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  • Jimmer Fredette joins the D-League again
    Jimmer Fredette has rejoined the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League.

    Advice: Fredette wasn't able to crack the rotation for the New Orleans Pelicans despite the fact that they had nine healthy bodies at the time, so he's got some work to do. We'll let you know if another NBA team looks his way. Today, 8:13 am
  • Casey praises Bismack Biyombo
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that Bismack Biyombo's ability to protect the rim is "off the charts."

    Advice: "He set the tone for us defensively," Casey said after Wednesday's win over the Cavs. "Protecting the paint, talking, being physical, being a deterrent at the rim and that was big for us. That’s a good team. That team right there has got so many weapons." Biyombo double-doubled in the win with 11 points and 12 blocks, and with starting center Jonas Valanciunas (hand) out for six weeks he could have some nice low-end value going forward, especially when he starts racking up the blocks. Today, 7:39 am
  • SVG says Jennings doesn't have quickness yet
    Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) doesn't have his quickness back yet.

    Advice: "He doesn’t have his quickness back," Van Gundy said. "He’s a ways away but he’s getting there. He can do pretty much everything. It’s just getting back into being able to play at that tempo. There’s definitely been progress but he’s still a ways away." This isn't a huge surprise considering Jennings is expected to return around Christmas, but it's encouraging that he is basically doing everything in practice and it sounds like his workload should increase soon. Reggie Jackson is locked in as the starting point guard, so it's hard to imagine Jennings making an impact in standard leagues when he returns. Today, 6:46 am
  • Austin Rivers gets his revenge
    Austin Rivers scored 17 points off the bench against the Pelicans on Friday with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

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

    Advice: It was his best game as a Clipper. Stephenson hasn't exactly been fundamentally sound in the past couple seasons, so hopefully this is a start of good things on the way. Of course, there's almost no way you can pick him up in almost any league until he strings together 3-5 decent games. Today, 12:59 am
  • Dante Cunningham scores two points
    Dante Cunningham played 20 minutes during a 111-90 loss to the Clippers on Friday with five rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He's likely looking at more minutes at power forward with Anthony Davis (knee) getting hurt tonight. Davis shouldn't be out for long with no structural damage, so Cunningham is only worth a speculative add in deep leagues. He has a low usage rate anyway. Today, 12:53 am
  • Alonzo Gee gets 33 minutes
    Alonzo Gee scored two points with six rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even with all this playing time, Gee is likely going to see his minutes come down once Tyreke Evans (knee) returns. That should happen within the next 1-3 games. Today, 12:44 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad has great game
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points with one rebound and three 3-pointers in 16 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: Both teams went small, which opened up some run for Muhammad at the four. Despite the talk of him getting more run, he's still played just 16 minutes in each game during his last three. He was a high usage rate player last year, so just keep an eye on him in most leagues. He's also better for points formats. We'll let you know if the minutes trend up. Today, 12:29 am
  • Leandro Barbosa scores season-high 21 points
    Leandro Barbosa produced his first 20+ point performance while wearing a Warriors uniform on Friday, scoring 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go with five triples, three boards, two assists, one block and three turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: This was the first time since January 13 of 2014 that Barbosa has scored at least 20 points in a game, and his 5-of-5 shooting performance from beyond the arc amounted to a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 116.7. As a team, the Dubs connected on 22 three-point attempts, which set a franchise record and fell just one shy of tying the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a single game. Barbosa won't be this good on most nights, but with Harrison Barnes leaving this game with an ankle injury, The Brazilian Blur could be seeing an uptick in minutes for Saturday's game against Sacramento. Today, 12:18 am
  • Acy starts the second half
    Quincy Acy started the second half on Friday and finished with one point, one board and three fouls in nine minutes.

