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    • Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play Sunday
      Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play against the Bucks on Sunday.

      Advice: This is his ninth straight game on the sidelines and there is still no indication on when he will return to action. Belinelli can be dropped in almost all leagues for now, while Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph will all benefit in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      35 minutes ago
      4:00 pm vs Mil
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) out on Sunday
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play vs. the Heat on Sunday.

      Advice: He has been out since Dec. 30 so the Bulls will ease him back into action when he does return. Unless you are in a deep league and are desperate for 3-pointers, there is no need to hold onto Dunleavy. Kirk Hinrich will remain in the starting lineup on Sunday while Aaron Brooks, Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic will all be in the mix for additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:34 am
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) probable for Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

      Advice: Noah's ankle has been an issue for a while now, but we doubt he will miss a chance to play against the Miami Heat so his owners can pencil him into lineups barring a setback. He isn't exactly a must-start option anymore, but if he can stay healthy he should be able to improve upon his dwindling numbers. If Noah does end up sitting, Taj Gibson will see a big uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:33 am
    • Lance Stephenson ignoring trade rumors
      Lance Stephenson has seen his name pop up in trade rumors all season, but he is doing his best to ignore them in an effort to help Charlotte secure a spot in the playoffs.

      Advice: "You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Stephenson played almost 29 minutes on Saturday which is the most he had played since going down with a pelvis injury, so it looks like he is getting close to 100 percent. While the rumors won't stop until all the way up to the trade deadline, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering how much he has struggled to adapt in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 am
    • Thumbs Up: LaMarcus Aldridge scores 26 points
      LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Wesley Matthews knocks down five treys
      Wesley Matthews extended his league lead for made 3-pointers with five more on Saturday, scoring a total of 19 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers.

      Advice: He is going to play more minutes at small forward, which is fine. Matthews has 10 starts at small forward in his career and he's been shuffled in at small forward even when the Blazers are at full strength. Whatever his role, Iron Man has a chance to lead the NBA in treys this season while launching tons of imaginary arrows. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    • Chris Kaman plays 25 minutes vs. Wiz
      Chris Kaman played 25 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He was questionable tonight with a leg contusion and a thumb issue. Kaman will see minutes in the mid-20s until Robin Lopez (hand) returns next month. He'll be a low-end option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:01 pm
    • Thomas Robinson back to a reserve role
      Thomas Robinson moved back to the bench on Saturday against the Wizards with two points and four boards.

      Advice: With LaMarcus Aldridge back, Robinson's playing time is going to be sporadic. He does have some nice impact on the offensive glass, but there's no need to grab him in almost any fantasy league while LMA is on the active list. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    • Dorell Wright scores 10 in 21 minutes
      Dorell Wright scored 10 points with six rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: After basically three halves of no Nicolas Batum (wrist), Wright looks like the best player to grab in fantasy leagues. That said, we have to caution you that he is going to be shuffled in and out of the lineup, so he's not really a reliable asset in even 16-team leagues right now. Maybe coach Terry Stotts trusts him eventually. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    • Nic Batum (wrist) admits he has torn ligament
      Nicolas Batum admitted on Saturday that he suffered a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist on Dec. 17.

      Advice: It was obvious something was structurally wrong with Batum and now we know what it is. He's aggravated it probably more times than we care to count and the Blazers may still be weighing his treatment options. At this point, he's likely going to miss a week or two. There really isn't a great pickup to make with Batum out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:51 pm
    • Paul PIerce scores 19 vs. Blazers
      Paul Pierce scored 19 points with six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

      Advice: He joined Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Terry as the only player in NBA history to make 2,000 treys in their careers. Pierce has been particularly hot from deep lately with 2.0 makes per game in January while his rebounds have also seen a nice spike. His minutes are also slightly up, so he's worth starting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:39 pm
    • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes
      Derrick Favors was quiet in his return to the lineup on Saturday with nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: It wasn't a bad line and it was mostly due to his low usage rate. Favors is shooting the ball very well from the field and is at 72.3 percent from the line in 2015, so he could become an elite big man thanks to his contributions in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores career-high 16 points
      Joe Ingles scored a career-high 16 points against the Nets on Saturday with one rebound, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The 3-pointers were also a career high. Ingles has done most of his damage in dimes, steals and treys, so he's climbing into the top-140 player conversation. With Rodney Hood (foot) out for at least a few weeks and Alec Burks (shoulder) out for the year, Ingles is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:12 pm
    • Cory Jefferson plays just 10 minutes
      Cory Jefferson played just 10 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday with two points and one block.

      Advice: He is likely going to see more playing time than this soon. The Nets are one of the coldest teams in the NBA now and it's only a matter of time until they unload Brook Lopez. Just keep an eye on Jefferson in most leagues because his upside isn't too high. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Joe Cold: Joe Johnson has a rough night
      Joe Johnson scored six points with one assist and one block in 29 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: Ouch. The Nets are a complete lost cause on offense right now. In fact, the Nets have not outscored Klay Thompson's third quarter from Friday in three of their last four halves of basketball. Johnson should still be considered as a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Courtney Lee has another really bad game
      Courtney Lee was a no-show against the 76ers on Saturday with eight points, one rebound, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He only scored one point on Wednesday and has hit rock bottom since the Jeff Green deal. However, Lee was hot in his three previous games, so there is still some hope. Unless it's to grab someone like D.J. Augustin or even O.J. Mayo, Lee is a hold for a couple more games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:54 pm
    • Ghostface Ilya gets a little better
      Ersan Ilyasova played 17 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with nine points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did not play in the fourth quarter because the Bucks were up 24 points to start the period. Ilyasova was probably headed towards 24 minutes tonight, and he also has one block and one 3-pointer in each of his last three games. Any improvement is a good start, so Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues. Although, his owners will need to be patient. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:05 pm
    • Lance Stephenson battles groin injury
      Lance Stephenson played 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He was laboring through his groin strain throughout the first half and finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Stephenson ran the offense tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) out and it resembled his style of play in Indiana. Walker won't be out long, so Stephenson's adjustment period should continue. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    • Chris Kaman will play on Saturday night
      Chris Kaman (leg) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: He has a sleeve on his leg and also is now dealing with a thumb injury. Kaman played 29 minutes on Thursday, which was probably too much. He'll likely be closer to 20 tonight, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:25 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) out for Saturday night
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) won't play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: He almost had no chance to play tonight due to his nagging wrist injury. It's interesting that LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is playing tonight and maybe Batum's status was a factor in his decision. The Blazers will use about five different guys to fill the void left by Batum, so there's little reason to make a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:20 pm
    • Courtney Lee, Jeff Green starting
      Courtney Lee and Jeff Green are starting against the 76ers on Saturday.

