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  • Wes Johnson headed to the bench on Sunday
    Wes Johnson will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Johnson was not producing at all in the starting unit, so Luc Mbah a Moute will get the call today, earning his first opportunity with the starting five in Los Angeles. With averages of just 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds on the season, Johnson isn't worth owning in almost any league. 34 minutes ago
  • Luc Mbah a Moute will start on Sunday for LAC
    Luc Mbah a Moute will start in place of Wes Johnson for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The Clippers can't seem to get consistent production out of guys like Johnson, Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson, so now it's Mbah a Moute's turn. The veteran is averaging less than five minutes per game this season and is more of a defensive specialist, so there's no need to add him in any format. 39 minutes ago
  • Aaron Brooks (hamstring) will not play Monday
    Aaron Brooks (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: This will be his fourth straight game on the shelf and it's still unclear when he will be able to return. Kirk Hinrich is questionable with a hip injury, so E'Twaun Moore will likely back up Derrick Rose on Monday. Today, 10:25 am
  • Dwight Howard will sit out one game next week
    Dwight Howard will play on Sunday vs. the Knicks and against the Grizzlies on Monday, but he will miss a game sometime next week.

    Advice: According to the Houston Chronicle, Howard will either sit out against the Pelicans on Wednesday, the Mavericks on Thursday or the Kings on Saturday. The Rockets are clearly trying to limit Howard's workload as much as possible to keep him fresh over the course of the season, so his fantasy owners will have to make it a habit to check the injury report prior to every game. Today, 10:20 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Monday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He is making progress and was able to do a little more work at practice on Sunday, but it sounds like the Heat will hold him out again as a precaution. For now, expect Gerald Green to get another start and be sure to give him a long look in DFS. Deng is considered day-to-day. Today, 10:03 am
  • O.J. Mayo will start on Sunday
    O.J. Mayo will replace Jabari Parker in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Jason Kidd is hoping to spread the floor with more shooters, but there isn't any word as to whether or not this will be a temporary move. Greivis Vasquez is out with a sore ankle on Sunday, but there's no need to pick up Mayo outside of deeper leagues until we see how things play out. Today, 10:00 am
  • Greivis Vasquez (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Vasquez wasn't able to practice on Saturday, but it would have been interesting to see what type of role he would've had on Sunday with Michael Carter-Williams moving to the bench in favor of Jerryd Bayless. Consider Vasquez as day-to-day. Today, 9:52 am
  • Jerryd Bayless to start, Carter-Williams benched
    Jerryd Bayless will start in place of Michael Carter-Williams on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: This move was long overdue as Bayless has been playing much better than MCW recently and is arguably a better fit with the first unit. Bayless has averaged 12.0 points, 2.5 assists, 4.8 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in four previous starts this season, so he's worth a speculative pickup in most leagues. Today, 9:42 am
  • Motiejunas (back) hopes to practice next week
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is hoping to be cleared to return to practice next week.

    Advice: He will be evaluated on Tuesday, so that is the earliest that we will be able to provide another update. The big man has been sidelined since April and will be behind Clint Capela and Terrence Jones in the rotation, so there's no reason to take a flier on him outside of the deepest leagues. Today, 9:39 am
  • Bjelica (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Bjelica has missed the last four games due to a knee contusion, but he appears to be all set to return to the court on Sunday. He was in a slump prior to going to down with the injury, so it makes some sense to see if he turn things around before adding him in standard leagues. With Bjelica expected to be available, Adreian Payne could fall out of the rotation. Today, 9:01 am
  • Marcin Gortat is tired of the negativity
    Marcin Gortat implied that he is tired of all the negativity surrounding the Wizards right now.

