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  • Gerald Green runs w/ starters at shootaround
    Gerald Green was spotted running with the starting unit during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: Luol Deng (hamstring) is extremely unlikely to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons, and it looks like Erik Spoelstra is contemplating giving Green the start over rookie Justise Winslow. Green can fill it up when given the minutes, but he's been pretty horrible this season with averages of just 7.6 points and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He'll also be competing for touches with Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as a starter, so even as a punt play in DFS, he'll be a very risky option. 42 minutes ago
  • Pekovic participates in pick-and-roll drills
    Nikola Pekovic (right Achilles) was spotted going through some two-on-none pick-and-roll work with Ricky Rubio on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pekovic won't play on Wednesday, but this is the next step in his progression from the offseason Achilles surgery. However, with Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng on the roster, there's no reason to own Pek in any format. 54 minutes ago
  • Mitch McGary (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) was moving well during Wednesday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Anthony Slater, and he'll likely be available vs. the Nets.

    Advice: McGary is averaging just 5.7 minutes per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy leagues. 58 minutes ago
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Wednesday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not accompany the Heat on their two-game road trip, and he will not play Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: Stoudmire has just suited up for the Heat two times this season, so his absence from the lineup will have zero consequences with regards to fantasy hoops. He's also doubtful for Friday's game against the Knicks, and at this stage in his career, Amare should not be owned in any leagues. Today, 9:09 am
  • Channing Frye will start Wednesday vs. Knicks
    Channing Frye will replace Victor Oladipo in the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Joining him in the starting unit will be Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucavic. Frye is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and with averages of just 6.5 points, 4.0 boards and 1.5 three-pointers on 36.1 percent shooting as a starter this season, he's not worth a pickup in most leagues. It'll be interesting just how long he sticks in the starting five, as Aaron Gordon seems like the better option. Today, 9:01 am
  • Shumpert (wrist) making progress in recovery
    Iman Shumpert (wrist) has progressed to short-range form shooting with his surgically repaired right wrist, and he's also converting layups.

    Advice: Shumpert is shooting to return by mid-December, which is right at the 12-week mark of his initial 12-14 week timetable. He'll provide a major boost to the Cavs' second-unit, but he can't be viewed as much more than a 3-point and steals specialist in deep leagues. Today, 8:12 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (calf) a game-time call
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: Dellavedova's value is set to take a hit tonight anyway with the return of Mo Williams (ankle), and with him heading towards a game-time decision, he's far too risky to consider using in DFS. Williams could be forced into heavy minutes if Delly is unable to give it a go. Stay tuned. Today, 8:02 am
  • Ty Lawson embracing bench role with Houston
    Ty Lawson said that coming off the bench in Houston can be a positive as it will give him more opportunity to have the ball in his hands, and play his game.

    Advice: "If I come off the bench, I can have the ball in my hands more and have more opportunity to get in the paint, play my game," said Lawson. "It's good for the team, good for me. Hopefully, this is a transition to getting back to myself, be more aggressive." Lawson hasn't benefited at all statistically with the demotion to the second-unit, averaging a meager 3.3 points and 2.3 assists on 20.0 percent shooting through 17.8 minutes per game. What's troubling is his value could head even further south when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor, so he's by no means a must-own player at this juncture. Today, 7:58 am
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Bjelica was limited during Tuesday's practice, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines. If he's out, Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad will split his minutes, but neither guy makes for a great play in most leagues. Today, 7:37 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. Today, 6:27 am
  • Kobe Bryant shoots 1-of-14 from the field
    Kobe Bryant shot just 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's blowout loss against the Warriors, finishing with four points, six boards, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: In case you're wondering, it was the worst shooting performance of his career and some of his shots weren't close at all. Father Time is undefeated and the Black Mamba is his next victim, so his owners shouldn't be expecting too much out of him going forward. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Andrew Bogut tweaks his back, stays in game
    Andrew Bogut tweaked his back in Tuesday's win over the Lakers, but he stayed in the game and finished with eight points, seven boards, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To be clear, the injury looked minor and the Warriors simply put a wrap around his back, so we'll leave him off the injury report for now. With three days off until Friday's game vs. Phoenix, Bogut should be fine. His minutes will be held in check going forward because the Warriors want to keep him fresh for the postseason, so he is a low-end option at best. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Noah Vonleh quiet in another start
    Noah Vonleh started again on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-7 shots for seven points, three rebounds and a block in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Ed Davis played 35 minutes off the bench and is the starter for all intents and purposes, and finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. With Meyers Leonard out, Davis is the guy you want to own here. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Will Barton held to one point in loss Tuesday
    Will Barton scored just one point with three rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nuggets don't have a lot of size right now due to some injuries and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were having their way in the paint, so Denver was forced to play big for most of the game which limited Barton to 20 minutes. There's no reason for his owners to panic considering he averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 3-pointers, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks in his previous five games, so expect him to bounce back vs. the Spurs on Friday. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 16 points in loss
    Nikola Jokic scored 16 points with six boards, two assists and one turnover in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Going up against an imposing frontcourt including Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan is never easy, but Jokic held his own and turned in a decent fantasy line. Jokic has played well in three out of his last four games and Nuggets head coach Michael Malone appears to be eager to develop him, and it's obvious that he has some upside. The return of Jusuf Nurkic (knee) in December could complicate things, but there's a lot to like about Jokic moving forward. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores four points off bench
    Paul Pierce moved to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets, finishing with four points, one steal and one board in 19 minutes.

