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    • Troy Daniels headed to the Wolves
      Troy Daniels has been traded to the Wolves.

      Advice: He was lighting it up int he D-League last year and also has a game-winning shot in the NBA playoffs last season, but Daniels isn't quite a lock for minutes once the team is at full strength. However, with Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Kevin Martin (wrist) out, he could get some run. Of course, he's only worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      38 minutes ago
    • Rajon Rondo expected to make Mavs debut Sat.
      Rajon Rondo is expected to make his Mavs debut Saturday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: It's worth noting that the Mavs still intend to use Monta Ellis as their primary pick-and-roll ball handler, so while the spacing on the floor will change, Ellis' role will not. Rondo should be able to get some easier looks on offense with the offensive weapons that surround him, so perhaps he can improve on his current 40.5 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:13 am
    • Jameer Nelson not active Friday vs. MIN
      Jameer Nelson will not be active for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: With Marcus Smart (Achilles) being listed as questionable, there's a chance that Evan Turner will draw the start in a favorable matchup vs. the Wolves. Turner has averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds through two games with the starting unit this season, so he could work as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:38 am
    • Derrick Rose (illness) out Friday vs. Memphis
      Derrick Rose (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Expect Kirk Hinrich to draw the start, Aaron Brooks to see extended minutes off the bench, and Jimmy Butler to be tasked with running the offense. The Bulls don't play again until Monday, so we'll consider Rose questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Boston's new arrivals uncertain for Friday
      Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and Brandan Wright did not arrive in time for shootaround, and their status for Friday's game vs. Minnesota is uncertain.

      Advice: With Marcus Smart (Achilles) being listed as questionable, and Jameer's status uncertain, Evan Turner could draw the start on Friday in a favorable matchup vs. the Timberwolves. Jae Crowder would likely play sparingly behind Jeff Green if available, so his status shouldn't matter in most leagues, while Brandan Wright's spot in the rotation is not clear at this point. Stay tuned for an official update closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:06 am
    • Pelicans waive G Gal Mekel
      The Pelicans have waived G Gal Mekel.

      Advice: He played just four games for the Pelicans to go with averages of 1.5 points and 3.3 assists over 10.9 minutes of action. He may sign on with another team, but he's never going to be anything more than a reserve, and won't be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:24 am
    • Mo Williams (back) a game-time decision Fri.
      Mo Williams (back) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. Boston.

      Advice: Williams got a second opinion on his back on Thursday, which confirmed that the issue he is dealing with is only muscular. However, if Williams is able to suit up, he won't be able to play much more than 12 minutes, which simply isn't enough time to contribute in a meaningful way to the stat sheet. With Ricky Rubio nearing a return, Williams can be left on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:47 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Dwyane Wade says he's over stomach virus
      Dwyane Wade said that he's completely over his stomach virus.

      Advice: The virus really didn't limit him too much at all, as he went off for a season-high 42 points during his last outing. Wade is going to be asked to carry Miami's offense while Chris Bosh (calf) is sidelined, and he remains an excellent option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:37 am
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Mavs 'confident' they can re-sign Rajon Rondo
      The Mavs are reportedly very "confident" that they'll be able to re-sign Rajon Rondo this offseason.

      Advice: Rondo had indicated before the trade that he'd be open to re-signing with the Mavs, so it seems to be just a formality at this point. There will be some growing pains with Rondo as he adjusts to a new system in Dallas, and it'll be interesting to see how he and Monta Ellis co-exist in the backcourt. Still, Rondo should be able to provide high assist totals while running Dallas’ high-octane offense. We recently wrote that he had a No. 129 value in standard leagues, but neglected to differentiate between 8- and 9-cat value at the time. He is the No. 77 value in 8-cat leagues and our apologies for the omission. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:39 am
    • Smart (Achilles) returned to practice Thurs.
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) returned to practice on Thursday, and is questionable to play Friday vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Smart removed himself from Tuesday's practice after not feeling healthy enough to continue, but his return to Thursday's practice is an encouraging sign. With Rajon Rondo now in Dallas, Smart should be owned in most leagues as he's set to be the main man at point guard in Boston. If Smart is unable to go Friday, expect Evan Turner and Jameer Nelson (if available) to see extended minutes at the point guard spot. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:11 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores 19 points in a win
      O.J. Mayo scored 19 points in just 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started out red hot with 17 of those 19 coming in the first quarter, but cooled off with some fouling issues. Surprisingly, Mayo's worst quarter this season has been the first and he's been able to exhibit some added effort on both ends. What's more, his fouling has been his biggest issue with at least five fouls in three of his last five. He's more of a player to track in standards, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless plays 29 minutes on Thursday
      Jerryd Bayless played 29 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: O.J. Mayo battled some foul trouble, so Bayless picked up some of the slack. He's going to get minutes in the mid-20s while the Bucks try to figure out how to fill their minutes at the forward spots, so he might have some low-end value in standard leagues for the next couple weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Austin Rivers turns up the defense
      Austin Rivers played 35 minutes as the starting shooting guard on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists and two turnovers against the Rockets.