    Advice: "It’s not easy but we got to cut the negativity we have coming from players, coaches, staff, media," Gortat said. "We just got to cut that. It’s not even fun coming here anymore. There’s so much negativity. I understand we’re losing games but, damn, we just got to cut that right now, man. It’s not fun at all." The Wizards have stumbled out of the gate and are just 6-8 on the season, but the good news for Gortat's owners is that he is playing a lot better recently and should continue to see a bump in minutes until Nene (calf) comes back. Today, 8:08 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha returned to action on Saturday November 28. Today, 12:10 am
  • Rajon Rondo scores seven with seven dimes
    Rajon Rondo struggled on Saturday vs. the Warriors, finishing with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven assists, four boards and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo's streak of three straight double-doubles came to an end, but a matchup with the Warriors will likely do that. Rondo has been playing fantastic lately and was even returning second-round value over the last couple of weeks, so it's not a bad idea to think about selling high. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Rudy Gay needs 20 shots to score 20 points
    Rudy Gay scored 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Warriors on Saturday with seven boards in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Gay was coming off a two-point performance against the Wolves on Friday in which he shot just 1-of-13 from the field, so he is clearly in a slump. Gay isn't on the injury report, but he doesn't have a lot of help right now and is probably being asked to do way too much. He should be much better when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is able to return, so his owners should just hang in there. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 11 in start on Saturday
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes in a start at small forward on Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back) was sidelined again, but George Karl went with Casspi instead of Willie Cauley-Stein because of the Warriors' tendency to play small. Casspi should flirt with 30 minutes per game until Cousins is able to return (he is day-to-day), so feel free to give him a look if he's available in your league. The Kings will take on the Mavericks on Monday. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 15 points in win
    Klay Thompson scored 15 points with two assists, one steal and 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: The game was over in a hurry and Thompson played just 26 minutes, so his owners will be pretty disappointed. He has scored 15 or less points in four out of his last five games, but it's possible that his back may not be 100 percent. The buy-low window is opening again, so float some offers to his owners if you think you get him for a reasonable price. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Brandon Rush scores 16 in start
    Brandon Rush scored 16 points with three boards, one assist and four treys in 19 minutes in Saturday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Rush drew the start in place of a hobbled Harrison Barnes (ankle), and after a quiet first half he exploded for 14 points in the third quarter. His minutes were relatively low and it isn't clear how much time Barnes will miss, so Rush is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Curry scores 19, Warriors improve to 18-0
    Stephen Curry scored 19 points with six assists, four boards, three steals and three treys in Saturday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: The Warriors improved to 18-0 with the win and will look to keep their streak going against the Jazz on Monday. Incredibly, Curry hasn't even touched the floor during the fourth quarter in the last four games, yet he has still been the best player in fantasy. Should the NBA just go ahead and give him his MVP award now? Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 21 points in win vs. NO
    Alec Burks made 9-of-14 from the field for a team-high 21 points during a 101-87 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: When he's on, he looks like one of the best sixth men in the NBA. Although, Burks has not been on over his previous three, making just 25 percent from the field in that stretch. This game got him back over 40 percent from the field (41.5) and he should be closer to 45-47 percent going forward. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Burks also played 15 minutes at point guard tonight. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Trevor Booker puts up big double-double
    Trevor Booker was terrific in a start on Saturday against the Pelicans with 13 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (personal) didn't play, so Cook Book got all he could eat. Favors isn't expected to be out long, so Booker's value figures to be low on Monday against the Warriors. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scored nine points vs. Jazz
    Ryan Anderson scored nine points on 1-of-7 from the field with two rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Just when it looked like he was ready to be a consistent stud, he's stunk in his last two. Anderson scored just nine points on 3-of-14 shooting on Friday and played just 23 minutes. Anderson's numbers are better when he's next to Anthony Davis, so he should be fine going forward. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Jrue Holiday plays 14 minutes in B2B
    Jrue Holiday played 14 minutes on Saturday with two points, two rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: The good news here is that this was his first game in a back-to-back. Holiday did play a combined 27 minutes in the two games, so this isn't a massive milestone. He should still start trending up even though he'll have a minutes cap for another month. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores seven points
    Wes Matthews scored seven points in 28 minutes during a 92-81 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding one rebound, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It hasn't been pretty since Friday the 13th. In those eight games, Matthews made just 31.6 percent from the field for averages of 11.4 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 treys. He has actually looked OK out there, so he can be viewed as a buy-low player to a degree. You should be giving up next to nothing to get him. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Deron Williams scores 22 points in win
    Deron Williams scored 22 points with four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a little sick, but Deron continues to play well right now. Williams has found a nice touch in his last five, making 2.2 treys per game on 47.8 percent from that range with 16.6 points, 4.6 boards, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals in that span. This is a good sell-high moment for him. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Darrell Arthur looks good in start
    Darrell Arthur started against the Mavs on Saturday with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: As nice as this line is, Arthur's minutes should be trending down with Kenneth Faried likely to be in the starting lineup on Monday. Arthur has arguably been the best big man on the roster this month, so he might still be a hold in 16-team leagues. Coach Mike Malone seems to like him. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points against the Spurs during a start on Saturday with four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Presumably, the Hawks put Thabo in the first unit to defend an offensive superstar at small forward. Sefolosha's value won't be too high considering he's not going to get many points, but he could have some sneaky late-round value. Most owners should shoot for a higher upside. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 16 with 10 boards
    Marcin Gortat scored 16 points during a tough 84-82 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He saw his playing time rise a tad with Nene (calf) missing this game. Nene could be out for more time beyond tonight, so Gortat's arrow is point up. In his last five, he averaged 12.2 points, 9.6 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks. Once the blocks start coming, Gortat should start cruising for his owners. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Omri Casspi will start, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi will start on Saturday vs. the Warriors with Willie Cauley-Stein moving to the bench.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back) is out and head coach George Karl usually bases his lineups on the matchup, so it makes sense to go small against the Warriors. Casspi should see around 30 minutes tonight and is worth plugging into most lineups. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Brandon Rush will start on Saturday
    Brandon Rush will start on Saturday vs. the Kings with Harrison Barnes (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: He drew a start earlier in the season and scored eight points with two treys in 21 minutes, but it's probably best to just leave him on the wire for now. Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Trevor Booker will start on Saturday vs. NOP
    Trevor Booker will start on Saturday vs. the Pelicans in place of Derrick Favors (personal).

