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  • D'Angelo Russell scores 16 with five dimes
    D'Angelo Russell was solid against the Blazers on Saturday with 16 points, five assists, four boards and two 3-pointers in a season-high 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was encouraging to see Russell play so many minutes and he did look good out there tonight, but keep in mind that Lou Williams (personal) was unavailable on Saturday. Russell is starting to figure things out and is averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. His fantasy arrow is pointing up and he should be much better in the second half of the season. With the Lakers going nowhere in the West, it makes sense for them to develop Russell as much as possible. 40 minutes ago
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 19 points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson played well on Saturday vs. the Blazers, scoring 19 points with four assists, three boards, four steals and two treys in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was the best Laker on the floor tonight and it's been that way for most of the season as well. Clarkson will have more responsibility on Sunday against the Pacers with Lou Williams (personal) out and Kobe Bryant's status up in the air, so owners in DFS should give him a serious look. For those of you in season-long leagues, Clarkson's value should only improve as the year goes on as one of the few building blocks on the roster. 45 minutes ago
  • Alec Burks scores 21 points in win vs. NO
    Alec Burks made 9-of-14 from the field for a team-high 21 points during a 101-87 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: When he's on, he looks like one of the best sixth men in the NBA. Although, Burks has not been on over his previous three, making just 25 percent from the field in that stretch. This game got him back over 40 percent from the field (41.5) and he should be closer to 45-47 percent going forward. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Burks also played 15 minutes at point guard tonight. Today, 9:59 pm
  • Trey Burke scores eight in return
    Trey Burke scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He played well and made 3-of-6 from the field. The Jazz have become more and more fond of the three-wing lineup with Alec Burks at the point, so that doesn't bode well for Burke. He's more of a 14-team guy to own. Today, 9:51 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 in win over Lakers
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points in a win over the Lakers on Saturday with seven assists, four boards, one block and five treys in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped 30 points on the Lakers last week, so his owners could see tonight's performance coming from a mile away. The Blazers may not have enough talent to make the playoffs, but they certainly have a bright future ahead of them with Lillard and C.J. McCollum leading the way. Lillard will get Chris Paul and the Clippers on Monday. Today, 9:44 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 28 with four treys
    C.J. McCollum predictably went off against the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 28 points with two boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: McCollum had his way with the woeful Lakers and hit 12-of-20 of his attempts from the field and was also 4-of-7 from deep. He's having a fantastic year in Portland and has been a top-50 player in standard leagues, and he is well on his way to winning the Most Improved Player Award this season. Today, 9:40 pm
  • Jrue Holiday plays 14 minutes in B2B
    Jrue Holiday played 14 minutes on Saturday with two points, two rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: The good news here is that this was his first game in a back-to-back. Holiday did play a combined 27 minutes in the two games, so this isn't a massive milestone. He should still start trending up even though he'll have a minutes cap for another month. Today, 9:29 pm
  • Deron Williams scores 22 points in win
    Deron Williams scored 22 points with four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a little sick, but Deron continues to play well right now. Williams has found a nice touch in his last five, making 2.2 treys per game on 47.8 percent from that range with 16.6 points, 4.6 boards, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals in that span. This is a good sell-high moment for him. Today, 9:09 pm
  • Trey Burke (back) will play on Saturday
    Trey Burke (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: After leaving Wednesday's game early and missing Friday's practice, this is great news for the Jazz and it likely means that his back issue isn't too serious. He should see his normal workload of around 21 minutes off the bench. Today, 6:10 pm
  • Deron Williams a little under the weather
    Deron Williams is a little sick on Saturday and will play against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This is just a heads up. If you were going to use him in DFS, you might want to swap him out if you can. Williams been pretty good so far this year. Today, 4:54 pm
  • Norris Cole could play on Tuesday
    Norris Cole (ankle) could play on Tuesday for his season debut.

