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    • Channing Frye is still quiet for Magic
      Channing Frye played 17 minutes against the Cavs on Friday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It's his best game since being moved to the bench, but the minutes just aren't there. Frye also has also taken just 5.0 shots per game in his last three, so there are not enough opportunities. Unless you're dying for treys, he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      28 minutes ago
    • Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) out Fri
      Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Andre Drummond hit him in the face and perhaps he was poked in the eye. Stuckey needed help walking back to the locker room and maybe he couldn't see properly. Hopefully he didn't scratch his cornea or else it could cost him time. C.J. Watson and George Hill would get more run while Donald Sloan would likely get back in the rotation. Stuckey checked out with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against his former team. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:55 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:35 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against Philly
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He might not be looking for his shot due to the pain in his wrist, but Batum isn't a high volume scorer anyway. His fantasy owners can plug him back into their lineups in this favorable matchup. Allen Crabbe will likely move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:20 pm
       
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    • Raymond Felton (ankle) out on Friday
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: He's not in the rotation. It's a good thing the Mavericks received one of the best centers in the NBA in a trade with the Knicks or else they might care about Felton missing time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:12 pm
       
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    • Anthony Tolliver will not play Friday vs. IND
      Anthony Tolliver will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't likely to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon, so he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:45 pm
    • C.J. Watson will start again Friday vs. DET
      C.J. Watson will draw another start for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: George Hill is back in the lineup, but the Pacers are bringing him along slowly off the bench. However, it's only a matter of time until Hill usurps the starting point guard gig, so there's not much reason to own Watson in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:26 pm
    • George Hill will come off the bench on Friday
      George Hill will come off the bench again on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: He was extremely busy in his debut with a usage rate of 28.0 in 21 minutes of action. Hill should have a lot of his plate as the primary ball-handler, so he should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:23 pm
    • Marco Belinelli will come off the bench Fri.
      Kyle Anderson will replace Marco Belinelli in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Belinelli is far from consistent, so he'll be a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:19 pm
    • Kyle Anderson will start on Friday
      Kyle Anderson will start next to Cory Joseph, Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.

      Advice: On top of Anderson starting, it's worth a mention that Green and Splitter are in the lineup. Those two guys were sneaky scratches on Saturday despite being active. Anderson is a very risky play tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:16 pm
    • O.J. Mayo moving to bench on Friday
      O.J. Mayo will come off the bench against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd said he wants to see how Mayo fared in the second unit, which sounds like a nice way of saying he's going to cut his playing time. Mayo has made just 4-of-14 from the field in his last two games and is not worth using in almost any league tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant out Friday, but getting closer
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is getting closer to playing and was at shootaround on Friday, but he will not play against the Hornets.

      Advice: It sounds like Sunday is a possibility for KD, but it's pretty clear the Thunder won't be rushing him back. Expect to see a lot of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson against the Hornets. Perry Jones will start and is only a play in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:27 pm
       
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    • Varejao undergoes surgery to repair Achilles
      Anderson Varejao underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: The Cavs surprised everyone by starting Shawn Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, on Christmas but Thompson ended up playing more minutes during that game anyway. It seems like only a matter of time until Thompson finds himself in the starting lineup, and for that reason he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:49 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Ramon Sessions (back) out Friday vs. Phoenix
      Ramon Sessions (back) will not suit up for Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: With Sessions unavailable Ray McCallum will get some extended run off the bench, but not enough to matter in most leagues. Both Sessions and McCallum will only become relevant in standard leagues if there is an injury to Darren Collison. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:12 pm
       
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    • Devyn Marble goint to the D-League
      Devyn Marble has been assigned to the D-League.

      Advice: He'll play for the Erie BayHawks and should be back with the Magic soon. Marble has no fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:29 pm
    • Deron Williams doesn't play down the stretch
      Deron Williams played 21 minutes against the Celtics on Friday during a 109-107 win with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He did not play down the stretch because Jarrett Jack played his best game of the season. There are a lot of rumors flying around regarding Williams, but he would likely start no matter where he's dealt. Expect his minutes to increase more as the team gains confidence he D-Will can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:18 pm
    • Brook Lopez plays 14 minutes
      Brook Lopez played just 14 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Friday with eight points, one rebound and one turnover.