    Advice: This is the second consecutive game that Pierce has played less than 20 minutes and it doesn't help that Wes Johnson played well with the starters tonight. Feel free to move on from Pierce if you haven't already. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Paul Pierce will move back to the bench
    Paul Pierce will move to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Pierce started vs. the Raptors on Sunday and played just 19 minutes, but the Clippers will likely continue to shuffle their lineup until they find some success. Pierce is only an option in deeper fantasy leagues. Wes Johnson will draw the start on Tuesday. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire dealing with an illness
    Amare Stoudemire is dealing with an illness and was limited during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Stoudemire's status for Wednesday's game in Detroit is currently up in the air, and with both him and Hassan Whiteside (illness) questionable for Wednesday's game, Erik Spoelstra may be forced to bring Udonis Haslem back into the rotation. Haslem wouldn't have much value in most leagues, but if Whiteside can't give it a go, Andre Drummond could be in for another monster game on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Tuesday's shootaround
    Kobe Bryant did not participate during shootaround, but he's still fully expected to suit up for Tuesday night's game against the undefeated Warriors.

    Advice: Byron Scott is just giving Kobe as much rest as possible prior to tonight's game, but there's no reason to believe he won't be out there. The Dubs currently own the sixth-best defense in the league, so owners of Bryant can expect plenty of missed shots tonight. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Mithc McGary (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: McGary's been a negligible part of the rotation for the Thunder this season, so there won't be much fantasy fallout if he's unable to give it a go. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) limited at practice
    Namenja Bjelica (knee) was able to do some "light stuff" during Tuesday's practice, according to head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Bjelica has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a left knee contusion, but this is the first time he's been able to get through any portions of the Wolves practice. We'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks, and if he can't give it a go, it'll be Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad picking up some extra minutes. Check back for another update on Bjelica following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Amare Stoudemire says Knicks mis-used him
    Amare Stoudemire said the Knicks didn't use he and Carmelo Anthony properly.

    Advice: While some would argue injuries affected his play in New York more, Stoudemire placed some blame for his disappointing Knicks tenure on the team. "I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together,’’ Stoudemire said. "I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll." War of words aside, Stoudemire can be ignored by fantasy owners as he doesn't play enough to provide any value. Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Mitch McGary twists his ankle on Monday
    Mitch McGary twisted his ankle in Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was getting a few minutes of action in garbage time, so it's tough to see him suffer an injury in a blowout win. McGary was in a lot of pain and could be looking at some time on the shelf, but he wasn't on the fantasy radar anyways because he has been buried on the bench. Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova looks great again
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 15 points against the Magic on Monday with nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was awesome and has looked like a whole new player this season. Dellavedova is just keeping the seat warm for Kyrie Irving (knee) and he'll likely move back to the bench when Mo Williams (ankle) can return, which can be as soon as this week. He's more of a short-term add despite his terrific play in the past week. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Channing Frye gets seven minutes
    Channing Frye played seven minutes against the Cavs on Monday with nine points and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was really late on some defensive rotations late in the game and he did not enter the game until seven minutes were left in the fourth quarter. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play Monday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time call, but he was ruled out an hour before tip-off. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines and he still hasn't practiced, but we'll consider him day-to-day. Adreian Payne should get a good chunk of his minutes off the bench, while Shabazz Muhammad could get some more action as well. Monday, 4:08 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire out for Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) will not play on Monday against the Knicks.

