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  • 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. Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Kenneth Faried out Friday vs Spurs
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Faried will miss his third consecutive game on Friday due to his ankle injury. Nikola Jokic and Darrell Arthur make for solid DFS plays on Friday, as both should see big minutes in Faried's absence. Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • John Wall thinks Wiz made late-game mistake
    John Wall said the Wizards shouldn't have rested he and Bradley Beal at the same time during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Wall and Beal both sat for the first part of the fourth quarter and Wall thinks it helped contribute to the loss. "I feel like we can’t have me and Brad sitting," said Wall. "That’s just my opinion. Coach makes the decision he feels is best for us. I just feel like one of us has to be in in that situation because when you’re on the road, this is the time when you can step on them." Frustrations aside, Wall has been struggling for the last couple weeks, but is too talented for fantasy owners to bench as a turnaround should be around the corner. Yesterday, 9:55 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. Yesterday, 9:51 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. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Ricky Rubio hopeful for Friday vs Kings
    Ricky Rubio (sore left ankle) said he's hopeful that he'll be able to play against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: Rubio got treatment on his sore left ankle after Wednesday's game against the Hawks and is hoping to be able to suit up against the Kings on Friday. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Zach LaVine would be in line for a larger role (and increased fantasy value) if Rubio is unable to play. Yesterday, 7:51 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. Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 22 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 22 points against the Clippers during a 102-92 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: While he didn't have his best defensive game with one-on-one defense, Favors lit it up with his shooting line of 10-of-15 from the field. He has seen exceptional growth as a shooter and isn't just a guy who can score from within three feet anymore. He has second-round value on the season and most signs point to him maintaining that value. Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 40 pts on 18-of-23 FGs
    Blake Griffin was brilliant on Wednesday, scoring 40 points on 18-of-23 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin sank 9-of-12 shots between 10-22 feet from the hoop tonight, and with his passing and ball-handling abilities it essentially made him unguardable. The Clippers lost anyway and they don't have much to be thankful for in terms of their on-court success -- after four straight wins to open the season, they've now lost eight of their past 11 games. Blake has the fifth-highest PER in the league at 27.3, trailing only LeBron, Durant, Westbrook and Curry, yet his team has a sub-.500 record. Wednesday, 11:48 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles
    Rudy Gobert made all four shots from the field for 10 points against the Clippers on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Believe it or not, this was just his second double-double of the season. On the bright side, he's come back very strong as a scorer since returning from injury five games ago, averaging 9.2 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 blocks on 72.7 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the line. His patient owners should be feeling a lot better. Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • 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
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points
    Jeff Green kept it going on Wednesday against the Rockets with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

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

    Advice: He made all 11 shots from the line to give him an outstanding 83.9 true shooting percentage. Whether it has to do with Ty Lawson or not, Harden is clearly trending up in his last four, averaging 32.8 points, 6.5 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.3 treys on 45.8 percent from the field and 95.5 percent from the line. If you weathered the storm of the slow start, you can go outside now and feel good about Harden as a top-five player with massive nightly upside. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets 18 & 8 with three steals
    Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Wednesday, 10:03 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
  • Devin Harris scores 11 points in return
    Devin Harris returned on Wednesday with 11 points, three boards and two turnovers before fouling out in 16 minutes vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-5 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and even played as a makeshift SF vs. Kawhi Leonard for stretches since Chandler Parsons (rest) was unavailable. He gets kudos for taking on that challenge, but remains a non-factor in all but the deepest fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (sore ankle) out for game
    Ricky Rubio is dealing with a sore left ankle and will not return on Wednesday against the Hawks.

    Advice: Well, go pick up Zach LaVIne in all leagues. Rubio had some ankle soreness earlier this week and the Wolves tend to be very careful with him. Considering he couldn't finish the game tonight, he's very likely to miss at least one game. Rubio finished with five points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 21 minutes. Wednesday, 7:14 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
  • John Wall's season-high six steals squandered
    John Wall stole the ball a season-high six times on Wednesday, adding 14 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and six assists in a tough road defeat.