    Advice: Would the Pelicans take Ish Smith out of the lineup? Probably not. Cole may not be in the rotation and he'll likely be slotted into Toney Douglas' minutes. Unless you're in a deep league, you can take a wait-and-see approach on Cole World. Today, 4:42 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will play limited minutes on Sat
    Jrue Holiday will play limited minutes (around 15) on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Holiday got into some foul trouble on Friday and played just 13 minutes, but it's very encouraging to see that the Pelicans feel comfortable enough to play him on the second night of a back-to-back set. Ish Smith should still see plenty of run and has been on fire, so his owners should keep him plugged in their lineups. As for Holiday, his owners should probably leave him on the bench. Today, 4:40 pm
  • Jrue Holiday expected to play Saturday
    Jrue Holiday is expected to be available to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, this is interesting. We still don't have official confirmation, but this is fairly credible information. Holiday only played 13 minutes on Friday due to foul trouble, so that may have helped him here. He'll likely have a sharpest minutes cap tonight, so he's not a strong play. If you were going to use Ish Smith, this shouldn't change your mind much. Today, 1:49 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) will not play on Sunday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Watson hasn't played since Nov. 9 and there is still no known timetable for his return. He recently went through some contact work and was pulled because of a noticeable limp, so it could be a while before he returns. Shabazz Napier will continue to back up Elfrid Payton off the bench. Today, 10:52 am
  • Trey Burke (back) goes through shootaround
    Trey Burke (back) made it through shootaround and is questionable to play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Burke wasn't able to return to Wednesday's game due to back spasms and sat out of practice on Friday, but it sounds like his status is trending in the right direction. With Rodney Hood (back) also questionable, we could see a lot of minutes from Alec Burks tonight. Raul Neto should benefit as well, but he's too risky to use in most leagues. Today, 10:06 am
  • Jrue Holiday likely going to be out Saturday
    Jrue Holiday is expected to sit out on Saturday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He had a bad run on Friday against the Clippers, scoring seven points with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in just 13 minutes. Hopefully, there was no aggravation here, but his owners shouldn't be expecting Holiday to play on Saturday anyway. Ish Smith time. Today, 12:48 am
  • Brandon Knight scores 21 points w/ five dimes
    Brandon Knight scored 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Friday's loss to the Warriors, adding five assists, one 3-pointer, one board, one steal and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Knight has been excellent this season with averages of 21.9 points, 4.3 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.6 three-pointers per game on 44.6 percent shooting from the field and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe, which is good enough for top-25 value in standard 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Playing next Eric Bledsoe has not been an issue at all, so owners that gambled on him on draft day have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. Today, 12:31 am
  • Mario Chalmers plays just 11 minutes
    Mario Chalmers had a rough outing during a 116-101 loss to the Hawks on Friday, scoring three points with one rebound, two assists and five turnovers in 11 minutes.

    Advice: The Memphis fans were not chanting MVP after this one. Chalmers' arrow is basically pointing straight down and he can be dropped in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:59 pm
  • Russell Westbrook turns it over 11 times
    Russell Westbrook turned the ball over 11 times during win over the Pistons on Friday, adding 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He matched Emmanuel Mudiay for the season high for turnovers in a game this year. Even with Kevin Durant back for much of this season, he's still leading the NBA In turnovers per game at 5.2 per contest. Westbrook also fouled out for the first time this season and just the eighth time in a regular season game during his career. He's still putting up top-five value on the season. Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • George Hill grabs 10 rebounds
    George Hill matched his career-high 10 boards against the Bulls on Friday with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't the best offensive game from Hill and he hasn't been the same since his return from an illness. Hill isn't going to have many nights when he blows you away, but he's still posting sixth-round value on the year and should remain in that neighborhood. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Derrick Rose not happy wit his play
    Derrick Rose made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He wasn't happy after the game. "I felt like I played like [expletive] tonight," Rose said. He's just struggling night after night and hasn't held enough per-game value to hold in most cases. If there is anything promising on the wire, cutting him is an option. He's worth holding in points leagues. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Trey Burke doesn't practice, questionable
    Trey Burke (back) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He suffered from back spasms on Wednesday and couldn't return to action. Burke also had a back issue back in April, so he is probably on the bad side of this questionable tag. Raul Neto was very good in Wednesday, but he's still a risky play in DFS. If he can't play, there should be more minutes for Alec Burks, too. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) doubtful Friday vs. Bucks
    C.J. Watson (calf) is not expected to play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "I'm trying to get better," Watson said. "Hopefully, I'll be back sooner than later, but it's very frustrating just to be able to sit on the bench and not be able to help the guys and be on the court with them." Head coach Scott Skiles said that Watson recently went through some on court work, but he was pulled from the activity due to a noticeable limp. Friday will mark Watson's eighth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Scott keeping D'Angelo Russell on short leash
    Byron Scott said that D'Angelo Russell can't keep making the same mistakes if he wants to earn consistent playing time with the Lakers.

