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

    Advice: The Magic were in control of this game from the start and easily bested the Celtics, so they were able to limit Fournier's minutes since he was considered questionable to play with a sore hip. Victor Oladipo has really stepped up his play off the bench, but Fournier has been one of coach Scott Skiles' favorite players this season and his role should be relatively safe. His fantasy arrow is pointing down after a blistering start to the campaign, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues. The Magic will take on the Wolves on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Ellis scores 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting
    Monta Ellis scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Sunday against the Lakers with six assists, three boards, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Considering the competition he was up against, his owners should be a little disappointed with this stat line. The Lakers' opponents were averaging 88.2 shots per game (second-most in the league behind the Bulls) prior to Sunday, so it's a little odd that Ellis had just seven field goal attempts. The mercurial guard hasn't been a top-100 player on a per-game basis in standard leagues yet, but he should get it going soon and is a decent buy-low target. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores six points with 10 boards
    Jordan Hill (back) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday vs. the Lakers and scored six points with 10 boards (three offensive) and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: It had to feel good for him to get the win over his old squad, and he did mention before the game that his back is doing a lot better. Hill's hustle and offensive rebounding has earned him a consistent role off the Pacers' bench, but he isn't going to be a reliable fantasy asset while he is only seeing minutes in the low 20s. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Report: Wizards to sign center Ryan Hollins
    The Wizards have reportedly agreed to a deal with free agent C Ryan Hollins.

    Advice: Nene recently aggravated his strained left calf, so Hollins will serve as emergency depth behind Marcin Gortat at center. There's no reason to approach Hollins for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
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  • Paul George drops 39 points with five treys
    Paul George stayed hot in a win over the woeful Lakers on Sunday with 39 points, four boards, one assist, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The NBA keeps on waiting for George to slow down, but he just won't quit and has now led the Pacers to a four-game win streak and they are currently sitting in second place in the East. Additionally, George connected on a season-high 14 free throws on 17 attempts which is just one away from his career high. The Pacers are off until Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers, so George should be fresh and ready to go for that showdown. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi scores eight with 10 boards
    Ian Mahinmi played well with eight points, 10 boards, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes in a win over the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Lakers intentionally put him on the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and he responded by sinking four straight free throws. He was shooting just 35.3 percent from the stripe coming into Sunday's game, so it was nice to see him step up when it mattered the most. Mahinmi has been a pleasant surprise this season and his game has come a long away, but he's a low-end asset at best. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Roy Hibbert nearly double-doubles in loss
    Roy Hibbert nearly double-doubled against the Pacers on Sunday with eight points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He desperately wanted to beat his old team tonight and he played with a lot of effort, but Jordan Hill and Ian Mahinmi got the best of him in this matchup. Hibbert has been a top-80 player in standard leagues despite averaging less than 27.0 minutes per game, but you have to wonder what kind of role he will have down the stretch considering the Lakers are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Hibbert is on an expiring deal and he has a history of fading during the second half of the season, so it makes sense to sell high if you can. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson double-doubles in loss to IND
    Jordan Clarkson double-doubled in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

    Advice: The impressive second-year player also added six assists, one steal and two treys, and he has now scored 19 or more points in three of his last four games. Clarkson has benefited from a little extra playing time due to Lou Williams' (personal) absence, but he's easily been the best player on the Lakers this season and his role is only going to grow. Expect the Lakers to prioritize his development with their eyes starting to look towards the draft lottery. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Nick Young scores 22 points in 2nd half
    After going scoreless in the first half, Nick Young erupted after the break and finished with 22 points, two boards, one assist and six 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench.

