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  • Payton gets the fourth quarter minutes on Fri
    Elfrid Payton played 27 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with two rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: Victor Oladipo scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes, and while he wasn't terrible he was outplayed by Payton just a little bit. Payton has been pretty bad for a while now and it's going to take more than one good game for us to move the needle in any so-called position battle.
    31 minutes ago
  • Alexey Shved plays well against Suns
    Alexey Shved played 18 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: If the Sixers are indeed going to stick with Tony Wroten in the starting lineup, Shved will be the backup point guard. He actually has one of the highest usage rates among players with less than 20 minutes, but he's obviously only worth owning in deep leagues. After all, he was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.
    41 minutes ago
  • Tony Wroten has decent game against Suns
    Tony Wroten played well in a start at shooting guard against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-8 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He had a decent start in this game and continues to attack the rim. Wroten's usage and assist percentages look like they're clearly going to drop, so he's unlikely to be a top-150 player in standard leagues -- he wasn't already because of the turnovers and poor shooting. His fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere.
    44 minutes ago
  • Michael Carter-Williams has a typical line
    Michael Carter-Williams had a typical line against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-18 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line for 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, five turnovers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is going to get his points, rebounds, assists and steals, but the turnovers and weak percentages are really going to hurt him in standard leagues. Carter-Williams gets a great matchup on Saturday against the Knicks, who rank last in the Eastern Conference in defensive efficiency.
    49 minutes ago
  • Joseph leaves game with ankle sprain
    Cory Joseph left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain and did not return.

    Advice: Joseph has played well in a backup role but as usual if he misses any time the rest of the rotation will absorb the minutes without a clear winner. We'll cross that bridge if it seems like Joseph will miss any time. For now the injury doesn't seem serious.
    49 minutes ago
  • Devin Harris (leg) questionable for Saturday
    Devin Harris (lower right leg soreness) is being listed as day-to-day, and he hasn’t yet been ruled out of Saturday’s game vs. Houston.

    Advice: "He's been checked out pretty extensively the last couple of days. I'll leave it at that," said Rick Carlisle regarding Harris. "We don't think it's serious." While Harris is out his minutes will be distributed amongst J.J. Barea, Jameer Nelson, and Monta Ellis. Ellis will take on a larger portion of the scoring load, and Barea could make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Today, 4:09 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless will start on Friday vs. TOR
    Jerryd Bayless will start on Friday night alongside Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, and Larry Sanders.

    Advice: This will be Bayless' first night as a starter for the Bucks, but he hasn't been doing much lately, scoring four, nine, and two points in his last three outings. He'll have some increased opportunity tonight with Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined, but on such a busy night, owners in standard leagues can probably do better than Bayless.
    Today, 3:43 pm
  • Westbrook to go through non-contact drills
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will go through some non-contact portions of Saturday's practice, and he'll be re-evaluated on Nov. 29.

    Advice: Westbrook has been progressing well, without any setbacks, and going through non-contact portions of practice will be the next step. Westbrook's initial timetable has him returning Dec. 2 vs. the Pelicans at the earliest, but we'll have a more firm date after he is re-evaluated. Stay tuned.
    Today, 3:40 pm
  • Clarkson will go down to D-League
    Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry will head to the D-League on Saturday and will rejoin the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Lakers did the same thing last weekend and they're likely going to do it a lot. Clarkson won't have much fantasy value while Jeremy Lin is active.
    Today, 2:50 pm
  • Tony Wroten starting, Hollis Thompson benched
    Tony Wroten will start at shooting guard against the Suns on Friday next to Michael Carter-Williams, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown has flip-flopped all year on what he wants to do with Wroten. Wroten and Michael Carter-Williams have been turning over the ball a lot and their second unit is going to miss playmakers -- Wroten will still get a lot of run with the second unit during the game. His usage rate has been fairly high next to MCW so far anyway, so he should have similar value. Considering his inefficiency and turnover issues, he hasn't turned in top-200 value.
    Today, 2:26 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey working on his conditioning
    Rodney Stuckey is working on getting his conditioning back after spending two weeks on the sidelines.

    Advice: "I only played 26 minutes, but it felt like I played 35," Stuckey said after Wednesday's win over the Hornets. "It’s all about getting my legs back underneath me and getting my wind back up. Here within the next week or so I should be back to normal." Stuckey is going to be eased back into the rotation, but with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) out he'll have plenty of opportunity. However, he really doesn't do much aside from score, so he's not necessarily a must-own guy in standard leagues.
    Today, 2:09 pm
  • Gary Neal cleared to play on Friday vs. ORL
    Gary Neal (concussion) has been cleared and will play against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He could get a nice chunk of minutes tonight because the Hornets are really banged up on the wing. He'll have a chance to score in the teens, but owners in standard leagues can probably do better on a busy night.
    Today, 1:06 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Kirk Hinrich will miss Friday night in POR
    Kirk Hinrich (chest) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and has been diagnosed with a chest contusion. Hinrich has missed a lot of time with bumps and bruises in his career, so Aaron Brooks makes sense as a pickup in all leagues right now. Expect E'Twaun Moore to get more run, too.
    Today, 12:53 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol & Kirk Hinrich out
    Derrick Rose (hamstring), Pau Gasol (calf) and Kirk Hinrich (chest) are out against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Rose has been ruled out quickly for each of the last three games and he could miss more time. The Bulls are likely going to manage his minutes upon his return, so fantasy owners shouldn't buy low unless it's at an extremely discount. Aaron Brooks is going to be very busy tonight.
    Today, 12:47 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Rajon Rondo won't be traded now?
    Rival executives have said general manager Danny Ainge won't trade Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "They’re definitely bravely saying they won’t trade him at this point," said one general manager. Obviously Ainge has not be shy about acquiring assets, so there's a strong possibility the point guard is dealt. The Celtics have a decision on their hands on whether or not they want to give Rondo a max deal, which will ultimately decide Rondo's fate this season.
    Today, 12:07 pm
  • C.J. Watson still out for a while
    C.J. Watson (foot) is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and we might not see him in game action until December. Considering how Watson has dealt with foot issues before, the team will likely manage his minutes for a while -- Rodney Stuckey also aggravating his foot injury doesn't help. There is not enough incentive to stash him in most leagues.
    Today, 11:21 am
  • George Hill still not close to returning
    George Hill (knee) is still not close to returning and won't be back until December, as expected.

