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  • Marreese Speights drops season-high 28 points
    Marreese Speights caught fire once Andrew Bogut went down with an orbital contusion on Sunday, scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in just 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Speights has been a scoring machine off Golden State's bench this year, averaging 10.2 points in just 13.3 minutes per game. He added seven rebounds and two assists tonight, without any steals or blocks, and should be a terrific fill-in fantasy option if Bogut's injury costs him any games.
    54 minutes ago
  • Ed Davis makes first start of season Sunday
    Ed Davis will make his first start of the season on Sunday, replacing Carlos Boozer (shoulder).

    Advice: Davis is indisputably a better defender than Boozer but coach Byron Scott has been reticent to start him, presumably because he doesn't space the court with his jump-shooting. Boozer is day-to-day so owners shouldn't alter Davis' outlook based upon tonight's rare start.
    Today, 6:40 pm
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful.
    Today, 5:47 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 16 points in 18 minutes
    Chris Kaman wasn't shy offensively on Sunday, making 6-of-13 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs to finish with 16 points, eight rebounds and one steal in just 18 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Kaman is the go-to option for Portland's second unit, which suits him perfectly. He abused Tyler Zeller's defense tonight and has now scored double-digit points in seven straight games, but he's barely clinging to value in 12-team roto leagues.
    Today, 5:28 pm
  • Chris Andersen won't return w/ sprained ankle
    Chris Andersen went down during the Heat-Hornets game with a sprained right ankle, and he will not return.

    Advice: Andersen limped his way to the locker room and the injury looked ugly enough that it's unsurprising to see him ruled out for the night. If he misses an extended period of time, his minutes will be split up between Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem.
    Today, 3:44 pm
    W, 94-93 vs Cha
  • Report: Whiteside receiving interest from MIA
    Hassan Whiteside is reportedly receiving interest from the Miami Heat.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Justin Hamilton's contract doesn't become guaranteed until Dec. 1, so if Hassan signs with the Heat, he could potentially push Hamilton out. However, neither of these guys are going to be relevant to owners in standard leagues.
    Today, 3:32 pm
  • Vitor Faverani (knee) hoping to return by Jan
    Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that Vitor Faverani (knee) may be back by the beginning of January, but would not commit to an official date.

    Advice: Faverani's return date remains a mystery, but once is able to finally suit up he'll likely be eased back into the rotation. He's currently buried on the depth chart behind Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Tyler Zeller, and given his limited upside and uncertain return date, he’s not worth owning in almost any league.
    Today, 1:49 pm
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out indefinitely
    Andrea Bargnani will be out indefinitely after straining his calf muscle during Friday's workout.

    Advice: Bargnani has been pretty awful for the past couple years, and he just can't seem to stay healthy. Until he can actually suit up for a game, Bargnani belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 11:07 am
  • Dexter Pittman signs w/ Turkish team
    Former Heat C Dexter Pittman has signed with the Turkish team Kolejliler.

    Advice: Pittman was waived by the Hawks after training camp in October and may have a hard time earning a guaranteed NBA contract at this stage of his career.
    Today, 9:46 am
  • Jerome Jordan earning minutes as backup C
    Nets C Jerome Jordan scored five points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes on Saturday, earning more minutes than backup C Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins said after the game that Jordan deserves to be in the rotation, and it's easy to see why -- he's playing solid ball on both ends, while Plumlee is struggling and shooting just 37.5 percent from the field. This position battle is only worth monitoring in the deepest of leagues.
    Today, 9:42 am
  • Vitor Faverani (knee) has not timetable
    Vitor Faverani (knee surgery) still has no timetable for his return.

    Advice: He hasn't played basketball since tearing his meniscus in February, so even medical clearance to play will be followed by a lengthy training process. "This is my first injury," Faverani said. "I’m just happy because we have great doctors, great therapy guys ... All I can do is recover. We’ll just wait on my knee."
    Today, 8:40 am
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Kris Humphries goes for 12 and nine
    Kris Humphries scored 12 points against the Bucks during a 111-100 win on Saturday to go with nine rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Nene (foot) went down tonight and there is a very good chance he will miss time. Humphries has some upside to be a double-double guy with some defensive stats, so he's a speculative add in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi plays well off the bench
    Ian Mahinmi stepped up in place of Roy Hibbert (ankle) on Saturday against the Suns with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Hibbert did not return from his sprain tonight and he had a lot of weight on it as he came down, so it's possible he misses time. Mahinmi hasn't exactly put up big numbers in his starts, though. In fact he only had three points, six boards and one block in his only start last season. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough won't play on Saturday
    Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) will not play on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He is a hustle player, but he doesn't get the hustle stats. Hansbrough has very little fantasy value in almost any league.
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Vitor Faverani still not close to returning
    Vitor Faverani (knee) has only been doing work on a bike and in the pool.

