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  • Casey praises Bismack Biyombo
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that Bismack Biyombo's ability to protect the rim is "off the charts."

    Advice: "He set the tone for us defensively," Casey said after Wednesday's win over the Cavs. "Protecting the paint, talking, being physical, being a deterrent at the rim and that was big for us. That’s a good team. That team right there has got so many weapons." Biyombo double-doubled in the win with 11 points and 12 blocks, and with starting center Jonas Valanciunas (hand) out for six weeks he could have some nice low-end value going forward, especially when he starts racking up the blocks. Today, 7:39 am
  • Chris Paul scores 17 points in a win
    Chris Paul was in control on Friday during a 111-90 win over the Pelicans, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: A lot of people probably aren't happy with CP3 because he tried to get a foul off Anthony Davis (knee) in transition and it short of put Davis' knee in an awkward spot. That aside, Paul has 26 assists in his last three games to go with just two turnovers. He looks like he's back and over his groin injury. Today, 1:08 am
  • Austin Rivers gets his revenge
    Austin Rivers scored 17 points off the bench against the Pelicans on Friday with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Revenge game? THE REVENGE GAME?!! Rivers was basically jettisoned by the Pelicans at the 2015 trade deadline last year, so this was probably the main landmark on Narrative Street of the season. We'll need to see him do it again when he's not going against a team that essentially cut him. Today, 1:05 am
  • Lance Stephenson scores 10 points
    Lance Stephenson scored 10 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was his best game as a Clipper. Stephenson hasn't exactly been fundamentally sound in the past couple seasons, so hopefully this is a start of good things on the way. Of course, there's almost no way you can pick him up in almost any league until he strings together 3-5 decent games. Today, 12:59 am
  • Markieff Morris plays just 17 mins in blowout
    Markieff Morris played just 17 minutes during Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors, tallying 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with three boards, one assist, two 3-pointers, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's been an up-and-down season for Kieff, and while he's currently earning a career-high usage rate of 26.1, that just hasn't been translating to the stat sheet like it should. While tonight's dud can largely be attributed to the stellar defense of Draymond Green, Morris is still only putting up late-round value on the year behind averages of 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game on 40.5 percent shooting. Morris might not want to play in Phoenix, but it's tough to see him getting this much opportunity in another city. Today, 12:58 am
  • Ish Smith scores 15 points with 10 dimes
    Ish Smith stayed hot on Friday with 15 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one turnover in Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pelicans have a back-to-back set coming up on Saturday, so expect Smith to get a start against the Jazz. It's a sub-par matchup, but Smith is just too good to bench. In his last five, he averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 boards, 9.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 treys. Even though his outlook isn't quite as rosy, he's a must-own player until further notice. Today, 12:46 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 21 points w/ three steals
    Eric Bledsoe had an efficient shooting performance against the Warriors on Friday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with seven assists, three steals, three 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The knee was not an issue at all for Bledsoe tonight, so owners can now lay any concerns about his surgically-repaired right knee to rest. Bledsoe is just 25 years old, and out of the six years he's been in the league, only two seasons have been cut short by injury, so we can probably get rid of the "injury-prone" label for Eric. He's a top-15 play in 9-cat leagues, and when turnovers aren't an issue (8-cat) his value jumps to No. 8 overall. Enjoy the ride. Today, 12:40 am
  • Kevin Martin has another awful game
    Kevin Martin made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't really played well based on the stat sheet, but the Wolves starting unit has been solid. In his last five, Martin averaged just 9.0 points, 3.4 boards, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 treys in just 25.4 minutes. He's only made just 30.2 percent from the field and just 34 percent on the year, so he's not a must-own player. Today, 12:37 am
  • Brandon Knight scores 21 points w/ five dimes
    Brandon Knight scored 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Friday's loss to the Warriors, adding five assists, one 3-pointer, one board, one steal and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Knight has been excellent this season with averages of 21.9 points, 4.3 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.6 three-pointers per game on 44.6 percent shooting from the field and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe, which is good enough for top-25 value in standard 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Playing next Eric Bledsoe has not been an issue at all, so owners that gambled on him on draft day have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. Today, 12:31 am
  • Acy starts the second half
    Quincy Acy started the second half on Friday and finished with one point, one board and three fouls in nine minutes.

    Advice: Cool. Acy will not be logging much time and shouldn't be owned anywhere. Today, 12:07 am
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles in easy win
    Draymond Green posted his third career triple-double on Friday with 14 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), 10 boards, 10 assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks and one turnover through 33 minutes.

    Advice: Green became just the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double on four or less shot attempts, and this was Green's second triple-double of the season. He's currently producing at a top-15 level in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues, proving that last year's breakout campaign was no fluke. Green got paid during the offseason, but those heavy pockets have not caused any drop-off in effort for one of the most energetic players in the league. Today, 12:06 am
  • Andrew Bogut (back) plays just 13 minutes
    Andrew Bogut (back) was only needed for 13 minutes during the Warriors blowout victory over the Suns on Friday, and he finished the game with seven points, two assists, two boards and two blocks.

