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  • Darrell Arthur (knee) probable for Tuesday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is probable to play Tuesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He'll see his playing time in the 15-20 minute range, which isn't enough minutes for him to make a difference in most settings. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Report: Joel Embiid expected to play Friday
    Joel Embiid (left knee bruise) is expected to play Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: While Embiid is officially being listed as doubtful for Tuesday, Brett Brown has already acknowledged that he will not take the court for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, nor will he play Wednesday in Milwaukee. However, it sounds like this will only be a two-game absence for The Process. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will pick up most of the center minutes in his absence, and Richaun Holmes may be able to see limited minutes in the rotation. Noel is the primary beneficiary here. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:09 pm
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  • Brandan Wright goes through a full practice
    Brandan Wright (left ankle surgery) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: He's inching his way closer to a return, but he's not going to have much value with JaMychal Green, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol all healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:26 am
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  • Patrick Patterson (knee) returns to practice
    Patrick Patterson (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds like he's expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs after missing the last six games. With Jared Sullinger and Lucas Nogueira both healthy, the Raptors will be able to ease Patterson back into action and we'd be very surprised if his role of 28.0 minutes per game doesn't take a sizable hit. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:34 am
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) available Tuesday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Zeller fell out of the rotation before missing 10 games in a row. With Kelly Olynyk playing well in the backup center role, Zeller belongs on the wire and will be lucky to see a few minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:31 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for Tuesday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Okafor was limited at Monday's practice because of right knee soreness, but he has a big week ahead of him with Joel Embiid (knee) considered doubtful for Tuesday and out for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. As a starter this season, Okafor has averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks, and his ceiling is higher when Embiid is off the court. Nerlens Noel also looks like a nice play this week and should split the center minutes with Okafor. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:56 am
  • Joel Embiid out Tuesday and Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (knee) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers and will not travel for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Despite the doubtful tag, coach Brett Brown said Embiid will not play Tuesday. He wasn't going to travel on Wednesday prior to the injury anyways, so nothing has changed in that regard. The good news is the 76ers are still calling the issue a left knee contusion, so Embiid is day-to-day and Brown said the team is just being cautious. He was not able to practice on Monday, but his next chance to play will be on Friday vs. the Rockets. Jahlil Okafor (knee) and Nerlens Noel will likely split the center minutes in Embiid's absence, with Noel having the higher upside in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Embiid was getting up some shots at the practice facility without a limp. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 am
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  • Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. Bucks
    Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The Rockets have been bringing him off the bench in an effort to ease him back into action, but they are ready to return to their normal starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Capela -- that lineup is 15-2 this season. Capela is worth owning in standard leagues, while Montrezl Harrell will return to the bench and is trending in the wrong direction. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:34 am
  • Anderson and Capela expected to start Monday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) and Clint Capela are expected to start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Anderson only lasted nine minutes on Friday vs. the Warriors and was held out of Saturday's game vs. Memphis, so he's a risky play tonight until we confirm that he's 100 percent -- A doctor told him a few days ago that his bug could limit him for 1-2 weeks. With Ryno expected back, Sam Dekker will take the biggest hit, but he should still be involved Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:28 am
  • Joel Anthony signs with the Spurs
    Joel Anthony has signed a 10-day deal with the Spurs.

    Advice: He will provide some emergency depth off the bench with Pau Gasol (hand) out for the next 4-6 weeks. Anthony may not be in the rotation and is not a fantasy pickup. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Blake Griffin (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This means we will likely see him on Tuesday vs. the 76ers. Griffin would then have a few days to rest before Saturday's showdown with the Warriors. We will likely get another update during the post-game conference tonight, but Griffin's owners can expect to deploy him twice in Week 14 barring a surprise. Griffin "feels great" and he said he could play right now if it was up to him. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:15 am
  • Knicks to use normal starters Monday
    The Knicks are not expected to change their starting lineup on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said he may consider moving Kristaps Porzingis to the five, but for now he's planning on starting Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis and Joakim Noah vs. the Pacers. We'll have official confirmation before tip-off, but Porzingis is an elite play regardless of where he starts the game. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:05 am
  • Rivers says Blake Griffin feels great
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) "feels great."

    Advice: "He told me he feels normal, which is good," Rivers said. Griffin said he’s as close to full health as he can be, and he has been spotted sprinting in the pre-game warmups over the last week. Griffin was also cleared for contact a few days ago and he has made it clear that he's hoping to return on either Monday vs. the Hawks or Tuesday vs. the 76ers. We'll have an update after the morning shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out for Monday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This will be Muscala's fifth game in a row on the shelf, but he remains day-to-day. Kris Humphries and Mike Scott have both seen a bump in minutes recently, but not enough for standard-league owners to look their way. Muscala isn't worth stashing in most leagues right now, but that could change if the Hawks put Paul Millsap back on the trade block. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) ruled out Monday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Splitter was given a six-week timetable back in late November, but he's always been a slow healer and it's still unclear when the big man will return. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:47 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns has 32/12/7 w/ four blocks
    Karl-Anthony Towns carried the Wolves to a 111-108 home win on Sunday, racking up 32 points (13-of-19 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 12 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, one steal and six turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The offense ran through Towns a lot tonight, which was no surprise with Ricky Rubio (personal) out of commission -- before the game, former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau referred to running Chicago's offense through Joakim Noah when Derrick Rose was injured. KAT is the second Wolves player with consecutive 30/10/5 games (Kevin Garnett did it five times), and he's simply on fire as we cruise into the latter half of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Ryan Anderson expects to play on Monday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) is expected to play in Monday's game against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Ryno has missed three of his last four games due to a stomach virus. He told ESPN that he was not able to eat for three days, but has eaten over the last two days and "feels better." Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer will lose some minutes when Ryno returns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) thrives in 21 minutes
    Darrell Arthur (leg) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Arthur has been in and out of the lineup for weeks due to injury, and he'll be limited in practices and games for the duration of the season. Even a trade clearing more minutes in the frontcourt might not help him, and he belongs on the waiver wire in most formats despite tonight's all-around performance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira (concussion) returns Sunday
    Lucas Nogueira looked great in his return from a concussion on Sunday, posting 13 points, five boards, one assist, one steals and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Nogueira returned to the starting lineup tonight, displacing fill-in starter Norman Powell. He proceeded to make 5-of-5 shots with a 3-pointer, with all of his shot attempts coming in the first quarter -- Toronto probably should have looked his way a bit more tonight. He's worth a look for boards and strong FG percentages, but keep in mind that Patrick Patterson (knee) was out tonight and Jared Sullinger is still getting up to speed after foot surgery. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:02 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas gets 16 & 12 w/ three blks
    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in 31 minutes on Sunday, scoring 16 points with 12 rebounds, three blocks, one steal and only one turnover.

    Advice: This is the first time all season that JV has blocked more than two shots. He also grabbed four of his boards on the offensive end, while handing out two assists for good measure. Head coach Dwane Casey has been pleased with his team's rebounding when JV and Lucas Nogueira are both starting, so it's possible that duo will continue to start even after Patrick Patterson (knee) is healthy and Jared Sullinger (foot) is up to speed. Either way, Valanciunas is a safe every-night starter in season-long leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 pm
  • Andrew Bogut is close to returning
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) could be cleared to play later this week.

