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  • Dion Waiters to undergo ankle surgery Monday
    Dion Waiters will undergo ankle surgery on Monday.

    Advice: The Heat did not provide a timetable for his return, and while he's expected to make a full recovery, his season is over. Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson (ankle) will all see a nice bump in value the rest of the way. 9 minutes ago
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) uncertain for road trip
    Lonzo Ball (knee) is uncertain to play in the upcoming five-game road trip for the Lakers.

    Advice: "I don't expect him back [anytime soon]," coach Luke Walton said. "I haven't seen him on the court doing anything, but they're looking at it, still just taking it day by day to see when the knee is feeling better." Ball is doubtful for Tuesday's home game vs. Boston, and then the Lakers go on the road to face the Bulls, Raptors, Magic, Nets and Thunder. Jordan Clarkson has emerged as the best fantasy pickup in Ball's absence, while Alex Caruso has outplayed Tyler Ennis and could also have some nice value in the short term. 13 minutes ago
  • Nigel Hayes was signed by LAK on Sunday January 21. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (glute) remains optimistic
    Danilo Gallinari (glute) reportedly "hopes to return in the next couple weeks."

    Advice: There haven't been many concrete updates and we'll take what we can get. The oft-injured veteran is dealing with a partially torn left glute -- he was expected to miss about six weeks as of Dec. 21, so this fits his initial timetable. Given the uncertainty of his situation, most owners should probably wait until we've seen him practice before stashing him. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Reggie Bullock quiet again despite start
    Reggie Bullock started again on Sunday but played only 22 minutes, finishing 3-of-5 from the field for seven points and one assist.

    Advice: Bullock hit one 3-pointer but his statistical limitations are glaring, especially with Stanley Johnson playing well after a lengthy absence. There should be higher-upside options on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Nik Stauskas picks up another DNP-CD
    Nik Stauskas picked up his third straight DNP-CD on Sunday.

    Advice: Brooklyn had been finding a handful of minutes per game for Stauskas, but that ended recently and his outlook is bleak with D'Angelo Russell (knee) back in the mix. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer if the Nets make a $5.1 million qualifying offer, so maybe the'll play him late in the season. Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in win over NYK
    Julius Randle posted a 27-point, 12-rebound double-double during Sunday's win over the Knicks, adding five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Randle has been fairly consistent with the points, boards and dimes over the past few weeks, but the general lack of defensive stats and turnover issues have been a major hindrance to his fantasy value. We've heard his name floating around the rumor mill a lot lately with the trade deadline approaching, and he's certainly played well enough as of late to attract some suitors, so it'll be interesting to see if there's any fire to the smoke. A trade away from Los Angles wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 17 points in 14 mins
    Michael Beasley struggled with foul trouble on Sunday but still came through with 17 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and two turnovers in 14 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Beasley committed some silly fouls in this one, but he made up for that with efficiency, going 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe for a sterling 86.0 true shooting percentage. Beasley's minutes have been somewhat inconsistent since Tim Hardaway Jr. got back to the court, but he's still been effective with averages of 13.5 points, 4.3 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers per game. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 17 points w/ 5 treys
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting Sunday to go with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and one block in 29 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: As an added bonus for 9-cat owners, THJ didn't commit a single turnover, and he's simply been on fire since getting back to the court with averages of 22.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 dimes, 0.8 steals, 1.3 turnovers and an elite 3.8 triples per contest on 51.8% shooting, which has been good enough for top-45 value in 9-cat leagues. He was supposed to be on a 25-minute limit for this road trip, but it looks like head coach Jeff Hornacek isn't afraid to go a bit over that number. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • James Ennis (right calf) ruled out Monday
    James Ennis (right calf) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden are the winners here, especially if Mario Chalmers (shoulder) and Dillon Brooks (illness) can't suit up. We're considering Ennis day-to-day. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) out Monday vs. Sixers
    JaMychal Green (right ankle) will not play vs. Philly on Monday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies' injury report is a mess. Andrew Harrison (shoulder) is probable, Jarell Martin (left hand), Dillon Brooks (illness) and Mario Chalmers (shoulder) are questionable, while Chandler Parsons (knee) and James Ennis III (calf) are out. Mike Conley is also still out, of course, and fantasy owners relying on anyone from Memphis should monitor player news throughout Monday afternoon. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Khem Birch swats two shots in 17 minutes
    Khrm Birch scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting Sunday to go with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Birch brought some great energy off the bench and played the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's impressive win over the Celtics. He's been nice on the defensive end for Orlando since entering the rotation three games ago, posting averages of 6.7 points, 7.0 boards and 2.3 swats per game, so he could be someone to think about grabbing as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Aaron Gordon goes 5-of-17 from the field
    Aaron Gordon's shooting woes continued on Sunday as he went just 5-of-17 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on his way to 11 points, 13 boards, four assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Gordon has been connecting on just 33.6% of his shot attempts over the past eight games, although he’s still been effective with averages of 16.5 points, 8.5 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 triples, 0.8 steals and 2.4 turnovers per game. We should see a regression to the mean with his jump shot soon enough, and the steals numbers should also start trending up as well. A favorable matchup against the Kings on Tuesday could help him to start moving in the right direction. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 22 points in win
    Elfrid Payton scored a team-high 22 points in Sunday's win over the Celtics, adding six boards, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Payton did a nice job of picking his spots in the offense, and he was a huge factor in the Magic snapping their 14-game road losing streak. He had a slow start to the year, but he's really picked up his play over the past month with averages of 16.5 points, 6.5 dimes, 1.5 steals and 3.0 turnovers per contest on 54.4% shooting from the field and 76.6% from the stripe, which has been good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He should be able to close out the year as a mid-round guy. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart coming off the bench
    Marcus Smart will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is good to go after a one-game absence. Even though he plays a few minutes less as a reserve, his averages as a starter are pretty similar. As always, he's worth owning if you don't mind his field goal percentage. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Kevin Love (illness) sits out practice
    Kevin Love (illness) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He's still not feeling well and was held to three minutes on Saturday without any stats. He does have another 48+ hours to recover, so hopefully he'll be ready to roll vs. the Spurs. Coach Tyronn Lue did say he wants to get Love more touches, but his value has been trending in the wrong direction since Isaiah Thomas got back. Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Lue says he needs to get Love more touches
    Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he needs to get Kevin Love more touches.