      Advice: Tony Allen will come off the bench. The Grizzlies aren't going to shuffle the minutes too much with these guys, but it'll just be who each guy plays next too. There is no need to adjust the projections much here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:51 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) doubtful for Sunday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is doubtful to play against the Magic on Sunday.

      Advice: He did not return from his injury on Friday and it would appear he'll miss a couple games. Miles just can't stay healthy this season and his fantasy owners can probably just find someone else at this point. Expect to see more of C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey. Damjan Rudez will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:30 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Stunner: LaMarcus Aldridge will play Saturday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: Wow! He is going to put the surgery on hold and will play through the tear in his left thumb. This is easily the most shocking news of the season after the team announced he was going to rest 6-8 weeks. Obviously grab Aldridge in all leagues and hope he can avoid an aggravation. Maybe he's just putting off the surgery until Nicolas Batum (wrist) can play? Whatever his reasoning, it's hard to explain and he will likely have some answers later today. If you added any Blazer in even 14- or 16-team leagues, you can cut him. Although owners in deeper leagues can look to Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum or Victor Claver because Nicolas Batum is hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 am
    • Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play Sun
      Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks according to coach Monty Williams.

      Advice: This is definitely good news as it was feared that Anderson's injury might have cost him a few more games on the sidelines. If Anderson does return on Sunday, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca will all lose value. We will provide further details when they are made available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Cory Jefferson to see larger role in Brooklyn
      Cory Jefferson will see an increased role with the Nets due to the loss of Mirza Teletovic (lungs) for the season according to coach Lionel Hollins.

      Advice: "Next man up," Hollins said. "That's Cory Jefferson." Jefferson played well on Thursday against the Clippers, scoring nine points with eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in just 18 minutes. He will be worth a look in deeper leagues if his role grows like Hollins says it will, so at least keep him on your radar. Jefferson's next chance to impress will come against the Jazz on Saturday night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 am
    • Derrick Favors (personal) will play Saturday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will play on Saturday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: He missed Thursday's game to tend to an emergency family matter so his owners can pencil Favors into their lineups. Rudy Gobert will likely shift back to the bench with this news, but he should still see enough run to make an impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
    • DeMar DeRozan struggling since his return
      DeMar DeRozan has struggled significantly over his last three games, scoring a combined 14 points over that span.

      Advice: Since Terrence Ross was benched, DeRozan has been playing a lot more small forward but he doesn't blame his recent production on the switch. "It's not really about me playing the three, just my whole rhythm and feel of everything," DeRozan said. "Just get that back on track and let it come to me natural, like it was before. I kind of find myself looking for fouls now, instead of it coming naturally to me." To be clear, we fully expect him to be fine and it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring at an elite level again. It may not be a bad idea to float some buy-low offers if his owner is panicking. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:40 am
    • Afflalo posts 20-4-4 line against the Celtics
      Arron Afflalo scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with four rebounds and four assists in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Afflalo has been productive lately but he's still just a late-round value for owners. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:43 am
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Hickson double-doubles with 15 & 14
      J.J. Hickson started the second half of Friday's game instead of Jusuf Nurkic, finishing with a double-double including 15 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Hickson added three assists and two steals but hit just 3-of-6 from the foul line. He's barely clinging to life in 12-team standard formats and JaVale McGee hasn't yet stepped on the floor, making him a stop-gap solution at best for owners needing a big man, regardless of whether he starts or not. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:42 am
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday January 23. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:04 am
    • Ajinca gets career-high five blocks
      Alexis Ajinca blocked a career-high five shots in Friday's win, and also added six points with six boards in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ajinca was probably dropped after his mini-spurt filling in for Anthony Davis, but if you happened to hold onto him you may want to see if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury. That said, this is Alexis Ajinca we're talking about here and owners shouldn't piddle around if there are any worthwhile free agents available. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:41 pm
    • Noah (ankle) back in action for the Bulls
      Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action in Friday's road win over the Mavs, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: Noah isn't a must-start player but he'll get there soon as long as he can stay upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Overshadowed: James Harden hits game-winner
      James Harden hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Suns during Friday's 113-111 victory, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just when you thought Harden was going to be the story of the night for a sick crossover to break P.J. Tucker's ankles before he buried a mid-range jumper, Klay Thompson happened. Anyway, Harden is still ridiculous on non-Klay terms over his last three, averaging 37.0 points, 3.7 boards, 7.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 4.3 treys on 51.9 percent from the field. Sadly, Harden won't get to play against Klay again this regular season. That's none of Klay's business, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:42 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Joey Dorsey headed for more minutes?
      Joey Dorsey played 20 minutes against the Suns on Friday with four points, six boards, two steals and one block.

      Advice: If Dwight Howard is going to miss time, Dorsey should get some run. He's obviously not going to play much more than 24 minutes, so he can be left on the wire in just about all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:40 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Lance Stephenson hands out nine dimes
      Lance Stephenson handed out nine assists against the Cavs on Friday with 10 points, and four boards in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't play as poorly as some of his teammates, but Stephenson is still out of sync with his new team. He's not a must-own player and it might be a few more weeks until he is start-worthy in standard leagues. Stephenson also didn't blow into LeBron James' ear tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:58 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out for game vs. Heat
      C.J. Miles (left groin) will not return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He has dealt with groin issues before and he's probably going to miss time. Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez could get more minutes, but C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey may get some additional run. If you're sick of dealing with Miles, we don't blame you for dropping him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:53 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • James Harden and Dwight Howard starting
      James Harden (knee) and Dwight Howard (knee) will start against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: They were both probable and there was little doubt that these guys would miss the big road game. The Rockets didn't have Howard in their last matchup against the Suns, too. Harden could put up huge numbers tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:49 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable to return
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable to return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He just can't stay healthy. Whether it's a calf, an eye issue, or anything, Miles just seems to inexplicably miss games this season. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson will get a few more minutes. Miles checked out after six minutes with eight points, one assist and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:05 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) out vs. Mavericks
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play against the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: He tried to go through warmups and apparently isn't at 100 percent. The Bulls do have Noah back on a minutes limit, so they could use Nikola Mirotic a bit more at small forward. Aaron Brooks also gets a few more minutes tonight along with Tony Snell. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:27 pm
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah says he's playing Friday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Mavs on Friday.

      Advice: He is very likely to start, which pushes Taj Gibson to the bench. Noah has been a huge disappoint following his breakout 2013-14 season and is not a must-start play tonight with 11 games. Nikola Mirotic will likely lose some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:04 pm
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) could play Friday?
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will go through warmups and then decide if he will play Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Dunleavy's return would send Tony Snell back to the bench, and his value will take a substantial hit with the demotion. Kirk Hinrich could also lose some minutes, while Dunleavy is worth an add if he's sitting on your waiver wire as he has the ability to be a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:40 pm
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah, Mike Dunleavy are game-time
      Joakim Noah (ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) are game-time decisions to face the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: They're both going to warm up to see how they feel. Noah usually isn't a fan of being benched when he has any say, so he's likely closer to probable than to doubtful. If you were dialing up Taj Gibson, there is a lot more risk now. Nikola Mirotic would also take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:35 pm
    • C.J. Miles starting, Rodney Stuckey to bench
      C.J. Miles will start in place of Rodney Stuckey on Friday night against the Heat.

