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  • Matt Bonner (stomach) out Friday vs. Boston
    Matt Bonner (stomach illness) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Bonner has zero fantasy value in most fantasy leagues, and his absence just means more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aaron Baynes. Bonner can remain on the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
    31 minutes ago
     
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  • Marco Belinelli (groin) upgraded to probable
    Marco Belinelli (groin) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Belinelli is confined to a bench role, and is averaging just 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers on the year, so his value is limited to deep leagues. If he plays, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green would see a slight reduction in minutes, but Belinelli won't have a large enough impact to hurt either of their values. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
     
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  • Kobe happy to have Nick Young back in action
    Kobe Bryant stated during a recent interview that he's happy to have Nick Young back in action.

    Advice: "You got a player who can get buckets and create. He does wonders," Bryant said. "Nick is a phenomenal talent. He has a pull-up jump shot and is creating mismatches. I’m very happy to have him back." Bryant also went on to say that he thinks Young will compete for Sixth Man of the Year honors, a high compliment from a man who doesn't give out many. Young is averaging 16.5 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games back with the team, and while he doesn't bring much else to the stat sheet, his scoring and 3-point shot making make him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Evan Fournier (heel) says he can play Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) said that he thinks he'll be able to suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: This isn't official, but things are looking positive for Fournier. If he does suit up, Willie Green would head back to the bench where he would go back to being irrelevant in all fantasy leagues. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:10 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Stan Van Gundy praises Jonas Jerebko's play
    Stan Van Gundy praised Jonas Jerebko's play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's really focused on moving the ball and running to more pick and rolls, so our ball movement is much, much better with Jonas at the four than it is with our other guys," Van Gundy said. "He's just more tuned in to that. And he can stretch the floor out and shoot the ball, so you spread the defense out. And, really, with him at the four is our only chance to spread the defense out and get more room." Jerebko is averaging just 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds over 16.5 minutes of action this season, so he can't be considered an asset in standard leagues. However, if an injury occurs to the Pistons' frontcourt, Jerebko will be a name to monitor. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 am
  • Jason Richardson (foot) targeting Jan. return
    Jason Richardson (foot) stated during a recent interview that he'll "definitely" return before the All-Star break.

    Advice: "[I'll] definitely be back before the all-star break or January or maybe even before this year is over with," said Richardson. "I’ll see how my body takes all this training and getting ready for it." Players are generally more optimistic with regards to their potential return dates, so we wouldn't read too much into this. Richardson hasn't played in an NBA game since the 2012-13 season, and the Sixers may be looking to use Richardson as more of a mentor than a role player. As it stands right now, Richardson has zero fantasy value, and doesn't offer enough upside to be viewed as a stash candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 am
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Pho
  • Flip says Corey Brewer too valuable to trade
    Head coach and team president Flip Saunders stated during a recent interview that Corey Brewer is too valuable to the team to be traded.

    Advice: This seems like posturing more than anything, as the Timberwolves are currently sitting on record of 3-7. Saunders may value Brewer's hard-nosed defense, but his play isn't exactly equating to wins for the Wolves. He's averaging 10.2 points and 2.1 steals on the season over 23.5 minutes of action, so he can be viewed as a steals specialist for owners in deep leagues. However, if he is traded to a title contender (a team with a deep wing rotation), he'll likely become a non-factor in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Brown wants to play Wroten and MCW together
    Tony Wroten has been moved into a sixth man role for the 76ers with the return of Michael Carter-Williams, but that doesn't mean head coach Brett Brown doesn't want to play the two together for extended stretches.

    Advice: "I think for balance purposes, that’s how it needs to be," Brown said of his decision to bring Wroten off the bench. "Because [Wroten and MCW are] our best players, they need to be on the court… Inevitably it’s the direction we’re going to have to grow." Wroten's numbers are down since MCW's return, but he was still able to score 21 points off the bench, to go with seven assists and a steal during Wednesday's loss. His value will take a bit of a hit coming off the bench, but Wroten is still going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Just know that he's shooting 42.0 percent from the field, and 62.0 percent from the charity stripe on 7.2 attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:10 am
  • Alec Burks responds to rebounding challenge
    Alec Burks was challenged by head coach Quin Snyder recently to be more aggressive on the boards, and Burks responded with back-to-back double-digit rebounding games.