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

    Advice: The Black Mamba announced earlier in the day that he would retire after the 2015-16 season, so it would've been nice to see him play a little better. The Staples Center went nuts when he hit a clutch 3-pointer to keep the Lakers in striking distance, but he airballed his next 3-pointer which would have tied the game with just seconds remaining. It's been a tough year for Kobe, and things likely won't be getting any easier for his fantasy owners. He will be a volatile asset to own moving forward. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Cousins (back) questionable for Monday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's missed three games in a row due to a back strain and didn't even travel with the team on Saturday, but this is a somewhat positive report. If Cousins can't give it a go on Monday we should see a lot more of Kosta Koufos and Omri Casspi for the Kings. Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll shoots 8-of-13, scores 20 pts
    DeMarre Carroll found his shooting stroke on Sunday, hitting 8-of-13 shots with three 3-pointers to score 20 points in a tough loss to the visiting Suns.

    Advice: Carroll rounded out his evening with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 37 minutes of action, bouncing back nicely after a lousy four-point game on Saturday. He's off to a slow start this year, shooting a career-low 38.3 percent from the field, and remains a nice buy-low target. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Sunday vs. IND
    Kobe Bryant will play vs. the Pacers on Sunday night.

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

    Advice: Johnson was inconsistent in three starts and Doc Rivers continues to look for answers at SF -- tonight he plugged in Luc Mbah a Moute for his defensive prowess. Anyone who speculative picked up Johnson in deep leagues can return him to the scrap heap. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Kobe says that this will be his last season
    Kobe Bryant said that this will be his last season in the NBA.

    Advice: The five-time NBA champion has had a legendary career, but Father Time has gotten the best of him this season and it makes sense for him to call it a career at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign. The 37-year-old's status for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers is still up in the air, but the atmosphere is going to be pretty ridiculous if he decides to suit up. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Greg Monroe double-doubles in loss to CHA
    Greg Monroe bounced back from Friday's disappointing nine-point performance on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with 10 boards, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 30 minutes.

    Advice: Moose is currently producing at a top-35 pace in standard 9-cat leagues (top-45 in 8-cat formats) behind averages of 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block per game on 49.8 percent shooting from the field and 72.1 percent from the stripe. There's no one to question him for playing time, so he'll be an early-round guy the rest of the way. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Evan Fournier (hip) will start Sunday vs. BOS
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said he really didn't think Fournier was going to be able to play today, but after receiving treatment he has been cleared by the Magic's medical staff, and will give it a go. Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevik’ll join him in the starting unit. Go ahead and get him active. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Jordan Hill (back) a game-time decision Sun
    Jordan Hill (back) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: Hill did say his back was feeling better after going through shootaround, but we're not likely going to have another update until after he goes through pregame warmups. If he's not able to play, more minutes will fall to Lavoy Allen with Paul George likely spending some additional time at the four-spot. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Derrick Favors (personal) returns to practice
    Derrick Favors (personal) was back with the Jazz during Sunday's practice, and he will likely return to the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Favors received an excused absence from Saturday's game, and there's no reason to believe he won't be on the floor on Monday, as the Jazz look to hand the Dubs their first loss of the season. Favor's return will do no favors for the fantasy value of Trevor Booker. Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Wes Johnson headed to the bench on Sunday
    Wes Johnson will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Johnson was not producing at all in the starting unit, so Luc Mbah a Moute will get the call today, earning his first opportunity with the starting five in Los Angeles. With averages of just 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds on the season, Johnson isn't worth owning in almost any league. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • 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. Saturday, 10:17 pm
  • Kobe Bryant plays 34 minutes, iffy for Sunday
    Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting against the Blazers on Saturday with two boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Both Kobe and head coach Byron Scott wouldn't commit to whether or not he would play against the Pacers on Sunday, but the 37-year-old admitted that his legs were dead in the fourth quarter. The Black Mamba was much better tonight after shooting 1-of-14 against the Warriors on Tuesday, but he still can't get much separation on his jump shots and is starting to become predictable on the offensive end. We'll have an update on Sunday morning, but don't count on Kobe playing. If he sits, Metta World Peace will likely draw the start. Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll in a shooting slump
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field for four points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's now down to just 38.3 percent from the field after this one. Carroll just cannot make mid-range jumpers anywhere close to what he made last year and maybe adjusting to his teammates has caused the long adjustment period. He's still a buy-low player despite it taking longer than expected. Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors (personal) out for Saturday
    Derrick Favors (personal) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He received an excused absence and hopefully everything is OK with Favors. While he's out, it'll likely be Trevor Booker is likely going to start despite his awful season -- Trey Lyles could wind up starting again, too. Expect to see more of Joe Ingles, but Booker is probably your best bet in DFS. Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) out for Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) did not travel for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He'll miss his third game due to a back strain. With Cousins out, Kosta Koufos should start and Willie Cauley-Stein may also start, but doesn't have much value. Koufos, Marco Belinelli, Omri Casspi and Rudy Gay should benefit most. Saturday, 3:04 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins officially doubtful vs. GSW
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) was feeling better on Friday night and has been listed as doubtful on Saturday.

