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    • Al Jefferson (groin) is good to go on Friday
      Al Jefferson (groin) will play against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He's had a couple hiccups with his groin in the past week and has worked out on the stationary bike during the game. Jefferson is good to go and should be in all lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:39 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will play on Friday
      Tony Allen (eye) will play against the Rockets on Friday.

      Advice: He was at practice on Thursday and he should see his normal playing time. Vince Carter and Quincy Pondexter will likely lose playing time. This isn't a great situation to go with for daily leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:31 pm
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant out Friday, but getting closer
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is getting closer to playing and was at shootaround on Friday, but he will not play against the Hornets.

      Advice: It sounds like Sunday is a possibility for KD, but it's pretty clear the Thunder won't be rushing him back. Expect to see a lot of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson against the Hornets. Perry Jones will start and is only a play in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:27 pm
      Injured
    • Tristan Thompson moving to starting lineup
      Tristan Thompson will start at center against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: The Cavs don't really draw up plays for him, so most of his output on offense is going to come off the offensive glass. For what it's worth, he only has a usage rate of 15.1 when he's on the floor with LeBron James and Kevin Love. He's a decent bet for a double-double with not much else. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:20 pm
    • Ryan Kelly going through shooting drills
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Friday.

      Advice: He's targeting January for his return, so he's getting close. However, he's buried on the bench in LA, and simply isn't worth owning in any league. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:07 pm
      Injured
    • Varejao undergoes surgery to repair Achilles
      Anderson Varejao underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: The Cavs surprised everyone by starting Shawn Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, on Christmas but Thompson ended up playing more minutes during that game anyway. It seems like only a matter of time until Thompson finds himself in the starting lineup, and for that reason he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:49 pm
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:08 pm
      Injured
    • Damjan Rudez out for Friday night
      Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: He's losing playing time anyway now that the Pacers are getting healthy again. Rudez isn't very appealing in any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:26 pm
      Injured
    • Mason Plumlee's minutes stay high in win
      Mason Plumlee played a team-high 36 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one block.

      Advice: Brook Lopez played just 14 minutes and even some of them were next to Plumlee, which is extremely rare. Plumlee looks to be set for at least minutes in the 20s once Lopez is back to full strength, so he might be worth owning in standard leagues. Although, his foul shooting is going to sting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:08 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He had an illness keep him out of action on Monday, but he was able to play on Tuesday. Chances are Aldridge is going to suit up, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit against Philly. His fantasy owners in standard leagues can probably plug him in, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) owners might want to avoid this one. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum, Aldridge are questionable
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:54 am
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Friday vs. Pelicans
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, and Kyle Anderson will all see extended minutes with Leonard sidelined, with Green offering the most upside out of the group. Coach Gregg Popovich said that Leonard's return will be based on his ability to tolerate the pain, and he remains without an official return date. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:28 am
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out Friday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:49 am
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire headed for more rest days
      Amare Stoudemire has missed just three games this season, but head coach Derek Fisher admitted that STAT may be looking at more recovery days in the future.

      Advice: "When his minutes jumped up the past few weeks, his recovery was tougher for him," Fisher said. "The last few days a little bit of soreness, nothing crazy, but just enough for us to be really smart with his history." Fisher has been playing with fire this season, giving Stoudemire 29.5 minutes per game during the month of December. Amare has put in serviceable numbers during that span, averaging 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds on 56.6 percent shooting, but he'll be frustrating to own when the rest days start piling up. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:05 am
    • C.J. Miles chosing his spots more carefully
      After struggling mightily from the field through the month of November, C.J. Miles has made an effort to choose his shots more wisely during the month of December.

      Advice: "We wanted him to be assertive. He has the green light, but we want him to be selective in his shots," said Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel. "I was encouraging him to be so assertive that he was not great with shot selection. I think he's being smarter about that now." Miles is averaging 15.5 points and 2.4 three-pointers per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field during the month of December, and he'll be worth owning in standard leagues as long as he can keep up his current pace. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:40 am
    • T.J. Warren headed for a D-League stint
      The Suns have assigned T.J. Warren to their D-League affiliate.

      Advice: Warren typically only gets off the bench during garbage time, so he'll get some much-needed experience down in the D-League. He can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:19 am
    • Jonas Jerebko ready to step into the rotation
      Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

      Advice: "Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Harrison Barnes bounces back on Thursday
      Harrison Barnes bounced back on Thursday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover against the Clippers.

      Advice: His minutes did take a mild hit in David Lee's first two games back on Monday and Tuesday, but not tonight. Barnes is starting to come back to Earth over his last three, failing to shoot over 39 percent from the field in any of those games. His fantasy owners should probably expect him to continue to slide. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 pm
    • Blake Griffin notches 18-15-6 line in win
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • Klay Thompson scores 15 points on Thurs.
      Klay Thompson scored a team-high 15 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in defense and dimes has really been the bigger reason why he's posting first-round value in standard fantasy leagues. Of course, it does help that he has career-high scoring and rebound averages, and really the only negative is that he missed his first game due to injury this season. That's obviously a nit-picking negative and his fantasy owners can expect him to keep it going all season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
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