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  • 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.
    33 minutes ago
  • Jarnell Stokes is questionable for Friday
    Jarnell Stokes (illness) is questionable to face the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: While he was impressive at summer league, Stokes usually receives DNP-CDs when the Grizzlies are hit with a mutant strain of the flu. He won't have fantasy value while the team is healthy.
    Today, 4:42 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.
    Today, 4:36 pm
  • P.J. Hairston (ankle) will not play Friday
    P.J. Hairston (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: This will be Hairston's second consecutive missed game, but he really wasn't doing much when he was healthy. Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start on Friday with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) also sidelined, and he'll look to bounce-back from a scoreless performance vs. the Pacers on Wednesday. Hairston doesn't offer enough upside to be worth a stash, and he can be cut in most leagues.
    Today, 4:21 pm
  • Matt Barnes will start again on Thursday
    Matt Barnes will again draw the start on Thursday as the Clippers take on the Heat.

    Advice: Barnes looks to have won his starting job back, and has scored in double figures in two of his last three outings. Hopefully he can continue his solid play tonight, as he has a favorable matchup vs. the Heat. He's worth a speculative add in standard leagues for his ability to contribute to each category on the stat sheet.
    Today, 3:50 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play Friday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He doesn't seem anywhere close towards making a return, and he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all formats. Boris Diaw will continue to pick up the slack while Splitter is sidelined, and Baynes will see some extended minutes off the bench. Diaw offers the most upside, while Baynes' fantasy value is limited to extremely deep leagues.
    Today, 2:37 pm
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) probable for Thursday
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Gay hasn't missed a game yet with his Achilles tendinitis, so we're going to say he's very likely to play in this one. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip. If Gay is unable to go, Omri Casspi would likely pick up a majority of his minutes at small forward. Stay tuned.
    Today, 1:07 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Mavs assign Ricky Ledo to the D-League
    The Mavericks have assigned G Ricky Ledo to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Ledo will get some action with the Texas Legends but he'll likely bounce right back to Dallas, where he's been riding the bench behind Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea.
    Today, 10:14 am
  • Mo Williams to start for the Timberwolves?
    Mo Williams looked great in a starting role on Wednesday and his play has head coach Flip Saunders thinking about sticking with him in that role.

    Advice: With rookie Zach LaVine scuffling, Williams provided the Wolves with a spark during their win over the Knicks on Wednesday. "Big difference," Kevin Martin said. "When Mo came in and got me going. He’s just a veteran point guard in the backcourt with you. He knows your spots." Flip Saunders used the phrase "big difference" to describe the swap of Williams and LaVine in the starting lineup, so fantasy owners in all leagues will want to take a flier on Williams while Ricky Rubio (ankle) is out.
    Today, 8:03 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 12:13 am
  • Carlos Boozer turns in another big game
    Carlos Boozer scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-15 from the field and wasn't quite as hot as his 20-point, 10-board game on Tuesday. Nobody will bother trading for Boozer in your fantasy league, but he's worth owning as a low-upside guy for his points and boards.
    Today, 12:10 am
  • Kenneth Faried quiet in 30 minutes
    Kenneth Faried got 30 minutes from coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, but had just eight points, 10 rebounds, a steal and zero blocks on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: At this point, you have to wonder if Brian Shaw is shunning Faried in the offense in order to keep Faried down. He has too much talent to be this bad all season and blew up after a slow start last year. Just hang in there with him if you can, but if you feel like you have to move him, there should be some owners out there willing to buy low. The good news is he got 30 minutes after playing just 22 on Monday, so there's that.
    Today, 12:04 am
  • Andre Roberson plays seven minutes in return
    Andre Roberson returned from a foot injury on Wednesday and played seven minutes, finishing with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks with the injury, but could be slotted into the starting SG job once he's fully healthy. That's where he was before the injury, but he isn't much of a fantasy prospect unless you're in a really deep league.
    Today, 12:02 am
  • Jordan Hill puts up 18 and 10 in a win
    Jordan Hill scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He operated a little closer to the basket and coach Byron Scott has suggested he'd like to see Hill take less jumpers. He's worth owning in all leagues and hopefully the wheels don't fall off with his 30-plus minutes per game.
    Today, 12:00 am
  • Jeremy Lamb's inconsistency is consistent
    Jeremy Lamb hit just 2-of-5 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: If there's anything consistent about Lamb it's his inconsistency. He's scored 8, 19, 5, 24 and 5 points in each of his last five games and things could get a little dicey now. Sebastian Telfair broke out of a slump tonight, and shooting guard Andre Roberson finally returned from his injury tonight. And once Perry Jones is back from his knee injury, Lamb's productivity could fluctuate even more than it has lately.
    Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 16 in win over Memphis
    Terrence Ross hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over Memphis.

    Advice: Ross had hit double digits in scoring in four straight games before a four-point dud on Saturday, but got back on track tonight. That means he's played very well in five of his last six games, and should be looked to as a nice source of 3-pointers going forward.
    Yesterday, 11:32 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas loses playing time
    Donatas Motiejunas played 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: He may have squandered his last real chance here. Motiejunas had his best opportunity of the season with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) out, but his fouls and turnovers were the headline for him tonight. Fantasy owners just can't trust him right now.
    Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Andre Roberson returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Mo Williams looks great in start vs. Knicks
    Mo Williams looked fantastic in a start against the Knicks on Wednesday with 14 points, three rebounds, 13 assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Why didn't he start immediately following the Ricky Rubio (ankle) injury again? Williams was in complete control of the offense and he's capable of putting up great stats. Zach LaVine can't seem to do anything right, so Williams should be around 30 minutes, which makes him worth owning in standard leagues right now.
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert plays eight minutes
    Samuel Dalembert played eight minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one block.

