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  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) ready to go vs. Warriors
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's game vs. Golden State.

    Advice: O'Quinn's conditioning might not be up to speed since he hasn't played in over three weeks, and he'll be coming off the bench behind Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye. O'Quinn had a very impressive preseason and could emerge as fantasy factor if he continues to knock down 3-pointers, but most owners can take a wait-and-see approach as he works himself back into game shape. Rotoworld.com
    43 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Tobias Harris, Fournier, O'Quinn active Wed.
    Tobias Harris (calf), Evan Fournier (quad) and Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will all be active for Wednesday's home game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Harris sat out Monday's game and missed part of Orlando's shootaround on Wednesday, but must have felt better when going through pre-game warmups. He'll start at SF and has been terrific when healthy this season, so fantasy owners should roll the dice on him in what should be an up-tempo game vs. Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    47 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Evan Fournier is active for Wednesday night
    Evan Fournier (quad) will start against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went through his pre-game routine and it doesn't sound like he'll be limited. Fournier has been a very valuable piece for the Magic and he is going to see plenty of run tonight. Fantasy owners can plan on using him like they were before his injury. Rotoworld.com
    47 minutes ago
  • Andrew Bogut is listed as probable tonight
    Andrew Bogut (eye) is listed as probable to face the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played against the Heat on Tuesday despite coach Steve Kerr making him sound very questionable. Bogut isn't a player who should play big minutes, so sitting the second half of a back-to-back wouldn't be a complete shock. He should be out there, but his owners should be on alert for now. If he's out, you'll want to fire up Marreese Speights. Again, it sounds like Bogut will play. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • Perry Jones (knee) is still out Wednesday
    Perry Jones (knee) is still not ready to play.

    Advice: His knee contusion has kept him out for almost the entire month and it looks like Kevin Durant (foot) will beat him to game action. Jones can be cut in most leagues. Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow should get most of the minutes on the wing, but they're not great plays tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Uta
  • Rodney Hood taking jumpers Wednesday
    Rodney Hood was taking jump shots on Wednesday, which is a good sign as he recovers from a foot injury.

    Advice: He wasn't supposed to be jumping last week, so this is a sign that things are heading in the right direction. There's still no timetable on his return. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:50 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Stoudemire paints gloomy picture for Carmelo
    Amare Stoudemire has dealt with back spasms in the past and given the amount of pain Melo is currently in, paints a not-so-pleasant picture of what Melo might be dealing with.

    Advice: "Back spasms is nothing easy to deal with,’’ Stoudemire said. "Your whole body shuts down, it affects your central nervous system. It affects your entire body. It takes time to get over that spasm. It takes a lot of rest and recovery and a lot of rehab to get over that particular injury.’’ Not good. Melo's owners should probably start making alternative plans for not only this week, but potentially the next month or so, if Stoudemire's assessment is accurate. Speaking of Stoudemire, his role should be greatly increased in Melo's absence, while J.R. Smith is expected to start tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:46 am
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Danny Granger cleared to play for Heat
    Danny Granger is fully cleared to play for the Heat, but hasn't been able to crack the rotation.

    Advice: The Heat are bringing him back from his hamstring injury slowly and have a set rotation, so his minutes will be very limited for the time being, or at least, they should be. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:10 am
  • Chris Andersen (ankle) to miss a few weeks
    Chris Andersen has a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss "two or three weeks."

    Advice: Andersen's absence will mean more Udonis Haslem, which means very little in terms of fantasy. However, Josh McRoberts has seen his minutes increase and he could actually become a factor in the next 14 days. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:07 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Miller heading toward starting gig?
    Mike Miller isn't expected to start for the Cavaliers on Wednesday, but Dave McMenamin is suggesting that it could happen sooner than later.

    Advice: Miller would likely replace Shawn Marion at shooting guard, and while it's a good idea in theory, we can't imagine Miller's body being able to handle more than 20 minutes a game, and even that could result in an early injury for the fragile sharp shooter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:53 am
     
    4:00 pm vs Was
  • Kyle O'Quinn a game-time decision
    Kyle O'Quinn is a game-time decision on Wednesday due to his ankle injury.

    Advice: He hasn't played since the opener and there are no guarantees he'll be ready to go tonight. With Nikola Vucevic leading the league in double-doubles and playing like an all-star, the Magic can survive just fine without him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Evan Fournier a game-time call Wednesday
    Evan Fournier will be a game-time call on Wednesday due to a quad injury.