      Advice: He did not play down the stretch and coach Lionel Hollins seems to be gaining confidence in Mason Plumlee. Lopez's minutes should rise into the upper 20s, so he should be a mid-round guy once he gets it going. He's a buy-low option because his fantasy owner will likely give him away at a severe discount. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:11 pm
    • Brandan Wright plays six minutes
      Brandan Wright played six minutes against the Nets on Friday with four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: The Celtics didn't make the Rondo deal for Wright and chances are he's just another trade piece for a draft pick. Wright is a great fit for a team with perimeter shooting, but the Celtics are unlikely to give him more than 20 minutes per game any time soon. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:45 pm
    • Jeff Green scores 22 points against Nets
      Jeff Green scored 22 points on 10-of-18 from the field on Friday to go with three rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He was struggling in his time with Rondo off the court, making just 38.7 percent from the field in his 296 minutes without Rondo next to him this season. Green was fine while Rondo was out last year, so there's no need to be too worried. Green is worth owning now, but any trade would likely hurt his fantasy value quite a bit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:32 pm
    • Nicolas Batum, Aldridge are questionable
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:54 am
       
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    • Deron Williams (calf) coming off the bench
      Deron Williams (calf) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Jarret Jack will draw another start on Friday, but he'll be splitting minutes with Williams, so that's going to hurt his upside. Still, over the past two starts Jack put up averages of 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals over 37.5 minutes of action, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Williams is going to be eased back into the rotation, and given his price tag, he'll be an unattractive option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Charlotte
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:12 am
       
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    • Deron Williams (calf) will be a GTD on Friday
      Deron Williams (calf) is headed for a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Beat reporter Tim Bontemps said that even if Williams is available to play, he will come off the bench, so it appears Jarret Jack will have one more game with the starting unit. Through two starts with the Nets this season, Jack is averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Williams is unavailable. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:45 am
    • Jeff Teague to return to the starting lineup
      Jeff Teague is set to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, according to plugged in beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

      Advice: There was simply no way that Dennis Schroder was going to stick with the starting unit for long with Teague healthy, and it looks like he'll head to the bench on Friday ending his days of standard league relevancy. Teague was putting up early-round value before going down, and is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:01 am
    • Chris Paul nets 22 points in Christmas finale
      Chris Paul put on an array of moves during a 100-86 win over the Warriors on Thursday with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

      Advice: After 13 hours of seeing Cliff Paul on TV today, Chris stepped up. Paul's assists have been on the decline lately with only one double-double in his last nine games. In that span, he's averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 boards, 8.2 dimes, 2.3 steals and 1.8 triples. CP3 is still a top-five fantasy player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Blake Griffin notches 18-15-6 line in win
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan racking up the boards
      DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds with 14 points and two blocks against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: He is some kind of rebounder. Jordan has eight games with a defensive rebounding rate of at least 40 percent, so it's no surprise he leads the NBA in total rebounding rate at 23.4 percent. He's an absolute monster in boards, blocks and field goal percentage to help offset the disastrous free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    • Stephen Curry scores 14 points in full line
      Stephen Curry scored 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's fared well against the Clippers in his previous two seasons and made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his previous two seasons against them. Curry is in a minor slump at just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc over his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Chef Curry will likely be cooking up plenty goodies for the home folks against the Wolves on Saturday. Revenge game for drafting Jonny Flynn over him? Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 11 in a loss
      Marreese Speights made 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for 11 points with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: As expected, his usage rate took a hit tonight, but he was still able to get involved on the offensive side. Draymond Green has been too good and David Lee won't take minutes from him, so it will likely be from Speights. His owners in deep leagues should expect a dip. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    • Speights Cowboy Saddles Up: Marreese starting
      Marreese Speights will start in place of Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (ankle) against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: Bogut has been out for a couple weeks and Festus suffered a sprained ankle on Festivus (Dec. 23), so Speights is the next man up. He has one of the highest usage rates for a big man at 29.0, so that will likely take a hit with more of his minutes coming next to the starters. Still, he is a nice play tonight in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:25 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) iffy for Friday
      Ramon Sessions is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a lower back strain.

      Advice: If he's out it should just mean more minutes for Darren Collison. Sessions will only be worth using in fantasy leagues if Collison goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:48 pm
       
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    • Report: Cavs in no rush to replace Varejao
      The Cavs are reportedly doing their due diligence but are in no rush to find a replacement for Anderson Varejao (Achilles).

      Advice: The Cavs are reportedly intrigued by going with a small ball lineup, so it appears nothing is imminent on the trade front. Tristan Thompson looks to be the primary beneficiary with Varejao being ruled out for the rest of the season, and he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Kevin Durant says he has a 'bad ankle sprain'
      Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

      Advice: "I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:20 am
       
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    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 am
    • Kevin Durant confirmed out for Christmas
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Kevin Durant (ankle) as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Durant wasn't expected to play on Thursday, but this news puts an end to any speculation. "He could not go if he wanted to go," Brooks said. The Thunder play the Hornets on Saturday, but Brooks' statement puts Durant's availability in doubt for that game as well. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson should see the biggest boost on Thursday with Durant out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:11 am
       
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    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:46 pm
       
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    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

      Advice: This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:17 am
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Deron Williams (calf) practices on Wednesday
      Deron Williams (calf) was able to practice on Wednesday, and coach Lionel Hollins may bring him off of the bench against the Celtics on Friday.