    Advice: Booker is averaging just 3.3 points and 5.2 boards in 19.6 minutes per game this season, so he obviously doesn't have much upside. Considering he will be going up against Anthony Davis, it will be tough to rely on Booker outside of the deepest of leagues. Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Deron Williams a little under the weather
    Deron Williams is a little sick on Saturday and will play against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This is just a heads up. If you were going to use him in DFS, you might want to swap him out if you can. Williams been pretty good so far this year. Yesterday, 4:54 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will play limited minutes on Sat
    Jrue Holiday will play limited minutes (around 15) on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Holiday got into some foul trouble on Friday and played just 13 minutes, but it's very encouraging to see that the Pelicans feel comfortable enough to play him on the second night of a back-to-back set. Ish Smith should still see plenty of run and has been on fire, so his owners should keep him plugged in their lineups. As for Holiday, his owners should probably leave him on the bench. Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (illness) will play Saturday
    Wesley Matthews (illness) will play vs. the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did miss the morning shootaround, but Matthews said that he has played through worse. Matthews is starting to heat up and is averaging 13.8 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, so go ahead and make sure he is active. Keep in mind that he is also shooting just 36.5 percent from the field over that span as well. Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Sefolosha was rested on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, but he should see minutes in the 20s tonight and will probably be tasked with guarding Kawhi Leonard. Kent Bazemore will shift to the bench against the Spurs after he returned from his ankle injury on Friday, but it's possible that the Hawks are just being cautious with him since it's the second night of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha is more of a defensive specialist, so he is better suited for deeper leagues. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday expected to play Saturday
    Jrue Holiday is expected to be available to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, this is interesting. We still don't have official confirmation, but this is fairly credible information. Holiday only played 13 minutes on Friday due to foul trouble, so that may have helped him here. He'll likely have a sharpest minutes cap tonight, so he's not a strong play. If you were going to use Ish Smith, this shouldn't change your mind much. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play Sunday and Monday
    Dwight Howard will play vs. the Knicks on Sunday and vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: As expected, Howard will play in both games of a back-to-back set for the first time this season. It will be interesting to see how his body responds to the increased workload moving forward, but it is a good sign for his outlook. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Jrue Holiday likely going to be out Saturday
    Jrue Holiday is expected to sit out on Saturday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He had a bad run on Friday against the Clippers, scoring seven points with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in just 13 minutes. Hopefully, there was no aggravation here, but his owners shouldn't be expecting Holiday to play on Saturday anyway. Ish Smith time. Yesterday, 12:48 am
  • Rajon Rondo hands out 16 assists in loss
    Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists during a 101-91 loss to the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds, 16 points and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is dropping dimes like a clumsy toll-booth attendant these days and not having DeMarcus Cousins (back) around has given him more responsibilities on offense. He has second-round value in the past 10 games, which is almost hard to believe. Yesterday, 12:17 am
  • Rudy Gay makes just 1-of-13 from field
    Rudy Gay made just 1-of-13 from the field for two points against the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings were lucky to lose by 10 with Rudy having his worst game of the season. This comes off his best game with a 36-point effort on Wednesday, so the law of averages had its say today. Expect him to be somewhere in the middle on Saturday against the Warriors. Yesterday, 12:09 am
  • Omri Casspi puts up nice effort in loss
    Omri Casspi scored 15 points against the Wolves on Friday with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to log major minutes at power forward, which should continue until DeMarcus Cousins (back) is back. Casspi has 10th-round value on the season, but that value is somewhat inflated due to Boogie and Rudy Gay missing time this season. Yesterday, 12:06 am
  • Klay Thompson knocks down three treys in win
    Klay Thompson knocked down three more 3-pointers during the Dubs 135-116 win over the Suns on Friday, adding 15 points, two boards, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Klay went 6-of-11 from the field in this one, and he would have had a much bigger game if the score weren’t so lopsided. Thompson's numbers are trending up, and he's put in averages of 17.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.7 blocks and just 1.2 turnovers over the past six games, and he should only get better as we get deeper into the season. Through the month of November Klay has performed at a sixth-round level, so the buy-low window remains open for a guy with early-round upside. Friday, 11:49 pm
  • Stephen Curry's 41 points lead Dubs to 17th W
    Stephen Curry helped lead the Dubs to their 17th consecutive win on Friday, scoring 41 points on 11-of-20 shooting (10-of-11 from the stripe) to go with six boards, eight assists, two steals, nine 3-pointers and six turnovers in just 31 minutes of work.

    Advice: Where to start? This was Curry's fifth 40+ point performance of the season, his nine makes from distance were the most treys made in a single game so far this year, and this was also his fourth outing on the year with at least eight 3-pointers. He surpassed LeBron James for 35th place in career 3-pointers (1,277) tonight, and over the past three games Chef Curry has averaged 28.0 points per game without ever stepping foot on the court during the fourth-quarter. Oh yeah, and the Dubs are undefeated. Your current league MVP and fantasy basketball's No. 1 option, ladies and gentlemen. Friday, 11:27 pm
  • Marcin Gortat stinks vs. Boston
    Marcin Gortat had a rough night against the Celtics on Friday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with nine rebounds, four assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He missed a lot of close-range shots tonight and apologized for his poor play. "We are getting paid a lot of money to play better, not the BS that we're showing out there right now," Gortat said. With Nene (calf) out, expect Gortat to get more run and should have added value. Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless gets minutes again
    Jerryd Bayless played 32 minutes against Magic on Friday during a 114-90 loss with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The more Michael Carter-Williams struggles, the better off it'll be for Bayless. He played 36 minutes on Wednesday and clearly the team has some concerns about him. Bayless probably won't be playing this much, but he's worth a look if you want to bet against MCW -- that's not a bad bet at all. Keep in mind his increased production has a lot to do with the Bucks being blown out so frequently these days. Friday, 6:37 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out Friday vs. SAC
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: It'll be Bjelica's fourth straight game on the sidelines, and he remains without a clear timetable to return. Gorgui Dieng has seen his minutes go up recently, and it'll be interesting to see if that trend continues once Bjelica is healthy. Adreian Payne will also pick up some extra minutes sans Bjelica, but he won't see enough floor time to make an impact in most leagues. Friday, 6:06 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica likely out on Friday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is not likely to play on Friday against the Kings.

    Advice: He will be a game-time call, but fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Bjelica was really struggling before his injury, so he's justifiably been cut in several leagues. Expect to see a lot of small-ball tonight with Adreian Payne getting most of the PF minutes. Payne isn't a great play. Friday, 3:12 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica is a game-time call
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is a game-time decision to play against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He was able to go through at least some of practice today. The Wolves haven't been able to get much out of the power forward spot in the past two weeks with Bjelica struggling before his injury and Adreian Payne in a slump, too. Tayshaun Prince has played a lot of stretch four and Shabazz Muhammad has stepped up a tad. Fantasy owners should probably steer clear of this situation. Friday, 12:05 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) hopeful to play Friday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is feeling better and is hopeful to play on Friday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's missed the past three games due to a knee contusion, and it should be noted that he was in a major slump prior to going down. Bjelica does have talent and upside, but feel free to monitor him from the waiver wire until he turns things around. Friday, 9:09 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game in street clothes, but hamstring issues can linger if they aren't given enough time to heal so it's understandable that the Heat want to be cautious with their veteran forward. Gerald Green drew the start on Wednesday vs. the Pistons and scored 16 points in 38 minutes, so expect him to see plenty of run again on Friday. Deng's hamstring has improved, and it's possible that he could return on Monday vs. the Celtics. Friday, 8:13 am
  • Omri Casspi headed for more minutes?
    Following the Kings 129-118 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, George Karl hinted that Omri Casspi could be getting more consistent minutes in the Kings rotation.