    Advice: An earlier report from today had Boogie out of the lineup tonight. Multiple reports suggest he's very unlikely to play, but he does have a chance to get out there tonight. Fantasy owners should be treating Saturday night like he's not going to play. Omri Casspi, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos and Rudy Gay should benefit. Saturday, 2:12 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) out for Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) will not play against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: It'll be his third game out of the lineup due to his strained back. With Boogie out, Marco Belinelli and Omri Casspi have really stepped up with the extra shots to go around. Kosta Koufos is also coming off a double-double on Friday. All three players are going to be popular players in DFS, which is certainly justifiable. Boogie owners should consider him questionable for Monday against the Mavs. Saturday, 11:53 am
  • Jordan Hill (back) questionable for Sunday
    Jordan Hill (back) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Revenge game? The Lakers benched Hill down the stretch last season to get more ping pong balls for the draft lottery, so Hill will definitely want to make some noise on Sunday. He wasn't able to practice on Saturday, so we likely won't know his status until after the team's shootaround. Lavoy Allen should see solid minutes if Hill can't play while Paul George will see more time at the four. Saturday, 11:09 am
  • Fournier (sore hip) questionable for Sunday
    Evan Fournier (sore hip) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

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

    Advice: "I would never, never, never do that," Scott said on Friday. "That's not an option whatsoever. No, that's not an option." The Black Mamba is coming off the worst shooting performance of his career after he went 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, but his role is obviously still safe and he should have the green light going forward. However, his owners should leave him on their bench until he turns things around, and there's no telling if he ever will. Saturday, 8:51 am
  • Paul George stays red hot, scores 33 points
    Paul George maintained his status as one of the hottest players on the planet during a 104-92 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 33 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now, but the Pacers have the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference right now. George has been absolutely absurd as a jump shooter this season, posting a 52.6 effective field goal percentage on his 232 jumpers this year -- that's higher than his layups. If this isn't his peak value of the season, it's got to be close. Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Greg Monroe has a rough night vs. Magic
    Greg Monroe made 3-of-12 from the field for nine points with eight rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Ouch. Monroe has really seen his numbers come down recently and the Bucks being blown out in four of their last five isn't helping. In that span, Monroe averaged just 13.6 points, 10.0 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals on 42.4 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the line. His minutes are obviously safe and this is probably going to be one of his worst five-game runs all year, so buying low works here. Friday, 6:37 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) out for Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: It'll be his second consecutive game out of the lineup with his strained back. Cousins was upgraded to questionable tonight, but he could also miss Saturday's game at Golden State. With Boogie out, we'll see Kosta Koufos pick up most of the big minutes while the Kings go small a lot. Marco Belinelli, Darren Collison and Willie Cauley-Stein should get more run. Rudy Gay will be busy and play a lot of four, too. Friday, 5:09 pm
  • Jordan Hill (back) out for Friday night
    Jordan Hill (back) will not play against the Bulls on Friday night.