    Advice: Phoenix's Tyson Chandler left the game during the first-quarter with a hamstring injury, and it was basically all small ball from there. Bogut is nursing a stiff back, so Luke Walton decided to give his big man some extra rest in what amounted to an easy victory for the Dubs. Owners of Bogut can plan on having him active on Saturday for a matchup with the Kings, and if DeMarcus Cousins (back) is able to play, you can expect more minutes to fall to Bogut. Yesterday, 11:53 pm
  • Klay Thompson knocks down three treys in win
    Klay Thompson knocked down three more 3-pointers during the Dubs 135-116 win over the Suns on Friday, adding 15 points, two boards, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Klay went 6-of-11 from the field in this one, and he would have had a much bigger game if the score weren’t so lopsided. Thompson's numbers are trending up, and he's put in averages of 17.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.7 blocks and just 1.2 turnovers over the past six games, and he should only get better as we get deeper into the season. Through the month of November Klay has performed at a sixth-round level, so the buy-low window remains open for a guy with early-round upside. Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 13 points
    Kyle Korver scored 13 points against the Grizzlies on Friday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He moved into 10th place all time for made 3-pointers. There has been no word of Korver getting a night off against the Spurs on Saturday, but his owners will want to make sure he gets the all clear. He's starting to trend up in fantasy. Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Marcus Morris gets 40 minutes
    Marcus Morris played 40 minutes against the Thunder on Friday during a 103-87 loss, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He didn't do too bad of a job on Kevin Durant and coach Stan Van Gundy continues to give Morris ridiculous minutes. He's horrible per-minute in fantasy, but a guy in the top five for minutes is worth owning in standard leagues. Morris only has late-round value with all that playing time and only has a slight downward trend. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Jameer Nelson scores 12 points in 22 minutes
    Jameer Nelson was one of three Denver players to hit double figures in the scoring department during Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring 12 points to go with two assists, two 3-pointers, one rebound and a turnover in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Nelson had scored in the single digits in his previous four outings, and his averages of 7.2 points, 4.3 assists and 0.9 three-pointers per game tell the story of his non-existent fantasy value. Randy Foye earned 22 minutes but only managed to put up six points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and two turnovers. While Mike Miller logged a season-high 20 minutes but only managed to produce three points, two assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and three turnovers. None of these guys are worth owning in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs just seven boards
    Andre Drummond grabbed a season-low seven boards against the Thunder on Friday with 15 points, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first game of the season without double-digit boards and he dropped his season average 0.7 per game to just 17.1 now. OKC is first in the NBA in rebounding rate on the season Drummond gets one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA on Sunday in Brooklyn -- the Nets are top four in rebounding rate in the last 10 games. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 15 points
    Reggie Jackson scored 15 points against the Thunder during a 103-87 loss on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: No revenge game here. After the game, Kevin Durant said Andre Drummond is Detroit's best player -- that's true -- but he called Kentavious Caldwell-Pope the second-best player on the team. Shots fired. Jackson has played well and is holding mid-round value. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Will Barton scores 12 points with full line
    Will Barton bounced back from Tuesday's one-point performance on Friday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with nine boards, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The turnovers were unfortunate, but this was a solid performance after Tuesday's dud. On the year, Barton is still offering fourth-round value in 9-cat leagues and sixth-round value in 8-cat leagues. He'll have the occasional dud now and again, but he's getting things done more often than not, and deserves to be owned in all formats. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Terrence Jones puts up decent line off bench
    Terrence Jones came off the bench on Friday against the 76ers, scoring five points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: As long as Jones as getting minutes in the mid 20s, he'll have some nice value. He just needs to stay healthy and he could flirt with top-50 value. With TJ moving to the bench, this is a prime time to buy low. For what it's worth, the Rockets were probably just playing the matchup game to push Jones to the bench. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Lavoy Allen has nice effort off bench
    Lavoy Allen scored 12 points off the bench in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday, adding 10 rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He picked up some extra run with Jordan Hill (back) out tonight. Myles Turner (hand) is out and Hill has numerous back injuries in his career, so Allen could have some extra playing time headed his way. He's a low upside player most nights, so he's only a short-term add in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic is snapping out of it
    Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 25 points against the Pacers during a 104-92 loss on Friday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's starting to come around here with three productive games in a row. Mirotic has played at least 29 minutes in each of his last three games, so those owners getting ready to push the panic button can take their finger away from it now. He's trending up and should be an early mid-round player. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Jimmy Butler fills the stat sheet
    Jimmy Butler filled up the stat sheet against the Pacers on Friday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: As soon as the entire Bulls team realizes he's their best player, the better off they'll be. Fantasy owners probably realize he's their best player with Butler posting top-10 value on the year. He's a fantasy superstar. Jimmy's got some new moves ... again. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard falls one steal shy of 5x5 line
    Kawhi Leonard was incredible during the Spurs 91-80 win over the Nuggets on Friday, scoring 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with seven boards, six assists, four steals, five blocks, two 3-pointers and just two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Simply put, Kawhi is fantasy gold and he is currently ranked No. 3 overall in standard 9-cat leagues. After taking home the Defensive Player of the Year award last season, Kawhi has made it a point to prove that his offensive game is also a force to be reckoned with, and he's quickly establishing himself as one of the best two-way players in the league. What's even scarier about Kawhi's dominance? He's just 24 years old and will only get better. Enjoy. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside blocks six more shots
    Hassan Whiteside blocked six shots during a 97-78 win over the Knicks on Friday, adding six points and 14 rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He is blocking everything these days. Whiteside upped his season average to 4.8 blocks per game with 14.0 points, 11.4 boards, 0.7 steals and 2.1 turnovers. Whiteside's rim protection has improved in a big way and that's part of the season why Miami has been such tough fantasy matchup in DFS. He has first-round value in standard leagues right now. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (back) will play Friday vs. PHX
    Andrew Bogut (back) will play Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Bogut sat out Wednesday's practice with a stiff back, but he'll be on the court tonight and should get his usual minutes in the low-20s. With so many games being played tonight, owners in standard leagues could probably do better than Bogut. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Terrence Jones will come off the bench Friday
    Terrence Jones will be come off the bench for Friday's game against the 76ers.

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

    Advice: He gets a tough matchup vs. the Warriors, but that's hardly a concern for his fantasy owners. So far this season, Bledsoe is racking up career-highs in scoring (22.9), FG percentage (46.8), 3-pointers (1.8), rebounds (4.1) and steals (1.9). Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is probable starter
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) is doing well and is the probable starter for Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He did not look right on Wednesday and the Suns will have him tonight for their biggest home game of the season. Bledsoe is a terrific on-ball defender, but we'll see how he handles the passing of the Warriors. He should have a nice stat line tonight as long as he can stay healthy. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Chris Paul fills up boxscore in rough defeat
    Chris Paul filled up the stat sheet in a loss to Utah, notching 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

    Advice: He committed only two turnovers in 35 minutes and combined with Blake Griffin to score 64 points -- 70.3 percent of the Clippers' total. This game was a welcome sight for CP3's owners, as his scoring (16.7), FG percentage (44.4), 3-pointers (1.3), rebounds (3.5) and assists (8.5) have all been down compared to last year's numbers. Wednesday, 11:42 pm
  • Waiver-wire wonder Ish Smith drops 20-5-11
    Ish Smith was special yet again during a 120-114 win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: How can coach Alvin Gentry take this guy out of the lineup when Tyreke Evans comes back? He was 9-of-16 from the field tonight and has been marvelous over his last five, averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 boards, 9.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 treys on 51.4 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. If you have him, you can't cut him until he slows down. Will that even happen? Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 29 points vs. Pelicans
    Brandon Knight scored 29 points against the Pelicans during a tough 120-114 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, four 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: It looked like Knight was ready to go crazy with 20 points in the first quarter, but he couldn't do much after that. He did only turn the ball one time tonight, which was a major bugaboo before this game. Knight has been wonderful as a shooting guard with his isolation scoring this year and should wind up being a bargain for his fantasy owners. Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 18, tweaks knee late
    Eric Bledsoe returned from a one-game absence on Wednesday against the Pelicans with 18 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only made 5-of-16 from the field and turned the ball over four times. Bledsoe also suffered what appeared to be an aggravation of his left knee injury, so we're going to throw him on the injury report until further notice. The Suns have a big game at home against the Warriors on Friday, so he'll want to be out there for that one. Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores just eight points
    Markieff Morris scored eight points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with eight rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He only attempted 4-of-11 from the field. Morris had his best outing of the season while Eric Bledsoe was out in his last game, so perhaps that caused the sudden rise after basically a season-long slump. Still, he is worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard: 10+ pts in 40 straight games
    Kawhi Leonard piled up 26 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 40 minutes vs. Dallas on Wednesday.

