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  • Jayson Tatum returned to action on Tuesday January 16. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:47 am
     
  • Shane Larkin returned to action on Tuesday January 16. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:47 am
  • Rajon Rondo posts nice line in another win
    Rajon Rondo got some revenge against the Celtics Tuesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's been a bit quiet lately, but is still averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals over his last five games, hitting 52 percent of his shots. If you can live with the low scoring, he's worth holding. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Shabazz Napier stays relevant on Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier played through a sore back and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 20 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: While it's true he's a must-start any time the Blazers are without Damian Lillard, he's actually managed to stay afloat with Lillard back. He returned to action four games ago and Napier has averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over that stretch, despite sitting out the entire second half on Sunday with the back problem. Those aren't must-own numbers and he's tough to trust with Lillard healthy, but he might be worth grabbing, especially as a Lillard insurance policy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • C.J. McCollum hits six triples in win
    C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-18 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The six triples tied his season high, as he did it previously on Nov. 5, and CJM's had it on cruise control all season, scoring in single figures just one time. He's returning solid fourth-round fantasy value this season, but he's on the rise, putting up his best numbers of the season in January. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
     
  • Damian Lillard scores 31 points in win
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Devin Booker stole the headlines with his 43-point performance, but despite the final score, the Blazers were in control of this game throughout, with Lillard and C.J. McCollum (27 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 6 3-pointers) leading the charge. Lillard's been back from his calf injury for four games and hasn't missed a beat, going off for 26 points, 7.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in those four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 18 points vs. Blazers
    Troy Daniels scored 18 points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-13 shots in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had 11 3-point attempts and connected on six of them, adding one rebound and one steal. Josh Jackson had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes and T.J. Warren (foot) missed another game, so Daniels stepped up when coach Jay Triano called his name. The Suns only have one more game this week and it's not until Friday, so there's no reason to pick up Daniels in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
     
  • Josh Jackson (groin) scores eight points
    Josh Jackson (groin) scored eight points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 4-of-12 shots with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes, so he couldn't build off his 21-point game on Sunday. The game is slowing down for the rookie and his outlook for the rest of the season is promising with the Suns focusing on player development, but this isn't a great week to stash him since they only have one more game on the schedule this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
     
  • Al-Farouq Aminu hits four more treys
    Al-Farouq Aminu hit 5-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 14 points, nine rebounds and a block in 28 minutes of Tuesday's easy 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Suns had a big fourth quarter (39-26) but still lost by seven, while Aminu bounced back after a quiet game on Sunday, when he had just six points, seven rebounds, a block and zero 3-pointers. Aminu is bouncing around on a lot of waiver wires, but he's quietly averaging 11 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He's hit at least one 3-pointer in eight of his nine January games and if you need a big man who can steal and hit 3-pointers, Aminu seems to be coming on after a rather quiet second half of December. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Devin Booker goes off for 43 points in loss
    Devin Booker went off for 43 points in Tuesday's 118-111 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: That's the third game of his career with 40+ points. He did everything he could to give the Suns a chance with 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as they dropped their third straight game. He finished 14-of-29 from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws with eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and five triples, becoming the first Phoenix Sun to record 43+ points and 8+ assists since Stephon Marbury in 2003. He's quickly becoming one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays 14 minutes off bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas, playing 14 minutes with five points and three rebounds.

    Advice: He played exclusively as the backup center and didn't see any minutes next to Jokic. He was a deep-league asset even as a starter, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues even if this was a temporary move. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points w/ six assists
    Will Barton's move into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Dallas paid dividends, as he racked up 22 points (9-of-15 FGs), six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, two triples and five turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets needed a spark after losing four out of their previous five games, so Barton delivered. Maybe it was a matchup move, but it would make sense for Denver to go back to this lineup on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, especially if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is out. Barton should be owned everywhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 25 points w/ four steals
    Gary Harris was a beast in Tuesday's win over Dallas, racking up 25 points, four assists, four steals, one block and three triples.

    Advice: Harris was 8th in the NBA in deflections (133) prior to Tuesday and was everywhere on the defensive end again tonight. He did miss a pair of free throws late, but Harris, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic got the Nuggets back on track with just their second win in their last six games. Harris finished 8-of-17 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line and is locked in as a borderline early-round value in category leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Nikola Jokic dominates w/ 29-18-7 line
    Nikola Jokic dominated in a 105-102 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday, scoring 29 points with a season-high 18 rebounds, seven assists, one block and two steals in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The matchup was obviously favorable, but the big takeaway from the game was that Jokic didn't log any minutes next to Mason Plumlee -- Jokic's advanced stats are better across the board when Plumlee is off the floor and he's clearly more comfortable playing all his minutes at the five. The Denver offense was running through him even more than usual tonight and he grabbed nine offensive rebounds, finishing 11-of-23 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line. His owners will be hoping that coach Malone sticks with this rotation on Wednesday vs. the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Jayson Tatum quiet in 27 minutes
    Jayson Tatum (knee) was quiet in 27 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples.

    Advice: Tatum missed a practice over the weekend after tweaking his knee last week vs. Philly, but all the test results came back clean. "It feels a lot better. I just tweaked it in the game in London, and the long plane ride it got a little stiff," he said. "We had a few days off of practice, I mean, off until our next game. So they just told me to rest the other day at practice." He's been one of the most consistent rookies this season and is flirting with top-50 value in standard 9-category leagues, and it doesn't sound like this knee injury is going to linger. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
     
  • Boogie Cousins drops 19 & 15 on Celtics
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 7-of-20 shots, 1-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws for 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three steals, zero blocks and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime in at Boston.