      Advice: This move is likely to prepare for George Hill eventually moving into the starting lineup -- Hill is coming off the bench tonight. Miles is going to take a lot of 3-pointers in the first unit and he could have some other stats, but he's really not a reliable fantasy option with his woeful field goal shooting. If you need treys, he's worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:29 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Chris Kaman (leg) questionable for Saturday
      Chris Kaman (leg contusion) is questionable to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: If the Blazers don't have Kaman, that potentially means they will be missing four of their top six for points per game this season. Coach Terry Stotts played Kaman 29 minutes on Thursday, which is certainly more than his usual threshold. If he's out, Stotts almost has no choice but to play Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard. Who knows, though? Maybe Steve Blake at center could work. DFS players will want to check back at shootaround on Saturday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:56 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) doubtful for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: There is still no word of Batum getting an MRI, but it would appear he's going to miss multiple games. He's been dealing with wrist soreness for over a month and he's been fairly open about how it's having an adverse effect on his shooting. The Blazers will have to use a combination of Dorell Wright, Victor Claver, and Allen Crabbe to play the three. However, Wes Matthews will certainly slide over to small forward, which could also get C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake some minutes. Also, the Blazers will have more minutes available for Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson. Yeah, this rotation is a mess. We know. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:55 pm
    • Marco Belinelli (groin) out again vs. Lakers
      Marco Belinelli (groin) will miss his eighth consecutive game vs. the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: San Antonio is playing it safe with Belinelli, who has now missed 16 of the Spurs' first 44 games. His absence has opened up more playing time for Manu Ginobili, primarily, but Gregg Popovich's rotations are too unpredictable to rely on fellow reserve guards Cory Joseph and Patty Mills. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:47 am
      4:00 pm vs Mil
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) questionable Friday
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is questionable to play vs. the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: He was a game-time decision on Thursday and his return appears to be imminent. His absence has shifted more playing time to Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell, but neither guy has accrued lasting value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:14 am
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) upgraded to questionable
      Joakim Noah (ankle) has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Friday's game in Dallas.

      Advice: Noah has missed the past four games and fantasy owners can only hope that the rest has allowed him overcome a variety of nagging ailments, as his numbers are down across the board this season. Taj Gibson has been playing well as a fill-in starter in Noah's absence, and his value will take a hit if Noah is able to suit up vs. the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:10 am
    • Ryan Anderson (ankle inflammation) out Friday
      Ryan Anderson will not play on Friday due to bilateral ankle inflammation.

      Advice: This is slightly ominous since the Pelicans also listed Jrue Holiday as having ankle inflammation before his stress reaction was revealed, but there's no reason to think Anderson has more than a day-to-day injury. His absence should result in more minutes for Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca, with Cunningham shouldering the heaviest burden. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:29 am
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • James Harden probable Friday w/ bruised knee
      James Harden (left knee contusion) is listed as probable for Friday's game in Phoenix.

      Advice: He scored 33 points in 32 minutes during Wednesday's loss to Golden State and we're guessing he'll be fine, but owners should stay tuned for pre-game updates. Harden hasn't missed a game all season and should have extra motivation after recently being snubbed as a starter for the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:59 am
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Chris Kaman plays 29 minutes
      Chris Kaman played 29 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with 13 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts usually likes to keep Kaman in the low 20s, but he might not have that luxury now with so many players in street clothes. He was already in the standard league conversation even before today, so give him a look if you're looking for some big man stats over the next month. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:41 pm
    • Dorell Wright scores one point
      Dorell Wright played just 10 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with one point, one rebound and two steals.

      Advice: He was the 11th player to be used tonight and might have been played a lot less had Nicolas Batum (wrist) been able to stay healthy. The vast majority of Wright's minutes came at small forward tonight and he could see minutes in the 20s while Batum is out. However, coach Terry Stotts is going to pick and choose Wright's spots, so he's a risky grab in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:19 pm
    • Wesley Matthews scores 18 points
      Wesley Matthews scored 18 points with three rebounds, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

      Advice: He played more minutes at small forward tonight and that looks like it'll continue for now. Matthews regained his lead for total 3-pointers on the season and he should have a great chance to retain it because he'll have plenty of shots headed his way with LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) out for 6-8 weeks -- Aldridge is currently third in the NBA for field goal attempts per game. Matthews will likely flirt with top-40 value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:14 pm
    • Truck Stick? Thomas Robinson plays 28 minutes
      Thomas Robinson started and played 28 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with nine points, 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: The Blazers were forced to play Dorell Wright and Victor Claver at small forward due to the loss of Nicolas Batum, so that might actually open up some minutes for Robinson at the four. That said, coach Terry Stotts used a whopping 12 different five-man lineups in just the second half tonight and ran an 11-man rotation, so we're still not too bullish on adding Truck in standard leagues, especially since he can't make free throws. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:10 pm
    • Nicolas Batum wearing a large wrist brace
      Nicolas Batum was wearing a large brace on his right wrist following Thursday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: He could not play through the pain this time after aggravating an old injury. Batum has dealt with a right wrist injury for over the past month and he also dealt with it last season. He said he can't use his wrist right now and he's unsure how much time he's going to miss. In other words, it sounds like he's not going to play on Saturday. Expect to see more of C.J. McCollum, Steve Blake, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Will Barton and Victor Claver to get more minutes in what will appear to be a random selection from coach Terry Stotts. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:05 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores six with seven dimes
      Joe Ingles handed out a team-high seven assists against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Rodney Hood (foot) is out until the All-Star break and Ingles seems to have his minutes locked down. He's a very good passer and the upside is there for him with some output in steals and treys. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:44 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 17 minutes in start
      Ersan Ilyasova played just 17 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Thursday with seven points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Jazz.

      Advice: It was an awful matchup for him against Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert. Ilyasova was not involved in the halfcourt offense and had a couple of his buckets come in transition. He should be better than this and the upside is there, but he probably has a better chance to disappoint than to be a helpful pickup. To be clear, we don't hate the idea of adding Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:49 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) out for game vs. BOS
      Nicolas Batum (right wrist) will not return to Thursday's game due to a wrist injury.