    Advice: Speaking of the number 40, that's how many consecutive games Kawhi has scored double-digit points. The Spurs are crushing teams at home, where they've compiled an 8-0 record while holding opponents to 84.9 points. Needless to say, LaMarcus Aldridge's return did not affect Leonard's bottom line. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Kevin Martin still slumping, shoots 3-of-12
    Kevin Martin made another start at SG on Wednesday, scoring 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran scorer is shooting 29.2 percent in his past five games, including a combined 3-of-11 mark from downtown. Sam Mitchell moved him into the starting unit to generate more scoring, so he'll need make shots soon or risk a demotion. If you own KevMart, at least bench him until he's not awful. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Korver nears Stojakovic on all-time 3PT list
    Kyle Korver made three 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Wednesday, finishing a loss in Minnesota with 11 points, nine rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Korver got off to a slow start this year, understandable since he had offseason ankle surgery, but he's starting to look like himself with 13 triples in his past five games. He's now three 3-point makes away from passing Peja Stojakovic for 10th place in all-time 3-pointers made. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles as starter
    Bismack Biyombo scored 11 points (4-of-5 FGs, 3-of-7 FTs) in another start at center for the Raptors on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds without any blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are allowing a league-low 10.6 rebounds to opposing centers this year, but they're without Timofey Mozgov and Biyombo took advantage to post his second double-double of the year. He should continue to start with Jonas Valanciunas (hand) out approximately six weeks, and is worth a look if you need a low-end source of boards and blocks. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Andre Drummond's 18 & 20 lead Pistons to win
    Andre Drummond imposed his will against the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, 20 boards, two steals, five blocks and only one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He used his strength to get position vs. Hassan Whiteside, the blocks were a season-high, and he only attempted one free throw (which he missed), all of which helped the Pistons snap a two-game losing streak. Drummond is on pace to be the first player to average at least 18 points and 17 rebounds since Moses Malone did it in 1978-79. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Reggie Jackson recovers w/ 18 points, four 3s
    Reggie Jackson bounced back from Monday's dud to finish a win vs. the Heat with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: The win snapped a two-game skid for the Pistons, whose 8-7 record has them fourth in the Central division. Stan Van Gundy admitted on Tuesday that he's "really disappointed and worried about where [the Pistons] are right now," so this has to feel good heading into the holiday. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Marcus Morris hits 2-of-3 triples in home win
    Marcus Morris chipped in 14 points with six rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes on Wednesday, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown.

    Advice: The Pistons' desire to space the court with perimeter shooters hasn't exactly panned out, as they're shooting a league-low 29.3 percent from deep. Morris has been one of the worst offenders at 23.6 percent on 3.9 attempts per game -- he's a career 35.5 percent shooter from distance, so hopefully this will get him going. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) double-doubles Wed
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) started Wednesday's game and posted 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a loss vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons.

    Advice: Whiteside made 7-of-9 field goals and continues to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with on a nightly basis. He's paying off richly for fantasy owners who gambled on him in the early rounds, posting top-15 value on the strength of 14.5 points (60.8 percent FGs), 11.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals and a gaudy 4.8 blocks. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Pelicans
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with some left knee soreness and should be ready to roll. It's worth mentioning his right knee is the "bad" knee in his career with the multiple meniscus tears. Get Bledsoe in your lineups and this may help Brandon Knight, who is better off the ball. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) will play vs. DET
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) is a go for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: This was the expected move as Whiteside was a full participant during shootaround, and he said that the stomach issue is now behind him. The Heat absolutely need Whiteside's size to compete with Andre Drummond, and that will be a fun matchup to watch. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 3:09 pm
  • Andrew Bogut misses practice
    Andrew Bogut (back) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is just dealing with stiffness, which was evident in Tuesday's game. Bogut should still be ready to go for Friday against the Suns. If he's not, Festus Ezeli will be in line for more minutes and the Warriors may go with the small-ball lineup with its super-human powers. Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) headed for a GTD on Weds
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe said that he's no longer feeling any pain in his left knee, but he wants to make sure that there's no discomfort, and he will continue to undergo treatment throughout the day. Bledsoe will test his knee during pregame warmups, so we likely won't have official confirmation on his status until just prior to the tip. Bledsoe likely has his eyes fixated on Friday's matchup with the undefeated Warriors, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him play it safe and sit out Wednesday's game against the 3-11 Pelicans. Brandon Knight will be the primary beneficiary of a Bledsoe absence. Wednesday, 10:56 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Eric Bledsoe's left knee has improved, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe sat out Monday's loss to the Spurs with a sore left knee, and it remains unclear if he'll play tonight against the Pelicans. If he's unable to give it a go, Brandon Knight would see a spike to his usage rate with guys like T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker seeing some increased opportunity for minutes. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Whiteside (illness) goes through shootaround
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) was a full participant during Wednesday morning's shootaround, and he's expected to play vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: While things aren't official just yet, it sounds like Whiteside is going to give it a go tonight, and the Heat will certainly need his size to compete with the rebounding cyborg known as Andre Drummond. Whiteside said that his stomach issues are mostly over, so owners can plan on having him active. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Wednesday, 8:27 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says blocking shots not easy
    Hassan Whiteside stated during a recent interview that leading the league in blocks is no easy feat.

    Advice: "No, man, it's not as easy as you might think," Hassan said of his knack for swatting shots. "You know, it's weird, because there's two different teams. There's teams that are out there, 'Stay away from Hassan.' And there's teams out there, 'We don't care if Hassan is down there, attack Hassan.' And I love them teams. God bless them coaches and bless them. I love them teams." Despite shooting just 53.4 percent from the stripe, Hassan is putting up first-round value behind averages of 14.5 points (career-high), 11.1 boards (career-high) and a league-leading 4.8 blocks per game (also a career-high). Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Klay Thompson shoots 3-of-12 from the field
    Klay Thompson struggled against the Lakers on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.

