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  • Tyreke Evans (knee) doubtful for Friday night
    Tyreke Evans (knee) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He is still receiving treatment for his knee and he's still ahead of his timetable, which originally had him returning in December. If Evans is out, Ish Smith will look to build off his 20-point, 11-dime game from Wednesday while Dante Cunningham and Alonzo Gee will remain in the rotation at small forward. Evans should be owned in all leagues. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Stephen Curry the Lionel Messi of the NBA
    Steph Curry compared his style of play to soccer star Lionel Messi.

    Advice: Curry and Messi are the two most creative player in their respective sports, a fact that is not lost on Curry. "We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court," Curry said. "I'm trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that's definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches." Curry is well on his way to winning a second straight MVP award and his fantasy owners can feel free to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Jerryd Bayless downplays postgame exchange
    Jerryd Bayless downplayed a postgame exchange with DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Bayless and Cousins reportedly exchanged some words after Wednesday's game, but Bayless said the incident was just part of a heated game. "It happens," Bayless said. "You move on." There was reportedly no contact made by either player, so it doesn't sound like we should see any punishment from the league here. Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • J.J. Redick gets three points vs Utah defense
    J.J. Redick had a disastrous night on Wednesday, shooting 1-of-6 from the field to finish with three points, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Utah has allowed the fewest 3-point attempts from opposing shooting guards this season, at 4.5 per game -- Redick single-handedly eclipsed that with five attempts from deep, but it didn't do him or the Clippers much good. He averaged 16.5 points in his previous two games, and owners should chalk this up as a dud against an excellent defense. Wednesday, 11:39 pm
  • Alec Burks scores eight, gets 12 mins at PG
    Alec Burks scored eight points on 3-of-13 from the field with six rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: While this wasn't a good game at all, he played 12 minutes at point guard tonight with Trey Burke (back) not being able to play in the second half. Burks probably won't be getting into the starting lineup any time soon, but he should be able to clear 30 minutes with added responsibility. He is worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:32 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Wayne Ellington back from migraine Wednesday
    Wayne Ellington (migraine) played seven minutes during Wednesday's road loss, making a free throw to finish with one point, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: The migraine kept Ellington from playing on Sunday but it's no longer an issue. What is an issue, at least for fantasy owners, is the fact that he's averaging 3.5 points on 32.7 percent shooting this season. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 17 points
    Courtney Lee scored 17 points against the Rockets during a 102-93 win over on Wednesday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Revenge game from a guy who played in Houston back in 2010-12? Lee has taken advantage of Jeff Green and Matt Barnes moving up a position, which has raised his minutes while Zach Randolph (knee) has been out. Z-Bo should be back soon and Lee just had a goose egg on Tuesday, so he's not a strong add. Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cooling off now
    Mario Chalmers cooled off against the Rockets on Wednesday with six points, three rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: That's not a bad line, but Chalmer's beginner's luck has worn out. He has some value in deeper leagues, though. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points
    Jeff Green kept it going on Wednesday against the Rockets with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: It was a great matchup for him as the Rockets played right into his hands with some small-ball lineups. Green might be playing the best ball of his life right now and he's likely earned a consistent role even when Zach Randolph gets back. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • James Harden scores 40 points in loss
    James Harden scored 40 points on 12-of-19 from the field during a 102-93 home loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made all 11 shots from the line to give him an outstanding 83.9 true shooting percentage. Whether it has to do with Ty Lawson or not, Harden is clearly trending up in his last four, averaging 32.8 points, 6.5 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.3 treys on 45.8 percent from the field and 95.5 percent from the line. If you weathered the storm of the slow start, you can go outside now and feel good about Harden as a top-five player with massive nightly upside. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Hollis-Jefferson dubbed 'fresh meat' by KD
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 11 points, 11 rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes vs. Kevin Durant and the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: RHJ continues to impress and it looks like the Nets' starting SF job is his to lose, though he had another valuable learning experience tonight -- he was torched defensively by Durant, who later described the rookie as "fresh meat." He didn't have any steals tonight but made 4-of-7 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, and is worth adding to the end of your bench. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Jarrett Jack held in check by foul trouble
    Foul trouble limited Jarrett Jack to 26 minutes during Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder, which he finished with nine points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Russell Westbrook will have that effect on opposing point guards, and Jack's foul problems led to more playing time for backup Shane Larkin. This is a matchup-based blip on the radar, and Jack should be fine for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) likely to miss time
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he rolled his ankle "pretty good" on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't know the severity of it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "But he's in there with an ice machine on it. That's never good." It sounds like Barea is going to miss some time, which means more minutes are headed to Devin Harris and Raymond Felton. Wednesday, 9:34 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Raymond Felton logs 37 minutes w/ Parsons out
    With Chandler Parsons resting on Wednesday, Raymond Felton filled in as a starter and posted five points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: He committed only one turnover in 37 minutes and the 11-year veteran continues to give the Mavs solid minutes when called upon. He's not a lock for value even when starting, however, and isn't a viable option while averaging 20-25 minutes in his typical reserve role. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard: 10+ pts in 40 straight games
    Kawhi Leonard piled up 26 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 40 minutes vs. Dallas on Wednesday.

