so Mozgov is locked in as the starting center and should be a double-double threat every time he plays. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:52 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert quiet in 13 minutes Sunday
      Samuel Dalembert came off the Knicks' bench for two points, three rebounds, one assist and two blocks in just 13 minutes on Sunday.

      Advice: Dalembert hasn't been impressive this season in either role, starting or coming off the bench, so this apparent promotion shouldn't sway fantasy owners. The 12-year veteran is averaging a mere 4.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting this season, with 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. A pre-game report suggested that Dalembert would move back into the Knicks' starting lineup, but that quickly proved to be erroneous. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:28 pm
    • Carlos Boozer notches 22 & 13 off bench
      Carlos Boozer piled up 22 points and 13 rebounds off the bench in Sunday's win vs. the Timberwolves, making 10-of-14 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs with two assists in just 27 minutes.

      Advice: This makes three strong games for Boozer since being demoted to L.A.'s bench, and he's easily been more productive as a reserve than he was in 19 starts to begin the season. He's a recommendable fantasy option while picking up double-doubles off the bench, but his strong play doesn't mean that he'll regain his starting status any time soon, especially since the Lakers have won three straight games. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:00 pm
    • Tiago Splitter replaces Matt Bonner on Sunday
      Tiago Splitter will draw the start for the Spurs against the Nuggets on Sunday, replacing Matt Bonner.

      Advice: Splitter likely won't play very many minutes as the Spurs ease him back into action, but owners in deep leagues should monitor him in case he gets hot. The Spurs change their lineups often, so this likely won't be a permanent move. Bonner, however, shouldn't be owned in almost any league and this news solidifies that. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 5:00 pm
    • Spencer Hawes gets good news after MRI
      Spencer Hawes had an MRI on Saturday and it revealed no structural damage.

      Advice: This is great news for the Clippers and coach Doc Rivers even said that Hawes could have played on Saturday if he needed him too. However, the Clippers are going to be cautious with him and they have not yet provided a timetable for his return. "I think it's still early," Hawes said. "We want to figure out exactly what the issue is and try to go forward from there." This is something that we will monitor very closely, and we will provide an update to his status as needed. If he misses any more time, Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will receive a slight boost. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 6:23 am
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Greg Monroe comes off the bench on Sat.
      Greg Monroe came off the bench on Saturday with 24 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes.

      Advice: It doesn't really matter if he's coming off the bench or starting. In fact, Monroe has higher averages in points, boards and steals while coming off the bench. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:45 pm
    • Darrell Arthur goes off against Houston
      Darrell Arthur went off against the Rockets during a 108-96 loss on Saturday, scoring a team-high 20 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just about every other big man was in foul trouble and Kenneth Faried (ankle) had an injury, so Arthur picked up some playing time. He doesn't usually get big minutes while the team is healthy, so he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:51 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov has some foul trouble
      Timofey Mozgov had some foul trouble on Saturday, finishing with no points, four boards, one assist and five fouls in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ouch. He had double-digit rebounds in three straight before tonight and Dwight Howard usually causes some problems for centers, so he gets a pass here. Mozgov is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:38 pm
    • Al Jefferson plays poorly in loss to Brooklyn
      Al Jefferson had a terrible game in a loss to Brooklyn on Saturday, scoring eight points on 4-of-10 shooting to with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: After putting together three decent games in a row in which he scored 16 or more points, Jefferson came crashing down in a big way and this one has to got to be tough for his owners. The Hornets were out of this game in a hurry and it is frustrating to see him play just 23 minutes. However, Jefferson should once again bounce back and owners will have no choice but to be patient. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:50 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 19 with 14 boards
      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points on 8-of-23 from the field with 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He started out ice cold while his teammates were hot, but Aldridge was still able to post a solid line. Aldridge has made below 39 percent from the field in three of his last four games, but the 35-point game from last night will keep his owners happy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:37 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Greg Monroe shifts back to bench on Saturday
      Greg Monroe is shifting back to the bench for Saturday's game against the Kings, and Kyle Singler will replace him.

      Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy has shuffled his lineups all season, so owners should know by now that this isn't a permanent move. Monroe will get his minutes no matter what and is still a must-own player, while Singler is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 5:53 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) won't play on Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks.

