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  • Report: Teams inquiring about Brandon Bass
    Various scouts and front-office types have reportedly begun to inquire about the availability of veteran forward Brandon Bass.

    Advice: The Celtics currently own a record of 4-8, so they'll need to make a decision as to whether they're going to try and compete for a playoff spot, or go into a full rebuild. At 29-years-old, Bass doesn't make sense on a rebuilding team, so the Celtics may look to trade him for a younger asset or draft picks. It's not currently known what teams have reached out to the Celtics, and Danny Ainge has not made himself available to comment on the situation, but it is something worth monitoring. Bass doesn't get enough consistent minutes in Boston to be worth any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    46 minutes ago
  • Monty wants more shots for Anthony Davis
    Pelicans' head coach Monty Williams wants Anthony Davis to be taking at least 20 shots a game.

    Advice: "Anthony cannot be in a game and not touch the ball," said Williams. "We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night." Monty's comments came a day after Davis shot 4-of-12 from the field during a 99-89 loss to the Kings. Davis also only attempted one shot during the entire fourth quarter of that one, which is simply not acceptable. Williams' desire to force feed Davis the rock has to be music to fantasy owners years, and it can only improve his already gaudy averages of 25.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, and 2.1 steals per game. He's an early MVP candidate, and the best player in fantasy basketball right now, enjoy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Cory Joseph questionable for Friday vs Kings
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Joseph is only averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season, so Joseph's status means more to the injury-depleted Spurs than it does to fantasy owners. If Joseph is again unable to play, Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli would handle the ball when Tony Parker is on the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:00 am
     
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  • Mavericks reassign Ricky Ledo to D-League
    The Dallas Mavericks have reassigned Ricky Ledo to the D-League.

    Advice: Ledo has only averaged 3.0 minutes over 11 games to start the season, so this move comes as no surprise. The rookie will now report to the Texas Legends and continue to hold no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:49 am
  • Ty Lawson hands out 12 assists
    Ty Lawson fueled the offense against the Suns on Wednesday during a 120-112 loss, making 4-of-16 from the field for 17 points with seven rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played 40 minutes tonight and has seen a major increase in minutes lately. Lawson looks healthy and he did make a respectable 45.1 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. His fantasy owners shouldn't worry about the production and just need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well again despite back
    Jeremy Lin continues to play through a tender back and hit 4-of-9 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Despite the back issue, Lin has averaged 31 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And that's a vast improvement over his early-season struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Wes Johnson quietly fills stat sheet
    Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-5 shots for five points on Wednesday, but added five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a big game on Sunday with seven points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks, but it's important to keep in mind he's scored in double figures just three times this season, the last coming back on Nov. 12. Regardless of what else he's doing, his total lack of scoring makes him nearly unownable in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Gee's up: Alonzo gets 18 minutes
    Alonzo Gee picked up 18 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: He has seen playing time on occasion and even played over Kenneth Faried down the stretch in a game earlier this season. The Nuggets will likely throw him out there for minutes in the low 20s with Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) hurt. He's only an option in deep leagues, of course. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Zach LaVine plays OK in start on Wed.
    Zach LaVine started in place on Mo Williams (illness) on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 103-86 loss, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, three turnovers and five fouls in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Williams is not expected to be out much longer and will travel with the team. LaVine hasn't really done much to warrant more than 22 minutes per game and there are just going to be too many negatives to his fantasy value. Additionally, tonight was the first time in NBA history four teenagers, LaVine, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, were on the court at the same time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Ginobili! Manu goes for season-high 28 in win
    Manu Ginobili hit 10-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 28 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: There was no way to see this one coming, as he had totaled just 19 points over his last four games and hasn't scored more than 28 points in a game since last February. He ruined Danny Green tonight, but it's nice to know he can still produce on occasion. He's not trustworthy enough to be owned in most leagues, but is worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Danny Green disappears in win over Pacers
    Danny Green cooled off on Wednesday, hitting just 1-of-4 shots for two points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Green was cooking coming in and had scored 21 and 18 points in his previous two games, but Manu Ginobili decided to return to form tonight with 28 points, leaving Green in his wake. Green should bounce back sooner than later, but a healthy and confident Ginobili is not great news for Green's owners. He did at least salvage his line tonight with the blocks and steal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Corey Brewer gets some ball-handling in
    Corey Brewer helped handle the ball against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 7-of-17 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, seven turnovers and on triples.

