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    • Anthony Tolliver inactive for Sunday vs. Cavs
      Anthony Tolliver will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't on the fantasy radar, and with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe healthy, he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      52 minutes ago
    • X-rays negative on Nerlens Noel's ankle
      The 76ers have announced that the x-rays that were taken on Nerlens Noel's ankle following Saturday's game have come back negative.

      Advice: Noel was able to return after briefly leaving Saturday's game when he came down awkwardly on his ankle, so it doesn't look like this is going to be an issue moving forward. However, the 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their "star players," so we'll be considering Noel questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If he sits, look for Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to help fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:15 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) won't play Monday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: With Larry Sanders (illness) also being listed as questionable for this one, the Bucks frontcourt will be manned by a collection of Zaza Pachulia, Johnny O'Bryant, and John Henson, with Zaza offering the most upside of the group. Ilyasova remains without an official timetable to return, and a concussion forced him to miss 21 games last season, so owners may want to consider looking for other options. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:41 am
       
      Injured
    • Julius Randle (leg) spotted shooting FTs
      Julius Randle (leg) was spotted getting up some free throws during Sunday's shootaround.

      Advice: Randle will remain out for the 2014-15 season, and this is just a small step in what will be a lengthy recovery for the 2014 lottery pick. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:35 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) could return Friday?
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) participated in some 3-on-3 drills on Saturday, and head coach Byron Scott said that he could return for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Kelly will likely be eased back into the rotation, but even fully healthy, he'll have a very limited role with the Lakers and won't be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:28 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Chris Bosh (calf) able to practice on Sunday
      Chris Bosh (calf) was able to participate in all of Sunday's practice, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for their game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Heat have been in shambles without him, going just 3-5 in his absence so it will be great for them to get him back. Bosh's owners will have to check back on Monday before activating him in their lineups, but things are finally starting to look up. Bosh's return would spell trouble for the value of Shawne Williams (foot) and Chris Andersen. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:46 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out for Sunday's game
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: This will be his sixth straight game out of the lineup and it is clear that KD's ankle is a real concern. However, he was able to go through shootaround on Sunday so it is safe to assume that he is somewhat close to returning. Perry Jones will likely get another start but is not an attractive option in most leagues. We will pass along further updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:56 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • 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
    • Damjan Rudez (illness) questionable Monday
      Damjan Rudez (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Rudez and C.J. Miles are both dealing with upper respiratory infections, so Chris Copeland and Solomon Hill could be in line for big minutes Monday if they sit out. Rudez has been a bright spot for the Pacers this season in limited minutes, but he is not an asset in the majority of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:41 am
       
      Injured
    • Brian Cook to play with Riyadi in Lebanon
      Former NBA forward Brian Cook signed a contract to play in Lebanon with Riyadi.

      Advice: It is doubtful that we will see him back in the NBA anytime soon and he is safely off of the fantasy radar in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:34 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
    • 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
      6:00 pm @ 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
    • Quincy Acy will be active for Sunday's game
      Quincy Acy will return from his one-game suspension and he will play on Sunday against Portland.

      Advice: He was suspended for throwing a punch towards John Wall on Christmas but later admitted his mistakes. "I fouled him hard. The foul was unnecessary," Acy said. "I didn’t have to foul him that hard. Which is why I kept walking towards him and was about to help him up. He got up and pushed. Anybody’s initial reaction is to react. But then I stopped myself and tried to grab him." The Knicks will be glad to have their enforcer back on the court, though his limited role leaves him off of the fantasy radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:08 am
    • David Lee plays 17 minutes on Saturday
      David Lee played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday with 10 points, seven boards and two blocks on Saturday.

      Advice: His minutes are still being held in check and there's no word of that changing soon. Coach Steve Kerr also said that Lee will stay in the second unit for the foreseeable future. He's not as great as Draymond Green in reality and in fantasy. Still, Lee is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 pm
    • Draymond Green flirts with a 5x5 in win
      Draymond Green flirted with a five-by-five line against the Wolves on Saturday with four points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and a career-high six steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He just seems to find a way to fill it up and he remains as the Western Conference version of Jimmy Butler -- to a slightly lesser degree. In case you needed convincing, David Lee's return is not hurting Green's fantasy value and that shouldn't be the case all season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:57 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng scores eight in 26 minutes
      Gorgui Dieng scored eight points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: The timing of the bad game is worse because Nikola Pekovic (ankle) might be coming back soon. Still, Pek has dealt with a slew of injuries and he's one of the most injury prone players in the league, so keep Dieng owned across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    • Too Much Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins goes off
      DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 39 points in 32 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers during a 135-129 overtime victory.