    Advice: He finally cooled off on Monday and suffered the injury in that game. If he can't go, it should mean more goodies for Victor Oladipo, who played 36 minutes on Monday and had his best game of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:59 am
  • Jamaal Franklin could return to NBA in Jan.
    Ex Grizziles guard Jamaal Franklin could return to the NBA in January.

    Advice: He's currently playing in China and scored scored 53 points on 19-of-29 shooting yesterday. He's eligible for a return to the NBA in January, but regardless of where he lands, 53 points might be a good over-under for the total points he might score over the last few months of season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:45 am
  • Tobias Harris sits out morning shootaround
    Tobias Harris sat out the early portion of Wednesday morning's shootaround due to his calf injury.

    Advice: He's listed as a game-time decision but the fact he wasn't an early participant this morning is obviously a bad sign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Knicks worried about Carmelo Anthony's back
    Carmelo Anthony had trouble even speaking, let alone walking or running, while dealing with his back injury on Monday night and he's not expected to play on Wednesday at Dallas, Friday at Oklahoma City and has no timetable for a return to action as of now.

    Advice: The Knicks are concerned about his back spasms becoming a season-long problem, and are hoping his pain is not a sign of a disk problem. Anthony was already dealing with a knee injury and it now sounds like he could miss several more games with his back injury. Shane Larkin started the second half of Monday's game in Anthony's place, while Amare Stoudemire could get the call in his place tonight. Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Travis Wear should all see more opportunity with Melo in street clothes. The Knicks get the Heat in New York on Sunday and if Melo can play in that one, owners will have cause to celebrate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:20 am
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Aaron Brooks scores 16 points in 22 minutes
    Aaron Brooks scored 16 points in 22 minutes in Tuesday's road loss, taking advantage of extra playing time following Derrick Rose's departure with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Brooks has scored double-digit points in four straight games and he's worth deploying if you need scoring and 3-point shooting, with a trickle of steals and assists. Rose is questionable to return for Friday's game, so anyone targeting Brooks should keep an eye on Chicago's ever-changing injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Kenneth Faried plays just 24 minutes vs Bulls
    After playing 19 minutes in Saturday's game, Kenneth Faried had 12 points, nine rebounds and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. Chicago on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Manimal has fallen outside the top-100 for value in 9-cat leagues, thanks largely to coach Brian Shaw's decision to play him just 26 minutes per game. Faried's scoring, rebounds, steals, blocks and playing time are all down from the 2013-14 season, making this is a prime buy-low opportunity for owners willing to bet he'll be unleashed as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (chest) plays well in return
    Kirk Hinrich returned from a chest injury vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, scoring 10 points with eight assists and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: He made two 3-pointers and Derrick Rose left early with hamstring tightness, which opened up more minutes in the second half for Hinrich and Aaron Brooks. Hinrich should start vs. the Celtics on Friday if Rose can't suit up, but even as the Bulls' starting PG he's a mediocre fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (eye) excellent in win vs. Miami
    Andrew Bogut's bruised orbital bone didn't slow him down vs. the Heat on Tuesday, as he notched eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in a road victory.

    Advice: We'll keep an eye on Bogut leading up to Wednesday's game in Orlando, but all signs point to him being ready for a tough matchup with Nikola Vucevic. The oft-injured big man looks rejuvenated under Steve Kerr this year, and is flirting with top-50 value despite playing only 25 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Perry Jones (knee) still has no timetable
    Perry Jones (bruised knee) still doesn't have a return timetable, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: "He hasn’t participated in any parts of practice," Brooks said. "He’s just with our medical staff. Just a normal rehab process for his knee. That’s the only thing I know of right now." Jones has been out three weeks since banging his right knee, and by the time he returns Kevin Durant (foot) should be fully healthy and dominating minutes at SF. If you've been clinging to Jones in a deep league, it's probably time to cut him loose. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:01 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Uta
  • Kirk Hinrich (chest) ready to play Tuesday
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will play vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's probably not 100 percent healthy, but the Bulls' tough veteran will suit up as Derrick Rose's primary backup. As long as Rose is healthy there's no reason to touch Hinrich in 12-team fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (eye) starting vs. Heat Tuesday
    Andrew Bogut (eye) will start vs. the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was downgraded to questionable but was a full participant during shootaround, and the bruise to his orbital bone shouldn't have any lasting effects. Fantasy owners can comfortably deploy him in a favorable matchup vs. Miami's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Chris Andersen (ankle) out Tuesday vs. GSW
    Chris Andersen (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Erik Spoelstra has said that Andersen "will be out for awhile," so this news isn't surprising. Udonis Haslem and Justin Hamilton will split Andersen's backup minutes, but neither guy is worthy of any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
     
    Injured
  • Andrew Bogut (eye) downgraded to questionable
    Andrew Bogut (eye) has been downgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Miami.

