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    • Pachulia goes for 11 and 15 in loss to Hawks
      Zaza Pachulia went for 11 and 15 in Saturday's loss to the Hawks, hitting 4-of-8 shots and 3-of-3 free throws with three assists and a block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: If Ersan Ilyasova's concussion issue proves serious then Pachulia could see more than 25 minutes per night. He's worth a look if you need a big man, regardless of what's going on in the Bucks' frontcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:26 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
    • 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
    • Cole Aldrich looks great in start vs. Kings
      Cole Aldrich had his best game of the season on Saturday with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 24 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and certainly was handled by DeMarcus Cousins, but Aldrich's arrow is pointing up. He was tremendous in his brief time in summer league and is arguably the best healthy two-way big man on NYK, so he might have some short-term value while Amare Stoudemire is out. He might have value beyond STAT's return, too. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    • Rudy Gobert impresses in limited minutes Sat
      Rudy Gobert turned in an impressive performance on Saturday in just 17 minutes, finishing with four points on 2-of-3 shooting to go with six boards, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

      Advice: It is just a matter of time before coach Quin Snyder is forced to give Gobert more minutes, as he has been too good to ignore this season. Gobert is already an asset in most leagues despite seeing less than 19 minutes per game, and his value is only going to climb as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:48 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
    • Henry Sims has decent game Saturday
      Henry Sims entered the starting lineup on Saturday in place of Luc Mbah a Moute (calf), and responded with 10 points, eight boards, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He will never blow you away, but Sims will have decent value in deeper leagues if he continues to see more than 30 minutes. Mbah a Moute may miss some more action, and Nerlens Noel is having his ankle X-rayed, so Sims could be in line for more minutes. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:23 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
    • 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
    • Kyle O'Quinn losing playing time again
      Kyle O'Quinn had another awful game against the Hornets on Saturday with three points, one rebound and three assists in 14 minutes.

      Advice: That's two bad games in a row after a 16-minute, scoreless game on Friday. O'Quinn's per-minute fantasy value is alluring enough to be patient for a couple more games. It's still worth mentioning he was used almost exclusively as a backup center up until recently, so coach Jacque Vaughn might turn on him. In other words, unless it's to add a hot free agent, it might be better to see what happens against the Heat on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:29 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
    • Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith starting vs. Kings
      Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith are starting against the Kings on Saturday.

      Advice: They'll get to guard DeMarcus Cousins, so good luck. Aldrich has played much better on the offensive side while Samuel Dalembert's mental mistakes have piled up. He'll have to hit the boards pretty hard to be a fantasy factor, but it's possible. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    • Henry Sims to start on Saturday vs. Jazz
      Henry Sims will draw the start on Saturday against the Jazz in place of Luc Mbah a Moute (calf).

      Advice: While Sims will draw the start, the 76ers will likely use a committee-approach to soak up the minutes at power forward, so we don't recommend adding Sims outside of really deep leagues given how ineffective he has been so far this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:58 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) doubtful Sunday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

      Advice: If he sits, this will be his second game in a row out of the lineup. Aldridge was not with the team on Saturday and the Blazers probably won't have him for what should be an easy home game. Chris Kaman's wife gave birth to their son, so he should be back for the game. Joel Freeland had a career rebounding night on Friday and is probably the most reliable replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:10 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
    • 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
    • Freeland grabs career-best 17 rebounds vs PHI
      Joel Freeland grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds against the Sixers on Friday, and also chipped in with six points and one block in his 25 minutes.

      Advice: Obviously this is a matchup thing and with Chris Kaman (personal) out there's no value change. Kaman is still the guy to own of the bunch for projected late-round upside and all-in-all there's not a lot of value after the injury to Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:47 am
    • Pachulia goes for 14 & eight in Atlanta
      Zaza Pachulia started at center and scored 14 points with eight assists and three steals in the Bucks' blowout win over the Hawks in his old Atlanta stomping grounds.

      Advice: Pachulia logged 26 minutes and he could play this much nightly if Ersan Ilyasova's concussion issue is serious, though we don't know that to be the case at this point. His value has been in the tank for the past two weeks so it's not a run-to-the-wire moment, but if everything breaks perfectly he could end up with some value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:53 pm
    • 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
    • Kyle O'Quinn has a major letdown on Friday
      Kyle O'Quinn had a disappointing game against the Cavs on Friday with zero points, zero rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes.

      Advice: He had four fouls in what was his arguably his worst game of the season. O'Quinn was on a roll and came off an 18-13 full line on Tuesday, so his fantasy owners have to cut him some slack here. He gets a better matchup on Saturday against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:41 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:28 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
    • 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
    • Zaza Pachulia getting the start at center
      Zaza Pachulia will start at center against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: John Henson is expected to come off the bench behind Zaza, so the team won't need him to play too many minutes. Although, Henson hasn't played more than 21 minutes in any game this season and has been out since Nov. 25, so expect Zaza to play around 30 tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:38 pm
    • 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
    • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He had an illness keep him out of action on Monday, but he was able to play on Tuesday. Chances are Aldridge is going to suit up, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit against Philly. His fantasy owners in standard leagues can probably plug him in, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) owners might want to avoid this one. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:57 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • LaMarcus Aldridge OK after eye poke, score 25
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) had 25 points, nine rebounds and one block in 45 minutes of action during his return on Tuesday, though he made only 9-of-28 FGs before being ejected in overtime.

      Advice: He was poked in the eye during the first quarter but quickly returned and should be fine for Friday's game vs. the 76ers, though it never hurts to double-check his status. On a side note, the Blazers' veteran went 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Tuesday, in the process tying Jerome Kersey for third-most free throws made in franchise history (2,071). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:45 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
    • Kyle O'Quinn double-doubles as Magic starter
      Kyle O'Quinn blew up for 18 points, two 3-pointers, 13 rebounds, two steals and one block in another start on Tuesday, playing 34 minutes without a single turnover.