    Advice: "Whoever has it going or whoever is open should get the basketball, so it’s really not an option thing," Lue said. "Kevin’s been great all year and we got to continue to get him touches and continue to feature him, no matter who’s on the floor." His usage rate drops from 26.6 to 20.2 with Isaiah Thomas on the floor, so his value is trending in the wrong direction. Lue has talked about getting Love more touches many times this season, so take his comments with a grain of salt until it actually happens. Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Celtics sign Jarell Eddie
    The Celtics have signed Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old sharpshooter has played 26 games for the Wizards and five games for the Suns, but only averaged 6.7 minutes per game. He'll have a tough time receiving meaningful minutes while he's in Boston, but they may give him a look since they could use his floor spacing. Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 10 points vs. Mavs
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He did have some decent momentum coming into this game, but he was sloppy on both ends of the floor. Nurkic did also tweak his right elbow when he got tangled up with Salah Mejri, but it sounds like he's OK. He's been a bit of a headache in fantasy this season. Saturday, 10:23 pm
  • Karl Towns turns it around in 2nd half
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a ghost in the first half with no points and one rebound before half, but he really got it going late to earn a home win. His first field goal attempt didn't even come until there were eight minutes left in the third quarter. Towns put up his 40th double-double on the season, and he did so very efficiently (6-of-7 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line) on offense. He's as steady as it gets in fantasy with his No. 1 rank in nine-category leagues to date this season. Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores season-high 29 points
    Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot the ball well with his 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Wiggins also pulled down two huge rebounds late in the game to help the Wolves snap their two-game losing streak. It's not really a surprise that Wiggins blew up because Jimmy Butler (knee) didn't play. It doesn't sound like Jimmy will be out long, so this strong game doesn't really change Wiggins' outlook. Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • Muhammad scores seven in 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad scored seven points with two rebounds in 12 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He seems to be behind both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Nemanja Bjelica to help fill the void left on the wing. Muhammad isn't really worth adding in almost any league. Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores season-high 40 points
    Kyle Lowry erupted for a season-high 40 points against the Wolves during a 115-109 loss on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Surprisingly, this was just his second 30-point game of the season, and also just the first time he's topped 20 in back-to-back games since November. Lowry has also been bombing 3-pointers lately with 9.6 attempts per game over his last three, making 4.7 of them. He's at his best when his jumper is falling, so we could see Lowry go on a heater. Saturday, 9:41 pm
  • Rudy Gobert swats three shots vs. Clippers
    Rudy Gobert posted 16 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots over 28 minutes in Saturday's 125-113 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Gobert was a very efficient 6-of-9 from the field, and he didn't have any turnovers. He was on his way to a pretty strong stat line, but foul trouble kept his numbers down a bit. Still, his overall performance was pretty impressive. In addition, he was able to play in the back-to-back set, so that's another good sign for his fantasy owners. Saturday, 9:26 pm
  • Joe Ingles ties career high with 21 points
    Joe Ingles tied a career-high 21 points in Saturday's 125-113 victory against the visiting Clippers.

    Advice: Ingles finished 8-of-15 from the field while going 5-of-10 from behind the 3-point line, and he also finished with four rebounds, four steals and two assists over 33 minutes. After being bumped from the starting five on Friday, he was back starting with Rodney Hood (leg) on the mend and Jingles was playing with a chip on his shoulder. He continues to have top-100 fantasy value whether starting or not. Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Eric Gordon struggles with shot vs. GSW
    Eric Gordon made 2-of-14 from the field for six points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The 3-pointers were not dropping with Gordon missing all nine from deep, which means he was on the other end of the spectrum today after a 30-point explosion against the Wolves. Gordon's numbers have usually fallen when Chris Paul and James Harden are active, so he's a sell-high player right now. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) will not return
    JaMychal Green (right ankle) will not return to Saturday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He suffered the injury much earlier in the game, but he wasn't ruled out until the fourth quarter. Hopefully, this injury isn't going to cost him too much time, but getting ruled out in a close game is discouraging. Green's bad injury earlier this year was to his right knee. He finished with eight points, a season-high 16 rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes. Jarell Martin and Ivan Rabb will be filling in for him tonight with Martin being worthy of a speculative add in deep leagues. Saturday, 5:57 pm
  • Joe Ingles back in the starting lineup
    Joe Ingles back in the starting lineup against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Rodney Hood (leg) is not going to play today because of a leg contusion, so Ingles is right back in the starting lineup after he was bumped on Friday. He'll continue to flirt with around top 100 value in standard leagues. Saturday, 5:26 pm
  • Kevin Love doesn't return vs. OKC
    Kevin Love did not return from his illness on Saturday, finishing with no stats in three minutes.