    Advice: He did say he's 100 percent, but actions speak louder than words... or something. Faverani is not close to returning and he could wind up in the D-League anyway.
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Andrea Bargnani strains calf at practice Fri.
    Andrea Bargnani (strained calf, hamstring) injured himself during Friday's practice and he will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: An MRI revealed the calf strain and he's still recovering from his hamstring strain, and coach Derek Fisher admitted that Bargnani "isn't at a place where you can just put him out there and not be fully concerned." Bargnani has been lousy for the past few seasons, and the Knicks have enough frontcourt depth that he's not worth a speculative pickup.
    Yesterday, 6:57 am
  • JaVale McGee is perfect from the field
    JaVale McGee made all six shots from the field for 14 points with eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 19 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He's usually on the highlight reel for air-balling a free throw, throwing a ball away to the other team, or running back on defense when his team is still on offense, but he had himself a nice game. Although, he did kiss a fan after diving into the stands, so he'll still be on Shaqtin' a Fool next Thursday. McGee still hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game this year and is just at 11.5 per game, so the negatives currently outweigh the positives.
    Friday, 10:46 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca starts again on Friday
    Alexis Ajinca started against the Nuggets on Friday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Omer Asik (back) aggravated his injury in pre-game warmups, so we could see Ajinca in the starting lineup for a couple more games. He's not going to be as good as he was tonight, so only owners in deep leagues should have interest here.
    Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) out Friday
    Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Hansbrough is averaging a meager 3.4 points and 3.8 rebounds over 17.5 minutes of action this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. His absence will result in more minutes for Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson, but Amir is the guy to own here. Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira will also be joining the active roster tonight, but neither Caboclo nor Nogueira will see major minutes, if any.
    Friday, 3:03 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani doesn't done a lot
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) hasn't done "a lot" of contact in practice, according to coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: The Knicks backpedaling a bit on Bargnani suggests he might not play against the 76ers on Saturday after all. The Knicks have some major issues in their front court and teams have been destroying them, ranking last in the Eastern Conference for defensive efficiency. Obviously, Bargnani is not going to fix that. Owners in standard leagues will need to see multiple impressive games before making a move to grab him
    Friday, 1:36 pm
  • Bargnani (hamstring) limited in practice Fri.
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was a limited participant during Friday's practice, but is still expected to make his regular-season debut Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Bargnani does have a favorable matchup vs. the Sixers, but he's likely going to be eased into the rotation upon his return, limiting his value to deep leagues. His next injury is just right around the corner, so owners shouldn't be too excited to add the former No. 1 overall pick. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach.
    Friday, 10:25 am
  • Shaw wants JaVale McGee to go back to basics
    Nuggets' head coach Brian Shaw wants JaVale McGee to go back to the basics.

    Advice: "I think sometimes he wants to come in and show us and everybody else that he can post up and he can be an offensive force," Shaw said. "And I think that's where he gets himself in trouble from time to time. As he starts to do those things, he'll get to play more." McGee is still with a minutes restriction, and is averaging just 5.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks over 11.4 minutes of action this year. Once his minutes restriction is eventually lifted, he will still be locked into a timeshare with Timofey Mozgov and Jusuf Nurkic, and he just doesn't offer enough upside to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Friday, 6:53 am
  • Grizzlies waive C Hassan Whiteside
    The Grizzlies have waived C Hassan Whiteside.