    Advice: "Coach really challenged me one day in Toronto [to grab more rebounds]. Man to man, had a talk," Burks said. "He challenged me and I took that challenge." Burks finished Saturday's game vs. Toronto with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and followed up that performance by going for 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Burks is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 three-pointer per game this year, and if he could just up his shooting percentage a bit (42.7 percent on the year), he'd quickly become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Justin Hamilton returned to action on Thursday November 20. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins post 22-14 line in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played through a hip injury and lived in the paint against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 14 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and had five fouls. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls and has committed at least five in all but three games this season. Besides that and the high turnovers, Cousins is dominating on the stat sheet and is the main reason why the Kings are 7-5. He's in the mix to be the most valuable big man behind Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • X-rays are negative on Kirk Hinrich (chest)
    X-rays were negative on Kirk Hinrich's chest and he was diagnosed with a contusion following Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't play at the end of the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean his injury had anything to do with it. Hinrich finished with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. If he is going to miss time, Aaron Brooks would almost become a must add as the only healthy point guard who is in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore would also get in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
     
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    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Taj Gibson has a letdown game in Sacramento
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson owners had higher hopes than this tonight as the starting power forward. In his seven starts at power forward last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 9.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. Pau Gasol (calf) could miss more time, so Gibson owners should continue to have him locked into their lineups until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Joakim Noah turns it on late
    Joakim Noah turned it on late against the Kings in a losing effort on Thursday, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He played almost the entire fourth quarter with five fouls and was very active on the glass. Noah had another double-double on Monday in the first game without Pau Gasol, so it's fair to say Noah will have better fantasy value sans Pau. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (groin/hip) available Thurs.
    Justin Hamilton (groin/hip) will be "available if needed" for Thursday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Hamilton is averaging 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds with the Heat this season, and it sounds like he may not even get off the bench tonight. It'll take more than a few catastrophic injuries to Miami's frontcourt for Hamilton to gain any sort of relevancy in standard leagues, and owners can continue to leave him untouched on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Nick Young receives flop warning from league
    Nick Young received a flop warning from the NBA on Thursday.

    Advice: Young drew a foul on Kyle Korver while attempting a 3-point shot, and as the video shows, Korver did not even make contact with Young. The first offense is just a warning, but the second results in a $5,000 fine, with each additional flop resulting in an increased penalty. Young has brought a much-needed scoring-punch to the Lakers' second unit, and is averaging 17.0 points and 2.0 three-pointers through his first two games. He doesn't do much aside from score, but should be able to sustain limited value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Matt Bonner (stomach) questionable for Friday
    Matt Bonner (stomach illness) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Bonner is averaging just 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers on the season, and that pretty much tells you all you need to know about Bonner's non-existent fantasy value. Feel free to leave The Red Mamba on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:21 pm
     
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    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) questionable for Fri.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Belinelli is averaging just 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers this season, so his return to the court shouldn't matter for owners in standard leagues. Deep league owners will want to check back closer to Friday's tip for an official update on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
     
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    5:00 pm @ Min
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Corey Brewer had to gut through game Weds
    Corey Brewer (illness) admitted that he had to gut through Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Brewer wasn't certain if he would be able to suit up after missing morning shootaround, but was able to play 29 minutes despite his illness. "I was hurting so bad," Brewer said. The 28-year-old should be good-to-go for Friday's game against the Spurs, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues, despite the six steals on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • Swaggy PhD: Nick Young cures Lakers
    Nick Young helped the Lakers win their second game in a row in a 98-92 victory in Houston, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers went 1-9 without Young, but they've now won both games with him. He's getting plenty of shots in the second unit and it looks like he'll be able to score in the teens. His owners shouldn't expect much else besides scoring, but give him a look if that's what your team is lacking. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:54 pm
  • Corey Brewer has six steals against NYK
    Corey Brewer played through an illness on Wednesday and looked healthy with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and six steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer had an IV to help his dehydration and he was very questionable to play tonight. This was a big game for his trade value and he's unlikely to be this success again all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:15 pm
  • Tony Wroten scores 21 off Sixers bench
    Tony Wroten came off the bench for the first time this season and hit 7-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, seven assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Wroten had been in a slump since Michael Carter-Williams returned from his shoulder injury, but looked great again tonight, outside of the poor shooting. His value is going to take a hit with the move to the bench, but the fact remains he's one of Philly's best players. Hold onto him if you've got him, and think about picking him up if he was dropped in your league. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is probable to face the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be fine and was able to play through the injury on Tuesday. Cousins has been outstanding this season and he'll get a tough test against a great Chicago frontline. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Corey Brewer expected to play Wednesday
    Corey Brewer is expected to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The report does add "barring any changes," so it's not a 100 percent lock. Brewer should still be on most fantasy benches tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Corey Brewer questionable with an illness
    Corey Brewer (illness) received an IV and is questionable to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, it's flu season. Brewer and Kevin Martin could both miss tonight, so Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson III, Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel may all have to help out. Brewer should obviously be benched in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Jason Richardson (foot) optimistic for return
    Jason Richardson expects to return from the stress fracture in his right foot this season, potentially before January.