    Advice: "We’ve been playing [Russell] minutes," said Scott. "He’s getting minutes and making mistakes. Now is a time I expect and will be more demanding. I’m not going to accept some of the mistakes we’re making, especially the ones that he makes over and over again." When Scott was asked directly if he thought Russell could have benefitted from playing during the fourth-quarter of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Warriors, he simply responded, "nah." It's an interesting approach from a coach on a rebuilding team. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose goes through full practice Thurs
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for Rose's availability for Friday's game against the Pacers after returning from a two-game absence on Tuesday. While Rose hasn't had a great start to his 2015-16 season, he should be in all fantasy lineups as long as he's healthy and on the court. Thursday, 9:58 am
  • Alec Burks scores eight, gets 12 mins at PG
    Alec Burks scored eight points on 3-of-13 from the field with six rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: While this wasn't a good game at all, he played 12 minutes at point guard tonight with Trey Burke (back) not being able to play in the second half. Burks probably won't be getting into the starting lineup any time soon, but he should be able to clear 30 minutes with added responsibility. He is worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:32 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 19 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday scored 19 points with two rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would appear the Pelicans were able to keep Jrue in one piece while Tyreke Evans (knee) has been out. His minutes are trending up and he should be getting close to 30 minutes in the next few weeks. He could put up mid-round value very soon. Wednesday, 11:17 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 29 points vs. Pelicans
    Brandon Knight scored 29 points against the Pelicans during a tough 120-114 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, four 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: It looked like Knight was ready to go crazy with 20 points in the first quarter, but he couldn't do much after that. He did only turn the ball one time tonight, which was a major bugaboo before this game. Knight has been wonderful as a shooting guard with his isolation scoring this year and should wind up being a bargain for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cooling off now
    Mario Chalmers cooled off against the Rockets on Wednesday with six points, three rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: That's not a bad line, but Chalmer's beginner's luck has worn out. He has some value in deeper leagues, though. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Russell Westbrook posts 27 & 13 vs. Brooklyn
    Russell Westbrook lit up the Nets for 27 points, six rebounds, 13 assists and five steals on Wednesday, helping the Thunder improve their home record to 7-3.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate was 'only' 29.5 tonight but Kevin Durant's presence makes everything easier for him -- he made 10-of-16 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws while limiting himself to three turnovers. Amazing as it is, OKC's dynamic duo are both currently in the top-three for per-game fantasy value. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Trey Burke (back spasms) out for game
    Trey Burke (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had back issues back in April, so this isn't a new issue for Burke. He'll have a couple days off, but Burke has a chance of missing time. That would mean more minutes for Alec Burks at the point, which also means more minutes for Rodney Hood, too. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • C.J. Watston (calf) out again on Wednesday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Shabazz Napier is the backup point guard. Although, Victor Oladipo coming off the bench likely means he gets more minutes at the one as a combo guard. Watson has very little value after missing his seventh game. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores eight points in loss
    D'Angelo Russell was held to just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The rookie also added two assists, four boards and two steals, but he missed his two attempts from beyond the arc. Russell was showing signs of improvement over his last three games, but the Warriors are playing some insane basketball right now and his owners could probably see tonight's mediocre stat line coming from a mile away. Russell will look to get it going vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Tuesday, 10:37 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores four points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: It was easily the worst game of his season which is a shame because he averaged 18.0 points per game in his previous five outings. The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season and may shift gears and start looking towards the future (their draft pick is top-3 protected next summer), so Clarkson's value should rise as the season progresses. He deserves a pass for tonight's performance. Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 18 in loss to Bulls
    C.J. McCollum hit 7-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: This wasn't one of his greatest games, but he still put up pretty solid numbers. The Blazers get the Lakers on Saturday, so CJM should have a big game as long as he's not on the bench late in a blowout. Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Damian Lillard has off night vs. Bulls
    Damian Lillard hit just 4-of-22 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but still filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Great players have a way of coming through for fantasy owners even when things aren't going well, and that was certainly the case for Lillard tonight. Look for him to get some redemption on Saturday against the Lakers. Tuesday, 10:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose returns from ankle injury
    Derrick Rose returned from a two-game absence to hit 7-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Rose missed a couple games with a sprained ankle, and while he didn't set the world on fire tonight, he played fairly well. Hopefully he can stay healthy and get hot between now and Christmas. Pau Gasol added 12 points, 14 rebounds and a block in the win, but hit just 5-of-15 shots. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 14 with 5 steals
    Mario Chalmers came off the bench and hit 4-of-7 shots for 14 points, two assists and five steals in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Super Mario is actually trying to live up to his nickname since being traded to the Grizzlies, and is averaging 15 points, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes per game over his last five. If you need a guard and those numbers are appealing, think about grabbing him in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Deron Williams cools off in loss to Memphis
    Deron Williams cooled off on Tuesday, hitting 3-of-8 shots for 10 points, three assists, a steal and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Williams was cooking coming into this one, scoring 20 and 23 points in his previous two games, and has now scored in double figures in eight straight. He sat down the stretch in a blowout, as J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton got some run with Devin Harris getting a night off. Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • George Hill scores 14 despite illness
    George Hill played through an illness on Tuesday and hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in a win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Hill was iffy coming in, but looked pretty good tonight. He was overshadowed by C.J. Miles and Paul George, but still played well enough to help your team if you had him active. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • George Hill (illness) will start on Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) will start Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Joining him will be Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi. Hill is going to get a tough matchup against John Wall of the Wizards in his first game back following a three-game absence, but Hill is a must-start option every time he's on the court. Go ahead and get him active. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Scott wants to get Russell to 30-35 minutes
    Byron Scott said he would like for D'Angelo Russell to play 30-35 minutes per game, but Russell will need to earn those minutes with his play on the court.