    Advice: Bogut was a full participant during shootaround, so this news is a bit surprising. If Bogut is unable to go, Marreese Speights will be the primary beneficiary with Festus Ezeli seeing some extended run off the bench. The Heat have given up plenty of big lines to opposing centers this season, so Speights could be in for another big night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Evan Fournier (quad) questionable for Wed.
    Evan Fournier (right quad contusion) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: If Fournier is unable to go, Victor Oladipo would be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes, with Willie Green, Ben Gordon, and Elfrid Payton also seeing some extended run. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (chest) questionable for Tuesday
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Hinrich doesn't offer much fantasy value while Derrick Rose is healthy, and his status will have a greater impact on Aaron Brooks' minute allotment. Stay tuned, but whether he plays or not should be of little concern to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Mike Miller runs w/ starter during practice
    Mike Miller ran with the starting unit during Tuesday's practice, but head coach David Blatt hasn't yet made a decision who will start at shooting guard on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is something worth watching, as Shawn Marion's status as the starting SG has always been viewed as a short-term experiment. Rookie Joe Harris' name has come up as a potential starter in the past, but his minutes have come down a bit and it appears he's lost some momentum. Miller is a quality 3-point shooter, and LeBron James is a fan of him from their days together in Miami. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Miller, but it's certainly a situation worth monitoring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
     
    4:00 pm vs Was
  • Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony didn't practice on Tuesday due to his aching back and is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game at Dallas.

    Advice: There is also speculation that he won't be ready for the Thunder on Friday, either, and owners who are stuck with Melo in a weekly lineup could be in some trouble. Travis Wear (who?) played the final 17 minutes on Monday night for the Knicks and looks like an interesting prospect, but guys like Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. will probably benefit most by Melo's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Chris Andersen (ankle) could be out awhile
    Chris Andersen (ankle) "will be out for awhile," according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Advice: This explains why the Heat added Hassan Whiteside and they're extremely thin up front. Andersen owners can cut him loose and there should be more from Udonis Haslem and Justin Hamilton. Whiteside is likely just an emergency guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
     
    Injured
  • Andrew Bogut is expected to play on Tuesday
    Andrew Bogut (eye) is expected to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went through shootaruond today and most signs point to him play. Bogut has a bruise to his eye socket, so this isn't like a muscle pull or a sprain, which means it shouldn't affect how the Warriors treat his minutes. Those who picked up Marreese Speights may have to reconsider using him tonight, but they will definitely want to check back later for an update. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Knicks await news on Carmelo Anthony's back
    The Knicks are waiting another day to find out more after Carmelo Anthony left Monday's game with back spasms.

    Advice: Anthony will travel with the team to Dallas in advance of Wednesday's game, but will also make a visit to Houston to visit a specialist and get pain medication. "Back spasms is what we understand it to be right now," head coach Derek Fisher said. "We’ll find out more in 24-48 hours. Back spasms are tough to deal with. I’ve never experienced it before. It’s not comfortable at all." It's looking doubtful that Anthony will be able to suit up for Wednesday's game against the Mavs, but we'll update his status as soon as more information is available. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Brooks scores 10 points in 23 minutes
    Aaron Brooks scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: With the Bulls' point guard position in constant flux, there's not a lot to hang onto here for owners. If you want to move on, it makes sense, but if you want to see if he's the last point guard standing you better know it's a risky stash. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:41 pm
  • Tobias Harris (calf) update: Still day-to-day
    Tobias Harris (calf) tried to go through his normal shooting routine before Monday's game, but he and the Magic decided that it was best to pass on playing and he'll be re-evaluated at home in Orlando before Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's just not ready, and it's not smart for us to aggravate anything," coach Jacque Vaughn said Monday. "So we'll give him another couple of days and see what we look like when we get back home." Injury reporting in Orlando is very light and often misleading, so owners really have to stay on their toes and it wouldn't be surprising to see the team buy some time in advance of Friday's game in Indiana. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:45 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Report: Carmelo (back) 'in a lot of pain'
    Carmelo Anthony (back) is "clearly in a lot of pain" and did not address the media after Monday's game.