      Advice: While the stat line wasn't great, this might've been one of his best games of his career for his defense. Rivers just can't knock down jumpers and isn't a great finisher, so he's never really going to flourish even with big minutes. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    • Derrick Rose not traveling with team to Memphis
      Derrick Rose (illness) is not traveling with the Bulls for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He could travel on his own, but we would consider Rose doubtful to play. After playing 11 in a row, he's going to miss his second consecutive game. The former MVP is the most annoying player to own and his owners have probably checked for updates more than any other player. Aaron Brooks is worth a look in a sub-par matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:31 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Marcus Smart poised for increase in PT
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is poised for an increase in playing time.

      Advice: He is still a major project as a scorer. Smart has made just 27.9 percent of his jumpers overall and 33.3 percent of any shot off the dribble, so both of those are going to have to come up. Unlike Rajon Rondo, Smart can potentially make a triple per game and he's not going to shoot 33.3 percent from the line, so he has decent upside with his dimes and terrific output in steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues to see how it plays out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:00 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Austin Rivers will start on Thursday vs. HOU
      Austin Rivers will start in place of Tyreke Evans (knee) on Thursday.

      Advice: In his two starts this season, Rivers has made a ridiculous 7.7 percent of his shots from the field, so there is nowhere to go but up. He also has a very tiny usage rate while he's out there with the first unit, but the Pelicans really need help. Rivers is worth a look as a very deep play or a punt in daily. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:13 pm
    • Derrick Rose (illness) will not play on Thurs
      Derrick Rose (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: He was questionable for the game due to an illness and this will snap his 11-game streak of playing in games -- his longest since his ACL tear. Rose should be considered questionable for Friday against the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, Aaron Brooks is an interesting option as a plug-and-play guy. Kirk Hinrich will likely start. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:19 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Jameer Nelson headed to Boston
      Jameer Nelson has been traded to the Celtics.

      Advice: He is having an awful year with the Mavericks and perhaps his zero-point game is what forced the team's hand to make a deal. Simply put, this might be the worst year of his career. He has a career low in assist percentage, usage rate, field goal percentage and points while just being roasted on the defensive end. Nelson is not part Boston's future, so there is little reason to add him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:18 pm
    • Report: Rajon Rondo traded to Mavericks
      The Celtics have agreed in principle to deal Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two draft picks, according to ESPN.com.

