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  • Evan Fournier plays 20 minutes vs. BOS
    Evan Fournier (hip) played just 20 minutes against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring nine points with three boards, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: The Magic were in control of this game from the start and easily bested the Celtics, so they were able to limit Fournier's minutes since he was considered questionable to play with a sore hip. Victor Oladipo has really stepped up his play off the bench, but Fournier has been one of coach Scott Skiles' favorite players this season and his role should be relatively safe. His fantasy arrow is pointing down after a blistering start to the campaign, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues. The Magic will take on the Wolves on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Paul George drops 39 points with five treys
    Paul George stayed hot in a win over the woeful Lakers on Sunday with 39 points, four boards, one assist, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The NBA keeps on waiting for George to slow down, but he just won't quit and has now led the Pacers to a four-game win streak and they are currently sitting in second place in the East. Additionally, George connected on a season-high 14 free throws on 17 attempts which is just one away from his career high. The Pacers are off until Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers, so George should be fresh and ready to go for that showdown. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Nick Young scores 22 points in 2nd half
    After going scoreless in the first half, Nick Young erupted after the break and finished with 22 points, two boards, one assist and six 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Lakers couldn't generate any offense in the first half, but Young stepped up down the stretch and certainly wasn't shy on offense with 14 shot attempts on the night. Swaggy P was held to single-digit scoring in his previous four games, so we would need to see him do this again before we can recommend an add in most leagues. He's a low-end 3-point specialist until further notice, but he could benefit if Kobe Bryant goes down at some point this season. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 13 points on 20 shots
    Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Black Mamba announced earlier in the day that he would retire after the 2015-16 season, so it would've been nice to see him play a little better. The Staples Center went nuts when he hit a clutch 3-pointer to keep the Lakers in striking distance, but he airballed his next 3-pointer which would have tied the game with just seconds remaining. It's been a tough year for Kobe, and things likely won't be getting any easier for his fantasy owners. He will be a volatile asset to own moving forward. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Rockets lift James Harden on 10-of-28 night
    James Harden scored 26 points with seven rebounds, nine assists and two steals during Sunday's road win in New York, though he scored only seven points during the fourth quarter and overtime.

    Advice: The Rockets improved to just 1-8 when Harden scores fewer than 28 points, a fact that hasn't been lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "He's gotta be aggressive, and he's gotta take what's there, but we can't count on him to score 50 points every night and win," Bickerstaff said. "We have to do more to get everyone else involved as well." That approach worked tonight -- Harden shot just 10-of-28 from the field, but his teammates picked him up with 90 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Terrence Jones quiet in 25 bench minutes
    Terrence Jones came off the bench again on Sunday, finishing an OT win vs. the Knicks with eight points, four rebounds, one assist and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He made one 3-pointer but shot just 2-of-8 from the field. His owners can only hope that his 25-minute bench role is temporary -- it's hard to see the Dwight Howard/Clint Capela frontcourt as a permanent solution. Jones is shooting a brutal 31.8 percent in Houston's past five games, but standard-league owners should give him at least a few more games before considering a cut. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Corey Brewer nearly falls out of HOU rotation
    Corey Brewer nearly fell out of the Rockets' rotation on Sunday, scoring only two points in seven minutes vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He committed two turnovers with no other stats to his credit, and wasn't even the first swingman off the bench -- that honor belongs to K.J. McDaniels (scoreless in five minutes). Brewer is nothing more than a 3s-and-steals specialist in deep leagues. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Marcus Thornton gets hot late in OT road win
    Marcus Thornton recovered from a pair of quiet games to score 18 points vs. the Knicks on Sunday, hitting 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Thornton hit a clutch 3-pointer that forced overtime, then proceeded to score seven points during the extra period. His line would have been unremarkable had this game ended in regulation, and he should remain on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Lance Thomas scores 15 points w/ Carmelo out
    Lance Thomas was a surprise starter for the Knicks on Sunday, posting 15 points, one 3-pointer and three rebounds in the absence of Carmelo Anthony (illness).

    Advice: Thomas made 6-of-10 shots in 36 minutes of action, but he missed a potentially game-winning 3-pointer late in regulation and his defense was suspect all night. Carmelo will likely be fine for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers, so Thomas shouldn't budge from your waiver wire. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Courtney Lee ties season-low w/ 17 minutes
    Courtney Lee played 17 minutes on Sunday, tying his season low, and he finished with only three points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: C-Lee also turned the ball over four times, spoiling any momentum he'd gained while averaging 15.5 points on 58.3 percent shooting in the Grizzlies' previous two games. There's no reason to rely on him in standard leagues while Tony Allen, Matt Barnes and Jeff Green are all healthy. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan's 29 points not enough Sunday
    DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 29 points on Sunday, making 11-of-20 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Raptors' home loss.

    Advice: Toronto was riding a four-game win streak, including games against the Clippers, Cavs and Wizards, but they fell tonight by the final score of 102-107. DeRozan's fantasy value is tempered by poor shooting (41.5 percent) and measly 3-pointers (0.4), but as usual he's a stud for scoring and FT percentage. It balances out to solid mid-round value. Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Harrison Barnes will miss at least 3 games
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will miss at least the next three games for the Warriors.

    Advice: Tests didn't reveal any broken bones, but the Warriors will be cautious with Barnes considering they are 18-0 and will re-evaluate him next week. This timetable means that the earliest we would see him back on the court is on Dec. 6 against the Nets, but that's probably too optimistic. Barnes was playing really well before going down and was returning mid-round value, so hold onto him if you can. Brandon Rush could continue to start in his absence and scored 16 points against the Kings on Saturday, so he's worth a look in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll shoots 8-of-13, scores 20 pts
    DeMarre Carroll found his shooting stroke on Sunday, hitting 8-of-13 shots with three 3-pointers to score 20 points in a tough loss to the visiting Suns.

    Advice: Carroll rounded out his evening with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 37 minutes of action, bouncing back nicely after a lousy four-point game on Saturday. He's off to a slow start this year, shooting a career-low 38.3 percent from the field, and remains a nice buy-low target. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Thaddeus Young leads Brooklyn w/ 19 & 10
    Thaddeus Young notched 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Pistons on Sunday, marking his sixth double-double in the past eight games.

    Advice: The Nets rank 11th in the league with a +1.4 rebound margin, thanks in large part to Thad's team-high 8.6 boards per game. He sank 9-of-12 shots tonight, with three assists, one steal and one block, and has stealthily crept inside the top-40 for 9-cat value. Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Sunday vs. IND
    Kobe Bryant will play vs. the Pacers on Sunday night.