    Advice: Anthony needed to go to a local doctor in Houston to get medication not available in the arena, and he is traveling with the team to Dallas so that's a good sign. We'll continue to monitor the situation and while it's uncomfortable to think about Melo pushing through a bunch of injuries in a meaningless season, owners should exercise patience and at least wait for the storm to clear before considering any sell-low offers. J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. are short-term speculative adds at this time and Iman Shumpert should have already been owned in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:31 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Fournier quiet against the Cavs
    Evan Fournier scored just eight points with one block and one trey in Monday's blowout loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Fournier has earned a degree of patience so far and his role isn't in jeopardy. Stay the course unless things worsen. The same can be said of Channing Frye (three points, three boards, one steal, 1-of-4 FGs) to an even greater degree. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony dealing with back spasms
    Carmelo Anthony went to the locker room in the first half due to back spasms and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: The last time he had any noteworthy back problems was back in 2012 and it's unclear how bad this recent injury is. If he's out, the Knicks are in deep, deep trouble. It will be a collective effort from J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. benefiting the most. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play vs. Jazz
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: He did not get a chance to warm up and it would appear he's going to miss more time. Aaron Brooks will be getting minutes and we should know more when we find out the status of Derrick Rose (hamstring). Hinrich has very low fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut goes through a light practice
    Andrew Bogut (eye) went through a light practice on Monday and remains questionable for Tuesday against the Heat.

    Advice: Going through practice is big for Bogut and it does sound like he could play. However, the Warriors didn't really miss him with Marreese Speights playing out of his mind. Owners in weekly leagues should probably consider benching him while Speights carries a lot of risk. The Warriors do have four games this week, so that makes the decision a little tougher. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:02 pm
  • Tobias Harris (calf) out again on Monday
    Tobias Harris (calf) will not play on Monday night against the Cavs.

    Advice: This will be his second game out of the lineup and the Magic will have to tweak their rotation again. Nikola Vucevic had a career game last time out while Elfrid Payton benefitted as Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo held down the wings. Moe Harkless will also get more burn. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:35 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • 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
  • Kirk Hinrich being called questionable Monday
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) is now being listed as questionable for Monday.

    Advice: Previously listed as doubtful, Hinrich must be feeling better than anticipated. Hinrich is a tough player, but it would be a little surprising to see him return as soon as Monday's game. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) also iffy, Aaron Brooks could be in line to start at point guard. E'Twaun Moore would also see some run if Rose and Hinrich sit. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:53 am
  • Tobias Harris will be game-time call Monday
    Tobias Harris (calf) will be a game-time decision on Monday.

    Advice: Harris won't go through shootaround, but he'll warm up prior to the game to see if he can give it a go. If Harris is forced to sit out, Moe Harkless should see a few more minutes, but it will basically result in a slight upticks in playing time across the board for the Magic's key contributors like Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:53 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Kenneth Faried logs just 19 minutes vs. LAL
    Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A.

    Advice: Faried sat out until the bitter end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:45 pm
  • 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
  • Andrew Bogut iffy Tues. w/ orbital contusion
    Andrew Bogut (orbital contusion) is questionable to play vs. the Heat on Tuesday, but a CT scan on his head was negative.

    Advice: Bogut scored two points in eight minutes before leaving Sunday's game with the injury, but the good news is that he avoided any fractures or structural damage. He wrote on Twitter that he had a "bit of fluid" but should be fine. If he can't suit up on Tuesday, Marreese Speights would be a terrific fill-in start vs. Miami's lenient frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:02 pm
  • Andrew Bogut leaves with orbital contusion
    Andrew Bogut suffered an orbital contusion during Sunday's game, and he will not return.

    Advice: It's not entirely clear when he suffered the injury, but with luck the bruise won't cause him to sit out Tuesday vs. the Heat. If he does miss more time, Marreese Speights would likely start at center with Festus Ezeli as his primary backup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:01 pm
  • Chris Andersen won't return w/ sprained ankle
    Chris Andersen went down during the Heat-Hornets game with a sprained right ankle, and he will not return.