    Advice: Beat writer Candace Buckner adds it is "not the first of the month" either. Hill should be a big part of the offense and is a decent stash, but obviously the uncertain return date could make it tough to do so. Expect Donald Sloan to have a couple more weeks of value.
    Today, 11:20 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices in full on Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he's expected to make his Knicks' debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Calderon's return will send Shane Larkin to the bench, and Iman Shumpert's value will take a small hit. He has a very favorable matchup vs. the Philadelphia "Tanker," but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Saturday's tip.
    Today, 10:21 am
  • Beno Udrih (illness) will play Friday vs. BOS
    Beno Udrih (illness) will play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Udrih will resume his backup point guard duties, but he's just averaging 7.5 points and 2.6 assists over 17 minutes of action this season. He doesn't belong on a roster in most leagues.
    Today, 9:36 am
  • Devin Harris (leg) will not play Friday
    Devin Harris (lower right leg soreness) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: J.J. Barea, Jameer Nelson, and Monta Ellis will see their minutes increased with Harris sidelined, and Barea could make for a nice low-budget buy in daily leagues. He's coming off a 14-point, six assist outing vs. the Wizards, and has a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers.
    Today, 9:29 am
  • Brown wants to play Wroten and MCW together
    Tony Wroten has been moved into a sixth man role for the 76ers with the return of Michael Carter-Williams, but that doesn't mean head coach Brett Brown doesn't want to play the two together for extended stretches.

    Advice: "I think for balance purposes, that’s how it needs to be," Brown said of his decision to bring Wroten off the bench. "Because [Wroten and MCW are] our best players, they need to be on the court… Inevitably it’s the direction we’re going to have to grow." Wroten's numbers are down since MCW's return, but he was still able to score 21 points off the bench, to go with seven assists and a steal during Wednesday's loss. His value will take a bit of a hit coming off the bench, but Wroten is still going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Just know that he's shooting 42.0 percent from the field, and 62.0 percent from the charity stripe on 7.2 attempts per game.
    Today, 7:10 am
  • Alec Burks responds to rebounding challenge
    Alec Burks was challenged by head coach Quin Snyder recently to be more aggressive on the boards, and Burks responded with back-to-back double-digit rebounding games.

    Advice: "Coach really challenged me one day in Toronto [to grab more rebounds]. Man to man, had a talk," Burks said. "He challenged me and I took that challenge." Burks finished Saturday's game vs. Toronto with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and followed up that performance by going for 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Burks is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 three-pointer per game this year, and if he could just up his shooting percentage a bit (42.7 percent on the year), he'd quickly become a top-100 player.
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Darren Collison shines against the Bulls
    Darren Collison played terrific ball on both ends of the floor against the Bulls on Thursday during a 103-88 win with 17 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings had a season-high 26 assists as a team tonight and had six players in double figures. They still rank 27th in the NBA for assists per game, but at least it's a step up from last in 2013-14. Collison has been a steal for his fantasy owners as a top-50 player despite sub-par shooting and it's become abundantly clear he has no competition for his starter's minutes.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • X-rays are negative on Kirk Hinrich (chest)
    X-rays were negative on Kirk Hinrich's chest and he was diagnosed with a contusion following Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't play at the end of the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean his injury had anything to do with it. Hinrich finished with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. If he is going to miss time, Aaron Brooks would almost become a must add as the only healthy point guard who is in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore would also get in the rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Norris Cole plays better on Saturday
    Norris Cole did not return from his dislocated left middle finger against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with no points and one assist in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Cole was on the bench after a trip to the locker room, but it seemed clear the team didn't want to put him back out there. The team has yet to share any X-ray results and he might have an MRI coming on Friday. Shabazz Napier would be a deep-league speculative add for now.
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Norris Cole goes to the locker room
    Norris Cole suffered a dislocated left middle finger and is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He is back on the bench and chances are X-rays were negative. If Cole does miss time, rookie Shabazz Napier could be looking at a major bump in minutes.
    Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Beno Udrih listed as questionable
    Ben Udrih (illness) is listed as questionable to face the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies will need a backup point guard, so Udrih is more important than some of the other bench guys. He's still not going to get more than minutes in the teens while Mike Conley is playing.
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Gary Neal (concussion) probable for Friday
    Gary Neal (concussion) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Neal still needs to pass the leagues' concussion protocol, but it's looking like he's very close to making a return. He's averaging 12.2 points and 1.2 three-pointers per game this season, so he's worth a look for owners seeking a 3-point specialist upon his return. Just know that he's also shooting 39.8 percent from the field.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Rajon Rondo's ankle 'sore,' but will be fine
    Rajon Rondo said his ankle was "sore" after rolling it Wednesday night, but he's expected to be fine.

    Advice: This seems like a very minor thing, and Rondo has been known to play through nicks and bruises. We'll be monitoring Rondo's status leading up to Friday's tip, but it would be quite shocking if he were sidelined for that one. Rondo is currently averaging 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and a league-leading 11.8 assists on the year. So far, the only detriments to his value are his horrid free throw shooting (40 percent), and high turnover rate (4.0 turnovers a game). But as a nightly triple-double threat, owners don't have much to complain about.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday
    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

    Advice: Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol both out Thursday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench.
    Yesterday, 9:35 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage.
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Rival GM thinks Rajon Rondo will be traded
    A rival general manager said that he thinks Rajon Rondo will be traded this season.

    Advice: Danny Ainge is publicly saying that he isn't going to trade Rondo, but the star guard headed into unrestricted free agency after the season, the rebuilding Celtics have to at least entertain the thought. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said a rival general manager, who then added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it." Rondo's free throw percentage leaves a little something to be desired, but his fantasy owners have to be happy with the fact that he's a triple-double threat on any given night.
    Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Is Norris Cole on the Heat's trade block?
    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks there is a chance that the Heat trade Norris Cole this season.