    Advice: No revenge game today. He's been ill and should be ready to play later this week. Stoudemire has said he is focused more on big games, but he's barely playing right now. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful to play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: STAT may not even see the floor if he is active and he has played in just two games this season. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova will start
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will start against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes monitored today, so he'll be a risky player to use in DFS. Dellavedova only has short-term value this week. Jared Cunningham could also get more minutes tonight. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) doesn't practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Monday and is still expected to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off after Sunday and all signs point to him being ready to play against the Warriors. Bryant is not doing much on a per-game basis and is not a must-own player. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Update: Dellavedova expected to play Monday
    Updating a previous item, Matthew Dellavedova (left ankle/leg) is expected to play on Monday.

    Advice: It's still not yet clear if Delly will start at point guard with Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) doubtful or if Jared Cunningham will get the nod after practicing with the starters on Monday morning, but it would be surprising if Dellavedova isn't with the starting group if he's feeling well enough to play. At less than 100 percent and staring at a potential timeshare, Delly's DFS ceiling isn't all that high. Monday, 9:05 am
  • Amare Stoudemire game-time call on Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he's a game-time decision vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Even if STAT feels well enough to play, the Heat may opt to keep him under bubble wrap. He's played in just two games this season as Miami tries to keep him healthy for the stretch run. Monday, 8:34 am
  • Dellavedova has an unspecified ankle injury
    Matthew Dellavedova is "dealing with an ankle injury."

    Advice: It's not clear what type of injury Delly is currently dealing with, but he apparently hurt himself in Saturday's win over Atlanta, and we wonder how Kyle Korver feels about that development. Moving on, iff Dellavedova is forced to sit out, Jared Cunningham would be in line to draw the start at point guard. Unless David Blatt wants Cunningham to play major minutes, the Cavs are going to have to get creative at point guard with Mo Williams (leg) also doubtful to suit up. Monday, 8:22 am
  • Stoudemire keeping 'big picture in mind' now
    Amare Stoudemire, who has appeared in two games this season, said he's keeping the "big picture in mind."

    Advice: "It’s about really just keeping the maintenance program and making sure we’re at 100 percent strength by the playoffs," he said. STAT is not relevant in any fantasy format. Monday, 7:08 am
  • Kobe Bryant again hints this is final season
    In a recent SiriusXM interview, Kobe Bryant again hinted that he's likely to retire after the season.

    Advice: "If something changes I'll come back and play next season. If something doesn't change this is it for me." Some pundits will try to use the quote to take shots at the Lakers, but Kobe is simply referring to himself and whether or not his body can handle another tour of duty. With nothing left to prove and the Lakers rebuild needing to move forward, it would be a surprise to see Bryant return for a potential 21st season. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Paul Pierce returned to action on Sunday November 22. Sunday, 11:25 pm
  • Kobe Bryant's shot missing in loss to Blazers
    Kobe Bryant missed all five of his 3-point attempts and finished 6-of-22 from the field on Sunday, scoring 18 points with four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Kobe scored a season-low 10 points on Friday despite logging 37 minutes, and he's logged 30+ minutes in six straight games despite Byron Scott's insistence that he'll give Kobe more rest. His jumpers are coming up short but he keeps firing away, and his 33.1 percent shooting is a huge drag in roto and head-to-head leagues. Sunday, 9:14 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles vs. Warriors
    Nikola Jokic started again on Sunday and posted 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He's still learning the game, particularly on defense, but he played with impressive energy and should be able to hold off J.J. Hickson for the starting center job. He's worth a flier while earning 25-30 minutes per game. Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Will Barton keeps rolling in loss to Warriors
    Will Barton kept up his strong play vs. Golden State on Sunday, scoring 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He turned the ball over four times but it was still an impressive game vs. the Warriors' defense, and Barton scored all but six of the Nuggets' bench points. He's a must-own player until further notice -- in his past five games he's averaging 15.6 points with excellent percentages, 1.4 triples, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and only 1.2 turnovers. Sunday, 7:49 pm
  • Andrew Bogut solid but plays only 18 minutes
    Andrew Bogut played well in 18 minutes on Sunday, posting eight points, six boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: Bogut has been a per-minute stud through 15 games, returning top-100 value in only 20.2 minutes per game. His upside is limited due to the playing time issues, but at least it reduces the likelihood of an injury. Sunday, 7:47 pm
  • Kobe Bryant is starting on Sunday night
    Kobe Bryant will start on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Kobe played a season-high 37 minutes against the Raptors on Friday, but head coach Byron Scott made it clear that he will be more careful with his workload tonight. Expect him to play around 30 minutes, but his owners can safely activate him in lineups. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Bryant's minutes will be monitored on Sunday
    Byron Scott said that he will try and do a better job of managing Kobe Bryant's minutes during Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Kobe played a season-high 37 minutes on Friday, but the high minute total for the future Hall of Famer still resulted in a loss for the Lakers. "If I want [Kobe] to play both those two games [Sunday vs. Portland and Tuesday vs. Golden State] and be effective," Scott said, "I have to put the minutes back down." Scott said that Kobe's minutes could again be in the 35-37 minute range on Tuesday, given that the team's light schedule this upcoming week, but his minutes will likely be in the low-30s on Sunday. Sunday, 12:44 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) doesn't practice Sun
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Beat reporter Kent Youngblood said that Bjelica will be questionable "at best," for Monday's game against the 76ers, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll spend that game on the sidelines. With Bjelica out, there will be more minutes for Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne, with Muhammad offering the most upside. Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Paul Pierce will start Sunday vs. the Raptors
    Paul Pierce will start Sunday's game against the Raptors, sending Lance Stephenson back to the bench.