    Advice: It was obvious he wasn't feeling well, so it would've been nice to have been given a heads up. Love was struggling since Isaiah Thomas returned, so this ugly stat line opens his buy-low window even more because of how it will skew his value. Although, the Cavs may have to think about starting Tristan Thompson after they were crushed inside. The Cavs are off until Tuesday, so Love should be ready for that one. Saturday, 3:12 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) gets on a treadmill
    Lonzo Ball (knee) was able to get on the treadmill on Saturday, but Luke Walton said that he's still several steps away from being able to play.

    Advice: He is still not close to a return, but this is progress in the right direction. Ball has been ruled out for Sunday and head coach Luke Walton was non-committal when discussing his status for the Lakers' upcoming five-game road trip, which suggests he'll miss Tuesday's home game against the Celtics as well. Expect Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso to handle the point guard minutes, with Jordan Clarkson also picking up the slack. Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Kevin Love (illness) questionable to return
    Kevin Love (illness) is questionable to return against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: The ABC broadcast said Love wasn't feeling well with about 10 minutes left in the second quarter and the team now says he's questionable just a few minutes later. Love had a couple ugly shots and he didn't look well on the bench, so it's possible he doesn't return. Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) out again for Sunday
    Lonzo Ball (knee) did not practice on Saturday and has been ruled out for Sunday against the Knicks.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he's close and the Lakers will wait for him to go through a full practice before he's back out there. The Lakers next game is Tuesday against the Celtics, so his fantasy owners should consider him between questionable and doubtful for that game. With him out, it's been Alex Caruso stepping up the most at the point while Tyler Ennis starts. Josh Hart could also benefit if other starters are out. Saturday, 12:00 pm
  • James Ennis (right calf) ruled out Saturday
    James Ennis (right calf) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: This will be the second straight game Ennis has missed. Chandler Parsons (illness, right knee soreness) has also been ruled out and Ben McLemore (knee soreness) is listed as questionable, so the Grizz could be left with little depth on the wing on Saturday. Dillon Brooks will again be asked to log major minutes and could be looking at another big scoring night. Saturday, 11:00 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. to remain on 25-minute limit
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he plans to keep Tim Hardaway Jr. on a minutes restriction of about 25 per game during the Knicks current seven-game road trip.

    Advice: The Knicks have four games left on this road swing, including a back-to-back Thursday and Friday of next week. Hardaway Jr. was able to do plenty of damage in limited playing time in Friday's win over the Jazz. He finished with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes. Despite the minutes cap, he should be owned and started in all leagues. Saturday, 6:29 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 31 points in win
    Tim Hardaway Jr. lit up the Jazz during a 117-115 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field for 31 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, he got a big contract this summer, but Hardaway Jr. has performed while healthy. THJ did miss two clutch free throws with 33 seconds left in the fourth, but did ice the game with two free throw makes with nine second left. The Knicks will get another back-to-back set on Jan. 25-26 and another on the 30th and 31st, so his owners will have to make sure he's good for those. He needs to be owned in all leagues regardless. Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Julius Randle effective in Friday's home win
    Julius Randle (finger) was able to start Friday's 99-86 victory against the Pacers, finishing with 14 points.

    Advice: Randle hit 7-of-12 from the field while adding four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot over his 20 minutes. He is playing with a jammed right ring finger and fracture, but the ailment didn't seem to affect his shot in the win. If you were hesitant to use him in your fantasy lineup because of the injury, fear not. He looks like he'll be just fine playing through the situation. Friday, 10:57 pm
  • Rudy Gobert returns with 23 and 14, 3 blocks
    Rudy Gobert (knee) turned in a gem during his return to the lineup on Friday, scoring a season-high 23 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 30 minutes during a 117-115 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: He was expected to play around 24 minutes, but this game was close in a game the Jazz really needed before a road trip that starts on Monday. Gobert started slow and did only make 9-of-15 from the line, but he showed some rapport with Donovan Mitchell. He has been a major letdown so far this season, so hopefully he can hang more lines like this one. His owners may want to make sure he's a go for Saturday in a back-to-back set against the Clippers. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores nine off the bench
    Joe Ingles moved to the bench against the Knicks on Friday with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The move to the bench didn't really hurt his output with Ingles and Rodney Hood basically just swapping roles. Ingles isn't much of a scorer anyway, so expect him to be around a top-100 player regardless of is position in the lineup. Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Reggie Bullock back in the starting five
    Reggie Bullock (illness) returned to the lineup Friday against the Wizards, posting nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

    Advice: Bullock is over a bout of bronchitis, and he was listed as a game-time decision for this one. He also chipped in with two assists and a blocked shot over 24 minutes. He is averaging just 5.5 points per game over his past two outings, and he has single-digit performances in four of his past five. If you normally rely upon him, keep him reserved in all fantasy leagues until he starts to produce with a little more consistency. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Ennis, Hart, Brewer, Kuz & Randle starting
    Corey Brewer, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Josh Hart and Tyler Ennis will start against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: The Lakers are missing a lot of bodies here and they'll go small against the Pacers. Randle is also playing with a finger fracture. Friday, 7:26 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 24 points in win vs. Spurs
    Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to an 86-83 win over the Spurs on Friday with 24 points on 8-of-16 shots.