    Advice: Wall's career-high is nine steals and he's now averaging 2.4 per game this season, good for fourth place in the NBA behind Jae Crowder, Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry. It wasn't all positive for Wall tonight, however, as he also shot 6-of-18 from the field with a team-high five turnovers. Wednesday, 6:46 pm
  • Devin Harris (rest) back for Wednesday
    Devin Harris is playing on Wednesday.

    Advice: He should have his normal minutes and perhaps even more with Chandler Parsons (rest) out tonight. Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) will start on Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, as expected.

    Advice: Kevin Martin, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Garnett and Karl-Anthony Towns will join Rubio in the starting five for tonight's game. Rubio suffered an extremely minor ankle injury during Monday's game, but he practice in full on Tuesday and was never really in any doubt of missing Wednesday's contest. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (tailbone) will play on Wednesday
    Rudy Gobert (bruised tailbone) will play Wednesday against the Clippers, as expected.

    Advice: Gobert was never really in any danger of missing tonight's game, but now we have official confirmation that he will be in the starting lineup. Make sure you have him active. Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • 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
  • Kobe thinks Dubs can beat 33-game win streak
    Following the Lakers 111-77 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant said the he believes the Dubs have a real shot at breaking the 1971-72 Lakers' 33-game win streak.

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

    Advice: Unreal. The Warriors look unstoppable at the moment and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Curry has been the clear frontrunner to win the MVP Award once again and he's been the best player in real life and in fantasy this season. The Warriors will look to improve their streak on Friday in Phoenix. Curry added nine assists, four boards, two steals and four 3-pointers in the win. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • 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
  • Jeff Green scores 19 points in win over Mavs
    Jeff Green hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Mavs.

    Advice: After scoring 20-plus points in two straight games, Green had scored a total of just 13 points in his last two games, despite the absence of Zach Randolph (knee). He looked good tonight and is worth owning in all leagues as long as he's starting at SF for the Grizzlies. Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out for Tuesday night
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It'll be Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic manning the big-position minutes. Arthur played his best game in a long time with a 21-point outing vs. GSW and Jokic is coming off a double-double. Both are terrific plays in DFS in favorable matchups. Faried owners just have to be patient here from an injury that didn't looks serious. Will Barton, Gary Harris and Danilo Gallinari also benefit. Tuesday, 5:23 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
  • Devin Harris (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    Devin Harris (rest) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He isn't dealing with an injury and this is just a scheduled rest day, but he probably wasn't owned in most leagues anyways. Harris is averaging 22.4 minutes per game this season, so expect J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton to see a few more minutes on Tuesday. Tuesday, 4:33 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
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) practices in full Tuesday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rubio rolled his ankle a bit during Monday's game against the 76ers, but he played through the injury, and his full participation in Tuesday's practice would indicate that he'll be fine for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks. We'll hold him off the injury report for now, and unless we hear something different, owners can plan on having him active for Wednesday's game. Tuesday, 11:47 am
  • Faried (ankle) not expected to play Tuesday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) did not go through shootaround, and he is not expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Faried is currently sporting a walking boot, so it would be quite shocking if he were to give it a go tonight. Nikola Jokic, Darrell Arthur and J.J. Hickson will all see a boost in value with Faried on the sidelined, with Jokic offering the most upside. Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 11 with seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Considering the game was basically over at halftime, Favors' owners should be thrilled that he still played 30 minutes and turned in a decent line. Rudy Gobert went down with a tailbone contusion, but he should be fine moving forward and both players will need to be on top of their game for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Rudy Gobert suffers a tailbone contusion
    Rudy Gobert suffered a tailbone contusion in Monday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with 10 points, five boards, one steal and five turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert went to the locker room for a few moments, but he never returned to the game even though he was probable to return. However, the game was an absolute blowout, so the Jazz probably just kept him on the bench as a precaution. We'll put Gobert on the injury report to be safe, but he should be ready to go against the Clippers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:51 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
  • Gobert (tailbone) probable to return Monday
    Rudy Gobert has a tailbone contusion and is probable to return to Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder are currently destroying the Jazz with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, so Utah may leave him on the bench. The good news is that Gobert is fine and is simply dealing with a bruise. Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (back) goes to locker room
    Rudy Gobert took a knee to his lower back in Monday's game vs. the Thunder and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was in a little bit of pain, but it didn't look too serious and he is likely just getting a little bit of treatment in the locker room. Stay tuned. Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores eight with 11 dimes
    Ricky Rubio scored eight points with 11 assists, five boards and one steal on Monday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Even against a poor defender such as T.J. McConnell, Rubio wasn't very aggressive on offense and attempted just five shots, making two of them. He didn't have any 3-pointers and turned the ball over four times, but his owners drafted him for his elite ability to rack up assists. He should be a mid-round guy the rest of the way if he stays healthy. Monday, 7:55 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
  • 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
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) doubtful for Tuesday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Faried apparently suffered the ankle injury on Friday, but he played through whatever injury he had during that game without any noticeable limp. Coach Mike Malone questioned his team's effort, so hopefully that isn't a factor here. Faried's owners should bench him while Darrell Arthur is worth a look in deep leagues. Nikola Jokic should be owned in all standard leagues. Monday, 12:01 pm
  • 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. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Ricky Rubio wants to play more w/ Zach LaVine
    Ricky Rubio said he wants to play more alongside Zach LaVine.