      Advice: This nagging shooting wrist injury just will not go away. Batum has been complaining about his wrist injury for almost two months and the Blazers might give him an MRI to make sure he didn't aggravate anything structurally. With Batum out, Dorell Wright, who was the 11th man in the rotation tonight, will pick up some extra playing time. Batum did not score with three rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 22 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:30 pm
    • Thomas Robinson starting on Thursday
      Thomas Robinson will start against the Celtics on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no such thing as a surprise Terry Stotts starting lineup. Robinson still is a little rough around the edges, but he could be a double-double guy with extra minutes. That said, the messy rotations are something most fantasy owners aren't going to want to deal with. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:16 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) ruled out 6-8 weeks
      LaMarcus Aldridge (left thumb) will have surgery on his radial collateral ligament tear and will be out 6-8 weeks.

      Advice: The Blazers are in deep trouble. Aldridge is sixth in the NBA for points per game and 11th in the rebounds per game. He's also third in the NBA in field goal attempts per game, so coach Terry Stotts is going to have to go back to the drawing board on how to get his other guys shots. It'll be a mixture of guys because Stotts loves to play the matchups. Dorell Wright benefitted the most on Wednesday, but players such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver and Chris Kaman will also have to help out more. Of course, the trio of Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum will also have to step up. Owners in standard leagues can think about grabbing Wright, but he is going to be inconsistent. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) listed as out
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is listed as out for Thursday's game against Boston.

      Advice: We should know the results of his second MRI very soon, so owners will want to check back for updates. Aldridge is currently wearing a cast on his thumb, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend some additional time on the sidelines. Nicolas Batum and Dorell Wright will continue to be the biggest beneficiaries in Aldridge's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:05 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start over Johnny O'Bryant
      Ersan Ilyasova will draw the start on Thursday against the Jazz, replacing Johnny O'Bryant.

      Advice: The move makes a lot of sense considering that O'Bryant hasn't made an impact at all this season for the Bucks. Ilyasova does have some upside, and an uptick in minutes means he shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:26 pm
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play Thursday
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play on Thursday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau also said that he was unsure of Dunleavy's status for Saturday's game, but we doubt he plays in that one knowing how cautious the Bulls are. Kirk Hinrich will continue to start for now, while Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell will see a bump in minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:14 pm
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Marco Belinelli (groin) out against the Bulls
      Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He has been sidelined since Jan. 9, and considering this is the second time that he has seen extensive time on the sidelines due to his groin, the Spurs likely won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Consider Belinelli day-to-day for now, and expect Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:04 pm
      4:00 pm vs Mil
    • Derrick Favors (personal) out on Thursday
      Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury, and all we know is that Favors won't even travel with the Jazz to Milwaukee for "personal reasons". We will be sure to pass along any available updates as needed. On the other hand, Rudy Gobert will likely draw the start on Thursday and is absolutely a must-start option for his upside in blocks and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:25 am
    • Mike Dunleavy a game-time decision Thurs
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Dunleavy practiced in full on Wednesday, so there is a good chance he'll play for the first time since January 1 on Thursday. While Dunleavy's fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues, his eventual return will cut into the playing time of Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:35 am
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah out for Thursday's game vs Spurs
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will miss Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The Taj Gibson train will keep rolling for at least one more night. Noah has been getting closer to a return, but Taj Gibson will be the biggest beneficiary of Noah's absence as the likely starter on Thursday, while Nikola Mirotic will also see a boost in his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:27 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge has cast on thumb
      Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is reporting that LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) has a cast on his thumb and is getting another MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: Aldridge's previous MRI was reportedly inconclusive due to swelling, but the cast on his thumb (which could be precautionary) isn't great news. We'll have updates on LA as more information becomes available, but it would be a surprise to see him suit up on Thursday while Chris Kaman, Thomas Robinson, and Dorrell Wright will all see a boost in fantasy value while Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:02 am
    • James Harden plays well in loss to Warriors
      James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 14-of-16 free throws on Wednesday, finishing with 33 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.

      Advice: He's still in the MVP discussion, but the Rockets are going to have to improve their record for him to win it. They were crushed by the Warriors tonight, despite making a late comeback in garbage time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Slump Busted: Nic Batum breaks through w/ 27
      Nicolas Batum finally broke out of his season-long slump on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots and six 3-pointers for 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a block in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Finally! This was easily Batum's best game of the season and it may not be a coincidence that LaMarcus Aldridge was out with a thumb injury. Hopefully this was the game that will get Batum's season jump started, and hopefully he will continue to look for his shot going forward. Additionally, this will save the Rotoworld staff from having to answer the "Can I drop Batum?" tweets that have started rolling in. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:38 pm
    • Dorell Wright comes through in start for LMA
      Dorell Wright started for LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday and came through with 15 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting.

      Advice: We all know Wright is capable of a game like this if given the opportunity, but it's been a long time coming. Aldridge will have another MRI on his thumb on Thursday, so we still don't know how much time he'll miss. We've also seen the Blazers switch things up from game to game when Aldridge is out, but for now, Wright looks like the best short-term pickup option in Portland. Thomas Robinson came off the bench for six points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:35 pm
    • C.J. Miles only Pacer to show up vs. ATL
      C.J. Miles led the Pacers off the bench with 18 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-15 shooting in Wednesday's loss at Atlanta.

      Advice: Miles is rolling again over his last two games, and is averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, despite shooting just 39 percent. Only Luis Scola (10), Rodney Stuckey (12) and C.J. Watson (13) joined Miles in double figures scoring tonight, but Miles looks like the guy to pick up as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:07 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Paul Pierce scores 14 points vs. OKC
      Paul Pierce double-doubled for the second time this season on Wednesday with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Thunder.

      Advice: The Wizards pulled out all the stops to try and get the win, but it didn't work. Pierce was only playing 24.8 minutes per game in his previous 2015 outings and he'll likely be in that range again on Saturday at Portland. He's still worth owning in standard leagues even with the limited playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    • Alexis Ajinca disappears in AD's return
      Alexis Ajinca, who came in hot, played just six minutes and had zero points and four rebounds in the return of Anthony Davis.

      Advice: Ajinca had played very well since Davis went down with a toe injury, but we knew it would be a short run. With Davis back you can safely forget about Ajinca again, at least until Davis suffers another injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    • Courtney Lee struggles in newfound bench role
      Courtney Lee played 29 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, scoring one point with five rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Lee was very productive in two games off the Grizzlies' bench earlier this season, but he faces a fresh challenge for minutes and touches now that Jeff Green is starting at SF alongside Tony Allen. Lee shot 0-of-3 tonight and is unlikely to hold standard-league fantasy value while playing a diminished offensive role with the second unit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores six points in 33 minutes
      DeMar DeRozan logged 33 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday, but scored only six points on 2-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: DeRozan didn't attempt any 3-pointers and he added just one assist without any steals, making this a thoroughly disappointing line for his patient fantasy owners. The Raptors are 27-15 overall but just 11-8 on the road, and they've fallen from No. 1 in the Eastern Conference to No. 3, with the Bulls trailing by just half a game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • Lance Stephenson too quiet in win over Heat
      Lance Stephenson played 22 minutes on Wednesday but had just four points, three rebounds, four assists and four turnovers on 2-of-4 shooting.