    Advice: Boogie wasn't all that efficient tonight and the seven turnovers, compared to just one for Anthony Davis, have been an issue all season. He's struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 11-of-36 over his last two games, but once they start falling again, look out. The 5.4 turnovers over his last five games are annoying and right on course, as he's averaging 5.0 per game on the season. Despite the negatives, he's playing at first-round value this season and his shot should start falling soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Mason Plumlee will come off the bench
    Mason Plumlee will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He was considered probable to play with a core strain, but the Nuggets will make a lineup switch to counter Dallas small-ball lineup. There's no word on whether or not this will be more than a temporary move, but this matchup is better suited for guys like Wilson Chandler and Trey Lyles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. Dallas on Tuesday
    Will Barton will start against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: It sounds like this is a matchup move, but Barton is worth deploying in fantasy lineups regardless of where he begins the game. He'll join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (back) is available vs. Suns
    Shabazz Napier (back) is available to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a strained lower back and left Sunday's game early, but he'll give it a go tonight. He's hard to trust while Damian Lillard is healthy, but he's been terrific for a few weeks and the Blazers need to find more minutes for him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica ejected Tuesday night
    Nemanja Bjelica was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game vs. Orlando after getting into an altercation with Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: Both players received double technical fouls after jawing at one another earlier in the quarter. Then, a few minutes later, Afflalo threw a right-handed punch to Bjelica's face. Gorgui Dieng could see a few extra minutes in the second half of Tuesday's contest with Bjelica out of the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Arron Afflalo and Nemanja Bjelica ejected
    Arron Afflalo and Nemanja Bjelica were both ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Both players were chirping at each other for a few minutes, but Afflalo started swinging when the two were competing for a rebound. Afflalo is likely looking at a suspension, but he shouldn't be owned in fantasy leagues anyways. While he's out, Wes Iwundu and Mario Hezonja could pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:50 pm
     
  • Seth Curry (leg) won't return until February
    Coach Rick Carlisle said that Seth Curry (leg) won't return until February at the earliest.

    Advice: Curry has yet to appear in a game this season, and it sounds like he won't make his debut anytime soon. He'll first need to be cleared for contact, and then begin practicing with the team before he gets close to game action. He should be left on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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  • Jayson Tatum (knee) will play on Tuesday
    Jayson Tatum (knee) is good to go for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Tatum went through most of Monday's practice and looked fine at shootaround, so we wouldn't anticipate any sort of minutes limit for him tonight. Feel free to get him active. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:40 pm
     
  • Belinelli, Dedmon, Prince, Muscala probable
    Marco Belinelli (ankle), Dewayne Dedmon (leg), Taurean Prince (finger) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are probable to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: None of these guys are in any danger of sitting out Wednesday's game. Maybe in another few weeks the Hawks will stop listing them as probable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:21 pm
  • Josh Jackson (groin) will start on Tuesday
    Updating a previous report, Josh Jackson (groin) will start Tuesday in Portland.

    Advice: Jackson played well in his previous start sans Warren, scoring a career-high 21 points to go with six boards, three dimes and two triples in 30 minutes of floor time, so he's someone to consider in DFS with what should be a favorable and uptempo matchup with the Trail Blazers.Daily Slant: With all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor - including Warren and Chriss, who were both ruled out today - Jackson is averaging 0.93 fantasy points per minute with a very solid 28.2% usage rate, making him an attractive target in all DFS formats. Dragan Bender also appears to be locked into at least 28-30 minutes of court time, making him a viable bounce back candidate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:27 pm
     
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) probable Tuesday
    Mason Plumlee (core strain) is probable to play Tuesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's been playing through the core strain issue for over a month, and it's likely going to be something he just has to deal with for the rest of the season. Plumlee is not a viable fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Josh Jackson (groin) available to play
    Josh Jackson (groin) will be available to play Tuesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: T.J. Warren (back) is out, so Jackson should be looking at another start tonight, and he's someone to think about in daily leagues. In his past four appearances, Jackson has produced averages of 16.3 points, 2.0 triples, 7.0 boards, 3.3 dimes and 1.7 turnovers per contest on 41.9% shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:47 pm
     
  • T.J. Warren (back) out Tuesday vs. Portland
    T.J. Warren (back) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Josh Jackson (groin) is likely looking at another start tonight, so he could be someone to consider in DFS with a favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers. This will be Warren's second straight game on the sidelines, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Friday's game in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:44 pm
     
  • T.J. Warren (back) questionable Tuesday
    T.J. Warren (sore lower back) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Warren was unable to play Sunday vs. the Pacers. Josh Jackson (groin) started in his place and Jackson responded with a career-high 21 points in 30 minutes. Jackson is listed as questionable for Tuesday as well. We should have an update on the status of both players after Phoenix's shootaround Tuesday morning. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
     
  • Josh Jackson (groin) questionable Tuesday
    Josh Jackson (groin) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Jackson was listed as questionable for Sunday's contest as well, but ended up starting in place of T.J. Warren (back) and scored a career-high 21 points, with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Over the Suns last four games, Jackson is averaging 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.8 treys, while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from downtown. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 am
     
  • Jabari Parker (knee) to return before ASG
    Jabari Parker (knee) said that he plans to return before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Specifically, "the first two weeks before the All-Star Game," said Parker. "It’s probably in that area. We just have to see how I keep doing with my pickup games." This is in line with recent updates and projections. All-Star weekend is Feb. 16-18, which means Parker is hoping to return in early February. Parker is worth stashing in deep leagues, especially if you have an open IR-spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 am
     
  • Marco Belinelli returned to action on Monday January 15. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 am
  • Tarik Black returned to action on Monday January 15. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 am
     
  • Wes Johnson posts double-double off bench
    Wes Johnson was good for 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots over 31 minutes in Monday's victory against the Rockets.