    Advice: "There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back this year," Richardson said. "I might be back before January if all goes well." The veteran's optimism is nice to hear but we're certainly not betting on a return in 2014, and even once he's healthy he may not crack the 76ers' rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:57 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Pho
  • Matt Bonner out Wednesday w/ stomach illness
    Matt Bonner will not suit up for the Spurs on Wednesday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter (calf) is still on the shelf, so there will be extra opportunities for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes against the Cavaliers' lenient frontcourt. Bonner is coming off a fluky 18-point game vs. the 76ers, but he's too inconsistent for use as more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) still out on Wed.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful and did not have much of a chance to play tonight. Beliinelli should be considered questionable to face the Wolves on Friday. Danny Green and Cory Joseph get some slight bumps in value tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Tony Wroten will come off the bench on Wed.
    Tony Wroten will come off the bench to face the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he might want to play Wroten at shooting guard, but his personnel just isn't cut out for it. Although, Michael Carter-Williams and Wroten will likely play together down the stretch. He hasn't been too bad with MCW in the three games with a usage of 27.4 while posting averages of 12.7 points, 3.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 1.3 triples. His fantasy owners should expect him to take a hit, though. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Evan Fournier out Wednesday w/ sore heel
    Evan Fournier will not play on Wednesday due to a sore left heel.

    Advice: Fournier has no history of heel injuries and coach Jacque Vaughn is hopeful that he'll only miss one game, with the Magic returning to action in a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. Victor Oladipo should get all the minutes he can handle in Fournier's absence, with more playing time available for guys like Luke Ridnour, Elfrid Payton, and possible Ben Gordon or Willie Green. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) is doubtful Wednesday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: The Italian is only an asset in deeper leagues for his 3-pointers, so owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore him. If Belinelli can't go, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will continue to absorb his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:05 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) plays well vs Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins tweaked his left hip flexor while warming up for Tuesday's game, but he still finished with 24 points, 17 boards, three assists and two blocks vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Needless to say, the hip injury didn't limit DMC and shouldn't be a problem going forward. The Kings jumped out to a big lead for the third straight game tonight, but once again they let it slip away and their record has fallen to 6-5 after an impressive 5-1 start to the season. They'll have a tough task staying above .500 with the Bulls coming to town for a nationally-televised game on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Alec Burks posts first 20 & 10 game vs. OKC
    Alec Burks exploded on Tuesday for 20 points (5-of-8 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), two 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a win vs. the visiting Thunder.

    Advice: This was the first time in Burks' career that he's posted 20 & 10, and this terrific line goes a long way toward justifying fantasy owners' faith in him. He came in averaging a mediocre 13.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 0.9 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game, but once he finds his shooting range he should vault into top-100 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Nick Young scores 17 efficient pts in debut
    Nick Young (thumb) made his season debut on Tuesday, scoring 17 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Swaggy P had a few typically erratic shot attempts, but he was generally under control and efficient, which isn't usually the case -- he's a 42.9 percent shooter for his career, and was at just 41.3 percent last season. Fantasy owners may find him useful for scoring and 3-point shooting, but don't expect well-rounded production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) doubtful for Wed.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: If Belinelli is unable to go, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will continue to sop up his minutes. Belinelli is averaging 8.3 points and 1.7 three-pointers per game this year, so he can only be considered an asset in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:06 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Nick Young to come off bench Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) will come off the bench as he makes his 2014-15 season debut against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swaggy's back. While Young will likely find himself in the Lakers' starting lineup sooner or later, Lakers' head coach will ease him back into action against the Hawks on Tuesday. Fantasy owners can expect Swaggy P to serve as the Lakers' second scoring option behind Kobe Bryant, but need to be aware of the low field goal percentage and minimal peripherals that will come with his scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
  • Joakim Noah says Bulls have work to do
    Joakim Noah said the Bulls still have work to do after Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: After easily defeating the Clippers without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, Noah said the Bulls have some building to do. "We have a lot of work to do," Noah said. "As long as we stay humble and we keep working, keep getting better as a team, hopefully, we'll have a chance. But we're nowhere near where we have to be." While Noah's numbers haven't been exactly what his fantasy owners expected, his improved play over the Bulls' last five games should give hope that he can still return top-30 value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:53 am
  • Gibson enjoys like without Pau on Monday
    Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 pm
  • Noah posts big popcorn line in easy win
    Joakim Noah scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting with 16 rebounds and six assists in Monday's easy win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Noah's numbers are down in enough areas to worry that he's still not at 100 percent, but he's playing and doing enough to return top-75 value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:04 pm
  • Hinrich scores 14 points with five assists
    Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Hinrich doesn't hold 14-team value on the year despite averaging 28.4 minutes per game this season. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) returning any time he's a Hail Mary in daily leagues at best. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:57 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Brooks quiet in another missed opportunity
    Aaron Brooks scored just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one assist in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be measured by how he performs on the nights when Derrick Rose is invariably out, and by this measurement he'll be harder to trust next time out. Rose is day-to-day with his current hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:54 pm
  • Red Mamba scores 18 points in win
    Matt Bonner scored 18 points with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The 76ers will give up big lines and this is one of the funnier ones. Bonner is not worth owning in most leagues, but he's a deep-league spot-start guy while Tiago Splitter (calf) is out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:24 pm
     