    Advice: Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordon will join Pierce in the starting five for today's game. Despite averaging 31 minutes per game as a starter this season, Pierce is only putting up 4.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 three-pointers per game in his previous two starts. Needless to say, he's not worth rostering in most formats. Sunday, 11:05 am
  • Nemanja Bjelica hoping to practice Sunday
    Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Saturday, but coach Sam Mitchell is hopeful that he will practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Bjelica wasn't able to play vs. the Pistons on Friday, but it sounds like he is day-to-day. The Wolves take on the 76ers on Monday, so hopefully Bjelica can break out of his recent slump if he can give it a go. The Serbian has talent, so be patient with him if you can. Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Ty Lawson plays 17 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson failed to score in 17 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Knicks, adding two boards, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson's fantasy value is laughable at the moment and he now has averages of 4.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games. If you were still contemplating holding onto Lawson prior to Saturday's game, you probably just got your answer. With Patrick Beverley (ankle) hoping to return on Wednesday and the Rockets falling to 5-9 on the season, don't be surprised if Lawson falls completely out of the rotation. Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova slows down in a win
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was very good once again and continues to exceed expectations. His body of work suggests he won't be this good on Monday, but feel free to give him a look with Mo Williams (ankle) doubtful for that one. Dellavedova only has short-term value in most cases. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will be inactive Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire will be inactive for Saturday's game vs. Philly.

    Advice: Stoudemire only intends to play in "big" games this season, so this game was crossed off his calendar a long time ago. He has no fantasy value. Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Plays His Age: Kobe Bryant gets 37 minutes
    Kobe Bryant played a season-high 37 minutes against the Raptors during a 102-91 loss on Friday, making 5-of-13 from the field for 10 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he wouldn't get Kobe over 37 minutes, but he logged exactly 37:04 tonight. Bryant said he felt fine and said there was no difference between 27 minutes in a game and 37. He is expected to play on Sunday, but isn't a must-own player. Saturday, 1:09 am
  • Kobe Bryant returned to action on Friday November 20. Friday, 11:56 pm
  • Will Barton bounces back on Friday
    Will Barton bounced back on Friday against the Suns with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was red hot in the first half with all 14 points coming before the break, but he fizzled out in the second half. Barton wasn't really responsible for the Suns knocking down 3-pointers all over the place, so he's probably still set for minutes in the mid 20s. He should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 11:36 pm
  • Nikola Jokic exposed on defense in start
    Nikola Jokic made his first NBA start of his career on Friday against the Suns, scoring six points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He looked totally lost at times on defense as the Nuggets just could not communicate on pick-and-roll to defend shooters. Jokic was completely overmatched and the Suns basically had a target on his back in the fourth quarter -- he had a minus-99 net rating in 3.3 minutes. Hopefully the Nuggets can coach him up and keep him in the starting lineup. The Nuggets get the Warriors on Sunday, so that's not good for Jokic. If you picked him up, you should probably cut him some slack until Sunday. Friday, 11:24 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays just 16 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson played a season-low 16 minutes during Friday's loss to Memphis, tallying just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting to go with four assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The defensive stats were nice, but the minutes and shooting percentage were far from encouraging. Since interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has taken over, Lawson has headed to the bench and his minutes have taken a major hit. Lawson also isn't doing much to prove he belongs on the court, connecting a career-worst 31.8 percent of his shot attempts, and his outlook isn't great with the impending return of Patrick Beverley (ankle). While he shouldn't be this bad for an entire season, he hasn't given his owners many reasons to not send him to the waiver wire. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest) out for Friday vs. POR
    Paul Pierce (rest) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He probably needs the day off after a season-high 32 minutes on Thursday. Pierce has been awful this season and isn't worth owning in almost any league. Friday, 5:41 pm
  • Nikola Jokic will start on Friday night
    Nikola Jokic will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Well, go get him. Jokic could let you down, but he's coming in red hot and has a ton of upside. He should play minutes and should be picked up by anyone needing a big man. Yes, you can never have too many big men, so that means add him. Friday, 5:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic to get extra run on Friday?
    Coach Mike Malone said he's going to let "[Nikola] Jokic run a lot because he feels he can handle the work load."