    Advice: Speaking of the number 40, that's how many consecutive games Kawhi has scored double-digit points. The Spurs are crushing teams at home, where they've compiled an 8-0 record while holding opponents to 84.9 points. Needless to say, LaMarcus Aldridge's return did not affect Leonard's bottom line. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless plays down stretch
    Jerryd Bayless played 36 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: With Michael Carter-Williams struggling, Jerryd Bayless picked up some extra playing time. Bayless also benefited from Jabari Parker only playing in 21 minutes. He's not quite worth owning in all standard leagues, but he is on the radar in almost any format. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not return
    J.J. Barea suffered sprained left ankle on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain and it did not look good. Barea has been a useful combo guard and was playing 20.3 minutes per game, so the Mavs would miss him. If he's out, there would be more run for Ray Felton and Devin Harris. Justin Anderson or John Jenkins could slide into his rotation spot. Barea left the game with seven points, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. There's really no need to make a speculative add unless you're in a deep league. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Tyreke Evans out for Wednesday night
    Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: We'll have to wait for this weekend to see how the Pelicans will use the former Rookie of the Year. Evans should be owned in all leagues right now while Ish Smith owners should hang in there to see how it plays out. He's been too good. Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts w/ Parsons resting
    Raymond Felton will start Wednesday's game in place of Chandler Parsons.

    Advice: Felton has had a handful of nice games as a fill-in starter this year, but he gets a tough matchup vs. the Spurs' defense tonight. Parsons will return to action vs. the Nuggets on Saturday, so Felton's starting gig will once again be fleeting. Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) unlikely for Wednesday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) is unlikely to play on Wednesday vs. the Suns, according to head coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: Evans remains a game-time decision, but Gentry said unless he feels great after his pregame routine, he's not going to play tonight. Evans is getting close however, so he needs to be stashed away in all leagues at this point, and once he's back up to speed he'll likely cut into the production of Eric Gordon and Ish Smith. The Pelicans have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. the Clippers and Saturday vs. the Jazz, so Evans could return for at least one of those games. Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Kobe thinks Dubs can beat 33-game win streak
    Following the Lakers 111-77 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant said the he believes the Dubs have a real shot at breaking the 1971-72 Lakers' 33-game win streak.

    Advice: "Yeah, they could do it – because they’re good," Bryant said. "It’s a very young league, and they’ve managed to put together a team of extremely intelligent players and extremely versatile players, and great shooters. And so I see no reason why they couldn’t continue to extend [the record]." Game recognize game. Simply put, the Warriors have looked phenomenal this year going undefeated through the first 16 games of the season with MVP Stephen Curry leading the way behind averages of 32.1 points (career-high), 5.1 boards (career-high), 5.9 assists, 2.6 steals (career-high) and 4.9 three-pointers (career-high) per contest on 51.2 percent shooting from the field. The Dubs will look to extend their current winning streak against the Suns on Friday. Wednesday, 6:22 am
  • Warriors set NBA record, improve to 16-0
    The Warriors set an NBA record on Tuesday with a dominant win over the Lakers to become the first team to start the season 16-0 with Stephen Curry leading the way with 24 points.