      Advice: He has missed Brooklyn's last two games with a slight calf strain but it is a good sing that he is already back practicing. Williams has two more days to heal up before their game against the Celtics so it appears that he has a good shot to play in that one, even if he does come off the bench. However, if he is held out of this game expect Jarrett Jack to continue to start in his place with Darius Morris also getting some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:30 am
    • Anderson Varejao's injury doesn't look good
      According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

      Advice: This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:32 am
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Jeff Green struggling since Rajon Rondo trade
      Jeff Green is struggling for the Celtics since the trade of Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, and is averaging 11.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor in his last three games.

      Advice: He is clearly the biggest loser in the Rondo trade, and can't seem to get anything going on offense. To put these numbers in perspective, before the trade he was averaging 19.5 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting. However, Green's name has been consistently tossed around in trade rumors so owners should see how things play out in the near future before doing anything drastic. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:46 am
    • Deron Williams most likely Net to be traded
      Deron Williams is the most likely player to be traded from the Nets according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Bondy also reported that the trade talks between the Nets and Kings are not dead but are in "hibernation" for now. We will be sure to monitor this closely, but for now nothing appears to be imminent at the moment. One thing we do know is that Mason Plumlee won't be included in any deal as the Nets view him as one of their key assets moving forward. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:14 am
    • Anderson Varejao may have injured Achilles?
      The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

      Advice: Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) returns in bench role
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) came off the Hawks' bench on Tuesday and finished with nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes, while posting a team-best +/- rating of +23.

      Advice: Dennis Schroder earned another start at PG, but he had only five points, four assists, four turnovers and a team-worst +/- rating of -18. Teague could regain the starting job as soon as Friday (vs. Milwaukee) or Saturday (at Milwaukee), and it shouldn't take long for his minutes to return to the 30-32 range he's been averaging all season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:45 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan posts 15 & 22 w/ four blocks
      DeAndre Jordan piled up 15 points, 22 rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while making seven of his season-high 11 field goals.

      Advice: Jordan leads the NBA in rebounding at 13.1 per game, ahead of Andre Drummond (12.6), Tyson Chandler (11.9) and Nikola Vucevic (11.8). He has zero plays called for him in L.A.'s offense, hence the season-high 11 shots, yet he's a first-round fantasy value when you ignore his atrocious FT shooting. The Clippers were questioned for matching Jordan's four-year, $43 million offer sheet in 2011, but that deal will look like a steal compared to what he earns as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) logs eight minutes Tuesday
      Brook Lopez (back) came off the Nets' bench on Tuesday, making 3-of-5 shots to finish with six points and four rebounds in just eight minutes of action.

      Advice: Lopez was iffy to play and he looked exhausted despite his limited action, so owners should his minutes to slowly ramp up over the Nets' next games on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mason Plumlee has played very well as a starter in Lopez's absencek, but it should be only a matter of time before he's back in a reserve role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:19 pm
    • George Hill (knee) shines in season debut
      George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

      Advice: This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:31 pm
    • Watson, Stuckey challenged w/ G. Hill healthy
      C.J. Watson scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 28 minutes on Tuesday, helping Indiana defeat the visiting Pelicans.

      Advice: Rodney Stuckey added six points, five boards and four assists with some defensive stats, but both starting guards are on notice with George Hill (knee, quad) back in action. Watson's role seems the most precarious, though coach Frank Vogel has yet to reveal his ideal starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • Brandan Wright plays just 13 minutes Tuesday
      Brandan Wright was quiet in 13 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going for five points, three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Wright's judicious shot selection and elite FG percentages gave him value in a 20-minute role for the Mavericks, but he belongs on the waiver wire now that he's in Boston. We'll let you know if he carves out a bigger role in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:03 pm
    • Anderson Varejao (ankle) seen in walking boot
      Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

      Advice: Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Anderson Varejao exits with leg/ankle injury
      Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

      Advice: He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:39 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • George Hill will play nine minutes each half
      Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:35 pm
    • Jeff Teague will come off the bench Tuesday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Dennis Schroder has been excellent filling in for Teague while he was sidelined, and it looks like the Hawks are going to ease Teague back into the rotation. Still, given Teague's upside, he's pretty much a must-start guy when in uniform. We'll let you know if any word comes out of a minutes restriction. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:08 pm
    • Brook Lopez available, but may not play Tues.
      Updating a previous report, Lionel Hollins said that Brook Lopez (back) will be available for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets, but he may not actually play.