    Advice: Jokic was the story of the night on Wednesday with his eight-cat line of 23 points and 12 boards. He's probably going to come off the bench tonight against the Suns, but he might be getting minutes in the mid 20s. If you were thinking about picking him up before, you might want to do it now in case he goes off an someone else grabs him. Friday, 4:21 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out Friday vs. Detroit
    Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of a knee contusion for Bjelica, and it's currently unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined. Adreian Payne should pick up some extra minutes with Bjelica out, but he's not bringing enough to the stat sheet to warrant consideration in most leagues. Gorgui Dieng could also have some more opportunity for minutes tonight, but he'll remain an extremely risky DFS punt-play. For now, we'll be considering Bjelica day-to-day. Friday, 4:03 pm
  • Malone praises rookie Nikola Jokic
    Nuggets head coach Michael Malone praised Nikola Jokic after his performance against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: "His feel for the game, his skill level, he's got great hands, he's so good at getting deflections and steals," Malone said. "We're so excited about his progress and his potential because we think in Emmanuel [Mudiay] and Nikola we have two great young players." Jokic scored 23 points with 12 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in that contest, but it should be noted that Joffrey Lauvergne (back) and Jusuf Nurkic are still sidelined. Jokic clearly has a lot of upside, so feel free to give him a look if you need a big. Friday, 7:52 am
  • Bickerstaff not blaming Lawson for slow start
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff doesn't blame Ty Lawson for the Rockets' slow start and put him in the second unit so that he could have the ball in hands more,

    Advice: Additionally, Bickerstaff inserted Jason Terry in the starting lineup because the Rockets had some success with him in the first unit last season. "This was something we were comfortable with," Bickerstaff said. "We played that way most of the playoffs last year. With the change, we thought it was time for a little more change. It's not Ty's fault. He was not the cause of the problem. It was something we tried to get back to a comfort level." Lawson scored two points in 20 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, and his minutes could be in even more danger when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns. Lawson is far from a must-own player. Friday, 6:33 am
  • Paul Pierce plays 32 minutes
    Paul Pierce played a season-high 32 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers really wanted to use Pierce as much as he could, but it didn't work out. Don't expect Pierce to play nearly as much on Friday against the Blazers. He's only worth owning in deep leagues and will lose value once J.J. Redick (back) returns. Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Delly Dishes: Matt Dellavedova has 13 assists
    Matthew Dellavedova handed out a career-high 13 assists against the Bucks on Thursday, adding seven points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Mo Williams (leg) did not play tonight, so Dellavedova got all the minutes he could handle. He actually looked horrible in the start of this game, but he got it going in the second quarter and beyond. Williams could miss Saturday, so Dellavedova could have short-term value. Although, he won't be worth much in about a week. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to Denver DUI
    Ty Lawson pled guilty to driving while his ability was impaired, as well as failure to drive in a single lane during his court appearance in Denver on Thursday.

    Advice: Lawson was also arrested this summer in Los Angeles for another suspected DUI, and he's due in court later this week for that offense. Lawson's official sentencing for the Denver DUI is scheduled to take place in January, and with him pleading guilty, he'll very likely receive a suspension from the league. It's unclear if he'll be available to play Friday against the Grizzlies, but with how horrible he's been, owners should probably just leave him on their bench for now. Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Ty Lawson (personal) misses practice Thursday
    Ty Lawson was not at Thursday's practice because of his court date in Denver.

