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  • Doug McDermott turns into pumpkin Tuesday
    Doug McDermott hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: McBuckets finally got hot on Sunday, hitting 9-of-16 shots for a season-high 31 points, six rebounds and three 3-pointers, but turned back into a pumpkin on Tuesday night. If you throw out his 31-point explosion, he hasn't scored more than eight points in his last five games and hit just 10-of-41 shots in those games. Maybe Sunday's game will eventually get him going, but it certainly didn't happen tonight against the Mavs. He's still a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 pm
  • Seth Curry scores 18 in another start at SG
    Seth Curry started again at shooting guard and hit 7-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes of Tuesday's 99-98 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: Curry could stick in the starting lineup going forward, while Dirk Nowitzki got the start at center tonight. Curry hasn't done anything too spectacular recently, but is averaging 9.0 points, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers. If Curry sticks with the starters he should be fun to own the rest of the way, despite the occasional quiet night. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:43 pm
  • Wayne Ellington scores 18 points in win
    Wayne Ellington hit 6-of-11 shots and 5-of-9 3-pointers for 18 points, four rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He's getting some extra burn with Josh Richardson (foot) sidelined and made the most of it in tonight's 28 minutes. However, he hadn't played more than 20 minutes in his previous four games and scored a grand total of 16 points in those. Maybe this will get him some more consistent playing time going forward, but he's still not a must-own player. Just keep an eye on him if you need 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 pm
  • Sam Dekker plays 25 minutes in loss
    Sam Dekker played 25 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He saw some extra minutes with Ryan Anderson out with an illness, but will return to his normal (read: fewer) minutes with Anderson due back quickly from the flu. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 pm
  • Tarik Black (left ankle) is available
    Tarik Black (left ankle) is available for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He's averaging 15.8 minutes over his last five games, so he shouldn't be on most fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 pm
  • Omri Casspi (calf) set to miss 1-2 weeks
    Omri Casspi will miss the next 1-2 weeks of action with a right calf injury.

    Advice: Casspi randomly moves in and out of the rotation in Sacramento, so this injury won't have any major consequences in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:19 pm
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  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out Wednesday vs. DET
    Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Muscala's minutes will likely be divvied up between Kris Humphries and Mike Scott, but neither of those guys will get enough run to matter in most settings while Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:42 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) expected to play Tuesday
    Tarik Black (left ankle) is expected to play Tuesday vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was a full participant during shootaround, so he should be out there tonight. However, Black is only averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:24 am
  • Aron Baynes (knee) does not practice Tuesday
    Aron Baynes (knee) did not practice Tuesday but expected to be able to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Baynes injury appears to be minor, but if he does miss time Boban Marjanovic would be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:57 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play Tuesday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This will be the third consecutive game Arthur has missed due to his latest knee pain. Kenneth Faried started and played a season-high 33 minutes on Monday. The Manimal will likely see extra minutes on Tuesday as well due to Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:54 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Okafor has played in each of the Sixers last two contests (the first time he has played in consecutive since late December) due to Joel Embiid resting on Saturday and Nerlens Noel (ankle) missing Monday's game. Okafor has "some soreness" in his ankle, but is expected to be healthy enough to play on Wednesday. Noel is currently questionable for Wednesday, so Okafor could again see significant minutes if Noel is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:35 am
  • Nets assign Chris McCullough to D-League
    Chris McCullough has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: McCullough is not a part of the Nets rotation and has no fantasy relevance. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:46 am
  • Kelly Olynyk's aggressive play keys C's wins
    The Celtics have asked Kelly Olynyk to be aggressive and look for his shot more often.

    Advice: Olynyk had offseason surgery that kept him from participating in full basketball activities for the better part of six months. He is finally working his way back into optimal shape and has played well of late. He has scored at least 12 points in four of the Celtics last five games and has 41 points, 17 boards and six 3-pointers over his last two games. There is a chance he gets promoted to Boston's starting lineup, as coach Brad Stevens said, " I think he’s a good fit with Al (Horford)." Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee): Tuesday status unknown
    The availability of Darrell Arthur (knee) for Tuesday’s game at the L.A. Lakers is unknown.