    Advice: That's more like it. Lowry hit just 8-of-30 shots in his previous two games since returning from his back injury, but he looked more like himself tonight. He added three rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and four triples, helping the Raptors snap their four-game losing streak against the Spurs. He did play 35 minutes tonight, so we'll see how his back responds on the second night of a back-to-back set vs. the Wolves. Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will start vs. Utah
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: That'll bump Lance Thomas to the bench. Hardaway Jr. still could be limited as he recovers from his leg injury, and he did play 26 minutes on Wednesday. He should still be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 6:18 pm
  • Rudy Gobert to play around 24 minutes
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will start and is expected to play around 24 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He beat his timetable from last weekend to return, but the Jazz rightfully won't be extending him too much. Gobert's scoring has dropped from last season, so it'll be interesting to see how he fits now that Donovan Mitchell has established himself as a rookie stud. Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Ingles coming off the bench
    Joe Ingles will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ingles did have 14 points and four dimes in his last game, but he's been cold for a while. The Jazz will roll with the hot hand of Rodney Hood tonight and there's a chance that he could stick in the first unit. Ingles will still have a significant role, but he's a low-end fantasy option and it's been that way for a while. Friday, 5:56 pm
  • Reggie Bullock (illness) is active Friday
    Reggie Bullock (illness) is active for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He sat out of the morning shootaround and was considered "50/50" to play, but he'll give it a go and could see his normal allotment of minutes if he's feeling up to it. He's been inconsistent, but he does have some low-end value for his 3-pointers and steals. Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Julius Randle (finger) expected to play
    Julius Randle jammed his right ring finger and suffered a fracture, but he’s scheduled to play against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: It's being called a mallet fracture, which is just below the tip of Randle's finger. The Lakers will need him with Brandon Ingram (ankle) possibly missing this game. Randle is a lefty, so this injury may not affect him too much on offense. He's an option in DFS and should be owned in standard leagues now that he's seen consistent minutes. Friday, 11:38 am
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) doesn't practice on Friday
    Lonzo Ball (knee) did not practice on Friday and remains out against the Pacers.

    Advice: He didn't do anything at all, so it's looking like Ball will need to miss at least a couple more games. He'll also have to go through a full practice before getting the green light for a game. With him out, Tyler Ennis should continue to start while Josh Hart, Corey Brewer and Gary Payton II may see increased playing time. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) will play Friday vs. NY
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Knicks, but will have a minutes restriction.

    Advice: Coach Quinn Snyder said he was unsure whether or not Gobert would start. Gobert told reporters that his minutes restriction would be largely based on his level of conditioning and fatigue. Rudy also said that he expects to play Saturday vs. the Clippers as well, barring soreness. It's probably best to steer clear of Rudy in DFS on Friday, but daily fantasy leaguers should feel confident deploying him. Derrick Favors, Jonas Jerebko (back), Joe Johnson and Ekpe Udoh will all see their playing time reduced. Friday, 10:33 am
  • C's plan to sign Jarell Eddie to 10-day deal
    The Celtics plan to sign Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

    Advice: This won't have any fantasy implications, as Eddie will likely only see sporadic minutes off the bench if he appears in a game. Friday, 9:40 am
  • Nurk Alert: Jusuf Nurkic explodes for 19 & 17
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a much-needed Nurk Alert after two terrible games in favorable matchups against the Suns and Wolves, averaging just 8.5 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game. On the positive side, Nurkic is finally making his shots from the field at 52.0 percent from the field this month before his 8-of-14 tonight (57.1 percent). He still has some major work to do to meet his ADP price, but things are looking up right now. Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 30 points in win vs. MIN
    Eric Gordon scored a team-high 30 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and seven 3-pointers against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the seventh time he's led the Rockets in scoring this year and he hit a buzzer-beating heave to cap a strong third. He was able to replace James Harden's rough night and may have also benefitted from Harden being limited in his return. Gordon's numbers have been a little worse when both Harden and Chris Paul are 100 percent, so games like this one will be few and far between going forward now that both studs are back. He's a sell-high player again. Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns posts 22 & 16, 5 blocks
    Karl-Anthony Towns went off during a 116-98 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-19 from the field and made just 1-of-7 from deep, so it was offensive domination inside for KAT. Towns continues to lead the NBA in double-doubles while he's steadily climbing in blocks, tying for fourth in the NBA for total swats on the season. Thanks to his durability, KAT currently sits at No. 1 for total value in nine-category leagues so far this season. Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Kevin Love taking a hit from IT?
    Kevin Love scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: He has dropped off since Isaiah Thomas returned, averaging just 13.9 points, 7.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 treys on 39.8 percent from the field in those eight. Love's usage rate has dropped to 20.1 in his minutes with Isaiah Thomas, which is way down from his 26.6 without him. While Love may take a small hit, he really shouldn't be this bad. Consider him as a buy-low player who is fully capable of being an early-round guy. Thursday, 7:40 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 17 with 11 boards
    Aaron Gordon scored 17 points during a 104-103 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He did not start the second half, but he came in after just one minute into the third quarter -- you can feel free to guess why. Gordon has really struggled with his jumper since his return from injury on Dec. 28, making just 28.7 percent of his 115 attempts, which explains why he's made just 39.2 percent from the field over those 10. Either way, Gordon continues to fill it up and he should be able to climb into the mid-40s for FG% soon enough. Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 19 with eight dimes
    Elfrid Payton scored 19 points with four rebounds, eight assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been boom or bust lately, but Payton has finally found his mojo over his last dozen games. In that span, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.5 boards, 6.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.6 treys on 54.2 percent from the field and 78.0 percent from the line. Not coincidentally, Nikola Vucevic (hand) went down 12 games ago, so that may explain his recent improvement. Keep him rolling, though. Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Khem Birch still gets some burn
    Khem Birch scored four points with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 17 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Even though Marreese Speights checked in ahead of him, Birch was still able to find minutes. It feels like it's just a matter of time before he absorbs all of the backup center minutes and he's been dynamic per minute so far, so maybe he's a decent deep-league stash on a 13-32 Magic team. Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Marcus Smart doesn't do much in start
    Marcus Smart made a start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) against the 76ers during an 89-80 loss on Thursday, making 6-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: You'd think Smart making his shots would lead to a big line in a start, but that wasn't the case. Chalk Smart doesn't usually pan out in DFS and he actually came into this game with a lower scoring average as a starter compared to coming off the bench. Smart is playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:45 pm
  • James Ennis (right calf) listed out Friday
    James Ennis (right calf) is listed as 'out' for Friday's game.

