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  • Chris Andersen returns, plays four minutes
    Chris Andersen returned on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one assist in four minutes off Miami's bench.

    Advice: His lone make was a 3-pointer but this is a non-event for fantasy purposes -- the Birdman has played 17 minutes all season. Today, 12:05 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 40 pts on 18-of-23 FGs
    Blake Griffin was brilliant on Wednesday, scoring 40 points on 18-of-23 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin sank 9-of-12 shots between 10-22 feet from the hoop tonight, and with his passing and ball-handling abilities it essentially made him unguardable. The Clippers lost anyway and they don't have much to be thankful for in terms of their on-court success -- after four straight wins to open the season, they've now lost eight of their past 11 games. Blake has the fifth-highest PER in the league at 27.3, trailing only LeBron, Durant, Westbrook and Curry, yet his team has a sub-.500 record. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • Anthony Davis feasts in Phoenix with 26 & 17
    Anthony Davis made 11-of-14 from the field for 26 points against the Suns during a 120-114 win on Wednesday, adding 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Now this is the guy fantasy owners took first in drafts. Since his return from a hip injury, Davis averaged 26.0 points, 18.0 boards, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 0.3 treys on 52.5 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the line in those three games. He is dominating around the rim on both ends and he just needs to stay healthy. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Ryno-Plasty: Anderson transforming to stud
    Ryan Anderson was great again during a win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans are really embracing Anthony Davis at the five, which has opened up a ton of time for Anderson. He's scored at least 20 in each of his last five, averaging 26.6 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 3.2 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the line. If you bought low about two weeks ago, you look pretty smart. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Omer Asik plays 10 minutes
    Omer Asik played 10 minutes in the starting lineup against the Suns on Wednesday with three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Exhibit O of how starting doesn't mean everything in fantasy. Asik has almost no fantasy value. Why did the Pelicans sign him this summer again? Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Jon Leuer shines as primary center
    Jon Leuer was outstanding against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 20 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He certainly didn't handle the defensive side of things with Anthony Davis going off, but Leuer is in a nice groove on offense. He's basically splitting the backup center job with Alex Len depending on the matchup. With Tyson Chandler (illness) likely back for the Warriors on Friday, Leuer is more of an 18-team stash. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores just eight points
    Markieff Morris scored eight points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with eight rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He only attempted 4-of-11 from the field. Morris had his best outing of the season while Eric Bledsoe was out in his last game, so perhaps that caused the sudden rise after basically a season-long slump. Still, he is worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • T.J. Warren scores 18 points
    T.J. Warren scored 18 points on 8-of-13 from the field against the Pelicans on Wednesday with one rebound in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks of cutting to the basket and getting easy looks. Unfortunately, Warren just doesn't do much else on the stat sheet outside of scoring, so he's not a particularly strong pickup in standard leagues. If you're in a points league, he's worth a look. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 17 points
    Courtney Lee scored 17 points against the Rockets during a 102-93 win over on Wednesday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Revenge game from a guy who played in Houston back in 2010-12? Lee has taken advantage of Jeff Green and Matt Barnes moving up a position, which has raised his minutes while Zach Randolph (knee) has been out. Z-Bo should be back soon and Lee just had a goose egg on Tuesday, so he's not a strong add. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 points
    Jeff Green kept it going on Wednesday against the Rockets with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: It was a great matchup for him as the Rockets played right into his hands with some small-ball lineups. Green might be playing the best ball of his life right now and he's likely earned a consistent role even when Zach Randolph gets back. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • James Harden scores 40 points in loss
    James Harden scored 40 points on 12-of-19 from the field during a 102-93 home loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made all 11 shots from the line to give him an outstanding 83.9 true shooting percentage. Whether it has to do with Ty Lawson or not, Harden is clearly trending up in his last four, averaging 32.8 points, 6.5 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.3 treys on 45.8 percent from the field and 95.5 percent from the line. If you weathered the storm of the slow start, you can go outside now and feel good about Harden as a top-five player with massive nightly upside. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Hollis-Jefferson dubbed 'fresh meat' by KD
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 11 points, 11 rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes vs. Kevin Durant and the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: RHJ continues to impress and it looks like the Nets' starting SF job is his to lose, though he had another valuable learning experience tonight -- he was torched defensively by Durant, who later described the rookie as "fresh meat." He didn't have any steals tonight but made 4-of-7 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, and is worth adding to the end of your bench. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets 18 & 8 with three steals
    Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant feasts early w/ 30 pts vs. Nets
    Kevin Durant torched the Nets for 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, making five 3-pointers with six boards, five assists and three blocks.

    Advice: Rondae-Hollis Jefferson was tasked with defending the four-time scoring champ, and it didn't go too well. "I seen fresh meat and I was ready to eat. And I was hungry," Durant said. "He's a really, really active defender though, I really like him. Long, athletic. But I seen something in his eyes that I could exploit." Clearly, Durant didn't have any setbacks when returning from his hamstring injury on Monday. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Dion Waiters leads reserves with 16 points
    Dion Waiters led all Thunder reserves with 16 points on Wednesday, making 6-of-13 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Waiters also had one steal in 27 minutes and this constitutes an efficient game by his standards. He's averaging 10.5 points, 1.1 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals while coming off the bench this year, just enough to carve out late-round value. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't do much in 40 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: It's a quiet stat line, but at least Howard played 40 minutes. He is cleared for back-to-back sets now and should start to put up better stats going forward. Of course, the chances of him missing games are very high. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard: 10+ pts in 40 straight games
    Kawhi Leonard piled up 26 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 40 minutes vs. Dallas on Wednesday.

    Advice: Speaking of the number 40, that's how many consecutive games Kawhi has scored double-digit points. The Spurs are crushing teams at home, where they've compiled an 8-0 record while holding opponents to 84.9 points. Needless to say, LaMarcus Aldridge's return did not affect Leonard's bottom line. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) w/ 18 pts in return
    LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) scored 18 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one block on Wednesday, making 8-of-17 shots in 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Aldridge had missed two games but he didn't skip a beat tonight, helping the Spurs earn their third straight win. LA has six double-doubles, and he's scored double-digit points in all but one game this season, but his 15.3 points per game are way down from the 23.4 he averaged with Portland last season. It's the new normal now that he's a selfless Spur. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores season-high 36 points
    Rudy Gay scored a season-high 36 points during a 129-118 win against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He started out red hot with 14 points in the first nine minutes and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Gay has made 13-of-21 from the field in each of his last two games and his arm injury has affected his performance positively like the kid from the Rookie of the Year baseball movie. Even when Boogie is back, Gay should be trending up. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Kosta Koufos has nice game filling in
    Kosta Koufos was terrific in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He did a solid job of defending the bigs on the inside and fared well on the offensive end. Koufos has been putting up some solid production and may have close to top-100 value while Demarcus Cousins (back) is day-to-day. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
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