    Advice: The No. 2 overall pick has begun to string some good games together, as he's averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 boards, 3.3 assists and 2.0 tripes per game over the last three. Scott isn't going to hand the rookie minutes, but he did earn a season-high 36 minutes during the Lakers loss to the Blazers on Sunday. His arrow is pointing up, so he's worth stashing in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) will start on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) will start Tuesday vs. Portland, sending Kirk Hinrich back to the bench.

    Advice: Rose said that there will be no restriction on his minutes tonight, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Kirk Hinrich won't be worth using in any format with Rose active, and Jimmy Butler's value and usage rate will take a slight hit. Tuesday, 11:06 am
  • Brandon Knight turns it over eight times
    Brandon Knight turned the ball over eight times against the Spurs on Monday during a 98-84 loss, adding 18 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Suns really missed Eric Bledsoe (knee) and turned the ball over a 76ers-like 28 times tonight. Knight is having a breakout season as a scorer and he should be better against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Alec Burks scores eight points in loss
    Alec Burks scored eight points on 2-of-9 shooting in Monday's blowout loss to the Thunder, adding three assists, two boards and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Jazz were completely outplayed by the Thunder tonight and the game was basically over by halftime, but Burks had his fair share of struggles as well. His efficiency has trailed off lately because he is shooting just 32.8 percent from the field over his last five games, but he should be able to break out of his slump soon. Burks is still playing the best basketball of his career and was returning mid-round value just a couple of weeks ago, so look for him to bounce back against the Clippers on Wednesday. Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 20 with nine assists
    Russell Westbrook scored 20 points with nine assists, seven boards, one steal and four turnovers against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned to the lineup tonight and the game was a blowout, so that explains why Westbrook played just 27 minutes. Westbrook's numbers won't be as crazy as they were when Durant was on the shelf, but he will still be a first-round value the rest of the way. Judging by tonight's game, the Thunder look like a force to be reckoned with in the West. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • George Hill, C.J. Miles probable for Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) and C.J. Miles (ankle) are probable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill had a chest infection last week, forcing him to miss two games. His return will bump Monta Ellis back to shooting guard and C.J. Miles (ankle) to small forward. Hill should be in all lineups this week. Monday, 11:58 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) puts in full practice
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Monday and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He'll be returning after missing two games on the road trip. Rose is likely very close to 100 percent and he isn't expected to have a a minutes cap. Kirk Hinrich would move back to the bench and E'Twaun Moore would play less. The Bulls only have two games, so he should still be benched in weekly leagues. Monday, 11:44 am
  • D'Angelo Russell now calling 90% of the plays
    D'Angelo Russell is now calling 90 percent of the plays when he's on the floor.

    Advice: "He needs that confidence," Byron Scott said. "He needs to know that we believe in him. Giving him the ball and saying you will run the show pretty much says it all." This is a big difference from just a couple of weeks ago, when Scott and Russell were splitting the calls evenly. Over his last three games, Russell is averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 3-pointers, and he's also been able to stay on the floor with average north of 32 minutes during that stretch. It's taking some time, but things are noticeably improving for Russell as he trends upward. Monday, 9:28 am
  • Cole hoping to return in first half of Dec.
    Norris Cole (high left ankle sprain) is hoping to return in the first half of December.