    Advice: Andersen limped his way to the locker room and the injury looked ugly enough that it's unsurprising to see him ruled out for the night. If he misses an extended period of time, his minutes will be split up between Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kirk Hinrich (chest) doubtful for Monday
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will be a limited participant during Sunday's practice, and is being listed as doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: If both Hinrich and Derrick Rose (hamstring) are unable to suit up for Monday's game, Aaron Brooks is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with E'Twaun Moore seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Brooks makes sense as a speculative add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:26 am
  • Carmelo Anthony has a decent game vs. PHI
    Carmelo Anthony made 10-of-20 from the field for 25 points against the 76ers on Saturday during a 91-83 win with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Nothing fixes a losing streak quite like a matchup with the 76ers. Anthony is starting to play much better these days and his fantasy owners should still consider him as a first-round guy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:13 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Evan Fournier plays 38 minutes on Sat.
    Evan Fournier played a team-high 38 minutes against the Heat on Saturday with 11 points, six boards, six assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only made 5-of-15 from the field and did turn the ball over tonight. It's clear that coach Jacque Vaughn is a huge fan of Fournier and he should be owned in all standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Tobias Harris (calf) is day-to-day w/ strain
    An MRI confirmed Tobias Harris (right calf) is dealing with a strain and he is is day-to-day.

    Advice: There are no specifics yet, but based on the information it sounds like a Grade I strain for Harris. Players tend to miss a day or two, but there are instances when it'll take a week to recover. His owners should bench him for now and we should have an update before Monday. Basically the entire rotation benefits here. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Evan Fournier starting at small forward
    Evan Fournier will start next to Victor Oladipo, Willie Green, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevic on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: The Magic are really going tiny here without Tobias Harris (calf) and it's just a testament to how coach Jacque Vaughn sees Fournier as the French version of a Swiss army knife. Fournier should be owned in all standard leagues until he cools off, which may not even happen this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:57 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn targeting Wednesday
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) is targeting a return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Magic could have used him today with Tobias Harris (calf) out. Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson will get most of the power forward minutes while Nikola Vucevic will get all he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:31 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Tobias Harris (calf) will not play on Sat.
    Tobias Harris (right calf strain) will not play on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: Wow. This comes out of nowhere and he has no history of any calf issues coming into today. Harris may need an MRI on his calf and we'll be watching for any info on his prognosis. We'll consider him questionable for Monday for now. The Magic will likely have to lean more on Moe Harkless, but they will also likely use Victor Oladipo more at the three. Channing Frye should also get a ton of run at power forward and Andrew Nicholson will also help. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:22 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Aaron Brooks stinks in 24 minutes
    Aaron Brooks played only 24 minutes against the Blazers during a 105-87 loss, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls did not have Kirk Hinrich (chest) or Derrick Rose (hamstring) tonight, but this game was a blowout. Brooks should get more run on Monday with Hinrich and Rose very questionable to play. His owners shouldn't panic, but he's obviously not a must-own player because he is more of a stop-gap fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Kenneth Faried finally has a big game
    Kenneth Faried scored 19 points against the Pelicans on Friday with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It was his best game since the opener and things are finally starting to look up for the Manimal. He made 7-of-12 from the field and snapped a five-game streak of not taking double-digit shots. The buy-low window will likely close quickly on Faried. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Harris goes for 17 and 16 in win over Hornets
    Tobias Harris scored 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting (7-of-8 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Friday's road win over the Hornets.

    Advice: Harris has been up and down this season in terms of field goal shooting but is paying off huge for owners, regardless. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:24 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Hinrich hopes to return after the weekend
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) is hoping to return this weekend according to Bulls.com writer Sam Smith.

    Advice: "I hope I’m better (Saturday)," said Hinrich. "Today was tough." Aaron Brooks is a good speculative pickup with Derrick Rose (hamstring) still day-to-day with no discernible timetable and Hinrich sort of in the same boat. Just know the run could be short-lived for Brooks if his teammates return quickly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Fournier (heel) scores 21 points in return
    Evan Fournier returned from his one-game absence due to a heel injury on Friday, scoring 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting with one rebound, one assists and one 3-pointer over 33 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier started once again and also hit 6-of-9 shots from the foul line. This line highlights some of his versatility problems but it's otherwise getting the job done and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:07 pm
  • Perry Jones still not ready to play
    Perry Jones (knee) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: The team doesn't know when he will return to the lineup. Jones should be considered questionable to return to action in the next week or so. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:51 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Uta
  • Evan Fournier (heel) will start on Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) will return to the starting lineup on Friday, sending Willie Green to the bench.