      Advice: It looks like if Lopez does play, it's going to be limited minutes off the bench, and it appears Mason Plumlee is going to get one more game with the starting unit. Given Lopez' unclear status, it may be best to bench him until he starts getting things going. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:58 pm
    • Deron Williams (calf) out Tuesday vs. Denver
      Deron Williams (calf) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

      Advice: It looks like Jarrett Jack will draw another start tonight, and he makes for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues after going for 15 points and 10 assists in his last outing. The Nets don't play again until Friday vs. Boston, so we'll be considering Williams questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) will play Tuesday vs. DEN
      Brook Lopez (back) will play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

      Advice: Lopez's return to the lineup is going to hurt the value of Mason Plumlee, and he'll have a favorable matchup tonight going up against a weak Denver frontcourt. There's no word of a minutes restriction yet, or if he'll be starting, but we'll let you know as soon as the information becomes available. Owners will want to seriously consider selling high on Lopez after he strings together a few good games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:00 pm
    • Nicolas Batum out Tuesday vs Thunder
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will miss Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There isn't a major fantasy beneficiary of Batum's absence, but Wesley Matthews will look to get increased run while Allen Crabbe, Dorrell Wright, Victor Claver, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum should all see extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) won't play on Tuesday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup in a row since suffering the injury on Thursday. Durant has not gone through practice and he should be considered questionable to play against the Spurs on Christmas. While he is out, Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow figure to pick up the most playing time. Reggie Jackson will also get a nice boost in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) probable to play Tues
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is probable to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed the last week and the Hawks did not miss him whatsoever, winning all three games against teams expected to make the playoffs in the Mavericks, Rockets and Cavs. It's unknown if Teague will play less than his 31.3 minutes per game, but it's not a wild idea considering how well Dennis Schroder played. Still, Teague can be placed back into fantasy lineups and those who added Schroder might want to make other plans. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:02 am
    • Deron Williams (calf) not likely dealt soon
      The Kings and Nets trade talks have "virtually" died, according ton ESPN.com's Chris Broussard.

      Advice: The Kings reportedly were more interested in Mason Plumlee than Williams, which is the opposite of what the Nets would want to do. Williams is unlikely to play on Tuesday due to a calf issue, so Jarrett Jack would be worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:45 am
    • George Hill will make season debut on Tues
      George Hill (knee) will make his season debut against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

      Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said Hill will come off the bench on Tuesday and he "won't play [Hill] huge minutes. Enough to get his feet wet." Hill should be scooped off waiver wires if he's still available, while C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan take a hit to their fantasy values as both will now return to reserve roles. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 am
    • Brook Lopez lobbying to get back on court
      Brook Lopez (back) said he has been lobbying the Nets medical staff to allow him to return to the court.

      Advice: Lopez is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, but is getting closer to a return after missing eight games with a lower back strain. While Bro-Lo's eventual return will push Mason Plumlee back to the bench, his fantasy owners will want to sell-high as soon as he has a good game as he has shown he can't be trusted to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:37 am
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • Nicolas Batum has a quiet game vs. Rockets
      Nicolas Batum had a quiet night against the Rockets on Monday with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He's just not taking shots right now and only had three attempts tonight. Batum posted a usage rate of just 10.5 over his last two games, which dropped his season usage rate to just 14.4 -- the second-lowest usage rate among players with at least 34 minutes per game (DeAndre Jordan). His fantasy value is near its low point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) ruled out for Monday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play on Monday night against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and could miss additional games. Teague was outstanding before his injury and was close to being a No. 1 fantasy point guard, but the Hawks are just fine with Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack. Schroder is worth a look in daily leagues in a favorable matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:38 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
    • Kevin Durant misses practice on Monday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) missed practice on Monday and is a game-time decision against the Blazers on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Thunder called it a "mild" ankle sprain on Friday, but they're still being very cautious. OKC rattled off a seven-game winning streak this month and are already just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, so resting him makes sense. The Thunder have four games this week, so it's almost impossible to bench KD in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:21 am
       
      Injured
    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:41 am
    • Jeff Teague doesn't have timetable for return
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Monday against the Mavericks, and there is no timetable for his return.

      Advice: Teague hasn't been able to suit up since last week, and it doesn't appear he's getting close yet. Dennis Schroder will draw another start in Teague's place, and he's averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers in a tiny two-game sample size. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 am
    • Deron Williams does not practice on Monday
      Deron Williams (calf, dental procedure) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Williams didn't play on Sunday due to the calf injury, so that's the reason for owners to be concerned. It doesn't appear D-Will's calf injury is serious, but given the issues with his ankles, we'd like to see Williams avoid any issues with the lower half. Jarrett Jack will start and be a solid plug-and-play option for however long Williams sits, and it's not a lock Williams returns on Tuesday against Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:00 am
    • Brook Lopez (back) returns to practice Monday
      Brook Lopez (back) returned to practice on Monday, but he's not expected to play on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is significant with Lopez not having practiced since early December. It's not clear what Lopez's timetable to return to action might be, but a full contact practice is a great first step. Mason Plumlee has been thriving of late without Lopez, but Bro-Lo will send Plums back to the bench when he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:57 am
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 am
    • Stephen Curry openly endorses Steve Kerr
      Stephen Curry called Steve Kerr "the right man for the job."