      Advice: It's certainly not a deal like the one the Jazz received for Deron Williams, the Nuggets got for Carmelo Anthony or the Magic pulled off for Dwight Howard, but there are assets here. Of course, the Celtics lost a lot of their leverage because of Rondo's poor play and ACL tear, so it's not a bad deal. As for Rondo's fantasy value, he's likely to lose some value. He is likely going to have to give up some ball-handling responsibilities, so he is likely to lose his current lead for assists per game. Rondo has only held No. 129 value on the season in standard leagues, so it's going to be awfully tough to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:03 pm
    • Dallas emerging as frontrunners for Rondo
      Boston and Dallas are reportedly discussing a deal that would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and a first-round draft pick to Boston in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: That would be a nice haul for the Mavericks, and Boston's frontcourt would become even more confusing with Wright, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and Brandon Bass all vying for minutes. Rondo would join one of the most crowded backcourts in the NBA, and he would essentially kill the value of Jameer Nelson. If this trade goes through, it’ll be interesting to see if Rondo and Monta Ellis can co-exist. Marcus Smart will become the Celtics' starting point guard when Rondo is dealt (if another point guard doesn't come back), and he is worth stashing in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    • Mo Williams seeks second opinion on back
      Mo Williams was not present during Thursday's practice as he went to get a second opinion on his ailing back, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Williams is currently on a minutes restriction with the Timberwolves, and is not worth owning in most leagues. Zach LaVine will continue to start as the only healthy point guard on the Wolves' roster, but with averages of just 10.8 points and 5.0 assists on 36.6 percent shooting from the field with the starting unit, he can only be considered an asset in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:09 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Report: BOS's asking price too high for SAC
      Boston's asking price for Rajon Rondo is reportedly too high for Sacramento to re-engage in talks, according to sources of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: There are plenty of rumors flying around right now, but if true, this news bodes well for Darren Collison whose value would take a substantial hit if Rondo ended up in Sac-town. As it stands right now, the Mavericks appear to be the frontrunners in the Rondo sweepstakes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    • Report: Lakers trying to bring in Rajon Rondo
      The Lakers have reportedly offered multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: The Mavs are currently the favorite to land Rondo, but the Rockets and Lakers have also thrown their names into the mix. There will be a lot of rumors flying around with regards to Rondo, but it's looking like there's a strong possibility that he is moved at some point this season, meaning Marcus Smart makes sense as a stash-candidate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 am
    • Lakers offer picks and Nash for Rajon Rondo
      The Lakers have offered multiple picks and Steve Nash's expiring contract to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

      Advice: By our count, the Rondo sweepstakes now includes the Mavericks, Rockets, Kings, Knicks, and Lakers bidding for the point guard's services. It's unclear what Celtics president Danny Ainge will do with his myriad of offers, but it's becoming clear that Rondo won't be wearing Celtic green for much longer. Fantasy owners would be wise to stash Marcus Smart before a trade becomes official. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:59 am
    • Derrick Rose questionable for Thursday night
      Derrick Rose (illness) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: Besides the fact that Rose has played in 11 consecutive games, the silver lining here is that his questionable status has nothing to do with his knees. We'll update his status as soon as we know more, but Rose looks to be headed towards a game-time decision for Thursday's game. If Rose sits against the Knicks, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks would become viable plug-and-play options while Jimmy Butler would also see an uptick in his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Marcus Smart expected to practice Thursday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is expected to practice on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Smart had to leave Tuesday's practice after aggravating his Achilles injury, but looks to be on the mend due to his practice status. While the rookie has had a rough start to the 2014-15 season, he's worth a flier for fantasy owners who have an open roster spot as trade rumors surrounding Rajon Rondo are picking up steam. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Rajon Rondo open to re-signing with DAL/HOU
      Rajon Rondo has indicated that he is open to re-signing with Dallas or Houston if he is traded to either team.

      Advice: With Rondo set to be a free agent after the season, any team trading for him would seek assurances that he would re-sign and reports say that he would be open to doing so with the Mavericks and Rockets. While a trade to the Rockets would benefit Rondo's fantasy owners more than a deal to the Mavericks, owners with an open roster spot would be wise to take a flier on Marcus Smart. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:11 am
    • Rajon Rondo says trade rumors a way of life
      Rajon Rondo responded to recent trade speculation by saying that trade rumors have become a way of life for him.