    Advice: Unreal. The Warriors look unstoppable at the moment and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Curry has been the clear frontrunner to win the MVP Award once again and he's been the best player in real life and in fantasy this season. The Warriors will look to improve their streak on Friday in Phoenix. Curry added nine assists, four boards, two steals and four 3-pointers in the win. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 14 with 5 steals
    Mario Chalmers came off the bench and hit 4-of-7 shots for 14 points, two assists and five steals in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Super Mario is actually trying to live up to his nickname since being traded to the Grizzlies, and is averaging 15 points, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes per game over his last five. If you need a guard and those numbers are appealing, think about grabbing him in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 19 points in win over Mavs
    Jeff Green hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Mavs.

    Advice: After scoring 20-plus points in two straight games, Green had scored a total of just 13 points in his last two games, despite the absence of Zach Randolph (knee). He looked good tonight and is worth owning in all leagues as long as he's starting at SF for the Grizzlies. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 16 off Mavs' bench
    Raymond Felton hit 5-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers for 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Devin Harris got the night off for rest and Deron Williams was benched in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. This was just his fifth game in double-digit scoring this season, so as long as Williams, Harris and J.J. Barea are healthy, Felton will have a tough time doing things like this consistently. Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores 16 off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 27 minutes off the Mavs' bench and hit 5-of-10 shots and zero 3-pointers for 16 points and four assists in Tuesday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: The minutes and points were a season high for JJB, who got run down the stretch in a blowout. It didn't hurt that Devin Harris got the night off, either, but Barea will have to perform like this more consistently to be owned in most leagues. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) is listed as doubtful Wed
    Tyreke Evans (knee) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: An earlier report indicated that Evans will be a game-time decision, but it's still great news that he has a shot to play considering he is way ahead of his original timetable. We should know more regarding his status after the team's shootaround. His potential return could dampen the value of guys like Eric Gordon, Ish Smith and Dante Cunningham. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) to be a game-time call
    Tyreke Evans (knee) will be a game-time decision to face the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said if he can't play Wednesday, he should be able to play at some point this week. He added he will be getting a lot of treatment on the plane to keep the swelling down, so he's apparently not even close to 100 percent. Evans is probably on the bad side of a questionable tag, but he should be owned in all leagues right now. His return could hurt Dante Cunningham, Ish Smith most of the secondary players on the roster with his high usage rate. Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Kawhi Leonard dominates vs. Suns, scores 24
    Kawhi Leonard looked like an MVP candidate during a 98-84 win over the Suns on Monday, making 11-of-18 from the field for 24 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He destroyed the Suns in the open floor and his offensive game is catching up to his defensive impact. On the season, Leonard has averages of 21.5 points, 7.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 treys on 51.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. He's getting to the rim more these days and looks like a good bet to stay in the top five for fantasy value this season. Monday, 11:03 pm
  • Alec Burks scores eight points in loss
    Alec Burks scored eight points on 2-of-9 shooting in Monday's blowout loss to the Thunder, adding three assists, two boards and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Jazz were completely outplayed by the Thunder tonight and the game was basically over by halftime, but Burks had his fair share of struggles as well. His efficiency has trailed off lately because he is shooting just 32.8 percent from the field over his last five games, but he should be able to break out of his slump soon. Burks is still playing the best basketball of his career and was returning mid-round value just a couple of weeks ago, so look for him to bounce back against the Clippers on Wednesday. Monday, 10:16 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Tyreke Evans practices, could play Wednesday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) practiced on Monday and could play as soon as Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks back in October, so he's ahead of schedule. The Pelicans are going to be limiting Evans quite a bit with a minutes restriction upon his return. It'll be interesting to see where they slot his minutes, especially with Ish Smith playing so well. Smith's owners will be hoping Evans gets minutes at small forward and should keep Smith on their rosters right now. Evans should be owned in all leagues. Monday, 11:18 am
  • Golden State ties NBA record w/ 15-0 start
    Stephen Curry and the Warriors improved to 15-0 with a win in Denver on Sunday, thus tying the NBA record for consecutive wins to begin a season.

