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  • 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
  • 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
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 16 with five dimes
    D'Angelo Russell was solid against the Blazers on Saturday with 16 points, five assists, four boards and two 3-pointers in a season-high 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was encouraging to see Russell play so many minutes and he did look good out there tonight, but keep in mind that Lou Williams (personal) was unavailable on Saturday. Russell is starting to figure things out and is averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. His fantasy arrow is pointing up and he should be much better in the second half of the season. With the Lakers going nowhere in the West, it makes sense for them to develop Russell as much as possible. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 19 points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson played well on Saturday vs. the Blazers, scoring 19 points with four assists, three boards, four steals and two treys in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was the best Laker on the floor tonight and it's been that way for most of the season as well. Clarkson will have more responsibility on Sunday against the Pacers with Lou Williams (personal) out and Kobe Bryant's status up in the air, so owners in DFS should give him a serious look. For those of you in season-long leagues, Clarkson's value should only improve as the year goes on as one of the few building blocks on the roster. Yesterday, 10:17 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
  • Trey Burke scores eight in return
    Trey Burke scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He played well and made 3-of-6 from the field. The Jazz have become more and more fond of the three-wing lineup with Alec Burks at the point, so that doesn't bode well for Burke. He's more of a 14-team guy to own. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 in win over Lakers
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points in a win over the Lakers on Saturday with seven assists, four boards, one block and five treys in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped 30 points on the Lakers last week, so his owners could see tonight's performance coming from a mile away. The Blazers may not have enough talent to make the playoffs, but they certainly have a bright future ahead of them with Lillard and C.J. McCollum leading the way. Lillard will get Chris Paul and the Clippers on Monday. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 28 with four treys
    C.J. McCollum predictably went off against the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 28 points with two boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: McCollum had his way with the woeful Lakers and hit 12-of-20 of his attempts from the field and was also 4-of-7 from deep. He's having a fantastic year in Portland and has been a top-50 player in standard leagues, and he is well on his way to winning the Most Improved Player Award this season. Yesterday, 9:40 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
  • 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
  • Trey Burke (back) will play on Saturday
    Trey Burke (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: After leaving Wednesday's game early and missing Friday's practice, this is great news for the Jazz and it likely means that his back issue isn't too serious. He should see his normal workload of around 21 minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 6:10 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
  • Norris Cole could play on Tuesday
    Norris Cole (ankle) could play on Tuesday for his season debut.

    Advice: Would the Pelicans take Ish Smith out of the lineup? Probably not. Cole may not be in the rotation and he'll likely be slotted into Toney Douglas' minutes. Unless you're in a deep league, you can take a wait-and-see approach on Cole World. Yesterday, 4:42 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
  • Gary Neal (groin) will not play on Saturday
    Gary Neal (groin) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He must have suffered the injury in warmups or it was an aggravation. With Neal out, there should be more Garrett Temple, but it's not enough to use him in almost any league. Jared Dudley and Otto Porter's outlook slightly improves here, too. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Donald Sloan out on Saturday
    Donald Sloan (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: Hopefully it's just a cold. Sloan is not in the rotation. Yesterday, 3:18 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
  • C.J. Watson (calf) will not play on Sunday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Watson hasn't played since Nov. 9 and there is still no known timetable for his return. He recently went through some contact work and was pulled because of a noticeable limp, so it could be a while before he returns. Shabazz Napier will continue to back up Elfrid Payton off the bench. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Trey Burke (back) goes through shootaround
    Trey Burke (back) made it through shootaround and is questionable to play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Burke wasn't able to return to Wednesday's game due to back spasms and sat out of practice on Friday, but it sounds like his status is trending in the right direction. With Rodney Hood (back) also questionable, we could see a lot of minutes from Alec Burks tonight. Raul Neto should benefit as well, but he's too risky to use in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Jimmer Fredette joins the D-League again
    Jimmer Fredette has rejoined the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League.

    Advice: Fredette wasn't able to crack the rotation for the New Orleans Pelicans despite the fact that they had nine healthy bodies at the time, so he's got some work to do. We'll let you know if another NBA team looks his way. Yesterday, 8:13 am
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  • SVG says Jennings doesn't have quickness yet
    Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) doesn't have his quickness back yet.