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    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Tony Wroten struggles on Monday night
    Tony Wroten made 4-of-14 from the field for eight points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: His numbers have dropped off with Michael Carter-Williams back in the lineup and his usage is also down to just 27.4 in those three games, too. It's still unclear how coach Brett Brown will use Wroten, but he's not a must-own player in shallow leagues anymore. He also had a net rating of minus-29.6 in his last three. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Fournier goes for 14 and eight on Monday
    Evan Fournier started next to Victor Oladipo on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier appears to have played his way into starter's minutes and if he's going to handle the ball this much owners have a steal. If somebody dropped him go run and pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:34 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Corey Brewer dealing with trade rumors
    Corey Brewer said he received 30 calls on Sunday night because of the trade rumors.

    Advice: The Wolves aren't going anywhere and Brewer could wind up on the Cavs or Rockets. If he is traded, that should open up some more minutes for Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger. Brewer isn't worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:52 pm
  • Spurs hopeful Belinelli returns this week
    The Spurs are hopeful Marco Belinelli (groin) can return this week.

    Advice: Belinelli was participating in shell drills on Monday, and it would be a surprise if he's not back sooner versus later at this point given his progression. While he remains out, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard's minutes will continue to be higher than usual. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:13 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Nick Young (thumb) expected to play Tuesday
    Nick Young (thumb) is expected to play on Tuesday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Young made it through a full practice without any setbacks and his scoring ability is sorely needed by L.A., though they're in greater need of defense. Swaggy is the most likely Laker to finish second in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, but fantasy owners should anticipate low FG percentages as well as minimal assists, rebounds, steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) out Monday vs. 76ers
    Marco Belinelli (groin) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green will continue to see extended minutes with Belinelli sidelined, and Marco can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:25 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Report: Corey Brewer being shopped by Wolves
    The Timberwolves are reportedly in active trade discussions with the Cavaliers and Rockets on veteran swingman Corey Brewer.

    Advice: Brewer is averaging just 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals this season, and a move to a crowded backcourt on either of the aforementioned teams wouldn't do him any favors. He's a guy that can help an actual basketball team much more than a fantasy squad, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:24 pm
  • Nick Young (thumb) targeting Tuesday vs. ATL
    Nick Young (thumb) is targeting a return for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: "The Defensive Player of the Year is here today and he’ll be here Tuesday," Young said after going through a full practice on Saturday. The Lakers plan to have Young go through shootaround on Tuesday, after which, the Lakers’ medical staff will evaluate him. If he's cleared to play, he will suit up, and he'll likely come off the bench. Young doesn't have too much upside while Kobe Bryant is healthy, so owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with the self-proclaimed MVP/Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Boogie Down Production: Cousins scores 25 pts
    DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 25 points against the Spurs on Saturday during a 94-91 win, adding 10 rebounds and one block on 10-of-19 from the field.