    Advice: Cool. Acy will not be logging much time and shouldn't be owned anywhere. Today, 12:07 am
  • Omri Casspi puts up nice effort in loss
    Omri Casspi scored 15 points against the Wolves on Friday with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to log major minutes at power forward, which should continue until DeMarcus Cousins (back) is back. Casspi has 10th-round value on the season, but that value is somewhat inflated due to Boogie and Rudy Gay missing time this season. Today, 12:06 am
  • Steven Adams keeps Drummond off glass
    Steven Adams scored eight points with 13 rebounds, one assist and one block in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: If the NBA gave a rebounder of the night award, it should probably go to Adams, who helped keep Andre Drummond under 10 boards for the first time all season. He's still just inside of the top 150 for the season in standard leagues, so he's not a terrific add. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Jameer Nelson scores 12 points in 22 minutes
    Jameer Nelson was one of three Denver players to hit double figures in the scoring department during Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring 12 points to go with two assists, two 3-pointers, one rebound and a turnover in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Nelson had scored in the single digits in his previous four outings, and his averages of 7.2 points, 4.3 assists and 0.9 three-pointers per game tell the story of his non-existent fantasy value. Randy Foye earned 22 minutes but only managed to put up six points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and two turnovers. While Mike Miller logged a season-high 20 minutes but only managed to produce three points, two assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and three turnovers. None of these guys are worth owning in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets 16 minutes
    Ty Lawson played 16 minutes on Friday with four points, three assists, one steal and three turnovers against the 76ers.

    Advice: Hey, at least it was more than three minutes, but Lawson still hasn't looked like himself. This game isn't enough to pick him back up in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Lavoy Allen has nice effort off bench
    Lavoy Allen scored 12 points off the bench in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday, adding 10 rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He picked up some extra run with Jordan Hill (back) out tonight. Myles Turner (hand) is out and Hill has numerous back injuries in his career, so Allen could have some extra playing time headed his way. He's a low upside player most nights, so he's only a short-term add in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Omri Casspi headed for more minutes?
    Following the Kings 129-118 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, George Karl hinted that Omri Casspi could be getting more consistent minutes in the Kings rotation.

    Advice: "I think I need to keep Omri in with Rudy [Gay] as much as possible," said Karl. "It seems that combination really complements with size there and also the ability to find a mismatch situation that is beneficial to us." Casspi's minutes tend to trend up when DeMarcus Cousins (back) is sidelined, but if Karl wants to continue giving Casspi and Gay minutes together, Willie Cauley-Stein's playing time could suffer. It'll be interesting to see how Karl's rotations shake out once DMC is back on the court, but Omri is worth a speculative add in deep leagues after scoring 19 points during Wednesday's win. Thursday, 2:19 pm
  • Ty Lawson won't speak to coach about minutes
    Ty Lawson said he won't speak to Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff about his decreased playing time.

    Advice: Lawson played just under three minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies, but said he would accept his role in (or out) of the Rockets rotation. "Man, I'm just down for whatever [it takes] for the team to win," Lawson said. "Whatever the coach thinks, whatever my role needs to be or anything like that, I'm down to do." While Lawson has potential, he can be dropped in all fantasy leagues due to his new diminished playing time. Thursday, 6:54 am
  • Ty Lawson plays three minutes, takes 0 shots
    Ty Lawson played three minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday and had no stats.

    Advice: No shots, no turnovers, no fouls and no assists. Lawson is basically out of the rotation right now and can be dropped in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Omri Casspi has a terrific game
    Omri Casspi scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gets a ton of run at both forward spots and he benefited from DeMarcus Cousins (back) not playing tonight. Casspi put up mid-round value the last time Boogie had to miss games, so he's worth a look at any depth for owners seeking short-term value. Cousins won't be out long, though. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles as starter
    Bismack Biyombo scored 11 points (4-of-5 FGs, 3-of-7 FTs) in another start at center for the Raptors on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds without any blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are allowing a league-low 10.6 rebounds to opposing centers this year, but they're without Timofey Mozgov and Biyombo took advantage to post his second double-double of the year. He should continue to start with Jonas Valanciunas (hand) out approximately six weeks, and is worth a look if you need a low-end source of boards and blocks. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Ty Lawson embracing bench role with Houston
    Ty Lawson said that coming off the bench in Houston can be a positive as it will give him more opportunity to have the ball in his hands, and play his game.

