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  • Joakim Noah (illness) listed as 'out' Friday
    Joakim Noah (illness) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Friday's contest vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: No fantasy impact to note here, as Noah is not a part of the Knicks rotation. He has yet to be activated since he finished serving his 20-game suspension earlier this month. Today, 6:52 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) close to returning
    Coach Alvin Gentry said that Omer Asik (illness) is "getting really close" to returning to game action.

    Advice: Asik hasn't appeared in a game since February of last season. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and lost 30 pounds over the course of a few months. "He's getting really close, I think, to being able to play a few minutes here and there," Gentry said. "He hasn't been able to run or condition or anything like that. Even when he's released to play, it's going to take a while for him to be able to play anything other than really short spurts." Even when fully healthy, Asik has limited fantasy value. He should be left on waivers in all leagues. Today, 6:11 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: With Muscala out, Dewayne Dedmon should be looking at minutes in the mid-20s as he looks to keep it going. The Hawks also staggered John Collins and put him in 100 percent of the non-Dedmon lineups on Wednesday, so Collins also benefits here. Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) probable for Friday
    Trevor Booker (left ankle) is probable for Friday's matinee game with the Blazers.

    Advice: We get a Friday game at noon EST and we should have more info on Booker at about 10:30 in the morning. He did not play on Wednesday despite what looked like a minor ankle issue. If he's back, that could mean Tyler Zeller moves from a Wednesday starter to out of the rotation. Jarrett Allen could still be in the mix, but it's not certain. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Brandan Wright (groin) out for Friday night
    Brandan Wright (groin) is out for Friday night against the Nuggets.

    Advice: After his injury on Saturday, Wright will be missing his third game. There is no timetable for a return, but there hasn't been much information to suggest he'll be back in his next handful of games. Deyonta Davis is coming off a terrific 14-point game on Wednesday and could be a sneaky stream or DFS punt with 13-20 minutes. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac out for Friday night
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed as out for Friday against the Celtics.

    Advice: It's no surprise he's still out and he wasn't going through basketball activities as of Wednesday. Isaac doesn't have a target date to return, but he is more day-to-day than anything else. Aaron Gordon has seen a slight uptick in minutes while Marreese Speights has been his backup. Yesterday, 2:43 pm
  • Cauley-Stein doesn't like being near rim?
    Willie Cauley-Stein said he hasn't been around the rim as much this year because it's part mental.

    Advice: He said it had a lot to do with injuries in the past. Cauley-Stein said he's had "like 35 stitches" in his hand from hitting it on the rim, and his right hand isn't as strong as his left from injuries around the rim also factors into his decision making. "I should go get this, but I'm not messing with it," Cauley-Stein said about being careful around the rim. WCS had 44.9 percent of his shots come from within three feet last year, but that has plummeted to 30.9 percent this year. However, his recent four-game uptick has him feasting inside with 53.9 percent of his shots coming at the rim while also making just 1-of-13 on mid-range shots. Basically, WCS is obviously trending up following his 26-point Wednesday and should be owned in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Randle coexisting well w/ Brook Lopez
    Lakers coach Luke Walton said he thinks the frontcourt combo of Julius Randle and Brook Lopez can work in certain matchups.

    Advice: Both players have basically been in a timeshare at center this season, but Walton has experimented with them next to each other lately. "It works well with Brook because Brook spaces the floor so he kind of turns into the space ‘four,’" Walton said, "and Julius can still do all that dynamic rolling hat he does and switch defensively. We’ll keep fooling with that." This improves the outlook of both players a bit, but the return of Larry Nance (hand) next will only complicate things again. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Vogel says Magic are missing Jonathan Isaac
    Magic coach Frank Vogel said his team is really missing Jonathan Isaac (ankle).

    Advice: "You hate to say you’re missing a 20-year-old rookie, but we are," Vogel said. "He’s a dynamic player, especially on the defensive end, and he’s missed. But every single team in the league has got guys out." He's missed the past five games since spraining his ankle on Nov. 11 and still has some swelling, but he's hoping to return to the court before the end of Orlando's four-game road trip that ends on Nov. 27. With the Magic struggling, Isaac's stash appeal is solid. Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Millsap seeking additional opinions on wrist
    Nuggets coach Mike Malone said that Paul Millsap (wrist) is going to "get some other opinions before we make a decision as to what the best course of action is."

    Advice: Shams Charania of The Vertical and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN both reported that Millsap will undergo surgery, and the Denver Post is reporting the same as well. Surgery would sideline the All-Star forward for 2-3 months, but until we know for sure, his fantasy owners should sit tight. The Nuggets went with a small-ball lineup with Wilson Chandler at the four on Wednesday while Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD, but their lineups could change depending on the matchups. Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Julius Randle scores 14 points in 29 minutes
    Julius Randle scored 14 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals in 29 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings were feeding Zach Randolph and that helps explain why Randle saw more run. Coach Luke Walton said he wanted to pick up the pace with Randle against Z-Bo and Brook Lopez got burned in the first quarter. While we did expect Randle to play some more power forward after Larry Nance Jr. (hand) went down, it didn't really happen. In the last 11 games, Randle played just 16 minutes next to Brook Lopez and 243 minutes without him. Randle may not take a hit with Nance back next week. Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Harrison Barnes hits game-winning J at buzzer
    Harrison Barnes hit a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer to win 95-94 at Memphis on Wednesday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, one assist and that 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's Harry B's first game-winning shot at the buzzer in his career (video in link below). Barnes is starting to trend up as a scorer with more attempts from the line, big minutes and also the Mavs playing in closer games. The Mavs are still dead last in the Western Conference and they'll get the Thunder and Spurs in their next two, so hopefully they can keep it close again after this win and the OT loss to the Celtics on Monday. Wednesday, 10:36 pm
  • Zach Randolph racks up 22/7/7 in win vs. LAK
    Zach Randolph scored a season-high 22 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 shots with seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Kings went on a 16-2 run in the first quarter tonight, powered by Z-Bo's 11 points in the frame -- he even beat L.A.'s defense down the court at one point. The veteran tied his season-high with 30 minutes and aside from a few duds he's been good in November, but we still don't trust him in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein scores season-high 26 pts
    Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 26 points on Wednesday, making 10-of-14 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs with six rebounds, two steals and one assist in 28 minutes.