    Advice: "He doesn’t have his quickness back," Van Gundy said. "He’s a ways away but he’s getting there. He can do pretty much everything. It’s just getting back into being able to play at that tempo. There’s definitely been progress but he’s still a ways away." This isn't a huge surprise considering Jennings is expected to return around Christmas, but it's encouraging that he is basically doing everything in practice and it sounds like his workload should increase soon. Reggie Jackson is locked in as the starting point guard, so it's hard to imagine Jennings making an impact in standard leagues when he returns. Yesterday, 6:46 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
  • Ish Smith scores 15 points with 10 dimes
    Ish Smith stayed hot on Friday with 15 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one turnover in Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pelicans have a back-to-back set coming up on Saturday, so expect Smith to get a start against the Jazz. It's a sub-par matchup, but Smith is just too good to bench. In his last five, he averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 boards, 9.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 treys. Even though his outlook isn't quite as rosy, he's a must-own player until further notice. Yesterday, 12:46 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 21 points w/ three steals
    Eric Bledsoe had an efficient shooting performance against the Warriors on Friday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with seven assists, three steals, three 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The knee was not an issue at all for Bledsoe tonight, so owners can now lay any concerns about his surgically-repaired right knee to rest. Bledsoe is just 25 years old, and out of the six years he's been in the league, only two seasons have been cut short by injury, so we can probably get rid of the "injury-prone" label for Eric. He's a top-15 play in 9-cat leagues, and when turnovers aren't an issue (8-cat) his value jumps to No. 8 overall. Enjoy the ride. Yesterday, 12:40 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
  • Darren Collison scored 10 points in loss
    Darren Collison scored 10 points off the bench against the Wolves on Friday with one rebound, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He got destroyed on a pick from Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter, but he seems to be OK. Collison has some low-end value in standard leagues, so give him a look if you need a point guard. You can check out the pick in the link below. Yesterday, 12:02 am
  • 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
  • Russell Westbrook turns it over 11 times
    Russell Westbrook turned the ball over 11 times during win over the Pistons on Friday, adding 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He matched Emmanuel Mudiay for the season high for turnovers in a game this year. Even with Kevin Durant back for much of this season, he's still leading the NBA In turnovers per game at 5.2 per contest. Westbrook also fouled out for the first time this season and just the eighth time in a regular season game during his career. He's still putting up top-five value on the season. Friday, 11:19 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 15 points
    Reggie Jackson scored 15 points against the Thunder during a 103-87 loss on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: No revenge game here. After the game, Kevin Durant said Andre Drummond is Detroit's best player -- that's true -- but he called Kentavious Caldwell-Pope the second-best player on the team. Shots fired. Jackson has played well and is holding mid-round value. Friday, 10:57 pm
  • Pat Beverley gets 32 minutes in start
    Patrick Beverley played 32 minutes in his first start of the season on Friday, scoring five points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This is a typical Pat-Bev line, but his owners will definitely take it. If he's going to get minutes close to 30, he should have enough value in standard leagues. Of course, he's been injury prone, so he's not a must-grab player or anything. Friday, 10:41 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets 16 minutes
    Ty Lawson played 16 minutes on Friday with four points, three assists, one steal and three turnovers against the 76ers.

    Advice: Hey, at least it was more than three minutes, but Lawson still hasn't looked like himself. This game isn't enough to pick him back up in most leagues. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • George Hill grabs 10 rebounds
    George Hill matched his career-high 10 boards against the Bulls on Friday with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't the best offensive game from Hill and he hasn't been the same since his return from an illness. Hill isn't going to have many nights when he blows you away, but he's still posting sixth-round value on the year and should remain in that neighborhood. Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Derrick Rose not happy wit his play
    Derrick Rose made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He wasn't happy after the game. "I felt like I played like [expletive] tonight," Rose said. He's just struggling night after night and hasn't held enough per-game value to hold in most cases. If there is anything promising on the wire, cutting him is an option. He's worth holding in points leagues. Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Gary Neal scores just five points
    Gary Neal scored five points in 18 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with two rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He had a terrific two-game run, but falling off seemed inevitable. Neal could have some value if John Wall or Bradley Beal need to miss time, though. Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Patrick Beverley will start vs. 76ers
    Patrick Beverley will start against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: It'll be his first start of the season. The Rockets haven't got much out of their point guard spot all season, so Beverley should be getting minutes in the mid 20s. He's a solid pickup in 14-team leagues right now and is worth a look in stanard leagues, too. Friday, 4:39 pm
  • Rockets may alter starting lineup vs. Philly
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he may alter his starting lineup vs. the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The most likely move is shifting Patrick Beverley into the starting lineup ahead of Jason Terry. Ty Lawson played only three minutes on Wednesday and might not even be in the rotation, allowing Beverley and Terry to split the PG minutes between them. Friday, 3:31 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Warriors
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He gets a tough matchup vs. the Warriors, but that's hardly a concern for his fantasy owners. So far this season, Bledsoe is racking up career-highs in scoring (22.9), FG percentage (46.8), 3-pointers (1.8), rebounds (4.1) and steals (1.9). Friday, 3:08 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is probable starter
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) is doing well and is the probable starter for Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He did not look right on Wednesday and the Suns will have him tonight for their biggest home game of the season. Bledsoe is a terrific on-ball defender, but we'll see how he handles the passing of the Warriors. He should have a nice stat line tonight as long as he can stay healthy. Friday, 2:10 pm
  • Trey Burke doesn't practice, questionable
    Trey Burke (back) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He suffered from back spasms on Wednesday and couldn't return to action. Burke also had a back issue back in April, so he is probably on the bad side of this questionable tag. Raul Neto was very good in Wednesday, but he's still a risky play in DFS. If he can't play, there should be more minutes for Alec Burks, too. Friday, 12:41 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) doubtful Friday vs. Bucks
    C.J. Watson (calf) is not expected to play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "I'm trying to get better," Watson said. "Hopefully, I'll be back sooner than later, but it's very frustrating just to be able to sit on the bench and not be able to help the guys and be on the court with them." Head coach Scott Skiles said that Watson recently went through some on court work, but he was pulled from the activity due to a noticeable limp. Friday will mark Watson's eighth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Scott keeping D'Angelo Russell on short leash
    Byron Scott said that D'Angelo Russell can't keep making the same mistakes if he wants to earn consistent playing time with the Lakers.