    Advice: "If I come off the bench, I can have the ball in my hands more and have more opportunity to get in the paint, play my game," said Lawson. "It's good for the team, good for me. Hopefully, this is a transition to getting back to myself, be more aggressive." Lawson hasn't benefited at all statistically with the demotion to the second-unit, averaging a meager 3.3 points and 2.3 assists on 20.0 percent shooting through 17.8 minutes per game. What's troubling is his value could head even further south when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor, so he's by no means a must-own player at this juncture. Wednesday, 7:58 am
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi played 27 minutes off the bench on Monday with six points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a ton of stretch four tonight, which could continue if DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) needs to miss time, Casspi had his best run of the season while Boogie was out, so he's worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues. Boogie shouldn't be out for long, though. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Casspi starts 2nd half, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Omri Casspi started the second half in place of Willie Cauley-Stein on Monday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Kings head coach George Karl keeps rookie WCS on a very short leash, so don't read too much into this. Casspi is a favorite of Karl's, but his value is held in check when Rudy Gay is active. Monday, 5:31 pm
  • Alonzo Gee plays well in 38 minutes vs. Suns
    Alonzo Gee started at SF again on Sunday and posted eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, with only one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Gee seems to have locked up the starting job in Tyreke Evans' absence, as Luke Babbitt (four points in eight minutes) failed to capitalize on five starts earlier in the year. Gee benefited from the frenetic pace of Sunday's game, and isn't worth owning with Tyreke Evans (knee) nearing a return. Sunday, 6:03 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo hauls in 14 boards in start
    Bismack Biyombo hauled in 14 rebounds during his first game as a starter for the Raptors on Sunday, but he didn't bring much else to the stat sheet with just six points on 3-of-5 shooting, one turnover and zero blocks through 31 minutes.

    Advice: Some blocks would have been nice, but this was an admirable performance from Biyombo who did his best to replace what the Raptors lost in Jonas Valanciunas (hand, out roughly six weeks). Bismack should see a nice boost in minutes going forward, and he’s worth a look in deep leagues for owners seeking some help in the shot blocking and rebounding categories. Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad set to see a minutes bump
    Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said that Shabazz Muhammad will start to see more consistent minutes for Minnesota.

    Advice: Tayshaun Prince is going to start coming off the bench, and the 13 year veteran's minutes will take a hit with the demotion to the second-unit, which will result in more playing time for Shabazz. Muhammad doesn't do a lot aside from score, but he's on the radar in deeper leagues with the expected minutes bump. However, given his sporadic play thus far, we'd use a wait-and-see approach before making the add. Sunday, 12:05 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. LAC
    Bismack Biyombo will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Raptors need Biyombo to compete with the Clippers' size, and after he slid into the starting lineup following Jonas Valanciunas' (broken hand) injury on Friday, this was the expected move. Biyombo isn't necessarily a must-add guy in standard leagues, but if you're in a deep league and looking for some help in the shot blocking and rebounding categories, he makes sense as a speculative add with Jonas set to miss at least the next six weeks of action. Sunday, 11:13 am
  • Ty Lawson plays 17 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson failed to score in 17 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Knicks, adding two boards, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson's fantasy value is laughable at the moment and he now has averages of 4.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games. If you were still contemplating holding onto Lawson prior to Saturday's game, you probably just got your answer. With Patrick Beverley (ankle) hoping to return on Wednesday and the Rockets falling to 5-9 on the season, don't be surprised if Lawson falls completely out of the rotation. Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 32 minutes off bench
    Omri Casspi scored 11 points off the bench on Saturday against the Magic, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played a lot of power forward tonight in what turned out to be a lot of small ball in this game. Casspi will be getting plenty of minutes regardless of role for as long as Rudy Gay (shoulder) is out. Gay is only day-to-day, so give Casspi a look if you're looking for some short-term value in the 60-90 range. Saturday, 5:04 pm
  • Omri Casspi isn't starting for Kings vs. ORL
    Coach George Karl said the Kings will start three guards next to Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Interesting. This could be the coach playing mind games, but if he's telling the truth that would mean Omri Casspi is coming off the bench. Ben McLemore and Rajon Rondo will almost certainly be two of the three guards while Marco Belinelli or Darren Collison will be the third guard -- probably Collison. Still, Casspi has some good value along with a hot B-Mac. Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa returns
    Leandro Barbosa returned to action on Friday with three points and one assist in nine minutes.

