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    • Harrison Barnes bounces back on Thursday
      Harrison Barnes bounced back on Thursday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover against the Clippers.

      Advice: His minutes did take a mild hit in David Lee's first two games back on Monday and Tuesday, but not tonight. Barnes is starting to come back to Earth over his last three, failing to shoot over 39 percent from the field in any of those games. His fantasy owners should probably expect him to continue to slide. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 pm
    • Blake Griffin notches 18-15-6 line in win
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 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
      Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 11 in a loss
      Marreese Speights made 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for 11 points with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: As expected, his usage rate took a hit tonight, but he was still able to get involved on the offensive side. Draymond Green has been too good and David Lee won't take minutes from him, so it will likely be from Speights. His owners in deep leagues should expect a dip. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    • Carlos Boozer plays well in 17 minutes
      Carlos Boozer played just 17 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Thursday with 14 points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He made 7-of-11 from the field and has seen his shots go up while he's out there with Kobe Bryant out. In fact, Boozer did not have a game with a usage rate above 28 before Tuesday, but he's been over 30 for each of his last two games. He's a low-upside hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:58 pm
    • Speights Cowboy Saddles Up: Marreese starting
      Marreese Speights will start in place of Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (ankle) against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: Bogut has been out for a couple weeks and Festus suffered a sprained ankle on Festivus (Dec. 23), so Speights is the next man up. He has one of the highest usage rates for a big man at 29.0, so that will likely take a hit with more of his minutes coming next to the starters. Still, he is a nice play tonight in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:25 pm
    • Luol Deng dominates in win over Cavaliers
      Luol Deng hit 11-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Heat beat the Cavaliers on Christmas Day.

      Advice: Deng was a beast today and also did a nice job of playing defense on LeBron James. He got off to a slow start this season, but could be ready to go on a tear. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:25 pm
    • Tristan Thompson quiet in loss to Heat
      Tristan Thompson came off the bench and had six points, nine rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He played 26 minutes and came off the bench behind Shawn Marion, who had just two points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. We're guessing Thompson still has a good shot at starting at center going forward, as Anderson Vareajao is out for the year, but even if he's coming off the bench, he's worth owning in all leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:19 pm
    • LeBron James scores 30 in loss to Heat
      LeBron James hit 9-of-16 shots, 10-of-18 free throws and two 3-pointers for 30 points, four rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He didn't have a steal or block and his free throw shooting wasn't good, but he still came through for his owners, despite leaving the game briefly with "left leg tightness." The Cavs, after losing Anderson Varejao for the season, have some issues on defense and simply don't look like one of the East's elite teams right now. But there's a long way to go and they still have plenty of time to get things figured out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:13 pm
    • LeBron James (leg) returns for Cavaliers
      LeBron James is expected to return for the Cavs in the fourth quarter after experiencing tightness in his left leg.

      Advice: He left the game and went to the locker room after leaping over the first row of seats and apparently suffered the injury at that time. LeBron may try to take over a close game down the stretch, as the score was very close with 11 minutes remaining, and he started things off with a monster dunk and a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:20 pm
    • Boris Diaw (illness) picks up DNP-CD on X-mas
      Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Boris Diaw had a 100-degree fever, and that was the reason he did not play during the Spurs' Christmas Day loss to the Thunder.

      Advice: Pop said he was trying to save bodies for tomorrow's game vs. the Pelicans, so it seems there's a chance Diaw suits up for that one. If Diaw sits, there will be more minutes to go around for Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, and Aron Bynes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:08 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • 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
      Yesterday, 4:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • Perry Jones scores 14 points over 31 minutes
      Perry Jones scored 14 points over 31 minutes of action during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Jones shot 5-of-7 from the field (two 3-pointers) but only managed to pull down one rebound while adding doughnuts to all the other statistical categories. His minutes have been up while Kevin Durant (ankle) has been sidelined, but he really hasn't done much with the increased opportunity. The waiver wire seems like a suitable place for PJ3. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:54 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    • Report: Cavs in no rush to replace Varejao
      The Cavs are reportedly doing their due diligence but are in no rush to find a replacement for Anderson Varejao (Achilles).