      Advice: Channing Frye had eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. This could easily be a permanent change at PF, which makes O'Quinn a terrific player to grab wherever he's available. He's now averaging 30.0 minutes over his past two games, well above his season average of 19.7 minutes, so all signs are pointing in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:14 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returns after eye injury
      LaMarcus Aldridge exited Tuesday's game after being poked in the eye during the first quarter, but he was able to return.

      Advice: He went into the Blazers' locker room briefly, but soon returned after presumably being cleared of any serious injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:33 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) active on Tuesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is active vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

      Advice: It appears as though Aldridge will start at usual and owners should rush him into all active lineups, while keeping an eye out for last-second updates. Even at less than 100 percent he'll have more fantasy value than the vast majority of the league's power forwards. Myers Leonard will return to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:47 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable for Tues
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Aldridge is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and looks to be headed towards a game-time decision. We'll have an update closer to game-time, but Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Thomas Robinson, and Chris Kaman would all see a small value boost if Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • Kyle O'Quinn will start for Magic on Tuesday
      Kyle O'Quinn will remain in the Magic's starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: The 24-year-old is averaging 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.6 blocks, and 0.4 three-pointers as a starter this season, so this is great news for fantasy owners. As long as O'Quinn continues to start ahead of Channing Frye, he's worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues due to his potential to fill up the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:50 am
    • 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
    • Gobert grabs career-high 16 rebounds
      Rudy Gobert grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds on Monday, and also chipped in with two points and two blocks in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Gobert is doing everything he can to force Quin Snyder's hand and though this result comes with Trevor Booker (day-to-day) out he has been a must-own player for a while, if not all year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:32 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
    • 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
      Monday, 3:33 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 11:29 am
    • 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
      Monday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
      Monday, 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
    • Kyle O'Quinn fills up boxscore as starting PF
      Kyle O'Quinn had eight points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks as Orlando's starting PF on Sunday, despite playing only 26 minutes.

      Advice: O'Quinn's intriguing versatility has kept him on the fantasy radar all season, and he may finally realize his potential as a starter ahead of Channing Frye. It remains to be seen if this was a permanent change or an experimental shift from coach Jacque Vaughn, but O'Quinn is worth a pickup while we find out. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:53 pm
    • Henry Sims double-doubles in 21 minutes
      Sixers C Henry Sims notched his first double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in only 21 minutes of action off the bench.

      Advice: He also handed out two assists without any turnovers, and the only caveat for fantasy owners is the low playing time. Sims hasn't topped 30 minutes in a game this December and may need an injury to one of Philly's starters to propel him toward standard-league relevance. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:47 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
    • 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
      Dec 21, 3:51 pm
    • Kyle O'Quinn starting on Sunday vs. 76ers
      Kyle O'Quinn will start Sunday vs. the 76ers, sending Channing Frye to the bench.

      Advice: O'Quinn will draw a very favorable matchup today against the 76ers, and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Frye has been struggling lately, and a move to the bench isn't going to do him any favors, we'll let you know how they fare after the game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:13 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
      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
    • 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
    • Rudy Gobert grabs first career double-double
      Rudy Gobert grabbed his first career double-double in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 11 points, 12 boards, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

      Advice: This was a fantastic showing for Gobert, and this is the kind of line he can drop when he is given the minutes. This game reiterates the fact that Gobert should be owned in all leagues going forward, and he will only get better as his role grows towards the end of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:32 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
    • 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
      Dec 20, 6:37 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm vs NY
    • 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
    • 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
    • Joel Freeland getting the starting again
      Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 2:36 pm
    • 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
      Dec 20, 12:28 pm
    • O'Quinn posts versatile line off the bench
      Kyle O'Quinn posted a versatile line off the bench on Friday, scoring seven points on 2-of-4 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, one assist and three steals in 23 minutes.

      Advice: People can easily get blinded by the low minutes but he improved his season-long per-game value from top 100-115 (9/8 cat) to top 90-105 (9/8 cat) after tonight. That he's returning this value in just 19.3 mpg is a reminder of his mid-round upside if he can step into a 24-plus minute role. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:25 pm
    • 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
    • Gobert blocks two shots in 14 minutes
      Rudy Gobert blocked two shots with six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Obviously it's not comfortable to hold onto a low-minute guy but he has returned top 75-90 (9/8 cat) value in standard leagues this season in just 17.7 minutes per game. His value proposition to owners is pretty simple. He's serviceable or even good in a low-minute role and has potential to explode if given the minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:50 pm
    • It's Joel Freeland's turn to start on Friday
      Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:02 pm
    • 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
    • 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
    • Zaza Pachulia starts and struggles
      Zaza Pachulia struggled in a start against the Kings on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He got all the DeMarcus Cousins he could handle tonight. Pachulia will move back to the bench against the Clippers on Saturday and should see around 20 minutes as Larry Sanders' backup. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 10:15 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
      Dec 18, 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
      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
    • 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
      Dec 18, 3:42 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:42 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 26 minutes
      Zaza Pachulia played 26 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with five points, eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He is sharing minutes at center and coach Jason Kidd is not using him at power forward these days. Perhaps one takeaway is the Bucks need Ersan Ilyasova (face) to come back. Pachulia is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:17 pm
    • Rudy Gobert plays just 19 minutes in win
      Rudy Gobert played just 19 minutes, but played well with six points, seven rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 2-of-2 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: Derrick Favors is back and Enes Kanter is on fire, meaning Gobert will go back to obscurity until one of the Jazz big men go down again. It was nice while it lasted. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 9:44 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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