    Advice: He was under the weather on Thursday and missed the Clippers game. Barbosa won't have much value while the backcourt is healthy. Saturday, 1:59 am
  • Bismack should be the starting center
    Bismack Biyombo started the second half on Friday against the Lakers, finishing with one point, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas broke his hand today, so Biyombo is in line for more minutes. As promising as that sounds, he's almost always a rarely used center on offense and the Raptors probably won't play him more than minutes in the high 20s. He's more of a 14-team guy or someone to look at if you really need blocks. Saturday, 1:13 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 22 minutes
    Austin Rivers played 22 minutes on Friday with 10 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal against the Blazers.

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

    Advice: He started for Paul Pierce (rest) after a DNP-CD on Thursday. Stephenson will probably be a DNP-CD when Pierce returns. Saturday, 12:32 am
  • Leandro Barbosa returned to action on Friday November 20. Friday, 11:56 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays just 16 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson played a season-low 16 minutes during Friday's loss to Memphis, tallying just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting to go with four assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one turnover.

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

    Advice: Stephenson is averaging a meager 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a starter on 37.3 percent shooting from the field, so he remains a negligible option in all leagues despite the start. Friday, 7:01 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa (illness) will play on Friday
    Leandro Barbosa (illness) is a go for Friday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: He'll play around 15 minutes tonight, which isn't enough floor time to produce meaningful statistics in any format. Friday, 5:52 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) plays w/ contact
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles surgery) played full-contact 1-on-1 against Spencer Dinwiddie on Friday.

    Advice: Jennings is targeting a return in late December and it sounds like he's on pace, having recently gone through some full-court 4-on-4 work. The fact that he went full-contact vs. Dinwiddie is another encouraging step in his long rehabilitation, but right now he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues -- he's likely to be on a minute-limit upon his return, and Reggie Jackson is locked in as the Pistons' starting PG. Friday, 3:31 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa (illness) questionable on Fri
    Leandro Barbosa (illness) is questionable to play on Friday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He was ruled out for Thursday after the game started, so he may have just became ill yesterday. If he's out along with Shaun Livingston (hip), we'll see Andre Iguodala running the point on occasion. Friday, 12:30 pm
  • Bickerstaff not blaming Lawson for slow start
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff doesn't blame Ty Lawson for the Rockets' slow start and put him in the second unit so that he could have the ball in hands more,

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

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

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

    Advice: The team announced he was ill after the game started and ruled him out just before halftime. The Warriors will have to get creative with a backup point guard and play their wings out of position at times. Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Omri Casspi scores 16 points
    Omri Casspi scored 16 points in the starting lineup on Thursday with six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-11 from the field and missed all four shots from the line. Casspi started at the three because DeMarcus Cousins was suspended, but he would likely stick in the starting lineup if Rudy Gay (shoulder) needs to miss time. He's a very solid speculative add in standard leagues while we await the word of Gay's prognosis. Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Quincy Acy will return to the bench on Thurs
    Quincy Acy will return to the bench for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Acy started on Wednesday, put failed to score through his 16 minutes of action, which pretty much sums up his non-existent fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Omri Casspi will start at the three
    Omri Casspi will start at small forward on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: The Kings used a small-ball lineup in three of their four games without DeMarcus Cousins and the one exception was against the Memphis Grizzlies -- a big team. Casspi should see a ton of minutes with Rudy Gay logging lots of his playing time at power forward tonight, making him a nice option in DFS. Thursday, 4:06 pm
  • Omri Casspi expected to start on Thursday
    George Karl said that he's planning on starting Omri Casspi at small forward for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Karl is planning on sliding Rudy Gay over to power forward and inserting Kosta Koufos into the starting center slot, which allows Casspi to start at small forward. Casspi is pretty hit-or-miss, but he'll see enough opportunity tonight with DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) on the sidelines to warrant a punt play in daily leagues. Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to Denver DUI
    Ty Lawson pled guilty to driving while his ability was impaired, as well as failure to drive in a single lane during his court appearance in Denver on Thursday.

    Advice: Lawson was also arrested this summer in Los Angeles for another suspected DUI, and he's due in court later this week for that offense. Lawson's official sentencing for the Denver DUI is scheduled to take place in January, and with him pleading guilty, he'll very likely receive a suspension from the league. It's unclear if he'll be available to play Friday against the Grizzlies, but with how horrible he's been, owners should probably just leave him on their bench for now. Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Pelicans waive Jimmer Fredette on Thursday
    The Pelicans have waived G Jimmer Fredette.