      Advice: Stephenson's disastrous season continues now that he's healthy again and it's just tough to tell if he's ever going to get it going. But the way he's played up to this point, he's simply not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Dorell Wright starting on Wednesday night
      Dorell Wright will start in place of LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: It's not a surprise to see Wright start and he had some starts last year while LMA was out. It's anyone's guess who will get most of Aldridge's minutes, so any other Blazer besides Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews is a gamble in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:53 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) getting second MRI
      LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) will get another MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: He had his first today and the Blazers didn't provide an update. An inconclusive MRI usually isn't good news, but it doesn't necessarily mean Aldridge has structural damage. The Blazers are going to have some wacky rotations sans Aldridge with Thomas Robinson, Chris Kaman and Victor Claver possibly playing more. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:43 pm
    • Mike Dunleavy is questionable for Thursday
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

      Advice: He went through a full practice on Wednesday and it would appear he has a real chance to play. If Dunleavy is back, Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich will lose some playing time. Give Dunleavy a look in 14- and 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:35 pm
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah doubtful for Thursday night
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

      Advice: He did some work at practice on Wednesday, but the Bulls will still likely keep him out. Noah had lost a step even before his recent ankle sprain, so the time off should help him. It'll likely be Taj Gibson in the starting lineup while Nikola Mirotic will get a chance to redeem himself. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova likely to start on Thursday
      Ersan Ilyasova will likely start against the Jazz on Thursday.

      Advice: Johnny O'Bryant will be bumped to the bench. Ilyasova hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, but he's really the only option at power forward with John Henson and Zaza Pachulia playing center. He played 23 minutes and scored 14 points on Monday, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:32 am
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) practicing in full
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) practiced in full on Wednesday, but his status is still up in the air for Thursday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: He has been sidelined since Jan. 1, so he will likely be eased into action upon his return. Dunleavy is a good source of 3-pointers, but owners in standard leagues can do better. Dunleavy's eventual return will likely send Kirk Hinrich to the bench, making him expendable in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:34 am
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) doing more in practice
      Joakim Noah (ankle) was a partial participant in practice on Wednesday, but his status for Thursday's game against the Spurs is still in doubt.

      Advice: Noah has been struggling to stay healthy all season, so we would expect the Bulls to continue to exercise caution and keep him on the sidelines until he is at 100 percent. We will pass along further updates as needed, but expect Taj Gibson to continue to be the primary beneficiary in Noah's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:32 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova eager to prove himself
      Ersan Ilyasova is feeling great since returning from his latest concussion and is eager to prove his worth to the Bucks.

      Advice: "It feels great to be back," said Ilyasova. "I feel much better. I’m trying to get back into game rhythm. I want to try to get that back as soon as I can." He had a solid game on Monday against the Raptors, scoring 14 points with seven boards and one block in 23 minutes, and it looks like he could carve out a sizable role for the Bucks considering how shorthanded they are. Ilyasova does cause some headaches to his owners, but he is more than worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:10 am
    • Arron Afflalo's 21 pts not enough vs. Spurs
      Arron Afflalo paced the Nuggets with 21 points during Tuesday's loss to the Spurs, going 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 at the FT line in 33 minutes of action.

      Advice: He chipped in three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in a terrific bounce-back effort following Monday's dud, which was largely the result of a blowout. Afflalo is second on the Nuggets in scoring (15.0 ppg) but his paltry defensive stats (0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks) prevent him from rising above late-round value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:57 pm
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scheduled to get MRI soon
      Updating a previous report, LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) was evaluated by a hand specialist on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI later this week.

      Advice: Aldridge will miss Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix, and he remains without an official timetable to return. Chris Kaman figures to be the primary beneficiary if Aldridge is forced to take an extended absence, with Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson all being in line for extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will not play Wed.
      LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: The Blazers did not provide any further updates on Aldridge's injury other than he will not travel with the team to Phoenix, and he is set to see a hand specialist. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but it's looking like an extended absence for Aldridge is a real possibility. Chris Kaman, Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson will all see some increased opportunity with LaMarcus sidelined, with Kaman being the most consistent option of the group. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:45 pm
    • Joakim Noah closer to return after clean MRI
      Noah 's MRI on his sprained right ankle came back clean and the Bulls hope to have him back soon.

      Advice: "It's clean, so it's good," Thibodeau said on Monday. "He's making progress, so we'll see where he is when we get back." Noah has missed the Bulls' last three games, but has until Thursday before the Bulls have to make a decision on his availability for their game against the Spurs. If Noah sits again on Thursday, Taj Gibson would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:25 am
    • Batum says wrist injury hurting his shot
      Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-8 shots (including a late three) for eight points, four rebounds and four assists in the Blazers' 98-94 win over the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: Batum said after the game that his right (shooting) wrist is hurting him and that he has been pushing the ball 'right' on his shot as a result. He added that he has taken hundreds of jumpers during practice to try and fix this, which doesn't seem logical if he needs the rest, but he also cited that the team needs him with Robin Lopez out -- which also doesn't make too much sense. What does make sense is that he wants to play through injury like many players, and the All Star break couldn't come sooner for him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:19 am
    • Kaman stalled by DeMarcus Cousins
      Chris Kaman managed just four points, four rebounds and one block over 19 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: Kaman wasn't the first person to struggle with DeMarcus Cousins and he won't be the last. With or without LaMarcus Aldridge suffering a thumb injury, Kaman was a guy to own until Robin Lopez returned. But now with the uncertainty of Aldridge's situation, he should be owned in all but the shallowest standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:15 am
    • Robinson plays 21 minutes against old team
      Thomas Robinson played 21 minutes against his old Kings team on Monday, finishing with five points on 1-of-2 shooting (3-of-6 FTs), six rebounds and three steals.

      Advice: Robinson has squandered prior opportunities but he could be worth a look if the LaMarcus Aldridge thumb injury is serious. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:12 am
    • Wright could get more time with Aldridge hurt
      Dorell Wright logged 16 minutes off the bench on Monday, scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

      Advice: Wright has gotten starts in the past when LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) has missed time, but his history converting those starts into value has been checkered. He's a desperation plug-and-play if Aldridge misses Wednesday's game against the Suns, which seems likely, with the chance to earn greater fantasy consideration with a solid performance in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:08 am
    • Ilyasova has nice night off the bench vs. TOR
      Ersan Ilyasova had a nice night off the bench against the Raptors on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.