    Advice: He also added three boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers, but it was a little disappointing to see him take a step back after he recently strung together a few good games. Thompson's buy-low window probably opened up a little more after tonight's dud, so feel free to test the patience of his owners in your league. Tuesday, 10:09 pm
  • Draymond Green scores 18 with seven boards
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with seven boards, five assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: To nobody's surprise, Green turned in yet another 9-cat gem and he is a huge reason why the Warriors are 16-0. Green's playmaking ability has come a long way this season and he was averaging 6.7 dimes per game prior to tonight's contest. Green has been a top-20 player in standard leagues and owners have no reason to sell high. He's just that good. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 13, hits three more 3s
    Nikola Mirotic hit 4-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a bit of a dry spell, Mirotic is suddenly feeling it again, hitting double digits in scoring in three straight games and averaging 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, a steal and 1.7 3-pointers over that stretch. Tuesday, 9:55 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. Tuesday, 9:33 pm
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in win Tuesday
    Chris Paul helped the Clippers snap a three-game losing streak with a win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, scoring 15 points with 10 assists.

    Advice: He also added two boards and three steals, and he broke out of his mini-slump by shooting 6-of-11 from the field. To top off his fantastic line, Paul didn't turn the ball over once. Paul's minutes have been a little lower lately and he has played an average of 30.5 minutes over his last four games, but that number should rise now that his groin issue is a thing of the past. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyle Korver coming on for Hawks
    Kyle Korver hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He got off to a slow start this season, but this was his second best scoring night of the year. He's averaging 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games, so it looks safe to lock him into your lineup for now. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) probable for Wed
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Whiteside didn't practice on Tuesday, but he is traveling with the team and is fully expected to be in the lineup in Detroit. Check back for an update after shootaround, but feel free to keep him locked in your lineups. Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) traveling w/ team
    Hassan Whiteside (illness) is traveling with the Heat to Detroit for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Whiteside sat out Tuesday's practice and remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, and we likely won't have another update until after Wednesday morning's shootaround. If Whiteside isn't able to give it a go, Josh McRoberts could enter the starting five with Amare Stoudemire seeing some increased opportunity for playing time. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 12:50 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside grateful for challenge
    Hassan Whiteside said he's grateful for teams that challenge him.

    Advice: After blocking five shots in Monday's win over the Knicks, Whiteside said he's glad teams challenge him. "You know, it's weird, because there's two different teams," Whiteside said. "There's teams that are out there, 'Stay away from Hassan.' And there's teams out there, 'We don't care if Hassan is down there, attack Hassan.' And I love them teams. God bless them coaches and bless them. I love them teams." The 26-year-old is enjoying a monster season with an average of 4.8 blocks per game and should be started on all fantasy rosters right now. Tuesday, 7:08 am
  • Kawhi Leonard dominates vs. Suns, scores 24
    Kawhi Leonard looked like an MVP candidate during a 98-84 win over the Suns on Monday, making 11-of-18 from the field for 24 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He destroyed the Suns in the open floor and his offensive game is catching up to his defensive impact. On the season, Leonard has averages of 21.5 points, 7.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 treys on 51.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. He's getting to the rim more these days and looks like a good bet to stay in the top five for fantasy value this season. Monday, 11:03 pm
  • Brandon Knight turns it over eight times
    Brandon Knight turned the ball over eight times against the Spurs on Monday during a 98-84 loss, adding 18 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Suns really missed Eric Bledsoe (knee) and turned the ball over a 76ers-like 28 times tonight. Knight is having a breakout season as a scorer and he should be better against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 28 points in loss
    Markieff Morris made 12-of-15 from the field for a season-high 28 points against the Spurs on Monday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: With Eric Bledsoe (knee) out, there were some shots to go around. Morris was one of the worst high-volume players on the season before tonight, but he was one of the best in a losing effort. Morris is coming off a 17-point game on Sunday and should be owned in all leagues after a disastrous start. He also took an elbow to the head, but he's OK. Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Marcus Morris continues poor shooting
    Marcus Morris made 2-of-7 from the field for four points during a 109-88 loss to the Bucks on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was on one of his best streaks of the season, but lost all of his momentum tonight. In his 11 November games, Morris has made just 35.3 percent from the field with averages of 12.7 points, 6.2 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.8 treys. He's made just 18.8 percent of his treys in that span, but he still doesn't appear to be on thin ice yet. He's a low-end hold, but isn't a must-own player even with all of that playing time. Monday, 10:07 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 15 with 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 15 points with 15 boards, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He started a new double-double streak with this one and still has double-digit boards in every game. Drummond did not do a great job protecting the paint and former teammate Greg Monroe had some success against him. Drummond is a good bet for over 70 double-doubles this season. Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside blocks five more shots
    Hassan Whiteside blocked five shots during a 95-78 win over the Knicks on Monday, adding 11 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The blocks are out of control. Whiteside's 4.8 blocks per game are more than 12 teams. He has first-round value in standard leagues and has been even better than his breakout 2014-15 season. Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Kevin Martin struggles in start on Monday
    Kevin Martin moved into the starting lineup in place of Tayshaun Prince on Monday vs. the 76ers, but he scored just six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He added one board, one steal and one 3-pointer, but he's been in a serious slump lately and has been shooting just 29.8 percent from the field over his last five games. The Wolves need a consistent 3-point shooter, but Martin hasn't been reliable and could continue to lose minutes to Zach LaVine. Feel free to move on until he heats up. Monday, 7:59 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will not play on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but his knee must have been giving him some problems in warmups. Bledsoe briefly left Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans with a leg injury, so it's unclear if the two issues are related. To be clear, Bledsoe returned to Sunday's game and appeared to be moving fine. Until we get a further update, Bledsoe should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Knight will be incredibly busy on Monday, while more opportunities should fall to guys like Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will be a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (sore left knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Spurs. Monday, 4:28 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
  • Klay Thompson, GSWs torch Nuggets from deep
    Klay Thompson knocked down four 3-pointers on Sunday, en route to 21 points, three rebounds, seven assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Malone said prior to the game that the Nuggets' "inability to guard the 3-point line is a joke," and Golden State exploited the weakness by shooting 51.7 percent beyond the arc. Thompson's back is healthy and he's starting to heat up, a welcome turn of events after a sluggish start to the season. Sunday, 7:48 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
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 29 points w/ full line
    Eric Bledsoe briefly exited Sunday's game with a leg injury, but he still filled it up with 29 points (7-of-15 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: EB has at least 20 points and two 3-pointers in eight consecutive games, and he's adding enough rebounds and assists for first-round value in 8-cat leagues. His leg didn't seem to bother him and we're leaving him off the injury report, but it can't hurt to double-check his status prior to Monday's game. Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) starts, plays 37 mins
    Brandon Knight (ankle) played 37 minutes on Sunday but shot only 5-of-18 from the field to finish with 19 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Pelicans give up 30.1 points per game to opposing point guards, most in the NBA, but it was Eric Bledsoe (29 points) who feasted tonight. Knight's ankle shouldn't be an issue for Monday's road game vs. the Spurs, so we're keeping him off the injury report. Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Markieff Morris' minutes increase vs Pelicans
    Markieff Morris made only 6-of-15 shots on Sunday but finished with 17 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His playing time was down over the past two games so this is a great sign for his frustrated owners -- Jeff Hornacek even left Morris on the court after an ill-advised technical foul in the fourth quarter. Hopefully he can keep this momentum going on Monday. Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Ish Smith fills up boxscore in Sunday's win
    Ish Smith came off the Pelicans' bench for 17 points, nine boards, eight assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers in Sunday's home win.