    Advice: "I think I need to keep Omri in with Rudy [Gay] as much as possible," said Karl. "It seems that combination really complements with size there and also the ability to find a mismatch situation that is beneficial to us." Casspi's minutes tend to trend up when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is sidelined, but if Karl wants to continue giving Casspi and Gay minutes together, Willie Cauley-Stein's playing time could suffer. It'll be interesting to see how Karl's rotations shake out once DMC is back on the court, but Omri is worth a speculative add in deep leagues after scoring 19 points during Wednesday's win. Thursday, 2:19 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Deng missed Wednesday's game with the hamstring injury, and called the injury a day-to-day thing. He could be headed for a game-time decision on Friday, and if he's not able to give it a go, Gerald Green will likely spend another game in the starting five. Green had a decent game with the starting unit on Wednesday, scoring 16 points over 38 minutes, so he'd be worth considering as a punt play in DFS should Deng remain out. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Aaron Brooks won't travel to Indianapolis
    Aaron Brooks (hamstring) will not travel to the team to Indianapolis, according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: This rules Brooks out for Friday's game against the Pacers, but could put him in play for his targeted November 30 return against the Spurs. With Derrick Rose healthy, Brooks shouldn't be owned in standard fantasy leagues even when he returns to health. Thursday, 9:51 am
  • Rajon Rondo more relaxed off the court
    Rajon Rondo said he's more relaxed off the court these days.

    Advice: The 29-year-old is in the midst of a career season and said he's become more relaxed off the court. "I’m more so into reading now," Rondo said. "Different religions, growing plants, I’m doing things of that nature. It’s kind of crazy. I never thought I’d be doing things like this, at this age. I always thought I’d get into gardening or something like that when I was 50." It's unclear if Rondo still dominates at Connect Four, but either way, his fantasy owners are being treated to a late-round steal so far this season as he's averaging 12.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 14.0 assists in his last 10 games. Thursday, 8:45 am
  • 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. Thursday, 8:42 am
  • Dwight Howard ready for back-to-backs
    Dwight Howard said he's ready for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: D12 said he will play against the Knicks on Sunday and the Pistons on Monday after playing it safe to start the season. "I'm ready to try it out," Howard said. "They didn't want me to start off the season playing back-to-back and putting a big load on myself. But the main thing is my body is feeling pretty good, and I haven't had any setbacks all season." While Howard is always an injury risk, this is great news for his fantasy owners. Thursday, 7:49 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. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Wes Johnson, Stephenson, Pierce all scoreless
    Wes Johnson was invisible despite starting on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Any positivity from Johnson's prior start was erased tonight and Doc Rivers is still searching for answers. The Clippers three options at small forward -- Johnson, Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce -- combined for zero points on 0-of-5 shooting. Unless one of them demands the lion's share of minutes, all three are persona non grata in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 11:35 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
  • Jrue Holiday scores 19 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday scored 19 points with two rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would appear the Pelicans were able to keep Jrue in one piece while Tyreke Evans (knee) has been out. His minutes are trending up and he should be getting close to 30 minutes in the next few weeks. He could put up mid-round value very soon. Wednesday, 11:17 pm
  • Ryno-Plasty: Anderson transforming to stud
    Ryan Anderson was great again during a win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans are really embracing Anthony Davis at the five, which has opened up a ton of time for Anderson. He's scored at least 20 in each of his last five, averaging 26.6 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 3.2 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the line. If you bought low about two weeks ago, you look pretty smart. Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't do much in 40 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: It's a quiet stat line, but at least Howard played 40 minutes. He is cleared for back-to-back sets now and should start to put up better stats going forward. Of course, the chances of him missing games are very high. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores season-high 36 points
    Rudy Gay scored a season-high 36 points during a 129-118 win against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He started out red hot with 14 points in the first nine minutes and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Gay has made 13-of-21 from the field in each of his last two games and his arm injury has affected his performance positively like the kid from the Rookie of the Year baseball movie. Even when Boogie is back, Gay should be trending up. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi has a terrific game
    Omri Casspi scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gets a ton of run at both forward spots and he benefited from DeMarcus Cousins (back) not playing tonight. Casspi put up mid-round value the last time Boogie had to miss games, so he's worth a look at any depth for owners seeking short-term value. Cousins won't be out long, though. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Rajon Rondo flirts with a trip-double
    Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double against the Bucks on Wednesday with 10 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's leading the NBA in assists and he's had at least nine dimes in each of his last 10 games. Rondo also has pulled down 9.1 boards per game in his last 10, adding averages of 12.9 points and 14.0 dimes in that span. Rondo has put up early-round value this month and his owners are getting a hefty return on investment right now. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha locks down Wiggins in 32 mins
    Making another start at SF on Wednesday, Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: His defense kept Andrew Wiggins in check, as he scored only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer uses Thabo once Kent Bazemore (ankle) returns to action. Tonight's solid game comes on the heels of a terrific game vs. the Celtics, and Sefolosha is worth deploying while logging 30+ minutes as a starter. Wednesday, 8:41 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
  • Wes Johnson starting again on Wednesday
    Wes Johnson will start on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers wouldn't commit to it, but it makes the most sense. Expect Wes to not take many shots while playing minutes in the mid 20s. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Marcin Gortat warming up, notches 17 & 12
    Marcin Gortat had a nice game vs. the Hornets, posting 17 points (6-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: This is as close to a 'breakout' game as we've seen from Gortat, who is quietly improving his stock after a rough start to the season. His current 47.9 percent shooting is well below his 54.8 percent career average and an upward correction is inevitable. Wednesday, 6:42 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be his third game out due to knee soreness from his contusion. After the former EuroLeague MVP was playing well earlier this month, his injury has justifiably sent him to the waiver wire. Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad gain some value here. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) ruled out for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: "We're just trying to be cautious, trying to be smart," Deng said of bypassing the game against the Pistons, the Heat's first road game in nearly three weeks. "I played the last game and it hasn't gotten any better, so I think we just want to be smart and just try to get rid of the little nagging injury that will just linger on and become something else." We'll consider Deng questionable for Friday's matchup with the Knicks, and it's looking like Gerald Green could draw the start on Wednesday, with Goran Dragic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Rivers won't commit to Johnson as starter
    Despite the fact that the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with Wes Johnson as the starting small forward, Doc Rivers would not commit to keeping him in the starting five long-term.