    Advice: Coupled with Mario Chalmers' recent strong play, Winderman cites the fact the Heat declined to extend Cole before the October 31 deadline as a reason that Miami might explore a trade. Cole is stuck in a backcourt logjam with Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues unless he can separate himself from the pack.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching.
    Yesterday, 12:13 am
  • Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers
    Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season.
    Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots
    Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season.
    Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Tony Wroten scores 21 off Sixers bench
    Tony Wroten came off the bench for the first time this season and hit 7-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, seven assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Wroten had been in a slump since Michael Carter-Williams returned from his shoulder injury, but looked great again tonight, outside of the poor shooting. His value is going to take a hit with the move to the bench, but the fact remains he's one of Philly's best players. Hold onto him if you've got him, and think about picking him up if he was dropped in your league.
    Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams quiet in start
    Michael Carter-Williams made his first start of the season on Wednesday but hit just 4-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and four turnovers in a loss to Boston.

    Advice: MCW's downfall is the TOs and poor shooting, and both were on display tonight. He's going to get hot and score a lot of points and fill the stat sheet, but he usually does plenty of harm despite the good things he does in fantasy.
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey take a lot of shots in return
    Rodney Stuckey returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Hornets, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He played mostly shooting guard and continues to turn in a high usage rate. Stuckey logged only 13.3 minutes per game, but now he's likely going to stay in the mid-20 range. Considering he doesn't usually shoot the ball well and doesn't do much outside of scoring, he's not a great player to own in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Elfrid Payton plays well in 16 minutes
    Elfrid Payton played just 16 minutes in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Clippers, but managed seven points, seven rebounds, five assists, a 3-pointer and a turnover.

    Advice: The line wasn't bad, but considering Evan Fournier was out and the Clippers won by 24 and dominated the second half, it's not enough to get Payton back on the radar.
    Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Status quo: Rose, Pau questionable vs. SAC
    The Bulls have listed Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) as questionable to face the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is pretty much useless because the Bulls will have sat both players with their "probable" status leading up to previous games. We would consider them a little closer to doubtful, but check back for an update on Thursday morning.
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Beno Udrih will not play on Wednesday
    Beno Udrih (illness) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are going to need a heck of a lot of Mike Conley tonight with Nick Calathes suspended. Expect Jordan Adams to handle the ball on occasion tonight. Udrih can be left on the wire in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams will start vs. BOS
    Michael Carter-Williams will make his first start of the season against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played fine off the bench in 29.0 minutes per game, averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples with a 30.7 usage rate. Carter-Williams should be the main guy in the lineup for Philly and should fill the stat sheet in an inefficient manner. Get him in your lineup.
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Tony Wroten will come off the bench on Wed.
    Tony Wroten will come off the bench to face the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he might want to play Wroten at shooting guard, but his personnel just isn't cut out for it. Although, Michael Carter-Williams and Wroten will likely play together down the stretch. He hasn't been too bad with MCW in the three games with a usage of 27.4 while posting averages of 12.7 points, 3.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 1.3 triples. His fantasy owners should expect him to take a hit, though.
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • MCW and Noel likely to start tonight
    Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson and Luc Mbah a Moute are likely going to start Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: This is based on Wednesday's shootaround. Tony Wroten will move to the bench, which makes sense because Alexey Shved would be the backup point guard had Wroten been slotted into the SG spot. Carter-Williams has been very active and his owners can expect more out of him in the starting lineup.
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Beno Udrih (flu) questionable on Wednesday
    Beno Udrih (flu) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have five players questionable after they showed signs of the flu so it is going to be all hands on deck Thursday. If Udrih sits, Vince Carter and Jordan Adams may have to handle some of the ball-handlng duties behind Mike Conley. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) cleared to practice
    Derrick Rose (hamsting) is expected to participate in practice on Wednesday, while Pau Gasol will be rested.

    Advice: This doesn't mean a lot for Rose's owners, as he will likely be a game-time decision no matter what. If Rose doesn't suit up Thursday, expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to carry the load. If Gasol can't play, then Taj Gibson and Joakim noah will both be in for a big night. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the Pacers as they have been ravaged by injuries all season long. It is unclear how many minutes Stuckey will see Wednesday, but he likely be eased into action. He will be worth a flier in deeper leagues while owners in standard leagues should keep a close eye on him. His return could spell trouble for the value of Donald Sloan and A.J. Price but that remains to be seen.
    Wednesday, 8:16 am
  • Devin Harris (ankle) is out on Wednesday
    Devin Harris (ankle) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, but is targeting a return on Friday.

    Advice: We saw this one coming from a mile away, as Harris has been injury-prone throughout his career. He should be fine with a little rest, and he is hopeful he will play on Friday. J.J. Barea figures to be the main beneficiary of Harris' absence, while Jameer Nelson will likely see a slight uptick in minutes with the first unit. However, neither player is reliable enough for standard leagues in the long term.
    Wednesday, 7:57 am
  • Gary Neal (concussion) inactive Wednesday
    Gary Neal (concussion) is inactive for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: He is still dealing with symptoms and will still have to pass the NBA's concussion protocol once he is feeling better. Neal has been a spark off of the Hornet's bench this season and when he returns he will be worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) is out Wednesday and P.J. Hairston (ankle) is doubtful, so Gerald Henderson will likely play all the minutes he can handle and is worth a look in daily leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:33 am
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Owners in deep leagues should definitely consider taking a flier on him due to the lack of depth the Pacers have right now with George Hill(knee) and C.J. Watson (ankle) still recovering from injury. Stuckey can put up points in a hurry and though his minutes might be limited at first, he could play a huge role for the Pacers this season. If he does suit up, he will eat into the minutes of Donald Sloan while shattering the value of A.J. Price. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates.
    Wednesday, 7:13 am
  • Russell Westbrook shoots right-handed Tuesday
    Russell Westbrook went through a light workout on Tuesday that included shots with his surgically-repaired right hand.

    Advice: Westbrook had been limited to left-hand activities, at least during publicly-available practices. He's expected to be re-evaluated on Nov. 29 and his return is likely at least two weeks away, but his ability to catch passes and shoot right-handed suggests his recovery is on target. According to his initial timetable the earliest he might return is Dec. 2 vs. the Pelicans in New Orleans, but we'll know more after he meets with doctors in late November.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Alec Burks posts first 20 & 10 game vs. OKC
    Alec Burks exploded on Tuesday for 20 points (5-of-8 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), two 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a win vs. the visiting Thunder.