    Advice: He announced that he will retire after the 2015-16 season earlier today, so the atmosphere in the Staples Center should be electrifying. This is the second game of a back-to-back set for the Lakers and Bryant played 34 minutes on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see how his body holds up throughout the game. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Wes Johnson nearly out of Clippers' rotation
    Wes Johnson nearly fell out of the Clippers' rotation on Sunday, going scoreless with one rebound in only four minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson was inconsistent in three starts and Doc Rivers continues to look for answers at SF -- tonight he plugged in Luc Mbah a Moute for his defensive prowess. Anyone who speculative picked up Johnson in deep leagues can return him to the scrap heap. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Lance Thomas starts w/ Carmelo (illness) out
    Lance Thomas will start Sunday's game vs. the Rockets in place of Carmelo Anthony (illness).

    Advice: This is Thomas' first start of the season and he's worth a look as a last-second DFS punt play, but owners in typical leagues can ignore him with Melo day-to-day. Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play on Mon
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Barnes said on Sunday that he was unsure when he would be able to return, but the Warriors have already made it clear that they won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Until we get a firm timetable, Barnes should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Rush could draw another start on Monday and may see around 20 minutes of action. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Kobe says that this will be his last season
    Kobe Bryant said that this will be his last season in the NBA.

    Advice: The five-time NBA champion has had a legendary career, but Father Time has gotten the best of him this season and it makes sense for him to call it a career at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign. The 37-year-old's status for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers is still up in the air, but the atmosphere is going to be pretty ridiculous if he decides to suit up. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb drains three 3-pointers in win
    Jeremy Lamb knocked down three more 3-pointers during Sunday's win over the Bucks, adding 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists over 27 minutes.

    Advice: Lamb has really turned his career around in Charlotte, and is currently putting up mid-round value on the season behind averages of 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers and just 0.9 turnovers per game on 52.3 percent shooting from the field (all career-highs). Lamb is not owned in nearly enough Yahoo! Leagues (35 percent ownership) so make sure the 3-point sniper isn't sitting on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Marvin Williams scores 12 points w/ one block
    Marvin Williams scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, seven boards, two assists and one block through 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Williams continues to get things done for his owners, and the former No. 2 overall pick is currently putting up fourth-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. His value drops to the sixth-round in 8-cat formats, but still, that's solid value for a guy that likely came off the waiver wire in your league. Al Jefferson went down with a calf injury today, so Williams could be looking at an uptick in minutes moving forward. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Evan Turner is not on the injury report
    Evan Turner is not on the injury report prior to Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He left Friday's game vs. the Wizards with an apparent eye injury, but it was considered very minor and he shouldn't have any limitations tonight. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 19 pts w/ three steals
    Khris Middleton scored 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Hornets, adding six assists, five boards, three steals, four 3-pointers and three turnovers over 37 minutes.

    Advice: Middleton had a very costly turnover during the closing minutes of the game, that essentially was the deciding factor in Milwaukee's loss, but statistically he was solid. Middleton has been getting it done for the Bucks over his last four outings, averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 three-pointers, 2.0 steals and just 1.5 turnovers per game which translates to second-round value. Middleton will look to keep his momentum going on Monday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Evan Fournier (hip) will start Sunday vs. BOS
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said he really didn't think Fournier was going to be able to play today, but after receiving treatment he has been cleared by the Magic's medical staff, and will give it a go. Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevik’ll join him in the starting unit. Go ahead and get him active. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) unsure on return date
    Harrison Barnes is not sure just how long he'll be sidelined with his sprained left ankle.

    Advice: "I'm not quite sure, I'm just going to kind of see how it goes," Barnes said. "I'm not going to try to rush it. We want to make sure when I come back, it's 100 percent, and there's not any lingering pain or effects." Barnes was spotted on crutches on Saturday, so he's obviously not close to making a return. Brandon Rush will have another opportunity to start on Monday when the Dubs take on the Jazz, with Andre Iguodala and Leandro Barbosa likely seeing a slight bump in minutes. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Wes Johnson headed to the bench on Sunday
    Wes Johnson will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Johnson was not producing at all in the starting unit, so Luc Mbah a Moute will get the call today, earning his first opportunity with the starting five in Los Angeles. With averages of just 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds on the season, Johnson isn't worth owning in almost any league. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • Motiejunas (back) hopes to practice next week
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is hoping to be cleared to return to practice next week.

    Advice: He will be evaluated on Tuesday, so that is the earliest that we will be able to provide another update. The big man has been sidelined since April and will be behind Clint Capela and Terrence Jones in the rotation, so there's no reason to take a flier on him outside of the deepest leagues. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Luke Walton doesn't know Barnes' timetable
    Warriors coach Luke Walton said that he doesn't know when Harrison Barnes (ankle) will be able to return.

