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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
    • Jannero Pargo (back) out on Friday
      Jannero Pargo (back) will not play on Friday.

      Advice: He has low back soreness and the injury is not considered serious. Pargo doesn't get minutes anyway, so he's not worth owning in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:21 pm
    • Martell Webster will not play on Thursday
      Martell Webster (back) will not play on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He is reportedly making a lot of progress and should be able to return soon. However, Webster likely won't be in the rotation anytime soon and can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:47 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
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:54 am
      Injured
    • 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
    • Deron Williams (calf) practices on Wednesday
      Deron Williams (calf) was able to practice on Wednesday, and coach Lionel Hollins may bring him off of the bench against the Celtics on Friday.

      Advice: He has missed Brooklyn's last two games with a slight calf strain but it is a good sing that he is already back practicing. Williams has two more days to heal up before their game against the Celtics so it appears that he has a good shot to play in that one, even if he does come off the bench. However, if he is held out of this game expect Jarrett Jack to continue to start in his place with Darius Morris also getting some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:30 am
      Injured
    • Jabari Parker gives himself a "C" for season
      Jabari Parker gave himself a "C" for his performance in his rookie season.

      Advice: "I don’t think that I did too well," Parker said. "I have the future to make up for it." While he is being a little too hard on himself, he should be able to come back even stronger next season and he is expected to make a full recovery. He finished his season with averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game. Parker is expected to have surgery this week as soon as the swelling goes down, and we will continue to pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:28 am
      Injured
    • Danilo Gallinari has successful knee surgery
      Danilo Gallinari underwent successful knee surgery to repair his meniscus tear in his right knee on Monday, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks.

      Advice: We wish him well and we hope to see him back on the court soon. Gallinari has had some tough luck with injuries the past couple of seasons and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Nuggets opt to hold him out even longer if they continue to fall out of the playoff race. Wilson Chandler will continue to play all the minutes he can handle for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 am
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • Andre Iguodala vanishes in season-low 15 min
      Andre Iguodala played a season-low 15 minutes on Tuesday, scoring three points without any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

      Advice: He also turned the ball over three times during his limited playing time, and this is an ominous development as his reduced minutes coincided with David Lee's return to a prominent role in coach Steve Kerr's rotation. Iguodala had picked up the pace over the past three games, chipping in enough 3-pointers, assists and steals to hold standard-league value, but he's best left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:20 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
    • Matt Barnes awful in Clips road loss to Hawks
      Matt Barnes struggled in Tuesday's road loss, scoring six points on 1-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: He played only 21 minutes and has been lousy over L.A.'s past three games, averaging 3.3 points on 23.1 percent shooting, 0.3 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.0 blocks. That three-game slump comes on the heels of a productive stretch during which he managed mid-round value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:42 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
    • Goran Dragic drops 25 points in win Tuesday
      Goran Dragic dropped 25 points in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks, adding four assists, three boards, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

      Advice: He recently said that his back was still a bit tight, but it didn't appear that way on Tuesday. Dragic was all over the place and it didn't look like he was limited at all. Regardless, owners should still check back for updates because he may be pretty sore after logging 39 minutes. For now, keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:23 pm
    • Norris Cole very quiet during D-Wade's return
      Norris Cole moved back to Miami's bench with Dwyane Wade (knee) active on Tuesday, finishing with only seven points, one rebound, zero assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Cole posts the occasional nice game but has been far too inconsistent for use in most fantasy leagues, and his 7.0 points on 39.1 percent shooting are a big reason for his lack of value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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