      Advice: This was not a shot at Mark Jackson, who Curry remains very close with, but instead an admission that the Warriors hired the right coach. "He understood he was taking over a solid roster," Curry said. "We could get better; obviously, we didn’t win a championship. But we were very competitive and laid a foundation for success. It wasn’t that he was building from the ground up. It was just about fine tuning what he saw we could do better." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:22 am
    • Kyle Anderson was ready for starting role
      Kyle Anderson felt good about being ready to step in for the Spurs when Kawhi Leonard (hand) went down.

      Advice: "When I was told I would start, I was ready," said Anderson. "I went out there and played the way (coach Gregg Popovich) wants us to play, starting on the defensive end, finding open guys and playing within the system." Averaging 6.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals on 44.8 percent shooting (six games), Anderson has displayed some of the versatility he flashed in college. "He’s a young kid," Popovich said. "He hasn’t been playing very long. Every minute he gets is like an education for him." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:37 am
    • Doc Rivers gushes all over DeAndre Jordan
      DeAndre Jordan is leading the NBA with 13 rebounds per game, and he's also making 72.1 percent of his shots from the field.

      Advice: Jordan is shooting a lousy 43.6 percent from the charity stripe after a 42.8 percent mark last season, so it's not getting any better. However, that hasn't stopped Jordan from amassing impressive value to the Clippers and fantasy owners. "My gosh, what he's doing every night is unbelievable," Rivers said. "He does it every night, doesn't ask for the ball, sets picks, rolls, still scores because he's so active." Jordan has five straight games with at least 14 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:25 am
    • C.J. Watson returned to action on Sunday December 21. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:23 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) picks up DNP-CD
      Ramon Sessions (back) was available for Sunday's game but he did not leave the Kings' bench.

      Advice: Darren Collison logged 40 minutes as the team's starting PG and rookie Ray McCallum chipped in a pair of rebounds and assists in 11 minutes off the bench, allowing the Kings to rest Sessions a while longer. We're taking him off the injury report, and he should resume a 10-20 minute role vs. the Warriors on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starts, logs 29 minutes
      C.J. Watson returned from a sinus infection to finish Sunday's road win in Minnesota with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: Unfortunately, the impending return of George Hill makes Watson an unlikely source of long-term value -- he played 29 minutes on Sunday and that number will only decrease in the coming weeks. Former starter Donald Sloan also remains a threat to Watson's value, finishing Sunday's game with 10 points and seven assists in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:46 pm
    • Brandan Wright logs 13 minutes off C's bench
      Brandan Wright had six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds on Sunday, playing 13 minutes off the bench in his debut with the Boston Celtics.

      Advice: Wright has been among the league-leaders in FG percentage all season, largely because 75.8 percent of his shots have come within five feet of the basket. He'll be a viable fantasy big man if he carves out sufficient playing time, but that's not guaranteed in Boston's competitive frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:17 pm
    • Channing Frye quiet in 18 minutes as reserve
      Channing Frye shifted to Orlando's bench on Sunday, where he finished with only four points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes of action.

      Advice: Frye's court spacing is a boon for the Magic offense, but he wasn't doing enough in other categories to warrant the starting job ahead of Kyle O'Quinn. Fantasy owners may want to wait a game or two before cutting Frye in case this was a matchup-based lineup change, but anyone fed up with his muted production should take this as their cue to unload him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
    • Anderson Varejao hits 9-of-12 FGs for 18 pts
      Anderson Varejao poured in 18 efficient points during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starting Sunday vs. MIN
      C.J. Watson (illness) will start vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

      Advice: Watson missed one game with a sinus infection and he should be fine from a conditioning standpoint, while his return sends Donald Sloan back to the Pacers' bench. Watson is worth a look for temporary points and assists. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:49 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

      Advice: With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ramon Sessions (back) upgraded to probable
      Ramon Sessions (back) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: As long as Darren Collison is healthy, Sessions won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Deron Williams (calf) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Deron Williams (calf) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, and Jarret Jack will draw the start.