    Advice: "It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week," Walton said. "We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time." The Warriors are 18-0 on the season, so they likely won't bring him back until he is 100 percent. Brandon Rush started for Barnes on Saturday and scored 16 points in 19 minutes, while Andre Iguodala could also get a nice boost until Barnes is able to return. Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha returned to action on Saturday November 28. Yesterday, 12:10 am
  • Rudy Gay needs 20 shots to score 20 points
    Rudy Gay scored 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Warriors on Saturday with seven boards in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Gay was coming off a two-point performance against the Wolves on Friday in which he shot just 1-of-13 from the field, so he is clearly in a slump. Gay isn't on the injury report, but he doesn't have a lot of help right now and is probably being asked to do way too much. He should be much better when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is able to return, so his owners should just hang in there. Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 11 in start on Saturday
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes in a start at small forward on Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back) was sidelined again, but George Karl went with Casspi instead of Willie Cauley-Stein because of the Warriors' tendency to play small. Casspi should flirt with 30 minutes per game until Cousins is able to return (he is day-to-day), so feel free to give him a look if he's available in your league. The Kings will take on the Mavericks on Monday. Saturday, 10:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant plays 34 minutes, iffy for Sunday
    Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Blazers on Saturday with two boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Both Kobe and head coach Byron Scott wouldn't commit to whether or not he would play against the Pacers on Sunday, but the 37-year-old admitted that his legs were dead in the fourth quarter. The Black Mamba was much better tonight after shooting 1-of-14 against the Warriors on Tuesday, but he still can't get much separation on his jump shots and is starting to become predictable on the offensive end. We'll have an update on Sunday morning, but don't count on Kobe playing. If he sits, Metta World Peace will likely draw the start. Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores seven points
    Wes Matthews scored seven points in 28 minutes during a 92-81 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding one rebound, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It hasn't been pretty since Friday the 13th. In those eight games, Matthews made just 31.6 percent from the field for averages of 11.4 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 treys. He has actually looked OK out there, so he can be viewed as a buy-low player to a degree. You should be giving up next to nothing to get him. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Chandler Parsons still slumping
    Chandler Parsons played 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: He's certainly testing the patience of his fantasy owners. Parsons has seen his minutes trend up, but he's scored double figures in just one of his last five while not doing much. He's a stash player right now, but he could be a stud once he gets it going. If you're doing well in the standings, it makes sense to trade for Parsons now. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points against the Spurs during a start on Saturday with four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Presumably, the Hawks put Thabo in the first unit to defend an offensive superstar at small forward. Sefolosha's value won't be too high considering he's not going to get many points, but he could have some sneaky late-round value. Most owners should shoot for a higher upside. Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Thad Young with another dub-dub
    Thaddeus Young picked up 16 points, 12 rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He was poked in the eye, but didn't need to miss any action. Young is really on a roll in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 10.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 turnovers. His improvement as a rebounder is a big reason why he's having a major bounce back. Expect Thad to flirt with top-50 value this season. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 20 points
    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points against the Wizards on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's been putting up similar stats in his last five, averaging 18.6 points, 3.6 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 steals and 0.6 treys on 38.0 percent from the field. DeRozan is only posting eighth-round value on the year and will likely have that kind of outlook going forward. Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll in a shooting slump
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field for four points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's now down to just 38.3 percent from the field after this one. Carroll just cannot make mid-range jumpers anywhere close to what he made last year and maybe adjusting to his teammates has caused the long adjustment period. He's still a buy-low player despite it taking longer than expected. Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • Omri Casspi will start, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi will start on Saturday vs. the Warriors with Willie Cauley-Stein moving to the bench.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (back) is out and head coach George Karl usually bases his lineups on the matchup, so it makes sense to go small against the Warriors. Casspi should see around 30 minutes tonight and is worth plugging into most lineups. Saturday, 6:28 pm
  • Harrison Barnes out, Brandon Rush will start
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Saturday and Brandon Rush will start.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle on Friday and could miss more games. With Barnes out, we should see more Andre Iguodala and even more Leandro Barbosa in the second unit. Rush is still too risky to use in most cases. The other members of the first unit may shoot more, too. Saturday, 5:48 pm
  • Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams starting Sat
    Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams (illness) will start on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Parsons was rested on Wednesday vs. the Spurs, but he will see around 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets tonight. Williams is dealing with a minor illness, but his workload should be the same and his owners can keep him in their active lineups. Saturday, 5:35 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (illness) will play Saturday
    Wesley Matthews (illness) will play vs. the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did miss the morning shootaround, but Matthews said that he has played through worse. Matthews is starting to heat up and is averaging 13.8 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, so go ahead and make sure he is active. Keep in mind that he is also shooting just 36.5 percent from the field over that span as well. Saturday, 4:28 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will start on Saturday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Sefolosha was rested on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, but he should see minutes in the 20s tonight and will probably be tasked with guarding Kawhi Leonard. Kent Bazemore will shift to the bench against the Spurs after he returned from his ankle injury on Friday, but it's possible that the Hawks are just being cautious with him since it's the second night of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha is more of a defensive specialist, so he is better suited for deeper leagues. Saturday, 4:10 pm
  • Harrison Barnes listed as doubtful vs. SAC
    Harrison Barnes (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered his ankle sprain on Friday night and did not return. The Warriors will likely be calling on Andre Iguodala to fill in and he should have a chance for a nice line tonight. Leandro Barbosa is also coming off a terrific game and would get more run, too. Saturday, 11:48 am
  • Fournier (sore hip) questionable for Sunday
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Fournier missed 18 games in a row during the 2014-15 season due to a hip injury, so this is a little worrying. There's still no word on the severity of the issue, but he suffered the injury on Friday vs. the Bucks and wasn't able to practice on Saturday. If Fournier is unable to play, it's possible that Victor Oladipo could step back into the starting lineup. We'll have an update after their shootaround on Sunday. Saturday, 10:49 am
  • Kobe Bryant will not be benched by Scott
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that he would not consider benching Kobe Bryant for poor play.

    Advice: "I would never, never, never do that," Scott said on Friday. "That's not an option whatsoever. No, that's not an option." The Black Mamba is coming off the worst shooting performance of his career after he went 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, but his role is obviously still safe and he should have the green light going forward. However, his owners should leave him on their bench until he turns things around, and there's no telling if he ever will. Saturday, 8:51 am
  • Rudy Gay makes just 1-of-13 from field
    Rudy Gay made just 1-of-13 from the field for two points against the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings were lucky to lose by 10 with Rudy having his worst game of the season. This comes off his best game with a 36-point effort on Wednesday, so the law of averages had its say today. Expect him to be somewhere in the middle on Saturday against the Warriors. Saturday, 12:09 am
  • Omri Casspi puts up nice effort in loss
    Omri Casspi scored 15 points against the Wolves on Friday with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to log major minutes at power forward, which should continue until DeMarcus Cousins (back) is back. Casspi has 10th-round value on the season, but that value is somewhat inflated due to Boogie and Rudy Gay missing time this season. Saturday, 12:06 am
  • James Harden's 50 barely enough vs. Philly
    James Harden scored a season-high 50 points against the 76ers during a 116-114 win over the 76ers on Friday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, six 3-pointers and nine turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets barely pulled this one out after it looked like they were going to blow a big lead, giving up a 24-6 run to start the fourth quarter. Close win aside, Harden has been fantasy's best player in his last five, averaging 36.2 points, 7.0 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.2 blocks, 2.6 steals and 3.8 treys on 46.8 percent from the field and 90.6 percent from the line. He's cooking and that slump is long gone. Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Terrence Jones puts up decent line off bench
    Terrence Jones came off the bench on Friday against the 76ers, scoring five points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: As long as Jones as getting minutes in the mid 20s, he'll have some nice value. He just needs to stay healthy and he could flirt with top-50 value. With TJ moving to the bench, this is a prime time to buy low. For what it's worth, the Rockets were probably just playing the matchup game to push Jones to the bench. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Paul George stays red hot, scores 33 points
    Paul George maintained his status as one of the hottest players on the planet during a 104-92 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 33 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now, but the Pacers have the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference right now. George has been absolutely absurd as a jump shooter this season, posting a 52.6 effective field goal percentage on his 232 jumpers this year -- that's higher than his layups. If this isn't his peak value of the season, it's got to be close. Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (ankle) will not return Fri
    Harrison Barnes has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and he will not return to Friday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Harrison will finish Friday's game with seven points, seven boards and two steals in 21 minutes. The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with the Dubs set to play again on Saturday vs. Sacramento, we'll be considering Barnes doubtful for that one. Andre Iguodala will likely start if Harrison is unable to give it a go on Saturday, with Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston seeing a slight uptick in minutes. If there's a positive here it's that X-rays came back negative and this is the first ankle injury Barnes has suffered over his four-year NBA career. Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Evan Turner leaves game with right eye injury
    Evan Turner left Friday's game against the Wizards with an apparent right eye injury, and did not return.