    Advice: "I would like to play more with Zach," Rubio said. "He can help me, and I can help him. But if Coach likes bringing him as a backup point guard, we gotta accept that." With Kevin Martin expected to move into the starting lineup on Monday in place of Tayshaun Prince, perhaps Rubio will get his wish as the Timberwolves experiment with finding ways to get more production on offense. Still, the Wolves need to see what LaVine can do at the point in case the team wants to move Rubio down the road. Monday, 6:43 am
  • Golden State ties NBA record w/ 15-0 start
    Stephen Curry and the Warriors improved to 15-0 with a win in Denver on Sunday, thus tying the NBA record for consecutive wins to begin a season.

    Advice: Golden State tied the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets, and they can set a new record if they win at home vs. the Lakers on Tuesday. Their depth and team-first attitude is evident on a nightly basis, and it helps that they have the reigning MVP on their side -- Curry posted 19 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals tonight, and could blow up in Tuesday's potentially historic game. Sunday, 7:46 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn't seem too optimistic about his status prior to the game, so this isn't a huge surprise. Looking ahead, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers. Darrell Arthur will start next to Nikola Jokic in the frontocurt, while J.J. Hickson should see a few extra minutes as well. Sunday, 4:27 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores season-low nine points
    Blake Griffin had one of the worst games of his career during Sunday's loss to the Raptors, scoring a season-low nine points to go with just six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers through 29 foul plagued minutes.

    Advice: Blake hasn't been held to single digits in the scoring department (while playing at least 25 minutes) since April 17 of 2013, so to say today's performance was unusual would be quite the understatement. The Clippers looked out of sorts through a majority of the game, and foul trouble was the main culprit to Griffin's less-than-satisfactory performance. Look for him to bounce-back in a big way on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Sunday, 4:01 pm
  • Faried (ankle) will be a game-time decision
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that he was hoping to get a "few" minutes out of Faried tonight, so it sounds like he may not have a full workload if he is active. If Faried is unable to play we could see a lot more J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic, while Darrell Arthur could play more as well. Stay tuned. Sunday, 3:32 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. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • Luol Deng plays 25 minutes
    Luol Deng scored 11 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's moved down pretty far on the totem pole and Justise Winslow is taking some of his minutes. Deng does not have enough upside to own in standard leagues right now with so many high-usage players on the Heat. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 10 dimes
    James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 10 assists, seven boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