    Advice: Arthur missed his second consecutive game due to left knee soreness on Monday. He has missed a total of 10 games this season as a result of knee issues. "He only knows one speed," coach Mike Malone said. "When we (practice) hard he goes hardest. And his knee has a hard time withstanding that pounding. So I almost have to try to protect him from himself at times." Kenneth Faried played a season-high 33 minutes on Monday and would get a boost on Tuesday if Arthur is out. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:09 am
  • Ty Lawson (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) is expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Lawson twisted his left ankle in the second half of the Sunday's game vs. OKC and was unable to return. However, it appears that the injury is minor and that Lawson "isn't expecting to miss" the Kings next game, which is Wednesday vs. Indiana. Stay tuned for a formal update from the team regarding his status. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:12 am
  • Jerami Grant blocks three shots in start
    Jerami Grant started in place of Steven Adams (concussion) against the Clippers on Monday and scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Grant logged a team-high 34 minutes and added eight rebounds, one assist, three triples and three blocks, but the Thunder only play one more time this week against the Warriors on Wednesday. Unless you're looking to stream some blocks in that contest, it's best to leave Grant on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores 11 in start for Jazz
    Joe Ingles started for Rodney Hood (knee) and hit 4-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes of Monday's 106-101 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Jazz play two more times this week, meaning Ingles should have at least a couple more starts in him with Hood out for at least a couple weeks. If you have dead weight you want to cut to take advantage of Ingles' new opportunity, go for it. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
     
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 off Boston bench
    Kelly Olynyk didn't replace Amir Johnson in the starting lineup on Monday, but did play through an ankle injury and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Olynk is playing well right now and appears to be on the cusp of starting for Boston. But even if he continues to come off the bench, he's averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 3-pointers while shooting 64 percent from the field in 26 minutes a game over his last five. He's a hot pickup in fantasy right now, even if he never does crack Boston's starting five. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Jerami Grant will start vs. the Clippers
    Jerami Grant will start against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) is out, but it was initially believed that Enes Kanter would move into the starting five after he was listed as a probable starter. Instead, the Thunder will go with a frontcourt of Grant and Domantas Sabonis to match up with the small-ball lineup of the Clippers. Grant is just a short-term option for owners in need of a couple blocks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Joe Ingles will start Monday vs. Phoenix
    Joe Ingles will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Suns, with Rodney Hood (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: Hood is expected to miss the next two weeks of action, so Ingles is worth a look in most leagues if you've got someone to cut. In three starts this season, Ingles has compiled averages of 13.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.0 triples per contest on 56.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
     
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 10 points off bench
    Jahlil Okafor returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight and also hit a pair of free throws. Okafor wasn't initially expected to play with Joel Embiid returning from a rest day, but Nerlens Noel was ruled out with an ankle sprain so Okafor took over as the backup center. 76ers' reporter Keith Pompey hinted that the team is showcasing Okafor for a trade, so if you need a big and you have a roster spot it's not a bad idea to stash him through the trade deadline. If Noel returns on Wednesday vs. the Raptors, Okafor might fall back out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Olynyk, Bradley will play Monday vs. Hornets
    Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) will play Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Olynyk got tripped up by a ball boy during Sunday's practice and rolled his ankle, but luckily the ankle tweak won't force him to spend any time on the sidelines. Bradley is likely going to start tonight, which will send Marcus Smart back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Tarik Black (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Black was previously dealing with a right ankle sprain, so this is a new injury. If he's out, Thomas Robinson would likely soak up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much, as Black only averages 15 minutes a night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench Monday
    Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Okafor actually had a nice line in his previous outing with Joel Embiid resting, but with Embiid back in action and Nerlens Noel serving as his primary backup, Okafor is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Hoiberg still confident in Doug McDermott
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg encouraged Doug McDermott to shoot with confidence before Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "The big thing for Doug is to trust it," Hoiberg said. "We have a lot of confidence in Doug. Everyone in this organization does. He needs to continue to take them when they’re there. We need him to make shots. When he and Nikola [Mirotic] are shooting the ball well, we generally play well.’’ McDermott responded with a career-high 31 points in the win over the Grizzlies after a brutal four-game slump, but McBuckets is just a 3-point specialist in standard leagues until he proves that he can string several good performances together. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Doug McDermott scores career-high 31 points
    Doug McDermott scored 20 of his career-high 31 points during in the second quarter of Sunday's road win in Charlotte, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.