    Advice: It sounds more like Cole is targeting a mid-December return than earlier in the month as his head coach previously suggested. After never previously sustaining this type of injury, Cole also wants to be sure he's completely healthy before returning. "Whenever it’s right, that’s when it’s right and when I’m going to lace it up," Cole said. With Tyreke Evans (knee surgery) right around the corner and Jrue Holiday (leg) getting healthier, those with Ish Smith—who has been playing well—might want to consider his short vs. long-term value. Monday, 7:38 am
  • Derrick Rose on track to return on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) is on track to return on Tuesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Rose made it through Sunday's practice in full, and unless he has a setback in advance of Tuesday's game, the expectation is that he'll be back on the floor. Sidelined since the November 16 win over the Pacers, a Tuesday return would mean Rose will have missed just two games. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Damian Lillard posts 30 points w/ 13 assists
    Damian Lillard dropped 30 points and a career-high 13 assists in Sunday's win over the Lakers, while chipping in three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-25 from the field and only turned the ball over twice in 37 minutes, getting anywhere he wanted to vs. the Lakers' perimeter defenders. The Blazers have now won a franchise-best five straight road games in L.A., and they held on tonight thanks to a combined 49 points from Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Sunday, 9:18 pm
  • C.J. McCollum posts well-rounded line Sunday
    C.J. McCollum made 8-of-13 shots with three 3-pointers vs. the Lakers, finishing with 19 points, four boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: There's nothing like a game vs. the Lakers to snap a shooting slump -- McCollum came in shooting only 25-of-65 from the field in his previous four games. The lack of efficiency has taken a toll but he's still doing enough for steady mid-round value with upside, anchored by 20.1 points and 1.9 triples per game, and tonight's defensive stats are a welcome surprise. Sunday, 9:16 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson takes over as backup PG
    Jordan Clarkson took over as the Lakers' backup PG on Sunday and finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Byron Scott wasn't thrilled with Lou Williams' performance as a reserve PG, so he tweaked his lineup to give Clarkson the ball when D'Angelo Russell sat. Clarkson played 35 minutes, just under his season high, and the added responsibilities should be a boon for his already-solid fantasy value. Sunday, 9:13 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell returns after ankle sprain
    D'Angelo Russell posted 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists vs. the Blazers, knocking down two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Russell was on the court down the stretch, which is a good sign that Byron Scott is trusting him more, but he shot 0-of-4 in the fourth quarter and had a costly turnover with two minutes remaining. He suffered a mild left ankle sprain in the third quarter but was able to return after being re-taped, and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) expected to return
    D'Angelo Russell (mild left ankle sprain) is expected to return to Sunday's game.

    Advice: He is having a nice game vs. the Blazers and fortunately seems to have avoided any serious injury. Sunday, 8:02 pm
  • Deron Williams notches 20 points in road loss
    Deron Williams kept up his momentum vs. the Thunder, making 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs to finish with 20 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He did his damage in only 33 minutes and now has back-to-back 20-point performances after failing to reach that mark in Dallas' first 12 games. His steals (1.6), assists (5.6) and 3-pointers (1.3) have all crept up in recent weeks, and he's quietly positioned himself in the top-50 for 8-cat value. Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Russell Westbrook carries Thunder past Mavs
    Russell Westbrook put the Thunder on his back again on Sunday, racking up 31 points, two 3-pointers, five boards, 11 assists, five steals and one block in a win vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He made 12-of-22 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in another superhero performance for OKC, which improved to 8-6 with the victory. He did commit seven more turnovers, adding to his league-leading 4.9 miscues per game, but that's something his 9-cat owners have obviously come to terms with. Sunday, 6:45 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) starts, plays 37 mins
    Brandon Knight (ankle) played 37 minutes on Sunday but shot only 5-of-18 from the field to finish with 19 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Pelicans give up 30.1 points per game to opposing point guards, most in the NBA, but it was Eric Bledsoe (29 points) who feasted tonight. Knight's ankle shouldn't be an issue for Monday's road game vs. the Spurs, so we're keeping him off the injury report. Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will start on Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: The Suns will go with their standard starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Knight, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler. Knight briefly left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain, but he was never really in any doubt of suiting up for tonight's game. Go ahead and get him active. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Gentry expects Cole to return early December
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that he expects Norris Cole (ankle) to return sometime during the first week or two of December.