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

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

    Advice: It was a head-to-head collision and Green looked like he was in a lot of pain, so we'd be surprised if he was able to return. He will likely be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, so we should have another update momentarily. Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Luol Deng (illness) will start on Saturday
    Luol Deng (illness) will be in the starting lineup on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Deng wasn't able to practice on Friday, but his status wasn't in doubt and his owners can go ahead and activate him in their lineups. Saturday, 4:18 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. Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Kenneth Faried questionable to face GSW
    Kenneth Faried is questionable to play against the Warriors on Sunday due to a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: He was on the court for the final minutes of the game and didn't appear to be hurt whatsoever. The Nuggets should have an update on him at tomorrow's shootaround. Faried is playing a lot of five, so his absence would lead to more minutes for Nikola Jokic, Darrell Arthur and even Will Barton because the Nuggets will use a lot of stretch fours. Saturday, 12:15 pm
  • Stephen Curry doesn't have best game in win
    The Warriors didn't need Stephen Curry's best effort during a 106-94 win over the Bulls on Friday with Curry making just 9-of-20 from the field for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, three 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: For anyone else, this is pretty nice. For Stephen Curry, it's one of his worst games of the season. As they have all season, the Warriors small-ball lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green dominated and managed to improve their offensive rating to 157.0 in 54 minutes on the season. Curry does have a whopping 20 turnovers in his last three games, but who cares? Additionally, he's only on pace for 416 treys this year now. The Warriors will look to try and go 15-0 against the Nuggets on Sunday. Saturday, 2:10 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 21 in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points against the Blazers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He tweaked his left knee and made it back on the court only about five minutes later in real time, so he's fine. Griffin continues to put up massive stats, averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 boards, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on the season. He's putting up first-round value. Saturday, 12:36 am
  • Kenneth Faried scores just four points
    Kenneth Faried scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes on Friday against the Suns during a 114-107 loss.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone put Faried out there at center to close the game in hopes he could defend the pick-and-roll better, but that didn't happen. Faried has found his way into the doghouse a number of times, so hopefully he's not going to get in there again. He'll have to deal with Draymond Green on Sunday, so he wouldn't be a DFS play anyway. Friday, 11:40 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 pts w/ seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is currently hitting career-highs in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.1) to go with solid averages of 16.0 points and 1.5 blocks on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. That translates to second-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and third-round value in 8-cat formats, and with absolutely no one behind him to challenge him for playing time there's no reason to believe he can't keep this up. Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 12 rebounds in loss to DAL
    Rudy Gobert put up eight points on 2-of-4 shooting (4-of-5 FTs) during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and one turnover through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert hasn't been a major part of Utah's offense this season (13.6 usage rate), so it'll be tough for him to average double figure numbers in the scoring department. However, he's still putting up early-round value (if punting free throws) behind averages of 11.0 rebounds (career-high), 2.0 assists (career-high) and a whopping 3.2 blocks (career-high) per game on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He has zero competition for playing time, and he could realistically get better as we progress through the 2015-16 season. Enjoy the ride. Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Jeff Green scores just seven points in start
    Jeff Green couldn't keep the hot streak going during Friday's win over Houston, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting to go with six boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals and one block through 29 minutes.