      Advice: Deron's calf injury isn't expected to be serious, but he does usually take a bit longer to recover from injuries than your average player. Jack looks like a solid add in most leagues, and he'll serve as a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:21 pm
    • Kevin Durant's (ankle) status still unclear
      Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

      Advice: Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:46 am
       
      Injured
    • Brandan Wright expected to play Sunday
      Brandan Wright will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see how coach Brad Stevens uses Wright considering how crowded the frontcourt is at the moment. However, Wright is one of the most efficient players in the league and has too much talent to not see playing time with the Celtics. Owners in deeper leagues would be wise to take a gamble here, while owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:24 am
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • Chris Paul scores 27 points with nine dimes
      Chris Paul scored a game-high 27 points against the Bucks on Saturday three rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only turned the ball over twice and has fixed his issues from earlier this month. Paul had a season-high 11 makes from the line tonight and is making 88 percent from the line on the season. He lost a little bit of steam and James Harden has leapfrogged him for No. 3 on fantasy value. Still, No. 4 is just fine. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:52 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores three points
      O.J. Mayo scored three points in 23 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with one rebound, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Well, he had three solid outings before this one, but a sub-par game from Mayo is nothing new. He only has season averages of 0.7 steals, 1.2 triples and 0.2 blocks to go with 1.9 turnovers, so there really are not enough positives to add him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:16 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey stinks in 35 minutes
      Rodney Stuckey was a disaster during one of the ugliest games of the year, making 1-of-10 from the field for four points, two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: This was bad and Stuckey is known for his inefficient games. In fact, tonight was the 37th game of his career with a field goal percentage failing to crack 10.0 percent (with at least one attempt). This is what his owners will have to deal with, so adjust accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:31 pm
    • Marco Belinelli scores 21 points in start
      Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 21 points against the Mavs on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes in the starting lineup with the Spurs resting most of their wing guys. Belinelli has been good on the nights he gets heavy minutes, but the problem is that doesn't happen often enough. He'll have a big night again, so keep him in mind the next time the Spurs rest numerous players. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • Kyle Anderson logs 31 minutes
      Kyle Anderson logged 31 minutes against the Mavericks on Saturday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Spurs were somehow able to snag him at 30 in the 2014 NBA Draft and he already looks like a steal. Kawhi Leonard (hand) could miss time, so Anderson is worth a look in deeper leagues for his multiple-category production. Just remember that he's not going to play this much because half of the team was rested. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:39 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back strain) iffy for Sunday
      Ramon Sessions (strained lower back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

      Advice: He has been hit-or-miss off of the Kings bench this year, and is not reliable enough for owners in standard leagues. Check back before tip-off Sunday, and expect Ray McCallum to step into the rotation if Sessions sits. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum plays 30 minutes in a win
      Nicolas Batum looked healthy against the Pelicans on Saturday with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It would have been a larger allotment of playing time, but the Blazers had this game won in the middle of the third quarter. Batum isn't quite 100 percent due to wrist and knee ailments, but he's played through plenty of issues -- an evulsion fracture to his hand last season, for example. He's a prime buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) out for Saturday's game
      C.J. Watson (illness) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets, and Donald Sloan will draw the start.

      Advice: Watson is dealing with a sinus infection, so he shouldn't be in too much danger of missing additional time. Sloan is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value, but owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way with George Hill's return on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:39 pm
    • Marco Belinelli set to start on Saturday
      Marco Belinelli will start on Saturday vs. Dallas, replacing Danny Green.

      Advice: Green will come off of the bench in an effort to monitor his playing time after playing 44 minutes on Friday, so this is by no means a permanent move. Belinelli is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers, and will also be a decent plug-and-play option Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:37 pm
    • Raymond Felton likely out until Christmas
      Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't think Raymond Felton (ankle) will be back before Christmas.

      Advice: The Mavericks just landed Rajon Rondo, and already have two solid point guards off of the bench in Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Felton belongs on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) out on Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game against the Rockets, meaning Dennis Schroder will draw another start.

      Advice: Teague was considered doubtful heading into this game, so owners should have seen this coming. Teague should be considered day-to-day moving forward, and we will update his status as soon as we know more. Dennis Schroder will draw another start on Saturday, but he will unfortunately get the Patrick Beverley treatment. Shelvin Mack will also see a boost off of the bench, and is coming off a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:02 pm
    • Nets discussing Deron Williams trade to Kings
      The Nets are in trade talks with the Kings over former All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

      Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting it, so we know that there is some traction here. Talks are reportedly ongoing, but it is still unclear what other players are involved. Darren Collison would likely have to be included in any deal, but one obstacle to the talks is Sacramento's desire to obtain Mason Plumlee, who the Nets are enamored with. We will let you know if any further developments occur. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:51 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) iffy to return Sunday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has not been officially ruled out of Sunday's game, according to beat writer Anthony Slater.