    Advice: "That lineup is a lineup that I'm going to keep moving, depending on guys," Rivers said. "I like Wes the most because of his size and his ability to shoot, but there's nights where you play a great offensive player at that spot and we may go with a defensive guy. We're going to just keep moving it around." Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Johnson are going to continue subbing in-and-out of the starting five for the foreseeable future, making it tough to own any of these guys in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Dwight Howard cleared for back-to-back sets
    Dwight Howard has been cleared for back-to-back sets.

    Advice: After spending half the season on the sidelines last year, Howard has looked revitalized this season and he's currently putting up second-round value (punting free throws) in 9-cat and 8-cat leagues behind averages of 13.8 points, 13.6 boards and 2.0 blocks per game on 62.5 percent shooting. However, it's worth noting that Dwight said his minutes will likely be kept in the 20-25 minute range during his first back-to-back set on Sunday vs. the Knicks and Monday vs. the Pistons. Clint Capela's value will take a substantial hit with D12 no longer sitting back-to-back sets. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Bjelica was limited during Tuesday's practice, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines. If he's out, Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad will split his minutes, but neither guy makes for a great play in most leagues. Wednesday, 7:37 am
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson shoots 3-of-12 from the field
    Klay Thompson struggled against the Lakers on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.

    Advice: He also added three boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers, but it was a little disappointing to see him take a step back after he recently strung together a few good games. Thompson's buy-low window probably opened up a little more after tonight's dud, so feel free to test the patience of his owners in your league. Tuesday, 10:09 pm
  • 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
  • Wes Johnson scores 11 points in start Tues
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points in a start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding two boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few extra minutes if he didn't get into foul trouble, but it was an encouraging game for Johnson and it's possible that he could stick in the starting lineup. Paul Pierce hasn't been playing well and Lance Stephenson is still Lance Stephenson, so feel free to take a flier on Johnson if you're in a deep league. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 15, hits 7-of-8
    Thabo Sefolosha drew another start in the absence of Kent Bazemore (ankle) on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in an easy win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He's not really an offensive threat on most nights, but has played well on that end of the court in two straight. He'll continue to start and guard the opposition's best player for as long as Bazemore is out, but is only a real option in fantasy on nights when Baze isn't playing. Bazemore has missed four straight games, but should be back by the end of the week. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Deron Williams cools off in loss to Memphis
    Deron Williams cooled off on Tuesday, hitting 3-of-8 shots for 10 points, three assists, a steal and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Williams was cooking coming into this one, scoring 20 and 23 points in his previous two games, and has now scored in double figures in eight straight. He sat down the stretch in a blowout, as J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton got some run with Devin Harris getting a night off. Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • Wes Johnson will start, Paul Pierce to bench
    Wes Johnson will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with Paul Pierce moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Clippers haven't gotten a lot of production out of Pierce or Lance Stephenson, so it will be interesting to see if Johnson can build some momentum. Johnson's minutes will still be relatively low with the starters, so owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) sits out practice Tues
    Luol Deng (hamstring) sat out Tuesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) limited at practice
    Namenja Bjelica (knee) was able to do some "light stuff" during Tuesday's practice, according to head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Bjelica has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a left knee contusion, but this is the first time he's been able to get through any portions of the Wolves practice. We'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks, and if he can't give it a go, it'll be Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad picking up some extra minutes. Check back for another update on Bjelica following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • 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
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Rudy Gay returns with 28 points in loss
    Rudy Gay played 42 minutes during a 127-122 overtime loss to the Hornets on Monday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was wearing a T-shirt under jersey, presumably to help protect his shoulder strain. Gay looked just fine tonight and was going to the rim a lot. While DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) possibly missing time could help Gay, he should be posting some big stat lines going forward and be an early-round asset. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi played 27 minutes off the bench on Monday with six points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a ton of stretch four tonight, which could continue if DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) needs to miss time, Casspi had his best run of the season while Boogie was out, so he's worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues. Boogie shouldn't be out for long, though. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Two Dollars: Rajon Rondo has 20 dimes
    Rajon Rondo handed out a season-high 20 assists during a loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most assists in an NBA game this season and now Rondo has twice as many 15-dime games as the rest of the NBA with four (Russell Westbrook and Brandon Knight). Coach George Karl is running Rondo into the ground right now, so hopefully the wheels don't fall off. In his last eight games, Rondo is putting up second-round value and selling high makes a lot of sense. Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Casspi starts 2nd half, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi started the second half in place of Willie Cauley-Stein on Monday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Kings head coach George Karl keeps rookie WCS on a very short leash, so don't read too much into this. Casspi is a favorite of Karl's, but his value is held in check when Rudy Gay is active. Monday, 5:31 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play Monday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time call, but he was ruled out an hour before tip-off. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines and he still hasn't practiced, but we'll consider him day-to-day. Adreian Payne should get a good chunk of his minutes off the bench, while Shabazz Muhammad could get some more action as well. Monday, 4:08 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start vs. Hornets
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He is good to go for a four-game week. Gay only needed to miss one game after it looked like he would miss several, so those who picked up guys like Omri Casspi might need to reassess the situation. Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli also lose value. Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Luol Deng (leg) is a game-time call
    Luol Deng (hamstring) still has tightness in his hamstring and remains a game-time decision against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting treatment and it sounds like the team is hopeful he'll be able to play. If Deng is out, Justise Winslow would be looking at even more playing time. Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would play more, too. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Rudy Gay says he expects to return on Monday
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain), who is officially listed as probable, said that he expects to play in Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: That would be great news for Gay and for those with him on their fantasy roster. We'll need confirmation from the team after the Kings go through shootaround on Monday, but signs point to Gay getting back in the lineup. That means less of Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli. Nov 23, 8:39 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) a game-time call Monday
    Luol Deng (tightness in hamstring) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: After originally tweaking the hamstring in the third quarter vs. the Sixers, Deng was able to make it through shootaround despite getting treatment, so that's at least a good sign that the injury isn't serious. Still, the Heat are extremely cautious when treating injuries, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Deng sit out. If he does miss this one, rookie Justise Winslow could get the call since Miami will need his defense vs. Carmelo Anthony. Nov 23, 8:13 am
  • Darrell Arthur scores 21 points w/ Faried out
    Darrell Arthur filled in at PF with Kenneth Faried (ankle) out on Sunday, notching a season-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Arthur has been struggling all year, shooting just over 30 percent from the field, but he found the range tonight and even knocked down a 3-pointer. It's a great sight for anyone who plugged him into DFS lineups, but most owners can ignore him since Faried might return as soon as Tuesday vs. the Clippers. Nov 22, 7:50 pm
  • Klay Thompson, GSWs torch Nuggets from deep
    Klay Thompson knocked down four 3-pointers on Sunday, en route to 21 points, three rebounds, seven assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Malone said prior to the game that the Nuggets' "inability to guard the 3-point line is a joke," and Golden State exploited the weakness by shooting 51.7 percent beyond the arc. Thompson's back is healthy and he's starting to heat up, a welcome turn of events after a sluggish start to the season. Nov 22, 7:48 pm
  • 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. Nov 22, 7:46 pm
  • Deron Williams notches 20 points in road loss
    Deron Williams kept up his momentum vs. the Thunder, making 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs to finish with 20 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He did his damage in only 33 minutes and now has back-to-back 20-point performances after failing to reach that mark in Dallas' first 12 games. His steals (1.6), assists (5.6) and 3-pointers (1.3) have all crept up in recent weeks, and he's quietly positioned himself in the top-50 for 8-cat value. Nov 22, 6:49 pm
  • Wes Matthews hits four 3-pointers vs. OKC
    Wesley Matthews drained four 3-pointers to finish Sunday's road loss with 18 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he walked off a hard fall in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Matthews took a horrible shot just before the final buzzer but most of the night he had it going, a rarity since he came in shooting 33.0 percent on the season. Inconsistency is to be expected as he returns from Achilles surgery, and his owners should note that Dallas plays back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Nov 22, 6:47 pm
  • Ryan Anderson drops 29 points w/ four more 3s
    Ryan Anderson stayed hot on Sunday, hitting 8-of-14 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs to finish with 29 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds and one block vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: Anderson is averaging 28.3 points and 3.8 triples over the past four games, while shooting 43-of-77 from the field (55.8 percent). He's never shot better than 43.9 percent in his career and he's unlikely to keep up this torrid pace, but right now he's sitting pretty with top-50 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Nov 22, 6:02 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts w/ Faried out Sunday
    Darrell Arthur will start Sunday's game with Kenneth Faried (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: Arthur has struggled all season, averaging 3.8 points on 30.8 percent shooting off the bench, and he's best left untouched with Faried day-to-day. Arthur will likely start alongside Nikola Jokic, who recently bumped J.J. Hickson to the Nuggets' bench. Nov 22, 4:28 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) doesn't practice Sun
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Beat reporter Kent Youngblood said that Bjelica will be questionable "at best," for Monday's game against the 76ers, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll spend that game on the sidelines. With Bjelica out, there will be more minutes for Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne, with Muhammad offering the most upside. Nov 22, 12:00 pm
  • Howard could play in back-to-backs soon
    The Rockets will evaluate Dwight Howard this week to determine if he can play in back-to-back sets.