    Advice: Fournier has been impressive this season, averaging 17.3 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game, however, he does have a difficult matchup tonight vs. the Hornets. Willie Green can be cut in all formats with the return of Fournier. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will not play on Friday night
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will not play against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He was going to a game-time decision, but he must not have felt well after shootaround. O'Quinn could miss more games and he's been out since the opener. Andrew Nicholson will stay in the rotation tonight, but is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:45 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Kyle O'Quinn is a game-time call on Fri.
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) is a game-time decision to face the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He has been out since the opener with his ankle sprain. O'Quinn has been doing some work in practice and he should be able to play minutes close to 20, assuming he's active. With Aaron Gordon (foot) out, O'Quinn's return shouldn't hurt Tobias Harris and Channing Frye much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:10 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Kirk Hinrich will miss Friday night in POR
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and has been diagnosed with a chest contusion. Hinrich has missed a lot of time with bumps and bruises in his career, so Aaron Brooks makes sense as a pickup in all leagues right now. Expect E'Twaun Moore to get more run, too. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:53 pm
  • Evan Fournier (heel) says he can play Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) said that he thinks he'll be able to suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: This isn't official, but things are looking positive for Fournier. If he does suit up, Willie Green would head back to the bench where he would go back to being irrelevant in all fantasy leagues. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:10 am
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • X-rays are negative on Kirk Hinrich (chest)
    X-rays were negative on Kirk Hinrich's chest and he was diagnosed with a contusion following Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't play at the end of the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean his injury had anything to do with it. Hinrich finished with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. If he is going to miss time, Aaron Brooks would almost become a must add as the only healthy point guard who is in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore would also get in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:22 pm
  • Rodney Hood is out indefinitely
    Rodney Hood (foot) will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: He'll be able to do some limited workouts with the team, but he is out indefinitely and plantar fasciitis has claimed another young player. Hood could be back on the court in less than a month, but his outlook is bleak right now. Joe Ingles will get more run. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:16 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Rodney Hood (foot) will not play Friday
    Rodney Hood (foot) will travel with the Jazz to Oakland for Friday's game vs. the Warriors, but he's not expected to play.

    Advice: Hood has been out since Nov. 7, and it's not clear if he's any closer towards making a return. He's dealing with plantar fasciitis, and the only remedy for that is rest. While Hood is sidelined Joe Ingles will continue to get some additional run off the bench, but he's not an option in standard leagues. Hood can be cut in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:36 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Carmelo Anthony dealing w/ pain in left knee
    Carmelo Anthony revealed after Tuesday's loss to the Bucks that his left knee has been sore since the second game of the season and he's undergone tests on it.

    Advice: "I think he's a smart enough and a veteran enough player that if he had some concern about where he is I think he would come either to me or to our training staff about trying to be smart," said head coach Derek Fisher. "He hasn't done that as of yet. I'm sure we'll continue to keep an eye on it. But he's good to go for now." The Knicks have not revealed exactly what tests Anthony has undergone, but this is something to keep an eye on. Anthony has said that he'll try to play through the pain, but if the Knicks continue their losing ways, it's plausible that Carmelo could eventually decide to rest. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but there's no reason to panic right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:19 am
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • 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
  • Kenneth Faried quiet in 30 minutes
    Kenneth Faried got 30 minutes from coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, but had just eight points, 10 rebounds, a steal and zero blocks on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: At this point, you have to wonder if Brian Shaw is shunning Faried in the offense in order to keep Faried down. He has too much talent to be this bad all season and blew up after a slow start last year. Just hang in there with him if you can, but if you feel like you have to move him, there should be some owners out there willing to buy low. The good news is he got 30 minutes after playing just 22 on Monday, so there's that. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:04 am
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 20 points
    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points against the Wolves during a 115-99 loss on Wednesday to go with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It would have been a much bigger line, but he did not play in the fourth quarter because the Knicks were getting blown out. For what it's worth, Anthony said his knee issue from Tuesday was not an issue tonight. The Knicks have gone 1-9 in their last 10 games, but at least they'll get the 76ers at home on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:51 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Tobias Harris scores 25 in ugly loss
    Tobias Harris hit 8-of-14 shots, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws for 25 points, three rebounds and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Over his last four games, Harris has scored 25, 24, 19 and 26 points, hitting 1.75 3-pointers and grabbing 6.5 rebounds. He's also shooting it lights out, nailing 36-of-60 shots during that stretch. Harris has been one of the steals in fantasy this year and as long as he stays healthy, that's probably not going to change. Teammate Nikola Vucevic has been equally as hot and had 19 points and 14 boards in tonight's ugly loss. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:02 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Carmelo Anthony will start on Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony will start against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fine and coach Derek Fisher said he wasn't aware of any injury. Anthony is starting to heat up and may have figured out how to play better in the triangle. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:46 pm
     