    Advice: Bogut has missed the last six games for the Mavericks due to the hamstring injury, but he's reportedly likely to go through at least one practice before Wednesday's game. "Like Dirk [Nowitzki] and J.J. Barea on their most recent comebacks, we got to get him on the court for some practice time before we put him in a game," said coach Rick Carlisle. Bogut's return will cut into Salah Mejri and could move Dirk Nowitzki back to the power forward position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:29 pm
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  • Lucas Nogueira (concussion) starting Sunday
    Lucas Nogueira (concussion) is starting Sunday's game vs. Phoenix, with Norman Powell shifting to the bench.

    Advice: He wound up missing two games with the concussion but should still see solid minutes as a starter tonight, so owners can expect his typical boards, blocks and strong FG percentages. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) available to play Sunday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is available to play vs. the Wolves on Sunday.

    Advice: Mike Malone said recently that he'll be watching Arthur's minutes "the rest of the year," and will even limit him in practices. He's unlikely to earn more than a handful of minutes tonight, in other words, and is an extremely dubious fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) out Sunday vs. Suns
    Patrick Patterson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Patterson was able to go through a full practice on Saturday, and while head coach Dwane Casey said acknowledged that he's now pain-free, he wants to be extra cautious and give Patterson an extra day to rest up. The Raptors have a back-to-back set coming up Tuesday vs. San Antonio and Wednesday in Memphis, and it seems likely that Patterson will be able to get back for at least one of those games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira (concussion) will play Sunday
    Lucas Nogueira (concussion) will play Sunday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Nogueira will be returning from a two-game stint on the sidelines, and his return to action will likely cut into Norman Powell's minutes. It's unclear if Nogueira will immediately be re-inserted back into the starting five, but it'll be interesting to see what his minutes look like tonight with Jared Sullinger working his way back into game shape. Still, Nogueira only needs roughly 20 minutes to put up some elite block totals, so give him a look if you're seeking a boost in the shot blocking category. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles off the bench
    Bismack Biyombo double-doubled in 24 minutes off the bench on Sunday, tallying 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks during the blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: With Nikola Vucevic's name starting to pop up in the rumor mill, it makes sense to stash away Biyombo as he could potentially be looking at a 30-plus minute role once/if Vucevic is sent elsewhere. Serge Ibaka posted a low-end line during his 21 minutes of floor time, producing 10 points, three boards, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 21 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 12 points in 24 minutes
    Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with four boards, two steals, one assist, one block and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Vucevic’s name is beginning to surface in the rumor mill, and a trade seems likely given his awkward fit in Orlando’s overly crowded frontcourt. He’s currently averaging the least amount of minutes (28.1) per game since his rookie year, so a trade away from Orlando could certainly improve his value. He has some buy-low appeal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) nearing a return
    Rick Carlisle said that while Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will miss Sunday's game against the Lakers, there's a chance he could get back out there sometime next week.

    Advice: Sunday will mark Bogut's sixth straight game on the sidelines, but it sounds like he should be able to get back out there for at least one game of Dallas' upcoming Wednesday-Thursday back-to-back set. Bogut's return will significantly cut into Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell's minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:11 am
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  • Blake Griffin (knee) is doubtful for Monday
    Blake Griffin (knee) has been upgraded from "out" to "doubtful" for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Griffin has made it clear that he intends to return this week, so if we don't see him on Monday he could make his return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. the 76ers. The Clippers play a total of three times in Week 14, so starting Griffin in weekly formats is a bit too risky unless we get word that he will give it a go on Monday. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass all take a hit with Griffin nearing a return, but Rivers is still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Anthony Davis (quad) expected to play Monday
    Anthony Davis (right quad) is expected to play on Monday vs. the Cavaliers according to coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: Davis missed his second practice in a row on Sunday, but the Pelicans are likely just being cautious with their franchise center. Gentry said Davis' injury is "basically a charley horse," but keep in mind that he's been battling through an absurd amount of other ailments recently. While Davis said he's getting better every day, he added that he's still sore and is "not sure" about his status. Davis will be officially listed as questionable. Regardless of his status, Terrence Jones should be owned as an elite handcuff. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Darrell Arthur will be limited rest of season
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he will keep an eye on Darrell Arthur's minutes the rest of the season.

    Advice: "Yeah, probably through the rest of the year that’s what we’ll have to do," Malone said. "Even with practices I’m going to have to limit him. The one thing I love about Darrell, he knows one speed and one way to play, and that’s hard." The oft-injured forward is averaging 14.7 minutes per game this season and it doesn't sound like his role will be growing any time soon. Arthur is questionable to play on Sunday vs. the Wolves on the second night of a back-to-back set, so we may get a Jusuf Nurkic sighting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:00 am
  • Tristan Thompson returned to action on Saturday January 21. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:48 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 13 points vs. Gobert
    Myles Turner scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: That'll definitely work against Rudy Gobert. At just 20 years old, Turner is one of the toughest problems at center for coaches because he stretches the floor to so well and already has a great low-post presence. Plus, he's already an elite shot blocker, ranking fourth in the NBA for blocks with fantastic shot-altering skills. He'll be in the mix as a top-20 selection next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:09 pm
  • Darrell Arthur plays 13 minutes
    Darrell Arthur (knee) played 13 minutes with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a little surprising to see Arthur out there for double-digit minutes. Coach Mike Malone said Arthur will have his minutes managed all season due to his arthritic knees. Even in super deep leagues, he will be way too annoying to own. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • Robin Lopez nearly double-doubles
    Robin Lopez scored nine points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes on Saturday against the Kings.

    Advice: Lopez is averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game over his last five. He does not produce eye-popping numbers, but has returned decent value to fantasy owners this season. The Bulls face the Magic on Tuesday, which is a good matchup for Lopez, as they are giving up the fifth most rebounds per game with a -2.1 differential. They are also yielding the sixth most fantasy points per game to centers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:31 pm
  • Marreese Speights scores 18 in start
    Marreese Speights scored 18 points in a start against the Nuggets on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: His 74th start of his career and first since January 2015 did not result in a win despite his strong start. Speights came off the bench to start the second half, so this may have been a matchup move. Speights has been hanging in the mid-rounds these days, but his value will take a hit once Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:19 pm
  • Clint Capela plays 16 minutes on Saturday
    Clint Capela came off the bench and had five points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in just 16 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Capela blew up for 22 points and 12 boards in 21 minutes on Friday, but his minutes cut is understandable in a back-to-back situation with him coming off a broken leg. In any case, Capela's arrow is pointing up, while Montrezl Harrell's is pointing down. As long as Capela doesn't suffer a setback, you have to think he'll be back in the starting unit by the end of the upcoming week, if not much sooner. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:05 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell plays 16 minutes in start
    Montrezl Harrell started again on Saturday, but played just 16 minutes and finished with six points and two rebounds.