    Advice: Green is consistently inconsistent, which is a great hindrance to his fantasy value. He was rolling up to this point, averaging 18.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 three-pointer and 1.3 steals over his last three, but those numbers obviously weren't sustainable. He's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues, but with a lengthy history of inconsistency, he's not a great option in standard formats. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 12 points in 30 minutes
    Ricky Rubio scored 12 points with one rebound, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He looked fine and seems to be over his hamstring injury. Rubio is one of the least durable players, so his owners probably shouldn't get too confident about him staying on the court. He still has some nice upside, though. Friday, 8:32 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. Friday, 8:29 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points with full line
    James Harden scored 22 points during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and six turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Harden is currently hitting career-highs in points (28.8), rebounds (6.2) and unfortunately turnovers (4.8), but he's still producing at a top-8 level in 9-cat leagues. If you take away the turnovers, Harden jumps to No. 3 overall, and we're not worried about the fact that he's currently shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field (career 44.1 percent shooter). The coaching change in Houston has had zero affect on Harden's value. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Griffin tweaks left knee, returns to game
    Blake Griffin left Friday's game against Portland after tweaking his left knee, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Crisis avoided, you can see the knee tweak in the link below. It didn't look serious. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles
    Thaddeus Young double-doubled against the Celtics during a 120-95 loss on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws. Young in starting to pick it up as a scorer and rebounder, posting fourth-round value on the year. If he can start making free throws better than his 60.9 percent on the year, he could remain a top-50 player all season. Friday, 7:32 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 5:25 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. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Full Curry: Steph scores 40, GSW now 13-0
    Stephen Curry went crazy yet again during a thrilling 124-117 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's just not fair. Curry was in foul trouble and only had three points in the first quarter, which helped the Clippers build a 23-point lead in the first half. As only they could, the Warriors went absolutely bonkers in the fourth quarter with their eight 3-pointers giving them a 100.0 effective field goal percentage in that frame. On the season, Curry still has a ridiculous 69.2 true shooting percentage (TS%) to go with his third-ranked 33.6 usage rate -- no player in NBA history has posted a usage rate of at least 33 with a TS% of at least 64. He's on pace for 428 treys on the season and is on pace to be the most efficient high-volume player in one season. Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27, falls apart late
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Warriors in Thursday.

    Advice: He was on his way to a massive game, but only had one point in the fourth quarter. Griffin was just swallowed up by Draymond Green late in this game and was careless at times. Bad quarter aside, he's still putting up massive numbers all season and is currently the No. 7 player per game in standard leagues. Thursday, 10:36 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 11:58 am
  • Clippers marvel at Steph Curry's skills
    Doc Rivers and several of the Clippers said there is no player in the NBA like Steph Curry.

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

    Advice: While Harden exploded for 45 points on Wednesday, he also said he needs to focus more on his defense. "That's probably one of the reasons why the [team] energy has been so low," Harden said. "Making shots or missing shots, I've got to bring my game." With a new head coach in Houston, Harden's fantasy owners have to hope this is the start of a hot streak for The Beard. Thursday, 6:34 am
  • 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. Thursday, 6:25 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 93-89 win

    Advice: He made 7-of-9 from the field to raise his field goal percentage to 52.9 percent. Favors has 47.8 percent of his shots come at the rim and he's knocking down a tidy 67.7 percent of those. In other words, this outstanding start of putting up top-15 value looks like it's for real. If you're looking to sell high, you'll want to get a top-25 player back in return. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • James Harden scores 45 with 11 assists in win
    James Harden dominated during a 108-103 overtime win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 45 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-29 from the field, 19-of-20 from the line and turned the ball over five times for his 37.4 usage rate in all that playing time. Harden still didn't even have much success around the basket and made just 4-of-15 from 3, so this line could have been even better. Obviously, if the Rockets want to win games, they'll want to give the ball to Harden as much as possible. Perhaps the worst is over for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Dwight Howard grabs 19 boards
    Dwight Howard grabbed 19 rebounds against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding seven points, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's a season-high for minutes, but his playing time is clearly trending up. Howard has been cleaning the glass in his last five with 15.6 boards per game, adding averages of 12.8 points, 2.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 0.4 steals. He will likely be resting here and there, but at least the production is coming around. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Ricky Rubio posts 12 rebounds, 12 assists
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) logged 35 minutes in Wednesday's overtime loss, finishing with eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Owners should expect efficient scoring from Rubio, and otherwise he looked great tonight -- the fact that he played in back-to-back games is very encouraging. Owners should expect him to be rested and ready for Minnesota's final game of the week, Friday vs. Detroit. Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Thaddeus Young stays hot, scores 27 points
    Thaddeus Young's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Young's inexplicably lacking playing time to begin the season is no longer an issue, as he's averaged 35.0 minutes in Brooklyn's past three games. In addition to excellent points, rebounds, steals and FG percentage, Thad is even surprising owners with 9-of-10 FT shooting during that span. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (hamstring) will start Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) will start Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Rubio played 27 minutes in his return to action on Tuesday, and there's no word yet on whether he'll see his minutes increase on Wednesday. The low minute total for Rubio allowed Zach LaVine to get 28 minutes on Tuesday, but LaVine's minutes will likely have an inverse relationship to Rubio's playing time. Until Rubio is fully up to speed, he'll be a bit too risky for use in DFS. Wednesday, 2:50 pm
  • Rudy Gobert says ankle close to 100 percent
    Rudy Gobert said that his sprained left ankle is "pretty much" back to being 100 percent.