    Advice: This was the first time in Burks' career that he's posted 20 & 10, and this terrific line goes a long way toward justifying fantasy owners' faith in him. He came in averaging a mediocre 13.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 0.9 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game, but once he finds his shooting range he should vault into top-100 fantasy value.
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG.
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • C.J. Watson (foot) out Wednesday vs. Hornets
    C.J. Watson (foot) will not play in Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Watson is getting close to making his regular-season debut, but Wednesday will not be the day. Donald Sloan has been filling in admirably as the team's starting point guard with George Hill (knee) and Watson sidelined, and it's not clear if Watson would immediately challenge Sloan for the starting spot upon his return. Still, Watson would bring some much-needed offense to the Pacers, and is worth monitoring in deeper leagues. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Devin Harris questionable for Wednesday
    Devin Harris (ankle) has been listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Harris was able to travel with the team to Washington, D.C., so it would seem that he escaped serious injury after going down during Monday's win over the Hornets. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but J.J. Barea would be in line for some extra minutes off the bench if Harris is unable to play.
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Rodney Stuckey probable vs Hornets on Weds
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Stuckey has practiced for the last two days, so it's looking more and more likely that he'll suit up against the Hornets. The Pacers will likely keep his minutes in check on Wednesday, but his return to the lineup will cut into Donald Sloan and A.J. Price's fantasy value.
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Rajon Rondo has historically bad FT night
    Rajon Rondo hit just 2-of-10 free throws during Monday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Rondo's poor shooting from the charity stripe was historically bad as he became just the second guard since 1963-64 to attempt 10 free throws or more while hitting two or fewer. While Rondo is still a nightly triple-double threat, his 30.0 percent shooting from the free throw line this season is becoming a bit of a liability in rotisserie leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:06 am
  • Gary Neal to miss Wednesday's game vs Pacers
    Gary Neal (concussion) will miss Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Neal is still experiencing symptoms from the concussion that he suffered during Saturday's game against the Warriors and will miss his second consecutive game on Wednesday. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) already declared out and P.J. Hairston (ankle) listed as doubtful, Gerald Henderson will get all the minutes he can handle and will make for a solid plug-and-play option on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 9:53 am
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Devin Harris nursing minor ankle injury
    Devin Harris (ankle) is nursing a minor ankle injury, but it wasn't deemed serious enough to have him fly back to Dallas.

    Advice: Harris left Monday's win over the Hornets after playing just 10 minutes, but was still able to travel with the team to Washington, D.C. "He’s got a little ankle thing that we’re trying to take care of," Carlisle said. "Beyond that I can’t comment because I’m not a doctor." J.J. Barea would pick up more minutes off the bench if Harris is unable to play against the Wizards on Wednesday, but he's not worth an add in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:09 am
  • Alexey Shved plays on Monday night
    Alexey Shved returned to action on Monday with four points, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes.

    Advice: He is getting some run at point guard, which is important because that may dictate how the Sixers use Tony Wroten. Shved has no fantasy value, though.
    Monday, 11:11 pm
  • Hinrich scores 14 points with five assists
    Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Hinrich doesn't hold 14-team value on the year despite averaging 28.4 minutes per game this season. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) returning any time he's a Hail Mary in daily leagues at best.
    Monday, 10:57 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Brooks quiet in another missed opportunity
    Aaron Brooks scored just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one assist in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be measured by how he performs on the nights when Derrick Rose is invariably out, and by this measurement he'll be harder to trust next time out. Rose is day-to-day with his current hamstring injury.
    Monday, 10:54 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game on Monday night
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He's scored in double-digits in three of his last four games with 1.3 steals and 3.0 dimes per game in that span. Obviously Joseph isn't going to light it up, but he's playing really well for owners in deep leagues. Plus, it's clear he'll be given plenty of chances should Tony Parker ever miss time.
    Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Tony Wroten struggles on Monday night
    Tony Wroten made 4-of-14 from the field for eight points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: His numbers have dropped off with Michael Carter-Williams back in the lineup and his usage is also down to just 27.4 in those three games, too. It's still unclear how coach Brett Brown will use Wroten, but he's not a must-own player in shallow leagues anymore. He also had a net rating of minus-29.6 in his last three.
    Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 16 points
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points against the Spurs on Monday with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe coach Brett Brown will start him now. Carter-Williams has been as advertised so far this season in three games, averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples on 37.8 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line. This is pretty much who he is.
    Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Jennings hits five threes as push continues
    Brandon Jennings kept pushing in Monday's loss, hitting five 3-pointers and 6-of-13 shots overall to finish with 18 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Left for dead by many, Jennings is a top-40 player all of a sudden and at 45.6 percent shooting from the field it's certainly a sell-high moment. Just know that he has a top-50 upside enhanced by his durability and shouldn't be sold short.
    Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Rajon Rondo just misses triple-double
    Rajon Rondo just missed a triple-double against the Suns during a 118-114 loss on Monday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and five turnovers.

    Advice: He did shoot 2-of-10 from the line, so it wasn't all good. Rondo is not just 6-of-20 (20 percent) from the line on the season, which has kept his value to an early-late round guy. He's obviously a much better asset in points leagues than standard leagues.
    Monday, 9:30 pm
  • Devin Harris (leg soreness) out for the night
    Devin Harris is dealing with lower-leg soreness on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: He's been able to avoid the injury bug for much of the season, but it was only a matter of time. Harris has been very good off the bench and it's unclear how much time he'll need to recover. With Harris out, J.J. Brea will likely help more off the bench.
    Monday, 5:27 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey has a chance to play Wed.
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) has a chance to play on Wednesday against the Hornets.

    Advice: His minutes were held in check before suffering the injury earlier this month. Stuckey was very active while he was on the court, but it's still a little tough to get too excited about him as a fantasy asset. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
    Monday, 11:14 am
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Monday night
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: This is the second game in a row in which the Bulls won't even make Rose a game-time decision. Rose is doing some work, but he could miss more time. His fantasy owners in weekly leagues have a tough decision on their hands with the only other games coming on a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday. Jimmy Butler is coming off a career night while Aaron Brooks disappointed on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich also played well on Saturday, which was really his only good game in the starting lineup. For what it's worth, we would bench Rose in just about any scenario.
    Monday, 11:01 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • MCW coming off the bench again on Monday
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench again on Monday against the Spurs.