    Advice: Turner finished Friday's game with four points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with two boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 21 minutes of action. He was questionable to return, but with the Celtics blowing out the Wizards, there was no need for him to return to the court. The injury seemed relatively minor, but we'll be considering him questionable for Sunday's game against the Magic. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points vs. Magic
    Khris Middleton scored 15 points against the Magic on Friday with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's starting to pick it up from the outside and has made 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from deep in his last three. The Bucks are getting decent offensive production on the wings, but not much else. Middleton is trending up now. Friday, 6:36 pm
  • Terrence Jones will come off the bench Friday
    Terrence Jones will be come off the bench for Friday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: It's been a bumpy ride for Jones owners this season, and interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff limited him to just 19 minutes during the Rockets last game, so the move to the bench isn't exactly encouraging. He will be getting a favorable matchup against the 76ers tonight, so it'll be interesting to see how he responds to coming off the bench; but he's a bit too risky for use in DFS tonight. Clint Capela will draw the start. Friday, 4:41 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant will play against the Blazers on Saturday after putting in a limited practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is not expected to have a minutes cap for the road game and coach Byron Scott is open to suggestions on how to handle Bryant on back-to-back. Kobe is not getting to the basket at all anymore and it's led to him being the least efficient high-volume starter in the NBA. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Omri Casspi headed for more minutes?
    Following the Kings 129-118 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, George Karl hinted that Omri Casspi could be getting more consistent minutes in the Kings rotation.

    Advice: "I think I need to keep Omri in with Rudy [Gay] as much as possible," said Karl. "It seems that combination really complements with size there and also the ability to find a mismatch situation that is beneficial to us." Casspi's minutes tend to trend up when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is sidelined, but if Karl wants to continue giving Casspi and Gay minutes together, Willie Cauley-Stein's playing time could suffer. It'll be interesting to see how Karl's rotations shake out once DMC is back on the court, but Omri is worth a speculative add in deep leagues after scoring 19 points during Wednesday's win. Thursday, 2:19 pm
  • Scott won't cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't intend to cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes despite the fact that the Lakers own a record of 2-12, the worst in the Western Conference.

    Advice: "I haven't thought about reducing his role," Scott said. "I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes." Scott seems to be content playing Bryant around 30 minutes a night, despite the fact that Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field. "I am concerned about his shooting percentage and shots so far, but so far as knowing him the way I've known him and how long he's played in this league, I'm not worried about him finding it." Kobe's minutes will be safe will Scott at the helm, but owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Byron Scott still confident in Kobe Bryant
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's confident Kobe Bryant can still play in the NBA.

    Advice: Though Bryant has struggled to start the 2015-16 season, Scott said he isn't too concerned about the veteran. "Obviously he's struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that," Scott said. "So it's trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That's No. 1." Though Bryant is still capable of a big game here and there, he's hurting fantasy teams more than he's helping and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Wes Johnson, Stephenson, Pierce all scoreless
    Wes Johnson was invisible despite starting on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Any positivity from Johnson's prior start was erased tonight and Doc Rivers is still searching for answers. The Clippers three options at small forward -- Johnson, Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce -- combined for zero points on 0-of-5 shooting. Unless one of them demands the lion's share of minutes, all three are persona non grata in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 17 points
    Courtney Lee scored 17 points against the Rockets during a 102-93 win over on Wednesday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Revenge game from a guy who played in Houston back in 2010-12? Lee has taken advantage of Jeff Green and Matt Barnes moving up a position, which has raised his minutes while Zach Randolph (knee) has been out. Z-Bo should be back soon and Lee just had a goose egg on Tuesday, so he's not a strong add. Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • James Harden scores 40 points in loss
    James Harden scored 40 points on 12-of-19 from the field during a 102-93 home loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