      Advice: The Cavs are reportedly intrigued by going with a small ball lineup, so it appears nothing is imminent on the trade front. Tristan Thompson looks to be the primary beneficiary with Varejao being ruled out for the rest of the season, and he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • 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
      Yesterday, 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
      Yesterday, 12:25 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Tristan Thompson likely starter for Cleveland
      Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup after it was learned that Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

      Advice: Thompson is a capable big who can rebound and score, but he isn't the most efficient player on offense and doesn't register a lot of defensive stats with season averages of 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals per game. However, he should be in line for a big boost in playing time and should be worth owning in all leagues moving forward. Varejao can be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:29 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

      Advice: This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:17 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Anderson Varejao's injury doesn't look good
      According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

      Advice: This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:32 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Anderson Varejao may have injured Achilles?
      The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

      Advice: Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • 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
    • Harrison Barnes quiet in 28 minutes vs. LAK
      Harrison Barnes finished Tuesday's surprising loss to the Lakers with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and he's likely to maintain 12-team fantasy value while starting for Golden State, but owners should keep a close eye on his role now that David Lee is healthy. The Warriors only have one more game this week and they're one of 14 teams that play only three times in Week 10, so Barnes' owners should brace themselves for limited production until the New Year. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:16 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Perry Jones scoreless in 25 minutes Tuesday
      Perry Jones started at SF with Kevin Durant (ankle) out on Tuesday, but he went scoreless with three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: Jones, who scored 12 points on Sunday, missed all five of his shots and remains too inconsistent for fantasy use even when Durant is unavailable. With KD day-to-day, Jones belongs on the waiver wire in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:38 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • Anderson Varejao (ankle) seen in walking boot
      Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

      Advice: Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Anderson Varejao exits with leg/ankle injury
      Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

      Advice: He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • 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
    • 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
    • Boris DIaw scores season-high 23 points
      Boris Diaw scored a season-high 23 points against the Clippers during a 125-118 win on Monday with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's playing a lot of minutes and is filling it up. Over his last five games, Diaw averaged 12.2 points, 6.8 boards, 4.8 assists and 1.2 triples in 32.8 minutes per game. Diaw won't be playing this much now that the Spurs are getting guys back, but he's worth a look in standard leagues until Kawhi Leonard (hand) returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:59 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • Ed Davis, Ronnie Price still starting for LAK
      Byron Scott intends to start Ed Davis and Ronnie Price for at least another 8-to-13 games, as he's been pleased with the early returns of his lineup change.

      Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin have both lost value with the second unit and there's no relief in sight for fantasy owners. Scott will re-evaluate the lineup after the 8-13 games are up, and it's entirely possible that Davis and Price will keep their jobs indefinitely. Boozer has played well as a reserve and Lin has just enough upside to keep on your bench, though both guys are treading water as late-round values. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:20 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
    • OKC needs more out of Perry Jones?
      Coach Scott Brooks said he needs more out of Perry Jones.

      Advice: After a nightmare performance without any stats against the Lakers on Friday, Jones had 12 points and four rebounds on Sunday. He should continue to start while Kevin Durant (ankle) is on the mend, which shouldn't be much longer. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:27 am
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • 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
      Monday, 10:25 am
    • LeBron James doing more ballhandling now
      LeBron James has increased the amount of ballhandling he's doing for the Cavs.

      Advice: Since LeBron took over increased point guard duties, the Cavs are 11-4 in their last 15 games. James has at least nine assists in three of his last four games, and he's now averaging 7.8 assists per game, the second-highest mark of his career. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:13 am
    • Perry Jones scores 12 points in start Sunday
      Perry Jones scored 12 points in the starting lineup on Sunday, adding four boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Kevin Durant (ankle) should return any day now, but Jones will be worth a look in deeper leagues if KD continues to miss time. Owners in standard leagues can probably do much better. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:38 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 pm
    • Luol Deng scores 23 points in Miami's victory
      Luol Deng scored 23 points in Sunday's win vs. the Celtics, equaling his second-highest scoring total of the season on 9-of-15 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs.

      Advice: One of his makes came from downtown, and he added three rebounds, one assist and two steals to round out a very nice fantasy line in 36 minutes of action. His minutes have spiked over the past few weeks, which could leave him open to injury, but his owners can't complain while he's racking up mid-round production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:49 pm
    • Anderson Varejao hits 9-of-12 FGs for 18 pts
      Anderson Varejao poured in 18 efficient points during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • Perry Jones starting Sunday with Durant out
      Perry Jones will start at SF for the Thunder on Sunday with Kevin Durant (ankle) unavailable.

      Advice: A start for Jones doesn't necessarily mean that he'll have fantasy value, as he finished Friday's win vs. the Lakers scoreless without any stats to his credit in 12 minutes of action. When asked whether he needs more production from Jones as a starter, coach Scott Brooks replied, "Yeah ... yeah." Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:38 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • 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
      Sunday, 12:47 pm
    • 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
      Sunday, 9:52 am
    • 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
      Sunday, 8:40 am
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:57 pm
    • 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
      Saturday, 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
      Saturday, 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
      Saturday, 8:23 am
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday
      Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Boris Diaw will start Friday vs. Portland
      Boris Diaw will start for Friday's game vs. Portland, sending Matt Bonner back to the bench.