    Advice: Golden State tied the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets, and they can set a new record if they win at home vs. the Lakers on Tuesday. Their depth and team-first attitude is evident on a nightly basis, and it helps that they have the reigning MVP on their side -- Curry posted 19 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals tonight, and could blow up in Tuesday's potentially historic game. Sunday, 7:46 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson racks up five steals
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson racked up a career-high five steals vs. Boston on Sunday, adding nine points (2-of-3 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: RHJ has at least one steal in five straight games and he's well worth a look for specialist value. He committed only one turnover in 31 minutes tonight and his role could be on the rise, but don't expect much scoring from the 20-year-old swingman. Sunday, 5:41 pm
  • Jarrett Jack scores 22 pts in Nets' third win
    Jarrett Jack scored 22 points to help the Nets hold off the Celtics on Sunday, making 7-of-11 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Jack added four boards, four assists and one steal, quickly making up for a lackluster performance on Friday. The veteran is posting his best stats since 2011-12 with New Orleans, returning mid-round value for owners who snagged him late on draft day. Sunday, 5:40 pm
  • Jarrett Jack scores 22 pts in Nets' third win
    Jarrett Jack scored 22 points to help the Nets hold off the Celtics on Sunday, making 7-of-11 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Jack added four boards, four assists and one steal, quickly making up for a lackluster performance on Friday. The veteran is posting his best stats since 2011-12 with New Orleans, returning mid-round value for owners who snagged him late on draft day. Sunday, 5:40 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 17 points with three treys
    J.J. Redick scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, four boards and two turnovers through 29 minutes.

    Advice: Redick doesn't do much aside from score and hit treys, but he also doesn't hurt you in any one area with solid shooting percentages (48.9 percent from the field, 90.9 from the stripe) and a low turnover rate (1.3 turnovers per game). He's a mid-round guy with little upside. Jamal Crawford managed to play 29 minutes, but he wasn't very effective hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to eight points, two assists, a turnover and a steal. Crawford won't be much of a factor with Redick healthy. Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (illness) questionable Sunday
    Wayne Ellington (illness) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: Ellington is dealing with a migraine, but the issue wasn't reported until a few minutes before tip-off. He is averaging just 13.8 minutes per game this season, so he probably won't upset too many fantasy owners. For what it's worth, Ellington wasn't on the bench when the game started. Sunday, 3:06 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 19 points
    Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points during a 92-82 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's just the fifth non-overtime game of his career in which he's played 40 minutes. Kawhi is posting a career-high 26.0 usage rate and a career-high 34.3 minutes this season. Amazingly, he has all those shots and he just has 1.1 turnovers per game. In fact, Kawhi is on pace to be the first player in NBA history to play at least 34 minutes per game, have a usage rate of at least 26 and have fewer than 1.3 turnovers. Leonard is probably going to be a top-five player in fantasy for the next five years. Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • Courtney Lee has better game
    Courtney Lee scored 15 points during a 92-82 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding one rebound, two steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's seen an uptick in playing time in his past two, but that's because Zach Randolph (knee) has been out and the small forwards have shifted to power forward more to open up wing minutes for him. Lee isn't a strong pickup and snapped a seven-game streak of failing to score more than seven points. Saturday, 9:19 pm
  • Mario Chalmers has a minor right foot issue
    Mario Chalmers scored six points in 2-of-10 from the field against the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: He did have an injury to his right foot, but didn't need to miss time. Chalmers was leading the NBA in offensive rating, defensive rating and net rating earlier this week, but he's cooled off in his last two. He should not have a big bump from his Miami days and is more of a 14-team player. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 10 dimes
    James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 10 assists, seven boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Harden was shooting 37.8 percent from the field coming into the game, but to be fair his teammates haven't exactly stepped up around him. Ty Lawson has been terrible, but the return of Patrick Beverley (ankle) next week could help stabilize things in Houston and take some of the pressure off Harden on the defensive end. Despite the Rockets falling to a 5-9 start, Harden is still managing to return first-round value and he hasn't even hit his stride yet. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Jeff Green (head) returns to game Saturday
    Jeff Green (head) returned to Saturday's game against the Spurs after briefly going to the locker room.