    Advice: Whiteside was signed on Wednesday, and released on Thursday. He's not likely to sign on with another team.
    Thursday, 3:13 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani expected to play Saturday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) is expected to be available when the Knicks play the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Bargnani has finally been able to practice without any setbacks and it looks like his season debut will come against the Sixers on Saturday. He'll likely be worked into the Knicks' rotation in a limited role, however, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues for the time being.
    Thursday, 8:10 am
  • Grizzlies add C Hassan Whiteside for depth
    The Grizzlies signed C Hassan Whiteside to provide emergency depth vs. the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kosta Koufos (flu) and Jon Leuer (flu) are both out, which leaves Whiteside as the Grizzlies' lone backup center. He may block a few shots and snare a few rebounds, but that's about it.
    Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Vitor Faverani is listed as out for Wednesday
    Vitor Faverani is listed as out for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: He is out indefinitely and there has been no indication as to when we will see him again. When he does return, he will likely ride the pine and will have almost no fantasy value this season. Feel confident in leaving him on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 6:54 am
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Kaman double-doubles off the bench
    Chris Kaman double-doubled off the bench on Monday, scoring 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Kaman isn't afraid to pull the trigger and he's returning late-round value in just 19.5 minutes per game. It's not the type of situation you want to rely on, but if you're in a pinch he gives you a puncher's chance.
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Ajinca plays 16 minutes in start for Asik
    Alexis Ajinca started for Omer Asik (back) on Monday, lasting 16 minutes with six points, seven rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Ajinca had a few nice moments but he's basically a magnet for would-be scorers to pad their stats at the foul line. Needless to say that doesn't help him in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca will start for Omer Asik
    Alexis Ajinca will start against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Omer Asik (back) is out, but Ajinca probably won't play too much with Ryan Anderson more than capable of playing power forward next to Anthony Davis. He's only a deep-league play.
    Nov 17, 6:40 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani won't be back before Saturday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) isn't expected to debut before Saturday after returning to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani finally made it through a practice and did everything, but there's still nothing set in stone. When he does return, he'll be worked in slowly in a role that offers nothing in the short or long haul. The good news is that Bargnani felt no pain at all on Monday.
    Nov 17, 9:59 am
  • Kris Humphries coming on after hand injury
    Kris Humphries is emerging as part of the Wizards' rotation after being initially slowed by his hand injury.

    Advice: Humphries was dealing with nerve damage in his right hand that required surgery, and now he's really starting to play the role Washington envisioned upon acquiring him in a sign-and-trade during the offseason. "He goes in there and just bangs," Randy Wittman said.
    Nov 17, 9:30 am
  • Ed Davis impressive minus-5 in 236 minutes
    Ed Davis is a minus-5 in 236 minutes this season, while starting power forward Carlos Boozer is a minus-118 in 277 minutes.

    Advice: It's the latest illustration of Boozer's complete and utter ineptitude on the defensive end of the floor. The cries are growing louder for more Davis and less Boozer, and the veteran's offensive numbers are among the emptiest in the NBA. After Byron Scott threatened lineup changes, Boozer could be in line to lose his spot to Davis sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.
    Nov 17, 8:48 am
  • Speights going to play a lot for Warriors
    Steve Kerr said Marreese Speights is "going to play a lot" for the Warriors.

    Advice: Speights has seized the backup center role and has run with it. "He's earned that backup role," Kerr said. Speights dropped 24 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes (8-of-11 shooting) against the Lakers on Sunday, and he's playing with extreme confidence under his new head coach. "He's my new favorite player, Mo Speights," Kerr added. Speights improved his work ethic during the offseason, and that work has translated to results for both Speights and the Warriors.
    Nov 17, 8:25 am
  • Andrea Bargnani could practice by Friday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) could practice by Friday.

    Advice: Bargnani updates have been few and far between since he injured his hamstring in the preseason, but it appears he's finally making progress. It's unclear what his role will be when he does return, and owners in standard leagues can monitor his progress from the waive wire.
    Nov 17, 6:54 am
  • Vitor Faverani showing no signs of progress
    Brad Stevens said he has "zero idea" when Vitor Faverani (knee) might return.

    Advice: We're marking him out indefinitely at this point until there is a positive update. "No increased activity," Stevens said. "I don't know. They have not given him any specific timeline." Now rehabbing from a second knee surgery after the firs caused lingering pain and swelling, Faverani is looking at a lost season.
    Nov 17, 6:11 am
    L, 94-88 vs Por
  • Marreese Speights blows up for 24 pts Sunday
    Marreese Speights blew up in Sunday's easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 24 points on 8-of-11 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs with nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Speights tied his season high with 16 points in the first half alone, benefiting from the Lakers' utter lack of interior defense. He didn't have any assists, steals or blocks tonight, and is only worth a look if you need scoring and rebounding in deep leagues.
    Nov 16, 9:14 pm
  • JaVale McGee plays just 5.8 minutes on Sunday
    JaVale McGee played 5.8 minutes on Sunday, scoring two points on 2-of-4 shooting from the free throw line.