    Advice: Howard has rested in one game of every back-to-back set this season, but it sounds like the Rockets are willing to clear him which makes a lot of sense considering they are off to a 5-9 start. The Rockets' next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 29 against the Knicks, but we should know more about his status for those games a little later in the week. Nov 22, 6:22 am
  • Marcin Gortat scores 14 in a win
    Marcin Gortat scored 14 points with eight rebounds, and one assist against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He's starting to come around on the offensive side in his last four with at least 12 points in all of those games. The bad news is that Gortat's blocks are way down and his minutes are down from last year, too. He will probably be more of a mid-round guy until Nene gets hurt, but he's still a buy-low player. Nov 21, 8:10 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points in a start against the Cavs on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks put him out there on LeBron James and he did a fine job. Sefolosha's added playing time probably won't last for long with Kent Bazemore (ankle) likely back in the next couple games. If he's out there on the wire, he should probably stay there. Nov 21, 7:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has terrific game in win vs. ORL
    Rajon Rondo was superb against the Magic during a win on Saturday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, three steals, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: While this wasn't quite as eye-popping as some of his other games and he did snap his double-digit dime streak, Rondo had his most efficient game and had one turnover for just the second game all year. After the game he was asked by the Kings broadcast team if he was playing like he was in his prime. "I'm in my prime now," Rondo said. His value will go up sans Rudy Gay (shoulder) and is a must-start player. Nov 21, 5:34 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 32 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points off the bench on Saturday against the Magic, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a lot of power forward tonight in what turned out to be a lot of small ball in this game. Casspi will be getting plenty of minutes regardless of role for as long as Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out. Gay is only day-to-day, so give Casspi a look if you're looking for some short-term value in the 60-90 range. Nov 21, 5:04 pm
  • Dwight Howard (rest) will not play Saturday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: There was a small chance that Howard was going to play tonight, but it looks like they will continue to err on the side of caution in back-to-back sets. Clint Capela will draw the start and is an intriguing option in daily leagues. Nov 21, 4:43 pm
  • Dwight Howard could play on Saturday
    Dwight Howard could play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: It would be his first time playing in both halves of a back-to-back set. Howard looked great in his last few game and he will have three days off after today. There should be another update in about an hour. Nov 21, 3:18 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to start vs. LeBron
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This one has to be due to LeBron James, so the Hawks will get Sefolosha on him as much as they can. He's still not too involved in the offense, but should get enough minutes to be a viable fantasy option. Nov 21, 3:09 pm
  • Omri Casspi isn't starting for Kings vs. ORL
    Coach George Karl said the Kings will start three guards next to Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Interesting. This could be the coach playing mind games, but if he's telling the truth that would mean Omri Casspi is coming off the bench. Ben McLemore and Rajon Rondo will almost certainly be two of the three guards while Marco Belinelli or Darren Collison will be the third guard -- probably Collison. Still, Casspi has some good value along with a hot B-Mac. Nov 21, 12:51 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) out for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He is just day-to-day, so his fantasy owners should feel somewhat lucky he's not out for a long time. With Gay out, the Kings will likely be starting Omri Casspi at small forward. They will also go small a lot and use more of Ben McLemore and Marce Belinelli. Nov 21, 12:41 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: The good news is that the Kings are listing him as day-to-day after an MRI revealed a left shoulder strain, so he shouldn't be out too long. We should see a lot of Omri Casspi on Saturday, so he's worth a look for any owner in need of short-term value. DeMarcus Cousins will have more on his plate with Gay on the sidelines, while Marco Belinelli should see an uptick in minutes as well. Nov 21, 7:34 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. Nov 21, 2:10 am
  • Wesley Matthews hits 3-of-12 shots in win
    Wesley Matthews couldn't get anything to drop during Friday's win over the Jazz, scoring just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting to go with one assist, one rebound and one block over 32 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews is currently in one of the worst shooting slumps of his career, connecting on just 32.3 percent of his shot attempts through the month of November. It is encouraging to see the veteran earning playing time in the 30s coming off an Achilles injury, but the fact that he's currently only knocking down a mere 25 percent of his wide open looks is a bit concerning. Achilles injuries can be career altering. Nov 20, 11:48 pm
  • Deron Williams scores season-high 23 points
    Deron Williams put up a season-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting during Friday's win over the Jazz, adding eight assists, six boards, four 3-pointers, three steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Williams also continued his perfect streak from the free throw line, connecting on 5-of-5 of his attempts bringing his season total to 35-of-35. This was easily Deron's best game of the season, which is extra impressive given that he was going up against the No. 1 defense in the NBA. That being said, Deron has had a tough time staying healthy over the years, and he recently admitted that he's still battling nagging injuries, so now would be a great time to see what you could get for him on the open market. Nov 20, 11:38 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. Nov 20, 11:29 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 30 points again
    Ryan Anderson caught fire off the bench against the Spurs on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds and six 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans played Anthony Davis at the five, which has been a favorable lineup for Anderson. He's was in a slump for much of the season, but he's scored 28.0 points per game in his last three. He's a must-start player and is trending up in a big way. Ryno just needs to stay healthy. Nov 20, 9:59 pm
  • Jrue Holiday plays 24 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 24 minutes in the starting lineup on Friday with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists, one block and one turnover against the Spurs.