    Advice: We said in his previous blurb that he'll need to have 20-24 minutes to hold value and those of you who dropped him early when Clint Capela was on the verge of a return should feel better about that decision after this one. There's still a chance Harrell could hold a little value, but he and Capela both got 16 minutes tonight and Capela's run should only increase as he gets healthy from a broken leg. Harrell is likely to end up on waivers in a ton of leagues if he continues to see his minutes drop, while a move to the bench is likely coming as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 12 points in a start
    Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points in a start on Saturday during a 110-93 loss to the Hawks, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: As you might expect, the Hawks went right at Okafor in this game, but he was actually better than usual. Plus, he had a solid offensive game and the starters fared well. Joel Embiid (rest) isn't expected to miss time going forward, so that means Okafor should be out of the rotation again. At least this good game could help his trade value. He's only a stash or a stream on the nights Embiid sits. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:11 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 14 in 33 minutes
    Kristaps Porzingis played 33 minutes, hit 7-of-13 shots and scored 14 points on Saturday, but the good news ends there.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer (0-for-3), had just one rebound, one steal, one block and two assists in the loss. The good news is that he's back and playing solid minutes, but his numbers over his last two games have not been impressive. Hopefully it's just rust after missing four games with an achilles injury, but he's clearly not back to 100 percent just yet. Hopefully he turns it around against the Pacers on Monday, but there are signs he's not far off, as he's hit 16-of-30 shots in his two games since returning. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:45 pm
  • Mile High Buckets: Mo Speights starting
    Marreese Speights will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Mo Buckets has been lighting it up with treys in 17 straight, so he'll be taking those into altitude. Speights in a starting role is very intriguing, but it's hard to pick him up long term with Blake Griffin getting closer. If you want to use him for this week, give him a look. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:31 pm
  • Darrell Arthur to be inactive often?
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to rest and miss practices throughout the season.

    Advice: He is dealing with arthritis in his need, so the Nuggets will be cautious with him all season. This is not surprising at all based on his injury history. Arthur may not be in the rotation while Kenneth Faried is active. Leave him on the wire almost everywhere. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:26 pm
  • Porzingis starting, Kuzminskas to bench
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will start and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: The Knicks are playing their old lineup here and will shift Carmelo Anthony back to the three. We'll see how the Knicks stagger KP, which was a good plan earlier this season. Porzingis should be all set in a fantastic matchup today. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will start for Embiid (rest)
    Jahlil Okafor will start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Okafor was a monster in his last start for Embiid with a season-high 26 points. Although, Nerlens Noel was in foul trouble and was hurt, so it was a perfect storm for Okafor to have a good game. He's a viable player to use today, but his long-term value doesn't look great. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play vs. LA
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Bogut expected to miss "the near future" due to his hamstring strain, according to coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavs have been using Dirk Nowitzki at center, but it didn't work out on Friday with Rudy Gobert dropping a 27-25 line on them. This figures to be a small-ball game, so using guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell will be risky. Seth Curry looks like the clear winner from this. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:26 pm
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  • Joel Anthony to sign with Spurs?
    Joel Anthony is expected to sign with the Spurs.

    Advice: The team is looking for another big man, so they'll go back to Anthony to add some depth. He was with the team at training camp, but was waived on Oct. 22. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Tyler Zeller out again on Saturday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Blazers.

    Advice: OK then. Zeller did go through some practice and he is getting closer, but the team will keep him out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Tyler Zeller not on the injury report
    Tyler Zeller was not on the injury report for Saturday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He went through practice on Friday and should be available. Zeller isn't a lock for the rotation, but he could be called on if the team doesn't have Jonas Jerebko (illness). Most fantasy owners can ignore this. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:02 pm
  • Anthony Davis (right quad) doesn't practice
    Anthony Davis (right quad) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry said he doesn't believe it will be a long-term issue. Davis has been taking an absurd amount of bumps and bruises lately and he was limping around for most of the second half on Friday. He's gone to the locker room more often than not lately, which has been a thorn in the side of his fantasy owners in DFS and in season long. The Pelicans are off until Monday, so he should be better for that one. Terrence Jones should still be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:23 am
  • Mike Muscala
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game that Muscala has missed. Both Mike Scott and Kris Humphries saw 20 minutes apiece off the Atlanta bench on Friday night. Although this is probably a situation to avoid, it is worth noting that Humphries is averaging 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 3-pointers over the Hawks last three games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:47 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) practices fully
    Patrick Patterson (knee) went through the Raptors full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: With Lucas Noguiera (concussion) also sidelined Friday night, the Raps went small and started Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll at the forward spots. Jared Sullinger and Pascal Siakam saw 17 and 19 minutes, respectively, off the bench. The Raps next game is Sunday vs. Phoenix. We will have to wait for an update regarding Patterson's status for that contest. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) available on Saturday
    Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness) will be available to play on Saturday, but will be on a minutes restriction.

    Advice: Even once fully healthy, Arthur will have a difficult time earning heavy minutes with Kenneth Faried playing well of late. However, Arthur may cut into the playing time of Faried and Juan Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:28 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) 'close to 100 percent'
    Blake Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday night but coach Doc Rivers said that Griffin is "close to 100 percent."

    Advice: Griffin is clearly trending in the right direction and the odds seem to be improving that he returns some time next week. After Saturday, the Clips next game is Tuesday in Philadelphia. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all see their minutes and production impacted by Griffin's return. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:23 am
  • Joel Embiid (knee/rest) won't play Saturday
    Joel Embiid (knee/rest) will not travel to Atlanta for Saturday’s game (pre-scheduled rest) but expects to be available for Tuesday’s contest against the Clippers.

    Advice: The good news is that Embiid, who was forced out of Friday's game due to a left knee issue, avoided a significant injury. "I knew it was OK. I just landed the wrong way," said Embiid. "I’m great. The knee’s fine. They did an MRI and stuff, everything looked good." Here is what coach Brett Brown had to say: "The review is that he hyperextended his left knee. There was a minor tweak again, and for precautionary reasons only, the doctors did not allow him to return." Philly and Embiid owners can breathe a sigh of relief, and can continue Trusting the Process. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will see additional minutes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:28 am
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  • Anthony Davis (quad) receiving treatment
    The Pelicans did not provide an update on Anthony Davis' quad injury on Friday night, saying only that they would "take a look at it."

    Advice: Davis suffered a right quad contusion seven minutes into the third quarter. Here is the full quote from coach Alvin Gentry: "He got kneed, we'll take a look at it. He got hit early on and he tried to play through it, and obviously it got to the point that it didn't make sense for him to be out there." Davis did not speak to the media after the game because he was receiving treatment. Remarkably, it was the fifth time in the last six games that Davis either left a game or missed it entirely because of an injury. The Pels don't play again until Monday, so we will likely have to wait for a formal update. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:56 am
  • Ryan Anderson returned to action on Friday January 20. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:41 am
  • Myles Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Myles Turner scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Turner is having a breakout season in every sense of the word and Pacers president Larry Bird gushed about his young center this week. "He wants to be great. He’s going to be great," Bird said. "To me, I think he’s got a chance to be one of the best players or maybe the best player [in the franchise’s history]." Turner is just 20 years old and is flirting with top-20 value in standard leagues on the season, so he's going to be a superstar in real life and in fantasy for a very long time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell scores eight points
    Montrezl Harrel scored eight points in a start against the Warriors on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.