    Advice: He's dealt with back injuries in his career before and must have aggravated it on Wednesday. With Hill out, we should see a lot of Paul George at the four. Lavoy Allen could also be looking at minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Friday, 4:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is now questionable
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) was upgraded to questionable to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings had him as doubtful in their previous injury report before this one, but he has a chance to play now. If he can go, that makes basically every wing and frontcourt player have a lower upside. There probably won't be an update until later tonight, so fantasy owners will want to exercise some caution. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant will play against the Blazers on Saturday after putting in a limited practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is not expected to have a minutes cap for the road game and coach Byron Scott is open to suggestions on how to handle Bryant on back-to-back. Kobe is not getting to the basket at all anymore and it's led to him being the least efficient high-volume starter in the NBA. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Scott won't cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't intend to cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes despite the fact that the Lakers own a record of 2-12, the worst in the Western Conference.

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

    Advice: Though Bryant has struggled to start the 2015-16 season, Scott said he isn't too concerned about the veteran. "Obviously he's struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that," Scott said. "So it's trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That's No. 1." Though Bryant is still capable of a big game here and there, he's hurting fantasy teams more than he's helping and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 22 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 22 points against the Clippers during a 102-92 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: While he didn't have his best defensive game with one-on-one defense, Favors lit it up with his shooting line of 10-of-15 from the field. He has seen exceptional growth as a shooter and isn't just a guy who can score from within three feet anymore. He has second-round value on the season and most signs point to him maintaining that value. Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Wes Johnson, Stephenson, Pierce all scoreless
    Wes Johnson was invisible despite starting on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Any positivity from Johnson's prior start was erased tonight and Doc Rivers is still searching for answers. The Clippers three options at small forward -- Johnson, Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce -- combined for zero points on 0-of-5 shooting. Unless one of them demands the lion's share of minutes, all three are persona non grata in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 11, blocks four
    Greg Monroe scored 11 points during a 129-118 loss to the Kings on Wednesday with seven rebounds three assists and four blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was in a little bit of foul trouble, but credit to the Kings big men for keeping Monroe in check. He's seen his numbers dip since Michael Carter-Williams returned from an ankle injury, which isn't a surprise since his usage rate is down and the team isn't getting enough entry passes to him in the paint. He's still likely to be an early-round player this season. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Evan Fournier shoots 1-of-9 in 21 minutes
    Evan Fournier shot just 1-of-9 from the field vs. New York, scoring three points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

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

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers wouldn't commit to it, but it makes the most sense. Expect Wes to not take many shots while playing minutes in the mid 20s. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Boogie Down: DeMarcus Cousins out vs. Bucks
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a back injury, which kept him out of overtime on Monday. With Cousins out, the Kings will be using a lot of Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi at the four while Kosta Koufos should handle the minutes at the five for the most part. With Boogie being the No. 1 big man in usage rate, there will be a lot of shots to go around, making Marco Belinelli also an option. Gay should have a chance for a big game, too. Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back) very unlikely for Wed
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) is still being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, and it's "very unlikely" that he will play tonight according to Kings insider James Ham.

    Advice: Owners can go ahead and put Cousins on their bench as it sounds like he's bound to watch from the sidelines tonight. Kosta Koufos will have the opportunity to enter the starting five sans Cousins, while Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo will have their hands full on offense. Marco Belinelli will also likely see some increased opportunity with Cousins on the sidelines, and he'd be someone to consider as a punt play in daily leagues. Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: The Lakers were blown out of this game which explains why Hibbert logged just 23 minutes. Even with tonight's dud he is still averaging 8.6 points, 7.2 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, and he is actually still returning mid-round value. His wheels could fall off at any time and things could get interesting in Los Angeles if they decide to tank, so it's not the worst idea to float some trade offers around your league to see if you can get a mid-round asset in return. Tuesday, 10:27 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores 11 points in start Tues
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points in a start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding two boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few extra minutes if he didn't get into foul trouble, but it was an encouraging game for Johnson and it's possible that he could stick in the starting lineup. Paul Pierce hasn't been playing well and Lance Stephenson is still Lance Stephenson, so feel free to take a flier on Johnson if you're in a deep league. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Monta Ellis quiet in win over Wizards
    Monta Ellis hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer, but it's hard to be mad at him since teammates C.J. Miles and Paul George were on fire all night. After a bit of a hot streak, Ellis has calmed down again, scoring just 7, 12 and 10 points in each of his last three games. He is probably due to get hot again soon. Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Paul George scores season-high 40, 7 treys
    Paul George hit 14-of-19 shots and 7-of-8 3-pointers for a season-high 40 points to go along with eight boards, four assists and two steals in Tuesday's easy win over the Wizards.