    Advice: Ish Smith has played extremely well for the depleted Pelicans, but it appears his days being a mid-round asset are coming to an end with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Cole on the verge of a return. Smith may fall out of the rotation entirely once Jrue Holiday's minutes restriction is lifted, so owners should start pursuing the waiver wire for his tentative replacement. Cole will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not really worth a speculative add in most formats. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Rose (ankle) goes through full practice Sun
    Derrick Rose (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rose will be re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Rose is making good progress with his sprained left ankle, and he said that he's shooting to play in Tuesday's game against Portland, which is a realistic timeline given his full participation in Sunday's practice. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and he'd cut into the production of Jimmy Butler. Check back for another update on Rose on Monday. Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) probable Sunday vs. NO
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is probable to play Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Knight suffered a very mild left ankle sprain during Friday's game against the Nuggets, but he played through it and finished with a career-high 38 points over the course of 36 minutes. Make sure you have him active for what will be an uptempo matchup with the Pelicans. Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • George Hill day-to-day with chest infection
    George Hill, who has missed Indiana's past three games with a chest infection, is still being listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: Hill reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery following Friday's practice, and it's looking like there's a small chance he misses his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. If that's the case, Monta Ellis would continue to act as a makeshift point guard for the Pacers, with Rodney Stuckey picking up some extra minutes. Sunday, 11:21 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) listed as out for Monday
    C.J. Watson (calf) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Watson is dealing with a strained left calf and hasn't played since Nov. 9, but it's not a good sign that the Magic ruled him out so quickly. Elfrid Payton's minutes have been on the rise lately, meaning Shabazz Napier will likely see minutes in the teens as the backup point guard on Monday. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Mario Chalmers has a minor right foot issue
    Mario Chalmers scored six points in 2-of-10 from the field against the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: He did have an injury to his right foot, but didn't need to miss time. Chalmers was leading the NBA in offensive rating, defensive rating and net rating earlier this week, but he's cooled off in his last two. He should not have a big bump from his Miami days and is more of a 14-team player. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • George Hill very unlikely to play vs. Bucks
    George Hill (illness) is not likely to play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He's only going to play in an emergency, which means he won't get minutes unless someone gets hurt. With Hill out, the Pacers will probably want to go with a bigger lineup to try and clog the paint against the Bucks. Regardless, fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on Lavoy Allen or Chase Budinger tonight. Rodney Stuckey should also get some minutes at backup point guard. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • Norris Cole (ankle) plays some 2-on-2
    Norris Cole (ankle) was able to play some 2-on-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Cole still doesn't have a timetable to return, but this is obviously a step in the right direction. Tyreke Evans (knee) will beat Cole back to action, so he won't have a significant role when he returns. Cole belongs on the waiver wire. Saturday, 10:57 am
  • George Hill (illness) upgraded to probable
    George Hill (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Bucks, but he will likely be a game-time decision.