      Advice: With reports swirling that the Celtics are shopping their star point guard, Rondo said, "[trade rumors have been] a way of life since I’ve been here. It’s just part of it." Nothing is imminent, but a rumored trade to the Mavericks would put a minor dent in Rondo's fantasy value, while owners with an extra roster spot will want to give strong consideration to taking a flier on Marcus Smart. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:45 am
    • O.J. Mayo returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Brandon Knight scores 24 points in loss
      Brandon Knight scored a team-high 24 points during a 104-97 loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 10-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over four times for a usage rate of 34.0, which is Russell Westbrook territory and Knight's third highest of the season. Knight is not going to get a big increase in playing time, but his fantasy owners can expect him to take more shots. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:23 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless scores 10 in 22 minutes
      Jerryd Bayless scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played his first two seasons in Portland, but didn't get his revenge. Bayless is likely to see a slight increase in playing time, but he's not taking many threes and is posting a low usage, so it's hard to be too excited about grabbing him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:14 pm
    • O.J. Mayo plays 36 minutes on Wednesday
      O.J. Mayo made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, five fouls and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's played 36 minutes in a non-overtime game in the past year and the Bucks losing Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) just before halftime probably had something to do with it. Mayo played 16 minutes in the first half, so the plan was probably to give him around 32 minutes. Conditioning hasn't been an issue for him and he's seen some minutes at small forward this season, so owners in standard leagues can keep him in mind. He's still not playing well enough to grab, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:07 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores season-high 42 in loss
      Dwyane Wade hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 42 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: The bad news is he hit just 16-of-21 free throws and committed six turnovers, but the fact he played so well in a pair of back-to-backs (while battling an illness tonight) speaks volumes. The Heat are off until Friday, so hopefully Wade is able to get some rest and will be ready to go. He had 28 on Tuesday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:01 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Kemba Walker drops 27 points on Wednesday
      Kemba Walker scored 27 points against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: It's his third game over his last five with seven assists, averaging 21.6 points, 3.4 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 triples in that span. Walker made just 37.0 percent from the field over his previous 10 games, so he really has to work on that in order to get going. There is still a buy-low window because chances are he won't be below 40 percent by season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:23 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Jameer Nelson scoreless despite start, 26 min
      Jameer Nelson started and played 26 minutes, but missed all four of his shots and finished with zero points and zero assists in a win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Devin Harris had eight points, nine assists and two 3-pointers off the bench, and is clearly the better play right now. This could all be a moot point soon though, as ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Mavs are in serious discussions with the Celtics in a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Dallas for a package that would include C Brandan Wright. And if you think Nelson's hideous play this season has Mark Cuban trying to work out a deal for Rondo, you're probably right. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:28 pm
    • Mavericks emerge as frontrunners for Rondo
      The Mavericks have emerged as the frontrunners for Rajon Rondo and could offer at least one first-round pick along with Brandan Wright to get him.

      Advice: The Rondo rumors are flying around from all different angles, so it's sounding like a deal could be in the works. There is nothing imminent, but Rondo owners can probably start assuming he's headed to Dallas at some point -- Jameer Nelson did not score tonight. The Kings, Knicks and Rockets are also in the mix, though. Stashing Marcus Smart is making more sense right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:25 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play on Wednesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was very ill on Tuesday and reportedly feels better heading into tonight. Wade played well through the illness, scoring 28 points in a win over the Nets. With Chris Bosh out, he's going to be very busy and should be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out on Wednesday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Magic.

      Advice: He pulled himself out of practice on Tuesday, so the writing was on the wall for this one. He has now missed 13 of the first 23 games this season, and can't seem to stay healthy. However, the injury is not thought to be serious, and the trade rumors about Rajon Rondo are intensifying, so Smart makes a lot of sense as a stash in deeper leagues. In the meantime, Evan Turner will see some increased minutes for the Celtics. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:39 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Russell Westbrook scores 32 points Tuesday
      Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's win vs. the Kings, adding six boards, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Westbrook has had at least 20 points, five boards, and five assists over his last nine games, and has played his way into MVP consideration. He has been the best player on the Thunder this season, and is doing a fine job propelling the Thunder until Kevin Durant regains his previous form. Continue to expect big things from Westbrook as the Thunder edge closer to a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:08 pm
    • Dwyane Wade leads Heat with 28 points in win
      Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a win over the Nets on Sunday, finishing with 28 points, five boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He definitely made his owners nervous when he appeared to tweak his knee late in the game, but he stayed on the floor and was able to finish what was a great night for the Heat. Wade looked very active all night and looks determined to shoulder the load without Chris Bosh (calf) in the lineup. As you have learned by now, check back before Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz to see if Wade is active, as it wouldn't be out of the question for him to rest on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:53 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

      Advice: The Grizzlies play solid defense and the Warriors could have used Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes being at 100 percent, which would have helped them keep the 16-game winning streak alive. We're not going to lie and say the Warriors are glad the streak is over, but the pressure is off and they'll no longer have to hear about it every day, which has to be viewed as a good thing. With tonight's loss the Warriors are still a league best 21-3. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Mo Williams quiet in return from back injury
      Mo Williams returned from a back injury and hit 2-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for six points and two assists in 14 minutes on Tuesday.

      Advice: He's on a minutes limit and is being eased back in due to his fragile back, so it looks like Zach LaVine should hang onto the starting point guard job until Ricky Rubio is ready to return. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:02 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Heat vs. Nets temporarily delayed due to leak
      The Heat and Nets game was temporarily delayed due to a leak in the roof at the Barclays Center, but the game is now expected to resume.