    Advice: Green collided with Tony Allen and was visibly shaken up, but it's very encouraging to see him back in the game so quickly. He finished with six points, seven rebounds one assist and one steal in 28 minutes. Saturday, 7:10 pm
  • Jeff Green (head) leaves game on Saturday
    Jeff Green (head) left Saturday's game against the Spurs after colliding with Tony Allen and his return is uncertain.

    Advice: It was a head-to-head collision and Green looked like he was in a lot of pain, so we'd be surprised if he was able to return. He will likely be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, so we should have another update momentarily. Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) gets in some 2-on-2 work
    Tyreke Evans (knee) participated in some 2-on-2 action on Saturday.

    Advice: Evans is targeting a return to the court next week, but it's important to note that his minutes will likely be limited to the 20s in the early going. Still, this is exciting news for a team that has been decimated by injuries, so Evans shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires. Evans' return will dampen the fantasy value for players such as Ish Smith and Eric Gordon. Saturday, 10:53 am
  • Stephen Curry doesn't have best game in win
    The Warriors didn't need Stephen Curry's best effort during a 106-94 win over the Bulls on Friday with Curry making just 9-of-20 from the field for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, three 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: For anyone else, this is pretty nice. For Stephen Curry, it's one of his worst games of the season. As they have all season, the Warriors small-ball lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green dominated and managed to improve their offensive rating to 157.0 in 54 minutes on the season. Curry does have a whopping 20 turnovers in his last three games, but who cares? Additionally, he's only on pace for 416 treys this year now. The Warriors will look to try and go 15-0 against the Nuggets on Sunday. Saturday, 2:10 am
  • J.J. Redick returns, has bad game
    J.J. Redick returned on Friday against the Blazers with seven points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He got the wind knocked out of him in the first quarter and said it was because of a Mason Plumlee illegal pick. Redick made just 3-of-12 from the field and will be better his next time out. He should be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 12:27 am
  • J.J. Redick returned to action on Friday November 20. Friday, 11:56 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 15 points with five boards
    Alec Burks put up 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go with five boards, one 3-pointer, one block and one turnover during Friday's loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Burks also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, making this your prototypical Burks-line. He's currently hitting career-highs in points (15.9), three-pointers (1.2) and steals (1.0) to go with a career-high usage rate of 25.6. His minutes have been trending up during the month of November, and he looks ready for a full bounce-back year after spending a majority of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines. Friday, 11:29 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Jeff Green scores just seven points in start
    Jeff Green couldn't keep the hot streak going during Friday's win over Houston, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting to go with six boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals and one block through 29 minutes.