    Advice: The team will monitor his status throughout the day, but Hill will likely slide back into the starting lineup with Lavoy Allen shifting to the bench. Hill has missed the past two games with an upper respiratory illness, but he shouldn't have too many limitations tonight. We'll confirm his status prior to tip-off, but go ahead and get him active. Saturday, 7:59 am
  • Jordan Clarkson keeps it going
    Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He has turned it around with four straight games of an effective field goal percentage of 50.0 or higher. Clarkson also has 2.0 treys per game in that span and has done a nice job of expanding his game. He's a solid player to own in standard leagues. Saturday, 1:04 am
  • D'Angelo Russell scores career-high 17
    D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 17 points against the Raptors on Friday with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It was by far his best offensive game and he's starting to take better shots and not forcing the ball. With the Lakers falling to 2-10, they may be more inclined to play Russell. He'll be wildly inconsistent, but he has enough upside to stash in standard leagues. He might be worth using, too. Saturday, 12:56 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points during a 102-91 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was Lillard Time. He killed the Clippers late with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Lillard hit a pullup trey to give the Blazers a boost and he pointed to his wrist and looked at the Clippers to let them know what time it was. He's putting up second-round value on the season despite a prolonged shooting slump. You can check out a video of Dame's celebration in the link below. Saturday, 12:53 am
  • Brandon Knight scores career-high 38 points
    Brandon Knight scored a career-high 38 points against the Nuggets during a 114-107 win on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: You think the Bucks want his 3-point shooting back? Knight is as hot as anyone in his last five games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.4 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.4 treys on 49.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. Knight actually had an ankle injury in the first half and went to the locker room. He has first-round value in eight-cat leagues and top-20 value in standard leagues. Saturday, 12:22 am
  • Deron Williams scores season-high 23 points
    Deron Williams put up a season-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting during Friday's win over the Jazz, adding eight assists, six boards, four 3-pointers, three steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Williams also continued his perfect streak from the free throw line, connecting on 5-of-5 of his attempts bringing his season total to 35-of-35. This was easily Deron's best game of the season, which is extra impressive given that he was going up against the No. 1 defense in the NBA. That being said, Deron has had a tough time staying healthy over the years, and he recently admitted that he's still battling nagging injuries, so now would be a great time to see what you could get for him on the open market. Friday, 11:38 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 15 points with five boards
    Alec Burks put up 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go with five boards, one 3-pointer, one block and one turnover during Friday's loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Burks also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, making this your prototypical Burks-line. He's currently hitting career-highs in points (15.9), three-pointers (1.2) and steals (1.0) to go with a career-high usage rate of 25.6. His minutes have been trending up during the month of November, and he looks ready for a full bounce-back year after spending a majority of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines. Friday, 11:29 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 34 in loss to NY
    Russell Westbrook made 11-of-29 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for 34 points during a 93-90 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 39.6 usage rate to move him to 35.6 on the season, which trails DeMarcus Cousins by 0.1. Westbrook's numbers are silly on the year, averaging 28.5 points, 7.8 boards, 10.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 treys. No player has ever gone 28-7-10 with 2.0 steals on the season and only Oscar Roberson has hit the 28-7-10 without the steals. Westbrook is a stat machine. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cools off in win over Houston
    Mario Chalmers torrid streak in a Memphis jersey came to an end on Friday, as he connected on just 2-of-9 shots on his way to 10 points, four boards, three assists and one steal through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chalmers did manage to connect on all six of his free throw attempts, which has been a strong point for Rio as of late, but the minutes were the lowest amount he's received while wearing a Grizzlies uniform. Still, he's been quite good since his arrival in Memphis, owning averages of 16.5 points, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.5 steals per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 93.9 percent from the stripe, so he's worth holding onto to see if he can bounce-back during Saturday's game against the Spurs. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Jrue Holiday plays 24 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 24 minutes in the starting lineup on Friday with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists, one block and one turnover against the Spurs.

    Advice: He played well and the 24 minutes is a good sign. The Pelicans don't have another back-to-back set until Nov. 27 and 28 and then another on Dec. 1 and 2. Holiday should be in most lineups for the next two games -- both against the Suns. Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) returns to game
    Brandon Knight (left ankle) has returned to Friday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Yes, this was the same ankle that required season-ending surgery last season, but his return to the game suggests he'll be fine. Owners can now rest the hand that was hovering over the panic button. Friday, 6:45 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) goes to locker room
    Brandon Knight suffered a left ankle injury and went to the locker room. Friday, 6:30 pm
  • George Hill questionable for Saturday
    George Hill (illness) is questionable for Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He missed the last two games due to an upper respiratory illness and was able to practice on Friday. With Hill likely back, the Pacers will likely push Lavoy Allen back to the bench while Chase Budinger will play less. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Friday night
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He is improving, but the Bulls won't put him out there against Stephen Curry. Rose almost never plays at less than 100 percent these days, so he could miss the final game on the three-game road trip on Tuesday in Portland -- the same court in which he tore his meniscus. Aaron Brooks is also likely out, so we should see a lot of E'Twaun Moore in the second unit. Kirk Hinrich will start and has very little value. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Norris Cole (ankle) still has no timetable
    Norris Cole (ankle) still doesn't have a timetable to return.

    Advice: High ankle sprains are no joke, so this isn't a surprise. Tyreke Evans (knee) is nearing a return anyways, so Cole won't be returning to a significant role. Leave him on the wire. Friday, 9:44 am
  • Jrue Holiday (rest) will start on Friday
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will start vs. the Spurs on Friday with Ish Smith moving to the bench.

    Advice: Holiday will still be limited to 25 minutes of action, so his owners may want to consider benching him with 11 games on the schedule tonight. His workload should start to increase as we approach the new year, so he should be owned in most leagues unless you're desperate to win right now. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Williams is still battling nagging injuries
    Deron Williams said that he is still battling "little nagging injuries", but he added that doing yoga has helped him stay on the court.