    Advice: Ennis logged 20 minutes vs. the Knicks on Wednesday but maybe he aggravated his calf injury in the process. His absence should open up more playing time for Wayne Selden, and maybe we'll see Ben McLemore back in the rotation. Thursday, 3:12 pm
  • Lakers sign Nigel Hayes to 10-day contract
    The Lakers are signing F Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract.

    Advice: Hayes was waived by the Knicks earlier this season and has no fantasy relevance. Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Joe Ingles bounces back, scores 14 points
    Joe Ingles bounced back on Wednesday with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, four 3-pointers, four assists, one rebound and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Ingles struggled in a blowout loss on MLK Day with zero points in 20 minutes, and he only attempted one shot. He was more aggressive tonight and it paid dividends, but this did come against the Kings' defense -- we'd like to see him do it again vs. the Knicks on Friday. For now, Ingles remains a low-end option in roto leagues. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • JaMychal Green posts 18 & 13 vs. Knicks
    JaMychal Green racked up 18 points, 13 rebounds (seven offensive), three assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 27 minutes vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright were both away from the team recovering from illnesses, which left the frontcourt very thin. Green, Deyonta Davis and Jarell Martin all saw their roles increase as a result, and Green is quietly building up steam in January. He's averaging 12.0 points, 8.3 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 triples this month, and should only see his role expand down the stretch. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • James Ennis (calf) looks fine Wednesday
    James Ennis (calf) had four points on 2-of-6 shooting, three rebounds and three assists in a home win vs. the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ennis' availability was a rare bit of good injury news for Memphis, which was playing without Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and Brandan Wright. He was coming off a pair of solid games but should still be viewed skeptically for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. plays 26 minutes Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. played 26 minutes on Wednesday, posting 16 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist.

    Advice: THJ sat out Monday's game as a precaution, as it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he looked fine in a tough loss at Memphis tonight. He came off the bench again but coach Jeff Hornacek has hinted he could resume starting soon, which would bump Lance Thomas (15 minutes) to the bench. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Kyle Lowry gets 18/9/5, hits four 3-pointers
    Kyle Lowry posted 18 points, nine rebound, five assists, four 3-pointers and one steal in a 96-91 win vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lowry avoided punishment for his MLK-Day confrontation with Ben Simmons, which is fortunate for everyone involved. He went 5-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line tonight, which is a step in the right direction, and it looks like his bruised tailbone is no longer an issue. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It should only be a matter of time until THJ finds himself back in the starting five, but today will not be the day. Still, he should see 25+ minutes tonight, so he's worth deploying in season-long settings. Michael Beasley's value takes a hit with Hardaway Jr. back in action. Wednesday, 4:49 pm
  • James Ennis is available to play
    James Ennis (calf) is available to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was called questionable to play on Tuesday from what was likely an injury on Monday. He should come off the bench and could be looking at minutes around 20. Ennis isn't worth owning in most leagues. Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) doubtful Friday vs. Indiana
    Luke Walton said he doesn't expect Lonzo Ball (knee) to play Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: "From what I see he doesn’t look like he’s ready to start playing," said Walton. Wednesday will mark Ball's second straight game on the sidelines, and it sounds like there's a good chance that number will hit three on Friday night. Tyler Ennis will get a chance to start sans Ball, and there will be more minutes available for Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson is the most attractive fantasy target out of this group. Wednesday, 3:56 pm
  • Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable
    Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is not feeling well on Wednesday and did not practice. With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also questionable, the Celtics could be thin at guard with Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin and Jaylen Brown picking up some extra minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Lonzo Ball (left knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, as expected.

    Advice: Ball was never expected to take the court tonight after sitting out Tuesday's practice, and with him watching from the sidelines, Tyler Ennis figures to earn another start with more minutes falling to Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson. The Lakers take on the Pacers on Friday, and for now, we'll be considering Ball questionable for that one. Wednesday, 9:49 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Jeff Hornacek indicated on Tuesday that THJ could be returning to the starting lineup for tonight's game, which would shift Lance Thomas back to the second unit. With Hardaway Jr. back on the court, Michael Beasley won't play as much and Courtney Lee's usage will take a hit. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 8:55 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 22 minutes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Suns.