    Advice: MCW has come off the bench since he debuted last week, and he'll continue that trend for the time being. We're expecting Carter-Williams to resume his traditional spot in the starting lineup sooner rather than later, and owners should be trotting him out there regardless through the process.
    Monday, 9:22 am
  • Gary Neal still dizzy, experiencing headaches
    Gary Neal (head) is still experiencing dizziness and headaches.

    Advice: Neal has no timetable to return from his concussion. He can't begin the concussion protocol until he's symptom-free for 24 hours, so Neal has a very real chance to miss at least a handful of games. Without him and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) available, Gerald Henderson, P.J. Hairston and Brian Roberts will pick up the slack.
    Monday, 8:42 am
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Calderon could begin practicing before Friday
    Jose Calderon (hamstring) could begin practicing before Friday.

    Advice: Calderon is expected to return to practice by Friday at the latest. The Knicks could use his leadership and abilities at the point, especially as the team looks to get the Triangle offense fully integrated. As soon as Calderon can return, he's expected to take over as the team's starting point guard. He should be owned in all leagues.
    Monday, 6:56 am
  • Jordan Clarkson earns praise from Byron Scott
    Jordan Clarkson earned some recent praise from Byron Scott.

    Advice: "He's going to be a pretty damn good basketball player," Scott said. Clarkson is currently playing a reckless style of basketball where everything moves at 110 mph, but he has some good instincts and isn't afraid to be aggressive. With the Lakers' backcourt rotation (and overall rotation) currently in flux, Clarkson could soon begin to push for a bigger role.
    Monday, 6:44 am
  • Gary Neal (concussion) will not play vs. Mavs
    Gary Neal (concussion) will not play vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Neal suffered the injury during Saturday's game, when he hit his head on the court, and he'll need to pass the NBA's strict concussion protocols before returning. Gerald Henderson, P.J. Hairston and Brian Roberts will each absorb some of the 24.7 minutes Neal has been averaging this season.
    Sunday, 6:37 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Jose Calderon may practice later this week
    Coach Fisher said on Sunday that Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani could resume practice later this week, but both will miss Sunday's game.

    Advice: This would be great news for Calderon's owners, as he is expected to flourish in the triangle offense making him a must-own player in almost all leagues. Bargnani on the other hand, shouldn't be owned in standard leagues until he strings together a couple of good games so owners should monitor him first.
    Sunday, 8:50 am
  • Darren Collison has a solid 19-point game
    Darren Collison scored 19 points with two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored 20 points on Thursday and has been great so far this year. Nobody really thought Collison was a great pickup by the Kings especially with Isaiah Thomas being signed relatively cheap, but he's worth owning in all standard leagues and should outperform his ADP.
    Saturday, 11:57 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 15 points in start
    Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points in a 99-90 loss to the Pacers on Saturday to go with seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't score in his last start, so we didn't see this one coming. Hinrich has been too inconsistent to scoop in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Aaron Brooks has a colossal letdown
    Aaron Brooks played just 18 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Ouch. All signs indicated Brooks was set for a big game tonight because he scored 26 points in the last game without Derrick Rose (hamstring). Rose isn't expected to be out for too long, so there's very little reason to be too attached to Brooks right now.
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Gary Neal suffers a concussion on Saturday
    Gary Neal suffered a concussion on Saturday and will not return to the game, finishing with four points and three boards in ten minutes.

    Advice: He hit his head hard on the court right before halftime and was in visible pain, so this comes as no surprise. He will now have to rest a few days and will have to pass the league's concussion protocol before he can play again, so consider him day-to-day for now. In his absence, expect P.J. Hairston and Gerald Henderson to pick up a few extra minutes, with neither of the two being reliable enough for standard league consideration.
    Saturday, 8:50 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Elfrid Payton can't score right now
    Elfrid Payton's horrific shooting in his rookie season continued on Saturday against the Wizards, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points, three rebounds, uneasiest and two steals in 16 minutes.

    Advice: There were the obvious questions about his jumper, but he came into tonight making just 37.2 percent at the rim to go along with his 20.8 percent on his jump shots. While he will have some dimes and steals, the downside in scoring has made it pretty clear he's not an asset in most fantasy leagues right now. He came off the bench tonight and might stay there.
    Saturday, 6:32 pm
  • Gary Neal will dress against the Warriors
    Gary Neal (foot) will play against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been playing through his foot issue and it didn't seem to affect him much in Phoenix on Saturday. Neal was held out of the lineup last season with the Bucks for an extraordinarily long time, but things are a little different with the Hornets. He's a deep-league option.
    Saturday, 6:11 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Gary Neal is questionable on Saturday
    Gary Neal (foot) is questionable to face the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He played through his foot injury on Friday and had 14 points in 25 minutes. The Hornets would need him to play minutes in the 20s with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out tonight.
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Elfrid Payton coming off the bench vs. Wiz
    Elfrid Payton will come off the bench on Saturday against the Wizards.

    Advice: The Magic will start Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucevic. While Payton has been a nightmare on offense this season, the move to the bench is likely more about Luke Ridnour (personal) not playing than as a demotion. Still, Payton isn't worth owning in standard leagues right now.
    Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson to go to D-League
    Jordan Clarkson will play in the D-League on Saturday and is expected to be called back up for Sunday against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He's scored eight points in back-to-back games as Jeremy Lin's backup. Clarkson is unlikely to see a big role with Ronnie Price back from suspension on Sunday.
    Saturday, 12:27 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey won't play on Sat.
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable earlier today, but getting ruled out before pre-game warmup isn't a good sign. Stuckey was limited before his recent injury, so he's likely going to have his minutes held in check for a week upon his return. A.J. Price will back up Donald Sloan.
    Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich will get the start on Sat.
    Kirk Hinrich will start against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls have ruled Derrick Rose (hamstring) out, so Hinrich and Aaron Brooks will get the minutes at point guard. Hinrich has posted a usage rate of just 16.7 on the season while Brooks has turned in a usage of 26.8, so it's pretty obvious Brooks is the preferred play tonight.
    Saturday, 11:51 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) out on Saturday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's game on a drive to the basket, so this news comes as no surprise. The Bulls are going to be incredibly cautious with Rose to the dismay of his owners and will likely have many more DNP's this season. Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich will both pick up extra minutes, and even though Hinrich will start, Brooks is the much better plug-and-play in daily leagues. We will update Rose's status when we know more.
    Saturday, 8:59 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • C.J. Watson (foot) listed as out for Saturday
    C.J. Watson (foot) is listed as out for Saturday's game, but is targeting Nov. 17 for his return.