    Advice: Green is consistently inconsistent, which is a great hindrance to his fantasy value. He was rolling up to this point, averaging 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 three-pointer and 1.3 steals over his last three, but those numbers obviously weren't sustainable. He's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues, but with a lengthy history of inconsistency, he's not a great option in standard formats. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cools off in win over Houston
    Mario Chalmers torrid streak in a Memphis jersey came to an end on Friday, as he connected on just 2-of-9 shots on his way to 10 points, four boards, three assists and one steal through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chalmers did manage to connect on all six of his free throw attempts, which has been a strong point for Rio as of late, but the minutes were the lowest amount he's received while wearing a Grizzlies uniform. Still, he's been quite good since his arrival in Memphis, owning averages of 16.5 points, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.5 steals per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 93.9 percent from the stripe, so he's worth holding onto to see if he can bounce-back during Saturday's game against the Spurs. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 22 in 37 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's his second game in a row with 37 minutes. Leonard is No. 3 in per-game fantasy value on the season for standard leagues and is even trending up. His upside is limitless. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points with full line
    James Harden scored 22 points during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and six turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Harden is currently hitting career-highs in points (28.8), rebounds (6.2) and unfortunately turnovers (4.8), but he's still producing at a top-8 level in 9-cat leagues. If you take away the turnovers, Harden jumps to No. 3 overall, and we're not worried about the fact that he's currently shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field (career 44.1 percent shooter). The coaching change in Houston has had zero affect on Harden's value. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Jarrett Jack turns it over seven times
    Jarrett Jack turned the ball over a season-high seven times with 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Nets first unit was awful in this game and some of it is on Jack. He has some solid season averages of 14.4 points, 4.5 boards, 7.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 treys. Jack has mid-round value with a slight downward trend. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has best game
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored a career-high 13 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He did score five points in the final 1:30 of this game, so this line is inflated due to garbage time. Hollis-Jefferson is running away with the starting job and he is showing some sort of offensive skill. He will be up and down for the next three months, but he's worth a look in 16-team leagues. Friday, 7:14 pm
  • J.J. Redick (back) will start Friday vs. POR
    J.J. Redick (back) will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against Portland, sending Jamal Crawford back to the bench.

    Advice: The Clippers will roll out a starting lineup of Chris Paul, Redick, Lance Stephenson, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordon. Redick may not play his full compliment of minutes tonight, but he'll cut into the production of Jamal Crawford. Friday, 6:58 pm
  • J.J. Redick (back) will play Friday vs. POR
    J.J. Redick (back) will play Friday vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Redick's return will send Jamal Crawford back to the bench, and Crawford's value will take a sizeable hit with the demotion to the second-unit. Doc Rivers said he wasn't sure how many minutes Redick would play tonight, but it sounded like he was considering limiting Redick's playing time in the first game back from a back injury. Redick's not necessarily a must-start guy tonight, but he is going to get a matchup against one of the worst teams in the league at guarding the shooting guard position. Friday, 5:40 pm
  • Gentry confirms one-week realistic for Tyreke
    Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evan is "on point" in saying he could return sometime next week.

    Advice: Gentry went on to say that while Evans will be slowly eased back into the rotation, the minutes limit won't be as low as 10-15 minutes, so it sounds like Evans could be in the 20-minute range right out the gates. Now would be the time to stash Evans if he's available on your waiver wire. His return will eventually cut into the production of Eric Gordon. Friday, 4:14 pm
  • J.J. Redick questionable for Friday
    J.J. Redick (back) is questionable to play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Thursday's game and has been out for over a week. The Clippers will want to make sure he's close to 100 percent in an effort to limit this injury from popping up again. If he can play, that'll make Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers less appealing. Friday, 12:45 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) could return in a week
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said that could return in a week.

    Advice: Wow. Moments ago head coach Alvin Gentry said that Evans was getting closer, but this is definitely surprising considering that he wasn't expected to return to action until the middle of December. If Evans is somehow available in your league, stop what you're doing and pick him up. Ish Smith will lose a lot of value with Evans nearing a return, while the Pelicans might be a little more cautious with Jrue Holiday as well. Evans' knee has been responding well in recent workouts and he hasn't had to deal with swelling, but he did admit that he needs to build up a little more strength. Expect the Pelicans to ease him back into the rotation. Friday, 9:32 am
  • Gentry: Tyreke Evans (knee) 'is getting closer'
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) "is getting closer."

