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  • Hamilton slowly ramping back up for Minny
    Justin Hamilton started for Gorgui Dieng (concussion) scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist and one block over 25 minutes in the Wolves' 104-84 loss to the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Hamilton continues to ramp his minutes back up after suffering a concussion and it's a shame because he was showing real mid-round upside at the time he got hurt. Dieng's absence helps him out a bit, but there should be more than enough room for him to produce regardless of Dieng's status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Johnson grabs 16 rebounds in win over HOU
    Amir Johnson grabbed 16 rebounds in Monday's win over the Rockets, and also chipped in with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson is enjoying a four-game week and was a relatively safe, albeit low-end play for owners this week. This gets him off to a good start and if you started his counterpart, Patrick Patterson (seven points, one three, four boards, one steal, 28 minutes) better luck next time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Valanciunas blocks five shots vs. Rockets
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's win.

    Advice: This is the type of line that tantalizes owners, as it shows how he can create a quick path to top-24 upside. Valanciunas has chipped away to top 40-50 value this season by staying in the lineup every night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Brandan Wright could game more run
    Brandan Wright played 18 minutes against the Blazers on Monday with four points, six boards and two assists.

    Advice: Alex Len probably broke his nose tonight, so Wright could have more minutes headed his way. When Len sprained his ankle earlier this month, Wright was an early-round asset as a starter. If you want to take a chance, give Wright a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins may not play in road games
    DeMarcus Cousins may not play in remaining road games this season based on some comments from George Karl.

    Advice: "I said, 'Instead of thinking about shutting it down, let's try to find some days that you can get your body rested.' We might schedule a piece of our games and [rest Cousins] again," coach George Karl said. "It gives me an opportunity to experiment a little bit. At home, I'd like to go in and [let Cousins play] every game. But on the road, I might experiment a little bit more." He's likely out on Wednesday, but the Kings do have three home games from Apr. 3-7. After that, four of their final five games will be on the road. Cousins isn't a must-own player right now, but the prudent move might be to hold him until he gets his three home games and then drop him on Apr. 8. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    Injured
  • Paul Millsap scores 15 points at home
    Paul Millsap scored 15 points during a 101-88 win against the Bucks on Monday with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He rested on Saturday and will likely rest again on Tuesday in Detroit. Millsap has been fantastic throughout the season, but all the DNPs are going to annoy his fantasy owners. The Hawks have four remaining road games this season and Millsap could miss some to all of them. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Al Horford scores 18, rest coming Tuesday?
    Al Horford scored 18 points against the Bucks on Monday with seven boards, two assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks are on the road on Tuesday, so Horford's fantasy owners should absolutely be expecting him to sit in that game. Mike Muscala would likely get a chance to build off his career-high 18 points from Saturday. Horford's fantasy owners should expect him to take a few more games off, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia double-doubles vs. Hawks
    Zaza Pachulia scored 17 points with 13 boards, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: Since his 22-21 line on Mar. 20, Zaza has been able to get consistent minutes in his last five. In that span, he averaged 13.2 points, 8.4 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals on 60.9 percent from the field in 31.0 minutes per game. Pachulia is a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Hill grabs 10 rebounds in win over Sixers
    Jordan Hill grabbed 10 rebounds to go with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes before fouling out on Monday.

    Advice: Hill's status is a question mark on an every night basis these days and owners should rely on him at their own risk. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Koufos grabs season-high 12 boards
    Kosta Koufos grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds on Monday, and also chipped in with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and three blocks.

    Advice: Koufos might get some extra minutes if the Grizzlies pull back on some of their big men, but in the thick of a seeding hunt that's hard to plan for if you're a fantasy owner. Even seeing Zach Randolph hobble around a bit with a sore knee, we'd need to hear that he's in danger of missing time before we advise a pickup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Al Jefferson plays 25 minutes vs. Boston
    Al Jefferson scored 12 points with five rebounds, four assists and one block in 25 minutes against the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Even taking into account that the Celtics doubled him a lot, he still doesn't look 100 percent. Jefferson only played 17 minutes on Saturday and the Hornets might be keeping him under 30 for a couple more games. He's still worth starting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Kevin Garnett out for Monday night
    Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) will not play on Monday and is not with the team.

    Advice: He has no timetable to return and Garnett may be on the sidelines the rest of the way. He can be dropped in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
    Injured
  • Derrick Favors (back) very unlikely to play
    Derrick Favors (back) is very unlikely to play against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: There are some reports of him being out, but none of the usual Utah beat guys have completely ruled him out. With Favors out, it'll be Trevor Booker in the starting lineup in a favorable matchup. He's worth a look as a stream play at any depth. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
    Injured
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) questionable for Tues
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was cleared to play on Monday despite his hand wound not being entirely healed. It sounds like Miami plays to have him play, but some discomfort at shootaround or in warmups could keep him out of the game. Fantasy owners can start him at their own risk with four games. If your other options aren't promising, Whiteside's upside this week is hard to keep on a fantasy bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng won't play on Monday night
    Gorgui Dieng (concussion-like symptoms) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Wolves are razor thin with their depth and it sounds like Sunday's injury will cost him multiple games. Dieng's fantasy owners are in a really bad spot with only two more games this week (Wednesday and Friday), so it's very tough to play him in a weekly league. Justin Hamilton would likely start and is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:01 am
    Injured
  • Gasol, Brooks, Hinrich, Dunleavy rest Monday
    Pau Gasol, Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy and Aaron Brooks all sat out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: All four players were simply resting, and all are expecting to play on Wednesday against Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Ryan Anderson expected to return on road trip
    Ryan Anderson (knee) is expected to return on the Pelicans upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Pelicans play in three straight road games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but it's not clear which game the big man is tentatively targeting to make his return. Regardless, his return will only help the Pelicans in their playoff push, but he's not a must-add player at this point. His return should mean less small ball for New Orleans as well as a role reduction for Dante Cunningham. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
    Injured
  • Blake Griffin's elbow a little swollen, sore
    Blake Griffin (elbow) admitted that he was a "a little swollen, a little sore, but OK" after taking a blow to the elbow on Sunday.

    Advice: Griffin banged his elbow in what was the hardest shot he's sustained since returning, and although it sounds like he'll be fine, it's certainly worth monitoring considering what he's been through this season. For now, there is nothing to suggest it's a serious concern. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Howard was already ruled out of the contest, and this is just a reminder that he's not cleared to play in back-to-back sets. Without Howard available, the Rockets will have to rely on starting Joey Dorsey inside, going small often and Josh Smith playing all of the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Marcin Gortat again expresses his frustration
    Marcin Gortat again expressed his frustration following the Wizards 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Gortat had six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 29 minutes of action. The big man has not exceeded 30 minutes in any of the team's recent five losses, but he's played at least 31.5 minutes in each of the club's last five victories. Gortat offered a "no comment" relentlessly, before finishing with a Marshawn Lynch impersonation, "I just don't want to get fined." The Wizards are 10-22 against teams with winning records, 3-10 against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and 0-3 against projected first-round opponent Toronto. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
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