    Advice: Lawson absence from Thursday's practice shouldn't affect his status for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, although he's been playing so horribly as of late that owners may want to consider benching him until he can string a few good games together. Thursday, 11:40 am
  • Ty Lawson says he's good w/ coming off bench
    Ty Lawson said he's fine with coming off the bench if it helps the team.

    Advice: Lawson has struggled mightily this season and scored just two points off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers. While Lawson has upside, he's not an undroppable player and fantasy owners should feel free to cut ties if it helps them add a higher performing asset. Thursday, 6:30 am
  • Nikola Jokic erupts w/ 23 & 12 in career game
    Nikola Jokic racked up career highs across the board on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with one 3-pointer, 12 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. He made 8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs and didn't commit a single turnover -- if he'd handed out a few assists this would be a perfect 9-cat line. Head coach Mike Malone likes him, and there's a chance Jokic could be fantasy-worth even once Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is healthy. This huge night seemingly came out of nowhere, as he'd played one minute in Tuesday's game, but he has enough potential to be speculatively added in most leagues. You can always cut him if it doesn't work out. Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Will Barton held in check vs. San Antonio
    Will Barton played 22 minutes vs. the Spurs on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It's a mild letdown after his torrid three-game stretch, but San Antonio will have that effect on opponents -- they are allowing the fewest points of any team in the league this season. Barton should be owned in all competitive leagues at this point. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Ty Lawson stinks off the bench
    Ty Lawson made 1-of-8 from the field for two points off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Well, the move to the bench didn't help this time. Lawson is somehow shooting an unfathomably bad 31.7 percent from the field on the season -- he has a higher minutes-per-game average than his field goal percentage. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues and it's become almost impossible to make a case for him as a fantasy asset. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starts, scores four
    Noah Vonleh started on Wednesday with four points, six boards, and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He's been shuffled in and out of the starting lineup because coach Terry Stotts likes to play the matchups. Vonleh will be too inconsistent to own in almost any league. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica's slump continues in Orlando
    Nemanja Bjelica's slump continued in Wednesday's OT loss, as he fouled out with a mere three points, four rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't pretty for Bjelica tonight. He's averaging 2.3 points in Minnesota's past three games and his playing time has dwindled as a result. He has nice potential as the Wolves' primary PF and is worth hanging onto, but there's no sugar-coating it -- right now he's just playing poorly. Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Channing Frye gets unexpected 2nd-half start
    Channing Frye unexpectedly started the second half of Wednesday's game, but he failed to score and played only seven minutes.

    Advice: He and Dewayne Dedmon started in place of Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic after the half, but it was Jason Smith (27 minutes) who absorbed all the playing time at center. Frye's bizarre, temporary promotion clearly does not affect his fantasy outlook. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Ty Lawson coming off the bench
    Ty Lawson will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: This move probably should have been made to begin the year, but the team will make the switch during its first game without Kevin McHale. Hopefully, the move to the bench will help Lawson's value, which is barely worth owning right now. Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Will Barton not afraid of taking contact
    Will Barton described his style of play during a recent interview, saying that getting to the rim is his number one priority.

    Advice: "I like contact. I like to get hit. I like to hit people," said Barton. "I’m not waiting for someone to knock me over, I’m going into it. It’s easier that way. It comes from being from Baltimore, growing up playing outside, being tough and learning from my environment. The rim is where I want to get. No doubt." Barton has been en fuego to begin the 2015-16 season with averages of 14.5 points, 5.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 three-pointers per game on 48.7 percent shooting from the field and 90.3 percent from the stripe. He's still not owned in enough leagues (64 percent in Yahoo!) given that he's currently putting up third-round (9-cat) and fourth-round (8-cat) value, so go ahead and swoop him up if he's still available. Wednesday, 5:36 am
  • Will Barton returned to action on Tuesday November 17. Wednesday, 12:13 am
  • Andrew Bogut plays 17 minutes in start Tues
    Andrew Bogut moved back into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors and scored 13 points with six boards, two assists, one steal and one block in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut's minutes were limited because he had five fouls, but his playing time should settle somewhere in the mid-20s moving forward because the Warriors will want to keep him fresh for the postseason. Bogut has been playing really well, so he's worth owning in most leagues while he is this hot. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic gets one minute
    Nikola Jokic played just one minute against the Pelicans on Tuesday with one rebound.