    Advice: This is his third game in single-digit minutes on the season, so just remember that when Dalembert turns in a random big game. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues unless the Knicks get hammered with injuries.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe now hot guard for Suns
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-11 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: It looks like it's his turn to get hot, after Isaiah Thomas was cooking for the first week or two, and then gave way to the hot hand of Goran Dragic. Dragic had 12 points and four assists tonight, while Thomas continued his recent quiet ways with five points on 1-of-9 shooting off the bench. Jeff Hornacek is going to ride the player on the best streak all season, making it very tough for any of these guys to be fully reliable. Hey, IT2 - you're up next.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • O.J. Mayo played 39 minutes vs. Nets
    O.J. Mayo played a season-high 39 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The triple-overtime game obviously helped him, but the high minutes are nice to see considering how out of shape he was last season. Mayo is shooting just 35 percent from the field this month and hasn't done enough to warrant an add in most leagues just yet.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • John Wall quiet, but double-doubles in loss
    John Wall hit just 5-of-17 shots to score 11 points, but also had six rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was not the game his owners were hoping for, but it's hard to be too mad at him for a double-double with some steals and blocks. He'll look to get back on track Friday against Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Joe Johnson plays 52 minutes on Wed.
    Joe Johnson played 52 minutes on a triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a couple chances to win the game late, but it looked like all the minutes may have caused his shot to fall short. Johnson's shooting numbers are starting to come down, but he's still posting mid-round value. Keep him in your lineup.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores season-high 34 in win
    Monta Ellis hit 10-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws for a season-high 34 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ellis is rolling right now, scoring 34, 18 and 30 points in each of his last three games, and his strong offensive game appears to be limiting Chandler Parsons. Look for more of the same from Monta against the Lakers on Friday, as L.A. gives it up more than any team to opposing guards.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in win over Wiz
    Chandler Parsons hit just 4-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points and three rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Parsons scored 17 on Monday, but has scored 14 or fewer point in three of his last four games. He's averaging just 14.3 points on the season after posting a career-high 16.6 last season. Playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis is making it tough for Parsons to fill it up nightly, but he's still an effective fantasy player.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Chris Copeland's minutes take a hit
    Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Rudy Gay is questionable for Thursday
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) is questionable to face the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He was questionable on Tuesday and didn't play well in a loss to the Pelicans. Gay has dealt with some Achilles issues before, but he should still be in the lineup. Check back tomorrow for an update.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Matt Barnes getting better for Clippers
    Matt Barnes started again and had 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's easy win over the Magic.

    Advice: This is the kind of line we were expecting on a regular basis from Barnes, but he's just recently started to show signs of life. He's scored in double figures in two of his last three games, has hit nine 3-pointers over his last four, and just recently moved back into the starting unit. If you've had your eye on him, now is the time to pick him up and hope this is just the start of something good. But up until the last week, he had no business being in fantasy lineups.
    Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Andre Roberson is available to play vs. DEN
    Andre Roberson (foot) is available to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear if he is going to start or if his minutes are limited. Roberson was close to playing on Tuesday, but he probably won't be fully unleashed tonight. If you want to pick him up in a deep league, it makes some sense. Although, he will lose a lot of value upon the return of Kevin Durant (foot).
    Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Andre Roberson could play on Wednesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) has not been ruled out for Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going through pre-game warmups, but it's unknown if he will actually play. The Thunder could really use him and he would be on the fantasy radar. Lance Thomas would lose minutes. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Mo Williams starting over Zach LaVine
    Mo Williams is starting over Zach LaVine on Wednesday against the Knicks.

    Advice: He has been outplaying LaVine and the Wolves may have finally pulled the plug on starting their rookie. Williams is still likely going to play just 26 minutes or so, but he's the better grab of the two in deep leagues. Owners in standard leagues can probably do better going after someone else.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe thinks Kentucky can beat Philly
    Eric Bledsoe said he would take the University of Kentucky over the Sixers in a seven-game series.

    Advice: "I'll definitely take Kentucky," Bledsoe said. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game." Kentucky just dominated No. 5 Kansas by 32 on Tuesday while the 76ers have lost games by an average of 16.9 points per game and have a putrid 88.3 offensive efficiency rating -- no team has been below 92 since 2003-04. The former Kentucky Wildcat will take on the 76ers on Friday and plenty of good seats are still available.
    Yesterday, 12:55 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.
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • P.J. Hairston (ankle) is out on Wednesday
    P.J. Hairston (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against Indiana.

    Advice: He was doubtful leading up to the game, and the fact that he was ruled out so early doesn't bode well for his status. Consider Hairston day-to-day for now, while Gary Neal (concussion) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) will also sit this game out. Gerald Henderson will likely see big minutes and is worth a look for owners in need of short term value. Hairston can be dropped in almost all leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:06 am
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) out for Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) is listed as out for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: His nightmare season continues, as his injury has baffled doctors. Until we get a positive report, it is safe to leave Splitter on the waiver wire considering there is no timetable for his return. Boris Diaw has been playing well in his absence while Aron Baynes has also seen an uptick in minutes, though he is more of a deep league asset.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) quiet in 37 minutes Tues.
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) had a subpar game in 37 minutes of action on Tuesday, making 6-of-17 field goals to finish with 15 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Gay didn't appear hobbled and his playing time suggests the Kings' coaches and trainers weren't overly concerned about his Achilles tendinitis, which had him listed as questionable for the game. Sacramento returns to action on Thursday vs. the Bulls, and fantasy owners should assume Gay will start unless a report surfaces to the contrary.
    Tuesday, 9:38 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Jeremy Lamb has well-rounded line vs. Utah
    Jeremy Lamb posted a nice all-around line in 36 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Lamb has been up-and-down since returning from his back injury on Nov. 7, but he has explosive potential with the Thunder desperately short-handed. He made only five of his 15 shot attempts tonight, but made up for it with a 6-of-6 mark at the FT line.
    Tuesday, 8:36 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
  • Carlos Boozer's 20 & 10 help LAL hold off ATL
    The Lakers pulled out a five-point road win in Atlanta on Tuesday, aided by Carlos Boozer's 20 points (10-of-14 shooting), 10 rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Boozer was torched defensively but made up the difference with solid rebounding and shooting, which is a nice sight after Sunday's dud (six points on 3-of-13 shooting). He's barely clinging to 14-team value this season, but has picked up the pace over the past week and is worth owning if you need points, boards and solid FG percentages.
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Jordan Hill double-doubles w/ 18 pts, 10 reb
    Jordan Hill double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds and one assist vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, making 8-of-17 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in just 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hawks rank 28th in rebounding with a -3.8 differential and they're particularly poor on the offensive glass, where Carlos Boozer and Hill hurt them all night long. It was Hill's putback following an offensive rebound that gave L.A. a much-needed five-point cushion down the stretch, and he's quietly emerged as a top-100 fantasy value through L.A.'s first 11 games.
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) starting vs. New Orleans
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) will start Tuesday's game vs. New Orleans, as expected.

