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  • Tyler Zeller plays 12 minutes
    Tyler Zeller played just 12 minutes with two points, three boards and two fouls against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: Ouch. The Celtics went small and that could have been because the Knicks don't have real size in their rotation. Zeller should be better against the Clippers on Sunday because DeAndre Jordan is a large human being.
    17 minutes ago
  • Jae Crowder still getting some minutes
    Jae Crowder scored 17 points in 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Friday during a 96-92 win, adding nine rebounds, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Even with Isaiah Thomas getting more minutes, Crowder still saw a nice chunk of playing time. Coach Brad Stevens is taking minutes away from Cody Zeller and Kelly Olynyk, so Crowder might be able to stay fantasy relevant in standard leagues. He's a little too inconsistent to be considered as a strong add, though.
    21 minutes ago
  • Joe Johnson bounces back with 20-5-9 line
    Joe Johnson slumpbusted in the Nets' big 106-98 win over the Cavs on Friday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and nine assists.

    Advice: Johnson and the Nets have a four-game week upcoming so hopefully owners used that as a tie-breaker in his favor on a drop decision. Even if he limps along at a late-round value, he'll be worth using in lineups that week and he's a must-add player if he was dropped. The Nets are a half-game out of the playoffs and the next 7-10 days are not likely to be the time in which he taps out.
    22 minutes ago
  • Derrick Favors (back) could be out Saturday
    Derrick Favors said his back locked up on Friday night and was walking gingerly after the game.

    Advice: It sounds like he's not going to play on Saturday, which just adds to one of the most ridiculous months with respect to injuries. With Favors out, Trevor Booker will get most of his minutes while Jeremy Evans will also likely be in the rotation. Favors' fantasy owners might want to start planning on not having him for a few games.
    28 minutes ago
    L, 107-91 @ Den
  • D-Will stars as Johnny 5 in Short Circuit 22
    Deron Williams scored five points with five rebounds, five assists and five turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday as he short-circuited against the Cavs.