    Advice: WCS's previous season-high of 22 points came last Friday and he's trending up in a hurry, to the delight of owners who've stuck with him despite the early-season struggles. The Lakers didn't have an answer for him down low tonight, with all of his makes coming in the restricted area, and it was nice to see him attacking that weakness. Cauley-Stein's next dud could be right around the corner, but this is a timely reminder of his upside -- don't hesitate to grab him if you still can. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Nerlens Noel scores two points
    Nerlens Noel scored two points in four minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't play only in garbage time, which has been the case in the last week and change. Salah Mejri has cooled off as far as making an impact goes, but Noel is still behind him for now. Maybe he gets a chance to play at some point, but it's really hard to stash him in 12-team leagues. It'll likely be a by-committee approach at center until late in the season. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki grabs a milestone rebound
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: In the first quarter, he became the 29th player in NBA history to pull down 11,000 rebounds. Nowitzki's rebounds have slightly trended up with four straight seven-plus board games. His minutes have also increased lately because the Mavs have been able to keep some games close. He's still just clinging to late-round value. Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores eight points
    JaMychal Green scored eight points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes during a 95-94 loss to the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He almost had a game-winning putback dunk with 0.5 seconds left in this game, but Harrison Barnes had a 3-pointer go down on the other end. Green is coming off a 34-minute game on Monday and he should be able to get minutes around 30, especially if Brandan Wright (groin) is out for an extended period of time. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 11 in another start
    Chandler Parsons scored 11 points with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: With JaMychal Green healthy, the Grizzlies shifted Parsons over to being more of a three, and he’s logging almost all of his minutes with the key first unit guys — he played 46 of 49 minutes next to Marc Gasol in the previous two. Parsons is playing 24 minutes per game as a starter and maybe he'll play in both ends of a back-to-back on Dec. 1 and 2. He's worth a look in standard leagues and could trend up in a month or so. Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Deyonta Davis scores 14 points in loss
    Deyonta Davis scored a season-high 14 points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did some damage early and he's shown he can block some shots just like he did in college. On Monday, he did play all of the backup center minutes in the last game and even played five minutes next to Marc Gasol -- he did play next to him again tonight. Davis could have value in very deep leagues for his upside in blocks. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 29 points with 11 boards
    Anthony Davis made 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points during a 107-90 win over the Spurs on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's been ridiculous from an efficiency standpoint. According to Synergy, he comes in at 95th percentile for points per possession, and he even rates very well off passes thanks to keeping his turnovers so low. Davis is up to 56.5 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the line with his 26-11 averages in points and boards. As everyone knows, he just needs to stay healthy. Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins gets his double-double
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, six turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: After putting up double-digit rebounds in 13 of his first 14 games this year, Cousins came into this game with a three-game streak of only single-digit boards. Some of that had to do with him getting ejected on Monday and also getting blown out against Denver on Friday. Cousins has also seen his shooting drop while his turnovers are soaring at over five per game on the year to lead the league. His fantasy owners have nothing to complain about. Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores efficient 23 points
    Utah rolled past the Bulls on Wednesday, 110-80, led by Derrick Favors' 23 points on 8-of-11 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Favors said afterward that he's trying to be more aggressive offensively, and it paid off nicely tonight with Utah's second win in their past five games -- including Utah's biggest margin of victory all season. The quality of the competition had a lot to do with the score, but Favors did look particularly good in pick-and-rolls tonight. He's paying off nicely for owners who grabbed him when Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Bobby Portis plays well in lopsided defeat
    Bobby Portis came off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block on Wednesday, making 5-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls looked lifeless all game long, with tired legs in the second of consecutive road games, which made Portis' energy stand out even more. The playing time was higher than usual because of garbage time, as well as an illness that helped limit Lauri Markkanen to just 24 minutes, so he'll likely be back in the 18-22 range on Friday. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) shoots 1-of-9 Wed
    Lauri Markkanen (illness) scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting vs. Utah on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds without any assists or defensive stats in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg said that Markkanen was been battling an illness lately, which helps explain his poor play tonight. That said, the rookie is now a combined 9-of-30 from the field in the second half of back-to-back sets, so exhaustion could be a factor there. Chicago continues to say they'll play him 30-32 minutes per game, fortunately, and he'll get a day to rest before playing Golden State on Friday. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 19 points in loss
    Rudy Gay scored 19 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was ice cold coming into this game with five straight single-digit games. The Spurs have used Gay at power forward quite a bit, so Kawhi Leonard's (quad) eventual return may not hurt his playing time too much. Gay has been hanging around top-120 value in standard leagues this year, so he could slightly improve on that now that his Achilles may be getting closer to 100 percent. He's not likely going to be a difference maker, though. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay SA - SF,PF
  • Thon Maker plays well as starter vs. Suns
    Thon Maker started at center in place of John Henson (eye) on Wednesday vs. the Suns, scoring a season-high 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks before fouling out in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Maker is having a really quiet sophomore season, averaging just 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 0.6 triples on 37.9 percent shooting in 18.3 minutes per game prior to Wednesday. He’ll likely head back to the bench on Saturday vs. Utah with John Henson (eye) scheduled to arrive in time for that game, and while he’s not a pickup in most re-draft leagues, just keep an eye on him in case his role grows because the upside is there. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Dragan Bender plays season-high 34 minutes
    Dragan Bender played a season-high 34 minutes vs. the Bucks on Wednesday and had a nice all-around game with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and three triples.