    Advice: Gay has some tendinitis in his right Achilles but the fact that he's active indicates it's not serious. He's off to a terrific start this season, averaging 22.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, and it's safe to keep him active in all lineups.
    Tuesday, 5:26 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Andre Roberson (foot) won't return on Tuesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) will not return on Tuesday and he remains day-to-day.

    Advice: There's a chance that Roberson will play Wednesday, but OKC may hold him out until Friday or Saturday as a precaution. He's likely to assume the starting SG job once healthy, but he doesn't have enough fantasy upside to be worth owning in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 5:09 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) out Wednesday vs. Cavs
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Boris Diaw has been the main beneficiary of Splitter's absence, and he's averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists over 26.5 minutes of action. However, those numbers aren't good enough for standard league consideration, so he can remain on the wire in most formats. There is still no official timetable for Splitter's return.
    Tuesday, 3:11 pm
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) probable Tuesday vs. NO
    Rudy Gay (right Achilles tendinitis) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's looking likely that Gay will suit up for this one, but owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip. If Gay sits, Omri Casspi would likely pick up a majority of the minutes at small forward, and would make for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 2:22 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Report: Nuggets management not high on Faried
    According to sources with knowledge of the Nuggets' thinking, Kenneth Faried is not well liked by the organization, particularly by head coach Brian Shaw.

    Advice: "[Faried] is a helluva player and plays hard, but he isn’t well liked [in the organization]," a league source said. "That gets glossed over. He says crazy s---. He thinks he’s the guy, and other guys take exception to his contract." This could perhaps explain why Faried's minutes have regressed this season to just 26.5 per game, however, if the Nuggets were to do some sort of "restructuring," Shaw would likely be the one to go. Denver has been a mess, and they can no longer point to injuries as the main culprit. Faried has been underwhelming following a fantastic summer, but he should be able to eventually turn things around, so he can be viewed as a buy-low guy.
    Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Andre Roberson getting closer to return
    Andre Roberson (foot) is close to returning this week, according to Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, and could play as early as Tuesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Brooks mentioned Tuesday as a possibility, but we're more likely looking at Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday if we're staying within Brooks' timetable of this week. Roberson doesn't deserve much fantasy attention as a defensive specialist, but his return will cut into Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow's already limited fantasy value.
    Tuesday, 10:45 am
  • P.J. Hairston doubtful for Wednesday vs IND
    P.J. Hairston (ankle) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Hairston left the arena in a walking boot after Monday's loss to the Mavericks, so it's looking unlikely that he'll be able to play on Wednesday. With Gary Neal (concussion) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) already declared out for Wednesday, Gerald Henderson makes for a solid short-term add as he'll get plenty of run against the Pacers.
    Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • Jarnell Stokes sees first minutes of career
    Jarnell Stokes say the first minutes of his NBA career during Monday's blowout win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Stokes scored four points to go along with two rebounds during his first six minutes of NBA action after being selected in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. While it's nice to see the Memphis native get some playing time, he's not going to see enough minutes to warrant any attention from fantasy owners.
    Tuesday, 9:10 am
  • Eric Bledsoe making sacrifices in rotation
    Eric Bledsoe said he is fine making sacrifices as part of the Suns' three-guard rotation with Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Though still adjusting to playing off the ball more, Eric Bledsoe said he's OK with the Suns' guard rotation. "Some games it's a struggle and some games it goes well," the 24-year-old said. "You just have to stick with it. It's tough, but at the end of the day it's about the team. It's about making sacrifices." Bledsoe's game-to-game numbers have fluctuated due to the guard rotation, but fantasy owners still have to be happy with his averages as he's been a top-40 player thus far.
    Tuesday, 6:08 am
  • Barnes still struggling for the Clippers
    Matt Barnes hit just 2-of-8 shots (2-of-6 from deep) for seven points with two rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Whether it's his divorce or any other off-the-court issue, Barnes simply isn't getting it done. He can be watched from the wire.
    Monday, 11:15 pm
  • Motiejnuas can't take advantage of chance
    Donatas Motiejunas logged just 18 minutes in Monday's blowout loss, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one block.