    Advice: McDermott caught fire in the first half and helped the Bulls escape with a 108-104 road win, benefiting from extra minutes with Nikola Mirotic (illness) unavailable tonight. The third-year SF out of Creighton has had some nice moments over the past month, but tonight's eruption (against a tough Grizzlies' defense) doesn't necessarily make him worth owning. He added six boards, one steal and one block tonight, but for standard-league purposes he's only worth owning if you need a 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:18 pm
  • Ty Lawson exits Sunday's game vs. OKC
    Ty Lawson (ankle) twisted his left ankle and will miss the remainder of Sunday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Lawson played 20 minutes and scored four points with four assists, one rebound and one steal before leaving the game. If he misses any time, Darren Collison and Garrett Temple will get a boost. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:22 pm
  • Sam Dekker (shoulder) looks good in 17 mins
    Sam Dekker (strained left shoulder) posted eight points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. the Nets on Sunday, adding three assists, one rebound and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Dekker didn't miss any time with the injury, but even at full strength he's an unappealing fantasy asset in standard leagues. In Houston's previous five games, the second-year forward was averaging just 5.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't play Monday
    Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't travel for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Hawks play in Detroit on Wednesday, so there's a chance that Muscala will miss multiple games. Kris Humphries should see his role increase with Muscala on the shelf, but Atlanta also relied heavily on their swingmen after Muscala's injury on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:48 pm
  • Seth Curry doesn't do much in 32 minutes
    Seth Curry got another start on Sunday sans Andrew Bogut (hamstring) but failed to do much with the increased opportunity, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Curry added one triple, three rebounds, three steals and one turnover during his time on the court, but this isn't the type of production his owners were hoping for, particularly with the heavy minutes. Curry does have some nice upside, as the Mavs could turn him loose after the All-Star break once they start resting the older guys, but he's more of a stash at the moment. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) will not return Sunday
    Mike Muscala suffered a left ankle injury and he will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He was ruled out pretty quickly after being sent to the locker room, so we're going to consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Knicks. If he's out, Mike Scott could get into the rotation and Dwight Howard could see his minutes rise to the high-30s. Monday will be the second game of a back-to-back set, meaning Atlanta won't have a shootaround, so we likely won't get another update on Muscala until closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • Chris McCullough recalled from the D-League
    Chris McCullough has been recalled from the D-League.

    Advice: He'll return to being a bench warmer for the Nets tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:20 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) out Monday vs. Magic
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: It's always something with this guy, and Monday will mark his second straight game on the sidelines. Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will likely split his limited minutes, which doesn't mean all that much. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:48 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk rolled his right ankle when he was tripped up by a ball boy while going through some shooting drills on Sunday, and he was unable to participate in the remainder of the practice.

    Advice: At the moment, It's unclear how severe this ankle injury is, but for now we'll have to consider Olynyk questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. If he's out, his playing time will be divvied up between Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) will play
    Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) will play on Sunday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He picked up the injury at the end of Friday's game and was held out of practice on Saturday, but he's good to go tonight and there's no word of any restrictions. Dekker is averaging 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 triple through the first seven games of January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:37 am
  • Chris McCullough assigned to D-League
    Chris McCullough has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: He will eventually get some burn on the Nets at some point after the All-Star break, but he has no fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Joe Ingles scores eight points in 10 mins
    Joe Ingles scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 10 minutes against Orlando on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not see much run in this contest, but Rodney Hood (knee) suffered a hyperextended knee tonight, so Ingles could be in for a larger role if Hood misses. In the five games that Hood has missed this season, Ingles is averaging 33.4 minutes, 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals, while making 17 3-pointers during that stretch. He can be considered a DFS value play if Hood is out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
     