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

    Advice: The Clippers haven't gotten a lot of production out of Pierce or Lance Stephenson, so it will be interesting to see if Johnson can build some momentum. Johnson's minutes will still be relatively low with the starters, so owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) doubtful Wed
    DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He sat out of Tuesday's optional practice and is dealing with a lower back strain as well as a sore thigh. Cousins is clearly ailing right now and the Kings will want to be cautious, so don't be surprised if takes the day off on Wednesday. Kosta Koufos will likely benefit the most, while Willie Cauley-Stein will be pressed into a larger role as well. Additionally, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo would be nice DFS targets. Tuesday, 5:13 pm
  • Paul George studied the game when he was out
    Paul George stated during a recent interview that he feels he's better now than he was before his gruesome leg injury.

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

    Advice: The practice was optional, and Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinellli and head coach George Karl also were not present for the optional outing. Cousins is a little beat up, dealing with discomfort in his back and a sore thigh, so we're going to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. If he can't give it a go, Rudy Gay, Belinelli and Rondo will see some increased opportunity on offense. Check back for another update on DMC following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Greg Monroe gets revenge in win
    Greg Monroe dominated against his former team during a 109-95 win over the Pistons on Monday, scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-19 from the field and the team went to him early and often. This was Monroe's best game in over a week and just his third 20-10 of the season. He'll likely be a third-round guy this season. Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 11 with seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Considering the game was basically over at halftime, Favors' owners should be thrilled that he still played 30 minutes and turned in a decent line. Rudy Gobert went down with a tailbone contusion, but he should be fine moving forward and both players will need to be on top of their game for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 13 points
    Evan Fournier played just 23 minutes against the Cavs on Monday with 13 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His shooting has been vital for the offensive spacing, so he's probably the safest bet to remain in the starting lineup. Fournier played his fewest minutes of the season tonight as coach Scott Skiles's wrath showed no bounds -- it almost never does. He is trending down, so the sell-high window is starting to close. Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Evan Fournier didn't expect Magic extension
    Evan Fournier admitted that he did not expect to reach a contract extension with the Magic.