    Advice: Fredette couldn't even get into the rotation when New Orleans only had nine healthy bodies on the roster, and he'll now return to the D-League. This could be a sign that Norris Cole (ankle) is getting close to a return. Thursday, 12:48 pm
  • Ty Lawson (personal) misses practice Thursday
    Ty Lawson was not at Thursday's practice because of his court date in Denver.

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

    Advice: Lawson has struggled mightily this season and scored just two points off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers. While Lawson has upside, he's not an undroppable player and fantasy owners should feel free to cut ties if it helps them add a higher performing asset. Thursday, 6:30 am
  • Steven Adams plays season-low 11 minutes
    Steven Adams played a season-low 11 minutes vs. the short-handed Pelicans on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with two rebounds and one block.

    Advice: The matchup was the culprit here, as New Orleans went small, and it didn't help that Enes Kanter looked dominant in 31 minutes off the bench. Expect Adams to resume his typical 24-28 minute role vs. Robin Lopez and the Knicks on Friday. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette invisible since joining NOP
    Jimmer Fredette played four minutes in his third appearance for the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thus far he's compiled one turnover and one missed shot in seven minutes for New Orleans. The Pelicans desperately need healthy and productive players, but Fredette is not fitting the bill. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Quincy Acy starts, doesn't score
    Quincy Acy did not score in 16 minutes during a start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: "[Allen] is just one of those guys who does everything right," said coach Frank Vogel. "He’s a big, strong body that you can’t post him up, you can’t pound him, you can’t beat him on the glass. I think he’s one of those glue guys that makes everybody better." His glue-guy status hasn't yielded fantasy value this season, unfortunately, and he should remain unowned in typical leagues. Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Quincy Acy surprise starter over Cauley-Stein
    Quincy Acy was a surprise starter for the Kings on Wednesday, sending Willie Cauley-Stein to the bench.

    Advice: Cauley-Stein was originally expected to start, but Acy matches up better vs. the Hawks' 3-point-capable frontcourt. He's a defensive specialist and rebounder who doesn't offer fantasy upside even when spot-starting at PF. Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Lavoy Allen starting, Chase Budinger to bench
    Lavoy Allen will start and Chase Budinger will move to the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, the 76ers decided to move Nerlens Noel to the bench to match up with the Pacers, so that may change the plan here. Allen isn't a high-volume player and doesn't block shots, so he's not a strong player to use in daily fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 2:35 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) making progress
    Brandon Jennings participated in some full court, 4-on-4 work for 10 minutes during Wednesday's practice, and head coach Stan Van Gundy said that he remains on track to return around December 25.

    Advice: This is the first time that Jennings has got through any full court work, and he's slowly but surely making steady progress in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles. He'll come off the bench in Detroit this season, and will likely have a hard cap on his minutes for at least the first month of his return, so it's still a bit too early to stash him in standard formats. Wednesday, 11:21 am
  • Leandro Barbosa (personal) returns Tues
    Leandro Barbosa (personal) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Raptors, scoring six points with one board, one assist and three steals.

    Advice: Even with Shaun Livingston (hip) on the shelf, Barbosa only saw 15 minutes of action. Barbosa is not on the fantasy radar. Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Jameer Nelson gets hot late
    Jameer Nelson scored 16 points against the Pelicans on Tuesday with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was sizzling to put this game away. Nelson is getting a decent amount of playing time next to Emmanuel Mudiay with the Nuggets playing a lot of smaller lineups. Nelson isn't quite a strong pickup in standard leagues, but owners in need of a 3-point shooting PG could do worse. Tuesday, 10:25 pm
  • Dante Cunningham gets big minutes at center
    Dante Cunningham played 31 minutes against the Nuggets with 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He saw most of his minutes at center because Anthony Davis (shoulder) got hurt, Omer Asik (illness) didn't play, and Alexis Ajinca was a no show. Cunningham isn't exactly a stat factory, but the Pelicans would have no choice but to give him shots if AD is out. He's worth a speculative add in 16-team leagues right now. Tuesday, 9:54 pm
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