    Advice: Some players shouldn't be the focal point of an offense and Brewer is almost certainly going to see his efficiency drop with the Wolves being shorthanded. He's shot just 39.5 percent from the field in his last three games without Kevin Martin, so his season shooting of 46.5 percent is likely heading south for the winter. Still, the treys, steals and points make him a low-end fantasy option. He's not a must-own player due to ugly foul shooting, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Boris Diaw awful in win over Pacers
    Boris Diaw hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He also committed three turnovers in his worst game of the season. He had scored in double figures in his previous three games, but was scoring in single figures for most of the season prior to his hot streak. He's always worth a look in fantasy leagues, but is simply unreliable in the Spurs offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Copeland coping with fewer minutes for Indy
    Chris Copeland came off the bench and played just 23 minutes to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: David West is finally expected back on Friday from a severely sprained ankle as Copeland's minutes and production have been slipping. Once West is back, Copeland is probably waiver-wire material in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 22 points on Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey got loose against the Spurs' defense to hit 9-of-20 shots for 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a team-high 35 minutes.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes on Monday and had 12 points, and is starting to play a little bit like the guy we were talking about as a sleeper early in the season. He's not likely to fill the stat sheet on most night, but he's probably going to score points for the depleted Pacers and he's averaging a respectable 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last four games. It comes with a price though, as he's shooting just 37 percent over that stretch, but he's just now getting healthy. If you need a scorer in a deep league, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has well-rounded game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo played well in his 26 minutes against the Wolves during a 103-86 win on Wednesday with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He's alternated good and bad games in his last five, turning in averages of 12.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals, no blocks and no triples in that span. Antetokounmpo is going to need to increase his output in blocks and treys to really break out, but he's capable of doing it. Keep him owned for now because some other owner will pick up the buzzy player if you drop him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Carlos Boozer looks awful in return
    Carlos Boozer returned to action on Wednesday with four points, six boards, one assist and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He committed his two fouls in the first three minutes of the game, so that explains the low minutes and not the shoulder injury. Boozer has been handled throughout the season and the Lakers have to regret picking him up at least somewhat. He has a low upside and isn't the great play in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 13, but end of run is near
    Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • James Harden scores 26 points on 31 FGAs
    James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas getting hot, scores 21
    Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 10-of-15 from the field.

    Advice: This is his third effective game in a row with an average of 13.5 points per game in his previous two. He's also seen a major bump in minutes with 35.7 per game over his last three. The Rockets won't get Terrence Jones (leg) back any time soon and Dwight Howard (knee) is out, so Motiejunas is worth a look in all standard leagues now that he seems to have figured it out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Long range Canaan: Isaiah hits six treys
    Isaiah Canaan scored a career-high 24 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, four assists, four steals and six 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was open all night in easily his best game as a pro. Canaan was coming in with no momentum with only 15 points combined in his previous four games and Jason Terry was actually gaining ground on him. Considering how Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is out for a bit, Canaan is worth a look. Although, he has a bad matchup against Chris Paul on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 22 points vs. Hawks
    Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Al Horford scores 23 on 16 shot attempts
    Al Horford made 11-of-16 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had foul trouble on Tuesday in one of his worst games of the year, but Horford is starting to see his shots go up. It's just the second time he's been over 20 points all season, and there should be more of those games as he gets into a rhythm. Even with the low scoring of 13.3 points per game, Horford was still putting up third-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Serge Ibaka has 20 pts, four blocks vs. Jazz
    Serge Ibaka's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 20 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: His big night helped the Thunder snap a six-game losing streak, and it's what fantasy owners have been waiting for most of the season -- he racked up defensive stats while consistently scoring from distance (all but five of Ibaka's 19 shots came outside of the paint). He's found his footing after a rocky few weeks to start the season, and he should only improve upon the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 21 points in 24 minutes
    Jeremy Lamb caught fire in 24 minutes of action vs. the Jazz, scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 shots including three 3-pointers, while adding four boards, two assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Lamb also turned the ball over three times before fouling out of the game in a frenetic performance that earned him a loud ovation from the home crowd in OKC. He was averaging 6.0 points in just 16.7 minutes in his past three games and it's futile to guess when he might explode off the bench. Most fantasy owners would be best served ignoring him, especially with Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand) on the verge of returning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo could play some center
    Giannis Antetokounmpo could play some center against the Wolves on Wednesday with John Henson (foot) out.

    Advice: "Giannis can find himself there, too," coach Jason Kidd said. "Why not? He's 7 feet." He's playing every position, but the Bucks have cooled on him as a point guard. He was a big letdown on Tuesday, but maybe he gets it going in a matchup full of young players tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Cory Joseph out Wednesday w/ sprained ankle
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Joseph was doubtful to play but he remains day-to-day, so he could be back as soon as Friday's game vs. the Kings. The Spurs don't have a pure backup PG but they're comfortable handing the ball to Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
     
    Injured
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Williams (illness) out
    Zach LaVine will start at PG for the Wolves on Wednesday due to Mo Williams' absence with an illness.

    Advice: LaVine has started four games this season and his averages are a cautionary tale for fantasy owners -- 7.5 points on 34.4 percent shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.3 steals and 3.3 turnovers. Williams is day-to-day and LaVine is best left untouched in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Carlos Boozer (shoulder) will start vs. Memphis
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, the Ed Davis Revenge Game will have to be from a bench role. Boozer missed Sunday against the Nuggets and it sounds like he should see his normal minutes. He's still not going to be a great play tonight against a terrific interior defense. Jordan Hill also will not have to play 42 minutes, which matched a career high. On the other side of the matchup, Zach Randolph could have a big game against Boozer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Ty Lawson leads Nuggets w/ 20 pts, 12 dimes
    Ty Lawson posted 20 points, one 3-pointer, 12 assists, three steals and a rare block in Tuesday's win over the visiting Bulls.