    Advice: The report states Fournier rejected a four-year, $32M offer in order to be on himself. "To be honest, I did not even expect to be extended," Fournier said. "I have confidence in myself and the season that I’ll have. The contract will take care of itself." Fournier worked out this offseason using track-and-field exercises to improve his stamina, and thus far it has clearly paid off. Although he is having a breakout season, Fournier still wants to improve. "I really have to rebound the ball better," Fournier said. "I’m 6-foot-7, a pretty big guard, so I should average at least six rebounds." With averages of 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 triples on 45.4 percent shooting, those fortunate enough to have Fournier would be thrilled if he could add any more. The breakout is real, and it's spectacular. Monday, 9:52 am
  • 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. Nov 22, 9:13 pm
  • Roy Hibbert blocks four shots in loss to POR
    Roy Hibbert blocked four shots in Sunday's loss vs. Portland, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He did a good job protecting the rim, as usual, but the Lakers' inability to contain penetration put an impossible amount of pressure on Hibbert. He's posted mid-round value on the strength of 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, and owners just have to hope that he doesn't have another mid-season meltdown this year. Nov 22, 9:12 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 21 pts w/ four steals
    DeMarre Carroll was extremely effective during Sunday's win over the Clippers, tallying 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-3 from the stripe), five boards, two 3-pointers, four steals and just one turnover through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll posted a sterling true shooting percentage of 71.1 in this one, and he didn't even miss a shot until the third quarter. DeMarre was recently quoted saying his foot is feeling "way better," after he was rested for three games in early-November, and the high minutes totals (36.2 minutes per game since his return) would indicate that the plantar fasciitis issue is now behind him. Unfortunately, the Raptors are headed for just a two-game week, so those in weekly formats may want to consider leaving The Junkyard Dog on their bench. Nov 22, 3:27 pm
  • Paul George scores 20 points in win vs. Bucks
    Paul George made 7-of-16 from the field for 20 points during a 123-86 win over the Bucks on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's his ninth-consecutive game with at least 20 points and he's also made at least three 3-pointers in four straight. George is locked-in as a 3-pointer shooter on the season, making 42.7 percent from deep. He's not getting into the paint quite as much, but his fantasy owners won't care as long as his shot keeps dropping. George looks like he was worth the risk for his aggressive fantasy owners. Nov 21, 6:44 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi slowing down a bit
    Ian Mahinmi scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 22 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: His scoring numbers are way down and he's missed his last seven attempts from the line. Mahinmi is losing a lot of momentum after a nice run earlier this season, so he's a drop candidate. Nov 21, 6:40 pm
  • Jordan Hill crushes Bucks
    Jordan Hill scored a season-high 20 points against the Bucks on Saturday with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block

    Advice: He was 9-of-10 from the field and killed the Bucks in the low-post. Hill had 10 of his points come in the final 13 minutes with the Pacers up at least 20, so this is a garbage time special. He's not a great add after this one. Nov 21, 6:33 pm
  • Greg Monroe has another sub-par game
    Greg Monroe made 4-of-10 from the field for 11 points against the Pacers during a 123-86 loss on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He continues to put up worse numbers next to Michael Carter-Williams. The Bucks offense isn't giving him enough space to operate and it's led to more double teams for Monroe. He hasn't shot above 50 percent in any of the four games with MCW back and the Bucks being blown out a couple times has led to garbage time. Monroe should still flirt with early-round value. Nov 21, 6:26 pm
  • Evan Fournier gets 17 points in loss
    Evan Fournier scored 17 points against the Kings on Saturday with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a minor right ankle tweak and had the trainers look at him on the bench. Fournier was fine and didn't need to miss any game action -- he actually made two 3-pointers o his next two possessions after the injury. Fournier is probably the only player who is safe from the wrath of The Scott Skiles. Nov 21, 4:49 pm
  • 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. Nov 21, 1:04 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 pts w/ seven boards
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is currently hitting career-highs in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.1) to go with solid averages of 16.0 points and 1.5 blocks on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. That translates to second-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and third-round value in 8-cat formats, and with absolutely no one behind him to challenge him for playing time there's no reason to believe he can't keep this up. Nov 20, 11:18 pm
  • Greg Monroe stay cold in a loss
    Greg Monroe scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Before tonight, Monroe's usage rate was down 3.2 percentage points when he's with Michael Carter-Williams. After a torrid run last week, he's taken a step back in his last three, averaging 12.3 points, 10.0 boards, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals on 43.2 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the line. His owners should be hoping MCW plays less. Nov 19, 8:55 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 18 points in win
    Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 93-89 win

    Advice: He made 7-of-9 from the field to raise his field goal percentage to 52.9 percent. Favors has 47.8 percent of his shots come at the rim and he's knocking down a tidy 67.7 percent of those. In other words, this outstanding start of putting up top-15 value looks like it's for real. If you're looking to sell high, you'll want to get a top-25 player back in return. Nov 18, 9:39 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores just seven
    DeMarre Carroll made 2-of-8 from the field for seven points during a 93-89 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Even though the shooting line isn't pretty, he was able to contribute some defense and treys. Carroll continues to struggle with his shot, but there's been no indication of him still dealing with his foot injury. He's still a buy-low guy. Nov 18, 9:11 pm
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