    Advice: The Kings were uncharacteristically great in the paint tonight and held the Spurs to just 34 points in the paint, which was almost half of their 58. Cousins is dominating this season with the highest usage rate among big men while making 50 percent from the field. He's for real. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:46 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 15 points in start
    Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points in a 99-90 loss to the Pacers on Saturday to go with seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't score in his last start, so we didn't see this one coming. Hinrich has been too inconsistent to scoop in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Aaron Brooks has a colossal letdown
    Aaron Brooks played just 18 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Ouch. All signs indicated Brooks was set for a big game tonight because he scored 26 points in the last game without Derrick Rose (hamstring). Rose isn't expected to be out for too long, so there's very little reason to be too attached to Brooks right now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Evan Fournier still gets minutes
    Evan Fournier played 38 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with 15 points, two assists and two 3-pointers on 5-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton has been awful and perhaps he's the big loser from Victor Oladipo coming back. Fournier is certainly going to see his output drop, but he might actually put up value worthy of ownership in standard leagues. In other words, don't drop him unless it's for someone you don't think will last on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
     
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    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Nick Young goes through a full practice
    Nick Young (thumb) went through a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: His Tuesday target date seems very realistic, but there's been no indication he'll be ready for Sunday. Young attempted a ton of shots last season, but he had a usage rate of just 15.6 in his 82 minutes next to Kobe Bryant last season -- it was 26.6 without Mamba. He's not the greatest option in standard leagues unless you have a glaring weakness in scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:31 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich will get the start on Sat.
    Kirk Hinrich will start against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls have ruled Derrick Rose (hamstring) out, so Hinrich and Aaron Brooks will get the minutes at point guard. Hinrich has posted a usage rate of just 16.7 on the season while Brooks has turned in a usage of 26.8, so it's pretty obvious Brooks is the preferred play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:51 am
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) ruled out on Saturday
    Marco Belinelli (groin) was ruled out for Saturday's game against Sacramento.

    Advice: He was ruled out fairly early in the morning on Saturday suggesting that he was nowhere close to playing. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. Owners in deep leagues can ignore Belinelli for now but once he regains his health, he could be a decent option for those in need of 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:06 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Wroten posts 19-4-8 line with two threes
    Tony Wroten bounced back on Friday against the Rockets, scoring 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 3-of-6 from the line) with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Wroten's production is likely to fluctuate more with Michael Carter-Williams back but he'll be capable of a big line on any given night. A much better 8-cat play, he should be in all lineups until he proves he shouldn't be. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Fournier scores 15 points with three treys
    Evan Fournier scored 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Fournier may hang onto his starting job and owners need to hold tight until all of that is fleshed out in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:05 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Nick Young (thumb) targeting Tuesday night
    Nick Young (thumb) said he is targeting Tuesday night against the Hawks to make his season debut.

    Advice: He's been able to go through some portions of practice and conditioning shouldn't be an issue. Young is almost certainly going to come of the bench and should see minutes in the mid 20s. He's not going to have a big upside while Kobe Bryant is around. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 am
  • Justin Hamilton (groin) questionable for Fri.
    Justin Hamilton (groin/hip) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Hamilton is averaging 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds through 12 minutes of action the season, so even if he plays, it won't matter for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:17 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins has 'no respect' for Barkley
    DeMarcus Cousins said that he has "no respect" for Charles Barkley during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I have no respect for [Barkley] and I never will," said Cousins. "We have nothing to talk about. So, yes, every time we see each other, there will never be words." Barkley has been hard on Cousins for most of his career, and Cousins apparently is holding a grudge. However, Cousins is also currently averaging 22.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocks, and 3.4 turnovers with the Kings this season, making him one of the best big men to own in fantasy basketball. So if Chuck is adding fuel to the fire, fantasy owners should be thanking him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:26 am
  • Wroten has a bad game in a blowout
    Tony Wroten played 25 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Michael Carter-Williams is back, so Wroten's value is going to change. With MCW on the court last year, Wroten still had a solid usage rate of 24.9, which is probably about where he’ll be should they play together. He also had over 60 percent of his shots come on a layup or dunk, which is definitely going to help his efficiency. His owners should stick with him in most cases. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:54 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins gets a tech in big line
    DeMarcus Cousins was called for his first technical foul of the season against the Grizzlies on Thursday, finishing with a line of 22 points, 12 boards, one assist, two steals and three blocks in just 31 minutes.

    Advice: That means he's projected to finish ahead of his goal to have below five technical fouls on the season. Regardless, Cousins is leading big men in usage rate, providing plenty of defensive stats and is likely going to be a top-15 asset in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 33 minutes in quiet game
    Joakim Noah played 33 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday with six points, eight rebounds, six assists, one block and three steals.