    Advice: This was Lawson's second 20 & 10 game of the season, the last one coming on Nov. 17, and he's averaging a terrific 16.3 points, 0.8 threes, 2.4 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He started out slow and missed one game with a lingering ankle injury but has since played without any physical limitations, so fantasy owners can look confidently toward his rest-of-season output. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Anthony Davis struggles w/ illness vs. Kings
    Anthony Davis battled an illness during Tuesday's game, which he finished with just 14 points (4-of-12 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: "Just because I’m a little sick doesn't mean I can afford to play like that," Davis said after the game. While the illness may have contributed to his relatively quiet evening, the Pelicans also did a poor job of feeding him the ball in the second half. He's been the number one fantasy player this year, bar none, and is likely to take out his frustrations vs. the Hawks on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots 1-of-13 Tuesday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo had a brutal night on Tuesday, making just 1-of-13 field goals to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He also got into foul trouble but still logged 31 minutes, and coach Jason Kidd is showing increasing faith in him as a starter. Antetokounmpo is shooting 52.5 percent on the season, so tonight's dud should be viewed as an aberration. Look for him to bounce back vs. the Wolves' lenient defense on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Al Horford limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Al Horford was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's game, playing only 23 minutes and finishing with seven points, seven boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 shots and it wasn't a total bust for fantasy owners, who should take his rare foul-plagued dud in stride. He'd scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday and should begin a new streak vs. Toronto on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:46 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: If Joseph is unable to play, Manu Ginobili will be asked to do a little more as the Spurs backup point guard, and Tony Parker will see some extended minutes. Joseph is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 assists through 17.5 minutes of action this season, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
     
    Injured
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (sprained left ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph has been targeting Wednesday as his potential return date but the Spurs' training staff must not be on the same page. If he does sit out, expect guys like Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli and even Boris Diaw to handle the ball more when Tony Parker isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
     
    Injured
  • Boozer (shoulder) misses Tuesday's practice
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday, and remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: If Boozer is unable to go, Ed Davis (ankle) will draw another start. Davis struggled with foul trouble during his last outing, fouling out in just 22 minutes of action, but if he can get that under control he could provide some nice value in the blocks category. Davis figures to be a low-end option in standard leagues as the starting power forward for the Lakers, but a matchup vs. Memphis isn't exactly alluring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:05 pm
  • Scola double-doubles with versatile line
    Luis Scola had a uncharacteristic versatile line in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, one three and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Scola has been productive and will probably enjoy the rest of his four-game week, but he will lose his low-end value sooner rather than later when David West and Roy Hibbert return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Harden scores season-high 36 points
    James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Stuckey (wrist) productive in busy 32 minutes
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) logged 32 minutes on Monday against the Mavs, scoring 12 points on 2-of-9 shooting (2-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: Given his inability to stay healthy the heavy workloads recently are an uncomfortable bonus, so give him a look in deeper formats but don't drop anybody of real value just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • Copeland's value goes into the tank
    Chris Copeland scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three treys, one board and that's it in 14 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Copeland never had any real value in standard leagues unless you were punting half your categories and who does that. Even though he hit three treys he's waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Motiejunas nears solid double-double vs. NY
    Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal, one block and one three in 32 minutes against the Knicks.

    Advice: Motie beating up on the Knicks and getting his usually non-existent peripheral stats isn't swinging the pendulum here, but he has been much more productive than he usually is lately. With Terrence Jones (leg) out long-term and Dwight Howard (knee) a question mark at this moment, we're all on the hunt for the beneficiary and right now Kostas Papanikolaou has a much better stat-set to get the job done with. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Canaan quiet in start for Beverley
    Isaiah Canaan was quiet in another start for Patrick Beverley (hamstring) on Monday, scoring seven points with three assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Canaan hit 2-of-8 shots with a three and on the whole he doesn't have any real fantasy value. If you want to give him a desperation look or use him in DFS games, he's probably a coin flip to pay off at best. Beverley has about a week on his initial timetable. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Lou Williams stays hot with 17 points
    Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan will start on Monday night
    Isaiah Canaan will start on Monday night against the Knicks.

    Advice: It will be his seventh start of the season, but he hasn't done much in his previous starts with averages of 11.5 points, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples. The triples make him someone worth owning in deeper leagues right now, especially with Pat Beverley (hamstring) possible out for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Carlos Boozer misses practice on Monday
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) missed practice on Monday.

    Advice: He missed Sunday's game against the Nuggets despite being listed as probable. Boozer has been a guy who usually takes a lot longer to get over his injuries, so there is a chance he sits on Wednesday against the Grizzlies. If that is the case, Ed Davis (ankle) and Robert Sacre will get some more playing time. Jordan Hill also played a ridiculous 42 minutes on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:22 pm
  • Ty Lawson getting back to setting the table
    Brian Shaw credited Ty Lawson for Denver's recent four-game winning streak.