      Advice: If he can do this every night he'll be on rosters in most formats, and the Larry Sanders situation has opened up a window of opportunity. This outing doesn't make him a must-add player or even a hot add, but he's worth a look depending on your options. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
    • Report: X-rays negative on Aldridge's thumb
      X-rays taken on LaMarcus Aldridge's left thumb returned negative on Monday, and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is about as good as the news can get, and he was seen in the locker room with a towel over his hand, grumbling "It's just a towel." Aldridge also had an MRI taken and that might be the bigger test, so owners aren't in the clear. But if you were looking at the speculative adds from earlier in the night, you may want to tap the breaks just a little bit. Chris Kaman should be owned and from there it gets pretty dicey with Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright being inconsistent options that might hold value if Aldridge is out for a while. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:57 pm
    • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge injured left thumb
      LaMarcus Aldridge injured his left thumb in Monday's win over the Kings.

      Advice: X-rays and an MRI were taken and the results are unknown at this time. He reportedly couldn't catch a basketball and Kings TV announcer Grant Napear said there was concern in the media room from the Portland side, so right now this looks like it's more serious rather than less serious. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:01 pm
    • DeRozan goes 0-for-9, Raptors survive and win
      DeMar DeRozan missed all nine of his field goal attempts in Monday's win over the Bucks, finishing with three rebounds and four assists to go with his goose egg in the scoring column.

      Advice: We'll cut him some slack and call this rust but he has a way to go to match the Team USA hype from this summer. Obviously he should remain owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:49 pm
    • Harden drops season-high 45 points on Indy
      James Harden scored a season-high 45 points in the Rockets' 110-98 win over the Pacers on Monday, hitting 12-of-18 shots (7-of-12 3PTs, 14-of-15 FTs) with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Monster. Harden is fantasy's No. 1 producer in 8-cat leagues and No. 3 in 9-cat formats when measuring on a per-game basis. His consistency and durability come with way less heartburn than some of his fellow elite, too. Dwight Howard went for 14 and 17 with one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:05 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Miles scores 23 points, hits four threes
      C.J. Miles scored 23 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 9-of-18 shots (including four threes) with six rebounds, two assists and five steals in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Miles is hit or miss but the hits have been big enough to keep owners happy lately as a late-round value over the past two weeks. He is going to have a hard time keeping things up when George Hill returns and takes away a bunch of touches, and his injury history isn't the best, so owners should probably ride him until the wheels fall off and start looking for other options. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:40 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Arron Afflalo has a really bad game
      Arron Afflalo made 1-of-8 from the field for two points with two rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: Now that Randy Foye is back, Afflalo's ceiling is lowered. He's also stuck in a slump over his last three, making just 28.8 percent from the field in that stretch. He is still worth owning in standard leagues, but his owners will want to lower their expectations after a productive a couple weeks before this aforementioned slump. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:41 pm
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Lance Stephenson makes 2-of-9 from the field
      Lance Stephenson made 2-of-9 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, nine assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: In today's game, Lance was 2-of-4 at the rim and didn't make his other five shots. Stephenson dropped his season field goal shooting to just 38.2 percent from the field and there is no end in sight for his sub-par shooting. He's OK to use in points leagues, but he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:16 pm
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) has started running
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) has started running, but he isn't pain-free while doing so.

      Advice: Dunleavy is riding the stationary bike and getting up shots, but the fact that he still isn't pain-free when he runs indicates that a return is more than just a day or two away. Without Dunleavy in the lineup, expect Jimmy Butler to continue to hold down the small forward spot with Kirk Hinrich sliding into the starting five alongside Derrick Rose in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 8:16 am
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Joe Johnson's struggles related to extra work
      Joe Johnson admitted that his recent slide is due to having to shoulder a larger load.

      Advice: "Obviously, maybe some time off would probably be needed," he said. But with the Nets dealing with a lot of injuries, Johnson is "fighting through it." Johnson's last five games have seen him average just 11.6 points on 32.8 percent shooting, and he'll need to get back on track quickly for the Nets to stay above water. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 7:32 am
    • Derrick Favors gets 13 boards, four blocks
      Derrick Favors had 13 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, but he scored only nine points on 4-of-11 shooting during 27 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The Jazz couldn't muster enough offense to beat the Spurs, shooting just 28-of-84 as a team (33.3 percent), with a 10-of-16 mark at the FT line. Favors fell one point shy of his third straight double-double in tonight's defeat, and his injury scare last Saturday has proven to be a false alarm. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:28 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points on Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, and one turnover.

      Advice: DeRozan also shot 7-of-9 from the stripe, making this your prototypical DeRozan line. He also logged 35.9 minutes, and he looks to be fully recovered from his groin injury that sidelined him for all of December. Before that extended absence, DeRozan had only missed three games over the past four seasons, so hopefully he'll be able to remain on the court for the rest of the year. He has mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:33 pm
    • Mike Dunleavy (ankle) ruled out for Monday
      Mike Dunleavy (ankle) will not play vs. the Cavaliers on Monday.

      Advice: Kirk Hinrich should earn another start in Dunleavy's absence, with more minutes also available for Aaron Brooks, Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic. Dunleavy hasn't been practicing but he's listed as day-to-day, so there's a good chance he'll return on Thursday vs. the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:18 pm
      10:00 am vs Mia
    • Ryan Anderson struggles in start vs. Raptors
      Ryan Anderson struggled in another start on Sunday, scoring nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 27 foul-plagued minutes.

      Advice: Anderson hit two 3-pointers but this was an unvarnished dud for fantasy owners hoping he'd erupt with Anthony Davis (toe) out of the lineup. He's now a combined 10-of-38 from the field (26.3 percent) in three starts this year, but Anderson has too much upside to shy away from if Davis isn't cleared to play in New York on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:05 pm
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Alexis Ajinca sets new career-high w/ 22 pts
      Alexis Ajinca took advantage of Anthony Davis (toe) being out of the lineup on Sunday, setting a new career-high with 22 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover.

      Advice: Ajinca hit 10-of-13 of his shots while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He's been on a roll over the past two, grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds during Friday's game against the Sixers, and hitting a career-high in points today. However, With Davis looking likely to return to the lineup on Monday, Ajinca's value will likely be short-lived as he returns to a minimal bench role. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:25 pm
    • Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play Sunday
      Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play on Sunday vs. the Jazz as expected.

      Advice: The earliest we will see Belinelli back on the court is Jan. 22 against the Bulls, but owners shouldn't hold their breath knowing how cautious the Spurs are. Until his return, expect Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph to see increased minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:04 am
      4:00 pm vs Mil
    • Lance Stephenson wouldn't mind staying put
      Lance Stephenson said on Saturday that he wants to stay in Charlotte amid all of the trade rumors.