    Advice: McGee is still on a minutes restriction, but even if he was healthy, he's going to be competing for playing time with Timofey Mozgov, and Jusuf Nurkic, severely limiting his upside. He hasn't blocked a shot in his last four contests (his only source of value) and he's just not worth owning in standard leagues. Deep league owners can probably move along as well.
    Nov 16, 2:16 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out on Sunday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game, but coach Derek Fisher is hopeful that both Bargnani and Jose Calderon (calf) can resume practicing this week.

    Advice: Owners in standard leagues have the luxury of waiting with this news, as Bargnani will have to prove that he can still perform at a high level, which we haven't seen in a long time. He could return in late November, making him someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues for owners who enjoy a little risk. Calderon, on the other hand, needs to be owned in almost all leagues.
    Nov 16, 9:06 am
  • Marreese Speights provides spark for Warriors
    Marreese Speights gave the Warriors a huge lift off of the bench on Saturday, finishing with 13 points, six boards, two assists and a steal in just 15 minutes.

    Advice: While these are fantastic numbers for such limited minutes, owners need to be aware of the fact that David Lee (hamstring) should be back very shortly. In the meantime, deep league owners can continue to roll the dice on Speights for short-term value, as he has been excellent under new coach Steve Kerr.
    Nov 16, 7:16 am
  • Kris Humphries plays 26 minutes
    Kris Humphries played 26 minutes off the bench against the Magic on Saturday with 16 points, six rebounds and one block.

    Advice: It's his second game in a row with at least 25 minutes and he's created a nice little role for himself. Humphries has been the primary bench big man and is an option in deep leagues. He could also be a solid pickup if/when Nene goes down.
    Nov 15, 7:01 pm
  • Chris Kaman is set to start on Saturday
    Chris Kaman is set to start on Saturday in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (illness).

    Advice: This will likely be for just one game, as LMA should be better soon. Kaman could see around 25 minutes Saturday, making him a viable candidate for owners in daily leagues.
    Nov 15, 6:21 pm
  • Kaman minutes are a concern
    Coach Terry Stotts expressed some concern of Chris Kaman playing too much.

    Advice: He matched his season high with 22 minutes on Wednesday and has held steady right around 19 minutes per night on the season. Kaman is a candidate to start on Saturday with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) likely out, but it would be hard to imagine him playing more than 25 minutes.
    Nov 14, 1:36 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough heads to the locker room
    Tyler Hansbrough went to the locker room in the second half on Thursday after a hard fall due to a back contusion and he is available to return.

    Advice: He may have tweaked his back after being up-ended by Joakim Noah. Hansbrough's carelessness on the court has cost him a handful of games, but it's also a big reason why he's in the NBA. He has no fantasy value, though.
    Nov 13, 7:06 pm
  • Bargnani (hamstring) limited in practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) has not yet been cleared for contact, and was limited during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Bargnani remains without an official timetable for his return, but with a lengthy history of being sidelined, and minimal contributions to the stat sheet, he's not going to be someone worth owning in standard leagues.
    Nov 13, 12:21 pm
  • Chris Andersen returned to action on Wednesday November 12.
    Nov 12, 10:36 pm
    W, 94-93 vs Cha
  • Chris Kaman stays hot in easy win
    Chris Kaman came off the bench to hit 6-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 free throws for 16 points, seven rebounds, a steal and two more blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kaman is now averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 boards and 2.0 blocks over his last five games and is probably a better option than someone you have on your bench in 12-team leagues.
    Nov 12, 9:50 pm
  • Ed Davis puts up nice line in 27 minutes
    Ed Davis played 27 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Wednesday with eight points, 11 boards and two blocks.

    Advice: His minutes have been holding steady in the low 20s and he entered tonight with averages of 9.7 points, 6.6 boards and 1.6 blocks on 71.4 percent from the field. If not for the woeful 44.4 percent from the line, Boss would be worth owning in standard leagues. Just keep an eye on Davis for now.
    Nov 12, 9:01 pm
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