    Advice: "It all comes back to Ty setting the table for everybody," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "When he comes out aggressive offensively and he's attacking the paint, it makes it easier for everybody else." In wins, Lawson is averaging 12.8 points and 10.2 assists, while in losses he's averaging 19.0 points and 8.2 assists. As long as he can keep his ankle healthy, Lawson should continue to thrive. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:50 am
  • Rodney Stuckey upgraded to probable Monday
    Rodney Stuckey (left wrist) has been upgraded to probable on Monday after going through shootaround on Monday.

    Advice: Previously listed as questionable, Stuckey's probable designation is a good indication that he'll give it a go. Now that he's healthy enough to play, he'll look to build on the meager production he's amassed so far this season. We'd like to see him stay healthy and be a lot more efficient before recommending him as a fantasy play, but that may be asking too much. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:31 am
  • Mavericks recall Ricky Ledo from the D-League
    Mavericks recall G Ricky Ledo from the D-League.

    Advice: Ledo will go back to sitting at the end of the bench for Dallas. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:03 am
  • Cory Joseph aiming to return on Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is aiming to return on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph's ankle swelled after injuring it on Friday, but he thinks almost a week off will be enough to get back out there. Unless he has a setback, it sounds like his absence will last all of one game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:13 am
     
    Injured
  • Ty Lawson drops 16 assists in overtime win
    Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.

    Advice: This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:45 pm
  • Wes Johnson has 12 boards w/ extras vs. DEN
    Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) has 17 points w/ full line
    Jeremy Lin (back) wasn't limited in Sunday's disappointing loss to Denver, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lin missed Saturday's practice as a precaution but his status was never truly in doubt, and he'll get a few extra days of rest before Wednesday's game vs. the red-hot Grizzlies. After a slow start to the season, Lin has steadily improved over the past four games, averaging 13.3 points on 60.5 percent shooting, with 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:38 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb shoots 0-of-6 vs. Warriors
    Jeremy Lamb never got going in 12 minutes off the bench on Sunday, missing all six of his field goal attempts to finish with five points on 5-of-5 free throws.

    Advice: He added one board and one assist without any defensive stats, and this disappearing act is precisely why he's so frustrating to own in fantasy leagues. His big games are scattered among many more duds, and he's only worth attention in deep leagues while guys like Andre Roberson, Anthony Morrow and Lance Thomas are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:08 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts, blocks five shots
    Serge Ibaka tied his season high with five blocks in Sunday's tough loss to the Warriors, while scoring 16 points on 5-of-17 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: Ibaka also grabbed eight rebounds and the blocks are a welcome sight for his fantasy owners, even if his poor FG percentages are an ongoing concern. He was 0-of-2 from downtown tonight, but 11 shots came from outside 10 feet of the rim, as coach Scott Brooks has encouraged Ibaka to fire away beyond the paint. Shot selection has taken a major toll on Ibaka's FG percentages, but the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should have an ameliorative effect. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
  • Carlos Boozer (shoulder) ruled out vs. Denver
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable after missing Saturday's practice, was downgraded to questionable on Sunday afternoon, and ultimately ruled out an hour before tip-off. Ed Davis will get the start at PF in his absence, which should shore up the Lakers' leaky interior defense, and he's worth spot-starting as long as Boozer is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:12 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable for Mon.
    Rodney Stuckey (sprained left wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The injury is to his non-shooting hand, so there's the positive in this situation. Stuckey just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, and is currently averaging just 10.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game on 38.2 percent shooting from the field. Stuckey will have plenty of opportunity when he's finally able to play, but right now, he doesn't look to be worth owning in standard leagues. If he's unable to go, Donald Sloan will continue to get all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Carlos Boozer (shoulder) questionable Sunday
    Carlos Boozer (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: If Boozer is unable to go, Ed Davis will draw the start, and depending on how Davis fares the move could become permanent. Scott has grown tired of Boozer's uninspired play on the defensive end, as he's currently sitting on a +/- rating of minus-90 on the season. Meanwhile, Davis has been racking up the defensive stats in limited playing time and is currently a plus-6 on the year. If Boozer is unable to suit up Sunday, Davis could see his minutes in the 30s, and would make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:06 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) will play Sunday vs. Denver
    Jeremy Lin said that his back is fine and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The injury was never considered serious, so go ahead and get him in your lineups. Lin is not getting a lot of FGA this year playing next to Kobe Bryant, averaging just 8.0 attempts per game to go with 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and a career-worst 0.8 steals. He's not a must-start guy on a nightly basis, but as the only true starting-caliber point guard in LA, he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Serge Ibaka encouraged to shoot outside
    Serge Ibaka has tied his career highs for both 3-point makes (23) and attempts (60) this season, and coach Scott Brooks expects the trend to continue.

    Advice: "He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game," Brooks said. "But three or four a game is a good number for him." The increase in perimeter shooting has been a mixed blessing -- Thunder writer Anthony Slater notes that Ibaka is taking only 26 percent of his shots within 10 feet of the rim this year, down from 47 percent last year. As a consequence his FG percentage has fallen dramatically, from 53.6 percent to a career-worst 46.5 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:07 am
  • Lou Williams earns praise for his defense
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

    Advice: "Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:59 am
  • Anthony Davis scores career-high 43 points
    Anthony Davis scored a career-high 43 points on 16-of-23 from the field against the Jazz on Saturday to go with 14 boards, two steals and one block.