    Advice: Jarrett Jack (26 minutes, 16 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals) got the lion's share of minutes tonight but it has been the other way around for a while now. The timeshare between the two players is annoying, but Williams has been hot lately and owners might want to give him another game or two before moving him to their benches.
    29 minutes ago
  • Jack gets back on track in win over Cavs
    Jarrett Jack turned things around on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Jack got the lion's share of the point guard minutes as Deron Williams (five points, five boards, five assists, five turnovers) logged just 22 minutes. Williams has had the upper hand for a few weeks now and the timeshare isn't doing either of them favors. Jack needs to do this again before we'll sanction anything but a flier if you need popcorn stats.
    35 minutes ago
  • Marcus Smart plays 34 minutes, scores six
    Marcus Smart made 2-of-3 from the field for six points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: What a weird game for Smart. In 34 minutes, he posted a 5.4 usage rate and a 4.8 assist percentage, which is almost unfathomable for a starting point guard. Smart isn't out there for his offense, so he's going to have a tough time being consistent in fantasy leagues now that Isaiah Thomas is back.
    35 minutes ago
  • Bogdanovic scores 18 points with two threes
    Bojan Bogdanovic hit 7-of-12 shots (including two threes) for 18 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic should see enough touches to give owners a shot at some points and threes, but that's just about it.
    37 minutes ago
  • Alan Anderson plays 30 minutes on Friday
    Alan Anderson logged 30 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Thaddeus Young (knee) looking doubtful for Sunday's game and possibly more, this type of workload seems like a decent bet until Young gets back. Anderson has a week of late-round value under his belt and isn't going to blow you away, but if you need shooting guard stats he could be worth a look.
    38 minutes ago
  • Shane Larkin plays 44 minutes
    Shane Larkin played 44 minutes against the Celtics on Friday during a 96-92 loss with 14 points, one rebound, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: It's his second 44-minute game in his last three, but it's his first game with double-digit points in his last four. Larkin isn't exactly a per-minute dynamo, but he'll be on the radar if he's logging 44 minutes. He's still not a must-own player or anything, but give him a look if you really need a point guard.
    43 minutes ago
  • Cleanthony Early scores 12 points vs. Boston
    Cleanthony Early scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He was 5-of-13 from the field and he's finally starting to get some significant run. Alexey Shved (ribs) is likely out for the season, so Early could have an impact in deeper leagues. Until he starts to make shots, he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
    46 minutes ago
  • LeBron posts big line in loss to Brooklyn
    LeBron James scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, nine assists, five steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Cavs played like a team that's starting to coast but most of their key guys got their numbers tonight. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three assists, one steal and two blocks, and Kevin Love scored 18 points with seven rebounds and two threes. J.R. Smith had a down night with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two threes, and all of these guys play just seven games in three weeks starting next week. This has the potential to get ugly for owners, and owners have to hope the Bulls can close in from 2.5 games behind for the No. 2 slot in the East.
    Today, 9:12 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points vs. Heat
    DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 24 points against the Heat on Friday during a 99-86 win, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was 2 Chainz Night in Atlanta and they clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the second time in the history of the franchise -- these two events are not likely related. Carroll will likely have some rest headed his way, so his fantasy owners will want to keep their eyes peeled, especially on road games.
    Today, 9:10 pm
  • Mozgov struggles in loss to the Nets
    Timofey Mozgov scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting with five rebounds and one block in 17 minutes on Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: The Cavs came out flat and Mozgov has been underwhelming with very low-end value for 12-team leagues over the last two weeks. When you factor in the Cavs' league-worst schedule going forward, owners can make the cut with relatively low risk.
    Today, 9:08 pm
  • Dennis Schroder double-doubles vs. Heat
    Dennis Schroder double-doubled against the Heat on Friday with 12 points, 11 assists, three boards, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well in the win, making 3-of-10 from the field. It's unknown how much longer Jeff Teague (ankle) will be out, but tonight wasn't just rest for him because the Hawks were at home. Considering the Hawks have locked up the No. 1 seed, we should see Teague on the sidelines at least a few more games the rest of the way. Schroder is worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Today, 9:05 pm
  • Derrick Favors (back spasms) out for game
    Derrick Favors is dealing with back spasms and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't had any back issues since the 2013-14 season, but that issue did cost him some time. Favors finished with seven points, five boards, one assist and two blocks in 19 minutes. If he needs to miss time, Trevor Booker will get the biggest increase in playing time. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
    Today, 8:06 pm
    L, 107-91 @ Den
  • Dennis Schroder will start Friday vs. Miami
    Dennis Schroder will slide into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Miami with Jeff Teague (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: We've seen this movie before, and basically every time Schroder starts, he's an excellent guy to target in daily leagues. Through seven starts this season Schroder has compiled averages of 14.0 points, 7.4 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. With a favorable matchup against Miami tonight, he's a great, low-budget play in daily leagues.
    Today, 10:32 am
  • LeBron James reportedly frustrated with Love
    LeBron James is reportedly frustrated with Kevin Love's inability to fit in, according to sources.

    Advice: It's worth noting that this article stems from a New York-based media outlet who may or may not be hoping that Love bolts the Cavaliers to join the Knicks after the season, but there have been rumblings of a discord between the two stars all season. Meanwhile, Love scored 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies so even if Love is one-and-done in Cleveland, he's still an important part of the Cavaliers' playoff hopes.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 off bench
    Jae Crowder moved back to the bench on Wednesday and had 16 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes in a loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Crowder has been bouncing in and out of the starting lineup, but still manages to be productive on most nights. And with Brandon Bass appearing to fade, Crowder looks like a guy worth holding onto right now.
    Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Cleanthony Early scores 18 off Knicks bench
    Cleanthony Early returned from an ankle injury and had a team-high 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 5-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks are painful, in all aspects - to watch, to use in fantasy, to watch some more - and Early has really struggled on the season. The points were nice, but he never seems to shoot 50 percent and he's just as likely to give you a three-point game as he is to come through like he did tonight. Then again, maybe the Knicks are ready to wind him up and turn him loose, so it's also possible this was a sign of things to come. Keep a close eye on him on Friday night, and pounce if he does anything.
    Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Shane Larkin invisible in ugly loss
    Shane Larkin hit just 1-of-2 shots for two points and two assists in 30 minutes of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He's getting minutes for the banged up and dreadful Knicks, but he is also dreadful. If you thought Tony Snell didn't do anything with his minutes for the Bulls, take a look at Larkin's game log.
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Deron Williams flirts with another trip-dub
    Deron Williams hit just 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists in a win over the Hornets.