    Advice: "We’ve been playing [Russell] minutes," said Scott. "He’s getting minutes and making mistakes. Now is a time I expect and will be more demanding. I’m not going to accept some of the mistakes we’re making, especially the ones that he makes over and over again." When Scott was asked directly if he thought Russell could have benefitted from playing during the fourth-quarter of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Warriors, he simply responded, "nah." It's an interesting approach from a coach on a rebuilding team. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose goes through full practice Thurs
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for Rose's availability for Friday's game against the Pacers after returning from a two-game absence on Tuesday. While Rose hasn't had a great start to his 2015-16 season, he should be in all fantasy lineups as long as he's healthy and on the court. Thursday, 9:58 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
  • Ty Lawson won't speak to coach about minutes
    Ty Lawson said he won't speak to Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff about his decreased playing time.

    Advice: Lawson played just under three minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies, but said he would accept his role in (or out) of the Rockets rotation. "Man, I'm just down for whatever [it takes] for the team to win," Lawson said. "Whatever the coach thinks, whatever my role needs to be or anything like that, I'm down to do." While Lawson has potential, he can be dropped in all fantasy leagues due to his new diminished playing time. Thursday, 6:54 am
  • 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
  • Waiver-wire wonder Ish Smith drops 20-5-11
    Ish Smith was special yet again during a 120-114 win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: How can coach Alvin Gentry take this guy out of the lineup when Tyreke Evans comes back? He was 9-of-16 from the field tonight and has been marvelous over his last five, averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 boards, 9.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 treys on 51.4 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. If you have him, you can't cut him until he slows down. Will that even happen? Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 18, tweaks knee late
    Eric Bledsoe returned from a one-game absence on Wednesday against the Pelicans with 18 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only made 5-of-16 from the field and turned the ball over four times. Bledsoe also suffered what appeared to be an aggravation of his left knee injury, so we're going to throw him on the injury report until further notice. The Suns have a big game at home against the Warriors on Friday, so he'll want to be out there for that one. Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Russell Westbrook posts 27 & 13 vs. Brooklyn
    Russell Westbrook lit up the Nets for 27 points, six rebounds, 13 assists and five steals on Wednesday, helping the Thunder improve their home record to 7-3.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate was 'only' 29.5 tonight but Kevin Durant's presence makes everything easier for him -- he made 10-of-16 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws while limiting himself to three turnovers. Amazing as it is, OKC's dynamic duo are both currently in the top-three for per-game fantasy value. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Patrick Beverley gets 19 minutes in return
    Patrick Beverley played 19 minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday, scoring four points with two rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: It was hardly a good game, but this is a positive for Beverley because Ty Lawson is moving out of the rotation. After the holiday, Beverley should be considered as the favorite to start against the 76ers on Friday. Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays three minutes, takes 0 shots
    Ty Lawson played three minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday and had no stats.

    Advice: No shots, no turnovers, no fouls and no assists. Lawson is basically out of the rotation right now and can be dropped in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 18 points vs. Bucks
    Darren Collison scored 18 points against the Bucks on Wednesday with two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings ran an air-tight, eight-man rotation, so there were good stats to go all around. Collison has a nice fantasy floor and he's been logging about 10 minutes per game at shooting guard right now. He's worth a look in standard leagues if you need a well-balanced guard. Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • Trey Burke (back spasms) out for game
    Trey Burke (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had back issues back in April, so this isn't a new issue for Burke. He'll have a couple days off, but Burke has a chance of missing time. That would mean more minutes for Alec Burks at the point, which also means more minutes for Rodney Hood, too. Wednesday, 8:57 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
  • Reggie Jackson recovers w/ 18 points, four 3s
    Reggie Jackson bounced back from Monday's dud to finish a win vs. the Heat with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: The win snapped a two-game skid for the Pistons, whose 8-7 record has them fourth in the Central division. Stan Van Gundy admitted on Tuesday that he's "really disappointed and worried about where [the Pistons] are right now," so this has to feel good heading into the holiday. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Gary Neal scores 18 points in futile effort
    Gary Neal stayed hot vs. the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played 28 minutes and hardly missed a beat after dropping 23 points vs. the Pacers on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Neal has yet to play 30 minutes in a game this season and he's not worth your attention in standard leagues while Bradley Beal (17 points in 38 minutes) is healthy. Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Pelicans
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with some left knee soreness and should be ready to roll. It's worth mentioning his right knee is the "bad" knee in his career with the multiple meniscus tears. Get Bledsoe in your lineups and this may help Brandon Knight, who is better off the ball. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • Pat Beverley says he's 'definitely playing'
    Pat Beverley (ankle) said he's "definitely playing" against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be coming off the bench, but we still don't know if he's going to start after tonight. We'll have another update shortly, but expect Beverley to get minutes in the teens to low 20s tonight. Jason Terry will lose some run and maybe Ty Lawson, too. Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) will be a game-time call
    Pat Beverley (ankle) is a game-time decision to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverley is a tough guy and if it's up to him, he's playing. He has a decent chance to start tonight and has some value in deeper leagues. Jason Terry would play less and possibly Ty Lawson. Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • C.J. Watston (calf) out again on Wednesday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Shabazz Napier is the backup point guard. Although, Victor Oladipo coming off the bench likely means he gets more minutes at the one as a combo guard. Watson has very little value after missing his seventh game. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) headed for a GTD on Weds
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe said that he's no longer feeling any pain in his left knee, but he wants to make sure that there's no discomfort, and he will continue to undergo treatment throughout the day. Bledsoe will test his knee during pregame warmups, so we likely won't have official confirmation on his status until just prior to the tip. Bledsoe likely has his eyes fixated on Friday's matchup with the undefeated Warriors, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him play it safe and sit out Wednesday's game against the 3-11 Pelicans. Brandon Knight will be the primary beneficiary of a Bledsoe absence. Wednesday, 10:56 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Eric Bledsoe's left knee has improved, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe sat out Monday's loss to the Spurs with a sore left knee, and it remains unclear if he'll play tonight against the Pelicans. If he's unable to give it a go, Brandon Knight would see a spike to his usage rate with guys like T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker seeing some increased opportunity for minutes. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Beverley (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley seems on track to make his return on Wednesday, but he's going to come off the bench and his minutes will be monitored, making him an unattractive option in most leagues. Beverley could conceivably start for the Rockets at some point, but he's likely headed for a three-way timeshare with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson; meaning at best he could only be viewed as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Wednesday, 9:14 am
  • Ty Lawson embracing bench role with Houston
    Ty Lawson said that coming off the bench in Houston can be a positive as it will give him more opportunity to have the ball in his hands, and play his game.