    Advice: He had a little bit of momentum coming in with back-to-back double-doubles, but the Raptors put the clamps on him in the first half with just two points and four boards. Noah's minutes were expected to be held in check and he still had a decent line, so it's all good. Continue to start him in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:00 pm
  • Marco Belinelli won't play on Friday night
    Marco Belinelli (groin) has been ruled out for Friday night against the Lakers.

    Advice: His groin injury is certainly not minor and there will be no substantial sanctions for the Spurs here. Kawhi Leonard has seen his minutes increase while Danny Green is slightly more reliable sans Belinelli. The Italian can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Corey Brewer scores 18 off Wolves bench
    Corey Brewer came off the bench to hit 7-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Brewer had just five points in his previous game and has scored in double figures just twice this season. Flip Saunders rested Thaddeus Young and Kevin Martin for much of this one, resulting in a nice night for Brewer. But as long as he's coming off the bench, you can continue to ignore him for now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores career-high 28 in win
    Evan Fournier hit 8-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers to go along with a career-high 28 points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals in Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Fournier had 24 points on Tuesday and has scored in double figures every game this season. Things will get a little murky for him when Victor Oladipo returns, possibly Friday, but it's possible that Fournier has played his way into a job. Elfrid Payton has been awful at point guard and while we're just speculating here, it's possible that Oladipo could play plenty of point guard, leaving more minutes for Fournier going forward. In other words, don't automatically drop him when Oladipo returns. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Alec Burks hits 9-of-15 shots in loss
    Alec Burks got hot on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 22 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: He had just nine points on Monday, but is still averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five. We'd like to see him score more consistently, but he's getting 35 minutes per game, meaning he's worth owning despite the ups and downs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Nick Young could play in games next week
    Nick Young (thumb) could return to the lineup for next week.

    Advice: He's been limited in practice and everything has been going well on his re-evaluations. Young would likely hit the ground running once he gets back, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can leave him on the wire with Kobe Bryant around. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Hamilton has a hip flexor strain
    Justin Hamilton has a slight strain of his hip flexor.

    Advice: He was getting minutes for the Heat with the team banged up, but he might be out of the rotation upon his return now that Chris Andersen is back. Hamilton has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (groin) out for Wednesday
    Justin Hamilton (groin) is out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and it's unclear when he will suit up again. "Ham was doing more today," coach Spoelstra said. "But he wasn't ready for contact." Owners can safely ignore him in almost all fantasy leagues now that Chris Andersen (ribs) is expected to return on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:44 am
  • Marco Belinelli (groin) questionable for Fri.
    Marco Belinelli (groin) was unavailable for Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Belinelli was expected to miss 7-10 days as of Thursday, and the Spurs will assuredly play it safe with their veteran SG, so there are no guarantees that he'll be active vs. the Lakers on Friday. Corey Joseph, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili each get a few more minutes in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:43 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ Min
  • Evan Fournier scores season-high 24 points
    Evan Fournier fell three points shy of his career-high on Tuesday, pitching in 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: Fournier only turned the ball over once in 39 minutes and he was very impressive on offense tonight, alternately raining 3-pointers and slicing through the defense as a ball-handler. His playing time and shot attempts should dip once Victor Oladipo returns from his facial fracture, but Fournier is playing well enough that he should still be a fixture in the Magic rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
     
    Injured
    4:00 pm @ Cha
  • Brown says Tony Wroten isn't 100% reliable
    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that Tony Wroten isn't 100 percent reliable at this stage in his career.

    Advice: In addition to the reliability comment, Brown added that Wroten is a "hold your breath" player. While not the harshest of comments, Brown doesn't exactly sound thrilled with Wroten's play. The 21-year-old's hot start to the 2014-15 season is bound to take a dip with Michael Carter-Williams' impending return on Thursday, but fantasy owners shouldn't go dropping Wroten as he'll likely play alongside MCW and retain a solid amount of value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:56 am
  • Justin Hamilton ruled out for Wednesday
    Justin Hamilton (groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: While the Heat will likely get Chris Anderson back on Wednesday, they'll have to go at least another game without Hamilton. With Chris Bosh playing big minutes and Birdman getting healthy, Hamilton doesn't hold much fantasy value upon his eventual return and can be safely left on waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:32 am
  • Joakim Noah admits he still has work to do
    Joakim Noah said he still has work to do after Chicago's win over the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: Noah scored 13 points with 14 rebounds and six assists during the win, so he's being a little bit hard on himself in saying, "I still have work to do, but I'll get there." The big man has strung together solid back-to-back performances after missing two games with an illness, so fantasy owners looking to buy low might want to try one last-ditch effort before Noah gets back to normal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:37 am
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