      Advice: "I want to be here. I feel I can definitely help this squad," Stephenson said. "It’s really not up to me." He actually played pretty well on Saturday but coach Steve Clifford opted to keep him on the bench down the stretch. However, Stephenson did just return from a nasty hip injury so Clifford may have been exercising caution. If Stephenson is still floating around the wire, feel free to give him a look in case he turns things around in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 6:19 am
    • Courtney Lee is on fire again
      Courtney Lee scored 17 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He's actually red-hot since the Jeff Green trade. In his last four games, Lee averaged 17.3 points, 1.5 boards, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.5 triples on 52.0 percent from the field in 35.5 minutes per game. Green's minutes have come from Tony Allen, so maybe the Grizzlies are trying to keep him fresh for later. Lee is worth owning in standard leagues again. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 10:42 pm
    • Nicolas Batum's slump just won't end
      Nicolas Batum struggled yet again on Saturday during a 102-98 loss in Memphis, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Trying to defend Batum in fantasy has become very old here. In his last three games, he's managed to average just 4.0 points, 3.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 triples and 3.0 turnovers on 16.7 percent from the field. He also has a 13.4 usage rate and is being eliminated from the offense right now. Still, the non-scoring stats are there, so he should remain owned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 10:34 pm
    • Wes Matthews sets franchise record for treys
      Wesley Matthews became the Blazers' franchise leader in 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Saturday with seven makes from beyond the arc, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

      Advice: That's one way to bounce back from his worst game of the season on Friday. Matthews is tied with Kyle Korver for the lead in total treys thanks to 46.6 percent of his shots coming as catch-and-shoot attempts from beyond the arc. This was also the third time Wes made seven or more treys this season. He's running out of arrows in his quiver for his bow and arrow celebration. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 10:22 pm
    • J.J. Hickson double-doubles in loss Saturday
      J.J. Hickson double-doubled off the bench on Saturday against Minnesota, scoring 14 points with 10 boards and one assist in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He has now notched double-doubles in four of his last six games, and it's becoming obvious that the trade of Timofey Mozgov has really benefited him. While he is definitely worth owning in points leagues, owners in standard leagues can still probably do better given Hickson's poor free throw shooting and his inability to contribute in areas other than points and boards. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:32 pm
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • James Harden had huge letdown vs. Warriors
      James Harden didn't show up against the Warriors on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and no 3-pointers.

      Advice: Sometimes when you win, you actually lose, and sometimes when you lose, you actually win. Not this time, though. Harden was a big letdown on the main stage tonight, but he'll bounce back on Monday against the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:20 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Lance Stephenson plays 20 minutes
      Lance Stephenson played 20 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was his bobblehead night and he had a lot of energy against his former team. Stephenson will have a fine coming his way for bumping Roy Hibbert in transition in a move that was nowhere near the ball. He only played 18 minutes in his return to the lineup and the rust was highly apparent. Although his scoring numbers on the season are in the toilet at 38.6 percent from the field and 60.3 percent from the line. Stephenson couldn’t crack 38 percent from the field in his first two seasons, so maybe he just needs another adjustment period. He’s still not a must-own player. You can check out the bump of Hibbert in the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 6:56 pm
    • C.J. Miles has another awful game
      C.J. Miles made 2-of-13 from the field for five points with five rebounds against the Hornets on Saturday.

      Advice: He missed all eight shots from deep and even air-balled one. If one thing is clear on Miles, it’s that he has a green light from deep. He’s taken 8.1 attempts from beyond the arc in his previous eight games. Besides that and scoring in the mid-teens, there’s not much else to his fantasy value while he’s going to shoot below 40 percent from the field on a fairly high volume. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 6:42 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Lance Stephenson still on minutes count
      Lance Stephenson is still on a minutes count for Saturday against the Pacers.

      Advice: "We'll let him play as many mins as he can play well," coach Steve Clifford said. It's his bobblehead night in Charlotte, but it's still going to be hard to count on him even with the Hornets in desperation mode for offensive output. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 3:14 pm
    • Ingles has another quiet but versatile line
      Joe Ingles scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting (all threes) with two rebounds, four assists and a career-high three steals in 22 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: Ingles has quietly played at a mid-round level over his last three games, but he needs to stave off the return of Rodney Hood and then after that keep it up. Chances are he can't do it, but his versatility should be noted if he's able to work his way into consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:18 pm
    • Afflalo scores 16 points with three treys
      Arron Afflalo scored 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, three treys and one steal in Friday's loss to the Mavs.

      Advice: Afflalo is a low-end asset in 12-team leagues and this inefficient line isn't going to change that calculus. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:41 pm
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Hickson double-doubles with season-high rebs
      J.J. Hickson double-doubled with 13 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, five turnovers and 3-of-8 makes from the foul line in 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Outside of points leagues this line has no real value and that's the story with Hickson, as his fantasy deficiencies keep him from being an asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:38 pm
      5:00 pm vs Was
    • Nicolas Batum scores five points
      Nicolas Batum scored five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: He didn't have his wrist brace on for the first time since his injury, but that still didn't cure him. Batum has been one of the biggest letdowns in the entire league and something just isn't right. His numbers after the break last season were terrific, so hopefully he can do it again. His owners should just try to weather the storm. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:37 pm
    • Wes Matthews gets Kawhi Leonard
      Wesley Matthews had his worst game of the season on Friday against the Spurs with two points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had Kawhi Leonard on him and that's about all the analysis needed here. Matthews leads the NBA in 3-pointers and doesn't miss games, so his fantasy owners can view him as a top-50 asset in standard leagues. He will likely have Tony Allen on him on Saturday, so that won't be fun for him either. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:32 pm
    • Lee backs up solid outing with 16 points
      Courtney Lee backed up a solid outing from Wednesday with 16 points on Friday, hitting 6-of-14 shots (including a three) with two rebounds, one assists and one steal.

      Advice: Lee's fantasy friendly game has managed to hold season-long top 75-100 value despite a pretty quiet month of basketball. He can fly up the rankings pretty quick when he's hot and he should be owned in all standard formats, at least until he cools off. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:30 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan scores 25 points in 32 minutes
      DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points against the Hawks on Friday with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-18 from the field in his 32 minutes of action. Clearly, the Raptors have dropped his minutes limit and he should be on his way to his season average of 34 soon enough. DeRozan was below 40 percent from the field before his injury, but he's buried 62.5 percent in his last two. He is safe to start everywhere. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:10 pm
    • Miles posts low-end line in 27 minutes
      C.J. Miles hit just 3-of-10 shots (no threes) for six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Miles is as inconsistent as they come and an overall injury risk, though his sporadic bursts throughout the past month have made him valuable enough to own during that time. He has just top-200 value in 25 mpg on the season, though, highlighting how owners are chasing bad money by turning to Miles when he gets hot. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:31 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Ryan Anderson has a disappointing game
      Ryan Anderson made just 2-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He even air-balled a 3-pointer tonight to sum up his evening. Anderson apparently doesn't like to start because he made just 31.3 percent from the field in his previous start this season. Anthony Davis (toe) shouldn't be out long, but Ryno will have value in any role. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:19 pm
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • Joe Johnson struggles again on Friday
      Joe Johnson struggled in a win over the Wizards on Friday, making 2-of-11 from the field for six points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He's in a slump over his last five, making just 31.3 percent from the field for averages of 11.2 points, 3.8 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.8 triples. Johnson is not likely to be traded and should have less talent around him, so that should give him more shots and a higher ceiling. Of course, he'll have to make them. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:48 pm
    • Wesley Matthews is starting on Friday
      Wesley Matthews will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: He had to go to the ER and everything seems to be fine. Matthews is a warrior and he should get plenty of chances for his bow and arrow celebration tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 5:44 pm
    • Marco Belinelli out 7-10 days w/ groin injury
      Coach Gregg Popovich said that Marco Belinelli will be out at least another 7-10 days with a groin/abdominal injury.