  • Unprocessed: Jahlil Okafor scores 26 points
    Jahlil Okafor went off in his start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards during a 109-93 loss on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Nerlens Noel also sprained his ankle and was in foul trouble, so Okafor saw some serious burn as the only other active center. In his halftime interview, Okafor said he put in extra work for this game because he knew this was his chance. As encouraging as this was, the 76ers were ripping off wins before with Okafor out of the lineup, so he's likely going to fall out of the rotation again. Maybe this game will make teams more willing to trade for him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores just eight
    Doug McDermott scored eight points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't quite trust him as much as he did earlier this month when he was going no-PG lineups late and only giving him three fourth-quarter minutes. McDermott should be in a fantastic spot on Sunday with Nikola Mirotic (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out, so the opportunity will be there. While he has been bad, it's worth a mention Hoiberg said McBuckets made "about 30 in a row" in a workout on Friday. He's a borderline cut, but you may want to wait to see what happens on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor to start for The Process (rest)
    Jahlil Okafor will start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: This is a huge spot for Okafor, who figures to slide into Embiid's 28-minute role. There should still be about 20-26 minutes of Nerlens Noel, so keep him rolling in all lineups tonight and in DFS, too. Okafor can be left on the wire in shallower formats and needs a trade for value. Additionally, Marcin Gortat could have a big game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:41 pm
  • Rick Carlisle talking up Seth Curry again
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Seth Curry is "sneaky good at the defensive end on metrics and analytics."

    Advice: With Andrew Bogut (hamstring) expected to miss plenty of time, it looks like we'll be seeing Curry out there in some starts depending on the matchup. The SportVu defensive tracking stats aren't the best, but Curry is allowing his man to shoot 3.3 percent below league average while he does rank 26th on defensive real plus minus among 99 shooting guards, so Carlisle has a point. However, his fantasy owners will be looking for his offense, so go ahead and pick him up to see what happens. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:59 pm
  • Sam Dekker (shoulder) questionable for Sunday
    Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) is questionable for Sunday's game at Brooklyn.

    Advice: Dekker has played in all 42 the Rockets games this season, averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per contest. Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Corey Brewer would likely see more minutes than usual if Dekker does not play Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:09 am
  • Ty Lawson scores 17 points vs. Cavs
    Ty Lawson scored 17 points with four rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings are really starting to ditch the two-PG lineups, which is going to hurt Lawson and Darren Collison, who scored 13 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers. Lawson is trending back down and is only a borderline asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:53 pm
  • Aron Baynes scores two points in start
    Aron Baynes started on Friday vs. the Jazz and scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He had zero rebounds but somehow managed to block four shots. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was out and the Pistons started Baynes to match up with Utah's frontcourt, so he will likely return to the bench against the Lakers on Sunday regardless of KCP's status. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk gets hot, scores 26 points
    Kelly Olynyk was on fire against the Hawks on Friday, making 9-of-11 from the field for a season-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He started the third quarter with coach Brad Stevens going with the hot hand after KO scored 18 in the first half. On top of that 100.0 effective field goal percentage, Olynyk's defense was very good on the low block to help Horford. Coach Brad Stevens lives on the hot hand, so Olynyk is going to be up and down. He's only worth an add if he was on your short list before this gem. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Aron Baynes will start vs. the Jazz
    Aron Baynes will draw the start next to Andre Drummond on Friday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Many were expecting Stanley Johnson to start in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder), but it does make some sense to start Baynes to match up with Derrick Favors. Despite the starting label, Baynes is only worth a look in very deep leagues in the short term. Coach Stan Van Gundy said on Thursday that Boban Marjanovic will be his backup center going forward, so he should be in the rotation as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half for Johnson
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half in place of Amir Johnson on Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk was rolling in the first half with 18 points and four treys, so coach Brad Stevens is going to go with the hot hand in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
  • Doug McDermott says he's fine mentally
    Doug McDermott said he's fine mentally and is "just not making shots right now."

    Advice: After the Bulls were closing with him earlier this month in no-PG sets, the fact that Paul Zipser closed out the game on Thursday over McDermott is a really bad sign. He's had his biggest chance of his career lately, but made just 18.2 percent from the field in his last three. McDermott has certainly been open on his treys with only getting contested on 17.4 percent of those, so he just needs to knock shots down. Maybe he bounces back on Saturday, so his owners should give him one more game unless there is something irresistible on the wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Seth Curry could stick in the starting unit
    Coach Rick Carlisle said he likes Seth Curry's ability to play with Deron Williams in the backcourt.