      Advice: He made 14-of-27 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line for a ridiculous usage rate of 50.5 tonight. Cousins raised his season usage to 34.0 and only trails Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade in that category. Advanced stats don't need to tell you that Boogie is the best starting center in fantasy and hopefully he is done with illnesses. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 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
    • Khris Middleton scores 21 points vs. Hawks
      It was Khris Middleton's turn for a big game on Saturday in a loss to the Hawks, scoring 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: It's almost like coach Jason Kidd is flipping a coin on who he's giving his minutes to. Middleton scored just two points on Friday and wasn't over 24 minutes in any of his previous four games, so it's hard to be bullish on him. He's not a waiver-wire target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • John Henson blocks five shots
      John Henson blocked five shots against the Hawks on Saturday with five points and five boards in 19 minutes.

      Advice: He's still not playing minutes at power forward, which limits his opportunity. Henson hasn't played more than 21 minutes in any game and it doesn't look like that'll change soon. The upside is nice, but coach Jason Kidd's rotation is just too messy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:42 pm
    • Derrick Favors posts massive line Saturday
      Derrick Favors posted a massive line on Saturday, finishing with 17 points, 15 boards, three assists, three steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 7-of-11 from the field, and was clearly the most dominant player on the court Saturday. The fact that he did this against the 76ers should be factored in, but this was a great performance nonetheless. As long as Favors stays healthy, more lines similar to this will be on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    • Al Horford puts up a huge game
      Al Horford made 8-of-20 from the field for 20 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

      Advice: He's been quietly consistent in his last five, averaging 16.8 points, 6.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals on 48.6 percent from the field. Horford is putting up top-25 value on the season and is about as reliable as it gets for fantasy big men. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    • Robert Covington scores 17 in loss Saturday
      Robert Covington scored 17 points in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine boards, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He has been a beast since coming to Philadelphia, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Coach Brett Brown loves Covington's ability to stretch the floor, and he will likely see big minutes the rest of the way for the 76ers. Covington is by all means a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    • Nerlens Noel (ankle) going to get X-rays
      Nerlens Noel (ankle) is going to get X-rays after Saturday's game against the Jazz.

      Advice: He briefly left the game after landing awkwardly on his ankle, but he returned moments later and finished with five points, 10 boards, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes. The 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with injuries so it is possible that Noel could see some time on the sidelines. We will pass along updates as soon as we know more, and we would expect Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to fill the void should Noel miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Chris Copeland gets big minutes
      Chris Copeland played 34 minutes against the Nets on Saturday with 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Pacers didn't have C.J. Miles or Damjan Rudez due to illnesses and Solomon Hill was in foul trouble, so that explains the high minutes. Maybe Copeland earned more playing time, but he's still not worth grabbing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Nerlens Noel (ankle) returns to game Saturday
      Nerlens Noel (ankle) had to leave the game in the third quarter of Saturday's game but has since returned.

      Advice: This is great news considering how cautious the 76ers are, and it appears that Noel has dodged a bullet here. We will pass along any further updates as soon as we know more. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:49 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will play Saturday
      Demarcus Cousins (illness) will play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This is fantastic news, as Cousins is going to absolutely feast on Cold Aldrich. Get Cousins in all lineups and don't think twice about it. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:09 pm
    • 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
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out on Saturday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) is out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: He reportedly suffered the concussion on Tuesday, but it is not related to his previously fractured nose. He has had some tough luck this season, but owners may want to hold onto him considering Jabari Parker (knee) is out for the season. Johnny O'Bryant will likely continue to start for now, but he has been way too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. John Henson played well in his return Friday, and is worth a look in deeper leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable for Sat
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He missed Friday due to a stomach bug and it sounds like he's all better. Of course, multiple players have been probable with an illness and missed a game, so Cousins isn't a lock to play. Cousins returning would basically take away shots from the entire team, but the Kings should be more effective as a whole. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    • Damjan Rudez out for Saturday night
      Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: With C.J. Miles (illness) doubtful, Chris Copeland should get back in the rotation tonight. Rudez had a good run for about a week, but he's also fallen out of the rotation for the most part. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:39 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
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out on Saturday vs. Memphis
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Bosh was targeting this game for his return, but he will unfortunately remain on the sidelines and his owners will have to remain patient. Shawne Williams (foot) is also suddenly questionable for Saturday's contest, meaning Udonis Haslem would likely play all the minutes he can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Quincy Acy will not play Saturday vs. Kings
      Quincy Acy (suspension) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: He was ejected on Christmas for throwing a punch at John Wall, so his minutes will be soaked up by the likes of Amare Stoudemire, Travis Wear, and Jason Smith. Acy will be able to play on Sunday vs. Portland, but his value is limited to extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:52 am
    • Julius Randle (leg) sheds his crutches
      Julius Randle (leg) has shed his crutches and is now traveling with the team on road trips.