    Advice: "If I come off the bench, I can have the ball in my hands more and have more opportunity to get in the paint, play my game," said Lawson. "It's good for the team, good for me. Hopefully, this is a transition to getting back to myself, be more aggressive." Lawson hasn't benefited at all statistically with the demotion to the second-unit, averaging a meager 3.3 points and 2.3 assists on 20.0 percent shooting through 17.8 minutes per game. What's troubling is his value could head even further south when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor, so he's by no means a must-own player at this juncture. Wednesday, 7:58 am
  • Patrick Beverley's minutes will be monitored
    Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he will monitor Patrick Beverley's (ankle) minutes upon his return.

    Advice: Beverley is questionable to play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, but if he does get on to the court following a five-game absence, he will continue to come off the bench and Bickerstaff will be cautious with his minutes. Bickerstaff said he likes the leadership that Jason Terry brings, which is why Terry will continue to start, and it's looking like this could turn into a three-way timeshare at the point guard slot in Houston between JET, Ty Lawson and Beverley; which isn't great from a fantasy standpoint. Wednesday, 7:43 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
  • D'Angelo Russell scores eight points in loss
    D'Angelo Russell was held to just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The rookie also added two assists, four boards and two steals, but he missed his two attempts from beyond the arc. Russell was showing signs of improvement over his last three games, but the Warriors are playing some insane basketball right now and his owners could probably see tonight's mediocre stat line coming from a mile away. Russell will look to get it going vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Tuesday, 10:37 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores four points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: It was easily the worst game of his season which is a shame because he averaged 18.0 points per game in his previous five outings. The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season and may shift gears and start looking towards the future (their draft pick is top-3 protected next summer), so Clarkson's value should rise as the season progresses. He deserves a pass for tonight's performance. Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 18 in loss to Bulls
    C.J. McCollum hit 7-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: This wasn't one of his greatest games, but he still put up pretty solid numbers. The Blazers get the Lakers on Saturday, so CJM should have a big game as long as he's not on the bench late in a blowout. Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Damian Lillard has off night vs. Bulls
    Damian Lillard hit just 4-of-22 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but still filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Great players have a way of coming through for fantasy owners even when things aren't going well, and that was certainly the case for Lillard tonight. Look for him to get some redemption on Saturday against the Lakers. Tuesday, 10:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose returns from ankle injury
    Derrick Rose returned from a two-game absence to hit 7-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Rose missed a couple games with a sprained ankle, and while he didn't set the world on fire tonight, he played fairly well. Hopefully he can stay healthy and get hot between now and Christmas. Pau Gasol added 12 points, 14 rebounds and a block in the win, but hit just 5-of-15 shots. Tuesday, 9:59 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
  • 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
  • Gary Neal scores 23 off Wizards bench
    Gary Neal scored a season-high 23 points in 29 minutes off the Wizards' bench on Tuesday, finishing with three rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: This came out of nowhere and John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, meaning this was a fluke. Leave him on waivers for now. Neal's strong play limited Ramon Sessions to just 10 points, a 3-pointer and two steals on 4-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes. The two guards are going to split minutes off the bench for Washington, making both of them very hard to trust in fantasy. Tuesday, 6:50 pm
  • George Hill scores 14 despite illness
    George Hill played through an illness on Tuesday and hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in a win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Hill was iffy coming in, but looked pretty good tonight. He was overshadowed by C.J. Miles and Paul George, but still played well enough to help your team if you had him active. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • George Hill (illness) will start on Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) will start Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Joining him will be Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi. Hill is going to get a tough matchup against John Wall of the Wizards in his first game back following a three-game absence, but Hill is a must-start option every time he's on the court. Go ahead and get him active. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Scott wants to get Russell to 30-35 minutes
    Byron Scott said he would like for D'Angelo Russell to play 30-35 minutes per game, but Russell will need to earn those minutes with his play on the court.