      Advice: In what was a bizarre series of events at the Barclays Center, it now appears that the leak in the roof has been resolved and both teams are back out on the court. There is no longer any need to worry about a cancellation and the game will go on. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:19 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Tuesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Wade will draw a very favorable matchup vs. the Nets tonight, and with Chris Bosh (calf) also sidelined, he's going to be asked to carry the offensive workload. He makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues, despite the fact that he is sick. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:07 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Mo Williams (back) expected to play Tuesday
      Mo Williams (back spasms) is expected to play limited minutes for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Flip Saunders is hopeful he'll be able to get around 10-12 minutes from Williams tonight, and that's simply not enough time to put up numbers worth using in most leagues. Zach LaVine will likely get another start, but he'll draw a tough matchup vs. John Wall of the Wizards, and will be a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:05 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) doubtful Wednesday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) pulled himself out of Tuesday's practice, and is doubtful to face the Magic on Wednesday.

      Advice: Smart is averaging a meager 5.9 points and 1.5 assists on the season, and he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Evan Turner will get some extra run if Smart isn't able to go, but his game doesn't translate very well to fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:24 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Dwyane Wade misses Tuesday shootaround
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Heat's game against the Nets.

      Advice: With Shabazz Napier and Danny Granger both sick and Josh McRoberts (knee) and Chris Bosh (calf) out, the Heat may enter Tuesday's game with a short bench. We'll update Wade's status prior to game time, but Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng could be looking at huge minutes against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Saunders hopeful Mo Williams will play Tues
      Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders is hopeful that Mo Williams (back) will be able to play some minutes against the Wizards on Tuesday night.

      Advice: Saunders said the team will know more about Williams' availability after warmups, but it's looking like he may get limited run on Tuesday. Zach LaVine is likely to draw another start even if Williams is able to play, but both players' fantasy value is on thin ice as Ricky Rubio (ankle) inches towards a targeted early-January return. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:10 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Celtics hope Marcus Smart can return Weds
      The Celtics are hopeful that Marcus Smart (achilles) will be able to return for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: Smart is still dealing with a left achilles strain that he suffered on Friday, but could be available to suit up for the injury-depleted Celtics on Wednesday. Smart could see some extra minutes upon his return with Marcus Thornton (calf) sidelined for two weeks, but he's better off left on waiver wires for now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:53 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Jerryd Bayless plays 26 minutes vs. Suns
      Jerryd Bayless had a nice game in his hometown vs. the Suns on Monday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in a 96-94 win.

      Advice: He's played in at least 20 minutes with at least nine points in each of his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 triples. He should get a few minutes of extra playing time as the Bucks shift their wings up to the three and four spots. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:59 pm
    • Derrick Rose struggles with his shot
      Derrick Rose made 6-of-17 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds, eight assists, one block and six turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau wanted Rose to be aggressive, but he had six mid-range attempts tonight and was careless with the ball. Poor game aside, it's nice to see Rose on the court for 11 consecutive games, so his fantasy owners should have some confidence in him on a nightly basis. Rose hasn't been in the top 150 for standard leagues per-game fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:31 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Kemba posts 24-5-5 line in loss to Cavs
      Kemba Walker scored 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

      Advice: Walker has been a late early-round value over the last two weeks and Lance Stephenson being traded would probably help his cause. With top 70-75 value on the season there may some folks that undervalue an asset pointing in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:06 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Mayo leaves game with hamstring injury
      O.J. Mayo left Monday's game with a hamstring injury and returned to start the second half.

      Advice: Now that Jabari Parker has gone down to a serious looking knee injury, his outlook has actually improved tonight. We'll be monitoring this game closely and for what it's worth Mayo has nine points, four rebounds, four turnovers and one three in 20 minutes mid-way through the third quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:39 pm
    • Mo Williams may have minutes cap upon return
      Mo Williams (back) returned to practice on Monday.

      Advice: That bodes well for him playing on Tuesday against the Wizards. If he does return, coach Flip Saunders suggested Williams may play 10-12 minutes. He's not going to be a fantasy option this week and it's going to be tough to own him with Ricky Rubio eventually coming back. Zach LaVine is a low-end play with three games this week. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:41 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Dwyane Wade (sick) questionable for Nets game
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed practice on Monday and is questionable to play against the Nets on Tuesday.