      Advice: A Pelicans writer previously reported that Durant had been ruled out, but it sounds as though he's closer to questionable. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones would gain the most if Durant misses another game, but owners should check back for the latest after OKC's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum still active for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

      Advice: He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Watson (illness) now questionable
      C.J. Watson is questionable for Saturday against the Nuggets with an illness.

      Advice: He was probable as of Friday with a sinus infection, so a downgrade doesn't sound promising. Watson would be looking at a chance to start, but he hasn't been involved in the offense much since his return. If he's out, Donald Sloan would be worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:02 am
    • Brook Lopez (back) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Brook Lopez (back) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons.

      Advice: The fact that he was ruled out so quick is a little worrying, but Lopez has been doing some conditioning work and even did some light basketball activities on Saturday. Lopez is expected to be evaluated on a daily basis so we should know more soon, while Mason Plumlee will continue to be a must-start player until he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:53 am
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) doubtful Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is still listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Even if he was active, he would have gotten the Patrick Beverley treatment so owners can go ahead and bench him. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect Dennis Schroder to draw another start. Shelvin Mack will also see some extra run as well, and just scored a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Both players are worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:55 am
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday
      Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) is probable for Sat
      C.J. Watson (illness) is probable to play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not finish practice and has been ill since Wednesday. Watson should be fine, but his fantasy value is about to take a hit with George Hill almost ready to go. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:42 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee) out Friday vs. the Spurs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:32 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) doubtful for Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Saturday against the Rockets.

      Advice: It's clear the Hawks are not going to rush him back, which makes sense considering how many players have aggravated their hamstring strains this season -- David Lee and Patrick Beverley, for example. His fantasy owners should just bench him and expect him back next week. Dennis Schroder gets a date with Patrick Beverley while Shelvin Mack will also get some run. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:23 pm
    • Brandan Wright inactive Friday vs. Minnesota
      Brandan Wright will be inactive for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: Tyler Zeller's starting spot is safe for now, but it'll be interesting to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop with Zeller, Wright, and Kelly Olynyk all vying for minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:46 am
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:11 pm
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:02 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores 19 points in a win
      O.J. Mayo scored 19 points in just 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started out red hot with 17 of those 19 coming in the first quarter, but cooled off with some fouling issues. Surprisingly, Mayo's worst quarter this season has been the first and he's been able to exhibit some added effort on both ends. What's more, his fouling has been his biggest issue with at least five fouls in three of his last five. He's more of a player to track in standards, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:22 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) questionable Fri
      Nicolas Batum (left knee contusion, right wrist) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Brandan Wright headed to BOS in Rondo deal
      Brandan Wright will be sent to Boston as part of the trade for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright will enter a very crowded frontcourt in Boston, and he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Tyler Zeller (current starter), Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass. It'll be interesting to watch Boston's rotations develop, but Wright makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:08 pm
    • Report: Teams trying to land Jeff Green
      The Clippers, Pelicans, and Grizzlies are reportedly interested in landing Jeff Green, but the Celtics so far have not liked their offers.

      Advice: Jeff Green is in a nice situation with the Celtics as one of the primary options on offense, but his value would take a significant hit if he landed with one of the aforementioned teams. However, nothing appears to be imminent, so this is just something to monitor for now. Owners of Green may want to consider floating out some sell-high offers. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:59 pm
    • O.J. Mayo returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Chris Paul toys with Pacers in win
      Chris Paul hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 20 points, six rebounds, nine assists and five steals in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

      Advice: The Pacers don't have much at point guard and CP3 had his way with them tonight. The five steals were the icing on the cake and it's been nice to see Paul roaming the court injury free this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Nicolas Batum is fine after a bad fall
      Nicolas Batum had a bad fall against the Bucks on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Larry Sanders committed a dirty foul on Batum and he was down for a couple minutes, but he did not miss time at all in tonight's game. Batum does play some stretch four, so that might actually help him get more shots while the Blazers adapt to not having Robin Lopez. He's still a nice buy-low player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Watson goes for 12 & 4 in start
      C.J. Watson had 12 points, four assists and five turnovers on 3-of-9 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: CJW is likely going to continue to start until George Hill is ready to play again, so he's worth holding until we see Hill back on the floor after his knee injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:36 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey cools off against Clippers
      Rodney Stuckey, who torched the Lakers for 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven dimes on Monday, had just 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal on 6-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: The Lakers are awful against opposing guards, so tonight's line is probably a more realistic expectation from Stuckey going forward. But as long as he's starting for the Pacers, he's worth owning in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 pm
    • O.J. Mayo plays 36 minutes on Wednesday
      O.J. Mayo made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, five fouls and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's played 36 minutes in a non-overtime game in the past year and the Bucks losing Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) just before halftime probably had something to do with it. Mayo played 16 minutes in the first half, so the plan was probably to give him around 32 minutes. Conditioning hasn't been an issue for him and he's seen some minutes at small forward this season, so owners in standard leagues can keep him in mind. He's still not playing well enough to grab, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:07 pm
    • Report: Brandan Wright in trade talks to BOS
      Multiple sources are reporting that the Mavs and Celtics are having serious discussions about a trade that would include Brandan Wright going to Boston for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Magic, but it's hard to say what would happen to his fantasy value if he goes to Boston. Tyler Zeller is starting, Kelly Olynyk is playing at a high level and Jared Sullinger can also play center. In other words, a move to Boston may not be a bad thing for Wright, but we doubt it makes him a must-own player, either, as long as the aforementioned bigs remain in Beantown. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Channing Frye scores 13 in Magic loss
      Channing Frye hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points,, five rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: This was his first game in double-digit scoring in four games and while he doesn't belong in starting lineups right now, this could be a sign that he's about to become relevant again. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:43 pm
    • C.J. Watson will start against the Clippers
      C.J. Watson (illness) will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He missed shootaround due to an illness, but it sounds like he's good to go based on the starting distinction. Watson has been inconsistent on the season, averaging 11.2 points, 4.4 assists and 1.2 triples in 25.0 minutes. He's worth owning in deeper leagues until George Hill (knee) is back. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:05 pm
    • Kyle Anderson starting again on Wednesday
      Kyle Anderson will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