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

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Marcus Thornton scores two points
    Marcus Thornton scored two points in 15 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: More importantly, he attempted his first free throws of the season after failing to do so in his first 316 minutes of the year. Your move, T.J. McConnell. Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores season-high 36 points
    Rudy Gay scored a season-high 36 points during a 129-118 win against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He started out red hot with 14 points in the first nine minutes and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Gay has made 13-of-21 from the field in each of his last two games and his arm injury has affected his performance positively like the kid from the Rookie of the Year baseball movie. Even when Boogie is back, Gay should be trending up. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi has a terrific game
    Omri Casspi scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gets a ton of run at both forward spots and he benefited from DeMarcus Cousins (back) not playing tonight. Casspi put up mid-round value the last time Boogie had to miss games, so he's worth a look at any depth for owners seeking short-term value. Cousins won't be out long, though. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha locks down Wiggins in 32 mins
    Making another start at SF on Wednesday, Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: His defense kept Andrew Wiggins in check, as he scored only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and it will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer uses Thabo once Kent Bazemore (ankle) returns to action. Tonight's solid game comes on the heels of a terrific game vs. the Celtics, and Sefolosha is worth deploying while logging 30+ minutes as a starter. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Khris Middleton hits five 3-pointers
    Khris Middleton matched his season-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: His five treys and six dimes were both season highs. Middleton is starting to come around and has made 7-of-10 from deep in his last two. The buy low window is closing fast and maybe cutting down Michael Carter-Williams' minutes will help him, too. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Evan Turner starts 2nd half over Jae Crowder
    Evan Turner started the second half of Wednesday's game in place of Jae Crowder and finished with 16 points, nine boards, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Turner takes some offensive pressure off Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, which was desirable after the Celtics' awful 40-point first half. Turner is a more appealing fantasy option when starting but this isn't likely to become a trend, so he remains a borderline option in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Evan Fournier shoots 1-of-9 in 21 minutes
    Evan Fournier shot just 1-of-9 from the field vs. New York, scoring three points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: This makes two straight duds in a row for Fournier, but he's been one of Scott Skiles' favorites and it's hard to imagine him staying in the doghouse for long. His owners should keep the faith and deploy him as usual vs. the Bucks on Friday. Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Wes Johnson starting again on Wednesday
    Wes Johnson will start on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers wouldn't commit to it, but it makes the most sense. Expect Wes to not take many shots while playing minutes in the mid 20s. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb roasts Wizards, scores 18 points
    Jeremy Lamb pitched in 18 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes to help Charlotte win at home on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lamb is averaging career-highs in most categories this season and his effective FG percentage (60.4) has improved more than any qualifying player from last season. He's richly rewarding the Hornets' decision to extend his contract, and has earned a spot on all fantasy rosters. Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • Marvin Williams double-doubles in home win
    Marvin Williams, who played only 19 minutes on Monday, finished Wednesday's game with 14 points, two 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hornets are making 36.3 percent of their 26.5 attempts from downtown this year, a surprising turnaround for a team that made 6.1 triples on 31.8 percent shooting last season, both last in the NBA. Williams is a big reason for that success and he's been a surprising mid-round value this season. He's likely to slide toward the late rounds, but remains a steal for owners who plucked him off the wire. Wednesday, 6:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons rested Wednesday vs. Spurs
    Chandler Parsons will be rested during Wednesday's road game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: It's the second half of a back-to-back set and the Mavs' training staff still isn't comfortable with him playing on consecutive nights. His minute-limit has crept into the mid-20s recently, but Parsons' occasional DNPs continue to drag down his value. The Mavs' next back-to-back set comes Dec. 6 and 7. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled rest day for Bryant who logged 25 minutes during Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors. He has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's game against the Blazers, but with the Lakers scheduled for a back-to-back set Saturday vs. Portland and Sunday vs. Indiana, there's a chance he sits out one of those games. Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field on the season, and he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Carroll looking forward to matchup with LBJ
    DeMarre Carroll said he is looking forward to guarding LeBron James during Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: "It's a great opportunity for me, great opportunity for this team," Carroll said. "Just to play the Cleveland Cavaliers, the best team in the East right now so if you can't get ready for this game, you're not a real NBA player." When Carroll was with the Hawks, he defeated James' teams four out of six times, and he'll look to make things difficult for James tonight. Carroll will likely spend most the evening guarding James, so offense will be an afterthought for The Junkyard Dog, making him a slightly less attractive play in daily leagues. Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • Rivers won't commit to Johnson as starter
    Despite the fact that the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with Wes Johnson as the starting small forward, Doc Rivers would not commit to keeping him in the starting five long-term.

    Advice: "That lineup is a lineup that I'm going to keep moving, depending on guys," Rivers said. "I like Wes the most because of his size and his ability to shoot, but there's nights where you play a great offensive player at that spot and we may go with a defensive guy. We're going to just keep moving it around." Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Johnson are going to continue subbing in-and-out of the starting five for the foreseeable future, making it tough to own any of these guys in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Kobe Bryant says he could be averaging 35 PPG
    Kobe Bryant said he wasn't really all that worried about his current career-low shooting percentage (31.1 percent) following the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Tuesday, and added that he could be averaging 35 points per game if he really wanted to.

    Advice: "I'm not really worried about it, honestly," Bryant said. "My shooting will be better. I could've scored 80 [Tuesday vs. Golden State]. It wouldn't have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We'd be what, 3-11? We've got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that's going to keep us in ballgames." Given that Kobe is currently shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field, he'd need roughly 50 shots a game to get to that 35 points per game averages, so he's right that that probably wouldn't be best for his team. He also missed a layup on his way to a 1-of-14 shooting performance Tuesday night, so 80 points seems a tad unrealistic. Wednesday, 6:27 am
  • Wes Johnson scores 11 points in start Tues
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points in a start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding two boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few extra minutes if he didn't get into foul trouble, but it was an encouraging game for Johnson and it's possible that he could stick in the starting lineup. Paul Pierce hasn't been playing well and Lance Stephenson is still Lance Stephenson, so feel free to take a flier on Johnson if you're in a deep league. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 15, hits 7-of-8
    Thabo Sefolosha drew another start in the absence of Kent Bazemore (ankle) on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in an easy win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He's not really an offensive threat on most nights, but has played well on that end of the court in two straight. He'll continue to start and guard the opposition's best player for as long as Bazemore is out, but is only a real option in fantasy on nights when Baze isn't playing. Bazemore has missed four straight games, but should be back by the end of the week. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Chandler Parsons quiet, but plays 25 minutes
    Chandler Parsons played a season-high 25 minutes on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for six points, five rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The good news is that his minutes are finally up in the 25-minute range, meaning he is hopefully about ready to start playing better as he recovers from knee surgery. He's been pretty bad thus far, but now might be the time to target him in a buy-low deal. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Paul George scores season-high 40, 7 treys
    Paul George hit 14-of-19 shots and 7-of-8 3-pointers for a season-high 40 points to go along with eight boards, four assists and two steals in Tuesday's easy win over the Wizards.

    Advice: This was easily George's best game of the season and came on the heels of his recent comments about him feeling like he is better than he was prior to his leg injury. This might be a nice sell-high moment for George, but the small forward position is so thin and he's putting up big numbers, meaning you're probably just better off riding him out and hoping that he stays healthy all season. George's career high is 43 points. Tuesday, 6:36 pm
  • Wes Johnson will start, Paul Pierce to bench
    Wes Johnson will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with Paul Pierce moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Clippers haven't gotten a lot of production out of Pierce or Lance Stephenson, so it will be interesting to see if Johnson can build some momentum. Johnson's minutes will still be relatively low with the starters, so owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Paul George studied the game when he was out
    Paul George stated during a recent interview that he feels he's better now than he was before his gruesome leg injury.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m better. I think a year away from the game, you learn, you grow, regardless if I was on the court or not," George said. "You just get a chance to really observe and be a student of the game, at that point when you’re sitting out. So I think that was the little bit that I needed, the push that I needed. I worked hard that summer going into the season. Granted I got hurt, but I feel like that year away was what I needed to just learn." Paul George is currently putting up first-round value on the season, and there's no reason to believe he can't keep it up. Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Corey Brewer working on finding confidence
    Corey Brewer said he's working on finding confidence in his shot.