    Advice: Donald Sloan will continue to play big minutes until reinforcements come, and will be an excellent plug-and-play option. Watson should be on the radar for owners in deep leagues, as the Pacers could use all the help they can get. We will update Watson's status as needed.
    Saturday, 7:43 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) questionable Saturday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game.

    Advice: He has been dealing with foot issues all season, so it would be nice to see him suit up in this one. The Pacers are desperate for depth in their backcourt with C.J. Watson (ankle), and George Hill (knee) still out, so Stuckey could see a lot of minutes if he is healthy. If he can't go, expect Donald Sloan to continue to carry the load for the Pacers.
    Saturday, 7:25 am
  • Derrick Rose (hamtring) questionable Saturday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Owners are in for another wild ride before tip-off as Rose will likely be a true game-time decision. He can't seem to stay healthy but the Bulls are just calling it a mild hamstring strain so at least it's not serious. If Rose can't go, Aaron Brooks would be an intriguing plug-and-play while Kirk Hinrich would also see a bump in his minutes. Stay tuned.
    Saturday, 6:51 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Neal (foot) plays and scores 14 points
    Gary Neal played through a foot injury on Friday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Neal wasn't even a sure thing to go tonight and he started off real slow, but eventually dug out a win for deep-league owners relying on him. In nine games and at 26.4 minutes per contest, he's returning top-125 value and has carved out a nice little role for himself.
    Friday, 11:39 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Orl
  • Jennings carries Pistons to win with 29 pts
    Brandon Jennings scored eight straight points in overtime and led the Pistons to a win over the Thunder, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Don't look now but Jennings is a top-35 player on the season even after his disastrous start. It's a case study in not overreacting to the first week of the season and also a great opportunity to sell him high while he's sporting a 46.2 percent mark from the field, which is going to drop at some point.
    Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Shved does not play on Thursday or Friday
    Alexey Shved (back) did not play on Thursday against the Mavs or on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Until Shved can get healthy and build some momentum, he can be ignored in most formats.
    Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Wroten posts 19-4-8 line with two threes
    Tony Wroten bounced back on Friday against the Rockets, scoring 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 3-of-6 from the line) with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Wroten's production is likely to fluctuate more with Michael Carter-Williams back but he'll be capable of a big line on any given night. A much better 8-cat play, he should be in all lineups until he proves he shouldn't be.
    Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Carter-Williams posts 13-5-5 line off bench
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Carter-Williams is coming along just fine and as long as he stays healthy for Philly he should be in your lineup, too.
    Friday, 9:54 pm
  • Rondo hands out season-high 16 assists
    Rajon Rondo handed out a season-high 16 assists and chipped in with six points, eight rebounds and three steals on Friday.

    Advice: Rondo is rocking top 20-40 value (8/9 cat) and turning a tidy profit for owners.
    Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Norris Cole has a decent game vs. ATL
    Norris Cole scored six points in a 114-103 loss to the Hawks on Friday with two rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier still played 21 minutes off the bench and had four points, one assist and three turnovers. Cole seems like he should be able to keep his minutes in the mid 20s, but Mario Chalmers is the more value asset in standard leagues right now.
    Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Elfrid Payton struggles once again
    Elfrid Payton hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 22 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Payton has really struggled on the offensive end and with Evan Fournier playing so well there is a pretty good, if not probable chance he moves into a bench role. If he doesn't, his minutes could be cut pretty significantly to make room for Fournier and Victor Oladipo, who returned and played 25 minutes tonight.
    Friday, 8:08 pm
  • Knight keeps things rolling for his owners
    Brandon Knight kept up his torrid pace with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, two threes and two turnovers in Friday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Knight is a top 15-50 play (8/9 cat) this season and his consistency has been notable playing for flighty Jason Kidd. He's probably going to chill out on the 4.0 turnovers per game he brought into tonight, while his 87.8 percent foul shooting is certainly suspect with his best season checking in at 80.2 percent. His rebounding and assist numbers are way up, but it's possible that a role change under Kidd is bringing him good fortune.
    Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams heads to locker room
    Michael Carter-Williams went to the locker room on Friday and returned.

    Advice: It is not clear what happened, but he had a slight limp. Carter-Williams also took a shot to his shoulder earlier, but that doesn't appear to be the issue. Tony Wroten would get more run should MCW miss time.
    Friday, 6:25 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams off bench again
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He and his entire team were awful, but coach Brett Brown will bring his Rookie of the Year off the bench again. His minutes should still be close to normal, so fantasy owners can use him like they normally would.
    Friday, 3:41 pm
  • Derrick Rose listed as questionable for Sat.
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday against the Pacers.

    Advice: There's really no way of telling whether or not Rose will play, and we're likely headed for a game-time decision. If Rose sits out, Aaron Brooks will make for a fine play in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 2:17 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • C.J. Watson is still out for Friday night
    C.J. Watson (foot) is not ready to play on Friday night against the Nuggets.

    Advice: It'll be the NBA's league leader in total touches, Donald Sloan, getting most of the work at point guard while A.J. Price will back him up. Sloan is a solid option in daily leagues today against a weak Nuggets perimeter defense.
    Friday, 12:12 pm
  • Derrick Rose has mild left hamstring strain
    Derrick Rose suffered a mild hamstring strain on Thursday and is day-to-day.