    Advice: Smith is giving New Orleans a nice spark whether he's coming off the bench or starting in place of Jrue Holiday (23 minutes), and he's worth owning as long as Holiday's medical restrictions are in place. In the past four games, he's averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 33.3 minutes. Not too shabby. Sunday, 6:04 pm
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in loss to Toronto
    Chris Paul double-doubled during the Clippers loss to the Raptors on Sunday, compiling 13 points, 11 assists, five boards, two steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in his 33 minutes of playing time.

    Advice: Paul has been in a bit of a shooting slump over the past two games, going just 9-of-25 from the field, but he should bounce-back on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. Paul has gotten off to a bit of a slow start this year, and he's currently only producing at third-round value with averages of 17.3 points, 8.0 assists, 1.4 steals (career-low) and 1.4 three-pointers per game on 44.2 percent shooting. The assists, scoring and steals should only go up as we move through the season, so there's a bit of a buy-low window here. Sunday, 3:47 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo hauls in 14 boards in start
    Bismack Biyombo hauled in 14 rebounds during his first game as a starter for the Raptors on Sunday, but he didn't bring much else to the stat sheet with just six points on 3-of-5 shooting, one turnover and zero blocks through 31 minutes.

    Advice: Some blocks would have been nice, but this was an admirable performance from Biyombo who did his best to replace what the Raptors lost in Jonas Valanciunas (hand, out roughly six weeks). Bismack should see a nice boost in minutes going forward, and he’s worth a look in deep leagues for owners seeking some help in the shot blocking and rebounding categories. Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will start on Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: The Suns will go with their standard starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Knight, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler. Knight briefly left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain, but he was never really in any doubt of suiting up for tonight's game. Go ahead and get him active. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) probable Sunday vs. NO
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is probable to play Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Knight suffered a very mild left ankle sprain during Friday's game against the Nuggets, but he played through it and finished with a career-high 38 points over the course of 36 minutes. Make sure you have him active for what will be an uptempo matchup with the Pelicans. Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Kevin Martin will start Monday vs. the 76ers
    Kevin Martin will replace Tayshaun Prince in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: The Wolves are currently on a two-game losing streak, and head coach Sam Mitchell said the move was to infuse some more scoring into the first-unit. Martin has been ice cold over the past five games with averages of just 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.2 three-pointers per game on 25.0 percent shooting, so perhaps the promotion to the starting five will help him get things back on track. Andrew Wiggins will move to small forward with Martin at the two. Sunday, 11:24 am
  • Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. LAC
    Bismack Biyombo will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Raptors need Biyombo to compete with the Clippers' size, and after he slid into the starting lineup following Jonas Valanciunas' (broken hand) injury on Friday, this was the expected move. Biyombo isn't necessarily a must-add guy in standard leagues, but if you're in a deep league and looking for some help in the shot blocking and rebounding categories, he makes sense as a speculative add with Jonas set to miss at least the next six weeks of action. Sunday, 11:13 am
  • K-Mart losing minutes due to shooting slump
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Kevin Martin has been losing minutes to Zach LaVine because he is in a shooting slump.

    Advice: Martin is shooting just 25.0 percent from the field over his last five games and has hit just one 3-pointer in that span, while Zach LaVine has been playing really well. It doesn't help that the Wolves are eager to develop their young studs, so Martin's outlook for the rest of the season isn't looking too good. He is not a must-own player. Sunday, 8:30 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 19 points
    Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points during a 92-82 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's just the fifth non-overtime game of his career in which he's played 40 minutes. Kawhi is posting a career-high 26.0 usage rate and a career-high 34.3 minutes this season. Amazingly, he has all those shots and he just has 1.1 turnovers per game. In fact, Kawhi is on pace to be the first player in NBA history to play at least 34 minutes per game, have a usage rate of at least 26 and have fewer than 1.3 turnovers. Leonard is probably going to be a top-five player in fantasy for the next five years. Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside blocks eight shots vs. PHI
    Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points with nine rebounds, one steal and eight blocks against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Everyone loves to block Jahlil Okafor and Whiteside picked up two off him with three off Nerlens Noel. Whiteside is leading the NBA in blocks with 4.8 per game, adding averages of 14.8 points, 11.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.3 turnovers. He has top-10 value right now. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 18 with nine boards
    Terrence Jones scored 18 points with nine boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Jones struggled to finish at the rim once again and finished just 5-of-14 from the field, but he was very aggressive on the glass and was able to pull down six offensive rebounds. He has only been returning late-round value this season, but he has more than enough talent and upside to build some momentum moving forward. He should be owned in all leagues and he should be well rested for Wednesday's matchup with Memphis. Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores 18
    Marcus Morris scored 18 points with nine rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 97-95 loss to the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He did have an airball at the end of the game to end the Pistons' comeback attempt. On the other hand, it's his best shooting game in a little while, but even the slump hasn't cost him minutes. Morris is in the top five for minutes per game and is worth owning despite being a somewhat low per-minute producer. He has eighth-round value on the season. Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Andre Drummond does not double-double
    Andre Drummond scored eight points with 13 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal against the Wizards during his 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: He had a monster jam as he ran down the lane in the first half, but didn't really do much on offense with the Wizards defending him well. Drummond failed to log a double-double for the first time all season and he's also dropped his rebounds per game in each of his last four. He's obviously fine. You can check out the dunk in the link below. Saturday, 7:43 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 14 points
    Kyle Korver scored 14 points against the Cavs on Saturday with one rebound, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: After a somewhat slow start, Korver is starting to get it going. In his last five, he's averaged 11.4 points, 3.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.4 blocks and 2.2 treys on 51.3 percent from the field. He should have no problem putting up mid-round value. Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Draymond Green gets some treatment
    Draymond Green scored nine points with nine rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He was outstanding on defense, but this was a quiet stat line. Draymond did need to get treatment for an undisclosed reason, so his fantasy owners will want to make sure he's in the lineup for Sunday. Green is a top-20 player on the season. Saturday, 1:51 am
  • Jimmy Butler puts up another big line
    Jimmy Butler scored 28 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He came up lame at the end of the game, but said he wasn't hurt. "I just wanted to take my shoe off," Butler said. "That's the way I walk when we lose." Nice. Anyway, Butler will continue to dominate on the box score and is now putting up first round value on the year. His fantasy owners will be hoping Derrick Rose (ankle) takes his time before a return. Saturday, 1:40 am
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 points
    Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points on 6-of-17 from the field against the Warriors on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He can't hit anything from deep this month and is down to 22.7 percent from beyond the long line in November. Mirotic's 36 minutes were his most since Oct. 30 and he actually played well in every other facet of the game. He should be able to get it going soon. Saturday, 1:36 am
  • Bismack should be the starting center
    Bismack Biyombo started the second half on Friday against the Lakers, finishing with one point, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas broke his hand today, so Biyombo is in line for more minutes. As promising as that sounds, he's almost always a rarely used center on offense and the Raptors probably won't play him more than minutes in the high 20s. He's more of a 14-team guy or someone to look at if you really need blocks. Saturday, 1:13 am
  • CP3 slows down in loss to Blazers
    Chris Paul scored 11 points during a 102-91 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding two rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't look right and maybe it was because he's coming off injury and playing in a road back-to-back. Whatever the case, CP3 should be fine as long as he's not on the injury report. Saturday, 12:40 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 22 minutes
    Austin Rivers played 22 minutes on Friday with 10 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal against the Blazers.