    Injured
    4:30 pm @ Dal
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will not play vs. Clips
    Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: O'Quinn looked good during shootaround, leaving him questionable to play, but the Magic will play it safe by resting him for a few more days. He may not log big minutes in his first game back, but there's a big opportunity for O'Quinn with rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) out indefinitely. If you're in need of a big man, he's worth stashing away in deeper formats and watching closely everywhere else. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:31 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Evan Fournier out Wednesday w/ sore heel
    Evan Fournier will not play on Wednesday due to a sore left heel.

    Advice: Fournier has no history of heel injuries and coach Jacque Vaughn is hopeful that he'll only miss one game, with the Magic returning to action in a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. Victor Oladipo should get all the minutes he can handle in Fournier's absence, with more playing time available for guys like Luke Ridnour, Elfrid Payton, and possible Ben Gordon or Willie Green. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) may play on Wednesday
    Contrary to a previous report, Kyle O'Quinn may have a chance to play for the Magic on Wednesday after looking good at shootaround.

    Advice: We will consider him questionable for now, and we will update his status as soon as we know more. O'Quinn has an opportunity for minutes behind Channing Frye with rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) out indefinitely, but owners in standard leagues might want to take a wait-and-see approach. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:26 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) won't play on Wednesday
    Kyle O'Quinn will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He has been out since the opener, which speaks to the severity of the sprain. Rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) is out indefinitely, so the door will be open for O'Quinn to see minutes when he returns. However, until we see a positive report, he can be left on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Channing Frye and Tobias Harris will continue to see big minutes in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Report: Nuggets management not high on Faried
    According to sources with knowledge of the Nuggets' thinking, Kenneth Faried is not well liked by the organization, particularly by head coach Brian Shaw.

    Advice: "[Faried] is a helluva player and plays hard, but he isn’t well liked [in the organization]," a league source said. "That gets glossed over. He says crazy s---. He thinks he’s the guy, and other guys take exception to his contract." This could perhaps explain why Faried's minutes have regressed this season to just 26.5 per game, however, if the Nuggets were to do some sort of "restructuring," Shaw would likely be the one to go. Denver has been a mess, and they can no longer point to injuries as the main culprit. Faried has been underwhelming following a fantastic summer, but he should be able to eventually turn things around, so he can be viewed as a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Danny Granger finally feeling confident
    Danny Granger (hamstring) said he felt confident on the court during Monday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Granger started in place of Luol Deng on Monday and was able to put up four points and a block in his first 20 minutes of action this season. "I have been progressing pretty well, so I felt confident to go out there tonight," said Granger. While Granger helped the short-handed Heat pull out a victory on Monday, he still doesn't have any fantasy value outside the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:23 am
  • Hinrich scores 14 points with five assists
    Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Hinrich doesn't hold 14-team value on the year despite averaging 28.4 minutes per game this season. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) returning any time he's a Hail Mary in daily leagues at best. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:57 pm
  • Brooks quiet in another missed opportunity
    Aaron Brooks scored just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one assist in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be measured by how he performs on the nights when Derrick Rose is invariably out, and by this measurement he'll be harder to trust next time out. Rose is day-to-day with his current hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:54 pm
  • Tobias Harris posts big line in win over DET
    Tobias Harris scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists, five steals and one block in Monday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: Harris started the year with some shooting and shot selection issues and those have cleared up as of late. With efficiency issues getting addressed, he has vaulted himself up to an early round value after 12 games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:38 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs GS
  • Granger (hamstring) starts on Monday
    Danny Granger (hamstring) started in Monday's road win over the Nets, logging 20 minutes with four points and a block.