    Advice: Johnson and Montrezl Harrell did a good job stepping up with DeAndre Jordan (ankle) sidelined, as they combined for six swats and were a Jordan-like 4-of-6 combined from the free-throw line. Johnson is averaging 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocked shots and 1.0 steals over his past three outings, but he'll be back to having minimal fantasy appeal in standard formats once Jordan can make his way back. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:31 pm
  • Clint Capela snags seven rebounds in loss
    Clint Capela went for 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots over 28 minutes in Monday's road loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Capela hit 6-of-10 from the field while turning it over just once. The most impressive part of his stat line was the six offensive rebounds, keeping possessions alive for the visitors. Unfortunately they needed a lot more, as they Clips outscored the Rockets by eight in the second half to secure a much-needed victory. He has swatted at least one shot in each of his eight games since returning from a right orbital fracture on Dec. 29. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:17 pm
     
  • Tarik Black (right eye abrasion) will play
    Tarik Black (right eye abrasion) will play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's available for Houston again after a one-game absence. Nene (right knee contusion) isn't active, so Black could see a handful of center minutes behind Clint Capela. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:04 pm
     
  • Shabazz Napier (back) questionable Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier (strained lower back) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Napier left during the second quarter of Sunday's game and this is an unfortunate break, as he'd been playing very well the past few weeks. Hopefully we'll get some good news after Portland's shootaround, but if he can't suit up Pat Connaughton should get extra run with the second unit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:39 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (left ankle) is available
    Marco Belinelli (left ankle sprain) is available on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: His playing time has been on the decline, as he averaged 17.6 minutes in his previous four games. He's also on the trade block with the Hawks looking for a second-round pick in return. He's a low-end asset that is only worth owning in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:34 am
  • Jayson Tatum (knee) is probable for Tuesday
    Jayson Tatum (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: His test results all came back good and it sounds like he's dealing with a minor knee tweak. Tatum went through most of Monday's practice and should be ready to roll on Tuesday barring a setback in warmups. We'll have another update on Tuesday morning. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:21 am
     
  • Nemanja Bjelica productive off Wolves' bench
    Nemanja Bjelica had another productive game on Sunday, coming off the bench with five points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau had nothing but praise for Bjelica after Friday's game, when he scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. "When [Bjelica] plays the small forward position, it makes us real long," he said. "The 3-point shooting is obviously something we need and it opens up the floor. He complements all of our players well, the starters and the bench guys." Thibs' high praise aside, Bjelica isn't a standard-league asset while the Wolves' frontcourt is healthy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Damian Lillard's 21/8/6 not enough vs. Wolves
    Damian Lillard had 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds, one steal in a road loss vs. the Wolves on Sunday, making 7-of-14 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard joined Klay Thompson as the only players in NBA history to make at least 100 three-pointers in their first six NBA seasons -- he finished 2-of-6 behind the arc tonight. The Blazers were a fantasy wasteland tonight, other than Lillard and Pat Connaughton, but they should fare much better at home vs. the Suns on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:17 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu quiet in lopsided road loss
    Al-Farouq Aminu struggled in 21 minutes on Sunday, going 3-of-7 from the field for six points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Aminu came in averaging 33.0 minutes per game but was the victim of a slow start for Portland -- trailing by 14 points at halftime, coach Terry Stotts wasn't shy about mixing up his rotations in the second half. His shot still isn't falling (42.1 percent in January) but Aminu chips in enough elsewhere to be worth holding in most formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:16 pm
  • C.J. McCollum gets 18 points w/ little else
    C.J. McCollum scored 18 points with three 3-pointers and one steal on Sunday, but he failed to record any rebounds, assists or blocks in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Portland lost their third game in a row tonight, leaving them one game above .500 for the season (22-21). They're tied with Denver for the No. 8 seed, with the surging Clippers just 1/2 game back, which should ensure guys like McCollum and Damian Lillard play huge minutes in the coming weeks. He's a prime bounce-back candidate with the Suns visiting Portland on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:15 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Shabazz Napier exits Sunday w/ back tightness
    Shabazz Napier (back) didn't play in the second half on Sunday, finishing with nine points, two assists and one block in 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Napier was efficient with 3-of-5 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, but his back "tightened up" during the game, according to coach Terry Stotts. His recent play has ensured him a solid spot in the rotation, but owners will need to check for updates on Monday before relying on him in weekly lineups. If he does miss time, expect Pat Connaughton to pick up most of the slack. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • Josh Jackson notches career-high 21 points
    Josh Jackson started in place of T.J. Warren (back) on Sunday, scoring a career-high 21 points on 7-of-16 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Jackson went from being questionable due to hip and groin injuries, to starting for the 15th time in his NBA career. He had a few sloppy turnovers but was otherwise a bright spot for Phoenix in this blowout home loss. Warren should be day-to-day, so this doesn't do much for Jackson's immediate value heading into a two-game week, but it's a nice reminder of his long-term upside. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:32 pm
     
  • Devin Booker gets 15/7/5 in blowout home loss
    Devin Booker shot 5-of-16 from the field for 15 points on Sunday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, two turnovers and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Booker was in foul trouble tonight but that wasn't a real issue, especially since Phoenix let him play down the stretch of a blowout 120-97 defeat. He continues to run the offense more often and the Suns coaching staff is pleased with his playmaking. "Just as a point guard, he’s setting us up, he’s getting us into our offense," coach Jay Triano said before the game. "We’re asking him to be a big scorer, to set everyone up ... It’s a little bit of a new role for him." Booker is poised for a big finish in 2018. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins has career-high seven steals
    DeMarcus Cousins collected a career-high seven steals vs. the Knicks on Sunday, adding 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 45 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans had an incredible 17 steals as a team tonight, all from the starters, and they scored 22 points off turnovers tonight. It wasn't a perfect night for Cousins by any means, as he made 4-of-16 FGs and 7-of-12 FTs, with five turnovers, but you can't fault his ability to pile up counting stats. Cousins is averaging career-highs in assists (5.1) and 3-pointers (2.3) this season, and he's yet to miss a game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:39 pm
  • Rajon Rondo logs just 24 minutes in OT win
    Rajon Rondo was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting in Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo struggled with his shot, was sloppy with the rock and played some very subpar defense against Jarrett Jack, which resulted in him getting benched down the stretch in favor of Ian Clark. We'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a potential revenage game against the Celtics in Boston. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:13 pm
  • Josh Jackson starting for T.J. Warren (back)
    Josh Jackson will start Sunday's game in place of T.J. Warren (sore lower back).