    Advice: It'll be interesting for Harrell now that Clint Capela looked fantastic. For what it's worth, Harrell has looked better than Nene (rest), so maybe the Rockets just roll with two bigs. They also don't play two-center lineups, so the No. 2 battle will be important. We would still hold him in most cases because he would likely have value with 20-24 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 pm
  • Clint Capela scores career-high 22 points
    Clint Capela showed he was close to 100 percent against the Warriors on Friday, scoring a career-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: We'll keep this one simple here. If Capela is somehow on your waiver wire, go fix that right now and pick him up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis gets banged up yet again
    Anthony Davis suffered a right quad contusion against the Nets on Friday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: That's yet another injury for Davis. In the last week, we have him down for bumps and bruises to the following areas: right quad, left hip, right hip, tailbone, left fingers, left thumb and right wrist. Before the injury, he was actually going off, but he was limping throughout the second half. He'll likely be on the injury report, but he has until Jan. 23 to get right. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:22 pm
  • Ryan Anderson ruled out for Saturday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was not right at all with just nine minutes on Friday. A doctor told him he may have to deal with this stomach bug for 1-2 weeks, so there is a very good chance Anderson misses more games. While he is out, we'll see more Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer. If you want to pick one up in a deeper league, we'd prefer Dekker. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:50 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Bismack Biyombo double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Friday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes off the bench compared to 23 for starting center Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo hit 5-of-6 from the field and finished one block shy of his season high. Vucevic's name popped up in another trade rumor on Friday which linked him to the Heat, so keep in mind that Biyombo could be back in the starting lineup if Vooch is moved. If you don't mind his awful FT percentage, Biyombo is worth keeping an eye on if you're in need of rebounds and blocks. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) will not return
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He started the game which was a surprise, but clearly didn't look right and finished scoreless in nine minutes. Anderson should be considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. Corey Brewer started the second half in his place, but there should be more minutes available for Sam Dekker as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:28 pm
  • Embiid (precautionary reasons) out for game
    Joel Embiid (left knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: After a fourth trip to the locker room and being ruled out, Embiid came back to the bench and was crestfallen he could not return. He was doing some cutting in the hallway to the locker room to likely try to show he was able to play. In other words, the 76ers just didn't want their franchise player to go out there. He had to battle in this game and probably went to the floor about 10 times with multiple times limping throughout the game. The worst blow for Embiid was a knee contusion in the third quarter and he even tweaked it again later. For now, we don't think it's serious, but there's very little chance he plays on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:13 pm
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  • Joel Embiid goes to locker room again Friday
    Joel Embiid went back to the locker room for a second time on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This game looks like it's going to go down to the wire, so Embiid will do whatever he can to get back out there. He's dealing with a left knee contusion, so it shouldn't be a long-term concern. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:07 pm
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  • Joel Embiid available to return on Friday
    Joel Embiid suffered a left knee contusion and has has returned on Friday.

    Advice: He jogged out of the locker room and got a huge cheer. It looks like he's OK, but you can bet he'll be resting tomorrow. Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:44 pm
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  • Ryan Anderson starts, Brewer to bench
    Updating a previous report, Ryan Anderson (illness) started on Friday vs. the Warriors with Corey Brewer returning to the bench.

    Advice: He's not close to 100 percent, so we still expect his minutes to be limited. We'll let you know how he looks after the game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:16 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) to play off bench Fri
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not start Friday vs. the Warriors, but is expected to play off the bench.

    Advice: Corey Brewer will start at small forward again, with Trevor Ariza shifting to power forward. Anderson has missed each of the Rockets last two games and was limited in the two games prior due to the a bad case of the flu. Doctors initially told Anderson that he would miss 1-2 weeks. Ryno's minutes will very likely be limited, as he is still not yet close to 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:57 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell will start against Warriors
    Montezl Harrell will get the start against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: With Nene resting and Clint Capela limited to 11 minutes in the last game, Harrell should play a bunch. That said, the Rockets will likely be going small quite a bit in this game and Capela will get more than 11 minutes tonight. We still think Harrell is a very good bet for 24-plus minutes, which makes him a very intriguing target. He should remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Ryan Anderson will try to play on Friday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will try to play on Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He was not feeling good at shootaround and was headed to get an IV. In other words, there's a decent chance he can't play his normal minutes tonight. If he can't go, we should see more Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer while Trevor Ariza plays the four. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Anthony Davis wearing right wrist tape
    Anthony Davis was wearing right wrist wrap in warmups on Friday before the game against the Nets.

    Advice: To be clear, he is fully expected to play without any restriction. Davis suffered a minor wrist injury on Wednesday, but he did return. He has recently suffered injuries to his left hip, right hip, right wrist, left fourth and fifth fingers, left thumb and tailbone in the last week. All that said, he could have a massive game today against the NBA's fastest team. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:16 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira out again for Friday
    Lucas Noguiera (concussion) will not play on Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: There should be plenty of run going to a suddenly hot Jonas Valanciunas. Jared Sullinger also was the first backup center in the last game, which figures to happen yet again today. There were also four spare minutes for Jakob Poeltl as the third-string center. We should see a lot of small-ball fours in this matchup. Nogueira is still a stash in most cases. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:09 pm
  • Bebe Nogueira, Pat Patterson out again
    Patrick Patterson (knee) and Lucas Noguiera (concussion) will not play against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: We'll see if the Raptors are going to play Jared Sullinger a little more, but it's unlikely to be much more than his 14 minutes. Pascal Siakam should get some added run at power forward, but the Raptors could definitely go small a lot against a smaller four in Marvin Williams. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Blake Griffin listed as out for Saturday
    Blake Griffin (knee) is being listed as out for Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He is very likely to return on the upcoming road trip, but it won't be the first game unless something changes. Austin Rivers gets the biggest bump with Blake out because Luc Mbah a Moute is too important to the perimeter defense and should be starting. There's a great chance Griffin returns next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur listed as questionable
    Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness) is listed as questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is an upgrade from him being listed as doubtful to play on Thursday before the DNP. Arthur is likely out of the rotation anyway with Kenneth Faried playing well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:09 pm
  • Magic offered up Vooch for Dragic?
    The Magic reportedly offered Nikola Vucevic and a future first-round pick for Goran Dragic, but the Heat had "no interest" in the offer, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Interesting. On the Heat side, they already have a max-deal center, so adding another high-cost big man in a smaller-ball system makes little sense. For Orlando, this is basically the Magic doubling down on what they did with Serge Ibaka, hoping the player they trade for will resign with them. Presumably, this future first is not for the 2017 draft because the Magic are not good and are likely to be lottery bound. Vucevic is in a great spot for his value right now, so a potential trade could hurt his fantasy stock. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:34 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) appears unlikely to play Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Patterson has missed four straight games due to knee issues. Lucas Nogueira is also doubtful, leaving the Raps shorthanded in the frontcourt. Pascal Siakam will likely start. Jared Sullinger (foot) returned Wednesday and played 14 minutes. He should see around 15 minutes again on Friday. Norman Powell and Terrence Ross could also see additional minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:35 am
  • Nogueira (concussion) unlikely to play Friday
    Lucas Nogueira (concussion) appears unlikely to play Friday vs. the Hornets. With Patrick Patterson (knee) also expected to miss Friday's game, Paskal Siakam will likely to start. Norman Powell and Terrence Ross could also see additional minutes if the Raps choose to play small ball.

    Advice: Nogueira also missed Wednesday's game due to the lingering effects of his brain injury. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:35 am
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) questionable Friday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) participated in shootaround but remains listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Anderson has missed each of the Rockets last two games and was limited in the two games prior as he battled the flu bug. He planned to get intravenous fluids before leaving Toyota Center. "Not feeling so great. Just a stomach virus that's been going around," Anderson said. "It's still kind of there, but I'm going to get an IV after this and try to do it for the game. It's just draining." Anderson is expected to slide back into the starting lineup, assuming he is healthy enough to suit up. Corey Brewer has started at small forward with Anderson out. Daily Slant: If Anderson is forced to miss another contest, we should see a nice spike in usage for James Harden, which is saying something considering he's already 2nd in the league in that regard. His usage sits at a cool 36.3% on the year, but that number jumps to 41.2% with Anderson off the floor. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:28 am
  • Anthony Davis aiming to win All-Star MVP
    Anthony Davis said that he will definitely do his best to take home MVP honors in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in New Orleans.