    Advice: Gentry didn't give too many details, but this is an encouraging report and Evans was able to get some jump shots up at practice on Friday, though he has been shooting for a while now. The last timetable we were given had Evans returning around the middle of December, so his return to the court may not be that far off. Evans should absolutely be stashed everywhere. Friday, 9:18 am
  • Full Curry: Steph scores 40, GSW now 13-0
    Stephen Curry went crazy yet again during a thrilling 124-117 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's just not fair. Curry was in foul trouble and only had three points in the first quarter, which helped the Clippers build a 23-point lead in the first half. As only they could, the Warriors went absolutely bonkers in the fourth quarter with their eight 3-pointers giving them a 100.0 effective field goal percentage in that frame. On the season, Curry still has a ridiculous 69.2 true shooting percentage (TS%) to go with his third-ranked 33.6 usage rate -- no player in NBA history has posted a usage rate of at least 33 with a TS% of at least 64. He's on pace for 428 treys on the season and is on pace to be the most efficient high-volume player in one season. Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless gets just 25 minutes
    Jerryd Bayless scored nine points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Jabari Parker and O.J. Mayo returning really hurt Bayless tonight. Parker has looked great and is already hitting 30 minutes, so there's a very low upside for Bayless right now. Thursday, 8:40 pm
  • J.J. Redick out for Thursday night
    J.J. Redick (back) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't do much in practice on Wednesday and the Clippers really don't want his back injury to be a recurring issue. With Redick out, Jamal Crawford should still see a ton of minutes at shooting guard while Austin Rivers should as well. Thursday, 5:56 pm
  • J.J. Redick (back) doubtful Thursday vs. GSW
    J.J. Redick (back) is being listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: While the Clippers are listing him as doubtful, he was spotted aggressively cutting, stopping and pulling up for jumpers during Thursday's shootaround, so it would seem he's getting close to a return. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, and if he can't go, it'll be Jamal Crawford logging major minutes. Stay tuned. Thursday, 11:52 am
  • Clippers marvel at Steph Curry's skills
    Doc Rivers and several of the Clippers said there is no player in the NBA like Steph Curry.

    Advice: They're not wrong. Said Rivers, ""It’s amazing," Rivers said. "I don’t know if we’ve seen anything like it, really. We’ve seen great shooters in the league, we’ve seen great ball-handlers in the league; we haven’t seen great shooters that are ball-handlers. He’s both." Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce added to Rivers' praise in the link below, and all fantasy owners can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • James Harden focusing on improving defense
    James Harden said he's focused on improving his defense.

    Advice: While Harden exploded for 45 points on Wednesday, he also said he needs to focus more on his defense. "That's probably one of the reasons why the [team] energy has been so low," Harden said. "Making shots or missing shots, I've got to bring my game." With a new head coach in Houston, Harden's fantasy owners have to hope this is the start of a hot streak for The Beard. Thursday, 6:34 am
  • Alec Burks scores 13, gets 12 minutes at PG
    Alec Burks scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 12 minutes at point guard tonight as the Jazz used some extra size against the Raptors. Burks has been outstanding in his last five, averaging 18.0 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 treys in 29.0 minutes per game. That's good for fifth-round value in that span, so he should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 9:31 pm
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  • Yet another 9-cat gem for Kawhi Leonard
    Kawhi Leonard had another 9-cat gem in Wednesday's victory, scoring 20 points with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He made 8-of-16 shots and is churning out some of the steadiest fantasy production this side of Stephen Curry. Leonard's career-high 26.4 usage rate hasn't affected his efficiency, as he's also posting a career-high 25.5 PER and flirting with a career-high in true shooting (59.7 percent). It's almost unfair. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • James Harden scores 45 with 11 assists in win
    James Harden dominated during a 108-103 overtime win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 45 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-29 from the field, 19-of-20 from the line and turned the ball over five times for his 37.4 usage rate in all that playing time. Harden still didn't even have much success around the basket and made just 4-of-15 from 3, so this line could have been even better. Obviously, if the Rockets want to win games, they'll want to give the ball to Harden as much as possible. Perhaps the worst is over for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Jarrett Jack's big game not enough vs Hornets
    Jarrett Jack racked up 16 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, nine assists and two blocks on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Hornets in Charlotte.