    Advice: He had 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds on Monday, and while the shooting and points have been disappointing, he's at least coming through elsewhere. If you started him this week, he's probably helping your team win.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Joe Johnson stays cold on Wednesday
    Joe Johnson struggled again on Wednesday, hitting just 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: Johnson has been a disaster lately, hitting just 5-of-20 shots in his last two games, as well as scoring six or fewer points in three of his last five. He'll probably get it turned around, but you also have to wonder if his old legs are running out of gas. He's tough to trust right now, obviously.
    Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Dennis Schroder quiet in Hawks win
    Dennis Schroder hit just 4-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, three rebounds and three assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is he was shooting the ball, but he only played 20 minutes, which is his lowest number since March 11. The Hawks got hot in the fourth quarter when he was on the bench, and Jeff Teague stayed in the game to finish it off. Schroder has scored 11 or fewer points in three of his last five games, but had 18 and 21 in the two prior to this dud.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Cleanthony Early (ankle) will return vs. LAC
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) will play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a good chance for minutes tonight with the Knicks missing a few guys on the wing. Early has been awful this season, making 33.8 percent from the field in his 31 games. We'll let you know if he does anything noteworthy tonight.
    Wednesday, 2:24 pm
  • Cleanthony Early (ankle) probable Wednesday
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Early hasn't been able to do much this season, even when given big minutes, so he's not someone that should be added in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:52 pm
  • Marcus Smart says he's not a dirty player
    Marcus Smart said he's not a dirty player after his incident with Matt Bonner.

    Advice: Smart's shot to Bonner's groin earned him a one-game suspension and he's determined to move forward in a productive manner. "I respect the decision," Smart said. "I gotta live with it. Looking at the film, it does look a little intentional. But that’s not who I am. I’m not a dirty player." Smart only scored two points with one rebound and two steals in his first game back from his suspension on Monday and Isaiah Thomas (back) is due to return on Wednesday, so the rookie's fantasy value will likely be limited to deeper leagues for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 7:54 am
  • Larkin just can't get it done despite 44 mins
    Shane Larkin logged 44 minutes in Monday's loss, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, seven assists and one block.

    Advice: Larkin just isn't any good for fantasy leagues in Derek Fisher's system, so no matter how many minutes he gets he is deep league asset at best.
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • D-Will flirts with low-end triple-double
    Deron Williams just missed a low-end triple-double in the Nets' 110-91 loss to the Celtics on Monday, scoring 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting with nine rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Williams did not hit a three but he made all six of his free throws, outplaying Jarrett Jack (19 minutes, 1-of-9 FGs) on a relatively encouraging night. We don't trust anybody in Brooklyn these days, but Williams, Thad Young (12 points, nine boards, two steals, one three) and Brook Lopez (31 points, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks, 7-of-7 FTs) are your best bets. The Nets fell to 1.5 games back of Boston for the No. 8 slot with two teams in-between.
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Johnson held in check against the Celtics
    Joe Johnson hit just 3-of-11 shots (no threes) for six points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Johnson is slowing down as the Nets continue to mail in their season. He won't be this bad on most nights, but he's not a must-own player at this time.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Jack hits just 1-of-9 shots in loss to BOS
    Jarrett Jack hit just 1-of-9 shots (6-of-7 FTs) for eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Deron Williams flirted with a low-end triple-double tonight and clearly was the better player, while the Nets as a whole looked lethargic in a key playoff loss. Jack and Williams have been splitting minutes because Bojan Bogdanovic (3-of-14 FGs) has been hot, but as you can see he cooled off, as well. It wouldn't be surprising if Jack had a bounce-back effort at some point, but he's not a must-own player right now.
    Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores six points with six boards
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored just six points on 3-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic had been a nice little run but this shows how shaky his value can be. He's a deep league play at best until he shows us a little bit more.
    Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Zeller scores 18 points with seven rebounds
    Tyler Zeller scored 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one block in Monday's road win over the Nets.