    Advice: 'I'm definitely going after trying to get MVP, especially here in New Orleans. 'Coach Gentry told me every time I catch it, put it up. So I'm going to go out there and represent the city and try to walk away with that MVP for sure," said Davis. The Brow also talked about how he is becoming more comfortable playing center. ''I like playing the four, but right now with the team that we have and the way we are playing with small ball, it's helpful and I'm beneficial to the team at the five." Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:18 am
  • Blake Griffin could return on road trip
    Blake Griffin (knee) could return to game action on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers start their road trip on Saturday and won't be coming back home until Feb. 2. Griffin has been going through some sprints and DeAndre Jordan seemed encouraged. "I’m ready for Blake to come back. I know he’s extremely ready to be back on the floor," Jordan said. He doesn't have a target date, but another loss on Thursday could move BG's timetable up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:07 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores team-high 37 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scores a team-high 37 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's 104-101 win against the Clippers

    Advice: It was business as usual for Towns, who recorded his 32nd double-double of the season and led his team to a comeback victory with his valiant effort. He completely dominated DeAndre Jordan who had no answer for him. Towns is playing at an elite level right now, averaging 26.8 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 2.8 assists per game in his last five. If he continues at this pace, he will finish the season as a first-round player. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:42 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis looks good in his return
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) returned from a four-game absence during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, playing 29 minutes with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He looked healthy and played 17 minutes at center in this game, which is way more than he's been averaging. The Knicks were 5-0 without Joakim Noah (ankle) before this game, so there should be more of KP at the five going forward. Obviously his fantasy owners don't really care as long as his Achilles is healthy. The Knicks may be careful with their prized player, so his owners will need to be on the lookout for rest on back-to-backs sets. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Tristan Thompson dislocates finger, returns
    Tristan Thompson played just 20 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: After dislocating his left index finger in the first half, Thompson started the second half with wrap around his finger. Channing Frye played an excellent game and the Cavs never really lost control, so that explains the low playing time. For now, we're expecting Thompson to be a full go on Saturday in the national game against the Spurs. Thompson has only turned in 13th-round value on the season, so he's not the best for fantasy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:03 pm
  • Tristan Thompson will start the second half
    Tristan Thompson (finger) will start the second half on Thursday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he should be all set. This game will likely be in garbage time in about 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:29 pm
  • Tristan Thompson likely to return to game
    Tristan Thompson left Thursday's game in the first half and went straight to the locker room after dislocating his left index finger.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and it sounds like he should return to play in the second half, according to the Cavs' broadcast team. He had four rebounds, two blocks and missed both of his shots before heading to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:03 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis coming off the bench
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is coming off the bench in his return to the lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: The Knicks will stick with their winning lineup from Wednesday in Boston: Ron Baker, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Kyle O'Quinn. The Knicks are fully expected to limit Porzingis in his return, but he should be in your season-long lineups. We'll see where he gets his minutes with plenty of talk about him playing more center. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:30 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis available to play vs. WAS
    An MRI of Kristaps Porzingis' left Achilles confirmed no structural damage and he will be available to play on Thursday against the Wizards.

    Advice: This is wonderful news on the future of the franchise. Porzingis has missed the last four games and he also missed three games from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4 for the same reason, so the Knicks will likely be careful on him tonight. Additionally, there is a lot of talk of Porzingis playing more at the five, so that will be something to watch for tonight. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez take some hits here. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out again for Friday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: It will be his third consecutive game out of the lineup due to his ankle sprain from Sunday. The Hawks turned to Kris Humphries to pick up most of the minutes as the backup big. He's played well in his last two, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 boards and 2.0 treys in 22.0 minutes per game. Humphries probably won't be that good again, but give him a look if you're desperate for a big to stream. Mike Scott has also been in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin running at full speed
    Blake Griffin (knee) was running at full speed in practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was doing some more on-court work and going through some tests. Yesterday, coach Doc Rivers said it'll likely be another 1-2 weeks before Griffin can return. Upon his return, he'll likely affect Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out for Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Of course he won't. Arthur can't stay healthy and the Nuggets are going to limit his workload whenever they can. With Wilson Chandler (personal) out and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) questionable, we should see a lot of Kenneth Faried tonight and may even get a Jusuf Nurkic sighting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis hopes to play on Saturday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) said he's "90 percent ready" and he is hopeful to play on Saturday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He hasn't been officially ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards, but it sure sounds like he's not planning to play. Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning, so his plans for Saturday could change too based on the results. "Still not there yet," Porzingis said. "I have to be really careful of how much I do and how explosive the movements are. If not I get a little pinch again in the heel down there where the Achilles starts." We should have an update this afternoon, but Mindaugas Kusminskas looks like a nice short-term pickup and he's coming off a 17-point effort on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 am
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) out Thursday
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play on Thursday vs. the Heat or on Friday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He is out for the "near future," so we likely won't see him back on the court in January. This will be Bogut's fourth game on the shelf, so expect Seth Curry to draw another start with Dirk Nowitzki starting at center. Leave Bogut on the wire. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:10 am
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  • Myles Turner scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Myles Turner made 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he didn't do much damage on the glass and only had one block, Turner was really good against DeMarcus Cousins on the defensive end. Turner had seen a sudden spike on the glass this month, averaging 10.3 boards per game in his previous January games -- he only had 6.5 in December. Turner has held steady as a second-round player in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb, hand) escapes Wed
    Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo plays through bruised knee
    Bismack Biyombo played through a bruised knee to finish Wednesday's loss in New Orleans with four points, seven rebounds and no other stats in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Biyombo recently lost his starting center job to Nikola Vucevic, but even prior to the demotion he was a fantasy liability. He offers nothing beyond boards and blocks, and his awful FT shooting (49.6 percent) is destructive in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell scores 12 with five blocks
    Montrezl Harrell got the start against the Bucks on Wednesday, blocking a career-high five shots with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He's been awesome and the Rockets have a good problem with both Harrell and Clint Capela outperforming their expectations. For what it's worth, the other four starters with Harrell have a +1.7 net rating in 161 minutes while that foursome and Capela is +14.8, so it does make sense to move Harrell to the bench once Capela is 100 percent. Whatever the case, both players could still have value with 20-24 minutes. Obviously they would need Nene to fall out of the rotation, which could happen. Harrell is a hold for now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Clint Capela scores just five off bench
    Clint Capela came off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes.

    Advice: He still has a minutes limit and it may stick around. The good news is Capela came in for garbage time, so maybe the plan all along was to have him close out for this game. While he hasn't done much yet, he has to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) gets healthy DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Okafor was available to play despite his minor ankle ailment, but coach Brett Brown went back to a Joel Embiid/Nerlens Noel rotation at center. Barring a trade, Okafor belongs on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Joel Embiid (illness) scores 26 pts vs. TOR
    Joel Embiid (illness) racked up 26 points (6-of-13 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs) with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Sixers said recently that Embiid's 28-minute limit will not be increased this season, but that's obviously not a deal-breaker for fantasy owners. Even with the limit in place he's been an early round value in January, averaging a stellar 22.5 points, 0.7 threes, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. He's the first Sixers rookie since Allen Iverson to score 20+ points in 10 straight games, and he even earned "M-V-P" chants from the home crowd tonight. Give him another season or two, and that might not be far-fetched. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 pm
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  • Jonas Valanciunas grabs 16 rebounds vs. PHI
    Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds on Wednesday, with six on the offensive glass, adding 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Lucas Nogueira was out tonight due to a concussion and JV had his own scare when his head hit the court in the fourth quarter. He never left the game, however, so we're leaving him off the injury report unless a pessimistic update surfaces prior to Friday's road game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns to action vs. Magic
    Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:57 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis set to undergo an MRI
    Kristaps Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore left Achilles on Thursday.