    Advice: He played the opening six minutes of the game but was then benched for the rest of the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. His minutes got back on track in the second half, but it is concerning that he's only played 22 and 20 minutes in each of his last two games. Nurkic will look to get back on track against the Pacers on Thursday, and then has a dream matchup against the Mavericks on Saturday. Dallas gets torched by opposing centers every night and Nikola Jokic put them on blast for 29 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block tonight. Tuesday, 9:41 pm
  • Khem Birch double-doubles w/ four blocks
    Khem Birch set multiple career-highs on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring 12 points (4-of-6 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He played a total of 20 minutes this season prior to Tuesday, but coach Frank Vogel gave him a look with Marreese Speights (personal) out and he made a big impression. It's possible that the Magic will give him another chance even when Speights returns since this is becoming a lost season anyways, so put him on your watch list if you need a big man. We'll let you know if he keeps it going on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers. Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • James Ennis (calf) questionable for Wednesday
    James Ennis (right calf) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of a calf issue for Ennis, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on what he can do at Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, his minutes will likely be divvied up between Dillon Brooks and Jarell Martin. Tuesday, 3:03 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Lonzo Ball (knee) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Ball wasn't able to practice on Tuesday and head coach Luke Walton said he didn't expect Ball to be able to get out there on Wednesday night, so the doubtful tag confirms the obvious. Tyler Ennis figures to earn another start on Wednesday if Ball sits, and there will be more minutes available for guys like Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson. Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) unable to practice Tuesday
    Lonzo Ball (sprained left knee) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The MRI on Ball's knee came back clean and ruled out any structural damage; however, he was unable to play Monday vs. Memphis. Luke Walton said he doesn't expect Ball to play on Wednesday against OKC, and owners can expect official confirmation following Wednesday morning's shootaorund. If he's out, Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson will continue to see extended minutes. Tuesday, 10:39 am
  • Eric Gordon bags three triples in L.A.
    Eric Gordon finished with 19 points over 34 minutes in Monday's 113-102 road loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Gordon also chipped in with four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers while going 7-of-21 overall from the floor. He was able to extend his streak with two or more 3-pointers to 14 games dating back to Dec. 16, and he has at least one three in 26 straight contests dating back to Nov. 14. He'll continue to be one of the primary scoring options in H-Town while James Harden (hamstring) is on the shelf. Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Joe Ingles fails to score in loss to Pacers
    Joe Ingles missed his only shot and played just 20 minutes on Monday, failing to score against the Pacers.

    Advice: He only had an assist, a steal and two turnovers on the night, so he actually hurt owners with negative points if you used him in some leagues. He's really tailed off lately, averaging 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 35 percent shooting over his last five games. He was returning late eighth-round fantasy value on the season coming into tonight's game, according to, but given how badly he's struggling, you can probably find a more exciting free agent out there. Just don't be surprised if he gets it turned around sooner than later. Monday, 8:24 pm
  • James Ennis plays well for Memphis
    James Ennis hit 4-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes of Monday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Ennis had 12 points, five boards, a block and two 3-pointers in his previous game, making him worth a watchful eye right now. But Chandler Parsons should be back from his knee injury soon, which could hurt him. And even if Parsons remains out, Ennis would only be a deep-league option at this point. Monday, 5:45 pm
  • JaMychal Green just missed double-double
    JaMychal Green hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, nine rebounds and one assist in Monday's 123-114 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Green went off for 20 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block last Wednesday, then had a five-point dud on Friday before playing fairly well today. He's not going to do much besides score and rebound, and he doesn't exactly destroy those categories, but he's playing well enough to be given a look in most leagues if you're desperate for a big man. Monday, 5:34 pm
  • Julius Randle quiet in loss to Grizzlies
    Julius Randle played just 22 minutes and had nine points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block on 2-of-7 shooting in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Randle is alternating big games with duds right now and the Lakers were getting blown out in this one. Luke Walton rolled mostly with his bench brigade in the second half and this was a disappointing night for Randle, given that both Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball were out with injuries. Randle had 23 points and 15 boards in his previous game and will look to get back on track against the Thunder on Wednesday night. Hang in there with him. Monday, 5:12 pm
  • Michael Beasley strong off the bench
    Michael Beasley finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in 29 minutes off the bench Monday at Brooklyn.

    Advice: Beasley hit 10-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-1 from behind the arc, while adding 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. He also turned it over just three times while contributing a solid plus-12 rating. Beasley bounced back rather nicely after a scoreless effort against New Orleans in just nine minutes Sunday. His fantasy arrow has been point down lately with some erratic performances in the end of December, but this game marked his fourth time hitting 20 or more points in the past six outings and he remains a useful fantasy asset in most formats for his scoring. He was seeing more run with Tim Hardaway Jr. resting, so if you dropped Beasley, don't feel bad. Hardaway Jr. is expected to return Wednesday, limiting Beasley's minutes. Monday, 3:07 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (sprained knee) won't play Monday
    Lonzo Ball (sprained left knee) will not play vs. Memphis on Monday.

    Advice: L.A. is erring on the side of caution, predictably, but it doesn't sound serious and an MRI has already ruled out structural damage. His absence opens up the backcourt for Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson, and maybe we'll even see Gary Payton II in the rotation tonight. Owners should consider Ball questionable for Wednesday's game in OKC. Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) unlikely for Monday
    Luke Walton said it's very unlikely that Lonzo Ball will play through his left knee sprain on Monday.

    Advice: While he hasn't been ruled out, you shouldn't plan on seeing him in action today, as it sounds like there's almost now way he'll play. Josh Hart is probably the best bet for success in Ball's absence, while it should also help Jordan Clarkson and make Tyler Ennis relevant today. Ball should be considered day-to-day until further notice. Monday, 1:13 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) logs 37 minutes in return
    Kyle Lowry (back) struggled with his shot on Monday, scoring 13 points on 3-of-16 shooting to go with one triple, seven boards, four assists, three steals and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: While Lowry couldn’t get his shot to drop, he was out there for quality minutes and fell fairly hard on his tailbone a few times without needing to take any plays off, so hopefully, the bruised tailbone will be a non-issue moving forward. He did get ejected from the game with six seconds left after exchanging some choice words with Ben Simmons, and reportedly got into it with Simmons in the hallway after the game, so he could be looking at a suspension here. Monday, 12:54 pm
  • Reggie Bullock scores 20 in loss to Charlotte
    Reggie Bullock hit 8-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds, one assist and three steals in 35 minutes of Monday's loss to Charlotte.