    Advice: The No. 2 overall pick has begun to string some good games together, as he's averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 boards, 3.3 assists and 2.0 tripes per game over the last three. Scott isn't going to hand the rookie minutes, but he did earn a season-high 36 minutes during the Lakers loss to the Blazers on Sunday. His arrow is pointing up, so he's worth stashing in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) practices on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley is on track to play Wednesday, although interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Jason Terry will still be the starting point guard upon Beverley's return. JET as the starting point is not a trend that's likely to continue once Beverley is fully up to speed, but this is very bad news for Ty Lawson owners as his minutes will head even further south with Patrick active. Beverley won't score a lot of points, but he should be able to do enough with steals and 3-pointers to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) will start on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) will start Tuesday vs. Portland, sending Kirk Hinrich back to the bench.

    Advice: Rose said that there will be no restriction on his minutes tonight, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Kirk Hinrich won't be worth using in any format with Rose active, and Jimmy Butler's value and usage rate will take a slight hit. Tuesday, 11:06 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
  • Russell Westbrook scores 20 with nine assists
    Russell Westbrook scored 20 points with nine assists, seven boards, one steal and four turnovers against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned to the lineup tonight and the game was a blowout, so that explains why Westbrook played just 27 minutes. Westbrook's numbers won't be as crazy as they were when Durant was on the shelf, but he will still be a first-round value the rest of the way. Judging by tonight's game, the Thunder look like a force to be reckoned with in the West. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Darren Collison gets 29 minutes
    Darren Collison played 29 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with seven points, three rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He is in a slump since his return, making 5-of-22 from the field in his last two games combined. Coach George Karl really likes to use Collison and he's getting a nice amount of run at shooting guard. There's really no need to add him right now, but he certainly has the upside to have value in standard leagues. Monday, 8:26 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
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will not play on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but his knee must have been giving him some problems in warmups. Bledsoe briefly left Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans with a leg injury, so it's unclear if the two issues are related. To be clear, Bledsoe returned to Sunday's game and appeared to be moving fine. Until we get a further update, Bledsoe should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Knight will be incredibly busy on Monday, while more opportunities should fall to guys like Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will be a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (sore left knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Spurs. Monday, 4:28 pm
  • Darren Collison will come off the bench Mon
    Darren Collison will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Rudy Gay (shoulder) will return to action and will draw the start at small forward, so this isn't too big of a surprise. Kings head coach George Karl said that he liked how Collison played as a starter, but also added that he wants him to lead the second unit for now. Collison should still see close to 30 minutes off the bench, so owners in standard leagues should hold onto him and see how this plays out. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Pat Beverley up in the air for Wednesday
    Pat Beverley (ankle) will go through practice on Tuesday and coach B.J. Bickerstaff said "we'll see" regarding his status for Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets rested Beverley on Monday after they gave him extra work on Sunday. Beverley will likely be in the starting lineup and should find minutes in the mid 20s. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Monday, 12:46 pm
  • George Hill, C.J. Miles probable for Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) and C.J. Miles (ankle) are probable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill had a chest infection last week, forcing him to miss two games. His return will bump Monta Ellis back to shooting guard and C.J. Miles (ankle) to small forward. Hill should be in all lineups this week. Monday, 11:58 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) puts in full practice
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Monday and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He'll be returning after missing two games on the road trip. Rose is likely very close to 100 percent and he isn't expected to have a a minutes cap. Kirk Hinrich would move back to the bench and E'Twaun Moore would play less. The Bulls only have two games, so he should still be benched in weekly leagues. Monday, 11:44 am
  • D'Angelo Russell now calling 90% of the plays
    D'Angelo Russell is now calling 90 percent of the plays when he's on the floor.

    Advice: "He needs that confidence," Byron Scott said. "He needs to know that we believe in him. Giving him the ball and saying you will run the show pretty much says it all." This is a big difference from just a couple of weeks ago, when Scott and Russell were splitting the calls evenly. Over his last three games, Russell is averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 3-pointers, and he's also been able to stay on the floor with average north of 32 minutes during that stretch. It's taking some time, but things are noticeably improving for Russell as he trends upward. Monday, 9:28 am
  • Cole hoping to return in first half of Dec.
    Norris Cole (high left ankle sprain) is hoping to return in the first half of December.