    Advice: Zeller is returning modest late-round value for owners lately and the Celtics have a nice schedule both this week and next. He and Kelly Olynyk (18 points, five boards, three treys, 17 minutes) haven't always been able to produce at the same time, but we did see it for a stretch earlier in the season.
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Hollins continues praise for Bojan Bogdanovic
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he hasn't been playing Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack together because of how well Bojan Bogdanovic is playing right now.

    Advice: He had some kind of run last week, averaging 17.8 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 treys on 63.8 percent from the field in 35.0 minutes per game in his last four. There is a 49-minute outlier in there, so we're expecting Bojan to get minutes in the 28-33 range this week. He has four games, so feel free to give him a look if you're feeling saucy and want to roll the dice on a rookie. Additionally, Jack and Williams are both likely to play minutes in the mid 20s.
    Monday, 3:00 pm
  • Shane Larkin will start on Monday night
    Shane Larkin will start next to Langston Galloway on Monday night.

    Advice: This is interesting because the Knicks are putting their two active point guards in the starting lineup without a real backup point behind them. They are only dressing nine players with Ricky Ledo, Lance Thomas, Andrea Bargnani, Jason Smith, Quincy Acy, Cole Aldrich and Lou Amundson as the others. Larkin starting is a slight boost for his floor and ceiling in fantasy tonight.
    Monday, 2:53 pm
  • Cleanthony Early will not play vs. Memphis
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: His ankle injury isn't getting much better and there's no word of him practicing yet. Early can be dropped in just about all leagues.
    Monday, 2:49 pm
  • Celtics want Marcus Smart to temper spirit
    The Celtics want Marcus Smart to focus on channeling his competitive energy in a more positive way.

    Advice: In other words, the C's want him to stop doing dumb things on the floor when his competitive juices get flowing. "What we love about Marcus is his competitive nature, his competitive spirit, but he has to handle that situation better. There’s no question about that," Brad Stevens said. The rookie will look to move on Monday when he'll be back in action following his one-game suspension.
    Monday, 7:29 am
  • LeBron James taking on more vocal role
    LeBron James has started to take on a more vocal role with the Cavs.