    Advice: Jackson came in with his own hip and groin ailments, but he practiced on Saturday and should be playing without any limitations. The absence of Marquese Chriss (hip) leaves Phoenix very shallow at the forward spots, so we're expecting a heavy workload for Jackson tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:00 pm
     
  • T.J. Warren (sore back) out, Jackson starting
    T.J. Warren (sore lower back) will not play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: Josh Jackson will start in place of Warren and should get all the minutes he can handle, so give him a look for DFS purposes. Dragan Bender will also be busy with Marquese Chriss (hip) on the sidelines tonight. This is the first we've heard about Warren's back issue, so we'll consider him questionable to return vs. Portland on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:55 pm
     
  • Josh Jackson (hip, groin) available to play
    Josh Jackson (hip, groin) will be available to play Sunday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Jackson was a full participant in Saturday's practice and considering he only missed one game, he shouldn't be dealing with any sort of minutes limit tonight. He could be looking at playing time in the mid-20s with Marquese Chriss (hip) unavailable, and it'll be interesting to see if he affects Dragan Bender's minutes. Jackson has been up-and-down this season, so he's not the best fantasy target with a tough matchup against Indiana. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:29 pm
     
  • Belinelli (left ankle sprain) is probable
    Marco Belinelli (left ankle sprain) is expected to play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He missed his first game of the season on Friday vs. the Nets, but the injury was minor and he's had a couple days off to rest. He averaged 17.6 minutes over Atlanta's last four games, so he's safe to leave on the wire. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:30 am
  • Gary Harris scores 18 points in his return
    Gary Harris (personal) returned to the lineup Saturday at San Antonio and he finished with 18 points across 30 minutes.

    Advice: Harris and Nikola Jokic were the only two players to show up in the 112-80 blowout loss, finishing as the only double-digit point producers. He is having quite the January, averaging 21.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game in six outings. He continues to put up top-40 fantasy value in nearly all formats, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 pm
  • Nikola Jokic sharp despite blowout loss
    Nikola Jokic finished with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 112-80 loss at San Antonio.

    Advice: Jokic was very productive, hitting 3-of-6 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, persevering despite a blowout on the scoreboard. He was one of just two Nuggets (Gary Harris) to go for double-digit point totals and please his fantasy owners. He also chipped in with nine rebounds, seven assists and steals. Jokic and his teammates have just three games on tap in the upcoming week, but favorable home games against the defensively-challenged Mavericks and Suns highlight the slate. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores 13 points with 3 treys
    Wes Johnson scored 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting Saturday, to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: This was the second solid outing in a row for Johnson, but these games do come with a bit of an asterisk as both were against Sacramento's porous defense. Sam Dekker also had a nice game with 13 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes, but with how inconsistent these guys have been this season, we'll need to see a repeat before getting behind adding either of them. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Gary Harris (personal) available to play Sat
    Gary Harris (personal) will be available to play Saturday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Harris missed Friday's game for undisclosed personal reasons, but he's rejoined the team in San Antonio and is expected to replace Will Barton in the starting five tonight. We'll have official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but season-long owners can go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:52 pm
  • Gary Harris (personal) now in San Antonio
    Gary Harris (personal) has rejoined his team in San Antonio.

    Advice: Harris is officially still questionable to play, but he posted a Snapchat video with the caption "Back to it!!" so things are trending in a positive direction here. He's likely going to be a game-time call, but if Harris is able to get back out there tonight, Will Barton will head back to the bench and his value will suffer a slight hit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Harris (personal) not currently with team
    Gary Harris (personal) has not yet joined the Nuggets in San Antonio.

    Advice: Harris' posted a snapchat video showing him boarding a private plane, but it's unclear exactly where he's headed or what personal issue he's dealing with. There's technically still time for him to take a flight to San Antonio in order to be available for tonight's game, but there's too much uncertainty here to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:13 pm
  • Josh Jackson, Canaan practice on Saturday
    Josh Jackson (hip, groin) and Isaiah Canaan (groin) practiced on Saturday.

    Advice: These guys getting through Saturday's practice is an encouraging sign regarding their status for Sunday's game against the Pacers, and we should have another update following Sunday morning's shootaround. If they are able to get back out there tomorrow, Tyler Ulis and Danuel House Jr.'s minutes would take a hit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:03 pm
     
  • Shane Larkin (illness) doesn't practice Sat
    Shane Larkin (illness) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Larkin is an irrelevant part of the rotation in Boston, so his playing status for Tuesday's game will not have an impact in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:25 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (knee) doesn't practice Saturday
    Jayson Tatum (knee) did not practice on Saturday, and he's scheduled for a precautionary MRI.

    Advice: Tatum tweaked his knee during Thursday's game in London, but we'll wait for the MRI results before making any proclamations about his status for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. If this is something that requires Tatum to miss time, Marcus Morris would likely move into the starting five, and there would be more minutes available for guys like Daniel Theis and Jaylen Brown. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:17 am
     
  • Gary Harris (personal) questionable Saturday
    Gary Harris (personal) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: Harris did not play on Friday night, as he was attending to family matters. It is unknown if he will be able to fly to San Antonio in time for Saturday's game. We should have an update early in the afternoon. Will Barton started in place of Harris on Friday and finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists in 40 minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:21 am
  • Tarik Black (eye) to be a GTD Monday
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tarik Black (right eye abrasion) will be a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Nene (knee) has already been ruled out of Monday's game. If Black is unable to play, the Rockets will again have little depth at center. Clint Capela had a huge game on Friday, finishing with 17 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Capela would again be asked to log heavy minutes on Monday if Black remains sidelined. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:13 am
     
  • Devin Booker drops 27 in Friday's home loss
    Devin Booker was good for 27 points across 37 minutes in Friday's 112-95 loss against the visiting Rockets.