    Advice: He was 4-of-7 from the field with five turnovers, while his competition in Marquese Chriss had another dud with two points in 12 minutes. Bender has had his fair share of duds as well and has been anything but consistent, but he's worth keeping a close eye on to see if he wins this position battle. If tonight's line is any indication, the upside to produce some nice fantasy value is there with his 3-point range and shot-blocking potential -- his 7'2" wingspan helps. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Mike Scott back in rotation, logs 19 minutes
    Mike Scott returned to the rotation on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes of action.

    Advice: Scott made 5-of-7 shots, including a 3-of-5 mark from downtown, but this comes on the heels of a DNP-CD on Monday. He's a matchup-based special and there's too much risk to even try streaming him. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Thon Maker starting w/ John Henson (eye) out
    Thon Maker will start Wednesday's game in place of John Henson (eye).

    Advice: Henson had an undisclosed procedure recently and we're considering him day-to-day. Maker hasn't done enough to warrant fantasy ownership this year, even as a starter. Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Omer Asik is active, not expected to play
    Omer Asik (illness) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is he is active for this game. Asik likely won't see minutes while the Pelicans are healthy and in close games. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still limited
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has yet to do many basketball drills because of lingering pain in his sprained right ankle.

    Advice: He's still focusing on strength-building exercises and is holding out hope of playing on this trip. Isaac will be missing his fifth game tonight, but he was just starting to get hot before his injury. Marreese Speights has played more power forward while Jonathon Simmons has seen a few extra runs. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) will not play vs. Cavs
    Trevor Booker (ankle) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Tuesday, but he did go through some work at shootaround on Wednesday. The Nets are likely going to be very careful with Booker throughout the year, so he may start to trend down after the break. With him out tonight, Tyler Zeller will get the start while Jarrett Allen should be in the rotation. Keep an eye on Allen in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 3:09 pm
  • Trevor Booker goes through shootaround
    Trevor Booker (ankle) reportedly "worked pretty hard" at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. Pheonix.

    Advice: Booker wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and while it's encouraging that he was able to go hard at shootaround, it needs to be noted that Brooklyn often errs on the side of caution with injuries. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he's not able to give it a go, that would open up a lot of opportunity for Jarrett Allen. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:07 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Omer Asik (illness) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: This is the first time Asik has been hit with the questionable-tag this season, but regardless of his playing status, he won't be receiving enough minutes in New Orleans while Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy to make an impact in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 9:16 am
  • Wrist surgery not yet official for Millsap
    Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a left wrist ligament injury and he's currently mulling over his options to determine the best course of treatment.

    Advice: Both Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Millsap was set to undergo surgery and expected to miss 2-3 months, but it looks like surgical intervention hasn't officially been decided upon just yet. We'd advise on holding onto him until we have an official timetable and treatment option, but in the meantime, Kenneth Faried should be starting at the four with additional minutes falling to Juan Hernangomez and Trey Lyles. Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic should all see an uptick in usage as well. Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Lauri Markkanen pulls down 14 boards
    Lauri Markkanen grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, adding 13 points, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The counting stats were nice, but the rookie hit just 4-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws. Hopefully this game will go down as an outlier, as he was shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the line prior to Tuesday. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen will keep his starting role once Nikola Mirotic (face) comes back, so his owners have nothing to worry about for the time being. Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles vs. Bulls
    Julius Randle double-doubled vs. the Bulls on Tuesday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton credited Randle after the game for changing the energy and effort level as the Lakers were able to climb their way back from a 19-point deficit. His defense has really improved this season, as his opponents are shooting less than 29 percent and committing turnovers more than 17 percent of the time when going one-on-one against him. Unfortunately for Randle, the frontcourt in Los Angeles is going to be really crowded again soon with Larry Nance (hand) due back next week. Tuesday, 10:37 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) ruled out Wednesday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He still has some swelling and there's no report of a timetable. With Isaac out, the Magic will likely continue to use Marreese Speights as the backup PF behind Aaron Gordon. Isaac is still an intriguing stash in deeper formats. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Report: Paul Millsap to undergo wrist surgery
    Paul Millsap will reportedly undergo left wrist surgery and he will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: Not good. While X-rays came back negative, tests taken over the past few days confirmed the need for surgery and Shams Charania reports he could be looking at a 2-3 month absence. Kenneth Faried got the start in his place on Monday night but finished with just six points and seven boards in 19 minutes, so he's still not a very attractive add. The Nuggets could also go small sans Millsap, shifting Wilson Chandler over to the four and starting Will Barton at the three, in which case Barton would see a nice uptick in value. Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Barton figure to pick up most of Millsap's usage, and Juan Hernangomez could become a larger part of the rotation. Millsap will be tough to hang onto if you don't have an IR-spot. Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Brandan Wright (groin) out Wednesday vs. DAL
    Brandan Wright (right quad) will not play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: This will be Wright's second straight game on the sidelines, and given that he tends to be a slow healer, we wouldn't be surprised to see him skip Friday's game in Denver as well. Marc Gasol will be logging heavy minutes moving forward with Deyonta Davis acting as his backup. Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • Asik (illness) present at Tuesday's practice
    Omer Asik (illness) was present during Tuesday's practice and head coach Alvin Gentry said he hopes to have Asik back on the court "at some point this year."