      Advice: While he is still ruled out for the season, it is great to see the rookie making progress from his gruesome leg injury he suffered during the season opener. We will continue to monitor his progress closely and pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:17 am
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • 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
    • Henson (foot) returns to action on Friday
      John Henson (foot) returned to action on Friday, logging 18 minutes on his way to five points, five boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Henson did this damage in a garbage-time environment but not to the extent that we should totally discount this performance. He hasn't been able to stay healthy and his effectiveness has been a problem at times, but when playing at peak levels he has flashed plenty of upside. Ersan Ilyasova's concussion-related absence could help his stock and we don't want to get too high over one game, but he's worth a look as a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:37 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
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:53 pm
    • Anthony Tolliver will not play Friday vs. IND
      Anthony Tolliver will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't likely to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon, so he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • John Henson expected to play on Friday
      John Henson (foot) is expected to play against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: He's been out for a month and hasn't played more than 21 minutes in a game all season, so the Bucks probably won't unleash him even with Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) and Larry Sanders (illness) out. Henson also doesn't play much power forward, so fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:43 pm
    • Kevin Durant out Friday, but getting closer
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is getting closer to playing and was at shootaround on Friday, but he will not play against the Hornets.

      Advice: It sounds like Sunday is a possibility for KD, but it's pretty clear the Thunder won't be rushing him back. Expect to see a lot of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson against the Hornets. Perry Jones will start and is only a play in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:27 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • Ryan Kelly going through shooting drills
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Friday.

      Advice: He's targeting January for his return, so he's getting close. However, he's buried on the bench in LA, and simply isn't worth owning in any league. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:07 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:08 pm
    • Damjan Rudez out for Friday night
      Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: He's losing playing time anyway now that the Pacers are getting healthy again. Rudez isn't very appealing in any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Quincy Acy has been suspended for one game
      Quincy Acy has been suspended for one game by the league for his Christmas Day altercation with John Wall.

      Advice: Acy will miss Saturday's game vs. Sacramento, so there will be more minutes to go around for Amare Stoudemire, Travis Wear, and Jason Smith. John Wall has received a $15,000 fine for his part in the ordeal. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:11 am
    • John Henson (foot) upgraded to probable Fri.
      John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Larry Sanders (flu) and Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) have already been ruled out for this one, so the Bucks could really use Henson back in the lineup. However, he's been out since Nov. 25, so his conditioning probably isn't quite there yet. Check back for an official update on Henson's status closer to tip-off, but know that he'll be a risky option in daily leagues despite the opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:01 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out Friday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Charlotte
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:12 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • John Henson (foot) questionable for Friday
      John Henson (foot) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Henson is averaging 4.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game over 12 minutes of action this season. Until he can actually step on the court, Henson can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:15 am
    • Draymond Green does Draymond things
      Draymond Green was his usual productive self against the Clippers during a 100-86 loss on Christmas, scoring 10 points with 10 boards, three assists, two steals, two blocks, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: His coach loves him and his play speaks for itself. Green doesn't look like he's in jeopardy of losing his playing time to David Lee and he's also held a solid usage rate since Lee's return. He was the No. 31 player in standard leagues before tonight and should continue to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:23 pm
    • David Lee plays 19 minutes in a loss
      David Lee played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He continues to live at the rim with over half of his shots this season coming from within three feet on the season -- all five shots came at the rim tonight. The Warriors have so much talent on offense, Lee should get great shots all night. Still, his minutes are a bit capped with Draymond Green playing well, so he's more of a low-end standard fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:17 pm
    • Ryan Kelly will work out on Saturday
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) will work out on Saturday and he could see increased work at practice on Sunday.