    Advice: Booker hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-8 from behind the arc, while adding 6-of-6 from the free-throw stripe. He also added nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. The only complaint from fantasy owners might be his ugly nine turnovers, which was a season high. He has four or more turnovers in five of his past six outings, so fantasy owners have to take the good with the bad. Usually with Booker, it's way more good than bad. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:19 pm
  • T.J. Warren goes for 21 points in home win
    T.J. Warren finished with 21 points in Friday's 112-95 loss against the Rockets, hitting 10-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: Warren is averaging 22.0 points over the past two games since returning from a one-game absence due to illness. He has been shooting the ball well over his past 11 outings, 53.5 percent from the floor. He has been one of the most reliable fantasy producers in the Valley of the Sun this season, and he is posting top-75 roto value for most owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:09 pm
     
  • Clint Capela pulls down 16 rebounds in rout
    Clint Capela finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds across 36 minutes in Friday's 112-95 win at Phoenix.

    Advice: In case you were wondering, Capela's career high is 20 rebounds. He also chopped in with three assists, two steals and a blocked shot over 36 minutes while going an efficient 7-of-11 from the floor. He also tied a team-high with a plus-22 rating in the road win. Capela is on fire lately, averaging 14.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game over his past five outings. He and his teammates will have the weekend to rest up before a road outing Monday against the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:48 pm
     
  • Will Barton scores 17 points in start
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup with Gary Harris (personal) out on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's more like it. Barton was cold coming into tonight's game with January averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 35.9% shooting, so he was in need of a confidence booster. Harris was tending to a "private family matter" and could be back on Saturday, so Barton will be back on the bench if that happens. He's worth owning even when his shot isn't falling, as his assists give him a decent floor. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Rajon Rondo mostly invisible on Friday
    Rajon Rondo finished with just thee points, two assists and two rebounds over 20 minutes in Friday's win against Portland.

    Advice: These types of nights are maddening for fantasy owners, as Rondo can be so special at times and look rather disinterested and uninvolved other times. He is just two games removed from posting 15 assists, and he has 12 or more dimes in three of his past eight with a few stinkers in between. The tease of elite-level assists makes him worth owning in most formats, but be ready for duds like this now and again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:02 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins flirts with triple-double
    DeMarcus Cousins posted 24 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists with two blocked shots over 36 minutes in Friday's victory against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Boogie was on point in this one, nearly notching his fifth 20-20 game of the season. He has managed three games with 20 or more points and 19 or more boards across his past six outings, and he has posted two blocked shots in each of the past four starts. As long as he continues to maintain his composure on the court, he is a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Shabazz Napier posts 17 points in road loss
    Shabazz Napier posted 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 36 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Napier hit 7-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, faring surprisingly well considering he was in the starting five along Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He was solid filling in at the point when Lillard (calf) was sidelined, and he showed well here. However, his long-term fantasy outlook isn't great as long as Lillard and McCollum are each healthy and available. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Damian Lillard good for 23 points on Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) was in the lineup Friday at New Orleans, and he finished with 23 points across 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard didn't play with any type of minutes cap, and he hit 9-of-22 from the floor while adding eight assists, three steals and two rebounds. His shot was a bit off, and he was just 2-of-11 from behind the 3-point line, too, but whenever he is in the lineup he is an obvious must-start across the board in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:25 pm
  • Fours wild for C.J. McCollum in NOLA
    C.J. McCollum finished with 23 points Friday in New Orleans, hitting four 3-pointers while adding four assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: McCollum shot 40.0 percent from behind the arc, banging home 4-of-10, and he added a steal and a blocked shot over his 36 minutes. He was one of four Portland starters to tally at least two triples on the evening. McCollum will look to match a season-high streak of six in a row with 20 or more points when his team plays Sunday night in the Twin Cities against the Timberwolves. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:22 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu notches double-double
    Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals over 35 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Aminu hit 7-of-16 from the floor, including 3-of-9 from behind the arc, and he finished with a team-best plus-16 rating. In fact, he was the only Blazers player in double digits in the category. This was a nice game, but he has posted some pretty awful stat lines lately, too. In fact, he has yet to post back-to-back double-digit scoring totals so far through seven games in January. He is a bit erratic in terms of fantasy production, but remains a decent add in category leagues, especially 9-cat. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Josh Jackson (hip) ruled out Friday
    Josh Jackson (hip, groin) will not play on Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Suns have no reason to deploy Jackson at less than 100 percent, but his next chance to play will be on Sunday vs. the Pacers. T.J. Warren will have a heavy workload tonight and the Suns will use a committee approach to soak up the rest of Jackson's minutes. Based on coach Jay Triano's comments, we'll see a lot of small-ball lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:54 pm
     
  • Will Barton starting for Harris (personal)
    Will Barton will start in place of Gary Harris (personal) on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Harris is tending to a "private family matter," but coach Malone is hopeful to have him back on Saturday vs. the Spurs. Barton has been in a slump lately and is hitting 35.9% from the field over his last five games, so maybe the move to the first unit will get him going again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:36 pm
  • Shabazz Napier starting for Turner (illness)
    Shabazz Napier will start on Friday vs. the Pelicans with Evan Turner (illness) out.

    Advice: He'll join Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic in the first unit. Napier's upside isn't as high while Lillard and McCollum are active, but he still has some streaming appeal tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) available for Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) is available to play on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Barring a setback in warmups, Lillard will start and should see his normal allotment of minutes. He had 29 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes in his last game, so make sure he's active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Josh Jackson (groin) doubtful for Friday
    Josh Jackson (groin) said he doesn't think he'll be able to take the court for Friday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Jackson's injury was initially reported as a hip issue, but apparently, he's dealing with a groin injury, which is something that can be tricky to recover from as there's a high risk of suffering a setback if brought back too soon. It sounds like he'll be joining Marquese Chriss (hip) on the sidelines tonight, which will translate to more minutes for Jared Dudley and perhaps Daniel House will be able to get into the rotation. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:13 am
     