    Advice: Granger appears to be on his last legs and fantasy owners can safely ignore him, whether he draws random starts or not. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Faried benched after leaked ESPN report
    Kenneth Faried played just 22 minutes before being benched in Monday's road win over the Cavs, finishing with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting with one rebound, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Ouch. ESPN reported earlier in the day that the front office wasn't thrilled with Faried and perhaps this was Brian Shaw flexing his muscles in coordination with that report. Of course, Shaw and the front office are circling the wagons after a suspect couple of years, and mounting pressure amidst their disastrous start. A win over the Cavs will certainly net them some currency, but in the long term it would be surprising if Faried is successfully scapegoated here. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:24 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
  • Danny Granger starting for Luol Deng
    Danny Granger is starting in place of Luol Deng on Monday.

    Advice: It sounded like Deng was going to play, but maybe not. James Ennis is the better play over Granger in fantasy leagues. Stay tuned on Deng. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Rodney Hood ruled out for Tuesday night
    Rodney Hood (foot) will not play on Tuesday night against the Thunder.

    Advice: He was doubtful earlier today and there was really no shot of him playing. Hood can be cut in just about all leagues while Joe Ingles will get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:15 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Rodney Hood is doubtful for Tuesday night
    Rodney Hood (foot) is doubtful to play against the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: He can't seem to get over his plantar fasciitis and didn't practice on Monday. Hood can be cut in most leagues while Joe Ingles will continue to get some work off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Danny Granger expected to debut very soon
    Danny Granger (hamstring) is expected to make his debut in "a few days, probably."

    Advice: "They want to make sure I'm 100 percent, all the way there," Granger said. He's been glued to the bench so far in his Miami career due to health concerns, and it's anything but certain he'll remain on the floor once finally healthy enough to return. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 10:09 am
  • Andrew Bogut double-doubles in 21 minutes
    Andrew Bogut double-doubled in just 21 minutes on Sunday, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds in the Warriors' blowout road win in L.A.

    Advice: Bogut made 7-of-9 field goals and chipped in four assists and one block, providing a solid fantasy line despite limited minutes. He's as healthy as he's ever been and has returned top-60 value at this early point in the season, though he's unlikely to help fantasy owners beyond the typical big-man categories of FG%, rebounds and blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 9:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried goes for 16-9 in Nuggets loss
    Kenneth Faried scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting (2-of-5 from the line), to go with nine rebounds, two steals, two turnovers, and one assist during Sunday's loss.

    Advice: Faried is currently averaging just 9.5 FGA per game, and he needs to start being more aggressive in Denver's offense. His numbers this season are down across-the-board as he’s averaging11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds over 26.4 minutes of action. However, after such an impressive summer he just has to eventually get things turned around, so owners may want to float out some buy-low offers for The Manimal. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 3:01 pm
  • Danny Granger (hamstring) will dress Sunday
    Danny Granger will be available to play on Sunday, but he will only be used on an emergency basis.

    Advice: In other words, Granger isn't going to be worth using in any fantasy leagues. He's yet to actually play in a game this season, and he's not a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 2:02 pm
  • Ty Lawson struggles with shot in Denver loss
    Ty Lawson struggled with his shot as the Nuggets lost to the Knicks, scoring 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting (two 3-pointers), to go along with nine assists, two rebounds, and six turnovers.

    Advice: The Nuggets were dominated by the Knicks in this one, and managed to go the entire second quarter with just one make from the field (the make came on a last second buzzer beater from Lawson). Denver has been a mess this year, but Lawson has been the one consistent player, averaging 15.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 0.9 three-pointers per game. Those numbers are a bit down from last year's averages, but perhaps that's because Lawson might still be struggling with his ankle injury. Lawson is a buy-low candidate, but his ankles present some risk. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 1:00 pm
  • Perry Jones (knee) out for Sunday's game
    Perry Jones (knee) will not play in Sunday's game, and has yet to return to practice.

    Advice: He can't seem to turn the corner and it's a terrible shame considering how good he was early in the season. Jones can be ignored in standard leagues with Kevin Durant (foot) on the way back soon and Lance Thomas and Anthony Morrow will continue to fill the void at SF for the depleted Thunder. Thomas is by no means a consideration in almost any league while Morrow makes for an interesting plug-and-play for his 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 6:43 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut propels Warriors to win Saturday
    Andrew Bogut was huge for the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting while adding nine boards, two assists and a steal in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: He gave the Warriors a boost and made his presence felt all over the court. Bogut likely won't play big minutes during the season as he is prone to injury, but he has shown that he can be effective in limited action. However, he is still a must-start player at least until David Lee (hamstring) returns. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 10:49 pm
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