    Advice: He was awesome in his 24 minutes as the starter on Thursday, making 4-of-5 from the field for 12 points with three steals. It sure does make a lot of sense from a Curry perspective with Seth posting a wonderful 67.9 true shooting next to Williams in their 289 minutes together -- Williams does see a drop next to Curry. It makes sense to add Curry in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:32 am
  • Seth Curry hits dagger 3 in win
    Seth Curry started for the Mavs on Thursday and hit 4-of-5 shots and three 3-pointers for 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, three steals and a block in a 113-108 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Mavs went with a small lineup with Andrew Bogut out with a hamstring injury, and while Curry didn't set the stat sheet on fire, he did play well and hit a clutch 3-pointer late that slammed the door on the Suns. If Bogut continues to miss games and Curry keeps getting starts, he's going to be a popular add in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:41 pm
  • Doug McDermott goes 0-for-5 in 17 minutes
    Doug McDermott came off the bench and played just 17 minutes, missing all five of his shots and scoring just two points in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: After hitting 6-of-9 shots for 17 points on Jan. 4, McBuckets has hit just 10-of-39 shots over his last four games, scoring seven or fewer in his last three. Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game that McDermott's too good a shooter to stay in this funk for much longer, but if he was actually owned in your league prior to this week, he's likely been dropped. Just keep an eye on him, as he's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Seth Curry joins Mavericks starters Thursday
    Seth Curry will start at shooting guard for the Mavericks on Thursday, joining Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut (hamstring) is out for the Mavs and they're going with a small lineup against the Suns. Without Bogut, Dwight Powell could have a nice game, but we'd like him more if he was starting. If you threw Seth Curry into a DFS lineup tonight, things are off to a good start with the news that he's starting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:03 pm
  • Chris McCullough gets called back up
    The Nets recalled Chris McCullough on Thursday.

    Advice: He just scored 37 points in the D-League today, but he's still way behind where he should be as an NBA player. With the Nets struggling, maybe they turn McCullough loose at some point, but that won't be for a while. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:29 pm
  • Darrell Arthur will not play on Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are somewhat healthy besides Arthur, so he wasn't a lock to be in the rotation anyway. Kenneth Faried could see some minutes at power forward tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:30 am
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) questionable Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is questionable for Thursday's game for the Pacers.

    Advice: Of course he is. Nikola Jokic is returning from an illness anyways, so Arthur will be irrelevant in most fantasy leagues with his move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Jahlil Okafor gets third straight DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor picked up his third straight DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Okafor said recently that he's "not the type of player that’s DNP," but he also praised coach Brett Brown for his "phenomenal" communication about the issue. He's not griping about his disappearance from the lineup, in other words, but it might take a trade (either of Okafor or Nerlens Noel) for him to reemerge with a fantasy-relevant role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Chris McCullough sent down for D-League stint
    Chris McCullough has been assigned to Brooklyn's D-League affiliate.

    Advice: McCullough does a lot of this, but he's rarely in the rotation for the Nets. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:40 am
  • Jahlil Okafor says he's not a DNP-player
    Jahlil Okafor said he's not the type of player that should pick up DNP-CDs.

    Advice: "Obviously, it’s not what I want to be in a position," Okafor said. "I know I’m not the type of player that’s DNP. But that’s what it is right now. Coach Brown has been phenomenal with communicating with me. I know in the long run, I’ll be fine." Unfortunately, that's exactly who he is on the current 76ers' roster, and he's not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Knicks. Okafor doesn't have the best upside with his limited contribution of defensive statistics, so he's a cut candidate in most scenarios. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Kelly Olynyk playing well for Celtics
    Backup center Kelly Olynyk hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and a block in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Oly also had 12 points, four boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday, as Tyler Zeller continues to sit with an illness. Olynyk is far from being a must-own player, but with Zeller missing four straight games, Olynyk is worth keeping a close eye on right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Doug McDermott will start Tuesday vs. WAS
    Doug McDermott will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Dwyane Wade (rest), Nikola Mirotic (flu) and Jimmy Butler (flu) are all out tonight, so McDermott will likely be working with a higher than usual usage rate. He's someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or DFS punt play, particularly with a matchup against one of the worst teams in the league at defending the small forward position. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Nets recall Chris McCullough from D-League
    The Nets have recalled Chris McCullough from the D-League, and he'll be available to play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: McCullough rarely earns meaningful minutes in Brooklyn, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all settings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor says he thinks he'll play Weds
    Jahlil Okafor thinks he'll play Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: That's nice, but it's not actually his decision, and over the past two games he's picked up two straight DNP-CDs. Even when Okafor has been on the court this season, he hasn't been all that impressive, and with limited upside, he's not worth stashing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:54 am
  • Doug McDermott scores seven in 25 minutes
    Doug McDermott scored seven points in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He flopped big time, hitting just 2-of-6 shots from the field and adding two boards and a triple. However, the Bulls play four more times in Week 12 and Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) are both out for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards, so McDermott will likely start and see a massive workload. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in his previous five games. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 7:41 pm
  • Doug McDermott's confidence is rising
    Doug McDermott said that his confidence is on the rise.