  • Damian Lillard (calf) expects to play Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) said he has "no lingering issues" with his calf and expects to play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Lillard looked terrific in his return to action on Wednesday, finishing with 29 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. And, fortunately, he has now confirmed he didn't suffer any setbacks. Lillard should be locked and loaded in starting lineups this evening. Shabazz Napier can be sent back to the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:03 am
  • Marco Belinelli (ankle) ruled out Friday
    Marco Belinelli (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This will be the first game Belinelli has missed all season, as he had played in each of the Hawks first 41 contests. Tyler Dorsey and Malcolm Delaney figure to soak up most of the excess minutes created by Belinelli's absence. Belinelli was averaging 17.6 minutes over Atlanta's last four games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 am
  • Gary Harris (personal) will not play Friday
    Gary Harris (personal) will not play Friday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: According to Denver beat reporter T.J. McBride, Harris is "back home dealing with personal issues." Fortunately, the issues are "nothing that will keep him out an extended amount of time." However, Harrison Wind is reporting that Harris could miss Saturday's game as well. With Harris out of the lineup, Will Barton is expected to draw the start. Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig will likely log additional minutes off the bench. Jamal Murray and Barton should see their usage rates increase. Barton is an intriguing DFS option Friday night. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:19 am
  • Marco Belinelli (ankle) questionable Friday
    Marco Belinelli (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: There's been no indication that DeAndre Bembry (groin) is nearing a return, so if Belinelli misses time the Hawks will need more from Tyler Dorsey, Malcolm Delaney and Isaiah Taylor. We should have an update after the Hawks' shootaround. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) probable for Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: There's no indication that Lillard suffered a setback while playing 32 minutes in his return on Wednesday, so this looks like a simple precaution. Shabazz Napier will benefit if Dame is at all limited, but for now we're expecting him to be fine. Check back after Portland's shootaround on Friday for confirmation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:50 am
  • Jabari Parker about a month away
    Jabari Parker (knee) is about a month away from returning to action.

    Advice: "He’s doing great," head coach Jason Kidd said. "Again, he’s doing everything; he’s practicing, he’s participating with the Herd. So, he’s getting a lot of basketball under his belt. Again, I think we’re about a month away from having him back." Parker has already been cleared for full-contact 5-on-5, but the Bucks are being cautious and want to make sure he's in top shape before activating him. Based on this timetable, we should see him the week before the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:56 am
     
  • Wes Johnson scoreless in just 15 minutes
    Wes Johnson didn't score in 15 minutes vs. Golden State on Wednesday, going 0-of-4 from the field with one rebound, one assist, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: The steals were the only saving grace for Wes tonight, but that's not nearly enough to satisfy owners who streamed him as a starter in a fast-paced game. Blake Griffin (concussion) was among the long list of injured Clippers tonight, and C.J. Williams (ankle) exited early, and if Johnson can't produce in these conditions it's very hard to trust him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins hits 12-of-17 FTs, scores 29
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Pelicans with 29 points on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-15 FGs and 12-of-17 FTs with five 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

    Advice: Anthony Davis (sprained right ankle) was out tonight, so predictably Cousins was very busy despite being the focal point of the Memphis defense. He committed five turnovers tonight but that's nothing new, as his 5.0 miscues per game lead the NBA by a wide margin (Russell Westbrook is second at 4.5). Cousins hasn't missed a game this season, of course, so it's all good for his fantasy owners Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in 21 minutes Wed
    The Blazers lost for the third time in their past nine games on Wednesday, with Jusuf Nurkic contributing just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Nurk did have eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist, so it wasn't a total loss. Part of his low minutes were due to early foul trouble, but he also took a backseat with Ed Davis (11 points, 10 boards) playing well off the bench tonight. Nurk's shooting was trending up prior to this rough night, which included a handful of easy misses near the rim. The Pelicans' interior defense is suspect most nights, so we're anticipating a bounce-back effort on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Shabazz Napier logs 23 minutes w/ Dame active
    Shabazz Napier rolled his right ankle in the second half on Wednesday, but he continued playing to finish with nine points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard (strained right calf) was back in action tonight, which bumped Napier to the second unit and eroded his minutes. He was terrific filling in as the starting PG, though, and may have secured an 18-24 minute role from coach Terry Stotts. Napier is also a great handcuff for Lillard, even though Dame has been extremely durable throughout his career. Barring a pessimistic update about Napier's ankle, we'll leave him off the injury report. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) returns with 29/8/5
    Damian Lillard (strained right calf) returned to action on Wednesday with 29 points on 9-of-16 FGs and 10-of-12 FTs, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Lillard was on an unspecified minute-limit tonight, as the Blazers seek to avoid any setbacks after their star PG missed seven of the past nine games. He still played 32 minutes, however, and returned the type of all-around, efficient line that owners love. His calf injury didn't appear to limit him at all, so fire him up for games on Friday (at New Orleans) and Sunday (at Minnesota). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Gary Harris shoots lights out vs. Hawks
    Gary Harris hit 11-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 37 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: He had 22 points and four treys on Monday and scored 36 points on Jan. 3. He's averaging 22.6 points and 2.6 3-pointers, and is shooting 62 percent over his last five games. He can't stay this hot forever, but he's shooting 49 percent on the season and appears to be locked and loaded for a big second half. He's also averaging 35 minutes a game right now, so he should have a lot more big nights coming in the near future, especially if his shot keeps falling. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Nikola Jokic hits just 4-of-21 shots
    Nikola Jokic hit just 4-of-21 shots, was 0-of-8 from downtown and hit 1-of-2 free throws for nine points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes of Wednesday's 110-97 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Oh, what could have been. If Jokic would have hit half his shots (he's a 54 percent career shooter), his scoring number shoots up to about 25 points, and who knows where his head would have been for the rest of the game. But as it stands, he backed up his triple-double on Monday with a full stat line, and the only thing missing was his shot falling. This was his second highest shot total of the season and the arrow is pointing straight up for Jokic. Hopefully he stays as active and sees more shots fall against the Grizzlies on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • Tarik Black (eye) won't play Friday vs. Suns
    Tarik Black (right eye abrasion) will miss Friday's game in Phoenix.