    Advice: Asik has been dealing with a pretty severe illness, so it's nice to see that he's at least at the point where he can attend practices. That said, the Pelicans are in no rush to get him back, and he won't play much at all once cleared as long as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all settings. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out Wednesday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Muscala was cleared to play Saturday but never checked in. Then, was listed as probable on Monday, before being ruled out late Monday evening. It's safe to assume he suffered a setback. With Luke Babbitt (back) also ruled out for Wednesday, John Collins should be expected to log plenty of playing time. Collins, who had a season-high 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes on Monday, is an attractive DFS play for Wednesday. Tuesday, 2:11 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he seems much closer to doubtful, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at shootaround. If he's unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see a bump in minutes, with Allen offering the most upside. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Jonathan Isaac is still experiencing swelling in his sprained right ankle, and head coach Frank Vogel would not commit to him being ready for Wednesday's game in Minnesota.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like Isaac has been able to do much at practice, so we'd hedge our bets on him sitting out Wednesday's game; he is listed as "out" in the game notes. Marreese Speights will be working with minutes in the teens behind Aaron Gordon sans Isaac, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 11:26 am
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) is day-to-day
    Trevor Booker (ankle) was unable to practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, according to coach Kenny Atkinson.

    Advice: Booker initially tweaked his ankle Friday vs. Utah and then aggravated the injury Sunday vs. Golden State. On Monday, he said the sprain is "not too bad" but was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. If Booker is unable to suit up, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would likely divvy up the additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Harrison Barnes matches season-high 31 points
    Harrison Barnes matched his season-high of 31 points in Monday's overtime loss to Boston.

    Advice: Barnes has really blossomed into a star since the Warriors replaced him with Kevin Durant, and this is already his eighth game of the season with 20+ points. He hit 10-of-21 shots and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, adding six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer. Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. will continue to be the only trustworthy players in Dallas moving forward. Monday, 9:42 pm
  • Rudy Gay plays just 13 minutes for 4 points
    Rudy Gay played just 13 minutes and hit 1-of-3 shots for four points, two rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Yuck. Gay has scored nine or fewer points in four straight games and hasn't seen more than 22 minutes in any of them. His minutes have actually been in the teens in four of his last five games and his sore back and Achilles are probably a big part of the problem. If you've had enough, feel free to drop him for a hot free agent. Monday, 9:40 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay SA - SF,PF
  • Chandler Parsons scores six in 24 minutes
    Chandler Parsons played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in a loss to Portland on Monday.

    Advice: Parsons has now quietly played in six straight games and while he's not exactly killing it, he's someone to keep a close eye on. Now that he's getting regular minutes and not missing games, he has the potential to get hot and start contributing for the Grizzlies. Monday, 8:23 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores 11 points in loss
    JaMychal Green played 34 minutes and hit 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Monday's 100-92 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Green has yet to blow up since his return from an ankle injury, but the potential is certainly there. The minutes were there tonight and it should only be a matter of time before he's flirting with double-doubles on a regular basis. He should be owned in most leagues at this point. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 in win over OKC
    Anthony Davis played through his facial injury on Monday and hit 9-of-19 shots and 18-of-22 free throws for 36 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a tough win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He also had a season-high seven turnovers, which was a bit fluky since his previous season high was just five of them. This was his best game since October and he'll try to keep it going against the Spurs on Wednesday. Monday, 8:05 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins ejected w/ flagrant 2 foul
    DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Thunder with a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: After grabbing a rebound, Cousins elbowed Russell Westbrook in the head while protecting the ball. He quickly claimed that Westy flopped, but the officials weren't having it. His night finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Derrick Favors back to earth on Monday
    Derrick Favors hit 3-of-8 shots for nine points, seven rebounds and a block in Monday's 107-86 loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Favors had to deal with The Process tonight and was a far cry from the guy who posted 25 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-12 shooting on Saturday. Favors is still worth owning as long as Rudy Gobert is out, despite the inconsistency. Monday, 6:39 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was originally probable, so maybe he didn't like how his ankle felt in warmups. With Muscala out again, the Hawks will continue to roll with a frontcourt rotation consisting of Dewayne Dedmon, Luke Babbitt and John Collins. Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) has no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (face) has no restrictions on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was cleared of the concussion protocol over the weekend and is merely dealing with a sore right eye. Get him in your lineups and check back after the game to see how he fares. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • X-rays come back negative on Millsap's wrist
    X-rays taken on Paul Millsap's left wrist came back negative, but he will not play Monday vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: It's nice to know that Millsap didn't break anything, but depending on the severity of the sprain, he could be looking at more than just a one-game absence here. Kenneth Faried or Will Barton could move into the starting five tonight with Millsap out, and there will be more opportunity on offense for guys like Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Monday, 1:18 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker said his sprained left ankle is "not too bad," but he was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: Booker said he initially suffered the ankle injury last Friday vs. Utah, and then aggravated the injury shortly into Sunday's game against the Warriors, which forced him to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at practices leading up to Wednesday's tip, but if he is unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see an uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Paul Millsap (wrist) ruled out for Monday
    Paul Millsap (left wrist) has been ruled out for Monday's game in Sacramento.