    Advice: It sounds more like Cole is targeting a mid-December return than earlier in the month as his head coach previously suggested. After never previously sustaining this type of injury, Cole also wants to be sure he's completely healthy before returning. "Whenever it’s right, that’s when it’s right and when I’m going to lace it up," Cole said. With Tyreke Evans (knee surgery) right around the corner and Jrue Holiday (leg) getting healthier, those with Ish Smith—who has been playing well—might want to consider his short vs. long-term value. Monday, 7:38 am
  • Derrick Rose on track to return on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) is on track to return on Tuesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Rose made it through Sunday's practice in full, and unless he has a setback in advance of Tuesday's game, the expectation is that he'll be back on the floor. Sidelined since the November 16 win over the Pacers, a Tuesday return would mean Rose will have missed just two games. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Damian Lillard posts 30 points w/ 13 assists
    Damian Lillard dropped 30 points and a career-high 13 assists in Sunday's win over the Lakers, while chipping in three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-25 from the field and only turned the ball over twice in 37 minutes, getting anywhere he wanted to vs. the Lakers' perimeter defenders. The Blazers have now won a franchise-best five straight road games in L.A., and they held on tonight thanks to a combined 49 points from Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Nov 22, 9:18 pm
  • C.J. McCollum posts well-rounded line Sunday
    C.J. McCollum made 8-of-13 shots with three 3-pointers vs. the Lakers, finishing with 19 points, four boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: There's nothing like a game vs. the Lakers to snap a shooting slump -- McCollum came in shooting only 25-of-65 from the field in his previous four games. The lack of efficiency has taken a toll but he's still doing enough for steady mid-round value with upside, anchored by 20.1 points and 1.9 triples per game, and tonight's defensive stats are a welcome surprise. Nov 22, 9:16 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson takes over as backup PG
    Jordan Clarkson took over as the Lakers' backup PG on Sunday and finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Byron Scott wasn't thrilled with Lou Williams' performance as a reserve PG, so he tweaked his lineup to give Clarkson the ball when D'Angelo Russell sat. Clarkson played 35 minutes, just under his season high, and the added responsibilities should be a boon for his already-solid fantasy value. Nov 22, 9:13 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell returns after ankle sprain
    D'Angelo Russell posted 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists vs. the Blazers, knocking down two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Russell was on the court down the stretch, which is a good sign that Byron Scott is trusting him more, but he shot 0-of-4 in the fourth quarter and had a costly turnover with two minutes remaining. He suffered a mild left ankle sprain in the third quarter but was able to return after being re-taped, and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. Nov 22, 9:12 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) expected to return
    D'Angelo Russell (mild left ankle sprain) is expected to return to Sunday's game.

    Advice: He is having a nice game vs. the Blazers and fortunately seems to have avoided any serious injury. Nov 22, 8:02 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
  • Russell Westbrook carries Thunder past Mavs
    Russell Westbrook put the Thunder on his back again on Sunday, racking up 31 points, two 3-pointers, five boards, 11 assists, five steals and one block in a win vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He made 12-of-22 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in another superhero performance for OKC, which improved to 8-6 with the victory. He did commit seven more turnovers, adding to his league-leading 4.9 miscues per game, but that's something his 9-cat owners have obviously come to terms with. Nov 22, 6:45 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 29 points w/ full line
    Eric Bledsoe briefly exited Sunday's game with a leg injury, but he still filled it up with 29 points (7-of-15 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: EB has at least 20 points and two 3-pointers in eight consecutive games, and he's adding enough rebounds and assists for first-round value in 8-cat leagues. His leg didn't seem to bother him and we're leaving him off the injury report, but it can't hurt to double-check his status prior to Monday's game. Nov 22, 6:08 pm
  • Ish Smith fills up boxscore in Sunday's win
    Ish Smith came off the Pelicans' bench for 17 points, nine boards, eight assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers in Sunday's home win.

    Advice: Smith is giving New Orleans a nice spark whether he's coming off the bench or starting in place of Jrue Holiday (23 minutes), and he's worth owning as long as Holiday's medical restrictions are in place. In the past four games, he's averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 33.3 minutes. Not too shabby. Nov 22, 6:04 pm
  • Gentry expects Cole to return early December
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that he expects Norris Cole (ankle) to return sometime during the first week or two of December.

    Advice: Ish Smith has played extremely well for the depleted Pelicans, but it appears his days being a mid-round asset are coming to an end with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Cole on the verge of a return. Smith may fall out of the rotation entirely once Jrue Holiday's minutes restriction is lifted, so owners should start pursuing the waiver wire for his tentative replacement. Cole will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not really worth a speculative add in most formats. Nov 22, 1:49 pm
  • Rose (ankle) goes through full practice Sun
    Derrick Rose (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rose will be re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Rose is making good progress with his sprained left ankle, and he said that he's shooting to play in Tuesday's game against Portland, which is a realistic timeline given his full participation in Sunday's practice. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and he'd cut into the production of Jimmy Butler. Check back for another update on Rose on Monday. Nov 22, 1:00 pm
  • George Hill day-to-day with chest infection
    George Hill, who has missed Indiana's past three games with a chest infection, is still being listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: Hill reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery following Friday's practice, and it's looking like there's a small chance he misses his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. If that's the case, Monta Ellis would continue to act as a makeshift point guard for the Pacers, with Rodney Stuckey picking up some extra minutes. Nov 22, 11:21 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) listed as out for Monday
    C.J. Watson (calf) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Watson is dealing with a strained left calf and hasn't played since Nov. 9, but it's not a good sign that the Magic ruled him out so quickly. Elfrid Payton's minutes have been on the rise lately, meaning Shabazz Napier will likely see minutes in the teens as the backup point guard on Monday. Nov 22, 7:38 am
  • Ty Lawson plays 17 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson failed to score in 17 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Knicks, adding two boards, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson's fantasy value is laughable at the moment and he now has averages of 4.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games. If you were still contemplating holding onto Lawson prior to Saturday's game, you probably just got your answer. With Patrick Beverley (ankle) hoping to return on Wednesday and the Rockets falling to 5-9 on the season, don't be surprised if Lawson falls completely out of the rotation. Nov 21, 8:47 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
  • Darren Collison scores nine in start
    Darren Collison started at shooting guard on Saturday against the Magic with nine points on 2-of-11 from the field, two rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings staggered his minutes a little bit with Rajon Rondo to give Collison six minutes as the backup point guard. While the output wasn't there, the high minute total is encouraging for Collison. He's more of a late-round player with limited upside, but he's worth owning in standard leagues while Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out. Nov 21, 5:23 pm
  • George Hill very unlikely to play vs. Bucks
    George Hill (illness) is not likely to play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He's only going to play in an emergency, which means he won't get minutes unless someone gets hurt. With Hill out, the Pacers will probably want to go with a bigger lineup to try and clog the paint against the Bucks. Regardless, fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on Lavoy Allen or Chase Budinger tonight. Rodney Stuckey should also get some minutes at backup point guard. Nov 21, 2:25 pm
  • Collison joins McLemore and Rondo in 1st unit
    Darren Collison will start against the Magic on Saturday next to Rajon Rondo and Ben McLemore.