    Advice: He fell victim to the small-ball lineup here. Jokic should get more time tomorrow night against the Spurs, but is obviously only worth a look in deep leagues. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • License to Thrill: Will Barton has 17 points
    Will Barton stayed hot during a 115-98 win over the Pelicans on Tuesday, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: This guy is on fire. Barton started the second half and this matchup played right into coach Mike Malone's hands with so much small-ball. In his last three, he's averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.3 treys on 54.8 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. He has third-round value on the season and top-five value in that aforementioned three-game span. Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Gerald Green plays 12 minutes in return
    Gerald Green returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring two points with four boards and one assist in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Green was averaging 21.7 minutes per game prior to his suspension, so he is probably going to have to climb out of the doghouse before he will have any fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica struggles again on Tuesday
    Nemanja Bjelica had another rough game on Tuesday vs. the Heat, finishing with zero points on 0-of-7 shooting with four boards and two blocks in 16 minutes.

    Advice: That's now two bad games in a row for the Serbian, but he got into some early foul trouble like he did against the Grizzlies on Sunday and never really found his rhythm after that. He is still one of the best 3-point shooters on the Wolves' roster and his talent is undeniable, so we'd expect him to bounce back vs. the Magic on Wednesday. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Andrew Bogut will start on Tuesday night
    Andrew Bogut will start on Tuesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: That'll move Festus Ezeli back to the bench. The two players should see similar playing time and it's more about the lineup combinations than anything. They kind of cancel each other out in standard leagues due to how often Bogut is hurt. Tuesday, 6:01 pm
  • Will Barton (shoulder) will play on Tuesday
    Will Barton (shoulder) will play on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Barton was probable heading into this one, so this news is far from surprising. His minutes have been trending upwards as of late, and he logged a season-high 37 minutes in his last one, so go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup with New Orleans. Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Gerald Green will be available Tuesday
    Gerald Green will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he is planning on playing Green, but his owners may want to keep him on their bench until we see what type of role he will have. Green is only on the radar in deeper formats while Dwyane Wade is healthy. Tuesday, 3:01 pm
  • Rockets have players only meeting on Tuesday
    The Rockets had a players only meeting on Tuesday, and Ty Lawson said the meeting was productive.

    Advice: The Rockets have got off to a 4-7 start on the season, something Dwight Howard said the team is embarrassed about, and the players looked to address their various issues during Tuesday's meeting. There have been rumblings that Lawson could be headed for the bench as he's been painfully ineffective to start the season with averages of 8.9 points, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 33.3 percent shooting, but it would be surprising to see head coach Kevin McHale make this move before Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor. Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Andrew Bogut set to return to starting lineup
    Andrew Bogut will reportedly return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, sending Festus Ezeli back to the bench.

    Advice: The two big men in Golden State are essentially locked into a timeshare, so the starter designation is a bit trivial. Bogut's minutes will likely be kept in the low-20s, regardless of how he enters the game, but he's worth owning in standard leagues as a shot blocking (1.6) and rebounding (9.0) specialist who can offer above-average contributions to the assist category (2.8) from the center position. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Andrew Bogut not worried about starting
    Andrew Bogut said he's not worried about whether or not he starts.

    Advice: Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said Bogut could move to the starting lineup on Tuesday, but the big man said his role is of no concern to him. "Look, we're winning," Bogut said. "We're 11-0. Like I've said from the start, I've been starting my whole career, but I understand I missed (six) games there, and we won all of them." Starting or not, the Warriors are likely to limit Bogut's minutes to the low 20s so he's no more than a flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Iman Shumpert ahead of schedule in rehab
    Iman Shumpert (right wrist surgery) is now targeting a mid-December return.