    Advice: Black was wearing thick sunglasses after the game and it's unclear how long he could be out with the injury. Nene (knee) also won't travel for the Rockets' two-game road trip, so we should see plenty of Clint Capela and a variety of small-ball lineups with more Ryan Anderson and P.J. Tucker. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 pm
     
  • Tarik Black leaves w/ right eye abrasion
    Tarik Black exited on Wednesday with a right eye abrasion, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Black was shaken up on the play and could be put into the league's concussion protocol, but the initial diagnosis of an abrasion is encouraging. If Black and Nene (knee) are forced to miss games, Houston will really need Clint Capela to stay out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:06 pm
     
  • Shabazz Napier to bench w/ Lillard starting
    Shabazz Napier will come off the Blazers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as the Blazers welcome Damian Lillard (calf) back into the starting lineup. Dame is expected to be on a minute-limit, though, which could boost Napier's playing time in the short-term. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:08 pm
  • Jabari Parker targeting week before ASB
    Jason Kidd said he's hopeful to get Jabari Parker (knee) back to the floor the week before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Parker has been ramping up his activities recently, getting through full contact, 5-on-5 work with Milwaukee's G-League affiliate, and him getting out there prior to the All-Star break would be an impressive achievement. That said, he's suffered two ACL tears to the same knee over a three-year span, so he'll assuredly be dealing with a plethora of restrictions early, and back-to-back sets will likely be a season-long issue. He has enough upside to justify a stash in deep leagues, but know that he might not even be worth using in fantasy hoops until March. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:37 pm
     
  • Damian Lillard (calf) will play Wednesday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) will play Wednesday vs. the Rockets, but coach Terry Stotts said that Lillard will "probably" have a minutes limit.

    Advice: Lillard missed each of the Blazers last two games but returns with a favorable fantasy matchup against the fast-paced Rockets. However, with a possible minutes limit looming, Lillard is a risky DFS option. Shabazz Napier gets bumped back to the bench, and back to waivers in standard fantasy leagues, with Dame healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) questionable Wednesday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Lillard told reporters that he felt "really good" on Tuesday. The Blazers didn't hold a shootaround Wednesday morning, so we haven't had heard from Lillard or coach Terry Stotts today. We will likely have to wait until Stotts addresses the media pregame to get a reliable update on Dame's status for this evening. If Lillard is unable to play Shabazz Napier will draw another start and will be a chalky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:59 am
  • Damian Lillard says calf is feeling better
    Damian Lillard said his strained right calf felt "really good" on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I mean, I’m not going to say much about it because I don’t know,’’ Lillard said regarding his potential return date. "I think it’s day by day. I felt really good [Tuesday]. I did a workout [Tuesday] morning, worked out [pregame] again, did some conditioning, and felt good." The Blazers won't have a shootaround this morning with Wednesday's game being the second of a back-to-back set, so we likely won't get another update on Lillard until he's going through his pregame routine. If he's out again, Shabazz Napier will draw another start and he'll make for a solid DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:00 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 27 points w/ 7 dimes
    C.J. McCollum scored 27 points on Tuesday vs. the Thunder, hitting 11-of-19 shots and all four of his free throws.

    Advice: The Blazers are now 9-3 when McCollum scores 25 or more points, and he also finished the night with seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 33 minutes. McCollum has a 30.7 usage rate when Damian Lillard (calf) is off the floor, so he'll be a popular DFS target once again on Wednesday vs. Houston if Lillard can't go. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:51 pm
     
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 20 in win over Thunder
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 20 points (8-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nurkic picked up four fouls, so that prevented him from having a monster night. His owners should still be thrilled with this line, as Steven Adams and the Thunder have allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to centers this season. Nurk Alert gets a boost when Damian Lillard (calf) is out, but it's unclear if Portland's franchise player will be available on Wednesday vs. Houston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Shabazz Napier scores 21 in win over Thunder
    Shabazz Napier started and scored 21 points on 5-of-10 shots in Tuesday's 117-106 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder have allowed the seventh fewest fantasy points to PGs this season, making Napier's performance even more impressive. He made 10 trips to the free throw line and connected on nine of them, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two treys in 34 minutes. He's become a must-start player every time Damian Lillard (calf) misses a game and was averaging 18.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 triples in five previous starts. Lillard's status for Wednesday's game vs. Houston is up in the air, so be on the lookout for an update. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores five points in start
    Wes Johnson scored five points in a start on Monday vs. the Hawks, hitting 2-of-7 shots in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the quiet night in the scoring column, Johnson had a nice fantasy line with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple. It's unclear if Blake Griffin (concussion) will be ready for Los Angeles' back-to-back set on Wednesday and Thursday, but give Johnson a look if you need defensive stats and triples -- in 12 previous starts he averaged 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 triples. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Will Barton plays only 19 minutes Monday
    Will Barton was quiet in 19 minutes vs. the Warriors on Monday, shooting 1-of-6 from the field with two points, five assists and one block.

    Advice: Barton had been slumping from the field at 37.5% in his previous four games, but the low playing time was an unusual twist. This is the second time all season Barton has played fewer than 20 minutes, and the first time since Nov. 24, so we'll keep an eye out for any explanations. It looks like Denver just stuck with bigger lineups that were effective down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic triple-doubles vs. Golden State
    Nikola Jokic had his first triple-double of the season on Monday, scoring 22 points (9-of-16 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Jokic collided with Stephen Curry late in the third quarter and briefly exited, but he soon returned and continued his terrific play. He came in shooting 26.1 percent in his previous two games, but coach Mike Malone offered a pre-game vote of confidence, saying, "We’re gonna stay with [Jokic] in his struggles. And I have no doubt he’s gonna find a way to fight through this." If you own Jokic, remember those words the next time he goes through a brief slump. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Rajon Rondo hands out 15 assists Monday
    Rajon Rondo tied a franchise record with nine assists in the first quarter on Monday, finishing with 15 dimes, 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo came in averaging 18.5 minutes in the Pelicans' two previous games, and coach Alvin Gentry challenged him to be more aggressive at both ends tonight. He's not always fun to own, but elite assists make him worth the trouble in most formats -- among players outside the top-100 for roto value this season, Rondo is easily the leader with 8.0 assists per game. The only players close are Lonzo Ball (7.0), Elfrid Payton (6.6), J.J. Barea (6.0) and Jarrett Jack (6.0). Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:41 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins gets 20 & 10, plus a tech
    DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points (7-of-14 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and five turnovers in 40 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Cousins didn't score in the first quarter and he let his frustration boil over with a technical foul. That gives him eight technicals after the Pelicans' first 39 games, so he's on pace to flirt with the maximum 16-tech limit this regular season. Anthony Davis sprained his ankle late tonight and didn't return, leaving him questionable for Wednesday's game in Memphis -- if he can't suit up, Cousins should have an atmospheric usage rate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Tarik Black logs 11 minutes vs. Chicago
    Tarik Black played 11 minutes on Monday, finishing with one point, one rebound, one steal and one block in a win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Nene (bruised knee) was out again tonight, but Tarik couldn't duplicate his pristine line from Saturday -- 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting, with six rebounds and one block. As long as Clint Capela is healthy, there's no reason to touch Black in any league. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 pm
     