      Advice: If those workouts go well, he could go through some practice on Monday. Kelly has already aggravated his hamstring injury once, so the Lakers won't be in a rush to bring him along. He's not worth owning in any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:13 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Chris Bosh (calf) targeting Saturday vs. MEM
      Chris Bosh expects to test his calf during Friday's practice, and if all goes well, he hopes to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: "We have to read and react and see how everything goes and go from there," Bosh said. "It's kind of really like a day-to-day thing. I thought that I would be back the last game but it didn't work out like that. It's just something I have to cope with. We have a lot more games to play." We'll be monitoring Bosh's status closely, and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Christmas Day
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not suit up for Miami's Christmas Day game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: This will be Bosh's seventh consecutive game out of the lineup, and Dwyane Wade will again be the main man on offense for Miami. Expect more minutes for Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem, with Williams offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:25 pm
       
      Injured
    • Quincy Acy ejected on Xmas, suspension likely
      Quincy Acy was ejected from the Knicks' Christmas Day game vs. the Wizards for throwing a punch at John Wall, and he'll likely be facing a suspension from the league.

      Advice: Acy hasn't been worth using in almost any league with averages of 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, so if he's suspended it's not going to mean much. Expect more minutes to go to Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith, and Carmelo Anthony. If you missed the altercation, you can click the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:45 am
    • Kevin Durant says he has a 'bad ankle sprain'
      Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

      Advice: "I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:20 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • Kevin Durant confirmed out for Christmas
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Kevin Durant (ankle) as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Durant wasn't expected to play on Thursday, but this news puts an end to any speculation. "He could not go if he wanted to go," Brooks said. The Thunder play the Hornets on Saturday, but Brooks' statement puts Durant's availability in doubt for that game as well. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson should see the biggest boost on Thursday with Durant out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:11 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:46 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • 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
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:23 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 am
    • Draymond Green plays only 23 minutes Tuesday
      Draymond Green sputtered in 23 minutes on Tuesday, making 1-of-6 shots to finish with two points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in a loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Green didn't attempt a free throw or record any 3-pointers, steals or blocks, making this one of his worst statistical lines of the season. David Lee played well with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench but Green's fantasy owners should view this as a fluke in an otherwise tremendous season. All signs point to Steve Kerr keeping his starting lineup intact -- when asked about it on Monday, Kerr said, "I mean, Draymond has been fantastic." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:22 pm
    • Davis Lee scores 12 points in only 18 minutes
      David Lee played 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but still racked up 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: Lee said before the game that he'll "be playing a little bit more as each game goes on," but his integration into the rotation will be "gradual." The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 23-4 and there are no indications that Lee will overtake Draymond Green for the starting PF job. Given Lee's career-long dearth of defensive stats it's hard to view him as more than a low-end fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 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
    • Nerlens Noel goes 0-of-5 from field vs. Miami
      Nerlens Noel missed all five of his shot attempts on Tuesday, finishing with one point, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes vs. the Heat.

      Advice: Miami's frontcourt is in shambles and they're typically one of the best matchups for opposing big men, which makes Noel's offensive struggles even more disappointing. He took only one shot outside the paint, so shot selection wasn't the problem, and with any luck he'll get the same shots to fall vs. the Trail Blazers on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores four points in return
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points to go with four boards and one assist in 17 minutes.

      Advice: After missing the previous nine games, you could tell that there was some obvious rust and he ended up shooting just 2-of-8 from the field and missing all three 3-point attempts. With that being said, Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season so there is a chance that Ilyasova can play his way into a larger role as the season progresses. Owners in standard leagues should monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Gorgui Dieng posts 20 & 11 w/ defensive stats
      Gorgui Dieng's impressive run as a starter continued on Tuesday with 20 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs, to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks.

      Advice: Dieng has solidified himself as a key part of the Wolves' future and owners must view him as a stable season-long asset, regardless of Nikola Pekovic's eventual return from wrist and ankle injuries. He's returning top-60 fantasy value in a mere 27.7 minutes per game this season, giving him tantalizing upside if his role ever increases. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 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
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will play Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova was playing well before going down, and with Jabari Parker (knee) done for the season, he's going to have plenty of opportunity. Johnny O'Bryant will remain with the starters for tonight's game, but it should only be a matter of time until Ilyasova finds himself in the starting unit. Go and pick him up if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
       
      Injured
    • Damjan Rudez (illness) out Tuesday vs. NO
      Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: He's barely a part of the rotation, so there are not much fantasy implications to his absence. Leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • David Lee says his hamstring is fine
      David Lee said that his hamstring felt great after logging 16 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday, but acknowledged that he will be brought along slowly.