    Advice: Millsap sprained his wrist on Sunday night, and while X-rays came back negative, it won't be all that surprising if he's forced to spend at least a few games on the sidelines. Nuggets reporter Harrison Wind speculates that Kenneth Faried could be Millsap's replacement tonight, and if that's the case, he could be someone to consider as a punt play in DFS. We can also expect guys like Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic, Will Barton and Jamal Murray to all see an uptick in usage sans Millsap. Monday, 11:16 am
  • Anthony Davis (face) will play on Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) will play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was originally listed as probable after clearing the concussion protocol over the weekend and said he's feeling good. Davis has cooled off a bit in November after a phenomenal start to the season, but he's easily a top-10 fantasy option every time he's active. Monday, 9:00 am
  • Julius Randle gets 24/7/5, hits 11-of-18 FGs
    Julius Randle lit up the Nuggets on Sunday for a season-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, hitting one 3-pointer with seven rebounds, five assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Randle played 32 minutes, after logging just 16 minutes vs. Phoenix on Friday, and after the game coach Luke Walton said, "When [Randle] plays like he did tonight, he's as good as anyone in this league]." Nikola Jokic (ejection) and Paul Millsap (wrist) were both out after halftime tonight, and Randle deserves credit for taking advantage of the situation, but we're skeptical since Kyle Kuzma is playing well at PF and Larry Nance (hand) is due back soon. Sunday, 9:46 pm
  • Paul Millsap (wrist) awaits X-rays results
    Paul Millsap (left wrist) had X-rays taken after leaving Sunday's game in the first half, but the results aren't yet known.

    Advice: Millsap didn't play after halftime on Sunday, but Denver was trailing by more than 20 points so hopefully this isn't a long-term issue. The X-rays results should be disclosed soon. If Millsap does miss time, Trey Lyles should gain the most, with guys like Juan Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee also picking up the slack. Sunday, 9:14 pm
  • Paul Millsap (left wrist sprain) exits Sunday
    Paul Millsap exited Sunday's game with a left wrist sprain, finishing with five points, four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap headed into the locker room and emerged with his wrist taped in the first half, but Will Barton replaced him in the starting lineup after halftime. This could be a simple precaution, especially since Nikola Jokic was ejected early and Denver trailed by 22 points at halftime, but we'll consider Millsap questionable for Monday's road game in Sacramento. Sunday, 8:28 pm
  • Bulls lose despite Lauri Markkanen's 26 & 13
    Lauri Markkanen was terrific vs. Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 10-of-18 shots with four 3-pointers for 26 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls' prized rookie has been an amazing value for fantasy owners, coming in with averages of 14.8 points, 2.5 triples, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers. He's shot 82.4% from the line, which has made up for 43.7% from the field, and the sky is the limit if tonight's efficiency becomes a trend. Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) doubtful to return
    Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to return vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets aren't competitive in this game vs. the Warriors, so hopefully Booker's 'doubtful' tag is just a precaution. If he doesn't return, he'll finish scoreless with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes -- Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller will pick up the slack. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Brandan Wright (right groin) out for Monday
    Brandan Wright (right groin) won't play vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Wright didn't return after getting hurt on Saturday and it's no surprise to see him ruled out early for Monday, since groin injuries can take a while to fully heal. Deyonta Davis figures to be the main beneficiary until Wright returns, but he's not a great fantasy option while Marc Gasol is healthy. Sunday, 2:57 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) probable for Monday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is probable to play Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Muscala was available to play on Saturday but didn't actually step foot on the court, which could indicate he's not currently in the rotation. Whether he plays or not, he won't be receiving enough minutes to make a difference in any format. Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis was in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head on Friday, but he has been cleared of the concussion diagnosis and is simply dealing with a facial contusion. His fantasy owners dodged a bullet and can go ahead and pencil him into active lineups. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Monday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed as out on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: The rookie is still not practicing and this will be his fourth game in a row on the sidelines. He still has some swelling, and right now there's no timetable for his return. While he's out, Marreese Speights will continue to pick up minutes in the teens behind Aaron Gordon. Sunday, 7:05 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores team-high 17
    Chandler Parsons hit 7-of-9 from the field while finishing with a team-high 17 points in Saturday's loss against the Rockets.

    Advice: Parsons added two rebounds and an assist while hitting 1-of-2 from behind the arc. He was a complete disaster last season in his first year with Memphis, averaging a career-low 6.2 PPG and 2.5 PPG across 34 games. He has been showing signs of life lately, posting double-digit point totals in three of his past four while hitting a 3-pointer in a season-best five in a row. Parsons still has work to do, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can trust him again. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • JaMychal Green efficient from the field
    JaMychal Green finished with 15 points, six rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers in Saturday's victory against the Rockets.