    Advice: "I still feel it a little bit, but I can move well, I can jump well, so I’m good," said Gobert. Rudy returned to action on Sunday, putting up 11 points, 11 boards and three blocks through 38 minutes of playing time, so it doesn't look like the ankle will be much of an issue at all moving forward. Make sure you have him active for a favorable matchup with the Raptors on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:50 am
  • Ricky Rubio (hamstring) likely a GTD vs. ORL
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) reportedly felt good after going through Wednesday morning's shootaround, but he remains questionable to face the Magic.

    Advice: Rubio making it through shootaround without issue would imply that he's closer to probable than questionable, but it sounds like we won't officially know Rubio's status until after pregame warmups. Zach LaVine will start if Rubio can't give it a go. Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • Kenneth Faried plays a lot of center
    Kenneth Faried played 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Tuesday with 11 points, seven rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Almost all of his minutes came at the center spot tonight. Faried's back injury didn't seem to bother him tonight even though it was probably one of his worst outings of the season. He's still looking like he'll be worthy of his ADP this season. Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 37, GSW improve to 12-0
    The Warriors improved to 12-0 on the season behind a 37-point performance from Stephen Curry on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The MVP added nine assists, two boards, two steals and five 3-pointers, but he did have seven turnovers. The Warriors are now just the seventh team in NBA history to start the season 12-0 and they wouldn't be where they are without the unbelievable play of Curry. He's been the best player to own in fantasy this season and it's not even close. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Thaddeus Young drops 16 and 11 with 5 steals
    Thaddeus Young scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, five steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also hit two clutch free throws to take the lead with one second left. Young also took a bad fall on that play and was a little shaken up, but he appears to be fine. Young's big game in the steals department gives him more attractive season averages of 14.7 points, 8.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.9 turnovers on 52.8 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the line. He is turning in fifth-round value on the season and has a pretty good chance to stay in that neighborhood. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • John Wall shoots the ball better in win
    John Wall was efficient during a 115-86 win over the Bucks on Tuesday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, nine assists, two 3-pointers and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was not having a good month before this one, making just 35.5 percent from the field in his previous five games. Wall still has some turnover bugaboos right now and is leading the Eastern Conference with 4.3 turnovers per game. The turnovers won't be coming down, but at least he should be better from the field. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Kenneth Faried will play Tuesday vs Pelicans
    Kenneth Faried (back) will play against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Advice: Faried had been listed as questionable heading into Tuesday, but has been upgraded to active. With season averages of 13.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks, Faried should be inserted into all fantasy lineups. Tuesday, 9:46 am
  • James Harden scores 16 points in loss
    James Harden scored just 16 points in Monday's loss to the Celtics, adding three assists, one board and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Harden was careless with the ball and turned it over four times and he wasn't overly aggressive either with just 10 shot attempts on the night. The Rockets as a whole have been pretty terrible this season, but Harden should eventually get it going and it's way too early to be concerned. The Rockets will take on the Blazers on Wednesday. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores just five points in loss
    Dwight Howard returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Celtics, but he was held to just five points on 2-of-4 shooting with 12 boards, three assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He also had a couple turnovers and hit just 1-of-2 attempts from the charity stripe. Howard hasn't even cracked the top-100 for standard-league value when you factor in games played, so it certainly won't help if he continues to sit out back-to-back sets. Looking ahead, the Rockets will have another back-to-back set in which they will play the Grizzlies on Friday and the Knicks on Saturday. Monday, 9:17 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points vs. OKC
    Jeff Green had a nice revenge game against the Thunder on Monday with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

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