      Advice: He'll join Cory Joseph, Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner in the first unit. Anderson was very impressive on Monday with 15 points, so he could keep it going. He's not worth owning in most leagues with Kawhi Leonard (hand) only day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:41 pm
    • Raymond Felton out on Wednesday night
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play on Wednesday against the Pistons.

      Advice: There's no rush to bring him back. Felton has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:11 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague ruled out on Wednesday night
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play on Wednesday night against the Cavs.

      Advice: He could miss additional time with the Hawks in the playoff hunt and all the hamstring aggravations this season. While Teague is out, Dennis Schroder is going to be a lot of fun to watch while Shelvin Mack also gets some extra playing time. Schroder is a very attractive daily play tonight and is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:42 pm
    • Celtics willing to deal Jeff Green?
      The Celtics have been trying to include Jeff Green in part of a trade of Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: The Celtics will do anything for a high draft pick. Green has played well and has made 48.0 percent from the field in his last 10, averaging 21.3 points per game in that span. He would likely lose a lot of fantasy value in a trade. Evan Turner would pick up value upon Green's departure, but his low upside makes him a questionable stash. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:55 pm
    • Marreese Speights drops 18-8-2 line in loss
      Marreese Speights came off the bench for 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

      Advice: With news that Andrew Bogut's knee injury might be more serious than we were initially led to believe, Picking up Speights might be a good idea. He usually gets just 19 minutes a game, but saw more than that tonight and could be a very effective fantasy player if Bogut is going to miss extended time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:26 pm
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

      Advice: The Grizzlies play solid defense and the Warriors could have used Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes being at 100 percent, which would have helped them keep the 16-game winning streak alive. We're not going to lie and say the Warriors are glad the streak is over, but the pressure is off and they'll no longer have to hear about it every day, which has to be viewed as a good thing. With tonight's loss the Warriors are still a league best 21-3. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Raymond Felton (ankle) out again on Tuesday
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He is reportedly making progress, but he can't seem to turn the corner and has yet to play this season. Dallas has plenty of depth in their backcourt, so owners in standard leagues can leave him on the waiver wire with confidence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • George Hill (knee) ramping up activities
      George Hill (knee, quad) went through most of Tuesday's practice, although he has "a long way to go with his conditioning," according to head coach Frank Vogel.

      Advice: Vogel added that Hill is "moving really well," and it's probably time to grab him off the waiver wire if he's still available. He's nearing a return, and he's going to be asked to be one of the Pacers' main guys on offense with Paul George (leg) sidelined. It's reasonable to think he'll be able to get somewhere near his 2012-13 averages of 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 1.7 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:19 am
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Kyle Anderson scores a career-high 15 points
      Kyle Anderson scored a career-high 15 points against the Blazers on Monday with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He looked great and did a lot of damage on his own in isolation. Anderson was not shooting the ball well to start the season, but he's up to 72.2 percent from the field over his last three. He won't be worth owning now, but keep an eye on him later in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
    • Stuckey posts 20-10-7 line in blowout win
      Rodney Stuckey lit up the Lakers in Monday's 110-91 blowout win, scoring 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

      Advice: Stuckey didn't hit a three or get a steal or block, but this is a very nice line to go with a pretty solid hot streak. George Hill will return at some point and knock him down a few pegs, and until then he's probably a coin flip's chance to retain low-end value in standard 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:31 pm
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