    Advice: He played well and the 24 minutes is a good sign. The Pelicans don't have another back-to-back set until Nov. 27 and 28 and then another on Dec. 1 and 2. Holiday should be in most lineups for the next two games -- both against the Suns. Nov 20, 9:51 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles w/ two blocks
    Dwight Howard double-doubled during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, tallying 12 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 15 boards, three assists, two blocks and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the horrific free throw shooting (55.6 percent) and high turnover rate (3.1), Howard is still putting up sixth-round value on a per-game basis in standard 9-cat leagues, and his value jumps to the fourth-round when turnovers are removed in the 8-cat format. He's currently averaging the most rebounds he ever has while wearing a Rockets jersey (13.4), and he's connecting on a career-high 61.3 percent of his shot attempts. After making it through just 41 games last season, Dwight looks revitalized, and he'll be a must-start guy every time he's on the floor. Nov 20, 8:29 pm
  • MRI reveals left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay
    An MRI revealed a left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay, and the Kings are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Gay shouldn't be out long, so Omri Casspi doesn't make for a very attractive speculative add in most formats. We'll be considering Gay questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic, and if he's unable to give it a go, look for DeMarcus Cousins to post a gaudy usage rate with Rajon Rondo seeing some additional opportunity on offense. Nov 20, 6:15 pm
  • Aaron Brooks (hamstring) out two more games
    Updating a previous report, Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Aaron Brooks will remain sidelined for at least the next "couple games."

    Advice: That means the earliest Brooks could return would be November 30 vs. San Antonio. Kirk Hinrich will start for however long Brooks and Derrick Rose (ankle) are sidelined, with E'Twaun Moore seeing some increased opportunity for playing time off the bench. Neither Hinrich nor Moore are worth picking up in most formats with Rose seemingly close to making his return. Nov 20, 6:12 pm
  • Aaron Brooks (hamstring) targeting Tuesday
    Aaron Brooks (hamstring) is hopeful he'll be able to play Tuesday vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Brooks was spotted walking around without a limp on Friday, and he was also able to get in some work in the weight room, all positive signs regarding a potential Tuesday return. However, Derrick Rose (ankle) is also getting close to making his way back to the court, so there's not much reason to pick up Brooks in most leagues. Nov 20, 5:25 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha is good to go for Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will play against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his ankle on Wednesday following the back-to-back set, but he'll be out there. Sefolosha and the Hawks don't have another back-to-back until Tuesday and Wednesday. He should get close to 28-30 minutes on Saturday. Nov 20, 12:27 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. MEM
    Dwight Howard will play on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets are heading into a back-to-back set and will play against the Knicks on Saturday, so Howard isn't expected to play in that one. Howard's scoring has been down as he has combined for just 12 points in his last two games, but he is showing signs of improvements in other areas and is worth starting for his production in boards, blocks and FG percentage. Nov 20, 10:57 am
  • Jrue Holiday (rest) will start on Friday
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will start vs. the Spurs on Friday with Ish Smith moving to the bench.

    Advice: Holiday will still be limited to 25 minutes of action, so his owners may want to consider benching him with 11 games on the schedule tonight. His workload should start to increase as we approach the new year, so he should be owned in most leagues unless you're desperate to win right now. Nov 20, 9:22 am
  • Williams is still battling nagging injuries
    Deron Williams said that he is still battling "little nagging injuries", but he added that doing yoga has helped him stay on the court.

    Advice: "I’m still battling little nagging injuries," Williams said on Wednesday. "The days I feel really tight and stiff and sore and old, if I get a yoga session in it helps me feel better. I feel more loose. You get a nice sweat and get all the toxins out of your body." Williams has strains to both calves and he also has knee soreness, but it sounds like he is doing everything in his power to stay on the court. His outlook is improving because the Mavs have been very competitive in the West, so he is worth owning in all leagues even though his value will likely be limited to the later rounds. Nov 20, 6:59 am
  • Motiejunas (back) will be evaluated on Dec. 1
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) will be re-evaluated on Dec. 1 in the hopes that he will finally be cleared to work out with the team.