    Advice: We promise this is not from a video game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:01 pm
  • Danny Green drops 25 on 105.0 eFG%
    Danny Green kept his momentum going on Saturday against the Nets with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 105.0 effective field goal percentage. Green is money in fantasy leagues and he has seven blocks in his last two games. There's no reason why he should be on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:50 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 20 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points against the Wizards during a 111-100 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He made all eight shots from the line and was 6-of-11 from the field in the loss. Antetokounmpo has started to get into a groove on the offensive end and his discovery of the one-dribble drive has gone a long way to help his shooting percentages. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but most of value will likely lie in March and April. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • James Harden bounces back, wins it for Rox
    James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Harden was fouled late, made the shot and hit the free throw for a tough 3-point play to put the Rockets ahead for good on Saturday. He scored just six points on Tuesday, but bounced back for 24 points on Thursday and 32 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas racks up 14 & 12 in win
    Donatas Motiejunas played a whopping 38 minutes (season high) and hit 5-of-7 shots on his way to 14 points, 12 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Saturday.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers, but who cares? He's been getting some decent run with Dwight Howard out, but this was easily his best game of the season. He had played just 18 minutes in each of his last two games, but got big run tonight, and it paid off. He's still a shaky play in daily or standard leagues, but as long as Howard and Terrence Jones are out, he's at least worth a look from night to night. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Lou Williams drops career-high 36 vs. Cavs
    Lou Williams was unstoppable vs. the Cavs on Saturday, setting a new career-high with 36 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) on Saturday, adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 9-of-9 free throws in his first nine minutes alone, and this is an extreme example of the instant offense that Toronto was hoping he'd provide when they traded for him this summer. His 18-20 minute bench role isn't well-suited to sustainable fantasy value, unfortunately, and he's likely to remain an unsteady option in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey exits w/ sprained left wrist
    Rodney Stuckey sprained his left wrist after tripping over a photographer on Saturday, and he will not return.

    Advice: Stuckey is already struggling with his conditioning after missing time due to a foot injury, and we can only hope that this injury doesn't cost him any more time. X-rays were negative and we're considering him questionable for Monday's road game in Dallas -- with C.J. Watson (foot) and George Hill (ankle) already ruled out, Donald Sloan may need to once again log 40+ minutes if Stuckey doesn't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:08 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo back as Bucks starter
    Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to Milwaukee's starting lineup on Saturday, sending Jerryd Bayless to the bench.

    Advice: Jason Kidd unexpectedly benched Antetokounmpo on Friday, playing him 15 minutes in a blowout defeat vs. the Raptors. Giannis may still be dealing with a minor ankle injury but he's worth deploying now that he's reclaimed his spot in the Bucks' starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:58 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. Nets
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are without a backup point guard, but Manu Ginobili should help out there. That should also open up some minutes on the wing for Danny Green and Austin Daye. Joseph's injury doesn't sound serious. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
     
    Injured
  • Carlos Boozer has a sore shoulder issue
    Carlos Boozer is dealing with a sore shoulder and missed Saturday's practice, but he's probable to play vs. Denver on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no indication that he is in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game against the Nuggets. Boozer doesn't have any red flags on his shoulder and he probably just had a little too much contact at some point. If this does become an issue, Ed Davis would be a hot pickup. To be clear, Boozer sounds like he's OK. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:27 pm
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The injuries are not considered serious and both players are probable for Sunday's game. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:23 pm
  • Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner are doubtful
    Cory Joseph (ankle) and Matt Bonner (illness) are doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be in a little bit of trouble tonight with no backup point guard. In previous instances, they have used Manu Ginobili as the primary ball handler in the second unit and that should be the case tonight. Austin Daye may also get some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:34 am
     
    Injured
  • Al Horford happy to wear compression shirt
    Al Horford will continue to wear a compression shirt under his jersey, saying that it's "actually helped [him] a lot" as he returns from pectoral surgery.

    Advice: "I never really wanted to wear it," Horford said. "My trainers thought it was a good idea to help me. I was getting very stiff at times. With the shirt I notice it keeps it warm, keeps it tight." Horford is quietly returning to form, averaging 13.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, good enough for top-40 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Anthony Davis plays like a normal NBA star
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: This would have been a great line for any player, but Davis has completely spoiled his fantasy owners. He might turn it around and go for a 30-point, 20-board, 10-block game on Saturday against the Jazz or something. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet vs. Wolves
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and four 3-pointers during a 121-92 win.

    Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field and both free throws for one of the biggest stat lines of the night. Fantasy owners tend to focus on points too much, but Green has put up top-60 value on the season. He's worth owning in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Corey Brewer has a letdown in start
    Corey Brewer started against the Spurs on Friday during a 121-92 loss, scoring eight points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He made 3-of-10 from the field and is certainly going to have his issues in efficiency. Brewer has shot the ball a lot better in the past two seasons, but that was largely due to him getting easy buckets in transition. His efficiency will likely be headed south, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues until Kevin Martin (wrist) is back or until he gets dealt. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores seven off bench
    Zach LaVine scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He had three turnovers tonight and has an assist:turnover ratio below one in his last four games. Plus, he's shooting just 33 percent on the season. LaVine has a lot to learn and is not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) plays 15 minutes
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's status for Friday's game was all over the board, but he eventually decided to suit up and finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 15 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks got the snot beat out of them by the Raptors and in the grand scheme of things it probably would have been better for him to sit. We've been telling you he's a must-own player and that really shouldn't change based on a minor ankle injury, so if you buy into that you probably want to stay the course. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Joseph leaves game with ankle sprain
    Cory Joseph left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain and did not return.

    Advice: Joseph has played well in a backup role but as usual if he misses any time the rest of the rotation will absorb the minutes without a clear winner. He walked out of the arena under his own power and wasn't ready to rule himself out for Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:19 pm
     
    Injured
  • Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo is available
    Updating a previous item, Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is available to play against the Raptors.

    Advice: Just when you thought the Bucks weren't going to do their usual misinformation dance, they go ahead and do it. Coach Jason Kidd is making us miss Larry Drew, which is no small feat. Antetokounmpo might not play, but maybe he plays 47 minutes. Who knows? Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Diaw is starting again on Friday night
    Boris Diaw is starting again on Friday night against the Wolves.

    Advice: He is coming off his best game of the season and it was fairly obvious he was going to start tonight. Diaw probably won't be as great, but he's someone to consider in standard leagues against a weak Wolves team. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Corey Brewer is indeed starting on Friday
    Corey Brewer will get the start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, he'll join Mo Williams, Andrew Wiggins Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng against the champs. Brewer should pick up around eight minutes and could be in the mid-30s tonight while minutes should be dispersed to Muhammad, Anthony Bennett, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel tonight. Brewer is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Friday night
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: Well, it looks like he had some discomfort in his ankle. Antetokounmpo had an ugly ankle roll when he landed on Brandon Knight's foot on Wednesday, but he did play through it. He could miss more time and fantasy owners will want to put him on their benches. Jerryd Bayless will start, but the bigger winners in fantasy may be Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:39 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb moving to the bench
    Jeremy Lamb will move to the bench against the the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Andre Roberson is back in the starting lineup and isn't expected to play more than 20 minutes, so Lamb should still get some run. He's been far too inconsistent on the season to use in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has good chance to play
    Giannis Antetokounmpo "appears to be a go unless he reports some pain after warmups," according to C.F. Gardner of the Journal-Sentinel.

    Advice: When it comes to Bucks players being a game-time decision, we'll take whatever info we can get. Larry Sanders was a game-time decision on Wednesday, but the team didn't announce he was starting until seconds before the actual tip. Antetokounmpo owners will want to check back and might want to bench him unless he's clearly the best option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey working on his conditioning
    Rodney Stuckey is working on getting his conditioning back after spending two weeks on the sidelines.

    Advice: "I only played 26 minutes, but it felt like I played 35," Stuckey said after Wednesday's win over the Hornets. "It’s all about getting my legs back underneath me and getting my wind back up. Here within the next week or so I should be back to normal." Stuckey is going to be eased back into the rotation, but with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) out he'll have plenty of opportunity. However, he really doesn't do much aside from score, so he's not necessarily a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:09 pm
  • Corey Brewer likely to start for Wolves
    Corey Brewer is likely to start for the Wolves following the Kevin Martin (wrist) injury.

    Advice: While Brewer might be better off the bench, the Wolves are just running out of options with 80 percent of their opening night starting lineup not ready for Friday night against the Spurs. He should have some very nice short-term value, but the possibility of him being traded certainly casts some doubt on his value this year. He should be owned in standard leagues just because he has so many minutes going his way. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:16 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) headed for GTD
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's shootaround, and is headed for a game-time decision vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: "At shootaround he looked all right," head coach Jason Kidd said of Giannis. "We'll see how he feels in a couple hours." Kidd isn't one to make his lineups readily available, so we likely won't know of Giannis' status until just before tip-off. That being said, things are looking positive for The Greek Freak, but if he were to sit O.J. Mayo would see some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:58 am
  • Flip says Corey Brewer too valuable to trade
    Head coach and team president Flip Saunders stated during a recent interview that Corey Brewer is too valuable to the team to be traded.