    Advice: Brewer is shooting just 30.3 percent from the field, but is working on getting his confidence back. "We have to get our confidence back. We've been struggling all year. Now, I feel like we're getting in the flow. Once we start making shots, we're going to be tough." While Brewer isn't a must-own option in standard leagues, he can still provide some value to owners in deeper fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:15 am
  • Khris Middleton has efficient night in win
    Khris Middleton made 5-of-7 from the field for 16 points against the Pistons on Monday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's one of two very efficient games on the season for Middleton. He isn't getting a ton of shots in the offense and hasn't hit more than two treys in any of his last five games, averaging 12.8 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 treys. Middleton's arrow is pointing up, though. Monday, 10:17 pm
  • Marvin Williams gets just 19 minutes
    Marvin Williams played just 19 minutes against the Kings on Monday with nine points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a little bit of foul trouble and didn't play in overtime. Williams was burned by Rudy Gay on the last play of regulation, so that might be a factor. He's still putting up must-start value on the season and should be owned in all standard leagues. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Rudy Gay returns with 28 points in loss
    Rudy Gay played 42 minutes during a 127-122 overtime loss to the Hornets on Monday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was wearing a T-shirt under jersey, presumably to help protect his shoulder strain. Gay looked just fine tonight and was going to the rim a lot. While DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) possibly missing time could help Gay, he should be posting some big stat lines going forward and be an early-round asset. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi played 27 minutes off the bench on Monday with six points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a ton of stretch four tonight, which could continue if DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) needs to miss time, Casspi had his best run of the season while Boogie was out, so he's worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues. Boogie shouldn't be out for long, though. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 13 points
    Evan Fournier played just 23 minutes against the Cavs on Monday with 13 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His shooting has been vital for the offensive spacing, so he's probably the safest bet to remain in the starting lineup. Fournier played his fewest minutes of the season tonight as coach Scott Skiles's wrath showed no bounds -- it almost never does. He is trending down, so the sell-high window is starting to close. Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Casspi starts 2nd half, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi started the second half in place of Willie Cauley-Stein on Monday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Kings head coach George Karl keeps rookie WCS on a very short leash, so don't read too much into this. Casspi is a favorite of Karl's, but his value is held in check when Rudy Gay is active. Monday, 5:31 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start vs. Hornets
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will start against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He is good to go for a four-game week. Gay only needed to miss one game after it looked like he would miss several, so those who picked up guys like Omri Casspi might need to reassess the situation. Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli also lose value. Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Evan Fournier didn't expect Magic extension
    Evan Fournier admitted that he did not expect to reach a contract extension with the Magic.

    Advice: The report states Fournier rejected a four-year, $32M offer in order to be on himself. "To be honest, I did not even expect to be extended," Fournier said. "I have confidence in myself and the season that I’ll have. The contract will take care of itself." Fournier worked out this offseason using track-and-field exercises to improve his stamina, and thus far it has clearly paid off. Although he is having a breakout season, Fournier still wants to improve. "I really have to rebound the ball better," Fournier said. "I’m 6-foot-7, a pretty big guard, so I should average at least six rebounds." With averages of 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 triples on 45.4 percent shooting, those fortunate enough to have Fournier would be thrilled if he could add any more. The breakout is real, and it's spectacular. Monday, 9:52 am
  • Rudy Gay says he expects to return on Monday
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain), who is officially listed as probable, said that he expects to play in Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: That would be great news for Gay and for those with him on their fantasy roster. We'll need confirmation from the team after the Kings go through shootaround on Monday, but signs point to Gay getting back in the lineup. That means less of Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli. Monday, 8:39 am
  • Chandler Parsons plays season-high 24 minutes
    Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 24 minutes during Sunday's loss in OKC, scoring 12 points with two triples, three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or turnovers.

    Advice: His minute-limit is slowly creeping toward the mid-20s as the Mavs are wisely playing it safe with Parsons, who is owed $16 million next season. He's likely to miss one of the Mavs' games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so plan accordingly. Nov 22, 6:49 pm
  • Wes Matthews hits four 3-pointers vs. OKC
    Wesley Matthews drained four 3-pointers to finish Sunday's road loss with 18 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he walked off a hard fall in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Matthews took a horrible shot just before the final buzzer but most of the night he had it going, a rarity since he came in shooting 33.0 percent on the season. Inconsistency is to be expected as he returns from Achilles surgery, and his owners should note that Dallas plays back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Nov 22, 6:47 pm
  • Evan Turner plays well in 32 minutes Sunday
    Evan Turner finished Sunday's road loss with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes off the Celtics' bench.

    Advice: Turner's minutes should rise with Marcus Smart (leg) on the shelf for a few weeks, and he's worth a look as a low-end source of scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. His bench production will be even more important with Avery Bradley in the starting lineup -- other than Turner, Boston's reserves shot a combined 33.3 percent from the field. Nov 22, 5:43 pm
  • Parsons' minutes will continue to go up
    Chandler Parsons' minutes will continue to gradually go up.

    Advice: Parsons' minutes limit increased to 23 on Wednesday against the Celtics, so he should see a similar workload tonight. Head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't lay out an exact plan, but hopefully Parsons will be able to play over 30 minutes in December. He isn't a must-start player yet, but that could change very soon and his owners just need to stay patient. Nov 22, 3:29 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 21 pts w/ four steals
    DeMarre Carroll was extremely effective during Sunday's win over the Clippers, tallying 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-3 from the stripe), five boards, two 3-pointers, four steals and just one turnover through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll posted a sterling true shooting percentage of 71.1 in this one, and he didn't even miss a shot until the third quarter. DeMarre was recently quoted saying his foot is feeling "way better," after he was rested for three games in early-November, and the high minutes totals (36.2 minutes per game since his return) would indicate that the plantar fasciitis issue is now behind him. Unfortunately, the Raptors are headed for just a two-game week, so those in weekly formats may want to consider leaving The Junkyard Dog on their bench. Nov 22, 3:27 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan goes 13-of-14 from the line Sun
    DeMar DeRozan knocked down 13 of his 14 free throw attempts on Sunday, to go with 21 points (4-of-16 shooting), six boards, three assists and four turnovers through 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: DeRozan is currently hitting career-highs in assists (4.3), steals (1.3) and free throw attempts (8.9) to go with respectable averages of 20.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, but he’s currently only putting up mid-round value on the year due to his lack of a 3-point shot (0.3 three-pointers per game) and his 42.3 percent shooting clip on 15.7 shots per game. He is what he is. Nov 22, 3:12 pm
  • Evan Turner dealing with swelling in his knee
    Evan Turner said that he's been dealing with some swelling in his knee since the preseason, but he doesn't think it's a very big deal.