    Advice: "I was frustrated with our play and the guys know how I felt about it and they responded," LeBron said. He's clearly become more comfortable in his new (old) surroundings, and the Cavs are rolling as a result. "I feel really good with my game, I feel really good with how I am on my body."
    Monday, 6:32 am
  • Tyler Zeller benched during Sunday's loss
    Tyler Zeller was benched in favor of Kelly Olynyk to start the second half in Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, finishing with 10 points, four boards, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: This wasn't the first time that Zeller has been benched to start the second half, but Andre Drummond was having a feast in the paint for the Pistons and scored 18 points with 22 boards, meaning the Celtics had to shake things up. Even though Olynyk still isn't playing well, the Celtics have invested a lot in him and they will likely give him more opportunities to succeed. A lineup change isn't imminent by any means, but Zeller is better suited for deeper leagues until further notice.
    Sunday, 7:15 pm
  • Jae Crowder starts at point guard, scores 19
    Jae Crowder started at point guard in place of Marcus Smart (suspension) and he did not disappoint, scoring 19 points with seven boards, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He was everywhere tonight and head coach Brad Stevens was hesitant to take him off the court as he logged 45 minutes. Crowder will return to the bench on Monday vs. the Nets when Smart comes back from his suspension, but his play won't go unnoticed. Crowder has now averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games, and he is worth a long look in most leagues with the Celtics set to play four games this coming week.
    Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • LeBron James racks up 28 points in win
    LeBron James was phenomenal on Sunday, scoring 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting (7-of-7 from the stripe), to go with 10 rebounds, six assists, five steals, one 3-pointer, one block and five turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Turnovers continue to be an issue for LeBron, but when he's putting up lines like this, who really cares? Look for LeBron to keep his foot on the gas pedal when the Cavs take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
    Sunday, 3:08 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov quiet in 22 minutes of action
    Timofey Mozgov was quiet in his 22 minutes of action Sunday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe), to go with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: This game turned into a blowout, so Mozgov spent the fourth quarter on the bench, which explains the minimal line. His rebounding numbers and minutes have dipped during the month of March, as he's put in averages of 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game while shooting 61.0 percent from the field and 76.3 percent from the stripe through 24.3 minutes of action. He's still worth owning in all leagues for his highly efficient scoring, while offering some blocks and boards.
    Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll shoots 4-of-12 on Sunday
    DeMarre Carroll was one of many Hawks to struggle on Sunday, making 4-of-12 shots to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Carroll played 32 minutes and none of Atlanta's starters exceeded 33 minutes in a disappointing blowout to the visiting Spurs. Carroll had been excellent in his three previous games and owners should give him a reprieve for today's dud. The biggest concern is the potential for DNP-CDs down the stretch, especially with back-to-back sets looming for the Hawks on both Friday/Saturday and Monday/Tuesday.
    Sunday, 2:35 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 18 pts on 8-of-13 FGs
    Dennis Schroder provided a rare bright spot for the Hawks on Sunday, coming off the bench for 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, two 3-pointers, three boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He turned the ball over twice in 24 minutes and has proven to be a steady contributor as the leader of Atlanta's second unit. Schroder is flirting with late-round value in just 25 minutes per game over the past few weeks, but he's best deployed as a spot-starter if and when Jeff Teague is rested -- with back-to-back sets coming up on Friday/Saturday and Monday/Tuesday, it's possible we'll see Schroder starting at PG in the near future.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Cleanthony Early (ankle) out Sunday vs. TOR
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Early has been sidelined since March 15, and with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Sunday, 12:08 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 21 points with 11 boards
    Derrick Favors was outstanding in a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 21 points with 11 boards in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He also added two assists, two blocks and one steal on the night, while also hitting the first 3-pointer of his career. Favors is on fire and is boasting averages of 17.4 points, 7.0 boards and 2.2 blocks over the past five games, and he is showing no signs of slowing down as we approach the final stretch of the season.
    Saturday, 10:19 pm
    L, 107-91 @ Den
  • Deron Williams scores 17 in the first half
    Deron Williams scored all 17 of his points in the first half during a 123-111 win over the Pacers on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: For the second night in a row, Deron disappeared in the second half. He looked good and was attacking the defense early on, so it's hard to say his performance was why coach Lionel Hollins didn't play him in the final 18 minutes. He's still worth starting in most leagues, but he's not someone who will carry fantasy owners with limited playing time.
    Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Joe Johnson slows down again
    Joe Johnson slowed down against the Pacers on Saturday with 14 points, three rebounds and no other stats in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-12 from the field and made 52.5 percent from the field in his last five, averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 boards, 2.8 dimes and 1.2 treys. Johnson isn't a complete must-own player, but he should flirt with top-125 value going forward.
    Saturday, 7:00 pm
  • Jarrett Jack plays well in 24 minutes
    Jarrett Jack played 24 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with 13 points, eight assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He split the point guard minutes with Deron Williams even though Deron played well tonight. Jack doesn't really have a big upside in standard leagues with his lack of steals and treys, but he's someone to consider for those of you looking for some points, free throw shooting and dimes. That's about all he's good for.
    Saturday, 6:53 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 21, makes all 8 FGAs
    Bojan Bogdanovic stayed hot against the Pacers on Saturday, making all eight attempts from the field for 21 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He played a whopping 49 minutes on Friday and scored 17 points in a win. Bogdanovic has played at least 27 minutes in four straight games, averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 boards, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 treys. It's becoming clearer that coach Lionel Hollins is going to play him more, so he's worth a look in standard leagues while he's hot.
    Saturday, 6:46 pm
  • Deron Williams is starting on Saturday
    Deron Williams, Markel Brown, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez are starting on Saturday against the Pacers.