    Advice: Bullock usually scores and hits some 3-pointers, but the steals were a new wrinkle to his game today. Bullock was fading hard, scoring 10 or fewer points in three straight games, but looked fantastic today. He's mostly a one-trick pony that can score and hit some 3-pointers, so keep that in mind if you make a move on him. Monday, 11:55 am
  • Hornacek says Hardaway Jr. could start Weds
    Jeff Hornacek said that Tim Hardaway Jr. "quite possibly" could be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: In case you missed it, THJ will be unavailable for the Knicks' MLK Day game against Memphis with it being the second game of a back-to-back set, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll replace Lance Thomas in the starting five on Wednesday. With Hardaway Jr. on the sidelines on Monday, there will be more minutes available for Michael Beasley and Courtney Lee will see a slight uptick in usage. Monday, 11:28 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. ruled out for Monday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: THJ appeared to tweak his left leg on Sunday, but coach Jeff Hornacek said THJ is fine and that he's resting on the second game of a back-to-back set. Expect to see him back in the lineup on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. Michael Beasley will pick up the slack on offense for the second unit. Monday, 10:39 am
  • Kyle Lowry starting, Delon Wright to bench
    Kyle Lowry (back) will start on Monday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: He's officially back after a three-game absence. The Raptors wanted to see him warm up before activating him, so expect them to keep a close eye on him during this game. Delon Wright will head back to the bench, but he was playing really well as a reserve before Lowry's injury. Fred VanVleet is likely the biggest loser in terms of fantasy value. Monday, 9:27 am
  • Kyle Lowry (tailbone) plans to play Monday
    Kyle Lowry (tailbone) said he's planning to play on Monday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Barring a setback in warmups, Lowry will be back in the starting lineup after a three-game absence. Delon Wright would return to the bench if Lowry plays, but he'll still have some value as a combo guard off the bench with Toronto playing four times this week. Fred VanVleet has been on fire lately, but he loses most of his streaming appeal with Lowry back. Monday, 7:32 am
  • MIN beats POR, finishes homestand perfect 5-0
    The Wolves closed out a perfect 5-0 homestand on Sunday, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 20 points (6-of-7 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: KAT has racked up nine consecutive double-doubles, and only DeMarcus Cousins has more games with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds this season. The Wolves are surging with 10 wins in their past 14 games, and they're within one game of the Spurs for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Fantasy owners can sit back and enjoy Towns' production the rest of the way -- as Tom Thibodeau said this weekend, "What’s encouraging is the way KAT is seeing the game right now." Jan 14, 9:18 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
    Jusuf Nurkic had eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 20 minutes during Sunday's 120-103 loss in Minnesota.

    Advice: The Blazers' big man has struggled with consistency all season, so this is nothing new for fantasy owners. He was coming off a strong effort in 31 minutes on Friday but couldn't keep up with Karl-Anthony Towns defensively tonight, which helps explain the dip in playing time. We expect to see him back in his typical 24-30 minute range in the Blazers' upcoming three-game week. Jan 14, 9:15 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 25 points, tweaks leg
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points in 33 minutes during Sunday's overtime loss to the Pelicans but appeared to tweak his left leg on the final possession of the game.

    Advice: He did add two triples, five boards, three dimes, three steals and three turnovers while he was out there, but the main takeaway is the leg injury. The injury occurred on a non-contact play on New York's final possession, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was sporting an obvious limp. The Knicks play again on Monday in Brooklyn, so it wouldn't be surprising to see THJ hit the sidelines for the second leg of this back-to-back. Jan 14, 3:58 pm
  • Reggie Bullock logs 35 minutes w/ Johnson out
    Reggie Bullock missed a potentially game-tying layup at the buzzer vs. Chicago on Saturday, finishing with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Stanley Johnson (hip) was out tonight due to tightness in his hip, which allowed Bullock to log unfettered minutes as the starting SF. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy ruled out structural damage for Johnson, but Bullock should keep the starting gig even when he's healthy. He's been extremely efficient for the past month with 57.8% field goals and 83.3% free throws, while hitting 2.4 triples per game, so owners might as well ride the hot hand. Jan 13, 8:49 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (tailbone) out Saturday vs. GSW
    Kyle Lowry (tailbone) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Lowry was doubtful heading into this one, so it's not surprising to see him unavailable. Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet will be splitting the point guard minutes in his absence, while DeMar DeRozan will run the show on offense. The Raptors take on the 76ers in Philly on Monday, and for now, we'll be considering Lowry questionable for that one. Jan 13, 2:54 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in overtime win
    Julius Randle posted a 23-point, 15-board double-double during Saturday's overtime win over the Mavs, adding two assists and seven turnovers over 33 minutes.

    Advice: Randle scored the first points of the game for the Lakers, and also hit the game-clinching basket on an impressive putback bucket in OT, so all in all this was a solid performance following Thursday's scoreless outing. With Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Larry Nance Jr. (eye) going down in this one, Randle could be looking at big minutes on Monday in Memphis if neither of those guys can play. Jan 13, 2:28 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) out at least one more week
    Rudy Gobert (knee) was re-evaluated on Saturday and it was determined that he'll need to spend another 7-10 days on the sidelines.

    Advice: Gobert has recently begun going through light practices with non-contact work, so he is making progress. That said, until he's going through 5-on-5, full-contact work, we can assume he's not close. Derrick Favors will continue to hold down the five-spot in his absence, with Thabo Sefolosha and Jonas Jerebko moving in and out of the starting five based on the matchup. Jan 13, 11:48 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) not expected to play Sat
    Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) is listed as questionable on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey said that Lowry is "closer to doubtful."