    Advice: It's starting to feel like Terrence Jones (leg) will miss another month, and we've included the link to one of many scattered reports that had Rockets play-by-play man Bill Worrell saying that "may" be the case. But Motiejunas has been terrible in most formats this year, and it's more likely that there is no real beneficiary due to Jones' time off.
    Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe bounces back on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe bounced back on Monday against the Celtics during a 118-114 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't make any field goal attempts on Saturday and had a few big plays late to help the Suns get to 6-5 following the win tonight. Bledsoe might sit in some stretches this season because of the Suns having so much depth, but the stats should be there. He'll be more of an early-mid round guy.
    Monday, 9:01 pm
  • Monta Ellis has another solid game
    Monta Ellis scored a team-high 18 points against the Hornets on Monday with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He is having tremendous success at beating guys off the dribble and teams just can't guard him right now. Ellis is shooting the ball much better than last year from the field and from the line, but his steals and dimes are down quite a bit. He'll be fine, obviously.
    Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hits four treys on Monday
    Chandler Parsons got hot against the Hornets on Monday with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: His shooting numbers have been down and he came into tonight at just 40.0 percent from the field. Parsons is putting up plenty of stats elsewhere and there has been an upward trend in his stats as the year has gone along. He should be a top-50 player in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Faried benched after leaked ESPN report
    Kenneth Faried played just 22 minutes before being benched in Monday's road win over the Cavs, finishing with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting with one rebound, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Ouch. ESPN reported earlier in the day that the front office wasn't thrilled with Faried and perhaps this was Brian Shaw flexing his muscles in coordination with that report. Of course, Shaw and the front office are circling the wagons after a suspect couple of years, and mounting pressure amidst their disastrous start. A win over the Cavs will certainly net them some currency, but in the long term it would be surprising if Faried is successfully scapegoated here.
    Monday, 7:24 pm
  • P.J. Hairston leaves arena in a boot
    P.J. Hairston (ankle) left the arena on Monday with his foot in a walking boot.

    Advice: He was ruled out fairly quickly from his ankle sprain, so it would appear he's going to miss some time. Gerald Henderson had a nice game tonight and is worth a look as a short-term guy. Although, his upside isn't very high. He finished with six points and two 3-pointers in 10 minutes.
    Monday, 7:09 pm
  • P.J. Hairston out for game with ankle sprain
    P.J. Hairston suffered a sprained right ankle on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: The Hornets are awfully thin on the wing now with Gary Neal (concussion) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out. Hairston would have played quite a bit off the bench, but now it'll be Gerald Henderson likely getting all the minutes he can handle. Hendo is still only a short-term guy in deep leagues.
    Monday, 5:47 pm
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) is questionable for Tues.
    Rudy Gay is questionable for Tuesday night against the Pelicans due to Achilles tendinitis.

    Advice: He had some Achilles soreness last year and was able to play through it, so his fantasy owners shouldn't totally panic. We should know more at morning shootaround and his owners will want to check back tomorrow. If he's out, Omri Casspi would likely get most of the time at small forward.
    Monday, 4:19 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Splitter, Belinelli could return this week?
    The Spurs are hopeful Tiago Splitter (calf) and Marco Belinelli (groin) could return this week.

    Advice: Neither player will suit up on Monday, but an early return seems like a possibility for both players. Each went through shell drills on Monday and it sounds as if they're making progress. Aron Baynes will head back to benchwarming when Splitter returns, while Boris Diaw's role will change slightly as well.
    Monday, 9:12 am
  • Matt Barnes struggling through divorce
    Matt Barnes admitted his recent divorce has impacted his play this season.

    Advice: "It's tough. When you're going through a divorce it's hard," Barnes said. "We still have to show up and play." Barnes also added he doesn't care whether or not he starts, but he wants to work himself back into the mix after a slow start. Barnes is best left on the waiver wire.
    Monday, 9:00 am
  • Jeremy Lamb struggles in defensive battle
    Jeremy Lamb started Sunday's game but finished with only five points on 2-of-5 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Lamb was coming off a massive game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but never got going in a defense-dominated loss vs. Houston on Sunday. Solid defensive stats somewhat compensate for Lamb's overall lack of production, but he's been held to single-digit scoring in three of the past four games and is a hit-or-miss fantasy player despite the injury problems in OKC.
    Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • O.J. Mayo logs season-low 18 minutes
    O.J. Mayo played a season-low 18 minutes in Sunday's win in Miami, making 4-of-8 shots to finish with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Mayo was hot to begin the season but he has just one double-digit scoring performance in the Bucks' past eight games. It'll be hard for him to establish reliable value as long as Brandon Knight, Jared Dudley, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Nate Wolters are all in the rotation.
    Sunday, 5:56 pm
  • Splitter (calf), Mills (shoulder) out Monday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) and Patty Mills (shoulder) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Mills isn't expected to make his regular-season debut until sometime in January, so him missing Monday's game should come as a surprise to no one. Splitter has played a total of 10 minutes this season, and his calf issue has turned out to be a fairly severe injury. Aron Baynes and Boris Diaw will continue to get some extended minutes with Splitter sidelined, but neither player makes for a very attractive option in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert grabs eight rebounds in win
    Samuel Dalembert put up eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block over 22 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: Dalembert is averaging 2.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks on the season, and his lack of consistency takes him out of the running for standard league consideration. Leave him on the wire.
    Sunday, 3:19 pm
  • Kenneth Faried goes for 16-9 in Nuggets loss
    Kenneth Faried scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting (2-of-5 from the line), to go with nine rebounds, two steals, two turnovers, and one assist during Sunday's loss.

    Advice: Faried is currently averaging just 9.5 FGA per game, and he needs to start being more aggressive in Denver's offense. His numbers this season are down across-the-board as he’s averaging11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds over 26.4 minutes of action. However, after such an impressive summer he just has to eventually get things turned around, so owners may want to float out some buy-low offers for The Manimal.
    Sunday, 3:01 pm
  • Report: Rudy Gay agrees to 3-year, $40M deal
    Rudy Gay has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Kings.

    Advice: The deal includes a player option for the 2017-18 season, and the Kings got a relative bargain on Gay. Rudy has been very impressive this season, averaging 22.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 three-pointers per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. That's good enough for second-round value, and he should continue to fill up the stat sheet as the Kings' No. 2 option on offense.
    Sunday, 12:08 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Andre Roberson (foot) is not close to return
    Andre Roberson (foot) is not close to making a return to the Thunder, and will not play on Sunday.