    Advice: "He’s fine if he’s shooting a jump shot or something, but when he really pushes off hard to drive the ball he’s feeling a little pinch in the heel," said head coach Jeff Hornacek. "They’re giving him treatment and trying to get rid of that but I think that’s the last step and then he can play." Porzingis will miss his fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, but we should get a better idea on his potential return date once the MRI results are released. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Confirmed: Anthony Davis will play Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday vs. the Magic, as expected.

    Advice: Davis looked fine while going through his pregame routine, and there's been no discussion of a minutes restriction, so his owners can feel free to fire him up. Alvin Gentry may have had the quote of the year during his pregame interview, stating, "AD will play hurt. He's played hurt since the day he got here." Yup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:40 pm
  • Clint Capela will come off the bench vs. MIL
    Clint Capela will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Capela started in his return from a 15-game absence on Tuesday, but only lasted nine minutes, so it doesn't make much sense to start him while he's dealing with a minutes limit. Capela does have some nice upside, but it'll probably take him at least a week before he's really up to speed. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) out Wednesday vs. MIL
    Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Corey Brewer got the start on Tuesday with Anderson on the sidelines, and Sam Dekker saw some increased playing time with the second unit, but neither guy did that much. Instead, James Harden took on most of the offensive burden and popped off for a 40-point triple-double, and it'll likely be more of the same this evening. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Harrell starting, Clint Capela to the bench
    Montrezl Harrell will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game, sending Clint Capela to the bench.

    Advice: Capela is being eased back into things after a lengthy layoff, so it doesn't make sense to have him start if he's only going to play around 10 minutes or so. Harrell will likely split minutes at the five-spot with Capela and Nene, so he's not a very attractive option in most formats despite the starter tag. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play at PHI
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His knee injury has kept him to just two games in 2017. Luckily for the Raptors, they have Jared Sullinger (foot) back for limited minutes -- he's likely only going to play 10-15 minutes tonight. The Raptors will also likely go smaller tonight while Pascal Siakam could play 20 minutes. None of these guys mentioned are worth using in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • Joel Embiid (illness) will start on Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (illness) will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Embiid could be limited tonight due to the illness, but he remains a must-start guy any time he takes the court. With him active, Nerlens Noel (ankle) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) will split the reserve minutes, with Noel offering a bit more appeal due to his defensive upside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:21 pm
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  • Darrell Arthur is doubtful to play
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is doubtful to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play on Tuesday due to his oft-injured knee. With Wilson Chandler (personal) listed as out, there could be plenty of minutes going to Kenneth Faried and even Juan Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira will not play on Wednesday
    Lucas Nogueira (concussion) will not play on Wednesday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He had some blurred vision on Tuesday and is still in the concussion protocol. Nogueira's fantasy owners should probably just sit tight and hope he can return this weekend. With him out, Paskal Siakam is likely to start, but fantasy owners should steer clear. The Raptors could also go small to give more run to Norman Powell and Terrence Ross. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Robin Lopez working on 3-pointers?
    Robin Lopez said he's been working on his 3-pointers and it's not "game ready" yet.

    Advice: If Brook [Lopez] can do it, I definitely can," Lopez said. Robin has yet to make a 3-pointer in his entire NBA career with just five attempts. He's actually been very good on his shots from beyond 20 feet this season, making 55.0 percent of his 20 attempts. Lopez has only turned in 12th-round value on the season, so he's only a borderline hold. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:58 am
  • Blake Griffin about a week or two out
    Coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) is still about 1-2 weeks away from his return.

    Advice: That means he'll be on the back end of his 4-6 week timeline from back on Dec. 20. Griffin is starting to do some on-court work and ran some sprints before Saturday's game. The Clippers may have a tough time winning games with Chris Paul (hamstring) also out. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers should be carrying the offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday
    Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo took a nasty spill during Monday's game, but he played through it, and after resting up on Tuesday he'll be good to go for tonight's game. Biyombo hasn't been very good this season, owning meager averages of 6.1 points, 7.6 boards and 1.3 blocks per contest, so while his bones may very well be infused with liquid adamantium, he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) available to play Weds
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Joel Embiid (illness) may be forced to sit this one out, which would essentially guarantee Okafor at least 20 minutes of floor time. That being said, Okafor is basically only good for points and boards, so he's not a very attractive target in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) says he'll play
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) said that he will play Wednesday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Davis really likes going up against the Magic, in eight career outings against Orlando he owns impressive averages of 18.8 points, 13.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and a whopping 4.1 swats per contest, so he's on the radar as a potential DFS target. Just check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:12 am
  • Joel Embiid (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Embiid wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he's likely headed for a game-time call here. Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable, so if Embiid is out, it'll be Jahlil Okafor and Noel manning the five-spot with Noel being the more attractive target. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 am
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  • Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He's still dealing with soreness in his left Achilles, so the Knicks will continue to take an extremely cautious approach with their franchise big man. Joakim Noah (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and is looking doubtful, so we could see a lot of Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez operating at the five-spot today, with Mindaugas Kusminskas earning another start at the four sans Porzingis. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 am
  • Porzingis, Noah questionable for Wednesday
    Kristaps Porzingis (sore left Achilles) and Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Jeff Hornacek hinted on Tuesday that he was considering starting Porzingis at center for Wednesday's game, so it could be easier to justify making that move if Noah is forced to the sidelines today. Noah wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he seems a bit closer to doubtful, while Porzingis did participate. We likely won't get another update until Porzingis goes through his pregame routine, but if both guys are out, Kyle O'Quinn could draw the start at center. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 27 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Towns has made an effort to find his shot earlier in games and it's paying dividends, as he's averaging 11.4 points in the first quarter of his last five games. "Just wanted to do what I can to get us W’s and make it as easy as I can for us as a whole to try to get wins," Towns said. "I felt that me being more aggressive in the first quarter would help us a little more, and I’m glad that it’s been working so far. I’ll keep riding the train." If he keeps this up, Towns should be a top-10 option the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Robin Lopez has best game as Bull Tuesday
    Robin Lopez scored a season-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and a block on 10-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's 99-98 loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Ro-Lo has been pretty quiet this season with the Bulls, but broke out of a funk tonight. Some more rebounds and blocks would have been nice, but owners will take this one. It probably helped that he was facing a Mavs' team starting ancient forward Dirk Nowitzki at center, so we'll have to see if Ro-Lo can do it again on Friday against Dwight Howard and the Hawks, which will be a tougher test. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell plays 16 minutes on Tuesday
    Montrezl Harrell played just 16 minutes and hit 5-of-6 shots for 13 points, one rebound and no blocks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Clint Capela started, but played just nine minutes, while Harrell and Nene handled the center minutes off the bench. Nene had four points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes, but both players are going to take a hit once Capela gets his body back in NBA shape after missing 15 games with a broken leg. If you are ready to drop Harrell, it makes sense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Clint Capela fails to score in return
    Clint Capela played for the first time in 15 games after a broken leg and started on Tuesday, but missed all three of his shots and didn't score in just nine minutes of action.