    Advice: This seems like posturing more than anything, as the Timberwolves are currently sitting on record of 3-7. Saunders may value Brewer's hard-nosed defense, but his play isn't exactly equating to wins for the Wolves. He's averaging 10.2 points and 2.1 steals on the season over 23.5 minutes of action, so he can be viewed as a steals specialist for owners in deep leagues. However, if he is traded to a title contender (a team with a deep wing rotation), he'll likely become a non-factor in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:40 am
  • Mavs assign Ricky Ledo to the D-League
    The Mavericks have assigned G Ricky Ledo to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Ledo will get some action with the Texas Legends but he'll likely bounce right back to Dallas, where he's been riding the bench behind Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Corey Brewer had to gut through game Weds
    Corey Brewer (illness) admitted that he had to gut through Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Brewer wasn't certain if he would be able to suit up after missing morning shootaround, but was able to play 29 minutes despite his illness. "I was hurting so bad," Brewer said. The 28-year-old should be good-to-go for Friday's game against the Spurs, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues, despite the six steals on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:59 am
  • Ty Lawson goes for 15 & 15 in win
    Ty Lawson hit 6-of-13 shots for 15 points, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He somehow didn't hit a 3-pointer in either of his last two games, but has now hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games, which were all double-doubles with points. He's rolling right now and is a must-start in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Carlos Boozer turns in another big game
    Carlos Boozer scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-15 from the field and wasn't quite as hot as his 20-point, 10-board game on Tuesday. Nobody will bother trading for Boozer in your fantasy league, but he's worth owning as a low-upside guy for his points and boards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:10 am
  • Jeremy Lamb's inconsistency is consistent
    Jeremy Lamb hit just 2-of-5 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: If there's anything consistent about Lamb it's his inconsistency. He's scored 8, 19, 5, 24 and 5 points in each of his last five games and things could get a little dicey now. Sebastian Telfair broke out of a slump tonight, and shooting guard Andre Roberson finally returned from his injury tonight. And once Perry Jones is back from his knee injury, Lamb's productivity could fluctuate even more than it has lately. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Serge Ibaka breaks out of funk in loss
    Serge Ibaka went off for 22 points, 13 rebounds, zero blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Owners might think this is a season high for Ibaka, who has been pretty quiet thus far, but he had a 25-point game back on Nov. 4. This was his first 20-point game since, and while the lack of blocks was a little disappointing, we doubt owners are complaining. Hopefully this is a sign he's about to get hot, although most decent big men have a lot of success against the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:44 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas loses playing time
    Donatas Motiejunas played 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: He may have squandered his last real chance here. Motiejunas had his best opportunity of the season with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) out, but his fouls and turnovers were the headline for him tonight. Fantasy owners just can't trust him right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:29 pm
  • Corey Brewer has six steals against NYK
    Corey Brewer played through an illness on Wednesday and looked healthy with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and six steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer had an IV to help his dehydration and he was very questionable to play tonight. This was a big game for his trade value and he's unlikely to be this success again all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:15 pm
  • Zach LaVine still struggling off bench
    Zach LaVine came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 1-of-5 from the field.

    Advice: He's been awful in his five games since the Ricky Rubio injury, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists 0.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 32.4 percent from the field. LaVine is too raw to be counted on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Chris Copeland's minutes take a hit
    Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey take a lot of shots in return
    Rodney Stuckey returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Hornets, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He played mostly shooting guard and continues to turn in a high usage rate. Stuckey logged only 13.3 minutes per game, but now he's likely going to stay in the mid-20 range. Considering he doesn't usually shoot the ball well and doesn't do much outside of scoring, he's not a great player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores season-high 23 in win
    Brandon Bass hit 9-of-13 shots for a season-high 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Bass had only hit double digits in scoring in two games this season prior to tonight and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Boris Diaw shines as Spurs beat Cavs
    Boris Diaw played a team-high 39 minutes and hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in Wednesday's big win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: That's fantasy gold, right there, but the minutes were a big reason. Diaw normally gets 26 a night, but with Matt Bonner out, Diaw was a featured player for Gregg Popovich. This was his first double-digit scoring night since Nov. 5 and he's averaging 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers, meaning he's probably not worth owning in your league. But this is your sign to keep a close eye on him going forward, in case tonight was the start of a hot streak. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Zach LaVine shifts to Wolves bench vs. Knicks
    Zach LaVine will come off the bench on Wednesday with Mo Williams taking over as the starting PG.