    Advice: He did not need an MRI and even did some work on a treadmill, so he shouldn't be out long. Of course, the Bulls have listed him as probable and didn't play him in a game before, so we don't like his chances to play against the Pacers on Saturday. Aaron Brooks was superb in the last Rose-less game, so give him a look.
    Friday, 12:05 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Jordan Clarkson set for minutes on Fri.
    Jordan Clarkson is expected to see an expanded role off the bench against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: This will likely be his biggest opportunity since summer league with Ronnie Price suspended. Despite a slow start, Clarkson is a decent 3-point shooter, is aggressive in passing lanes and loves to drive the hoop, so he could be a deep-league play or a daily option, especially if it gets to garbage time.
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) out Friday vs. Bucks
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Stuckey will be joined on the sidelines by David West (ankle), George Hill (knee), and C.J. Watson (foot). Stuckey has only been able to suit up for four games this season, and there's currently no definitive timetable for his return. Donald Sloan will continue to get all the minutes he can handle, and has been playing admirably for a decimated Pacers team, averaging 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
    Friday, 8:28 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 19 on 19 FGAs
    Michael Carter-Williams made his 2014-15 debut on Thursday during an embarrassing 123-70 loss to the Mavericks, making just 6-of-19 from the field for 19 points with eight rebounds, five assists, six turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The story should be MCW debuting, but it's really not. The 76ers had 11 guys play tonight and none of them shot over 40 percent from the field, which is something. Carter-Williams is likely going to need to sit some games out, but he should be solid while he's in the lineup.
    Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Wroten has a bad game in a blowout
    Tony Wroten played 25 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Michael Carter-Williams is back, so Wroten's value is going to change. With MCW on the court last year, Wroten still had a solid usage rate of 24.9, which is probably about where he’ll be should they play together. He also had over 60 percent of his shots come on a layup or dunk, which is definitely going to help his efficiency. His owners should stick with him in most cases.
    Thursday, 9:54 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 20 in loss to Memphis
    Darren Collison scored 20 points in a 111-110 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday due to a shoulder injury and thrived in what's usually a tough matchup for point guards. While Collison has really struggled with his jumper, no player has dished out more assists to DeMarcus Cousins, which is paramount in the SAC offense. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard.
    Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) will start Thurs.
    Darren Collison (shoulder) will play and start on Thursday as the Kings take on the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Collison's return to the starting lineup will send Ramon Sessions back to the bench, and owners in standard leagues can go ahead and send Sessions back to the waiver wire. Collison has gotten off to a hot start this season, averaging 14.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. Get him in your lineups.
    Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Calderon (calf), Bargnani (hamstring) out Fri
    Jose Calderon (calf) and Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This news should come as no surprise as Calderon isn't targeting a return until late-November, and Bargnani remains without an official return date. Shane Larkin has been filling in as the team's point guard with Calderon sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been minimal. Iman Shumpert however, has taken full advantage of the extended opportunity, and is currently averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers a game, and given how he has endeared himself to coach Derek Fisher with his defense, he'll likely remain a key rotation player even upon Calderon's eventual return.
    Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) probable Thursday
    Darren Collison (shoulder) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Collison was a full participant during Wednesday's practice, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go Thursday night. If Collison returns, Ramon Sessions will head to the bench and go back to being irrelevant in standard leagues. Stay tuned for an official update on Collison's status as we draw closer to Thursday's tip-off.
    Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Rajon Rondo says he loves being a Celtic
    Rajon Rondo said he loves being a Celtic and that the fans make him want to stay in Boston.

    Advice: Rondo will head into unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 regular season, but he didn't sound ready to leave Boston after the Celtics' loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. "Regardless of what's going on with the season, my position hasn't changed," Rondo said on Wednesday. "I love being a Celtic." The 28-year-old will have his share of suitors after the regular season, but for now, fantasy owners should enjoy him returning to health as he's a nightly triple-double threat.
    Thursday, 6:04 am
  • Jeremy Lin has a decent game vs. NOP
    Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's doing a better job of passing with 4.6 assists per game over his last five to go with averages of 14.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.2 triples. Lin's slow start looks to be behind him, so he's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Elfrid Payton fails to score, but Magic win
    Elfrid Payton missed both his shots and failed to score on Wednesday, finishing with three rebounds and eight assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a rough road with Payton and he's appears to be playing even worse than struggling players like Norris Cole and Trey Burke. And once Victor Oladipo is back (Friday?), things could get even worse.
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Norris Cole barely hanging in there for Heat
    Norris Cole had nine points, four rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: He's simply been awful for most of the season. If you're in a league that requires you to start point guards and you're thin there, hanging onto him probably makes some sense. But if you're good at point guard and are ready to move on to greener pastures, you have our blessing.
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Rajon Rondo just misses trip-dub in loss
    Rajon Rondo just missed a triple-double against the Thunder on Wednesday with 20 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-15 from the field, only turned the ball over once and didn't get to the free throw line for his best fantasy line of the season. Rondo's hand injury didn't seem like a issue tonight and he should be ready to go as a must-start player right now.
    Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Alec Burks hits 9-of-15 shots in loss
    Alec Burks got hot on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 22 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: He had just nine points on Monday, but is still averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five. We'd like to see him score more consistently, but he's getting 35 minutes per game, meaning he's worth owning despite the ups and downs.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Brandon Jennings goes for 32 & 10 vs. Wall
    Brandon Jennings was feeling it on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers for 32 points, 10 assists and two steals.

    Advice: He was fired up about playing against John Wall and brought his A-game. Jennings got off to a rocky start and was benched early in the season, but Stan Van Gundy's wake up call appears to have worked. We still don't trust his decision making, or his shot, but he's now averaging 18.6 points, 6.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games. If he was dumped in your league, pick him up.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Alexey Shved (back) questionable to play Mavs
    Alexey Shved (lower back soreness) missed practice again on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Shved has been playing 18 minutes per game, so if he can't suit up more minutes will be available for Tony Wroten, Chris Johnson and K.J. McDaniels. The return of Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) will fundamentally alter Philly's rotation, though, so fantasy owners may want to hedge their bets until we see how coach Brett Brown doles out playing time.
    Wednesday, 2:29 pm
  • Darren Collison expected to play on Thursday
    Darren Collison (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision on Tuesday and was ruled out after warming up, but he will still have to play through some discomfort. Collison has been terrific and is fitting in nicely with DeMarcus Cousins as more of an off-ball guy. He should be owned in all leagues, but he might not play well on Thursday in a sub-par matchup. If you added Ramon Sessions, you can probably look elsewhere.
    Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • C.J. Watson (foot) out for Wednesday's game
    C.J. Watson (foot) is out for Wednesday's game against Miami but is targeting November 17 for his return.