    Advice: Presumably, the Kings will give Collison the C.J. McCollum treatment and stagger his minutes with Rondo, which is good news for both Rondo and Collison. Both players are worth using in DFS tonight and Collison is worth owning in standard leagues. Nov 21, 12:54 pm
  • Norris Cole (ankle) plays some 2-on-2
    Norris Cole (ankle) was able to play some 2-on-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Cole still doesn't have a timetable to return, but this is obviously a step in the right direction. Tyreke Evans (knee) will beat Cole back to action, so he won't have a significant role when he returns. Cole belongs on the waiver wire. Nov 21, 10:57 am
  • George Hill (illness) upgraded to probable
    George Hill (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Bucks, but he will likely be a game-time decision.

    Advice: The team will monitor his status throughout the day, but Hill will likely slide back into the starting lineup with Lavoy Allen shifting to the bench. Hill has missed the past two games with an upper respiratory illness, but he shouldn't have too many limitations tonight. We'll confirm his status prior to tip-off, but go ahead and get him active. Nov 21, 7:59 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
  • Jordan Clarkson keeps it going
    Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He has turned it around with four straight games of an effective field goal percentage of 50.0 or higher. Clarkson also has 2.0 treys per game in that span and has done a nice job of expanding his game. He's a solid player to own in standard leagues. Nov 21, 1:04 am
  • D'Angelo Russell scores career-high 17
    D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 17 points against the Raptors on Friday with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It was by far his best offensive game and he's starting to take better shots and not forcing the ball. With the Lakers falling to 2-10, they may be more inclined to play Russell. He'll be wildly inconsistent, but he has enough upside to stash in standard leagues. He might be worth using, too. Nov 21, 12:56 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points during a 102-91 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was Lillard Time. He killed the Clippers late with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Lillard hit a pullup trey to give the Blazers a boost and he pointed to his wrist and looked at the Clippers to let them know what time it was. He's putting up second-round value on the season despite a prolonged shooting slump. You can check out a video of Dame's celebration in the link below. Nov 21, 12:53 am
  • 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
  • Russell Westbrook scores 34 in loss to NY
    Russell Westbrook made 11-of-29 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for 34 points during a 93-90 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 39.6 usage rate to move him to 35.6 on the season, which trails DeMarcus Cousins by 0.1. Westbrook's numbers are silly on the year, averaging 28.5 points, 7.8 boards, 10.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 treys. No player has ever gone 28-7-10 with 2.0 steals on the season and only Oscar Roberson has hit the 28-7-10 without the steals. Westbrook is a stat machine. Nov 20, 10:25 pm
  • Hot Ish: Smith drops 17 and 13
    Ish Smith was terrific off the bench against the Spurs on Friday with 17 points, four rebounds, 13 assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field for his best game of the season. Smith is playing too well to be pulled out of the rotation, but he's likely going to lose minutes once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back. His owners should probably hold tight unless there is a hot free agent out there that won't last. Nov 20, 9:56 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
  • Reggie Jackson doesn't turn ball over
    Reggie Jackson did not turn the ball over against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's turned the ball over less than two times. Jackson also shot the ball well and made over 47 percent from the field for the first time since Nov. 8. He has a huge upside, so keeping his turnovers down and shooting the ball better will be key for him to be a stud. Nov 20, 9:21 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays just 16 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson played a season-low 16 minutes during Friday's loss to Memphis, tallying just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting to go with four assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The defensive stats were nice, but the minutes and shooting percentage were far from encouraging. Since interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has taken over, Lawson has headed to the bench and his minutes have taken a major hit. Lawson also isn't doing much to prove he belongs on the court, connecting a career-worst 31.8 percent of his shot attempts, and his outlook isn't great with the impending return of Patrick Beverley (ankle). While he shouldn't be this bad for an entire season, he hasn't given his owners many reasons to not send him to the waiver wire. Nov 20, 9:17 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) plays w/ contact
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles surgery) played full-contact 1-on-1 against Spencer Dinwiddie on Friday.