      Advice: The good news is that he did travel with the team. Players are missing games due to illnesses all over the place, but Miami is really going to need Wade with all of their injuries. Miami does play four games this week, so owners in weekly leagues can still probably plug him in there. If he's out, Mario Chalmers will benefit most while Luol Deng figures to help out. Shabazz Napier would also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:23 am
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Thibodeau wants Rose to be aggressive in 4th
      Tom Thibodeau wants Derrick Rose to be more aggressive in the fourth quarter.

      Advice: "Just put it in my mind: It’s still the fourth quarter no matter what the score is I still have to be myself in the fourth quarter," said Rose. "Thibs always tells me I should be more aggressive in the fourth no matter what the score of the game is. Just getting those reps; shooting mid range, getting my floater game together." Rose added that he wasn't mentally prepared for his previous comeback, but this time around "it's totally different. I'm at peace with myself." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:58 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Westbrook shooting career-high from field
      Russell Westbrook is shooting a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and a career-high 35.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

      Advice: Westbrook has been on an absolute tear this season, and he's doing it with improved efficiency. Westbrook is averaging a ridiculous 25.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game. The only knock on him currently is his 4.1 turnovers per game, but considering the stats he's piling up in an average of just 29.5 minutes, none of his owners are complaining. Let Westbrook be Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:29 am
    • Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubles Sun
      Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubled in Sunday's win against the Suns, finishing with 28 points, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: If this game wasn't over so quickly, he would have easily been able to notch the coveted triple-double. Instead, he was able to comfortably watch the game end from the sidelines as the Thunder destroyed the Suns. He made all 13 of his shot attempts from the free throw line and was an animal on both ends of the court all night. The Thunder are in a heated playoff race and Westbrook looks poised to put them on his back. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:41 pm
    • Derrick Rose quiet w/ 14 points vs. Miami
      Derrick Rose couldn't build on his momentum from Friday's 31-point outburst, finishing Sunday's road win with 14 points and three assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Tom Thibodeau continues to be conservative with his starting PG's playing time, which makes perfect sense, and fantasy owners should still be ecstatic about Rose's averages over the past three games -- 22.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. His utter lack of defensive stats takes a big chunk out of his value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, where he's only a top-100 value so far this year (on a per-game basis). Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:56 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Mo Williams (back) out Sunday vs. Lakers
      Mo Williams (back spasms) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Zach LaVine will draw another start in a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers, and it's worth noting he put up a career-high 28 points during his last outing against LA. He makes for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:36 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Mo Williams (back) questionable for Sunday
      Mo Williams (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Williams was limited during Saturday's practice, and if he's unable to go on Sunday, Zach LaVine will draw another start in a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:58 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out for Monday's game
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is listed as out for Monday's game vs. the 76ers, and is not travelling with the team.

      Advice: He reportedly has a chance to play on Wednesday and should practice on Tuesday, so the injury isn't thought to be too serious. However, Smart isn't a big part of the rotation and would need an injury or trade of Rajon Rondo to be relevant in standard leagues. Leave Smart on the waiver wire for now. Evan Turner should receive a few extra minutes with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Kemba Walker scores just 11 points in loss
      Kemba Walker scored just 11 points in a loss to Brooklyn on Saturday, adding four assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He shot just 3-of-11 from the field as his disappointing season continued to get worse. He did have a nice game on Friday in which he scored 28 points, but his owners have to be growing impatient. It may not be a bad idea to float some buy-low offers out there, as there is no way he can continue to be this bad moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:56 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Brandon Knight scores 22 points in a win
      Brandon Knight scored a team-high 22 points with four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes during a 111-106 win over the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: He played well on both sides of the ball and turned it around from a nine-point stinker against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Tuesday. Knight has been the most consistent player on the Bucks and should put up nice numbers all season. Interestingly, his scoring average is down from last year, but he's increased his averages in steals, boards, dimes, 3-pointers and foul shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:54 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores six in 11 minutes
      O.J. Mayo scored six points against the Clippers on Saturday with one assist and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

      Advice: It's his second game in his last four with minutes under 14 and he's made just 40 percent from the field on the year, so it's going to be awfully tough to trust him. Mayo is going to need to string together about five games in a row for fantasy owners in most leagues to consider grabbing him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:46 pm
    • Steph Curry scores 29, GSW wins 15th in a row
      Stephen Curry scored a game-high 29 points against the Mavericks during a 105-98 win on Saturday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