    Advice: The Thunder haven't released a lot of info on Roberson which doesn't bode well for his status going forward. The defensive specialist should remain on the waiver wire in almost all leagues until we get a positive report. In the meantime, Jeremy Lamb will continue to play as many minutes as he can handle and is considered a boom-or-bust option.
    Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Matt Barnes has a decent game in start
    Matt Barnes started against the Suns on Saturday with 12 points two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was coming off the bench because of his shooting issues. Barnes scored a season high tonight and perhaps he can get it going to climb back into the standard-league conversation. However, this game is not going to drive the demand up enough to pick him up.
    Sunday, 12:25 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores one point in loss
    Eric Bledsoe didn't make any of his six shots from the field for one point with six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in 34 minutes against the Clippers, his former team.

    Advice: The Suns backcourt has been a huge headache on the year and Bledsoe has been up-and-down. He's still likely going to get his chances to make plays and should be a mid-round fantasy asset.
    Sunday, 12:07 am
  • Rudy Gay hands out six assists on Sat.
    Rudy Gay handed out six assists against the Spurs during a 94-91 win on Saturday with 18 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He did shoot just 7-of-20 from the field and has seen his field goal percentage head south recently. Gay is still filling up the stat sheet as an eight-category player, so there's nothing to worry about yet.
    Sunday, 12:00 am
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Monta has a lot of it: Ellis scores 30 points
    Monta Ellis scored a season-high 30 points against the Wolves on Saturday, making 11-of-21 from the field to go with three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's starting to get really hot with an effective field goal percentage of greater than 60 in three of his last four games. Ellis' steals still aren't quite where they usually are, but he's really heating up on offense -- like most Mavs.
    Saturday, 10:39 pm
  • Mo Williams finally has a good game
    Mo Williams finally turned in a good game on Saturday with 13 points, eight assists and one rebound in 29 minutes against the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's been a major letdown since Ricky Rubio (ankle) went down, but this is the type of line he should put up more often than not. Williams is also likely to bury some treys, which is why we liked his upside in the first place. This game won't send prospective owners to the wire, so you can probably keep him out there. We'll let you know how he does on Wednesday against the Knicks.
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Matt Barnes ejected from Saturday's game
    Matt Barnes was ejected from Saturday's game after receiving two technical fouls, finishing the game with 12 points, one board, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes in a start at small forward.

    Advice: Barnes was up to his usual antics and couldn't keep his cool all night despite the Clippers having a huge lead throughout the game. He has been very disappointing this season and despite the fact that he started Saturday, he is simply too unreliable to own in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Chris Copeland finally makes shots
    Chris Copeland finally turned it around on Saturday against the Bulls, making 5-of-11 from the field for 12 points with one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It wasn't a great line, but going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc had to feel good. Copeland is taking a whopping 7.5 treys per game and is scoring 14 per night, so he should have value in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 8:34 pm
  • Terrence Ross has a sweet dunk, four points
    Terrence Ross scored four points against the Jazz on Saturday with one rebound, two assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: For the second year in a row, Ross might have the dunk of the year. Last year he threw one down on Kenneth Faried and this year he slammed home an alley-oop off a terrible pass. Meanwhile, this game really slowed down some of the momentum he had coming in, but he still has averages of 13.6 points, 3.6 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.8 triples over his last five. He's more of an end-of-the-bench fantasy option.
    Saturday, 8:14 pm
  • John Wall double-doubles on Saturday
    John Wall double-doubled in a 98-93 win over the Magic on Saturday with five rebounds, 10 assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only make 6-of-17 from the field and turned the ball over three times. Wall does have three doubel-doubles in his last five games, averaging 19.8 points, 4.0 boards, 8.4 dimes, 2.0 steals and 0.4 triples in that span. He's an elite asset in all leagues.
    Saturday, 7:05 pm
  • Matt Barnes will start against Suns
    Matt Barnes will start against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He was pushed to the bench against two bigger teams in the Blazers and Spurs, but the loss on Monday may have changed coach Doc Rivers' mind. Barnes has been a letdown so far and there's little reason to pick him up until he gets it going.
    Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Andre Roberson (foot) still out of practice
    Andre Roberson (foot) did not practice on Saturday and is listed as out against the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: He has been ruled out for games before shootaround and we'd probably expect the Thunder to rule him out soon. With Roberson likely out, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb figure to get most of the work on the wings.
    Saturday, 11:23 am
  • P.J. Hairston likely to draw another start
    P.J. Hairston will likely draw another start in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) on Saturday.

    Advice: Though he only played 17 minutes in Charlotte's win Friday, Hairston was still able to knock down three 3-pointers for nine points which is his bread and butter. MKG is day-to-day however, so Hairston will continue to only be an option in deep leagues or as a daily plug-and play.
    Saturday, 10:05 am
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) ruled out for Saturday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) was ruled out for Saturday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: There is no explanation for his calf issue and doctors in Los Angeles couldn't even pinpoint the issue. Splitter should be left on the waiver wire in almost all leagues until we get some clarity on the situation. Aron Baynes and Boris Diaw will continue to see a few extra minutes for the Spurs.
    Saturday, 7:11 am
  • Boozer nears 20 and 10 game in loss
    Carlos Boozer scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds and two steals in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Boozer is going to get hot like this every once in a while and owners should take what they get and be ready to move on when he cools off. His upside is practically nil in standard formats.
    Saturday, 12:32 am
  • Bledsoe posts 22-11-5 line with three triples
    Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting (3-of-7 3PTs, 3-of-3 FTs) with a career-high tying 11 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in Friday's loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Bledsoe had just two turnovers and like fellow starter Goran Dragic he's going to struggle with the Suns' overall improvement and depth. He profiles as a mid-round value with some early round upside if he can press forward while Dragic is stuck in the mud.
    Saturday, 12:08 am
  • Hairston scores nine points in start
    P.J. Hairston started for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) on Friday, scoring nine points on 3-of-8 shooting (including two triples) with two rebounds in 17 minutes.