    Advice: Turner will play on Sunday, and he should see a nice minutes bump with Marcus Smart (leg) out for the next couple of weeks. Turner doesn’t seem very concerned about the knee, and neither are we. Nov 22, 2:01 pm
  • Courtney Lee has better game
    Courtney Lee scored 15 points during a 92-82 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding one rebound, two steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's seen an uptick in playing time in his past two, but that's because Zach Randolph (knee) has been out and the small forwards have shifted to power forward more to open up wing minutes for him. Lee isn't a strong pickup and snapped a seven-game streak of failing to score more than seven points. Nov 21, 9:19 pm
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 10 dimes
    James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 10 assists, seven boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Harden was shooting 37.8 percent from the field coming into the game, but to be fair his teammates haven't exactly stepped up around him. Ty Lawson has been terrible, but the return of Patrick Beverley (ankle) next week could help stabilize things in Houston and take some of the pressure off Harden on the defensive end. Despite the Rockets falling to a 5-9 start, Harden is still managing to return first-round value and he hasn't even hit his stride yet. Nov 21, 8:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 18 with nine boards
    Terrence Jones scored 18 points with nine boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Jones struggled to finish at the rim once again and finished just 5-of-14 from the field, but he was very aggressive on the glass and was able to pull down six offensive rebounds. He has only been returning late-round value this season, but he has more than enough talent and upside to build some momentum moving forward. He should be owned in all leagues and he should be well rested for Wednesday's matchup with Memphis. Nov 21, 8:41 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points in a start against the Cavs on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks put him out there on LeBron James and he did a fine job. Sefolosha's added playing time probably won't last for long with Kent Bazemore (ankle) likely back in the next couple games. If he's out there on the wire, he should probably stay there. Nov 21, 7:07 pm
  • Paul George scores 20 points in win vs. Bucks
    Paul George made 7-of-16 from the field for 20 points during a 123-86 win over the Bucks on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's his ninth-consecutive game with at least 20 points and he's also made at least three 3-pointers in four straight. George is locked-in as a 3-pointer shooter on the season, making 42.7 percent from deep. He's not getting into the paint quite as much, but his fantasy owners won't care as long as his shot keeps dropping. George looks like he was worth the risk for his aggressive fantasy owners. Nov 21, 6:44 pm
  • Khris Middleton still in slump
    Khris Middleton scored eight points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Pacers on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Bucks just aren't using him correctly right now. Before tonight, only 40.4 percent of his plays have been spot-up or off-screen plays, which should probably be over 50 after his breakout 2014-15. Whatever the case, expect Middleton to adapt to his SG role and improve on his current eight-round value on the season. Nov 21, 6:25 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 32 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points off the bench on Saturday against the Magic, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a lot of power forward tonight in what turned out to be a lot of small ball in this game. Casspi will be getting plenty of minutes regardless of role for as long as Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out. Gay is only day-to-day, so give Casspi a look if you're looking for some short-term value in the 60-90 range. Nov 21, 5:04 pm
  • Evan Fournier gets 17 points in loss
    Evan Fournier scored 17 points against the Kings on Saturday with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a minor right ankle tweak and had the trainers look at him on the bench. Fournier was fine and didn't need to miss any game action -- he actually made two 3-pointers o his next two possessions after the injury. Fournier is probably the only player who is safe from the wrath of The Scott Skiles. Nov 21, 4:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha to start vs. LeBron
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This one has to be due to LeBron James, so the Hawks will get Sefolosha on him as much as they can. He's still not too involved in the offense, but should get enough minutes to be a viable fantasy option. Nov 21, 3:09 pm
  • Omri Casspi isn't starting for Kings vs. ORL
    Coach George Karl said the Kings will start three guards next to Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Interesting. This could be the coach playing mind games, but if he's telling the truth that would mean Omri Casspi is coming off the bench. Ben McLemore and Rajon Rondo will almost certainly be two of the three guards while Marco Belinelli or Darren Collison will be the third guard -- probably Collison. Still, Casspi has some good value along with a hot B-Mac. Nov 21, 12:51 pm
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) out for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He is just day-to-day, so his fantasy owners should feel somewhat lucky he's not out for a long time. With Gay out, the Kings will likely be starting Omri Casspi at small forward. They will also go small a lot and use more of Ben McLemore and Marce Belinelli. Nov 21, 12:41 pm
  • Evan Turner (leg) good to go Sunday
    Evan Turner (right leg strain) is good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This is the first we are hearing about a leg injury for Turner, but it doesn't sound serious and his status isn't in doubt. With Marcus Smart (leg) sidelined for at least two games, Turner's fantasy value should get a nice short-term bump. Nov 21, 10:11 am
  • Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday
    Rudy Gay (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: The good news is that the Kings are listing him as day-to-day after an MRI revealed a left shoulder strain, so he shouldn't be out too long. We should see a lot of Omri Casspi on Saturday, so he's worth a look for any owner in need of short-term value. DeMarcus Cousins will have more on his plate with Gay on the sidelines, while Marco Belinelli should see an uptick in minutes as well. Nov 21, 7:34 am
  • Harrison Barnes scores 20 points in win
    Harrison Barnes hit a dagger 3-pointer on Friday against the Bulls, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He's your league leader in offensive rating (qualifiers) with his 115.8. Barnes has increased his playing time three minutes per game and his usage rate 3.1 from last year, which is extremely impressive. Plus, his efficiency is also up, too. Harry B is now putting up fifth-round value on the season and is trending up. Nov 21, 1:56 am
  • Wesley Matthews hits 3-of-12 shots in win
    Wesley Matthews couldn't get anything to drop during Friday's win over the Jazz, scoring just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting to go with one assist, one rebound and one block over 32 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews is currently in one of the worst shooting slumps of his career, connecting on just 32.3 percent of his shot attempts through the month of November. It is encouraging to see the veteran earning playing time in the 30s coming off an Achilles injury, but the fact that he's currently only knocking down a mere 25 percent of his wide open looks is a bit concerning. Achilles injuries can be career altering. Nov 20, 11:48 pm
  • Terrence Jones puts up another dud on Friday
    Terrence Jones failed to do much during his 29 minutes of playing time on Friday, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting (1-of4 from the line) to go with four boards, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Jones has been getting the minutes, but he just hasn't been producing, and he's currently only putting up late-round value on the season with averages of 12.6 points, 5.3 boards, 0.7 three-pointers and 1.1 blocks per game. Dwight Howard is going to be rested for Saturday's game against the Knicks, which should give Jones some more opportunity, so hopefully he gets things back on track during that one. Nov 20, 8:52 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points with full line
    James Harden scored 22 points during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and six turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Harden is currently hitting career-highs in points (28.8), rebounds (6.2) and unfortunately turnovers (4.8), but he's still producing at a top-8 level in 9-cat leagues. If you take away the turnovers, Harden jumps to No. 3 overall, and we're not worried about the fact that he's currently shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field (career 44.1 percent shooter). The coaching change in Houston has had zero affect on Harden's value. Nov 20, 8:04 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles
    Thaddeus Young double-doubled against the Celtics during a 120-95 loss on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws. Young in starting to pick it up as a scorer and rebounder, posting fourth-round value on the year. If he can start making free throws better than his 60.9 percent on the year, he could remain a top-50 player all season. Nov 20, 7:32 pm
  • Marvin Williams scores 11 points w/ 9 boards
    Marvin Williams scored 11 points with nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He just keeps on chugging along and has been fairly consistent, too. Believe it or not, Williams has top-50 per game value on the year. He won't be that good, but his owners should be looking for at least mid-round value if they want to sell high. Nov 20, 7:09 pm
  • Terrence Jones (eye) returns to game
    Terrence Jones (eye) has returned to Friday's game.