    Advice: The big man has been sidelined since April, but his original 2-3 month timetable was way off and it's not a guarantee that he will be cleared to practice in December. Feel free to stash him if you are in a really deep league, but your expectations should be pretty low with Terrence Jones playing well in the starting lineup. Keep in mind that Motiejunas will be eased back into the rotation as well once he is cleared. Nov 20, 6:10 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. Nov 19, 11:44 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores season-high 25
    Klay Thompson scored a season-high 25 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played some great defense on Blake Griffin in the post tonight, so that's all the evidence you need to know how healthy his back is -- assuming he is healthy following this game. Thompson was uber aggressive today and his 12 attempts from the line tonight almost doubled his 14 attempts from his previous 11 games. If you bought low in the past week, you're looking pretty smart with Klay trending up. Nov 19, 11:31 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. Nov 19, 8:40 pm
  • O.J. Mayo plays 14 minutes in his debut
    O.J. Mayo played 14 minutes in his season debut on Thursday with three points, one rebound, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Bucks haven't really shared much about Mayo, but at least he played tonight. He's way too much of a headache to add in almost any league. Nov 19, 8:36 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left shoulder) will have an MRI
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain) will be re-evaluated on Friday in Orlando.

    Advice: Presumably, the team will be giving him an MRI to check for any tears in his muscle or an issue with the joint. Gay grabbed the front part of his shoulder, so there's a chance he's dealing with a pectoral muscle issue. His fantasy owners will just have to hope he's OK, but he could miss significant time. If he's out, Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli would all gain a lot of value. Casspi would be the safest pickup of the bunch. Nov 19, 7:37 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 16 points
    Omri Casspi scored 16 points in the starting lineup on Thursday with six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-11 from the field and missed all four shots from the line. Casspi started at the three because DeMarcus Cousins was suspended, but he would likely stick in the starting lineup if Rudy Gay (shoulder) needs to miss time. He's a very solid speculative add in standard leagues while we await the word of Gay's prognosis. Nov 19, 7:17 pm
  • Rajon Rondo explodes with 14-9-18 line
    Rajon Rondo filled the stat sheet yet again during a 116-109 loss to the Heat on Thursday, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, 18 assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and three turnovers.

    Advice: That's the most assists handed out in a game this season. Rondo had his third game with at least 15 assists, which is more than the rest of the league combined (Russell Westbrook and Brandon Knight each have one). There's no doubt Rondo is putting up monster numbers, but the perception is a lot greater than his actual fantasy output with only mid-round value on the season. He's obviously a must-start player, but selling high makes a lot of sense. Nov 19, 7:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will play Friday against SA
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will play Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Holiday was rested during Wednesday's game as it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back on the court Friday night. The Pelicans' next back-to-back set comes on Nov. 27 vs. the Clippers and Nov. 28 vs. the Jazz, so you can expect him to sit out one of those contests. Nov 19, 1:42 pm
  • Aaron Brooks (hamstring) out Friday vs. GSW
    Aaron Brooks (left hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: This was the expected move, and with Derrick Rose (ankle) on the doubtful side of his questionable tag, it looks like Kirk Hinrich could log heavy minutes as Chicago's starting point guard on Friday. Jimmy Butler will be busy on offense if Rose is unavailable, and he'd make for a strong play in DFS. Nov 19, 1:17 pm
  • Aaron Brooks (hamstring) most likely out Fri
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Aaron Brooks (hamstring) will "most likely" be out for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he's going to play, and with Derrick Rose (ankle) also unlikely for Friday, Kirk Hinrich could be forced into heavy minutes for Chicago. However, Jimmy Butler will be the true beneficiary for however long Rose and Brooks are sidelined. Nov 19, 11:58 am
  • Klay Thompson (back) will play on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (back) will play Thursday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Thompson was limited during Wednesday's practice, but he was never really expected to miss Thursday's matchup against the Dubs California rivals. He should get a healthy heaping of minutes tonight with Shaun Livingston (hip) out, so go ahead and get him active. Nov 19, 11:45 am
  • O.J. Mayo will play Thursday vs Cavaliers
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play against the Cavaliers on Thursday.

    Advice: Mayo will be active on Thursday, according to head coach Jason Kidd, and is set to make his season-debut against the Cavs. While his return will cut into Jerryd Bayless' fantasy value, Mayo can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Nov 19, 9:00 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. Nov 19, 6:42 am
  • Aaron Brooks looking doubtful for Friday
    Aaron Brooks (left hamstring) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Brooks left Wednesday's game against the Suns in the third quarter and didn't sound hopeful for Friday after the game. "Thought I could play through it," Brooks said. "Reaggravated it, but it’s not too bad; it’s a strain. Wake up [Thursday], see how it is, how it feels. I’m not used to this. I’ll pray on it and hopefully I’ll wake up and everything is OK. Just being cold, coming off the bench, strained it, being old." We'll keep an eye on Brooks, but with Derrick Rose (ankle) dealing with an injury, Kirk Hinrich could see big minutes on Friday. Nov 19, 6:25 am
  • Darrell Arthur suffers leg injury, returns
    Darrell Arthur suffered a leg injury on Wednesday and was able to return.

    Advice: He actually played well with nine points and five boards. Arthur won't have much value while Kenneth Faried is healthy, though. Nov 18, 10:08 pm
  • Aaron Brooks leaves game w/ hamstring strain
    Aaron Brooks strained his left hamstring during Wednesday's game and he will not return.

    Advice: He tweaked his hamstring in the third quarter and re-injured it in the fourth quarter, heading into the locker room with a very pronounced limp. With Derrick Rose (ankle) already on the sidelines, E'Twaun Moore and Kirk Hinrich will have to man the PG position in the short-term -- hamstring injuries are touchy and it wouldn't be surprising to see Brooks miss at least a few games. Nov 18, 9:44 pm
  • 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. Nov 18, 9:31 pm
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