  • Wes Johnson starting for Clippers Monday
    Wes Johnson will start for the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (concussion) is out tonight and Johnson started the second half of Saturday's game, so this isn't a big surprise. He should draw the defensive assignment vs. Ersan Ilyasova to begin the game, and L.A. will need contributions from everyone tonight given the extent of their injuries. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Pelicans 'determined' to re-sign Cousins
    The Pelicans are "determined" to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins in free agency this summer.

    Advice: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the franchise hasn't invited trade offers on Boogie, and that makes sense with the team sitting in 8th place in the Western Conference. Unless the Pelicans have a terrible stretch before the trade deadline, we'd imagine that they will be buyers (wing depth) and not sellers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:14 am
  • Shabazz Napier thrives as fill-in starter
    Shabazz Napier racked up 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer as a fill-in starter on Sunday, making 7-of-9 shots in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was ruled out before tip-off due to his strained right calf, although it doesn't sounds like he'll miss much time -- the training staff thought it was "smarter" if he took the night off vs. the short-handed Spurs. Napier is a terrific handcuff for Lillard in deeper leagues, and he's worth opportunistic streaming in most situations whenever Lillard is unavailable. In case you missed his impressive effort tonight, follow the link for a sample of his efforts at both ends of the court. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:20 pm
  • C.J. McCollum sinks game-winner vs. Spurs
    C.J. McCollum hit a game-winning floater vs. the Spurs on Sunday, finishing with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Blazers coach Terry Stotts praised his team's selflessness after Friday's game, saying, "Our passing has been improved the last three games ... It's been below average most of the season." They had a modest 19 assists tonight, on 48 made field goals, but that's partly because Damian Lillard (calf) was absent. McCollum would be leaned on more for playmaking if Dame were out long-term, but there's a good chance he'll return vs. OKC on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:17 pm
     
  • Devin Booker scores 26 points w/ five triples
    Devin Booker shot 6-of-17 from the field on Sunday, but he still scored 26 points while hitting 9-of-12 free throws with five 3-pointers, four assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan (groin) was out tonight, and coach Jay Triano has hinted that Booker will handle the ball more often in his absence. "We want him to play his natural position but also get more reps at the point," Triano said. "I can see it evolving, but right now it’s not something we want to throw at him ... [Eventually] I think he could do either [PG or SG]." Booker did handle the ball more tonight, but he committed four turnovers with his four assists. Like the Suns as a whole, it's a work in progress. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:30 pm
  • T.J. Warren makes 9-of-15 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs
    T.J. Warren's recent illness didn't limit him on Sunday, as he made 9-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs to score 23 points with five rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Warren missed Friday's game and didn't practice on Saturday, so it was a nice surprise to see him come out hot in 31 minutes tonight. Warren has been one of the few steady producers for Phoenix this season, and he's satisfying most owners with top-75 roto value and just one DNP in the Suns' first 42 games. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:25 pm
     
  • T.J. Warren (illness) starting vs. OKC Sunday
    T.J. Warren (illness) will start vs. the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: This means Josh Jackson will come off the bench, and it looks safe to plug Warren into all active lineups for what should be an up-tempo game vs. the visiting Thunder. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 4:07 pm
     
  • T.J. Warren (illness) 'available' for Sunday
    T.J. Warren (illness) is 'available' for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: It's still unclear whether Warren will start tonight, after missing Friday's game, so owners should check back closer to tip-off. If Warren does start, Josh Jackson's role will take a big hit. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 3:21 pm
     
  • Gary Harris hjts three triples in Sacramento
    Gary Harris finished with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in Saturday's road loss against the Kings.

    Advice: Harris hit 6-of-11, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, but he was dismal minus-12 across 36 minutes. He has come back down to Earth and produced similar to his seasonal averages after his surprising 36-point performance against the Suns on Wednesday. He is sailing along with top-40 fantasy value in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:03 pm
  • Mason Plumlee swats three shots in road loss
    Mason Plumlee finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots over 17 minutes in Saturday's 106-98 loss at Sacramento.

    Advice: Plumlee was 3-of-5 from the field and on his way to a big stat line, but foul trouble limited his playing time. He is averaging 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assist and 3.0 blocked shots per game over his past three outings in the month of January. He isn't a great fantasy option in most leagues, but he isn't a bad big man in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 9:58 pm
  • Nikola Jokic is in a slump
    Nikola Jokic made just 3-of-10 from the field for eight points with 10 assists, seven rebounds, five turnovers and three fouls in 34 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: The slump continues and this back-to-back was a rough one following his 3-of-13 shooting line on Friday. The Joker has really struggled to get free and his post scoring has disappeared. His jumper just isn't falling right now and he's taking more of them late in the clock, as well. We've seen Jokic go through some shooting slumps before and this one will probably be on Mike Malone to come up with some new stuff for him. There's little reason to worry about Jokic and maybe you can buy low on him. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 9:26 pm
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