    Advice: "It's taken some time and the last two games we've been able to really get going," McDermott said of the bench's recent success. "It's a great feeling having the trust from the coaches, [Dwyane] Wade and Jimmy [Butler] and those guys, to be out there with them. We're just staying confident, staying ready." The Bulls closed Saturday's game vs. the Raptors with McDermott on the floor and they had a lot of success with a Butler-McDermott screen-and-roll action. McDermott is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five, and he's a great pickup in standard leagues with five games on the schedule this week. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 6:52 am
  • Tarik Black (ankle) plays 12 minutes Sunday
    Tarik Black (sore right ankle) had seven points, three rebounds and one steal in 12 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Magic.

    Advice: The ankle injury isn't a legitimate concern, so any deep-league owners relying on Black can start him confidently in a four-game week. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:43 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) plays six minutes Sunday
    Aron Baynes (ankle) returned to action on Sunday with two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons got some unexpected rest when Saturday's game was postponed, but both team's schedules allowed for an immediate make-up date. Baynes barely saw the court tonight because Andre Drummond played a whopping 52 minutes in the double-OT win, and he faces a renewed challenge from Boban Marjanovic. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:24 pm
  • Ty Lawson scores 15 points in loss to GSW
    Ty Lawson finished Sunday's home loss with 15 points, three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Lawson came off the bench tonight and he continues to bounce around the rotation depending upon matchups and the whims of coach Dave Joerger. The good news is that he made 4-of-8 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs tonight, so it wasn't that bad of a return for his owners. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:55 pm
  • Ty Lawson heads to the bench
    Ty Lawson will move to the bench in Sunday’s game against the Warriors.

    Advice: With Garrett Temple starting at shooting guard, Darren Collison will start at point guard. Anthony Tolliver also got the start, moving Matt Barnes to the bench as well. Lawson's minutes should not be affected much by this move. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:11 pm
  • Aron Baynes is available for Sunday vs. POR
    Aron Baynes (ankle) is available for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Baynes has missed the last three games with an ankle injury. During his absence, Boban Marjanovic served as the primary back for Andre Drummond and coach Stan Van Gundy said that he would get another opportunity to play the same role. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 4:46 pm
  • Wayne Ellington hits 1-of-7 shots in 20 mins
    Wayne Ellington couldn't get his shot to drop during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, going 1-of-7 from the field on his way to four points, one assist and nothing else in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Ellington missed all five of his 3-pointers, and he's now connected on just one of his 13 attempts over his past two outings. He could earn another start Tuesday vs. the Warriors if Josh Richardson (foot) remains on the sidelines, but as we can see here, starting doesn't necessarily translate to value for Ellington. He's little more than a deep league 3-point streamer. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 3:19 pm
  • Wayne Ellington will start Sunday vs. LAC
    Wayne Ellington will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Josh Richardson (foot) is out, so the two-guard minutes will be divvied up between Ellington, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters. All those guys are on the radar as potential DFS punt plays, with Ellington making sense as a 3-point streamer. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 12:02 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor picks up second straight DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor was a DNP-CD during Sunday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: This was Okafor’s second straight DNP-CD, and the sporadic minutes for the centers not named Joel Embiid will continue until this situation is resolved via trade. Okafor hasn’t been all that impressive throughout his career thus far, basically showing he can grab boards and score points without doing much else, so at best, he’s not much more than a low-end hold in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 11:52 am
  • Mike Muscala scores 11 points
    Mike Muscala scored 11 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes during a 97-82 win over the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: It'll be interesting to see what the Hawks do with Muscala. Coach Mike Budenholzer cooled off on Moose as a four lately, but you would think he would slide over there should Paul Millsap get traded. He's a solid stash in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:24 pm
  • Seth Curry gets just 13 minutes vs. ATL
    Seth Curry did not score in 13 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday with one assist.