    Advice: Now that J.J. Redick and Chris Paul are back, Rivers becomes a much less appealing fantasy play. Plus, when Paul Pierce returns, Rivers will probably only see minutes in the teens. Saturday, 12:33 am
  • Lance Stephenson scores two in start
    Lance Stephenson started on Friday against the Blazers with two points, one assist and one rebound in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He started for Paul Pierce (rest) after a DNP-CD on Thursday. Stephenson will probably be a DNP-CD when Pierce returns. Saturday, 12:32 am
  • Brandon Knight scores career-high 38 points
    Brandon Knight scored a career-high 38 points against the Nuggets during a 114-107 win on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: You think the Bucks want his 3-point shooting back? Knight is as hot as anyone in his last five games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.4 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.4 treys on 49.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. Knight actually had an ankle injury in the first half and went to the locker room. He has first-round value in eight-cat leagues and top-20 value in standard leagues. Saturday, 12:22 am
  • Markieff Morris gets benched
    Markieff Morris played just 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter as the Suns wanted to get a shooter out there to pull off a comeback. Morris has really struggled on the season and isn't even putting up top 200 value. He still has some upside, but it's really tough to hold him right now in shallower leagues. Saturday, 12:03 am
  • 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
  • Hot Ish: Smith drops 17 and 13
    Ish Smith was terrific off the bench against the Spurs on Friday with 17 points, four rebounds, 13 assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field for his best game of the season. Smith is playing too well to be pulled out of the rotation, but he's likely going to lose minutes once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back. His owners should probably hold tight unless there is a hot free agent out there that won't last. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 22 in 37 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's his second game in a row with 37 minutes. Leonard is No. 3 in per-game fantasy value on the season for standard leagues and is even trending up. His upside is limitless. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 21 with 11 rebounds
    Andre Drummond scored 21 point with 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes against the Wolves during a 96-86 win on Friday.

    Advice: While he did not rebound anywhere near what he usually does, Drummond made 10-of-13 from the field for his highest efficiency all season. He'll look to have 20/20 vision in what should be an up-tempo game against the Wizards on Saturday. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Reggie Jackson doesn't turn ball over
    Reggie Jackson did not turn the ball over against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's turned the ball over less than two times. Jackson also shot the ball well and made over 47 percent from the field for the first time since Nov. 8. He has a huge upside, so keeping his turnovers down and shooting the ball better will be key for him to be a stud. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Terrence Jones puts up another dud on Friday
    Terrence Jones failed to do much during his 29 minutes of playing time on Friday, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting (1-of4 from the line) to go with four boards, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Jones has been getting the minutes, but he just hasn't been producing, and he's currently only putting up late-round value on the season with averages of 12.6 points, 5.3 boards, 0.7 three-pointers and 1.1 blocks per game. Dwight Howard is going to be rested for Saturday's game against the Knicks, which should give Jones some more opportunity, so hopefully he gets things back on track during that one. Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Marcus Morris finally turns it around
    Marcus Morris picked it up against the Wolves on Friday with 16 points on 6-of-14 from the field, 11 rebounds and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He did miss all five attempts from deep to drop him to 23.9 percent from beyond the arc on the season. Before tonight, he was making just 30.0 percent of his wide-open attempts from deep, so that's not going to cut it. He is still logging major minutes and is worth owning in standard leagues. He's not in jeopardy of losing playing time yet. Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Lance Stephenson will start Friday vs. POR
    Lance Stephenson will start against the Trail Blazers on Friday with Paul Pierce (rest, old) unavailable.

    Advice: Stephenson is averaging a meager 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a starter on 37.3 percent shooting from the field, so he remains a negligible option in all leagues despite the start. Friday, 7:01 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) returns to game
    Brandon Knight (left ankle) has returned to Friday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Yes, this was the same ankle that required season-ending surgery last season, but his return to the game suggests he'll be fine. Owners can now rest the hand that was hovering over the panic button. Friday, 6:45 pm
  • Terrence Jones (eye) returns to game
    Terrence Jones (eye) has returned to Friday's game.

    Advice: Sounds like the Rockets were just being cautious, catastrophe avoided. Friday, 6:35 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) goes to locker room
    Brandon Knight suffered a left ankle injury and went to the locker room. Friday, 6:30 pm
  • Terrence Jones (eye) questionable to return
    Terrence Jones (eye) was replaced by Corey Brewer in the starting lineup to start the second-half of Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies, and he is questionable to return.