      Advice: There was almost no way he was going to play because his twisted knee caused some bruising. Expect to see Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis to get more minutes. Hawes doesn't really have enough upside to stash. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 3:05 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • David Lee ruled out for Sunday vs. Pelicans
      David Lee (hamstring) will not play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

      Advice: Needless to say, the Warriors don't need him at all. Draymond Green has won the job and won't be giving it back once Lee is healthy. Basically their entire team is clicking and with Lee being a liability on defense, it's hard to tell where he'll get his minutes. His owners shouldn't have very high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:58 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Brook Lopez (back) out again on Saturday
      Brook Lopez (back) will not play in Saturday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: No surprise here as Lopez wasn't expected to play this week anyway as he tries to recover from a lower back strain. He is said to be targeting a return to the lineup next week but until then Mason Plumlee will continue to play big minutes and is worth a look in all leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 10:34 am
       
      Injured
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) doubtful for Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: X-Rays were negative but the Clippers are likely going to be caution with him until he is close to 100 percent. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will both see extra minutes if Hawes sits, but not enough to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:44 am
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • David Lee (hamstring) out again Saturday
      David Lee (hamstring) will miss Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: Though he is making progress, we have been hearing the same news for weeks and owners have got to be growing impatient by now. Lee has a chance to return next week, but we should have another update shortly. He will likely be eased into action once he does return, and there is simply no way he will replace Draymond Green in the starting lineup given how well the Warriors have performed. Still, Lee should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential, but expectations should be tempered. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:46 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Boozer double-doubles with 14 and 13
      Carlos Boozer went for 14 and 13 with two blocks in Friday's road win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Boozer hit 7-of-12 shots in his 31 minutes and he's been good enough lately to be worth a look in fantasy leagues, but he doesn't have much margin for error and he's easily dispensable when he eventually cools off. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:57 am
    • Drummond posts 23 and 14 in win over Suns
      Andre Drummond scored 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's road win over the Suns.

      Advice: Drummond has a ways to go before he reaches last year's lofty fantasy value, but at least he's getting bigger numbers on a more frequent basis. Owners need only to key on his slowly rising 45.9 percent mark from the field to get a gauge on his value, as that is the only thing truly different from last season other than a five percent improvement in free throw percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:11 pm
    • Zach Randolph drops 20-11 on Friday night
      Zach Randolph double-doubled during a 113-107 overtime win on Friday with 20 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 43 minutes.

      Advice: It was his first 20-10 of the month and just his second double-double, as well. Randolph was outside the top 150 for standard league value over the past two weeks, so a big game tonight had to feel good for his owners. He'll get a friendly matchup against the 76ers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:42 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Uta
    • X-rays negative on Spencer Hawes
      X-rays were negative on Spencer Hawes' left leg and he will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

      Advice: He twisted his knee badly and the Clippers are likely going to give him an MRI. Hawes was ruled out quickly and is likely going to miss time. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will get more run, but are not options in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:32 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • DeAndre Jordan makes all three FTs
      DeAndre Jordan made all four shots from the field and all three from the line for 11 points during a 104-96 loss to the Wizards on Friday with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: It was the first time he's attempted at least three attempts from the line and made all of them since Feb. 12 and also the first time he made 100 percent in a game this season. In other news he extended his league-leading field goal shooting to 74.3 percent. Jordan actually had a non-dunk tonight, too. He's a monster around the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:24 pm
    • Aldridge busts out of slump against the Bulls
      LaMarcus Aldridge busted out of his slump in Friday's road loss to the Bulls, hitting 15-of-24 shots (1-of-1 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) for 35 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: Aldridge and Damian Lillard became the first Blazers teammates since Clyde Drexler and Jerome Kersey in 1988 to both score 35 points in the same game. Aldridge's value had dipped down into the second and third rounds, and tonight's explosion knocked him back up into the first and second rounds in 9- and 8-cat leagues, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:17 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Greg Monroe starting on Friday night
      Greg Monroe is starting in place of Kyle Singler on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy can't get out of his own way with lineups, so he's trying the big group against the Suns. Monroe puts up solid numbers no matter what his role is. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 6:08 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (bruised knee) out for game
      Spencer Hawes suffered a bruised left knee on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: The severity is not yet known and he is getting X-rays. Hawes was playing well in his 17.5 minutes per game on the season and now the Clippers will likely lean on Glen Davis a bit more. Matt Barnes could get minutes at stretch four on occasion. Hawes finished with one point and one block in six minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 4:53 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • David Lee (hamstring) out Saturday vs. Dallas
      David Lee (hamstring) will not suit up for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Lee is making progress, but his timetable to return keeps getting pushed back. He'll likely play limited minutes off the bench upon his return, and given the Warriors superb play so far this season, it's unlikely he'll replace Draymond Green in the starting lineup anytime soon, if at all. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:57 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
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