    Advice: The return of J.J. Barea really hurt Curry for this game. He'll likely get another chance at some point and would get a big boost in minutes with basically any injury to another guard. He's a stash right now. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:54 pm
  • Doug McDermott grabs season-high 10 rebounds
    Doug McDermott hit 6-of-17 shots for 17 points with a season-high 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: The Raptors had no answer for McDermott who recorded his first double-double of the season. He has scored in double-figures in five consecutive games and has played at least 29 minutes in six straight. He has solidified a spot in the Bulls rotation and should be a player to add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:14 pm
  • Darrell Arthur scores 10 points in 24 minutes
    Darrell Arthur scored 10 points in a start against the Thunder on Saturday with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: With Kenneth Faried playing the five and Wilson Chandler sliding over in some bigger lineups, Arthur had a terrific chance at minutes for this game. He will likely see a decrease in playing time once Nikola Jokic (illness) is healthy again. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 7:58 pm
  • Darrell Arthur in the starting lineup vs. OKC
    Darrell Arthur will start at power forward against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Kenneth Faried should be playing most of his minutes at the center spot because Wilson Chandler will play almost all four. Arthur is likely only looking at around 15-20 minutes tonight, so he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 4:51 pm
  • Darrell Arthur will play on Saturday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is available to play on Saturday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The Nuggets put him on the injury report basically every game, so he should be good considered close to 100 percent. With Nikola Jokic (illness) out, Arthur could get minutes in the low 20s. He's hurt too often to be owned in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 3:02 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) is probable
    Tarik Black (ankle) is probable to play on Sunday against the Magic.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and should be fine. Black won't have much value while the Lakers are healthy up front. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 1:42 pm
  • Aron Baynes goes through shootaround
    Aron Baynes (ankle) went through shootaround on Saturday and remains questionable to face the Blazers.

    Advice: It's a good sign for Baynes to play tonight. With the late start in Portland, we likely won't get anything official on Baynes' status. If he's out, we should get another great look at Boban Marjanovic, who exploded on Thursday with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 11:50 am
  • Jahlil Okafor receives DNP-CD on Friday
    Despite Joel Embiid fouling out and Nerlens Noel picking up his fifth foul in the fourth quarter, Jahlil Okafor still did not play at all on Friday.

    Advice: When asked about his decision after the game, coach Brett Brown didn't give a clear answer. "It’s difficult to play three bigs in a 48-minute window. Sometimes it’s difficult to pair up two bigs. Tonight wasn’t one of those nights. We decided to rotate the group because of that," said Brown. With Noel playing so well (13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks), the Sixers center situation is more cloudy than ever. All would benefit from a trade to clear the logjam upfront. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:48 am
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) questionable for Saturday
    Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Baynes has missed two straight due to the ankle sprain. In the Piston's previous game (Thursday night vs. Charlotte), Boban Marjanovic played extremely well, backing up Andre Drummond off the Detroit bench. Boban scored 15 points (shooting 3-of-4 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line) and grabbed 19 rebounds in just 22 minutes. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 6:56 am
  • Tarik Black double-doubles in win
    Tarik Black double-doubled vs. the Heat on Friday with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was his first double-double of the season. Black finished 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but this has fluke written all over it. Prior to Friday, Black was averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.7 minutes per game. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:27 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets the start, scores 17 points
    Ty Lawson started on Friday with 17 points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes against the Clippers.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger finally pulled the trigger to put Lawson in the first unit and did so with Darren Collison, who had 20 points with five rebounds in the loss. Lawson should be looking at minutes in the low 30s going forward, especially with how well he plays next to DeMarcus Cousins. If you need a point guard, he could be your guy. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:14 pm
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