    Advice: "I’m still battling little nagging injuries," Williams said on Wednesday. "The days I feel really tight and stiff and sore and old, if I get a yoga session in it helps me feel better. I feel more loose. You get a nice sweat and get all the toxins out of your body." Williams has strains to both calves and he also has knee soreness, but it sounds like he is doing everything in his power to stay on the court. His outlook is improving because the Mavs have been very competitive in the West, so he is worth owning in all leagues even though his value will likely be limited to the later rounds. Friday, 6:59 am
  • Jrue Holiday will play Friday against SA
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will play Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Holiday was rested during Wednesday's game as it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back on the court Friday night. The Pelicans' next back-to-back set comes on Nov. 27 vs. the Clippers and Nov. 28 vs. the Jazz, so you can expect him to sit out one of those contests. Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Rose didn't go through any on court work during Thursday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that while Rose will definitely try to play on Friday, he will err on the side of cautious with his point guard. Given Rose's injury history, it would be far from shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines to make sure that this ankle injury doesn't turn into a lingering issue, and if that's the case, Jimmy Butler would be in for another big game. Stay tuned. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • C.J. Watson misses Thursday practice
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Watson has missed four straight games and this news doesn't bode well for his availability against the Kings on Saturday. Watson should be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:07 am
  • Alec Burks scores 13, gets 12 minutes at PG
    Alec Burks scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 12 minutes at point guard tonight as the Jazz used some extra size against the Raptors. Burks has been outstanding in his last five, averaging 18.0 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 treys in 29.0 minutes per game. That's good for fifth-round value in that span, so he should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 9:31 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 10 points
    Trey Burke scored 10 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes on Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: It took a while, but Burke is starting to trend down. He's failed to top 23 minutes in any of his previous three games now that the Jazz are getting healthy again. Burke is still hanging on to ninth-round value on the year, but the downward trend makes him a possible cut candidate if it's for a hot free agent. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Thunder win behind Russell Westbrook's 43 pts
    Russell Westbrook ran wild vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday with 43 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: New Orleans gives up a league-high 109.9 points per game and they were playing without Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik tonight, creating a perfect storm for Westbrook. He sank 14-of-25 FGs and 15-of-20 FTs, on his way to a ridiculous usage rate of 42.6 percent. WB has been great all season, but his fantasy owners are loving the sans-Durant version even more. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 19 points in loss
    C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during a 108-103 overtime loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's scored at least 15 points in every single game this year and added a career high in assists. McCollum also had a season high in steals for one of his best multiple-category lines of the season. He was also poked in the eye, but he didn't need to miss time. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Derrick Rose officially out for Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said his ankle is really sore, which is a little different from him saying he didn't have swelling earlier today. His fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play Friday. Kirk Hinrich will start, but Aaron Brooks should have more value. Jimmy Butler could have a big game. Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • George Hill (illness) out Wednesday vs. 76ers
    Updating a previous report, George Hill (illness) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Hill's next opportunity to play will come on Saturday when the Pacers face the Bucks. With both Hill and Rodney Stuckey (ankle) out, Paul George and Monta Ellis will be very active on offense, with Joseph Young and C.J. Miles seeing some increased opportunity. Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Update: George Hill (illness) questionable
    Updating a previous report, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that the only guy that has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the 76ers is Rodney Stuckey (ankle), implying that George Hill (illness) could play.

    Advice: An earlier report had Hill out for tonight's game, but it sounds like there's a chance he'll be able to give it a go. Hopefully we'll get another update following shootaround, but it looks like Hill may be headed for the dreaded game-time decision. If he plays, Chase Budinger would head to the bench. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) out Wednesday vs. MIN
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier will see some increased opportunity sans Watson, but with Victor Oladipo (concussion) set to return on Wednesday, Napier is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:58 am
  • Jrue Holiday (rest) out Wednesday vs. OKC
    Jrue Holiday (rest) will miss Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second game of a back-to-back set, so Holiday will get the night off. Ish Smith will start sans Jrue with Eric Gordon doing a bit more on offense. Wednesday, 5:18 am
  • Jrue Holiday plays 23 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Tuesday with 10 points, one rebound, seven assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While he hasn't been getting a lot of playing time this year at just 22 minutes per outing, Holiday ranks 11th in the NBA among regular starters for usage rate. He's also seen his minutes climb and is coming off a 25-minute outing from Sunday. Although, the Pelicans falling to 1-10 could mean Holiday gets shut down. He's kind of a volatile asset. Tuesday, 10:12 pm
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