      Advice: Diaw's numbers with the starting unit are nearly identical to his numbers as a reserve, so this news has a greater impact on Bonner who becomes negligible when coming off the bench. Diaw can only be considered a low-end asset in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:45 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Perry Jones is expected to start on Friday
      Perry Jones is likely going to start against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: He looked great before his knee contusion last month, but the return of Russell Westbrook took the gem out of his donut for stats. Jones might have a decent game against an awful defense, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues. It's worth mentioning he did only play six minutes in the second half on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:36 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: There has been talk of Anthony shutting things down to get his knee right, so we'd say he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. If he's unable to go Travis Wear could get another start, but he shouldn't be considered an option in standard leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr., however, would be a primary option on offense if Melo is unavailable, so he’d be the guy to target in dailies. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:50 am
    • 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
      Friday, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:02 pm
    • Harrison Barnes getting a face procedure
      Harrison Barnes will have a minor procedure on his nose on Friday, but doesn't expect to miss time.

      Advice: He played well against the Thunder on Thursday with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Barnes is a low-end player to hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:59 pm
    • 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
      Thursday, 10:57 pm
    • Perry Jones plays 19 minutes
      Perry Jones played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He picked up some extra playing time with Kevin Durant (ankle) going down tonight. Jones had a couple bright spots while the Thunder were banged up, but there is still no need to pick him up in most cases because KD should be back quickly. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:50 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Cha
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

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

      Advice: There is talk of people advising him to sit out for a few weeks, so Anthony could miss time despite how he said he wants to play. With Anthony out, the Knicks are going to have to come up with some creative ways to score the ball. Tim Hardaway Jr. is probably their best bet based on how he carried the Knicks at summer league. Pablo Prigioni, Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon may be used in two-PG lineups, too. Anthony should be considered questionable for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:34 pm
    • LeBron James not embarrassed by Hawks loss
      LeBron James said he wasn't embarrassed by Wednesday's 29-point loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: After Cavs head coach David Blatt characterized the loss as embarrassing in his post-game press conference, LeBron didn't seem to be on the same page as his coach. "Nah, I'm embarrassed losing the Finals," James said when asked if the loss was embarrassing. While James and the Cavs still have some work to do, he's averaging 31.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last four games so his fantasy owners can't be too upset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:24 am
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Boris Diaw scores 17 points with 13 boards
      Boris Diaw scored 17 points with 13 boards, five assists and three 3-pointer sin 39 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

      Advice: It was his first double-double of the season and he matched his season high in triples tonight. Diaw has been a valuable piece for the Spurs this season when they sit their veterans. While he is 32, he hasn't sat any game this season, which could change after tonight. He's a low-end player to own in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • LeBron posts pedestrian line in ugly loss
      LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's blowout 127-98 loss to the Hawks, the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Advice: It's hard to explain how this one happened, as the Hawks were playing without starting point guard Jeff Teague, but Shelvin Mack got hot in the second quarter and the Cavs never threatened again. James played OK, but his owners were hoping for more than this in most instances. Due to the lopsided score, LeBron and most other starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 pm
    • David Lee, Andrew Bogut out for Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Thunder.

      Advice: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out again on Wednesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is no surprise, as Bosh is considered out indefinitely and could miss several weeks. Josh McRoberts (knee) could be lost for the season, so it will be up to Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Willimas to soak up extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:51 am
       
      Injured
    • Serge Ibaka has season-high seven blocks
      Serge Ibaka had a season-high seven blocks on Tuesday vs. the Kings, adding nine points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The blocks were great, but the rest of the line was rather boring and there is no question that he has really struggled rebounding the ball this season. Ibaka should break out of his slump soon, and owners will have no choice but to be patient with him. He is still a must-start player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:19 pm
    • Luol Deng plays 40 minutes in win on Tuesday
      Luol Deng played 40 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Nets, finishing with 18 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The fact that he played 40 minutes should make his owners nervous, as Deng has been extremely injury-prone over the past couple of seasons. However, the Heat are dealing with several key injuries such as Chris Bosh (calf) and Josh McRoberts (knee), so Deng may have to carry the load for the Heat for the foreseeable future. Expect a bump in his value and consider him a must-start player in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:40 pm
    • Marreese Speights drops 18-8-2 line in loss
      Marreese Speights came off the bench for 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

      Advice: With news that Andrew Bogut's knee injury might be more serious than we were initially led to believe, Picking up Speights might be a good idea. He usually gets just 19 minutes a game, but saw more than that tonight and could be a very effective fantasy player if Bogut is going to miss extended time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:26 pm
    • Dray Green hits 2-of-11 shots in loss
      Draymond Green hit just 2-of-11 shots and was 0-for-4 from downtown in Tuesday's loss at Memphis, which snapped the Dubs' 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Despite his dismal shooting, Green was still effective with four points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a career-high five blocks. He's blocked at least two shots in three straight games and with Andrew Bogut's knee injury suddenly becoming a bigger concern, Green's role is going to remain strong with this team, even when David Lee returns. Hang onto him at all costs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:11 pm
    • Harrison Barnes wears face mask in loss
      Harrison Barnes played through his facial injury on Tuesday wearing a mask, and finished with eight points, 11 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer as the Warriors saw their 16-game winning streak come to a halt in Memphis.