      Advice: This game wasn't that close and the Warriors put up a ridiculously efficient 39 points in the first quarter. They actually missed a ton of wide-open triples today, but had a slew of easy buckets around the rim due to great passing. Curry is unstoppable and is going to be great for a very long time. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:12 pm
    • Jameer Nelson plays 27 minutes in return
      Jameer Nelson played 28 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday against the Warriors, making 2-of-7 from the field for six points with four rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He had some Kinesio tape on his shooting shoulder and maybe that was a factor today. Nelson is making just 38.1 percent from the from the field on the season while not doing much else, so he's not a fantasy option right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:43 pm
    • Mo Williams (back) limited in practice
      Mo Williams (back) was limited in practice on Saturday and is questionable to play on Sunday.

      Advice: The Wolves learned their lesson on Williams and playing him too much, so we still think he'll sit out against the Lakers. Zach LaVine should get another start against the Lakers, which is promising considering he had a career-high 28 points against them earlier this season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will play Saturday
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will play in Saturday's game vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: He doesn't have a favorable matchup considering he will have to go up against arguably the best point guard in the league, Stephen Curry, so owners should probably look elsewhere for production. Devin Harris and J.J. Barea's value takes a hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:02 am
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is a game-time call
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Saturdays' game vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle said he was more optimistic about Nelson playing than he was about Chandler Parsons (back), so it will be interesting to see if he will give it a go. Nelson isn't a reliable option due to Dallas' crowded backcourt, but Devin Harris would be worth a plug-and-play if Nelson sits while J.J. Barea will also get more minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:31 am
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) questionable for Sat
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

      Advice: He has already missed Wednesday's game, and it wouldn't be a bad idea for Dallas to rest the veteran until he gets healthy. Nelson has battled a variety of ailments this season, and he has really struggled with the first unit this season. If he sits, expect Devin Harris to draw the start while J.J. Barea would also get more run. Harris is worth a look for short-term value or as a daily plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:59 am
    • Wade scores season-high 29 points with flu
      Dwyane Wade played through an illness and scored a season-high 29 points in Friday's road win over the Jazz, hitting 10-of-16 shots (1-of-1 3PTs, 8-of-12 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Wade sure didn't look sick tonight and these are the types of lines he needs to make up for his absences and somehow justify his ADP. Chris Bosh went for 22 and nine with a steal and two blocks as his excellent year continues, and Luol Deng scored 14 points with six rebounds, a steal and a three in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 am
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Westbrook still on a tear with 34-6-6
      Russell Westbrook continued his tear with 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Westbrook has yet to have a game this season in which he hasn't put up 20 points, five boards and five assists. Our only concern is that he continues to jam like a madman with his still-recovering right hand and nobody in Oklahoma City has the fortitude to demand he stop for a few weeks. He's the No. 7 and 16 play in 8- and 9-cat leagues on a per-game basis, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:32 pm
    • Kemba Walker scores 28 points in a loss
      Kemba Walker scored a season-high 28 points against the Grizzlies on Friday with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