      Advice: "[Steve Kerr] just wants me to get used to it gradually here," said Lee. "I'll be playing a little bit more as each game goes on. But we want to bring myself back gradually. And most importantly, not take our team out of rhythm." This quote implies that Lee understands Draymond Green is going to remain the starting power forward in Oakland, although he could eventually slide into the starting center spot depending on how long Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) won't play on Tuesday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup in a row since suffering the injury on Thursday. Durant has not gone through practice and he should be considered questionable to play against the Spurs on Christmas. While he is out, Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow figure to pick up the most playing time. Reggie Jackson will also get a nice boost in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • Damjan Rudez is questionable for Tuesday
      Damjan Rudez is questionable to play on Tuesday night against the Pelicans due to an upper respiratory infection.

      Advice: He's out of the rotation for the most part now with the Pacers getting some guys back. Rudez will likely be inactive tonight just because the Pacers won't need him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Lee goes for six and seven in 16 minutes
      David Lee (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's blowout win over the Kings, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

      Advice: Lee's stat set requires big volume and he's simply not going to get it with this Warriors team. He could carve out some late-round value in a best case situation, but barring an injury in front of him he's a low-upside stash in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:33 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is starting on Monday
      DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:16 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
      Monday, 3:42 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
      Dec 22, 1:41 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
      Dec 22, 12:36 pm
    • 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
      Dec 22, 11:29 am
    • Kevin Durant misses practice on Monday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) missed practice on Monday and is a game-time decision against the Blazers on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Thunder called it a "mild" ankle sprain on Friday, but they're still being very cautious. OKC rattled off a seven-game winning streak this month and are already just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, so resting him makes sense. The Thunder have four games this week, so it's almost impossible to bench KD in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 11:21 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • Ilyasova practicing, questionable on Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (face/nose) returned to practice on Monday, and he's questionable for Tuesday against the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova is going to get a big chance at meaningful minutes with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the year, and it could come as soon as Tuesday vs. Charlotte. Jared Dudley will lose much of his streamer appeal when Ilyasova initially returns. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:50 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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
      Dec 21, 8:08 pm
    • Chris Copeland picks up DNP-CD on Sunday
      Chris Copeland picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.

      Advice: He was a hot commodity early in the season, as he served an ill-fitting role as a go-to offensive player, but his role has evaporated with the return of guys like David West, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:40 pm
    • Robert Covington OK after minor knee injury
      Robert Covington tweaked his knee toward the end of Sunday's game but he quickly returned to finish with 11 points, one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: He turned the ball over once in nearly 40 minutes of action and continues to thrive as a starter in Philly, racking up early-round value over the 76ers' past five games. He won't continue to average 3.6 triples per game all season, but has more than enough multi-cat upside to be labeled a 'must-own' player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:51 pm
    • Nerlens Noel gets fourth career double-double
      Nerlens Noel posted his fourth career double-double in Sunday's road win vs. the Magic, scoring 13 points while grabbing 12 rebounds in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Michael Carter-Williams and Noel got into a heated verbal altercation during the game, but it wasn't anything serious and seemed to light a fire under Noel, who also had an assist, steal and block in the rare victory. He's averaging 8.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.8 blocks over the Sixers' past five games, quickly reminding owners why they tolerated his lousy start to the season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:47 pm
    • Robert Covington leaves game with knee issue
      Robert Covington left Sunday's game against the Magic with a knee issue, but has since returned.