    Advice: He shed his walking boot recently and is finally starting to make progress as he has yet to suit up this season. However, it is unclear what type of role he will have upon his return due to the fact that Donald Sloan has played admirably for the Pacers this season. Owners in deep leagues should keep a close eye on Watson for now.
    Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) out on Wednesday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) is out for Wednesday's game as expected.

    Advice: This is a shame, because he would have likely handled big minutes on a struggling Indiana team. There is still no firm timetable for Stuckey and the Pacers are expected to update his status soon. In the meantime, Donald Sloan will continue to play all the minutes he can handle.
    Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) set to play on Wednesday
    Rajon Rondo (hand) is fully expected to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: "[The hand is] a little sore, but nothing I can't play with," Rondo said. He missed Saturday's game after he had a screw removed from his surgically-repaired hand, but he appears to be good to go Wednesday. Rondo has been fantastic early on this season and owners can deploy him as usual. We will let you know how he fares after the game.
    Wednesday, 7:10 am
  • Brandon Knight drops 16-4-4 line on Tuesday
    Brandon Knight had 16 points, four assists, four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Fresh off of a game-winner on Saturday, Knight kept it rolling and has looked solid early on this season. He is still considered a sell-high candidate, as he has struggled with consistency throughout his short career. Regardless, congrats are in order if you rolled the dice on him this season.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Beno Udrih scores 16 points in 18 minutes
    The Grizzlies improved to 7-1 with a win vs. the Lakers in Memphis on Tuesday, aided by Beno Udrih's 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting off the bench.

    Advice: Udrih became the first Grizzlies bench player to score double-digit points this season, and he did it in just 18 minutes while adding three assists and one steal. His playing time is too limited to consider him as a fantasy asset while starter Mike Conley (23 points in 35 minutes) is healthy.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Jeremy Lin cools off in road loss vs. Memphis
    Jeremy Lin cooled off vs. the Grizzlies, attempting just eight shots to finish with 12 points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The multi-cat production is nice, but it would be great to see Lin more aggressive offensively. He got lost in the mix tonight with Kobe Bryant dominating the ball (as usual) and every other starter attempting at least 10 shots. Lin was coming off a 21-point game and will need to step up for L.A. to improve their 1-6 record, so hopefully he'll demand more touches vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • Elfrid Payton held to 19 minutes on Tuesday
    Elfrid Payton had another very quiet game on Tuesday, posting two points and three assists in a mere 19 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Payton has been held to single-digit scoring in six of Orlando's first eight games, and he's yet to make a 3-pointer in the NBA or hand out double-digit assists. His rebounds (4.0), assists (6.4) and steals (1.6) are very nice, but when you add dreadful percentages to the equation (34.4 percent FGs, 50.0 percent FTs) it's hard to keep him active in standard-sized roto leagues.
    Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) out on Tuesday
    Darren Collison (shoulder) is out for Tuesday's game and Ramon Sessions will draw the start.

    Advice: He was upgraded to a game-time decision earlier on Tuesday but will now sit out as he battles stiffness in his shoulder. He will likely be fine with a little rest and the injury isn't considered serious. Sessions makes for an excellent plug-and-play option while we also may get a good look at Ray McCallum. Consider Collison day-to-day for now and we will update his status as needed.
    Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) game-time decision
    Darren Collision has been upgraded to a game-time decision and he'll test his stiff shoulder during pre-game warmups before making a decision.

    Advice: The injury isn't serious but Collison was listed as 'doubtful' earlier in the day, with the Kings giving him just a 25 percent chance of playing. His improved status makes Ramon Sessions a riskier fill-in fantasy option, but we're unlikely to learn Collison's status until just prior to the 8:30 ET tip-off. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • C.J. Watson (foot) sheds walking boot Tuesday
    C.J. Watson (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot on his injured right foot.

    Advice: Watson is nearing a return to the court, and the Pacers could certainly use his services. Donald Sloan has been doing an admirable job filling in as the starting point guard for the Pacers, but he would likely head to the bench upon Watson's return.
    Tuesday, 11:55 am
  • Darren Collison (shoulder) doubtful Tuesday
    Darren Collison (left shoulder stiffness) is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The Kings are saying there's just a 25 percent chance that Collison suits up on Tuesday, however, the injury is not considered serious. If Collison is forced to sit this one out, Ramon Sessions would draw the start in his place and makes for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Ray McCallum would also likely see some extended run off the bench, so stay tuned for an official update on Collison's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip.
    Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Jose Calderon declared out for Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) will miss Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: This isn't a huge surprise as Calderon is targeting a return towards the end of November, but it does mean that Iman Shumpert owners can go ahead and fire up Shump for Wednesday's game against Orlando.
    Tuesday, 10:58 am
  • Brown says Tony Wroten isn't 100% reliable
    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that Tony Wroten isn't 100 percent reliable at this stage in his career.

    Advice: In addition to the reliability comment, Brown added that Wroten is a "hold your breath" player. While not the harshest of comments, Brown doesn't exactly sound thrilled with Wroten's play. The 21-year-old's hot start to the 2014-15 season is bound to take a dip with Michael Carter-Williams' impending return on Thursday, but fantasy owners shouldn't go dropping Wroten as he'll likely play alongside MCW and retain a solid amount of value.
    Tuesday, 10:56 am
  • Alexey Shved misses Tuesday practice
    Alexey Shved (back) sat out Tuesday's practice with lower back soreness.

    Advice: It's unclear what this means for Shved's availability for Thursday's game against the Mavericks, but we're considering him questionable until more information is available. Shved has some fantasy value for owners in deep leagues, but he's best left on waivers in standard leagues as he's only playing 17.9 minutes per game so far this season.
    Tuesday, 10:52 am
  • Rajon Rondo will play Wednesday vs OKC
    Rajon Rondo (hand) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and will play against the Thunder on Wednesday, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Tuesday's practice participation and Stevens' ensuing comment are great news for Rondo's fantasy owners as it sounds like he's on-track to play against the Thunder on Wednesday after having a minor surgery to remove a screw in his surgically-repaired hand on Saturday. We'll update Rondo's official status after shootaround, but it looks like all systems go for Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
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