    Advice: Jack is panning out nicely for owners who snagged him in the late rounds, returning 14.6 points, 1.2 threes, 4.3 boards and 7.4 assists per game. The Nets have lost six straight games while playing on zero days of rest, something to watch for during their next back-to-back set on Nov. 28/29. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • J.J. Redick unlikely for Thursday
    J.J. Redick (back) is unlikely to play on Thursday and is listed as doubtful.

    Advice: The Clippers want to make sure he's 100 percent because Redick has multiple back injuries in his last two seasons. If he's out, it'll be Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers stepping up. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 37, GSW improve to 12-0
    The Warriors improved to 12-0 on the season behind a 37-point performance from Stephen Curry on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The MVP added nine assists, two boards, two steals and five 3-pointers, but he did have seven turnovers. The Warriors are now just the seventh team in NBA history to start the season 12-0 and they wouldn't be where they are without the unbelievable play of Curry. He's been the best player to own in fantasy this season and it's not even close. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless has a nice start
    Jerryd Bayless played well in a start for Jabari Parker (foot) on Tuesday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He's done a fine job in almost any role the Bucks have asked him to play. Bayless has some terrific numbers in his last five, averaging 16.6 points, 2.6 boards, 4.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 2.8 treys. He won't be quite this valuable because Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker missed most of that time, but he's worth a look in most leagues while he's playing this well. Tuesday, 6:34 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless will start Tuesday vs. WAS
    Jerryd Bayless will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Wizards with Jabari Parker (foot sprain) unavailable.

    Advice: The Bucks will roll out a starting lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Bayless, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe for Tuesday's game, and Bayless is someone to consider in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against Washington. Jabari is going to be on the sidelines for at least the next three games, so Bayless could have a prolonged stint in the starting unit. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard shines as per usual, scores 19
    Kawhi Leonard was wonderful during a 93-80 win over the Blazers on Monday, scoring 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He's just too good. Only Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have better per-game value than Kawhi on the season for standard leagues. Kawhi only turning the ball over 1.6 times per game with his 26.9 usage rate is impressive all by itself, but he's doing everything and is going to do it for a long time. Monday, 10:02 pm
  • James Harden scores 16 points in loss
    James Harden scored just 16 points in Monday's loss to the Celtics, adding three assists, one board and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Harden was careless with the ball and turned it over four times and he wasn't overly aggressive either with just 10 shot attempts on the night. The Rockets as a whole have been pretty terrible this season, but Harden should eventually get it going and it's way too early to be concerned. The Rockets will take on the Blazers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points vs. OKC
    Jeff Green had a nice revenge game against the Thunder on Monday with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: After a goose egg on Nov. 11, Green has really picked it up. In his last three, he's averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys. He's also played at least 30 minutes in all of those games. Green isn't really a high-upside guy, so he's not a terrific grab. That said, if you want to grab him and see if he can keep it going, it's not a bad idea. Monday, 9:13 pm
  • Courtney Lee gets 17 minutes
    Courtney Lee played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Monday with six points, one rebound, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He's seen his playing time take a big dive. Jeff Green is playing well and Mario Chalmers is also taking minutes away from Lee. He can be dropped in most formats. Monday, 9:10 pm
  • Super Mario Chalmers scores 29 points vs. OKC
    Mario Chalmers was unbelievable against the Thunder on Monday, making 6-of-13 from the field for 29 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He made 13-of-15 from the line after going 10-of-10 from the line on Sunday. Chalmers is certainly doing quite well with his new team as the Grizzlies look to add some perimeter scoring. He's obviously not going to be this good, but he's worth a look in standard leagues while he's hot like this. If Jeremy Lamb can turn it around on a new team, why can't Super Nintendo Chalmers? Monday, 9:08 pm
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