    Advice: Green was a very efficient 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, and he didn't turn the ball over once. He played a little more in his second game back from an ankle injury, as he was limited to 17 minutes in Wednesday's outing. With Mike Conley (Achilles) sidelined, Green has a golden opportunity to work with the first unit. He is a must-have in all fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams. Saturday, 7:50 pm
  • Deyonta Davis settles in to new role
    Deyonta Davis finished with three points and three rebounds across nine minutes in Saturday's loss against the Rockets.

    Advice: Davis moved up to backup center duties in Grind City once Brandon Wright checked out due to a right groin injury. Davis has some upside if you're looking for blocks. While his overall night wasn't particularly attractive, especially a 1-of-5 shooting performance, he should be in the rotation if Wright is forced to miss time. Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) apparently gets DNP-CD
    Mike Muscala (ankle) didn't play vs. Boston on Saturday.

    Advice: Muscala said he was available, so presumably coach Mike Budenholzer simply didn't include him in the rotation tonight. He's now missed seven straight games, having last played on Nov. 3, and his fantasy value is non-existent with Dewayne Dedmon playing well and John Collins soaking up the backup-center minutes. Saturday, 7:43 pm
  • Derrick Favors busts out with 25 and 11
    Derrick Favors made 10-of-12 from the field and all five free throws for a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides the awesome stat line, this was probably the best Favors has looked all year. He was battling for position down low and he is establishing a nice rapport with Donovan Mitchell -- the guard threw one off the glass to feed Favors for a dunk. He is easily a beneficiary from the Rudy Gobert (knee) and things are looking up now that he looks spry again. He could be a sell-high player, but there's a good chance Favors cruises in the next month. Saturday, 7:22 pm
  • Brandan Wright (right groin) will not return
    Brandan Wright (right groin) will not return on Saturday night.

    Advice: The team ruled him out at half after Wright departed tonight's game with 8:26 left in the second quarter. He was playing well as Marc Gasol's backup and he was even seeing minutes at power forward, so this could be a tough one to overcome for the Grizzlies' second unit. If he needs to miss time, Deyonta Davis could move into the rotation or the Grizzlies could go smaller more often. Saturday, 6:16 pm
  • Rio, Brooks, Parsons, J-Myke & Gasol starting
    Chandler Parsons will start on Saturday night and James Ennis will move to the bench.

    Advice: Parsons will join Mario Chalmers, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol in the first unit. Parsons has played a lot of power forward, but coach David Fizdale will shift him to the three today in a revenge game. Parsons was up to 25 minutes in the last game and he could be closer to 27 today. He's playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) available to play Sat
    Mike Muscala (ankle) said he will be available to play Saturday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Muscala has missed six straight games. He had started five of the previous six contests he played in prior to the ankle injury and averaged 24.2 minutes per game during that stretch. His return will likely eat into the playing time of John Collins. Starter Dewayne Dedmon may see his minutes scaled back slightly as well. Saturday, 8:09 am
  • Joakim Noah patiently waiting for opportunity
    Joakim Noah, who has yet to be activated since returning from his suspension, said he "understands the situation."

    Advice: The Knicks have four quality centers on their roster. Enes Kanter, Kyle O’Quinn and Willy Hernangomez are all ahead of Noah on the depth chart. Thus, it's hard to envision Noah finding a path to playing time as long as two of those three players are healthy. "I’m going to do my best in a team setting. That’s always been who I’ve been. I just want to be true to myself," said Noah. He should be left on waivers in all fantasy formats. Saturday, 7:51 am
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores 10 points
    Dragan Bender scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He turned 20 years old today and he played very well on defense. Bender has been a bit of a mess on offense, so he's still more of a stash in most leagues. Friday, 10:56 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 20 points in full line
    Paul Millsap scored 20 points with six rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: October was not fun, but Millsap is having himself quite a month in November. In his last eight games, he averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 treys. His Atlanta offense and this Denver offense are night and day, but now he seems to have it figured out. If you bought low on Halloween, you're in for a treat. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein breaks out with 22 and 10
    Willie Cauley-Stein thrived in his role off the bench during an 86-82 win over the Blazers on Friday, scoring a season-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was awesome as the Kings had their best defensive effort with a season-low 82 points allowed. Cauley-Stein did show some flashes in the game against Joel Embiid on Nov. 9, but he fell off a cliff in the previous three with a combined 17 points. On paper and based on how most bad teams treat their young guys, Cauley-Stein should be in a position to succeed. Of course, this all depends on coach Dave Joerger sticking with a consistent rotation. Cauley-Stein kind of has to be added in standard leagues after this game in a big win at home. Friday, 10:21 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 in ugly loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored just 14 points in an ugly 146-114 loss to the Nuggets on Friday, shooting 6-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He only played 25 minutes in the blowout, adding six rebounds and four assists with no defensive stats. Anthony Davis could miss time with a concussion, so expect some epic fantasy lines from Boogie Cousins if that's the case -- his usage rate climbs from 32.0 to 38.4 with Davis off the floor. Friday, 10:11 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki finished with 15 points in loss
    Dirk Nowitzki finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and an assist across 24 minutes in Friday's loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks held a 12-point lead at half, but the game turned into a 24-point loss by the end. As such, Disco Dirk was rested for long stretches in the second half once victory was out of reach. Still, he was pretty impactful when he was in there, and he has back-to-back double-digit scoring performances for the first time in the month of November. He'll look for three games in a row with 10 or more points in Saturday's outing against Milwaukee. Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Harrison Barnes good for 18 points
    Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Zach Randolph doesn't score
    Zach Randolph did not score in 14 minutes with four rebounds and one assist against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings may actually start to play their young guys and they even won this game. It is only a matter of time before Randolph starts to fade, and it may be sooner rather than later. It'll be interesting to see if he rests on Saturday. Friday, 9:52 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played six garbage-time minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He did not check in until 5:35 was left in the fourth with the game basically out of reach. Salah Mejri is clearly outplaying Nerlens Noel and the Mavs really don't have much interest in playing the former 76er. It's really hard to sign off on stashing a guy that is going to be a free agent after this year, so he's really just a luxury stash for those doing well. For the second year in a row, he probably needs a trade to save his value. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers a concussion Friday
    Anthony Davis suffered a concussion on Friday vs. the Nuggets and will not return.