    Advice: They played a triple-overtime game on Friday and are on the road, so it was possible coach Lionel Hollins rested guys a la the Denver Nuggets. Williams was also benched for most of the second half and will get a chance to redeem himself.
    Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • Marcus Smart suspended for one game
    Marcus Smart has been suspended for one game and will not play against the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He may have deserved more than one game for one of the worst plays of the season. With Smart out, the Celtics will use Evan Turner and Phil Pressey at point guard. There should also be more minutes available for Jae Crowder on the wing. Smart is worth a hold in some leagues until Isaiah Thomas gets back.
    Saturday, 12:33 pm
  • Jae Crowder starts the second half
    Jae Crowder started the second half for Tyler Zeller during a 101-89 loss to the Spurs on Friday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 5-of-14 from the field and was heavily involved in the offense. With Marcus Smart likely to be suspended, Crowder is a good bet to move into the starting lineup and see close to 36-38 minutes. If you're looking for a risk-reward guy on Sunday, give him a look.
    Friday, 11:21 pm
  • Schroder scores 21 points off the bench
    Dennis Schroder scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-14 shots (including three treys) with three rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, Kyle Korver (nose) was out but Schroder has been on the fantasy radar in 12-team leagues for a while, even if he hasn't really been able to produce enough for starting lineups. The Hawks will probably rest guys down the stretch, and Schroder is somebody to take a hard look at.
    Friday, 10:54 pm
  • LeBron be illin all over the Pacers on Friday
    LeBron James (illness) scored 29 points on 13-of-26 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds and five assists in the Cavs' 95-92 win over the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: James took his time coming out of the locker room at halftime and that's really the only issue he had against the Pacers. Kevin Love went for 11 and 13 with a block and one trey, J.R. Smith scored 11 points with one trey, three boards and two assists on a quiet night, and Kyrie Irving shot like he was the sick one with 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting in the win.
    Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Jarrett Jack scores 12 in 41 minutes
    Jarrett Jack played 41 minutes against the Bucks on Friday with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

    Advice: Deron Williams was in the doghouse tonight, so Jack ran the offense for the majority of the second half and the three overtimes. This punishment for Deron probably won't continue heading into Saturday against the Pacers, so Jack isn't a strong grab if you're looking for some value beyond the weekend. He's barely been worth owning in standard leagues for his low upside.
    Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 49 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played 49 minutes against the Bucks on Friday during a triple-overtime win with 17 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit a couple clutch shots and his coach clearly has confidence in him. Bogdanovic played 36 minutes on Wednesday and he's also taken 39 shots combined in his last three. He's still not a must-own player because of how many slumps he's had, but he's definitely on the radar now. He's probably a grab in 16-team leagues.
    Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Deron Williams gets benched
    Deron Williams was benched for most of the late action against the Bucks on Friday, playing 22 minutes for four points, two rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He sat out 24 minutes of the second half and overtime combined tonight. Williams played well heading into tonight, but he just had no offensive game, making 1-of-6 from the field. HIs owners shouldn't worry too much and can expect him to be better on Saturday against the Pacers.
    Friday, 9:26 pm
  • Larkin scores 13 points with six boards
    Shane Larkin scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: This level of production has been his high water mark and owners need to see a lot more of this before considering an add.
    Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Early (ankle) does not play on Friday
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) did not play on Friday against the Sixers.

    Advice: Early fits the profile as somebody that the Knicks would develop in this lost season but he just hasn't created any momentum. Owners can watch this action from the wire.
    Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart ejected for punch to groin
    Marcus Smart was ejected on Friday for punching Matt Bonner in the groin.

    Advice: It was bad and Smart has some explaining to do. He came off a screen and basically wound up before hitting Bonner below the belt. He'll be suspended for this one, so Phil Pressey will likely start for at least one game. Smart finished with 10 points, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. You can check out a quick video in the link below.
    Friday, 7:45 pm
  • LeBron James (illness) will play Friday
    LeBron James (illness) is a go for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: James is just dealing with a head cold, but he'll be fine. Go ahead and get him active.
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Blatt thinks LeBron James (illness) will play
    David Blatt said he thinks LeBron James (illness) will be able to play Friday vs. the Pacers, and the Cavs are listing him as a game-time decision.