      Advice: There were only two minutes left in the game when he tweaked it, but it is a great sign that he was able to play through it. Covington has become a must-own player after his hot start for the 76ers this season, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:18 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
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

      Advice: With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • 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
      Dec 21, 12:47 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
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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
    • Kevin Durant's (ankle) status still unclear
      Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

      Advice: Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 9:46 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Dal
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee felt good Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony said that his knee felt good in Saturday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: "These past three days, I was able to just kind of get my body right and stay off of the leg a little bit," Anthony said. "I felt pretty good out there. My knee felt good." Anthony had a great game on Saturday, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 boards, and it doesn't appear that his status is in jeopardy for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors. Check back before tip-off just in case, but owners should be feeling a little more confident. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:40 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) to be re-evaluated Mon
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is getting closer to a return, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: There is a big opportunity for playing time now that Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season, so he makes sense as a speculative add. We will update his status as soon as we know more, and we will consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
    • Khris Middleton has well-rounded game
      Khris Middleton played 24 minutes off the bench for 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a big step up from his one-point stinker on Thursday and Middleton has fared well in three of his last four. He really doesn't do much outside of score while making only 43.0 percent from the field with 1.3 steals, so his ceiling isn't high enough to grab in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 10:19 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays just 18 minutes in loss
      Derrick Favors played just 18 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 13 points, five boards, two assists and one block.

      Advice: There is no injury to worry about, and it was coach Quin Snyder's decision to keep him on the bench. The Jazz were blown out in this one, so this line should be taken with a grain of salt. Favors exploded for 23 points and 10 boards on Wednesday, so he should be able to bounce back in his next game. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:37 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
      Dec 20, 6:57 pm
    • 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
      Dec 20, 6:28 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
    • 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
      Dec 20, 3:57 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony plays 40 minutes in return
      Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:52 pm
    • Chris Bosh won't play on Sunday night
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:23 am
    • Favors goes for 23 and 10 against the Magic
      Derrick Favors went for 23 and 10 in Friday's road win over the Magic, hitting 9-of-14 shots with three assists and two blocks.

      Advice: Favors put up a pedestrian line in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday and he looked great tonight. He has been a top 40-50 value when on the floor this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:14 pm
    • Nerlens Noel bring the D
      Nerlens Noel played well in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with six points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks during a 109-91 loss.

      Advice: All three blocks came in the first half and Noel has suddenly picked it up on the defensive side. In his last five, he's averaged 2.2 blocks, 2.2 steals, 7.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.2 assists on 42.1 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the line. Noel owners should be feeling a lot better these days. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:24 pm
    • Waiver Wire Wonder Robert Covington hits six 3s
      Robert Covington kept it going against the Hornets on Friday with 19 points, two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's for real. Covington is lapping the field for pickup of the year in deep leagues. He is a perfect fit for the 76ers and is going to keep this up all year. There's a decent chance he flirts with top-40 value. Over his last four, he's averaged 19.0 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.3 treys. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 7:02 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
      Dec 19, 5:09 pm
    • 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
      Dec 19, 2:33 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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
      Dec 19, 5:26 am
    • Draymond Green flirts with a triple-double
      Draymond Green filled the stat sheet as per usual with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He did make just 1-of-4 from the line, but who cares? Green is probably third on the NBA's Most Improved Player list behind Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis, and he's also absolutely no fluke. He has Wally Pipp'd David Lee and should be worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 10:57 pm
    • Khris Middleton scores one point
      Khris Middleton was a no-show against the Kings on Thursday with one point, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one foul in 18 minutes.

      Advice: That's good for a 10.3 usage rate, which shattered his previous season low of 14.2. Middleton usually gets to shoot while he's on the court, but it just wasn't in the cards tonight. Coach Jason Kidd is going to yo-yo his minutes, so his owners should not be expecting him to be the next Robert Covington or anything. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 10:31 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
      Dec 18, 6:05 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
      Dec 18, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) getting up shots
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) got some shots up during the Lakers' practice on Thursday, but he's still not expected to make a return until January.

      Advice: Kelly is currently one month into a 6-week timetable, but he's not going to have much value upon his eventual return playing behind Carlos Boozer, and Ed Davis. He can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 12:33 pm
       
      Injured
      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Khris Middleton drops 17 points in 33 minutes
      Khris Middleton scored 17 points in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started the second half with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) going down in the second quarter. Middleton is certainly going to benefit with the injury to Jabari Parker (knee) and does have a usage rate of 20, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. His prospective owners just need to remember that coach Jason Kidd runs some wild rotation and Antetokounmpo's injury is not serious. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 10:59 pm
    • Derrick Favors quiet in return from injury
      Derrick Favors had 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block on 3-of-8 shooting in 33 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday.

      Advice: Favors is back and while he didn't do much tonight, he did hurt Rudy Gobert's minutes (19) badly. Favors should be good to go from here on out, so get him back in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:30 pm
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