    Advice: The good news is that he's back and the bad news is that it will be baby steps for Capela as he works his way back into game shape. He's worth holding, but it may be a week or so before we see him return to form. He did have five rebounds and a block, for what it's worth. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:03 pm
  • Nogueira (blurred vision) done for night
    Lucas Nogueira (blurred vision) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He has blurred vision in his left eye and will be re-evaluated again after the game. He was also being evaluated for a concussion, but we should know more about that soon. Paskal Siakam started the second half and Jakop Poeltl could play a bit more as well. Bebe finished with three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes. There are no great speculative pickups here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:50 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira (head) goes to locker room
    Lucas Nogueira was playing well Tuesday before taking a hard forearm to the face, which caused him to leave the game and head to the locker room.

    Advice: He is undergoing the concussion protocol in the locker room, so hopefully we'll know more very soon. He easily walked off under his own power and looked OK, but don't make any roster moves until we know more. He had three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes before heading for the locker room. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:00 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) out Tuesday vs. BKN
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This will be his third straight game on the sidelines, and his absence essentially ensures that Lucas Nogueira will get another start at the four-spot. Nogueira is worth owning as a shot blocking specialist in most leagues, while Patterson isn't worth a roster spot almost anywhere. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:50 pm
  • 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 Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) questionable vs. NO
    Bismack Biyombo (right knee bruise) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo had a really nasty fall on Monday, and while he played through it, it looks like the injury swelled up on him on the flight over to New Orleans. If Biyombo can't give it a go on Wednesday night, Nikola Vucevic would likely see his minutes rise to the high-30s, and Aaron Gordon may be able to spend some more time at the four-spot. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) won't play Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Zeller was able to get through a full practice on Tuesday, so while he'll miss Wednesday's game, there's a chance he'll be able to return to action Saturday vs. Portland. That being said, Zeller is a negligible part of the rotation in Boston, so his return to action won't have any meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:30 am
  • Embiid to remain on 28-min limit all season
    The Sixers expect Joel Embiid to remain on a 28-minute limit all season, according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: When asked if there was a possibility that the team would increase Embiid's minute cap or remove the limit altogether, Brown said: "I don't believe there is." Fantasy owners would obviously love to see The Process play more, but they obviously can't complain about the results thus far. The Sixers are wisely playing it safe with their franchise cornerstone, who has been consistently spectacular all season long. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:43 am
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  • 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 Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • HOU's backup center will be based on matchups
    Clint Capela (knee) will start for Houston going forward, but his backup will likely be based on matchups most nights, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "Maybe the first guy off the bench will be a matchup consideration. Or if bulky centers give Clint a problem, I'll substitute early and get Nene in there. Or if we need energy today, maybe here comes Montrezl," said coach D'Antoni. Harrell averaged 14.6 points (on 68.3 percent shooting) and 4.9 rebounds in 27.4 minutes over the 14 games Capela missed due to his knee injury, but will obviously see a big hit to his playing time and production serving solely as a reserve. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:25 am
  • Clint Capela (knee) will start Tuesday night
    Clint Capela (knee) will return to the starting lineup Tuesday night in Miami, but will "probably" play fewer than 20 minutes.

    Advice: Capela will return after missing 15 games. Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that there will not be a minutes cap in place, but did say: "His condition being what it is, we'll keep him under 20 minutes, probably." Capela was averaging 24.5 minutes per game over Houston's first 28 games this season. Montrezl Harrell had played relatively well in Capela absence, but will now get bumped back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:28 am
  • Clint Capela (knee) expected to play Tuesday
    Clint Capela (knee) is expected to make his return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. Miami.

    Advice: "I've been doing pretty good in the workouts by myself, sprinting, dunking. It all felt good," Capela said. He had been playing the best basketball of his career prior to the injury, which was initially projected to cost him 4-6 weeks. He is averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks - all career-highs. Make sure he is not floating around your league's waiver wire, as he was returning mid-round value over the first two months of the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:00 am
  • Marreese Speights scores 23 w/ 10 boards
    Marreese Speights scored a season-high 23 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes in Monday's 120-98 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He scored 10 of his points in garbage time during the fourth quarter, but Speights was on fire all night, hitting 8-of-15 shots from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Speights is a per-minute monster, but the problem is that he's only eclipsed the 20-minute mark one time in January (tonight). With Blake Griffin (knee) nearing a return, it's tough to get excited about this. We'll let you know if his role grows. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:24 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores season-high 15 points
    Bismack Biyombo took a nasty spill on Monday in Orlando's loss to Denver, but still managed to surprisingly score a season-high 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo had not scored more than 10 points since early December, so this was offensive outburst wasn't expected, especially after a scary fall in which it appeared his leg bent the wrong way. Nonetheless, Orlando has shifted towards a small-ball approach, which has capped Biz's fantasy upside significantly. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:24 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 17 in 28 minutes
    Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Monday in Denver.

    Advice: Vooch has scored at least 15 points in each of Orlando's last five games and is averaging 19.4 points (on 55.7 percent shooting), 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals over that five-game stretch. His stock is trending upwards and his appears to be poised for a solid second half of the season now that his role in the offense is secure. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:15 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 18 w/ four blocks
    Myles Turner scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, four blocks and one assist in Monday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Turner held his own against Anthony Davis and turned in one of the best lines of the night so far, but he did shoot just 7-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line. Turner was shooting 80.9 percent from the line prior to Monday, so cut him some slack this time around. This was Turner's third game of the season with 18+ points, 12+ rebounds and 4+ blocks, second to only Anthony Davis (6) and Hassan Whiteside (5). Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Clint Capela (knee) feeling good in workouts
    Clint Capela (knee) said that he's been sprinting and dunking during recent workouts, and it all felt good.

    Advice: Capela has been out of commission since Dec. 17, but he could return to the court for Tuesday's game against the Heat. The Rockets will make an official determination on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. He'll likely be eased back into things after the lengthy layoff, but once he's fully up to speed, Montrezl Harrell will lose most of his value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:42 pm
  • 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 Jan 16, 3:10 pm
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play Monday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Zeller is finally feeling better, but Monday will mark his eighth straight game on the sidelines due to this illness. We'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, but with the main guys in Boston's frontcourt healthy, Zeller won't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 3:04 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 Jan 16, 11:38 am
  • Robin Lopez logs 37 minutes vs. Grizzlies
    Robin Lopez had another strong game on Sunday with 12 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Lopez helped his team earn a tough 108-104 win in Memphis. The Bulls scored a season-low 14 points in the first quarter tonight, but they recovered with a season-high 38 points in the second quarter. The Jekyll and Hyde performance didn't continue in the second half, during which they scored 56 points, and the Bulls' win leaves them just ahead of Charlotte for the No. 8 seed. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:05 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell gets 16 & 7 in start Sunday
    Montrezl Harrell logged 34 minutes as a starter on Sunday, making 6-of-9 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs to finish with 16 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: The bad news is that Clint Capela is nearing a return from his fractured fibula, and could play as soon as Tuesday's road game in Miami. Harrell has carved out a reliable spot in the rotation, but he's averaging just 16.2 minutes off the bench, as opposed to 26.6 minutes as a starter. The clock is ticking, though he's worth owning until we see how the rotation shakes out with Capela active. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:05 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles in 28 mins
    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in his 28 minutes of action during Sunday's 116-101 blowout victory over the Knicks, tallying 12 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: Ever since head coach Dwane Casey challenged Valanciunas to earn his minutes by dominating his matchup, JV has been a double-double machine owning averages of 14.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 block and just 1.2 turnovers per contest on 53.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. After the game, Casey said that there are "no excuses" for Valanciunas to not "dominate" the boards, and he's been pleased with JV's performance as of late. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 3:54 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 Jan 15, 2:48 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past few weeks, Towns has crept into the first-round equation with averages of 22.3 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.9 dimes, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 91.4 percent shooting from the stripe. He should be able to finish the second half of the season as a first-round stud. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 1:36 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 Jan 15, 12:38 pm
  • Stevens says Zeller (illness) feeling better
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Tyler Zeller (illness) is feeling a lot better and getting closer to a return.