    Advice: According to Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg, Lowry is "not expected to play." If Lowry is ruled out, Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet will split minutes at point guard. Wright started in place of Lowry on Thursday and finished with six points, four assists, two rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes. Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points and added four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench. Jan 13, 8:44 am
  • Eric Gordon has disastrous shooting night
    Eric Gordon ended up shooting 5-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-12 from behind the 3-point line, finishing with 14 points over 29 minutes Friday in Phoenix.

    Advice: It was Gordon's worst shooting night since a 2-of-12 night in Utah back on Dec. 7. He was still able to extend his streak with two or more 3-pointers to 13 straight outings, and he has at least one triple in 25 straight outings dating back to Nov. 14. He'll continue jacking up shots and will be a secondary or tertiary scoring option behind Chris Paul until James Harden (hamstring) is able to return to the lineup. Jan 12, 11:01 pm
  • Michael Beasley plays 16 minutes
    Michael Beasley played 16 minutes with Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) back in the the lineup on Friday vs. the Wolves, scoring 13 points with three assists, one rebound, one block and one triple.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said that Beasley's minutes will take a hit with THJ back, as he will use Lance Thomas when he wants defense and Beasley when he needs a scoring punch. "I’m used to dramatic change. I’m used to ups and downs," Beasley said. "If anything happens to where I don’t play anymore, I can’t cry about it. Just got to look forward to tomorrow, get my work in, keep my conditioning up." He was trending up for a few weeks, but now his fantasy arrow is pointing down. Jan 12, 9:39 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic goes for 19 points in road loss
    Jusuf Nurkic finished with 19 points across 31 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Nurkic was a very efficient 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe while adding five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal. The Pelicans didn't do very well on interior defense and Nurk was able to take advantage. It was a very nice bounce back game after his dud Wednesday in Houston snapped a five-game streak with 10 or more points. Jan 12, 9:17 pm
  • Hair no problem for Elfrid Payton on Friday
    Elfrid Payton was able to score a team-best 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting in Friday's loss at Washington while adding eight assists, five rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: When Payton is struggling, there is talk that his crazy hairdo gets in the way and affects his shooting vision. He entered the game with just 7.0 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game over his past two contests, so the talk was creeping in again. This will silence the critics, as he banged home his only 3-pointer attempt and was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line, too. Jan 12, 8:45 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 23 w/ 15 rebounds
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points with 15 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two triples in 40 minutes in a 118-108 win over the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, becoming just the third player this season (Russell Westbrook, LeBron James) to record 23+ points, 15+ rebounds and 9+ assists. This was the third game of his career with nine or more assists and he now has a double-double in eight straight. He's been a monster lately and it's no coincidence that the Wolves have won each of their last four games by 10+ points, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Jan 12, 8:36 pm
  • Double-double for Aaron Gordon in D.C.
    Aaron Gordon struggled with his shot Friday at Washington, but he was able to scratch out 14 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: Gordon was a dismal 4-of-15 from the field, although he was still able to connect for 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line while flirting with a triple-double. He was late for a team flight earlier in the week, benched in Dallas, and he just hasn't recovered in his two games back in the starting lineup. He is shooting just 8-of-33 (24.2 percent) over the past two outings. Still, the double-double was nice and remains a fantasy option in most formats through thick and thin. Jan 12, 8:31 pm
  • Kevin Love has strong game in road loss
    Kevin Love finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Friday's 97-95 loss in Indiana.

    Advice: The Cavs are in a bit of a funk, but Love played well in this one. He was 8-of-14 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line while leading the team with a plus-9 rating. It was a much-needed good performance after he entered the game shooting just 12-of-43 (27.9 percent) from the floor over his past four outings. He'll look to continue the good work on MLK Day against the visiting Warriors. Jan 12, 7:09 pm
  • Heat confirm that Waiters will have surgery
    The Heat confirmed that Dion Waiters will undergo surgery on his ankle "at a time to be determined in the near future."

    Advice: The Heat did not provide a timetable, but the surgery will end his season according to Yahoo's Shams Charania. Waiters is expected to make a full recovery, but it's officially safe to drop him in re-draft formats. Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson all benefit from a fantasy perspective with this news. Jan 12, 6:00 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a GTD for Saturday night
    Coach Dwane Casey said Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Casey said that Lowry has been doing some light shooting, but is still sore. Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg is skeptical that Lowry will be cleared to return, tweeting "don't bet on [Lowry] playing." The Raptors game tips off at 7:30 pm EST on Saturday, so we should have definitive word by approximately 6:00 pm, when Casey addresses the media pregame. If Lowry is unable to play, Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet would divvy up minutes at point guard. Jan 12, 9:47 am
  • Beasley may see reduced role w/ THJ returning
    Michael Beasley may see a reduced role once Tim Hardaway Jr. returns to the Knicks lineup.

    Advice: Beasley has been a beast over the last month. In the 14 games the Knicks have played since Dec. 12, Beas is averaging 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in just 25.3 minutes. However, with Tim Hardaway Jr. returning to the lineup as soon as this weekend, Beasley is expected to see his playing time drop, according to coach Jeff Hornaeck. "There were nights when Lance [Thomas] didn’t play. There were nights Mike didn’t play. So we’ll probably end up going back to that," said Hornacek. Jan 12, 8:17 am
  • Julius Randle fails to score in 18 minutes
    Julius Randle played just 18 minutes and missed all six of his shots, failing to score for the first time this season in Thursday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: He picked up three fouls in the first half and saw his minutes limited, while Larry Nance had one of his better games of the season. It was a bad combination for Randle, who was coming off a big game on Tuesday when he had 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. Randle had been rolling, but it just wasn't his night. Don't drop him, but do look for him to bounce back against the Mavericks on Saturday. Jan 11, 10:50 pm
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