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  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 31 points in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points during a 112-98 win over the Mavs on Monday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He attempted eight shots from deep, which just doesn't make sense. On the season, he's made a respectable 34.0 percent from deep to account for 22.3 percent of his shot total. Boogie has seen his 3-point percentage drop recently, making just 19.0 percent in his last four games. He's still feasting at the rim and has averages of 28.2 points and 11.0 boards. Hopefully, he can avoid back and Achilles injuries going forward. Today, 12:29 am
  • Willie Cauley-Stein scores one point
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 12 minutes in a start on Monday against the Mavs with one point, five rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: It's his fourth game this season without a field goal attempt. Cauley-Stein didn't really do anything to earn more minutes while DeMarcus Cousins was out, so he's not an attractive player to own. He only has a 10.5 usage rate and made just 48.3 percent from the line this year. He's better suited for deep leagues. Today, 12:08 am
  • Kosta Koufos plays 12 minutes
    Kosta Koufos moved back to the bench on Monday and played 12 minutes against the Mavs, failing to score with five rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: The Kings are going to go with a stretch four quite a bit, which means there won't be many chances for Koufos. Looking at the schedule, the Kings get the Celtics, Rockets and Thunder for the rest of the week. None of those matchups bode well for Kosta, so he's not a strong hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:59 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki makes 10,000th FGM
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points during a 112-98 loss to the Kings on Monday, adding seven rebounds, two blocks and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He became the 13th player ever to make 10,000 field goals in his career. In true Dirk fashion, it was a one-legged fadeaway. The Mavs have a back-to-back set on Tuesday in Portland, so there is a chance Nowitzki sits that one out. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee scored 10 points with 13 boards and two steals in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: DeAndre Jordan grabbed 24 boards against the Blazers and Leonard turned the ball over five times, but he deserves a pass because he has been solid lately. He's been in foul trouble in each of his last three games, but the depth of Portland's frontcourt is the main culprit for his low minutes. Plumlee is on the verge of becoming a top-100 asset in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Ed Davis double-doubles off the bench
    Ed Davis double-doubled off the bench with 13 points, 10 boards, one assist and one block in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: This was his his third double-double in his last five games. Davis' playing time has been a lot more consistent lately and he's arguably been the second best big in Portland over the last week apart from Mason Plumlee. He's averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 boards and 0.8 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game over his last five, so he's worth a look as a low-end big in deeper formats. Keep in mind that his value could take a hit if Meyers Leonard gets hot. Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 23 points in loss
    Derrick Favors scored 23 points against the Warriors during a 106-103 loss on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals

    Advice: It's not easy to get a 20-10 against the Warriors, which is a testament to how phenomenal Favors has been this season. Favors has been a top-15 player in standard leagues per game and has become a terrific two-way big man. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Meyers Leonard scores four points in loss
    Meyers Leonard scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting with six boards in 18 minutes off the bench in Monday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts is sticking with Noah Vonleh in the starting lineup for now, but that could change because he scored just two points in 13 minutes on Monday. Leonard has a lot of upside and his minutes should start to ramp up soon, so hold onto him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores 18 points vs. Spurs
    Pau Gasol had a solid game against the Spurs on Monday during a 92-89 victory, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He did only make 6-of-18 from the field in the big win. Gasol is in a mini slump right now, making just 15-of-49 (30.6 percent) from the field in his last three games. He dropped his season field goal percentage to a career-low 41.9 -- that shatters his previous low of 46.6. He should be fine. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Joakim Noah flirts with a trip-dub
    Joakim Noah scored eight points with 11 rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: He played wonderful defense, but didn't have any stats to show for it. Noah had three scoreless games in his last five, averaging 3.0 points, 8.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.2 steals on 34.8 percent from the field. His upside isn't high enough to be considered as a strong own in standard leagues or even in 14-team formats. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 23 points with 6 dimes
    Blake Griffin scored 23 points with eight boards, six assists, one block and one steal in Monday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Griffin shot 8-of-19 from the field and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe, so it was business as usual for the superstar forward. Chris Paul went down with a rib injury and his status for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers is up in the air, so Griffin may be asked to do more playmaking on offense if CP3 misses some action. Griffin is still comfortably returning first-round value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge drops a 21-12
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points with 12 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: It's just his third game with more than 20 points this season. At the end of November last year, he had nine of those games to go with better rebounding numbers, too. Aldridge is trending up a little, but he might not be putting up top-40 value this season. He's not even a top-80 player to date, but should improve. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 18 points, misses 22 FT
    DeAndre Jordan hit 12-of-34 free throws in Mondays win over the Blazers, finishing with 18 points, 24 boards, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Even with the game no longer in doubt, the Blazers hacked him continuously in the fourth quarter and he wasn't able to capitalize. Jordan's owners are probably punting free throws anyways and he was an animal on the glass as usual with a season-high 24 boards, so they won't be too upset. In case you're wondering, Jordan tied Wilt Chamberlain for the most misses from the free throw line since the 1963-64 season. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores just six points
    Tim Duncan scored six points against the Bulls on Monday with 12 rebounds, three assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls kept him from getting his usual great position in the paint for much of this game. Duncan is in a bit of a scoring slump over his last six, scoring 6.8 points per game with averages of 9.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks. That's still good for fifth-round value in that span, so there's no need to worry in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Al Horford shines in win over OKC
    Al Horford scored 21 points against the Thunder on Monday with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Horford is now up to 1.2 treys per game on 36.9 percent from deep on the year. Horford has also been one of the best mid-range big men for the second year in a row, knocking down 43.8 percent from that range. Horford has second round value on the year as one of the best fantasy centers in the league. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 26 points in full line
    Paul Millsap filled it up on Monday against the Thunder with 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Not many players fill the stat sheet up like the Sapper. He is a true eight-category player with season averages of 18.6 points, 9.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 treys on 47.7 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. The 30-year-old stud has a good chance to keep first-round value all year. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Serge Ibaka blocks four with 17 points
    Serge Ibaka blocked four shots against the Hawks on Monday with 17 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: It's his second game in a row with four blocks and third in his last four. Ibaka did see his blocks fall off before this recent outburst, but there was never any concern of it going away. He's played well in his last five, averaging 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 blocks, 0.4 steals and 0.2 treys on 56.1 percent from the field. After a mini slump, he'll be putting up early-round value in no time. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Steven Adams doesn't score
    Steven Adams did not score in 14 minutes against the Hawks on Monday with two rebounds.

    Advice: The Thunder went with a lot of Serge Ibaka at the five to help defend all the space in the Atlanta offense. Adams' minutes have been all over the place this month, so the up-and-down year is probably too annoying to deal with in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Andre Drummond misses 14 free throw attempts
    Andre Drummond made 10-of-15 from the field and 4-of-18 from the line for 24 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in just 27 minutes against the Rockets

    Advice: That is a lot of misses due to a Hack-A-Dre plan and it led to a very high usage rate of 37.8 tonight. Drummond's awful 6-of-29 from the line in his last two has dropped him to a woeful 38.2 percent from the line with 6.8 attempts per game on the year. He's seen his blocks and steals rise, but the foul shooting will severely cap his upside in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Darrell Arthur plays 21 minutes off bench
    Darrell Arthur came off the bench for Monday's game and scored four points with three boards and two steals in 21 minutes.

    Advice: His playing time could've been even worse, but the Nuggets were blown out of this one. In case it's not obvious, Arthur won't be a fantasy asset while the Nuggets are at full strength. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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