    Advice: Jones is currently getting his right eye checked out by the Rocket's medical staff, the same right eyelid that forced him to miss six games earlier in the season. The severity of the injury is not currently known, but hopefully this is just the Rockets being overly cautious. We should have another update soon. Friday, 6:24 pm
  • Kyle Korver expected to play vs. Cavaliers
    Kyle Korver is expected to play vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's officially listed as 'probable' but there's no reason to think he'll sit out, and we're leaving him off the injury report. Korver played on both Tuesday and Wednesday, his first back-to-back set of the season, so he's trending in the right direction. Friday, 2:11 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores season-high 25
    Klay Thompson scored a season-high 25 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played some great defense on Blake Griffin in the post tonight, so that's all the evidence you need to know how healthy his back is -- assuming he is healthy following this game. Thompson was uber aggressive today and his 12 attempts from the line tonight almost doubled his 14 attempts from his previous 11 games. If you bought low in the past week, you're looking pretty smart with Klay trending up. Thursday, 11:31 pm
  • Draymond Green continues to be a monster
    Draymond Green made 7-of-9 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's one of a kind and his defense was huge tonight. Green picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but the team kept him out there and he didn't get another foul. Green is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 boards and 7.1 assists, which puts him on pace to be the first PF or C since Wilt Chamberlain to average a 12-7-7 line. He's awesome and has first-round value on the season. Thursday, 11:24 pm
  • Chris Paul's 35 points aren't enough vs. GSW
    Chris Paul was outstanding against the Warriors during a 124-117 loss on Thursday, scoring 35 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This is a tough one to lose. CP3 played through his groin injury, he lit it up with eight makes to open the game, made play after play until the fourth quarter to help the Clippers build a 23-point lead, and it still wasn't enough. Paul may be on the injury report for Friday's game against the Blazers, but his owners have to be excited about him going off tonight. Thursday, 10:57 pm
  • Lance Stephensn DNP-CD
    Lance Stephenson was a DNP-CD on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He looked like he was talking some trash to the Warriors on the bench, so at least he has that going for him. Stephenson has no value. Thursday, 10:49 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 10 points off bench
    Austin Rivers scored 10 points off the bench against the Warriors on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Even with Chris Paul back, Rivers still saw plenty of minutes with the Clippers going with a lot of three-guard lineups. J.J. Redick (back) could make it back for Friday, so Rivers doesn't have much value going forward. Thursday, 10:40 pm
  • Chris Paul will play, J.J. Redick will not
    Chris Paul (groin) will play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Paul did more at practice on Wednesday and this is probably the most important game of the season for the Clippers so far. Paul has played through injuries before and he's usually not limited, so he'll likely be out there for more than 30 minutes. His return likely takes away from Austin Rivers more than it does for Jamal Crawford. Thursday, 5:53 pm
  • Quincy Acy will return to the bench on Thurs
    Quincy Acy will return to the bench for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Acy started on Wednesday, put failed to score through his 16 minutes of action, which pretty much sums up his non-existent fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • CP3 (groin), Redick (back) game-time calls
    Chris Paul (groin) and J.J. Redick (back) will be game-time decisions for Thursday's matchup against the Warriors.

    Advice: Doc Rivers is currently listing both as doubtful, but beat reporter Ben Bolch noted that based on their activity during shootaround, the pair seemed close to making a return. This could perhaps be Rivers not wanted to tip his hand as to who will start with a matchup against the defending champs, and we won't likely have official word until just before the tip. If both Paul and Redick are unavailable, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers will be in the starting lineup, and Crawford would be worth a look in daily leagues after going off for 37 points in 40 minutes on Saturday. Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Klay Thompson (back) will play on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (back) will play Thursday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Thompson was limited during Wednesday's practice, but he was never really expected to miss Thursday's matchup against the Dubs California rivals. He should get a healthy heaping of minutes tonight with Shaun Livingston (hip) out, so go ahead and get him active. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Jimmy Butler wants to guard Steph Curry
    Jimmy Butler said he'll ask to guard Steph Curry when the Bulls play the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: Careful what you ask for, Jimmy. "I look forward to guarding everybody, especially a prime time scorer," Butler said. "I’ll ask coach for that matchup." Butler is one of the league's better defenders, but he'll come up against an unstoppable force on Friday. Butler may have some trouble guarding the reigning MVP on Friday, but he's still a must-start any time he's out on the court. Thursday, 6:49 am
  • Bulls win, Jimmy Butler w/ season-high 32 pts
    Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 32 points to help the Bulls hold off the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday, making 11-of-23 shots with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-15 from beyond 15 feet and grew more comfortable as the game progressed, finishing with a season-high 23 shot attempts and only one turnover in 43 minutes. It's no coincidence that Derrick Rose (ankle) was out tonight, and Jimmy will again be the unquestioned focal point of the Bulls' attack if Rose can't play vs. the Warriors on Friday. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic's slide continues vs. Phoenix
    Nikola Mirotic was quiet again vs. the Suns, posting 10 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 4-of-12 from the field and didn't attempt any free throws, but at least he contributed a few triples and steals. Mirotic's confidence seems rattled and his playing time is decreasing alongside his efficiency -- in the past five games he's averaging 8.6 points on 31.7 percent shooting. He's too good to cut outright, but owners should think about benching him until he regains his footing. Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Markieff Morris (knee) struggles in return
    Markieff Morris (knee) posted six points on 3-of-9 shooting on Wednesday, playing 29 minutes in his first action after a two-game absence.

    Advice: Markieff came in with abysmal career averages vs. the Bulls -- 8.0 points on 27.3 percent shooting -- and he's been lousy all season, so this comes as no surprise. He added five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three turnovers tonight, and at least he didn't aggravate his knee. He'll have a chance to get going vs. the Nuggets' defense on Friday. Wednesday, 10:16 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
  • Yet another 9-cat gem for Kawhi Leonard
    Kawhi Leonard had another 9-cat gem in Wednesday's victory, scoring 20 points with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He made 8-of-16 shots and is churning out some of the steadiest fantasy production this side of Stephen Curry. Leonard's career-high 26.4 usage rate hasn't affected his efficiency, as he's also posting a career-high 25.5 PER and flirting with a career-high in true shooting (59.7 percent). It's almost unfair. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores eight points
    Terrence Jones (hand) scored eight points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a hand issue at shootaround today, but it didn't affect his playing time. Jones wasn't involved in the offense too much this time around, but obviously it's hard to draw any conclusions from just one game with a new coach. He just needs to stay healthy. Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Ish Smith scores 18 pts w/ Jrue Holiday out
    Ish Smith started again on Wednesday and notched 18 points, three rebounds and six assists in a road loss the Thunder.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-20 from the field with no defensive stats, but also committed just one turnover in 34 minutes. This was Smith's third start of the season -- in the first two he averaged 12.5 points, 1.5 triples, 6.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He's a great DFS play whenever Jrue Holiday is rested, and is worth holding in most leagues until Holiday's medical restrictions are lifted. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores eight points
    Kyle Korver scored eight points against the Kings on Wednesday with five boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He played in both halves of a back-to-back and didn't seen to have any issues. Teammate Thabo Sefolosha said he was hurting a bit after tonight, but Korver didn't say anything. He should be active in back-to-backs. Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • Quincy Acy starts, doesn't score
    Quincy Acy did not score in 16 minutes during a start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He added one rebound, one assist and one block. Acy doesn't have value in almost any league. Although, he does have something in common with Kristaps Porzingis because the Madison Square Garden crowd has chanted "MVP" for both guys. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Lavoy Allen logs 19 minutes in fill-in start
    With George Hill (illness) out on Wednesday, Lavoy Allen had seven points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 19 minutes as a fill-in starter.