    Advice: Sounds like the Rockets were just being cautious, catastrophe avoided. Nov 20, 6:35 pm
  • Terrence Jones (eye) questionable to return
    Terrence Jones (eye) was replaced by Corey Brewer in the starting lineup to start the second-half of Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies, and he is questionable to return.

    Advice: Jones is currently getting his right eye checked out by the Rocket's medical staff, the same right eyelid that forced him to miss six games earlier in the season. The severity of the injury is not currently known, but hopefully this is just the Rockets being overly cautious. We should have another update soon. Nov 20, 6:24 pm
  • MRI reveals left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay
    An MRI revealed a left shoulder strain for Rudy Gay, and the Kings are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Gay shouldn't be out long, so Omri Casspi doesn't make for a very attractive speculative add in most formats. We'll be considering Gay questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic, and if he's unable to give it a go, look for DeMarcus Cousins to post a gaudy usage rate with Rajon Rondo seeing some additional opportunity on offense. Nov 20, 6:15 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha is good to go for Saturday
    Thabo Sefolosha will play against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his ankle on Wednesday following the back-to-back set, but he'll be out there. Sefolosha and the Hawks don't have another back-to-back until Tuesday and Wednesday. He should get close to 28-30 minutes on Saturday. Nov 20, 12:27 pm
  • Motiejunas (back) will be evaluated on Dec. 1
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) will be re-evaluated on Dec. 1 in the hopes that he will finally be cleared to work out with the team.

    Advice: The big man has been sidelined since April, but his original 2-3 month timetable was way off and it's not a guarantee that he will be cleared to practice in December. Feel free to stash him if you are in a really deep league, but your expectations should be pretty low with Terrence Jones playing well in the starting lineup. Keep in mind that Motiejunas will be eased back into the rotation as well once he is cleared. Nov 20, 6:10 am
  • Harrison Barnes keeps putting up numbers
    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points with seven rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been special as a stretch four all season. Barnes has fallen off in a big way as a 3-point shooter from his 40.5 percent from deep last year, but he's dominating on mid-range and around the basket. The increase in usage rate has launched him to sixth-round value on the year. He's one of the best third or fourth options in the NBA. Nov 19, 11:15 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points
    Khris Middleton didn't make any 3-pointers during a 115-100 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 15 points with one rebound, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Every other player in the starting five is pretty much useless as a scorer with a jumper from beyond 16 feet, so Middleton really needs to start heating up. He still has a nice buy-low window and the return of Jabari Parker shouldn't hurt him much. Nov 19, 8:58 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left shoulder) will have an MRI
    Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain) will be re-evaluated on Friday in Orlando.

    Advice: Presumably, the team will be giving him an MRI to check for any tears in his muscle or an issue with the joint. Gay grabbed the front part of his shoulder, so there's a chance he's dealing with a pectoral muscle issue. His fantasy owners will just have to hope he's OK, but he could miss significant time. If he's out, Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli would all gain a lot of value. Casspi would be the safest pickup of the bunch. Nov 19, 7:37 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 16 points
    Omri Casspi scored 16 points in the starting lineup on Thursday with six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-11 from the field and missed all four shots from the line. Casspi started at the three because DeMarcus Cousins was suspended, but he would likely stick in the starting lineup if Rudy Gay (shoulder) needs to miss time. He's a very solid speculative add in standard leagues while we await the word of Gay's prognosis. Nov 19, 7:17 pm
  • James Harden focusing on improving defense
    James Harden said he's focused on improving his defense.

    Advice: While Harden exploded for 45 points on Wednesday, he also said he needs to focus more on his defense. "That's probably one of the reasons why the [team] energy has been so low," Harden said. "Making shots or missing shots, I've got to bring my game." With a new head coach in Houston, Harden's fantasy owners have to hope this is the start of a hot streak for The Beard. Nov 19, 6:34 am
  • DeMarre Carroll scores just seven
    DeMarre Carroll made 2-of-8 from the field for seven points during a 93-89 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Even though the shooting line isn't pretty, he was able to contribute some defense and treys. Carroll continues to struggle with his shot, but there's been no indication of him still dealing with his foot injury. He's still a buy-low guy. Nov 18, 9:11 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 14 points
    DeMar DeRozan made 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: While this line wasn't great, he put Rudy Gobert on one of the best posterizing dunks of the season. DeRozan hasn't shot over 42 percent from the field in any of his previous four games while he failed to make a trey, too. He has seventh-round value on the season, which seems about right for an expectation going forward. You can check out the dunk in the link below. Nov 18, 9:06 pm
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