    Advice: The illness has forced Zeller to spend the past seven straight games on the sidelines, but it sounds like there's a chance he'll be able to return to action Monday vs. the Hornets. He'll likely be eased back into things, but he's not a significant part of the rotation anyway, so his return to action will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 11:46 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) won't play Sunday
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row, but the Raptors are likely being cautious based on coach Dwane Casey's comments earlier in the week. With Patterson out, the Raptors are going to roll with Lucas Nogueira at the four, but that might not be ideal if the Knicks start Lance Thomas in place of Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). Nogueira had 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in his last start. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 10:57 am
  • Clint Capela (leg) could return on Tuesday
    Clint Capela (leg) could return on Tuesday vs. the Heat or Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He has missed about one month of action, but the big man is scheduled to go through practice on Monday. It's fair to assume that Capela will have restrictions right out of the gate, but he shouldn't be sitting on your waiver wire with season averages of 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Montrezl Harrell is now a drop candidate in most leagues, while Nene loses a lot of value as well. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:11 am
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 15 points in 32 mins
    Nikola Vucevic played 32 minutes, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Despite the tough matchup, Vuc was able to put together a nice performance. He continues to play significant minutes, playing 32 minutes in three consecutive games. In the month of January, he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 16.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Orlando’s new approach on offense has not affected Vucevic in a negative way whatsoever. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:05 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo plays 15 minutes vs. Jazz
    Bismack Biyombo missed all of his field goal attempts, scoring four points on 4-of-4 free throws, with four rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: It is very clear that going big is not an option for the Magic, as it has been an inefficient strategy. Plus, this is one of the best matchup for it, so it looks even worse for Biz. This has been a rough month for Biyombo, who averaged 20.1 minutes, 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in January heading into this game. With Orlando going smaller, Biyombo appears to be the odd man out for the Magic and is a drop candidate unless you're in dire strait for blocks. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:41 pm
  • 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 Jan 14, 7:51 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores six points with 10 boards
    Robin Lopez played 27 minutes with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls absolutely dominated on the glass. Lopez had nine of the 21 offensive boards and the Bulls had a 21-board advantage overall. We've seen Ro-Lo lose some late minutes to Cris Felicio and that happened again, but this was a very encouraging game. He gets another great matchup for minutes against the Grizzles on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:38 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 Jan 14, 3:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin doing some running
    Blake Griffin (knee) ran light sprints along the sideline at Staples Center during warm-ups on Saturday.

    Advice: He is coming along nicely and remains on his 4-6 week timetable. Griffin has been taking some shots and there has been no sign of a setback. It may be a handful of games before he's back to his old self, but his owners may get him back within the next week. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:40 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) out indefinitely
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will be out for "the near future," according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Bogut has had a very difficult time staying healthy, as this hamstring issue is simply his most recent ailment. Bogut has averaged just 18.4 minutes in the games he's appeared in over the last six weeks, so the fantasy impact of this news is actually not all that significant. Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell will soak up the minutes Bogut leaves behind. Carlisle also hinted he could start Seth Curry, so he's worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 10:36 am
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  • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable for Sun
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Patterson returned to play two games earlier this week but was then forced to sit out Friday night, although coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. Lucas Nogueira started in place of Patterson on Friday, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. Pascal Siakam or Norman Powell could also see increased minutes, based on matchups, if Patterson misses more time. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 10:16 am
  • Vucevic to be used exclusively at center
    Coach Frank Vogel has confirmed that he will use Nikola Vucevic exclusively at center going forward.

    Advice: Vogel also said that Serge Ibaka will see minutes as the back-up center, which will mean more minutes for Jeff Green at the four. The early returns on Vogel's change in approach have been promising, as Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in the Magic's win on Friday. The odd man out in the new situation is Bismack Biyombo, who played only 16 minutes on Friday. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 7:13 am
  • Nikola Vucevic scores season-high 30 points
    Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in Friday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He likes this starting thing and coach Frank Vogel confirmed this week that he will stick with him in the first unit going forward. Vucevic played 32 minutes and hit 13-of-18 shots with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks. He's trending in the right direction and should see a healthy workload on Saturday vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. Bismack Biyombo only played 16 minutes and had two points, five rebounds and two turnovers. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:51 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 29 with 17 boards
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Thunder during a big 96-86 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: And here comes the Wolves. After a big win against the Rockets on Wednesday, they now are on their longest winning streak with three wins in a row. Towns is also looking like the player his fantasy owners drafted over his last five, averaging 24.4 points, 14.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys on 57.8 percent from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. We're expecting him to turn in early-first value in standard leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:20 pm
  • Bebe blocks four shots in win
    Lucas Nogueira scored 10 points with nine rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He has been great when teams attack him as a weak-side helper and with his 2.0 blocks per game in just 26.4 minutes per game over his last five. For what it's worth, the Nogueira and Jonas Valanciunas lineup didn't even work today in this blowout win with a -6.9 net rating in 12 minutes, and it's only a so-so +2.2 in their last 15 games -- used in seven games in that span. Bebe should still be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 8:21 pm
  • Valanciunas adds another double-double
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: It wasn't a dominating line, but Valanciunas defended well in the paint and his rebounding is a positive -- he had a game-high three offensive boards, as well. He also went to the line, which is another thing both coach Dwane Casey and general manager Masai Ujiri want to see. After a little lull, JV is trending up again. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 8:09 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira getting the start at PF
    Lucas Nogueira is getting the start at power forward against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Going with Bebe against the NBA's fastest team is an interesting move, so we'll see how it works for the Raptors. He's made two previous starts at PF, averaging 6.5 points, 7.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 4:13 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. He didn't exactly look right with 21 minutes and going scoreless on Tuesday. Against Trevor Booker at the four, the Raptors could be looking at Lucas Nogueira as the starter. They could also go with more small-ball lineups against the fastest team in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 2:52 pm
  • Masai Ujiri talks about Jonas Valanciunas
    General manager Masai Ujri said the Raptors haven't noticed Jonas Valanciunas playing with the same "feistiness" in the last three weeks.

    Advice: Ujiri said Valanciunas has it in him and he's fine with how JV can have bad games. Coach Dwane Casey has also said he wants JV to dominate down low, so Ujiri and Casey are on the same page there. He's come off a big game with 18 points and 23 boards, so expect him to feast against a fast-paced Nets team tonight. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 12:35 pm
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