    Advice: His night finished with 17 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. We don't know the severity quite yet and the timetables for concussions can vary quite a bit, so it's too early to speculate on how much time he will miss. Coach Alvin Gentry loves Dante Cunningham for some reason, but it's possible he turns to Cheick Diallo if Davis misses time. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Mike Muscala is questionable
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Hawks do have Ersan Ilyasova back now and they could always play John Collins at the four in some situations, so they may not need Muscala much. Collins is going to get almost all of the backup center minutes without Muscala as well. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still has swelling in ankle
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is still dealing with swelling and he will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday and it sounds like he could miss more time. With Isaac out, it's been Marreese Speights logging the minutes behind Aaron Gordon while Mario Hezonja was in the rotation for seven minutes in the last one. Isaac is still a decent stash in deeper leagues, especially because he was playing well before the injury. Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) questionable for Sat
    Coach Mike Budenholzer said Mike Muscala (ankle) participated in "70-80 percent of practice" on Friday "could be available" for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Muscala, who has missed six straight contests for Atlanta, had started five of the previous six games he played prior to the ankle injury. Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins have logged additional minutes in his absence. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup against Utah.

    Advice: This is only a game-notes designation, so we'll have to wait to hear from coach Frank Vogel, either after practice on Friday or Saturday morning after shootaround. Isaac has missed each of Orlando's last two games, but said he was feeling better on Wednesday despite still dealing with discomfort when he moves side-to-side. Friday, 8:04 am
  • Joakim Noah will remain on inactive list
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Joakim Noah will remain on the inactive list going forward.

    Advice: "Jo’s a great team guy," Hornacek said. "He wants us to win. He sees how they’re playing right now. He doesn’t want to have to rock the boat but he is competitive and he wants to be out there to help us." Hornacek added that Noah has handled this "professionally," but it's likely just a matter of time before the Knicks try to clean up their logjam at center. Thursday, 7:17 am
  • Julius Randle gets blocked five times
    Julius Randle made 2-of-12 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three turnovers and six fouls in 30 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The poor shooting line was not because he was missing with five blocks against tonight. He did not enjoy his time against Joel Embiid and was blocked by The Process three times tonight -- Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson also got him once each. Randle is still doing damage with his role as the backup center, so he's still a hold in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plays well in blowout
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) finished Wednesday's road loss with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly exited after falling on his back tonight, which was concerning because he had a back injury in the preseason, but he looked fine after returning. The Bulls are obviously keen to develop Markkanen, and his owners got good news before the game -- coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the rookie will continue to start at PF even when (or if) Nikola Mirotic returns to action for Chicago. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Bobby Portis plays 20 minutes off bench
    Bobby Portis logged 20 minutes off the bench vs. OKC, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Portis has been very good since returning from injury, but he was bound to cool off -- after all, he came in ranked sixth in PER behind Porzingis, Harden, AD, LeBron and Giannis. He was still productive on a per-minute basis tonight, and the block was his first of the season, but hopefully his playing time will increase vs. Charlotte on Friday. Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons logs season-high 25 minutes
    Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 25 minutes on Wednesday, going 5-of-7 from the field with three 3-pointers for 13 points.

    Advice: Parsons added three rebounds and two assists. The playing time could indicate that Memphis is loosening his minute restriction, but they might also have felt comfortable giving him extra burn since they're off until Saturday. Until he can consistently get minutes in the high 20s, it'll be hard for Parsons to tempt 12-team owners. Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) logs 17 minutes
    JaMychal Green (ankle) started in his return on Wednesday, playing 17 minutes to finish with eight points, three rebounds and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green was on a minute-limit tonight, predictably, but it should be lifted sooner rather than later -- David Fizdale has suggested that Memphis won't be excessively cautious. One of Green's makes was a 3-pointer and it looks like he has the green light from distance, which is worth noting. Now's the time to grab him if you need a PF with top-100 potential. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 25 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one block, four steals and three 3-pointers against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sure, his fourth-ranked 28.2 points per game he had coming into this game is nice, but Cousins leading centers with his 5.8 dimes per game may be the biggest surprise on his stat line. It's going to be interesting to see if he can keep that around six with Rajon Rondo around, but obviously Cousins is going to post gigantic stat lines one way or another. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors gets 10 reb, 5 ast, 3 blk
    Derrick Favors made 3-of-11 shots for six points on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) will be re-evaluated in about a month, until which time Favors will be tasked with holding down the frontcourt. The expanded opportunity made him a red-hot fantasy pickup, and games like this help justify the decision -- he even came within two assists of his previous career-high. Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein quiet again in 21 minutes
    Willie Cauley-Stein had another forgettable game on Wednesday with six points, three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Dewayne Dedmon ate Cauley-Stein's lunch and made him pay for it tonight. The result was an early seat for the Kings' starting center. He hasn't played more than 24 minutes since Oct. 26, and it's anyone's guess when coach Dave Joerger will turn his young guys loose. Cauley-Stein's fantasy owners are justifiably exasperated, but he has too much potential to cut outright in most formats. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 16 points in blowout
    Zach Randolph led the Kings on Wednesday with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, adding four rebounds and two assists in an ugly road loss.

