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    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:59 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:46 pm
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Christmas
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

      Advice: The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:54 am
      Injured
    • Terrence Jones (leg) working out on Wednesday
      Terrence Jones (leg) did some working out with the team on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is still without a timetable and it's possible the Rockets may have had interest in Josh Smith because of the severity of Jones' leg injury. Regardless, the Smith signing has essentially put the kibosh on a breakout for Terrence Jones, so patience has not paid off for his fantasy owners. His ceiling is severely capped and he is a cut candidate in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:03 am
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:23 am
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:21 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas likely headed to bench
      Donatas Motiejunas will likely return to a bench role once Josh Smith signs with Houston Wednesday evening.

      Advice: It really is a shame considering how well Motiejunas had done after filling in for Terrence Jones (leg) in the starting lineup, but it looks like his time for fantasy relevancy in standard leagues is coming to an end. Owners may want to give it a few games before making a decision, but we won't blame you if you decide to move on. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:15 am
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:40 am
    • Tristan Thompson likely starter for Cleveland
      Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup after it was learned that Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

      Advice: Thompson is a capable big who can rebound and score, but he isn't the most efficient player on offense and doesn't register a lot of defensive stats with season averages of 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals per game. However, he should be in line for a big boost in playing time and should be worth owning in all leagues moving forward. Varejao can be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:29 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

      Advice: This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:17 am
      Injured
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    • Draymond Green plays only 23 minutes Tuesday
      Draymond Green sputtered in 23 minutes on Tuesday, making 1-of-6 shots to finish with two points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in a loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Green didn't attempt a free throw or record any 3-pointers, steals or blocks, making this one of his worst statistical lines of the season. David Lee played well with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench but Green's fantasy owners should view this as a fluke in an otherwise tremendous season. All signs point to Steve Kerr keeping his starting lineup intact -- when asked about it on Monday, Kerr said, "I mean, Draymond has been fantastic." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    • Davis Lee scores 12 points in only 18 minutes
      David Lee played 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but still racked up 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: Lee said before the game that he'll "be playing a little bit more as each game goes on," but his integration into the rotation will be "gradual." The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 23-4 and there are no indications that Lee will overtake Draymond Green for the starting PF job. Given Lee's career-long dearth of defensive stats it's hard to view him as more than a low-end fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • Harrison Barnes quiet in 28 minutes vs. LAK
      Harrison Barnes finished Tuesday's surprising loss to the Lakers with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and he's likely to maintain 12-team fantasy value while starting for Golden State, but owners should keep a close eye on his role now that David Lee is healthy. The Warriors only have one more game this week and they're one of 14 teams that play only three times in Week 10, so Barnes' owners should brace themselves for limited production until the New Year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    • Chandler Parsons struggles again on Tuesday
      Chandler Parsons' struggles continued on Tuesday, posting just seven points, eight boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He really struggled on offense and was just 3-of-9 from the field while turning the ball over a season-high six times. It should be noted that Parsons scored just four points on Monday, and while owners shouldn't do anything too drastic it looks like he is the clear loser in the Rajon Rondo trade. However, we fully expect Parsons to be better than this on most nights, and owners should continue to be patient for the time being. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    • Paul Millsap fills up stat sheet in Hawks win
      Paul Millsap missed eight of his 12 field goal attempts on Tuesday, but still racked up 17 points, one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The Sapper was also 8-of-9 from the FT line and this versatile performance is familiar to his fantasy owners. Last season he was the only player to average at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. It's no surprise that this season he joins Danny Green and Draymond Green as the only players averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll scores season-high 25 points
      DeMarre Carroll set a new season-high with 25 points on Tuesday, going 5-of-6 beyond the arc while adding 10 rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in a rousing home win vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: The 28-year-old SF set a season-high for 3-pointers while recording his second double-double of the season. He's now scored double-digit points in four consecutive games, averaging 3.0 triples during that span. Carroll doesn't get much hype in fantasy leagues, but he's returning top-80 value and there's no reason to think he can't sustain it all season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores just nine points Tues
      Markieff Morris scored just nine points on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding four boards, four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from the four steals, this line was rather disappointing as the Suns decided to go small for most of the game. Morris should be much better against the Kings on Friday, and his owners can expect him to have occasional bumps in the road like this one. That being said, he still belongs in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    • Shawne Williams scores 17 points w/ three 3s
      Shawne Williams scored 17 points in a disappointing loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, going 6-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one block and zero turnovers.

      Advice: He dropped 12 points in the third quarter alone, marking his highest-scoring quarter of the season, and he'll have ample opportunities with Josh McRoberts (knee surgery) expected to miss the rest of the season. Williams' specialty is 3-point shooting, but he has enough overall upside to be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
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