      Advice: It was just his third 20-point game of the season and he also had a season high in treys tonight. Walker was in a brutal slump before tonight and didn't shoot above 40 percent in any of his previous 12 games, so he needed this one. Hopefully he can keep it going against the Nets on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:18 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Rose scores season-high 31 points in win
      Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points on 14-of-24 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in the Bulls' 115-106 win over the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: Rose has been a mess this season and averaging just 0.6 combined steals and blocks on the year he's returning just top 90-150 value (8/9 cat) in standard leagues. On a deep team, he's not getting the volume necessary to float his poor peripherals, and if you want to get out from under his risk this is probably a good time. As an aside, he'll probably lift those valuations a bit as long as he stays relatively healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:01 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out for game
      Marcus Smart suffered a left Achilles strain on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Not good. He was on the exercise bike for a minute and went to the locker room under his own power. Smart had a bad ankle sprain last month and he looks like he's going to miss time with this issue. Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner are going to get even more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:18 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Friday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Get him active as Wade remains a must-start guy every time he's in the lineup. He also has a favorable matchup tonight against the Jazz, and although he's sick, he's still Dwyane Wade and worthy of consideration in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:26 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Was
    • Mo Williams (back spasms) out Friday vs. OKC
      Mo Williams (back spasms) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Zach LaVine will draw another start with Williams sidelined, but he'll have a tough matchup tonight against Russell Westbrook of the Thunder. LaVine has been very hit-or-miss this season, and while he'll have plenty of opportunity as the only healthy point guard on the roster, he's a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:54 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Jameer Nelson (shoudler) is questionable
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is questionable to face the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not play on Wednesday and he certainly has a chance to miss this one. Devin Harris stepped up off the bench and is worth a look for short-term value. Nelson is not worth owning in most leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:06 am
    • Russell Westbrook scores 26 points in win
      Russell Westbrook was everywhere against the Cavs on Thursday with 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is co-existing just fine with Kevin Durant and is still posting a usage rate of 35.9 in his last five games since Durant debuted, which is only a shade below where he was before. Westbrook is the only player to have a usage rate greater than 30 and an assist percentage over 40 -- he's at 37.3 and 44.6, respectively. No player in the NBA is the offensive weapon that Westbrook is and he'll have elite fantasy value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Derrick Rose says he's finally feeling great
      Derrick Rose said he's feeling great both mentally and physically after Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: That might be the best news Rose's fans and fantasy owners have heard in two years. "I just feel great. My body is healthy. My mind is good. My spirit is good," Rose said. "Just trying to keep it going and know that when I have bad games like last game, they're going to happen." Rose has the potential to be a top fantasy player, but his owners may want to investigate selling high now that he's coming off a strong performance after playing eight consecutive games. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:38 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Derrick Rose scores 23 in easy win for Bulls
      Derrick Rose hit 8-of-15 shots for 23 points, four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: Rose hit just 2-of-11 shots for nine points in his previous game on Saturday, but has been playing well outside of that one. He's played in eight straight games and with a day off before Friday's game against the Blazers, he's looking to make it nine straight. If he can somehow stay healthy the rest of the way, the early headaches will have been worth it. However, selling him off before the next string of missed games happens is probably the smart plan of action. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:59 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Marcus Smart cools off on Monday night
      Marcus Smart did not score in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday, adding two rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He put up 23 points on Monday for the best game of his career, but coach Brad Stevens didn't unleash him tonight. Smart is likely going to only see minutes in the teens most nights, so he can be left on the waiver wire while the Celtics are healthy in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:48 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will not play vs. NO
      Jameer Nelson will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday due to a right shoulder injury.

      Advice: The injuries are really piling up for Jameer and the severity is not yet known. Nelson could miss more time and wasn't great to begin for his patient fantasy owners, so there's little incentive to keep him despite a big game on Tuesday. Devin Harris is worth a look tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:18 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless solid in 20 minutes vs. OKC
      Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless played one of his most complete games of the season on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with six assists and two steals in just 20 minutes of action.

      Advice: He's had a few solid games this year, including last Friday's 12-point, five-assist, two-steal performance, but his limited 3-point range and sporadic production spoil any fantasy value. Jared Dudley chipped in eight points on Tuesday while reserves Khris Middleton and Zaza Pachulia each scored seven, and the Bucks continue to have one of the league's most productive benches. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 pm
    • Brandon Knight held to single-digits Tuesday
      The Thunder held Brandon Knight to single-digit scoring on Tuesday, as he finished with nine points on 2-of-10 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

      Advice: This was Knight's second game below 10 points all year and it doesn't obscure his reliable value -- it was also encouraging to see him log 31 minutes, as he'd averaged just 25.0 over Milwaukee's past two games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 pm
    • Russell Westbrook leads Thunder w/ 28 points
      Russell Westbrook had 28 points, five rebounds, seven dimes and three steals in 32 minutes during Tuesday's win vs. the visiting Bucks.

      Advice: He led the Thunder in shot attempts and has now recorded at least 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists in each of his five games this season. It's not surprising that he easily leads all NBA guards with 63 games of at least 25-5-5 over the past seven seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    • Smart scores season-high 23 points
      Marcus Smart has a career-best game with 23 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four threes in 35 minutes off the bench in Monday's double-overtime loss.

      Advice: Brad Stevens went heavy with the bench and let them finish out the game after they made a huge comeback. Smart is going to have a hard time providing consistent fantasy value in 12-14 team leagues as things stand right now, but it's good to see him productive when he's on the floor. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
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