    Advice: This isn't enough to put him on fantasy radars in anything but daily leagues, but with MKG set to miss at least one more game it's a situation worth keeping a distant eye on.
    Friday, 11:44 pm
  • Lamb posts career-best night with 24 & 10
    Jeremy Lamb scored a career-high 24 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals over a whopping 45 minutes in Friday's overtime loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: Lamb buried four treys and hit 10-of-17 shots on the night, officially throwing his hat into the ring for whatever value remains out on the wing before guys start getting back. A five-game sample of his work shows averages of 34.3 minutes, 13.6 points, 1.4 threes, 6.2 boards and 1.0 steals with a 40 percent mark from the field -- good for late-round value in standard leagues. Those numbers are going to have a hard time holding as time goes on here, so use discretion on a short-term add.
    Friday, 11:24 pm
  • Williams hits just 1-of-6 shots in 17 minutes
    Mo Williams hit just 1-of-6 shots in 17 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: The Wolves were blown out but Williams has been terrible all year, so needless to say he hasn't made any move on the open point guard minutes now that Ricky Rubio is out. Zach Lavine (13 points, four boards, zero assists, 31 minutes) had an up-and-down night as he gets acclimated, but the needle didn't move on any theoretic position battle tonight.
    Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Motiejunas blocks two and steals two
    Donatas Motiejunas blocked two shots and stole the ball twice to go with three points and seven boards over 31 minutes on Friday against the Sixers.

    Advice: The opponent should be noted for their garbage brand of basketball and it should also be noted that Terrence Jones' leg injury isn't yet in the day-to-day realm. Motie's fantasy game is deficient in many areas and he's a desperation add while Jones is out, at best.
    Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Dalembert goes without a defensive stat
    Samuel Dalembert followed up his seven-rebound, four-assist and five-block effort on Wednesday with just four points, four rebounds and no defensive stats in 18 minutes on Friday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Dalembert just can't seem to get anything right in New York and owners should wait until he shows sustained production before considering him in standard formats.
    Friday, 9:46 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
  • Kenneth Faried has a so-so game
    Kenneth Faried scored 12 points with six rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He was benched to start the second half on Wednesday and looked a little better tonight. Faried's season has been a major letdown, averaging 11.4 points, 8.0 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals. That's a big surprise considering his outstanding summer, so he's still a nice buy-low guy.
    Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Chris Copeland is in a slump, scores three
    Chris Copeland made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He is really struggling from downtown over his last five, making just 21.9 percent from that range to go with 11.4 points, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 triples. He is still worth owning in standard leagues, especially with C.J. Miles (calf) going down again tonight.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Andre Roberson (foot) out Friday vs. Detroit
    Andre Roberson (foot) will not play Friday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Jeremy Lamb has been filling in as the starting shooting guard with Roberson sidelined, but he's had two consecutive bad games. Still, the opportunity will be there for Lamb as the Thunder currently only have 10 healthy bodies on their roster, but he's not a must-own player. Anthony Morrow blew up for 28 points in his last game, and out of all the available guards in OKC, Morrow is the guy with the most upside.
    Friday, 10:43 am
  • P.J. Hairston will start Friday vs. the Suns
    P.J. Hairston will start Friday vs. the Suns, in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot).

    Advice: Hairston offers a lot of upside, and he has the ability to light it up from 3-point range. Coach Steve Clifford has been saying he's going to find more minutes for Hairston, and it's interesting that he's decided to start Hairston over veteran Gerald Henderson. We’d like to see how Hairston fares in the starting unit, so owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. He could also have some nice value today for owners willing to roll the dice on him in daily leagues.
    Friday, 10:21 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores 14 points in win
    Chandler Parsons made 4-of-7 from the field for 14 points during a piece-of-cake 123-70 win over the 76ers on Thursday with six points, three assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Parsons has hit his stride with the Mavericks and he's been heavily involved in the offense. Parsons is still under-performing in the shooting department, entering tonight with only a 38.7 percent from the field. He'll likely approach his career 46.9 percent from the field soon.
    Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 25 points against Grizzlies
    Rudy Gay scored a team-high 25 points against the Grizzlies on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was basically traded for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in Jan. 2013, so the revenge-game factor fell a little short tonight in a loss. Gay is shooting the ball very well in his time with the Kings with his shots from the field and from the line both up from last season. It's so far, so good for his owners.
    Thursday, 9:06 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Tiago Splitter won't play on Friday night
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He can't shake this calf issue and the Spurs have come up empty with an investigation as to why. Splitter is likely going to be on the sidelines a lot, so he won't be worth owning in almost any league. Aron Baynes will get a little extra run while Boris Diaw figures to be more consistent in the rotation.
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Assault charges against P.J. Hairston dropped
    The Durham District Attorney has dropped assault charges against P.J. Hairston at alleged victim's request.

    Advice: The charges were stemming from an incident that occurred in July, when Hairston reportedly punched a high school student twice during a pickup game. Hairston has a bit of a checkered past, but he'll look to put this episode behind him. He's currently averaging 5.0 points and 1.0 three-pointer over 13 minutes of action with the Hornets this season, and as long as Lance Stephenson is healthy, he's not going to be able to find enough minutes for standard league consideration.
    Thursday, 3:11 pm
  • Mo Williams awful despite no Rubio
    Mo Williams came off the bench and missed all five of his shots for two points and six assists in 14 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Zach LaVine started again at point guard and played a team-high 34 minutes, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for eight points, nine assists and three turnovers. The Wolves were outmatched by the Rockets tonight and Flip Saunders rested Mo-Will, Thaddeus Young and Kevin Martin. Williams should be better than this on most nights, but it does look like they're prepared to roll with LaVine until Rubio returns. If you picked up Williams and can dump him for LaVine, it makes sense.
    Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas plays well in start
    Donatas Motiejunas started in place of injured Terrence Jones (leg) and had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's not a bad line, but you shouldn't be thinking about picking him up just yet. While Jones' injury is a bit of a mystery, we doubt it keeps him out long enough to make Motiejunas worth a look in most leagues. But keep an eye on him going forward, just in case.
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets benched late on Wed.
    Eric Bledsoe did not play down the stretch against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers.