    Advice: "[Allen] is just one of those guys who does everything right," said coach Frank Vogel. "He’s a big, strong body that you can’t post him up, you can’t pound him, you can’t beat him on the glass. I think he’s one of those glue guys that makes everybody better." His glue-guy status hasn't yielded fantasy value this season, unfortunately, and he should remain unowned in typical leagues. Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris (knee) will start on Wednesday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He is getting over a knee injury and missed the last two games. Morris has been one of the most inefficient forwards in the NBA, so hopefully the time off can help him get on track. He should be starting in almost all leagues. Jon Leuer and Mirza Teletovic lose value. Wednesday, 6:00 pm
  • Chris Paul, J.J. Redick doubtful to face GSW
    Chris Paul (groin) and J.J. Redick (back) are listed as doubtful to play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Paul did some work at practice on Wednesday, but the team will likely just hold him out to give him a full week to recover. It'll be Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers getting the start with Crawford having the bigger upside. Wednesday, 5:47 pm
  • Quincy Acy surprise starter over Cauley-Stein
    Quincy Acy was a surprise starter for the Kings on Wednesday, sending Willie Cauley-Stein to the bench.

    Advice: Cauley-Stein was originally expected to start, but Acy matches up better vs. the Hawks' 3-point-capable frontcourt. He's a defensive specialist and rebounder who doesn't offer fantasy upside even when spot-starting at PF. Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Terrence Jones (hand) will start vs. POR
    Terrence Jones (hand) will start against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a wrap on his left hand at shootaround, but he'll be out there tonight. Jones' list of injuries are among the strangest of any player in the NBA and hopefully he can avoid another issue tonight. Start him. Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Lavoy Allen starting, Chase Budinger to bench
    Lavoy Allen will start and Chase Budinger will move to the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, the 76ers decided to move Nerlens Noel to the bench to match up with the Pacers, so that may change the plan here. Allen isn't a high-volume player and doesn't block shots, so he's not a strong player to use in daily fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 2:35 pm
  • Chris Paul (groin) limited in practice
    Chris Paul (groin) was limited in practice on Wednesday and is unlikely to play on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He is a little bit ahead of J.J. Redick (back), but the team likely wants to put CP3 out of harm's way to avoid a recurring issue. Paul would be missing his third game in a row and it would appear Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers would be getting the start. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Klay Thompson (back) limited in practice
    Klay Thompson (back) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's still fully expected to play against the Clippers on Thursday. Thompson is off to a very slow start this year due to his usage rate dipping from 27.5 last year to 22.7 this year while also struggling with his 3-point shot. He's a buy-low candidate. Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • Terrence Jones spotted with left hand wrapped
    Terrence Jones was spotted in the lobby of the Toyota Center with his left hand wrapped.

    Advice: There's no word yet on whether or not Jones is in jeopardy of missing Wednesday's game against the Blazers, but given his tendency to find his way to the sidelines, we'll be considering him questionable for tonight's contest. If he's forced to sit, the Rockets could go with either Montrezl Harrell at the four-spot, or they could go small with Marcus Thornton returning to the starting five and Trevor Ariza playing power forward. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:08 am
  • Markieff Morris (knee) probable Wednesday
    Markieff Morris (knee) is probable to play Wednesday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Morris made it through the entirety of Tuesday's practice without a setback, so he should return to the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Bulls. His return to the lineup will send Jon Leuer back to the bench, and Mirza Teletovic's minutes will take a decent sized hit. Wednesday, 8:34 am
  • 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
  • Thompson (back) scores 19 points in return
    Klay Thompson (back) returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday vs. the Raptors, scoring 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting with three assists, one board and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson has had a very slow start to the season and was averaging just 15.2 points per game prior to Tuesday's game. He's only been a mid-round asset thus far, but his value will skyrocket once he gets hot from the field. His back injury could explain his slow start, but the buy-low window will close rapidly if he continues to pick it up. Tuesday, 10:28 pm
  • Jameer Nelson gets hot late
    Jameer Nelson scored 16 points against the Pelicans on Tuesday with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was sizzling to put this game away. Nelson is getting a decent amount of playing time next to Emmanuel Mudiay with the Nuggets playing a lot of smaller lineups. Nelson isn't quite a strong pickup in standard leagues, but owners in need of a 3-point shooting PG could do worse. Tuesday, 10:25 pm
  • Draymond Green scores nine with nine boards
    Draymond Green played through the flu on Tuesday vs. the Raptors, scoring nine points with nine boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: All things considered, this was a fantastic line for Green and you could make the argument that he has been the Warriors' second best player this season behind Stephen Curry. He's worth every penny that the Warriors gave him this offseason and he is currently returning first-round value to his owners. Tuesday, 10:22 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
  • Ish Smith logs 38 minutes, scores 13
    Ish Smith played 38 minutes against the Nuggets on Tuesday with 13 points, three rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: The Pelicans are so thin that Smith actually played next to Jrue Holiday for 12.2 minutes. They even had a lineup of Smith, Toney Douglas and Eric Gordon out there for 7.8 minutes. Smith should have another month of value and he would see a small uptick if Anthony Davis needed to miss time. Tuesday, 9:51 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 25 with 18 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 25 points with 18 rebounds during a 104-99 win over the Cavs on Tuesday, adding three steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: These rebounding numbers are insane and he actually pulled his average down tonight. Drummond grabbed at least 15 rebounds in each of his last nine games. The last players to do that for 10 straight games were DeAndre Jordan last year, Anderson Varejao in 2012 and Kevin Love in 2010. He's been a 19-19 player on the year and is a DFS monster. Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Reggie Jackson gets 23 points with 12 dimes
    Reggie Jackson bounced back on Tuesday with 23 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs.

    Advice: He had the two-man game working with his bigs with five assists to Ersan Ilyasova and four to Andre Drummond. Jackson leads all Eastern Conference players in time of possession of the ball and he leads all players in pick-and-roll plays. Jackson hasn't quite busted loose yet with just mid-round value, but he should start trending up soon. Although, his 4.1 turnovers per game are killing him. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays 38 minutes, scores six
    Marcus Morris made 4-of-12 from the field for 14 points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Tuesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's still sitting at No. 3 for minutes per game this season, but there is a slight downgrade trend in his last four. Not coincidentally, Morris has not looked good in that stretch, averaging 10.8 points, 5.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.5 treys on 28.6 percent from the field. Nobody is really threatening his playing time, so all his owners can do is just hope he starts to make shots. By the way, he is oh so close to having his minutes per game (37.7) be greater than his field goal percentage (37.8) this season. Tuesday, 9:24 pm
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