    Advice: Z-Bo played 25 minutes, and Sacramento's veterans were the only thing they had going tonight -- George Hill added 12 points and three steals, while Kosta Koufos had seven points on 3-of-3 shooting off the bench. None of those three guys has returned 14-team value to date. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) sheds walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) won't play on Wednesday, but he was seen without a walking boot.

    Advice: Isaac said that he "still feels discomfort when he moves side to side," but he's feeling better. Orlando will play it safe but he gets a few days off before Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, so there's a chance we'll see him this weekend. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • JaMychal Green to start, play around 18 mins
    JaMychal Green (ankle) will start and is expected to play around 18 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale has said he's expected to bring Green along faster than most injured players, so he may not have a minutes cap for long. With Mike Conley (Achilles) out, Green should have a bigger opportunity to score in the first unit. He should be owned in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play Wednesday vs. Utah
    Joakim Noah will not play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This will be the second game in a row that the Knicks will keep their second-highest paid player on the inactive roster, which indicates that Noah might not even be in the rotation this season. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) will start Wednesday
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) will start Wednesday vs. the Thunder, as expected.

    Advice: Markkanen exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and did not practice on Monday, but the plan was always to have him back in action on Wednesday night. Fred Hoiberg did say that he'd be monitoring Markkanen's minutes tonight, so he's a somewhat risky DFS target, while the potentially limited minutes for the rookie increases Bobby Portis' appeal. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) expected to start Weds
    JaMychal Green (ankle) is expected to start Wednesday vs. the Pacers, but he will be working with a minutes limit.

    Advice: Green hasn't played since the season opener, so it would be surprising if he played much more than 20 minutes tonight, making him an unattractive option on an 11-game Wednesday night. Jarell Martin will head back to the bench with Green back in action, and he might get bumped from the rotation entirely once Green is fully up to speed. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Rudy Gay plays 16 minutes on Tuesday
    Rudy Gay came off the bench and hit just 1-of-7 shots in 16 minutes for four points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: The 16 minutes are a season low and there's a chance Gregg Popovich is going to baby him while he works through some Achilles soreness. Gay had been playing well this season, but has been pretty shaky in two of his last three games. Wait until the minutes return to normal before using him in DFS, and bench him in season-longs if you have other options on busy nights. Tuesday, 8:53 pm
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  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 12 points vs. Spurs
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dirk is a legend, but Father Time is undefeated. He's averaging just 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his last five games, and things won't get any easier for his fantasy owners when the Mavs start resting him frequently. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Nerlens Noel plays five minutes vs. the Spurs
    Nerlens Noel played five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: It's hard to make an impression in five minutes, but coach Rick Carlisle opted to go back to Salah Mejri after halftime at the expense of Noel. He's now played 13 total minutes over his last four games and is just a luxury stash at this point if your team is doing well in the standings. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) will return Wednesday
    JaMychal Green (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Green sprained his left ankle on opening and has been sidelined since. Jarell Martin has been starting at power forward in place of Green but is averaging just 5.0 points (on 39.4 percent shooting) and 4.2 rebounds in 20.8 minutes. Once coach David Fizdale addresses the media, we'll find out if Green will be inserted into the starting lineup immediately. Either way, Martin belongs on waivers in all fantasy formats. Green averaged 8.9 points, 0.7 threes, 7.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks, all with solid percentages last season. Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: It looks like Wednesday will mark Muscala's sixth straight game on the sidelines, which will translate to more minutes for John Collins. Muscala isn't worth hanging onto in most formats. Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plans to play Wed
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) said he plans to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Markkanen tweaked his ankle on Saturday vs. the Spurs and was unable to return to the game. He sat out practice on Tuesday but reportedly was only dealing with "minimal swelling." Markkanen has exceeded expectations early on this season. He's averaging 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 treys in 30.5 minutes over the first 11 games of his NBA career. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Paul Millsap drains five treys in loss
    Paul Millsap hit 6-of-16 shots and a season-high five 3-pointers for 18 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 34 minutes of Monday's 99-82 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Millsap has been a bit disappointing this season, but has been Mr. Consistency in his last four games, scoring 17, 17, 16 and 18 points while averaging 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.8 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in that span, shooting 44 percent. Millsap appears to be coming on and the fact he knocked down five triples is icing on the cake. Hopefully his slow start will be a distant memory in a couple weeks. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Julius Randle plays just 19 minutes
    Julius Randle scored eight points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: After logging at least 21 minutes in each of his last three, Randle saw his playing time drop a tad in this win. He hasn't even played a minute next to Brook Lopez in the last five games and he's only played 15 minutes next to Andrew Bogut in that span, so coach Luke Walton hasn't really adjusted Randle's role after the Larry Nance (hand) injury. He's still a fine hold in standard leagues. Monday, 9:15 pm
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