    Advice: The turnovers were probably why he was benched while Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas were too hot to take out of the lineup. The Suns have a lot of depth in the backcourt, so just about any guard on their roster will have a bad night here and there. Bledsoe should bounce back on Friday against the Hornets.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Joe Johnson plays well in losing effort
    Joe Johnson played well in a 112-104 losing effort to the Suns on Wednesday with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He called out his teammates for selfish play, but the Nets still only had 17 dimes on their 35 made field goals tonight. Johnson has seen his usage rate rise to 26.9 before tonight and he's been a mid-round guy in fantasy leagues. He should be a mid-round guy the rest of the way.
    Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried comes off bench in 2nd half
    Kenneth Faried hit 3-of-8 shots for 10 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His season is off to a really slow start, just like last year, and he was benched to start the second half tonight. Hopefully, Brian Shaw is just trying to light a fire under Faried, but the way things are going, it looks like Shaw may have already lost his team. They were blown out at home by the Blazers and are just 1-6 on the season. It's too early to give up on Faried and now looks like a nice time to try to buy low.
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Jordan Hill has an average game against NO
    Jordan Hill had a mediocre game against the Pelicans in a 109-102 loss on Wednesday with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: It was his worst game in a while and yet he's still been able to log big minutes. Hill has played 31 minutes per night this season and has been a very solid big man for his fantasy owners. Keep him in your starting lineup.
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Carlos Boozer cools off on Wednesday
    Carlos Boozer had a solid effort on the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's starting to come around on the offensive end, but there hasn't been much else for Boozer's fantasy owners. Amazingly, he has just one block in 225 minutes of action on the season. Carlos is a low-end fantasy option in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert blocks five shots in loss
    Samuel Dalembert had two points, seven rebounds, four assists and a season-high five blocks in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He played a season-high 27 minutes against the Magic and if he's been warming the pine on your bench, you might as well keep him there in case he starts getting these kind of minutes on the regular. He's averaging just 2.6 points over his last five games, but also 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. His lack of scoring would make it very tough for you to put Sammy D in any lineup, but he's worth a Roto look if you're desperate for blocks.
    Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • 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
  • Jeremy Lamb counting Lamb-like ways
    Jeremy Lamb made 2-of-10 from the field for two points with one rebound, one assist and three fouls in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yikes. He had a huge opportunity in front of him yet again and he looks like he squandered it. OKC is so thin that Lamb will get another chance on Friday against the Pistons. He is just too inconsistent to be counted on in standard leagues and fantasy owners shouldn't even have to think about dropping him for Anthony Morrow.
    Wednesday, 8:14 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
  • Chris Copeland bounces back vs. Heat
    Chris Copeland hit 7-of-17 shots and 3-of-10 3-pointers for 17 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Heat.

    Advice: Copeland had just six points on Monday, but looked like his old self tonight. He's going to have some off nights when his shot's not falling, but is still worth holding and using until further notice.
    Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Faried and Afflalo benched for Gee and Arthur
    Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo were benched to start the second half on Wednesday in favor of Darrell Arthur and Alonzo Gee.

    Advice: Wow. Faried was benched down the stretch on Friday in favor of Alonzo Gee and he has worked his way into coach Brian Shaw's doghouse. The Nuggets gave up 84 points in the first half and have looked horrible to start the year. The Manimal can be viewed as a buy-low guy.
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • John Wall goes for 27 & 11 in win over DET
    John Wall gave up a nice game to Brandon Jennings, but had a night of his own with 27 points, three rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and a block on 7-of-19 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer, but hit 13-of-16 free throws and turned it over just one time. He's one of the league's premier point guards, and played like it tonight.
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Andre Roberson (foot) listed as out Wednesday
    Andre Roberson (foot) is listed at out for Wednesday's game against Boston.

    Advice: The defensive specialist will again be sidelined with his foot issue and Jeremy Lamb will draw another start. Roberson can be let go in almost all leagues while Jeremy Lamb will be a boom-or-bust play in the short term.
    Wednesday, 9:56 am
  • Jarnell Stokes won't see action anytime soon
    Jarnell Stokes won't see any action anytime soon according to coach Joerger.

    Advice: "Jarnell Stokes is going to have a tough time playing. He's not going to play in front of those four guys at any point," Joerger said. "If someone turns an ankle, though, then he becomes very important." This news reiterates the fact that Stokes can be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues, as he will likely float between the Grizzlies and the D-league all season.
    Wednesday, 7:41 am
  • Tiago Splitter's injury is cause for concern
    Tiago Splitter's calf injury is thought to be due to an issue in his back, but doctors in Los Angeles performed some more tests but couldn't find anything.

    Advice: While this appears to be good news, it really just speaks to the uncertainty surrounding Splitter as he can't seem to stay healthy. "They didn’t find anything," he said. "There's no surgery they can do or no injection I can have." Coach Gregg Popovich hopes to have him back in a week, but given the circumstances it definitely is a possibility that he misses more time. We will update his status as needed but in the meantime, Splitter can be cut in most leagues with Boris Diaw picking up the slack in his absence.
    Wednesday, 6:17 am
  • O.J. Mayo gets hot off bench, scores 19 pts
    O.J. Mayo provided a huge lift off of the bench on Tuesday by scoring 19 points to go with four boards, one assist and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-15, but owners who took a chance on him would be more than happy with this line. Mayo has looked rejuvenated this season and has slowly crawled his way into standard league consideration once again. If you want to take a flier on him, just be prepared to take the good with the bad.
    Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Rudy Gay thrives with 26/8/8 vs. Mavericks
    Rudy Gay committed seven turnovers vs. the Mavs on Tuesday, but was otherwise terrific with a game-high 26 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals.