    Advice: LaVine started the past four games but they were all Minnesota losses, and coach Flip Saunders has apparently seen enough of his rookie as the full-time starter. Neither LaVine nor Williams have had reliable value in Ricky Rubio's absence, but Williams is worth a long look now that he's running with the first unit. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:30 pm
  • Corey Brewer expected to play Wednesday
    Corey Brewer is expected to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The report does add "barring any changes," so it's not a 100 percent lock. Brewer should still be on most fantasy benches tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Boris Diaw is starting for Spurs
    Boris Diaw will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has usually been brought off the bench, but the Spurs are without Matt Bonner (illness) and Tiago Splitter (calf). Diaw did a nice job on LeBron last year in the Finals and will likely get more minutes than usual. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
  • Corey Brewer questionable with an illness
    Corey Brewer (illness) received an IV and is questionable to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, it's flu season. Brewer and Kevin Martin could both miss tonight, so Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson III, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel may all have to help out. Brewer should obviously be benched in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the Pacers as they have been ravaged by injuries all season long. It is unclear how many minutes Stuckey will see Wednesday, but he likely be eased into action. He will be worth a flier in deeper leagues while owners in standard leagues should keep a close eye on him. His return could spell trouble for the value of Donald Sloan and A.J. Price but that remains to be seen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Owners in deep leagues should definitely consider taking a flier on him due to the lack of depth the Pacers have right now with George Hill(knee) and C.J. Watson (ankle) still recovering from injury. Stuckey can put up points in a hurry and though his minutes might be limited at first, he could play a huge role for the Pacers this season. If he does suit up, he will eat into the minutes of Donald Sloan while shattering the value of A.J. Price. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:13 am
  • Anthony Davis keeps torrid pace in road win
    Anthony Davis continued his onslaught in Tuesday's road win vs. the Kings, notching 27 points (11-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He's on pace to become the only player in NBA history to lead the league in both steals and blocks, and the Pelicans' 21-year-old is sure to rack up untold records as his career unfolds. He's lapping the field for fantasy value, with only Steph Curry, LeBron James, James Harden and Chris Paul in the rearview mirror. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Serge Ibaka shoots just 2-of-13 in road loss
    Serge Ibaka had a rough night on Tuesday, making only 2-of-13 FGs to finish a lopsided road loss with six points, six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Ibaka's sweet-spot is as a second-option or third-option in the OKC offense, and his numbers should pick up once Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant get back on the court. He's still a top-50 value through 12 games, despite his disappointing start to the season, and fantasy owners should target him as a prime buy-low option. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb has well-rounded line vs. Utah
    Jeremy Lamb posted a nice all-around line in 36 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Lamb has been up-and-down since returning from his back injury on Nov. 7, but he has explosive potential with the Thunder desperately short-handed. He made only five of his 15 shot attempts tonight, but made up for it with a 6-of-6 mark at the FT line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Wes Johnson held to four points in 32 minutes
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's game with a mere four points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson has played the second-most minutes of any Lakers player this season, yet he's scored double-digit points just three times and is shooting an abysmal 31.8 percent from the field. Nick Young's return presents yet another challenge to his fantasy value, and owners can confidently leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Al Horford shoots 7-of-8 in tough home loss
    Al Horford made 7-of-8 field goals on Tuesday, including one 3-pointer, to finish a tough loss vs. L.A. with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Horford hasn't played 30+ minutes or taken 10+ shots in any of the Hawks' past four games. He's averaging just 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds this season but he's likely just off to a slow start after missing many months following pectoral surgery. Fantasy owners should view this is a buy-low opportunity for Horford, who will need to play a bigger role for Atlanta to emerge as a legitimate playoff threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Carlos Boozer's 20 & 10 help LAL hold off ATL
    The Lakers pulled out a five-point road win in Atlanta on Tuesday, aided by Carlos Boozer's 20 points (10-of-14 shooting), 10 rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Boozer was torched defensively but made up the difference with solid rebounding and shooting, which is a nice sight after Sunday's dud (six points on 3-of-13 shooting). He's barely clinging to 14-team value this season, but has picked up the pace over the past week and is worth owning if you need points, boards and solid FG percentages. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey probable vs Hornets on Weds
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Stuckey has practiced for the last two days, so it's looking more and more likely that he'll suit up against the Hornets. The Pacers will likely keep his minutes in check on Wednesday, but his return to the lineup will cut into Donald Sloan and A.J. Price's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Anthony Davis may or may not be human
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points on 14-of-20 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Davis hasn't neared his ceiling yet and that's the part folks continue to grapple with, but be clear we haven't seen this type of transcendent player in many, many years. Jrue Holiday hit just 5-of-19 shots for 14 points, seven boards, two assists and three treys, and Tyreke Evans was equally inept shooting the ball with 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting, five boards, eight assists and two steals. Both ball-dominant guards ignored Davis down the stretch and it cost the Pellies a nice road loss in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Danny Green fills the stat sheet on Monday
    Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the 76ers on Monday with 11 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Like most Spurs, he's capable of putting up very useful fantasy lines without much scoring output. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game on Monday night
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He's scored in double-digits in three of his last four games with 1.3 steals and 3.0 dimes per game in that span. Obviously Joseph isn't going to light it up, but he's playing really well for owners in deep leagues. Plus, it's clear he'll be given plenty of chances should Tony Parker ever miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:31 pm
     
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  • Motiejnuas can't take advantage of chance
    Donatas Motiejunas logged just 18 minutes in Monday's blowout loss, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one block.

    Advice: It's starting to feel like Terrence Jones (leg) will miss another month, and we've included the link to one of many scattered reports that had Rockets play-by-play man Bill Worrell saying that "may" be the case. But Motiejunas has been terrible in most formats this year, and it's more likely that there is no real beneficiary due to Jones' time off. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Lawson goes for 24 and 12 in win over Cavs
    Ty Lawson scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting (0-for-6 3PTs, 6-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, 12 assists and two steals in Monday's road win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Lawson is beginning to heat up and as long as he can keep the injury bug from biting he should continue to move toward his early round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Corey Brewer dealing with trade rumors
    Corey Brewer said he received 30 calls on Sunday night because of the trade rumors.

    Advice: The Wolves aren't going anywhere and Brewer could wind up on the Cavs or Rockets. If he is traded, that should open up some more minutes for Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger. Brewer isn't worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 1:52 pm
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