      Advice: Barnes likely would have fared better without the obtrusive mask, but he was effective while helping to make up for the loss of Andrew Bogut. It looks like Barnes dodged a bullet with this injury and is still a guy we're in favor of owning across the board right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    • Harrison Barnes will play Tuesday vs Grizz
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) will play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Barnes will play with a generic protective mask after receiving two stitches to his mouth and said that he will get fitted for a custom mask once the Warriors return home. Fantasy owners can feel free to start Barnes as they normally would, while Andre Iguodala misses out on the value boost he would've had if Barnes missed Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 am
    • Spoelstra unsure how long Chris Bosh out
      Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how long Chris Bosh (calf) will be out and can't even put a guess on it.

      Advice: While Bosh was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Spoelstra's comments allude to a lengthier absence than just a game or two. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out and Dwyane Wade (illness) questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets, we could see a lot of Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Williams in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:32 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Point Bebe: Boris Diaw drops nine dimes
      Boris Diaw handed out a season-high nine assists against the Blazers on Monday with 10 points, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He didn't top 26 minutes in any of his previous six games, but was up to 36 tonight with the Spurs resting the cavalry. Diaw has fared well on most of his nights while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are resting, so just keep this line in mind in the future. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:43 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • LeBron posts massive line in win over CHA
      LeBron James scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and three blocks in Monday's 97-88 win over the Hornets.

      Advice: James is starting to get it going and the biggest issue with his fantasy value is his 49 percent shooting this year. For comparison's sake he shot 56.6 percent over the last two seasons and it's a reflection of the struggles the Cavs are having getting to know one another. Look for that to improve, but a bad fantasy playoff schedule and new competition at the top of fantasy leagues have taken the crown off his head. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 pm
    • Thompson posts empty line on Monday
      Tristan Thompson scored 10 points with five rebounds in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and owners that may have been chasing his hot streak are reminded of his limitations tonight. He's a deep league asset only. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:20 pm
    • Harrison Barnes is questionable for Tuesday
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, but coach Steve Kerr said he'd be shocked if Barnes doesn't play.

      Advice: He had a visit to the dentist on Monday and needed two stitches to his mouth, but chances are he'll be able to play. The Warriors only have two games this week, so Barnes isn't an option in weekly leagues. Andre Iguodala would benefit sans Barnes. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:32 am
    • David Lee, Bogut ruled out for Tuesday night
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Lee's hamstring is going to need to go through some rigorous testing because the Warriors do not even need him with of Draymond Green playing like an All-Star. He is probably worth stashing in most leagues, but his upside isn't really going to be a top-80 player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 am
    • Chris Bosh out Tuesday, could miss weeks?
      Chris Bosh (calf) was a limited participant in Monday's practice and will not travel to Brooklyn for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Bosh is facing the possibility of missing weeks with his calf injury, but it sounds like it will really be day-by-day for the time being. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out indefinitely and Dwyane Wade (flu) questionable against the Nets, the Heat are devolving into a giant mess. Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem and Shawne Williams will help to fill in for Bosh (and McRoberts). Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Harrison Barnes getting teeth fixed Monday
      Harrison Barnes is visiting the dentist to get his teeth fixed on Monday.

      Advice: Barnes also needed two stitches in his mouth, and the exact dental work he'll need is to be determined when he goes in on Monday. We'll mark him sidelined considering he needs a dental procedure, but it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't miss any time. He returned to action on Sunday after getting the stitches. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:34 am
    • Draymond Green used cotton to stop bleeding
      Draymond Green finished Sunday's win with a cotton ball in his nostril to stop the bleeding.

      Advice: Green finished with 11 points, 13 boards, five assists, a steal and four blocks, so clearly the cotton didn't impact his ability to ball out. Despite David Lee's (hamstring) impending return, Green is on fire and showing no signs of slowing down. He's one of the best bargain-bin values of the season to date. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:32 am
    • Serge Ibaka's slump continues
      Serge Ibaka stayed cold on Sunday with 12 points, four rebounds and no blocks in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: He got into some foul trouble and then the Thunder ran away with the game. He had zero rebounds last Thursday before fouling out and is mired in a slump, averaging 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five games. He's had five or fewer rebounds in four of his last five games, but owners have to keep running him out there and hope that he'll break out of the funk sooner than later. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:52 am
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