    Advice: James is dealing with a head cold and wasn't able to go through shootaround this morning, but it's encouraging that head coach Blatt feels he'll be able to give it a go. However, nothing is official just yet, so owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 2:49 pm
  • LeBron James (illness) questionable Friday
    LeBron James (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he is officially being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Owners will just have to hope James decides to give it a go tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. However, if he's forced to sit, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be asked to do the heavy lifting on offense, with guys like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, James Jones, and Shawn Marion all seeing some increased opportunity. Irving, Love, and Smith would be the guys to target in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 8:17 am
  • Cleanthony Early (ankle) will not play Thurs.
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Timberwolves, as expected.

    Advice: There isn't a clear winner with Early sidelined. Lance Thomas and Travis Wear will have the opportunity for some extended minutes, but neither guy is doing enough statistically to matter in most leagues. Early hasn't produced enough for New York this season to warrant a stash, so he can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Thursday, 3:02 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll plays well in ugly loss
    DeMarre Carroll hit 5-of-12 shots and 3-of-4 3-pointers for 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's blowout loss at Golden State.

    Advice: Carroll has been hot in his last two games, averaging 16 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 3-pointers. Pick him up if he's still sitting out there on your waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 11:15 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores career-high 25 in loss
    Marcus Smart hit 8-of-14 shots and seven 3-pointers for a career-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Finally. He's flirted with fantasy greatness for weeks, but finally came through with the 'big one' tonight. Maybe this is the game he needed to get going. With Boston fully invested in Smart the rest of the way, picking him up right now looks like a very smart thing to do, if he happens to be available in your league.
    Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Ty Zeller gives way to Olynyk Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller, who had a career-high 26 points on Monday, hit 6-of-8 shots for 12 points, but added just one rebound and no blocks in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly Olynyk got hot off the bench (finally) and hit 7-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Maybe Olynyk is finally ready to get going, and if it happens, it will mean bad things for Zeller.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • LeBron quiet in easy win over Nets
    LeBron James hit just 5-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds, seven assists and a steal in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

    Advice: This was not one of Bron's better games, but at least he's playing instead of resting through a sore knee. Look for a bounce-back game on Friday against the Pacers.
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 12 on Wednesday
    Bojan Bogdanovic came off the bench for 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers on 5-of-9 shooting in 36 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He blew up for 21 points on Monday, so maybe he's getting ready to heat up. Just keep an eye on him.
    Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores just six points in 27 min
    Joe Johnson hit just 3-of-9 shots for six points, three boards and one assist in Wednesday's ugly loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: Joe Cool went for 22 points on Monday and has been playing a little better lately, but bottomed out tonight. Hopefully this is just a blip on the radar and he'll bounce back against the Bucks on Friday.
    Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • LeBron James (knee, wrist) will play vs. Nets
    LeBron James (knee, wrist) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cavs coach David Blatt is eager to improve his team's seeding, which lessens the likelihood of a DNP for LeBron, but we'll continue to monitor his status in the coming weeks -- he said after Tuesday's game, "Everything hurts, but I'm alright." The Nets are giving up 103.0 points over their past 10 games, the sixth most of any team, and LeBron should have a field day vs. their defense.
    Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Cleanthony Early (ankle) doubtful Thursday
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) is doubtful for Thursday's game vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: It's safe to say that Early has been a major disappointment for the Knicks this season, and his ankle has been giving him plenty of problems. Lance Thomas and Travis Wear should be able to see more minutes following this news, but neither player is an attractive option in most leagues. Leave Early on the wire.
    Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • Cleanthony Early (ankle) out Tuesday vs. SA
    Cleanthony Early (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: With Early unavailable, Travis Wear and Lance Thomas will be in line for some extended minutes, although neither guy can be viewed as a viable option in standard leagues. Thomas is coming off a 14-point outing, so he technically offers the most upside.
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll returned to action on Monday March 16.
    Monday, 11:53 pm
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