    Advice: Shumpert said he's ahead of schedule in rehabbing a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist and is hoping to make his season-debut in mid-December. "They said 12-14 [weeks], right? If I can make it at 12, I'm trying to make it at 12," Shumpert said. "If I can get there right at 12, I'm trying to get there right at 12, but I'm trying to make sure I take my time." While Shumpert's return will be a boost to the Cavs rotation, his low ceiling limits him to being an add in deeper fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:39 am
  • Noah Vonleh moves back to the bench
    Noah Vonleh moved back to the bench on Monday with three points, six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hit his first 3-pointer of his career and didn't look too bad tonight. Chances are Chris Kaman won't stick in the starting lineup for long, so maybe the Blazers give Vonleh a longer look. Obviously there's no need to add him because he hasn't produced anything noteworthy in the NBA and Meyers Leonard (shoulder) was even doing some shooting today. Vonleh has some upside, though. Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Noah Vonleh will return to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will return to the bench for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Vonleh got the start in place of Meyers Leonard (shoulder) on Sunday vs. the Hornets, but coach Terry Stotts will go with Chris Kaman tonight. Vonleh has upside, but he won't worth a look until he is consistent part of the rotation. Monday, 5:39 pm
  • Will Barton (shoulder) is probable
    Will Barton (shoulder contusion) is probable to play against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had a little bit of a fall on Saturday, but he was able to return. Barton is one of the hottest fantasy properties out there and should be owned in all leagues. With Wilson Chandler (hip) out for the season, Barton's minutes appear to be safe going forward. Monday, 11:51 am
  • Gerald Green's conditioning is game-ready
    Gerald Green's conditioning is considered game-ready.

    Advice: It's unclear what role Green will hold upon returning to the Heat, but the good news is he's not limited now that he's back with the team. Nov 16, 10:02 am
  • Gerald Green apologizes for suspension
    Gerald Green apologized for his two-game suspension, saying he was "ashamed" of his incident.

    Advice: Green declined to discuss details. "I'm just trying to just get over this situation," Green said. "I can't apologize enough to the residents that lived in my building, my fans who supported me and definitely my family. That was a situation that I'm not proud of. But I'm ready to move forward. I'm ready to continue with the team's goals. I'm ready to be with my brothers." No charges have been filed. Nov 16, 7:01 am
  • Noah Vonleh quiet despite start at PF Sunday
    Noah Vonleh had nine points, six rebounds, one assist and no defensive stats on Sunday, while filling in at PF for Meyers Leonard (shoulder).

    Advice: Leonard has no clear return date and coach Terry Stotts is still experimenting with his lineups -- Vonleh replaced Ed Davis in the starting five at the last minute tonight. Vonleh has barely been in the rotation and will need to string together a few nice games before getting on the standard-league radar. Nov 15, 4:54 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica struggles Sunday vs Grizzlies
    Nemanja Bjelica had a foul-plagued dud vs. the Grizzlies, scoring four points on 2-of-5 with one rebound and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: He picked up five fouls in 24 minutes, two of which were intentional in the final minute. Bjelica has been a steady fantasy producer in 28.9 minutes per game this season, and one lousy game vs. Memphis doesn't damage his value. Nov 15, 4:19 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starting Sunday vs. Charlotte
    Noah Vonleh, and not Ed Davis, will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Terry Stotts has again pulled a fast one on us, changing the starting lineup at the very last second, despite Ed Davis originally being listed as the starter. It's going to be tough to predict who gets the start at the power forward spot for however long Meyers Leonard (shoulder) is out with Stotts at the helm, but it'll likely be Davis, Vonleh and Kaman fluctuating in and out of the starting five based on the matchup. We'll let you know how Vonleh fares in his first career start against the team that drafted him following the game. Nov 15, 2:03 pm
  • Andrew Bogut snags 18 boards in win
    Andrew Bogut collected a season-high 18 rebounds with 10 points, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Starting center Festus Ezeli played just 18 minutes, so it wouldn't be a shock to see the Warriors go back to Bogut in the first unit moving forward. As good as tonight's line was, it's important to remember that the Warriors will likely keep Bogut's minutes in the low 20s over the course of the season because they will want to keep him healthy for their inevitable playoff push. Still, if you need a center he is worth a look as long as you keep your expectations in check. Nov 14, 10:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic gets 18 minutes
    Nikola Jokic played 18 minutes off the bench on Saturday with four points, six boards and three steals.

    Advice: He only played six minutes on Friday and did only play six minutes in the first half tonight. With Kenneth Faried (back) dinged up, Jokic could get more run. He has nice upside, but is only worth putting on your watch list right now unless you're in a really deep league. Nov 14, 9:42 pm
  • Will Barton stays hot, drops 19 w/ 12 boards
    Will Barton scored 19 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: He has to get more minutes now. Barton has third-round value on the season, so calling him a must-add player doesn't even do him justice. Nov 14, 9:37 pm
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