    Advice: Jennings is targeting a return in late December and it sounds like he's on pace, having recently gone through some full-court 4-on-4 work. The fact that he went full-contact vs. Dinwiddie is another encouraging step in his long rehabilitation, but right now he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues -- he's likely to be on a minute-limit upon his return, and Reggie Jackson is locked in as the Pistons' starting PG. Nov 20, 3:31 pm
  • George Hill questionable for Saturday
    George Hill (illness) is questionable for Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He missed the last two games due to an upper respiratory illness and was able to practice on Friday. With Hill likely back, the Pacers will likely push Lavoy Allen back to the bench while Chase Budinger will play less. Nov 20, 12:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Friday night
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He is improving, but the Bulls won't put him out there against Stephen Curry. Rose almost never plays at less than 100 percent these days, so he could miss the final game on the three-game road trip on Tuesday in Portland -- the same court in which he tore his meniscus. Aaron Brooks is also likely out, so we should see a lot of E'Twaun Moore in the second unit. Kirk Hinrich will start and has very little value. Nov 20, 11:33 am
  • Norris Cole (ankle) still has no timetable
    Norris Cole (ankle) still doesn't have a timetable to return.

    Advice: High ankle sprains are no joke, so this isn't a surprise. Tyreke Evans (knee) is nearing a return anyways, so Cole won't be returning to a significant role. Leave him on the wire. Nov 20, 9:44 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
  • Bickerstaff not blaming Lawson for slow start
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff doesn't blame Ty Lawson for the Rockets' slow start and put him in the second unit so that he could have the ball in hands more,

    Advice: Additionally, Bickerstaff inserted Jason Terry in the starting lineup because the Rockets had some success with him in the first unit last season. "This was something we were comfortable with," Bickerstaff said. "We played that way most of the playoffs last year. With the change, we thought it was time for a little more change. It's not Ty's fault. He was not the cause of the problem. It was something we tried to get back to a comfort level." Lawson scored two points in 20 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, and his minutes could be in even more danger when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns. Lawson is far from a must-own player. Nov 20, 6:33 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
  • Darren Collison scores nine off the bench
    Darren Collison scored nine points in 21 minutes against the Heat on Thursday, adding just one assist.

    Advice: Rajon Rondo looked great and Ben McLemore was in a groove, so Collison's playing time came down from his 28-minute outing on Wednesday. He should have better games than this one, especially if Rudy Gay needs to miss time. Nov 19, 7:26 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
  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to Denver DUI
    Ty Lawson pled guilty to driving while his ability was impaired, as well as failure to drive in a single lane during his court appearance in Denver on Thursday.

    Advice: Lawson was also arrested this summer in Los Angeles for another suspected DUI, and he's due in court later this week for that offense. Lawson's official sentencing for the Denver DUI is scheduled to take place in January, and with him pleading guilty, he'll very likely receive a suspension from the league. It's unclear if he'll be available to play Friday against the Grizzlies, but with how horrible he's been, owners should probably just leave him on their bench for now. Nov 19, 2:27 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
  • Pelicans waive Jimmer Fredette on Thursday
    The Pelicans have waived G Jimmer Fredette.

    Advice: Fredette couldn't even get into the rotation when New Orleans only had nine healthy bodies on the roster, and he'll now return to the D-League. This could be a sign that Norris Cole (ankle) is getting close to a return. Nov 19, 12:48 pm
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  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Rose didn't go through any on court work during Thursday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that while Rose will definitely try to play on Friday, he will err on the side of cautious with his point guard. Given Rose's injury history, it would be far from shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines to make sure that this ankle injury doesn't turn into a lingering issue, and if that's the case, Jimmy Butler would be in for another big game. Stay tuned. Nov 19, 12:02 pm
  • Ty Lawson (personal) misses practice Thursday
    Ty Lawson was not at Thursday's practice because of his court date in Denver.

    Advice: Lawson absence from Thursday's practice shouldn't affect his status for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, although he's been playing so horribly as of late that owners may want to consider benching him until he can string a few good games together. Nov 19, 11:40 am
  • C.J. Watson misses Thursday practice
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Watson has missed four straight games and this news doesn't bode well for his availability against the Kings on Saturday. Watson should be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Nov 19, 10:07 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
  • Ty Lawson says he's good w/ coming off bench
    Ty Lawson said he's fine with coming off the bench if it helps the team.

    Advice: Lawson has struggled mightily this season and scored just two points off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers. While Lawson has upside, he's not an undroppable player and fantasy owners should feel free to cut ties if it helps them add a higher performing asset. Nov 19, 6:30 am
  • Alec Burks scores 13, gets 12 minutes at PG
    Alec Burks scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 12 minutes at point guard tonight as the Jazz used some extra size against the Raptors. Burks has been outstanding in his last five, averaging 18.0 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 treys in 29.0 minutes per game. That's good for fifth-round value in that span, so he should be owned in all leagues. Nov 18, 9:31 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 10 points
    Trey Burke scored 10 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes on Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: It took a while, but Burke is starting to trend down. He's failed to top 23 minutes in any of his previous three games now that the Jazz are getting healthy again. Burke is still hanging on to ninth-round value on the year, but the downward trend makes him a possible cut candidate if it's for a hot free agent. Nov 18, 9:24 pm
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