    Advice: Gay made 7-of-14 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs, with one of his makes coming from downtown. He's happily embracing a go-to role in the Kings' offense, and the fact that he's playing for a new contract can't hurt matters. He's posting top-20 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, which may be a bit lofty, but there's no reason to anticipate a big drop-off.
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
    7:30 pm vs Chi
  • Chandler Parsons sinks five 3-pointers in win
    Chandler Parsons made five 3-pointers and finished Tuesday's home victory with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't attempt a single free throw and was just 7-of-19 from the field, as he's yet to truly find a comfort zone in the Dallas offense. He obviously has a green light to shoot the ball, and his 39.1 percent shooting is well below his career average of 47.0 percent, so his slow start should be viewed as a buy-low opportunity.
    Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb is quiet in loss on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lamb was quiet in a loss to the bucks on Tuesday finishing with six points, eight boards, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 2-of-13 from the field and owners who picked him up looking for a boost have to be sorely disappointed. However, the minutes were there and Lamb still has a small window to put up some decent stats until the Thunder gets some healthy bodies back.
    Tuesday, 8:17 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
  • Carlos Boozer scores season-high 20 points
    Carlos Boozer grabbed eight rebounds on Tuesday, while recording a new season high with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: Boozer's defense is as poor as ever but his offense is coming around after a brutal start to the year. He's averaging 16.3 points on 56.8 percent shooting in the past three games, to go along with 6.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. He's a marginal option in 12-team leagues, but if you were ever going to use him this is probably the time.
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Jordan Hill posts strong double-double Tues.
    Jordan Hill's streak of strong games continued on Tuesday with 13 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The downside is that he shot just 6-of-17 from the field, and inexplicably launched a long jumper during a late-game attempt at a 2-for-1 possession. Hill began the season with a pair of duds but he's been terrific in L.A.'s past five games, contributing in every category but 3-pointers and steals.
    Tuesday, 7:48 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
  • Joe Johnson calls out Nets for selfish play
    Joe Johnson vented after Tuesday's practice, calling out his teammates for their selfish play so far this season.

    Advice: "It’s just kind of what it is," said Johnson. "Defensively, we help from time to time, offensively, I just think guys kind of exhaust their options and then when there’s nothing else for them, then they’ll pass it when they have to. For the most part, we’ve been very selfish." Johnson also said that while the Nets are currently 4-2, the wins are pretty meaningless because they "haven't played anybody." Johnson is averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 three-pointers, and just 1.8 turnovers on 47.9 percent shooting this season.
    Tuesday, 12:18 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out for another week at least
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will miss at least another week.

    Advice: The good news is that the doctors cleared his back, so he's just dealing with a muscle strain. Splitter can be cut in most leagues while Boris Diaw gets some extra minutes.
    Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Dalembert posts seven rebounds and that's it
    Samuel Dalembert grabbed seven rebounds in 16 minutes on Monday and that's it unless you count his three turnovers.

    Advice: Dalembert didn't attempt a shot and he's probably getting the business from Derek Fisher on most nights. One of the least disciplined players in the league, he needs to figure out how to fit in before he'll start putting up consistent numbers.
    Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Chris Copeland losing some minutes
    Chris Copeland only played 26 minutes against the Jazz on Monday for six points, three rebounds and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: His shots aren't falling and he's coming off a 6-of-19 game on Saturday. Copeland is still probably the Pacers' best option for offense on the wing and maybe he's just getting a little tired. Considering he played 37.7 minutes per game in his previous three, his owners should cut him some slack.
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Chandler Parsons vows to break out of slump
    Chandler Parsons vowed to break out of his shooting slump.

    Advice: "I’ve never really gone through a slump where I shot the ball this poorly," said Parsons. He said he feels "confident," but it's not translating into results. For the season, Parsons is averaging a lousy 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 3-pointers on 39.1 percent shooting.
    Nov 10, 7:59 am
  • Joe Johnson rips into Nets after Sunday's win
    Joe Johnson ripped into his Nets team following Sunday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: "I just think we get to a point where we get a bit complacent, the ball stops moving, guys get a little selfish and it makes it hard, because it breaks us down defensively" Johnson said. After finishing interviews, Johnson tweeted "I'm off this [expletive]," which was his first tweet in more than four months. Despite the win, JJ doesn't sound pleased. His fantasy owners certainly are happy with Johnson's early season numbers: 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers on 47.9 percent shooting.
    Nov 10, 6:04 am
  • Carlos Boozer chips in 16 efficient points
    Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds on Sunday, navigating foul trouble to help L.A. earn their first win of the season.

    Advice: Boozer has been terrible this season and last week coach Byron Scott criticized his pick-and-roll defense. He's always going to be a defensive liability so it's essential that he score efficiently, as he did tonight with 7-of-11 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in just 30 minutes of action. This was the first time he's cracked 30 minutes in six games, however, and fantasy owners should ignore him unless he gets on a sustained hot streak.
    Nov 9, 9:44 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores season-high 21 points
    Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 21 points with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, seven assists and one steal on Sunday, as the Lakers defeated the visiting Hornets.

    Advice: The Lakers need Lin to provide a release-valve for Kobe Bryant offensively, and tonight's game was a huge step in that direction. His disastrous start to the season is still fresh in fantasy owners' minds, so get out your buy-low offers while you still can.
    Nov 9, 9:43 pm
  • Nuggets lose despite Kenneth Faried's 19 pts
    Kenneth Faried played 31 minutes in Sunday's road loss in Portland, scoring 19 points with seven rebounds, one assist and a season-high three blocks.

    Advice: Faried is flirting with a double-double average (10.2 points and 9.0 rebounds) but there's no way to sugarcoat his start to the season -- he had scored fewer than 10 points and played fewer than 30 minutes in three of Denver's four games prior to Sunday. The Nuggets have lost five straight but limiting Faried isn't the cure for what ails them, so hopefully coach Brian Shaw will quit messing with his playing time.
    Nov 9, 9:05 pm
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