      Advice: That means that Belinelli won't return until Jan. 22 at the earliest for San Antonio's game against Chicago. With Belinelli sidelined, more minutes will go to guys like Patty Mills, Cory Joseph and Manu Ginboili. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 4:19 pm
      4:00 pm vs Mil
    • C.J. Miles to the bench, Stuckey starting
      C.J. Miles will come off the bench for Friday's game against Detroit.

      Advice: Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said that Miles feels more comfortable coming off the bench, and his numbers would agree with that statement. Miles is averaging 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.3 three-pointers per game as a reserve, so his value doesn't take a hit with the move to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 3:50 pm
      3:00 pm @ Orl
    • Ryan Anderson spotted in starters jersey
      Ryan Anderson was seen sporting the blue starters jersey during Friday morning's shootaround.

      Advice: The Pelicans are currently listing Anthony Davis (toe) as a game-time decision, however, most signs are pointing towards him sitting this one out. If Davis is unavailable, Anderson would slide into the starting lineup for an excellent matchup against the 76ers, and he'd make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:39 am
      3:00 pm vs Dal
    • James Harden dominates the Thunder, scores 31
      James Harden was in his usual MVP form against the Thunder during a 112-101 win on Thursday, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 9-of-15 from the field tonight and has made at least 60 percent from the field in each of his last three games for one of the most ridiculous three-game efficient stretches on the year. In fact, that's good for an 80.4 true shooting percentage thanks to making 68.4 percent of his shots at the rim (43.2 percent of his shot total). Translation of advanced stats: Harden is awesome. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 8:29 pm
      6:30 pm @ LAL
    • Ersan Ilyasova is a ghost in his return
      Ersan Ilyasova didn't make any of his six field goal attempts against the Knicks on Thursday with one point, two rebounds and one turnover in 12 minutes.

      Advice: He has two head injuries in the past month and had his minutes limited. Ilyasova is really the only power forward on the roster besides 37-year-old Kenyon Martin and rookie Johnny O'Bryant, so he should have some opportunity in front of him. If you're OK waiting for him for the next couple weeks, it could pay off. Obviously, most fantasy owners aren't going to run to the wire after this game, so there's no need to be too aggressive in most cases. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 5:21 pm
    • Report: Nets in pursuit of Lance Stephenson
      The Nets have been making a "second hard push" for intel on Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Based on the first half of the 2014-15 season, the Hornets are a better team without Stephenson, so his name has popped up in trade rumors over the past month. He was able to return from his groin injury on Wednesday, but didn't look great. If Stephenson is indeed dealt and the Hornets do not get a wing back, Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal would benefit. Stephenson would hurt rookie Bojan Bogdanovic the most with a few others taking a smaller hit. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 4:20 pm
    • Marco Belinelli (groin) will not play Friday
      Marco Belinelli (groin) is out for Friday's game against Portland.

      Advice: Patty Mills, Cory Joseph, and Manu Ginobili will all split Belinelli's reserve minutes with Ginobili offering the most upside out of the group. However, with Kawhi Leonard (hand) expected to make his return on Friday, these guys don't look to be very enticing daily league plays. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 3:54 pm
      4:00 pm vs Mil
    • Wesley Matthews goes to ER, will play Friday
      Wesley Matthews went to the ER on Wednesday night after experiencing rib pain, but was told he is fine and will play Friday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Matthews had a couple hard falls during Wednesday's game, but it doesn't look like that's going to cause him to miss any time. We'll let you know if anything changes, but owners can feel safe plugging him into their lineups for Friday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 3:03 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan will see around 29 mins Friday
      Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey said he expects DeMar DeRozan to play around the same amount of minutes (29) on Friday (vs. Atlanta) that he played during Wednesday's game.

      Advice: DeRozan played 29 minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday, putting up 20 points (9-of-14 shooting) with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block. He'll have a tough matchup against the surging Hawks, so his field goal percentage may take a hit, but he'll still be worth using in standard leagues for his solid contributions to the points and free throw percentage categories. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 12:15 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova not likely to exceed 15 mins
      Updating a previous report, Jason Kidd indicated in a pregame comment that Ersan Ilyasova will likely play between 10-15 minutes during Thursday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: This is interesting considering that Kidd also said Ilyasova won't have a minutes restriction, but Kidd often gives contrary comments to the media. We'll let you know how Ilyasova does after the game, but given the fact that Johnny O'Bryant has been starting at his position, it's very likely Ilyasova will soon return to the starting lineup and he's worth a look as a speculative add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 11:21 am
    • No minutes restriction for Ersan Ilyasova
      Bucks head coach said Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) won't have a minutes restriction for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: If you already thought the Bucks rotation was hard to figure out, your head might explode now that Ilyasova is back and apparently without a minutes restriction. We'll have to see how Kidd deploys Ilyasova over the next few games, but he's worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues while his return will cut into the already-borderline fantasy value of Johnny O'Bryant. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:31 am
    • DeMar DeRozan returned to action on Wednesday January 14. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 12:06 am
    • Nicolas Batum can't make a shot
      Nicolas Batum didn't look for his shot against the Clippers on Wednesday, missing all five attempts from the field with four points at the line, five rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

      Advice: He's just not himself. Coach Terry Stotts said Batum looked hesitant, and it's still unclear if he's not 100 percent due to his wrist issue. Batum had an encouraging game on Sunday and hopefully he can get back on track soon. He's not a must-start player, but certainly is a buy-low option. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:37 pm
    • Chris Kaman puts up a double-double
      Chris Kaman scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is running some tight rotations, which is just what Kaman's fantasy owners want to hear. He played 32 minutes on Sunday and the Blazers seem comfortable letting the wheels fall off for the next couple weeks. He should be owned in standard leagues based on the past two games. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:33 pm
    • Wes Matthews scores eight points vs. LAC
      Wesley Matthews scored eight points with five rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He had a couple bad falls late in the game and was able to play through it. It's a guessing guy now, but it looked like something in his leg and on his elbow. We'll do some digging and try to find an update on Thursday. Regardless, it would be a shock to see Matthews miss time. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 14, 10:30 pm
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